Let the Sequins Fly: SFU Fashion Week heads to Vancouver

“Cut it out, kid.” That’s pretty much what Vancouver Fashion Week said to Kayode Fatoba when he launched SFU Fashion Week, the city’s first ever fashion show organized by and for university students. Naturally, he’s doing the exact opposite. Fatoba is an undergraduate student at SFU. He founded SFU Fashion Week in 2014 in order to give students […]

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Slowing down fast fashion one button (and bow) at a time

They call it Fast Fashion, the rapid production and consumption of low cost items. Kayla Gilliland is helping teens of today and tomorrow, slow down and smell the rose-coloured thread.   Gilliland, along with business partner, Linda Bell, recently opened Buttons and Bows, a sewing lounge and ladies fashion store in Maple Ridge, BC. Gilliland explains […]

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Automobile Wreck Yards: the next hot thing in fashion upcycling

Smart cars, electric cars, zero emissions, blah blah blah. Everyone’s so crazy about greening their transportation tire-print and saving the planet they have missed out on the most important of the three ‘r’s: AccessoRizing. Sure, we could recycle old cars and put their parts in new ones, but hello, that would be totally overlooking their potential as […]

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Must Haves Accessories & Dead Birds

So apparently this season’s hot accessory trends are hippy beads, mismatched earrings, delicate little leafy things and basically a bunch of other super boring stuff that I’m never going to wear. Being such a fashion-forward mom, I was super bummed by all the blah. That is, until it hit me: I CAN SET MY OWN TRENDS! […]

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Personalized toiletries: every boy’s favorite recess treat!

School is officially starting next week here in Port Moody. I was super excited about all the extra time I’d have for expanding my earring collection till I found out some horrible news: MY SON’S SCHOOL DOES NOT HAVE AN IN-HOUSE CHEF. That’s right people. Apparently I’m expected to make and pack his lunches EVERYDAY! How […]

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Facing Old Fears to Save Lost Sweaters

I swore I would never do it again. But, when my friend cancelled at the last minute a couple weeks ago, old sweaters and my mom were counting on me so I had not choice but to brave the camera after 20 years in retirement. All the hats posted on Bricolage Hats are made out of old wool sweaters, making […]

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Cover pages and other ways to lose friends . . .

       The good news: my first round of cover proofs are in! The bad news: I am way pickier than I realized. On of my friends put together these mages for my novel cover earlier this week and while they are totally gorgeous they are totally not what I have been imagining in my […]

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My Self-Publishing Experiment: THE COVER

First off, let’s be clear: I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING. However, I spent enough time waiting for boys to call when I was 15 (note to teen self: they never do) to know when it’s time to stop doing the same thing with literary agents. That’s right, I have decided to embark on […]

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Things that inspire me to write #12: Flat Handbags

As a former bike commuter, I went through a hell of a lot of inner tubes at one time (I swear someone must sprinkle my street with prickles and really rusty nails on a regular basis). However, not once did I see my wheel innards as anything more than dirty dump destined rubber. But this […]

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Things that inspire me to write #28: Bogs Boots

Welcome to Vancouver: as gray and rainy as a Twilight love scene for pretty much the entire winter. It’s almost enough to make me want to curl up in my bed and watch the entire selection of romantic comedies on Netflix—even the ones with dogs. Thankfully I got a pair of Bogs this Christmas. They […]

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