NICHE style Winter 2015

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True to our name, NICHE magazine strives to be unique and continually evolving, and 2015 is no different. We have tweaked our fashion forward approach to remain worldly but with a definitive local perspective. Our content remains intelligent with enhanced editorials that touch a local chord; stories I am certain you will love reading. Our design remains ever elegant, with glossy photos and thoughtful layouts, but this year, with a new approach to reader connections and expanded online exclusives.

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FEATURES

winter 2015

26 ICON | Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie

Never mind the Hollywood movie hype, NICHE takes a look at this

power couple’s marriage, their views on parenting, how they love one

another, and why philanthropy will be their greatest legacy.

32 REINVENTED | Underthings

Lingerie brand Naja is doing something very special with

undergarments, and we had to share it. Not only are they creating objects

of wearable art, but their story of helping women is exceptional.

39 SPECIAL FEATURE | New Year New You

Three BC women, each entering a new decade, and trying to look their

best in a modern world, take on the world of facial rejuvenation. The

before and afters are remarkable.

64 FASHION LEGEND | Joe Mimran

Canadian fashion designer, Joe Mimran made Club Monaco a staple in

our nation’s wardrobe, and went on to create the first affordable fashion

brand, Joe Fresh, which continues to revolutionize the industry.

70 MOVING ON | When Good Makeup Goes Bad

Most women have no idea when beauty products expire. Our makeup

expert walks you through which cosmetics to keep and what has to

go – right now.

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NICHE inside

winter 2015

NOTEWORTHY

8 EDITOR’S MESSAGE | What Hasn’t Been Done

10 FAR & AWAY | Hong Kong

12 EDITOR’S PICKS | Winter Survival

39 SPECIAL FEATURE | New Year New You

96 CLOUD NINE | Your WHY Year

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DEPARTMENTS

F ASHION & BEAUTY

14 HELL ON HEELS | Jimmy Choo

16 SHOOT! | A Day at the Farm

24 FACE IT! | Happy New You

32 REINVENTED | Underthings

52 ACCESSORY WALL | For the Love of Gloves

58 STYLE THERAPY | Your Fashion Resolution

60 BEAUTY [re] MARKS | Winter Lip Rescue

64 FASHION LEGEND | Joe Mimran

70 MOVING ON | When Good Makeup Goes Bad

72 FASHION FORWARD | Local Take on Runway

78 GIRL TALK | The Good, the Bad & the Memories

86 STREET STYLE | NICHE Around the World

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60

80

H OME, TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE

22 HIDDEN GEMS | Oceanstone Seaside Resort

26 ICON | Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie

54 TRAVEL BITES | Wines Around the World

62 DECORATING WITH STYLE | Marsala

80 TRAVEL WITH NICHE TO... | San Francisco

88 ARTS & FINDS | BC Artist Kim Newns

93 RELATIONSHIPS | Dear Jane

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LOCAL RETAIL THERAPY

92 GET THE LOOK - FASHION | Taylor Swift

94 GET THE LOOK - BEAUTY | Karlie Kloss Ponytail

95 SHOP LOCAL | Buyers Guide

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NICHE editor’s message

a note from the

EDITOR

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Well, it’s about time you got here!

For many months now, the entire NICHE team has

been planning for the new year. Like an excited

child waiting impatiently for Santa to come at

Christmastime, it felt like 2015 would never arrive! I

cannot wait to share a year of splendid fashion shoots,

a bounty of beauty and inspirational lifestyle articles.

True to our name, NICHE magazine strives to be

unique and continually evolving, and 2015 is no

different. We have tweaked our fashion forward

approach to remain worldly but with a definitive local

perspective. Our content remains intelligent with

enhanced editorials that touch a local chord; stories I

am certain you will love reading. Our design remains

ever elegant, with glossy photos and thoughtful

layouts, but this year, with a new approach to reader

connections and expanded online exclusives.

And now we welcome

the new year. Full of things that have

NEVER BEEN

-RAINER MARIA RILKE

The theme of this issue is New Year New You… and

having just turned 50, I am sharing my journey, along

with Robin Farrell and Diana Yaworski, with you - as

we experienced facial rejuvenation. Also included in

this special segment are articles about Venus Swan

technology, body contouring and lash extensions

[New Year New You, page 39].

Another new twist for 2015 is a

modification to our very popular

celebrity ICON series. For this year,

we decided to showcase iconic couples,

and we’re starting off the new year with

one of the biggest power couples – Brad

Pitt and Angelina Jolie [Icon, page 26].

Tracey Drake, EDITOR IN CHIEF

publisher@NICHEmagazine.ca

@nichemagazine

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& contests!

Looking for a travel adventure? Check

out our experiential travel feature on San Francisco,

told only as NICHE travel columnist Chelsea Forman

can [Travel with NICHE, page 80]. Personally, I

travelled to Canada’s East Coast and brought back a

story about the most delightful resort, just a stone’s

throw from Peggy’s Cove [Hidden Gems, page 22].

This issue of NICHE will not disappoint our fashion

and beauty fans. Reader favourites are back including

Face It, Beauty [re] Marks, Hell on Heels, and of

course runway shows and seasonal collections

[Fashion Forward, page 72]. A few new ones to

watch for include a local take on a celebrity look

[Get The Look, page 92] and a column from local

jewellery designer, Sylvia Tennant who takes us

inside the world of fashion accoutrements [Accessory

Wall, page 52].

As always, my goal for NICHE magazine in 2015 is

to not leave this year the same way we found it, and

to offer inspiration that will help you Discover Yours.

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NICHE travel

& AWAY

HONG KONG

ASIA’S FRAGRANT HARBOUR

by Chelsea Forman | travel columnist

Just off the coast of Southern China, at the mouth of the Pearl River

Delta, is the sensational city of Hong Kong. With the accessibility of

its geographical location, Hong Kong has long been an intersection for

international trade, linking Eastern and Western worlds.

Hong Kong encompasses a number of different regions, most notable being

Hong Kong Island to the south of Victoria Harbour. This thriving cosmopolitan

city has a colourful blend of culture and character, most definitely a result of

the areas unique history. Hong Kong’s futuristic and advanced architecture is

a breathtaking juxtaposition to the areas natural beauty. At night the city lights

glow so bright that it will leave you dazed and completely enamoured with

Hong Kong, a city that redefines the limits of impossible.

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WHAT’S IN A NAME

The name Hong Kong originates

from the Cantonese name Heūng

Góng, meaning Fragrant Harbour.

Prior to 1842 the name was

specifically linked to a tiny inlet

called Aberdeen Harbour, where

incense trees were exported from.

WHAT TO DO

Your time in Hong Kong will only be

restricted by your own imagination.

Anything you could ever want to do is

right at your fingertips. In order to get

your bearings in this super-metropolis,

take a tram ride up The Peak. This is

the highest point on the island, with

the best views and highest real estate

values in the world. Back at city level you will find an abundance of historical temples and

bazaars, fine and unusual dining, extraordinary amusement parks, endless festivals and plenty of

street vendors to barter with. While shopping malls are open very late, all of those women who

particularly love a bargain need to check out the Ladies Market, which has over 100 stalls filled

with clothing, accessories and fabulous souvenirs. Find time to take a stroll along the Tsim Sha

Tsui Promenade. Start at the famed Clock Tower and past the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the

Hong Kong Space Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Avenue of Stars. As you pass

a handful of tourist hotspots, it will become increasingly difficult to concentrate on anything

other than the staggering beauty of the Hong Kong skyline, gleaming over the bustling waters of

Victoria Harbour.

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EDITOR’S

picks

INSIDE-OUT WINTER SURVIVAL

I’m a summer girl at heart so winters are long and

arduous for me. True to my plan ahead nature, I look

for seasonal stand-by-me staples, to help me cope!

Here are my five picks — practical, heartwarming,

chic and stylish — to get through winter.

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1 . SLICK RAIN BOOTIES

Break away from the traditional wellies, and style-up

in these Loeffler Randall Fenton rain booties. Backzip

rain bootie with buckles. 100% rubber with cotton

lining for cozy warmth.

Hudson’s Bay, $245

2 . THINGS WE LOVE

From Kate Spade’s Things We Love collection, this

designer porcelain 12 ounce coffee mug is for the sweets

lover. An instant hand-warmer once filled with coffee,

cocoa, or perhaps a little warm cider.

Kate Spade, $20

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3 . FRINGE BENEFITS HANDBAG

The perfect carry-all winter shoulder bag combines

luxury with festival chic. The Mazuelo hobo bag is

handmade in Northern Spain with precision and

craftsmanship.

Angel Reinares, $585

4 . MODERN OPERA GLOVES

The stylish yet practical companion for that vintage

swing coat! Fabulous elbow-length houndstooth gloves,

in worsted wool and black leather.

Marshalls, $99

5 . 100 ICONIC MOMENTS IN FASHION

The Dress is a collection of the greatest moments in

fashion history. The perfect ‘curl up with me’ book,

filled with exceptional illustrations by Megan Hess.

Chapters Indigo, $24

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HELL

HEELS

JIMMY CHOO

FALL 2014 / WINTER 2015 COLLECTION

Passion, desire, romance… palpable emotions

conjured by the Jimmy Choo Fall 2014/Winter 2015

collection. Creative Director Sandra Choi continues to

experiment with new proportions while staying true to

the brand’s focus on cut, shape and form.

“THE IDEA OF AN AFFAIR DRIVEN BY

UNBRIDLED PASSION AND LUST WAS

FRONT OF MIND WHEN DESIGNING THE

COLLECTION. I WANTED TO PLAY WITH

NEW PERSPECTIVES CREATING PIECES

THAT WOULD BE LUSTED AFTER; YOU

WANT TO COVET THEM.”

