Endless Summer

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Summer days fly by here, with our long cold winters dragging on for months longer than expected. So we need to make every second of summer count.
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This summer we are hanging on to the seventies vibe, with dresses and accessories that have a relaxed retro feel.
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There is a place for cute, pastel cocktail dresses, but not now, when so many of our summer collection has the most beautiful maxi dresses with rich earthy colours and interesting details.
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Perfect for summer festivals and they stand out at any wedding.
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Making the most memorable summer ever.

On pursuing yourself.

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As I’m sure any of you can relate to, I find that no matter how many times I free up my inhibitions to have my photo taken in public, I’m always still a little bit intimidated at the number of people who will stop to peek at the girl making funny poses, or so I presume. While this doesn’t sound like a very big deal (and really, it isn’t), it does make me wonder about the way we react, in general, to being observed vs. the way other people observe us. .

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I’m sure we’ve all been there – at a show or concert watching some cutie on stage, completely in his or her element, charismatically doling out chords. In instances like this, I’ll often find myself mesmerized by the experience of watching strangers exercise their passions – an intimate experience rarely had with someone I don’t know personally.

In fact, I’ve found that whenever I’m most in my element – most myself – is when I’ve felt the most appreciated.

 

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I’ve found that if I try to keep this in mind, it helps me to relax into a sort of exchange with the people who stop to watch the action. I feel as though most of what we perceive, in life, to be potential judgements on us are actually just mere curiosities. I really do think there’s something to the statement “we’re our own worst critic”. And I guess that’s one of the nicer aspects of getting older – allowing personal insecurities to meld and transform into strengths to be indulged in, by both ourselves and others.

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And, as always, this can be applied to what we wear. I feel so fortunate to live in an age and on a continent where freedom of expression is possible, where women can choose to adorn ourselves in a way that speaks to our souls. Stepping out of our comfort zones and into looks or behaviours that make us feel at home in ourselves, instead of clothed in insecurities, can be just as intimidating as the judgment we fear, but is So worth the risk.

While people often begin their new resolutions in January, I don’t think there’s ever a wrong time to learn to gently pursue ourselves.

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Try Temporary Tattoos This Season!

Temporary tattoos are the perfect way to add some shimmer to your outfit without having to overload on accessories. Not only are they super easy to apply, but they last for about a week and are something that will help you stand out from the crowd at any Christmas or New Years party!

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How to apply our temporary tattoos:

  1. Cut out the design of your choice.
  2. Remove the transparent cover film.
  3. Place your tattoo face down on your skin.
  4. Rub the back of your tattoo firmly with a damp cloth or sponge for about 10-20 seconds
  5. Gently lift the corner of your tattoo to check if it has transferred. Gently peel off paper. If it has not transferred, press down and wet again.
  6. Allow your tattoo to dry.

 

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October at Tonic and Farminista

With October slowly starting to fade out, and the transition into November begins (the month that I believe is socially acceptable to start playing Christmas music).

This month at Tonic has been a great one, seeing all the new fall fashions come in and seeing the joy and excitement for the most scenic month of the year makes me want to latch onto this month to ensure it doesn’t simmer away too fast.

I’ve gathered a few of my all-time favorites of this month to show you.

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First, I want to talk to you guys about our jacket obsession. If you live anywhere in the prairies, you know jackets are a must.

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Make an impression with your last layer!

The Jenny Wool Jacket makes it easy for you to do that.

Check out some of our other jackets!

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This is a classic twist on any cardigan, and easily has been our best seller this season. It perfectly fits on any body type, and gives you a bit of extra length in the back so you can wear it with leggings!

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Here is a quick link to check it out online:

http://www.farminista.com/products/gisellegrandcardigan

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We wouldn’t be Farminista if we didn’t include any of our head turning dresses. This dress is the definition of fall.

http://www.farminista.com/products/forrestshortdress

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And finally- we are excited to be starting our very own line! Right now, we only have coffee mugs. But, we are working very hard to release more Prairie People goodies! Show off your prairie pride!

