Colour code: black + white

October 28, 2014

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Need Supply epitomizes the curated closet I am chipping away at building this year. I definitely have more colour in my wardrobe than in these pictures, and I always will, but ask my boyfriend – black prevails. It’s just so easy to wear with everything and it instantly looks chic. Case in point the image above.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Clare Vivier clutch | Studio Nicholson coat | Cameo jacket | Ganni dress | Eytys sneaker | Won Hundred sweater | Shakuhachi dress | Ahlem sunglasses | Wood Wood bootie | Which We Want pants | Which We Want jacket | DIGDOGDIG necklace |

This doesn’t happen in Ottawa

October 23, 2014

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You may or may not know that yesterday, the nation’s capital experienced a dramatic security threat that has us all a little shaken up. Around 10 a.m., a gunman shot and killed ceremonial soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo who was standing guard at the city’s war memorial. Shortly after the gunman, who we now know to be Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, ran up to Parliament Hill and managed to get inside the main building called Centre Block, firing several rounds before he was shot and killed by the Sargeant-at-Arms, Kevin Vickers.

The downtown core was completely locked down until late yesterday evening. All government buildings, schools and hospitals were also on lock-down and every military base in the country was secured. There were helicopters circling above the city, police cars stationed at major intersections and armed officers scanning the streets and securing buildings.

It is safe to say that I had never experienced anything like this before and I think I speak for most Ottawans when I say that we never thought this would happen here. My thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of Cpl. Cirillo and I am very grateful for the Ottawa City Police, RCMP and everyone else who helped to secure the city.

I’m back at work today and wanted to write this post to recognize the tragic death of Cpl. Cirillo and to thank the men and women who acted so bravely yesterday. The city is still on alert and although everyone is back to work, things feel a little different. I know that the fear and violence we experienced yesterday is something that many around the world experience on a daily basis and on a larger scale. Canada is used to its role as a peacekeeping nation and as a country that sends its soldiers abroad to help others. To have this violence come to our shores is very unusual and it certainly has woken us up to the reality that we may not be so immune to these attacks.

We have perhaps naively always believed that everyone loves Canada and no one could ever attack us, but it just takes one person (as we witnessed yesterday) to wreak havoc on an entire city and to cause pain and sadness in others. I certainly don’t want this event to change the face of our city. I don’t want to see barricades and armed guards every where, but I expect we’ll see new security measures put in place for at least a little while. I hope we can continue to attend Yoga on the Hill every Wednesday come spring and I hope that we can still pay tribute to our fallen soldiers with ceremonial guards at the war memorial.

I don’t want this event to be blown out of proportion and used to manipulate us with fear, and I don’t want this to encourage other violent people to act out. I think this is a common fear at the moment, taking into consideration the fact that just the day before, Montreal experienced a violent act as well.

It’s difficult to know what to say today. We must be a little more cautious in the coming days but we should also just Stay Calm and Carry On, as the old saying goes. I can now appreciate more than ever the importance of that message when it was first produced in 1939 to rally the British public in the fear of air attacks.

So I’ll carry on with things here on the blog, business as usual.

Malorie xo

 

Cool coat roundup #2

October 10, 2014

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So wouldn’t you know it, just as I’ve launched yesterday’s fall coat guide, I spot a few more beautiful ethical & sustainable coats that I want to share with you. What can I say, ’tis the season!

Wintervacht is a Dutch design duo of Yoni van Oorsouw and Manon van Hoeckel. They make their signature coats out of recycled Dutch woolen blankets and curtains. They’ve since expanded their line to include tops and shorts, as well as longer coats. Each item is one-of-a-kind and made in the Netherlands.

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Reformation is on the tip of everyone’s tongue right now. I did a post on them not long ago. Everyone and their mother, including model Lily Aldridge and Hollywood celebrities are wearing this L.A.-based company’s trendy collections made out of material scraps from manufacturers. I’m thrilled to see an ethical and sustainable company be so widely embraced in North America and abroad. I personally can’t get enough of their achingly stylish dresses but they’ve really done a number of the casual fall coat.

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HUMANOID F/W 2014-15

October 10, 2014

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Probably my favourite f/w 2014-15 lookbook so far. If I had to sum up the look and feel that I ATTEMPT to achieve with my wardrobe (sometimes), it would be this season of Humanoid.

I’ve noticed two very clear streams of ethical and sustainable (E&S) fashion developing over the past five years or so. One is smaller-scale, homemade, typically focused on reusing materials and catered towards mothers with young children. Its aesthetic is crafty, playful, comfortable and approachable.

The second stream works at a larger scale using renewable textiles. It is catered to the more “style conscious” consumer, usually a younger demographic that will buy ethical and sustainable fashion so long as it is stylish, “au courant” and adaptable. This is the stream that I fall into. Although I support both branches, you’ll definitely see more of the latter here on EF. Humanoid is an E&S brand that successfully merges style and comfort with quality and affordability. This is no easy feet but they are on the right path.

*All photographs from Humanoid.

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Five fall/winter coats

October 9, 2014

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When you ask people what their favourite thing about fall fashion is, many of them say layering. And what do you need most to top off a warm, layered outfit? Why, a fall coat of course! I scoured the interweb for five cozy, comfy, stylish and slightly quirky coats that would fit into any wardrobe.

These coats can also transition you into winter with a nice sweater underneath, but maybe not the trench unless you live in a milder climate. When I look for a fall/winter coat, I’m drawn to soft, natural fabrics, warmth and a big collar (I like having my neck covered). This season’s coats are offered up either tailored with a belt or boxy and long.

Style tips: If you’re a wider-shaped person and you want to define your silhouette, avoid the boxy coats and stick to a knee-length one with a belt to cinch in your waist. If you want to opt for a shorter coat, pick one that either falls at your hip bone or no further than the middle of your behind. Any lower and you’ll widen your derriere, any higher than your hip bone and you’ll have the most useless coat of all time.

1. Ilana Kohn Lisa trench coat

2. Humanoid Wink coat

3. Stella McCartney Clara coat

4. Humanoid wep coat

5. Stella McCartney Federica coat

 

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