The morning views at the morning news were full of style at Global Calgary with a stunning selection of dresses showcased from Joyce’s Closet.
The local luxury consignment business shined some light on the benefits of renting the perfect dress for a special occasion, rather than buying.
With spring in full bloom, the social events of warmer seasons are ready to be filled with the trendiest looks. Bright colors, playful patterns, and edgy embellishments are trending in style this season, which can all be seen within the dress rental racks of Joyce’s Closet. Special occasions such as weddings and graduations can be costly when it comes to investing in the perfect gown. Finding a happy medium between being on a budget and still looking your best at a pivotal event can be easily reached when you are able to rent it at an affordable price.
With two renting options to choose from (4 day rental for a weekend, 8 day rental for a longer getaway), the Joyce’s Closet dress rental service can offer a financially practical and environmentally sustainable method of looking fabulous for a fraction of retail value while still contributing to the lessening of ‘fast fashion’.
Joyce’s Closet gathered three knock-out looks to show a stylish scale of popular choices from the expansive collection. Models Cydney, Louisa, and Kirsten stepped in front of the camera to show off these head-turning dresses:
Cydney stuns in a floor-length silk champagne gown with a halter top and lace front accent. This look could be worn as a glamorous ensemble to attend a black tie wedding. With a complementing black clutch and a classic pair of pearl earrings, you’ll feel like a star knowing your gown was rented for a reasonable $160.
Louisa is wearing a flirty mini dress with a criss-cross back, full mesh skirt, and contrasting texturized color block for a great cocktail party look. It shows off a sophisticated edge that’s ready to party for just $50 to rent at Joyce’s Closet!
Kirsten is glowing like a goddess in this emerald green silk gown. The plunging neckline and cinched waistline create a glamorous combination of sophistication and poise. This look is great for practically any occasion you want to look unforgettably fabulous in for $90
The dress rental services at Joyce’s Closet afford you the time and money to invest your in something else when it comes to putting your look together, like a great pair of heels or a statement necklace.
Rent your special occasion style for a steal at Joyce’s Closet dress rental services and book an in-studio appointment today via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the gown gallery online at JoycesCloset.ca!
(The Joyce’s Closet team at the Global Calgary studio)
There is nothing quite exciting as discovering more ways to dress up and play up your wardrobe! Spring has officially arrived, and this season is moving fashionably forward.
Our look of the week mixes casual cool with a feminine edge. This look is ideal for the social fashionista who is ready to transition into the weekend.
We focused on a casual, sleeveless denim button-up by Current/Elliott that goes with practically everything. For this edgy ensemble, we paired the denim top with a bandage a-line mini skirt - a playful way to add a polished vibe. A pair of leopard patterned Kenneth Cole Reaction flats and patent burgundy mini cross body purse from Banana Republic can set a well-dressed tone for the day, and you can easily switch to dressing up at night with an Aldo clutch and gorgeous pair of studded peep toe Valentinos at night. Keep your look cohesive and top it off with a moto jacket and red lips! Spring into style and shop this look at JoycesCloset.ca.
Time to switch out your snow boots for a pair of fun flats! Versatile, practical, and incredibly cute, flats are a comfortable way to play up your wardrobe. Whether you’re into patterns, bright colors, or playful appliqués, flats are a fantastic way to dress up or down this spring. When looking for an ideal pair of flats, look out for optimum comfort and support with padded soles, or aim for flexible quality with stretch openings, like the J. Crew Mila Nude & Black Cap Toe Ballet Flats (https://www.joycescloset.ca/collections/new-arrivals/products/j-crew-mila-nude-black-cap-toe-ballet-flats), available at Joyce’s Closet.
Jewelry is always a fun way to decorate your wardrobe and detail your favorite outfits. Incorporate brighter colors and accents into your springtime wardrobes with an ornate statement necklace, like the J. Crew Yellow Bubble Statement Necklace (https://www.joycescloset.ca/collections/new-arrivals/products/j-crew-yellow-bubble-statement-necklace) from Joyce’s Closet. Bold statement jewelry is a fantastic way to liven up a muted outfit, so you can pair it with a neutral outfit from winter or aim to match with complementary colors.
