zero.0.lab is a collaborative project developed by artist/designer, Katherine Soucie to produce an in house design label for My Sister’s Closet, a non-profit thrift store program in Vancouver. These garments, debuted at Eco Fashion Week, are a way to repurpose materials donated that are not able to be resold in the thrift store. This project will not only serve to develop opportunities for research and exploration but will encourage a more localized means of creative and cultural production.
The We3 collective of Glencora Twigg, Jessica Vaira and Christine Hotton showed their Fall 2011 collection at Eco Fashion Week 2. Together they bring their individual aesthetics – clean lined modern, edgy tailoring and comfort and creativity – to the collection blending it into a combination of funky, tribal comfort.
Lav & Kush debuted their latest Vancouver made, eco-conscious collection during Eco Fashion Week 2. Featuring Hemp, Hemp-Blend, Organic Cotton and Bamboo fabrics that gave their well tailored fashionable-casual garments an “Eco-Luxurious”look and feel.
The second successfull Eco Fashion Week Vancouver, celebrating eco-friendly and sustainable fashion designers Fall 2011 collections, wrapped up last week.
Everyday this week I’ll highlight some of these collections and designers.
Vancouver Fashion Week
November 2 – 7th 2010 marked the 10th Annual Vancouver Fashion Week.
Celebrating established and upcoming local and international designers; a full house of fashionistas, buyers and media converged on the runway at the Empire Landmark Hotel in downtown Vancouver for 5 days of shows highlighting the work of some 30+ designers from Vancouver and around the world. This year’s shows featured designs from the fashion centres of New York and London as well as far away ateliers in Korea, Norway, Trinidad and Hawaii. As with all fashion there were hits and misses amongst the pieces shown, some very wearable for our West Coast style others definitely suited for more fashion forward cities. All were entertaining and well presented.
As well as the main event fashion shows the days also included seminars on the fashion business and each evening was wrapped up with after parties at venues around town, giving Vancouver’s fashionistas a chance to celebrate themselves and another season of the local fashion industry.
Flightseeing – Grouse Mountain – July 24, 2010
This week I was able to take my friends, Brian & Teresa, on a fun adventure from YVR to Grouse Mountain – The Peak Of Vancouver as we repositioned a helicopter from our hanger to the mountaintop. Each day in the Summer Helijet operates amazing flightseeing adventures from our pad next to the Grouse Mountain chalet, starting at just $99/person.
On this day our adventure began with an easy Canada Line trip from downtown to Bridgeport Station and a short Community Shuttle bus to the Helijet office/hanger at the airport. After a short safety briefing and familiarization by Kim our great pilot, we departed from the south side of YVR and headed north over the airport.
It was a beautiful clear morning so the views seemed never-ending. As Delta and the South Arm of the Fraser River fell behind us, the varied skyline of downtown Vancouver mirrored the majestic North Shore Mountains beyond. This high vantage point gives places and sights we see every day a new and unique perspective. A sneak peak down into BC Place looking at the renovations happening to the roof-less stadium is a sight not many will get to see. Climbing over Burrard Inlet, North Vancouver and into the mountains, (trying in vain to see if we could spot the black bears that Kim had seen earlier in the week), we soon landed at the Grouse Mountain helipad. It was a short flight but the memories won’t soon be forgotten, I think Brian and Teresa enjoyed their first Helijet experience and helicopter flight over Vancouver.
The last few years, the Staycation (vacation at home) movement has really taken off and a visit to Grouse Mountain really highlights how much there is to see and do just a few minutes from home. Many locals think of Grouse Mountain for winter skiing or in summer, the famous Grouse Grind, a hike up to the peak from the valley below.
Grouse has so much more to offer! In addition to the amazing Helijet Helicopter Tours, there is a whole host of activities to make the most of your trip to the Mountain. Included with your Grouse Mountain Super Skyride admission is the Theatre In The Sky-a high definition film about the history of Grouse Mountain, the Grizzly Bear habitat (it was feeding time for Grinder and Coola when we were there), Birds Of Prey demonstrations, Logger Sports Show and Chairlift ride to the top of the mountain. Sitting in one of the patios and restaurants at the chalet offer breathtaking views over the whole of Metro Vancouver and, if it’s clear enough, on to Vancouver Island and Washington State. The observation deck in the Eye of the Wind (a power generating wind-turbine). ZipLining and Paragliding are also available on the mountain for additional fees.
With all this available, it’s easy for the whole family to spend the day on the mountain and not run out of activities. If you are looking for a getaway from the everyday think about a heading up to Grouse Mountain…stop in and say “Hi” to our Helijet staff if you’re there!
A small update to the last post: Just a couple days after the 3 month point, I was very happy to hop on the scale at the gym and have it finally hit the 30 pounds lost point! Since I’ve also been gaining muscle, I wish there was a way to be able to tell how much weight I’ve lost in overall. People keep telling me how much I’ve shrunk…I should have taken measurements right at the start, I didn’t until a couple weeks into the program. The values have gained and diminished in the appropriate areas but I again wish I had the overall total. I didn’t have any idea that I would see results this fast…another benefit of having a personal trainer. It probably doesn’t hurt that my super fit friend, Brian, keeps me on my toes too. Thirty pounds feels like a nice round number to mark as a milestone…hopefully I can keep going at this rate and have a great milestone to hit at the end of the Summer!
Thank you all for being out there watching and keeping me pushing!