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Victoria Dining Guide

Victoria Dining Guide

Wondering where to dine in Victoria? I LOVE trying new restaurants, and I've been compiling my BIG list of favourite eateries for more than a decade. Click the fork-and-spoon image to read my Victoria Dining Guide.

Duchess & Duke Ranks with the Best of Victoria’s Consignment Shops

There are good days, and then there are super-duper-fantastic days. I had one of the latter on Saturday when I happened on the new Duchess & Duke boutique at 1824 Government Street.

The consignment shop had been open for just two weeks when Honey and I strolled in. We . . . → Click to read full blog


Shopping for the Best Men’s Shoes in Victoria, BC


When I ask men where they shop for stylish shoes in Victoria, many develop a pained or perplexed expression. The most common response is a mildly sarcastic “Vancouver.”

Honey often laments the lack of shoe-shopping options for Victoria men, certainly as compared to the smorgasbord of women’s shoes. (See . . . → Click to read full blog


Fluevog Shoes Online Market: Buy and Sell Gently Used Flues

Perk up your ears, shoe lovers. I just found an amazing source of discounted Fluevogs for men and women.

Vancouver designer John Fluevog makes fabulously distinctive footwear. Fans can often recognize his artful creations from across a crowded room.

There are two Fluevog stores in Vancouver, and several Victoria shoe . . . → Click to read full blog


VintAgeous Vintage Fair Features Retro Fashion, Accessories, Decor, and More: Victoria, BC


UPDATED February 29, 2012: Vintage Fair THIS weekend! Starts Friday, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Does your wardrobe need an injection of style for spring? Mine sure does, and I know where I’m going to get it. At the 2nd annual VintAgeous Vintage Fair on March 2-3, 2012, at . . . → Click to read full blog


Best Shoe Stores in Victoria, BC (mostly for women, some for men)

I’m overdue in updating my “best of” round-up of Victoria shoe stores for women. Since I last wrote on the subject, there have been some exciting developments on the downtown shoe scene.

(Don’t worry, guys. I haven’t forgotten about you. Click here to read my round-up of the best places . . . → Click to read full blog


Half Price Deals October 21-22 at Bee’s Knees Boutique in Sooke, BC


In early September, I wrote about two excellent Victoria consignment stores specializing in children’s clothing, accessories, and toys: Mya’s Treasures and Sailor Jack Family Consignment. (Sadly, Mya’s Treasures has since closed.)

A helpful reader (thanks, Rebecca!) responded with a glowing recommendation for Bee’s Knees in Sooke, touting . . . → Click to read full blog


VERVE Designer Consignment Clothing Hosts Client Appreciation Night: Victoria, BC


There is a special kind of happiness deal-hunters experience when we find an exceptional piece of clothing at a great price. I am radiating that happiness right now.

Within a week, I picked up two fashionable pieces that will define my fall wardrobe. One is a stylish black fur-felt women’s . . . → Click to read full blog


A Fabulous Children’s Consignment Store in Victoria, BC

I’m a great proponent of quality consignment-store shopping, a practice that beautifully combines great scrimping and socially responsible recycling. And if shopping these secondhand stores makes sense for me, a woman with no children, it makes doubly good sense for moms. Why pay full retail for tiny outfits that your . . . → Click to read full blog


Get the Dots Newsletter for Exclusive Fashion Discounts: Victoria, BC


In a previous article, I extolled the virtues of shopping at Dots Discount Designer Wear, a Fort Street fashion outlet with racks and racks and racks of fashionable clothing at clearance prices. All items are grouped by designer: Aritzia, Esprit, Anne Klein, MaxMara, DKNY, and so much more! Men are . . . → Click to read full blog


New Rich Rags Co-ed Consignment Store on Douglas: Victoria, BC


I had to pose a tough question to myself today. Was I more excited to visit a new specialty shoe store for women (wahoo!), or a new co-ed fashion consignment outlet (yippee!)? With time to stop in at only one, I was truly torn between Head Over Heels in the . . . → Click to read full blog