We've ignored the growing department store pencil case displays and musical back-to-school television spots for as long as possible, but we've got to face facts: it's time to stock up for Tuesday's return to the classroom. Remember your lesson on the three Rs and find some great recycled stationery options at Grassroots (408 Bloor West, 416-944-1993 and 372 Danforth, 416-466-2841, www.grassrootsstore.com). Pick up Earthbound notebooks and three-ring binder paper marked down by 15 per cent.
Makeup your mark
The annual Lancme Colour Design Awards offer professional makeup artists the chance to show their stuff to beauty biz insiders and win $5,000 plus a trip to Paris to compete in the international competition. Artists submit three photos showing off their face-painting skills, and five finalists are chosen to display their looks at the Lancôme gala on November 27. Log on to www.lancomecolourdesigns.ca to apply before September 30 (though applicants who meet tonight's August 31 early-bird deadline receive a gift with entry).
There are only four days left to visit Lines By: Davis bag designer Davis Khounnoraj's (www.linesbydavis.com) pre-fall sale at his Distillery District studio (55 Mill, building 74). Khounnoraj has partnered with his sister, Bookhou Design textile- and-sculpture artist Arounna Khounnoraj (www.bookhou.com), to preview new products until Sunday (September 3). Look for Davis's cat-face change purse and abstract silkscreen clutches and Bookhou's collection of bags, furniture and paper products.
A little free exposure never hurt a hungry-for-attention emerging fashion line, so newbie designers would be smart to apply to Gallery 1313 's ninth annual fantasy fundraising fashion show. Designers and artists break from their usual creative routines to collaborate on wearable art that will be displayed on the gallery runway on October 2. Log on to www.g1313.org for pics of previous shows, and contact the gallery's director, Phil Anderson, at 416-536-6778 for application info.
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