2019 Spring Fashion Trends – Part 1

With the longer days and warmer weather, it is time to put your winter wardrobe away and get ready for spring.  As the premier eco-friendly dry cleaning alternative in Kitsilano, here are some of our picks for this year’s spring fashion trends.

Spring Colours

Colour choices are always an important way to put an accent on any season.  This spring, many of the clothing choices that will be available are going to be in pastel colours.  The most popular of the pastel choices that will define spring 2019’s fashion line is lavender.  This soft purple hue will be found in everything from formal wear to blouses and even suits.

White never seems to go out of style, but this year, the fashion industry is bringing it to the forefront.  With warmer weather, you can shed some layers and step into spring with the simple white tank top.  This basic cut can be worn on its own or layered.  Either way the white tank top is a 2019 spring fashion must.  White tank tops are not the only fashion trend of 2019, from suits to oversized and over cut fashion wear, be prepared for a clean spring slate and set the trend in white.

Prints

If plaid is the fashion print of fall, then spring 2019’s fashion print is sure to be polka dots.  More specifically – black and white patterns.  A long polka dot dress or skirt is a must for this spring.  Mix and match your favourite outfits with popular spring colours or another polka dot patterned blouse or shirt.

A close second to polka dots is the always popular floral pattern. Look for floral patterns in your favourite spring clothing.  The seventies are alive and well this spring with some fashioner designers opting for colourful tie-dyed and rainbow prints.  If you are looking to make a statement this spring, check out some of these bold and inspiring patterns.

Necklines

There are many different neckline choices that are setting trends this spring.  One of them is the rebirth of the square neckline.  This flattering cut is going to be available in everything from cotton tops to cocktail dresses and everything in between.

Asymmetrical necklines are also a headliner for 2019.  This off balanced choice gives you many choices on how to wear your top and will allow you to express your creative side.  Get ready for this bold and expressive look coming soon to a designer store near you.

Take Good Care

You will want to keep your spring clothes looking like new, so you can enjoy them for the entire season and for years to come.  At West Boulevard Cleaners, we offer an eco-friendly dry cleaning alternative that will get your clothes clean and keep them looking new without any of the dangerous chemicals that are involved in the traditional dry cleaning process.

We also offer custom alterations and repairs if you need to change or fix any part of your spring wardrobe.  Our friendly and professional staff can give you advice and help you with any cleaning or alteration questions that you may have.  Stop by today and see how our services can help you step out this spring.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

2019 Spring Fashion Trends – Part 2

With so many different choices and styles available, one blog was not enough to do 2019’s spring fashion trends justice.  As the premier eco-friendly dry cleaning alternative in Kitsilano, here is our second installment of this year’s spring fashion picks.

Denim

Denim never goes out of style.  A few great designer jeans are a must, no matter what the season.  For spring 2019, the way denim is being used and the colour choice are the new trends.  This year’s colour choices for denim are dark greys, blues as well as black.  Everything from tuxedos to power suits and dresses are being offered in a denim cut with these dark bold colour schemes.

Pink and Red

Get your Valentine’s Day swag on every day with this spring’s pink and red colour schemes.  Millennial pink with a layer or splash of rouge is going to be everywhere this spring, so step out and show off this unique colour combination.

Fringe and Feathers

Fringe made its debut last year and is another surefire trend setter for 2019.  Fringe is going to be featured on everything from dresses and spring jackets to gloves and even earrings.  Look for this trend in all shapes and sizes this spring.

One of this year’s boldest fashion statements is feathers. Like fringe, look for feathers on almost all your favourite spring clothes in different shapes, sizes and colours.  Are you brave enough to be sporting this spring’s boldest and most unique fashion trend?

Accessories

  • Sunglasses

Sunglasses never go out of style and are a must for any sunny Vancouver day.  However, 2019’s spring sunglasses trend calls for a wide experimentation and choice of colour as well as a throwback to the 90’s style – angled with razor edges.  Think Oakley Razorblades.

  • Fanny Packs

Need some extra room to carry your spring accessories?  Well, look no further than your must have 2019 spring accessory – the fanny pack.  Regardless of your fashion preferences, there are a wide range of different styles and sizes to choose from.

