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Tribal Jewelry Inspiration

We adore the tribal look and how it has influenced bohemian fashion and style. Eclectic, unique, detailed, funky and intricate are just a few words used to describe tribal style. Its interesting to see how the tribal look has become popular in modern and mainstream fashion even though its very traditional and has been worn by women for centuries in many parts of the world- a good example of how fashion recycles itself over and over again over many years.

Tribal style transcends borders and is worn and influenced by all women from well-known celebrities to traditional women who wear it every day as part of their wardrobe. Indian tribal jewelry, in particular, has influenced our designs at Indiverve. We’re in love with the intricate, complicated patterns of tribal jewelry, which we feel are true pieces of art.

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Tribal inspiration from various sources.

Below, we put together our own toned down version of a tribal jewelry look using all of our jewelry from store.indiverve.com. We paired silver and copper tribal cuff bracelets with leather ones and added bright pops of turquoise and fuchsia chunky cocktail rings to complete the look. Choose several pieces together for a bold tribal look, or just one or two for a simplistic look.

For more tribal fashion in the form of necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings visit store.indiverve.com. Use code tribalstyle at check-out for a 10% off discount on your order. We ship internationally!

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All of these pieces are available at our online store.

xoxo,

Indiverve Retail Company

 


5 Turquoise Summer Accessories We Love!

Summer is a time for festivals, beaches, weddings and any other excuse to be outdoors. Depending on the occasion, summer is time for some serious fun and fashion, too! We love bright colours pretty much all year long but for summer, we’re all about whimsical turquoise, well, pretty much… everything! Soothing to look at and often associated to bohemian and gypsy fashion, turquoise also symbolizes luck, ambition, success and creativity- that’s reason enough for us to wear it!

We love turquoise on black, grey, with denim anything, or paired with silver jewelry. We’re crazy about turquoise rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings! Below, find five of our favorite picks of pure turquoise bohemian style jewelry exclusive to our online boutique store.indiverve.com

Which turquoise piece is your favorite?

1) Turquoise Stone Pendant Necklace, $35, Shop the Pendant

2) Beaded Bracelet in Turquoise Clusters, $20, Shop the Beaded Bracelet

3) Tribal Beaded Earrings, $12, Shop the Beaded Earrings

4) Turquoise Threaded Necklace, $25, Shop the Threaded Necklace

5) Turquoise Stone Cocktail Ring, $25, Shop the Ring

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Indiverve Summer Sale!

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How has your summer been? Ours has been fabulous, thanks! We’ve been blessed with outstanding weather which means more beach time than usual. Vancouver’s surrounded  with some stunning naturally beautiful landscape. Not to brag too much, but our city in the summer is about as good as it gets! Ahhh…

More good news- we’re having a huge summer sale on all of our clothing, jewelry and accessories! This includes all of our bohemian style dresses, tunic tops, statement  jewelry, and our pure leather and beaded belt collection. You won’t find anything over $70. The sale is on now until August 2nd so tell your friends and scoop up your favourite pieces while the prices are hot! All sale items are available online at store.indiverve.com and there’s no code needed at check-out.  Happy shopping!

xoxo,

Indiverve

 


Five Date-Friendly Looks for Valentines Day

As if anyone needs any reminding of this fact, but Valentines Day is just around the corner. It’s not as if this is something we need to tell any of you, after all the overzealous abundance of red, pink, sequins, hearts and stuffed animals sends this message across loud and clear. Whether you are planning on spending the night out with your girlfriends or have something planned with your significant other, we have selected five Valentines Day perfect outfits (without any hearts or clichés).
Outfit1

The little-black-dress is a classic, and for good reason. It’s effortlessly elegant, it goes with everything, it can be dressed up or down like lickity, and it has a way of making your figure look its best. Since our tunic dress has a little bit of embellishment at the neckline, it is best to keep accessories to a minimum. Our silver paisley pendant would look stunning on a 30″ chain, lengthening the body in a flattering way. Our hand-crafted agate ring adds a punchy pop of fuchsia to an otherwise subdued palette of black and silver.

Outfit2

We swear, black and turquoise were made for each other. They are a visual match made in heaven. We love the way that our silver and turquoise pendant pops against our Edwardian-esque black lace dress. The look is elegant while being low-key enough for a more casual dinner or cocktails with the ladies. Pair with sheer tights, our metallic leather belt and our turquoise cocktail ring for a look that is refined yet playful.

Outfit3

We know, we know, the floral print on our ruffled dress absolutely scream romance and Valentines Day. To keep this look from being overtly girly, we’ve added our crochet belt in mahogany, our carved copper hints cuff, and an edgy tiger’s eye ring. It’s undeniably feminine, but with our signature bohemian vibe.

Outfit4

For a more casual evening, our chiffon poncho in rose is an ultra-chic layering piece over a simple tank top. We chose equally feminine accessories in a muted palette. Our intricately carved silver cuff, tear-drop amethyst cluster pendant, and beaded silver earrings add a timeless beauty to this otherwise casual look.

