The Okanagan Collection

Oooh that Okanagan, such a magical place!  So magical in fact that Wayne and eloped there.  Hey, enough about me, I’m so grateful to share this amazing story from our Maggie.  We obviously share the same love . . .

“My dad was born and raised in the Okanagan, the middle child of three. His parents, though originally both from Saskatchewan, had moved to the valley after a short time in Quebec. When I was a kid, we would go back and visit my grandparents and all my dad’s old friends every few years.

Two houses were built by my grandfather for his family in the Okanagan, my grandparents lived in the second house until about four years ago when my grandfather passed away and my grandmother moved to Ontario.

This house was huge, it had this amazing three sided concrete wall with big rough stones set in it, with one side as a fireplace in the living room all in white quartz, one side as the stairwell down to the front door and the other side facing out to the driveway, the latter two done in found stones that my dad and his family collected from all around the valley.

My brother and I would play in the stairwell, looking at all the pretty rocks as we did. We would sit down at my grandmother’s upright piano and try to plunk out a melody, although I’m fairly certain we only annoyed everyone. We ran around the ridiculously long driveway, watched for deer, and played cards with my grandfather.

We would all go over to our neighbours, the Kennedy’s for dinner and ride Jenny the mule. Or at least try to. Trail rides through the mountains, swimming at Sugar Lake and Lavington Public Pool, visiting tack shops and the gemstone shop, buying second hand books and walking through the streets of Lumby.

After dinner treats of fresh fruit for grandma, dark chocolate with almond for grandpa and whatever cookies had been bought for our impending arrival for me and my brother.

The Okanagan, like O’Leary, was an adventure, but of a different kind. The Okanagan Valley was eagerly piling into the car for the O’Keefe Ranch for the rodeo, the thrill of watching mountains appear everywhere we drove, the delight of horses and cows and deer being nearly everywhere you looked.

Lumby and Lavington were true small towns, friendly and open, light-hearted and welcoming. It was attempting to turn a mule into a well-behaved schooling pony. It was running up and down the balcony playing a two-person game of tag. It was excitement and discovery behind every bend in the road and a place that was never truly known well enough.”

Maggie, thank you for this heartfelt story!  I particularly enjoyed all of your detailed descriptions of your surroundings!  I know this is going to be a colour combination that will be a smash hit for the glamjulz fall 2017 collection!  Just the word quartz made my heart beat a little faster!

Monica XO

 

The Niagara Collection

Are you ready?  Natasha is taking us to her homeland!  It’s time to take a walk through the vineyards and sip some of the best wines in the world.  Hmmm . . . I wonder where she is taking us?

“Niagara is a place I’ve called home for over 40 years!  From the gorgeous (more…)

The Jasper Collection

This week the glamjulz fall collection is reminiscent of an alpine town located in Canada’s largest national park.  Nestled within the Canadian Rockies, this landmark is arguably the most picturesque spot to visit in Canada.

Dawn is taking us to (more…)

The Montreal Collection

If anyone knows our Natasha, this girl LOVES to shop!  What I love the most about her is that she saves her pennies to shop local and support people in her community!  That’s pretty much how we met and why she is now such a big part of glamjulz.

There is only one place I think of (more…)

The Toronto Collection

This city holds a place in my heart that is so big it actually flutters.

I grew up in Oakville but my heart is in this city.  Toronto is my foundation.

My parents met in this city, my Oma lived at Pape and Danforth and I was living the city life from the time I was in the womb.

When my Mom started having contractions with me my Oma drove her along the Danforth, across the Bloor Viaduct and straight to the doors of the Wellesley Hospital.  That drive was made very gingerley, entirely in 2nd gear in my Oma’s 1967 emerald green beetle.  That was August 20th 1969. (more…)

The Laurentians Collection

This stunning colour combination comes from Dawn who has been with glamjulz since 2001!  I know how much you all love Dawn’s creativity here at the studio.  Start to imagine now how spectacular this Laurentians inspired colour story will be.

Take it away Dawn and tell us what inspired you for our fall 2017 collection.

“I was so lucky to have had a beautiful cottage in the Laurentians – spending weeks (more…)

The O’Leary Collection

Introducing our next colour combination for fall 2017.  This one inspired by Maggie here at glamjulz.

Take it away Maggie, you will love her story . . .

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The Muskoka Collection

Like many fortunate “kids” my age my parents invested in a second home up north.  Our cottage in beautiful Muskoka.

This is honestly the most important place in the world to me.  I consider it a sacred place.  A haven surrounded by nature.

Muskoka really is a magical part of Ontario.  I remember as a kid picking up (more…)

Aaaarrrrgggh!

As you can probably tell I LOVE Social Media!

I love documenting all of the successes we have at glamjulz and I love sharing them with you.

I also adore platforms like Snapchat and My Story on Instagram because I think it’s interesting to give you glimpses of what happens behind the scenes as well.

My strategy with social media has always been to make you feel good!  I want you to look at our posts and get energized, know that you are unstoppable and you can create a world that is fulfilling and joyful.

Sometimes I worry about (more…)