Blue Monday

19Jan15

It’s been a while since I have posted. Too long. I try to set goals for myself and then something twinkles somewhere in the distance and I have forgotten, (or chosen to ignore) what I set out to do. Eventually my procrastination catches up with me and I am discouraged, guilt-ridden, even depressed some days.

Today is Blue Monday. Supposedly the most depressing day of the year. It is said that getting outside can be a real aid in battling depression. I know I always feel better or get inspired spending time in nature. So I took a walk. And then I was inspired to blog.

Blue Monday Black & Blue Outfit

I’ve been working on ways to get more accomplished in 2015. Somewhat of a resolution to act on my ideas. I’ve been spending some time on Pinterest creating a Blue Monday Board to help motivate me. Spending time on Pinterest could be part of my procrastination problem though.

Grunge Blue Flannel Tank Top

Hudson Black Nico Skinny Jeans

I’ve wanted to design and make clothing since I was a little girl. I have been doing more of that and it truly brings me joy to bring something to life from just a sketch. This blue plaid flannel tank top is something inspired by my grunge years in the 90’s. It feels great to wear something I created. It feels even better to be able to sell things I’ve made and get validation that my work is appreciated. I will be designing, creating, and selling more this year. Er, I hope.

Black Coat and Blue Plaid

Coat, Booties, Hudson Jeans, and Plaid Tank top all available and on sale at www.minkandmanure.ca

I have been running Mink & Manure now for more than four years and it has certainly had its challenges. Now in 2015, I feel focused and confident that I can bring to you the brand I have envisioned for years. Please join me on the journey. I welcome your feedback and suggestions. I couldn’t have stayed around this long without my loyal customers, readers, and friends. Thank you.

Do you have anything you want to see from Mink & Manure in the coming year? Do you have any suggestions for staying on task and getting the job done? I would love to hear from you.

Signed


It was hot here today. It was snowing here last week. Fall weather can be so unpredictable. Hot. Cold. Windy. Rainy. You have to be ready. Here is a weeks worth of fall outfits that will hopefully get you through anything.

Aztec Tunic, Phoenix Boots, Hudson JeansThis Aztec Tunic looks relaxed yet cool with Phoenix Boots and Hudson Jeans

Farm Girl Sweatshirt, Pink Cowgirl Boots, Anoname JeansLooking bright on a dull day – Pink Farm Girl sweatshirt worn with matching Denver Boots and Anoname Jeans

Horses Tee, Buckingham Heels, Vintage WranglersA Wild Horses t-shirt worn with vintage Wranglers (similar here) and Buckingham Heels

Aztec Leggings, Bourbon Brown Boots, white sweaterAztec Leggings with a cozy sweater and brown Bourbon Boots

Paisley Skirt, Denver Tan Cowgirl Boots, brown sweaterBlending into the season in a Boho Paisley Skirt, sweater, and Denver Tan Boots

Countryside Tank Top, Denim Skirt, Suede BootiesA beautiful Countryside Tank Top, Wolverine Suede Booties and a Denim Skirt

Plaid Tank Top, Denim Jacket, red pants, and high heelsA cool Plaid Tank dressed up with red pants, heels, and a Denim Jacket


I have been soaking up the last of the summer break. It is quickly coming to an end and I wanted to share a few final summer outfit ideas recently from Instagram. Some of these item are on sale right now so be sure to check out the big summer blowout.Tribal Tee with shorts

A multicoloured tribal print tee with coordinating purple shorts and turquoise sandals.

Paisley tank and wedges

A retro look in a paisley tank top, bleached out flares, and electric green espadrilles.

Floral Tank with denim shorts

A sheer and flowing tank top looks glamourous with cuffed shorts and gold accessories.

Whites and Brights

Casual and cool in a bright Native print crop top with white denim and accessories.

Blue Plaid, Denim, and  Sparkle

Miss Me jeans with sparkling jewels and an amazing plaid flannel tank top made by me.

Color Burst

A colourful mix of turquoise capris, multi-coloured sandals, and a flower burst tank.

Countryside Sparkle

A ladylike tank top worn with crisp white jeans and silver accents.

 

Some of these items and outfits I would definitely wear into Fall. You can find lots of Fall outfit inspiration already posted on Mink & Manure’s Instagram feed with plenty more to come. Don’t forget to checkout the end of summer sale too.


Camo Scarf 1 Camo Scarf 2 Camo Scarf 3 Camo Scarf 4 Camo Scarf 5

I think the best way to try a trend without making a major wardrobe commitment is with accessories. This scarf is big and beautiful but is also inexpensive. I think it looks just right with these casual shorts and chunky heels. It helps transition a summer outfit into a fall look.

Do you agree that camouflage is a new neutral? What ways will you wear it into fall? I’d love to hear what you think of camo as everyday style.


Camo Top 1 Camo Top 2 Camo Top 3 Camo Top 4 Camo Top 5

Camouflage can be so badass when worn with these leather look skinny jeans and a killer pair of heels. This top is sheer and flowing to give it a bit of a feminine feel with the tough pattern, studs, and denim.

Do you prefer to wear camouflage with a feminine or tougher edge? I’ll share another look tomorrow.


Camo Maxi Dress 1 Camo Maxi Dress 2Camo Maxi Dress 3Camo Maxi Dress 4

Camo Maxi Dress 5

Camouflage never really makes too much noise in the fashion world. Never really in style and never really out of style. It is practically a modern day neutral. This camouflage maxi dress is so soft and comfy I would consider wearing it to bed. Of course it is better suited to the urban wilds. Perfect worn with bright accessories and simple sneakers.

How do you like to wear camo when not on the battlefield? Stay tuned tomorrow for more ways to rock in camouflage.


Did you know we are on Instagram? Everyday we are posting outfit inspiration featuring some of our amazing products from www.minkandmanure.ca. These are a few country inspired looks we are loving that you can find available now on our website.

Country Style 1Great boots and hat with jeans and an Aztec Print Tank Top

Country Style 2

A pretty Rhinestones & Roses Tank, denim shorts and bold cowgirl boots

Country Style 3

A lightweight striped top worn with vintage Revival shorts and cowgirl boots.

Country Style 4

An adorable one shoulder dress with wine coloured boots and gold jewelry.

Country Style 5

Floral dress worn with a braided belt and the perfect tan cowgirl boots.

 

Are you a little bit country? A little bit rock & roll? Come Follow Us on Instagram to get more style inspiration and to see what else we are up to.




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