Nathalie-Roze and Co.'s (1015 Queen East, 416-792-1699, www.nathalie-roze.com) Stellar Summer Sale is on now, starring 20 to 70 per cent discount deals on crafty summer merchandise. Pieces by homegrown fashion faves including Dagg and Stacey, Snoflake, Momo and Paper People Clothing, along with sunhats, flip-flops, beach bags, jewellery and belts by other local lines, are included in the promo. Stop by on a Saturday to sample homemade, 100-per-cent natural ice cream treats in flavours like Lemon Zinger, Pina Colada and Bailey's Mint Chocolate on the side patio between noon and 4:30 pm.
Continuing our food for fashionistas theme, Fresh Baked Goods is one of the resident designer labels included in Fresh Collective's (692 Queen West, 416-594-1313, www.freshcollective.com) summer sale, on now. The line's knit treats are up to half off. Also look for Nude Clothes (35 per cent off), Device pants, skirts and tops (15 per cent off) and other bargains from Mandala and Judy Black.
Ikea unveiled its cheap and cheerful 2008 catalogue with the help of Canada's Next Top Model's Jay Manuel on August 1 at its Etobicoke store (1475 Queensway, 416-646-4532, www.ikea.ca). A parade of models lugged swivel armchairs and kitchen cupboard doors down a runway while Manuel compared printed platters and herringbone bamboo dining chairs to collections by Fendi and Valentino. The Italian fashion reference might have been a stretch, but Italy's knack for high design and bold colour must have inspired the newly restocked store. Basic beige Ikea has morphed into a circus of saturated hues and techno tones best viewed in the blindingly bright bolts of hyper-coloured sew-it-yourself fabrics.
Candle connoisseurs who pick their scented wax with the same attention to bouquet as perfume snoots and wine geeks can wick out at new candle shop Ambiente (416 Queen West, 416-504-8086, www.ambientestores.com). Prices range from budget tapers for $2 to hefty floor models for $170, all available in 12 notes including vanilla/cinnamon and lavender/patchouli.
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