Vancouver Luxury & Supercar Weekend 2015

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We had the pleasure of attending the Luxury & Supercar show this past weekend in Vancouver. To some I’m sure it seems like an odd place for mother/daughter beauty and lifestyle bloggers to be hangin’ out. But beauty comes in all forms and this Luxury & Supercar Event had lots of beautiful things to admire. VanDusen Botanical Garden was host to over $200 million dollars worth of luxury and exotic cars, multi-million dollars worth of jewels, fall designer fashion shows and gourmet food & beverages from some of Vancouver’s top chefs and restaurants.

FACT: It’s been said that Vancouver has the most luxury cars per capita in the world.

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Men who don’t necessarily want to purchase a motorcycle have to at least appreciate this Ducati Corse Motorcycle. Even I can appreciate the beauty of it. Considering back in the day I wanted my now ex-husband to sell his motorcycles.  (sorry ex husband! 😉 )  
I mean, come on, how incredibly cool is this?!

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Needs no introduction does it?

IMG_4630hOne of the most recognizable and most famous sports car symbols ever. 

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I’ve always thought just the name Maserati was ultra cool. 
Say it slowly… ‘M-A-S-E-R-A-T-I’. 

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IMG_4645gAn afternoon spent with my son, Nicholas… who said, “No pics please!” (I will have his pics on the blog one day. Can’t stop me!) And with my daughter, Natasha aka co-blogging partner extraordinaire! Luxury sportscars, hot Vancouver weather in September, millions of dollars worth of jewels and cars, fashion shows, drinks and eats during the afternoon. What can be better? 😉

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Aston Martin

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IMG_1812gOne of the main attractions was the PAGANI Huayra, meaning ‘God of Wind’.

We’re not trying to pretend we are sports car experts by any stretch of the imagination. Or that we are car enthusiasts who naturally seem to know about all car stats and car jargon.  
But we do have eyes and good great taste. And we know when we see something pretty fantastic looking. 

Fact: The Pugani takes approximately 53 workers 3 months to assemble one car. It has a V12 engine, goes from 0 to 62 mph in 3 seconds and can travel up to 230 mph. All I know is it would be super handy for those times when you need to get there fast. 

You too can own 1 for only $2 million dollars

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There were soooo many old classic and vintage cars. But this car really caught my attention. I really appreciated the sophistication and beauty of it. 

I have obviously seen vintage and old cars in person, but I have never seen any like this one. In such pristine, spectacular condition. Like it was just built only yesterday. It made me think of all the old movies I’ve seen. I instantly got nostalgic of that era of which I have great admiration for. I could only imagine the stories this car could tell us. It made me wonder about the places it’s been, who drove it, and what they looked like. I pictured women wearing the classic red lipstick, pearl necklaces, gloves and hats. The men in designer suits, fedoras and smoking expensive cigars. So Rita Hayworth and Humphrey Bogart-ish. 

IMG_4670gThis year they featured a pop up jewelry gallery called THE VAULT. It was the largest showcase of its kind in Canada. It included the Global launch of John Rubel along with 100 original vintage pieces by Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels.

Everything from one of a kind diamonds, rubies and sapphires were shining beautifully on display.
I’ve never been this up close to such stunning, shiny baubles that cost so much. I mean, these jewels were definitely not your run of the mill type that you can buy at the local mall.
Oh, and by the way, they were for sale. But I forgot my black card so…

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These little pretties were Natasha’s favourite. She’s not a huge jewelry fanatic but even she was in awe amongst all of the sparkling gems.

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This immaculate l’il number is only $850,000.

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Now, that beautiful gem of a ring on the far right… yeah… it’s my fave. That’s the kind I want the next time someone proposes to me.
I don’t believe those people who say to me, ‘you can’t have a ring that’s too big for your skinny little fingers dear.’ Ahhh… yes I can.

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Natasha asked them what the most expensive piece of jewelry was in the collection. We were expecting him to pull out a stunner of a honking big diamond ring or a real showstopper of a necklace. Instead the  jeweler presented us with this ring. We were kinda shocked that it was so… small.

It has the rarest of rare blue and pink diamonds. He explained that it is almost impossible to find 2 of these particular rare pink diamonds that match. Also the 4 C’s of this ring are the absolute best of the best quality you can possibly find in a diamond. Extremely rare. He told us that the client that will purchase this ring will most likely do so as a collection piece and not as an engagement ring. Collection piece?! I collect perfume bottles and strawberry knick knacks! 

Value of this little beauty… a cool $4 million and some change. Wow.

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What goes with luxury sportscars and some of the world’s finest gems? Fashion of course. Oakridge Centre presented numerous fashion shows during the weekend event. Models wore some of the latest and hottest Fall styles from, Marc Jacobs, Judith & Charles, MaxMara, Harry Rosen, Boy’s Co., DKNY, Blubird and Hudson’s Bay.

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Luxury & Supercar Weekend Online: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Have you visited the Luxury & Supercar Weekend here in Vancouver? Let us know!

