Sep 23, 2014


Edmonton women's boutique Bamboo Ballroom carries more local labels in its sweetly curated shop than any other store in the city. In celebration of the designers behind the brands and its support of local since 2005, Bamboo has launched the Love Local campaign along with the Style Seven Series where bloggers across our city ask seven questions of the creatives who are slaving away behind the seams. I partnered up with Bamboo Ballroom to interview some of my favourites about their craft and why shopping local is important. 

Here's our first vid featuring jewelry designer Amor Carandang of Hunt Amor and clothing designer Alisha Schick of Suka Clothing.

Video: Aaron Pedersen  |  Music: Unwed Mothers  |  Project Coordinator: Janis Galloway

Sep 17, 2014


On July 16, 2009 I posted my first blog post on Dress Me Dearly. It was four sentences long. There was no photo. It was written rather poorly, completely off the cuff and was composed and published in the sum of two minutes. I was 23. In prep for this post, I just read it for the first time in five years and admittedly, it's made me rather emotional. I am shocked at how clear my intention was and how naive I was as to what I was setting in motion.

I clicked "publish" on that post and five years later I am my own boss with my hands in every aspect of Alberta's fashion industry. I have an amazing intern and an "office" in StartUp Edmonton where I click away on my MacBook Pro, coordinating projects with reputable brands and publishers the likes of FLARE Magazine, Simons, Gravity Pope and Dr. Martens. Even better, I work hand in hand (literally, sometimes actually hand-in-hand) with local brands and designers to help them tell the world about what they're making. Holy shit, I'm living my dream. Or in the words of Poppy Barley Co-Founder Justine Barber, "holy shit I'm riding a lion."

Dress Me Dearly's growth and success is largely thanks to the women who have supported me along the way: hundreds of women who attend my events and send encouraging thoughts and kinds words; my best friend Andrea who has patiently snapped zillions of photos of me for personal style posts; Zoe, a fellow stylist who shared all her knowledge and referred me for my first styling gig; Caroline, who talks me off the ledge every day; and Kendall Barber, Co-Founder of Poppy Barley, who at a fateful lunch gave me the courage to quit my full time job and pursue Dress Me Dearly full time. 

These women and many more taught me the importance of supporting those in your community. I live this lesson daily and make it a priority to cheerlead fellow female entrepreneurs. I offer them words of encouragement. I attend their events. Sometimes I'm the first one to arrive and the last one to leave. I'll stay late and help them clean up. I retweet their tweets. I pass along their contact info for unique opportunities I know they'll rock. I volunteer for organizations led by women for women. I reach out to create sincere friendships with designers, boutique owners, stylists, writers, models, photographers, makeup artists and anyone I admire in the arts and fashion scene in Edmonton. In return, these smart, ambitious and brave women (and men) have supported me. It's funny how life always comes full circle.  

On Saturday, October 4, Poppy Barley and the founders of Bloom present The Founders Assemblya very special one-day workshop for Edmonton's female entrepreneurs. I am honoured to be a part of the event, side by side with 29 of the city's most inspiring women (some who have been substantially influential mentors to me) for a day of vision building, radical goal setting and yoga for a rare chance to meditate together and set intentions for our lives and businesses. This comes at a crucial time for me as I plan the next chapter of Dress Me Dearly. I would love it if you could join me. 

The Founders Assembly workshop is an invite-only event, but Poppy Barley has reserved five spots for women who want to make a shift happen. If you're working on a project, have a big idea, or own a company, we want you to share in this experience and set your intentions into actions. Apply here to be part of this inspiring event>

And stay tuned to Poppy Barley over the coming weeks as they reveal the 30 women they invited to take part in this influential event. 

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.