FRESHLY PICKED X YUPPIELOVE GIVEAWAY

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With only 37 days until our little babe is set to arrive, I thought I would share the baby love with a little Instagram giveaway! I’ve partnered up with Freshly Picked for a great little giveaway of a pair of moccs in your choice of colour and size. I already have four pairs of these adorable shoes waiting for our little boy – they are seriously the best. Amazing quality, incredible colours and tons of great designer collaborations and new products launching daily – they are pretty much super addicting!

I am drawing a winner on Friday so be sure to enter in time right here on my Instagram! Good luck!

 

 

 

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The 10 Cent Educational Series: Arm Knitting

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Have you ever knitted with your arms before? No?! Maybe you should start now. Why spend endless dollars on multiple sizes of knitting needles when you’ve got two fantastic appendages already attached to your body that knit just fine!

My friend Lori Andrews (aka The Original 10 Cent Designer) is kicking off her new 10 Cent Educational Series on November 5th with PuddingYarn and JuiceBecause for a course on arm knitting and creating an awesome, cozy and stylish infinity scarf using only your arms and some seriously chunky yarn. Registration just launched for this fun evening of DIY crafting, live music and delicious treats. The class is $90 which includes all instruction + the giant balls of yarn that you need to complete your project – coming in these two gorgeous colours!

PuddingYarn | 1516 6th Street SW

November 5th 6-8pm

Sign up now! 

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BUGABOO X WARHOL COLLECTION

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Andy Warhol has been one of my favourite artists for as long as I can remember. As a child I had an immediate attraction to pop art and always loved his fun and playful style. My parents encouraged my love of his art through Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s Tomato Soup Can prints in our house. I still remember the first time I saw The Velvet Underground vinyl featuring the iconic yellow banana designed by Warhol.

As a young art student, Warhol informed my art practice and I employed his bright colours and witty ethos into my work. As the years passed, I picked up other Warhol-inspired items including everything from post-its to design collaborations with Campbell’s and Perrier.

When I first saw Bugaboo’s collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts announced not long ago, I was definitely not in the market for a stroller but I fell in love instantly. The insanely fun yellow Cameleon3 Banana stroller is an incredible eyecatcher – can you imagine pushing this baby down the street?! Of course, Warhol lovers all over the world have rendered nearly sold-out. However, Bugaboo wouldn’t leave us hanging in a banana-less world which is why I am SO excited about their brand-new Warhol collection debuting this November.

Featuring four super fun Warhol prints, you can now customize your Bugaboo stroller to fit your style personality. You can choose between the Globetrotter, Butterflies, Marilyn and the iconic Banana print.

 

 

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I am so excited for the gorgeous Banana print – it is my top pick out of this collection because who doesn’t want to raise their child with references of Nico and the Velvet Underground? I know I sure do. It should practically come with a playlist of starter songs for baby! I recently bought a used Cameleon so I am planning on picking up this set for my little boy when it becomes available later this year. It looks like they will be available around the same time I am due!

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The Warhol Marilyn print stroller set is also super amazing! I think this would be perfect for a little girl. And the cute coordinating tote is just perfect. So, as you can see Warhol’s designs are truly timeless and you can never start educating your children about art too young!

 

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Watch for this fab new collection debuting soon online at Bugaboo and if you are in Calgary, keep your eye out at West Coast Kids for the collection.

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HALLOWEEN WITH ETSY CANADA

Happy Halloween – almost! I stopped by Global Calgary yesterday morning to chat all things handmade and Halloween from Etsy Canada! There are some seriously talented makers in Alberta and B.C. and I was so excited to showcase some of them on the air. You can watch my video here and I’ve listed all of the products below with links to purchase! From chic goodies for the home to cute stuff for your little trick-or-treaters, Etsy is an amazing place to find just about everything!

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Westwick Candle Co. (Langley, BC) – Julie Heichert hand makes each candle and adds pumpkin spice fragrance to soy way. The geometric print on each candle is part of a photograph taken by her sister, Nichole. To transfer the image, Julie prints the photo onto tissue paper and then uses heat to transfer the image to each candle. $15 each.

