How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You

Wedding season is in full swing, and with invitations coming in, there is one simple question to answer: what to wear?!? With dress codes and tricky locales, it can be a bit of a pain to find something to wear. Luckily for you, we’ve pulled together three looks which are diverse enough to serve as a springboard for all of your wedding styling needs. All you’ll need to do is practice your dance moves!
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If you are attending a wedding during cocktail hour, you’ve got our permission to get positively romantic. A vintage lace overlay dress gets a modern update with a sultry pair of heels and a sturdy clutch. Golden hues are the theme of this look, and a bejeweled statement necklace adds a touch of sparkle to an outfit that will surely get sparks flying!

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For some of us, a dress and heels sounds more like a sentence than wedding attire. Fret not, there are options of formal-ish wear that don’t involve layers of tulle. We pulled together a boyish, Solange inspired ensemble, perfect for a mid-afternoon semi-formal gathering. With a polished button down and silk shorts, this look takes you for a preppy spin. The striped overcoat will keep you warm, and pops of color add some fun through your accessories. You’ll be sure to be on the dance floor in sweetly lemon oxfords and a pink bowtie!
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For the more relaxed nuptials, the tough part is figuring out how to stay within dress code without feeling over (or under) dressed.  Accessories are one of the easiest ways to communicate tone in an outfit. In the case of say, a beach wedding, it’s great to add jewelry to elevate the look to demi-formal attire. We’ve taken a printed cotton maxi skirt and made it still wedding appropriate with a silk sleeveless top and golden geometric necklace. Just add a platform wooden sandal, and you’ll be saying aloha in no time!

Father’s Day Gift Guide

1.   Instant Expert: Whiskey from Princeton Architectural Press $24  A great way to become well-versed in the ways of whiskey.

2.   Ark Reworked Neckties and Bowties $18-$22 Cool and classic for stylish and professional Dads.

3.   Hershel Wallets and Cardholders $29.50-$35 Sturdy and stylish wallets for a casual-cool Pop.

4.   Charlie Chaplin Watch from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild $44 A simple and quality watch with a good sense of slapstick.

5.   Esquire’s Eat Like a Man $37.95 Perfect for the father who loves cooking and barbeques (and you who gets to join them).

6.   Stainless Steel Cufflinks $14 For the Dad who likes to gussy up once in a while.

7.   Element Botanicals Daily Care Lotion $12 Spoil Dad with some fantastic, soothing aftershave.

8.   Game of Thrones Beer Stein $36 For both the fan Dad and the beer-loving Dad.

Style Spotting – Cassie, Claire, Jenica, and Ricci

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(From Left to Right)
CASSIE
 
Instagram – caassaandraa, totheqs_
Twitter – @cassiemasangkay
YouTube.com/dresstotheniness
Outfit
Jewelry, Top, Bottoms – H&M
Outer – Wilfred Free (Aritzia)
Shoes – Converse

Favourite find from Front & Company?
Crystal jewelry.

Favourite Fashion Icon?
Mary-Kate and Ashley, Rita Ora, Beautycrush.

CLAIRE
 
Instagram – clairebahena
Twitter – @clairebahena
Outfit
Hat – Zara
Watch – American Apparel
Shirt – H&M
Boyfriend Jeans – Bluenotes
Oxfords – Steve Madden
Bag – Herschel

Favourite find at Front & Company?
Crop tops and hats.

Favourite fashion icon?
Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez.

JENICA
 
Instagram – jenicaaudrey
Twitter – @jenicaaudrey
Outfit
Sunglasses – Ray-ban
Toque – Urban Outfitters
Shirt – H&M
Jean Jacket – Wilfred Free (Aritzia)
Bottoms – H&M
Shoes – Topshop
Bag – H&M
Favourite fashion icon?
Sincerelyjules on Instagram.
Worst fashion faux-pas?
Crocs.
RICCI
 
Instagram – riccimintuan, totheqs_
Twitter – @riccipamintuan
Outfit
Hat, Rings, Top, Bottoms – H&M
Watch – Michael Kors
Coat – Wilfred (Aritzia)
Shoes – Birkenstocks
Favourite fashion icon?
Beautycrush on YouTube.
Worst fashion faux-pas?
Uggs.

Tonight Is The Night.

The momentous occasion is here: prom night! Corsages, slow dances and fancy getups; it’s one of the most fun (and formal) nights of the high school experience. Whether it’s your first round or you’re a seasoned pro, the fun of prom is having excuse to pick up a swanky dress. We’ve selected our favourite prom pieces of the season from our hand-picked consignment, complete with lovely accessories.

lead photo: Teen Vogue from Fashion Gone Rogue.

availability of consignment pieces may vary . if you see something you like, we’d be happy to try and find something similar when you come by! 

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A subtle nod to the Roarin’ Twenties, a tiered dress + knotted sandals is an relaxed option. Perfect for the gal looking for a laid back alternative to formal wear!

Loeffler Randall knotted flat sandals $95
Halston Heritage purple pleated dress $129
H&M blush clutch $28

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A romantic outfit, a lace overlay dress with a sweetheart neckline is a demure option for prom night. Subtle sweetness will be the name of the game for your evening!

BCBG Max Azria black lace overlay dress $129
Green jeweled necklace $34
Michael Michael Kors black sandals $65

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An homage to the over-the-top prom queens of the 80’s, you are sure to be the life of the party in this ensemble. Bright and bold, the fun starts when you walk in!

