Fashion-able: Pour la tête

Brrrr! While we hate to admit it, it’s that time of year again – time for hats!!! From headbands to furs, today on the fourth floor we’ve amalgamated some of our favourite pieces for the fall season. (Psst..click the link below each hat for where to buy info.) 

Ever since Kate Moss rocked that gold turban at the MET ball, we’ve been a little obsessed. Not to mention, it’s great for the days when dry shampoo won’t do the trick. 😉 We found a few knit versions online at ASOS that we’re itching to order. 




The classic toque is always a cozy go-to. Worn rolled up or slouched back, it’s easy to throw on and run out the door. 



Headbands give us that retro early-90s vibe – and we love it. 

A warm, luxe statement piece, a fur hat adds a little oomph to any outfit. 


For a different aesthetic, felt and velour hats make us feel like a really on-trend Carmen Sandiego. Bonus points because you can rock ’em all year long. 

                                            Bowler                                                                       Boater.
Bowlers and boaters are great options for the fall/winter season. The difference between the two styles? The width of the brim.

Rave: The lovely things about winter

Even though Wiarton Willie predicted an early spring, it seems as though winter is not giving up anytime soon. So, we’ve decided to embrace these last few snowy weeks and focus on what we love about winter.


Random strangers shovelling/blowing out your sidewalk and driveway.
There’s nothing better than waking up in the morning, dreading that first snap of cold hitting your face as you head out to shovel, and discovering some early bird has already taken care of your patch of concrete for you. #payitforward



Sitting in a warm and cozy restaurant window at night, watching the snow fall outside. 
The trek to the restaurant might be filled with cold waits for the TTC and slushy sidewalks, but once you’re inside, it almost beats sitting out on a patio in the sun. A warm, dimly light room, delicious dinner and good conversation with someone you love to spend time with is a pretty kick-ass way to hang out indoors.



Bright, sunny skies with fresh white snow covering everything. 
The cold, grey days with fierce winds are the worst of winter, making us long for spring. But there is something pretty magical about waking up to a fluffy blanket of snow sparkling in the sun.



Tobogganing. 
Hopefully you’ve rediscovered your inner kid and taken advantage of our killer snowfall this year by sliding down a hill on a toboggan, Crazy Carpet or even a plastic garbage bag. It’s one of the best ways to enjoy a day outside. And burns a lot of calories.



Wearing layers. 
Whenever fall rolls around, we get pretty excited to layer on our cozy sweaters, jackets, boots and hats. Even by this point in the year, it`s still a great feeling to be wrapped up in a yummy, thick scarf.    


What is your favourite part of winter? Tweet us @rockitpromo.

A sale!

We get tipped off to all kinds of fun things and sometimes we like to share with our readers. Better Styled is having their annual fall/winter blowout sale and it’s a great time to grab some fab pieces at super prices.


Check it out and thank us later.


Fall/Winter Blowout Sale
50 to 80 per cent OFF
Three days only

Friday, February 4 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, February 5 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, February 6 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Brands include:
Gerry Weber
Mac & Jac
Margaret M
Bandolera
Tribal
Jewelery, accessories, belts, and coats included
Sizes 2 to 18

Location:
150 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 806
(1 Block West of Mt. Pleasant, North side of Eglinton)
Phone: 416.485.5100, ext. 0

Debit and cash preferred.

Yum, yum: Delicious soups

We’ve been chatting lots about cold weather noshes, like coffee and hot chocolate. We asked the crew on the fourth floor about another delicious way to warm you from the inside – soup. There are a million varieties of soup and a hot, steamy bowl is just the thing to make you feel warm and cozy when the snow is blowing outside. 

Our favourite picks were a surprising mix of restaurant faves and recipes from mom. Enjoy!

Alana: The absolute BEST soup I’ve ever had was at Auberge du Pommier. Their Cappuccino de Truffe soup is served like a cappuccino (obviously), but filled with pureed mushroom and truffle soup with velvet shank cream and a hunk of parmesan cheese (that you put in your soup to melt). It’s also accompanied by a delicious Parmesan biscuit. It’s pricey at $19, but in my opinion, worth every penny, especially for a nice treat. You won’t find a better mushroom soup out there – trust me!

Debra: I adore the lentil soup at Mashu Mashu in Forest Hill Village. It’s hearty, thick and great on it’s own or with pita and hummous. I used to live across the street and loved going in regularly to get this soup.  

Rachelle: The Senagalese Peanut Chicken from Soup Nutsy. It’s filling, spicy and has tons of flavour. The crunchy peanuts are a nice touch. Soup Nutsy bowls are always awesome, and this is one of the best.  


Lara: I’m not a very big soup person, it just never appeals to me. However, if I do have soup, it is from a few places. I like the pea soup from United Dairy Bakery. I also dig a good bowl of pho, but haven’t yet found a great vegetarian option. Any suggestions?

