Welcome to our April Newsletter
We pride ourselves on great customer service and being voted Best of the City for Customer Service year-after-year. Our amazing staff are at the heart of our local business and we are grateful to have such a good team.
Karen recently went above and beyond for a customer who was so grateful, she gifted Karen with flowers! How sweet!
We wanted to take this opportunity to thank our kind and wonderful customers for their patronage and support. We love dressing you!
You recently nominated us for the 2018 Nanaimo Business Awards. You can now vote for us in the Small Business category. We appreciate the recognition!
Find Jeans That Fit Well & Look Good
Find your best pair of jeans yet!
A professional fitter will be available for one-on-one fittings this week. We still have appointments available!

Thursday, April 5th
Book your FREE 20-minute appointment by calling
250-751-7799. Groups welcome!
While you're finding your ideal denim for spring and summer, be sure to try on the latest FDJ capris, shorts and denim skirts with their casual tops, jean jackets and cardigans to pull together a stylish look. And don't forget to try the new patented Cool Denim!
New Arrivals: Spring Showcase
Check out the new arrivals from Conrad C & Proportion Petites, Marble, Joseph Ribkoff, FDJ, Dolcezza and others.
Thank you to our customers for being our models! Most of these photos were taken at our recent Longwood Fashion Show. Find these styles and many more in the Boutique now.
From left to right: Jane is wearing a Fen-nelli spring jacket; Sally in a Conrad C blouse over a Marble v-neck with FDJ capris; Jacki ready for adventure in her Conrad C zipper jacket over a short sleeve sweater paired with Marble crops; and Jacki in a Conrad C fooler top with Joseph Ribkoff pull-on ankle pants. 
From left to right: Sally is wearing the latest from Dolcezza; Judi is ready for summer in a Marble maxi dress and cover-up; Elaine in a fun Dolcezza cotton jacket with a Joseph Ribkoff cami and capri; and Judi is wearing a Marble tunic with FDJ fringe bottom ankle pants that are also available in white. 
From left to right: Elaine showcasing a Joseph Ribkoff capri, tank and jacket; Jacki in a Blu #9 white linen dress with a Parkhurst 100% cotton wrap; Arlene in Joseph Ribkoff; and Judy in a Joseph Ribkoff tunic and crop pant.
From left to right: Jane in a Marble maxi dress with mesh cover-up; Chris in a Joseph Ribkoff dress and Marble cover-up; Carol in a Joseph Ribkoff blouse paired with a Marble maxi skirt; and Carol in a Renuar 3-in-1 spring jacket. 
Looking fabulous! Andrea Bonkowski from Pemberton Holmes Real Estate is showcasing Joseph Ribkoff Spring 2018.
On our staff: Karen modelling a new Conrad C vest with coordinating t-shirt and FDJ denim skirt in the new Cool-Max fabric. Bruna is wearing a Joseph Ribkoff high-low sleeveless blouse (also available in Champagne) with Joseph Ribkoff pull-on pants.
New Arrivals: Conrad C & Proportion Petites
The new collections from customer favourites Conrad C and their companion line Proportion Petites have arrived! Vests, jackets, t-shirts, blouses, and bottoms in mix-and-match prints, colours and styles are here. This season features nautical stripes, navy, denim, and bright corals, greens and reds. Hurry in and shop while sizes are in-stock!
New Arrivals: Marble
We continue to receive fabulous new Scottish-designed Marble spring and summer styles. The latest arrivals include pieces in brown, coral, and timeless black and white. Tops from the turquoise, navy and lime groupings are still available as well!
New Arrivals: Spring Jackets
Jackets don’t have to be boring! We bring in versatile, stylish, packable jackets perfect for close to home or far away lands.

The Renuar 3-in-1 jacket is your best friend for spring! Stay dry and enjoy the removable vest for those times when you don’t need a raincoat. Available in beige, hunter green and navy floral. 

From Chillax, we have mid-length water-repellent jackets in polka-dots and bright blue.

Bruna is wearing a new petite spring jacket from Regalia. 
New Arrivals: Zsiska Jewellery
We have an extensive selection of fun and trendy jewellery from international designer Zsiska.

Every piece is handmade, lightweight and adjustable, plus necklaces feature easy-to-use magnetic clasps. 

The spring collection is filled with colour, funky designs and unique earrings, necklaces and bracelets! 
We love how well this jewellery complements the beautiful spring prints and colours. And it makes wonderful birthday and Mother's Day gifts! 

