SASQUATCH 2016 FESTIVAL RECAP

Today marks the end of a long-weekend that's left us with memories to spare. Set in probably the most beautiful place we've ever seen (the Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy, Washington), the Sasquatch Festival was not only an awesome display of musical talent, but it was a collection of the chillest people around.

Nobody was pretentious. Everyone was there to enjoy the music and kick back.

Ok, so it was a little windy and the main stage closed for a whole afternoon on Sunday, but that didn't stop the likes of Leon Bridges from performing a sick acoustic set on the lawn.

And it certainly didn't stop Alabama Shakes from killing it with that seriously powerhouse voice.  

The energy was electric during Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats - especially when John C Riley danced on stage. And M83, Lord Huron, and the Cure were unreal.

The camp grounds were just as fun as inside the fest, and the vibe was laid back. What better excuse to rock a Canadian Tuxedo with little bit of plaid (head to toe denim, anyone)?

We survived (thrived) on cheeseburger dumplings, lemonade, and plenty of bottled water.

Check out the highlights. 
 

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xo, Ardene




MUSIC MONDAY: JUNE LOVE


June is around the corner. Flowers are in bloom, everything is green, and we’ve got the music turned up.

Go outside whenever you can.

Get some sunshine in your life.

Dance around to some up-tempo songs packed with positive vibes.

Right now, we're crushing on Zara Larsson, Calvin Harris, and so many more.


 Our June Love playlist  



Don’t forget to follow ArdeneRocks on Spotify!

xo, Ardene

HEALTHY SURVIVAL GUIDE: INTERNATIONAL HAMBURGER DAY


Fast food vs. your healthy lifestyle… it feels like a battle you just can’t win. The struggle is real.

Today is international hamburger day, and we’ve been panicking all week about how to get through it with our good eating habits intact.

Because the truth is: there’s nothing better than biting into a juicy burger, cooked to perfection and sandwiched in a big brioche bun, slathered with cheese, pickles and spicy mayo…

Drool.

So, how does one survive International Hamburger Day?

Read on, food lovers.

Make It Yourself
Do some home-cooking. You’ll know exactly what goes into your meal.

Go Bun Free
Eat your burger like a carnivorous rabbit. Over lettuce, sans bun.

Swap for Veg Options
Choose veggie options. Tofu, portobello, or even lean meat like ground turkey will reduce your fat intake.

Cut the Extras
Ditch the side of fries and make friends with salad.

Make It a Cheat Day
Give yourself a day pass. This is a love affair you just can’t quit.


Happy eating!


xo, Ardene

SASQUATCH FESTIVAL: CAMP, GLAMP, OR COTTAGE?


It's the season for music fests, and many of us are off to the next one: Sasquatch Festival, at the Gorge Amphitheater in Quincy, Washington. 

Escaping the city is always a good time, especially when you're sharing the experience with friends. Deciding where you'll stay - and what to pack - can be tricky though. Particularly in the mountains, where the weather can be a little... unpredictable. 

Luckily, there are lots of options for group accommodations around the Gorge, and we've made you a list of rain or shine ready outfits. So whether you're camping, glamping, or renting a cottage, you're covered.

Camping:

You'll be spending your nights in personal tents or RVs , and depending on your camping situation on the grounds, you'll have access to private restrooms and shower areas. You're still roughing it though, so think rain boots for unexpected weather and long sleeves when it gets chilly at night. 

Glamping:

Glamping is camping with a touch of glamour. For those of you who snagged one of these pre-furnished cottage-style tents, you'll be living in a pretty swanky set up. You'll especially have room for creativity where outfits are concerned. Shortalls and a cute pair of closed toe booties are where it's at. 

Cottage Rental: 

This is really living the high life. If you and the gang air bnb'ed a cottage, it'll be the music festival equivalent of spending the weekend at a lake house - regardless of the weather. Pack a few options for hanging out at night and daytime chilling - but don't forget to wear closed toe shoes when you head out to see your fave band. 

Get ready for a weekend of good vibes, mountain air, and breathtaking scenery. 

Check back for our festival recap, coming soon!

xo, Ardene

ARDENE FOUNDATION DONATES TO FORT MCMURRAY


 Giving back to the community is a huge part of the Ardene culture and the driving force behind Ardene Foundation. (read more about that here)

As soon as we heard about the terrifying wildfires in our fellow Canadians' hometown of Fort McMurray, we got moving fast on ways to help out.

