Shop Canadian This Christmas

2020 has been a tough year for a lot of Canadians, and many small businesses really took a hit. So I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite Canadian brands for you to check out this Christmas.

Wild Rose Designs:  Makes SUPER cute toques/headbands and such to keep you warm during these cold, Northern Alberta winters. Find her on Etsy to place your order.

Autumn Jade Studio: This is a LOCAL jewelry brand owned and operated by one of my best friends. She makes gold and sterling silver jewelry and she also works with crystals/gemstones. She also has a home line that includes candles and wool dryer balls. Check out her website and find her across social media.

Ativo Skincare: Organic, all natural skincare made in British Columbia. Their makeup brush cleanser is incredible and makes a great stocking stuffer. Shop their website.

Temper + Lace: This is a candle company owned by another one of my close friends. Temper + Lace offers soy candles scented with either essential oils, or paraben and phthalate free fragrance oils. She also sells essential oil blends and apparel. Temper + Lace candles are hand poured in High River, Alberta.  Check out her website.

Eatable Inc.:  Eatable Inc is a company out of Ontario that makes DELICIOUS alcohol infused candy coated popcorn. The champagne infused white chocolate is my favourite flavour but their whiskey infused caramel is also amaaaaazzzing. Makes an amazing stocking stuffer. Save $5 on your order with the code KelseyProblemz Check out their website.

Zen Lion Design: Zen Lion is an apparel brand out of the Edmonton area. It’s a Black, Female owned business. Sherrell is a mom of 3 girls and she runs her apparel brand out of her home. Shop her website and save 10% with the code kelseycsomerville

Femme Faire: Femme Faire is a female owned business out of Ontario that makes insanely cute and ethical hair accesories. I have a few of their headbands and looooove them. What I love even more is that they employ immigrants and refugees and allow them to work while still caring for their families. Check out their website.

Anupaya: Anupaya is a brand out of the Ottawa Valley (where I’m from). They make blankets, home decor, candles, hats and other stylish merch that is not just stylish but sustainable. They use recycled materials and they pick up 1 lb of waste for every item they sell. Shop their website.

Supercrush: A female owned brand out of BC that makes scrunchies and other hair accessories. Amazing quality scrunchies. I also have some of their face masks and they are great! Check out their website.

Brunette The Label:Brunette is a female owned apparel brand that offers cute, stylish + fun fashion while also spreading the Babes Supporting Babes mentality. Shop their website.

Glass House Goods: Another female owned jewelry brand out of Ontario. They make simple pieces designed to remind women that they are badass. Check out their website and use the code Kelsey5 for $5 off your order.

High Horse Coffee: An Edmonton Coffee Bean company. Their beans are sold at Freson Brothers locations across Alberta. Their espresso is one of my go-tos.

Wapiti Bean Co: Coffee Beans roasted in GP. You can order from their website.

New Moon Tea Co.: If you’re bestie is a tea lover, check out New Moon Tea Co. You can order from their website.

Road 102 Designs: A company out of Grande Prairie. Randy makes concrete + bone decor. Find her on Social Media. She also has an Etsy shop.

Cinder and Sage: This is a store located in Calgary and she sells a ton of stuff from other brands but she also sells jewelry, hair accessories, and a bunch of stuff she makes herself. She makes really cute hair accessories like hair combs. Visit her website to shop.

The Local Space: This is a store in BC that sells a ton of Canadian owned brands. You can shop online and they do ship! Check out their website.

Peace By Chocolate: This is an award winning chocolate brand out of Nova Scotia that was founded by Syrian refugees. Their story is incredible. Check out their website.

Happy Shopping! Thanks for supporting Canadian this holiday season.

Brand Feature | Zen Lion Design

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.

Brand Feature | Glass House Goods

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.

Use the code Kelsey5 to save $5 on your order.

Brand Feature | Brunette the Label

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!

Brand Feature | Autumn Jade Studio

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.

Brand Feature | Femme Faire

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.

Brand Feature | Anupaya

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.

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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!