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Where to Shop Vancouver

A Winning Wardrobe for the Deighton Cup

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Illustration ©Isaxar/Shutterstock.com

Jul. 21, 2018 The city’s style-savvy are off to the races. The Kentucky Derby–style Deighton Cup is devoted to fashion and frivolity (and horse racing, too, we hear). But all bets are off when it comes to sartorial style—expect to see over-the-top hats, fascinators and fedoras alongside silk bowties, fancy frocks and three-piece suits. (more…)

New in Town: Nespresso Boutique

By SHERI RADFORD
Jun. 2018

Nespresso’s first standalone boutique in BC, at Metropolis at Metrotown

Attention, coffee connoisseurs: Nespresso recently opened its first standalone boutique in BC. In addition to selling coffee capsules and machines, the shop showcases the brand’s sustainability initiatives: tabletops made out of coffee grounds, wood sourced from reforestation programs, and systems that reduce energy and water. Plus Nespresso has launched a pilot project with Recycle BC to collect used pods. Time for a coffee break!

 

 

Morija Designs: One-of-a-Kind Silk

By CHLOË LAI
May 2018

Photo by Joseph Cruz/www.cherryblossomportraitstudio.ca

Coco Chanel once said that “in order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” Local textile artist Morija Reeb more than meets that challenge: every item in her collection is crafted entirely by hand, ensuring unique patterns and textures. Using natural dyes and ethically sourced raw silk fibres, Reeb creates singularly stylish scarves, necklaces, earrings and floral pins that you’ll never want to take off. Discover Morija Designs online, or in person at the Silk Weaving Studio.

Reclaimed Wood Jewellery by Billy Would Designs

By SHERI RADFORD
Apr. 2018

At Billy Would Designs, reclaimed skateboard decks and hardwood floors are transformed into beautiful, wearable pieces.

For more than a decade, Adea Chung has been handcrafting one-of-a-kind wooden pieces. The multitalented Vancouverite and founder of Billy Would Designs creates earrings, necklaces, cufflinks and belt buckles out of reclaimed wood such as broken skateboard decks. Her ingenious threaded wood necklace (pictured) has no clasp; instead, the stick goes through the loop to hold the necklace in place. Find her pieces at Bird on a Wire, or browse the full collection online.

Diane Gagne: A Life in Fashion

By SHERI RADFORD
Apr. 2018

Diane Gagne poses in The Apartment, which is Holt Renfrew’s by-appointment-only private shopping area, wearing a jacket and blouse by Alexander McQueen and wide-leg pants by A.L.C. (Photo by KK Law)

Diane Gagne has “been in fashion forever,” but she loves it so much that she hesitates to call it a job. Her artistic tendencies, combined with a love for the Elle, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar magazines she grew up with, led her to be a make-up artist, and from there her height and striking looks caused her to fall “totally sideways” into being a model. Soon she started producing and styling the shows she was in, and from there a career in fashion-show production and personal styling began. (more…)

Moonshine Dreams: Jewellery Made From Pieces of Vancouver

By CHLOË LAI
Mar. 2018

Find Moonshine Dreams designs on pendants, flasks, rings, clothing and more

When Vancouver buildings are torn down, the lucky ones live on, thanks to Moonshine Dreams founder Richard Thomson. A demolition worker by day, he salvages fir and cedar from work sites—like UBC’s old Aquatic Centre—to create pieces that showcase his love of Sailor Jerry artwork and the Pacific Northwest’s great outdoors. Channel your inner pin-up girl, happy camper or past-life pirate with pendants, bottle openers, cufflinks and more. Now you really can take a piece of Vancouver home with you. Available at Make.

Singin’ in the Rain: Springtime Activities

Put up your hood and open your umbrella for 20 activities that can be enjoyed rain or shine

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Mar. 2018

The seawall is scenic in every weather. (Photo by KK Law)

1. Stroll through Stanley Park. The city’s 400-hectare (1,000-acre) forested oasis is a can’t-miss activity. On a drizzly day, skip the seawall and head into the park’s interior for extra protection from the green canopy above. (more…)

Charlotte Tilbury: Brightening Youth Glow

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Feb. 2018

Brightening Youth Glow by Charlotte Tilbury

Ready to see the light? Then stock your make-up bag with Charlotte Tilbury’s Brightening Youth Glow. This anti-aging, colour-correcting, glow-boosting primer can take the place of several products, making it carry-on friendly. It delivers radiant, glow-y skin daily, with anti-aging results in four weeks thanks to olive extract, vitamin B3 and watercress. Go ahead, get your glow on. Find it at Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom.

Rocky Mountain Soap Co.’s New Wellness Balms

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Feb. 2018

The Headache wellness balm from Rocky Mountain Soap Co. features peppermint, lavender, sweet marjoram and rosemary essential oils.

For over a decade, Rocky Mountain Soap Co. has been committed to natural, toxin-free bath and body products. Now, the Canadian company is expanding their repertoire with a range of wellness sprays and balms, each targeting a specific need—from battling stress, headaches and flu symptoms to cultivating serenity and deep sleep. Plus, they’re packed full of powerful essential oils, and they come in a travel-friendly size, too. Win, win.

Cute Creatures at the Vancouver Aquarium

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Feb. 2018

Hardy, one of the Vancouver Aquarium’s rescued sea otter pups, strikes an adorable pose. (Photos courtesy Vancouver Aquarium)

You don’t have to deep-sea dive to discover the wonders of the ocean—simply ride the tides to the Vancouver Aquarium. Inside, find 50,000 incredible animals ranging from sloths to sea otters. Roll up your sleeve and pet a stingray, pop over to Penguin Point, tour the tropics, and discover all the life flourishing right here on BC’s coast. And don’t just bring home memories—the gift shop carries an array of souvenirs such as jewellery, Inuit art, plush toys, local cookbooks and upcycled glass sea stars that are worth the suitcase space. Bonus: gift-shop purchases fund aquarium programs that keep oceans wonderful. Now that’s deep.

LanaBetty: 3D-Printed Jewellery With a Vintage Twist

By CHLOË LAI
Feb. 2018

The art deco-inspired Plymouth Triangle necklace from LanaBetty. (Photo by GH Photography)

Tired of trying to keep up with trends? Meet LanaBetty, a line of timeless keepsakes by Vancouver-based jewellery designer Lana Lepper. Pieces combine classic aesthetics with bold pioneer spirit: Lepper is one of the only jewellery designers in Canada using 3D-printing technology alongside traditional methods. Inspired by geometry and architecture—especially art deco—the collection is produced in North America using an efficient, nearly zero-waste printing process. No surprise, then, that Lepper’s high-tech approach to “slow fashion” has earned her a loyal following: in Vancouver, creativity is always in style. Available at Bird on a Wire.

Put Your Best Brows Forward

By SHERI RADFORD
Feb. 2018

Embark on a beautiful brow journey at Benefit BrowBar, in Sephora stores.

For beautiful brows in a hurry, head to a Benefit BrowBar. Staffed by highly skilled aestheticians, Vancouver’s two BrowBars are located inside the Sephora stores on Robson Street and in Pacific Centre. While the concept of in-store waxing may raise a few (perfectly groomed) eyebrows, rest assured that the treatment is quick, professional and almost painless. It starts with brow mapping, to find your brows’ ideal start, arch and end. Then waxing, using sticks that are never double-dipped. And finally tinting, to give a perfect pop of colour. Who knew impeccable eyebrows were so easy to achieve?