Meet my new favourite store: I Found Gallery - a haven for vintage accessory lovers.
vintage keys and tags
a wonderful array of brooches and pendants
Recently opened by vintage aficionado Robert Haddad (also of True Value Vintage), I Found Gallery carries an incredible collection of vintage jewelry, buttons, textiles, and home accessories ranging from 1930s antique gems to 1980s retro styles. I could spend hours and hours browsing through all the jewelry cases and drawers. Because of his great eye for detail, Haddad also supplies vintage buttons and cuff links to New York-based Steven Alan.
But wait, it gets even better: Haddad is also a co-owner of New York City's cult favourite vintage shopping stop Zachary's Smile. Zachary's Smile White Label uses recycled textiles to create gorgeous contemporary pieces that are sold at Barneys COOP and Anthropologie. Excited yet? Zachary's Smile is now sold at the I Found Gallery!
I picked up a gorgeous navy boyfriend blazer made from recycled wool textiles.
Zachary's Smile Boyfriend Blazer
Visit I Found Gallery - it's going to be your favourite store too.
I Found Gallery 4578 Main Street Vancouver, BC V5V 3R5 604 876 2218
Love + Toast arrived to our world just in time for the holidays. Tokyo Milk's little sister company, Love + Toast is a line of lip balms, hand creams and fragrances with whimsical flavours and packaging created to appeal to a young fun-loving customer.
Sugar Grapefruit Little LuxeEaudeParfum ($10 CAD)
Mandarin Tea Hand Cream ($10 CAD)
The company's philosophy is:
"Pretty is as Pretty Does."
At the heart of Love + Toast is the simple philosophy: it is just as important to do good as it is to look good. So it's good to know that with every Love + Toast purchase you are doing both. A portion of every Love + Toast sale goes directly to Regional Affiliates of Girls Inc. Love + Toast encourages girls everywhere to be "strong, smart, and bold".
On Pedder is a shopping dream that I will be living out in real life pretty soon! Known for their unique window designs and Pedderzine, On Pedder is, perhaps, one of the coolest retailers in the world.
Along with usual suspects like Dolce & Gabbana, Chloé, Christian Louboutin, YSL, Philip Lim, and Marc Jacobs, On Pedder also carries harder-to-find labels like Ann Demeulemeester, Balmain, Commedes Garcons, Alaïa (drool), Rodarte, Thomas Wylde AND Nicholas Kirkwood (whose shoes I have only seen in person once, and they were magical).
Update: On Pedder stand-alone store has closed down and teamed up with Joyce department store which is kind of like Barneys. With a store-within-a-store concept, On Pedder focuses less on visual display making the shopping experience not as exciting. They do have stunning shoes! Nicholas Kirkwood's shoes are to die for!
Goodbye, Louboutin's red sole (I'm sorry: J.LO is ruining you for me right now. I'm sure we can be friends again, hopefully soon).
Hello, Georgina Goodman's stripey sole!
If you haven't heard of her before, you are going to love me for introducing you to the shoe goddess that Manolo Blahnik calls ‘future of footwear’, Georgina Goodman.
After years of working for magazines such as i-D and Elle, Georgina's love for fashion escalated to the point of wanting to become a designer herself. In 2001, Georgina completed her MA in Footwear at the Royal College of Art in London and started her own line shortly after. She opened her flagship store in 2002 in London. From the get-go, Georgina took the world of shoes and accessories by storm by winning numerous design awards, including a nomination for an Accessory Designer of the Year by the British Fashion Council.
This is a perfect pencil skirt that can take you from day into evening during holiday party season. I love it because it's both sexy and cozy at the same time. I love the stripey wool fabric, the giant ruffle and the bit of draping to balance out the silhouette. The little button detailing is adorable. Wear with a dress shirt or a turtleneck during the day, and a silk blouse for the evening.
$175.39 CAD at Anthropologie (it runs big so get a size smaller).
P.S. Rumor has it that Anthropologie will be opening a store in Vancouver in the early 2010!
It was happenstance. One Twitter follower, one click away from discovering Design + Conquer. So I fell in love with Design + Conquer on that first click. How could I not? Little pops of bright colour with boldly aggressive shapes are a sure way into my heart.
Calgary-based Morgan Malett, the designer behind Design + Conquer, was trained in both Fine Arts and Graphic Design, gaining a specific set of graphic skills that makes her jewelry unique. Morgan's sophomore collection for Spring/Summer 2010 is sure to make a splash in the fashion world, already appearing in the pages of Fashion and Elle Canada.
Big Bang Earrings, flexible plastic polymer w/ sterling silver hooks, $267 USD
My personal make-up rule: strong eyes or strong lips, never both. Make-up artists behind the Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs' Ready-to-Wear Fall 2009 shows seem to agree with me. Both shows featured extremely nude lips with strong eyes. Same theory, different execution: the Louis Vuitton girl is a fresh minimalist beauty while the Marc Jacobs girl is glam and little bit 80s retro. I love them both.
MarynaLinchuk at Marc Jacobs RTW Fall 2009
Whether with a hint of pink or a hint of tan, shimmery or matte, here are some lovely nude lipsticks to consider.