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Hot 5 style suggestions

This month for Hot 5 I have sourced some of the best smells depilators styling hosiery and personal service Calgary has to offer:

1. Rethink the chore of waxing by booking your next appointment at Frilly Lilly which has five locations in Calgary ( frillylilly.ca ). Specialists use different kinds of wax in different areas for better less painful results. Their hygiene standards also go above and beyond and this level of professionalism really puts you at ease from your first visit. Their therapists wax a lot ! This means they are quick but precise and skilled and unfazed. Their beautiful new location in Kingsland has a large pedicure and manicure area that has super comfy seats and an array of pretty varnish shades. Again their dedication to cleanliness is noticeable. Frilly Lilly uses its own brand varnish (it’s very good) which is free from formaldehyde dibutyl phthalate toluene formaldehyde resin and camphor. Oh and you get a free bottle of Frilly Lilly Polish with every pedicure!

2. Make like a celebrity and try a styling session at J Crew in Chinook Centre. These appointments are free and there is no obligation to buy but I bet you’ll want to. I found it particularly useful to learn what fits me in their classic shapes and to discover my favourite trouser cuts. Once you are armed with your sizes you can start to shop smart. J Crew is nearly always promoting something in store so buy when prices are reduced — cashmere feels softer when you’re saving money and that little bit of sparkle you really didn’t need is guilt-free with a discount.

3. Experience personal service at Coco and Violet on Fourth Street S.W. The focus of this chic boutique is the individual and they select quality pieces from reputable brands including Mason by Michelle Mason Vince Rebecca Taylor Joie Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Equipment Current/Elliot Citizens of Humanity and Goldsign plus they will even buy with certain clients in mind. This season they recommend trying some fun florals wide-leg pants and luxurious silk bottoms. The average item costs between $150 and $300.

4. Drugstore air fresheners and scented candles are for the uninitiated — discover your fifth sense at one of Saje ’s three Calgary locations ( saje.ca ) and you’ll never again feel attacked by the faux smell of strawberries or “fresh linen.” The sophisticated aromatherapy blends at Saje aim to influence mood. Invest in one of their nebulizers which infuse your home with natural scent while reducing dust and other common allergens. They make a bedroom more relaxing a study a place to concentrate and a living room a welcoming space. I am completely converted.

5. Austrian’s know their lederhosen so trust Wolford on Stephen Avenue when it comes to hosiery. Every stylist worth their salt knows that what you wear underneath is just as important as what’s on top to dictate shape and ensure a smooth fit. Wolford tights are about $44 a pair which may sound ridiculous but they last for years — literally — so the cost per wear is actually pretty low. I always wash mine in a mesh laundry bag to prevent snagging and prolong their life.

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