#GIRLBOSS Wild Things Jewelry and Decor

Kay first met Shannon at Studio B, where she goes to get her hair beautiful and we both would later run into Shannon in the maker’s circuit. Shannon is the artistically talented lady behind Wild things Jewelry and Decor. Her heart is pure and her wares are unique with a real and beautiful connection to nature.

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1. Tell us a little bit about your business?

Wild Things Jewelry and Decor is a nature inspired line that combines a mix of natural, re-purposed and vintage materials to create one-of-a-kind pieces. We are a creative duo, who uses our skills and passions to collaborate. I started the line using mossy and flowery treasures that I would collect on my every day journeys and my partner Dennis is a seasoned carpenter who has a creative edge for rustic organizational decor. I take pride in my original signature product, the glass wildflower locket. Each timeless geometric locket is uniquely designed and displays locally sourced wildflowers encased in its glass panels. We also create a range of other products including terrarium vial pendants and earrings that contain an assortment of sacred herbs and resins, cacti planted in vintage bone-china tea-cups, custom terrarium planters, geometric shaped wooden crystal shelves, and other rustic wooden decor. We also offer custom wood furniture and shelving by order.

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2. How did your interest in creating your products start?

Maybe it was from growing up on a farm, or spending 5 years in majestic Nunavut, but I have always been at the happiest state when surrounded by nature. I marvel at every leaf, blade of grass, flower petal and bit of mossy ground around me. I found myself collecting all kinds of things that stood out to me. Eventually I ended up with old textbooks filled with pressed flowers and a nightstand filled with jars containing all kinds of interesting treasures. Instead of becoming a witchy hoarder, I decided that perhaps I should brew up some ideas of how to put the materials to some use. I started out making terrariums and advertising them on Instagram and Facebook. The response was great and people started making custom orders. I’ve always loved handmade jewelry and dried flowers, so eventually I branched out in to making the wild flower lockets. That’s when things started to really take off and I realized that I had a little business on my hands. I came up with Wild Things Jewelry and Decor as a business name, made an Instagram account, designed myself some business cards, and away it went!

 

3. What is it like running your own business? What’s your day to day like?

Someday I would love to own a little shop, but for now it is an after-hours enterprise. I try to keep up a presence on social media and stay in tune with upcoming local markets and other events to keep the business going. We’ve had our lockets in a few shops in Ottawa, and are on the lookout for new spots. We are always gathering interesting materials to use in our pieces and really just have a lot of fun brainstorming new ideas and creating!

 

4. Who has provided the most inspiration for you along the way, as you’ve built your business?

My friend Kim is also an entrepreneur with her business Downtown Underground. She really motivated me to get things rolling at the beginning and be me a lot of advice. My boyfriend Dennis has been supportive and excitedly creates alongside me now. It’s become a pretty fantastic partnership. We inspire each other and we feed off of each other’s creativity. But most of all, I am truly inspired by the response I get from people who see our work! It makes me really happy when people at markets tell me that they follow us on Instagram, that they’d come to the market because we had advertised it, or they’ve seen or heard of other people wearing our pieces. Hearing how much people love what we are doing is what really inspires me to keep going with it!

 

5. What do you think were the most important mistakes you’ve learned from?

It took trial and error to get a knack for making our existing products, and we invested a lot of time and money in to materials etc. At times when I didn’t see an immediate response or payoff, I’d get frustrated and want to give up. Soon after those moments though, I would get an opportunity to participate in a market, someone would make an order, or something else would come up to make me want to keep at it, keep going… Patience and confidence are definitely two traits that I’ve had to keep working at.

6. What advice can you share with other #GIRLBOSSES in training?

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and network! People who see that you’re passionate will embrace and support you. Keep doing what you love!

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Find Wild Things Jewelry and Decor on:

Instagram – @wildthingsjewelryanddecor
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XO,

-Country meet City

#GIRLBOSS – Copious Fashions

We have been fortunate enough to know #GIRLBOSS Carissa – the bad ass babe behind Copious Fashions for many seasons now.

With Copious each season brings fresh designs – designs that are so sophisticated, rustic, strong and original the pieces make our heart scream.  Carissa’s creations are moody and strong and yet versatile enough for both work and play and yet still allow women to showcase their individual style while wearing her pieces.

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Tell us a little bit about your business?

Copious is a women’s wear fashion line that I created in 2012. I am currently located in Toronto. My inspiration has always been rooted in my country upbringing, inspired by the colours of the seasons, how the wind moves the fabric of a dress; I am always drawn back home to shoot my new collections, where I am most inspired.

With fashion each season, I am inspired by a new inspiration with each season, but what never changes is that I want my company to be Local – Handmade – Canadian. I am very passionate about creating clothing that will last my customers for years and when they have a big event and go to their closet, Copious will always be there too look great and make them feel great wearing it! Copious garments are well made articles that my customers can be confident investing in.

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How did your interest in Fashion Design start?

I was always sewing with my mom and grandma growing up and as I got older I started sketching out designs and clothing I couldn’t find in the mall. To be honest, I never once thought of it as a career until my mom brought me to Toronto to see the Academy of Design. I credit her totally with knowing that I would never be happy unless I had the freedom to be creative!

