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Style – ishly back on track

14 Nov

Ok, so to be honest suzieswapper has sucked sweetly for the last few months (ok, I was gonna insert different word there but loved the alliteration) . I appreciate your patience while I went MIA.

The short explanation is that recently I have met all these incredibly talented women on Twitter and then later IRL (um, in real life) at a very cool Social Media conference held in Toronto,  BlissdomCanada. They are businesswomen, bloggers, entrepreneurs, artists, scholars, brand evangelists, photographers, etc. And I wanted to be just like them. But – lucky for you, I discovered – I am not.  So I came home from this conference and tried to write a post. Then another, and another. I even tried drinking, and for those who know me, understand how that turned out: cheeks that burst into flames (thanks Rosaescea), loud jerky movements, lame unfinished jokes, then  ending in lovely hangover  – but absolutely no untapped hidden writing powers.

So today,  headachy and grumpy I epiphanized (more on that word in a bit) that I am what I am – simply a girl who likes pretty/casual/fancy/comfy/vintage/stylish  clothes – and wants to share that with all of you.  So – without further ado, let me introduce myself as your newly launched Clothing Liaison.

Here’s the thing about this epiphany of mine: I realized after so many failed attempt at writing this, that you could care less about my writing skills. I could make up expressions and words regularly (ask my husband, I do!) and still it would not matter.  I will leave all the clever blogs to all the clever people, I am not one of you. I get to dedicate this blog to fun happy stylish clothing. And another AMAZING thing I realized (you won’t wanna miss this, really!!):

I like shopping. Alot.

The kind where I get to walk into the store and touch and smell and taste (no judging!!) NEW clothes.  I really do. That’s what got me into this fine mess in the first place. I don’t think we have to swap our entire wardrobes.

I am not fanatical – I’ll leave that to the vegans & Habs fans.

After much deliberation – and a bit of time at the mall the other day – I realized that I would like to collaborate with retailers, not work against them. I have come to the realization, that if I can save a hundred bucks by swapping a winter coat (which I ‘ve done) then I have no problem (ok, less of a problem) walking into Roots for a new bag. Or walking into Sephora for some lipgloss. Or getting an amazing facial (did that too!).

What a flippin relief: I get to make as many spelling/grammatical  erors errors as I like, I get to shop guilt-free, I get to hang out with all of you – but mainly I still get to enjoy swapping clothes with all of you!  so, join me on Facebook . You have to admit: It’s pretty….savvy!!

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kind & generous

30 Jun

The lazy days of summer are a lie.  I discovered that last week and each day has confirmed it.  I love having my boys home, truly. I just didn’t realize that when their vacation started, mine would end.  I have played basketball, hockey, charades, golf, gone swimming to the mall & more.  We have been on “break” for exactly 6 days.  Critics may say I am contributing to the problem, that I should simply let them play.  I agree.  But we live on  street nestled away, quiet & peaceful.  Birds visit often.  But children, not so much.  Don’t misunderstand, left to their own devices, they would play these same games.  It would just be for minutes rather than hours.  Or end in a fight.  Or with a sprained finger, the way it did earlier.  I spent so much time when they were younger, encouraging them to make friends and be more independent and to play with others and too late, I discover this has totally backfired.  Short of moving to Sesame St ( or whatever the current cool equivalent is) they will have to accept the fact that their friends are not always going to be around.  Today was double the disappointment as both boys  thought they had plans with pals that did not work out in the end.  I felt like a failure for not having prepared them for this sort of disappointment (and yes I do recognize this is a minor one, perhaps just above realizing that your mom ate the last oreo).  But I dare you to spend 5 minutes in a room with two forlorn children.  Theoretically, there are all sorts of solutions (and some might argue that this is not even an actual problem) but for this day, in that moment it was.  And we were all in a funk.  Which sucked, because today I was going to write about the generosity of others….

