Sunday, December 20, 2009

End of an Era

Well everyone - it's been a great few years...almost 4 years, since I started Stylefinds. But sadly, it's time to move on.

I appreciate everything this blog has given me, and everyone who I've met as a result along the way. When I started Stylefinds, I never expected it to go this far. Big big thanks to all of the writers and photographers who have contributed their time and effort to the blog over the years - I couldn't have done it without you!

I am closing this chapter of my life in order to focus more on my artwork. I will still be writing about fashion and art for Spade Magazine and ION Magazine, but my time as a fashion blogger is over for now. I'll be posting new art stuff on my blog and my flickr. A new website is in the works, and should be online (I hope) within the next month or so.

I will leave comments enabled for a while then shut things down for good. I won't be deleting the blog, but there won't be any more updates from now on. It truly is the end of an era, for me at least.

More than anything, thank you thank you thank you to all of my readers! You are lovely and I cannot put into words how much I appreciate having your time and attention since day 1. You can always find me on Twitter if you want to get in touch.

Love love nothing but love.


Thursday, December 03, 2009

Gastown Shop Hop Tonight

Attention fashionistas - the annual Gastown Christmas Shop Hop is mere hours away! There are some great deals to be had at participating retailers tonight. Many shops will also be serving up complimentary drinks and/or snacks along their discounts. Some of my favourite area haunts include Obakki, One of a Few, and Dream.

And if you can spare 2 non-perishable food items, Hitz Boutique will not charge you for PST and donate the items to the Vancouver Food Bank. Happy Shopping!!!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Blanche Macdonald Graduate Fashion Show - Behind the Scenes

Nearly 1200 guests are enjoying the pre-show festivities

Just over a week ago, Blanche Macdonald Centre hosted their largest graduate fashion show ever at the Westin Bayshore hotel in Vancouver. As one of many beaming grads I thought the show was incredibly well organized and ran smoothly with a few small glitches that went virtually unnoticed. The pre-show backstage scene was slightly more frantic, but organizers remained collected and students were happy to participate in the excitement.

Graduates Katie Bedford, Marianne Chow, Okalani Leblanc, and Nicole Tomney backstage

Graduates Kaitlyn Kuipers, Alicia Riguzzi, Jillian Rothert and Desiree Henke

Behind the scenes, dressers helped models into garments and accessories

students explained complex designs to dressers

organizers like Peggy Morrison, Executive Fashion Program Director (right)
kept their cool while tending to last minute details

models were finishing up in makeup and hair

The security crew was excellent and quickly turned away more than one potential backstage-crasher. Prior to showtime grads tested the runway, which I found to be narrow and a bit shaky at first, but at the end of the show I enjoyed the walk with my fellow grads and felt a sense of accomplishment...if the runway was shaking I certainly didn't notice. From the buzz it seems that most grads had a wonderful experience and were happy to end a tough school year in a memorable and positive way. Congratulations to Blanche Macdonald's 2009 Fashion Design Program Graduates!

All photos courtesy of Peter Jensen

Monday, November 30, 2009

Ingenue Fashion House

Walking into this sleek Broadway boutique, I was instantly charmed. Everywhere I looked, there were perfectly chosen, perfectly simple garments from local and Canadian designers. I was in a fashionista's playground and there was no way I wasn't going to play so I started loading up with delectable goodies to try on.
Manager Jen Gagne was her usual adorable and charming self, chatting with me while helping to outfit another customer for her fabulous birthday dinner. While I browsed, I was blown away at the awesome selection: buttery leather belts from Erin Templeton, adorable frocks from dace, lily+jae and Oyuna (the new line from the creators of KBO Clothing), and gorgeous tailored skirts and jackets from Ingenue's ethically produced house line. I grabbed a little bit of everything and headed to the fitting rooms.
Excuse the not-so-cute pictures I took in the mirror... there's a reason I'm a writer and not a photographer:

This is me looking a little embarrassed to be taking a picture of myself, but nonetheless rocking an adorable navy dress by Oyuna and a crocheted shrug by Surely One designs. I had the pleasure of meeting the designer of Surely One, a sweet and elegantly chic lady by the name of Shirley. She hand knits and crochets all the shrugs and sweet beret hats that Ingenue carries and her work is only available there. I fell in love with the soft cover-up and instantly pictured it with a shiny cocktail dress, adding texture and a bit of whimsy.

And this beauty of an asymmetrical blazer was what ultimately came home with me. It's part of Ingenue's newest project: partnering with 15 tailors in Vietnam who create the perfectly tailored pieces for Ingenue's house line. Because the group is small and Ingenue works with them directly, not only is the quality fabulous, but the tailors get to set their own rates and working hours. The most exciting thing about this partnership is that Ingenue is offering a custom workwear service. All you have to do is drop by, get measured and pick out your preferred styles, colours and fabrications and soon you'll have workwear tailored to your body. As a woman who suffers from the double indignity of gaping buttons on shirts and gaping waistbands on skirts and trousers (most of the time, I love my hourglass figure, but trying on workwear is not one of them), I am maybe a little over-excited by the prospect of custom clothing. Ingenue is the only shop in Vancouver that offers this service.

