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Fashionate: The Power of Fabric

Combining different fabrics and textures is the perfect way to modernize your wardrobe for summer 2012. We all know the Okanagan is AWESOME, so we need to have wardrobes to fit the profile. Fabrics and fabric textures will modernize any wardrobe, even if you are going for a vintage feel.  Combining different textures of fabrics in your outfit will create a new look with some other wise classic clothing choices.

Summer heat generally makes my decisions on the clothing I wear during the sweltering days and light airy fabrics generally take precedence over any other fashion decision. Lace maxi skirts paired with a cotton crop top will keep you cool and looking fabulous. A maxi skirt will be your best friend for the next 4 months whether it is cotton, silk, lace, or linen.  Pair it with a loose tank or textured bodysuit depending on your summer soiree choice.  Blonde on Bernard is the perfect place for you to indulge in a new summer wardrobe

Something as little as a fringed bag, or neon sequined clutch can pull an outfit together because of the new and different textures added to a simple summer dress with floral retro pumps.

If you are looking for that fabulous new bikini to grace your body for a day on your paddle board; surf culture clothing is your bathing suit head quarters for the Mrs. And the Mr’s they have everything from one piece cut outs to sports tops and bottoms. Complete your suit with an over-sized Men’s button up and a vintage belt. Frock is of course the go-to vintage shop in downtown Kelowna!

If combining clothing fabrics is not your thing, add your texture a little farther south: Your shoes! A fashion favourite of mine the suede pump, one really cannot go wrong adding a little suede or roped cork in their lives. Wedges are the go to sandal for summer brighten them up with a new texture you have never purchased before.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether it is a little or a lot experiment with different textures, fabrics, shapes and sizes this summer it is all about originality so don’t be afraid to look different. Try on a dress with a snakeskin belt, have fun and don’t forget to shop local and wear your sunscreen!

Fashionate: Summer’s #1 Staple!

This week I was inspired by all this rain. As we are approaching mid June our heads are wrapped around bikini tops and short shorts. We often forget that mother nature can take her toll and bring us unpleasant gifts; such as down pours of rain, leaving us with a decision of what to WEAR in this weather. My favourite staple this time of year is a crisp bright blazer. Pair it with jeans and a tank or your favourite maxi dress and you will be toasty warm, on cool spring/summer evenings. The fit, cut, and fabric, of your blazer will play a key role in your attire. A cropped blazer with darts will help to give you shape and curves in all the right places. Choose a light material that is not bulky for this fit. A three quarter length sleeve will give the cropped blazer nice proportions for you.

If you are going for a more casual look, perhaps pairing it with leggings and a loose tank; an oversized long blazer would be a great choice. Sharp straight lines will give your blazer a sophisticated look with a relaxed fit. If you want a classic blazer it should sit just below, or on your hips. Darts will draw attention in, creating a slim silhouette.  Remember to move your arms around and make sure you can bend and lift them comfortably, there is nothing worse than having a blazer double as a straight jacket. Don’t be afraid of bright bold colours, and even contrasting colours to what you are wearing underneath. Mint Green is the tone for summer so get a jump start with a cool mint blazer over a floral summer dress, or your favourite pair of coral skinnies and a nude blazer.

 

Check out your favourite local store, such as Blonde on Bernard for your new summer staple!

Fashionate: Summer Tips and Tricks

The sun is shining, cruiser bikes are out and beach days are just around the corner. The weather and lifestyle is why most of us reside in the Okanagan, and we all take pride in being fabulous inside and out.

I teamed up with a few of my favourite local girls to help me out with a few summer tips to keep your hair, skin, hands and toes in check.

As a senior hair stylist at Loyal Hair Therapy I see sun damaged, dry, brittle hair come to my chair all summer long. Although, we have a variety of Kerastase and Shu Uemura reconstructive treatments to repair the hair, I constantly encourage my amazing and loyal guests to invest into their hair and protect it from the sun, wind and heat. If you are heading out for a day on the boat; blow dry an anti-humectant, such as Kerastase Nectar Thermique, into your hair to protect and SEAL your cuticle. Finish off your style for the day with Kerastase Soleil Voile Celeste, not only does it protect from UV rays it has amazing shimmer for your locks! Never leave the house without a little serum or oil for your beach bag to freshen up your ends after a walk along the beach, or run it through lengths and ends after a swim to get air dried beach hair without the frizz.

