Summer Fades

With summer slowly fading away, we begin our transition into autumn.

Cherish the long summer days while you still can; the coziest season is coming upon us.

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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

 

 

A Word On Retrospectives

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Timidly, I am choosing the limbs and breastbone of one,

 

A man who isn’t much for spoken words,

 

But whose touch resounds on me

 

With the impact of Halley’s,

 

Falling,

 

Landing,

 

A whisper into the ground.

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These images mark the end of a season and the beginning of a very new period in my life. Late this past summer, I chose to try joining the journey I’m on with that of someone else and I’m learning that this kind of thing – a relationship – is intricate and case-specific.

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Men with short beards, softer sides and hearts that are a rich basin of complexity. This has been my jam for years and the variety of men like this with whom I’ve crossed paths have helped to teach me lessons each in their own turn. However, what I’m learning now is that, despite a wealth of lessons that develop later on into wisdom, relationships can’t be tamed and constrained by algorithms and lessons learned.

 

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My dad said recently of relationships: “[he doesn’t] think that anything is natural or normal”. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this statement came up during a time when I was having difficulty establishing some sort of standard to which to compare my relationship. Since mulling on the truth of my dad’s words, I’ve been learning that generalities and norms won’t bridge the risk or heal the uncertainties that come with caring deeply for another person. The more familiarized I become with the beautiful and simultaneous contradictions that make up the man with whom I spend my time, the more I realize that there isn’t any reason for applying these general rules where close observation is merited. My boyfriend does things differently from me, and the more I learn his language, the more I’m able to recognize and feel the depth of his caring towards me.

Timidly, I am choosing the limbs and breastbone of one, a man who isn’t much for spoken words, but whose touch resounds on me with the impact of Halley’s, falling, landing, a whisper into the ground.

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Photography by Matt Lowden

Feeling The Fall

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So I may be a little late to the party with this fall post, but lets reminisce about how wonderful those couple weeks of colourful leaves and sunshine are.
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Nothing beats the feeling of finally slipping on your fall boots, and your favourite light jacket that can only be worn this time of year- chances are its your trusty green army coat.

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The weather is in that perfect in between place- it’s brisk, but the sun is still warming your legs and shining in your eyes (I love a good vintage-inspired pair of sunnies!).

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You can finally start wearing those long sleeved dresses, in deep fall colours like burgundy, mustard, and chestnut brown.

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Go-to accessories like hats in neutral tones can be worn throughout summer and well into fall, when it’s still not cold out enough to pull out your toque.

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In retrospect, fall fashion is my absolute favourite- I love layering up sweaters with comfortable leggings, soft scarves, and cozy wool socks in my boots!

Shop Farminista’s fall collection here.

 

Credits:

Photographer: Alan Yuen of Insomniak Media

Model: Sienna Freistadt

Stylist/Wardrobe: Anh Pham / Tonic

apple crisp

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Well hello again!  It’s Kelsey from The Farmer’s Daughter blog again, here to share with you one of my very favourite Fall recipes.  Although, to be honest, it’s one of my faves all year round!

Apple crisp.  Bursting with fresh apples and cozy cinnamon-y flavours, topped with the most delicious crumbs, and served warm with ice cream…this one is a true winner!  This recipe is also so quick to whip up, but has a big payoff.  Plus, your house will smell like heaven once it’s done!

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You’ll notice the sweetest blue enamel measuring jug popping up in these photos, and it’s one of my favourite additions to my kitchen.  The best home items are always both cute and functional.  My grandpa loves his crisp served with straight cream, so that’s what you can see me pouring from the jug!


Apple Crisp

Ingredients:

8-10 cups chopped, tart apples (I used Elstar, but Granny Smith or something similar is a good choice!)

2 tsp flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 1/3 cup oats

Directions:

Fruit Layer:
1) Mix together chopped apples, cinnamon and flour.  (Choose 8 cups of apples if you prefer a higher crumb ratio, and 10 if you like more apples in your crisp). Place in a greased 9×13 pan.

Crumb Topping Layer:
1) In a medium bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder.

2) Then, cut in cold butter with a pastry cutter or a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  (Alternatively, I’ve tried melting my butter completely, and it results in very even, delicious crumbs…although they’re a slightly different texture than when the butter was cold.  Both ways are delicious!)

3) Stir in brown sugar and oats.

4) Sprinkle crumbs over fruit evenly.

5)  Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned and the apple pieces are tender.   Cook time will depend on how big your apple chunks are….so just keep checking it!

Tip: If your crumbs are brown, but your apples are still crunchy, just loosely place a piece of tinfoil on top of the pan to keep the crumbs from getting any browner while it cooks a bit longer!

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Happy Fall Baking!  (And be sure to grab this enamel jug for yourself!)

-Kelsey,

The Farmer’s Daughter

October at Tonic and Farminista

With October slowly starting to fade out, and the transition into November begins (the month that I believe is socially acceptable to start playing Christmas music).

This month at Tonic has been a great one, seeing all the new fall fashions come in and seeing the joy and excitement for the most scenic month of the year makes me want to latch onto this month to ensure it doesn’t simmer away too fast.

I’ve gathered a few of my all-time favorites of this month to show you.

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First, I want to talk to you guys about our jacket obsession. If you live anywhere in the prairies, you know jackets are a must.

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Make an impression with your last layer!

The Jenny Wool Jacket makes it easy for you to do that.

Check out some of our other jackets!

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This is a classic twist on any cardigan, and easily has been our best seller this season. It perfectly fits on any body type, and gives you a bit of extra length in the back so you can wear it with leggings!

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Here is a quick link to check it out online:

http://www.farminista.com/products/gisellegrandcardigan

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We wouldn’t be Farminista if we didn’t include any of our head turning dresses. This dress is the definition of fall.

http://www.farminista.com/products/forrestshortdress

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And finally- we are excited to be starting our very own line! Right now, we only have coffee mugs. But, we are working very hard to release more Prairie People goodies! Show off your prairie pride!