Style Profile: Mia Loiselle “A Vintage Affair”

 

Mia, a fellow yyc communications/PR professional, is an avid world traveller, and an adventure enthusiast at heart. Her personal style is bold, vibrant and fresh, as she is constantly experimenting with the latest vintage find that she has acquired. What I love about her style is that there are no boundaries to the eclectic and creative looks’ that she puts together. Whether we are going for brunch, or out for drinks at a classy speakeasy, Mia is always showcasing her personality through chic, original, attire with an added vintage flare!

Mia’s Style Philosophy

“It’s all about contrast! I love to pair pieces that wouldn’t traditionally go together. I generally try to have one piece that stands out and can maybe spark a conversation, paired with something that shouldn’t really go with it, and just make it work!”

Something Mia plays around with a lot is masculine vs feminine looks. She is inspired by menswear and will typically pair something with a more masculine shape with something very feminine and girly.

One thing that I love about Mia’s style is her ability to take a piece, experiment with it and find 100 creative ways to wear it, pairing it with different lengths, color combos and accessories. Her wardrobe is a complete collection of signature, one-of-a-kind pieces that she has acquired throughout her travels, from vintage shops, high-end retail stores and local boutiques.

“Generally when I find a piece I love, I will wear it till I am either extremely sick of it, or I find a new piece that I am inspired by.”

Minimalism is Mia’s current jewelry standard. Very simple chains and studs are all she uses to complete a look. Her current obsession is rings, as her fingers are covered with numerous dainty to larger chunky bands.

Mia’s Style Inspiration

“I find my style inspiration mainly through Instagram, as well as just creeping people’s street style. I love to people watch, especially when I travel and I usually incorporate something from every place I go into my current style. Right now, I am living in Copenhagen and everyone here wears a lot of black and grey, so I find myself stepping away from colour more and more.”

Artsy to Local Grunge

This is a great look for a night when you are attending multiple events, each with a bit of a different dress code! It’s girly yet relaxed, demonstrating Mia’s love for opposition. You would typically see Mia wearing this outfit at a gallery opening and then later at a concert.

“With the hat I was looking for something that had a little more structure + character to it than the classic floppy felt hat. This hat from Anthropologie caught my eye immediately. It feels like something I might steal from an especially stylish boyfriend, sort of menswear-inspired, with the beautiful ribbon making it more feminine. 

This original vintage Levis vest was a fantastic find. I found it perusing a tiny vintage store in Victoria a few years ago. The best part – the sleeves were ripped off by its previous owner, giving it so much more depth and character than a regular Levis vest.  

I paired the vest with a Wilfred Free, pale purple baby doll dress to create that contrast and make the look more feminine.

These black pointy, leather boots are one of those accessories that can complete just about any look and are one of my favorite accessories right now. I found them at Fond Vintage Boutique right here in Calgary.”

Casual Before 3pm

Juxtaposing elements of different lengths, textures, patterns and shapes are what make this look unique – the perfect combination of casual + chic street style. Each piece is inherently different, but layered together they compliment each other, making each piece stand out. This is the perfect look for a coffee date or a lunchtime catch-up with friends.

“The hat was simple, I picked it up from H&M, in the men’s department of course.

The jeans are a pair of Levis Originals that I picked up on a recent trip to Vancouver. I had been searching for the perfect pair of 80’s/90’s Levis for years, so I snatched these up when I saw them at an adorable vintage shop hidden within Gastown. Unfortunately they are a little bit big, but nothing a belt can’t fix. This lavender belt is a classic staple from American apparel.

Impractical (for Calgary) is the word that best describes this coat, but I love it! I found it at Anthropology and originally bought it to wear in Vancouver in the fall. However, it has become one of the staples in my wardrobe and I will wear it in any season, regardless of the temperature.

Both of these are bold pieces, so I paired them with a rose colored, classic Wilfred long-sleeve crop-top that balances out this look.

These are beautiful flats – I love the pattern! They add character and stand out against the lighter pastel colors in this look. The best part about them, they were $20 at Forever 21!”

Girls Night Out!

Everyone needs that one outfit that fully embodies their personal style and makes them feel beautiful and confident! This edgy yet stylish look is one of Mia’s favorites, and not to mention versatile, working for dive bar drinks or classy cocktails.

“This classic knit was a great score from Banana Republic on a summer trip to Portland. The high neckline makes it incredibly versatile and can be easily dressed up or down. The loose knit texture makes it great for summer or winter and is an easy travel piece because it doesn’t wrinkle.

These are a pair of basic black, high-wasted jeans from Urban Outfitters that I ripped myself. It started off as an accident and I liked the look so I did it on the other side. Also beats paying the $200 for Rag & Bone’s ripped jeans!

This 50’s silk scarf is near and dear to me, as it is from my Grandma’s beautiful scarf collection. The intricate and detailed pattern is beautiful against a neutral palette and easily dresses up a look at a moments notice.

