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Five recommended flowers to brighten your surroundings


Flower pots add beauty to any home exterior. They are also easy to maintain. Anita Kuhlmann, one of the owners of Kuhlmann’s Greenhouse Garden Market, recommends using a good quality, all-purpose potting soil mix, along with a water-soluble fertilizer as often as once a week.  Kuhlmann also says that it is better to use larger …Read More
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Flower pots add beauty to any home exterior. They are also easy to maintain. Anita Kuhlmann, one of the owners of Kuhlmann’s Greenhouse Garden Market, recommends using a good quality, all-purpose potting soil mix, along with a water-soluble fertilizer as often as once a week. 

Kuhlmann also says that it is better to use larger containers rather than ones that are too small. “Especially in the hot sun, smaller containers dry out quickly, plants get root-bound in the summer, and it’s harder to water them well,” she explains. 

This is especially important for hanging baskets, where there is both wind and sun to consider, as well as placement around the edge of the house so rain is not hitting them.

Finding the right plants to add that super splash of colour is also easy. Kuhlmann recommends the following popular annuals:

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Pandemic Fashion Portraits


A viral challenge creates this unique fashion photo essay opportunity Crazy times call for crazy solutions. And with the coronavirus outbreak earlier this year playing havoc with social lives, photographers are coming up with creative ways to capture live images, while practising the required physical distance of two metres to curtail the epidemic. After seeing …Read More
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A viral challenge creates this unique fashion photo essay opportunity

Crazy times call for crazy solutions. And with the coronavirus outbreak earlier this year playing havoc with social lives, photographers are coming up with creative ways to capture live images, while practising the required physical distance of two metres to curtail the epidemic.

After seeing a news story of a photographer taking portraits of subjects through their windows, our equally creative Brenda Lakeman wanted to use that method for a photo shoot. She found the ideal storefront at Who Cares Wear in St. Albert and went right to work.

Model Chloe Haughian

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2020 Pantone – Classic Blue


Pantone’s latest shade revisits a colourful classic With all the craziness dominating current events, most folks responsible for shaping modern culture are clamoring for more calm. That’s probably why the Pantone Color Institute decided on this year’s shade labeled 19-4052, better known as Classic Blue. It’s a peace and tranquil shade, claim the style gurus, …Read More
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Pantone’s latest shade revisits a colourful classic

With all the craziness dominating current events, most folks responsible for shaping modern culture are clamoring for more calm. That’s probably why the Pantone Color Institute decided on this year’s shade labeled 19-4052, better known as Classic Blue. It’s a peace and tranquil shade, claim the style gurus, a useful hue reliable enough to blend in with other colours. Classic Blue is also versatile enough to be used on any materials from fabric to metal and really makes a harmonic statement in the items shown here. 

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LIVING CORAL


2019’s Pantone colour of the year Your colour inspiration has arrived! With spring well under way, we are all excited to have said goodbye to winter’s white and hello to the many colours that the new season brings blossoming with it. Hue gurus Pantone chose “Living Coral” as the colour for 2019, which emits these …Read More
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2019's Pantone colour of the year

Your colour inspiration has arrived!

With spring well under way, we are all excited to have said goodbye to winter’s white and hello to the many colours that the new season brings blossoming with it. Hue gurus Pantone chose “Living Coral” as the colour for 2019, which emits these desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of colour found in nature. And surely it will inspire a variety of visually pleasing art, décor, food, and fashion this summer. From bridal bouquets to bow ties and cotton candy to key chains, here’s a glance at what’s “living” this year.

The Cotton Candy Shoppe "Fruit Punch" Cotton Candy from Corro Collective $3
Wedding Bouquet from the Wheelbarrow Florist. Starting at $250
Women's Blouse from Monjeleco Jeans $38 from Lava & Luxury and Gratitude Bracelets by the Masterful Princes $30 each from Corro Collective
Wooden Decoupage Hearts from Whimsical Vintage Creations $20 & $35
The Jewelry Rack Necklace from Whimsical Vintage Creations $20
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Fashion & Art


A melding of two creative disciplines inspires a tapestry of wonder. For decades, visual art has triggered the creative impulses of top designers around the world, but its melding has never been more vivid than in recent years. Which is why we put the works of abstract landscape painter Samantha Williams-Chapelsky, a two-time recipient of …Read More
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A melding of two creative disciplines inspires a tapestry of wonder.

For decades, visual art has triggered the creative impulses of top designers around the world, but its melding has never been more vivid than in recent years. Which is why we put the works of abstract landscape painter Samantha Williams-Chapelsky, a two-time recipient of the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts to the test. The result? A contrast of art and fashion that passes with flying colours.