  • Hats

This spring’s hat choice is straw.  Large and oversized, not your typical Panama style, but is still the perfect companion for any of those warm late spring beach days.

Keep your Colours and Fashion Choices Bold this Spring

We know how important fashion is to you and we want to help you keep your trendy clothes clean and looking like new.  At West Boulevard Cleaners, we offer an eco-friendly dry cleaning alternative that gets the same or better results without exposing you to any of the dangerous chemicals that are part of the traditional dry cleaning process.

We also offer a free pick-up and delivery service to free up time from your busy schedule.  Stop by today to see how our services can keep your spring wardrobe looking like new for many seasons to come.  We look forward to working with you soon.

 

 

Green Living Tips to Help you Survive the Winter

Now that the holidays are over, it is time to get back on track, apply your New Year’s resolutions and enjoy the winter.  As the eco-friendly Kitsilano dry cleaners we would like to offer the following green living tips that will allow you to enjoy the winter and still reduce your energy consumption and your carbon footprint.

Clear the Air

If you find the winter air drier than usual or are looking at improving the quality of air that you breathe in your home, indoor plants may be the answer to both of these conundrums.  These plants will not only brighten up your surroundings, they will also trap heat in your home and release moisture back into the air as well as purify and clean the air.  Start 2019 right and put plants in your kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom.

Another answer to cleaner air is a humidifier.  It will keep the air in your home from getting too dry.

Here’s the Deal:

A diffuser can double as a humidifier and it will also fill your home with uplifting scents.

Go Seasonal

Many of your favourite vegetable and fruits can come from as far away as South America during the winter months.  The shipping and carbon footprint of these products is huge. Try to combat this and make an effort to enjoy and purchase seasonal produce and fruit.  Try to prepare meals with local ingredients.  Not only will you be enjoying a fresher meal, chances are it will be far higher in nutrition as well.

Change your Bulbs

The days are shorter in the winter; therefore, you will be turning your lights on more.  Use LED or other energy efficient lights to save money on your next utility bill.  Not only will you enjoy the cost savings provided by LED lights, you will also reduce your energy consumption and shrink your carbon footprint.

Pool It

Vancouver offers great public transit.  If at all possible, try to incorporate transit into your daily schedule and reduce your carbon footprint.  Sometimes public transit is not an option.  If this is the case, think about carpooling with work colleagues or friends.  Not only is this a more energy efficient approach, it may also offer perks such as HOV lanes and other time saving measures.

As a local eco-friendly business, we support all green initiatives and are proud to offer free pick-up and delivery service for your cleaning needs.  This service will not only free up time for you, it will also cut down on your fuel consumption and reduce your overall carbon footprint.

If you are interested in other ways to go green this winter or would like more information about our free pick-up and delivery service or some of the other eco-friendly cleaning options that we provide, please contact us today.  We look forward to working with you soon.

 

 

Going Green this New Year – Part 2

Do you want to be a part of a growing movement and positive change?  A green start to your new year is a great way to change your lifestyle, do your part for the environment and make a statement.  As Kitsilano’s premier eco-friendly dry cleaners we would like to suggest the following ways that you can achieve this green goal.

Make the Switch

Take a moment and look at all of your cleaning products, soaps, shampoos and even your toothpaste.  Chances are many of these products contain harsh chemicals that are not only harming the environment, they are also harming you and affecting your overall health.

When you are replacing any of these products, make sure to look for environmentally friendly items that will not affect your health.  Many of these products are the same price, so making the switch will not even cost you more.

The next time you are shopping take the extra time to look at the ingredient list. Some of the more harmful chemicals that you will want to avoid include:

  • Phthalates – often listed as fragrance and frequently found in hand and laundry soap and air fresheners. Try to use fragrance free or all-natural fragrances.
  • 2-butoxyethanol – often found in window, kitchen and multi-purpose cleaners. Is linked to kidney and liver damage. Try using diluted vinegar or Bon Ami products with natural cleansers.
  • Sodium Laurel Sulphate – found in different toothpastes. Has been tested as a pesticide but denied because of environmental damage. Use natural or sulphate free toothpaste.

