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I Am Such an Idiot (and some sneak peeks)

Since I spent most of my day yesterday trying not to get burnt by all of the little fires I had going on I fell behind on all the “everyday” tasks I was supposed to get done.

Good thing for the weekend, ha!

Today was officially dubbed “catch up day”. 17a904e23edaf3f01b7064d3faa13776.jpg

My main focus was getting all of the new arrivals for next week ready for their debut. I headed into the shop (aka warehouse) to style some outfits and take some pictures of the floor layouts.

Kind of like this (cue sneak peek #1)…..IMG_2678.JPG

I cranked up the music and got some work done!

I was kicking butt and crossing things off my to-do list. Or so I thought.

Once I was all done at the shop I headed home to edit pics and start uploading the new arrivals.

And then I was reminded of just how dysfunctional my memory is.

My mind has been on overload and anyone who has spent even a little bit of time with me lately can attest to my extreme forgetfulness lately. It’s bad. Like real bad.

I was missing pictures on my camera. Actually, they were never there to begin with. I had laid out the outfits all nice and pretty. Then FORGOT to take the pictures.

It only took a moments distraction….literally. And I completely lost track of what I was doing and forgot to do it.d282d1f5adb57838ca3ea9fb05f219bb.jpg


I may have called myself an idiot a couple of times.

And I definitely have caused myself some extra work. I just need to remember to slow down a bit and smell the roses. Our brains can only handle so much.

Luckily I did grab a few cell phone shots of some layouts, so here are a few more sneak peeks of whats new next week….IMG_2679.JPGIMG_2680.JPGI don’t normally show this many sneaks but I need to prove I actually did some work today, haha!

I hope you are having a much more “memorable” weekend than me!





Dress Casual Chic With Ease

I just love the casual chic look.

It accentuates who I am, a country girl with a touch of flair. If you have followed DRB for a bit now you have probably noticed that our clothing and accessories are also a reflection of the casual chic country lifestyle.

Casual chic is all about mixing casual and dressy pieces into one pulled together outfit! This includes your accessories, shoes, and hand bags which can all be mixed and matched to create your own unique style!

A classic casual chic look is the white tee/jean look. Throw in a classy pair of heels or flats and some gorgeous sparkling earrings to pull it together.

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Mix up your work and play clothes. Wear a dressy blazer with your favourite pair of weekend jeans!

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Use accessories to add pops of colour! Pull a colour from a printed top and use it in your shoes or a bag.

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Choose contrasting pieces, like this pretty ruffled blouse with a pair of distressed jeans.

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Casual chic should look “effortless” so if you feel like you are over the top you are probably right! Take a step back and see what you can take away from the outfit to make it look more natural.

When it comes to accessories less is more! Choose one statement piece, a nice stand out necklace, gorgeous drop earrings, or stacked bracelets. But choose just one stand out and let the rest stand in the background or don’t wear the others at all.

Now that you have permission and the tools to dress casual yet still look fabulous and pulled together you better get going through your closet and see what you can come up with! Mix and match, experiment and try it all on. I am betting you have more than you think!



Spring Outfit Ideas

I have quickly began anticipating these days with great excitement as this is our third week of releasing new arrivals exclusively on Tuesdays! I can never wait to get my hands on the new styles and start designing outfits that will hopefully inspire you…..whether you add a new piece to your wardrobe or use these examples to inspire outfits you already own, it gives me so much joy to be able to help you look and feel fabulous!

Floral Twist Top in Black & Floral Twist Top in Navy
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Style Ideas: Rock this top with your favourite pair of denim of any length for a fun casual chic look!

Why we love it: It’s our best selling style in two new colours, and they don’t disappoint! These tops of incredibly soft and comfortable to wear and the cut is so flattering yet unique.

2. Out And About Floral Tank

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Style Ideas: We’ve paired this top with a cool pair of faded jeans BUT the added length plays well with leggings or skinny jeans as well!

Why we love it: Navy and red goes so well together and we are lovin’ the unique floral print! The fabric is so soft and comfy you could live in this top day in and day out!

3. Boho Cow Skull Tank

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Style Ideas: Of course this tank can be worn with basically anything but we think it is extra awesome paired with a pair of distressed jeans!

Why we love it: We have always loved the boho style and it is right up front and mainstream right now!

4. Simple Blooms Floral Tank in Coral

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Style Ideas: Throw on your favourite pair of jean shorts and you are ready for a gorgeous spring or summer day!

Why we love it: We adore this floral print and love the balance of the solid coral on the front.

5. The Everyday Cardigan in Gray

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Style Ideas: When the day cools down this is the top you are going to want to grab! Looks fabulous with any tank or tee!!

Why we love it: It’s so diverse and the pockets just make it that much for cozy and fun!


Thats a wrap on todays outfits! If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments!



