7 SECRETS OF LOCAL STYLE SETTERS

Tired of looking in your closet and finding nothing to wear? Luckily Victoria has its own style gurus who are happy to share their wisdom and the secrets to personal style. Use their savvy tips to create a flattering look that’s all your own.  Read more…

FITNESS THAT FITS YOUR PERSONALITY

The latest research shows the better your chosen activity fits with your personality and the rest of your life, the more likely you are to sustain it. Enjoyment is also an important consideration. So how do you find the best approach to fitness for your unique personality? YAM checks out a few approaches. Read more…

DISCOVER SERENITY IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD

More and more, architects, designers and homeowners are creating landscapes that work with nature rather than against it. These “nature” gardens are wild, fascinating places with billowing shrubs and feathery grasses, rain gardens and green walls and plenty of birds singing in trees. YAM explores how to create your own backyard piece of paradise. Read more…

CHOOSING THE BEST COUNTERS FOR YOUR KITCHEN

From the classic look of creamy marble to the sleek desirability of stainless steel, countertops are style statements, but they also need to suit your lifestyle. YAM talks to the experts about how to make the most stylish, functional choice for your kitchen. Read more…

TOP 10 HEALTHY HARVEST SUPER FOODS

From apples to wild mushrooms, Vancouver Island’s fall bounty of vegetables provides a rainbow of nutritional benefits, offering your body exactly what it needs in those sunlight-starved fall and winter months. Read more…

TAKE RISKS WITH YOUR FALL FASHION

The hidden nooks of Victoria’s historic Chinatown provide the perfect backdrop for fall’s strikingly bold fashions. Let these eclectic looks inspire you to roughen the edges, mix your metals, play with textures and layers and take risks. Read more…

A LOOK INSIDE AN URBAN RETREAT

This bright contemporary retreat in Fairfield stands as a sophisticated testament to the merits of collaborative design. From owner Margaret Halabura to architect Peter de Hoog to contractor Stewart Story, and interior designer Sandy Nygaard, the execution was so seamless the house appears to be the creation of a single visionary. Read more…

HOW TO “PLATE” YOUR FOOD LIKE A PRO

Chef Takashi Ito of Aura waterfront restaurant + patio in Victoria is famous, not only for the way his food tastes, but for his beautiful and unique presentations. Read on to discover the culinary secrets of plating your food like a pro.  Read more…

LIFE BEYOND YOUR COMFORT ZONE

When we move out of our comfort zones, we tend to discover our hidden stores of strength, courage and creativity. That’s what YAM’s intrepid adventurer did this summer when she pulled the plug on safe and staid and decided to stare fear in the face. Read more…

GET YOUR SLUSH CRUSH!

On summer days, when you crave a cold drink, you’ll love the Zoku Slush & Shake Maker. (Yes, you can even make frozen alcoholic drinks!) Just freeze the Zoku’s inner core, and once frozen, remove it, put it in the outer sleeve, pour in your ingredients. In just 7 minutes, your slushie is ready. Read more…

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