As a working professional throughout the summer, I have to keep my hands and feet looking magnificent at all times, which can be a challenge during the summer months as I tend to spend more time outdoors. I turned to Shelby Leanne, a local nail artist who finds inspiration for her nail creations through all the latest trends of the season. She reminds us that nail maintenance is the number one way to keep our hands and feet looking sharp this season. Simply use a cuticle pusher after a shower or washing the dishes to keep your cuticles pushed back and clean. Washing our hands is part of our everyday lives, post soaps and sanitizers moisturizing is so important to keep your skin quenched. Be creative and have fun blending different oils and scents together to create a signature moisturizer scent for summer 2012.

Finally, whether you are having a Friday night mani/pedi party or getting an En Vogue set done by Shelby, add a twist to a natural French tip with complimentary neon colours as an accent colour. Shelby also reminds us not to be afraid of asymmetry this season!

To perfect your fingers and toes you can reach Shelby at: Tantalizing Talons by Shelby Leanne 250-864-8355

Cheri Chung’s work can be spotted all over the Okanagan, specializing in make-up, Cheri has just the right tips and tricks to having a perfect face with the low maintenance work that we all want during the hot summer months. With wedding season in full swing Cheri is up from dawn ‘till dusk working tirelessly on brides and bridesmaids alike, unfortunately the hot summer months are a make-up artists, and any girl for that matter’s, worst enemy. Cheri has a trio of heat-proof methods to keep you flawless this Awesome Okanagan summer. Less is more, keep it simple and be a little lazy. 3 or 4 products is the maximum amount that should be used this summer, think minimum effort for maximum impact

PRIME & SET! – When you truly need morning until night stay power, these 2 steps are absolutely essential! Customize primers to your features’ needs.  WATERPROOF – You can’t expect your makeup to last through a day’s worth of sweat, sun, and oil… Unless that’s what it’s designed to do!

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK HERE (www.cherichungartistry.tumblr.com) to get the full scoop on these and so many more of Cheri’s Summer-Proof Makeup Methods!

With these simple tips you will stay flawless head to toe all summer long! Visit loyalhairtherapy.ca for more details on our exclusive product lines! Don’t forget your sunscreen! Xo

Fashionate: Frock up your Facebook!

May is a time to dust off your BBQ’s, have your first drinks on the patio, and upload your BEST Frock photo to Facebook! Frock boasts some of the most unique vintage clothing in the whole Okanagan Valley. With contagious energy and her explosive excitement, Kaela, Owner extraordinaire, is constantly inspired by every piece of clothing that comes through the doors of Frock. It a journey through time as she gets visions of women running the country as husbands are off at war, in their 1940’s suits that pass through the doors. Whether it is a gently used Betsy Dress, or a 1920’s clutch the girls at Frock host a mecca of goods that are easily integrated into our modern day wardrobe!

After years of lending her precious goods to local photographers for photoshoots and never seeing the photo’s, Kaela decided it was time she got ahold of those long lost pictures and cooked up the most amazing idea; to host the Spring “Get Frocked” Facebook Photofight. For the entire month of May you can upload your photo to the Frock Facebook page for your chance to win a $100 gift certificate to split or keep all to yourself for Frock Clothing, not to mention the awesome party at Habitat at the end of the month! Whether it is one piece, or the entire outfit, purchased or borrowed, the girls at Frock want to see what you have created. If you own a sweet lollie, or a full suit this contest is calling your name, simply dig through your closet and get your creative juices going!

Coco Rocha recently wore one of Elizabeth Taylor’s suits to the Met Gala that she was lucky enough to purchase at an estate auction. Even with a faint wine stain on the front; Vogue Editors expressed their love for this suit and encouraged Coco to wear it regardless of the imperfections. This is a perfect example that every piece of vintage clothing holds a story and when this garment lands in our hands it becomes our responsibility to create a new fabulous story.

The competition is feirce and below are just a few of  the photofight pictures to give you all a glimpse of what you can expect when  you walk through the magical doors of Frock!!

Fashionate: Tips for your Fingertips!

Clothing is the ultimate way to make your fashion statement known, and unfortunately, there are times when you cannot express yourself through your beloved threads. In this dreadful situation we must use what our momma’s gave us and show off our nails!

