Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Anne-Marie

Here is a recap on who we are celebrating during February.
   
In honour of Heart Month this year, we are celebrating our beautiful friend Anne-Marie.
She underwent a heart transplant five months ago and is now on the road to recovery.
She is one amazing human being and continues to impress and inspire us with her strength and positive outlook on life.  Here's a little glimpse of her past.
A photo of Anne-Marie at birth at the hospital.  Anne-Marie was born March 30th, 1979 at the Ottawa General Hospital, and was brought to CHEO right away by ambulance.
She was born with a congenital heart defect called tricuspid atresia and pulmonary atresia.  Anne-Marie had heart surgery the day she was born and two open heart surgeries by the age of 4.
Anne-Marie's brothers visiting her at Toronto's Sick Kids.  She was 4 years old here getting her Fontan surgery.  The little girl in the photo was another patient Anne-Marie hung out with.
(After recovery from the Fontan procedure, Anne-Marie was at CHEO until she graduated to the Heart Institute's adult congenital heart clinic)
Anne-Marie had a trampoline in their backyard which she wasn't supposed to go on and couldn't really handle, but would go on it anyways. ;)
She would get tired quickly and would lie down on the step in their backyard.
Anne-Marie playing with her lego set.  She later realized looking at this photo that it was a hospital lego set.
Anne-Marie with her mother Suzanne Pinel (For those of you born in the 80's, you might recognize Suzanne...she is the
oh so famous Marie Soleil ;) !




Before Anne-Marie's surgery when she was four years old, she asked the doctor if she could have some chips when her surgery was over.  (She was on a very strict low sodium diet and wasn't usually allowed to have them)
The doctor said yes.  So Anne-Marie also asked him if she could get a dog, and he said yes she could.

When Anne-Marie's mother, Suzanne, was speaking with the doctor she was naturally very nervous about the surgery and was crying.  She didn't want him to think she didn't have confidence in him so she explained that she was crying because she was terrified of dogs and didn't know why the doctor had said to her daughter she could get a dog.

The surgeon let Suzanne know that if the surgery worked, it would only give Anne-Marie a few years and she unfortunately would not live past the age of 10.  So he explained to Suzanne that if her daughter woke up from the surgery, he would tell her that she could only get a dog when she turned 10 years old.
Anne-Marie proved everyone wrong and DID turn 10.  So Suzanne HAD to get Anne-Marie a dog.
xo



We will be donating $2 from each sale this month to Anne-Marie's fundraiser of choice, which is the Ottawa Heart Institute.  You can also donate by buying $2 paper hearts here at viens avec moi.



Saturday, 6 February 2016

Heart Month


In honour of Heart Month this year, we are celebrating our beautiful friend Anne-Marie.  Five months ago, Anne-Marie underwent a heart transplant.  She was born with a congenital heart defect called tricuspid atresia and pulmonary atresia. Anne-Marie had heart surgery the day she was born and 2 open heart surgeries by the age of 4. And then another in 2012.
This iron woman continues to inspire and impress us with her strength and positive outlook on LIFE. With her husband and mother always by her side, Anne-Marie's road to recovery and healing has begun (with tremendous love and support from all friends and family) 
In honour of Anne-Marie, we will be posting snippets of her story on our IG and blog. We will also be donating $2 from each sale to Anne-Marie's fundraiser of choice, which is the Heart Institute. This gal has one heck of a story and now one hell of a heart! She might of been born with half a heart but to anyone who knows Anne-Marie, she has always had the BIGGEST and FULLEST , heart. ❤️ happy #heartmonth

(*Anne-Marie's care has been at CHEO and TO sick kids then the congenital heart clinic at the Heart Institue in Ottawa and at the Toronto General)

Anne-Marie and her husband Matt.  They make an amazing team !


Saturday, 23 January 2016

New Arrivals



New collections have started making their way in our shop :)  Feels good to have fresh new things again.  Come by the store to check it out.  You KNOW how quickly it can go !

BB Dakota flower print mid length dress is so romantic.  Has us dreaming of garden parties, roof top parties, any party. ;)
Do you follow us on instagram ?  Make sure you do !!! Best way to 'insta shop' ;)
@VAMboutique.
This new BB Dakota stripe sweater is a STAPLE for any wardrobe.
xx






Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Listen to your Mother

Have you heard ? We are stocked with some sweet styles of Mother Denim.
Why are we so happy, you ask? For those of you who have yet to try on these ultra stretchy, ultra chic jeans, you may want to run (not walk, run) to the shop immediately as they never fail to sell out quickly!

This brand can be recognized for it’s ultra-soft feel and perfect fit. Made using fine-quality stretchy denim and cutting-edge fabric finishes, Mother Denim offers a wide range of styles and fits. Believe us when we say this is a brand you will love and live in.
Listen to your Mother ;)

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Boxing Week Sale!

Our boxing week sale has begun! Get the best deals in the best hood.
 Receive 30% off all clothing and 15% off accessories.
*Sale excludes some items including new arrivals, blankets, aprons and paddles.
See you all at VAM.
xo