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Styling the Kaja Dress for Summer Events May 18, 2017 05:00

Wedding Season is right around the corner, which means the hunt for fancy dresses begins! For someone on a budget, purchasing multiple formal dresses that you might only wear once can be a drag. Look no further than the Kaja Dress, a Copious perennial that flatters everyone and works for any occasion. It is easy to dress up and down, so it can be restyled over and over again in your wardrobe! Copious has three colour ways this season that you can personalize and style differently for all your summer parties this season. 

 The newest colour way is a gorgeous stretch cobalt blue that features a sheer back with victorian pattern. This back pairs perfectly with a black bralette (bonus points for interesting strappy details.)  Emma wears the Kaja Dress in size 4 with Aldo earrings and a vintage purse.

 This floral version is the perfect summer dress for weddings or bridal events this summer! The Navy back with textured diamond print is the perfect touch of sheer to be playful with a colourful bra. Emma wears the Kaja Dress in size 4 with Aldo earrings, vintage necklace, Heel Boy Wedges.

 I always try and choose sheer fabrics with texture or a design that can easily camouflage a bra, cause who are we kidding, some of us need a bra! The pattern and texture on this sheer fabric is a great concealer for a nude bra. If you are attending a wedding where you need more coverage for the ceremony a shawl or kimono can be a great extra layer to style with this colour way, while upping your outfit game at the same time! Emma wears the Kaja Dress in size 4 with Aldo earrings, vintage kimono and Heel Boy Wedges.


Elm Bomber April 21, 2017 08:04

Did you know that there is a story behind the name of every piece in each Copious Collection? The Elm Bomber was inspired by Kaja Tirrul, the photographer behind Copious and a friend of Carissa. "Kaja" has already been taken by the Kaja Dress, so the new bomber for the spring collection needed an original name. What better to call it than Elm, the street that Carissa and Kaja shared an apartment together while in college. 

If there is anything you should add to your closet this spring, it's a bomber. The bomber is light and versatile, and it is easy to take from day to night! Copious's Elm Bomber is a fun take on the classic style, in our favourite colour this season; mustard! 

What could be a better combo than jeans, a t-shirt, a bomber, and a sports game? The Elm Bomber is the perfect layer to throw on when it gets chilly or to add some style to your everyday look. Emma wears the Elm Bomber in XS ($275). Pictured with vintage jeans, and Reformation t-shirt.

The bomber jacket can also be a great alternative to a blazer. By simply pairing with a skirt and some heels, your casual daytime layer is now a statement piece that you can take anywhere from a cafe to the office. Emma wears the Elm Bomber with the Lisa Skirt in S ($110), Wilfred bodysuit and Jeffrey Campbell wedges.

The Bomber is the perfect item to bring while travelling as well, because it looks just as amazing with a dress as it does with jeans! Accessorize with a bold necklace and booties with height to add some glam. Emma wears the Elm Bomber with Wilfred dress, vintage boots and ARMED necklace. 

 

PRE-ORDERS open now, production starts next Friday April 28th, get your order in now to be the first to receive the newly sewn Elm Bomber, in time for some gorgeous spring weather.  Click here to order. 


Have You Picked Out Your Easter Outfit? April 06, 2017 08:15

When my sister and I were kids we always got a new outfit for Easter. It was something special and a great way to get excited for Spring. Not only do I have all your dress needs covered, I have great pieces that will transition into Summer and are even great to rock in Fall! 
The Kyle Dress is perfect if you have fancy Easter plans, styled with jewels and a blazer, and you are set to do Easter in style. 

This outfit is perfect for my family's kind of Easter weekend plans. We ALWAYS have a huge dinner, so a comfortable dress is key, but being in the country we also love enjoying the outdoors. The Rachel Dress is perfect to layer with the Richmond Vest to keep you warm and you have a comfy dress for frolicking outdoors. 

If you are laying low this holiday weekend and want to keep it casual and cozy, The Andrea Dress can be paired with your favourite sneakers, spring jacket and baseball cap and you are set for a chill long weekend. 

Whatever your Easter Weekend plans Copious can get you styled to enjoy some extra days off! 

