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Whatโ€™s New in November?

Happy November, Lovelies!
Oh my, it’s such a beautiful blue sky out there! I hope you will take some time in your day to step outside and appreciate this gorgeous weather.
As always, we’ve been busy here at Bodacious…
We hosted our 2nd annual Bodacious Fundraiser/Fashion Show – having fun and raising funds for the Victoria Women’s Transition House programs and generously sponsored by Ally & Dennis: Real People-Real Real Estate.
Huge shout out to Yam Magazine for sending their photographer over for the evening!
You can check out all the pix of our beautiful models/customers on our facebook page @bodaciousvictoria (awesome shoes by Heart & Sole Shoes)
Makeup by Beautycounter
And then I thought, since I had nothing better to do with my time ๐Ÿ˜‰ that George and I should move into a new apartment in James Bay – in TWO days!! I finally found the apartment that we’ve been looking for with better access for our moms to come visit us. This weekend is the big move and we’ll be leaving the Cook Street ‘hood for beautiful James Bay!
So anyway…this is just my cheeky way of segueing into introducing you to my new lifesaver LegArt leggings – now available at Bodacious Victoria and Nanaimo! They are the most comfortable, well fitting and affordable leggings EVER! In a wide and exciting variety of prints! I’m wearing them almost every day during this move/transition. At $29.95, why not have some fun on your legs?
Check out our affiliate page to shop from home!
I’ve also brought in quite a bit more Blue Sky and Parsley & Sage for fall/winter as it’s great quality, fun and a friendly price point. If you’re looking for something casual, cozy and colourful, we’ve got you covered!
Are you a Margaret Winters cotton sweaters fan? If so, there should be a new shipment arriving any day now! Watch our facebook page for the announcement or send us a note with your number and we’ll call you when they’re in.

Vancouver Pop-Up Announcement!

I haven’t forgotten you, Vancouver lovelies! and I miss you all soooo much and I’m thrilled to tell you…
drum roll please…
Bodacious will be coming your way January 23-26 at the new Delish General Store location in North Vancouver – 3130 Highland Blvd (Edgemont Village)!
I can’t wait to see you! Let me know what you’d like me to bring and sizes and I will do my best to help you out.
If you can’t wait and need your Bodacious fix NOW, check out our facebook pages (@bodaciousvictoria @bodaciousnanaimo) and let us know what you’d like – we’re always happy to ship!

Fabulous Fall at Bodacious!

Happy September, lovelies!

I can’t believe it’s already the 26th!
I hope you had a spectacular summer and are enjoying these cooler days and nights. George and I filled pretty much every weekend exploring our new home city of Victoria and all of the wonderful places on the island. I also managed to get back over to Vancouver several times and have to say I still love that ferry trip. What an amazing place we all live in!
These days, I’m loving seeing the leaves changing colour right outside my window. And as much as we love the tourists, it’s always a bit of a breather when things quiet down in the cities and we see more of you coming back in for your new fall pieces.
We are loaded up with awesomeness at both stores! Warm cozy sweaters, beautiful fall colours and prints. Party dresses for every occasion. Scarves, jewelry and handbags…
I’ve heard feedback that it’s not always clear what product is available in which store so I’ll try to be more specific for you. Having said that, it is never a problem to send from one store to the other – just let us know you’d like to see it in person. Seriously, we’re happy to accommodate ๐Ÿ˜‰

So…what’s new, you ask?
So much!

Vancouver store…

Parsley & Sage Polka-dotty jacket / Elk tunic

Chalet fleece sweater – doesn’t Lana look cozy?
Joseph Ribkoff gorgeous “lady in red” dress

Elk cover – love this!!! Zsiska bold and awesome necklace
New Sympli styles / Zsiska necklace
Rain jacket? Yes please!!! Always fun to dress anything up with gorgeous Marigold silk scarves.

Victoria store…
Parsley & Sage – up to size 3x! (will also be in Vancouver by this weekend! – shipment was delayed)

This is the nicest Parsley & Sage I’ve seen in years!

Parsley & Sage jacket / Marigold scarf
Grizas linen tunic / Elk wooden necklaces
and a fantastic year selection of Matt & Nat will be in store by the end of this week. We’ve had lots of requests for backpacks and we’ve got you covered there!

Both stores…
We are loving this new Canadian line called Buttercream! Fun and funky basics made from Bamboo! More in store…


And, as always, this really is only the tip of the iceberg! Our facebook pages for both stores are loaded with pix as stock arrives.

We’re happy to ship or hold an item for you so just give us a quick call – Vancouver 607-688-8169 Victoria 250-385-8169

Gift Certificates…
So pretty! If you’ve got a birthday or other celebration coming up, you might want to drop some hints to your loved ones! wink wink nudge nudge

How do you shop? “Creating Change in the Changing Room”

So excited to have this article featured in this months fabUPlus magazine! Come by the store to get your very own copy!

“Creating Change in the Changing Room by Lorna Ketler
Owner and Lead Bodacious Enthusiast at Bodacious Lifestyles Inc.

