Monthly Archives: October 2013

Saturday Favorites: From Hats to Halloween

Friday favorites a day late. There was too much to get excited about this week! From relatively obscure foodie finds to photographic art that made us go “woah” and “aw” at the same time, this week was rife with sensory treasure finds.

1. Hive Mind Millinery


Photo Credit | Hive Mind Millinery

Dominique Hanke of Hive Mind Millinery is a woman of incredible talent. That is obvious to Vancouverites but it is only a matter of time before this woman is an internationally renowned designer. Hats add an element of class to any look, whether one’s topper is understated and chic or whimsical and crazy (some of these hats – particularly from Hive Mind’s latest collection that was launched on October 16th, would make Lady Gaga shriek with unadulterated fashion lust). We love a lot of Dominique’s hats but are particularly drawn to her Opium beret (pictured directly above) for its simplicity and very-now, vibrant splatters of neon.

2. Finch’s Tea and Coffee House



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Finch’s Tea and Coffee house is one of those hidden gems in terms of hospitality, food, decor and ambiance. Everything about this place is pretty well perfection. It is also not a very well known cafe (although it should be) and while those who frequent Finch’s will gush about its antiquey atmosphere and divine gourmet food (the proscuitto, brie and pear on baguette is one of the location’s most popular dishes and for excellent reason), many people go about their lives without experiencing Finch’s hand-made beverages and unique dishes. And that is just too sad for us at Indiverve to stomach (pun 100% intended). We encourage you to go, ASAP, to their location at 353 West Pender. It would be a great place to go with a loved one or on a date. Ladies especially will be adore the beautiful atmosphere and decor. Intricately beautiful, we felt as though we had walked into a first-class room on the Titanic (pre-iceberg).

3. Van-City Halloween Parties



When you think about it, Halloween is a truly bizarre North American holiday. While we grew up being taught the dangers of taking anything from strangers (especially food), every 31st of October we eschew all rationality and fear and decide to dole out free candy to strange children (and the occasional adult. Don’t get us started on that.) and allow our children to go door to random door asking for free handouts, all the while dressed as ghouls, goblins and serial killers.  Many people who come from outside of North America are very  taken aback by the holiday and their confusion is completely justifiable. That being said, it is very easy to be seduced by Halloween and all of its spooky splendor. While some of us may like to stay in, lie low and watch scary movies – many of us love to let loose and party is up Halloween night. Whether you prefer your Halloween parties to be creepy or classy – there are a few shindigs taking place in VanCity that we are pretty excited about. And if there are any ladies out there who have their doubts about what to be this Halloween – our beaded fringed dress would be fabulous as a part of a 1920s flapper girl costume. Pair with long strands of beads, elbow length gloves, a bobbed wig and a faux-cigarette holder for a sassy costume reminiscent of the roaring Twenties.

Victoria Secret Halloween Party- October 26th

HUSH Magazine Presents “Thrilla” and Five Sixty – October 31st

Fright Nights at the PNE

Dunbar Haunted House

4. Creative, Artsy Mummies




Photo Credit | Bored Panda

Artist Queenie Liao, inspired by her infant son, created a series of photographic images with backgrounds made to represent her baby’s dreams. Using fabric, stuffed animals, and other miscellaneous materials to create fantasy filled settings for her sleeping son to pose. We love this because it is such a simple concept, yet is so creative, so beautiful and has such potential for being an eco-friendly art form being that Liao used random fabrics and objects (hello recycling). The love that she has for her son is so evident in each whimsical photo that even without the bright colours of her settings, even if these photos were black and white, they would still be heartwarming and beautiful.

