Realigning for the New Year

Posted on Saturday, 31 December 2016

As we step into this new year as it is with every new year we want to grow and expand, take the lessons, the scars, the failures and the high vibing moments and transform them in a new beginning. Instead of resolutions I am working towards a realigning. This realignment is about stepping back, taking the time and connecting your lower vibration to align with your higher self. Change and expansion are constants, its the only guarantee we have, and the beauty comes in collaborating and allowing the shifts to take place and embracing the change. How can we realign to make life sweeter, grander, more magic driven and more purposeful? These are the ways I will be realigning for the new year. P.S. I am no expert on the subject, these are things that work for me but there are beautiful resources out there by the real experts! 

Surrender - Ahh how good does it feel when we just let go. A big lesson I had this year is that resistance is fear of losing control, and once we allow and surrender things will align (the magic word) to our highest good. Letting go and letting the universe do it's thing is simple to comprehend but so much harder to practice. Our perception of what happens to us can literally affect our bodies, for me this usually comes out as anxiety and it's all created from my mind. How do we get back into alignment and surrender? Recently when I feel my mind racing I stop, assess my thoughts and start to integrate a positive mantra. Wayne Dyer (one of my faves) talked about this in his I AM discourses, he believed that it is a powerful and holy mantra that affects what is brought into your life. Saying things like I am love, I am health, I am peace, I am happiness....will change your current alignment and help you get to the lovely high vibing place we all want to be in. Also you can just take a step back, give up your problems to the universe, breathe and watch the magic start to happen around you. Also remember things are happening for you and not to you! (Thanks Alchemy with Ambi). 

Rituals - The new moon occurred right before the new year on December 29th. This was the perfect time to take the night for some self care and new moon rituals. These are rituals you can integrate every month which is what I do at my new moon parties. It has transformed my year and is the thing I look forward to every month. It's a sacred night you can take to realign every month and reassess what you want for your life. For this last new moon we took some time to write out a list of things we want to create and accomplish for this new year. Writing things down is a very powerful way to manifest, it's your love letter to the universe. It can be simple or big, anything your heart is telling you, this is your time to dream. Another ritual I incorporated is choosing a mantra or word for the new year. Something that has been coming up for me this month and something I wanted to cultivate and are now my words for the new year is Love and Purpose. It is almost like I am creating a theme for the new year. I also like adding some candle and incense rituals and salt baths. My latest obsession is quartz charged bath salts and every time I am feeling the stress from the day I create a sacred and meditative bath. Whatever brings you peacefulness, create time for it this year. 

Meditation - I have incorporated a meditation ritual this year that I am proud to say I started last new years and stuck with it! I cannot explain enough how important meditation has been to my life and all the health benefits that come with it. I can't tell you how many times this year I have seen an old friend and they always comment on how calm, peaceful and happy I seem, they see the shift that has occurred and I am never surprised to hear it. It can be as simple as focusing on your breath for 5 minutes. It takes practice and time but eventually you will feel the difference. 

Travel - This is so important to me. The more I travel the more I want to protect our planet and do everything and anything to decrease my impact. There is so much beauty in the world for us to explore. Be a curious traveller this year and see how quickly you will realign to your potential. Places I want to go this year: Iceland and Bali, they are on my list. 

Be what you want to manifest, practice mindfulness, create a ritual and get into high vibing. Happy New Year!

Eve Cork

Posted on Monday, 19 December 2016

I get oh so excited when my passion for the environment and fashion collide. When a fashion brand puts environmental consideration at the forefront of their design they are creatively changing the landscape of the fashion industry. I love this concept of creation based firmly in creating a sustainable world, everyone wins when we do this! Eve cork is this brand and have created gorgeous handbags and jewellery from vegan, ethically handmade cork material. This cork comes from the cork oak forest in Portugal. This cork is a renewable resource and biodegradable. Not only is this incredible for our environmental but the designs are so gorgeous and fashion forward. This is where I believe (and hope!) the future of the fashion industry will be about. You do not have to lose beautiful design by choosing methods of creation that are better for our planet and in turn better for all of us! I was so happy to receive these products and style them up with my signature boho style. Because it is getting chilly here in Toronto I added this super cute and soft Faux Fur (it's not real people!) coat from my dear friend and local designer Jordan de Ruiter. Once again proving that you don't need to lose your fashion sense by switching to vegan and sustainable products. Check out the Eve Cork website for more of their beautiful products and more on their sustainability practices. 