White Owl Ceramic Studio (Calgary) – Laura Sharp uses Mishima, a slip inlay technique to create this vase, $65. To show the carved areas of the owl, Laura places black glaze inside the carved markings that she makes before firing. She uses a contrasting white background to exaggerate the outline of the owl.

Triangle Trees (Guelph, ON) – This tote bag by Gillian Wilson is wonderful for trick-or-treating. The 7-ounce cotton tote is sturdy and the 25-inch handles make it comfortable to use. The images are water-based, screen-printed by hand, and then heat set, $15.

Pumpkin Spice Candle No. 1 from Westwick Candle Co. // White Owl Vase from White Owl Ceramics Studio //Strange Days Tote Bag from TriangleTrees // Pumpkin Spice Candle No. 2 from Westwick Candle Co. 

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SAVING ENERGY IN THE KITCHEN

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Hello autumn! We are so ready to spend cool fall days around the kitchen table with family, preparing delicious pumpkin pies, pierogis and banana loaves. It is a time of tradition so whatever you and your family loves to do together, we are willing to bet it has something to do with the kitchen.

While the change of season certainly sees us spending more time indoors and therefore using more energy, it is also time to be more conscious about the energy we are using when we aren’t busying our selves over a hot stove.

Read more here…

This post is part of my column on Vivint’s The Neighborhood blog. Interested in learning more about Vivint’s Smart Home Solutions including security, energy and even solar? Sign up to receive more information here!

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YOU SHOULD GO: NORDSTROM HAPPY HOUR

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Nordstrom Calgary is already back at it, after their stunning Opening Gala, with a fun party with a great cause. On Friday, October 3, you’ll want to join them in store as they’ve partnered with ReThink Breast Cancer for a bra fit event and Happy Hour!

The Happy Hour will begin at 5:00 p.m. and include a DJ, sips and sweets, a photo booth and the opportunity to have your makeup done. As you might know, 8 out of 10 women wear the wrong bra size and it goes without saying that the perfect look starts with the perfect fit. The Nordstrom lingerie stylists will ensure that each customer is wearing the right size, ranging from band sizes 30-46 and cup sizes AA-K. Following a quick fitting, our stylists will help you find the best lingerie looks for your size, shape and style. The Happy Hour and fit appointments will be held in our Lingerie department on the second floor next to the Nordstrom West Entrance.

Nordstrom will continue to book bra fit appointments all day on October 4. For every bra purchased from a participating brand on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4, $2 will go to ReThink.

Finding a bra that fits perfectly AND supporting a very important cause that affects so many women? You won’t want to miss out on being part of the research fundraising.

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I HEART YYC

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Here’s my list of amazing things happening in Calgary. Have fun + shop local! Also, spread the good word to your friends. [Painting above by Heather Buchanan who will be at Market Collective’s 6th Anniversary Market.]

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♥ Friday Sept 5. 4-9PM + Saturday Sept 6. 10-6PM + Sunday Sept 7. 10-6pm. The beloved Market Collective is hosting their biggest market yet, this time in a beautiful venue in the East Village. Celebrating their 6th Anniversary with a massive three day market, MC has really outdone themselves this time curating some of the best artists in the city for this special event. You won’t want to miss – at 618 Confluence Way SE!  MORE INFO.

♥ Monday Sept 8 + Tuesday Sept 9.  CAMP FestivalCAMP in partnership with FITC, celebrates creative technology, art and design by bringing together like-minded professionals, artists, and students to share and shape experiences that educate, challenge and inspire. CAMP is hosted at the historical Theatre Junction GRAND in Calgary. Tickets here.

♥ Wednesday Sept 10 – Sunday Sept 14, Beakerhead. I am SO excited to be finally be in town for this year’s Beakerhead. With spectacles like LaserCat and El Pulpo, a giant fire breathing octopus, it is something that no Calgarian should miss if they can help it. Get the full scoop here and don’t miss a single pop-up party or performance.

♥ Friday Sept 12, 6pm – 12am, Inglewood Night Market. I am getting all prepped for the final Inglewood Night Market of the season. I’ll be setting up a booth at STASH Needle Art Lounge to flog some vintage wares + clothing, so definitely stop by if you are in the hood! Some awesome Beakerhead stuff is also popping up in Inglewood for the market which you do not want to miss.

