October 22nd, 2014

Local Finds for The Paris Pop-Up

Posted by Pam

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Just one more sleep until The Paris Pop-Up Shop opens!!  We are so pleased with the finds that we’ve curated and we think you are going to love them too!  Probably the most asked question about the pop-up is how did we get stuff home from Paris.  Well, there really was only so much that we could bring back….and only smaller items of course!  We definitely found some goodies, but the supply is limited and there are a lot of one-of-a-kinds.  While we were in Paris, we noted what the trends were and the attention to detail and quality in French goods, whether it be food, clothing or home goods.  From that inspiration, we then started looking for local vendors that specialized in just a few things and produced items that are Parisian inspired.  What we have come up with is a collection of our picks from over 40 vendors that will be available for you!

And this is just a very small sampling of what we have going on at the pop-up….

 

Vancouver Candle Co

 

I love the packaging of these candles from Vancouver Candle Company!  They are hand-poured and numbered by a single artisan using premium soy blends, cotton wicks and perfume-grade fragrance oils.  And they smell amazing….I’m particularly digging The Fairview, which is grapefruit, peach and red currant…super fresh and crisp!

 

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We have a wide selection of French food products from Well Seasoned.  Herbs that you can’t easily find…Herbs de Provence, Lavender and Fleur de Sel and also mustards, olives and escargot.

 

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We found some great local graphic tees, from the Elle Est Forte tees by SHE IS Clothing, tees from the just launched State of Grace, and our Je t’aime custom tees designed by Partners & Hawes and made by Alliance Clothing Company.   The Lloyd & Wolf “Rain” wristlets are a fave of Laurel and I…perfect when you just need your iPhone and a credit card…I’m loving the new calf hair version in leopard.

 

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Got kids?  Well, we have a lot of really great kids items.  We have a limited quantity of these bear hats from the  Naked Sheep Knittery…how adorable, right?  I love the modern spin on the knitted crib and doll blankets from Yarning Made. And the Elle Est Forte tees for toddlers…so cute!

The one of a kind wood cutting boards from Lock & Mortice Build Co. are heirloom pieces that you will want to pass along in your family!  Stunning, hand crafted, oiled and stamped…so beautiful.  They recently provided boards for the Kinfolk dinner in Vancouver.  And the wooden serving salad sets are just as stunning, in a clean and simple way.  I’ve especially got my eye on a wood knife…perfect for serving cakes with a modern, organic twist.

We so hope that you will be able to join us at The Paris Pop-Up…for a taste a France but also to celebrate talented local artisans!  There are a limited number of remaining tickets for the Preview Shopping Event tomorrow from 6-9pm that can be purchased at HighStreet Guest Services or here.

The Paris Pop-Up will also be open on Friday from 5 to 9pm and Saturday from 10am to 5pm ($5 admission at the door).

See you at “Je t’aime!”

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October 20th, 2014

A Perfect Pouf

Posted by Laurel

While the past seemed to dictate that only ballerinas and brides could find themselves wearing tulle and tutus … we love that they have now made their way into street wear. Pam and i both love these poufs by Beautulleful, which by the way are handmade with love right here in Vancouver! These tulle skirts have been created to be both wearable and elegant all at once. Modern day Audrey Hepburns? They are also surprisingly more versatile than you may at first think…paired with a tee and flats, you can add a little spring in your step for the everyday. Add some heels and sparkle and you’re party ready.

Here’s a little peak of my pouf adventures in Paris…

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Beautulleful Tulle Skirts are available in 3 different lengths: Knee, Tea Length and Full Length. I love this tea length as it spans the age range and body type…you don’t have to be in your early twenties and stick thin to wear these, ladies!! I’d also be lying if i said i wasn’t lusting over the drama of a full length..something about it seems so very elegant!

Are you loving these poufs as much as we do? We are thrilled that you can shop these beauties at our Paris Pop-Up Shop…pretty much the perfect piece for the upcoming Holiday season!

OUTFIT DETAILS:

Skirt: Beautulleful – tea length

Bodysuit: Theatricals Long Sleeve Dance Unitard 

Shoes: Valentino

 

 

 

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October 18th, 2014

The 411 on the Paris Pop Up Shop

Posted by Laurel

OK…we were worried that we were Paris-ing you all out. But we’ve had enough of  you ask us for more info to warrant a little Coles notes edition of the Paris Pop Up and what to expect!

