First of all, friends, if you haven't heard about it yet we are having an AWESOME sale! Until Sunday if you spend $100 you get a $25 gift certificate! It's like getting a present just for doing something you love! Like when you treat yourself to an Ice-Cappuccino after doing yoga. Mmmmmmmm......
I found lots of stuff from some our favourite local designers this week! As always, coming across an item from the beloved Nokomis house brand is like when you happen upon a scent that triggers a happy memory!
This great hoodie is from our friends across the river on 124 street, Salgado Fenwick.
All of their images are hand-drawn and silk-screened on-site above the Barking Buffalo Café, with a regular rotation of themes and images (like a special print just for Calgary Folk Festers this weekend! Awwww!) so that each garment remains unique and current. They will also have a booth at the Folk Fest here in Edmonton, so check them out there while you are filling your heart with musical bliss.
Meanwhile, on this side of the river from our friends at Noul, this elegant dress in a sophisticated slate-grey colour:
The peter-pan collar on this simple dress from another one of our local faves, Cinder+Smoke, is so sweet! Plus, this dress has pockets!
I've been referring to this vest by Oak+Fort as "The Art Instructor Vest" in my head.
The dropped shoulders and rolled-up sleeves would look great with cropped pants and loafers while walking around an art studio examining the work of your students.
Two great pairs of suede JCrew wedges. (I love the orange pair!). If you dare, you could even mix them up Helena Bonham Carter style!
This lovely high-low dress is stretchy across the back of the bust, so it's super comfortable and easy to wear!
Now check out this great tag:
These guys are out of Montreal and go by the brand name "Le Galeriste", and each of their pieces incorporate fabrics and prints from other artists around the world.
This Anthropologie dress is so dynamic, I just love it! It could easily be taken as a fancy dress, but the neckline, straps and visible pockets keep it playful.
I love the contrasting colours and the detailed embroidery:
And under the skirt is a layered lining! This is an incredible amount of detail for a lining that is not necessarily visible when worn. And despite this, the dress is not overly poofy, it's just a fun garment to wear!
From Danish designers Noa Noa comes this adorable blazer. I kind of geeked out over this blazer, because the more you look at it the more you realise how charming it is!
The colour is gorgeous and rich, it has a unique covered button band, and the darting at the bust and waist keep the silhouette flattering. Even the pockets are feminine!
Then there is the tag. You know I love natural fibres, but friends I am also a big knitter, so when I saw this tag I immediately reached for my handy copy of The Knitter's Book of Wool. But there is no "Ladbroke Wool"! There is a place in England called "Ladbroke Grove", which presumably has local yarn, but Noa Noa is a Danish company and there are many breeds of great sheep in Denmark from which to source wool... I don't want to make you uncomfortable with just how much time I spent researching this; suffice to say I take wool very seriously!
How adorable are these teeny cat earings?! And they are mis-matched to make Helena Bonham Carter proud!
And, hey, Nokomis used to carry this brand: Dace out of Vancouver!
Here is a perfect dress for just hanging around in the summer checking out the 104 Street Market on Saturdays:
Lovely, breezy dress....
...with a subtle back!
This bag is so exciting! The buttery soft material and gold hardware elevate what is typically a very casual style of bag.
It even has a short handle and a handy side pocket. I've never come across a fancy version of a draw-string bag. I love it!
I love green in clothing almost as much as I love orange!
This dress is ticking all the boxes of the LDB checklist! It's black (check!), has a simple shape (check!), and a point of interest that does not overwhelm the whole look (check!).
This dress is all about the collar area: the flirty sheer cut-outs contrasting with the floating collar. Unique and chic!
And this lovely forest-green Anthropologie dress did NOT want it's picture taken!