MTL SHOPS & MORE
Where to shop and what to see in Montreal
By Jennifer Howe
Shine bright all year long with these sparkly beauty finds.
The Body Shop Shimmer Bauble is your gateway to a gleaming complexion. Combining copper and gold shimmer beads, this limited-edition product can be used on the face or the body to get a radiant glow.
The Body Shop Shimmer Bauble, C$22 at The Body Shop.
Turn up the glitz with Marc Jacobs Beauty Tonite Lights Glitter Dust in Ultraviolet Light. This all-day shimmering shadow can be worn alone or layered for an extra-dramatic ...
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May 2014 be your best and most fashionable yet!
Prila founders Priya Judge and Laurie Kader dish on fine-jewelry design and discovering gems in their own backyard.
How did you two come together to start your Montreal-based custom-jewelry line?
"We met and instantly bonded on our discussions of design and our passion to create."
What made you choose made-to-order over mass production?
" Mass production is not unique. Our fine jewelry pieces speak for themselves, and we can create just about anything!"
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
"Our designs are artistic and glamourous. We focus mainly on this aspect when creating our pieces. We want our jewels to stand out and be exquisite."
What inspires you?
"Travels to Asia. There is something very special about centuries-old cultures, a lot of colours and shapes and old world charm…there is a lot of warmth and feeling."
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By Janna Zittrer
Beauty products are like wine—not in the they-get-better-with-age sort of way (seriously, most beauty products have a max shelf life of one year), but as with any bottle of vino, a higher price doesn’t always mean a better buy. Having tried a ton of beauty products in my time as a magazine editor, I’ve decided to share a few of my favourite splurges and steals. Whether you’re talking about grape juice or grooming products, taste is undoubtedly subjective, but spending your hard-earned money wisely is always worth a "Cheers!"
One dip in this bottle and you’ll never want to look at a cotton ball again. If the insanely speedy polish removal doesn’t impress you, the surprisingly inoffensive smell should.
Sephora Collection Instant Nail Polish Remover, C$11 at
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Although you're based in Istanbul, you visit Montreal regularly. What is it about this city that keeps you coming back?
"Montreal has always offered me a sense of comfort, warmth, and freedom. Being here nourishes my soul—the charm of the city, its friendly faces, the enduring friendships, and, of course, the liberating nature that encompasses it."
Tell us about your eponymous jewerly line.
"Mira Sadi Jewels is comprised of handmade sterling silver and
24-karat gold-plated designs that are each unique in their compilation of semi-precious stones and pearls. They’re made in limited quantity in order to adhere to its culture of individuality and self-expression. I launched the line in April 2012, and it’s now present in more than 10 countries across the world and within well-renowned names such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Harvey Nichols."
You launched the line a little more than a year ago. What motivated you to make the jump into jewelry design?