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Holly McNarland

Why the singer is throwing out her skinny jeans – and finally getting comfortable with her talent


Style Setter: Holly McNarland
Why the singer is throwing out her skinny jeans – and finally getting comfortable with her talent
 

FLARE caught up with the much-loved Canadian singer as she was setting up for her daughter’s birthday party. She was relaxed, warm and just a little quirky… kind of like her 5th and latest album, Chin Up Butter Cup.

Flare: : What make this album special for you?

Holly McNarland: The way we recorded it was pretty special to me. We didn’t do studio recording day after day, month after month, like usual. I was doing it with a few different studios because I didn’t have a record deal for it at the time. It was pretty liberating to come back to a record company and say ‘here it is!’, rather than have them guide the direction.

F: How did that influence the sound?

HM: I think the way affected the music was that I was happier. I wasn’t forced to be there day after day no matter what, and I think that shows. I was able to go home to my son, hang out, then a week later go into the studio again. It was really fun and gave me a lot more energy.

F: How has your musical style evolved since the last album?

HM: : I think it’s all in the writing. It’s a little bit more fun, maybe a little more upbeat. I think that comes with maturity.

F: How has your personal style evolved?

HM: Well, my clothes are a lot less tight! I’ve always been into schlepping it, though. I do like to wear nice clothing, as long as it’s comfortable – but no gowns and no heels!

 

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F: What’s your favourite summer trend right now?

HM:I’m loving all the little maternity-looking tops. It’s perfect for me right now, since I just had a kid 8 months ago.

F: How does being a mom affect your style?

HM: I’m in a better space with my body, actually. A little while ago, I took $1200 and went shopping for clothes that actually fit! I decided I’m going to take all the 27 jeans in my closet and sell them. If I lose the weight, I’ll buy new ones, but I’m not going to put that pressure on myself. It feels great – I think everyone should do that!!

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