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henri bendel : match made in handbag heaven

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What a trip. 5th ave glitz and glamour indeed.

SO lovely to meet all you this weekend at our first showing with Henri Bendel – thanks to all your amazing support we will be seeing you again very soon!

…few of our istaGLAM favorites for you:

Sienna Ray makes an appearance at Henri Bendel

a little taste of Sienna Ray for HB

après goes casual chic for summer, lioness/hershi + bric croc

the milfie duo, Sienna Ray + Thierry Lasry

Oliva arrives with her prized jovie and departs with new bric croc après

après for day or night, robin/richness + antique jewlery + indkon croc (now SOLD-OUT)

babette in indikon croc + hershi

spring must-have cross-body mini's

tux mak in robin now SOLD-OUT

NEW tux mak, robin + hershi combo

proud Sienna supporter Katherine O'brien

Sienna Ray makes an appearance at Henri Bendel; a little taste of Sienna Ray for HB; après goes casual chic for summer, lioness/hershi + bric croc; the milfie duo, Sienna Ray + Thierry Lasry; Oliva arrives with her prized jovie and departs with new bric croc après; après for day or night, robin/richness + antique jewlery + indkon croc (now SOLD-OUT); babette in indikon croc + hershi; spring must-have cross-body mini’s; tux mak in robin now SOLD-OUT; NEW tux mak, robin + hershi combo; proud Sienna supporter Katherine O’Brien.

Extra special thanks to @RoxanneRizzo, @audreyylam, @Snapette and loving the discovery of @THIERRYLASRY ‘milfie’ shades to match our ‘milfie’ bag!

International Womens Day : Vancouver inspirations in the life of Sienna Ray

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International Womens Day : Vancouver inspirations in the life of Sienna Ray

Straight up. Yes simple as a THANK-YOU to these wonderful women. It’s your confidence that drew me towards you and your genuine character that keeps me coming back for more. Cheesy but true you are my #HomeTownHeros!

Each of you have been an integral part of the growth of Sienna Ray. From humbled home-sewn classics to passionate photoshoots, with much advice and encouragement along the way.

Celebrate International Womens Day by recognizing the amazing ladies there for you now and helped you & your business evolve into the success it is today.

The journey has only just begun…

-Natalie xx

Inspiration Business Women forming the roots of Sienna Ray in Vancouver (in some-what clockwise from top left order): stylist Deanna Palkowski, Jacqueline Tupper of LORDS Shoes, advisor Ashley Avinashi, Miriam Alden of Brunette Showroom,  Marilyn Wilson of Marilyns of West Vancouver, Rebecca Philps senior editor at Vancouver Magazine, make-up artist Rebecca Lee, Jeanine Tychkowsky of Sutro Salon, Donni-Rae Edmondson of Priviledge Clothing, Jane McFadden and Megan Maxwell of Fine Finds, Tawnya Busch of Lexington Models, Marianne & Melissa Jurcevic of Hum Clothing, Marion Fudge of Tenth+Proper, KristinAnn Janishefski of The VanGuardPR, Brenda Wong of ModelCo and the Fashion Academic Director of The Art Institute, jazz vocalist Jaclyn Guillou, Kathie & Alisa of Wish.List Boutique, business advisor Lydia Taylor, Kylee Simpson & Tiffany Dobson of Suasion Boutique.

talent tuesday: ballet flats from toms shoes

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We’re all a fan of being comfortable and looking fabulous at the same time. Toms brand has definitely mastered the art of combining both. Their first collection of ballet flats are set to be released spring 2012. They are to be sold at an upscale  line at Neiman Marcus for about $125, and a core collection for other retailers, which will retail between $74 and $79. Here are pictures of the already- coveted shoes.

must have print for spring 2012

oh so pretty! - spring 2012

this beauty, available in stores

the infamous wedge- almost out of stock!

talent tuesday: fashion’s night out 2011

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Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) was originally conceived by Anna Wintour in 2008. For me, FNO is like a city wide fashion show that is open to the public. Designers and important people in the fashion industry make appearances at retail stores that are showing their latest fashion. FNO is definitely a love child of fashion and fun.

To list a couple of my favorite in store events on 10/8…

Phillip Lim boutique will be transformed into a ‘Girls on Bikes stop’ in the vein of a truck stop but for chic girls around town who ride bikes! 6pm – 11pm

Oscar de la renta will have a special FNO collection available online

Alexander McQueen Collect one of a limited number of FNO2011 keys containing a special code for the chance to win an Alexander McQueen Folk Tote. Enter your code online to see if you’ve unlocked the gift.

