I don't know about y'all but this is my third week in self-isolation and a lot of my day revolves around creating Tik Toks, video chats and watching IG Live workouts (and sometimes even doing them!) We've all joked about how our homes are cleaner than ever and some of us have indulged in those Instagram challenges which is 2020's version of a chain email. One of the challenging is to share your work from home space and I have some serious envy seeing everyone's workspace - particularly those that have more than one room (hello studio apartment life.)
While a lot of us, understandably, aren't shopping at the moment, there is something to be said about an at-home workspace that helps you get into productivity mode when it's time to buckle down and Zoom non-stop.
Here is a list of some Vancouver-based business & people to make WFH a little bit easier, plus they're all smaller accounts (10 thousand followers or less.) I am a firm believer that the companies we support now are the companies that can continue to exist and thrive post-pandemic so I don't want to hear about how Bezos could be doing more if you're still buying everything off Amazon.
Happy International Womxn's Day! I wanted to celebrate today with all of y'all by sharing a Q&A with my friend and maker behind Amara Blue Designs, Kassandra.
Our industry is a funny one and I actually met Kass through a fitness studio, not at an industry event or through Instagram or even through attending markets. One of the things that drew me to Kass originally was her tenacity in our workout classes and once I learned she was a maker I became an even bigger fan. She works insanely hard and is passionate about the collaborations and influencers she associates herself with. Her brand is all about inclusivity and she is forever working towards educating herself more to be the best ally she can be to all.
Kass was the perfect gal to interview for International Womxn's Day and we're so excited to present a giveaway in conjunction with this interview as well!
With International Women's Day just around the corner I wanted to take the opportunity to feature some of the leading ladies in my life doing cool shit. Anyone following me on Insta knows that I am forever hyping up my friends on Instagram Stories because I am so proud of my friends for being the kind of people I looked up to when I was younger. Honestly when I started compiling this list it was WAY too long for a blog post so I decided to narrow it down to my content creating friends who are also content creators with less than 10k followers on Insta that I think are worth following!
Here are a few of my female-identifying pals you should check out, follow and devour their content like I do.
I am one of those people who are always in the process of purging her closet. Friends of mine will tell you that at any given time my apartment will have at least one Ikea bag for clothes that are meant to be dropped off at the consignment shop or the thrift store because I am always looking to minimize my closet.
I wasn't always this way. In my early 20s I would opt to have lots of cheap and poorly made clothes as opposed to a less, well made, ethically and sustainably produced garments and I was proud of the fact that I had so much clothes. My opinions on how to buy and invest in clothing changed drastically once I moved to Vancouver but working in the fashion industry still left me with an abundance of clothes. Being able to get a discount on wholesale pricing (or even having a clothing allowance) allowed me to have clothes cheaper than ever and my collection grew rapidly from the two suitcases I moved here with to a closet bursting at the seams.
Not working a 9 to 5 anymore and being home all the time allowed me to get serious about purging my closet in a meaningful way. Whether it was the Marie Kondo trend or my desire to keep busy in the last 5 months I managed to consign close to 100 pieces (and probably donate about 30.) While I am still making an effort to be a smarter and savvier shopper in the future I am still in a perpetual purging mode.
These are some things that I kept in mind while purging my closet.
Another photo of me in my underwear to add to the internet. You're welcome. This bra is from Sokoloff Lingerie.
Wow - another ethical brand round up even though every time I attempt one of these it exhausts all of my energy. But let's get real, I love talking ethical fashion and I am always down to shop for lingerie. I probably have over 50+ bralettes and while I might not always be wearing a matching set, my bra and underwear either always match or are complimentary to one another.
I love intimates. So much so that I used to routinely post racy photos of me on the internet and only stopped because I needed to be able to monetize my content so maybe this post is my excuse to post a pic on Instagram.
To me, wearing cute lingerie is like having your toes painted. No one needs to see it for me to feel extra put together and extremely sexy.
Let me also preface this by saying that pretty much all of the pieces I own are not to impress any guy. You think the average man knows the difference between a bralette the size of a napkin that costs $70+ and some cheaply made, fast fashion, plastic bra-holster from a drugstore? Get real.
I'll also be sharing the size range and unless indicated I normally wear a size large bralette, size medium panty. For reference I normally wear a 34DDD (I know, it's outrageous) and size 28 denim.
It "fits" me in the sense that my boobs fit into it. Look, no bralette is going to have the same amount of support as a bra does and I have had someone laugh at me once when I claim that these bralettes "fit" me. I personally like my bralettes on the skimpy side.
(Also anyone can wear lingerie, regardless of gender identity - in fact I recommend that everyone find out what makes them feel sexiest and wear the fuck out of it. Or fuck in it. Whatever floats your boat, you do you.)