April showers bring May flowers.  I keep reminding myself of this when I wake up to an overcast sky and puddles on the ground.  I’ve packed all my boots away for the year but one pair I can’t give up would be my wellies.  An absolute West Coast must.  To make sure I don’t look like I’m going out to do some gardening or digging for clams, I try to keep my rainboots looking just a bit more refined.

My maxi skirts have been perfect to keep me warm but they often get soaked on the bottom.  To avoid looking soggy, I tie a knot at the bottom of the skirt to shorten the hemline just a bit.  This fabulously cozy sweater by Left of Houston is the perfect layering piece.  It doesn’t look heavy and bulky but it adds just enough warmth to keep the chill off.    How do you stay chic in the rain?

Sweater: c/o Left on Houston, Skirt: Splendid (here), Tank: Zara, Scarf: Marciano, Clutch: Coach, Bracelets: c/o Mala Imports, Pandora, and CPak,  Wellies: Spank , Necklaces: Karen Telio

 

Whenever the sunshine makes an appearance in rainy Vancouver I somehow manage to convince myself that I can get away with wearing lighter clothes.  Not really the case.  We have had some beautiful weather, but more frigid temperatures (for West Coast standards).  In order to make this spring blazer warm enough (kinda), I relied on lots of layers.  I started with a tank tucked in to keep my back warm, then layered on a long sleeve tee, then this super cozy sweater with a scarf and then the blazer.   I was definitely pushing my luck with the bare feet in these shoes so after 10 mins of being outside I ran back into the house and switched to socks and neutral toned ankle boots and grabbed a pair of grey knit gloves while I was in there.

Blazer: H&M,  Sweater: Garcia, Jeans: AG, Scarf: H&M, Belt: Elise M, Clutch: Co-Lab, Earrings: c/o Love Coco, Broach: vintage (my grandmother’s), Bracelets: CPak & c/o Mala Imports, Shoes: consignment purchase

 

A few weeks ago I attended Eco Fashion week and had the pleasure of taking in the Nicole Bridger show.  NB was the opening night fashion show and it did not disappoint.  As a departure from the usual runway presentation, Nicole opted to show her collection on a stage with both models and dancers wearing her effortless looks.  As an added treat, Mala Imports (a fave of mine) was also showcasing their jewelry along with Nicole.

Nicole Bridger’s F/W’12 collection is full of soft neutral tones with pops of florals.  These are clothes that are easy to wear and easy to move in.  Of course her signature feminine draping can be found throughout this collection.

This weekend NB is having their Two Day Warehouse Sale!  Every piece from their F/W’ 11 and S/S’ 12 collections are only $25.  The sale is located at 1948 West 44th Ave in Vancouver.

Times:
Friday Nov 9 (11-7pm)
Saturday Nov 10 (10-6pm)

 

 

Congratulations to Jessica Kiyomi Henry!  You are the winner of my Mala Imports Giveaway.

Jessica, please email me at jen@prairiegirlinthecity.com  with you mailing information.

Thank you to all who entered.  I have some more fabulous giveaways coming soon!

 

I always adore this time of the year for how full my dance card seems to be.  Tons of fashion shows, shopping events, photoshoots, styling, and writing of course.  Here’s what I’ve been up to lately.

Creme de la Creme preview party…with Bria of Framework Magazine. (Photo by  Ellen Hong from Hong Photography)

Opening night fashion show at Eco Fashion Week featuring Nicole Bridger and Mala Imports. (post on this event still to come)

Lauren Moshi Pop Up Shop at Ishara event (photo by Andrea Gurniak)

Snapping a few pics between events downtown. (Photos by Alex)

Dress: Inwear, Top: American Apparel, Jacket: Inwear, Vest: Garcia, Belt: Brave Leather, Bracelet: LowLuv

Topshop Media Preview at The Hudson Bay Co.

Taking time to stop and smell the diamonds….Birks event.

My fabulous event +1 go-to-friend…Miss Ang!

Getting my dance on with Reiko of The Real Housewives of Vancouver…ok well, we didn’t really dance together, but we were at the same event.

Canadian Indie Rock Band, Metric, concert

It was quite the full week.  I was lucky enough to finish it off with a four night trip to Portland with my Hubby to celebrate our first wedding anniversary.  The past few months have been a journey of new things and I couldn’t be more delighted.   “The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings.”  Dave Weinbaum

 

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