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{ Wearing: Brooks Brothers chambray shirt, Icone gingham shirt c/o, BCBG military pants, Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes (last seen here), Guess baguette (my first branded bag, purchased at 13), The Cross Decor & Design gifted tote, Poshlocket rose gold bangles c/o, Stella & Dot gold link & spiky bracelets, Stella & Dot snake ring c/o, H&M sunnies }

These photos were taken Friday morning just before I went to meet Rae for a LOVE + MARK’D meeting at Starbucks. Which by the way, I am largely over. Starbucks serves average coffee at outrageous prices in a could-be-described-as blah environment. There is nothing special about it at all, very much unlike my preferred spots Giovane Cafe at the Fairmont Pacific Rim and Bel Cafe at the Hotel Georgia. We met purposely to discuss a marketing campaign for the card brand and were thinking of creating one with an anti-social media element to it, being that aside from a few well-intended instagram photos, our product is meant for the traditional mail system and has nothing to do with communication 2.0. I am very proud of what we came up with after spending two plus hours sitting in the Robson at Thurlow Starbucks. I must give props to Rae for being such a major part of the creative process, it’s amazing how much more innovative you can be when it is not just you circling ideas around in your own head. We are just in the beginning stages of creating the imagery to support the campaign and we hope to launch in early June. I hope you’ll support us!

Lately I’ve been playing around with my new-ish short hair, this weekend with a small-barrel curling iron. I helped a man at Starbucks who couldn’t find the right size of lid for his tall cup and afterwards he said, “thanks Marilyn.” It kinda made my day.

{ Twik anorak (c/o – can you tell I’ve been quite into this coat as of late?), JNBY blouse (c/o), Mavi denim (c/o), Aldo sandals, Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, Fossil watch, H&M sunnies }

On Wednesday evening I met up with Eryne Ordel (Mavi Canada’s PR & Marketing Manager), for a drink at the fabulous Hotel Georgia‘s outdoor, fourth floor lounge Reflections. Just being there is a treat. I ordered a Cosmopolitan Daisy martini – a cosmo made with gin instead of vodka and oh my, was it ever good. I’ll definitely be going back for another one of those! I walked the few blocks home afterwards to co-host a couple friends for a movie night which meant popcorn, m&m’s, red wine and spring rolls… so much for my diet. Our movie of choice: The Count of Monte Cristo – sooo good! Do you host friends over very often? We’ve just started having people over to our new place and are really enjoying it! My key host necessities: a couple scented candles lit, one on the coffee table and one near the door to create ambiance, a great bottle of wine, blankets draped over the couch for easy access during the movie and fancy wine glasses – you know the ones.

On Tuesday night, April 24th J. Crew opened its Robson St. store doors to a veritable who’s who in the Vancouver fashion scene. The store opening party was jam packed full of fashionistas looking to meet the designers and PR team flown in from New York and check out the newest J. Crew offerings. My favorites are the leather ballet flats, which I intend to go back for come better weather. I had the pleasure of attending with Niki Blasina of A Haute Mess.

{ Images by Evaan Kheraj, c/o J. Crew }

{ I look a tad unimpressed here, but the evening was actually rather good! Particularly when you have Niki as your date. Wearing: Twik anorak (c/o, BCBG Max Azria dress, Zara belt, Nine West sandals, Clutches of Karma snakeskin clutch and a plethora of sparkling, golden bracelets – photo c/o Niki’s iPhone }

As it was raining that night, a rain coat worn as a dress seemed rather appropriate. I layered the anorak over my 21st birthday dress, close up here.

{ Wearing: H&M men’s sweater & aviators, Twik denim (c/o, Nine West sandals (old), vintage Pierre Cardin purse, Fossil watch, leather wrap bracelet purchased from a street vendor in SoHo, NYC, leather cap from the House of Leather (found right next to a darling pair of chaps… }

On Sunday the weekend of leisure continued! My boyfriend and I met friends for brunch at the Granville Island market where we later strolled around, casually taking in all the sights – a rarity for the average Sunday. Generally there are things to do and places to be, but this Sunday was so wonderfully relaxing. The rest of our afternoon was spent getting lost in Chapters, perusing through all the books. I found a coffee table book to covet, the Jean Paul Gaultier book – see this gorgeous beaded dress I snapped from the pages.