A classic watch is an excellent way to amp up your wardrobe. Like statement jewelry, a lovely timepiece can add a little shine or sparkle to your spring outfits. A great watch is not only practical to tell time, but a fabulous way to keep your style consistently chic. Favorite examples of a fabulous watch include the Michael Kors Large Rose Gold Runway Chronograph Watch (https://www.joycescloset.ca/collections/new-arrivals/products/michael-kors-large-rose-gold-runway-chronograph-watch-8096) and Guess Chronograph Gold Crystal Watch (https://www.joycescloset.ca/collections/new-arrivals/products/guess-chronograph-gold-crystal-watch) from Joyce’s Closet.
Nothing welcomes the sun and warmer weather more than a lovely sundress. With so many options to choose from, it’s always great to rock a sundress that you feel most comfortable in while expressing your style. Complement your sundress as if it’s a blank canvas while your flats and statement jewelry are decorative pieces to complete the look. For a feminine silhouette, go for a dress that flatters and accentuates your waist, like the Tommy Hilfiger Green Sun Dress (https://www.joycescloset.ca/collections/new-arrivals/products/brand-new-tommy-hilfiger-green-sun-dress) or, if you’re looking for a longer look, go for the Ivory Abigail Brushstrokes Maxi Dress by Diane Von Furstenberg from Joyce’s Closet.
Transitioning your wardrobe can be so simple just by adding and mixing your favorite looks with new, refreshing pieces. Check out JoycesCloset.ca to get more looks on spring essentials!
The finest of wines were at the 2017 Winefest sponsored by Sobeys Liquor and Safeway at the BMO Centre. Hundreds of guests attended the annual occasion to partake in sipping and sharing. With glasses in hands and bottles ready to pour, Winefest Calgary was a sensational soiree.
Among the several wines available from all over the world, we took some time to get to know our favourites in a fashionable flair. So we took to the bottles and asked a well-dressed question: “If your wine was a fashionista in real life, what would her style be like?” The responses received were fabulous and just as lively as the libations being described.
Alpha Estate, a winery located at the northwest part of Greece, produces delicious wine. Specifically, the Alpha Pinot Noir sets a warm taste with notes of dark chocolate and spiced plums. Kostas, export manager at Alpha State, believes that Alpha State would always be dressed in anything Vivienne Westwood. “Alpha Estate would be edgy but classy. She would wear something fashionable every day, but more importantly she would be making a statement.”
Columbia Winery, Washington state’s first premium winery, had a simple yet elegant logo that matched the refined taste of its varietal Merlot. “If Columbia Valley were a woman, she would have a style that is relaxed, classic, and French. Merlot is a French grape in origin — it’s classic, soft, and she would wear a classic black dress with a string of pearls to accessorize,” said Jocelyn, on-premise sales for E. & J. Gallo.
Another favorite wine brand was Brakemen Foundation’s Carita, not only because of its robust and refreshing tastes, but because of it’s support for Zero Hungry Kids - a mandate that aims to ensure that every child in grades K-6 receives proper nutritional meals throughout the school day within Calgary’s school system. The gentlemen representing Carita proudly modeled their bottles while wearing cowboy hats and relished in the idea of Carita being an incredibly stylish woman. “Carita would we be wearing a nice, long red dress with straps. Her hair is down and she’s going to a nice dinner party!” said Brakemen Foundation representative Jay Third.
Another favorite among the flavorful options was Anna Spinata. Produced in Italy and primarily distributed in BC, Anna Spinata creates wines that are sure to liven up a party, all while being completely organic! Bottled up to perfection and wrapped in a colorful, playful design packaging, the Spumante Brut Rose is a taste of the ideal summer - refreshing, flirtatious, and fun! “If Anna Spinata was a fashionista, she would be fun, flirty and lively,” said a representative for Anna Spinata. “She would be wearing tight jeans with pumps, a fun little jacket, and her hair is up and a little messy!”
