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Wearing: Sweater (brand unknown), Old Navy t-shirt with sequined number, Zara belt & denim, J. Crew flats, Lauren Ralph Lauren bracelet, vintage Ray Bans

Saturday brought with it my first pumpkin spice latte of the season! Mmmm. Decadent! My boyfriend and I walked down Robson St. to Chapters for a lazy Saturday morning (spotted the first issue of CR Fashion Book there! I didn’t buy, I’m not quite sold yet but I suspect you fashion lovers will be interested in flipping through!), before spending the afternoon at Stanley Park’s Brockton Oval for a rugby game!

I’ve recently had my hair cut quite a bit shorter (by Mark McLeod at Kore Salon in Sinclair Centre), and am now reconsidering the colour, hence the roots! I’m leaning towards a more natural, honey blonde. I figure it’s short, I may as well play around with it before I begin growing it out again!

What else is new? Earlier on Saturday morning just before our meander down Robson St., I hosted a small film crew at our apartment on behalf of Park Royal who were filming a short video for the Vancouver Home and Design Show! This Friday the video will be aired along with those featuring a few other Vancouver style bloggers! I haven’t seen even a clip of the tape we shot, so I’m a little nervous!

See you at the Home and Design Show!


Wearing: Zara trench coat, Rachel Rachel Roy top (c/o), Rachel Rachel Roy skirt (c/o), Zara heels, Clutches of Karma clutch (c/o), Fossil necklace, shades of moss and forest green nail colour by Joe Fresh and makeup by NARS. (I spent a good amount of time relaxed, sitting in a chair in The Bay’s cosmetics department as a pretty Australian make up artist – with freckles I could only dream of – gave me my new look yesterday afternoon. It was heaven. I took (paid) a few of the NARS products home too!)

Last night The Bay Downtown Vancouver hosted special guest Rachel Roy to their second floor White Space for a signing and informal fashion presentation. The space was packed, Rachel clearly draws a crowd. Her Canadian PR forces were kind enough to offer to dress a few of us bloggers, this being the outfit I chose. I love a girl who appreciates chic casual wear! I may wear the top and skirt (with sporty sport-luxe wedges and a sweater), to Vancouver Rowing Club’s rugby festivities today in Stanley Park. Chartreuse would really work with the field.

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{ Wearing: Zara sweater, Fidelity pants, Ted Baker belt, Manolo Blahnik flats, H&M sunnies, Fossil watch, Poshlocket bangles (c/o) }

Some days you just want to say #$&% to the tight waist bands, fitted jeans and high, high heels. Those days are often Sundays. Sundays bring no fashion events, no meetings, just coffee strolls and brunch dates. And I want to enjoy brunch with my comfortable pants on, like these Fidelity cargo pants. I know you hear me when I say there is nothing worse than digging into your delicious eggs benny and mimosa only to feel like you’re about to pop the button on your trousers. You know that post-brunch shift in your chair thing, when you’re trying to get comfortable but your constricting skirt won’t allow it? Yeah, that’s the worst. We’re spending Sunday morning in Blaine as a result of an over-nighter birthday party bash at a beach house. And these pants are coming with me!

Happy brunch-day Sunday!

P.S. Many thanks to Poshlocket for the bangles, I am absolutely in LOVE with them, as seen here and here on instagram. Get yours here!

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{ Wearing: Guess jacket, Diane Von Furstenburg dress, Zara shoes, Frances Cobiasia bag, Armani sunnies, rose gold bangle from Blue Ruby, the rest from a street vendor in NYC’s SoHo }

I picked this outfit for Friday’s errands: picking up denim for Tuesday’s BT segment and pulling clothes and accessories at The Bay. Rae and I left feeling great about our outfit options for Monday’s Hotel Georgia photo shoot, amongst them this and this combo!

