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Fashionate: Holla-Day Dressing

‘Tis the season to deck the halls, bling out your trees and most of all, dress to impress those co-workers you see every other day of the year! That’s right ladies it’s Christmas party season!

I have heard time and time again from my girlfriends and guests alike complaining there are no good stores in Kelowna to purchase dresses that are on trend and within their budget desires. I have always stood strong with my argument; if you take a few steps away from the mall walls you will find a Mecca of amazing local boutiques that you will not only find something to wear, you will fall in love with shopping local again.

Located in the heart of the Mission, Frakas is an excellent boutique for everything from the perfect party dress to a pair of the hottest winter booties of 2011.

With party season in full swing it’s time to get down to business and get yourself a dress to show off your best assets!  Like many things in 2011, the world of dresses has been reinvented…again! The little black dress is no longer a simple go-to black dress, and we found some traffic stoppers nestled in the racks of Frakas. A classic shape with a lot of drama is a great choice when you are picking your seasonal frock.  V-necks are great necklines that look fantastic on almost any body type. *V-neck rule of thumb * If it’s too low SAY NO. Colours are often not explored as the mercury drops, although adding a splash of colour and wearing a bold hue is such an easy way to turn an otherwise simple dress into a show stopper. Colour creates mystery and adds excitement back into a simple silhouette such as an a-line cut dress, or a Grecian wrap.

If you are the kind of girl that stays close to what she knows and holds a strong relationship with the LBD you wear year after year, it is still a great way to make your entrance into the party. The only difference between last year and today is how you will accessorize that fabulous frock of yours.  Adding a couple of your top 2011 accessories will take any classic black dress and transform it into a show stopper.

When you are blinging yourself out choose accessories that all go in synergy together, although your earrings are not right next to your bracelet if the colours or style clash you will become an unfortunate miss. Pick one feature piece, if you are showing off a bold fabric or style of frock, choose bold earrings or a chunky bracelet, those accessories are no in direct contact with your exciting dress so you will not be taking away from it. You don’t want to go overboard with a bold necklace against a bold dress; it can become a fashion hohono rapidly.

Living in Kelowna we can never really predict the temperature, although we all know it will be chilly as December rolls into town.  Of course we need to add a few essentials to keep those gorgeous gams and arms toasty.  Cropped fur vests paired with metallic tights or an electric primary colour are great ways to keep yourself warm while keeping it cool.

Whether or not you enjoy time spent with co-workers, you are going to look fantastic at your dinner, dance party or the dreaded bowling party in one of your favourite new items. The best part; there is no battle with the coquihalla to get it!

We are all fashionistas on the inside! xo

Fashionate: FAUX REAL!

Ashley is wearing a fitted faux fur vest paired with a 'secretary ' blouse, black skinny jeans and nude peep toe pumps.

We all know that fur is the MUST have trend for the winter. Often times in Kelowna we feel as though some of these hot trends are a little bit to ‘out there’ to wear around our laid back beach town.

Fur is one piece of high fashion that can be incorporated into ANY wardrobe and tailored to fit your fashion needs.  To add edge to an otherwise minimalistic outfit a piece of fur is the perfect garment. A fitted fur vest paired with a classic blouse and a skinny jean keeps this look classic and chic.

Although wide legs and high waist pants are all the rage as the temperature drops, nobody seemed ready to get rid of the classic skinny, so it became part of the fashion hall of fame becoming a staple piece of our wardrobes. The skinny jean will never go out of style and it can be paired with endless amounts of options, including FUR. If you are feeling a little wild this winter; shake things up and add a brightly coloured jean to your wardrobe such as blue, red or pink!

When wearing fur, a skinny jean will balance out the width that has been added to the upper half of your body. The cut of the vest or coat should sit either below or above the hips to avoid making our widest part of the body appear wider. Neutral or muted tones within the fur maintain a clean sleek feeling. When bold, unnatural colours such as; yellows, greens, pinks etc. are worn as a fur garment, the look can quickly go from sleek to cheap.

