Emigrating to Vancouver, need a capsule wardrobe.

(91 Posts)
MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 20:25:50

We are emigrating in July and not taking anything but a suitcase each. I need advice of a capsule wardrobe which will fit in a suitcase for summer to autumn. I will then ship a winter capsule wardrobe over in September.

I don't want to shop much in Vancouver, so would like advice on good easy to wear/washable clothes.

DS will be 10months. I am tall with long legs, broad shoulders, small boobs, chunky thighs, small waist. I have bad knees and back so don't do heels.

I think it's quite hot there in the summer, and often rains.

Cheers.

you need:

wellies
mac
brolly

<helpful Calgarian> grin

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 20:34:00

oh sod off!

Not in the summer surely <pleads> ?

pocketandsweet Tue 07-May-13 20:36:55

I've gone the other direction ( vancouver to uk). Weather is not unlike uk. It is not often what I would call "hot" in summer. Well maybe hotter than here but not hot by Canadian summer standards typically. It rains you need wellies. You don't mention if you are working or not but I would be a bit wary of buying everything here. Canadians are generally much more casual in their dress. Unless you have a job that requires a specific formal dress then you will probably find everyone more casual. People in Vancouver wear loads of gorgeous sportswear type things that will be different than what you find here ( and probably cheaper there too). Think Lululemon type stuff. As a wild generalisation I would say most people in Vancouver look like they are going/coming from a posh gym a lot of the time.

Also North America is probably cheaper for sports/ casual stuff. Places like Old Navy are good for cheap things and great for kids clothes. Last time I was home people were impressed by things like Hunter wellies ( god awful expensive there)..... Not sure if this helps or not

pocketandsweet Tue 07-May-13 20:39:27

And re: rain. It does rain alot but I think people deal with it differently. Less people walking around with umbrellas and macs and more often just trendy gore tex top layers. It is often just sort of light drizzly rain ( that messes with your hair). It is a great place though have fun.

haha it's ok MrsK i'm only kidding sort of

i lived there for 3 yrs and the summers were definitely better than British ones.

pocket speaks the truth - very casual bunch the canadians. And clothes here are cheap IMHO

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 20:45:30

oh bollox. i don't really do sportswear, i dress in smart trousers, shirts, wrap dresses, pearls and brogues <sloane basically>

pocketandsweet Tue 07-May-13 20:45:46

Oh and there is a place called Mountain Equipment Coop ( or MEC) and for joining ( cant even remember if you had to pay if so it was almost nothing) is the best place to start looking for any sports gear ( clothes or otherwise). They are online but the stores have lots more and they do great goretex, kids fleeces etc. It is one of the places we always go when we go back home.

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 20:47:52

stoppit Pocket, i may cry!! goretex!!! fleece!!!!! <sob>

pocketandsweet Tue 07-May-13 20:48:05

mrskoala you may be in for culture shock. ;). It's ok dress however you want but be aware that everyone around you might be a lot more casual ( esp. for instance if you are sahm).

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 20:48:36

and no, i wont be working.

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 20:50:23

maybe, i'll ham up the Britishness and they will think i'm quirky...or something.

Just looked at lululemon - it's just yoga clothes. people don't really wear that outside do they?

MEC, yes it's only $5/year for joining

www.mec.ca

How long are you over for? I take it this is a year or so, rather than a move, lock, stock and barrel?

It's hard to say what to pack without knowing what you'll be doing. I'd say, having emigrated temporarily various places with just a suitcase, you'll need about 3 each.

pocketandsweet Tue 07-May-13 20:53:23

Oh baby. Goretex and Fleece..... Mark my words in a year they will no longer strike fear in your heart. smile. Wear whatever you want REALLY no one will think you are a freak or anything ( they might think you are a foreigner but then you will be).

And there is Goretex and then there is GORETEX.... Same goes for fleece. Right now all you can probably picture are lumpy shapeless garments ( maybe with pictures if wolves on them) but truly there are fabulous flattering things out there especially if you are prepared to spend some cash. I do think you are going to have a culture shock though so maybe don't buy too much unless 1) you are positive you love/need it and 2) can't buy it there ( and probably cheaper)

Apparently Vancouver is THE place to be seen in Lululemon, apparently.

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 20:53:32

no, we're emigrating. we've just decided to start again with nothing. confused

pocketandsweet Tue 07-May-13 20:54:46

And yes they do wear yoga stuff EVERYWHERE. It's like a frickin Ashram ;)

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 20:56:04

i thought everything was more expensive over there? is that not the case?

