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Release Your Inner Girl with Tina and the Two of Hearts Boutique #Vancouver #BeThatMom

On Thursday November 14, 2013, I had the pleasure of hosting a ‘night out’ at the fabulous Two of Hearts Boutique on West 4th in Vancouver, BC. Owned by two amazing ladies, Tabitha and Jenny (both of whom are clothing designers themselves),  the boutique is absolutely incredible inside, filled with beautiful garments, hats, and jewellery.  Their personally designed clothing line, CiCi, is displayed throughout the store, and you can tell that these girls know what they are doing when it comes to dressing us ladies for success!

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The Two of Hearts Boutique specializes in carrying Canadian-Made and Locally designed apparel, and the walls of the store are hung with local artwork. I ended up falling in love with a gorgeous hat made by the Canadian Hat Company… my hat fetish is getting worse (or better, depending if it’s me or my husband Ryan talking!). We had over 40 ladies attend this event (and 1 smart gentleman, I might add…good place to meet ladies!), and we had a blast!

Our guests were treated to a selection of wines and an assortment of delectable finger foods. We mingled, networked, and socialized and then we really had some fun! I put on a mini-workshop for our guests, inspiring and educating them on how to ‘Release their Inner Girls’. We learned how to walk the walk, strut our stuff, smile and be more confident! I loved watching the ladies giggle as they “strutted” across the floor. It’s amazing what putting a little sass into one’s walk can do for the self esteem (and the booty!). Shoulders back, girls out, tuck that tummy, and look where you want to go with intention. (Works great in the bedroom too, ladies!)

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The Two of Hearts Ladies then walked us through how to dress yourself based on your shape, rather than looking at the numbers on the clothing. It has become increasingly popular over the years for designers to “small size” their clothing, so what used to be considered a size 6 for example, is now being labelled as a 2! This “relabelling” is meant to increase women’s confidence in themselves and in their bodies (don’t we all want to wear a smaller size!), but it is causing some concerns. (There are now double and triple zero sizes for those very petite ladies). The moral of the story is to stop looking at the size and start looking at style! We learned how to accentuate our positives, and (almost) eliminate our negatives by choosing styles that worked for our bodies. There is no one style that will fit EVERY BODY, so be particular about what you wear and how you wear it.

Tabitha really stressed to us to “just pick things off the shelf that you think might fit rather than looking at size” and to use your clothing boutiques for the expertise of their staff. When you shop mainstream stores at the mall, the staff are not nearly as helpful or knowledgeable. Shopping boutiques gives you the personal attention you deserve, and the staff have seen almost every shape and size, so they know what works and what doesn’t and can recommend things you may never have dreamed of picking up! Boutiques know how to make you feel like a goddess!

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“Who cares what they’re wearing on Main Street of Saville Row….It’s what you wear from ear to ear, and not from head to toe…that matters…You’re never fully dressed without a smile!”  –From the Musical, Annie

 

We gave away a tonne of door prizes at this event – 2 sets of tickets to the Vancouver Fashion Week, a few Be That Mom and Be That Girl Book Packages (including books, journals, tote bags and t-shirts), a $100 gift certificate to Two of Hearts, and a Spa Day with Tina at Calixica (you can read all about it soon)!  I met some pretty amazing people at this event that I know will become lifelong friends, and it is always fun to inspire women to get their ‘girl on’ to create change in their lives. Hanging out with a group of positive ladies while shopping, noshing, educating and inspiring ourselves is an amazing way to increase self confidence, reduce stress, build self esteem, and most of all, have fun.

One last thing… I would like to personally thank each and every attendee for their generous contributions to Blessings in A Backpack. This organization helps support and feed our own Canadian children and it is a cause I am so passionate to be working with.

Until next time,

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Tina O’Connor is an on-air personality and relationship expert who focuses on parenting, sex and lifestyle issues — with a feng shui twist. She is the author and creator of the popular "Be That" book series, whose titles include "Be That Girl," "Be That Mom" and "Be That Kinky Girl," providing women and couples everywhere with concrete strategies to achieve more balance, happiness, peace and success in their lives. Tina holds a BSc in psychology and is a certified feng shui practitioner and mom of three who appears regularly on Global, CTV and Rogers TV stations across Canada. She has also appeared as a guest on a wide variety of radio stations, from CBC to Playboy Radio. With her straight-talking approach and dynamic personality, Tina gives real-world advice with a flair for entertainment. She truly is "That Girl."

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