Kimonos: The Ultimate Summer to Fall Transition Piece

The Kimono is ultimately a flawless way to upgrade your wardrobe from summer to fall; its the perfect transition piece. Kimonos are a trend that are taking the world by storm, and they are an essential piece that you should immediately add to your wardrobe. Kimonos effortlessly add glamour to any look. As shown, they can be worn casually with a pair of sneakers and leggings or with a dress to add even more femininity and sweetness. The Kimono gives power to women; they can throw it over any look and immediately feel effortlessly beautiful and stylish without worry.

Fall is the time to exchange your pastels for the rich colors of fall and to layer up your wardrobe, all of which the kimono masters with ease. We love this mustard yellow color because it expresses hues of joy and sunshine even on cool and cloudy fall days.  In fall, its easy to fall into dreary colors, but wearing color maintains spunk and passion. This mustard yellow adds a punch of color, but is also versatile and chic.

 

We love this Kimono in particular, because the intricate lace and striking color make it an absolutely beautiful statement piece. It is so effortlessly elegant and feminine, and adds a chic overlay to any look. This Kimono is also more suited to fall with its gorgeous rich color and long sleeve design. It is sheer, beautiful, and elegant and an essential piece for your fall wardrobe. Check out this beautiful Kimono and many others here .

Upgrade your fall closet and pick up a gorgeous Kimono today!

The Fall Tunic

Is it winter yet, or is it still fall? For a lot of people, November means winter- but since there’s no snow on the ground (knock on wood) we can, for a brief time, ignore the Christmas decorations popping up and just enjoy the fall weather.

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This is where the long sleeved tunic comes in! We shot these pictures on a particularly nice fall day, but we suggest our absolute favourite leggings (for when it gets undeniably colder), that can be paired and layered under anything. Tunic + Leggings= instant fall outfit that transitions nicely into winter.

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This forest green tunic foregoes a waistline to give us a sophisticated baby-doll cut. The crochet lace detailing along the neck is a major feature, but we also love the 3/4 length crocheted bell sleeves.

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We love this button down rose printed tunic for its feminine, yet casual cut- it’s easy to dress up with some jewelry and the right shoes, or dress down with your fall boots and and blanket scarf.

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And for the boho babe in all of us, there’s the tunic dress in burgundy, with a slightly rustic feel to it.

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This one has an elastic waistline and is super comfortable- the lace up neckline complete with hanging tassels is our favourite detail.

 

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Another bohemian inspired piece we love is the deep purple paisley printed tunic!

Or, my personal favourite, the classical drapy black tunic.

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Photos: Emma Loewen and Keely Montgomery;

                Haddy Kamara and Boehmer Photography

Styling: Tonic/Farminista

 

 

Lustre and a look at interactive beauty.

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The scales on the wings of brown African butterflies thicken and evolve to reflect violet light, “if it suits them” – a letter of love to their surroundings, a stunning externalization of their own genetic make-up.

A friend and I are chatting while glazing the rims of our coffee mugs in bright, cosmetic reds. As it often does, the conversation turns toward expression and what it means to be noticed and influenced by others, while indulging in dress that’s true to who we are and what awakens us, internally.

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There’s a beautiful and unique conversation that goes on between the way we choose to adorn ourselves and the environments we reflect.

I remember myself – a little girl gaping up at “full grown” women in loud, elegant outfits thinking “twenty”, my hunger to be like them nearly seeping from my stomach. Not fully understanding why, at the time, the thought curdled nonetheless, coming out (then) in lipstick and in art and (now) in more ladylike garments and still in art. . . and lipstick.

Sometimes the little things that influence us stick around and become who we are, fashion calling them to sight in a rich and navy lustre;

Fibre vulnerable to the indents and folds of my twenty-something year old body;

Hoarfrost thread crowning neck and queuing delicate fingers, mind;

This is the response I don towards a visual culture that’s informed who I am.

This can only be had in the knowing that’s it’s OK to be influenced by the environments we espouse while seeking to express what make us . . . us.

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Something for Angels

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Ever crave a look that channels your modest goddess while slippin the sexy vibes? Oh yes you do 😉

While the goal is always to feel our best, sometimes it’s hard to bridge the gap between obvious “sexywear” and a look we feel is a little more subtle. While I’ve said it before, the key to the equation is lace! This summer, I’ve become entranced with the elegant lace maxi. The epitome of “conceal to reveal”, lacy, bohemian maxis are stellar for asserting your right to be worshipped. Women are angel babes and we have this right. Exercise your divine rights, man.

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While successfully elongating every inch of your luminous, goddess-like frame, ivory lace is the puurrrfect means for delivering notes of both sex appeal and tender, unapologetic femininity. These gals are the slow-pour, full-bodied brew of your closet 😉

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When it comes down to it though, I think that the most important thing is feeling like the angel you are, and this one certainly did the job 🙂

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_MAT3850Check out our Prairie Bohemian Collection for more of this look and and feel.

 

A Secret in White

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With sweater weather fading into the sunset and summer well on its way, I’m again on the hunt to attribute a glow to my still peachy-white frame.. (I like to think of it as ivory, actually 😉 )

Now if Ultra UV orange is your jam, then by all means, hit up the tanning beds!! However, I would like to propose an at least somewhat more natural solution:

The White On White (the second “white” meaning all things pale).

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Contrary to the likes of Nicole Polizzi and the popular notion of needing to be tanned (while theres’s certainly nothing wrong with a sun-kissed look), I like to think that there’s an equally attractive means to adorning and embracing your fair-skinned bod. The key to this is choosing hues unique to your outer shell 🙂

Lately, I’m finding that my favourite pillar, by far, in achieving this is delicate shades of alabaster and white. It would be no lie to say that it’s sometimes a struggle to find a subtly sexual, yet classy and fresh way of baring more skin in the summer. In light of this, look no further than our friends Athena and Helen of Troy for an elegant take on working the white. While allowing you to show a little more of what makes your body divine, soft hues of white imply purity and gentleness (and of course wisdom, elegance, charm, and the like 😉 ).

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So forget the UV’s this summer and reward your skin with the freedom to keep its own porcelain glow.

Embrace your epidermis 😉

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P.S. Special thanks to Matt Lowden Photography 🙂

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