February is #Heart Month

 

In last year’s Heart Month, we began a special celebration in honour of our beautiful friend Anne-Marie who underwent a heart transplant.   Our celebration continues as we acknowledge this girl’s inspirational story and Heart Anniversary !  Our friend’s strength and positive outlook on life is something that inspires us everyday.  Through-out the month of February, we will be sharing what Anne-Marie has been up to, and how she has been doing living with her brand new heart.

This girl has one heck of a story and now one hell of a heart! To anyone who knows Anne-Marie, she has always had the BIGGEST and FULLEST heart! ❤️ happy #heartmonth

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Running up the “Rocky Steps” in Philadelphia. January 2017

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Anne-Marie’s words :

“Matt (husband) took this picture at 4:30am exactly one year ago.  We were in ICU, waiting to enter the operating room to begin the heart transplant surgery.  The smile on my face was how I felt.  I was petrified of the surgery to come and I felt sadness for a family that was grieving, but more than anything, I felt joy for the beauty of humanity.

I felt like my heart was going to explode (in a good way, not in a literal way ;).  Sometimes there is so much beauty in the world, that it’s hard to handle.  Sometimes that beauty is in a perfectly crafted tear-inducing commercial, sometimes that beauty is in the form of a mountain that you witness for the first time, and sometimes…it’s in all the love that surrounds you: the tireless, determined, unconditional love of your husband, mom, family/family-in-law, and friends; it’s in all the attentive, compassionate, over-and-above medical care that you have witnessed and received; it’s in all the kindness and courage that strangers share; it’s in a person who has decided to selflessly donate their organs so others may have the chance to spend more time with the people they love.
How can you not smile at that, despite being in a hospital, when you know that this is what the world is…and you get to be in it?”

** Join us February 9th, 4 – 8pm for our ‘Shop with your Heart’ event.  We will have new arrivals, discounts, gift with purchase, and a percentage of proceeds from all sales will go to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute .  We are also selling #paperhearts all through the month of February.**

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VIENS CHEZ MOI: Heather

We’ve been crushing on this girl since we’ve met her 💕. Meet Heather; her place is as cool as she is. Enjoy! 🚲

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Name: Heather Andrews
Occupation: Co-owner of Wheelhouse Cycle
What is your favourite place/area in your home: The kitchen table
Why: My apt. is teeny-tiny so the kids and I do everything there – eat, talk, read, play games. It’s got the loveliest view of Landsdowne and Bank Street and I can see all my favourite things (like my Stendig calendar) from there.
What is your favourite possession: My bar cart – her name is Joanie.
Why: I love mid-century modern design and I love what a bar-cart represents – mixing cocktails and good times with friends.
What is your favourite purchase from Viens Avec Moi : I live in my MOTHER jeans – it’s got to be them ❤️

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Bonjour, 2017!

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What a year 2016 was!

We are SO thankful for everything the last year has brought us at VAM. We welcomed Goods Shop and Presh Floral in joining Alfred & Co upstairs and grew our little blumenstudio corner downstairs, hosted pop-up shops with Mini Mioche, Beauty Counter, and Northern Kids, launched our website, introduced new brands to the shop, and got a little exterior makeover. AND most importantly, Viens Avec Moi celebrated its’ 5th Birthday on December 1!

We are so lucky to be part of such a great community of people who shop mindfully and keep us going for yet another year. So thank YOU, VAMers!

Here’s to another amazing year!

Christmas Wish List

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This holiday season treat yourself to something special. Or send your loved ones over and our helpful staff will be sure to guide him or her towards your ultimate wish list 😉
From new dresses, skirts and sweaters to jewelry, lingerie and scarves, we promise you will be excited to see a VAM bag under the tree.

With all of our latest new arrivals, Viens Avec Moi will be your one stop shop for all of your holiday shopping needs!

See you soon!
xo VAM

Goods in the House

Goods Shop has officially settled in nicely into our little boutique. For those unfamiliar with this locally owned, Ottawa based business, they strive to stock their shelves with unique designs and products for thoughtful living. One could say they are a conscious company; every item they have in store is there on purpose. They stock their shelves with items that not only showcase the maker’s craftsmanship, but also the creativity and hard work of those who make it.

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Not only can you feel good about purchasing items from this little shop, you’ll find some pretty great pieces to love and bring home too! Scroll down to see our top 5 from this little section of Goods, and then head on down to VAM Boutique to give Goods a warm welcome!

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Sex & Jasmine Fragrance Oil
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Headache Balm
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Palmistry Print
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Chophouse Wood Coaster

 

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Coconut Wax Candle

See you all at the boutique this weekend (because let’s be honest, what could be better than a shop within a shop?!)

VAM xo

Fall Festival Fashion

It’s official, fall is here. So after saying one last goodbye to summer (read our ‘farewell, summer’ blog post here) we’re welcoming fall — particularly fall fashion — with open arms. If you’re anything like us, the end of summer blues are often hard to recover from; but as they say, when one thing ends, it’s the sign of a new beginning.

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One of our favourite ways to welcome fall is by attending a few fall festivals; and coming up this weekend is Beau’s Oktoberfest! Be stylish yet warm in some of our newest fall arrivals, like our ultra soft, form fitting ribbed long sleeve tops and large heavy knits.

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Not quite ready to let go of summer? No problem. We’ve got a few new dresses and skirts too. Be sure to head to the shop this weekend to get first dibs and to pick up all of our fall festival fashion must-haves.

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À bientôt!

VAM xo