Leopard and Red


You can wear any colour with animal prints–because this timeless pattern is neutral–red being my favourite. It always reminds me of my fashionable mother; she had quite a collection of animal prints in her wardrobe. The belt belonged to my mom, always makes me happy to wear it. Booties from the ’80s belonged to my daughter Jean.


How do you style your animal prints?

leopard carmen


Posted in Fashion | Tagged , , , , | 17 Comments

Comfort + Style = clothes I love best

knit dressThis is an important fashion must for me. I can’t wear things that itch, scratch, feel too restrictive, uncomfortable or cause pain, even if it’s a special occasion. I need to feel comfortable or else I can’t wait to take it off and it will hang in my closet wasting precious space. Anything itchy, scratchy, stiff, too tight, painful is not my style, no matter how beautiful.

knit dress 2knit dress 3knit dress 4

Comfort + style = clothes I love best! I don’t like wearing jogging pants and frumpy clothes, because it’s not my style. I’ve had this dress for over 3 years. I love the black and white print. Worn with my vegan riding-style boots I can shop and not drop all day!

vegan riding boots

My go-to vegan purse–love the fringes–from Drizzle & Shine.

Jeane & Jax

vegan purse

I will not suffer for fashion with what I wear. I have the same rule for garment workers and animals: no people, no animaIs should suffer for fashion. Please shop ethical and cruelty-free.

❤️ Thank you ❤️



Posted in Cruelty-free, Fashion, Jeanofalltrades, Photography, Purses | Tagged , , , , , , | 19 Comments

T-shirt dress for all seasons

When I bought this T-shirt dress at Drizzle & Shine, I knew I’d be able to wear it anytime of the year. My daughter Jean wore hers as a tunic with jeans and I decided to try it too. Perfect for September in Seattle.

carmen and Jean 2

The shades of gray, blue and pink go great paired with denim. My necklace (a gift at Christmas) is rhodonite, an ornamental stone in a pretty shade of rose.

Version 2

Worn with a denim jacket or cardigan and my warm bamboo tights, I can wear it in winter and cool weather.

DSC08603DSC08606DSC08607Version 2

My little zippered sneakers are thrifted (they looked brand new with price tag still on). I wore this outfit for dancing last Saturday night, where I taught dances from various countries, including the Canadian Barn Dance, Chicago Swing and Gay Gordons.


In the summertime, I’ll wear it barelegged with sandals. Of course, it’s cotton, fair trade and eco-friendly.

Guess we’re not the only ones who wear a T-shirt dress as a tunic. Here’s Jodie, Nancy and Charlotte who posted their versions yesterday.

Jodie Nancy Charlotte

Have you ever tried this fashion look?

Hope you’re enjoying the weekend!


Linkups: Visible Monday Turning Heads Tuesday

Posted in Active Lifestyle, Dance, eco fashion, Fair trade, Fashion, Jeanofalltrades, Jewelry, Memories, Photography, Seattle, Shopping, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments

How to beat the Winter blues – C’mon Get Happy!

When I’m happy, I do my happy dance.

When I’m blue, I put on my dancin’ shoes and dance away my blues!

I love to dance. I can escape reality while I’m dancing and forget about my troubles. Some people drink, some take drugs; I’d rather dance: no hangovers, no dangerous side affects.

In fact, it’s a very healthy activity for heart and bones and soul. Dancing helps keep us youthful.

I’ve been called the Dancing Queen because I teach dance. I love getting all dolled up for parties and special events.


We had fun taking our dance students to the Winter Whirl Ballroom Dance in February. Great way to beat the winter blues!


Here’s how my grandchildren beat the winter blues.

Staying active is important for any age and dancing is a great way to enjoy the benefits of a healthy life-style.

Dance does a body good! and here’s why I love to dance … ❤️

 ♥ Dance is good for the heart, lungs, muscles, bones, joints and brain.

 ♥ Dance improves strength, stamina and flexibility.

 ♥ Dance helps to have good posture and coordination.

 ♥ Dance can reduce stress.

 ♥ Dance builds confidence and skills.

 ♥ Dance provides opportunities to meet some wonderful people and     make new friends.

 ♥ Dance is a language anyone can learn.

 ♥ Dancing is FUN!


I hope you dance!

A merry heart does good like medicine.




Posted in Active Lifestyle, Dance, Fashion, Healthy living, Winter | Tagged , , , | 12 Comments

Cotton and bamboo and hemp! Oh my!