Betsey Johnson royal blue full dress $74
Modern Vintage studded pumps $74
Silver glitter minaudierie clutch $48

modelled by Adriana
By Lydia

The Better Basics

The Better Basics ( The Three A’s of Basic Clothing)

The sun comes out, the sweaters come off and it’s time to invest in some noticeably different basics. Of course, the things that set apart one basic item from another is quality in comparison to price as well as that small touch of flair that makes it just a bit more than your average tee, tank or sweatshirt. We’ve got simple sartorial solutions for every man, so if you’re stuck finding that easy-going, subtle and charming piece that works with your personal style, come by Front and we’ll show you the three A’s: Allday, Alternative and Ark.

Alternative Apparel

Pieces that feel as comfortable and light on your body as they are on your conscience, Alternative Apparel make high-quality cotton blend basics in a wide array of colours and styles in an eco-friendly and fair-labour fashion. Baseball tee’s, simple V and crew necks, and some more unique samples, this Los Angeles based company uses bright yet easy going colours to complete a brilliant trisection of quality, style and comfort.

Allday-Apparel

A modern and skater-esque brand, business for Allday Apparel has been a-boomin’ in the past couple years and carried in several different countries, and now at Front and Company. Whether being completely cotton or cotton dominated blend, the pieces from Allday have a sleek look and are phenomenal to the touch. Tanks, henleys and simple tee’s, whether solid colour, camo or striped, these pieces are absolutely above average basics.

Ark Reworked Button Up Shirts

Another company that’s been with us for quite some time, the quality and coolness of the products we receive is always top notch. Recycling vintage fabrics into modern and interesting pieces, Ark Reworked never fails to deliver. Though we carry many of their funkier patterned pieces, these amazing pastel button ups are just as eye catching. Incredibly comfortable and as sturdy as a suit of armor, these shirts would be a shame to miss out on.

Coffee in the Morning

Grabbing a morning coffee before the work day begins is a habitual routine for the majority of us. If you’ve been in our gift store, you know we have a multitude of tumblers to store your coffee on-the-go, but sometimes it’s just easier to grab one on the go!

These are the places we get coffee in the morning, or sometimes in the afternoon for  a midday pick me-up! We call it 4PM Coffee. We understand that this is a crucial component to becoming an insomniac in training.

Bean Around the World

Our long standing neighbors and purveyors of all-around coffee goodness! This is one of the main hubs on
Main St. for gathering and mingling over a cuppa joe. But the real winners at Bean are the pastries – scones and muffins the size of your face! How could you say no to that?

Coco et Olive

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Going to Coco et Olive is like being transported back in time and space… to Paris when days were calmer and people took the time to linger over coffee. The light, open airy space makes it a great place to stop in regardless of rain or shine. In addition to coffee, you must get yourself a baked treat here as well.

Liberty

Source: Dine Here

Liberty is a neighborhood staple. Under renovation right now, we are so excited to put it back on our morning coffee radar! It’s a great place to grab a coffee, and also black bean soup while you’re at it! Seriously, though, their black bean soup is amazing. If you’re a fan of spicy foods – get it with the chili lime dressing!

Our Trusty Work Coffee Machine

This guy never fails to disappoint… load him up with a bit of ground Bolivian coffee, press a few buttons, and presto. Hot steaming coffee goodness.

Did we miss any of our favorite cafes in the Main St. area? Drop us a line, and let us know!

Mmm, Beer…

Have you heard the news? You can now earn a Diploma in Brewing and Brewery Operations from Kwantlen!

Brewing and Brewery Operations Diploma

Source: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Though we’d like to think that drinking a lot of beer makes us masters of hop and wheat, this diploma is a legit multi-faceted course that teaches the beer-connoisseur about the business, science, production of a good pint.

We love a good pint at the end of a work day, so we’re stoked that programs are being instilled to help expand the landscape of microbreweries in Vancouver. A lot of these microbreweries are located in East Van with a handful having tasting rooms in the Mt. Pleasant area! Here’s some of our choices for a hand-crafted, quality pint:

33 Acres Brewing 

Beautiful space, rotating roster food trucks, and three different craft beers on tap… we’re always pumped to grab a pint here after work! Also – waffle brunches. Need we say more?

15 W.8th Ave at Ontario

Tasting Room Hours
Mon – Thurs: 12 – 11PM
Fri – Sun: 11 – 11PM

www.33acresbrewing.com

Brassneck Brewery

Source: Vischal Mirapoon
 
Another one of our favorite spots after work! Brassneck also has food trucks stationed outside of their Mt. Pleasant tasting room, but we love to pair a flight of their handcrafted brews with a stick of locally-made pepperoni.
2148 Main St. at 6th.
Tasting Room Hours
Mon – Fri 2 – 11PM
Sat – Sun 12 – 11PM


Parallel 49 Brewing


The crazy cast of characters on the labels of Parallel 49’s beers reflect the unique quality of their locally crafted beers. We can’t wait till it’s Seedspitter season again!

1950 Triumph St. at Victoria Drive

Tasting Room Hours
12 – 9PM Daily

www.parallel49brewing.com

Powell Street Craft Brewery

Source: Ryan Tessier
Having won last year’s Canadian Brewing’s Beer of the Year award for 2013, Powell St. beer makes us go weak in the knees… and not because of the alcohol content! Delicious beers, especially the Old Jalopy Pale Ale, find them wherever tasty beers are sold!


1830 Powell St. at Victoria Drive

Tasting Room Hours
Wed – Sat: 1 – 7PM

www.powellbeer.com

Coal Harbour Brewing 

Close neighbors to Powell St. and Parallel 49 brewieries, Coal Harbour is without a tasting room but that doesn’t stop us from tracking down their delicious beers at our local beer store! Try the Helles Lager, you won’t regret it!

Did we miss any local breweries that are your are favorite? Let us know, and we’ll be glad you did!

PS. The registration deadline for Kwantlen’s Diploma in Brewing is June 27 😉