Here’s the Deal:

At West Boulevard Cleaners, we understand the dangers of common household chemicals and instead of using PERC (tetrachloroethylene – which has been linked to cancer) to clean your clothes, we use an high tech eco-friendly product that will not harm you, your family or the environment.  We use very special cleaning products formulated to commercially clean your garments with water, better and more safely with water than with harmful chemicals.

We Recommend

For household uses such as washing your hands we recommend a mild liquid soap without phosphates. You can also use it for washing dishes when washing by hand. 17 states in the USA have banned phosphates from dishwasher detergents because they pollute lakes, bays and streams. They create algae blooms and starve fish of oxygen.

Lower your Emissions

One of the major contributors to climate change is greenhouse gases.  You can reduce your global footprint and reduce your emissions by driving less.  There are many ways that you can accomplish this goal.

  • Walk or cycle to the grocery store if it is near your home.
  • Use public transportation to commute to work.
  • Use carpooling when commuting.
  • Switch to an electric car to reduce your emissions to zero.

At West Boulevard Cleaners, we offer a free pick-up and delivery service for all your cleaning needs.  Not only will this save you a car trip or two, it will free up some extra time in your day.  Let us help you reduce your carbon footprint and clear your schedule.

A greener approach to your life is a positive change and a great New Year’s goal.  By replacing harmful chemicals in your house, you will not only be helping the environment, you will also be making a switch to a healthier lifestyle for you and your family.  Stop by or contact us today and see how our eco-friendly services can help you achieve your green New Year’s goals.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Going Green this New Year – Part 1

There has never been a better time to go green, so why not start fresh this New Year and make it a part of your resolutions?  A greener approach to your overall life is not only a switch that will benefit the environment, it will also lead to a healthier life for you and believe it or not, may even save you money in the long run.  As the premier eco-friendly Kitsilano dry cleaners, we would like to offer you the following ways that you can lead a greener and healthier lifestyle.

Bundle Up

Turn down your thermostat.  This statement holds even more importance this year because of the gas shortage in B.C.  By turning down your thermostat a few degrees, you will not only be reducing your carbon footprint you will also save money.  Some other great energy saving tips that are simple and can be used in your day to day life include:

  • Turn your hot water tank down a few degrees. Again, you will hardly notice any temperature change and you will save money and reduce your gas consumption.
  • Get a smart thermostat. This will allow you to program when you use and don’t use heat.  You may also be able to get a tax rebate on this energy efficient piece of technology.
  • Take a shorter shower. Try to shorten your shower by even a few minutes to save money and energy.
  • If you are cold, bundle up. Find your favourite sweater and put it on or use a throw and snuggle up on the couch with a hot drink.

Fill It Up

Another great way to reduce your reliance on plastic is to invest in a water bottle for drinking.  Many major cities have outlawed one time plastic water bottles and invested in tier drinking water.  Luckily, Vancouver has excellent drinking water (far healthier and cleaner than the water you will find in plastic bottles).  The next time you are thirsty, fill up your water bottle and keep a plastic bottle out of the landfill or the ocean.

Be Choosy

As a consumer, you have a huge impact on driving and steering the business market wherever you want.  Make sure that you support and purchase from environmentally friendly vendors and businesses that also believe in green practices.

We at West Boulevard Cleaners only use eco-friendly cleaning products.  We feel that this choice will not only keep you and your family safe from the chemicals found in traditional cleaning solvents, but this approach will also keep our beautiful city and province green for future generations to enjoy.  It is a choice that we believe in and stand by.

Go green this New Year – it requires very little effort and a greener approach to your lifestyle will only impact you in positive ways.  We all love Vancouver because of its natural beauty, so why not try to keep it that way for future generations?  If you would like more ways to go green or would like to know more about our eco-friendly dry cleaning services, our friendly staff would love to talk to you.

 

Celebrating the Holidays Vancouver Style – Part 1

The magical holiday season is upon us once again.  That special time of year when you get together with friends and family for good times and good cheer.  Vancouver has so many different holiday venues that it may be difficult to fit them all into your already busy schedule.  As the premier drycleaners in Kitsilano, we would like to offer these can’t miss festive events that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

Vancouver Christmas Market

Although there are many different Christmas markets to choose from in Vancouver, the largest is the Vancouver Christmas Market.  This popular market is located at Jack Poole Plaza outside the Vancouver Convention Centre and runs from November 23 until December 24.  The Christmas Market is divided up into four zones to make it easier to find what you are looking for.

