You would have to live under a rock to have not seen an episode, heard of or talked about the infamous TV show, The Real Housewives of Vancouver. We love to gawk at and gossip about the sheer ridiculousness of the women profiled in this program. We all know the show is not really representitive of what actual Vancouver women are all about. So…I’ve decided to showcase some of the REAL Real Housewives of YVR here on The Thirties Grind. I think you will agree that these lovely ladies are a much better representation of what the wives and moms in this city are all about!
Our first REAL Real Housewife of YVR is Emily Wight.
Emily is a writer, editor, eater, and award-winning food blogger. She loves grammar, cats, books, biking, and curing bacon at home. You can connect with her at her blog, Well fed, flat broke, or via Twitter, or on Facebook.
Name: Emily Wight
Occupation: Writer, editor, and reluctantly unemployed person
What characteristics define the Vancouver Housewife?
Yoga pants and ponytails. In my neighbourhood, the paradox of expensive strollers being pulled out of the trunks of Hyundais or wheeled out of three-storey walk-up rental buildings. Organic groceries and $12 bottles of wine. Ennui.
Are you a good representation of a Vancouver Housewife? Why?
It really depends on the setting. If you see me at Whole Foods, I am doing it all right – organic milk and applesauce, spelt flour and canned local salmon, my own bags and the baby in the Bjorn, a cursory glance at the yoga magazines and a ten-cent donation to the BCSPCA. Just about everywhere else, I am a failure to uphold all but the most superficial stereotypes. I’m just really bad at housewifery. I don’t even know where we keep the mop.
Do you feel that living in Vancouver in some way defines who you are? Please explain.
In a way, yes. Having grown up in Surrey, Vancouver defines my identity while simultaneously disavowing the suburb of my youth. I’M FROM VANCOUVER, you might hear me say a little too earnestly.
Have you ever had cosmetic surgery, Botox, Restalyne injections, etc.? If so, please provide details. If you haven’t had any of the above procedures performed, would you consider it?
No, but I suspect I won’t have to if I just get a little fatter every year, so that every new wrinkle that might form is stretched out and disappears. It’s the *natural* Botox. Practically organic, you could even say.
Other than your children (if applicable), what is the accomplishment of which you are most proud?
I once biked up the hill to UBC. It took me 25 minutes and I had to lay down on a lawn at the top, but I did it.
Has the desire for affluence/power/money been a motivator in the choices you’ve made for your life?
Pretty much the opposite, actually. I have a creative writing degree.
Tell us about your stuff. What do you like to buy, collect, etc.?
I collect German beer steins and unintentionally hilarious “art.” I like to buy fancy cheeses and charcuterie, because things you can eat are better than things that you have to store. I am embarrassed about the thrill I get from finding a really good price on diapers.
Do you have “staff” in your home? (E.g. nanny, driver, chef, etc.)
Spouse doesn’t like to be referred to as “the help.” He does know where the mop is though.
Do you belong to any clubs, teams, groups or social organizations?
Finish this sentence: “My life’s motto is ….”
… “that you can eat anything if you can get it down before the 20 minutes it takes your stomach to tell your brain it’s full.”
Thank you, Emily, for participating! This week’s generous sponsor, Nazanin Khan of Stella & Dot, is providing you with Turquoise Capri Chandelier Earrings (as seen on the Bachelorette this season). This boutique-style jewelry and accessories line is available exclusively through in-home Shows by Independent Stylists and online. Half of the line is under $60 and there is something for everyone from jewelry minimalist to fashionista. You are welcome to shop online or better yet, Host your own Sip and Shop with your Fabulous Gal-Pals. I bring the Bubbles and the Bling. Sip – Socialize – Style and Shop!
Legacy Liquor Store will be hosting a private wine tasting for the first few REAL Real Housewives of YVR profiled. Stay tuned for a post about this exciting evening. An elegant and modern 8,600 square foot space that includes a state-of-the-art wine cellar, Legacy is the largest privately-owned liquor store in the province. Home to thousands of beers, wines, and spirits, including exclusive and specialty items, with some of the most knowledgeable and friendly staff around. Legacy is the ideal venue for groups to host casual social gatherings. In-house catering is available with access to a beautiful kitchen and tasting bar area.