Friday Favourites

Another Friday has arrived which means another chance to share my favourite things with you! You may notice, if you follow along, that I am a soul with many flavours…..a little bit rustic, a little bit modern, with a whole lot of whatever suits my fancy in between! My wish is that one of these favourites might inspire you or at least put a smile on your face.

Favourite Facebook Page To Follow Besides following DRB on Facebook you MUST give Rustic Arrow Furniture & Design Co. a follow. Her style is gorgeous and so my taste! I would love for her to come decorate my whole house!! April28 2017 rustic arrow.jpg

Favourite Color Scheme I may just have found my new addiction……inspired by all of those colour schemes you see on Pinterest I wanted to make one with one of our tops! I am in love with the palette from our Weekend Highlights Tank!!

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Favourite Hot Trend The cow skull trend has been around in the rustic and western scene for a very long time but it has currently hit mainstream and I am loving it! Psssst….this top is hitting our store on Tuesday!

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Favourite Drink You can’t go wrong with this refreshing adult bevy from indulgy.com. Wine + peach schnapps + cranberry juice + pineapple juice = happiness!! And so easy to make!

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Favourite Video Ready for a shameless plug……sorry not sorry! My son and I have been working on a video project that tells our agriculture story. Take a look at episode 001 of Dirt Road Chronicles and get a peek into my life away from Dusty Road! If you like it we have episode 002 up on our youtube channel and hopefully more to come!

I hope you enjoyed todays round-up of favourites! Have a fabulous weekend!


Kimberley Eklund


Dress To Hide Your Flaws

Our personal style is what we feel confident and comfortable in……and for most of us this includes choosing clothing that minimizes our “flaws” and accentuates our assets.

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Our bodies are beautiful regardless of size or shape and we should celebrate that! Reality is, and I see it everyday when women are shopping, that we all have areas of our bodies we would like to minimize. We unfortunately obsess over those those areas rather than focus on our assets which does nothing for our self confidence.

Let’s tackle those problem areas so you no longer have to waste time pondering on them. Clothes that minimize the “flaws” will make you feel good and more confident, allowing your true beauty to shine!

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Here are 8 common issues women have expressed when shopping for clothes and the solutions to minimize them.

  1. Thick Neck

Avoid: Tops with round necklines and short necklaces as they will accentuate the thickness. Scarves will also make your neck look thicker.

What to wear: Tops with open collars and deep, narrow v-necks will elongate your neck.

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2. Broad Shoulders

Avoid: Stay away from tops with shoulder details, wide boat necks, and strapless tops which will bring all of the attention to your shoulders.

What to wear: Find tops that are dolman sleeve or raglan sleeve which give the illusion of minimizing shoulders. V-neck tops or long necklaces draw the attention to the centre thus breaking up the width of the shoulder.

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3. Small Bust

Avoid: Tops with open or deep necklines with draw the attention to the bust.

What to wear: Tops with pockets, ruffles, or other textures will add bulk to the bust area. Prints with horizontal lines or any patterns will give the illusion of fullness. Layer up your clothes and choose looser fitting styles.

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4. Full Bust

Avoid: Tops with high necklines will accentuate and elongate the bust area. Tops that have a lot of print, ruffles, pockets, etc add bulk to the bust.

What to wear: Open or v-neck tops will elongate the neck and break up the fullness of a bust.

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5. Short Waisted

Avoid: Steer clear of cropped and short jackets and tops as they will just highlight a short waist. High waisted bottoms and wide belts will shorten your waist even more.

What to wear: Choose hip length or longer tops and jackets to five the illusion of a long waist. Diagonal cut tops and prints will also play up the illusion of a longer waist.

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6. Wide Hips

Avoid: Tops that gather at the waistline will add bulk to the hip area. Pleated pants will draw attention and widen the hips. Embellished pockets and printed pants or skirts draw the eye to the hip area and add and illusion of a larger hip.

What to wear: Tops that don’t fall at the hip area, choose ones that are either longer or shorter. A-line skirts and dresses will draw the attention away from the hip area.

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7. Heavy Thighs

Avoid: Anything that is really tight such as leggings and skinny jeans. Short skirts and shorts will also make thighs look heavier.

What to wear: Dress up your top to bring the attention upwards. A-line skirts and dresses are great to hide heavier thighs.

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8. Short Legs

Avoid: Long, full skirts and dresses, wide legged pants, and cuffed pants will all widen out and put emphasis on a shorter leg. Long tops and jackets will hide the legs and make them look even shorter.

What to wear: Shorts, skirts, and dresses that hit above your knee will elongate the legs. Cropped jackets and shorter tops will draw the eye upward and elongate the body.

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A positive self image and feeling good about yourself is good for our soul and the clothing we wear plays a huge role in that. I hope you picked up at least one tip that will help in choosing clothes that you love and feel good in!


Kimberley Eklund