TRENDING NOW: BIEBER COLLECTION


Ok, confession time... We're Beliebers. 
#sorrynotsorry.

We just dropped some seriously lit Bieber merch in our stores, and literally everybody here at HQ has rushed over to get their hands on it. For real.

If you're not totally convinced that you can pull off street style with the Biebs, we're here to prove it.






Share your Bieber outfits with @ardene on the 'gram using #ardenelove.

xo, Ardene



A DAY IN AUSTIN, TEXAS // UNE JOURNÉE À AUSTIN, TEXAS

This season we picked Austin, Texas as the location for our photoshoot, and it was beyond. It should 100% be on your next adventure list.

ICYMI, Austin is the food + music capital of the US (um, hello SXSW Festival), has killer street art, and suuuuch good vibes. We had some free time, so we spent the day in South Congress, a neighborhood known locally as SOCO.

Here's what you can do with a day in SOCO.
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Cette saison, nous avons choisi Austin, Texas comme emplacement pour notre shoot, et c'était trop un bon choix. Vraiment à rajouter sur ta liste d'aventures.

Austin est la capitale de la bouffe et de la musique des États (tu connais le FestivalSXSW?) et est un expert en art de rue. Durant notre temps libre, on s'est promené dans South Congress, un quartier convenablement appellé SoCo.

Voici quoi faire lors d'un séjour à SoCo.

9:00 AM
Start the day in SOCO by checking out the iconic "Greetings from Austin" sign.

Commence la journée à SoCo en découvrant l'enseigne "Greetings from Austin".


9:30 AM
Walk over to Gourdough's Big, Fat, Donuts for breakfast. We recommend the Flying Pig: Maple + Bacon = Love.

Rends-toi à Gourdough's Big, Fat, Donuts pour déjeuner. On recommande d'essayer le Flying Pig : Érable + Bacon = <3


10:30 AM
Move the squad to Jo's Coffee on South Congress. Tagged on the side of Jo's, there's the famous "I love you so much" mural.

Ensuite, c'est l'heure d'aller à Jo's Coffee sur South Congress. Sur le côté de l'édifice, la fameuse murale "I love you so much".


11:30 AM
Now that you're in the mood for street art, wander along South Congress looking for more. There's lots.

Maintenant que tu as goûté à l'art de rue d'Austin, promène-toi sur South Congress pour découvrir le reste. Il y en a tellement.


12:30 PM
Lunch time. Head to Torchy's Tacos. Taco level: 100

C'est l'heure de dîner. Et pas n'importe quoi : Torchy's Tacos.


2:00 PM
Walk off that food coma. Go shopping along South Congress for cool stuff.

Dépense un peu ton repas en magasinant sur South Congress pour des trucs trop cool.


3:30 PM
Time for more food. Ribs in Austin = Franklin Barbecue

Ok, on a encore faim. Côtes levées à Austin = Franklin Barbecue


4:30 PM
You defs have room for dessert. Check out Hey, Cupcake!

Encore de la place pour le dessert? Découvre Hey, Cupcake!


5:30 PM
Start the evening with some local live music at The Continental Club.

Commence bien la soirée avec de la musique au Continental Club.


Literally the perfect day. Adios, SOCO!

Tellement la journée parfaite! Adios, SoCo!


Psst!
Get a sneak peek at some behind the scenes photoshoot action here:

Découvre nos moments photographiques dans les coulisses ici :


Follow @ardene on Instagram for more fun stuff.

Suis @ardene sur Instagram pour encore plus de trucs amusants.

xo, Ardene


MUSIC MONDAY: INDIE ALBUMS COMING SOON


New music is always good news + we've got plenty of that today.

Read on for 5 indie albums we're super excited about!


THE XX - I SEE YOU
Release date: January 13, 2017

The song On Hold has already been out for a few months, and we can't wait to hear the rest.



BECK
Release date: TBC

According to Beck, their latest album is being released "very soon." That's awesome, cause we're already like 'wow' about the latest single, Wow.



