Designer Spotlight | Vestige Story

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If minimalist silhouettes, rustic fabrics and earthy colours are your go-to, then Vestige Story is sure to become one of your favourite indie labels! This Vancouver-based brand was created by Aileen Lee in 2015 with the aim of offering simple, easy-to-wear pieces with subtle yet unique details. Sustainability, craftsmanship and a deep appreciation for timeless quality are at the heart of this brand. The best part? Everything is made locally, in Vancouver B.C. using minimal waste techniques! Most of their pieces are made with natural fabrics and some of the fabrics are even crafted out of recycled materials like water bottles. Specifically designed for the creative individual – the sculptures, artists, crafters, designers of the world – these pieces are flowy and comfortable. They breathe and move with the wearer. Season-less. Timeless. Made for makers. They let the wearer steal the show. As somewhat of a fabric snob, I immediately fell in love with their beautiful textures and insane attention to detail. Scroll on to see my top ten favourites from their latest collection!

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MY PICKS

1 // Washi Blouse in Mustard

2 // Saya Culottes in Navy

3 // Bushi Jumpsuit in Rust

4 // Milieu Double Weave Jumpsuit

5 // Ashura Dress in Navy

6 // Dahlia Coat in Tan

7 // Kana Coat in Gold

8 // Kensho Coat in Navy

9 // Earthen Sweater in Earth

10 // Priori Top in Cream

xoxo,

Alicia

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Brand Spotlight | Wolf Circus

When it comes to jewelry, how do you like it? Do you prefer bold, in-your-face statement makers or do you lean towards dainty everyday pieces that dazzle you with their itty-bitty details? If the latter sounds like you, then allow me to introduce you to Vancouver’s own minimalist line, Wolf Circus. This west coast jewel was founded by designer Fiona Morrison in 2011. Crafted out of unusual materials and metals sources from across the globe – New York, Brazil, and, of course, beautiful British Columbia, Fiona’s pieces are always utterly unique but united in their signature simplicity. Geometric shapes and cheeky motifs (for example, an outline sketch of a woman’s naked body)  lend a bit of character and humour to her collection of tiny rings, minuscule pendants, and ultra-sleek earrings. Wolf Circus is for the girl who knows what she likes and isn’t afraid to break the fashion mold. She knows that classic doesn’t have to mean boring and that dainty and daring can go hand in hand. Wolf Circus’s Kate’s collection is the stuff that minimalist dreams are made of and I can’t get enough. If you haven’t yet peruse this cool-girl’s collection, scroll on and see what you’ve been missing! 

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WOLF CIRCUS PICKS


1 // Femme Pendant in Gold


2 // Harris Long Pendant in Silver 


3 // Hayden Cuff in Silver


4 // Assembly Bracelet in Silver 


5 // Mira Art Deco Studs in Gold


6 // Bend Studs in Gold


7 // Calder Earrings in Silver 


8 // Bar Pendant in Sterling Silver 


9 // Matisse Ring in Sterling Silver 


10 // Rose Pendant in Gold 

Photos via Wolf Circus.

xoxo,

Alicia

Designer Spotlight | Nicole Bridger

It’s pretty much impossible to talk about eco-chic and sustainable fashion without talking about Nicole Bridger. Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, Nicole has been in love with garment construction and nature from an early age. She graduated from Toronto’s Ryerson University in 1999 before interning with Vivienne Westwood. In 2006 she launched her own label and since then her self titled brand has become one of my favorite clothing companies in fashion today. Born and raised in Vancouver, a place renowned for its natural beauty and active lifestyle, Nicole has always designed her clothes with the well-being of the environment in mind. Her pieces are made locally out of natural and sustainable fabrics, so you can rest assured knowing that every piece you wear from her line is not only gorgeous, but karma-free. What I love about Nicole’s line is that every piece is made with attention to fit and detail. There’s nothing overtly trendy about her pieces. They aren’t avante-garde and they don’t reek of trends or fads from the latest high-fashion runway shows. They are made with real people and real life in mind. These are clothes that you put on and you feel comfortable and beautiful, whether you are heading to the grocery store or for date night with your sweetie. The magic is all in the quality and subtle luxury of her pieces. And really, it doesn’t get any better than that! Scroll on for a few of my favorite finds from her Summer/Spring 2017 Collection. 

