$200,000 of High-End Designer Duds, Doses of Dramamine, & An Unforgettable Story of Women and Their Americas
From one of the furthest tips of the Pacific Northwest in Oregon, across New Mexico and right back to handsome Montana, comes more than just an enduring road trip for Portland photographer Holly Andres and makeup artist Sheri Mendes. The duo set out on an incredible journey recruiting and capturing stunning real-life subjects in their natural surroundings, from a stay-at-home Mom based in Indiana to an actress/retail associate from Las Vegas. Not only through the series of photographs, but throughout the beautifully articulated article, the individual women dictated their own narrative through their personal anecdotes – overall, shaping the arc of the 43-Day Road Trip.
The experiences of women are often plagued with a cacophony of bias & agenda setting through the sources of media we encounter. Ultimately, women fall into a calamity of single-story narratives. This 43-Day Road Trip offers the subtle yet effective uppercut to defy these systematic notions that blanket our individual complexities. Stories include grappling with identity, gentrification & displacement, racialization, and motherhood. Metaphorically, guiding the reader along the road trip is re-imagining the heartland of American soil and the stuff of its roots as beautifully diverse & individualized – all with its intricacies, nonetheless.
With a van stocked of nearly thousands of dollars of the finest strung off the international runways, Andres and Mendesendure speed-bumps along the way, such as fighting off terrible motion sickness while downing Dramamine as remedy to impromptu hotels for those overnight, sleepy-eyed journeys. Coming with no shortages, precious cargo included an opulent faded rose silk Gucci gown and a marigold Bluemarine blouse and skirt combo, as these are just some of the glamorous pieces featured in this spread. Their journeys have led them to the most mystifying marvels, all which has constituted an unforgettable story.
The photographs are evocative and haunting – adding to its mesmeric value. Photographs are embedded with meaning, as they elicit personal narratives and amplify emotions, though subjected to interpretation. In this editorial, private stories and public meanings are fused together. Thus, taking to task current dominant ideologies of female identity and more so, America. Though sometimes photography can elicit tragic mementos from collective understanding, it speaks for truth. As stated by Muslim Al-Jazeera journalist Malika Bilal, “[though] sometimes I feel conspicuous being Muslim…this is the United States, founded on religious freedom, and this is as much my country as anyone else’s” (The Cut, 2017).
This Gothic & poetic tale of identity formation is tied together through fashionable dressing – despite the women’s differences of religion, occupancy, age, & race. As the women are banded together despite variances, Andres and Ramsey articulate the importance of humility, individuality, and civility in a chaotic, divisive world in their masterpiece. Through the voices and storytelling of these selected women, this 43-Day Fashion Road Trip is an autobiographical account of America.
Vacation packing. Ease & practically appears to be far removed and almost mutually exclusive when we’re in the thick of this seemingly nearly impossible, inevitable routine for travel. All-to familiar frantic procrastination and last minute packing tends to take away the ease of a calming getaway. However with the right tools fashioned whether you’re an under-packer or a professional over-packer (admittedly myself), this guideline will not only be a remedial cure for your packing nightmares, but to consider travel as a fashion opportunity for self-expression and adventure!
As an added bonus, these curated tips can be well adapted
and helpful to an everyday wardrobe working its way from dawn to dusk. Though
we know effortless chic may seem contradictory,
through careful planning you’ll be masterful and strategize like the coolest
editors. Let’s dive in!
The cheeky K.I.S.S. principle a.k.a. Keep It Simple, Stylish
Not only a powerful (yet cheeky!) communicative tool and
principle – it is a means to organization, structure, and less headaches for
your preparations for your upcoming destinations. Simplicity is key. Pack what
makes you feel confident and don’t overload. Don’t overcompensate for what
doesn’t feel right.
Most of us tend to pack above our needs and don’t wear all that we’ve brought. Concentrate on those key essentials and stick to those pieces you’ll be able to wear multiple times over. To differentiate outfits, use playful accessories to compartmentalize space as it’ll be limited for your travel luggage. Accessories are the armoury to transitioning your outfits to a different setting you’ll be situated in when on vacation.
Use Your Itinerary to Your Advantage
If you have a planned itinerary, this is the perfect time
to allocate pieces and string together your favourite outfits. Already having a
pre-existing set plan will help you to actualize outfits, what to pack, and
keep you more organized. Use it as a guideline and though it may seem trivial
to think of what you’re wearing, before you realize half the work has already
been done. Allow your schedule to lend itself to your packing preparations.
Better yet, if one event blends into another, you can pack a breathable jumpsuit or dress and switch out the accessories for a look in the evening from day.
The all-essential, classic pieces that won’t fade out of
style. These pieces are the staples and building blocks that provide foundation
to your closets. With a capsule wardrobe, it’s the perfect base augmented with
the trendiest or seasonal top picks.
Premised on a minimalist approach, this is a perfect
principle to apply to your getaway outfits. Keeping it simple removes any
external complications and frustrations. I believe that it is not limited to
any number of pieces to own, however it is important to make it work best for
Additionally, sticking to a colour story simplified my previous packing preparations. As an added bonus, it is noted as the chicest way to travel in style by fashion’s most noted editors. For summer, neutral palettes and caramel tones work perfectly to match a midsummer’s glow. Add golden accessories and jewelry to complete your summer look.
Whether it’s a crew-neck striped tee, a LBD, or your
favourite sneakers, it is ideal to make it your own. It is a great guideline to
follow but it is important to individuate to your personal taste.
Style tip: To keep you looking chic yet cool go for your investment cargo jacket with a summery, breezy dress or jeans. Focus on fabric of the garments.
Your Travel BFF: Loungewear
When travelling, never underestimate the power of good
loungewear. Those in-between moments of wake-up to heading for the outdoors to
getting ready for those nights out, your favourite loungewear is that perfect
mediator for those quieter moments. Better yet, you can mix your favourite
loungewear tee with a pair of shorts, skirt, or under a slip dress.
Especially for those cooler flights, an extra sweater or scarf in your carry-on will definitely be not only your BFF, but your MVP for the duration of the journey. I’ve gotten into the habit of doing so and haven’t looked back, regardless if I’m heading to a warmer destination. Nothing pumps serotonin as well as an ultra-soft piece of fleece-wear that enwraps your body into utter bliss.
As an added bonus, it acts as a 2 in 1 in case for those
days were your pyjamas seems too far away and those ultra-soft shorts were too
cozy to leave!
Style Tip: Another reason to save those dust/cloth bags,
they provide use not only for our shoes but as a great pouch for swimwear, our
undergarments, and laundry. Bring as many as you like (depending on your travel
agenda) and hang up where it is best. Easy.
The Undisputed Power of Fit
This section may be obvious, however I believe it is one
of the most underestimated yet important tips before travel. It goes
hand-in-hand with the K.I.S.S. method as well as sticking to that capsule
wardrobe. As our bodies constantly change, it is important that we understand
where we are now and accommodate based upon our choices in wear.