-SANDRA CHOI

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NICHE fashion

DAY

AT THE

FARM

MODERN DAY

COUNTRY GIRL

The old cliché about farm girls

being country bumpkins is

so last year! Softness, femininity and

elegant charm took to the farmstead for

a day of local fashion and some pretty

cute farm animals.

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Photographer

ATCHA KIM

Stylist

CAROLINA SIULIN

Hair Stylist

ELLEN NI

Makeup Artist

JOYCE TU

Model

LYJA

[ KEY MODEL MANAGEMENT]

THE LOOK

Dress: TopShop

Necklace: Aldo


NICHE fashion

Everything

that was real was

IMAGINED FIRST.

-THE VELVETEEN RABBIT

THE LOOK

Top: Zara

Skirt: H&M

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NICHE fashion

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Never hurry

and

NEVER WORRY.

-CHARLOTTE’S WEB

THE LOOK

Dress: H&M

Rings: Expression, H&M

Bracelet: Robert Lee Morris

Shoes: LAMB

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hidden

gems

We [Canadians]...

are very lucky, in that we have all kinds of places to go within

OUR OWN BOUNDARIES.

-GREY OWL

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Oceanstone

Seaside Resort

A stone’s throw from Peggy’s Cove

by Tracey Drake

Ihave always dreamed of finding a special little cottage, tucked away

in an idyllic setting on sandy shores in the middle of nowhere, and

holing up there for an honest-to-goodness writer’s retreat. Too bad

the pace of my life doesn’t allow for such a luxury – at least not yet.

So, for now, I take the quiet moments as they come my way, finding

tranquil places to recharge my mind and creative spirit. One such spot,

Oceanstone Seaside Resort, which came to me quite by surprise during

a visit to Nova Scotia, has left me longing for East coast sunsets, seafood

and sincerely nice folks.

Oceanstone Seaside Resort is located just forty minutes from Halifax

and down the road from iconic Peggy’s Cove. Since it is considered one

of the most romantic and picturesque places to get married in Canada, I

was expecting pretty and maybe a little contrived. What I found instead

was a genuine tranquility and warm hospitality that is whatever you

choose to make of it. Whether you want to hide away in a cozy cottage

(as I did) or relax in a luxury suite; enjoy a candlelit restaurant dinner

or experience a true East coast beachfront sunset picnic - having it your

way, and still having it all, is what you can expect at this hidden gem on

Nova Scotia’s south shore.

Named after the Canadian writer, I stayed in Grey Owl Cottage, which

was beachfront and well hidden amongst a tangle of tall trees. With an

ocean view that soothes the soul, and a woodstove that warms the toes,

this cottage should be on the front of a postcard!

The only time I ventured away from the sanctity of my oceanfront cabin

was to dine al fresco at the Captain’s House, with Executive Chef Bryan

Corkery. A great story teller as well as a brilliant cook, Chef Bryan

taught us how to prepare fresh lobster, before serving up a dinner feast

that consisted of his delightful and modern riff on clam chowder, and

the aforementioned East Coast lobster, that was bigger, sweeter and

more delicious than any lobster I had ever eaten.

When the time comes and my life takes a pause, I would very much

like to return to Oceanstone for a week or three, settle once again into

Grey Owl Cottage, and catch up… with myself.

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NICHE beauty

Happy

NEW YOU!

FACE it!

by Gracie Andoque | beauty columnist

T

he New Year brings a fresh

perspective. One thing I’ve learned

is that self-confidence can only be found

in your true self, and that includes your

skin. This year – celebrate your true beauty!

Forego the Instagram filters, and forget the

photo-shopped images! There is real beauty

waiting to be uncovered and these seven

beauty boosters will help you find the way.

Happy true you, happy new you!

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Gives brows a

serious arch attitude.

Effortlessly glides

on with a soft-hold

formula that offers a

sleek and clean finish.

Holt Renfrew ($25)

THE ORIGINAL BEAUTY

BLENDER –

BEAUTY BLENDER

A complexion-based sponge applicator

that requires less product each use and

ensures streak-free application for a

smooth canvas.

Hudson’s Bay ($26)

AMBIENT LIGHTING

POWDER –

HOURGLASS

Softens harsh lighting and

enhances the look of skin

without caking. Brings out

your skin’s natural radiance

from within.

Sephora ($41)

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FACE AND BODY

FOUNDATION –

MAC COSMETICS

Water-based fluid

foundation that provides

light to medium coverage.

Gives skin breathability

and delivers a more

natural, satin finish.

MAC Cosmetics (50ml $32)

LIP AND CHEEK ROSY BALM –

GIVENCHY

An innovative lip and cheek salve that

customizes to your skin’s moisture levels

and provides a soft, radiant flush.

Sephora ($34)

SUPERPRIMER FACE

PRIMERS –

CLINIQUE

Each primer colour corrects

while staying true to skin.

Translucent and lightweight

formula allows skin to

shine through — no photo

filters needed.

Sears ($31)

EYELASH CURLER –

SHISEIDO

Firmly curls lashes without pinching. Lifts

eyelashes all-day for a glamourized look. So

go ahead and flutter those lashes!

Shopper’s Drug Mart ($20)


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ICON

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ICONic COUPLE

WINTER 2015

BRAD PITT & ANGELINA JOLIE


U

ndoubtedly one of the

most breathtakingly

radiant and natural leaders, Angelia

Jolie exchanged vows this year

with Hollywood heartthrob, Brad

Pitt. The super couple also known

as ‘Brangelina’ embarked in their

romantic relationship while on set

starring in Mr & Mrs. Smith in 2005.

With a total of six children, three

adopted: Maddox, Pax and Zahara and

three of their own: Shiloh, Knox and

Vivienne, there are no signs of them

slowing down as two of the world’s

biggest movie stars. Stepping into a

brighter and unfamiliar spotlight,

actress and philanthropist, Angelina

Jolie is now taking her turn behind the

camera. Debuting as a director, Jolie

lead her first documentary in 2007, A

Place in Time followed four years later

with her next film, a wartime drama

In the Land of Blood and Honey which

encompassed a love story in the time

of the Bosnian War. Appearing in the

forefront of Hollywood, Jolie starred

in her biggest commercial success

yet, fantasy film Maleficent. Recently

completing her work on her newest

directorial role, Louis Zamperini

by Josie Joy Saldat

biopic - Unbroken and buzz revolving

around Jolie writing, directing and costarring

with Pitt in romantic drama

By the Sea, this power couple is rising

higher than ever before, and they are

doing it all hand-in-hand.

Tying the knot in August 2014, the

couple wed at their estate Château

Miraval in Correns, France. Jolie

wore a custom Versace dress to the

ceremony with drawings and artwork

from their children covering the

white gown. Known for starring and

appearing in over 40 major films,

Pitt has been active in social and

environmental issues. Not afraid to

speak his mind, Pitt commented to

the press that the wedding with Jolie

would occur only when everyone

else in the country who wants to be

married is legally able. Brad and

Angelina currently have three homes;

their main residence in Los Angeles,

Chateau Miraval, a site first inhabited

in pre-Roman times in the village of

Correns, France and their newest

addition, Villa Costanza, 4.4 acres of

property in the wine-production area

Valpolicella, Italy.

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NICHE lifestyle

A family is a risky venture

because the greater the love, the

greater the loss... That’s the trade-off.

BUT I’LL TAKE IT ALL.

-BRAD PITT

Recently turned 51, Pitt has come a

long way since moving from hometown

Shawnee, Oklahoma to Los Angeles in

hopes of perusing an acting career. Not

only recognized internationally as one

of the top male actors of his generation,

Pitt also co-founded the Jolie-Pitt

Foundation, a charitable organization to

aid humanitarian causes around the world.

With an initial investment of $8.5 million to

the foundation in 2006, there’s no question

why both Pitt and Jolie have been topping

Time Magazine’s Top 100 most influential

people in the world. Jolie is noted for work

with refugees as a Special Envoy as well as

a former Goodwill Ambassador for United

Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Her involvement with the UN began while

filming her most recognizable international

film Tomb Raider in Cambodia.

Undergoing a preventative double

mastectomy in 2013, Jolie made the

collective decision to lower her risk of

cancer and Pitt stood by her side as both

have undergone many challenges despite

the sparkle and glamour of their stature.

Witnessing the power couple together

brings about a sense of awe – both with

titles as ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ and ‘Sexiest

Woman Alive’. It is clear that Pitt admires

the unique and extraordinary traits that

Jolie possesses: preforming 80% off all

stunts, being noted as the only actress to

control her own PR, and having a Private

Pilot Certificate, are just a few. It goes

both ways, as Jolie clearly needs a man to

support her independent, determined and

nurturing personality; all qualities that Pitt

has in spades, making them a legendary

iconic couple.

I am still

at heart

— and always will be —

just a punk kid

WITH

TATTOOS.

-ANGELINA JOLIE

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FAST

FACTS

Did you know...

• PEOPLE MAGAZINE

paid Jolie and Pitt $14M dollars for the first

photos of their twins, which the couple

donated to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.

• BRAD PITT MOVED TO L.A.

in 1986 with $325 in his pocket and slept on Melissa Etheridge’s couch.

• JOLIE HAS A

PRIVATE PILOT CERTIFICATE

allowing her to fly airplanes. She will also be

one of the fortunate guests to view Earth from

space on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

• BEFORE JOLIE

Pitt was engaged to Gwyneth Paltrow and

married to Jennifer Aniston.

• PITT WAS NAMED

Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine in 1995 and 2000.

• JOLIE DROPPED OUT OF ACTING

classes from Lee Strasberg Theatre with dreams of becoming an undertaker

or a funeral director.

• JOLIE MADE HER MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH

in the 1998 television film Gia which won her a Golden Globe Award

for Best Actress.

• PITT’S MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH

role was in Thelma and Louise in 1991.

