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Reduce, Reuse, Rejoice: Part 2

Put your stamp on reusable gift wrap this season! In this DIY you’ll find 3 creative and easy ways to personalize your gifts for the holidays. Using only things from around the house and some foraged greenery, these crafts provide a unique alternative to all the plastic packaging that piles up this time of year.

To see other creative ways to keep the season eco-friendly, check out Reduce, Reuse Rejoice: Part 1!

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In March I posted some photos from my 2016 trip to Vancouver Island, chronicling our adventures and my helter skelter mission to make it around the island. Today, I wanted to share a little about a side-adventure I went on when amidst the craziness of visiting old clients and seeing the sights. Its always tough to balance out work and play on vacation, but when I heard about Avatar Grove, I had to go check it out!

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Another stop off during our adventure around Vancouver Island was this beautiful and dramatic logged area. As we made our way across from Port Renfrew to meet with the owners of be Solely Canadian in Courtenay, it became apparent that Google Maps hadn’t taken into consideration the condition of the roads (very winding), or the speed at which one must travel due to all the sharp, sudden turns and single-lane bridges. Though we were running behind, I couldn’t resist stopping to take some photos at this picturesque location.

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The Bicycle Opera Project has released their tour dates for summer 2017 at long last! To see their full tour schedule, click here. As part of my ongoing collaboration with BOP I got to sit down with the cast and discuss the ins and outs of an opera company that tours on two wheels. Click the Read More link to see our discussion on polyglot performances, the garment industry, and how these artists find inspiration in day to day life.

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Julie Riemersma is a Toronto based fashion photographer who shoots everything from editorials to commercial spreads, and her own art photography. We met about a year ago through some mutual friends in the fashion industry, and I got Julie to shoot my SS18 Lookbook right here in Toronto. As with all of her work, the results were gorgeous. I got to chat with Julie about the perks and pitfalls of creative work, her everyday inspiration and Toronto’s distinct style. Click through to read more!

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I receive emails proposing different events and collaborative opportunities on a regular basis. But this January I was contacted about something that stood out as an idea I could really get behind.

A Toronto based opera company called The Bicycle Opera Project would be running a production called _SWEAT_ this summer. The piece is based on sweatshop workers who are struggling to form a union with dreams of a better life. The company itself is incredibly innovative. Each summer they launch a new production, touring by bicycle. Their aim is to make opera more accessible. They sing in English and present contemporary material. Their idea was to partner with a Toronto based ethical clothing company to create a cross-promotion.

As a constant supporter and member of Fashion Revolution, I was sold. Fashion Revolution is a global organization that aims to make the fashion industry more sustainable and ethical by valuing people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure.

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