Try everything on at least a couple days beforehand. If
you feel an item needs hemming – try on at least a week before and that’ll give
plenty of time for a tailor to make those finishing perfections.
Fit is one of the avenues is dress that makes us feel
confident. We don’t want to fiddle or frantically search for pieces in our
closet to only be left with our whole wardrobes on our floors and nothing to
Take control. Understand your body. Hone in on the power
of fit. Integrate this notion into your wellness routine. The work is done.
Invest in Personal Styling
While this isn’t a necessity I’ve had the pleasure of
working with different clients ahead of their travels. Overall, a styling
experience is a wonderful investment and clients usually come away feeling more
confident and assured in their decisions.
Most department stores have in-house styling services. A high-touch, individuated experience done with ease – guaranteed, you’ll gain a greater understanding of your body and sense of style – an added bonus.
Be assured that most won’t require additional fees for
your experience; however, depending where you live I’d recommend to check-in
with a coordinator. Alternatively, you
can seek the services of a local stylist if you’re unable to connect with a
department styling service.
Style Tip: Feel welcome to bring in some of your favourite pieces from home and together, the stylist in consideration will coordinate with you chic essentials and a wardrobe you’ll feel confident wearing.
As much as I love a capsule wardrobe with a pop of those special add-ons, the best advice I’ve ever received as I recall in broken verbatim was Everything in Moderation, Including Moderation. Be uninhibited in your choices, and whatever garment maximises on your joy and confidence (no matter how obscene) – happiness overrides sensibility and with a chip on your shoulder, throw it lovingly in your travel luggage.
Looking for that bespoke utility jumpsuit that the chicest of fashion editors wear on their getaways? How about those must-have separates that’ll take you from dawn to dusk for those sun-soaked adventures to those the moonlit evenings after dark? Through this curated list, all those needs are covered – from the best shops on Maui!
As vendors on the island have grown and developed significantly, modern and fashion-forward shops have come aboard in recent years. The featured shops – Imrie, Keliki, San Lorenzo Bikinis, Mahina, & Cabana all share a commonality, in that they are bounded by the spirit of Maui yet tailored for the modern woman. As an added bonus, they ease themselves further into the retail space with a killer online inventory – where you can take full advantage of the best local must-have pieces right from your desktop.
Imrie boutique is a family operated, mini enterprise that bases itself from all 4 corners across the US and the Caribbean including St.Barths, the Hampton’s, and Maui. Whether a visit to their website or stores, you’ll feel their family vestiges as they’ve noted their loved ones and the people they meet as a source of inspiration for forthcoming collections.
Likened to an independent boutique, it is bespoke in its selection to curation of textiles, unique interior design, and attention to detail – individuated in its intent.
Taking the essence of a nomadic lifestyle in conjunction with editorial-like curations; from their gorgeous in-house swimwear, chicest Birkenstock to rad utility jumpsuits by Monrow and to Minnie Rose distressed cashmere sweaters, their selections can be likened to alluring treasures. Imrie encapsulates the spirit of the location they’re bound to, and it’s a definite visit in store and online.
Out of all the boutiques listed, Keliki is one of the most Insta-worthy! The apparel is merchandised to flawlessness – bold yet cohesive with the perfect accessory to match. Incredibly eye-catching, their location at The Shops at Wailea may be relatively new however, it comes with no shortages as they’re the newest local rage.
From translation, Keliki by definition means “by the sea”, and it was born out of an amalgamation of owner Kelsie’s extensive industry knowledge coupled with her island background on Maui.
Styles can be likened to the coolest mainstream brands without the heavy price point. Not to mention their own in-house brand aptly named Keliki, whose standout pieces include printed yet colourful separates and wrap dresses. The ease of her pieces lends themselves perfectly from beach to bar. From Faithfull the Brand to Quay eyewear, Keliki is loaded with an It Girl’s arsenal of free-spirited apparel and accessories that’ll leave all of your OOTD’s covered.
Located in the heart of Paia’s bustling shopping & dining district along Hana highway, San Lorenzo Bikinis is an amalgamation of South American sexiness with Hawaiian ease. It was started on the basis with the desire for South American-esque swimwear – as it was noticeably absent in the Hawaiian market. With time, the business has amassed to locations across the Hawaiian Islands and California with manufacturing facilities throughout South America.
Most notably, San Lorenzo has been featured in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. San Lorenzo Bikinis are noted for their reversible, Brazilian-cut styles in which locals have been obsessing and raving!
Alongside their editorial approved swimwear, San Lorenzo Bikinis boasts a variety of adorable lightweight crop tops with matching shorts & skirts, dresses that can translate from land to sea, and an online inventory that’ll leave you there for hours.
Born and bred out of the desire for sartorial perfection in combination with an entrepreneurial initiative, Mahina is the brain-child of bohemian flare with an island essence. Through its beginnings in Paia in 2006, this tropical enterprise has amassed to nine locations across the Hawaiian Islands. In addition, Mahina comes bolstering with accolades as it has been voted Maui’s Best Boutique for several years running.
With no compromise on style and quality at accessible price ranges, Mahina seeks its inspiration and curates its fashion on differing street styles from the everyday women they encounter. Light, breathable fabrics with those special added touches, plus an array of delicate yet striking jewelry, it is a destination in and of itself.
Mahina will keep you looking stylish yet comfortable on your favourite getaways.
Tucked in the Four Seasons Wailea hotel, carrying the best in high-fashion street-wear to delicate jewelry, Cabana is a getaway for all fashionistas alike. Not only carrying women’s apparel, it also includes men’s and children’s wear.
Hosting a variety of women’s premium brands including Golden Goose, I fell in love with locally made thunderbolt chain-link earrings that were only $50!
With destination retail at the forefront, slip yourself into luxury with the best in swim and resort wear. Not to mention feminine yet edgy apparel that can uniquely tie into a capsule wardrobe.
As we’ve been following the ongoing, devastating consequences of systematic racism globally, we’ve been looking to be continually conscious on how we can dismantle this system of oppression through raising the profile of Black-Owned Businesses & Designers. Too often in the Fashion Industry, Black talent is neglected despite significant contributions to this realm. To be an anti-racist ally for change, with our collective support and buying power, we can vote with our dollars and prompt economic & cultural transformation. We’re putting a spotlight on outstanding Black-Owned Businesses you can support now & forever.*Images are linked*
Founded in 2013, Brother Vellies is a footwear & accessories brand which was established by Toronto-born Creative Director and Founder Aurora James whose premise was to celebrate cultural heritage through traditional African craftsmanship & techniques, with an emphasis on feminine eclecticism. James founded the 15 Percent Pledge based on a call-to-action for brands to increase their shelf-space of Black-Owned Businesses to 15%.
Embedding an ultra-feminine sensibility into the decidedly sensual aesthetic of her namesake brand CUSHNIE, Creative Director & CEO Carly Cushnie artfully formulates sex appeal within her womenswear collections, emphasizing on form & structure. Cushnie’s Spring ’19 NYFW Runway Show marked the emancipation of her first solo collection and defined the brand as assuredly luxurious & sophisticated. Expect fluid silhouettes, sumptuous silk charmeuse, & re-imagined necklines.
