where to go & what to wear • page B06-07
universityofwindsor’s studentnewspaper • dec.14.2011 • vol#84 • issue#15 • uwindsorlance.ca
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HOLIDAYGIFTGUIDE Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Festivus & Winter Solstice
•find unique gifts •avoid the malls •support local •save money
oliday shopping can be a less than joyous experience. Fighting through the mall against what seems like the entire population of the city to buy things that your friends and family don’t need or want, while handing over more money than you’d planned to massive corporations. It doesn’t have to be like that. You don’t have to buy generic, boring presents from massive chains. You don’t have to cringe at the “Made in China” tags as you visualize your hard earned money go dashing through the snow in to the bank accounts of Wal-Mart, Chapters and the Gap.
We wish you a merry axe-mas Gibson Melody Maker (USA) ($500 Riverside Guitar Shop | 4774 Wyandotte St. E | 519-945-5551)
While finding great local gifts in Windsor is not as easy as it is in big cities, it can be done and the reaction when someone unwraps a vintage dress, a hand-made bag or a piece of original art is always better than the forced, “Oh, cool … thanks,” that follows the unfortunate unveiling of a packet of sport socks.
Over the next few pages, we offer a few ideas from some of our favourite local shops and artisans. Some are locally made and others are just interesting items found at great independent shops in Windsor. By no means is this all that’s available outside of the malls and big-box stores, but hopefully there is something that will give you your own ideas and put your holiday dollars in the tills of your neighbours.
The fox and the houndstooth vintage fox fur stole, houndstooth 3/4 coat & black patent purse ($25-145 Penny Jane’s | 1648 Wyandotte St. E | 519-971-8734)
u assembled by stephen hargreaves • photos m.n. malik & courtesy retailers
Relive local past through 138 photographs Windsor Then by Chris Edwards ($20 Juniper Books | 1990 Ottawa St. | 519-258-4111 | juniperbooks.ca)
Clean up with all-natural hand-made soap Walkerville Soap Works Lavender Dream ($4 Walkerville Soap Works | walkervillesoapworks.com)
Made by the Kushi tribe in Afghanistan Kushi slipper boots ($17 Casa Chavela | 405 Pelissier St. | 519-254-6865)
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Take note; handcrafted in Windsor planners & notebooks ($10-25 Pocket Squares | etsy.com/shop/PocketSquares) A gift that keeps on spinning CR40 Crosley Mini Turntable ($99 Dr. Disc | 471 Ouellette Ave. | 519253-9744 | drdiscrecords.com)
Localy hooked hats & creations for all ages crocheted hats ($12-38 The Hook Pusher | hookpusher.com)
Red hot high-tops for a cold winter Supra Hot Pack ($119 BB Branded | 347 Ouellette Ave. | 519-253-3960 | bbbranded.com)
Purrrrr-fectly ethically handmade in India leather cat pencil case ($12 Ten Thousand Villages | 624 Chilver Rd. | 519-255-1293 | tenthousandvillages.ca)
get a hold of this handmade clutch MEK denim peacock clutch ($40 MEK | email@example.com)
Donâ€™t limit yourself to one print this season Pink Martini coat ($158 Envy Boutique | 1645 Wyandotte St. E | 519-252-2222 | envyous.ca)
Represent Windsor around the globe On Windsor tee ($25 Spotvin | 131 Elliott St. W | 519-984-5031 | spotvin.com)
Hand blown glass art designed by Eva Milinkovic & Kriston Gene Studio Line : tubes : olive and aqua (call for pricing Tsunami Glassworks | 1167 Mercer St. | 519-258-7745 | tsunamiglassworks.com)
Get your hands on UWindsor spirit 100% New Zealand wool UofW mitts ($18 UWindsor Bookstore | Sunset Ave. & Wyandotte St. W | 519-973-7018 | bookstore.uwindsor.ca)
Satisfy somone’s seasonal sweet-tooth Candy Bra ($20 Maxine’s Adult Playground | 323 Ouellette Ave. | 519-255-7399 | maxinesadultplayground.com) Put on a warm coat ... of spray paint Freak Out and Break Stuff mini by Denial 12”x18” spray paint & acrylic on wood limited run of 100
($100 Printhouse | 510 Pelissier St. | 519-551-3825 | denialart.com)
Local couture fashion that makes an impact yellow polka dot dress ($70 Dilly Daisy | dillydaisy.com)
Arrive so fashionably late it’s vintage vintage three-piece suit ($240 Jones & Co. Vintage | 1755 Wyandotte St. E | 519-252-6448)
Rockin’ around the Christmas twee A Very She & Him Christmas - red vinyl LP ($24 | Ah Some Records | 2343 Pillette Rd. | 519-946-0583)
Warm up in fair-trade/organic spirit Taloola Special Blend Coffee ($7.50 Taloola Café | 396 Devonshire Rd. | 519-254-6652)
Protect your holiday treats from the undead The Walking Dead lunchbox ($17 Rogues Gallery Comics | 327 Chatham St. W | 519-254-9482 | rgcomics.com)
Pour yourself some holiday spirits Holiday drinks glasses ($16-26 Behind the Wood | 515 Ouellette Ave. | 519-915-4914)
NYE 2o12 your guide to
wHat to wear?
