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EXCLUSIVE COUNTDOWN EVENTS'
NEW YEAR ORDER THE FACES OF FRAMEWORK
ISSUE 6 holiday 2012
ADVICE: BUILD YOUR DREAM CAREER IN 2013
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â€œThe Framework Girls love a good party, and our very first Holiday soiree was no exception! Gathering a handful of our 2012 features, we got our glam on to celebrate the year ahead."
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8 CONTRIBUTORS 10 EDITOR’S
EDITOR’S PICKS Party Hour
116 BLOGGER PANEL Veronika Novotny Mina Sadat Marisa Joy Katelyn Zborowski
15 No matter your situation, family matters are tied to the Holiday season. This month's book club has 3 great reads that explore the relationships between your closest of kin
16 BEHIND THE BRAND
Pia Dargani, Clutches of Karma
50 FASHION 101
One party dress, three ways
LITTLE SLICE OF 58 APARIS
Rebecca Rawlinson's darling new boutique has that "je ne sais quoi"
culture & living
Conversation starters for the hostess
DIY YOUR TREE
Holiday guest favours
Quiche made easy
35 WINE TRIO Bubbly
HAUTE CUISINE Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Crab Apples
Garlic & Thyme Roasted Yams Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chestnut Ginger Cream
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
SHE'S ALL THAT
SHAPESHIFTERS: NEW YEAR ORDER
For Her & For Him
Working Girl: Soha Lavin of Countdown Events
The Faces of Framework celebrate in style
meet the team... BRIA LEAR
Founder & Editor-in-Chief KATHRYN KANG Editorial Intern
RHYA JOHNSTON-WALLACE Editorial Intern
PERIENNE SADLER CHEF & WRITER
DARINA KOPČOK WRITER & PHOTOGRAPHER
AARON AUBREY PHOTOGRAPHER
MIKKI FOX BLOGGER
ALICIA QUAN BLOGGER
JENNIFER PISTOR BLOGGER & STYLIST
North Vancouver, BC
WHITNEY KRUTZFELDT PHOTOGRAPHER Vancouver, BC
MELISSA SKODA PHOTOGRAPHER Vancouver, BC
KRISTY RYAN PHOTOGRAPHER Vancouver, BC
many thanks to this month’s contributors!
~ love, Framework
SARA CONSTANTINEAU WRITER Burnaby, BC
SOPHIE COLLINS WRITER Vancouver, BC
JULIA DILWORTH WRITER Vancouver, BC framework
As I write this last Editor’s Letter of 2012, flickering candles and a crackling fireplace are keeping the winter chill at bay. Also keeping me warm is the thought of the cozy, comforting meals I’ll be making courtesy of this month’s new recipes! In our first “Cooking Class”(page 31), learn how to make one of my favourite meals and secret weapons for easy entertaining—classic Quiche. Or, try your hand at creating the beautiful dishes in “Haute Cuisine”(page 36), for elevated winter fare. Food and entertaining go hand-inhand, and the Framework Girl holiday celebration, “Shapeshifters: New Year Order” (page 96), is a testament to our love for stylish living in every arena. From the sweet treats to the sparkles, planning the party and photoshoot was no simple task. But the result? Worth every email! And let me tell you, there were many… After this foray into event planning I was thrilled, and dare I say awestruck, to interview the immensely talented Soha Lavin of Countdown Events. In “She’s All That,” (page 76), you’ll not only find décor ideas you can duplicate at home, but also an inspiring interview that illustrates the convergence of passion for both work and life. So what will you wear to your own Holiday soiree? Sequins of course! Our favourite seasonal style indulgence is at home in any situation with this month’s “Fashion 101: One Dress, Three Ways”(page 50). And, if you follow our His & Hers gift guide (page
42) your ensemble won’t be the only thing sparkling. This year, light up the eyes of everyone on your list; after all, giving is so much better than receiving when you’re gifting well… Until next year, Happy Holidays Framework Girls!
BRIA LEAR, FOUNDER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
THIS HOLIDAY WE SUGGEST
the framework girl... Sports a sequin shift dress day and night Trims her tree with hand-crafted ornaments Serves a decadent dinner with ease Cosies up by the fire with a warm eggnog latte Hosts a holiday movie marathon Shows off her twists and twirls on an outdoor ice rink Pens festive notes to faraway friends Toasts to the New Year with her nearest and dearest Enjoys giving more than receiving
EDITOR'S PICKS MEASURING CUPS, $36 ANTHROPOLOGIE
GLITTER BELT, $98 KATE SPADE
BARR-CO. CANDLE, $98 ANTHROPOLOGIE
PARTY HOUR ALL IS MERRY AND BRIGHT! ADD BOLD COLOUR TO YOUR HOLIDAY SPIRIT WITH THESE FESTIVE FAVOURITES
THROW BLANKET, $99 URBAN BARN
CHEESE KNIFE, $12 ANTHROPOLOGIE
ICE BUCKET, $60 CHAPTERS
CHAMPAGNE FLUTES SET OF 4, $36 CHAPTERS
SOFA, $999 URBAN BARN
3.1 PHILIP LIM SWEATER, $550 NET-APORTER
KITCHENAID MIXER, $449 THE BAY
GLOVES, $82 J.CREW
NAPKINS, $24 ANTHROPOLOGIE SKIRT, $29 H&M DATEBOOK, $30 J.CREW
RACHEL ANTONOFF DRESS, $555 MADEWELL
JIMMY CHOO PUMPS, $695 NET-A-PORTER
BOOK CLUB FAMILY TIES
EVERY MONTH WE CHOOSE THREE MUST-READ BOOKS, FROM RECENT RELEASES TO OLD FAVOURITES, THAT WOULD FIT INTO ANY FRAMEWORK GIRL’S BOOK CLUB. IT’S JUST ONE MORE EXCUSE TO GET TOGETHER WITH FRIENDS OVER SWEET TREATS AND COCKTAILS!
by Sara Constantineau
Whether you love the family you were born with or the one you created yourself, there’s no escaping them during the holiday season. These three very different stories all reflect on that seemingly widespread truth about families from all walks of life—you can’t live with them, or without them.
BY J. COURTNEY SULLIVAN
Despite their immense differences, four women representing three generations are bound together by their family summer home in Maine. Alice Kelleher, the widowed matriarch; Kathleen, her formerly alcoholic daughter; Anne Marie, Kathleen’s peoplepleasing sister-in-law, and Maggie, Kathleen’s newly pregnant and single daughter. Despite the arguments, tears and spiteful words, they find they are stronger together than they are apart.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT
Each deeply flawed character is familiar in some way, whether you see yourself or your own family in each of them. Even though the Kellehers are 100 percent Irish-Catholic-Americans, their struggle with family secrets, sibling rivalry, and motherly guilt is universal to anyone with parents, siblings, or children of their own.
BEST FOR: ESCAPING YOUR OWN FAMILY AFTER THEY'VE HAD TOO MUCH WINE 14
FRANNY AND ZOOEY BY J.D. SALINGER
Franny and Zooey Glass are two twenty-something siblings from an ultra-dysfunctional family. Franny is a jaded coed who is soon to suffer an emotional breakdown. Zooey is her intelligent and emotionally-distant older brother, who tries to help resolve her existential crisis in his own unique, philosophical way.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT
Short and sweet, this quirky story was originally published in The New Yorker before it became a novel. A frequent fixture in Salinger’s literary world, the wealthy Glass family epitomizes the kind of eccentric and eclectic individuals you’d only find in the Upper East Side, and it’s fascinating to try to decipher the true meaning behind the reclusive author’s words.
BEST FOR: WES ANDERSON FANS WHO WANT TO COZY UP WITH A QUICK READ
BY MARJORIE CELONA
Shannon is left at the steps of a YMCA as a baby by a mother she never knew, and she wants to know why. Now in her late teens, she reveals the story of a childhood spent in foster care and the desperate challenges her birth parents faced. It all leads to an eventual meeting with her absent mother, as well as the man who first found her on those steps so many years ago.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT
Longlist for the Giller prize, this outstanding debut from B.C.born author Marjorie Celona is at once sad, funny, and poignant. The Vancouver Island setting is brought to life in rich detail, and the intricate, heartfelt narrative recounts the common struggle to figure out where you belong in an uncertain world.
BEST FOR: THOSE WHO BELIEVE THERE ARE ALWAYS TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY. framework
by Julia Dilworth | photography by Aaron Aubrey
ast summer, Pia Dargani was on the hunt for the perfect clutch. Uninspired by Vancouver’s selection, she drew her own. But instead of her sketch lying untouched in a notebook, her mom got a hold of it and had it made for her. That one clutch—with fish scales, snakeskin and a handcrafted wooden clasp—kickstarted Clutches of Karma and the 22-year-old’s career in fashion.
