Monday, 12 August 2013

Thrift Shopping Guide

Hi Y'all, here is another guest article that I did for Stylus Magazine.

As citizens of planet earth, we all have the duty of taking care of it as much as we can. However, reducing our carbon footprint and taking care of the planet doesn’t necessarily mean having to sacrifice style and fashion. The best resource to dressing fabulously unique is actually incredibly eco-friendly as well as gentle on your wallet. My secret weapon to dressing uniquely chic is by shopping at thrift stores.

thrifted outfit from Vancouver fashion blogger Posing in Vintage, Chic thrifted outfit

This entire look (aside from the leggings) was obtained from a local Value Village. Not only are thrift stores well stocked with one of a kind vintage and second-hand pieces, they also receive donations from local fast-fashion stores (the skirt and shoes were both ones carried by Urban Outfitters). However, when purchased at a thrift store, you are not only paying a fraction of the original price, you are also helping out local charities and the environment. Oh, how I love to do good.

It can be daunting to step into the thrifting world when you are more comfortable shopping at a store that carry multiples of the same style, making your shopping experience effortless. Thrift shopping is not so easy to start out but, like any other activity, you can get better with practice, especially armed with this thrift shopping guide.

Go Big.

Value Village Store Front
Image source: Access Winnipeg

Start with visiting a large chain thrift store in your area (Goodwill, Salvation Army or Value Village). Since more people are familiar with these big name stores, they are more likely to receive a breadth of donations. Once you have whet your appetite, feel free to venture out to smaller more niche ones. You may be pleasantly surprised by your discoveries. Don’t be overwhelmed by the sheer vastness of some of these stores, they are usually always well-organized.

The Organization

Wild life Thrift Store inside the store, racks inside wild life thrift store

On each rack you will see them clearly labeled with the type of garments (sweaters, blouses, pants, etc). The racks are then organized by size, within the size category, they are then organized by color. I recommend organizing your closet this way too for maximum dressing efficiency. The store is especially well-organized when you arrive when they first open. Once you know how they are organized, it actually makes shopping so much easier.

Change Clothes, and Go.

I recommend taking a cart with you on your first trip and load it up with whatever interesting piece you see. You never know what will surprise you once you try the garment on. Do be aware that usually the change rooms will have a limit on the number of pieces you can take with you to try on. Usually the limit is 5, but if they are not too busy, they may let you bring more in with you.
If at First You Don’t Succeed

Many stores will restock the racks throughout the day. Sometimes you may not find anything at all during your trips but that is part of the fun so please don’t get discouraged. You can always go back and repeat the shopping process. Return again soon, or try a different location.

One Last Thing

vintage dresser from a thrift store
image source: SpringsBargains.com

Think of thrift stores like a small department store. Some will have furniture, books and even appliances. You can literally outfit your entire life with just previously owned goods. You can also start off with something small such as jewelry, purses or shoes if clothing seems slightly daunting. Just make that first step and venture out to your first thrift store shopping trip. I am positive you will be pleasantly surprised. Go often, don’t be afraid to try on something that is slightly out of your comfort zone. You too, can be thrift chic.

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img source: Macklemore, NPR.org

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Tuesday, 6 August 2013

O R I Z É E SKINCARE PRODUCTS

I am so delighted to have received some sample sized YUZU AND SHISO HYDRATING CREAM from O R I Z É E, the First Canadian Natural Gluten Free Artisan Skin care line created with the enzymatic power of SakeKasu and uniquely formulated to maximize skin performance.

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I have noticed that rice is used in more and more skin care products. Rice protein is said to fortify skin's structure. O R I Z É E uses SAKEKASU, which is fermented rice paste that remains after the Sake has been pressed. Nutrient dense and probiotic, it is one of the most bioavailable foods in the world. The health and beauty benefits of Sake have long been known, and it is only recently that scientists have discovered the potent power of SakeKasu as a food, a medicine and an anti-aging treatment.

What has drawn me to this line is the fact that they are hand made in small batches, cruelty free and all natural.

We already live in a chemical rich world, I want to do what I can to minimize my contact with unnecessary chemicals.

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With all these said benefits, it definitely won't hurt me to give it a try.

