Monthly Archives: November 2011

Fashionate: FAUX REAL!

Ashley is wearing a fitted faux fur vest paired with a 'secretary ' blouse, black skinny jeans and nude peep toe pumps.

We all know that fur is the MUST have trend for the winter. Often times in Kelowna we feel as though some of these hot trends are a little bit to ‘out there’ to wear around our laid back beach town.

Fur is one piece of high fashion that can be incorporated into ANY wardrobe and tailored to fit your fashion needs.  To add edge to an otherwise minimalistic outfit a piece of fur is the perfect garment. A fitted fur vest paired with a classic blouse and a skinny jean keeps this look classic and chic.

Although wide legs and high waist pants are all the rage as the temperature drops, nobody seemed ready to get rid of the classic skinny, so it became part of the fashion hall of fame becoming a staple piece of our wardrobes. The skinny jean will never go out of style and it can be paired with endless amounts of options, including FUR. If you are feeling a little wild this winter; shake things up and add a brightly coloured jean to your wardrobe such as blue, red or pink!

When wearing fur, a skinny jean will balance out the width that has been added to the upper half of your body. The cut of the vest or coat should sit either below or above the hips to avoid making our widest part of the body appear wider. Neutral or muted tones within the fur maintain a clean sleek feeling. When bold, unnatural colours such as; yellows, greens, pinks etc. are worn as a fur garment, the look can quickly go from sleek to cheap.

Fall's must have look

We raided blonde yet again and surfaced with another fabulous find. Pairing a printed blouse with solid black skinny jeans creates a sharp foundation to build a focal part of the outfit, which of course, is fur. A vest is a great way to add flair and maintain the sleekness, without taking over the entire outfit. A vest makes it very versatile as you can add a sassy pea coat for your outerwear keeping it open to expose the furry faux underneath.  You can wear this look while you are conquering the Christmas shopping crowds, or joining the girls for a martini after work.

I am such a big fan of fur. I own everything from a fur bomber to knee high fur stilettos and everything in between. The most important rule of fur is to have ONE fur focus per outfit, an over load of fur when you’re not stomping the runway can be road kill.

Wearing fur as a garment may not be for you, but you can add as much or as little as you like.  Fur cuffs are available to be purchased at almost any accessory store to add that small touch to any pair of boots, or jacket you wish! Whether you’re trying to look as though you’ve just arrived from Paris, or trying to add a little flair to your classic riding boot you can find a fur that fits your life!

Imaginary Cities at Doc Willoughby’s on Nov. 26th

We’re pleased to present Imaginary Cities and Special Guests coming Saturday, November 26th at Doc Willoughby’s (353 Bernard Avenue). Tickets are $12 advance or $15 door. Advance tickets are available at Leo’s Video, Tweaked and Yummy Vintage Apparel and online at Habitat’s eStore. Doors are at 8pm and this event is 19+

It all started at The Cavern.

Winnipeg is known as the “Heart of the Continent.” In this beating heart on the prairies, there is always new music being made: in its clubs and basements, and in between work and life. Imaginary Cities was born in a club called The Cavern, in between sets. This new group, founded in a chance meeting is now readying to introduce their debut album, Temporary Resident in early 2011. They are a band that is fast becoming one of Canada’s most important and talked about new bands.

Imaginary Cities is the musical duo of Marti Sarbit and Rusty Matyas. Marti had moved to Winnipeg from Brandon, MB, and was playing in a Motown cover band called, The Solutions. Rusty did mixing for them. Rusty was no stranger to the Canadian music scene himself. His former band The Waking Eyes was signed to Warner Records, and he’s currently the multi-instrumentalist in The Weakerthans.

Rusty and Marti began to record together, and in one all-night writing session came up with a triumphant and soulful beginning, the track, Say You. It was a turning point: Marti’s stunning and original voice broke open a wealth of creativity between them.

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A-OK Mixcast Thirteen

We’re making the most of the season with another selection of CanCon. Three of the five following songs are from artists performing this month, the other five are just good times. So make peace with the temperature (brrrrr) and warm up to these great tracks by:

  1. Marry the Sea by Imaginary Cities
  2. Cults by Little Girls
  3. I Want Your Love by Dead Ghosts
  4. Kindergarten by Zeus
  5. Spoonful of Sugar by Matt Mays
  6. Exit Light by The Blue Seeds
  7. I Wish You Weren’t Like A Dead Lover (Sometimes) by The Belle Game
  8. Big Blue Wave by Hey Ocean!

Remember, if you’re listening to this Mixcast in iTunes or on your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad there will be a link to where you can buy these great tracks! If you dig the song it’s only $0.99 in the iTunes store! If you’re an artist hoping to be featured in a future Mixcast please contact me!

