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Street Style: cardio buffs sport colourful spandex, high-tech gear and designer athleisure wear in High Park

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Now that warmer weather has officially arrived, the city’s outdoor exercise scene is no longer reserved for shadowy runners clad head-to-toe in insulated spandex. This month, cardio buffs hit the fields, trails, courts of High Park to show off their flashy (and in some cases, just perfectly practical) seasonal gear. Here, 12 west-end workout ensembles we especially liked.

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Pop-Up Pick: browse an all-star cast of Canadian designers at Square One’s new concept shop

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(Images: Beaufille courtesy of Square One)

Mississauga’s Square One isn’t usually at the centre of the city’s fashion scene. But this month, in prepping for some serious expansion (Holts is opening there next year), the suburban mall’s upping its style cred with a fresh, imaginative concept shop. Put together by celeb stylist Leslie Fremar, whose client roster includes Reese Witherspoon and Charlize Theron, the space will showcase womenswear and menswear designed by homegrown talent. Some of our favourite Toronto labels—Beaufille, Ela, Sid Neigum, Greta Constantine and Erin Kleinberg—will be on hand, offering shoppers a great chance to browse highly covetable and hard-to-find pieces in person (these chic shift dresses from Beaufille’s spring collection, for example). Mulberry-approved interior designer Caspar Haydar is responsible for the decor, and will be creating a designer workspace as well as something called a “mannequin army” (which hopefully isn’t as aggressive as it sounds).

Wednesday, May 27—Saturday, June 20. 100 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, shopsquareone.com

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Host parties, thread your brows and get an airbrush tan at Benefit’s new uptown beauty boutique

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(Image: Sarah Campbell)

Benefit, the San Fransisco–based cosmetics company with a bold, retro look, has opened its first Toronto boutique at Yonge and Blythwood. Local beauty enthusiasts can now shop the label’s entire line of makeup and skincare staples—including classics like Benetint (a liquid blush) or newer items like Roller Lash (a curling mascara)—all in one place. In addition to getting the brand’s latest primers and powders ahead of Shoppers and Sephora, the boutique also offers plenty of beautifying services: visitors can get their lashes tinted, brows shaped, bikini lines waxed and even bag a healthy-looking glow with an airbrush tan. According to The Kit, the location will even be able to host after-hours parties, a.k.a. “beauty bashes,” for nights when your bathroom mirror simply won’t accommodate all of your girlfriends.

2614 Yonge St., 416-440-2769, benefitcosmetics.com

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There’s a new ethical accessories shop in Cabbagetown from the former Farmer’s Daughter chef

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(Image: Sarah Campbell)

Earlier this year, Léonie Lilla left her chef job at Junction eatery Farmer’s Daughter to open Pipler Accessories with her wife, Alice Clarkson. Instead of serving up seafood, she’s now selling collections of ethically made bags, hats and jewellery. It may seem like an odd departure, but Lilla’s a bow-tie collector and Clarkson’s a fashion grad who’s worked for Holt Renfrew and Danier. Every brand the pair brings in is either sustainable, made locally or charity-focused, and much of it is gender-neutral. “We want men and women to shop freely, and not be bound to one wall or one section of the store,” says Clarkson. There’s no sacrifice on style, however, and we’d love London-based Hen Jewellery’s handcrafted necklaces and these ultra-chic shades from Montreal label All In Eyewear even without their ethical pedigrees. The store’s also pretty affordable—the duo believes buying something that does good shouldn’t mean skipping dinner for a week. The most expensive item is a handmade leather backpack from Montreal brand Rachel F that clocks in at $340, but most things ($40 watches, for instance) won’t break the bank.

453 Parliament St., 647-346-2324, shoppipler.com

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The Find: eight face-saving essentials for the bushy-bearded and baby-faced


After years of less-is-more maintenance, the male preening routine now goes way beyond a bar of soap and a washcloth. Behind bathroom doors, guys are layering musky fragrances, using fancy badger-hair brushes and slathering on soothing botanical creams. Whether you’re fully bearded or freshly shaven, here are eight manly grooming products to help you appear naturally refreshed.

