Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Currently Craving

If there is one thing that was made abundantly clear to us this week, it's that if you want to live in a lush and green world, you're going to need to create it yourself.

While I'll be the first to admit that Mother Nature is toying with our emotions, I can say that our current obsession has taken some of sting away from freak snowstorms like the one yesterday.

Currently we are craving cacti, air plants and succulents. There's something so cool about a plant that can injure you. Or something that looks as exotic and fresh as an air plant.

The best part of about air plants, succulents and cacti is the upkeep, these plants are relatively easy to keep alive and their sturdy nature is great for people who want the green, but don't have a lot of time to garden.

We're also lucky that our favourite spot to pick up some greenery happens to be right up the road on Parkdale. Next time you're in the mood for some next-level plants, visit our friend Kat at Blumenstudio for some amazing succulents and air plants, and a cup of coffee too!


Monday, 14 April 2014

Monday Muse: Blake Lively

So I've got an addiction. A certain acquaintance recently opened my eyes to the glory that is watching old episodes of Gossip Girl on Netflix.  And with that new addiction comes a whole new girl crush in Serena van der Woodsen -- er -- Blake Lively.

While Blake's acting career hasn't extended much beyond her days at the Upper East Side's most-talked about, it's been her style that has captivated us over the years.

Acting as the muse for multiple design houses, Blake has been seen at fashion shows all over the world, always looking like the immaculately dressed life of the party. There's nary a photo of her not looking like she's having a blast.

And nothing goes with Chanel like a smile!

Check out our tips on getting Blake Lively's flawless style.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Bring the biking!

Today, for the first time in MONTHS I felt like Spring. I know it's a cliche to say that everything is awakening and that we are so so SO excited that Spring is coming, but how can we not say it if it's true!!

These days it's hard not to swell with joy at the sight of the sun after 7pm and the squish of mud under our rain boots. The tights are going away, I've started moisturizing my feet in preparation for sandals. (Have you checked out our Saltwater Sandal collection?!)

But what I am most excited for now is to GO BIKING. I had a small chilly taste of the bike paths on Sunday, but I can feel it, the time for bike rides is upon us and along with it come all of the best things about biking: soaking up local food, shops and culture.

Last year I was gifted a beautiful bike from Tall Tree Cycles. (now located conveniently right next door!) And when the weather is nice I try to take it everywhere I go.

Probably the best thing about bikes -- if you don't count the fun, the health aspect, the environment, the lack of traffic and just how awesome it is -- is the biking fashion. Check out after the jump for our picks for amazing (Stylish) bike wear.

And for more bike style inspiration, make sure you check out our friends over at Ottawa Velo Vogue!!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Monday Muse: St. Vincent

Is there anything cooler than a rocker chick? No, I think not. Musician Annie Clark, better known by her stage name, St. Vincent will be in Ottawa this summer for Bluesfest, but we're already getting excited about her latest album and her amazing rocker chick style.

Having been around for a while, our love for her was set in stone after seeing her play in the Diane Von Furstenburg show for NYFW; her pastel mop of hair is only outdone by her witty and energetic music. 

Her style is girly and fresh with a tough edge. Ms. Clarke has managed to produce amazing music but remain anonymous in other respects. Keeping her private life private while writing extremely personal lyrics is a specialty of hers. 

David Byrne of The Talking Heads once said this about St. Vincent, "Despite having toured with her for almost a year I don't think I know her much better, at least not on a personal level ... mystery is not a bad thing for a beautiful, talented young woman to embrace. And she does it without seeming to be standoffish or distant."

Check out after the jump for our tips on getting St. Vincent's rocker chick style. And hope to see you at her show at Bluesfest this year!!

Friday, 4 April 2014


Well the secret is out...in less than four months VAM boutique will have the pitter patter of little babies in the shop! We are SO EXCITED to welcome our new additions; it's been an amazing and beautiful journey being pregnant together, but I can't say the past 5/6 months have been all about baby-prep.

To be honest, we've been having the most fun with #StyleTheBump. Check out this amazing bump style inspiration, including our favourite stylish momma-to-be, the stunning Jenny Bird! Congrats all around, can't wait to meet your bebe! xo

Make sure you follow us (@VAMboutique) as well as Jenny Bird (@_jennybird) on Instagram for baby updates and more inspiration to #StyleTheBump! ;)