Outfit ~ jeans c/o Yoga Jeans by Second Clothing, top & necklace c/o Scotch & Soda, shoes Miz Mooz from Shoes on Fourth, bag Erin Templeton, sunnies c/o Camilla D’errico x Clearly.ca

Have I mentioned before how much I value comfort? I refuse to be uncomfortable.  This doesn’t mean I wear sweatpants everyday…just most days.  For the days I’m out in public, I love me a comfortable pair of jeans.  These new boyfriend jeans from Yoga Jeans are all I have been wearing the last couple of weeks.  I wore this look out for an early Mother’s Day brunch over the weekend.  This trapeze top was the perfect pairing to get my weekend brunch on.

Weekends have become a sacred time to spend with my family.  To keep that whole balance thing going, I’ve been trying to keep to a Monday – Friday schedule as best I can.  Yes, there are some weekend work commitments that come up, but time with my hubby and sweet girl are my favourite way to spend any day.  With that time is precious idea, I have become a pretty low maintenance lady.  Not that I was ever really that high maintenance, but getting ready is not what it used to be.  A day with a shower and eyeliner is me being fancy.  So, these jeans are my version LBD.  They are a go to classic that I’ll be wearing all  Spring and Summer.  Want a pair of your own?  Check out my giveaway below.

Giveaway

One lucky Prairie Girl Reader will be winning a pair of Yoga Jeans!

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I get asked two questions a lot, one,  am i in fact a prairie girl and two, where abouts am I from.  Yes, I am a Prairie Girl and I am from Saskatchewan.  The last city I lived in before moving out to BC (and the one I lived in the longest) was Regina.   Compared to the Greater Vancouver Area’s approximate 2.3 million people, Regina’s 200,000 population seems quite small.  However, when I moved from a population 900 town to Regina, I felt like I was moving to New York City.  (Also, I was ten.)

There were so many amazing things about growing up in a smaller community, and yes, some challenges too.  Getting to see your favourite singer / band play, was definitely one of them.  I remember my parents driving my sister and I and our friends to Saskatoon ( a 2 and a half hour drive from Regina) to see The Tragically Hip in concert.  They braved a blizzard, highway driving, and a car full of annoying pre-teen girls, just so we could go to this concert we HAD to see.  Thanks Mom and Dad!

When I heard about a very cool music program called AIR MILES Detour + saw the town name Moose Jaw pop up, I got excited. (Moose Jaw is just 45 minutes away from Regina.)  AIR MILES Reward Program in partnership with Live Nation will be rewarding a one Canadian town with an epic music experience.  A concert with an A-List musician will play in a small town, to I’m sure, a big crowd.

If you are an AIR MILES collector, you can help a small town rock out with Meghan Trainor.   Collectors can hop onto the Detour website to vote for one of the five towns that have been chosen as finalists, which are:

Nelson, BC

Morin Heights, QC

Port Hawkesbury, NS

Mulmur, ON

and my pick, Moose Jaw, SK

Once you have voted, each time you use your AIR MILES Card will count as one vote for the town you have chosen!  For those of us who live in a major city, concerts happen every week.  Help spread that musical love with fellow Canadian music lovers.  If you yourself live near one of the selected cities or have friends and family who live near by, get those votes in.  Plus,  you could  WIN 1 of 5 VIP concert experiences, including a round trip to the winning DETOUR location, accommodation, prime seats and back stage passes, for you and 3 friends to see Meghan Trainor.  Click here to see how you can enter to win.

Ends May 31, 2016

John Dale | Moose Jaw, SK Vocalist

 

This look is definitely a departure from my usual denim look I rock on most days.  I forgot how nice it is to slip on a dress.  I used to wear dresses almost everyday when I was working outside of the home.  I loved that I always felt comfortable but polished.  A dress is one thing to put on.  It is a quick and easy way to get dressed.  There is definitely still a chill in the air and layers are required.  On the days that have been a bit warmer, I have been swapping out my cardis for kimonos.  I got this beautiful one a couple years ago from Farminista.com.  I obviously love that they are based out of my home province of Saskatchewan.  This silk dress was an amazing find at the Nicole Bridger warehouse sale last month.  Even though this shade of green is typically a more Fall colour, the floral kimono freshens it up with a Spring vibe.  I really do need to dress up more.  With that said, I’m going to go through on a pair of jeans now.