The initial plan was to make a pledge to the Red Cross, but we decided to take it even further. We started a $1 donation campaign in stores, and in less than 1 month, we raised over $62,000 thanks to our amazing customers.

We know that no amount of charity can replace the things that the residents of Fort McMurray lost in the fires, but we really wanted to help toward rebuilding people’s lives.

In addition, residents of the affected areas can take advantage of a 20% off discount at any Ardene store in Alberta or B.C., and we’re also planning to give away free merchandise once the city reopens. Until then, our store staff members are also being assisted financially.

It just goes to show that we’re stronger together. Thank you to everyone who donated. If you want to donate to the Red Cross Canada, head here.

#ardenecares 

xo, Ardene





LA FONDATION ARDÈNE DONNE DE BON COEUR À FORT MCMURRAY



Faire sa part dans la communauté est une partie intégrale de la culture chez Ardène et c'est aussi une des forces de notre Fondation. (pour en savoir plus, clique ici)

Dès que les nouvelles sont apparues à propos des feux de forêt dans la ville canadienne de Fort McMurray, nous avons agi aussitôt afin d'aider autant que possible.

Tout a commencé avec un engagement envers la Croix-Rouge et s'est rapidement transformé en quelque chose de bien plus important. Nous avons amassé des dons de 1 $ à la caisse dans nos magasins et en moins d'un mois, plus de 62 000 $ avait été amassé grâce à nos clientes incroyables.

Aucun montant pourrait remplacer ce qui a été perdu dans les feux à Fort McMurray, mais on voulait aider à reconstruire autant que possible.

En plus, les résidents des endroits affectés peuvent profiter d'un rabais de 20 % dans tous les magasins Ardène en Alberta et en Colombie-Britannique. Nous planifions aussi donner de la marchandise gratuite aux résidents une fois la ville réouverte. Pour l'instant, les employés de Fort McMurray reçoivent de l'aide financière.

Voilà la preuve que nous sommes plus forts ensemble. Merci à toutes les personnes qui ont contribué. Si tu faire une contribution à la Croix-Rouge canadienne, rends-toi ici.

#ardenecares 

xo, Ardène

MUSIC MONDAY: DAY-OFF CHILL


Long weekends really are the best weekends. The sun's out, you're with friends, and the days feel free.

Turn up the chill beats and enjoy your day off. We've got tunes from The 1975, Andrew Bird, Purity Ring, Caribou and more. Plus a whole bunch of artists in the lineup for the upcoming Sasquatch! Festival.



Don't forget to follow ArdeneRocks on Spotify.


xo, Ardene


20 PACKING HACKS FOR THE LONG WEEKEND



Welcome to summer, weekend dreamers. The May 20th long weekend marks the start of a beautiful thing – a season of sunshine, poolside hanging, and positive vibes. We’re so ready.

And if you have an adventure planned for the days off, we’ve got you covered.

It's time to pack. Save space, maximize your style, stay entertained, and avoid getting hangry.

Check it out 👇

Pack a Scarf – A scarf is a flexible favourite. It’s a blanket, sweater, beach towel, and carry-all.  
Bring Plastic Bags – You may have to store a wet bathing suit or loose accessories.
Bring a Water Bottle – It’s so important to stay hydrated while traveling.
Wear Sunscreen – Do it.
Bring Travel Sizes – Carry essential cosmetics only.
Pick a Colour Scheme – This way all your looks are coordinated.
Rock Leggings or ShortsComfy bottoms are the best for car rides and jet sets.
Ditch the Camera – You have a phone, and you’re a great insta photographer, anyway.
Set Up Your Soundtrack – Ahead of time! Follow ArdeneRocks on Spotify. 
Fabric Freshener is Your BFF – Dryer sheets or essential oil spray will keep your items fresh.
Organize Your Chargers – Put your power cords in an empty sunglasses case. Smaaart!
Wear a Hat – You’ll look cute and practical.
Make a Snack – Don’t rely on rest stops. Bring your own and avoid getting cranky.
Get Insta Advice – Eat and sight-see like a local by checking local hashtags. #bestdrinksin______
Roll Your Clothes – You’ll fit more this way.
Dry Shampoo – It’ll save you time and space! You still have to take a shower tho.
Two-Shoe Rule – A pair on your feet and a pair in your bag.
Moisturize and Sanitize – Step 1. Hand Sanitizer. Step 2. Moisturizer. Step 3. Repeat.
Airplane Mode – You’ll thank us when your phone has battery at the end of the drive.
Leave Room for Souvenirs – In your heart and in your bag! J

Wherever you go, you’re gonna kill it with your cleverly packed carry-on. Other travelers will be sooo jelly.


p.s. Check out our awesome weekend sale!