The world can b cheesy, but it really can if of giving back. And so, th 16
BEHIND THE BRAND PIA DARGANI OF CLUTCHES OF KARMA
Her debut bag led to an entire line, and in the past year her gutsy pieces of ‘wearable art’ have shown up in everything from It-blogs to magazine spreads. But, it all started with that one accessory and a passion to design something different. “Each piece kind of has a story. I like to think of the type of woman that would wear it.” Illustrating a character in her head the same way a novelist would, Dargani imagines a certain type of woman and then designs what she would carry. With unconventional materials and dramatic execution, Clutches of Karma challenges the norm of cocktail accessories in both aesthetics and materials. Her newest collection for example, boasts grains of rice encased in a hard, transparent shell.
be a better place, and it sounds so everyone does a little bit in terms hat’s really a fundamental part of Clutches of Karma.
“I really enjoy people’s reactions when they see my bags,” she says. “I don’t care if they buy them or not. A lot of people just don’t see them being practical in Vancouver; a lot of people don’t go out to events at night and that’s fine, I completely understand, but there’s always kind of a look of awe when they see [the bags] and it makes me really happy. I almost get goose bumps.” As much as the Philippine native loves realizing her longtime passion for fashion design, Dargani says she wouldn’t have started this business if she couldn’t also give something back. “The world can be a better place, and it sounds so cheesy, but it really can if everyone does a little bit in terms
BRAND of giving back. And so, that’s really a fundamental part of Clutches of Karma.” Even before she began turning a profit, she knew she wanted to design her business to contribute to a social cause. Recently there was a flood that displaced around 180,000 people in the Philippines. Kids who had lost everything were forced to live and work on the streets. Pia and her partners stepped up and contributed funds for them to go to school. Literally saving the world one clutch at a time, Pia sends at least 10 per cent of her profits to help her native community wherever there is need. But she couldn’t have done this without her mom—also known as her partner in fashion crime—who oversees production for her in the Philippines where the clutches are made. Mrs. Dargani will even take a laptop to the factory while they are Skyping to show her how things are looking. With some single bags taking upwards of 40 days to make, you can bet they’ve put in a lot of wireless time. “I’ve gotten really close to my mom,” says Pia. “I’ve always been close to her. But [this] has really made me value her in a very different way, and how much she’s helped me get through this. I’d say that’s the best thing that’s come out of it.” Dargani’s aptly named Clutches of Karma are available in local boutiques where she encourages you to pick them up before making your purchase. “You
can’t really understand the concept without actually touching it,” she insists. One of her favourites is the nearly tearshaped Lifeline. Which, with an uneven surface of shell pieces, has some serious weight to it. “It fits really well in your hand and it’s also a good weapon on a dark night!”
Karma, style and safety—she really has thought of everything. fw
BEHIND THE BRAND
WE'RE SMITTEN FOR THE SOFT HUES OF THIS SERVING PLATTER; PERFECT FOR FRUIT & CHEESE ANTHROPOLOGIE $78
HANDLEBAR CORKSCREW $14 FRONT & COMPANY
GRAND ENTERTAINER With holiday season in full swing, the Framework Girl is always ready to throw a grand party. Show off your entertaining skills with these playful and celebratory must-haves, or give them as gifts to the hostesses on your list! ‘Tis the season after all…
METALLIC PRINTED NAPKINS SET OF 4 $33, WEST ELM
BY KATHRYN KANG
D’OE PRESENT YOUR TABLE SETTINGS LIKE A GIFT WITH THESE BOW-TIED NAPKIN RINGS!
KATE SPADE SET OF 4 $40
CUPCAKE BOXES $22 WILLIAMS SONOMA
COCKTAIL PICKS $22 WILLIAMS SONOMA
WHAT'S A PARTY WITHOUT A COCKTAIL OR TWO? COCKTAIL SHAKER $22 URBAN BARN
STACKING BOWL $8 ANTHROPOLOGIE
READING MATERIAL IS A MUST! IT LOOKS GREAT ON YOUR COFFEE TABLE AND WILL KEEP EARLY BIRD GUESTS ENTERTAINED! 100 YEARS OF FASHION BY CALLY BLACKMAN $29 THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO COCO CHANEL BY KAREN KARBO $11
TWIG SERVING SET $72 WILLIAMS SONOMA
WHETHER SERVING HORS EUVRES OR DESSERTS, THEY WONT LAST LONG ON THESE DISPLAY STANDS
RIGHT: PRESIDIO 3 TIERED PLATE STAND $249, WILLIAMS SONOMA OTTOM: TRAY $72, ANTHROPOLOGIE
SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS $14, MODCLOTH
THE FRAMEWORK GIRL ADORES HOSTING HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY, AND THERE IS NO BETTER TIME OF YEAR TO DO SO THAN THE HOLIDAYS. LOOKING TO ELEVATE YOUR SOIREE? CREATING A SMALL TAKE-HOME IS A FUN AND SIMPLE TASK THAT WILL HAVE AN ENORMOUS IMPACT ON YOUR GUESTS. THIS SEASON, THE LOVELY MIKKI OF CENTRE STREET STYLE SHOWS US HOW SHE WOWS HER NEAREST AND DEAREST IN TRUE HOLIDAY SPIRIT…
in favour by Mikki Fox, photography by Chris Lassu
"With an offering as chic and scrumptious as this, you’re guaranteed to win over your guests" When entertaining, I like to send guests off with a small favour, such as a sweet treat to snack on during the car ride home. This year I’ll be sending my friends and family with individual bags of salted caramel corn—homemade of course! I like to take it a step further and personalize each bag with a nametag of the recipient. Of course if it’s a larger party where sending in an RSVP wasn’t mandatory, it might be best to forego this step… Once you’ve placed your caramel corn in the bag, that’s when the fun really starts.
Make a lasting impression by matching your favour with the feel of your event. If you’re having a glam party, use sparkly ribbon and stylish nametags. If it’s a lowkey affair, try tying the treat bags with twine and using rustic nametags with a sprig of rosemary tucked in. With an offering as chic and scrumptious as this, you’re guaranteed to win over your guests; anticipating their hunger on the way home will surely be rewarded as a brilliant move! fw
SUPPLIES Salted Caramel Corn (or another variation) Small cellophane bags Ties â€“ you can use ribbon, twine, fabric Name tags Additional add-ons such as mini ornaments, rosemary, pine cones or candy canes
ATERNATIVE SUPPLIES Take-out boxes Mini popcorn bags Mason jars Tins or jars from around the house
POPCORN VARIATIONS Start with your favourite caramel corn and get creative; there are so many ways to make a basic recipe your own! I'm particularly smitten for the salted caramel variety (just add a sprinkling of sea or kosher salt to your caramel corn), but here are some other options to wow your guests: ADD RED AND GREEN M&Mâ€™S ADD COLORED MARSHMALLOWS AND PEANUTS ADD A DRIZZLE OF CHOCOLATE OVERTOP
DIY YOUR TREE PHOTOGRAPHY BY RHYA JOHNSTON-WALLACE
THIS CHRISTMAS, THE FRAMEWORK GIRL ADDS EXTRA FLAIR TO HER HOLIDAY DÉCOR WITH CUSTOMIZED ORNAMENTS.
SEED BEAD S
GLASS NTS E M A ORN
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"Whether trimming the tree, hosting a craft night, or creating a special gift for your guests, this doit-yourself is oh-so-chic without breaking the bank!"
-BRIA LEAR, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
YOU'LL NEED FEATHER
ASSORTED PLAIN ORNAMENTS SCISSORS GLUE GUN DOUBLE-SIDED CRAFT TAPE SPRAY ADHESIVE DECORATING SUPPLIES SEQUINS RIBBON RHINESTONES MINI MIRRORS GLITTER FEATHERS SEED BEADS
USING THE GLUE GUN, ATTACH VERTICAL ROWS OF FEATHERS AROUND THE ENTIRE ORNAMENT,
TIP: use sequins, rhinestones, and seed beads to make graphic patterns.
SPRAY YOUR ORNAMENT WITH GLUE AND ROLL IN A BOWL OF GLITTER
TIP: Make glitter stripes using double sided tape!
CREATE DIMENSION WITH ROWS OF RIBBON, OR USE MINI BOWS AND RHINESTONES TO HIDE RAW EDGES
TIP: A drop of hot glue at either end of your ribbon will eliminate bumpy glue lines.
QUICHE FOR BREAKFAST, BRUNCH, LUNCH, OR DINNER, QUICHE IS AS VERSATILE A MEAL AS CAN BE; ALSO, ITS SIMPLICITY MAKES IT A PERFECT CHOICE FOR LAST MINUTE ENTERTAINING. BECAUSE QUICHE REHEATS SO WELL IN THE OVEN, YOU MIGHT JUST WANT TO HAVE AN EXTRA ONE ON HAND FOR UNEXPECTED HOLIDAY GUESTS... THEY’LL NEVER KNOW!