 


Dear Deer March 13, 2017 09:23

 So glad I can finally share these photos! It's always nice to do a creative shoot with people that are so passionate about what they do and when you have such an incredible backdrop with friendly animals that want in the shot, you get photos you can't stop looking at!

Get closer to the shoot with our BTS video here!

Photographs by Kaja Tirrul (@kajaphoto) www.kajaphoto.com
Styling by May Milly (@may.milly)
Makeup by Anthonia Bejide (@anthoniamakeup) www.anthoniamakeup.com/
Video by Up North Wedding Films (@joshua_upnorth) www.letsgoupnorth.com/
Model: Tiffany Yach (@tiffanyyach) www.angiesmodels.com

Skirting It Up Before Spring March 07, 2017 07:03

Scallops are the cutest way to bring a feminine twist to the classic leather skirt. We love the Rachel skirt, so let us show you how to wear it as we transition from winter to spring! We paired the Rachel skirt with a one of a kind top made by Copious as a coordinated set. Just add some over-the-knee socks and a shearling jacket, then hit the town!

Emma is a size 6 and wears a one of a kind Copious top with the Rachel skirt. Top, XS ($30, 20% off until March 19); skirt, 4 ($135, 20% off until March 19). Styled with Levi's denim jacket, H&M over-the-knee socks, and Oak and Fort shoes.

 


Winter Styling Made Easy with a Winter Sale! February 03, 2017 09:08

I always struggle to keep my sense of personal style when the negative numbers really hit us here in Canada. I usually just end up wearing jeans and a hoodie cause I know my outfit will be hidden by my winter jacket. But what happens when you need to take off that jacket, well Copious has you covered! Check out how Emma & I styled our favourite items from the website. 

 

Dress: Kaja with Lace Back ||| Belt: Brave Leather ||| Boots: Cartel ||| Coat: Vintage 

 

Top: Alice with Elbow Patches ||| Skirt: Olivia ||| Shoes: Oak + Fort

Top: Vintage ||| Dress: Maya ||| Vest: Topshop 

 

Dress: Sophia ||| Jacket: Anthro (Levi's) ||| Belt: Ralph Lauren ||| Boots: MIA 

 

 

 


101 Travel Light & Save the Planet August 31, 2016 21:45

During my competitive career as a figure skater I was fortunate enough to travel to many different countries around the world. From Nice (southern France) all the way to Brisbane, Australia (and pretty much all the countries in between). I loved traveling, however, living out of a suitcase… not so much. My skates and costumes not only weighed a lot, but they also took up a lot of room, so figuring out what to pack was always a hassle. I usually ended up packing way too much because I couldn’t decide what to bring. I desperately needed a packing magician, or so I thought. 

When I was asked to interview founder and CEO of Encircled, Kristi Soomer, I was very excited. After browsing her website for about 5 minutes I immediately asked myself… WHY DIDN’T I FIND THIS WOMAN SOONER?!?! Now, instead of introducing her as Kristi Soomer, I’d like for you to meet the packing magician. So here it is: 101 Travel Light & Save the Planet 


Kristi studied business in undergrad and grad school, so her background isn’t fashion per se. She originally started Encircled because she was traveling extensively in her previous career as a management consultant and could not find stylish and versatile travel clothing. 
Unlike me (who just constantly complained to his parents about there not being enough room in his suitcase), Kristi took matters into her own hands. That is how she created the first design, the Chrysalis Cardi and built the business up from there. Over the years, it’s evolved into more of a fashion line, but it started out with her just feeling driven to solve a problem.

Encircled makes versatile and stylish wardrobe essentials, as well as clothing that helps you travel lighter and do more with less. But Kristi’s line is about more than just producing versatile clothing. Her products are ethical and locally made in Toronto. They are comfortable, travel well, and they are kind to our planet. What more could you want? Her products truly tell a story - every piece is designed to add value to someone’s life.