• JOLIE HAS STARRED

in not only movies, but in music videos with many renowned musicians like

Lenny Kravitz, Rolling Stones, Meat Loaf and Korn.

• PITT AND JOLIE

made The Forbes List of Top Earning Couple. They made it to 5th place

with a total sum of $34M dollars earned in one year.

• PITT HAS HIS SHOE PRINTS EMBOSSED

at The TVL Chinese Theatre for his performance in Ocean’s Eleven.

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Sometimes I think

my husband is so amazing that I don’t know

why he’s with me. I don’t know whether I’m

good enough.

But if I make him happy, then I’m

EVERYTHING I WANT TO BE.

-ANGELINA JOLIE


NICHE fashion

LINGERIE

Reinvented

UNDERTHINGS

Who says bras and panties have to just be utilitarian?

Sure we want support and comfort, but we also want

lush and lovely.

Lingerie options for 2015, whether for romance, special

occasion or every day wear, are elegant, colourful and

affordable. NICHE is excited to share our favourite

collection with you from a new company — NAJA —

that makes exceptional underthings, with a purpose to

help women around the world.

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If you’re going to keep one resolution for 2015, make it this one:

Wear pretty underwear every day!

TALAVERA BLUE

COLLECTION

Valentina Bustier

blue floral, $95

Carmen Hi-Waisted Panty,

blue floral, $22

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Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want!

LINGERIE

Reinvented

All Naja purchases directly contribute to the

employment of under-privileged women in

the poorest areas of the world. All panties

are manufactured in a factory owned by

women, and sewn by single mothers/heads

of household. Naja directly employs women

through their Underwear for Hope program

and a percentage of every purchase supports

their sewing program for women through the

Golondrinas Foundation.

NAJA

ANDALUSIA

COLLECTION

Adriana Bralette

yellow lace, $42

Victoria Mid-Rise

yellow lace, $22

It was in Andalusia, Spain that the

custom of wearing mantillas was

born. This tradition, thought to

be inspired by Muslim women of

North Africa, was widely adopted

by the women of Mexico and is the

inspiration for this lace collection.

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NICHE lifestyle fashion

The Talavera Collection was inspired

by the rich artistry of Mexican

folklore and the legacy of 17th century

Spain. Puebla tile, playful animals,

warm flowers, Spanish Mantillas

and traditional embroidery combine

whimsical with elegance to create this

vibrant collection.

Panties with purpose...

LINGERIE

Reinvented

TALAVERA RED

COLLECTION

Olivia Bra

red, $62

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WINTER 2015


NEWyear

new YOU

by Tracey Drake

MODERN AGING AT

40 - 50 - 60

Halfway through 2014, I started to

dread my upcoming 50th birthday

and seriously considered ways I

could make myself feel better; in

particular to have a refreshed, more

restful appearance (don’t mistake

that with wanting to look younger,

please – there is a difference). Along

with two other women who felt the

same, Robin who just turned 40, and

Diana who was adjusting to her 60s

with some discontent, we felt that it

was high time to debunk the myth

about facial rejuvenation. The term

‘medical spa’ was so badly abused

over the last fifteen years, most

people don’t even want to discuss it.

The truth is that modern treatments,

delivered in the right treatment

facility, by a licensed physician, is

something worth talking about.

None of the photos in this special feature have been retouched

Photographer: ANTONIO LA FAUCI

Stylist: JOSIE SALDAT

Makeup: GRACIE ANDOQUE, ALEXANDRA FORMAN

Hair: ANTONIA FANTILLO WARREN | FISH HAIR SALON

Nails, Brows & Lashes: DECO DE MODE

Shoot location: CINDERBLOC STUDIO


NICHE special | new year new you

ROBIN FARRELL

Radio Personality40

You just cannot help but be affected by

Robin’s liveliness and genuine personality.

As the popular co-host of Kool Mornings

on 107.3 KOOL FM, Robin, who just turned

40, is a well-educated and accomplished

professional woman, and the co-founder of

the ALS Cycle of Hope.

Robin spends a lot of time in studio, being

heard but not seen. With a new decade

ahead, Robin wanted a physical boost, as she

put it, and her time with Dr. Banks at MD

Esthetics was a very positive experience.

The simple fact that Dr. Banks took the time

to understand Robin as a person was an

important part of this process for her.

Robin’s transformation is at once subtle and

remarkable. She loves the brow lift, achieved

through Botox, and that her skin is glowing.

We love that playful spark in Robin’s eye!

Youth I am still

at heart

— and has always no will — be —

AGE.

just a punk kid

WITH

TATTOOS.

- PABLO PICASSO

40 WINTER 2015

-ANGELINA JOLIE


Robin received the following

MD Esthetics procedures:

• IPL Photorejuvenation-Full Face: Skin

clarity, treatment of sunspots & overall

rejuvenation of the skin

• HydraFacial-Full Face: Exfoliate and

condition skin in preparation for skin

care

• Botox-glabella/lateral eyes/forehead/

masseters: Fine lines around the eyes,

brow lift, narrow the jawline

• Soft Tissue Filler-lateral brow, tear

trough, malar, jaw line: Decrease

shadowing under eye, restore youthful

contours in cheeks, straighten jawline

minimizing the appearance of jowls

• Latisse-Eyelashes: Growth of longer,

fuller, darker lashes

• Skincare-SkinMedica 90 Day Challenge

Full Face: Improve/maintain overall

health & clarity of the skin

• Elta SPF-Full Face: Sun protection

“One of our goals at MD ESTHETICS is to

have a person look as vibrant and youthful

as they feel. Robin has an amazing

energy, full of positivity, playfulness, and

personality. I am really happy how her

treatments turned out and happier still

how it made her feel. Now her skin reflects

her youthful energy. Botox has given her

a very natural brow lift and makes her

eyes look vibrant and bright. Through

soft tissue filler, composed of a substance

found naturally in our body, we were able

to restore lost facial volume and structure.

This produced softening of her undereye

shadows and lifting of the skin along

her jawline. The “icing on the cake” was

improved skin clarity and glow through

a laser/light treatment and medicalgrade

skin care. All of her treatments

had essentially no downtime and can be

completed in one day. The end result is a

refreshed, revitalized, and restored Robin

that looks amazing and with a “can’t quite

put a finger on it” quality.”

Dr. Banks, MD Esthetics

THE LOOK

Opposite page: Somedayslovin

Mink Pink shirt in crème,

Supertrash black cardigan and

black pencil skirt all from Amelia

Lee Boutique. Expression chain

style necklace, Hudson’s Bay.

This page: Zenana Outfitters

black maxi, Lark and Sparrow.

Shoes, Stylist’s own. Slake Rock

Denim bracelet, Swarovski.

Expression blue stone necklace,

Hudson’s Bay. Rachel Roy safety

pin earrings, Hudson’s Bay.


NICHE special | new year new you

TRACEY DRAKE

Magazine Editor50

As Editor in Chief and Creative Director of

NICHE magazine and at HOME magazine, it

is hard for Tracey to cram everything into a

day, and often times, her skin pays the price

for her work schedule. After turning 50, it

was suddenly staring her in the face and she

was ready to make some positive changes.

Tracey was clear with Dr. Banks that

she was very comfortable with who she

was, and didn’t want drastic changes. She

simply wanted to look less tired, and more

rejuvenated, and the team at MD Esthetics

gave her exactly that – no more, no less.

Tracey is ecstatic with her skin that is now

refreshed, polished and even-toned with all

the redness gone. Her favourite procedure

was a toss-up between Volumalift, which

immediately restored volume around her

eyes and lips, and Botox which removed that

“nasty editor’s scowl” (her words).

Aging is not

I am still

lost youth

— but a at new heart stage —

— and of opportunity

always will be —

just a punk kid

AND

STRENGTH. WITH

TATTOOS.

-BETTY FRIEDAN

42 WINTER 2015

-ANGELINA JOLIE


Tracey received the following

MD Esthetics procedures:

• Volumalift Max (soft tissue fillers):

Cheeks, Temples, Lips, around the

mouth, Jawline: Restore lost volume

and contour, lift and tighten lower face/

jowls, improve the appearance of a

downturn at the corners of the mouth

• Botox-upper face & DAO’s: Smooth and

soften deep lines and wrinkles, brow lift,

decrease the muscle pull at corners of

the mouth

• IPL with Laser Genesis-Full Face:

Decrease facial redness and vessels

around the nose, overall lightening and

brightening of the skin

• Hydra Facial-Full Face: Exfoliation,

condition skin in preparation for skin

care

• Latisse-Eyelashes: Growth of longer,

fuller, darker lashes

• Skincare-SkinMedica 90 Day Challenge

Full Face: Improve/maintain overall

health & clarity of the skin

• TNS Lip Treatment: Hydrate lips and

prevent lines around the mouth

• Elta SPF Full Face: Sun protection

“Tracey is one of the most amazing

people I have met. She portrays a sense

of confidence and competence that is rare.

At MD ESTHETICS we understand the

importance of a person’s confidence and

how having healthy, vibrant skin can help

maintain this. Tracey had our Volumalift

procedure that involved restoration of

facial structure and volume with soft

tissue fillers, composed of a naturallyoccurring

substance. It’s important to note

that this treatment is a restoration, not

an augmentation; We simply want the

person to look healthy, vibrant, and ageappropriately

youthful, at the same time

retaining all their beautiful features and

character. Tracey also had Botox to help

soften lines and to tighten skin around her

eyes. Her eyes look amazing. She also had

IPL to clarify her skin, targeting brown

spots, redness including visible vessels,

giving the skin a more even tone and

clarity. With the additional benefit from

medical-grade skin care from SkinMedica,

Tracey’s skin has a new glow that she will

be able to maintain easily over time.”

