Amy Yew

MA Psychology. Relationship & Fashion Staff Writer for Vancouver Courier Newspaper. Style Contributor at The Social Life. Lucky Magazine Community Contributor.
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10 tips for sale shopping from the experts
http://www.vancourier.com/opinion/blogs/style-by-yew-1.685160/10-tips-for-shopping-at-plenty-s-warehouse-sale-this-weekend-1.965625?blogRssReaderId=7.6871
By: Amy Yew

There are a few cardinal rules I live by when it comes to fashion such as staying open to something new, balance, comfort and finding a great deal. Just because you’re craving designer items doesn’t mean you have to spend like you’re buying one.  Consignment stores around Vancouver is a great way to shop on a bargain. While some people believe that shopping at sales or consignment stores means finding items that are out of date or not “on trend”, what’s trendy isn’t the necessarily the holy grail. Trends often give us new inspiration but what’s trendy for you is what looks great on you.
Spring has officially arisen and it’s the optimal time to take advantage of sales that are happening all over the city. Because we’re all about keeping you in the know, Plenty is hosting a warehouse sale that’s definitely worth checking out for great deals at the Vancouver Convention Centre from April 18th-21st.  We also took this opportunity to ask Plenty’s communication and marketing manager Jenna Tuazon some questions about shopping smart and how to take full advantage of sales.
For the full article, click here.

10 tips for sale shopping from the experts

http://www.vancourier.com/opinion/blogs/style-by-yew-1.685160/10-tips-for-shopping-at-plenty-s-warehouse-sale-this-weekend-1.965625?blogRssReaderId=7.6871

By: Amy Yew

There are a few cardinal rules I live by when it comes to fashion such as staying open to something new, balance, comfort and finding a great deal. Just because you’re craving designer items doesn’t mean you have to spend like you’re buying one.  Consignment stores around Vancouver is a great way to shop on a bargain. While some people believe that shopping at sales or consignment stores means finding items that are out of date or not “on trend”, what’s trendy isn’t the necessarily the holy grail. Trends often give us new inspiration but what’s trendy for you is what looks great on you.

Spring has officially arisen and it’s the optimal time to take advantage of sales that are happening all over the city. Because we’re all about keeping you in the know, Plenty is hosting a warehouse sale that’s definitely worth checking out for great deals at the Vancouver Convention Centre from April 18th-21st.  We also took this opportunity to ask Plenty’s communication and marketing manager Jenna Tuazon some questions about shopping smart and how to take full advantage of sales.

For the full article, click here.
How gossip might be good for society
http://www.vancourier.com/opinion/blogs/heart-of-vancouver-1.685161/how-gossip-might-be-good-for-society-1.963951?blogRssReaderId=7.6871
By: Amy Yew

Most people (including myself) have been told that gossiping is bad and that this sort of idle chatter corrodes any true form of conversation that benefits anyone. I’ll be the first to admit that my not so secret indulgence is celebrity gossip. This was the precise reason that when an opportunity to meet celebrity gossip extraordinaire Elaine Lui (aka Lainey Gossip), my friend Josh thought I’d be the perfect person to be his plus one.
We studied our celebrity gossip before the meeting like any good student and really didn’t know what to expect except to expect the unpredicted. During the 3 hours with Elaine, we talked about how Gwyneth Paltrow’s decision to “consciously uncouple” is creating a movement towards a new way of separating. We touched on topics such as self-image, feminism and what society deems as acceptable sexual behavior. Not the type of conversation most people would think when it comes to gossip. So what’s the moral of the story? Gossip is not idle chatter; it’s much more than meets the eye and it gives us insight into the psyche of our culture and how it influences us.
Before we delve into anything, we must define what is gossip? According to the Review of General Psychology, the most common definition of gossip is “any conversation between two or more people about another person who is not there”.
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How gossip might be good for society

http://www.vancourier.com/opinion/blogs/heart-of-vancouver-1.685161/how-gossip-might-be-good-for-society-1.963951?blogRssReaderId=7.6871

By: Amy Yew

Most people (including myself) have been told that gossiping is bad and that this sort of idle chatter corrodes any true form of conversation that benefits anyone. I’ll be the first to admit that my not so secret indulgence is celebrity gossip. This was the precise reason that when an opportunity to meet celebrity gossip extraordinaire Elaine Lui (aka Lainey Gossip), my friend Josh thought I’d be the perfect person to be his plus one.

