October 17th, 2016

The Style Set | Sonia Beeksma

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There is an art to dressing for television. An outfit that looks incredible in real life — like say, beautiful billowy things or unconventional silhouettes — can look just plain odd when translated through the funhouse mirror that is your TV screen. Which means dressing for work is a challenge when your office is a television studio.

But you know who’s mastered this art? Global BC’s Sonia Beeksma. The stylish community reporter is so polished (even before the crack of dawn) I asked her to share some of her secrets. Herewith, her thoughts on everything from sweatpants to dress shorts, including a few tips that apply whether you’re in front of a television camera, or, you know…your iPhone camera.

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What rules do you follow when dressing for work on air?
A sleek professional look with one bold statement piece.

What’s your go-to look on a day off?
A silk slip dress (I have a few colours) with a kimono, my Versace gold necklace and Rudsak kicks.

Y/N: Do you ever wish you could wear sweatpants to work?
No, I actually do not have a pair of sweatpants… ha! I love silks, and yes, I wish I could wear my silk pajamas to work.

What’s the best style advice you’ve ever received?
Less is more. Don’t wear every expensive item you own, you want to look approachable.

Who are your three favourite Instagrammers for style inspiration?
I love Jessica Luxe, she’s stunning and has an impeccable style. Whoever is posting for Ralph & Russo also has my attention. Because of them, I’m constantly looking for romantic pieces. Blake Lively, I would wear every single thing she has ever worn.

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If you were a Snapchat filter which would you be?
I don’t use Snapchat, but if I was an Instagram filter, I would be Sierra. It has a day dreamy look, meaning not too far from reality.

If you could raid anyone’s closet (living or otherwise) who would it be?
The Queen. We can easily start off with her jewels, but when you look at her dresses from the 50s and 60s, the fabrics, texture and the structure, it’s exquisite. I know she has them stored somewhere and I want to get my hands on that closet or trunk!

What do you wish could wear on air that you just can’t?
Dress shorts.

What’s the funniest viewer feedback you’ve ever gotten on your on-air wardrobe?
I was wearing a black jumper with a massive bow on the side, a viewer emailed me congratulating me on my pregnancy. I guess the bow looked like a bump on her television. I laughed.

Follow Sonia on Instagram @soniabeeksmatv for more shots like these and my personal favourite, which was styled and photographed by her five-year-old.

[Images from Sonia Beeksma’s Instagram feed.]

October 16th, 2016

Bookmark | @Bat_Gio’s Instagram Stories

In The Anthology’s Bookmark column we explore some of the most inspiring places on the wild, wild web.

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Maybe you’ve been heavily debating Instagram stories vs Snapchat. Or maybe you left that debate in the dust long ago like I did. Because the minute Giovanna Engelbert started posting Instagram stories as often as you check Facebook, there was never any doubt in my mind that story content doesn’t get better than this. (Unless you count Liz Plank’s Snapchat content but she’s covering the election.)

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Giovanna’s fashion show stories are nice and all, but it’s the stories she posts when she’s goofing around with her sister and friends that give you a sense of her personality, her creativity. She’s engaging because her jet-set life is impossibly glamourous, yes, but also because she doesn’t take herself seriously.

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Plus, she always seems to be on a boat. So follow @bat_gio already. And follow @KelseyDundon while you’re at it.

[Images from @bat_gio on Instagram.]

October 14th, 2016

Decor | Brass Tacks

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I have a theory about decor trends: when you can only find something at a second-hand store for $17 or a highly curated online vintage shop for $7000, that trend is on the upswing.

Which brings me to black and brass (a combo I’ve long loved) done Hollywood regency style. I found a high gloss black cabinet at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore a couple years ago. It was straight out of the ’70s in the best way possible — it has rounded edges, brass piping and matching brass hardware. It was in flawless shape, right down to the glass cabinet doors, as if someone had it in storage for decades and only just brought it out.

It cost me a whopping $17.

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Pamono has something similar (above left), though its price tag is much beefier and the shipping alone is $600 (then again it is coming from Belgium). And now, CB2 has come out with a brass mirror and shelf combo (above right) that has my (your?) name on it.

My new theory? You’ll be seeing a lot more of this look in stores. And maybe even in your home.

October 13th, 2016

Wear It Well | When It Rains

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When Kate Middleton (or whatever you want to call her) was in town, the forecast called for rain during a good portion of the royal tour. Welcome to the Wet Coast, Cambridges!