Recipes and Photos by Perienne Sadler
YOU’LL NEED 1 QUICHE SHELL 1 BATCH TRADITIONAL QUICHE CUSTARD FILLINGS OF YOUR CHOICE (we’ve used blanched leeks with crumbled roquefort cheese) SPRING FORM PAN (preferably at least 2 inches in height, and 9 inches in diameter)
SHELL 2 cups unbleached, all purpose flour 1 tsp kosher salt 6oz chilled butter cut into small cubes 1/3 cup cold water Optional: up to 4 Tbsp rendered bacon fat, rendered duck fat, or shortening
"QUICHE GETS A BAD REPUTATION BECAUSE YOU'LL TYPICALLY FIND IT IN A STORE BOUGHT SHELL. A HOMEMADE QUICHE SHELL SOUNDS EXCEEDINGLY DECADENT, BUT IT'S REALLY QUITE SIMPLE. TRY IT – YOU'LL THANK ME LATER!"
1|Pour flour into the bowl of a mixer, fitted with the paddle
attachment and turned to low. Add cubes of butter bit by bit and paddle it on low to med-low until they start to combine. When all butter is added, turn mixer to med or med-high in blasts to combine well; no visible butter chunks should remain. Add rendered fat here if you so desire (bacon drippings from breakfast work wonderfully). Turn mixer off, pour in water, and turn back on to combine. The dough will cling to the paddle – if it doesn't, add a bit more water until it does. Take dough out, roll into a nice ball and pat flat to make a 5 or 6 inch disc. Wrap in saran wrap and place in the fridge for 1 – 4 hours. Dough will keep in the fridge for several days.
2|When ready, remove dough from fridge and allow to warm up slightly. Preheat oven to 400°F (375°F if convection). Lightly oil spring form pan, and place it on a sheet pan. When dough is pliable, roll out on a floured surface into a circle about 1/8 inch thick. Flour top and bottom as needed. Save a little extra dough to patch up any holes or tears. Wrap your dough around the rolling pin to move it, and gently unroll over the spring form pan, easing it into the pan. Gently tuck the bottom corners into the edges of the pan. Leave at least 1 inch overhang over the edge of the pan. Line your shell with foil and pour some rice or beans on top of the foil to weigh it down. Bake for about 20 minutes – until it begins to look golden, but not browned. Remove from the oven, remove weights, and look for any small rips or tears. Using the extra dough you have saved, patch up any little holes and pop back in the oven for 3-5 minutes. Remove and allow to cool completely.
Here’s the thing with Quiche - it's French, so by default it's incredible. Also, Julia Child loved it, so you know it has to be something special. Quiche is a great way to use up whatever little bits of veggies, cheese, or proteins you have in your fridge. Bacon, caramelized onions, gruyere, kale, sundried tomatoes, sausage – pretty much anything goes!
1|Preheat oven to 375°F
2 cups milk
2|In a medium, heavy bottomed pan, combine milk and cream
2 cups cream 6 free range eggs Pinch of kosher salt Pinch of nutmeg Pinch of pepper
and place on medium heat until a skin forms on the surface – this is called scalding the milk. When your milk and cream have formed a skin, remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature (about 20 minutes). In the meantime, line the bottom of cooled quiche shell with half of your filling ingredients.
3|In a blender, combine 3 eggs, 2 cups of the milk and cream
mixture, and half of the seasonings. Place lid on, and blend on high until frothy and nearly double in size. Pour batter over fillings.
4|Place the second half of your fillings on top of the batter. Put "USE A BLENDER TO GET THE BEST RESULTS – THE MORE AERATED YOUR BATTER IS, THE BETTER YOUR QUICHE WILL TURN OUT."
the remaining 2 cups of milk and cream, 3 eggs, and seasonings in your blender, give it a good high speed blend, and pour on top of your fillings until almost to the top of your shell. Bake until the top is browned and the quiche has puffed up - about 1 - 1.5 hours. Remove quiche from oven and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes. Your quiche should feel solid and set, but still moist and warm - the middle will have a little jiggle, but an inserted knife should come out clean.
5|With a serrated knife, trim off the overhang of the shell or any
unruly edges. Run a knife between the shell and pan to loosen before unclipping the pan, then go ahead and unclip the spring form pan. Lift away and gently slide off bottom with a large spatula or chefs knife. For dinner, serve with a big glass of wine! 33 framework
LEEK & ROCQUEFORT QUICHE 2 cups milk 4-6 leeks, dark green part cut off and discarded. Sliced, rinsed well, and chopped uniformly. 1 1/2 C crumbled roquefort cheese (or blue, or cambezola – whatever you like) 2 sprigs fresh thyme Pinch of nutmeg Pinch of pepper
"LEEKS THRIVE THIS TIME OF YEAR, AND GROW ABUNDANTLY IN THE LACKLUSTER SOIL IN MY GARDEN. I’LL USE THEM IN JUST ABOUT ANYTHING!"
1|Preheat oven to 375°F 2|Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add chopped leeks, and remove after 5 minutes. Place cooked leeks aside on a cutting board or cookie sheet to cool and dry.
a quiche shell, sprinkle half of the leeks, half of the roquefort, and the leaves off of one sprig of fresh thyme. Pour first batch of batter over fillings. Place second half of leeks, cheese and thyme leaves over batter, and top up with second half of batter. Bake for about an hour, remove from oven and serve!
wine trio tasting: bubbly! WRITTEN BY SOPHIE COLLINS
Bubbly: ‘Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to be jolly than by serving some bubbly? The holidays are synonymous with sparkling wine and champagne. With all the parties we’ll be attending over the next month a nice bottle of bubbly is the perfect hostess gift. Or, load up your fridge and pop some corks whenever friends stop by! These three bottles are sure to excite your houseguests or host, and your taste buds.
everyday table $
YELLOWGLEN PINK $12.99
What’s better than bubbly? PINK bubbly! Constantly rated one of the best low-budget sparkling wines, Pink has a refreshing and clean taste. One of our favorites in the summer, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a glass (or several) in the winter! This refresher pairs well with a shrimp cocktail appetizer, or on it’s own—why not top with a couple of berries for fun?
dinner party $$
NINO FRANCO VALDOBBIADENE PROSECCO RUSTICO $22.99
We love this rustic Prosecco from Italy. Prosecco is a great alternative to champagne, providing a less expensive, fruitier option. This version is full of juicy fruit flavours, lots of fizz, and a long finish on the palette. It pairs fabulously with a delicious cheese plate, or even on its own to get the party started!
special occasion $$$
VEUVE CLICQUOT PONSARDIN BRUT $69.99
It’s hard to write about bubbly without including a sparkling wine from Champagne itself. Official Champagnes are made from Chablis, Pinot Noir, and/or Pinot Meunier. Like typical Champagne, this bottle is dry with a crisp taste and an undertone of yeast. Perfect for an extra special evening… like a Framework Girl party!
When opening bubbly, carefully remove the foil and wire cage. Hold a dishcloth over the cork with your right hand, and slowly twist the bottle from the bottom with your left hand. (If you must let the cork fly—as we are often wont to do on special occasions—be sure to aim away from faces and breakable objects!) framework
CUISINE RECIPES & PHOTOS BY DARINA KOPCOK
PERFECT FOR AN EVENING OF COZY CHIT CHAT WITH YOUR NEAREST AND DEAREST, THIS DINNER MENU FOR FOUR FEATURES CLASSIC WINTER INGREDIENTS WITH A TWIST. LIKE CULINARY COUTURE IN FLAVOUR, EACH DISH MAKES A LASTING IMPRESSION AND IS SURPRISINGLY EASY TO CREATE! THIS SEASON, ELEVATE YOUR DINING EXPERIENCE WITH THESE SIMPLE RECIPES FOR HAUTE CUISINE AT HOME...
THE MENU Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Prune, Pine Nuts and Honey Vanilla Goat Cheese Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Crab Apples Garlic and Thyme Roasted Yams Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chestnut Ginger Cream
PORK TENDERLOIN STUFFED WITH PRUNE, PINE NUTS AND HONEY VANILLA GOAT CHEESE INGREDIENTS 1 Pork tenderloin (about 375g/12oz) 50 grams honey vanilla goat cheese 6 prunes ½ tablespoon pine nuts, cut into pieces a few springs of thyme 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper DIRECTIONS Rub pork with mustard, salt and pepper. Coat with olive oil, pomegranate molasses, and balsamic. Marinate for several hours. Combine cheese with pine nuts, prunes, and leaves from the thyme. Cut the tenderloin down the centre without cutting through all the way. Stuff with cheese and wrap string around the tenderloin to keep the stuffing from drizzling out. Bake at 400°F for about 20 minutes, pork should still be slightly pink in the centre. Tent with foil and let stand for 10 minutes.
ROASTED CRAB APPLES INGREDIENTS 1 pound crab apples 4 tablespoons Demerara sugar 1 teaspoon olive oil ½ teaspoon cinnamon juice of half lemon DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 300°F. Combine ingredients in a bowl and transfer onto a non-stick baking sheet. Bake for an hour.
