Jacqueline Conoir & JAC S/S 12

Monday, October 31, 2011
Last week I attended the Jacqueline Conoir and JAC S/S'12 show at the Jacqueline Conoir studio. It was nice to see some familiar faces and meet some new ones.

The 2 lines are so different. I view the Jacqueline Conoir line as the grown up. The clothes are great for someone who is looking to look more professional, older women, and ladies who have a more conservative outlook on fashion and style.

The collection was full of colour, from aubergine to blue, and also had tons of prints. The dresses ranged from maxi, to short, and to wrap - reminding me of Diane von Furstenberg.

JAC is the opposite. Not to say that it's the little kid, but the line does have a younger and edgier aesthetic. It definitely suits my personal style more, but, like I said, the Jacqueline Conoir line would be perfect for my office. There are even some pieces that could be worn to be a bit edgier.

The JAC collection had a lot more separates, making them inter-changeable with each other. The palette was noticeably more neutral, making for easy transition from day to night.

Thanks to LJ PR for providing the photos and for organizing such a great show.

2 Girls, 1 Dress

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
...or 'Who Wore it Best?'

My friend (and co-worker) came with me to the H&M Metropolis Opening Event a couple weeks ago and we both tried on this houndstooth dress. And as luck would have it, it looked great on both of us and we both wanted to buy it.

Typically I wouldn't really condone buying the same bold dress as your friend, but, after some discussion, we learned that we both had totally different visions of how the dress could be worn. And so, the idea of 'Who Wore it Best (at Work)' was born.

I went for more of a mod, 60s inspired look.

Meanwhile, she went for more of a 'ladies who lunch' look, a la Charlotte York - gloves included.

In the end, our co-workers couldn't decide whose look they liked more - my shoes and hat were a hit, but everyone liked her addition of the belt.

Wearing: dress: H&M, hat: H&M, shoes: Alexander Wang Freja

Obakki Foundation Rainmaker Auction

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
From November 1-14 the Obakki Foundation will be running an auction on eBay. There are a number of different items and experiences available for bidding - from signed items by Taylor Swift and Beyonce, to one-of-a-kind experiences.

The Obakki Foundation is hoping to raise $200,000 to help fund the drilling of 200 water wells in the South Sudan.

The Obakki Foundation was created in 2009 by Obakki Creative Director, Treana Peake, to provide clean water projects and educational development in Africa.

100% of the auction proceeds will go towards building the Sudanese water wells.

iPhone Pics, Recently

Monday, October 24, 2011
my life lately.
trying ankle socks for the first time 

playing with volume. feeling a little mizrahi.

mint julep @ yew in the four seasons.

brunch sunshine.

bacon & egg gnocchi

magnolia bakery banana pudding

gingerbread & mascarpone whoopie pies

LRMA Clothing

Thursday, October 20, 2011
Lookout Vancouver. There's a new kid in town.

I recently learned about LRMA Clothing at Eco Fashion Week. In fact, I was shocked and blown away by the show.

The LRMA S/S'12 collection was full of slim-fit, cropped khakis, shorts, blazers, and button-down shirts...basically everything you'd want your boyfriend to wear. And as we all know, prints are big for S/S'12, so there were plenty of those.

So who exactly is LRMA?

LRMA's designer is London Alexander, a Vancouver native. He grew up with very creative role models in his parents and Aunt. Through constant exposure to design and art, and silk screening in high school, London soon realized what he was meant to do. LRMA's first collection was F/W'11, with S/S'12 being the first full collection, which will be sold in stores.

So fellas, run, don't walk, to your computer to purchase some new duds. And ladies, Christmas is just around the corner...you know what he needs.

H&M Metrotown Opening

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Last week I attended the opening of the new H&M at Metropolis in Burnaby.

First off, it's about time!! I've been wanting an H&M at Metropolis since.....well, since H&M came to Vancouver.

Second, great event! The event was a private shopping / social event. Guests were provided cocktails and (amazing!) canap├ęs while they shopped in a low-stress environment. Why can't shopping be like that more often??! 

The store itself, isn't as big as the Pacific Centre location, but it feels so much bigger for some reason. The lighting was great, the staff were friendly, and it seemed so open. The H&M space occupies 2 levels, right across from Forever 21.

Thanks to LJ PR for organizing such a lovely event and to H&M Canada for hosting us!

Get Nail'd For Charity

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Just in time for Hallowe'en!

From now until October 31, 2011, visit Queens boutique in Gastown, get your nails done and proceeds will be given to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. And of course, additional donations are welcome.

Check out the Facebook event.

To make an appointment call: 604.558.1234

WTF is Yiiip?

