The Summer Covet Edit: 24 things to try, see and shop

Style by Yew



article continues below


No city can quite compare to the beauty of Vancouver during summer. There’s a buzz in the city and a vibrance which draws people in from all around the world as a travel destination. This edit is about immersing into diversity with a focus on culture, food, experiences and shopping. Each element presents a different perspective on how we look at things and create opportunity for connection whether it’s with the city or others along the way. This season is all about embracing change and seeing things in a new light. 

A highlight to take note of is the Monet exhibit at Vancouver Art Gallery. Perhaps one of the most influential artist of the impressionist era, his collection will not be one to miss. In the fashion realm, off shoulder looks with an etherial feel continue to make a strong presence. An investment piece this summer is the Celine clasp bag which will bring you straight from summer through to the fall. Fashion brands to take note of this season include Monse and Alice McCall who tap into modern femininity so eloquently. 

Whether you’re setting off to new locations this season or settling into the beauty of Vancouver, I hope that you will do it with carefree ease, style and experienced rejuvenation. 







                                                                                                                                                                                           Amy Yew

                                                                                                                                                                                    Style Columnist

                                                                                                                                                                               Instagram: @Amy_Yew










                                           Van Art

                                                                                                                                                                       Vancouver Art Gallery



Eye on the arts

You can guarantee that summer at the Vancouver Art Gallery brings notable artists and this year is no exception. Claude Monet’s Secret Garden feature will take you straight back to the impressionist era bringing a vivid sense of colour and light. 

At Rennie Collection, local artist Ian Wallace’s exhibit focuses on the critique of politicized values inherent in academia. Look forward to large panel photography with a powerful narrative.

Earl Grey Tea Infused Champagne

A twist on the classic, this Earl Grey infused champagne recipe will take your entertaining game to the next level. Simply soak 2 TWG French Earl Grey tea bags in one cup of vodka overnight in the refrigerator. Add the mixture to a glass of Veuve Cliquot and enjoy. 




Bloat reducing pink lemonade popsicle from

With the weather heating up to 29 degrees, finding ways to cool off is a must. This recipe is Goop approved which means it’s gluten free, caffeine free, fat free and it also promises to help reduce bloating. 

Movie under the stars

A great reason to get your friends and loved ones out for the summer, Fresh Air Cinema is hosting a lineup of great flixs outdoors on the big screen at Stanley Park. This free event is one to take advantage of during the summer. 






                                                                                                                                                          Botanist @Fairmont Pacific Rim




Yew Restaurant

Creativity and keeping in line with local ingredients is at the core of each dish at the Yew Restaurant. Located in the Four Season’s Hotel in downtown Vancouver, the restaurant is launching their Canada 150 Feast which features a West Coast Salmon East Coast Lobster Burger on their menu. The price point for this burger is set at $50 and includes maple syrup glazed lobster tail, wild salmon fillet, Canadian back bacon, tomato, lettuce, avocado on a house made brioche bun served with a side of handout waffle fries. 


A forever fan of tea over coffee, TWG has led the way in curating fine teas with a modern twist  and classic feel. Their brunch menu offers a variety of tea infused selection (yes, even their eggs benedict). 

Botanist @Fairmont Pacific Rim

New to the scene and elevating vegetables out of the boring category, Botanist is combining beauty and flavour into their dishes. The experience and food will leave you feeling light and redefine the way you think about vegetables. Their private dining is enhanced by the classic touch of a record player, reiterating the theme of modern classic. 

Joe Fortes 

Nestled in the downtown core of Vancouver, Joe Fortes remains one of the most coveted patio spots during the summer. You can expect a mix of local favourites such as the miso marinated sablefish and peppercorn ahi tuna. 





                                                  Alice M

                                                                                                                                                                         Alice McCall S/S 2017




Nike        Nordstrom X Nike Cortez



The Body Shop          Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel from The Body Shop 





Celine         Celine Flap Clasp Bag





The Daily Edit         Black fold clutch from The Daily Edit



Papaya         Pure Papaya Ointment



Goop      Luminous Melting Cleanser by Goop Beauty

*Also try Phyto Pigments Ultra Natural Mascara by Juice Beauty 



Alice M         Are you ready dress by Alice McCall




Monse        Stripe Dress by Monse RST 2017










                                                                                                                                                        Goop, Clean Beauty; Photo @Nordstrom


Goop Clean Beauty

Leading the movement on healthy and holistic lifestyle, Gwyneth Paltrow has championed (quite successfully) healthy choices as a way of life through her website The site is chock full of beautiful content from travel to food and beauty. 

Seeing what others don’t by Gary Klein

A focus on creativity and insights, Klein’s book will introduce you to a new perspective on how leaders in science, business and research spark ideas and solutions that change the world. In addition, he highlights how organizations often unintentionally impede insights.

Insomniac City: New York, Oliver and Me by Bill Hayes 

Writer and photographer Bill Hayes documents his journey upon moving to New York City and experiencing the unexpected. This beautifully written book captures the many aspects of life from grief to love to the evolution of self growth. 

1st Dibs

Beautifully illustrated, this site is a home decor connoisseur’s dream. From furniture to fashion, this site will have you covered when it comes to surrounding yourself with elegance. Think Vogue meets West Elm.







4:44 by Jay Z

A much anticipated follow up to Beyonce’s Lemonade album last summer, Jay Z launches his very own album 4:44 highlighting his perspective of the controversy surrounding their relationship. This latest release integrates Jay Z classic beats with a soulful twist. 

Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 by Calvin Harris

The perfect upbeat summer album, Harris collaborates with notable artists such as Pharrell Williams, John Legend and Frank Ocean. 


Amy Yew is a contributing columnist at Vancouver Courier and a fashion and style writer. She is also the author of a blog Style du Jour. Tell us what you think and submit any questions you have to

Read Related Topics


NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Delta Optimist welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

    Subscription Club: $5/month or $50/year - Receive monthly deals from local merchants.

Opinion POLL

What are you doing more of while stuck at home?

or  view results