The zones are:

  • Christmas Tree Terrace – this zone is home to the information desk and first aid. Also located in this zone is the carousel and a giant Christmas tree that you can go inside.
  • Artisan Market – here you will find vendors selling a wide range of hand-crafted goods such as glasswork, distilled liquors and handmade chocolates.
  • Merchant Alley – the vendors in this section of the market offer imported, one-of-a-kind gifts such as beer steins or handmade soaps from Turkey.
  • Marktplaz Eats and Treats – this is your one-stop shop for all of your Christmas favourites as well as some more traditional and exotic Christmas food from around the world.

The Vancouver Christmas Market is a can’t miss event and a great place to get a head start on all of your holiday shopping.  For more information on the market, its hours and cost of admission, please visit:

https://vancouversbestplaces.com/events-calendar/festivals-and-events/vancouver-christmas-market/.

St. Paul Lights of Hope Celebration

The St. Paul Lights of Hope Celebration has been a Vancouver landmark since 1998.  This annual event is made possible by over 150 volunteers who set up over 100 000 lights and illuminated donor stars.  This celebration is a fundraiser for the hospital and last year raised over 3 million dollars.

Vancouver Santa Claus Parade

The Vancouver Santa Claus Parade is an annual event that attracts over 300,000 people and has over 2,500 participants.  Arrive early to get a great seat and ring in the holidays at this year’s Vancouver Santa Claus Parade.  For more information about the parade route and start time, please visit:

https://vancouversbestplaces.com/events-calendar/december/vancouver-santa-claus-parade/.

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens

This popular attraction brings the VanDusen Botanical Gardens to life and is Vancouver’s longest running winter holiday attraction. With over 1 million lights spread over 15 hectares of garden, this light show is sure to entertain.  Make sure to carve some time out of your schedule for this amazing light show.  For more information, admission costs and some of the highlights of the light show, please visit:

https://vancouversbestplaces.com/top-attractions/vandusen-gardens/festival-of-lights/.

These are just a few of the can’t miss holiday attractions in Vancouver.  We offer a free pick-up and delivery service for all your cleaning needs, so if you can’t fit anything else into your busy schedule, let us help.  We would love to be a part of your holiday cheer.

Happy Holidays from West Boulevard Cleaners.

Green up your Fall

It is never too late to join the green movement.  By going green you can reduce your carbon footprint, reduce the amount of waste you create and believe it or not, maybe even save yourself a few dollars.  As Kitsilano’s premier eco-friendly dry cleaners, we would like to offer you the following ideas on how to go green this fall.

Conserve Energy

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, you will probably end up using more energy to light and heat your home.  These are some ways to conserve or even reduce energy in the fall include:

  1. Turn off lights in a room when you are not using them.
  2. Consider switching your lights to more energy efficient lights such as compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). CFL’s use about 70% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. Incandescent means generating light from heat.  This is the way light bulbs have worked since they were invented by Thomas Alva Edison.
  3. Or even better than CFL’s, why not switch to LED light bulbs? They cost more than CFL’s but last longer.  If you run a single incandescent bulb 5 hours a day for two years, it will cost you around $32 (depending on your energy rates). Most of that money is spent on electricity. If you run a single LED bulb 5 hours a day for two years, it will cost you $12.
  4. Lower your thermostat or invest in a smart or programmable thermostat so that you are only heating certain rooms or using heat at certain times of the day.
  5. Use warm water instead of hot in your washing machine. Or even better, use cold water.  Lightly soiled items come just as clean in cold water.
  6. Hang dry the garments you don’t bring to us, perhaps on your shower curtain rod.

Use Less Water

Living in Vancouver, it may be hard to think about conserving water as all it does is rain in the fall and winter months, but reducing the amount of water you use can save you money in the long run and will reduce your impact on the environment.

  • Use shorter wash cycles on your washing machine, or invest in an eco-friendly washing machine.
  • Try to shorten your shower by even a minute. I’ve heard using a wash cloth is not only better for your skin, but if you put soap on your cloth instead of on your body you can spend less time in the shower.  You will not only conserve water, you will also save on your hot water bill.
  • Install aerators on your taps and a low flow shower head. Both will reduce your water consumption and may come with a tax rebate, saving you money.

