Kid Style: Pineapple #OOTD

When you buy your kids clothes what do you look for? Two of my criteria are comfort and cuteness (I’ve lost count how many times I catch myself wishing some of Ari’s clothes came in my size!). And with Summer only 2 weeks away, I’m loving all the vibrant colours and prints I’ve been seeing like this ensemble from Blink Kids. And let’s just be honest: I’m a sucker for anything with a pineapple or other cute design.
I met owner, Amanda, a few years ago when the blog wasn’t even a year old and her business has since grown along with her kids. Now that they’re out of the baby and toddler years, she’s been turning her talents to creating cute wears inspired by her own kids. The result are pieces that make both kids and Moms happy: they’re as cute as they are comfortable. And if you’ve got a little one who’s opinionated about what they wear, you know you need all the help you can get getting them out of their pjs (so cozy Mom!) and into their clothes (or as Amanda likes to call it, ‘something presentable’). Haha, just one of the arguments to be had in a day! 
Getting Ari to stand still for these photos was a challenge because all she wanted to do was JUMP, but the pineapple shirt was a hit with her and I love how soft and comfortable the fabrics are (cotton and bamboo). Definitely check out Blink Kids if you’re looking for some clothing options for your active youngsters (Amanda’s wear their Blink Kids pieces for yoga- how cool is that?).

About Blink Kids
Blink Kids is a modern, handmade kids fashion line offering up comfortable pieces perfect for everyday wear. With options for boys and girls, Blink Kids is all about creating new and exciting items including clothing and accessories. To learn more visit their website and find them on social media: Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest 

#KEWEBirthdayBash: Kewe Clothing Turns 1

Last week one of my favourite local kid’s clothing brands turned 1, and to celebrate founder/ lady boss Angela threw one heck of a bash. There was shopping, treats (delish coffee served up by Jack Coffee, and popcorn from The Popcorn Bar to name a few) epic swag bags, a raffle benefitting The Joy Smith Foundation, and so much more. In the invite she called it a ‘Shop + Celebrate’ event, and I’d say she knocked it out of the park on both counts.
In case you’re not familiar, KEWE Clothing offers up locally made organic and bamboo clothing for kids that are as comfortable as they are adorable (I really wish the ombre leggings came in my size!). The fabrics are printed in small batches using water based inks so they’re safe and gentle against littles’ skin and eco- friendly without comprising on quality. The prints are fun and the quality of the fabric means they can handle whatever their little customers put them through.
The #KEWEBirthdayBash took place at Montrose + George General Store, with all sorts of goodies and a raffle for a gift basket loaded with items from local artisans curated by Pacific Basket Company, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting The Joy Smith Foundation, an organization dedicated to ending human trafficking (it’s sadly one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises globally and a very worthy cause- kudos Angela for helping bring more attention to this great organization). There’s a lot of hard work and heart that goes into running a business, and Angela makes it look easy. Congrats to Angela on all of her well- deserved success and to everyone who helped her make her celebration so special (see the end of the post for all the locals who were involved).
Sidenote: As Codi (aka Creative Wife and Joyful Worker/ co- host of the event) snapped this shot, she happened to mention potty- related activities and the look on my face is the result. Sometimes I think the candid shots are the best and I just might have to print this one. ūüėČ

So let’s take a quick sec and talk about those swag bags! They’re a fun bonus from an event like this, and I appreciate the treats inside contributed by the amazing sponsors. By far one of the best bags of goodies I’ve been treated to, with some of my favourite local businesses like Bebe De Luxe and From the Seeds (see the full list of sponsors below). Let’s just say that popcorn from The Popcorn Bar and gourmet marshmallows by Marsh & Mallow were devoured as soon as I took this photo…
If you’re on the hunt for some new threads for your kids or need to pick up something as a gift,  check out all that KEWE has to offer on their website and find them on social media: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest
The #KEWEBirthDayBash sponsors:

Spring & Summer 2015 Style w Muse Social Fashion House

Who’s ready for sunshine, sandals, & sunnies??? If you live in YVR you’re probably already enjoying all 3 (heck yes!) and ready to stock your Spring & Summer wardrobe. 

Whether you’re planning a trip or staying home it’s fun to add some trendy seasonal pieces to your closet. 2015 is all about fun prints & bright colours. Pair with classic staples like denim (great to make lighter items wearable year- round) & accessorize to suit your style and you’ve got a winning outfit from head to toe. 
I teamed up with one of my favourite stores, muse Social Fashion House, to give you some inspiration for the sunny months ahead. I love owner Christine’s style and not only is everything in store stunning (try going in without buying something!), everything she carries is affordable, making it a great place to stock your closet. And really, who needs an excuse to go shopping? ūüėČ

There’s a little bit of everything from denim to tulle below. Hope you love!
Visit the muse website to shop these looks.
Find these & similar items in store & online.

Let’s Be Mermaids! 
Turquoise aztec print shorts (in- store exclusive item) $42
‘Let’s Be Mermaids’ tank $35
Signature bandeau bra in white $21
Native Jericho shoes in Shell White $55
Her Bracelets in turquoise $25 each

Ballerina Style: <3 Tulle
Blush pink tulle skirt $75
Wide strap signature camisole $23
Aqua beaded statement necklace $37
Denim jacket light wash $75
T- strap heel sandals in Natural $68

We all need a go- to dress!
Black & white stripe 3/4 sleeve midi dress $78
Co- Lab coral clutch $60
Native Jericho shoes in Shell White $55

Pretty florals perfect for sunny weather
Floral print kimono $70
Black Orchid Denim mid rise super skinny jeans in Blue Away wash $160
Signature booties in Sierra $70
Co- Lab Chris Tote (in- store exclusive item) $85
JQ Vancouver Gold tone necklace $32

Fun patterns: Dress ’em up or down!
3/4 sleeve multi- colour print blouse $68
Black Orchid Denim mid rise super skinny jeans in Blue Away wash $160
T- strap heel sandals in Natural $68

Harem pants paired w anything = a winning combo
Palm tree & flamingo print pants $72
Signature camisole in Cockatoo $23
Cropped medium wash denim vest $60
Co- Lab Hila Tote $80
Signature booties in Sierra $70
Gold starburst necklace $35
Her Bracelets in white $25 each- confirm this is the right outfit

Rompers. Nothing to add ūüėČ
Navy floral print long sleeve romper $78
T- strap heel sandals in Natural $68
Dainty gold necklace with clear stones $37



Special thanks to Christine, Lisa, Brianne, & Jena for being a part of this fashion collab! <3
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Hair & Makeup: Eva Terez Beauty 
Model: Jena Lenzi
 March posts sponsored by Little Dreamers Consulting

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
Decor
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!).
Clothing


Minimoc
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.

Tagulan 
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).
Jewellery
FOE AND DEAR
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

AdorNation
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.
Skincare
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¬†

Edibles


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.

Community


DOZE
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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