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A-OK/CREAM Salons present “High Tide”

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*Nautical themed, not actually on a boat

Fashionate: BOHO meets Bollywood – A Gypsy Soul Event

Friday night the girls of Gypsy Soul held their debut fashion show. The models graced the stage at a local nightlife hot spot; Cabana Bar and Grille!

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The house was full and the vibes were hippie-boho with a true Kelowna twist! Brandi Dea and Chelsea McKinley showed off their new summer collection just in time for festival season. Headpieces were a common factor with every girl in the show and I was loving every second of it. From gorgeous silk head scarves to sexy beaded turbans each piece adds a unique and trendy twist to the hot bohemian style.

Photo by Lise Guyot

Photo by Lise Guyot

The ultimate festival must have this year is the crochet bikini, show off your sexy curves and pair it with a maxi-skirt or your favourite pair of silk pocket pants from Gypsy Soul.

Foot, leg and arm jewelery add a boho twist to any outfit and will look ultra cool as you are jamming at Keloha 2013!

The girls and I from Loyal Hair Therapy teamed up to show off our favourite  summer hair for 2013. We are loving careless big hair, fish tails and of course pulled apart undone braids! Pair any of these looks with a wide brim sun hat, or of course your favourite Gypsy Soul head piece and you will be set for the sun! Just don`t forget your sunscreen!

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On the Road to Shambhala! 2013

Destination: dancefloor. You’re are on the road to Shambhala!

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Announcing their lineup (which is actually too big to even post here, download this PDF) via newsletters today, Shambhala is only two months away! Air, bus, car, bike and thumb. Come August, 10,000+ people will be on the road to Shambhala Music Festival and experience Kootenay legend. Massive PK Sound, lasers, lights, dance. Under the starriest sky, among giant trees, beside the Salmo River, six stages deliver an experience of movement unlike any other.

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To get this party started, Shambhala invites you to attend an official on the road celebration, July 25th 2013. Sixteen locations celebrate each of their Sweet 16 years. Stay tuned on Facebook and on their website for on the road pre-party locations.

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Have your wheels already hit the road? Car packed? Truly on your way? Stop at Shambhala friendly locations along the roads leading to the Salmo River Ranch. Find them on their website or simply look for Shambhala stickers and banners enroute. If you own or know a business that would like to participate, simply email info@shambhalamusicfestival.com with the subject “ON THE ROAD”. Shambhala will mail a kit and post the business and location on their website!

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Okanagan Summer Festival Report

Here in the A-OK we love summer festival season and it’s just getting started! Line ups are being announced, tickets are on sale, and with all that commotion it felt like a great time to let you know about some of our highlight festivals and events that happen in the Okanagan. This list isn’t comprehensive but if your looking for an event worth going to here’s a starter list for you.

Not only that, but there’s a bit of a Giveaway at the end of this article for some lucky winner!

Parks Alive, Music in the Park, Lake Country Open Air Performances, etc:

July and August, Parks throughout the Okanagan! For any of those new to our region you really need to know about our free live music concerts in our various communities. Almost every community in the Okanagan hosts free community concerts in one of our parks.

Every evening throughout the summer there is a free concert somewhere. So get out there and discover some great live local entertainment. Call your local Parks and Recreation office for more information on free concerts in your community.

Funtastic: June 28th-30th, Vernon

Billed as “Canada’s Greatest Slo-Pitch Tournament & Music Festival” this is Vernon’s signature Festival. Headliners this year include: Honeymoon Suite, Sweet, and Aaron Pritchett.

More information after the jump.

Celebrate Canada Day Kelowna 2013: July 1st, Waterfront Park/Jim Stuart Park/Kerry Park, Kelowna

Join over 50,000 attendees celebrating Canada’s Birthday. Over 50+ activities and performances that are multi-generational and family- friendly.

The Hot and Dry Canadian Summer: July 4-6th, Kelowna

We’d be remiss not to post one of our own festivals on here. We’re working with BC brewery Cariboo Brewing the first weekend of July to celebrate our love of local music, too-hot days and festival-ready style. Featuring 10 local, up-and-coming musicians over 3 days we are chomping at the bite to get this party started!

Tickets available with bands or you can get a $30 weekend pass online.
More information here.

Keloha: July 5-7th: Waterfront Park, Kelowna

I recently interviewed the producer of this event. The full story can be read here.

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Fashionate: From the Guys’ Eyes

A few weeks ago I got into a heavy text message conversation with a very dear old friend regarding a new lady friend he had met. I am not one to judge but he was being a little shallow, judging her based on her haircut and clothing choices. He is a very sweet guy, and I think we are all guilty of quick judgement but he was accusing her on trend choices of being unappealing to him. This got me thinking, what does the other gender actually think of our favourite summer trends? Not that I am one to care what other people think I thought it would be a fun little experiment.

I decided to take a survey of various different guys to get their take on some of the hottest trends in hair and fashion right now. I did this for fun, and after the survey I think most of these men need a lesson in style!

I asked their take on: Mint Green, Ombre, Maxi Dresses, Coloured denim, Wavy Hair, straight Hair, Aztec, Bangs, and Braids.

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None of the guys new what a maxi dress was, but once explained the majority said no they like to see ‘a little calf’. News flash boys, Maxi dresses show off other assets and they can can take a casual day look to evening with the swap of your shoes! Best summer outfit around.

Coloured denim was a shocker, majority ruled a dislike! The feedback was they only like it when the jeans fit right and at least look expensive. Agreed, coloured jeans are all about how you wear them.