THE SHINS
Release date: TBC

Their newest album is set to release some time in 2017, but no word yet on when. In the meantime, here's a taste of their latest song Dead, Alive.


HAIM
Release date: Summer 2017

If you do't know Haim, they're a bunch of indie babes who know how to rock. And they're sisters! Check out one of their most recent songs.




THE FLAMING LIPS
Release date: January 13, 2017

Part psychedelic rock, part pop... The Flaming Lips... Ok they're a little weird, but they make awesome music.


Follow us on Spotify!

xo, Ardene

DIY: POMPOM SHOES TWO WAYS


Let's talk about the insanely cute trend that's making itself known these days: pompom shoes. And the best part about pompom shoes is that they're really easy to DIY.

So easy, that we're gonna show you two ways to do it.

YOU NEED

SNEAKERS
A pair of sneakers
2 Medium pompom keychains (we have 'em in-store)

FLATS
A pair of flats
2 small pompoms (we used hair elastics)
Glue gun
Scissors


FOR THE SNEAKERS

STEP 1
Remove the keychain loop from the pompom. The idea is to shorten the chain so the pompom doesn't hang too far off your shoe.

STEP 2
Thread the pompom onto one shoe lace.

STEP 3
Put the shoe lace back through the eyelet, and pull tight.

STEP 4
Repeat for the second shoe.

Tie your sneaks + wear 'em!


FOR THE FLATS

STEP 1
Cut the pompom off the hair elastic.

STEP 2
Put a dime-sized drop of hot glue in the middle of the toe, near the top.

STEP 3
Place the pompom + hold it down for a few secs until it's dry.

STEP 4
Repeat for the second shoe. That's literally it.

And boom. Now you can rock one of the best looks of the season in two ways.

We wanna see how you DIY! Share your sneaks + flats with @ardene on Insta using #ardenelove

xo,
Ardene

And p.s. Stay tuned, cause we have some serious sneaks coming in for spring!

MUSIC MONDAY: 5 SONGS TO KEEP YOU MOTIVATED


If you've kept your new year's resolutions so far, you go gurl. 

For those of us who need a little extra encouragement, here's a list of confidence boosting songs with killer lyrics.

You got this. 👇


I LOVE ME
Meghan Trainor, Lunchmoney Lewis
They gon' try to clip my wings, but I'm gon fly, I'm gon' fly.



RUN THE WORLD (GIRLS)
Beyoncé
Who run the world? Girls!



SIT STILL, LOOK PRETTY
Daya
This gal right here's gonna rule the world.



KANYE
Chainsmokers
With every step, no, I won't second guess what I want.



THE GREATEST
Sia
Runnin' outta breath, but I, oh, I, I got stamina.



Follow ardenerocks on Spotify!

xo, Ardene


HOW TO: CREATE A VISION BOARD


If you've never made a vision board, you're gonna want to.

The new year literally juuuust started, so now's the ideal time to plan life + motivate yourself so you can reach your 2017 goals. You probably made a new year's resolution or two... this'll help you keep them.

The power of positive thinking goes a long way!

YOU NEED
Cork board (we used 16 x 20)
A picture frame (also 16 x 20)
Pins
Scissors
5 goals you want to accomplish in 2017
Pics of you + your friends + fam
Motivational quotes
Any other fun stuff that inspires you



STEP 1: SET GOALS
They can be about you, your friends, fam, school, work, health, etc. Pick 5 that really mean something to you.

We're all about gurl power in 2017, so here's what we chose:

- Say something nice to myself every day
- Be a great friend to my gurls
- Do positive things for my body
- Read more books
- Plan an adventure


STEP 2: CUT AND PASTE
Decorate your vision board with pics, quotes, stickers, pins, and all the fun stuff you can find. Make it your own!




DONE!

Share your vision board with @ardene on the 'gram using #ardenelove

xo, Ardene

MUSIC MONDAY: BEST SONGS OF 2016


Oh hey, 2017.

2016 was a real influential year for music. Some new artists made their way into our lives, and some important ones left us behind. Thanks to 2016, the musical landscape we all share will be forever changed.