Outfit5

As far as we are concerned, there is no colour combination that is sexier or more glamorous than black and gold. Our shimmery, burn-out printed black and gold tunic is a head-turner all on its own. Throw on our woven metal necklace, threaded gold floral earrings, and black and gold studded bangles (loved by Coco and Vera’s Cee Fardoe) and you will have a look that would make Beyoncé blush.

xoxo,

Indiverve


Friday Favorites: Post Halloween Regroup

As per usual, this week we were fortunate to cross paths (in real life and virtually) with several photographers, designers and artists that captivated and inspired us. We also had the pleasure of enjoying a delicious dinner in an unexpected (but very popular – how had we not been there before?!) location. Being that yesterday was Halloween, we also took it upon ourselves to find the best candy shop in Vancouver in regards to selection, quality, customer service and overall charm and ambiance (we take our candy very, very seriously at Indiverve).

1. Lucas David Morgan Photography

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Photo Credit | Lucas David Morgan 

We happened across Mr. Morgan’s fantastic photos on Twitter as a happy accident. We were immediately struck by the artistic composition of each of his photos. Some look so natural and yet so filled with fantasy and magic. Whether he is shooting an editorial or at an event, his photos are always captivating, interesting, and unusual. He doesn’t just go to an event and click away at his camera and record the event. He captures the spirit, ambiance and energy of the event.  We love this guy’s photos and we hope to see more of them!

2. Bitstrips

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Photo Credit | Bloomberg Business Week

We don’t know about you, but for the most part we use social media for its most essential, root purpose. To communicate with each other, our friends and family, and our customers and potential customers. Games and other like-apps tend to annoy many people as they clog up ones news-feed and notifications list (as so-and-so invites us yet again to play “Candy Crush Saga” or “Kitchen Scramble”). That being said, we love Bitstrip for finding another creative way for us to communicate with those in our network.  Whether they are used as greeting cards, status updates, or are just created as a fun way to reach out to a friend – they appeal to our sense of nostalgia – who didn’t read comic books as a kid and who didn’t want to be their own comic-book character? No one. Bitstrips has also created a program to help stop bullying. Called the “Stop Bullying, Speak Up” Challenge, participants are encouraged to post inspirational comics meant to support bullying victims and encourage bullies and those who witness bullies to stop this social epidemic. Using humor and creativity to stop social injuctice! We are onboard!

3. Save on Meats

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Photo Credit | SaveonMeats

Save-on-Meats, temporarily located at  No 1 Cordova, is a not-so-hidden Vancouver haven. Delicious, dirt-cheap food, large portions, and friendly staff are only a few of the reasons that this restaurant made our FF list.  Save-on-Meats also has a penchant for assisting those in need within the Vancouver community and has partnered with a variety of non-profit organizations, a couple being PLEA (assisting children and young adults who are facing/have faced hardships such as abuse and sexual exploitation) and Atira (assisting women who are dealing with/have dealt with domestic violence). Save-On-Meats diligantly supports and provides food for residents of Vancouver’s Downtown East side and is definitely a business that we support and will return to.

4. Coco & Vera

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Photo Credit | Coco & Vera

Coco & Vera is a blog created and run by FASHION Canada Style Panel and StyleList Canada Style Council member Cee Fardoe. The blog was created in 2010 by Cee and her friend Rachel Goldman who sought to share their love for the art of apparel.  While Rachel has moved on to other pursuits, Cee now runs the blog from both Vancouver and Paris, France.  The blog is a stunning mixture of Cee’s elegant,  oh-so covetable personal style and her travel adventures. Cee is a jet-setter and since we have a strong-case of wander-lust, we love to live vicariously through her blog. We are also thrilled to say that Cee will be collaborating with us on an endeavor in the near future! For what you ask? Stay tuned.

5. Frankie’s Candy

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Photo Credit | Frankie’s Candy Bar

Calling all candy-addicts! So as we mentioned before, Halloween is an absolutely bizarre holiday. Truly weird. Nonetheless, there are people in North America who go crazy for Halloween and take the holiday to the extreme. Though it is no longer October 31st, sugar-fiends can get their fix at Frankie’s Candy Bar at 5305 West Blvd. in Kerrisdale. Not only does this sweet little gem contain all of the commercial treats that we know and love, it also carries a wide assortment of gourmet, novelty,old-fashioned and imported British candies (the floral gums are our favorite). The staff are incredibly sweet and charming and the decor of the place is like that of an old-fashioned candy bar. A fun destination for kiddies and adults alike.


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

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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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Photo Credit | Yelp.com

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

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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

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

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Fright Nights at the PNE 

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Dunbar Haunted House

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4. Creative, Artsy Mummies

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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

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Photo Credit | Paul McCartney.com

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

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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

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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.

Photo Credit https://www.facebook.com/eastsideflea

3. DIY Tea

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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 

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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

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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.

Photo Credit | Gastown.org

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!