I have bought a north face arctic parka - it's the most casual thing i have ever owned. I don't even wear jeans. I do have skiing stuff which is nice...

Woah! You're brave!!

As soon as you get here then, go on ALL the clothing websites and sign up for emails, you'll get a load of discount vouchers coming through. I never pay full price at banana republic. Weekly there will be 40% off for instance.

I'd say just bring your absolute favourite things. <you're not really coming with ONE suitcase are you?> No need to change your normal style surely?

I don't own a scrap of goretex....and we camp. I might have the odd fleece type thing....

the good news is that anything you buy in the UK now will be the height of fashion summer 2015 in vancouver grin

Yes I find clothing expensive here, anything not manufactured in US/Canada/Mexico has additional duties on it.

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 20:58:15

well they can keep their downward facing dog to themselves, no one's getting me out of my twin set and pearls <not even joking a little bit>

you will LOVE banana republic. I do.

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 21:00:36

HerRoyal - i think brave is another word for fucking insane - yes 1 suitcase. We also need stuff for a fast growing DS.

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 21:02:58

i was thinking of dressing down, going all casual slumming it and purchasing some GAP clothing <shudder> wink

The thing is my figure suits tailoring, i am very 'structured' and slouchy materials look bad on me - unless it's 40's tea dresses.

grin

Sign up for GAP and Old Navy emails at the same time as BR, plenty of discounts with them too. Occasionally I order stuff from Gymboree in the states, they have some good sales. H&M is here, the kids stuff seems popular. Also Tommy Hilfiger - they often go into sale quickly or you will find there stuff at Winners (equiv of TK Maxx). There is also Mexx and Zara with quite good childrens selection.

Have a search for outlets around Vancouver too, there must be plenty.

Xiaoxiong Tue 07-May-13 21:04:43

MrsKoala check out these street style blogs from Vancouver - it's not so grim as all that:
http://www.shedoesthecity.com/five_vancouver_style_blogs_that_are_promoting_a_better_dressed_west_coast

Not so much the clothes as the weather - there are lots where they're not in gore tex or fleece smile

Xiaoxiong Tue 07-May-13 21:04:52

The GAP was for kids clothes btw!

I'm tend to more tailored dressing as well. But I find, well where I work, it's not really a suited and booted kind of place.

I've just ordered some full skirts from Karen Millen for DH to bring back for me. mwahahaha. His face will be like this hmm when he sees the parcels at PILs.

pocketandsweet Tue 07-May-13 21:06:31

Just work your Sloaney-vibe. Seriously. People there are relaxed. i mean relaxed to the point of horizontal. Banana Republic is fab but for the love of god (unless you have seriously high style standards for DS) kids clothes are not something to stock-up on here.

nonono step away from the Gap (arf)

Banana republic are the same company but make nice clothes instead of cheap Gap tat that you can only wash once

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 21:10:03

Thank you xiao - there may be light at the end of the tunnel!

I am not that straight laced, i am more retro 40's style and a bit rockabilly (tea dresses made in skull materials), most of my jewellery is Alex Monroe (i realise i sound 100 and desperate to be cool now - oh god!).

I had a baby last year and have now given up work for good, so i am trying to find a more casual look which still flatters me.

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 21:12:33

oh Badgers - you have made me homesick for London already, i have 'mind the gap' on loop in my head now.

Never seen Banana Republic, what's their sizing like?

FrugalFashionista Tue 07-May-13 21:14:32

MrsKoala I've moved around a lot and each city and country has its own vibe. Vancouver is very laid-back and casual (and the moist climate restricts your choices), but you have to be there to figure out how to interpret your style there. Don't shop now - save your money for when you have settled. Take along practical basic clothes (=your old stuff) and some items that mean a lot to you. Most likely you'll want to start from scratch in the new surroundings.

very normal sizing. DH likes their polo shirts.

Sizing at BRep is all over the place. I am firmly a size 8 (UK 12) on the bottom, but some of their trousers fit me in a 6. Ditto tops, I'm a UK 10, but can wear a small in in BRep in some tops, Xsmall in others. It's a place you really need to try the stuff on.

I got some really nice tailored crop trousers at Anthropologie recently, ($98 PLUS tax), in black, and coral. They still look dressy depending on what top you put with them.

