1. I am easily romanced by a great MLS picture promising bay windows and a hint of character. Ever since we bought our condo in October (our clean, modern condo with floor to ceiling windows but not a sight-line out of any of them), I have been looking for a place with good bones. This is what you can buy in Vancouver (well, Burnaby, but basically straddling Boundary Rd.) for $624, 500. It’s not much. This picture is actually far too generous. According to the Realtor, a family with two children lived here for the past 5 years and the father, a pilot, is staying in the house until it sells, at which time he will join his family in Vernon. What you can’t see here is important (I wonder which one of the kids tore all the doors off of the kitchen cupboards and why anyone thought it would be a good idea to lay laminate down over carpet). Oh, and the “mortgage helper” was designed with a very short helper in mind. About 5 foot to be exact. The search continues…
2. There’s nothing like an hour at a good hotel lounge to give you that far away feeling. This weekend, we mini-vacationed at Yew, the new bar and restaurant at the Four Seasons hotel connected to Pacific Centre. I had a clean French Pinot Gris and Ash had a Red Stripe from Jamaica. We did feel a bit grubby in our running shoes – especially when a family apparently sponsored by Burberry came through – but this was our cabana (bar stools) and we didn’t care.
3. Charlotte, of the Nars counter at Holt Renfrew, is a genius. I suggest you find her and do to your face whatever she tells you to do. I guarantee it will look better.