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Jennifer Zeuner Launch Party At Saskatoon's Era Style Loft

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 18, 2015 12:33
 

We are so excited to welcome Jennifer Zeuner to our jewelry line up at the loft! Jennifer Zeuner has always been one of our favourite delicate jewelry lines. Jennifer's jewelry reflects her own personal style; simple with a spiritual twist. Her hamsa hands and evil eye pieces are some of her biggest brand staples. She creates her jewelry to be layered so that each person can create their own personal style with the brand. The Zeuner pieces are made in the USA from gold vermeil, diamonds, and sapphires. Some of her biggest fans include Song of Style, Cameron Diaz, Beyonce, Miranda Kerr, and Rihanna, just to name a few. Whether you wear it on it's own, or layer it on, it's guaranteed to look stunning.


Pendants: 
Faith necklace with diamond, $220
Addison Love necklace, $195
Lily Wishbone necklace, $185
Erin Elephant necklace with diamond, $220 
 
Lariats:
Bella multi-chain lariat, $298
Sari lariat with sapphire and diamond, $298
Sasha Triangle lariat, $275
Paloma lariat, $298
 
Layers:
Cynthia bar necklace with diamonds, $235
Phoebe bar necklace with diamond, $352
Tila Double V necklace, $275
Asturia chain necklace, $235
 
 Era Style Loft is having a Jennifer Zeuner Launch Party tomorrow night wherein guests will receive 20% off the entire Jennifer Zeuner  collection! On Thursday, November 19th, tis' the season and join the ladies of Era to get your Christmas shopping done early! 




 
 
 
 

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Stay Trendy YXE!

posted by My Saskatoon    |   October 14, 2015 08:32

Turtleneck Sweater

We all know that the temperature is dropping and the air is a bit more chilly. It is tricky to look chic and stay warm but with this cozy trend, you can have both.  Find a turtleneck sweater that is fitted with a high neck and it will be a perfect option for any fall or winter outfit. Layer it with a leather jacket or wear it under a sleeveless dress. You can find these sweaters is any shape, colour and size so it is very easy to incorporate it into your existing wardrobe.

Photo source: Pinterest

 

Fur Vest

A fur vest is a crucial piece to add to your Fall wardrobe. It is a statement piece that can be paired with just about anything you have in your closet. Wear it with a your favourite boyfriend jeans, heals and a statement jewellery or dress it up by wearing all black underneath. 

 

 

Photo source: Pinterest

 

Cuffs

You've mastered the way to roll the cuffs of your boyfriend jeans but have you tried it with your high-waisted silk pants? This way you can dress them up or down! Looking for something more comfy and casual? You can roll the cuffs on any pant. Add a belt and a tucked in tee to tie the casual look together.

  

Photo source: Pinterest

 

Marsala

This season's in trend colour is Marsala. Whether it is makeup, furniture, clothing or food, you can find this deep burgundy hue is everywhere. Try it on your lips for a bold statement or introduce it in your home as a throw pillow or a cozy blanket.

 

 

Photo source: Pinterest

 

 

You can find clothing and accessories at your local boutiques in Saskatoon. Check out locally owned Era Style Loft, Twisted Goods and Stasia Boutique for some great finds for this Fall!



 The My Saskatoon Team

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5 Things: Superheroes, Shop Local & Save and DIY Fall Chalkboard

posted by My Saskatoon    |   October 13, 2015 10:39

 

 

David Reekie, Investors Group Consultant, has the information you need for your mortgage, insurance and investments. Born and raised in Saskatoon, David Reekie understands the importance of local and is excited to be a part of My Saskatoon! Read more about David Reekie in his Spotlight Profile

 


Add more Fall decor to your home with this DIY chalkboard sign. All you need is a wood round, chalkboard paint and a foam roller. You can use it as a "to-do list", menu board or even as a welcome home sign. 

                                              

                                                                               Photo Source: iheartnaptime.net 

 

Looking for a new duvet cover or comforter set?  Georgia Mills is having a 15% off  all regular priced items in the store so hurry in and save on taxes!  Whether you are re-styling your teen's bedroom or adding some colour to your master suite, Georgia Mills has your linens for this season.

 

  

                                                         

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 Did you know that local diner, Pink Cadillacs, is having a Superhero Weekend October 16th and 17th? Dress up as your favourite superhero and enter your name to win a prize package! Open at 10am on weekends, Pink Cadillacs is a must visit diner in YXE!