Bold statement nails are a huge trend this summer, whether they are stick on, glue on or painted on there is a style to meet every girls needs. Unless you have been living under a rock, it is very well known colour is dominant this season from pink hair to coral shoes, people watching has become pleasantly more colourful. If you are not ready to take the leap into a hot pink blazer begin at your tips. The top hues for this year are of course, green and Tangerine. Hunter green was a dominant tone during the winter months, with the flowers blossoming we are seeing more pistachio’s and emerald greens to reflect the seasonal change. Choose a polish with creamy undertones and solid colours; you want to have noticeable colour on your nails, especially when it’s green!

Tangerine is a HUGELY amazing colour that you can pair with almost anything. When you are making your polish decision with this summer hue, the choices will be an orange or red undertone. An orange undertone will present a more playful fun nail whereas red is striking and strong, Both are great choices so why not experiment with both!

 

 

Staying on trend with crowd stopping colours, neon nails are a fun flirty way to brighten up any rainy day. If you have a uniform at work or find yourself drifting toward neutral tones with your wardrobe, step way outside the box and choose an opaque neon hue such as canary yellow, or majestic blue. You are sure to stop anybody in their tracks to admire your colourful nails.

 

Pretty pinks will never go out of style, simply choose your favourite pink, pair a sunhat, your favourite bikini and a new pair of sunnies and you are set for the Okanagan beaches!

Nails are a great way to experiment with colour and new fashion trends without investing your life savings into a new wardrobe. Nails can bring any classic outfit to reflect current trends. Kelowna offers a wide variety of nail bars from private rock star nail artists, to high end spas that offer services.  O’spa, Mirror Mirror, At Your Fingertips, just to name a few, are some of the best nail salons in town! See you all on the beaches!

Fashionate: The Longest Lasting Piece of Clothing

Every couple of months I like to assure a girls longest lasting article of clothing isn’t forgotten; Her hair! With Spring in full swing I have noted the explosion of colour on the streets of Kelowna, all the way from Coral pumps to Katy Perry inspired hair!

Anybody close to me will tell you I’m obsessed with the European craze of pastel, pink or blue hair right now and I have been plotting my cotton candy pink locks for months.  It took over the fashion week runways and audiences alike. It may be OTT for the beach in Kelowna, and to be honest, VERY impractical to play in the sun and water but a Euro-canadian twist is the way I like to do things. By adding a fashion tone such as a pastel pink, or cobalt blue hair extension in just one area for a punch of colour it will guarantee longevity in the colour and it doesn’t damage your hair. There is no better way to bring a piece of the runway to life.

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A trend that we have seen a lot more of in North America; the Ombre look with bleached out tips and natural roots. This look is either loved or hated with nobody in between. There are extremes with the placement of this colour and girls that are not posing for the cover of vogue or tromping down the runway generally opt for the more natural end of the Ombre spectrum. I believe if executed properly Ombre is a sexy sophisticated hairstyle, but when done wrong it is an ugly excuse for leaving your roots for 6 months. To make Ombre wearable for everyday life here are a few tips: Make sure your hair is long enough so there Is enough hair to notice a contrast, anything below the shoulders is the perfect length. Don’t only colour the ends of your hair, go into a salon and get it done by a professional, you will be much happier with the results than attempting it alone in your bathroom! The contrast between the ends and your roots should not be more than 2 or 3 levels. Lighter blondes to medium browns suit this look the best with texture in the hair such as a slight wave or curl.

Texture is popular in both garments and tresses for summer 2012. We live in the land of lakes, and sea-salt beach head has never been more popular. A ‘un-done-done’ hairstyle is so great to take you from lounging in city park, browsing the street vendors, to a night on top of one of the many choice rooftop patios to enjoy the cool breeze.

Blonde highlights are always a great go-to style for summer, don’t be afraid to try a new tone or change up your cut with a new fringe or enhancing your natural texture. Colour Change is so fantastic if you are growing your hair and are deathly bored of your locks. My bold Fashionista guest went from over highlighted blonde to a rich shiny chestnut that made her blue eyes glow!

However you choose to do your hair, wear it with confidence and OWN your style whatever it is. Check out Loyal Hair Therapy online at www.loyalhairtherapy.ca or Like our page on Facebook to see what our talented stylists are up to!

