If you are reading my blog for the first time you’ll find out immediately that I support SLOW FASHION. In a world filled with cheap, throw away, fast fashion–which is bad for our environment and even worse for the garment workers–we can each do our part to help.
Thrifting is one way of helping to keep clothes out of landfills and save money. Then we can spend the money saved to support small businesses that sell quality, eco-friendly and fair trade clothing. Thus, I bought this new necklace from a small boutique while visiting Fort Erie, Ontario.
This top has an asymmetrical, abstract design with black sleeves: makes it look like a vest and goes great with black pants. These ones bought at least 12 years ago. The shoes are from a clothing exchange party, making this outfit completely SLOW FASHION.
Necklace: Village Boutique in Fort Erie
Pants: Le Chateau (12 years ago)
Shoes: Maggie’s clothing exchange party
Compassion for people, animals and our planet.
Posted in eco fashion, Fair trade, Fashion, jewellery, Shopping, Thirfting
Tagged clothing exchange, eco fashion, second-hand clothes, slow fashion, small businesses, thrifted fashion
My daughter inspired me to do pattern mixing. Jean started when she was a preschooler and insisted on choosing what she wanted to wear. She perfected the art of pattern mixing through the years. I suppose patchwork quilts are the original pattern mixing.
This skirt caught my eye at Macy’s on a day trip to New York State. It looks like patchwork but it’s really not; it’s the print of the fabric made to look like patchwork. It’s so vibrant and cheerful and makes me feel like dancing, so that’s just what I did–I wore it to a dance party and for a date night on my birthday this month.
Typically, Jean and I stick to monochromatic pattern mixing, but this skirt is so artistically mixed with every colour of the rainbow and several prints like leopard, houndstooth and florals. All I had to do was play it safe with a black top and black bamboo tights from Drizzle and Shine, my daughter’s eco-boutique in Seattle.
The vintage scarf I bought is a perfect match! I just love it when something I already have goes so well with something new. I’m wearing two necklaces with animal print beads, both made in Canada.
(Above photos were taken at INTERNATIONAL HOME INTERIORS. This store showcases exquisite, quality furniture and unique art from around the world. It’s worth the drive to Kitchener if you live in southern Ontario.)
Scarf: antique store
Necklaces: made in Canada
Tights: Drizzle and Shine
Shoes: Maggie’s clothing exchange
If you can’t see the bright side of life,
polish the dull side!
Through the years we’ve gone to many WORKSHOPS. That is to say, my husband works and I shop. Whether a flight across the ocean to Europe or an adventure out west to Seattle, or it could be a cottage on Lake Huron or a condo in Florida, my husband will be painting for family or friends while I have an opportunity to go shopping.
On a recent workshop in Fort Erie, Ontario–my first time there–I enjoyed touring the town of quaint cottages with my dear friend Maria; some people have summer homes and others live there all year ’round. A charming section of Ridgeway has some lovely stores. I also love to support local shops and Canadian companies.
Crystal Beach is empty at the moment because it’s winter, but it will be a blur of bodies in the summertime.
Linking up at FANCY FRIDAY
and polka dots!
Ever since I bought my Save the Duck puffer jacket last year in Seattle, it’s become my go-to jacket when it’s cold. It’s an instant pick-me-up when I step out my front door on a cold day and feel so cozy and chic.
That’s why I decided to buy a pink puffer coat last week. Same light-as-a-feather feeling without the feathers and not as bulky. Cruelty-free is important to me because people and animals should not suffer for fashion.
I bought two pairs of these polks dots leggings which are fleece-lined. Not only do they make fashion fun but they’re so warm I can tolerate the cold.
What are you doing to beat the winter blues or are you blessed to live in a warm climate?
Linking up with JESS at TURNING HEADS TUESDAY and Nancy at FANCY FRIDAY
Pink makes me happy and it’s one of my favourite colours for winter because it reminds me that spring will return someday.
My pink puffer jacket is light as a feather but made without feathers. Save the Duck jackets and coats are incredibly warm without bulk, 100% ANIMAL FREE Outwear. My daughter Jean sells them in her eco-boutique Drizzle & Shine.
I love the diagonal knit of this sweater and the buttons on the cuffs. I bought it at the Dress Barn at their going-out-of-business sale.
Pink and gray are a beautiful pair. First, I’m wearing a gray hat with a gray ruffled scarf.
Here I’m wearing the gray hat with a pink scarf.
Pink beret and pink scarf. Life looks rosy through pink sunglasses.
Pink beret and gray scarf …
Gray hat: street vendor
Pink beret: Zacks
Gray scarf: RW & Co.
Pink scarf: Cracker Barrel USA
Puffer jacket: Save The Duck
Sweater: Dress Barn
Floral jeans: United Colors of Benetton
Pink Booties: store in USA
I bought this pink beret at Zacks recently; it has little pearls sewn on.
Linking up with the fashionable ladies at FANCY FRIDAY
The first Zacks opened in Kitchener, Ontario almost 100 years ago (1921). Today there are 19 stores across Ontario and Quebec: working with Canadian manufacturers and some importers. Everything in the store was 50% off for Boxing Day.
I bought this sweater because I like the tartan sleeves which gives this top a layered look. It’s everything I love in a sweater: style and cozy comfort and it’s long enough to wear with my burnt velvet leggings.
I wore it for a luncheon at my place during the Christmas holidays and for a day trip to Sarnia with my family.
Sarnia is a two-hour drive from where we live. We took a walk by the St. Clair River; across the bridge is the USA.
Thanks for stopping by!
Posted in Day Trips, Fashion, Photography
Tagged Boxing Day, Canadian company, dance friends, day trip, family outings, Kitchener Ontario, Sarnia, St. Clair River, Zacks