Vanilla Clothing bridges generational fashion gap

When it comes to fashion, I feel like I’m at that funny age, caught somewhere in the wasteland of ‘way too old to wear this’ and ‘still too young to rock that.’

So what is a 33-year-old Valley Mom to do…or, more like wear?

My own mom, aka ‘the Valley Nana,’ may be 20 years my senior, but looks even better in clothes than I do. That’s probably why she was more than happy to join me for a little retail therapy over at Vanilla Clothing last month.

We were both in need of some new attire to wear for a glam mother-daughter photo shoot with phoTobin Photography — my usual mom uniform of yoga pants, a Van Halen concert t-shirt and a zip-up hoodie wasn’t going to cut it.

If you haven’t been to Vanilla Clothing yet, you must put this unique boutique on your shopping bucket list.

Deanna Whissell owns this popular boutique with two locations – one in White Rock and another in Langley. Inside,  one will find great fashion for 3o-something year old women and up – most of which is designed in Canada by various talented local designers like Sweetpiece Jewelry, Sympli, Neon Buddha and Frank Lyman –  just to name a few.

As for pricing, you can find a gorgeous dress for under $100, or spend more — depending on your budget and what you’re looking for.

While my Mom and I don’t usually shop at the same stores for clothes, unless of course you count Costco, we both had no problem finding the perfect outfit for our shoot, as you can see below.


vanilla clothing pic

phoTobin Photography


I also found something to wear (see below) to the the Canadian Internet Marketing Conference. Would you believe that purse was just $38? With two munchkins under the age of 5, I’m not sure how long it will stay white for, but it’s definitely my favourite accessory right now.




For more information about Vanilla Clothing, check out their website and don’t forget to like them on Facebook. The fan page has exciting giveaways every Friday – who knows, you could be the winner of a brand new dress, fabulous purse or your very own private shopping night with friends. And speaking of prizes…

 With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, Vanilla Clothing has partnered with us to give away 2 gift cards for $25 to one lucky lady ($50 in total!). It’s up to you whether you want to use both or share with your mom. To enter, simply follow the steps on the Rafflecopter below. You must be 18+ to enter. Contest closes June 6th, 2015 at midnight. Good luck! Oh, and don’t forget to enter to win the same glam mom-daughter photo session that we both experienced last month. It’s so much fun. Just click HERE.



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One of Vancouver’s top Mom Bloggers, Kristyl Clark is a work-at-home mom of two little Valley girls proving there is nothing bland about the burbs. Her adventurous family seems to always be out on some sort of crazy quest, from helicopter rides and wild river rafting, to top-secret paranormal investigations and living the high-life sampling the fine wines and foods of the Fraser Valley region. The ValleyMom.ca blog inspires her loyal fanbase through the trials and tribulations of suburban family living, guiding readers to local hotspots and hidden gems in her Canadian backyard


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