"I’d like people to become more conscious consumers. We want to encourage women to be more mindful about how they purchase and experience fashion. It’s time for fast fashion to stop. The fast fashion retailers are responsible for immense environmental waste, and even human abuse and exploitation in sweatshops globally. I’d like to see slow fashion - the idea of buying things with thought and breaking out of traditional fashion seasons to become top of mind with consumers."~ Kristi Soomer



Kristi’s customers love the versatility and innovativeness of her designs, but increasingly many customers choose Encircled for ethical reasons— for fabrics (sustainable) and their production (ethically, made in Canada). 100% of her designs are sewn in Toronto, Canada. Recently, Encircled started knitting and dying a portion of their fabric in Toronto as well. (Seriously, how amazing is this?)

When speaking of future plans, Kristi has no shortage of ideas and plans: 
"We’re launching three new designs this fall which will take Encircled into more everyday work wear. I just hired a full-time designer on staff, so I expect to see new designs coming out faster and a broader vision for the line going forward. Encircled is also going through a rebrand, so stay tuned as we’ll be rolling that out over the next few months."

"I’d like Encircled to become synonymous with versatile and ethical everyday essentials for women. I have my sights set on big growth and part of that is investigating building our own in-house production facility so that we can fully vertically integrate our business. Doing so would allow us to offer reasonable price points on ethically made apparel as we’ll be able to control quality, quantity and production methods." ~Kristi Soomer

Clothing is something everyone should enjoy. Whether you’re showing off a new dress at work, or rocking a new look on the beach, clothing is meant to make you feel confident. But if for whatever reason you find yourself struggling with what to wear this season (OR WHAT TO PACK), here is what Kristi thinks you should own:
"Versatile essentials. I’m all about investing in fun pieces from time to time but I think the bulk of your clothing budget should be allocated to buying better basics that are ethically-made, produced from quality materials and use quality finishings."

Check out her website at www.encircled.ca and enjoy your future vacations while traveling light and saving the planet. 

~Chris Berneck 


Endless Summer Days August 21, 2016 14:45

Is anyone else clinging to the tiny bit of summer left? I can’t help myself but wanting more sun and more heat. As much as I adore autumn, I am just not ready to let go of summer. But perhaps it’s the fact that I just finished course intentions and know that I will soon find myself studying for exams again. 

*whatever happened to THE ENDLESS SUMMER DAYS?*


I’ve always adored summer. The days are long, the evenings warm, and even the city breeze in Toronto carries a little bit of the smell of the sea (I know, some may call this wishful thinking… perhaps it is). But it’s a great feeling, waking up early and realizing that the sun is already up, even though it's only six in the morning. And who doesn’t enjoy their first morning coffee while sitting outside on the patio?

                 

Summer has so much to offer and you’re constantly spoiled with amazing options. Whether it’s weddings and summer fairs, open-air theatres and concerts, or festivals and street parties. Summer seems to have it all. Always. The markets overflow with fresh fruit and seafood stalls. The sales are on and the tourist crowds take over the city streets (you know the ones I’m talking about) and if you can’t beat them, join them (or so they say). With so much to do, I also get to see more of my family and friends. We always spend hours on end playing games, cooking, eating, catching up, gossiping and (occasionally) arguing. Face to face and FaceTime to FaceTime.

With all this fun madness going on during summer, it’s even more exciting that one can finally wear all of their colourful shirts and shorts, flip-flops and sandals and (of course) sunglasses. And if your boyfriend (husband, dad, granddad, uncle, brother or whoever) still keeps that Hawaiian shirt in the back of his closet (you know the one I mean, right?) now is the time to encourage him to wear it.
                    
                  

And because I’m simply not willing to face the end of summer (yet), I wanted to share with you some more amazing summer dresses Carissa designed this year. Let’s try to make summer last a little bit longer. Time is so precious and your most valued memories of those hot Summer months will be from the times you spent with those you love most… AND IN the clothes you LOVE MOST ;)
Happy Sunday!

