West-end scenemakers and girly-girls alike love the newish Barberella Salon on Dundas Street West — it’s just a few doors down from Canadian fashion hub Skirt. More key, it’s where to go for professional yet highly personal service in an attitude-free atmosphere. Seasoned stylists Taraleigh Wallace and Shelley King have created an inviting salon with a sweet vintage vibe — vanities and antique mirrors are peppered around the space, rather than the usual chrome fixtures. And, while they are never pushed on customers, hard-to-find dreamy products are on offer. Both gals consistently deliver sexy, contemporary looks for men and women at accessible prices (cuts from $40, colour from $50, highlights starting at $80). Give them a dingle, if — as is the case for most — it’s time to update your look for fall.
Where: 891 Dundas St. W. (416-408-0440), about four blocks west of Bathurst on the south side.
Fall favourites at Reitmans
This is an especially strong season at Reitmans, and — as always — this Canadian retailer presents a rich index of options for various figures at more than fair prices. FF was particularly impressed with some of the vampy tops and dresses, including one bias-cut lovely that echoed of Marilyn Monroe in stretchy brown or black with a deep V-neck and buckle detail ($55). Well-cut pants (cropped and full-length) abound as well — most priced between $26 and $29 a pair. And several fashion-forward wrap-tops, camisoles in stretch velvet chiffon trimmed jersey knit cardigans, plus trendy fitted vests (the new alternative to the shrunken blazer), jackets and lots more. And, almost all of these funky items are tagged at under $40. Whether you need office-friendly separates, casual gear or eveningwear, they’ve got it. FF’s fave: The wrap sweater, essentially a pashmina with long sleeves — only $36 (available in black, brown, butterscotch or robin’s egg blue). www.reitmans.com
Cabbagetown Art & Crafts
This weekend (Sept. 8-10) make sure to stop by Riverdale Farm to enjoy the much anticipated Cabbagetown Art & Crafts sale. This annual show consistently boasts a range of local and out-of-province talents in a gorgeous setting that makes it easy to let go of summer and embrace fall. FF loves perusing the booths (this year’s event features more than 170) of jewelry and clothing designers as well as yummy gourmet edibles and quirky paper goods too. Faves include jewelry by Barber’s Daughter, Marmalade, Lunacy Beads and Dushka — plus felted bags by Caroline Flake, silkscreen printed tees by Yasmine Louis, Japanese-influenced clothing by Momo and AKA Clothing’s revamped vintage wearables for men.
Try to get to Carlton and Parliament streets — where the festival begins — early in the day to peruse the nuggets on offer at the copious yard sales in this artistic and affluent neighbourhood.
When: Tomorrow, 3-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10-6 p.m., and Sunday, 10-6 p.m.