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.
This time of the year is one of my favourites. Warmer weather means ditching bulky winter coats, but spring breezes along with cool nights means the substitute is chic layered pieces that doesn’t make you feel too hot. As someone who could be classified as blazer-obsessed, I love finding new patterns and colours in this classic shape that elevate it from business to fashion-forward. Plus, it’s my go-to item for creating the perfect spring look that can be both casual yet sophisticated.
To showcase this perfect transitional piece, I teamed up with my favourite local street style photographers, StreetScout.Me, led by the talented dynamic duo (in both life and in business) Sabrina Fenster and Jeremy Levy. Coming from marketing and fashion editorial backgrounds, StreetScout.Me was created to showcase the realistic side of fashion, and show the rest of Canada just how relatable fashion actually can be. I’d say that’s a mandate after my own heart! Sabrina’s older brother is a good friend and broadcasting colleague of mine, and was my principal videographer/editor of the show I created, West Coast Style. For so long I’ve been hoping to collaborate with his equally as creative sister, and was so happy to finally make it happen now that Sabrina and Jeremy call Vancouver home. You may have seen their shots on recognizable publications such as Fashion Magazine, but here is our transitional styling shoot:
What gal (or guy for that matter) doesn’t love getting pampered once in a while? Be it massages, pedicures, or facials, nothing beats getting some tender love and care at the spa, while also getting beautified. But choosing where to go can sometimes be a challenge, considering it’s an investment of both time and money. I am always on the hunt for the next best place when it comes to beauty care in Vancouver, and these two spots have recently won me over, and I guarantee they will for you too.
1. 4 Angels Beauty Care– 1342 Burrard Street
Brow threading services at 4 Angels Beauty Care.
If gorgeous Bollywood brows a la Aishwarya Rai is what you’re after, then a visit to Vancouver’s 4 Angels Beauty Care is in order. This blink-and-you’ll-miss-it downtown gem at the base of Burrard Street (before the bridge) is co-owned by Navkiran “Kiran” Sokhi and Kulwinder Malhi, who have well over 15 years of esthetician experience between them. I always say how South Asian women always have the best brows, and Kiran and Kulwinder definitely bring their South Asian roots with traditional brow threading to their business. Plus they both have great brows themselves, which to me, is a good indicator of the level of expertise.
4 Angels Beauty Care co-owners Navkiran “Kiran” Sokhi and Kulwinder Malhi.
I had their divine brow treatment, and I was almost shocked at how good my brows looked afterwards. Kulwinder first went over exactly what she was going to do, along with tips on how to grow out my brows to eventually achieve the look I want. No surprises here, she threaded exactly what she said she would, and finished it off with some brow makeup (from their own in-house brand of makeup the ladies designed themselves). Every brow service includes a brow massage, but it was too tempting not to throw in an arm and hand massage as well, which was a relaxing way to end my visit at 4 Angels. They also offer a range of back massages, head massages, waxing and facials for those looking for a full-service visit. And gentlemen, there’s threading services for you too.
My only negative is the extra time needed to get there and find parking, due to the current construction mess on the Burrard Bridge. But once inside, the level of service and attention at 4 Angels Beauty Care makes it all worth it.
2. Bare Wax Bar – 1828 W. 1st Ave.
Kitsilano’s Bare Wax Bar.
My Kitsilano neighbourhood is full of good-looking, fit people. I see them at the beach, getting coffee at 49th Parallel, or walking their dogs at the park near my apartment. You know what I’ve discovered these people have in common other than their yoga memberships? They all have a good wax place, and for many of them it’s Bare Wax Bar in Kitsilano. After hearing good things about Bare, I had to visit them myself, and was impressed by the down-to-earth vibe owner Kimmy has created, along with the affordable prices of their services, which includes waxing for BOTH men and women, threading, lash services and Dermalogica facials.
Bare Wax Bar’s founder and owner Kimmy.
I love how they breakdown all the different waxing services in a playful way, so you don’t feel embarrassed asking for what you need in your most intimate regions. Plus their chic, modern décor is also a bonus. For my last visit, I tried their facial from their esthetician Samantha. Samantha made sure I was comfortable and adhered the service to my specific needs, especially the massage portion, which I often find lacks the pressure I like. I may be only five feet but I am not a wimp, and Samantha understood that perfectly. So whether it’s your face or fuzz that needs some attention, Bare Wax Bar has got you covered.
