EPH Apparel opens it’s first Alberta LocationMade to Measure Suits and Tuxedos

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 16, 2018

While the bride and her gown typically get all the attention on the big day, grooms are looking to make more of a fashion statement at the altar. Tux rental stores may have limited options for styles and sizes, but getting a bespoke suit can take a big bite out of the budget. So what’s a fashion-forward fellow to do.

Alex Ethans, Andrew Parkes and Maciek Hunek faced a similar conundrum when they graduated business school and searched for stylish, well-fitting, affordable suits to propel them into the workforce—with little success. “We thought back to our experiences getting clothes tailored overseas and thought that there had to be a way to bring that fun, intimate custom experience to the masses.”

They launched EPH Apparel as an online custom menswear store in 2010 and quickly grew to include a brick-and-mortar storefront in Winnipeg. They opened their first Alberta storefront in Calgary last summer at 815-10th Ave SW, across from MEC. Because they don’t need to carry inventory and have invested heavily into efficient production methods, EPH can offer quality made-to-measure two-piece suits for $300-$650, and three-piece suits for $400-$800.

Customers can visit the store for personalized service or pursue the options online and provide measurements to order. A single suit will take 4-8 weeks to produce, but they require a minimum of three months for wedding party orders. Once the suits arrive, they offer free in-house alterations or a $75 credit for out-of-town customers to get their suit tailored. “We really want everyone to love the fit of their suit, and sometimes that means it needs some tinkering. We don’t want anyone to have to pay extra for that.”

The founders say vibrant shades of blue are still trendy for suits, but many parties are breaking the mould with maroon—especially for fall weddings. Linen is still a staple fabric for beach weddings due to its lightness and breathability, but they are starting to see more orders in grey and blue over classic tan.

Whether your style is traditional, bold or somewhere in-between, be sure to follow Blush Magazine on Facebook and Instagram for your chance to win one of three EPH suits!


The Do’s and Don’ts of Microblading Before your Wedding Day

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 5, 2018

Women pluck, wax, tint, thread and pencil their way to brows that are full but not furry, manicured yet natural. However, over-maintenance can cause permanent damage and thin, sparse brows that never recover. No matter how non-existent your brows may be, microblading can give you the set you’ve always dreamed of.

Microblading is a cosmetic procedure where artists manually tattoo individual “hairs” that look softer and far more natural than the solid brow tattoos of the past. Plus, the technique works with your existing brows to create a fuss-free, polished look without daily brow makeup. “Because who wants to fill in their brows everyday anyway?” says Natalia Wong, certified cosmetic tattoo artist and micropigmentation specialist at Studio N in Edmonton.

To achieve wedding-day-ready brows, Natalia recommends getting the first treatment done four months and the second touch-up session two months ahead. Clients should stop doing and using anything that may thin or weaken the skin 2-3 weeks before the appointment (exfoliation, anti-acne products, tanning, etc.). If possible, stop taking any blood-thinning medications and avoid alcohol a few days before to reduce bleeding and help the pigment hold better. On the day of the appointment, avoid caffeine and feel free to bring photos of brows you like. “Of course, please understand that the photos are for inspiration only, as everybody’s facial features are different and brows cannot be exactly duplicated,” says Natalia.

After treatment, brows will look very dark for a few days and then peel for a week, at which point they’ll look lighter and even grayish. Clients should clean and apply an aftercare cream to their brows at least twice daily and avoid touching the area, excessive moisture, exercise and sun exposure for two weeks. The true colour will start to show within three weeks, and after six weeks the skin will be completely healed.

Natalia says to still use brow makeup on the wedding day as flash photography can make microbladed brows look lighter. The biggest perk to microblading is that your makeup artist will have the perfect brow shape to work with.

Another option is shading, which gives brows a powder-filled effect to create more fullness and depth for a dramatic look. Shading can also help blend the microblading with the natural hair. “Always talk to your artist about what your final brow goals are,” says Natalia. “For my clients, I try to design brows that best suit their face and personality.”

To receive $50 off your microblading service at Studio N, use the code BLUSH when booking your appointment.


Local Love Styled Shoot at Epcor Tower

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 22, 2018

Rustic romance meets urban chic in this stylized shoot at Edmonton’s newest addition to its skyline, EPCOR Tower. Located next to the Ice District, the modern building offers 360-degree views of the city and is the perfect setting to showcase our city’s amazing local wedding experts at the upcoming Local Love wedding experience presented by Blush Magazine.

Virginia Rose Events created the earthy tablescape of raw mineral stones and delicate blooms on a bed of moss, accented with pops of Prussian Blue in the candles and glassware. The ethereal gown from Delica Bridal, tousled bouquet from Akiko Floral, and antique furniture from Something Borrowed add a touch of whimsy to the industrial background of steel and concrete.

You can get further inspiration for your wedding from these and dozens more talented local vendors at the Local Love show on February 25th. For more information and to get your tickets, visit https://www.local-love.ca/locallovepresentebyblush/.


Organic LoveStyled Shoot: Organic Love

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 16, 2018

Wedding inspiration comes in all styles and colors, but when it’s shot in the beautiful Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, you know it’s going to be lovely! Organic Love comes to us from a handful of local creatives (see below for list). The use of natural materials and lush soft florals made for some pretty inspirational photos.


Spring | Summer 2018 IssueNew Issue Release: Spring Summer 2018

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 10, 2018

Winter is still here but we thought we’d kick our fave seasons off right by releasing the Spring Summer 2018 issue of Blush Magazine – on sale today and to be stocked on newsstands by the end of January.  Our gorgeous cover features a bouquet designed by Flower Artistry and shot by Genevieve Renee Photographie, both based in Calgary, AB. The cover and editorial was meticulously planned and coordinated by Social + Co, a boutique event and design company also based in Calgary.

As usual this issue, we’ve featured and chatted with 11 couples who have all recently tied the know. We’ve shown you their gowns, bouquets, cakes and invitations so you can gather inspiration for your own day, but we’ve also asked them for their advice as someone who’ve just come out the other side of this whole wedding planning process.

You’ll find Blush Magazine stocked at Chapters and Indigo throughout Alberta and B.C. in two short weeks. In the meantime, you can purchase a copy online.