I tend to love all of my clothes equally. Some may be designer, some high street, some on trend and some very old, but they’re all special pieces to me. I picked up this jacket in Whistler during a spring trip up the mountain when the Balmain embellish military jacket was all the rage. I still enjoy the military look and love how I can belt this right at my waist, particularly when this DVF dress billows out, as seen here in January 2011.

Now, to tend to my apartment. Which currently looks more like a closet. SO MANY CLOTHES. That are not for me. Styling is bitter sweet.

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The other day I was browsing my closet options for last night’s The Art of Romance Jason Matlo bridal show at The Hotel Georgia. George (boyfriend) took a couple snaps as I toyed with a sequined option:

{ Wearing: H&M Conscious Collection blouse (c/o), Zara skirt, Ballin shoes, Fossil watch }

Here’s what I ended up wearing:

{ Wearing: Vintage sequin jacket, Joe Fresh silk blouse (details instagramed here), Zara trousers, Elie Tahari shoes, Franchi clutch, Fossil watch, Poshlocket bangles (c/o – also seen here) }

The event was beautiful, from the spectacular room with it’s decadent wall paper and crown moldings to the weddings dresses Jason Matlo showed. I did tote along my camera, but when I saw the talented Georgia Esporlas snapping shots, I thought, I’ll wait. No point trying to reinvent the wheel, especially when Georgia does it so well.

 And also, this:

I’ve mentioned before that at LOVE + MARK’D we do a lot of custom work. We’ve (there are two of us now! Not including our creative consultant, the cat), just finished a good number of custom “From the desk of…” sets and since we keep (some of) our clients cards private, I thought I’d show you our work via StyleStruck. See them in-store here!

{ Wearing: Wilfred blazer, BCBG Max Azria shirt, Zara trousers, bag & sandals, H&M sunnies, necklace from Accessorize (London) }

This was Friday afternoon’s coffee meeting look at Thurlow and Robson. These sandals have been with me for a few years now, since spring 2009 when I first wore them with my Matthew Williamson for H&M peacock feather dress (seen here). I remember feeling so fabulous in that dress and these glimmering flats, actually, they’re still my go-to fabulous sandals. – And perhaps you’ve noticed that my hair is shorter, again. My last cut didn’t go as short as I’d like, though that was probably a good thing then – less shocking for me, so I had a barber cut a lot more off just this past week and I just love it. Hardly five minutes of maintenance and I’m out the door, that is my kind of hair.

{ Wearing: Joe Fresh sweater (last seen here), Zara trousers, Vince Camuto shoes, Kate Spade bag, Fossil watch, Storey bow bracelet, diamonte bracelet – unknown: (bracelets close-up), H&M sunnies (my favorite), Stella & Dot stackable rings }

Miss Alicia Fashionista and I met yesterday morning for an indulgent cup of chai tea latte at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia’s divine cafe, Bel Cafe. It’s amazing what an invigorating conversation can do for your mood. After our drinks we crossed the street to the Vancouver Art Gallery where I have been wanting to snap shots for some time now. Alicia took these for me. TGIF! Have a fabulous weekend! I plan to spend mine finishing Napoleon Hill’s Think & Grow Rich, watching a couple episodes of Dexter – George and I can’t get enough, though I squirm at the gore-insinuated bits, and going for light jogs – summer trousers are less forgiving than winter denim.


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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!

Last night I finally got all of my things together for my trip, and actually properly ironed everything for the first time in ages! I decided to pack light, just a carry on and a tote bag carrying my lap top, magazines and purse. Currently sitting at the Edmonton International Airport waiting to board my next flight to Toronto. Oh – boarding time!

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{ Wearing: H&M coat, scarf – brand unknown, Attitude by Jay Manuel sweater (c/o Sears), Zara pants & bag, Michael Kors flats, Armani sunnies }

Valentines was definitely not the day to be on the computer, so says my new roommate (and me)! Hence no posting. Speaking of which, yesterday began to the sound of banging jack hammers outside our 20-something floor apartment. Brutal. Not being able to sleep, I got up early to finish a little work, but was soon distracted by the “coffeee!!” noises coming from the bedroom. Turns out the man had a bouquet of roses waiting for me in the kitchen and couldn’t wait any longer for me to find them. Now that’s cute.