When wearing black and white in the evening, accessorize with clear jewellery. Rhinestones, crystals, clear stones, or diamonds are definitely chic and won’t compete with bold black and white prints.
Joseph Ribkoff Trunk Show
Save the Date! Twice a year, we invite you to preview the next Joseph Ribkoff collection before its release and next month, you'll have your chance to shop fresh fashion options by this leading Canadian designer. Also available for the first time is Ribkoff's new outerwear line!

Book a seat and bring your girlfriends to this thirty-minute show on Saturday, May 12th for either a 10:00 am or 1:00 pm sitting. Tickets are $5 and refunded with any purchase or order at the Trunk Show.
These events are a lot of fun! Shop samples, try on and order your personal size, colour, and style. Stock will also be available in a variety of sizes and styles to purchase that day.

Besides Joseph Ribkoff fans, who else would love this event? Grandmothers, mothers of the bride or groom, anyone attending weddings or special celebrations, travellers, and fashion lovers will all find something to love! There are so many options from business to casual to cruise wear to evening attire.

Seats are selling out already! Call 250-751-7799 or visit us to reserve your spot!
Upcoming Events
From our recent Longwood Fashion Show

Thursday, April 5th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sign up required for our free Fit Clinic with an FDJ Fit Expert! One-day-only event. Please call 250-751-7799 to book your appointment.

Sunday, April 22nd from 1:00 to 4:00 pm 
Tickets and tables are nearly sold out! If you are unable to attend, but would still like to support this worthy cause, you can purchase raffle tickets at the Boutique. Prizes include a $500 Gift Certificate to Imagine Cruise & Travel, and a Lazy Boy and 2 Tempur-Pedic Pillows from Sleep Country Nanaimo!

Saturday, May 12th, 10:00 am and 1:00 pm sittings available.
$5.00 to reserve your seat, refunded with purchase.
Call 250-751-7799 to reserve.
Style Tip: Working with Your Body Proportions
Over the years, we have focused many of our style tips on dressing different body types. As you age, working with your shape is absolutely key to looking and feeling your best in your clothes. 

How do you discover your body shape? Well you need to begin by standing in front of a mirror and by being brutally honest (an uncomfortable but worthwhile exercise).
Take a look at your shoulders, chest, waistline, hips, thighs, calves and tush. Identify your areas that are frustrating to dress and notice how your body weight is distributed. Two of the most basic proportions are larger on top or larger on the bottom; most women fall into one or the other. This month, we're focusing on women who are bigger on top

Before we go any further, we want to encourage you to dress the body you have now - not the body you want to have, not the body you plan to have, and certainly not the body you had in the past - dress to feel good in your current body! While you may want to hide in oversized sweatsuits, resist the urge and instead wear clothes that complement your shape and boost your confidence!

Every bigger on top woman needs to invest in well fitting bras that support the chest and create lift. Excellent support improves your posture which conveys a sense of confidence.

For petite ladies 5’4” and under:
  • Select multi-button jackets with hemlines ending slightly over the hip or one-button jackets that cinch at the breastbone.
  • Find a-line skirts that end just above the knee. Hem if necessary.
  • ¾ sleeve tops bring more attention to the arms, moving the eye away from the bust line.

For all ladies with a larger top:
  • For pants, straight leg and boot cut styles are best. They add volume, not bulk, to the lower half of the body, creating balance.
  • Light-coloured pants and skirts maximize focus on the legs. Try choosing a darker colour on top and lighter colour on the bottom to pull focus away from the chest line. Generally darker clothes camouflage and lighter colours emphasize. Keep in mind though that fit is everything!
  • Play with black and white for a classic look that never goes out of style! Navy and white are another classic combo.
  • Find a dress that nips in at the waist to help minimize your midsection.
  • For evening, play up your chest by showing some cleavage if you're comfortable doing so.
  • For an on-trend look, go with a simple black or dark colour on top, and a big, bold, white print on bottom.
  • Knits are a larger-chested woman’s best friend as they stretch without pulling buttons open.
  • When wearing prints, match the size of the print to the size of your frame. For example, petite ladies look good with smaller scale prints versus taller women who can pull off big, bold prints without being overwhelmed by the print.

If you are still unsure about the best style for your shape, we are happy to help you find your proportions and dress for balance. Just ask next time you're in or book a free personal shopping appointment!
Next month: Tips for the bigger on the bottom body type
We look forward to seeing you!
Come in and see the new arrivals from favourites like Conrad C & Proportion Petites and don't forget to take advantage of our upcoming Fit Clinic this week!

Karen & Connie
We look forward to serving you!
Upper Longwood Station
Nanaimo, BC
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