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Designer Spotlight | Gentle Fawn 

When it comes to comfy, casual wardrobe staples, it’s pretty hard to compete with Gentle Fawn. This Vancouver-based label was launched thirteen years ago by Daniel and Carla Fogg. Their inspiration? An antique collection of ceramic fawns – hence, the brand’s adorable name and logo. Since then Gentle Fawn has grown into a celebrated line of high-quality basics and is now sold in more than 600 shops across North America.

What defines this Canadian brand’s aesthetic is a commitment to creating pieces that are flattering and effortless. Gentle Fawn is always easy to wear, whether you need a flowy sundress for a summer barbecue (one that is roomy enough to let you indulge without displaying your food baby) or a crisp blazer for your dream job interview. Nothing is overtly trendy and if you are looking for fads, you won’t find them in a Gentle Fawn collection. Instead, look to this lovely label for beautiful fabrics, forgiving silhouettes, and simple staples that are made interesting with subtle details, like a sheer lace back or asymmetrical hemline.

Gentle Fawn has been one of my favorite Canadian brands for years and every season I say the same thing – “I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.”

Scroll on for a few of my favorite pieces from their latest collection!
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GENTLE FAWN PICKS

1 // Brooke Top

2 // Berkley Dress

3 // Annelise Dress

4 // Huxley Pants

5 // Seneca Romper

6 // Kirin Komono

7 // Dixon Coat

8 // Tavi Cardigan

xoxo,

Alicia

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Local Love | Fall Essentials

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As someone who has been lucky enough to grow up in the beautiful, vibrant, culturally diverse playground that is Vancouver, British Columbia, there are many things that make me proud to call it home. Vancouver may be better known for its unparalleled beauty and for its residents’ passion for active and healthy living than its fashion and cultural scene, but this city is positively filled with gifted fashion designers. Although I have a number of favorite designers and brands from around the world, I do try to support the talent in my own city as often as I can. With this in mind here are six essential pieces from my favorite local designers this season.

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1 // Gentle Fawn Voyage Dress

This super soft, flannel dress from Gentle Fawn as a pajama-esque, grungey, 90s vibe that is completely on trend without being too literal. This comfy piece could easily work as a tunic, as a shirt when front tucked into a pair of cigarette pants, or as a breezy cardigan when left unbuttoned. I would also pair it with a pair of pumps in a bright colour (say fuschia or cherry red) for an unexpected girly twist.

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2 // Wolf Circus Silver Coin Choker

Giving another nod to fashion trends from the 1990s, this sterling silver piece is an elegant update on the iconic 90s choker. With a simple dangling silver coin, this piece is at once minimalistic and statement making. Pair with a cozy turtleneck sweater dress and knee high leather boots for a look that is simultaneously nostalgic and chic.

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3 // Erin Templeton The Assistant Bag

After years of lugging around heavy, overstuffed purses and computer bags, the backpacks growing popularity has led me to start hunting for one of my own. That being said, I am not one to carry around anything in the city that looks like it could belong on a hike or campground. No canvas, no rubber, no nylon, nothing that says utility without style. What I love about this bag from Erin Templeton (aside from it being handcrafted out of buttery softrecycled leather) is that its both practical and chic doing double duty as a purse and a backpack. It’s simple and understated style makes it a versatile choice that will go with everything from your chunky sweaters and leather pants to your slinky slip dresses and heeled booties..

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4 // John Fluevog Room 406 Ankle Boots

A heeled ankle boot is a Fall wardrobe staple, along with cozy scarves and woolen sweaters. I love the subtle ombre effect on this otherwise very classic, simple style. John Fluevog is renowned for its exquisite, handmade designs and unique, quirky aesthetic. These boots also come in black but I think the grey pair are a little more fun and will help add interest to even the most basic of ensembles.

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5 // Claudia Schulz Ginger Hat in Black (Sky-Ash Collection)

I am such a hat person and always feel that a look is not quite complete unless I have a beautiful chapeau mounted on my melon. I also love tossing a hat on my head on days when I am a little disheveled and unkempt. A cute hat with a swipe of brightly coloured lipstick and I instantly look and feel polished and put together. Claudia Schulz is an incredible milliner who splits her time between Berlin and Vancouver. From sweet little cloches and woolen toques to floppy fedoras, Schulz has a way of infusing her own flair and quirky style into all of her pieces. This floppy hat will lend a playful, bohemian vibe to any outfit.

