Beauty Native Style!

“My Neechie Bling”

Made by Beverly Pasquayak 

Bevs Work 1

I have a very dear friend that is so talented when it comes to designing Native Regalia’s, ribbon shirts, Native Designed Purses or specialty items and my favorite, beaded jewelry.  Whether she is creating earrings, necklaces, medallions, hair pieces or specialty items, her work phenomenal.  The beadwork or Native themed jewelry that I see being sold in department stores is no way near the same quality.  Each piece that she creates is unique and is never the same.  Each bead is placed with precision and the outcome is a reflection of her thoughts and feelings during its creation.  Which is why her pieces stand out to me.

 bevs work 3

There are many Native people throughout Turtle Island that are have a talent for creating beaded jewelry and are displayed proudly during our Pow Wow Season and are worn on a daily basis.  Every beaded piece is finely made, is detailed and precision is key in the creating “Wicked Neechie Bling”.

Selfie Bow

90% of my collection is beaded or in someway have a Native Theme and when I say “Native Theme”, I mean, that piece will be beaded or may have some turquoise incorporated into the pieces.  I am one of those people who can scan over jewelry and only pick up jewelry that speaks to me or more so my soul.  Which is why my collection all have a story behind them.

Selfie Bow 4

This set that I am showcasing today is my favorite set.  Beverly Pasquayak is the creator of this finely beaded set that came with a set of earrings, a necklace and a barrett.  I was absolutely drawn to this set as it reminds me of the cape that I started beading years back and never completed.  Yes, this lady has a talent for creating pieces that just soothe my soul.  I only wear this set when I feel on top of my game, thank you Bev, your awesome.

I will continue to showcase a set or a piece of my beaded jewelry collection each month.  So with that, thank you for stopping by and reading my blog, it is much appreciated, stay fabulous.

Beauty Native Style



I don’t know these people but I am so fascinated and drawn into their lives. I think, Kim has found her knight in shinning armour.  I do wish them both all the best.  Here on the cover of the April 2014 issue of Vogue, I see true love at its finest “WORLDSMOSTTALKEDABOUTCOUPLE”… Yeah, I’m a romantic, hopelessly. 🙂




Derek Jadgodzinsky



I am very thankful to have met Mr. Derek Jagodzinsky last week at our Student Retreat.  Derek Jagodzinsky of LUXX READY TO WEAR ( was one of our many service providers that we had on hand to pamper our post secondary students at the Fantasyland Conference Centre.  He was able to join us on Thursday afternoon to give our students a one on one fashion tips and share the latest trends session.  As you can image, he is in high demand and we were blessed and honored to have him with us last Thursday.

He was able to share with us that he will be featured in the March 2014 issue of FASHION Magazine, so grab a copy right away, as I am sure they will sell out once it hits the stands.  The way Derek brings his native culture forward, in his designs, is very unique and has given him solid recognition as one of todays hottest Aboriginal Fashion Designers in Canada. No doubt, he has gained international recognition with this alone.  He also mentioned that Lindsay Willier, National Finalist for Canada’s Next Top Model has modeled some of his designs and is amazing motivational person.  (If you were to ask me, Lindsay should have won).

Derek and I

Derek Jagodzinsky
Betty Ann Cardinal

A number of Derek’s designs were recently purchased by the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton and will be permanently showcased in the Aboriginal Language Section of the Museum and once you see these amazing designs, you will know why.  These pieces that will be showcased at the Museum have our Cree Syllabics on them which reads over and over, “We will Succeed”.  When he shared this story with me, I could see how proud he is of his accomplishments to date and I could tell he is very passionate about his work.  He said that adding the traditional colors, red/white/yellow/black, of the medicine wheel into his designs was a key concept in this years designs.   As a fashion designer, he is always thinking ahead to his next collection and no doubt they will be fabulous.  He is a very talented designer and I am so happy that I was able to spend time with him and hear his fashion story.  Beauty Native Style all the way Derek!

Betty Ann Cardinal, February 27, 2014