Fall's must have look

We raided blonde yet again and surfaced with another fabulous find. Pairing a printed blouse with solid black skinny jeans creates a sharp foundation to build a focal part of the outfit, which of course, is fur. A vest is a great way to add flair and maintain the sleekness, without taking over the entire outfit. A vest makes it very versatile as you can add a sassy pea coat for your outerwear keeping it open to expose the furry faux underneath.  You can wear this look while you are conquering the Christmas shopping crowds, or joining the girls for a martini after work.

I am such a big fan of fur. I own everything from a fur bomber to knee high fur stilettos and everything in between. The most important rule of fur is to have ONE fur focus per outfit, an over load of fur when you’re not stomping the runway can be road kill.

Wearing fur as a garment may not be for you, but you can add as much or as little as you like.  Fur cuffs are available to be purchased at almost any accessory store to add that small touch to any pair of boots, or jacket you wish! Whether you’re trying to look as though you’ve just arrived from Paris, or trying to add a little flair to your classic riding boot you can find a fur that fits your life!

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InPrint: Local vintage store offers a cure for your wardrobe woes

Tweaked and YummyTuesday marked the first day of summer and as the sun is (finally) shining its hot rays down on the Okanagan, it’s time to break out the summer wardrobe! In doing so you might find that last year’s collection of clothing just isn’t doing it for you anymore and you find yourself with nothing to wear! Yes, it’s time for some sunny days clothes shopping.

But before you splurge at the mall and buy a whole new closet full of garbs that you’ll most likely see on someone else every time you go out (let’s face it, Kelowna shopping is limited), I suggest you take a stroll downtown and head in to Tweaked and Yummy Vintage Apparel on Ellis St.

Located right across from the Cannery Lofts, Tweaked and Yummy offers up a wide selection of unique vintage pieces that will add a fun and bold addition to anyone’s armoire. Oh, and another reason to drop by: it’s local!

Owner Stacey Huculiak started up Tweaked and Yummy in 2009 after a lifelong dream of owning an eclectic little shop (Everything Yummy being the name of choice) featuring vintage clothing, an artist studio and a coffee shop. Stacey, along with husband Steve, had Everything Yummy in mind as a retirement plan but with the downturn in the economy, Stacey was laid off from her job and couldn’t find other work so she took the opportunity to make her dreams a reality and Tweaked and Yummy was born.

So whether you’re looking for that perfect summer dress or just for a new downtown locale to check out, visit Stacey at Tweaked and Yummy Vintage Apparel and visit often as you can be sure to find great new pieces each time you pop by.

Tweaked and Yummy Vintage Apparel is located at 1292 Ellis St. in downtown Kelowna. Visit www.tweakedandyummy.com for store hours and information.

For the full article pick up today’s (Thursday, June 23, 2011) copy of the Kelowna Capital News.

Make it Light All Day

Summer was never my favourite season growing up. It was too hot for me to wear my standard uniform of a hoodie and jeans, and my parents expected me to, like, do stuff just because it was nice out. I know, total child abuse. For years, I spent as little time as I could in the heat. I made friends based on whether or not they had air-conditioning and if they’d let me come over whenever I wanted to lay over an air vent with the blinds closed. Needless to say, my friends group was somewhat limited.

Kasugai Gardens

However, summer in the Okanagan is an entirely different animal. After living here for 6 years, I’m still not over how spectacularly beautiful this place is. Really, look around you at the unbelievable mountains, shimmering lake, and gorgeous greenery. Try to tell me that you don’t feel “at one with nature” or something similarly saccharine.

In the dead of winter, when I’m longing for summer most, there are a few Okanagan delights that I crave in particular: driving down to Sun-Oka for a day of lounging in the hot sand, followed by a stop in Penticton for the most incredible fish tacos from Salty’s Beach House.

Salty's Beach House

Or spending a beautiful, sunny afternoon with friends on the Greenroom patio, ordering pitcher upon pitcher of sangria and later walking off the afternoon buzz with some impulsive shopping.

Wandering around City Park for hours, watching the ecclectic locals with their hula hoops and hookah pipes and hand-made jewellery. Finding a shady spot in the grass to take in one of the dozens of live shows that take place during the Parks Alive! Festival.

