Apr 20, 2015

SHOP LOCAL SERIES: KATE HEWKO

I’m thrilled to be partnering with Calgary jewellery designer, Kate Hewko, once again for an exclusive pop-up where we'll shop, sip, schmooze and celebrate Alberta fashion at Edmonton's biggest supporter of Alberta fashion – Bamboo Ballroom. 
Hewko's signature collections harness powers both mystical and tribal with substantial raw stones left in their natural beauty. Janis of Dress Me Dearly will play hostess for the night, sharing style tips and her favourite Kate Hewko picks. 

And just for you Edmonton – you get to shop Kate Hewko's newest collections at 25% off for one-night only!

Join us on May 7th to preview Hewko’s newest designs, shop, sip and schmooze – ain’t no party like a Bamboo Ballroom party!
RSVP HERE > >

Dec 28, 2014

SEE YA 2014!

On December 12 I entered the last year of my 20's and now, here we are on the doorstep of 2015. It's been a big year for me, full of new friends, new clients and mammoth growth for my business. I'm feeling like my direction is becoming much more clear and precise as I'm figuring out exactly which part of this world I'd like to carve out for myself. 

It was a whirlwind year. I've never been one for "five year plans" and my life philosophy up to this point has simply been "say yes to everything". This can make life hectic, but always exciting and full of endless possibilities. The universe has plunked me down right where I ought to be.

I thought I'd share a little snapshot of the past year:




1, 2, 3 /
I traveled. A lot. A solo trip to Indonesia was by far the highlight (Turns out I love traveling alone, who woulda thought?), a romantic getaway to Palm Springs, my first Toronto Fashion Week with fashion bestie Caroline, and a weekend gallivanting and giggling in Jasper with Anya. More global adventures await me in 2015. 


4 /  I joined StartUp Edmonton, the co-working space that saved me from going completely bonkers working from my couch. I found an incredible community at StartUp and an environment which has provided undeniable momentum behind my brand.

5 / I worked with a lot of great non-profits this year including Calgary-based PARK to help bring its first major fashion event to Edmonton in support of Alberta designers. 


6 / I welcomed Deema, the first ever Dress Me Dearly Intern to the team, a program I'm excited to continue in 2015. Stay tuned to meet the new fleet...

7 /  I joined forces with Golden West Music Fest, an indie, outdoor music festival that had me frolicking under the sun and stars in absolute glee this past summer. I'll be working hard with them to bring you the best fest yet in 2015. Get ready to melt your face off.

8 / Poppy Barley held an intimate gathering of Edmonton's most kick ass female entrepreneurs called The Founders Assembly in partnership with Bloom. This was monumental for me. To be included in a group of entrepreneurial women I hold in very high regard was a significant indicator I'm on the right path. Mega thanks to Poppy Barley for letting me be the poster girl for this event. Beyond honoured. 

9 / I hired my best friend. Andrea and I have been partners in crime since we were five years old. She is the smartest woman I know and hugely influential in the success of Dress Me Dearly. She's going to keep me in check in 2015 as my Project Coordinator and Creative Assistant. 

10 / I attended/coordinated/hosted a lot of parties and gained some really awesome new clients. Mega thanks to FLARE Magazine, French Connection, Doc Martens, Oak + Fort, DKNY, Latitude 53, Edmonton City Centre, Kingsway Mall, Kate Hewko, American Apparel, Simons, Flatter Me Belts, Vitamin Daily Edmonton, the list goes on. 

11 / I was in the media – a lot. In November alone I hosted six media segments on behalf of clients and organizations I volunteer with. For the second year in a row I was voted Edmonton's Best Fashion Blog in Vue Weekly (whoop whoop, thanks!). I showed up in some cool fashion stories in local publications. I had my first piece published in the Edmonton Journal about Edmonton designer Malorie Urbanovitch. Great thanks to Global, CBC, CTV and Breakfast Television for letting me gab fashion on your air waves.

