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Fest To Impress

April 10, 2019 • By

Once again, it’s that time of year. The season we’ve all been waiting for! The time of endless outfit-goals Instagram posts, clear skies and sunshine, and the festivals consisting of the music taking over our playlists.  So the real question poses, are your outfits festival worthy? If not, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered (literally).

We’ve all seen those over-the-top costumes and no, you’re not the only one thinking, “How do they walk around in those shoes all day”, or “isn’t that uncomfortable”. If we could give you one piece of advice while you scour the internet and stores for the best outfits, it would be stay true to YOU. The best #outfitgoals are the ones that represent your true self. The authentic, effortlessly cool attire that shows your individuality.

That being said, we have a few looks that we know will inspire your hearts this festi season.

Day 1:

Talk about cute and comfortable. From past festivals, it’s clear distressed jeans with a rockin’ denim jacket is always a great choice. You’ll be at ease walking around all day. Accessorize it with layered necklaces and rings and you’ll be good to go.

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Day 2:

It’s time to show off your girly chic side of you. Bring out the cameras because we are diggin’ the pairing of the polka dots and these cropped pink pants! Perfect coordinating colors for festival season. And of course, what look isn’t complete without a stylish hair scarf to go with it.

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Day 3:

Did someone say Stagecoach? You can’t ever go wrong with fun prints like this star printed top. Pair it with some shorts or a skirt, cowgirl boots, and don’t forget to accessorize with a cute hat and statement jewelry pieces!

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The Only Denim Trends That Matter in 2019

March 7, 2019 • By

Our jeans have been there with us through it all. The ups and downs of life, the girls’ nights, the breakups, there’s no denying that our jeans are always there when we need them. 2019 is no different. For whatever is in store for you this year, that perfect pair of jeans will take center stage in your daily life. This post is to help prepare you for the coming trends and returning denim fashion, so you can make 2019 the year you had the perfect pair of denim jeans. 

Let’s take a peek at what will be popular in the world of denim in 2019. Here’s a few of the top trends:

90’s Style

“90’s Style” is back and better than ever. The silhouettes for 2019 have us obsessing over ’90s looks, from baggy jeans to sky-high rises, to colors we haven’t seen for a while. These 90’s trends refuse to be ignored!

High-Waist

Like other 90’s inspired trends, high-waist jeans will continue to reign as a classic style, and this year we’re seeing it being taken to the next level with flared hems, embellishment and distressed details.

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Like the high-waist, this 90’s inspired trend is making a quick comeback, but with a twist. You can expect to see added details, such as distress, cuffed hems, and more embellishment details!

Straight Leg Cut.

In the past year, cropped and distressed hemlines made a waves in the denim pant industry, but a trend to notice in the coming year is the extended, ankle-grazing hem and cigarette leg. A little different than your average skinny jeans, this style offers a bit more breathing room … and is super comfortable to wear every day, as well as out on the town. You can pair these styled jeans with cowboy boots for a western-style, or sneakers for a more casual look. Either way, you can’t go wrong.   

Hem Details

Who said hems have to be plain, old, original hems? Why can’t hems be studded, frayed, asymmetrical, or anything you want for that matter? Well, this year is ALL about the new and improved hems. We are seeing many different styles emerging in 2019 and we certainly aren’t complaining. From mismatched-seams, to studded hems, we are loving them all!

Pin Tucks 

Pin Tucks are doing nothing but helping us out this year. Right down the center of the leg, pin tucks help make our legs look slimmer and more elongated. You’ll definitely turn some heads this year while wearing these jeans.

Ribbon

Sometimes, it’s something as little as adding patches or ribbons that get us all excited about wearing a new pair of jeans. This new ribbon trend is certainly giving plain jeans a fresh spring look.

Charcoal Wash

And let’s not forget denim colors and washes. It appears that various shades of grey denim are making a huge comeback. The return of this 90’s trend of charcoal wash, that color that’s just in-between jet black and grey, should be as much a staple in your 2019 wardrobe as your classic blue jeans.

To get you started, we’ve included some of our favorite styles that fit all the fashion bullet points above. Click on the images to see more … and may 2019 be your best year yet!


Resolutions

Knowing Your Niche In 2019

January 4, 2019 • By

Finding your “niche” can prove to be challenging and intimidating. But in reality, is it?  What is a niche? Can you only have one, or many niches? Can your niche change as you grow and evolve over time? Are we all just overthinking the idea of finding a niche, when in reality, it’s quite simple?

I thought, what better way to get the answers I needed, than to simply interview people to ask their thoughts and opinions on the matter.

