How We Are Beating The Crowds This Black Friday

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At Canvas we have traditionally steered away from the Black Friday madness and this year will be no different. For us, the holiday really is about being thankful for what you DO have and this year we have so much to be thankful for. The devastating fires to the north and south in our state have taken so much from those in California. Our hearts go out to everyone affected.

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If you are feeling moved to give to those suffering great loss, look to your own communities and consider giving back with time or sponsoring a family in need. The Durham United Fire Relief Fund is one local fundraising effort for the town next to Paradise and is focusing on finding families shelter.

This year Megan’s family decided that rather then give each other Christmas gifts, they will help create happy holiday for a family displaced by the fires.

If you are in need of purchasing a few things and supporting the economy, we recommend shopping small or from the comfort of your home (yoga pants encouraged). Many stores are starting early with promotions now, so you may be done shopping before the holiday even begins. Below are a few things we will be adding to our carts.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving, may you cherish all those gathered around your table.

Stay Stylish,

K&M


Kimberly’s Picks

Reading over my list, you’ll see that I’m a sheer pragmatist in purchases this year (like most years). What I love about Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals is that if you are smart you already know what you need and only buy what is on your list. Be careful not to get sucked into the hype of a deal—if it wasn’t on sale would you buy it? If not, keep on moving.

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In The Kitchen

As you may have learned in reading this blog I really enjoy cooking and hosting gatherings. Living in San Francisco, apartments are small and that means kitchen space needs to be very efficient. Last January we did a major purge in my apartment—clearing out ownerless Tupperware and appliances to make more space. This Black Friday I’ll be on the lookout for a Kitchen Aid Mixer, Blender and/or new toaster oven. So exciting, I know, but basics that you regularly use are a great thing to purchase on promo.

Outdoor Gear

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Balancing store time with outdoor time is very important to me. It’s my way of recovering from artificial lighting and overstimulating stores and loosing myself in nature. Waterproof hiking shoes have been on my list forever (10yrs!) but I am picky and want a shoes that are comfortable and blister free.

Megan’s Picks

I have to be honest, I can get a bit sucked into researching what I want to purchase from Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. And by sucked in, I mean spending hours in front of my computer shopping for the best deals. To be fair, 75% of my shopping if gifts for family and friends. I do always try to find one or two special things for myself as well.

Kid’s Gifts

My nieces have officially entered the “tween” phase, which means that I have to up my gift giving a bit. They have strong opinions on what they like to wear, and don’t seem to be interested in the fact that Aunt Meggie styles people for a living. I don’t want to invest too much in clothing they will quickly outgrow or not want to wear in a few months, so I always take advantage of the sales to buy them a few special pieces.

Pro Tip: Always check the return policy on sale items. Often Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are marked as final sale.

Beauty and Skincare

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Over the past year or two I have become a huge beauty and skincare fanatic. (Kimberly and I have blogged a lot this year about our love for natural and organic skincare products.) I always take advantage of the sales to stock up on my favorite products that otherwise wouldn’t go on sale. And this year in particular, I have my eye on the popular Beauty Advent Calendars. I also have my eye out for any Tata Harper skincare sales - my favorite for natural skincare!

Posted on November 20, 2018 and filed under Stylish Living.
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Keeping Cozy: Best Buys For Soft Sweaters

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It may not feel like Fall with 70 degree weather in San Francisco, but in other parts of the country it is definitely sweater weather. Just because it’s warm outside, doesn’t mean we aren’t already stocking our closets with cozy sweaters so that we are prepped when the chilly temps finally arrive.

Have you noticed that this year’s sweater don’t seem quite as soft as usual? We have… and we’ve made it our mission to ditch the itch and find the softest sweaters around. Read on for our top picks and what to look for when shopping.

