Laundry Day

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Since starting my blog and Instagram, I’ve only worked with a professional photographer once, instead enlisting my friends or family members to help snap my photos. This means the creative direction, styling and and vision are completely up to me!

Okay I’ll admit, I’ve never actually had to use a laundromat. But I’ve always loved their charm and the retro aesthetic they embody. I recently was inspired to shoot at one and landed on Queen Street Laundry – a standard wash and dry establishment, that also happens to double as an awesome photoshoot location!

I kept my look simple with a basic white off the shoulder top, plus a pair of jeans and a flannel that I actually thrifted from my local Value Village. I love thrifted denim but find the waists on old school, true blue, 100% cotton jeans to run small. I could barely sit in this pair when I bought them, but found an easy way to stretch them out. After washing them in cold water and letting them air dry for a bit, I put them on while they were still damp (icky, but worth it) and did a few squats to loosen them up. I took them off to finish air drying, and when I tried them on again they were the perfect fit.

We had so much fun with this shoot and I love how the photos turned out, despite my inability to look at the camera! I really do need to perfect a new pose. A huge thanks goes out to my girl Rebecca who helped me capture these ♥

Check out my favourite shots below:

Off The Shoulder Top – Forever 21 / Flannel – Thrifted / Jeans – Thrifted / Shoes – Converse

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If you’re interested in hosting your own shoot at Queen Street Laundry, you can contact the owner Ash at queenstreetlaundry@gmail.com.

Where’s your dream shoot location? Tell me in the comments below!

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GIMME360°: Fashion x Tech x Philanthropy

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I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with Toronto based apparel company GIMME360° and absolutely fell in love with the brand. While I’ve always supported companies that work towards driving change through charitable initiatives, I’ve never been able to see the actual impact my money has made past the point of purchase. This is where this company really sparked my interest.

GIMME360° sells technology enabled bamboo apparel that gives back to people all around the world by directly funding charitable initiatives, bringing clean water to developing countries. By tapping the GIMME360° logo on your apparel with your smartphone, you can see in immersive 360° video showing how your purchase makes a difference. Using Virtual Reality (VR) you’ll understand the story behind your garment, including the people you’re giving back to and the manufacturing of your product.

The hoodie I’m wearing in the photos below is just one of the awesome pieces available through GIMME360°’s Kickstarter campaign. Anti static, water resistant and anti pill (not to mention super soft and cozy!), this is pretty much the perfect sweater for every day. The best part? The coordinates on each garment directly correspond to the area helped by the charity you’re supporting.

Today is the last day of GIMME360°’s Kickstarter campaign! Check our their campaign page to learn more about the brand, their products and to support the company. GIMME360°’s current goal is to bring 300,000 people clean water with 1001 Fontaines and the United Nations.

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Thank you to the talented Josh Mankz (@joshmankz) for these beautiful photos!