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Posts from — July 2011

Hope you all have a great weekend! Here in BC we’re about to enjoy a nice long warm weekend! Time to relax and spend some time with loved ones and family! Also, thank you to all of you who have voted for me for Best Fashion Blog at the Urban Culture Conference here in Vancouver!  This weekend is that last chance to vote, if you haven’t already… or would like to again I would LOVE your vote!
PLUS be entered to win a bfrend bracelet, please leave comment blow! xo

So thankful for all of you readers! Have a great weekend! xo

Little Side Note.. there will be no post on Monday! :)


July 29, 2011   28 Comments

she said…

I’m so inspired by other women and their success. I want to know what drives them, what interests them, what makes every day worth it! When I met Nicola Gillam from Violet Hill I knew she was going to be our first “she said…” girl! The moment I walked into her stunning clothing boutique I knew I wanted to know how her mind works! Her personality was fresh and unique, bringing a cool and comfortable vibe to her store!  The perfect way to shop!

Not to mention that every singe item she carries is stunning! Her boutique is filled with my favourite designers (including Canadian!).  Plus you won’t be spending an arm and a leg  for high fashion labels! The prices are just right! Here’s a little bit of what “she said…”

Oh… and she carries bfrend bracelets! Another reason to check out her store! :)

1. Why did you decide to open a clothing boutique?

Violet Hill came about over a couple of beers with my parents after I graduated from UVIC in 2009. We we’re discussing how Steveston is changing and what the community could need and obviously I mentioned a boutique. It was always something I was passionate about and wanted to do but I thought it was just a pipe dream. Luckily though I had amazing support and was able to slowly and surely make Violet Hill something real.

2. What would you say to other girls who are considering doing the same thing?

If I can do it then you can too! It takes a lot of time and isn’t something that just happens over night. If it’s something you really want to do then you can make it work. There are a lot of people and resources out there that can help you make sense of it all. Also owning your own boutique isn’t just all about the pretty clothes that line the racks. You have to be able to understand the business side of it and be able to put in the hours and hard work. It’s not like a fashion realty show, even though sometime I wish it were.

3. What’s the best part of your job?

The best part about my job is that I get to do something everyday that I’m excited and passionate about. I’m always learning and hopefully growing the business in a positive direction. I also have the most amazing customers who I’m lucky to have formed relationships with. Making my customers happy and excited about their wardrobe and clothes is something that I love.

4. If you could style one person in the whole world who would it be? And what would you put them in?

Emma Stone. I have a major girl crush on her! I think she has amazing style and would be open to trying anything. I’d love to put her in a Canadian label like Valerie Dumaine that the public might not have seen before. Her designs would look great on her.

5. Favourite Vaca Spot?

Paris is fantastic. I don’t think there’s anything like it. But then again I haven’t done a lot of travelling so my answer could change. It would be hard to beat though.

6. Favourite book?

Lovely Bones and then The Help is a close second. Both of Kelly Cutrone’s books are up there too.

7. Favourite place to eat in Vancouver?

Pepitas! It’s this amazing little Mexican place on the corner of West 4th and Burrard. I’m obsessed.

8. Daily blog reads?

The Man Repeller, The Coveteur, The Doctors Closet, StyleSpy, Imtheitgirl, Searching for Style, and Paper Collective just to name a few that I’m obsessed with.

9. Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?

I really hope to see myself watching Violet Hill grow and be a success. I can’t imagine myself not being in Vancouver working in the industry that I am. I believe that the Vancouver Fashion scene is slowly but surely growing and I would like to be a part of that.

10. What are 5 things you can’t leave the house without??

Wallet. Sunglasses. iphone 4. Elizabeth and James stackable rings (they are pretty much stuck on my finger but I’m happy to never have to take them off). make up bag with mascara and Make Up HD foundation

Visit Violet Hill

#108-12211 No.1 Road
Richmond, BC V7E 1T6

Phone: (604) 274-3563
eMail: info@violethillclothing.ca




July 29, 2011   4 Comments

Yum Stamp!

Hello Thursday!! Wow, is it the weekend yet?? This morning has been good, like yummy good. But not in a good way! While responding to emails I realized that my healthy snack from yesterday afternoon was still on my desk. Healthy snack meaning, “healthy indulgence”- two pieces of my ‘Simply Lite’ no sugar added chocolate! Haha, all was good till I caught myself snacking on it this morning in front of the computer! Yeah, it’s almost gone!!! Grrr, don’t you hate it when that happens! At least it was some-what healthy right? Not a Mr. Big of Coffee Crisp!

What are your favourite healthy sweet alternatives? I’ve included some of my faves below! The Chocolate Coconut water doesn’t sound too yummy, but oh my word its delicious!! You should be drinking it! Plus I might need to go for a Pink Berry Run! Have you heard Vancouver!! There is one is Park Royal Village!

Hope you have a wonderful day! Oh and ps! I’m giving away a bfrend bracelet! Click here to find out how you can win it!


July 28, 2011   6 Comments

Music in the air.

Summer is in full swing! So are all the music festivals around the world! My ultimate favourites are the ones in the middle of a field with lots of different artist (new and old) and lots of sun!  Gather a group of friends and it’s the best time ever! I would love to know which ones you have been to! It’s even more exciting to fly out somewhere new and enjoy the city AND music!

Here are some of my must have items for any music festival!

