Dare To “POP”


Let’s face it, fall can be dreary, and we all know how a little colour can brighten up any day and any wardrobe.  Now is the time to mix and match, and try new colours and patterns.  We have been adding fun aztec and navajo print scarves and ponchos to our S’mores Collection all month!

smores collection 10Scarves and hats are the perfect accessory for this season, and they just happen to be practical as well!  Our advice for this time of year…”don’t try to match everything to your coat or outfit, start with one or two neutral or solid coloured items and then start to add bright prints and fun patterns.”

We love how blogger Jen from Prairie Girl In The City wears a rich, wine coloured dress with matching infinity scarf and layers it with a bright flower print sweater.

Our favourite scarves and ponchos in the shop this fall have been from Jackson Rowe, a Vancouver based company and they are ohh so soft and have the greatest colours and prints.  They will make fall your favourite season.


smores collection 17Check out more of Kelsi’s favourite things on the OCM blog.

Prairie Fashion goes West!

Edit_IMG_1384As sisters, Jenni and I have a few common interests. For one, we both love creating. This year, we started a blog called ‘The Common Creative‘. It’s been so fun to share creative inspiration with each other, and with others too! Farminista is filled with creative fashion. Jenni and I spent a lovely weekend in August together in Vancouver, her current home. As longtime shoppers at the Tonic fashion boutique, we were happy to share in the fashion creative process with these beautiful pieces! 


Kristen: This lightweight Lola kimono is the perfect layer to transition into fall. Laura thinks so too! (See a previous Farminista blog post) I see this lovely piece worn over short sleeves, long sleeves, and everything in between! This warm Vancouver day, I chose to wear it with a solid coloured tank, but mix it up with polka-dot print pants. And look how pretty it looks against those beautiful trees in the park!



The Jerry denim shirt is another great fall layer. Pair it with a darker shade of blue like I did, or as the weather cools (don’t think too much about it yet!) I would probably layer an army green jacket over it, and a contrasting patterned scarf.


Jenni: I chose to model a dress designed right here in Vancouver. Each dress from this designer is one of a kind, reworked from a vintage dress. I loved that this piece came with a story behind it. There’s an element of unknown about the dress that gets my imagination racing and makes me feel connected to whoever might have donned this skirt last! This piece is also fantastic for the upcoming season with its warm tones and scoop neck t-shirt top. It would work so well for layering with tights and a jacket as it starts to cool down. I paired it with the Sweet Harriet teardrop locket necklace and these lovely Chanel inspired pearl earrings which are both so pretty and chic!






How do you interpret prairie fashion? What’s your go to ‘transition-into-autumn’ fashion piece?

Take a look at The Common Creative for a few more photos in the park, and for a little insider interview with Roxanne!


Layering With A Striped Blazer

Blogger in striped blazer

In the prairies we have to dress in layers, the mornings and late afternoons are just not as nice as the day time.  So we are always looking for new ways to add that bit of extra warmth without a bulky jacket.  We were so impressed and inspired by Becky Kung’s latest blog post on Velvet and Vino, where she paired our favourite striped blazer from Farminista with leather-look pants and loose fitting chambray button up. Here’s a peek…

striped blazer worn by blogger velvet and vino
How to wear a striped blazer by velvet and vino
Blogger in striped blazer
Striped blazer on velvet and vino blogger Becky Kung


Spring Maxi: Two Ways

Yellow Clutch

Spring is in the air, here in the prairies, but if you’re anything like me, you may still need that little boost of excitement to get you through what’s left of winter’s reign. As I’m sure you’ve heard before, that’s where shopping comes in! Here, at Tonic, Farminista’s sister boutique in the heart of Sk, we’re putting winter behind us by stepping into some of our favourite light fabrics and fun, fresh prints in order to welcome the lightness of spirit that comes in hand with spring. SO it’s time to rebelliously don our favourite pair of loafers and daytime dresses to prepare for the sunny days ahead!


One of my favourite looks from this week, is this soft and versatile maxi dress! This cute little baby’s biggest asset is definitely its ability to be dressed up or down.  As pictured in the look above, adding a hat or printed scarf (or both!) is a fun way to give your look a more relaxed vibe while still maintaining the allure behind this lengthy, frame-enhancing piece.

striped maxi dress on girl
Accessories can change up your look.

For a more classic look, a pop of colour is the way to go! This clean-cut denim jacket, with carefully chosen accessories, is your best friend when aiming to jazz things up!

Yellow Clutch
Bright accessories add some “fun” to any outfit!
Yellow statement necklace
Yellow Makes A Statement!

This dress’ comfy fit is perfect for evenings spent in the studio, when painting or working on a print, and is easy for me to dress up quick when heading out, afterwards, for a night out on the town! Whether you’re catching your favourite band or spending the evening with friends at a cute local lounge, this little maxi will always have your back 😉

So join in the fun and don’t be shy! Spring is just around the corner…


Prairie Bohemian Style

Red Kimono and Maxi Dress

There is something about kimonos that we just love! It might be that they usually come in bright colours or that they silky and lightweight, whatever it is we love it. A girl in a kimono has a presence when she walks into a room, the way the sheer fabric flows as she moves around adds drama and mystery to her first impression. This spring we have been adding a new style of kimono to Farminista every two weeks, we want to offer as many styles as we can find, we have long ones and short ones, kimonos with fringes and without. We have vintage inspired kimonos or solid black kimonos that work as business attire. Check out our new arrivals for our latest kimono obsession.

Red Kimono on a pretty girl
We love to pair bright kimono’s with a solid base colour.
Paisley Print Kimono
Paisley Print Kimono
Girl in a Printed Kimono
Printed Kimono in the Garden

Winter Wonderland Dress

winter dress

Winter is a tricky time of year to wear dresses.  We were so happy to find this Yumi dress with wonderland animals in a snowy setting printed into the fabric.  This dress comes in different shades of winter blue or purple’s.   Get this dress here.purple winter dress


This dress has sleeves to keep your arms warm and thicker fabric to keep you cozy on a blistery winter day.  This dress is the perfect length for knee-high winter boots, so you can navigate the snow while looking fabulous.  We love how our favourite blogger Kastles is wearing the Winter Wonderland Dress in her latest blog post, layered with a fur vest, leggings and a bright winter hat.

Blue winter dress