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Natalie's Complete Guide to a very Vancouver NYE
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Vancouverites are notorious for being TERRIBLE at events. We’re last minute planners, it’s a fact. Maybe it’s the lack of sun or the months upon months of rain but we seem to go into hibernation come November 1 and nothing and I mean nothing can get us out of our lulu wearing funk. This New Year’s Eve Vancouver is setting up to be one of the best and I’ve put together my top ten reasons to start planning now! 

1. Where

La Vie En Rose -  This is the one you've been waiting for! Presented by Moët & Chandon, welcome to LA VIE EN ROSE at the newly renovated Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront Vancouver. The annual Draped in Style NYE series returns with the most elaborate design to celebrate 2017! Join a fabulous cast of the city's top crowd, talented artists and feature cocktails as we ring in 2017 at one of the city's most spectacular new waterfront venues! General Admission tickets for NYE 2017 by Moët & Chandon cost $80 and are now available for purchase: book a VIP table including special seating, contact us here: Special Hotel Room + Suite Packages also available. Check out the video from last year’s NYE event Palais Royale at the Hotel Georgia here

Glowbal at TELUS Garden is the place to be in Vancouver when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve! Ring in 2016 in Vancouver’s hottest room! Enjoy a decadent Gala Menu and dance the night away on a large converted dance floor. Be treated to a champagne trolley and balloon drop at midnight! Bring your friends and loved ones, this is a night you don’t want to miss. To view the NYE Gala Menu click here. Call 604 602 0835 or email to reserve today.

Toast to the New Year in Vancouver’s sexiest room. With an extravagant menu to live entertainment, Black+Blue is sure to ring in 2017 with a bang, as it will be transformed into a Moulin Rouge Cabaret, featuring Buddha Sax, DJ Slip, burlesque dancers, go-go dancers and more. To view the NYE Gala Menu click here. Call: 604 637 0777 or email to reserve today.

Concord's NYE Vancouver

And of course 93.7 JRfm is excited to sponsor our very own 2nd annual NYE Vancouver! In partnership with Dine Alone Records, Concord’s New Year’s Eve Vancouver will also present live performances o the 93.7 JRfm Stage including, Meghan Patrick and Dan Davidson.

This year’s family-friendly event will feature multiple stages, a new countdown clock tower and early fireworks for families at 9:00 p.m. followed by a midnight countdown with a spectacular fireworks finale. The free community celebration will run from 6:30 p.m. to 12:10 a.m. on December 31, 2016 along Canada Place Way between Howe and Thurlow Streets. For more details visit 

2. Transportation—

Arrive on time, all the time with the Ripe App. It’s your driver on demand for the evening. It’s easy to track your ride, find affordable luxury, pay via mobile and split the rates with your friends. Find more details at

I like using the eCab app when I know I’m going out on the town in Vancouver and have no time to wait. The app is great because it pulls in the combined fleet resources of Yellow Cab, Vancouver Taxi, MacLure’s Cabs and Black Top & Checker Cabs to create a single online dispatching system for over 600 vehicles in the city. How it works with eCab, customers can see the estimated pickup and arrival times, order a cab for immediate service or pre-reserve a cab, select a pick-up address, provide comments to drivers, pay directly through the app (or cash or card), track their taxi on a map in real-time, and rate their driver instantly. When the taxi is near the pick-up address, an alert message is sent to the customers. The app is available for free on both iOS and Android devices.

TIP: If flagging down a cab and the app don’t work try heading to any hotel. That’s always my last resort as they will be able to call you a cab for wherever you need to go. 

3. What to wear—

Whenever I’m looking for a dress for an event or a party I can always find something that is just right for any occasion at Judith and Charles. Here are my top picks that are in stores now and perfect to add a little glamour to your night. 


I just ordered a few pairs of shoes from ShoeDazzle at just $35.95 after I signed up for their membership, which was only $10. has the perfect styles for New Year’s Eve because they are fun and affordable! Here are my top choices to bring a little sparkle to your evening. 


The Amandalyn in metallic gold adds a festive pop of color and shine, while the Rachel in tan is super trendy with the ankle wrap and would be the perfect accessory to something sparkly. 

The Chloee is a flattering pump that looks like a present! The pointed toe balances out the feline bow detail and is a super chic style to ring in the new year. 

Finally, we have the Kimka which is a red hot bootie which comes in handy with this chilly weather. The ShoeDazzle girl always wears the focal point of her outfit on her feet. Oh and did I mention ShoeDazzle is a member of the TechStyle family of fashion brands, which also includes JustFab, Fabletics, and FabKids.

