Give a Sh!rt !


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As September approaches, there is a faint smell of new stationary and new clothes that fills the fall air and warms my heart. I love fashion, so I can shop at any time and that’s what I plan to do this weekend in NYC (if i can survive the heat!).

New York is known as a one of the greatest fashion cities in the world, and as people consume over 80 billion pieces of clothing each year; the clothing industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters.

Did you know that it can take over 700 gallons of water to make one cotton T-shirt? That’s a crazy amount of water just to make one t-shirt.

I’m partial to my super soft T-shirts that have been worn in myself. They are great to sleep in and they always fit just right. You can get the same, soft appeal from a thrifted shirt (at the fraction of the price too).

The campaign #IGIVEASHIRT, Value Village challenges 1 million people to choose a thrifted T-shirt over a new one to save over a 1,000 Olympic Sized Swimming Pools worth of water!

That’s huge! To help spread awareness of the cause, you can join me at the Vancouver Aquarium for an art installation on August 17 and show that you give a sh!rt about your clothing footprint.

Check out this video of the installation.


Janelle Burger

It wouldn’t be fair to showcase artists and not highlight one of my favourites –  Janelle Burger. She does fabulous fashion illustrations, stationery, iPhone cases and even shirts. Check out her online store. I was lucky that she was able to do illustrations and the cover for my own book, The Love List.

Located in Paris, I had the opportunity to meet up with her early this year and visit one of her favourite places, Le Bon Marche. It was fantastic!

Don’t forget to follow her on twitter: janelleburgers and instagram: janelleburger  (ps: that’s not her real name:)