SPRING 2017

This past week Keely & myself had the opportunity to show off some of Tonic’s newest spring clothes! There are so many pretty prints and silhouettes this season– be it red floral slips or flow-y chiffon trenches, there is something for every girl this spring. I hope you like them as much as I do!

– Emma

 

On Keely: Black leggings, Crop Top, Lace Kimono, Velvet Hat, Fringe Earrings & Embroidered Handheld Bag.

On pursuing yourself.

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As I’m sure any of you can relate to, I find that no matter how many times I free up my inhibitions to have my photo taken in public, I’m always still a little bit intimidated at the number of people who will stop to peek at the girl making funny poses, or so I presume. While this doesn’t sound like a very big deal (and really, it isn’t), it does make me wonder about the way we react, in general, to being observed vs. the way other people observe us. .

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I’m sure we’ve all been there – at a show or concert watching some cutie on stage, completely in his or her element, charismatically doling out chords. In instances like this, I’ll often find myself mesmerized by the experience of watching strangers exercise their passions – an intimate experience rarely had with someone I don’t know personally.

In fact, I’ve found that whenever I’m most in my element – most myself – is when I’ve felt the most appreciated.

 

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I’ve found that if I try to keep this in mind, it helps me to relax into a sort of exchange with the people who stop to watch the action. I feel as though most of what we perceive, in life, to be potential judgements on us are actually just mere curiosities. I really do think there’s something to the statement “we’re our own worst critic”. And I guess that’s one of the nicer aspects of getting older – allowing personal insecurities to meld and transform into strengths to be indulged in, by both ourselves and others.

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And, as always, this can be applied to what we wear. I feel so fortunate to live in an age and on a continent where freedom of expression is possible, where women can choose to adorn ourselves in a way that speaks to our souls. Stepping out of our comfort zones and into looks or behaviours that make us feel at home in ourselves, instead of clothed in insecurities, can be just as intimidating as the judgment we fear, but is So worth the risk.

While people often begin their new resolutions in January, I don’t think there’s ever a wrong time to learn to gently pursue ourselves.

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xo

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Tulle and Chambray

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Nothing makes you feel like a princess quite like a tulle skirt.  Soft and feminine, with a bit of drama…it is sure to draw a bit of attention!

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I decided to style this skirt over one of my favorite lace and chambray dresses, and the tulle definitely gave this dress such a fresh new look.  And when paired with a sweet pair of red flats, this outfit sure makes a statement!

I think the tulle skirt trend is just so much fun, and can definitely be dressed up or down.  Here’s to feeling like a ballerina whenever I wear it!

-Kelsey, The Farmer’s Daughter

hello spring!

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Spring has arrived here on the West Coast, and trees bursting with blossoms are a common sight!  We are so lucky to have such mild, short winters (most of the time), and this year was no exception (although we might get another cold spell yet!).  The gorgeous blossoms shown here are from our apricot trees in our orchard.  They are so lovely!

Now, I love wearing florals, and think that Spring is an especially good time for them!  This Angelina dress is classy and unique, with a bold pattern that is tempered by the dark navy background.  I’m in love!  You don’t often find longer sleeves on Spring/Summer dresses either, which is another feature of this dress that I appreciate.  No need for a cardigan!

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 My apologies to the rest of Canada….I hope Spring finds you soon!

-Kelsey, the farmer’s daughter

Winter mystique: the ornamental knit.

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Thick mitts cocooning already numb fingertips, red noses, an early morning marathon between you and the prairie wind to avoid even one second more in the wintery, “great outdoors” – yeah.. that’s February.

Do you dare to keep reading? haha

Alas, fear not – March is close at hand and so is nicer imagery!

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Featured: the Jenny Cardigan, available, here, on Farminista.com.

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Am I right though, that it’s sometimes tough to equate the bleaker months of the Canadian experience with an atmosphere ringing of mystique? While my spools won’t craft me a breathing Casanova, I couldn’t help but find an unlikely charisma in this richly patterned, bohemian knit.

Crowned in texture from neck to hem, this stunning, ornamental cloak entices warmer days and, best of all, can still be donned when these arrive. While, for obvious reasons, I have slipped on a silky pair of tights in the images above, feel free to take this look outdoors, when the time arrives, by pairing it with a mode pair of heels and your favourite LBD 😉

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There is really no need to wait until the arrival of green grass and shirtless men with washboard abs, parading on longboards to turn up the heat – I think we’ve got this one covered 😉

x

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