A love letter to a client and an introduction to Hayley Hudson

Kelsey Dundon stylist

I’ve been working with the lovely (and I do mean lovely!) team at BC’s biggest shopping destination Metropolis at Metrotown for more than a decade (hi guys!). First, as a copywriter at the design firm I used to work for, where I would write everything from digital campaigns to radio spots to television commercials. Then, as a stylist, spokesperson and sometimes blogger when I launched my own firm Northill Creative.

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In 2011, I started collaborating with their team on style segments on Global Television (you’ll find my first segment where I discovered I still wouldn’t be cool in high school here). That led to more segments. Many, many more segments, each a ton of fun to pull together, each a last-minute scramble to make sure everything is perfect before we go live on air, each an adrenaline rush.

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But this year, because of a new project I’m developing, I’m not able to take on the segments as frequently as I was.

Which is why I’d like to formally introduce you to Hayley Hudson, a name you’ve seen on The Anthology a million times before. She’s been assisting me for close two years now, helping with styling (along with Jerome Insorio, who’s incredibly talented!) and taking many of our behind-the-scenes photos. (She’s also helping me launch my new project, but more on that later.)

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Hayley’s taking over the monthly Wear It Well segments and quarterly trend reports. And she’s been killing it. Tune into Global BC to catch her segments and if you’re in PR, add her to your outreach list. Thanks again, Hayley, for all your help these last few years!

[First photos from @KelseyDundon on Instagram, second photo by Hayley Hudson, last two sets from @MissHayleyAlice on Instagram]

Travel | I’m officially a Honolulunatic

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I never had much interest in Honolulu. Hawaii as a whole, yes – I first visited the state when I went on a three-week-long scuba diving/marine biology field trip to Maui while I was in high school. We camped in huts on the beach, dove with eels at night and shook scorpions out of our scuba booties in the morning. It was heaven.

More recently I wrote a series of travel articles on living like a beach bum with a butler in Kauai (highly recommend), driving the treacherous north shore of Maui (you definitely shouldn’t do this), and snorkeling at night with manta rays on the Big Island (actually scarier than diving with eels) – but Honolulu never called to me.

Until now.

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For a girlfriend’s stagette we were in search of a place that would be warm in January, easily accessible from the west coast, a place where you could lounge by the pool if you wanted to, eat incredible food, go dancing at night. A place that’s small enough to walk anywhere you wanted to go, but big enough that you could break off into a smaller group and head in whichever direction the trade winds take you.

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Honolulu fit the bill. The hiking at Diamond Head, the standup paddle boarding right outside our hotel, the whales we saw during our sunset catamaran trip, the karaoke bars — they were just bonuses. Really, really fun bonuses.

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I feel like it’s my responsibility now to shout from the rooftops that this city is underrated. Hence this PSA. Go to Honolulu, embrace its Palm Springs-like shopping strip. Revel in its busyness, embrace the tiki overload, make reservations at restaurants you’re worried will be overrated (but aren’t), bail off your paddle board because the surf is way bigger than you can handle.

You can visit a sleepier island another time.

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I’ll be back, Honolulu. I’ll be back.

P.S. There are more photos where these came from so follow @KelseyDundon on Instagram.

Giveaway | BC Home + Garden Show, Tiffany Pratt Edition

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This can be beautiful! It’s a mantra worth adopting, yes, but it’s also the title of designer Tiffany Pratt’s debut book. She’s a headlining presenter at the BC Home + Garden Show this weekend and I figure we could all use a little more colour in our lives so we’ve teamed up for a brand new giveaway.

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This prize pack includes a copy of Tiffany Pratt’s book This Can Be Beautiful, a notebook from her collaboration with The Penny Paper Co., a set of coloured pencils, and two pairs of tickets to the BC Home + Garden Show happening February 22-26, 2017 at BC Place.

It’s basically everything you need to get inspired and then get it done.

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CONTEST CLOSED: Congratulations, Linda!

Decor | Do you believe in furniture fate?

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Do you think it’s possible to conjure a thrifted find? Like, if you pray to the gods of ’80s furniture often enough, do you think they actually answer? It wasn’t long ago I posted about this brass mirror from CB2 (which is also a shelf, but let’s ignore those details for a moment). And now, at a Ukrainian church sale I find this shiny beauty, which is straight outta the ’80s, babies.

As of right this minute it’s hanging in my office, but I’m in the process of redoing it (I’m always in the process of redoing it) so who knows how long it will stay on this particular wall. I’ll keep you posted.

Wear It Well: Holiday Looks for Men and Women on Global BC

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Half the fun of going to a party is the anticipation (the other half  is definitely the dance floor), and a big chunk of that anticipation comes in figuring out what on earth you’re going to wear. Maybe you’re one of those people who buys an entirely new look for every event. Or maybe you’d rather mix and match pieces you already have. Either way, we’ve pulled together three beautiful looks for three very different types of affairs.