Are you someone who shops twice a year whether you need it or not?
Or are you the person who shops regularly for a little pick me up?
Incentive shopping? “I’ll buy that dress that’s a bit too small to encourage myself to be “good”.”
Do you only buy on sale? “I’m not sure if I like it, but it’s such a great deal. I’ll make it work!”.
Do you always shop with a friend or prefer a long leisurely alone shopping experience?
Do you like lots of input from store staff or are you someone who really likes to spend time perusing without a lot of chat?
We all shop for different reasons. I also know that my reasons change with the occasion, my mood or who I’m with. Spouses, family and friends can be helpful but that’s certainly not always the case! I’ve seen lot of body-image damage done through “helpful” feedback. Choose your shopping support wisely.

Maybe you haven’t really put a lot of thought into it, and that’s fine too.

What I really want to know, though, is what are you paying attention to when you shop?
We all know the rules of fashion, body types, colours! We’ve heard and read them so many times we can recite them in our sleep. We’re bombarded every day with magazine covers telling us what’s good/bad and right/wrong in fashion and with our bodies. And we’re also now happily seeing most of those rules debunked.

I’m here to plant a different seed for you…
The most important thing when it comes to fashion is how you feel when you put on the clothes. You create your style. You make it your own.
Do you know how you feel? Do you know what you desire on your body? Do you know what lights you up on the outside?

You may be a “dark winter” and have been told by a colour expert to only wear clothing in the “royal” family but you absolutely LOVE soft pastel pink. In fact, every time you put something pink on, it makes you twirl around the room and feel like a kid again. Should you wear pink? Absolutely YES, PLEASE! Are people going to worry about you breaking your “colour” rules? I’m pretty sure they’re more likely to see a joy-filled person celebrating life.

So many times we’ve had women go into the dressing room with two dress options. The first looks great, is the “right” colour and fits all the requirements on their list but their response is really only mediocre. Then they try on something they may not have thought would work but something attracted them. They hop out of the dressing room and do a little twirl. Eyes are lit up and the energy is completely shifted to a YES! Maybe the first dress will be chosen for this particular occasion (it’s nice and looks good) but we always point out the difference in response so that the customer can see it for themselves. We’re so brainwashed by the rules and told that we don’t know what’s right for us, sometimes we forget to see, feel and experience.

I can tell you what I think you should buy (and we are certainly here to help) but what I love is when you see and feel the difference. What lights you up??? Is it the feel of the fabric? Is it the way the skirt swishes when you walk? Is it that blue that makes your eyes twinkle?

Many women, especially if you wear a size 14 or above, have had at least one poor or negative shopping experience. Lack of options is brutal to finding your own style. I’ve also heard heart-breaking stories about unwelcoming, unhelpful or downright rude staff who can shut down your experience before it even starts.

One thing I’d recommend to anyone who wants to feel the difference is, find a beautiful store that feels welcoming, take some time and play. Be clear with the staff what your needs are. I love it when someone tells me that they’re happy to just look around and then asks questions when ready. I am also thrilled when someone is open to stepping out of their perceived rules and comfort zone to try something new!

“I can’t wear dresses!”. Hmmm…I know you can and you may love how they feel if you tried one on. Ditch the pantyhose and wear a comfy bamboo legging.
“I can’t show my arms!” Again, yep! It’s allowed and encouraged. The only one who is really looking and judging your arms is you.
“I really love it but I’m retired now so I don’t really need nice clothes.” I’m always challenged with this one. I get that you don’t need a suit for the office anymore but isn’t this the time that you get to really explore what your style and wants are?

You deserve to feel beautiful because you are! Find at least one special thing that lights you up and makes you feel it. Whether you’re a thrift store, consignment, big box or boutique shopper. Shopping isn’t a serious business. It should be fun and celebratory! I celebrate you!”

Hats by Le Chapeau Rouge – Maria Curcic Millinery

We are so excited to welcome Maria and her custom made hats to our Victoria Boutique!

“Maria Curcic has more than 25 yearsโ€™ experience as a milliner.ย  Each unique and eye-pleasing headpiece is designed using the finest materials and fabricated by Maria with a lasting attention to detail.ย  Having provided product to fashion boutiques across Canada for many years, Mariaโ€™s quality is recognized and respected.”

Have a graduation, wedding or garden party in your near future? Come check out these gorgeous designs! And if you don’t find what you’re looking for, she’ll happily custom create based on your needs.
Le Chapeau Rouge - Green and Yellow Le Chapeau Rouge - Red Hat #1 Le Chapeau Rouge - White Feather

New Spring Arrivals!

New Spring Arrivals!
Hi lovelies!
It’s all about the beautiful clothes right now. And we’ll certainly take this sunshine while we can.
Enjoy and see you very soon!

Now in 2 locations
Victoria Bodacious
2-1113 Langley Street (Murchie’s building)
Victoria, BC
250-385-8169

Vancouver Bodacious
109-1535 Johnston Street (Granville Island)
Vancouver, BC
604-688-8169

We have a new line from Australia and it’s oh-so-pretty and feminine!
Let me introduce you to Lazybones…
Sizes up to xxl

Matt & Nat handbags!
Joseph Ribkoff
Vigorella
Grizas (Victoria store only but happy to bring over by request)
And new Carrelli jeans & jean jackets!