Friday, December 17, 2010

This weekend only! $5 Xpresspost Shipping

Just announced! For a limited time, late shoppers can still order from ecocessories and be reassured your order will arrive in time for Christmas. I'm offering a discounted rate of $5 for Xpresspost shipping in Canada!

{Pearl Bundle Circle Bracelet, $79 - shop online here}

Place your order this weekend, Dec. 17 - 20, 2010, to have it arrive in time for Christmas morning. Every ecocessories design is handmade from precious metals and recycled beads - making this a high quality gift of eco-friendly jewelry that she won't forget!

{English Lady Brooch Necklace, $124 - shop online here}

Ladies - pick out a piece to wear to your holiday party this year. There are over 100 pieces to choose from in the online shop - find the piece that speaks to you!

{Chanel Red Long Earrings - $34, shop online here}

Your order must be placed by Dec. 20 at 2pm EST to qualify for the $5 Xpresspost shipping rate. All orders placed between December 21st and January 10th will be shipped on January 11th.

Happy Holidays!

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Shipping Deadlines

ecocessories jewelry makes a beautiful gift for your loved one. You have until 2pm, Thursday, December 16th, 2010 to place your order at ecocessories.ca to take advantage of Free ground shipping in Canada and guaranteed arrival in time for Christmas! Enter coupon code "holidays" to save 15% - valid only until Dec. 16th!

{Blue Ice Round Earrings - $34, more details here}

For those late shoppers, all hope is not lost as you have an extended deadline until December 20th to use Xpresspost shipping in Canada with guaranteed arrival in time for December 25th.

{Royal Purple Swirl Pendant - $104, more details here}

All orders placed between December 21st and January 10th will be shipped on January 11th.

Happy Holidays!


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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

ecocessories is the ethicalDeal of the Day

TODAY ONLY save 50% off ecocessories! For one day, ethicalDeal is featuring ecocessories jewelry designs as the deal of the day. What is ethicalDeal? Watch the video to find out!


{Visit ethicalDeal.com to take advantage of today's deal!}

This is a group buying site that features only eco-friendly business, and ecocessories is the deal for today only! Take advantage of this exclusive offer, just in time for Christmas.

Place your orders by December 16th for guaranteed arrival by Christmas Day!


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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

ecocessories is Featured in Vancouver's CRAVE Guide

I am happy to announce that ecocessories is featured in Vancouver's 3rd edition of the CRAVE Guide. In their own words, "CRAVE innovatively connects urban gals to the sassiest, gutsiest, most inspiring people they need to know in town. Soirees, gatherings and online networking—we are your guide to everything you CRAVE in your city."

{Buy your copy of the Vancouver CRAVE Guide here, $20}

The CRAVE Guide is a book that showcases over 150 local women entrepreneurs, now in it's 3rd edition. ecocessories was invited to be featured in the book, and I couldn't be prouder to be among such an amazing group of inspiring women.

I have a limited number of the books for sale - just in time for Christmas! To my customers in Vancouver, this book makes a wonderful gift for girlfriends, or a gorgeous coffee book table for you. Pick up one for yourself, and your best friend by clicking here. The books is only $20, no HST and free shipping in Canada. It doesn't get much better than that!

Remember - place your orders by December 16th to enjoy free shipping in Canada with guaranteed arrival in time for Christmas!

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Successful Event

Yesterday I had the pleasure of having my jewelry designs featured in an eco fashion show in Toronto, Ontario! Since working in my new studio in Ontario, I've been looking for opportunities to connect with local, like-minded people. Luckily, I am a member of Fashion Takes Action and I received an invitation to participate in Fashion The United Way.

{See more photos of Fashion The United Way at the ecocessories Facebook page}

After contacting one of the organizers, Judy, I got connected with Francesca Miles - designer of beautiful handbags and clutches. It was decided we would do an accessories show - the models would wear all black and would carry Francesca's bags and wear ecocessories jewelry.

On Monday night I got a chance to meet all of the fantastic models that would be walking the runway wearing ecocessories designs! We decided who would wear what pieces, and partnered the necklace, bracelet and earring collections with Francesca's bags. We were both so impressed at how well everything coordinated! Francesca has an eye for choosing, bold and unique fabrics, and her high quality craftsmanship shows in every design.