Watch the segment here. It features a magical — like seriously magical — bag from H&M, a season-less look from Forever 21, luxe velvet from Marciano, and versatile menswear (the textures! Oh, the textures!) from Boys’ Co., all at Metropolis at Metrotown locations.

Thanks, Metropolis at Metrotown and Global BC for having me! Thanks, Jerome, for all your help!

My dress is from H&M, shoes from Banana Republic.

[Photo by Jerome Insorio]

Style | Wear Coziness Well

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Here’s the thing about Vancouver: it’s basically fall all year ’round (except for the two months in the summer when it’s pure heaven but we’ll get to those another time). Which means autumn rules the wardrobe.

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For my fall trend segment on Global BC I brought the timeless beauty: faux fur, leather, deep merlot. Watch it here. If anything it will make you feel emboldened to wear your fall gear well into spring.

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Because hey, why not?

Thanks, Metropolis at Metrotown and Global Television, for having me! Thanks, Jerome Insorio and Hayley Hudson, for all your help!

[Pictures by Hayley Hudson]

Pinstagram | Gallery Cafes

The Anthology’s Pinstagram column marries the dream (Pinterest) and the reality (Kelsey Dundon’s Instagram photos of places and faces in and around Vancouver).

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Strike a pose. One of my recent trend segments + an outfit I’d pose all day in.

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Cafe quality. A beautiful spot to meet a colleague-turned-friend-turned-client for lunch + some cafe vibes you could incorporate into your own home.

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Reflections. A gorgeous day for Amy’s Ride and Walk, which honours a friend, benefits the Amy Hurn Scholarship and raises awareness for organ donor registration + beautiful shadows.

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Sky light. A fox looks down at us from the rotunda at the Vancouver Art Gallery + a skylight that makes me want to replace my roof with stained glass.

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Epic collection. A wall of pink art at the Emily Carr University Student Art Sale + a legend who has no shortage of pink art.

P.S. There are more photos where these came from so follow @KelseyDundon on Instagram.

Style | Bundle Up, Minus the Bulk

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Baby, it’s cold outside. How many posts this time of year start like that? A million! Give or take. But seriously, even in Vancouver (where it’s usually mild and rainy) it’s c-o-l-d out there.

So you want to bundle up in a million layers but still want to look like a million bucks? Well then, my Global TV trend segment will help you feel warm while looking cool. It features looks from Old Navy, Roots, and H&M, all pulled from Metropolis at Metrotown: take a look!

Thanks for having me, Global BC and Metropolis at Metrotown! And thanks for your help, Jerome Insorio and Hayley Hudson!

[Photo by Hayley Hudson.]

The Style Set | Sonia Beeksma

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There is an art to dressing for television. An outfit that looks incredible in real life — like say, beautiful billowy things or unconventional silhouettes — can look just plain odd when translated through the funhouse mirror that is your TV screen. Which means dressing for work is a challenge when your office is a television studio.

But you know who’s mastered this art? Global BC’s Sonia Beeksma. The stylish community reporter is so polished (even before the crack of dawn) I asked her to share some of her secrets. Herewith, her thoughts on everything from sweatpants to dress shorts, including a few tips that apply whether you’re in front of a television camera, or, you know…your iPhone camera.

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What rules do you follow when dressing for work on air?
A sleek professional look with one bold statement piece.

What’s your go-to look on a day off?
A silk slip dress (I have a few colours) with a kimono, my Versace gold necklace and Rudsak kicks.

Y/N: Do you ever wish you could wear sweatpants to work?
No, I actually do not have a pair of sweatpants… ha! I love silks, and yes, I wish I could wear my silk pajamas to work.

What’s the best style advice you’ve ever received?
Less is more. Don’t wear every expensive item you own, you want to look approachable.

Who are your three favourite Instagrammers for style inspiration?
I love Jessica Luxe, she’s stunning and has an impeccable style. Whoever is posting for Ralph & Russo also has my attention. Because of them, I’m constantly looking for romantic pieces. Blake Lively, I would wear every single thing she has ever worn.

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If you were a Snapchat filter which would you be?
I don’t use Snapchat, but if I was an Instagram filter, I would be Sierra. It has a day dreamy look, meaning not too far from reality.

If you could raid anyone’s closet (living or otherwise) who would it be?
The Queen. We can easily start off with her jewels, but when you look at her dresses from the 50s and 60s, the fabrics, texture and the structure, it’s exquisite. I know she has them stored somewhere and I want to get my hands on that closet or trunk!

What do you wish could wear on air that you just can’t?
Dress shorts.

What’s the funniest viewer feedback you’ve ever gotten on your on-air wardrobe?
I was wearing a black jumper with a massive bow on the side, a viewer emailed me congratulating me on my pregnancy. I guess the bow looked like a bump on her television. I laughed.

Follow Sonia on Instagram @soniabeeksmatv for more shots like these and my personal favourite, which was styled and photographed by her five-year-old.

[Images from Sonia Beeksma’s Instagram feed.]