Day 182

June 30th, 2016

The rest of the journey.


Outfit: Black dress summer version, made in kakhi linen, no back princess seams, box pleat.


I want to take today to thank everyone who came along for the ride. Everyone who gave me a ‘like’ and a thumbs up whenever they liked my posts or pictures and for those who said nothing when the outfits could have been better.

I have learned so much over the past 6 months and I am grateful for those of you who’ve told me you have too. Thank you for listening and for caring.

Special thanks go to those people who lent me items so that I could continue to add variety. To the shops:

Unless Market

Kelowna Women’s Shelter Thrift Store

Jen’s 14 Plus Consignment

Georgie Girl

To Shelley, Carmen, Renee and Carol who also provided items.

I want to thank my family for putting up with me for the past 6 months, for climbing over the photo booth and not complaining when supper was late because I had to take more pictures. Mike, thanks for the website, it is awesome.

To date I have raised $1660 towards my charities! Thank you all. I will leave the Gofundme campaign open for another week, for those who would like to add to that.

As this chapter ends, another begins. I’m not sure what it will look like, but I will invite you along when I decide! Thank you again.

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Day 170

June 18th, 2016

Ingrid’s top 10 ways of becoming fashion sustainable.


Outfit: Black dress worn backwards, with Peter Pan white detachable collar. Long clear glass necklace, gold hoop earrings. Tan shoes. 


Wow. 10 days to go

I honestly can’t believe that I’ve done this almost six months. It has become such an integral part of my routine that I don’t know what I’ll do now that I don’t have to. I wish exercising would come as easy as this did!

I think I might keep up some of these new found habits though. I really like the practice of having pre-set outfits that I know will work and simply picking a day to wear them. Like I’ve said before, it’s like meal planning but with your clothes. The best part is that you don’t have to think in the morning and leave the house looking like you got dressed in the dark (happened more than once). So I’ll definitely be trying that one.

The other one is wearing more of the pieces I have and trying new things. There were items in that closet that hadn’t seen the light of day for a long time, and having to experiment with new looks definitely made it easy to bring them out again.

Now, as promised, I will take the next ten days to offer some ideas on how to tackle unsustainable fashion in small steps. So I present to you:

Ingrid’s Top 10 ways of becoming fashion sustainable:

  1. Wash less
  2. Recycle: Buy second hand/swap/thrift.
  3. Support better Companies 1: Buy eco-friendly
  4. Support better Companies 2: Buy ethically made
  5. Support better Companies 3: Buy local
  6. Mend your clothes
  7. Minimize your wardrobe to maximize its potential. Fashion Capsule
  8. Buy less often, buy better: Cost per wear.
  9. No fast fashion. Learn to develop your own style.
  10. Educate yourself and others. Change your perspective on Value.

Of course this list is not by any means the end all or be all, it is simply a suggestion and one of many ways to achieve this goal. You may have better ideas that suit your lifestyle. Those are the best ones, because they will work for you. And then it will be done. And that’s all that matters in the end.

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Day 150!

May 29th, 2016

One month to go!


Outfit: Black dress worn over black skirt with godet details. Murano glass necklace and earrings (recent souvenir gift from my SIL from Venice! LOve) , black wedge boots.


I had to do a double take to read the day again! I knew it was coming but I cannot believe I’m here. 30 more days and that’s 180. Where did the time go? I am hoping the last few days are not like those last 10lbs that are the hardest to get rid of! I’m sure it will go just as fast.

Thank you to all for the support you’ve given so far!

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Day 146

May 25th, 2016

Ground breaking day is a great day for us parents!


Outfit: Black dress worn over skinny jeans and under PSG t-shirt.


I am so excited today! We get to break ground on this awesome project to build a new school for our kids. I get to wear my super duper Parent Support Group T-shirt. Our PSG (our fancy name for parents association) is a volunteer group that helps facilitate community building events at our school as well as fund raise for the ‘extras’ needed. This year we get to wear these t-shirts that say “What’s your super power?”

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I certainly feel that as parents we do have super powers. We often go above and beyond for the benefit of out kids, many out there juggling more balls than circus performers. The stuff we manage to get done in a day is nothing short of miraculous, and sometimes that just means getting out of bed and making sure the kids are alive.

The greatest thing about living as a community is that we all have each other’s backs. Where some fall a bit short, others compensate and we all are able to do something when it is our season.

So today I salute all parents who are super heroes, those who are out there literally saving the day and those who are quietly making a scuffed knee feel better, those who work 50 hours plus and those who are trying their best to provide, all of us who are putting one foot in front of the other, making sure that we pave a good way for our little ones by showing them our best efforts to be a good example.

