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      Sip Of The Month: Cucumber Fizz Cocktail

      Sip Of The Month: Cucumber Fizz Cocktail

      Stay "cool as a cucumber" this summer with our subtly sweet and oh-so refreshing Cucumber Fizz Cocktail. This is the perfect hot-weather sip!


      CUCUMBER FIZZ COCKTAIL
      Serves 1

      INGREDIENTS   
      2 oz Cucumber, peeled and roughly chopped
      1⁄2 oz lemon juice
      1⁄2 oz Simple syrup
      Lemonade or club soda
       Garnish: 1 sprig of fresh mint, cucumber slices and lemon zest
       
      HOW TO MAKE THE CUCUMBER FIZZ COCKTAIL
      In a shaker, muddle the cucumber.
      Add the vodka, St-Germain, lemon juice and simple syrup, and fill with ice.
      Shake vigorously and strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice.
      Garnish with mint, cucumber slices and lemon zest and top with lemonade or club soda. Enjoy!


      Recipe and Photo via Liquor

      To Do: Fashion In The City

      To Do: Fashion In The City

      We are sharing 6 fashionable things that you absolutely can not miss in Toronto this summer. Whether you're staycationing, new in town or just passing through, there will be something on this list that sparks your interest: 

      1. Manolo Blahnik The Art of Shoes: A stunning retrospective by one of the world’s most influential figures within the fashion industry. For over 45 years, Blahnik’s inventiveness and superb artisanship has crossed boundaries between fashion and art, inspiring elegance and perfection. This is the final and only North American venue to showcase this travelling exhibit, so don't miss out! Previous stops on the international tour included Milan, Saint Petersburg, Prague and Madrid.

      Where: The Bata Shoe Museum
      When: May 16, 2018 - January 6, 2019


      2. Iris Van Herpen: Transforming Fashion:  The exhibition explores the extraordinary designs of Dutch couturier, Iris van Herpen, through her 2008-2015 collections that push the boundaries of traditional fashion and craftsmanship.

      Where: Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
      When: June 2, 2018 - October 8, 2018

      3.  60 Years of Made In Italy: Celebrates Italian Heritage Month in Canada and pays homage to the sartorial leaders of Italian design including esteemed fashion houses Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Valentino, Moschino, Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, and more dating back to 1951 to present day. 

      Where: Yorkville Village
      When: June 1, 2018 - July 3, 2018

      4. An Afternoon with Diana Vreeland, Empress of Fashion: She inspired designers, models, photographers. She transformed what a fashion magazine could be. And at the age of 60-plus, she embraced the revolutionary spirit of the 1960s, showcasing the era's game-changing fashions and personalities in the pages of Vogue, where she was editor-in-chief. Diana Vreeland (1903-1989) was unique, an opinionated eccentric, self-taught. Join Revue Cinema for this special screening of the documentary "Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel" plus, Bata Shoe Museum senior curator Elizabeth Semmelhack will introduce the film and take part in a Q&A.
       
      Where: Revue Cinema 400 Roncesvalles Avenue Toronto, ON
      When: June 17, 2018

      5. The Rosè Picnic: Take part in the BIGGEST Rosè Picnic in Toronto, dedicated to great wine, delicious food, and music from Canada’s top Djs. Be the first to experience unobstructed views of the city skyline and Lake Ontario at the historic Stanley Barracks and Hotel X Toronto. The lawns of Stanley Barracks and Hotel X Toronto will be transformed into a sea of pink and white as guests eat, drink, dance, or relax on pink picnic blankets throughout the day and into the evening. You will enjoy sipping an assortment of fabulous rosé wines, while savouring the delicious food of celebrity chef Mark McEwan.

      Where: Stanley Barracks at Hotel X Toronto 111 Princes' Blvd, Toronto
      When: August 11, 2018

      6. African Fashion WeekEach August, all eyes turn to Canada’s most prominent diversity event: African Fashion Week Toronto (AFWT). Buyers,
      retailers, celebrities, models, VIPs along with thousands of national and international audiences and press come to Toronto, which for five days become the heartbeat of the city, debuting the latest collections of top designers and brand. Don't miss out on this years new looks!

      Where: Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
      When: August 30, 2018 - September 2, 2018

      Sip Of The Month: Aperol Spritz

      Sip Of The Month: Aperol Spritz

      Just as fashion changes with the season, cocktails do as well. This summer the Italian-born, Aperol Spritz is the go-to aperitivo for hot days or breezy nights. Typically made with Aperol, sparkling wine, oranges and club soda, the spritz is a refreshing drink with a lovely bittersweet flavour.

      Besides being simple and delicious, its vibrant orange colour and light, fizzy mouthfeel bring a sense of joy to any moment making it the perfect summer sip. 

      Today we toast to #BeverageDay with the perfect #Spritz.

      414 Likes, 22 Comments - Aperol Spritz (@aperolspritzofficial) on Instagram: "Today we toast to #BeverageDay with the perfect #Spritz."

