TV STYLE: Love It Or List It Vancouver

Our favourite Bachelorette Jillian Harris was spotted wearing our jewels on the past few episodes of Love It Or List It Vancouver and we couldn't be more thrilled! Jillian is my favourite person to ever be on The Bachelor franchise, and when I was given an opportunity to send her some jewels for consideration I jumped at it! I love how down to earth Jillian is and think she is so adorable. Her blog is fantastic and full of info from decor, recipes and of course style. Jillian has a great sense of style and I love all of the outfits she puts together (I don't think I have ever not liked something Jillian has worn!).
 
Love It Or List It Vancouver is one of my faves to watch. I was hooked on the original east coast version (Love It Or List It) and when I found out that there was a Vancovuer edition being made a few years ago I was stoked. If you haven't watched LIOLIV, it's a must see just for the scenery and landscapes alone. Todd shows off some absolutely gorgeous homes and of course Jillian designs ridiculously stunning renovations with the help of her trusty contractor Kenny Gemmell.
 
 
Jillian Harris wearing her Brooklyn Designs Farah necklace & Bailey necklace.
 
 
I love how Jillian shorted her Bailey necklace and layered it with her Farah feather necklace. Jillian is also a fan of our Cece Rainbow Moonstone studs and we've spotted her wearing them on several occasions, check out her blog posts here and here.
 
Are you a fan of Love It Or List It Vancouver? What's been your favourite renovation so far? I'm in love with all of Jillian's redesigns and those white kitchens are amah-zing!!

BROOKLYN BEATS: Road Trip Favourites

{ GUEST BLOGGER } Micaela Armstrong

With summer in full swing, there's nothing I like more to do than to hop in the car with some friends, some good music, and no destination in mind. I love discovering new music and making playlists, so I thought I would share a few of my favourites to listen to these days.




1) Mac Demarco - Cookin' Up Something Good:

Mac Demarco will always remind me of summer, barbecues and copious amounts of sangria. If you've got a chance, listen to his album "Salad Days" all the way through. Born in Duncan, B.C. and raised in Edmonton, he's amassing more of an audience and doing quite well for a 25 year old!

2) Broken Teeth - Sam Roberts Band:

I'm a sucker for some Sam Roberts! I'm also happy to add a second Canadian to my list of favourites.  I find that his music is always suitable for a bit of cruising. Or working. Or whatever, really. He's just great.

3) Sylvan Esso - H.S.K.T:

I had a chance to see Sylvan Esso at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on April 24th. It was one of the best concerts I've been to! The venue was perfect, and they were amazing entertainers. They released their self-titled debut album last May and their indie-electro sound is a lot of fun.

4) Giant - Django Django:

A friend recently introduced me to Django Django by showing me this song from their new album Born Under Saturn, released earlier this month. With its harmonies, this song has a bit of a fun Beach Boy's vibe (if the Beach Boys had an alternative/electronic twist...)

5) Sales - Renee:

Sales is a duo from Orlando, Florida, and they played at the Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver recently. Their EP has five songs and one remix, and is perfect mellow driving music.



What's your favourite road tripping music? Upbeat, mellow, or mixed? Feel free to share some of your favourite driving tunes!





Micaela Armstrong is Executive Assistant at Brooklyn Designs and a part-time student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.



Outdoor Weddings: A Feminine Casual Look For Any Budget


{ GUEST BLOGGER } Micaela Armstrong

Outdoor weddings are hugely popular, and being that we're in the thick of wedding season right now, I thought I would throw together a few outdoor wedding-friendly outfits. Being outdoors means being subjected to the weather, so it's important to dress comfortably (while still looking wedding appropriate!) With this in mind, I thought I would do three similarly casual feminine looks with three budgets ranging from $50.00 to $150.00.



The dress I've picked for the low end of my budget is from good old reliable H&M. At $12.99, this casual sleeveless dress is a steal! You can dress it up with a light shawl and a pair of heels, and still come out of it having spent less than a hundred dollars.

For the mid-range budget, I chose a super cute vintage floral dress for $67.00 at the Bay. I love this dress because it's floral and fun, but still subdued enough not to stand out too much at a wedding. Paired with a nude heel, you've got a casual, dainty summery look.

Lastly for the higher end of my budget I found this beautiful peach coloured beaded dress (also from the Bay). I love the contrast in textures with the the beaded bust and chiffon skirt. Accessorizing with a delicate clutch can ramp this outfit up and you'll be wedding-ready in no time.

I'm your typical struggling student. Juggling work, school and life doesn't leave room for a lot of extra expenditures, particularly when it comes to clothes shopping. That being said, it doesn't have to cost a lot to look good!