Merging West African textile traditions with modern silhouettes, globally-renowned Lisa Folawiyo melds perenially-chic femininity with alluring craftsmanship. With Ankara dress-wear as inspiration, through fanciful embellishment & texture, Lisa Folawiyo transforms the tradition of African aesthetics as decadently anew & as decidedly hers with her namesake label. Adorning Solange, Lupita Nyong’o, & Lucy Liu; discover beautifying motifs within her collections.
Christopher John Rogers
The architect of THAT bulbous strawberry-shaped cropped top, Christopher John Rogers is a force to be reckoned through his unapologetic use of vibrant colourways, harmonious showcases of lustrous silk, & experimental silhouettes. Exemplifying self-assured celebratory femininity, the Louisiana-born designer was the top recipient of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in 2019. Expect voluminous shapes & all-encompassingcaptivating details.
Alluring. Architectural. Decadent.For lovers. Balancing sensual femininity with empowering strength, TyLynn Nguyen achieved a perfecting sartorial formula to a beautifying collection of the most luscious and luxurious undergarments.Her self-titled collection consists of intimate mesh panties, refined underwire-less & laced triangle cup bras that move with youwith maximum comfort.
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Sindiso Khumalo is a prolific textile designer who merges sustainable fabrications with African storytelling in her alluring designs. A distinct narrative that embraces her Zulu & Ndebele heritage, Sindiso Khumalo’s namesake brand evokes a visual language of empowering identity through ornate patterning & silhouettesmarried with the promise of ethical craftsmanship.
Embracing eclectic, unapologetic femininity punctuated with detailed colourways and contrast, EDAS is a sustainable accessories brand regarded for their ornate jewelry & supple leather goods. EDAS’ collection, “edas x Mexico” fuses founder’s Sade Mims creative talents with the artisanship of makers in Leon, Guanajuato to form a line that unveils a beautified, authentically-crafted narrative of Mexico. Discover their Charro One Shoulder Wrap Top, Luna Earrings, & Charcoal Delantal Top.
Dreamt by Stylist and Fashion Editor Brittany Kozerski, JADE Swim is a minimalist yet sensual swimwear line laden with innovative silhouettes and styles. Regarded for its shape-enhancing cuts, JADE honours its alluring namesake from nature. Bright & Earthy tones reign within their sporty collections. Your next Summer uniform begins with their editorial-approved “Evolve” One-Pieces.
Kai Avent deLeon established Sincerely, Tommy in Brooklyn, New York where unbearably chic high-end emerging designers are stock-listed. Located in the neighbourhood of Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy, Sincerely, Tommy maintains an eclectic aesthetic while diversifying to community-orientated ventures with the launch of S,T Coffee, S,T Well, & S,T Eat & Stay. Avent-deLeon launched her thoughtfully-priced line, Sincerely, Tommy, capturing the essence of fresh femininity discerning shoppers crave.
Contemporary with nods to cultural storytelling, established in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thebe Magugu is a Fashion Brand that emphasizes on women’s ready-to-wear. From stitch to finish, Magugu’s designs are conceptualized and manufactured within the African continent. Woven within the fabric of his collections, Magugu’s approach to sartorial design embraces his African roots, which perfected through reimagined tailoring.
Unapologetic sexiness with an embrace to sartorial 90s fashion defines the editorial aesthetic of Briana Wilson’s line, Matte Brand. Defining a decade into modernity, Matte’s latest collection, “Matte 1992”, epitomizes unabashed femininity. The cult-loved brand is at the forefront of representation which includes women of colour, shapes, & body types. Find forever essentials such as their body-hugging leisurewear.
Anchored in its literal translation to “flourish” & “bloom”, lemlem is ever-reminiscent of a brand whose moral-driven mandate is woven within the fabric of their DNA & the embodiment of its Amharic-lended namesake.
lemlem founder Liya Kebede sought to preserve traditional weaving techniques, & safeguard the market for locally produced goods & employment opportunities from her native Ethiopia. Made entirely in Africa, beautified, decorated patterning and gentle colour palettes awash the Ethiopian brand’s elevated aesthetic.
Imprinting an ethical footprint, Gwendolyn Floyd, Ella Peinovich, & Catherine Mahugu formed SOKO in Nairobi, Kenya, with an unwavering commitment to a consciously-minded jewelry line which employs local artisans & utilizes ethically sourced materials. Evoking enchantment anchored by quality artisanship, the Kenyan brand is a captivating redefined embrace of tribal design.
Derived from a namesake that symbolized a powerful union, Third Crown designers husband-and-wife couple Kofi and Kristin Essel conceptualized an aesthetic that celebrated their Ghanian & Jamacian roots. With a synchronous discerning allure for architectural structure and geometric design, Harlem-based Third Crown reimagines show-stopping jewelry as elegantly understated.Storytelling through gestures of love.
Standing for strength and beauty inspired by the artist herself, TOVE is a London-based brand conceptualized by co-founders Camille Perry & Holly Wright following demonstrated industry experience. TOVE is defined by its minimalist, yet decidedly feminine aura, which is exemplified by its languid silhouettesand considered fabrications.
From an unconventional start as a Mechanical Engineer, Caribbean-raised Aisling Camps found herself as a graduate at FIT & must-know Fashion Designer with the fruition of her namesake label. The Brooklyn-based designer’s signature essentials include her enchanting fringe-mapped basics, & drop stitched cable knit sweaters finished with lace-like interwoven sofilo yarn. Thoughtfully-curated, globally-minded pieces are made dreamlike & wearable.
From Christopher John Rogers to Jacquemus, the ultimate edit of emerging & established designers is nestled at Sherri McMullen’s namesake concept store, McMullen. The Bay Area-founded, all-inclusive brand features African and African-American designers based in the apparel and home décor industries. Transcending trends; elevated, eclectic, and sophisticated brands with an editor’s sartorial insight are yours to discover at McMullen.
Otherworldly and transcendent, Grace Wales Bonner’s Menswear & Womenswear collections are a tactile exploration of identity, race, and culture. Wales Bonner’s gender-fluid designs evoke a merging of European and Afro-Atlantic traditions, emphasizing intellectual conceptions of literature, critical theory, and art. Soulful and contemporary, signatures are distinguished through sharp tailoring.
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The Spring-Forward Essentials that Are Blooming as Your Next Joyful Must-Haves
Painterly floral prints, Peter Pan collared blouses, & ethereal puff sleeves call on our attention for Spring’s newest sartorial DNA. Fresh femininity as a joyful embrace reigns as the latest take on our warmer weather uniforms. Balance yours with ultra-cool of-the-moment denim. With this joyful edit, discover your next wardrobe for brighter days ahead.
