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Brush master Bill Higginson, the woman of the hour, Frances Hui, and painter extraordinaire Olga Rybalko looking picture perfect at the FHS Events seven-year anniversary party. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

No-nonsense promoter Frances Hui hits milestone

There’s nothing new about Frances Hui throwing a party. As the founder of FHS Events and dedicated brand ambassador, she’s been planning, plugging and promoting other people’s special occasions as well as their various products for almost a decade now. That said, it’s rare that Hui is the guest of honour at her own bash.

Fox Cabaret co-owner Ernesto Gomez, musician Rich Hope and brand and designer director Daniel Fazio celebrating the debut of east Van’s highly anticipated new venue. (SUBMITTED)

Opening of Fox Cabaret gives Vancouver a much-needed venue for live music

A new hot spot has hit town and no, it’s not another upscale meat market for millionaires and the luxury-label hounds who love them. It’s a much- needed music venue. That’s right — the defunct Fox porno theatre has been given new life as the Fox Cabaret. To celebrate this highly anticipated occasion, the new owners (a.k.a. the creative crew behind t

CFOX broadcaster Karen K, ET Canada reporter Erin Cebula and Shaw TV host Fiona Forbes rocking some sweet rosy threads at the Pink Shirt Day Ladies Luncheon. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

Anti-bullying programs get boost from Pink Shirt Day Ladies Luncheon

Imagine a Bubble Yum bomb blasting through one of Yaletown’s most prestigious restaurants and you get a pretty good idea of what the Blue Water Cafe looked like on Friday afternoon. That’s where Coast Capital Savings and the CKNW Orphans’ Fund hosted the third annual Pink Shirt Day Ladies Luncheon.

Gary Durban and his main squeeze, Sweat Co. owner Maureen Wilson, wigging out at the Let them Eat Cake anniversary and fundraising party.

Partygoers work up a sweat

Clearly, Sweat Co.’s Maureen Wilson has a loyal clientele. The Vancouver personal trainer recently celebrated her studio’s 30th anniversary with a Marie Antoinette-themed fundraiser, and the funky little downtown fitness centre was jam-packed with wig-clad partygoers, a gracious team of glamourous hosts.

The Wild North’s Elliot C. Way and John Sponarski getting ready to rock the stage at Keithmas IV — a Foodbank Fundrager. (SUBMITTED)

Keithmas riffs on Stones classics

Aside from boarding a plane to Hawaii, I can’t think of a better way to remedy holiday stress than sweating it out on the d-floor. Which is exactly what a packed room of Rolling Stones fans did at the Electric Owl last weekend, as part Keithmas IV — a Foodbank Fundrager.

Hockey fans Andrew and Charlene Janzen teaming up with the Sedin twins for a photo op at the Dice & Ice fundraising event. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

Canucks score ‘ugly’ win for kids

If you are in the market for an “ugly” Christmas sweater, well, the Canucks have some doozies for you. The players rocked these knitted bad boys at the Vancouver Convention Centre as part of the 14th annual Dice & Ice benefit.

Eco Fashion Week founder Myriam Laroche celebrating the re-launch of her vintage collection with VIP shoppers Leonard Schein and Sue Randhawa. (ALFONSO ARNOLD PHOTO)

Myriam Laroche’s party pops up in vintage style

Love vintage clothing? Me too. But seriously, who’s got the time it takes to sift through all those jam- packed thrift store racks? Not me. That’s why Myriam Laroche’s pop-up vintage parties are so much fun. Therefore, I’m happy to report that after a three-year hiatus, the queen of sustainable style is once again hosting these one-off sale events.

House wine co-owners Michelle Bouffard and Michaela Morris celebrating 10 years of sniffing, sipping and spitting. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

House Wine celebrates 10 years with tasting booths, barbecue and a grand entrance

For the past decade, Michelle Bouffard and Michaela Morris have been swirling, sniffing, sipping, swishing and spitting together. Along the way, these two spunky sommeliers have made more than their fair share of friends and fans. That’s because whenever Bouffard and Morris host a vino tasting, good times are pretty much guaranteed. Such was the ca

Guest of honour Grayson McGill getting into the holiday spirit with his two loving dads, Wayne McGill and Chad Farquharson, at the Festival of Trees lighting ceremony and reception. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

Little Grayson McGill helps kick off the Festival of Trees

You don’t know cute until you’ve seen Grayson McGill and his two doting dads. The sweet little cherub, who has a rare metabolic disorder, was this year’s guest of honour at the annual Festival of Trees reception in support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. The family friendly ceremony, which was held at the Park ballroom in the Four Seasons Hot

Francesco’s Ristorante Italia’s wine director Roberto Picchi, founder Francesco Alongi and Michael Graziadei, best known for his work on The Young and The Restless, enjoying la dolce vita. (SUBMITTED)

Francesco’s Ristorante Italia has a taste for VIPs

At Francesco’s Ristorante Italia, you just never know who’s going to pop by for some gourmet Italian food. A wall at the restaurant has Hall of Fame that looks more like an Oscar-winner reunion photo spread. Angelina Jolie, Ben Affleck, Halle Berry, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro – just to name a few who have dined at this iconic downtown establish

Canadian rapper k-os checking out some retro-inspired threads at the launch party for Roots: 40 Years of Style. (PHOTO BRIAN DENNEHY PHOTOGRAPHY)

Roots fashions a fine tribute

It’s hard to imagine David Bowie in a Roots letter jacket. After all, when it comes to style, preppy Canadiana isn’t exactly what the iconic gender-bending art rocker is known for. But Bowie did, in fact, sport one of those varsity bad boys back in the late 1980s as part of the Roots literacy campaign.

Volunteers Dale Harding and Ken Cooper playing a little Rose Roulette at the 65 Roses Gala. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

Bubbly mood at 65 Roses Gala in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada

When it comes to swank fundraising events in this city, the 65 Roses Gala is definitely tops. Benefiting Cystic Fibrosis Canada, this annual black tie affair draws a posh and proper crowd. This year’s theme was a night in Monte Carlo, so the elegant socialite vibe was to the hilt, baby, to the hilt.

Dancer-model Jorja Stephens handing out the all-important “party passports” to guests at Loden's fifth anniversary celebration. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

Pretty people party with ‘passports’

Even though I’m not sure what the national average is these days, I’m pretty sure Vancouver still holds the title of having more beautiful women per capita than any other Canadian city. Any doubters out there obviously weren’t at the Loden Hotel’s five-year anniversary party last week.

Toast to the Coast committee member Candice Pedersen, and co-chairs Jody Rebak and Joanna Schlosser, raise a glass to aquatic conservation at the Vancouver Aquarium. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

Toast to the Coast event supports Vancouver Aquarium’s conservation programs

It’s not every day I get to wine, dine and hang out with the sea otters. That’s why Toast to the Coast is one of my favourite events of the year. This is when some of the finest restaurants and wineries in B.C. come together in support of the Vancouver Aquarium's conservation, research and education programs. Guests get to sample Ocean Wise delicac

Stylist Claire Bouvier proves how fashion-forward, previously loved clothing can be at the Thrift Chic Challenge. (PHOTO PETER JENSEN)

Sustainable styles shine through at Eco Fashion Week

She did it again! Eco Fashion Week founder Myriam Laroche (along with her dedicated crew) pulled off yet another green glam slam. The five-day festival’s signature event kicked off with a VIP reception jam-packed with bloggers, designers and models.