I also wanted to thank you all for voting for my blog at The Urban Culture Conference here in Vancouver! It’s the first time they’re rockin’ this event, and from what I’ve hear it’s suppose to be amazing! Lots of great bands and artists, as well as recognizing Vancouver’s Best! If you haven’t already voted for your fave Vancouverites now is your last chance! Voting ends on Aug 1st!

Don’t forget to vote for your fave Fashion blog too! :) Would love your vote! ;) xo

1. Canvas Surplus Vest $34.95
2. Printed Roll-up Camp Shirts $24.95
3. Clinique Sun SPF 30 $30.10
4. Suede Bonny Boot- All Saints $250
5. Seven For all Man Kinda Jean Shorts $148
6.  Michael Kors Navy Gold Watch $275
7.  Printed Roll-up Camp Shirts $24.95
8. Washed Blue ruffle denim shirt $80
9. Michael Kors Reptile Saddle Bag $198
10. Marc by Marc Jacobs Sunglasses $98
11.  Jennifer Zeuner Cross Necklace $121



July 27, 2011   12 Comments

finally! the patio!

We finally finished our patio! I’m so happy the way it turned out! Now if you could get a BIT more sun that would be great! Thanks sun! ;)

If you’re following me on twitter you might have already seen this pic! I have had so many of you asking where I got all my patio stuff from, so today I’m going to tell you!

All Patio furnature (Sectional, 2 tables, 2 chair, lawn chair)- IKEA
Large White Pots- IKEA
Candles- IKEA
Ceramic  Garden Stool- Home Sense
Decorative Pillows- Home Sense
Ikat Pillows- Etsy
Pillows with quotes- Urban Barn
Boxwood trees: Home Depot

Hope your patio season is in FULL swing! xo



July 26, 2011   17 Comments

bfrend giveaway!

There is lots of love going on at Long Distance Love blog today! You might want to to go join the crowds! :) Alison is giving away 2 bfrend bracelets on her blog this week!! Not to mention that you must simply just go over and check out her amazing blog! I fell in love with it right away! Maybe due to the fact that we both were in long distance relationships for 3 years…and now both happily married! I love to hear other people’s stories, especially when you find out that you have tons in common!

So if you’re anything like me you’ll love Alison’s blog! Go check it out and be sure to enter her giveaway!!

Happy Monday!



July 25, 2011   3 Comments

Happy Weekend!

Hope you all have a wonderful sunny weekend!!! Summer still hasn’t arrived in Vancouver! Can you believe we’ve only had a total of 2 hours of over 25 degrees celsius all summer!!? Wahh!! So sad!

We’re off to find warmer weather this weekend! If summer won’t come to us… we’re going to have to travel to get it! Hello 30 degrees, bikinis, tan lines and margaritas!! :)

Happy weekend!! :)


July 22, 2011   4 Comments

Neon and Animal

2 ‘buy’ 2! When you fall in love with an item do you buy every single color it comes in??  Well, I always buy in 2′s. Doesn’t leave me feeling broke… rather extra excited that I get to go home with two!!! My latest ‘double’ purchase were these cute note books I found at Chapters… on sale for $5!!! I know!! I should have probably bought more! But two is good! :) I was lured in with the cute little sayings on the front cover! “Shopaholics I Met And Liked” and “Designers I Met And I liked”,  adorable!  You can never have enough cute note books, right?

Another two of my new favourite items are obviously animal print! Scrunchies are back! …I think.  I wore this one in my hair the other night with a bright coral dress and black blazer, it brought a little sass to my outfit! I got so many compliments, so it worked!  And the bangle! This was an amazing find! Price check on the Zebra bangle in isle 2 at target! $13!!!! SOLD!

Note Books: Archiegrand.com – Ingo/Chapters Sale $5
Leopard Scrunchie- H&M  $2
Zebra Bangle- Target $13


July 21, 2011   10 Comments

Dress me up.

1. ASOS Blue Summer Dress $60.34
2. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick $34
3. Essie Nail Polish Allure $8
4. Yves Saint Laurent Arty gold-plated glass ring $250
5. Michael Kors Jet Set Berkley Clutch $158.40
6. nOir Gold- Tone Delicate Pyramid bracelet $66


July 19, 2011   10 Comments


Happy Monday! Hope your weekend was jam packed with lots of summer fun! Can you believe that it’s still raining here in VanCity!!!!  Summer still hasn’t arrived!! I’m starting to loose hope.  Plus I’m almost temped to start shopping for fall clothes…I wish I was kidding!

In the mean time, I’m still on my hunt for the perfect leopard pump! I love the fact that leopard print will definitely move it’s way into Fall. So why not invest in a great pair of shoes, right? While looking for some 4 inch leopard amazingness I was also able to find cute flats, comfy sandals and even some pumps appropriate for work! Here are my top picks! And Oh my word isn’t that Tory Burch shoe amazing!!

1. Bethesda Leopard Sandal Steve Madden $89.95
2. Gigi Leopard Sandal Sam Edelman $60
3. Pinkette Wild Leopard Ivanka Trump $135
4. Gorjuss Leopard Heals Steve Madden  $59.99
5. Sashaa Leopard Flat Betsy Johnson $79.95
6. Magnolis Wild Leopard Flat Ivanka Trump $130
7. Pony Skin Classic Shoe Christian Louboutin $495
8. Kloudd Leopard Wedges Steve Madden $105.95
TITLE:  Jude Haircald Pumps Tory Burch $324


July 18, 2011   19 Comments