From the monthly archives: February 2011

Every now and then I’m going to do posts like this featuring my favorite sites and things to check out on the internet. Last night I discovered Blue Fly’s “Closet Confessions” and I am crazy about it! Perhaps I’ll make my own little video! Below is Kelly Osbourne’s Closet Confession, and my favorite of the videos:


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Courtesy of my twin sister, Monika. As seen below, we’ve always been very stylish people…

Monika is on the left. We’re wearing my Dad’s clothes on his boat, Monika the sailor, me the painter. Way back when we even lived on this boat – sometimes very fun, sometimes not so much, especially when you’ve been bad and your favorite tea set goes over board… I can’t remember why we dressed up in his clothes, but it was sure funny at the time. I think we were about eight here.

We’ve since moved on to younger, more trendy look…

Monika had a friend of hers snap a roll of film of us playing back in 2008 for an art project for school. Here I’m wearing my beloved Betsey Johnson heels, Monika had Coach wedges on. (Monika is piggy-backing me.)

And now into 2011, Monika is looking to get rid of a few of the fabulous things she has picked up along the way. Monika used to work at Holts and she brought home some amazing things – check them out here and see if there’s something you might need! (Unless I beat you to it.)

Again, happy shopping readers!

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Wednesday, February 23rd marked the launch party of the new Michael Kors store in Pacific Centre. Make that the gorgeous new Michael Kors store. There is such a major selection of merchandise there, it is mayy-jor! Beyond.

The event was fabulous as well (serving Veuve and the most delicious nibbles), though a little tight, with little room to move around so I only snapped a couple pictures, or rather had a couple taken. Below is one of those pictures with bloggers Victoria Potter of Demi Couture and Peter Ty of The Starving Stylist.

I am wearing: Leather bomber jacket from Zara with a piece of vintage fur, a white shirt (underneath) from Tar-jay (Target), Zara leopard print skirt and my new Birthday-present-to-me, the sunny Kate Spade tote.

On my wish list from the MK store? A gold leather iPad case, for the iPad I don’t have. Yet. I will have my hands on one soon! (I must.)

Be sure to check the store out, though be warned: you will find one, or a few things you just realized you need.

Happy shopping!


Today I picked up my birthday present to myself. I have had my eye on this treasure for what seems like ages and finally today I brought it home. *fashion swoooon*

This Kate Spade “Quinn” tote, also known as the “head in the sand” bag because of it’s gorgeous ostrich print (it’s made of cowhide leather), has a fabulous silk polka dot lining and features more than enough pockets to keep all my things organized. I am so thrilled! Can’t wait to tote this around town. I’m really starting to appreciate stand-out bags, particularly colorful bags, like this pink Kate Spade bag. (Note: I bought this bag for myself, because I’m single this birthday. And it’s going to be a very feminine affair.)

And you know what else I love? Decorating my apartment. With each addition and each project completed this one-bedroom feels more and more like mine. Next up, a picture project to fill an empty space near my desk. Two frames to fill!

After my drugstore bronzer cracked the other day, I finally decided it was time to suck it up and buy a better quality bronzer, and am I ever glad I did. (I can spend on furniture and bags, but for some reason couldn’t do it for a tan. Those days are over.) My new favourite bronzer; Benefit’s Hoola bronzing powder.

And finally, what’s better than coming home to a beautiful entrance way? I am in LOVE with this table (an early birthday present from Mum – she has great taste!), but was at a loss with how to decorate it. Browsing through Chintz & Co Saturday morning I spotted this fantastic candle holder and can’t wait to have guests walk through the door to lit candles. That’d be a lovely welcome, hey?

From top: Kate Spade Quinn tote from Holt Renfrew, picture frame (left), from Homesense, the other was a Christmas present from my Mum, Benefit Hoola bronzer from Sephora, candle holder from Chintz & Co, mirrored table from Villa Beau Interiors.

Thanks for visiting!

