Faux is the way to go

I’m finally old enough to wear leopard. Yes, leopard used to be for old ladies when I was growing up. I had leopard-print PJs as a teenager but never wore leopard-print in public.

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Now during my *ahem* mature years, I’m love love lovin’ leopard-print!

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My coat is thrifted, made in USA, bought a couple of years ago.

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What a great find to discover the matching hat this fall, made in Canada and also thrifted. Coincidently, it’s the exact same fabric.

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We’ve had a lovely autumn with many mild days and glorious colours.

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Warm and cozy in my hemp scarf bought at
Drizzle and Shine.

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I’ve been asked—why am I wearing a leopard coat if I’m vegan?
Ummm … because it’s fake! I have the look without cruelty.

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My daughter Jean has a special event every month at her eco boutique Drizzle and Shine to support compassionate causes. While I was in Seattle, she had a sale 10% off everything in the store, as well as 10% of sales going to Fur Bearer Defenders.

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Please take a moment to check out the links that will inform us of the needless suffering of countless sentient beings and how we can all help animals simply by not buying animal products.

These are the beautiful animals they kill for Canada Goose jackets. You wouldn’t buy coats made with dog fur, then please don’t contribute to this cruelty. Thank you!

This fellow was rescued by the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.

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“Style isn’t worth the suffering.” ~Jean White

We can all make it a better world for all.

please-help-meWith compassion,
❤ carmen

 

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Pumpkin Orange: a warm autumnal colour

Orange was never a colour you’d see me wearing, that is until after I started blogging. Now I have various shades of orange in my wardrobe and the newest one is this lovely shade of pumpkin, a dress that I bought at Drizzle and Shine.

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Jean looked gorgeous in her dress and I’m glad she still had my size!

jeanI wore mine on two special occasions. Jean told me ahead of time that there would be different people at both events.  And there’s no way she would wear her dress when I’m wearing mine.

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What Jean wore–an elegant maxi dress that can be worn open as a duster.

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The events were fundraisers for animals: with dinner, auction and silent auction.

Seattle Area Feline Rescue  Jean has three rescued cats. She won a radio interview with Danny Bonaduce (Partridge Family) KZOK-FM in Seattle.

Stepping’ Out for Farm Animals We enjoyed a delicious vegan dinner. I won a weekend at the Farm Sanctuary (Watkins Glen, New York).

Jean wore an elegant purple dress.

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I received a beautiful card from Gene Baur (president and co-founder).

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I wore my dress several other times during September in Seattle, it’s the kind of dress I can wear to go shopping and not feel overdressed or to a restaurant and feel stylish.

Comfort + style–wins every time!

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I wore it on our day trip to Edmonds, Washington.

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Dancing with the Sheep

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Shopping at Target. I bought some tea towels.

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tea-towelThe best part is that it’s eco conscious made in USA–BLUE CANOE and makes me feel good about shopping. It is 100% organic cotton and I can wear it through fall and winter into spring. I’m wearing it for Thanksgiving.     

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Happy Thanksgiving to my American family and friends!

❤ carmen

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Sea Shepherd

If you know me, I often wear things right after I buy them.

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Case in point–this unique patchwork top from Fremont Flea Market in September in Seattle. It’s an asymmetrical design made with three different prints sewn together in a unique swirly pattern with two pockets.

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After leaving the market, Jean took us to the harbour where Sea Shepherd was hosting a two-day Open House. Perfect timing that we happened to be in Seattle!

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We embarked the Martin Sheen (research vessel) and met the crew which were heading for Mexico in the next few days. Please check out the link!🙂

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The Open House was one of the highlights of our trip to Seattle.

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What a pleasant surprised that Jean’s friend, Ruth, happened to be there!

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They took us to the lower deck to watch some pertinent videos of what Sea Shepherd is exposing in the research they do, as well their recent endeavours.

Their mission: “Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.”

Please take one minute to watch …

I first found out about Sea Shepherd in NYC while at The Seed event (an inspiring vegan festival) in 2014.

In the evening, we started watching the Whale Wars television series, which we continued to watch every evening until the end of the season. We were riveted to our seats. You know the feeling when you can’t put a book down–this was like that and we couldn’t turn the TV off!

This is a reality show, real life as it unfolds for the courageous women and men of the Sea Shepard. Truly inspiring and as horrible as it was to see the cruelty of some humans, I was encouraged to learn that there are still compassionate people in the world who do care! We need them.

