Swim cap by Whoosh Heads will help protect hair.



Men’s style scribe and novelist Russell Smith has just launched a chic lifestyle site for the urban male.

Expect informed tips on what to wear, where to eat and drink and even relationship advice for the semi-progressive T.O. man. Visit www.xyyz.cato judge it for yourself, but FF applauds this much needed e-letter for the boys. Watch for seminars and events on everything from wardrobe consulting to seduction strategies by Josey Vogels. Subscribe to www.xyyz.ca, and score a $25 GotStyle (www.gsmen.com) gift certificate. Not too shabby.

Beauty duty

If (like FF does) you’ve got wavy or curly hair prone to frizz-outs in the steamy summer months, consider investing in the Curl Around shampoo and conditioner combo by John Frieda (both less than $7 at Shoppers Drug Mart and other outlets). Luscious, glossy locks are yours without having to pay the big bucks for salon products — plus these gentle potions smell good too.

In the swim

Speaking of hair woes, don’t forget to protect your mane when swimming. Colour-treated or permed hair can morph into a wonky, fried mess when exposed to chlorine in public pools. Enter stylish caps by Whoosh Heads for less than $10. FF digs its fresh graphics and candy colours, especially the lime green cap with a butterfly motif on the side. Check out the other designs and a list of retailers at www.whooshheads.comor pick one up at Cyclepath (5330 Yonge St., 416-512-2538).

Fresh retail

Indie designer clothing source Boga Moda (10 Wellesley St. W., 416-964-6395, www.bogamoda.com) recently opened up at Wellesley and Yonge, offering up a street-sweet mix of girly wearables with a slight edge. Finds include cute buttons and bags from Accessureyes, quirky textile collage tops from Mechanical Donkey, limited-edition imports from Mexico and Argentina, as well as funky-chunky pendants from Beau Bijou. As a bonus, these few-of-a-kind pieces are all affordable, offering lots of bang for your fashion dollar with several items priced well below $50.


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