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This outfit is comfortable, comfortable, comfortable. (The boys have it so good.) When the rain comes I tend to feel more androgynous; your clothes suddenly have to be practical and for me that means items that can get wet and will layer well. I snapped these shots just as I was headed out the door to run a few errands, and get some air – I woke up sick this morning but even so I can’t stay in all day, I’d go nuts! Not feeling well usually means that I’m too lazy to do anything with my hair, hence the casual up-do, which I rather liked with the outfit in the end. To feel a little feminine I slicked on a few coats of a luxurious lipstick: Chantecaille’s “Super Nova.”

And out the door I go! (You’ll notice I still have those decorative little silver balls hanging in my window form before Christmas time, I still love them! But they will be coming down before March for sure. Which, btw is the month of my birthday. March 5 in fact, which means balloons and pretty paper and dressing up and clinking champagne glasses!)

Wearing: Zara leather bomber jacket, H&M scarf – Men’s department, vintage Liz Claiborne Sport shirt, Fidelity Denim cargo pants, H&M leather belt – Men’s department, Aldo wedges. Leather Zara clutch. Necklace from a bin at Macy’s years ago in NYC, link bangle from the bottom of my jewellry box. (I’m horrible at remembering where I pick these things up!)

I recently spent a day with Jamie Hodge taking photos on Kitsilano Beach, I can’t wait to post them! She’s in the editing process at the moment, but hopefully soon! Here are a couple she sent me as teasers:

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On Friday I was delighted to hear I had been featured on Style Nine to Five, the ultimate resource for jobs in the Canadian fashion industry, as part of their “Vancouver’s Stylish Dot.Coms” piece along with this city’s best fashion bloggers.

Click HERE to check out the whole piece!

Big thank you to Style Nine to Five for including me! You made my day weekend!

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Yesterday morning my Mum and I ventured over to Granville Island’s market for a delicious calorie-full breakfast (cinnamon and sugar crepes). I started mine off with a vanilla rooibus latte and cinnamon sticks from Starbucks, that’s what Saturdays are for; delicious treats. Wandering through the busy marketplace is delightful, you can find anything and everything, from dragon fruit to the best selection of spices to a good old homemade donut from Lee’s. And the pastry cases, it was hard to pass by those and not order a lemon tart, but I resisted.

Wearing: Plaid wool cape, brand unknown (I ripped the tag out ages ago), Prada dress, Zara flats, Gianni Chiarini leather carryall, and you guessed it, I picked these tights up along with my milk and eggs at Safeway. Michael Kors watch, H&M sunnies and my scarf is a black pashmina.

How do you spend your Saturday mornings?

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Wearing: Simply Irresistible Leopard print sweater, Dynamite white tank, studded leather belt from Zara, Fidelity black waxed denim, Steve Madden patent leather buckled boots. Fossil watch, vintage ring from NYC. Pink MAC lip colour seen here.

This morning I woke up to the smell of fresh sheets, it’s one of my favourite things ever. Last night I crawled into bed and lit a delicious Soapology candle, with a scent called “morning dew,” making my room smell even more delicious. (I also watched The Bachelor as I enjoyed the romantic candle-light with Marie. I’m a sucker for that show.) I did a little work from bed, oh the luxury of a lap top and working from home, and then finally got on with the day, starting with a few pictures. Leopard and leather called to me this morning. Now I must be off to run around town checking errands off my list!

What little things make you happy on these never-ending cloudy days?

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Dress for Success Vancouver is hosting their annual fundraising event on March 3, 2011, called IMPACT an event for change.

I think you want to be there. The event is being held at the most fabulous Vancouver Club (which in itself is a reason to attend, the club is prestigious and beyond gorgeous), and is sponsored by a growing list of well-known Vancouver businesses and media outlets, such as Oakridge Centre, Western Living, CTV, QM/FM, Plum Clothing, Deloitte’s… just to name a few.

“The evening presents a mix of philanthropy and entertainment, where guests have the chance to win special door prizes, bid on exciting live auction packages, enter to win an irresistible raffle prize ($2,500 shopping spree at Oakridge!), all while enjoy fine wines and hors d’oeuvres, and hearing inspirational stories from the women of Dress for Success Vancouver,” says Liz Sperandeo, Director of Communications and Board Member for DFS. (Liz is also a friend of mine, she’s a very smart and very talented PR woman in this city, which is yet another reason you’ll want to attend this event).

I know all you savvy fashionistas and philanthropists are aware of what Dress for Success Vancouver does, but to give you a quick overview, over the past 12 years, the organization has become a significant resource in helping women get and keep a job. The organization’s mission is to promote the financial independence of economically disadvantaged women in the Lower Mainland by providing professional attire, a network of support as well as career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Talk about feeling good about dressing up and supporting a cause. Now that you know about this date, you want to attend. Here’s how!

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Above, wearing: H&M cardigan, Marc by Marc jacobs necklace, Michael Kors tortoiseshell style watch.

I am constantly looking for ways to make my apartment feel more like me. Being rather young, the majority of furniture has come from family and friends, until now. Over the past eight or so months, I have made a great effort to turn my apartment into my sanctuary by bringing home pieces that reflect my style. Pieces like these chairs, this table, and now a new bedroom, complete with mirrored side table and luxurious white bedding. Blissful.

I’m still searching for the perfect item to hang above my bed… a mirror? A painting? I am head over heels for this side table, which I found at Villa Beau Interiors on South Granville last week. The store is phenomenal, just gorgeous. I also purchased a mirrored table for the hall there this past weekend. Happy early birthday to me! The picture behind the lamp is a new addition as well, albeit a less expensive one. The white frame and mat I picked up as a set at Chapters ($20), while the picture is part of an editorial from French Vogue featuring a model in a Fendi fur coat. My bedding, grey blanket, lamp and accent pillows are from the store of all stores: HomeSense. I am a regular there. (Going to HomeSense is like therapy, it’s very soothing and rather delightful looking at all the pretty, affordable things.)

Marie, my little rascal, hiding beneath the throw for my bed. Precious.

What do you do to make your space feel personal and tranquil? I love little additions, like delicious scented candles and fresh flowers.

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P.S. Follow me on Twitter for thoughts, pictures and the occasional one-liner., the online home of Flare Magazine, has recently rolled out a few inspirational mood board videos for Spring 2011 fashion. Click the picture below to check them out! And kudos to the creative mind behind the videos, Ryan Cheung!

My favourite video features British-meets-rock inspired items, I want, I want! Cardigans make me weak in the knees, especially in candy colours!


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The sun was shining brilliantly today so I haaadd to break out a Spring piece – this light, white jacket. I love white on the Summer time, also apparently in the Winter! With all it’s black detailing this jacket felt right for a sunny day in February. With thigh-high boots, naturally.

Wearing: Zara jacket, BCBG sweater vest, black turtle neck from years ago, brand unknown, Zara pleated leather skirt, H&M tights, Aldo leather boots, Fossil rose gold watch, aviators from an NYC street stand ($3). And that sweet kitten is Marie!

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Heather White is one of those incredibly smart people who you can’t help but want to hang on every word she says. I met Heather originally over Twitter, but then finally in person at a Crave event in June (she was one of the expert speakers). Since then I have had the pleasure of getting to know her better over coffee and treats and have really benefitted from her sage advice. Heather is an entrepreneur and business woman who specializes in helping women develop their businesses. And she’s outstanding at it. Recently she was featured on Urban Rush, below is her clip. If you’re aren’t already, follow her on Twitter, even in 140 characters this woman is impressive.

Heather White, 2020 Communications on Urban Rush

Read Heather’s blog here!

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Clothes like this make me feel young and fresh. Simple silhouettes, cotton and comfort, seems pretty All-American to me. I mean, All-Canadian.

Wearing: Mimi & Coco striped shirt, Fidelity denim, Coach sneakers. Ring from my sister, Mac Kissable Lipcolour in En-Chantee.