   

Braid Flooring  and Window Fashions is offering $.50/sqft rebate on Mirage flooring until the end of November. Mirage Hardwood Flooring, a Canadian producer, is Braid Flooring's number one choice of quality hardwood flooring. Their commitment to forest stewardship, quality lumber and finished products combine to create the best hardwood for your home.   

       

                      Photo Source: Braidflooring.com

 

 

 

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5 Things

Warm & Art

posted by My Saskatoon    |   October 8, 2014 15:09

Warm & Art is a new home decor and furniture store, found in one of Saskatoon's most recent neighborhood developments, Willowgrove Square. We recently paid a visit to this unique shop, and discovered a style of home furnishings unlike any other in our city. 

Walking into the shop, our eyes were immediately drawn to the wide array of vibrant art lining the walls. With bold strokes and rich colours, much of the artwork has an impressionist style featuring mostly animals and landscapes. With all original pieces in a variety of canvas sizes, Warm & Art is a great destination for someone looking to add a dynamic focal point to a living room, bedroom, or hall. 

Aside from great art, what makes Warm & Art so unique is its selection of beautiful hand painted furniture. Intricate designs in vibrant colours mark the individuality of each piece. From tallboys to dressers, to an armoire that is a jewelry collector's dream, each piece is stunning and luxurious to touch. Beautiful vases and glossy, modern statues can also be found at Warm & Art. One of our favourite pieces in the store was a black rhino statue that would be a great addition for someone seeking a touch of edgy glamour for their home. 

Amidst the gorgeous furniture and artwork, we didn't even notice the electric fireplaces situated throughout the space until the shop owner, Ying, began bringing them to life with a remote. A sleek electric fireplace can add a functional design element to any room, and many of them have a music feature. Simply plug in your iPhone or iPod, and enjoy the ambience of your favourite relaxing playlist. Warm & Art has several different styles of fireplaces to choose from.

Located next to Herbal Time Tea House, Warm & Art provides a unique shopping opportunity that fits perfectly after a hot cup of tea on a brisk fall afternoon. If you're in need of a fun decor piece to liven up your home, or are looking to add warmth to a chilly room, Warm & Art is your spot. 

For more information and to view an image gallery, check out Warm & Art's Spotlight Profile. 

An Innovative Home Upgrade

posted by My Saskatoon    |   August 26, 2014 11:09

Locally owned in Saskatoon, Granite Transformations is exceeding customer expectations with its innovative products and a streamlined process that has revolutionized the granite counter top industry. With expertise in cabinet refacing as well, Granite Transformations is a one stop shop for kitchen and bath upgrades and remodels. 

The owners of Granite Transformations, Colin, Rob, and Derek shared with us some little known facts about their extraordinary products, their unique way of doing things, and their heart for our community. 

 

What inspired you to start your business? 

We wanted to provide Saskatoon residents with a unique opportunity. We felt that Granite Transformations meets a need that was not yet being addressed here. Saskatoon has a booming real estate market, both in new builds and in the buying and selling of existing homes. This is also the number one under-served market, especially in the renovation field. We believed there were home renovations that weren’t done, simply because people didn’t know they had the option to do what we do. We knew there would be home owners that would love our product, people who wouldn't have been able to get the solution they were looking for any other way.

What makes your product innovative?

Our granite is compressed and bonded together to make a slab, using a polymer resin. It is the same type of resin used in aircraft manufacturing. This keeps the product thin and lightweight, yet very very strong. It is also what seals the stone. A typical slab is porous, traps bacteria, and emits radon gas. With our stone, nothing goes in, and nothing comes out. We are the only granite surface in the world that never requires maintenance or sealing. 

Does your product look similar to a traditional granite counter top?

Our product comes in 10 foot slabs, much like traditional granite, but the slabs are not thick, bulky, porous, or heavy. They are still slabs of stone, though. Because the product is thin, it is installed right over top of an existing counter top. Installed, it looks very similar to a typical stone counter top. 

Are your products as durable as typical granite?

While our slabs are thinner, since they are no longer porous, when tested they are actually 2.5 times stronger versus impact than thicker porous slabs. Our quartz and glass products are also incredibly durable. 

Your products are tested radon-safe. What is radon, and are there other comparable products out there that people have in their homes that are unsafe?

