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Hosting a Stylish Mother’s Day Bruch

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, we’re big mama’s boys! And with Mother’s Day right around the corner, we were invited to join some of our favourite morning shows to discuss how to host the perfect Mother’s Day brunch!

Below are photos and details with all of the brands from this, one of our favourite tour topics!

The CANVAS Collection from Canadian Tire
First thing’s first, set a beautiful table for you mum! The CANVAS Collection has mix and match options so you can embrace your inner-designer. Affordable, durable and BPA-free, many of the pieces are hand-painted to give the look of real ceramic but are sturdy enough to host indoors or out.
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Make it a Moscato Mother’s Day with Jacob’s Creek
The #1 Moscato in the market today, Jacob’s Creek has a fantastic (and delicious) collection of wines to compliment your Mother’s Day brunch. There’s the original Moscato, sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir, Moscato Rose and the Moscato Sparkling Rose.
For more information click here.

It’s okay to save some time on preparing brunch from Sobey’s & Safeway
You don’t have to do everything from scratch so order a tray and take a few cues from Sobeys.com and learn how you can save time and totally wow your mom with your mad culinary skills.

Have a wonderfully simple moment with Rice Krispies 
Mom doesn’t want an overly complicated affair, she just wants to spend time with you and one way we will suggest you do this is by creating one of Rice Krispies delightful treats with a spring twist – flowers. Check out more ideas from RiceKrispies.ca.

Gift Mom some new kicks for Spring
You wouldn’t have thought it the easiest thing to gift but Mom will love getting some nice, new runners in time for spring. Whether she’s sporty or simply embracing the athleisure trend of the moment, check out Brown’s Shoes and see what pair of Lacoste runners will suit her best.

Protect your brunch photos with Picture Keeper
Mom will love how easy it is to save all of the photos from her phone on one of Picture Keeper’s portable devices. Simply plug into your phone (Android or iPhone), download the app and you’re done. No wifi connection required, no cloud storage and no doubling up of photos.

Picture Keeper is also offering 50% off in time for Mother’s Day if use the promo code STYLEGUYS. Here is the link!

Happy brunching!

Jason & Aly

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

In the past, we’ve explored the gift ideas that appeal to all kinds of dads, ones who dress up, enjoy fine wine or scotch, travel, and splurge on grooming products. This year, we’re giving our ideas for the other 2/3s of dads out there – the guys who prefer to be in the yard, get the guys over and BBQ. Don’t be confused, these are still Style Dads but these guys are more comfortable in the yard than they are at a martini bar.

Here are clips from our recent press tour, below are details on where you can find these great items for your dad.

CTV Morning Live Vancouver – June 10, 2016 –  Watch the segment here

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Global Morning Show Edmonton – June 13, 2016

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CTV Morning Live Calgary – June 15, 2016

GIFTS for Dad:

1. BBQ Accessories from Lee Valley – All those items for the woodworker and outdoor enthusiast. Dad may not have thought he needed all of these things but life won’t be the same without them.

2. Re-usable grilling sheets by Cookina – Get the grill marks without the mess, simply cut these sheets to size, lay them flat on the grill and cook away. Works great for camping too, you can even do your eggs the bbq. These are available at Canadian Tire, RONA and Home Depot.

3. Outdoor furniture from Patio Outlet – with locations in Calgary and Edmonton until end August, these guys get new stuff every week. Modern and traditional, modular, accessoreis, they have it all.

4. Outdoor accessories from PC Home – time to give up the red solo cups and paper plates. Trust us, once you have these, you’ll use them all the time.

5. Decor from Pier 1 Imports – beautify the outdoors for your dad with all of those pieces that turn the outdoors into an outdoor living space.

6. Fashions by Joe Fresh – Freshen up dad’s look with summer essentials like polos, shorts, tees, bathing suits and sandals.

