After recognizing International Women’s Day this week, come celebrate with us at Close to you to kick off our Tommy Bahama sale at 25% off. Bring your sister, a friend or neighbor and we will help you all find the perfect casual outfit you’ve been waiting for. Spring is just around the corner and we’re all anxious to see the new colors and styles. This sale will be on until March 12th, so you don’t miss out. 

We have some new lines in the store and more coming in. Clara Sun Woo is “made with love in the U.S.A.” They’re a mother and daughter design team and very much like Sympli, advertising a perfect fit, wrinkle free, washable and travel friendly.

The Dolcezza line has arrived including colorful dresses, tops and jackets. These are a cotton, polyester, elastane blend in the bright spring colors of fuchsia, blue and orange.

Sympli always surprises us with the new colors and styles: Mushroom and Papaya are in this spring, looking very elegant. Paired with a Celine Dion purse, I guarantee you will be making a fashion statement. Yes, our new Celine Dion purses have arrived. Sympli also presented us with a new casual look: sweatshirts with bell style top and bomber jackets to make your travels even more comfortable.

It’s all about comfort in our busy lives, isn’t it? Now Frank Lyman has started a new line called “Weekend”. You have just got to come in to see this. Gorgeous black leggings with soft pink roses, matching top or plain. The jacket has a flattering design and would best be described as ‘casual elegance’. A must see. 

Frank Lyman’s new “Weekend” line.

Love the JR polka-dot capris! Fun!

Joseph Ribkoff has always retained his elegance in design, but it seems that every season he does manage to surprise us all with some outstanding pieces which are totally eye-catching. Check out the polka-dot capris.

Stay tuned because right now the store is a buzz, a fantasy of fashion, there is so much to look at and try on. I get really excited when I see innovative design and brand new colors, it just brightens our world. My name is Karla and I work for Sandy at Close to you. I will do my best to keep you informed and hopefully will see you in the store soon.

Hello and thanks for stopping by! I thought it seemed high time for a little blog post about the latest happenings at Close To You. 

Lonely Onlies 50% OFF!

First things first – the latest fabulous savings you can get on shoes at the store with the Lonely Onlies Sale! Sandy has put all the styles that have only one pair left at 50% off the original price! All styles –  flats, pumps, sandals, ankle boots, full boots – if it’s the last one left it’s 50% off! And since there’s only one left, that means you’re getting an even better deal as these shoes were especially loved and popular, so much so that there’s just the one pair left. It’ll be the lucky lady who these fit and will get the pair for 50% off the original price. It’s like a Cinderella story! 😉 Make sure you come by soon though for your own fairytale ending. hehe

Next up is a little inside scoop and some pictures about Sandy and Donna’s trip to Las Vegas for the Spring/Fall buying show. I’ll let Sandy tell you about that in her words: 

Donna and I had a fabulous time in Las Vegas at the Spring/Fall buying show last week.  It was Donna’s first trip to Vegas so needless to say, I know it was exciting for her.

We have acquired some new lines…I can hear you saying “but Sandy, where are you going to put them?” Don’t you worry, you know I always find room…lol We are so excited to add Celine Dion bags and purses to our lines. And of course, we had a visit with all the crew from Sympli. They had even announced our Retailer of the Year from the Business Examiner in Victoria, apparently to a huge round of applause (we didn’t arrive until later). 

We have loved a California line called Vocal…they are on their way! There is a great sock line called SockSmith…on their way! Of course, we met the owners of Shapeez, Sleevey Wonder, and even Samuel Dong, Natasha from Ezze Wear, UBU coats, and Freddy from Elomie (Donna and I were both certified as fitters for Elomie, Goddess, Fantasie and Freya bra groups). We also met the Up Pants people and the Fly London, Alegria and Bernie Mev brass! It was a packed 4 days with so much happening that this space doesn’t even begin to tell the stories. The trip was exciting and we found some great surprises for you!

