Woo! What a fantabulous weekend! The 40+ Blogger Meet-Up has happened!
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First, a huge thank you to Melanie, Suzanne and Sue for their peerless organization. Planning an event of this magnitude take a lot of work, and my appreciation is great and boundless. Thank you, thank you, thank you, dear friends.
For those of you who followed along with all the twittering and hashtagging and technological whatnots, you've had a taste of some of the shenanigans we got up to (I have yet to check and see what's out there, myself, but I know I hammed it up a lot!). This post is my chronological record of my trip to Vancouver, and my favourite pictures, as well as my shopping/swap finds. And Vizzini, who was discussed much.
There's a list at the bottom of all of my awesome fellow bloggers' sites below, and I've done some linking throughout. As always, I link 'cause I love.
Well, now, let's get 'er started, shall we?
|Swag: Rating card courtesy of notebook from Suzanne; Kittehs tag by Melanie|
The company: 5
Definitely one of the most interesting, diverse, smart and goofily eccentric group of people I've ever had the pleasure to spend three days with!
The location: 5
Love Vancouver, and happy that it's close enough for me to get to! Grateful that so many bloggers joined us from so far away!
The ambience: 5
We make our own ambience, darlings, and we were fabulous!
The food: 4
Meh, chain restaurants, but they work for everyone. I loved our brunch place, though, and will go back again.
The weather: 2
Fricking Vancouver, kittehs. It poured rain all day Friday, cleared up briefly on Saturday, and then back to rain/clouds for Sunday.
The story: 19 people from all over the world, with the common interests of art, fashion and putting pictures of ourselves on the internet, descended in Vancouver to shop, eat, selfie, chat and guffaw at life!
Overall rating: Twenty bajillion! I had a blast!
I spent Thursday night trying to pick out what I was going to take. I had it all done, then scrapped everything, then I told myself to stop second-guessing and pulled it all out again.
|"I'm checking for contraband in these pants."|
I only took a small backpack, along with my purse, due to weight restrictions on the float planes. Vizzini wouldn't stop chewing on my backpack, so I had to put in the closet overnight.
|"I'm sure that pack would be safer with me."|
This is what I'd planned to wear. In fact, I took all of these pictures before I changed one item.
- Fur jacket - Bebe, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) for my company's gala Christmas party in late November 2014
- Blazer - Banana Republic, thrifted; last seen here in October 2014 for our trip to Italy
- Top - Simpli, thrifted; last worn here in April under leather
- Pants - Zara, consignment; first worn here (2nd outfit) earlier this month
- Shoes - Half-Truth Veda, Fluevog; last seen here earlier this month with a picador
- Belt - consignment
- Cuff - thrifted
- Earrings - local
- Lapis lazuli and Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
However, no blue rabbit for me on Friday; it was rain, rain, rain, and I didn't want to risk it. Slight wardrobe adjustment.
I totally forgot about this black blazer - it's been in my dry cleaning bag since we got back from Italy in October of last year. I guess I can live without a black blazer, but I do love the cut and style of this lovely lightweight wool one.
I pretended to be a rock star and took the seaplane over, as L and I usually do when we visit Vancouver.
While waiting to taxi out of the harbour, I spotted a gaggle of kayakers out the window.
Our blue bridge, the Johnson Street bridge, is being replaced. I will miss this one!
Another plane coming in for a landing.
That's Victoria. I can almost see my house from here!
I would live on this island.
I sat about 3 feet behind the pilot, and zoomed in on his flight tracker.
And yes, I do see islands to the west!
This island estate has a tennis court.
Ooh, we're getting closer. I should be able to see Vancouver coming up ahead.
Coming in towards Vancouver's harbour...
The float plane docks at Canada Place.
Since I've met Melanie before, I arranged to meet up with her in the hotel lobby. More and more bloggers appeared! A small group of us went to a nearby cafe to start our introductions. I didn't take formal pictures of people, but just snapped as I went along.
Hello to Sylvia of 40+ Style! I'm a member of her 40+ blogroll (new button on the sidebar - go sign up for her newsletter!).
Here's Suzanne of her eponymous blog, Suzanne Carillo, being shown something on her "texty device" (I don't have a cell phone, iPhone or other techy thing) by Trina (hiding).
A Bag and a Beret and Culture Serf | Vancouver Street Style, native Vancouverite and guide on our adventure.
Greetje's blog is No Fear of Fashion, and she is indeed a fearless and hilarious lady.
Trina of Tea Time with Trina joined us all the way from Utah!
We ventured outside after we were fully caffeinated/stuffed with pastries.
