INSIDE | Maven and Grace

INSIDE | Maven and Grace

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Maven and Grace

At my favourite end of Whyte Avenue there’s a wondrous little shop full of antique treasures, fresh flowers, and the best. chocolate. EVER. This little slice of heaven is called Maven and Grace. Kathy Sharp, the owner, has a magnificent eye for well designed pieces and curates the shop with an eclectic assortment of goods spanning the decades. The Maven and Grace shop is constantly shape shifting with new items being added continuously. This shop is one that you should visit weekly as things come and go as quickly as cherry blossom season.

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Small Batch Cosmetics

There’s a perfect balance of old and new offerings. Displayed perfectly atop stunning antique furniture are the lines:  Pura Botanicals, Provence Apothecary, and Sydney Hale Co. Those are just a few options from their selection of boutique beauty goods. Woodlot is another Canadian brand I cannot get enough of. Their candles I am constantly burning and even featured in my 10 Ways to Make Your Home More Spa Like.

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The Chocolate Selection

COMPARTES is a Los Angeles based chocolate company with arguably the best packaging of all time. Besides the cute exterior, it’s on my top 5 best chocolate bars I’ve had to date. As far as I know, this is the only place in Edmonton that sells this brand. Any chocolate hound needs to head here immediately.

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You can find Maven and Grace at:

9621 82 Ave NW
(Whyte Ave)
Edmonton, AB
T6C 0Z9

HOURS
Monday – Wednesday
– 11am to 6pm
Thursday
– 11am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday
– 11am – 6pm
Sunday
– 12pm – 4pm

Maven and Grace – Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / Website

INSIDE | Lush Cosmetics West Edmonton Mall

INSIDE | Lush Cosmetics West Edmonton Mall

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If you haven’t heard of Lush by now, you must not like ethically made natural cosmetics that are minimally packaged and avoid testing on animals…

Lush is one of my favourite cult brands and in January they opened their new MASSIVE location at West Edmonton Mall. Massive might even be an understatement as they went from 650 square feet to 2600 – that’s a lot of space for heavenly smelling products! Scroll down for a look at the new space.

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The best part about the store is the multiple sink stations peppered throughout the shop floor so you can test any and every product at your leisure. I love being able to sample products before committing to them! Lately, my favourite products have been It’s Raining Men, Let The Good Times Roll, and Charity Pot. This triple threat when paired together has kept me from my usual misery of having reptile skin over the winter months.

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It’s no surprise to find out that their most popular products are their bath bombs as well as their skincare – they both have a whole wall and a sink station devoted to each of these lines. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as dropping a fresh bath bomb in to water!

Head on down to West Ed to see it for yourself!

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INSIDE | LUX Beauty Boutique

INSIDE | LUX Beauty Boutique

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Now open in their new bi-level location, LUX Beauty Boutique is back and better than before. If you’re a cosmetic junkie, chances are you’ve made this place a second home.

Located in the High Street shopping nook, LUX has curated a collection of beauty products that far exceed your expectations. Each item is handpicked and brands need to be exceptional to be carried here.

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On the main floor, one should expect to find an array of beauty products to test out and admire the packaging of (everything in this store is attractive). I highly recommend swanning around and doing a lap of the shop before stopping at each delightful brand.

Downstairs they’ve set up a beauty lounge for soirees, bridal parties, and tutorials. The space gives off a decadent feeling since the furniture, which is all vintage, is brass and velvet; my heart be still.

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Expect to find cult brands such as Jin Soon nail polish (my current favourite) the highly rated and raved about Ouai (their dry shampoo is supposedly a god-send), and Lipstick Queen (easily the best pigmented lipsticks out there).

Another service LUX offers is their 4 Seasons Boxes. Once you purchase a subscription, you fill out a short survey and each season you receive a customized beauty box. HOW COOL IS THAT? More info on that HERE.

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They even carry two Edmontonian brands so you can doubly shop local: sweet scents from My Daughter Fragrances and  handcrafted eyelashes from Creme de la Creme.

