Event: Moustaches for Movember

B1IamTDIMAAfG5zMovember is here! Yes, the month previously known as ‘November‘ is now known as ‘Movember‘. November is a month solely dedicated to raising awareness and funds for men’s health. Specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. It is a month long commitment where men proudly grow stylish moustaches and essentially become live walking, talking billboards creating visual awareness towards the fight against men’s cancers.

Originating in 2004 in Melbourne, The Movember Foundation Charity has spread world-wide. This year official fundraising campaigns will be held in 21 countries and 5 continents around the world.

Natasha and I were beyond honoured to attend the Moustaches For Movember event held at Holt Renfrew Tuesday evening. This cause is near and dear to our hearts. Cancer affects our family as it unfortunately does for so many families. So we were happy to participate in any way we could. Even if just to help spread awareness, getting the word out is paramount.

Maninder Dhaliwal, the event’s lead organizer has definitely succeeded in hosting Canada’s largest Movember event to date! Held at the beautiful Holt Renfrew Vancouver, the event was complete with a VIP Reception, bubbly, cocktails and hordeuves. Eighteen leading men from Vancouver modeled ties for auction and there was plenty of shopping and mingling. The event was entirely created and executed by volunteers, proving that when people come together they can accomplish anything! Incredibly inspiring. All proceeds of the event were donated to Movember Canada.

IMG_9218gf2Archimallows was at the event serving his handmade, roasted marshmallows. We tried the strawberry and pumpkin spice marshmallows and they were delicious!

IMG_9217g3IMG_9223g3IMG_9224422Emcee of the evening was local television host, the beautiful Fiona Forbes. 

ties(photo credit: Moustaches for Movember)

Some of the silk ties from Holt Renfrew that the male models sported for auction at the event. All of the moustache designs were created and hand silkscreened by local illustrator, Chenoa Gao. All proceeds were donated to Movember Canada.

IMG_9232g72Tommy Europe (Former CFLer / Host of Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp) & Tom Gierasimczuk (Publisher, Vancouver Magazine and Western Living) kicked off the fashion show.

moustachesMichael Eckford (Host, CKNW radio) & Todd Talbot (Host, Love It or List It). Both found creative ways to go down the escalator. Love it. ­čśë

mfmvan45Jeremy Szafron (TV Host/Producer) & Ryan Steele (The Amazing Race Canada).

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All of you Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, please check out Movember Canada Prostate Cancer Canada to find out how you can get involved! These websites have so much information and are very helpful.

To make a donation, click here!

Laura & Natasha xo

Rose & Lea Art Show Pop-Up!


Well, we did it! We had our very first Rose & Lea Art Show Pop Up this past weekend (August 28 – 31) and it was a great success! We had planned and prepped for this art showing for the past 4 months and it came and went in a blink. Phew! It was so much work but so worth it. We loved every single minute of it!
It was held in Vancouver @thisopenspace (previously Chinatown Experiment) and featured our original paintings and prints. All paintings and prints will be available on our website shortly.

The whole concept of our weekend show was to bring our blog to life. From the art, baking, music, beauty, to every single detail of the weekend – it portrayed us and our lifestyle blog.

We had such an amazing time and learned so much. It’s only the beginning! We truly appreciate everyone who came out to support and who showed us love over the weekend. You helped make our first event one to remember.

RoseAndLeaPopUp1The first picture above (top left) was the morning of the show and the first paintings to go up. Natasha being the amazing photographer she is wanted to capture this moment for me and I’m so happy she did. It is the first time I’ve ever shown my paintings publicly and the first time in a gallery setting. So it was a nice memory to capture.
We created this particular signature series of textured heart paintings called ‘All About Love‘ on 8×10 canvas that come in a wide variety of colours and designs. (We do custom requests for specific colours.)
They look awesome when grouped together for impact which you can see in some photos below!

Bottom left photo is of my painting ‘Cobblestone Lane’. It is made with a thick texture acrylic medium, some glitter and beads. Bam!  So much prettier in person when you can see all of the texture and details. Super feminine.