I wanted to write about my old, old (sorry Dan) school friend who suggested that I consider turning the clothes swap in to a business.  And then when I politely ignored her, she  um, re-suggested it.  In fact, she is a successful entrepeneur herself  ( http://www.admiralroad.com )   and in the midst of writing a reference book with her business partner for other mompreneurs and yet she eagerly shared many ideas and insights with me.  I don’t think she realizes it but she has been invaluable in giving me the chutzpah to even think I could pull this off.  And then my next oldest friend Liz, found the words –  when I couldn’t –  to write my press release for me.  In a very short amount of time (and a huge heaping of patience), she was able to articulate suzieswapper in a way I never could.  A few kind strangers, hearing about my new biz, have made a point of sending me shout -outs and encouragement.  Tania Semper of efashionista.ca made it a point to pass along some valuable contacts.  Her business is planning a Fall launch so even more sweet, considering how busy she is.  And along the way, I have received tons of support from new friends Veronique and Jennifer, owners of a fabulous new spa Bella Clinique as well as my new bff’s from Smith Farms Products.  Their organic skincare line is  addictive!  I also became a member of  FTA (Fashion Takes Action), a company committed to finding innovative and eco-friendly ways to be fashionable.  Jill Balser’s incredible enthusiasm and encouragement is contagious and sincere. She has me convinced this is the right path for me!

Recently, I decided to create a fabric pouch to use for my calling cards.  My next idea was to ask, um, someone, to donate their fabric scarps/remnants to me for this purpose.  I though it was another innovative way to showcase the creative ways  we can reduce/reuse (and remain pretty & cute!).  so I asked a few gals,  Annabelle & Emeline of the newly opened sewers dream workshop/studio/ cafe and they generously agreed.  And just for fun, I sent out an email to my all-time favorite tv show host from Design Inc, Sarah Richardson & her amazing colleague Natalie. I explained what suzieswapper was all about, and asked them ( really really nicely) if they would also consider donating some fabric. And they did!

So, on a celebrity scale,  I would have to say Ms. Richardson is my bestest and biggest contributor.  But in real life, hands-down, it has been my two closest friends, Patrick & Caroline.  In Danielle’s upcoming book, she argues in favour of having a business partner, if for no other reason than to have another person as willing to talk about the biz as you are. At this point, I bet they would just as soon see this project fold as succeed, as long as I would shut up about it from time to time.  I do make a point of asking about their days, their plans.  But we all know I’m just faking it.  I can’t help it.  On so many levels, this is the most exciting thing I have created (Stop right there, I have not forgotten my children – but seriously – the whole getting pregnant & then  giving birth is many a splendid thing, but creative it is not).  Put it this way – when my oldest was just a few days old, I used to take him to the local cafe and sit on the patio, drinking a latte and reading the paper, acting oh so casual…until  a stranger would  comment, politely & innocently on my newborn.  Patrick had to interupt many a conversation where I would – in great red cheeks flaming just at the memory of it all – explain in excruciating detail, my son’s latest bowel movement, frequency of, etc.  I just found it all so fascinating, really & truly.  So you can imagine the “crap” that Caroline & Patrick have to put up with now.  And I am so genuinely grateful to them both for it.

So now we have come full circle – on the one hand I do not want my children to need to depend on anybody for their own happinness.  And yet on the other, I wouldn’t be pursuing this project without being able to count on mine…

Timberrrrrr!!! Or: Just call me Tim!

15 May

It ‘s not that I’m already out of clothes but you gotta understand it’s garage sale day.  and it’s raining.  My husband has already exhausted every lumberjack joke out there and it’s only 8:30am.  But the jacket’s a swap and its chilly out there and it’s the only one I have that qualifies.   There is a funky brown leather jacket available on suzieswapper.com or FB suzieswapper but the previous owner is me (divided in two) so Paul Bunyan (I am) it is….as for the jeans, yep, you’ve seen them before and you’ll see them again.  Whatever.

However, I am going out tonight to dinner and a show….dinner is casual, one of those great noodle places popping up everywhere (yes, snicker all you want, here in Quebec we are years behind the rest of you…)and the the show – um, might be interesting…it’s a drag show.  And since I haven’t allowed men’s clothing into the swap, I will dress as a lady.  I almost didn’t.  Facebook can sometimes be a bit like broken telephone and I had been reading the girl’s updates about proper clothing etiquette for the show….but I stopped reading right before they made the decision to remain true to gender (I think those in drag are given a discounted admission). The night could have been filled with way more laughter and tears, but alas, my good buddy cleared up the confusion for me, so I will get out the pearls and heels (neither of which are swaps, btw)..picture of that to follow….

p.s. yep, great leather jacket is still available….

ok, the weather changed and so did I…hollister grey vest, complimetns of Jenny, grey linen camisole swapped from Ellen, black gap a-line skirt…..

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