We’re outta here!

xo, Ardene

CONTEST: WIN FREE SWIM



WANNA WIN $200 OF SWIM?
Enter between May 18 and May 30, 2016

We’re all friends here, so we’ve decided to throw you gals another Instagram contest.

All it takes are three easy steps. Think about it: you could be showing off your dope new summer style at the beach, by the pool, in the backyard...and pretty much everywhere else.

The only thing you have to do is enter + comment.

Here's How:

1.  Follow @Ardene on Instagram.

Instagram

2.  @mention three (3) of your friends in the comment section of one of the “Win Free Swim” posts on the @Ardene Instagram account.
(psst: there will be 3 "Win Free Swim" posts, but you can only enter 1.)

3.  Get a chance to win a $200 gift card to shop our new swim collection!

It’s 1 entry per person. The winner will be announced on Instagram in the comments on May 31st at around 4 pm EST.


Looking for style inspo from the best of the best? See what you could be wearing all summer as you play in the water and dance in the sun.

SWIM LOOKS YOU LOVE
+
SUMMER LOOKBOOK


xo,
Ardene



RULES AND REGS: No purchase necessary. Contest starts on May 18th 2016 and ends on May 30th 2016. Participant must follow Ardene on Instagram and @mention 3 friends in comments on the Instagram posts with the WIN FREE SWIM logo. There will be only 1 grand prize winner of a $200 ARDENE gift card. There are no secondary prizes. This is a contest based on chance and the winner will be selected randomly and announced on Instagram in comments on May 31th 2016 at 4pm EST. The winner will also be contacted by Instagram via direct messages and will have to claim his prize in 72 hours. Open to legal residents of Canada and continental USA who are 13+. Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity contest may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux 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. A person for whom a publicity contest is carried on, his employee, representative or agent, a member of the jury and the persons with whom they are domiciled may not enter the contest.

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VEUX-TU GAGNER 200 $ EN MAILLOTS ?
Participe entre le 18 et le 30 mai 2016

On s'aime ici, et c'est pourquoi nous avons décidé de lancer un autre concours Instagram.

Il y seulement trois étapes faciles à suivre. Imagine : tu pourrais montrer tes nouveaux maillots à la plage, à la piscine, dans ta cour-arrière... pas mal n'importe où.

La seule chose à faire c'est de t'inscrire + commenter.

Voici comment :

1.  Suis @Ardene sur Instagram.

Instagram

2.  @mentionne trois (3) de tes amies dans les commentaires de nos posts “Gagne des maillots gratuits” sur notre compte Instagram @Ardene.
(psst : il y aura 3 posts "Gagne des maillots gratuits", mais tu peux seulement participer à 1.)

3.  Cours la chance de gagner une carte-cadeau de 200 $ pour magasiner la nouvelle collection de maillots !

1 participation par personne seulement. Le/la gagnant(e) sera annoncé(e) sur Instagram dans les commentaires le 31 mai aux alentours de 16 H HNE.


Tu cherches de l'inspiration des meilleures ? Viens découvrir ce qui pourrait t'appartenir et les looks que tu pourrais porter cette été.