The Symbolic Jewelry Label That’s Adorning Your Next Story
Drawn from wanderlust, the Vancouver-raised label Melanie Auld Jewelry (MAJ) evokes boundless travel with utmost attention to established detail & gleaming elegance. Founded by Melanie herself, her designs resonate with a globally-inspired approach in combination with the immersion of coastal sophistication. After settling in Vancouver with her family having lived in 13 different cities within 12 years, Melanie Auld launched her namesake brand in 2013, followed by the opening of her storefront in 2019. Blending traditional craftsmanship while marrying treasured, keepsake memories as tangible, MAJ casts dream-like collections for the awe-inspired. Forever grounded by transcendent connection, MAJ helms its craftsmanship in countries such as Canada, Italy, China, & Spain. Here’s why we can’t get enough of MAJ.
As an extension of the wearer by marrying personal touches with alluring aesthetics, Melanie Auld’s brand embraces the soul, for which examples can be found within her ADORNED collection collab with HGTV Canada’s Jillian Harris. Spelling it out with MAJ? Beyond the realm as a beautified accessory, MAJ’s initialized charms within this range transform into love letters, which are made for eternal storytellers. A never-leave-without heirloom that’s forever yours, add a personal touch with their puffed heart or pave moon charm. See your next ADORNED necklace in either sterling silver, gold vermeil, or 14k solid gold.
Moving with you, MAJ’s Large Herringbone Chain Necklace is a must-have. As it sits just below your collarbone, awash your neckline with this lightweight necklace. Ribboning your décolletage, the gold vermeil seamlessly creates an ultra-elegant, liquid-like appeal. From MAJ, it’s 14k magic. Love the on-radar tubular earring trend? MAJ has you covered with their chubbies range. Petite but so mighty. Ever-reminiscent of ethereal enchantment, MAJ is the ultra-feminine embrace to talisman adornment, as each near-and-dear piece is an emblem meant to be worn wherever your next sojourn or getaway awaits. Dedicated to take you anywhere, find your next story with Melanie Auld Jewelry.
To combat the COVID-19 crisis & shortage of medical-grade masks, MAJ has recently committed to the funding of personal protective equipment (PPE) for our frontline heroes. For further information, please click here.
Let’s get personal-ized. This gift guide isn’t solely for the romantic, as it is customized to fit those that are celebrating V-Day, those that are topping off their annual Galentine’s, & just for YOU. Whether you’re set on a sweet something or have a movable budget, you’re covered with us. Laden with accoutrements for the star-crossed lovers to those that simply need an amped up upgrade on their well-loved slippers, this Love Edit is still guaranteed to still send all hearts racing.
We’ve selected the best of the love-filled to give to your loved ones & best friends for ANY occasion. Gifts for even all year round? Absolutely. We have ideas for you that’ll leave you feelin’ all the Valentine’s feels from your Valentine. Hint, hint guys. Curated with care – this Love Edit is designed for you to fall in love.
ANINE BING Iris Open-Knit Turtleneck Sweater
The LA-based, cult-favourite brand ANINE BING uncovered the sartorial DNA to the most luxurious, open-knit sweater. The inky blue hue is a spanning alternative to our favourite neutral colourways. It sits perfectly at the waistline to be tucked in or to leave out. Insulating serious warmth, temperatures retained by this sumptuously soft garment will keep you cozy. Tailored yet relaxed – this is a definite run don’t walk moment for this best-selling sweater. $400.
ANINE BING Delicate Lace Bra – Black
An intimate layering basic that’s to surely be part of a capsule wardrobe. ANINE BING is noted for her classic, everyday essentials that evoke effortless chic & rock n’ roll sensibility. The beautifying, intricately-laced piece is designed for utmost versatility, to due its genius deep plunge. The bralette sits just enough to highlight a subtle yet enchanting, feminine peek from underneath your favourite open-neck tee. $130.
Fleur Du Mal Lily Triangle Bralette & Embroidery High Waist Thong
Underneath it all. This set leaves a tease (or more!) to be imagined. Fleur Du Mal is inspired by whimsical femininity with hints of provocative detailing with all the comfort & support. This set proves to be the perfect pairing for all your lingerie desires from their best-selling collection. According to Fleur Du Mal, what counts definitely starts from beneath. $182 & $114.
Love Stories Rosie Weekday 5-Pack
A friendly, weekday reminder for those bare necessities packaged in an utmost stylish way; evoking playful romance with its elegant cursive & satin-like feeling. Cheeky, these undies from Love Stories are for everyday day of the week – and these pick-me-up mood-enhancing briefs won’t let you down either. $211.
Eberjey Pique Graziela Bikini Top & Pique Coco Bikini Bottom
Whether you’re honeymooning with your loved one or wanting to indulge in chic swimwear for your upcoming girlfriends’ getaway – your next out of office days are made effortless & editor approved with this darling swim set. The pastel pink is feminine but not avertedly so, and this paring proves enough coverage to still soak up the sun. Sensual & laden with charm – the ruffle detailing adds interest we’re definitely akin to. Best worn with a beautified tan. $150 & $120.
Eberjey Scout Slippers Socks
Part slipper, part sock. You decide. As pioneers of luxurious comfort – Eberjey has you covered from your tip to toes from your sleep haven nights to thwarting away chilled feet. Knitted with thick yarn & lined with cozy fleece; slip into absolute bliss with this pair. Aching feet are long gone with these snuggies. $53.
Studio Amelia Leather Sandals
The love affair continues. We’re literally head-over-heels for Studio Amelia’s version of the It-girl worthy barely-there sandal. Not limited to warmer months; this smooth-leather matte-finished iconic style is perfect for all yearlong to freshen a cozy ensemble. Fall in love with this architectural, yet feminine sandal that’ll liven your favourite pair of rugged denim. $445.
SARAH & SEBASTIAN Single Celestial Earring
For the star-crossed lovers. This celestial earring is not only sentimental, but is just as alluring. A beautifying modern take on astrology – the white diamonds add further interest & glistening charm. SARAH & SEBASTIAN’S aesthetic on our constellations are abstract, delicate, & directional. A much coveted gift worthy to give or receive. Whether for you or a loved one – it will surely be the tangible answer to “What’s Your Sign?” *Pictured: Aquarius. Price points may vary.* $320.
Pamela Card Portrait of a Woman Earrings
Mimicked from the silhouette of the female form; these enchanting earrings are the antidote to fulfilling your dream bucket-list for summery hammered gold earrings. Alluring, the attached freshwater pearl adds abstract, whimsical sophistication to the delicate aesthetic. $350.
Lack of Color Spencer Wide Brimmed Boater
What could possibly tie in your ultimate beach look with your Eberjey swimsuit for your sun soaked days? Of course, we’re talking about Lack of Colour’s Spencer Wide Brimmed Boater. Paired with the signature black grosgrain bow, the wider brim lends itself for maximum style impact for this iconic style and as a bonus; adds extra SPF coverage. Getting ahead of summery trends made easy & chic. Set sail with this nautical accoutrement this gift-giving (& receiving!) season. $80.
