Playlist | Tuesday Night Music Club

They turn down the volume on my microphone when I sing karaoke. (So much for that year of singing lessons.)

So when I was invited to Tuesday Night Music Club, it wasn’t to perform. The monthly series, which takes place at the Cellar on the last Tuesday of every month, brings together musical talent with industry pros (like yours truly).

Of the nine Vancouver-based artists I saw last week, two stood out as ones I’ll keep a close eye on. One was Luca Fogale, whose folksy sound seems to be of another time.

The other was Alexandria Maillot, whose voice and stage presence are primed for stardom. When introducing her take on “Rumour Has It,” she said “If I have one chance of being a YouTube sensation, it’s riding off Adele’s success.” I think she’s got a good shot on her own.

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Diary | (212) Winter Showcase

By Erika Renfrew

I was feeling oh-so small at (212)’s Winter Showcase held in the fabulous, high-ceilinged showroom of Montauk Sofa.

The rustic, open space was a beautiful setting to jumpstart the season where we get to wear our cosiest clothes, all at the same time.

A New York based label, (212) caters to contemporary Vancouver women. Being all laidback and such here on the west coast, the winter preview mixed comfy knits, structured dresses and easy-to-wear pieces for that all-day, see-how-good-I-look-even-in-the-rain kind of style.

I may hate the cold but oh how I love to layer! But since it’s not quite winter, I’ll be shopping online for fall instead.

Style | The polyester Disney dress

This weekend I’m pulling out the red lipstick, red ribbons and red polyester cape. Why? Because I’m being Snow White, y’all!

Just like last year. And the year before that. And the year before that. And the year before that.

What? Don’t look so disgusted.

I like to think it’s not sheer laziness, but rather that it’s my ‘thing’. Besides, it means I get to wear these metallic Betsey Johnson shoes, which are perfect for two things: this costume and Christmas parties.

P.S. Up until October 31st $10 from each purchase of Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev’s Hunger Bites tee will support Free The Children’s drought-relief efforts in East Africa. $10 feeds one person for a month in East Africa.

P.P.S. I’m such a proud big sis! My brother Bryce Dundon has released this spooky electronica tune just in time for All Hallows’ Eve.
Charlie the Ghost by bryced

After | The upcycled scarf

Like a kindergartner, I’ve got a “Hey ma! Look what I made!” feeling about this project. Unlike The Anthology’s signature before and afters where I take a vintage piece and have it reinvented by my tailor, I did this one on my own.

And it wasn’t hard at all. I wove this striped silk scarf into a plastic chain, skipping a few links at a time, and turned it into one big necklace/scarf combo. (Neckarf? Scarflace? Hmm… I’m going to have to keep thinking about this.)

And because the chain had broken (how? I have no idea), I used a big floppy bow as the clasp. Fancy, huh?

P.S. You could do a lot of vintage shopping on us! We’ve got a Shoppalu x The Anthology giveaway going on right now.

Giveaway | Shoppalu x The Anthology

So many of you tell me how much you love vintage clothing but how terrified you are of vintage shopping. So The Anthology and Shoppalu want to do a little something to help you out with that.

We’re giving away $100 CDN towards vintage goodies and shipping from Shoppalu! (I wish I could pick myself as the winner and then use that gift certificate to get this floral dress. But I love you too much to do that to you…) So, how do you enter?

For one entry: Comment on this post and tell us why you love vintage. (It’s the treasure hunt, isn’t it?)

For two entries: Write on The Anthology’s Facebook wall and tell us why you need more vintage in your wardrobe.

Double your entries: Holler at @Shoppalu on Twitter and write on Shoppalu’s Facebook wall.

The contest is open to readers worldwide. The lucky winner will be chosen on November 2, 2011 (contest closes 5:00pm PST 11/02/11). Good luck!

Trippin’ | Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, California

I didn’t just go to Healdsburg, California to photograph my boots on the floor of my hotel room.

I went there to go bike-riding and wine-tasting, do a little shopping and dining, live the wine-country life and then write about the experience.

You’ll find my travel story in the Province.

[Vintage shirt, DNKY shorts, Tretorn sneakers]

P.S. Grab a glass of wine and cozy up with my travel pieces on the weirdness of Portland (my new favourite city) and the terror of heli-hiking in the Bugaboos (my new favourite activity).

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]

Style | Black + White = Grey

I envy all you Californians who can wear shorts and dresses year round.

Up here in Vancouver you could do that, I suppose, you’d just be miserably wet and cold. So instead we bundle. Sometimes to the point of wearing a sweater so gigantic and cozy, it’s practically a blanket.

I paired my Dolce Vita sweater with a vintage eel-skin clutch (how thrilled was I to find one so big?!?! These old clutches are often so dainty I can barely fit my camera and cell phone inside) from Ver Unica, a vintage shop in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley.

Ahhh… to be back there, amidst the California air and those beautiful palm trees. If I were in the Golden State right now I’d rock this exact same look. Except I’d turn my jeans into cutoffs.

[Rock & Republic jeans, Matisse boots.]

P.S. Like The Anthology on Facebook and you’ll be the first to find out about our next big giveaway.

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…