IMG_6898g Setting up some more paintings. This yellow one pictured is called ‘Tokyo Summer‘ and the one next to it is called ‘Lilac Wine‘. Both are names of songs. Lots of my paintings are named after songs which is very fitting since all of our art is made to music. It’s very true, music is definitely the soundtrack to our lives.


The lovely ladies at Ode To A Bloom Floral Boutique created all of the beautiful floral arrangements for the event.


During the set up. Pre-party. 


RoseAndLeaPopUp5IMG_70f856Shortbread Cookies in Pink and White & Mini Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting. Baked By Natasha. Recipes featured from our blog.



Natasha adding the final touches just before the Opening Night Party starts. Doesn’t she look like she is on the cover of an entertaining book? 

Collage2Photos of us posing by our signature textured heart paintings ‘All About Love’.


IMG_7060gKevin the DJ, set the tone for the night and got the party started by spinning some records.

IMG_7133ggVancouver blogging duo Dana & Sarah from A Petite Party.
We love their blog! Check it out and click here to read the write-up that they posted about the party. Thank you ladies for coming and for including us on your blog! xo

IMG_7192g3Even though it was a closed invite only Opening Night Party, a few walk by’s ended up joining the party! Sometimes the more the merrier, ya know what I mean! This guy was visiting Vancouver from Colorado for business and wanted a pic with ‘Rose & Lea’! – Sure why not!

IMG_72105The beautiful Kiran (Owner of Blink Brow Bar) and her husband Gary.
What a truly lovely couple! You can read about our previous visit to Blink Brow Bar here. Every woman should have gorgeous brows and Blink Brow Bar is the best. We highly recommend getting your brows done there!


Paintings90The Red Roses Painting ‘Bad Romance‘ (20×20″) is one of the pieces that created the most interest during the weekend showing. I think because it was so dramatically different then all of the rest of our light and happy floral paintings! I wanted this one to be dark and give the feeling of love gone wrong. I’m pretty sure I succeeded at that don’t you think? 

IMG_734g85×5″ Original Lemon Prints by Natasha.

IMG_7333gNatasha has become an amazing photographer and gets compliments constantly on the photos she takes on our site. She captured this photo of me during the show. So artsy!

IMG_695111IMG_7063gPopUp9We want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who came out and supported our show. To all of the special ladies who came, you are the absolute best. It means so much to us!  

A big thank you to my son Nicholas for helping us set up for the party and for being our photographer during the evening. We love you! xo

Also to Yash and his team @thisopenspace and to the lovely ladies, Debbie & Joanne at Ode To A Bloom Floral Boutique. We couldn’t have had such an awesome show without all of your help! xo

Check back soon for listings and photos of all of our paintings and prints that will be available.

Laura & Natasha xo

2 Weeks To Go… (Chinatown Experiment Update!)

ChinatownExperimentUpdateLess than 2 weeks to go until we pop-up at Chinatown Experiment for our very first Art Show! We are so incredibly excited and cannot wait to ‘Bring Our Blog To Life’ in a pop-up store front. We will be combining every piece of our blog and ourselves (Art, Baking, DIY, Beauty & Music) and putting it all into this show. 

The past few months have been spent creating, brainstorming, prepping & planning. And painting. Ohmigod, how can we forget painting?! The star of the show. Day in and day out, painting, creating, and painting, painting, painting! 

We still have some spots available (no charge obviously!) for our Grand Opening Party on August 28th from 7 – 9:30 pm. This isn’t your average ‘Art Exhibition’ – we are making it a full blown party atmosphere! It’s going to be such a fun evening complete with gourmet baked goods (baked by us, of course), bevvies and live music. Join us for a night of celebration! Email us at: roseleablog@gmail.com to reserve your spot. (Thank you to everyone who has RSVP’d!) We can’t wait to see you all.

Be sure to follow us on instagram for more sneak peeks and behind the scenes photos leading up to the show! @roseandlea

Natasha & Laura xo