NICOLE BRIDGER PICKS

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1 // Soulful Dress

2 // Honour Dress

3 // Journey Dress

4 // Appreciation Pant

5 // Bliss Shorts

6 // Flex Dress

7 // Inspire Dress

8 // Bliss Pants

9 // Honest Blouse

10 // Be Tank

xoxo,

Alicia Arruda

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Designer Spotlight | Gentle Fawn 

When it comes to comfy, casual wardrobe staples, it’s pretty hard to compete with Gentle Fawn. This Vancouver-based label was launched thirteen years ago by Daniel and Carla Fogg. Their inspiration? An antique collection of ceramic fawns – hence, the brand’s adorable name and logo. Since then Gentle Fawn has grown into a celebrated line of high-quality basics and is now sold in more than 600 shops across North America.

What defines this Canadian brand’s aesthetic is a commitment to creating pieces that are flattering and effortless. Gentle Fawn is always easy to wear, whether you need a flowy sundress for a summer barbecue (one that is roomy enough to let you indulge without displaying your food baby) or a crisp blazer for your dream job interview. Nothing is overtly trendy and if you are looking for fads, you won’t find them in a Gentle Fawn collection. Instead, look to this lovely label for beautiful fabrics, forgiving silhouettes, and simple staples that are made interesting with subtle details, like a sheer lace back or asymmetrical hemline.

Gentle Fawn has been one of my favorite Canadian brands for years and every season I say the same thing – “I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.”

Scroll on for a few of my favorite pieces from their latest collection!
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GENTLE FAWN PICKS

1 // Brooke Top

2 // Berkley Dress

3 // Annelise Dress

4 // Huxley Pants

5 // Seneca Romper

6 // Kirin Komono

7 // Dixon Coat

8 // Tavi Cardigan

xoxo,

Alicia

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Fragrance Friday | Grin by Ayala Moriel

COMPANY | Ayala Moriel Parfums

NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Grin

NOTES | Agarwood (Oud), Boronia, Galbanum,  Green Peppercorn, Jasmine Grandiflorum, Oakmoss, Rose Otto (Turkey), Vetiver, Violet Leaf

As somewhat of a fragrance junkie, I love a lot of different genres of perfume. From week to week I will go from favoring gourmand scents to florals and orientals. With well over thirty fragrances crowding my dresser, I am not the type of girl to have just one signature scent and I can appreciate almost any type of perfume. However, if I absolutely had to choose a favorite, I would have to go with chypres. Fresh, green, earthy aromas have always appealed to me, reminding me of the smell of the rain-soaked forest floor, cut grass, and dewy flowers. I’m from British Columbia and, although it might be a cliche, scents that are reminiscent of nature – the salty ocean waves, crisp coniferous trees, and damp moss – are innately comforting to me and send me to my olfactory happy place. Grin, a delightful chypre fragrance by Vancouver perfumer Ayala Moriel (one of my absolute favorite perfumers), encapsulates everything I love about chypres. A few other favorite chypres of mine, also from Ayala, are Ayalitta and Rainforest.

I have a solid version of the scent ( a gift from Ayala from when I was working with her) and I keep it in my purse for when I need a little pick me up. All fragrances change as you wear them and adapt to your body chemistry but I find that is especially the case with natural essential oils. When I first dab Grin on I find it to be very green and earthy (as promised) with just a hint of spiciness, likely from the green peppercorn, vetiver and agarwood. As the fragrance continues to bloom on my wrist (no pun intended) a soft bouquet of florals become prominent, with notes of Turkish rose, jasmine and boronia leaving a delicate trail on my skin (boronia is the star of the show, at least on my skin). The scent stays true to its chypre roots throughout the scent and the oakmoss and violet leaf keep the fragrance crisp and green throughout the entire experience.

Grin is a perfume from Ayala’s vintage collection and as far as I know is not made in large quantities anymore. The benefit of this is that if you choose to order it, you can bet that few people will be walking around with the same scent. It’s a special fragrance. It’s romantic with a vintage vibe that is utterly elegant and refined. It feels like a fragrance you would find tucked away in someone’s jewelry box, a gift from a past lover that was made especially for them. It’s never overpowering and very intimate. It’s the kind of fragrance that you smell when you lean in for a hug or kiss and that you would associate with a loved one. It’s a favorite of mine that I wear often and I know that when I eventually run out, I will have to order it. I have quite a few of Ayala’s other fragrances (Zangvil, Orcas, Roses et Chocolat, Charisma, Dreaming Parallel, White Potion, Ayalitta, and Immortelle Amour) but Grin is an especially treasured one for me.

