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DIVINE RENOVATION

How a much-loved old church in Victoria underwent a reverential transformation to become one of the region’s most stylish homes — a truly divine renovation. Read more…

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DIY TIPS FOR A PARTY-WORTHY UP-DO

If your holiday calendar is full of cocktail parties, festive dinner parties, and New Year extravaganzas, wearing your hair up is the perfect way to top off your look. Use these expert tips to master a classic up-do.  Read more…

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HOME AS A MODERN SANCTUARY

Sustainable materials, soaring ceilings, an open concept plan and abundant windows with views of the forest are artfully combined to create a Victoria home that feels like a modern sanctuary. Read more…

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WINTER COCKTAILS BRING ON THE WARMTH

With colder weather on the way, it’s the perfect time to wrap your chilly fingers around a warm and steaming drink. So take the shaken, stirred and on-the-rocks cocktails off the menu until spring and indulge in something a little sweet, comforting and toasty.  Read more…

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HOLIDAY APPIES WITH AN EXOTIC TWIST

With the holiday season here, YAM brings you tips, strategies and recipe ideas for creating delicious and wow-inducing appetizers for your next festive soirée. From Spanish-inspired tapas to bacon-infused popcorn toppings, these appies will wake up your guests’ taste buds. Read more…

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ENJOY HOLIDAY TEA, VICTORIA STYLE

In the mood for a holiday afternoon tea served in spirited style? Here are some Christmas venues in Victoria to enjoy this holiday season. Hint: this is the perfect scrumptious break from all that shopping! Venus Sophia Tea Room and Vegetarian Eatery Venus Sofia Tea Room is holding Holiday Afternoon Tea until January 5. Sip […] Read more…

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STAY HEALTHY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Do you neglect your health in favour of that never-ending holiday to-do list? It’s easy to get so run down by the time January rolls around that it’s hard to get back into a healthy routine. YAM shares expert tips for staying healthy for this holiday season. Read more…

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BRING COASTAL FLAVOURS TO YOUR HOLIDAY FEAST

Surrounded by sea, with rich soil, ancient forests and sustainable farms, Vancouver Island is a culinary heaven. YAM asked Sooke Harbour House, one of the Island’s most lauded culinary establishments, to celebrate West Coast flavours by creating a holiday feast that is sure to be the beginning of a coastal tradition. Read more…

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Fabric Finds: Local Designer’s Inspired New Line

Drawing from memories and inspired by his favourite artists, designer Iván Meade has created a luxurious new line of fabrics. While each pattern expresses his personal aesthetic of “timeless European methodology with a sophisticated, modern edge,” at the end of the day, Meade simply wants them “to tell a story.” Read more…

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VICTORIA’S TOP 25 HOLIDAY SEASON EVENTS

The December holiday season in Victoria is a festive whirlwind of glowing lights, carollers, holiday eats and treats, and parades, on land and water — all sure to get you in the spirit of the season. YAM presents a few of our festive favourites. Read more…

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DRESS FOR A NIGHT ON THE TOWN

Just in time for the holidays, YAM features chic cocktail attire that puts you in a starring role — from the opera to the martini bar. Featuring fabulous local fashions shot on location in Victoria. Read more…

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GIFT GUIDE: 35 FABULOUS FINDS UNDER $50

Oh, what fun it is! We’ve got you covered, not matter whom you’re shopping for this year. From glittery jewelry, to funky kitchen gadgets, to toys for kids of all ages, find the perfect present for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Read more…

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EXPERIENCE JAPANESE PRINT MASTERS AT AGGV

A must-see! The most comprehensive collection of Japanese shin hanga in Canada will be on display at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria this winter. The exhibition, Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Early 20th Century Japan, runs to January 25, 2015 and draws from the gallery’s impressive holdings.  Read more…

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TOUR AN ELEGANT TRADITIONAL HOME

With its sophisticated and traditional ambience, this spectacular home radiates a welcoming appeal, perfect for entertaining family and friends. Using timeless elements, luxurious finishes and dramatic statement lighting, the designers describe the look as “traditional elegance with a slight hint of Tuscany.” Read more…

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CREATE A VISUAL FEAST

It’s common knowledge that we eat with our eyes first, which is why chefs approach plating their food the way Monet might have approached his canvas. YAM’s culinary expert shares some techniques you can easily do in your own kitchen to elevate your dining experience. Read more…

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FALL FASHION WEAVES AN INVITING TALE

As with your favourite books, the best fashion spreads tell a story. And much like that rare volume of a classic tome, this year’s fall fashions are characterized by rich hues, elegant embellishments and leather detailing.  Read more…

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5 STEPS TO GREAT GRILLING

Chef Brad Holmes of Ulla has earned his restaurant national renown for the fabulous flavour of his cuisine. Recreate some of his mastery at home by combining humanely raised local meats, a charcoal grill and Holmes’ expert techniques. Here are five steps we follow at ulla that you can do on your barbecue at home […] Read more…

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A Festive Recipe for a Holiday Gift

Whether you give the cookbook itself or one of the creations inside, Handmade Gifts from the Kitchen: More than 100 Culinary Inspired Presents to Make and Bake by Alison Walker offers plenty of gifting inspiration. This Stollen Wreath is so tasty you may want to keep it for yourself. Read more…

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WARM AND FUZZY WEAR

There’s nothing like a cozy pair of slippers for the winter season — and topping our Editor’s Picks for slippers this year are Glerups from Heart & Sole Shoes on Cook Street. These beauties are made of the softest felted wool and leather. Read more…

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BOLD & BEAUTIFUL: MASTERING THE RED LIP

Undeniably classic and always on trend, red lipstick is the perfect way to amp up your look for a holiday party. Of course, that vibrant hue is going to bring your lips some attention. Here are some expert tips for mastering that flattering red pout. Read more…

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