~Chris Berneck


Buy less, choose well, make it last! August 14, 2016 14:46

I always loved fashion… Or what I THOUGHT fashion was all about. Which is the clothes, right? I loved the idea of getting dressed up and wearing something different every day. New clothes could make me feel like a brand new person. It wasn’t until I started studying at Ryerson University that I realized that fashion was so much more than just CLOTHES. During my first semester I had the amazing opportunity to meet and talk to Kate Black, the author of Magnifeco- your head-to-toe guide to ethical fashion and non-toxic beauty.


Kate Black is the founder and editor-in-chief of www.magnifeco.com (the online source for eco-fashion and sustainable living). Kate worked for some of the biggest fashion centres in the world and has written countless articles on ethical fashion. Now, I know that I have talked a lot about ethical fashion in the last few weeks. It’s a subject that is very important to me and hopefully will be (maybe it already is) to you. How many of us walk through life not knowing that something we do regularly is actually harming us and our environment? I’d like to think that most of us would give up those habits in a heartbeat if only we KNEW how harmful they really were. This is why I’m bringing it up again (and most likely will AGAIN in the future). Think of me as your friendly fashion mentor. 

“Buy less, choose well, make it last!” ~Vivienne Westwood
With this quote, Kate Black opens ‘Chapter 2- Clothing’ in her book Magnifeco. This quote by British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood sums up what all of us should strive for — Quality over quantity. Fashion is the third-largest industry in the world. Amazing, right? I mean everyone needs clothes, but fashion is also the second largest polluter of clean water.

“The ills of this industry are becoming commonplace as headlines in the news. Whether it’s factory worker deaths in Bangladesh, suicides of organic cotton farmers in India, toxic chemicals making rivers in China run the “it” colour of the season, nylon production contributing to global warming or toxic chemicals on clothes in the store, you must have gotten a sense that something’s not quite right.” ~Kate Black, Magnifeco, Chapter 2

Something’s definitely not quite right! That’s scary news, isn’t it? But there’s no point in blaming one company or brand, because there isn’t one troublemaker. It’s the system. It’s the system that needs to change.

That is one of the many reasons for why I love working for Carissa. She not only cares about her customers, but also about our planet. The place our kids and grandkids will grow up in. 
People like Carissa and Kate contribute to a change in the fashion industry, which is what I hope to do as well. We might not have the power to change it all right away, but we have to start somewhere. So let’s start together, TODAY. Read the labels when you buy your clothes. Make sure you know what you’re wearing and where it’s coming from. It’s never too late to start training healthier habits. Your planet and the people living in it will thank you. Happy Sunday!

~Chris Berneck 


Show Off Your (H)attitude August 07, 2016 12:36

Being someone who loves jewellery and dreams of owning all of the Tiffany and Co. collections, I was thrilled when I got to interview jewellery designer Hattie Dunstan. Now, don’t get me wrong, wearing Tiffany and Co. feels absolutely amazing, but imagine wearing a piece of jewellery that no one else in the world owns BUT YOU? You don’t think that’s possible without spending a fortune? Well, let me introduce you to the world of Hattitude Jewellery

Hattie Dunstan is the owner and designer of Hattitude Jewellery. She redesigns, restyles and recycles vintage brooches, earrings and other pieces from all over the world. Everything is handmade by her and reworked in her studio just north of Toronto. Hattie’s collection is all one-of-a-kind. Every single piece has a story and holds history for future generations to enjoy. Some pieces are over 100 years old.

Hattie’s love for jewellery stems from her grandmother and mother.
“My grandmother is a stylish woman and so is my mom. You will NEVER see my mom leave the house without wearing jewellery. Even when she goes hiking through Newfoundland you can bet she will wear her 'hiking' earrings and 'hiking' necklace. My love for accessories stems from her. My passion for fashion and clothing came from both my grandmother and my mother. It all started with using fishing line and seed beads from my brothers tackle box as a little girl at the cottage, and from there my passion grew!”

Hattie turned her passion for fashion and jewellery into a profession, and made it her goal to create jewellery that is meant to make her customers feel and look amazing.
“Everyone is unique and I want that uniqueness to shine through with my accessories. I think we all should be confident in what we wear, and having a one of a kind piece of jewellery makes everyone feel a little bit more confident.” 

