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Perfect for Fall; The Western Sweater

Do you love Fall like I love fall?

I love the crisp air. I love the colors. I love cool temperatures with a bright blue sky. Not to mention I absolutely adore dressing in the fall. When Fall hits, suddenly my wardrobe seems to come alive – there are just so many possibilities. This cardigan, with that dress, and those boots; that sweater, with this skirt, and those tights. Oh all the layers you will wear!

Charcoal grey is an amazing shade for fall. For many reasons, the Western Sweater has fabulous layering potential.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

As many of us reach for those darker and more dramatic articles of clothing, charcoal grey is a welcome change from black. Being an amazing neutral, it will go with virtually all the colors of your wardrobe! In my own experience, I find dark grey to be even more of a “goes with everything” neutral then black does (I know it sounds crazy, doesn’t it?).

I love wearing a pop (or two) of color, paired with neutrals.  I find that a bright color that is paired with black makes for instant high contrast, so for example; a bright yellow shirt paired with a black skirt, could put all the focus on the high contrast of black and yellow instead of the gorgeous color of the shirt.

A great grey is the answer to all my color combining woes. The bold texture of this sweater is another aspect that makes it prime layering material. The Wool and Viscose blend textures up by pairing it with a smooth pencil skirt or curve hugging dress, or even a pair of linen wide leg pants, for a look super rich look with interest for the eyes!

A-line fit and flare shape flatters all types and does wonders to enhance or give curves and emphasize an hourglass shape. The higher in front, lower in back, hem is both slimming and flattering.

And those sleeves! Effortless, while romantic, it’s Raglan style with a flare.

If you are lusting for a great layering piece this fall come by one of our locations to play dress up in the Western Sweater!

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Raven, Your Devil May Wear Stylist
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Soi·rée: A Cocktail Party Playlist

I find that this time of year has a chaotic feel to it, especially as a student when you are swamped with deadlines it can be hard to relax. I know that many of my close friends are feeling this chaos and stress as well, which is why I think it is the perfect opportunity for a soiree!

There is really no better way to bring people together than with good food, good drinks, and good music. Whether you’re interested in hosting a full scale cocktail party or an arts and crafts night, this 60s and 70s inspired playlist sets the mood for an intimate evening that will give you a break from the mayhem of everyday life.

Tracklist:

  1. Summer Wine by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood
  2. One Evening by Feist
  3. Going Out Of My Head by Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66
  4. Night And Day by Luiz Bonfa
  5. Sabor A Mi by Eydie Gormé & Trio Los Panchos
  6. Domino by The Melachrino Strings
  7. My Baby Just Cares For Me by Nina Simone
  8. So Good To Have You Home Again by The Mystiques
  9. Gotta Have Your Love by The Sapphires
  10. Girl I Love You by The Temprees
  11. I’d Rather Go Blind by Etta James
  12. Temptation Is Hard To Fight by George McGregor & The Bronzettes
  13. I Hear A Symphony by The Supremes
  14. The Simple Things by Robert Maxwell His Harp and Orchestra
  15. Sleep Walk by Santo and Johnny
  16. I’ll See You In My Dreams by Django Reinhardt

Give it a listen at our 8tracks account with the link below and have some fun with good friends!

https://8tracks.com/devilmaywear/soi-ree

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Sarah, your Devil May Wear Stylist

 

Earth And Wear – Fall/Winter 2017

On Tuesday, September 26th, 2017, we had our 5th annual Earth and Wear at the gallery of BC Ceramics. Newly inducted ceramic artists, Amity Design Studio and Devil May Wear created a luxurious boudoir theme to our pop up show this season. The silk kimono jackets from Amity along with the new French cut lace colors at Devil May Wear mixed perfectly with the stunning ceramics that are now available at the Gallery of BC Ceramics on Granville Island.

Here is a peek into the beauty that was our show!

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Jocelyn Pierce, Gallery of BB Ceramics, Erin Gravelle MSM, Devil May Wear Stylist, Jelena Corak, Amity Design Studio
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The DMW Gang!