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What is it like running your own business? What’s your day-to-day like?

It’s definitely a lot of hard work and can be extremely intense, but knowing that you are working for yourself makes it all better. I never enjoyed working for other people, I always felt constrained and like I was putting a lot of work in for someone else’s success and knew then I should just work that hard for me!

Day-to-day can be sometimes a lot of running around and meeting clients or at home sewing like crazy, but each day is different and always interesting!

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Who has provided the most inspiration for you along the way, as you’ve built your business?

This question always makes me stumble, because on a daily basis it can be a single person or multiple ones! Definitely instagrammers, bloggers, different women that run their own companies are a huge inspiration – their honesty on how hard it is. The ladies I get to work with on each collection, my photographer, Kaja Tirrul, is a huge inspiration, our brains always have similar ideas for shoots and it’s like working with myself on shoots – it’s just so easy and that makes it stress free which I LOVE! Rachel Ribkoff, one of my closet friends is a huge inspiration she is always sending me inspiration pics and she is a social media guru and has helped Copious so much!

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What do you think were the most important mistakes you’ve learned from?

SO MANY! Ha-ha – I don’t think of them mistakes, I know that sounds cliché, but honestly everything I have done has brought me to where I am right now, so I wouldn’t have it any other way. I still make mistakes with my company all the time, so I think the biggest thing you can learn is don’t let it get you down. Keep on going and keep on moving forward if you believe in yourself you will figure out the right way to move forward. The hardest part is letting yourself get to that point where you don’t care what anyone else thinks anymore and letting a great idea shine through, not everyone can do that, being scared holds a lot of people back. I was never really scared of failing and I never had a back-up plan (definitely don’t recommend that for everyone) but it always worked for me and drove me forward.

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What is your favourite part about being a Fashion Designer?

I think the best part is seeing something online for a ridiculous price or something at H&M, made so cheaply, and knowing I can do it so much better. Then I go home and do it! I just love being able to see what I want and physically being able to create it. It’s a great freedom I have to be able to create what I see in my head.

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How would you describe your personal style?

Casual Femininity with Vintage Masculinity.

I am constantly trying to add a masculine edge to my outfits, whether it’s wearing my Frye Boots with a dress or super high heels with an old band-tee. I’m constantly balancing the two.

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What advice can you share with other #GIRLBOSS’ in training?

Definitely have a plan and don’t be too quick to put it out there till you are sure you have a clear vision of who your customer is and what you want your company to be. Then be prepared for the hardest work you will ever do, but the success will be all yours so it’s worth it!!!

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Find Copious on:

Instagram – @copiousfashions

Twitter – @copiousfashions

Facebook – Copious

Pinterest – Copious

Website – www.copiousfashions.com

XO,

-Country meet City

 

*Photo Credit: Kaja Tirrul*

Look Winter Cozy-Chic

Living in Canada during the winter can be a trying time. And if you love fashion it feels almost impossible to keep your style game on point with all the layers, clunky boots and the freezing weather.

We find there are key pieces in our winter wardrobes that take us from freezing civilian to Elsa and Ana levels of winter pretty.

1. Find a warm statement jacket. We love the long maxi tweed jackets because you can dress them up or down and they always look fresh.

2. Slimming Skinnies.  Keep your bundled-up top half in check with a skinny jeans, trousers, leggings or tights as a sharp accessories combo. The slim leg will balance out a heavy coat and layers.

3.  Pile on the Knits.  Choosing your favorite knits can be tough – so what torture yourself by choosing just one?  Wear them all!  The trick is to opt for thin sweaters and cardigans and layer away, but avoiding the bulk.

4. Wear your favorite hat.  Whether it’s a beanie or a fedora – keeping your head warm is key to comfort and fashion.  The streamlined silhouette of a brimmed hat and a simple beanie will keep your ears warm and avoids the bulk when paired with a wool scarf and over-sized jacket.

5.  Statement boots.  Why not spice up your outdoor gear with a tasteful heel and a pop of colour.  If the ground is dry and your walking distances is at a minimal try spicing up your outfit with a bold boot.

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Lacey Wears: Wool Jacket + Scarf  + SkirtWilfred from Aritzia / Heels – Cape Robbins from Winners / Tights – Marilyn Munroe /  Top – Urban Outfitters / Sunglasses – QUAY Australia / Hat – Hinge from Nordstrom / Bracelet & Choker – Country meet City Designs 

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Kay Wears: Jacket + Turtleneck + Trousers + Boots – ZARA / Tank – H&M / Adidas Beanie – Urban Outfitters / Sunnies – ALDO

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What are some of your winter wear essentials?

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XO,

-Country meet City

2017 – The year people may Quit Social Media

For those of you high on 2017 resolutions – perhaps its self-care, spending more time with your family, reading more and buying less – here’s an interesting statistic to consider: according to a recent survey in the UK more people want to quit social media than quit smoking in 2017.

Sure, social media outlets can offer incredible knowledge – it gives people a platform to voice their opinions instantly – perhaps to share a joke, or an opinion.

