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Girl Crush: Snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington

Music Monday - November 24 // Garage

Music Monday: The Cool Girls

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The Complete Garage Denim Guide

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Get the Weekend Started With with Priory

Girl Crush: Snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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It’s hard not to be obsessed with Kaitlyn Farrington. She has a bubbly personality, an amazing back story and seriously rocks at snowboarding. Born on a cattle ranch in Idaho, she went from underdog to winning a gold medal at the Sochi Olympics beating out three former Olympic gold medalists! Read below for everything you need to know about our fave snowboarder.

How she started snowboarding: She started skiing when she was three. She switched to snowboarding because she wanted to copy her older sister. She then got into competing through one her best friends. She says of her first time snowboarding “I just remember falling on my butt and the kids laughing at me from the chairlift.” Well I guess we all have to start somewhere!

She grew up: On a ranch in Idaho. She was a true farm girl, helping with the hay and her father’s work. Even though she hated it, she knew she had to do it. She says “I was a farm girl and I used to barrel race! I used to say “Dad, I’m hurt, I hurt my knee, I hurt my wrist!” My dad would say, “Put it on a list, Kaitlyn.” She now thinks it made her a stronger person and helped prepare her for the Olympics.

On funding her snowboarding: “When I started competing and going to contests across the country, me and my dad would load a cow up into the trailer and he’d take him to the cattle sale and that’s how we funded my snowboarding.” They used to have 250 cows and though not all of them went to fund her snowboarding, a good amount of them did. She jokes her Dad probably doesn’t care that he doesn’t have any cows after she won at the Olympics! Read More

Music Monday: The Cool Girls

Monday, November 24, 2014

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Dope music, sweet style. What’s not to love? Say hello to the cool girls. They come from all over the world and have different sounds, but all have one thing in common: they’re all effortlessly cool.

Rainy Milo – Deal Me Briefly
This south-east London-born girl has a unique sound that will stop you in your tracks. Her sound has been described as blending “jazz, hip hop, RnB and pop.” She started her singing career at only 14 years old, and now at eighteen, Rainy is the definition of an effortlessly cool London girl.

Ella Henderson – Ghost
Ella got her start on The X Factor but has proven to be a lot more than just another talent competition girl. Her debut album peaked at number 1 and her single Ghost went straight to no. 1 in the UK and stayed top 5 for eight consecutive weeks. And to top it all off, she’s only 18 years old.

Amanda Mair – Sense
It’s hard to believe that a voice this strong is coming from a 20-year-old but Amanda Mair is killing it. She is from Stockholm and is often compared to Kate Bush. The Washington Post even went so far as to say “sounds more like Kate Bush than Kate Bush does.” We’re not really sure how that makes sense, but if you like Kate Bush you should check out Amanda Mair ASAP.

Milly Pye – Nothing At All
You probably haven’t heard of this beauty yet but we expect to see a lot more of Milly Pye in the future. Liam Payne of One Direction is a fan already, and it’s only a matter of time before everyone else is too.

MØ – Walk This Way
MØ, pronounced “mew,” is a Danish singer-songwriter. MØ is just her stage name, she was born as Karen Marie Ørsted. Her music has been described as “electric soul, street-vibe Indie pop” but we think “awesome” needs to be thrown somewhere in there. She is often compared to Canadian Grimes and has a crazy unique sound. MØ won four awards at the Danish Music awards and we’re waiting for her to blow up here in North America. We heart her music and also want to steal her ponytail:

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The Complete Garage Denim Guide

Friday, November 21, 2014

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When it comes to style, the right fit is everything. And when us girls shop for jeans, the right fit is usually based on the following: good quality, trendy, comfy and versatile… and of course how nice our butt looks! This makes shopping for jeans a bit of a hassle because of all of the different fits and washes available. Sound familiar? Well it doesn’t have to be that way. We asked Debbie P., Denim Designer, to help us prepare this Holiday denim guide so that you can find that perfect pair of jeans. With our 7 fits and over 30 washes, hopefully it’s a pair of Garage jeans!

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Low Waist Jeggings
Sits below the hip with a super skinny jegging fit.
What’s hot: The low waist is an essential for every girl’s closet.
What’s new: New indigo colours with rips.