Hattitude Jewellery is completely eco-friendly, which I personally love. There are so many people creating massive amounts of waste, and sadly fashion is one of the leading waste contributors. I love that her jewellery collections are not only stunningly beautiful, but also long lasting and kind to our planet.

Hattie is always full of ideas. Her passion goes beyond jewellery, and she constantly has new projects on the go. Although she went to school for marketing and is currently focusing on her jewellery career, she would love to one day help creative entrepreneurs and small business owners market their amazing products. She would also love to open up an event venue in an old church and make it a pintrest worthy venue to run weddings, wedding showers, and parties.

Jewellery is something for everyone to enjoy. It not only makes you look and feel fabulous when you get to wear that statement necklace, but you’re also giving everyone else some eye candy to look at. If you find yourself struggling with what to wear this season, here is what Hattie thinks you should show off:
“This season I can't get enough of statement earrings! The bigger, the bolder, the brighter the better!”

Check out her website at www.hattitudejewels.com and don’t be afraid to show off some (h)attitude this season! Happy Sparkling!

~Chris Berneck


Cheap Clothes and Expensive Problems July 31, 2016 13:05

During my first semester at Ryerson University I was introduced to a documentary called The True Cost. This movie was directed by Andrew Morgan and talks about the safety concerns of garment factories, the insanely low wages of the workers, as well as the tremendous environmental impact of the fast fashion industry. It’s fairly easy to make me cry, but somehow I managed to keep my composure throughout the entire lecture and most of the film. On my way home I felt incredibly sad and helpless.


Fast fashion is a term used by fashion retailers. It refers to the quick movement of designs from catwalk to storefront. This process makes current fashion trends available at a very low price. Zara, Forever 21 and H&M are some of the most famous (and most common) fast fashion retailers. They put out massive amounts of clothing with new designs almost weekly. Now, most of us don’t even know what fast fashion means, or why it might be a bad thing. I have to admit that a very large percentage of my own closet is currently from H&M. It was convenient to shop there and (most importantly) within my budget, but having watched The True Cost has really changed my perspective on fast fashion retailers.

I know that seeing a shirt for $6 may not seem like a horrible thing, but it actually really is. The only way a fast fashion retailer can offer a shirt for $6 is if the people making it don’t get paid the amount they deserve. Of course, nobody would ever want to spend $30 for the same shirt. But if a shirt only costs $6, it’s also very disposable. This means that fast fashion contributes to the rapidly growing amount of clothes that are thrown out every year. You may be buying items for cheaper prices, but you’re also buying a larger quantity of them. And let’s be honest, most of the time we’re not even buying the item, we’re buying the instant gratification it gives us and the feeling of excitement of having something new.

                                   Fashion Designer Carissa McCaig sewing a new garment that is meant to last. 

Fast fashion has us convinced that we need more, and that what’s cool this summer won’t be cool again next summer. This just isn’t true. With styles and trends changing so quickly, the quality and lifespan of our clothing has also decreased. I’m not writing any of this to make you feel guilty, because I myself have fallen into the arms of fast fashion. I simply want to make you aware of the issue, and hopefully you’ll want to contribute to its change. I don’t know about you, but I’m currently wearing an outfit from 3 summers ago and feel incredibly fashionable. Don’t let fast fashion tell you what to wear. Happy Sunday!
~Chris Berneck

 


The Power of Makeup July 17, 2016 13:18

We all know the struggle of finding the right foundation or lipstick. Whether it’s to impress on a first date, to feel and look good when going out with our girlfriends, or to just boost our own self-confidence. What’s even harder to find, is a foundation that is going to last us all day.  Everybody wants to look and feel their best, and makeup definitely has the power to transform us, but typically these moments of transformation only last a few hours. 

Being a performing athlete for 18 years, I’m no stranger to foundations and eyeshadows. I remember my mum spending about 30 minutes applying my makeup for competitions when I was a kid. I was always mesmerized by the different colours, and couldn’t wait to put on makeup myself. What I didn’t realize at the time was how hard my mum was working to make me look great for my performances. She’d spend such a long time trying to make everything look right, to then just have most of her efforts disappear after 10 minutes because I would sweat all of my makeup off. My mum and I tried hard to find a foundation that was able to outlast my entire figure skating routine, but we were never able to find a product that fully satisfied us. I started to wonder if there was even such a thing as a perfect foundation or lipstick.

