Happy Boxing Day!

We hope you’re full and happy from the weekend festivities, whether they involve a Christmas tree or a menorah. If you need to burn off some extra calories, here’s some mad-hot shopping you can do. Fighting the crowds will take some energy, so make sure to have that extra helping of mashed potatoes.

Fred Perry and Oliver Spencer stores are offering 50 to 70 per cent off all of their stock. ‘Tis the time to pick up some beautifully tailored pieces for ladies and gents. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 962 and 964 Queen St. W.  

Visit the Oliver Spencer store for great deals.

Be sure to use ShopCatch while you’re out today. It’s the easiest app to tell you where the best deals are, wherever you are. There are mall maps, store directories and keyword/category searches. Free to download. 

Holt Renfrew is notoriously secretive about their sales; retail sales staff often don’t know about the sales until the day-of. So while we can’t share the exact Boxing Day sales details, we can tell you the Bloor Street outpost will be open as of 7 a.m. All you earlybird shoppers can get there early and be done shopping in time for brunch. 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 50 Bloor St. W.

Holts’ festive holiday window.


Each year, our favourite Ossington boutique, Jonathan + Olivia, has an incredible Boxing Day sale. This year they kicked off their sale early – from December 22 onwards, they’ll be offering up to 70 per cent off select merchandise. This includes markdowns on already reduced items! From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 49 Ossington Ave.

Still a relative newcomer to the Queen West block, Bicyclette Boutique will be closed on Boxing Day but will hold a Boxing Week sale beginning on Monday, December 27. Almost everything in the store will be 30 to 70 per cent off retail. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 880 Queen St. W. 

If you’re not one to battle the crowds on Boxing Day, then head to the Drake Hotel for the first night of the annual What’s In The Box Music Festival. For a measly $5, you can catch Buck 65 and Grandtheft tearing it up in the Underground. This might be the best possible way to burn off those holiday calories.
Photo credit: David Walman

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Rave: Sample sale at Fred Perry, Oliver Spencer, Dunderdon

Up to 75% off clothing? That’s music to our ears. Standard Apparel, distributors of such amazing lines as Oliver Spencer, Fred Perry and Dunderdon, are holding their massive annual sample sale from Thursday, May 26 to Sunday, May 29.

Stylish apparel for men, women and kids will be practically given away. Buy some new duds for yourself, or pick up a surprise gift for someone you love. And while this is a “sample sale”, it’s not only sample sizes – there will be full size ranges.

Get down to 360 Dufferin Street (suite #106) and snap up some snazzy clothing for your wardrobe. Bring your cash or credit card – you will need it.

Just going to the sale enters you to win Filson luggage. Don’t miss out!

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Fashion-able: Fred Perry

It’s getting warmer and we are starting to plan fun outdoor activities again – playing tennis and golf, sailing on the lake, walking in the park and, of course, we need to look cute when we do it.

Distributed by our lovely client, Standard Apparel in Canada, Fred Perry has chic, wearable and preppy pieces for the spring/summer season for women, men and kids.

Dating back to the late 1940s, the Fred Perry brand was born when Austrian footballer Tibby Wegner approached tennis champion Fred Perry with an idea: to invent the very first sweatband. Now the iconic heritage brand carries sports-inspired and camera-friendly apparel, footwear, bags, scarves, accessories and more.

Classically pretty looks for ladies:


Casual looks for the gentlemen:
 Adorably smart looks for kids from the brand new children’s unisex collection:



To top it off, Fred Perry has joined up with Vice Magazine to offer a sweet prize package: three-night hotel accommodation, airfare from anywhere in Canada, two VIP tickets to Pop Montreal music festival and a $250-gift certificate to Fred Perry. This is a contest we sure would like to win. Enter to win at http://viceland.com/fredperrycontest/details.php. *Update: the contest has now closed! Best of luck to those of you who entered, 😉


For more information, visit: www.fredperry.com or call 416.538.3733. Fred Perry is located at 964 Queen St. W. in Toronto. Select merchandise is available at other store locations across Canada. 

Rave: On The Fourth Floor Holiday Gift Guide – Part 1

We know you love shopping as much as we do, but finding the perfect gifts for loved ones can be a difficult task, even for the most seasoned of shoppers. Fear not, On the Fourth Floor has done your shopping for you! Here, we bring you stylish finds from some of our clients for everyone on your list. We’ll bring you even more ideas next week.

For the Budding Designer with Marc Jacobs Style Dreams: Design Your Own Dinner Set from Drake General Store, $68
The creative kid will get design happy this holiday season with Seedling’s Design Your Own Dinner Set from the Drake General Store. Complete with a plate, bowl, mug and egg cup, children can personalize their very own dinner sets with paint, glitter, feathers and ribbons. Sets can be designed with an Alexander Wang-cool aesthetic or with a girly Nanette Lepore touch. Either way, bake them in the oven for an hour and use them for a lifetime.