       

       

      APEROL SPRITZ
      Start by adding ice into the glass, then pour in the Prosecco, the Aperol and add a splash of soda, top with a slice of orange. This serving avoids the Aperol settling at the bottom.

      Preparation Time: 5 min

      step 1
      FILL A WINE GLASS WITH ICE

       

      step 2


      COMBINE PROSECCO DOC FOLLOWED BY APEROL IN EQUAL PARTS

       

      step 3


      ADD A DASH OF SODA

       

      step 4


      GARNISH WITH AN ORANGE SLICE

       
      Salute! Enjoy
      Recipe and Photo via Aperol

      Summer In The City: Playlist

      Summer In The City: Playlist

      Summer and the city have finally collided and we're celebrating with our fave female musicians from Toronto. From old to new, these women rock. Enjoy!

      1. Say It Right –– Nelli Furtado
      2. Help I'm Alive –– Metric
      3. Dear Darling –– Mary Margaret O'Hara
      4. Summertime –– Molly Johnson
      5. Black Velvet –– Alannah Myles
      6. Money –– The Beaches
      7. Dreams Tonight –– Alvvays
      8. I Feel It All –– Feist

      Gift Guide: Unique Mother's Day Gifts For The Unique Mother

      Gift Guide: Unique Mother's Day Gifts For The Unique Mother

      With Mother's Day just around the corner, we wanted to forgo the usual flowers and say "I love you" with something a bit more stylish, because frankly, Mom truly deserves the best gift(s). Here are 8 ideas we think she would love.  

      To show our appreciation for ALL of you fabulous women out there, here's a little something for you... Free shipping for the entire month of May!
      Shop online with code: FREESHIPPING and receive free shipping (in Canada and the United States), no minimum purchase necessary.
       
      1. VIP (Very Important Pocket) Handbag Organizer ($59 Shop in Store): Let Mom know just how important she is by gifting her this handbag organizer that will carry all of her essentials and lets her change purses without forgetting a thing. FYI... Tintamar is a fabulous company from Paris and Helene Clarkson is the only shop in Toronto where you can purchase their travel goods!


      2. Nadi Wrap ($79 Shop in Store or Online)
      Simple folds and twists and the strategic use of buttons let you wear this wrinkle-free piece a minimum of seven different ways. It works as a stylish scarf, poncho, shawl, skirt and at least three different tops. A must-pack for a weekend getaway and the single most important item that Mom can take- aside from her purse- on a flight.


      3. Lofttan Silver Chandelier Earrings ($37 Shop in Store)
      : Gift Mom a little bling to make her day extra sparkly. These silver chandelier earrings with an eye-catching Swarovski crystal droplet can easily go from day to night making them versatile and unique.

      4. Tintamar VIP Vanity ($69 Shop in Store): For the Mom who needs to stay organized, this travel vanity will keep her essentials neat and tidy. Made from water-resistant nylon, this vanity has three separate transparent zipped compartments so that toiletries can easily be seen and kept in place.


      5. Halle Reversible Skirt ($159 Shop in Store or Online)
      : This is the prettiest A-line skirt with a lovely swing to it and it's fully reversible, with no seams showing anywhere. Mom will love the floral print too!


      6. Lofttan Starter Chain Necklace In Rose Gold, Silver or Gold ($63 Shop In Store)
      : Show Mom just how much she's appreciated with this statement necklace from the Lofttan line of jewelry. The smart thing about this piece is that you can add different jewelry strands. A basic set of three strands and one set of hardware, can give Mom a minimum of twelve different looks.  
      7. Tintamar Travel Jewelry Bag ($69 Shop in Store): Keep the family jewels safe and gift Mom this protective, hand-held safe that carries jewels in first class.

      8. Sydney Reversible Dress ($179 Shop in Store or Online)This beautiful dress can be worn two ways so that Mom can change up her look whether going from day to night or casual to dressy. The lovely neck detail can be worn in the front or in the back and there is a little side slit for easy movement. The perfect dress for summer. 

      Happy Mother's Day
      xx

      Mother's Day: Helene's Playlist

      Mother's Day: Helene's Playlist

      To all of the fabulous mother's, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, daughters and special women in our lives... this one's for you! 
      Happy Mother's Day from Helene Clarkson

      1. Mama's Pearl –– Jackson 5
      2. Tell Mama –– Etta James
      3. Loves Me Like A Rock –– Paul Simon
      4. Woman –– John Lennon
      5. Mother –– Pink Floyd
      6. Let It Be –– The Beatles
      7. Mother's Little Helper –– The Rolling Stones
      8. Mama Said –– The Shirelles
      9. To Love Somebody –– Nina Simone
      10. Days Like This –– Van Morrison
      11. Heroes –– David Bowie
      12. Does Your Mother Know –– Abba
      13. Victoria –– The Kinks
      14. The Kids Are Alright –– The Who