Tuesday the models hit the runway for a great show. Behind the scenes, everyone had a lot of fun, and although there was a bit of pressure between outfit changes, everything went great! Thank you to the wonderful models who wore ecocessories jewelry, to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for hosting this great event, and to Francesca for partnering with me in our runway show!


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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fashion The United Way - Eco Fashion Show in Toronto

On Tuesday, November 23rd, ecocessories is participating in the Fashion The United Way eco fashion show being hosted by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment in Toronto. ecocessories jewelry is pairing up with Francesca Miles, designer of handbags and accessories, in a run way show. Models will don black cat-suits and accessorize with jewelry and bags before hitting the runway in style.

{Magenta Brooch Gold Necklace, to be shown at Fashion The United Way}

Also participating in this show are Nicole Bridger - winner of Canada's first ever eco-fashion award, Thieves by Sonja Den Elzen, and Baby Steinberg.

when? Tuesday, November 23rd
time? 3:30pm
where? Ministry of the Environment, 40 St. Clair Avenue West , 3rd floor, Toronto, Ontario

{Handbags and accessories by Francesca Miles}

The event is being hosted by Natalie Johnson of CTV. Tickets to the show are only $10 and all proceeds will benefit the United Way. Come out for an afternoon of eco fashion in Toronto, on Tuesday, November 23rd!

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sarnia Poppies - Newest Retailer of ecocessories Jewelry

I am excited to announce the newest retailer in Ontario to sell ecocessories jewelry! Poppies opened this past July in Sarnia, my hometown, in the new hospital, Bluewater Health. Owner, Susan Chamberlain is an experienced local entrepreneur - she is also the owner of Sarnia's favourite independent book store, The Bookkeeper. Susan has stocked the new gift store with tons of unique designs and gift items representative of the slogan - the store that offers so much more!

{Entrance to Poppies - located inside Bluewater Health, Sarnia, Ontario}

One thing that strikes me about being in Poppies is what a cheerful and open atmosphere the store has. Located inside Bluewater Health, many of the gifts that leave Poppies are headed to cheer up someone who is sick. A gift from Poppies would definitely brighten any one's day!

{Beautiful, eco-friendly jewelry display at Poppies featuring a one-of-a-kind selection}

Nurses at Bluewater Health may already be familiar with ecocessories jewelry, which was first introduced by biggest fan, my mom, to her co-workers on the Surgical floor! Now ecocessories is carried in Poppies and always available for you!

{Nikki modeling her Everyday Earrings}

The staff at Poppies were immediately fans, and Nikki picked up a pair of Everyday Earrings! They look great, and will be perfect while she interacts with customers all day, finding everyone the right gift.

Check out one-of-a-kind jewelry available only at Poppies in Sarnia, Ontario.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Recycled Jewelry: Black Seagull Brooch Necklace

I often get asked where my inspiration comes from when designing jewelry - and I usually answer that it comes from the recycled beads, and vintage pieces that I use to design my line! ecocessories jewelry is a combination of precious metals and recycled materials to create one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry.

Recently I came across this amazing Seagull Brooch, which was generously recycled by a member of White Rock First United Church. This particular brooch caught my eye because it is in great condition and it's unique and flowing shape made me realize right away that it would make an amazing focal point for a necklace.

{Recycled "Sarah Coventry, 'Mr. Seagull' brooch"}

On the back of the brooch was a stamp, which is great because I love being able to research a bit about the components in my pieces to give the item an even more special story. The stamp bore the words "Canada" and "Sarah Cov". A bit of googling taught me that the company which designed Sarah Coventry was started in 1948. This line of costume jewelry was named after the owner's granddaughter, Sarah. This brooch is called "Mr. Seagull" and is a Rhodium plated brooch.

{Back of the 'Mr. Seagull' brooch}

You can see the markings on the back of the brooch in the photograph above. I knew I wanted to drill two small holes at the tip of Mr. Seagull's wings to be able to wire wrap a necklace that seemed to continue out from his wings. By attaching the brooch to the necklace this way, Mr. Seagull appears to be taking flight across your neck.

{New design by ecocessories - available in the online shop}

This is a modern, one-of-a-kind necklace design. It is a unique piece, with a beautiful story, and has a timeless, artistic appeal. This necklace could represent freedom, or taking chances and would make a great gift.

