Events & Lifestyle

One of a Kind – Christmas Show and Sale

…an absolutely refreshing Christmas Sale to attend and most definitely in the running for the best of the season.

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Modern Mix Monday – AGRO Cafe on Granville Island

Looking for something to do? Every Monday morning, we present to you “Modern Mix Monday”, a brief but link-filled one-liner review of our past weekend loaded with suggestions to inspire you for your next!

Just like 49th Parallel Coffee is flooded with tones of baby blue and brown, the color scheme of ARGO Cafe (1363 Railspur Alley) consists of autumn tones of orange and brown. I went to the Granville Island cafe on Sunday afternoon and thought the lofty, industrial look of the venue was a trendy cafe to lounge at. I ordered their organic dark hot chocolate while my friend got an unsweetened matcha latte, both of which had a swirly leaf pattern “drawn” into the foam.

From their website:

Our aim is to provide the people of Vancouver with organic, fair trade coffee, at a great price and in a great location. Our cafes are relaxing, modern environments that help tell the story of the variety of places coffee originates. Our walls are flooded with projected images of our farmers in Kenya, helping to both educate and stimulate while you enjoy your coffee.

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Jules & Eve – “Gossip Girl” style in Kerrisdale

An interview with owner Sara Au Yeong of the newly opened Jules & Eve boutique.

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Fashion & Retail

Kiss Me Mascara – sampling program

By guest-writer Colleen Lau

Do you ever get frustrated when your mascara flakes, clumps or rubs off? Well, behold…! I have found a solution in Kiss Me Mascara, a Japanese product that forms waterproof tubes around your lashes and can be washed off with only warm water while the coming out as hollow tubes into your sink.
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I went to the Kiss Me Mascara website and found out about their sampling program. I emailed them with questions and I was promptly responded to within 2 hours. You can buy a sample for $3.99 and get a 10% discount off the $30 full size purchase. When I first received my sample, I was so excited! It was quite tiny…about a week’s worth of use. Of course, the full sized versions are much bigger and they come in colors including black, dark brown, medium brown, dark blue, dark purple and dark green.
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This product is also being used in Hollywood. Quoting Rachel Mcadams, “I prefer Kiss Me mascara…It doesn’t smudge and you can take it off with water”. This product has also been featured in magazines including InStyle, Allure, Vogue and LouLou.
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While wearing the mascara, my lashes felt smooth and plastic-like. The selling point is how the tubes actually go around your lashes, 360 degrees, even when I only applied the mascara to the underside of my top lashes. I loved how they looked natural and how they weren’t clumped. Overall, I have only heard positive things about Kiss Me Mascara. For me personally, this mascara worked well because I hate using makeup removers which often irritates my eyes.
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So take your pick and try something new! If you’re too impatient to wait two weeks for your samples to arrive, buy a full sized tube of Kiss Me Mascara from Blue Ruby for $30.

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Events & Lifestyle

West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace (November 28-30)

If you’re out in Abbotsford, here’s another Christmas Show and Market for you to check out! The West Coast christmas Show & Marketplace is debuting at the Tradex Exhibition Centre (1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford) from November 28th to 30th. Expect holiday entertainment to be brought together under one roof including holiday décor, gifts, food, personal services, festive seminars and celebrity stage presentations.

Visitors to the West Coast Christmas Show will discover amongst the many exhibits new ideas and products for holiday gift shopping, entertaining and home decorating. Amongst the many exhibits visitors will find holiday decor items, holiday spirits & wine, specialty foods, condiments, seasonings, chocolates along with unique and hard to find gift items both from artisans as well as unique manufacturers.

General admission is $10 with free re-admission for all three days with a hand stamp. Donate a non-perishable food item for the Salvation Army Meal Centre at the Tradex main entrance and receive $2 off the Adult entrance fee.

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Food & Drink

Modern Mix Monday – Beans

Looking for something to do? Every Monday morning, we present to you “Modern Mix Monday”, a brief but link-filled one-liner review of our past weekend loaded with suggestions to inspire you for your next!


It’s been a while since I’ve done anything on Cambie Street so when I went on Friday afternoon, I was pleased to walk by and discover a whole bunch of cafes and independent shops, despite the Canada Line Construction. I went to Beans Coffee Shop (3365 Cambie Street) and asked the barista for his recommendation. (I order Chai Tea Lattes alllll the time and wanted something different). He made me a a London Fog (half tea, half steamed milk) but instead of Earl Grey Tea, he steeped a strawberry tea instead. It smelled super good but it was slightly bland – perhaps next time I will add in some honey or sweetener instead. Was it worth my $4? Probably not but it’s always great to support local coffee shops!
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Additional perks include free parking at the back and wireless internet – both of which we took advantage of!

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