ClutCH anD CHanGe Gear
ew Year’s eve, is an occasion to dress up, go a little over the top and shine. Shine in metallic fabrics, in silver or gold, or stay a little safe in classic, elegant black. No matter your style or budget, with enough creative thinking you can come up with a fashion statement that will have everyone taking notice for all of the right reasons.
men: keep it simple
Since many of the dresses you’ll be wearing to say farewell to 2011 will be black or sliver, make yourself pop with the addition of a colourful clutch. Go for the ultimate holiday colour; red or keep it cool with an icy light blue.
If you have a well-cut modern suit that fits wear that. Seriously, if you have the daring and the money, then splash out on something a little less business, but only if you can have it tailored properly first. For the rest of us … wear a suit that fits. Providing you have such a piece, turn up the style with subtle accessories. Pick up a shirt with Frenchcuffs and toss in a pair of cufflinks. Pick up a tie that compliments what your date is wearing, but importantly does not match, finish off with a simple tie bar.
women: make it Yours Before you thumb through a pile of glossy magazines chasing the latest looks, keep one thing in mind; more important than trends or fads is fit. If your dress doesn’t fit, no matter how couture it is, you’ll look like you’ve borrowed it last minute from your ugly stepsister.
If you are feeling extra bold you can wear a hat (no, not a baseball cap), swap the tie for a bow-tie, even introduce a patterned shirt. But before you leave the house, look in the mirror and if you look like you a wearing a costume, remove enough accessories until you look more Dec. 31 than Oct. 31.
Think about your figure when picking a dress, look at the cut of the garment. If you are lucky enough to get a decent shop assistant, ask them what they recommend. The most important thing is finding a figure-flattering dress, one that accentuates the right areas and conceals the areas you’d rather not display.
Men have it pretty easy when going formal. But if you push the boundaries a little you can look sharp, stylish and sophisticated all at once.
High on the list of things ‘not to display’ is underwear. While sleeveless and strapless dresses are turning a warm shoulder to this holiday season’s trends, it’s your shoulders and arms you want to show off, not your bra straps. If you wear a strapless dress, wear a strapless bra. Be aware of the popularity of dresses when going in to chain-stores. If you find a massive rack of a great dress at a great price, it’s likely everyone else has it. To avoid showing up at your NYE party in the same piece as everyone else, there are a few options. Firstly, go for something original. This doesn’t have to be overly expensive either; local fashion design house Dilly Daisy sells original handmade dresses from about $60. Secondly, go vintage. Now with three vintage shops in Windsor (Jones & Co., Aquarius and Penny Jane’s) you’ll have a pretty good chance of finding
wHere to Go? Historically the best NYE parties are house parties, but we know that now that you look this good you’re going to want to show off out on the town.
something exciting and original. Lastly, accessorize. With the right additions you can change the look of any dress, old or new.
stole tHe sHow
You can turn a simple dress into something full of 50s Hollywood/New Year’s Eve glamour with a the addition of a fur stole. Go feaux fur or vintage fur and not only will you be saving a few furry
friends, but you’ll be saving money.
BlinG in tHe new Year
This New Year’s Eve go big with an oversized ring, chain or cuff. Pick one piece and make it a statement, if you try and combine too many impact pieces you may come off looking like a mannequin in a jeweller’s window.
If you are heading downtown, Boom Boom Room is going fairly cheap at $15 in advance, while for $30 Loft will toss in a few hours d’oeuvres and a sparkling toast as the ball drops. At Symbol, tickets are $25 and feature a piano bar, appetizers, champagne and late night pizza. If you want to celebrate a little differently, Beer Market is hosting a masquerade ball, Phog is throwing a dance party, The Loop/Pogo’s/ FM Lounge/The Coach and Horses will host a party three floors high, with live music and DJs, and Panache is offering a choice of a $50 dinner or drop by for free after the plates have been cleared.
NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY LISINGS Whitestar : 63 Pitt St. E upper Champagne toast, two drinks and appetizers : $45
Symbol : 285 Ouellette Ave. Live piano bar, appetizers, favours and champagne and pizza : $25
The Room : 255 Ouellette Ave. Champagne and midnight buffet : $25 with dinner at Chanoso’s or Oishii : $40
Loft : 20 Chatham St. E Champagne toast and appetizers : $30
Honest Lawyer : 300 Ouellette Ave. Anti-NYE party, DJ and dancing : $0
The Manchester : 546 Ouellette Ave. DJ spinning 60s to top 40 : $5
Sangria Lounge : 485 Pelisser St. Latin dance band, party favours and champagne : $20, with dinner : $30
Bull & Barrel : 670 Ouellette Ave. Party favours and champagne toast : $20
Dominion House : 3140 Sandwich St. No stupid hats, no noisemakers, no champagne: $0
Boom Boom Room : 315 Ouellette Ave. Two floors of dance, party favours and champagne toast : $15
Mynt : 100 University Ave. Champagne toast, appetizers and late night pizza : $40
Beer Market : 119 Chatham St. W Masquerade ball with a four-course dinner : $80
Caesars Windsor : 377 Riverside Dr. E Live 80s music in Cosmos and party favours : $0
Caboto Club : 2175 Parent Ave. Dinner, wine and live music : $135
FM Lounge : 345 Chatham St. Pat Robitaille and friends : $10
Panache : 53 Pitt St. E Dinner and champagne toast : $50
Faces : 902 California Ave. Old school hip-hop and champagne : $20
Phog Lounge : 157 University Ave. W Indie-dance, appetizers and drinks : $0 The Loop : 156 Chatham St. W Alt. dance, noisemakers and pizza : $5 (advance)
Gourmet Emporium : 1799 Wyandotte St. E Seven-course dinner and live Latin music : $60
City Grill : 375 Ouellette Ave Six- course dinner with drinks : $call Mick’s Irish Pub : 28 Chatham St. E Live Irish music : $0 Revival : 300 Ouellette Ave. Masquerade with hors d’oeuvres : $30
Teutonia Club : 55 Edinborough St. Gourmet dinner, live music and midnight buffet : $75
Gingerbread Latte 1 cup 1% or 2% milk, steamed 2 oz of espresso 3 tbsp gingerbread ﬂavoured syrup Whipped cream Ground nutmeg and cinnamon
In a mug, combine espresso with milk and gingerbread syrup (found in stores or recipe at uwindsorlance.ca). Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon. Serves 1. Peppermint Choco Martini 1 oz peppermint schnapps 1 oz Kahlúa 1/2 oz dark creme de cacao
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass. Rim martini glass with crushed peppermint or garnish with mint leaves. Serves 1. Mexican Hot Chocolate 1 1/2 cups 1% or 2% milk 1/8 cup 10% cream 1 square of semi-sweet chocolate 1 tsp vanilla 1-2 tbsp brown sugar 1 large cinnamon stick pinch chili powder 1 dried chili pepper, chopped 1 tsp instant coffee 1 tsp ﬂour
Melt chocolate square in a pot on medium. Whisk ﬂour
into milk and slowly add to the melted chocolate, while stirring. Add remaining ingredients to the pot and stir occasionally at a low to medium temperature until hot chocolate slightly thickens. Strain chili pepper from mixture and serve. Serves 2. Spicy Cranberry Cider 2 cups apple cider 1 1/2 cups cranberry juice 1 tbsp brown sugar 1 cinnamon stick 1/2 tsp whole cloves 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
In a medium pot, combine ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove cinnamon,
cloves and lemon and serve hot. Serves 4. Brandy Eggnog 1 egg yolk 2 tsp sugar 1 oz brandy 1 tbsp white rum 3 tbsp cream Ground nutmeg and cinnamon
Whisk egg yolk and sugar in a shaker until the mixture turns pale. Add the brandy, rum, cream and ice and shake thoroughly. Filter into a goblet with a few ice cubs. Sprinkle with ground nutmeg and cinnamon. Serves 1.
and photographed by natasha marar
Hot Buttered Rum 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup whipping cream 1 cup powdered sugar pinch ground cloves pinch cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
To serve: Boiling water Dark rum Ground nutmeg Beat or whisk butter and brown sugar in a bowl until light and ﬂuffy. Beat in whipping cream and powdered sugar. Stir in clovers, cinnamon and nutmeg. For each serving, place 1/4 cup of the butter mixture and 2
oz of rum into a mug. Stir in 1 cup boiling water. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Serves 2. Kahlúa Frappé 4 tsp Kahlúa 4 tsp creme de cacao 2 tsp amaretto 4 tsp coconut milk 2 tbsp 10% cream Lightly whipped cream Cocoa powder for decoration
Shake the ﬁrst ﬁve ingredients together in a shaker. Strain into a tall glass with crushed ice. Top with lightly whipped cream and sprinkle with cocoa powder. Serves 1.
uplease drink responsibly
Published on Dec 13, 2011
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