12 / I announced a rad partnership with Simons as its first ever Simons Fashion Ambassador. This has been an incredible collaboration, and I'm excited about the momentum we've created with the SIMONSxDMD campaign. Stay tuned for more fashion fun in the new year. 

Dec 20, 2014

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM SIMONSxDMD



Happy Holidays from Simons and Dress Me Dearly! I hope your holiday season is full of rest, love, festive fashion and a dash of shenanigans. Thanks for all the love this year, I can't wait to share more exciting fashion projects with you in 2015.

Looking for more holiday outfit inspo? I shared my favourite holiday looks from Simons on Breakfast Television Edmonton last week and you can watch it here!>

Outfit: Top, Skirt, Earrings, Hairband from Simons. Shoes, Spring.
Photos by Mrs. Schecher 


Dec 8, 2014

#SIMONSxDMD: HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE


This time of year can inspire a special kind of madness in us all, but a holiday that provides an opportunity to share the love with a hand selected token is something to be celebrated. I love the act of giving: hunting down that perfect gift, carefully wrapping it, tied neat with a bow; watching the eyes of my giftee as they unwrap it and taking joy in their joy. 

I've picked out some of my favourite holiday gift ideas for the style savvy lady in your life from Simons, a client of mine who encapsulates the spirit of giving through its inspiring support of artists and communities across Canada and its collaborations with little ol' me. 

Hope your holiday season is merry and bright. Happy giving. 


{1. Triangle Earrings and Necklace (similar here2. Plaid Blanket Scarf 3. Glam Baroque Pendant  4. Handbag 5. Hat 6. Double Wrap Watch 7. Plaid Flannel Blouse 8. Mini Log Cushion 9. Stud Earrings}


Nov 27, 2014

DMD PARTIES: GOLDEN WEST MUSIC FEST FUNDRAISER


This past summer I frolicked in the sun and under the stars and had the best of times at Golden West Music Fest, a three-day outdoor music and arts festival on the prettiest piece of land near Ardmore, Alberta. The Backhomes, Wet Secrets, Black Thunder and Physical Copies all melted my ears and slapped a smile on my face, and I can't wait for next year. 

I had such a great time, I've now joined forces with the Golden West planning team to help recreate the magic in 2015. This Friday, join us at American Apparel on Whyte for a fundraiser party to help us bring you the best fest yet!

Enjoy a beer courtesy of Steam Whistle Brewery, shop the store at 20% off, and shake your hips to the groovy tunes of DJ's Prairie Dawn and Mitchmatic. We'll also be selling early bird GWMF tickets for only $50 and limited edition GW T-shirts! 

Let us party. 

Please RSVP here for entry to the event>

Nov 18, 2014

PARKSHOW EDMONTON PRESENTED BY SIMONS



Over the last few months I've been working closely with PARK to coordinate the debut of PARKSHOW Edmonton presented by Simons.

After five years of hugely successful and buzzed about fashion events in Calgary (Check out FASHION Magazine's coverage of PARK's last event), PARK is upping its game and coming to Edmonton to showcase eight of Alberta's most promising emerging designers in an athletic themed event full of surprises.

On top of eight runway presentations enjoy pop-up shops, cocktails, treats and killer swag bags for our VIP ticket holders (sold out!).

Purchase tickets>

PARK is excited to present the following designers at PARKSHOW 2014:

Workhall Studio
PARK is a not-for-profit organization, which supports, mentors and promotes Canada's emerging artists and designers. Proceeds from PARKSHOW tickets will fund important programming, educational forums, events and mentorship programs for designers throughout the year. 

Campaign Credits
Photographer: Aaron Pedersen  / Makeup: Katie Matson / Hair: Blunt Salon / Wardrobe Styling: Janis Galloway, Kara Chomistek, Jessica Clark / Wardrobe Provided By: Simons, Cruz Clothing, Workhall, Gravity Pope