Dr. Banks, MD Esthetics

THE LOOK

Opposite page: DKNY Jeans

sweater, Material Girl quilted

pencil skirt, both from Hudson’s

Bay. Black spike Athena necklace,

Amelia Lee.

This page: Jones New York apple

print blouse, Jones New York

November sweater, Material Girl

quilted pencil skirt, Expression

ruby necklace and Expression

ruby earrings - all from Hudson’s

Bay. Michael Kors watch, Watch

It!, Cuadra orange lizard

handbag, Xixo Apparel

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NICHE special | new year new you

DIANA YAWORSKI

Medical Professional60

Diana is a vivacious, active woman; a mother

and a grandmother. Now in her sixties, she

told NICHE that she wanted to look as good

as she feels. Diana works in the medical

industry and leads a full life.

As you can see from Diana’s before and after

photos, there is a newfound confidence.

NICHE had so much fun working with

Diana; choosing wardrobe from Melanie

Lyne that was youthful and fun, and yet still

age appropriate.

Diana wasn’t really sure what to expect but

is thrilled with the results. Her favourite

procedure was the Fraxel laser treatment.

She was amazed at how immediate the

results were; the sun damage on her face a

thing of the past and she now has a much

smoother, youthful complexion.

And the beauty

of I a am woman still

at heart

— with and passing always will years be —

just a punk kid

ONLY

GROWS. WITH

TATTOOS.

-AUDREY HEPBURN

44 WINTER 2015

-ANGELINA JOLIE


Diana received the following

MD Esthetics procedures:

• Fraxel 1927-Full Face: Skin clarity,

treatment of sun spots, mild skin

tightening for mature skin, overall

brightening and rejuvenation

• Botox-frown/lateral eyes/forehead: Brow

lift, smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles

• Volumalift Max (soft tissue fillers)-

Cheeks, Temples, Lips, around the

mouth, Jawline: Restore lost volume

and contour, lift and tighten the cheeks

and lower face, reduce lines & wrinkles,

enhance facial features

• Excel V Facial-Cheeks and Lower Lip:

Decrease vessels on cheeks, “blue spot”

venous lake on lip

• Skincare-SkinMedica 90 Day Challenge

Full Face: Improve/maintain overall

health & clarity of the skin

“Diana is truly a delight, as she exudes

warmth and has a lovely youthful energy

about her. Diana’s goal, like most of

our patients, is to look refreshed and

revitalized, while maintaining a natural

appearance. In other words, to look

great for her age. A nice place to start is to

correct the deflation of the facial contours

and volume loss in the temples, cheeks, tear

troughs, lips, lower face/chin area. This

can be corrected in less than an hour with

our unique Volumalift procedure using

injectable fillers that are composed of a

substance found naturally in the skin. We

next used Botox to reduce lines & wrinkles

around eyes, forehead, and frown area.

The next task was to improve Diana’s skin

tone and overall skin health. We achieved

this with a Hydrafacial, followed by IPL,

Laser Genesis, and Fraxel laser treatments

to remove brown spots and reduce areas of

redness. To complete her transformation

and support her long-term skin health,

we introduced an anti-aging skin care

routine using clinically proven SkinMedica

products. Diana got the results she desired

from a collection of treatments that were

tailored to her goals, all of which had little

or no downtime and are easy to maintain.”

Dr. Milkovich MD Esthetics

THE LOOK

Opposite page: Maggy London

dress, Melanie Lyne. Vince

Camuto pump, Hudson’s Bay.

Expression jeweled cuff, Hudson’s

Bay. Expression floral earrings,

Hudson’s Bay.

This page: Black fringe top,

Melanie Lyne. White trouser,

Melanie Lyne. etsey Johnson

earrings, Hudson’s Bay.

Expression multi-cuff bracelet,

Hudson’s Bay. Valentino black

pumps, Stylist’s own.


NICHE special | new year new you

face the facts.

All three of us were treated at MD ESTHETICS by founding

partners, Dr. Banks and Dr. Milkovich, both of which are

nationally recognized experts in non-surgical facial and skin

rejuvenation, expert injectors, and physician trainers, regionally

and nationally. Along with the rest of their amazing team of

certified laser technicians, clinical estheticians and expert

reception staff, they really make you feel special. I was amazed

at how well everyone listened to my concerns, and paid attention

not only to my wants, but also what I didn’t want. Not once did I

feel pressured, uncomfortable or uninformed.

With the goal of keeping this editorial educational, I wanted to

share a little more clinical info about the treatments that Robin

and Diana and I experienced.

IPL Photorejuvenation is a wonderful laser-like

technology that can reduce or eliminate numerous types of

coloured blemishes resulting in a smoother, more evenly toned

complexion. IPL targets red and brown blemishes very well,

so it’s excellent for reducing or eliminating age spots, sun spots,

freckles, broken capillaries and the redness of Rosacea.

• Downtime: None

• Length of visit: 30 minutes

• Commitment: Series of 5 treatments spaced

3-4 weeks apart

• Areas treated: Face, hands, neck, chest

Botox is the most popular cosmetic procedure performed

worldwide. Botox is a safe, simple and quick procedure that

reduces lines and wrinkles around the eyes and forehead and

lifts the brow and eyelids. Botox makes the face look refreshed,

youthful and vibrant.

• Downtime: None

• Length of visit: 10 minutes

• Commitment: Results last 3-4 months initially

• Areas treated: Frown lines (between the eyebrows), crow’s

feet, forehead are most common

Soft Tissue Fillers/Volumalift Soft Tissue fillers are a

soft gel made of hylauronic acid (HA or Hyaluronin - a natural

support molecule in our skin). Fillers restore youthful facial

contours, decrease lines and enhance facial features like the lips.

VolumaLift is a non-surgical facelift technique using fillers,

restoring cheek contour and other features for a revitalized,

natural lifted appearance.

• Downtime: None

• Length of visit: 30 minutes

• Commitment: Immediate, long lasting results

for 1-2 years

• Areas treated: Temples, cheeks, tear troughs, lips, jaw line

Visit NICHEmagazine.ca for expanded, exclusive editorial

including behind-the-scenes pictures from the New Year New You photo

shoot and Q&A with Robin, Tracey and Diana about their experience

with MD ESTHETICS

46 WINTER 2015


Fraxel is an advanced skin rejuvenation laser that can be

used on all skin types to make skin smoother, tighter, and

evenly-toned. Fraxel stimulates healthy new skin to replace

damaged skin. Ideal for sun damaged skin, acne scarring and

hyperpigmentation including melasma and stretch marks.

• Downtime: Minimal

• Length of visit: 30-45 minutes

• Commitment: Series of 4 treatments spaced

3-4 weeks apart

• Areas treated: Face, neck, chest and hands are

most common

Laser Genesis is a very gentle treatment that targets deep

and diffused redness in the skin. It also helps tighten pores and

improve skin texture.

• Downtime: None

• Length of visit: 30 minutes

• Commitment: Series of 2-5 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart

• Areas treated: Face and chest are most common

SkinMedica 90 Day Challenge is a medical grade,

physician exclusive, skincare program that uses a combination

of potent growth factors, retinols, anti-oxidants and peptides

to improve the health and appearance of the skin. It’s like boot

camp for your skiin – and if you are looking to improve the look,

feel and health of your skin, try this. When used as prescribed,

it repairs collagen faster than your bodiy can break it down,

resulting in younger looking skin. After 90 days, collagen and

elastin thickens and skin cell turnover increases. Robin, Diana

and I agreed that there were visible improvements in the tone,

texture and brightness of our skin from using this skincare line.

THE LOOKS

Diana: Maggy London dress, Melanie Lyne. Vince Camuto pump,

Expression jeweled cuff and earrings, Hudson’s Bay. Tracey: Anne Klein

black dress, and Ivanka Trump pump, Hudson’s Bay. Stardust New

Gradient bracelet and Stardust Cry Double bracelet, Swarovski.Robin:

Zenana Outfitters black maxi, Lark and Sparrow. Expression blue necklace,

Rachel Roy safety pin earrings, Hudson’s Bay.


NICHE special | new year new you

Venus Swan Redefining the New You

by Elizabeth Parsons | esthetician

Venus Swan is an esthetic device that is clinically proven

to improve the skin’s elasticity and reduce the appearance

of cellulite. Venus Swan utilizes multi-polar radio frequency

which produce a soothing and therapeutic heat matrix over the

skin. Skin tightening, wrinkle reduction and cellulite reduction

occur because the multi-polar radio frequency causes a thermal

reaction in the tissue which stimulates the body’s natural healing

response. This restoring response causes the skin to contract,

achieving tighter skin, softening of wrinkles and reduced cellulite.

In a nutshell, Venus Swan stimulates fibroblasts to increase

collagen synthesis and create lipolysis through its thermal action.

Redefining the new you, Venus Swan treatments are used to reduce

wrinkles, rhytides, cellulite, circumferential fat, and tighten skin.

The Venus Swan delivers effective results in a painless treatment

that requires no downtime.

• Non-invasive body contouring

• Cellulite reduction

• Skin tightening

• Wrinkle reduction

Venus Swan treatments are non-invasive

and pain free, often compared to having

a hot stone massage

A series of treatments can achieve firmer, tighter skin, cellulite

reduction and re-contouring of the body. Each session is 40 to 75

minutes, scheduled 2 to 4 weeks apart. Recommended series for

face is 6 to 8 treatments and for body 8 to 10 treatments.

Elizabeth Parsons is owner/esthetician of

Heaven The Spa on the Rock in Victoria, BC.

Venus Swan is a safe, simple, Radio Frequency technology based spa

treatment that delivers superior results to various parts of the body including

arms, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck and face.

48 WINTER 2015


LASH EXTENSIONS

lengthening your natural beauty

2015 may just become the year of the lashes. Over the last

five years, professional lash extensions have continued to gain

widespread acceptance, and 2015 is setting up to be even bigger.