If you follow me on Twitter you've probably seen me tweeting about Yiiip (@GoYiiip).

But have you seen the video?

Easy right? Yiiip is an app for your phone where all you have to do is take a picture of whatever it is you want to sell, provide some information about it, and BAM! Uploaded!

Yiiip isn't available until November, but I just couldn't wait to tell everyone about it. I had been thinking about starting a blog store to sell some clothes and bags, but once I heard about Yiiip, I decided to scrap that idea and just wait to Yiiip everything. 

Before: The Addams Family

Monday, October 17, 2011
I picked up this fantastic black vintage dress at the True Value Vintage fill-a-bag sale over the summer. I decided to take some tips from The Anthology and get it altered to something wearable - it looks a little Wednesday Addams, no?

kove knitwear

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Last week I attended the opening of the newest designer in the pop-up shop in Mount Pleasant (196 Kingsway).

For the month of October, kove will be showcasing in the space, and I definitely recommend checking it out if you're in the market for some winter goodies (for yourself or your loved ones - the Holiday season is just around the corner...).

Custom order your kove piece and choose from the multitude of colours

kove is a line of knitwear inspired by life in the Pacific Northwest. Each piece is handmade and is functional, versatile, and easy to wear.

In addition to the pop-up shop, kove will also be sold at Got Craft? and One of a Kind Vancouver this winter. You can also order through their online store, which includes custom orders.

L: Sequoia Wrap  R: Forever Autumn Warmer 
The hats are super comfy
Knit welly socks & turbands
A variety of scarves and wraps

Love the pockets on the Cariboo scarf 
Loop necklaces multi-task as scarves for the office

The Little Things

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
As a business owner, you want to go that extra mile to differentiate yourself from your competition.

2 examples of excellent customer service that will ensure that I will be a return customer.

Thanks Catbird & Cambridge Satchel Co. for making me seem extra special.

We Have a Winner!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Congratulations Courtney!!

You've won your choice from Anastasia Beverly Hills:

Please contact me with your selection!

Weekend Plans: Cut / Copy

Thursday, October 6, 2011
It's a long weekend in Canada so what better way to celebrate (aside from turkey) than by attending a great concert?!

Cut / Copy is in Vancouver playing 2 shows this weekend, Friday, Oct 7 & Saturday, Oct 8 at the Vogue Theatre. The Friday show is sold out, but there might still be some tickets available for the Saturday show.

Don't know who Cut / Copy is? Here's the video for their current single, Blink and You'll Miss a Revolution.

There are only a few dates left to see Cut / Copy on their current tour! Is your city next?

The Colour Block: Vancouver Style

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
You know how awesome I thought The Board of Trade Co. opening shindig was. Well, here's what I wore to it:

Dress: Forever 21 Leather Jacket: identify Tights: American Apparel Bag: Cambridge Satchel Co.
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

I absolutely love my new Cambridge Satchel. It's probably my favourite recent purchase...sorry Alexander Wang Freja booties.

Giveaway: Beauty Bonus

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
I've teamed up with The Confluence Group and Anastasia Beverly Hills to bring you this great giveaway.

Anastasia Beverly Hills is the Hollywood 'It' girl for brows. She boasts clients such as Madonna, J.Lo, Diana Argon, and Selena Gomez. Recently, Anastasia Beverly Hills products launched in Sephora stores across the United States.

"Beauty Express" brow-kit instructional video from Anastasia Beverly Hills on Vimeo.

What can you win?

The winner gets to choose 1 of the following 3 items:

To enter (2 ways):

Like Anastasia Beverly Hills AND Haus of Hybrid on Facebook = 1 vote

Comment on this post with your email address = 1 vote

Easy-peasy right? What are you waiting for?!

Contest closes Monday, October 11, 2011.

Open to Canadian and American residents only.

Amanda Pearl S/S12

Monday, October 3, 2011
One day while taking a break from the Lincoln Centre, we popped across the street to the Empire Hotel (sorry, no Chuck Bass sightings) to see the Amanda Pearl presentation.

A couple things about the Empire Hotel - it's dark and the elevators are so slow. It's a very masculine space and I kind of dig it.

I wasn't very familiar with Amanda Pearl's lines, but now that I am, I'll definitely have to be following more closely. Her bags seem to be some of the 'It' evening bags carried by celebrities.

I loved the colour palette and that there was such a wide range of tastes in the jewelry and bags.

Here are some of my favourites:

Love turquoise anything

Embellished collars and collar necklaces, so hot right now
So versatile
Perforated cork - win

Love that it's pearlized - a great beach bag

Such fine laser cuts

The spikes are what won me over

Love love love

Probably my favourite