If you've been avoiding the freshly dusted slopes and spending fashionably late winter warming yourself by the toasty glow of your computer screen, surf over to dot-com style site Paper-doll.com to start your spring shopping. Every label on the site (including lines like Eve Gravel , Hyphen , Thieves and Wonderlust ) hails from the Great White North. New Canuck collections this season include Anastasia Lomonova and Soi Disant from Montreal and Vancouver's Lily & Jae and Mia Melon .
Pop Design Salon 's (96 Spadina, studio 202, 416-363-7007, www.pophair.com) spa space is finishing up its swanky reno, and the expert esthetician staff are inviting new and old customers to stop by for a service from the smart manicure menu. Rather than buying spa packages, clients start with a basic $25 mani and then add on extra treatments for $3 a pop. Bonus options include aromatherapy wraps, Dead Sea salt exfoliating, hot stone massage and French polishing. Don't miss indulging in the Eminence organic skin care line that just arrived at the salon.
One of our favourite Vancouver designers, Jason Matlo , is in town this weekend to preview his fall 2007 collection for Toronto's media and buyer types, and he'll be making a personal appearance at Boutique Le Trou (940 Queen West, 416-516-7122) on Friday (February 16) between 4 and 8 pm to show off his spring line to curious customers. His dressy designs are riding high after luxe Van-city retailer Leone picked the collection as the first Canadian entrant to hang on its racks of chi-chi Euro labels like Prada, Dior and Versace.
We're big Gardiner Museum (111 Queen's Park, 416-586-8080, www.gardinermuseum.com) fans. We dig that we don't have to give up an eight-hour day to browse the smaller gallery space, and love how local artisans get incorporated into exhibitions and the museum's gorgeous gift shop. The new On The Table: 100 Years Of Functional Ceramics In Canada exhibit opening today (Thursday, February 15) has a proud Canuck focus and features kitschy classics like Blue Mountain Pottery and practical plateware by contemporary ceramists and manufacturers.