Best Indulgences

January 1, 2009

GO BATTY

Nails are lacquered, hair is just so, now what about some eyelash bling? At the Shu Uemura counter at Holt Renfrew (737 Dunsmuir St., 604-681-3121) get a pair of designer false lashes (like the limited-edition Viktor & Rolf collection starting at $115).

 

GET SHOD

Ken Rice sources the finest calfskin from Poland as the base material for his handmade shoes. Predesigned models start at $595 for women and $750 for men. Custom fits tag $500 onto the price. By appointment only, 604-590-0131. Kenriceshoestudio.com

 

HEAL THYSELF

Was that bump always there? Indulge your inner hypochondriac with a full-body scan (whenever you damn well feel like it) at a private health site. Basic screening: $1,200; full Monty: $3,900. 555 W. 12 Ave. Specialistclinic.ca

 

FLY AWAY

A three-day weekend on Salt Spring Island is popularly conceived as a rustic minibreak, characterized by ferry lineups, seven-layer dip—and, if you’re lucky, an hour in a rented kayak. Live a little. Entrée Canada offers a romantic package that flies you to the island, drives you to Hastings House, sets you up with gourmet meals, a private driver, and practically tucks you into bed. $4,330 for a couple. Entreecanada.com

 

SHELL OUT

The best dried abalone has deeply sweet umami flavours and hints of leather that evoke a fine Islay Scotch. At Sun Sui Wah in Richmond, the multiday preparation of abalone from the Middle East includes a slow braise in chicken broth enriched with dried scallops and air-cured jinhua ham. For a mere $88 per two-ounce portion. 102–4940 No. 3 Rd., 604-273-8208

 

Craziest Splurges

HEAVY PETTING

After a hard day’s lying around, Fido requires pampering. Give him a massage with Nicola Way (she’s been at it for eight years); $40 buys up to an hour of relief. Sessions are at the animal’s home, to maximize relaxation, and may include Tellington Touch or deep tissue techniques. Vancouver Animal Massage, 604-733-0013. Vancouveranimalmassage.com

DOMESTIC HELP

For the right price, Christa Lynn, a Reiki professional, will perform an environmental cleansing of your vibrationally challenged abode. Shift psychic negativity out of a new home by paying around $100 per hour. Your chakras will thank you. (Animal Communication is also available, at $80 per hour, so clients can access the trauma and separation anxiety their dogs and cats are experiencing.) 604-837-5125. Christalynn.ca

BLANKET STATEMENT

Never too early to instill an abhorrence of synthetics. Swaddle your newborn in cashmere baby blankets ($325) and sweater/leggings sets ($274) by Oscar et Valentine or Bon Point (in suitably subdued greys and creams). Isola Bella, 5692 Yew St., 604-266-8808. Isolabella.ca

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