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Where to Shop Vancouver

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?

Kids: Booties for Cuties

By SHERI RADFORD
Feb. 2018

Adorable fox booties by Stonz.

As any parent knows, getting boots onto the tender tootsies of tiny tots can be a supreme struggle. Vancouverite Lisa Will experienced the challenge firsthand when her son was an infant. Out of that struggle, Stonz booties were born. Loosen the two adjustable toggles to slip them on, then tighten the toggles to keep them in place. The fleece lining ensures teeny feet stay warm and cozy, while the soft, non-skid soles help little ones to develop balance. Available at MEC or online.

Cool Chronicle: Sculpture in Canada

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Feb. 2018

Uncover Canadian art history, one sculpture at a time.

Chock-full of for-the-ages art, Sculpture in Canada: A History (Douglas & McIntyre) chronicles the country’s past through sculpture—from a hand-chipped bone shard that dates back to 13,000 BCE, to pieces created through modern-day 3D modelling. History buffs and art enthusiasts alike will appreciate the eye-catching colour photos and Dr. Maria Tippett’s encyclopedic knowledge of art, and how the economy and culture of the nation influenced the works. In short: prepare to be fascinated. Find it at local bookstores.