... Anyway, enough with the nostalgia. Here are our fave songs of 2016.


Can't wait to hear what 2017 has to offer.

Rock on, gurls.

xo, Ardene

CONTEST ALERT: GURL RESOLUTION CHALLENGE


WIN $1,700 FOR YOU AND YOUR SQUAD

Whaaaaat?! Yes.

This year we're repping gurl power + friendship in a big way, so why not start it off with a killer contest to benefit you and your peeps?

Introducing the Gurl Resolution Challenge.


HOW TO ENTER
- Follow @ardene on Instagram right now

- Look for the latest challenge in our feed

- Enter a new challenge every day from Jan 1 to Jan 7

Psst! The more challenges you do, the higher your chance of winning!


Contest ends on January 7, 2017.

xo, Ardene

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GURL RESOLUTION CHALLENGE CONTEST RULES AND REGS
The GURL RESOLUTION CONTEST (The “Contest”) begins on January 1st, 2017 at 12 p.m. (EST) and ends on January 7th, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (EST) (the “Promotion Period”). This Contest is sponsored by Arden Holdings Inc. (“Ardene”) (the “Sponsor”). This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Instagram. By participating in this Contest, you are effectively releasing and forever discharging Instagram from any and all claims, demands, actions, damages, liabilities, costs, losses and expenses arising out of, or in connection with, the Contest. This Contest is open to legal residents of Canada and USA who are thirteen (13) years of age or older at time of entry and who are physically residing in Canada and the Continental USA. Employees of the Ardene brand are not eligible to enter nor are any persons with whom they are domiciled. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial, and local laws and regulations.
HOW TO ENTER: Participants must have a public Instagram account during the contest period. There is one (1) prize to be won. There are two (2) ways to enter.
1.INSTAGRAM ENTRY
1.Follow @Ardene on Instagram http://www.instagram.com/ardene
2.Enter 7 daily challenges
3.The more challenges you do, the more chance you have to win
2.MAIL ENTRY
1.You can also enter our GURL RESOLUTION CONTEST by mailing the challenges that will be shared on our Instagram http://www.instagram.com/ardene. Address it to our head office at 2575 boul. Pitfield, Montreal (Québec) H4S 1W8, to the attention of #ARDENELOVE Marketing. Please include your full name, complete address and phone number.
PRIZE RETAIL VALUE: There will be one (1) winner: 17 $100 gift card to9 share with your GURL SQUAD. Total value of $1,700.
WINNER NOTIFICATION PROCESS: Ardene, in their sole discretion, will select the winner on January 9th 2017 at around 8 p.m. The more challenges you do, the more chance you have to win. 1 entry / person per challenge. The same account can enter a total of 7 times. Following the winner announcement,  the winner will be contacted via direct message on Instagram. If a winner cannot be reached or does not claim his/her prize after two (2) days or 48 hours, another winner may or may not be selected, at Ardene’s sole discretion. “Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity contest may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux of Quebec for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the Régie only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement.”

