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Wild Vines performing Saturday, February 23, 2013 – 9:30pm – 1:30 am at The Cat & Fiddle in Hamilton

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Why It’s So Easy Being Green

Living in a world that has become consumed with technology, it may give us reason to think that “being green” could become a lost cause.  Yet, technology has given us so many outlets to become more ecologically responsible.  Bills, schedules, and even airline tickets can now be accessed paperless.   The Internet and television have made us more connected and globally aware of products available to help protect the environment in every aspect of our lives.

In the home especially, you can now choose a range of products that will help sustain the environment, while still providing beautiful, sleek and modern finishes.  The Home Depot has a link on their website (www.homedepot.ca) to a section called “Eco Options,” where you can easily locate the product type you are looking for, from flooring to appliances to décor, there is a way you can help manage your carbon footprint.  But the green initiative doesn’t stop at technology and interior/exterior design.

Almost all major grocery stores have become more eco-friendly as well.  By providing large reusable bags/bins, made out of recycled materials and typically costing $1, consumers are given a convenient eco-option.  And even if you do forget your reusable bags at home, you will be charged 5 cents per plastic bag, which have also become noticeably larger in order to try and reduce the volume of plastic bags and encourage the purchase of reusable ones.  The food itself has taken on the green trend; growing organic crops and eating green foods like avocado, broccoli, spinach, and kale are all the buzz with regards to keeping good health and a healthy planet.

The trend of being environmentally friendly has transpired into the fashion world as well.  For example, H&M has created the “Conscious Collection.” It is H&M’s “action for a more sustainable fashion future.”  This collection uses greener materials such as organic cotton and recycled polyester.  Originally the campaign came out in April 2011, and the colour scheme was mainly different shades of white and muted earth tones.  However, one year later, they are still producing the collection but have amped up the colour pallet.  Walking into the store this season, you will be bombarded—literally—with everything green. Emerging mainly in pastel and mint, but with occasional pops of emerald, green is popping up all over the fashion world and the colour is going to be a huge trend this spring.

So maybe it was the resurgence of Kermit the Frog, or maybe it’s because being eco-conscious has spanned to every outlet of our lives, but I am happy to say that it’s never been so easy being green.

(This article was originally written by me for www.thesilo.ca and published in the March 2012 issue.) 

Ring in Spring

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Kona Grill in Troy, MI

I highly recommend going.

Maki-Rolls make the Heart Grow Fonder.

First time I’ve had a roll wrapped in cucumber instead of seaweed.

SO Good!

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Sustainable Fashion Display at Somerset Mall, Troy MI

They had one dress for each decade from the 60’s and up.

This is the 1960’s dress.

You see One, You want One!

Homemmade Rice Paper Veggie Rolls with Soya-Honey-Ginger Sauce.

And really, a patio lunch just isn’t a patio lunch without a Heineken!

YUM.

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Meow!

Love-Culture Flats.

They make me Purrr with Joy.

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Honey-Mustard & Dill Marinated Chicken on the BBQ

Sizzling Away.

Sounds like Summer.

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Little Doggie and Her Little Toy.

Boy oh Boy.

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Feelin’ Green.

Vintage Top, F21 Skirt & Headband, Primark Sunnies.

Luck of the Irish.

Leather Fear, #PD13 is Here

Whose superstitious out there? Today must be your lucky day!

Well, obviously today holds a bit of bad luck as it has finally decided to snow in Norfolk County. Guess I spoke too soon…

Anyone who has heard of Port Dover has probably heard of Friday the 13th. If not, let me enlighten you:

On all Friday the 13th’s, it has been a tradition since 1981 for bikers from allll over to gather in the beachy town and show off their rides. (This includes Hells Angels). In summer months, this becomes a celebration of thousands and thousands of people. Today, however, I’m not quite sure how many bikers will fair out in the snow. Check out this website if you want to learn more about PD13.

Snow or no snow, I foresee busy bars tonight despite the lack of motorcycles, and I foresee it as a leather-filled dodgy-denim rocker-hair affair.