Overall, I leave Ingenue and walk into the misty Vancouver evening grinning like a fool. The combination of Jen's sweetly sincere compliments (seriously, she is so nice) and finding a great piece that fits me like a glove is heady and as I head downtown to meet with my girlfriends, I'm already scheming where to stash the jacket I'm wearing because my new blazer is far superior.

Visit Ingenue Fashion House at 2821 W. Broadway.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Ways To Spend Your Weekend

image from

Well fashionistas, the holiday season is already upon us! Why not avoid the stress of last minute shopping and get started now? For the environmentally conscious person on your list, Fashion High's Green Christmas Market offers a variety of local vendors who will be selling their sustainable wares. I recommend checking out Crass & Sugar and House of L - I have jewellery from both!

image from

The Blim Monthly Community Market is also taking place at Cambrian Hall this weekend. Drop by Sunday for everything from fashion and accessories to crafts and food! Coco Cake cupcakes look particularly yummy!

image from

Finally, this weekend also marks the very first two day November market at Portobello West! This month exhibitors include TOODLEBUNNY Designs, Carny Love Clothing, and Larry Designs. If you have the chance to stop by the market, please help support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank by bringing along non-perishable food items.

Portobello West Market: Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th
Rocky Mountaineer Station
1755 Cottrell St
12pm - 6pm
Admission: $2 (children 12 and under free)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Malene Grotrian One Year Anniversary Sale!

Next Friday, November 27th stop by Malene Grotrian's studio to help her celebrate! She'll be hosting a customer appreciation sale from 11 am to 7 pm with exclusive discounts up to 50% off. And to sweeten the pot (as if 50% off wasn't sweet enough!) estheticians from Joe's Toes & Esthetics will be on hand all day giving complimentary manicures and nail art!

This fall has been one of amazing changes for Grotrian, as she was the only Canadian designer invited to show her S/S 2010 collection at New York Fashion week. She really is the sweetest, most down to earth person and her designs are uber-feminine and flattering. Of course, I'm totally biased, seeing as I treated myself to one of her dresses (see below - sexy, right?!) for my birthday and am an unabashed fan - but definitely stop by to check out this sale and fun event!
Where: #910 - 207 West Hastings Street (In the Dominion Building)
When: 11 am - 7 pm on November 27th
See you there!

Images courtesy of

Planning my route through the Eastside Culture Crawl

Over breakfast this morning, I am poring over the map and website in order to plan my afternoon at the Eastside Culture Crawl. By far, it is the most interesting of Vancouver's annual and semi-annual markets because it isn't simply a market. Arm yourself with a map and wander through 6 Vancouver East neighbourhoods as this is the one event where you enter artists' studios to see what they do and perhaps pick up a few beautiful pieces along the way.

A plethora of artistic media are represented. I will be focusing my tour on fashion, jewellery, and pottery. Among the artists on my must-visit list are:

If you're looking for fabulous art but are short on time, it's easiest to visit buildings that house multiple studios: the Parker Street Studios, William Clark Studios, Onion Studio, and Mergatroid Building, Octopus Studios are among the largest buildings.

The Eastside Culture Crawl runs from 11 am to 6 pm this Saturday and Sunday.

Jonathan+Olivia Weekend Sale

I meant to post this yesterday but just couldn't find the time! One of my all-time fave Main St boutiques is having an great sale this weekend. It's COLD out, and warm winter wear is a must. Luckily for those of us who have yet to find that perfect winter jacket (or need another one), Jonathan+Olivia has marked all winter coats down by 20%. The sale only lasts til Sunday, so don't miss out!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

VFW SS 2010: Papillon

Vancouver-based contemporary label Papillon has been creating clothing for over 30 years. I'm sure in that time the design team has seen various trends cycle in and out of fashion. One perennially popular style is boho-chic.

The collection Papillon presented for VFW had a definite boho feel. Yet while there were plenty of maxi dresses, floral and ethnic-inspired prints, and flowy fabrics on show, there were no peasant blouses, tunics, or fringe details in sight.

In fact, the runway show began with a series of mini-dresses - one paired with a cropped jean jacket and another with a fitted black blazer. The use of shiny fabrics and rich colours added a more modern touch than is typically associated with boho clothing.

I quite liked this black and gold smock dress. You often see smock tube dresses in pastel colours during the summertime. I find this style of dress in those types of colours, particularly in a shorter length, can leave women looking like as though on their way to the beach... or a play-date. The above dress, however, is slightly more sophisticated.

Papillon introduced maxi dresses about halfway through their spring 2010 collection. As with the other pieces of the collection, these dresses were less hippie-gypsy and more fresh and modern. They would probably be more suitable for a garden party than Glastonbury - sorry Sienna.

