Preloved recently lost their flagship store in the Queen West Fire. Check out their temporary location at 24 Ryerson Ave., suite 100.


Preloved’s Temporary Digs

If You didn’t hear, Toronto’s pioneering label of eco-chic revamped vintage fashion Preloved sadly lost their flagship store recently in the Queen West fire. Soon the shop will re-open in a new location in the same area, but for now fans of the quirky-cool label can get their spring fix at their nearby production studios at 24 Ryerson Ave., suite 100. Hours are limited to key shopping days: Thursday and Friday: noon to 7 p.m., Saturday noon to 6 p.m. For more details, visit www.preloved.caor call: (416) 703-1936.

Preloved will also be taking part in L’Oreal Fashion Week on March 18 at 2 p.m. Check out the full listings at:

Fabric Swap for Fire Victims

Dilys Tong and the big-hearted team at Sew Be It Studios are hosting a fundraising fabric-swap on April 4, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $10 and 100 per cent of proceeds go to the Queen Street West Fire Trust Fund for victims of this unfortunate blaze. So, purge your closets and project rooms, then head over to Sew Be It in a few weeks to trade your cast-offs for someone else’s tempting stash. Crafters, sewers and home decorating fiends will all enjoy this event. Light refreshments will be served. To participate, please RSVP to info@sewbeitstudio.comor call 416-481-7784. All leftover fabric will be donated to charity.

Where: Sew Be It, 2156 Yonge St., just south of Eglinton.

Mendocino Outlet

Ever Wonder what happens to all the swoon-worthy merchandise from luxe-hip Mendocino after their regular clientele has combed through the sale racks? It ends up over in the Beaches at their outlet store, an East-End secret, where more accessibly-priced yet very of the moment pieces can also be yours year-round. And, right now, frugalistas are in a frenzy as absolutely everything from fall/winter has been super-slashed down and is now tagged at $10, $20 or $30 per item — yes, this includes tops, dresses, blazers, jeans and more. Hoof it there quickly or you’ll miss out on some very satisfying retail therapy. While you’re there, you can also get a taste of the spring goodies coming in as the winter stock scrams.

Where: 2020 Queen St. E. (across from Kew Gardens, beside Ben & Jerry’s), 416-690-7976

Beauty Duty: LypSyl Lip Balm

Winter can be brutal on the skin and particularly on the lips.

To keep your pucker kissably hydrated, consider trying out the latest line of lip softening sticks from LypSyl. These lip balms have a healing beeswax base infused with vitamins A and E, which are incredibly moisturizing.

FF’s fave is the the “Honey-Rose” LypRadiance balm with a subtly pink gloss that keeps lips silky for hours ($5.50 at Shoppers Drugmart and other pharmacies).

Nathalie-Roze Fischer is a designer, writer, bargain-hound and DIY enthusiast. Visit her online at or at her indie shop/studio in Leslieville (1015 Queen St. East).

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