I hope you will take some time to check out the links and watch the Sea Shephards in action.

I thank God for the Sea Shepherds and all who make a difference to help people, animals and our planet. What a wonderful world! Let’s take care of it!

Thank you for reading!

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A funny thing happened on the way to the flea market

Actually, it wasn’t really funny, but it sounds like a great title for my post.

However, it was an interesting place to take a photo on our way to the Fremont Flea Market. I like industrial art. The green foliage, in contrast to this rustic what-ever-it-is, makes a unique backdrop.

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We always go to the Fremont Flea Market every time we visit Seattle.
This trip–September in Seattle–we went there twice!!

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I bought this colourful cotton dress/tunic with a zipper up the front.

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Couldn’t resist this unique asymmetrical patchwork top.

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I bought these funky leggings. Fun and comfortable to wear for my dance classes.

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I enjoy meandering around aimlessly, chatting with interesting people, like the couple selling their personal collection of German pottery. I bought one for Jean and one to take home.

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I’m happy to support vendors and artisans. I bought rings, earrings, bracelets; easy things to take back to Canada because I can wear them or put them in my purse.

I would have bought these pink mid-century garden chairs but they won’t fit in my suitcase.

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A stroll around Fremont before heading to the harbour to see the Sea Shepherd, which I will post next time.

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An artistic fence made with skis and snow boards.

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Do you shop at flea markets and what treasures have you found?

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London VegFest

I woke up to blue skies and the sun shining in my window, a perfect day for a day trip to London (Ontario). It’s worth the drive to London to attend VegFest for delicious vegan food, vendors, artisans and speakers with interesting topics.

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It was especially delightful to see my dear friend Anita at one of the tables. Anita and I have been in the March to Close Down All Slaughterhouses  in Toronto and to bear witness together at one of the slaughterhouses near where I live.

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It is very sad, but I’m always encouraged to meet compassionate people like Scott who used to work in a slaughterhouse and is now vegan.

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Meeting compassionate people is so heartwarming.

Frog Hollow Farm Sanctuary 

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Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary 

cedar-row-farm-sanctuaryFollow Mercy for Animals on Facebook
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How excited I was to see SEA SHEPHERD!!!

While in Seattle we got onboard one of Sea Shepherd’s vessels and I’ll be writing about it soon, they are courageous women and men who take action where no one dares to go to stop the cruelty of marine animals.

sea-shepherdHemp hearts are delicious and nutritious. I bought a bag and it’s good to know Richardo’s is at the St. Jacobs Market near where I live. Check out all the ways you can use hemp.

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A mom and daughter team: Lori makes exquisite jewellery and her daughter helps and set up this beautiful display!

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hair-circusAnd you never know who you’ll run into …

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vegan-infoI had many compliments on my vegan purse and had opportunity to tell people about my daughter’s eco boutique.

carmen-2Lunch was scrumptious …

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And we bought a vegan chocolate cake for dessert to take home.

vegan-cakeSo ends a fabulous day at VegFest!

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Alki Beach, Seattle

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The day started off overcast, but as the clouds rolled away, it turned out to be a sunny day in Seattle with blue skies and not a cloud in sight!

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We drove to beautiful Alki Beach, west side of Seattle.

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No, this is not NYC.

Did you know there’s a Statue of Liberty on the west coast?

It’s a smaller replica of the one in New York Harbor.stature-of-liberty

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Enjoyed a stroll along the beach and Alki Avenue.

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Some lovely homes and beautiful flowers.

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If I lived in Seattle, I’d come here every week. 

Why can’t every day be a day at Alki Beach?

Have a happy week!

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Thrifting on Capitol Hill

While strolling along the avenue where my daughter Jean has her store — Drizzle and Shine, on Capitol Hill — I found a thrift shop and bought a nearly-new black coat with white trim, perfect for all the black and white clothes I brought for my holiday in Seattle. I was wearing my black and white capris.thrifted-coatThe store behind me is not the thrift shop where I bought my coat; it’s an old fire station that has been converted into an antique and home decor shop.

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Time for recharging, the vegan bakery is just a few steps away. Sugar Plum has the best cookies in town and delicious “cheese” cake that Joni and I enjoyed when we met.

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Jean’s motto: shop second hand in thrift shops and with the money saved buy quality clothes that are fair-trade, eco-friendly and cruelty-free.

“You don’t need to break the bank to do your part.” Drizzle and Shine

Do you shop at thrift shops?