GARLIC AND THYME ROASTED YAMS INGREDIENTS 2 pounds yams, peeled and cut into chunks 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 large cloves garlic 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 400째F. Combine ingredients in a bowl, ensuring yams are coated evenly. Bake on a non-stick pan for approximately 30 minutes, until yams are browned on the edges and soft when pierced with a fork. CHEESECAKE INGREDIENTS For the crust: 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
filling continued: 1 tablespoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup ground pecans For the filling: 500 ml 2% cottage cheese
For the cream: 1 1/2 cups whipped whipping cream 1/4 cup roasted chestnuts, ground in a coffee
500 ml full fat sour cream
398 ml can pumpkin puree
3 tablespoons sugar
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons crystallized ginger, ground in a
PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE WITH CHESTNUT GINGER CREAM DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350째F. Combine graham cracker crumbs, pecans, butter and brown sugar and press into the bottom of a 12-inch springform pan coated with oil or cooking spray. Wrap tin foil around the bottom half of the pan. Combine eggs and cottage cheese and puree until very smooth with no lumps. Blend in sugar, cornstarch, pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Fold in sour cream. Pour into springform pan. Place in a large roasting pan and fill with boiling water about third of the way up the side of the pan. Bake for about fifty minutes, until the centre is still jiggly but the sides of the cheesecake have started to come away from the edges of the pan. Combine the ingredients for the cream in a small bowl and serve on top of cheesecake, with an extra garnish of cinnamon, if so desired. fw
What bestie wouldn’t love a bracelet that says it all?
HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS:
This Holiday season, we at Framework want to make your gift hunting less of a hunt and more of a leisurely stroll through the park... or mall rather. We’ve scoured the web for gifts that are sure to impress, no matter who's on your list. Whether you’re in need of a present for mom, the BFF, or the sister, or you’re partaking in the office Secret Santa swap, we’ve found something for every type of girl. Happy gifting! BY RHYA JOHNSTON-WALLACE 4. Treat mom’s
digits to some cashmere lined leather gloves.
Nars’ Andy Warhol collection palettes for the beauty buff.
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A gift that says: “Avoid hypothermia in style.” 42
8. You’ll always have
a little place on their tree with these Confetti System x West Elm ornaments
SHOP: 1. IDIOM BRACELET, KATE SPADE $58 2. FELIX REY UMBRELLA, SHOPBOP $78 3. NARS EYESHADOW PALETTE, SEPHORA $55 4. LEATHER GLOVES, J.CREW $140 5. FURRY EARMUFFS, KATE SPADE $88
6. REBECCA MINKOFF CHANGE POUCH, ELUXE $70 7. USB BOW, KATE SPADE $50
Because what gal wouldn’t want to wake up to a little Ryan Gosling on Christmas morning? 10.
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Rebecca Minkoff’s witty change pouches make a perfect gift for any girl. Especially the Framework Girl.
8. LEFT: CONFETTI SYSTEM GEO GLASS ORNAMENT $8 & RIGHT: CONFETTI SYSTEM DIAMOND ORNAMENT $12 WEST ELM 9. SPOTTED SWEATER, MADEWELL $88 10. FEMINIST RYAN GOSLING BY DANIELLE HENDERSON, MODCLOTH $13
The perfect phone adornment for your fashionista friend.
11. IPHONE 5 CASE, CANDIES GIFTS $33 12. FRESH SUGAR SOAP ANNIVERSARY EDITION, SEPHORA $15
13. LUGGAGE TAGS, MOLESKINE $10 14. RECIPE BINDER, CHAPTERS $7 13.
15. ERICKSON BEAMON RAZORS EDGE EARRINGS, SHOPBOP $280 16. RACHEL ZOE LEATHER TOTE, SHOPBOP $515 17. ALICE IN WONDERLAND BOOKSI IPHONE CHARGER BY RICH NEELY DESIGNS, ETSY $54 18. VINTAGE-STYLE SHORT SLEEVE PYJAMA SET, J.CREW $92 19. STUDDED 4X6 PHOTO FRAME, JONATHAN ADLER $68
A place for your fave foodie to document her greatest creations
A classy jet-setting accessory makes an ideal stocking stuffer.
16. The â€œWOWâ€? gift,
for one of your favourite family members
Good pyjamas are the key to happiness.
The sneakiest (and cutest) phone charger around. 19.
A framed photo is an easy, personalized gift that goes a long way.
HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS:
Not just whiskey tumblers, but ox horn whiskey tumblers.
This Holiday season, we at Framework want to make your gift hunting less of a hunt and more of a leisurely stroll through the park... or mall rather. We’ve scoured the web for gifts that are sure to impress, no matter who's on your list. Get it right with gifts for the guys this year. From stocking stuffers to presents from Santa’s workshop, you’re bound to find something that suits all of the men you care about. Happy gifting!
BY RHYA JOHNSTON-WALLACE
One gift that blurs the line between style and comfort.
The globe-trotter’s bible. 5.
A vintage inspired digital camera for the photographically inclined.
1. OX HORN DOUBLE OLD FASHIONED WHISKEY TUMBLERS, SIR JACK'S $95 / 2 2. BRAUN X DIETER RAMS WATCH, MR. PORTER $170 8.
Quality whiskey is a simple yet effective gift for daddy dearest.
3. THE NEW YORK TIMES: 36 HOURS. 125 WEEKENDS IN EUROPE BY BARBARA IRELAND, TASCHEN, $40 4. NATURALLY FROM DEREK ROSE SLIPPERS, MR. PORTER $180 5. XF1 DIGITAL CAMERA, FUJIFILM $499 6. MESSENGER BAG, JACK SPADE $375
Chuck Bass-ify your man with a dapper bow tie.
7. FAIRISLE SWEATER, TED BAKER $142 8. ABERLOUR 12 YR OLD DOUBLE CASK WHISKEY, BC LIQUOR STORES $59
Become the favourite sister (if you aren’t already) by giving your bro what he really wants.
9. REVERSIBLE BOW TIE, BROOKS BROTHERS $65 10. CALL OF DUTY BLACK OPS 11, BEST BUY $59
The ultimate decorative object 12. for any man cave.
SHOP: 11. PAUL SMITH SOCKS, MR. PORTER $30 12. NAVY & CHROME GLOBE, CHAPTERS $89 13. FABER-CASTELL ROLLERBALL PEN, CHARAL'S $125 14. TIE BREAKER COINS, JACK SPADE $15 15. TOM FORD NOIR EAU DE PARFUM, SEPHORA $90
A geometric stocking stuffer can do no wrong.
16. SHMIDT BROTHERS 3PC MILLED STEEL CHEESE KNIFE SET, WEST ELM $73 17. OUTDOOR TECHNOLOGY TURTLE SHELL WIRELESS BOOMBOX, BACKCOUNTRY $150 18. THE ART OF SHAVING 4 ELEMENTS OF THE PERFECT SHAVE KIT, SEPHORA $115 19. WOOL PLAID SCARF, JACK SPADE $95
13. It’s a well known fact that guys love
tools, and a nice pen is one sleek tool that classic men go ga-ga for.
All's fair in love and chores with these wooden flipping coins.
A Christmas classic.
A wireless, waterproof boombox so he can jam out while exploring the great outdoors.
He may need this shaving kit after a long Movember. framework
FASHION 1O1: The Modern Girl's Guide to Holiday Dressing| 1 Dress, 3 Looks WRITTEN & STYLED BY JENNIFER PISTOR, PRAIRIE GIRL IN THE CITY photography by Alicia Quan, Alicia Fashionista modelled by Alexandra Grant, To Vogue or Bust
The Framework Girl knows the importance of investing properly in her wardrobe. Splurging on a great staple piece—like an amazing dress—while saving on trendy, of the moment items is a smart mix that will allow you to stretch your wardrobe further and get the best bang for your buck. With the holiday season comes a plethora of parties and soirees, and with that, the pressure of not getting caught wearing the same outfit in all your Facebook photos like a traveling gnome… Rather than buying a new outfit for every occasion, we’ll show you how to rework one fabulous dress for all your holiday events. framework
A Night on the Town Sequin shift dress + nude pumps, sparkly bangles, quirky necklace, complementary clutch
GO GLAM EVERY GIRL WANTS TO KICK IT UP A NOTCH DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH EFFORTLESS GLAM LOOKS. WE SAY FORGET THAT LITTLE BLACK DRESS AND OPT FOR A LITTLE SEQUIN ONE INSTEAD!
For a fabulous night out, let your frock be the main feature. Keep your jewelry simple by adding a fun necklace and a couple of sparkly bangles.
Pair all that sparkle with a classic nude, patent heel. It will elongate your legs and really show off those gams!
COMPLEMENT & CONTRAST
Add a beautiful clutch in complementary tones; different textures in the same colour family are an easy way to maintain interest and balance in your ensemble without going over-the-top. A simple up-do will complete the lookâ€”we love the contrast of a messy side bun with this shimmering shift!
Nanette Lepore dress, $398 & Clutches of Karma clutch, $400 from Wear Else. CPak necklace, $18 & bracelets, $21/ea from The Urban Rack. Shoes, stylist's own.
