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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.

Fashionate: The Beautiful Colours of Spring

There is no doubt a very obvious trend with the spring 2012 fashion with the explosion of colour hitting the shelves of our local retail stores.  Designers made a conscious decision to avoid the doom and gloom of neutral minimalistic colours from 2011 and bring life back into the world of fashion. With yummy cocktail tones, such as strawberry daiquiri, coral and canary yellow men and women alike are taking this trend to the next level.

With coloured denim almost every store window it has been hard to avoid as winter wear slips away to the discount racks. Although I am a fan and I plan on adding to my loud collection of bottoms, I believe there is a way they should be worn, with gentle care and attention. It is a piece of clothing that can add life to an otherwise sad outfit, but if worn in incorrectly it will go from sleek to cheap in a flash. I have also been pleasantly surprised with the different options of cut various brands have to offer.

For example; I stumbled upon the most amazing cigarette cut ina fresh coral tone in the Material Girl section at The Bay. The straight lines and cropped bottom give the pants a fresh new look with structured lines and a chic look. Pair them with a neutral tank or a pale violet blouse and you can take this look straight to the office! Although both pieces are coloured they complement each other well and of course you are combining another spring hit; colour blocking, into your look.

Almost every local store will have a variation of coloured pants for spring so take the time to try on a few different pairs to find your perfect fit!

As the days get warmer we will soon ditch the denim for a fabric more forgiving! That brings me into the next best, and my favourite, trend of the season. FLORAL. Flowers are back and they are preparing for a takeover. Although the runways have been flooded with head to toe floral ensembles, streetwear will take it into moderation(hopefully!) with a light floral linen pant or a paisley summer dress.

Being as shoes are my absolute favourite item on Earth I am absolutely in love with all of the chunky 70’s inspired sandals in the many different floral patterns. Shoes are also a great way to wear colours if clothing scares you simply pair your favourite outfit with a bright hue of your choice and you will be runway ready!

Overall I’m obsessed with everything spring 2012 and I am so excited to see all the okanaganista’s bring these over the top colours and prints come to life!

Fashionate: A Tribute To An ICON

The world was shaken last weekend when the news of Miss Whitney Houston hit the headlines and for some people in my life, it shook them to the very core.  This inspired me to put my current flashy floral updates on hold and dedicated this week to Whitney’s 10 best looks of all time. Not only is she a musical Icon she took the fashion world by storm and was not afraid to take a risk with her continuous evolving style. Living through two decades of stardom leaves a lot of amazing photos of the good, bad, and the ugly style choices made. Of course, we will honour the most amazing both on and off the stage.

 This is a look from Whitney’s early years of stardom, it was all about sequins in the 80’s! Although she didn’t take a lot of risks with fashion she was knew what to wear and how to wear it. The sunny tiered skirt was a perfect way to add a splash of colour on stage. This look could be easily re-created today with a modern twist; Pair the sequin blazer with a solid black top, wear the skirt waist high with a pair of tights and ankle boots and that’s your Friday night dinner and drinks outfit!

 

 

I love this dress on Whitney and the world loved it again on Sex And The City: The Movie! This is a classic dress that has been re-worn with modern day styling. She looks so chic and sophisticated in this dress. It takes a bold beautiful woman to pull off a dress with giant flowers on one shoulder and she does it seamlessly.

 

Staying in her  comfort zone Whitney wore this long elegant black dress with a 90’s fashion statement; the wrap. Although she didn’t play with colour often it was a great way to add a splash of bright beautiful colours to a classic elegant look.  Remove the wrap, modernize the hairstyle and accessorize with some statement jewellery and this look could be brought into the 21st century in a flash. She looks timeless in this photo, and in 90’s fashion terms she is right on trend!

 

 

She looks so gorgeous in this photo. She looks like the true musical icon she is and the cut or the dress is so complimentary for her body type it is one of my favourite looks!