Sometimes I think I’m more at home in outfits like this than my heels and dresses….. Nahh, no way. Nothing is better than getting all dolled up! But this feels pretty good right now. (Who knew shoes could be so comfortable!) ; )

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I’ve been at it again, adding a few little things to my apartment, changing some things around – any excuse to go apartment-shopping! These crown hooks were previously in the front hall, but now have a new, and better suited, home in the bathroom keeping my accessories organized.

I think this lovely table is much more aesthetically appealing as a decorative type of side table rather than setting it up as a dining table (which is what I use it for). I’m loving gold accents right now, the pear is from Urban Barn and then gold mat is from Chintz & Co. The white pillar candles are from HomeSense. My throw pillows are from Chintz & Co. (the pink) and Walmart (the taupe). Talk about high and low! Tulips are everywhere right now, at all the flower shops. They’re nice enough, but I can’t WAIT until peonies and hydrangeas are back in season!! Though I hear peonies are bad for kitties, I suppose I could put them on top of the cupboards…

This morning was one of those ideal Saturday mornings. I went for an early breakfast (10 am is early on a Saturday), with a friend and then walked around the downtown area poking into home stores, Chapters and flower shops. I picked up this book about Diana’s style at Chapters for a mere $8 – it pays to check the sale corner! I’ve long been a fan of Princess Di and her effortless casual style is a big influence on my own style. Unfortunately, my hunt for side tables was less fruitful and all I came home with were two Valentines cards from the local interior design shop (below). Who will be the lucky recipients of these gorgeous cards…

Fresh flowers have a way of lifting my spirits, through the spring I’m going to try to bring home fresh flowers every week, preferably keeping with this pink and white theme.

I can’t help but crack a smile and a laugh at Marie’s kitty tag. It is just too cute. If only she’d wear it without batting at it…

Above is my new and improved front hall area. I replaced the pine-framed mirror that was there before with this more glamorous mirror and added these lovely hooks I purchased in Toronto. The picture seen in the reflection (below), features two of my favourite members of the Rat pack: Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.

Thank you for visiting our home, lovely readers.

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Thursday night I attended an event at The Bay celebrating the launch of the new Coach store. The party featured a candy bar, champagne and fun swag – a set of colourful Coach pencils. My good friend and fellow blogger, Stephanie Walker, seen on this blog rather frequently lately, also went and we couldn’t resist a few outfit shots before going in. This silk top, by Karen Kane, is one of my favourite pieces. It was actually my mother’s from decades ago and luckily she took excellent care of it before passing it on to me. I used to wear it with white jeans and evening sandals, now I opt for black leather and heels.

Wearing: Talula military style coat, Karen Kane (as in the Canadian ballerina), silk Jaguar printed top, pleated leather skirt from Zara, H&M tights, Browns ID patent leather heels, Kate Spade bag. Bangles from years ago, I can’t remember where I purchased those, H&M stud bracelet.

Stephanie is wearing a dress from Urban Outfitters and Louis Vuitton bag.

It was a fun and fabulous evening!

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Today was one of those odd days, and I think I predicted it this morning. I was sitting on the couch, getting a start on my morning work when I noticed that the sky was pink. My father, whose work is to charter his boat and take visitors up and down the Sunshine Coast on trips, used to tell me thatpink sky at sky is sailor’s delight, but pink sky is the morning is sailor’s warning.” Warning for trouble and for storms. I know that he meant it literally, but for me it seemed like a figurative warning. Nothing too crazy happened today, but some not-so-normal things happened, I feel a bit thrown off. In any case, here’s what I wore on this particular day:

~ I feel like this picture, above, sums up today quite well, things were good, but just not quite on point. ~

Wearing: Talula sweater, TNA tank top, Tasha necklace from Nordstrom’s, Forever 21 skirt and boots from Winners years ago – brand unknown.

I was reading through my Twitter feed this afternoon and noticed a tweet about this fantastic website: The Coveted. If you haven’t checked it out, you really must. The Coveted features the interiors of fashion’s heavy hitters’ apartments and closets. I’ve already spent too much time on that site.

Time for bed and a new day!

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