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Come on Eileen

The new spring tunic, Eileen, is hitting our shops and our online store this week. Wheee, I'm so excited! I've been wearing the sample for a few weeks now and I absolutely love it. I've worn the tunic to teach in, it looks nice, my apron looks good on it and it is easy to move in. I've worn it to the BF's birthday party with fancy lacey tights and high heeled short booties and looked HOT. I'm waiting for the weather to warm up a few more degrees so I can wear it with bare legs and my sneakers.  Cheers, Trish

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Zero Waste: Savage Yarn

In Smoking Lily's bid to go zero waste one of our problems we are always trying to solve is: What to do with the left over fabric bits.   We do end up with a lot of long skinny strips and salvages, left after a cutting a production run. We set all our bamboo cotton jersey strips aside for six months.  Looking at the pile we accumulated we decided that yarn would be perfect.   Smoking Lily is not a yarn company, so we choose not to overly work it, but to keep it as close to its natural caste off state.  We cut awkward  bits off and did a simple snip and loop attachment to make long strips.  Sounds...

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Smoking Lily Travel

We are big proponents of dressing well on holiday. No no, we are not saying you need to be "fancy" but going beyond jeans and a tee and a gortex jacket is always a good move on holidays. I'm sure most Lily customers would agree. The best piece of advice I got before my first trip to Europe, in my early twenties, was "take your favourite nice pieces of clothing." As I strolled through Amsterdam on day one I was so glad I headed the advice. Seeing all the beautiful gals in dresses and heels riding on their friends rat traps will be ingrained in my mind forever. No need to dress down for biking or train travel or sightseeing....

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Polka Dot Date Dress

Our sleeveless Date dress is now available in navy with block print polka dots! This dress has stretch and pockets and sweetness built right it. Polka Dot Date Dress, small through xlarge, $142.

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The Cunningham

Clean lines, structure, durable fabric...oh, wait...it's starting to sound like a description for upscale seating (or chesterfields? my favourite term for a couch). Come to think of it, the Cunningham may share some features with a Gio Ponte sofa, it's simple and gently angular, yes! Although, Ponte probably didn't work with denim. We do! We love this mid-weight denim for it's durability and functionality; denim goes with everything.      The Cunningham, small/medium and medium/large, $110.  

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Smoking Lily Soap: Happiness

We are continuing to carry our wonderfully scented Happiness bar soap. A favourite blend of rosemary and mint, this triple milled soap is a great gift and a nice everyday product to have bath-side and sink-side. For more information on the soap, read this blog post. To learn more about maker of this fine product, click here for the continued interview with Mike from Steele & Co. Happiness soap, $9.

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Fox Cardigan

In need of a hug at this time of winter? Our Fox cardigan is a perfect companion! It's a cozy weight cotton knit that wraps around you like a warm hug. The cut is generous without being oversized. The sleeves are nice and long. The herringbone knit elevates it from boyfriend hoody cozy to chic layering piece. Trish has been loving her light grey Fox. Also available in black.   Fox cardigan, small/medium and medium/large, $144.

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Working Toward Zero Fabric Waste

Trish was listening to an interview recently that focused on zero waste in the fashion industry. Timo Rissanen, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design in New York, was the interviewee. He is also a clothing designer who specializes in the field of "zero waste" in the fashion industry. In this case, zero waste refers specifically to minimizing fabric waste when cutting fabric for garment patterns. Sustainability in the fabric production sector of the fashion industry is a separate set of concerns. Mr. Rissanen claims that 8% to 30% of fabric gets wasted (thrown out because it is too small) by large scale clothing production. A commonly quoted percentage is 15% for the...

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Myelin Jacket

Are you ready to put your parka aside? I have to say I've enjoyed getting more use out of my winter coats this year than any I can recall recently, but I am looking forward to reaching for lighter outerwear soon. After teasing you with a sneak peek a few weeks ago...the Myelin jacket is now available online and in stores! Sturdy cotton canvas, straight cut, sturdy zipper, pockets and a full hood lined with printed contrasting fabric. Eva paired it with an oversized simple tee and tights, a nice sleek look. It's a natural over jeans too. Myelin is the scientific term for the insulating layer around your nerve endings. We are hoping this jacket will be a fun...

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Date Dress 1/2 Sleeve

A second version of this fabulous stretch linen dress has half sleeves! Same great asymmetrical neckline, darts, pleats and pockets. Available in black with grey Wings and random pink Obi Flowers. And in oatmeal with Thyme. To help gauge the length of this dress on you, Eva is 6 feet tall. Half sleeve Date dress, linen/viscose/lycra, small through large, $159.

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