Stay Stylish,
M&K


Fall’s Softest Sweaters

Budget Friendly Sweaters

Splurge Worthy Sweaters


The Canvas Sweater Shopping Guide

Check the Fabrication

To cut costs, we’ve noticed more than a few brands have been shuffling the fiber content of their sweaters. The Sweater Cardigan Kimberly bought last fall has been replaced with a lighter weight “all season” one. While this is true, the reality is its no longer 100% wool but a cheaper blend.

All manufacturers are legally required to list fiber content on clothing labels, along with wash and care instructions. For sweaters you often get what you pay for. Review the fiber percentages and they will often reflect the itch factor. Longer, stronger and more valuable fibers will be reflected in a price point so invest wisely.

ProTip: Everyone has their own degree of comfort, but watch wool (non merino), alpaca, and synthetics. These will also influence the breathability --aka the heat factor.

Keep Ahead of Pilling

Lately we’ve noticed that sweaters by one of our favorite brands Vince. have not been holding up. After one wear, even the 100% cashmere styles pill. The hard truth is that most sweaters will pill a bit after initial wear, but finer quality will hold up. Excessive pilling can be a quality issue resulting from a poor fiber or production.

To avoid pilling, hand wash or dry clean your sweaters to cut down on abrasion. Also invest in a good sweater-shaver, a tool that runs over the surface of the fabric and slices the pills off. Just be sure to avoid using it too often since it can compromise the integrity of the fabric.

Invest In Trends Wisely

While we love a good fashion statement and novel trick, we recommend buying wisely when investing in sweaters. This year many of the options are boxy with overwhelming bell or lantern sleeves. While some hit high on the cool factor, we recommend limiting the investment and going with a budget friendly version (Because, really how do you type on a keyboard with these styles?!) For cashmere sweaters, we recommend opting for a classic silhouette with a modern twist. This year the deep v and roll neck collar is popular and universal enough to last a few years.

ProTip: When purchasing cashmere sweaters, consider going up a size to accommodate for garment shrink when dry cleaning.

Posted on November 9, 2018 and filed under Style Stories, Women.
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Contemporary Muslim Fashion at the De Young

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Earlier this week, team Canvas took a field trip to the De Young museum to see their Contemporary Muslim Fashions exhibit. We always love checking out their fashion-related exhibits and this may be one of our favorites yet.

Contemporary Muslim Fashions is the first major museum exhibit to explore the complex and culturally diverse nature of modest Muslim dress codes worldwide. We thought the De Young curators did a stellar job of visually exploring how Muslim women of today have become arbiters of style not just within in their communities but around the world.

Below are some of the highlights and a few of our favorite pieces. The exhibit runs through January 6, 2019 and we highly recomend checking it out!

Stay Stylish,
M&K


A New Fashion Market

What stood out to us in the exhibit was how many of today’s iconic Western fashion houses were represented in the exhibit, including Yves Saint Laurent and Oscar de la Renta. It was interesting to see how their high-end designs that have been customized for Muslim women’s diverse modesty considerations. The retail segment of “modest” fashion has been the target of large fashion houses and a growing number of muslim designers who desire to express their own form of beauty and style. Many of the pieces on display were designer with a small appearance from Macys and Nike. While fashion doesn’t come cheap and it was hard not to notice the opulence and brands displayed boldly in many ensembles and blogger looks. We found the fashion pieces refreshingly juxtaposed next to documentary photos of everyday life for a muslim woman around the globe. Below are a few of our favorite designer pieces (including a colorful feather print dress from Mary Katrantzou who we blogged about as a designer to watch last year).

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Cultural Reflections of Faith

It was also interesting to see top Muslim style bloggers represented and their unique take on dressing modestly while still expressing their individual style. Color, texture, and print mixing where themes in many of the fashion shots. The strength and boldness of the ensembles was inspiring; however, the freshness of mixing tradition with pop culture influences was most exciting. Below are a few examples from Langston Hughes and Hoda Katebi as well as a flight jacket from design house Celine.

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Posted on October 26, 2018 and filed under Style Stories.
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