Thursday, June 25, 2009

An icon died...

...and words fail me.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Recessionista Shopping Series

Having attended several very successful shopcrawls in Toronto, when I received an invitation to the Recessionista Shopping Series in Vancouver, I decided to check it out and see what it was all about.

What is a Recessionista? A Recessionista is the fashionista on a budget. She’s chic, uber cool, most definitely not cheap and yes, her wallet is always happy. She is someone who seeks out the hottest trends and the latest fashions. A Recessionista won’t let a poor economy stand in the way of making a fashion statement!

The Recessionista Shopping Series boasted Fabulous Clothing and Accessories for $25 or less. It was held at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St in Vancouver. The Recessionista Shopping Series are one day shopping events geared towards people who love clothing, accessories and beauty products on a budget. On Sunday June 21 from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., the first shopping series featured 40 local designers and stores selling their fabulous items for $25 or less! Along with shopping enjoy services such as eyebrow threading, manicures, eyelash extensions and facials at four pampering tables. Admission was only $2 and the first 150 people received a goody bag along with 3 free tans by Fabutan or free hot yoga classes valid for you and a friend from Westcoast Hot Yoga.

Meeting up with friends at the Glam City Girls table

It was not like the Shop Crawls that I attended in Toronto but I did have a good time! This felt more like a trade show with booths set up. There were very little clothing vendors and more jewellery and esthetics vendors. My favourite part was the girls social network table set up by Glam City Girls. Overall I would say that the event was a success and well worth the $2 admission. I would definitely attend this type of event again.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Waves of Glory: Taz Micheal Micheals IS wake skating.

For any of you who have seen Blades of Glory where Chaz Micheal Micheals is figure skating, well here is my post dedicated to my dog Taz who is fearless when it comes to wake skating.

Taz mentally preparing for the wake skate

Forgive the sideways video, it was the way I was holding the camera, I will flip it shortly and reload it on the post but I thought it was too priceless to not put up right away. I was also thrilled and how the audio editting matched the length of the video perfectly.

As you can tell, he thought he was on top of the world after his first wake skate. I figure since my dog can do it, I should be next to try it out.

Feeling on top of the world

I guess it just goes to show you should never fear trying something new!

If you want to feel your age...climb a mountain!

With a 30 something birthday pending I decided to do something different. Since I was no longer living in a big metropolis but now reside in the mountains, I got a group together and decided to climb a mountain!

The Stawamus Chief is the second largest granite monolith in the world and a nesting habitat for the Peregrine Falcon. The Chief Trail itself is steep and difficult to climb and requires hikers to be in a good physical condition.

There are areas where you have to pull yourself up with chains that are bolted into the mountain along with scaling ladders carefully positioned in the rock. I managed not only to get my city and country friends to climb this mountain but my nine year old dog joined us for the hike.

The hike itself took about four hours but we safely made it to the top of the mountain and then hiked back down again. Hiking the Chief is very popular, because it is easy to find and hard to get lost on trail. The route is well marked by aluminum signs on trees, and red paint on rocks.

There are three peaks to the Chief that you can decide to climb to once you are on the trail, we went to the second peak. I had heard from many people that this hike was not for those who are out of shape as the first thirty or so minutes would be a lung burning vertical climb. The view from the top was breathtaking and well worth the effort.
Many of those on our excursion were not 'hikers' but after such a physically challenging climb we all came out of it with smiles on our faces. We all had a great sense of accomplishment and a sense of camaraderie that comes from succeeding at something together. I would definitely hike the Chief again and plan to do so a lot sooner than my next birthday.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Cohabitation or Bust!

Moving in together is a huge step in any relationship. It’s a time where you find out all of those little pesky things about your partner that may otherwise go unnoticed. As in Sex and the City says, that “secret single behaviour”. On top of that, there is the issue of sharing household responsibilities that come into play and can become a source of conflict. Nowadays many homes have two primary wage earners but one person, often the woman, can feel as though most of the household work is her burden and not her partners.

One key approach to remedy this situation is to overcome traditional gender roles to achieve a balance of household responsibilities. Breaking the pattern of viewing housework and taking care of the kids as women’s work will help to split up these duties more evenly.

Patterns also develop in any relationship and once they are there, they are hard to break. Just because you were always comfortable doing the cooking before your job got increasingly demanding does not mean that cooking should always be your responsibility. The unwritten expectations of your arrangement should be renegotiated as life events come up and the situation changes. Each partner should be willing to renegotiate expectations and reach a compromise that will keep you both happy.

Focus on tasks individually rather than the whole picture. Instead of looking at your entire home as a mess that needs to be cleaned, break it down into small achievable tasks such as making dinner, taking out the garbage, vacuuming the floor and cleaning the toilet. Once the tasks are listed you can start to decide who will be responsible for which task and when.

Delegate effectively and reciprocate when your help is needed. Once you have decided which tasks belong to each of you, both of you have a great starting point but life changes at the drop of a dime and has a way of getting in the way of plans that we set out for ourselves. Be flexible enough to delegate things that you cannot do because something has come up and equally be willing to reciprocate and accept a task when your help is needed.

Acknowledge each other’s feeling and show your appreciation. When discussions start make sure to listen to your partner and what they have to say. Make sure to show appreciation for the things around the house that they already do and show appreciation when they get their tasks done.

Most importantly, keep communication open. Through open and continuous communication you will eventually find a balance that feels right. Living together can be a very trying time in any relationship but finding a way to strike a balance between household responsibilities can be a great help. Remember that it is when expectations are not being met that problems arise so if you both enter into the situation with an open mind and an attitude of compromise, smoother sailing lies ahead!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Girls' Night Out - Vancouver

This friday Style Spy and Ishara are hosting a Girls Night Out event at Oakridge Centre. People who RSVP in advance will receive 20% off regular priced clothing and 10% off denim. If you are in the area, be sure to check it out!