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.

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friday faves: wardrobe edition

friday faves: wardrobe edition

Sorry fellas, this one’s for the ladies. Unless you’re a guy who suffers from wardrobe anxiety and is occasionally late strictly because you couldn’t decide what to wear. If that’s you, then read on my man.  And we’re sorry for gender stereotyping.

We’re in a wardrobe rut. For who-knows-what reasons, our clothes just haven’t felt good lately. We’re missing those go-to pieces that make us feel really good, and instead we’re drowning in way too many ‘meh’ pieces that have us feeling, well, meh.  Friends, meh is not good enough and these four friday faves are here to back us up on that.

1. A few weeks ago, the internet delivered Matilda Kahl – the wonderful woman who wears the exact same thing to work every day. Her story may be old news by now, but we still can’t stop thinking about how genius it is, and we found her reason for making the switch to a work uniform incredibly relatable.  2. Here’s the lovely Kate of Wit & Delight showing off her take on the uniform.  3. Soon after we read about the uniform, we read about wardrobe capsules. It was like the universe (okay, the internet) was telling us to rid our closet of meh and fill it with what a very smart woman named Mom calls “investment pieces”.  Fashion blogger Caroline Rector is a pro, as proven in this piece on The Everygirl. Follow Caroline’s minimalist process on her blog, Unfancy. Summer capsule planning starts now.  4. We don’t care how superficial this sounds – the right clothes make a person feel good, dammit. And when we feel good we spread that feeling to those we meet. This little post is about cultivating happiness.

office inspiration

We’re firm believers that a workspace should promote productivity, creativity and a sense of calm, but if we’re being completely honest we don’t always treat our workspace with the respect it deserves (its primary role is ‘dumping ground’). Feeling inspired (and hey, guilty) we swept the clutter off the desk and got to making our space just a little prettier. It’s not much, but we sure do like blogging here. Whether you’re working from a corner office or the corner of your couch, we encourage you to make the most of your workspace – it’s a big part of our lives, after all!

office inspiration by {OH} Victoriaoffice inspiration by {OH} Victoria

He brings the zen.

office inspiration by {OH} Victoria

office inspiration by {OH} Victoria

Full disclosure: none of the pencils are sharpened.

office inspiration by {OH} Victoria

Ripped out of a magazine years ago, this Andy Warhol quote has guided us through some pretty big life decisions.

office inspiration by {OH} Victoria

Postcards, handwritten notes, and photographs. Our everyday inspiration.

office inspiration by {OH} Victoria

office inspiration by {OH} Victoria

office inspiration by {OH} Victoria

Always on the desk: a pile of cards picked up from our favourite local businesses.

This post was inspired by WeWork, a platform that offers creatives co-working office spaces from Seattle to Amsterdam to Tel Aviv. We love the idea of a space made just for creatives who otherwise might be working solo at their kitchen table. Their mission really hit home: To create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living.

We wish you happy working!

win big (data)

Victoria! We are beyond excited to announce our very first giveaway. You know that catchy as f—k tune Dangerous? We’re giving you and a pal a chance to hear it live! That’s right, we have two tickets to catch Big Data live at Sugar on Friday, April 24th and we’re just itchin’ to give them away. See our super official rules below.

How to enter:

1. Head on over to our Facebook page and like this post (you can like our page while you’re at it, but we won’t hold it against you if you don’t).

OR

2. Head on over to our Twitter account and RT this tweet (we’d suggest you follow us there too, but we don’t want to sound needy).

Bonus: If you do steps 1 AND 2, you’ll be entered twice.

That’s it. Seriously!

Contest closes Sunday, April 19th at midnight.