6 Things To Buy This September
A bright, tropical-inspired scarf, a cute storage solution and a pair of opera glasses are just a few of the things on our wish list this month.
Tidying up reaches new levels of awesome when your storage solution is this Bloomingville copper wire basket ($190) from Guildhall Home. This light and airy-looking vessel is great for tossing your favourite throw cushions in at the end of the day — think By Mölle’s luxurious linen cushions ($98) and the adorable Bumble throw cushions ($70) — and for stowing away cozy blankets like this Arthur Arbesser lambswool blanket ($275), all from Guildhall Home, as well. Even Zorro the Cat ($85) finds a cozy spot in the hamper.
Guildhall Home, 1222 9 Ave. S.E., 403-454-4399, guildhallhome.com
After years of exhibiting his work in a traditional format, French photographer Jean Michel has taken his nature-infused photographs and turned them into digitally printed, nearly psychedelic scarves for both men and women. The Bali Hibiscus Long Scarf ($150), inspired by the vibrant colours of Michel’s travels though Bali, is a mesmerizing print that is perfect for wrapping around your neck for a pop of colour heading into fall.
Imagine yourself perched up high at the Jubilee Auditorium, taking in an evening of opera — Calgary Opera’s production of Johann Strauss’s operetta die Fledermaus, which runs Nov. 19, 23 and 25, to be exact. The evening is perfect except that, suddenly, you realize you can’t quite zero in on the Russian prince. Perhaps, if you had a pair of Levenhuk Broadway Opera Glasses ($55) on hand, you’d not only look incredibly glamourous but also have the power of clear and sharp vision. They’re small enough to fit in your purse or pocket.
You know those people who, no matter what, have a perfect, radiant glow? While we’d love to believe that they “woke up like this,” we’ve got a hunch it has more to do with their daily skin-care routine. Calgary-based, small-batch, artisan apothecary company Pranic Forest has captured and bottled some of that magical glow in a tincture called the Beautiful Facial Oil Elixir ($42). Combining ingredients such as sea buckthorn, rose-hip seed oil and vitamin E, the elixir hydrates and nourishes your skin, leaving it with that soft, supple quality we’re all aiming for.
A spin on the classic high-top, the Sully Wong Otoko shoe ($231) from Calgary-based e-retailer muleties.com is an instant must-have this fall. Designed out of Toronto, Sully Wong is a collaborative effort between Canadian designers George Sully and Henry Wong, who are both known for creating bold, yet functional sneakers and accessories. Built with raw-cut black leather and leather-lined canvas, the shoe’s classic silhouette evokes a refined punk spirit.
As the summer winds down and transitions to fall, we’re holding on to those warm nights for as long as possible. To make your autumnal patios even more ambient, pick up an Uma Sound Lantern ($625 from LightForm) to add to your host-with-the-most repertoire. Not only does it provide the warm lighting of a campfire as you dine alfresco, it also amplifies your end-of-summer playlists thanks to Bluetooth connectivity and 360-degree, high-fidelity sound. The iconic lantern shape, complete with a glossy leather handle, is a flawless example of minimalist simplicity, blended with a touch of nostalgia. Think Moonrise Kingdom meets Scandinavia.
LightForm, 1005 9 Ave. S.E., 403-508-9980, lightform.ca