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You said it!

When you filled out The Anthology’s reader survey, you told me loud and clear what you’d like to see on The Anthology: more writing, more photos, more frequent posts, more of my boy Roy (see below). Thanks a million!

You also had some questions, comments and requests, a few of which I thought I’d address right here:

I love the before and after stories! they win hands down for me!
Almost every single one of you said something similar. Which means I’m going to go foraging for more hideous vintage pieces pronto!

Ever need volunteers for anything, or take suggestions from readers?
Yes and yes! Send me a note at, mmkay?

I would like to see more behind the scenes coverage on cultural and fashiony things being make in Vancouver
You got it! We’ve got lots planned in the coming weeks and months, including some sneak peeks at December’s Vancouver Fashion Showcase, trips to designers’ studios, plus tons of parties and events.

A few of you wrote poems that were too good to keep to myself (such talent!)
There once was a girl,
Who liked clothes and puppies,
Which is very normal.


if i had your closet
i would be set
i would be so fashiony
and be the writer of the anthology

I’d like a reminder now and then about new content
I post the latest on The Anthology’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. Plus, The Anthology’s now on Google+ too. Subscribe! Or just hit refresh on all day. That works too.

If you ever need a beauty writer, I’m heeeeeeeere!!
Beauty! (Get it?) Send me a note and writing samples if you have ’em to

beep boop beep beep brrrrrrrrrrap!
Right back atcha!

All I know is that I don’t know what I would do without your blog (=
And I don’t know what I’d do without you guys! Talk to myself maybe?

P.S. Haven’t given your input yet? Share your thoughts in The Anthology’s reader survey. I’d love to know what you think!

Linked | Versace for H&M, Braden Paul in NME Magazine and more…

The Anthology’s list of links to what’s new, what’s now and what’s next…

Line ’em up! Versace’s collection for H&M will launch in Canada on Saturday, November 19th at Pacific Centre in Vancouver, Toronto Eaton Centre, Bloor Street, Yorkdale Mall, and Downtown Montreal. Studded leather jacket, anyone?

Shooting star. Braden Paul, photographer extraordinaire and contributor to The Anthology, is one of only ten finalists in NME Magazine’s music photography awards. (You might recognize that shot from his trip to Sasquatch earlier this summer.)

Expert opinion. I’ll be attending tonight’s Tuesday Night Music Club as an industry expert (their words, not mine). Shockingly, they didn’t ask me to sing…

Be a rainmaker. The Obakki Foundation will be hosting Rainmaker, a charity auction on eBay featuring goodies from the likes of Katy Perry, Beyonce and Coldplay. All money raised will go towards drilling much-needed water wells in Sudan.

Say what? Stanford design student Jess Lam has created the site StyleSays so you can shop with your ladyfriends at the virtual mall while you’re actually at home in your bunny slippers.

Paint the town pink. Get your nails painted (pink?) at Queens Boutique before the end of October and proceeds will go to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

[Photo courtesy H&M]

Diary | Love + Mark’d

By Erika Renfrew

The art of handwritten notes seem lost with the wonders of the worldwide web.  (Then again, who doesn’t love a great blog?)

No stranger to the online world, Vancouver style blogger Olivia Lovenmark swapped her keyboard for paper and a (glitter) pen to launch a stationery line called LOVE + MARK’D. Inspired by her summer travels, her designs are adorable and customized with the right amount of sparkle. They make me miss the charm of personalized notes.

Olivia hosted a trunk show with fall stationery, friends and sweet treats in her oh-so-festive apartment.  Thanks again Olivia and Marie (that would be her adorable kitty) for welcoming me into your home.

I feel like this post would have been fitting on a LOVE + MARK’D card…


Diary | Art. Design. Fashion. Music.

By Erika Renfrew

Here are a few of my favourite things: fashion (obviously), music, art and now, blogging. So put all of these things in one funky loft-like setting and voila! Paradise.