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Early Spring Wardrobe Transition

The Groundhog stuck its head out this week and (in Calgary anyways) he didn’t see his shadow, so that means and early Spring! We already know that this has not been the harshest of winters and I think many of us are already itching to put away our winter garb and get on with Spring clothes.

But don’t get too carried away – it’s not time quite yet. Before you pull out your linens and open-toed shoes we want to suggest a transition period; one that will keep you warm but also looking refreshed. Here are a few simple ways we suggest you ease your way into a lighter wardrobe.

Get your colour on

Even if it’s just a belt or a shoe get some bright colour back into your wardrobe to break up the black and grey.

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Winter florals

Why not? Whether it’s through an accessory or a floral shirt, you don’t have to wait. Mix it up with your wools, furs and tweeds.

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Light Layers

Just wear more – it sounds easy enough, right?  That heavy winter coat is getting boring so pull out your overcoats, leather or denim jackets instead. Layer with sweaters, heavy scarves and hats to stay warm.

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Style Resolutions for 2016

Happy New Year!

Made any new year’s resolutions? Sure, we all have good intentions in January but they drop off fast and furious. We were asked, what are top three style resolutions that you can recommend? A great question! Here are a few we think you can incorporate easily, painlessly and maybe even stick to.

    1. Only wear what fits you. Purge your closet and take out those clothes that don’t fit well or aren’t flattering on you. If you’re not ready to part with them because your other resolution is lose 10 lbs, fine, but put them in a box and put them away. Looking at a closet full of unflattering clothes is a terrible way to start the day.
    2. Dress for yourself. Sure, we all have responsibilities and need to dress the part but don’t let anyone tell you not to wear something if you love it (ahem, except Crocs, yoga pants in public or cargo shorts). It’s your body, your day, and life is short!
    3. Try on one new thing. Afraid of prints? Always wanted a leather jacket? This is your year, just do it. Go get that one thing that you have always thought you should have but you’ve been holding yourself back from. You might be surprised by how you feel, who you meet and where 2016 takes you.

Whatever your goals, we wish you all a colourful and joyous year.

XO Jason & Aly

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How to Style the Perfect Bookshelf

Our top five tips on how to style the perfect bookshelf.

Have suggestions on what you want us to talk about? Tweet us (@jasonkrell & @alyvelji) and make sure you follow us on YouTube!

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Top 5 Trends for Fall 2015 – TAKE 5 with the Style Guys

Thanks for all of your support as we take on our next venture:

TAKE 5 WITH THE STYLE GUYS

Here is episode 1 – Top 5 Trends for Fall 2015. Enjoy!

Big thanks to CrossIron Mills, Bookstrucker Photography and Lemonade Pictures!

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Dorm Rooms Do’s

It’s back to school time and for those of you that are heading to post secondary or somewhere abroad, you will most likely be staying in a dorm. Now most dorms come with a bed, night stand and that is pretty much it. Now, remember you will be spending a lot of time (studying of course) in these spaces, so make sure you are adding some personality to these spaces. How do you do this, you ask? Well, we are here to help. Check out the video below and our list of Do’s to make your dorm room have some major swag!

  1. Pattern and Texture – You can introduce pattern and texture through your bedding, window coverings, and artwork. Think bold and bright colour and have fun with your patterns. Mix and match and create a unique look thats all your own.
  2. Organization is Key – baskets, storage pieces, dual duty furniture is what you need to ensure you are organized through out the year. Have a space for everything so you don’t have everything all over your room. You don’t have to be scrambling in  the morning to find your books, shoes, or laptop.
  3. Don’t forget about lighting – Lighting is key. One centre light fixture in your room will not do. Think about table lamps and floor lamps for accent lighting. Trust us, it will help when you are up late cramming for that exam that you forgot you had!

Check out these amazing finds from Homesense!