We both took the day off and had a late start cooking raspberry pancakes together, me trying my hand at the heart-shaped variety. Before our day out could begin, I had a special delivery to make in Yaletown to the winner of Sophie Collins and my Brownie & Stationery Basket giveaway! (Congrats Wen-chee Liu!) Then we were off to West Vancouver for a relaxing afternoon. We popped into Chapters to peruse the latest book selection without any notion of time. Just wandering and reading. This is something I have wanted to do for ages. How often have you thought “wouldn’t it be great just to saunter around the shop reading book jackets and flipping through fashion books and magazines”?? I have often, every time I passed a book store. I ended up with two keepers that I hope I get to before the dust does. (I have a habit of purchasing books with big ambition of reading them straight away, but often let reading fall to the bottom of the list of priorities, which it shouldn’t.) We moved onto a lazy lunch at Savary Island Pie Company (I highly recommend the chicken celery sandwich on cranberry italian bread!) where, thanks to this bizarre Canadian winter, we are able to sit outside in the warm sun. We finished our afternoon with a long, casual stroll down the scenic sea wall between Dundarave and Ambleside. A truly calming and delightful day!

How did you celebrate Valentine’s day? Whether with someone, or just treating yourself to a little something, I hope you had a lovely day. xo

9:25 pm, Saturday night: As mentioned yesterday, Thursday night was spent sipping wine and snapping blog shots at The Georgia Hotel and attending the “Very Classy” fete for Derek Blasberg! Below are some of the shots taken, first by Rebecca Rawlinson and rest by Jen Tam.

From left: Alicia of Alicia Fashionista, Darryl, Peter of The Starving Stylist, Lisa of SoloLisa, Jen of Her Waise Choice and Monika of The Doctor’s Closet.

{ Wearing: Zara coat & skirt, Cynthia Rowley blouse, H&M tights, Chanel heels, Marc by Marc Jacobs clutch, Fossil watch }

Today was a bit of a guys’ day, from cruising around with my boyfriend’s brothers in the previously mentioned photo shoot prop really nice car before heading to his rugby game to enjoying the requisite beer after the game at the Club House. Oh, and then we picked up a bbq steak pizza for dinner. Total boys’ day, but well enjoyed! (Particularly watching the rugby game, my man makes me proud!) Tomorrow is Part II: a friendly, but more likely competitive, game of flag football in the park, a tailgate party of beer and homemade chili and then, of course, watching the actual Super Bowl. Who’s playing, again? (Kidding. I know it’s the Patriots vs. the Giants, but I’m making a point: us girls will be in the kitchen chatting while the men yell at the screen.)

Note: I would say it’s fair to consider Super Bowl Sunday the male equivalent of Valentines Day. So men, you better start making resos, stat. And a dinner spot with no televisions!!

Enjoy tomorrow! Cheers!

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Yesterday morning, as fiercely tweeted!, I did a segment on Breakfast Television with host Riaz Meghji! I was there to talk fashion and how to dress thinner – 5 lbs thinner to be exact! I showed slimming blazers, a trench coat and dark wash boot cut jeans and some of my favorites and easy go-tos! Click here to watch the segment!

{ Wearing: Joe Fresh angora sweater, Zara trousers & heels, Storey Design bracelets, Fossil watch }

The models are wearing: (from left to right)

Renee: Trina Turk dress & Sam Edelman shoes (The Bay Downtown Vancouver), H&M trench coat and Storey Design bracelet and black leather croc-embossed bag

Nick: Hugo Boss blazer, Levi’s denim & Kenneth Cole shoes (The Bay Downtown Vancouver) H&M button up shirt, his own tie and watch

Lucy: Theory leather blazer, J Brand denim, Rachel Rachel Roy shoes (The Bay Downtown Vancouver), Joe Fresh silk blouse, Storey Design necklace, bracelets and tan leather bag w/ snake skin detail

Jonathan: Diesel leather bomber jacket, sweater & chinos, Hugo Boss Orange shoes (The Bay Downtown Vancouver), H&M t-shirt

Many thanks to BT for having me! To The Bay Downtown Vancouver & H&M for the fabulous clothes and to Joy Mitchell (, for doing our hair (at 6:00 am!!).