The three questions I asked each individual were:

  1. What is your definition of a “niche”?
  2. If you have one, what do you think is your “niche” in life?
  3. And what does having a “niche” mean to you, if anything?

 Here are some of the responses:

“I think my niche is managing to find the positive in (almost) all situations. Having a niche means finding the place where you feel most comfortable or confident in a situation or environment.”

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“I think my niche would be what I’m most passionate about, and then striving to become the best I can at it by learning as much as I can about whatever: shoes, sales, cooking, dance … that’s how I thrive!”

-Jamie Samel

“I think of “niche” as your purpose in life or something you were meant to do. My niche in life is to just spread kindness even when kindness isn’t presented. I can show kindness by going the extra mile to show I care. I think having a niche is important because it’s almost like a little banner that’s constantly hung up in your head/heart. You have these banners hanging up in the back your mind and that’s the reminder to keep true to yourself and to keep pushing yourself even though it may be hard.”

-Kylie Nichelle

“I think having a niche is genuinely just about finding people who make you happy and who bring out the best in you. My niche is so diverse with different personalities and interests.  I love every single person in my friend group for who they are, and for allowing our differences to bring out aspects of one another we couldn’t explore on our own. I don’t think there’s a secret to finding the right “niche” that fits you. It’s all about finding people who are loyal to you, and without a doubt, make you the happiest version of yourself.”

-Kenzie Karnes

After reading through the replies, I realized there is no ONE niche. It’s different for everyone. I also discovered a few patterns that helped me form a list of things to think about when discovering your niche.

  1. Try to identify your passions
  2. Be proactive in working toward that which makes you happy
  3. Be open to new ideas

A new year is often time for contemplation about one’s life and one’s direction. It can be a turning point. The perfect time for self-examination and a time to identify where we fit into this life. Entering 2019 and not knowing who you are or what you want to do in life can be nerve-wracking, but it doesn’t have to be! Trying to discover my “niche,” my calling in life, has helped me examine my dreams and my expectations, and has given me strength to step forward into the new year.  

2019 is the perfect time to find your niche. Choose to be whoever you want to be. Get out of your conformity zone. Take care of your health. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Laugh. Cry. Spread positivity. Whether you’re the badass Rocker-Chic girl, or the trendy Girl-Next-Door, accept that you’re unique and go your own direction.  But, don’t forget to look fashionable while doing it!

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Dictionary definition: A situation or activity specially suited to a person’s interests, abilities, or nature: found her niche in life


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Travel Bucket List

May 9, 2018 • By

Someone once said that “travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” I couldn’t agree more. In order to help you put together your 2018 travel bucket list, here are a few places I’ve been dying to visit. Have you been? And what places do you have on your travel bucket list? Comment below.

Mérida, Mexico

Since the Spanish Conquest, Merida has been the cultural capital of the entire Yucatan Peninsula. It’s a great place to explore with excellent cuisine, accommodations, thriving markets and events.

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Santorini, Greece

Excellent wineries, a unique microbrewery and some of the Cyclades’ finest accommodation and dining experiences. The multicoloured beaches are simply the icing on the cake.

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Positano, Italy

A trip here will be a scenic, artistic and a culinary delight.

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Unearthly in its beauty, Antelope Canyon is a popular slot canyon on the Navajo Reservation, a few miles east of Page.

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Marrakesh, Morocco

Between the architecture, the beaches, the cuisine and the textiles, we can’t count all the reasons why this exotic country has been at the top of our must-visit list for years.

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Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay is a beautiful natural wonder in northern Vietnam near the Chinese border. Known for its emerald waters and thousands of towring limestone islands topped by rainforests.

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Blue Lagoon, Reykjivik, Iceland

The milky teal Blue Lagoon spa is fed water from the futuristic Svartsengi geothermal plant; with its silver towers, roiling clouds of steam, and people daubed in white silica mud, it’s an other-worldly place.

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Ready for a vacation? Pack your bags, we’ve got all your looks covered

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Festival Spirit

March 2, 2018 • By

Festival season is around the corner! It’s time to think about the perfect outfit for this season’s festivals! You want to look good but be comfy at the same time, stylish but not over the top and be ready for any changes of the weather. We’ve put together a few looks to give some ideas and help you create your perfect festival look!

 

Add a patched denim jacket to a white dress.

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One and done rompers.

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Take a more unexpected route. Off-the-shoulder ruffles and dark denim. Add some vintage inspired sandals.

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Street meets edge, meets festival.

