If your smart-shopping radar hasn't led you to Five on Spadina (96 Spadina, unit 100, 416-203-9067) yet, it might be due for a tune-up. The discount store is stocked with fashion-conscious brands including Paul Frank , Ben Sherman , Penguin and Jack & Jones discounted by 20 to 70 per cent. The spring stock has just arrived, and a rifle through the racks of designer denim and fair-weather frocks is a must for anyone proudly fabulous but frugal.
Digging deep into the back of your closet to give it a proper spring cleaning can lead to some pretty freaky fashion results. Sew Be It Studio 's (2156 Yonge) clothing swap parties recognize that one person's style trash may be another's trendy treasure. On April 22 (for sizes 0-12) and April 29 (for size 14 and up), $15 lets you trade duds with other wardrobe packrats. Half of the admission charge plus leftover clothing will be donated to the Red Door Family Shelter. RSVP via 416-481-7784 or email@example.com.
You've been hiding those gnawed-up nails all winter long, but now that temperatures are landing on the positive side of zero, your mangled paws are mittless. Visit the Danforth's new Star Beauty Bar (128 Danforth, 416-849-5388) for their spring nail special. A mani and pedi combo goes for $50 and introduces you to the menu of esthetic services including acrylics, nail art, makeup applications and waxing.
Jewellery designer Chrys Ioannou is going on a designing hiatus this summer, but not before her Spring Jewellery Sale on April 28 and 29. Whether you're stocking up for wedding season or trying to avoid a last-minute trip to the grocery-store carnation stand for a Mother's Day gift, Ioannou's collection of handmade semi-precious stone baubles makes perfect presents. The sale happens at 50 Lippincott. RSVP to 416-681-0308 by April 15.
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