We studied our celebrity gossip before the meeting like any good student and really didn’t know what to expect except to expect the unpredicted. During the 3 hours with Elaine, we talked about how Gwyneth Paltrow’s decision to “consciously uncouple” is creating a movement towards a new way of separating. We touched on topics such as self-image, feminism and what society deems as acceptable sexual behavior. Not the type of conversation most people would think when it comes to gossip. So what’s the moral of the story? Gossip is not idle chatter; it’s much more than meets the eye and it gives us insight into the psyche of our culture and how it influences us.

Before we delve into anything, we must define what is gossip? According to the Review of General Psychology, the most common definition of gossip is “any conversation between two or more people about another person who is not there”.

For the full article, click here.
Just a little “get to know you” with Canadian designer Christopher Bates because there is so much to discuss like his worst fashion moment or whether he prefers cats or dogs.
http://www.vancourier.com/opinion/blogs/style-by-yew-1.685160/canadian-designer-christopher-bates-answers-our-50-questions-in-5-minutes-1.950183?blogRssReaderId=7.6871
By: Amy Yew

We asked Christopher Bates 50 questions in 5 minutes:
1. Favorite city: Stockholm
2. Most versatile item of clothing: sports jacket
3. Last book you read: A feast for crows
4. Favorite book you read: count of Monte Cristo
5. Dream vacation spot: Monico
6. Kate Moss or Cara Delevigne: Kate moss (how about Kate Upton?)
7. Favorite muse: James Bond
8. Dog or cat: Cat
9. Advice you would give your 18 year old self: Go for it
10. The first thing you reach for in the morning: alarm clock
11. Facebook, twitter or instagram: Facebook
12. Favorite designer other than yourself: Raf Simmons
13. New York Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, or Milan Fashion Week Paris Fashion Week: Milan Fashion Week
14. Coffee or tea: Neither
15. Must have on a trip away from home: Wingman
16. Pet peeve: Whistling
For the full article, click here.

Just a little “get to know you” with Canadian designer Christopher Bates because there is so much to discuss like his worst fashion moment or whether he prefers cats or dogs.

http://www.vancourier.com/opinion/blogs/style-by-yew-1.685160/canadian-designer-christopher-bates-answers-our-50-questions-in-5-minutes-1.950183?blogRssReaderId=7.6871

By: Amy Yew

We asked Christopher Bates 50 questions in 5 minutes:

1. Favorite city: Stockholm

2. Most versatile item of clothing: sports jacket

3. Last book you read: A feast for crows

4. Favorite book you read: count of Monte Cristo

5. Dream vacation spot: Monico

6. Kate Moss or Cara Delevigne: Kate moss (how about Kate Upton?)

7. Favorite muse: James Bond

8. Dog or cat: Cat

9. Advice you would give your 18 year old self: Go for it

10. The first thing you reach for in the morning: alarm clock

11. Facebook, twitter or instagram: Facebook

12. Favorite designer other than yourself: Raf Simmons

13. New York Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, or Milan Fashion Week Paris Fashion Week: Milan Fashion Week

14. Coffee or tea: Neither

15. Must have on a trip away from home: Wingman

16. Pet peeve: Whistling

For the full article, click here.
Are your chances of finding love based on sex ratio?
http://www.vancourier.com/opinion/blogs/heart-of-vancouver-1.685161/are-your-chances-of-finding-love-based-on-sex-ratio-1.946882?blogRssReaderId=7.6871
By: Amy Yew

Most people have noticed an imbalanced sex ratio in Vancouver. Women often win out over men in numbers meaning there are more options for men to choose from than women. People have many theories about how sex ratio affects the prospects of finding long-term partnerships. In general, the sex with a lower number is commonly believed to hold the advantage within the dating field since they’re seen as a commodity.
While this theory may lack a serine tone of romance, most relationship theorist belief that it does have some effect. Researchers from the University of Sheffield released recent findings that divorce increases in populations where there are more females after studying 197 different species of birds and their pair bonding behaviors. This research although studied using birds, have been linked to similar findings in human societies. Researchers also found from this study that short-term infidelity also increases in male dominated environments.

For the full column, click here.

Are your chances of finding love based on sex ratio?

http://www.vancourier.com/opinion/blogs/heart-of-vancouver-1.685161/are-your-chances-of-finding-love-based-on-sex-ratio-1.946882?blogRssReaderId=7.6871

By: Amy Yew

Most people have noticed an imbalanced sex ratio in Vancouver. Women often win out over men in numbers meaning there are more options for men to choose from than women. People have many theories about how sex ratio affects the prospects of finding long-term partnerships. In general, the sex with a lower number is commonly believed to hold the advantage within the dating field since they’re seen as a commodity.

