LNBF Daisy Cardigan

LNBF Summer Sale!

From the inbox today, I came across a supah-fun email. Do you need a pretty summer dress or a light cardigan in case of evening breezes? Toronto’s LNBF (Leave Nothing But Footprints) has some nice summer markdowns on very versatile (and comfy-looking) pieces. I really love this Jasmine dress – the crossover is very flattering and I just love a swirly skirt – with pockets! – in the summer. I’d pair that with this supernice Daisy cardigan – short in front, nice and long in back. (more…)

Toronto Green Living Show – April 25 – 27

GLS14-lockup-400x115Spring means it’s time for the Green Living Show in Toronto! This is the premier eco-show in Canada, with over 400 exhibitors, 5 main stages and loads of fun. Hosted at the cavernous Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place, this show will not only feature tons of new products and innovations in the eco-space, you will also find something for absolutely everyone in your family from the youngest to the youngest at heart. (more…)

Spring Cleaning Series: Store Your Winter Clothes!

Closet1sqSoon, very soon, you will be able to take your bulky winter coat and put it where you won’t have to even LOOK at it for six months. Your boots will be banished, your sweaters hidden from sight, and as for those itchy long johns, you can pretend they don’t exist. At least, till next winter. And next winter will, sadly, come. BUT WE SHALL NOT SPEAK OF THAT. Instead, let’s make it a Thing: The Ceremonial Storing Of The Winter. (more…)

LABEL boutique – ecofriendly clothing

We expect a lot of our clothing. Or at least, we should. Especially good, pricey, designer stuff. It should make you look good, for one. Good clothing should make the observer notice the wearer, not the worn. And good clothing should also make you feel good. That feeling good comes in a number of forms, from feeling confident about the way you look to feeling ecofriendly and responsible about the choices you’re making as a consumer.

Not feeling it with your current brands? Then you really need to check out LABEL. Their line is specific and exclusive, with a total of 10 pieces (plus various colour options) available.  This means that each piece is made with a great deal of consideration and forethought for design, wearability, usability and versatility. Take, for example, the Wrap Dress at left. Made from 93% sustainable bamboo and 7% spandex for stretchability and wearability, this dress will flatter virtually any shape and can be mixed and matched as a wardrobe staple with any number of styles. All of the pieces in the LABEL closet are made that way: LABEL is “a collection of clothing perfectly suited to creative contemporary women looking for room to interpret current trends. LABEL resists the urge to define its wearers, but instead invites the wearer to define the clothing. LABEL reinvents the basics, inspiring and encouraging generous styling and wardrobe play.”

All LABEL clothing is made wherever possible with natural, organic, renewable or reclaimed fibers. All pieces are made locally by fairly paid contractors. And this part I love: LABEL minimizes waste by donating all fabric scraps to a local artist who incorporates them into handmade stuffed creatures. Heart!

But even knowing all that awesome eco- and socially-friendly stuff, with styles like this gorgeous, statement-making Cape or this fabulously versatile Cardigan (both made from Tencel – a wood based fiber – and wool) it’s obvious that the point with LABEL is really the clothes. Want!

Interested? Check out their online store. And here’s a special bonus for ecochick readers: Simply enter the code “ecochick” in the coupon line in your shopping cart when shopping at LABEL and enjoy 20% off your purchase. Now that’s smart!

Preloved Runway Sale

Just got this in my inbox from Preloved:

After much anticipation, preloved is proud to announce that we are auctioning off an EXCLUSIVE selection of our Fall 2010 collection on eBay, as shown on the runway at Toronto Fashion week earlier this year.

The link is here.

The Amber Dress: made of 2 types of wool trousers, sari fabric with a curtain waistband

This is a HUGE success so be sure to check back on November 3rd for the launch of ‘preloved for eBay’

- our sweater collection designed especially for eBay
- items are limited so get in quick prelovers!!!

I just checked out the link… there’s some gorgeous stuff including this sharp Nikki leather jacket  and this uber-fun Doreen sweater. And there might be a chance to score a wicked deal. Enjoy!

Preloved – gorgeous, one of a kind fashions from vintage fabrics

Remember Preloved, the fantastic Canadian boutique line that creates new and fun clothing out of old stuff? Think “old, fuzzy wool grade 8 sweater and old, no longer fashionable cords” and then re-think that in to “jazzy new clothing I’d look completely awesome wearing”, and you’ve pretty much got the concept of Preloved. And if you haven’t checked them out lately, you definitely should. There’s some gorgeous stuff on their online store, starting with their women’s line. Each piece is made from a specific pattern, but all from individual vintage clothing, so each one is unique.  So the Miss Parker sweater as pictured here or this Carly Sweater would truly be yours – a one of a kind!

Preloved have also added some unbearably cute stuff into a kids’ line (I mean seriously, check out this dress!), as well as some funky ideas in to a Home line.

You can find Preloved at four of their own stores, or at any number of fabulous retailers across Canada and the US.

Boob Maternity Wear: Organic Bump Style

I’m fussy about my clothes. I like pretty things. Things made sustainably. Things that last so that I don’t have to waste money and resources replacing them. And when I first started looking for clothing to cover my ever-expanding waistline, it felt like banging my head against the wall. I’d head to the chain stores at the mall, only to find non-sustainable fabrics and clothes that I just knew would fall apart the third time I washed them. I gnashed my teeth in despair.

And then I found Boob. Glorious, soft, comforting, stylish Boob. Based in Sweden, Boob doesn’t just create pregnancy clothing – they create pregnancy fashion. From gorgeous tops and bottoms to swirly dresses and loungewear, the pregnant or nursing woman will be able to find the perfect piece to complete their wardrobe – and many pieces that will last well afterwards, such as these awesome Once On Never Off pants that, I can guarantee you, live up to their name.

Many pieces adhere to the Oeko-Tex Confidence in Textiles standard which tests for harmful substances in textiles. And there are also many pieces made from lovely soft organic cotton, such as this uber-chic Wrap top.

Boob Maternity gear is available in Canada online and in person at Haute Mama (tell them ecochick sent you!) as well as several other wonderful maternity stores.

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