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Best host(ess) gift ever….

1 Sep

Teroforma Whiskey Rocks… ’nuff said

Available locally at: Homewerx, Call the Kettle Black and

What’s a girl to do, when you’re too short for your rainboots?

18 May

So last September (yes, that’s how long this post has been in ‘drafts’) I bought a pair of rainboots that I’ve been coveting for the longest time. Living in Vancouver for all of my life, rainboots fell off the style grid around grade 6, and didn’t come back in style full steam till my late 20’s. Now it’s all about the Hunters, the Chookas and everything else in funky prints and trendy colours.

I’m a classic no-nonsense girl at heart, and wanted something classic, traditional and timeless, and something without a big round toe that I could march around fearlessly in. I found exactly what I was looking for in the Burberry Barnham Rubber Rain/Riding Boot (was available on

Forgetting that I was 5’2″ for a second, and not taking into account the boot shaft length (see below for diagram), I was grieved to find that the boots, though they fit, went all the way up over my knee. As this being hard rubber, the top would cut into my thigh while walking, and made sitting and driving impossible!

So I pondered. Can’t cut the rubber, can’t put in a heel… and then I remembered something about Tom Cruise and Prince and being short and… LIFTS! *dingding!*

Pretty much shoe lifts are inserts that you put into the heel part in the inside of the shoe to give you a discreet “lift”. So I bought a pair of gel lifts from Taller Heels, and now I can sit/drive, my boots are uber comfy and I am 1.5″ taller, though I’m still wearing “flat boots”. It’s all an illusion. =)

Note: If you want to buy lifts, first try lifting your heel in your boot to see if there’s room for a lift to fit in comfortably.

Secrets of the City: Blow out edition

10 Apr

Blo is *the* place to get your hair blown out in Vancouver – with multiple locations, the convenience of online booking, opens early (by appointment), closes late (even on Fridays – by appointment), a can’t go wrong menu of hairstyles, $30 for 30 minutes and you’re out the door looking like a superstar.

However, I recently discovered the Happy Hour blow out. Every day of the week (except Saturdays), 1-4pm and it’s only $15. Well, plus $5 for a curling or flat iron. So if you’re ever in the South Granville area, taking a late lunch or a break from work, head to Caramel Salon. Just call ahead to make sure this promo is still on and to make an appointment.

Since I’m only a 5 minute walk away, I’ll be taking “extra long” meetings out of office on Friday afternoons.

multiple locations
varying hours

Caramel Salon
2342 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
Phone: 604.731.5112
Hours: Tuesdays 10am-7pm, Wednesdays to Friday 8am-10pm, Saturdays & Sundays 10am-6pm.