June 24th, 2016

Style | Totes summery

H&M Tasselled Tote Bag

Bright and early Monday morning I’ll be stopping by Global BC to talk beachwear — the kind of thing I’d love to be lounging in right about now. And you better believe this tasselled tote bag from H&M at Metropolis at Metrotown will be making an appearance. It’s totes beachy!

June 24th, 2016

Bookmark | Black Cardigan

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

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Well this is a departure. Most (okay, all) of The Anthology’s Bookmarks are heavy on the visuals — the column is like one long love letter to blogs by graphic designers. But this, this is something different. This particular Bookmark pick is light on imagery and heavy on well-written text.

Carrie Frye’s Black Cardigan is a newsletter that covers everything from Mr. Darcy’s sweaty curls to Cher Horowitz’s trendy-again chokers. It’s funny, literary and topical in such an offbeat way. Like Longreads, Lenny and goop, it’s a newsletter I’ll actually click on (what more can a newsletter ask for?) and it definitely deserves a space in your inbox.

So subscribe to Black Cardigan already. And bookmark The Anthology while you’re at it.

June 23rd, 2016

Pinstagram | Wrap it up

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).

Tshirt and jeans

Jeans and a tee. A graphic t-shirt designed for Easter Seals’ Woman 2 Warrior (which I’ve worked with many times before) + an even more casual take on the jeans a t-shirt look.

Castle

Hideaway. Her favourite spot + what would be my favourite spot to read and hang out.

Goop cookbooks

Goop read. My cookbook collection is rather embarrassing + a radish salad GP would totally approve of.

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Wrought iron. A room divider at The Cross + ornate designs in Barcelona.

Wrapping and wallpaper

Paper party. A creative use of wrapping paper + a creative use of wallpaper.

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

June 16th, 2016

Style | Three of Summer’s Biggest Trends

Global TV Kelsey Dundon Summer Trends

What were you doing bright and early Saturday morning? Sleeping in? Well, you know what they say, you snooze, you lose…the chance to watch my trends segment live.

Kelsey Dundon Global Television Summer Trends

But no matter! My latest, featuring three of the biggest trends for summer (key colours, key silhouettes, and key-carrying handbags), is available right here.

Summer Trends Global BC

Featuring looks from Club Monaco, Aritzia, BCBGMAXAZRIA, and Marciano, it made for a very summery start to the weekend. Take a look…

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

[Photos by Hayley Hudson.]

June 16th, 2016

Cheers | Wild Vodka Lemonade

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I went about reading Wild in a very roundabout way, perhaps because I didn’t actually set out to read it at all. I saw the movie a while back when it became available on Netflix and liked it well enough. Then a few weeks back I was binge-listening to the Longform Podcast (one of my favourites) and was struck by the author Cheryl Strayed’s interview. It turned everything I assumed about the book on its head.

So I read it, loved it, was inspired by it. Not to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, mind you, but to toast to the sunshine.

Wybo and Lemonade June 2016

See, when I watched the movie and noticed a dramatic emphasis on Snapple Lemonade, I assumed that was product placement at its least subtle — I figured the book might have offhandedly mentioned lemonade once or twice and the movie capitalized on that by bringing on a Snapple sponsorship. And then I read the book and it sang the praises of that specific drink over and over again.

Which means the perfect cocktail pairing to go with Wild? Spiked lemonade. At my latest book club meeting (where we weren’t technically discussing Wild, but hey!) I brought vodka (thank you, Wyborowa!) and DIY lemonade: squeeze lemons, add a bit of sugar, then mix it up with a bit of soda and a shot of vodka.

It’s so simple, so delicious, so perfect for après an epic hike. Or at least reading about one.

P.S. Looking for another book/drink pairing? You’ll find a nice accompaniment to a Sandhill Merlot here.

June 2nd, 2016

Wear/Where | To great lengths

Casablanca Free People Dress

Semikah Textiles

Go long. That’s a sports reference I don’t quite get (something to do with football?) but, as a style and design reference, I get it 100%. And it’s a slam dunk in my books (I know, I know, wrong sport, but you get where I’m going with it).

Wear: The Casablancas Maxi Dress by Free People for instant street style drama.

Where: Add a wide, slightly faded runner from Semikah Textiles for instant hallway drama.

May 30th, 2016

Style | Cool workwear for hot summer days

Kelsey Dundon Global Television

Getting dressed on hot summer days is all fun and games until it comes to the work week. It’s hot during your commute and scorching on the patio after hours, but it’s freezing cold when you’re sitting under the AC vent in your office.

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This morning I brought three looks from Michael Kors, Banana Republic and LOFT to help you get through both extremes. (I’m wearing Zara and Aldo, with a linen skirt I bought in Ireland.)

Watch the clip!

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

[Photos by Jerome Insorio]

May 29th, 2016

Style | When it’s hot outside but freezing inside

Michael Kors bag and shoes

I remember being taught that when heading out to the mountains, you should bring clothes for every weather possibility because you never know what you might encounter. Turns out the same rules apply when it comes to summer workwear (just with less fleece and Gore-Tex) — when it’s scorching hot outside, it can very well be freezing in your office so your outfit better do double duty.

Tomorrow on Global BC Morning I’ll be sharing a few looks that will help you survive both the heat and AC. Set your PVR, mom!

[Photo by Hayley Hudson]

May 29th, 2016

Bookmark | Ste. Marie Design

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

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I am such a creative creep. I love seeing the work behind the work, getting a glimpse into the thought process — and the process process — of people who make beautiful things.

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Which is why I love Ste. Marie Design’s Tumblr. The interior designer firm helmed by Craig Stanghetta is responsible for some of Vancouver’s most beautiful new restaurants, like Savio Volpe and Kissa Tanto, and their Tumblr feels like a moodboard they might have created when they were beginning any number of their projects.

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It’s filled with interior design, sure, but also fashion and art, much of which is raw and refined, jagged and framed in gold.

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It will make you want to quit your job and become a designer. Or at the very least, start Tumbling again. So bookmark Ste. Marie Design’s Tumblr already and bookmark The Anthology while you’re at it.

[Images from Ste. Marie Design’s Tumblr.]

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

May 27th, 2016

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

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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 outlasts any trend.

P.S. Have a questions you’d like a really long answer to? Email KDundon@TheAnthology.ca

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