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4 Ways to Wear a Kimono with Urban Cowgirl Designs

4 Ways to Wear a Kimono

Kimonos have become a trendy wardrobe piece. I have a couple of beautiful kimonos in my closet that I usually pair with understated, mostly black clothing to allow the kimono to be the focus of the outfit. Let’s be real, I’m not that fashionable and have a difficult time coming up with unique looks. Kimonos can be so much more versatile so with a little fashion advice from a former fashion blogger friend, I’ve put together a few looks to give you a little inspiration when it comes to styling your kimono. And if you don’t have a kimono yet, what are you waiting for? I’m absolutely in love with the gorgeous kimonos from Urban Cowgirl Designs. They are buttery soft, perfectly crafted and sure to collect compliments with every wear. Better yet, Urban Cowgirl Designs was started locally (Lethbridge) by one gorgeous mama who hustles hard to create beautiful pieces to wear each season.

Work

A perfect layering piece for the office, wear your kimono in place of a blazer over a fitted dress, pencil skirt or skinny trouser with a pair of coloured heels. I kept my colours understated to let the kimono do the talking.

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Casual

Drinks with friends, a trip to the market, or chasing kids, a kimono goes great with a pair of shorts, or distressed jeans, graphic tee and casual shoes or sandals. Don’t be afraid to mix bold tees with feminine prints. Honestly, I never would have thought to pair graphic tees with printed layering pieces and I’m always far too nervous to mix my prints but I really loved these looks and have worn them a ton over the summer.

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Date Night

Whether you’re taking a romantic walk along the beach or taking in a movie, a pair of coloured ankle pants, a plain tee, and some strappy sandals set the mood for this romantic look.

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Cover-Up

Whether you’re headed to the gym or hanging at the beach, or maybe even wearing something a little sexy at home, a kimono makes a great cover up. While I’m not one to care about workout fashion, I must say, I’m a big fan of wearing my kimono over my athletic wear!

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*I received my kimono from Urban Cowgirl Designs in exchange for this post, but as always, all thoughts and reviews expressed are my own.  Thank you for supporting the companies that continue to make this hobby of mine possible!

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Books I’m Loving For Summer

My reading slowed down for a few weeks, so I don’t have as much to report since last month. But since it’s summer and my summer holidays are right around the corner, I thought I would pop in to share some books to add to your summer reading list.

  • If you only read one book this summer, it has to be The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I received an advance copy of this book from Simon and Schuster Canada and couldn’t get through it fast enough. If you’ve been tuning into my book posts for the last year, you’d know that TJR has become my number one favourite author. Her latest novel is nothing like her previous works, but equally as captivating. You will come to both love and hate Evelyn Hugo as she tells the story of her rise to Hollywood fame and the story behind each of her seven husbands. You’ll learn who her one true love was, and why she’s chosen a seemingly nobody journalist to tell her life story. The ending is like a punch in the gut, one you’ll never see coming.

  • Have you ever wondered if you’ve ever crossed paths with person you’re meant to be with? Gus and Tess met briefly on family holidays in Florence when they were teenagers. Both of their lives changed drastically after that day, with their paths crossing many times, before meeting again sixteen years later. Reminiscent of the novel One Day, Miss You by Kate Eberlen, is the perfect beach read. It’s not scandalous nor is it a page-turner, but it’s the perfect book to flip through while sipping your favourite summer drink and not worrying about much more than tan lines (or sun burns). I received an advance copy from Harper Collins.
  • On my summer to-be-read list is Sarah Jio’s Bungalow. I previously read Always by the same author, that was so much like One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid and have been wanting to dive into another Sarah Jio novel to see how well it compares. Bungalow is said to be “a World War II saga of thwarted love, murder and a long-lost painting.”
  • I’m late to the party, but last on my summer reading list is Truly Madly Guiltily by Leane Moriarty.

I want to hear from you! What are your favourite beach reads or on your summer reading list this year? 

*Affiliate links have been used. I was given an advance copy of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo from Simon and Schuster Canada and Miss you from Harper Collins. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting this little hobby of mine. 

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Books We’re Loving

Hey! It feels like it’s been so long so we’ve checked in to chat about some of our latest reads. The nerdy side of me gets super excited to share my latest reads with you. Even more so when one of my best friends gets to join in too! Be sure to go check out A Slice of Brie, to see what books Brie’s been reading lately.

You guys, getting a library card was one of the best things I’ve done for myself all year, but I admit, it’s almost becoming a problem. I got carried away with holds that all happened to come in at once, leaving me to drop everything and read all the time. I’ve been a bookworm since I learned how to read so it really isn’t anything new for me to be nose down in a good book, but the last couple months had me wanting to abandon all responsibilities and crawl into bed early. This resulted in a staggering six completed books in the month of March alone. I have zero regrets.

Loved: Normally it’s so hard to choose a clear favourite, but not this month. A Man Called Ove was hands down the best book I’ve read all year. Do yourself a favour and read it before the movie comes out. It was such a sad, funny, heartwarming book that has you falling in love with Ove, the crotchety old man who appears to hate everyone and everything. I shed a tear or two while reading this book, which is surprising for me since I’m not one to cry while reading unless it’s about animals.


A close second was a recommendation from Jo, Always by Sarah Jio. It was very similar in feel to my beloved Taylor Jenkins Reid novels which is no doubt why I enjoyed Always so much.

Runner up was Couple Next Door, a book club pick which I read in about a day in a half on top of work and parenting. It was just one of those thrillers that kept you turning pages from the very beginning.

Currently Reading: When You Find Out the World is Against You: And Other Funny Memories About Awful Moments by Kelly Oxford. This one just came out last week and I was lucky enough to receive a copy from Harper Collins. If you’re not familiar with Kelly Oxford at all, do yourself a favour and look her up, read her previous book, follow her on Snapchat (seriously, the only reason I miss Snapchat is her). I was sad to find out her appearance at WordFest in Calgary in a couple weeks was sold out.

Looking Forward To: Later this week my book club meets so I’m definitely looking forward to finding out what our next book will be. I always have a copy of Miss You by Kate Eberlen from Harper Collins on my nightstand waiting to be opened. I also have The Woman in Cabin 10 and Truly Madly Guiltily in my TBR pile that I’m itching to get to, so hopefully, I can finish all of them before we meet again!

We want to hear from you! What has been some of your favourite reads lately? What are you currently reading? 

Don’t forget to head over to Brie’s blog to see what she’s loved, is currently reading and what she’s going to read next!

 

*Affiliate links have been used. I was given copies of When You Find Out the World is Against You and Miss you from Harper Collins. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting this little hobby of mine.