An After-Five Event Sequin shift dress + a-line skirt, sparkly jewels, leather belt, colourful clutch, ankle boots
ON THE JOB THE FRAMEWORK GIRL IS COMMITTED TO HER CAREER AND SHE TAKES PRIDE IN HER APPEARANCE WHILE ON THE JOB. TO TRANSITION THIS DRESS FROM SEXY TO OFFICE PARTY APPROPRIATE, JUST ADD LENGTH.
A heavier a-lined skirt layered over the dress creates the perfect corporate-chic look, for an after work soiree. The cut of the skirt is comfortable to wear, and prevents you from looking too bulky, while the longer hemline keeps you classy and appropriate.
Sparkly stud earrings and a bauble on the wrist add to the party feel of the outfit, while the leather belt and richly-hued clutch keep the sophistication high. To anchor the whole ensemble, try a sleek, black ankle boot.
Nanette Lepore dress, $398 from Wear Else. Pink Martini skirt, $59 from Spank Clothing. Brave leather belt, $86, Co-Lab clutch, $75 & CPak bracelets, $21/ea from The Urban Rack. Earrings & shoes, stylist's own.
Home for the Holidays Sequin shift dress + chunky cardigan, printed scarf, leather belt, watch, chunky ring, large carryall, flats
GET COZY AS MUCH FUN AS IT IS TO STEP OUT ON THE TOWN, STAYING IN TO MINGLE IS THE FRAMEWORK GIRL’S FAVOURITE. WHETHER HOSTING FRIENDS OR FAMILY FOR AN INTIMATE COCKTAIL OR A HOLIDAY FEAST, AT HOME ENTERTAINING DOESN’T MEAN YOUR OUTFIT CAN’T SHINE. WE ADORE A COZY-CHIC LOOK; WHY NOT ADD YOUR FAVOURITE CHUNKY CARDI OVER A SPARKLY DRESS?
Incorporating daytime accessories like a leather belt, cotton scarf, gold watch, and chunky ring will lend a surprisingly casual approach to your sequin stunner.
Heading to someone else’s holiday party? Grab a large, tote-style carryall for your night in. This allows you to pack your hostess gift, a bottle of vino, and a cute pair of flats to wear in the house.
Nanette Lepore dress, $398 from Wear Else. Dex cardi, $86, V.Fraas scarf, $23 & Brave leather belt, $86 from The Urban Rack. Briefcase, $428, Roots. Ring, $89, Brooklyn Designs. Seiko watch, $236 from WatchCo. Shoes, model's own.
REBECC A RAWLINSON'S
Little Slice OF
PHOTOGRAPHY BY WHITNEY KRUTZFELDT
REBECCA RAWLINSON IS UPPING THE ANTE FOR THE VANCOUVER style set. Whimsical, feminine, and undeniably chic, her new West 4th boutique is quickly becoming the best destination for covetable brands from around the world. Walking into Rebecca Bree is like setting foot inside an apartment-sized dream closet—each item handselected especially for you… We couldn’t help but feel a rush as our eyes scanned the racks, delighted by the playful colours and myriad of luxurious textures. Unassumingly beautiful and charming, both Rawlinson and her namesake boutique possess that magnetic je ne sais quoi. In celebration of the store’s official launch, we cozied up with Rebecca for a tête-à-tête about romance, comfort, and of course, style.
LET’S START AT THE BEGINNING… WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY OF FASHION? Being in my mother’s closet and playing with her grapepurple eighties pumps and running around the house in them. I think I was about 3 or 4, walking around in her heels. The weirdest thing is that I hate that colour! Maybe let’s change them to pink… But her closet was fantastic and I would spend all day in there; she had a killer wardrobe. WHAT SPARKED YOUR LOVE FOR PARIS AND PARISIAN STYLE? My first trip to Paris—I was 18, right after highschool. I had no idea that a place that beautiful existed in the world. Coming from Canada you don’t see architecture or women like that. You don’t see anything like that! I was just blown away; it was my Mecca. I belong in Paris, and if I can’t be in Paris I’ll have a little store that looks like Paris. HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT MOVING THERE? No, I love Vancouver and this is my home now. Maybe back in my twenties, but I lived in Montreal for many years and it was kind of my mini-Paris. I’d like to go back time and again, but haven’t thought of moving there.
IF YOU COULD HAVE A “MIDNIGHT IN PARIS” framework
MOMENT, WHICH ERA WOULD YOU MOST WANT TO VISIT? The roaring twenties for sure. The way they dressed, and the detail that went into the jewelry in the twenties is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. The flapper dresses and the headpieces and the makeup… definitely the twenties. THAT ERA IS HARD TO BEAT FOR FASHION LOVERS! TELL US ABOUT YOUR STYLE PHILOSOPHY… First, I have to feel comfortable; clothes have to feel great on my body, then I go to colour. I love
colour—I am definitely a bold colour person and I feel more comfortable in something that stands out a bit. For me, pieces don’t necessarily have to be from big labels; they just have to look great, feel great, and have a luxurious look. WHO ARE YOUR PERSONAL FASHION ICONS? Brigitte Bardot, Kate Moss, and Jane Birkin. IF YOU HAD TO SUM UP YOUR PERSONALITY IN ONE PIECE OF CLOTHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE? It would be a big poufy, fabulous, Oscar de la Renta cocktail gown. Pink, strapless,
architectural, and fitted through the body with a short poufy skirt! YOU SPENT MUCH OF YOUR STYLING CAREER IN LUXURY RETAIL; HAVE YOU ALWAYS DREAMT OF OPENING YOUR OWN BOUTIQUE? Yes. When I was in Montreal I was going to open my own store, but I realized that it wasn’t the city for me—to live in forever, that is—I needed to be near the ocean, so I put it on hold. When I moved to Vancouver, I wanted to get back into luxury retail and meet some great people before pursuing my dream. AT WHAT POINT DID YOU
ACTIVELY TAKE STEPS TOWARDS ACHIEVING THIS GOAL?
THE SPACE IS BEAUTIFUL! TELL US MORE ABOUT DESIGNING THE INTERIOR…
IT’S OBVIOUS HOW MUCH WORK AND THOUGHT HAS GONE INTO THE SPACE.
Forever! I’ve literally had cutouts from magazines and folders of inspiration on the backburner for a decade, so when I was finally ready to design this place I had a lot of visual material. Though I’ve been planning it for over ten years, it took about a year to do the business plan, find the location, find the décor, and build the interior. The process felt like it took forever, but it was quick in the grand scheme of things.
My boyfriend built the entire store. It’s very special—it was an amazing thing to be working in here together. I knew he was talented but I had no idea he was that talented; the detail he put in is amazing—all this trim work he did on his own. We’ve been together for 12 years and he really knows who I am and what I wanted. It’s really romantic… I feel him in here you know?
I wanted to achieve a friendly atmosphere that women could feel really comfortable in—I’m not comfortable walking into a store that is beige with cement everywhere and feels like a quiet art gallery. That’s the opposite of my store! Rebecca Bree is bright and feminine and you don’t have to feel like you need a lot of money to stop by. Just come in and we’re going to have a great time playing dress up all day! That’s why we built the big changerooms—so often
WHAT A GREAT LOVE STORY!
"I FEEL EXACTLY WHERE I AM SUPPOSED TO BE IN LIFE, AND IT'S A WONDERFUL FEELING."
STYLE in a small changeroom you feel like you don’t want to get undressed or have a fun time. I have a table in there for water or tea or coffee or whatever you want, and you can just hang out with us. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WE’RE DOING TODAY! LEADING UP TO OPENING DAY, WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF THE PROCESS? Definitely the construction. It’s not my forte—there was no electrical, no plumbing—I was completely out of my comfort zone. IN HINDSIGHT, IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD APPROACH DIFFERENTLY? I don’t think so. You know it’s all right in the universe when everything goes really smoothly and according to plan. I feel like we did it well. TELL US ABOUT THE MOST PLEASANT SURPRISE YOU’VE HAD SINCE THE BOUTIQUE’S OPENING? I didn’t expect the amount of love and flowers and bottles of champagne—the entire city just came in and congratulated me! This city is very supportive and I feel completely at home here, and I was shocked by all the love that came pouring in. Everybody has helped out in some small way and it’s really meant a lot to me. I didn’t expect it to feel so normal for me to be opening a store; I feel
exactly where I am supposed to be in life, and it’s a wonderful feeling.
