Sunday, July 25, 2010

Fave Photos from Salt Spring Island

Happy Sunday! What are you all up to today? I attended a wedding by myself last night for the first time in a long time because hubby was not available. It was definitely a strange feeling being there without a date! Slightly awkward but fortunately for me, there were a few people I knew there from my high school days that made it a little bit easier.
I put together some of my fave photos from my recent weekend in Salt Spring. The above picture is probably one of my faves - it was taken on the resort property that we stayed at, Hastings House. You can read my review of Hastings House over at The Unreserved.

This picture was taken on a the Sculptural Trail hike near our cottage at Hastings House.
Some more shots below of the Hastings House property.
There's something about old wooden farm gates that I just love.
One of the friendly resident sheep at Hastings House getting up close and personal.
A pretty tree-framed window into the cove.
The small village of Ganges across the water.
I love wild daisies.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Colour Block in Pastel

I love grey and pink, and I pulled this outfit together as inspired by the resort collections and their use of colour blocking. Only in soft pastels instead of brights.
This little black crop top, which I had completely forgotten about, acts as a nice division between the sorbet-like shades and cuts an interesting shape at the top.
I found so many treasures on my Salt Spring Island weekend, including the adorable little owl I found in a little hippie shop by the ferry - look at his amber eyes! I also picked up a few silver hammered stacked rings from the market.
Some of you asked for a better picture of my new rose-petal bead bracelet - so here it is! I'm pairing it with another of my Salt Spring Island treasure finds - a custom made hammered cuff.
Pink braided strap tank, Fine Finds
Black crop top and grey bandage high waisted skirt, Aritzia
White mules and stretchy white and gold bucklet belt, from Hong Kong
Black pearl and diamond heart necklace, prezzie from hubby

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Treasure Trove at Salt Spring Island Market

I'm back!! Spent a wonderful long weekend at Salt Spring Island which is a couple of hours by ferry away from Vancouver. It was very relaxing and felt like a world away, yet we were always busy in the sense that there was always something to see or do. I'll do another post with some of my fave pics on the trip, which was full of hiking, checking out arts and craft studios, visiting organic farms, swimming, and of course culinary delights!
I'm going to focus this post on one of my favourite things to do on Salt Spring - the weekly Saturday market. The market brings together all of the artists, craftspeople, farmers and other entrepreneurs on Salt Spring to hawk their goods. Here you'll find delicious home made tarts, organic produce, local smoked salmon, jewelry, hand-thrown pottery, soap, and just about anything else that might be artsy, hippy, whimsical and even wacky. It's a chaotic few hours when the market is on, and it's the place to be on a sunny Saturday. Shoppers jockey for space amongst the booths, and visitors and locals alike are eager to fill their reusable shopping bags with organic goodies like heirloom tomatoes, cheese, and spring greens.

Delectable tarts...
Giant heads of purple garlic...
Colourful Provence-inspired fabric...
Pendants featuring wild daisies...
Natural, hand-made soaps...
I came away with some fantastic treasures: a custom hammered silver cuff by Salt Spring Silversmith, stackable silver rings by Mint Jewellery Design, olive-oil lavender soaps from Bare With Me, and something I had never heard of before: Rose Petal Bead jewelry.
Creator Marcus Knox takes rose petals and cooks them down into a moldable mash, from which he hand rolls each bead. The colour of the bead is black no matter what colour the rose was in its former incarnation. The beads retain a faint rose scent for the duration of their life.. The sweet fragrance is enhanced when warmed by the wearer's body.

The history of the beads is fascinating. The origins trace back to 15th century India where monks made them as prayer beads for counting during meditation. It was adopted by the Catholics and rose petal beads were commonly used in the Rosary.

I couldn't resist picking up a bracelet with an uneven pearl, and a rosary with a mother-of-pearl cross. Not only do I love the romantic symbolism of the rose, but I feel connected to the spiritual origins. Stylistically, I'm digging the dark, edgy feel of the black beads, yet the pearly accents sweeten it up. I put the bracelet on at the market and have worn it ever since.
I'm sorry I don't have better pictures of my sundress dress, which is new from Fine Finds. I'll post my outfit properly soon but these are the pictures I had on hand for now. Here are a couple of pics of my cousins though enjoying the market.

Cecile smiling in her embroidered number
Tracy sparkling in a glittery dress with the shades of the ocean

Monday, July 5, 2010

Style Challenge: What to Wear to the Stampede?

I have been stumped lately with blogging, partly because I haven't had time to take pictures of all my new purchases with mom being in town and partly because I haven't been all that inspired. Last night, my sister in law, who happens to be one of my best friends, inspired me to write some sartorial advice for her. She is going to the Calgary Stampede this weekend and needs something to wear that is cute but classy. Now I've never been to the Calgary Stampede, but having seen some fashion disasters from the Cloverdale Rodeo, I've provided some alternatives.

The key is to mix things up and borrow from themes that are related to, but not limited to, just the western look. Try broadening to an overall more country look, or the related Americana/Prairie look, and you 'll have a lot more options. Or, consider trends which may have western influences but are updated in a modern way (think fringing, studding, destroyed denim, plaid, suede). Top it off with a cowboy hat or a straw fedora if you feel like it but I don't think it's required to create the vibe.

Vintage Cowgirl: This look is inspired by the cool cowgirls of times past. A classy silk western shirt with denim shorts or maybe a eyelet tiered skirt and tank with cowboy boots. Accessories should be kept simple. Horsey motifs (horseshoes, bridle/bit inspired jewelry) would work nicely.

Below: Young Fabulous and Broke Eyelet Tiered Skirt; Equipment Silk Western Blouse; BE&D Cowboy Mini Bag
young fabulous and broke caroline skirtequipment western blouse
cowboy mini bag
Country Floral: With florals everywhere this spring/summer, they are an easy trend to incorporate into a western look. Small flowers, against a backdrop of a pastel colour, has a country look to it that makes it suitable for the Stampede. I love these itty bitty high-waisted shorts. Pair with an off-the-shoulder white blouse and sky-high clogs.

Below: Kettle Black High Waisted Floral Shorts; Rachel Pally Senorita Top; Jeffrey Campbell Clogs
kettle black high waisted denim shortsrachel pally senority top
jeffrey campbell clogs
City Slicker: For the city girl, a black dress with fringe details will give you a western look without going too down country. Wear the cowboy boots if you dare. A studded wristlet gussies it up.

Below: Haute Hippe Suede Dress; Golden Goose Star Booties; Elizabeth and James Suede booties; BE&D Studded Wristlet
haute hippe suede dressgolden goose star zip booties

elizabeth and james lizzy suede cuff bootiesBE&D studded wristlet
Prairie Princess: I'm crazy about the prairie look of denim and colourful prints like gingham, plaid, and it's an easy look to throw together that's cute but not too dressy.

Below: Thakoon Denim Dress; Joie Rock Steady Fringe Booties; Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Wrap; Joie Cece Dress
thakoon denim dressjoie rock steady fringe booties
twelft st by cynthia vincentjoie cece dress

Double Denim (aka Canadian Tuxedo): It wasn't too long ago that double denim was a big no-no. But this summer, the Canadian Tuxedo has hit the mainstream big time. So mix up your blue and white and whatever other colour of denim you have, and get ready to line dance in your mini cowboy boots.

Below: Current/Elliot Denim Shirt; 7 for All Mankind White Shorts; Joie Elvis Suede Booties; Kettle Black Romper
current elliot perfect shirt7 for all mankind denim shorts
joie elvis suede bootieskettle black romper
Yeehaw. Are you going to the Stampede or a rodeo this summer? What are you wearing?
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