{Shop online - "Black Seagull Brooch Necklace" - recycled brooch and sterling silver chain}

The new design hangs at 18" and also features faceted black glass beads, sterling silver wire, and a signature hand forged sterling silver "S" hook clasp. I'd love to know what you think of the before and after! Comment below.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Recycled Earring Necklaces

A lot of the jewelry that is recycled with ecocessories comes in the form of beaded necklaces, bracelets, or earrings, that I disassemble, sort by colour, and use as my palette for new designs. However, sometimes I get recycled jewelry that presents a real challenge, and that happened recently with a collection of recycled stud earrings from the members of First United Church in White Rock, B.C.

{Recycled jewelry from First United White Rock. I have sorted all the pieces by colour in Mason jars, now it's time to disassemble the beads and get inspired!}

This particular batch of recycled jewelry was generously donated by the members of this congregation earlier this summer, and I've been slowly disassembling it in preparation for Fall 2010. The members of the church had been collecting old jewelry for over 4 years as a method of fund raising. The chapter had to be closed, but upon reading about ecocessories in the Vancouver Sun one member, Evelyn, found out they could recycle the left over jewelry.
Evelyn and I emailed and made the arrangements. Four l
arge bags of jewelry arrived, and I was immediately excited at the potential and extremely grateful to the members for all deciding to recycled the jewelry with ecocessories! Thank you First United of White Rock.

{Tie Dye stud earrings features the blacks and fuschia's I've been including in my Fall collection. I remove the backs and clean the earrings.}

Last week, while designing my Fall/Winter 2010 collection, I was studying a half dozen pairs of stud earrings, trying to see the potential for a new design. It occurred to me to remove the backs and attach the earrings together to make a design that is the same on both sides. The resulting earring pebbles make the perfect necklace pendant!

{After preparing a number of earrings, I glue each pair together to make a circle that can be flipped either way as a Necklace pendant.}

I am very excited to share my latest design and the other pieces in the Fall 2010 collection. Check back often as I continue to add new designs throughout the season. If you see something you like, don't hesitate as most ecocessories designs are one of a kind! Shop online now and enjoy Free Shipping in Canada.


{If you can't see the Flickr slideshow of Recycled Earring Necklaces, click here}

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Monday, October 4, 2010

ETHIK Boutique on CTV Montreal

ecocessories is proud to be a member of ETHIK BGC - a Montreal based eco fashion collective that features 40 designers, all women entrepreneurs, of 19 different nationalities from around the world. Recently ETHIK BGC was featured in a segment on CTV Montreal, where founder Liz Suarez is interviewed on what running this ethical boutique is all about.

{Click the photo to watch the video at CTV.ca}

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Interview with a Fashion Design Student

I recently completed an interview with a fashion design student from the Art Institute of Vancouver. Sharlyn is an aspiring designer, and invited ecocessories to be a part of her magazine project for class. I tried to impart some words of wisdom, and thought you might be interested in reading the interview too! Enjoy!



Sharlyn: When did you know that jewelry design is what you wa
nted to get into and what influenced this?

Jessica: In 2007 I graduated from business school in Ontario, and flew out West to get in touch with my creative roots. I've always been an artist, but had yet to find the medi
um that inspired me the most! I knew Vancouver, with all it's natural beauty and artistic communities, would be the perfect spot for me to explore my creativity. I was working at the North Shore News and a co-worker was designing jewelry as a hobby. She taught me a few techniques and everything spiraled from there.

Since living in B.C. I had been really focused on living an "eco" lifestyle
, so I knew if I launched a company I wanted it to be eco-friendly as well. One day, the concept for ecocessories hit me - I realized that instead of purchasing new materials, I could rely on recycled jewelry to use materials that already exist in this world. I went home and disassembled every piece of jewelry I had! I also knew that I wanted the new designs I make to be high quality. I enrolled in a silversmithing course at North Vancouver Continuing Education and studied under a local silversmith.

Sharlyn: Did your first go at making jewelry turn out well?

Jessica: I'd say so! I started revealing my designs to family and friends and the positive response was overwhelming, and exactly the motivation I needed to keep going. However, it certainly hasn't been an easy road. It's constantly a balancing act between my creativity and my inner business woman. I have to be conscientious about managing the business side of things, when in all honestly I'd love to just design jewelry all day!