 

 

This is SO 80’s and there really isn’t any saving this hairstyle! In order to bring this popular 80’s look to the year of 2012 the awesome perm would need a MAJOR relaxing. Although adding a light weight a-line high-waisted skirt to her pale rose bodysuit would be a look any girl could pull off on a warm spring day. We laugh now but this was a fashion forward look back then!

 

 

 

This white hat would become on of Whitney’s signature looks over the year.

 

 

 

 

Seen here at the 1986 American Music Awards She looks stunning in the colour blocked blue tones. Although this look would be on fashions worst dressed list today, it was an elegant-yet-edgy look in 1986. Although, the metallic hue of her bow is seen in today’s fashion. This is not a cut that would be worn often to awards shows these days, but it would be a great dress to be inspired by. Nonetheless she looks like a knockout in this photo!

 

 

This is one of Whitney’s more outlandish looks of her career. It’s from her early years and although the style is not appropriate for today, sequins have remained in one fashion or another; only in more tailored or fitted pieces. She’s sporting a matching blazer and skirt and this look has been re-created and modernized all over the runways in recent years in bold hues of pinks and greens. Her hair is not something we would ever, EVER see today but she’s rocking it in this photo!

 

 

 

This form fitting dress fits Whitney like a glove and shows off her curves in all the right places! This may be considered a little over the top in today’s standards, although I would probably wear it as a mini with some black tights, she is looking more than fabulous with the bold black belt to tie it all together! Like any superstar, she loved sequins and glitz, but unlike many, she wore it tastefully.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R.I.P Whitney Houston. You will be missed. A superstar indeed.

Fashionate: Hair Edition!

We all know fashion isn’t just about the clothing we put on our backs it is your head to toe look that creates the perfect look.

The guests of Loyal Hair Therapy have been dying to know what’s hot for spring summer 2012, so why not share it with the rest of the community!

The runways for spring/summer have been flooded with low maintenance classic looks; this year is all about revival.  Take some of the most influential hair of the 20th century; infuse them with quality and our modern touch and you will get the hottest hair for 2012

Long hair is dominant in Kelowna and you cannot walk 3 steps without seeing long blonde curly hair.  Although we are still seeing the blonde curls they have been toned down to a more natural blonde with a soft bounce throughout your long layers. This look is inspired heavily by the 70’s retro look and girls are LOVING IT.  Although hair is longer and layers have been grown out we are still seeing a lot of movement and creating your very own curls at home is very popular this year.  Soft and eye-catching, homemade curls paired with a deep parting are feminine and quirky.   They are a great way to alter your classic ‘Kim Kardashian’ look that looks so ‘done’ and transform it into a brand new summer look for 2012

Keeping in tune with the year of revival the NEW rockabilly look is making waves in the world of women this year. Beginning in Men’s Fashion this look has crossed over into women’s fashion to take the stage. Although most of the looks you will see are way over the top and not for street wear it is a fabulous look to be inspired by when you are dressing in 50’s androgynous for a night on the town.

 

 

Perfect for a HOT Kelowna summer day the ‘wet look’ is huge for 2012 hairstyles. From perfectly slicked to wild and textured. Pulled back and pinned or long and flowing free the wet look finish has taken over the world of hair. Most are hesitant at first but if done correctly and the proper product is applied this is a chic look that can take you from day to night. This is a MUST try!

 

The deep side part has taken over the centre. Although the centre part can still be seen in our long 60’s and 70’s inspired looks the side part is the new trend for the year. It can be crossed with most of this year’s fashion trends and paired with almost any other hair trend it is a fabulous new twist to the world of hair. When you are choosing your side part it largely depends on the thickness of your hair, and the style of which you are pairing your part with.  Don’t  be afraid, it can never be too deep!