FNO 2010

FNO 2011

well-dressed wednesday: sweet sample sale alert!

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…way too many great summery pieces to choose from!

sample sale one of a few dace sienna ray handbags

thursday july 28th 11am-7pm

dace | one of a few | erin templeton

@300 – 76 W. 6th Ave (@ Manitoba)

travelled thursday: mobile fashion, convoluted construct

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Pop up stores and businesses like Cool Haus has taken retailing to the next level. This weekend while in Soho, I stumbled upon the 83 Anomaly, an installation disguised truck that houses Convoluted Construct, a line of art inspired graphic tees. Now next time you go shopping, would you rather make it an experiential one, or would you rather visit a traditional store.

the interior looks even more amazing

their fabric business card

Convoluted Construct 

“What I learnt in 3 months in nyc…. best outdoor bars, sweetest shopping locations & curious adventures”

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part#2: shop, shop, SHOPPING!


1. Soho: by far the best selection and ambiance, everything from highstreet brands to designer labels, my fav places are between 7th & broadway / houston & grand

got a thing chuck taylor's? check out the converse store in SoHo


2. Flatiron district: amazing homewear stores and large versions of your typical zara/bcbg type stores

3. Upper east & 5th ave: I group these two even though they are quite different – I’d power through in a day and spend more time downtown – must see on 5th is Henry Bendel’s and up east for the athletic types I adore eveythjng in the cute track & field boutique from brazil

4. Day trip: for serious “while we are in the USA” shopping, head to port authority bus station and in less than an hour you’ll be at jersey park mall… Can easily blow a whole day and a fair bit of cash – but in return it’s sweetest ever deals and actually a quality selection, off 5th (SAKS discount) is a must visit

"shopping is my cardio"

"shopping is my cardio"


5. Bleeker street boutiques, between, famous magnoila’s bakery (supposedly the ones who started the current cupcake craze), designer and higher-end branded stores, I have spent a few shopping trips in NARS, Fresh, intermix, MAC, 7 jeans and london’s Reiss to say a few…

...great starting location!

...great starting location!


summer resolution: shop sustainable

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Summer is the season to kick, back, relax, and enjoy the weather. By this time, I am sure some (including myself) have forgotten/ given up on their new years resolution plan. Take advantage of the low key season to get back on track with your goals and plans.

Earlier this year I had planned on shopping sustainable for a change. Well, surprise surprise I finally found the incredible, Sustainable NYC store. They carry cool stuff like: Recycled tin maple syrup candle and recycled chain bottle opener. I think I have found myself a new favorite store. It feels amazing to follow through with your plans and I encourage everyone to do the same!


mm maple syrup


a must have!


Sustainable NYC, 139 Avenue A, New York

found: NEW designer west village boutique

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As I was strolling down the sunny streets of the Manhattan’s West Village, the window display at this trendy boutique stopped me in my tracks! It was first the Brasilian melissa shoes that caught my eye, then realized the entire store was full of very hard-to-find international designers for both, men and women.  The fresh environment & chats with the Italian owner left me energized for the rest of my evening!

(the melissa shoes are in the back...)


Selection of designers available at Nida include: Jamin Puech, Szen, Traits, and Maloles.

Nida Boutqiue

573 Hudson, West Village, NYC

Gastown Shophop Nov. 4th 2010

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I live by the motto that it’s never to early to start getting in the Christmas shopping spirit. Whether shopping for gifts or the perfect party dress, come Nov. 1 I’ve got shopping on the brain (even more than usual!).

The first shopping event to kick-off the festive season is the Gastown Shophop this upcoming Thursday. Nov. 4th from 5-9 pm. It’s a great opportunity to explore the ever growing number of boutiques in the neighborhood and take advantage of special 1-night-only discounts. Sips and sweets provided by most shops are reason enough to come down and check it out! Participating boutiques will have big red bows attached to their storefronts so you won’t be able to miss ‘em!

Enjoy the generous deals and complimentary cheer – see you there!

-S x

PS – If your looking for SR bags be sure to stop by One of a Few and Holly

PPS – If your looking for ME be sure to stop in at Ishara!


playing tricks on your eyes @ Bamboo Ballroom

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For most of us it’s that “in-between” season: that little bit too warm to wear your winter coat but a tad bit on the chilly side to get the legs out on show.

And I don’t know about you, but I cringe at the feeling and sight of good ole’ fashion neutral coloured pantyhouse…. do you grin and bare the goosebumps on your pasty winterized legs – or – grow your patience and wait for the true summertime heat?

Solution: founded by Jessica Halabi of Edmonton (who must know what real patience is when it snowed nearby just last week, ouch!) who created the hand splatter painted nude tight, oh so sexy!!

Cannot imagine how she paints these – are her legs stained with the backsplash hue of paints… but nonetheless I so want a pair, and only $20 for such a wearable original piece of art!

Available @ The Bamboo Ballroom, 8206-104 Street Edmonton, Alberta, 780-439-1363,

LIMITED Jessica Halabi hand splatter painted nude tights

LIMITED Jessica Halabi hand splatter painted nude tights

adding springtime colour & flow to the wardrobe

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It is that time again – spent sunday dispersing clothes ALL over my apartment: this pile “goodbye til next winter”, that pile “maybe it just needs a bit of an alteration so that I wear it more often…”, and the one way over there “good & done, memories are all is left with these pieces worn to extinction!”

Every item has it’s own unique lifespan… as much as I will myself to invent that magic potion keeping puppie dogs cute and puppy-like thier whole lifespan, I wish I could spread magic fairy dust over my favourite tops to keep them looking pristine and fresh forever. But sadly the relization is that neither are true nor coming to life any day too soon.

So divide & conquer, set aside the favourite cooler weather clothes for hopes of a fresh feeling when I pull them out next year and hit the streets to come up with a few new items to mix in and spruce up last years springtime favourites.  To my delight (and not my visa’s delight…) I had quite the success in Club Monico. A hit and miss store for me, this time around the flowy silks & buttery jerseys were a done deal: it did take me to try on the ENTIRE store, my new favourite personal shopper there will vouch for me!

popping colours & delicate florals for springtime @ Club Monaco

popping colours & delicate florals for springtime @ Club Monaco

p.s. if you are in Vancouver, they still have a few of their lucious cashmere scarfs left upstairs in their discount paradise….

guests in town… a day trip to Steveston

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Oh what to do with friends and family in town?

There’s the mainstream traditional: Whistler, Granville Island, Grouse Mountain – maybe even Capilano Suspension Bridge… all of which are fabulous but can get a touch mundane time after time.

Hence my newest discovery – and I cannot believe  it took me so long to find this gem – of the port town of Steveston.  A super quant fishing village bustling with cafe’s and cute-sie little boutiques.  I hear the views on a sunshiny day are amazing but to our happy surprise the gloomy drizzly day actually added to the historic atmosphere.

We strolled around, taking in the sights while slowly gaining bags of goodies:

Racks & Racks of cards, candles, & LUG travel goods & great gift ideas @ Pieces.

More cards, notebooks & wonderful selection of tea leaves and pots @ Nikaido Gifts.

favourite purchase: mini glass tea pot which goes beautifully with my bodum glasses!

favourite purchase: mini glass teapot which goes beautifully with bodum glasses!

Then to rest our feet (and our credit cards) we chilled for a while over the most unique Thai inspired seafood dishes. I was craving a warm bowl of chowder and much to my delight, their Pacific Seafood Chowder blew my expectations. The secret ingredient was Torogashi spice – one I will now keep my eye out for.

views from Mandalay tapas bar in Steveston

views from Mandalay tapas bar in Steveston

Check out the Mandalay Lounge & Steakhouse @ 140, 3900 Bayview Road, on the seaview/pier side of Correlis Mediterranean Grill.

Kiss & Makeup gets a makeover

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Kiss & Makeup beautiful new displays

Kiss & Makeup's beautiful new space

What success: doubling their store front and interior space, Kiss & Makeup exudes that business is good, even great!

It’s no wonder as they only stock the most luscious of makeup and accessories – and, as rumour has it, more and more clothing will fill the racks as well.  Good news all around.

On a sunny day like today I am easily tempted to hit up the cute meandering sidewalks of The Village at Park Royal to get my shopping fix, it’s just what our city needs more of! Did you know they even have little umbrella stands scattered throughout the street… perfect for the not-so-gorgeous days when a Vancouver umbrella is a must, but so annoying to drag sopping wet in and out of your car.  I’m sure for the local North Shore crowd The Village is already in the everyday shopping agenda and for those of you living downtown or in the fraser valley, make a trip over, you’ll be very happy you did.

Kiss & Makeup is currently sold out of their Summer 09 Sienna Ray & Co. bags & belts so get there in early September and you’ll find an even larger selection of the hot new fall09 lineup – but they wont last long with all the extra “bigger store” buzz about town…

Kiss & Makeup is located at 929 Main Street, Park Royal, West Vancouver; phone (604) 922-6292:

925 Main Street
The Village @ Park Royal West Vancouver