Working with the incredible photographer Angela Lewis and my gal Alison Sharp making me so sparkly with Hair and Makeup, we shot at the gorgeous and christmassy Sweetpeas flower shop on Roncesvalles. 

Photography by Angela Lewis
Makeup and Hair by Alison Sharp

Sustainable Living: The Holidays

Posted on Friday, 9 December 2016

I do love the holidays but lets be real here it can be quite stressful and wasteful. There is so much pressure to buy gifts, attend parties and look sparkly in a new dress, and decorate your pad with the cutest pinterest worthy decorations. But if we can shift our perspective and integrate the idea of sustainability, we can bring back the real meaning behind the times and enjoy all the magical moments like Judy Garland and the first snowfall! How can you spend less, create more and decrease your environmental impact? Enjoying the holidays with a sustainability mindset will save you money (bonus!) and bring more ease and mindfulness into your life, here are my tips:

Decor - Use what you already have! Why go out and buy new lights when you have a great set at home? Get creative and decorate with them in a new way. I had some beautiful dried flowers, roses and lavender and made them into bundles to create a mantle. I added some ornaments and lights and it brings an antique holiday feel to my apartment. I also purchased some antique ornaments from a vintage shop and they are beautifully hand crafted and special. Vintage shops have some really great decorating pieces that you will not find anywhere else and will make your space look unique. 

For our Christmas tree we purchased one in a planter and are deciding to plant the tree in the spring! We named him Neil Young and take good care of him until that time. This way we are planting a tree and not wasting, also small tress are perfect for apartments. I found some string lights left outside my apartment that someone was throwing away, they were working perfectly so I gave the lights a new home. I also helped my friend create a decorative wall tree, we foraged branches from the park, painted and added glitter to pine cones and added some antique ornaments. Repurpose and reuse, get crafty and bring some individuality to your holiday decorating. 

Gifts - Giving gifts is so much fun and makes this time really special, but I always try to shop local. I have my go-to local shops that carry so many beautiful artisanal pieces made by hand from real people! You support artists when you shop local and also will give really unique gifts. I love shops like Likely General that have such amazing gift ideas like their Gem Honey quartz charged bath salts that I am obsessed with! 

I really love making gifts for people and I am in love with the company Artifacts Uprising that make it so easy to create gorgeous photo books and goods from responsibly sourced materials. Their website is so easy to use and creating a photo book as a gift is so special, anyone would love it! I created one from the photos I took on my recent family trip to California. 

Holiday Outfits -  As a stylist I just love new clothing, but as an environmentalist I love sustaining our planet more...It is definitely a balance for me but for this holiday season I am trying hard to get creative with the clothes I already have. And if I need something glittery and amazing for a party I will rent from Fitzroy Boutique, who have gorgeous curated dress rentals, sharing clothing at its finest. Also there is nothing like a great vintage piece, most of my sequins and oh-so appropriate items for this time of year are from my vintage collection. Also if you must get something new go local!! Shop from one of the amazing independent designers we have in this city or online, Jordan de Ruiter is my always first choice and she has some of the cutest holiday dresses. 

Also lets try to eat a little more veggies this holiday season, compost when you can and bring some bunners cupcakes to your next party - your friends will love you for it! 

Moon Child for Jordan de Ruiter

Posted on Friday, 2 December 2016

Because it's December and everything feels so magical and sparkly this time of year, we even decorated our tiny christmas tree (which has a planter and we plan to keep him alive and plant him) and we named him Neil Young...I wanted to share the photos from a shoot I styled and modelled for, Jordan de Ruiter's Spring/Summer 2017 collection. We shot at this amazing cabin in Wasaga Beach, the weather was not on our side and the winds and rain were crazy! We used the elements and incorporated it into our theme of Moon Child, all the witchy beach vibes and spells. The shoot evoked feelings of wanderlust and the mystics, with powerful females leading the creative pack, it was such a fun day. 

Photography: Angela Lewis
Makeup and Hair: Misty Fox
Jewellery: BB Tresors
Styling: Ana Alic
Models: Gaby Henderson and Ana Alic