5. Paul McCartney’s “NEW” Album



Photo Credit | Paul

Sir Paul McCartney is a legend. Since his iconic days as “the cute one” of The Beatles (with John Lennon being the “smart one”, Ringo Starr being the “funny one” and George Harrison deemed “the quiet one”), Paul has churned out some incredible songs, both with the Beatles, with The Wings and on his own (Here Today, Yesterday, Hey Jude, Maybe I’m Amazed, Live and Let Die – the list goes on and on). He is, in our opinion, one of the greatest songwriters of all time and so when we found out he was releasing another album and was collaborating with the producers of The Kings of Leon and Adele, we were delirious with excitement (Operations Manager Alicia bought the album at Starbucks on her way to our pop-up boutique as she literally could not contain her musical excitement). Queenie Eye, On My Way to Work, Alligator and title track New are some of our favorites. The album remains true to Paul’s Beatles-esque base and unique style but is made modern. It’s a refreshing mix of past and present. In love with this album. Watch for his Queenie Eye music video which contains cameos from A-listers such as Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Kate Moss, Jude Law, and Sean Penn.


Friday Favorites: Gratitude

In light of last week’s Thanksgiving festivities, we at Indiverve realize that we have a great deal to be thankful for. We live in an incredibly beautiful place, have wonderful friends and family and are truly and deeply passionate about what we do. We are really a group of truly lucky people. So in the spirit of all of this gratitude, we have selected five of our favorite things/people/places/etc. that we have come across this week that we are grateful for and would like to share with all of our lovely followers (who we are also ever so grateful for!).

1. New Friends and Collaborations


The last few months have been crazy busy for us in many different ways. In August we opened up our pop-up boutique on 88 West Pender and in September we debuted our first collection to Vancouver’s most avid fashionistas and prominent industry professionals at Vancouver Fashion Week. The journey thus far has been incredible and the very best aspect of all of this has been the incredible people that we have met and been introduced to. We recently did a contest collaboration with Luana Gabriella of Forever Boho (one of our very favorite fashion blogs) and that was a ton of fun. Creative and energetic, there is no doubt why Forever Boho is as engaging a blog as it is with Luana behind it. We have another contest coming up with a blog that we are absolutely obsessed with. The exact details will remain under wraps until the start date on Monday but it is something to get excited about! We are also currently in the process of planning an event in which we will be collaborating with several amazing local designers and businesses. There are too many wonderful people to list in this post but we do want to take a moment to say thank you to all of the people we have met, who have inspired us and who have took the time to work and collaborate with us. We love the local fashion/art community in Vancouver, are passionate about it and we hope all of you feel our gratitude!

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2. Eastside Flea Market in East Vancouver


The East Side Flea is a flea market that takes place in Vancouver a couple of times a month. It is currently taking place at the Wise Hall and Lounge located at 1882 Adanac Street. Various artists and designers participate at the flea market as vendors and the East Side Flea is also a great place to find fabulous second-hand treasures.  It is a ton of fun to go flea market scouring with a few friends and we encourage you to go this Saturday and leave a comment on what crazy, amazing, unique treasures you found after you go.

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3. DIY Tea

diy tea

We are majorly Tea-Addicted at Indiverve. Alicia, our Operations Manager, is particularly obsessed with tea and refuses to begin her day without a cup (green, black, rooibis, oolong, herbal – she loves it all). We are also avid Pinterest users (I am sure that many of us are familiar with being sucked into the Pinterest vortex and losing hours within what seems like minutes) and so we were beyond delighted when we came across this tea-making mini tutorial from Sugar for The Brain.  By mixing plain, loose-leaf teas (which you can buy in bulk at locations such as Murchies , Granville Island Tea Company, and Teafusion Wholesale with your choice of ingredients (think coconut, chocolate or caramel chips, nuts, dried fruit, edible dried flowers, vanilla seeds etc.) tea-grannies and tea-gents can create their own dream teas, either for themselves or to give away as gifts. It is incredibly creative as the sky is literally the limit when it comes to mix ins. The holidays are coming up in a couple of months and home-made teas would make very sweet gifts when prettily packaged. We love this.

