I hope you all enjoyed the ÉLISE launch party at Knickers Lingerie as much as I did! If you weren’t able to make (maybe you’re in Thailand), then I hope to be able to host an event near you soon.

I am going to start off by admitting that I don’t know how to approach this blog post because it was such a big day for me that just thinking about trying to put words to it makes me feel overwhelmed (and now that sentence probably just made you overwhelmed). But seriously, it was really, really special.

To begin, I really want to thank you all for coming. The older I get, the more introverted I get and the less time I spend around people (aka a hermit), so I was very worried that no one would show up for the party, but so many people did! Whether you are an old friend or new, your presence meant a lot to me, so thank you! Not only did this evening remind me of how great the people in my life are, but also how wonderful humanity in general is and additionally what a special community we live in. I walked around a few days before the event to invite the other local shops on Johnson Street. In the end, many of the people I chatted with took the time out of their day to come and support ÉLISE at Knickers Lingerie regardless of whether silk pajamas were their thing (maybe it was the gin), but mostly with the mindset of supporting local business. It’s a big bad world we live in and I love the fact that downtown Victoria’s business community is looking out for each other.

Additionally, it was the first time since leaving Bangkok that I had been surrounded by people who were together to celebrate fashion. I couldn’t sleep that night largely because my heart was so filled with love, but also because it was the first time in a long time that I felt really inspired. After years in a huge city where creative inspiration is everywhere all the time and then moving to a small town with very different values (craft beer as an example :P), I have found it hard to stay motivated. For me, this evening was that. Now I might be wrong, but I also got the impression that it was a bit of that for others too – whether it was photography, videography, traditional arts or writing, I met so many wonderful people who shared similar interests to me in regards to creativity and the beauty in the world around us. One conversation that I kept having over and over again was that there aren’t enough gatherings like this in Victoria, so with that in mind, I hope we can do something like this again soon.

Before leaving you all to relive the evening through the photos by Berkley Vopnfjord, I want to say a quick thank you to all the local businesses that helped make this evening as great as it was. Thank you to Sheringham Distillery for the best gin ever, Moon Brewery for making beer with pink lids & labels and The Green Kiss for sharing your beautiful all natural cosmetic and skincare products. I would also like to thank Woodlot for ambiance and the best smelling party ever, to Ooh La La Cupcakes for the tasty treats and of course, to Knickers Lingerie for providing the prefect venue. Thanks for coming!

xE

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