Tall Freckled Fashionista


Tall Freckled Fashionista

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All things fashion.

  • W Y L O & C O : AUTUMN DUSK COLLECTION 7 September 2018
    Fashion is something I live and breath and it’s amazing to see that my little girl is following in my foot steps. I blinked and my little girl is no longer a small baby. She is a true Gemini with a personality that lights up any room. She is constantly on the go and keeps us quite busy. I try to steer her from trouble while still keeping her looking cute and stylish. We recently collaborated with a local ethical kids clothing brand wyloandco. They make the cutest unisex kids clothing made out of organic and natural fibers. Their F A L L collection launches today and I may or may not have purchased every piece from the collection. Check out the collection below.

  • BOYFRIEND STYLE 1 August 2018
    Although my go to style is more feminine, I sometimes enjoy a more relaxed, care free look. These jeans are my absolute favorite from H&M. They have been through a lot as you can see, ripped beyond recognition, but I LOVE em and think it adds character to them. It’s been a busy summer trying to juggle running a growing business, while still being a wife and a mom but I am some how getting lots done and enjoying every moment of it. 
    August is finally here and my goal is to enjoy the last few weeks of summer, take more pictures with my family and spend more time outdoors.
    Thanks for stopping by
    xoxo
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  • MELLOW YELLOW 22 June 2018
    Although it may not seem like it, it has taken a lot of courage to get back in the front of the camera. Having a baby does something to your body that can never be repaired, but let me tell you something, it was worth every minute of it and I would do it all over again as a matter of fact, we are currently working on it. Although I am back to my pre-baby weight, I still have a lot of work to do to get to a place where I feel 100% comfortable in my own skin.
    My style has always been classic and I look up to classic style icons like Olivia Palermo, Jackie O, Candace Bergen just to name a few. This Zara dress is definitely a classic. A flattering silhouette that hugs in all the right places and can be dressed up or down perfectly paired with my go to shoes for the season; these beautiful rose gold mules that I seriously can’t get enough of.  Expect to see them in every style post until I retired them for the season.

    I have linked similar styles below 

  • THE SWEETEST MOTHER’S DAY 13 May 2018

     It’s my first Mother’s Day and I would like to give myself a pat on the back. I am sure all you mama’s out there will agree with me, it’s bloody hard to keep it all together and I only have one baby. How the hell do you all do it with multiples? I am grateful to have a very hands on husband who isn’t afraid to change diapers, feed our baby or rock her to sleep. Frankly, she prefers her dad over me some days. Between juggling being a wife, mom and multiple business endeavors I have some how managed to find a sweet spot where everyone is sort of happy and things get done.

    After 11 months of not doing much for myself, I treated my self to an early Mother’s Day spa day and it was the best decision I ever made. I needed to refuel my tank in order to give back to my husband and baby. I especially want to thank MY MOTHER who did it 6 times over. I appreciate all the sacrifices you’ve made for me and I can truly never repay you for it.
    To all the mamas out there trying to keep it together, I salute you. Just know that you are doing a great job and deserve all the accolades.
    Thanks to BabbleBear boutique for the matching Mommy and Me tees for baby and I.

    xoxo

  • WHAT’S IN MY BAG : GUCCI MARMONT MATELASSE SUPER MINI BAG 7 April 2018  I thought I’d piggy back on my last post regarding my  Favourite Bags for Spring with one of my recent purchases. I purchased the Gucci Marmont Super Mini in red and I am absolutely in love with this bag. It is super popular right now and hard to find. Just like the name says, it is tiny, but it does fit quite a bit. It’s the perfect going out bag and I love its versatility. It can also be worn many different ways. As a shoulder bag, clutch, cross body bag, belt bag and the list goes on. As a new mom with a small baby, this bag works perfectly as a cross-body for me. I tend to lean towards cross-body bags these days so I can free my hands for my bubs. It also fits perfectly in my diaper bag. I have rounded up my essential of what goes in my bag every day. I had to swap out my full size wallet for the card holder in this case. This bag can also fit an Iphone 8 with a case.

  • FAVORITE DESIGNER BAGS FOR SPRING 27 March 2018
    I have always had a love for designer handbags ever since I can remember. The quality and craftsmanship is unmatched. I always look at a designer handbag purchase as an investment because the value of the bag goes up in price every year and can sell in the pre-loved market for what it was purchased for if you do decide to sell it in the future granted it is in excellent condition. You are guaranteed to get up to what you purchased it for if you keep the receipt, dust-bag, box and tags. This doesn’t apply to all designer brands,  just a select few. The top designer brands with the highest resale value are Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Chanel and within those brands, only certain styles hold their value.

    My first designer handbag was a Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 which I purchased for $895. I still have it and wear it to this day and it has almost doubled in value since I first purchased it 8 years ago – win! I will definitely do a post later showcasing my entire collection. Not a big collection, but definitely one that packs a punch with all the essentials. 


    Below are a few of my MUST HAVES perfect for Spring at different price points. 

