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Cream 8 Year: Brazilian Carnival

CREAM Hair & Makeup Lounge celebrated their 8th year in the Okanagan on January 19th at Habitat in Kelowna. This year saw them inspired by the Brazilian Carnival, an annual festival traditionally marking the beginning of Lent (it’s actually happening right now!). The CREAM Team took the colour, costumes, excitement and fun of Brazilian Carnival and brought it to the Okanagan for a night of dancing, and we can never say no to a dance party.

Music by DOM, his song Jesus (VACATIONER Remix).

Fashionate: Gypsy Soul – Not All Who Wander Are Lost

When you walk into the Gypsy Soul showroom a sense of freedom and pure bliss takes over you. Infused with incense and warm and welcoming energy, Chelsea and Brandi take you back to the markets of Northern Goa, Bombay and many more with the finest silks, and beautiful jewelry lining the walls.

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A signature to their brand; the ali baba pants, made in a light and cool cotton fabric, or draping your body in gorgeous Indian silks these are the ultimate versatile pant. They can be worn low on the hips or pulled up to accentuate the waste. At first glance the unique pants look like a long flowing skirt, especially if they are dressed up with a beautiful blouse, or paired with a one of a kind gypsy soul crochet top. They will be a staple in any girls wardrobe this summer.

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Gypsy soul is all original designs with only one or two pieces of each made, so you know the whole festival won’t have the same cotton leg trouser, or pocket pants.

Each design is made with love, with finishing touches done right here in the Okanagan Valley. Chelsea and Brandi wanted to bring the Indian culture and incorporate it into the Kelowna lifestyle of easy carefree, summer living.

One of my favourite designs is a pair of ali baba’s made from two completely different sari fabrics. This is such an elegant piece. The pants are almost like a piece of art they are so beautiful, and you feel so much of the culture coming through when you are wearing the pants. These are truly one of a kind, and what girl wouldn’t want to feel whimsical in a one of a kind garment!

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Beyond the magnificent pants the girls have tirelessly been designing over the past few months, they have launched the romper, which is so versatile, and can really be worn any way you like. They have also designed the perfect shoulder bag; of course in true Indian style, covered in sequins! A top seller already, the crochet top could be work over a taupe camy with a body con peplum skirt, or with your favourite pair of Gypsy soul pants and a sexy bra to complete your gypsy look.

If clothing is not your forte you will find a piece of jewelry to fit any mood. From absolutely stunning gold and jeweled bangles to beautiful beaded necklaces there is a piece for any occasion. They combine casual with glamour seamlessly and it makes the items very interchangeable.

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What started out as an innocent journey to India, turned into the experience of a lifetime for the two beautiful wanderers. Brought together through a love of fashion and a big dream the girls embraced the Indian culture and immersed themselves deep into the markets of India. In true Okanagan style Gypsy Soul was born over a bottle wine, and what started out as an idea, has grown into a beautiful budding empire. Gypsy soul is your bohemian clothing line that you can dress up with a pair of chunky sandals or wear over your favourite bikini to the best festivals Canada has to offer.

With prices in the Gypsy soul line ranging from $30-$75 there is a piece for everybody.

Through the course of 2013 Gypsy Soul can be seen at various market and festivals throughout B.C. and Alberta. All events are posted on the Gypsy Soul Facebook page, you can also request a viewing of their stunning showroom through the page as well.

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Fashionate: Emerald Green; The Energizing Color of 2013

It’s a new year, which means new beginnings! We are about to enter one of the most beautiful and inspirational seasons of the year: Spring! It is my favourite season for finding inspiration for my fashion forecast with  bright colors coming back to life through mother nature.

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The colour of spring 2013 is emerald green. This is a very energizing lively colour that you can incorporate into any aspect of your life. Many of us feel as though we cannot ‘pull off’ certain colours. Perhaps you wear your Emerald green in the form of a fabulous new bag, or as your new mani color. Although this is a bold color for the season it represents a fresh new start. Pair this color with effortless frocks that easily fall away from your body, such as a soft silk maxi dress with a leather jacket.

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Emerald Green is paired beautifully with a muted down jade, or luminescent white. These colors will add so much freshness to your outfit. For a night out pair your favourite new green tone with a metallic silver fringe bag, or Monacoe Blue pumps. Don’t be afraid to wear multiple colors, if worn properly they will compliment each other fabulously.