 

Constructing Your Fall Best

The leaves are continuing to fall, which means it’s inevitably going to get chilly. The thing I always seem to struggle with in the fall is how to continue to wear the summer dresses that I’ve grown to know and love all throughout summer. Finally it dawned on me. Whenever it starts to get cold (especially in the prairies, it seems we start to get colder here right after August ends), my mom would always tell me to layer (although layering to my mom is sweater, after sweater, after sweater). So, I forced my sister out of her busy life- working full time during her practicum as well as away from her study time (sorry sis, thank you and love you.) and took her to my favorite spot (and if you ask me, one of the most beautiful places in this city) to help me help you show how to wear dresses during this season.

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Some dresses are made for this transition season (which makes my troubles slightly easier) just like our Estella Dress. As soon as I saw this in our store- Tonic, I fell in love immediately and knew I had to share it with you.

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Another simple way to elevate your outfit to the next level in fall is a scarf. The thing I absolutely love about scarves is how versatile they are (if you’re anything like me, you watch those YouTube videos on how to transform your scarf into 50+ different outfits in absolute awe). This scarf, our very own Agnes Weaved Scarf is perfect for any outfit, with its neutral colours and pattern.

But, there’s another way we can further elevate this dress…

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If you’re anything like myself, autumn automatically means cardigans. I adore cardigans-practically living in them all seasons (even the summer, I’ve just slowly allowed myself to adapt to the extra heat I’m forcing myself to withstand.)

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And cardigans with this dress looks absolutely amazing, creating the perfect outfit while staying cozy.

Our Mae Cardigan is perfect for fall, its seriously the coziest thing I’ve ever worn.

 

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Plaid is huge every fall.  A good way to wear your favorite plaid shirt is slightly less traditional. Wear it around your waist. Doing this, it cinches in your waist while still looking awesome.

 

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Or, if you’re slightly more traditional, wear it as a regular shirt!

The Erik Semi Long Plaid is another one of my fall favorites this season. The best part about it, is that its longer than most shirts (which makes it easier to pair with dresses!).

 

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Another thing that has been huge this fall (and for good reason- they’re awesome) are poncho scarves. They add the perfect touch to any outfit-fancy or casual. It seems we went for the fancier approach for this outfit, which worked well in our favor as you can see, after about 40 minutes of taking pictures and 10 minutes of my sister frantically changing in the car while I tried to find a secluded area that people wouldn’t see her change, the sun set and we were going berserk trying to finish these pictures.

For this outfit, we paired the Stuck On You Dress with the Kirin Poncho Scarf to make this (accidental- but it works) “heading out on the town while still keeping warm and looking (as my sister would say) sassy” outfit.

 

 

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Lustre and a look at interactive beauty.

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The scales on the wings of brown African butterflies thicken and evolve to reflect violet light, “if it suits them” – a letter of love to their surroundings, a stunning externalization of their own genetic make-up.

A friend and I are chatting while glazing the rims of our coffee mugs in bright, cosmetic reds. As it often does, the conversation turns toward expression and what it means to be noticed and influenced by others, while indulging in dress that’s true to who we are and what awakens us, internally.

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There’s a beautiful and unique conversation that goes on between the way we choose to adorn ourselves and the environments we reflect.

I remember myself – a little girl gaping up at “full grown” women in loud, elegant outfits thinking “twenty”, my hunger to be like them nearly seeping from my stomach. Not fully understanding why, at the time, the thought curdled nonetheless, coming out (then) in lipstick and in art and (now) in more ladylike garments and still in art. . . and lipstick.

Sometimes the little things that influence us stick around and become who we are, fashion calling them to sight in a rich and navy lustre;

Fibre vulnerable to the indents and folds of my twenty-something year old body;

Hoarfrost thread crowning neck and queuing delicate fingers, mind;

This is the response I don towards a visual culture that’s informed who I am.

This can only be had in the knowing that’s it’s OK to be influenced by the environments we espouse while seeking to express what make us . . . us.

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