Our dear readers,
We realize that we are now well into January, but it’s not too late to outline our plans for 2017. 2016 was a slow year for the website. Curtis and I are both busy people and the website has always been the first thing we sacrifice when we get short on time. The car ride Curtis mentioned in the Francis and the Lights piece [see it here] was big for us. It was the first time in a while that the two of us got to chat. We talked about a lot of things as we always do: music, sports, girls, style, and the website. It’s funny, no matter how long we go between conversations, we’re always on the same page about things. We came away from our car ride conversation with a new dedication to the website. Here are a few things you can expect from us in 2017.
As you’ve maybe already noticed, we’re going to be posting a lot more this year. We published only 13 pieces in 2016. This post will be our 5th post of the year, and we’ve got a few more in the hopper. We want to bring you more content. We want to you see something new whenever you check back in on the site.
More Community Engagement
We are going to be more plugged into the culture of our cities. While Curtis has been good at getting into the community in Saskatoon, I haven’t done enough in Calgary to pull from and add value to my community. That is going to change in 2017. There are so many talented people doing amazing things around us and we need to be interacting with these people. We want to showcase them. We will be launching a series of posts interviewing people who are doing great things in our communities. Also, we will be attending and documenting more events. The fashion culture is growing so quickly in both Saskatoon and Calgary and there are always very interesting events and meet ups happening. Look for us to be much more engaged in the community around us.
More Music-Related Content
Music has always been huge for Curtis and I. Every time we see each other there is always an unspoken competition to see who can play the best song that the other person hasn’t heard yet. The aux cord always goes back and forth when we’re ripping around town and the sentence “oh, have you heard…?” is often said. The beautiful thing about music is you both hear the same sounds, but it doesn’t necessarily evoke the same emotions. Some songs will always mean more to one person than to another, but it is something that brings us together. Music is a shared experience and that is so interesting to me as we live in such an individualistic society.
We’re going to be writing about new releases, live performances and our favourite albums of all time. We will jump into artists we love and what they mean to us. We’ll be making playlists of songs to get you through your work day or your road trip.
More Minimalistic Wardrobes
One of the conversations we had during the drive from Red Deer to Calgary was our personal style. I was surprised to hear we were both changing the way we currently approach style. We are both simplifying. Curtis and I have both gone through stages where we bought absolutely everything we could. We both own ridiculous amounts of clothing, but our attitude towards it is changing. I have 4 pairs of jeans but wear 2 of those pairs 90% of the time. I have a few high quality t-shirts that I wear a lot because I love how they fit. Sure, I layer on top of these basics, I am in no way a uniform dresser, but I have a core group of staples that I rely on and that you’ll be seeing a lot of this year.
I really admire Sean Hotchkiss as a creative and he recently wrote an amazing piece in GQ about being a menswear minimalist [read it here]. I’m not suggesting that Curtis and I are going to this extent, but look for a much more streamlined approach to fashion from us in 2017.
More Value for You
The whole purpose of this site is to provide value to you, the reader. We want you to learn things, to gain new insights and to look forward to our posts because you know they’ll benefit you in some way. In 2017, we’re going to double down on this focus. We want to answer your questions and to help you in any way we can. So please, engage with us on all our platforms. Ask us questions, tell us what you like and what you don’t. Each post we write is with you in mind so let us know how we’re doing.
We’re so thankful for each and every one of you. Thank you so much for following along and we hope 2017 is your best year yet!
Graeme + Curtis