Shopping at Aritzia …. and another closet check-up!

This weekend we had an amazing shopping experience with one of our past clients!  After having twins Leslie wanted to update her look for her new and exciting day to day life with her kids.  From heading to the park or dropping the kids Aritzia came in hand for building this new wardrobe.

Attached photo of Alicia with Patricia whom makes everything run smoothly when we come by Aritzia, and another photo … as we had a quick closet clean out today. Alicia is making sure Valerie’s pants are the right size going into fall!  Jeggings.


Is Vancouver being the third worst dressed city in the world?

To be quite honest… it is not much of a surprise that Vancouver has been rated the third worst dressed city in the world.  However, on the flip side Vancouver is also one of the most active and fit cities in the world.  Perhaps this is why active wear and yoga pants have become the form for everyday attire.

Elite Image has always maintained (and advised our clients) that active wear it is not appropriate attire for the workplace, casual Fridays, or social events out on the town.  Active wear is for the gym, sporting activities, and yoga.

So in Vancouver’s defense, we are considered one of the most healthy cities around – enjoying easy access to skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking and golfing.  In our experience with clients we have found many individuals who have a hard time separating their active lifestyle from their everyday life.  So it is important to separate ones wardrobe into work attire, active wear, and social activities.

We do not expect Vancouver to follow in the footsteps of Montreal’s high fashion or Toronto’s business minded lifestyle as these don’t represent the ethos that embody the west coast lifestyle.  However, Vancouver can certainly be a fashionable city in its own right, why not show off our active bodies that we work so hard to maintain!  In our opinion, moving us off of the “worst-dressed” cities list is easy to do.

Here are a few tips

  • Ladies: switch out your yoga pants, runners and hoodies for a great fitting pair of jeans, heels or flats, a blazer and scarf.
  • Men: ditch your running shorts, windbreakers and running shoes for some nice denim, fashionable sneakers, a nice fitting tee and a casual sport coat!

If you need help in being more fashion forward or just switching things up, call Elite Image. We’re happy to help, and that’s why we are here so feel free to drop us an email at info@eliteimage.org


Back into the swing of things ~ Fall shops starting at holt renfrew

This weekend we began the fall season with a bang.  A couple of closet clean outs and one major men’s shop at Holt’s. Gavin the go to guy at Holt’s and elite image put together some amazing pieces for fall. From a Tom Ford check shirt layered under a charcoal slim cut Burberry suit to a warm Mackage wool coat. See attached pics!


NYC Hurricane ~ Met some great peeps & Found a way to shop!

I was on my way to Turks&Caico’s with a quick stop over in NYC to meet a friend.The trip was cancelled because of hurricane Irene, so with the airport closed I was stranded in NYC.We took advantage of the downtime by shopping, cooking, and going to the movies:) We managed to find our way out to Short Hills Mall before the city shut down and the tolls closed ,great mall with some great shops. We both purchased some electric blue Current Elliot jeans and made a mandatory stop at Tory Burch before venturing back home….side note: coloured denim is a must for fall.

I also had the pleasure of meeting my friends sister who happened to be a designer. Melissa Luning is a graduate from Parson’s in NY. I thought that it was important to blog about her after seeing what she and her team at Crystal Jin bring to the swimsuit world. See attached photo’s and click the link below. These lines should be coming to Canada soon!

http://www.crystaljin.com

 



Travel time ~ includes a visit with Kate Middleton’s wedding dress

Sorry fro the lack of updates… I have been travelling for the last month and have lacked fashion updates!!!
Over the last month I ventured thru London, Paris, and Rome. Shopping  at Saville Row and King St in London, Gallerie Layfette and Spanish Step shops made me realize that we lack options  in North America. Free standing Paul Smiths, Duchamps, YSL’s,  etc.. that you may only find in New York or Las Vegas if your lucky.The Free standing stores carry everything from Runway to Full Shoe and handbag collections to choose from. This made for enjoyable viewing, but the best part was how locals created a mixed bag look with the high end options. H&M, Zara, and a million knock off stores  that take Runway Fashion and knock it off for affordable prices, where packed at all times. Combining the low cost high fashion look with designer heels and handbags seemed to be the trend.  Lets be realistic what normal person can afford to dress in High End Designer head to toe?? Maybe 10% of the population!!! Could have something to do with the huge Financial issues in the US and Europe!
One of my favorite activities was touring the exibit of Kate Middleton’s dress at Buckingham Palace.  There was a movie about how Sarah Burton for Alexander Mcqueen created the wedding dress… and a full room showcasing the dress, shoes, earrings and tiara she wore for her special day. It took hours to get in and see but was well worth the wait.Check out a few Vacation pics below.
While I was in Europe Alicia was in Las Vegas for a girls only weekend. With the tempture averaging about 41 c it was hard to leave the pool, but in true Elite Image style she still managed to find some awesome finds. One of her favorite places to visit is designerfashionclearance.com check out the pics below to see what she found for a grand Total of $287 american for both pairs.
We will have lots updates coming soon as we begin the busy fall shop season!!


Norway Client & Boutiques Victoria, BC

Last weekend I was cruising the streets of Victoria checking out the local boutiques. One of my fave things to do when I go back home. I came across a store that just opened two weeks ago called Public Boutique on Oak Bay Ave. I wanted to share it with the frequent peeps that check the blog.. The store was very fresh and clean and the product had a simplicity to it that I really enjoyed. Check it out next time your in Vic!  www.publicboutique.ca

An old favorite of mine on Oak Bay Ave is the Nicholas Randall store.  My bff Sarah picked me up a sideways cross necklace from here. I have yet to take it off.  Clients have loved it so much that I had to pick up a couple to bring back to Van.
Thursday turned out to be another shop with a visitor from out of town! This time he came all the way from Norway. Enjoying the summer as an online poker player he decided to up the anti on his fashion before heading back home. He reached out to us and we created an edgy casual wardrobe in 4 hours! Armani Exchange, Browns shoes, and some classic pieces from Holts pulled it all together for another successful shop.

http://www.nicholasrandall.com

http://www.dogeared.com (shop the sideways cross necklace)

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The Eatery

Thursday was a fast pace shop for Elite Image. We had four hours to build a wardrobe from scratch. The client flew in from Fort St. John  to get this job taken care of.  It was challenging for Elite Image because we had never met her but after pulling enough options the client ended up back on the plane with a full summer wardrobe.

Shopping with Regular clients we have worked with for years becomes more enjoyable every shop. After all the core quality pieces have been plugged into there wardrobe … we then get to focus on fun, colourful fashion pics. Which is how Saturday went down!! Check out what we wore below on Saturday’s shop.

Lindz - Nation Ltd t, William Rast Jeans, Enzo heels, Kenneth Cole purse

Lindz – Nation Ltd t, William Rast Jeans, Enzo heels, Kenneth Cole purse

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Alicia - H&M top and cardigan, paige denim, tory burch flats. Lindz - Mexx cardigan, A/X tank, Citizen Denim, Dolce Vita sandals.

Alicia – H&M top and cardigan, paige denim, tory burch flats. Lindz – Mexx cardigan, A/X tank, Citizen Denim, Dolce Vita sandals.