Just for some fun – it is FRIDAY after all – I’ve picked out some runway looks that could be totally biker-chic.

Balenciaga Pre-Fall 2012

Balenciaga Pre-Fall 2012

Alice & Olivia Pre-Fall 2012

Alice & Olivia Pre-Fall 2012

Alexander McQueen - Spring RTW

Now I don’t just foresee, but I absolutely guarantee high fashion does not come into play in Dover. If you are heading out tonight, you can expect to see something that looks much more like this:

Image via Nasty Gal

Plus, tights, a few more layers, mittens, hats and tall boots…

As for me, there’s a good chance I’ll be busting out my leather shorts… So watch out!

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What would you wear to a biker-fest extraordinaire?

Oh, Canada? Are You There?

Ummmm? Hello?  Canada?  It’s me, Hannah.  I know I’ve been away for a while, but, you do know it’s January, right?

Dear people, am I crazy, or is this global warming at its finest? 

It’s the beginning of January, and if I didn’t know any better, I’d say it’s an awfully chilly October we’re having.  Wherever winter is, it’s sure not in Southern Ontario… yet.  Although I do miss the beauty of snow-covered lawns, I do not miss driving down snow-covered streets.  So let’s celebrate with some Spring fashion, and pretend like we are going to skip right over winter, as if snow squalls aren’t lurking, waiting to un-spring us anytime now.

I think the New Year is a time for lots of new beginnings, so let’s source out some fresh fashion.

Here’s a great option from ASOS for anyone seeking a new job or has applied to college/university and requires an interview, this is a bang-on outfit for youse peoples:

I love the way they have the “Scenic Print” suit styled here (pastel being a key element moving into this Spring).  It’s so much more fun than the average black suit, but to keep it more traditional, you can always pair the blazer with a great black or grey (or black and grey) trouser or skirt, and same goes for the skirt with the blouse of your choice.  I think this delicate print will make you a memorable candidate in any interview.

The blazer is $120 and the puff-ball mini skirt is $65.  You have to spend money to make money, folks, and for a suit, this is quite affordable since it can be used for work and play.

Next up is for those of you who have decided 2012 is the year you are going to get back into shape.  At least for the first two weeks of January, right?  Right…

Well if you stick with it or not, why not hit the gym (or your Wii fit… which, quite sadly, kicked my ass the other day) with some kick-ass workout wear:

This is the “No Limit Tank” from Lululemon for $65.  I love how it has a built in sports bra, lets air flow in and out through the back, and also, leaves a mystery about what’s behind the ruching.  Because, let’s be honest, who wants to show off their entire belly at the gym… unless you are a total pro with rock solid abs like me like whoever’s body that is down there…

I chose these Lulu’s mostly because of the name, the “Back On Track Tight” (how fitting!).  They come in 4 different colours…  I chose “deep coal and heathered pig pink” for an added feminine touch.  They cost $98, but are truly an investment piece if you are serious about working out.  But hey, maybe spending more on your gear will give you the added guilt trip to push you into actually keeping your resolution this year.

And now that you rocked your interview to make the big bucks, and have a rockin’ body from all your hard work at the gym, treat yourself to a relaxing all-inclusive vaycay on some tropical island, and continue to rock with designer resort wear – you deserve it!

You can buy this online for $248 at Wasteland, it’s by Naven, and really, who doesn’t need a Neon Cut Out Dress?

Okay, let’s get real.  It takes time to get a job, and it takes time to get rock solid abs, so until then, let’s enjoy what Canada is offering weather-wise, embrace our feeble budgets, and go to the ultimate go-to:

First, state the obvious for $14.95…

Next, class it up for $24.95…

Then, splash some pastel for $7.95…

Complete with your fav-o skinny’s and tall boots to boot, and VIOLA!

H&M has done it again.

Get a fresh start with some fresh fashion and enjoy the sunshine and mild weather while you can Canada.