In need of glam outfit inspiration? Check out Ted Baker London’s AW16 offerings HERE, and HOLIDAY16 picks HERE. Ted Baker London is available in-store and online at

Start 2017 off right with a Caroline Neron 3 Wish Necklace that will give you wishes of prosperity, health and wellness going into the New Year. It comes in a little gift set and the package includes a long silver tone charm necklace into which one of the three semi-precious stones included in the gift box can be inserted. 

Retails for: $125. Available at:


4. How to rainproof your hair

PRODUCTS that I love to keep the frizz at bay when the rain sets in are: 

DAVINES LOVE SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER helps smooth frizz from hair and is color safe. This duo will help you fight frizz all day and maintain the lustre in your hair! These products are ideal for all hair types and works best for smooth styles.

Retails for: Shampoo $27.50 Conditioner $35

And their STRONG HAIRSPRAY is the one thing that can definitely help hold your style all day in any kind of weather. Oh and it smells delicious too! This hairspray is great for styles with movement but also good for structured solid styles.  Layering the spray will create a stronger hold. Retails for: $37

All these products are exclusive to Davines salons only and you can find them all at VERONICA GOMES HAIR 1510 west 14th ave in Vancouver.  

Another key element to saving your hair from the rain is by prepping your tresses with Kérastase Discipline Spray Fluidissime either before or after styling your hair ($56, can be purchased here). This finishing touch provides frizz controland hydration to any look, resulting in hair that is smooth, soft, and most importantly, protected from rain-induced frizz.

TIP: If you do get caught in the rain, my advice would be try not to touch those tresses! While the urge to smooth your strands is strong, touching them will only make your hair more frazzled. Instead, have a little pouch in your purse with a small hairbrush, hair-elastics and bobby pins for emergency touch-ups!


HAIRSTYLES: There are also a few styles that will help keep your hair intact from the rain. Suki’s Salon recommends any look that involves a braid will help to preserve your style. With your hair locked tightly together, your ‘do won’t budge if you get caught in the rain. Try a braided updo or a thick side braid for a fun twist on the original.  

For a more classic look, you can also try a low chignon to the side, with a deep side part for a sleek look that won’t frizz easily. 

For a fun look, try a top-knot with a twist. If your hair is teased, it will hold the volume of the top-knot, and that extra braid in the front will provide an extra element of control if things get damp. 

And if all else fails, Revlon Stylst Artist Tim Kuo recommends embracing your natural curl and using Uniq One which is a great leave-in conditioner and very mouisturizing for your hair. A great way to address your wavy texture is to twist sections with your finger to coil the hair and ensure the hair won't frizz as easily.  This is a great tip to do when your hair is damp before competely dry. 

For a straight, sleek hair – Use AG’s Firewall argan shine & flat iron spray to protect hair from heat styling and add incredible slip and shine. To protect hair from rain, clip back into a low, loose pony tail (and then remove once you arrive at your destination, the key is to loosely tie the ponytail, so you don’t have any kinks). Lock in style with Frizzproof argan anti-humidity finishing spray.

5. What to eat

YEW seafood + bar 

Celebrate the end of 2016 while ringing in the New Year at YEW seafood + bar! Kick off the festivities with an unforgettable evening and enjoy a delectable dinner prepared by Executive Chef Weimar Gomez. There is an early seating and late seating available and you can continue the festivities after this unforgettable celebration with renowned local spinner, DJ Leanne will set the mood music to move you from 8:30pm to 1:00am, accompanied by percussionist, Pher, and sax player Caley Honeywell. You can check out the Early Seating Menu here and the Late Seating Menu here. 

Address: Four Seasons Vancouver, 791 West Georgia Street

Phone: 604.692.4939.


Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Ancora, a beautiful new Peruvian-Japanese restaurant right on False Creek. The elegant, chic restaurant is offering two seating. The a la carte menu is available from 5 to 7 p.m., and from 7:30 to close, diners can also opt for a chef’s tasting menu. After dinner, sabre your own bottle of champagne with Ancora’s expert team of sommeliers with live music to listen to starting at 9 p.m.

Address: 1600 Howe Street

Phone: 604-681-1164

6. What to toast with

Narrative XC Method (Okanagan Crush Pad)
Everyone has a story to tell, like this bottle of Narrative XC Method. Our stories are all unique and vary from year to year to showcase the best that we strive to be each year. Like all of us, Narrative XC Method varies each year but showcases the best of each season. Let us toast to you with this glass of lively, charmant sparkling wine that celebrates individuality, rarity and uniqueness to be the best that we can in 2017! $25, available winery direct or online at

7. Special add-ons

The Cross Decor & Design always has fantastic little accessories like sparklers, silver confetti popper and arrow wine stopper that are always nice to bring with you to any party for some festive fun! 