 

Celebration

 

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Day 134

May 13th, 2016

Flashback to the 80’s


Outfit: Black dress worn under hand-made red peplum with black tulle. Black tights, patent pumps, gold earrings.


For some strange reason I am all over the theme for this year’s annual fundraiser: “The 80’s!” Maybe it’s because those were my years? The years where I thought I was all that even though I had no idea what ‘that’ meant? Oh my goodness, I used to wear green eyeliner for crying out loud! And don’t even get me started on the hair…many cans of hairspray were consumed. I am afraid that maybe our generation had a lot to do with the whole hole in the ozone issue…all that “Aqua net”.

So this year, a bunch of us adults get to dress up (optional of course, but how could I not?), listen to great tunes from Aerosmith, Duran Duran, Def Leppard, AC/DC and many more, drink ‘Long Island’  Iced teas, have a great meal and dance the night away all for a great cause, raising more money for our school, so we can pay operational costs.

I tried to convince the organizers that we needed to do a contest for best “Dirty Dancing Lift”, but they said we would need ambulances on call for all of us ‘mature’ folks trying those types of stunts…I can’t stop laughing!

Our school does a lot of great fundraising and our community is extremely generous and willing to lend a hand. I am very fortunate to be part of such a great group of people.

While we are on the topic of fundraising, I’d like to take the opportunity to check in and let you know where I am at on my goal. Since I only have a little over 40 days to go, I thought from now on I’ll make Friday’s my check-in day! I invite you to do a game with me…for every outfit you like this week, I encourage you to pledge $1, if you do not like the outfit, then tell me about it and I’ll try to up my game the following week! Let’s see if I can reach my goal on the home stretch. Thank you to all who have been so supportive and encouraging. Couldn’t do it without you!

Goal check in: $1020.00

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Day 133

May 12th, 2016

Re-run


Outfit: Black dress worn over black dress pants and pleat neck top. Accessories to be determined…


Well, it happened. I ran out of pictures and no way of taking one before I had to post this. I suppose it was bound to happen sooner or later. Do you remember this picture? I dare you to look. I will wear this look but I will accessorize differently. Maybe I’ll take a picture through the day to show you the final product.

In the days to come I have big plans to showcase a few more things… keep tuned in. I only have 47 days to go!!!

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Day 129

May 8th, 2016

Mother’s Day


Outfit: Black dress worn as tunic, watermelon wedges.

Carmen’s items: A-line cotton print skirt with ties, silver hand-made medallion.


I supposed I would have written something extra inspiring about today considering I am both a mother and have a mother. But considering that I only have about fifteen minutes to do this, I better not try and botch it.

I will say I have been thinking about what it would mean to be a mother  in a different part of the world, where I’d have to worry about my kids’ imminent safety not just their future education. Regardless, I believe motherhood is one of the hardest jobs we ever signed up for. I’ve found that it is not what the job description said, nothing like the books said, and nothing like my own mom said. I found that it is uniquely personal and that the bad parts are awful but the good parts are great.

So to all the mothers in every nook and cranny of the world today, may you be blessed in your journey as you continue to try your best and make the best no matter what.

PS Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.

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Day 127

May 6th, 2016

This one goes out to Fort Mac


Outfit: Black dress worn as tunic, skinny jeans, Mary-Janes, silver drop earrings, silver bracelet.

Carmen’s items: Grey and white floral tunic style tank


It is hard to imagine what the people in Fort McMurray, AB, are feeling right now. I’ve never ever been displaced from my home other than by plumbing issues! My family has a half-thought-out fire escape that we’ve practiced once and if you asked me what I’d take if we had to get out in a hurry I’d probably take something dumb like toothbrushes! I will tell you that I’d be happy to have my kids, husband and possibly the dog with me, but I’d be kidding myself if I said that nothing else mattered. I am a bit of a sentimental keeper, and I’ve kept all types of strange things to remind me of past times and places I’ve been. For crying out loud, I carried the wheel of a chair -that Mike and I shared in college- for years in my purse (yes I know, I’m weird that way)! I have my great aunt’s wedding dress under my bed, and my grandma’s 30’s ball gown in the garage. I’ve kept every drawing and craft the kids made in semi-organized rubbermaids with their names on it. And I still have letters that I got from friends when I moved away from Mexico. So I cannot imagine what it would be like to be told to grab whatever you can and leave the city and your home behind. But that’s exactly what those 80 thousand people have had to do. And when they go back they don’t know what will be there waiting for them. It really is no different than the many stories we hear about hurricanes and earthquakes, with the exception thank God that there has not been any casualties here. However, the sense of loss is real and the realization that you have to start over can be overwhelming.