Radon is a naturally occurring gas that can be harmful to one’s health. Traditional granite slabs emit varying amounts of radon, which is why you will never see slab granite in a hospital, school, or the prep area of any restaurant. Our products are approved for use in all three. 

We also asked the team at Granite Transformations about their eco-friendly products, the non-profit organization they are committed to, and their favourite things about Saskatoon. View the full article here

The End of Shampoo?

posted by Elle    |   June 26, 2014 14:39

I recently became fixated on finding a substitute for shampoo. I'm sure you've heard the buzz about the "no poo" method, but if you've missed this trending topic, I'll give you the gist. Your scalp naturally produces oils that are intended to keep your hair healthy. Frequent washing, especially with shampoo containing chemicals, strips away those oils and harms your scalp and hair. The result is overproduction of oil, and as we are all familiar with, the oil builds up. This happens because our scalp over-produces oil when our hair is dry- dried out by shampoo! Its a vicious cycle that is hard to break, but trust me, its worth it! When I first heard about this, I was very interested in saving my hair, while also saving money spent on expensive shampoos and conditioners. 

There are several different "no poo" methods, to use when transitioning away from typical shampoos and conditioners. The most popular is a combination of apple cider vinegar and baking soda. When I used this method, I would add a little bit of water to baking soda to form a paste, massage this into my scalp and hair, and rinse. I would soak the ends of my hair for a few minutes in a tall glass of water with 2 Tbs of apple cider vinegar, followed by pouring the glass over my entire head. I'd then rinse my hair and dry it. You might think that the potency of apple cider vinegar would leave a strong smell in your locks, but I found that once it dried, the scent dissipated. While this method did seem to clean my hair pretty well, it would often start to look a bit greasy toward the end of the day. I assumed this was just my hair and scalp transitioning to the change. Its something I figured I just had to push through with.

In the midst of my "push through" phase, I happened upon Uncle Mike's All Natural Products at the Saskatoon Farmer's Market. I mentioned my quest for a natural shampoo product that works, and Mike showed me his shampoo bar. The bar is pH balanced, with apple cider vinegar (I must have been on to something) which he said seals the follicle and rinses clean. Mike told me that the shampoo bar is moisturizing as well, so I wouldn't require a conditioner. Great news! I'm all about simplicity. I purchased a bar, as well as a few bars of soap and a body butter, which are all fantastic. I would definitely repurchase the body products. 

 

As for the shampoo, well, I absolutely love it! It did take a few washes for my hair to get used it- I had the slightly greasy end-of-day look for a few more days. But after a few washes with Uncle Mike's shampoo bar, my hair experienced a breakthrough. It now dries soft and clean, is easier to comb through when wet, and I can make it through the whole day with it looking great! Its a lot easier to use than the baking soda/apple cider vinegar combo, as there's no pouring or mixing required, and it smells much better. I now really enjoy the simplicity of just rubbing the bar of soap on my head (that was something to get used to at first), and it lathers nicely so you can distribute it throughout your hair. Trust me, it is MUCH nicer to use the shampoo bar than to rub the gritty baking soda paste on my head, and the results are much better. Because it comes in bar form, there is minimal packaging required, so the environmental impact is much lower than with buying plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles. But what I like most about this product is that it is locally made right here in Saskatoon! 

You can find Uncle Mike's All Natural Products at Green Ark Collected Home, The Better Good, and of course, the Saskatoon Farmers' Market! Visit Uncle Mike's online, for a more extensive list of local retailers, to read his story, and to check out his many other great products.

Choosing a Tree for Your Front Yard

posted by David    |   June 20, 2014 09:46

Saskatoon is experiencing a time of unprecedented growth. It is estimated that around 300 new homes will be built every month this summer. My wife and I were recently in the market for one of these new homes, and it became apparent quite early that if we didn't make a quick decision, someone else would take the house we had our eye on. So, we did our research and made an offer on the spot, the first time we walked into the home we currently own. Getting that house with the features you want, in the area you like, can wind up being a rushed decision in the competitive Saskatoon real estate market.

Once the deal is sealed, though, its time to make that new property of yours the best it can be with some landscaping (particularly if you have purchased a home in an undeveloped area like my wife and I did). The decision-making pressure should be lighter when you get to the point of choosing landscaping options for your new yard, but because our warm season is obviously so short in Saskatoon, its best to get the ball rolling sooner rather than later. 