Fashionate: Sun, Sand and Fashionista’s

The days are growing longer and the sun is getting warmer, which can only mean one thing… Okanagan Summer is just around the corner! I like to be prepared for everything in my life, including fashion trends for the season.  Hot weather requires less layers and seeking out the lightest fabrics possible, although I never complain about the sun I do find it difficult to stay ‘trendy’ when the sun is beating down on me. Luckily 2012 summer trends are full of light airy cotton blends, and beautiful effortless silks to cool off even the hottest Kelownafornia bella’s.

Maxi’s dresses are a MUST have trend this year and they will be your life-saver, taking any chic beach look from downtown cool to cocktail ready in a heartbeat.  Many of the maxi’s we are seeing on the streets this year are featuring the ‘high low’ look with a shorter hemline in the front merging into a longer maxi hem in the back.  Utilize your maxi dress to the fullest with a cropped floral blazer, some long bohemian jewellery and a pair of closed toe wedges and you can rock this look through the spring as well.

The 50’s sex kitten look is also a big inspiration for summer this year, which is a great advantage for the heat that makes waves in the Okanagan. Like all the trends in recent years, it is 50’s with a twist. Pair your floral peasant cut maxi skirt with a short short top. That’s right cropped tops are back ladies, which means pilates will be our friend this year! The 50’s were all about making yourself up and looking put together at all times, drawing attention to yourself was a new revolution and women were loving it. Bring attention to your waist with precisely cut dresses and peplum skirts, or a pin thin leather belt to draw in a flowing lace dress will mimic this classic look without looking like you went shopping in your grandmother’s closet.

Of course denim shorts and a cropped tank will never go out of style, but a slight alter of the cut in your shorts or the length of your tank can turn dated into statement in a flash. High low tanks are a big hit this year and they are so easy and cool to throw over your favourite bikini for a long board along the boardwalk. Switch your daisy dukes for cuffed high waist blue denim wash shorts with a vintage leather belt. Swap your flip flops for a pair of toms or studded gladiator sandals, all these simple changes are great ways to stay on trend and stay ahead of the fashion pack!

Summer is a great time to experiment and have fun with textures and bold prints, use the beautiful valley we live in for your fashion inspiration. Emerald green lakes, vivid golden sunshine, and everything in between can be your mood board for the majestic summer days to come!

Fashionate: Stay Put- Shop Local!

I was speaking with one of my fabulous guests the other day and we were discussing all the local stores in Kelowna that have been closing their doors in the recent months. It is so sad to see local retailers say good-bye and there is nobody to blame except ourselves! I have heard many times from, family, friends and guests that there are NO good places to shop in Kelowna and they travel elsewhere to get their fashion goods. Unfortunately this is the misconception locals have about Kelowna which leads to such unique boutiques having to close their doors, soon we’ll be left with generic outlet stores and mall brands…

We have so many hidden treasures in Sunny Ok that bode up-to-date, hip fashion trends. Whether it’s a simple piece of  jewellery from an inexpensive store or a breathtaking new top from a high end boutique, Kelowna has something for everybody. Hippie princess to a Grecian style goddess you can find some amazing one-of-a-kind pieces without the need to drive over one mountain pass or the other!

 

With Spring FINALLY showing her beautiful face treat yourself to some sunshine with a new article of clothing from a local store. Pandosy Village hosts a mecca of stores from the amazing New and Used treasures to be found at The Wardrobe, or hop across the street to the cozy house of Jigsaw.  You can spend a Saturday afternoon wandering the village finding much more than your bargained for. Of course, at the end of the block is one of my favourite local stores FRAKAS with everything from shoes, dresses and bags to amazing cocktail rings and fantastic head pieces it is impossible to be disappointed here!

Although Bernard is about to undergo a major facelift we cannot forget about our downtown boutiques and of course they include; urban chic with a twist, at Blonde downtown, and the ever fabulous high end consignment store S Store with a new location at 1603 Pandosy street. If shoes are your first love Downtown Shoes, or Ashpalt will be your best friends. Around the corner in the cultural district you can find your wardrobe staples at D-lux boutique.

I truly believe in shopping local and I encourage all of you to do the same. We need to support one another and our fashion industry will continue to grow and thrive.