Do you remember Melanie's devastatingly rude lack of breakfast encounter at the local Ted Baker store opening?
|True style! Give that store the finger, baby!|
We cruised the chi-chi shops of Pacific Centre mall on our way to Holt Renfrew. Suzanne discovered the rudest print ever (erm, private organs of men and women, with fruit) on a very pretty blouse.
We convinced Melanie to try on this fabularse Tahitian skirt.
|She looks gorgeous in everything|
|Corey was clad head to to in Comme des Garcons|
He brought Suzanne clothes to try on, including glasses, to complete the look.
I was enamoured of this skirt for about 10 minutes.
Thank goodness they gave us special Holt's water.
|"When I drink water, I only drink Holt's."|
|Yes, I'm eating an apple.|
After a quick break back at my room, I redid my rain-washed make-up and changed into my dinner dress.
- Dress - Desigual; last seen here in May
The rain was just spitting by the time we headed out for dinner.
We met up at Earl's and received a sweet little "swag bag".
Project Minima. I chose the "Safety Sense" one (I had to look that up!), which seemed to suit me. I'm going to sew it on my jean jacket - maybe it will help protect me from falling off buses and my Danger Pants.
Our full swag:
- Lanyards by Sue from scraps of fabric (which you'll see us all wearing in our pictures) with our name tag (featuring Melanie's "Turnip Head") and itinerary on the back, all assembled by Sue
- A notebook and mechanical pencil, from Suzanne, notebooks made by Suzanne (with 3 different covers!)
- A fabric rose made by
Sue ofA Colourful Canvas
- A note card and wrist token by Melanie (printing by Suzanne)
- And all that sweet packaging done by Suzanne
What a fabulous and generous gift!
I love this creativity! Cards by Melanie, printed by Suzanne.
I met all new people at dinner, including Jane from Denman Island.
I didn't get to meet the two ladies near the end, so I'm not 100% sure who they are, but on the right is Jody of day2daywear - she's from Victoria! It was so cool to meet another fashion blogger from my city.
Shybiker is on the right, next to Sue. Ally made it all the way from New York!
Melanie got a fabulous pre-swap gift from Pao (whose mother made and wore this): this insanely awesome tiger-print jumpsuit and over-wrap.
Our evening ended early - I went back to my room and watched TV until I got dozy. Saturday dawned clear and bright.
- Blouse - Bordeaux Los Angeles, consignment; last seen here in June with power lines
- Skirt - Smoking Lily, thrifted; last worn here in April with blue and orange
- Shoes - Land's End; thrifted; last seen here in June with pink and plaid
- Belt - Lady Footlocker, thrifted
Trying the "Corey Hand" with my back pose.
We met up in the hotel lobby to load ourselves into taxis to head over to Granville Island.
|I was hugely amused by the pictures of that lady in the background - they were all over the hotel|
The Director of Awesome. Both of them faced emotional challenges with this meet-up: Ally, with being transgendered but being in a group of women where two-thirds didn't know that, and Shawna, with making sure she took the appropriate level of time for her self-care and down-time. I also made sure I found myself pockets of "me" time throughout this event. I need to recover and internalize things after being loud and out there in a group.
I'd chatted with Tiina of Elegance Revisited, a UK/Nordic blogger, over dinner the night before - we had such a nice chat, I totally forgot to take her picture.
After some gaggling around in the lobby, taking a bazillion pictures, we hailed cabs to Granville Island.
We met up with some more bloggers, too!
The Thriftshop Commando, and her mom, Phyllis. Hey, Tami, I went to that same hat shop as you!
This is Louisa of Damselfly's Delights.
More pictures! I see you in the background, Ally!
I wandered around by myself for an hour or more - see above, getting my down-time.
Hee hee, rar!
I bought a couple of things from artist studios. These earrings are by Tania Gleave (site) and were $65.00.
I adored this felted wool hat store, Funk Shui by Jessica de Haas.
And who could resist those little bobbing red feathers? Not me!
Ally found herself a real Canadian tie!
From Granville Island, a small group of us hiked up Granville Street. I connected with Patti of Not Dead Yet Style (her plane had been delayed, so this was her first outing with us), and enjoyed a lunch and glass of wine with her. We then all moved on to some of the high-end consignment stores, where we explored, tried things on, and generally had a hoot.
I found two pairs of earrings.
The top ones aren't anything fancy, but I love how the cuff of rhinestones hangs down. They were $14.00.
The green ones are by Stella and Dot, and were $16.00. there was a matching bracelet, but it didn't ring my bell.
After a dash back to the hotel room, I got changed for dinner again.