P.S. Yesterday was all sorts of glamour, I went from TV to my sweat pants and an old T to get my painting on in our new home! Step 1: primer… the before and after shots! 

It’s not everyday I get in front of a camera and make aim to strut my stuff, oh wait, yup, yes I do do that nearly everyday! But it isn’t everyday that I get to dress up in whatever I want and play in front of a professional camera with the oh-so-amazing Jamie Lauren! I gave a little sneak peak earlier on instagram here!

Wearing: Vintage sequin jacket (similar here on SALE!), New Look shirt (London), Zara belt, Forever 21 trousers (similar here), Ballin shoes (Monaco), & Kate Spade bag (similar here) }

{ Wearing: Storey Design leather bow bracelet, Fossil rose gold watch (similar here), New Look embroidery thread & diamante bracelet, Rain leather & chain bracelet (blue version here) & Birthday Crown LOVE + MARK’D card }

Jamie has a special offer for us ladies just in time for Valentines click image for more! 

I have many more looks shot by Jamie to come this week! Wanna see what I’m wearing, LIVE tomorrow?! Well you’re in luck! Catch me on Breakfast Television at 7:30 am for a fashion segment! Au revoir! 

(P.S. All photos by Jamie Lauren, permission must be granted for use.)

{ Wearing: Marvin Richards coat, BCBG long navy sweater (c/o), American Apparel leggings, Cougar Pillow Boots (c/o), Zara bag, Aritzia mittens, C.C Exclusives angora beret (c/o Barefoot Contessa – which has new Valentines LOVE + MARK’D cards in stock! }

Thoroughly enjoying a few days away in Whistler’s winter wonderland. Everything is white (much the same as Vancouver right now!), and there are enormous icicles hanging on rooftops. Women are dressing up their cozy looks with cute hats, fabulous scarves and chic winter boots. I’ll take this over a beach any day.

This Tuesday at 7:30am catch me on Breakfast Television for a fashionable segment on how to dress thin – find the right fit for the right occasions! Just after me will be our Mayor, Gregor Robertson!


{ Wearing: Zara leather bomber jacket w/ attached fur capelet (a DIY!), Cynthia Rowley petal-collar blouse, Zara belt, Jason Wu skirt, Browns ID shoes, vintage Raybans, Franchi clutch, Fossil rose gold watch, Bfrend bracelets (c/o) }

After quickly shooting my mood-fitting outfit this afternoon I am back at work, happily filling LOVE + MARK’D orders. The Valentines collection will be published tomorrow, and I’ll think you’ll find them just delightful. Many thank-you’s to Monika who sent over these adorable Bfrend bracelets! She definitely got my colors right!

A helpful winter hint: If you’re like me, you despise going to the tanning salon. Lying in that plastic bed, and then having your skin feel all tacky afterwards as you try and pull up your jeans. I much rather a St. Tropez spray-tan session with Cindy Leyland at Yaletown’s Beauty Mark! She gave me the perfect glow just before the holidays and my seasonal dresses never looked better. I highly recommend her services. Find Cindy on Twitter here

Just flouncing about in English Bay…

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{ Wearing: Scarf from Le Chateau, H&M coat & fingerless gloves, Mavi jeans (c/o), ShoeMint shoe boots* (c/o), Zara bag, Joe Fresh toque (c/o), Storey Design snakeskin bow bracelet (c/o) }

Photos snapped in downtown’s business district on Saturday afternoon by George. You know what they say, behind every blogger is a blogger boyfriend toting around an enormous camera. This isn’t too far from the new home actually, I am leaving the West End for West Georgia: in-suite washer and dryer, dishwasher and floor-to-ceiling windows. Yahoo! (I love moving – seriously. New decor!)

