Zen Lion Design is an amazing apparel brand out of the Edmonton area that I stumbled upon on Instagram. It is a Black, female owned brand that offers a variety of designs + custom pieces. Each piece is hand-pressed and if you follow them on Instagram you can see how much care goes into each and every piece. Zen Lion Design aims to not only offer you cute and stylish ways to express yourself, but to also use their apparel to raise awareness for and to help you to use your voice to fight against social and racial injustices in our society.
My followers/readers know how important it is to me to support small, female owned businesses so I am really excited to be a brand representative for Zen Lion Design and to be able to give you 10% off your purchase with the code KelseyCSomerville until December 31, 2020. It is an absolute pleasure to help this brand grow.
Sometimes we forget just how badass we really are, so it never hurts to have a little reminder. That’s what Glasshouse Goods is for. Glass House Goods offers up a selection of jewelry stamped with the reminder you need; whether you’re Fresh Outta Fucks, A Boss Babe, or you sometimes forget to Let That Shit Go.
I was first introduced to Glass House Goods when my friend gifted me one of their bangles for Christmas, and I knew instantly that this was a brand that wholeheartedly aligns with my personal brand and beliefs in the power of women.
Glass House Goods is a Canadian, Female owned business that was born out of a desire to connect with strong women, and to remind women of that strength in a stylish way. Visit their website for a list of retailers across Canada or to order online.
Today’s Brand Feature Highlights probably one of the most well known independently, female owned Canadian brands. That might be an overstatement but when I look at my social circle, at my social media pages, I feel like it’s true. Brunette the Label is vastly known across the country. Brunette the Label is a female owned clothing brand out of Vancouver. They market a variety of stylish, cozy clothing lines. Their sweaters feature a collection of sassy, quirky, fun and relatable sayings. And with each and every item sold, they are also selling the Babes Supporting Babes mentality. Spreading the belief that we are all Babes. This is a mantra I can get behind. But they don’t just sell a shirt that says We Are All Babes and leave it at that. They are also intentional with their time, their collaborations, their reps, their dollars. They work with a diverse group of Influencers and they donate proceeds to organizations like Black Lives Matter and One Girl Can. And while these are absolutely great things, the one thing I will say is that I would LOVE to see more plus sized models included in their campaigns.
I own a small collection of products from Brunette the label that includes multiple wine and coffee themed sweaters, dresses, a jacket and a ball cap. I love every piece I own. I stand behind this brand, so check them out!
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll be familiar with a brand that I have worked with for quite some time now. Autumn Jade Studio is a female owned business in the Peace Country, offering genuine crystal and sterling silver jewelry. She’s also recently begun working with gold! I have worked with, and been friends with, Siobhan for quite some time. I know how much care she puts into each unique piece, and I know that she sells nothing but genuine crystals (and if it’s not, she’ll tell you). I have seen a lot of jewelry makers out there who are uninformed about their own pieces (don’t even know what type of metal they are using) or will sell their customers fake gems (sometimes out of ignorance and sometimes completely knowingly), this will never be a problem with Siobhan. I have a vast collection of pieces from Siobhan, both pre-made and custom pieces. Whether you’re looking for something vintage inspired, boho, dainty or edgy, Siobhan can create a piece you’ll love.
She offers a variety of bracelets; gem stone, diffuser (lava stone and wood bead), dainty chains and the odd cuff.
Her rings are so stunning. I own a pretty big collection from dainty stackers to statement gems. I was never huge on wearing rings, but now I wear one on almost every finger daily.
And she also offers necklaces; the crystal spheres are my favorite design. And I have a few pairs of earrings, both dangling and stud designs.
I can’t recommend Siobhan enough if you are looking for unique, handmade jewelry. Visit her website for more from Autumn Jade Studio.
Use the code Kelsey15 for 15% off your purchase until August 31, 2020.