So today I want to take a minute and be thankful for the things I take for granted, and will take a minute to re-think my daily whining. I will take those two minutes and say a prayer for those who are displaced and facing the uncertainty of a different type of future. And a prayer for those around the world who are not only facing lack of housing, but other bigger and worse problems that we cannot even imagine in our little end of the world.

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Day 126

May 5th, 2016

Track meet day.


Outfit: Black dress worn forward, copper leaf hand-made necklace, red sandals, brown belt.

Carmen’s items: Striped cotton a-line skirt.


If you see me today between 11:30 and 2:30, don’t bother asking me “Where is your dress?” I won’t have it on. Oh, I will wear it in the morning for class and I will probably change back into it after, but for those few hours in the afternoon I’ll be at the Apple Bowl, helping with my kids’ track meet. I love the track meet because it is a great day of outdoor fun. It tends to get either really hot or pour down rain though, so that’s part of the reason I won’t wear the dress.

The other reason is that it is not practical for what I’ll be doing. It falls under the category of exercise; although I won’t be doing the triple jump or 400m, I might have to bend down a million times to measure distances or run back and forth getting shot puts. So I believe I am exempt to wear proper track meet attire.

When I was in school growing up in Mexico, we never had track as part of our gym curriculum. I love that my kids get to experience this. I was such a wimp when it came to sports though, I don’t think I would have tried even if I we did have it. I almost failed grade 8 P.E. because I refused to cut my fingernails and I couldn’t hit the volleyball. It’s interesting, now I am totally into trying different sports or outdoor activities. In fact I have been playing basket ball with some of the moms at the school gym. Turns out I’m pretty competitive and quite aggressive! Probably making up for my 5’1’’ frame. Goes to show you that you’re never too old to try something new and that you just may like it!

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Day 122

May 1st, 2016

Made it to May!


Outfit:  Floral v neck blouse with ties, dress worn over with the neckline turned in. Brown and green heels, chandelier earrings.


So close I can taste it. So much to share still. I am loving the opportunities and the feedback. Very thankful to continue this and see it through. Only two months to go! Totally doable.

 

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Day 117

April 26th, 2016

Time out for clean up.


Outfit: Black dress worn backwards, striped multi coloured raglan sleeve blouse, brown belt, brown boots. Gold embossed earrings.


After a couple of weeks of fully immersing myself into my presentation, it is now time to get back into normality; at least my version of normal. The fridge is bare, the rooms resemble a hoarder’s house and there is enough laundry to fill a Laundromat –not my clothes by the way since I am using the least amount of stuff.

I just need a little bit of pixie dust, is that it? Oh if only I could! Oh well. Let’s see what can be accomplished today and then back on the saddle!

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Day 116

April 25th, 2016

Let’s add some colour!


Outfit: Black dress worn under poet style paisley blouse. Brown belt and boots. Small drop silver earrings.


Spring has sprung in the Okanagan, so I think it is time to bring out the summer box and try some colourful stuff. I did check the weather forecast and it’s not supposed to be as hot as it has been, but for goodness sake people, it’s still spring not mid July! I’m ok with the weather being in the mid to low 20s. No need to speed up the seasons.

I have to say that’s one of my most favourite things about Canada. Having been born in Mexico, we had 2, maybe 3 seasons, and in the north it was more like 1.5: a little winter and scorching hot summer. But here we have all four seasons and especially in the Okanagan they are pretty evenly spaced. When I lived in Toronto, winter took over summer and spring, but here they are almost true quarters. The peach and apple blossoms in the spring are my ultimate favourite thing to see. Sadly many of the orchards that used to be around when I first moved here have been turned into shopping malls. But that’s a conversation for another day. For today, I’ll enjoy the weather for what it is, and be grateful for the lovely place I call home.

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Day 113

April 22nd, 2016

Vancouver was a great host.


Outfit: Black dress worn backwards, gold embossed earrings, gold and black medallion from Spain, black nylons (yes they still exist), black wedge boots, black pinstripe blazer. (This is actually what I ended up wearing last night, so I’m recycling the look for your benefit…and mine)


Well I’m back and all is well. I did not pass out during the presentation and for those of you who are asking: It went well.

Aside from the fact that my interview with CBC got cancelled due to Prince’s death, I had a great time in Vancouver. It was so nice to be there and re-acquaint myself with the areas I used to roam everyday on my way home from work. I poked around Gastown and went into great stores like La Differencia, which carries only hand-made shoes from Europe and Nicole Bridger who is a local Vancouver designer, who is also by the way hosting a Fashion Revolution event in her store this weekend. I would have gone if I was still there.