    If you’ve been eyeing a Gucci bag, then this is the perfect entry level purse from the brand. Just like the name says it is SUPER small, but it will fit a decent size cell phone, wallet, coin purse and lippy and not much else which is all a girl really needs when heading out for a night out with the girls. I would definitely consider this bag a classic and one that will be relevant and will hold it’s value for many years to come. 
    Everything about this bag’s color screams SPRING. Although a trendy handbag and one that might not hold its value, it will definitely look amazing with neutrals. I can picture myself wearing a white flowy maxi this summer with this bag slung over my shoulder. Wait for it.
    The Saint Laurent cross body bag is definitely pricey for how big it is, but it’s a super cute bag that fits quite a bit for its size. I recently received one as a gift for my birthday and love it. It’s made out of a textured durable leather that will stand the test of time. I would consider this a timeless classic piece with a decent resale value.
    This bag is definitely one of my favourites. It’s been around for quite a while and definitely an affordable starter bag. What I love so much about it is its versatility. It can be worn 3 different ways. Add a Vachetta or monogram long strap to make it a cross body, can be worn as a wristlet or as a shoulder bag. It’s also a durable and care free bag because of the canvas material. As I mentioned earlier, Louis Vuitton is one of the top 3 designer brands to hold it’s value and is definitely worth investing in.
    So to all my handbag lovers, (and I get that it may not be for some) feel free to
    SHOP MY PICKS BELOW
    xo

  • TIPS & TRICKS FOR NEW MOMS 8 February 2018

    Whether you’re a first-time mom like me or someone who has been blessed to be a mother more than once, I am sure you can all agree that EVERYONE thinks they are an expert when it comes to parenting. I have never in my life received more advice from friends and strangers alike until I gave birth to Ini.  While some has been solicited, the majority has been unsolicited and I can’t say that it all works for us because let’s be honest, every baby is different. It took 3 months before I started to get into the groove of things and being a mom felt less chaotic. Thanks to my mother and sisters for helping get through the crazy days. 

    I have taken some tips from my mother, sisters and mommy friends and have developed some of my own along the way during the last 8 months that has helped me navigate this new world of motherhood. Having a newborn by no means makes me an expert either but I wanted to share a few things that has worked so far with us and has kept both mama and baby happy and healthy.

    Supplements for Newborns
    Giving your baby supplements can significantly help ensure that they get what they need for healthy development. We have been giving Ini vitamin D3 drops since the day she was born. Vitamin D3 drops help their bodies absorb and use calcium and phosphorus for strong bones and teeth.

    At home we use D Drops for Babys  for Ini and love it. It contains no sugar/sweeteners, corn, starch, gluten, wheat, yeast, artificial flavours or preservatives. D Drops Vitamin D3 Drops also come in a gravity bottle specifically designed to release the appropriate dose of 400 IU (10 mcg) every single time, which is just one drop. This makes things super easy as there is no measuring. And as fussy as babies can be in regards to administering pretty much anything into their mouth that’s not breastmilk or formula, the drop can easily be taken during their feeding by placing it on your breast (or bottle) nipple and they don’t notice a thing!
    Diaper Bag Prep
    I packed my baby’s Coach Diaper Bag before she was born by looking up what needed to go in there, but trust me, you don’t really realize what you need until you’ve been out a few times with baby. For the expecting moms- here is how to make the process seamless:
    1. Start Small. Instead of packing up for a whole day out on the town, try just going for a long walk or a trip to the mall. This requires much less for you to have  on hand. Once you have nailed the short outings, then you will have the confidence for longer ones.
    2. Pack The Night Before. This is a game-changer and saved my life. It totally eliminates the stress of accidentally forgetting something important. I had actually left the house without extra diapers and a change of clothes earlier on and just take a guess who had a poo explosion. When you’re not rushed to be anywhere you can take your time which significantly lowers your stress level.
    3. Do Weekly Inventory Checks. Babies grow FAST. If you like to keep extra changes of clothes in the bag, make sure to take a look at the onesies and pants in there. You would be surprised, not swapping out these items for just two weeks can leave you stranded with clothes that no longer fit if you’re out and need to change your kid.
    4. Simplify Bottle Making On-The-Go. If you are exclusive formula feeding your baby or use it occasionally for supplemental feedings, find one of those pre-portioned formula containers so you can easily make bottles on the go.
    5.  Different Food Options On-The-Go. Chances are your baby will become more picky with food as they get older. It’s always best to have different options on hand. I can’t even count how many time having a pack of Mum Mum or baby cereal has saved my life. 

