Showing posts from July, 2017

Summer Cocktails Inspired by the Gentrified Trot of Packwood Grand

Summer Cocktails Inspired by the Gentrified Trot of Packwood Grand
In its 4th year, Packwood Grand is synonymous with culture, fashion, and luxury in Calgary. Come July 29 at Century Downs, over 1500 guests are set to sip champagne and finely crafted cocktails, and bask in the sunshine - all while taking in the races under a sea of sky-high fascinators.

With one week left before the big day, we sat down with Packwood Grand and Bridgette Bar lead mixologist, David Bain, to take us through his favourite summer cocktails inspired by the gentrified trot of Packwood Grand. With all the recipes and David’s pro tips and tricks, you can make these Derby-inspired cocktails at home that will have you dreaming about Packwood 2018 all too soon!

“We’re right in time for berry season. We’re getting in some great local strawberries right now. This is something you can easily add to a classic cocktail like a mint julep or Moscow mule to really impress your guests with a new take. “

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The Devil is in the Details: Creating Your Own Fascinator at Home

Headpieces by @pinkspots Photography by @kristisneddon Words by Anastasiia F. and Lia G

Lia is an accidental Milliner. She works as an Art Director and Designer and the hats developed more out of necessity than any well-hatched fashion career. Her original pieces were created from paper and a glue gun and were intended to be worn only for a photo shoot to add some drama. Then she started getting orders...
We asked Lia to give us her best advice. Her answer? “Reflect your own style. You wear the hat - it should not wear you.” Trends are always in flux and the best hats we’ve seen are exquisitely unique, so take the opportunity to tell your story.

Lia says it’s best to work with a range of materials - especially unconventional ones. She defines her formula as something for texture, something for volume, something for height and a little something soulful. For this project, we stuck to items easily found close to home. You can find tulle, netting, lace, chiffon, silk at any local fa…