I have lost of great stories, like the one where I got ‘randomly’ selected twice for further security at both Kelowna and Vancouver airports, or the one where I was talking to the lady at the front desk and she kept mentioning how 4:20 was making traffic crazy, and I just thought she was talking about rush hour. But my ultimate fail story was accidentally sneaking into a private breakfast while thinking it was the complementary continental breakfast from the hotel.

Oh my goodness, I couldn’t stop laughing at myself once I realized what I had done and I talked to the waitress who added she was wondering why I was the only English speaking person in the group! We both had a good chuckle.

The presentation went really well considering I went off book for most of it and kept forgetting to mention what I had thought were the real funny bits. Instead I kept telling stories from my own experience and in the end that worked out better. I got really great feedback from the audience and great discussion afterwards. Met some really interesting people who are equally keen on this crazy topic and many of them were very kind and said they were greatly inspired.

My favourite conversation was with a young man from Asia who told me he was so inspired, that he felt he needed to bring about some change in his own country. He said wanted to share this message with ‘his people’ because right now they don’t care! So awesome! I told him that he totally could do it, that this is the time to bring about change and education at that level. I wish him the best of luck!

Thank you to Laurie Wood, Joanna Ashworth and SFU for the great opportunity and wonderful experience. I had an absolute blast!

 

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Day 112

April 21st, 2016

Welcome to Vancouver, baby!


Outfit: Black dress worn backwards…the rest is still up in the air!


Honestly! I don’t know what to wear tonight! I know it should be simple, but I can’t decide on accessories. Weird. Yes. I am wearing the dress as is, with the pleat to the front, so backwards. But as far as necklace and earrings I’m still undecided. Do I want to look funky, or sophisticated or just casual? Ha, ha, ha, ha! Who knew that the possibilities could be so endless when talking about a black dress?

I am extremely nervous and excited about the talk at SFU Harbour Centre tonight. I used to walk past this building every day on my way home from work at Mr. Jax, way back when! Who knew that I’d be here twenty some years later talking about this project! I didn’t…for sure. It’s funny what life throws at you and where you end up.

I will let you know how it all went tomorrow. In the meantime,  you can tune in to CBC radio Vancouver at 5:35, I’ll be on!

Okay, here we go: ready, set, go!

PS…I’m attaching the set picture for today, because somehow I can’t seem to be able to upload from my phone right now. I’ll update it as soon as I can…promise.

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Day 109

April 18th, 2016

The zombie fashionista


Outfit: Black dress worn over tangerine ¾ sleeve t shirt, indigo scarf, straight cut jeans and chunky boots.


As I get down to the wire preparing for the talk at SFU, I wonder if muscles can actually start hurting from looking at a computer. This picture truly reflects the state of my brain fog at this moment. But, I am happy with the results so far. Three more days of burning the candle at both ends, and then maybe I can get a reward!

 

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Day 107

April 16th, 2016

First Annual Bishop’s Dinner


Outfit: Black dress worn backwards. Silver and glass handcrafted earrings.

Jen’s 14 Plus Items: Glittery purple point hem sweater, appliqué flowered heels.


Ok, can you see the shoes? Check out those beauties! Aren’t they fabulous? I actually won’t be able to wear these either, because I just realized they are 1 size too big. But don’t they look great for the picture? Some lucky lady can come in and get the shoes and sweater as is, to wear to a great evening.

And speaking of great evenings, today is the day of our First Annual Bishop’s Dinner. Very excited about this, because this year’s recipient for the funds raised through the dinner is the Masterpiece Campaign for St. Joseph’s school. The evening promises to be a great night of incredible dinning and awesome entertainment. I will be volunteering (no surprise there) in one way or another. Are you coming? Hope to see you there!

For more information about the event you can go here. Bishop’s Dinner

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Day 103

April 12th, 2016

Busy times.


Outfit: Black dress worn as a tunic, black stirrup style pants

Jen’s Items: Black strappy wedge sandals, black and grey short sleeve tunic with belt.


I have so much on the go, it’s a miracle my head stays put. My husband could testify to that. My kids keep complaining that I forget everything. It’s true, if it’s not written down on the list, it’s not coming home with me –and that’s not even a guarantee. But it is only for a little while, I tell them. It is only for the time being that mom is extra busy. I don’t think I would be agreeing to all that I am doing if I didn’t believe in it fully. That’s why I’m doing all the school volunteer stuff, and that’s why I’m doing this project. But sometimes, even when you’re all in, some things fall through the cracks. Although it is not that difficult to take pictures and to wear one dress everyday, it is challenging to post a picture every day. It is kind of meal planning. When you do it, everything flows great, but if you don’t, then you find yourself at supper time scrambling to make a recipe with 3 ingredients. Hence today’s post. I can barely type this because I’m falling asleep, but it’s gotta get done. So tomorrow, back to meal planning –dress planning.