    Car Travel Without Meltdowns



    Its not uncommon for babies to have a meltdown when they are put in the car. I have assumed it has to do with the car seat as babies generally love motion. Ini had so many meltdowns when she was younger I can’t even count. It got to the point where I had to drive in the back seat with her while my husband drove to sooth and calm her down. We are now at a point where she is either so relaxed she’s sleeping or cooing away in the back. I would advise you to make sure your baby is well feed and changed before heading out for a car drive. Having a mirror facing the baby has been very helpful. I absolutely love the Brica Baby In Sight Mirror. It comes in handy when checking on baby to see how they are doing or simply just making eye contact with them which can instantly calm them down when driving.
     The learning curve with a baby is steep and I have discovered new tips and tricks as baby grows. Doing what works best for you is key to a healthy and happy baby. 

    xoxo

  • STAYCATION AT THE MARRIOTT YYC IN TERMINAL HOTEL 29 January 2018 This past weekend I had the pleasure of being invited amongst other well known Influencers in the city for a 2 day weekend staycation at the Marriott In Terminal Hotel at the YYC Airport and what a memorable weekend it was!

    A hotel with amazing architectural designs featuring scenery from the Rocky Mountains and amenities that matches and beats anything you would typically find downtown.

    Upon checking in, I was greeted by the nicest concierge named Di. He quickly directed me to the front desk and helped me with my luggage up to the room.

    I checked into a super cozy room with amazing views of the Rocky Mountains and the airport tarmac. I was greeted with a welcome note and a DIY Saskatoon Berry Mule with an itinerary of the evening.

    The first item on the itinerary was a cocktail making session with Marker’s Mark. The winner of the contest would have their creation featured on Yakima Social House‘s cocktail menu for a whole month. I made a tasty concoction called ” The Rosie” It was a perfect blend of Marker’s Mark,  Raspberry, Sage, Rose Chips, Rose Petals garnished with a rosemary, mint leaf and a sugared rim. My cocktail placed 3rd place out of 11 cocktails and I was super surprised, but pleased as I was gifted a cocktail making kit. 
    The Marriott prides it’s self in supporting small local businesses and on day 2 we toured one of The Marriott YYC’s longest running partnerships; Half Hitch Brewery located in Cochrane. We got to see first hand the process of brewing beer from start to finish and it was quite intriguing as I had never been in a brewery before. 

    We were treated to a 3 course dinner on the evening of the second night. What was unique about this experience was that it an interactive style dinner. We got to make the appetizers and dessert our selves.

    My staycation at the Marriott YYC In Terminal Hotel was exactly what I needed to celebrate my birthday with my girlfriends. If you ever think of having a staycation in the city,  the Marriott In Terminal Hotel YYC should on the top of your list.

    xo

  • NEW YEAR, NEW ME: I’M BACK 24 January 2018

    Hey guys! I know it’s been a while since I last updated my blog, but Guess what?! I’M BACK.

    I started this blog 7 years ago as a creative outlet talking about Fashion, showcasing all the things I enjoyed and giving you guys a glimpse into my life and that still holds, but a lot has changed in this time. Blogging has provided many wonderful opportunities and has lead to the launch of my business, Joyce’s Closet which started as a section on this blog and has since turned into an award winning Consignment Boutique . In the last 5 years of running Joyce’s Closet, I struggled with balancing blogging and running a successful business and eventually the business took precedence and I put blogging in the back burner and only blogged sporadically.

    In September of 2015, I lost my father to Cancer. It was a traumatizing experience that shook me to the core. It made me realize that it was time to settle down and start a family.

    Also during this time, I met my husband and got married. We got married in a big traditional Nigerian wedding with over 250 guests surrounded by our friends and family. It was the happiest day of my life, but it broke my heart that my father never got to walk me down the aisle and give me away like I had always dreamt.

    Most recently, we had a beautiful baby girl named Inioluwa Isabelle.  She is the centre of our world and the most BEAUTIFUL girl in the world. You’ll understand when you see her in person. Eyes so big, bright and full of LIFE.

    In the last 8 months since my daughter has been born, I have felt the itch to start blogging again and share my new world and perspective as a thirty something year old,  new mom, newlywed and GIRLBOSS. I have so much to share about the feelings, experiences and outfits that come with this new world. 

    This is where you’ll find bits of my life, my style and confessions as I navigate my new world.

    Enjoy the new adventure!

    xo

  • Father’s Day Featuring Land & Sea 13 June 2017

    With Father’s Day quickly approaching, it’s time to shop for dad! We partnered with Land & Sea Gifts inside Core Shopping Center to check out some trending goodies for dads. With countless options for gifts ranging from playfully printed socks to special spatulas, it might be hard to choose just one gift! Check in and check out of Land & Sea with our favorite presents for pops:

    What are you getting dad for Father’s Day this year? Love our gift list as much as we do? The fine folks at Land & Sea were generous to treat one of our lucky readers to a $50 gift card! Enter by commenting below and tell us your most favorite gift you’ve ever given dad for Father’s Day. Contest ends Friday June 16th  at noon. * Contest is open to Calgary readers only.

    Happy Father’s Day!

