Friday, 26 June 2015

#MyCalgary | Crafted Artisan Truck

It is no secret that the Food Truck scene in Calgary is bigger and better than ever. There is such a diverse line up of trucks to choose from, touching on cultures both far and wide. They have become a regular sight on Calgary streets, bringing out large crowds at local events as well as during lunch breaks downtown. The notion of food on wheels, along with the novelty, has become an increasingly popular part of the Calgary scene; however, a new type of truck has been adopted into the scene and it's changing the way we Calgarians see trucks.

The Crfated Artisan Truck is the unique brinchild of Pamela Morales. Pam took a hobby that she was trully passionate about and turned it into a creative, boundary pushing business that continues to rock the scene. The Crafted Artisan Truck, a pioneer of the new wave of shops-on-wheels hitting the streets of Calgary, provides a wide selection of hand made goods for us shop-a-holics to indulge in. The best part? All hand made goods on the Crafted Truck are local, providing a city-wide platform for Canadian artists and creators to showcase their pieces of work. Crafted Truck goes beyond being a store, providing one of a kind private shopping experiences for events as well as workshops where local Calgarians can learn creative techniques from local artisans.    

I had the pleasure of visiting Pam at her truck and, I must say, it was a uniquely amazing experience. I was accustomed to seeing food trucks from the outside and interacting with them through their serving windows. Being invited into the truck provided me with a different view of trucks in general, opening my eyes to how the space could be utilized. Crafted Truck's wide array of artisan products caters to a wide audience, providing products ranging from handmade jewelry to beautiful material dream catchers. The interior was warm and welcoming, reminding me of an artisan boutique on wheels. Pam was gracious enough to speak a little about her personal journey and share how she defines her Calgary.   

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Pink Lips & Thick Legs

L&L Printed Duster Kimono - Addition Elle | Cactus Multi Strap Bodycon Dress  - Addition Elle
Lovilla Statement Necklace - Aldo Accessories | Lip Pencil in Talking Points  - Mac Cosmetics

I have a serious love hate relationship when it comes to my legs. I love the fact that they seem to not get hairy (thanks for the solid genes mom) and that they have little scars everywhere that each tell a wonderful story (such as flying off my scooter when I was 9 and grazing my entire knee); however, the size of my legs are a touchy subject. I shy away from shorts and short dresses simply because I am not their biggest fan. This summer, I have decided to begin embracing them, and falling back in love with by thick, beautiful legs. No more shying away from short dresses, skirts and shorts. No more stockings to try to help hide them. I am going to strut around with my chin to the sky and show off these bad boys.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Stampede Inspiration

L&L Dolman Sleeve Printed Maxi Dress - Addition Elle
These past few weeks has been a personally challenging one for me. I have had to make some rather large decisions while also having to adapt to large amounts of change happening around me. To tell you the truth, I was not sure if I would make it through at times, but it's amazing the positive effect that having a strong support system can have. I had to lean hard on my family and friends, and I can not express how much it means to me that they willingly allowed me to. 

To celebrate freedom from a pretty hard time, I decided to dress a little outside the box. This beautiful dolman sleeve printed dress from Addition Elle was the perfect piece for me to explore a Calgary Stampede inspired look. Tapping into my inner cowgirl, I wanted to channel some serious Carrie Underwood vibes, and the flowing, mystical print of this dress was the best way to do so. This dress does in fact fit big, so I sized down to get a more fitted look. 

So this post is in honour of all my people who helped me through this hard time and an apology to everyone who tried to contact me in the past couple of weeks. I promise that I am back to my usual 100%, ready to take on the world once again.

Monday, 1 June 2015

What I Wore - Calgary Park Show

Chevron Jersey Surplice Dress - Ralph Lauren | Sheer Knit Cardigan  - Junarose
 Brerrama Earrings - Aldo Accessories | Strappy Heels (old) c/o Shoedazzle  - Similar Here
Last month, I attended the Park Fashion Show here in Calgary. It was a great event that truly showcased the creativity of local designers and artists. I decided to go with a bold print for the event, and lucked out on this beautiful red chevron dress by Ralph Lauren's plus sized line found at the Hudson's Bay. The dress is extremely flattering on any figure, with my favourite accent being the velvet belt that helps further define the smallest part of the waist. Paired with this sheer backed, Junarose long-line cardigan (which I absolutely adore) and statement red ankle strap pointy toed heels, this outfit was the perfect ensemble for the event.