Details:  Kimono from Farminista.com, dress by Nicole Bridger, clutch by Mansur Gavriel, shoes from Nine West

 

So far, 2016 has been a year of improvement for me.  I have been making lots of little changes to my everyday with my health and the Earth in mind.  Fashion has been a big part of this change.  I have been wearing all the lovely things already in my closet, introduced thrifting into my shopping, and I’ve been purchasing items from locally made labels when possible.  At my own online shop, West + Wind, we have just today launched a Thrift Tee shop.  This section offers up a curated collection of previously loved graphic tees that still embody the vibe of West+Wind.  We are also currently sourcing new eco fabrics for our tees.  Stay tuned for more info.

 This beautiful bag arrived on my doorstep at just in time for Earth Day.  I have been wearing items from Canadian label BRAVE Leather for over 10 years.  I adore their products!  It’s clear their style is on point, but here are some other reasons to love them….

  • Made in Canada: Started by Scott Irvine 24 years ago, BRAVE is the exception to mass, overseas production rule. Each bag, belt and cuff is made-to-order by hand in Toronto, Canada by a domestic and highly skilled labour force.
  • Non-Toxic: BRAVE uses an environmentally-friendly and ancient form of tanning called vegetable tanning. Instead of using chromium salts, vegetable tanning uses tannin, a naturally occurring chemical in many trees and plants. Chrome tanning is practiced by 90 per cent of the industry and produces waste that has a high potential for becoming carcinogenic chromium which has been known to contaminate water supplies. Vegetable tanning takes between 3 and 5 weeks longer but it does not use the harsh chemicals that most of the industry does.
  • Reuse and Recycle: BRAVE never sells or throws away leather scrap – instead each piece is used in dozens of creative ways or is saved until a use can be found for.

Here are the details for the other items I am wearing….The blouse is from local Vancouver boutique, Barefoot Contessa.  A purchase I made last Spring.  This skirt has been in my closet forever!  Well, maybe 8 years.  It is from Australian made label, Metalicus.  My sandals were purchased at Target a couple of years ago and I have worn them 50+ times.  My choker was some good old DIY.  It’s velvet belt from a dress that moved from my closet to my sister’s closet.  I just wrap it around twice and tied it in the back.  Voila!  You can find this bag here.

I love shiny new things too, but I’m trying to be smarter about the way I  buy.  Get creative and challenge yourself to live with less, wear what you have, and keep Mother Earth in mind.  Happy Earth Day!

 

 

sunnies: c/o Camilla d’Errico for Clearly Contacts,  tee: thrifted from Value Village

I have been making efforts this year to make my closet more eco-friendly.  So what have I been doing?

  • Consuming/shopping less. I have been utilizing the pieces in my wardrobe more and having fun with styling things in new ways.
  • Purchasing locally made and/or sustainable fabric choices when possible.
  • Thrifting! I have actually been enjoying the odd trip into a thrift shop so see what little gems I may find.

This fun little California tee was a great find.  I was first drawn to the colours and the graphic.  I kinda have this thing for cute t-shirts. (*wink) I have been living in these light wash jeans I picked up in the Fall at Old Navy.  They are a multi times a week item right now. They look perfectly Springy with the tee and this light pink blazer I bought a couple years ago tied the look together.  As always, a cute pair of shoes (or ankle boots in this case) and some fab accessories complete the outfit.  I am completely in LOVE with these new Camilla d’Errico for Clearly Contacts sunnies.  I am pretty sure they make me look a lot cooler than I really am.

So? What have y’all been wearing these days?  Any thrift finds?

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