Published Sep 12 2018 in
Phew! That was an amazing summer! My family is embarking on a big adventure and the the last few months were the start of it all. We are building a home in Pemberton over the next year, and moved out of our old home in July. So for the foreseeable future my two boys, my husband, our dog and myself are living in a trailer in Whistler until our new home is ready to move into. We are really excited for everything that is coming down the line. While it is a challenge to be living in a small space like this with an active family, the four of us are all on board and are approaching it as an adventure to have fun with. We didn't move into the trailer until the end of August and so had the summer to roam around the coast of BC. We spent lots of time on Gambier, Thetis and Vancouver Islands, as well as in Vancouver with jaunts up to Whistler for the weekly Sunday Farmers Markets. I took a break from my blog posts and e-mail updates as I had limited internet access, but I am back at it now!
In July I launched my bold and bright 'Armchair Glacier' Legging.
Then is August came the 'Bear That is There' Legging
And just yesterday I laughed the 'Feisty Little Bird' Legging
This is the first legging I have ever created that has a black print on a solid colour fabric. The result is a bold but very wearable semi abstract print. I hope you are enjoying my monthly legging launch! It was been really fun for me to get into the groove of introducing a new print each moth. Stay tuned! Heidi
Published Jun 18 2018 in
What do digital adventure maps and abstract art have in common? The newest dark and stormy leggings in my monthly collection! If you've seen the sneak peeks on my social media these past few days, you’ll know just how excited I am about this collaboration with ULLR Adventure Maps.
A few cool facts about the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, ULLR Adventure Maps and of course the newest leggings in my 2018 collection.
Whistler Mountain Bike Park
Did you know our Bike Park is considered the World’s #1 downhill park with lift access! Offering 4,900 vertical feet of lift access trails, more than any other bike park in North America, it doesn’t just run from the Village-side any longer. Creekside opened 5 new trails making 15km of new access increasing overall lift access by a whopping 20%, that’s HUGE! If you haven’t yet checked out the Bike Park, you’re in for a treat! Remember, always ride within your means and be safe, but don’t forget to have fun!
ULLR Adventure Maps
The best in digital technology, ULLR Adventure Maps bring amazingly precise maps to your mobile device from the ground up, around Whistler Village, the slopes on Whistler Blackcomb and throughout Whistler’s backcountry.
Offering a Free Tourist Series from Whistler Village throughout the valley is worth it alone to check them out, but it’s honestly the best maps I’ve seen of Whistler, so of course I couldn’t wait to get my hands, (well fingertips really as its an App) on the newest Whistler Bike Park Map. WOW! It’s seriously amazing, detailed and so well laid out. What’s really cool about this App is its handy features like GPS and Location Pinpointing, GPS Tracking, Coordinate Search, Find Your Friends and Safety Features such as finding your local SARS and Ski Patrol agency. It’s made with an easy to use interface and downloads, and even the least techy of us can use it easily. Check them out: ULLR
I was overjoyed to collaborate with ULLR and mix their gorgeous map on my leggings with some added splashes of paint and strokes of my brush. Together we’ve created a final product that I am excited to share with you today. To be worn in any bike park, forest trail, local gym, work meeting or a night on the town. Just because these leggings are dark and stormy doesn’t mean you have to be, where them loud and proud!!!
Published Jun 18 2018 in
Playing an important role in the redevelopment of health and well-being within our communities, farmers markets are here to stay, and for good reason. The demand for fresh produce, locally made items and healthy alternatives in skin care etc. has risen considerably in the past decade. Consumers are wanting nutritious and pesticide free produce, sustainably made clothing and housewares, and local art. But most of all folks love getting to know where their purchases come from, how they’re made, and by whom.
The Whistler Farmers Market runs May-October, twice a week, Wednesday and Sundays in the Upper Village. Each passing year has brought a record number of visitors, including last summer, it just keeps getting better every year! You can find fresh produce from many wonderful local sea to sky farms, delicious food and beverage stands that will blow your socks off to have such amazing food made ready for you fresh, and of course dozens of amazing artisans showcasing their uber talent from clothing, jewelry, art, crafts, and so much more.
