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Miik Clothing, Charlotte Cardi and Jamie Buttoned Tunic

About Miik Clothing

I’ve been a fan of Miik Clothing since I learned about them through Adria Vasil, author of Ecoholic. I love that they are local, eco and their clothing is well made. Read more about Miik on their About Us page. Check out the interview with founder Donna Smith below.

I currently don’t have any pictures of myself wearing the Charlotte Cardi or the Jamie Tunic but I’ll beg my hubby to take pictures. You can also check out my Instagram pics of my other Miik Clothing here: Emily Cardigan in Black, Wendy Dress in Watermelon. I’ve just realized I need to take more pictures of my Miik Clothing! I have more pieces than these pictures suggest.


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Charlotte Cardi

This cardi is perfect to pair with my summer dresses. It shows off the shape of my dress while keeping my arms and back covered enough so that I won’t freeze while at work. It’s also sleek and simple enough that it doesn’t detract from whatever dress I’m wearing. I work in an office so in the summer time they crank up the AC. I’m prone to getting cold easily, so a cardigan with this kind of shape works perfectly for me. I bought this cardi in black. But it’s pretty hard to see details of the shape and style when you see the picture of the black cardi so I chose the port colour to showcase. As for material the cardi is light and comfortable, not bulky at all. I’ve never heard of sorona before but according to my research it is a biopolymer “containing 37% annually renewable plant based ingredients.”

Materials: 90% rayon-made-from-bamboo and 10% lycra; 55% rayon-made-from-bamboo,
35% sorona and 10% lycra.
Color: Port (Also available in: Black and Ink Blue)
Cost: $175.00 CAD
Available at: Miik Clothing, Logan & Finley, Other stockists


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Jamie Buttoned Tunic

I love the Jamie buttoned tunic. It was however, too long for my petite stature. I’m only about 5’3″ so when I first put the tunic on, it was too long to be a tunic and too short to be a dress. I ended up taking it to an alterationist to have it shortened. Now it looks much better on me. The fit isn’t 100% perfect as it hangs on me a little, but I do love this tunic. The colour options are great for one thing, and it’s also the light and comfortable fabric. It has washed well so far and I look forward to years of wearing it. When I have worn it out casually or even at work on casual day, I always get compliments on the colour.

Materials: 90% rayon-made-from-bamboo and 10% lycra. 55% rayon-made-from-bamboo,
35% sorona and 10% lycra.
Color: Port/Red Wine (Also available in: Charcoal Sorona/Port, Black/Charcoal Sorona, Port/Black, Ink Blue/Black, Port, Ink Blue, Red Wine, and Black)
Cost: $165.00 CAD
Available at: Miik Clothing, Logan & Finley, Other stockists

Overall, I would say these pieces are great additions to my wardrobe. At these prices I would consider these investment pieces. Miik Clothing does last a long time if you take care of it properly. So all Miik lovers take heart, your piece of clothing will last with proper care. Also, they do have clearance sales at the end of the season. But you’ve got to be quick because sizes and colours sell out in a snap! Also, while eco-friendly clothing tends to be more expensive, you can rest easy knowing that you’re not contributing to global waste or pollution and the people sewing your clothing are paid fairly. My policy these days is to vote with my dollar! I’m all for fair wages, and eco-friendly, sustainably made clothing.


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Win Tickets to the One of a Kind Spring Show in Toronto!

If you’ve been following along on my blog you’ll know that I love going to the One of a Kind Show (OOAK). I’ve been going since I was a teenager when my high school art teacher took us there on a class trip. It was small back then compared to what it is now. But I still love it for promoting Canadian businesses that we might otherwise not know about. There are vendors from all over Canada that come to the OOAK show! To read more about the history of the OOAK Show click here.

So I’m really, really happy and excited to host a Giveaway for 10 Pairs of Tickets to the One of A Kind Show opening on March 25th and going till March 29th. See details below to enter. Good Luck!




Status: CLOSED

Prize: 10 pairs of tickets to the One of a Kind Christmas Show

Enter Dates: March 18-25

Eligibility: International residents

Winners: Alison H, Mary C, Nicole J, Pam C, Yuen C, Jen L, Eliana B., Rod V, Lisa B, Anna M.

*** CLICK HERE TO ENTER ***

Check out my 2014 post on my must visit booth list here.


