Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
victoria, british columbia, is seattle's elegant neighbor to the north. i was completely blown away by the beautiful architecture and sophisticated culture, but the kindness and friendliness of its citizens was what impressed me the most. the street scene was so overflowing with glamorous and fabulously-dressed canadians that i become extremely overwhelmed and exhausted. after taking numerous photographs and realizing that i wasn't going to be able to capture pictures of everyone that i saw, i decided to just stop and go SHOPPING instead. whew.
this week STREET CLASH, the international street fashion blog competition, is featuring victoria versus manchester, england. as victoria is the smallest city participating in this contest, we need to support our canadian friends!
seriously the most charming little boutique.
these two were the nicest, friendliest, most wonderful gals that i happened to meet while having dinner at the ferris oyster bar. as this was my first time in victoria, they had so much helpful and fantastic advice about cool places to visit in the city.
the dinner, by the way, was absolutely FAB.
thanks to the advice of an extremely helpful and cool guy at a gift shop on government street, i discovered THE PATCH. and oh my god, oh my god, OH MY GOD. THE PATCH. oh my sweet lord, children, this is the most GLORIOUS VINTAGE SHOP I HAVE EVER BEEN TO IN MY LIFE!!!!!!! it is vintage shopping NIRVANA. i was in complete and utter EUPHORIA. in my excitement i nearly passed out from hyperventilation as i grabbed bags, scarves, shirts, and belts. it’s like goodwill, redlight and backstage thrift but instead of spending hours sorting through complete junk in order to find those rare treasures, everything in the store is totally hot hot hot hot HOT!!! i was told by a sales clerk that they receive much of their vintage merchandise from toronto. i was praising the fashion gods and i swear i had died and gone to heaven. i just wish i had more time to shop before my #$^@* ferry left!!
nearly every taxi cab i saw was a toyota prius! VICTORIA! GIRL! you are TOO COOL! AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY!!!
victoria's architecture = magnificent.
ahhh...the perfect ending to a PERFECT day.
719 yates street
581 johnson street
569 lower johnson street
FERRIS' GRILL & OYSTER BAR
536 yates street