If you’re not in NICHE,

where are you?

Why is that? So much more natural looking than extensions of

even a few years ago, and much more real looking than glueon

lash sets, professionally applied lash extensions reduce time

getting ready, and with less cosmetics to buy, they can save you

money over the long term. Plus, they are just so darned pretty!

Technician – Protect your eyes by choosing a lash technician

that is properly trained, uses sterile tools and lashes, applies

extensions only to your grown up lashes (and not baby lashes),

and talks to you, prior to application, about your lifestyle and lash

needs, to ensure you get the right thickness, shape and length.

Application – Lash extensions are applied using a safe adhesive,

directly to your own lashes. They come in a variety of thicknesses,

lengths, shades and of course, quality. Don’t skim on the cheapies!

Duration – The average person sheds 1-5 natural lashes each

day, so the average refill time is 3-4 weeks. When cared for,

extensions will remain intact until your natural lash falls out.

You can prolong the time between refills by not rubbing your

eyes, don’t use mascara and keep oil based and moisture rich

products away from your lash extensions.

LASH TIP:

Avoid getting your new lash

extensions wet for 24 hours.

Also, intense heat - shower,

hot tub, steam room - will

cause lash adhesive to

reactivate (not good!).

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NICHE special | new year new you

About Body.

WEIGHING IN

on the body contouring conversation,

Dr. Mark Lupin of Victoria, BC’s

Cosmedica, gives NICHE magazine a

take on Canada’s leading non-surgical

fat reducing treatments.

The BIG issue.

Canadian men and women are as susceptible to developing

pockets of unwanted and stubborn fat as any of our neighbours.

This fat may seem all too resistant to diet and exercise - how rude

- and may impact our wardrobe decisions, physical confidence

and self-esteem.

We want solutions that work without the need for restrictive diets

or intense workout commitments. In my Victoria, BC practice,

I meet hundreds of healthy individuals committed to living well

and balanced with troublesome areas of annoying, persistent fat.

They call it a muffin top, their love handles or pinch excess fat on

their abdomens, lower buttocks or thighs - whatever it is, they/

we want it gone.

We are fortunate to live in a day and age where science and

technology have evolved real and effective solutions. Today’s

leading body contouring treatments have answered our desire to

forego the risks of surgery and anesthesia while respecting our

need for no downtime treatments that work, keep us safe and

keep us in life.

by Dr. Mark Lupin | dermatologist

Leading the Canadian body contouring scene are three unique

non-invasive technologies with varying benefits. One of the

key differences between these three systems is their mechanism

of action: how they select and destroy fat cells and how that

mechanism can benefit or affect you in other ways.

UltraShape®

The first non-invasive fat-removal device to be approved by

Health Canada in 2007, UltraShape can reduce your abdominal

circumference (total waistline or midsection) in as little as

one treatment. It can also be used to treat the thighs and hips.

Patients enjoy an established safety and comfort profile as well

as UltraShape’s ability to selectively target fat cells without

disrupting surrounding tissues. Following treatment, there is no

bruising or downtime and results tend to be noticed sooner than

with other options.

Mechanism of action: Mechanical disruption via acoustic

ultrasonic energy (non-thermal).

50 WINTER 2015


Liposonix®

Custom contouring with the possible benefit of skin tightening

and improved skin texture is offered with Liposonix. A thermal

type of energy simultaneously targets fat cells and promotes

collagen synthesis to firm skin. Results can be noticed around

twelve weeks and while there is no downtime, the treated areas

can be minimally sore and bruising is possible. One to two

treatments are normally all that is required.

Mechanism of action: Thermal via high intensity focused

ultrasound energy (HIFU technology).

CoolSculpting®

Newest on the scene in Canada, CoolSculpting offers a solution

to ‘debulk’ and contour the body in one to two treatments.

Patients report a relatively comfortable treatment experience

although there can be some soreness and numbness after

treatments. CoolSculpting selectively freezes targeted fat cells

with relative sparing of surrounding tissues. While this is a

heavily marketed technology and it can be effective, there have

been reported cases of paradoxical increase in fat which are not

reported with UltraShape® or LipoSonix®. On the upside, within

twelve to sixteen weeks, the body can be better contoured.

With any treatment, results will vary. The differences between

body contouring options in the Canadian marketplace reflect the

differences in a number of critical components; the engineering,

development and clinical testing process, a device’s power,

strength and even the modality for delivering treatment will

affect the overall efficacy and experience of a body contouring

treatment. As with most technologies, it is at least if not more

important to choose a physician and clinic that are the most

experienced. To find the best option for you, consult your local

physician to help point you in the right direction and ensure you

feel well informed.

Dr. Mark Lupin, MD FRCPC DABD

Dermatologist

Cosmedica | www.cosmedica.ca

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NICHE fashion

ACCESSORIES!

for the LOVE

of GLOVES

by Sylvia Tennant | fashion columnist

It has never been easier to dress with detail

during these colder months, thanks to

refreshingly innovative accessory trends from

fashion’s most celebrated brands. Gloves have

officially stolen the spotlight on the runway,

and this winter is the time to have fun with

various interpretations of these high-end looks.

Opera length gloves no longer need a white-tie

party invitation to come out of your dresser.

To avoid looking like Cinderella, translate a

long glove to everyday wear with crop-sleeved

jackets and ponchos. Keep it modern and

feminine with colours, textures or patterns -

your options are endless!

For evening, don’t be afraid to get embellished.

High-impact accessories are here to stay, and

no one did it better than Dolce & Gabbana.

Their Fall/ Winter 2014 gloves are heavily

ornamented with embroidery, jewels, and

pearls. If Dolce isn’t in your budget, I suggest

a DIY night with some leather-grade epoxy,

vintage brooches or earrings, and thin chain

(hello, old necklaces in your jewellery drawer).

For the less elaborate fashionista, or for days

when you’d rather have jewels around your

neck, look to Lanvin’s subtler sheered gloves for

inspiration. I like them best with a sleeveless

dress, although this version was impeccably

styled with both short and longer sleeve lengths

on the runway.

In my opinion, gloves are one of the most

overlooked accessories in the modern

woman’s closet. Take advantage of the season

and get shopping for pairs that

compliment your personal style.

Your hands (and manicure)

will thank you.

52 WINTER 2015


NICHE travel

TRAVEL BITES

by Stuart Brown | wine columnist

OKANAGAN VALLEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Tasting wine is a wonderful way to spend your

day, weekend or even your vacation. I have

heard countless tales from my friends and family

about their travels in wine regions and visiting the

local producers. I, too, have spent many vacations

exploring wine regions and tasting wines paired with

local foods and regional cheeses.

Wine tourism is growing in popularity, and of course,

the wine industry has worked to accommodate this

growing business. Many wineries around the world

now provide exquisite tasting rooms with vineyard

views, wine tasting events, paired dinners, tours of the

vineyards, wine making facilities and cellars, and of

course accommodation to make the visit complete. It

is reasonably easy to now create a full experience for

the travelling wine enthusiast.

And wine not? Wine is a beautiful thing that comes

from a specific place where the grapes it is made from are

grown. It can complement regional cuisine and it is the

perfect beverage to enjoy after a long day of sightseeing.

There is almost nothing better than lingering over

a glass of wine while looking at the sun dip below

rolling hills of vineyards, especially if you are sharing

that moment with someone special in your life. Wine

experience is unique to each place it is created from.

We should all take the time to enjoy the food, people,

sights, culture, and wine all coming together near or at

the vineyard and where the wine is created.

Wine regions, like Bordeaux and Burgundy in France

and Napa and Sonoma counties in California, are wellknown

tasting destinations. More recently, however,

areas around South America, Canada, South Africa,

and New Zealand have come into their own as wine

tasting destinations. Here are a few of my favourite

wine destinations and a few examples of my favourite

wines that you will want to taste while you are

exploring there.

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WINTER 2015


1. OKANAGAN VALLEY,

BRITISH COLUMBIA:

I know it is near to home, but it is

also one of my favourite wine regions.

Though the Okanagan is a region of

small production, the quality of wine is

amazing and the diversity of styles and

varieties is astounding. Fabulous Pinot

Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling,

Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, Merlot,

Cabernet Franc, and Syrah grown in

a semi-arid desert surrounding some

pretty beautiful lakes. From the Canada/

U.S. border, the Okanagan Valley

runs north from the summer vacation

hotspot of Osoyoos, through the region’s

viticulture center in Penticton, and

past Okanagan Lake to Vernon. Most

wineries have tasting rooms that are

open to the public and they offer tasting

experiences generally starting from

$15 per person. From the modern, but

approachable tasting room at Poplar

Grove, to the boudoir-style tasting room

at Dirty Laundry there is something for

everyone in the Okanagan.

2. MENDOZA, ARGENTINA:

In recent years, Argentina has

established itself as a top wineproducing

region, known for its

exceptional Malbec, as well as some

lovely Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon

and Syrah. I last visited in 2012 and

the craze for Argentinean wine has not

subsided. Even though many of the

wineries in Mendoza offer tastings and

tours, it is best to have a reservation set

up before you arrive. Getting a wine

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wineries are architectural achievements

with vineyards set upon the rolling

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BAROSSA VALLEY, AUSTRALIA

3. BURGUNDY, FRANCE:

When it comes to wine regions,

Burgundy holds a special place in

my heart. With only two grapes,

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, how

difficult could it be to understand

and explore Burgundy? Well, it is

extremely difficult, but well-worth

the work. Burgundy has many

communes that each have a

variety of appellations that can

make it seem quite complex. It is

great fun to be able to taste and

experience the amazing wines

that this area of historic tradition

can produce. This is about as

old-school as a wine region

can get where not much has

changed in hundreds of years.

