This past Wednesday, Fashion Takes Action (FTA) and Women’s Healthy Environments Network (WHEN) hosted the 3rd annual Connect Beauty event at sweet spot Revival Bar. A funtabulous evening dedicated to raising funds and awareness on how we can merge health and sustainability with style and beauty, we’re so glad to have been a part of it.
Munching on delicious nibbles (jam-filled cookies, quiches, the freshest of veggies), sipping wine and taking shots (of juice elixir, no less!), guests dotted the rad exposed-brick-laden, disco-ball-rockin’ room decked out in all manner of fab thrift shop finds, organic cotton tops, bamboo leggings and upcycled dresses.
Pre-show, a large table showcasing various silent auction offerings (packages from Fresh, The Big Carrot, Front Door Organics Inc. and more) was surrounded by vibrant nontoxic vendors including aarde kids, a bamboo and organic cotton clothing line made for little ones, and T. Langhans, a line of castile recipe soaps made of 100% olive oil.
La piece de resistance of the soiree was an eclectic, fun-filled fashion show. Brilliant, often whimsical natural and eco-conscious garments (blazers, dresses, sweat suits), modeled by environmental leaders such as Adria Vasil, Donna Bishop and Tyler Hamilton, lit up the runway. Coolest of all, the event turned interactive when each look was auctioned off to the highest bidder at the end of the evening.
Highly educational but simultaneously tons of fun, Connect Beauty got us excited about the many amazing sustainable clothing and nontoxic beauty product lines on the market today. It was an excellent reminder of how much power we have as consumers; with each purchase, we’re literally voting with our wallets. More eager than ever to reduce our fashion and beauty footprint one terribly terrific, ethically and sustainably produced tube of lipstick or top at a time, we’re rearing to ditch our old duds in favour of the many superior alternatives we now know about.
Photos courtesy of Joseph Michael Photography.