18 years later, I’m now writing this article (and sending my mum an email at the same time) to talk about this new makeup line I discovered, because ladies and gentlemen (for those of you who love makeup as much as I do), I think our prayers have been answered. 

Meet founder of BYDANILEA, Danielle Houston.

             

Danielle fell in love with makeup when she started her career as a competitive dancer, and decided to turn her passion into a career. Not too long ago she launched her first makeup line called STAGE.

“My passion for makeup and beauty definitely stems from my dance background. Being exposed to makeup at such a young age allowed me to play with makeup while I was younger and as I got older, understand the important role it plays in the performance industry and the missing link between makeup and performers. I also was given freedom with makeup on a daily basis and was allowed to wear makeup to school at a young age.” ~ Danielle Houston

While Danielle’s makeup line mainly focuses on providing quality makeup kits for stage performers, BYDANILEA brand is a high quality line of products that of course can be used by non-performers as well. Her stage kits include HD foundations, primers, star crystals, glitter adhesives and lashes (to name a few) that are designed to stay on all day while performers are breaking a sweat! However, Danielle also creates custom bridal kits that include lighter products, like bb creams, shadow palettes and lipsticks. They key for Danielle is to make sure that her products can last throughout the entire day of competitions, as well as ensuring that the ingredients of each product are of high quality. Thus, the entire line is hypo-allergenic, allergy tested, paraben free, fragrance free, non-comedogenic and cruelty free. The backbone of Danielle’s brand is that it is a customizable line and service based on the needs of a team. No kit looks the same and even within a team there may be multiple options based on age groups. It stands out in the beauty industry as it is a tailored makeup line specifically for performance teams. This means they offer a service that is unique and meets the needs of their clients. Along with this, they provide the tools to empower parents and performers to feel confident with their application techniques and to look and feel their best. This is achieved through their tailored makeup tutorials. They are currently the sole provider of tailored makeup solutions for performance teams in Canada. 

Along with Danielle’s amazing makeup line STAGE, she has a vibrant lip line called LIPS. Danielle has always been obsessed with lipstick. She felt that a single swipe of colour had the power to change her mood and self confidence. 

“My lipstick choice is, and always has been, a daily decision based on my outfit and mood. I never stick to one staple shade! One day I’ll be in a light pink and the next a popping purple or orange. With these lipstick change ups came the daily comments by friends and family wishing they could pull off that colour but unfortunately they can’t. LIPS is a line focused on empowering you to wear the lipstick shade you want to wear but think you can’t. Because guess what? You can.”~ Danielle Houston                           

Danielle’s goal is to empower her audience to feel confident in their makeup choices and to express their beauty creativity in their most authentic form. This means encouraging #unapologeticallybold beauties to wear the shades of lipstick they desire without feeling isolated or labelled, but rather beautiful, bold and unapologetic. Danielle believes that beauty is not gendered and focuses on encouraging all people, men and women alike, to celebrate their beauty their way. Her company also strives to breakdown the ‘skin tone’ barrier. They don’t believe that skin tone is a guide to choosing the perfect lipstick. It is the BYDANILEA philosophy that lipstick looks amazingly different across skin tones, and that choosing a lipstick is based on how we feel in it, not our preconceived notion of what colour should look good. LIPS is locally made in Toronto, Canada, and all products (just as her STAGE line) are fragrance free, paraben free and cruelty free. LIPS is also made with coconut oil and antioxidant vitamin E to provide the most hydrating product possible. 

While makeup can (and should) be exciting, it can also be the total opposite. Sometimes we find ourselves struggling with makeup, and other times we find ourselves rocking a certain look. But whatever your current makeup situation may be, remember that we are all unique and beautiful no matter what. Be beautiful. Be Bold. Be unapologetic. 

Happy Sunday, and as Danielle would say- With a Splash of Colour, 
~Chris Berneck