NYE 2017

New Years is a celebration of finally being done with the old and ringing in the new- for many it means a fresh start or maybe a new chapter in their life. Exciting!

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There are aspects of New Years Eve that can be stressful though- where to go, what to wear, etc. are all important aspects of how the night will turn out.

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But if we put aside the stress, we can see that NYE gives us the perfect excuse to dress up! There’s something about the sparkle, bubbly champagne, and promise of a new year that makes us want to look (and feel!) amazing. For some, this means silky off the shoulder tops, luxurious faux furs, and glitter eye shadow!

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For many others, it’s important for comfort and style to collide on a night that may very well be filled with dancing until dawn- this is one of the many reasons we love these stretchy velvet leggings!

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Another comfy and fun option is a silky bomber jacket with dramatic makeup and your favourite jeggings! We love this pale pink one, but we also have a classic black one for those who don’t stray far from their uniform colour.

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Above all, NYE is about having fun with your best friends- even if that means being cozy on the couch in your favourite hoodie and sweatpants, snacking on chocolate til the clock strikes 12!

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Happy New Year to you and yours!

 

Thanks to Insomniak Media for the photos

Style by Farminista 

Lady In Lace

We love this teal lace maxi dress– especially with such a lovely backdrop!

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There`s nothing like the luxury of wearing a stunning dress while exploring a stunning city, such as Paris.

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Although if travel is not in your near future, it`s a good thing Saskatoon is considered the Paris of the Prairies!

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We even get to indulge in French desserts, such as the decadent macaron, thanks to the Little Bird Patisserie in Riversdale- the perfect place to spend an afternoon drinking tea and eating sweets while feeling fancy in your favourite dress.

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One of the great things about this lace dress is that it comes in a multitude of colours– all of which are available in store at Tonic, or online at Farminista!

 

Thanks to Insomniak Media for the photos

Celebrate The New Year in the City of Love

Our favorite customers from Paris, showed us the most amazing (mostly) French recipes so we could have a little piece of the City of Love in our homes for our favorite holidays. They were too good, so we wanted to share them all with you! Happy holidays, and enjoy your French feast!15722803_10157949682265440_409163903_n

 

Hemingway once said that Paris is a movable feast, (although he was talking about the feeling that remains with you once you leave the city), after devouring the incredible feast of a French  Christmas there is no possibility that you will be moving anywhere… unless maybe to reach for a chocolate covered champagne meringue!

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However, if you can’t make it to Paris for the holidays, there is no need to miss out on the Christmas cheer! here are a few quick and easy recipes that you can use to bring some of the holiday magic of the city of lights to your own home!

 

Spiced Wine

Ingredients

1 bottle of red wine (Merolt, or Cabernet Sauvignon work best, but you can use whatever is on hand or whatever you like best!)

1/4 cup of honey

1 orange, sliced

2 cups apple cider

4 whole cloves

4 cinnamon sticks

(Note- you can use ground cloves and cinnamon – 2 tsp of each)

Star anise, cinnamon sticks, and orange slices for garnish (optional)

How its made

  1. Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and heat to medium-high heat, bringing to a simmer. Once simmering, reduce to medium-low and continue to simmer for 30 minutes (so all those tasty flavors can meld together!)
  2. Strain and serve hot-warm. Garnish with star anise, cinnamon sticks, and orange slices if desired.
  3. Drink up and enjoy!

 

Tartiflette (a delicious French recipe perfect for cold winter nights! Often found in the Christmas markets and served alongside grilled sausage and onions)

Ingredients

2 1/2 lb yellow potatoes (washed and sliced- peeled if desired)

1/2 – 1 lbs of bacon, cut into small pieces

1 large onion (thinly sliced)

3/4 cup of dry white wine

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 reblochon, or 1 circle of brie cheese

1 clove of garlic

2 tbs of butter

Salt and pepper to taste

How its made

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. In a large pot, boil potatoes until just tender (roughly 15 minutes). Remove from heat and drain.
  3. While potatoes are boiling, cook the bacon in a large skillet for 5-7 minutes. Add the onion and saute until translucent. Add the wine and continue to cook until it has cooked down.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in cream, and set aside.
  5. Melt butter and saute potatoes until golden brown. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Rub a cut of garlic clove on baking dish, then mince and add bacon and cream mixture
  7. Layer half the potato mixture into dish, and then half the bacon and cream mixture. Cut cheese into slices and layer half on top of bacon and cream mixture.
  8. Add remaining potatoes and bacon mixture, then top off with more cheese.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is deliciously gooey and melted (slightly bubbly and brown around the edges if you life a crispy top!)|
  10. Serve and enjoy all that creamy goodness!

 

Candied Nuts (Although not strictly French, these bad boys can be found at every Christmas market and are perfect for snacking on when taking in the Christmas light displays, or while relaxing together around the tree and watching your favorite Christmas flick!)

Ingredients 

2 1/2 cup of nuts (whatever is your preference – my favorite from here have been hazelnuts and almonds! You can mid them too for a taste surprise with every bite!)

