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5 Great Gardening Tips for the Not-So-Green Thumbed

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

We recently got the chance to sit down with Brian Minter, from Minter Gardens & The Country Garden Store for the inside scoop on how to make it look like you know what you’re doing in the garden! If you’re anything like me, gardening can be wee bit scary because I have no idea what I’m doing. I’ve spent many hours wandering the garden aisles at home improvement stores, trying to decide which planters to get, which soil to use and which plants to buy. I felt a bit silly asking for help for what seemed like really simple gardening. I’d end up making purchases, heading home, trying to get through it and then throwing out my wilted plants a few weeks later.

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Frugal Fun – Fraser Valley Consignment Stores

Monday, May 7th, 2012

So, as I find myself seven months pregnant and in need of a whole new summer wardrobe (or so it seems), I have been introduced to the wonderful world of consignment stores. Although I’m always up for a good deal, I had never really taken the time to explore all the great consignment shops that are right in my own backyard! These great bargain boutiques have both the potential to find amazing clothes at hugely discounted prices and the opportunity for you to consign your own clothing, accessories and shoes when you’re done with them (provided they are in good, clean, resellable condition). A win for all involved!

Below is a list of a few consignment stores in the Fraser Valley. Some of these carry children’s or men’s clothes too, but for this feature I’ve focused on women’s clothing. I’m pretty sure you’ll be seeing a children’s consignment store post from yours truly in the future!

Fraser Valley Women's Expo - Unika

1. DD Booski
106 – 23343 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley

I’ve been shopping at d.d. booski for years now. This is not just a consignment store, though, they also carry lots of new items at affordable prices. How? Much of it is department store overstocks and the such. It’s a great place to visit, whether you are in need of something special or just fancy a browse. And, heck, it’s a trip to Fort Langley which is always fun! Click here to learn more about their consignment policy.

2. Unika
102 – 5658 Vedder Road, Chilliwack

Unika – a lifestyle company is a really, really neat store. They describe their store as a modern blend of new, almost new and vintage clothing, accessories, jewelry and home decor. If you are the type of person who likes to have that one-of-a-kind shirt/dress/outfit that everybody adores and nobody else has, Unika is for you. Click here to learn more about their consignment policy.

3. Clothesline Consignment
5685 176 Street, Surrey (Cloverdale)

Cloverdale’s Clothesline Consignment was the first consignment store I ever visited – and it set the bar high. The store is packed from wall to wall with fashions for women of all ages, great accessories – even shoes! And it’s all at a fraction of what you would have paid for the garments when they were new. The store is merchandised nicely and though it’s not a huge store, you’ll be in there for quite some time looking through racks and racks of great finds. Click here to learn more about their consignment policy.

4. Crazy About Clothes
11952 228 Street, Maple Ridge

Maple Ridge’s Crazy About Clothes boasts an ‘upscale’ consignment collection, and it didn’t disappoint. Designer fashions, like-new brand name handbags – they have it all. The store is stocked full of awesome fashions and they host regular events that look like lots of fun. Click here to learn more about their consignment policy.

5. Klassy Katz Consignment
10 – 32904 Ventura Avenue, Abbotsford

Klassy Katz’ mission statement is “To offer impeccable quality, name brand apparel in an assortment of sizes and styles to accommodate all varying body styles and shapes while providing the best shopping experience available in the world of consignment clothing”. And they have succeeded in their mission, if you ask me. I’ve only just discovered this store but the staff were super helpful, the collection of clothing was diverse and I found some awesome deals! Click here to learn more about their consignment policy.

Bonus #6 – Cashmere & Cupcakes
21594 48 Avenue, Langley

This designer consignment boutique caught my eye recently. Local fashionistas will love this adorable boutique stocked with brand name clothing, jewellery and other accessories.  We’re talking Coach, Gucci, Chanel – real, quality designer finds.

Every week I’m finding more good ones scattered throughout the Fraser Valley. Where is your favourite local consignment store?




5 Great Fraser Valley Garden Centres

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

If you’re anything like me, you love the look of beautiful garden flowers but you just don’t have the time to get them looking half decent. It probably doesn’t help that my thumb is anything but green and that I don’t really know where to begin when it comes to growing a garden! Lucky for me (and all the other brown-thumbed gardeners out there) these 5 great gardening centres in the Fraser Valley employee folks looking to broaden our gardening knowledge. They are also great for seasoned gardeners who are looking for good quality plants and accessories.

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5 Great Gluten Free Eateries in the Fraser Valley

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

If you’re like us, you love sharing food with friends and family. But if you have celiac disease, or any sort of gluten intolerance, finding a place that serves or bakes food you can enjoy can be stressful. That’s why we love these bakeries and eateries, which show food can be gluten-free and still totally delicious. This list of 5 Great Gluten Free Eateries in the Fraser Valley should help you find a place that you and your friends can all enjoy.  