While this theory may lack a serine tone of romance, most relationship theorist belief that it does have some effect. Researchers from the University of Sheffield released recent findings that divorce increases in populations where there are more females after studying 197 different species of birds and their pair bonding behaviors. This research although studied using birds, have been linked to similar findings in human societies. Researchers also found from this study that short-term infidelity also increases in male dominated environments.

For the full column, click here.

The perfect end to a hectic day @mrg1986 (at The Foundation)

The perfect end to a hectic day @mrg1986 (at The Foundation)

Simplicity is key for the new Judith and Charles store on West 4th
http://www.vancourier.com/opinion/blogs/style-by-yew-1.685160/simplicity-is-key-for-the-new-judith-charles-store-on-west-4th-1.941298?blogRssReaderId=7.6871
By: Amy Yew

Spring brings new light to the city and there’s a new addition to the already trendy West 4th area here in Vancouver. Judith and Charles opened their new doors at 2207 West 4th street on March 20th. Founders Charles Le Pierres and Judith Richardson started designing 20 years ago and currently have stores in 11 locations within North America (even one in New York).  The brand proudly boasts their “Made in Canada” label and making its presence known.
If you’re looking for a simple yet refined look, Judith and Charles is your go to. There’s been an increase in demand for Canadian designers to break into the fashion market. It’s not often we see a “made in Canada” logo since most designers (even prominent ones in the industry) have been outsourcing their patterns for garments to be made overseas at a lower cost.
For the full article, click here.

Simplicity is key for the new Judith and Charles store on West 4th

http://www.vancourier.com/opinion/blogs/style-by-yew-1.685160/simplicity-is-key-for-the-new-judith-charles-store-on-west-4th-1.941298?blogRssReaderId=7.6871

By: Amy Yew

Spring brings new light to the city and there’s a new addition to the already trendy West 4th area here in Vancouver. Judith and Charles opened their new doors at 2207 West 4th street on March 20th. Founders Charles Le Pierres and Judith Richardson started designing 20 years ago and currently have stores in 11 locations within North America (even one in New York).  The brand proudly boasts their “Made in Canada” label and making its presence known.

If you’re looking for a simple yet refined look, Judith and Charles is your go to. There’s been an increase in demand for Canadian designers to break into the fashion market. It’s not often we see a “made in Canada” logo since most designers (even prominent ones in the industry) have been outsourcing their patterns for garments to be made overseas at a lower cost.

For the full article, click here.
Fat Shaming: Hollywood is now being accused of glamorizing obesity
http://www.vancourier.com/opinion/blogs/heart-of-vancouver-1.685161/fat-shaming-hollywood-is-now-being-accused-of-glamorizing-obesity-1.938409?blogRssReaderId=7.6871
By: Amy Yew

It appears that Hollywood can’t seem to win. Controversy began swirling a few days ago when ultra candor Joan Rivers outwardly fat shamed actress Lena Dunham saying that she’s giving people the message to “stay fat and get diabetes”. While glamorizing skinny girls on television puts forth a motion for craze dieting, eating disorders and self-image issues, does the reverse have the same effect?
It’s certainly a relief to see all kinds of body sizes integrated into television these days. Most of us now realize that just because a model looks great in a picture doesn’t mean she’s hasn’t been altered in some ways via Photoshop or plastic surgery. All these scary Photoshopping videos of before and after (Lena Dunham included on the cover of Vogue) shows that anything is possible for a picture perfect photo. The important lesson we learned from these exposés are that there’s more than meets the eye even in Dunham’s case.
For the full article, click here.

Fat Shaming: Hollywood is now being accused of glamorizing obesity

http://www.vancourier.com/opinion/blogs/heart-of-vancouver-1.685161/fat-shaming-hollywood-is-now-being-accused-of-glamorizing-obesity-1.938409?blogRssReaderId=7.6871

By: Amy Yew

It appears that Hollywood can’t seem to win. Controversy began swirling a few days ago when ultra candor Joan Rivers outwardly fat shamed actress Lena Dunham saying that she’s giving people the message to “stay fat and get diabetes”. While glamorizing skinny girls on television puts forth a motion for craze dieting, eating disorders and self-image issues, does the reverse have the same effect?