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Blogger Rendezvous

Meeting Joni

One of the joys of blogging (as any blogger knows) is meeting a fellow blogger. It’s an exciting experience to finally come face to face with someone you’ve gotten to know through blogging.

There’s a happy nervousness and anticipation as you wait in the place where you have decided to rendezvous. At least that’s how I felt when Joni and I arranged to meet at Drizzle and Shine, my daughter’s eco boutique in Seattle.

The setting: Jean’s delightful shop, a perfect place for fashion bloggers to meet. I’m already there and checking my hair in the back room, you’d think I was going on my first date!

Entrance: A tall, gorgeous woman walks in and instantly I have a smile from ear to ear and feel the thrill of meeting a movie star. Joni is elegant and gracious. Of course, we need a photo to verify this special occasion. Her A-line olive tunic is made by Elegantees and I’m wearing my favourite dress/tunic made in USA.

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Elegantees is a wonderful company with a mission. Designed in New York City and sewn in Nepal where women are paid a fair and living wage. Take a look what they are are doing to help survivors of sex trafficking in Nepal.

“Our Mission Statement: To provide hope to survivors of sex trafficking in Nepal. A positive source of income that reinforces independence, a healthy self-image, and confidence restores lives one elegant tee at a time.”

Joni is rocking this beautiful black coat by Indigenous (organic, fair-trade), she looks like a model and everything looks fabulous on her. How I wish we took more photos!

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We decided to go for tea and dessert — just a couple of blocks from Jean’s store — and relaxed in the sunshine on this unique sidewalk bench in front of Sugar Plum, a vegan bakery. We enjoyed a delicious “cheese” cake.

benches Hope you like your new socks Joni!joni

Time and distance cannot separate friends!

❤ carmen

 

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September in Seattle

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I was so excited as the plane landed at the Seattle airport and we were on our way to see my daughter and her new eco boutique! Jean was working in the store so we took the Link Light Rail to Capitol Hill. I was thrilled when I saw her store from a distance and held back tears as Jean came out to great us!

Drizzle and Shine is a beautiful store, but it is much more than that. It is a boutique filled with eco items, showcasing local designers, fair-trade and everything is cruelty-free, many items made in the USA.

“Eco items that are made to last will make you feel great. Doing good has never looked so good!” ~ Drizzle and Shine

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I packed a small carryon suitcase with black a white clothes, knowing I would be on a shopping spree in this delightful shop. Jean’s store has clothes, shoes, purses, jewellery, accessories, socks, tights, underwear–everything a girl needs. There’s even a men’s section.

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Super soft camisole sets and bamboo tights in a variety of colours.

The moment I stepped in the door, a dress called my name! You know how that is, right? The colour, the style, the fit and the fabric–organic cotton, so soft and comfy.

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Summer Place

We have enjoyed an extended summer during October. However, autumn leaves must fall and it will soon be time to winterize our Summer Place. We also call it the Tree House because it overlooks the forest, three stories high, since our house is built on a hill. It feels like I’m up in the tree top!

Besides having breakfast there every morning, it’s a lovely place to entertain family and friends, whether it’s tea for two or garden parties. There’s a stairway to the lower deck and the garden for more guests.

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In German we call it the Gartenzimmer (Garden Room) with a lovely view of the garden. Although most of the flowers are gone, the trees are still green with some turning gold. No need to rake the leaves after they dance to the ground because nature takes care of them in the woods.

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I’m wearing an organic cotton top that I bought at Jean’s eco boutique, Drizzle and Shine. It’s made by Synergy, a fair-trade company in Nepal where the employees earn a living wage. I love buying ethical clothing and supporting small businesses and artisans.

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A lovely shade of gray with dolman sleeves and beautiful hand-stitching on the neckline and 3/4 length sleeves.

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Goes well with so many of my pants, here I’ve paired it with black and gray floral jeans.

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Our Summer Place has a roof to shade from the sun and keeps the rain off. We can sit there even when it rains and listen to the sound of raindrops on the roof. Little mini lights that look like tiny stars all around the perimeter, create a beautiful ambience in the evening all through the year.

It is a big screened balcony, so no mosquitoes to bother us, no flies to disturb us and no bees to intrude while we’re enjoying our dinner.

I grew up with this song echoing through our house, it evokes the happy moments of my childhood.

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Do you have a special place to relax or read away from the madding crowd?

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