bathing beauties

Julia Church, founder of Nettle's Tale

Human? Oh cool, so you have insecurities too, then. For many of us (like, all but maybe three people in the world) those insecurities are amplified with the arrival of summer. We don’t care who you are – there’s nothing easy about shedding your sweats and dawning lycra. Whether you’re cursed with short legs and an abnormally long torso (thanks, Dad!) or you’re still carrying that extra weight from Christmas ’05 (honey, you’re not 21 anymore – let it go), you still have to live your life. Bonus points if you feel good doing it.

Enter Julia Church, the force behind Vancouver-based swimwear brand Nettle’s Tale and the fine lady in red. Nettle’s Tale launched last year with an impressive Indiegogo campaign that filled a gaping hole in the fashion industry: swimwear that celebrates all body shapes and sizes modelled by everyday women. Today, the west coast brand is expanding beyond e-commerce with a brand new brick and mortar location at 4301 Main St where shoppers can book intimate one-on-one consultations and fittings, or just pop in to check things out. The fact that each swimsuit is made in Vancouver is icing on an already pretty decadent cake.

Our favourite thing about Nettle’s Tale might be the lookbook.  We can’t help but see ourselves in it – and we certainly can’t say that about any other swimsuit catalog.

Nettle's Tale Swimwear
Nettle's Tale Swimwear
Nettle's Tale Swimwear
Nettle's Tale Swimwear
Nettle's Tale Swimwear
Nettle's Tale Swimwear

Ready to drop those sweats? Yeah, us too.

Find Nettle’s Tale Swimwear online at www.nettlestale.com or in person at 4301 Main St., Vancouver, BC.

we love this city

Victoria became home over 10 years ago, and while we’ve contemplated leaving once or twice before, it’s always won in the end. We’ve seen a lot of changes over the past decade, and now more than ever we see a city that is brimming with success and excitement. Whether you call this city home or you’re just passing through, we hope you see that too.

From world class music festivals like Rifflandia to incredible restaurants and the best nature has to offer, kudos to Tourism Victoria for capturing our city’s magic in this brand new video.

Now we’re off to enjoy that world class music festival, right now! Happy Rifflandia, Victoria!

riding pretty

Victoria loves to cycle, and dammit we want to look good doing it. As if this city’s not already a knockout, it’s about to get a lot prettier thanks to a brand new line of stylish vintage-inspired bicycles by Lochside Cycles. Founded by brothers Brian and Richard and their longtime friend Jeff, Lochside Cycles is a Victoria-owned bicycle brand. The avid cyclists do more than just sell bikes – they design every model that carries the Lochside name. Their mission? To get people on bikes they’re excited to ride.

Lochside Cycles

Starting at $400CAD, the bikes are as affordable as they are attractive. We’ll admit we’re lusting after the Lovelo and her pretty frame, though the Voyageur has caught our eye, too.  Or maybe The Jameson? With eight beautiful models to choose from, there’s truly something for everyone.

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We recently caught up with Lochside Cycles‘s Brian Kirk (the bearded stud, below) to chat bike rides and benny specials.

What’s your favourite ride in Victoria?

BK:  I’d have to say the stretch of road around Victoria starting on Ash Road heading through Caddy Bay and the Uplands, around Beach Drive and Dallas Road. The incredibly scenic rolling hills wind through what must be the most beautiful ride in all of Canada, and it can be done 12 months out of the year!

What makes Victoria a great city for cycling?

BK:  Victoria is small and flat. There are some great bike paths to get you around the different areas of the city, and more often than not, faster than it would take you driving to them. Did I mention the weather?

If you could cycle anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?

BK:  All over Europe. If I have to narrow it down, Holland. They’ve just been doing it right for so many decades!

Do you have a favourite Lochside bike?

BK:  I’m definitely in love with The Jameson. From it’s name to its ominous all-black shadowy appearance. It’s minimalist and stripped down, yet bold. Also being all black, incredibly easy to coordinate with my entire wardrobe! Haha.

Best food/coffee/drinks in Victoria – go!

BK:  Anyone who knows me or spends even a little time with me quickly learns I have a love (addiction?) for pizza. You can usually find me hanging out at The Brickyard or lurking around The Joint looking for extra dipping sauce. I also enjoy my weekend brunch. Not a big fan of lines so I have to give a nod to Logan’s Pub and their ever-changing benny special. Loving the roasting coming from Cafe Fantasico and Bows & Arrows Coffee. I like a light flavourful beer, like Hoyne Pilsner, or Swans Pandora Pale Ale. Later on in the evening you might find me at Smiths chasing back shots of Jameson with a cold PBR.

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Lochside Cycles are available online at www.lochsidecycles.com, in Victoria at North Park Bicycle Shop and Fairfield Bicycle Shop, in Courtenay at The Broken Spoke Bicycle Shop, and in Vancouver at Reckless in Yale Town and Granville Island.