If you love chypres, classic florals, and fresh green fragrances, Grin is one scent that you need to try. It’s beguilingly romantic and elegant enough to wear to formal occasions but soft and fresh enough to wear every day. It’s the perfect light scent for summer and one that I wear year round. It’s a beautifully scented ode to fresh flowers and summer greenery.

xoxo,

Alicia

Local Love | Fall Essentials

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As someone who has been lucky enough to grow up in the beautiful, vibrant, culturally diverse playground that is Vancouver, British Columbia, there are many things that make me proud to call it home. Vancouver may be better known for its unparalleled beauty and for its residents’ passion for active and healthy living than its fashion and cultural scene, but this city is positively filled with gifted fashion designers. Although I have a number of favorite designers and brands from around the world, I do try to support the talent in my own city as often as I can. With this in mind here are six essential pieces from my favorite local designers this season.

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1 // Gentle Fawn Voyage Dress

This super soft, flannel dress from Gentle Fawn as a pajama-esque, grungey, 90s vibe that is completely on trend without being too literal. This comfy piece could easily work as a tunic, as a shirt when front tucked into a pair of cigarette pants, or as a breezy cardigan when left unbuttoned. I would also pair it with a pair of pumps in a bright colour (say fuschia or cherry red) for an unexpected girly twist.

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2 // Wolf Circus Silver Coin Choker

Giving another nod to fashion trends from the 1990s, this sterling silver piece is an elegant update on the iconic 90s choker. With a simple dangling silver coin, this piece is at once minimalistic and statement making. Pair with a cozy turtleneck sweater dress and knee high leather boots for a look that is simultaneously nostalgic and chic.

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3 // Erin Templeton The Assistant Bag

After years of lugging around heavy, overstuffed purses and computer bags, the backpacks growing popularity has led me to start hunting for one of my own. That being said, I am not one to carry around anything in the city that looks like it could belong on a hike or campground. No canvas, no rubber, no nylon, nothing that says utility without style. What I love about this bag from Erin Templeton (aside from it being handcrafted out of buttery softrecycled leather) is that its both practical and chic doing double duty as a purse and a backpack. It’s simple and understated style makes it a versatile choice that will go with everything from your chunky sweaters and leather pants to your slinky slip dresses and heeled booties..

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4 // John Fluevog Room 406 Ankle Boots

A heeled ankle boot is a Fall wardrobe staple, along with cozy scarves and woolen sweaters. I love the subtle ombre effect on this otherwise very classic, simple style. John Fluevog is renowned for its exquisite, handmade designs and unique, quirky aesthetic. These boots also come in black but I think the grey pair are a little more fun and will help add interest to even the most basic of ensembles.

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5 // Claudia Schulz Ginger Hat in Black (Sky-Ash Collection)

I am such a hat person and always feel that a look is not quite complete unless I have a beautiful chapeau mounted on my melon. I also love tossing a hat on my head on days when I am a little disheveled and unkempt. A cute hat with a swipe of brightly coloured lipstick and I instantly look and feel polished and put together. Claudia Schulz is an incredible milliner who splits her time between Berlin and Vancouver. From sweet little cloches and woolen toques to floppy fedoras, Schulz has a way of infusing her own flair and quirky style into all of her pieces. This floppy hat will lend a playful, bohemian vibe to any outfit.

