Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Harvey & Vern's, meet VAM

It comes as no surprise that when word spread that Ottawa brewery Kichesippi Beer Co. was launching a line of olde fashioned all natural sodas, we got a little - okay, maybe really - excited.

For this particular line of sodas, Kichesippi went with a more health conscious approach, using real cane sugar as a sweetener as opposed to corn syrup. With Harvey and Vern's Olde Fashioned Soda line gaining some traction, being sold in over 100 different locations across the city, we decided to get in on the fun!

For the whole month of August join us every Sunday as we serve refreshingly chilled Harvey and Vern's sodas (free of charge)! A fun way to get with your friends, drink some all natural (guilt free!) soda while you shop until you drop!

You're welcome - VAM xx

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Creme de la Creme

While a healthy and glowing complexion has as much to do with what you put in your body, there's nothing like some all-natural paraben-free products to put on your body to help with the process. 

Here at VAM, we've started carrying Archipelago Botanicals, a line of fragrant and gentle skin products made from all natural ingredients and filled with antioxidants to keep your skin looking youthful and glowing. 

In the shop we have a selection of hand creams, (Coconut, Oat Milk and Soy - $18) perfect to keep in your bag to battle dry hands when the AC in the office is a bit too much. We are also carrying the scrubs, to exfoliate and keep your skin glowing (Oat sugar scrub, Soy sugar scrub - $19). To top it all off we have two variations of the body butter, that OK! Magazine called a "milkshake for your legs!" (Oat and Soy - $19)

So come in and try some Archipelago Botanicals, your skin will thank you. 


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

An ode to the perfect handbag

As a woman, one of life's perpetual problems is finding the perfect bag. Recently I brought home this pretty number from Status Anxiety, and I'm convinced. It's the best handbag I've ever owned. Period.

Hailing from Australia, Status Anxiety is relatively new brand for VAM, but is already known around the while for being the perfect bag for the fashion conscious, quality obsessed intelligent shopper. Most bags run between $90-$300.

Firstly, the soft, pebbled leather looks like it costs about six times what it actually does. The bag screams Alexander Wang without coming across as the bag that everyone and their best friend has. The dual straps are perfect for toting the bag as a cross-body or in the crook of your elbow, that sweet spot where us ladies like to carry all of our bags.

The bag itself is large enough to carry your wallet, lunch and any multitude of other things you need to carry throughout the day; the unique shape of the bag allows it to fold over on itself to comfortably facilitate wearing it cross body.

The feature that seals the deal for me is a cell-phone-sized pocket with a magnetic closure on the outside!! This means no more rooting around in your bag looking for your phone, it's safe and sound right by your side.

Find my favourite Status Anxiety bag and more at Viens Avec Moi!!! xo

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Hintonburg Hap!!

Of all the 'hoods in Ottawa, Hintonburg has to be our favourite. Okay, I'll admit we are a bit biased, but you can't deny the appeal of Hintonburg. With all the shops, galleries and cafes there is no doubt that Hintonburg is a happening place.  (If you haven't noticed, I'm going for the "saying Hintonburg the most times in one blog post" prize.)

Starting this weekend and for nine days after, Hintonburg will be happening in an official sense. Starting on Saturday, June 21 to Sunday, June 29, there will be events galore in the 'hood of Hintonburg.

We're celebrating with a trunk show featuring local scarf wunderkind, Krista Norris and the always amazing Bernice & Barclay on June 22 so make sure you stop by!!

Other events include a workshop with the queen of positive thinking, Kate Durie will be down the street from us at Twiss and Webber along with art exhibits at Cube Gallery, Cyclelogik and on bus shelters along Wellington. Our friend Dwayne Brown and his LoveOttawa project will be showcasing a special LoveHintonburg night at MINT Hair Salon and Peter Joynt will be performing on June 21 in Somerset Square!

These and many other events can be found on the Hintonburg Happening website HERE!

Check it out and see you there!

Monday, 9 June 2014

Monday Muse: Alexa Chung

Is there any 'cool' cooler than British Cool? I think not. An It Girl so 'It' that she penned her own book of the same title; Alexa Chung is the queen of looking effortlessly chic no matter what she's up to.

Whether it's grabbing coffee, grocery shopping or sashaying around the red carpet, Miss Chung always looks perfectly dishevelled. Starting off as a model with Storm Model Management and then becoming a TV personality and well respected fashion journalist Chung has a diverse career, using all of her skills. She even has an iconic bag named after her: the Mulberry Alexa!!

Check out after the jump for our tips on getting Alexa's fun style!