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Get Creative at a Cory Christopher Fresh Floral Workshop

For the past few years, Cory Christopher has inspired me into attempting holiday decor designs at home after attending his Do-It-Yourself (DIY) decor sessions at Christmas in November at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Cory, who is like a Christmas elf with a green thumb, manages to whip through about 15 projects in the 75 minute class using an assortment of fresh florals, second-hand books, and home accessories from everywhere from the storage closet to the dollar store and Canadian tire. It is exhausting and inspiring all at the same time.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Cory Christopher (@corychristopher) on Oct 2, 2018 at 9:11pm PDT If you follow Cory’s Instagram account, it is hard not to be inspired by the beautiful floral bouquets, succulent displays, and wedding theme photos he and his team create around the province of Alberta. Thankfully, Cory offers a chance to recreate his bouquets through his hands-on fresh floral workshops at his studio in Edmonton and at his family farm north of St. Albert. …

Sessa Summer ’17 Studio Sale

This weekend my friend, and favourite #YEG designer, Tressa Heckbert will be a holding studio sale. This means E-town lovers of local fashion can pick up some unique pieces from Sessa’s Spring/Summer ’17 SESSA Wearables VagaBOND collection and past collections. Sessa Studio Sale 9625 79 ave, Edmonton AB Saturday June 10, 2017 – 11am-5pm Sunday June 11, 2017 – 11am-5pm A post shared by SESSA Wearables (@sessa_wearables) on Jun 8, 2017 at 6:05pm PDT I have an action packed weekend so I was lucky enough to sneak in for an early look on Thursday night. A visit with Tressa is always a riot and involves getting to try on some of her new looks to see how they fit. I loved this look so much I walked out with it – can’t wait to wear these wide-leg high-waisted pants this summer! A post shared by Sharman Hnatiuk (@theporkgirl) on Jun 8, 2017 at 7:44pm PDT I absolutely love how she designs for the female body and her use of colour is an instant pick me up. …

10 Minute Closet Consultation with Anton Atienza

I love following Anton Atienza on social media – he consistently manages to make Edmonton look stylish, delicious, and somehow, not so cold in the winter. A photo posted by Anton Atienza (@antonatienza) on Jan 8, 2017 at 6:57pm PST Long before he was posting stylish photos on instagram, Anton worked for me at the Edmonton Oil Kings games. He was still a student and it was just one season, but he left a lasting impression on me. He had no interest in hockey – but he certainly made the games more entertaining. As much as I enjoy following Anton out and about through the city on social media, I love even more when I run into him around Edmonton. He is a busy boy, but he recently pencilled me in for a request I had. Knowing that Anton was adding his style to photo shoots and store windows around the city, I asked if he would come and play in my closet. I often wear a lot of colour, so I was curious what …

Sessa Wearables launches new collection at The Beauty Parlour

Last Monday night my friend Tressa Heckbert unveiled her latest collection for Sessa Wearables – Sheer Business – at The Beauty Parlour. Designed and produced entirely in Edmonton – Tressa has long been my favourite local designer. My closet is packed with Sessa Wearables pieces that consistently get compliments whenever I wear them. I don’t own anything black from Tressa – she helped me fall in love with wearing colours and i’ve never turned back; I think I may be the most colourful-wearing girl at the office. I had the pleasure of walking in the Sessa Wearables show on Monday where the beat on the runway was rocking out to Serbian folk dance music. Tressa’s latest collection was inspired by Serbia and the Balkan Peninsula – from traditional costumes to current turbofolk club wearers. The landscapes laid was for the colour story and the landmarks were recognized through each of the garment’s names. The Beauty Parlour is such a beautiful space – the flower-lined runway weaved a circle through the vintage salon. A big thanks to Des …

Dressing for the Derby

A little known fact about me… I like to collect hats. Sadly, I do more collecting that wearing, but I plan on changing that. When one of my dearest friends Tawnya asked if I wanted to go to the Canadian Derby at Northlands this year I jumped at the chance; I love any opportunity to pull together an outfit from my tickle trunk. I thought it would just be the two of us, but she demanded that The Spaniard join us for a day at the races. We channelled our best British horse-racing style; I wore a hat I got at my favourite church charity shop in Brixton, London, and Tawn wore a fascinator that I made in a hat class in London. The day was a cold one in August, but that didn’t stop us from going for it. When we arrived we took advantage of the fashion stakes photo booth. Walking long distances in heels is never fun so we gladly accepted a ride in a golf cart to the gate from one of the …

Quick & Dirty Clothing Swap

I have a problem. I have too many clothes. I know loads of girls with a closet full of clothes and shoes, so I know I am not alone in my fashion hoarding ways, but lately I have wanted to declutter and edit my wardrobe. I blame it on my minimalistic Spanish boyfriend for making me feel bad about my clothing collection. The problem is I just can’t clean out my closet alone. I need motivation. Thankfully my friend Des who owns The Beauty Parlour was up for hosting a clothing swap. I’ve helped her organize a few swaps at her clean air salon over the years and the event has always helped me purge a few loveless items I was holding on to. I’m also a bargain hunter so the opportunity to pick up a few additions to my closet for free is right up my alley. Des came over to help me go through my closet and she was ruthless. She made me pull everything out of my closet, try it on, and after …