I am incredibly lucky to surround myself with strong, bold, ambitious women. Today’s Brand Feature highlights Bolt Beauty. Bolt Beauty is owned and operated out of Calgary by my dear friend, Jane. Jane and I met when she joined the news team at my office. And while our time as co-workers was brief, I am thankful for the friendship that came from it. And also, Oh my god. Look at her! Stunning Goddess Best Friend.
“Bolt Beauty” represents the ability to get glam in a flash and the business was born from the belief that we should all have the chance to feel fierce and luxurious, without breaking the bank. Jane wants her brand to be inclusive and affordable, a way to give anyone and everyone access to products that will allow them to play with their look. Bolt Beauty currently offers cruelty free false lashes and coloured contact lenses. In the future, she hopes to expand to a variety of beauty products and also have an online store with global shipping. For now you can place orders through Instagram DM and she can do pick up or delivery in the Calgary area; but I am sure she would ship within Alberta if you asked nicely and were able to cover the costs.
I don’t frequently wear false lashes, for me it’s more of a special occasion thing. Since it’s not something I do all the time and I’m not accustom to wearing them I prefer to get lashes that offer more length than volume (I find false lashes added to my natural lashes is more than enough volume) so I picked up the Rain set. My order also came with a lash applicator, which is definitely something I’m going to need to practice using.
The lashes are incredibly pretty but the biggest thing I noticed while wearing these lashes was really how light and comfortable they were, which is obviously huge for someone who isn’t a habitual wearer of false lashes.
Support this little business and help them grow! To contact Bolt Beauty, visit them on Instagram.
When it comes to skincare, we are always looking for the best big miracle worker. But something that has always been tried, and true…coffee scrub. Coffee scrubs are amazing for scrubbing away all that dead skin and relieving dry spots, but many also claim to do things like minimize cellulite and stretch marks.
A very well known coffee scrub company out of Australia is Frank Body. Frank Body has been around for years, but I just recently tried a couple of their scrubs. I tried the Original Coffee Scrub, the Coconut Coffee Scrub and the Express-O scrub. These scrubs aren’t just great for your body, they can also be used on your face to treat dry skin and break outs. Frank Body products are also cruelty free and vegan friendly.
The Express-O scrub is a whipped formula for a slightly more gentle scrub. They recommend you use this to upkeep your smooth skin between major scrubs. This scrub smells absolutely amazing, and I loved how soft and smooth my skin felt after using it.
The other two scrubs are a loose scrub which can be messy and result in a lot of product waste if you aren’t super careful. But I would still absolutely buy them again, my skin feels great and they smell fantastic. I would say I do prefer the smell of the coconut scrub over the original. Have I noticed a difference in scars, cellulite or stretch marks…I honestly wasn’t expecting to because I’ve had stretch marks since puberty. I would say my skin does look more supple which improves appearance slightly but there isn’t a drastic change. It would probably work better on new scarring.
Overall, I think Frank Body is a great option for coffee scrubs because there are a ton of different formulas for every part of your body, they are reasonably priced, they work great, and shipping is free on orders $50+. I am very excited to try more products from Frank Body. They make some hair products that I hear amazing things about and they make a scrub that leaves your skin with a little sparkle…which even at 28 years old I think would be hella cute in the summer.
Hey guys! Late last year I stumbled across a brand on Instagram and I really want to share them (now that I have finally ordered some of their products). Femme Faire is a female owned company out of Ontario. They make stylish and modern earrings, bags, jewelry + headbands. Not only do they strive to be sustainable and ethical, they also put a huge emphasis on female empowerment in the work place. It is a solely female run business and they employ many immigrants/refugees, which I love. The more I learn about this brand, like the fact that they donate to women’s shelters, the more I fall in love with them. It’s not even just about the amazing product, it’s the amazing things they do for women.
Today I am sharing the Black Velvet Knotted headband, London Leopard knotted headband (made with fabric from London!), the Vegan Leather Knotted headband and the Black Velvet Braided Headband. I also ordered the studded Black Velvet Knotted headband from their recently released spring collection but I am posting this before I receive it so if you want to see that one, follow me on Instagram!