  • Joyce’s Closet Dress Rental Serves Good News 7 April 2017
    The morning views at the morning news were full of style at Global Calgary with a stunning selection of dresses showcased from Joyce’s Closet. 
    The local luxury consignment business shined some light on the benefits of renting the perfect dress for a special occasion, rather than buying. 
    With spring in full bloom, the social events of warmer seasons are ready to be filled with the trendiest looks. Bright colors, playful patterns, and edgy embellishments are trending in style this season, which can all be seen within the dress rental racks of Joyce’s Closet. Special occasions such as weddings and graduations can be costly when it comes to investing in the perfect gown. Finding a happy medium between being on a budget and still looking your best at a pivotal event can be easily reached when you are able to rent it at an affordable price. 
    With two renting options to choose from (4 day rental for a weekend, 8 day rental for a longer getaway), the Joyce’s Closet dress rental service can offer a financially practical and environmentally sustainable method of looking fabulous for a fraction of retail value while still contributing to the lessening of ‘fast fashion’. 
    Joyce’s Closet gathered three knock-out looks to show a stylish scale of popular choices from the expansive collection. Models Cydney, Louisa, and Kirsten stepped in front of the camera to show off these head-turning dresses:
    Cydney stuns in a floor-length silk champagne gown with a halter top and lace front accent. This look could be worn as a glamorous ensemble to attend a black tie wedding. With a complementing black clutch and a classic pair of pearl earrings, you’ll feel like a star knowing your gown was rented for a reasonable $160.
    Louisa is wearing a flirty mini dress with a criss-cross back, full mesh skirt, and contrasting texturized color block for a great cocktail party look. It shows off a sophisticated edge that’s ready to party for just $50 to rent at Joyce’s Closet!
    Kirsten is glowing like a goddess in this emerald green silk gown. The plunging neckline and cinched waistline create a glamorous combination of sophistication and poise. This look is great for practically any occasion you want to look unforgettably fabulous in for $90
    The dress rental services at Joyce’s Closet afford you the time and money to invest your in something else when it comes to putting your look together, like a great pair of heels or a statement necklace. 
    Rent your special occasion style for a steal at Joyce’s Closet dress rental services and book an in-studio appointment today via e-mail at info@joycescloset.ca, or visit the gown gallery online at JoycesCloset.ca
    (The Joyce’s Closet team at the Global Calgary studio)

  • Weekend Style Insipration Featuring Joyce’s Closet 31 March 2017
    There is nothing quite exciting as discovering more ways to dress up and play up your wardrobe! Spring has officially arrived, and this season is moving fashionably forward. 

    Our look of the week mixes casual cool with a feminine edge. This look is ideal for the social fashionista who is ready to transition into the weekend. 

    We focused on a casual, sleeveless denim button-up by Current/Elliott that goes with practically everything. For this edgy ensemble, we paired the denim top with a bandage a-line mini skirt – a playful way to add a polished vibe. A pair of leopard patterned Kenneth Cole Reaction flats and patent burgundy mini cross body purse from Banana Republic  can set a well-dressed  tone for the day, and you can easily switch to dressing up at night with an Aldo clutch and gorgeous pair of studded peep toe Valentinos at night. Keep your look cohesive and top it off with a moto jacket and red lips! Spring into style and shop this look at JoycesCloset.ca

    xoxo

  • Spring Trend Featuring Joyce’s Closet 10 March 2017





    FLATS
    Time to switch out your snow boots for a pair of fun flats! Versatile, practical, and incredibly cute, flats are a comfortable way to play up your wardrobe. Whether you’re into patterns, bright colors, or playful appliqués, flats are a fantastic way to dress up or down this spring. When looking for an ideal pair of flats, look out for optimum comfort and support with padded soles, or aim for flexible quality with stretch openings, like the J. Crew Mila Nude & Black Cap Toe Ballet Flats (https://www.joycescloset.ca/collections/new-arrivals/products/j-crew-mila-nude-black-cap-toe-ballet-flats), available at Joyce’s Closet. 

    STATEMENT JEWELRY 
    Jewelry is always a fun way to decorate your wardrobe and detail your favorite outfits. Incorporate brighter colors and accents into your springtime wardrobes with an ornate statement necklace, like the J. Crew Yellow Bubble Statement Necklace (https://www.joycescloset.ca/collections/new-arrivals/products/j-crew-yellow-bubble-statement-necklace) from Joyce’s Closet. Bold statement jewelry is a fantastic way to liven up a muted outfit, so you can pair it with a neutral outfit from winter or aim to match with complementary colors. 

    WATCHES
    A classic watch is an excellent way to amp up your wardrobe. Like statement jewelry, a lovely timepiece can add a little shine or sparkle to your spring outfits. A great watch is not only practical to tell time, but a fabulous way to keep your style consistently chic. Favorite examples of a fabulous watch include the Michael Kors Large Rose Gold Runway Chronograph Watch (https://www.joycescloset.ca/collections/new-arrivals/products/michael-kors-large-rose-gold-runway-chronograph-watch-8096) and Guess Chronograph Gold Crystal Watch (https://www.joycescloset.ca/collections/new-arrivals/products/guess-chronograph-gold-crystal-watch) from Joyce’s Closet. 

