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Monday, July 30, 2012


I didn't realise I needed a vacation until my friend invited me to join her on a trip to Vancouver. It wasn't a place that was on my list to visit but the clean and friendly city proved to be a tonic and  now it's at the top of my list as a place to live!

No. 1: The weather can be very British but Vancouver is 4 cities in one – business metropolis, suburbia, island/seaside splendour and beautiful looming mountains, all providing you with an opportunity to utilise layers and be a style chameleon!

The first few days of the trip were wet and a little chilly so layers it was but, I was determind to keep it bright and cheery in true vacation style. The electric blue leather bag from Zara was a birthday gift from my Mum, scarf is from New Look and the  trench is Ben de Lisi

No. 2: Home-grown Canadian stores and labels, I found that "laid back" is the main style theme with rock chic and American preppie being sighted everywhere but indie labels offer a welcome diversity to the mainstream chains and a few of them originate in Vancouver: 

No. 3: Get you’re outdoors groove on! I’m not usually an outdoors type-o-gal but I did manage to cycle along the sea wall, with the city on my left and the water and mountains to my right!

More downtown than up a mountain but I still managed 4 hrs on a bike in 4 inch Kurt Geiger  wedges, a Banana Republic blazer with Dorothy Perkins skinnies!! 

No. 4: Meet the islanders – Granville Island’s huge indoor market and artisan stores make it a fashion, crafts and gourmet haven, like combining London’s Portobello and Borough markets!
Check out the The Net Loft opposite the Public Market housing indie retailers of local and foreign designers and crafts.

 Pretty glasses by Ted Jolda

Jo Ludwig's sparkly Glitter Bowls.


Dresses by Dream Apparel and Articles for People  for those that like to remain stylishly undefined

Ten Thousand Villages for the sheer array of ethnic crafts and accessories from sustainable businesses around the globe

No. 5: Trendy Gastown -  I loved strolling through the regenerated industrial district now populated with boutiques, bars and restaurants

Indulge in leather goods and accessories brand m0851 



Curated fashion boutique Shop Ishara stocks the neon Rebecca Minkoff Mac bag  - perfect for Summer ’12 but will lead nicely for Autumn ’12 too!

No. 6: It’s a great place to dress up or down for dinner and cocktails!

Malene Birger peach Fiducia dress to The Waterfront Cafe, a top seafood hotspot

Rose gold accessories around the neck and to cinch in the waist both from H&M

Dressing down for Sunday night Jazz at the Pourhouse.

Sunday, July 1, 2012




Net-A-Porter the definitive online designer store has a sale on! Think Jil Sander, Chole, Gucci, Prabal Gurung with up to 50% off - go forth and click!

Issa Printed Silk Kimono Maxi Dress

Julien MacDonald Origami Silk-satin Dress

All Saints Spitalfields is one label that I have enjoy wearing to the MAX! 
It brings out my urban edge when my other Gemini twin revolts against my girly and feminine side and the deconstructed nature of the garments always keep the observer guessing...

 "...Leather-wearing in the summertime!" I always remember that line from the movie, Waiting to Exhale, which was supposed to be a stinging put-down but hey, leather in the sumer is so HOT, when done RIGHT!

All Saints Maisie Leather Dress

Ethereal and sexy, glide across the resort or downtown in this stunning, All Saints maxi!

All Saints Ombre Maxi Dress

No sale hunt would be properly executed without stopping by H&M and ASOS! Keep your budget in check and stay on top with of-the-minute trends.

Combine two of the biggest trends and wear it well in this floral peplum dress from ASOS

ASOS Peplum Dress in Darling Buds print

Sheer, sexy and feminine from H&M...

H&M Sheer Floral Blouse

I purchased this H&M dress on my recent trip to Vancouver, I hadn't spotted it in any of the UK stores so I snapped it up at half price!

H&M Straight dress with neon sequins