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5 Great Exercise Classes in the Fraser Valley

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Well folks, bathing suit season is almost upon us – whether we like it or not! This year our goal is to be ready for it and with all the awesome, unique fitness classes being offered in the Fraser Valley, we intend to have fun doing it. This list of 5 Great Exercise Classes in the Fraser Valley should have you moving your booty before you have time to come up with an excuse! We promise most of these classes will be so much fun you won’t even realize you’re exercising!

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5 Great Coffee Shops in the Fraser Valley

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

We love great coffee, especially when it’s served up in a comfy, unique coffee house. Lucky for us, and you!, the Fraser Valley has more than just a few unique coffee destinations that offer a lot more than yummy coffee. Our list of 5 Great Coffee Shops is a guide for coffee dates with your loved ones, gatherings with friends or solo working sessions. We promise even non-coffee drinkers will  love these destinations, too.

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Live Blog: Fraser Valley Women’s Expo – Who’s Here

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

There are all kinds of great local companies here at the 2012 Fraser Valley Women’s Expo at Heritage Park in Chilliwack. Stop by this weekend and be sure to bring some shopping bags because there are LOTS of awesome companies and products here!

Sip & Sweets is here! This Chilliwack sweet & coffee shop just opened up in October and is already gaining quite the reputation amongst sweet tooth’s everywhere! Not only a candy shop, Sip & Sweets serves up crepes and other goodies, as well as italian sodas in cute little glasses!

Soul Tree Handmade Adornments is here! With all the beautiful handmade feather clips, earrings and elaborate hair pieces, this is a booth you won’t want to miss! All made locally, artist Dionne Perrott likes to make pieces that suit all types of styles. Whether you like natural & earthy tones, or are looking for a pop of electric blue, you’re sure to find that one piece that speaks directly to you! We loved her super cute booth decor too!

Omega Crunch is here! These goofy folks are serving up samples of their delicious (yes we said delicious) flax seeds! Choose between roasted garlic with crackers, or roasted maple on yogurt – or try both! This great Canadian product is an awesome way to get that extra nutritution in a super easy way. Flax seeds are excellent for our health, and Omega Crunch makes it easy (and yummy) to add to smoothies, oatmeal, cream cheese bagels and more!

Just My Style is here – and they brought their whole store (at least, it looks like it)! Located in Chilliwack, this store is a giant collection of all things vintagey, cozy country inspired, and inspirational. We loved their booth display so much, mostly because there is just so much to look at while you’re there! Great show specials so be sure to stop by and say hello!

Lisa Berry Photography has a beautiful display here! Focusing on portraits & wedding photography, Lisa Berry is a talented photographer based out of Hope. Her whimsical style and cutesy-putesy children’s photography will be sure to win your heart. Stop by her booth to say hello and enter to win a $75.00 gift certificate!

Laura Derksen from Crystal Clear Boutique creates beautiful frilly accessories for all ages, and who doesn’t like a little bit of frill every once in a while? From uber-cute flapper inspired dresses for wee ones, to fabric rosette hair pins, everything is handmade with love. What’s every better? She makes custom designs if you are looking for that perfect accessary to suit a particular style or outfit. Plus, she’s super friendly and would love it if you stopped by to say hello!

We love the ladies at The Passionate Home, and they’re here too! As always, their booth is filled with delightful things, and we loved their creative usage of scrabble pieces. Along with showcasing merchandise from their store, they’ve also partnered up with Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint and are doing demonstrations at their booth all weekend. Don’t miss their full presentation on stage at 3:00pm on Saturday for loads of decorating & furniture refinishing tips!

The cutest bibs in the Fraser Valley are here! Visit the MacBib booth to check out Shari’s bandana inspired bibs with easy velcro closures to keep them secure on even the squirmiest toddlers. You can also find super soft blankets and cutesy burp clothes at her booth as well!

Tucked away in a cute little booth is Little Treasures, a booth that showcases a plethora of crocheted hats, headbands, baby clips and photography props. We especially love her sock monkey hat – too cute!

 

Newlove Decor & Design‘s booth has the right idea… they have a candy display! Showing off fancy table settings with a pop of bright turquoise, this wedding inspired booth is certainly eye catching. Check out our recap of Erin’s main stage presentation on 2012 wedding trends, and ways to make your wedding more unique to showcase your personality!

New-to-Chilliwack Unika is here! Filled with a mixture of new products and hand selected consignment items, Unika is also the only official supplier of Tom’s footwear in the Chilliwack area. Stop by to check out their unique collection of spring wear, purses and accessories. Don’t miss their beautiful necklaces and bracelets from Mala Imports while you’re there.

Sweet Piece is here with all things delicate and beautiful! Sweet Piece carries unique pearl, swarvoski crystal and sterling silver jewelry for weddings, special occasions and everyday wear. They also make custom pieces on a regular basis, so be sure to stop by and visit them if you are looking for that perfect piece of jewelry for your wedding day.

