Five Reasons To Love Maxi Mania

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This is a maxi summer!

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Goldie London Maxi Skirt

long and flowing dresses and skirts are the biggest trend, which is perfect for a prairie girl.  There are so many bright colours and prints to choose from this season, we can’t help but fall in love with attention grabbing bright silk prints and the shock of a gold sequin skirt for spring.

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Dancing on the table with a long gold skirt.
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Spring and summer looks

Some of the top reasons we love super long skirts and dresses.

1. They can be worn with wedges or flats.

2. They can be dressed up with a glittery top and oversized accessories, or dressed down with a t-shirt flip-flops.

3. They are great for layering, a denim jacket or kimono look amazing with a long skirt or dress.

4. They are memorable, a girl wearing a bright coloured maxi dress or skirt can’t go unnoticed walking into a crowded room.

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Mix it up with casual denim on glitter.
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Boho chic, long dresse’s and jumper’s paired with kimono’s.

 

5. You don’t have to shave your legs (joking, but not really :))

Floral Print Dresses

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Make a statement this summer in a floral print dress

Most of the summer dresses we carry in our boutiques have bright floral prints or patterns on them.  With a short prairie summer and so many weddings and bridal showers to attend a floral dress is the perfect fit.  Many of these dresses are vintage inspired, the prints fill you with a touch of nostalgia and the silky, flowing fabric makes a statement for any occasion.

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Delicate accessories for a summer dress.

Floral prints don’t need a lot of accessories, a few stacked bracelets or wrist wraps, a softly coloured statement necklace and a thin belt just polish up your look for a summer wedding or party.

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We love summer flowers

We love to see how girls switch up their flower print dresses for different occasions.  When you fall in love with a dress and know you can use it for work, weddings and a hot date it makes it easier to commit to the dress.  We love to look at blogs for inspiration and Velvet & Vino blogger Becky did a fantastic job showing three ways to wear a dress with flowers.

This is one of our favourite looks from Becky on how to pull off an evening look in a fun, bright floral print, check out her blog; Velvet & Vino to see the other looks she created.

 

This Grace dress has been one of our more popular floral prints this season.  A dark base colour like the black makes it easier to pair with shoes and match your date.

After the frost: colour therapy.

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The time of year has come, for us lovers of black, to face the pastel rich pages of Vogue and to search for a new default look. If this happens to stir your soul (or heart-rate) with agitation –  brain darting back to old memories of your brothers forcing you to watch Godzilla, you sitting all the while, tensed in shock and horror, trust me girl, I hear ya. For some, the task of moving from black to various hues and prints, for summer, can actually be quite daunting. Having shopped, over the years, with scores of colour-weary friends, the phrase “colour just isn’t for me” is by no means unfamiliar to my ears. Although this may seem undeniable when everyone and their dog is telling you to just try the orange jumpsuit, meanwhile every pore in your pale, pink complexion is screaming (sometimes literally haha) “NOOOOOOOOOOOOO”, chances are, you simply haven’t found a palate that works for you. Luckily, as I’m sure you’ve heard it said, “it’s never too late to experiment” 😉

So that pale, pink person I mentioned before.. that’s me. If anyone else reading this blog happens to be from the family of blue-eyed sunburn catchers, you’ve likely had your run with choosing colours. In fact, chances are your understanding of shades that don’t exactly compliment your rosy cheeks hardly falls short of intimate. So… paint.

The secret to discovering which colours are best for your skin is that of a painter – your body: your canvas.

First off, your best shot at finding your palate is determining the temperature of you own canvas 😉 If your complexion is cool (typically those of us who are pale or have cool red-toned skin), likewise, you’ll want to adhere to a cooler palate when choosing colours. On the other hand, if your skin has inflexions of yellow, orange, or is olive-toned, you might want to try warmer colours to create a cohesive balance. As pictured above, I have chosen a fuchsia coloured dress in feminine lace to accentuate the cool tones in my skin.

Floral, lace-print dress available at farminista.com
Floral, lace-print dress available at farminista.com

Ok, so what if you do have cooler skin, but are craving to get in on the sunny coloured vibes?  In the image above, I’ve gone with a yellow dress that happens to fall to the cooler side of the spectrum via its greenish undertones. The green, being a colder colour, is therefore able to channel the cool tones in my skin and results in a neutralizing effect. The same principle, of course, then follows for warmer toned ladies looking to cool things down!

Ivory, crochet tea dress available at farminista.com
Ivory, crochet tea dress available at farminista.com

You know what though? At the end of the day, there’s something about the grace and timelessness of black that cannot easily be replaced with colour. An equally graceful alternative can be found, therefore, in its pale and timeless counterpart 😉 Albeit being less moody by nature, shades of ivory and white can surely deliver that je ne sais quoi that gives black its allure and generally compliment all skin tones with ease 🙂 Above, I have chosen an ivory tea dress with crochet detailing, accessorizing with colour for a pleasant daytime feel. However, to give this look a decidedly more alluring appearance, try accessorizing with classic metals and gems, such as silver, gold, pearls, or heck even diamonds!

Either way, don’t shy away from colour simply because the green wasn’t workin with your tan! Alas, we’ll all be back to black in a few months time (oh dear, should I say this? :s), regardless. Remember, not only diamonds are a girls best friend.

Sunny vibes,

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What Did Your Mom Give You?

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So much of Mother’s Day advertisements and conversation is about what to get Mom on her special day (we are guilty, I know, but we have such fantastic gifts on Farminista, we can’t help it). Gifts can be great, that special thing you know your mother would love and only you understand why  is based on a bond only you have with her.

