Chip, No You Didn’t!

“Hello, I’m Chip Wilson. I’m founder of Lululemon athletica. I’d like to talk to you today about the last few days of media that’s occurred around the Bloomberg interview. I’m sad. I’m really sad. I’m sad for the repercussions of my actions. I’m sad for the people at Lululemon who I care so much about, that have really had to face the brunt of…

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…

68 Pounds

Is my title referring to the weight of the average runway model? Nope, it’s the amount of clothing the average North American throws away every year. What??? 68 pounds?? That’s one half of me, every single year. Yikes! I was so shocked by this statistic that I had to do some research to make sure it was accurate, and yes, it’s frighteningly true. I…

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…

Blushing Boutique

Supporting my city’s artists and designers, is something I love to do and Blushing Boutique is one of the shops that I’m drawn to again and again. This could be because owner/designer, Shelley Klassen’s designs flatter the female body so well (and not every designer does, as we know). Along with amazing cuts, Shelley says her biggest colour influence is the jewel tones of the West Coast in springtime, seen in the…

The Frugal Fashionista

So, I want to save money, stop pillaging our earth’s resources by buying more and more “stuff” but still want to look cute. What’s a girl to do? Shop Vintage, consignment and, the frugal fashionista’s paradise, Sally Ann (Salvation Army Boutique). A few of my friends have already been doing this for a while and they look fab. Really interesting, bohemian and unique wardrobes so…

House of Jewels

Tired of your accessories looking like everyone else’s? Then check out jewellery Nirvana, House of Jewels, the next time you’re strolling through the tree-lined West End. It’s one of Vancouver’s best kept secrets, tucked away on the corner of Nicola and Barclay. This lovely boutique is a truly special place full of unique, local designer beauty and bling.A gold chandelier necklace with clear crystals in quartz and a long turquoise and gold necklace…