Clothing with a Cause

Here’s a local brand that has been creating quite a buzz lately…Peace Collective.  I ordered my t-shirt awhile back, and I love the message on it: “Home is Toronto.”  More importantly, I love the message that the company stands behind, which is the importance of battling against poverty.  Their mission statement: “JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST HUNGER – For every garment purchased, Peace Collective will provide two healthy meals and a snack to a child in the Canadian educational system.”  Their company supports “Breakfast for Learning” which ensures students begin school well nourished and ready to learn.  I learned recently from their blog that they also collaborated with Lululemon for the 2015 Pan Am Games…so cool!

IMG_1833I love to pair my t-shirt with my different blazers and sweaters.  I think it’s always fun to dress up a t-shirt!  I also wear my nude pumps with everything!  Usually, I also pair the t-shirt with a blingy necklace, but there was already some bling on the shoulder pads of my blazer:)

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JEANS:  Zara  (Similar pair)
PUMPS: Jimmy Choo (patent look)
T-SHIRT: Peace Collective
BLAZER: Purchased in L.A. @ a consignment store (similar design)

Side note: My husband lived in California for 3 years for school so I got many of my great deals there.  If you are ever in the L.A. area,  consider using Yelp to locate  some great consignment stores:)
I’m on the hunt for this blazer from H&M from a past season. Love the fancy detail on the shoulder pads.  It retailed for $49.99 U.S. and I’m hoping it’s a design they will bring back!

Below are some cute stickers that came with the t-shirt.

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This year I will be attending TEOF’s (Toronto Educational Opportunity Fund) Annual Lunar New Year Banquet, where proceeds go towards supporting the TEOF’s mandate to provide nutrition to young learners.  More specifically, it is a charitable organization supporting child nutrition and the Kindergarten parenting programs of Inner City schools.

food for thought

It’s always good to know that things that you wear can support good causes!

Proud to be Canadian!

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Love being Canadian!

Happy New Year everyone!  Mother Nature sprinkled some white love for us and has given us a white New Year!  I was contemplating staying in my Pj’s all day but then I decided to throw on a sweater that’s just as comfortable…my Roots Cabin Cardigan!   It comes in Birch White as well.  It’s the perfect sweater for lounging around in and if I need to dash somewhere quickly, it’s not frumpy and it’s acceptable to be seen in public in.  In fact, it’s both cute and comfortable…my kind of sweater!  I know that Roots is now an international brand but I love how it has Canadian roots;)

As a gift to congratulate me for launching my blog, Tiffany from “The Paper Suitcase“, bought me a signature Hudson’s Bay Blanket…I love everything that’s a part of the HBC collection.  Not only is it sold at Hudson’s Bay, but I was pleasantly surprised to find this collection on sale in Canadian airports.  If you are not familiar with it, it’s a signature collection inspired by over 300 years of Canadian history!  I have been coveting this blanket forever…thank you so much sis!!

If you want to shop my Roots look for less, Bluenotes carries some very cute Canadian sweaters.  I actually got this Canadian sweater below in Stratford when we went to watch a production at the Stratford Festival.  The quality is comparable to Roots and just as warm and comfy.  I purchased my sweater for $39.99 and I was able to take advantage of their buy one get one 1/2 off promotion.  The sweater pairs well with skinny jeans and Hunter boots!

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Happy first Day of 2o16!!

Mild Temperatures in Toronto

I love not having to wear bulky items this winter. This year’s mild weather in Toronto has allowed me to maximize my usage of these pretty gloves.

I’m not a fan of the cold but a white Christmas is pretty ideal.  However, for the rest of winter I’ll take mild temps any day.  The mustard colour gloves were another amazing find at Winners.  For under $20.00,  the cute leather accent should be more than enough reason to say “Yes, please!”  A bonus is that they are touch screen smart gloves that allow you to stay connected while being warm and stylish at the same time.  You don’t need to take your gloves off to swipe your phone or tablet…amazing!

My black leather Burberry gloves, I found on sale a couple of years ago on a last minute trip.  It’s really hard to catch Burberry sales but when I do, I’ll make sure to notify you all:)

My go-to item to stay warm when I need to quickly dash, is this stylish wrap.  Some refer to it as a large shawl or a poncho.  But at the cost of $39.99, it’s perfect for dressing up any outfit!  I purchased it at Nordstrom in Michigan.  I’m excited that Nordstrom is coming to Canada!  I hope their Nordstrom rewards and their VIP programs are comparable to the US!

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I fell in love with this shawl at Roots.  I can’t seem to remember the name of it, but it’s a part of their Cabin Collection.  Fingers crossed that it’ll go on sale…because it’s still way out of my budget for a shawl.

Speaking about staying within budget, I got these bad boys this week for $2.00/each (5/$10).  They’ll have to come out when the weather gets colder because they are thicker.  Best of all, most of these finds are the Thinsulate brand…so they’ll be super warm!  Head over to your nearest Ardene store now to see if they are on sale there too!  Or, if you want the convenience of shopping online at Ardene’s, shop their sale section and you can get similar items for 3/$15.

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