TOP SPOTS: Sara Graham

Sara Graham has worn a lot of stylish hats in this city: She’s been a designer (of Sister Underwear, a lingerie and loungewear line that she launched and managed from 2003 to 2006), and the editor-in-chief of Vervegirl and Fuel. Now she’s focusing on her freelance writing career (with recent credits in Sweetspot.ca and ELLE Canada), her role as communications director for The Society, and being a committee member for Artbound.ca, a Free the Children initiative.

Sara (pictured above in Singapore) shared a few of her favourite places in Toronto with The Style Notebook.

Top date spot

“If it’s a nice evening, then the rooftop terrace at Tati on Harbord is picture perfect. I’ve always liked the cozy booths at Lolita’s Lust on the Danforth—the atmosphere and the food never disappoint. For a hideaway that’s more hipster, you can’t go wrong with a table (inside or out on the patio) at Foxley on Ossington.”

Favourite vintage shop

“I don’t buy a lot of vintage…but if I did, then I’d certainly trust Kealan at 69 Vintage to hook me up.”

Place to buy birthday presents

“I used to have my own lingerie/loungewear line so I’d always let my girlfriends choose presents from the collections. Now that I no longer produce the range, I pick up gorgeous items from my friend Christina Remenyi at Fortnight Lingerie. For the new mummies in my life and other general gifts, I head to Ziggy’s at Home on College Street.”

Favourite place to go for a drink on the weekend (and drink of choice)

“It’s summer so anywhere with a patio will do. I’m partial to the Drake’s street-level patio and Terroni’s on Queen West. A Blanche de Chambly at the former, and a glass of red wine at the Italian resto, of course!”

To go for a drink on the weekend

“I live on Harbord (at least until the end of June) so my favourites on College are Kalendar and Utopia.”

Top brunch spot

“Swan (892 Queen St. W., 416-532-0452), hands down.”

Place to work out

“I really like facilities (like the great steam room) at Extreme Fitness on Richmond West. The yoga instructors at 889 Yonge are incredible.”

Pho, dim sum or both? (And top spots for both)

“Neither, sorry. Am a huge Sweet Lulu fan though!”

Place to buy books or music

Indigo Books & Music. I’m all about grabbing a Starbucks green tea latte and roaming the aisles for new books and magazines.”

Place to buy shoes

“Loving Zara lately. Otherwise it’s usually Aldo (even when I am shopping on vacay I seem to wind up there!)”

Favourite overall retail experience

“At home, I would have to say I’m very happy Anthropologie has made it to Canada… I can spend hours in that shop! Abroad, the Christian Louboutin boutique in Miami’s Design District (one of only 5 in North America) was a brilliantly surreal experience. I swear the staff cast some sort of spell, whereby dropping in excess of $700 on a pair of pumps seems perfectly reasonable!”

Place to check out art

“Saw a lot of great exhibits during the Contact Fest at MOCCA and the Baitshop gallery.”

Neighbourhood to go for a walk in

“I’m moving to Cabbagetown soon so I’m really looking forward to exploring the area—Riverdale Farm and all the lovely streets east of Parliament.”

Place to meet a friend for coffee

La Merceria on Adelaide.”

Place in the city where you feel most at home

“I guess the west end because I’ve been living there for a while. I’m definitely looking forward to moving east and stepping out of my comfort zone!”

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