    DRESSES
    Nothing welcomes the sun and warmer weather more than a lovely sundress. With so many options to choose from, it’s always great to rock a sundress that you feel most comfortable in while expressing your style. Complement your sundress as if it’s a blank canvas while your flats and statement jewelry are decorative pieces to complete the look. For a feminine silhouette, go for a dress that flatters and accentuates your waist, like the Tommy Hilfiger Green Sun Dress (https://www.joycescloset.ca/collections/new-arrivals/products/brand-new-tommy-hilfiger-green-sun-dress) or, if you’re looking for a longer look, go for the Ivory Abigail Brushstrokes Maxi Dress by Diane Von Furstenberg from Joyce’s Closet. 

    Transitioning your wardrobe can be so simple just by adding and mixing your favorite looks with new, refreshing pieces. Check out JoycesCloset.ca to get more looks on spring essentials! 

    xoxo

  • Winefest 2017 3 March 2017
    The finest of wines were at the 2017 Winefest sponsored by Sobeys Liquor and Safeway at the BMO Centre. Hundreds of guests attended the annual occasion to partake in sipping and sharing. With glasses in hands and bottles ready to pour, Winefest Calgary was a sensational soiree. 
    Among the several wines available from all over the world, we took some time to get to know our favourites in a fashionable flair. So we took to the bottles and asked a well-dressed question: “If your wine was a fashionista in real life, what would her style be like?” The responses received were fabulous and just as lively as the libations being described. 
    Alpha Estate, a winery located at the northwest part of Greece, produces delicious wine. Specifically, the Alpha Pinot Noir sets a warm taste with notes of dark chocolate and spiced plums. Kostas, export manager at Alpha State, believes that Alpha State would always be dressed in anything Vivienne Westwood. “Alpha Estate would be edgy but classy. She would wear something fashionable every day, but more importantly she would be making a statement.”

    Columbia Winery, Washington state’s first premium winery, had a simple yet elegant logo that matched the refined taste of its varietal Merlot. “If Columbia Valley were a woman, she would have a style that is relaxed, classic, and French. Merlot is a French grape in origin — it’s classic, soft, and she would wear a classic black dress with a string of pearls to accessorize,” said Jocelyn, on-premise sales for E. & J. Gallo.

    Another favorite wine brand was Brakemen Foundation’s Carita, not only because of its robust and refreshing tastes, but because of it’s support for Zero Hungry Kids – a mandate that aims to ensure that every child in grades K-6 receives proper nutritional meals throughout the school day within Calgary’s school system. The gentlemen representing Carita proudly modeled their bottles while wearing cowboy hats and relished in the idea of Carita being an incredibly stylish woman. “Carita would we be wearing a nice, long red dress with straps. Her hair is down and she’s going to a nice dinner party!” said Brakemen Foundation representative Jay Third.

    Another favorite among the flavorful options was Anna Spinata. Produced in Italy and primarily distributed in BC, Anna Spinata creates wines that are sure to liven up a party, all while being completely organic! Bottled up to perfection and wrapped in a colorful, playful design packaging, the Spumante Brut Rose is a taste of the ideal summer – refreshing, flirtatious, and fun! “If Anna Spinata was a fashionista, she would be fun, flirty and lively,” said a representative for Anna Spinata. “She would be wearing tight jeans with pumps, a fun little jacket, and her hair is up and a little messy!”

    With a vast collection of curated wines set up inside the BMO Centre, it was a lovely surprise of a treat seeing local Calgary business Ollia representing their delicious macarons. Although the fashion question pertained to wines, we couldn’t help but ask David Rousseau, owner of Ollia, what Ollia herself would wear if she were a chic fashionista. “Ollia would wear a small, flowery and Parisian dress,” said Rousseau. “She would be wearing that dress in the Springtime during beautiful weather and she would be spending the day shopping around. She would also be sophisticated, but she wouldn’t necessarily know how sophisticated she really is.”

    From detailed descriptions featuring edgy to sophisticated, classic little black dress to long red dress, and hair down to a messy up-do, it almost seems like there could have been a Winefest themed fashion show on a runway at the BMO Centre! How would your drink dress up? Cheers to sipping in style!
    XOXO

  • Oscars 2017: Best Dressed 27 February 2017 The Academy Awards is Hollywood’s biggest night and some of Hollywood’s biggest stars were out looking glamorous and regal last night on the red carpet.  There were lots of hits and misses on the red carpet when it came to style, but the classic looks seemed to be the winner. Here are our picks of Best Dressed from last night.