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Day 101

April 10th, 2016

180 Style Challenge, presented by Ingrid Uhrich, M.O.M.


Outfit: Grey knit sleeveless dress, black dress worn as a jacket, green high boots, blue and green bead necklace, green glass bead earrings.


So, I told you I had something big up my sleeve and here it is:

I’ve been asked to give a lecture at Simon Fraser University on my challenge!

I am so very honoured and excited. It is part of the SFU Faculty of Environment and this is one of the first presentations they’ve done that has to do with Fashion Sustainability. They got in touch with me after hearing my interview on CBC radio, which goes to show, it is truly a small world!

I have to say I am extremely nervous and a bit overwhelmed but I’ve been working on my talk all day and I finally feel a little better now. I was really worried when I got a sample of other lectures they’ve had there because when I read all of the presenters’ names, I couldn’t help but notice they all had Dr. at the beginning or ended with B.Sc and others. The most letters I have at the end of my name are M.O.M. Some days I feel like that should be enough to open any door in the world, and others I feel like I can barely open my own door!

In any case, what I am doing is part of me as a whole, my training, my values and my family. So that’s what I will talk about. I suppose passion has no title and there are no boundaries on what can be accomplished when you put your mind to it.

Here’s the link to the invite for the lecture. I’ll keep you posted as it unfolds. Why Sustainable Fashion

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Day 100!

April 9th, 2016

100 days of dress.


Outfit: Black dress worn over skinny jeans, light tan flats, paisley indigo scarf. 


Wow! Here we are at day 100! I feel like I should make a poster with 100 stickers or macaroni like we do in grade 1. And I wish I had a better picture to show than this one. Maybe I’ll re-post one later on when I take pics today.

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Lots of exciting stuff happening soon. I will let you know in the coming days. In the meantime, I’d like to encourage you if you haven’t yet, to visit my gofundme page and consider making a donation. I am so very grateful for all the donations I have gotten so far and the project has been so fulfilling on so many levels, that I could call it a day today and be super happy. But I have 80 more to go and I really hope I can get a little closer to my goal.

OK! Stay tuned for all the great stuff coming up.

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Day 79

March 19th, 2016

Outfit: Black dress worn backwards, fancy sandal heels, black and gold bangles, heirloom earrings from my grandma (mama Eña) and beautiful scarf style necklace from Renée.

OPA!

Today I get to go to a Greek dinner fundraiser. I seem to be going to a lot of these lately, and there’s a few more in the horizon. But after all, it is a great way to encourage community while having fun and raising funds for a common goal.

At this one we get to break plates! Apparently the kitchen is in need of a few new sets, so what better way to get rid of them than to throw a Greek themed dinner. I love Greek food. We had it at my wedding. I totally identify with the family of “My big fat Greek wedding”… my family only Mexican. Love it! Anyhow, it should be fun to take out a few frustrations by breaking some dishes.

And I get to wear the dress in a dressy way for a change!

 

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Day 77

March 17th, 2016

Outfit: Black straight cut pants, grey turtleneck, black dress worn as jacket, blue leopard Burberry wool/silk scarf from Renée.

Happy St. Patrick’s day!

It is my daddy’s birthday today. Every year he gets to celebrate like a leprechaun. Kind of funny to see a Mexican man dressed in green wishing everyone a happy St. Paddy’s day. But on the other hand, there’s always a party on his birthday and there’s always green beer. And this year I am especially grateful to be able to celebrate his birthday because he’s been quite ill and he’s doing better. I am blessed to have him in my life.

I won’t get to see him today though, because he’s in Calgary and I’m here, but we still get to go out and celebrate in his honour. So we are going with my in-laws to our now 4th annual ‘stew night’ to have fun like the Irish. There’ll be Guinnes, Irish choir, Irish dancing and of course Irish stew. What’s not to like! Last year I won a bottle of Baileys and I was so excited, I did a little jig all the way up.  I’ll probably wear my green hat tonight, but for the day, at work, this is my look. And I’ll have a sip to my dad’s day. I leave you with an Old Irish Blessing for your day:

May love and laughter light your days,

and warm your heart at home.

May good and faithful friends be yours,

wherever you may roam.

May peace and plenty bless your world

with joy that long endures.

May all life’s passing seasons

bring the best to you and yours

Happy Birthday Dad!

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