The Christmas Market

Visiting the German Market on Christmas Eve brings back happy childhood memories of visiting my Oma and Opa in Northern Germany and gorging on huge bars of marzipan, schnitzel and frites. I always went to Germany an average sized child and came back one or two sizes bigger. Every single time. The market food, decorations, mistletoe, music, bustling crowd and, the thing my inner child…

Eco Fashion Week – Fall 2013 – My Sister’s Closet

My friend Robyn called me last week, excited because she found a vintage Jessica McClintock gown, in perfect condition, for $15.00 at My Sister’s Closet. A producer in the film industry, Robyn is going to look gorgeous at her next gala, wearing this midnight blue, classic gown with such a 50’s Hollywood glamour vibe that I could easily imagine Rita Hayworth in it. She…

Thrift Chic

A recent stat shows that North America makes up roughly 10% of the world’s population but uses over 30% of the world’s resources with our unbridled consumer culture. A large part of this is due to our beloved fashion industry becoming cheaper and more disposable than ever, with the majority of garments mass produced very inexpensively in Asia. A couple of problems with this system is that we…

Because Dignity is Beautiful

Community, I believe, is a huge part of a happy and satisfying life. I also believe that it is especially important to women dealing with the ongoing stresses of living below the poverty line and this is where Beauty Night Society comes in. Beauty Night is very special non-profit organization that provides evenings of healing, friendship, sisterhood, pampering and life skills for low income and marginalized women, primarily in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Caroline MacGillivray, the dynamic founder and Executive Director of the organization, created BNS…

Eco Fashion Week – My Sister’s Closet

My Sister’s Closet, a fun and funky Yaletown Boutique selling pre-loved and vintage garments, is also a social enterprise of Battered Women’s Support Services and holds a very special place in my heart. BWSS’s amazing staff and volunteers work tirelessly helping women in crisis situations. They create programs focused on educating youth and changing society’s attitudes toward violence. I can’t say enough good things about this organization, the strong, magnificent women involved in it and the beautiful…

Eco Fashion Week 2013

What is the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day? Attending the opening night of Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week 2013, of course. Founder Myriam Laroche took the stage and began the evening by explaining the philosophy behind EFW and how this amazing movement came about. Our dashing mayor, Gregor Robertson, was also on hand to speak of the importance of consumer choices in creating a sustainable society that is gentle on our earth. Until educating myself, through EFW, I had no idea…

Mid-Summer Fete

Living in a society trying to either manipulate Mother Nature or completely remove itself from her can really take its toll on one’s well being and my trip to Public Dreams Mid-Summer Fete at Colony Farms last Sunday was just the getaway my heart and soul needed. A reminder that there is a different and better way to be in the world. The adventure in Colony Farms started…