February 21st, 2017

Travel | I’m officially a Honolulunatic

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I never had much interest in Honolulu. Hawaii as a whole, yes – I first visited the state when I went on a three-week-long scuba diving/marine biology field trip to Maui while I was in high school. We camped in huts on the beach, dove with eels at night and shook scorpions out of our scuba booties in the morning. It was heaven.

More recently I wrote a series of travel articles on living like a beach bum with a butler in Kauai (highly recommend), driving the treacherous north shore of Maui (you definitely shouldn’t do this), and snorkeling at night with manta rays on the Big Island (actually scarier than diving with eels) – but Honolulu never called to me.

Until now.

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For a girlfriend’s stagette we were in search of a place that would be warm in January, easily accessible from the west coast, a place where you could lounge by the pool if you wanted to, eat incredible food, go dancing at night. A place that’s small enough to walk anywhere you wanted to go, but big enough that you could break off into a smaller group and head in whichever direction the trade winds take you.

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Honolulu fit the bill. The hiking at Diamond Head, the standup paddle boarding right outside our hotel, the whales we saw during our sunset catamaran trip, the karaoke bars — they were just bonuses. Really, really fun bonuses.

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I feel like it’s my responsibility now to shout from the rooftops that this city is underrated. Hence this PSA. Go to Honolulu, embrace its Palm Springs-like shopping strip. Revel in its busyness, embrace the tiki overload, make reservations at restaurants you’re worried will be overrated (but aren’t), bail off your paddle board because the surf is way bigger than you can handle.

You can visit a sleepier island another time.

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I’ll be back, Honolulu. I’ll be back.

February 20th, 2017

Giveaway | BC Home + Garden Show, Tiffany Pratt Edition

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This can be beautiful! It’s a mantra worth adopting, yes, but it’s also the title of designer Tiffany Pratt’s debut book. She’s a headlining presenter at the BC Home + Garden Show this weekend and I figure we could all use a little more colour in our lives so we’ve teamed up for a brand new giveaway.

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This prize pack includes a copy of Tiffany Pratt’s book This Can Be Beautiful, a notebook from her collaboration with The Penny Paper Co., a set of coloured pencils, and two pairs of tickets to the BC Home + Garden Show happening February 22-26, 2017 at BC Place.

It’s basically everything you need to get inspired and then get it done.

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Want in? To enter, email KDundon@TheAnthology.ca with subject: This Can Be Beautiful. Contest closes Thursday, February 24, 2017 at 12:00 noon PST. Contest open to residents of Metro Vancouver. Good luck!

February 20th, 2017

Decor | Do you believe in furniture fate?

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Do you think it’s possible to conjure a thrifted find? Like, if you pray to the gods of ’80s furniture often enough, do you think they actually answer? It wasn’t long ago I posted about this brass mirror from CB2 (which is also a shelf, but let’s ignore those details for a moment). And now, at a Ukrainian church sale I find this shiny beauty, which is straight outta the ’80s, babies.

As of right this minute it’s hanging in my office, but I’m in the process of redoing it (I’m always in the process of redoing it) so who knows how long it will stay on this particular wall. I’ll keep you posted.

November 15th, 2016

Pinstagram | Gallery Cafes

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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Strike a pose. One of my recent trend segments + an outfit I’d pose all day in.

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Cafe quality. A beautiful spot to meet a colleague-turned-friend-turned-client for lunch + some cafe vibes you could incorporate into your own home.

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Reflections. A gorgeous day for Amy’s Ride and Walk, which honours a friend, benefits the Amy Hurn Scholarship and raises awareness for organ donor registration + beautiful shadows.

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Sky light. A fox looks down at us from the rotunda at the Vancouver Art Gallery + a skylight that makes me want to replace my roof with stained glass.

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Epic collection. A wall of pink art at the Emily Carr University Student Art Sale + a legend who has no shortage of pink art.

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

November 3rd, 2016

Style | Bundle Up, Minus the Bulk

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Baby, it’s cold outside. How many posts this time of year start like that? A million! Give or take. But seriously, even in Vancouver (where it’s usually mild and rainy) it’s c-o-l-d out there.

So you want to bundle up in a million layers but still want to look like a million bucks? Well then, my Global TV trend segment will help you feel warm while looking cool. It features looks from Old Navy, Roots, and H&M, all pulled from Metropolis at Metrotown: take a look!

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

[Photo by Hayley Hudson.]

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!