Laura & Natasha xo
(written by Laura, photos by Natasha)

8 Films You Must-See at VIFF 2015

viffWe were thrilled to be invited to an exclusive VIFF Press Conference this past week. We had the privilege of previewing what’s on the Film Festival’s agenda, VIFF presentations and some sneak peaks of the upcoming films. There are sooo many fantastic films that caught our attention! Over 350+ films will be screening at this years festival. That’s a lot of movies which means there is something for everyone! Action, Drama, Music, Fantasy, Award Winners, Romance & more. 

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Now, if we were legitimate film critics then we would be working full time just reviewing every single film. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful job? Getting paid to talk about film for a living. Speaking of which, (completely not related to VIFF but… ) have you ever seen the documentary of legendary Film Critic, Roger Ebert, titled Life Itself ? If not, I highly recommend it. It was released last year and is a very insightful look into the personal and professional life of Roger as a successful Film Critic. I found it very interesting considering I grew up watching his prime time show Siskel & Ebert. A show in which consisted of the 2 critics sitting in a movie theater rating movies and sometimes totally disagreeing and arguing about it. Loved it.

Although we are not professional Film Critics like Siskel & Ebert, we do have a lengthy list of films we would love to see this year at the Vancouver Film Festival. However, since that would be highly impossible for us to see every single one of them, we narrowed it down to a list of 8 films we want to see. To start.  

Luckily, Natasha and I both ended up choosing several of the same movies for our personal top picks. So after a couple of debates and a few coin flips later (extremely technical), we had our final top 8 Must-See Movies list. Voila!

Check out our list below: (movie photo credits – VIFF)

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HOMME LESS 

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I SAW THE LIGHT (HANK WILLIAMS)

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INGRID BERGMAN: IN HER OWN WORDS

intotheforestINTO THE FOREST (FILMED IN BC)

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THE DEVOUT (BC MADE)

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COP CAR

BallerinasTaleAA BALLERINA’S TALE

Follow the links for a full synopsis and information regarding each film. The films are playing around the city at various locations and dates between Sept 24Oct 9th, so be sure to check the full schedule out here!

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With the beautiful ladies from #VIFFBEAUTY – Angela, Lynda & Britta.

Hope you enjoy the film season! Stay tuned for our reviews and updates from #VIFF2015. :)

Laura & Natasha xo
(written by Laura)

THE FIND New & Vintage Furniture Boutique

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If you’re on the hunt for some different and original statement pieces for your home then we’ve found the shop for you!
The FIND is a Boutique Furniture store in Vancouver that sells new and Vintage pieces. The owner Leanne has done all of the hunting and searching for you. All you have to do is choose which piece you love the most. Making a decision of which piece to bring home will be the hardest part!

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The FIND offers everything ranging from gorgeous shimmering chandeliers, rare vintage furniture, original fine art, delicate china and crystal, industrial and shabby chic furniture. So many treasures to discover.

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I have always combined ultra modern along with vintage decor in my home. The mix adds so much visual appeal and balance. I love finding key pieces that make a bold statement then create the decor around it.

The credenza pictured above is a piece that I absolutely fell in love with. If my place was bigger and I had the room I would be all over this fabulous find!

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This is one of the numerous stunning chandeliers for sale. There are so many to choose from but this one is quite elaborate and beautiful.

I must get me one of these in my future closet/dressing room. You know… the monster closet of my dreams.

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The next time you’re on the search for that special piece we totally recommend stopping by The FIND.
Daisy, Leanne’s adorable fur baby is just waiting to say hello!

THE FIND NEW & VINTAGE FURNITURE BOUTIQUE
1703 W. 4th Ave at Pine St.
Vancouver, B.C.

Hours:
Monday – Closed – Holiday Mondays open 12 – 5
Tuesday – 12pm – 5pm – Closed only if Monday was a holiday
Wednesday – Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Laura & Natasha xo
(written by Laura, photos by Natasha)

ArtBeat Vancouver 2015

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When Natasha heard that ArtBeat Vancouver was looking for submissions from local Artists to contribute their art for charity, she knew it was something I’d be interested in.

Founded by Scarlett Smith, Artbeat Vancouver is a non-profit fundraising society. This special event is a celebration of local music and art which raises money for a worthy cause. The evening features a silent auction of art in benefit of Esther’s Place Shelter in Vancouver as well as a portion of the funds (10%) aids Little Footprints, Big Steps.

Esther’s Place is a safe-haven 4 apartment home in Vancouver where abused women and their children can go to rebuild their life safely and securely. This safe house provides support, job training and assistance in essentially starting their life all over again.
Here in British Columbia it is estimated that last year alone, approximately 13,000 women fled abusive living situations.

Little Footprints, Big Steps is a charity that advocates children’s rights in Haiti. They offer protection and healing for children who have been victimized by abuse, homelessness, exploitation, slavery and neglect. Through services and programs they reunite children to their families, provide shelter, protection, food and education.

The event takes place this Saturday, July 25th in Vancouver from 4-10pm. There will be drinks, live music and some beautiful Art for sale. It will be a wonderful evening out for a great cause.

You can read all about the fundraising event and where to purchase your tickets here.

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I was super excited and honored they accepted one of my paintings Pink Friday’ (pictured above) to be included in this years event.

ArtBeat Online: Official Site, Twitter, Instagram

Laura xo