Elly’s Studio of Cake Design is here, and are teaching the ladies how to decorate cupcakes! Be sure to visit their booth for tutorials, and to get the opportunity to actually make one yourself. You’ll be blown away by her flower designs – you won’t believe that they aren’t real flowers!

Voila Lash Lounge is here and they’re doing lash extensions on site! We suggest that you get there early if you’re interested because they’ve been busy all weekend! Not too surprising – who wouldn’t want to relax with a blanket while getting beautified! Looking for eyelash extensions after the show? Visit their new studio on Young Rd in Chilliwack!

Grace + Allure Beauty Salon is here! Fixing up ‘dos with smiles, these lovely ladies sure are happy to be here! Visit them for a hair style touch ups and learn more about all the great services they offer. They really are full service – and of course, local!

Undine’s Retreat Day Spa & Hair Studio is here spreading the word about their newest location on Promontory Rd (in Chilliwack)! Combining spa treatments (massages, facials, etc), wellness treatments (reiki & reflexology) and hair services, Undines is a great destination to visit when you are looking for a full body treatment! Visit their booth for a What’s New at Undine’s flyer which features exciting info like upcoming seminars!

Shannon Ardell from Travel Only is here and giving away a $100 travel voucher! She’s also dishing out great travel tips and ideas to help you get from here to there – wherever your dream destination is. With so many travel books and so many pretty beach pictures, you’re bound to walk away with symptoms of wanderlust.

Speaking of travel, we love clothes that make travelling easier! Mai Tai Dresses is here with their version of the “100 Ways Dress” and you won’t believe how many beautiful options that 1 simple dress has. Dress it up with a blingy pin, or dress it down with tights – the choice is up to you! We love all the different colours and patterns and the special show prices!

There is no shortage of fantastic home decor ideas here at the Fraser Valley Women’s Expo. Home Sweet Nest has brought so many unique pieces to the show that we had to loop back around to check out their booth again. Plus, their spacious booth feels just like home with all the warm, cozy and vintage items to browse. Oversized vintage picture frame chalkboards? Yes please!

Hands need some rejuvenation? Inspired Arts & Gifts is demonstrating Aromatica’s Skin Polish Sunday from 11:00am – 5:00pm. Be sure to stop by and see them for the ultimate 2 minute hand scrub and lotion treatment. Super affordable (and super awesome), you’ll want to walk away with a package of your very own – we sure did!

Agape Bridal is here with wedding gown ideas galore! With a few on display, and lots of wedding packages to take home with you, this booth with have you hearing wedding bells (if you aren’t already married of course!)

Another local bridal boutique Silk & White Satin, was also here with a dress adorned booth.  We loved the pop of red in their display, a great bridesmaid dress design! Their store offers a collection of dresses, accessories, jewellery and shoes to choose from.

Rickie Ruch from The Natural Solution is here with his natural alternative for hot tub maintenance. Chemical free, his system (designed and manufactured in Abbotsford) keeps your hot tub clean and easy to maintain. Be sure to stop by and chat with him, he’s so helpful and happy to talk about how it works!

Fraser Valley Women’s Expo

www.fraservalleywomensexpo.com

44140 Luckakuck Way, Chilliwack




Live Blog: 2011 West Coast Women’s Show

Friday, October 21st, 2011

The 2011 West Coast Women’s Show at Abbotsford’s TRADEX is now underway!

We are excited to once again be live blogging the show all weekend. We will let you know who’s here, what’s on and keep you in the loop with all the action here! There are 400+ booths, fantastic shows and celebrity appearances. There is something for all women at this show and we hope to see you!

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2011 West Coast Women’s Show – Things To Do

Friday, October 21st, 2011

The shopping here is great, but there are also lots of fun services to discover and try out here at the West Coast Women’s Show.

As well, be sure to check out what’s happening on the 4 stages throughout the weekend – they’ve got celebrities, cooking, fashion shows, exercise demos and lots more!

Enviro Trends is here and they’re fixing you up with fantastic hair. Stop by for hair tinsel, feathers, five-minute updos and styling. They also sell hair care products, extensions and flatirons.

Langley’s Cascades Casino is here and they are playing Blackjack (not for money)! Be sure to stop by and check them out.

Luxury Hair Systems is here this weekend, in the Active Women’s Zone (near the Main Stage).  They are offering all sorts of different hair services including pretty feather extensions and hair straightening. They are also selling hair straighteners available in a variety of funky colours!

We are big fans of threading – have you tried it? Suman’s Beauty & Bridal Boutique from Abbotsford is here at the show and they are offering threading services to show visitors. Stop by and give it a try!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




2011 West Coast Women’s Show – Who’s Here – Booths to Check Out

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Visitors to the 2011 West Coast Women’s Show are in for a treat. There are more than 400 booths and we are super excited to see lots of local businesses here!

If you’re up for some early holiday shopping – this is where you’ll want to be.

Check back to this post throughout the weekend as we will be regularly updating it as we find more exciting vendors to share with you!

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