I may as well have been speaking gibberish when I asked the men about Aztec, so I came up empty handed on their opinion. I love this trend, you can add a little or a lot whether it is a full Aztec skirt, or a cute patterned bag to complete your outfit! BLONDE on Bernard is a great place to hit up your favourite Aztec outfit for the upcoming festival season.

Mint Green: A few of the guys said absolutely not, but majority ruled they loved it. Most stated they love a nice fitting Mint Green dress. Lucky for me I just picked up a gorgeous Mint Green chiffon dress from FRAKAS.

Ombre was yet another term unknown, this led me to believe these boy need some fashion school. After a lengthy explanation majority ruled it looks like you need your hair done. Get with the program gents, this is another trend here to stay! The girls (and guys) at LOYAL HAIR THERAPY are Ombre and Balyage pro’s! We believe it’s all about getting the right colour and placement for your hair type in order for your balayage or Ombre to look perfect.

Braids were split right down the middle, some said they felt like they were dating a 14 year old girl, where others said it was effortlessly sexy. Personally I love them and think it completes your summer look. When asked if they preferred wavy or straight hair, it was pretty split, most like both. I agree I think both are great looks depending on the occasion, just remember girls, experiment and try something new!

Bangs are a hot trend right now and I truly believe they are not for everybody, but on the right person a full fringe with a long hair cut is so perfect. The boys on the other hand, don’t love them at all. They said it makes them feel like they are dating their little sister.

There is a lesson to be learned today, we need to educate our men! Teach them that our styles are an expression of who we are and that is what makes us ‘hot.’ We love what we love and they need to get with the program. Let’s face it, we’ll never stop rocking our our favourite threads! Whatever your style, whoever you want to be, never let the opinions of others effect how you dress or how you feel. Love yourself for who you are. If you want to wear a Mint Green maxi dress with a gorgeous fish tail braid then rock it out sisters!

Fashionate: Happy Birthday Frakas!

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We have many reasons to the past few weeks here in the gorgeous Valley so many of us call home. We have been blessed with scorching heat, gorgeous sunshine and last night I attended Frakas 10 year anniversary party!

Originally opening their doors in Saskatoon, Frakas landed in the Okanagan 5 years ago and has been a fashionista’s haven ever since.

The clothes range from fun and flirty to gorgeous dresses that will fit any occasion, and lets not forget about the best accessory collection in town!

Last night’s experience was no different; the moment you walk through the doors, one of the many bubbly knowledgeable girls that work there happily greet you, making you feel as though you are a life long friend. They are always so helpful and are excellent at recommending the perfect garment for you. They listen to the needs of the guest, and they deliver results!

Kelowna carries a reputation that there is nowhere good to shop. Being a hairstylist, I hear guests complaining about it daily, and I remind them, daily that we have great gems in the city, and Frakas tops that list. Hailing clothes from New York to L.A. all the latest trends are among the racks of the cute boutique located in mission park.

Whether you are shopping for yourself or a friend, looking for one piece or a whole new wardrobe, this is the place for you! Cheers to 10 more year and beyond Frakas!

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Fashionate: Okanagan Thrifting

Thrift shopping can be a great way to shop on a budget. It can also your ticket to fabulous finds and high-end clothing that might be otherwise beyond our means.

Pop culture has proved to be very influential with our generation, and in recent years thrift shopping has gone from embarrassing to the hippest trend around. I have always been a fan; it feels like you’ve just won the lottery when you find something amazing.

You need to go into any thrift/second hand store with a purpose and you need to be prepared to search; search through the racks once, and then again and maybe a third time. There is that special something just waiting for you to take home.

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Scarves, Coats, Sweaters and vintage bags are among my favourite thrift store finds. I love searching for a vintage coat that you wouldn’t find in stores nowadays, or the perfect giant grandpa sweater—that a grandpa most likely dropped off.

The very best find are those great luxury items that snuck into the stores and somehow stayed on the hanger long enough for us to find! Burberry Coats, Prada purses or Chanel—well Chanel anything. That’s the moment of thrift shopping that makes all hours of digging and searching all worth it.

A few helpful hints before you hit the pavement: If you have something in mind you are looking for, scope out the stores in your area, some second hand stores are consignment, and you will generally find your higher end clothing here. The big stores tend to have more volume, lesser value, but none the less great finds! Always remember to hit the accessory/bag section, somebody’s trash will most defiantly be your treasure! Have fun and enjoy a resourceful and environmentally way of shopping!

Fashionate: April Showers Bring an Explosion of Flowers!

We got a glimpse of the gorgeous Okanagan summer recently and that sparked a fire in my eyes to retire my dark winter clothes, and my heavy knit sweaters to the back of my closet and clear space for my brightest brights and floral prints.

2013 is introducing explosive floral patterns, and free flowing mint maxi dresses.  Floral has always had a foot print in fashion but this year we are seeing the flirty patterns take center stage. From full 3 piece suits to simple summer dresses you can incorporate it into any aspect of your wardrobe.

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Flowers are not the only must have this year, your staple cropped denim is an absolute must. Any colour you choose, there will be one for you!

Whether you are a fashionista, you want to make a statement, or you simply want to look your fabulous self the ultimate MUST have this season is an orange bag. Over-size it, wear it as a clutch, or rock it in a patent leather but this is the ultimate 2013 summer must!

Check out your favourite vintage store FROCK to find a fabulous new bag, or stop by FRAKAS for your next favourite summer dress!