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I would argue dressing well for the rain — like, true West Coast rain — is harder than dressing for any other type of weather. So I brought a few ideas to my latest Global BC segment.

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Like suiting separates under a waxed canvas jacket from Banana Republic (which would go nicely with a clear umbrella).

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A beautiful felt coat with an oversized hood from Michael Kors, and a sporty chartreuse jacket from Geox.

Watch the clip here.

Thanks Global BC and Metropolis at Metrotown for having me! Thanks, Hayley Hudson and Jerome Insorio, for your help!

[Photos by Hayley Hudson.]

September 23rd, 2016

Style | Forecast Calls for Rain

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What do you wear in the rain? Certainly not these. These are the stunning velvet flats you stow in your purse on your way to work and then change into when you arrive.

I’ll be sharing more ideas at Global BC on Monday, the 26th. Set your PVR, mom!

September 21st, 2016

Pinstagram | So. Much. Denim.

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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Double denim. The perfect waiting-for-ice-cream outfit + the perfect doing-anything outfit.

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Grab a seat. My kid making herself at home at le Marche St. George + bar stools I’d love to make myself at home on.

Babies and beasts

Day dreaming. Baby and the beast + another baby with a much smaller beast.

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Pretty in pink. Beautiful bedroom decor at The Cross Decor and Design (a Northill client) + beautiful pink decor.

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Claymation. A bowl handmade by Vancouver’s Golem Designs (here’s her Etsy site) + a dish handmade by someone who’s far more gifted in the kitchen than I am.

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Best friends. Competitors + cuddlers.

Denim for days

All denim everything. My Canadian ball gown (from Madewell) + a Canadian tuxedo of sorts.

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

September 14th, 2016

Design | Modern Architecture Home Tour

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I love my house. I’ve put a lot of love and (hired) labour into it over the years. But there’s a part of me that wants to tear it all down and build the kind of home you’d find featured in Dwell.

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Or, say, the Vancouver Modern Architecture and Design Society.

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Their fourth-annual tour takes place this weekend. It’s self-guided and takes you through five residences, almost like a collection of open houses that can never be yours.

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So if you, like me, like to architorture yourself by exploring homes that will make you want to bulldoze your own, you’ll find details here.

[First photo by Ema Peter Photography, second, third and fourth photos by Janis Nicolay (@pineconecamp)]

September 4th, 2016

Style | Back to high school!

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I loved school. I miss school. Everything about it — the new supplies, the locker decorations, the slurpees I used to get on my walk home; I look back on all of it so fondly.

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Then there’s the new wardrobe. I don’t remember any of my first-day-back looks, but I distinctly remember a silver headband I wore for grade ten. It was metal. It was shiny. It was painful AF (maybe that’s why it’s the only piece that’s seared into my memory).

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Now, what I’m dying to know is: If you’re going back to high school on Tuesday, do you strategize about what will work best on Instagram, Snapchat or some other social site I haven’t even heard of yet? Or do you plan your outfit for the runway that is your school hallway?

Either way, I highlight three super-stylish trends for back to school in my latest Global TV segment, featuring looks from Forever 21, Old Navy and Guess.

Thanks for having me, Global TV and Metropolis at Metrotown! And thanks for your help, Jerome Insorio and Hayley Hudson!

[First photo by Jerome Insorio, second and third by Hayley Hudson]

P.S. Take a look at behind the scenes shots of one of my favourite back to school print shoots, and my very first back to school segment — which also happened to be my very first live segment ever.

August 26th, 2016

Wear/Where | Mix and match

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There’s something magic about pulling together a look that feels a bit off-kilter, yet wouldn’t-change-a-thing perfect. Bonus points when it looks so, so comfortable. In this case, a low-key take on blush and merlot makes the leap from street style to striking living room.

Wear: Sara Escudero of Collage Vintage on Who What Wear.

Where: Vanessa Boz’s London home in Milk Magazine.

August 22nd, 2016

Style | Fall’s new details

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This fall feels prettier than most. At least in terms of the clothes. The fabrics are luxe, the colour palettes are rich, the details are extra detail-y.

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It all makes for a lovely season, sartorially speaking.

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In my latest Global Television segment, I share three of the biggest trends you’ll find in stores, featuring looks from Club Monaco, Roots, H&M, Hudson’s Bay, and BCBGMAXAZRIA, all at Metropolis at Metrotown.

Take a look…

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Thanks Global Television and Metropolis at Metrotown for having me. Thanks for your help, Jerome Insorio and Hayley Hudson!

[Photos by Hayley Hudson]