Toes-Eez socks are perfect for pedicures.


Bridal budget bliss

Brides-to-be on a budget should be sure to make their way to the Windfall Bridal Gown Auction coming up on Sat., Jan. 27 at the Distillery District. Expect an impressive array of beautiful dresses; over 500 bridal gowns and accessories will be on offer at crazy-low prices (bids start at $50).


All of the gowns are new — they’ve been donated to this local charity by Toronto area businesses and designers to help benefit its worthy clients.

Quality frocks for bridesmaids, mothers-of-the-bride and flower girls are also available in a variety of styles ranging from classic to chicly contemporary, in sizes four to 24.

As a bonus, there is a buy-it-now option for those who want to avoid being outbid. Many stunning dresses can be scooped for $300 on the spot, a steal in the parallel universe that is the bridal realm.

Jewelry, lingerie, veils and swoon-inducing footwear will also be going for a song. Some items are tagged as low as $10. Where: The Distillery District. 100 Mill St.,

When: Sat., Jan. 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Info: For more details, including maps, visit

Warm up your winter

Toes-eez are thong-style socks for gals who dig flip-flops all year — they’re great for around the house and ideal worn during the final stages of a pedicure, as they help cream penetrate the skin and warm the foot while also keeping the toenails exposed.

Most women either smudge their polish by prematurely putting on traditional socks right after having their feet done or skip pedicures altogether during the winter. Toes-eez resolve this dilemma. And with the wonky weather of late, these cuties could even be worn outdoors — at least, to the corner store or to take the recycling out to the curb.

They’re only $10 a pair and are available at select shops and salons around town, including the Johnny Cupello Salon & Spa in Bloor West Village, 2316A Bloor St. W., 416-604-3211, where Toes-eez designer, seasoned esthetician Liana Provenzano, can be found. Alternatively, contact Metro Beauty Supply at 905-791-7977 to find a store near you that carries the line.

Kids can sew

Chelle’s Place, a creative childcare centre and sewing school, launched last month in Toronto’s east end. Here, crafty kids aged six and up can learn how to make their own clothes and accessories — a rarity, as few studios teach children under age 10.

Head instructor Michelle Newby teaches intimate groups (maximum four per class) and reports that through the Kids Can Sew program her keen young students are capably operating sewing machines within just a few weeks. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays after school and also on Saturdays at a cost of $65 per month for four, one-hour sessions (parents must supply materials).

Where: 1958 Danforth Ave., just west of Woodbine.

Info: Call 416-421-8118 for more information or to register your child for classes starting in late January.