The evening celebrated the A.D.F.M. store launch, an online lifestyle shop that blends art, design, fashion and music under one seriously creative roof. Founder (and super cool lady) Michelle Wong emphasizes culture, community and under-the-radar talent.

Coffee table books were spread about, including a complete moustache grower’s guide (Movember anyone?). With art on the walls, shoes on the table and a DJ spinning all evening, the A.D.F.M. team created a really cool vibe.

A.D.F.M. stands for Art, Design, Fashion and Music or “A Design For Me”. Clever, huh? This online oasis even offers the help of personal stylists. Bringing culture and inspired living to your home, I spent the evening making a mental list of must-haves. Go on, take a look…


Art & Design | Alberta Ballet’s Jean Grand-Maitre

Never in my life have I seen so many nude body suits.

And I certainly wasn’t expecting so many of them at the ballet (then again, where else would I expect to find so much head-to-toe spandex?). Before the dress rehearsal of Love Lies Bleeding, I sat down with Alberta Ballet’s incredible artistic director Jean Grand-Maître, who choreographed the piece that chronicles the story of Elton John’s life.

It’s cabaret meets Broadway meets Vegas. And it’s set to Elton John’s music. But does it include “Tiny Dancer,” you ask? Well, I’m not going to spoil it for you.

You’ll find my interview on Vitamin Daily.

Diary | Vancouver International Film Festival

35091Three cheers for film festivals! The minute I got back to Vancouver I picked up my VIFF media pass and jumped straight into the film fest fun.

Last night was the premier of Nash, the Documentary (thank you Tiffany and the Donnelly Group for the invitation!). Even I found the story of Canada’s favourite basketball star fascinating, which is high praise coming from someone who’s never sat through an entire b-ball game in her life.

Another favourite? Patang, the story of six people whose lives intertwine during India’s biggest kite festival.


The film is so beautifully shot it makes me want to go to India. Like, right this minute. Patang was featured at Berlin and Tribeca and had its Canadian premier at VIFF, where it will be showing again this afternoon.

Then this weekend I’m off to the closing gala. Can’t wait! Have you seen any of the films? Which did you love most?

P.S. Shout-out to my friend Shevawn who designed the Vancouver International Film Festival artwork. Holler!

P.P.S. You’ll find a few more of my VIFF picks on Vitamin Daily.

The A-list | Long weekend

In The Anthology’s A-list column (“A” stands for Anthology, in case you haven’t had your coffee yet) we tabulate a few of the very best things in life.


Let’s count down the ten most fun, relaxing things to do on a lazy long weekend. It’s (eep!) the last one of summer, so let’s make the most of it…

10. Spend the whole day by the water. Oceanside, lakeside, bird bath-side — it doesn’t matter.

9. Go for a bike ride and see if you can balance your friend on your handlebars like you could when you were 12.

8. Host an al fresco dinner party.

7. Unplug your TV.

6. Gather all your friends for happy hour.

5. Pick up a book. And actually read it.

4. Play a board game. Or a garden game (bocce, anyone?). As long as it requires neither wires nor an outlet, I’m game.

3. Set sail on a boat. A BC Ferry counts.

2. Challenge your friends to a corn-on-the-cob-eating contest. (I’d beat all of you combined.)

1. Throw a dance party under the stars.

[Photo by Andrew Dalik, courtesy of Toronto-based director Philip Lyall.]

What’s your very favourite thing to do on a long weekend — sleep until noon? Stay out until sunrise? Do tell!

