Month: March 2012

Mark your calendars

I was looking at the calendar the other day and, whew – time is a-flying! My mat leave, which seemed like an eternity last summer, is quickly coming to an end; at least that means that summer is coming, which is a silver lining on a snowy March day. This also means that the blog is fast approaching a special milestone … its two year anniversary. Yep, though this may also seem like an eternity – for better or worse – BCRL is about to turn two. With that in mind, I have been pondering ways to celebrate, which would include thanking all of you, dear readers. 

A giveaway seems like the most obvious option, but here is the rub. Normally, blog giveaways are tied to requirements for people to participate via following, tweeting, or blogging about the blog itself. And while I would love for all of you to sing my praises far and wide, asking people to do it feels a little weird to my self-conscious self. So I am probably going to do what my (also) rules-hating self usually ends up doing, which is to wing it. On the anniversary of the blog – May 11 – I will put all my official followers’ names in a hat (a literal hat, by the way), and draw a name. Voila! And so I don’t feel like I’m bribing you to “like” me, I won’t announce the actual prize until the day of the draw. Borrowing a page from Oprah, however, you can be sure that it will consist of a few of my favourite things.

So, in summary: thank you, dear readers and followers, for your continued support, comments and encouragement. To anyone who is an occasional reader, but has not yet signed up to be a follower, please consider doing it, and maybe even telling a friend or two about BCRL. And stay tuned on May 11, 2012, for the birthday giveaway extravaganza!

Things we love: Fluevog

[This installment of the “Things we love” series is written by Cat, who shares her abiding affection for a very particular kind of shoe.]

It all started with a pair of blue shoes.

A passing flirtation with funky shoe designer John Fluevog began many years ago, when an article on his “unique soles for unique souls” appeared in the style section of the Vancouver Sun.  Alas, John was seeing other people and I was still chasing shoes that were just all wrong for me. In the spring of 2009, however, this passing fancy blossomed into one of the epic love stories of our time – MY time, at least. Walking down Granville Street one fateful day, I spied my very first pair of Fluevogs in the store window: the legendary Operetta Malibrans. Named for a celebrated 19th Century opera singer famed for her “extraordinary flexibility, range and power”, these shoes embody all of those characteristics and more. The $265 price tag made me think twice  – after all, what does one pair with a pair of turquoise Mary Janes? The answer: everything. You see, the beauty of Fluevog shoes is that they go with almost everything, because they don’t really go with anything specific at all. Observe:

Next came the Calamitys, the best namesake Ms. Calamity Jane could have asked for and something I’m guessing she would have liked to nestle her own feet into. What better way to welcome myself to Alberta than with a rockin’ pair of olive green cowboy boots? A little bit country, a little bit freakin’ awesome.
A trip to Montreal introduced me to Ms. Pearl Hart, a troublesome Ontario teen who left home in 1899 and ultimately became Arizona’s first stagecoach robber – I know she stole my heart! With soft lavender leather, built-in arch supports, and those gorgeous crossover straps, how could she not? Arguably the perfect shoe, the Pearl Hearts are classy, comfy, and versatile, perfect for carrying me from the office, to dinner with friends or a date at a sexy little wine bar – and all while sprinting from doorway to doorway to escape the Vancouver rain. And the best part? The roomy molds used to make these little winners and the Malibrans mean that my normally-size 9 flippers fit cozily into a dainty size 8.
But the best is yet to come, and like all good things, it sure was worth waiting for. Ladies (and gentlemen?) please allow me to introduce to you the one, the only, the indomitable, Madam Mattie Silks.
The most successful “businesswoman” that Denver has ever known, even Mattie herself would have had to scrimp a little to afford these puppies; originally priced at a cool $495, they were beyond this working girl’s reach for nearly two years. However, once a year John remembers that he loves me and wants me to be happy, and I was able to scoop the last pair in the country for the easier-to-swallow sale price of $345. I think this is one investment that will pay dividends: since bringing Mattie home I have managed to put several old outfits back into rotation that had been relegated to the back of my closet for lack of comfortable footwear to pair them with.

Something tells me I’ve finally found “the one.

Manicure of the week: Imperial

This week, I’m bringing you one of Chanel’s older polishes that, sadly, was recently discontinued. Imperial is a rich chocolate-y brown creme, one of Chanel’s one-coat wonders. It dries to an absolutely flawless, glistening finish … and if looking at an Imperial manicure doesn’t give you an intense longing for some dark Lindt, then you probably wouldn’t know a chocolate addiction if it came up behind you in the pantry and had its way with your self-control. What? Ahem.
As I mentioned, the formula on Imperial is flawless. I also got very little wear – pretty good for such a dark colour. It’s a great alternative to black or other near-black colours if you’re looking for something a little vampy.

To go with this classic Chanel, I had to pull out my classic Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress. I love a pop of cobalt blue next to dark brown!
I would encourage everyone to try a wrap dress at least once in their lives, because it truly flatters almost every body type, including the post-baby one. I know that busty ladies are often reluctant to give the wrap dress a chance because of potential “gaping” issues, but fear not, my lovelies. Layer a tank top underneath and you’re good to go! Of course, no one does wrap dresses like DVF – after all, she invented them! Her dresses are made from an incredible silk jersey that’s lightweight, super comfortable, and is pretty much immune to static. You’ll feel like you’re wearing your most comfy bathrobe, while looking much, much more stylish. Can’t beat that!

Happy Friday!