Friday, September 4, 2015

Eco-Luxury Boutique The Closet YVR Launches in Vancouver

I first met Helen Siwak of The Closet YVR when she kindly helped me style the cast of Hamlet last year. It's truly amazing to see her incredible collection of thrifted luxury goods finally find a much-deserved home in Gastown: a big step from what used to be an all-online shop!

The Closet YVR is an eco-luxury boutique that carries not only designer fashion resale, but also local eco-friendly products and fashions. Mixed among the shoes, scarves and beautiful dresses are all-natural soaps and straight-from-the-runway designs from local fashion talents. Her pre-loved designer items are definitely worth perusing; you'll find everything from Dior to Gucci and more. The shop will even offer personal eco-styling services and wardrobe consultations from Lead In-House Stylist Dominique Hanke.

And it doesn't stop there, every month, The Closet YVR will host pop-up shops in the boutique, giving more local designers and artisans a chance to have their products available for you to shop!

The most adorable Valentino blazer in plaid (of course, it's an obsession) caught my eye while I took a look through the racks of luxury clothes; check it out below, I feel like it's the perfect transitional piece for fall, no? 

If you're in the Gastown area in Vancouver, pop by the boutique at 360 Carrall St, say hello to Helen and check out the beautifully curated collection of eco luxury fashion! The Closet YVR is open from Monday to Saturday, 11am-6pm, or by appointment on Sundays.

With founder of The Closet YVR, Helen Siwak, in an Armani dress & Bulgari pendant from Modaselle

Me & You Body vegan soap & La Cigale personal grooming products 

Vegan treats for the VIP guests & handmade Eco Monsters by Bracken Hanke

Handmade pendants by Tracey Tomtene in silver, pewter & copper: who needs the 'Do Epic Shit' one??

Armani hat, Ted Lapidus scarf, Missoni maxi dress, JC de Castelbajac Pluie tote

'Gassy Jack' made a pit stop by the store too, although he chilled on the floor more than he shopped...

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Monday, August 31, 2015

Diner en Blanc 2015

I was one of the many thousands of people in Vancouver on the waitlist for the magical event that is Diner en Blanc this year, and I was pretty bummed when for the second year, I didn't make it to registration. I was mostly bummed because I had this gorgeous dress from Choies which I was hoping to have a reason to wear...

Thanks to the wonderful people at Mogo Money, they swooped in and saved the day, offering me and my mister a spot at the hotly anticipated event. We of course got to shopping right away for everything from a table and napkins to an all-white ensemble for the gentleman. We ended up thrifting his shirt and belt from Value Village and finding his pants and shoes from Winners, with the whole look totalling only $87! Plus, in case your wondering if those white pants are ever going to get worn again, I have plans to turn them into a pair of bf jeans ;)

On arrival, we set up our white table scape at the secret location - Canada Place - where Mogo welcomed us with pearly white balloons for the dinner celebration. As we sat there, drinking our wine and eating our home-made pesto pasta dish, I was in complete heaven listening to Ballad du Paris from Midnight in Paris as the sun went down. Once the sparklers came out, the night became even more magical!

The night made for some amazing people watching as well; it's funny that even with everyone in all-white, there such an incredible variety of fashions and individual styles to be seen, from extravagant headpieces to piled-on statement jewellery. And the Diner en Blanc performers were a sight to be seen too. Overall, just an awesome first time experience, thanks Mogo for bringing us along!

Homemade pesto pasta with sundried tomatos, garlic chicken and asparagus

The waving of the napkins - the official start of Diner en Blanc!

Stylist Dominique Hanke totally rocking the nude dress look with one of her gorgeous fascinators

Our dessert for the evening - chocolate mousse with whipped cream & lavender

The ladies Miranda & Aurora of Style By Fire - always looking fabulous!

Dress - Choies | Necklace & Earrings - c/o Nobis & Grey | Sunglasses - Target | Heels - Shoe Warehouse

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Chapters Indigo Christmas in August Preview

I had just started to wrap my head around the fact that fall is around the corner...and now Chapters has me looking forward to Christmas already!

Chapters Indigo hosted their Christmas preview last week, giving us a sneak peek at all the plaid and gilded goodies we can expect to see in stores closer to the holiday season. All set up in the penthouse suite of the Loden Hotel in Vancouver, Chapters turned it into a winter wonderland (even in the crazy summer heat we're feeling). 

I had a feeling their gilded cocktail glasses would make a comeback year, and they didn't disappoint! They'll make the perfect addition to any chic bar cart and will be perfect for entertaining during the holiday season. Speaking of entertaining, they're launching the sweetest collection of tea pots and tea mugs, perfect for cozying up with tea with friends, or to take on the go. This tea lover is going to have a very long wishlist!

The food/drink section of Chapters has always been a favourite of mine, and from what we saw, this season will bring some fun new favourites that I'll just have to try. Bacon caramels and eggnog pancake mix, yes please!

And then of course, there's the winter fashion collection...and I can't get enough of it! There's a set of beautiful super soft plaid scarves that I am now obsessing over, and a camel wrap cape that would be oh-so-chic over cozy winter sweaters. Plus, the matching socks and hot water bottle covers are just way too cute.

Some of these products will be in Chapters Indigo stores as soon as October 5th, so keep your eyes peeled!

These gilded glasses are the perfect addition to any holiday party...and a must-have for my bar cart!

Bacon caramels? I'll take 10!

Because I can never get enough plaid! Already putting that plaid pillow on my décor wishlist

This comfy, cozy poncho comes in red, black and camel - the latter is my favourite! And super soft <3

 For those cold days cuddled up in bed, this sweater water bottle is the cutest!

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

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