Cut the Plastic

Cut back on your reliance with plastic.

  • Instead of plastic bags, use cloth tote bags for shopping.
  • Recycle excess plastic bags so that they don’t end up in a landfill or in our oceans.
  • Request paper bags when food shopping, as they are sometimes made with already recycled paper, and are easier to recycle.
  • Decline plastic covers if you can do without when purchasing clothes.

Save Fuel

One look at the cost of fuel in Vancouver will have you wondering how to conserve or get the most out of your next tank of gas.

One way is to look for companies that offer free pick-up and delivery services like we do.  This will not only save you time but also help you conserve fuel.  We are proud to offer a free pick-up and delivery service and our friendly and professional staff would love to be a part of your overall green initiative.

Take public transit to work and back if you can, or better yet, use a bicycle.

We are an eco-friendly cleaner that believes in the green movement.  This is the only planet we have.  Let’s do our best to keep it clean.  All our services are aimed at not only reducing our impact on the environment but also providing you with a quality eco-friendly cleaning service.

 

 

Getting Your Wardrobe Fall Ready

After another epic Vancouver summer, the beginnings of the fall season are in the air. Shorter days, colourful leaves and yes the infamous Vancouver rain are all signs that it is time to put away your shorts and break out that fall wardrobe. As the premier Kitsilano eco-friendly dry cleaners, here are our recommendations and picks for some must have Fall attire.

Classics

There are always those classic fall clothes that no matter what the season or the year, they never go out of style. Comfy and warm favourites such as sweaters or hoodies are sure winners on those chilly fall days.

If you live in Vancouver another must have for the fall season is a good rain jacket. As we get into the late stages of fall, you will really appreciate staying dry as you get out and enjoy the beautiful sites of the city in all their fall splendor.

Some of this years’ hot fall wardrobe choices include:

  • Vests that can act as a layer allowing you to dress for the ever changing fall temperatures.
  • Flared jeans that can accommodate some rain boots or warm weather boots.
  • Sweater dresses that give you the best of both worlds, allowing you to stay warm and comfortable while still being trendy.
  • Wide brimmed or fedora type hats that will keep you warm and keep the rain away. Try to match your hat colour to that of your lipstick.

Accessorize

What would any fall wardrobe be without accessories? The hottest accessory for Fall 2018 is the wrap. A wrap is the ultimate in versatility and layering. Maybe look for a mid-weight fringed pattern. This will be fashionable this fall.

Fringe seems to be all the rage this fall. It can transform any outfit and give it that extra flair. Regardless of whether you are thinking about boots, purses or vests, you can’t go wrong with fringe.

A good pair of boots is another essential fall item. This year’s hottest boot is a versatile over the knee boot that will balance any layered fall look.

Caring for your Fall Wardrobe

Many of your fall wardrobe items need to be properly maintained to keep them looking and feeling new. Delicate items such as fringe need to be professionally cleaned to prevent staining or damage. We offer eco-friendly cleaning for all your delicate fabrics. All of our cleaning methods are free of toxic chemicals and do not harm the environment. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will ensure that your fall wardrobe remains looking like new for many falls to come.

Our seasonal picks and recommendations will have you looking trendy and fashionable this fall. So make sure to get out and enjoy this special season in Vancouver. If you have any questions about our cleaning methods or would like to schedule a drop off, please contact us today.

Preserving and Cleaning Your Wedding Dress

The summer wedding season is now in full effect. The many spectacular backdrops in and around Vancouver make for wonderful wedding memories. After the big day, it is so important to get your wedding dress professionally cleaned so that it can be preserved and cherished.

As the premier eco-friendly professional cleaners in Vancouver, we would like to offer the following advice on how to preserve and clean your wedding dress.

Initial Inspection and Discussion

We know how much your wedding dress means to you and what it symbolizes. That is why we treat each of your customers as individuals and have an in-depth discussion to explain each cleaning step in detail. We also do a detailed inspection of each dress to make sure that any stained area or area of discoloration is given extra care.

Here’s the Deal:

By paying attention to detail, we cannot only provide full customer satisfaction, but we can also keep your wedding dress in pristine condition for generations to come.

