Tag Archives: Vancouver

Style-Diet Shot – Pure Magnolia Revamp Cotton Lace V-neck

“On matters of style, swim with the current. On matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Made in Vancouver, Pure Magnolia http://puremagnolia.ca/about/ bridal wear was started in 2009 by Designer Patty Nayel who wanted to give local and international brides an eco option for their wedding dress.  The collection is made up of customizable dresses made from European laces, Indian Silks, Organic cottons, vintage and recycled fabrics.

The jewellery is by Mirror Mirror Bijoux. Custom-made by Pam Chang in Vancouver, they are often rehabilitated signature vintage and re-designed pieces http://mirrormirrorbijoux.com/   Photos are from the Revamp Gala to benefit YWCA’s Crabtree Corner http://www.ywcavan.org/content/Crabtree_Corner/258.

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The Style-Diet Shot celebrates individuals with unique style, wearing at least one article of clothing acquired via the Stephens’ Sisters Shopping Diet. It must be local, sustainable, second-hand/re-purposed, inherited or ethically produced. If you can’t find clothing fitting that criteria then it must be from a country with stellar human rights records.

 

Style-Diet Shot – Pure Magnolia Revamp

“On matters of style, swim with the current. On matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Made in Vancouver, Pure Magnolia http://puremagnolia.ca/about/ bridal wear was started in 2009 by Designer Patty Nayel who wanted to give local and international brides an eco option for their wedding dress.  The collection is made up of customizable dresses made from European laces, Indian Silks, Organic cottons, vintage and recycled fabrics.

The jewellery is by Mirror Mirror Bijoux. Custom-made by Pam Chang in Vancouver, they are often rehabilitated signature vintage and re-designed pieces http://mirrormirrorbijoux.com/   Photos are from the Revamp Gala to benefit YWCA’s Crabtree Corner http://www.ywcavan.org/content/Crabtree_Corner/258.

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The Style-Diet Shot celebrates individuals with unique style, wearing at least one article of clothing acquired via the Stephens’ Sisters Shopping Diet. It must be local, sustainable, second-hand/re-purposed, inherited or ethically produced. If you can’t find clothing fitting that criteria then it must be from a country with stellar human rights records.

Style-Diet Shot – Pure Magnolia Revamp The Glamour Gown

“On matters of style, swim with the current. On matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

– Thomas Jefferson

The Glamour Gown.  Made in Vancouver, Pure Magnolia http://puremagnolia.ca/about/ bridal wear was started in 2009 by Designer Patty Nayel who wanted to give local and international brides an eco option for their wedding dress.  The collection is made up of customizable dresses made from European laces, Indian Silks, Organic cottons, vintage and recycled fabrics.DSC_0934 DSC_0935
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The jewellery is by Mirror Mirror Bijoux. Custom-made by Pam Chang in Vancouver, they are often rehabilitated signature vintage and re-designed pieces http://mirrormirrorbijoux.com/   Photos are from the Revamp Gala to benefit YWCA’s Crabtree Corner http://www.ywcavan.org/content/Crabtree_Corner/258.

The Style-Diet Shot celebrates individuals with unique style, wearing at least one article of clothing acquired via the Stephens’ Sisters Shopping Diet. It must be local, sustainable, second-hand/re-purposed, inherited or ethically produced. If you can’t find clothing fitting that criteria then it must be from a country with stellar human rights records.

Style-Diet Shot – Pure Magnolia Revamp. Short ‘Sarah’ in Lace

“On matters of style, swim with the current. On matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Made in Vancouver, Pure Magnolia http://puremagnolia.ca/about/ bridal wear was started in 2009 by Designer Patty Nayel who wanted to give local and international brides an eco option for their wedding dress.  The collection is made up of customizable dresses made from European laces, Indian Silks, Organic cottons, vintage and recycled fabrics.

The jewellery is by Mirror Mirror Bijoux. Custom-made by Pam Chang in Vancouver, they are often rehabilitated signature vintage and re-designed pieces http://mirrormirrorbijoux.com/   Photos are from the Revamp Gala to benefit YWCA’s Crabtree Corner http://www.ywcavan.org/content/Crabtree_Corner/258.

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The Style-Diet Shot celebrates individuals with unique style, wearing at least one article of clothing acquired via the Stephens’ Sisters Shopping Diet. It must be local, sustainable, second-hand/re-purposed, inherited or ethically produced. If you can’t find clothing fitting that criteria then it must be from a country with stellar human rights records.

Two Great Events coming up in Vancouver

Two Great Events are coming up in Vancouver that I wanted to share with y’all. If you can’t attend, send positive vibrations.

OCTOBER 2nd

The goal of The Deeper Side Blog is to inspire change. What better way to embrace change than by celebrating it? How else to celebrate women who are making the step to live clean and sober than by making them queens for a day? In anticipation of their forth-coming nuptials? How about gifting them designer, custom wedding dresses? Custom made Jewellery? How about a day at Zazou Spa?  How about those dresses be none other than upcycled wedding dresses from Pure Magnolia Eco-Bridal Boutique?  Welcome to the ReVamp Gala.