My favourite communes are the

famous Vosne-Romanée and

Gevrey-Chambertin.

4. WILLAMETTE VALLEY, OREGON:

Running south from the uniquely down-to-earth city of

Portland, this valley is populated with many quality wine

producers. The region is best known for its outstanding Pinot

Noir, but you will also want to check out the flavourful Riesling,

Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer. This is a home-grown trip that

is comfortable and easygoing, not pretentious and complex. You

will be captivated with the beautiful scenery of rolling vineyards

with the backdrop of the Cascade Mountains. A couple of my

favourites are Domaine Drouhin and Evening Land Vineyards.

5. BAROSSA VALLEY, AUSTRALIA:

One of Australia’s oldest wine regions found just outside of the

city of Adelaide, Barossa is a must visit when Down Under! It

is a region of many mesoclimates where it can be extremely hot

on the valley floor to progressively cooler at higher altitudes in

the hillsides and further north of the valley. The ruling grape

is Shiraz (Syrah), but keep a close eye out for some amazing

examples of Riesling, Semillon, Chardonnay, Grenache,

Mourvedre, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Oh, and did I mention

the people? Some of my favourite characters in the wine world

live in Barossa… always a party.

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NICHE fashion

Your FASHION

RESOLUTION

by Sara Rose | Fashion Columnist

Riddle me this. When dishcloths become

“worn”, we turn them into rags BUT when

part of our wardrobe gets tattered and tired, why

do we try to make sense of it and pretend its edgy?

Is it impossible for you to let go of your

favourite fashion pieces, even if they are

ready for the trash?

Time for a fashion intervention resolution! Let’s

begin this year with our best fashionable foot

forward, and I don’t just mean purchasing new

shoes. 2015 is a great year to begin your own

purchase and purge (P&P) program, with an

attempt at building a new eye for upcycling. Not

only will this keep your style up to date, but it will

also create the clutter free closet that you really

do want.

Think about it this way — You have ONE body

and just SEVEN days in a week! So, speaking for

myself, there is truly no explanation as to why I

own well over 50 dresses for any occasion, and

still find the need to purchase more.

CREATE A FASHION PACT WITH YOURSELF

Step 1

Step 2

Clean your closet, asking yourself the

following question: How many garments

are in your wardrobe that you never

wear? Get rid of them, but never throw them away! There are so

many ways to recycle the pieces you no longer want or wear, including

consignment, online selling or donating to a local charity shop that

accepts used clothing (Value Village, Salvation Army, etc).

Starting right now, for every garment or

accessory you purchase, get rid of one. This

process will provide guidance into a whole

new world of realization and reality. Before you purchase a new item, ask

yourself: Do I really want or need this or is it an impulse buy? If I do buy

it, what piece from my current fashion collection will have to go? Is the

trade-off really worth it?

One of the best parts of a good closet purge is the rediscovery of

fashion you forgot you had. For instance, let’s say there’s a sweater,

and the purge pile is calling its name, but you absolutely love it! Before

you get rid of, as assuming the condition is good, look to the rest of

your closet for new ways to match and coordinate. If you struggle with

creativity, look to fashion magazines for inspiration. Fashion editorials

and street style images, like those inside NICHE magazine, are

always covering a large demographic of style, body types and seasons.

These are done by professionals to provide style guidance. Upcycling

your wardrobe, whenever possible, will help to redefine your attention

to detail and appreciation for the art that is fashion.

Succeeding in this

process will bring

a new found love

and appreciation

for what you buy

and what you

already have!

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NICHE beauty

BEAUTY

[re] MARKS

by Gracie Andoque | beauty columnist

Winter

Weather

Lip Rescue

The human lips are the thinnest part

of the body, made up of delicate,

transparent tissue that is left vulnerable

and exposed to the winter elements.

Dehydrated lips lead to cracked, dry

skin that is uncomfortable and unsightly.

Prevention and maintenance is key

— staying well hydrated and with the

constant use of a lip protector.

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There are so many

different lip balms

on the market. Did

you know that some

cause more harm than

good? It’s true! Compounds

found in lip balms including petroleum,

camphor and menthol does offer

temporary relief, but does nothing to

promote healing or improve hydration.

It often just sits on top of the skin then

wears off, drawing out moisture from the

lips and requires frequent application.

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Hydrate lips wherever and whenever.

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A proper lip care regimen can protect

the lips from winter’s damaging effects.

Choose lip balms that have ingredients

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Avocado and butters like Shea or

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MARSALA

2015

PANTONE ®

COLOUR OF THE YEAR

by Elizabeth Dean | design columnist

Each year, the colour experts

at Pantone® try to gauge the

societal mood and choose a

colour of the year. For 2015, that colour

is Marsala, an earthy wine red, which

Pantone describes as an impactful, fullbodied

and elegant grounded statement;

a red-brown hue named for Sicilian wine.

Personally, I liken the colour to a 1970’s

mood ring which was gloomy and

lacklustre, or a muddier version of a rich

Mediterranean terracotta.

This neutral (and somewhat serious)

tone has the ability to be universally

appealing and when used in moderation,

can translate easily to fashion, beauty,

industrial design, home furnishings and

interiors. From paint chips and furniture

showrooms, to fashion boutiques and

rug stores, this colour will be everywhere

in 2015. Luckily, there are ways to use it

as a strong and effective interior design

anchor colour, without dampening your

décor spirit.

Decorating

with STYLE

Play with patterns:

Even when we love a

colour, it can sometimes

be too much - too dark,

too light, too red, too

brown. You get the idea.

I love to take a favourite

colour and find it

hidden harmoniously

within a great fabric

pattern. Marsala might

be too drab for small,

sun-starved spaces on

the West Coast, but

in this context, it can

be perfection. Liliana

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Step back a shade:

Love the idea of Marsala, but finding the tone a bit

sombre for your room? Look for paint or furniture with

similar undertones, but with a brighter base tint. For

example, Ikea sells Behandla (a red glazing paint) that

would be the perfect compromise. And if you don’t care

to mess up your manicure with paint, they offer a line

of furniture that comes ready to enjoy. Hemnes Linen

Cupboard in red, Ikea Canada, $329.

Offset a feature:

I love a serious feature wall! When the colour is well

selected, it can set the mood for an entire room. Marsala

as a feature wall colour is not a bad option – just

remember to offset it with light coloured furnishings. Also,

this colour can go from zero to formal in no time at all,

so if you are looking for modern edge, err on the side of

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CANADA’S

FRESH

PRINCE

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JOE

MIMRAN

by Josie Joy Saldat | fashion columnist

Canadian Fashion Designer Joseph Mimran (Joe)

was born in 1952 in Casablanca, Morocco. Known

infamously for launching Club Monaco and Joe Fresh,

Mimran formed an infinite love for the industry at a young age;

his mother owned her own couturier and dressed Hollywood’s

elite. With the Mimran family moving into the heart

of Toronto, Joe’s brother, Saul purchased a small

factory within the garment district to help

produce their mothers designs on a

larger scale.

Working in the family business,

Mimran soon realized the

demand for tailored work

wear for the modern woman.

Partnering with his brother,

Mimran launched a new line

with a modern aesthetic

in 1979. The duo quickly

transformed into a trio with

the hiring of Canadian

Designer, Alfred Sung to

step in as head designer,

which resulted in an Alfred

Sung collection launching

across North America.

Mimran made the

decision to let his partners

manage the direction of

the Alfred Sung brand,

as he embarked on a new

adventure — the creation of

Club Monaco.


NICHE fashion

JOSEPH MIMRAN

HISTORICAL TIMELINE

1979 1983 1985 1986 1995 1999

Mimran

and brother

Saul develop

fashion label,

Alfred Sung

Maclean’s

Magazine

names Alfred

Sung “The

New King of

Fashion”

Mimran

opens his

first Club

Monaco

location in

Toronto

Club Monaco

goes public

Club Monaco

opens its

flagship store

on Fifth

Avenue in

New York City

Mimran

launches

Caban, a

lifestyle store

based on the

Club Monaco

aesthetic

2002 2002 2006 2006 2009 2010

Mimran and

Kimberly

Newport

launch

Pink Tartan

Begins

designing for

President’s

Choice Home

collection

Collaborates

with friend

Paul Sinclaire

on new

collection,

Tevrow+Chase

Launches

Joe Fresh

with backing

from Loblaw

Companies

Joe Fresh

Beauty

launches

offering

quality and

affordability

Joe Fresh’s

first flagship

store opens in

Vancouver

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Starting with Mimran’s struggle to find a plain white

cotton shirt, he decided that Club Monaco would

be a brand consisting of minimal basics. At that

time, with big hair, shoulder pads and bright colours

on the fashion front, The Bay (now Hudson’s Bay)

and Eaton’s department stores didn’t understand

his concept and minimalistic approach of the CM

line, and they turned it down. This led to Mimran

heading out into the retail world on his own, and

the first Club Monaco retail shop opened its doors

on Queen St. W in Toronto in 1985. A decade

later with the success and acceptance of the brand,

Club Monaco opened its flagship location on Fifth

Avenue in New York City. By 1999, Club Monaco

was worldwide with 125 stores including locations

in Canada, USA, South Korea and Japan.

Mimran sold Club Monaco to the Polo Ralph Lauren

Corp and began investing in emerging businesses.

In 2002, Mimran and his wife, designer Kimberly

Newport launched her new fashion label, Pink

Tartan; Mimran managed the business side and she

handled design. Unlike Club Monaco, Pink Tartan,

an on-trend, current brand was instantly accepted

by department stores, including Holt Renfrew and

Saks Fifth Avenue.