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6 // Nicole Bridger Goddess Dress

Nicole Bridger is the queen of eco-chic in Vancouver. All of her pieces are designed and produced locally out of sustainable, beautiful materials. What I love about Nicole’s designs is that they focus more on excellent fits, beautiful silhouettes and flattering a woman’s body than they do on excessive embellishment or trends. To me her pieces are all very wearable and its the tiny details (such as the tucked hem of this dress) that make them stunning and interesting. The Goddess dress from Nicole’s latest collection is something that I could see myself wearing all year round, with a straw hat and wedges in the summer and a grandpa sweater and booties in the Fall. Crafted out of luxurious tencel, its a low maintenance, effortlessly elegant dress for every day.

xoxo,

Alicia

Father’s Day Gift Guide

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With Father’s Day exactly a week away, many of us will be out there scrambling to find last minute gifts or coming up with last minute plans for Dad. Personally I have always found it easier to shop for my mom than my dad, likely because my mom and I have the exact same obsessions with dainty jewelry and loose leaf tea. Nonetheless, my dad is one of the most important people in my life and one of the people that I admire and respect the most and therefore finding ways to treat my dad is important to me. My dad is the most hardworking human being I know with an unreal amount of drive and even more integrity. He lives a busy life and works in an incredibly fast-paced job under a great deal of pressure so when it comes to getting him gifts, I would try to think of things that can create or enhance his relaxation on the few occasions when he does get to sit back and unwind. Indulgent gifts like cologne, silk ties or luxury shaving kits are also good gifts for Father’s Day because they are treats that they wouldn’t normally get for themselves. With this in mind I have put together a list of five indulgent, relaxation-enhancing father’s day gifts to make your search a little bit easier and your dad’s day a little more luxe.

1. Ayala Moriel Parfums – Sabotage

Vancouver-based perfumer Ayala Moriel is more than just a creator of all natural perfumes, she is a true artist. With an extensive collection of fragrances, body care and home products, and even a book under her belt, Ayala’s fragrances do more than smell nice, they take the wearer on a journey and are almost more like songs than scents with each note unfolding to reveal the next part of the olfactory story. Sabotage is a spicy yet fresh scent with an earthy base of vetiver and tobacco combining with pimento berry, orange flower, lemon and green peppercorn. I would choose Sabotage for my dad because the smell reminds me of Portugal (the grassy hills, fragrant flowers and spicy, pimento laden cooking), which is where my dad’s family is from. More than that though, Sabotage is a cooling and refreshing summer fragrance with an air of classic masculinity that is timeless and season-less.

2. Scotch and Soda – Summer Bow Ties

Scotch and Soda has a knack for creating clothing and accessories for men with just the right ratio of quirky and elegant. Hailing from Amsterdam, Scotch and Soda’s pieces are always beautifully crafted out of premium fabrics. Unique, playful prints combined with razor-sharp cuts and classic shapes define the brand’s signature style. At only $25 each, these silk bow-ties are a fun way to incorporate Scotch and Soda into your dad’s weekly office attire in a subtle way without breaking the bank.

3. The Art of Shaving – The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave Carry On in Sandalwood

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Shaving is a chore that your dad likely either avoids or does so grudgingly. Any time there is an opportunity to take something mundane and make it more pleasant and even luxurious, I am all for it. It is the little things in life that matter and if we can enhance the boring parts of our day and make them special, we should. This 4-piece set from The Art of Shaving is subtly scented with sandalwood (an essential oil that is known for its soothing and antibacterial properties) and has an old-fashioned, John Wayne inspired aesthetic that will likely appeal to dad.

4. Age Your Own – Woodinville Whiskey Kit

I have always thought that there was something so cool and artistic about making one’s own wine or spirits. My grandfather on my dad’s side has been making wine for decades and it is undeniable that homemade liquor has its one inimitable flavor. While there are lots of different kits out there to choose, depending on your dad’s choice of poison, this Whiskey making kit from Woodinville Whiskey Co. comes with everything one would need to start making their own whiskey. With two 250 ml bottles of White Dog un-aged whiskey, a 2 liter aging barrel, a funnel for pouring, two tasting glasses and instructions, this kit may introduce your dad to a new hobby while leading to a future filled with glasses of homemade, perfectly aged whiskey. Basically its a gift that benefits all.

5. Bellroy – Slim Sleeve Tan Wallet

Bellroy wallets are minimalist, simple and sleek which makes it hard to choose one that your gift-recipient won’t like. Crafted out of vegetable tanned, premium cow leather, they are designed to fit all of your cards and cash in a tight little leather sleeve, reducing bulk with the ability to fit neatly in your pocket. If seeing your dad’s chunky, messy, cluttered wallet drives you crazy then consider getting him (and yourself – they are unisex) one of these timeless wallets.

xoxo,

Alicia