Donna in Vegas

Sandy and Celine in Vegas

Lastly, here’s a rundown of the events coming up for Close To You. It’s a trunk and fashion show frenzy!

Feb 26 – Presentation at the Parksville Tops group
March 8-12Tommy Bahama Friends and Family Day…save 25% off TB Fashions
March 22 – Sympli Spring Trunk and Fashion Show
April 8 – Fashion Show at Beban Park for the Cancer Society
April 11 – Ballenas Fashion Show
Apr 15 – Bowser Legion Fashion show
April 19 – Joseph Ribkoff Trunk and Fashion Show
May 5 – Fly Day…win a pair of Fly!
May 6 – Craig Bay Fashion Show
May 17 – Church of Ascension Fashion Show

You can see that we are busy but if you have an event you would like us to participate in just give us a call, and if we can, we will be there for you! *The events in red are at the store – call for more information at 250-248-3781. 

Ana in UBU spring coat

And I just have to add one more picture of Ana in this wonderful coat from UBU for spring as she just looks so cute in it! It just arrived and there’s more coming from our USA trip too! The coat comes in an array of colors and in sizes small through x-large. We can’t wait for more! Ana is also standing next to a wonderful bamboo Sympli tunic. We love our Sympli!

So that’s it for now. Hope you enjoyed this update and that we’ll see you in the store soon! 



 I’m back for more shopping ideas on this snowy, blustery, winter day! Oh, my – I hope everyone has been staying safe today! Here in Nanaimo (this is Kim, by the way 🙂 ) we got quite the dump of snow and the power was out for ages. Much of north Nanaimo was out of power all morning. But thankfully the snow has pretty much stopped now and the power is back on. Phew! I’ve got to get out shopping shortly myself!

Anyway, on to the fun stuff – more gift ideas from Close To You! So we covered a few outfits in the last blog post so this time I thought I’d show some of our fabulous PJs and slippers! Cozy PJs are always a hit. Who doesn’t love new PJs?! And of course slippers – they’re such a classic Christmas present. You can never go wrong with giving someone a super comfy pair of slippers. 

First up then is this fabulous 2-piece PJ set by Patricia in this gorgeous grey and pink. Don’t you love grey and pink together? The set (top and pants) is $75. And then, of course, to cozy it up even further we’ve added this great Casual Moments zip-up robe in the perfect matching pink. The robe is $135. I think this jammie outfit would be perfect for a sitting by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate… or a glass of wine… 😉 



Next we have another one of our new favorite brands – Paper Label. They are a fantastic loungewear company that we’ve discovered based out of North Vancouver. They feature a fabric called Tencel, which is “more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen” (Paper Label), along with having moisture-absorbing and releasing properties. Sounds pretty fabulous to me. Pictured here is the nightshirt for $59, grey plaid pants for $65, and matching grey plaid robe for $110. 



For a fun gift or stocking stuffer, we have a ginormous selection Snoozies. At $20, you can’t beat this easy gift. We have them with these Christmas themes, plus a whole assortment of other fun themes. 



Here’s another zip-up robe by Casual Moments ($135) in a beautiful purple with a fun wine-themed pair of Snoozies slippers ($20). This would keep someone cozy from head to toe! And yes, we have regular ‘tie’ robes as well. 😉 



We also have also higher-end slippers for those who want a bit more luxury – below is from Garzon, $70.



And if you or your ‘special someone’ is looking for something a little less cozy, a little more sexy, we definitely have those options as well – long or short – whatever you fancy. Below is a beautiful Arianna coverup ( $132) and chemise ($99). 



Well, that’s it for now. I hope this gives you some ideas and shows just an inkling of what we have in store. Truly though, there are so many more things I haven’t even begun to mention – scarves, gloves, socks, purses, and of course so many fashion choices that would make great gifts. If you haven’t been to the store yet, you really must come by! Hope to see you soon. Be safe on the snowy, wet roads!