One Year with a New Heart

February is a time for love, and here at viens avec moi, it is a time that is very close to our hearts.

Last year we started a tradition of sharing the love during Heart Month for our dear friend Anne-Marie and her charity of choice – The University of Ottawa Heart Institute .

Thank you to each and every one of you who came out to our shopping event, Shop with Your Heart a few weeks ago. It was a huge success and your support and Paper Heart purchases throughout the month of February will make a difference in the lives of those whose hearts need a little TLC.

We wanted to share with you Anne-Marie’s progress since receiving a heart transplant in October 2014.

Mon dieu, has she been busy! In between checkups, blood work and heart biopsies at the Heart Institute, Anne-Marie is learning to live with a heart that is as full of life as she is!

Anne-Marie in Toronto volunteering for the Canadian Transplant Games

That means completing cardiac rehabilitation and putting her new heart to work with walking, exercise and dancing, of course. 😉

She is currently completing a professional development course to prep for her return to teaching next school year. In addition, Anne-Marie has been giving back by volunteering at the Canadian Transplant Games in Toronto, as well as with the Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance and coordinating the annual auction for Ottawa Therapy Dogs.

Walking in a fashion show at the book launch for Unconform

Anne-Marie has also contributed her story to Kathie Donovan’s book, Unconform, about living a courageous life.

Anne-Marie continues to inspire us all.  This amazing woman proves to us just how life changing the work being done at the Heart Institute is.




Buying Trip in NYC

We’re back at it again! It’s not quite Spring, but we’re already looking forward to Fall 2016. How? We just got back from a four-day whirlwind buying trip in the big NYC.

Coterie is one of the biggest fashion trade shows in New York, and is considered by many (like us) to be a kind of fashion heaven. It’s a place where thousands of international fashion designers meet with buyers from all over the world. Sounds like a fashion paradise, doesn’t it? 

But don’t be fooled, buying is a whole lot of fun, but it’s no easy task! We scoured rows of seasons ahead to discover the latest trend, up and coming designers and fabrics from near and far to find the perfect mix for our little boutique. We were so busy visiting hundreds of lines and brands, which was tough on our heels, but we managed to load up on all of our favourite brands like Mother Denim and Bella Dahl, and even found some exciting new lines to bring in as well!

Scroll down for some snaps of our trip and a little peek of what’s to come! Something tells us you will be just as excited as we are for the arrival of Fall 2016.
Be sure to follow us on Instagram (@vamboutique) and Facebook to see even more pictures. – VAM xo