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November 03, 2016

Fall/Winter Transition - style tips & must haves

November in Calgary is a complete disaster. It's either sunny and 14 degrees like today, or snowing, with negative temperatures; or better yet, a complete slushy mess. How do you prepare for weird weather while still looking awesome? These are my style picks for the fall/winter transition. 

Cozy, adorable knitwear:

{Photos: Nicole Bracey}

This cabled, pompom hat by local knitter Knitatude is EVERYTHING. Soft, chunky, and incredibly stylish - this hat pairs with everything. Chantal makes it in 3 colour combos: burgundy with tan, grey on grey, and marbled white with white. And don't worry about the fur - all poms are made from FAUX fur, so you can wear your toque, guilt-free. Plus, they'll keep you warm during the cold mornings, and if it gets way too hot by the afternoon, you can pop it into your purse. Win-win. Not a hat gal? Chantal has scarves, headbands, and cowls as well! 

If you're interested in making your own knitwear, (like I did on the right!),  Chantal also teaches a learn to knit class at Stash Lounge in Calgary. 

Check out Knitatude on instagram + etsy

New jewelry and accessories:

{Photos: Nicole Bracey}

Pair your long pendants with dainty necklaces for an awesome layered look. Long necklaces can still be worn underneath scarves, so there's no need to choose one over the other! Hair ties are a year round staple - wear them on your wrist as a bracelet, and use them to tie up your winter hat hair if it comes to it. 

SHOP: necklaces | hairties

Take care of your lips:

{Photos: Nicole Bracey, Mint & Daisy}

A good lipbalm is a MUST. For absolutely everyone. My absolute favourite lipbalm is Mint & Daisy's coconut and honey lip butter. Not only is is super moisturizing, but it's all natural as well. Something I've learned since becoming friends with Amelia is that most commercial lipbalms contain alcohol. Alcohol is a preservative, and also keeps the lipbalm in a more solid state. HOWEVER, it also actually dries your lips out a bit as well. So every time you think you've moisturized, you've actually sucked a little bit of moisture out of your lips. Hence the need to continuously reapply. For just $3, don't you think it's worth trying? Pick it up at Greater Goods

If you've already got dry lips, how about trying a lipscrub? These sugar scrubs will polish away flakes - because have you ever tried to put on lipstick with chapped lips? Uh uh. Grab them in Amelia's online shop. (PS - these would actually be the greatest stocking stuffer ever.) 

Check out Mint & Daisy online & on instagram

Fall dresses:

{Photos: Buttercream Clothing}

I am absolutely OBSESSED with my cinnamon swirl swing dress (left) from Buttercream Clothing. The long sleeves make it cozy enough of fall - all you need is a pair of leggings. And while I was creeping the website I noticed this sweatshirt dress (right), which literally seems perfect for fall. I love Buttercream clothing because it's soft, comfortable, and ethically made in Canada. 

Check out Candice on instagram or online. 

Sweater-Jackets and Blanket Scarves:

{Photos: Rebecca King, Northern Needle} 

I ADORE my three way jacket by Rebecca King. It is my absolute favourite purchase I made at Make It! last year. It's cute like a cardigan, but warm like a jacket. And it's designed and made in Canada too. Even better. 

Check out Rebecca King online and on instagram

The other day, Kelsey from Northern Needle showed up at knit-night with her beautiful blanket scarves, and I fell in love. They are absolutely gorgeous and come in a ton of colours. Check Kelsey out on instagram

Other must-haves: 

A good pair of black leggings: self explanatory. 

Matte nails: I'm obsessed with this look. And you don't need to hit the salon to do it. You can pick up a matte top coat that goes over any of your nailpolishes at the drug store. 

Burt's Bees Lipstick: A new product from an awesome brand. I love this lipstick because it's got great pigment, is super moisturizing, and is hella-affordable. It's like $8 to $10 depending on where you go. 

Ankle boots: I live in these. Good for the days where it isn't super slushy. 

A long, plaid button-up: I got a gorgeous blue, maroon, and while plaid from H&M the other day; and the best part is, it completely covers my butt. Long live long shirts. 


Have any fall/winter favs? Let me know your picks!

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April 18, 2016

One of "those days".

We've all had that day where it feels like absolutely nothing is working. You try one thing and it doesn't work, so you move onto the next, and the next, and the next with no success.

Today is one of those days for me. I've been busy designing my spring/summer line and have been eagerly awaiting some items from my suppliers! After a quick meeting at the store and some last minute shopping for my upcoming markets, I came home to find one of my most anticipated packages had finally made it! I eagerly tore open the package only to be immediately let down - my supplier had sent the wrong size. Bummer. No matter -  I emailed them, they agreed to re-send my items and I moved onto the next item on my to-do list.

A new bracelet design! I've been daydreaming about this one for a couple weeks now - but when I put it together, the design fell flat. I figured, that's okay, it happens. Experimentation is a huge part of my process as a creator. Things don't always turn out the way you envision them. Back to the drawing board. 

I decided to take a break from creating a check my email. I had a new message in a thread between myself and a client that I'm making a custom mala for. I open it to find that she had essentially changed her mind about the entire design and wanted to start again. Normally, this wouldn't be an issue, however I had already ordered a couple items in for her. I shoot her a polite reply back, letting her know that while we could make some adjustments to the original design, changing the design was out of the question. I'm a people pleaser, so to say no to someone, or shut down their ideas makes me extremely uncomfortable. 

After that I thought I would go back to my original plan of making jewelry tonight. I pulled out some cord, some beads and began to knot a new mala. Surprise - something went wrong. About halfway through I noticed one of the beads had actually swallowed the knot beside it, and when I tried to fix it, I just ended up with a stretched out thread.

At this point, I'm frustrated. You better believe it. Then it occurred to me that I was aggrandizing a bunch of little things. While replaying the day in my mind I realized that while I had a lot of small inconveniences, nothing seriously bad happened today.  Days like this can happen to anyone - and while they can set you back a day, they don't mean the end of your career, business or life. 

When you realize you're having one of those days, just stop what you're doing. Sit down. Take a deep breath. Make yourself a cup of tea, coffee, or whatever it is that relaxes you. Sometimes you just need a hot minute to calm down, refocus, and re-establish your goals. I heard once that you can have a fresh start at any given time. Close your eyes and take a deep breath - when you open them again, you've got a fresh start. 

If that doesn't work, take a nap. I swear by naps. Have a 30 minute power nap or go all out and sleep for a couple hours. When you wake up - bam - a fresh start.

Take time to think of the good parts of your day. Chances are, you had a few! I finished a huge wholesale order this morning, had waffles with my best friend, then had a seriously productive meeting at the store. If nothing else, you can take away a few good moments from the day. 

If you can, work on something else. If you're having trouble creating, maybe use the day to do some of the admin work you've been procrastinating on (anyone else? or is it just me?) Instead of continuing to mope, I decided to write this blog post, and catch up on my work with YYC Girl Gang. I might do a little knitting later. There are always other things to do. Even if they aren't necessarily "productive" things to do (let's be honest - I don't NEED to knit right now), but if it means that you're going to feel better, you do whatever it is you want to do. 

In the end, I'm a little bit behind. I could have used these new items before I leave for Vancouver for Make It! show on Thursday, but I didn't need them. I have a full inventory, and the spring collection will just have to wait a couple more weeks to debut. Despite being behind, I'm okay. I'm going to wake up tomorrow with an entirely new day ahead of me. 

Just remember, the good and the bad days balance out. (Remember that time you were super productive and made 100 bracelets in one sitting?) We all have these off days, and instead of getting frustrated, take a pause - you've got good days ahead.



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