My trip to Germany was AMAZING – as I knew it would be! It was the first buying trip of the year and my first time to Germany. I’m a bit of a weather-wuss, so I knew that I would have to make a choice. I decided to be sensible (which doesn’t happen often) and packed based on the fact that it was going to be the dead of winter there -January is their coldest month! I knew my week was not going to give me a whole lot of time to explore on my own but, I must say, Munich is a beautiful city. My first stop was the Rathaus-Glockenspiel in Marienplatz, this is the town hall and dates back to 1908. I had a splendid day until jet-lag hit me. Then I was pretty much done for the day. The next day, I visited the Dachau concentration camp. Dachau is just outside of Munich and the day started out cold and windy. I knew that it might be difficult for me to see what I was going to see but I didn’t expect it to effect me in the way that it did.
I ended up spending the day in Dachau, quite unaware of how much time had gone by. The sadness that I felt is difficult to put into words but all I could ask myself was “how could this happen?” How did society let this happen? Over 200,000 people were imprisoned at Dachau and 32,000 died. I couldn’t comprehend this. I walked away knowing that I would never forget what I saw. .
Once again, the new year has come much too quickly. I anticipate its arrival with such excitement, but I always find myself feeling a little overwhelmed — mainly because this means I am also a year older! Age is something that people generally don’t feel comfortable talking about, but it’s inevitable. I am asked everyday why I dress the way I do (and how I am able to). Age should not dictate how we live our life. Thanks to society though, it seems to do just that.
When I look back, I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to work with Fashion Magazine, The Accidental Icon, and The Countess of Glamour. Meeting both ladies in New York this past year was an incredible experience because they are a huge source of inspiration for me. Don’t worry, you will hear more about this! The year ended off with the opening of the Versace store in Vancouver, where I hosted the evening alongside Vogue Magazine. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to 2015.
Seeing Michelle Havert of Framed&Focused was awesome. I met Michelle 3 years ago in New York and we clicked. She was the first person who thought I was interesting enough to take a picture of. What?! Me? Interesting? I thought she had no idea what she was doing. I guess she was just ahead of the game 😉 All joking aside, Michelle is a talented blogger and photographer and I am so glad that she stopped by when she was in Vancouver. Being featured on her blog was a fantastic way to start off 2016.
After much anticipation, many tears, and sleepless nights, The Optical Boutique has finally moved back to where it belongs. We moved back to our original location and will be celebrating 37 years in Kerrisdale this year. If you follow this blog (which you probably don’t right now), you may notice that I only post about once a year. I am hoping to change that…
Lyn Slater is a professor at Fordham University in New York and also the creator of the Accidental Icon. We had the pleasure of meeting her and interviewing her for our blog. There is a collaboration in the works with her in the near future where she will be wearing our eyewear. Here she is gracing the cover of GREY Magazine being photographed by Ari Seth Cohen.
A day at work for me is not just another day…every day is a day to reinvent myself. I’m asked quite often what inspires me to dress the way I do? Why do I dress this way? Because I want to. But everyday?! Yes!! Here I am wearing pattern on pattern – who said you can’t do that? This outfit was such a find for me because I love bargains!! The skirt is one of my favourite pieces that I bought from Forever 21 for $11.99, the polka dotted shirt is another favourite that I got from Top Shop for less than $50.00 so far so good, right? The shoes were a steal from the famous Army and Navy shoe sale – $20.00!! I’ve paired all of this with my Givenchy go to bag and The Row sunglasses. Done!!.