My favourite soup is my mom’s incredible curried cauliflower soup. You wouldn’t know its cauliflower, and the drizzle of honey on top is a not-too-sweet surprise and cuts the curry. The rich flavour comes from how long the cauliflower is roasted for. Yum.


Michelle: I am not really a huge soup person, but I do love a classic chicken noodle soup once in a while. I mainly eat soup when I am feeling sick, and I will make myself Lipton Chicken Noodle soup and break up a lot of soda crackers into the bowl and let them get a bit mushy. For some reason it is the only thing I can eat when I am feeling under the weather. It makes me feel all warm and cozy so I can rest and get better quickly!


Carly: When in culinary doubt, I see only two options – Google Martha Stewart or head to the nearest Pusateri’s. This gourmet foodie shop has the best PB + J party sandwiches, red velvet cupcakes and asparagus soup. Made with puréed asparagus and a little something spicy, this green soup will fill your daily veggie requirements. Add some cheese, and trust me, this is no cup of Campbell’s.


Christina: My favourite soup is A. Walters’ (a.k.a. my mom’s) homemade potato leek soup. The name doesn’t sound appealing, nor does it look particularly appealing, but it tastes fabulous. It’s thick, a little nutty and warms the heart on a cold winter day. Added benefit? Both my brother and sister aren’t fans, so it leaves more servings for me when I go home for a visit. Ma Dukes is usually great about making extra (thanks, Mom!) and sends it back home with me. 
 
Abby: I am a huge Thai food fan, so I regularly crave the shrimp lemongrass soup from Thai Paradise, a tiny little restaurant in Baldwin Village. It’s pretty authentic, spicy, and the shrimp are so fat and tasty. I love the complex flavours of the soup; lemongrass has got to be one of the most delicious seasonings ever. My mouth is now watering.


Lisa: I don’t care what anybody says! My mom makes the best soup in the whole entire world (ahem… Lara and Christina…). My fave is mushroom. Made with cream, loads of mushrooms, a little flour, some butter, and salt and white pepper to taste. Simple. Savoury. Super fattening. It’s so good. I would tell you all to try some, but she lives in North Bay. 
 

Where do you get your favourite soup? We want to know!

A visit from… Dr. Sandy Skotnicki

Nothing feels better in the dead of winter than a little cosmetic pick-me-up. Whether it’s a bright new red lipstick, quick spray tan or fresh head of highlights, treating yourself is a surefire way to up the cheer levels.

But sometimes we need a little more than a new tube of gloss. Lucky for us, Dr. Sandy Skotnicki at Bay Dermatology Centre, visited the fourth floor and offered us a few long-term ways to freshen up winter-weary skin. Here are a few of her top tips to help you look and feel great.

Dr. Sandy Skotnicki. Photo by George Pimentel.
Twitter: @BayDermCentre

Hollywood Glow
Get your glow back with the amazing Intraceutical Oxygen Facial.

Image courtesy of Intraceuticals.
This facial is used by celebrities, high-profile spas and dermatologists worldwide. The treatment is gentle and non-invasive, using hyperbaric oxygen to hydrate (a must-have for Canadian winters) and infuse skin with vitamins A, C, E, and green tea extracts. All of these elements help fight free radical and environmental damage. The procedure also helps stimulate collagen and elastin production, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The best part is that results are pretty instantaneous and last for up to three weeks!
Before and after. Image courtesy of Intraceuticals.

Freshly scrubbed
Formulab is a brand new skin care line – cleanser, toner and acne treatment. The simple skincare regimen is made with the best ingredients to achieve specific results. While “natural” and “organic” are always seen as preferable, many people don’t realize that even natural ingredients like tea tree oil or lavender can cause allergic reactions. That said, the line does steer clear of unnecessary synthetic ingredients (like fragrance or dyes).



The line contains benzyol peroxide, still proven to be one of the best ways to treat acne. One of the best features of the line is that every ingredient included is listed, with an explanation as to why it’s there. Neat.

Email lisa@rockitpromo.com for where to buy or for more info. 

Go big or go home
If you want to look more trim, but hate the thought of a gym routine, we have something a little more instant and a little less work-intensive. We all know you can’t spot train pesky areas that just can’t seem to get as tight and toned as you’d like.

To solve this common problem, Dr. Skotnicki offers UltraShape Contour Version 3 fat reduction and body contouring. This very gentle, pain-free treatment uses ultrasonic waves to break down fat cells, permanently. You can target your abdomen, or inner and outer thighs with the 60 to 90 minute procedure, and you don’t even need anesthesia. There is also no recovery period, so you can strut out of the office. After three treatments, you can see an average of four to ten centimeters. Seriously!  