Olympia Le Tan Paris Embroidered Canvas Clutch
A sartorial companion to treasure. Olympia Le-Tan’s iconic clutches are brought to you by the city of love. Evoking a visual language of romance, love, and escape; the hand-embroidered silk threaded & felt appliqued clutch is a collectors’ keepsake. Love stories are definitely made from these motif literary companions. $1515.
ESCENTRIC MOLECULES Molecules 01 – Iso E Super – 100 ml
Your signature scent, bottled. ESCENTRIC MOLECULES’ Iso E Super performs in conjunction with your body’s natural pheromones to create a scent that’s uniquely yours. Better yet? The aroma leaves its trace upon closer inspection. It’s perfect for sharing together. $173.
KORA Organics Rose Quartz Heart-Facial Sculptor
Giving your skin some extra TLC surely can’t be outdone by KORA Organics’ Heart-Facial Sculptor? An ancient practice that has been modernized to the mainstream, this is a gentle addition to your beauty routine that maximizes desired results for reducing puffiness & firming your skin’s natural texture. To apply, use your favourite serum & watch your skin feel the benefits. $77.
KNC Beauty All Natural Collagen Infused Lip Mask
A pout to tout for kissable, achingly soft lips. A favourite amongst high-voltage celebrities such as Emma Stone & Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, this is the beauty ally you never knew you needed. Fortified with ingredients to soften, plump, & hydrate; this see-through lip mask can be your secret (or to share with your BFFs!) that subtly enhance your lips (& kisses!) in under 20 mins. Laden with Vitamin E to nourish & heel, it’s a love at first peel with this coveted mask. 5 for $25 or 10 for $40.
Piecework Meta Jigsaw Puzzle
For your weekend, daily musings together. A 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle that lives up to its (puzzling!) namesake. A sure-fire, unconventional gift idea that will definitely appease your discerning eyes into an artful masterpiece. A worthy memento. $48.
SUGARFINA Sugar Lips
All your hard work deserves a treat. Dusted with sugar crystals, this lip shaped, mouth-watering package of multi-pink candy will be devoured with nothing to spare. Add another to your cart, trust us. Indulge responsibly. Candy Cube, $11.
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The Ultimate Monochromatic Co-ed Showcase of 90s Playful Minimalism
Dubbed “L’année ‘97” or “The Year of ‘97”; Jacquemus’ insatiable Ready-to-Wear and Menswear Collections for Fall 2020 reintroduces 90’s sensual minimalism to our style dossiers. Why do we all love Jacquemus? Semblant within all of Jacquemus’ collections is a boyish, spirited approach drawn by his childhood. Iterations of linen were on display as it graced and draped high-voltage supermodels such as Laetitia Casta, the Hadids, Adut Koch Bior, Joan Smalls, & Doutzen Kroes. Being a rigid texture, the transformative nature of this textile was made sculptural, dimensional, & directional – manipulated to various, dream-like forms to our delight.
Featured hues included a medley of blue, ecru, khaki, hazy taupe, lavender, & pastel green. Gentle, the tonal showcase dictated a visual language of simplicity & purity – with linen acting as a storied anchor. The natural monochromatic palette of the ready-to-wear and menswear collections nodded to the ethereal, yet provided contrast. Though from previous collections’ past this was a dialed-down, neutral colourway – Jacquemus brilliantly teased us with pops of his eponymous neon-pink – as displayed in the iconic Spring/Summer 2020 show in his native, lavender-filled Provence. The signature pink popped & melded with the collection with utmost flair. Punctuation, perfected. In addition, new bag styles roamed the spacious runway such as a horizontal version of the iconic Chiquito; amongst varying silhouettes.
Another tease? Yes please. Jacquemus appeased our appetites for playful approaches to minimalism with a dialed-down colour palette, yet tested conventions to this streamlined design philosophy. The sumptuous detailing & “undoing” of the garments nods to the most storied of deconstructionism. Made tangible, the “unfinished” nature of the garment is a twist that informs re-imagined conventions of pared-back styles. We saw this through the appearance of trompe l’oeil peek-a-boo waistbands on trousers, gathered linen, and playful eyelet detailing. A melange of streetwear-inspired puffer coats, crop-tops, body-con, tonal multi-layering, & looser cuts were awash on the catwalk.
As the ultimate storyteller, Jacquemus proves once again to be the sartorial architect of muse-worthy fashion; as a twist of construction signals a figment of genius from the spirited designer – making classic styles anew, meaningful, & timeless.
The Inky Hue that’s a Spanning Burst of Cool of We’ll be Wearing Year-Round
How are we stepping into the New Year with flair? While we’re partial to tonal neutrals that are endlessly on our style dossiers; bringing the sartorial push for hues that are subtle, yet defiant and unorthodox calls for ClassicBlue. Why do we love it? It’s a compelling colour palette that lends itself to be a base framework yet adds dimension to our wardrobes. As a pigment that mirrors our desire for reassurance & connection yet is mesmerizing as a thought-provoking colourway – it is on our trend forecast for 2020. We’re welcoming inky, Classic Blue & it will be having us wearing it all year long.
Taking notes from Pantone’s recent resilient inductee as the Colour of the Year has been the most storied in Fashion. As a recent showcase on Jacquemus’ Fall/Winter 2020 Collection; this masculine-like colourway is given a feminine, architectural twist and can be worn monochromatically like its neutral allies. Blue is made spirited with all appeal. Entering its way into the sartorial stratosphere is brought to us by Anine Bing, in the form of rock n’ roll effortlessness the brand is widely regarded for in our favourite suiting and chic knitwear. Embracing this colour? Works beautifully as a tip-to-toe tonal outfit. Perfect for summer and wintertime dressing.
The It-List of High Octane Dress Codes That Maximize Our Love Affair for After Dusk Playful Dazzle
A sartorial nod to 80s high-voltage glamour is on our wintry style dossier for this season of after-dusk soirée dressing. Sumptuous louche velvets, playful polka dots, & electrifying lamé are the arsenal of fashion allies that bring maximum impact to flirtatious, dance-induced appareling. As its an embrace to a fashion cohort of copious adornment; 90s minimalism is the antidote that adds elegant sophistication for the streamlined muses.
For this season of glisten, whether you’re a fashion-laden maximalist or adore chic classicism; Undress Your Style has unveiled the modernized point-of-view to dialing up the festive silhouette. From both spectrums of iconic allure, essential pickings of the most storied seasonal curations are on our radars as the perfect additions. The nice & naughty list you need to know.
The Velvet Redux
The crushing hero that is the arsenal of show-stopping sumptuous luxury. This year, we’re re-inventing this timeless style and wearing it with intricate detailing as a blouse, mini skirt, or as a suit with off-convention colour. It’s the staple that Party Edits are made for. Stock up on a velvet accessory this season. A classic style laden with romanticism and heritage-like quality.
High-voltage glamour is given a kaleidoscopic & mirrored appeal for wintry party dressing. As this retro texture nods to playfully ostentatious femininity – Lamé is a textile that showcases ultimate celebration. UndressYour Style is fawning over lamé mini & midi length dresses for this season. Add interest with sheer dernier tights & bedazzled earrings. Wearing that tailored showstopping tailored suit? Pair with a silky light-reflecting camisole.
