OBAKKI DREAMS OF BETTER FUTURE

Canada is a land of opportunity to many. It is incredibly fulfilling, joyous and touching to learn of a foundation with a cause, passion, talent and desire to give back because we live in a land of opportunity that only a fraction of the world’s population gets to indulge in.

OBAKKI FOUNDATION is a Vancouver-based, fashion forward foundation that uses creativity and insightful story-telling as the driving force behind raising funds towards clean water and education in third world countries. 100% of their proceeds go directly to the cause (I have requested information from CharityIntelligence.ca to confirm). OBAKKI DESIGN, the creative extension of the foundation, produces truly exceptional and statement-making clothing used to fundraise. “Obakki Designs absorbs all of the administrative fees, from business cards to travel expenses, so that 100% of all public donations and 100% of net profits generated from Obakki sales can go directly to our humanitarian projects.”

Whether you buy Obakki product or make a donation to the Foundation, you know your money is going where it’s needed right now.

F/W 2012 Obakki Collection inspired by their efforts to drill water wells in South Sudan

F/W 2012 Obakki Collection inspired by their efforts to drill water wells in South Sudan

I highly suggest checking out OBAKKI F/W 2012 lookbook modelled by a Sudanese stunner and a captivating story narrating beautiful and flattering clothing.

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Obakki Signature Scarf. Purchase it through Obakki webstore for $29.00, send a pick to @Obakki with hashtag: #Create4Change

TO LEARN MORE, DONATE OR PARTICIPATE, VISIT OBAKKI WEB-SITE.

All images from Obakki web-site

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TRAVEL WITH HERSCHEL SUPPLY CO.

I caught a case of a crazy travel-mania and now planning my annual BIG trip to where I’ve never been before, Thailand this year! Big thing about travelling is that you don’t want to bring a huge suitcase that weighs as much as what’s in it. So, I always resort to duffel bags and backpacks.

HERSCHEL SUPPLY CO., a now famous Vancouver-based company, are at the top of my list for easy-to-travel-with bags and accessories.  They look stunner without being too fancy which is never a good thing while travelling as you don’t want to end up without your luggage.

Perfect travelling backpack that'll lined with HERSCHEL's signature coated cotton-poly fabric, contoured shoulder straps, fully padded/fleece lined 15" computer sleeve pocket, magnetic closure

Perfect travelling backpack that’s lined with HERSCHEL’s signature coated cotton-poly fabric, contoured shoulder straps, fully padded/fleece lined 15″ computer sleeve pocket, magnetic closure

The durable, distinct and practical design of HERSCHEL bags is accompanied by a great story of two brothers, Lydon and Jamie Cormack, starting the label in 2009 and naming it after a Canadian town that their parents immigrated to from Scotland. I have to give it to them that history is so vital is building a brand and remembering where you come from. The heritage aspect of HERSCHEL is noticeable in everything the company puts forth for the consumers.

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Images from web-site and Facebook.

BEST OF CANADIAN STATEMENT NECKLACES

Christmas season is my favourite time of the year and when it’s over, unlike many others, I refuse to forget about the glitz and the glamour. To avoid winter blues, I suggest continuing wearing your extravagant and precious jewels!

Over the years, I’ve written about a number of glamorous Canadian precious, semi-precious and costume jewellery designers and here are my Top 5 picks along with my favourite statement necklaces.

1. ANNE SPORTUN FINE JEWELLERY

Who says a statement necklace needs to be big? A tasteful and unique pendant makes a BIG statement when worn with a classic outfit. ANNE SPORTUN knows how to make a dainty piece of a precious stone make a large impact.

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The PARAIBLA NEBULA necklace is a one-of-its-kind and would look fabulous with a black tee, blazer and fitted jeans; as well as a clean-cut suit and a white blouse.

2. MARYAM KEYHANI

Another designer pushing boundaries in statement necklaces is MARYAM KEYHANI with her namesake label established in 2011. There isn’t one necklace I’m not in love with but I’ve never seen anyone use fabric within a necklace like her. Absolutely to die for!

This beautifully crafted fabric and leather necklace with a unique & versatile choice of colour will make any fitted dress or a blouse with trousers stand out.  AW 11 'Foliage'

This beautifully crafted fabric and leather necklace with a unique & versatile choice of colour will make any fitted dress or a blouse with trousers stand out. AW 11 ‘Foliage’

3. CHARLOTTE HOSTEN

The Montreal based designer calls her unique and admirable pieces of neck art Colliers. By combining everything from brooches, beads, leather, feathers, fabrics and metals, I’d say CHARLOTTE HOSTEN is the ‘it’ designer of affordable and fabulously gorgeous statement necklaces.