Dr. Skotnicki’s Bay Dermatology Centre has become a mecca for beauty junkies. Book one of these winter pick-me-ups, and start your year looking and feeling better than ever.

Fashion-able: Stylish winter dates

During the summer, we chatted about some favourite stylish dates that were easy on the wallet. Since the holidays have come and gone, and our social calendars are looking a little more empty, we thought we’d share more thoughts about fun dates that will still let you pay off your credit card.

Get Outside!
Suck it up and embrace this long, cold winter. It will go by faster, and you’ll have fond memories of the times you spent outdoors. Fo’ realz.

Tobogganing – any big hill in the city!
There are strong debates about which hills are best for the crazy carpets, but whether east end or west end, this is one of the most fun daytime (or nighttime) winter activities. You’ll get some exercise, fresh air and have a great excuse to indulge in some boozy hot chocolate after.

High Park tobogganing, circa 1906-1910, from the torontoist.

Buy a crazy carpet for about $6, grab your posse and head out to the hills. It’s possibly more fun as an adult. More body weight means you zoom down that hill even faster. 

This is one of the coolest things in the city (well, in Etobicoke). An outdoor skating trail, not a rink, lets you enjoy the weather, snow and breeze from the lake. Gliding over the temperature-controlled curving trail is a more interesting than skating around in a circle at Nathan Phillips Square (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). Grab your sweetheart and holds hands while you fly down the ice. 


Keep Warm
Ok, so sometimes you just don’t feel like “having fun” outside in the -21 degree blizzard. Fair enough. Here are some great ways to enjoy warmth and coziness inside.
In the east end of Toronto, there is a little gem of a bowling alley in the basement of a dingy building. Forget paying $37.50 for 30 minutes; Danforth Bowl is fun, casual and affordable. It’s basically like being transported back to 1997. There are funky lights, ‘N Sync on the CD player and bowls of free party mix on every table. And, get ready to whip out those rusty math skills – there’s good ol’ fashioned hand scoring. None of that fancy computer scoring stuff. 
It’s kind of like being in mom and dad’s basement. But with bowling. 
Plus, who wouldn’t want to spend an evening somewhere with the slogan “Large or small you’ll have a ball – guaranteed!”? Sign us up.

The new TIFF headquarters is brilliant – lots of screens, a convenient downtown location and even a fairly inexpensive and delicious cafeteria. We’re impressed with their diverse roster of offerings so far. They’ve been playing everything from a retrospective on Mary Pickford and a screening of The Passion of Joan of Arc with a live orchestra, to the amazing Tim Burton show and a series of top 10 Canadian films. 
There is something for everyone, and what better way to pass a snowy day than by snuggling inside a movie theater with hot, buttery popcorn?  

For those with kids, this amazing indoor playground lets them run around and play while you catch a few minutes of quiet time. Amazon has the always-popular ball pit, climbing structures, swings and slides, as well as spots for kids to play dress up. There are also spots to eat snacks, couches for you to read magazines, and even summer day camps. 
It’s so much fun, you might even be inspired to jump into the ball pit with your mini-me. 

Where are your favourite winter date spots? Tweet us @rockitpromo!

Yum, yum: Hot chocolate

While we personally recommend layers of cashmere, there is another way to stay warm this winter. Pair your Vince sweaters with hot chocolate, and you’ll stay fashionably hot in even the coldest of Canadian winters. From Dark Horse Espresso to Cloud Espresso Bar and Aroma Espresso Bar, here are some of the city’s best cups of cocoa.
Dedicated to improving Toronto’s coffee scene one latte at a time. With its third location, Dark Horse Espresso is changing the way Queen Street does hot chocolate. Prepared with cocoa powder-based syrup made in-house, the hot chocolate from this super popular Queen Street coffee joint is skillfully blended. Heavy on the milk side, with just the right amount of slightly sweet cocoa, this Dark Horse Espresso specialty drink strikes the perfect balance of milk to chocolate.


Cloud Espresso Bar
Just steps away from the new Oliver Spencer store, Cloud Espresso Bar is churning out fresh pressed paninis and cups of creamy hot chocolate. A hot spot for the creative crowd, former Bonjour Brioche chef, Vladimir Martinez, is the culinary brains behind this inspired menu. You can order with skim or one per cent milk, but any way you have it, Cloud Espresso Bar’s hot chocolate is the stuff of foodie dreams.
From one of our favourite lunch spots in the city comes one of the sweetest hot chocolates in town. Aroma Espresso Bar is famous for its Israeli salads, exotic fruit juices and mint lemonade, but it’s their hot chocolate that keeps us coming back for more. 
In true DIY fashion, drinkers will mix together their own bowl of steaming hot milk with bars of chocolate. Calling all die-hard chocolate lovers – this is one serious cup of choco made just for you.
Pile on those layers and drink up. Where’s your favourite ho-cho spot? Tweet us @rockitpromo!