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Janice Reimer & Darrell Derksen

A trip to Europe was the plan -- coming home engaged was the big surprise. Janice Reimer and Darrell Derksen just got back from a backpacking trip across the pond, and while some new Euro-fashion was too heavy to bring home, Reimer came back with something better -- a ring.

Derksen proposed to her in Paris under the Eiffel Tower.

"I tried to time it because every hour at night the Eiffel Tower lights up," he said.

I asked him how long he had carried the ring around with him before they made their stop to France. Derksen said. "I always had it with me but I didn't know what day would be the best since we were in France for 10 days. In fact, earlier that day she had been carrying the ring and didn't even know it." Derksen said with a laugh.

Spotted in the Exchange District, Reimer and Derksen were making wedding arrangements and were headed to Parlour Coffee.



Maxi dress -- Forever 21

Belt -- "This belt I bought in Montreal, I actually bought it with another shirt I have."

Bag -- "My bag is from Desart on Osborne."

Sandals -- "My shoes are from somewhere in the States."

Necklace -- "Bridesmaid gift, it's a gold heart."

Sunglasses -- "Sunglasses I bought at the Sunglass Hut in Montreal."

Engagement ring -- "Very new!" says Reimer with a laugh.



"Jeans, they go with everything. You can dress them up or down; I probably have about 15 pairs. I prefer dark washes. Shorts and dresses in the summer."



"It depends on where I'm going but a flowy or dressy top or you can do a T-shirt with a fancy necklace."



"I'm a nurse."



"Make up and doing my hair. I also wear very bright-coloured scrubs. I have bright yellow, bright blue and bright pink. And of course taking advantage of my off days."



"I lived with this girl and I thought she was very stylish so I think she was a style inspiration -- she was fun. She put different things together that I wouldn't necessarily pick out, so for example I had this skirt and she put it into this tube top but I would have never thought to put that skirt as a tube top and it looked awesome. Throw on some cowboy boots and you're done. (She was) inspirational in the regard of what she wore. Mannequins in stores and magazines also help me out, like Vogue. I used to collect magazines, not anymore. We just went travelling overseas and travelled through Europe for a month we went to England, France and Italy. I feel like in Europe people wear a lot more skirts and dresses where as here people wear a lot more shorts or jeans. We saw a lot of pastels in Europe. We were backpacking so we couldn't buy too many clothes."



"Go out of your comfort zone. You can always add accessories to add to your outfit and make it stylish like a bold ring or necklace or a hairpiece, and wear something that is weather-appropriate."

"Sweatpants shouldn't be outside of the gym or even around your house." Chirps in fianc© Derksen.





Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 6, 2013 A1

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