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WHEN: Oct 23-25th

Oct 23: 6-9pm  The Exclusive Preview Night. Tickets still available here   Your $25 ticket includes, a Highstreet fashion trunk show, a welcome drink, live DJ and lots of Parisian goodies to sample. A serious night on the town!

Oct 24: 5-9pm *

Oct 25: 10am-5pm *

*Entrance is a $5.00 donation, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Arts at the Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford

 

WHERE: Highstreet FV, Abbotsford.  Find us across from Milestones, where we’re transforming an empty space into our own industrial and chic French boutique

 

WHY:

1. Every item in the Pop-Up shop has been handpicked by the Sugar Plum Sisters and Taya Hawes-Puiu. If we wouldn’t choose if for ourselves, it won’t be there!

2. Each item has a story behind it whether it is a vintage find from Paris or a locally created good…

3. We have shopped with you in mind…we think we’ve covered the range from young ones to old…and spanned both tasted and budget. Great giving pieces will be aplenty.

4. And lastly, because we would love to have a visit with you…perhaps over a pain au chocolate or baguette???

 

Tickets can be purchased at Guest Services, 604-381-3934 or at click here to buy tickets. Space is limited but we’ve still got room for you!

Here’s the pretty version:

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Hope this helps xo

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October 17th, 2014

Dressed Up Joggers for Men and Boys

Posted by Pam

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What guy do you know out there that doesn’t like to wear joggers??  I think most men would live in them if they could! But they haven’t been the most attractive thing….until now.  Zanerobe has started a jogger revolution, making them totally acceptable…actually cool… to wear dressed up to go out or worn casually with a broken-in tee.

 

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Jason’s a huge fan of Zanerobe’s Sure Shot pants.  Recently, I found Mac a similar style of joggers at JoeFresh.  They happened to dress almost the same for church…kind of ironic to wear joggers to church, but it really worked!  And they couldn’t be happier if this means dressing up…comfort is king!

 

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Pair joggers with Chukka boots or leather hikers and you are good to go!

 

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It just requires a bit of pulling together, but joggers can go from the couch, to church and even to dinner!  I think my dudes look pretty sharp…or as my girls would say…they are on point!

 

Outfit Deets

Mac’s Outfit

Camo Joggers:  Still available in JoeFresh stores (not online), similar here

V-Neck Tee:  similar here

Denim Button Down:  similar here and here

Boots:  similar here and hikers here

Jason’s Outfit

Joggers:  similar here and here and here

Plaid Button Down:  similar here and here

Hoodie:  H & M and similar here

Hikers:  Marshalls, similar here and here and chukkas here

Sunglass:  Oakley “Holbrook”

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October 15th, 2014

Ultimate Shift Dress

Posted by Laurel

Shift dresses can be a woman’s best friend. Known for the column-like silhouette, the absence of a defined waist makes it an easy piece to wear…even on the days where you’re not feeling especially svelte. It’s also a great choice when you’re wanting to dress your look up without feeling uncomfortable and restricted. How can you tell my eats have caught up to me lately?? But really, this is the dress you could wear all day without counting down the minutes until you can get home and change..you all know you’ve done that!

This simple shift by Julia Koo is incredibly rich in its dark green hue as well as completely wearable in its cut and texture. I’m also a huge fan of the pockets…love that detail. The fabric is pretty special with a slight shimmer that you notice only when the light hits it right. I have a feeling i’ll be wearing this little number a bunch this fall…

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Shift dresses are plentiful right now. Make sure you try a number on to find the one that fits you best. The one word of caution is that you want the cut to still flatter… make note of the length: You want it to hit just slightly above the knee. Any longer and it can appear to overwhelm and drown out your figure. Lastly, don’t give up if the first “try-on” isn’t your favourite…there are plenty to choose from. You’ll know when you’ve found the perfect one, and it will be a timeless addition to your closet! xo

 

// Outfit Details //

Dress: Julia Koo  (we are excited to have this dress featured at our Paris Pop-Up ) Similar options here and here

Booties: Rag and Bone  (25% off right now)

Handbag: Lloyd and Wolf “Abi” 

 

 

 

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