Purchasing new clothing each season can become expensive, and many of us don’t have the budget to support that, although some of us shop as though we do! A great way to be a trend setter and incorporate the seasons hottest style is through your jewelry. Your LBD is never going to go out of style, so change up your arm candy and necklaces to bring your favourite dress up-to-date! Green pearls, a blinding cocktail ring, or a jeweled emerald cuff will modernize just about any outfit.

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Frakas is your ‘costume’ jewelry headquarters, with each piece priced right and hot on trend. Functional also boasts some amazing finds for the best trends of the season! Don’t let the winter blues get you down, get our and explore our beautiful boutiques to customize your own personal style!

Fashionate: Stay Warm and Look Cool

We are heading into the most cold and grey season of the year but we cannot let our personal style be affected by the cooler weather. Luckily Kelowna has a mecca of adorable boutiques to keep you trendy and warm.

First; start at your feet even if you can’t rock your favourite stilettos in the middle of January the right boots will pull any look together. Boots can dress up leggings and a sweater or complete your sequin dress. If you are going to be walking in the snow and ice make sure your boots come equipped with good traction! You will need a bold pair of tights or leggings to go with your boots and Blonde store on Bernard avenue Downtown Kelowna is your tights and and leggings headquarters. They carry everything from your bold Aztec print to simple solid black.

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I always like to pair vintage and new items, especially when large wool sweaters are involved. Kelowna is host to many adorable and unique vintage and second hand stores. Frock, Georgia Girl and Tweaked and Yummy are among the top 3, all located downtown and in the cultural district of Kelowna.

Scarves and Accessories will be your best friend during the cold winter months. They can add a pop of colour to just about any outfit! Man + Woman, located in Orchard Park, is your accessory headquarters! They have everything from gorgeous Pashmina’s to one of a kind jewelry pieces. They are a MUST stop on your shopping adventures.

Whether you are heading up to Big White for the weekend or strolling down Bernard you can find unique fun pieces from our very own local shops to keep you warm until we get our Okanagan sun back!!

Fashionate: Saying Farewell to 2012 – Top 10 Trends

The world of fashion does not end at shoes and the clothes we wear on our backs. Fashion spills over into hair trends, technology trends and even lifestyle trends. As the year comes to a close I have narrowed down my favourite trends of 2012.

2012 was a great year for fashion evolution from the hair we wear to the gadgets we love to carry. As we ring in 2013 we take a look back at the memorable looks and styles that defined our year.

10. Chelsea Boots: Every single girl I know has a variation of the Chelsea boot. Whether they are new and fresh, suede, or worn in for years these  boots are the ultimate wardrobe staple this year.

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9. Boyfriend blouse: Another must have item. Over-sized with leggings, tucked in, or studded out. This was an ultimate trend setter by the celebrities this year!

8. Ombre Hair: A slow start for this trend in Kelowna but Ombre hair has ended 2012 strong. Dramatic or subtle this is a great technique for our long haired bellas, easily transformed into 2013.

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7. Top Knot: The most effortless, yet stylish hair-do of the year. Girls with long or medium hair have been rocking this style out all year whether you are hitting the best new years party in town with a perfectly coiffed top bun, or you are running errands with a pile on top of your head this is one of my absolute favourite looks this year!

6. Colored Denim: This denim trend has quickly become a wardrobe staple. Dress your jeans up or down with your favourite chelsea boots, or studded pumps these have joined the legging family and won’t be leaving our closets for years to come, for both men AND women!

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5. Men’s Sleek Haircuts: Undercut and slicked back has made a comeback in a very modern way. We LOVE these cuts on men. Each and every guy can pull this cut off in different variations. This is a cut that will spill over into 2013 for sure!

4. Studs/Spikes: This was a slightly more bold trend this year that didn’t catch on in a big way in Kelowna. I love the studded accents on a structured boyfriend blazer or spiked leather heels.

3. Skulls: Happy skulls, angry skulls, big or small, anything skull goes this year!

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2. Instagram: Since it’s purchase by social networking giant Facebook, Instagram really exploded this year. Individuals can express themselves through snapshots of their lives. This social tool has shaped the world of fashion, technology, food and entertainment! (@NikkiMPid and @awesomeokanagan just in case you were wondering!)

1. Oxblood Red: This is the new black. Love this colour on anybody!!

See you all in 2013, Stay tuned for my trend report early January!! Xo- Nikki

Fashionate: Shake Off the Winter Blues

I think we can all agree ’tis the season of feeling run down, and drab. Whether you are sick of your hair colour or feel like you need a whole new wardrobe winter is a time when our skin is less that radiant and our hair is lackluster. I have 5 ‘Pick-me-up’ tips that will turn your winter blues around!