 

Wearing your Denim in Rainy Weather

It is that time of year once again where we say goodbye to the summer sun and embrace the crisp fall air, which tends to go hand in hand with a bit of rain.

I absolutely love fall, and it is a blessing to be able to wear pants again without overheating, but it can be difficult trying not to wreck them in the rain. Luckily, there are some great ways to style denim when its damp and enjoy your favorite pair of jeans all year round!

The Classic Cuff

Cuffing your jeans is a timeless way to keep your pants out of puddles, as well as give your look a comfy and casual appearance.

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Let the Shoes Shine

When it’s really pouring out, sometimes you have no other choice but to tuck your jeans into some ankle boots or the quintessential rubber Wellingtons. However, with some scattered showers in the forecast opting for a heeled boot will keep your pants from dragging and will work wonders at elongating your legs in a bootcut or wide leg jean.

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Skinny Jeans Don’t Get Sloppy

Now if you’re anything like me, I try and avoid any extra steps in the morning when putting together an outfit. Skinny jeans are the perfect denim for rainy weather because they require no extra thought in keeping them on your legs and out of the mud.

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If you’re in hot pursuit of denim this fall, come by our Main Street location to check out our great selection of Silver Brand Jeans. They’re as comfy as they are stylish!

 

sarah
Sarah, your DMW Stylist

 

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Hemp!

Way back when we lost our site in 2015, we also lost all of our blogs. We found this one and are re-posting for your knowledge and methods of choosing fibres to wear are improved!

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There’s a lot of talk about hemp these days. Across North America you’ll find discussions linked to the legalization of Marijuana. Hemp, though a mere relative of the marijuana plant has been regulated into mere obscurity by both the Canadian and American governments. But as the Marijuana conversation ebbs forward it’s going to be time to put the pedal to the metal on the production of the nutritious, the sustainable, the everlasting, the ever growing Hemp! And since you’re going to be seeing a lot more of it I thought I would share my top 10 facts you probably don’t know about hemp;

1. “Did you know that Henry Ford made a body for a car that was lighter than steel but could stand 10 times the impact without denting? Of course, it was made of hemp!” says  Alanna Ketler in Collective Evolution (http://www.collective-evolution.com/2012/04/01/5-ways-hemp-will-change-our-world/). Indeed, Ford did make a famous hemp car out of resin stiffened hemp. Originally made to run on hemp oil it ran on alcohol.
2. Hemp as fuel produces 10 times more methanol than corn and burns clean with no sulphur pollution. Burning hemp fuel would not contribute to greenhouse warming.
3491537294_59cc2dda4d_b3. Hemp fibre is heat, mildew and mold               (perfect for Vancouver!) and UV resistant. It is not damaged by light and it protects you from the suns rays. It’s also fire resistant so ‘they’ don’t need to cover your clothing and upholstery in fire retardants.
4. During the 17th and 18th century, hemp was such an important commodity in the USA it was against the law to refuse to grow hemp. Hemp was accepted as currency and you were welcome to pay your taxes in the utilitarian crop until the 1800’s in the states.
5. As for clothing, the original Levi jeans were also made out of hemp.
6. Here’s a good one. It is estimated that if 6% of all the farmland was planted with hemp for energy all America’s energy needs would be met. Agan, an American-centric fact but I’ll extrapolate and say we Canadians could probably greatly benefit from a similar plan. Tar sands? What were we thinking?
7. Are you worried about feeding our population with the devotion of 6% of the land to hemp?
  • Hemp seed is 33% proteinrope-326566_960_720
  • Hemp seed is 35% essential fatty acid(Omega 3, 6, 9 and GLA)
  • Contains all 9 essential amino acids
  • Contains 6.2 x more Omega-3 than raw tuna
  • Contains an abundant source of GLA
  • Rich in trace minerals
  • High in dietary fiber
And they have a few more facts you might be interested in knowing about what you are eating if you take a look at their site. You really can’t perfect through work like they have taken the time to do.
8. People like to ask me exactly how much cotton can be grown in how much space for how much time. I don’t think we all think like farmers, but I think we all can understand that in the same space and time we can grow 250% more hemp than cotton and if you love linen like we do you’ll be amazed we can grow 600% more hemp. And so often, other than the lovely care and longevity benefits, it’s hard to tell the difference between the two.
Screen Shot 2017-09-14 at 4.20.49 PM9. Due to Hemp’s porous nature it takes dyes better and holds on to them longer. That means the color of your hemp will outlast the colors in your cotton. Also thanks to the same property it breaths well making it cooler when your hot and traps air in making it an insulator when your cold.
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10. The hemp plant is insect, pest, and disease resistant meaning there is very little need for pesticides if needed at all and there is no herbicide approved for the industrial hemp industry meaning your hemp should also be herbicide free. Though I couldn’t really come up with any info on how much hemp is organic according to my research I am not alone in this lack of information indicating that hemp is pretty close to organic with limited interest in  the expense of organic certification. Remember, certification adds expense and raises prices.

