Valentine's Day, Galentine's Day...

Hello CV friends! It's February 14th again... Which is an exciting date for some and a bothersome one for others. Us at CV all enjoy a solid self-care, self-love day. We put together some of our favourite movies, activities, and a <3-themed playlist to inspire how you spend your day this year. 

MOVIES

  • Frances Ha!

  • Her

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

  • Night on Earth

  • Ladybird

 

ACTIVITIES

  • Bowling! The Rose Bowl is a great spot to go bowling with friends and/or loved ones. They also have slushies, fries and a full bar.
  • Treat Yo Self... to a bubble bath and face mask. Maybe order-in some dinner too?
  • Cocktails! We love Kabinet, Bar Henrietta and Bar Suzanne (which also has dumplings) :)
  • Purchase matching Celine tees for you and your Valentine here!

PLAYLIST <3

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Happy Groundhog Day

It's February 2nd, 2018 and one time each year we find out if Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil (the most famous of the Groundhogs) will come out and see his shadow, indicating 6 more weeks of winter. Or, if he does not see his shadow this means Spring will arrive early!

Although Punxsutawney Phil can't truly predict the weather, we picked out some items you can add to your current Winter wardrobe... and some to start adding to your closet for Spring!

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Sadly, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today...

Good News: We have 30-50% OFF selected vintage pieces for Winter at both shops :)

Screen-capture from Groundhog Day (1993).

Screen-capture from Groundhog Day (1993).

Sweat It Out

Sweatpants à la Citizen Vintage: A Series. 

Dress it up or down with our handmade Citizen "Becky" crewnecks, -new in- deadstock sweatpants and selected vintage and accessories. These looks can guarantee a Netflix binge sesh and late night cocktails... you're welcome ;-)

Model: Victoria D'Alessandro

Photo + Styling: Leah-Beth Gold + Chloé Caristan

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Heather grey Becky crewneck

ONCE AGAIN denim shirt

Deadstock sweats

Vintage denim boots

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Deadstock sweats

Vintage accessories

Canadian made woolies

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Canary Becky crewneck

Vintage dress + fannypack

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Deadstock sweats

Vintage sweater + accessories

Disquiet Muse, Our Winter Artist at the plateau

Meet Disquiet Muse, the artist of the month at our Plateau boutique...

1. Who/What inspired you to create the illustrations for your Citizen collab?

These past couple of months have taught me a lot about mental health and the importance of self-care, so I wanted illustrate what I’ve learned, but with a bit of a wintry twist.

 

2. Where are you from? How did you end up in Montreal?

I’m from Palestine, but I was born and raised in Kuwait until the age of 17, which is when I decided to basically uproot my life and move to Montreal. There are a lot of events that led up to my move to Montreal, but I essentially wanted to go to school here and build a new home for myself. Although there was a good year of homesickness and isolation, I can happily say that Montreal is now my new home.

3. Favourite medium to work in?

I’m still trying to figure that out for myself, but for now, I really don’t have a favourite or preferred medium. I think it really depends on the project, its concept, scale and the aesthetic I’m going for. So, if I wanted the colours to look flatter or more muted than usual, I would go for markers or watercolours, but if I’m working on something more expressive or gestural—something that can take a couple of layers of pent up emotion—then I’d for sure prefer oil painting! It’s all relative.

 

4. Favourite musician right now?

Alvvays! Their latest album has gotten me through some tough times this year, I’ve also recently seen them play at Club Soda, which was all really amazing and memorable.

 

5. Do you enjoy shopping vintage/thrifting? Describe your style in 3 words.

Oh yeah, I definitely enjoy shopping vintage and thrifting. My style in three words: Comfortable, lazy and chunky.

 

6. One of the main themes in your work is 'self-care/love' - (which has inspired the theme of our upcoming Zine!) do you have any words to share on self-care to inspire our Citizen community?

I think for a long time I neither understood nor acknowledged the importance of taking a couple of minutes of everyday to just engage in an act of self-care. It can be anything you want: a bubble bath, an extra-long hug, booking an appointment with your therapist, or maybe you’ve had a bit of a rough week and need to let out a good cry—if it’ll make you feel better, do it. It’s important to remember that putting your needs and taking care of yourself is not a selfish act, rather it’s necessary, it’s good and it’s ok. You’re human and you need to give yourself  just as much love and care as you give the people in your life.

 

7. Favourite method of self-care/love?

Sometimes the bustle of life can keep me away from a moment of self-care, but when it doesn’t, I try my best to take an hour out of each day to just doodle something in my sketchbook.