It’s no doubt that Vancouver is on the verge of a fashion revival thanks in part to a long list of new retailers popping up in the city. In the last year alone, US heavyweights like Victoria Secret, Tory Burch, LOFT, and Marshalls have opened Vancouver locations, allowing a more diverse offering for Vancouver shoppers. But if big store brands or retailers aren’t your cup of tea, here’s a list of new boutique openings that favour a more exclusive, one-of-a-kind experience:
1.Max Mara ‘s Bridal Boutique, the first in North America (3025 Granville Street)
Tucked away at the back of the new 3,850 square foot Max Mara Vancouver flagship location (previously the Windsor Gallery), the bridal boutique offers an intimate and personalized shopping experience that’s by appointment only. Up until now, brides looking for the iconic Italian brand’s wedding gowns had to fly to Europe, and even then, only to certain locations.
Holding one of Max Mara’s bridal gowns in their new Vancouver bridal boutique. Photo by Viranlly Liemena.
Today, Max Mara’s Vancouver bridal boutique offers 14 Giambattista Valli-designed gowns to choose from through a prêt-à-porter concept, meaning that all size runs of the gowns are kept in stock at the store, with in-house dressmakers doing custom-fit alternations in as little as one day. This way, no Max Mara bride has to wait months for her gown to arrive before a fitting.
Chic accessories at Max Mara’s Vancouver bridal boutique. Photo by Viranlly Liemena.
A beautifully displayed Giambattista Valli- designed bridal gown stands at Max Mara’s Vancouver bridal boutique. Photo by Viranlly Liemena.
When touring the shop with Catherine Guadagnuolo, president of Vestis Fashion Group, who introduced Max Mara to the Vancouver market 30 years ago, I was taken by the luxurious fabrics like silk tulle, and the classic simplicity that the gowns offered, proving that head-to-toe beading and sequins aren’t always required for a glamorous wedding day ensemble. Where Max Mara offered sparkle was in their delicate accessories, such as tiaras, headpieces and veils. But perhaps the biggest surprise of my tour was discovering the price points; all the gowns range from about $2,500 to $4,000, a welcome notion when buying probably the most expensive purchase in your closet.
2. Judith and Charles West Fourth Avenue(2207 West 4th Ave.)
I’ve been a long-time fan of Judith and Charles, the Canadian womenswear brand that was founded in 2008 by duo, Judith Richardson and Charles Le Pierrès. What drew me to the brand and keeps me a fan today has always been their extremely well executed tailoring, and fresh approach to modern office attire. So you can imagine how excited I was to hear that Judith and Charles was opening a new location in my Kitsilano neighbourhood, their third in Vancouver, giving me a dangerous proximity to their gorgeous and timeless pieces like blazers, pencil skirts and day-to-night dresses.
Beautifully displayed separates and sweaters line the shelves of Judith and Charles’ new West 4th boutique. Photo by Hong Photography.
I recently visited Judith and Charles’ new West Fourth location during their launch party, and was greeted by a much larger store, set against a clean white backdrop, carrying the brand’s full collection, including some much-coveted accessories. Read my full Judith and Charles’ experience on Vancity Buzz, in the meantime, here are some highlights from the launch:
3. Obviously Chic Pop Up Shop, Open until April 7(At The Chinatown Experiment, 434 Columbia Street)
Inside Obviously Chic’s Vancouver Pop Up at The Chinatown Experiment.
An explosion of sparkle and girly gorgeousness has made its way into Vancouver’s Chinatown by way of online retailer Obviously Chic. Located at rotating shop space The Chinatown Experiment, Obviously Chic’s first Vancouver popup offers much of what shoppers have come to expect from its fun e-commerce site: shabby chic décor, statement necklaces, flirty tutus, and feminine pieces that beg for a night on the town with your closest girlfriends.
Lovely ladies modelling Obviously Chic’s girly and fun merchandise.
Tutus, graphic tees and statement necklaces make up Obviously Chic’s must-visit Pop Up in Chinatown.
Owner and founder Jessica Cote began doing popups for her online store five years ago in her native Saskatchewan, and has still stuck to her original mandate of providing must-have pieces that are affordable…like seriously affordable, most items are under $100. But hurry, the Obviously Chic Vancouver pop up is only open until Monday, April 7 before taking its gems to the next lucky town.