Spring blooms fashion

Nature’s first green is gold - Robert Frost

  • Apr. 12, 2019 7:00 a.m.

Text and photos by Lia CroweStyling and makeup by Jen Clark

Spring is here, filled with the promise of new beginnings, and like the Robert Frost poem Nothing Gold Can Stay, we’re reminded that although the delicate new growth is beautiful, it’s also fleeting. So celebrate the season of new life with crisp whites, warm blacks and bountiful pops of fresh green! Oak Bay’s Erin McCall takes us to her favourite local haunt, Thorn and Thistle Flowers on St. Patrick Street, and shows us spring’s new look.

A mom of three little boys, Erin is also a grade four teacher at Glenlyon Norfolk School. She also helps out from time to

time at their family business, McCall Gardens, in the catering department. Originally from New York, Erin met her husband, Trevor McCall, at university in New York. The couple lived there until moving to Oak Bay about 10 years ago.

“I absolutely love raising a family here,” Erin says. “We take advantage or our ‘backyard’ by going on family bike rides, walks to the Oak Bay Marina to explore tide pools, fish and crab. We also love to walk down the street to Thorn and Thistle to get penny candy for the boys (they love picking out their special ones) and coffee for ourselves and picking up their beautiful flower arrangements for us or for our friends.”

With a bachelor’s degree in childhood education and a master’s degree in literacy education, it’s no surprise that Erin loves her job. “Everyone I work with truly cares about each and every student and making a difference in their lives,” she says. “I work in such a positive environment, which makes coming to work everyday enjoyable. For me, to see a child learn something new for the first time and knowing I had something to do with their learning, inspires me to get out of bed everyday.”

When it comes to beauty and style, Erin says, “I believe good style is whatever makes you feel good! When it comes to beauty I like to be natural. I am not one to wear too much makeup and I think it is important for people to feel beautiful in their own skin.”

Black “Pia” dress by Fig ($115) and silver cuff bracelet by Jenny Bird ($160) from Tulipe Noire; “La Boheme” mesh watch by Cluse ($135) from Nicholas Randall; resin and metal earrings by Blue Sky, New York ($38) from A La Mode Consignment; headscarf is stylists own.

White bow-collar top by Marc Cain ($330) from W&J Wilson; fern striped pants by Lauren by Ralph Lauren ($40), wedge shoes by Cole Haan ($72), and resin and metal earrings by Blue Sky New York ($38) from A La Mode Consignment; Silver cuff bracelet by Jenny Bird ($160) and leather “Kurva” shopper bag by Elk ($386) both from Tulipe Noire; “La Boheme” mesh watch by Cluse ($135) from Nicholas Randall.

White stripe Kaysey dress, by Gentle Fawn ($129), “La Boheme” mesh watch by Cluse ($135), and palm print drop earrings ($32) and V necklace ($42) by Blackdrop, all from Nicholas Randall; silver cuff bracelet by Jenny Bird ($160) and leather “Kurva” shopper bag by Elk ($386), both from Tulipe Noire.

Organic cotton green sweater by e.d.c ($64) from Nicholas Randall; Wide leg striped pants by Fig ($115) and “Tofte” wallet, by elk ($185) from Tulipe Noire; La LOOP eye wear accessory necklaces (prices vary) from Fairfield Eyecare.

From TWEED magazine

Just Posted

Crooner classics past and present in spotlight, courtesy of Ken Lavigne

Vancouver Island tenor prepares for upcoming concert tour of Let Me Be Frank!

It’s here: tackling opioid addiction in Ladysmith

Nine overdose deaths in two years “pretty alarming considering this is a small town”

Vancouver Island man celebrates 50th year by running 50 km race — monthly

Ultrarunner hopes Deep 50 Challenge will raise $5,000 for Help Fill A Dream

Alternative paths to health: How one Vancouver Island woman is taking control of her cancer treatments

Many Canadians try at least one form of complementary treatment during their cancer journey

Editorial: Plenty of alternatives to plastic straws

Plastics have their place in our society, but right now there are far too many of them

Dashcam captures close call between minivan, taxi at busy Vancouver intersection

To make the footage more nerve-wracking, a pedestrian can be seen standing at the corner

VIDEO: Vancouver Island fish farmers launch $30-million vessel to treat farmed salmon for sea lice

Freshwater treatment an improvement but fish farms should be removed from sea, says conservationist

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

VIDEO: Fire guts Peachland home

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze in the Okanagan neighbourhood

$6K raised in one day’s time for family of woman gunned down in Penticton

GoFundMe launched for family of Darlene Knippelberg, to pay for funeral costs and other expenses

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Most Read