FASHION

BOHTEN’S RECYCLED CONSCIOUS EYEWEAR

April 5, 2015

“Bôhten is a part of the vast movement of African-inspired brands that are changing the “branding” of the beautiful and culturally rich continent of Africa.”

I just returned to Toronto from Montreal (and have actually, previously lived there most of my life), let me tell you, the winters are cold – I know this first hand. Never would I imagine that a brand created and inspired by its founder’s warm and earthy African roots, was dreamt and launched from Quebec. But there is always a first for everything, and this story is definitely sure to inspire.

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BODY

MY TOP 5 NATURAL MAKEUP BASICS

March 21, 2015

Nothing is more beautiful than a natural face. So before you apply any makeup, remember to keep hydrated, eat clean and keep a positive mind.  Good vibes.

I used to wear loads of makeup, especially foundation. I don’t know what I was thinking back then (about 10 years ago), but I must have been “covering something up”. Since I delved into the natural world, one step at a time, I realized that beauty radiates from the inside out, not the other way around. Instead, I began focusing on what I was putting in my body, and what was in my mind, not so much what (and how much) I put on my face! As a woman, this is a hard thing to do, we are so brainwashed with makeup and how women are more beautiful with paint on their face, than without. Even my four year old daughter plays with Barbie’s now, and yes, loads of makeup on these dolls too. Just goes to show, the miss-education starts there.   Continue Reading…

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STELLA MCCARTNEY FALL / WINTER 2015, PARIS FASHION WEEK

March 14, 2015

“Her silhouettes this season are asymmetrical, oversized, flared – but always neatly cut. I loved her use of the faux shearling and fur this season; Finally us vegans get to be decked out in cruelty-free fur!”

Every year I have the same feeling when March comes along and the Fall collections for the next year are being shown and I just cannot seem to bear the thought of cold any longer…shouldn’t it be Spring already? Bring me some white and some warmth! For some reason though, the Stella McCartney F/W 2015 collection certainly gave me reason to look forward to next Fall (with white and warmth included!).  Of all the designers showing in Paris this season, Stella is the main on my radar – being the most conscious luxury global brand right now (yes people, there is room for more…but for now Stella McCartney is leading the pack!) Continue Reading…

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THE NEW SUSTAINABLE ALIGNMENT OF FILIPPA K

February 28, 2015

“Sustainable, ethical and cruelty free fashion is the future. There is no other way about it and as a global citizens, we need to be aware of this truth and support the brands who are making a conscious effort to change, and effectively opposing the industry norms.”

Swedish brand Filippa K was founded by Filippa Knutsson with one simple principle: “I set out to build a brand with substance and truth, not dependent on the superficial trends of the fashion industry.” With this mission deeply rooted in the brand’s philosophy, Filippa K is now taking that next step towards a more sustainable way of creating global fashion; a courageous and important step in this world of over-consumption.

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STELLA MCCARTNEY NOEMI TOTE “EMPOWERMENT NOT CHARITY”

November 25, 2014

As I come from a fashion design background, I have seen first-hand how clothing is produced, and the supply chain from conception to completion. There is an incredible lack of “love” put into the garments we wear that are mass produced, and this is in reference to local factories, I can only dare to imagine the truth about the millions of sweatshops overseas.  More and more designers are choosing to produce their fashion in an ethical way. This means their selection of materials, production standards, and actually having the well-being of the customer in mind (wow what an amazing thought!).  But what about the men and women who are producing the products? The ones sitting behind the sewing machines day-in and day-out (sometimes children)… Do we ever really think about them?  Continue Reading…

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THE STORY OF FASHION CONSCIOUS COSSAC

November 15, 2014

As the world evolves and people become more and more conscious of the impact every single little choice leaves on our personal wellbeing as well as our planet, we are also blessed to find many new eco brands being born every day.  For us who are constantly on the look-out for new conscious brands to support – this one is definitely one to keep an eye on. I recently discovered Cossac, a new sustainable and eco fashion brand based out of the UK.  Founded and designed by Agatha Natalia Kozak, Cossac is a line that is created out out of the pure desire to offer clothing that is made sustainably, cruelty-free and organic. Fabrics are sourced carefully to have the lowest environmental impact possible, and be the most natural (toxin-free) for the wearer. Continue Reading…

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TOP PICKS FOR FALL / WINTER VEGAN BOOTS

November 4, 2014
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Every vegan woman knows what I’m talking about when I say : ITS HARD TO FIND VEGAN SHOES. And then add a massive amount of difficulty to find a perfect pair of warm winter boots for the cold Canadian months! It has been quite the hunt for cruelty-free luxury footwear for fall / winter 2014-15.  Below is The Holistic Edit for my favourite Luxury Fall / Winter Vegan Boots.

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FREEDOM OF ANIMALS

November 1, 2014

Today is World Vegan Day and I thought it would be great to share a great new cruelty-free luxury bag collection I have just discovered : Freedom of Animals. The New York based brand founded by Morgan Bogle and Scott MacDonough, launched in 2012 and has since been creating mindful accessories adhering to very high ethical standards – both in design and production.  Their goal is to contribute to a growing eco-friendly and ethical fashion industry by providing true high-end vegan bags to fashion lovers worldwide looking to buy responsibly – and I am one of them.

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DESIGN, FASHION

LA VIE EN NOIR ET BLANC

October 24, 2014

I love solid black and white. It is clean, and my eyes are never compromised by the distraction of colour or print. I could wear black or white everyday…if fact I almost always do – except for the off jeans or grey piece here and there. I was going through some inspiration images and felt  they should be posted to create some eye wash. Why not.

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AN EYE ON SYDNEY BROWN

October 22, 2014

I recently discovered the Sydney Brown brand, and was immediately impressed by the overall Japanese aesthetic design and their way of pushing the envelope ever so slightly with proportions, design and materials.  I just love the use of metallics and wood.  Then, something amazing happened, the clouds opened up in the sky, birds started chirping, flowers bloomed, and then I read…that they … are … vegan.

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