A couple summers ago I went sailing with a friend. She was the teacher, showing me the ropes, and when we were a good distance out from the Jericho Sailing Club, our wind died down. The water was placid, still and from my perspective, we were stuck out to sea. However, my friend always the optimist (not to mention a child cancer survivor), showed me how to use my weight to rock the boat back and forth and heave the sail to and fro to create our own wind.
Last week was Vancouver Fashion Week and while I had every intention of making it to several days of shows, I made it to about 5 on the first day. We started the week off with Ezra in the hospital for a toe infection and my spare moments have been spent cuddling him and doing homeschool with Jet and Levi.
The fourth-annual Artists for Conservation Festival kicks off September 26 on Grouse Mountain and Elasticpantcity is offering a giveaway for a family pass. The pass includes the gondola ride up the mountain and access to festival events. We have attended the festival for the past two years as a family and on a date night and we always look forward to our adventure up the mountain each year.
I discovered Laura Bundschuh’s beautiful geologic jewelry through the Instagram feed of WOO 2 C U. She’s a local Vancouver jewelry designer and her work is exquisite in the use of rough stones and polished hardware. WOO 2 C U just started carrying her and you can visit Laura’s Tumblr for more images of her pieces.
This is a pseudo style post because while I’ll comment briefly on my love for basics and an awesome pair of jeans, what’s really on my mind is family and the little guy in the photos below.
My heart is incredibly full right now for so many reasons. This week Ben and I took time to pause and reassess some of the decisions we were making for our family, specifically Levi. If you’re not from around here then you wouldn’t know that there is a showdown between the BC Government and BC teachers and public school is not in session.
If someone were to tell me they had it all figured out I’d be highly suspicious of their definition of ‘all.’ I think it’s safe to say we each know a lot about a little and a little about a lot. I take this approach when it comes to health and prefer to say, “I know what works for me.” Although I’ve had my ups and downs in regards to how my body responds to certain foods, minerals and vitamins I feel as though I’ve found a fine balance of generally feeling well (mentally, included).
I have to confess I’m feeling inexorably grumpy. A cold has been running it’s course through our family which usually means sleepless nights for Ben and I, with crabby kids, even as our own immune system is fighting to build itself up again. I particularly struggle to be patient with my three year old when he is under the weather. When I look back on these photos from only a few days ago I’m reminded that bouts of sickness are usually short and most of the time we cherish family life and bringing up boys.
Inspiration from the Swinging 60s was all over the Fall Winter 2014 runways. Long sleeves, shorter hemlines and tall boots galore were represented at Louis Vuitton, Valentino and Gucci to name a few. Not that we really need evidence that what goes around comes around but these looks are a reminder that there’s nothing (completely) new under the sun.
To get inspired when writing fashion pieces I sometimes make a pit stop at a thrift shop to see if I discover any gems. It’s the thrill of the hunt and while I’m satisfied to walk away with nothing I’m giddy when I find something good. Last Friday while browsing through Value Village I grabbed the blood orange coloured sleeve of this dress and was instantly taken by the craftsmanship
Last Spring I did a feature for the Vancouver Sun on building a brand from scratch, spotlighting Prospekt Supply I was so impressed by their Spring Summer 2015 Lookbook and how the brand is expanding their collection with trousers and shorts that highlight their sportswear roots while also taking on the appearance of classic business wear. The Hastings Panelled Pinstripe Pant has perfect details like double welt pockets and bottom zips. The zips bring me back to my competitive track and field days. Now if only Prospekt Supply would come up with the quintessential tear-a-way…