Posts Written On June 2012

Stomping around in @JackLily_shoes

A very special post from my sister in Edmonton!

When little feet start pitter-pattering, it’s time for shoe shopping! Scott started walking just before his first birthday, right as spring arrives and we want to get outside. In choosing his first ‘real’ footwear, I wanted shoes that are light but well built, with good ankle support that will help those toddling steps before confident strides and eventually full-out sprints. There are several ‘pre-walkers’ that’s ideal, except my son’s got big feet. His first pair of runners were size 5.5.

We came across Jack and Lily and decided to try them. There is a wide selection in styles and colours and we picked the Argyle Whites. When they arrived in the mail, I was delighted first of all with the cute little box they come in, complete with a clear window and a handle on top. The shoes themselves are fantastic. Lightweight, with a sturdy yet thin sole, these little guys are well made works of art.

Instead of the single digit sizing, Jack and Lily has a range of months sizing, much like kids clothing. For us, the shoes were a little big for now, so we will have to save them for a while til Scott grows into them. I am curious to see how well the soles hold up on slippery surfaces as it does not have many ridges that works as anti-skidding.

We will let you know in a couple months!

For more high quality children’s footwear made with love from Vancouver, check out


Passion for Fashion is BACKKK @YesToronto

I hate that I’m always busy or out of town when the Passion for Fashion information sessions come around 🙁 For those of you that are starting a fashion business, want to start a fashion business or are just interested in the Passion for Fashion Program, I seriously advise you to attend these information sessions so that you can find out about the program, how you can benefit from the FREE (yes FREE) business workshops, seminars, mentorships with industry experts and hopefully make your fashion business dreams come true. You might even have a chance to enter the Fashionista’s Den Competition and win one of three cash prizes, which include the Passion for Fashion Award and Eveleen Dollery Award. I went to the award show about a year ago, and left wishing that I had participated 🙁 You only have to be between 16-29 years old, and you don’t even have to have any fashion experience. Doooo It.

You can register for July right now if you want. Here are the dates!
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
3:00pm – 5:00pm
YES Head Office, 555 Richmond Street West, Suite 711, Toronto

Monday, July 16, 2012
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI), Exhibition Place, 285 Manitoba Drive, Toronto

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
6:00pm – 8:00pm
YES Head Office, 555 Richmond Street West, Suite 711, Toronto

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI), Exhibition Place, 285 Manitoba Drive, Toronto

For more information on the program, click here!!

peace and love



Go Further with @Ford 2012: Trend Conference

I spent this week at Ford HQ at Dearborn, Michigan to see all the new things happening at Ford.

With a star studded panel and lots of interesting topics – Ford is really cutting edge in design, concept and leading the auto industry into the brave new world with technology that we only dream of! Like the workshop I went to last month in Geneva, there was a visual recorder who drew exactly what we were talking about.

Ford invited over 250 car journalists, lifestyle bloggers, mommy bloggers, gadget and tech bloggers to spend 3 days in Michigan to get a sneak peek at all the exciting things FORD is doing in 2014 and beyond. I was one of the lucky ones to attend this year’s Ford Go Further Conference. I had a blast last year at the Forward with Ford in 2011.


We had dinner at the Ford Stadium and check out the field of the Detroit Lions. That astro-turf was deep and soft.

Ford and ZipCar partnered up to make sure over 200 university campus nationwide now have car-sharing available.

Trend #5 is DIY. We spent an evening at Techshop – the dream workshop shared space for anyone who wants to create anything. We made sandblasted glass mugs, custom pewter jewelry, silk screening and high-pressured waterjet demo. The CEO of TechShop Mark Hatch said they are opening one in Brooklyn at Jay Street Metrotech soon. Can’t wait to go laser cut and make 3D stuff.

I will post more about Trend 1, 2, 3, 4 in upcoming posts!  Thanks FORD for an amazing time!

Test driving the VA VA VOOM of the incredible Mustang


Giveaway: Hope Cures Bracelet @projecthavehope

Project Have Hope works with a group of 100 women in the Acholi Quarter of Uganda and helps them transform their lives and the lives of their families. Through the sale of their beautiful, handmade paper bead jewelry, the women can feed their families, send their children to school, and look forward to a richer future.

Hope Cures

Project Have Hope is partnering with the Uganda Child Cancer Foundation (UCCF) and is launching our newest collection – Hope Cures. These vibrant colored bracelets raise awareness of cancer, including melanoma and breast cancer, and show your support for fighters, survivors and their caregivers. One dollar from each Hope Cures bracelet purchased is donated to UCCF to provide emotional, financial and social support, and mobilize resources to improve the children’s quality of life. Due to a lack of awareness and high poverty rates, Ugandan children with cancer often do not receive treatment until they are at a very advanced stage of their disease. At this point, treatment options are both limited and often, prohibitively expensive.

Empower the women of Project Have Hope and support the children of UCCF by purchasing a Hope Cures product today!

If you want to win this bracelet –

Leave in the comment box 1. Your email address and 2. The answer to: What country’s women make these bracelets and out of what material?


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