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*all images found via pinterest*

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‘Tis the season to be busy

December 5, 2017 • By

‘Tis the season to be busy! With your calendar filling up, what to wear to a holiday party seems to be the big question. But not to worry, we’ve put together tips and fabulous holiday outfits picks so you can shine your brightest for any holiday bash on your agenda. From spending quality family time to New Year’s Eve, we’ve got 3 festive outfits made for celebrating the season in style.

1.Family Time – For a casual get-together, these pieces will help you achieve a picture perfect look. An embellished plaid shirt paired with denim.

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2. Festive Parties – Don’t let the classic conundrum of what to wear for your work holiday party stump you! Look classy and chic no matter the dress code with the Odette dress in black bloom. Its balloon sleeve is on-trend for the season  and it comes in the perfect length to mingle with co-workers, clients, and your boss!

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3. New Year’s Eve – Pair with statement earrings or necklace and festive booties. Nothing says, “Bring on 2018!” like this fierce ensemble.

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Fall Color Forecast

September 7, 2017 • By

Color is slowly seeping its way back into our daily wardrobes this fall and we’re more than ok with it.

We’ve been mixing our favourite hues back with denim and neutrals (think white, beige and tan).

To help you ease yourself back into wearing color, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite pieces and most sought out colors below.


 

Baby Blue – Picture this paired with your favorite blue jeans.

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Yellow – Once the color we’d never caught dead in, but suddenly the colour we can’t get enough of. We’re wearing ours tucked into white jeans.

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Red –  Red is back, wear it with white, black, denim, grey, navy, tan… who said color wasn’t versatile?

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Pink – Pastel pink, dusty pink, millennial pink. This is our second favourite color right now (after red). Actually, we like them even more when paired together.

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Khaki – Wear it head-to-toe. If that’s too much for you, wear it with neutrals or dark blue denim.

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The fall color forecast is a modern twist on traditional colors and anything but boring. You’ll be seeing these colors in our fall collection in lots of unexpected ways. Which color combo is your favorite? Comment below.


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10 things to do in Cuba

June 16, 2017 • By

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I had always dreamed of visiting, tropical Cuba!  Much is said about this country that has been ‘frozen in time’, and also where salsa and daiquiris were born.  Here are 10 things I recommend doing in Havana, Cuba and a few helpful tips when traveling to the country so that you make the most out of your trip!

1. Go cruising in a classic car down the Malecon. Take a ride down the infamous Malecon and watch the waves crash against the seawall. Most of the Taxi drivers there have classic cars and you can find many of them lined up in Parque Central. Find a colourful convertible that took guests to the Chanel resort presentation last year, they are proud to have the logo on their window!

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(Photos from my taxi drive, the Malecon coast and cars in Parque Central)

2. Visit a Museum. I had a chance to visit a few, my favorite was the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes – Arte Cubano, which is spread over two campuses, the Bellas Artes is arguably the finest art gallery in the Caribbean, and displays purely Cuban contemporary art.

3. Eat dinner at La Guarida. Cuba’s most charming and famous restaurant and the set of the Academy Award-nominated film Strawberries and Chocolate. Go during sunset and enjoy the spectacular views of the city.

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(Photos from La Guarida Restaurant)

4. Smoke a Cigar –  It’s something that has to be done! Although don’t smoke or inhale, you should ‘puff’ on a cigar.  The reason is because Cuban Tobacco is very strong and can cause you to have a headache if inhaled. Also don’t buy Cigars from street vendors, most are known to be counterfeit or fake.

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(Photo of Cuban street woman smoking a cigar)

5. Drink a Mojito – And make sure they contain the authentic Havana Club Rum for a true experience. Top places to enjoy a Mojito include the Hotel Nacional de Cuba – where the likes of Churchill, Al Capone, Sinatra, Ava Gardner and Nat King Cole supped the good stuff with a beautiful view of the harbour, the sea wall and the city. 304 O’Reilly, and La Fontana are other great places to enjoy a Mojito or two.

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(Photo of Hotel Nacional de Cuba)

6. Go to a show.  A latin burlesque kind of show full of song, salsa and colour.  The Parisian, Tropicana or Buena Vista are the most famous.  As time was limited, we went to Tropicana, it was lovely and something you have to see when in Havana, another tip, don’t be shy and ask to switch seats if you don’t like where they put you!

