If there’s anyway to console our summertime sadness it’s with the beautiful days of fall. The trees in Edmonton have dawned their enchanting autumn hues, which gives us the cue to break out our fall essentials. It’s the fashion season filled with layering and cozy knit staples that will fend off that extra nip in the air; styles that were in full force in Fall 2014 runway shows. Other key trends that dominated the fall runways were 60’s inspired looks, feminine feline prints, chic velvet styles, and military khaki flare – all trends that are simple enough to incorporate into any wardrobe, while instantly updating your look for the season!
Cheer: Edmonton Eskimos vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Drink: Alley Kat Pumpkin Pie Spiced Ale
Go: Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo
Learn: Her Success in Finance
Attend: SMBYEG Field Trip
Buy these tickets now: Bloom Yoga Festival
Sunday is Free Admission Day for many City of Edmonton attractions! Go for a swim, try geocaching at John Janzen Nature Centre, time travel in Fort Edmonton Park, breathe in different climates at Muttart Conservatory, the list goes on and on.
On Thursday night, mingle with Edmonton talent at The Culture Collective. It's another exciting variety show of music, dance, film and live performances at Garneau Theatre.
It's the final days of Western Canada Fashion Week. Scout out your new favourite designers, hairstylists, and makeup artists from right here in Edmonton. Shows run every day until Saturday. Mark your calendar for the sample sale on Saturday. Check the schedule and learn more here.
The Edmonton International Film Festival will make Empire City Centre Theatres home until next Saturday. 170 films in 10 days means something for everyone. If you're working downtown, take in one of the 45 Minute Lunchbox Short (includes Subway lunch). There are galas, parties, special guests, and of course many, many films. Check the schedule and buy tickets while you can.
Alberta Culture Days celebrates art and culture in the province by opening art galleries, museums, and cultural centres. The fun kicks off with a block party on 104 Street & Jasper Ave on Friday night with music, a street market, and extended patios along the street. See what other activities you can be a part of by visiting their website.
Kit and Ace is a new line of clothing out of Vancouver. It is available online to start, and will be setting up shop on Whyte Avenue later in the Fall. The founders of Kit and Ace (from the Lululemon family) designed the line for those who go from 6am to 10pm - working out, meeting friends, going into the office, and out for working dinners. It's easy West Coast style combined with classic tailoring.
Kit and Ace spent the last year determining what goes into their fabric. Lucky for us, it has cashmere blended into all of their pieces! If that isn't exciting enough on its own, here's three more words: machine. washable. cashmere. Yes! Details are what matter most to Kit and Ace, and it shows in their choice of quality over quantity.
Another great thing about the Kit and Ace brand is their approach to retail shopping. They are kind of doing things in reverse with the online shop first followed by stores popping up across Western Canada later this year. They are eager to build a community around their brand and will be using the space as a meeting place with supper clubs, art installations, and local art and design integrated into the space.
We can't wait to see how the store looks and get ourselves into some Kit and Ace!
All images from their swoon-worthy website www.kitandace.com
It's time to officially introduce you to the authors behind some recent articles on City and Dale! After putting out the call for contributors in the spring, we have three lovely ladies who have been sharing their Edmonton discoveries, fashion trends, and passion for wine ever since.
Salina Yara Halabi has helped us stay on trend, sharing seasonal fashion reports and outfit guides for special events. She's quite the jetsetter and aside from City and Dale, she contributes to a few interior design publications too. See what Salina has taught us.
Special update: Though you haven't seen Callie's writing in a while, we want to send out a big congratulations to her after becoming a Mommy to baby Bennett!
Note from Gillian: I've had a few people ask me if I'm still writing for City and Dale after this was first published. Yes, I am! In fact, I wrote this post and didn't think of mentioning myself. I'm still here!
Fall's official arrival on Sunday is exciting: it's boot season again, cozy warmer layers, and the river valley turns into a colourful mosaic. Welcome Fall with open arms this weekend.
Saturday is Community League Day 2014! Many community leagues around the city are hosting parties and family friendly activities to celebrate the joys of neighbours and living in your community. Check their handy listing of the day's special events.
It's Edmonton's first Park(ing) Day: On Friday, parking stalls along 101A Ave and 97 Street will be transformed into temporary art installations, urban interventions or performance spaces.
University of Alberta is hosting their Alumni Weekend with a ton of events open to alumni, family, friends, and the general public. Events include barbeques, concerts, Alex Bilodeau speaking, a harvest dinner, awards, and more. Check out all the events you could attend here.
Buy tickets now: SMBYEG is hosting a field trip for big kids at heart next weekend. Think back to field trips from elementary, but this time the games are bigger, better, and it's about time you plated them again. Learn more about the fun to be had, then buy your ticket here using the code CityAndDale_SMBEggCustard for 20% off!
*Photo by Laura Dart for Remodelista