The Silky Slip
This essential is an Undress Your Style sartorial mainstay. The slip dress is a versatile picking that works its wonders for every season & occasion. Its minimalist appeal lends itself for streamlined elegance and can be worn underneath a cushioned sweater or with a menswear-inspired blazer. Subtle glamour done with all style accolades.
An electrifying pop of hues is on our radars for festive charm. Vibrant colourways such as flirty pinks & constant blues encode for festive-ready soiree. Embrace these 80s inspired pigments into modernity by sticking to streamlined shapes. Indulge with more daring colours such as luxurious reds & neon greens. Add edgy punctuation to your ensembles with ease.
Sequins are synonymous with affairs of celebration. Catch all the attention with this light-reflecting textile & pair with your favourite clutch. Sequins are a sure-fire means of standing out – however it lends itself to neutralize due to its seamless sheen. Be bold and pair with bright tones such as hot pink to make an impact. Rugged denim? Absolutely. Contrast a sequinned blouse with a pair of your favourite denim.
The Finishing Tie-Ins
Completing your ultimate chic look for festive dressing? We’ve got sartorial options from Swiss-dot sheer dernier tights to feathery plume clutches. Perfect vintage-touches to a modern silhouette. Our 90s love affair with headbands continues. From the gold-toned studded to the pearled; accessorizing with an editor-approved headband will surely have heads turning. Amp the glamour to every ensemble with intricately embellished earrings.
Scouring the must-haves in fashion, beauty, wellness, & home decor; this Holiday Edit is laden with cult-favourites for this gift-giving & receiving season. Serotonin-induced joy hasn’t been higher. Coveted offerings for self-care, beauty with ease, & quirky home furnishings are some of the pickings curated with care. A check off your bucket list? Covered. The one that has everything? Check. Alpaca stuffies? We’ll take two. The most storied marvels are here. Nestled under the tree with ease.
PJ SALVAGE ‘BEARLY’ AWAKE FLANNELS SET
Roll up your sleeves & crank the fire. A cozy indoor setting with loved ones requires a warm cup of cocoa and flannel loungewear you can nestle in. A matching set for each family member? Sign us up! Flannels are the go-to option for colder weather comfort, & P.J. Salvage is the classic choice for this signature staple. The festive print finished with ice-blue trimming & “bearly awake” embroidery epitomizes holiday sleepwear. Alpine trees and snow-bears on the slopes as motif? Yes please. The roomy fit and elasticated pants insulate warmth but stay breathable. An emblem of coziness; P.J. Salvage is our answer to staying in. $108 for set. Click here for more information.
PJ SALVAGE STARS AND SKULLS BANDED PANT PJ SET
With this Skulls & Stars set from PJ Salvage, the gift-lists from your loved ones or your personal wish-list will definitely be covered for chic sleepwear. The intricate skull & star motif is the signature choice for added edge to wardrobe dressing & nightwear. The contrast drawstring is the perfect finishing touch to this rock n’ roll inspired sleepwear set. $194 for set. This set comes with the long sleeve top & pants. Shorts are not included. Click here for more information.
RAILS KANA SWEATER
As a sophisticated, cozy embrace to playfully spirited print; Rails’ KANA Sweater with intarsia star motif will keep you looking like a Parisian muse. Noted by the company, as a sartorial sister to its best-selling Perci sweater; the style-led Jacquard pattern keeps the mock-neck garment cool yet classic. Rails is premised on modern silhouettes yet amalgamates relaxed comfort with intricate design. A cocoon-like interpretation to a glistening, star-lit nights’ sky; this piece is an astrological standout for cooler solstice dressing. Racking on our wish-lists, Rails’ KANA is the perfect accompaniment to denim & thrown over a button down for balanced appeal. $330. Click here for more information.
WILFRED DIAMOND MOSAIC BLANKET SCARF
What do Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, & Sarah Hyland all have in common? You guessed it, the Wilfred Diamond Mosaic Blanket Scarf. From our style dossier, mastering model off-duty requires the fashion-led staple of a cushioned scarf. The burgundy hue is an autumnal & wintry option. The in-house designed style lends itself to be reversible; showcasing a dusky, navy blue on its flipped side. The signature pointed-diamond motif pattern exudes a heritage-like sensibility, & it’s textural softness blankets in feverish warmth. Comes in multiple colours. We’ll take one for us. $88. Click here for more information.
AGUA BY AGUA BENDITA GERANIUM BIKINI TOP & ALICIA BOTTOMS
A hazy escape into sunshine-induced weather requires a few essentials to take you to your obligatory poolside R & R. Cult-favourite Agua by Agua Bendita’s inspired print of lush Colombian botany oozes of laureate South American sexiness. In combination with the retro-inspired sensibility is a style-led editors’ must-have as the cuts are universally flattering for all shapes.The company premises on social responsibility as they employ local artisans to create their ethereal garments. As seen on their Pre-Fall ‘19 Collection; our love affair with Agua Bendita doesn’t stop as their floral & toucan motif Veleriana Bandeau gives us feverish burn. Complete your look with bamboo or straw tote & gold accessories. Geranium Bikini Top, $130 & Alicia bottoms, $100. Click here for more information.
VITAMIN A EDIE BODYSUIT
For the sun seekers, Vitamin A has you covered for your warmth inducing days with their feminine, 70s aesthetic. Created from recycled nylon, the Edie Bodysuit is muse-worthy as the high-leg cut combined with the wide tie around back keeps this piece eco-chic. Universally flattering, this swimsuit will contour to your silhouette yet provide coverage. Undress Your Style is crushing on ‘Papavero’ neon-orange; as it captures streamlined sexiness & bonafide retro DNA. The sumptuous attention to detail heightens the garment to modernity. Vitamin A premises on sustainability yet sartorially nods to vintage-inspired styles & beach-hazed effortlessness. As an added bonus, a portion of proceeds supports oceanic protective efforts. We picked ours up earlier this summer at an Undress Your Style favourite, Fossellos. Perfect for gift-giving or for your wish-list. $170. Click here for more information.
A joyful sensibility, Ranjana Khan’s strawberry studs are a delicious interpretation to the real thing – complete with intricate embellishment. Chicest way of getting our intake of 5-a-day? Absolutely. Appeasing our appetites for a fruity embrace, these earrings would be the perfect accompaniment to a strapless cocktail dress or breezy vintage-inspired midi-length. An unapologetic nod to femininity; the mixed media is fresh, & timeless. $82 for pair. Click here for more information.
MELANIE AULD YOU + ME NECKLACE
Inspired through the permanence of storytelling; Melanie Auld’s delicate, detailed-orientated craftsmanship in combination with their impetus to create beautified adornment philosophizes the brand as an extension of the soul. Melanie Auld’s gorgeous interpretation of the pendant necklace is re-imagined into an upwards, rectangular shape. Not limited to lovers; the You + Me necklace can be personalized to commemorate a celebration, a friendship, or singularly as your own with your initials. Or, simply leave bare. Iridescent, the glistening nature of the necklace would contrast a cushioning throw-over sweater or to equally enhance ones skin tone for balmy, summery nights. Layer this necklace with alternating lengths and differing pendants. Seal it up and get it engraved just in time for the holidays. $165. Click here for more information.
