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?

Spring Vibes 2016

We are a couple of weeks into Spring, and it is feeling so good!  I adore my Winter duds, but shedding some layers and putting away the Winter coats feels ah-mazing.  My closet edit continues.  I have an appointment at a consignment shop on Monday to take in some of my previously loved items to sell.  I still have more to sort through, but it’s happening.  I have been selective in what has been coming in and realistic about what I actually wear on a daily basis.  This little mood board sums up nicely the type of look I have been rocking lately.  It’s been distressed denim, easy tees, lightweight cardis, soft scarves, ankle boots, sunnies, and a few other well appointed accessories.  My mood board consists of things I already own (or are very similar to something I have) as well as pieces I am hoping to acquire.  I am on the search for a great little stripe dress like this one.  I’d like to wear it now over skinny jeans but want it along enough that I can wear it later with bare legs.  I also think a black and white floral bomber jacket would be super cute with jeans and all my West + Wind tees.

What are you all shopping for for Spring?


jacket & sweater: c/o Point Zero,  pants: Addition Elle

With the recent arrival of Spring, I have found myself outside more soaking up all that good vitamin D.  Maddie and I have been spending time at the park and last this week we had our first longer after dinner family walk of the season.  I’ve been working on my mom on the go style of comfort but not schleppy.  With many of my yoga pants now with holes in them it was time to search for something new to replace the well loved old.  It proved to be a bit more challenging than I thought it would.  It seems that XL’s are a myth in “regular stores” or most are sold out.  I had no idea.  So I wandered into my local Addition Elle shop, for the first time, to be pleasantly surprised to find out that their sizing starts at XL.  These super comfy pants were only $50 and so far I’m loving everything about them.

A couple of other new loves to make a home in my closet are these new pieces from Point Zero.  This light weight pullover sweater with mesh back is great now with a tank layered underneath, but I also think it will look cute over my bathing suit with a pair of shorts this summer.  Although it was 20 degrees out yesterday, the evenings are still quite cool.  This jacket is perfect for our sunset strolls or morning trips to the market.  I think I’m starting to make some headway with this whole athleisure wear thing.


Dress & faux fur vest c/o Point Zero; leggings from Carter’s; shoes from Minimoc.

I am sooooooo looking forward to the Easter long weekend.  I have been busy getting Easter Bunny ready and can’t wait to see Madelyn hunting for her eggs.  I’m not really one for getting Maddie dolled up in floofy dresses.  As cute as they are, I feel like there are so limited with how often she’d actually wear them.  This doesn’t mean she still can’t look as cute as can be.  This little cotton dress is one she will be able to wear now with leggings and later with bare legs and sandals.  Haha!  Who knew my toddler would be ahead of me in planning her transition wardrobe?   There is definitely still a chill in the air, so this faux fur vest will keep her very cozy.

I hope you all get to have a whole lotta fun this weekend with family and friends.  Just a couple more days until our long weekend!  Here’s to having fun and looking cute while doing it!


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