Attention, shoe freaks - get out your paper bags. This one could cause hyperventilation. Custom shoemaker Sarah Rotering offers a six-week course in the basics of shoe design, pattern-making and construction so you can make your very own mules just in time to brag away the holiday season. The course starts Saturday (November 13), runs weekly from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm and costs $560, which includes all tools and materials. 416-596-9854, www.roteringshoes.com.
In the Zone
Gotta say, love all three storeys of decor emporium Ma Zone (473A Church, 416-934-9400). And now there's even more to love, with a sistah location (63 Jarvis) opening Saturday (November 13) in King George Square. As with all new courtships, expect to part with the dough. There are, after all, 1,200 square feet of beauty to discover. Monday to Friday 11 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm. 416-868-0330.
Don't let the Hollywood spin on auctions - y'know, formal, silent, exclusive - leave you too intimidated to bid on fab-u-lous vintage fashion at Waddington's (111 Bathurst) Costume, Fashion & Accessories auction Tuesday (November 16) at 7 pm. I'm talking Dior, Pucci, Balmain - need I say more? Check out the catalogue online and then preview the goods Monday (November 15) from 3 to 8 pm and Tuesday 2 to 4 pm. If you catch the auction buzz, there's also the Quarterly Jewellery auction the next night (November 17). 416-504-9100, www.waddingtons.ca.
If you're a dedicated NOW Life+Style reader, then excuse me for hitting you with this one again, but if you can't tell, I'm pretty stoked. Karl Lagerfeld 's budget-minded collection for H&M (1 Dundas West) is revealed tomorrow (Friday, November 12 - get a sneak preview online). Grab your sleeping bag. If the grand opening was any indication, there'll likely be beaucoup lineup action. 416-593-0064, www.hm.com.