IDS Vancouver Builds Excitement

International Design Show (IDS) Vancouver opens for the public this weekend September 30 and October 1 at Vancouver Convention Centre.
There are many home shows filled with things to build your house but IDS Vancouver is filled with all the items that makes a house a home. Design trends, decor, accessories, furnishings and more touches that add your personality to your four walls.

Here’s five top things to make sure you check out at this year’s IDS Vancouver

Living at the entrance of IDS Vancouver is the 100ft, majestic Tree House, designed by Electric Coffin and presented by LightArt, an exploration of manmade material and natural form becoming one. The exhibit lets visitors wander through the front door of a house made from 3Form material and along a lit path which transforms the piece into an organic, tree-like shape made from cardboard. The passage serves as a portal to explore and contemplate: a metaphysical object propositioning the viewer.

In collaboration with Portland-based ANN SACKS, Camille Walala will transform the Central Bar feature into Walaland – a joyful place filled with Camille’s signature tribal-pop prints, high-octane colour combinations, and eye-popping graphics. Incorporating ceramic tiles by ANN SACKS, Camille has hand painted a 60-ft mural that serves as the backdrop for the bar. The young designer also takes the stage on Saturday, September 30 to speak about her design.

The fourth installment of The Exchange at IDS Vancouver will bring you to Tokyo! An enigmatic city, Tokyo’s design scene is a mixture of ancient and modern, liberal, and conservative, east and west influences. Curated by Design Milk, the Tokyo Exchange brings together works by innovative Tokyo-based design studios – we+ and Design for Industry. The installation is designed by Vancouver-based FSOARK Architect Inc.

The Mix is an all new program at IDS Vancouver this year that includes a host of breathtaking displays, installations and talks that are conducted both onsite and off. Supported by the Consulate to the Netherlands and media partner FRAME Magazine, three leading Netherlands-based designers have been paired with celebrated, established Vancouver creators. The pairs exhibit side by side on centre aisle at IDS Vancouver and take part in offsite conversations hosted by FRAME Minds at the Vancouver-based designers’ and artists’ studios.

The District is IDS Vancouver’s popular cash and carry neighbourhood that features fresh collections of design products for the home. The marketplace is the show’s mecca for the most exclusive and popular finds in home and decor. Featuring evolutionary designs, the line-up of exhibitors includes some of the most renown names in home design & décor like Saige & Skye, Urbanwalls, Maria Roth Design and bloc amongst others. A cult favourite amongst industry insiders and consumers, after all, who doesn’t like to shop.

The 13th IDS Vancouver takes place at Vancouver Convention Centre West, from September 28 – October 1, public is welcome Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1, weekend passes and single day tickets are on sale at

Friday Find – King and Country Grooming

KingCountry_IMG_8327I need to thank my stylist at Kore Salon for introducing me to this great new hair product.  King and Country Grooming Products are made for men and perfect for modern men’s styles.

The Vancouver made Shine Pomade and Matte Pomade Paste are all you need to make the most out of today’s cuts.  The pH balanced, water based products are a change from the other products on the market that often are hard to wash out or leave a residue in your hair and on your pillows, clothing, furniture and wherever else you lay your head.

Both products have great hold but are still pliable making it easy to run your fingers through your hair and they easily wash out.  I was impressed with the hold when I managed to go through a sweaty workout with barely a hair out of place.  Slick it back with the Shine Pomade or apply dry with the Matte Paste for volume and style.  A little goes a long way for most styles, and with a price point around $20 for the 4oz tub both King and Country Grooming products are a great value.

I haven’t tried King and Country’s Shave Lotion but I’m sure it’s equally great.

Find King and Country Grooming online or in Barbershops and Salons, like Kore Salon, around Vancouver

Shopping Night Out at Metropolis at Metrotown

Get ready for fall at Metropolis at Metrotown with Shopping Night Out, an exciting night filled with one-night only discounts, bonus gifts, and swag bags to the first 150 shoppers spending $150 or more at the shopping centres 400+ shops. Thursday, September 18th from 5pm to 9pm, shoppers will experience unique activities throughout the mall and its shops; including a pop-up nail bar, selfie stations, entertainment and more.  LouLou Magazine will be on location celebrating its 10th Anniversary by offering style tips and trends from style editor Claudia Laframboise.

The Shopping Night Out VIP area offers shoppers more than just deals. The purchase of a $5 VIP ticket extends an array of sweets, treats and sips to the night.  100% of the ticket sales will be awarded to the following local charities: Beauty Night, Boys & Girls Club of South Coast BC, Burnaby Neighbourhood House, MS Society of Canada, and The Cinderella Project. A limited number of tickets will be available at the Metropolis at Metrotown Customer Service counter during  regular mall hours until September 18th.