Together the scarf and the knit top create a more dressed up look. The ripped jeans take the outfit down a notch, making it more interesting and bar appropriate, rather than high-tea attire – again contrasting between shapes and textures!  

Impractical seems to be a trend in my style, but it makes looks’ more interesting – so I always commit! These ridiculously high heels are a pair of never-worn Jeffry Campbell’s from a thrift store in Portland.”

Tailored Dinnertime Chic

Layered with a bold standout skirt, this outfit is a fresh way to do dinner! The busy, bright pattern on the skirt, layered with a delicate lace ballerina long sleeve, makes for a scene-stealing look.

“The top is a Free People that has survived many closet deep-cleans. I love it mainly because of the delicate lace and the crisscross details in the back. It is the perfect top to pair with a brightly patterned or textured bottom.

I was attracted to the big, bold, overpowering pattern on this skirt in a vintage boutique in Chilliwack. Originally it belonged to the owner of the shop and was a beach cover up she had purchased in Hawaii, some years before I stumbled upon it. I folded down the top and secured it with the drawstring to create a bold and structured maxi skirt.”

xoxo Kristy

Photographed by: Kristy Archibald

Styled by: Mia Loiselle

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ParkShow – Edmonton

Promoting Artists Redefining Kulture (PARK), is a non-for-profit organization that I discovered a couple of years ago. They work to open up creative communities, raise awareness and help promote local artists and fashion designers in Calgary, Edmonton & Saskatoon – so naturally I was immediately interested! Bright lights, amazing art work and stunning style, they go all out when it comes to their fashion shows and the experience of the shows themselves is a spectacle.

Since discovering PARK I have volunteered and attended numerous shows, watching the organization grow immensely throughout the years. I recently attended PARKShow in Edmonton at the empty Target location in West Edmonton Mall. The PARK team did an amazing job of transforming this empty area into a luxurious space, which made for a beautiful event. Here are just a few of my favourite designers that walked in this show:

Kazz Clothing 

The best part about this line created by Canadian designer, Ashley Kasdorf was it’s versatility. Each piece is a fundamental staple, with the ability to go from day to night with the addition of a simple pair of heels or leather jacket. The line consists of a selection of dresses and skirts that are comfy, practicable and modern, yet perfect for those days when you’re running 20 minutes late for work and need to look polished + put together – my life!

 

Anneka Forbes

A handmade line entirely of outwear, designed and created right here in Calgary by Anneka Forbes herself. The jackets in her line are the perfect addition to any outfit, whether it be for a lunch date or a night on the town. I had the pleasure of not only seeing her beautiful jackets hit the runway, but I got a chance to chat to Anneka and even try on one of her luxury jackets. Speaking with her I learned a little bit about the road that brought her to where she is today and what it takes to create such an intricate line. Her passion and energy for what she does is demonstrated through the details in each garment that she creates – by hand! I tried on the Shearling Collar Bomber Jacket, made with 100% Lamb Suede and Shearling – the fit was absolutely unreal.

Barclay Clothing 

One thing that will never go out of style is a classic blazer! This chic London inspired brand, created by Margaret Barclay consists of stunning, versatile jackets that are made to go from a day at the office to a night of drinks & cocktails. This is a timeless investment piece that I think every girl in Calgary should own with our city being such a corporate culture. I can’t wait to invest in one of these pieces for myself!

Workhall 

Workhall is a fantastic brand that I grow to love more each time I see them on the runway. Each garment in this line is creatively designed and minimalistic, hugging the natural curves of each model and made to flatter any body type. This line accentuates a woman’s natural beauty and each piece looks good simply on it’s own, without too many accessories. This brand is not only local, but socially conscious as they heavily promote their “1 for 1 program.” The slogan for the program reads:

For every one garment you purchase we’re sending one to your local women’s shelter.” 

Beautiful clothing supporting a great cause, you cant get much better than that!

xoxo Kristy

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6 Brunch Hot Spots in #yyc

Brunch, the genius collaboration of breakfast + lunch and the highlight of the weekend. As a hot cup of coffee in a tiny bistro, or diner on a Sunday morning is simply irresistible. The casual, comfortable laid back setting is the perfect place to catch up with friends + family, go on a date with that cute guy you met last weekend, nurse a hangover or experience part of Calgary’s growing foodie culture.

It seems that every couple of months a new unique, fantastic brunch hotspot pops up in Calgary and is flooded by people from all quadrants of the city. I for one am one of these people, as weekend brunch is something I look forward to at the end of a busy work week. Here are 5 of my favourite brunch spots in the city where you can usually find me on a Sunday morning – devouring an eggs benny of course!

