Sunday, April 29, 2012

Exhibit B Bowties

Exhibit B Bowties are open for business.  Visit our website,, for information on retailers.  OK, we don't have the information there yet, but visit anyway!!  They are handmade in Vancouver from reclaimed vintage neckties, as well as 100% cotton and 100% silk, and they are gorgeous!  As in, you might want to buy one, but then when you start trying to pick, they are all just so amazing that you try to narrow it down, but each one seems to be calling your name, so you end up with more than you bargained for.  At least that's what happened when we let our models and photographers pick out a tie as a thank-you for their awesome work.

And yes, below is their awesome work.  The guys from did such a phenomenal job.  I love watching them work - so fast and intuitive, I wonder if they share some ESP-like connection.  And our models Thomas and Randy were perfect; they didn't even need a change room.  Now that's skill!

I'll keep you posted on retailers and bowtie-related goings-on.  Busy times ahead in the world of increasing the dapperness of Vancouver's menfolk!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Botanical Beauty

This time of year, I can't walk outside without being bombarded by blooms.  Every tree, every plant, every flower: just bursting with life and lushness.  This poster reminded me of that feeling.  I love old botanical illustrations!

 Aren't these designs by Natalia Grsybowski stunning?  I'd love to be able to design custom prints for my dresses.  It's a whole higher level of creativity.  The effect here is feminine and pretty, and kaleidoscopic and provocative at the same time.  Garden party dressing to the extreme!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

I've lost that shopping feeling

Sometimes I get such a strong urge to go clothes shopping.  It's one of those silly urges like wanting a whole plate of brownies; there's really no justification for it.  There are two pretty obvious reasons why I've learned some coping mechanisms to help the craving pass: first, I absolutely don't need any more clothes, and second, I can't afford it.

The best, most virtuous, way to lose the shopping feeling is to organize my closet and drawers, which seem to always need tidying.  This works for a few reasons.  For one thing, it reminds me just how freaking many clothes I own!  It also kind of burns me out on looking at clothes; I'm just over it.  Also, I come across clothes that have been buried for a while, and that rediscovery can fill the novelty void.  A pleasant side effect is orderly drawers, and usually a bag of things to take to the thrift store to donate, and a much clearer idea of whether or not there might actually be something I need.

So I'll leave that bag of clothes to take to the thrift store aside until I have another shopping urge, at which point I might give in and go to the thrift store.  It's not so bad though, because I'm getting rid of more clothes than I will come back with, and I can give myself a ten dollar limit, which is often way more than I spend.  Also, I feel like the thrift store gives good shopping bang for the buck, in terms of lots of browsing, lots to look at and touch, and relatively little to actually buy.  I can easily spend an hour looking and maybe part with three or four dollars.  Compare that to an hour at the mall: I'd be in and out of a dozen or more stores that don't sell anything for under twenty bucks.  Too tempting!

Another good remedy is to find an old gift card stashed away.  At any given time I might have a couple of gift cards with money on them and no matter where they are from, shopping anywhere can satisfy the shopping need - it's just that little splurge that I want.  Right now I have a ten dollar gift card from the Superstore, which could get me some Joe Fresh socks and undies, or something from the clearance rack.  Or that plate of brownies.  No!  I've also got some money on a gift card from a kitchen supply store: maybe some fancy tea or pretty paper napkins; there's lots to look at.  Even the few bucks on a Starbucks card could buy me a fancy drink which is a treat I almost never indulge in.  Gift cards let me shop a little without spending a lot.

A couple of other ways to ease the desire to shop: online pretend shopping, trying testers at Sephora, browsing at Holt Renfrew or somewhere else so expensive I know there's no danger of buying, and turning a mundane purchase into an experience.  If I need toothpaste, I might go to a couple of drugstores looking for the best price on a new flavour of one of the all-natural brands of toothpaste.  It sounds silly, but it takes the edge off!

Have you got any tricks to lose the shopping feeling?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Spring blouses on the street

Is it just me, or are street-style blogs kind of blah these days?  I just spent the last, um, hour browsing through a bunch of them, and nothing really got me excited for spring.  I even looked at a bunch of photos from Coachella and ripped denim shorts aren't really doing it for me.  Interestingly, my three favorite looks were all from The Sartorialist, which is rare, but they all feature blouses - not so rare.  Three totally different vibes going on with these ladies, but I love to wear blouses in lots of ways.  And isn't that hat on the third girl fabulous?

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Mid-April Rush

Thanks to a sunny weekend and attending my first wedding of the season, it really is starting to feel like spring.  There's lots of hustle and bustle at work, and with the bow ties, and the longer days always seems to bring more visits with friends in the evening, so there's a good energy happening right now.  We had a great couple of days with my parents in town for my cousin's wedding, and it was a great wedding!  The sun shone, the couple glowed, the extended family was mostly there, the food was great - really no complaints.  Well, except for the fact that I didn't manage to take a decent photos of the bride and groom, but that's often the case.  The professional photographer was getting the good shots, so I got the backs of other peoples heads and the awkward angles!  However, I did get a nice one of Karl and my dad modelling their bow ties like good sports, and one of Karl and I that shows just what an amazing day we had!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Farewell, FT!

After being on the air since 1985, Fashion Television has been cancelled.  I can't say that I'm surprised; in this instant Internet world, a television show about fashion seems so slow, and it seems like Jeanne Beker has plenty of other projects on the go that are more relevant.  But it's the end of an era and I'll miss seeing her elbow her way through the crowds backstage to get some face time with the worlds biggest designers.
I can't remember how old I was when I started watching FT, maybe around ten or eleven, but I was instantly a devotee, especially because since it's a Canadian show, it aired on one of the three channels we got on our tiny little TV!  That was the time of the Supermodels and with Jeanne's help I could name every one who sashayed down the catwalks, and I loved her little interviews with the designers and especially the critics, who weren't afraid to say so when a show bombed.

In the last few years I've probably only caught a handful of episodes, and while it might be last seasons shows that they are discussing, I never tire of Jeanne's energy and obvious love for the industry.  I can't wait to see what she'll do next.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Sunny day, funny jeans

Still a little chilly for shorts, but at least a day with out rain allows me to take a few pictures outside!  These thrift-store jeans are kind of funny: really high waist, short legs, pressed front crease, rhinestones on the rivets, weird blue-grey colour, slight flare at the hem.  The label is all in Chinese, which explains who the previous owner might have been.  In my eyes, they're cool, but I certainly understand if no-one else thinks so!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Short Post

I want shorts weather!  We keep getting a little glimpse of spring weather and a little warmth, and then right back to cold and dreary greyness.  I have a couple of great pairs of printed shorted that I'm itching to wear without the aid of tights, but the forecast isn't too promising for this week.  I'll be dreaming of the sun, and of these shorts below.  My very favorites are at the top left!  They're by Mink Pink, and sadly, at $105, not in my future, but maybe something will turn up at Value Village...