City Park

Strolling down sunny South Pandosy with an iced mocha from the adorably eclectic Marmalade Cat Café, browsing the craft fairs and the Wardrobe for vintage treasures.

And, of course, wine-tastings. So very many wine-tastings.

What are you most looking forward to this summer? Hit me up with your recommendations in the comments!

Cream Madison Location

If you’re downtown Kelowna, make sure you stop in at Cream’s third location, recently opened in the Madison in the cultural district. Offering all the same amenities as their other Cream Salons, Cream Madison offers yet another convenient location and upscale salon experience.

All you’ve come to know and love from Cream in a posh enclosure, the gorgeous surroundings and lush location provide a calming escape from a busy day downtown. Even if you don’t have the time for a cut or blow, drop in to check out some of the product in store.

Great view too, you can see the lake in the near distance and at just the right time of day the sun hits the salon perfectly.

All it takes is a quick seat at the shampoo station to see which part of the view is perhaps my favorite…

Art Show at Tweaked & Yummy

I had a chance to poke my head into Tweaked & Yummy last week, which is Kelowna’s newest vintage boutique and I must give it a solid two thumbs up! Before I moved to Kelowna 5 years ago, I live in downtown Montreal for ever in the hip and cultural district where vintage & up-cycled fashion boutiques line the trendy streets in the “Le Plateau” neighborhood. These spots are gold mines for original pre-loved clothing and accessories and Tweaked and Yummy is no different. It’s relaxed and cozy set-up is inviting and the staff are as friendly as ever.

I really could lounge in their chairs for hours and banter on about life but there is shopping to be done! The racks are lined with incredibly original pieces of all shapes, sizes, eras, and prices. It is a definite visit for fashion-addicts looking for those stand-out pieces not everyone has. T&Y are cool, affordable, & enviro-considerate. They use recycled hangers, tags, & bags made from clothes that have served their fashion purpose. Plus when people buy their clothing, they are helping by recycling.

Each month the boutique features a different local artist displaying their work. They host an artist reception right in the store with drinks and music. Tonight’s feature artists are Catherine de Montreuil, Wyatt Parker, and Andrew Thom. Catherine has lots of work with mixed media, abstract, digital, and photography. Andrew is not only responsible for making your Bean Scene coffee look and taste as sexy as possible but he is also talented with a paint can, brush or a marker working on hip sneakers or giant murals. Everything gets going tonight at 7.30PM so stop in and have a peak.

What: Art Show (free admission)
When: August 26, 2010 from 7.30PM to 10.30PM
Where: Tweaked & Yummy Boutique 1292 Ellis near Prospera Place.

Underground Sound

Remember the days of old? Heading to the record store and exploring hundreds of thousands of vinyls, in search of that perfect sound? Well, I don’t, I’m only 24, but luckily I am afforded this luxury now! Take a step back in time at Underground Music Kelowna! I had the pleasure of walking by this relatively new music store at #4–1331 Ellis St and ran into manager Angela who filled me in. Michael and Victor (formerly of Oz by Cole, near where we spotted All You Need Is Love) have traveled the world and many record stores throughout to find the perfect big city vibe to share with us. I’m not an expert, but I think it may be the largest collection of albums in the Okanagan.

The vinyl ranges from mid-century to about the ’80s/’90s and prices are comparable to a CD and in some cases even getting the album off iTunes. They have a bargain bin where prices are $4.99 for classic albums, and just because they’re cheap, doesn’t mean they’re skimping on the quality. Many of the vinyls in the bargain bin are just more copies of what they already have, the quality of the vinyl is great to mint and if you find a scratched one in your travels through the store they insist you let them know so they can remove it from the shelves.

I personally picked up a copy of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” Steve Miller Band’s “Book of Dreams,” and—of course—Eagles’ “Greatest Hits 1971-75,” all albums I very much grew up with. Underground Music also has a Warehouse hidden in West Kelowna with about 150,000 other titles they’ve collected and just haven’t had a chance to bring into the store yet. So, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, they probably have it somewhere… so don’t hesitate to ask!

Thanks Underground Music Kelowna, we hope you stick around for some time!