Last Friday I had the pleasure of attending the Oxford Stomp, a charity event to raise money for the Rotary Club of Calgary. The outdoor concert at Fort Calgary was a blast. With camera in hand, I watched the crowds looking for some standout outfits among the tank tops and cowboy hats. It was a very hot day for Calgary and I knew it would be a lot of cutoffs and cowgirl boots headed my way. Heck, that’s what I wore, but I scoured the masses to find a few more imaginative looks. Here are my favourites.
I loved this girl’s look. She seemed so comfortable and relaxed in this romper. The lightweight fabric it was made of was a great choice for the heat that day. The belt was playful and wasn’t matchy-matchy with her boots and bag. Cute studded leather bangles. Perhaps most notable, the rock on her finger.
This is Brenda. She was seriously surprised when I asked to take her picture. I have to admit, I completely overlooked her. A friend spotted Brenda. She pointed out how great the black boots looked with her ensemble as she thought most would have gone with brown. Agreed. What I also love was her delicate shorts worn with a casual looking chambray top and the tall dark boots. She also rocked some great accessories.
Karalyn was gorgeous in this light and breezy leopard print dress. The black hat and black boots were just right. And then POW the pink purse. So refreshing. Notice also her delicate jewelry. When you are wearing leopard, less really is more.
I noticed Brittany while standing in line for the show. It wasn’t until much later that I finally got a picture of her. I love gingham. It may be a farm girl cliché but when done right, it is so right. This dress is fun and figure flattering on her. If I had caught Brittany earlier in the evening she might still have had on her perfectly suited cat’s eye sunglasses but then you wouldn’t be able to see her absolutely polished eyebrows. Nothing makes an outfit more than good grooming.
It was a great day at Fort Calgary. I am still finding straw in my purse and somehow my boots need to be resoled. I hope to make it to many more outdoor concerts this summer. I’ll try to get more pics. What do you like to wear to concerts and festivals? Would you wear one of these looks? Share your tips or your pics.
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This friday starts the first “warm enough” long weekend in Canada to go camping. Although I am headed south to Montana for our first camping adventure of the season, my wardrobe still needs to be ready for any kind of weather. Here are three looks that work from sunrise to sunset in the great outdoors.
Take advantage of a sunny day with MEK Denim cut-offs and a lightweight t-shirt. A functional and fabulous plaid jacket will keep you warm when the air starts to cool in the evening. MEK jeans around the campfire are durable, fashionable, and affordable. Top it all off with a great cap because hair dryers just don’t belong in the woods.
Some days the sun won’t co-operate with your plans. Having a waterproof jacket on hand is essential. Keep the bright yellow rubber styles for the kids. This one is soft and sleek. Anoname jeans or a pair of Fidelity khaki capris will keep you relaxed and ready for anything.
Don’t worry when your hair starts to look slick and disheveled. Hats, scarves, and dry shampoo are a camping girl’s best friend. A pink Farm Girl tank top and iT! Jeans capris rock for day. Throw on a wrap fleece sweater for s’mores and sing-a-longs at night.
This is just the beginning of what promises to be a great summer of camping, glamping, and road trips galore. These looks will travel well and surely become well-traveled.
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I am crazy for this new blazer just added to www.minkandmanure.ca. The neutral colour is a perfect balance to all the brights this season. The gathering on the sleeves makes it look summery and fresh. The slim fit is flattering and avoids crossing over into 80′s style. A dressier alternative to a jean jacket, I think this is wearable from now until the leaves change. Here are a few looks to inspire. By the way all the tops featured are 20% off until March 24th, 2012.
This blazer is a great price for its versatility. I think this would also look fantastic with a maxi dress or pleated skirt. How would you wear this jacket?
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Well the inevitable is happening. The nights are cooling, the leaves are turning, and Autumn is looming. Time for sweaters, hats, boots, and coats. It’s a great excuse for a new outfit. An even better excuse to buy? All the summer clothing on sale now. Fall is the perfect time to get creative with your wardrobe by layering. It is so easy to take a cute summer dress and extend its wearability well into October, November, or even December. Tights, scarves and sweaters can be a tired wardrobe’s best friends. Here are some examples of Summer meets Fall at Mink & Manure.
