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Sheri Radford

Secrets of Success

By SHERI RADFORD

Everything is possible for Shannon Heth. (Photo by KK Law)

Everything is possible for Shannon Heth. (Photo by KK Law)

Shannon Heth wasn’t sure what to be when she grew up: maybe a journalist, or something fashion-related. She worked in the film industry for a few years, which taught her to “say yes and figure it out later. Everything is possible.” Ideal advice, it turns out, for Heth’s eventual career in public relations. She now heads her own PR company, Milk Creative Communications, and she’s known around town for both her roster of lifestyle clients and her impeccable personal style. To achieve her look, she shops at a mix of larger stores like Nordstrom and Gastown boutiques such as Oak + Fort, LYNNsteven and One of a Few. For footwear, she relies on her “shoe guy” at Holt Renfrew, who texts her tempting photos of new arrivals. “Wear what makes you feel good,” Heth insists. “Have fun with it.”

Top Picks for Travellers

By SHERI RADFORD

Have you been bitten by the travel bug? Do you suffer from incurable wanderlust? The only cure is another globetrotting adventure—but pick up these essentials before you hit the road again.

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A Gem of a Store

By SHERI RADFORD

Find your sparkle at Lao Feng Xiang

Find your sparkle at Lao Feng Xiang

Whether your budget veers more toward the Average Joe or the Kim Kardashian end of the spending spectrum, you’re sure to discover the perfect piece of jewellery at Lao Feng Xiang. Located right downtown, on high-fashion Alberni Street, the only LFX store in Canada sells jadeite, nephrite, pearls, coloured stones and diamonds, all set in stunning white or yellow gold. Find the perfect gift for a wedding, birthday, anniversary or (our favourite) no occasion at all.

Hop To It

By SHERI RADFORD

Snuggle up to Easter with the Blossom Posy Bunny

Snuggle up to Easter with the Blossom Posy Bunny

Give the Easter Bunny a helping hand this year with these goodies, ideal for filling any basket.

1 Available for only a short time in the spring, Always Sakura is a green tea with notes of Rainier cherry and sweet florals at TWG Tea.

2 Handcrafted in Vancouver, the Hare Kinship talisman from Pyrrha (www.pyrrha.com) symbolizes peace and harmony.
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Cool for Kids

By SHERI RADFORD

Frozen Family Fun. (Photo: Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler)

Cool Family Fun. (Photo: Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler)

Banish boredom with activities galore to keep tots, tykes and teens amused. To inject some education—that won’t feel like boring old school—into your kids’ vacation, let them learn about local First Nations people and history at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, copper mining at the Britannia Mine Museum and old-days railway equipment at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park. Youngsters and oldsters alike enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. And of course nothing beats a ride on a sled, except perhaps a good old-fashioned snowball fight.

Review: Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience

By SHERI RADFORD

A concert as epic as its namesake.

A concert as epic as its namesake.

The voice of Cersei Lannister instructs the audience to silence their cellphones. “Those who violate these rules will be boiled alive in the blood of their children.” And so begins the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience.

Mirroring the big and bold HBO series it’s based on, the concert is larger than life, filled with giant video screens, awe-inspiring pyrotechnics, over-the-top special effects and an 80-piece orchestra led by Ramin Djawadi, the show’s composer. When that orchestra launched into the opening notes of GoT’s theme music on Saturday night, the crowd inside Rogers Arena roared its approval, cheering even harder when an Iron Throne unfolded on stage.

Video clips on the huge screens reminded fans of happier days, way back when Ned Stark still had his head, Jamie Lannister had two hands, Daenerys Targaryen had dragons small enough to fit in her palm, and Jon Snow hadn’t yet been murdered by his own men. Accompanied by Djawadi’s swelling music, longer scenes also played out, including the Red Wedding, the Battle of the Bastards, and the resurrection of Jon Snow. Daenerys and Jon proved to be fan favourites, generating the loudest cheers of approval, while Ramsay Bolton elicited the most boisterous boos and hisses.