1. Release Tension. Indulge in a deeply calming scalp treatment to release tightness and create a healthy environment that promotes oxygen reaching your follicles. This is prevent dry, itchy flakes and lack luster hair. Top it off with a moisturizing colour gloss to enhance your colour and have mirror like shine!

2. Moisturize your skin. This is the time of season moisturizing is most important to maintain radiant glowing skin, especially after our beautiful okanagan tans have faded away. Lather yourself with a moisturizer or better yet, body butter post shower. Your skin will absorb more when it is still softened and warm from the water.

3. Don’t be afraid of color! I always notice as winter wears on our wardrobes become more muted. Don’t be afraid to add colour and brighten up your day! Experiment with a royal blue blouse or canary yellow blazer. Pair it with a grey cotton tank or deep toned scarf to winterize it.

4. Get outside. Fresh air will instantly revive. Embrace the country we live in and get outside, try cross-country skiing, skating or even a walk alone mission creek. You will be sure to feel better after a day spent outdoors.

5. Take care of yourself. December is a very busy time for lots of people and we tend to burn ourselves out. Replace your coffee with energizing tea and don’t forget to take your vitamins! Have lots of rest remember to take the time and enjoy the holidays with your friends! It is a time to celebrate family and friends, and there is no better cure than laughing!

Fashionate: A-OK Wild Heart

Last week my team and I at Loyal Hair Therapy partnered with Awesome Okanagan to throw you A-OK Wild Heart- a fall fashion show. We wanted to show off all the local talent we have to offer when it comes to fashion. Man + Woman was our feature store, showing you what’s hot for your staple winter wear. We topped off the night with a little sass from Frakas and featured 3 very different looks you could wear during the holiday season!

Man+Woman featured fidelety demin, bb dakota tops and an assortment of beautiful real leather bags, just to name a few. They showed off you can dress warm, comfortable and casual while still setting the tone of what’s hot in fashion.  Changing your regular jeans into a pair of high waisted skinny’s with chelsea boots, a black tank and a biker jacket can turn an everyday outfit into a fashion forward look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man+Woman also features men’s clothing that will modernize any man in your life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frakas featured three different options for the holiday season; showing off you can wear pants and still be dressed up to the nines. Paring leather with silk, or lace with satin, combining different fabrics within your holiday outfit will set you apart from your co-workers.

A-OK also featured the seasons hottest hair trends. Braids were very dominant on the Runway during the evening and these  can be easily transformed looks into your holiday party looks! Rockabilly is back stronger than ever with a twist, a smooth roll with a textured braid or curls will modernize your look instantly.

Our goal for the evening was to Raise some money for H.O.P.E, bring the amazing community together and show off our local talent! We hope it inspired you to shop local and support the Awesome Okanagan that we live in!

Visit Man + Woman in the mall or Frakas (Located next to Urban Fair) for all of your holiday shopping needs!

Photography by Chris from Clear Images Photography. To check out the rest of the photo gallery visit us on Facebook!

Wild Heart Features Live Auction

Tonight at Habitat (248 Leon Avenue) we’re throwing our second official party called Wild Heart. We’ve been talking about it on Facebook and Twitter a lot and we’re very excited about the whole prospect. We’ll be raising money for a charity called H.O.P.E. Outreach and their goal is to help out homeless or sexually exploited women in Kelowna’s downtown core.

To that end we’re very lucky to have some local businesses and artists donate items for a live auction that you can bid on right after the fashion show so that we can raise a bit of extra dough over the ticket price and featured drinks (maybe even some Champagne!!) that night and try to help out a great charity doing a great thing. Some of the items that have been donated include:

  • Two Fashion Books and GC from Mosaic Books
  • A makeover package from Loyal Hair Therapy
  • Tickets to Ballet Kelowna’s first 2013 Spring Show
  • A GC to Bai Tong
  • Artwork by Matt Klasen
  • A makeup pack by a surprise donor (come to find out!)

We’re always excited to see the wonderful and supportive attitude our community and neighbors have even in tough times. We’re thrilled to be able to do something to give back to a community we care about. We’re stoked to have a great time. So grab your dancing shoes, dress up (think Mad Men! Or get edgy! Looking for inspiration tonight? Check out Lookbook.nu), bring a bit of a wallet and a great attitude and get ready to embrace your Wild Heart!