New Calgary consignment store caters specifically to men

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When it comes to shopping, consignment stores have never been my first thought but one local Calgary boutique is changing my shopping thought process.

Rhoda’s Consignment in Okotoks and Expressions by Rhoda in Calgary offer high-end, quality consignment finds. I want to place the emphasis on the quality as this is of utmost importance to owner Kristin Halpape who has been in the consignment business for 10 years.

11845096_696810333783312_871339050610102010_oKristin has two successful women’s stores and wanted to give the men in Calgary their own opportunity to shop consignment. Her newest store, Man of Distinction offers men in Calgary great brands and quality in an environment focused on their specific shopping needs. There doesn’t appear to be anything else like it in the city.

When I walked into the brand new store, just a few doors down from the ladies consignment I was hugely surprised. No one would think for a second that this is a consignment store. Everything is laid out in such an organized way to ensure that all of the pieces are visible when you walk in and there isn’t much need to sift through things.

Pam Sullivan has worked at Expressions by Rhoda Consignment in Aveneida for over two years. She says they take pride in accepting quality goods to consign.

“Kristin has an eye for style and design which is reflected in the look and feel of the stores, this makes Distinction a unique store in Calgary that the men are ready for,” Pam says. “In the store you will find a BSA motorcycle and vintage wagon on display among the designer jeans and unique t-shirts.” 11728737_690712081059804_1611550505374997048_o

The store is designed specifically for men so they can shop easily for what they want.

“Distinction is very much display oriented which makes the shopping experience easier and more enjoyable for men,” Pam explains. “Men are usually looking for a specific item and are in and out of the store, while women like to take their time, browse and look for the treasure whether it’s a designer purse or the perfect pair of jeans.”

The new store opened up in July and is offering name brand men’s fashion at a fraction of the price. They also offer quality consigned boys clothing.

If you are interested to consign clothing you can expect a 40 per cent return if it sells but you’ll probably be spending that money on all of the great pieces you find at the store.

At each of the stores, they try to rotate the items with the seasons and stick to two main seasons of rotation, fall/winter and spring/summer so you can expect to see different styles with the changing seasons. Like with her other stores, Kristin wants to emphasize style and quality. There is a big distinction between a consignment store and a thrift store.

11856274_700475090083503_8722460128127902766_oIf you haven’t considered consignment as an option for your wardrobe before, there are many benefits beyond the reduced cost. According to an article by Mother Earth Living Magazine, consignment shopping has more benefits for you than just being more cost effective. It can also reduce your environmental impact and limit toxins in your wardrobe because used clothes have already been washed a few times. You can read the full article, here.

Kristin would like to continue to grow Man of Distinction and expand the mix of high quality, current men’s style of consignment mixed with new lines of apparel perhaps starting with shoes.

For more information on Man of Distinction or any of the stores mentioned you can visit the website.

And be sure to follow Man of Distinction on Instagram @distinction_consignment

Or on Facebook 

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Three blogs I’m reading right now

I always love discovering new lifestyle blogs to read! Here are a few that I am enjoying right now!

1. Little Lights of Mine

Ok, so I am a Steph Curry fan and I am so excited for the game tonight! (NBA finals). I was so happy to stumble upon this blog by his wife, Ayesha Curry. On her site she talks recipes, faith, fashion and family. Her vlog series on YouTube features lots of recipes, healthy eating tips, and other lifestyle information and it is so well done. Go Warriors Go!

2. Northern Style Exposure 

This fashion/lifestyle blog is a must read! Kira is a Canadian mommy from Edmonton and her blog offers great style, beauty tips and inspiration as well as recipes and baby essentials. I love all of the photos to scroll through and her website is just gorgeous. Give it a peruse, you won’t be disappointed and will probably come away with so many outfit ideas and a big shopping wish list! P.S. her snaps are awesome too!

3. North of Bloom 

Looking for amazing, tasty and super healthy recipes? Look no further than North of Bloom. Created by an aspiring holistic nutritionist, this blog offers great information on incorporating superfoods into daily meals. She also talks toxin free products, home decor and travel. Every recipe she posts I cannot wait to try to make myself because they are always so good and so healthy.

My Top 3 Favourite Pieces from Stella and Dot’s Fall Preview Collection

Stella and Dot’s new Fall Preview Collection includes many versatile pieces which stay true to the Stella and Dot design. They continue their commitment to providing customers with the ability to wear their jewellery multiple ways. This new preview has a lot of elements that are nautical-inspired for the fall, which for some, leads into the cruise/winter vacation season. Pieces such as the Pave Triangular Ear Jackets remind me of anchors, the Voyager Cuffs, and the Madison Tech Wallet in the Navy Breton Stripe, each give a nod to the seas with their nautical vibe.

What I love about Stella and Dot is that so many of their pieces can be layered, worn together, or are versatile in the sense that you are able to adjust the pieces to different lengths and style variations to change their look. Also, with Stella and Dot there is a certain element of knowing what to expect regarding their pieces. Their designs usually have a timeless feel and the styles adjust slightly for each season while keeping the same versatility and timelessness that you come to know from Stella and Dot.

I have quite a few Stella and Dot pieces that I have had for years and still love.

From this new collection, which was released just on June fourth, I have picked out three of my top favourites! As a bonus, read below for how you can get these pieces for less or even for free!

Crystal & Lapis Stone Element Necklace in Gold

1. The Element Necklace – This necklace is a deep navy blue combo of semi-precious lapis stones and pave crystals. It is essentially two necklaces in one as you can wear the two strands for a layered look or just wear one for a more simple, understated look. This necklace would go great with a casual t-shirt and jeans look with a blazer, or you could even wear it as an accessory to a cocktail dress for an evening out. I love its geometric simplicity while still able to make a statement as part of any outfit.

Stella & Dot Voyager Cuff - Anchor
2. Anchor Voyager Cuff – I love a nice cuff and this one adds a nice pop of colour with the simple anchor detail. This would work great with a causal outfit and it would be great paired with a simple gold necklace, such as the Trinity Pendant or the On the Mark Gold Necklace. You could also layer this cuff with some other great Stella and Dot cuffs and bracelets.

Stylish Indigo Capri Wrap Scarf | Stella & Dot

3. Indigo Cari Wrap – Everyone loves a great scarf, right? I find scarves can really make a plain outfit sing. This one is a great pop of colour around the face but it can also be worn as a beach cover up this summer, or on your next getaway!

Sign up as a Stella & Dot Stylist today
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Exciting news! If you sign up as a Stylist with Stella & Dot between 6/1-6/30, you’ll receive a $199 rebate when you hit your Quickstart goal ($1000 in sales in the first 30 days)! That means you can earn back your Starter Kit and get hundreds in free accessories!

There are so many great reasons to become a Stella & Dot Stylist, including:

  • You get to build a fabulous business
  • You have the ability to work from home and earn extra income sharing the jewelry that you love with others
  • Training and support from amazing and successful women are readily available to you
  • You get free jewelry, as well as significant discounts
  • You’re given your very own personal website and online business center
  • and much, much more!

To learn more and sign up, go to Stella & Dot June Stylist Special