Fashion Feature: Chews Boutique

When you’re running around in a romper in November, you know you must be on the West Coast. No snow here folks, and on the day we shot the photos for this blog post it almost felt like Summer was back. In November. Chews Boutique launched earlier this month, offering up a variety of adorable pieces all priced under $70. Everything is selected by owner Chelsey to be comfortable and stylish with a modern, minimalist aesthetic. With everything from tops, bottoms, dresses, and outerwear, Chews has pieces for every aspect of your closet, and you won’t break the budget treating yourself. We got together just after the online shop opened to style a few of the pieces from this recently launched collection, and lucked out with a rain- free day to run around taking photos. If you’re on the look out for pieces that offer up easy style, make sure you check out this awesome new online boutique. See below for 5 looks styled with Chelsey and Chews Boutique.

 

 

Tribal Cardigan– $59.50
Antler necklace- JQ Vancouver
Hat, leggings & shoes- my own

 

 

 

Shoes- my own

 

 

 

Choker necklace- JQ Vancouver
Shoes- my own

 

 

 

 

Striped Romper– $54.50
Neckalce- JQ Vancouver
Bag- borrowed from Chelsey

 

 

 

 

 

 

Side Knot Top– $38.50
Hooded Vest– $55.50
Shoes- my own
If you’re like me, a few of the pieces from Chews have made it onto my Christmas wishlist. Everything is comfortable, stylish, and affordable- how can you go wrong? I hope you love this new collection as much as I do, the hard part will be narrowing down your choices! Also- make sure you keep an eye out for more pieces being released in the coming weeks as Chelsey will be adding new pieces to the shop regularly.
Special thanks to Akane Kondo for shooting the photos for this collab!

About Chews 
Chews Boutiqie was established by owner Chelsey Andrews to offer a unique take on wardrobe basics. Offering up a variety of pieces that invokde effortless style with a minimalist and modern feel, Chews aims to offer pieces that will becomes staples in their shopper’s closets at an affordable price point. To view current selection, visit the Chews website.

Follow Chews on social media for the latest releses and special discounts:
Facebook: Chews Boutique 
Instagram: @shopchews
Photo credit: Akane Kondo Photography
Instagram: @akanekondophoto

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

May 10th is approaching fast & if the man in your life is notorious for leaving things to the last minute, this year’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide is up nice & early so you have time to scope out the goodies & give him plenty of time to take the hint. 😉
A fun little bonus about this year’s MD Gift Guide: All of the items included are offered up by businesses that are run by women. How’s that for a shot of girl- power with your Mother’s Day gift? #ladyboss 😉

This Mother’s Day give Mom…

… some pampering
A good bath can melt away a day of messes, stress, chasing bumpkins… pretty much anything.
Indulge Mom with luxurious milk bath by bebe de luxe made from organic coconut oil & oatmeal that’s free from parabens & other nasty ingredients. Pure, simple luxury. There are several options available, but I love the Luxe option that comes beautifully packaged in a glass jar ready to gift to a deserving mama.
$26
Visit the bebe de luxe website to order & find them on Instagram.

… a sweet treat
If the Mom in your house is anything like me, something to satisfy her sweet tooth is always a winning gift idea. And if you’re going to gift her a sweet treat, why not support another lovely Mama while you’re at it? Mama B’s Treats offers up delicious baked goodies and can whip up batches of treats sans gluten/ dairy/ eggs if allergies are a concern. She’s offering up adorable homemade & hand- decorated cookie gift sets especially for Mother’s Day that Moms will love (add a cute touch & have them personalized with Mom’s name for $2/ dozen).
Mini cookies gift set- $15/ dozen
Regular cookies gift set- $20/ dozen
Check out the Mama B’s Treats Facebook page to order.

…something to remember

We hear it all the time: they grow up so fast. Whether you have a special occasion you want to remember or just want to celebrate this moment in time with your family, photos make a beautiful gift (and don’t have to be super expensive).
I love the candid style the talented ladies at Pacific North Photography have, and as two Moms, they know that the little moments can provide the biggest memories.  

Packages start at $200
Visit the Pacific North Photography website for booking info & find them on Facebook & Instagram.
Book by April 30th to receive a 10% discount.

…a few moments of bliss
It’s amazing how something as simple as a few precious moments to relax and a good cup of tea (that’s still hot!) can make a Mom feel appreciated.  
The Mom’s Moment Bundle by Steeped Tea, includes a glass tea cup, loose leaf Earl Grey tea (one of my faves), and stainless steel infuser. A lovely gift for the tea- loving Mama.
$34 
Available through independent Steeped Tea Consultants, like the lovely Chelle. 
Visit her  website or Facebook page to order.
… some pretty little things

Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but something sentimental is priceless.
I love the customizable necklaces from Mint and Birch, like these Birds Nest ones (you can add an egg for each of your bumpkins). An adorable accessory for any mama bird.
from $28
Available on the Mint and Birch website & find them on Facebook & Instagram