The Black Velvet Knotted headband is chunkier (bigger frame, bigger knot) than the Vegan Leather and London Leopard, but I actually really love it! I feel like the two velvet ones have a dressier vibe (although any of them could be dressed up or dressed down), particularly the braided one.
Seen below is the London Leopard, Vegan Leather Knotted and Black Velvet knotted.
What I love most about these headbands is that they are the hard framed style instead of a fabric wrap around. I find this style a lot easier to put on, especially with my bangs. If you are in the market for some cute headbands, definitely check out Femme Faire.
Hey friends! Today’s brand feature highlights a sustainable, ethical brand that I am really excited about! Anupaya is a small company in the Ottawa Valley. They offer apparel, blankets, mugs, hats and more. Anupaya strives to be sustainable; they use recycled materials whenever possible and they have a One Pound Promise. The One Pound Promise means that for every item sold, they clean up one pound of waste.
Their fedora hats are made with 100% wool and feature a band of recycled leather. I did order one of these hats before I realized it was real leather so I made the decision not to keep it (As a vegetarian, I don’t wear leather). They are beautifully crafted hats so if you are in search of a fedora and you don’t have issues with leather I do highly recommend that you take a look at the options that Anupaya has to offer! I placed an order for the charcoal Supertramp but they sent me the Fawn so I was able to get a photo before I sent it back.
Their blankets are made with 65% recycled wool, and 35% polyester. The fabric is ethically sourced from Italy and cut and sewn in Canada. They come in different colours and patterns to match your decor and they are reversible. They are also quite large at 5ft by 6ft. When I opened my blanket I was so impressed with how thick and cozy it was. They are also machine washable which makes it so easy.
Heads up; If you decide to order any of their apparel, they warn to size up. I ordered the large (I would typically wear a medium) and it was still SO TINY.
It is so awesome to watch this Canadian brand continue to expand with sustainable, ethical products. Check them out!
Alcohol Infused Candy Coated Popcorn. What a genius idea. A genius idea that Charlene and Vince had and brought to life! Eatable produces all natural, whole grain, air popped popcorn with a variety of delicious alcoholic infused coatings. Even the flavours that sound bonkers are so, so good.
Pop The Champagne is my personal favourite flavour. This is creamy Belgian white chocolate infused with champagne. It also has little crystal candies that pop in your mouth. I don’t normally like white chocolate because I find it too sweet, but this is delicious! It is so smooth with just a little crunch.
Whisky on the Pops is a whisky infused caramel coated popcorn. It is a really creamy tasting caramel but it isn’t overly sweet, it’s almost smoky. There’s a lot more crunch to this flavour.
Merlot PB&J is peanut butter and merlot infused jelly. I found the flavour on this one to be a little more subtle, and all I tasted was peanut butter. I do love peanut butter though. This flavour was crunchy as well.
Poppin Peach Bellini is made with peace wine from Konzelmann Estate Winery in Ontario. It’s like throwing a bag of fuzzy peaches in your popcorn. The peach coating is like a sweet, juicy peach bursting in your mouth.
Pop The Salt and Tequila was one I was scared to try, but I was pleasantly surprised! This is popcorn covered in a crunchy coating of tequila infused caramel with lemon salt. Sounds crazy right? It’s actually really good! It’s a smooth, sweet caramel with just a touch of sour lemon.
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Shady Orchard and Winery is a winery in High Prairie, Alberta. They produce a vast variety of fruit wines and are available at liquor stores all over the province. I’ve been lucky enough to work very closely with William and Kristy Gordon and I wanted to share a bit about each flavour!
This wine lingers perfectly between sweet and dry. Super flavourful and aromatic; I think blueberries have quickly become one of my favourite flavour notes in wine! It is perfectly smooth. Now this is an incredibly sophisticated wine review; you know when you take too big of a sip and it makes you kind of shake your head because it’s a little strong? Not a problem with this wine! It is really enjoyable on it’s own but it would also make a fantastic sangria.