Photos courtesy of Wayne Mah

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sale @ Erin Templeton Shoppe: Nov 19th

The flyer says it all, folks. Stop by Erin's shoppe tomorrow for some really amazing deals on local designs. It's a great time to get your holiday shopping started!

For more info:

Erin Templeton
Allison Wonderland
Imaginary Friend Apparel
Refine Jewelry

Hunt & Gather Trunk Show and Sale - Thursday, November 19th

Join Hunt & Gather for their Trunk Show & Sale at Mooncruise Gallery this Thursday, November 19th from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Keep your eyes peeled for shiny accessories by Sarah J. to give to friends and family this holiday season, or treat yourself with something special from the wide selection of merchandise in stock.

Location: Mooncruise at 235 Cambie St. (upstairs, between Water and Cordova in Gastown)

Architect: Viral

Dennis Arriola, the founder and designer of "wearable electronics" line KILLA, has joined forces with Red1 to set up shop on Alexander St. Dubbed Architect, this boutique joins what is becoming a really great block or two of streetwear stores in Gastown.

Architect is the spot to find all the newest from KILLA, in addition to other exclusive labels and limited-edition clothing, shoes and accessories, including pieces by Dim Mak Collection (Steve Aoki's line), Stone Island, CIRCA Select and more. For more info check them out online or stop by the shop to say hi.

Video by:
Director: Hesam Ghaemi
Editor: Hesam Ghaemi
DOP: Todd M Duym
VFX: Aaron Mallin

46 Alexander St,
Vancouver, BC.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Blanche Macdonald Fashion Show - November 24th

On Tuesday, November 24th, Blanche Macdonald will be showcasing the work of its Fashion Design Graduates in its annual fashion show, themed Line & Form. I am thrilled to be one of the graduates this year and I can promise you that the show is going to be brimming with new talent and incredible designs. Come on out, have fashionable fun, and show your support! For tickets contact Amanda Craig at 604.685.0337 or email at

Tuesday November 24 2009
The Westin Bayshore
1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver BC
Fashion Show begins at 7:00 pm

VFW SS2010 Paul Hardy

Paul Hardy is a Calgary based designer whose talent has been compared to that of Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney. Hardy's Spring/Summer 2010 collection drew inspiration from his recent trip to Africa. The collection was shown entirely in white from head to toe and the models radiated sophistication and a quiet strength.

Ethereal white kept the focus on Hardy's exquisite details and silhouettes

I loved this pretty ensemble for its softly structured feminine look

In black and with a glam tank this suit would go from daywear to urban night out in a wink

This girly look it not for the faint of heart, but is beautifully executed and
the texture of the jacket seemed so airy that I wanted to touch it

A divine evening gown is a little playful with its wispy collar

I enjoy unusual garments. This dress makes a statement and is subtle in its prettiness.

Paul Hardy looking dapper. There's just something so endearing about a well-dressed man.

While traveling in Africa, Hardy had a life changing experience and after returning home to Canada was moved to invest in Africa’s economy and its citizens. Hardy is currently in the process of creating a development project called 'Reversal of Fortune' which will help African women who have been victimized by rebel groups and help to educate future leaders. It is wonderful to see designers like Paul Hardy becoming global citizens and taking on major social issues and humanitarian pursuits.

Photos courtesy of Davis Chu

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Bench. Launch Party Nov 19th

You know a girl's gotta have a homecoming party after two months out of town. And where better to do it that the Fortune Sound Club with the good folks from Bench. and ION Magazine?

I'm headed out with 15 of my closest girlfriends, all in hot dresses and high heels (you know how we roll)...Come party with us!

Featuring Trevor Risk + Ethnic Friends
Special Performance by Over The Influence Dance Crew!
Doors Open 10pm - 1am

Bench. Giveaways!
First 300 guests get a free "Bench Warmer" Drink!


VFW SS 2010: Button

Local clothing line Button presented its spring collection at Vancouver Fashion Week last Wednesday. Consisting mainly of easy-to-wear mini dresses and casual separates, this youthful collection will appeal to those who like their fashion flirty and feminine. Button is designed by Taiwan-born Vancouverite Janice Wang.

The show began with a relaxed tunic dress and a denim romper that brought to mind springtime picnics and miniature golf.

There were plenty of prints on offer - mainly florals. I liked the floral-print shorts surprisingly, which were relatively subtle due to the tone on tone colour. The ruffle detail on the white blouse above was repeated on many of the collection's pieces.

The above shirt dress (available in both orange and blue) has a vintage feel I like. While some of the looks on the runway may have been a little too youthful for my own taste - though I'm not an old age pensioner quite yet - the shirt dresses would likely suit a wider range of women than the denim romper would.

I'm not sure if it was the hot pink, the polka dots, or the styling, but this look made me think of the Barbie 50th Anniversary Show held during New York Fashion Week last February. The overall sweetness of the dress was tuned down with black opaque tights and ankle boots.

Photos courtesy of Wayne Mah