There’s nothing I love more than a whole lot of lust-worthy SHOES, which is why I am excited to return once again as host of Hudson’s Bay Vancouver’s Spring Shoe Event! And guess what…YOU ARE ALL INVITED!
On Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 6 – 8 pm, the second floor women’s shoe department will be the site of an exciting evening full of complimentary food and drink, an exclusive fashion show full of this season’s hottest shoe trends (hosted by yours truly), and the chance to win a $500 shopping spree! There will also be amazing event-only sales going on for just that evening.
As this is a private event, you’ll need a ticket to get in, and at just $10, it’s a steal…but if you buy ANY shoes that evening, you get $10 off with your ticket. So basically it’s a no brainer to come! Here’s the official event poster:
Tickets can be purchased by visiting the women’s shoe department at Hudson’s Bay downtown Vancouver anytime from now until before the event, however I am also giving away 3 pairs of tickets via my Instagram!!
Just look for the below photo on my feed and follow these steps:
Follow Me! (@ManaMansour)
Tag a girlfriend or a special lady who you’d love to bring as your date to the Spring Shoe Event.
You’ll get an extra chance to win if your date also follows the above steps and tags you back!
That’s it!! The winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 11 after 5 pm.
Hello June! Although summer is just around the corner, in Vancouver we ushered the new month this week with cloudy skies and cooler temperatures. June has traditionally always been a fickle month, one minute it’s hot and sunny, the next minute you’re wondering if we’re back in dreary March. That’s why on weeks like this I always resort to my favourite spring/summer staples- a structured blazer over a blouse, killer distressed boyfriend jeans and sleek pumps. This combo works perfectly for June’s unpredictable weather, while always being chic with that little bit of edge. It also makes for a killer night on the town outfit- BONUS.
When recreating this outfit, I recommend investing in the blazer more so than the other pieces, especially since you can now find great-fitting trendy distressed denim at many fast fashion retailers. I love this pair found at Zara, and you can’t beat the $49.99 price tag. For investment blazers, Judith and Charles, Aritzia and Club Monaco are my top choices.
OUTFIT DETAILS || Blazer and distressed boyfriend jeans: Zara, Blouse: Peter Pilotto x Target (no longer available), Black suede pumps: Kelsi Dagger (purchased at the Army & Navy shoe sale!), Neon satchel: ASOS, statement necklace: vintage. All photography by Streetscout.Me.
To capture my favourite spring/summer wardrobe stables for this post, I collaborated once again with my favourite streetstyle photographers, Sabrina and Jeremy from Streetscout.Me. They always know how to make any outfit shine, and have spent the last few years capturing some of Vancouver’s most stylish people on their awesome website. Here is just a taste…
And now for some exciting news. Right now Streetscout.Me are holding a great contest with Robson Street! For the month of June, they will be street scouting the most stylish strangers on Robson Street to be featured on their website, as well as on the Robson Street blog. The most fashionably dressed will also be rewarded with $50 gift cards each week to one of Robson Street’s retailers. Find out more information and when they will be hitting Robson Street (camera in tow!) here.
Visiting Janette Ewen’s favourite booths from the BC Home and Garden Show. Photo by Mitra Mansour.
Now that we are in March, this is the time of the year where “spring cleaning” takes on full force, but not necessarily in the traditional sense. After months of grey, dark winter weather, we long for more of a spring renewal than just a spring-clean of our homes. To add that extra bit of spring punch in our home décor, along with tips on how to incorporate the hottest design trends, I sat down with the talented Janette Ewen at the recent BC Home and Garden Show. You may know interior stylist and décor expert Janette from her work on television with some of our favourite home renovation shows, but she also is a working designer running her studio Parker Barrow with her business partner Jef Hancock.
Janette Ewen and I discuss Spring 2014 design trends at the BC Home and Garden Show’s Living Melodies Garden exhibit. Photo by Mitra Mansour.