SKIN NOURISHMENT

Rice contains many minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and vitamins. This super food not only nourishes the body, but also the skin. Because of its bioavailable delivery, powerful nutrition to the skin is delivered encouraging glowing skin.
MOISTURE & COLLAGEN RENEWAL

Rice, and in particular SakeKasu, play a restorative role in skin health and beauty. The fermentation of rice frees the amino acids and fatty acids through enzymatic action to effectively absorb through the outer layer of the epidermis; thereby substantially increasing skin moisture and supporting collagen production. The lipids in rice, known as Gamma- oryzanol (Rice Bran oil), are the only substance to stimulate sebum by topical application. This makes it extremely valuable as an anti-aging moisture retention agent.
SKIN BRIGHTENING

When the skin produces pigmentation, melanin is activated by an enzyme called Tyrosinase. SakeKasu interferes with Tyrosinase and stops the overproduction of melanin. As the epidermis sloughs off, the skin gradually brightens and freckles and age spots fade.
ANTIOXIDANT AND SUN PROTECTION

SakeKasu contains three powerful antioxidants: Succinic acid, Kojic Acid and Squalene. All three help eliminate free radicals and are known for their youth preserving, skin brightening and cell rejuvenating properties. Combined with three forms of natural Vitamin E and Ferulic acid (a natural UV absorber) in the rice grain, the Orizée Natural Skincare line plays an important role in sun protection.

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It has a light natural smell, and feels great against the skin.

I received a two week supply and will promptly report back on my findings after I have exhausted my supply.


Stay tuned.

In the mean time, you can check them out on their website, http://orizee.com/index.php and facebook and Twitter @OrizeeSkinCare.


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Friday, 2 August 2013

la couleur couture - My Favourite Non Toxic and Vegan friendly Nailpolish

For centuries we have been painting and polishing our nails so we would look amazing from tip to toe.

Originating in China dating back to 3000 B.C. nail polish is now a $768 million industry in the US. Hard to image it started out as a blend of organic material and natural dyes that ladies would soak their fingers in to achieve the desired effect.

Now, with a dizzying array of colours, hues, textures and designs, it's no wonder a not so simple bottle of polish can round off that fashionable look.

I have been painting my nails for years and have grown more and more concerned over the toxicity and chemical content of these tiny pots of paints. There have been a couple of occasions where I felt slightly light headed at the end of a paint session.

Needless to say I was over the moon when I discovered La Couleur Couture.

La Couleur Couture LACC vegan friendly non toxic nail polish

la couleur couture is a unique vegan friendly nail lacquer collection formulated without toxic and harsh chemicals like formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, camphor and toluene.

Their unique basecoat formula ensures long lasting protection, while their topcoat offers unmatched diamond-like shine. Each polish contains a protective UV inhibitor so women can wave goodbye to brittle and yellow nails, and say hello to gorgeously coloured and healthy nails!

Headquartered in Vancouver and manufactured in New York, la couleur couture is devoted to providing you with couture-quality, fashion-forward and edgy colors that are affordable, vegan friendly and cruelty free.

Lacc la couleur couture vegan friendly nontoxic nail polish spring collection

All these colours are so wearable and fabulous. I couldn't wait to put them on.

Lacc la couleur couture vegan friendly nontoxic nail polish spring collection

Having tried several different brands of nail polish, fussed over the formula and struggled with the brush I must say LACC is a god send.

The polish itself glides on effortlessly, not goopy nor runny, just the perfect consistency.

The brush is amazing! The right size and tension to deliver the perfect application in one stroke.

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I am seriously tempted to save one of the brushes and only paint with that no matter what polish I use. Not that I will need to considering the wide breadth of this collection. Shop them here http://laccbeauty.com/shop/

So versatile too.

Watermelon mania.

Lacc la couleur couture vegan friendly nontoxic nail polish spring collection

Colours 1960 (pink) and 1968 (green)

Pretty in pink.

Lacc la couleur couture vegan friendly nontoxic nail polish spring collection

Colour 1992 (pale pink)

Citrus party.

Lacc la couleur couture vegan friendly nontoxic nail polish spring collection

Colours 1963 (orange) and 2011 (yellow)

Fire engine red.

Lacc la couleur couture vegan friendly nontoxic nail polish spring collection

Colour 1945 (red).

These little beauties are only $14.00 each and they are totally worth every penny.

You can get your very own LACC right from their online store, http://laccbeauty.com/shop/, or at these fine retailers http://laccbeauty.com/retailer/.

Find them also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

I hope to be seeing your LACC-licious nails soon.

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