We started our first day with cycling class at the newest SoulCycle in Yaletown taught by instructor Abbey Ashley. a Canadian born and raised who recently moved back from New York City earning her degree in Commercial Dance and Business, with a background of dancing, singing and acting. A very challenging and sweaty routine inside the studio, she played some old school rock music throughout the whole class and ended it with an inspirational message. SoulCycle was such an amazing experience and a better way to start the morning. A small space with white walls, being greeted by a huge yellow sign that’s basically screaming “SoulCycle” not only that but you are greeted by the staff members with high energy and bigs smiles on their faces wearing yellow t-shirts. Checking in to grab your spot and hand with a pair of cycling shoes ready to go. As you put away your stuff, you have an option to pick any of the empty lockers along the side of the hallway with inspirational words above the locker. But wait… what if you forgot to bring your sports bra, a t-shirt or pair of leggings? Don’t worry, right when you enter they have a merch section, Lululemon pieces that are customized specifically for SoulCycle!
Overall, the experience was amazing and definitely loved checking out the studio.
After the cycling class, we ended up checking out Buddha-Full in Northwood. It is a journey to get there and definitely worth it to try. As a person who grew up always and mostly eating meat, it was very hard to choose a meatless sandwich, salad, soup or wrap. I mean, soups and salads are mostly without protein, but coming from an hour of sweaty work out you definitely want to fuel up with some protein. As we stand to wait to order and trying to pick what meal to get, I almost had to close my eyes and just point to whatever options they have and open your eyes hoping that you’d get it’s going to be good… But we didn’t take that chance. I ended up getting a panini with… of course, avocado mashed with hummus. I might say my thought was that it might be tasteless and dry, but once I took that first bite… the long journey to Northwood from Yaletown was DEFINITELY WORTH IT. It was almost like I forgot I even ate meat… at the end of the day we ended up going for the swings at the bar!
One cute coffee shop that is totally distracting to take pictures than actually work and one coffee shop that lets you stay fit. What both of these coffee shops have in common is that they are both carry vegan, vegetarian and gluten free food.
Olive + Ruby, such cute name for a coffee shop, what's also cute about it, is their white swings and colorful murale. Olive + Ruby is made after the owners daughters. Both working parents named it after their daughters to remind them of why they built the coffee shop as inspiration to provide a beautiful life for their kids. The shop does bring a childful like environment as the swings they have displayed by the glass window, the color scheme used from the tables, to the murals and to the green plant pots all over the the other side of the wall. One more thing I love about this shop is their little dj booth by the bar, while we were there it was playing jazz music. The only thing I wasn't sure about was their vegan power bar, it does have chocolate bits in them but it doesn't justify the fact that there's chocolates. Note to self, even though there's chocolates don't get fooled by the fact that it's vegan. The chai tea they have was great. Overall, it is such a cozy environment to hang out with a friend or to go on your own and do some work. In addition to their shop, there's not enough outlets for each side of the table to bring your laptop and spend the whole day there doing work.
After our visit to Olive + Ruby, which is in West Broadway, we made our way to W 4th. Walking around W 4th, we made a couple of stops at the new Reigning Champ boutique and Savoie. Where we later found a coffee shop/boxing and fitness gym called TurF. Where you can workout, hangout and take out.What caught my eye was the color of the building, black concrete wall and big white sign. This place has three key features, the coffee bar itself that serves vegan and gluten free food, the boutique inside the place in the back corner, in between the coffee shop and the gym. They carry their house merchandise as well as other brands. It's such a cool concept because after a high intensity workout, you can relax at the coffee shop to have some healthy meal and drinks, such as kombucha and a healthy diet meal. The environment itself has a good high energy and motivating space to come and do work. You can do it all in one go.
It's definitely worth both checking these places out, whenever you're in the area.
Want to dress up really derby? Then hit The Deighton Cup! It was such an honor to attend The Deighton Cup this year, another reason to DRESS UP, enjoy the horse race and people watch the amazing outfits, outrageous hats and fascinators! First time at this event we were hoping to get some nice weather, considering we didn’t want our outfits to get wet, especially the hair and makeup! Thank god for the bleachers that kept us dry. But the weather didn’t put a damper on our mood! The event was still a huge success and a lot of fun! Great outfits, good food (although the complimentary meal could’ve been better), the drinks! Oh, my! Last but not the least the horse race, I never knew watching the horse race could be so fun! Even considered betting, but we didn’t want to get carried away as our first time. Hoping for next year we will have better outfits, better weather, and better food! But let’s get back on track here, as I mentioned above that we mostly attended this event to dress up. Well, why not? New clothes, new hats or fascinators and new shoes. This is definitely the time to dress and impress. A lot of colors and florals floating around. This was the time to get creative and noticed!
Here are some of our favorite hot picks from The Deighton Cup (photo courtesy of The Deighton Cup – Stella Artois Wall)
Definitely going back to Deighton Cup next year and make it an annual tradition for us! Not only we got to dress up and enjoy the event with everyone but we also learned how to bet 😉 Next year we'll do it bigger and better!
For more photos check out The Deighton Cup!
Well you would never know that we are half way through May!! Which means that we are shopping for dresses, capris, wedges and skirts in full force. We have been working with some of our long time clients getting them ready for special summer functions; for regular work weeks (dressy or casual) and/or fun nights out on the town!!
Below are a few pictures of some of my favourite shops!
If you need help creating a working wardrobe please contact us we are happy to help.
Check out our Instagram profile @teameliteimage for some of our clients twirling videos.