“The Place That Cannot Be” Acrylic on Canvas 40” Diameter $3000 Free People One Fine Day Mini Dress $170 with Free People Montgomery Slouch Boot $328 from Pink Paire
“I Am Lost And Found” Acrylic on Canvas36” x 36” $2500 “I Reflect You, You Reflect Me” Acrylic on Canvas 36” x 36” $2500 Gentle Fawn Heron Kimono $55, Black Tape Tank $40 from Pink Paire , Candice Skinny Jeans $140 from Monjeloco Jeans and Ted Baker Saviopl Heels $280 from Cerulean Boutique
“The World’s Greatest” Acrylic on Canvas 40” Diameter $2500 Faithfull The Brand Ari Midi Dress $160 from Pink Paire
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Summer Style in the Bag


With a fun selection like this, it’s easy to get carried away By Markwell Lyon / Photography & Styling by Brenda Lakeman / Clothing provided by Who Cares? Wear / Location: Zocalo You’ve got big plans this summer. Whether you’re relaxing at the beach, having drinks on a patio, or getting away for the weekend, …Read More

Ultra Violet


It’s not a pot of gold, but we did find these dazzling gems at the end of the rainbow By Markwell Lyon Photography & Styling by Brenda Lakeman Having hidden in plain sight at the end of the light spectrum all this time, the vibrant and confident shade of violet is now getting its due. …Read More

Shoes


Don’t Mind If I Shoe! Everything’s coming up stylish By Carmen D. Hrynchuk  Oh, summer. How we wait for you and your effortless style. Your boho tops, your swingy skirts, your cut-off jeans. But bare shoulders and flowy silhouettes won’t be getting all the attention this year. They’ve got shoes to contend with! And thanks …Read More

Yellow


Hello, Yellow! Colour you happy Sunshine and summer go hand in hand. So it’s no surprise that yellow is one of this year’s hottest colours. It’s showing up in lemon motifs on blouses and handbags and adding pops of sunshine to kitchenware and home furnishings—it’s even reinstated gold as the reigning colour in jewellery. Best …Read More

Thrifting


Gone Thrifting! Trend meets philosophy at Red Pony Consignment By Shawna Dirksen   Recycled, upcycled, vintage or nearly new, these days second-hand is getting a well-deserved second look. It seems everyone from students and soccer moms to fashion bloggers and personal stylists are poppin’ tags at local thrift shops—and they’re proud of it. Whether we …Read More
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Trend meets philosophy at Red Pony Consignment

By Shawna Dirksen   Recycled, upcycled, vintage or nearly new, these days second-hand is getting a well-deserved second look. It seems everyone from students and soccer moms to fashion bloggers and personal stylists are poppin’ tags at local thrift shops—and they’re proud of it. Whether we credit the thrill of the find, the unbeatable deals, Instagram envy or the environmental benefits, there’s no doubt that thrifting is trending in Edmonton.   Just ask Yannick Vienne and Rod West. The couple owns Red Pony Consignment, a 900-square-foot boutique in the Garneau neighborhood that sells previously owned women’s and men’s clothing and accessories. Vienne and West have been in the consignment business together since they bought Red Pony (formerly Robes and Relics) in the spring of 2011. “Thrifting has become more mainstream,” says Vienne. “It’s not stigmatized the way that it was before—it’s almost like a badge of honour like, hey, I found something unique, and I got a deal.” When the duo took over the shop four years ago, they set out to create a new concept in consignment and thrifting. They look for hard-to-find, independent labels in favour of well-known brands. They curate carefully and pre-sort the pieces that make it into the store. “It’s a unique experience. It’s not like going to a new store, and it’s not like going to Goodwill,” says West. Vienne adds, “We look for funky, slightly edgier stuff and not so much business suits… We’re more for the everyday fashionista.”   Vienne and West say their customers range in age from twentysomethings to sixtysomethings and choose to shop second hand for varying reasons. “There’s the economics of it. With what’s been going on lately, I think people are more interested in stretching their dollars. There’s also the thrill of the hunt… Social media really promotes that. Like with Instagram, it’s all about showing something unique, a trophy,” says West. “Sustainable fashion is becoming more and more of a thing,” adds Vienne. “And some people are looking for stuff that’s hard to find, like recent stuff from stores that doesn’t exist in Edmonton anymore or an independent brand from a shop in a bigger centre, like Vancouver.”   Like many of their customers, Vienne and West consider the ecological benefits of thrifting a major plus. “It’s our philosophy that day to day we have an emphasis on reusing and sustainability. That was a big appeal of the business model because it made us feel we were making a difference… We’re reselling stuff that’s already been bought the first time, so the initial impact on the environment is done. We like reusing. There’s just so much good stuff out there already,” says West.Even though thrifting’s popularity is growing, there are still misconceptions. “People think it’s only old, out-of-style clothing. Or it’s only for costumes or to be funny,” says Vienne. West adds, “Or that it’s for a certain economic class, or it’s dirty. But, really, clothes turn over at a faster pace than ever before. I watched Dynasty in the 80s and I know shoulder pads were in style for at least 10 years. Now they’d last about six months. More gets donated; people don’t want to put it in a landfill.”   The good news is that thrifting’s future looks more promising than that of shoulder pads. “Closets are getting stuffed with fast fashion. We have more than we know what to do with. There’s a lot of stuff out there that people want to sell to get rid of. As long as people can get good stuff for a decent price, there will be a customer base for thrifting,” says Vienne.   Trendy, environmentally sound and wallet-friendly—what better way to refresh your summer style than to look for a hidden gem in a local resale shop? Odds are, you’ll find something awesome.  

Give Your Faves the Switch-up!

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