Posts Tagged ‘Winnipeg’
Apologies for my lack of posts, but I have recently found myself in central (western?) Canada, in my hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Now, Winnipeg isn’t a glamorous city, and the shopping options are far from endless. So when I had a packing mishap and forgot to bring any high heeled shoes for a grad dinner that I am attending (with Maddy) on Friday, I went on a search for a new pair. This resulted in multiple trips to two different malls, two visits to Osborne Village, and even a little road trip to the U.S. Yesterday I finally found a pair, but the best things I found while out was the BCBGeneration and Rachel Rachel Roy brands at none other than the Bay.
BCBGeneration is the little sister to BCBG, and is targeted to university-aged ladies. The line has everything from casual everyday wear to interview appropriate apparel, and an abundance of party dresses. While a typical BCBG dress would cost upwards of $300, a BCBGeneration dress would be closer to $100.
Rachel Rachel Roy came as a surprise to me as I had never actually heard of Rachel Roy until now. The pieces in the Rachel Rachel Roy lineup are affordable, ranging from $18 to $299 and include outerwear, tops, bottoms, shoes and accessories.
It’s easy to overlook the Bay as a destination for fashionable brands, but maybe under new leadership it will be able to turn itself around.
Although I currently reside in Toronto, I will always be a Winnipeg girl at heart. Explaining Winnipeg to people I meet can sometimes be challenging. Often I get a lot of “Oh, that’s in Alberta, right?” or “OMG isn’t it soooo cold there?!” No, it’s in Manitoba (one province west of Ontario), and yes it is cold there right now (but our summers are also really hot).
Other facts about Winnipeg: we have some of the most affordable housing in Canada and one of the lowest unemployment rates, Winnipeg is one of the sunniest places in Canada, and it is the geographic centre of Canada (sorry Toronto, we win this one). What’s more, a lot of great people have come out of Winnipeg. On New Years Eve, a man told me that Winnipeg produces the most successful people per capita than any other city in Canada. Granted, I’m not sure where he got his facts, but it was still a delight to hear.
One group of Winnipeggers to watch right now are the boys over at Sandboxmag.com: Jeff Vallis and Braden Alexander. They had a vision to create a magazine that honours “exactly what they feel makes life worth living: beautiful, confident women and everything they love, including fashion, lifestyle, arts, entertainment and culture”. The magazine is written from the gays to the girls, which puts a unique perspective on the usual lady mags that are written primarily by women. Sandbox Magazine ties up everything that is currently cool about the city into a neat little online package. Check it out, you won’t regret it.