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The Garment  Connecting women and responsible brands. Calgary, Canada. βœ‰οΈ: morgan@thegarment.ca


"With illusions of someday/cast in a golden light/no dress rehearsal, this is our life." - The Tragically Hip. Today, our country woke up to news that we had lost Gord Downie, arguably the most Canadian person there is. Diagnosed with incurable brain cancer almost two years ago, Gord did the unthinkable. He rallied the band, relearnt all his songs, and put on the cross Canada tour of a lifetime. We hosted a backyard party on the last day of that show. All our friends came together, and on that night that, the night itself was all that mattered - dancing, the feeling of togetherness, and the sense that anything we wanted was possible. Now, with Gord's passing, I find myself inspired not to simply think longingly about someday, but to go out into the world and make it happen ✨. #thankyougord

People often remark that it must be a lot of work - this whole 'taking pictures/writing captions/responding to comments Instagram thing'. And, in some ways, it is. And in many ways, it's not. I feel humbled and honoured to do this work, and this quote by Alan Moore sums up why: "Beautiful things are prepared with love. The act of creating something of beauty is a way of bringing good into the world. Infused with optimism, it says simply: life is worthwhile." #yestothis

"A beautiful dress may be seen on the hanger, but that means nothing. It must be seen on the shoulders, with the movement of the arms, the legs, the waist." - Coco Chanel

This. Because I've had a few mom fails lately (forgot it was picture day, way too many cheese sticks being doled out daily, etc. etc.) and today we made it to the store to pick out Halloween decorations. So I'm going to go ahead and call this a win πŸ˜‰πŸ‘». #honestmotherhood *POST UPDATE*: #justhandedoacheesestick #notaimingforperfecthere

Buy less (1). Choose well (2). Make it last (3). Recognize those words? They're from @viviennewestwood, and are often quoted by ethical fashion enthusiasts. I think they're great, and, I think that sometimes simply posting quotes like that makes this whole ethical fashion/capsule thing seem easy. So, let's have a little fun with this, shall we? Comment below with which part you find easiest, and which most difficult. And if you're feeling brave, why. I'll go first...

Twelve. That's how many outfits I wore for the #fall10x10 πŸ€—. Reflecting back on this challenge, here's what I learnt. First, this capsule skill is something you can hone... this was by far my fave challenge yet. Next, I can make pieces I normally wear for mom life work for the office, and vice versa - it just takes a little creativity. Lastly, the temptation for something sparkly and new is still there, but dissipates when I embrace it as part of myself rather than pushing it away. How about you #10x10friends - what have you discovered?

Social media is a numbers game. And sometimes those numbers tell a rather dark story. Today, @nextbigthingca, I heard two of those stories. One was from @lleesslliiee, owner of @campbrandgoods, who shared over post-conference beers that they lost a significant number of followers after they posted that they support LGBTQ youth. The other was from @mikesbloggity who shared that he experiences a lower conversion rate than his blogger peers when he a cites #sponsored with a post. These people are doing amazing things. The right things. But it's easy to question the decision to do those things when the short term business repercussions make themselves known. So @mikesbloggity and @campbrandgoods, this post is simply to say we see what you're doing and we support you. Keep up the good work πŸ’ͺ🏻🌈. #thegarmentcommunity #doesthingsdifferently

Confession: Today is @nextbigthingca day, and I was tempted to cheat on my last day of #fall10x10. You know, because when you're up speaking in front of a whole bunch of people, it's nice to feel shiny and new. And then I remembered. I am that. Without the clothes. #herewego #nbt2017

"Oh, I could never pull off [insert clothing item here] - I'm too [insert self deprecating comment here]." - Countless Women Everywhere πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ»πŸ‘©πŸΌπŸ‘©πŸ½πŸ‘©πŸΎπŸ‘©πŸΏ. Well you know what I've learnt? Rocking a piece of clothing has almost nothing to do with 'pulling anything off' and absolutely everything to do with 'pulling it on' - literally. Simply pull it over your head or onto your legs and wear that sh*t like you mean it. πŸ‘ŠπŸ» #fall10x10 #outfitno10

The hair touch, the hand tuck, the matching ethically made outfit - it all looks pretty perfect, doesn't it? Well how about a little behind the scenes... this shoot required schedule juggling for @kararohlphoto , who ended up bringing her two little boys over to my house, where my awesome husband was then like a daycare worker while he watched all four kids at the parkπŸ‘ΆπŸ»πŸ‘ΆπŸ»πŸ‘§πŸ»πŸ‘§πŸ». My eyes aren't quite as bright as normal, because I opted for an extra glass of wine at girls night out the night before, rather than an extra hour of sleepπŸ·βœ”οΈπŸ˜΄βœ–οΈ. We ordered take-out for dinner that night because I didn't do my regular grocery shop. And, Friday morning is often my workout window, so this shoot meant I didn't exercise for days. So, for all those wondering "How does she do it all?!" The answer is I don't. I ramp up and dial back different priorities in order to strike the right mix of family and work - striving for the combination in which I and those around me feel most alive ✨. #confessionsofaninstagraminfluencer #fall10x10

"There's a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." - Leonard Cohen

Hey #garmentcommunity, want to create your dream job? You know, spend your precious time on this earth doing something cool? Thought so πŸ˜‰. Well a few stellar entrepreneurs and I will be sitting on a panel @nextbigthingca in Calgary this Saturday to talk about just that πŸ‘ŒπŸ». Use code NBT2017 for $25 off your ticket - link in profile to register. Hope to see you there! πŸ’ƒπŸ»

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