"IN VAN C O U V E R WE D O N ’ T DR E S S U P LIK E C R A Z Y. I WISH WE DID — I W I S H WE W E R E A COM M U N I T Y THAT WO R E CO C K TA I L D R E S SE S E V E RY N I G H T. . . "
IT’S CERTAINLY WELL DESERVED. RETAIL, ESPECIALLY FASHION RETAIL IS A NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT INDUSTRY. WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR DAY? Seeing the clients’ faces when I’ve wrapped up their packages and they leave the store happier than when they came in. I get text messages and photos from clients telling me, “You changed my night,” or “You changed my day.” The reward is all about my clients— the way that they feel when they come in here, and the way they feel when they leave. WHERE DO YOU SEE REBECCA BREE IN THE VANCOUVER STYLE SPECTRUM? I’d like the store to be the number one destination where women go for everything— workwear, daywear, and eveningwear for both mothers and daughters. Anyone can shop here, and we’re covering all our bases. In Vancouver we don’t dress up like crazy. I wish we did—I wish we were a community that wore cocktail dresses every night, but we’re not. So I kept that in mind when planning the merchandise. I know that people like comfort and like to dress down, so I brought in some casual pieces and some evening wear. I think melding
the two is where we’re going to fit into the local market. I want to make sure that we focus on the femininity that is lacking in Vancouver—spicing things up a little bit is important. We need to not forget that we’re women and we should rock it. We should feel like women! WE CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THE PRODUCT MIX, AND THE LOCAL FASHION COMMUNITY HAS CERTAINLY EMBRACED THE STORE! TELL US, WHO IS THE REBECCA BREE WOMAN? She is someone who likes to look great everyday; she puts a lot of effort into being puttogether. She is sophisticated and elegant, but likes to have fun and has a bit of an edge. CAN YOU SHARE YOUR BEST STYLING SECRET WITH OUR FRAMEWORK GIRLS? Throw on a bold lipstick when you’re feeling down; it changes everything—your mood, your skin colour, your outfit…it’s the perfect pick-me-up. IT’S EASY TO STICK WITH BLACK DURING A VANCOUVER WINTER; HOW DO YOU INJECT COLOUR AND LIFE INTO YOUR WINTER WARDROBE? That’s where I’m different. Even when I buy for fall, I buy colour. Red blazers, pink blazers, a gorgeous colourful scarf… A lot of classic pieces that people tend to buy in black or grey or navy, we buy
STYLE in vibrant colours. WHAT WILL BE YOUR GOTO HOLIDAY LOOK THIS SEASON? Lots of shimmer and sequins. We’re bringing in lots of winter whites—we love winter white! It’s easy to mix sparkles with your skinny jeans and black booties, or throw a sequin jacket over a cocktail dress and you’re good to go. Also, adding exciting jewelry to any outfit will glam it up. YOU WORK CLOSELY WITH YOUR FRIEND AND FELLOW STYLIST, CHRISTINA NADOLSKI TO FILL THE STORE WITH GREAT PRODUCT. HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHICH ITEMS MAKE THE CUT? Yes, she’s a stylist and buyer extraordinaire! First we touch the garment to make sure it has a great hand, and we look at the cut and colour. But usually the instant we see something, we know right away whether it’s going to work for Rebecca Bree. We can go through a rack and have the same instant reaction—we know exactly what our clients like, but we bring different styling to the table. Christina has a bit of an edge, while I have more of a feminine touch. The mix of the two is just a perfect balance for Vancouver; I think that’s where we’re going to be most successful. fw
REBECC A'S CHEAT SHEET BEST READ? THE ALCHEMIST
CHEAP THRILL? PINKBERRY
SECRET OBSESSION? IT’S A SECRET…
S W E E T O R S AVO U RY ? SWEET
W E E K E N D AC T I V I T Y ? SPA DAY
FAVO U R I T E F I L M ? TRUE ROMANCE
I L O O K U P TO … MY MOTHER
Ask Buyer THE
TELL US A BIT ABOUT THE BUYING PROCESS FOR REBECCA BREE…
We’re really fashion forward— but I know that Vancouver is the epitome of dressy casual. I don’t want to bring in that basic blouse that you can find at Joe Fresh; I want to buy novelty pieces that you can wear in your everyday life. Fit and fabric are my two number ones, so when I’m buying I’m touching everything and asking to have it tried on. Also, anything I buy needs to fit with our Vancouver lifestyle. HOW DO YOU PLAN FOR EACH SEASON? It really depends on the designers. It’s really important for me to look at what everyone is doing—whoever’s piece or collection is the strongest for Vancouver and for my customer is who I’m going to go with. I don’t believe in trends—even though I love them of course. I go with pieces that are going to look great on the body and are going to make a woman smile. ARE THERE CERTAIN STYLE ELEMENTS YOU JUST CAN’T RESIST SEASON AFTER
C HRISTINA NADOLSKI
B U Y E R | R E B E C C A B R E E B O U TIQUE
STYLE SEASON? Probably anything with that novelty touch, like the perfect gold button or a leopard print. I look for fine details— that really gets me excited! Sheer paneling of any kind, leather… just that extra touch that makes it different from everything else. WHO ARE YOUR PERSONAL FASHION ICONS? They always change, but right now Gwyneth Paltrow is one of the best dressed women I’ve seen for the past couple years—I’m wowed every time I see her. And Kate Moss knows her style so well, it’s effortless.
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Also Stella McCartney has really come out of her shell in the way she’s dressing herself and dressing others. IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT ONE ITEM SHOULD EVERY GIRL HAVE IN HER CLOSET? A great coat. WHO ARE YOUR PERSONAL FASHION ICONS? They always change, but right now Gwyneth Paltrow is one of the best dressed women I’ve seen for the past couple years—I’m wowed every time I see her. And Kate Moss knows her style so well, it’s effortless. Also Stella McCartney has
really come out of her shell in the way she’s dressing herself and dressing others. CAN YOU SHARE YOUR BEST STYLING SECRET WITH OUR FRAMEWORK GIRLS? Put on something that makes you smile and makes you throw your shoulders back. Something that gives you that extra boost—like the effect of a great lipstick or glass of wine. WHAT WILL BE YOUR GOTO HOLIDAY LOOK THIS SEASON? A statement necklace, killer heels, and a softer, girly lace piece. fw
FABULOUS WARDROBE 1.
YO U H AV E TO S AV E UP FOR THOSE KEY PIECES THAT YOU’RE G O I N G TO K E E P I N YOUR CLOSET FOR TEN YEARS PLUS. I N V E S T M E N T P I E C E S , L I K E THE GREAT COAT, GREAT FITTING JEANS, A N D T RO U S E R S — D E P ENDING ON WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK A N D W H AT YO U R L I F E STLYE IS. AND EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE A C ASHMERE SWEATER.
M I X I N S E A S O N A L PIECES LIKE T-SHIRTS AND BLOUSES.
F I T A N D FA B R I C A R E N UMBER ONE. WHETHER YOU’RE SHOPPING D E S I G N E R O R N OT, KEEP THESE THINGS IN MIND—I C AN’T E D U C AT E P E O P L E E N O UGH ABOUT THIS. MY FAVOURITE FABRICS A R E L E AT H E R A N D C ASHMERE… I’D MARRY THEM BOTH!
WITH A RAPIDLY EXPANDING BUSINESS, A NEWBORN DAUGHTER, AND INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS ON THE HORIZON, SOHA LAVIN IS DOING IT ALL IN STYLE. PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRISTY RYAN
t’s not everyday we have the chance to sit down with the woman behind the biggest and most spectacular wedding showcase in the country, Crème de la Crème. A seasoned expert at orchestrating everything from high-society galas and fashion shoots to celebrity nuptials, Soha Lavin’s work is nothing short of magical. Just two weeks before this year’s Crème event, we spent a very privileged afternoon with Soha herself at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel. Transforming the Presidential Suite with a beautiful holiday tablescape especially for Framework, she slowed down just long enough for us to catch a glimpse into the world of Countdown Events… framework
YOU WENT TO SCHOOL FOR MARKETING—WHAT SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN EVENT PLANNING AND DESIGN? Both Marketing and Special Events and Design are creative fields. While working as a Marketing Manager I noticed a lack of Event Planners in Vancouver that had new innovative ideas for our marketing clients and very few that possessed style and were willing to think outside of the box - this was the initial spark for my business. Events are also project based and always different… I love my job! HOW LONG DID YOU WORK IN THAT FIELD BEFORE LAUNCHING COUNTDOWN EVENTS? My professional life has been a long one! I was really eager to start working when I was very young. One of my first formal positions was organizing birthday parties– lots of fun! So most of my professional career—including my marketing positions— has consisted of project management. DID YOU EVER HAVE ANY DOUBTS ABOUT WHAT YOU WANTED TO DO? I’ve always been an entrepreneur at heart so I always knew I would be running my own firm. Finding a creative field and being able to use my strengths
"MY MOM TOLD ME THAT AS A YOUNG GIRL I WOULD STARE FOR HOURS AT WEDDING DRESS BOUTIQUES…"
WORKING GIRL in managing has been an absolute joy! DO YOU PREFER PLANNING WEDDINGS OR OTHER EVENTS? Weddings! My mom told me that as a young girl I would stare for hours at wedding dress boutiques… On the other hand, our corporate clients are always a treat and most of them come to us because they want to offer their audience something chic and extraordinary. IT’S CLEAR FROM YOUR WORK THAT YOU ARE A MASTER OF THE LITTLE DETAILS! HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN VERY DETAIL-ORIENTED? YES! To a fault I’m sure, but I take such pleasure putting together the events like a puzzle—piece by piece! My favourite part is, by far, the delicious details; I’ve always believed that love is in the details. TELL US ABOUT THE MOST COMPLEX OR ELABORATE EVENT YOU’VE PULLED OFF… We specialize in extravagant events so it’s really hard to pick just one. There have been so many over the years but there are a few moments off the top of my head that definitely took my breath away, like orchestrating a petal drop by helicopter when the bride and groom kissed. Also, when we had 16 trumpeters—8 on each side—march into a
ballroom to announce dinner, or when we had an opera singer lifted into the air as she hit her top notes! WE CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE LOGISTICS! WHAT KIND OF CHALLENGES DID THOSE MOMENTS ENTAIL? My job requires orchestration like a maestro at a concert. Every little piece has to be just right for that moment to be perfect. There was the wind factor to consider for the petals to float in the right direction, timing the opera singer’s lift at just the right
note, and making sure the trumpeters were perfectly synchronized. YOUR WORKDAYS ARE SURELY FAR FROM THE TYPICAL 9-5. CAN YOU PAINT US A PICTURE OF YOUR WEEK? Every day is different! But I do spend the mornings having breakfast with my love. That way no matter what the day holds we’ve had that time together. After breakfast I spend time responding to the emails and voicemails, checking in with staff and then usually meetings ensue.