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6 // Nicole Bridger Goddess Dress

Nicole Bridger is the queen of eco-chic in Vancouver. All of her pieces are designed and produced locally out of sustainable, beautiful materials. What I love about Nicole’s designs is that they focus more on excellent fits, beautiful silhouettes and flattering a woman’s body than they do on excessive embellishment or trends. To me her pieces are all very wearable and its the tiny details (such as the tucked hem of this dress) that make them stunning and interesting. The Goddess dress from Nicole’s latest collection is something that I could see myself wearing all year round, with a straw hat and wedges in the summer and a grandpa sweater and booties in the Fall. Crafted out of luxurious tencel, its a low maintenance, effortlessly elegant dress for every day.

xoxo,

Alicia

Father’s Day Gift Guide

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With Father’s Day exactly a week away, many of us will be out there scrambling to find last minute gifts or coming up with last minute plans for Dad. Personally I have always found it easier to shop for my mom than my dad, likely because my mom and I have the exact same obsessions with dainty jewelry and loose leaf tea. Nonetheless, my dad is one of the most important people in my life and one of the people that I admire and respect the most and therefore finding ways to treat my dad is important to me. My dad is the most hardworking human being I know with an unreal amount of drive and even more integrity. He lives a busy life and works in an incredibly fast-paced job under a great deal of pressure so when it comes to getting him gifts, I would try to think of things that can create or enhance his relaxation on the few occasions when he does get to sit back and unwind. Indulgent gifts like cologne, silk ties or luxury shaving kits are also good gifts for Father’s Day because they are treats that they wouldn’t normally get for themselves. With this in mind I have put together a list of five indulgent, relaxation-enhancing father’s day gifts to make your search a little bit easier and your dad’s day a little more luxe.

1. Ayala Moriel Parfums – Sabotage

Vancouver-based perfumer Ayala Moriel is more than just a creator of all natural perfumes, she is a true artist. With an extensive collection of fragrances, body care and home products, and even a book under her belt, Ayala’s fragrances do more than smell nice, they take the wearer on a journey and are almost more like songs than scents with each note unfolding to reveal the next part of the olfactory story. Sabotage is a spicy yet fresh scent with an earthy base of vetiver and tobacco combining with pimento berry, orange flower, lemon and green peppercorn. I would choose Sabotage for my dad because the smell reminds me of Portugal (the grassy hills, fragrant flowers and spicy, pimento laden cooking), which is where my dad’s family is from. More than that though, Sabotage is a cooling and refreshing summer fragrance with an air of classic masculinity that is timeless and season-less.

2. Scotch and Soda – Summer Bow Ties

Scotch and Soda has a knack for creating clothing and accessories for men with just the right ratio of quirky and elegant. Hailing from Amsterdam, Scotch and Soda’s pieces are always beautifully crafted out of premium fabrics. Unique, playful prints combined with razor-sharp cuts and classic shapes define the brand’s signature style. At only $25 each, these silk bow-ties are a fun way to incorporate Scotch and Soda into your dad’s weekly office attire in a subtle way without breaking the bank.

3. The Art of Shaving – The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave Carry On in Sandalwood

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Shaving is a chore that your dad likely either avoids or does so grudgingly. Any time there is an opportunity to take something mundane and make it more pleasant and even luxurious, I am all for it. It is the little things in life that matter and if we can enhance the boring parts of our day and make them special, we should. This 4-piece set from The Art of Shaving is subtly scented with sandalwood (an essential oil that is known for its soothing and antibacterial properties) and has an old-fashioned, John Wayne inspired aesthetic that will likely appeal to dad.

4. Age Your Own – Woodinville Whiskey Kit

I have always thought that there was something so cool and artistic about making one’s own wine or spirits. My grandfather on my dad’s side has been making wine for decades and it is undeniable that homemade liquor has its one inimitable flavor. While there are lots of different kits out there to choose, depending on your dad’s choice of poison, this Whiskey making kit from Woodinville Whiskey Co. comes with everything one would need to start making their own whiskey. With two 250 ml bottles of White Dog un-aged whiskey, a 2 liter aging barrel, a funnel for pouring, two tasting glasses and instructions, this kit may introduce your dad to a new hobby while leading to a future filled with glasses of homemade, perfectly aged whiskey. Basically its a gift that benefits all.

5. Bellroy – Slim Sleeve Tan Wallet

Bellroy wallets are minimalist, simple and sleek which makes it hard to choose one that your gift-recipient won’t like. Crafted out of vegetable tanned, premium cow leather, they are designed to fit all of your cards and cash in a tight little leather sleeve, reducing bulk with the ability to fit neatly in your pocket. If seeing your dad’s chunky, messy, cluttered wallet drives you crazy then consider getting him (and yourself – they are unisex) one of these timeless wallets.

xoxo,

Alicia