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Fashion Vancouver

Fashion Exhibition: Babes & Bathers

If you’re interested in the history of bathing suits for women and men, the ‘Babes and Bathers’ fashion exhibition is on tour at the Okanagan Heritage Museum until 3 September 2018. The exhibition features bathing suits and beachwear from the late 19th Century to the 1980’s from fashion historian Ivan Sayers’ private collection, which had …

World of Costume

Reviews on Period Dramas in 2017

If I broke my record in 2016, I think I watched even more period dramas in 2017! This year, I’m making the reviews shorter and separating them into two categories: whether I highly recommend the film or if I didn’t find it very interesting. Top 20 2017 Period Dramas CBC’s Alias Grace – Sarah Gadon …

World of Costume

Period Dramas 2018

We’re a month away from 2018 and that means it’s time to see the list of period dramas / historical dramas / costume dramas (with a specific time period) coming to our screens! Since the Period Dramas 2017 post took too long to update with all the links, I will no longer embed links to …

Travel

75th Anniversary of Dieppe Raid

Tomorrow marks the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid (or Operation Jubilee) on 19 August 1942 and as a tribute, I would like to share some of my photos taken in 2008. When I first visited Dieppe in June 2008 with my spring semester classmates from the BISC, I knew very little about the significance of …

Travel

Castle du jour: Craigdarroch Castle

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, have finally arrived in British Columbia! For the majority of their West Coast tour, they will make their base in the province’s capital, Victoria (aside from a short stay in Whitehorse), where they will be staying at Government House. Not too far …

Fashion Vancouver

Supporting Canadian: Fashion

With The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (plus Prince George and Princess Charlotte) arriving in my hometown of Vancouver in a few days, I thought I would showcase some Canadian fashion brands for the ‘middle class’ (i.e. not the sort of brands with a security guard or stuffy salesperson turning you away with one look). A …

Travel

Castle du jour: Chateau-Musee Dieppe

Up on the hill of Dieppe in Normandy, France stands a 15th Century castle, Chateau de Dieppe. The castle was originally built in 1188 but was destroyed in 1195. Eventually, the castle was restored and expanded between the 14-15th Centuries. In 1903, the town bought the castle and, until 1923, the castle house barracks. Today, …

World of Costume

Canadian Period Dramas

Happy Canada Day! Bonne fête du Canada! Here’s a list of all the period dramas / historical dramas that are set in Canada or told from a Canadian perspective (titles listed alphabetically). 15 février (February) 1839 (2001) CBC’s Alias Grace (2017) CBC’s Anne (2017) Anne of Green Gables (1985) Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel / Anne of Avonlea (1987) Anne of …

Travel

Happy National Aboriginal Day (Canada)!

Today, 21 June, is National Aboriginal Day in Canada. It is a day to celebrate Canada’s (or Turtle Island – for all of North America) Indigenous culture (read more here). This year, the National Aboriginal Day celebrates its 20th anniversary. Out of the 10 provinces and 3 territories in Canada, only the Northwest Territories celebrates the …

London

Moving to and Living in London On a Budget

Today marks my 6th month anniversary in London, England! Additional comments added in dark blue. Moving to London Prior to moving to London, I found the blog posts on moving to the UK on Alyssa Writes extremely helpful, particularly regarding the Youth Mobility Scheme (Tier 5) application for Canadians. Alyssa has written two posts on the subject, …

Travel

Toronto’s Downton Abbey: Spadina Museum

This is a belated post for my Canadian and American readers who are currently enjoying the final series of Downton Abbey on PBS Masterpiece, which will run until Sunday, 6 March. (I should have posted this two weeks ago when I had finished it but couldn’t decide if I should post it at the end of February or …