TENUES D'ÉTÉ COUPS DE COEUR
+
LOOKBOOK D'ÉTÉ


xo,
Ardène


RÈGLEMENTS : Aucun achat nécessaire. Concours valide du 18 mai 2016 au 30 mai 2016. Il y a une (1) façon de participer à ce concours : (1) Les participants doivent suivre Ardène sur Instagram et @mentionner 3 amis dans les commentaires des posts avec le LOGO DE MAILLOTS GRATUITS. Il y aura seulement un (1) grand gagnant d'une carte-cadeau ARDÈNE de 200 $. Il n'y a pas de prix secondaires. Ceci est un concours de chance et le gagnant sera choisi au hasard. Le gagnant sera annoncé dans les commentaires sur Instagram le 31 mai 2016 à 16 H HNE et contacté par messagerie direct afin de réclamer son prix dans les 72 heures suivant l'annonce. Ce concours est ouvert aux résidents légaux du Canada et des États-Unis qui ont treize (13) ans ou plus. « 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. » Une personne participant à un concours de publicité, son employé, représentant, ou mandateur, membre du jury et personnes avec qui elle cohabite ne peuvent participer à ce Concours. 

MUSIC MONDAY: BIEBER PURPOSE TOUR


Bieber. Slaying as always with his major celeb status and good looks. Tbh, what impresses us the most about Biebs isn’t his new face tattoo or his clashes with the paparazzi – it’s his newest album, Purpose.

It’s really good. Like really, really good.

He’s currently doing a Canadian Purpose tour right now and we’re kinda freaking out.

If you haven’t heard the latest album (where have you been?!), have a listen here. 




Bieber, you’re our number one bae.

[GET YOUR CONCERT LOOK HERE]


Find out where he’ll be playing near you.

Btw follow ArdeneRocks on Spotify for great playlists.

✌ out.

Ardene


ARDENE X EMOJI : CONTEST ALERT


CONTEST ALERT! 

Emojis are near and dear to our hearts around here. Seriously, how could we ever express ourselves clearly without the help of alien face, poo emoji, and donut?

To celebrate our love for the many images that make our msgs (+ outfits) so much fun, we’re throwing a contest.

So, wanna win $100?


Here's How:

1. Follow us on Insta, NOW.

Instagram


2. Tell us which 5 emojis you could never live without. (Tell us on Insta, in the comments section of today's emoji post)


3. Automatically get a chance to win a $100 gift card.


4. We’ll announce the winner in the comments tomorrow on Insta around 4pm.



Go on, show us the best of the best. Emojis are about expressing yourself after all.

PS: It’s 1 entry per person, so make it good.*


Wanna blow up your emoji style? Shop the collection.


Kbye!

Ardene


*No purchase necessary. Emoji Flash Contest is valid from time of first Instagram posting on May 12, 2016 until May 13th, 2016 at 4:00 pm EST. One entry per person. Participants must follow @Ardene on Instagram during the allotted time period. Winner will be selected at random. This Contest is open to legal residents of Canada and the continental U.S.A., except for Alaska, who are thirteen (13) years of age or older.

LOOKBOOK: SUMMER LOVE 2016




Time to hit the beach bae!

If you don’t have a beach, find a pool.

If you can't find a pool, get a backyard.

If you can't get a back yard...Sneak into one...

Our summer collection is worth the trouble...Trust us.


Click through the lookbook & shop our fave looks.


☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀


C'est l'heure d'aller à la plage !

Si tu n'as pas de plage, trouve une piscine.

Si tu n'as pas de piscine, trouve une arrière-cour.

Si tu n'as pas d'arrière-cour, infiltre-toi chez ton voisin.

Notre collection en vaut la peine... promis, juré, craché.




Regarde notre Lookbook et magasine nos tenues préférées.
    


 


TTYL sunshine’s calling.

☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀

À tantôt, le soleil nous appelle.


xo, Ardene

MUSIC MONDAY: CAN'T STOP THE FEELING


If you still haven’t heard Justin Timberlake’s new single, Can’t Stop the Feeling, it’s time to throw on your headphones. Or better yet, crank those speakers up real loud.

It’s already one of our faves, and you’ll undoubtedly be dancing to it all summer long. We know we will.

JT has literally been serenading us since his boy band days (N’Sync, anyone?). We’ve cried rivers with him, had summer love, and learned that what goes around comes around. He even brought sexy back.

And now this. We’re totally celebrating.


We can’t stop the feeling either, Justin.


And neither can Anna Kendrick.


Bye, Bye, Bye.

xo, Ardene

DIY: MOTHER’S DAY BATH BOMBS AND FREE PRINTABLE TAGS


We love a good DIY. Plus, there’s nothing better than a fun giftable project from the heart.
Fine, maybe that sounds cheesy… But it’s Mother’s Day after all, and she totally deserves it.