With a vast collection of curated wines set up inside the BMO Centre, it was a lovely surprise of a treat seeing local Calgary business Ollia representing their delicious macarons. Although the fashion question pertained to wines, we couldn’t help but ask David Rousseau, owner of Ollia, what Ollia herself would wear if she were a chic fashionista. “Ollia would wear a small, flowery and Parisian dress,” said Rousseau. “She would be wearing that dress in the Springtime during beautiful weather and she would be spending the day shopping around. She would also be sophisticated, but she wouldn’t necessarily know how sophisticated she really is.”
From detailed descriptions featuring edgy to sophisticated, classic little black dress to long red dress, and hair down to a messy up-do, it almost seems like there could have been a Winefest themed fashion show on a runway at the BMO Centre! How would your drink dress up? Cheers to sipping in style!
The Academy Awards is Hollywood's biggest night and some of Hollywood's biggest stars were out looking glamorous and regal last night on the red carpet. There were lots of hits and misses on the red carpet when it came to style, but the classic looks seemed to be the winner. Here are our picks of Best Dressed from last night.
Emma Stone looked like a true star in a gold, body-hugging Givenchy Haute Courture by Ricardo Tisci dress with tiers of fringe.
Jessica Biel wore a distressed metallic Kaufman Franco dress with an edgy Tiffany & Co necklace.
Viola Davis looked so beautiful in a strawberry cold-shoulder dress by Armani Prive. She is such an amazing actress and so deserving of her win.
Taranji P Henson opted for a classic chic look in a beautiful navy off shoulder gown by Alberta Ferretti.
Which were you favorite looks from last night?
Looking for the perfect presents to say “Be mine!” this year? Love doesn’t have to be shown through flowers or heart shaped boxed chocolates this Valentine’s Day. Treat your Valentine to timeless trinkets from Land & Sea and charming jewelry from Joyce’s Closet!
Conveniently located in downtown Calgary at TD Square, Land & Sea has a perfectly quirky selection of love-themed gifts for your Valentine. Make the shopping experience quick and easy by visiting Land & Sea for unique treats.
Share your love this Valentine’s Day with loveable presents from Land & Sea! Our favorites from the Valentine’s Day selection include the Knock Knock: Keep it Simple Stickies for the cute list-lover in your life, Sexy Rendez Vous: The Sexy Romance Game for Two, perfect for that playful couple, and premium beard care products from Mammoth Beard Co. Land & Sea also offers a beautiful selection of gifts from CoutuKitsch Jewelry and Lamb’s Soapworks Bath Products.
Another gift to treat yourself or your Valentine to this year is with 20% off all jewelry at Joyce’s Closet. With incredible designer brands from Tiffany & Co. to Links of London, it’s always nice to shop from the cozy confinements of your own home. Our favorite gifts on sale now at JoycesCloset.ca are the ‘Return to Tiffany’ Sterling Silver Circle Charm Bracelet for $245 and the Links of London Double Pewter & White Double Wrap Bracelet – gifts that exude classic refinement and refreshing taste.
No matter how you gift this Valentine’s Day, celebrate love in style! Happy Valentine’s Day!
With the holiday season quickly approaching, endless parties are planned to be celebrated in style.
Swanky soirees, grandiose gifts, and contagious cheer all call for a fashionable experience. Holiday aesthetics including bold colors, sparkle, and shine don’t just apply to decorations - play up your look at your holiday party this year with our favorite trends of the season!
Located in Willow Park Village is a line-up of flavorful fashion boutiques that cater to fashionistas with a spectrum of trending tastes. What is your go-to look to celebrate the holidays? We visited the lovely shops of C’est Casual, Erin’s Boutique, and First Class Fashion to find our favorite festive outfits.
Offering a stylish selection of designer brands, C’est Casual is a personable boutique with an incredibly friendly staff that features curated collections from Frank Lyman Design, Conrad C, and Gelco from Germany. The storefront showcases a range of styles for all women. Sporty silhouettes, comfort-friendly fabrics, and fanciful patterns adorn the racks that encourage elegance and sophistication.
