Exploring Vancouver with Fairmont Pacific Rim

Exploring Vancouver with Fairmont Pacific Rim

A couple weeks ago, I packed my bags (my first attempt at travelling with just a carry on – what an unequivocal disaster that was) and headed west to the Fairmont Pacific Rim in downtown Vancouver for their annual Fashion Takes Flight Fashion Show. For three nights we were pampered with lavish dining experiences, a spa day, private excursion to Capilano Suspension Bridge, a seaplane tour of Vancouver’s pacific harbour and an award winning cocktail tasting experience that I only partially remember because the drinks were free (more on that later). 

Let’s start this off with a brief description the Omakase sushi longboard we ate at RawBar in the Lobby Lounge. It took four servers to carry it over to us and about 30 seconds for me to demolish it. Accompanying the sushi was a flight of cocktails created to represent each of the dresses showcased in the hotel’s lobby. The dresses are switched out frequently which means the cocktail flight is continuously changing. As I take my job very seriously, I sampled each of the ones on hand. 

Day two we headed to Capilano Suspension Bridge, which has been a long standing item on my bucket list. We were spoilt with private access to the park before it opened for the day. Standing on that bridge solo was pretty insane and I am so grateful for the experience. And for the absence of wind. 

Later that afternoon I headed to the spa, where I had lunch, a massage and an unscheduled nap. 

We kicked off our last day by having breakfast with all the Canadian designers who were in town to show their pieces at that evening’s show. I loved this part of the day – I always find it so inspiring chatting to people who are passionate about what they do. After some mimosas and avocado toast (heaven forbid I branch out with breakfast) we walked down to the dock below and boarded a Harbour Air seaplane for a tour of Vancouver Harbour from the sky. Another first for me, another incredible experience. 

The next couple hours went like this:

  • A horrifying realization that I forgot to pack an outfit for the fashion show (thank you carry-on)
  • A sweaty jaunt to Zara to purchase multiple tops in the hopes that one would suit my last pair of clean pants 
  • Another unscheduled nap upon returning my room
  • Sushi in the bathroom while doing my makeup and watching Below Deck on the TV built into my mirror
  • Another realization that the only shirt that went with my pants was actually see-through… but fuck it, I’m late and #freethenip
  • Arrived at the fashion show 23 minutes late
  • Drank 2 glasses of champagne and half a glass of Chardonnay because I hate Chardonnay 
  • Found my seat

We sat front row and had the best view of beautiful pieces from designers across the country, talent from Vancouver to Montreal. After the catwalk, we headed to the second floor for the trunk show where we had a chance to shop the collections in person.

This brings us to my favourite part of the trip and favourite feature of the hotel – dinner at Botanist restaurant. We enjoyed the full tasting menu and were served by the 11th best bartender in Canada. (I wonder if I’ve ever been the 11th best at anything, ha…)

The restaurant takes it’s inspiration from nature reflected through the jungle-themed decor, flower pressed menu and creative dishes. Accordingly, the cocktails each represent an element – air, water, fire and earth. The first drink came in a large glass bird meant to emulate the air. The second drink called “the cove” was in a large glass bowl symbolizing water. The third came in lantern, filled with smoke and symbolized the power of fire (it smelled like a bonfire… I just feel it’s important to add this detail). The fourth drink is a mystery thanks to the previous elements. 

A big thank you to Fairmont Pacific Rim for having us at their beautiful hotel, Tourism Vancouver for hooking us up with all the cool adventures and Harbour Air for showing us Vancouver from the sky! 

Links to Explore Below:

The Fall for Gold Package here

Botanist here

The Lobby Lounge here

 

Being ‘Comfydent’ With Yourself

Being ‘Comfydent’ With Yourself

*This post is in partnership with Hanes*

Well it officially snowed. So naturally here I am in my cold weather clothing…

There is a reason for that….

(Wearing the Hanes x Karla The Crop tee with the Stretch Jersey Leggings.)

I’ve partnered with Hanes once again to chat about why they are all about “Comfydence” – that is, focusing on self-expression and dressing for your lifestyle.

(Wearing the Perfect Coverage ComfortFlex Fit Wirefree Bra with Hanes Ultimate Comfort Cotton Hi-Cut Panties.)

I work for myself in an ever-evolving industry that didn’t exist a decade ago. No two days are the same, no two projects alike, and that’s one of my favourite things about this career.

By no means am I alone in this. There are more entrepreneurs now than ever before, more people building their empires, carving their own path, living their best life… I’m really throwing out the metaphors here but you know, such is the millennial dream. And with this comes a huge range of different lifestyles, which our friends over at Hanes are working hard to support. 

Hanes, and myself, believe that comfortable pieces are the basis of an always reliable “ootd”, and a reliable outfit is a big contributor to your daily confidence. We all know that when you feel good, you do well.

(Wearing the Hanes x Karla The Crop tee with Hanes Ultimate Comfort Cotton Hi-Cut Panties.)

My life consists of shooting campaigns, creating content, going to events, networking and of course travelling wherever and whenever this job takes me. On top of that, I’m trying to learn how to cook, get my workouts in, actually date and sustain a social life. Oh and read (cause I joined a book club and it’s so great). Needless to say, comfort is everything.   