The Weston Family, owners of Loblaw Companies,

took notice of Mimran’s success and asked him

to design the President’s Choice home collection

as well as a private label collection for their other

business, Holt Renfrew. From Mimran’s Toronto

based design consulting firm, Mimran & Associates,

Mimran oversaw all design of clothing, home and

entertainment for Loblaw Companies.


NICHE fashion

LAST WORD:

JOSEPH MIMRAN

…on the topic of JOE FRESH

Since the Canadian launch in 2006, Joseph

Mimran has personally overseen the design and

development of the extensive Joe Fresh clothing

range, from chic footwear to the latest in outdoor

fashions. According to Mimran, the Joe Fresh

brand is the answer to consumers’ desire for

accessible, of-the-moment style with

collections for women, men and

children, and the label was

designed to solve the

family’s fashion needs.

Astonished with Mimran’s work in the

industry, Loblaw Companies presented the

offer to create a private-label line to sell within

all of their superstores and markets across the

nation. The rest, as they say, is history and Joe

Fresh was born. Created in 2006, Joe Fresh is

one of Mimran’s greatest successes; affordable

fashion that was initially available in 40

Loblaw locations across Canada. Joe Fresh

not only offered stylish, fresh and affordable

apparel to answer family fashion needs,

but also took on exciting special projects

such as designing singer, Usher’s outfits for

the opening and closing ceremonies of the

Vancouver 2010 Olympics, collaborating with

Barbie and completely redesigning the Scouts

Canada uniforms.

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Joe Fresh is now considered a Canadian

fashion success story — and one of the

first designers to show a fast fashion

collection at Fashion Week. Demand was

so high, that the company began opening

free-standing stores, with the first flagship

store on Granville Street in Vancouver.

Mimran continues to contribute to the

highly in-demand industry, showcasing

Joe Fresh bi-annually for the season’s

collections at Toronto Fashion Week.

With high recognition within the

industry, retailing guru — Mimran is

chairman of the Fashion Design Council

of Canada, and is also active in many

philanthropic causes. Bringing Canadian

heritage influence to the international

runway season after season, Mimran is a

true Canadian fashion legend.

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MOVING ON:

When Good Makeup

GOES BAD

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by Gracie Andoque | beauty columnist

Makeup has the power to transform a face. However, to be

able to create the perfect application, makeup and cosmetic

tools should be in their best shape. Do your skin a favour — clean

beauty tools on a regular basis and discard expired makeup products.

Here are my simple guidelines and steps on how to care for, maintain

and extend the shelf life of your cosmetics.

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COMPACT POWDERS

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Make sure to store in a cool, dry place. To

clean, simply wipe top layer with a facial

tissue.

Shelf Life: 2 YEARS

LIPSTICK AND

LIP GLOSS

Spray 70% isopropyl alcohol on a facial

tissue and wipe around lipstick, and store

completely dry. Extend life of lip gloss by

swiping a little bit of product on the back

of your hand and use a lip brush to apply.

Shelf Life: 6 – 12 MONTHS

LIQUID AND CREAM

BASED PRODUCTS

Keep foundations and concealers away

from humid environments. Use a pump

to get product out of the bottle to keep it

fresh. For cream-based makeup, scrape

enough product out of container and apply

with clean makeup sponge or brush.

Shelf Life: 2 YEARS

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Know When Makeup

MUST GO!

Bare Essentials Lingerie

Experience The Difference….

• Smell is a big indicator when makeup has gone bad.

Mascara will have a gasoline-like smell and lip gloss

gives off an unpleasant pungent odour.

• Foundations and concealers change colour and

consistency when it goes bad.

• Lipstick becomes difficult to apply smoothing, and

will not hold its colour.

• When brushes fray easily, are thinning and bristles

fall out.

COSMETIC PENCILS

Makeup pencils are susceptible to contamination but

keeping them clean is easy. Simply sharpen every after use.

Shelf Life: 12 – 18 MONTHS

MASCARA

Never pump the applicator wand in and out – it pushes

unwanted air into the tube and shortens the life of the

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Dirty makeup brushes aren’t only culprits for breakouts,

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To keep them in pristine condition, wipe on a paper

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NICHE fashion

FASHION

FORWARD

A LOCAL

APPROACH TO

RUNWAY

FASHION

RALPH LAUREN

This RL Polo collection

is a little bit country and

a whole lot rock and roll,

featuring bold colours,

fun prints, and lots of

seasonal textures.

Alot of the time, fashion

seen on runways around

the world, especially at

fashion week, is hard to translate

into wearable, local looks. Not true

this season! So many designers’

Fall 2014/Winter 2015 collections

introduced exciting pieces that are

easy to replicate, and for which you

can easily find similar, affordable

pieces in retail stores around British

Columbia. Three of our favourites?

BCBGMAXAZRIA, Ralph Lauren

and Rebecca Minkoff.

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ACCESSORY

TREND ALERT

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Menswear inspired, back to

basics pieces were the inspiration

for this mix and match, ready to

wear collection.

The reimagined fanny pack

is back again this season,

offering up a new take on old,

functional favourite.

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RUNWAY

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TREND ALERT

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Marking this brand’s 25th

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little edgy and is perfect for

West Coast layering.

Faux fur is a fun way to add a

little texture to an outfit. For 2015,

watch for furry collars, hand muffs,

hats and boot cuffs.

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NICHE lifestyle

girl

TALK

was

by Mary Zilba | celebrity columnist

Every New Year brings us that sense of

fresh starts and new beginnings; that

time when we make resolutions and

vow to make this year better than the last.

It also gives us an opportunity to reflect on

the good, bad and the ugly of the last 365

days, which always inspires me and provides

me with a movie reel of life lessons. This past

year has certainly given me many blessings

and gifts, but I was also presented many new

and difficult challenges that have touched

me, taught me and I believe, made me a

better person.

While I am so happy the New Year is here,

2014 has forever changed me. Just as I’m

sure is the case with you, my past year

was filled with amazing highs and some

devastating lows, but in retrospect, I am

grateful for both.

The highest of the highs for me this past

year was that, after 15 years of taking

medication for his seizures, my son Chase

The Good, The Bad & The Memories…

completely taken off and is now seizure

free. Another very high note for me in

2014 took place in Rome, Italy this past

March, where I was given the incredible

gift of becoming the first ever soloist ever

to be permitted to sing in the sacred Sistine

Chapel since its erection in 1472. This

honour was something I will forever cherish

as long as I live. I was asked to accompany a

musical group from NY; an opportunity that

allowed me to travel throughout Europe,

performing with one of my best friends and

violinist Rosemary Siemens, to places I had

only dreamed of visiting. Later in the year,

I spent 2 glorious weeks on holidays with

my youngest son Chad, where we visited

the country of Colombia for a mother and

son trip of a lifetime. I also started a few new

business ventures that kept me extremely

creative and challenged, and finally got out

of a mommy vehicle and purchased myself

an electric car, which not only made me feel

good about helping the environment, but it

is also the car of my dreams.

Of course, there were also challenging

and extremely difficult moments this past

year; trying times that I believe had the

greatest impact on me and taught me more

about love than any other time of my life.

My father, whom I absolutely adore, was

diagnosed with bladder cancer this year

which not only gutted me, but presented me

with emotions I had never felt before. As a

daughter, I had to learn to cope in a way I

was not familiar with, all whilst supporting

him and remaining uplifting. As a mother, it

is true that we can fully describe the love we

have for our children, and this past year, I

have never felt so afraid when my son, Cole

called to say there had been a mass shooting

on campus in

Santa Barbara,

California, where

he lives and goes

to school, and

that the shooter

lay dead in front

of him. I will never forget the sheer panic I

felt, and the overwhelming need to protect

my child.

Perhaps the greatest gift I was given this past

year came from a dying friend. My brave

and courageous friend Adrienne Pace who

had battled kidney disease for years and at

age 44 chose to end her battle in her own

way, and decided to refuse treatment. I had

only known Adrienne for a couple years and

saw her and spoke to her off and on, but it

wasn’t until she was extremely ill that she

reached out to me and asked if I wanted to

get together. I knew it was going to be very

difficult for me to handle, but this wasn’t

about me, it was about her. So, I spent a lot

of time with her in her last few weeks and

although I felt helpless and overwhelmed, I

was beyond honoured and grateful to have

spent time with this incredibly beautiful,

pure spirited woman. She was and will be

such an inspiration in my life going forward

as her strength gave me a gift I will forever

take with me and her spirit will always be

a testament to how fragile life is and how

we should cherish every living breathing

moment. Thank you my dear friend for

blessing my life.

Yes, a new year is time for resolutions and

goals, but lessons from days past always

teach me the most.

Wishing each of you a beautiful and

prosperous year filled with love, glorious

days and inspiring moments. Remember, if

we don’t have the lows, the highs won’t mean

a thing.

Happy New Year!

MARY ZILBA is a singer, songwriter, television personality,

activist, philanthropist, spokesperson and mother of three boys. She

starred on the hit reality TV Series The Real Housewives of Vancouver,

and is creative founder of her popular cosmetic line, Buff Beauty.

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My dear friend, Amy, and I have been anxiously

awaiting our first solo girl’s getaway away for weeks

and alas, it has finally arrived. We are headed to

the beautiful city of San Francisco. A city so rich in history, I can

hardly contain my excitement. I feel a sudden urge to take my

bra off and burn it, throw up peace signs and rock back and forth

to Scott McKenzie’s, If You’re Going to San Francisco. I settle for

something more tame and conjure my best Jeanette MacDonald

impression from San Francisco. You know, when she belts out

those catchy lyrics, “San Francisco, open your Golden Gate,”

that’s the only line to the song I can remember, but I think I have

her tone down, although that may just be because of the happy

hour cocktails we enjoyed before take-off.