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@NellaBellaBrand London Bag

Well folks, this is my first big purchase of a vegan bag. I’ve had bags that were vegan before. But my new Nella Bella bag was a big purchase for me because I finally got to replace my old leather Roots bag. Now before you get up in arms that I had a leather bag, let me tell you that I bought that bag way before I went green and cruelty free. That bag is now more than 10 years old. It cost me a lot of money, so when I went eco-friendly I decided I would only replace it when it got worn out. It lasted a lot longer than I expected! But I’m quite happy with my Nella Bella London (Nu Essex) bag. There are a few pros and cons with this bag. If you look at the picture above, it looks like the top part of the bag has a pouch. But it’s actually a separate mini bag that sits on top of the larger bag. The mini bag can be converted into a clutch or shoulder bag with the different straps. See pictures below.


Here’s the mini bag with different straps (cross body, short handle, chain).

I love that you basically get two bags for the price of one here. I tried using both layered on top of each other but found that I liked the simplicity of using just the large bag for everyday use. The mini bag will be useful for when I’m traveling and it’s even nice enough to use at fancy parties. On the back of the large bag you’ll see the logo embossed on the bottom. I actually flipped the bag around and use the backside as the front. Why? There is a zipper pocket there that makes it easy to stash my keys, transit pass and cell phone. Also, the front is the side that the straps latch onto. I found it inconvenient that the straps were in front of the zipper as they get in the way of zipping the bag open or closed easily. But that’s a small thing to complain about in my mind. So I just got used to using the backside of the bag as the front.


This is the front of the bag where the straps latch onto the metal rings in front of the zipper.

Another small thing I found inconvenient is the cross body strap that comes with the bag. It is super long! It’s adjustable thank goodness. But for a petite person like me, I had to adjust the strap to its smallest configuration. I kind of wish I could shorten the strap  by cutting the extra length off, but it wouldn’t look good if I did that. The length of strap wouldn’t be a problem for a taller person though. As for the inside of the bag, my only complaint is that the interior zipper pocket should be larger. I can’t fit all of my cosmetics in there! I’m going to have to buy a cosmetic bag to keep it in one spot in my purse. If you don’t bring much cosmetics with you then you won’t have this problem. But I bring a small mirror, some blotting paper, lip liner, lipstick, lip balm, eye drops, a small tube of hand cream and some stomach medicine with me wherever I go. I don’t always use everything I bring with me but it’s always nice to have on hand in case I need it. Another small thing I didn’t like about the bag: the zipper isn’t finished at both ends. It gives the bag a somewhat unfinished look. I hope in the future they finish both ends. That would look so much better.
The little things that bug me: small interior zipper pocket and zipper isn’t finished on one end.


The large bag with all the different straps (cross body, chain, short handle). Keep in mind what I’m showing as the front of the bag is actually the back.

Pros:
-light, streamlined look
-comes in a variety of colours: red, blue, beige, white
-two bags for the price of one
-different straps for different looks and uses
-large enough to fit a tablet or ereader
-vegan
-affordable
-Canadian company

Cons:
-inside zipper pocket too small
-cross body strap too long for petite people
-strap clips onto front of bag obscuring zipper
-zipper not finished at both ends

Despite the small design flaws, I think that overall this is a good bag and I’m happy with my purchase. I’m sure I’ll get a lot of wear out of this bag. It’s much lighter than my old bag for one thing. It also cleans easier because of the material and there aren’t a lot of external pouches. It has a nice, streamlined look and is large enough to fit a tablet or ereader in the large bag. Even the clutch is a good size. I would definitely consider purchasing another Nella Bella product.

Cost: $98.00 CAD (on sale at Grassroots when purchased), regular price $129.00 CAD
Available at: Grassroots, Logan & FinleyNella Bella, List of other Stockists
Rating: 4/5

Do you have a vegan bag? Have you ever bought Nella Bella’s bags?


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Eco fashion: @NellaBellaBrand London Bag

Well folks, this is my first big purchase of a vegan bag. I’ve had bags that were vegan before. But my new Nella Bella bag was a big purchase for me because I finally got to replace my old leather Roots bag. Now before you get up in arms that I had a leather bag, let me tell you that I bought that bag way before I went green and cruelty free. That bag is now more than 10 years old. It cost me a lot of money, so when I went eco-friendly I decided I would only replace it when it got worn out. It lasted a lot longer than I expected! But I’m quite happy with my Nella Bella London (Nu Essex) bag. There are a few pros and cons with this bag. If you look at the picture above, it looks like the top part of the bag has a pouch. But it’s actually a separate mini bag that sits on top of the larger bag. The mini bag can be converted into a clutch or shoulder bag with the different straps. See pictures below.