It was nearly time for the swap portion of our adventure - I hosted it in my room. This was my view.
I took a couple o' selfies of my new headpiece.
These are blurry, but you can see the chaos (and all the photographers!).
I was so happy to see Shawna grab my silk velvet poncho. It has only been seen only one time here, for an artsy outing with Mom back in November 2012, on the same weekend that I purchased it at a Vintage Fair for $25.00. I'm glad it's gone to a good home.
I picked up a Karina dress - this lovely navy blue number with pockets and silver stripes.
|"Really? There's nothing on it to chew!"|
I also grabbed this lovely Just Taylor dress. I saw it on Suzanne, and when she put it back, I had to try it.
I don't know who brought it, but thank you!
This is also my very first Old Navy item I've ever owned.
After the flurry of swapping, trying things on and general hilarity (I cracked open a bottle of wine), we descended upon the Earl's restaurant next door.
Who's this lovely lady?
I sat next to the beautiful Wendra of Through the Looking Glass (love the name!).
From dinner, Melanie came back to my room to pack up all the leftover swap clothes to take for donation, and then we crashed Shawna's room, along with Sylvia, and drank wine and took silly pictures of ourselves in blue, pink and Bon Jovi wigs. Melanie will/might post them, if you ask her nicely. She has my permission, even though I look very silly! We chatted and chilled until nearly midnight - it was a really nice opportunity to get to know all of them a little better.
In the morning, I packed everything up (my backback ended up being 4 pounds heavier going home!), and met up with the gang for brunch.
Again, we met up in the lobby, and of course, again, it was the opportunity for yet more pictures.
Greetje, so elegant in all her white.
Shawna and Tiina.
Me and Sue!
Pao modeled here fabulous creation.
We met for brunch at Forage, which I loved and will be taking L to.
We bid our farewells on Sunday - many of our group had to go home, aw! A few bloggers came with me - I had to go to Fluevog! It's like the law! We went to the store on Granville, where I found a pair of shoes, as did Greetje. They had a massive sale on!
We also went to My Sister's Closet and Timeline Boutique, guided by Melanie.
Patti, looking stunning in her swap find, a sweater that Suzanne customized with that hand-done zebra.
Greetje models the Fluevogs she bought, the Tasty Vogs Dorothy (here).
|Necklace creation by Melanie|
She found those pants at Timeline, and they matched her new shoes so perfectly!
These are the shoes I found.here) and they were on sale half price for $159.00.
I totally lucked out, as the only pair left was a 10.5! Shockingly, they fit (okay, I'm not really shocked to find out that Fluevog sizing is erratic!) my 9-9.5 foot.
And of course, they have soul/sole.
|"Exceed your own expectations."|
|And John's signature|
I found this wonderful deep purple velvet jacket at My Sister's Closet:
At Timeline, at first, I only spotted these wonderful tassel earrings for $9.00.
But then, I spotted this little bit of frou-frou.
It's by Hommage from Los Angeles.
Check out the amazing patterns.
The lovely proprietor of Timeline took our photo on her couch.
Aw, I am going to miss you all so much! Please look me up if you're ever in my city or this neck of the woods again!
From there, I walked to the float plane docks.
The skies were full of fluffy clouds as we headed back towards the Island.
I liked the very defined distance between every one of these boats.
Hey, I can see my mom's house!
|Float plane pontoon because why not.|
And we curve in towards Victoria's harbour.
The Empress Hotel and a Harbour Ferry.
The Parliament Buildings have copper domes that have turned green over the century-plus.
Vizzini missed me.
|"What did you bring me to eat?"|
Here's a list of all of the participants that I met, and their blogs (if they have them), even though I missed getting a few pictures of them.
- Suzanne - Suzanne Carillo
- Melanie - A Bag and a Beret
- Sue - A Colourful Canvas
- Greetje - No Fear of Fashion
- Shawna - The Director of Awesome
- Tiina - Elegance Revisited
- Louisa - Damselfly's Delights
- Anne - Spy Girl
- Patti - Not Dead Yet Style
- Trina - Tea Time with Trina
- Ally - Shybiker
- Barbara aka Vancouver Barbara
- Pat - Project Minima
- Wendra - Through the Looking Glass
- Tracey - Fashion Forward 40
- Sylvia - 40+ Style
- Tami - Thrift Shop Commando
- Jodi - Day 2 Day Wear
Well, it's taken me several hours to do this post - I've had lunch, sat around in my robe with a cat on my lap, been to the gym, showered and made dinner while writing this. Time to chill with L and Vizzini!