The Eco-Friendly Difference

Our eco-friendly cleaning approach is guaranteed to leave no chemical residue on your dress. Instead of harmful chemicals such as PERC, we use a specially designed wet cleaning program that is gentle enough to ensure that even the most delicate of beading or lace will not be damaged. Our cleaning method is:

  • Environmentally friendly and fully biodegradable.
  • Chemical and solvent free.
  • Guaranteed to leave your clothes brighter, softer, fresher and free of all chemical smells.

Packaging and Boxing

Once your wedding dress has been thoroughly cleaned, we also ensure that it is properly packaged to keep it looking like new for years to come. We package all our wedding dresses in an acid-free paper to prevent yellowing and to help maintain your dress’s original colour.

Let Us Help You

We know how busy things can get after a wedding, with a honeymoon to plan and the beginning of a new chapter in life can leave little time for trivial matters such as picking up your wedding dress. This is why we offer a free pick-up and delivery service.

We suggest that you book an initial consultation with us to discuss the entire cleaning and preservation process and to identify any problem areas or stains that are on your wedding dress. We will provide you with a timeline and call you for a final inspection or let us drop of your freshly cleaned wedding dress at your front door. Regardless of your decision you will be pleased with the final product.

We know that your wedding dress is symbolic of perhaps the most important day of your life. We treat every wedding dress with the special care it deserves and will maintain and preserve the beauty and essence of your dress.

Our professional, friendly and knowledgeable staff can answer all your questions and ensure that your dress is attended to the way you want. Our eco-friendly cleaning approach will leave your dress looking pristine so that you can keep it as a treasured keepsake.

Vancouver – Canada’s Greenest City

We are lucky to call Vancouver home. This magnificent city boasts an unparalleled geographical backdrop ringed by mountains and is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. Vancouver also attracts a multicultural population, which offers a host of international cuisines and unique cultural neighbourhoods. The city is also Canada’s greenest city and continues to make great strides in this area.

As the premier eco-friendly professional cleaners in Vancouver, we are proud to be a part of this green movement and would like to offer this brief overview as to why Vancouver’s green movement makes it the most sought after Canadian city to call home.

Vancouver’s Green Action Plan

The Greenest City Action Plan (GCAP) is Vancouver’s sustainability initiative to make the city the greenest city in the World by 2020. This plan focuses on 3 primary topics:

  • Reduction of carbon.
  • Reduce overall landfill waste with a goal of 0 waste.
  • Increase and diversify various ecosystems within the city.

Currently, the city feels that it has hit about 80% of the targets that they have set to achieve. Some of the highlights of the targets that have been met include:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 7% within the city which is an 18% decrease since 2007 (www.vancouver.ca/greenvancouver).
  • Newly constructed buildings in the city use 50% less energy than those built in other parts of the province. (www.vancouver.ca/greenvancouver).
  • 76% of the waste created by the construction of new buildings and the demolition of old ones is recycled. This goal however is still a ways away from the 0 waste goal set by the city.

The city continues to win awards for its bold environmental initiatives and is currently seen as the third greenest city in the world behind Copenhagen and Stockholm.

The Vancouver Lifestyle

The Vancouver lifestyle goes hand in hand with this green initiative and approach. Many of the city’s residents enjoy nature’s playground that can be found throughout the city. From skiing to watersports and hiking, Vancouver has it all.

Arts and culture aficionados enjoy the countless festivals that have become an iconic part of Vancouver’s cultural scene and include:

  • Vancouver International Film Festival.
  • Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
  • Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

Vancouver is also home to internationally recognized cuisine and offers a wide selection of fresh, organic food choices that goes hand in hand with the green image of Vancouver. One trip to Granville Island will show you why Vancouver’s lifestyle is a sought after one.

Our Part

As part of the Vancouver business community as well as a resident of this beautiful city, we offer a quality, sustainable product that is environmentally friendly. Our eco-friendly professional cleaning services are an excellent alternative to traditional dry cleaning and will keep all your clothes looking like new and free of dangerous chemicals and solvents. So, the next time you are looking for a friendly, professional cleaning service drop into either our Kerrisdale or Kitsilano locations, and be a part of Vancouver’s green future. I hope to see you soon.