In the desert heat of the Okanagan most often girls are pulling up their precious locks from June forward and they can do it with extreme style this year! Of course a favourite and now a classic is the top knot but some different and fun new looks we have seen this year include the looped ponytail, and the half-up half down.  The looped pony tail is a cross between the pony tail and a bun, more pony than bun it is SO easy to do yourself, and it looks fantastic. A great look to be paired with a deep side part.

 

Frakas, Blonde, The Wardrobe, take your pick these are all going to be the perfect boutique stores to compliment your fabulous new look for summer. Don’t forget a fabulous new head scarf to protect your locks and rock a fashion forward trend!

 

Fashionate: Recycle your Wardrobe

The cold has set in, our bellies and hearts are full from the holidays, and our wallets are empty.  Although retail therapy is the best medicine when the winter blues grace their presence, sometimes our budgets just won’t allow us the satisfaction! Recycling your wardrobe is cost effective and fulfills all of our new clothing addictions.  It’s much easier than one might think and what a great excuse to stay indoors during the blustery days!

  1. Pay a visit to the deep dark corners of your closet and there you will find a stained article of clothing you weren’t ready to get rid of, or perhaps a flashy piece of fashion that you wouldn’t dare walk out in public with anymore. A classic white blouse is a perfect clean slate to work with as well. Whatever your find may be, the options are endless for a quick easy makeover.
  2. Set yourself a budget before you hit the fabric store.  I gave myself a $30 budget for 3 new articles of clothing, and came out with three made-over outfits
  3. Make sure you have a vision before you go shopping so you know what you are looking for.
  4. Dying your close of the simplest way to quickly alter clothing that you want to change.
  5. Searching vintage stores, or unique accessory stores to pick up a new pair of earrings or a funky new bracelet can really bring a dull T to life.

Before you dye your chosen article make sure you thoroughly wash the garment to assure even porosity.

I chose to alter a pair of shorts, a one piece jumpsuit and a collared button down shirt this round of recycling.

My one piece jumpsuit was so hip and trendy when I purchased it last fall, I wore it to death and got so sick of it I haven’t look at it in months. I decided to cut the bottom portion just above the knee and create a bubble bottom romper. I sewed a hem and gathered it in to create the bubble effect. I cut the sleeves off making it strapless, layered it over a lace top and cinched in at the wait with a studded belt. Add a pair of creative fishnets during colder months and it becomes a new and exciting garment that I can look forward to wearing again.

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Fashionate: What-To-Winter-Wear

We can deny it all we want, but old father winter has decided to pay the Okanagan Valley a visit and that means it is time to update our fall wardrobes, transforming our racks into a winter wonderland of heavy knits, cotton dresses and chic outerwear.  It is easy to forget all about fashion and focus on warmth and comfort when the snow starts to fly, but comfort does not mean your dads flannel  jacket to keep you warm-although if worn with a pair of leggings and fur boots It could be done!

Knit sweaters are a great way to layer any look and warm yourself while you are out searching for the perfect Christmas gift.  Bigger is not always better, and less is sometimes more, but when it comes to getting dressed for the elements; many layers are necessary, more means warmer, and layering a sweater with a sweater is an excellent way to add texture to your outfit. Keep your staple pieces of winter neutral so you can add and build on them to create endless options within your wardrobe. Choose tones such as warm honey, rust, pecan, charcoal, or soft beige.

Ponchos are another great way to cover up this season. Although many are on the dislike end when this conversation begins but I am on the love side. If you know how to wear a poncho properly it can work for your fashion and comfort advantage. A classic poncho has absolutely no arm holes, and this is where I have heard some of my beloved friends of fashion start their complaints, agreed that it can be slightly annoying to have something just kind of `hanging` there and perhaps becoming more of an annoyance than a useful article of clothing. Although they have been designed like this in the past, often times, you can find a `faux poncho`, equipped with sleeves underneath so it will stay in place and do the task at hand, and that is keeping you looking good and feeling toasty warm.