London Town | Friday night at the theatre

In her fourth dispatch from London, Katie Burnett, a friend, actress and writer, shares her favourite way to spend a Friday night in London Town: at the theatre…

Living in London might be incredibly expensive, but saving money for the theatre is a must. Luckily, in London the theatre isn’t just world-class, it can be affordable. Sure, there are the West End theatres that can set you back as much as 200 Canadian dollars, but theatres like the National Theatre, Old Vic Theatre, Donmar Warehouse and Royal Court are rarely above 50 dollars Canadian a ticket – if that even. On a Friday night, whether you’ve been sightseeing all day or working, the best treat you can give yourself is a night out at the theatre.

luisemiller_maxbennett_felicityjones_cjperssonThe Old Vic, located on the Cut by Waterloo is a great theatre with dynamic plays. Kevin Spacey is currently finishing his run as Richard the 3rd, and Robert Sheehan of Misfits fame will take over next in the Irish play, The Playboy of the Western World. If you’re able to get to the Old Vic for a night of theatre, try and leave yourself time for a walk along the South Bank before your show, as it is the perfect place for a stroll, sight-seeing, and people watching.

There are a lot of food choices, like the always popular Wagamama or Ping Pong, but I suggest going to Cubana. It has pre-theatre dinner menus AND happy hour – a rarity in London. Their Pina Coladas are to die for….

After your play at the Old Vic, head down to the Pit bar for drinks, a chance to mingle with the cast, and usually some roaring music courtesy of a local band like Salt Water Thief (check out their performance of Adele’s “Someone Like You”). It’s a great atmosphere to relax and also extremely entertaining.

Over at the National, the views are stunning, and even if you don’t have a ticket you can go inside, wander around the bookshop (stocked with what feels like every play ever written), check out the art exhibits, treat yourself to a coffee or some wine, and sit up on the deck, overlooking the Thames and St. Paul’s. And if you do want a ticket to a show, they do Travelex offers, meaning you can get tickets for the equivalent of 20 Canadian dollars on the day!

The great secret about theatre in London is that you can wake up (albeit early), go over to the theatre where you’d like to see a show, line up, and more often than not (if you’re early!) you’ll score a ticket.


I woke up at 7am one morning recently, dragged my weary roommate Isobel and met up with our friend Sam outside the Donmar Warehouse, where we waited until 10:30am – and each walked away with a ticket that cost about 15 Canadian dollars for that evening. The Donmar is a stunning, intimate space, and we had perfect seats for Schiller’s Luise Miller, which was a phenomenal production directed by Michael Grandage, featuring up and comer Felicity Jones as the title role.

Next up at the Donmar? Jude Law in Anna Christie. It’s sold out, but fear not – if you wake up early enough, there’s a good chance you can line up for tickets!


And if you can get to the Royal Court, dubbed “London’s coolest theatre”, you can also enjoy the surrounding Sloane Square area and the Kings Road. It’s a hub for new playwrights, notably Lucy Prebble’s Enron, Polly Stenham’s That Face and Jezz Butterworth’s Jerusalem which went on to play in the West End and Broadway, winning various prestigious awards along the way!

[First photo found here, second photo found here, third photo found here.]

P.S. Want to keep adding to your “When I’m in London” list? Katie Burnett has more dispatches from London coming up on The Anthology! Catch up on her first dispatch from London here, her second one here and her third one here.

The clothes! The tunes! The moves!


I sat down with Broadway star J. Cameron Barnett to talk about his latest role — as Seaweed J. Stubbs in the Stanley Theatre’s production of Hairspray the Musical. And yes, he broke out into song during the interview. Watch the clip on VitaminDaily. Thanks again, Cameron!

[Photo of J. Cameron Barnett and Robyn Wallis by Emily Cooper.]

I love, love, love dance

I love to do it, I love to watch it, I love everything about it. Which might be why I love Ballet BC’s collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery.


This Tuesday, they’ll be unleashing dozens of their dancers on the Gallery, where the ballet pros will perform improvisations inspired by the exhibitions. Each performance takes place right in the middle of the gallery visitors, which makes it very casual and very, very cool. I was at their last performance and you’ll be happy to know I resisted the urge to join in.

Ballet BC will be performing at the Vancouver Art Gallery this Tuesday (April 19th) at 7:00. You’ll find more info here.