This vintage pink collier makes me smile from ear to ear. It's a perfect statement piece for a bride, to wear to a gala or to walk around the house and feel like a princess

This vintage pink collier makes me smile from ear to ear. It’s a perfect statement piece for a bride, to wear to a gala or to walk around the house and feel like a princess

4. REBEKAH PRICE DESIGNS

When you hear Rebecca’s story behind her jewellery line you won’t only fall in love with the designer but with the grit, passion and modernity of the label. The most up-and-coming name in costume jewellery, it’s not a surprise REBEKAH PRICE is one of my absolute favourites.

Bring some edge to your look with this Achilles collar necklace that will transform you into an instant fashionista

Bring some edge to your look with this Achilles collar necklace by Rebekah Price and you will be instantly transformed into a fashionista

5. REDSOFA JEWELLERY

A necklace speaks a thousand words, that’s what I say. And I like to wear jewellery that represent me. A statement necklace doesn’t have to be big or sparkly or made of the most expensive metals and stones, as its name states, it is a statement. REDSOFA JEWELLERY creates necklaces that I instantly connect with and that make me smile!

This understated statement necklace is ideal to wear everyday, all day. 'La storia di un viaggio' from the 'on the move' collection by RedSofa

This understated statement necklace is ideal to wear everyday, all day. ‘La storia di un viaggio’ from the ‘on the move’ collection by RedSofa

* All images from the appropriate labels web-sites.

MUSH! MUSH! AUTHENTIC CANADIAN PARKAS

My whole life I’ve lived in countries with proper winter i.e. below zero weather lasting over one month. Few things I’ve learned when it comes to coats:

  1. A coat should be made from lasting fabric and materials
  2. It has to be below your bum and longer
  3. Stay away from white, unless it’s a fancy coat
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mush!mush! Glamorous Dressy Parka comes with a wind-resistant outer shell to wear for the extra-cold days, or to keep snow or freezing rain off the wool.

Canada is the home of anoraks or more commonly known as parkas, and rightfully so. One of the most popular parkas today is Canada Goose, made in Canada and sold all around the world in high-end fashion retailers.  But, what if you want to look different from everyone else? I highly suggest MUSH!MUSH! custom-made parkas for women and children.

How adorable?!?! mush!mush! for kids

How adorable?!?! mush!mush! for kids

MUSH!MUSH! is a Canadian brand that designs and produces authentic Western Canadian Arctic parkas that date “back to the missionaries’ arrival in the region in the mid-1800s.” When you order a MUSH!MUSH! parka online, you will receive a custom-made, elegant, winter-appropriate and long-lasting coat that will leave everyone asking where did you get that from?

mush!mush! wool winter jackets are light enough for early spring with just a t-shirt underneath, fantastic for the fall with a long-sleeved shirt and perfect for most winter days along with a chunky sweater.

mush!mush! wool winter jackets are light enough for early spring with just a t-shirt underneath, fantastic for the fall with a long-sleeved shirt and perfect for most winter days along with a chunky sweater.

One of my favourite things about MUSH!MUSH! is that they are ethically produced and 100% made in Canada by women of Northwest Territories. Additionally, handcrafted and made-to-order fashion is better for our planet over the mass-produced stuff. When you compare cost-wise, a mass-produced Canada Goose will cost you around the same as a handcrafted, durable, and gracefully stylish Canadian MUSH!MUSH!  The brand also meets my three requirements for winter jackets.

mush!mush! traditional parkas fit close to the body for a flattering line with soft fur at the hood and cuffs to keep the wind out.

mush!mush traditional parkas fit close to the body for a flattering line with soft fur at the hood and cuffs to keep the wind out.

* All images from mush!mush web-site.

SCOUT & CATALOGUE spice up

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One of my beloved accessories brands originally based in Toronto, SCOUT & CATALOGUE, has moved to Vancouver. The lovely Breanna, who established the label after returning from Mexico in 2009, has decided to move back home and

I want to wish her utmost success, happiness and inspiration in one of the most mesmerizing cities in Canada and the world.

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I always found SCOUT & CATALOGUE  an organic, peaceful yet playful label that’s perfect for women who enjoy, crave and demand freedom. I connected with it right away! Beyond the freeing aspect of S&C lies true passion and dedication to quality, design and uniqueness.

