Monthly Archives: July 2012

Fashionate: Top 5 Sunnies of 2012

I think it is safe to say the ENTIRE Okanagan Valley is glad June is over and we have sunshine on our horizon. Many people forget, but protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays is so important at any time of year, particularly summer.

A sexy pair of shades ties any outfit together.  Staying on trend with everything fashion, shades for both men and women go hand in hand with the clothes we are wearing today.

Woman’s Top 5 Sunglass trends for 2012 are:

The Cat Eye
When choosing your cat eye sunglasses; try on a few different styles such as, thick and thin frames, and different extremes of cat eye shape. A slight difference will change your look completely

 

 

 

 

 

Round frames
This is a hard one to pull off, but if worn properly these are a sexy pair of shades to own. Again choose the size that fits your face. If you feel as though you have a longer or diamond shaped face, these are great choice for you. They pair great with a relaxed denim shirt and shorts or a make dress and fringe vest.

 

 

 

 

 

 Coloured or Pattern shades
This is the trend I have noticed prominently in the Okanagan so far this season. Everything from neon pink to floral frames has hit the streets of Kelowna. These tend to be more classically shapes frames to compensate for the drama in the colour and patterns. Although, that is not saying you won’t find a pair of sweet oversized coral shades.  Pair your laid back shades with your favourite bikini and cover up to hit the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

70’s inspired- An oldie but a goodie
These are going to be your Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen inspired sunglasses. The bigger the better when it comes to our retro inspired shades. Because of the size and drama of these particular sunglasses I would recommend keeping a classic look with chic slim frames.  These are a personal favourite and I believe can be paired with just about anything. Throw these on for the ‘morning after’ to hide your face or shake out your top not and pair with a LBD for cocktail hour.

 

 

 

 

 

Animal Print
Another classic pattern, that never seems to go out of style. You can find everything of in your face bold prints, to subtle soft hints of our furry friends. I love these shades in the half frame style, giving a smart and sophisticated look. Pair with a floral dress or a relaxed pair of your favourite colour blocked combo.

Remember to ALWAYS check your sunglasses are UV protectors and will guard your precious eyes for the sun.

In Focus: David Emond

We’ve checked out a few of David’s pictures for Focus Fridays and figured it was a good time to take a closer look. This is solid stuff — whether he’s capturing Okanagan scenes or sharing images from the road, he’s seeing the world with unique skill and a love of beauty.

David’s landscapes seem to invite you in with compelling light and wonderful depth. I was particularly drawn to his expansive wide-angle shots and views of nature. Thankfully, he was kind enough to share his photos and answer a few of our questions about his work.

How long have you been doing photography in the Okanagan?

Although I grew up in Kelowna, I have only been taking photos here since moving back to this beautiful city two years ago.

Favourite locations or subjects in the valley?

I am always on the look out for new subjects but I tend to spend a lot of time in the downtown area whether at the waterfront or just enjoying anything that catches my eye.

Influences or artists/photographers you admire?

I joined flickr 6 months ago and have been blown away by the amount of talent here in the valley and abroad. I get inspired just by looking at the latest posts in the Okanagan. I also enjoy photos by top left pixel, a Toronto-based blog.

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Lbourgo Wins a Weekend Pass to Keloha!

There were a lot of great #aokendlessummer entries for our Keloha weekend pass contest but only one winner! We love that Lisa Bourgault (@lbourgo) had the wherewithal to force her friends into freezing water, and we feel that encapsulates the summer spirit in the Awesome Okanagan! If we’re lucky, she’ll tweet #aokendlessummer all weekend and we can see what she gets up to!

Rain Rain

So much rain there is a promise of Sun sooooon!!

#AOKENDLESSSUMMER – 2nd Edition

We’ve challenged you to take part in a summer story; one where where we can all contribute to a visual diary of Endless Summer in the Awesome Okanagan. (Find out more about what we want to share with you!) We lovingly refer to this little project by its Twitter hashtag, the #aokendlesssummer.

We’re back with our 2nd Edition of the photos you’ve shared. Catch up on the 1st Edition now!


dubtrub snaps the moon at night


local_flavour “Took some time to go to #church today #amen” I’ll pray to vinyl at Milkcrate Records in Kelowna!


oneillsweetd takes a time out to reconnect with our roots


knibbsy snaps @misskelowna “working the docks.”


trevneill and the clock at Queensway in Kelowna


kristenamy “View of the AppleBowl stadium 1/2 hr ago from Burtch Rd. So pretty!”