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Today is officially the kickoff to “the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”. The Calgary Stampede. It is ten days of rodeo events, chuckwagon races, agricultural awareness, deep fried foods, rides, games and total debauchery. One thing that brings it all together is the way everyone puts on their best “western” duds.
Now, being a city girl myself I would never proclaim that I know all there is to know about the country and western aesthetic. I do, however, know that people tend to go a little overboard. One can easily get caught up in leather and rhinestones or denim and turquoise. If its your first time dressing with a cowgirl flair, keep it simple. Pick one or two items like a cute hat or some killer boots, pair it with the perfect jeans and you are ready.
Here are a few Stampede ready looks that will get you through any events you may attend over the next ten days. Everything is available at or coming soon to www.minkandmanure.ca
If you are in the Calgary area and would like to get outfitted for the Stampede or just need a great new pair of jeans, please join us for an exciting fashion event on July 10th. We are hosting a Style Stampede at the Southern Alberta Pioneer’s Memorial Building 3625 4th St SW from 1-4pm. You’ll find all the looks you see above and many more, as well as great sales and a chance to win your purchase.
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Every spring when the sun finally comes out from behind the winter clouds, I get that same feeling of hope and anticipation for the warm days ahead. I imagine the fun activities that come too, like gardening, slushy drinks, outdoor concerts and festivals, and what I’ll wear while enjoying these things. Alas, my mind is more advanced than mother nature’s clock and so I must make a fashion compromise. What better way to transition into spring than with capris.
I love the versatility of a cropped pant this time of year. There is still a bite in the air but my ankles have been longing to see the light of day since being hidden away under wool socks back in November. I’m ready to show a little skin and so I wanted to share with you some style ideas for pulling off capris in spring. All the capris and jeans are available at the Mink & Manure online boutique. Some of the tops are also available and everything else is from my closet. Don’t be jealous! Use these pictures as a shopping guide or just as inspiration but make sure to exfoliate and moisturize before you wear (winter is hard on skin).
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Once upon a time, on the prairies of Alberta, lived two young women, Cathryn and Jennifer. They had careers, farmers for husbands, and a love for fashion that even dirt and manure could not stifle. They had an idea that boots and belt buckles go best with designer jeans and that cowgirl hats are the perfect frame for Chanel glossed lips. It was not just a dream. In 2006 Mink & Manure was launched and the glamour of Hollywood fashion finally met the grit of the wild west.
Ladies from far and wide had heard that Mink & Manure was bringing in premium denim lines, tops, dresses, accessories and footwear to compliment their country lifestyle, and wanted to see for themselves. Cathryn and Jennifer set off on the road, with trunks full of their wares and brought them to homes and trade shows all across Alberta. The goods were flying off the racks and the two women began to prosper.
It was around this time that these two women found their families begin to prosper as well. Now with babies on their hips, they opened up a boutique in town as well as carting their wares to the homes of other fashionable women in the area. So it went, the more Mink & Manure grew, so did the need for the women to be with their families. Alas, how could they give the time they wanted to their loved ones without giving up on a dream?
One call to Jennifer’s city slicker cousin with a fashionable dream of her own, set the wheels in motion and our two heroines said a final goodbye to toting trunks.
Now the people looked on with worry. Change wasn’t easy. Would they still be able to get the same great looks in the comfort of their living rooms? Well the cousin had big dreams of her own, but when she saw how people loved the trunk shows she vowed to continue the tradition. World domination would take time. Perhaps for now she would settle for World Wide Web domination. And so she brings to all the same look of country meets couture from the comfort of their living room, office, or cell phone. Mink & Manure online boutique. Finally all women with discriminating taste and a credit card could have access to these sought after styles.
All across Canada and even on a farm in the prairies of Alberta, a woman, a mother or a farmer’s wife could buy a new pair of designer jeans while multitasking through daily chores. Life isn’t always glamorous but a gal can look it.
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