Sep 10, 2014


Last week I had a stellar time partnering up with Calgary jewelry designer Kate Hewko for a one-night only pop-up shop at Coup Garment Boutique in Edmonton. Thanks to everyone for coming out to meet Kate and shop her newest collections. The wine flowed and with it, the conversation. The party went longer than planned, and that's always a sign of a good night! Stay tuned for another Kate Hewko Pop-Up in Calgary this winter... 
Click on through for photos from the event>

Sep 2, 2014


      Holy wowzers, it's fall. Summer will soon be a blurry patchwork of memories starring too many patio beers at Latitude 53, ear blasting at Golden West Music Fest and nonstop sweaty dance parties at... everywhere. The silver lining of summer's sayonara? It's everyone's favourite fashion season. The Dress Me Dearly team is stocking up on scarves and ankle booties and piling our coffee tables four feet high with oversized September issues. In between wardrobe updating and page flipping, there are some rad shindigs to attend this month. So here it is, your Edmonton September Happenings:

Dress Me Dearly + Kate Hewko Pop-Up Shop
Thursday, September 4 / 5:00pm / Coup Garment Boutique, 10180 101 St., Manulife Place
Dress Me Dearly is thrilled to partner with Calgary jewelry designer and retailer, Kate Hewko, for a one-night only pop-up shop featuring her four newest collections along with international jewelry labels such as Lionette and Vanessa Mooney. Check out some of Dress Me Dearly's favourite picks from the online boutique here>. We hope you'll join us for a glass of wine, schmoozing and shopping. 

KATE HEWKO AFTER PARTY: Georgie Magazine Issue 2 Release
Thursday, September 4 / 7-10:30 pm / Iconoclast 11807b 105 Ave. 

After the Kate Hewko Jewelry Pop-Up we're heading to the Georgie Magazine party to celebrate its fall issue! Spoiler alert: your girl Janis has a feature story in this issue about designer Malorie Urbanovitch. 

Karma Victoria Presents LOOKBOOK: Gallery & Trunk Show
Saturday, September 6 / 2:00pm / Drawing Room, 10253 97 St.
Edmonton jewelry line, Karma Victoria, is hosting a photo exhibition and jewelry trunk show. Enjoy a glass of wine, test your own skills in the jewelry-making workshop, and shop the designer's newest collection. 

Uniquely Me Fashion Show & Fundraiser
Thursday, September 11 / 7 pm / Porsche Centre Edmonton, 17007 111 Ave.
We love it when fashion gets behind a good cause. Tickets from the Uniquely Me Fashion Show and Fundraiser will benefit the Edmonton Down Syndrome Society. Enjoy an evening of live performances, high fashion and "interactive food service". 
September 11-14 / Fort Edmonton Park
Ya'll know how much we love burlesque.

Western Canada Fashion Week
September 18-27 / ATB Financial Arts Barns, 
10330 – 84 Ave.
One of Edmonton's largest fashion events, WCFW features collections from both local and international emerging designers. Stay tuned for my infamous Guide to Western Canada Fashion Week for Fall 2014 for all the deets on what nights are not to miss. 

The Drawing Room Flea Market

September 19-21 / The Drawing Room, 10253 97 St.
The Drawing Room is a shared artist and designer studio space and gallery, and this is your chance to support its big move down the street this fall to a new and improved location. Donate items to the flea market or rent your own table.

Aug 11, 2014


Let’s get mystical.

Brass, silver, turquoise, amethyst and quartz make up jewelry designer Kate Hewko’s newest collections, which come by the names of Chakra 1981, Sex & Lucia, Dark City, and Tears of the Black Tiger. And lucky for us, they’re coming to Edmonton. For one night only.

I’m thrilled to be partnering with the designer and former Edmontonian for an exclusive pop-up shop where we'll shop, sip and schmooze. I’ll be playing hostess at the soiree, offering up personal styling tips and sharing my favourite picks from Hewko’s earthy and raw jewelry designs. Take a scroll on down to check out some of the shots Aaron Pedersen and I took of the treasures you'll find at the pop-up event. 


Aaand just because we love you, we’re offering a $100 Kate Hewko gift card to one lucky winner.

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Aug 8, 2014


Oh hey! Here some fashiony things to do this month in Edmonton.

Make Something Monday: Fashioning the Future 
Monday, August 11 / 7:30am / Startup Edmonton, 3rd Floor, 10359 104 St. NW
Join Janis Galloway of Dress Me Dearly as she hosts Make Something Edmonton's new breakfast series. We'll be talking about the future of Edmonton's fashion scene with local designers and industry pros including Caroline Gault of Fashion Magazine and Poppy Barley; jewelry designer Amor Carandang of Hunt Amor; couture designer Kathleen Todoruk; and Nicole Campre founder of Workhall Boutique. Registration is free!

August 11 / 2pm/  20B O’Brien Drive
It's your last chance to buy clothes from Serendipity’s Alberta studio! Get your hands on this designer's sweet and feminine designs from 50%-75% off. 

August 14 / 11am-8pm / 8206 104 street
Bamboo Ballroom is holding a one-day outdoor sale to celebrate the launch of its new Love Local campaign! Shop your favourite local designers all in one place. 