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Gifts for your favourite person
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Tea Time

Often you hear about breakfast in bed or a special Mothers Day brunch.  I was surprised at how touching my friend Maygen’s blog post was to me.  I love to hear how important the role of a mother is, in so many ways.  This is the time of year to make a point to let your mom know that, or someone you look up to as a mentor if you no longer have your mom in your life.  You can find the entire post on The Rooster blog, I just want to share a few quotes from the OCM girls on what they Got from their mama!


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Kim Davies: “Like many mothers, mine is extraordinary beyond words. Her undeniable strength, sincerity, compassion and kindness are characteristics I aspire to exemplify. I am forever grateful to my mother, for my life as her child.”

 

 

 

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Karyn Kimberly: “I’m grateful I received my mother’s love, patience and gentle smile.”

 

 

 

 

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Susan Busse “I’m so grateful to have received my mom’s appreciation for pretty clothes (she still has four full, neatly organized closets) and more importantly, I’m grateful to have received her sense of general capability.”

 

 

 

 

Mom, sister, and Roxanne herself.

Roxanne Woodley “I love my mom’s love of nostalgia. She always has a story of how wonderful her grandma was and it reminds me to love my heritage and cherish the memories of my great grandmother and grandparents. Also, I got my moms brown eyes and I love the colour- all my kids have bright blue eyes for some reason!”

 

Isn’t that great?!

(note: thanks Maygen for sneaking me, my sister and my mom in there too!)

Now we would love to hear what you “got from your mama”!  Email us at farminista.com and we will add to our blog, we might even pick a winner to get a gift card 🙂

Love Your Mom; A Gift Guide

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It’s that time of year, the weekend that kicks off summer, Mothers Day!  We have the best gift ideas for any mom, so take a peek at our favourites and let us know what your top picks for mom’s gift is.

A subtle, sweetly scented candle can warm up the atmosphere in any room and one of our most popular candles is the double wick candle that comes in a hand painted, reusable glass bowl.

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Double wick candle in a beautiful bowl.
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Kusmi tea is packaged in bright artistic tins, the rich flavours have been around for centuries and come to us from Paris.

hand embroidered tea towels
hand embroidered tea towels

Hand embroidered tea towels are so unique and rare, made locally using vintage patterns on old flour sack fabric they are a fun gift that will most likely end up on display in the kitchen.

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Kate Spade push pins

Kate Spade gold bow push pins are so fun and unique, perfect to pin your mom’s favourite picture of you on the wall. Add some hand made accessories (like these in the picture from Canadian designer duo CoutuKitsch )and your mother will be so pleased you thought of her!

Thanks to Karyn Kimberley from Our Collective Muse for some of these lovely pictures, check out the OCM blog for more amazing mothers day ideas.

Braids for Days

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I think it’s a common tale that waking up to the “windblown” look, with the night before still crusted around your eyelashes, isn’t the ideal situation. Got time to comb out the bird’s nest? Nope! Hope your toast doesn’t burn.

No matter what stage of life from which you hail, I think we can all agree that shaving even just ten minutes off your morning routine is basically the lifelong dream of all women. Ok, well maybe not quite, but it’s still a pretty big deal!

Luckily, with the advancements of modern technology…

Just kidding 🙂 The simplest solution to a bad case of bed-head has actually been around for decades: the BRAID.

Ladies, this one’s a lifesaver and can be worked in an impressive array of styles:

1) Kickin it classic.

Floral slip-dress and jean button-up available on Farminista.com
Floral slip-dress and jean button-up available on Farminista.com

This cute side-braid is the morning do that never fails! Legit. However, it isn’t exactly your regular braid. So what gives this look that extra bit of glitter? As pictured above, I have carefully pulled out the edges of each curve in the braid in order to create the illusion of volume. Fortunately, with this look, a head of messy locks is actually an asset and helps to give it that effortless, beach-tossed feel!

 

2) Stepping it up!

Knit sweater with beaded, shoulder detailing available ob Farminista.com
Knit sweater with beaded, shoulder detailing available on Farminista.com

As of late, is seems the “medieval meets new age” trend has gracefully managed to edge its way from catwalk to sidewalk and into the wardrobes of everyday fashionistas. However, my guess is that, “back in the day”, your average maiden was not making regular trips to visit the local Mark Anthony. That being said, this look is perfect for when you feel like getting a little creative and you want to do it yourself… quickly. As pictured above, I have simply taken the braid, as it appears in the first image, and rolled it up towards my jaw, fastening it underneath with as many pins as needed. Sounds simple? YEAH. No catch. While this style can still be rocked with a fairly casual ensemble, I’ve found that it’s also an easy way to give my look a noticeably more formal appearance in just a few minutes.

 

And last, but definitely not least…

3) The Goddess Braid!

Photo credit: Natalie Robin
Photo credit: Natalie Robin

Because, really – what woman doesn’t enjoy feeling as though she were dropped from the sky like a preciously wrapped chocolate? Unlike the gods of Olympus, however, my “divine secret” doesn’t involve a trip to the snack isle. In this image, I’ve taken a medium sized section of hair from just above my temple and braided it as before, pulling out edges of each curve in the braid in order to enhance its volume. To finish off, simply lay the braid across the top of your hairline and secure the end with a pin underneath! If you’re feeling particularly lavish and do have a few minutes to spare, try curling the ends of your hair or an intense lip colour to achieve a more dramatic look.

Alas, the various styles from which to choose, when braiding, are far too numerous to detail.

So whether you’re aiming to tame your morning mane or to please the hair gods themselves, any one of these braided looks will have you feeling like gold and free of your bed head in minutes 😉

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