    Emma Stone looked like a true star in a gold, body-hugging Givenchy Haute Courture by Ricardo Tisci dress with tiers of fringe.
    Jessica Biel wore a distressed metallic Kaufman Franco dress with an edgy Tiffany & Co necklace. 
    Viola Davis looked so beautiful in a strawberry cold-shoulder dress by Armani Prive. She is such an amazing actress and so deserving of her win.
    Taranji P Henson opted for a classic chic look in a beautiful navy off shoulder gown by Alberta Ferretti.
    Which were you favorite looks from last night? 
    xoxo
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  • Valentine’s Day Last Minute Gift Ideas 14 February 2017
    Looking for the perfect presents to say “Be mine!” this year? Love doesn’t have to be shown through flowers or heart shaped boxed chocolates this Valentine’s Day. Treat your Valentine to timeless trinkets from Land & Sea and charming jewelry from Joyce’s Closet!

    Conveniently located in downtown Calgary at TD Square, Land & Sea has a perfectly quirky selection of love-themed gifts for your Valentine. Make the shopping experience quick and easy by visiting Land & Sea for unique treats.

    Share your love this Valentine’s Day with loveable presents from Land & Sea! Our favorites from the Valentine’s Day selection include the Knock Knock: Keep it Simple Stickies for the cute list-lover in your life, Sexy Rendez Vous: The Sexy Romance Game for Two, perfect for that playful couple, and premium beard care products from Mammoth Beard Co. Land & Sea also offers a beautiful selection of gifts from CoutuKitsch Jewelry and Lamb’s Soapworks Bath Products
    Another gift to treat yourself or your Valentine to this year is with 20% off all jewelry at Joyce’s Closet. With incredible designer brands from Tiffany & Co. to Links of London, it’s always nice to shop from the cozy confinements of your own home. Our favorite gifts on sale now at JoycesCloset.ca are the ‘Return to Tiffany’ Sterling Silver Circle Charm Bracelet for $245 and the Links of London Double Pewter & White Double Wrap Bracelet – gifts that exude classic refinement and refreshing taste. 
    No matter how you gift this Valentine’s Day, celebrate love in style! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Holiday Party Style X Willow Park Village GIVEAWAY 17 November 2016



    With the holiday season quickly approaching, endless parties are planned to be celebrated in style.
    Swanky soirees, grandiose gifts, and contagious cheer all call for a fashionable experience. Holiday aesthetics including bold colors, sparkle, and shine don’t just apply to decorations – play up your look at your holiday party this year with our favorite trends of the season! 

    Located in Willow Park Village is a line-up of flavorful fashion boutiques that cater to fashionistas with a spectrum of trending tastes. What is your go-to look to celebrate the holidays? We visited the lovely shops of C’est Casual, Erin’s Boutique, and First Class Fashion to find our favorite festive outfits. 

    C’est Casual
    Offering a stylish selection of designer brands, C’est Casual is a personable boutique with an incredibly friendly staff that features curated collections from Frank Lyman Design, Conrad C, and Gelco from Germany. The storefront showcases a range of styles for all women. Sporty silhouettes, comfort-friendly fabrics, and fanciful patterns adorn the racks that encourage elegance and sophistication. 

    For a holiday inspired look, we chose a rich red hued jacket with oversized lapels and a glitter circle pattern paired with classic black trousers. A lavish shade of red is romantic and festive, especially when complemented with a sprinkle of glittered detail. Another look we loved still heightened the trend of sparkles. A sleeveless buttoned blouse by Domee, Inc. creates a whimsical silhouette with an oversized collar. Paired with sleek black leggings and detailed with a silver statement necklace, such an outfit is ideal for shining chic at a holiday party! 

    The staff at C’est Casual welcomes every shopper who wants to look great at any event. Visit this beautiful shop and find your favorite outfit to celebrate the holidays in this year! 

    Erin’s Boutique + First Class Fashion
    Right next to C’est Casual in Willow Park Village is Erin’s Boutique and First Class Fashion – two boutiques that provide excellent service and wonderful fashion including whimsical accessories and gorgeous clothing that will leave you dressed to impressed for the holiday season. Among novelty items such as patterned travel luggage and quirky patterned sweaters perfect for gifts, there is a plethora of outfit choices from Canadian designer brands like Joseph Ribkoff and Not Your Daughter’s Jeans. 

    Our favorite holiday look emphasizes the power of pink in a bold and feminine cocktail dress with a silver keyhole detail and cape draped front. If sparkles aren’t your ideal choice of design, a pop of color is a great trend to exhibit during the holidays. We narrowed down the sparkle trend to a statement beaded clutch available at Erin’s Boutique! Shiny and sparkly, a small purse or clutch is a sophisticated yet playful way to complement bold colors.

    Choose your best look (or looks!) for the holidays at Erin’s Boutique and First Class Fashion, where you are provided with endless classy options to choose from.



    (From left to right: Domee, Inc. red glitter circle patterned jacket $265, Frank Lyman Design black camisole $70, Conrad C Melissa Fit black trousers $100. Domee, Inc. black glitter polka dot sleeveless blouse $250, Frank Lyman Design black legging pants $70, Silver statement necklace $45; both looks from C’est Casual. Joseph Ribkoff fuchsia cape cocktail dress $229 and beaded gold statement clutch $60 available at Erin’s Boutique and First Class Fashion.)

