11/16/14

Product Review: Elle Fulton

I love wearing vintage jewellery. In fact, I recently got engaged and my fiance knew me well enough to know that I would appreciate wearing my grandmother's ring more than a big blingy new one. And now that I'm wearing it, wearing new jewellery alongside it just doesn't work.

In an exceptionally well-timed turn of events I received a package in the mail from Elle Fulton this week asking me to review their vintage jewellery collection. I was super excited about it because the collection is vintage jewellery, that has never been worn before!

When I opened the postal package, I was delighted to see a petite printed gift box. Wrapped with a pretty black bow and branded with the company's name, the box contained a selection of their vintage charms for me to try out.

The package also contained a note from Tina, the company's founder. In it she explains that the jewellery line is created from new old-stock pieces sourced from warehouses across Canada and the USA. Those pieces are combined with new findings and charms that she convinced one small manufacturer to being making again out of old casting molds. Some of the items were even sourced from the basement of a family who had kept a stash of these items from an old business for decades! 

These pieces come from an era before costume jewellery was all made overseas. The brand has a mission to bring North America's lost jewellery back to the public. It's a fascinating story that tells the tale of a passion project that has turned into a business.

The Canadiana collection is the first items I had to try right out of the box. The Ontario necklace and Canada ring are instant favourites and total conversation pieces when worn; the most common being, "Where did you get that?!"

The Mountie ring is vintage 1960's, and I can just imagine it being picked up in a souvenir shop by a Brit summering in Canada, can't you?

The pretty and petite Ontario charm necklace is also 1960's, and it brings me a feeling of pride to wear it! The 1960's, was an era of heightened nationalist passions in Canada. But the Canadian flag as we know it today didn't exist until 1965

These adorable jewellery pieces reflect that era of nationalism and the desire to forge our collective identity.

Check out the entire Canadian Collection on Elle Fulton here.

Elle Fulton also has some cool rings for US states, check out the full range of vintage rings here


The next item I tried on is the geometric etched glass ring.

I love orange, and the geometric pattern of this ring reminds me of a starburst. The lace edge on the setting really enhances the vintage feel. I'll wear this piece with everything from denim to an evening look.

The last piece I tried out I have to admit was my absolute favourite to photograph and wear!


I snapped a pic of this necklace against a vintage movie poster
for "The Happy Thieves", an old  Rita Hayworth film. 
The Citrine Heart Tassel necklace is so pretty. The tassel is perfectly on-trend and it's 1960's vintage, so it's true what they say, everything old is new again! Tassels look gorgeous when worn because they add movement and texture.






























The citrine heart is made from vintage glass. This item is also available in emerald, amethyst, milky way, and ruby stones, if those are more to your taste than the pretty warm yellow hue I tried out.

I have been wearing a lot more warm hues lately. Since highschool, I've been a loyal wearer of all things black, and I realized recently that while black is easy for me to wear, it doesn't necessarily make me stand out in a crowd! As I've gotten older I've become more comfortable with wearing eye catching reds, oranges, and pinks.

This necklace is perfect with two of my favourite red items, my red pencil dress and as pictured here, my red wrap blouse. The necklace adds a nice bohemian touch and softens the overall look. It really changes up the appearance of these two items in my closet, when when paired with more modern jewellery look very geometric and urban. Paired with vintage Elle Fulton pieces, they both look more glamourous and retro, an effect I really enjoy!


Elle Fulton's shop also includes vintage-inspired pieces, like these gorgeous cocktail rings. Currently they are offering free shipping on orders over $100 and free gift packaging as well! These make perfect little stocking stuffers for the vintage-lover in your life. There's much more on the site than I've reviewed here, so head over there and browse the collections. There's a lot I'm sure any retro fan will be crazy for. 

Check out Elle Fulton on Facebook, I hear there is much more to be added to the shop soon and this will keep you in the loop!

Thanks to Elle Fulton for sending me this lovely little package, I'm sure to wear these pieces throughout the holiday season!


10/14/14

Retail Insider

Just a quick post today to urge you to pop over to Retail Insider! I'm excited to be writing for this web publication in a freelance capacity.

Check out my first post on the West Edmonton Mall and the trend of "retailtainment" here:
http://www.retail-insider.com/retail-insider/2014/10/wem


10/7/14

Everything in Pink, Please

One of my favourite things about forecasting trends is when I suddenly and unexpectedly feel an attraction to a particular colour. It's fascinating to me that the world of colour marketing is so effective. How incredible is it that even when I feel I could never love a colour again, I suddenly look at my wardrobe and wonder why I own none of it? (The answer is, I donated those things years ago, sure I would never wear them again.)

At the moment I'm craving light pink. I'm not talking about Pantone's 2014 Colour of the Year Radiant Orchid, it's more of a purple-pink. I'm talking baby blanket, extra soft, subtle, pale pink.

“Pink is the color of joy and femininity, it lets you believe in a quiet and beautiful future”
- Christian Dior


My style is a bit more edgy than feminine, more tom-boy than pretty-in-pink. But lately I've been feeling an urge to bring more softness to my style. And of course, I know that this is coming from a larger fashion trend.

Rachel Zoe's blog the Zoe Report has a great slideshow that features this light pink trend as it stormed runways in 2014. Light pink, though it's generally more popular as a spring look, was essential even in Fall collections. There are even a ton of great wool coat options available in pink this winter! Check out the slideshow here.

Mixing pink with basic blacks and whites seems to be the most common and easy way of adding the hue to an existing wardrobe. Which is the way I want to add it--possibly a pretty pink sweater paired with black skinny jeans and heavy-metal-inspired jewellery, a sort of grandma-punk pairing that makes the pretty less saccharine.