Best Local Designer Clothing Store!

I am so excited to announce Devil May Wear was voted by all you lovely people as Vancouer’s BEST LOCAL DESIGNER CLOTHING STORE!!! WE GOT NUMBER ONE!!!

Thank you thank you so much to everyone who voted, supported, helped us become who we are today and continues to help us grow and blossom.

WOOOO HOOOO!!!


The Vanja Dress!

Ever since I saw this dress sample, I have wanted to style it up! There is nothing quite as awesome as feeling like wearing pyjamas, and looking like a million dollars! So here are a few looks I think work great for casual, funky and work casual day wear! If you are loving what you are seeing, be sure to come into the shop on Granville Island and try it on for yourself! Ask for the Vanja Dress!

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Alexis vamping it up for a fancy evening!

Models: Lydia-Rose Kerouac-Dube and Alexis Korotash

Photographer: Erin Gravelle MSM

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“Hand Wash, Hang Dry”

Why do most things in our shop say that the washing instructions are “hand wash, hang dry only”?

That is a question we get a lot!

A long, long time ago, there were no such things as washing machines or dryers… (GASP!!) …And all washing was done by hand. Many people only had a few special items of clothing and needed to take great care with them if they wanted those items to last them a lifetime! So the side of a river, or a simple washing tub (big bowl) were used with elbow grease and natural cleaning agents to freshen garments. Only when they absolutely needed to “freshen” their clothing, they would wash it. It was a wonderful method to help prevent your clothing from deteriorating and help them to last longer.

Now a days, with many different types of technologies employed for our convenience, we have left it up to fate if we are going to see our favourite top come out of the machine the same way it went in. We also now have a tendency to wash our clothing too often while using chemical based soaps that have adverse long term effects on our clothing and on the environment. Textiles themselves have changed greatly as well over time, and with more and more blends of materials together, it is harder and harder to know how they will react to different washing machines/dryers.

By hand washing your garments every 8-10 wears, you are;

  1. Saving the environment! By hand washing, you use less water over time. Also, you use less detergent/soap, so no more chemicals than are needed are going into the environment.
  2. Helping your garments last longer! By washing less often and by using less agitation than a machine would, garments will last longer in your wardrobe.
  3. And lastly, you are Saving Money! The less you buy, and the better you buy, the more money you save in the long run!

At Devil May Wear, we use a lot of natural fibres and beautiful bamboo blend textiles to create the majority of our clothing. In order to make sure that you get the most out of your garments and your money, we always say, “Hand wash and Hang dry!”

Now you know why!

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You’re a Gem!

I have always had a fascination with crystals and gemstones from a young age. I remember the excitement I would feel when I would stumble across the stores that would let you fill a small bag with whatever stones you wished from a large pile, and I was always sure to select the stones I admired with the utmost care. Many years later, I would discover the mystical healing properties of crystals that would bring them greater meaning to me.