    Mariana’s Alterations


    With business highlights featuring a European experience over 20 years and work with any kind of fabric, Marianna’s Alterations is a fashion staple to Willow Park Village. The staff at Marianna’s takes tailoring to a supreme degree that transforms pieces to impressive works of art. With a specialty in wedding fashion, clients are encouraged and welcome to take in their precious clothing to receive ultimate care from professionals. Take your holiday looks in for some custom repairing or restyling!


    The charming tailor business location is also a grand destination for catering to the dress rental services at Joyce’s Closet. With countless variations of fine fabrics and intricate designs, it is highly important to treat the curated collection of gowns and dresses with care from the trusted consultants at Marianna’s Alterations

    ENTER TO WIN!

    Willow Park Village was incredibly kind to collaborate with us and is giving one lucky reader a reason to go shopping! Like what you see on our holiday gift guide and fashion trends features? Enter to win by commenting with your favorite look for celebrating the holidays in the comments section for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the shoppes at Willow Park Village!

    *Contest ends Thursday Nov 24th at Noon. 


    Happy Holidays!

  • Holiday Gift Guide X Willow Park Village 15 November 2016



    Authentically designed and carefully curated, Willow Park Village stands as a quaint location for shopping filled with local businesses that contribute to all things wonderful during the holiday season. The pristine park, located on Macleod Trail, heightens the charming allure of strip mall shopping with an assortment of lovely boutiques. From food to home decor and fashion, Willow Park Village houses several idyllic brands that are helpful for checking off your holiday shopping lists! 



    If you’re shopping for something unique that celebrates the gesture of gift giving, take time this holiday season to visit Willow Park Village, where stores like Studio Blue, Blue Moon, and Wong Ken’s Jewellery are guaranteed to provide you with personable service. There is nothing like an ultimately ideal retail experience where one receives genuine attention, efficiency, and endless options to purchase from. 

    Checkm8 Shoes + Clark England
    Style and comfort are two high priorities for Checkm8, a shoe boutique that specializes in top quality and famous brands including Roberto Capucci, Pikolinos, and Ecco. Check out what’s in store for your shopping list! Fashionable footwear is a perfect present for your favorite fashionista, whether it’s the perfect pair of booties or a high quality pair of flats. Checkm8 also has a prime selection of handbags and accessories add to your great gifts. 



    Alongside Checkm8 Shoes is Clark England, a shoe shop that is known for its personable staff and trendy environment. With the widest selection of Clarks shoes in Canada, the hardest part of your shopping experience might be narrowing down your choices to buy for your favorite comfy shoe lovers! With an astounding longevity in the retail market that dates back to 1825, choosing to purchase a pair of Clarks is deciding to invest in a product that was carefully constructed to suit individual style and comfort. The store itself provides you with professional shoe consultants who are incredibly well prepared to guide you in finding the right pair to suit your lifestyle and shopping needs. 

    Fashion Addition 14+
    With an amazing line-up of designer brands, Fashion Addition +14 caters to plus-size women with impeccable style and taste. Brands such as Tribal, Eileen Fisher, Columbia, and Jess & Jane grace the fashionable racks of this trendy trade. Passion is the theme of Fashion Addition 14+ as ‘Fashion Forward Thinking Proves “Large is Lovely”’ serves as a positive motto for the storefront. With a valuable history dating back to 1987, owners Bill and Marilyn Booth opened Fashion Addition 14+ after observing a lack of options in the retail market of plus size fashion. Customers are encouraged to embrace their curves and are welcome to make Fashion Addition 14+ a retail home.



    Blue Moon + Studio Blue 
    An amazing collection of novelty items and carefully crafted jewelry fills the walls and shelves of Blue Moon Accessories. With the largest collection of Alex and Ani jewelry in Calgary, Blue Moon also sells custom products that will satisfy any fashionista on your holiday shopping list. Items such as handmade meditation rings and quirky key pendant necklaces grace display shelves and prove to be hot commodities in store. Within the shop lies a large spectrum of items that match an expansive demographic, from Pyrrah, a jewelry brand featuring encouraging sweet messages like “Love Conquers All,” to a playful array of whimsical novelty socks. Blue Moon Accessories is a quaint one stop shop to fill stockings and gift boxes this holiday season. 



    Adjacent to Blue Moon Accessories is Studio Blue, a fashion boutique featuring designer collections ranging from Elisa Cavaletti to Katherine Barclay. With a feminine aesthetic and fashion forward appeal, Studio Blue is a streamlined source for lush gifts including trendy patterned ponchos that are equipped for colder weather and great for that cozy fashionista on your list! 

