Rise above basic bitchdom this fall with these handpicked necessities
Laura Slack’s skull truffles aren’t not your grandma’s Halloween candy. These little beauties are filled with creamy dulce de leche and infused with sweet black garlic (trust me, the weirdness is wonderful). It’s a true indulgence — ’tis the season, right? — and you can also savour the fact that they’re locally made (Laura’s a Toronto-based chocolate artist). Find them at Laura’s shop, Maisonette, in the Distillery.
Balzac’s take on the PSL: I’m just going to come right out and say it, this version of the Pumpkin Spice Latte trumps Starbucks’. This one, called the “Harvest,” is healthier and tastier because it’s made with real pumpkin puree and whatever. I mean, it’s just as expensive, but at least it’s a better investment.
T.O. ‘hood hats: Maybe it’s a bit corny. But that won’t be on your mind once you’re trudging through the brisk breeze with one of these knitted numbers by Tuck Shop Trading Co. warming you up. Plus, they’re an adorably cosy way to rock your neighbourhood pride (those pom-poms!!!). Find them at Blackbird Vintage Finds in the Distillery.
Jax Coco’s adorable mini coconut oil: Coconut oil is all the rage right now, but it’s one of those trends that should really stay forever. It’s like the universe has given us a single magic elixir with which to solve all our lives’ problems, whether they be skin issues or cooking-related calamities. Jax Coco‘s tiny little coconut oil is perfect for tossing in your purse or school bag so you can have this trusty must-have on you at all times.
Comfort foods at Levetto: Bye, summer salads. Hi, warm, cosy noodles and pizzas. Levetto, with its five locations (and a sixth one opening in December) is where you’ll want to ease your cravings for classic Italian comfort foods this fall, which in my opinion is the best way to warm up.
Over-the-knee riding boots from Ever New: Aussie brand Ever New just landed in Toronto, opening its North American flagship store in the Eaton Centre. Its popularity is a testament to how obsessed we Canucks are with Australian fashion (we love more than just the accent, people!). This over-the-knee boot (the “Ryder Knee High” in taupe) is a fall staple every year, but this chic, heeled take on the classic look is just… *sexual groan*
Little cork planters from D’Andrea Design:
These aren’t even really exclusively a fall thing, but STILL. LOOK AT THEM. Love them. The cork planters are handmade by local arts and crafts wonderwoman Julia D’Andrea (who’s only 23, by the way), and they’re such a lovely way to liven up the apartment during the cooler months — since you’ll be spending a lot more time in there instead of the park/patio/beach these days.