Hanes meshes comfort and confidence to give you all the “comfydence” you need to tackle the day whether you’re dropping the kids off at school, running your own business or taking over the world. They’ve got you covered for life inside and out.

Feeling inspired? I’m excited to share that from now until 11/28/18 you can get $10 off your $60 purchase of comfy Hanes pieces on Hanes.com with my code LFTEN.*

* $10 off $60 or more excludes Donated Styles, Champion Life, Europe, and Limited Edition Collections. These products do not count towards the qualifier. Will not stack with other promos. U.S. deliveries only. Valid 11/16 – 11/28.

 

 

Finding The (Im)Perfect Vintage Levis

Finding The (Im)Perfect Vintage Levis

Vintage denim has been all the rage for multiple seasons – starting with the come-back of Mum Jeans and their butt-hugging qualities. The hunt for the perfect pair is real (and time consuming) but when you find ‘the one’, it’ll be the best long term relationship you’ve ever had.

First and foremost, buying vintage is better for the environment. Fashion is the second most polluting industry – right there behind oil (which I will write a blog post on soon). Buying vintage you’re contributing to sustainable fashion by extending the life of an already produced garment – one less item in the landfill and one less “new” item off the shelf.  

Let’s start first by retracting the term ‘perfect’. The beauty of vintage is that it’s imperfect. Every fit, wash, fade and cut can’t be compared to your new age denim. Over time sizing standards change, brand measurements fluctuate – what once was a 2 is now a 4, a 28 is now 25 – it’s a shit show out there so ignore the size tag all together. It’s lying to you. 

Nothing beats trying on in person. Go to your local vintage store grab a stack and be prepared to break a sweat. My expert advice here is to trust the old eyeball. Hold them up, do they look like potential sausage casing? Vintage is meant to be a relaxed fit so you want some space in there. You can also wrap the waistband around your neck like a necklace and check that the ends overlap. If they don’t they’re def too small. 

If you’re buying online look for the waist and inseam measurements then measure the area of your body where you want them to sit i.e. if you want them higher on your hips you need a long inseam, lower on the hips, you need a larger waist.

Lucky for us there are a number of online sites to help find our match (god, I need to get off the dating apps). As someone who does not particularly enjoy shvitzing in the change room while I grunt my way into 10 different pairs, let me direct you on over to these sites:

RE/DONE

What Goes Around Comes Around

Urban Renewal (Urban Outfitters)

Denim Refinery 

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Vintage Inspired Styles.

I’ve included the below if you just can’t find your size. These pieces are vintage inspired with modern fits.

I Want To Live In Paris

I Want To Live In Paris

Wherever I find myself in the world I usually have one leading thought. “I want to live here”. I’m so easily infatuated by places and cultures, like that girl in middle school who doodled every boys name in her notebook – except I’m doodling cities. 

Honestly though, Paris is like a drug. Everyone has style (and not like “cool outfit” style, like “holy shit that girl is chic” style). Every corner is a post card, every boy is attractive and everyone chain smokes while drinking glasses of red – managing to maintain the complexion of a twelve year old model. How???? I have three glasses of wine with dinner and I’m like the crypt keeper crawling out of my bed the next morning. 

I spent four days in the city this time. We stayed in Le Marais, one of the oldest parts of Paris and home to the cutest cafes, cutest boutique shopping and cutest boys. (Honestly I’ve never swiped right so many times in my life). There were quite a few plant based options for food which I was pleasantly surprised by. Hank Pizza & Wild And The Moon are both on Rue des Gravilliers and both worth checking out… though I still inhaled baguette with brie every day I was there, because why the hell not when you’re in Paris? 

I actually find this paradox hilarious. On one hand I’m planning my French transformation where I’ll be impossibly skinny and chic, with no makeup and naturally beautiful hair. On the other, there I am in the corner inhaling baguette and cheese with my girlfriends, debating that 3rd bottle of wine. Can’t win ’em all. 

Anyways, maybe I’ll move to Paris… 

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The Autumn Transition

The Autumn Transition

Well the temperature has dropped, the leaves have changed and here are, knee deep in the emotional rollercoaster that is Fall. Honestly, I am the girl Iliza Shlesinger so eloquently describes. Starbucks has all of my money, my scarf collection is growing exponentially and I’ve gone too big too soon on the layering front. I swear every year, at the first drop of a leaf, I start Pinning inpso for pumpkin painting (which I never actual do), I try and bake (lol) and I google every pumpkin patch within driving distance. All of this, while simultaneously mourning the loss of summer by planning my next Mexican hiatus. Not crazy, at all. 

This year however I’m making a conscious effort to take advantage of that short period of time where you can still get away with bare legs while layering on some knits, a coat, perhaps an impractical scarf. 

This coat is from one of my favourite French brands, Sezane, who always hit the mark when it comes to Autumn pieces. I’m really into the length as it suits mini skirts and works really well with ankle and OTK boots alike. 

Outfit Details:

Camel CoatSezane 

Nude Sweater – similar here

Tan Leather Skirt – similar here

Studded BootsSam Edelman 

Bag – Saint Laurent

Necklace – Cam Jewelry

© Laurie Ferraro 2018