Janette Ewen and I at the Living Melodies Garden Exhibit at the 2014 BC Home and Garden Show. On Mana: Prabal Gurung for Target sweatshirt, H&M skirt, Pour La Victoire suede booties and vintage costume jewelry. Photo by Mitra Mansour.
It was so fun spending the afternoon with Janette getting inspiration and ideas from the BC Home and Garden show, where her and Jef were presenting on the main stage. We visited some of her favourite booths that encapsulated some of the tips and trends she shared with me in our interview, while having some laughs along the way. Here are the highlights:
What are your top 3 interior design trends for 2014?
Janette: The first thing I would say is WELL TRAVELED. Almost like archaeological, fun things that you would find that kind of have a vintage look but look like they come from somewhere foreign and fabulous. Marrakesh is a big design inspiration. It’s about taking things back from those travels; think of the Nile, or Paris in the 1800’s.
Next, MODERN AND HOLLYWOOD GLAM MIXED. I know we’ve seen Hollywood Regency and mid-century modern but we’re seeing now a great combination of both. Very Palm Springs, designers like Jonathan Adler is leading the way…it kind of got over glam for a while, but it’s come back down now.
The Modern mixed with Hollywood Glam look. Design by Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent via Domino.
My next big one is BRASS IS BACK. Brass and navy are two of my big colour and material trends, think masculine, James Bond films/nautical. I think for a long time it was that 80’s/90’s brass and we just didn’t get it, but now the way it’s being repurposed is really amazing.
What’s the easiest way to transition your space for Spring?
Janette: First thing I would do is wallpaper your ceiling, especially if you are in a small space or high up, it gives you kind of an escape. And wallpaper comes off really easy now so it’s non-committal. All of sudden your eyes goes up, it feels more open. Then, swap out your throw pillows, bring in some bright shots of colour, I love chartreuse for spring it’s so beautiful and fresh. I would even look at swapping out your accessories, get rid of your heavy rugs; bring in an outdoor rug or a sisal rug instead. Switch out heavy, dark woody accessories for glass and a little bit of sparkle.
If someone wants to incorporate some of your tips on a budget, what advice can you share?
Janette: First one is DIY- something like sowing a pillow is just four seams, and even Jef can sow a pillow! Use bright fabric scraps from other projects, and one side can even be a flat colour. Second, make your own stuff! I made a light fixture at our studio in LA with tree branches we found and LED lights, which became an amazing hanging light fixture, and it has that very eclectic feel. Also, look at garden stores out of season, you can find those big sculptural looking pieces or pieces that have that well traveled look which are for the outdoors but with some spray paint you can transition them for inside. Shop salvation army, Jef is really into going to scrap yards to find treasures. It just takes a little more digging and a little more elbow grease but I really think there’s nothing you can’t do, plus you’ll love it more because you’re not just looking for the trend, you’re making your trend.
I am so excited and honoured to announce that I have partnered once again with Pacific Centre to host their upcoming spring trends event, Sunday Occasion. Imagine an intimate Sunday morning filled with delicious eats, sparkling cocktails, and a runway filled with the latest spring looks for both men and women from your favourite Pacific Centre retailers, all benefiting a vital charitable organization in our community…I call that a perfect way to spend a weekend!
Tickets to Sunday Occasion are $50, and 100% of proceeds go to Coast Mental Health. If you already aren’t aware of Coast Mental Health’s important work, they’re a non-profit private organization that supports recovery from mental illness by providing intervention and care, including meal and clothing programs, and supported housing. As a token of appreciation and to get your Spring wardrobe started, all guests will also receive a $50 Cadillac Fairview SHOP! CARD® gift card.
I will be styling and presenting my top Spring 2014 looks, along with Holt Renfrew and Harry Rosen in an exclusive runway presentation that only Spring Occasion guests will see. But tickets are limited, so purchase your ticket here.
Lastly, thank you to the amazingly talented Ellen Ho for the beautiful headshot.