These first couple years of operating have been a learning curve to find out what works for my jewelry business too. I started out selling at shows, which was great for marketing and exposure. I was able to get feedback on my designs directly from customers, and learned to be a better designer. However, shows are expensive and in some cases I just broke even making it hard to get ahead. If I could do it all over again, I think I'd try to establish a client base first and then attend the shows, but that is just me. For some other designers shows are great. It's all about finding what works for you, and not just pursuing something because others are. You have to stay true to your own abilities and resources, and sometimes be able to look at an opportunity and just say no, because of timing, fit, or whatever.


Sharlyn: Where do you get your inspiration?

Jessica: My main inspiration comes from the recycled jewelry that I work with. ecocessories has a jewelry recycling service that takes in old, broken, unwanted jewelry from women across Canada. This is the sole source of material for my designs, besides the n
ew silver that I use. This means that I am limited to the recycled materials that comes to me - but this is also the most exciting part! I love the challenge of making a design work with just the recycled beads I have, or perhaps making adaptations to reflect the materials.

For my seasonal collections I am inspired by the environment and current fashion trends. As an artist, I look at the world in detail. I see the beauty in the finest details of nature, and I identify colours and shapes that aren't so obvious. For Spring/Summer 2010 my inspiration was water, in it's many shapes and forms. This inspired the colour palette I worked with - aqua blues, coral pinks, seaweed greens etc. I also really pay attention to what is happening in fashion, and what colours seem to be represented each season, because of course I want my jewelry to work with what is in style, although most pieces do end up with a timeless appeal.


Sharlyn: Do you have a muse?

Jessica: I don't know that I exactly have one muse, but I try to stay in touch with my inner voice and my spirit guides. I believe in the spiritual world, and that each of us has spirits that help us make decisions and succeed on certain paths in our lives. For me I
just try to trust in the direction I'm heading and that everything happens for a reason. I try to take disappointments, acknowledge them, and then continue on knowing that I'm supposed to be headed where I am. If I am stuck on a design, or an important business decision, sometimes it just takes a few days of reflection to identify what the answer may be. Life can certainly be frustrating, especially working as an artist, designer, and/or independent business person, but it's important to always trust your instincts and stay true to yourself!


Sharlyn: What advice would you give to an aspiring designer?

Jessica: Honestly just believe in yourself, have confidence, and always follow your passion. The more confidence you have in your ideas, the more others will want to support you! And this is the one thing that only you have control over. If you are wishy washy about what you are doing, or constantly seeking the approval of others before you make progress, it will show. I believe that our energy goes in to the things we are creating, and so it's important to reflect on what attitude you have while designing, because that attitude could affect how that piece sells, or the success of that certain collection.

As a designer, you need to realize you are doing something way more interesting than the majority of people in this world! Use that to your advantage. People will want to hear about your product, your progress etc. because it's different from what 90% of the population is doing with their lives. I try not to focus on weaknesses - sure I have them and every day really can be an uphill battle, but if someone asks about my designs or my business I just focus on the positive, and the lessons learned. People will always think it is easier than it is, and that used to frustrate me (do they not know how many hours I spent on that piece?! how my fingers were raw from bending that wire?! how I almost torched my hair soldering that clasp?!), but I try to let it slide. They just see something beautiful and the end, and it's up to you to defend your design's value and not take anything too personally.

Sharlyn: And if there is any other information you would like to share it would be greatly appreciated :)

Jessica: There is ALWAYS room for more design, beauty and art in this world. Don't ever think for one minute that because there are a lot of others out there doing what you are doing, that you shouldn't pursue this too. Your vision will be uniquely yours, and that is a wonderful thing! There will always be someone leaving the design world, and that just means it's time for you to slide on in! Good luck!!


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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Eco Fashion Week Vancouver

Last night was the opening party and today marks the start of Eco Fashion Week Vancouver! I am sad that I could not be a part of this fantastic event this fall, but it was not possible for me with ecocessories just getting back into the swing of things after a break for my wedding this summer. However, I am excited to share with you some of my favourite eco fashion designers that will be showing their clothing collections this week at the event, as well as some influential eco fashion speakers that will be hosting seminars this week too.

{Cardigan Wrap by Nixxi}

Nixxi has been a long time favourite of mine. Designer Jada-Lee is an expert at fusing contrasts of structured lines versus casual drapes, and redefined classics with edgy cuts. I love the asymmetry of some of the pieces in the Nixxi collection, and the choice of eco-friendly fabrics including organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, soy, lyocell, organic wool, silk, and linen. The great thing about Nixxi clothing is that it can be personalized to suit your style by adding a few accessories, such as a statement ecocessories necklace. See Nixxi tonight at 8:30pm at the Creekside Community Centre.

