Cold Outside

But Baby, It’s Cold Outside… what do you do when tourist season calms and snow blankets the valley? Some of us dance at house parties to keep warm while others don their thickest snow gear and get out in nature. Whether you like the views from the mountain or speeding down it, get inspired by things we like to do when it’s Cold Outside.

Pre-Pop Up Shop Perch Travelling Boutique

Awesome Okanagan, Marketing Night & Perch Travelling Boutique

are proud to introduce

Pre-Pop Up Shop to Not Your Mother’s Holiday Market on November 19th, 5-9pm, featuring Perch Travelling Boutique.

Perch will open up a Pre-Pop Up Shop along with Canoe Coffee Roasters for some amazing vintage shopping that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Wondering what to expect? Well you should come on down and ‘hit the breaks’ for a quick visit because Perch is not your ordinary fashion boutique.

Perch is the Okanagan’s premiere mobile fashion shop! Inside the renovated 22 foot beautiful blue bus you can find an ecclectic mix of vintage and retro clothing, accessories, and items for your home.

You’ve heard or a Food Truck before, but have you heard of a FASHION BUS?!?! Trust us, Perch has excelled and ‘reinvented the wheel’ of fashion and shopping.

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Not Your Mother’s Holiday Market

The Leon Night Market & Perch Travelling Boutique Present

Not Your Mother’s Holiday Market

November 20th & November 21st

Leon Night Market – 264 Leon Avenue

All Ages, 3pm-8pm

The Leon Night Market is proud to announce the first ever Pop Up Shop with Perch Travelling Boutique. 264 Leon Avenue is opening it’s doors again to local vendors across the Okanagan to come together and sell their crafts in one central market location.

It’s that time of year again to start thinking about Christmas and what to get your family for the holidays. We have the perfect solution for you! Not Your Mother’s Holiday Market includes the following local vendors:

Perch Travelling Boutique
Sarah Parsons Art
Sarah MacKinnon
Green Vanity
Petunia’s Bazaar
Nicole Young

Warm up with delicious Canoe Coffee Roasters and come check us out November 20-21st, 3-8pm, and support local vendors and the Leon Night Market.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

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World Snow Day 2013

The second annual World Snow Day took off worldwide this previous Sunday celebrating all things snow. The event is organized by the International Ski Federation, known in French as the Fédération Internationale de Ski — or FIS for short. The Okanagan’s very own Big White Ski Resort hosted several of its own events this year to show its appreciation of the white fluffy stuff that provides recreation to its visitors every year.

On January 20th activities were happening simultaneously all over the mountain throughout the course of the day. From 12:00pm – 1:00pm a Snowball Softball Super Skills competition was held in Happy Valley. At 3:00pm a Snowman Building and Old Man Winter Dress Up contest were held in the village center. TELUS Park hosted a Canada Snowboard Riders event which consisted of competitive training for young riders by certified coaches. At 6:00pm in the Happy Valley Day Lodge a photo contest based on the snow theme was held, followed by a screening of Sherpa Cinema’s ski film “All I Can”.

It was a warm sunny day up at Big White, a bright contrast to the foggy grey valley. Even if you don’t Ski or Snowboard it’s worth the trip up for the beauty of the resort and the plethora of other things to see and do. If you have a love for snow this was the day to be up at Big White to celebrate it. Since World Snow Day is still young there is plenty of time for growth. Next year should be even bigger. Hope to see you all up there next time.

Below is a segment from Sherpa Cinema’s “All I Can” shot here in BC.

Bear Skies

Winter brings the best skies…

Snow Magic, Downtown Kelowna

take a walk downtown when the snow has fallen it's pure magic!

Take a walk Downtown when the snow has fallen, it’s pure magic!

Fashionate: Stay Warm and Look Cool

We are heading into the most cold and grey season of the year but we cannot let our personal style be affected by the cooler weather. Luckily Kelowna has a mecca of adorable boutiques to keep you trendy and warm.

First; start at your feet even if you can’t rock your favourite stilettos in the middle of January the right boots will pull any look together. Boots can dress up leggings and a sweater or complete your sequin dress. If you are going to be walking in the snow and ice make sure your boots come equipped with good traction! You will need a bold pair of tights or leggings to go with your boots and Blonde store on Bernard avenue Downtown Kelowna is your tights and and leggings headquarters. They carry everything from your bold Aztec print to simple solid black.


I always like to pair vintage and new items, especially when large wool sweaters are involved. Kelowna is host to many adorable and unique vintage and second hand stores. Frock, Georgia Girl and Tweaked and Yummy are among the top 3, all located downtown and in the cultural district of Kelowna.

Scarves and Accessories will be your best friend during the cold winter months. They can add a pop of colour to just about any outfit! Man + Woman, located in Orchard Park, is your accessory headquarters! They have everything from gorgeous Pashmina’s to one of a kind jewelry pieces. They are a MUST stop on your shopping adventures.

Whether you are heading up to Big White for the weekend or strolling down Bernard you can find unique fun pieces from our very own local shops to keep you warm until we get our Okanagan sun back!!

Focus Friday: Winter in the Vineyard

Snow between the rows of the local vineyards and orchards makes for spectacular patterns this time of year. Richard spotted these near Oliver, with so many interesting textures and variations. Not sure if it’s been cold enough to pick the coveted ice-wine grapes yet, but it must be close.

Winter in the Vineyards by Richard McGuire

Celebrating New Year’s Eve the New Yorker Way

If you were downtown on New Year’s Eve the action was hard to miss. Two large spot lights dancing in the night sky directed thousands of people towards Stuart Park where the city was having its New York New Year’s Eve celebration, an event inspired by the popular New Year’s Eve countdown happening simultaneously in Times Square, New York. If you had young kids or no intention of staying up until midnight this was the place to be to make your New Year’s Resolutions and celebrate with friends and family.

There were plenty of activities for young kids to do downtown on this night, including snowmen building, snowball target practice, and even soccer. Since the weather wasn’t quite what you would expect during this time of year the city had to bring in a truck full of snow to dump in Stuart Park, creating an area where kids could build snowmen and play on the piles. There were also snowball targets set up for kids to practice their aim with rubber balls.

Despite the lack of snow the temperature remained a reminder that it was still winter, keeping the ice on the skating rink frozen. Several thousand people filled the park on this night, and I’m willing to bet the majority of them were crammed onto the ice. Vendors supplied waffles and other hot treats to keep everyone warm.

When I arrived, managing to catch the coattails of this family friendly event that began at 6pm and ran until 9pm, the stage which was previously occupied by a DJ was being set-up for a maritime folk band that came out and rocked it until the end of the night. When they finished their set the people then crowded the boardwalk to watch fireworks which were set off at 9pm sharp and lit up the night sky for the next fifteen minutes or so. This concluded the New York New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Stuart Park.