October 9th, 2014

Giveaway | The Best of Me Advanced Screening and a Nicholas Sparks DVD Trio!

Break out the tissues, lovebirds! Nicholas Sparks, the man behind The Notebook and Dear John, is at it again with his soon-to-be-released film The Best of Me and we’re giving away free passes to the advanced screening in Vancouver next week!

Starring James Marsden (the man who stole Liz Lemon’s heart) and Michelle Monaghan (the woman who caught Rust Cohle’s eye), The Best of Me is based on the bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks. It’s the story of two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of the beloved friend. Their reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more threats today. Spanning decades, this love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.

UPDATE: Ticket contest closed (have fun, Winnie, Monida, Bobby, Laura, Bonnie, Nayyer, Melika, Katie, Belinda, Keri, Abby, Elisa, Suzanne, Sel, and Ellen!).

To enter two win one of two DVD trios with Nicholas Sparks’ classics: The Notebook (Hey, Ryan, hey!), Dear John (Hello Channing Tatum!), and Safe Haven, email KDundon@TheAnthology.ca with subject: Nicholas Sparks DVD Trio. Contest closes Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at midnight. Contest open to BC residents only. Good luck!

October 9th, 2014

Interview | TEDxVancouver Speaker: Treana Peake of Obakki

TEDxVancouver is one of those events where you leave feeling inspired, energized and just a little exhausted. It’s like a full day of school taught by your favourite professors; at the end of it your brain is buzzing. And this year it’s going to be bigger than ever.

Among the lineup of speakers are lululemon founder Chip Wilson, CTV news anchor Coleen Christie and the creative force behind Obakki: Treana Peake. I’ve long admired Treana’s design work — her collections are stunningly beautiful — but what I find even more inspiring is the work she does with the Obakki Foundation, which has drilled more than 600 water wells and built a dozen schools in South Sudan and Cameroon. In just five years.

On October 18th, she’ll speak to this at the largest TEDx event the city has seen. But I caught up with her first to give you a sneak peek.

What do you look forward to most about sharing your experience with TEDxVancouver?

TEDx is such an incredible platform and I am very honoured to be a part of it this year.  I look forward to sharing some of the guiding principles that drive me in my philanthropic work, as well as hopefully inspiring others to notice the incredible impact that their own acts of kindness play in the world.

In the five years you’ve been running the Obakki Foundation, have you noticed a shift in how people perceive the relationship between fashion and philanthropy?

I think people are starting to notice fashion, and other business platforms open up to involve charitable initiatives, but I also think the consumers are quick to notice when it is just a marketing pitch vs. something authentic. It is a constant job of ours to show how serious we are – and how much our humanitarian projects fundamentally drive us as a company. Over the last five years we have been able to create a growing community of like-minded citizens who are helping to make change in the world!

Does your experience as a designer make you a better philanthropist? 

My experience as a designer specifically doesn’t make me a better philanthropist – but my creativity certainly does. I believe it is our job in the development sector to bring awareness to these large global issues in a unique way. I think people are tired of seeing the same tired images and sad stories continually associated with places like Africa.

What about the other way around – does your experience as a philanthropist make you a better designer?

My experience as a philanthropist definitely makes me a better designer as I don’t have to chase inspiration – it lives inside me, and comes from that natural place. Everything we do at Obakki is fueled by passion and stems from a solid commitment and dedication to our philanthropic initiatives.

To hear more about Treana’s work with the Obakki Foundation, and to fill your brain with a million more ideas, get tickets to TEDxVancouver.

October 7th, 2014

Bookmark | HealthFoodSnob

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

I’m cheating with this Bookmark pick. Because I’ve actually featured HealthFoodSnob before, back when it was just an Instagram feed.

But as of this week, it’s also a blog. So I figure it deserves a repeat feature. Besides, it’s run by my sister and she cooks and bakes for me a lot so I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that keeps happening.

With that, my friends, allow me to introduce you to HealthFoodSnob the blog (which my sister built in Squarespace and she’s been raving about that platform almost as much as she’s been raving about her Vitamix).

It’s stocked with recipes that are good for you, tasty and completely unpretentious. So bookmark HealthFoodSnob already and bookmark The Anthology while you’re at it.

[Images from HealthFoodSnob, naturally.]

P.S. Beef up your list of favourite links with The Anthology’s Bookmark picks.

October 7th, 2014

Giveaway | The Ultimate Vancouver Home and Design Show Bundle!

Hey design lovers! Want to win your way into the Vancouver Home and Design Show? And want a bundle of exhibitor gear to go along with it? Heck yes! Then send me a note and you could win:

UPDATE: Contest Closed. Congratulations, Shevawn and Emma!

September 25th, 2014

Style | The Earrings You Will Never Have and Some You Can

I love museums, but there’s one thing I hate about them: you can’t take anything with you. You find a painting that would look perfect in your living room? Too bad. A statue that would look swell in your jardin? Tough luck. It’s especially hard when you find a pair of earrings that you’d love to add to your jewelry collection, but they date back to the 2nd or 3rd Century BC and are part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection.

But I’ve found three consolation prizes. Are they identical? No. But they capture the essence of those millenia-old gems. And they’re actually attainable.

1. Elizabeth Cole with iridescent crystals.
2. Erickson Beamon with tooled metal accents.
3. Elizabeth Cole with Swarovski crystals.

September 4th, 2014

Pinstagram | Wolves in all sorts of clothing

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).

Cat ears and cat eyes. When I styled a back-to-school shoot I fell in love with this kiddie cat ear headband and I always love beautifully executed liner.

Flatastic. I spent a good portion of my weekend running around in these olive TOMS and I’d happily spend a good portion of my week rotating between these flats

Barely there. This Bare Knitwear scarf (handmade in Vancouver!) is going to keep me mighty warm come fall and these metallic leather shorts would keep me very cool.

Wolves and pups. My little pup loved the mural outside Gjelina in LA and I love the ferocity of these overlapping wolves.

Midas likes it. Mr. T was my muse when I layered on those necklaces and he’d definitely approve of these magical playing cards from Anthropologie.

P.S. There are more photos where these came from so add The Anthology on Facebook and follow@KelseyDundon on Instagram.

September 3rd, 2014

Trippin’ | 24 Hours in Toronto

People are always shocked that I’d never been to Toronto. And I suppose it is weird. I’ve travelled a fair share, I’m as Canadian as a loonie and I’ve passed through Pearson Airport a lot, but I’d never actually been to the city itself.

Until my friends at Canadian Tire turned me into a little Christmas elf and flew me out for a media event. (Long-lead publications plan things very, very far in advance so editors start thinking about the holidays mid-summer.)

I spent the day bauble-hanging, glue-gunning, ribbon-wrapping and sharing a few of my favourite decorating tips and tricks and DIYs.

Alongside Toronto-based stylist Renee Elliott of Re:Creative Studio.

Which was a heckuva lot of fun.

And then exactly 24 hours after I arrived I hopped on a sunset flight back to the West Coast. Thanks, Canadian Tire! Next time I’ll stay longer so I can actually explore the city.

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