Feel-good Friday: Giving Gifts

Cards, Candles, Clothing, Jewelry, Accessories, Food, Skincare…

Giving Gifts is all about giving – giving to friends and family, giving to yourself and giving to others around…

Just yesterday I came across an inspiring gift boutique made up of 5 rooms and more than 100 local Vancouver artists, each showcasing all kinds of good quality, fair trade gifts.  I love this concept.

4570 Main St., Vancouver

Photos: d. king

Have a fun weekend!

style – Middle Sister

A NEW BOUTIQUE on Vancouver’s 4th Ave.middle8

middle9Like any middle child knows, the central position in the sibling hierarchy has its challenges – constantly seeking approval from older siblings and trying (and often failing) to establish some sort of dominance over the “baby” of the family. Linda, who is the owner and stylist knows this all too well: when you’re in the middle of the pack you have to shout a little louder in order to be heard.

Luckily I never had to do this. I’m the eldest of three – I have a brother and sister so I got to boss them around which was my established right.  But back to the boutique…


Middle Sister is the culmination of Linda’s desire to express herself. Inspired by the places she’s travelled and the people and things she’s fallen in love with, the boutique is a love letter to the life she’s lived and an invitation to those wanting to join her on her journey.  There is a nice cross section of everything from clothing (local and international designs), accessories (I bought a beautiful leather wrap-around belt with tassles), home accents and cool cards for every occasion.

Fun Leggings
Fun Couture Leggings – the logo certainly appeals to me


At Middle Sister, the focus is exploration and discovery, of being introduced to something new and stimulating. Here, you won’t have to shout to be heard. The focus is always on you.  That speaks to my heart!

FO.BE - handcrafted in Athens
FO.BE – statement jewelery handcrafted in Athens.  


Address: 2137 West 4th Ave


Photos: d. king





style: branches & knots

This is knot your typical boutique. I love the overall organic feeling of this Vancouver shop. EVERYTHING inside is imported from Japan which is another reason to like it so much.  


even the gum boots are cute
even the gum boots are cute
These extraordinary handcrafted watches are all created on-site at the JHA Kansai watch store.
The extraordinary handcrafted watches are all created on-site at the JHA Kansai watch store.

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boutique be like without a few teapots?20151103_134855The place where I bought this comfy and cute cotton/crinoline sweater dress.  I like that it’s casual (mostly) and feminine.  It can be dressed up or down & belted (to emphasize the waist) but I just let it hang loose.  I think it looks better when wearing shoes or better still; boots.  

The Japanese have such eclectic taste and a lot of the styles appeal to me because they tend to go against the grain. You will find clothing & accessories that are NOT run-of-the-mill.  Sometimes we want to have that bit of an edge.

Located in Kitsilano at 3128 West Broadway.


style – cicino

A NEW BOUTIQUE comes to Vancouver 20151106_192404 - Copy

20151106_19142320151106_191420The opening was last night and began with an elaborate Spring/Summer 2016 Fashion show at the Vancouver Club.  20151106_19133320151106_190653 - Copy

Then at the boutique across the street – more fashion, entertainment, bubbly, wine bar and delicious hors d’oeuvres to celebrate.

The eclectic International designs are breathtakingly exquisiteCicino Boutique – 848 West Hastings, Vancouver.20151106_195918

Macarron Eiffel Tower
Macaron Eiffel Tower
with my friend Lynn
with my friend Lynn

The diversity of the designers run the gamut from Kenzo to Oscar de la Renta.

Photos: d. king


Exclusive VIP membership includes special event pre-season trunk shows with access to new fashions that are not yet available to the general public among other benefits.20151106_192356


My friend Lynn





Last weekend I stepped into one of the most stylish little boutiques in Vancouver.  It was an accident waiting to happen.  So inviting…..and so pretty…..bree9

Chock full of fashion-forward brands displayed between luxuribree4bree12ous French Provincial furnishings, bouquets of roses and gorgeous extras from Lulu Frost and Tocca.  Should I say more?