The great thing about Pink is that it matches almost anything. In a shoe pale pink is as neutral as nude. Pair them with a green, blue, black, brown or purple dresses easily, or match them with a red, orange, yellow or printed dress if you are more daring.

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So many things from the 1990's are back. Grungy plaids, doc martins, high waisted jeans... and I can't help but think the upsurge in pink is a small part of that. What is old is truly new again, and we haven't seen a massive popularity in this hue since the mid 1990's. Hot pink and fuchsia took over their paler sister in the late 90's and early 2000's with edgy and garish pairings winning out over more subtle, pretty looks. As we are now tiring of those combinations, a return to pale pink as a wardrobe staple is here.

In the summer I purchased a pink pair of shoes to wear with a red dress. I suspect a pretty pink sweater is in my future, but I don't think I will go as far as a pink winter coat. What do you feel about light pink? Have you felt the urge to purchase pink or have you already?

More pink links:

Check out my Pink Crush board on Pinterest
What do you think of pale pink in home decor?


9/3/14

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

When I type the headline to this post I hear the song in my head. Sadly, I've been well marketed-to because I also picture parents dancing through the aisles of a popular office supply chain picking up back-to-school supplies. Clearly that advertisement worked.


I've always loved Fall. For the most part, I loved school. I love wearing sweaters. I especially love Halloween, Thanksgiving, my birthday (October), and Oktoberfest. And this year, I've added my first vacation in Las Vegas to the Fall calendar and I couldn't be more excited. Look for a blog post on that in late October!

While it seems conventional thinking assigns life re-invention to January, I have always felt the Fall is the best time to reinvigorate personal projects, re-evaluate goals, and to focus on things like healthy eating, exercise, and sleeping well. So in this post, I decided to take a moment to consider the past 8 months and look ahead to 2015.

If you're a regular reader you already know that 8 months ago I quit my job, found a new job, and relocated to small-town eastern Ontario...for love. It's turned out to be a great decision. While I certainly miss some friends and old haunts (a particular pho restaurant comes to mind), the new life I'm building more than makes up for those losses. Friends and family can be visited, there's plenty of new restaurants to be discovered in Ottawa and Montreal, and I'm constantly experiencing new things.

I realized over the past few years that trying new things is essential to my happiness. I'm not alone in this, psychologists agree that new experiences are one key to feeling happy. Once I realized this I found myself able to thrust myself into new experiences with a greater passion. The fear sometimes associated with new experiences is easy to overcome if I simply remind myself of how happy I will feel in the moment.

Some new things I've done in the past 8 months, in no particular order:


Organic Local Hops

  • Learned Zumba.
  • Travelled to Edmonton and saw the Rockies (well, from the airplane)
  • Worked at a trade show...partly in french. (and spoke more french than I realized I knew!)
  • New tattoo by Wes Pratt 
  • Got a tattoo (actually my second, but the first was at 18 and it was very small, so this felt new)
  • Ate an arepa sandwich
  • Visited a new brewery in Halifax (North Brewing)
  • Learned to work from home. (OMG I love this, no wonder everyone wants to do it.)
  • Learned how to administer the 'back end' of an app.
  • Bought my first pair of high-waisted jeans since the 1990's.
  • Started "Walking Wednesdays" with some local friends. It's not complicated, but to paraphrase Mean Girls, "On Wednesdays, we walk"
  • Played softball (To brag; I got a hit at every at-bat. To self-depricate; I never caught a ball.)
  • Visited Griffin Gastropub in Bracebridge
  • Ate a Lancaster Perch roll
  • Caught a show at the House of Targ in Ottawa
  • Visited the ruins at St. Raphael's
Ruins at St. Raphael's
I'm pretty sure there's even more things I did that were new. 
In the next few months, I want to:

  • Learn more French!
  • Do more art
  • Get cross country ski equipment and try out the trails
  • Blog more...always, blog more.
  • Try as many new things as possible

In my blog post about moving 8 months ago I listed five things I wanted to be doing more of:
1. Blogging more often (see above, a perpetual goal)
2. Going to Zumba (check!)
3. Fermenting Things (check...ish. I fermented sauerkraut but it's exceedingly salty and inedible. Will try again.)
4. Making Art. (see above...I'm thinking Christmas gifts will be my motivation yet again)
5. Community Involvement. I've been in touch with the Arbor Gallery and plan to join their board. I am still in the initial stages, but it looks like I will be a volunteer graphic designer with them in the next few weeks.

In closing, I set out in writing this post because yet again I was feeling cruddy that I've neglected my blog. I always enjoy making time for it, because it helps me review my life, and acts as a living diary of places I visit. Recently I got to thinking about the kinds of posts I used to do, about colour, trends, or illustration, and realized that the blog has become less about general topics and more about me. I'm ok with that, because when this blog started it was mainly to establish some of my writing on these topics on the web to help my career move forward. But as my career progressed, and I became published more often on other platforms, this blog became anything I wanted it to be as it struck my mood in the moment.

That said, I want to develop some new direction for my writing in this space and that's on my goal list for the coming months. (Side note, if you are aching for more of my writing, be sure to follow the blog over at Pottery Lane Imports where I talk fashion trends and colours on a regular basis.) What should this space be? What kinds of articles do I enjoy writing most? This is for me to contemplate, before aiming for a blog re-launch in the new year. Feel free to let me know in the comments, what do you like about my blog? What do you want more of? I'd love to hear from you.
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