I am proud to have been accepted once again as a vendor this year, and am of course bringing my leggings to you with much love and excitement. With old (favourites) and new designs being displayed every week, you may be lucky enough to come on a day where I launch a new legging. And June 17th's market will be just that… a fresh and exciting collaborative design release, and if you haven’t already seen it, head on over to our social media channels where I have leaked some details ;) Here's a little sneak peek:
I am also bringing you some brand new original art pieces, inspired by Whistler's vibrant natural beauty.
Also in the mix, will be some clothing pieces from silk dresses to organic shawls that you, my customers have been telling me all the amazing uses you have for them. Ranging from a sarong, blanket, towel, head wrap, scarf, shawl to a hanging wall piece… THANK YOU for letting me know all these great uses!
A great place to come and feel part of a community, the market also offers what online shopping does not, a chance to feel things out. Here you can try on clothing, feel the material and ask the vendor who is usually the creator of the products you are seeing, how the product is made as well as their inspiration. We truly feel that it does make a difference and adds value to your purchase knowing the story behind it.
“I love the interaction I have with each and every person who stops at my booth, whether they purchase a piece or not, I just love the community the market creates. Some of the other vendors feel like family and my customers are my friends. We share stories from the past year and catch up on things like where my leggings have travelled. And my family literally IS at the market, as my husband Ron Denessen also has a booth selling his paintings, and our boys love helping us on Sundays. The market is home to them. I very much look forward to this time of the year and enjoy every minute. See you all soon!”
With love, Heidi
WHISTLER FARMERS MARKET DAYS
May to October
July & August
Holiday Saturdays 11am-4pm
June 30th, August 4th, September 1st, October 6th
Published May 15 2018 in
Picture majestic mountains, crystal clear lakes and evergreen trees beyond where your eyes can see. As snow and ice begin to melt, the ground becomes a blanket of flora and fauna through meadows of wildflowers like the lupin and wireweed. Stillness becomes your friend. Silence is all around. This is Nature’s heaven, Joffre Lakes.
A vast hidden wilderness of snow-capped mountains, alpine meadows and glacier fed lakes makes Joffre Lakes Provincial Park one of the most scenic landscapes in the province of British Columbia. And one of the most noticeable colours you will see around is turquoise, radiating from the three beautiful lakes, Lower, Middle and Upper Joffre. A reflection from the glacier eroded rock flour, the stunning turquoise colour which we now associate with the area makes for a picturesque backdrop in any picture, painting or leggings! Which is why we’ve brought back this striking print for you.
As if one stunning legging wasn’t enough for you this month, we’ve decided (with your help of course) to bring back in stock the Lupin legging.
She is bold, wild and free.
You can’t find these ephemeral wildflowers in your local floral shop, only in the alpine of our coastal mountains where you can fully appreciate their beauty. The Lupinus Polyphyllus can be found growing wild along the dramatic sidelines of the Sea to Sky highway, but mostly in the diverse fields higher up in the Garibaldi Mountains. A range of wildflowers can be seen stretching from one field to another, but the lupin stands out because of her bold, blue and purple colours and height which can grow up to 5 feet tall.
First Nations legend tells the story of a suffering tribe going through times of famine and drought, searching for any means of survival. The tribe receives spiritual guidance, that acts of giving and sacrifice are necessary, but no one is able to perform such deeds willingly. As an act of true selflessness and giving, a young girl climbs a steep hill (mountain) to offer her only possession, a precious doll holding the memories she has of her family. In the area where she places her doll, the sky opens up and rain begins to fall and the wildflower lupin springs up in all her glory. And so, says the legend, this is how the lupin came to appear on earth. -- Flower Essence Society
The lupin wildflower can grow in parched and devastated lands showing its resilience and strength when it comes to growth and beauty. Also offering stress relief and calming qualities from its flower essence the lupin truly is a wondrous plant that deserves respect and care when seen in the wild.
Symbolic of imagination, we can only guess the thoughts going through the minds of those catching a glimpse of the leggings walking by them in all her proud boldness.
Using the same recycled fabric we always have, to stay inline with our sustainable practices, you will notice something slightly different with this bunch. These new leggings are much bolder with a stronger sense of colour and outline from last years. We feel this is well deserved of these two prints and cannot wait to see them on you in the wild.
Be Bold. Be Wild. Be Free.