15 minutes of Converse?

I have to admit that Converse never misses a beat in the collaboration game, for spring 2015 they have announced a capsule collection in conjunction with The Andy Warhol Foundation, aptly titled the Andy Warhol Chuck Taylor All Star collection. The range features both high-top and low-tops (and a few tees). The capsule collection drops on February 7th at specialty retailers (including Get Outside) and on Converse.com My pick? You can’t beat the classic soup high top in red.

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Ranging from $35 to $90, a portion of the proceeds will go to The Andy Warhol Foundation.

Jogging with BUSTLE

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I am sure you recall my love of Bustle‘s bottoms from their AW2014 collection, and I am sure you bought them immediately upon my suggestion. In case you haven’t, you can now stock up on them online.  Take your pick from their updated joggers, all $225.  Just be quick before they sell out.

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Pilfering from MJ

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MJ has always been a style icon and although we all can’t go and rock head-to-toe MJ style, we can definitely pilfer some good ideas from him. I assume you know that I am talking about Michael Jackson (and not Marc Jacobs). And his love of all things black and all things that glitter. Enter the MMM glitter sneaker – the easiest way to include some MJ mojo into your daily routine. Maison Martin Margiela, Black Glitter Replica $550  With the right amount of swagger, you could rock these with jeans or even a tuxedo.

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High Shine = High Fashion

As everyone knows, I love me some shiny boots. Nothing is better than a pair of boots (or shoes) that look like they have been permanently spit shined to a high gloss reflection. Enter Doc Martens with two pairs of high shine boots as part of their Made in England collection for SS2015. The boots are available in Merlot or Black (both great choices).

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Merlot,£190.00

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Black,£190.00

Needing and Wanting Needs and Wants

Needs&Wants has been doing a lot of cool shit lately – well not exactly a lot, more like well curated small capsule collections.  The latest release features their signature fishtail shirting. Get yours before they sell out (they always do). All designed and made in Toronto, Canada.

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Gold Kicks

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I have a thing for bad gold sneakers, no idea why. I especially like when they are worn in gold kicks – PUMA x Meek Mill might be the next pair to fill the void. The gold high top is part of a two shoe capsule collection aptly called the 24k White Gold Collection (yes, only two styles), the other is a low top pair in silver (skip’em).  Available January 15th, 2015.

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Shortsleeve Cardi

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I am a big fan of short sleeve cardigans and unisex dressing (if that is what we are calling it these days). My latest pick comes from Mosaert recently launched by musician/artist Van Haver. The company functions as a creative studio and clothing line inspired by Haver’s colorful personal aesthetic and belief in blurring gender binaries. Last month saw the release of the line’s second capsule collection, which features polos, cardigans, pullovers and socks.

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Pop your Bubbles for under $100

I often get friends asking for champagne recommendations but I often turn it around and tell them my picks for top bubbles, after all there are some great sparking wines and proseccos out there. Below are my best bets for bubbles that are under $100. And although I do love the orange branding of Veuve, for flavour alone the Piper wins. But my recommendation to you is to go with the best bottle you can afford – be it for you and your loved one or your party. Nothing is worse than running out of bubbles because you spent your budget on one or two bottles of the most expensive brands.

 

 

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Wolf Blass, Yellow Label: Sparking Brut Mousseux. $17.95 This bubbly features a pale straw yellow colour with fine bubbles. On the fine palate, green apple chardonnay flavours and strawberry Pinot Noir characters are complemented with a crisp lively acidity. It is dry and medium bodied. Great on its own but I love it in grapefruit mimosas. Great value.

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La Marca Prosecco DOC Extra Dry. $17.95  This prosecco is very well balanced with a crisp dryness that counter-balances the sweeter notes of a golden delicious apple. Like with all prosecco the bubbles are larger than a champagne and they are quite persistent. The flavor is fresh and clean, with ripe citrus, lemon, green apple, and touches of grapefruit. The finish is light, refreshing, and crisp not too sweet. My pick for a great brunch bubbly.

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Piper-Heidsieck Cuvee Brut. $54  Although often in the shadow of more well known champagnes (like Veuve), this red labelled Piper is actually a far superior champagne in flavour. Very lively and fresh, it has an appetizing nose marked by subtle peach fruit, herb touches and biscuit notes. The palate has great texture and focus, with mellow, slightly toasty flavours that are dry and complete. A gently harmonious bubbly – perfect for your midnight toasts.

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Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut Champagne. $68 This is one of most common of Champagnes these days – it seems everyone and their poodle seems to enjoy this one. And for good reason, it has a beautiful concentration with a  surprising lightness, (a reflection of the high proportions of pinot noir and older reserve wines in the blend).  This champagne features apple, pear, nutty and toasty flavours. The texture is nice and velvety with a zippy dry end. What I love about Veuve is its fine bubbles. This champagne is extra-dry and medium to full body with flavours that match the aromas.