Category Archives: Fashion & Style

On local gift baskets and how they saved my holiday bacon

Local Gift Basket curated by vLife writer and passionate buy local supporter Erin Casey

Local gift baskets — and shopping for said baskets — has taught me a lot this holiday season. Mainly that while I seem to be quite good at locating and spending money at small businesses near me, I am NOT very good at actually assembling my haul of local goods into an attractive package. Before […]

9 Ways to Shop Small & Local this Holiday Season

Two hands giving a red and gold wrapped local gift

How can you shop local? Let me count the ways… But first, a moment of recognition of the stresses that can accumulate with all the demands on our time during the Festive Season… Holiday Stressors The Pressures of the Holiday season can mount pretty quickly – and it seems to start mounting earlier and earlier […]

My Fast Fashion Fast: 800+ days of local looks and big bargains

fast fashion fast

Over two years ago, I went on a Fast Fashion Fast. Since then, 90% of my clothing purchases have been second-hand, vintage, hand-me-down, ethically produced, or Canadian-made. What’s fast fashion? Cheap clothes produced in a hurry by mass-market retailers, usually imitating the latest catwalk trends. Most of us have enjoyed the benefits of fast fashion: […]