Today there are only 9 days until the H&M Gets StyleStruck event on April 19th! I’m so excited for the evening, and I hope to see you there! Please RVSP to for your 20% discount off the regular collection and to get your name on the list!


{ Wearing: Icone blouse (c/o, Zara trousers & shoes, Marc by Marc Jacobs bag & long necklace, H&M sunnies, pink necklace purchased at a street market in Cassis, France, vintage ring }

It’s a quiet Wednesday working from home. These kinds of cloudy, windy days are perfect for a big hot cup of coffee, or as I prefer, hot chocolate enjoyed over a good book. I’m currently reading Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich – highly recommended! Have a wonderful Wednesday.

{ Wearing: Twik coat (c/o, Icone gingham shirts (c/o, Fidelity waxed denim, Shoemint shoe-boots (c/o), H&M aviators, Aldo bag (old) }

It’s not often my boyfriend and I find ourselves with a day when neither of us are tied to obligations. When we do, we savor it spending the day doing exactly what we please.

Morning started with a leisurely sleep in. After a medium roast coffee (well-doctored with cream, sugar and lots of cinnamon) and a long, sunny stroll down Coal Harbour’s sea wall (Aritzia’s cowichan sweaters are perfect for brisk Vancouver mornings), we pulled on proper clothes and took ourselves for the most delicious, fresh bagels in Vancouver. Bagels led to picking up groceries at Costco, and a butter chicken sauce I can’t wait to try. I had George snap a few shots of my love for gingham and then we made our way home to curl up on the couch with a sweet movie: WALL-E. (Just loved it.) As I’m sure many of you know, Mad Men season 5 premiered last night, so the rest of our evening was spoken for: having dinner (red wine and a bocconcini, tomato, basil pizza) while we enjoyed the antics of Don Draper’s world. A perfect Sunday.

You may have noticed a lack of jewelry, save for my nameplate necklace. While I adore the right amount of decoration, there are times when piling on the baubles and jewels just irritates me. Sometimes you want to go about your business without your wrists clinking and bangling about you. Sometimes, you just need to be free of all that entanglement, you know? I am most certainly one of those girls who once through the door, removes all jewelry, cinching belts and constricting garments. Clothes are fabulous, but so is my monogrammed Four Seasons hotel robe.

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{ Wearing: Zara bomber jacket, cardigan & blouse, Twik denim (c/o Simons), Chanel shoes (instagramed here), Clutches of Karma clutch (c/o), Forever 21 necklace, Social Experiment cocktail ring (c/o) }

On Wednesday night, just shortly after I landed in Vancouver, Brendan Bailey PR threw an exclusive fashion party for author Jacquie Somerville‘s new about-to-launch book, My Fat Little Rule Book. The event was held in the luxe two-floor penthouse of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. The suite was incredible, from the upstairs patio overlooking all of downtown Vancouver and most notably the Hotel Vancouver, to the cocktail reception room downstairs offering plush velvet chairs and beyond chic furniture. Jacquie read an exciting excerpt from her guide book, featuring rules to live by for a fashionista battling between food and fashion. With an underlying message of dream big, score big, the book delivers a frothy take on  self esteem issues, reaching goals and Marc Jacobs vs mousse cake. Come April My Fat Little Rule Book will launch first as an eBook, and then in print. Jacquie is a Vancouver gal, maybe you’ll bump into around town!

Check out VANCOUVER DAZE’ coverage and many images of the event here!

As you have seen, every now and again I like to bring together a round up of all the best things I’ve seen and found on the web in the past week or so. I hope you enjoy these tidbits of fashion: