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westcoast buck-a-shuck around town oyster specials in vancouver

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Apparently, Vancouver takes this Oyster thing very seriously – no shyness to the offering of buck-a-shucks in Vancouver…!

Rodney’s Oyster House

Rodney’s Oyster House

The low-tide special offers one type of oyster for $1.50 a shuck, daily from 3 to 6 p.m. Not the best deal in town, but wide selection and fun ambience. Hunky servers make it a good catch for girls’ night out. 1228 Hamilton St., 604-609-0080

Oyster Seafood & Rawbar

Oyster Seafood & Rawbar

A small, charming pearl tucked into the old Stock Exchange Building. Buck-a-shuck daily from 4 to 7 p.m.; or an 18-piece mix for $36 any time of day. Romantic vibe for date nights. 475 Howe St., 604-899-0323

Cork & Fin

Cork & Fin

Buck-a-shuck on Monday nights – all night long – with more than one local variety to choose from. The champagne mignonette at this small Gastown boite is the fizziest around. 221 Carrall St., 604-569-2215

Coast

Coast

Slide up to the bar from 3 to 5 p.m. for buck-a-shuck. Smile nicely at the bartender and he might slip in some Kusshis or other premium varieties. Good selection of East Coast oysters. 1045 Alberni St., 604-685-5010

Joe Fortes Patio

Joe Fortes Patio

And, I make my final selection (good times last night!) as Joe Fortes, they have $1.00 oysters too, AND $5.00 glasses of wine plus 50% off their appy menu in the bar.

Vancouver, we have lots of options.

meatpacking monday: take a stroll through NYC’s High Line park & get inspired!

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One of the coolest spots in NYC by far has to be the High Line park, located on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. Founded by community residents in 1999, this city sanctuary was built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan. From catching some rays, to having a picnic, or even hosting a runway show, the High Line has it all. Almost everyday of the week this public park has an event or attraction for it’s visitors. If you live in NYC, or are just visiting this is a M U S T see.

Exclusive Summer Excess Online Sample Sale! ♥

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Online Sample Sale:

Our summer gift to you! We at Sienna Ray love our “fab fans”.

Submit your FAV summer excess photo to unlock your invitation to our exclusive online sample sale (up to 80% off styles!!). Please POST or EMAIL your photos to our facebook page or send directly to marketing@siennaray.com, and we will post on your behalf. In return you will receive back our exclusively priced bags and footwear selection.

ALL SALES ARE FINAL + ground shipping, as always is included ;)

Summer Excess Contest Details:

*It gets even better! Whoever gets the most “likes” on their photo WINS A PAIR OF SIENNA RAY SUMMER SANDALS! Now that’s what we call celebrating summer excess in style ♥

Contest Rules:
- one photo per person…so make it your best!
- “like” us on facebook
- Get your friends & fam to like your photo, popularity wins this race!

Good luck and lets have some fun xx

Beach Babes! ✹ What to pack ✈ #Shade&aVaca

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Woo! Put the paperwork down and get out your swimsuit out…HOLIDAY VACA IS HERE! Whether you are jetting off to St Tropez (like Ms. Sienna Ray herself gathering inspirations for our next collection) or just taking a long weekend at your local beach, we have the ultimate holiday vaca packing guide for you. Now turn up your tunes and pull that suitcase out- lets go!

 

THE PERFECT SWIMSUIT

Crafted Tassel Bikini – ITS ALL ABOUT THE FRING!

Shimmi- gotta love strings & neon

Nora Kamali- figure flattering suit that works WONDERS

Milly- fun prints are HOT this season

SASSY COVER-UP

DVF- floor length plunging neck YUM

Mulberry romper- fun & playful

JCrew- sexy beach skirt

PARTY DRESS

ASOS- cheer top dresses are IN

Mason- how can you go wrong with a red hot pelum corset?

SHOES!

Sienna Ray “louise” glitzy flats- wear them to the beach or wear them to dinner…fashionable/functional

Valentino wedges- how can you resist?

ACCESSORIES

Sienna Ray & Co. ‘pippit” mini cross body- the ULTIMATE travel/holiday bag

Sienna Ray & Co. “sunday” belt- sight seeing or beach time, this belt purse is perfect

Oasis multi bangles- get your arm party on!

pardon my swagg- Jimmy Swagg eyewear…get your stunna shades on

H&M- floppy hat, shade your face while looking fabulous

BEAUTY

Frederic Fekki Summer Hair Zero Hummidty Frizz Control- need I say more?

MAC refined golden brozner- we never leave home without it

Neutrogena Agless Essentials with SPF 25- tan is hot, wrinkles are not

Maybelline Falsies mascara- fake eyelashes not needed

Stila lip glaze- sexy and natural kissable lips (do I smell a summer fling?)

Now your almost done packing!! Just a couple more things to add in that will make your vacation completely FABULOUS!

50 Shades of Grey set- Now I know what your thinking…BUT don’t you want to see what all this buzz is about? Kick your feet up and make sure you have a cold drink while reading because it is SUPPER STEAMY

Flo Rida- the full album from itunes will not disappoint

Yup, it’s official…there is now a full “hungover cure kit” for purchase including all the essentials

Now we have covered everything! Zip up your suitcase and have a wonderful holiday! xx

trendy tips tuesday: Get Inspiried & in the Holiday Spirit- Christmas Windows are Here!

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Entrance of Barney's NYC-Leave it to Lady Gaga to turn Christmas into a holiday for her Little Monsters.

 

Macy's Herald Square was all about charities this year- their theme was "make a wish"

 

it's all about the "snow & bubbles" this year for the famous Saks Fifth Avenue window

 

Bloomingdales' windows showcase designs that were used on previous years holiday shopping bags.

 

"What is Christmas made of?" Lord & Taylor teamed up with children in nearby schools and rescue shelters to and featured their drawings as inspiration for this years holiday windows.

"fantasy world" pretty much sums up Bergdorf's windows this year. It can be described as "Narnia" meets "Under the Sea".

 

I hope we inspired you to check out this amazing holiday windows! It only happens once a year- so bundle up, grab some hot cocoa, and get on it! Here is a walking map of the windows, have fun! xo

 

walking tour

 

 

 

 

trendy tips tuesday: Treat Yourself to the Holiday Festivities @ Bryant Park

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nighttime wonderland @ bryant park

 

trendy holiday shops

 

glide around the skate rink

 

Skip that Starbucks run on your lunch break and head to Bryant Park! It is officially that time of the year, holiday shops are up and filled with trendy holiday trinkets and yummy festive foods. Now I know what your thinking- even though Bryant Park is no larger home to New York’s Fashion Week, don’t write it off your list so soon. The park has turned into a winter wonderland, there is an outdoor ice skating rink smacked in the middle lawn to prove it! Whether your there for a round of chess/backgammon, hitting the shops, or simply there for a cup of coffee- it is a great treat to help you get in the holiday spirit. Here is a trendy tip for you- set up shop with your weekday load of work (laptop included…they have plug ins!) and enjoy the street fashions, it is great wardrobe inspiration.

traveled thursday: California Dreaming- Napa Valley Wine Tasting

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wine country

wine mecca of the world

napa valley wine country

breath taking napa valley winery

napa valley red wine

vintage red wine from napa valley

 

There is only one thing that comes to mind when we reach this day of the week, “Thirsty Thursday”! It is time to kick back and unwind with a great glass of wine. Napa Valley, located in northern California, is known as the mecca of wineries and vineyards.  Why not kick off your Napa Valley excursion with an adventurous wine tour?  The tours point out landmarks-wineries along the way, and tell stories about local history and winemaking. The best part of the tour is tasting some of the world’s most delicious wines!

I know what your thinking…not everyone has the funds to visit Napa Valley for a wine tasting tour. Lucky for you every major city has a first-class winery or local wine events that offer tasting selections to fit everyone’s unique palette. If you’re located in NYC check out local wine events to get your drink on.

travelled thursday: apple picking

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Something in the air this fall feels very different, in a special way. It definitely seems to brings out the energy in a lot of people. It also me and motivates me to go out and venture more. If you’ve got a bountiful amount of energy, I suggest going apple picking. You get to see gorgeous scenery, get fresh air, maybe picnic some, and come home with a basket of fresh apples. Plus, the scent of macintosh apples is just so wonderful!

The fall also marks the beginning of many beautiful things. Leaves turn golden brown and all of the sudden parks seem even more romantic a place to be. Following a new hire of a PR intern starting next month, Sienna Ray is going to be taking on a very original project- how exciting!

where Ben and Jerry's originated

the great (also my second home), Massachusetts

gems in Washington

North Carolina beauty

travelled thursday: london’s retro sweets shops

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This labor day weekend I found myself sitting alone in my new apartment with no cable or internet service. After hours of unpacking and cleaning, I decided to re-watch the first of the Harry Potter (HP) series, Harry Potter and the Sourcerous Stone. The scene where HP bought all the candy from the candy truck on the train got me really envious and craving sweets. I did some research and came upon these cool retro sweets shops in the UK.

Click on the images to learn more about each store.

any sweet tooth's heaven

hand made chocolate in whimsical forms

the cupcake craze

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travelled thursday: rayuela

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Rayuela- Spanish for “hopscotch”. The restaurant is a “freestyle Latino” cuisine. Their signature dishes include ceviches and tapas.  The restaurant is run by Executive Chef Máximo Tejada, up-and-coming restaurateur Hector Sanz and Paul Fernandez. What I love most about the restaurant is the ambiance and decor.

love the tree as a center piece

the bar area

as fancy as a hotel's bathroom

Rayuela

travelled thursday: Pod, asian fusion cuisine

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Pod is an asian fusion cuisine under the STARR group of restaurants. If you’re not in Philadelphia, play with the Cocktail Generator (red tab on the side) on their website. You get a remedy name (pod’s colors): red, orange, yellow, green, and blue. A cocktail’s recipe is generated. It’s pretty cool!

the lighting in pods turns a different color every 5 mins

great for sushi as well as drinks

looks completely different at night than day

modern monday: extra-ordinary bookstores

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Bookstores are no longer hang out spots for bookworms only. I hide out in bookstores on scorchingly hot days to take in the AC, and of course browse through some magazines and books. Take a look at this Ancient Dominican church that has been transformed into a book store. Barnes and Nobles might want  consider redesigning their stores.

lots of natural light

great height

love the european touch

merkx-girod architecture firm

travelled thursday: tubo hotel

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I got very excited when Natalie suggested I write about Tubo Hotel in Mexico. That is because their website is partially written in Spanish- my minor finally came in handy aha! To be honest, I read a short blurb in Spanish on the welcome page before quickly clicking onto the “Frequently Asked Questions” tab.

What amazes me about the place isn’t the ambiance, decor, or concept, but the price. The room goes for only $500 pesos all year  round! Take a look at what cool architecture the hotel is!

cozy set up

how cool!

scenic

Tubo Hotel

 

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 

modern monday: the museum of modern art

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I was fortunate enough to hear Derek Lam, fashion designer, speak on Saturday. He had said being in the fashion industry means you have to keep up to date culture and current happenings. The Newspaper, internet, books, etc. do the trick, but why not visit a museum? The place is filled with culture and is not a bad source of entertainment!

If you can’t make it to The Moma, be sure to visit Google Art Project, where you can hundreds of artworks from museums all around the world.

flap Sofa in plated steel

synthetic velvet and fabric dye

the cabinet of souls

The Moma

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

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part#3: the RANDOM ADVENTURES throughout new york city

 

1. Rent bicycles and ride up and down the Hudson river park – catch a great view of hundreds of local joggers, suntan on the grassy piers, sangria at Boat Basin Cafe

 

my oldschool american vintage bicycle

my oldschool american vintage bicycle

 

2. Hudson River: blanket, picnic feast (Murray’s cheese shop mmmm) bottle of wine and you’re all set

day or night, it's gorgeous along the hudson

day or night, it's gorgeous along the hudson

 

3. Alexander McQueen at the MET, actually standing in line while I write most of this! Aka weekday and early in the am is best (it’s 2pm and taking at least an hour) plus there’s a rooftop bar with a delightful view open until 6pm

take in the view & sunshine up top the MET

take in the view & sunshine up top the MET

 

4. Out of city adventure? Even as you set foot on the train you can feel the beach vibe! About 2 hours (train to bayshore then ferry to ocean beach was what we did) you can be on Fire Island with the rest of manhattan that needs an escape.  So picturesque, no vehicles on the island, radio flyer wagons are typical use to get beach chairs & cool drinks through the pathways to find your perfect little piece of beach heaven….!

yes, tropical beachside does exist this close to nyc!

yes, tropical beachside does exist this close to nyc!

 

time to get out and enjoy xx

travelled thursday: harry potter landmarks, in & around lovely london!

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What will you be doing this weekend? Will you be seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part two?

In celebration of Harry Potter’s last series that is hitting theaters at midnight today, Sienna Ray is going to highlight a couple of Harry Potter landmarks in London. When visiting, be sure to stop by the Gloucester Cathedral and the infamous University city in Oxford!

Happy Thursday and I hope all of the die hard fans out there were able to get their hands on the tickets for tonight! Be sure to let us know how the movie went!

Gloucester Cathedral, the hallway Harry Potter frequents at Hogwarts


Oxford, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Oxford... not a bad place to call home for those Uni years!

“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!

 

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

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WOW if you have the energy this glowing city does not stop… Here’s a few memory making activities that filled my weekends & evenings this spring & into summer:

 

part#1: OUTDOOR/PATIO/ROOFTOP DRINKS (in no official order, all equally fab!):

 

1. Biergarten at the standard hotel in the meatpacking district – picnic table style, crowded as ever with a popular & vibrant new yorkers

2. Mé Bar in Korea town, secret gem of a rooftop with $22 bottles of wine, small patio area, least “glam” of my selections which is often a nice change, sweet view of Rockefeller center which is literally a block away, 32nd street between 5th & 6th, enter the

3. Central park, byob + picnic basket, my favorite area is here: between turtle pond & the great lawn

4. The frying pan, on the river near chelsea, a couple old boats tied up to the pier, fresh, fun and can get a bit crazy into the evenings… fantastic sunset views to boot

5. Corner of 10th St & west 4th St in the west village (yes both streets, love the proper village vibe in this area!) just a block down from the apt I call home in nyc, 4 bar/restaurants right on that corner with good looking young people… been know as my gf’s and my “local” – plenty of cafes/restaurants/bars all throughout the area between there and the meat packing districts, many with either opened up walls/windows, streetside tables, back gardens etc

6. Soho park, great little place with well priced wine, sit in the tiny garden area and put your feet up after hours of soho wandering and shopping! (get your daily dose of greens with their chicago style fried zucchini stix)

7. Oh cannot forget about stone street in the business district, busy most nights but likely wed & thurs are your best bets for suited man watching – bars line both sides of the picnic table filled cobblestone street – the Mexican place is know to do some of the best gauc in the city

8. Shake shack, a nyc staple, there’s a bunch of these throughout the city but the main attraction would be the one in Madison square park, outdoor seating and great people watching – good tie on for shopping in the flat iron district

9. Back again at the meatpacking district, the well-known brasserie Pastis attracts a very international crowd: cannot go wrong with fab french fair paired with curbside & starstudded ‘hidden-behind sunglasses’ celeb spotting

…more? of course! share your favourite places with us too!

now time to get out & play xx

travelled thursday: Mr. and Mrs. Smith

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With the upcoming celebration of 4th of July in the U.S. and Canada day on July 1st, it seems everybody is taking off for vacation. Deciding to go on vacation is easy. The hard part is deciding where to go. Most spend a lot of time researching hotels on the internet to find the best deal for their bucks. Allow me introduce you to Mr. & Mr. Smith, a website that will make planning your trip seem like a breeze.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a luxury website that anonymously reviews stylish boutique hotels and vacation rentals in order to ensure their customers have a great time on their vacation. The list of countries one can visit goes on and on, but do not fret un-decisive ones, their website is very easy to navigate. You also get a bottle of champagne at check in if you book with Mr. & Mrs. Smith – now that’s my kind of lush!

oh so romantic

does prince charming live in that mansion?

worth a thousand words

Mr. and Mrs. Smith luxury boutique hotels

not your ordinary ice-y treat

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There is a certain thrill you get from being an early adopter. Hence when I found out through Daily Candy about the recent opening of Victory Garden, their super cute website quickly sent me down to West Village to be one of the first people to try  the infamous goat milk frozen yogurt!

Opening only just last Friday, their unique flavors such as rose & mastic (tree resin from pine tree in Greece!) surely cannot be found elsewhere. To my surprise, the frozen yogurt was really light and does not have a strong odor to it like goat cheese does.

…on a similar note while obviously having cool iced treats filling my brain these days, I am probably a late adopter to the Pop Bar ( of Gilt City’s “Unique Sweets” tour). Hello clever invention and good looking fro yo popsicles! Where have I been all this time!? The store also makes your design tastebuds go ohh lala- refer to photos. I cannot say enough of this place. One must go check it out! Super cool store!

 

very cool decor of victory garden's

ohh lala

food art? think so!

Victory Garden, 31 Carmine Street, New York

Pop Bar 5 Carmine St, 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

manufacture day out: shopping for new leathers!

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5am: alarm sings me awake, shower, primp & bare essentials to complete my “shopping for leather day” look…
7:30am: quick SKYPE call checking in on mom, thankyou airport wifi, taking in the not-so-often viewed sunrise and ready for a successful relaxing day ahead
10:13am: don’t knock the wish list, sun is shining and in strutting my stuff down the walkway outside airport departures (the longest line of taxis ever!) and I spot a sweet ruby red black cab in the mix and say in my head “oh that ones mine”, then what happens, I merrily trudge along, some young man rushes ahead of me and ha, the car waiting after him just so happens to be my red black can: a lesson in patience by chance…!
10:23am: wow, must say my expectations of this “middle of nowhere industrial city” of guangzhau was definitely only my projection; only now traveling the highway and it is gorgeously abundant of flowers and perfected tidyness, plus the driver understands English – well I’ll soon find out when I arrive to my hopefully correct destination: garden hotel to meet Franco
6:04pm: Haha what a great and surreal day: trekking through hundreds of suppliers in china with my very own chinaman – all paid for including a massive traditional afternoon feast!  Even finished the day early and now catching an earlier flight back to shanghai, success. Erika awaits me with champagne for pre-new years celebrations.

5AM: alarm sings me awake, shower, primp & complete bare essentials to efficiently perfect my “shopping for leather day” look…

7:30AM: quick SKYPE call checking in on mom, thankyou airport wifi. Basking in the not-so-often-viewed beautiful sunrise with a soy latte in hand, I know this day is going to be great.

10:13AM: first education of the morning, don’t knock the wish list!  Sun is shining, I’m casually strolling down the airport departures outdoor walkway (hunting for the front of the longest line of taxis ever!) as I spot a sweet ruby red black cab in the mix and say in my head “oh that one’s mine”, then what happens, as I merrily strut along, some young man rushes ahead of me and ha, the car waiting after him just so happens to be my red black cab of choice: a subtle lesson in “patience pays off”…!

10:23AM: wow, must say my expectation of this “middle of nowhere small industrial city” was definitely only my pre-projection; now traveling the highway for way longer than expected and it is gorgeously abundant of flowers and perfected tidiness with acres and acres of high-rise commercial and residential buildings filling the far landscape. Next step, I’ll soon arrive to my central destination to meet Franco.

6:04PM: what a great and surreal day: trekking through hundreds of suppliers in the presence of my very own personal leather handbag guru  - finishing up the day with a massive traditional afternoon feast was definitely a bonus treat and well deserved with 5 hours of “kid in a candy shop” feelings!  Not only did we successfully discover great new leather styles & colors (hold tight…. top secret for now!), I built a great relationship with my local manufacture and ever-so-more thrilled to get started on many more wonderful things for Sienna Ray in 2011.

catching beautiful colors all throughout the day

catching beautiful colors all throughout the day


natalie