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MONTREAL FASHION WEEK SPRING/SUMMER 2012

Fashion your seatbelts (yes, I stole this line). Montreal Fashion Week is just around the corner. For four days in fall Montreal’s fashion-obsessed gather to preview what’s in store for next spring and summer 2012…

FESTIVAL MODE & DESIGN MONTREAL

The Festival Mode & Design Montreal is a glorious outdoor event that combines the city’s many loves: fashion, design, music and al fresco living. If you’re planning a getaway to our mighty metropolis this summer, this is a must-see, must-do from August 3 to 6, for fashion and design hounds, as well as the general culture curious. And best of all, it’s free…

WHERE TO BUY A BATHING SUIT IN MONTREAL

Left your bikini at home? All that last minute packing – flats to go with the linen shift dress, heels to wear at dinner, jean shorts, t-shirts, sunscreen, passport, floppy hat – it’s easy to forget this summer essential. Well, boo hoo, now I guess you have to go shopping. Here are some spots in Montreal to get you pool-ready in no time…

LE CARTET: CASUAL LUNCH IN A GOURMET BOUTIQUE

Like any other well-touristed neighbourhood in the world, Old Montreal has its fair share of traps serving overpriced and mediocre food to unknowing travellers. A tell-tale sign one should always steer clear of: plasticized menus with faded photos of the dishes. The good news is that those places are outnumbered by lovely restaurants and cafés that showcase the best this city can offer – you just have to know where to go…

MONTREAL GETS THE ROYAL TREATMENT

Will and Kate will continue their royal romance this summer as they travel to Canada in their first official visit as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Montreal will be rolling out the red carpet on July 2! If you’re ready to get in the royal mood, then you better give yourself the royal treatment by doing what the Royals would do…

SUMMER AT JEAN-TALON MARKET

Locals know that a summer stroll around Montreal’s markets is not only a chance to connect local farms to your table, it’s also a chance for us to check each other out in the long-awaited sunshine…

MONTREAL STREET FASHION

Montreal is considered the fashion capital of Canada- and for good reason. When people visit from far and wide, they’re unfailingly impressed by how Montrealers endure the cold winters with fashionable layering and one of a kind coats and boots. Then they’re even more impressed in the sizzling summer when they see how Montrealers take it all off and delight in the Montreal heat…

MONTREAL FASHION SECRETS

It takes but a quick saunter down any Montreal street to discover that the stylish reputation of Montrealers is well-earned. Montreal is a true fashion city: cutting-edge; inspired by international trends, architecture, nature, movement and visual arts; and unafraid of creative individuality when it comes to personal style. That’s why local designers, whether world famous or neighbourhood secrets, are worth visiting on your next trip. Here are four of my personal favourites, each of whom represents a key part of Montreal’s incomparable style…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (MAY 27-29)

This last weekend in May could be said to mark, if not the beginning of summer, the end of spring. With sunny days and warm temperatures on the very, very near horizon, the final days of May are anything goes. Weird, wild experimental theatre and dance? Check. A fancy food festival? Check. An entire day wherein all the city’s museums are free of charge? Check. An outdoor dance party on an island in the middle of the St-Laurent river? Aw yeah, check…