3/4 cup of sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp of salt (omit if nuts are salted)

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (for a vegan option you can use cashew milk, or almond cream)

1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 cup of sugar, and 1/2 tsp nutmeg (optional) for coating – (optional)

How it’s made

  1. Place a piece of wax paper out over the counter (this will be used to spread the nuts across once they are coated in the sugar mixture)
  2. Measure the nuts and spread across a piece of wax paper on the counter to make sure they have enough room. (Do this before hand so that you are prepared when the mixture is hot and ready!)
  3. Place cinnamon, sugar, salt, and cream into a large sauce pan
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat
  5. Once at a boil cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly and being careful not to let the mixture burn (burn sugar=awful mess) *if making the dairy free version, cook for 5-6 minutes or until it starts to thicken and look like caramel
  6. Remove from heat and add nuts. Stir to coat evenly and pour out onto wax paper
  7. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon sugar if desire, let cool (trust me, they will be extremely hot and sticky until they have cooled)
  8. Package or serve as desired and enjoy the salty sweetness that these tasty treats pack with every bite!

 

While you may not be able to make the trip to dear old Paris, with these recipes hopefully you can bring a small piece of its festive spirit to your very own home!15722417_10157949682395440_113504030_n

 

Bon Appetit, and Bonnes Fetes!

With love, from Paris.

 

Paris Is A glow At Christmas

One of our most favourite customers moved away to Paris, France! Luckily enough for us, she continues to keep in touch, and we get to see what it’s really like to live in one of the most amazing places in the world (other than the prairies, of course). Christina gave us an inside scoop about what our favourite holiday is like in one of our favourite cities, and we wanted to share it with you!

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It’s Christmas time in the city lights, and Paris is a glow. The tree lined boulevards are dripping with twinkling lights, over sized ornaments, and towering Christmas trees. Holiday markets have appeared on every corner, with regional delicacies and handmade goods, turning the usually chic city into rustic winter wonderland. Every inch of this city is dressed for the season.

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Christmas in Paris is unlike anything you can imagine. The whole city hums with Christmas spirit, and it is impossible not to get swept up in the magic that is Paris at Christmas. There are the famous Galeries Laffayette and Printemps window displays, with moving parts and carefully crafted center pieces, that draw crowds from the moment they open, until well after they close. And you can’t forget the exceptional Champs Elysees, all lit up from the Arc de Triomphe down to the edge of the Christmas Market at place de la Concorde. Almost every store offers Christmas cheer, from Louis Vuitton hot chocolate in takeaway cups with their iconic logo, to the ateliers of Montmartre with their homemade decorations. One of my favourite pastime is wandering through the Christmas market stalls that offer handmade goods, while sipping on hot spiced wine (a genius Eastern France Christmas drink that I seriously cannot get enough of!).

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Yet, despite the illuminating beauty of the city, the absolute best part of Paris at Christmas has to be the food! in fact, I’d go so far as to say that it’s the best thing about France at Christmas (although I may be a bit biased, seeing as eating is easily one of my favorite things!). The French are known for their creamy sauces and rich foods, and Christmas is no exception. The markets stalls are brimming with tartiflette (a dish of potatoes, reblochon cheese, lardons, and onions that derives from the French Alps), saucisson, foie gras, nougat, and raclette (literally plates of melted cheese dished straight from a large wheel that’s roasting over a slow heat! Does it get much better?!). And, to balance out the cream, you can also find the French traditional holiday oysters and smoked salmon.

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Joyeux Noel!

With love, from Paris.

 

Fun With Faux

Of all the outfits we have put together at Tonic, this is one of my favourites! The double-buckle style belt has been a popular style this past year, so when this faux leather mini skirt came in, I was pretty excited!

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Pair it with a casual t-shirt and white sneakers for the day, and add a black faux-fur jacket to transition into night.

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If the weather does not permit going out with bare legs (we do live in Saskatchewan after all!), try adding black tights and boots- when paired with a casual t-shirt in grey or black, adding a faux-fur jacket will give a warm, monochromatic look.

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To finish off the look, add a pale pink bag, sunnies, and a choker!

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Holiday Gift Guide

Make holiday shopping easy this year with our Farminista Gift Guide!

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The Prairie People Mug is a great gift for any prairie born coffee lover in your life. Perfect for your holiday coffee with Baileys! We love to send these to our friends who have moved out of province, as a little reminder that they will always be Prairie People at heart. This mug is enamel, but it looks just like the classic tin camping cup we all know and love.

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One good thing about the winter season here is that we get to wear the coziest, comfiest clothes for about half the year! Everyone knows to never leave the house without the proper layers- and with scarves we can still show off our personality and sense of style.

We have so many amazing scarves to choose from- classic style, blanket style, cape style- like this patterned one here from Jackson Rowe.

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We ordered so many amazing candles for the holiday season! These Canadian made candles by Coal and Canary are a hand-poured soy and vegetable wax blend- they smell incredible, with warm notes like pumpkin spice, chai, and apple cider. We even have an amazing gift set of 5 different mini scents for when you just can’t choose!

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We also have an assortment of more outdoorsy/rustic smelling scents by Paddywax. They come in these awesome speckled camping mugs- so when your candle is all burned down, you can keep on enjoying sipping cider out of these cups!

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These super soft Blonde and Brunette sweaters are hard to keep in stock, so we keep reordering- these sell fast, so don’t wait! We also have cute Brunette and Blonde mugs that make great gifts (no sizing necessary)!

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These large, round Tofino towels make a great gift for the outdoor enthusiast with style- they are perfect for the park, beach, pool, or even as a decor piece in your home!

Shop the gift guide here!