Fashion & Retail

Vancouver Designer Spotlight: Lover’s Tempo & Bracelet Giveaway

lovers tempo jewelry

Lover’s Tempo is a beautiful and affordable line of stylish jewellery, handmade by Elaine Kim.  As a flight attendant for her full time job, Elaine is able to constantly take inspiration from new places by seeing so many different kinds of people, styles and inspiration.

For her most recent Spring/Summer 2013 collection, the inspiration for the pieces in the Lover’s Tempo collection was taken from a tropical getaway.  I absolutely love the description Elaine gave of her colourful pieces, which are made of semi-precious stone beads, carved shells and pearl.

“The colours and silhouettes remind me of a fruity welcome drink!  The more vibrant pieces are reminiscent of the lush flora and fauna of warm weathered destinations while the muted pastel tones remind me of colours seen in vintage vacation photos.”

loverstempo beads

Elaine started making jewelry in high school.  On Granville Street in downtown Vancouver, there used to be a small store called Douglas Trading Post which was filled with all sorts of random crafty materials like beads, feathers and studs.  In Elaine’s “little paradise”, she felt like the possibility to create was unlimited.  (By the way, Douglas Trading Post has since moved to Main Street).

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“Through a process of trial and error, I began to experiment. In the beginning, there were LOADS of beading accidents all over the floor and not many of the finished pieces were ever even worn.  With time, I learned proper techniques and really just taught myself.  It definitely wasn’t the most efficient way to learn but I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything!”

Over time, Elaine has leaned several new techniques and adapted her designs to become more advance while still reflecting her own taste.  To Elaine, it makes it more personal that she has spent so much time teaching herself how to do something she genuinely loves.

Which brings us back to Lover’s Tempo…what does this unusual name mean anyway?  Elaine tells us that she gets asked this all the time but doesn’t have a better answer other than “it’s really just a name“!  She wanted a name to reflect her brand as feminine with a bit of an edge, and to choose a name she wouldn’t grow out of. When she decided on “Lover’s Tempo” she printed 10,000 hangtags and there was no going back.

Elaine will be launching an online shop for Lover’s Tempo in the next few months so keep checking loverstempo.com for the grand opening!  In the meantime, Lover’s Tempo is available at Fine Finds in Yaletown, Rain Boutique & Salon, Shop Cocoon on Cambie and Front & Co. on Main Street.

pulsara bracelet

MMV Giveaway: Modern Mix Vancouver is giving away a beautifully tropical “Pulsara” bracelet in Passionfruit from Lover’s Tempo.  To enter, please “LIKE” the Lover’s Tempo Facebook Page by clicking here and ALSO leave a comment below about something you’re looking forward to this summer. A random winner will be chosen from the comments below. Giveaway ends Sunday June 16th (11:59pm PST). Open to anyone in Canada.

For an additional entry: Follow @LoversTempo and @ModernMixVan on Twitter and tweet “Win from @ModernMixVan a @LoversTempo bracelet! Click here for details: http://bit.ly/10TUkGa | RT to enter!”

26 Comments

  1. Kristen MacDonald
    June 3, 2013 at 10:55 am — Reply

    Looking forward to my trip to Vancouver this summer and shopping at Front & Company where I’ll be stocking up on Lover’s Tempo Jewlery!

  2. Orin McRey
    June 3, 2013 at 12:15 pm — Reply

    Looking forward to dancing salsa in the sun all over Vancouver! 😀

  3. Orin McRey
    June 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm — Reply

    Looking forward to dancing salsa all over Vancouver with my girls from Salsa Picante! 😀

  4. Mary Smith
    June 3, 2013 at 12:53 pm — Reply

    Looking forward to walking far out into English Bay on Spanish Banks at low tide.

  5. jan
    June 3, 2013 at 12:54 pm — Reply

    I’m looking forward to walking around downtown in summer wear.

  6. Sanaz
    June 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm — Reply

    Beach Volleyball and lots of sunshine!

  7. maria
    June 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm — Reply

    I’m looking forward to hanging out at the beach!

  8. Emilia
    June 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm — Reply

    looking forward to Locarno Beach West all summer long, love the vibe there

  9. Wai
    June 3, 2013 at 9:51 pm — Reply

    Looking forward to BBQ!

  10. Dilara
    June 3, 2013 at 11:09 pm — Reply

    I look forward to lots and lots of BBQs.

  11. kate
    June 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm — Reply

    beautiful stuff! looking forward to coming home to bc 🙂

  12. Nova
    June 4, 2013 at 9:52 pm — Reply

    I’m looking forward to the longer days and great hiking weather!

  13. Natalie
    June 5, 2013 at 10:23 am — Reply

    Reading a book at English Bay and sipping on Gin and Tonics!

  14. Harjit
    June 5, 2013 at 3:04 pm — Reply

    I am expecting and it has been a long long wait so I am looking forward to baby shopping this Summer. We are also doing lots of home renos right now, so hopefully I will be looking for home accessories this Summer as well if everything gets done in time. Thank you for the chance to win beautiful jewelery.

  15. vanessa foster
    June 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm — Reply

    I love the drive-in, longer days, bbqs, swimming, road trips and sunshine 🙂

  16. devin macmahon
    June 5, 2013 at 3:33 pm — Reply

    something i am looking forward to this summer is getting to go camping or to a cottage.
    i like lovers tempo’s facebook page and my name is Devin Macmahon. and i am following all the tiwtter pages with the username dmacymayhem. i also have re-tweeted and this is the link: https://twitter.com/dmacmayhem/status/342408832091299840

  17. Judy Cartmel
    June 5, 2013 at 3:48 pm — Reply

    Looking forward to lots of boating

  18. diane howard
    June 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm — Reply

    i love the pastel pieces, so pretty!

  19. diane howard
    June 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm — Reply

    looking forward to swimming in the lake

  20. Radhika k
    June 5, 2013 at 5:05 pm — Reply

    I’m looking forward to bbqs on the patio

  21. Lynn Mathieu
    June 5, 2013 at 5:48 pm — Reply

    Looking forward to camping with my boys!

  22. MK Cowieson
    June 6, 2013 at 7:06 pm — Reply

    Lots of sunshine and trips to the beach!

  23. Beth Rosell
    June 7, 2013 at 11:38 am — Reply

    I’m looking forward to weekend road trips with my boyfriend

  24. Alan Shawn
    June 8, 2013 at 3:29 am — Reply

    great contest

  25. Lisa Marie Anctil
    June 8, 2013 at 11:29 pm — Reply

    Looking forward to my second half marathon at the LuluLemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon in the gorgeous city of Vancouver, BC!

  26. thomas rusinak
    June 12, 2013 at 4:33 pm — Reply

    BBQ beer & babes=best summer ever

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