Channel Your Inner Picasso in Oaklands

Channel Your Inner Picasso in Oaklands

In the heart of Oaklands, a former hair salon has transformed into a community art space that is taking this emerging neighbourhood’s cool quotient to another level. Opening this weekend, Poppet Creative offers adults and children alike the chance to channel their inner Picasso with dozens of monthly classes including jewellery making, pottery, watercolour painting, photography – ... Read More
A Date with Downton at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel

A Date with Downton at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel

I arrive to Victoria’s venerable Oak Bay Beach Hotel wearing a ‘20’s-inspired gold gown, elaborate headband and a long-dead fur (all borrowed from the stellar Langham Court Theatre Costume Loft). I have to admit I’m feeling a little Oscar-y, even if I keep catching one heel in the hem of my dress. I’m at the ... Read More
THREE UNEXPECTED WAYS TO TOAST NYE IN VICTORIA

THREE UNEXPECTED WAYS TO TOAST NYE IN VICTORIA

We think of it as the calm after the storm before the storm: a break in the action to power-digest all of that pastry, chocolate and Baileys before the next round of festivities hits. It’s just enough time to eat a salad and plan your next move. With a gazillion (yes, it’s a Scrabble word ... Read More
Three Classic Victoria Christmas Outings

Three Classic Victoria Christmas Outings

Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m not huge on Christmas. My general strategy is to avoid the hustle-bustle as much as possible in favour of finding quieter, simpler ways to get into the festive spirit. Thankfully, last weekend The Vic Life was invited to attend a Tourism Victoria Instagram tour that showcased some really fun, non-anxiety-inducing ... Read More
Soup Sisters: A Party With a Purpose

Soup Sisters: A Party With a Purpose

There was a festive table. Wine. Fresh bread. Smoked salmon mousse in waffle cones. Yet somehow it was far from a fancy affair. Although set in one of Victoria’s premier cooking schools, this was a roll-up-your-sleeves, onion-chopping, get ‘er done experience. And it was for women in need. I’m referring to Soup Sisters, a monthly ... Read More
Countdown to Couture Event: December 10

Countdown to Couture Event: December 10

How’s this for the stuff dreams are made of? An evening shopping extravaganza featuring brand name and designer clothing and accessories, hors d’oeuvres and incredible door prizes, all to benefit an amazing local cause. Trust us, you won’t want to miss Victoria Women in Need Community Cooperative’s (WIN) Countdown to Couture event, December 10 from ... Read More
Five Ways To Give the Gift of Good Food This Christmas

Five Ways To Give the Gift of Good Food This Christmas

Let’s face it: this time of year is about eating. Lots of eating. And while we’re stuffing our faces, it’s easy to take for granted that some people can’t afford the same luxury. That’s why this holiday season, Fernwood NRG is working to raise enough money to deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to 100 families ... Read More
Get Your Zen on At Float House Victoria (Bonus: Win a Free Float!)

Get Your Zen on At Float House Victoria (Bonus: Win a Free Float!)

When I arrive at Float House Victoria in Chinatown, I’m pleasantly surprised that it isn’t one of those patchouli-scented hippie dens, which Victoria has so many of. Nope, this place is positively chic — polished concrete floors, a ten-foot high tropical plant wall, a cozy window seat and cushy beanbag chairs. It’s a Friday night ... Read More