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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.

Rich Rags, Now Retail and Consignment with Two Locations

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Rich Rags has undergone some changes since opening its second location on Douglas Street in 2011. (All accompanying photos here depict the Douglas store.)

The new downtown Douglas location has targets a younger, somewhat hipper demographic. This has allowed the original Rich Rags, on Yates Street near London Drugs, . . . → Click to read full blog

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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