Used Clothes, A Mission For The Environment And A Fashion Statement All In One
With our overall fascination for over-consumption, it seems like for some of us the idea of either having or buying used clothes would be unthinkable. Fast fashion has stuck its bloody teeth in our day to day habits and now more than ever the world is going through a crisis just to make that 9.99$ t-shirt you buy at H&M.
In the midst of all this, there is a new upcoming wave of designers that are really concerned about the impact of their work on different levels
They think about all the sweatshops stories we grew up with. The women and kids exploited there.
They think about the heavy price the environment pays whenever fabric is made.
They think about their message as artists and they see themselves as social entrepreneurs.
Angelina Alvarez-Soto is a leader of that new wave.
Indeed, the self-taught designer made it her mission to sensitize her customers about eco-friendly clothes.
Not by trying her best to reduce pollution, nor by monitoring factories or any trick of the trade that corporations get away walk.
I’m talking bout a real commitment by giving used clothes a second life.
It’s like thrifting with a twist.
Not only you get pieces that are rare but the designer adds her own twist to it.
Sorta like a signature or an art piece you get to walk with.
Eclectic, original, current and outside box, this what her brand called Bloom brings to the table.
Here are some of our favorite pieces
Credit: Jay Simon
As part of the launch of her collection, the 24 years old designer teamed up with actors Antoine Desrochers, Maxime Gibeault and personnality Maxime Cooper to raise awareness about what Bloom is all about.
With a couple events and possible pop-ups down the line, I’m adding this brand to my ”To Watch For” list and you should TOO!
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Sports Experts Might Be Your Go To For Your Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts
A Different Kind Of Valentine’s Day
Sports Experts’ Valentine’s Day Guide Is Your Life Saver This Year
Whether you believe in it or not, Valentine’s Day is your occasion to show appreciation for your significant other. Perhaps, when you’ve went through tons of flowers and chocolate; looking at Sports Experts as a potential place for a nice gift is not that farfetched.
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To make it easy for you to navigate through their wide selection. They’ve put together a guide that brings together some of ideas for him and her.
To make it even easier for our readers, we’ve handpicked our favorite items that should make it to whatever you have planned on February 14th.
#1 Fitbit Versa
Price : 199,99$
If I’m with you, I want you be happy, fulfilled and most of all H-E-A-L-T-H-Y . That’s exactly what you get with the Fitbit versa, a slick design and all the functionalities to take your fitness to the next level. It doesn’t hurt that the watch is currently on discount either.
Price Range: 41,99$- 159,99$
There’s something about outdoor activities during the winter time. You won’t miss by getting yourself his/hers pairs of skates. There are plenty skate rinks sprinkled around the city just waiting for you.
#3 Adidas Matching Outfits
Price Range: 54,99$- 104,99$
It’s a ”To Each His Own” moment but if that’s what you’re into or if you just want to spice things up your way to your date, this might be a good surprise.
#4 A Gopro
Price: 529,99 $
First off, it was a shocker to me that Sports Experts actually has Gopros but if you want to capture moments with your significant other and let him or her explore their creativity, this is the one!
#5 A Yoga Matte
Let’s try something different for 2021, how about trading your usual dinner at home with candles for a nice and serene yoga session. You have to switch things up sometimes ladies and gents.
For more ideas and suggestions, go check their guide on the Sports Experts website.
The End Of An Era And A New Start: Dress To Kill Magazine Goes Digital
A New World Order
I hate to break it down to you so abruptly but the world is changing, the world as we knew it, the way we consume, the way we think and even that good old Dress To Kill magazine is going through it.
As a young and inexperienced blogger back in 2016, I felt deep in my earth that paper was a dying medium and that the internet was about to carry the torch.
a hundreds of blog posts later, multiple attempts at building an online presence and literally trying to digitize the aesthetics & creativity I saw in magazines growing up.
I must admit 2 things: 1. what it takes to make fashion or information enjoyable is very hard to put together and 2 building an audience on or offline is a GREAT feat.
I grew to admire and respect my peers in traditional media because they made the most out of nothing at a time where Facebook and all those outlets were not a thing.
In case you didn’t know, Dress To Kill magazine is not your average magazine by any shape or form.
Promoting Canadian art and fashion from province to province was something seemingly unthinkable but they got it done.
From iconic covers with Lenny Kravitz and more iconic nights at le Mount Stephen to bring the whole industry under the same roof, DTK got it done.
Don’t take what I’m saying as a farewell note because today actually mark a rebirth for the publication.
Indeed, while the world was going all over the place, they went on a well thought out rebrand.
As you might have guessed, the biggest take away from this is the stoppage of the paper version of the magazine.
The focus is now digital but as I told you earlier, DTK doesn’t go halfway.
Their new platform will include an online boutique which once again is going to focus on shedding light on Canadian creators for men and women.
Do you think more magazines are going to make a full transition to digital?
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We Ask A Personal Development Coach How To Overcome The Ins and Outs Of The Crisis
It’s all about your point of view
Everything You Need to Know Through The Lens Of A Personal Development Coach
I’m always amazed at how people like to stigmatize the role or relevance of a personal development coach. They’re quick to label it a scam, a fad, something based on nothing but little they did know, they’re coaches around the world who impacts millions and millions of people in a life changing way. I was looking for the equivalent of a Tony Robbins in Quebec, my research undoubtedly came back to the same name: Marc Dumaine.
Mr Dumaine is more than a personal development coach, he’s a man with a story.
Not your average story either. From overcoming alcohol and drug abuse to obtaining a MBA to running campaigns for some of the biggest corporations in this province. Here’s a man of many battles.
Honorable mention too, these days Marc is focused on creating an international platform to impact as many people he possibly can.
The bottom line is this. This personal development coach is not unfamiliar with trials and tribulations, changes and transitions.
That’s why to me, in a time like this where everything is doing a 180 degree, I had to pick his brain and ask him how can you and I get over.
In this Q&A, we indeed ask Marc Dumaine about several things such as how to bounce back from the crisis, his keys to success and much more.
QUESTIONS FOR MARC DUMAINE
#1 How did you figure yourself out as a future entrepreneur and what was the key factor that made you take that route?
I was always an artist at heart and found that I didn’t it in any mole. After completing my MBA, I realized that my biggest assets were my differences. I decided at that moment to stop following what people expected from me and launched my own business. To me being an entrepreneur is an art form in itself. I have never regretted that choice since I launched Asana Coaching 10 years ago.
#2 How can someone go from being self-employed to an entrepreneur making money without physically being there?
The internet is booming with opportunities right now ! Even with the COVID-19, there is a redefinition of the way people consume products and services ! It is a TIME for being creative and look into endless opportunities ! Get out of our comfort zone and start being inspired by people who are already doing it ! Then, build yourself a right game plan with an amazing branding, and you are all set for the best adventure of your life.
If you’re interested in seeing him in action, he’s doing a Facebook live tonight at 7:30 pm and if you’re looking for some light in these dark times, that’s the place to be.
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