Wellness (almost) Wednesday: Walking the Trails in Fall :)

Wellness (almost) Wednesday: Walking the Trails in Fall :)

Hi All,

Last weekend one of my best friends Kaitlyn invited me out to go hiking. I got up at the ‘Sunday crack of dawn’ (8 am) and headed over to meet her at the trail for 9:15.

It couldn’t have possibly been a more beautiful, sunny, crisp and just overall glorious fall morning.

After a week at my sewing machine it felt like a total breath of fresh air.

 The trail was absolutely stunning, and the fall colours are just starting to turn 🙂

If only my ceiling looked like this all the time 🙂

 I’ve felt cooped up in the sewing room all week- so I really needed the exercise.

The trail we went to is called Beamer Memorial Trail, just outside of Hamilton in Grimsby, Ontario.  

It has part of the Bruce Trail, which is an 885 km trail along the Niagara Escarpment. Needless to say we did not walk that far lol, we just did a small part of it 🙂

But quite a beautiful part, with views of lake Ontario 🙂

We also wandered our way down to the little waterfall at the end of one of the side trails


Kaitlyn taking pictures

She even took this one of me 🙂

Then we hiked back to the center of the trail and took these stairs down the escarpment into the valley belowf.

Then spent some time wandering the little creek running through the valley.

Doesn’t this look gorgeous- yes yes it does- but I will tell you my friends, be cautious walking along rocks, in a creek, that look like this. Why you ask? let me tell you:

Just imagine me, somewhat clumsily walking along, rock to rock, when all of the sudden I put all my faith, all  my weight, into my step onto a slightly angled rock, only to find out that the surface is coated in a very thin layer of algae that has about 0 friction. You can imagine what happens next: foot goes straight out from under me, and I’m on my bum before I can blink. Now the worst part of this whole experience was trying to get up off the slipperiest rock in the whole world, while trying not to pee your pants from laughter, while going into harder fits of giggles as your friend is almost peeing themselves watching you try to get up. Not to mention the very startled look I got from a birdwatcher who didn’t understand my laughter and was worried that I justf couldn’t get up, whom I had to reassure that I was indeed okay.

That my friends is why you must be cautious with these rocks.

But after the whole rock ordeal we made it all the way back up the stairs and back along the trail, where we ran into this little guy

What a cutie 🙂 I love woolly bear caterpillars 🙂 and what a nice end to the walk 🙂

I feel like this is something that I should do more often, I felt about 10 lbs lighter walking out of those woods, like it cleared my mind and refreshed me so much- I would highly recommend it, especially now while the weather is so beautiful!

Do you like to walk the trails in the fall? Do you have a favourite hiking trail in your area?

I just love it! and this trail is such a gem!

I am off to drink some tea, cuddle up in a sweater, and do all the very seasonable things- I might even buy a pumpkin to carve 🙂

xo erin

TBT: Vogue Charity Fashion Show

TBT: Vogue Charity Fashion Show

Hi All!

This Throwback Thursday I wanted to share something that I did in my third year of University: Vogue Charity Fashion Show (VCFS), which, as you can imagine from the name, is a charity fashion show hosted by a university club. I’m going to warn you right now- this might be a long post- this was quite an involved project!

(me and some of my models backstage in the dressing room- OMG I’m so cool, lol) 

I was one of 8 student designers who got to present a collection at the show- and this wasn’t just some little backyard fashion show- this was one of the biggest clubs on campus, and we presented at the Grand Theater in downtown Kingston!! It was so exciting!!

The theme for that year’s show was ‘VS. what’s your fight’, which you could interpret however you wanted. I chose to do ‘Modern vs. Vintage’- which for me meant lots of vintage silhouettes and colours but with modern elements like cut-outs, cropped tops and low-backs! I also based my whole collection around my ‘signature fabric’ which I used as a guide for colours and included in most of the looks- which was this beautiful floral rayon that I got from Fabricland a few years back (you will see this in the looks).

I designed an 8 look spring/summer collection. I wanted it to cover the whole range of what ‘my girl’ would be doing through the day so I had two girls with day looks, a guy and girl in swimwear, two girls in semi-formal, and a guy and girl in evening.

My big mission in this collection was to make everything the models wore including accessories, ties and headbands!  I used a combination of vintage patterns, modern patterns, free-hand drafting, copying the models clothes- you name it everything to make all the pieces, I’ve never been so challenged with fittings and design. And most of the garments were heavily modified from patterns because I designed them all from my mind without thinking to consult my pattern collection first…

Unfortunately I was crazy busy and run off my feet and I didn’t actually manage to take full front/back pics of all the looks- but I will try to piece the collection together with these photos!

Here are four of my lovely girls! From the left I have: Katherine (day look) in her 50’s silhouette red dress with cut-out back; Jackie (swim look) in her red high waisted cut-out bathing suit; Jordy (day look) in her cute little white high waisted shorts with little signature fabric waist belt and green crop top; and Morgan (semi-formal look) in her LBD with deep V back and complimenting belt.

In this next photo from the left we have: the smokin’ hot Ming (swim look) in his red/black swim trunks; Me- happy to be in the company of such gorgeous models; Effie (semi-formal look) in her high waisted wide leg white pant (very Katherine Hepburn) and fancy rayon signature fabric top; a very hidden Shannon (evening look) in her long flowing bias cut gown; and Jordy again in her day look!

That actually covers everyone except for Howard (the other evening look) who will appear in the later photos from the stage!

But I have a few more- close ups of a couple of the looks

Here is Jackie again in the swimsuit- and I made her a matching headband with the signature fabric.


Here is Katherine again with her day-look dress, and here you can see how the back is a deep V with side cut-outs. (this might have been my favourite look) Also I made her a matching neck-tie in the signature fabric to match!


And here is a slightly better shot of the evening dress on Shannon, along with the semi-formal pant/top look on Effie! with me in the middle of course- can you tell I spent all my time inside working (I’m so pale!)

Then I got some shots from the stage!

This was Howard’s look- a very slim fit black pant (I prayed that these would fit him- they were quite a slim fit!) A tailored cream shirt, which had a slight pattern on it, with a cream vest over top and red-tie made from the same fabric as the day-look dress, which was a wool crepe. – how classy does he look! I had the best male models ever!

I think all of the clothes looked great on the runway- and I couldn’t ask for better models, they were all fantastic!

They had a whole choreographed routine with music- I wish I could have seen it but I was stuck backstage!

They all had professional hair and make-up too- I felt like a real designer!

And I got to walk out on stage at the end of my runway show and bow to the audience!

The show ran for three nights, and lots of money was raised. Between a combination of not having a use for my pieces and a love of all my models, I decided to let them all keep their clothes- so they are out in the world still being enjoyed- occasionally one of my models will tag me in their facebook pics while they are wearing them! 🙂

My only regret is that this show happened right in the middle of a busy time at school and I have to say, looking back I was SO overwhelmed- third year of a psych degree is not the best time to be doing this- but honestly I wouldn’t trade it for the world- getting to go out on that stage and have everyone applaud my work, and having all my models love the way they look in the clothes after months of fittings and rehearsals. It was something I’ll never forget- and it gave me a great opportunity to learn so much about sewing, and fitting and making things work! not to mention mens wear!

I can’t believe that this was over two years ago now! And this was pretty much all the sewing I did for the whole year! What a journey that was!

xo erin