TOP SPOTS: Natalie Gee

“It’s time you were gorgeous” is the tagline for Gee Beauty, and the luxe Toronto spa couldn’t have a better ambassador than Natalie Gee. Natalie is the owner (with her mother, Miriam, and sister, Celene) of the pampering destination of choice for many of the city’s chicest women. This October, the Gee team will launch 6 (next door to Gee, at 6 Roxborough St. W.), a concept shop featuring a curated selection of the good life: handmade fragrances, organic beauty products, and cashmere accessories.  

In the meantime, Natalie shared a few of her favourite spots in Toronto with The Style Notebook.

Favourite place to go for a drink during the week

“During the week I prefer not to drink, so it’s water and lemon for me, but I love to eat at Giancarlo at College and Clinton. I feel like I can leave Toronto and be in Italy in minutes.”

Go for a drink on the weekend (and what’s your drink of choice?)

“Definitely vodka on the rocks, lots of lemon, lots of ice. Place for me is Amber. Always great music, and with this beautiful weather, the patio is perfect.”

Place to buy books or magazines

“I love the store Type (394 Spadina Rd). Aside from biographies – I’m currently reading Four Seasons: The Story of a Business Philosophy by Isadore Sharp - it’s magazines all the way. I try to read different kinds, from fashion to decor to business. Lately, it’s been a combo of GQ, Esquire, and Details. Amazing what a girl can learn.”

Top brunch spot

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TOP SPOTS: Natasha Penzo

In the Toronto fashion scene, Natasha Penzo is a stylish omniscient presence. As the media relations manager for ASC PR, Natasha boasts an A-list client roster, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Thompson Toronto, and the jewellery designer Jenny Bird. Natasha is also active on the philanthropy circuit—she’s on the executive committee for Operanation, the fundraiser for the Canadian Opera Company, and she’s the co-chair of this year’s Boobyball, the annual ultra-glam event in support of Rethink Breast Cancer.

Natasha shared a few of her favourite places in Toronto with The Style Notebook.

Favourite place to go for a drink during the week (and what’s your drink of choice?)

“The Park Hyatt rooftop is one of the most charming spots in the city. I love that they give you cozy blankets on the patio to take in the spectacular view. My drink of choice is a full-bodied French Bordeaux.”

Go for a drink on the weekend

“The Spoke Club patio or the Thompson Hotel rooftop patio for mojitos.”

Top brunch spot

“Patachou (1120 Yonge St., 416-927-1105) is the greatest café-patisserie. Café, pain au chocolat, and the weekend paper….”

Take-out go-to

Rebel House for great pub food or Seven East in Rosedale for delicious Thai.”

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