<The tax always gets us, you'd think we'd have learnt by now>

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 21:20:48

HerRoyal - I'm never going to get used to tax... or tipping 20% shock. When we were last there it was so hard to factor that in before we bought stuff. Every time we got the bill/to the till our faces would be confused hmm

MooseBeTimeForSpring Tue 07-May-13 21:21:33

Welcome to Canada! I've been here 2 years now.

If you're on Facebook, search for the Western Canada Mumsnetters. I know a couple of them live in Vancouver. They've just had a mini meet up in Victoria.

Xiaoxiong Tue 07-May-13 21:21:54

Looking at those pictures, I'd probably take:
2 pairs jeans (one dark and tailored, one casual for weekend)
1 pair trousers (I'd take coloured chinos)
2 skirts (I'd take one denim mini, one fuller cotton or linen)
2 jumpers/cardigans (black/cream)
5 tops (two casual/under jumpers/wear to bed, three that can be worn on their own with jeans/trousers eg. a white collared shirt, a linen tunic)
2 dresses (tea dress, black dress)
1 light jacket that can be layered over jumpers if necessary
2 scarves
two pairs flats (one dressier than the other)
one pair sandals (walkable)
one pair trainers
underwear (black and nude)
swimsuit
jewellery

HighJinx Tue 07-May-13 21:23:55

I have a lovely friend who is from Vancouver and she once told me that Vancouver's dress code is basically 'If you're dressed you meet the code' grin

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 21:26:12

oh thanks Moose. I'm on facebook but have no idea how to work it - i'm not really part of contemporary culture as you may have now gathered blush - but i'll try to work it out smile

I don't really have practical clothes Frugal, that's my point really i suppose. I worked in an office. Then was in Mat clothes and now have just lost my baby weight I have about 4 items in my wardrobe. I'm about to get my summer stuff out but i don't think there will be much inspiring in there from what i recall.

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 21:33:48

Thanks xiao.

I don't really do jeans or chinos, i'm curvy big bummed and thighed so i either wear boot cut (i know! S&B enemy number 3) or wide legged, high waisted flannel or tweed trousers. i wear converse trainers or brogues. i also do wear blazers/jackets and scarves, but i never wear black. i mainly wear lot of long sleeved stretchy t-shirts under v-necks, with grey flannel boot cut trousers and brogues/converse, with a navy Reiss blazer and a scarf/alex monroe jewellery.

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 21:36:20

oh and should i stock up on cosmetics/beauty products?

pocketandsweet Tue 07-May-13 21:44:43

Check online if products that are important to you are available there otherwise I think half the fun is finding new things/seeing what is different. I personally can spend a long time in somewhere like Shoppers Drug Mart ( nearest equivalent to Boots) just looking around. Also they have Sephora and smaller trendy beauty shops that sell niche stuff from North America and Europe. You will also undoubtedly have visitors from the UK periodically who will bring you things. I think other than the obvious products you are wedded to you probably don't need to worry.

MooseBeTimeForSpring Tue 07-May-13 21:53:01

I agree with pocket, SDM and Sephora will probably stock what you need. Our local SDM even sells Boots No.7. Stores like The Bay and Holt Renfrew have all the usual make up counters.

RedwingWinter Tue 07-May-13 21:54:06

Seriously, you just need yoga pants, skimpy vests, and some big sunglasses, and you'll look like a local. Oh and trainers or flip-flops, as you prefer.

Come October, wear a fleece and rainproof anorak on top of the skimpy vest, swap the flip flops for wellies, and you're done.

If you wear anything that is actual proper clothes, you will look like you've really made an effort.

pocketandsweet Tue 07-May-13 21:58:29

smile at redwing. My husband who is generally completely unconscious when it comes to labels and fashion etc. Remarked last time why the f* is everyone walking around with LULULEMON written all over them.

At least everyone generally looks pretty healthy so it is somewhat less irritating.

RedwingWinter Tue 07-May-13 21:58:38

Also, if you take the clothes you own now, they will think you very dressy; in two years time you will be fashion-forward; and in another year or two all of a sudden you will be trendy.

More helpfully, if you like Banana Republic, J Crew, Gap, Zara, you might as well buy it in Vancouver. Don't buy anything new to take unless you need new woolies/cashmere for the autumn - proper knitwear is expensive in Vancouver. Also, if you really want to dress up by Vancouver standards, you could try 'walking shorts' (i.e. Bermuda-style shorts) with a polo-necked shirt or short-sleeved blouse, and wear that with your pearls.

