Thursday, April 17, 2014

Written by Colleen Tsoukalas (Treasure Seeker Colleen)

On Thursday, March 27, Yaletown's number one gift store, Fine Finds, featured Vancouver Designer, Jason Matlo and his Spring/Summer Babe collection.  Fine Finds is much appreciated locally, for best treasures, clothing and accessories, great service and fashion events.  Champagne and home-made appies invited us  to the evening.  In addition to  many guests from our fashion community, Myriam Laroche, of Vancouver ECO Fashion Week, was first to model this day to night, colorful, classic dress.  We're definitely ready to cast off those heavy, dark winter clothes for these beautifully made, whimsical designs!  Thanks Jason and, as always, thanks to Fine Finds.

Eco Fashion Week Founder Myriam Laroche

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Written by Colleen Tsoukalas (Treasure Seeker Colleen)

My Sister's Closet, Seymour and Helmcken, Vancouver, is the happening location of My Sister's Closet, the thrift store with so much more.  With proceeds going to support programs and services for battered women and their families, it's all good!  You will find gorgeous clothing and accessories for women and men and a special collection for babies and young ones. The work of local artisans is prominently displayed (cards, jewelry) and the window 'stories' colorfully depict Vancouver street fashion. This is the store that does runway shows, welcomes shopping tours, has friendly and talented volunteers, and provides a creative and supportive environment for everyone, especially student designers.  On Tuesday of this week, Instructor, Tyler, brought a class in to put together camera ready outfits for a fashion shoot.  Enthusiastic and ready to work, they are focused and yet have time to say hi to customers who just may ask their opinion. They brighten up the darkest day and put together the most eye-catching looks.  That black net beach cover up?  Why under a wedding dress, of course.  And who would have thought of orange loafers and an orange purse to dress up black and white?  And yes, one of them instantly spotted the tiara/crown and had it on her head immediately.  Plaids and patterns go together, tied up, pinned and belted and the tallest heels click importantly along the makeshift runway.  Guys, who are all about color and bravado, find leather jackets and just the right jeans and then toss a royal red something over the top.  Tyler, or should we say, Tim, proves to be a patient and encouraging teacher.  Their fashion, their show, their store, for a day.  Thanks Tyler and Blanche Macdonald students.  Kudos, Samantha and My Sister's Closet!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Written by Colleen Tsoukalas (Treasure Seeker Colleen)

Sunday April 6 at Heritage Hall, was the place to see a fabulous array of clothing, jewelry, leathers, shoes, bags, scarves, home d├ęcor, and more, much more! Beautifully displayed and very reasonably priced, these one of a kinds, make Nifty for Fifty a sale not to be missed. Always drawn to the vibrant colors and vintage buttons on Adhesif Clothing (Jacket) by Melissa Ferreira. Lots of new ideas and fresh designs for Spring. No umbrellas or gum boots in sight.

Monday, April 14, 2014

On April 6, 2014, over 200 volunteers gathered for The Corsage Project's 14th annual Boutique Ball, to create a special prom experience for girls graduating from high school in Toronto. This was my third year participating in The Boutique Ball and I had the opportunity to meet some very amazing young women! This year, was I got to work with lovely Keyanna, and we put together a smashing look for her for her prom bash in June 2014.

Keyana was thrilled with the experience and left with her expectations met. She wanted something long, bright and sparkly and came ready to tackle the racks to find the perfect outfit. She was eager to try things she hadn't thought of and happily took everyone's advice as we moved from dress, to clutch, to jewelry and more. To ensure her look was perfect, Keyanna stayed in her dress while picking accessories and having her make up done. Everyone was complimenting her on how amazing she looked. She was truly the belle of the ball and it was great to see her transform and her confidence soar. Keyanna works a part-time job in addition to her high school studies and is preparing for college in the fall of 2014. She is a bright light, and we can't wait to see where she goes next! Thank you for giving me this wonderful experience Keyanna, and have a fantastic prom!

About the Corsage Project
The Corsage Project is a program of the Children's Aid Foundation that provides free prom wear for deserving girls who are referred to by the Foundation. Volunteers work to help organize donated dresses, jewelry, shoes and accessories and also to create a "personal shopping" experience for participants. Each girl is escorted by her own volunteer personal shopper through racks of dresses, shoes, jewelry, bags, scarves, purses and more. The entire prom look is available here! It is a memorable and exciting experience for me every year, and I am always amazed at the smart, motivated and enthusiastic young women I get to work with. This year, the Corsage Project outfitted 300 young women with complete prom looks!

Read about my first and second years participating in the Corsage Project's Boutique Ball!

Let's go!

Volunteers ready to go bright and early!

So many options!

This year they had over 700 pairs of shoes!

Don't forget the accessories!

Great decorations this year!

I always ensure we run to the Swarovski table - they have the best jewelry!

The Boutique Ball wouldn't happen without the volunteers!

Our first few dress selections - Keyanna wanted 
something long, sparkly and bright!

The volunteers that helped with Keyanna's clutch!

and jewelry!

How fabulous is she?!

The girls also have a make up consultation!

So great to work with you Keyanna!
The final look - AMAZING!!!
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