Victoria is the Fashion Capital of Canada

Posted by Maria on May 19, 2011 under Fashion, Gift Ideas, Green Living, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Photo gallery, Uncategorized | Read the First Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

OK. Maybe Victoria isn’t the fashion capital of Canada all year, every year, but it will be for one day this Saturday.

Timeless Treasures Fashion Show

If you like vintage and designer fashions, here is your chance to bid on and buy a few unique pieces to add to your collection.

Join us on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 1319 Mills Road on the corner of West Saanich and Mills Road for the Timeless Treasures Fashion Sale. I’m sure you’ll find something among the various pieces of designer and vintage designer clothing that has your name on it.

The Timeless Treasures sale will feature unique and beautiful pieces of new and gently owned clothing from well-known designers, including Louis Feraud, Escada, Mondi, Max Mara, Diane Freis, Geiger, and Linda Lundstrom, along with elegant accessories such as handbags, hats, shoes and jewellery. Models, wearing their faves, will be mingling in the crowd. The clothing will be available in many sizes, from size 8 to 2X. You’ll also find the most unique pieces of wearable art, (no, not Lady Gaga’s Meat Dress :>) and an exquisite piece of fine silver jewellery, created by Shirley Price, which will be sold by auction. There will also be several tables featuring one-of-a-kind, fabulous items, for every budget.

I was planning on donating the lovely white on white, polka dot, tafeta dress my mother sewed for me for my Debutante Ball in Washington D.C. in 1987, (yes, I was a debutante! That’s me in the dress in the black and white photo with my date and best dance partner I’ve ever had in my life), but first we couldn’t find the dress and then once we dug it out of the closet, I noticed there were some curious royal blue, quarter-sized stains at bottom back of the dress, which makes it unwearable, for now. I vaguely remember something happening in the wee hours of the morning when I stepped on the dress while dancing in some sort of puddle in an after hours club, but that was almost 25 years ago, so who knows. I did, however, end up donating a frilly, forest green and black organza blouse that my mom also made for me, which I wore only once for a Murder Mystery party while in university and it suited my character perfectly. It just added a certain flair and whimsy to the entire evening. That’s the beauty of fashion.

All proceeds from the auction will go directly to the “Light of Justice Scholarship” which will be given, for the first time, on July 8, 2011, to a young student who shows promise as a future moral leader in Ukraine.

I hope to see you there. I’ll be the one with the camera taking all of the fashion photos. And if you have any stories about vintage fashion, pass them on, I’d love to hear them.


Mani & Pedi Pledge Drive Update!

Posted by Maria on May 5, 2011 under Fitness, Hands and Nails, Manicures, Mobile Spa, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Pedicures, Photo gallery, Uncategorized | Read the First Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

As many of you know, in the month of April, 2011, I had the idea of giving manicures and pedicures by donation to raise funds for the people hurt by the earthquake and tsunami that shook Japan in March. I am truly inspired by all of the people who supported my idea and together we raised $355. I hope the money we raised will contribute to the Red Cross’ Relief efforts and that the people of Japan will be comforted by knowing that strangers from other lands care.

I chose this photo of chartreuse flowers to accompany this blog post because to me it says “vibrant,” “hope” and a “fresh start” and somehow, spring will come again.

I would like to thank the Red Cross for your hard work. The world is a better place by having you here.

And thank you to everyone who participated in the Homespunspa Mani & Pedi Pledge Drive, especially to Donna, my Jazzercise instructor, who helped spread the word. I really enjoyed spending time with each of the women who signed up for an appointment. And as an added bonus, I had a chance to get to know people a little bit better and to also strengthen my own community at a grass roots level. It’s win, win, win!

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