A fabulous winter outfit that will transform you from morning to night might look something like this; a beautiful cotton blend dress with a strong silhouette in a bold print such as colour blocked metallic or an Aztec pattern, nipped in at the waist with a thick leather belt, paired with your favourite pair of tights and a wedged boot. Layered with; a heavy wool sweater in a neutral tone paired with a bold tube scarf and fingerless mittens, completed with your hair pulled into a carefree chignon. All you need is your studded stilettos to swap into for a night out with the girls.

Take advantage of Kelowna when you are on the search for your new winter wardrobe. Blonde, located on Bernard, will be your sweater and dress headquarters for all your fresh frock desires. A meca of metallics await you at Amercian Apparel, also located on Bernard, including a massive selection of amazing tights and leggings. For amazing vintage pieces skip down the road to Frock, where you will discover unbelievable finds from vintage furs to a hot pair of guess stilletos.

Our local stores are unique, and provide all the staples we need to transform ourselves from drab to fab this 2012 season.

Be sure what you want and be sure about yourself. Fashion is not just beauty, it’s about good attitude. You have to believe in yourself and be strong.  – Adrianna Lima.

Bo.ttega Farm Inn Hosts First Christmas Open House

Over the past couple of years Streaming Cafe has been able to host some incredible arts & craft shows with some top notch artists (to drop a few names, people like Sparky Jones, Suzanne Kruse, Rena Warren, Shauna Oddleifson, Carrie Harper, Nikki Balfour). Now, we’ve been helping put together a huge Christmas Market, Art Show, & Concert this weekend (Dec. 10 – 11) together with Bo.ttega & TribeHouse where some of these same artists (& others) will be strutting their stuff up at a brand new venue called Bo.ttega. It’s a family-friendly thing so if you’re around, pop on up to scope out this open house (& the latest word is that there may even be pony rides on Sunday).

Bo.ttega Farm Inn in the heart of South East Kelowna is hosting their first Christmas Open House featuring some of the Okanagan’s Finest Artists, Crafters & Musicians all within Kelowna’s newest venue. Bring your family to enjoy the spirit of the season browsing through the market and experiencing local artisans, crafts, baking and music.

Saturday December 10th and Sunday 11th from 11am – 5pm with a Christmas concert on the 10th at 7.30pm

This two day open house will connect you with outstanding local Etsy crafters in our community, such as Sparky Jones, Suzanne Kruse, Rena Warren, Shauna Oddleifson and many more. Artwork from local artists will be on display for sale including John Revill, Alex Fong, Dave Watland, Nikki Balfour, Carrie Harper, and Steve Huculiak.

Christmas Carols will be echoing through the halls courtesy of local musicians, and you will find savoury European baking, Glog wine (Glühwein), artisan coffee and stollen bread to warm you up while you explore Bo.ttega.

Admission is $2, with all proceeds going to the Kelowna Foodbank, children are free.

Special Evening Event: Christmas Concert, Saturday December 10th – Tribe House is hosting ‘Christmas Presence’, an evening of seasonal songs and stories featuring Andrew Smith, Norm Strauss, Graham Ord, Kim McMechan and Brian Wiebe. This evening event is $10 and tickets are available at Streaming Cafe 596 Leon Avenue, from Bottega during the day on the 10th or by contacting thetribehouse@gmail.com to pre book a ticket.

For more information visit our website at http://bo.ttega.com or on our Facebook page – facebook.com/BottegaKelowna

About Bo.ttega
Bo.ttega is Kelowna’s newest venue – a modern farm inn set against the backdrop of beautiful South East Kelowna. Bottega is one of a small number of retreat venues that offer complete privacy and exclusive use of the entire facility to make your time together something of your own creation. Modern west coast architecture, short term accommodations, and multi purpose meeting and event areas are among the unique aspects of the property.

Directions:
Bo.ttega
4485 Sallows Road.
S.E. Kelowna V1W 4C2
Canada

Phone: 778 477-5771
Email: info@bo.ttega.com