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Fashion resolutions: Part 1

Jan 4, 2013 / 5:00 am

This New Year, make a a resolution to focus on your style. No matter if you're a full-on fashionista, or stuck in a major fashion rut, resolve to stick to a few of these suggestions and we'll make 2013 the year we take our personal style to the next level. 1) Start adding more...

Holiday hair tutorial

Dec 28, 2012 / 5:00 am

Tasha showed me how to make an easy, glamorous hair-do for any type of holiday party. It can be worn with any length of hair and easy enough for anyone to do. Hair by Tasha Arnall from Bloom Hair

Christmas essentials

Dec 21, 2012 / 5:00 am

It's no secret that I love the Christmas season and everything that goes with it. And for me, this season is a great excuse to bring out some extra glitter and bling and get festive. Even though I love these pieces all year 'round, I get extra excited to wear them for the holidays. ...

Holiday sweaters

Dec 14, 2012 / 5:00 am

One of my favorite winter staples is the big cozy knit sweater, and this is the perfect time of year to put them all into outfit rotation! Sweaters like a classic fisherman pullover, the time-honored cable knit, the soft textured angora sweater, and the sweatshirt are all cozy basics that are a...

Festive footwear

Dec 7, 2012 / 6:00 am

Tis’ the season for warm parkas, pom-pom toques and fuzzy gloves! These will keep your body warm in the cold, but there’s one thing around this holiday season that warms my heart: the festive shoe. Footwear is a terrific way to turn a basic outfit into something interesting, or to add...


Nov 30, 2012 / 5:00 am

This is my favourite time of year, both festive-wise and fashion-wise. The holiday season can make fashion so fun: the glamour of holiday parties, the little bits of festive for the day to day, and coziness of nights curling up over a glass of egg nog and a Christmas movie. Over...

Stand out with camouflage

Nov 23, 2012 / 5:00 am

Fashion always manages to surprise me - that is one of the reasons I love it so much. I constantly catch myself saying "Ugh, I'd never wear something like that!" until, fast forward a few years, designers have based their collection around that something and I fall head over heels....

Layering for winter

Nov 16, 2012 / 5:00 am

Although it's still somewhat early, after the gorgeous snowfall last week, I think it's safe to say winter has arrived. And with the snow has come all manner of complaints over our sudden turn of season, which leaves me both amused and incredulous! I mean really, we have it pretty easy...

The unexpected sweatshirt

Nov 9, 2012 / 5:00 am

The unexpected sweatshirt is having a major moment in fashion this fall. Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Phillip Lim and Balmain were just a few who showcased the sweatshirt as the unforeseen essential of the season. We saw a re-imagining of this sporty staple on the runways: Balenciaga...

Orange and black

Oct 26, 2012 / 5:00 am

Happy Halloween everyone!! Since, the spooky season is upon us, and you all know how I love to get festive, I couldn't resist doing another Halloween inspired post. Last week we talked about skulls, and this week I'm talking about the classic Halloween colors, orange and black! I...

Season of skulls

Oct 19, 2012 / 5:00 am

Patterns and prints have been popular trends for quite some time now with polka dots, florals and stripes all making their way into the classic category. Last fall we saw the resurgence of animal print, along with leopard and snakeskin, birds and horse print reigning supreme. This fall, a whole...

Tips for layering

Oct 12, 2012 / 5:00 am

Fall in the Okanagan tends to be cold in the early morning, warm to almost hot in the afternoon, and cold again in the evening. This can be quite a challenge when getting dressed in the morning, since no one wants to change their clothes three times a day. Creating an outfit of layers is a great...

Fall fashion essentials

Oct 5, 2012 / 5:00 am

The chilly mornings have officially signaled the start of Fall, and even though the weather is cooler and beach days are over, I spend all year looking forward to fall fashion! Cozy sweaters, layers and boots can now be worn while strolling through Gyro Park admiring the changing leaves with a...

How to wear the trend

Sep 29, 2012 / 5:00 am

The leading fashion designers are always thinking months ahead of the current season and forecasting trends a year in advance (at least). As I attended different shows at New York Fashion Week, it was obvious that each designer has their own unique point of view and aesthetic for their collection,...

New York Fashion Week!

Sep 21, 2012 / 5:00 am

I'm back from New York Fashion Week, and I'm so excited to share all that I saw! I attended fashion presentations, collections, and runway shows this year, and the fashion I saw was absolutely stunning. Viewing so many different shows allowed me to see the patterns and trends...

New York here I come!

Sep 7, 2012 / 5:00 am

Besides the fact that I get to write this column each week, I am so excited to represent the Okanagan at New York Fashion Week as the Okanaganista! Once again I will be attending shows and events, and this year is going to be better than ever. Designers will be presenting their Spring/Summer 2013...

If you were my boyfriend

Aug 31, 2012 / 5:00 am

Menswear-inspired tailoring on women has been a remerging trend in fashion for a few years now. Brogues, loafers, tweed, and pant suits are vastly becoming apart of women's wardrobes. Another men's inspired trend that has been sticking around is the boyfriend fit. Originally adapted by...

Maxi skirts from summer to fall

Aug 24, 2012 / 5:00 am

One of my absolute favourite pieces right now is the maxi skirt! I'm loving this trend right now, not only for its versatility but also for its multi-seasonal appeal. You will find ankle-length skirts and dresses in all kinds of colors and patterns right now! A maxi skirt in a light breathable...

Fall-ing into summer

Aug 17, 2012 / 5:00 am

It's official, Kelowna is now in the midst of a full-on heatwave, with temperatures reaching the upper 30's this weekend. I, for one, love the heat and take it as an opportunity to dive into the rest of my summer bucket list, as well as wearing my shorts and sandals and teeny...

Wear Now and Later

Aug 10, 2012 / 5:00 am

I'm a huge fan of fashion magazines and I'm sure that comes at no surprise. Each month I pick up my copy of Instyle, People Style, Loulou, Glamour, and Lucky as soon as it hits the news stands at Mosaic books. I love to gather inspiration from the pages as well as educating myself on the...

About the Author

Alana Denham, a small town girl from Alberta, is making waves in Kelowna with her fashion statements, and people are noticing.

Denham recently won a contest to be the Okanaganista - a guru on all things fashion in the Okanagan Valley.

The contest to be the Okanaganista was run by Orchard Park Shopping Centre. As the winner Denham will be working on projects with the centre, writing a weekly column for Castanet and she'll have a guest spot for the Morning Show with Kevin and Sonia on SunFM to talk fashion.

If you can’t wait to get your hands on each week’s column you can check out Alana Denham’s website:

The Okanaganista will be giving tips on how to achieve effortless fashion, "buy pieces you love, wear what you feel good in and dare to try new things."

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet presents its columns "as is" and does not warrant the contents.

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