I discovered Kaori Kasai‘s work at a local shop on Granville Island (Ainsworth Custom Design, for those interested). I love her adorable illustrations, especially the business man and bear paintings.
After a morning of lifedrawing, I walked from Industrial Avenue all the way down to 33rd Avenue on Main St. The weather was pleasantly sunny and I felt pretty pleased to visit the last of the vintage shops there. I’ve decided my favourites vintage shops are Woo vintage (so many pretty vintage dress) and this one next door to C’est La Vie which I can’t remember the name of.
Dandelion Records & Emporium
Pretty dresses that didn’t quite fit
49th Parallel & Lucky’s Doughnuts – where had a wonderful creme brulee donut
Beta5 Chocolates – I really want to try all the chocolates, but I took home a cream puff to try with yuzu & blueberry
Tierry’s Chocolaterie, Patisserie & Cafe (on Alberni st.) – delicious looking cakes and very tasty macarons
Guu Izakaya (on Robson st.)
The view of downtown from Granville Island
I’ve been lucky with the exploring weather so far, but endless days of rain are almost upon Vancouver. My wanderings have been centered around nearby patisserie and vintage shops – so far I’ve covered parts of Kitsilano (where I live), Main street, Downtown, Granville Island, Broadway street and Commercial Drive.
A foggy Downtown
A jumper I bought from Community – one of my favorite vintage shops so far
Patisserie Fur Elise
The Urban Tea Merchant
Macarons from The Urban Tea Merchant – some of the best I’ve tried so far!
My neighbors Totoro Halloween latern
Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe – I pass this often, but I’d like to visit sometime
A apple tart from Beacoup Bakery
Neverland Tea Salon on Broadway Street
The indoor market at Granville Island
Cakes at Granville Island’s indoor market
A knitted lamppost at Granville Island
Joe’s Cafe graffiti
Commercial Drive graffiti
Finally I’ve gotten round to sharing my finished animation here. It’s a very short simple animation about birdwatching.
Bit by bit I have been exploring both British Columbia and Vancouver. Namely Main St. in East Vancouver (lots of vintage shops), Kitsilano (the place where I live), Downtown Vancouver, Steveston, a tiny bit of Nanaimo. At the same time I have been reading many books, trying to draw everyday (I’m so out of practice), trying new teas (Imperial tea by Kusmi is beautiful as is Wild Sweet Orange by Tazo), and thinking of Halloween costumes. *my instagram name is: moonsmelting