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Monki Breakfast Club + Bistro 

Nestled in a rustic brick building on the corner of 10th ave and 12the St. SW, this little bistro provides great food and a bright + cosy atmosphere. Generally if you get there after 9:30 on the weekend you will be looking at a decent sized wait, as the space does not hold many people. However, the menu proves to be well worth it! My personal favourite is the Chorizo, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Benedict. If that doesn’t tingle your taste buds, they are famous for their Banana & Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast Topped with Nutella & condensed milk, along with a variety of creative dishes you won’t find anywhere else in the city.

The Beltliner 

Fun Fact: This restaurant was named after an old street car that used to run down 12th avenue!

This is a classy upscale diner adds a 50’s twist to a modern and spacious atmosphere, perfect for groups or last minute brunch dates. Their menu is the epitome of comfort food, as most of their dishes are their own spinoff of the well known classics. As you can probably guess, my favourite menu item is a benny, but not just any benny! The Lobster Benedict is by far one of my favourites in the city, the lobster is fresh and done perfectly, taking me back to my east coast roots. This is a more pricer option on the menu, but defiantly worth trying at least once!

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Vendome Cafe 

This european inspired cafe is situated in the heart of Kensington, in the historic “Vendome” building and offers a unique charm that has customers, like myself, continually coming back. This cafe usually has a line around the block of hungry Calgarians antsy for their daily brunch and coffee. However, the line moves quickly as it mimics the flow of a Parisian cafe. Their menu brings a cultural diversity to Calgary’s brunch scene, while maintaining their support of local farmers and food suppliers. My go-to is a Classic Benedict or one of their decadent pastries. These pastries are placed in their display window right before the counter where you place you order, making them hard to miss and even harder to resist!

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Blue Star Diner 

Home of the white brick wall with the Instagram famous blue star. This diner is located in the trendy yyc neighbourhood of Bridgeland and is a strong supporter of the local scene here in Calgary, in both their food and their practices. You can anticipate a wait, but again the food is well worth it. The wait also gives you the opportunity to browse through all of the local shops that Bridgeland has to offer. I highly suggest their pulled pork menu items such as the Pulled Pork Benny or Chipotle Pulled Pork Hash, both equally delicious and satisfying!

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Chef Bar 

A cocktail bar by night and a local weekend brunch hotspot by day. New to the Calgary scene in 2015, this restaurant offers a range of food from early morning breakfast to delicious late night snacks. Their upper scale menu offers a rich selection of mouthwatering exquisite breakfast options and the best part – a benny bar! Yes, you read that correctly! Choose from a variety of options that are served on a toasted english muffin and their signature chervil champagne hollandaise sauce. I would seriously be here for a new type of benny every morning if I could!

The Fine Diner 

Last but not least! Another favourite, situated in beautiful historic Inglewood along 9th avenue. This diner is all about the atmosphere and their overall guest experience. While you wait, sip on fresh Frattello coffee and take in the stunning local artwork that encompasses the space. One of the things I love about this diner is that most of their ingredients are sourced from local suppliers, making the quality of their food unreal. If you have a sweet tooth I suggest trying their Stuffed French Toast. If your feeling a savoury option my go-to is the Pulled Pork Hash or Spicy Bacon Frittata!

xoxo Kristy

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A Snack You Won’t Regret

The golden rule when I bake is generally, “the sweeter the better.” However, one of my New Year’s goals is to try and discover healthier alternatives to my sweet and salty binges. Snacking in between meals is something that I am terribly guilty of, so I decided the first step in accomplishing my goal would be to find a snack that was both tasty, yet nutritious to munch on.

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I decided to start with these Homemade Granola Bars. They are incredibly easy to make, with little to no clean up and they only take about 10 minutes to prepare! Check out the recipe here:

Ingredients

1 cup oats

1/2 cup trail mix – I used a super fruit trail mix for added nutritional benefits (Read more below)

1/2 cup peanut butter – the more the better!

1/4 cup honey

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1/4 cup water

Organic Traditions Ultimate Superfood Trail Mix: This is a great product that I bought at Planet Organic. It’s a little pricey, but the bag makes approximately 4 batches of granola bars and it contains pure + raw ingredients, unlike other supermarket brands – plus it’s delicious! This blend contains organic chia, hemp hearts, almonds, golden berries, black mulberries, coconut, cacao nibs and vanilla. You can also use it as in other ways, such as a dessert topping or mixed into your yogurt.

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper
  3. Combine all of the ingredients into a bowl and stir until blended – this will not be a smooth mixture
  4. Spread onto cookie sheet in a thin layer – put a little elbow grease into it! The mixture is thick and can be a little harder to spread.
  5. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes
  6. Remove from oven, cut into squares
  7. Return to oven for another 12 minutes
  8. Remove from oven, let cool and ENJOY!

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All of the ingredients that I used for this recipe were organic from either Community Natural Foods or Planet Organic – support local!

xoxo Kristy