For the Glamorous Lounger: Cicciabella Cowgirl Slippers from Tryst Lingerie, $65


Finally, there is the perfect accessory for the glam girl’s leopard print Snuggie. Your favourite lounger can kick up her feet in style with Cicciabella Cowgirl Slippers from Tryst Lingerie. Embroidered with faux suede and lined with super soft faux sheepskin, this is one pair of comfy footwear she simply won’t want to take off. Luckily, with hard sole bottoms, she doesn’t have too. 



For the Newlyweds: Starburst Mirror from Homesav.com, $99

Normally retailing for $240, this mirror is a steal for just $99, available on Homesav.com from today until Wednesday. Not familiar with Homesav.com yet? It’s an online shopping destination, offering the latest designer furniture and décor at up to 70 per cent off. The progressive site is the first of its kind in Canada, offering an exciting approach to home decorating.


For the Next Suri Cruise or Romeo Beckham: Wide Stripe Sweater with Initial from You Name It Baby!, $96 



If Suri Cruise has proved anything, it’s that children can be trendsetters too. To keep the kids in your life fashionably on trend, try personalized Wide Stripe Sweaters with Initials from You Name It Baby! Hand-knit, these super soft cotton sweaters feature the child’s first initial against a striped background. Casual and cool, this sweater comes in your choice of colours, and is delivered to your door. 

For the Gourmet Chef with an Apartment-Sized Kitchen: Frigidaire Portable Induction Cooktop, $199

Even the most tolerant chefs can get frustrated with the tiny, ancient stovetops that come with most rental apartments. To help, Frigidaire has come out with this nifty cooktop to bring food to the next level. Aspiring Jamie Olivers can melt chocolate and boil water, and save on utilities at the same time – the cooktop is 70 per cent more efficient than gas and 20 per cent more efficient than electric. Plus, the surface is easier to clean, since heat transfers right to the cookware. Available across Canada at Sears, The Brick, Leon’s, The Bay, and additional select major appliance locations.  

For the Beauty Junkie: Intraceuticals Oxygen Treatment from Bay Dermatology Centre, $225

The beauty-obsessed can now rock Hollywood’s A-list face treatment in Toronto with an Intraceuticals Oxygen Treatment at Bay Dermatology Centre. This non-invasive skin treatment takes only 40 minutes and results last for up to three weeks. Give the gift, and let the beauty fanatical join the list of celebrity Intraceuticals fans, including Katy Perry, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Eva Longoria-Parker and Dsquared² design duo, Dean and Dan Caten. With healing properties that reduce inflammation after IPL or PhotoFacial treatments, chemical peels, acne and sun damage, your skin will be ready for any photo shoot, TV appearance or celebratory occasion – like your next holiday soirée.

For the Yogi Striving for Inner Peace: Passport to Prana, $20 to $30
Help the yoga junkie in your life get Zen with Passport to Prana, the card that helps yogis get acquainted with the city’s best yoga studios at a fraction of the cost. Buy this passport for a yoga class at each of Prana’s destination, boutique and community studios. Regardless of exercise style, Passport to Prana has the class to suit any yoga subscriber. For a gift that keeps on giving, a $30-Toronto card will get the exercise buff in up to 70 yoga classes. Roll out that yoga mat! 

For the Dapper Gent (or one you want to make more dapper): Fred Perry Toggle Shawl Collar Sweater, $215


This cute and cozy sweater is great for almost any dude – stylish, yet manly, and warm enough that you’ll never hear him complain about the cold again. Better yet, it’s timeless cut and colour ensures that he’ll have it around for ages – which means you can swipe it for yourself after a year or two. Available across Canada, at the Fred Perry store in Toronto and online.


For your Mini-Me: Comfy Cardi from Mini Mioche, $42 (infant) and $46 (child)



Mini Mioche makes adorable, organic clothing for infants and children, from newborn to six years. Its Canadian-made line is super soft and available in surprisingly hard-to-find neutrals, like black, grey, olive and natural. Not only will your li’l ones look good, but you can feel good too, since Mini Mioche strives to reduce its carbon footprint as much as possible, with reuseable dyes, water-based or discharge graphic prints, and 100-per-cent recycled materials for everything from hang tags to catalogs. What’s not to love? P.S. Mini Mioche will also open its first bricks and mortar store at 795 Queen West in early December.


For the Foodie Friend: Home-baked Taste with PC Home Baker’s Gift Loaf Pans, $9.99




Channel your inner Martha Stewart and whip up the perfect gift for the foodie on your gift list. PC Home’s Baker’s Gift Loaf Pans are oven-safe, silicone-coated paper pans that make for an easy release after baking. Bake a special treat in one of these reusable pans and tie it up with a fabulous red bow for the perfect presentation.

Need a recipe? Try Martha Stewart’s Banana-Walnut Loaf. Serves 10.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 cups mashed medium very ripe bananas (about 6)
  • 1 cup chopped toasted walnuts (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-5-by-3-inch (2-quart) loaf pan; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with two additions of banana; mix until just combined. Stir in walnuts, if desired, by hand.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached, 60 to 70 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes in pan, then deliver to your loved one!
     
     Happy Shopping!