July 12th, 2016

Wear/Where | 1980s cool, 1970s glam

Gucci Loafers

black brass chairs

When it comes to foolproof colour combinations, few are as glamourous as black and brass. The 1970s knew it, the 1980s knew it, and now, my friends, we’re getting to know it once again. Sure, it feels understated as an accessory, but boy does it feel bold as part of your decor.

Wear: Black loafers with brass detailing, like those by Gucci as seen on @deborabrosa.

Where: Farrah dining chair, as seen in the Create & Cultivate offices.

June 29th, 2016

Diary | Roaming the Streets with Surreal Theatre

Surreal Theatre Gastown Vancouver

The last show I saw in a theatre was Raffi (ha!). It had been a while since I’d been to the theatre theatre. Until last night, when I went to the theatre, it just wasn’t, you know…in a theatre.

Vancouver fountain

Surreal Theatre is set in the streets of Gastown, a favourite neighbourhood among Vancouverites and tourists alike. Although the play isn’t just set there, it actually takes place there — on the sidewalks and crosswalks and action-packed alleys.

It started in a courtyard where the audience gathered alongside the actors…

Who needs red velvet seats? Surreal Theatre takes place on the streets in Gastown.

A video posted by Kelsey Dundon (@kelseydundon) on

…and then we roamed the streets like a big theatrical tour group (snapping as we went) while the characters debated love, childhood nicknames and apps.

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The show ended, much as it started, on the street. (Last night was the play’s premier so there was a ton of media in the 25-person audience, like Dana Gee, pictured above.)

Bauhaus Vancouver

Since we were on the outskirts of Gastown, we went for an after-show cocktail at Bauhaus, something I definitely did not do after that Raffi show.

Thanks for having me, Surreal Theatre!

June 28th, 2016

Trippin’ | Las Vegas, Kind of

Polaroid Cosmopolitan Pool Las Vegas

If I went to Vegas for 24 hours, but didn’t leave the hotel once, can I still say I went to Vegas?

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I flew there (without either of my babies, which was perhaps the highlight of the entire weekend!).

The Cosmo Hotel Las Vegas

Spent some quality time by the pool (not at the peaceful one pictured above, but the pool at Marquee Day Club, which was so crowded it looked like human soup).

Las Vegas Airport

Then flew home the next morning after a delightful in-room breakfast. It was pretty well perfect.

[Photos by @KelseyDundon on Instagram]

P.S. Trying to figure out what to wear to a pool/beach party? You’ll find a few ideas in my recent (blooper-filled) segment.

June 27th, 2016

Style | Hit the Beach

Global Beachwear Wear It Well Kelsey Dundon

My segment at Global BC started out smoothly enough this morning.

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I brought three of my favourite sand-friendly looks from Old Navy, H&M and Swimco, pulled from their Metropolis at Metrotown locations.

Then it quickly turned into one long blooper reel. (I don’t think I have ever laughed as hard as I did the second we stopped airing!) Take a look…

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

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

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).

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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.

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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.