Saturday, August 16 / 8:30am/ Startup Edmonton, 3rd Floor, 10359 104 St. NW
Dress Me Dearly is proud to work with PARK, a non-profit based in Calgary that works to support and mentor emerging designers and artists in Alberta. We've collaborated to bring this event to Edmonton for the first time! This one-day conference brings together the city's best and brightest creatives for a day of discussion and exploration into the business side of being a fashion and arts entrepreneur in Alberta. Topics include pitching your brand to media, marketing, effective sales models and building your business from scratch. Tickets are going super fast for this one at only $40 (includes breakfast and lunch!), so get 'em fast! Check out the impressive lineup of speakers here>

August 25 & 30 / 1-4pm 
Uppercase Press (formerly A Piece of Paper Press) is an Edmonton-based letterpress studio we had the pleasure of interviewing back in February. Now, owner Lu Mascaro is giving you a unique opportunity to learn letterpress printing in a 3-hour workshop! 

Every Friday / 2-7pm / 10113 104 Street, The Birks Building Suite #215
If there's one thing we love, its a chance to visit a designer's studio. Luxx Ready-To-Wear is now hosting a pop-up sale every Friday right in studio where you can meet the designer and shop his collections in sizes 2-16.

Jul 2, 2014


Well, who would have thought we would get to this point my friends? After four years doing this blog and styling thing mostly solo (with a lot of help along the way from friends, boyfriends and fellow bloggers), I've hired the first ever Dress Me Dearly Intern. I am stoked to introduce you to Deema, my partner in crime, helping me report and support all that's neat-o in Edmonton's fashion scene. 

Deema is a recent graduate from the University of Alberta, where she aced a psychology degree (like, a 4.0. Yeah). She's a total smarty pants with a rad sense of style, a sparkling charm and a keen interest in her local scene. How could I not invite her to join me in the next chapter of Dress Me Dearly? 

Deema will be working hard on all kinds of DMD projects – acting as wardrobe assistant on photo shoots and fashion shows, writing blog posts, pinning like a fiend and coordinating Dress Me Dearly events out in the community. 

Here's a few tidbits about Deema, so you can get to know her better:

Why I wanted to Intern with Dress Me Dearly
I have loved Dress Me Dearly for years! Naturally, when the opportunity came up I had to jump on it. I have always respected how DMD celebrates Edmonton fashion and highlights our local businesses and designers. I am so honoured to be a part of it. I can't wait to learn the tricks of the trade, so that I can continue to grow in the fashion world. 

Favourite local shopping spot
Floc Boutique on 124th Street.

Biggest fashion pet peeve
When people overlook the importance of fashion. I don't expect everyone to be a trendsetting fashionista, but taking the time to choose an outfit is more important than people think - the truth is your clothes communicate a lot about you. 

Wardrobe staple
Easy - a black boyfriend blazer. 

Personal fashion philosophy
"If you like it - then it looks good". Anything can be fashionable when it is done with intention.

May 31, 2014


June is looking like a quiet month on the fashion front, but there are still tons of awesome local arts and music events to get your party on. 

Chad VanGaalen Concert
Wednesday, June 4 / 8pm / The Starlite Room, 10030 102 Street, Edmonton
Though his weepy voice and intense lyrics can be a total bummer sometimes, Chad VanGaalen will always be one of my go-to's for long road trips, or rainy afternoons with a lover reading comic books and drinking coffee. The Soft Airplane album, especially this song, gets a lot of play in these ears. Bonus: He's from Calgary, so that's pretty cool.

Pecha Kucha Night 19
Thursday, June 5 / 6:30-10:30pm / Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton

Interesting folks talk about interesting things! This edition of Pecha Kucha features talks on everything from beekeeping to professional wrestling. I'm mostly excited to hear from David Rauch on his pop-up public pianos project. 

Mercer Summer Super Party
Friday, June 6 / 5-10:30pm / Mercer Warehouse 10359-104 Street, Edmonton
The Mercer Building (where the DMD Headquarters is btw) is hosting an all-floors shindig with food trucks, live music, a pop-up market, and dance party. My guess is the 10:30 pm "end time" is a loose suggestion. You best not be missing this one. 

Nextfest Music Night
Friday, June 6 / 9pm / The Artery, 9535 Jasper Ave, Edmonton
Lad Mags, Switches, Jom Comyn! YA!

Prairie Yogi Magazine Edmonton Launch
Wednesday, June 11  / 6-7:15pm / Latitude 53, 10242 106 St, Edmonton
A new online publication is launching in E-town and this little yogi is pretty stoked! Join us for a sweaty Saatva session to celebrate!

Latitude 53 Patio Party
Thursday, June 12 / 5-9pm / Latitude 53, 10242, 106 St, Edmonton

The contemporary art gallery brings back its mega popular weekly summer shindig, and this is the first of the season! Expect cold Alley Kats, fine noshings, music, art and friendly folks, all in the great artdoors. 

June 21-22 / Haultain Park 225-13 Ave, Calgary

PARK presents another awesome outdoor market featuring local and independent artists and designers for you to shop. Rumour has it there will be some Sled Island bands popping by...