It truly was an evening of entertainment for the ADD generation, with at least three things always vying for the audience’s attention. Look at the musicians and risk missing beloved scenes on the screens. Watch the choir and risk missing the flames shooting out of the stage. But there was no missing the snow that fell for several minutes during scenes on and beyond the Wall, blanketing the entire arena in paper confetti that must have had the clean-up crew cursing well into the night.

By the Old Gods and the New, it all added up to a glorious love letter to the eternally patient GoT fans, who must wait until July 16 for the premiere of season 7 and even longer for George R.R. Martin’s much-delayed next novel, rumoured to have a 2017 publication date. But have faith: winter is coming.

Sewing Star

By SHERI RADFORD

A Chloe Angus Spirit Wrap

A Chloe Angus Spirit Wrap

The best way to fuel creativity is to grow up without a TV, phone or electricity. At least, that’s how it worked for Chloë Angus. What she did have as a child was a Singer sewing machine—and encouragement from her mother. Angus turned her childhood passion into a thriving career, making everything from t-shirts to wedding dresses in her Vancouver studio. Best known are her Spirit Wraps (pictured), the result of a creative collaboration with local First Nations artists Clarence Mills (Haida) and Corrine Hunt (Tlingit). Find the stylish wraps at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre and Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont.

Art & Sole

By SHERI RADFORD

Statement sneakers with a feel-good twist

Statement sneakers with a feel-good twist

Seeking an unusual souvenir that comes with a side of philanthropy? Look no further than Six Hundred Four. This new boutique in Gastown partners with Vancouver artists to produce limited-edition footwear. Each artist creates a new piece of art, which is then digitally printed onto 604 pairs of hand-crafted shoes, spread across four unisex styles. These cool kicks are guaranteed conversation starters. And visiting the sneaker gallery is less like a typical shopping trip and more like an excursion to a funky underground gallery. Bonus: 6.04% of each sale is donated to a charity chosen by the artist, which means you can look good and feel good at the same time.

Top Dogs

By SHERI RADFORD

Get your best friend on the best-dressed list.

Get your best friend on the Best-Dressed list.

Pampered pooches and well-heeled hounds get outfitted by Danes and Divas. The local company crafts stylish bowties, collars, leashes, bandanas and more for dapper dogs (and good-natured cats). Shalla Black established the business in 2012 because she saw a need for accessories that went beyond basic nylon or leather. Designed and manufactured in BC, Black’s creations express each pet’s personality. Outfit your own precious pup at Barking Babies or online.

A Song of Ice and Fire

By SHERI RADFORD

A concert as epic as its namesake.

A concert as epic as its namesake.

While you’re (still) waiting for the next book and TV season, immerse yourself in the GoT world at the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience (Apr. 1, 2017), complete with 3D designs that rise from the stage and an 80-piece orchestra conducted by the show’s composer, Ramin Djawadi. After all, winter is coming.

Imperfect by Design

By SHERI RADFORD

Pyrrha-Carpe-Diem

Handcrafted Pyrrah Jewellery

Most designers craft their jewellery to look absolutely perfect. Not Danielle Wilmore and Wade Papin, the Vancouver couple behind Pyrrha. Using reclaimed sterling silver or bronze, they handcraft talisman necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings, all based on 18th- and 19th-century wax seals. Each piece reflects the antique seals’ cracks and imperfections. Find your new perfectly imperfect talisman at Ruby Tuesday, or shop online at www.pyrrha.com.

Dance Dance Fever

By SHERI RADFORD

San Francisco's Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

San Francisco’s Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

Newbies and aficionados alike always find much to love at the Vancouver International Dance Festival (Mar. 1 to 25). The 17th annual fest brings to local stages everything from ballet to butoh. Don’t miss Dairakudakan, Japan’s otherworldly ensemble; the visionary choreography of San Francisco’s Alonzo King LINES Ballet (pictured); and Post No Bills, a solo piece by Denmark’s Kitt Johnson that explores the transformative power of crisis.