… some retail therapy
Treat Mom to a day of shopping & send her out for a few hours to enjoy some uninterrupted time at her favourite stores. 
Two of my local favourites are Muse Social Fashion House & MACCS with their gorgeous pieces that won’t burn a whole in your credit card (but I can’t promise you won’t come away spending some $$$- it’s hard to pick just a few things to take home! 😉 ).
Shown: White lace dress- Muse Social Fashion House
Grey Playsuit- MACCS
Click the links above to check out their latest offerings & find both on social media:
Muse- FacebookInstagram
MACCS- FacebookInstagram

I hope all you deserving Mamas have a wonderful Mother’s Day full of love & memories made!
oxox TPB

Image sources:
‘Dear Mom I Love You’- Carla Aston
Product photos from respective brands

April posts sponsored by Little Dreamers Consulting

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? 😉

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 😉
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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muse online:

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

Gift Guide: 5 Mother’s Day Ideas

With Mother’s Day just under a week away, it’s time to make sure that you show your love and appreciation for that special lady- or if you are the special lady, it’s time to pass on some hints. 😉

Whether it’s some pampering such as this mommy makeover denver, a piece of jewellery, or a handmade gift from the heart, we’ve got a few suggestions from some local Vancouver companies to help you- or those giving to you!- find the perfect gift to show some Motherly love.

1. Pampered Mama

Who doesn’t love a little pampering? A massage? Facial? Mani pedi? Give Mom some well deserved TLC with a trip to the spa for some R&R. Or better yet, have the spa come to her! There are a variety of spas on the go that set up and bring the service wherever you want. Check out Ultimate Mobile Spa for a great Vancouver- based option. Spoil Mom with their Ultimate Relaxation Package (includes a manicure, pedicure, and choice of 30 minute massage or mini facial) for $100 or enjoy a Mother- Daughter Pampering Package (includes a manicure & pedicure each) for $120. Because what Mom doesn’t deserve a little TLC?

2. Relaxed Mama

Sometimes the simplest pleasures are the most appreciated when you’re a busy Mom. A cup of tea- that’s still hot!– is sometimes all it takes to help melt stress away. Why not give a gift that will bring her enjoyment for months to come? Tea Sparrow is a monthly tea subscription service that sends assorted premium teas right to your door. Each tea box includes a black tea, a green tea, a roobios tea, and a herbal tea and shipping is included. Choose from a one month treat for $25, 3 months for $22/ month or send Mom love for 6 months for $20/ month. Perfect for the tea enthusiast- or for the Mom who’s hard to buy for. (For more info about Tea Sparrow, check out our feature post on them & their website). Click here & enter password teas to receive 60% the first month when you sign up for a subscription. Another idea to help relax your mom on this special day is looking at the nail services from Beauty Booker – the different treatments they offer will definitely help relax your mom and make her feel extremely special.

3. Blinged Mama

I don’t know a Mom- or any lady for that matter- who doesn’t love jewellery. Jewellery is a popular gift, according to Jacobs The Jeweller. Avoid the mass produced items on display at the mall and select a unique piece that’s as special as the lady receiving it. Find some refreshing pieces in gold and silver tones by JQ Vancouver; these designs are the perfect balance between classic & contemporary. And if you ask nicely, owner Chelsey Andrews will even create a custom piece for you. For some great jewellery tips, check out our post with JQ Vancouver. Purchase on the JQ Vancouver Etsy page. Enter promo code Mom20 to receive 20% off your purchases through the month of May!

4. Trendy Mama

If the Mom you’re buying for is a lover of clothes, why not add to her apparel collection? Make your gift one that she’ll bring out as her go- to favourite and think of you when she wears it. A great Vancouver line is Lomolicious (Chinese for yummy mummy!) with it’s versatile designs that combine comfort and style. The designers use real Mom models for their clothes, which they hope will become stylish wardrobe staples along side the LBD. I love their asymmetric off the shoulder jersey tops and linen jersey wrap shawl capes. All pieces are designed & created locally and made in limited quantities, so if you see something you like, make sure you snap it up before it’s gone. Exclusive for TPB readers: Enter promo code 1HAPPYMOM to receive 20% off your purchase!

5. DIY Mama

If it’s a handmade gift you’re after, why not create something to be enjoyed every day or a project you can do together? Whether it’s a DIY hanging basket for the gardening enthusiast, or a refinished piece of furniture for the thrift store bargain hunter, add your personal touch with an OAK (One of A Kind) present. Part of the gift can be finding the perfect project, working on it together, and enjoying the finished product; or simply giving Mom something you took the time to make just for her will mean so much. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with something heartfelt & handmade.
I hope you find your Mom something as special as she is- and if you’re Mom looking for some hints, I hope these gift ideas give you some suggestions! Have a WONDERFUL, well- deserved Mother’s Day! A big thank you to the above businesses for providing some Motherly love to TPB readers!

oxox TPB

Image Sources:
Ultimate Mobile Spa; Katherine Petrunia; The Pampered Baby; JQ Vancouver; Lomolicious; Katherine Petrunia, The Pampered Baby

May posts sponsored by Noah’s Ark Hypnotherapy

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