Here’s the mini bag with different straps (cross body, short handle, chain).

I love that you basically get two bags for the price of one here. I tried using both layered on top of each other but found that I liked the simplicity of using just the large bag for everyday use. The mini bag will be useful for when I’m traveling and it’s even nice enough to use at fancy parties. On the back of the large bag you’ll see the logo embossed on the bottom. I actually flipped the bag around and use the backside as the front. Why? There is a zipper pocket there that makes it easy to stash my keys, transit pass and cell phone. Also, the front is the side that the straps latch onto. I found it inconvenient that the straps were in front of the zipper as they get in the way of zipping the bag open or closed easily. But that’s a small thing to complain about in my mind. So I just got used to using the backside of the bag as the front.


This is the front of the bag where the straps latch onto the metal rings in front of the zipper.

Another small thing I found inconvenient is the cross body strap that comes with the bag. It is super long! It’s adjustable thank goodness. But for a petite person like me, I had to adjust the strap to its smallest configuration. I kind of wish I could shorten the strap  by cutting the extra length off, but it wouldn’t look good if I did that. The length of strap wouldn’t be a problem for a taller person though. As for the inside of the bag, my only complaint is that the interior zipper pocket should be larger. I can’t fit all of my cosmetics in there! I’m going to have to buy a cosmetic bag to keep it in one spot in my purse. If you don’t bring much cosmetics with you then you won’t have this problem. But I bring a small mirror, some blotting paper, lip liner, lipstick, lip balm, eye drops, a small tube of hand cream and some stomach medicine with me wherever I go. I don’t always use everything I bring with me but it’s always nice to have on hand in case I need it. Another small thing I didn’t like about the bag: the zipper isn’t finished at both ends. It gives the bag a somewhat unfinished look. I hope in the future they finish both ends. That would look so much better.
The little things that bug me: small interior zipper pocket and zipper isn’t finished on one end.


The large bag with all the different straps (cross body, chain, short handle). Keep in mind what I’m showing as the front of the bag is actually the back.

Pros:
-light, streamlined look
-comes in a variety of colours: red, blue, beige, white
-two bags for the price of one
-different straps for different looks and uses
-large enough to fit a tablet or ereader
-vegan
-affordable
-Canadian company

Cons:
-inside zipper pocket too small
-cross body strap too long for petite people
-strap clips onto front of bag obscuring zipper
-zipper not finished at both ends

Despite the small design flaws, I think that overall this is a good bag and I’m happy with my purchase. I’m sure I’ll get a lot of wear out of this bag. It’s much lighter than my old bag for one thing. It also cleans easier because of the material and there aren’t a lot of external pouches. It has a nice, streamlined look and is large enough to fit a tablet or ereader in the large bag. Even the clutch is a good size. I would definitely consider purchasing another Nella Bella product.

Cost: $98.00 CAD (on sale at Grassroots when purchased), regular price $129.00 CAD
Available at: Grassroots, Logan & FinleyNella Bella, List of other Stockists
Rating: 4/5

Do you have a vegan bag? Have you ever bought Nella Bella’s bags?


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Jennifer Fukushima, Monilifera Jacket


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Materials: 26% Recycled Wool, 17% Hemp, 14% Recycled Polyester, 13% Nylon, 12% Wool, 12% Cotton, 3% Organic Cotton, 3% Other Fibres, Plastic Buttons.

I’m a lucky, lucky lady that Jennifer Fukushima lives and works in my city. I love her clothing and her ethics. Jennifer makes clothing from recycled and eco-friendly fabrics. If you have ever visited stores like Fresh Collective and Chartreuse Style then you might have seen her work in their stores. 

For those addicted to fast fashion please don’t get sticker shock. Jennifer’s clothing is meticulously sewn here in Toronto. Plus keep in mind the work that goes into each garment. Using recycled fabrics and piecing them together into one whole clothing item takes time and precision. While the clothing can be pricey, I think the quality is well worth it. Just looking at the stitching it looks like a piece of art. The stitches and seams are so neat, clean and they don’t unravel. I have been frustrated in the past when buying eco-friendly clothing that has been shoddily sewn together. No need to worry about that with this piece. The Monilifera jacket is perfect for most seasons except for the warmer months. In the winter time it keeps me warm and is easy to layer with. In the spring and fall it works well as a light jacket. I wore it to the Green Living Show in April and I often wear it at work on casual Fridays. It’s nice enough to wear to the office and casual enough so that you don’t look overdressed if you’re at a casual event. Pick one up when you can! Once the item sells out there won’t be any more. These jackets are limited run.

