One of the best bits about living in Vancouver is its diversity and eclectic neighborhoods. What can happen, however, is the comfort and convenience of your own hood can cause you to stick around your usual coordinates. For example, living in Yaletown I’m mere steps away from bars, restos, the seawall and some rather fabulous shopping. It’s easy to get stuck in my own little bubble, rarely venturing – wait for it – over a bridge. That is, unless I’m headed to a ski hill or the airport. So this weekend I decided it was high time that I explore some of Vancity’s outer bits and find some new faves to rave about.
This afternoon I made my way to Commercial Drive – which is a measly 2 skytrain stops away – to hook up with my BFF for brunch. We headed to a hippie joint called Little Nest, and immediately turned around and walked out upon the realization that this was a little less brunch appropriate, and a little more rumpus room. There must have been a 1:1 ratio of kids to adults. Ugh. No offence to the breeders out there, but the last thing I want is to have brunch over screaming ankle biters and stressed out parents. Craving something a little more adult oriented (and licensed!) we popped around the corner to ol’ faithful – Havana. Great brunch, great vibe and our server was a gem. Upon settling in, mimosa in hand, two gals rocked up with a baby – the only people in the entire joint with a baby – and nestled in right next to us. Thank you karma…thank you very much. Baby didn’t make a peep though, so baby and I were cool.
After brunch, we walked up a few blocks with Fratelli’s on the brain, but were sidetracked by a super cute little boutique called Banshee. We spent about an hour shopping around and had a ball with the owner who was friendly and helpful, but not at all pushy.
According to the BFF, who (lucky for me) just happens to be a stylist, citrus is huge for spring so I picked up this versatile clutch.
I’ve always had a thing for cameos. There happens to be a vintage cameo ring sitting in my mom’s jewelry box that I’ve been drooling over for years. So I snagged this vintage-esque little baby.
I’ve definitely been obsessing over cocktail rings as of late, so when I read the message on this funky piece I had to pick it up.
Banshee carried a lot of locally made produit, and one designer that stood out was Dirty Bird Jewels. I decided on the necklace above but I could have walked away with most of this gal’s collection. Super creative re-worked pieces. Check her out.
If you’re new to Vancouver or visiting the area, be sure to spend some time on The Drive, especially if you’re looking for eclectic shops, locally sourced fare and a whole lotta Italiano. Make the short jaunt east of the city…it’s worth it.