Canada no longer has a fashion week. Or at least this is what media said almost two weeks ago now when the news broke out that our biggest and longest-running fashion week, Toronto Fashion Week was cancelled. I followed the shocked reactions of Ottawa’s fashion bloggers as they posted about the sudden news, but I couldn’t join them in their upset.
July 20, 2016
July 7, 2016
Is it just me, or do we humans make life more complicated than it ever needs to be? We judge, hate, exclude, even kill each other. And all for what? I really can’t say. Sure, we could get into endless conversations about all of our issues and offer our opinions and solutions, but at the end of the day, does anything really change? I’d like to think that we’re in this new phase of humanity, in a global paradigm shift away from our materialistic, barbaric tendencies and towards a spiritual awakening. I see glimpses of it, but I also see a lot of two steps back.
Yesterday, when I heard about the shooting of Alton Sterling, I joined in on the collective exclamation: “What? Again?” Yes, again. And not just this tragedy. Each and every day, all over the world, people do bad things to each other, to themselves, to animals, to the planet. It seems never-ending. There seems to be more uncertainty in this world than ever before, but maybe that’s just me growing up and opening my eyes to the realities of life.
I have one wish for today: that you will watch this video. It’s a compilation of images and videos of our world from the ground and from space with the voice-over of renowned astronomer, Carl Sagan. Sagan delivers a beautiful, humbling message to us all and it’s one that I hope more and more people listen to in the days to come. This is an example of the importance of perspective.
Today, I just want to send out love to this world of ours. That’s it. I know, a tad cheesy Mal, but I can’t say much else and yet I want to recognize yesterday’s tragedy and those that have come before it and that will, sadly, come after. I don’t know how effective it is, but it’s really all I’ve got to give. Outside of debates, outside of politics, outside of protests and vigils, outside of actions and reactions, I’ll share my love and hope that it tips the scale for good, towards more good.
July 7, 2016
Whenever Etsy’s email arrives in my inbox, I get a little excited. I love me some eye candy, and who doesn’t? Here are some of the pretty things I’ve come across over the past week from Ottawa, the rest of Canada and around the world. They might serve you as home decor or fashion inspiration, and even inspire a little shopping in you. Enjoy the browse.
June 22, 2016
A global shift
Our world is currently in a significant transit phase. Every aspect of society, from the economy to the environment is up for discussion and disruption. Change is everywhere, in technology, communication, politics, art, design, transportation, industry and fashion. It seems that we have collectively but perhaps unconsciously agreed to work towards a more sustainable, ethical, mindful global society, but this transformation doesn’t come without its growing pains.
One example of this is in retail: online and in person. Come this fall, I’ll officially be a small business owner. With this title comes the responsibility of representing other small business owners and sharing in their struggles and triumphs. But in this age of e-commerce, in which EITHER/OR will be deeply embedded as an online shop, the ties between brick and mortar stores and online ones are a little shaky and some store owners are wary of e-commerce and its effect on in-store business. This is a valid concern that the online and offline shopping communities should address together in consultation with buyers. Read More
June 21, 2016
Until I transition this blog to the shop’s on EITHER/OR, my posts will be a bit all over the place. I’ve morphed EF into a melting pot of posts about sustainable small business how-to’s; sustainable fashion issues; profiles on emerging eco-fashion brands and work-life balance.
I hadn’t featured an international, ethical label in a while and then (POUF!) Paris-based Les Sublimes touched base a few weeks back to say hello and let me know that they’re launching their inaugural #MadeinFrance collection today via their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.
Despite the fact that my shop will feature Canadian-made and -designed fashion, it’s important to highlight the efforts of designers and brands from around the world to build a more ethical and sustainable fashion industry. Read More
June 9, 2016
I’m finishing off this post at the Hotel Kleopatra in Napoli, Italy. Yup, Cleopatra with a “k”. K as in klassy. Now that my two-week Amalfi Coast trip is over, I can tell you how successful or unsuccessful my packing plan was (see below).
Call me crazy, but packing for a trip is my favourite part of trip preparation. Actually, it’s more about planning the packing. My pack plan is where it’s at. It satisfies need for organization, careful planning and efficiency. Read More
May 18, 2016
A business is made up of many moving parts, but for EITHER/OR, some of the most important parts are the designers. Without their beautiful clothing to choose from, I wouldn’t have any pieces to offer. This is an obvious statement I know, but it’s important to recognize the faces behind the labels. Read More