L*Space Swimwear has landed at VAM!

Viens Avec Moi is excited to announce the arrival of L*Space  by Monica Wise. Pieces from their Haute Tropics collection have just hit the floor and we couldn’t be more obsessed.

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Their perfect blend of rich colours, playful prints, and chic cuts will have you dreaming of warm coastlines and sunny skies.

L*Space (a brand ethically made in the USA) is inspired by their four L’s: live, laugh, lounge, love. And they encourage their customers to find their “L” in their own lives.

The L*Space girls is one who leads a chic, yet unfussy coastal-cool lifestyle, so we know it’ll perfect for all of our VAM girls.

A leader in the swimwear world, L*Space has been featured in Marie Claire, Allure, Cosmopolitan, and Glamour magazines (to name a few), and has been spotted on celebs like Rihanna and Cameron Diaz.

When you try one of their pieces on, you’ll instantly fall in love with the fit and the quality, so stop by the shop and pick one up while they’re fresh – you know they won’t last long!



Vacation Mode

Packing for a trip can often feel daunting. Questions start to brew in our heads weeks in advance, like: what will I feel like wearing while I’m away? Will it be warm or chilly in the evenings? How much can I pack before it’s considered “over packing”? Well don’t fear VAMers, we’re here to help. Just sit back, relax, and let us do the hard work for you – it’s your vacation after all!

The key to packing a stylish, yet light, wardrobe is to choose versatile items. To us, this means packing items that can be mixed and matched and easily transformed from day wear into night.

Black and white items are always a good base. Simple and versatile – you can never go wrong. 
Once you have your bases covered, add in some printed items and a pop of colour! We’ve gone ahead and selected a few must have vacation pieces for you (each under $200!) – whether you’re headed to the beach or plan on roaming the streets of Europe, we’ve got your wardrobe covered.

Pink Stitch black tank top: $95, DRA Clothing white maxi dress: $169, Glamorous black culottes: $69, BB Dakota tropical playsuit: $110, DRA Clothing charcoal top: $120, DRA Clothing charcoal skirt: $120, DRA clothing printed dress: $189

A Gift Guide for Maman

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my mother.”

May is one of our favourite months of the year as there’s lots to be celebrated. It finally feels like spring: the sun gets a little warmer, the trees begin to bud, the flowers start to grow and it’s the month we celebrate our mother’s and the special women in our lives.
Although Mother’s Day has passed we try to show our appreciation for them all year round. However, for many, knowing what to buy them can seem a little daunting. So we came up with a little gift guide to help you find the perfect gift for that special woman in your life!

Krista Norris Blue Two-Tone Scarf
Why not get your mom something she’ll be sure to love and use for many seasons to come? Like this blue two-tone scarf by local designer Krista Norris.
Chaka blanket
If your mother loves to head up to the cottage throughout the summer, she’ll love cozying up to these blankets in the evenings by the camp fire.
Mother Denim Dress
We couldn’t imagine any mother not liking Mother Denim! This dress is easy, versatile and stylish. What more could she ask for!

Mother Denim Button Up Denim Skirt
This ultra-soft, ultra-chic skirt is an item you’ll find yourself borrowing from your mother’s closet. We can promise you that!

Félicité Butterfly Top

Available in three different colours, this top falls beautifully on any body type and goes with any style of bottom – like the Mother Denim skirt shown above or her favourite pair of slacks. 

Didn’t find that perfect gift in our gift guide? No worries! Visit us online at viensavecmoi.ca or in store to see even more. You’ll be sure to find something that she’ll love.
Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the mama’s – VAM xx

Krista Norris Co.

In early March, Ottawa woke up to headline news that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau gifted U.S. President Barack Obama’s daughters two scarves made by local designer Krista Norris.
The Obama sisters, Malia and Sasha, each received one of her newest designs, the ‘Maverick’ shawl, prior to a Let Girls Learn program which seeks to empower girls around the world, while helping them acquire a proper education.
“That was a really nice surprise,” said Krista. “Not only was I honoured that my scarves were selected as gifts for Sasha and Malia on behalf of Canada, it was an honour to be selected among other great Canadian designers. It also happened right before the Let Girls Learn event, which is a cause I think is important, and I admire Michelle Obama and Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau for bringing attention to it on such a world stage.” 

Not only was this a nice surprise for Krista, but one for our little boutique too, given that the Obama girls’ new Maverick shawls were purchased here. This is a major milestone, as VAM was where Krista sold her very first scarf!
We were introduced to Krista in 2012, shortly after we opened the boutique. We fell in love with her first spring line, which comprised of a few Italian silk scarves, and have carried her designs ever since. Watching her designs evolve and grow from silk scarves to the Maverick shawl has truly been a pleasure. So we took the time to talk to her about this latest design. Here’s what she said:
“I decided to name this style the Maverick while on a trip and meeting stores in Los Angeles last summer, before launching my fall line. I was thinking of the type of women I want wearing my collection, the women I look up to and admire, and how I relate to them.
A Maverick is someone who is independent, thinks for themselves, and stands up for what they believe in. I’ve always thought strongly about doing what you know is right for yourself, and the word ‘Maverick’ spoke to me in that way.”

Scroll down to see some the different ways you can wear the Maverick shawl, then visit us in store to purchase your own!

Find Krista’s designs on Instagram @kristanorrisco, online at kristanorris.com, in store at viens avec moi boutique or at viensavecmoi.ca! – VAM xx