{Integrity Top by Nicole Bridger}

I first learned about Nicole Bridger when this motivated designer won Canada's first ever Eco Fashion Designer Award from Toronto based Fashion Takes Action. Her story is heartfelt - she credits a split from her husband and the healing process thereafter as inspiring her label. Even the tags on her pieces communicate the emotion that went into designing this line, which feature the words I Am Love. These words are meant as an affirmation of her commitment to take care of the earth's people. The Nicole Bridger collection includes everything from your basic tanks and tees for layering, to unique styles such as my favourite for Fall 2010, the Healing Cardigan. See Nicole Bridger on Wednesday night at 8:30pm at the Creekside Community Centre.

{Bamboo Dress in Ocean by Lav & Kush}

Lav & Kush is a sustainable clothing line that boasts flirty feminine styles in soft buttery fabrics that flatter most body types. Carefully placed details such as gathers, pleats and ruffles contribute to the unique pieces that define this collection. Designer Amanda Saxena has a commitment to supporting non-profits with the sale of her designs, including PETA, David Suzuki Foundation and BCSPCA to name a few. Sexy styles in the Fall 2010 collection truly represent the line's slogan "The Flirt of Sustainable Fashion". See Lav & Kush tonight at 8:30pm at the Creekside Community Centre.

{Eco Model and Environmental Activist, Summer Rayne Oakes}

These are just a few of the designers with runway shows during Vancouver Eco Fashion Week and you can find the whole schedule on their website here. In addition to the designers, the Vancouver Eco Fashion Week team has lined up a speaker series, featuring one of my favourite eco fashion influencers, Summer Rayne Oakes. Summer Rayne is a model-activist who seamlessly combines her environmental vision with her modeling career. Summer Rayne uses the fashion industry as a platform for environmental activism as has successfully been named the world's first eco model. Hear Summer Rayne speak this Thursday at 10:00am at the Creekside Community Centre.

If you are lucky enough to be in Vancouver to attend these events, enjoy! And if you aren't, please support these amazing designers when choosing your wardrobe this fall (all collections are for sale online and at boutiques across Canada). It is imperative that we all become more aware about where our clothing is made, and what it is made of. In fact I just watched a video yesterday about the cotton fields in India, and if you have 10 minutes to watch, this is a worthy video to help us understand the cycle we are up against.



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Friday, September 24, 2010

Support Local with Fine Finds

This weekend Fine Finds, a Vancouver retailer of ecocessories jewelry, is hosting an amazing event called Support Local. Fine Finds is located in Yaletown and are also proud to announce that they've been chosen as Vancouver's Favourite Gift Store as voted in the Georgia Straight two years in a row!

{Visit Fine Finds this weekend for Support Local and enter to win a $1000 shopping spree!}

There is really no reason not to pop by Fine Finds sometime during the weekend of September 24, 25, & 26th if you are out around downtown Vancouver. Just by attending you will be treated to champagne, chocolates, and the chance to win a $1000 shopping spree!

{Shop for new styles from your favourite Canadian fashion designers}

You will be able to shop and learn about the local designers that are carried at Fine Finds, which boasts almost a dozen glass cabinets of Canadian designer jewelry, racks of new Fall 2010 collections, and tables of the most unique gifts in town!


Stop by Fine Finds any time this weekend and if you RSVP with the subject RSVP and your name to lindsay@finefindsboutique.com you will automatically receive a free gift! Show your love for Canadian and Vancouver based design at Fine Finds.

Where? 1014 Mainland St., Yaletown, B.C.
How to get there? Drive, walk or take the Canada Line to the Yaletown-Roundhouse station.
RSVP? Yes - send an email with your name and the subject RSVP to lindsay@finefindsboutique.com

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mixed Greens - Earth Friendly Shopping in Fenelon Falls

This summer my husband and I made the decision to leave our beloved home in North Vancouver, B.C. to move back to Ontario to be close to our family and friends. ecocessories is expanding nationally and will still have a strong presence in Vancouver with both Fine Finds in Yaletown, and Poppy Hair Boutique on West 4th carrying ecocessories designs and accepting recycled jewelry.