Go on, show her what a good job she did raising you. You’ll have fun doing it, we promise!

DIY HOME MADE BATH BOMBS
Makes approx. 6

Ingredients:
17 oz. baking soda
8.5 oz. corn starch
8 oz. citric acid
Lavender essential oil 
Purple food colouring 
10-12 tsp. water
Dry lavender flowers

Supplies:
Round cavity molds
1 large mixing bowl
Measuring cups
Teaspoon
Whisk for stirring
Optional: Coconut oil



Steps:



1 – Gather your supplies. 


2 – Mix baking soda, corn starch, and citric acid in a large bowl until well incorporated.

3 – Add about 60 drops of essential oil, mixing the whole time.



4 – Add about 70-80 drops of food colouring (depending on how dark you want the bombs to be), mixing the whole time.

5 – Slowly add 10-12 teaspoons of water, one teaspoon at a time. Mix well between each addition.
·  When you add water, your food colouring will start to get darker
·  Add water until you have the consistency of wet sand
·  Don’t add too much water, or your mixture will expand



6 – Sprinkle lavender flowers into each half of your mold. Then, pack your molds tightly one side at a time, and overfill them slightly.

7 – Press the two halves together and squeeze tightly. Twist to remove excess on the seams.

8 – Gently remove one mold half at a time. You can remove them from the mold almost immediately.

9 – Repeat until all your mixture is used up!

10 – Print our awesome Mother’s Day Tags and personalize your gift.




Note: Allow 24 hours for the bath bombs to harden before using them. 


(ps. if you're not the DIY type, pre-made bath bomb kits exist out there.)


Happiest Mother’s Day to all the bomb moms out there!


xo, Ardene




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 DIY BOMBES POUR LE BAIN EDITION FÊTES DES MÈRES + ÉTIQUETTES IMPRIMABLES




Tout le monde aime un bon DIY. En plus, c'est tellement personnel de donner quelque chose qu'on a fabriqué avec amour. Ok, full sentimental... mais c'est la Fête des mères ! Et maman le mérite.


C'est le temps de montrer tes talents de DIY et aussi à quel point elle t'a bien élevé. Et tu vas t'amuser, promis !

DIY BOMBES POUR LE BAIN MAISON
Quantité : 6

Ingrédients :
17 oz bicarbonate de soude
8,5 oz amidon de maïs
8 oz acide citrique
essence de lavande
colorant violet
10 à 12 c. à thé d'eau
lavande sèche

Outils :
moules ronds
1 grand bol
tasses à mesurer
cuillère à thé
fouet pour brasser
optionnel : huile de noix de coco


Étapes :


1 – Rassemble tous tes outils.



2 – Mélange le bicarbonate, l'amidon et l'acide citrique dans un grand bol jusqu'à ce que le tout soit homogène.

3 – Rajoute environ 60 gouttes d'essence, en mélangeant constamment.



4 – Rajoute environ 70 à 80 gouttes de colorant (dépendant de la couleur que tu veux bien sûr), en mélangeant constamment.

5 – Lentement, incorpore 10 à 12 cuillères à thé d'eau, une cuillère à la fois. Mélange bien entre chaque.
·  Dès l'ajout de l'eau, ton colorant deviendra plus foncé
·  Rajoute de l'eau jusqu'à ce que la substance ressemble à du sable mouillé
·  Si tu rajoutes trop d'eau, ton mélange va trop grossir



6 – Saupoudre les fleurs sèches dans fond de chaque moule. Ensuite, remplis tes moules avec le mélange aussi compacte que possible, et rajoutes-en en surplus.

7 – Colle les 2 moules ensemble et serre-les très fort. Frotte-les ensemble afin d'enlever l'excès.

8 – Enlève doucement un moule à la fois. Tu peux enlever les moules presqu'immédiatement.

9 – Répète jusqu'à ce qu'il ne reste plus de mélange !

10 – Imprime nos étiquettes de la Fête des mères afin de personnaliser ton cadeau.



Note : Attends un bon 24 heures avant d'utiliser les bombes car elles doivent durcir.


(ps. si tu n'es pas du style DIY, il existe des kits pré-fabriqués de bombes pour le bain.)


Joyeuse Fête des mères à toutes les mamans qui sont trop de la bombe !


xo, Ardène




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