Clothing: How much do you buy every year?

“We each buy almost 70 new clothing garments every year.” – Juliet B. Schor, Plentitude: The New Economics of True Wealth.

I found this an interesting fact in a CBC News: Marketplace clip I watched about donating your old clothes. I know from the clothing donations I have made over the last few years, I definitely bought a lot and some items were never even worn. I definitely think I buy nowhere near 70 items but I am planning to track my clothing purchases this year after watching it. As of today, I have made zero clothing purchases in 2018. I will be interested to see how much I truly buy throughout the year.

To learn more about how much Canadians give away and where it goes, check out the Marketplace piece on Clothes from Canada account for huge waste

Marimekko for Clinique

Excited to finally find the Marimekko for Clinique limited edition lip gloss and lipstick collection this evening at Hudson’s Bay. The collection is available in stores and on-line across the world and I hear a gift with purchase event may be coming soon to a Hudson’s Bay store near you. Love this collaboration of one of my favourite Finnish brands and my very first makeup and beauty brand. Lots of beautiful shades to pick from. I decided to be pretty in pink with Watermelon Pop. If you love Finnish design and makeup, definitely check out this special MarimekkoForClinique collection.

Don’t pass the salt

Sodium is hard to control when you eat on the go. Even many healthy options are filled with large sodium values. Many recipes I follow I just choose to add less salt than what is called for and like to add fresh herbs, spices and chilli flakes to add flavour. I am also a big fan of Longo’s Markets no salt added products as I try to be very mindful to reduce my own sodium intake as I create homemade meals. Every little small change over time can make a big difference.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

My 2017 focus was about simplifying. While I made strides, it is still a work in progress. Now we embark on a new year. After a few challenges with my health this past year, my 2018 focus is all about wellness and self-care.

What will you focus on in 2018?

May 2018 be happy, healthy and filled with many beautiful days. 💗

My Best Nine 2017 Simple Joys

My own creation of my Best Nine of 2017 is one that I feel truly reflects this past year. While nothing particularly monumental or noteworthy happened this year, there were many memorable moments along the way. I love all my visits with my little nephew. He has such a happy, energetic and fun little personality and challenges me with all his WHY questions. I loved that I had many opportunities to learn something new. A definite highlight was the opportunity to celebrate Finland 100 through my Finnish Architecture and Design Course at U of T including a behind the scenes tour of Toronto City Hall. I learned a bit about Emergency Preparedness as a volunteer at Toronto Pearson’s annual exercise. My volunteer role allowed me the amazing opportunity to attend a Train the Trainer session for two Cleveland Clinic program. I also contributed to many different initiatives in my volunteer role which hopefully will help many patients and their families in the future. I loved that I got to meet Bobbi Brown as I love her beauty philosophy – Be Who You Are. I enjoyed exploring and photographing University of Toronto and other areas of our city I don’t often get to. A definite highlight for me was the experiencing the incredibly inspiring Invictus Games. I was totally in awe of the competitors and loved seeing our city come out to cheer on every single one of them. It was an amazing experience I will never forget. I was also pretty excited that I saw Prince Harry on two occasions after seeing Princess Diana on her first trip to Canada in 1983 and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in London in 2013. A full circle moment for me as they all are an inspiration to me on the importance of kindness, giving back and helping others. I am thankful for all these simple joys and many others I had throughout the year and grateful to everyone who follows along as I simply go about my everyday. Wishing you all a 2018 filled with many simple joys of your own. 💗

World Pancreatic Cancer Day

“Assumptions Can Be Deadly.” Today is World Pancreatic Cancer Day. Please take time to learn the symptoms of this cancer that is often found when the disease has already metastasized. Thinking of my Junior League of Toronto friends Bryna and Shelley who recently lost their husband and brother Kevin. Kevin was committed to helping provide a greater awareness of pancreatic cancer and its symptoms – as well as increased research funding. A wonderful legacy to leave this world. Please take time to read this article – http://www.cp24.com/mobile/lifestyle/health/partnership-hopes-to-make-progress-on-pancreatic-cancer-with-research-network-1.3680012 – and share with those you love.