{Mixed Greens now carries ecocessories jewelry and is located at 3 Francis Street West in Fenelon Falls, Ontario}

Luckily, we have made our new home and located my new studio in the small town of Fenelon Falls, Ontario, which boasts a beautiful waterfront, abundant nature, and strong community spirit. I was excited when visiting Fenelon Falls this summer to discover Mixed Greens, a local retailer of earth friendly goods. Mixed Greens carries many of the eco-friendly and organic products that we came to know and love in Vancouver, and I am proud to announce that ecocessories jewelry is now available there too!

{Unique ecocessories jewelry designs, available exclusively at Mixed Greens}

This eco-friendly shop is run by a passionate couple, and a few minutes chatting with owner Damien Valles had us discussing everything from personal care products, eco fashion, to raising chickens! Damien explained that he'd opened the shop at the beginning of this summer and has received a wonderfully positive response from the local community. While he has started out offering a diverse range of eco products, he aspires to really engage the community by hosting workshops and showing documentaries in his Francis St. storefront.

{Me To We Style organic cotton t-shirts}

I was happy to see Mixed Greens offering some of my favourite brands, including Me To We Style, a Toronto based sustainable clothing brand who ecocessories partnered with for the Less Is More campaign this summer. Also available is Homestead House Milk Paint which I'm excited to try on some furniture redesign and my favourite Badger Balm Sunscreen which protects your skin and nourishes it too using a mixture of essential oils.

{Visit Mixed Greens in Fenelon Falls, Ontario or join the Facebook page here}

These are just a few among many amazing products available at Mixed Greens. If you are in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario, this store is a must visit destination. Shop for ecocessories jewelry and other great eco-friendly goods!

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Monday, September 20, 2010

An Eco-Friendly Wedding

This summer, on August 21, 2010, my husband and I celebrated our wedding. For us this day was about sealing the bond of our love, but we also realized it was an opportunity to share and practice our eco-friendly values with our friends and family. Of course myself, the bridesmaids, and the mothers were all wearing ecocessories jewelry, all uniquely designed one-of-a-kind pieces that reflected each woman's personality.

{Zipping of the dress - photography by Jer Wilcocks Photography}

The girls all got their hair done at the earth friendly hair salon in Petrolia, Ontario called the Rooted Bohemian. We got ready at my Nana's house in my hometown of Sarnia, Ontario and the reception was held in my mother's backyard gardens during a light summer rain (good thing the guests brought umbrellas!). Our minister was Allan McKeown, who, as a member of the Green Party shared our eco-friendly values too and incorporated this into the ceremony words.

{Me, wearing my ecocessories bridal jewelry featuring recycled pearls and sterling silver chain - photography by Jer Wilcocks Photography}

My dress was custom designed from my mother's original wedding dress. I took my mother's dress to talented Vancouver designer Tanya King, who deconstructed the original and came up with a one-of-a-kind design that reflected my style. The men all wore rented tux's, Sterling Silver Dime Cufflinks by ecocessories, and handmade ties by the Cyberoptix Tielab.

{The bridesmaids were wearing the sustainable and versatile Chameleon Gown by Isadora Clothing - photography by Jer Wilcocks Photography}

The bridesmaids all held paper umbrellas, instead of bouquets, as the wedding day featured absolutely no cut flowers. This was a big way for us to cut on costs and reduce our carbon footprint. My bouquet was made of hand-crafted paper flowers and was completely recyclable. Our centerpieces at the reception hall were all potted plants, all contained in clay pots hand-painted with low VOC paint, that our guests were able to bring home.

{Even the transportation was eco-friendly - here we are heading to the reception by horse drawn carriage - photography by Jer Wilcocks Photography}

Other details that reflected our eco-friendly style were the organic cupcakes we made and served for dessert, the recycled glassware cupcake towers, and the recycled cardboard "Just Married" sign. With every single decision we made (and believe me, there were a lot of them!) my husband and I truly asked ourselves what the best answer was considering the environment. I am so happy and proud of our special day and encourage any bride and groom planning a wedding to think about what eco-friendly details you can incorporate too!

ecocessories offers unique designer wedding jewelry for something old & something new on your wedding day. Browse the designs available online, or please contact me for a custom piece, perhaps incorporating heirloom jewelry of your own.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Enter to Win from the Green Bride Guide

As an eco bride planning my own wedding (which is happening in less than 3 weeks - yikes!) I know how hard it can be to stay true to your values while making beautiful choices for your special day. The Green Bride Guide is truly the ultimate resource for eco-minded couples out there, no matter what stage you are at in your planning!

