May 27th, 2016

You asked | How do you stay on top of trends?

Prism and Chandelier

Rachel writes:

How do you stay on top of trends? Are there certain people you follow?`

There are many! Between Instagram, Pinterest, and good old-fashioned blogs, I feel like I’m living in trend overload. Blogwise, The Anthology’s Bookmark column is a great place to start; it’s stocked with sites run by creative types who are at the forefront of design and fashion trends. In terms of Instagram and Pinterest, many of my favourite people to follow are the creatives behind the stars, publications and brands — the editors, designers, photographers, and producers who pull it all together — because what they’re interested in now influences what they’ll be publishing or sending down the runway in a few months.

Love J.Crew’s social feeds? Follow their senior manager of social media Lucy Laucht. Love Kourtney Kardashian’s home? (So help me, I do!) Follow her interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Love Gigi Hadid’s street style? Follow her stylist Monica Rose.

You get the picture.

But, while staying on top of trends is key when you work in a creative field, knowing when to buck them is even more important. Your work as a creative person will be most valuable when you are well aware of everything that’s going on in the grand scheme of things, and you’re able to refine the zeitgeist into a voice/look/feel that’s all yours. This aesthetic will influence everything from your work, to your interior design, to your outfits, and even your social media feeds. I don’t mean that in the personal brand sense, I mean that in the sense that when you’re truly in touch with what you love, what works for you, and what inspires you, you’ll do work you’re excited by.

I was listening to an interview with Ira Glass of the podcast This American Life the other day (on the Longform podcast — more on that here) and he was talking about the fact that he makes a living off his taste. I thought that was an interesting way of looking at it. When you’re in a creative field you’re either making a living off your taste or off your talent and in some cases (like mine) both.

So flip through magazines, scroll through Pinterest and thumb your way along Instagram. But while you’re absorbing all that’s out there, pay close attention to what suits you, what you consider classic, what feels cutting-edge. Because good taste bucks any trend.

[Photos: Chrystal Prism by Electric Confetti, Table Chandelier by Rich Beautiful Willing]

May 20th, 2016

Talking about | Back in the saddle

A collaboration with Canadian Tire.

Kelsey Dundon with bike

It’s been a long time since I’ve been on a bike. Years, in fact. Almost five of them to be exact.

Bike details

And I’ve missed it.

Because Canadian Tire and I go way back, they sent me a bike (thanks, team!) from their brand new WOW Guide, which you can check out here. Or, if you’re feeling futuristic, check it out on the super techy Canadian Tire app (downloadable at the App Store) and get access to even more products (like, say, my bike) that you can order directly and pick up at your nearest Canadian Tire store.

Kelsey Dundon lean on bike

I wish I could tell you I picked this particular cruiser because it has seven speeds, a clothes-saving fender and blah blah blah bike specs, but the truth is I picked it because I liked it.

bike details 2

The caramel seat, the white tires, the Portlandia-approved bird — they spoke to me. I added a bell, a basket and a helmet (because bike accessories are accessories too).

KD bike ride

Et voila! Turns out it’s just like riding a bike.

[Photos by Hayley Hudson.]

May 19th, 2016

Giveaway | Win Tix to Me Before You Advance Screening!

Me Before You

Have you read it? (Feels like forever ago that I did and I remember liking it a lot.) Or do you want to make like half of my book club and just watch the movie version instead?

The Anthology has teamed up with to give away double passes to the advance screening of Me Before You in Vancouver on Wednesday, May 25th at Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas at 7pm.

CONTEST CLOSED but stay tuned for our next one!

May 18th, 2016

The Cool Kids | Minimocs

Rose gold minimocs

I just took an inventory. Turns out all my favourite kids’ shoes are from the west coast: cozy hand-knit slippers by Padraig Cottage for winter, cool water-friendly sneakers by Native Shoes for summer. And for little ones who are just learning to walk, these beauties by Minimoc.

Minimoc flat lay

They were a gift from my friend Surina and while I don’t want my littlest one to grow up too fast, I am looking forward to outfitting her in them. They’re the best of the best (coast).

[Photos by Hayley Hudson]

May 9th, 2016

Pinstagram | Pink sofas and red suits

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).


Seating arrangement. My midcentury Danish chairs that replaced the sofa that used to sit under that window + a blush sofa that could replace anything it wished to.


In bloom. My desk looks like spring + so does Rachel de Ravenel’s bench (photographed by Diana Koenigsberg for C Magazine).


Wading pool. A sunny weekend in Whistler + a sunny series of pools.


Backyard. I put up a tire swing in an effort to turn our backyard into a playground + I should just give up because this backyard hideaway is the coolest.


Seeing red. I stopped into Coach to meet with their team and shoot with my bright red phone + a red hot suit.

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

May 5th, 2016

#tbt | A floral vintage reinvention

vintage dress upcycle

Five years ago one of my girlfriends gave me what was perhaps the most unflatteringly ridiculous of unflatteringly ridiculous dresses. Seriously LOOK AT THIS THING!

But then with a little (of my tailors’) magic it was transformed. Read up on this piece from The Anthology archives.

May 3rd, 2016

Thank you! It’s an honour to be nominated

KD Wo Cropped 2

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!

KD Wo Cropped

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

May 3rd, 2016

Listen to this | Radiolab, Longform and Invisibilia Podcasts

Urban Ears Headphones

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.

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.

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.

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

Kelsey Dundon Global Television

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!

KD at Global 750

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!