Fine Finds Boutique has a lot of great options for some fun holiday entertaining accessories. You can find all sorts of options like some unique Skeem fireplace long stick matches that comes in a really cool birch tin, wine bottles with LED lights that make for a unique holiday decor item and Charleston and Harlow candles that available in store at their Yaletown location.

Address: 1014 Mainland St. Vancouver 

8. Beauty Secrets 

The night before any major event I always like to get a spray tan to look and feel my best. With a full in store beauty bar, Cocoa Tanning can achieve any desired event look. Specializing in a natural bronzed glow you should look refreshed and upbeat with your tan. From your bronzed glow to facials and lash extensions Cocoa Tanning will take your holiday glam to the next level. 

Drink tons of water the night before so that you are primed for the extra alcohol your body is about endure. 

I like to make sure my skin is looking good and feeling well hydrated with a couple secret products. I am obsessed with Skinceuticals Vitamin C Serumfrom Project Skin MD and I will throw on a gel eye mask from La Biosthetique Canada around my eyes to plump up the collagen. It’s a tall glass of water for your under eyes. Your skin will look bright and refreshed and like you just had 8 hours of sleep. Perfect for going into an all-nighter. 

9. Hangover cures

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate with lots of H20 or Gatorade! 

Sweat it out with a little workout to kick off the New Year. Check out my 5-minute workout that’s perfect to get your heat pumping and doesn’t need any equipment. Click here for more 

If you’re planning on overindulging apparently honey and toast is the way to go. Find out more here

For those all nighters, make sure to grab some extra strength advil to ease the pain. 

And plenty of rest and sleep. Why not start a new Netflix series in bed to start off January 1st! 


10. Morning after brunch spots

Hawksworth Restaurant is set to fill you up as you ease into 2017 in style with a special New Year’s Day brunch menu. It’s a culinary feast you’ll want to linger over with friends and family and features pretty much every dish you can crave or imagine. Think items like house-smoked salmon bagels, house-made granola, steak and eggs, brioche French toast, and plenty more – surrounded by the award-winning style of one of the city’s best restaurants.

Address: 801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver  

The Sylvia Hotel is definitely where you want to be New Year’s Day if you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the crazy folks who feel the urge to strip down and make a mad dash into the ocean as part of the Polar Bear Swim 2017. Not only is The Sylvia Hotel front-and-centre at English Bay (where it all takes place), they’re set to serve up the perfect New Year’s Day brunch you’ll want to savour. Take in the stunning waterfront view and nosh on classic dishes like eggs Benedict, omelettes, French toast, and plenty of West Coast fare.

Address: 1154 Gilford St. on English Bay

And if you are still raring to party, head to The Morning After - Pop-Up Brunch party. ClubZone is teaming up with LCU Nightlife to turn your NYE hangover upside down.

$4 Mimosas x $4 Caesars x Brunch x NFL with Sound. Special features & discounts for everyone on our guest list from the night before. 

Click here to book your table:

Address: 136 W Cordova St. Vancouver 


Natalie’s NYE Giveaway 

WIN 2 pairs of tickets to La Vie En Rose, one of the biggest New Year’s party in the city!! 

Look and feel fabulous with a Spray tan party for you and 4 friends to Cocoa Tanning Studio! (5 spray tans) Valued at $250

To Enter: Tell us which tip of mine helped you most to plan your New Year’s Eve in the comments below for your chance to WIN! 

Good Luck and Happy early New Year’s!!! I can’t believe I’m already saying this but CHEERS to 2017!!!!

Natalie xx

Contest is now closed congratulations to MaryB_20 & EmmaW_8487

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  1. EmmaW_8487 posted on 12/22/2016 01:52 PM
    Hangover cures forsure!
  2. KaylaN_2 posted on 12/22/2016 03:18 PM
    I really liked the RIDE app! That's really cool! AND getting your safe ride sorted for New Years is always a struggle. Lots of great tips in this, thank you!
    1. KaylaN_2 posted on 12/22/2016 03:20 PM
      @KaylaN_2 Just to clarify, I realize it's called Ripe :)
  3. NatalieV_3 posted on 12/26/2016 01:12 PM
    Hydrating the night before!! So important!!
  4. Tamara posted on 12/27/2016 12:24 AM
    Seriously it all sounds great but the best lead was the serum , I'm looking into that. Would be so nice to get dolled up and head into the city.
  5. MaryB_20 posted on 12/27/2016 12:35 PM
    Definitely how to rainproof your hair!
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