The Quest for Mom Jeans: Top Tips from a Denim Expert

Mom Jeans hanging to dry
Subtitle: How to find jeans that make you feel like Cindy Crawford and not Pat from SNL Photo: Bruno Nascimento/Unsplash

These days shopping for jeans as a mom in her late 30s is almost as torturous as bikini shopping as an insecure 18 year old. I used to own tonnes of jeans, I loved jeans. I wore denim as much as possible. As a 29 year old I owned exactly two pairs of stretchy pants and at two dozen pairs of jeans. Now that number is reverse: I have more yoga pants and tights than I have denim duds.

But now that I’m a mom, my financial and physical reality are different, and so must be my jeans. Read more

Shopcouver: An Insider’s guide to Shopping in Vancouver

Vancouver Skyline with BC Place Stadium Photo credit: Albert Normandin/Tourism Vancouver
Vancouver Skyline with BC Place Stadium Photo credit: Albert Normandin/Tourism Vancouver

Guest Post By: Miranda Sam, founder Style by Fire

Not even five years ago, when “Vancouver” and “fashion” were used in the same sentence, Goretex would have been thrown in the mix — okay, and maybe Lululemon too. But times sure have changed, and soon enough, Vancouver just may take over Toronto as the Canadian city with the most fashion flagships. Whether or not this city wins yet another title to stack on top of its Most Livable City awards, here are the three most iconic Vancouver neighbourhoods with amazing fashion boutiques. Read more

Get Outta Town: 5 small town Alberta shopping road trips

Christmas ornaments for days at Greeland Garden Centre.
Christmas ornaments for days at Greeland Garden Centre.

Do you ever get the urge to drive straight out of town until the mega malls disappear in your rearview and the traffic thins out? I do. Lately I’ve been poking around in the suburbs and small towns near Edmonton for my shopping fix, which has lead to some pretty fruitful mini-road trips. These half day or day-long forays into Edmonton’s neighbouring towns are my lazy version of a weekend getaway. They don’t require booking a hotel or packing a toothbrush – they are easy, fun and a fab opportunity to go shopping at local shops and tasting at local restaurants.

Coming from a small town, I am a huge fan of a quaint downtown and family-owned stores. If you’re like me and love to poke little shops across Alberta, from the historic downtown stores of Fort Saskatchewan to the hip and charming boutiques of Leduc’s Main Street then this is your local-loving shopping primer. And, as a wee bonus, I’m also going to share a tiny handful of my fave Edmonton indie shops that specialize in Canadian and Albertan goods. Read more