No city can quite compare to the beauty of Vancouver during summer. There’s a buzz in the city and a vibrance which draws people in from all around the world as a travel destination. This edit is about immersing into diversity with a focus on culture, food, experiences and shopping. Each element presents a different perspective on how we look at things and create opportunity for connection whether it’s with the city or others along the way. This season is all about embracing change and seeing things in a new light.
A highlight to take note of is the Monet exhibit at Vancouver Art Gallery. Perhaps one of the most influential artist of the impressionist era, his collection will not be one to miss. In the fashion realm, off shoulder looks with an etherial feel continue to make a strong presence. An investment piece this summer is the Celine clasp bag which will bring you straight from summer through to the fall. Fashion brands to take note of this season include Monse and Alice McCall who tap into modern femininity so eloquently.
Whether you’re setting off to new locations this season or settling into the beauty of Vancouver, I hope that you will do it with carefree ease, style and experienced rejuvenation.
Vancouver Art Gallery
Eye on the arts
You can guarantee that summer at the Vancouver Art Gallery brings notable artists and this year is no exception. Claude Monet’s Secret Garden feature will take you straight back to the impressionist era bringing a vivid sense of colour and light.
At Rennie Collection, local artist Ian Wallace’s exhibit focuses on the critique of politicized values inherent in academia. Look forward to large panel photography with a powerful narrative.
A twist on the classic, this Earl Grey infused champagne recipe will take your entertaining game to the next level. Simply soak 2 TWG French Earl Grey tea bags in one cup of vodka overnight in the refrigerator. Add the mixture to a glass of Veuve Cliquot and enjoy.
Bloat reducing pink lemonade popsicle from goop.com
With the weather heating up to 29 degrees, finding ways to cool off is a must. This recipe is Goop approved which means it’s gluten free, caffeine free, fat free and it also promises to help reduce bloating.
Movie under the stars
A great reason to get your friends and loved ones out for the summer, Fresh Air Cinema is hosting a lineup of great flixs outdoors on the big screen at Stanley Park. This free event is one to take advantage of during the summer.
Botanist @Fairmont Pacific Rim
Creativity and keeping in line with local ingredients is at the core of each dish at the Yew Restaurant. Located in the Four Season’s Hotel in downtown Vancouver, the restaurant is launching their Canada 150 Feast which features a West Coast Salmon East Coast Lobster Burger on their menu. The price point for this burger is set at $50 and includes maple syrup glazed lobster tail, wild salmon fillet, Canadian back bacon, tomato, lettuce, avocado on a house made brioche bun served with a side of handout waffle fries.
A forever fan of tea over coffee, TWG has led the way in curating fine teas with a modern twist and classic feel. Their brunch menu offers a variety of tea infused selection (yes, even their eggs benedict).
Botanist @Fairmont Pacific Rim
New to the scene and elevating vegetables out of the boring category, Botanist is combining beauty and flavour into their dishes. The experience and food will leave you feeling light and redefine the way you think about vegetables. Their private dining is enhanced by the classic touch of a record player, reiterating the theme of modern classic.
Nestled in the downtown core of Vancouver, Joe Fortes remains one of the most coveted patio spots during the summer. You can expect a mix of local favourites such as the miso marinated sablefish and peppercorn ahi tuna.
Alice McCall S/S 2017
Celine Flap Clasp Bag
Black fold clutch from The Daily Edit
Luminous Melting Cleanser by Goop Beauty
*Also try Phyto Pigments Ultra Natural Mascara by Juice Beauty
Are you ready dress by Alice McCall
Stripe Dress by Monse RST 2017
Goop, Clean Beauty; Photo @Nordstrom
Leading the movement on healthy and holistic lifestyle, Gwyneth Paltrow has championed (quite successfully) healthy choices as a way of life through her website goop.com. The site is chock full of beautiful content from travel to food and beauty.
Seeing what others don’t by Gary Klein
A focus on creativity and insights, Klein’s book will introduce you to a new perspective on how leaders in science, business and research spark ideas and solutions that change the world. In addition, he highlights how organizations often unintentionally impede insights.
Insomniac City: New York, Oliver and Me by Bill Hayes
Writer and photographer Bill Hayes documents his journey upon moving to New York City and experiencing the unexpected. This beautifully written book captures the many aspects of life from grief to love to the evolution of self growth.
Beautifully illustrated, this site is a home decor connoisseur’s dream. From furniture to fashion, this site will have you covered when it comes to surrounding yourself with elegance. Think Vogue meets West Elm.
4:44 by Jay Z
A much anticipated follow up to Beyonce’s Lemonade album last summer, Jay Z launches his very own album 4:44 highlighting his perspective of the controversy surrounding their relationship. This latest release integrates Jay Z classic beats with a soulful twist.
Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 by Calvin Harris
The perfect upbeat summer album, Harris collaborates with notable artists such as Pharrell Williams, John Legend and Frank Ocean.
Amy Yew is a contributing columnist at Vancouver Courier and a fashion and style writer. She is also the author of a blog Style du Jour. Tell us what you think and submit any questions you have to firstname.lastname@example.org.