They offer chic statement pieces and effortless wardrobe staples with a tightly edited collection of the most coveted clothing and accessories from cutting-edge international designers.bree2bree3

And more….



You can bet that you’ll find the next big thing here.

Not to mention the owner, Rebecca Bree is a very nice lady.bree14Where? 3680 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver.


Photos: d. king

Style – FABulous on 4th

I’m excited to report that FAB is back!fab3

It’s been many years since the fashionable boutique on 4th moved to new headquarters in Kerrisdale. Happy to have them back in the Kits neighbourhood! Fab was one of the first little shops to bring designer jeans from L.A. and New York to Vancouver and what’s so funny as it so happens, is that when I surprisingly stumbled upon the store once again I was wearing a pair I had bought from them that I hadn’t worn in years.  By coincidence I just pulled them out of the bottom of my drawer and said “hey, it’s been a while…let’s see if we can still get it on.” What’s even better is that they still fit and look as good as new.  I realize that the items I did buy from them then, I still have and they did not go out of style. 

I have my eye on the white t-shirt dress.
I have my eye on the white t-shirt dress.

fab5What’s new at FAB: some things are better tried on.  I can now spot something that doesn’t quite go WOW on the hanger and know it will look great on and become a staple.  Bonus – this time everything is under $100.  They still sell jeans just not with the high price tag.

FAB Clothing

Ella (L) and Andrea (R) will be happy to help you out
Ella (in stripes) and Andrea (in cobalt blue) will be happy to help you out.

2151 West 4th Ave. (between Arbutus & Yew)fab4

 Welcome back – we missed you!

 They have some fun retro styles perfect for summer, lots of hats, accessories and even some choice nail polish colours by “Butter London.”

Don’t forget to tell them that you heard it here.

Photos: d. king

style – the latest SCOOP for Spring

Spring Fashion is popping up all over SCOOP, Vancouver’s favourite pop-up shop.1-carousel

So what could be better than perusing the aisles while listening to music played by a deejay with a glass of bubbly in hand? That’s what happened when I attended their blogger evening last week at the South Granville Location.scoop2 - CopyWhat used to be a rather small operation for up to six weeks at a time has turned out to be two store locations for all seasons. At present, Scoop is open for 6-8 weeks at certain times of the year. Those times being Spring/Summer and November/December.scoop3

Owner Deb Nichol strives to keep each of the Scoop locations fresh and exciting by creating a bit of a buzz surrounding the night before each opening so it’s always a surprise.scoop4The thing about Scoop is that there’s so much turnover of merchandise that each time you set foot inside you find something different. They source merchandise and get inspiration by traveling to places like New York, LA, Vegas, Atlanta and Toronto. Besides clothing, they offer jewellery, cards, candles and wall hangings. If you don’t scoop up something fast you may never see it again. Then again, I did come across a pair of linen pants I once purchased that they brought back the following year. Must have been a popular item. Normally I don’t want to see something repeated, but in this case I wanted another pair anyway so it was a good thing.



The Latest Scoop on S. Granville – 2928 Granville St.

The Latest Scoop in West Vancouver – 2470 Marine Dr.

Re-Fresh Friday

Ready for the Weekend?  Happy 4th of July to my American friends and relatives.

Changes are good.  I decided to change Friday to a fuss free day (kind of like dress down Fridays) for something fresh & different.  It will still be personal but it might be a photo (or photos), a story or a suggestion from a reader or fellow blogger.  I won’t know until it’s Friday.


Today I want to begin with
something all us women/girls of all ages love…..BLING!

These photos I took from a little gem of a shop called “House of Jewels” where my last four pairs of earrings, a gold-fill bracelet and a really cute striped t-shirt came from.


Double click on photos to enlarge.house6house420140627_114115house5

my purchases
my purchases

Find out more about House of Jewels on the new web based series http://TheGab.TV please visit this link to view new collection by Irit Sorokanhttp://thegabtv.com/?page_id=131

Objects of Desire Board on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/intrigueimports/objects-of-desiremostly-jewelry/