For seven years, Too Hot Not to Cop brought you the latest and greatest in women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories online. Now, we’re taking it one step further by giving you the lowdown on what’s hot in fashion, food, and film. Consider it the news roundup you want to read. Here’s our roundup of what to wear, eat, and watch this week.
Welcome, Too Hot Tuesday readers to a very special holiday edition of the weekly column. This year, I’ve done things a little bit differently: below, you’ll find three gift ideas for the fashionista, foodie, and film buff in your life. All of the items are available online, so get shopping, and hopefully you’ll be able to check a few people off your list.
Cluse La Boheme Rose Gold Watch
Readers of my old column, Too Hot Not to Cop, will know I’ve been a big fan of Need Supply Co., for a long, long time. The online emporium based in Richmond, Virginia, simply has one of the best curated men’s and women’s collections around. So it’s no surprise that one of my picks on this gift guide is a sleek, rose-gold and black watch from Amsterdam up-and-comer, Cluse. The La Boheme watch has a classic, minimalist feel, with a black leather wristband, and black and rose-gold face. It’s the tiny rose-gold clasp at the back that has me “oohing” out loud. Perfect for that gal on your list who’s never on time, but always shows up looking good. Buy it online at Need Supply Co. for $99.
St Lawrence Luggage Sable Backpack
My big purchase of 2015 was a backpack from Toronto-based St Lawrence Luggage. All of their pieces are handmade with buttery-soft buffalo leather from Canada. It’s the kind of backpack you know will last for years and looks great with casual and dressier outfits. The Sable Backpack features a leather drawstring closure, with a flap and clasp closure over top. The shoulder straps are adjustable, and the bag can also be converted into a cross-body bag for convenience. It’s a bit of a splurge as far as gifts go, but sometimes, you just have to pull out all the stops. Buy it online at Toronto-based Zane for $420.
Aesop Andromeda Body Care Quartet
Australia’s Aesop has made a name for itself as the skincare brand everyone wants, but few actually treat themselves to. It’s not that Aesop is not worth its price tag (it most certainly is), it’s that once you start using their products, you’ll never want to put anything else on your body ever again. Everything feels so good and smells tremendous. The Andromeda quartet offers four of their cult favourites. Start with the Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash and Coriander Seed Body Cleanser, then finish up with both the Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm and Rind Concentrate Body Balm. The lucky recipient of this set will be soft and smooth and hydrated all winter long. Buy it online at Aesop for $143.
Alma Salted Caramel Sauce
Your friend always orders dessert, and that’s what you love about her. Rather than gifting her a standard box of chocolates this holiday, why not caramel sauce? Alma, a Portland-based chocolate shop founded in 2006 makes several variations of caramel sauce—alongside quality chocolates. The Salted Caramel is made from cream, butter, sugar and fleur de sel flakes. Drizzled over vanilla ice-cream, chocolate brownies, or pretty much anything you can think of, this delicious treat is sure to put a smile on her face. Buy it online at Old Faithful Shop for $14.95.
SoSu Sauces Barrel-Aged Sriracha
In the event of a serious Sriracha shortage, your friend who douses everything in hot sauce deserves the very best. Typically, the term “barrel-aged” is reserved for wine and whiskey, but here, California-based SoSu Sauces has taken beloved Sriracha hot sauce and kicked things up a notch. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients (chilli peppers, brown sugar, garlic, and sea salt) are mashed and aged in whiskey barrels for a full month, imparting a smoky flavour to the sauce. The hot sauce-lover on your list will think of you with every bite. Buy it online at Food52 for $24 (includes 2 jars).
Gold Pineapple Tumbler
As far as fruit trends go, the mighty pineapple certainly ruled this year. So whether your cocktail-sipping friend loves tiki or not, this gold pineapple tumbler will surely be a hit. The two-piece tumbler is made from plated brass and holds around 12 ounces of liquid. Use it as a serving piece, or buy your friend a set of two or four for their next tropical-themed party. Buy it online at Toronto’s BYOB Cocktail Emporium for $48.
Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki on Blu-ray
Fans of Japan’s Walt Disney will love this collector’s edition of Hayao Miyazaki’s work. The collection has 11 films, including popular fan favourites My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Oscar-winner Spirited Away as well as lesser-known works Lupin III and Porco Rosso. The Blu-ray discs come in a beautifully illustrated collector’s book, and not to worry—every film includes English subtitles. Buy it online at Amazon for $427.
Mad Men: The Complete Collection DVD
AMC’s television saga documenting life in a 1960s ad agency in New York ended this year, but fans of the award-winning series can relive all seven seasons with the complete collection on DVD (and digital). This is the perfect show to curl up on the couch to, whisky in hand, during the winter holidays, and the ultimate gift for Jon Hamm fans. Buy it online at Lionsgate Shop for $209.
Cocktails of the Movies: An Illustrated Guide to Cinematic Mixology
Films influence so much of what we do, how we dress, what we buy, and what we eat. This new book by Will Francis and Stacey Marsh home in on cocktails that are given a nod in more than 60 movies and television shows. You’ll find easy-to-recreate recipes for cocktails like the French 75 (seen in Casablanca), White Russian (favoured by the Dude in the Big Lebowski), the Cosmopolitan (thanks to Sex in the City), and more. For me, the biggest draw is the colourful illustrations by Marsh. It’s a beautiful coffee table book that’ll suit both film buffs and mixology mavens. Buy it online at Amazon for $20.