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Muskoka Beach Chic

How a Surf Club Revival Puts the Boogie Back in Port Carling

Frankie Avalon. Gidget. Moondoggie. Beach Blanket Bingo. It’s 1960s beach chic and it’s come to Muskoka. Or shall we say… it’s come back to Muskoka. Nearly 50 years since its inception, Frankies Surf Club has reopened in the iconic Muskoka town of Port Carling. From 1968-1974, the Port Carling Surf Club – a.k.a. Frankies — ...

A Sign of the Times

Muskoka Signmaker & Instagram Entrepreneur Creates Inspirational Signs out of Beautiful Barnboard

It’s a sign of the Muskoka times. Hand-crafted signage marking laneways, boathouses, docks, fireplaces, and bunkies has reached an all-time high on Pinterest and Instagram. Examples: Lake Rules, Life is Better at the Lake, and this self-assured favourite: Come In, We Are Awesome! Riding the wave is Kristen Moller, signmaker and sole proprietor of Muskoka’s ...

The Roundie

Round beach towels make it less hip to be square.

Is it really so hip to be square? The round beach towel — also known as The Roundie — challenges summer norms, taking on the traditionally shaped rectangular beach towel as the go-to for the beaches, boats, and docks of Muskoka. Leading the charge is Canada’s Tofino Towel Co., makers of “the original west coast ...

Nautical Flag Fashion

Flagpole Swimwear’s Nod to the Nautical Flag

Colour-blocked swimwear takes on a luxe new nautical look at the hands of Megan Balch and Jaime Barker, a New York design duo who met in high school and hung out in the South Florida surf. Searching for swimwear that could handle the thundering waves and whistling wind of Atlantic beaches, Balch and Barker came ...

From Malibu to Muskoka

Turkish Towels, Beach Yoga, Veggie Soft-serve Ice-cream: L.A. Trends That Will Surely Make Their Way from Malibu to Muskoka

In honour of #WanderlustWednesday , MuskokaStyle’s team is curating a selection of travel, shopping, and adventure experiences that are almost, but not quite, as special as summer in Muskoka. This week, our Los Angeles-based reporter explores Malibu, California, uncovering trends like turkish towels and frozen veggie soft-serves — trends we know will make their way from the ...

5 Ways to Burst Into Summer

Tips on Dressing Brightly from Muskoka’s Lilly Pulitzer

One antidote to a long, slow, grey winter: bursts of vibrant spring colour. Playful resort brights, sorbets, fun retro-pop florals — all make a splash on 2016’s Spring fashion scene. MuskokaStyle paused the presses to converse with Kaitlin, retail director at Island View, the  Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store in Port Carling, Muskoka. Here are five of her ...

From Nantucket to Muskoka

Snapdragon’s Colourful Weekend Wear Helps Define MuskokaStyle

The dream developed in Nantucket, childhood summer haunt for Pam Willcocks of Canada’s Snapdragon Designs. By age five she was painting and selling seashells to a slew of by-the-sea clients; by age seven she’d earned entrepreneur status. Inspired by the sand and surf of America’s iconic East Coast, the design of colourful, eye-catching weekendwear eventually ...

The Little Desigual Dress

Life is Cool! So says the breezy slogan by Desigual, a colourful fashion brand born in Ibiza and sold in Muskoka.

"Life is Cool" (La Vida es Chula). So says the breezy slogan by Desigual, a colourful fashion brand born in Ibiza that's characterized by "distinctive," "flamboyant," and "optimistic" designs on dresses, scarves, footwear, and tops. MuskokaStyle editors are  enamoured with what we call "The Little Desigual Dress" -- flirty, filmy numbers that swing when you walk and catch ...

Lakelife & Cottagelife Decor

Maps of Muskoka’s Grand Trunk Railway Add Vintage Flair to Cottage Pillows

It's called a Vintage Canadian Map Pillow and it'll look grand on your cottage sofa this summer. For years, artist Helen Hawketts has been collecting vintage maps of Canada's Grand Trunk Railway -- maps dating back to the late 1800s. From the maps, Hawketts created custom fabrics, then designed a series of pillows that add just the right amount ...

Muskoka Must-Haves: The All-Canadian Camp Chair

For R & R MuskokaStyle, Try this Classic Canadiana Butterfly Chair from HBC
HBC Butterfly Chair in Hudson's Bay Colours

Little says “Canadian Winter” quite as well as a Hudson’s Bay Multi Stripe Point Blanket.  Those iconic HBC stripes — green, yellow, red, and a blue that’s properly called indigo — date all the way back to 1702,  otherwise known as Queen Anne’s four favourite colours. If the blanket is HBC’s emblem of Canadian winter, ...