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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Cozy Up with a Blanket Scarf

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Cool weather is very slowly making itself known over here in southern BC, and all over the country,  that means that cozy layers are the way to go!

I love giant scarves, and what better way to stay warm than to wrap a blanket around you?  That’s what I did when styling this look for my sister, Jordyn (similar blankets here).  What’s even better is that the company Sackcloth & Ashes donates one blanket to your local homeless shelter when you purchase one!  I love companies who strive to make a positive impact on the community around them.

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Also, how darling is this Moroccan clutch?  It’s a handmade in Morocco, from artisans who receive fair trade pay.  The intricate details are so swoon-worthy, and it adds something special to an ordinary outfit.

Stay warm friends!

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

 

 

Constructing Your Fall Best

The leaves are continuing to fall, which means it’s inevitably going to get chilly. The thing I always seem to struggle with in the fall is how to continue to wear the summer dresses that I’ve grown to know and love all throughout summer. Finally it dawned on me. Whenever it starts to get cold (especially in the prairies, it seems we start to get colder here right after August ends), my mom would always tell me to layer (although layering to my mom is sweater, after sweater, after sweater). So, I forced my sister out of her busy life- working full time during her practicum as well as away from her study time (sorry sis, thank you and love you.) and took her to my favorite spot (and if you ask me, one of the most beautiful places in this city) to help me help you show how to wear dresses during this season.

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Some dresses are made for this transition season (which makes my troubles slightly easier) just like our Estella Dress. As soon as I saw this in our store- Tonic, I fell in love immediately and knew I had to share it with you.

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They can easily be worn as is, or can be paired with accessories such as our favorite hat, the Carmen HatDSC_0024

Another simple way to elevate your outfit to the next level in fall is a scarf. The thing I absolutely love about scarves is how versatile they are (if you’re anything like me, you watch those YouTube videos on how to transform your scarf into 50+ different outfits in absolute awe). This scarf, our very own Agnes Weaved Scarf is perfect for any outfit, with its neutral colours and pattern.

But, there’s another way we can further elevate this dress…

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If you’re anything like myself, autumn automatically means cardigans. I adore cardigans-practically living in them all seasons (even the summer, I’ve just slowly allowed myself to adapt to the extra heat I’m forcing myself to withstand.)

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And cardigans with this dress looks absolutely amazing, creating the perfect outfit while staying cozy.

Our Mae Cardigan is perfect for fall, its seriously the coziest thing I’ve ever worn.

 

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Plaid is huge every fall.  A good way to wear your favorite plaid shirt is slightly less traditional. Wear it around your waist. Doing this, it cinches in your waist while still looking awesome.

 

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Or, if you’re slightly more traditional, wear it as a regular shirt!

The Erik Semi Long Plaid is another one of my fall favorites this season. The best part about it, is that its longer than most shirts (which makes it easier to pair with dresses!).

 

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Another thing that has been huge this fall (and for good reason- they’re awesome) are poncho scarves. They add the perfect touch to any outfit-fancy or casual. It seems we went for the fancier approach for this outfit, which worked well in our favor as you can see, after about 40 minutes of taking pictures and 10 minutes of my sister frantically changing in the car while I tried to find a secluded area that people wouldn’t see her change, the sun set and we were going berserk trying to finish these pictures.

For this outfit, we paired the Stuck On You Dress with the Kirin Poncho Scarf to make this (accidental- but it works) “heading out on the town while still keeping warm and looking (as my sister would say) sassy” outfit.

 

 

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folk tale fashion.

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Between warm lattes and picturesque walks through the park, you may have noticed a familiar trend in fashion this fall: folk-wear, this season, is it.

From the workings of Lagerfeld to the runways of Alexander McQueen, folk-inspired textiles are sweeping the fashion scene and eagerly adding a mysterious air of majesty to fashionable wardrobes. Bring it to the prairies? Uhm yeah.

 

 

Folk-inspired drape cloak available here, at Farminista.com

Folk-inspired, slavic cloak available here, at Farminista.com

 

As romantic as the sheer and ornate creations of fashion royalty, above, may be, in a land where keeping warm is a bit of a thing, draping cloaks and oversized knits are something you may want to ponder when working the folk-wear trend. As pictured below, the myth that oversized items are unflattering to the figure is a fictional tale of its own. The key to pulling off an oversized item is balance (you know, like the perfectly balanced life you live 24/7 and all year round… yeah…).Directly above, I have paired this stunning, slavic-inspired cloak with a billowy top and a casual pair of form-fitting jeans. While the slender choice of jeans works to accentuate slim parts of the figure, the extravagant draping and bold colours and textiles of the cloak give this look an air of richness Lord Disick himself will be coveting.

 

 

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So take a break from the t-shirt and jeans. Folk tale splendour’s where you’re headed this fall.

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