{Shop the ecocessories wedding collection here}

This month there is a special contest going on at the Green Bride Guide - entrants have a chance to win a pair of ecocessories earrings that feature glass teardrops that were once dripping from a chandelier, and recycled faux pearls. This beautiful pair would be perfect for an eco bride or any other special occasion!


Enter the contest here and then spend some more time browsing this amazing site. Features that particularly caught my eye were:

- Top 10 Tips for Greening Your Bridal Jewelry (Tip #11, shop at ecocessories.ca!)
- Green Wedding Registry (when we were starting out our planning a couple years ago, this was impossible to find, so we ended up registering at an antiques store!)
- Carbon Calculator (My wedding will generate up to 10 tons CO2 - yuck.)
- Beverage Calculator (Estimate exactly how many bottles you'll need.)

Every day I'm identifying more opportunities to lessen the impact I'm having on this planet, and whether you are an eco bride or not, we can all make a difference. Three cheers for the Green Bride Guide for helping us make greener choices!


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Monday, July 19, 2010

ETHIK Boutique - A Montreal Eco Fashion Collective

ETHIK Boutique is a project of FEM International - a non-profit organization that encourages women to reach their potential through socially and ecologically responsible enterprising. This Montreal fashion incubator is home to 60 plus international designers, all run with social and ecologically responsible values in mind.

{ecocessories bracelets feature hand forged signature "S" hook clasps}

ecocessories designer jewelry is now for sale at ETHIK! With every single sale of ecocessories jewelry, women around the globe are supported with business training to realize their dreams.

{ecocessories earrings make a perfect gift! Feathers are fun for summer.}

This month ETHIK is celebrating its one year anniversary with special discounts and gifts with purchase. If you live in, or are visiting Montreal, take the time to visit 6050 St. Hubert Street to experience a collective passionate about eco-fashion.

{Choose from a selection of necklace styles at ETHIK Boutique in Montreal.}

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Me To We Style Launches Less Is More

Less is more. For me, this is a statement that reflects a lifestyle of sustainable choices, simple living, and recognizing potential in what already exists. It is also the name of Toronto based Me To We Style's latest campaign to bring about awareness of eco fashion. New to Me To We Style's collection of sustainable clothing is the Organic Cotton Madura T-shirt Dress. This charitable fashion organization (50% of profits are donated to Free The Children) wants us to recognize the unlimited potential available in one piece of clothing. Partnering with other sustainable designers, Me To We Style organized a photo shoot showcasing 12 different looks with one dress. Regardless if you are hitting the beach or heading out for a night of cocktails this summer, the Madura T-Shirt Dress can carry your style.

{Visit the Less Is More campaign to see ecocessories jewelry featured in today's look!}

This concept particularly resounds with me as an eco-fashionista. I strongly believe in working with materials that already exist to create fashion that is new, exciting, and stylish. In terms of your wardrobe, this can mean investing in high quality accessories that can be intermixed with pieces you have to keep your look fresh everyday. ecocessories' high quality eco-friendly designer jewelry had the opportunity to be featured in Me To We Style's shoot this summer demonstrating how you can pull of an eco-fashion outfit with a few simple elements.

Head over to the Less Is More campaign to see all 12 looks being revealed every Tuesday and Friday until August 6th, and to order your Madura T-shirt Dress. Me To We Style teaches us that buying a t-shirt really can help save the planet!


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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I Heart Wine (especially when it supports a great cause!)

I was excited to help out when a fellow Laurier grad contacted ecocessories to support an upcoming fundraiser for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Now a student at George Brown College, Lauren and her group members are hosting "I Heart Wine" - a wine tasting event where participants will be educated on the finer details of enjoying this flavourful drink.

{Glowing Hearts Necklace & Bracelet - attend "I Heart Wine" for your chance to win this one-of-a-kind set!}

The night promises to be fun and entertaining with live music and prizes to compliment the tasting. If you are in Toronto tomorrow night, Thursday, July 8th - support this wonderful cause being held at the Ontario Heritage Center and have a chance to win my eco-friendly jewelry designs!

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Visit ecocessories to shop for recycled bead & sterling silver one-of-a-kind designs.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Embracing Change

Sometimes life calls for a change, something I first embraced 3 years ago by flying West from my hometown of Sarnia, Ontario. I had just completed a business degree, but my heart was calling to get back in touch with my artistic roots. Vancouver was the perfect source for inspiration and it wasn't long before I started to develop the idea for ecocessories - an eco-friendly jewelry design company.

