By Laura Pellerine
Editor’s Pick: Damn Good Gift Idea
Good news ladies—you no longer have to limp home after a night of sporting those adorable, but incredibly painful high heels. Canadian businesswoman Hailey Coleman ingeniously thought up “Damn Heels,” a pair of fold-up soft ballet flats that are small enough to tuck into an expandable bag (where you can store your stilettos). Get ‘em for $20 in black, and new this winter, gold and silver, at Quorra Apothecary, 614B – 17 Ave SW and NC Shoes, 634 – 17 Ave SW.
Victoria’s Secret has finally made its way near Calgary, but don’t expect the provocative boudoir fashions that this sexy American label is known for—yet. Instead, its PINK boutique has cutesy, comfy pjs, yoga pants and flirty bras in bright colours for the under 30-somethings. Check it out at CrossIron Mills, 261055 Cross Iron Blvd, take Hwy 2 north to Hwy 566, 403-731-0066.
For the young and the young-at-heart are these playful woolen hats and mittens by Delux, inspired by some of Sesame Street’s most beloved characters like Elmo, Ernie and even the Cookie Monster. Each item is made from 100 per cent natural New Zealand wool and lined with fleece. Find them for $33 each at Steeling Home, 1010 – 17 Ave SW.
Wine To Go
Safely transport wine that you picked up along your travels using a bubble-wrap-tastic WineSkin. The bonus factors are that they’re cheap ($2.95), and leak-proof, thanks to a double seal and a protective outer layer of vinyl. Pick them up at The Cellar, 137 – 8 Ave SW.
Find beautiful handcrafted pieces at this year’s Art Market, held inside the Telus Convention Centre from Nov 18 – 21. In its 24th year, this festive collection offers gift-seekers aisles of one-of-a-kind quality items like wooden toys, knitted scarves and fashionable home accents. You can feel good buying “local”—all 200 artists are Canadian, including Calgary jewellery designer Kari Woo and Ontario’s handbag queen Karen Wilson.