Hey Ocean! w/ The Belle Game on November 23rd at Habitat
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A-OK presents Imaginary Cities on November 26th at Doc Willoughby’s
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Island Snow presents: An Evening With Burton

An Evening With Burton

On November 15th Island Snow, Big White and Burton are teaming up to put on an event of epic proportions: An Evening with Burton!

A true VIP Burton experience, Burton representatives will be in store at Island Snow beginning at 6pm to assist you with your every need. To sweeten the deal even more there will be free food and drinks, a screening of the new Burton movie, sale on all that is Burton, tons of free stuff and plenty of prizes to be won!

Oh ya, Early Bird season passes  for Big White will be on sale, on location, for this night only! Yes, you’ve been given a second chance to save some big bucks on your season pass.

Free swag, Burton deals, Burton reps and Early Bird Passes. Enough said. Be there.

Christmas Decorating Joy at Hot Holiday Homes

Last night (Friday) I toured Ballet Kelowna’s fundraiser, Hot Holiday Homes.  If you love home design, interior design or Christmas decorating this is a do NOT miss event.  So much fun and so very well done.  The tour is of beautiful private homes in Kelowna. Here are six homes this year and you have five hours to complete your self guided tour (it took my group a little bit more than three hours).

There is only one more night this year and that is tonight, Saturday November 12 from 4 pm to 9 pm so pick up your tickets at one of the following: Art Knapp, Bylands, LBV Design Dress Décor, olive & elle, Picture Perfect, Rick’s Garden World. All funds raised go to Ballet Kelowna.

Lindon House B&B The Gorgeous Last Stop at Hot Holiday Homes

There are plenty of tastings along the tour including wine from Quail’s Gate, bubbly from Summerhill and tasty spirits from Kelowna’s new boutique distellery, Urban Distilleries.

Mike Urban of Kelowna's Urban Distilleries was Handing out Delicious Tastings

Many local businesses, large and small sponsor Hot Holiday Homes including Re/Max Kelowna, Shannon Holand Photography, and FortisBC, who provided 290 strings of LED lights- that is more than 20,000 bulbs!  There are professionaly decorated Christmas trees in each home that will be on display at Kelowna Community Theatre until they are sold by auction.

Garlands of Light at Hot Holiday Homes

Shop Local this Holiday Season

Want to make a difference? Occupy local & independent stores this holiday season.

Focus Friday: Antlers Beach Storm

We’re getting into that time of year where the Okanagan weather gets more interesting and volatile — long after the mellow days of summer, yet before we’re socked in for winter. The lake gets restless. Greg captures some of that energy in this shot, and even the sky seems unsettled.

Antlers Beach Storm by Greg Gaspari

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day and Veterans Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. This day, or alternative dates, are also recognized as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries.

Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918; hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.

The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem “In Flanders Fields”. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.

In the Central Okanagan, residents will have a number of different services to choose from:

City Park Cenotaph
Organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Kelowna Branch #26
At approximately 10:25 a.m. a parade of participating organizations and the Colour Party will march from Kerry Park (Mill Street) along Abbott Street to the Cenotaph in City Park for the ceremony.

Following the ceremony, participating youth groups are invited to the Legion Branch, 1380 Bertram Street for lunch. A period of social remembrance will be held in the Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Lions Park Cenotaph
Organized by the Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans Unit 376
The Gala Youth Choir will perform prior to the 11:00 a.m. ceremony at the cenotaph in Lions Park. The ceremony will be preceded by a parade starting at 10:30 a.m. from the Unit clubhouse parking lot at 270 Dougall Road North to Gray Road and into the park. Following the ceremony and parade dismissal, an Open House reception will be held at the Unit clubhouse, 270 Dougall Road North.

Lake Country
George Elliot Secondary School, 10241 Bottom Wood Lake Road
Organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Oyama Branch #189

Please be seated inside George Elliot Secondary School by 10:30 a.m. Following the ceremony a Public Open House will be held at the Legion Branch, 15712 Oyama Road.

Peachland Community Centre, 4450 6th Street
Organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Peachland Branch #69
Fall in at 10:20 a.m. at the Peachland Community Centre. Following the ceremony, adults are welcome at the Peachland Legion on 2nd Street, while refreshments will be served for all children and their parents at the Peachland Community Centre.

West Kelowna
Royal LePage Place, 2760 Cameron Road, West Kelowna
Organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Westbank Branch #288
Please arrive by 10:30 a.m. as a parade involving participating organizations and the Colour Party precede the 11:00 a.m. ceremony. Following the ceremony, lunch will be served at the Westbank Lions Community Hall, 2466 Main Street.