My schedule is far from the typical 9 to 5, but I think every business owner would confess that working all hours of the day, every day, is an aspect of managing a business that you can’t really change.
YOU’VE MENTIONED THAT VANCOUVER ISN’T ALWAYS READY FOR BIG, OUT-OFTHE-BOX IDEAS—IS THERE A CITY THAT YOU FEEL MORE CONNECTED TO IN THIS RESPECT?
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGE IN ESTABLISHING YOURSELF AS ONE OF VANCOUVER’S TOP FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS?
New York! I love the vibe and the hustle and bustle of that city. Every corner feels like a new adventure and the culture allows for new dynamic ideas.
I’ve worked in many different industries and in every one of them, being a female in the business world always took some extra effort. I’ve been determined in my professional path to establish myself—no matter what profession—as a strong businesswoman.
IF YOU COULD CREATE AN EVENT FOR ANYONE ALIVE OR DEAD, WHO WOULD IT BE?
HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED WHEN THINGS ARE TOUGH? The key is to find your true passion and to find love in what you do. That will carry you through any obstacle. YOU MUST NEED TO RECHARGE YOUR CREATIVITY ONCE IN AWHILE; WHERE DO YOU FIND FRESH INSPIRATION?
Travelling is my secret weapon—I go away a lot! We flew seventeen times last year alone... I love discovering new places, new cuisines and just seeing what the rest of the world finds interesting. Often I come back with new recipes, new music and a fresh new way of celebrating life.
I am a big fan of stylish iconic ladies, so I would love to plan a lavish dinner soiree for Jackie Kennedy or Michelle Obama. On the other hand, my current obsession is Tom Ford—I would love to produce the next unveiling of his collection. NOW THOSE ARE SOME EVENTS WE’D BE DYING TO ATTEND! DO YOU HAVE ANY SECRETS TO CREATING A DESIGNER LOOK? Yes! Pick your favourite designer and use the elements that make that brand come to life. For example, using a pattern or colour scheme that defines your chosen designer, whether it be Chanel or Kate Spade! YOUR WORK AESTHETIC IS VERY EXTRAVAGANT AND COUTURE-LIKE; DOES THIS CARRY THROUGH TO YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
"I AM A BIG FAN OF STYLISH ICONIC LADIES, SO I WOULD LOVE TO PLAN A LAVISH DINNER SOIREE FOR JACKIE KENNEDY OR MICHELLE OBAMA."
My personal style would be best described as New York chic. I am a minimalist at heart; I love to buy one beautiful designer piece over having my place cluttered with baubles. WE LOVE THE RETURN TO INVESTMENT DRESSING. IF YOU WERE TO PLAN A PARTY FOR YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD BE THE MUST-HAVE ELEMENTS AND HOW WOULD YOU WANT TO BE REPRESENTED THROUGH DESIGN? I would love to design a total experience for my guests, from transporting them in a gorgeous yacht to a private island, to dining on a tencourse meal over candlelight. The entire experience would be designed so that no matter where you were you would feel transported. WHERE DO YOU FIND THE MOST JOY IN YOUR CAREER, AND WHAT GIVES YOU THE GREATEST REWARD? Seeing my clients’ faces when they first walk into the room we’ve designed—I think you would be hard pressed to find anything more fulfilling than that moment. There is also a huge sense of fulfillment and satisfaction in seeing my vision and hard work come to life. My Dad is an architect and he always mentioned how amazing it felt to see his structures come to life—I think that definitely influenced my career. framework
IF YOU WEREN’T IN THIS FIELD, WHAT ELSE COULD YOU SEE YOURSELF DOING? I love cooking and entertaining; I take such pleasure in preparing beautiful and delicious meals for my family. I could see myself owning a quaint bistro either in Vancouver or the South of France. AS A BUSY ENTREPRENEUR, PERFECTIONIST AND NEW MOTHER, IT’S EASY TO BURN OUT. WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL DAY OFF? I love this question! It’s hard to believe but I always make a point of taking time for myself. I am a huge advocate of yoga and love hiking and bike riding. An ideal day would be a mix of one of my favourite activities and a delicious threehour dinner with my love. THAT IS SO IMPORTANT. HOW HAS HAVING A NEWBORN AFFECTED YOUR WORK LIFE? I am still working on achieving a balance—I know it’s early— but she is a dream! I have an amazing partner, my husband who supports me in all of my endeavors, so we are approaching every day as a team. I would love to answer this question again in a year! YOU MUST BE LOOKING FORWARD TO HER FIRST CHRISTMAS! DO YOU HAVE ANY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS?
Yes, I can’t wait! We always framework
"IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE BUT I ALWAYS MAKE A POINT OF TAKING TIME FOR MYSELF. I AM A HUGE ADVOCATE OF YOGA AND LOVE HIKING AND BIKE RIDING."
"THE BEST FEATURE OF A WONDERFUL CELEBRATION IS A GREAT HOSTESS..."
WORKING GIRL go snowshoeing during the holidays so I am already on the hunt for the perfect carrier for her and a snuggly warm outfit. ‘TIS THE SEASON FOR ENTERTAINING AT HOME— WHAT ARE YOUR BEST TIPS? I host my family for dinner at our place every year. My best tip is to try not to organize everything that day; prepare as much as you can in the days leading up to the event, that way you aren’t completely spent by the time your guests arrive. The best feature of a wonderful celebration is a great hostess, so I try to stay relaxed and rested during the holidays… I know it’s hard! Keep the décor simple—work with your home’s natural hues and add a hint of sparkle to your tablescape. HOW DO YOU CREATE THE PERFECT ATMOSPHERE FOR YOUR GUESTS? Playing with all the senses is essential in creating an amazing experience. Start with a warm holiday scent, play some holiday tunes mixed with lounge music, create a beautiful centerpiece and add some gentle candlelight. I also love a small party favor—usually my favourite chocolate from Thomas Haas or Ganache Patisserie. WHAT INSPIRED THIS HOLIDAY TABLE AND HOW DID YOU ACHIEVE THE LOOK?
The rich colours that make this time of year so beautiful and traditional elements with a modern twist! Working with bold seasonal colours like red and gold are what you would naturally expect from Christmas décor; however, adding a touch of bold black and keeping the amaryllis buds closed adds a fashionable touch to the table. Also, when working with a long table repetition is important in making an impact. Here we’ve achieved that with the linear design of the amaryllis and a multitude of roses. WHEN WORKING WITH A LIMITED BUDGET, WHERE SHOULD WE SPEND MONEY, AND WHERE SHOULD WE SAVE? The best impressions are made by quality not quantity. So if you do have a limited budget, create one over the top décor element that creates a lasting impression versus spreading it around your event space in smaller quantities. LASTLY, THE FRAMEWORK GIRL BELIEVES IN BEAUTIFUL DESIGN, AND BUILDING HER LIFE IN STYLE. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU? “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” This is a favourite quote that I try to live by. Style, grace and beauty should be incorporated into every step of your life including your work, no matter your vocation.
CHEAT SHEET HIDDEN TALENT? I’m a mean cook!
DAY OR NIGHT? Sunrise and sunset
My Mom’s cooking and Croquembouche
Wailea Beach in Maui
Picasso, but I have sooo many!
