Travel……BUG

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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.

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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.

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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!img_6711 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!

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Joshua Tree Wanderlust

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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.

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The desert makes me dance. Where do you want to go? Are you an ocean or a desert kinda gal?

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Come away with me..

clothes by Tonic//Farminista

photos by Tammy Zdunich of Meraki and Light

and Karly Woolsey of Karly Woolsey Photography

All Black Everything

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.

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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.

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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).

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Black leggings are also a definite wardrobe staple- pretty sure everyone owns a pair of these!

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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.

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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

 

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 

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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.