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Zen Habitation: a salon don’s tranquil Rosedale retreat

After decades on the move, Ray Civello has finally settled down. The 57-year-old salon founder began his career bouncing between hairdressing jobs in New York, Toronto, Montreal and Paris before launching his eponymous parlour in Rosedale in 1989. (He’s since opened six more: three in the GTA and three in Chicago.) He spent the next two decades designing, building and flipping houses all over Rosedale and the Bridle Path, first as a bachelor and later with his partner of 15 years, Kelli McGushin. But when their son, Corrado, was born six years ago, the pair started thinking about pressing pause on their peripatetic lifestyle. In 2013, they bought a stately, somewhat dilapidated house overlooking the Rosedale ravine and, with the help of Alicia Garas of Melacor—the decorating force behind all of Civello’s salons and several of his homes—turned the dark, cramped rooms into a pristine white showpiece. They tore down walls to create a huge open kitchen and sitting area (where they spend most of their time) and added tons of personalized details: a golf simulator in the basement, a meditation room for Civello (who tries to practise every day) and a swimming pool for Corrado. “I think I might stay here for a while,” says Civello. “And that’s a crazy thing for me to say. But I just like it so much. We really live in this house.”

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The Find: 12 statement-making shades for the summer

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Shielding your eyes from the sun doesn’t have to be a subtle practice. This season’s sunglasses are bolder than ever, showing off reflective lenses, funky shapes and detailed embellishments. We selected some our favourite frames—translucent rose, oversized leopard-print and retro cat-eye—that’ll have you ditching those well-worn Ray-Bans. Here, 12 pairs of sunglasses that are guaranteed to make a stylish statement this summer.

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Tuck Shop Trading Company has a permanent home (and more stuff) within Love the Design

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(Image: Sarah Campbell)

Rosedale’s Love the Design is no longer solely devoted to owner Christine Flynn’s contemporary art and vintage finds. At the beginning of the year, we wrote about Tuck Shop Trading Company’s winter outpost in the same space, and now it looks like the Toronto brand is staying put in the Rosedale store. Though the label’s known for its City of Neighbourhoods toques, right now shoppers can find all sorts of summer-appropriate gear, including a lightweight cashmere throw or this chambray woolen number, dubbed the “cottage coat.” A number of other unique brands that mesh with the artsy-rustic aesthetic of the space are now up for sale, too. For example, we love these cool paper bags from Aussie addition Uashmama. More new items include nautical jewellery from Kiel James Patrick and fancy floral ties from General Knot and Company. All in all, the space is full of practical (yet luxe) stuff, perfect for adding a touch of style to any glamping trip.

1226 Yonge St., 416-855-9991, tuckshopco.com

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Pop-Up Pick: find stylish stuff for kids at Crown Flora’s spring market

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(Images: Rufus and Murdog)

Rufus and Murdog is a new online children’s boutique started by Ana-Maria Klizs (the Toronto mommy blogger behind Bluebird Kisses), and Nicole Biasucci. This Saturday, May 9, parents will be able to browse the duo’s “whimsical yet practical” range of indie and Canadian-made goods (handcrafted dreamcatchers, organic cotton headbands) in person, at Parkdale florist Crown Flora’s spring market. Handmade totes from Bookhou and architectural jewellery from White Feather Designs will be up for grabs—as will Glory Hole Doughnuts, for a pre- or post-shopping sugar break. Dads on the hunt for a last-minute Mother’s Day gift can snag the label’s customizable 14-karat gold necklace.

May 9, 11-5. 1322 Queen St. W., rufusandmurdog.com

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Store Guide: Hopson Grace, a new boutique in Rosedale devoted to mostly (but not only) upscale table settings

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(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)

Name: Hopson Grace
Sells: Table and barware, cooking tools, pantry items
Contact info: 1120 Yonge St., 416-926-1120, hopsongrace.com
Hours: M-Sa 10-6, Su 12-5

Hopson Grace co-founders Andrea Hopson and Martha Grace McKimm (former execs at Tiffany’s and Veritas Communications, respectively) want to bring people back to the table and away from technological distractions. Their new Rosedale store carries fine china and porcelain, mouth-blown glassware, elaborate centrepieces, table linens and all of the trappings needed to throw the ultimate dinner party.