High Waist Jeggings
Sits at hip level with a super skinny jegging fit. You can pretty much wear these with anything!
What’s hot: The must-have trend that you see everywhere right now is ripped knees, like our vintage black high waist jegging.
What’s new: This year we introduced a coated high waist jegging, a brand new style for Garage. Available in black, it features a shiny coating that gives the denim a sleek finish. You’ll definitely stand out in a crowd! We also developped a vintage style moto jegging for those who prefer a more retro look. You can see these new jeggings in our Holiday 2014 campaign photos. Finally, we expanded the colours of our high waist jeggings. Working with our concept team, we were influenced by trends coming out of Europe and added more shades of indigo, purples and greens.

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Retro High Waist Jeggings
Sits just below the belly button with a super skinny jegging fit. The retro high waist sits a bit higher than the high waist jegging.
What’s hot: This is the perfect high waist fit if you want to tuck in your tops.
What’s new: We added some more destruction for Holiday.

Super Soft High Waist Jeggings
Sits at hip level with a super skinny jegging fit. Constructed with a super stretch and soft fabric.
What’s hot: This is our favourite denim! We introduced super soft into our denim lineup in July 2014 and it’s been very successful for us ever since. They’re just so soft and comfortable!
What’s new: Like the high waist, we also introduced a coated super soft high waist jegging in black for Holiday.

Skinny Jeans
Sits at hip level with a skinny fit.
What’s hot: Ripped knees! Our black skinny jean is the exact style that all of the fashion icons and bloggers are raving about.
What’s new: The skinny jean is our newest fit. It’s also our only other jean (with the boyfriend jean) that isn’t a jegging.

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Boyfriend Jeans
Sits at hip level with a looser fit and distressed details.
What’s hot: Lots of destruction! Roll up the hems for the perfect casual look.
What’s new: New indigo colours.

Roller Jeggings
Our highest fit, sitting just above the belly button with a super skinny jegging fit.
What’s hot: With the highest fit and no front pockets, the roller is the perfect jegging to wear with crop tops.
What’s new: We added new super soft roller styles for Holiday.

Get the Weekend Started With with Priory

Friday, November 21, 2014

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Want to start the weekend off right? Hit up the awesome Weekend from one of our new fave bands, Priory! With lyrics like “Hell yeah, I just got paid, it’s time to get this started,” you know these boys get you. The band is from Portland, Oregon and is blowing up right now. We had the chance to chat with founding members Brandon Johnson and Kyle Dieker about everything from making music to how one of them broke a rib during a show to what they would do if they were stuck in a glass box. (What would YOU do?!)

While the name might conjure religious connotations, the band was actually named after a record Kyle and Greg picked up a few years ago. The album was a bunch of monks singing folk music, and although they aren’t influenced by the music style, they liked the idea of a bunch of people working together towards a common goal. If this goal is helping us get ready to have a sweet weekend, then we’re on board. They have hit a sweet spot in combining folk-rock, pop and a bit of electronic that makes us want to sing along. We’re not the only ones — the band describes the weirdest moment in their career as when they played a sold out show in LA and the whole audience was singing back their songs. Kyle says “we like to channel our inner 1992 Chicago Bulls by doing a sports huddle before we go onstage for good luck”, but it sounds like they don’t even need it because this band is going to make it big. Be sure to check out their newly released four song EP Weekend.

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Girl Crush: Surfer Girl Coco Ho

Monday, November 17, 2014

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With a name like Coco Ho, you know this girl has got to be awesome. Hailing from beautiful Hawaii this girl was born to surf. She has been killing it in the waves since she was just a kid. Here are 10 things you need to know about this weeks Girl Crush, Coco Ho.

1. On getting into surfing: She learned to surf in order to impress her older brother. She says of the first time she went surfing “My first memory surfing was going before school on a new board I got for my birthday, and coming to class with wet hair and telling everyone I went surfing before school. I thought I was so cool.”

2. She started young: She qualified for the Association of Surfing Professionals Women’s World Tour at only age 17. She also earned her first sponsorship at age 8. She has since been very successful in her surfing career, achievements which include first place in the 2011 World Qualifying Series.

3. Her surfing goal: She hopes to work on her mad surfing skills until she wins a world title.

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4. Her passions: She is so much more than an athlete. Coco spends a lot of time working on encouraging confidence to motivate her female fans to pursue what they love. “My family’s left such a strong legacy with surfing, and I’m definitely going to keep on competing for as long as I can perform at my top level,” she says. “But at the same time I want to do whatever I can to help kids go after their goals and dreams — to give them the kind of encouragement and positivity that absolutely helped get me to where I am today.”