After landing, we hop on the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit),

and before we know it we are strolling out into the epicentre of

downtown San Francisco. Our hotel is located right in the heart

of the madness, Union Square, just as we like it. After a quick

check-in and change of clothes, we head out into the clear night

and hit the infamous hot spot, 620-Jones; if you can believe it, it’s

located at 620 Jones Street. The venue has a sprawling roof top

patio, and the inside is so trendy, I would describe it as dirty in

a cool way, like a hipster with dreadlocks. We dine on wine and

cheese and discuss the three full glorious days ahead of us. We

settle up our bill and head back to the hotel to get some serious

beauty sleep, because come 7am, we walk.

If you plan on taking San Francisco seriously do not opt for the

cute flat over the comfortable sneaker, those streets with their

near vertical hills will eat you alive. There is too much, spread out

over such a massive distance that simply cannot be appreciated

from the back seat of a cab. That being said, if walking isn’t

your thing, both bikes and Segway’s are very popular modes of

transportation in the city. Amy and I are walkers, so our first day

begins with a brisk one all the way down one of the city’s main

drags, Market Street, then along the water to Pier 33, where we

will be departing for our Alcatraz Tour.

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San

Francisco

U.S.A.

It’s an odd

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disappears is said to be seen

in San Francisco. It must be

a delightful city and possess

all the attraction of the

next world.

-OSCAR WILDE


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Please don’t miss Alcatraz because

you think it’s scary, or dusty,

or whatever — just remember

that you will need to book your

tickets a good month or more in

advance. The history of the island

and facility is just incomparable,

and the boat ride and views to the

city are breathtaking. There are

headsets available that will take you

on a guided tour.

When we finally make it back to

the mainland we are completely

famished. We cruise down to Pier

39 and check out the famed sea lions

before grabbing a bite and a beer

at one of the trendy little eateries.

There are countless seafood joints

and casual fare to enjoy at Pier

39. When you leave, hang a right

and keep walking along the water

until you reach Fisherman’s Wharf

where you will find an abundance

of shops, restaurants, bars and

fabulous people watching.

From Fisherman’s Wharf, carry on down Beach

Street until you reach the park at the end. To the

left you will see one of the holiest sights known to

women, a little gem called Ghirardelli Square —

yes, that is Ghirardelli as in the chocolate. Holy

Mother, Amy and I walk inside and it is like Willy

Wonka’s Chocolate Factory meets Pop Tate’s

Chok’lit Shoppe. After having our fill of sweet

samplers we head out to find a little cocktail spot

world renowned for its Irish coffee.

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Buena Vista Café has been in its location on the corners of Hyde and Beach

Streets since 1916 and their signature Irish coffee has been served since

1952. Amy and I find a spot at the bar and take a load off. The bartender is

a bored looking fellow, dressed in a crisp white dress shirt with a matching

snow white moustache and floppy white hair. He doesn’t utter a single word,

just looks at us blankly waiting for the obvious: our drink order. “Two Irish

Coffees, please Sir!” I say. He’s a Sir; any man with a moustache like this is

a Sir. He turns away, takes a few wordless orders from other patrons at the

bar and then lines up eight glasses. His next steps are rapid and meticulous,

second nature. He runs his arm seamlessley along the top dousing each glass

in hot water, and then empties all of them. Next comes the coffee, he fills all

the cups in one fell swoop then plops sugar cubes into each, and free pours

fine Irish Whiskey into the steaming cups. Finally, all the glasses are topped

with a collar of whipping cream. Amy and I are sipping the most divine

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The little Irish pick-me-up gives Amy and I a second

wind of energy and we head along Beach Street in search

of North Beach, better known as San Francisco’s Little

Italy. We are absolutely amazed by the splendour and

beauty of the residential architecture styles and stop

every few houses to take a photo. When we finally reach

North Beach, we are delighted by the district, it’s quaint

and magical and both of us can see ourselves living here

immediately. There are flower shops, boutiques, parks

with people dozing in the quiet, restaurants and friendly

faces all around us. After perusing the district we cut up

through Chinatown and head back to the hotel to change

before going out for the night.

San Francisco has a really unique night life. There are still

several hidden Speakeasy’s to visit that require advance

bookings and passwords, the venues do a fantastic job

of embracing their histories, bringing to life the secrecy

and underworld associated with Prohibition. We have

a delicious dinner at The Slanted Door and then go to

a trendy little spot called Novella. It’s a literary-themed

bar with drinks named after characters and book-lined

walls. I immediately start geeking out over this place.

One day if I go to heaven...

I’ll look around and say “It ain’t bad, but

IT AIN’T SAN FRANCISCO.

-HERB CAEN

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Our second day in San Francisco is spent in

Union Square. Calling all shoppers, this is

your stop. Union Square offers an abundance

of boutique and luxury retail shops, art

galleries, flagship hotels, restaurants, theatres

and night clubs, all surrounding an urban

park. Off the main square is a sweet little, allystyle

street with squished buildings and bistro

tables, it’s called Maiden Lane. This is where

you will find Chanel, Theory and Hermès

varietal of boutiques all lined up in a row.

Amy and I are beyond thrilled that there is a

women in costume singing Opera in the lane;

she is absolutely brilliant at her art.

For dinner we decide to go back to North

Beach and try a place called the Stinking

Rose, yes, you read that right. This place

is garlic, garlic, garlic. The ceilings are all

dripping with strands of it and every dish is

saturated in it. We share pizza and pasta (and

Mylanta) — relieved we won’t have to worry

about smooching anybody when we leave!

On our final day in the Bay City, we hit some

very notorious hot spots; the Golden Gate

Bridge and the Painted Ladies at Alamo

Square, better known to the children of the

nineties as the park and houses from the

introduction of the television sitcom Full

House. From Alamo Square, we walk to the

district of Haight-Ashbury.

Haight-Ashbury, or simply The Haight, really

began to flourish post war in the 1950’s and

continued to expand to its peak of popularity

in 1967 during a time referred to historically

as The Summer of Love. This was a summer

when over 100,000 hippies congregated in the

neighbourhood and it became the epicentre

of the Hippie Revolution in North America.

Today the neighbourhood maintains a very

bohemian atmosphere. There are vintage

shops and smoke shops with names like The

Love of Ganesha where you can still purchase

a little piece of the tie-dye, flower power era.

Amy and I meander lazily in and out of shops

and bookstores all the way down Haight

Street to Golden Gate Park.

All too quickly it is time for us to bid adieu

to the wondrous city of San Francisco. With

flowers in our hair, Bloody Mary’s in our

bellies and the tune to Full House stuck in

our heads, we hop on one of the iconic trolley

cars, hang off the side and bomb back to

Union Square and then, onward and upward,

back home to British Columbia.

Leaving

San Francisco

is like saying goodbye

to an old sweetheart...

You want to linger

AS LONG AS

POSSIBLE.

-WALTER KRONKITE


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Indeed Kim Newns grew up with the world of arts

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forms, finger painting (which she still does) from

her mother, who ran a pre-school out of their large

home in Cobble Hill. Newns also spent considerable

time with her father, who was a musician, taking acting

and voice lessons and performing piano.

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the business of art fans her fiery flames, she’s most

playful and relaxed painting and creating. Once

she sits down and the first brush is lifted, there’s no

stopping her. She works predominantly with acrylic

and oil, and recently she painted her first water colour

in ten years—her first ever lion painting, which I gave

to my mother for her sixtieth birthday in Leo last year.

Newns’ artistic influences include Emily Carr, Monet

and Picasso, with landscapes and music being her

favourite subjects to paint.

“Growing up in such a musical household has given

me the ability to really listen, feel and appreciate

music,” Newns says. “You will see on your Janis Joplin

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-KIM NEWNS

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You could say Newns makes

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as the Beacon Hill Park-inspired

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Since 2011 Newns has had her artwork on

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March 2012, the Victoria Event Centre

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has participated in art demonstrations at

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Art Club. In July 2013, Newns hosted an art

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Hudson’s Bay, $15. Tracey: Anne Klein black dress, Hudson’s Bay, $159. Ivanka

Trump Chanisely pump, Hudson’s Bay, $185. Stardust New Gradient bracelet,

Swarovski, $60. Stardust Cry Double bracelet, Swarovski, $80. Robin: Zenana

Outfitters black maxi, Lark and Sparrow, $60. Shoes, Stylist’s own. Slake Rock

Denim bracelet, Swarovski, $70. Expression blue stone necklace, Hudson’s

Bay, $30. Rachel Roy safety pin earrings, Hudson’s Bay, $26. BEAUTY

REMARKS PAGE 60 Jack Black Intense Therapy lip balm, Sephora, $8.00.

EOS lip balm in Pomegranate Raspberry, London Drugs, $3.99. Lush Mint

Julip lip scrub, Lush, $9.95. MOVING ON PAGE 70 Beauty So Clean

complete cleaning system, London Drugs, $10.00 - $15.00. Blendercleanser

Solid, Sephora, $20.00. Anastasia Beverly Hills sharpener, $8.00.

Join us on our musical journey!

congratulates the Victoria Conservatory of Music on their

50 th Anniversary and new community campaign projects:

The Chwyl Family School of Contemporary music

School of music Technology and Creativity

First Satellite location in the west Shore

expansion of Children’s Outreach Programs


Bringing more music to more people in more communities is our passion.

We have launched a 50 th Anniversary $2 Million Campaign to help us achieve these goals

and are more than half way to our target. We hope that others will be inspired to help us

on this journey. - Jane Butler McGregor, VCM CEO


vcm.bc.ca/giving • 250.386.5311

Charitable Registration Number: 10817 2255 RR0001

VCM Funding

Partners

We acknowledge the

financial assistance of the

Province of British Columbia


NICHE lifestyle

NINE

The two most important

days in your life are the day you are born and

THE DAY YOU FIND OUT WHY.

-MARK TWAIN

Perhaps this

is your WHY year!

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WINTER 2015

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