The type of tree you plant in your front yard is a huge decision that is often underestimated, and should not be taken lightly as this choice can affect your home's value in the long term. If you're planning to stay in your home for many years to come, you'll want to be happy with your decision down the road. Once the tree you have chosen reaches maturity in your yard, it could take a massive project to rid yourself of it. So, its best to do your research prior to deciding on the type of tree you're going to plant. 

When making a decision on a tree, there are five things that should be considered:

Hardiness

Can the tree survive the Saskatoon winter?

Buying local is the best way to avoid a tree that will die due to harsh weather. Saskatoon nurseries would go out of business if they sold trees that didn't match their environment. This is great first step, because it narrows the choices significantly. There's no point in finding a tree you love if it can't survive in your yard.

Space

How much room do you have to work with? Will the tree block the sun?

The next logical step is eliminating very large trees from the list. If sunlight is important to you, choose a tree that will not completely shade your house. 

Root Systems

Will the tree's roots create plumbing or foundation problems in the future?

In the house I grew up in, I constantly had a tree root pushing up the floor of my bedroom. It was expensive to fix, and we had to do it more than once. Tree roots are also known to destroy underground plumbing and cause cracks in driveways. Best to ere on the side of caution and choose a tree with non-invasive roots.

Growing Habits

Does the tree shed? How much maintenance is required?

Is the tree susceptible to infestations of aphids (tiny, pear shape insects that suck plant sap)? How much maintenance will be required to keep the tree healthy and to clean up after it? How much work are you willing to do to have this tree in your yard? These are all good questions to ask. 

Visually Pleasing

Will the tree look nice in your yard?

Finally, do you like the way the tree looks? The tree may pass all the other requirements, but if you don't love it, its best to look elsewhere. Choose a tree that will add to the beauty of your yard, as you'll be looking at it every day for many years to come. 

My front yard is quite small, so that was definitely something I had to consider when doing my research. Through exploring the types of trees that are suitable for small yards, one tree in particular continually topped the list. This tree boasts amazing fall colours that range from orange, scarlet and burgundy, and in summer is a pretty red colour. It is fairly low maintenance. It will grow to a height of only 20 feet, and will spread 20 feet in width, making it a great choice as a mature tree for a small area. This tree, available at Dutch Growers in many different varieties, is the Amur Maple. In my mind, it is the clear winner for "Best Tree for a Small Front Yard" in Saskatoon. 

Inspiration for Documenting Baby's First Year

posted by Noël    |   June 16, 2014 13:38

It's hard to believe that in three short weeks I will have completed 9 months of being pregnant! It truly is unbelievable how quickly the time goes by and how much your body can change is such a short period of time. I've been taking selfies every other month, but haven't been as diligent as some ladies I know.  It's too bad really, but the thought of documenting my ever-expanding body wasn't super high on my priority list.  With that being said, I do want to make it a priority to document the first year of my little one's life.  After browsing for hours on Pinterest, here are a few of my favourite "baby's first year" photo collages.  They are in no particular order, but my favourites are the ones with mommy and baby. 

Mommy & Baby  

 

Personal Message & Image

 

For the Artist

 

Favourite Stuffed Animal

 

The Ultimate Combination

I can't wait to get creative with documenting my little one's first year! I think there are endless opportunities to make a project like this personal and unique to you and your baby. If you've seen or done a unique photo collage, share it with me in the comments :)

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8 Tips for a Greener Home

posted by Elle    |   June 10, 2014 16:08

You don't have to pay a bunch of money for new green technology or products. Going back to the basics and using traditional methods can make a huge difference in the health of your home! Looking for a new hobby? Try something that will benefit your household, save you money, and decrease negative impact on the environment. Implementing a few small changes will take a little bit of effort to start, but is so rewarding in the long run. And its easier than you think! 

 

Hang Your Laundry

 

 

This can be done year round, even in the harsh Saskatoon winter. In the summer, take advantage of the fresh scent your clothes and towels will take on when they are dried in the sun using a traditional clothes line. In the winter, use the dry heat provided by your furnace, and indoor hanging racks to allow your stuff to dry over night. You'll see a big difference in your power bill, and will be doing a lot of good for the environment!

