Monday, 30 July 2012

Fall 2012 Trends

Though we don't want to believe it, Fall is just around the corner. You don't have to ditch those summer dresses just yet, but you will want to get your hands on some of the hottest trends for Fall that are in stores already. Here is my guide to Fall Fashion.

Color - The runways were covered in gold, winter white, and ox blood red. Pantone's fall color guide is below and of course their 2012 color of the year Tangerine Tango is still big for the Autumn and Winter months. Wear it as well as your other Spring/Summer brights through the colder months by pairing them with black.

Texture - Think your Grandmothers closet when going for texture - Lace, fur, and other luxe fabrics like velvet, leather tweed and even tapestry were all over the runways. Plus lots of over-embellishments with beading, jewels and stones.

Patterns - Argyle and leopard print are often big for Fall/Winter as are the Aztec tribal patterns and florals from Spring/Summer. Polka dots, plaid, and black + white contrasts are print trends we will see a lot of also.

Silhouettes - peplum is carrying over from Spring to Fall also doesn't have to be just dresses though try a peplum waisted shirt with pants or a pencil skirt. Over sized jackets and coats we're huge on the runways, I'm not sure I love this trend but it will work for some of you.

Styles - everything from military to Asian inspiration, and bohemian to granny chic were seen on the Fall runways. Something for everyone. Choose a style that best suits you, your personality, lifestyle and body type and have fun with the Fall trends!

Happy shopping for Fall!

Friday, 27 July 2012

Fall 2012 Trends ~ Ox Blood Red

Dark red and purple shades were a big statement on the runways for Fall/Winter. With ox blood red as the breakout color. Do find the shade that suits your skin tone. Brick reds look great on warm skin tones, while bluish plums look great on cooler ones. Mix these wine colors with Autumn brights in addition to neutrals. Colors like cobalt blue, emerald green and mustard pair well and look ultra chic.

OX Blood Red ~ Fall 2012 Fashion

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

What to wear to Calgary Folk Fest

 Calgary Folk Fest starts tomorrow! Dubbed 'one of the seven musical wonders of the world' by the Globe and Mail, providing authentic magical music encounters that delight small town and big city music lovers of all ages. The hub of this festival is Prince's Island Park but you will see barefoot beauties and haute hippies all around town until the festival closes on July 29th. This green festival will NOT sell bottled water but instead water is provided free of charge by TD Canada Trust, there are food vendors and my favorite the Arts market! What to wear to such an event?

Folk Festival ~ What to wear

Happy Folk Fest!

Monday, 23 July 2012

Summer Sorbets ~ Styleista

  tank top: Aritzia | dress: Zara | bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs @ Holt Renfrew | shoes: Thailand | scarf: Aritzia | toes: OPI "are we there yet?"

Friday, 20 July 2012

Get Out To The Mountains ~ Eat In Style

On your mountain excursion you have to stop and indulge at some of the best spots to fill your belly with goodness. For breakfast I LOVE The Rocky Mountain Bagel Co. in Canmore. Everything is made from scratch and they have gluten free options as well. They serve all day breakfast bagels and delicious lunch choices as well. Plus great coffee, wonderful chill atmosphere and a cute patio.

Crazyweed Kitchen in Canmore is a eclectic eatery with fresh lunch menu - try the big shrimp salad this is a favorite of a great friend of mine who is a local in Canmore. For dinner try the Vietnamese pork meatballs, a pizza and either the sablefish + pork belly, red seafood curry or mushroom truffle gnocci. The food does not disappoint!

The Trough a ten table restaurant with a cozy ambiance . Their menu has a light "Laurel" side and a "Hardy" side, from the Asian pear salad to the AAA Alberta beef tenderloin, you will please your tummy how ever hungry it is. Not to mention they have a serious wine list.

Tapas a quaint Spanish restaurant was voted most romantic in the Rockies but also a great place to go with friends. Obviously a small sharing plate style of eating with dishes like marinated manchego cheese to beef carpaccio to chorizo with figs to delight your palate. You must try a jug of sangria to go with.

For breakfast in Banff, you've got to go to Melissa's they have family restaurant/diner style service with delicious breakfast from pancakes, to steak and eggs, to benny's. Plus they have one of the largest road races that supports a bunch of local business and programs!

Eden at the Rimrock Hotel  in Banff is a AAA Five Diamond dinning experience with majestic view of the Rockies. Let their sommeliers pair perfect wines with your multi-course dinner. A exquisite formal dining worth the price of admission.

The Grizzly House is a famous fondue restaurant that looks more like a 70's ski chalet but don't be fooled by the disco music and table to table telephones. Start with a cheese or vegetable fondue then move to the hot rock dinner. Where you personally sear everything from chicken to shark to venison and then dip in a selection of tantalising sauces. Finish it of with a melted Toblerone chocolate fondue with fresh fruit!

The Mukamuk Bistro at The Juniper Hotel in Banff National Park - "muk a muk" is Chinook for "feast", in which you will partake at this off-the-beaten-track boutique style hotel's bistro. Enjoy the menu's crossroads cuisine theme of water to land with dishes including salt spring mussels, seared sockeye salmon, and Alberta rib eye while taking in the unobstructed views of the Rundle Mountain Range.

Baker Creek Bistro in Lake Louise is the Winner of Avenue's Best Restaurants 2012 - Best of the Mountains  relax in this cozy intimate bistro situated in a casual mountain resort. A timeless log-cabin structure with wood burning fire places sets the scene to enjoy home style fish chowder, roasted squash gnocci, locally sourced elk tartare or a lamb burger. You can also indulge in their famous "back door" pizza and ice cream sold from June - September.

"How do you dress for dinner at one of these hideaways?" you ask... I like to call the look "casual mountain chic". You can never really be too under dressed for most of the places you will dine at in the rockies but it's nice to add some easy trendy pieces to your effortless look.

What to wear to casual dinner in the mountains

Happy dining in style, in the mountains!