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 21:59:03

my arms are far too fleshy for skimpy vests and my arse is too big for yoga pants. I am still bfing and can only do this from one side so have completely lopsided boobs so vests of any description are defo out.

Just the thought of flip flops makes me feel nauseous!

I've been to Van a few times and never noticed people so casual. I'll be living in Kitsilano, which i can imagine is a bit more yoga mom tho.

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 22:01:50

oh Redwing, you surely jest about the shorts! ???

Not really a fan of GAP or Zara tbh. Never looked at the other 2.

pocketandsweet Tue 07-May-13 22:02:00

Kits is yoga mum central. Wear what you want. Really. We are just telling you what you will be living amongst.

More importantly you will be surrounded by tons of fabulous sushi and Siegels Bagels. (Envious)

teta Tue 07-May-13 22:05:50

Beauty stuff is much cheaper in Vancouver.We have family living there who always bring masses of Clinique over for us.Wait and buy your clothes there as what fashionable in Vancouver will be very different to the uk.

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 22:08:26

maybe i'll go all West Coast and immerse myself in the Van mum vibes. Yoga then sushi for lunch. Not sure if DH will recognise me in a few months.

To those of you who know Van - can you take babies places with you? I pretty much go to lunch/pubs etc with DS. I also BF everywhere. Is that okay there? hmm more questions...

RedwingWinter Tue 07-May-13 22:10:41

I am not jesting about the shorts, it would make a suitable work outfit! I didn't mention Eddie Bauer, tho that might make you cry too.

Kits is nice. Everyone else will be in yoga wear. I think you should wear whatever you like.

You'll want bikini/swimsuit/shorts for the beach, and comfy shoes for walking along the seawall. It can get hot in summer but if you're by the water there is usually an onshore breeze. You'll want wellies and waterproofs by mid-October but you might as well buy them in Vancouver.

Maybe the best advice is to take English clothes that you really like, that you won't be able to get in Vancouver except by mail order.

pocketandsweet Tue 07-May-13 22:19:22

I can imagine bf- ing would be any problem at all. Canada is extremely child-friendly. Everyone pushes around massive jogging strollers ( about as big as a Mini).... Seriously spacious flat sidewalks everywhere. Clean fabulous play parks ( often with water-play areas that I have never encountered the like of here).

RedwingWinter Tue 07-May-13 22:21:05

pocketandsweet I don't understand the lululemon stuff but it's everywhere. And pretty much everyone has the same hairstyle too.

pocketandsweet Tue 07-May-13 22:21:27

CAN'T IMAGINE. That should read. Bloody phone

pocketandsweet Tue 07-May-13 22:24:30

I'm immune to the Lemon! Overpriced AND they make their staff go on a "cult retreat " thingie to "live" the Lemon ethos. No thanks. Curious about the hairstyle though.... Details please. We are contemplating a move back to Canada ( after 15 years here) and I need to know if my pixie cut will fit in smile

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 22:25:21

oh what's the hairstyle?

RedwingWinter Tue 07-May-13 22:28:40

It is always long hair; very few short cuts.

pocketandsweet Tue 07-May-13 22:30:35

Phew. I would be gutted to have the hairstyle de jour.

ggirl Tue 07-May-13 22:32:29

My dd did a gap year in canada and absolutely loved it , spent a long time on the west coast..came back and said she could easily live there..except for the fact she'd miss the fashion of the UK.
Sandals and socks and wall to wall gore tex.
I think you should take your decent UK stuff and convert them.

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 22:32:53

damn! i have long hair too. bugger. i don't want to be identikit. sad

ggirl Tue 07-May-13 22:34:27

my brother lives there and does yoga everyday
and says 'love you' a lot grin

pocketandsweet Tue 07-May-13 22:35:54

I think we/they are inconvertible. Love you for trying though!!

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 22:37:42

ggirl grin if i ever start saying that it means i am not me anymore. i don't drink coffee or do yoga, i'm not keen on sushi. i'm not touchy feely or 'spiritual' at all and i like my own space. this will be interesting!

pocketandsweet Tue 07-May-13 22:42:39

It's a city with at least a million people. Most of them well educated and travelled you will find kindred spirits. You need not engage in any of the stereotypical activities associated but I am kind of wondering why you are moving there? ( and I do not mean that in any remotely bitchy type way) It's not London or New York as an urban experience certainly. Lots of room for your own space though definitely.