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Every S&C scarf is an understated statement piece that will make any woman look like a million bucks without making her feel uncomfortable. For those who live in black, these accessories are a great way to stand out and spice things up .

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Right now there’s a SALE online for many may products. Be sure to visit! Also, check our my original post on S&C here.

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* All images from S&C web-site.

OFFAL GOODS bow ties

Bow ties are the it accessory I’ve been overhearing everyone talk about. Perfect for the holiday season, OFFAL GOODS bow ties are exactly what’s on everyone’s mind.

Offal Goods

Hand made, one at a time in Edmonton, Alberta, OFFAL GOODS are focused on:

detail, fit, and feel Offal Goods is a modern homage to the classic, tried, and true.

And that they deliver. The versatile and fun collection suits a tough guy as well as a hipster, a perfect gift for a dude, if you ask me.

All images from Offal Goods web-site.

Vive ATELIER B.

Sustainable clothing is an aspect of fashion world that’s becoming increasingly important to many women. It is not a trend, it is not something a designer can whip out and bring forward in one collection and forget about in the next, it’s also not a charitable cause. It is a conscious effort on designer’s behalf to produce clothing made from environmentally friendly materials using socially responsible methods.

atelier b. from SERIE collection, 2012

atelier b. from SERIE collection, 2012

atelier b. is a sustainable Montreal-based clothing line designed by two friends, Catherine Métivier and Anne-Marie Laflamme. The scrap-book like web-site is one of the most feminine and pleasing online communities I’ve had the pleasure exploring in a while.

Love these shorts, a perfect splash of colour for summer. atelier b.

Love these shorts, a perfect splash of colour for summer. atelier b.

ATELIER B. minimalistic but detailed and quality driven clothing is timeless. Many pieces reminded me of Europe and the basic staples that every girl should have like a structured dark dress and a jacket that goes along with everything. Quality in such staples is extremely vital as it’ll be something you will wear at least one a week. The additional benefit that ATELIER B. brings to the table is their passion for sustainable materials and local production that are intertwined with they desire for innovation and quality.

sustainable materials + local production + innovation + quality = ATELIER B.

All images from atelier b. web-site or blog

UNTTLD

Simon Belanger and Jose Manuel St-Jacques and their UNTTLD fashion label are outcasts. Outcasts rule the world. They imagine, create, inspire, live and dream all in one moment of time. Reality is a concept they understand but don’t live by. There is no way to describe their talent and their work. That’s why UNTTLD is the perfect name for the label.

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UNTTLD was born in Montreal but it’s word-wide. I can see how some may confuse UNTTLD with Maison Martin Maguila however, UNTTLD is an evolution, it’s a way of self-expression without consideration of others. It’s freeing for the person who wears it and for the designers who create it.

There are no rules. No names.

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UNTTLD offers a deep and diverse selection of fashion comfort that anyone with a fashion sense would appreciate and find something they like. It’s the designers that inspire us to step out of our comfort zone by connecting with their clothes that are most memorable and appreciated. UNTTLD certainly enabled that within me.

Images from UNTTLD web-site.

DUSHKA jewellery

DUSHKA jewellery design was established in Toronto in 1994 with deep roots in eastern Europe, specifically Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

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DUSHKA jewellery, especially up close, will make you wonder how delicate ones hands must be to design and create such intimate pieces of nature-inspired art with gold and silver.  Personally, I was amazed at how intricate and real each ring, necklace and earring is.

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There is also a fabulous contemporary feel that doesn’t overwhelm the natural beauty of each piece. I’ve always been a fan of oxides silver and gold, however, too often the jewellery begins to look dark and depressing rather than refined and polished. DUSHKA tastefully combines oxidized metals, precious stones and polished metals.

Images from Dushka web-site.

PAVONI will leave you speechless

PAVONI….PAVONI….PAVONI….PAVONI

If you haven’t heard of PAVONI, shame on you! The Montreal-based designers, Gianni Falcone and Mike Derderian, create art. After constantly noting PAVONI gowns on red carpets and in magazines, it took a bit of time to figure out that the couture fashion house is Canadian. The elegantly revealing gowns are delicately sharp and superbly fitting. Most of the gowns remind of something Miss Marilyn would wear.

For the first time, I believe that pictures speak louder the words. This is the perfect way to dream and be mesmerized.

Pavoni

Pavoni

* All images from Pavoni Facebook page.