For a holiday inspired look, we chose a rich red hued jacket with oversized lapels and a glitter circle pattern paired with classic black trousers. A lavish shade of red is romantic and festive, especially when complemented with a sprinkle of glittered detail. Another look we loved still heightened the trend of sparkles. A sleeveless buttoned blouse by Domee, Inc. creates a whimsical silhouette with an oversized collar. Paired with sleek black leggings and detailed with a silver statement necklace, such an outfit is ideal for shining chic at a holiday party!
The staff at C’est Casual welcomes every shopper who wants to look great at any event. Visit this beautiful shop and find your favorite outfit to celebrate the holidays in this year!
Erin’s Boutique + First Class Fashion
Right next to C’est Casual in Willow Park Village is Erin’s Boutique and First Class Fashion - two boutiques that provide excellent service and wonderful fashion including whimsical accessories and gorgeous clothing that will leave you dressed to impressed for the holiday season. Among novelty items such as patterned travel luggage and quirky patterned sweaters perfect for gifts, there is a plethora of outfit choices from Canadian designer brands like Joseph Ribkoff and Not Your Daughter’s Jeans.
Our favorite holiday look emphasizes the power of pink in a bold and feminine cocktail dress with a silver keyhole detail and cape draped front. If sparkles aren’t your ideal choice of design, a pop of color is a great trend to exhibit during the holidays. We narrowed down the sparkle trend to a statement beaded clutch available at Erin’s Boutique! Shiny and sparkly, a small purse or clutch is a sophisticated yet playful way to complement bold colors.
Choose your best look (or looks!) for the holidays at Erin’s Boutique and First Class Fashion, where you are provided with endless classy options to choose from.
(From left to right: Domee, Inc. red glitter circle patterned jacket $265, Frank Lyman Design black camisole $70, Conrad C Melissa Fit black trousers $100. Domee, Inc. black glitter polka dot sleeveless blouse $250, Frank Lyman Design black legging pants $70, Silver statement necklace $45; both looks from C’est Casual. Joseph Ribkoff fuchsia cape cocktail dress $229 and beaded gold statement clutch $60 available at Erin’s Boutique and First Class Fashion.)
With business highlights featuring a European experience over 20 years and work with any kind of fabric, Marianna’s Alterations is a fashion staple to Willow Park Village. The staff at Marianna’s takes tailoring to a supreme degree that transforms pieces to impressive works of art. With a specialty in wedding fashion, clients are encouraged and welcome to take in their precious clothing to receive ultimate care from professionals. Take your holiday looks in for some custom repairing or restyling!
The charming tailor business location is also a grand destination for catering to the dress rental services at Joyce’s Closet. With countless variations of fine fabrics and intricate designs, it is highly important to treat the curated collection of gowns and dresses with care from the trusted consultants at Marianna’s Alterations.
ENTER TO WIN!
Willow Park Village was incredibly kind to collaborate with us and is giving one lucky reader a reason to go shopping! Like what you see on our holiday gift guide and fashion trends features? Enter to win by commenting with your favorite look for celebrating the holidays in the comments section for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the shoppes at Willow Park Village!
*Contest ends Thursday Nov 24th at Noon.
*Contest ends Thursday Nov 24th at Noon.
Authentically designed and carefully curated, Willow Park Village stands as a quaint location for shopping filled with local businesses that contribute to all things wonderful during the holiday season. The pristine park, located on Macleod Trail, heightens the charming allure of strip mall shopping with an assortment of lovely boutiques. From food to home decor and fashion, Willow Park Village houses several idyllic brands that are helpful for checking off your holiday shopping lists!
If you’re shopping for something unique that celebrates the gesture of gift giving, take time this holiday season to visit Willow Park Village, where stores like Studio Blue, Blue Moon, and Wong Ken’s Jewellery are guaranteed to provide you with personable service. There is nothing like an ultimately ideal retail experience where one receives genuine attention, efficiency, and endless options to purchase from.
Checkm8 Shoes + Clark England
Style and comfort are two high priorities for Checkm8, a shoe boutique that specializes in top quality and famous brands including Roberto Capucci, Pikolinos, and Ecco. Check out what’s in store for your shopping list! Fashionable footwear is a perfect present for your favorite fashionista, whether it’s the perfect pair of booties or a high quality pair of flats. Checkm8 also has a prime selection of handbags and accessories add to your great gifts.
