My life lately…

Lately life has been a little hectic. I was the events manager for the Vancouver Mom blogger party. Vancouver Mom is the biggest online magazine here in Vancouver each year has a top Mom blogger competition. Last year I was one of the top Mom bloggers so this year it was great to be on the other side of that and actually plan the party to pamper the Moms. We had a ton of local and international sponsors, as well as fabulous vendors such as my peeps at Rain Hair Salon, the ladies from Bombay Brow Bar, the fabulous Make-up Forever gals and the team from Illusion Studio and Spa. There was delectable food from Savoury City, wine from Legacy and the event itself was at the gorgeous Museum of Vancouver where guests were able to view the stunning Art Deco Chic exhibit.  It was a fabulous night and it seemed like all the Moms (and some Dads) had a wonderful time. They even went home with the most AMAZING gift bags ever (that took up my house for a week or so…). Thank you for the opportunity Christine Pilkington, for the help Coleen, Christine, M and for the continual support from my readers and fellow bloggers!

boxes of sponsors items lined the walls of my house…

a packed van of incredible gift bags and baskets

the wonderful Christine and I

My exceptional volunteers Christine and Coleen. I was wearing a Nicole Bridger linen dress, Faryl Robin wedges and a swapped necklace.

Exhausted (12.00am) after a looong day!

Me-time

I really love the special times in the week – rather month, when I have no kids, no husband and even no friends with me. I call it ‘me-time’. It may seem selfish to you, but my life is about people. I work with people, I spend most of my time with my family and friends – I’m a pretty strong extrovert. Sometimes, even I need to withdraw and have some introverted moments to gain energy to return to my extroverted life. Some of my favourite me-times include going to a neighbourhood where I won’t bump into people I know and doing something I never get to do. Like seeing a movie. Tonight, I’m headed to Vancouver’s DOXA Documentary Film Festival. DOXA is a Vancouver based non-profit, charitable society devoted to presenting independent and innovative documentaries to Vancouver audiences. It’s running till the 13th May and has a packed schedule of interesting, informative and creative documentaries. Tonight I’m viewing The Story of Burqua: Case of a Confused Afghan. During my undergrad as an International Relations major, I enjoyed learning about the Middle East and particularly, Islamic women. I was invited to do an honors degree and write a thesis based on a paper I’d written about honour killings  of Islamic women. Instead, I chose to do a Masters in Teaching. I don’t regret my choices but it doesn’t take away my interest in this topic. I’m hoping this film will re-ignite my interest and give me a better understanding of what it’s like to be a woman in Afghanistan.

Vancouver Mommies, what do you do for Me-time? Maybe, come and join me at DOXA!

My top 10 of Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week F/W 2012

1. Vivacious Vintage

F is for Frank Vintage

F is for Frank Vintage

2. Coloured and patterned tights

Adhesif

Adhesif

Adhesif

Adhesif

3. People Watching

4. Slightly eccentric designers

Lincoln Heller of Five Left

Lincoln Heller of Five Left

5. Spring florals

6. Innovative ways to wear a scarf

Myriam Laroche with Value Village

7. Freebies for the front rowers

Handmade clutch from FiveLeft

8. Fall colours

Standing Armed

Standing Armed

9. Dreams of warmer weather

La Isla and Mala Imports

10. Quality time with (new and old) friends

 with Kendra and Tracey

Event: One of a Kind Show December 8-11

The One of a Kind Show is an amazing craft show, bringing innovative artisans, craftspeople, and designers together to share their unique creations. The One of a Kind show is placed perfectly just before Christmas making it an amazing place to pick up all your gifts for various friends and family, with something for everyone. I was invited to the media preview on the Thursday night and enjoyed wandering around the stalls, sampling the delicious items in the food aisle and viewing a fashion show of all the garments sold at the show. This show is really one of a kind, make sure you get there next year!
Photos – 1) One of my favourite fashion stalls Locomotive (I purchased a funky t-shirt from my husband here), 2) beautiful purses, 3) unique jewellery with a humorous backdrop, 4) Delicious treats from Wildcoast, 5) beautiful pottery, 6) more pottery from Blackbird, 7) a self-portrait, wearing F21 kimono top, lace top, J Brand jeans and wedges, 8) fell in love with all the jewellery, 9) my continuing love affair with lockets

Event: Mom’s in the City

On November 3rd, I attended the Mom’s in the City event at Yaletown store Saf and Benjamin. This was the first time I’d visited this lovely store so it was so much fun checking out all their stock and purchasing some early Christmas presents for my boys (from their crazy discount bin!) The evening featured various vendors such as Yummy Mummy Makeovers, Tawna Hill Baby Skin Care and Moo and the Bear. There was a prize draw and I actually won something (more on that later!) I must say, I absolutely loved all the products in the store (as you well know I am pretty picky when it comes to kids products) –  owner, Sommer Sawchuk has incredible taste and thus the products lack Disney characters, fairy floss pinks and overdosing on dinosaurs (some of my fave products include this, this and this). Need to do some holiday shopping for your little loved ones at the store with the best view in Vancouver? Head down to Saf and Benjamin.

Mommies mingling

Demonstration by Joyce from Yummy Mummy Makeovers

Manager Kristen and Owner Somner

Amazing skin care line (and what a story) from Tawna Hill Baby Skin Care

With one of my dearest friends, Christine

note the baby Hunters, aren’t they adorable?!

xxo, SSM

Inner beauties

This week I was invited to attend ‘Adorned Creation’ – a fundraiser fashion show held at Performance Works, Granville Island. The net proceeds from the show went to Looking Glass Foundation, a Vancouver-based charity which is dedicated to aiding the recovery of individuals and families suffering from eating disorders. This fashion show was show-casing the designs of the graduation students from one of Vancouver’s leading fashion & beauty school, John Casablancas Institute. I turned up at Performance Works, was ushered to my reserved front row seat (LOVE being a blogger!) and proceeded to watch a fascinating show full of some inspirational, beautiful and creative designs. There were some outfits that were definitely not my taste, but there were others that I just wanted to snatch off the models, take out a little and wear myself. I made my greatest attempts at taking shots – as you can see, I’m definitely NOT a fashion photographer. But hopefully you will get a gist of the show – there was a great mix of fabrics – from soft, flowing sheer cottons to studded leather and scratchy nylon. There were sparkles, adornments, intricate designs and lots of fabulous wedge shoes. It was a fantastic show and one could feel the excitement in the air. It was also fantastic being part of a fundraiser for a really worthy cause.

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support FITE!

What is FITE? It stands for financial independence through entrepreneurship. FITE  will make direct investments in women entrepreneurs from developing countries, helping them start or grow sustainable businesses.

I think this is a fantastic charity! And what easier what to support it by attending an fundraiser event at Le Petite Spa on Tuesday March 29th

15% of all Le Petit Spa’s product sales will be donated to FITE.
The Dermalogica FITE fundraiser will feature:
  • Door prizes: $20 gc for Village VQA Wines, Chemically Addicted  Hair – complimentary cut + dry and more!
  • Dermalogica skin bar: This is your chance to get answers to all your skincare questions
  • Relaxing chair massage
  • Professional Jane Iredale make-up consultation
  • Great wine and food: Browns, True Confections, Simply French and more
  • Goody bag: including gift cards from Twist and Dermalogica Amenity packs.

When: Tuesday March 29th 2011

Time: 6:30pm
Tickets: $25 – Ticket price redeemable in product – so it`s basically free!
Only 30 tickets available
I’ll be there ladies – hopefully see you there!