To add to the excitement of the evening, SONiC Nation will live on location, giving shoppers who use the hashtag #MetropolisSHOPS in either their Twitter or Instagram photos a chance to win a shopping gift cards.

Shopping Night Out at Metropolis at Metrotown takes place Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 5pm until 9pm.  Metropolis at Metrotown is located at 4700 Kingsway and on SkyTrain . Find @MetropolisatMet on Twitter and Instagram

Christmas Gift Ideas 2013 – Headphones

Nearly everyone has a pair but do you just make do with the pair of earphones that came with your phone or mp3 player?
Don’t let your ears down, get yourself a great pair of earphones or headphones to make the most of your music.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to get amazing sound from your headphones. Nearly every brand is hiring excellent sound engineers who are creating state of the art sound. Add in creative and unique design and style and your headphones become one of your wardrobe’s accessory staples.



Skullcandy Navigator offers perfectly balanced sound in an sleek, stylish package for a reasonable price.







Plattan Pendleton Edition - $94.99



Urbanears Plattan Pendleton collaboration takes the great sound expected from Urbanears Plattans and adds in the comfort of Pendleton’s signature print.






Marshall Headphones combines the legendary sound expected from Marshal Amplifiers into three styles of earphones and headphones.

Komono unveil a new face of watches

Belgian brand Komono debuts in Canada with a set of watches that combine European style and Japanese technology. To beautifully adorn your wrist, Komono produces cool street wear injected with fashion forward design, top Japanese movement, quality production and affordability. And the new Fall/Winter 2013 collection is no exception, bringing together cosmic colours and stellar styles to create a very wearable collection.
Since the brand began in 2009, they have attracted a growing global fan base, known as the Komonists.
Once you see the 6 styles you’ll join the Komono fan club.

Komono watches 4 basic styles and sizes come in array of different prints, colours and fabrics. As well Komono also features two solar-powered watches.
For more information and Komono stockists visit and then spread the Komonism on Facebook and Twitter @we_are_Komono

Vancouver Men’s Fashion Week – Ones To Watch

Vancouver Men’s Fashion Week 2013 kicks off in just one week’s time at the The Executive Hotel Le Soleil with sneak peak of this year’s designers for media and buyers.  Founder and Creative Director of Men’s Fashion Week, Jun Ramos, says “Our aim is to put a spotlight on established and emerging Canadian menswear designers and be the bridge for international designers to break into the Canadian market.”

This year Men’s Fashion Week is shining a spotlight on three emerging designers; Danielle Holyk, Courtney Billinkoff and Jessica Lim. Each of the designers have created men’s lines that feature activewear for the high tech world.  Cutting edge fabrics, clean lines, sleek finishes and pockets for all your electronics seems to be the trend amongst this year’s featured designers. All three lines will appeal to the young, urban, modern man who looks clothing tailors to suit his entire day, from work to play.

Danielle HolykHolyk’s “CNNCTD” line features stylishly, tailored outerwear and sleek cut trousers and shirts.  Constructed with premium cottons and wools the garments have Electromagnetic Radiation Shielding (EMR) fabric as a base layer to protect the body but allow gadgets to function.




Courtney BillinkoffBillinkoff’s “ardour” targets cyclists with garments meant to counter the highly branded, polyester cycling attire, with stylish, functional clothing. With cycling growing as a sport and mode of urban transportation, men new to the sport were looking for a clothing option that didn’t leave them feeling ‘on display’.





Jessica LimLim’s “Velocity” reflects her experience in technical design at Sugoi and costume design.  Another designer noticing a gap in a specific market, this time Kart Racing. The line combines fashion and technical elements with affordability to an under-served market bringing a stylish aesthetic and remembering the need for safety functional apparel.




Meet the designers the meet and greet on August 8th then watch the runway on August 10th at The Woodwards Atrium.
Tickets for all events are available now on Eventbrite.
For more details about Vancouver Men’s Fashion Week visit their website,, Twitter @menfashionweek

Father’s Day Finds

With just a few days left before Father’s Day, it’s not too late to find your Dad something great.  Whether he’s sporty or stylish here’s some picks that will sure to please him and break the monotony of the same old same old for another year.

FathersDay1. Add a little glide to his stride with these Generic Surplus Longwing oxfords in Smoke Blue – $119

2. Instance Calexico socks are a fun and fashionable way to make a statement – $11.50

3. For the sportier guy in your life opt for Lifetime Collective’s Optimo FT sweatshirt – $119

4. Minimum updates the traditional cardigan with the Birley sweater – $88

5. Let Dad get cozy in Minimum‘s Bolton sweater – $105

6. Minimum‘s Twain Bowtie is the perfect gift with shock and sophistication value – $23

7. Don’t let him leave home without the tangle-free Coloud Pop earbuds in Black – $30