    Wong Ken Jewellery 
    Specializing in custom jewellery, Wong Ken’s is a sophisticated and elegant shop in Willow Park Village that will please the jewel lover you are shopping for this holiday season. The store houses a fine selection of high quality jewelry brands, including but not limited to Alor, Alpina, and Tissot. With an utmost welcoming and personable staff, Wong Ken’s is an ideal destination for shoppers searching for something special for that special someone. Professional customer service and focused excellence is what sets Wong Ken’s Jewelry apart within the jewelry industry of Calgary. Regardless of the differentiation of styles between different customers, each piece sold at Wong Ken is conscientiously crafted to match every personal taste. 



    Lammle’s Western Wear 
    Popularly known as the official western wear retailer for the Calgary Stampede, Lammle’s Western Wear is the perfect shop for the name on your holiday gift list who appreciates the fashionable staple of a pair of authentic cowboy boots. With a wide variety of options featuring men’s wear, women’s wear, kid’s wear, and gift ware, the amount of gifting options are endless. Brands such as Wrangler and Montana Silversmiths add to the rugged and resilient details of western appeal. To appease the feminine physique, a range of dress designs from aztec embroidery to leopard print are readily available. Novelty items such as a Big Shot flask gift set and painted horse salt and pepper shakers are also ideal to add to your gift lists. It is no wonder why Lammle’s Western Wear encourages customers to “experience the evolution of western wear.” 



    From unique accessories and fine jewelry to comfortably chic shoes and whimsical western wear, Willow Park Village upholds genuine gift options this holiday season. Whether it’s for your mom, dad, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, and even dog or cat, there is always something within these unique and fashionable stores. Treat yourself to a stroll through all the shops with your loved ones in mind. What’s on your wish list? It’s possible you’ll come to find those wishes granted at Willow Park Village

    Happy holidays! 

  • Sub Rosa Sets Speakeasy Style 7 November 2016
    Sub Rosa, Calgary’s newest nightlife addition, opened up it’s exclusive location for a media and VIP preview a few weeks ago.

    Latin for “under the rose,” Sub Rosa stayed cohesive to its origins by being set as an underground bar with a speakeasy feel. Patrons will understand the higher end exclusivity of this establishment just by entering its double doors near The Guild on Stephen’s Avenue. Welcomed by gorgeous representatives at the front, you will be led to an elevator and instructed to select the special button with the Sub Rosa triangle logo. Just the feeling of hitting that button will make you feel like you’re about to join an elite endeavor. 



    The elevator will finally lead you to the actual Sub Rosa bar – an expansive, luxuriously decorated atmosphere that encourages a night of chic debauchery. Stunning, high quality decor sets the scene with vintage appeal. Dark lighting hues emphasize rich and romantic patterns behind deluxe leather couches under stunning gold bird cage lamps. Sensational details including fascinating artwork and sensual drapery add textured intrigue to the speakeasy style. 


    To heighten the aesthetic of Sub Rosa, a custom drink menu featuring elegant cocktails is livened up by knowledgeable mixologists ready to pour, like the Burnt Cherry Manhattan and the Pink Panther. The food menu is just as stylish, as selections like the sliders are served on decorative dishes. Such fare pairs incredibly well with trendy beats playing by the live DJ and abundance of social chatter enjoying the complete vibe. 

    Add some intrigue and inspiration to your weekend by traveling to the exclusive and stylish underground venue. Sub Rosa will creatively enhance any date night or social soiree with sweet libations in a historical space. 
    For Sub Rosa guest list, reservations and private event inquiries, please contact 403-770-2315 or info@subrosayyc.com.

    xoxo

  • Grand Opening of the Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel 21 October 2016



    VIP guests were in attendance this past Tuesday for the grand opening of the Marriott In-Terminal Hotel located at the Calgary airport. The special event featured a plethora of Calgary’s finest residents ranging from fashionable lifestyle bloggers to corporate executives in the airport and hospitality industry. With live musical performances, signature beverages, and endless food to accommodate guests, the Marriott In-Terminal Hotel celebrated its inception to the expansive portfolio of Marriott hotels in style. 




    The sophisticated and architecturally streamlined $2 billion hotel includes 318 guest rooms, a modern-equipped mezzanine, and, among several other amenities, a specialized lounge for elite members traveling to, from, and through Calgary. With endless, astounding views of the Calgary skyline and Canadian Rocky Mountains, the Marriott In-Terminal Hotel is destined to set the atmospheric backdrop of the most pleasant stays. 

    Several board members were in attendance to claim the new hotel as a location that only guarantees fantastic experiences from visitors. Because of the existence of such a grand facility, over 48,000 people are employed with promising jobs and connects Calgary across the world. 

    Don Cleary, president at Marriott Hotels of Canada, considers the grand opening as an introduction of a world class terminal at the Calgary airport. “We’re very lucky to be here,” Cleary said. “The Marriott is a very proud participant in the hospitality industry in Canada. This is just another demonstration of our ability to grow and be a part of this hospitality community.”

    If you’re searching for the perfect hotel to accommodate guests traveling to Calgary, look no further than the Marriott In-Terminal Hotel. It could even be the perfect destination for yourself as a mini weekend getaway and staycation! 


    xoxo




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