A cornucopia of holiday shopping events

November 20, 2014

I can’t get over how many fantastic holiday shopping events are popping up this season in Ottawa. From clothes swaps for charity to craft shows and everything in between, my hometown is really kicking it into high gear. Ottawa has a reputation for being a boring town, a reputation that in my mind has definitely run its course. Not only are people putting on creative events, but these initiatives are all focused on supporting local designers, promoting Made in Canada, recycling clothing, giving back and keeping gift giving simple and close to home.

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Start the holiday shopping season off right with a cocktail in hand at The Holiday Market & Cocktail

It’s time, downsize that wardrobe!

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The pop-up show of all pop-up shows!

In the DIY mood? Try your hand at crafting your own batch of natural beauty products

These crafters are anything but idle

Come with me to this 3rd anniversary party, or as the French say, Viens Avec Moi

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The darling craft market of the season is urban

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Ottawa’s very own Northern Lights invite you to shop their creations

I’m dreaming of an indigo Christmas

November 16, 2014

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I know I’m stating the obvious when I say that indigo is every where right now. From pillow cases to clutches and table cloths, this ancient dye is a design darling. It’s also become a DIY must-do. Don’t believe me? Try ordering a Shibori dyeing kit off of Amazon. This past summer, I was inspired to try my hand at Shibori dyeing and the kit was sold out. I think I’ll throw in the DIY towel and buy some indigo pillow cases or napkins from an artisan instead. Better yet, I’ll order me some sexy indigo lingerie from Larkspur Lingerie, (now that’s a segue).

I first posted about Amanda Bear’s ethical lingerie line this past July and I’m happy to share with you now her Indigo Collection. Not only is indigo a gorgeous colour, but it is also reported to have healing properties. Heather tells me that Japanese Samurai wore indigo-dyed undergarments to promote healing and to protect them in battle. Historically, indigo has been used in traditional medicine as an anti-inflammatory and for skin calming purposes. While she wouldn’t recommend her undies for medical purposes, Heather likes to think the Samurai were onto something…

Since Christmas is just around the corner and snow is on the ground here in Ottawa, Larkspur and I are happy to announce a little giveaway for you. Details below. Good luck!

TO ENTER

“LIKE” LARKSPUR’S FACEBOOK PAGE
CHECK OUT THE INDIGO COLLECTION
COMMENT ON THIS POST, TELLING US WHICH PIECE IS YOUR FAVOURITE

LUCKY WINNER WILL RECEIVE THE ITEM OF THEIR CHOICE! 

ANNOUNCED ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2014

*All Photos by Claire Oring

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FINALLY: Ethical women’s work wear

November 8, 2014

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If there’s one segment of the women’s ethical and sustainable fashion market that is lacking, it’s women’s work wear. Cue Wabi Sabi Eco Fashion Concept’s first collection called “Sustainable City Style Collection,” in which each piece is named after a sustainable city, and designed and manufactured with the wearer and ethics in mind.

Michele Helen Cohen of Wabi Sabi just successfully raised more than the desired $15,000 via Kickstarter to expand the brand’s line and I’m looking forward to seeing the final product. Cohen says that each dress is designed for the city life but inspired by nature.

“We worked hard to create excellent quality clothing that meets the needs of today´s busy, professional woman. From the designs to the construction to the selection of fabric, each and every decision was made by viewing things from a customer´s perspective. Each and every detail was considered for both its aesthetics and functionality.”

This premier collection, made out of knit blends of organic cotton; tencel and spandex; and organic cotton sateen/lycra blends, has a dress for every age and  body type. Cohen tells me that the dresses will wear well, wash well and will become treasured pieces in your closet.  The designs were kept classic to remain timeless but they also have a little bit of that special something. You can easily dress them up or dress them down.

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EF + MADESMITH GIVEAWAY

November 1, 2014

madesmith main imageThis blog of mine is a hobby, a creative side project that has been the one constant project in my life for the past seven years. For someone as flighty and indecisive as I can be, EF has always been there, the one tool I use to share my passion for ethical and sustainable fashion, new designers, ideas, concepts and more.

One of the many advantages of running this blog is the chance to meet (mostly virtually that is) and collaborate with my favourite companies. Madesmith is no exception. Madesmith is a storytelling platform that helps people discover well-designed, sustainable objects made by hand in the USA. It features exclusive collaborations with artists and makers that create fashion, beauty and home goods in their own studios or small manufacturing facilities.

Most recently, Madesmith launched Madesmith Academy, an online school where product designers, makers and your average “Joe/Joanna” can learn sustainable craft and business skills from top experts who have built successful brands.

Since I wanted to put together a Christmas gift guide using their products, they’re showing their gratitude by giving all of you 25% off of your Madesmith craft and business courses. I really can’t think of a better gift than the gift of learning, can you? Well, OK, so the products below would be pretty schnazzy too. Yes, I made that spelling up but I’m going to say it’s probably similar to something Yiddish?

USE PROMO CODE “EFMAG” TO RECEIVE 25% OFF MADESMITH ACADEMY COURSES

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HOME

Tapestry | Rachel Duvall Textiles
Pot | Wind & Willow

THINGS

Skateboard | Loyal Dean
Pouch | Specialty Dry Goods

KITCHEN

Oil | Blackcreek Mercantile
Knife | Chelsea Miller Knives

FASHION

Clogs | Bryr Clogs
Portfolio | Katrine Reifeiss

ADORNMENTS

Hat | Derby Hats
Barrette | Canoe

JEWELS

Earrings | Aili Jewelry
Necklace | Gamma Folk

BODY

Room + Linen Spray | Oille Naturals
His + her soap | The Greater Goods

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 |

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