Today’s #WCW is Leona Staples!! Leona is a fourth generation farmer dedicated to teaching and sharing the history of farming and a growing food in central Alberta. Leona and her husband Blaine own and operate The Jungle Farm, creating family memories with an authentic farm experience. She began influencing the agriculture industry in her teens, as a very active and award-winning 4-H member. After graduating from the University of Alberta, she worked with Alberta Agriculture, and in 1996 moved to the family farm to raise their three boys. Together they made changes to create what the jungle Farm is today. Leona serves as an executive board member for the Innisfail Growers Cooperative, a founding board executive of Calgary’s farmer’s market, and current chair of the old College Board of Governors.
As you know I began my journey into capsule wardrobes and responsible fashion just over a year ago. I have learned so much and have discovered sooo many incredible brands and makers along the way (I’m talking rule-breakers, wave-makers who are genuinely making the world a little better). And as promised, I am going to share as much of this info with you as I can!
Before I get started, I do really want to clarify a few things. 1. Most of the clothes I will be sharing I have personally purchased. BUT some have been given to me in exchange for photos. 2. NO ONE has given me clothing in exchange for my review. Now why, am I telling you this? Because if you are anything like me, you find it exhausting to try and navigate whether someone truly loves a product or if they are only saying so because they want to make money selling it! (UGH) So to be perfectly clear, I am making ZERO dollars telling you my thoughts on these pieces of clothing.
Now all that said! I am so exciting to start sharing some of my favourite ethically made garments, in hopes that it might help you! Because ordering online is scary!!! OK so are you ready?
I am going to start out with a review of the FREE LABEL Tulip Tee! You have almost definitely seen me wearing this top whether on Instagram or around town. I L O V E, love it. Seriously.
- It is incredibly soft and flowy
- Made from Bamboo cotton which is breathable, antibacterial, biodegradable and sustainable!
- Washes incredibly well. I wash mine on the hand-wash cycle in my washer and hang to dry. It has been washed ALOT and is in perfect condition.
- It can be dressed up or down. Ladies, I wore this top layered over a little black dress for a fancy dinner, and I’ve also worn it with yoga pants to dance class! It’s very versatile!
- It’s reversible!!! You can were the tulip in the front or in the back.
- Made in Canada by lovely people
- There really isn’t one. I love this top!
- The cost seems scary. (it is worth it though)
If you have ANY questions! Let me know. I am more then happy to help!
Well the Women of Excellence Gala was as wonderful as I had hoped. Just picture a room full of inspiring women and their supportive community. Everyone gathered to recognize the contribution of these incredible people. I’m telling you, this type of positive energy is a force unlike no other!! In an effort to keep this powerful momentum going and to continue to lift these exceptional humans up after the awards have been handed out, I am excited to start sharing a photo of a nominee each week! My genuine hope is that we recognize the diversity and strength of the women in our community all year long! And that by doing so we will continually support, encourage and inspire one another!
So without further ado and in no particular order this weeks #WCW!
SHANNON MCQUAIG, was raised in Beiseker, Alberta and moved to Lacombe at the age of 16. She later went on to earn an Early Childhood Diploma from the Red Deer College. Shannon worked in various sectors of the education system but her heart was always in working with special needs and speech compromised children. After marrying in 1999 and while raising two children, Shannon volunteered on a number on non-profit projects before re-entering the workforce in 2003 to become a certified DONA Birth Doula. This career has evolved into a lifelong passion and helped bring over 450 babies into the world. Shannon cherishes all her clients as she works with them to create special birth experiences. You can find her online at www.holdinghandsdoula.ca