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Posts for June 14th 2010

Atom Egoyan et al Give to LEAF

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By Laura Connell · June 14, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) held its annual celebration on Friday with a party that brought nature indoors at the Artscape Wychwood Barns at Christie and St. Clair. Adorned with potted trees native to various cross-Canada locales, the spare space was lit by second-hand lamps from Goodwill, an intriguing juxtaposition of the quiet beauty of trees with the kitschy appeal of mismatched goods being diverted from landfill.

Local celebrities embraced the event by contributing their choices for favourite urban tree--filmmaker Atom Egoyan says of his choice: " I walk by this tree every day and I love how it's set against the street with the CN Tower in the middle." Adrienne Clarkson and author Vincent Lam also contributed their favourites with photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo capturing the images which sold for $750 each to support LEAF, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and improving the urban forest through planting, training and education. If you don't already know, trees have countless benefits for cities including improved air quality, reduced air temperatures, less noise pollution, and higher property values. Deciduous trees planted on the south and west sides of a house can reduce air conditioning use by up to 40 per cent!

What can't be captured in numbers is the feeling trees give of warmth, peace and stillness. I feel it whenever I go for a walk in the forest and I felt that sense of calm whilst surrounded by the trees inside Artscape. Acoustic sounds by bands Forest City Lovers and The Wilderness of Manitoba enhanced the peaceful mood, and Urban Tree Salvage, which creates functional art pieces exclusively from salvaged wood, provided raffle prizes such as candle holders and platters.

Saving me from a fashion-free post, LEAF's marketing manager Robin Sutherland wore a standout piece by eco-friendly designer Thieves, a one-shoulder dress with leaf-like epaulet, perfectly suited to the occasion in its stunning ethereal simplicity.

Links à la Mode : The IFB Weekly Roundup: June 10

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By Laura Connell · June 14, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Fashion Blogger’s Delight

After a small hiatus of Links à la Mode it was great to revisit all the wonderful links submitted to the community each week. As bloggers grow, so do concerns about growing pains. Sugar & Spice talks about bridging the gap between her online identity and real life one, Retro Chick ponders the pros and cons of niche blogging and Miss Vinyl Ahoy shares tips protecting your content with a Creative Commons license. But that’s not all… there are loads of interviews from Fasshionaburu meets Rachel Roy and M.I.S.S. interviews a vintage vixen for a stunning video (try saying that 3x). All a great mix, so grab a cuppa tea and enjoy!

Links à la Mode : June 10th