The Art Project Does Jamaica: Sweet n’ Sassy Minerals

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As most of you know, I am NOT a makeup girl.  I wear makeup about once a week, and even then it is mostly just mascara.  However Sweet and Sassy Minerals was kind enough to hook me up with some swag for my trip down south, and I must say, I really liked it.  The eye shadow was so subtle that there was no way I could have messed it up!  (Although I still made my friend Sara put it on for me. lol)  And the mineral powder was so light I could barely tell that I was wearing any (even in the hot Jamaican heat).

Also, can we just talk about the truffle bombs?!  Coconut lime is the PERFECT down south scent, and I am so happy they picked this one for me.  I truly believe that there are few things better than taking a hot bath and reading your favourite book either while you are away, or taking a “staycation”.

To purchase any of Sweet n’ Sassy’s products, visit Whimsey on Main Street Fredericton.

“Just wing it.  Life, eyeliner, everything.”

D.W.

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Feature Friday: Nora Swimwear

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1.) Where are you from originally and where are you located now?
I was born in Bermuda but most of my memories were made in Fredericton where I went to FHS, and then did my undergrad at UNB. I moved to London, England in January of this year!

2.) Why did you chose the name “Nora Swimwear” for your brand? (Was it named after someone?)
The name Nora actually wasn’t always the intended name of the brand. Over christmas break, I was sketching some designs and I was naming each of them. I named the marble bikini ‘nora’ originally and fell in love with it. I decided to look into what nora meant and it turns out it means ‘light’ and ‘honour’ which ended up being pretty central to the theme of the swimwear’s brand. Nora is all about making girls feel like that ‘woman of honour’ in which they can empower other women- while looking awesome!

3.) Where do you see Nora Swim going next? 
Things are pretty hectic right now. Its a learning process, but as of right now the website is being worked on, and the look- book shoot is planned to happen in MTL with my good friend Nat Carson as the photographer. Everything is a go for the big launch, which is happening May 21st online and pop- up at Shop Tilleul in Fredericton which I am SO excited for! Fredericton is very close to my heart, so it was easy for me to decide that is where I wanted to launch at my good friend Katie Boyce’s new store. Plus it goes live online the same day too!

4.) Where do you pull inspiration from?
I’ve always been a huge fan of swimwear. My friends always thought I was a bit crazy when I’d spend $120 on a bikini, but to me it was always worth it. Being born in Bermuda, I was naturally programmed to like warm weather. Throughout my undergrad, I saved all my (pennies) to make sure I could get down south with every chance I had. I pull inspiration from a lot of trends in textiles, fashion, and places like California, Bali, and the Mediterranean.

Inspiration is also taken from the movement where people are increasingly taking care of their health and their bodies. I think its great that people want to show off a little, and be proud of what they’ve accomplished. I also am constantly pulling inspiration from bloggers like Barefoot Blonde, WeWoreWhat, Cara Loren, and Emily Luciano. So many of the styles they post about can be transformed into swimwear.

5.) Describe your brand below in a few short sentences.
Nora Swimwear is all about making women feel and look good. Taking inspiration from beach culture and the beaches of Bali, California and the Mediterranean, Nora Swimwear is comfortable and can serve as statement pieces. Ultimately, Nora Swimwear’s aim is to connect women around the world in positivity and empowerment.

6.) What makes your swimwear brand different from others?
I think Nora Swimwear is different from other swimwear brands because it pulls many trends into one. The designs are fitted, comfortable, and are suitable for a wide range of body types. A portion of the profits will also be going to an organisation that provides micro loans to women in under- developed countries, which ties in with the meaning behind nora swimwear to empower other women.

Ashley Lemmon

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Dee Wilkie – The Art Project Does Jamaica: Heart Strings

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I am so in love with heartSTRINGS Jewelry!!  Each piece is so unique and is made out of both new and used guitar strings.  I wore this off and on during my entire trip in Jamaica and it was one of my favorite pieces.  I was worried that the wire which held the beads on it might get caught on my clothing, or scratch my skin.  It didn’t at all, and actually, I tried looking at my bracelet to see where the wire began and ended and I couldn’t find it.  The craftsman ship of Melanie Browns’ work is excellent!

“Once a year, go some place you’ve never gone before.” – Dali Lama

D.W.

Dee Wilkie – The Art Project Does Jamaica: Sueno Swimwear

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In a recent article that was published, it came out that Victoria’s Secret will no longer be selling bikinis.  (Insert freak out here.)  Don’t worry men and women everywhere, I have found the solution!

Sueno Swimwear is a Nova Scotia based company that sells custom made swimwear.  Sueno takes care of ALL the details, and although having a hand made bathing suit might SOUND iffy, I assure you, Seuno has the bathing suit making business down to a science!!  (For example, even the bottoms you buy come with a sticker on the…crotch…area to ensure sanitation and professionalism.)

The best part about Sueno swimwears’ bikinis? …Where do I start?!  They are completely customizable for one.  Joanna Tranter (the founder of Sueno Swimwear) asked that I send her my measurements which were so easy to take I took them by myself!  Then I got to pick the design I wanted.  (Sueno Swimwear already has tons of both cute and sexy swimwear to choose from, but I really wanted something specific for our trip.)

