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Leggings are must-haves in my wardrobe. I practically live in them at home and they are my go-to dancewear for my classes! When I discovered SWEETLEGS, I bought four pairs–two for myself and two for gifts.

I knew my daughter would love these ones with the little foxes, so I sent them to her as a Christmas gift. Not only are the red foxes cute, but the print is made to look like it’s knitted. Pretty cool! Love how Jean styled hers with this gray 3/4 Dolman sleeve ruched top and red shoes!

During this difficult time, Jean’s eco-boutique DRIZZLE and SHINE is temporarily closed under Washington State governor’s orders. Please visit her online store.Thank you!

“SweetLegs is a Canadian company that offers unbelievably comfortable and kitteny soft leggings in three sizes to fit most! From 00-28! We offer a variety of prints and solids to please everyone.”

My leggings also have a print that looks like they are knitted. I paired them with a classic black top from COVERED PERFECTLY. (Special—buy two tops and get the third one FREE.) The boot toppers are a hand-knit gift.

This carpet of little blue spring flowers is a sure sign that winter is over.

On one of our day trips last summer, I bought my first Leopard and Roses dress in an eco-boutique in the charming town of Fergus, Ontario. Since then I bought two more tunics made by Leopards and Roses while shopping in another little town, Elora. That’s one of the things I love about day trips, shopping in local shops and supporting small businesses.

“Our ethically produced apparel supports these communities, contributing positively to the livelihood of local artists as well as the global movement of fair-trade fashion.”

This is one of the tunics I bought. It’s sleeveless but because the weather is still quite cool–even though it’s springtime–I wore it over a black top and black tights. The other tunic is exactly the same but in a different colour which I’ll show another time.

I’ll be able to wear both tunics without tops underneath when the weather warms up. They can be worn in any season.

I’ve worn it with and without a belt. I have more belts than I need and don’t wear them often. What about you? Do you wear belts?

“Leopards and Roses. Ethical Fashion. Wearable Art.”


One of the joys in my life is celebration dance. Like the Bible says in Psalm 150 …

“Praise His name with dancing.”

Every Easter I have had the opportunity to dance as an expression of praise and worship. This year the buildings may be closed, but the church is alive and the Resurrection is not canceled!

I thank God for life and though most of us will spend less than a hundred years on this earth (and some a little longer) my hope is in the Lord and His promise of eternal life!

This season is all about God’s love for us …

For God so loved the world  (that’s us) that whoever (that’s anyone) believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. ~John 3:16

If you are reading my blog for the first time you’ll find out immediately that I support SLOW FASHION. In a world filled with cheap, throw away, fast fashion–which is bad for our environment and even worse for the garment workers–we can each do our part to help.

Thrifting is one way of helping to keep clothes out of landfills and save money. Then we can spend the money saved to support small businesses that sell quality, eco-friendly and fair trade clothing. Thus, I bought this new necklace from a small boutique while visiting Fort Erie, Ontario.

This top has an asymmetrical, abstract design with black sleeves: makes it look like a vest and goes great with black pants. These ones bought at least 12 years ago. The shoes are from a clothing exchange party, making this outfit completely SLOW FASHION.

Top: Thrifted
Necklace: Village Boutique in Fort Erie
Pants: Le Chateau (12 years ago)
Shoes: Maggie’s clothing exchange party

Compassion for people, animals and our planet.



Posted in eco fashion, Fair trade, Fashion, jewellery, Shopping, Thirfting


Tagged clothing exchange, eco fashion, second-hand clothes, slow fashion, small businesses, thrifted fashion


Through the years we’ve gone to many WORKSHOPS. That is to say, my husband works and I shop. Whether a flight across the ocean to Europe or an adventure out west to Seattle, or it could be a cottage on Lake Huron or a condo in Florida, my husband will be painting for family or friends while I have an opportunity to go shopping.

On a recent workshop in Fort Erie, Ontario–my first time there–I enjoyed touring the town of quaint cottages with my dear friend Maria; some people have summer homes and others live there all year ’round. A charming section of Ridgeway has some lovely stores. I also love to support local shops and Canadian companies.

Crystal Beach is empty at the moment because it’s winter, but it will be a blur of bodies in the summertime.

Linking up at FANCY FRIDAY


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