But, it’s also a toxic swamp. Facebook is larded with annoying ads and fake news, and Twitter is full of hateful homophobic, sexist, racist rotten eggs. (Instagram may be the only happy place left on the Internet and it has it flaws).

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Evidence is mounting that too much social media use can hurt your family life, wreak havoc on your mental health, and interfere with your day job. Over the holidays, we noticed many people started posting farewell posts on Facebook, saying goodbye to social media along with 2016, a year nearly everyone acknowledges as ‘The Worst’.

So what does this mean for us?

With a blog – we survive with social media platforms.  But we acknowledge there are way too many possible platforms out there to use.

A full-on Twitter or Facebook deletion isn’t in the books for us, but we feel we have a good grasp on ways to use our social media mindfully and positively. We want to bring social media back to the ‘good-old-days where we can use social media as a space for positivity, encouragement, support, education and connection – instead of this current gross-pit of bigotry, snark and jealousy.

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Whether your approach to New Year’s resolutions is cold turkey abstinence or temperate moderation, taking back control of your social media temptation is a smart one for 2017.

What would you like to see from us? What’s the tone you want to see from us online? How can we make social media more productive, interesting and caring for you our reader?

XO,

-Country meet City

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See you later, Bye, 2016!

We’re supposed to regard 2016 as the worst 12 months in the history of humanity – or at least according to all the memes.

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It’s true, there have been some pretty awful events this year, namely: Trump getting elected, the abundance of celebrity deaths and the rise of terrorist attacks. But it has also been a very glorious, liberating, bonkers, awe-inspiring roller-coaster of a year.

But it’s the year we took a risk.

We have always felt different and maybe a little weirder compared to other bloggers. Our personalities and styles have always set us apart, for better or worse. 2016 was a year we decided to do more for ourselves and learned not cater to others definitions of what it means to be a blogger. We also took a bit of a step back from blogging as often and events to focus an evaluate what we wanted to and be with our blog.

2016 has had some really crappy things happen but it has also been a year of growth. Always try to find the positive in all situations and strive to be your best self.

We will leave you with a quote that really stuck with us from Russian designer, Gosha, summing up 2016 perfectly:

“…there is a great international unity of young people… I feel a great energy that comes from youth all over the world. Old people can keep making wars for money, but we’ll grow up and change the world.”

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Cheers to you and a happy + healthy 2017! Be the change you want to see.

XO,

– Country meet City

Thrifty Tips – Holiday Party Edition

The holiday season is upon us – and this means holiday festivities, so looking and feeling a little glamorous may be somewhat important. There’s a slight catch, though. Christmas is often expensive and gift shopping and engagements makes any budget for a party outfit slim to nonexistent.

We are no stranger to working our wardrobes to their full potential – knowing that everyday clothing and accessories in our closet can be easily transformed into a fun festive outfit with little additions.  Sprucing up your wardrobe by adding a few smart new items to your fashion arsenal will have you ready for the Christmas party season.


Shoes Can Make a Statement – A great pair of statement heels or boots are the perfect single item for anyone who wants to spruce up her wardrobe this holiday season. An eye-catching pair can transform a simple outfit into a holiday ensemble.

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Razzle Dazzle –Invest in a new jewellery item this holiday season. Much like a pair of shoes, a bold necklace or earrings can add some much-needed razzle dazzle to a dull outfit.

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Makeup Matters – Did you know that you can take an outfit from day-to-night just by changing your makeup? This is a best-kept secret. If you need to look great for a holiday party, use a dark black liner and created a winged-eye look. Or, skip the eyes and just apply a dark red lip colour to give your look some instant flair.

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Statement Jacket – A well-cut or striking outer layer is the last thing you put on but the first thing others see, so it makes sense to ensure that it’s a hard-working piece, regardless of what you’re wearing underneath.  Grab a fun jacket for your party and pair it with something you have in your closet at home to create an easy holiday outfit.

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Christmas party season should be fun. With these tips, you can spruce up your wardrobe and look stylish for all of your holiday functions without having to spend a fortune.

XO,

-Country meet City

A Woman’s Worth

2016 has felt very heavy but also very productive and eye-opening for us. It has taught us to keep swimming and to never let people’s negativity define who we are or what we want to achieve.

Our friendship started in College and was built upon our quirky and different personalities meshing together in school projects and McDonald’s runs in between classes. But grew into something more meaningful on a deeper level of understanding and support.

As women, we need to have these friendships. We need strong women in our lives for support, learning, collaboration and inspiration. Our society has a lot of backwards notions about how a woman should look, act and portray herself and it’s so difficult not to get caught up in or affected by these ideas and “rules”.

We need these friendships to empower ourselves and to strive to be more than just the status quo and to acknowledge that every woman comes in and with different shapes, backgrounds and ideals.

The world is a very different place from when our parents where young and women’s roles have significantly changed and evolved for the better. We need to start being the change we want to see and to also be better role models for young girls. Boundaries and rules are meant to be bent and challenged.

Follow the beat of your own heart and never apologize for not meeting someone’s definition of what it means to be a woman and your worth. Surround yourself with strong and empowering woman who will inspire and support you.

XO,

-Country meet City

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Photo by: Amy Zambonin