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Celebrating the triumphant struggle of brave women, in front of the beluga whales at the Vancouver Aquarium, Pure Magnolia Eco-Bridal designs will be upcycling wedding dresses.  Specially crafted jewellery will be gifted to the brides by Mirror Mirror Bijoux by Pamela Chang, a local designer. (I have pair of earrings I love by Pamela Chang.) And there will be a fashion show to celebrate.  All proceeds from the event will be donated to YWCA Crabtree Corner (assisting pregnant women with addictions). http://www.puremagnolia.ca/2013/09/inspiration-tuesday-the-ywca-crabtree-corner-brides/

OCTOBER 4TH

Second event is the TORCH OF LIFE is a huge media event, including press conferences, film screenings at VGH and Walk for Life Organ Donation.  https://www.facebook.com/events/510954582320796/

I was a living liver donor 2.5 years ago (yes, my liver grew back). Most people who need organs die on the waiting list waiting for someone else to die (yes it’s a weird feeling being on the wait list waiting for someone to die). If laws were changed then many people who were in my position will be spared the ordeal to save a loved one. Canada currently has an organ donation program where we opt in. This means that unless you have signed up to be a donor, you wont be one. The upshot of Canada’s current system is that most organs are lost to those who need them because, unintentionally, they didn’t sign up. Uruguay Mexico, Columbia and Singapore have recently implemented presumptive consent for organ donation. Presumptive consent means that the default is that you opt out. So if you don’t want to donate your organs, you don’t have to donate your organs.

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Karen Hurd Stacey, in a loving gesture, donated her “Blood Money” to help others. Given a transfusion of tainted blood many years ago, she developed liver disease.  Given compensation by the government and turning a tragedy to triumph, Karen used the money to set up the Stacey House. See my post https://thedeepersideblog.com/2013/05/21/livers-and-givers-karen-stacey/

Karen works tirelessly in the hospitals, volunteering and advising and supporting those people who desperately need an organ. She recently told me about a young man in intensive care who’s barely hanging on, hoping against hope, racing against the clock.  Karen has put together an amazing event to raise awareness for organ donation.  Two films will be shown: stories to touch you: one is about a Palestinian boy killed in the crossfire. His organs went to Israeli children.  In Nicholas’ Gift Nicholas killed while on holiday in Italy.  His parents saved multiple lives donating his organs.  Nicholas lives on.  This makes me cry just writing about it.

To celebrate life and miracles we are given by modern medicine, please come out, see the film, hear what Doctors, donors and recipients have to say and Join the short Walk for Life from VGH to Vancouver City Hall.  Seating is limited for the film.  So get your tickets before they are gone.

Finding peace

Peace is within each of us. We just need to listen to our hearts.

I was at the busy intersection of Kingsway and E 15 th in Vancouver. Kingsway is a major artery of the city. I had never seen Tai chi performed outside of a class or a tranquil park. These practitioners of this ancient art were on a strip of sidewalk, oblivious to the traffic. I happened to snap these photos with my iphone between traffic lights.  (After I posted this, a special follower of this blog sent me a private email saying that she is a member of this society and that they go outside from time to time.  http://www.taoist.org/  The world is small indeed.  We are all connected.)

La paix, pace, Listen for it.  Search it out.

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Made me stop and think. It’s easy to find peace in a quiet park, verdant, surrounded by nature. However much more tricky when vehicles are zooming past at 70 km per hour.

May we learn to shut out the un-necessary, the superfluous. Even when it is dangerously close. Even when it’s loud.  We must listen to our inner voices of reason.   Truth is out there and inside.

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5-Left

Fiveleft refers to Lincoln Heller’s 5 fingers on his left hand. He is left handed, like a disproportionate number of US presidents. (How’s that for a random fact?)

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Lincoln has been making leather bags for about 6 years. Right away, I could see that he has a Style worthy of the Style-Diet Shot. His necklace carved by himself out of sandstone about 18 years ago.  He has to keep replenishing the stones as they systematically wear away.

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http://www.fiveleft.ca/about/4569525395

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Lincoln was on the runway at EcoFashion week 2013, theatrically sewing bags with an antique machine and giving them away.  I wish I had been.  (Note to self: attend EcoFashion week 2014. Note to friends: join me!)  Below you can see some funky patterns inspired by bicycle gears and spokes.  The leather comes from a small family-run tannery in the UK.

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Not using harsh dyes and chemicals to soften the leather, Lincoln instead uses vegetable dyes and tannins.  The leather bags are quite stiff initially.  But then they mold and soften to the user over time.  Thus becoming truly individual and unique pieces.

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A dad, Lincoln was always fumbling for keys with babes in arms.  So he invented the following key chain. It keeps keys within easy reach.  Deceptively simple, it has bevelled edges.  Note the maps below that Lincoln picked up from a cartography company that was going out of business.  Cycling, recycling, innovating….

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Lincoln said that he bought the hat because it looked like a tie that exploded into a hat.  Shorts are Vintage Rei and Lincoln’s shirt is Thrift Store Chic.

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I will think twice before buying my next bag.  Where is it made?  What is it supporting?  Who is benefiting by it?  How have the hands making it been treated?