May 3rd, 2016

Thank you! It’s an honour to be nominated

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Some aspire to be the World’s #1 Mom. Me? I’m just happy to be one of Vancouver Mom’s Top 30. Thank you, whoever nominated me, wherever you are!

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[Photos by Hayley Hudson, outtakes from this list of Vancouver’s coolest kids clothes]

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May 3rd, 2016

Listen to this | Radiolab, Longform and Invisibilia Podcasts

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Serial changed my life. Okay maybe not my whole life, but definitely the cooking and driving parts of my life. Before Sarah Koenig brought Adnan Syed’s life into mine, I had dismissed podcasts as something only for the super techy and super nerdy (which is what I used to think about blogging and here I am!).

Binge-listening to the first season of Serial opened up a new world for me, to the point where I’m now that (techy, nerdy) person who relays anecdotes from This American Life at dinner parties. In case you haven’t had the privilege of dining with me lately, here are three of my favourites.

Radiolab
My love for this show runs deep. It weaves fascinating, heartstring-pulling stories out of subjects I’d normally have zero interest in, like figure skating, genetic manipulation and Candid Camera. Which episodes should you start with? Translation, Juicervose, and Live: Tell-Tale Hearts featuring Oliver Sacks.

Longform
I have not been able to write as much as I would like to lately, but I have been able to listen to other people talk about writing lately. Longform showcases intimate conversations with writers of nonfiction like the always fascinating Heather Havrilesky, Cheryl Strayed, and Tavi Gevinson.

Invisibilia
An offshoot of Radiolab, Invisibilia delves into the invisible forces that govern our lives — physics, fear, Batman, and the like. The second season starts soon (June 17th) so catch up on the first season, or at the very least on the Entanglement, Our Computers, Ourselves, and How to Become Batman episodes.

Happy listening!

[Thanks for the headphones, Urbanears!]

April 29th, 2016

Wear/Where | Metals and Pastels

Metals and pastels

Add metallics to any old thing and you have instant glamour. Mix in some pastels and you have the most winningest of winning combinations.

Wear: Karen Walker One Splash sunglasses.

Where: The extraordinarily cool Shugaa Dessert Bar in Bangkok, which is inspired by sugar crystals and, just like sugar itself, something I can’t get enough of.

April 29th, 2016

Style | Wear It Well, Wedding Edition

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The only question more daunting than what to wear in a wedding? What to wear to a wedding! Too formal and you’ll be uncomfortable, too casual and you’ll look like you didn’t put in the effort. Drama rama!

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So for my latest instalment of Wear It Well on Global Television, I compiled three ensembles to wear to three different types of weddings, featuring looks from Aritzia, Aldo, Joe Fresh, Call It Spring and Le Chateau at Metropolis at Metrotown.

Watch the clip here. Thanks for having me, Global BC! Thanks, Hayley Hudson, for the photos! Thanks, Jerome Insorio, for your help!

April 28th, 2016

Style | Pretty/Rugged

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Imagine what your most artsy friend would pack for a weekend away. Then imagine an entire collection inspired by your artsy friend’s vacation wardrobe. You’ll find that collection at the newest location of Scotch & Soda (the first in BC), which just opened up at Richmond Centre, and is filled with silky striped overalls, tropical bomber jackets and some serious denim.

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My picks? A soft, polished blouse and a pair of super-distressed skinny boyfriend jeans (thank you, Scotch & Soda!).

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A look that would be perfectly finished off with an oversized polka dot clutch…

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…and a spritz of something citrusy.

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Then there’s the menswear! Oh, the menswear! I am a big, big fan. (I actually included some men’s Scotch & Soda in a recent segment.)

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So grab your most artsy friend and start packing for the weekend.

P.S. The Scotch & Soda rep who hosted me told me she did her final school project on The Anthology. Hi Jessica! I’d totally give you an A+!

April 25th, 2016

Style | #OOTD

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The last thing I do before I do a segment is put my ringer on mute and pass my phone to whoever’s standing closest to me. Often that person is Jerome Insorio, who’s not only a super talented stylist, but also an impressive photographer.

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Whenever I get my phone back there’s always some candid shot with magical lighting and interesting cropping, like this.

My dress is from Anthropologie, the shoes — which are made in Italy! — were a Winners score.

[Photos by Jerome Insorio]

April 24th, 2016

Style | What to wear to a wedding!

Blue suede shoe

Tomorrow morning (that’s Monday, April 25th) around 8:35 or so I’ll be on Global BC sharing my picks for what to wear to a summer wedding — whether it’s at the beach, in a park or a more formal indoor affair. I’ll even include a little something blue, like this lovely shoe.

See you in the morning!

P.S. Congratulations, Yvonne, on scoring $200 to Canadian Tire’s WOW guide!

April 21st, 2016

Home | #IHaveThisThingWithTiles

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I’m helping my sister redesign her kitchen — replacing her retro cabinets, extending her counters, figuring out what to do with an awkward space underneath a window, the works. And the sticking point right now is the floor and backsplash because the options are endless (even within a budget) and there’s real potential to do something striking.

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Nothing, perhaps, as striking as the floors in the #IHaveThisThingWithTiles feed on Instagram (where all these images are from), but striking nonetheless. I’ll keep you posted.

[Images clockwise from top left: source, source, sourcesource, source, source, source, source.]

April 19th, 2016

Pinstagram | Party time!

The Anthology’s Pinstagram column marries the dream (Pinterest) and the reality (Kelsey Dundon’s Instagram photos of places and faces in and around Vancouver).

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Family portrait. Me and my baby in black and white + a cute way to photograph a family.

Eco Fashion Week

Fashion Meet. The Eco Fashion Week press conference at the Fairmont Waterfront (read my piece on one of their most innovative shows here) + a workspace that looks like it would also have waterfront views.

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Hop to it. My little Easter bunny + a hopscotched kids’ room.

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In bloom. Magnolias are my favourite + this makes carnations look surprisingly cool too.

Dress forms

Dress forms. Three dress forms backstage before one of my segments on Global Television + three dressed-up models before the coolest party ever.

P.S. There are more photos where these came from so follow @KelseyDundon on Instagram.

April 18th, 2016

Style | Rising to the 81 lb. Challenge

81 lb. Challenge

Eighty-one pounds doesn’t sound like much – the weight of a seventh-grader, maybe – but 81 pounds is the average weight of clothing a single North American discards in a year.

When you see just how much clothing that is, it’s rather alarming. Especially if you’re one of the fashion students at VCAD who took part in Eco Fashion Week’s 81 lb. Challenge, creating an entire collection out of pieces thrifted from Value Village.

“A few weeks back we were at 15 looks and we weighed them and they were only around 20 pounds,” says Alanis Anne Alindogan, a VCAD student. “We were like ‘61 more to go? How are we supposed to do that?’”

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They made a bedspread into a gown, shirt sleeves into leather fringe and curtains into a dress! Read my full story on Eco Fashion Week’s 81 lb. Challenge on Vancouver Is Awesome.

[First photo by Jerome Insorio]