 

NITI MUETH, OUR WINTER MILE END ARTIST

Get to know Niti, our Mile End artist for this winter...

 

1. Who/What inspired you to create the illustrations for your Citizen collab?

The theme STAY GOLD inspired the illustrations. It was inspired by the importance to be aware of your worth and be proud of it.

 

2. Where are you from? How did you end up in Montreal?

I'm a Quebecer, born and raised in Montreal. My parents are originally from Cameroon and Haïti.

3. Favourite medium to work in?

Pencil and paper! But I mostly do digital art on my computer with my graphic tablet.

 

4. Favourite musician right now? 

Definitely Anderson Paak, he's amazing.

5. Do you enjoy shopping vintage/thrifting? Describe your style in 3 words.

I do! But I don't shop a lot. My style is simple, but unapologetically represents me and my art.

 

6. One of the main themes in your work is 'self-care/love' - (which has inspired the theme of our upcoming Zine!) do you have any words to share on self-care to inspire our Citizen community?

We stand proud and united. Strengthened by the beauty of our souls. It's not a matter of colour. We are sisters. Inside we are gold. Together we are bold. We care about what matters the most. Self love matters.

 

7. Favourite method of self-care/love?

Meditation, prayer, visualization. 

Be sure to stop by our Mile End shop to check out Niti's amazing window installation and all of her great merch!

Gift Guide 2017

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1. Something for HIM...

New to our Plateau shop is Wise! Wise is a line of men's grooming products, that are natural, healthy and cruelty-free. We carry the 'Birch Bark Daily Shampoo', 'Red Maple Cream Pomade', and 'Glacier Clay Pomade'. All three products are available in stylish, reusable glass containers and you can purchase refills for them as well. 

Read more about how Wise is keeping it local and sustainable here.

 

 

 

2. Locally Made Candles

Flambette candles are available at both locations. We have a variety of scents including: mint+rosemary, peach+ginger, fig+cypress, eucalyptus+mint and citrus+sage. Each soy candle is individually hand poured in Quebec and have a wood-wick candle. 

...Toss in a Spilt Milk lighter, too ;)

 

 

 

3. Publications

Plasma, Editorial Mag and Phile Magazine are three publications that double as great additions to any coffee table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Pepin

These are some truly great unisex body products. All products are made without harsh chemicals commonly found in most body products on the market. We carry the natural deodorant, light and dark dry shampoo, body butter, face oil, olive oil bar soap and lip balm. 

 

 

 

5. Stocking Stuffer

Who doesn't love getting a brand new pair of socks? We have several styles and colours that are sure to keep toes warm and stylish. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Hats

We have an array of hats in both shops. Featured here is a vintage velvet red beret and a Miyuki crochet headband. We have lots of toques and hats that are vintage and new.

 

 

 

7. Keep Warm by the Fire

Vintage blankets are a great gift for a friend or family member. We chose this plaid wool blanket.

PS... We just got in a vintage wool Hudson's Bay blanket at the Plateau shop. Get it before it's gone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Ceramics

These lovely ceramic dishes are handmade and painted in Montreal by Salina Ladha. Perfect for keeping your jewelry in, or for your keys!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Jewelry

Earrings, rings and septum rings by Marmod8, and earrings and necklaces by Bilak! Lots to choose from at both locations, in a variety of prices.

 

 

 

10. Bags n Totes

Everybody loves a new tote. We have Citizen hand made totes, made from recycled denim pant legs. We also have a variety of artist totes at both shops and lots of great vintage bags too!

 

 

 

11. Seasonal Cards

We have so many holiday cards right now. You can choose from a selection of funny, romantic, loving, 'for a friend', Celine Dion, and many others.

 

 

 

 

 

12. The Best Crews

Crew Necks!!! We just got this 'Friends/Stranger Things' crew and it is SO great. We also have lots of other Spilt Milk styles, in addition to hand made crews by Citizen (available in yellow, dark grey and light grey), and countless other artist crews (such as this beloved Celine one shown above).

 

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Happy Shopping! We hope to see you soon :)

Is It Even Winter?

It isn't quite winter weather just yet, so we put together some looks from our Plateau location. Pieces that are easily transitional for year round wear, and some vintage fur too ;)

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Modelled by Jolen and Gloria

Photos by Caroline

CORDS ARE BACK

CORDS are making a big comeback this season. We made our own corduroy pants in a limited selection of colours. Our brick red style is pictured below...

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Shop Citizen Vintage made cords at both locations!


Some of our Corduroy Inspo...