Wednesday, January 14, 2015

RAW showcased an amazing array of visual and performing artists at the Five Sixty- a dynamic club at 560 Seymour.  RAW is a platform for all artists and is an independent, international art organization for artists by artists.  On January 8th, from 7:00 - until all hours, we were treated to Art, Fashion, Music, Film, Photography, Dance, Stand Up and so much more. This was truly a demonstration of the excellent artistic, creative talent we have in Vancouver. There were two floors and multiple spaces and the whole experience, from the registration, viewing, meet and greet, photo ops...every step of the way was engaging, organized and very crowd friendly.  I was excited to see the extraordinary work of Fariba Mirzaie, a Vancouver based,  award winning fashion and textile designer, whom I first met at the Silk Purse Gallery in West Vancouver. (Check out the post here)  This time, she presented two shows: Felt, Earth, Whisper and Garden of Eden.  Her clothes and accessories are very much based on the nature she photographs and collects, both locally and on her travels.  Her designs are intricately sewn and feature beautiful, natural colors, those that you see on a forest or beach walk.  You can see more at Gabbeh Gallery and you can find her at

I loved that the lighting and sound were used effectively: you could see the performers on stage and hear the stand ups even over the music and animated discussions by everyone, there.  From the second floor balcony, you could view the displays on both floors.  Special note to Paul Shannon, Murals & More D├ęcor, who not only paints beautifully but paints in multiple ways.  Note the art mat and my red boot on it.  Would love one on a wall, on a table or at my front door. 

I urge you to contact RAW and get on the mailing list so you can be part of this interactive, dazzling community.  Thanks RAW!  More information at Also, check out Style By Fire's coverage of this event.

Monday, January 12, 2015

After a much needed surfing vacation in the Dominican Republic, I am ready for 2015! In the Fall, I modeled the latest and greatest Encircled look, the new Chameleon Maxi. Like the Chrysalis Cardi, the Chameleon Maxi can be worn 8 different ways. It is reversible and you can also shorten or lengthen the hem and wear it as a dress. So many options for just one garment! Encircled garments are 100% made in Canada and produced with eco-friendly fabrics and sustainable materials. Here I am wearing it a variety of different ways. I took both the Chameleon Maxi and the Chrysalis Cardi with me to the Dominican and wore them multiple times and received many a compliment on them. I also modeled the new petite Chrysalis Cardi in the Dominican and will be sharing the shots here soon as well. Happy 2015 everyone!

Monday, December 29, 2014

What a crazy Fall it has been! Treasure Seeker Colleen and I visited New York in October and I haven't even had the chance to post the amazing pictures! Now that I am on vacation, I finally have some time to sort through the photos and share our favorites. 

Highlights of the trip were the Sex and the City Tour, MOMA, Central Park buggy ride, The New York Public Library and the High Line walkway. 

Horses at Central Park

Waiting to start our Sex and the City Tour at the Plaza

Have always loved capturing New York architecture

Treasure Seeker Colleen and I at Buddakan (where Carrie and Big's engagement party is held)

Treasure Seeker Colleen at Carrie's Apartment

Cupcakes at The Magnolia Bakery

Cupcakes and coffee :)

Treasure Seeker Colleen outside of Aiden's bar!

More architecture!

With our guide

Treasure Seeker Colleen at The New York Public Library

View from the Empire State Building

Can you seek Central Park?

Great brunch at The Standard restaurant

On the High Line

Monday, December 15, 2014

Thanks to Eugenie Lin, Designer of Women's Professional Wear, (Yes, classic and perfect) for inviting me to a fabulous display of 35 emerging designers' innovative new lines for women, men and children.  This is design with a purpose: gender neutral clothes for kids, (great styles, colors and easily passed down to siblings) men's wear for the very tall, athletic wear, travel and sailing jackets and pants - all tailored and colorful, truly functional - made for comfort and stretch. Something for everyone!   Clothing and accessories for work, play, formal and informal, but most of all for beautifully active living now and in the future.  What impressed me most was the enthusiasm and excellent communication skills of these emerging designers.  Each welcomed visitors to the campus, to the exhibit and to look through highly stylized, comprehensive portfolios. We could touch the gorgeous fabrics and those buttons..(been to @ button, button, the treasure trove on Homer St., Vancouver?)  The designs, research, storyboards, style cards, business models and the why's and how's of each creation made this a stage worthy story telling evening as well as a terrific preview for the 2015 Fashion Show, Thurs. April 9, 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm at the River Rock Casino Resort, 8611 River Road, Richmond.  See more at  Thanks again to Eugenie and her fellow designers for sharing your considerable achievements!  Kudos all and can't wait for April!

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