Hot for yoga
Local yoga line Dear Lil' Devas has been tapped by Roots to create a special yoga-mat bag that will be sold at the new Roots Yoga shop opening on Monday (August 14) at Yonge and Roxborough. The bag opens completely flat so your mat can be easily rolled inside. After picking up your bag (and the Roots eco-friendly mat for which it was designed), log on to www. dearlildevas.com to check out their Indian cotton yoga pants, which quickly wick downward-dogging sweat away from your limber body.
If you claim true fashionista status, you won't shudder at our suggestion to get all dolled up and head out on a school night to the weekly Toronto Tonight Music and Fashion Showcase . Every Monday, a group of indie designers (past participants have included Amie Scott, Bumblebee and Margie Jewellery) gather at the Smiling Buddha Bar (961 College, 416-516-2531) for fashion shows, accessory sales and musical performances. Cover is free until 8:30 pm and $7 after.
Best in bags
We all love our crafty bags accented with found fabrics, appliquéd bits and sequins galore, but for city living wear and tear, a sturdy and stylish messenger bag, duffel or tote is an everyday must. Toronto's Retrodelic bags ( www. retrodelic.com ), by designer Ken Williams , combine tailored shapes, vintage details and maximal size. The Ellie Weekender and men's Kargo are perfect for types who pack their lives with them, while the rounded Nurse model in soft copper-coloured leather is dandy for downsizers.
New arrival roundup
Itsmade (1604 Queen West, 416-535-3688) has added designer Sveta Kohli 's Sveta's Creations (www.svetascreations.com) line of embellished silk and organza separates to its Toronto designer mix. Log on to http://www.flickr.com/photos/leftfeet to check out new styles that have just arrived at Kensington Market vegan footwear shop Left Feet (88 Nassau, 416-360-5338). And if your 'do is looking a little shaggier than usual this week, stop in for a snip at the new Darren Kwik Studio salon (955 Queen West, unit #119, 416-361-1016), which just opened in the Chocolate Factory Lofts.