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.]

➔ I HEART YYC

♥ 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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RETRO EXERCISE OF THE WEEK: HULA HOOPING

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Looking to whittle down that mid-section this summer? Being mid-August you might have already missed the prime of bikini season, but this is Calgary after all, so you’re likely already planning your first tropical getaway of the dreary season. Picking up a hula hoop is one of the easiest ways to start trimming down the waistline. If we are judging by this 1977 commercial for Hula Hoops [featuring Mat Plendl], multi-tasking while hooping was perfectly acceptable behaviour. Forget trying to waitress or fix your car at the same time—modern hooping deserves your undivided attention! It may take you awhile to get a hang of the technique, but once your hips start swaying in the right direction you will be slimming down in no time. I can’t tell who is cooler really? Is it the 1950s greaser combing his hair while hooping? Or perhaps the shaggy-haired ‘70s teen whose hooping skills rival the best at Shambhala? He may look like the kid from Almost Famous, but I would almost bet he was one of the leaders of the ‘90s rave scene.

 

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10 BOOKS TO READ THIS FALL

I always seem to have endless stack of books next to my bed. I’ve either got a mind that cannot be satiated by one or two good books per year or I have a serious book buying addiction. It is actually a combination between the two. I’ve always been a bit of a bookstore junkie and I can blame this trait completely on my book-loving parents. My Mom and Dad have always expressed the importance of a well-rounded home library and I’ve since curated my own to be a reflection of my personality and interests.

As much as I love a good used book (finding the previous owner’s margin notes are one of my favourite things about picking up a pre-loved book) there seems to be all sorts of amazing authors launching new books all of the time – essentially forcing me to add them to my Chapters shopping cart and wait patiently for that new book smell to arrive on my doorstep.

As my third trimester will be taking up the entire fall, I’m designating my spare time to spent indulging in some great new books as opposed to the Netflix marathons I’ve been subjecting myself to all summer. I’ve narrowed it down to a couple of different categories so I can keep things interesting in case non-fiction or fiction isn’t doing it for me 100% of the time. To be honest, I always have a couple of those books on my bedside table bookmarked or dog-eared – I am terrible for starting a new book before I’ve finished the last one.

My list is lengthy but a worthy one, full of precious literary gems (and some serious pop culture thrown in there for good measure) that will keep both you and I busy and away from the TV. Any books I should be adding to my stack? Please send me any recommendations! Like I said, I have an addiction, so please feed it!

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Creative Block by Danielle Krysa (aka The Jealous Curator)

Rookie Yearbook Two by Tavi Gavinson

Creative Confidence by David and Tom Kelley

The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz

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The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Friendship: A Novel by Emily Gould

One More Thing: Stories & Other Stories by BJ Novak

Sister Mother Husband Dog by Delia Ephron

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The Mr Porter Paperback by Jeremy Langmead

Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah

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COMING THIS FALL: Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

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BACK HOME

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We just returned home after a nice week long camping getaway to the Okanagan. It was a much-needed vacation for both of us – we both had a bit of the wanderlust after such a crazy long winter. The fresh fruit, the supremely hot weather, the lakes, the wine (for Byron) and the slower pace of life was all so wonderful. I love being able to live outdoors for entire week – it totally changes your perspective on how you live your life indoors. When I am home, I always feel so lazy – I get caught up working on my laptop or Netflix instead of spending more time outdoors.

The best part of going away on vacation is returning with a fresher, brighter mind. We definitely had a lot of time to contemplate life and get excited for our little baby. I’ll be spending the week catching up on emails and working on new projects. It was really amazing that we were able to unplug for (almost) the entire trip and I even left my phone dead for a couple of days. But now that I am back at it – I can’t wait to get rollin’. See you on here more soon!

