Prairie Bohemian Style

Red Kimono and Maxi Dress

There is something about kimonos that we just love! It might be that they usually come in bright colours or that they silky and lightweight, whatever it is we love it. A girl in a kimono has a presence when she walks into a room, the way the sheer fabric flows as she moves around adds drama and mystery to her first impression. This spring we have been adding a new style of kimono to Farminista every two weeks, we want to offer as many styles as we can find, we have long ones and short ones, kimonos with fringes and without. We have vintage inspired kimonos or solid black kimonos that work as business attire. Check out our new arrivals for our latest kimono obsession.

Red Kimono on a pretty girl
We love to pair bright kimono’s with a solid base colour.
Paisley Print Kimono
Paisley Print Kimono
Girl in a Printed Kimono
Printed Kimono in the Garden

Tangy Rhubarb Bundt Cake

Rhubarb Cake

I love prairie winters.  Maybe easy to say now that it is floating above zero but, really, the contrasts of the seasons are amazing and allows us to savour each bit.  One reason to love prairie winters is the excuse that it is too cold outside to do anything so you must stay home and bake.  You dig through your freezer and, jackpot!, frozen rhubarb.  Enjoy this lemony rhubarb cake with just enough sweet.  Serve with a cup of Kusmi tea for a perfect pairing.


2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 ¾ cups sugar
4 large eggs
1/2 cup oil

½ lemon, zest and juice
2 teaspoons vanilla

3 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine rhubarb with 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon, and set aside.

Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together.   In a separate large bowl or mixer, cream together butter and 2 cups sugar.  Beat in eggs, then oil, then lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla.
Next, stir flour mixture into mixing bowl of wet ingredients in batches, alternate with milk.

Layer the cake and rhubarb into a prepared bundt pan like this: 1/3 batter, ½ rhubarb mixture, 1/3 batter, ½ rhubarb, 1/3 batter

Bake 60 minutes.  Can add a glaze or dusting of powdered sugar for effect but the sweetness is not necessary.

Are Valentines Day Festivities Enough To Get You Out Of Hibernation?

teal tunic

Valentines day is near!

On the Prairies nothing has changed.  Snow still blankets the landscape, cars struggle to start in the morning, and it takes every ounce of energy to climb out of bed and prepare to leave your cozy home.

teal tunic
teal tunic top with belt
pink sweater
pink sweater, vintage wallpaper

Still it reminds us spring should be here by now, Easter candy is out on the shelves,  and hints of spring are popping up in the rest of the world, just not here.  Why should we get excited?  Restaurants have romantic specials, radio ads tell you not to miss the Valentines sales and you wonder if it will be worth the effort to shovel your way to your frozen car.  Well, at Tonic we have been staring out of the window for months while you hibernate, slowly unpacking boxes of pastel delights, delicate lace tops, and sheer kimono’s.

lace top
lace top
red kimono
red paisley kimono


We turn up the heat, crank  up the music and try on these amazing new trends, sometimes we even snap a picture or two for your instagram feed.  Then we slip back into our favourite Farminista fleece leggings and layers of sweaters before we go out into the blizzard for that much needed boost of energy, the espresso, luckily for us there are so many great bakery’s and coffee shops near both Tonic locations.

heart cookie and latte
II Secondo heart cookie and latte

Days turn into weeks and then months and we miss our shopaholics.  We enjoy packing up your orders from Farminista and running across the street to mail them, at least you are warm at home while you shop.  But we miss the energy of the crowded changeroom full of girls giving free styling tips and fighting over the last size of the perfect little black dress! This is when we start to brainstorm, what would the perfect party include?  These are a few things we feel are important to get the girls to leave the comfort of home and online luxury shopping and drive to Tonic.

Valentines Shopaholic Party  Wishlist:

  •  Presents? Yes- free underwear of your choice with any purchase of $100 or more
  • Food-Yes-free treats from  Little Bird Patisserie and lots of chocolate and always cupcakes.
  • girl in a red dress in bakery
    red dress at crave cupcakes
  • Drinks-Yes-sparkling drinks, either water or champagne.
  • New Trends-Yes-Both locations are bursting with the latest cuts and colours from our favourite designers! For a more detailed look at spring trends check out The Rooster Blog.  One of our favourite bloggers Maygen Kardash show her favourite spring trends, like this-
  • burberry pastel trends
    the rooster blog, burberry prorsum
  • These lace pastels are from the Burberry Prorsum Spring collection.  Maygen loves our favourite maxi dress on Farminista
  • summer maxi dress
    lillian maxi dress with floral embroidery
  • Deals-Yes-discounts on everything, including our old school “fill a bag” sale.
  • Music? Yes!  We still have to fight it out, hire a  D.J. vs. A Local Diva.
  • Boyfriend  friendly? Yes, our neighbour Banjo has loads of new stuff for your guy, so he can shop while you do, and we have lots of cozy seats so he can comfortably wait for you to choose your favourite items for him to purchase 😉


Winter Wonderland Dress

winter dress

Winter is a tricky time of year to wear dresses.  We were so happy to find this Yumi dress with wonderland animals in a snowy setting printed into the fabric.  This dress comes in different shades of winter blue or purple’s.   Get this dress here.purple winter dress


This dress has sleeves to keep your arms warm and thicker fabric to keep you cozy on a blistery winter day.  This dress is the perfect length for knee-high winter boots, so you can navigate the snow while looking fabulous.  We love how our favourite blogger Kastles is wearing the Winter Wonderland Dress in her latest blog post, layered with a fur vest, leggings and a bright winter hat.

Blue winter dress

Pumpkin Waffles

This picture makes me feel like committing to brunch!  It always seems like a good idea, but let’s face it, as the morning quickly turns to afternoon a bit of toast or granola usually ruins my brunch ambitions.  This month as the winter drags on in the prairies I am determined to prepare the best brunch ever!  Theo is my inspiration, she is the best cook I know, with the passion for nutrition driving her recipes.  This is her blog post for us- enjoy!


pumpkin waffles
pumpkin waffles

I’ve been on a wee bit of a pumpkin kick. Be glad I didn’t share my pumpkin soup flop with you and, instead, gave you a little glimpse into our weekend brunch. I have officially frozen the rest of my puree for a winter adventure. Stay tuned. I love serving orange juice, sparkling juice or mamosas in a beautiful wine glass. It is a simple touch to make breakfast in your pajamas a little more ‘put together’ if you will. Another practical and stylish touch are the colourful and vibrant aprons available on Farminista.   If you cook like I do, you need a layer of protection between yourself and your creation.


1 ¾ cup flour

1 Tbsp. baking powder

1 Tbsp. sugar

½ tsp. salt

3 eggs

¼ cup butter, melted

½ cup pumpkin puree

1 ½ cups milk

Maple syrup


1. Heat and prep waffle iron

2. Mix together flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and set aside.

3. In separate bowl beat eggs until fluffy. Gently mix in butter, milk and puree.

4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just mixed together.

5. When waffle iron hot, work in batches to make your waffles.

6. Serve with maple syrup.

Waffles are best served hot off the grill. However, if looking to serve a group at once, turn on your oven to 200F and place waffles on a baking sheet in the oven to keep warm.

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Dressed up in Stitches

Dressed up in Stitches has been working on a few handmade items for Farminista. The embroidery she she made can be found here.

“There’s a lot of really cool stuff to browse through on their website – they sell lots of gorgeous dresses and accessories as well! I feel like my style is fitting for this website. My work often has a vintage feel to it, and my obsession with stitching floral motifs fits right in!” — Carrie