Meet Canadian style blogger Ania Boniecka

Once you’re on the runway for Missoni at Milan Fashion Week, it’s safe to say fashion will never leave you. Ania Boniecka traveled the world for years as a teenager before deciding on a career as an accountant and settling down in Calgary. But one day in 2010, the Poland-born beauty’s mind wandered. “I was looking for a creative outlet to share my artwork and photos on,” she explains. “I was bored at work one day and set up a blogger account, then a friend encouraged me to just keep posting until it felt natural. I haven’t stopped since.” And so it goes with those talented blogger fairytales come true, her fashion blog aniab.net quickly gained a following and it has since become her day job. We’ve been loving her since day one and recently recognized a familiar face over at Suasion right here on Garmentory (shop them HERE): Ania is pals with the owners of the Victoria boutique and models for them from time to time. So obviously we had to find out more.

WHAT HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES IN STARTING A FASHION BLOG? THE BIGGEST REWARDS? The biggest challenges are having people understand that it is now my full time job and it is something that puts food on the table (and clothes in the closet of course). I get a lot of funny looks when I talk about Instagram in a serious manner [70,000 followers is no joke], like there is a science behind the internet. There are people out there who have still not entirely caught on yet.

The biggest rewards come in a variety of shapes and forms. I love when my readers approach me and talk to me about the blog, it’s a great feeling knowing that the content you put out there is appreciated and hopefully inspiring. I love finishing a post and seeing it published online. I work hard to make every image as perfect as it can. I will not post something if I am not happy with the end result. It can create bottlenecks in my workflow for sure, but the end result is always worth it.

WHAT KIND OF POSTS DO YOU LOVE THE MOST? Outfit posts are my favorite. I love playing dress up. Having the challenge of creating a story around a piece of clothing that you want to feature is very exciting to me. Sometimes I will receive items that I would never normally pick up at a store, but I love making them work in my own unique way.

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS? Five years from RIGHT NOW I will still be blogging and creating, photos, videos, hopefully working on some amazing projects. I would love to get better at video for sure so I can help my husband Tyler who is the second half and takes care of the backend of the site. I take care of the photo editing but I still have trouble with video. Things evolve so quickly with the internet right now, it’s really hard to predict if those things will still be relevant but I like to think that I can adapt quickly to the way people consume online content and be there when it shifts.

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO OUTFIT? Black jeans and an oversized sweater. I’m really into turtlenecks right now. I like the whole Funny Girl head to toe black look. It makes me feel like the character from the movie.

WHAT’S ON YOUR WISH LIST FOR THE HOLIDAYS? I am actually really bad at making wish lists because I am really impatient. I will go out and buy the things I covet before anyone can gift them. The most recent things I crossed off were a Saint Laurent mini sac de jour and a pair of Louis Vuitton earrings… it’s the holidays, I thought I deserved a little something special. 😛

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Meet the Boutique: Leo Boutique

First Calgary, then Vancouver… Leo Boutique has been working on a western Canada takeover since 1997.

We love Leo Boutique for their rad, always changing, selection of coveted designers and brands such as Opening Ceremony, Saturdays Surf and Kitsune. After gaining a following for their carefully edited collection of clothes and accessories for men and women in Calgary, they opened a second location in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighborhood in 2012. And just last week they expanded to a second floor and added a barbershop. We caught up with Leo’s lovely owner Cornelia Wiebe to get the scoop on her favorite things, what people love most about the boutique and why they’ve added a shave and a haircut to the mix.

 

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