I love the comfort of these fabrics. This A- line skirt (made in Canada by Salts and West Organic Clothing–quality ethically-made garments) is from Drizzle & Shine (my daughter’s eco boutique). It’s a blend of bamboo and organic cotton. I love this shade of teal and it has POCKETS!


Great skirt for summer and I wear it in winter with tights and boots. My favourite bamboo tights made by THOUGHT, come in an array of colours bought at Drizzle & Shine.


Salts Organic Clothing : Eco Fashion Quality Crafted in Canada


Bamboo is so soft and  feels luxurious!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fashionable week!

❤ carmen

Linkups: Visible Monday Turning Heads Tuesday


Posted in Cruelty-free, eco fashion, Fair trade, Fashion, Jeanofalltrades | Tagged , , , , , | 14 Comments

Velvet and lace and a pencil skirt

Pencil skirts are so elegant and this one is so comfortable. It’s made by Blue Canoe–an American company–and I love this shade of burgundy. I’ve bought several things from Blue Canoe while in Seattle in September.


It was an instant decision when I tried it on in Jean’s eco boutique: the fit, the unique style, the quality. The fabric is a textured knit.


Meanwhile in Canada, we enjoyed a mild weekend in February and I could actually wear this velvet jacket instead of a coat. The sun was shining and I felt a warm breeze!


My cotton lace top is several years old. It was even warm enough to wear lacy tights.


Behind the scenes: my grandchildren are nearby having fun! Today is Family Day!


Have a lovely week everyone! Thank you for stopping by!     ❤ carmen

Linkups: Visible Monday

Thank you so much for including me in your real-life fashion show Patti!

Posted in eco fashion, Fashion, Jeanofalltrades, Memories, Photography, Seattle, Winter | Tagged , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

Tartan Tunic



Aside | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , | 21 Comments

Exploring Seattle

While visiting my daughter in Seattle in September, I couldn’t resist buying a new wardrobe at her eco boutique Drizzle & Shine. Here’s one of the four skirts I bought. It’s made by Synergy and I have mentioned this fair-trade company several times in my blog.


This A-line skirt is 100% organic cotton with an appliqué design and has a matching top.

Version 2

When I’m not helping Jean steam a new shipment of clothing that arrived or going to a coffee shop to buy her a soy latte, I’m busy trying on clothes and this skirt was a perfect fit.


Drizzle & Shine has lovely vegan purses and cute clutches like this one. Some available online.


If I’m not dancing, then my next favourite activity is walking. I can walk all day and not be tired, especially when there’s so much to see and enjoy. We walked from Capitol Hill (where Jean has her store) down to Puget Sound and meandered around Pike Place market.


This is the Edgewater Hotel in the background (where the Beatles and Elvis stayed). It was a little cool, I just took my coat off for the photo.


Whether it’s walking through a park, along the busy streets in the city or in a neighbourhood to admire the homes, I love exploring Seattle.


It’s a fabulous place to visit!

Happy weekend!



Posted in Active Lifestyle, Cruelty-free, eco fashion, Fair trade, Fashion, Jeanofalltrades, Memories, Photography, Purses, Seattle, Shopping, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , | 19 Comments

Ballard Locks, Seattle


This was my first time at the Ballard locks in Seattle. It was an interesting adventure!


It was fascinating to see the locks open and watch the boats go by from kayaks to cargo ships. It has the most boats passing through than any other lock in America and is one of Seattle’s biggest tourist attractions.


 We watched the salmon from the fish ladder viewing window.


I highly recommend it if you’re ever in Seattle.

Happy February!

❤ carmen

Posted in Fashion, Photography, Scenery, Seattle, Travel | Tagged , , | 18 Comments

Long black and white fringe cardigan

Yes, this is January in Ontario, photos taken on the weekend. We had several milder days and almost all the snow has melted!


It was even mild enough to wear my long “wully” cardigan. I call it wully because it’s cozy and warm like wool (and even softer). However, it’s acrylic, which means no itch and no cruelty.


I have a fascination: anything with fringes, I’m a ’60s kinda girl.

Version 2

A scarf keeps me warm and adds style to an outfit. It’s a fun and functional fashion accessory.


Who can turn the world on with her smile?

Mary Tyler Moore December 29, 1936 – January 24, 2017

One of my favourite actresses and animal rights advocate.

A smile is the best thing we can wear.

❤ carmen

Posted in Animals, Cruelty-free, Fashion, Winter | Tagged , , , , | 21 Comments