Hello to everyone! Well, here I am again, and we are here for you, albeit new and different times! Spring is around the corner, although here in British Columbia, on sunny Vancouver Island, it’s not so sunny today. Snow flakes are flying and the temperature has dipped to an unusual minus 4. [...]
Life is sure different right now! As the owner of this fabulous business I thought I’d take the time to answer some of your questions here and let you know how we are doing. I get asked these questions every day. Questions like... Are you OK? How are you doing? Are people coming into the store? And usually followed up with… We’re so glad you are open! [...]
It’s beach time in Oceanside. Time for swimming, water sports, tanning, relaxing and people watching. Even when we have a late summer, it’s usually followed by a beautiful fall. Mother Nature does not disappoint on Vancouver Island. [...]
Our craving for warmth and sunshine is finally being fulfilled. A little later than usual but it never disappoints. It’s time for wearing sun dresses with large brim hats and versatile totes.
This ‘Tango Mango’ dress is shown with a blue ‘Memories’ sun hat and ‘Frank Lyman’ tote.
The ‘Tango Mango’ brand has been a popular choice for sun dresses because the rippled material design will virtually make all women look great. It shows off the curves without showing any bulges. They are so versatile, [...]
Variety in our wardrobe will give us a daily new outlook as we venture into summer after months of staying home. We will become busier than ever, anxious to get out of the house while we continue to maintain our social distancing. It will be a summer of Staycations – Destination BC.
Think of it this way – ample variety in our wardrobe will give us a brand new ‘go to’ or ‘anything goes’. Take a closer look at these ‘Soft Works’ tops in cheerful colors of Candy, Aqua, Lime and Blue. We all have basic black and white pants and capris; just pick your favourite colors, get two or three tops and you’ll be good to go [...]
The good news in spring fashions is that patterned tops, pants, dusters and dresses are in like never before, just in time for raising our spirits to feel alive again. The new vivid colors are like a ray of sunshine, guaranteed to make us smile.
We’ve all had our moments during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of us have coped reasonably well but our lives have not been normal lately. We need a few things to cheer us up a little.
The best news I’ve heard lately is that Close to You is reopening soon! [...]
Sandy opened her new store on Corfield Street because she wanted a store large enough to accommodate a comprehensive shoe department. She was looking forward to stocking this new department with the best shoes, boots and sandals made in the world today and her goals have been realized, combining high fashion and comfort.
Our store needs to stay closed a little longer due to the COVID-19 crisis so that our staff and customers will stay safe, but we can certainly show you some pictures of the wonderful spring stock of sandals waiting for you. [...]
What is it that makes us smile? What lifts our spirits when things are not quite right? It’s finding joy in seeing something we just love, discovering the perfect color we’ve been looking for and finally ‘the purchase’ to call it our own.
We’d like to show you some beautiful new Zsiska jewelry in our store, just waiting for you to be able to come in again, in-person, to see these with your own eyes. Hopefully, Sandy will be able to open the store again soon. I know she misses all of you. In the meantime, we are keeping you posted viaFacebook,Instagram, online shopping and blogs on our website.
Each piece of clothing has its own unique design and color, just like the flowers in your garden. When you mix the right flower combination, you have a beautiful bouquet. Try this concept when choosing your wardrobe.
Sandy is a master at putting different brands together as she demonstrates by choosing Crystal’s striking outfit: black and white print ‘Up!’ pant with a red top and black blazer by ‘Joseph Ribkoff’. [...]
Crisp white shirts by Foxcroft, with a Joseph Ribkoff striped blouse shown in the centre – don’t ever need ironing.
The research and new technology that’s come along in the past 20 years is paying big dividends to consumers starting off this decade. If you hate ironing as much as I do, you’ll appreciate the many wrinkle free fashions available.
New fabrics, environmentally friendly detergents, shorter gentle-washing cycles all contribute to saving cost and the environment. Dryers use only low heat and mother nature is drying our clothes when we ‘hang to dry’. This is all enhancing the effort to save our planet. [...]
Dress smart for that plane trip, you’re not there yet and still need to wear some comfortable, warm clothes for traveling. It can be cool on the airplane and you may want to sleep a little.
Sympli, Frank Lyman and Joseph Ribkoff fill the bill on all three requests. These brands don’t wrinkle, are warm and breathable and the right style will feel like wearing pajamas, so you can have your nap comfortably.
After our snowstorms many people are planning a winter get-away. When we decide on last minute trips to hot spots, the next thought is where can I buy shorts, wraps and a new bathing suit this time of year?
That’s what I like about Close to You. They sell bathing suits year-round and all the accessories that come with it. [...]
Bling is in! Do you want a little bling? Why not choose a glamorous jumpsuit? Or do you want to make a splash with this sparkling statement in seasonal red?
2020 is not only a new year, it’s a new decade. Reach out to a new beginning. Be the woman you’ve always wanted to be. Step out of your box and let yourself shine.
New Year’s Eve is the time for glitter. You don’t have to be going to a fancy restaurant to wear it either. I’ve been in places where I’ve seen the most amazing sequin dresses along side people wearing jeans. It’s OK! Anything goes on New Year’s Eve. [...]
To have a rhinestone watch like this one would make any woman feel very special!! (Give your man a hint.)
The clock is ticking….. Christmas is sneaking up on us far too quickly. The month of December just seems to run a marathon. First, we look forward to the various craft sales and Christmas markets, attend our favourite fund-raisers, take in special events where we are sure to see our friends and of course, the ‘one on one’ luncheons with a few of our best friends.
When does a person ever have time to shop and get the house ready for our own family and the company we’ve invited? I love going to Close to You, a store that offers many options or does the thinking for me. [...]
Light tones of pink and grey have been a surprising addition to this fall’s collection of fashions. These colors have always been considered as spring/summer but with a new twist. The material used is soft and cuddly and can help keep you warm when layering. Our 'featured image' photo above is a collection by Samuel Dong demonstrating this color mix.
Not all Christmas gatherings are fancy affairs. Think about the casual Christmas Eve with family, visiting friends over the holidays and the all-important Christmas morning when you want to take pictures of your grandchildren. You will probably need a new sweater and some nice pajamas or a housecoat for yourself. [...]
Just can’t believe that we’re well into the month of November and, before you know it, Christmas functions will be starting. Now is the time to browse our new-look store. We’ve changed things around, making your shopping experience flow freely. [...]
Frank Lyman, another Canadian designer icon, started in the fashion industry at the age of 18 as a salesperson. He had a passion for fashion but more so for design. His perfectly ‘Frank’ style is “everything is made in Canada.” Now with 40 years of experience he shows no sign of slowing down.
The Frank Lyman Trunk and Fashion Show for the fall season will be on Wednesday, November 6th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., with the fashion show starting at 6:00 p.m. Come join us for wine and appies to see what he has in store for us this fall. [...]