As crystals are forged from minerals within the earth’s surface, their individual atomic makeups are what attribute them their unique properties. So how do crystals actually work? In Philip Permntt’s book “The Crystal Healer”, the natural effects of crystals are explained within the magical and scientific realms. One explanation is the piezoelectric effect which denotes “the ability of crystals to generate an electrical potential in response to temperature change”. The placebo effect is another common explanation as well as how we choose to focus and channel energy through heat and electricity.

So if you are looking to focus energy into a specific area of your life or take some time for both physical and emotional healing, wearing jewelry with crystals is the perfect place to start! There is a tremendous amount of gemstones for you to explore, but here at Devil May Wear we have a few suggestions to help you discover this magic of crystals!

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Moonstone Gem on Gold Plated Necklace

Moonstone overall is a good stone for the self and for emotions. It inspires confidence, calm, and balance which can be particularly helpful when introducing a big change into your life or when traveling.  When given to a lover as a gift, it inspires passion and spark in the relationship.

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Quartz Crystal necklace on gold plated chain.

 

 

An essential stone to everyone’s crystal collection, Quartz is a protective stone that helps you re-energize in your environment and deflect any negativity present.

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Fortune Ring – Rutilated Quartz in 925 silver

 

 

 

 

Rutilated Quartz is a form of crystal most often associated with vitality. It is best for pushing through energy blockages that are associated with depression, as well as cleansing and renewing the aura.

 

 

 

Rose Quartz
Rose Quarts gem on gold plated charm earrings

Rose Quartz is best known for its associations with love, youth, and femininity. It allows romantic relationships to flourish and also brings a sense of calm by relieving anxieties and tensions.

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Labradorite in rose gold setting and 925 solver band

Labradorite promotes strength and transformation surrounding our insecurities. It allows for guidance by intuition by grounding our energies.

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Blue Lace Agate gem on silver chain

 

 

Blue Lace Agate is best known for improving communication, Blue Lace Agate is a great gemstone for anyone trying to overcome social anxiety. It will restore a sense of stability in the individual using it. It has also been used to improve communication and connection to the spiritual realm.

 

 

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Amazonite gem on gold or silver plated earrings with Cubic Zirconia stones

 

 

 

Amazonite enhances creativity and intuition. It is an ideal stone for anyone with issues of the nervous system as it helps get rid of stress and soothe the mind.

 

 

 

 

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Eye of the ocean ring
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Carlos Stirling silver studs

Turquoise heightens expression in all areas of life from our creativity to wisdom to compassion. Ideal for use in meditation, intensifying psychic abilities, and searching for spiritual clarity.

 

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Sarah, your Devil May Wear Stylist

Hot Potato Salad

As the summer nights become earlier and earlier, I have always had this amazing recipe in my back pocket for pot luck dinners with friends! Hot Potato Salad!

My mother has made this for my family since I was a child and it will always have that comforting memory for me. I love sharing those feelings with as many people as possible to bring warmth and good food into the world.

So here is my mothers recipe with an Erin flare;

Serves: 6-8 servingspotato-salad-with-roasted-red-onions-and-bacon
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds red potatoes
  • 8 slices of bacon, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  1. Boil red potatoes until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and cut potatoes into wedges. Add to a large bowl for mixing.
  2. In a large skillet, add diced bacon and cook until crispy, about 5 minutes. Remove from skillet with a slotted spoon and add to potatoes.
  3. Add diced onion to skillet and cook until tender, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from skillet with a slotted spoon and add to potatoes and bacon.
  4. Combine vinegar, water, sugar, salt, pepper, and celery seed in a small bowl. Pour into skillet with the bacon drippings and cook until it thickens, about 1-2 minutes. Pour over potatoes and toss until all ingredients are well-coated. Serve warm.
Have fun with it and feel free to substitute anything you like. I sometimes add cashews or hold off on the onion and add garlic! No matter what, you really can’t go wrong with any of it!
I like to bring a big batch to pot luck dinners or at home paired with grilled chicken breast and green beans. A dry white wine it the optimal libation!
Bon Apetit!
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