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 22:51:08

We love it there. go every year. love to ski, mountain bike, walk etc. DH has a visa and i have given up work - so has he (to start a consultancy which he mainly does from home). We fancied an adventure. Will travel whilst there - might spend a few months in Canmore too. DS is small. We don't have a big family or loads of friends. It just seemed the right time.

I now i'll love it - i might be homesick - but i need to get the London aggression out of me. I am reminded of the Baz Luhrman song 'wear sunscreen' where he says 'live in New York, but leave before you get too hard and live in california, but leave before you get too soft'. When you are giving dirty looks and huffing at old ladies for being in your way, it's time to go!

cafecito Tue 07-May-13 22:51:44

envy what a fabulous place to live with your DS grin you should take your existing clothes, and rock them smile

alternatively, chinos? cropped twill pants? Banana Republic are okay - their sizing is definitely very much on the large side I think. Also, sweaty betty do some yoga pants that flatter the chunkiest of thigh, I was very lazy last summer and wore them all the time- cost per wear virtually zero. They are loose and sweat wicking <mmm>
but yeah, sounds like you have stuff you feel comfortable in already
how exciting smile

MrsKoala Tue 07-May-13 22:54:26

now = know

Cheers Cafecito, i'll check them out.

pocketandsweet Tue 07-May-13 23:00:56

Well it sounds like you will probably have a brilliant time. Im sure your son will love it as well. When you get there you can report back on how your expectations and realities collided. Good luck

cafecito Tue 07-May-13 23:33:20

these and these are reaaaally flattering (12 would be a medium) - I know they probably seem pretty expensive but really, they're sooo comfy you can wear them in the day with flip flops and if you're exercising/yogaing too. But just as casual trousers they are fine, and great for hot summers.

cafecito Tue 07-May-13 23:38:37

these and these examples. with flip flops, ballet pumps, converse, or sandals

RedwingWinter Tue 07-May-13 23:48:26

I hope you have a fabulous time, MrsKoala smile

MacaYoniAndCheese Wed 08-May-13 02:29:16

Ooh..have fun, MrsK. I went out there after Uni with DH for finishing school culinary school. Would move back in a heartbeat, especially if I got to live in Kits envy (we're in Toronto now). I think you sound very cool and you should just be you. Invest in some good rain gear and waterproof footwear though, so you can get out and explore the beaches and the forests. A membership to the aquarium and Science World are good ideas for little ones. Enjoy!

Nandocushion Wed 08-May-13 02:39:46

MrsK - July/Aug/Sept are almost invariably good weather, not much rain (that's the other nine months of the year). Your wrap dresses will be fine and your twinset will work with city shorts.

I have lived in Vancouver on and off for 30+ years and have NEVER owned a fleece. And don't worry about the Goretex - Lululemon do some nice raincoats I think?

humblebumble Wed 08-May-13 02:46:56

Have fun in Kits, very jealous!, we lived there pre-kids about 7 years ago. It was fun. We used to pop down to Seattle for clothes shopping as we found the clothes shopping in Vancouver a bit limited.

WestCoastWinnie Wed 08-May-13 04:57:10

We're south of Vancouver - agree about the dressing down. When I'm back in the UK I always feel like a scruff! I have wholeheartedly adopted the relaxed dress code (basically due to laziness!) but there are many who don't wear Lulu etc. so you'll be fine! Short hair does seem to be less common here - mine is short and we're a rare breed.
One more prod for the Western Canada Mumsnetters - we're recruiting smile

nooka Wed 08-May-13 04:59:45

I live in interior BC, so Vancouver is the big city grin here we are all even more laid back and when I went to try and buy a new interview suit I failed completely!

My work has two offices, with the other one in Vancouver, and in general I'd say people look fairly normal really. Work wear varies, some smart, some in suits, many in jeans. I think you'll be just fine.

If you do have a bit of a defined look I would be inclined to buy the tailored things you really like in London. I have found it a pain to try and figure out which shops, brands etc fit me, when previously I just knew where to shop. But then I hate shopping!

nooka Wed 08-May-13 05:00:51

The long 'ironed' hair look is popular here. I have to tell the hairdresser to put down the tong things (I look terrible with ironed straight hair!)

