I Love Local: Portobello West

On May 25 I was invited by my friend Nicole Picco (check out her amazing design work in my coverage of The Show 2014!) to go to Portobello West  at the Creekside Centre in Vancouver. This event gathers local artisans offering up everything from locally designed/ created decor, clothing, jewellery, cards & papergoods, and edible delectables. It’s brilliant to see people being so inventive with jewellery design, making sure that you get the best products to design your own around helps, looking at wholesale sterling silver jewelry to see how buying in bulk could help your business.
Check out some of the amazing locals I met & I my favourite picks from PW
Recover Me Design
Cute designs created using re- purposed & eco- friendly fabrics. My fave was this neon pink pineapple pillow- I can’t get enough of it! How cute would this be tossed on your couch for Summer? Visit their Etsy Store for more.
Along Came The Fold
If you’re looking for a fresh item to add to your decor how about these beauties from Along Came The Fold? A really unique concept- origami- translated into an attractive & functional design for lighting. Each piece comes wired & ready to hang. For more visit their website here.

Salvage Style
Using vintage fabric from clothing & decor items, Salvage Style re- purposes fabric & other finds into coveted items. Seeking out funky patterns like the one on this ottoman, this company brings the old into the now– with style! Other items including vintage- inspired paper goods & table hockey magnets available. For more visit their website. (Check out Salvage Style in our Father’s Day Gift Guide!)

Sohia Kim Clay Art 
Want to make your morning coffee even better? Drink it out of one of Sophia’s beautiful birch bark- inspired mugs. They are stunning and look like the real thing. A perfect rustic chic addition to any kitchen. Visit her website to see more of her work (there’s more then just mugs!).

We love our mocs by Minimocs. Local handmade fashion for your tootsies that you’ll wish came in your size. Available in a array of colours, you’ll want to buy one of each. (My favourite are the metallics, but thier new aqua mocs have been a hit too!). You’ll feel good about supporting this husband & wife team while helping keep your lil one in tip top fashion. (Tip: how cute would these be as a baby shower gift???). Head over to their website to see the latest colours.
The Naked Squirrel
Ok- first of all: how much do you love this name? Offering up goodies like screen- printed Ts and jewellery- all created locally- The Naked Squirrel has cute & fresh designs perfect for anyone looking for support local in style. (I had a hard time choosing which photo to feature!) Check out their website for more.
Seema’s Jardin de Fleurs 
These are not your grandma’s scarves (although I’m sure she’d LOVE them!). Hand- dyed gorgeous pieces by Seema herself, you’ll have a hard time picking a favourite. (Mine were her marbled scarves- STUNNING). More info on the Jardin de Fleurs Facebook Page.
Ocean Folk
It’s the time of year when everywhere you look you see half naked bodies rocking the latest swimwear fashions. If you’re going to strut your stuff in the near- buff (like that lil poem???) why not buy from a local co like Ocean Folk? I loved their fresh colours & designs- no more online suits for moi!
Go to their website to check out what’s up for grabs this season.

My Inner Fire
If you’re looking for an alternative for the infamous YVR yoga brand, check out My Inner Fire. Not only are the pieces designed & created locally, they’re a more affordable fashion choice for your inner yogi. AND you’re still supporting a local fashion label while doing so. If you’re going to rock yoga pants mama, make a statement while doing so! More amazing pieces for guys & gals on their website
The Hive Printing
A print shop with a fashion sense. Funky combo? Yes. Funkier clothes? Even better. I love the concept of The Hive Printing- taking their main business endeavour (printing) and turning it into a multi- faceted brand by offering up Ts and other pieces (like tea towels & bags) with designs by local Vancouver artists (and some of their own designs). All with a twist of YVR. (Their Stanley Park T also made it into our Father’s Day Gift Guide!) Check out their website & Etsy store to get your hands on their awesome work.
Bethany Rae Clothing 
You know one of my passions is supporting local Moms. By purchasing from local line Bethany Rae you’re supporting 2 at once! Operated by Bethany Rae Cornish (hence the name) and Katherine Neufeld, this company offers up comfortable clothes disguised in fashionable pieces. Clothes designed by Moms, for Moms? You can’t get much better than that. Go to their website to view their current pieces.

Another great line by local Mom Henrietta, the name translated from Filipino means rainy season. Pretty fitting for a company based in Vancouver, no? Her designs are cute (and offering up pieces for the whole fam) with a purpose: a portion of the sales from Tagulan are donated to educate kids about agriculture in an urban setting (ie community gardens, urban chickens, & local produce). Dig those RADish BEETS & check out their website (you’ll see what I mean when you get there).
Looking for some fresh & unique jewellery? FOE AND DEAR has you covered. Something lovely for yourself and even some classy pieces for your hubby (Their tie bars & money clips are a great idea for Father’s Day- check ’em out in our FD Gift Guide!). I love that each piece is unique and will compliment a variety of styles. Go check ’em out on their website
Irit Sorokin Designs
If you love jewellery inspired by nature take a look at Irit Sorokin’s work. With pieces that combine natural elements such as turquoise and agate, her designs show off some of Mother Earth’s finest work. Visit her website & find jewellery that makes a statement

How cool is this star of anise necklace by AdorNation? I couldn’t get over this piece- I’ve never seen jewellery inspired by a spice before! Who could resist wearing this to spice up an ensemble? (Sorry I couldn’t resist!). Made in small batches, these sterling silver pieces would be a lovely addition to any jewellery collection.  Scamper over to their website & Etsy store to see more of this made in Vancouver goodness.
angelicaroot organics
Looking for some natural skincare without the laundry list of ingredients? Have a look at what’s being offered up by angelicaroot organics. My Mum stocked up while we were at PW and I’m looking forward to hearing what she thinks. Baby & kid products available too. For all available products check out their website 


Living Lotus
Sweet decadence inspired by a raw food diet. These put the purple box chocolates to shame (you know who I’m talking about)! Finally a cocoa treat that’s vegan friendly with the rich taste of the cream based goodies. I love the passion that founder Audrey has for her craft and enjoyed hearing how she changed careers to chase this dream. Free from gluten dairy, refined sugar, & soy. Check out this lovely lady’s work here.


Helping to connect people with their communities DOZE makes volunteering a collaborative activity. Hosting DOZE Days that bring locals & visitors together, this creative organization coordinates with local charities and non profits to help bring awareness to various causes and encourage community involvement. In addition they create & showcase collaborative art that is featured throughout the city; they also host photo contests encouraging entrants to ‘capture the essence’ of YVR. A great organization to look into as we approach the Summer Holidays & to encourage your family to get involved with their community. More info on the DOZE website.

Go to the PW website or Facebook page for info on upcoming events!
Words to live by from The Naked Squirrel
June posts sponsored by Cutie Pie Boutique

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