5. On body image: “I have really muscular legs. I used to hate them and would tell my friends, “Ugh I wish they were slimmer!” They’d be like “Are you crazy?!? You’re a World Qualifying champ because of those legs!” And they’re right. My legs help me turn better on the waves (a major advantage in competitions). Now I look at it this way: if Beyoncé and Serena Williams can rock their strong legs, so can I!” Read More

Music Monday: The Best of New York

Monday, November 17, 2014

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1. Alexandra Stewart – I Grow
Based out of Brookyln, Alexandra is originally from a small town in Canada with a magical sounding name called Waba, fitting for a girl with a fairytale voice. Her tunes have major Norah Jones vibes and we’re expecting to see a lot more from her in the future.

2. Lucius – Turn It Around
Lucius is a 5-piece indie pop band from Brooklyn. The band started in 2005 when lead vocalists Jesse Wolfe and Holly Laessig met while studying at Berklee College of Music. Now Rolling Stone is calling them “the best band you may not have heard yet.”

3. Ramona Lisa – Backwards and Upwards
You might recognize her voice from the song Bruises, featured in a 2008 iPod nano commercial, but if all you know Ramona for is fronting the band Chairlift you’re missing out! Her real name is Caroline Polachek and this born and raised Brooklyn girl has stepped away from the boys and set out on her own path, writing a song for Beyoncé and working on this solo project and album. We all can’t wait to see what she’s going to do next!

4. Wet – Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl
It’s hard not to get obsessed with the electro-pop/R&B tracks this band produces. The trio is comprised of Kelly Zutrau, Joe Valle and Marty Sulkow and we expect to see big things from them in the future. They’re currently on tour so check them out later this month in Vancouver (Nov. 19) or Toronto (Nov. 26). Also check out their website name: kanyewet.biz. We laughed.

5. Blood Orange – It Is What It Is
Blood Orange takes the best out of the 80s and makes it awesome. Originally from Britain, Devonté Hynes relocated to NY and has been killing it there ever since. He also is a songwriter and producer for some of our fave people, such as Solange Knowles and Florence and the Machine, and joins Ramona Lisa on Terrible Records. Even if you’re terrible at dancing, you’re going to have to at least awkwardly sway to his music. (Check out the unofficial video for It Is What It Is here, taken from Gap’s new holiday ad.)

5 Apps to Make Your Instagram Awesome

Monday, November 17, 2014

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Are all of your Instagram photos starting to look more or less the same? AKA does your Instagram look super snooze-worthy? Step up your Instagram game with these 5 apps – and say hello to new followers!

For word art: PicLab HD
Advertised as a “design studio in the palm of your hand,” this is the perfect app for creating those inspiring images that are all over Tumblr and Instagram. Take a photo, edit it in the app and apply a retro filter (or two!). Next step: Break out your typography skills. Add words in one of the many awesome fonts the app offers. Your inner artist will come out as you can control the colours, rotation, size, and position. You can even add little doodles for that perfect pic!

Available for: iPhone & iPad; Android
Price: $1.99

For making it old school: Retromatic
If Instagram was a thing in the 50s, we’d imagine it would look somewhat like this. Reteomatic allows you to import your photos, cut them up and apply vintage effects to them. The app also allows you to add a background, apply filters and text.

Available for: iPhone & iPad
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New Celebrity Hairstyles We Can’t Wait to Steal

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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Check out the best new celebrity hairstyles from this week. From cutting it (almost) all off to crazy dye jobs, these celebrities are upping their HAIR-game! Which style is your fave?

Brunette Babes
Elle Fanning jokes that she feels more “serious” with her new brown locks, while Ariana Grande ditched her trademark high ponytail in favour of wearing her hair down at the 2014 MTV EMA.

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The Flirty Bob
A lot of celebs chopped it off the last year, such as BFF’s Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss. Now Kat Graham and Jennifer Lawrence have jumped on board the “bob” train!

Kat Graham // Jennifer Lawrence

The Daring Colour Look
Fashion blogger Lua Perez from Le Happy is best known for her cutting-edge style blog and New-York street style inspired fashion, but you definitely notice her ombre hair colouration first… and FINALLY she’s written a post about it! Vanessa Hudgens has also started rocking a bright red do, asking her Instagram fans “Now that halloween is over… Do I keep my hair red??” What do you think of the coloured hair trend? Awesome or tacky?

Luanna Perez // Vanessa Hudgens

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