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TOPSHOP MATERNITY + STAMPEDE GIRLS NITE

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Who doesn’t need an amazing night out once and awhile? I’m just about four months along now and I can definitely use a girls night! I have been feeling super boring since I am tired all of the time and love lounging around in my cozy PJs! Okay, so it’s not that bad – lounging around is kind of the best. But still, getting a bit glammed up and heading out with my girlfriends is something I have been missing so I cannot wait to hit up Cowboys Dance Hall on Wednesday Night for TOPSHOP‘s Girls Night Out! My good friend and style blogger Ania B will be co-hosting a Stampede style presentation with Much Music’s Liz Trinnear! Get down there for 8:00pm because some lucky ladies will walk away with brand new outfits from TOPSHOP that are perfect for wearing to the Stampede. There will be plenty of other fabulous prizes including an awesome TOPSHOP gift card giveaway!

Since I won’t be fitting into very many regular TOPSHOP threads over the next six months, I was super excited to see that they are now carrying TOPSHOP Maternity at the Chinook Centre store now. The section isn’t huge but what they have is fantastic – not only do they have great staples like chambray shirts and skinny black pants but they also have some great trendy pieces that you can work into your maternity wardrobe as well.

I started hunting for some great summer pieces as my bump grows over July and August and found so many perfect items. But I also realized how much of the maternity line would be perfect for creating the ideal Stampede wardrobe. Of course, instead of doing shots at Nashville North, a leisurely stroll with a candy apple around the fair grounds is more a pregnant lady’s style so comfort is key. I found three great looks that are so cute while still spinning a bit of the Western vibe that the Calgary Stampede is so famous for.

Check out these adorable outfits that will work with your sweet baby bump and look great for Stampede. And stop by the TOPSHOP Maternity section at Chinook Centre this week to pick out some great looks for the TOPSHOP party on Wednesday. Hope to see you there…

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SHOP THE LOOKS:

Maternity Chambray Shirt // Maternity Aztec Trousers // Maternity Moto Vintage Jeans //Maternity Folklore Dress // Maternity Long Leg Dungarees // Maternity Washed Pocket Tee // Maternity Seamless Bump Band // Blue Espadrilles // White Double Buckle Sandals // Alaska Harness Boot // Leather Stitch Bag // Lipstick in Brighton Rock // Feather Fedora in Tobacco

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POPPY BARLEY X #YYC

Since our awesome party with Poppy Barley last month at Phil & Sebastian, I have been absolutely loving my blue jean baby flats and my city boots. Completely custom to my feet and legs, these are such a dream! Since it is still such a fabulous and somewhat new product to most Canadian gals, I thought I would let you know about two upcoming opportunities to get your hands on some sweet Poppy Barley gear!

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This weekend is going to be pretty incredible with fantastic rock shows all over the city as part of Sled Island. There will also be some pretty epic shopping opportunities – namely Parksale over in Haultain Park. Poppy Barley is setting up their booth there from 10am til 8pm on Saturday June 21st. You can check out their brand-new product, ask questions about these amazing custom-made shoes and also get your feet/legs measured for a custom pair of boots or shoes! All of the vendors and more information on Parksale here.

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ALSO! My lovely friend Ania from the amazing Ania.B blog is hosting a Stampede-themede giveaway with Poppy Barley and ATB Financial! You can win $500 in custom shoes made just for you. Just pin 2 win! More details over at Ania’s blog.

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THREE’S COMPANY!

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The past few months have been so busy that I haven’t had much time to stop by here and work on the blog. Not only have I been working away on freelance projects but I’ve also been busy working on an exciting little personal project of my own with Byron!

Well, the news is officially out! We are expecting a baby this December. We are beyond elated for this incredible news and we cannot wait to meet our new best friend later this year. I still can’t believe that we are going to be parents THIS YEAR! What an amazing feeling – and of course, a bit nerve-wracking too – thinking about all of the work we need to do and prepare for the baby.

I have had such hardcore fatigue during the first trimester it was hard to get myself motivated to get things rollin’ but we managed to start purging some junk that we’ve been carting around for the last four years in our spare bedroom! I can’t wait to start freshening it and making it a beautiful new space that will hopefully be inspiring and interesting for brand-new little person.

We are already planning the adventures we will have with our new family – I feel like somewhere on the West Coast with insanely good sushi will be in order. I am already going through massive withdrawal!

Anyways, I am SO happy to share our big news with you all. It means a lot to still have readers after I haven’t been around much the last few months! Stay tuned for more baby updates coming soon! xoxo

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