Micaela Armstrong is Executive Assistant at Brooklyn Designs and a part-time student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

BROOKLYN IN THE CITY: Surrey

{ GUEST BLOGGER } Micaela Armstrong

I spent most of my life growing up in Surrey, so I definitely have a soft spot for this city! According to the city of Surrey website, its population is around the half million mark and is expected to grow by several hundred thousand in the next few decades. Keeping this in mind, Surrey has done a great job of planning and executing a number of great cultural and musical events for those who reside there! This summer is no exception, so I compiled a few ideas for events happening in Surrey in July and August (and some that have already started!)


1.) Canada Day Celebration: Every city has a Canada Day celebratory event and Surrey is no exception. Seeing as the weather has been absolutely gorgeous, try to get outside this Canada Day and enjoy the festivities! This particular event has music, amusement rides, face painting and fireworks at the end of the night.
WHEN: Wednesday July 1st 2015, 10 am - 10:30 pm
WHERE: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 176th St. and 64th Avenue in Surrey
Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, Surrey, BC Canada
176 Street & 64th Avenue - See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/canadaday/72.aspx#sthash.3nc5Ss2y.dpuf
Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, Surrey, BC Canada
176 Street & 64th Avenue - See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/canadaday/72.aspx#sthash.3nc5Ss2y.dpuf

2.) Surrey Urban Farmers Market: The Surrey Urban Farmers Market is a great place to shop for local food. Stop by and support local farmers and artisans! There are a number of vendors selling fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and baked goods.
WHEN: Wednesdays from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Until October 7th 2015)
WHERE: Surrey City Hall Plaza, 13450 104th Avenue, Surrey

3.) Fusion Festival: This annual festival is an amazing way to experience dozens of different cultures at once. The entertainment includes artists representing various cultures through dance and music. Not only is there free entertainment, there are tons of cultural pavilions showcasing international food! Admission is free and food tickets are $1.00 each.
WHEN: Saturday July 18th and Sunday July 19th 2015, 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
WHERE: Holland Park, located at the corner of King George Blvd and Old Yale Road in Surrey

4.) Surrey Night Market: There's no need to drive out to Richmond to visit a night market this summer! There's one right in Surrey and admission is only $2.00. There are approximately 50 international food vendors varying from burgers andcurries to fresh juice and mini doughnuts. With 125 mechandise vendors and a nightly stage for local artists, the Surrey Night Market is not to be missed!
WHEN: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (until September 20th 2015)
WHERE: Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds - 17726 62nd Avenue, Surrey

5.) Surrey Food Cart Festival: A food cart festival is something I've never experienced, but it's definitely on my to-do list for this summer. Surrey's food cart festival is happening this July and there will be 20 food trucks serving everything from grilled cheese to Vietnamese! There will be music and entertainment galore, and it's easily accessible by transit. Furthermore, it's a "zero waste" event, meaning that an average of 90% of the waste will be recycled or composted instead of going straight to the landfill. Kids under 13 get in free and adults pay only $2.00, so go check it out! 
WHEN: Saturday July 25th 2015, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
WHERE: City of  Surrey Plaza at City Hall - 13450 104th Avenue in Surrey

There's tons going on in the growing city of Surrey. It's so great for those residents who don't want to cross any bridges and endure traffic just for the sake of enjoying a sunny summer afternoon. Take advantage of what this city has to offer and explore Surrey this summer!





Micaela Armstrong is Executive Assistant at Brooklyn Designs and a part-time student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

TV STYLE: The Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe

Talk about DRAMA!!
What do you think of The Bachelorette season so far? These guys have to be the most dramatic bachelors yet! But on the plus side, some of them seem like really genuine guys with big hearts. What about Kaitlyn? I am a fan and am glad that she was chosen to be the Bachelorette this season. Loving all of her fashion too!! She's worn some great outfits so far during her quest to finding love.

Last week we spotted Kaitlyn wearing our new Easton necklace! This necklace features a large tusk pendant that has a hammered finish and is accented with a small faceted Turquoise bezel set charm. I designed this piece with Kaitlyn in mind and is one of many pieces that I specially designed for the show. Can't wait to see what other pieces Kaitlyn wears!

We also spotted Kaitlyn wearing our Easton long tusk necklace this week during her group date in Doublin. I really love how Kaitlyn layers all of her jewels and mix and matches different sizes and textures together. This top really caught my eye too, and you can get a similar look via Aritzia in their Babaton CAYDEN sleeveless blouse.

During Kaitlyn's date with Nick we spotted her wearing our new Ellis ring in Aqua Chalcedony. This ring is very similar to our popular Hamilton ring worn last season by Andi Dorfman. We added 2 textured bands to this gorgeous gemstone for an updated design and love how well it looked on Kaitlyn last night. This ring sold out quickly when we first introduced it, and we'll be restocking this in all sizes very soon! 

Want to know what I like best about Kaitlyn? She's Canadian!!! 

Who is your favourite guy for Kaitlyn? What fashion styles are you loving from Kaitlyn's closet so far? We want to know!! Comment below and tell us what you're thinking and connect with us on Instagram #BrooklynDesigns.
 
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