Dress: Le Chateau | Necklace: Olive & Piper | Floral Crown: The Flower Factory 

If I had to pick just one favorite moment from last week’s Diner En Blanc, I don’t think I would be able to.  The whole evening has a magical quality to it.  A sea of people dressed in their finest whites all dining together under the stars…magical!  Being that this was our second year attending, we felt much better prepared.  Our food was perfect and our set up was beautiful with minimal work involved.  The best part {ok, I picked one}  was obviously sharing it with good friends.  Alicia and Adam, you made the evening all that much more special.  Can’t wait to do it again next year!

 

One of my favorite things about my job is when I get an up close and personal look at a collection I truly love.  Local Vancouver designer, Nicole Bridger, has been a favorite of mine since she opened her flagship store on 4th Avenue in the heart of Kitsilano.  Nicole’s line is for women who want to look chic and stylish but also wish to keep sustainability in mind.

This season, she has teamed up with Vancouver contemporary artist, Zoe Pawlak for the most lovely wearable art I’ve ever seen.  With Zoe’s use of colour and prints, and Nicole’s ability to create soft, feminine, timeless pieces; it was quite obviously a match made in fashion heaven.

The Nicole Bridger pieces I own in my own wardrobe are soft, comfortable, and versatile.  Her amazing jersey fabrics allowed me to wear them during and now after my pregnancy.  I can’t wait to add some of these amazing items to my closet.

 

Last Thursday, a crowd of 2500 people arrived by boat, bus, skytrain, and foot for the second annual Diner en Blanc in Vancouver.  It was a magical evening and by far one of the coolest events I’ve been to in our beautiful city.   It was our first time attending.  With so much unknown we were stressed to make sure we had everything we needed….amazing food, white place settings, sparklers, and of course white outfits (not an easy task for a gal with a 7 month baby bump).   Of course after the flurry of stressing, slicing and dicing, and making checklists for my checklists, came an amazing evening we will never forget.  We can’t wait to go back next year!

Me and the bump in head to toe white.

Our table.

My gorgeous man all decked out in his DEB finest.

Table date and partner in crime, Alicia.

Making friends with our table mates.

A truly memorable moment….2500+ sparklers all being lit at the same time.

Now I like H&M and Forever 21 as much as the next gal, but if you want to find something a bit more special you have to look beyond the obvious shopping stand by’s. Here are my fave boutiques to shop in my great city of Vancouver.

For Shoes: Lord’s Shoes on South Granville Street is one of my favourite places to go for shoes. Lord’s carries all the brands you love like, Stuart Weitzman, L.A.M.B., Ted Baker, Frye Boots, and loads more. The last pair I bought from them was a sexy pair of Betsey Johnson booties.

For Wine: Kits Wine Cellar carries every grape you can think of from Wineries around the World. Their selection is incredible and if you can’t decide what to buy, they have a wine savvy staff to help you choose or even recommend something delicious. 2235 West 4th Ave.

For Gifts: Fine Finds in Yaletown is a gift mecca. It was formerly a furniture boutique but has transformed in to a fashion and gift hot spot. Weather you’re buying a new top, a baby gift, or a jewelry box, they have treats everywhere you look.

For Clothes and Jewelry: The Urban Rack Clothing Co is where every woman should shop. Notice I said woman and not girl. This is what I love so much about this boutique. They carry clothes for real women. Their size range is 0 – 14 and 25-34 in denim. They carry a great variety of fashion lines such as Mexx, Inwear, Language, AG Jeans, Mina UK, Michael Kors, Hanky Panky (my most favourite panties in the world) as well as local labels like Fidelity Jeans, Sweet Chemise, Kersh, and Karen Telio (local Jewelry designer).

For Cupcakes: I love cupcakes! My fave place to indulge is the oh so pretty Cupcakes s

tore on Broadway Ave. To get a taste of what these local cupcakes are all about, go to www.cupcakesonline.com

For Cosmetics: Beauty Mark in Yaletown is a girls dream come true. They carry lots of yummy things from beauty brands like Philosophy, I Love My Muff, Booty Parlor, Princpessa, and more. Other goodies they carry include hair products, jewelry, panties, fragrance, make-up, and skin care. Don’t worry, if you can’t get to them, they have beautymark.ca for you to shop with them online!

For Lingerie: Flesh Lingerie Boutique is small in size, but is filled with all kinds of pretty things. I bought my favourite little chemise from this boutique. I feel sexy and beautiful every time I wear it. They also carry a great selection of Hanky Panky products. (did I mention how much I love Hanky Panky?)

For Hats: If you are a hat girl like me than Edie Hats will be your happiest place on earth! I love Edie Hats. I have spent hours in this wall to wall, floor to ceiling covered in hats boutique. They have it al

For Home Decor: Paboom is a great store to find those special accent pieces for your house, apartment, or office. What you’ll find…candles, curtains, umbrella stands, kitchen gadgets, pillow covers, cake plates, crystal doorknobs, plus jewelry and handbags. This is also my go-to place for hostess gifts. 2209 West 4th Ave

More Vancouver boutiques to love: Barefoot Contessa on Main Street, Deluxe Junk Co consignment store on Cordova St., Dream boutique on Cordova St., Coco’s Closet on 4th Ave, Narcissist on Main St.

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