RÈGLEMENTS DU CONCOURS DEFI RESOLUTIONS ENTRE FILLES
Le Concours RESOLUTIONS ENTRE FILLES (le Concours) débute le 1er janvier 2017 à 12 H 00 (HNE) et se termine le 7 janvier 2017 à 23 H 59 (HNE) (la « période de promotion »). Ce Concours est commandité par Les Placements Arden Inc. (Ardène) (le « Commanditaire »). Ce Concours n'est en aucun cas commandité, associé ou endossé par Instagram. En participant à ce Concours, le participant dégage Instagram de toute responsabilité, réclamation, action ou base d'action découlant des dommages, dépenses, coûts et pertes qu'il ou elle pourrait subir en raison du ou lié au Concours. Ce Concours est ouvert aux résidents légaux du Canada et des États-Unis qui ont treize (13) ans ou plus au moment de l’inscription et qui résident physiquement au Canada ou aux États-Unis continental. Les employés de la marque Ardène ne sont pas éligibles à participer, ainsi que toute personne partageant un domicile avec l'employé en question. Toute loi et régulation fédéral, provincial, d'état, ou local applicable s'appliquent à ce concours.
COMMENT PARTICIPER : Le participant doit avoir un compte Instagram public durant la période du Concours. Il y a un (1) prix à gagner. Il y a deux (2) façons de participer.
1.   INSCRIPTION VIA INSTAGRAM
1.Suis @Ardene sur Instagram http://www.instagram.com/ardene
2.Participe aux 7 différents défis
3.Le plus que tu réalises les défis, le plus de chance tu as de gagner.
2. INSCRIPTION PAR LA POSTE
1.Tu peux aussi participer au concours RESOLUTIONS ENTRE FILLES en envoyant par la poste tes défis réalisés qui sera annoncés sur Instagram http://www.instagram.com/ardene. Adresse-la à notre bureau chef au 2575, boul. Pitfield, Montréal (Québec) H4S 1W8, à l’ attention de #ARDENELOVE Marketing. Veuillez inclure votre nom complet, votre adresse et numéro de téléphone.
VALEUR DU PRIX AU DÉTAIL : Il y aura un (1) gagnant(e) : 17 cartes-cadeaux de 100 $ chaque. (valeur totale de 1 700 $)

PROCESSUS DE NOTIFICATION DU GAGNANT(E) : Ardène, à sa discrétion, choisira 1 gagnant le 9 janvier 2017 selon ses défis réalisés. Le gagnant sera choisi par rapport au nombre de défis surmontés. 1 entré / personne par défi. Le même compte peut participer 7 fois. Suivant l’annonce du gagnant, celui-ci sera contacté par messagerie directe sur Instagram. Le ou la gagnant(e) a deux (2) jours (48 heures) pour réclamer son prix. Il est à la discrétion d'Ardène de choisir un nouveau gagnant ou pas de gagnant du tout si le temps alloué de 48 h n'est pas respecté ou si toutes les exigences ne sont pas respectées. « Un différend quant à l'organisation ou à la conduite d'un concours publicitaire peut être soumis à la Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux afin qu'il soit tranché. Un différend quant à l'attribution d'un prix peut être soumis à la Régie uniquement aux fins d'une intervention pour tenter de le régler. »

STAYCATION DAY 5: HOW TO HOST THE BEST NYE PARTY


1 - DECORATE WITH A PHOTO GARLAND
Show your squad you love them with a year-in-review of your friendship (aw!) by decorating with pics of you guys together. 

YOU NEED
String
Photos
Clothespins
Seed lights (optional)


Cut a piece of string to fit as many photos as you want. Using clothespins, attach the pics.



Hang the garland as decoration anywhere you want!



2 - MAKE COLORED MOCK-TAILS 
Every good party needs a signature drink, and this Faux-jito with colored ice is boss. 

Use the different colors to differentiate everyone's drinks! Cute and practical = win-win.


YOU NEED

FOR THE DRINKS
(makes 5-6 drinks) 

10 sprigs of mint 
5-6 Limes
1L Lemon-Lime Soda
Paring knife
Glass mugs
Straws

FOR THE ICE CUBES
Ice cube tray
Food coloring
Time in the freezer


We suggest pre-mixing your colors in seperate bowls to be sure you get the color/opacity you want. Mixing straight up food coloring in such a tiny bit of water will make your ice cubes mucho dark...So pre-mixing is the way to go.

Then...CAAAAREFULLY spoon fill each cube. You'll wanna do this the night before so they freeze completely.


The night of the party, slice your limes and crush your mint. Divide evenly among glasses. Fill each with lemon-lime soda.

Add colored cubes and straws!


3 - FUN PROPS
When the ball drops, you'll wanna be taking memorable pics. Photo booth props are where it's at.


4 - THE PERFECT OUTFIT
Let's not forget to plan the most important part... your NYE look.

Need inspo? See our post about What to Wear to Your NYE Party.


Happy new year, babe!

xo, Ardene