The GCD crew loves a good potluck and holiday party, so this past Thursday we decided to get our festivities on and celebrate everyone's favourite super scary, sugar coated holiday, Halloween! Unfortunately the pumpkin carving contest and apple bobbing didn't quite fit into our lunch hour, but there were definitely costumes and ghoulish treats galore (bloody deviled eggs and a pumpkin shaped cheese ball...yes, we are a creative bunch).
Hopefully our tomfoolery will help you get into the Halloween spirit:
And if you still need a bit more help, then, well, Michael Jackson has something he'd like to talk to you about:
I came across this very cool photography project through the lovely blog forme-foryou.com. The 1010 Project is a single day captured in 100 photographs, by 10 photographers around the world, taking ten photos each, all on 10/10/10. A simple enough concept, the project was designed as an antidote of sorts to the "bigger is better" flashiness of modern urban life, by taking a closer look at “the simple, everyday things that make life beautiful”. Well, the photos featured in the project are certainly a breath of fresh air. And for me, they're a great inspiration to dust off the old camera, slow down, look around, and start snapping pics of the things that make my everydays special here in Vancouver.
I know what I’ll be doing to keep busy this weekend...what about you?
Check out the photos below for a glimpse of the everyday awesomeness captured by a few of the very talented photographers involved in the project (and check out the site for the rest of the photos!)
Anabela Carneira - Algarve, Portugal
Kate Miss - New York City, USA
Ebony Bizys - Tokyo, Japan
The Zeigfield (OF10-505B) button front shirt by Orb is a Fall classic! The snap tabs on the sleeves make it a breeze to wear them rolled up or full-length. The plaid print and flattering fit give Zeigfield the cozy, casual Fall vibe you’re after.
Try pairing it with your favourite denim bottoms, a cute beanie like the Juliet (OF10-43) and some moccasin inspired sneaks. Wear it buttoned up or unbuttoned with a layering tank underneath – whatever you please!
Available in Black Plaid, Cherry Plaid and Cream Plaid, Zeigfield is perfect for sunny Fall afternoons in the park. Whether you are snapping pics of the Autumn scenery or sketching in your journal, do it in style!
Zeigfield (in Black Plaid), Juliet Beanie, journal from etsy, Cold Comfort High-Tops from Anthropologie
Orb’s lightweight, oversized boyfriend cardigan (OF10-901) will be the perfect staple in your wardrobe this season. The front pocket detail and multicoloured space dye yarn make Cosmic the star of your sweater collection.
Throw it on over a solid coloured T (the Kayla OF10-1100, perhaps?) and your favourite comfy leggings and you are good to go! Kick it up a notch with some fun accessories like leather ankle boots, a bold silver ring and of course, a killer bag, like the Alexis (OF10-19).
Available in Champagne (light and airy greys with a hint of pink) or Blue Moon (rich and vibrant royal blue with black) the Cosmic cardigan will make any Orb girl over the moon!
Cosmic (in Champagne), Alexis bag, ring by Bop Bijoux, boots by Madewell.
As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Orb has come up with a contest to promote the cause!
Some of our friendly retailers throughout Canada have created window displays promoting Breast Cancer Awareness that showcase the Orb BCA Hoody.
What do you have to do to check out the creative displays AND have a chance to win the hoody while you’re at it? Just follow this link to the contest on the Orb facebook page and show your support with a comment. The comment with the most “likes” will win one of these cozy and stylish hoodies.
Want to know more about the prize?
Orb’s limited edition 2010 Breast Cancer Awareness Hoody features a soft plaid print, warm grey base, satin zipper pull, front pockets to keep your hands cozy, embroidered hood detail and satin sealed seams...all gorgeous!
1% of sales from this campaign go to The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation http://www.cbcf.org/
A great hoody for a great cause - thanks for “Supporting your Girls” : )
So, full disclosure, I don’t know how to ride a bike. It’s a sad but true fact. Let’s just say I was a very stubborn and wimpy child and one big spill on my first two-wheeler sent me on a life-long boycott of all things bicycle. Needless to say, in recent years, I’ve come to regret this decision. I’ve made a few attempts with some very encouraging and patient friends to try to learn as an adult, but apparently I have wobbly arms and questionable motor skills, so the lessons have just never stuck. Am I destined to be a pedestrian for the rest of my days? I certainly hope not! Because, despite my vehicular challenges, I love bikes. Bike culture is all the rage these days amongst the young, hip and conscientious and the crew here at Orb are no exception to this trend. Here’s some things we’re loving and think you’ll love too in the bike-awesomeness department.
1. Momentum is a very cool Vancouver based magazine that focuses on all things related to urban bike culture. From current events, city and people profiles, gear, food, books, arts and culture updates this mag is really all about inspiring cyclists to connect to their local and global cycling communities which is definitely a good thing. Tonight (October 7th, short notice!) they're putting on what is sure to be a very awesome event called BikeStyle, which is a bike fashion show and party that will highlight stylish, sustainable and practical fall fashion that is perfect for all your bike riding style needs. There will be a runway show (the runway is the Carrall St. bikeway, how cool is that?!) and plenty of booths set up showcasing all sorts of bike acoutrements. The party starts at 8pm at Calabash Bistro (428 Carrall St.) and the fashion show starts at 9pm, so shine up your two-wheeler and doll yourself up in your favourite Orb gear and get yourself to this event!
2. Adding insult to injury to my lack of bike riding skills is the fact that my best friends from fashion school are in an all-girl midnight bike crew called The Deadly Nightshades. What started as a funny idea over a few too many beers and a great excuse to wear matching jackets (cause, yeah, they wear matching jackets), has turned into a full fledged eco-bike fashion phenomenon. They're based out of Toronto, and aside from generally looking hot and causing a ruckus they are super active in the local bike community. They've been featured in the Toronto and New York Bicycle Film Festivals, lead bike art tours around the city and have lent their fashion services to various local fashion shows and boutiques. Check in with all things nightshade at their blog: http://www.nightshadesbikecrew.blogspot.com/, and in the meantime, check out this very rad photo taken of them from the all-night art party Nuit Blanche, that took place last weekend in Toronto.
photo courtesy of Tony Ochre
3. This wooden bike shelf designed by Chris Brigham, a San Francisco based master craftsman, is pretty much perfect. It’s super simple, organic design and multi-purpose capabilities (bike shelf/book shelf!) make it the ideal storage for your bike in small spaces. Plus, it puts your beloved bike front and centre in your home, treating it like the piece of art it deserves to be.
photo courtesy of Chris Brigham
4. Last but not least, is this amaaaaaaazing Bat for Lashes video. If anything is going to get me on a bike, it`s Nataha Khan`s sweet tunes, general adorableness and this amazingly choreographed video. Check out her myspace to check out her profile and hear more of her music: www.myspace.com/batforlashes
So whether you`re a BMX, fixie or cruiser kind of gal, Orb wants you to get on your bike and hit the road! Enjoy!
-Sammi (a.k.a. Junior Designer Extrordinaire)