 

Make Canning Your New Hobby

 

Stock up at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market, harvest from your own garden, or visit your favourite local producer, pick up some glass canning jars, and ask your Grandma for a tutorial. Or, get more information here. There's nothing better than local food, preserved in environmentally friendly containers! Glass jars are an awesome reusable food storage container for a variety of things. I even take them with me to the grocery store when buying dry goods that come in bulk, instead of using a bag. I think they look so pretty, too!

 

Pare Down Your Cleaning Products

 

This is a great opportunity to get back to the basics! Detoxify your home with simple ingredients that are super inexpensive and easy to come by! Baking soda, vinegar, and lemon can be used to create excellent multi-purpose, natural cleaners. For a more comprehensive look at the importance of ditching harsh chemicals, check out my previous blog post. It includes information on making your own cleaners, and also presents some great local Saskatoon options for purchasing pre-made natural products. 

 

Pick Up Knitting or Sewing

 

 
 

Having the ability to patch a hole, replace a button, switch up a hem, or make yourself a scarf is great for saving money and prolonging the life of your clothing. The less waste, the better, so extending the number of wears you get out of your jeans is a plus for a lot of reasons. Do you have a pair of bootcut jeans that are out of style? Take the legs in a bit for a more straight-leg or skinny look (tutorial here). Once the chilly months come back around, cozy handmade winter apparel can be customized to exactly the colour and style you want, gives you a lovely feeling of accomplishment, and makes a thoughtful gift! Its also a way to make sitting down in front of the TV feel more productive. 

 

Use The Ends of the Fridge

 

 

Don't throw away those random ingredients you have left before your next grocery run. If you are unsure what to make of those last bits, a frittata is an excellent, easy way to go. You can mix in any last meat, veggies, cheese, and herbs together with a dozen eggs in a deep frying pan, cover and let sit until cooked through. Super easy and super tasty! My favourite combination for a fritatta is finely chopped brussels sprouts, mushrooms, italian sausage, lots of rosemary and thyme, with a nice dose of feta on top. 

 

Grow Your Own Veggies

 

 

Depending on your resources and where you live, this can be as large or small a project as you choose. If you're a condo or apartment dweller, little pots of herbs or one tomato plant in a pot makes a difference and will bring you delight, I promise! Consider your time commitment and the space available, and you may find that a full-fledged garden out back is the way to go. Either way, you won't regret supplementing your diet with home grown fare.

 

Collect Rain Water

 

 

Keep your beautiful veggies hydrated and save money in the process! Utilize water run-off and set up a rain barrel. The water it collects is great for watering your garden, tending to your potted plants, or other outdoor projects. It can also be brought in to flush toilets if you're really into saving water!

 

Use Dishtowels and Rags

 

 
If you're trying to reduce household waste, refraining from using paper towel is a great place to start. Use a cloth alternative, toss it in the wash, and hang it to dry! Twisted Goods usually has cute cloth options! Evaluate your old clothes and towels for rag potential, and check out some tips here

If you have some other tried and true, simple methods of making your home more environmentally-friendly, let me know in the comments! I am always looking for new ideas, tips, and tricks.  

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Night Market in YXE

posted by Elle    |   June 5, 2014 16:36

Goldie's General Store in Riversdale, one of Saskatoon's gems that is typically open only (as far as I know) on Sundays from 11am until 3, is the perfect place to go on a chilled-out weekend afternoon. Stopping by to peruse the offerings at Goldie's makes for a nice complement to your Sunday trip to Collective or Anthology. Its also a great way to cap off a morning spent enjoying the local fare at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market. The items at Goldie's vary from week to week, and while you can count on "nothing specific", you are guaranteed to find one-of-a-kind, carefully selected and beautifully displayed vintage clothing and odds & ends.  

Goldie's General is located above The Hollows at 334 Avenue C South (in the old Golden Dragon building). The upper part of the building is broken into tiny rooms with creaky floors and a definite vintage feel that lends itself nicely to the eclectic mix of vintage household items, toiletries, knick-knacks, and other non-specific pieces available at Goldie's. The dog is not for sale :)

Goldie's is mixing things up a bit this weekend, with a Night Market from 6-10pm on Sunday evening. The evening will include vendors carrying handcrafted items, vintage clothing and antiques, as well as drink features and snacks! This time, its going down on The Hollows' patio. Don't miss this unique opportunity to enjoy some great local food from The Hollows and The Night Oven, while browsing goods handcrafted by some rad locals

Shop Local, YXE :)

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