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A great clip that was featured on BT Calgary:

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http://www.btcalgary.ca/videos/4416472170001/

 

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BOW TIES for every occasion

We love our bow ties and like to sport them for any occasion. Bow ties can amp up any outfit. Most men cringe when they hear the word bow tie or you hear “I am not wearing that!” Well, listen up, if you are hipster enough to rock a ‘stache or beard, you can most definitely rock a bow tie. There are so many different options available from patterned, solids, different materials such as wood, fabric, and even feathers. We are sure you will find the right one to suit any occasion not matter how dressy or casual.
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Kat Marks is a Calgary based designer that studied in London. Her passion is working with exotic leathers and is a leader in fashion enterprise and design. She is so creative and when it came time for to dress for hosting the red carpet, her unique NEW AMBROSIAN style of neckware was where Aly had to go! A new take on a bow and a bollo tie made with the most gorgeous materials such as silks and leathers. Kat Marks is a fashion force in this city and we cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!
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Bo by Mansouri 
You’ll be the talk about the party with these bow ties made with wood. Thats right, real wood. Started by a father and son duo, these fashion forward bow ties are made with cut offs from wood processing facilities across North America. In addition to this, they also use soft leather offcuts sourced in Israel, which are used for the neck straps. The bow tie goes through several protoype phases before becoming the almost weightless version that you could have in your hands. We both own one and can’t say enough about how amazing they are made in Canada!
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Aristocrats Bows N Ties 
Based in Toronto, these gorgeous bow ties are available through their online shop. From florals, stripes, solids, to vintage florals, you will find whatever tickles your bow tie fancy. They like to pride themselves in their fashion details and like to call it sophisticated and dapper, with a twist. All their bow ties come with an adjustable band making it suitable for any man. They also carry a broad range of accessories from lapel pins to pocket scarves that will have you looking put together and dapper with a click of a button.
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Brackish Bow Ties 
Started in 2007, all because the designer was not able to find the right groomsmen gift, Ben handcrafted his first bow ties from turkey feathers and they were an instant hit. Every tie is handcrafted in South Carolina and every single feather is hand selected ensuring that no 2 ties are alike. Every piece is a sustainable work of art and ensures that it will make a fabulous statement. We love the organic and of course colourful nature of the feathers and think these are the perfect tie for weddings, graduations, or any fashionable social function.
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What to Wear to the Black and White Ball

March 7th, 2015 at the Fairmont Palliser, Decidedly Jazz will host the Black & White Ball. So, what to wear? Saturday we shared some ideas of Global TV on how to get the look and not break the bank.

Get all of these items from Crossiron Mills!

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All About the Custom & Valentine’s Day

Custom is the word that is trending lately. In fashion, interiors, and accessories its all about going custom. For the most part, custom has always had a large price tag, but we are finding of late, that there are a lot of brands offering up custom options that can make your piece stand out from the rest. Here are our top picks for going custom for your next purchase.
And the clip from today’s 98.5 Virgin Radio show is below:
1. Poppy Barley: Custom Shoes 
We love shoes and custom shoes make us even more giddy. Poppy Barely, a company based in Edmonton has perfected the art of a custom shoe. The styles are fantastic and so many to choose to from. http://poppybarley.com
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2. Maya Gohill: Custom Portraits 
Some may think its a little conceited however you’d be lying to your self if you have never thought about having a portrait done of  your self. Maya Gohill is an illustrator that has started to work out these beautiful custom portraits. Unique and so much fun, giving these as a gift or gifting yourself, would be an amazing idea! http://www.mayagohill.com/
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3. Roll Out: Custom Wallpaper
Custom wallpaper to fit any space and style. Roll out has been known to create some unique wallpaper patterns. Give them a colour, pattern, look, or style and they can come up with something unique just for your space. http://custom.rollout.ca
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4. Custom Shirts & Suits
For a lot of men, the thought of purchasing a custom suit or shirt is way out of their price reach, but Indochino offers just that – for a great price and delivered within about 6 weeks. Great for everyday workwear, suits, tuxedos and accessories, and perfect for guys who struggle to find off the rack that fits. www.indochino.comIndochino
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