We had the cutest customer in the shop yesterday, looking for a red dress to wear to her Chinese New Year celebration. She was telling us all about her families expectations for her and how she was reluctant to follow their traditions. Yet, there she was, going out of her way to hunt for the perfect dress. She may have pushed the boundaries on her hair colour and accessories, but she wanted to make her family happy.
So much of who are is based in us either following these expectations or running from them.
It’s when we take a stand and do what works for us, but still borrow from these deep traditions that we really become our own person.
This is the sparkle in someones eye, the extra glow they have that make them one of a kind, the type of person who loves who they’ve become. So make sure you are you!
We love dresses!
After Christmas and New Years celebrations the weather always seems to take a turn for the worst and we end up in a deep freeze. Not only is it too cold to walk the dog, but the sun sets before dinner and life begins to feel like it’s on repeat. Working in the shop becomes dangerous for our bank accounts. The only customers braving the wind chill are stopping by while they wait to pick up their passports, or popping in to see if we have any shorts in yet so they can finish packing for the beach. This is the time of year where we daydream about a tropical escape- well any escape, we would take Europe too! A vacation in the dead of winter seems to speed us along into summer. Even a week of running on the beach, or fresh cut grass makes the daily grind in winter seem more bearable.
A holiday is a time to explore and grow as a human, and it’s the time where you can wear a dress that stood out a bit too much in your small town, or try a new look with your hair and make up. We love helping people shop for their dream vacations.
Laila had people crowding around her in Paris while her friend Alan captured her beautiful lace dress in front of the Eiffel tower.
Ashley tried on a few different looks for her trip.
and more..and more
black and white
One of our longtime staff members, Kelsey, took this lovely lace dress on her Euro adventure. She made this dress uniquely her own though when she added personal touches- she laced up the deep-v neck so that this piece was day-time/cafe ready! A maxi dress is always a great piece to have when you’re travelling- they are versatile enough to be worn on a day excursion, but also easy enough to dress up for a night on the town. We love this Venechia maxi wrap dress for its comfort and super fun pattern- this mama-to-be is wearing it in New Zealand!
There is something about the desert that calls to me. I long for it whenever I am not there, and that happens to be very often. I love the landscape, the purples and pinks of the horizon. I can breathe there, openly.
The desert makes me dance. Where do you want to go? Are you an ocean or a desert kinda gal?
Come away with me..
clothes by Tonic//Farminista
photos by Tammy Zdunich of Meraki and Light
and Karly Woolsey of Karly Woolsey Photography
Sometimes winter has us in a mood, and it seems only appropriate to dress to match. Luckily for us, it’s impossible to go wrong with black- it goes with everything, and is appropriate for pretty much any occasion. Our little black dress is always there for us, but there are a couple other pieces we couldn’t live without.
A black hoodie is a major staple in our wardrobe- although a typically casual piece, it can be dressed up when paired over a silky romper with heels.
The black hoodie is also a great piece for layering- we love the look of hoods hanging from underneath black leather jackets or silky bombers (not to mention the extra warmth that it adds is a major bonus).
Black leggings are also a definite wardrobe staple- pretty sure everyone owns a pair of these!
We love these particular leggings because the knee slit adds an extra bit of edge to any outfit, without sacrificing comfort. Pair it with this black turtleneck crop top (or white if you want to change things up!) for a simply chic look.
We also have amazing fleece lined leggings for those who need that extra warmth in these chilly months.
Thanks to Serena Liu for the photos
Model: Sarah Luenga-Woo (Stray Model Management)
Stylist: Bailey Kilburn
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
Happy New Year to you and yours!
Thanks to Insomniak Media for the photos
Style by Farminista
We love this teal lace maxi dress– especially with such a lovely backdrop!
There`s nothing like the luxury of wearing a stunning dress while exploring a stunning city, such as Paris.
Although if travel is not in your near future, it`s a good thing Saskatoon is considered the Paris of the Prairies!
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.
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