{Green Short Swirl Necklace, $104, Available Online}

Now 3 years later, things have come full circle as I've returned to Ontario where I will be celebrating my wedding this upcoming August. My fiancé and I decided to come home to be close to friends and family as we prepare for our future together.

Despite our move, ecocessories will continue to have a strong presence in Vancouver. Two locations are now accepting recycled jewelry, in addition to selling new ecocessories jewelry! Drop off your old, broken, unwanted jewelry in Yaletown at Fine Finds, or on West 4th Avenue at Poppy Hair Boutique. As a thank you, you'll receive a 10% coupon off in store ecocessories jewelry designs!

{Sailboat Long Charm Necklace, $114, Available Online}

My new Ontario studio location will also allow me to expand nationally, making my unique sterling silver & recycled bead jewelry designs more accessible to you. The online shop also continues to offer free shipping in Canada, so have a peek and see what's new for summer!

Thanks to my loyal customers and followers that motivate and inspire me every day. I look forward to growing ecocessories with your continued support!

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ecocessories™ to shop for recycled bead & sterling silver one-of-a-kind designs.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Supporting the Surrey Christmas Bureau

ecocessories is proud to support the Surrey Christmas Bureau's upcoming event, the White As Snow Charity Gala, which is being held next week on Friday, June 25, 2010. This fundraiser marks the half way point to Christmas and the goal is to raise $20,000 in support of programs that served over 2000 families and 5000 children in 2009.

{ecocessories bracelet and earrings donation for the silent auction to support the Surrey Christmas Bureau}

The "Sand & Sage Ribbon Bracelet" and the "White Ocean Round Earrings" will be featured as a silent auction prize at this charity gala event. Tickets are $75 and the evening promises to be full of inspiration, laughter, and fundraising efforts for an amazing cause!

Click here to buy your tickets, and bid on this unique set from ecocessories.


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Visit ecocessories to shop for recycled bead & sterling silver one-of-a-kind designs.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Custom Eco Jewelry Design in Canada

Side note - I don't know if you've noticed, but my press page has expanded in June! The Vancouver Sun, the North Shore News, the Alternative Consumer, and Eco Fashion World have all made mention of ecocessories this month - and we're only 8 days in! Thank you for the wonderful exposure, and hello to all the new eco fashionistas I'm connecting with because of it.

I've had the opportunity lately to work on a few really great custom projects. I'm pretty sure all of us women have old jewelry around that holds cherished sentimental value. When a special occasion comes along, it is a really nice idea to have these pieces reinvented to complement your style.

{Valerie's grandmother's crystals were recycled from an old choker}

Valerie had a choker that originally belonged to her grandmother. The choker featured beautiful vintage crystals that held special meaning to Valerie, but needed a new life. After disassembling the original choker, Valerie contacted me when she noticed ecocessories jewelry designs at the North Vancouver Community Arts Council during a recent exhibit. After learning that I redesign old, broken, unwanted jewelry into new high quality designs, she realized that ecocessories was exactly what she needed to give the crystals new life.

{The new design can be worn as two different necklace styles, or even as a wrap bracelet}

A very special event was approaching and Valerie wanted to give her daughter a meaningful gift to celebrate her upcoming wedding. Whether or not the jewelry is worn on the upcoming wedding day, the bride will have a beautiful piece of eco-friendly jewelry that features pieces of her past and contains the beautiful love from her mother.

{Old, tarnished clip on earrings need a bit of modernizing}

Valerie delivered the gift, and the mother and daughter were so pleased that they decided to have a pair of matching earrings designed too from the tarnished clip-on pair that went with the original choker.

{A beautiful new pair featuring the recycled vintage crystals and new sterling silver earring wires and chain}

Do you have beads or old jewelry of sentimental value to you? If you have an upcoming wedding, celebration, or special occasion, you can have a piece of jewelry custom designed for the event. I can work with you, regardless of where you live in Canada. If we aren't geographically close, don't worry about it! We can work over email, phone, and Skype to come up with your one-of-a-kind piece of custom eco jewelry.

I'll accept your jewelry or beads by mail, and you will receive frequent photos and communication through the design process. Please email me at jessica@ecocessories.ca to discuss your design today!

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Visit ecocessories to shop for recycled bead & sterling silver one-of-a-kind designs.