Balenciaga Padlock All Afternoon handbag and Tom Ford Margot sunnies
LISTENING TO? The XX - Coexist
No pleasure should be guilty
IN A PAST LIFE I… Was a world explorer
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The Faces of Framework Ring In the New Year PHOTOGRAPHY BY MELISSA SKODA
curious face appears, palm pressed against the cool glass of a window at one of Vancouver’s best interior design destinations. It’s after six pm on a Sunday and The Cross Décor and Design
in Yaletown has long closed for the evening. But inside, ten women smile, and a line of manicured hands respond in mock Miss America waves before a chorus of laughter erupts. A handful of the city’s creative young entrepreneurs join Editor-in-chief Bria Lear to eat, drink, and be merry at Framework’s first holiday soirée.
Opposite page: Randa Salloum, Ashley Wray, Bria Lear, Christie Lohr, Olivia Lovenmark. This page: Annching Wang, Clio de la Llave, Tiffany de la Llave, Jillian Crago, Megan Close.
Embodying all that we admire and look to showcase in each issue, they are strong businesswomen and inspiring leaders who continue to push boundaries. This group proves that with passion, ingenuity, and perseverance, the following rings true: building your own life—and building it in style—is entirely possible.
Amidst festive tunes, sips of bubbly, and sweet nibbles, we kicked up our heels to celebrate this year’s accomplishments and share our aspirations for the year ahead. Already achieving incredible goals, taking leaps of faith, overcoming obstacles, and reinventing themselves, these ten young women—the faces of Framework—are ones to watch in 2013. framework
ASHLEY WRAY Co-founder, Mala Imports 2012: INTENTION | 2013: GROWTH FEATURED: ISSUE 5, OCTOBER 2O12 “I feel extremely lucky to have an inspiring business partner who is also my fiancé. Matt and I can bounce ideas off one another, and encourage each other's goals and dreams. When running a business, it's vital to have someone to talk with that you trust and respect, and that will encourage you to follow your heart. We’re excited for growth, to push ourselves outside of our comfort zone, take leaps of faith, and become stronger. And we're looking forward to the people we meet along the way.” framework
Founder & Editor-in-chief, Framework Magazine 2012: PURPOSE | 2013: TRIUMPH CREATED: ISSUES 1-6, 2O12 “In creating Framework, I found a unique and supportive community of young women who are playing by their own rules, playing big, and shaking the way we perceive work and play. Growing this community—the Framework family—is one of the most rewarding and unexpected parts of creating the magazine; they inspire, motivate, and surprise me all the time. The relationships I’ve built reach beyond each issue, and this group of like-minded women has made Vancouver feel more like home in the past six months than it has in the past six years.”
Blogger, Two Sevenths & Creator, LOVE+MARK’D Stationery 2012: ADVENTUROUS | 2013: CURIOSITY FEATURED: ISSUE 1, MAY 2O12 In 2012, I quit writing a successful blog in an effort to share something that was more authentic to me. This took a good deal of courage and I am so glad I took the risk. No matter what anybody's opinion may be of your work or your idea, if you are in love with it then it is right. It is far too easy to let your passion be susceptible to a negative opinion or judgment. This year I want to bring a real sense of curiosity to my life, blog and current endeavours; they are all ever-evolving and I’m interested in the benefits that change can bring. framework
CHRISTIE LOHR Founder, Style Nine to Five & Beauty Nine to Five 2012: OPPORTUNITY | 2013: THRIVE FEATURED: ISSUE 4, SEPTEMBER 2O12 “You’ll always wonder ‘what if’ if you don’t take a chance on your dreams. It’s nice to see women create jobs or businesses from their true interests in life. Remember, you can do whatever you set out to do; sometimes, you’re the only one stopping you.”
CLIO DE LA LLAVE Founder, Booje Media
2012: GROWTH | 2013: GIVE BACK FEATURED: ISSUE 3, SUMMER 2O12 “I am most looking forward to growing with our clients and attributing to their success. Knowing that there are so many smart and talented women rockin’ what they do every day inspires me to get creative and fuels my drive to succeed—hard work and dedication will speak for itself.”
TIFFANY DE LA LLAVE
Creative Director, Booje Media 2012: FLOURISHING | 2013: CONQUER FEATURED: ISSUE 3, SUMMER 2O12 "I admire dedication, authentic work and talent in whatever fashion it presents itself. Never think anything is too big, too far, or too hard; smiles go a long way and so does a good attitude. Audrey Hepburn said it best: 'Happy girls are the prettiest girls.' This group of ladies depicts all of these attributes in different ways; I'm proud of them!"
From left: Ashley Wray, Randa Salloum, Olivia Lovenmark, Christie Lohr, Megan Close, Bria Lear, Jillian Crago, Annching Wang, Tiffany de la Llave, Clio de la Llave.
Public Relations, The Cross Décor & Design 2012: COMMUNITY | 2013: SYNCHRONICITY COLLABORATED: ISSUE 5, OCTOBER 2O12 “It's equally important to engage with other people within your business community, as it is to make new clients. Take advice from those who have done it before you, there's a reason they're successful; it’s a tight community and everyone is so supportive, especially Stephanie and Darci, the women who own the Cross. They have allowed me to grow with their business and trust me to represent them—I’m so lucky.”
Founder, Gold Lemon Creative 2012: PERSEVERANCE | 2013: TENACITY FEATURED: ISSUE 2, JUNE 2O12
“Owning a social media company was not always my goal but through experiences, job opportunities, and life lessons I stumbled upon my dream job. Don’t be scared to fail, life is about trial and error. We’re extremely lucky in Vancouver to have such a large community of female entrepreneurs that truly support one another and are always willing to lend a helping hand. I strongly believe that if you surround yourself with successful, positive people it encourages you to be your best self.”
2012: EXPERIMENTATION | 2013: ELEVATION FEATURED: ISSUE 1, MAY 2O12
2012: INGENUITY | 2013: CLARITY FEATURED: ISSUE 5, OCTOBER 2O12
“Being an entrepreneur is one of the highest forms of creativity there is, but for a long time I felt very different for wanting freedom more than security, to make my own path rather than follow one. I think I got past the first big hurdle of just ‘going for it’ this year. The only thing that separates those who do from those who don't is going for it. Nothing is ever going to be perfect, and if you get caught up in perfection or waiting for the right time, it might never happen. You can't figure it all out in your head.”
“It’s so refreshing to see other women who are heading in the same direction as yourself! It might seem cliché, but if you simply do what makes you happy you can’t go wrong. It may not be the easiest choice, you might have to burn bridges to create new ones, and you may need to put yourself before you put others but most importantly you need to focus on your own life and well being. Making the first jump into following your own path is the hardest part of the entire adventure but once you take that leap you will not be disappointed.” fw
Founder & Designer, AVERY by WANG
Artist, I See Noise & Blogger, The Unprecedented
all is merry and bright...
happy holidays! xo, the Framework Girls
MEET OUR HOLIDAY
GIRL AND CLOSET On your holiday wishlist? Oh boy, it's long! But my top picks are a classic pair of diamond stud earrings, a leather Madewell wristlet, a coach leash for my dog... and a romantic getaway with my husband. We love doing one at the end of each year. Favourite Christmas treat? Hands down, my mother in law's home baked Czech Christmas cookies. Absolute heaven!
GLITTER IN MY VEINS On your holiday wishlist? An Ipad and a Chanel 2:55. I’m graduating with a BBA at the end of December; to celebrate, this bag will become my sidekick during the Holiday season. Favourite Christmas treat? Anything with cinnamon in it. I love to sprinkle this spice on everything, even my spaghetti sauce... Old family recipe.
Go-to party ensemble? An a-line red knee length dress, layered bracelets, and a pair of J.Crew sparkly flats.
Go-to party ensemble? I often wear sequins both day and night; however, the Holiday season is the only time when I know my sequins will feel at home wherever I go!
My New Year's resolution is… Continue to live my life with passion, fun and to pursue my dreams!
My New Year's resolution is… To Travel the world. Now that I'm free, my first stop will be the land down under... Australia.
STYLE RHAPSODY On your holiday wishlist? The perfect pair of cognac leather riding boots; I have yet to find them. And if this is truly a wish list, I wouldn't turn away diamonds or Chanel if Santa left them under the tree! Favourite Christmas treat? A Starbucks gingerbread latte and baking (and eating!) my homemade gingerbread cookies. Go-to party ensemble? A flirty cocktail dress with sequins. 'Tis the season to sparkle and shine! My New Year's resolution isâ€Ś To be a more patient parent. I can always dedicate myself to being the best mother I can be to my 3-year-old daughter.
THE SKINNY BLONDE GIRL On your holiday wishlist? A Rebecca Minkoff Romeo Satchel in Ostrich Embossed Black, House of Harlow 1960 jewelry, like the Oval Skull ring and Wishbone Pendant necklace, and an Ona leather camera bag - the Brooklyn in Chestnut! Favourite Christmas treat? I love coffee cake and can't go a season without something pumpkin spice flavoured. Go-to party ensemble? Black 3/4 sleeve dress with patterned tights, killer heels, and bold red lips. It never fails. My New Year's resolution isâ€Ś To embrace new opportunities and spend more time blogging.
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