Indigo Books & Music Inc. Holiday Preview 2012

This past Wednesday, I was invited by Cammy (@indigogreenroom) to the Indigo Books & Music’s Fall and Holiday Preview 2012. Since I have a genuine obsession with Chapters and Indigo Books and all of their books and products, I jumped at this opportunity to get a sneak peek at what new products I’ll be buying for friends and family this fall, particularly as presents. The event was held at a local BC restaurant: the Cactus Club Cafe down on South Granville. This event also highlighted the Cactus Club’s Executive Chef, Rob Feenie and his brand new cookbook “Rob Feenie’s Casual Classics”, which includes delicious innovative and approachable meals.

I had been wanting to meet Chef Feenie for quite some time. I’ve been a foodie fan of his forever. I was super excited to get my photo with him and got to take home his cookbook and sample some of his tasty food!

Image by Natalie Van Apeldoorn

Image by Natalie Van Apeldoorn

You can purchase chef Feenie’s cookbook through Chapters Indigo HERE. 

And now, onto the preview!

“This season’s inspiration was drawn from luxury farmhouse living and the cosy flavours of fall. Expect to see soft, plush fabrics in warm tones, rustic tableware, “local” thinking and elegant stationary influenced by nature. And don’t forget to warm up from the inside – traditional comfort food never goes out of style.” – Heather Reisman, CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc, Fall 2012

“The smell of winter in the air- snowflakes falling on trees, the hustle and bustle on the streets and in the shops – twinkly store windows and decorated trees – letters to Santa, Christmas morning and opening the best ever presents. It’s all part of the magic of the holiday season. And it is what inspired us for Christmas 2012. Enjoy this preview and let us know what you love!” – Heather Reisman, CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc, Holiday Preview, 2012

Despite the sunny August heat in Vancouver, I trekked into the Cactus Club and fell into a winter wonderland of products. Like Heather Reisman describes, I felt the warmth and comfort in rich colours and almost felt the winter season spirit. Here are a few pictures of the products I fell in love with. (And to my friends and family, while I might gift these to you, please also take note for my Christmas list!).

On my shopping list are: owl bookends,  owl salt and pepper shakers, the penguin martini shaker, the lovely blankets, and absolutely every single item on the bright colour table. I can’t wait for these products to come into my Chapters store. Dear Santa…….

Thanks again to Indigo Books & Music Inc. for having me! Happy shopping!!

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Let’s talk bras.

Stella Bra (Photo courtesy of Change Lingerie)

So yes, I am female, and yes, I wear bras. It’s not a secret – and it’s not embarrassing to talk about. In fact, it should be talked about more often. Most women in our western culture do wear these sometimes restricting contraptions to keep their breasts perky and pretty in their tops and dresses.

I have a huge pet peeve though about bras – besides their sometimes discomfort level. When I am walking out and about, I always notice the same thing – that a lot of women are not wearing the right size bra! I see back bulges where the bra is too tight; I see people wearing too small a cup, too big a cup, and other problems which make their breasts look odd and their entire outfit look out of place. A bad fitting bra can cause people to slouch, particularly if their breasts are heavy and they don’t have the right support.

Bras have been in the limelight in recent years. Stacy and Clint on TLC’s What Not To Wear. Dateline did a special. Oprah used to do “Bra Interventions” on her show. According to a news report from Time Magazine back in 2006, anywhere from 70-85% of females are wearing the wrong size bra – and I believe it!

About three years ago, I found the most fantastic lingerie store called Change Lingerie.  It was a little shop with bras lining every inch of their closet size space. It was there that I found my “Eureka!” moment. The salesperson took the time to explain their business, (mainly, people wear the wrong size bra) and then she fit me (which I won’t tell you the size, but what I will say is that I WAS WAY OFF BASE!). She then let me wait in the change room while she went and grabbed bras in my size. I was sold. They fit great, they looked fantastic and they were affordable. I think I walked out with 3 bras which fit perfectly. I went home and tossed out all my misshapen, ugly, bad fitting bras.

I was just in the Cambie store yesterday and spent an hour buying bras. I came out with 3 and couldn’t be happier and feel sexier in them!

Here’s their philosophy:

You. Only Better.

At Change, we respect your natural beauty. That’s why our lingerie doesn’t dictate how your body should look or promise a whole new you. What it will do is give you a variety of styles in a fit that feels just right. It’s all about feeling beautiful. So feel free to express yourself. To explore the different facets of your femininity. And the woman within.

A few noteworthy things that I love about Change:

  1. They offer a free membership that takes 10% off each purchase.
  2. They keep a record of your bra size in their computer.
  3. Their swimsuits – They FIT TO YOUR BRA SIZE! How fantastic is that? I’ve bought 3 since I started going and I get more complements  when I wear them!
  4. They offer matching panties to the bras.
  5. They offer a wide range of sizes from A-K cup – over 90 sizes! They understand that not everyone is a standard A, B or C cup! *finally, someone gets it!* And they are affordable!
  6. They have fun and sexy styles and colours.
  7. They offer sales! Right now it is buy 2 get 1 free!
  8. They contribute funds to search for a cure for Breast Cancer! You might have heard about the Bras Across the Bridge fundraiser with Virgin Radio 95.3 this past year.

While you might feel that you know your size and that this post is a huge waste of time because you love the fun bras you get from La Senza or another shop – I urge you to go here at least once to get fitted for free. Let that convince you to try on some of their bras. I have never felt uncomfortable with the bras they put me in.

While it’s a European company, they have many stores in the Vancouver area (as well as Ontario and Quebec and even Saskatchewan!) Sadly, they don’t have locations in Alberta or the other provinces/territories yet. You can start a franchise if you like!

Check them out via their webpage, their Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter.

If you do try it, let me know how your experience was!