There’s a surprising amount of affordable stuff inside the lavishly decorated space, and mixing and matching is encouraged: shoppers can splurge on extravagant buys like an $1,800 Ralph Lauren candelabra, but also pick up simple, everyday products like $4 Duralex glass cups. “We carry a range of price points, but everything’s united by great design, good craftsmanship and clean lines,” says McKimm. The pair has brought in quite a few products customers won’t find anywhere else in the city (or in some cases, the continent): handmade carbon steel knives from Corsica, for example. Storytelling is important to the duo, and mini profiles are displayed next to every label, whether it’s a new designer or a centuries-old brand. The boutique’s for anyone who appreciates a well-set table (and maybe even some Game of Thrones fans, who’ll find a few things from Brit brand Abbeyhorn that have been used on the show).

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: 27 pretty (and practical) presents that blow bouquets out of the water

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Attention, kids: Mother’s Day is May 10 (yes, that’s next Sunday), and presenting the person who gave you life with a handmade card or macaroni necklace lost its cute appeal 20 years ago. Of course, moms are wired to say spending time together is the ultimate gift, but that doesn’t mean she won’t appreciate semi-precious stones, pretty prints or intoxicating scents. On top of taking mom out for the mandatory brunch, we recommend browsing our gallery of gorgeous gifts for something matriarch-worthy. Here, 27 presents that are guaranteed to get a great reaction, and maybe even some (happy) tears.

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There’s a new spot on Queen West for chic shades that won’t break the bank

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Aussie import Bailey Nelson has arrived on Queen West, bringing its brand of stylish, mid-range specs and shades to Toronto shoppers. Originally an online-only venture (it’s still simple to order from the web if you can’t make it to the shop), this is the company’s second location in Canada (Vancouver had the first). In a world where there seems to be zero middle ground between $20 cheapies and expensive designer frames, the company’s fairly priced prescription glasses, sunglasses and polarised lenses are something we can get behind. Compared to neighbouring stores (especially Cutler and Gross, whose sunglasses go for upwards of $400), Bailey Nelson’s frames are a relative bargain at around $145. Plus, they come in super-chic styles: customers can choose from retro-glam looks, Lennon-inspired lenses or a range of rectangular classics. We recommend ditching last season’s popular tortoiseshell pattern in favour of a bold burnt orange or rich mahogany.

387 Queen St. W., 647-346-0387, baileynelson.ca

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Pop-Up Pick: shop Preloved’s reclaimed vintage pieces in person

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Before Preloved closed its Queen West flagship at the beginning of last year, the neighbourhood fixture had made a name for itself by transforming tired, second-hand clothing into colourful, on-trend collections. The indie boutique is now online-only, but this week the team is going back to their retail roots and hosting a four-day pop-up in Cabbagetown where shoppers will have the chance to browse the brand’s one-of-a-kind pieces in person. The temporary shop will be selling Preloved’s newest collection, which consists of playful prints, dreamy dresses and plenty of patchwork sweaters. Everything will be priced under $100, with most items falling somewhere between $30 and $70. “It’ll be a great chance for fans old and new to come out and touch, feel and try on the new pieces,” says founder Julia Grieve. One of our favourite items is this patterned skort, which comes in a range of prints and proves there’s still hope for Hawaiian shirts.

Th-Sa 12-7, Su 12-5. Apr. 30-May 3, 555 Parliament St., getpreloved.com

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The Find: ten flamboyant finishing touches for modern-day dandies


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The new male primping regiment goes way beyond statement socks—it includes enough swank accessories to out-glam Beyoncé. All over Toronto, bow ties are becoming bolder, cufflinks are getting quirkier and lapels are popping with day-glo rosettes and feathered pins (like these ones from Hook and Furl). Here, ten flamboyant finishing touches for the city’s snappy dressers.