LOEFFLER RANDAL ZADIE FEATHER ROUND BAG
The hotly-coveted Zadie bag is definitely on our nice list. As a cult favourite this year, Loeffler Randal’s interpretation of the party-ready bag was left on our radars all season. The dusky-pink is a style-led hue. The circular shape lends itself to be a perfect alternative to the eponymous rectangular or box clutch. As a contrast, the Zadie can add weight to a summery ensemble & lightness to a wintry look. Perfection completed. Heightening glamour to further sartorial levels; in addition to pink the Zadie comes in black, mint green, and cream. A celebration of femininity with a vintage nod. $300 – $450. Click here for the pink& here for its additional colour-ways.
LEAH ALEXANDRA STACKING RING
Bands of adornment; these Leah Alexandra staples can stack as a collective in unison or to be a foundation for further, intricately designed rings. Guided by nature, the locally built business from Vancouver has amassed a legion of following as fans have fallen for Leah Alexandra’s premise on beautifully handmade pieces & precision on detail. A dainty piece; it’s feminine allure lends itself to be adaptable for the edgy modernist. The polished gold adds a glistening, sartorial style-led touch. Leah Alexandra’s Stacking Rings are a timeless, signature essential you’ll need to add to your holiday wish-lists. $48 each. Click here for more information.
A wintry après ski snowed-in surrounding calls for rejuvenation in the peaceful haven of Scandinave Spa. Located in the lush alpine forests in Whistler, Canada; Scandinave Spa premises on traditional methods of Hydrotherapy to ensure complete wellness & revitalized strength. Consistently regarded as the top Ski Resort in North America, their open-air hot & cool tempered pools combined with indulgent massages makes Scandinave masters in the art of luxurious escape.
Energizing, the cinematic yet quaint therapeutic refuge will immerse your core & soul in its bountiful surroundings. Scandinave is stretched across 4 locations which includes Mont-Tremblant, Blue Mountain, & Vieux Montréal. Detached from the tensions of routine; Scandinave is the ultimate gift in tranquility. Click here for more information.
SLIP EYE MASKS
As a beauty ally – SLIP eye masks are the ultimate silky staple for self-care. Celebrity-backed with no shortages of accolades; a restful yet chic sleep is ensured with SLIP. Anti-bed head and laden with comfort, the attached elasticated strap stays secured all night long. SLIP’s gold-foil embroidered eye mask is a favourite, as the contrasting smooth burgundy background epitomizes holiday warmth and glistening luxury. Stock up as the plush masks are available in a multitude of colours.
Good for your skin? Absolutely. The mask is free from toxic dyes and its fibers will enable you to retain your skin’s natural moisture. A blissful, dreamy sleep? Guaranteed. $66 each. Click here for more information.
BELLA & WREN DESIGN HAIR CLIPS
A 90s inspired vintage nod to glamour; these stackable clips would add a feminine punctuation to your wardrobes. As a coveted accessory, these faux-pearl and resin top over-sized fasteners are the perfect accent to embrace throwback fashion. A statement making yet delicate stable; Bella & Wren offers an array of styles from intricate shapes to colourful resins. The pearled style is a personal favourite. The gold & silver-toned backing adds iridescence and sparkle. $14 – $19 each. Click here for more information.
CHARLOTTE TILBURY PILLOW TALK MAKEUP SECRETS MAKEUP KIT
As the originator of the ‘swish & pop’, makeup icon Charlotte Tilbury’s namesake collection has us dialing up to the transformative line. Designed to lend itself from ‘desk to dusk’; her makeup kits can take us from our 9-to-5 to party-ready. Easy application, the products are luxurious and leave you It-Girl ready. Everyday glamour achieved; her recent eye palette kit ‘Pillow Talk’ – based off her signature lip liner – has us wanting more. The soft nudes, delicate brown, & dusky pink are ultra-feminine yet modern. Achieve her eponymous, beautifying supermodel look with ease.
The brand that is the definitive beauty mainstay. Glossier has markedly transformed and redefined our beauty closets from the lip Balm Dotcom that adds punctuation to themoisturizing, cleansing facial care that retains hydration; such as their dewy-inducing Milky Jelly Cleanser. The paradigm-shifting, cruelty-free brand focuses on beauty that is effortless yet effective; for instance, their signature pomade Boy Brow won’t budge or flake. Fluffy, vintage-inspired brows? Yes please. A natural flush that is likened to one’s skin is achieved with their dreamy, ethereal Cloud Paint. Buildable to your desire. On our bffs & personal wish-lists; Glossier is the ultimate go-to as perfecting staples to shield winter’s frost or polishing holiday party-ready.
Braving against natural elements or the daily 9-5; Glossier can make it easier as they’re laden with heavy-duty beauty ally ingredients. Definitely a Generation (of) G. Always. Products mentioned: Balm Dotcom, $20; Milky Jelly Cleanser, $15; Boy Brow, $26; Cloud Paint, $30. Click here for more information.
LATIERRA PLUSH ALPACA STUFFY
The most adorable gift, stuffed. Found at an Undress Your Style recent feature Sway and Cake; created from the company Latierra, these quirky, mini alpacas are a warm, sweet stuffy to hold. Works for extra coziness as a focal point on a festive mantel. The handmade four hoof figures are made sustainably & utilize ethical practices. Definitely for kids & adults alike. Hypoallergenic, the silky smooth cuties come in multiple hues. This is a run don’t walk moment. Order yours for gift-giving just in time for nestling it under the tree. $100-$130 each. Click here for more information.
SALT FAT ACID HEAT by SAMIN NOSRAT
As the host of the food travelogue guided by insatiable taste buds; Samin Nosrat is appeasing our appetites with her beautiful cookbook, breaking down good cooking to the basics with mastering the elements that electrify our taste sensations. A series of artisanal infographics; this book would induce serotonin as it evokes the joyful spirit of cooking in combination with gastronomic technique. Laden with lively charm & narration; Samin Nosrat is the ultimate teacher of delicious cooking through understanding Salt Fat Acid Heat. Click here for more information.
KINDMADE GOODS – THE KEY KOZY
For this holiday season, Undress Your Style has collaborated with our favourite artisans such as Kindmade Goods to get you in the spirit of giving.As a gift of luxurious minimalism, Kindmade’s Key Kozy boosts serious accolades in function; matching its craftsmanlike visual appeal. Kindmade’s founder Dominic Guieb was gracious to offer a few words of their gorgeous Key Kozy:
“Say hello to the Key Kozy! A purpose driven design to do one thing…keep your keys kozy. Because there are only so many things that get ruined by our keys: phone screens, pants, and the preservation of silence from jingling keys that we hold most dear. Joy is in the little things.”