Photo Credit | Sugar for The Brain

4.  Lovely, Old-School, Ultra-Personal Stationary 


We live in such a digital age that sometimes things can get a little bit impersonal. We choose to email and text instead of call and we Skype instead of meet with our loved ones face to face. Many of us have eschewed books in favor of e-readers, and there are some out there who order everything from their knickers to their groceries online. While this electronic accessibility is great for us modern day busy bees, sometimes it is nice to kick it old school and reach out to someone the old fashioned way – via an ultra-personal, handwritten, stamped, mailed at the post-office letter. Not only are there some absolutely gorgeous, unique cards and stationary companies out there, but most people are genuinely touched when they know that you threw efficiency out the window and took the time to mail them a personal card or invitation. It is a tangible way of telling someone thank you, that you love them, that you want them to come to your party on Saturday etc. and it is a surefire way of making your message stand out among a sea of impersonal emails. There are great for the workplace too. Email is efficient, but when saying thank you to an employer, mentor, colleague etc. a handwritten card will go a long way in articulating your appreciation. This week we encourage you to put down your laptop or smart phone for just a moment and write someone you love a handwritten card.

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5. Gastown Shop-Hop


Gastown Shop Hop is a fabulous shopping event where various boutiques and restaurants open their doors and offer complementary snacks, sips, and discounts to their customers. Some of our favorite places that will be participating include: Dream Boutique, John Fleuvog, Oak + Fort, The Greedy Pig, and Inner Space Yoga. Make sure to head down to Gastown in Vancouver, a place that is culturally rich and exciting on any given night but that will be especially so tonight.

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We hope that you enjoyed reading all of the things that we are grateful for this week and we encourage you to leave us a comment, telling us about the amazing places, products, people, ideas that you have come across this week!

Indiverve X Forever Boho Jewelry Giveaway!

To continue celebrating our big debut at Vancouver Fashion Week we’ve teamed up with lovely boho blogger, Luana Gabriella from Forever Boho, for a fantastic giveaway! Jump on over to her blog for all the rules and for your chance to win some of our favourite bold and beaded jewelry. Its easy peasy to enter and Luana will announce the winner on Monday, October 14th! Get your entries in today 🙂

boho jewelry contest

Nicole Bridger Kicks off Eco Fashion Week with “You Are Not Alone” Collection


We at Indiverve truly and deeply believe that the fashion industry can be a platform for positive change, in an environmental and humanitarian sense. Though fashion has earned itself a reputation for being a wasteful and cold industry, Eco Fashion Week is an event that illustrates that there are designers who create clothes, not just based on the seasons trends but on the state of the world at large and the needs that people, on a global scale, have. Sustainable fibers and production methods that leave little waste directly benefit our planet and lives. Did you know that a to make a plain white t-shirt typically can consume up to 500 gallons of water (and that is only a plain white t-shirt!)? Waste is inevitable whenever one is taking raw materials and converting them into another product. What should be the goal of fashion designers, architects, artists, chefs etc. is to minimize that waste as much as possible.

Nicole Bridger opened Eco Fashion Week last night with her emotionally impacting collection titled “You Are Not Alone”. A collection mean to inspire society to embrace not only their inner selves but others, each piece of women’s clothing was worn by male models, challenging the audience’s perception of beauty and celebrating equality.

Shows such as Eco Fashion Week are crucial for showing everyone – designers, business owners, customers, the importance of sustainable, ethically made products. At Indiverve we ensure that all of our products are made ethically by manufacturers that we work and communicate directly with. We have no intermediary channels (no wholesalers or buyers) which helps minimize waste in terms of fuel. It is important to us that our products are beneficial to our customers, not only in regards to their high quality, but in that they are made in a way that supports artisans in India and that the talented people who produce are products work under good conditions for wages that allow them to live and support themselves comfortably.

We directly impact our world with our purchasing decisions and events and we need to consider what we want our world to look like when we are spending our money. Customers as well as designers need to make it known that we will no longer accept products that are not sustainable or ethically made. It will not just happen, we need to make it happen.

Eco-Fashion Week will be continuing until October 10th and will be featuring designers such as Evan Ducharme, Dahlia Drive (gorgeous hand-painted silks), Hey Jude, Couture Therapy, and Young Oak + Park. For more details see here.