April 17th, 2012
The reduce, reuse, recycle mantra has never been more a propos.
The good stuff – ie. meat, cheese, etc. – tastes great, but is far from being sustainable. Inspired by hot award-winning documentary Vegucated ($4.99 rental on iTunes), we’re taking the challenge and going vegan for the month.
Instead of rushing off to buy new, we’re thinking about new ways to reinvent pieces we already own. Our current obsession? Breathing new life into faded leather bags (handbag from $60) and shoes by having them dyed at Teinture Cy Sauriol, Teinture Cy Sauriol, 7231 St-Hubert St., Montreal, 514-273-1211, www.teinturesauriol.com
We’re the first to admit it: Recycled fashion can quickly become a hot patchwork-y mess. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Behold this gorgeous recycled trench coat ($300) by Lennoxville’s 88 Queen St. —Christine Laroche
April 16th, 2012
What we put into our bodies is local (thanks, Lufa!), but what we apply on it? Not always – until now.
Smith Farms is an all-natural skincare line based in St-Polycarpe, Qc and developed by sisters Julia and Rebecca Smith. Though we love the fact that the products contain zero unpronounceable ingredients, we’re even more smitten with the fact that they actually perform.
The Shea Butter Lip Balm ($5) drenches our dried-out pout with long-lasting moisture, our honey is addicted to the Vitamin Rich Hand Cream ($18) and our stash of fancy creams has been pushed to the side in favor of the ultra-smooth, super soothing Marshmallow Face Cream ($26).
The verdict on this all-natural skin care? Much more chic than crunchy. —Christine Laroche
At À Votre Santé, 5126 Sherbrooke St. W., 514-482-8233, www.smithfarmsproducts.com