Cost: $199 (sale), $379 (regular)
Available at: Jennifer Fukushima, Fresh Collective
Rating: 5/5


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One of a Kind Show 2014 #OOAKx14

Well it’s that time of year again! I was at the One of A Kind Show on Saturday. Let me tell you it was one hopping place! Especially the food isles! Anyhoot, I saw a lot of my old fave artisans had booths again this year. Plus some other new artisans I hadn’t noticed last year. Here’s my must visit booth list! Learn more about each artisan by clicking on their company name. If you haven’t already, you still have time to go. The One of a Kind Show closes on Sunday, December 7th!

Olive Authentique – Booth B20
I’ve purchased their products before and love them! Read my review here on their soaps. They also made my best of 2013 post. I first heard about them through Ecoholic author Adria Vasil.
From: Lakefield, QC


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Krazy Lady Kreations – Booth D22
Marie Armstrong makes amazing artistic and colourful rugs and mats. The colour, movement and creativity of her designs really caught my eyes. Beautiful work.
From: Niagara Falls, ON

Mini Loop – Booth D53
These light boxes by Hugh Cantin are so beautiful and cool! They would make an amazing house warming gift or just a general gift to a person who appreciates things of an artistic nature.
From: Montreal, QC


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Patrick Markle Studio – Booth E26
Wow! These landscapes are both vividly realistic and dreamy at the same time. That appeals to the romantic in me and I just have to admire Patrick’s talent.
From: Fernie, BC

This is J – Booth I04
The headbands at this booth really caught my eyes. They also make circle scarves, toques and bamboo pyjamas!
From: Toronto, ON


Cokluch – Booth I43
Some interesting clothing made by Cokluch using various textiles. I love their cutting edge urban look.
From: Montreal, QC

Little Shop of Lobsters – E57
I don’t eat much lobster. But I was just tickled by the sign and name of the company. If you love lobster you must visit this booth!
From: St. Catherines, ON


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Studio Fresh – Booth T29
A fave from last year, Connie makes funky yet functional clothing right here in Toronto!
From: Toronto, ON


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Mined reCreations – Booth Q10
Joanne Jones creates fashion accessories using reclaimed texiles. Gotta love this eco-friendly concept!
From: Cambridge, ON


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Vespertine – Booth Q30
Melanie makes beautiful clothing for the young professional women of today. Another fave from last year!
From: Toronto, ON.


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Dear Frankie – Booth Y50
Ya gotta love an underwear that claims not to give you muffin top!
From: Toronto, ON


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Noujica – Booth Z09
Another fave from last year, Noujica makes, scarves, hats, bags and belts using organic cotton and recycled materials. Lovely colour and patterns!
From: Montreat, QC


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Win tickets to the One of a Kind Show! #OOAKX14 @ooak_toronto

ooak calendar listing

If you’ve been following along on my blog you’ll know that I love going to the One of a Kind Show (OOAK). I’ve been going since I was a teenager when my high school art teacher took us there on a class trip. It was small back then compared to what it is now. But I still love it for promoting Canadian businesses that we might otherwise not know about. There are vendors from all over Canada that come to the OOAK show! To read more about the history of the OOAK Show click here. This November marks the OOAK 40th anniversary!


Other lovely things that will be at the OOAK Show.
L to R: Coats by Mary Ellen, Birch plywood clock by Nygaard Design, Mini Fruit Cake Trio by Toque & Tablier, Goats Milk Soap by Liv Simple Farms

So I’m really, really happy and excited to host a Giveaway for 5 Pairs of Tickets to the One of A Kind Show opening on November 27th & going till December 7th. See details below to enter.

Status: CLOSED

Prize: 5 pairs of tickets to the One of a Kind Christmas Show

Enter Dates: November 21 to November 27, 2014

Eligibility: International residents.

Winners: Katie V, Nicole, Eldon L, Tracey W, Jenise L

*** CLICK HERE TO ENTER ***

Check out my 2013 post on my must visit booth list here. If you go to the show please say hi to me!