Alongside Checkm8 Shoes is Clark England, a shoe shop that is known for its personable staff and trendy environment. With the widest selection of Clarks shoes in Canada, the hardest part of your shopping experience might be narrowing down your choices to buy for your favorite comfy shoe lovers! With an astounding longevity in the retail market that dates back to 1825, choosing to purchase a pair of Clarks is deciding to invest in a product that was carefully constructed to suit individual style and comfort. The store itself provides you with professional shoe consultants who are incredibly well prepared to guide you in finding the right pair to suit your lifestyle and shopping needs.
Fashion Addition 14+
With an amazing line-up of designer brands, Fashion Addition +14 caters to plus-size women with impeccable style and taste. Brands such as Tribal, Eileen Fisher, Columbia, and Jess & Jane grace the fashionable racks of this trendy trade. Passion is the theme of Fashion Addition 14+ as ‘Fashion Forward Thinking Proves “Large is Lovely”’ serves as a positive motto for the storefront. With a valuable history dating back to 1987, owners Bill and Marilyn Booth opened Fashion Addition 14+ after observing a lack of options in the retail market of plus size fashion. Customers are encouraged to embrace their curves and are welcome to make Fashion Addition 14+ a retail home.
Blue Moon + Studio Blue
An amazing collection of novelty items and carefully crafted jewelry fills the walls and shelves of Blue Moon Accessories. With the largest collection of Alex and Ani jewelry in Calgary, Blue Moon also sells custom products that will satisfy any fashionista on your holiday shopping list. Items such as handmade meditation rings and quirky key pendant necklaces grace display shelves and prove to be hot commodities in store. Within the shop lies a large spectrum of items that match an expansive demographic, from Pyrrah, a jewelry brand featuring encouraging sweet messages like “Love Conquers All,” to a playful array of whimsical novelty socks. Blue Moon Accessories is a quaint one stop shop to fill stockings and gift boxes this holiday season.
Adjacent to Blue Moon Accessories is Studio Blue, a fashion boutique featuring designer collections ranging from Elisa Cavaletti to Katherine Barclay. With a feminine aesthetic and fashion forward appeal, Studio Blue is a streamlined source for lush gifts including trendy patterned ponchos that are equipped for colder weather and great for that cozy fashionista on your list!
Wong Ken Jewellery
Specializing in custom jewellery, Wong Ken’s is a sophisticated and elegant shop in Willow Park Village that will please the jewel lover you are shopping for this holiday season. The store houses a fine selection of high quality jewelry brands, including but not limited to Alor, Alpina, and Tissot. With an utmost welcoming and personable staff, Wong Ken’s is an ideal destination for shoppers searching for something special for that special someone. Professional customer service and focused excellence is what sets Wong Ken’s Jewelry apart within the jewelry industry of Calgary. Regardless of the differentiation of styles between different customers, each piece sold at Wong Ken is conscientiously crafted to match every personal taste.
Lammle’s Western Wear
Popularly known as the official western wear retailer for the Calgary Stampede, Lammle’s Western Wear is the perfect shop for the name on your holiday gift list who appreciates the fashionable staple of a pair of authentic cowboy boots. With a wide variety of options featuring men’s wear, women’s wear, kid’s wear, and gift ware, the amount of gifting options are endless. Brands such as Wrangler and Montana Silversmiths add to the rugged and resilient details of western appeal. To appease the feminine physique, a range of dress designs from aztec embroidery to leopard print are readily available. Novelty items such as a Big Shot flask gift set and painted horse salt and pepper shakers are also ideal to add to your gift lists. It is no wonder why Lammle’s Western Wear encourages customers to “experience the evolution of western wear.”
From unique accessories and fine jewelry to comfortably chic shoes and whimsical western wear, Willow Park Village upholds genuine gift options this holiday season. Whether it’s for your mom, dad, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, and even dog or cat, there is always something within these unique and fashionable stores. Treat yourself to a stroll through all the shops with your loved ones in mind. What’s on your wish list? It’s possible you’ll come to find those wishes granted at Willow Park Village.