Cranberry and Raspberry
This flavour was a seasonal release over Christmas. While I wouldn’t call this a dry wine, it’s definitely not nearly as sweet as many of the other flavours. The tart flavour of the cranberries will be what you initially taste. The raspberries make for a delicious, berry after taste. This wine is the perfect blend for your holiday meals, or just for easy sipping all year round! This would make an amazing Christmas Sangria or a festive spritzer!
The cherry wine from Shady Orchard and Winery is aromatic, it’s sweet as it hits your lips but has a drier after taste when compared to some of the other flavors. I find that the Saskatoon and Raspberry flavor is like that as well; initially sweet but dry after taste/feel. I could even understand if some people might describe this one as having a slight tartness; but in a totally amazing, delicious way.
The Mixed Berry wine from Shady Orchard and Winery is a blend of blueberries, saskatoons, raspberries and strawberries – all grown right in High Prairie. Upon uncorking I didn’t notice it as overly aromatic, but that’s not to say it doesn’t have a beautiful scent, it just wasn’t as pungent; and there is no doubt that it is very flavorful. I’m not even sure which berry flavour came through the most – they all blend together so beautifully. It is a very smooth and very sweet wine. There is zero dryness and zero bitterness. This sweet berry wine would be a perfect spritzer or summer sangria.
This is one of my personal favourites that Shady Orchard and Winery has offered. Summer Berry contains raspberries, strawberries and saskatoon berries so it’s very similar to Mixed Berry but without the blueberries. I really, really enjoyed this one. It has a really great burst of true berry flavour. It starts off sweet but it definitely has a drier after taste which is something I also found with the Cherry flavour.
I was instructed to taste test the plum wine two different ways, at room temperature and chilled. I tried the Saskatoon and Raspberry at both temperatures as well and there was actually a pretty drastic difference in flavor so I was excited to see how it affected the flavor of the plum as well. As soon as I opened the bottle I noticed it was a very aromatic wine. At room temp, this wine was pretty dry compared to the other flavours but I still didn’t consider this to be an overly dry wine; and I say this as someone who doesn’t really like dry wine and still really enjoyed this one. If you are a drinker of red wine and you are accustom to the dryer wines than you will like this one. If you do not like a dry wine you may not like this. I would maybe say that it’s a little on the bitter side but I am not sure that bitter is the world that I would use to explain it. I left it to chill for a little while and I had another glass; I didn’t notice as drastic of a difference in the dryness as I was expecting but I would say the fruitiness was a little more prominent when cold. Again, if you are very sensitive to the dryness in red wines you may want to tread lightly with this one. It would be an excellent one to enjoy with a meal though if you do like red wines. They made a second batch of plum with a different type of plums and I really, really enjoyed that one. It danced perfectly between sweet and dry and was very flavourful.
The pear is another one of my favourites. This wine is best served chilled, it is super crisp and and smooth. There is a really nice balance between dry and sweet. This would be very similar to any Riesling that you drink but the pear flavor is much more noticeable rather than blending in. This is delicious on it’s own but it would also make a really amazing sangria.
The strawberry wine from Shady Orchard and Winery is the epitome of summer. Best served chilled, this wine is an explosion of strawberry flavor with a smooth, buttery finish. This wine is also very, very sweet. I drink a lot of sweeter wines, I’m a big fan of moscato, and even I will say this is very sweet. Makes an amazing summer sangria or a spritzer!
Saskatoon and Raspberry
This is a best seller at the winery. If you are a fan of saskatoons you will love this wine. I even have friends who don’t like saskatoons who love this wine! The flavour is definitely heavier on the saskatoon side with a slight raspberry tartness. It isn’t a dry wine or a sweet one but if I had to choose, it definitely tilts the scale ever so slightly on the dry side but just ever so slightly; I would compare the level of dryness to a cranberry/raspberry juice. Best served chilled, this wine is super smooth and buttery. If you are not a wine drinker, this is the wine that will get you to become a wine drinker.
Check out Shady Orchard and Winery on Facebook or visit their website to see if you can find them in a liquor store near you.