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PRETTY GIRLY THINGS ROUND-UP

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Warning: If you don’t like materialism/consumerism with designer fashion, please don’t read on. Check out my other posts on the categories to the right :) We’ll be back to our regular programming soon ;)

I’ve been slowly accumulating a few designer things over the past few months, and I thought I’d do a post with all the pretty girl things in one go. Of course, 99.9% of things in my closet are not designer, and I don’t think it’s necessary to have designer things to be fashionable… but I do have a thing for brands (I can admit it!) and I like to have a couple pieces in my wardrobe that are designer. Plus, with friends like Liv, Kelsey and Jennifer (not to mention my best friend Christie who works at Net-a-Porter) feeding you constant fashion news, it’s hard not to get swept up in it all. :)

So, here we go with a few purchases I’ve made over the past couple months for Spring/Summer 2010 Fashion…

Hugo Boss Pink Belt

… a blush pink Hugo Boss Orange leather belt. Really into this colour for spring…

Cole Haan Slingbacks

… very comfortable Cole Haan buckle slingback shoes that are great for work…

Salvatore Ferragamo Boxes

… and yes, I visited the Salvatore Ferragamo store on Robson with a couple items in mind: a new purse, and new shoes. Years ago, I wouldn’t have been interested in Ferragamo at all because they always seemed a bit “old” to me. However, I tried on dozens of shoes on in Holt Renfrew from Louboutins (blah) to Jimmy Choos to Manolo Blahniks… and guess what, Ferragamo seemed the most comfortable for my shape of foot and the most well-made and I like that their shoes and handbags are made in Italy with good quality leather.

Coral Ferragamo Peep-Toe Pumps

… so I completely fell in love with these coral/pink bow Ferragamo peep-toe pumps. Soooooooo comfortable and I really like the colour. They are quite pink but for some reason the lighting makes them look red.

Blue Ferragamo Handbag

Every couple of years I buy a new purse and then I proceed to completely wear it into the ground. My Fendi purse is now completely covered in dirt, frayed, and unusable. Liv was shocked when I told her that I only have one purse and I bring it everywhere — from restaurants to surf trips. Yep, I know. It’s almost a crime. But I really only want one purse at a time. So, I hopelessly fell in love with this blue Ferragamo leather purse. Here’s why: it’s small (I only like small purses), it’s structured so it will hold it’s shape, it’s got a gorgeous grain and design in the leather, I can wear it anywhere, and it can be worn for any season.

Purse Links/Strap Detail Purse Liner and Pocket

My favourite thing about it is the blue colour and the silver link detailing in the straps. The colour is great for Spring 2010 but it’s pretty unique as well.

Agent Provocateur/French Lingerie

Of course, every woman at one point in her life could use a little French lingerie :)

Spring Colours

I’ve updated my wardrobe a bit for spring with some new colours… the rust colour is really big right now and some light blues and pinks as well to wear to work…

House of Harlow 1960 Jewelry

… I am smitten with these necklaces from House of Harlow 1960 that I picked up at Holt Renfrew. The studded horseshoe necklace is really long and works with so many different outfits, and the key necklace is perfect for a more subtle look.

Tory Burch Coral Jellies

Lastly, of course I picked up a pair of coral Tory Burch jellies to wear to the beach and walk around town. They are made in Brazil, but they aren’t as well-made as a leather pair of shoes but it should be fun to wear these and at least they can get wet without much trauma.

And that’s it! Any new purchases for you in the last few months that you love? What is on your wish list for Spring/Summer 2010 fashion? :)

FEBRUARY IN SEPTEMBER (OUR VANCOUVER ISLAND GETAWAY)

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

It’s no secret to readers of my blog that I am often late in putting together posts. I have a huge backlog of photos and posts to be made. And I’m trying to get through them methodically. In this case, I am 8 months overdue…

So yes, here we are in September, and I am finally putting up our Valentine’s Day getaway weekend on Vancouver Island with Allan.

The Empress Hotel Victoria

Our first stop for the weekend was Victoria. Victoria has charm, no doubt, but really I love to travel there for the food, and for the accomodations.

One of my favourite places to stay in the whole world… the Fairmont Empress Hotel. Yes, it is old, traditional, and a little bit stodgy… but that’s why I love it.

The details, the palette

It’s all about attention to detail. Beautiful fabrics, wallpaper, patterns, furniture, lighting, moulding…

Our room View of the harbour from our room

The rooms are small and simple. Ours had a great view of the Victoria harbour…

Cobblestone Road

A quick walk on some cobblestone streets in the moonlight for some fresh air, and then off to dinner…

Empress Dining Room

Victoria is well-known for its fantastic restaurants… but my favourite happens to be right in the hotel. The “Empress Room” is the main dining room at the hotel. Whenever I eat here, I am whisked away to another world from another time…

The Setting

Nothing is modern here. There’s nothing innovative or unusual about the decor or the food. This isn’t a trendy place to go. It’s not the place to see-or-be-seen. This is where you go if you want delicious, traditional food that is incredibly rich with absolutely the best service in all of BC.

The Empress has recently reworked their drink menu and their bartenders have gone through extensive training to mix drinks the “classic” Victorian way. I don’t know what that is, but each drink we had was strong, clean, fragrant, and tasty.

A traditional dining experience

The food is SO good here. While it may not be for everyone’s palate, it really does suit mine. The flavours are always spot on, and their menu is always local and seasonal. But best of all, it’s always extremely rich. Nothing subtle here. I can’t say enough about the service. Although we always try to be seated at Earl’s table (my favourite waiter), every member of staff is impeccable and courteous. Yes, the silver platters are an over-the-top traditional touch. I don’t care. It’s awesome.

Dessert

Dessert is always amazing too. This time Allan tried a peach cobbler, and I had the chocolate marshmallows with gold leaf. No ordinary marshmallow, it was filled with homemade marshmallows, hazelnut filling, and a crumbly dark chocolate crust at the bottom… then dipped in dark chocolate. Mmmmm.

Chandelier

You can’t help but feel a little small in the room. All the furniture, lighting, wallpapers and fabrics are ridiculously decadent. But there’s a large wood burning fireplace at the end of the room that softens it all and makes you feel like you’re at home. It’s kind of like being in your rich grandma’s house from another life.

Hallway Mirror

Every floor has different patterns, decor, and antique pieces and fine art on display.

Back to the room

We love to wander the hallways in the hotel.

A lamp

I loved this lamp in our room.

Lacy things for Valentine's Day

Of course, no Valentine’s Day is complete without a little cherry-red lace! :)

Antique Armoire

I fell in love with this antique armoire in our hallway.

Room Service! Eggs Benedict

The morning came a little too early and of course we had to order room service.

Mineral Pool at the Spa Couple's Massage

Then it was off to the Empress Spa for a couple’s massage and some rest and relaxation in their mineral pool. We definitely felt pampered.

Bare Light Bulbs

We said goodbye to the hotel. Opened in 1908. It’s one of those places you go to visit because you know everything is going to stay the same.

And well, as for the rest of the weekend? I had already covered that in a previous post. It was off to Mount Washington near Courtenay on Vancouver Island to visit friends and snowboard our little hearts out.

Group @ Mount Washington

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