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!

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Oh hey there!  It’s Kelsey!  I’m back, and so excited to share this gorgeous wine red maxi dress with you all.

My jaw dropped when I first saw this dress, and I instantly fell in love with the rich, red-purple colour.  I knew that I wanted to style it in our orchard, with our beautiful plum and pear trees in the background.  The floral lace overlay exudes such a wonderful, boho, feminine vibe, and the romper underneath ensures that you never have to worry about your slip riding up!

The dress dips nice and low in the front, so I paired it with a soft and lacey, purple bralette underneath.  What a dream!

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Now I just need to find a last minute summer music festival to attend, because this is the perfect outfit for one!

-Kelsey

Intentionally Sensual Soup for the Soul.

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I have to start this blog off by saying how fun shooting in this particular look was, for me. There’s nothing like a plunge neckline and a healthy dose of black to make me feel like one badass babe. The Luxe collection is full of special dresses that can empower any woman.

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Now, whether or not I’m actually “badass” is up for debate. I probably stir up far less trouble than that word suggests. However, I definitely still find ways to take my day from mundane to “man, I’m glad I was awake for this” and what I’ve found makes that difference is glamour. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean flashing lights, good access to life-threatening drugs or any sort of celebrity style glamour . . . What I mean by “glamour” is whatever it is that you do to appreciate yourself, to decorate your day to day, a glamour that’s specific to who you are as a soul.

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For me, this often means compelling lipstick and an evening out on the town or sipping wine with a good read in hand. However, it could also mean eating carrot cake in a foamy tub while swimming in unapologetically sad jazz. Sometimes, glamour means licking the tips of my fingers clean after eating my favourite pizza in bed . . . Or being naked in a creek somewhere. In fact, moments like these usually require little more than an appetite for feeling and are easy to achieve. All that’s really required is that I take the time. In our conceptions of people we consider to be glamorous, I think the concept of excess is usually a key determinant. However, what’s maybe at the heart of glamour is actually excess feeling and the capability, as Rox pointed out in her last blog, to choose to slow down – not to slow down permanently, but to allow yourself time in a day to really sensually engage in an experience that you enjoy.

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Sensual, intentional moments of indulgence – this is what makes me feel glamorous.

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While the accessories and carrot cakes and pizzas or whatever do play a part, what rewards my soul most is taking hold my creative agency to curate a moment that I can fully engage in. Shooting in this look, the sensuality, the thrill-seeker and the woman in me felt both acknowledged and celebrated.

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For me, this is the difference between “treating yourself” in a way that’s often used to enable excess and between allowing our souls the time to feel acknowledged and rewarded. Even if it’s as simple as putting on something that makes you feel vibrant or listening to an album or two in full, eyes closed, allowing yourself to be glamorous through moments of decoration unique to your own existence is life-giving.

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There are few sights more beautiful, glamorous or more compelling than people actively loving themselves before our eyes.

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Try Temporary Tattoos This Season!

Temporary tattoos are the perfect way to add some shimmer to your outfit without having to overload on accessories. Not only are they super easy to apply, but they last for about a week and are something that will help you stand out from the crowd at any Christmas or New Years party!

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How to apply our temporary tattoos:

  1. Cut out the design of your choice.
  2. Remove the transparent cover film.
  3. Place your tattoo face down on your skin.
  4. Rub the back of your tattoo firmly with a damp cloth or sponge for about 10-20 seconds
  5. Gently lift the corner of your tattoo to check if it has transferred. Gently peel off paper. If it has not transferred, press down and wet again.
  6. Allow your tattoo to dry.

 

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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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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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Diamond buck wild.

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This summer, I’ve been hanging out in the woods with a group of photographers from the South end of Calgary. Initially, when contemplating “actually doing this”, the goal was to live off as little as possible and make as much art as our fingers could bleed out, feeding almost solely on the company and driven Earth hunger of one another. With the exception of a few glances backward on the drive out – a promise to Calgary, my recent home – some sort of awkward parent – the nights and road ahead have beamed with a dry crackle and flame, silvery incandescence in the place of city lights.

Ha, actually I didn’t do any of that. That was a bit romantic though, hey?

“This summer, I found myself in the woods”.

“I was lost, but nature, our mother, birthed a bridge between body and self”.

(This is where I’d cue the Eddie Vedder and insert a passage from Into the Wild)

 

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No, alas these images are not the child of an introspective walk in the woods.

However, for those of us who might be missing or craving some of those times, there was something a little bit transportive about going out on the lake, in this look, with a group of photographer friends from the South end of Calgary.

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For the record, I think this kimono has been my favourite piece of poem to the body, this summer.

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Photography by Matt Lowden.

Blanket details here.