Aug 11, 2014

DMD SHOP LOCAL SERIES: KATE HEWKO


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. 

RSVP HERE> 

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

HAPPENINGS: AUGUST







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

DMD HEADQUARTERS: MEET THE INTERN

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

HAPPENINGS: JUNE

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. 


PARKSALE
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...

SPRING / SUMMER BEAUTY TRENDS



The makeup and skincare experts at Edmonton's Lux Beauty Boutique invited me in for a one-on-one makeup tutorial to try out some of their favourite products matched with some of my favourite spring/summer trends. We had a blast playing with different products, and you can see from the behind the scenes video and photos - I was stoked on the results. For more photos and all the details on how they achieved the looks head on over to the Lux Beauty Boutique Blog


The two products I instantly fell in love with? Geisha Ink's Liquid Eyeliner, which is hands down the best tool for winged liner I've ever used, and the RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, which made my skin glow with some kind of magic bioluminescence.

P.S. If you attended the last DMD Shopping Party at Oak + Fort, you may have got your hands on a free Lux Beauty Boutique makeup consultation, meaning you can enjoy the same experience I had! xo


May 8, 2014

HAPPENINGS: MAY


Bamboo Ballroom Pop-Up Shop in Calgary
May 4-June 22  /  Victoria Park, 1412 1 St. SW, Calgary
For the first time ever, Calgary has a chance to shop one of my fave Edmonton-owned boutiques, Bamboo Ballroom

Royal Bison
May 9-11 / Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre, 8426 Gateway Blvd, Edmonton
Three days, two rooms of Edmonton's best and most unique indie-artists and makers selling handmade goods including jewelry, clothing, sculpture, mix tapes, comic books, edibles and more! Go for the shopping, stay for the hot bearded men. 

Hot Plains Music Fest
May 16-18 / various Edmonton venues

ZING! Hot Plains is back with a radtastic lineup of Edmonton and afar bands. 

DMD recommended, melt your face, must-see shows include...
May 17: Black Thunder at Pawn Shop | The Allovers, Camembert and Switches at Wunderbar | DIRTY DUDES at Empress Ale House (seriously, don't miss this show. AC/DC cover band people. Shirts WILL come off.)
May 18: Betrayers at Pawn Shop  |  Arrowz at Wunderbar

Vintage 2A Yard Sale
May 18-19 / 12613 108 Ave, Edmonton

This is a gooder. Two of my fave fashion purveyors, Vintage 2A and Chaos and the Dark are teaming up for a good ol' fashioned yard sale. Sweet vintage at sweet prices in the sweet outdoors. 

Poppy Barley Design Event | Calgary
Thursday, May 22 / Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters, 2207 4th St. Sw, Calgary
Poppy Barley is giving Calgarians an exclusive first look at its unreleased, limited edition collections of made to measure footwear! Be sure to RSVP - space is limited.

Road Trip Refinery
Saturday, May 24 / 9 pm-2 am / Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton

Edmonton artist Jill Stanton is creative director for the next edition of the AGA's wildly popular late-night art party, bringing together local artists for a Road Trip inspired shindig. Expect live music, a lot of fanny packs, dancing, art installations and hands-on art activities packed onto every floor of the gallery. Check out DJ Renny Wilson's Road Trip playlist to get in the mood. And for wardrobe inspiration head over to the AGA's Refinery Pinterest board. 

Suit Yourself Annual Tea
Sunday, May 25 / 12:30pm / Delta South Edmonton Hotel, 4404 Gateway Blvd, Edmonton
A non-profit close to my heart, Suit Yourself provides clothing and personal styling consultations free of charge to low-income women transitioning into the workforce. Join us at the 6th Annual Suit Yourself Tea, fashion show and silent auction fundraiser in support of women in your community.