It’s certainly a relief to see all kinds of body sizes integrated into television these days. Most of us now realize that just because a model looks great in a picture doesn’t mean she’s hasn’t been altered in some ways via Photoshop or plastic surgery. All these scary Photoshopping videos of before and after (Lena Dunham included on the cover of Vogue) shows that anything is possible for a picture perfect photo. The important lesson we learned from these exposés are that there’s more than meets the eye even in Dunham’s case.

For the full article, click here.
Shoe designer Charlotte Olympia Dellal to appear in Vancouver. Our list of favorites from her collection included.
http://www.vancourier.com/opinion/blogs/style-by-yew-1.685160/shoe-designer-charlotte-olympia-dellal-to-appear-in-vancouver-1.922658?blogRssReaderId=7.6871
By: Amy Yew

Mark your calendars everyone, shoe designer Charlotte Olympia Dellal will be in Vancouver on Friday March 28th at The Bay on Granville Street. Charlotte Dellal brings old Hollywood glam with a sense of humor. This London based designer has had huge success in the fashion market where she believes the higher the heel, the better. Surprisingly, it was her flats that caught my attention to her work a few years back. Her designs have also graced the Oscar red carpets and The Golden Globe to name a few.
You can see Dellal’s sense of humor within her collection with the use of bright colors, prints and fun twists to classic designs. My favorite was her zodiac flats last season that captured the essence of elegance. Dellal who is 32 years old also means business when it comes to designing heels. Her five and a half inch heels also has a two-inch platform to boot with it (makes it a little easier to balance).
For the full article, click here.

Shoe designer Charlotte Olympia Dellal to appear in Vancouver. Our list of favorites from her collection included.

http://www.vancourier.com/opinion/blogs/style-by-yew-1.685160/shoe-designer-charlotte-olympia-dellal-to-appear-in-vancouver-1.922658?blogRssReaderId=7.6871

By: Amy Yew

Mark your calendars everyone, shoe designer Charlotte Olympia Dellal will be in Vancouver on Friday March 28th at The Bay on Granville Street. Charlotte Dellal brings old Hollywood glam with a sense of humor. This London based designer has had huge success in the fashion market where she believes the higher the heel, the better. Surprisingly, it was her flats that caught my attention to her work a few years back. Her designs have also graced the Oscar red carpets and The Golden Globe to name a few.

You can see Dellal’s sense of humor within her collection with the use of bright colors, prints and fun twists to classic designs. My favorite was her zodiac flats last season that captured the essence of elegance. Dellal who is 32 years old also means business when it comes to designing heels. Her five and a half inch heels also has a two-inch platform to boot with it (makes it a little easier to balance).

For the full article, click here.
Is having a baby before marriage the smart move? 41% of women think so.
http://www.vancourier.com/opinion/blogs/heart-of-vancouver-1.685161/is-having-a-baby-before-marriage-the-smart-move-1.919510?blogRssReaderId=7.6871
By: Amy Yew

This week we received the happy news that actress Mila Kunis is expecting a baby with partner Ashton Kusher. They seem like a nice enough couple and definitely have a stable career to go with that. Is there really a problem with putting the baby carriage before marriage?
Traditionally, the plan for most people is date, go steady, move in for 2-5 years, get engaged then get pregnant. It seems like society is not conforming to traditions evidenced by couples choosing to wait longer before tying the knot. While marriage may be on hold for some, others choose to move on with the next stage in life and bypass marriage. 41% of women under 30 having children are unwed. The average age of women who have their first child is around 25 while the average age of marriage is 26.
For the full article, click here.

Is having a baby before marriage the smart move? 41% of women think so.

http://www.vancourier.com/opinion/blogs/heart-of-vancouver-1.685161/is-having-a-baby-before-marriage-the-smart-move-1.919510?blogRssReaderId=7.6871

By: Amy Yew

This week we received the happy news that actress Mila Kunis is expecting a baby with partner Ashton Kusher. They seem like a nice enough couple and definitely have a stable career to go with that. Is there really a problem with putting the baby carriage before marriage?

Traditionally, the plan for most people is date, go steady, move in for 2-5 years, get engaged then get pregnant. It seems like society is not conforming to traditions evidenced by couples choosing to wait longer before tying the knot. While marriage may be on hold for some, others choose to move on with the next stage in life and bypass marriage. 41% of women under 30 having children are unwed. The average age of women who have their first child is around 25 while the average age of marriage is 26.

For the full article, click here.
Inspiration @JudithNCharles 📷

Inspiration @JudithNCharles 📷