Have a wonderful week, do something very fabulous today (cinnamon your latte, add a touch of snakeskin to your bag, give your nails a fresh paint or purchase a crisp, new fashion glossy, or spend an inordinate amount of time on Pinterest, as I have this weekend. Now that’s decadent.), OR, as previously posted, do something GLAMOROUS!

*Shoe boots. Not to be mis-named as booties. As we saw in The September Issue, Vogue-ettes do not, do not, call this type of footwear booties. Anna obviously has the last word. 

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{ Wearing: Vintage fur vest, Wilfred sweater, Dynamite shorts, H&M tights & umbrella, Zara boots, vintage leather clutch – both vintage pieces from my mother’s closet, Social Experiment ring (c/o) }

What a miserable Saturday! It sure is rainy and chilly. Though I bring this blog post to you from beneath the covers, so perhaps it’s not all that bad. Saturdays are that perfect day for eating scrumptious foods, putting on something warm and comfortable and hiding away with your favorite book. Or your iPad, or computer. I started mine with a sleep-in (a rarity these days), then shuffled into the kitchen to make a pot of coffee – on the stove using our new old-fashioned percolator. I love cooking on Saturday mornings; today I did brie cheese melted onto fresh french bread in the broiler, and scrambled eggs on top. A delicious breakfast and an aggressive 10 am hockey game. How lovely. (Ha.)

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{ Wearing: Tevrow + Chase jacket, Zara cardigan & bag, H&M t-shirt, Aldo accessories necklace, JNBY pants (c/o), Michael Kors boots, New Era Yankees cap }

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{ Wearing: Zara leather bomber jacket, Mexx fair isle (c/o Courtney Boutique), Momentous Moments shirt (c/o), Armani Exchange pants (c/o), ShoeMint Jolly booties (c/o, ps. this bootie also comes in leopard!!), Frances Cobiasia bag, Ralph Lauren scarf, Marc by Marc Jacobs Necklace, Camera necklace purchased in Paris, H&M men’s aviators, Stella & Dot ring }

2 sleeps until Christmas!! And just before that magical day arrives, I have some FABULOUS news for you shoppers! ShoeMint, StyleMint and JewelMint are now officially shipping to Canada as of December 26th! Hellloo shopping from home on Boxing Day! Quelle chance! These wedges, appropriately named the Jolly, because they make me so, are part of a 2012 collection designed by Rachel Bilson and manufactured by Steve Madden! *Awesome collaboration*

StyleMint, as we all know, features a line of perfectly comfortable and stylish tees from those Olsen sisters, while JewelMint gives us access to the tastes of Kate Bosworth and stylist Cher Coulter for all things jewelry. And signing up for these sites is the best part – you are presented with a range of images and styles and pick out the ones that suit you best, the sites then gauge your style and curates a selection for you to choose from! I’m always interested to see what they’ll recommend for me! What’ll they recommend for you??

I wish you a merry, merry Christmas and a fabulous new year! You’ve earned it. 2012, here we come! Bisous mes chéris!

{Wearing: H&M coat, denim & gloves, Zara bag, Pashmina scarf, Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes, vintage Rayban Wayfarers}

Snapped strolling along Alberni St. this morning en route to FedEx – George (a.k.a. boyfriend), recently ordered custom suits from Indochino and they’ve just arrived. Has your boyfriend taken interest in Indochino??

Announcing the winner of the Barefoot Contessa angora beret giveaway! Congratulations @alison_elle!

* Thank you to VanCityBuzz and @Cwistal for the #FF feature today! *

P.S. FYI  - This coat was once $99.00 and is now on sale at H&M for $30.00. What a steal! 

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