Secondly, Joanna designs the swimwear to not only to be fashionable, but also to be functional.  Joanna is a surfer, so she understands the importance of having a bathing suit that doesn’t fall off.  While we were in Jamaica we had the awesome experience of traveling up Dunns River Falls.  Our tour guides warned us time and time again to make sure our bathing suits were secure so they would not fall off.  Needless to say, out of all the things I was worried about while traveling up a 55m rushing waterfall, having my bottoms fall off was not one of them.  (AND they were not super tight causing a muffin top.  They legit just fit really well.)

My biggest regret about Sueno Swimwear?  I wish I had ordered a custom top to go with my super cute and comfy bottoms!

To order one of Sueno Swimwears suits, check out their website here.

“Life is too short to wear boring swimsuits.”

D.W.

 

Dee Wilkie – The Art Project, Does Jamaica: Michelle Duncan

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Tank top: Dainty Hooligan, Michelle Duncan, Dee Wilkie.  Shorts: Eclipse.  Heels: Spring.

Have you ever ordered something that looks super cute online and then when it finally gets to you it just doesn’t look quite right?  Maybe it’s still nice enough that you keep it and wear it occasionally, but it doesn’t look as good as you had hoped.  Or you get it and the size is wrong, or the fabric isn’t what you thought it would be or it just isn’t what you wanted.  I think most girls are probably organized enough that they would just send these garments back and get a new size or their money back, but to me that just seems like a headache.

While getting ready for my trip down south, I realized my wardrobe was in major need of some sprucing up.  I have a million racer back tanks and hoodies, but nothing that would look cute with heels.  My friend Sara introduced me to this super cute online store called Dainty Hooligan.  They have SO MANY CUTE CLOTHES!!!  I especially love their tank tops and dresses.  So I ordered two dresses, a tank top, (and of course the essential “sticky bra”.)  The dresses came in and fit like a glove.  The tank top on the other hand just wasn’t quite right.  I LOVED the back of it and didn’t want to send it back, but the chest area was…not flattering to say the least.

THANKFULLY I have some pretty great fashion friends.  I messaged Michelle Duncan, one of my most trusted fashion designers here in Fredericton and she reconstructed my tank with my own screen printed silk.  It turned out to be one of my favourite tops on my trip!  Basically all Michelle did was take apart the tank top and add a new front with my custom made silk and VIOLLA!  I got to keep the super cool back AND I now only have two boobs when I wear the top and not four.  It was a win win really.

If you would like to see more of Michelles’ work and to get a sneak peak of her new up and coming line, click here.

“Before something great happens, everything falls apart.” – Anon

D.W.

 

Feature Friday: Veronica MacIsaac

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When/How did you learn to sew? 
My mother taught me how to sew when I was 4 years old. I’ve been sewing ever since! By the time I got to my first home ec class in grade 7, I was already making full outfits for myself.

What made you want to be a designer?
I was ALWAYS into fashion. I used to plaster the walls of my room with Vogue pages. But I didn’t think of it as a career until 2008.

What are some of the highlights that you look back on in your career up to this point? 
The New York trips were amazing. Being in British Vogue was a dream. I was on the cover of a couple of Scottish and Celtic magazines a few years ago that I was really proud of. But I’ve also still loved the shows I’ve done at my favourite local pub (Durty Nelly’s).

How easy or hard was it for you to find your niche market? Was that intentional or did it just sort of happen?
Actually, for me – the niche market came before the idea of being a designer did. It was most certainly intentional. I wanted women to be able to represent their heritage in a way they would dress normally. So I created my first collection with that in mind.

How would you describe your brand?
Modern styles in traditional Scottish fabrics.

You are definitely one of the more established designers on the East Coast. What is your advice to new and aspiring designers?
I always say – you need to find your niche. Lots of people can make ‘pretty dresses’. But what makes your stuff different from the rest? In today’s economy, you can’t compete with the mall. So you have to create things that don’t already exist.

What makes you stay in the East Coast?
I love to travel, and I love traveling to other cities. But I love the East Coast atmosphere.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I imagine pretty much where I am now? I’d like to do more international shows, and I’d like expand my brand a little more. But my focus will still be on the Scottish and Celtic communities.

What is your favorite piece that you ever made and why?
I’ve made a lot of pieces I’ve loved over the years. But my all time favourite thus far would be the backless MacQueen tartan gown with the floor length pleats. It was an idea I’d had in my head for a couple of years, but I’d pictured it in another tartan. When it came time to make it, I saw the MacQueen tartan sitting there, and all of a sudden the picture in my head altered. I knew it would be a game changer (and it was!).

“If you aren’t a little different than your competition , you’re in trouble.” – Mark Sanborn

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My Heart Will Always Be In Guatemala

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I am a true millennial, with a love for travelling, bright colors, and the ocean.  Traveling is one of my favorite hobbies and is one way in which I can totally recharge and regroup my creative mind.  Living in a small town such as Fredericton often feels suffocating and debilitating.

I want a life of colour!  I want to live out of a suitcase and drive in a crowded sweaty van for hours with interesting people who I am just getting to know.  I want stories.  I want to try new things and push my limits.  I want to conquer my fears and be the best me I can possibly be.  I want to laugh.  I want to learn from those who have nothing, but yet have everything.  I want to be free.

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai

D.W.