8. Have a beach day.  If you are in Havana, you have to go to the beach for at least 1 day. There are not too many beaches in the town, most are a bit further away, but I was able to find one that was about 25 minutes from Havana called Cayo Santa Maria. Taxis go there for around 8 Cuc or less. You can also catch a bus there from Parque Central for 5 Cuc.  It’s a beautiful beach with restaurants, so you can really enjoy yourself.
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(Photo of Cayo Santa Maria)

9. Walk around Havana Vieja. Havana Vieja translates to “old Havana”, even though it’s one of the most newly renovated areas. It’s what I would call the “touristy area” because it has a lot of new hotels, restaurants, landmarks, etc. You can see the famous capitol building, that looks almost identical to the U.S. capitol, walk around the cobblestone streets, and check out one of the many restaurants or little souvenir shops that are on every block.

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(Photos of Havana Vieja)

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10. Explore the rest of the country.  Cuba is more than La Habana and there are plenty of stunning places to visit such as Vinales, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Buenavista, Varadero and Santiago de Cuba which I’ve heard are all beautiful.  I ended up taking a bus tour to Vinales for 67 CUC which I highly recommend. They took us to a rum factory, cigar farm and a boat ride through a cave. Although it’s a very touristy thing to do, I think it’s worth going if it’s your first time visiting. You can set up bus tours at any hotel in the Parque Central, or you can take a Taxi.

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(Photos of my visit to the Rum factory, boat ride through the cave, and Vinales view point)

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Some helpful tips before you go:

  • Manage your expectations.  I had heard a lot about Cuba, but being there and experiencing it is a different story.   However, there are several commodities modern-life has that look like they should be there but their existence is a mere illusion!
  • Take cash (not $ though!).  Loads.  Even to pay your hotel bill as many hotels simply won’t accept credit cards.  Don’t bother taking dollars as you will be taxed 13% on the exchange, they gladly take euros. To avoid the tax, I exchanged my US dollars to Canadian currency and exchanged to CUC (Cuban Convertible Peso) when I entered the country. You can exchange to CUC at any hotel but keep in mind they charge a commission, so to get a better rate try to find a Cuban bank in your area.
  • Cuba is overall very safe. What many people do is “friend you” and try to either sell you something or take you somewhere where they can receive a commission for your purchase.  Cubans are wonderful, honest people. However, those who approach you out-of-the-blue are looking to hustle you! Don’t be afraid to say no to them.
  • What to wear. Fashion is very casual, wear things that are comfortable and not too revealing. People are catholic and although you can walk about wearing shorts and a tank, make sure they’re not ‘too much’. Depending on when you go, think about the tropical weather, pack lightweight loose clothing, comfortable shoes and don’t forget your umbrella!
  • Negotiate before hand.  Overall, Cuba can be quite cheap, but tourism being the primary source of wealth for many makes you the target for over zealous street vendors. However, be kind, understand this is how they make their living and in a way you’re almost doing some charity by helping them out.  They are in a difficult situation and just trying to make the best of it in difficult times.
  • Wifi/Internet. WiFi hotspots can be found in every town at the squares/parks. In addition there are also WiFi hotspots in the bigger hotels. You can easily see if a square/park has WiFi or not – everywhere people will be starring into their phones. These networks are provided by the government communication provider ETECSA.  A internet prepaid card for 2 CUC will give you 1 hour internet access. Don’t forget to logout once you you’re done using it, or your credit runs out. Don’t expect the internet to be stable, really fast or the login to work smoothly. Its Cuba!

Shop a few of my other favorite looks for Cuba on velvetheart.com

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5 Trends We Can’t Live Without

April 20, 2017 • By

With all the trends that reigned during the Spring/Summer 2017 fashion weeks all over the world, we could now get a clearer view of what our wardrobe should have this year. We rounded up some of our favorite spring/summer trends to inspire you guys to shake things up a little!

1.Patchwork Denim: I love that you can pair this jean jacket with a solid-colored shirt or stripes and the jacket makes the outfit.

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2. Off-The-Shoulder: The simplest and effortless way to show off your collarbone is to wear an off shoulder top or dress. Get those shoulders out and a ready this season.

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3. Pink : The colour pink is a hue full of passion, fun, and excitement. The fashion industry has certainly caught on it certainly is a hue to look forward to wearing.

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4. Embroidery: Embroidered details on dresses, tops and even denim are taking the center stage, adding a folky and feminine touch to any look.

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5. Fray/Release Hem:  It’s all about the no-hem-hemline, think cut-off, let-down, frayed and raw.

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Now, are you ready to rock Spring/Summer 2017 with your wardrobe essentials? Don’t fret because you still have time to go shopping or you can even just click here and shop! All these fashion trends for 2017 are totally wearable and admirable.