♥ Friday Sept 19, 7:30am – 9:30am, Nordstrom Pre-Opening Beauty Bash:  Bring your girlfriends and start shopping Nordstrom’s world of cosmetics while you wait for the new store to open. Get the inside scoop on new products and trends from the top names in beauty—and learn the latest tips and tricks from their team of beauty experts. Enjoy complimentary consultations and demonstrations, along with some beautiful surprises. Join in at the main Nordstrom entrance.

Friday Sept 19, 9:30am, Nordstrom Grand Opening: The new Nordstrom opens! Come check it out, celebrate and shop the season’s best styles. We can’t wait to meet you and see your style.

♥ Saturday October 4, 7pm, PARKLUXE 2014PARKLUXE is a fashion show and art exhibition initiative featuring local designers and professional artists who share a common, high-end target market. PARKLUXE is designed to connect Calgary fashion and art lovers with sophisticated local designers and artists who are making an impact outside of our city limits, and throughout Canada and North America. This season’s show is proving to be an incredible one! So proud of our local designers. 

♥ Friday October 17, 4pm – 9pm + Saturday October 18, 10am – 6pm. New Craft Coalition is back for their fall show. Their mission is to bring a carefully curated collection of independently produced, Canadian art, craft + design to the people of Calgary twice annually, with other plans unfolding all the time! I cannot wait to see the amazing products at this year’s show. 

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A TOUCH OF GOLD

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I am SO in love with minted’s new foil-pressed stationary and business cards line. Just launched, this new product features gold-touched paper items that people will not be able to resist holding on to. Talk about the idea networking opportunity! Looking through the new collection, I found tons of seriously beautiful business card and stationary designs – all so different and beautiful in their own way. To save on your next order, check out the limited time only coupon codes that minted has to offer you!

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My favourite find so far in the business cards collection has got to be the Hello New Friend Foil-Pressed Business Cards. The fun and playful design is definitely something I would buy for myself. I think it would look great with my existing branding.

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I love the Icons Foil-Pressed Cards for their gorgeous simplicity. Available in five different colours you’ll be able to find one that works perfectly for your personal branding. I just love how sweet the little icons look in the gold foil.

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The Desert Stripes Foil-Pressed Stationary is so so so good! Who wouldn’t want to receive some correspondence on a beautiful piece of stationary like this?! Such a fun way to send mail.

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I love the vintage feel of the Bold Block Print Foil-Pressed Stationary. There is something just so sophisticated about it and the gold is really bright and bold on this one! I picture myself sending short sweet notes with this stationary to my best friends.

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HOME & DESIGN SHOW GIVEAWAY!

My favourite time of year for fashion and design has arrived once again. Fall. Oh hello brisk autumn winds and dark blue skies, I am so ready to start nesting under your steadily dropping temperatures. Along with the September issue of Vogue there are a couple of things I greatly look forward to each fall – one being the Calgary Home & Design Show. In the past, I have participated in fun DIY challenges, interviewed interior designers and toured the trade show for the coolest new products. This year I’ve teamed up with CHDS for a sweet giveaway just for you to win!

 YOU GET ALL OF THIS:

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 TO ENTER:

1. Tell us what your favourite design trend for Fall is! Leave a comment below and be sure to include your name and email. (For design trend ideas, check out my Pinterest Homes board here!)

2. For an extra entry, follow both @kaitkucy and @HomeShowsAB on Twitter and leave an extra comment here saying that you did so.

I will be drawing the winner on Thursday September 4th at 8pm MST. To win you must have a Calgary mailing address. Thanks + good luck!

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ANNIE WILLIAMS – LIMITED NATURAL

I always love seeing what Nashville designer Annie Williams will come up with next. I’ve been a big fan of her work ever since her collaborator and my good friend Nicole Irene first introduced me to her beautiful leather goods. I’ve been following her work throughout the years and have always fallen in love with what ever she creates – from the home line to her early collections.

Of course, finding out that she has a new collection just in time for autumn featuring the natural essex hide. This leather wears well and she even gives her own testimonial of using the tin cloth tote as a diaper bag for the past couple of months, which gets me pretty excited about picking out my own diaper bag in the near future. This new collection looks soft, timeless and understated; totes and clutches that can effortlessly become season-less in your wardrobe.

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photography by nicole irene

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