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Not only is it an great place for the ladies, they also have a section for your main man as well.

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A sink station so you can try before you buy!

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You can find LUX Beauty Boutique at:

12515-102 Avenue in High Street
Edmonton, AB
T5N 0M4

HOURS
Monday – Friday
– 10am to 6pm
Saturday 
– 10am to 5pm
Sunday
– 12pm – 4pm

Lux Beauty Boutique – Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / Website

INSIDE | This Must Be The Place Pop-Up

INSIDE | This Must Be The Place Pop-Up

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This Must Be The Place is a holiday pop up shop in Vacancy Hall, located in the basement of the Mercer Warehouse with a curated collection of local artists and designers. It’s the perfect spot to pick out a thoughtful gift for your mom, a close gal pal, or even something for yourself from “Santa.”  Keep scrolling for a sampling of their handmade offerings which include jewelry, leather handbags, stationery, prints, woven pillows, wall hangings, and more!

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Wall hangings – Stranger Designs | Prints – Morgan Wedderspoon

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Clothing + Leather Bags – Stille Nord | Jewelry – Les Arts Plastiques

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Wall Hanging – Stranger Designs | Bags – Tofino Totes

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Ceramics – Stranger Design | Handbag – Vevila | Framed Prints – Leanne Olson | Jewelry – Les Arts Plastiques

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Space Bowls | Brooches – Vevila | Pillows – Hand Wovens (by Jess Fern)

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You can find This Must Be The Place at:

Vacancy Hall
10359 104 St NW,
Edmonton, AB
(Mercer Warehouse Basement)

Open November 17th 2016 – December 18th 2016

HOURS
Thursday – Friday
– 11am to 7pm
Saturday 
– 10am to 6pm
Sunday
– 11am – 5pm

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They’re only open till this Sunday so RUN DON’T WALKKKKK straight to Vacancy Hall right now! If you’re lucky, Ruby the shop dog might even in!

Check out This Must Be The Place on Instagram for more information.

INSIDE | The Weekly

INSIDE | The Weekly

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Located in the basement of the Mercer Warehouse is the Weekly – a hair salon with a barbershop feel and the coziest spot to get a trim, a colour, or a dreamy terrarium. Owned and operated by the equally chill Craig Boa (who also cuts hair too!)

I have been going here for years mostly because I will follow the lovely Miss Patricia Jastrzebski around wherever she goes but ALSO because the ambience in this place is top shelf. It doesn’t hurt that Transcend is across the hall and they make the best London Fog in town too.

 

 

Weekly on Instagram
Facebook
Twitter

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Air plants + terrariums by Patricia | lighting by Conway Electric

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You can find Weekly at:

10363 104 St NW,
Edmonton, AB T5J 1B9
(Mercer Warehouse Basement)

587-524-4247

HOURS
Monday
– 10am to 6pm
Tuesday
– 10am to 7pm
Wedneday
– 10am to 6pm
Thursday
– 10am to 8pm
Friday
– 10am to 6pm
Saturday
– 10am to 4pm
Sunday
– nope

I highly suggest following their Instagram account for some serious hair inspo/envy…. plus cute dogs appear on occasion!

 

 

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They also stock some of my favourite haircare brands such as Kevin.Murphy and Davines – both lines have insanely nice smelling (as well as effective) product.

All of my best hair days can be directly attributed to Patricia who has done magic for me time and time again. Here are just a couple of examples:

when I got bangs | when she perfected my balayage | when she gave me the best mermaid hair

Shop Spotlight – The Artworks

Shop Spotlight – The Artworks

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Very few places in Edmonton are able to momentarily subside my terrible longing for England and The Artworks is one of them. From their dreamy array of jewelry displayed in antique silver cases to their incredible selection of stationery, I could spend a lifetime browsing – and I have. For the last 30 years they have been a destination of the design savvy; their window displays alone are enough to warrant a specific trip to that street corner. Personally, it’s their flower arrangements that truly take me back to Europe as if I were walking around Columbia Road Flower Market in London. 
Find The Artworks in Edmonton City Centre.