I'm in Victoria and therefore 'close' to Vancouver by Canadian standards. We call the yoga lot Lulu Lemmings in case you need a name for them. grin

I second (well probably 14th) that casual is the norm. I went to a wedding my first year here. Very nice venue, big wedding. I was one of two people out of more than a hundred with a proper hat on. There were people in cut offs, jeans, shorts and t-shirts. I was horrified. I have mellowed since (outwardly, inside I still shudder).

There are smart and/or funky dressers. They tend to be younger people. We say in Victoria there are essentially two type of wardrobe; yoga and mountain climbing. Mountain climbing is further split into; serious climber (Goretex and Teflon) and hippy climber (someone give that Peruvian back his hat).

My DH handles big contracts and rarely wears a tie or jacket to work, he does wear a shell though hmm I also know a lawyer who goes to work with odd shoes (not socks BTW, shoes).

All you need to do is join the Western Canadian Mumsnetters Quiche and you will be surrounded with stylish, devil may care fashionistas (not me, the rest of the. I've given up).

Mutley77 Wed 08-May-13 06:29:29

OmG I am so glad I have read this post - has nothing to do with me as I have no intention of going to/living in Vancouver.

However, where I am in Australia all the mums seem to wear posh gym wear and I keep thinking, surely they are not all going to the gym all the time - i.e. after drop off and before pick up every day? Given that I am pregnant and just off the plane I have just ignored it and thought that I won't be exercising for a while. However now I get it - it must be their on trend wear - now wondering whether I embrace it post pregnancy or just stick to my British style!!!! Although I am highly worried that I may get it wrong and be asked about what exercise I'm off to do blush

Kahu Wed 08-May-13 07:25:52

The Kitsilano look is either trendy yoga mum (it's Lululemon central quite literally) or lentil-weaving granola-crunching mum. Vancouver is very casual but that doesn't mean you won't see people that have their own style & there are plenty of people who love fashion whether it's high-street, Holt-Renfrew labels or unusual boutique pieces. There are also a lot of fleeces, yoga pants & Gore-Tex.

Stick with your style, wear what you like - bring your favourites & your essentials & then have some fun shopping either in Van or Seattle. For high street stores, sounds like you will like BR & J Crew. There is a Vancouver-based national brand called Aritzia that may have some pieces you like, also a small chain of boutiques called Spank that carries dresses etc that sound your style. There are some great boutiques in Gastown & South Granville that will be right up your street I think.

About the Goretex.... Resign yourself to the fact that sometime in October you will go into the North Face store & buy a rain jacket. And bring some Hunters or similar with you, you will wear them almost every day from October to March.

The good news is from April to September we have glorious sunshine <hopes she hasn't jinxed it for everyone> .

Come join our quiche - 'twill be lovely to meet you & take you to Kits Beach pearls & all!

pocketandsweet Wed 08-May-13 11:57:58

mrsterrypratchett I have pm'd you

Cheers pocket. Right back at you. smile

MrsKoala Wed 08-May-13 19:24:27

aaah thanks all.

My hair is not ironed straight - my face is too round for that - i have a natural wave which i cultivate.

DH is one of those climber types MrsTP. He looks as tho he is sponsored by North Face.

Will defo check out Spank Kahu.

I will also join the west coast mners if i can work out how. How do i find you on facebook <total internet buffoon emoticon>

PM Jacksmania, she'll sign you up.

MrsKoala Wed 08-May-13 20:03:09

cheers smile

MrsKoala Fri 10-May-13 22:07:53

Holy shit! Just looked at Hunters Wellies. Do people really pay a hundred odd quid for a pair of wellies? I mean some are nice (one pair for £199 shock i do like) but i don't think i could ever spend that much on wellies.

I think i am being converted to outdoor pyjamas yoga clothes and have seen some Swetty Betty stuff i like - but a pair of bottoms and a top i like is £175 shock for what are essentially GYM CLOTHES??!!

HighJinx Fri 10-May-13 23:55:56

Sweaty Betty stuff is frighteningly expensive but it does last well and keeps its shape. Unlike cheap yoga pants that get that awful sagging knee thing.

I got some Hunters Wellies for about 85quid online here But might be better to buy in BC as they will take up lots of suitcase room and you might feel foolish wearing them on the plane grin

You must be getting excited.

Just came onto say I am Vair Vair Vair jealous that you're moving to Vancouver. Sorry I have no s&b advice at this time grin

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