Seasonal spoils: Top spa gifts to treat that special someone

Make spa dreams a reality for the harried names on your holiday list with Caitlin Agnew's picks for indulgent treatments SWEET TREAT Located in Toronto's Shangri-La Hotel, the Middle Eastern-inspired Miraj Hammam Spa is a growing labyrinth of treatment rooms and ultra-plush places to lounge. A signature treatment, the 60-minute Caudalie Grand Facial is customized for each skin type with Caudalie Paris's resveratrol-rich skincare, leaving features relaxed, complexions restored and moisture Read more [...]

How to Live a family Holiday with the grandparents

"Mother, can I have a cookie?" -- my child."No more sugar." -- me."Come and have a cookie." -- grandparent. Ahhh, grandparents. Am I right?The most frustrating thing is not that they may overrule you on the cookie lending; it is that you heard your cookie-withholding parenting ability in the way they raised you! But times have changed, my friend. Those men and women who scolded you for running in the house, and took away your freedom when you're sassy, Read more [...]

What is the appropriate way to dry a wine glass?

The questionWhat is the appropriate way to dry a wine glass?The answer The purpose is to prevent two things, breakage and stains. Sadly, the first is inconsistent with what many believe to be the first rule of kitchen drudgery, getting the job done as fast as possible.Today's delicate, tall glasses are especially vulnerable where the stem meets the bowl. The temptation would be to maintain the stem or base with one hand while the other polishes the bowl Read more [...]

How you can enjoy your layover at LAX

With nine terminals, 75 airlines, more than 66 million annual passengers and an economic output of about $40-billion (U.S.), the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) can feel like a city unto itself. And that's now truer than ever, with Los Angeles welcoming a record number of visitors last year. The city is home to a white-hot arts scene that's rivalling New York and (believe it or not) receiving accolades for starting to break free from it's car-centric culture (The New York Times Read more [...]

The top 13 Instagram-worthy  Presents

Fashion unicorn Spotted on American musician and actor Selena Gomez (Instagram's most followed accounts), Coach's wool and cashmere unicorn sweater was created for a selfie in the snow. Coach 1941 Uni Intarsia Sweater, $565 through . Royal therapy Allow the world (and all your followers) know what you think of your special someone with one of New York-based Edie Parker's signature acrylic clutches, making a strong statement without speaking a word. Read more [...]

Now sailing to nowhere: a superyacht for aquaphobes?

As I sit sipping an All on Board Bramble, a yacht pulls from the marina, giving the impression we are moving -- but we are not. I am sitting with my companion, Toby, drinking cocktails (mine is Plymouth Sloe Gin and berries) on the sixth and top floor of this amazing new Southampton Harbour Hotel, a property that's revolutionizing the worldwide port city and its localnbsp;area. The Southampton Harbour was designed like a superyacht -- all the six floors includes a promenade "deck" and each Read more [...]

The top 13 Instagram-worthy gifts

With our photograph-it-or-it-didn't-happen mentality in mind, not to mention Instagram's 800 million active monthly users, Caitlin Agnew shares some of the season's gifts that are guaranteed to get likes FASHION UNICORN Spotted on American musician and actor Selena Gomez (Instagram's most followed account), Coach's wool and cashmere unicorn sweater was made for a selfie in the snow. Coach 1941 Uni Intarsia Sweater, $565 through . ROYAL Read more [...]

In the land of whisky, Scottish distiller Isle of Harris makes a splash – with gin

Even by Scottish standards, the Isle of Harris qualifies as rugged and remote. Located off the mainland's northwest coast in the archipelago known as the Outer Hebrides, it is mountainous, windswept and not exactly teeming with hipster night life (population: 2,000). But it has long enjoyed one global claim to fame, Harris Tweed. The iconic woollen fabric, which according to parliamentary decree must be handwoven by islanders in their homes, has been gaining stature on high-fashion runways – Read more [...]

Long haul: How can a 17-hour flight be more bearable?

When Qantas Airways Ltd. launches its newest route from Perth to London this spring, it will be the first direct air link Australia has ever had with Europe. At just under 15,000 kilometres, it's one of the longest routes in the world – a 17-hour journey. The daily flights will be operated by Qantas' new Boeing 787- Dreamliner. But most notably, some passengers and possibly crew will be part of a new clinical trial in the air. In March, a research team will fit a group of volunteer Read more [...]

Toronto AGO and Hermès bashes fuse art and fashion

Hermès store opening, Toronto The party to mark the opening of the new Hermès store in Toronto was one of the most anticipated of the season, and it proved, without a doubt, to be the best fashion party of not just the season but the year. Hermès Canada president and chief executive officer Jennifer Carter, who has run the company here since 1988, taking it from a single counter to four shops from coast to coast, was beaming on Nov. 28 as she Read more [...]