Inspired by Japanese philosophical design; the hand made cushioning is attended to utmost attention to detail and care, with an impetus driven by perfection. A tangible blanket for your key? Yes please. Love the Key Kozy? Undress Your Style warmly embraces Kindmade’s Triangle Pouch as well. Kindmade offers personalization on all their products. Be sure to get yours initialized. Turning an extraordinary product of purpose into your personal keepsake. Kindmade Key Kozy, $40. Click here for more information.
FACE PAINT: THE STORY OF MAKEUP by LISA ELDRIDGE
The ultimate beauty book – Face Paint is the ally & confidante to uncovering the history of makeup. A recollection of the past; Lisa Eldridge premises that understanding the history of women and ancient social practices begins with a collective unifier – Face Paint. Lisa Eldridge is a world-renowned masterful makeup artist & industry expert. Makeup lends and goes through cycles of birth & recalibration – yet, it is always the prism in which we can glimpse & understand the history of our ancestors. The beautified book consists of stunningly, eye-catching photography perfect for gift-giving for your glamour-muse loved ones. Click here for more information.
HOLIDAY WORTHY WITH EASE
MINE & YOURS GIFT CARD
Likened to a wardrobe laden with one of a kind pieces that evoke feminine glamorous allure; Mine & Yours is the ultimate destination for runway ready-to-wear at a comparative fraction price. Located on Howe in bustling district of downtown Vancouver; Mine & Yours is a luxury resale boutique premised on sustainability. Investing in the resale market is an eco-friendly method of staying kind to our environment. Trimmed with accents of glistening flare, Mine & Yours’ intimate setting is one of a kind as its welcoming & will adapt to your style needs from all backgrounds from the newly minted intern to the high-powered executive.
All the beautified items are curated and merchandised with an editor’s discernment, perfection is certainly achieved. Wanting that coveted quilted ChanelClassic Flap bag? In need of a plush Moncler coat to shield off winter’s chill? Whether you’re a high-voltage maximalist or love streamlined sophistication you’re definitely covered. Your loved ones will surely love it too once it’s on your radar. A Mine & Yours gift-card is a must-have holiday gifting option. Giving the gift of sustainability done with ease. Click here for more information. Be sure to attend our Holiday Market from December 13-15th! We’ll be sharing festive cheer, a glass of bubbly, and a chic shopping experience with our favourite local vendors.
As an amalgamation of high-street & sartorial European luxuriousness,Aimee B. Clothing & Accessories is a chic womenswear boutique that’s located along Glover Rd. in the cozy village of Fort Langley, BC. Established by mother-daughter founders Aimee Bird & Jessica (Amelia) de Wet; from ladylike street style to prep-cool, the brick-and-mortar location boosts style accolades that’s akin to the ultimate ready-to-wear from the international runways. Starting their business in Chilliwack in 2004, they eventually settled in this quaint town a couple years later. Specialists in creating a bespoke experience, perfection is certainly achieved with a likening to storefront curations found along the eponymous fashion avenues in Europe. Minimalist separates in combination with warmth-inducing seasonal stand-outs make Aimee B. a lifestyle emblem within the Canadian shopping scene of the Lower Mainland.
Laden with quintessential style staples; Aimee B. Clothing & Accessories is supplied with capsule wardrobe essentials such as Duchess Meghan’s royalty-approved Mother Denim, the coziest insulating knitwear, & lug soled laced boots. Top editor-favoured style-led favourites include a Smythe dusky rose midi-length slip skirt; an array of true-blue silhouette enhancing denim such as the Farrah Skinny from AG; & the chicest camel overcoats from Line the Label. Other contemporary brands include FrameDenim, Part Two, MaisonScotch, & Rails LA. Autumnal hues such as burgundy, neutrals, and dusky blacks are part of Aimee B.’s seasonal colour story for wintry solstice dressing.
As the store is filled with foundation pieces that lend themselves to accommodate trend-setting styles; Aimee and Jessica noted that the nature of the capsule wardrobe is built upon lifestyle, rather than a niche-targeted audience. Broken down to the basics, an all-essential wardrobe is a uniting universal and lessens a polarized market in womenswear fashion. Funnily, Aimee shared that the cable-knit sweater she was wearing was in-fact Jessica’s. Including a common sensibility in heritage flair, heirloom closet sharing is definitely done in the chicest way for the like-named fashionable pair.
Maintaining virtue as true fashion artisans; they take pleasure in styling an outfit with adding finishing touches through tying their clients’ laces or adding an iridescent accessory. What keeps them competitive? As an intimate and warming experience, feelings of community & creating an environment that’d be likened to a home with a note-worthy dreamlike closet is foremost for the power-team. Relishing in the tactile nature of their assorted garments, they premise on high quality pieces that are built to last with longevity. Looking for office appropriate with flair? Or needing that perfect pair of denim? You’re covered. An all-encompassing experience for their clients, Aimee and Jessica share a passion for customer care & provide unparalleled styling services from our top to toes. A namesake that’s more than just a brand, Aimee B. Clothing & Accessories marks itself as a surefire stamp on our radars as a sartorial-led mainstay to fashion.
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Photo from left to right: Alchemy’s interior & assortment of jewelry
By definition, Alchemy is a natural philosophic custom that is regarded as the ancient practice of metamorphosis, allurement, & renewal. Against the chilly Equinox autumnal weather brings, Alchemy Living Inc.is the remedy that provides serenity, fresh perspective, and an homage to local artisans as it’s regarded as one of Kelowna’s top interior design and lifestyle boutiques. Established by founders Sheila Estephan and Jeff McGregor; items are merchandised intuitively, cohesively, and in a plethora of means by which contrasting textures become harmonious. Eclectic, sexy, and rustic; Alchemy invigorates visceral senses & intelligences for the ethereal, as pieces can be quite delicate-feeling despite their size, design, and stature.
The cream walls are a gentle contrast to the rustic wood flooring. The walls are amplified with romanticized wired scripts, hanging tapestry, and stacks of shelves consisting of luxurious velvety pillows. A plethora of pillows! Undress Your Style’s favourites include an inspired vintage upholstery pillow and an ombré pink feathered rectangular cushioning. Styles are sourced in small quantities however there is no shortage of choices within the light-filled boutique. Other well-loved items include cozy textile throws, delicate gold-toned jewelry, confetti splatter napkins, and stoneware art-deco glazed bowls. A balance of poeticism; Alchemy transcends the bounds of rationale, yet embraces modernity.
Photo from left to right: Alchemy’s cozy bedding & intricate pillows
As well as boasting a killer online inventory; Alchemy’s services include gift registries, gift cards, tablescape production, and special ordering. While establishing itself as the center of home furnishings and lifestyle products; as noted by the company website the brick and mortar location sources its products in an ethical fashion through Fair Trade, and is a proponent supporter of local artists. Enchanting and alluring; the aura is welcoming and soulful. Exemplifying a visual language of contrast, comfort, and varied design ethos cycles; Alchemy is the lifestyle mainstay that embodies its whimsical namesake into modernity.