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I Walked the @DaretoWearLove Runway to benefit @stephenlewisfdn #charity #lgbtq

The Dare to Wear Love 6 Gala and fashion show took place at the Ritz Carlton Friday, May 12th. It was an amazing evening, raising more than 275K for The Stephen Lewis Foundation‘s new LGBTQ Funding Initiative.

The new initiative will support organizations responding to HIV/AIDS within sub-Saharan African communities where HIV rates are highest.

As always, huge hugs and thanks to Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell of HOAX Couture, founders of Dare to Wear Love. They are two of the most generous people I know, and their tremendous energy brings out the best in everyone around them.

Photo credit: Eyecontact Photography

Many thanks also to designer Farley Chatto who created my beautiful dress, which I love!

Lovely man and designer, Farley Chatto

The evening was filled with love and hope. By celebrating the talents and commitment of Canada’s fashion community and artists, we all used our powers for good!

Thanks to everyone who supported me this year, either with a monetary donation to my Challenge or by sharing the event and encouraging me along the way. It all helped!

Below are a few pictures from the evening’s show, but there are hundreds more! You can see them on the Flickr galleries, accessible via the Photos link on the website.

Enjoy!

Follow Dare to Wear Love on  Facebook,  Twitter @daretowearlove , and Instagram.

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Music Monday says Let’s Work Together

Wonderful things are created when we work together for a common cause.

I walked the runway for Dare to Wear Love this past weekend and was one of many tiny moving parts that came together for the show.

The event came together because so many worked tirelessly to make it happen.

The end goal to collect funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation drove the mission.

I will write more about the show in a future post, but for today, this song by one of my favourite bands resonates loudly.

Have an amazing week,

eden

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Music Monday supports Fashion #DavieBowie #dtwl #charity

The last and only time I walked a fashion runway was back in 2014 for Dare to Wear Lovea charity that uses the power of fashion for good. It collects funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which puts money into grassroots organizations in Africa to fight the AIDS pandemic.

Here I was in my Susan Dicks creation. 😉

This year, I took part in the Dare to Wear Love Challenge again and raised $1775! Thank you so much to everyone who supported me.

From all the challengers, four of us were chosen to walk the runway at the gala on May 12th, and I won one of the spots! The fabulous Farley Chatto is designing my dress this time, and he’s calling me his “Gala Seductress.” Here’s his sketch of my dress, which he considers ‘naughty goodness.’

I love it! 

I’m proud to continue supporting this worthy cause, and I hope you will too. There are still $150 tickets available which gives you access to an amazing Silent Auction, cocktails, the incredible fashion show, and a rocking after-party! Dare to Wear Love is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, so connect to them to see all the latest posts and pictures.

It’s a charity event like no other, and this year, Stephen Lewis will be there to introduce the Foundation’s LGBTQ initiative and much more. He’s considered one of the most captivating and eloquent keynote speakers, and his speech is sure to inspire. Renowned Ugandan LGBTQ activist, Frank Mugisha, will also take to the stage.

Join me if you can — fashion for fun, hope, and a great cause.

In the meantime, enjoy the music of the great David Bowie, an icon of fashion if there ever was one,

Thank you so much for your support, and have a fashionable week,

eden

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Support my @DaretoWearLove Challenge #Africa #dtwl

Dare to Wear Love celebrates the work of Canada’s fashion community and performing artists. It also raises funds and awareness for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which puts money into grassroots organizations in Africa to fight the AIDS pandemic.

I’ve been taking part in the Dare to Wear Challenge, and with just one week left, I’m so close to my goal!

I’ve done the challenge twice before and even walked the runway.

To show you how amazing it was, I’ve attached a video from the last event. Don’t blink or you’ll miss me (1:50 into the video)!

I’m proud to continue supporting this worthy fundraiser, and I hope you will too. Find out how you can get tickets to the show here.

If you’d like to support me, you can donate by going to this linkNo amount is too small, and every dollar is greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much for your support.

eden

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Support Fashion and Fight Aids with @DaretoWearLove #Africa

Dare to Wear Love celebrates the work of Canada’s fashion community and performing artists. It also raises funds and awareness for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which puts money into grassroots organizations in Africa to fight the AIDS pandemic.


From today until April 15th, I’ll be raising money for the Dare to Wear Challenge by embracing my Canadian style and wearing Canadian.

I’ve done the challenge twice before and even won a chance to walk the runway! I’m proud to continue supporting this worthy fundraiser, which concludes with the Dare to Wear Love Gala on May 12, 2017. At this prestigious event, Canada’s top fashion designers create one-of-a-kind ensembles from six yards of African fabric. These designs are modelled at the gala by supermodels, dancers, musicians, and other celebrities, as well as winners of the Dare to Wear Love Challenge.

Find out how you can get tickets to the show here.

Below are a few pictures from previous years when I did the challenge. If you’d like to support this incredible cause and potentially win an opportunity to walk the runway, take the challenge!

If, instead, you’d like to donate to my efforts, I’d be SO grateful! You’ll also discover my real name when you do. 😉

You can donate by going to this link. No amount is too small, and every dollar is greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much for your support.

eden

Boots by La Canadienne

Shovel from Canadian Tire

Hockey stick and skates. What can be more Canadian?

Walking the runway at the Ritz Carlton

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Dare to Wear Love receives great press in the @NationalPost via @Amoryn

The Dare to Wear Love Gala and fashion show took place at the Ritz Carlton Friday, Mar. 28th. This weekend, it received a two-page spread in the National Post from society editor, Amoryn Engel!

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Read Amoryn’s article, entitled: They Dared and They Won. See great pictures of some of the people who supported the cause. You can also follow Amoryn Engel on Twitter at: @amoryn.

Stay connected to Dare to Wear Love at:

Website | Facebook | Twitter @daretowearlove | Blog

Learn more about:

 Dare to Wear Love | Stephen Lewis Foundation

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I Walked the @DaretoWearLove Runway to HAPPY by @Pharrell

dtwl 5The Dare to Wear Love Gala and fashion show took place at the Ritz Carlton Friday, Mar. 28th, and what a night it was!

Many thanks to Susan Dicks for her creation of my beautiful dress.

Deepest thanks to Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell of HOAX Couture, creators of Dare to Wear Love.

Here are 25 pictures from the evening’s show, but there are hundreds more! Find them on all the Dare to Wear Love sites.

Website | Facebook | Twitter @daretowearlove | Blog

The evening was beautiful, fun, filled with love, and most importantly, celebrated the talents and commitment to social justice of Canada’s fashion design community and artists.

By raising funds and awareness for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, we were all able to USE THE POWER OF FASHION FOR GOOD!

I had the pleasure of walking the catwalk to the song, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Hope you enjoy!

Learn more about:

 Dare to Wear Love | Stephen Lewis Foundation

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I’m Walking the Runway for @DaretoWearLove #fashion #aids #dtwl

Last month, I participated in the Dare to Wear Challenge to raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. With your help, I raised over $1000! In total, the participants collected over $19,000 toward turning the tide of HIV & AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

♥  Thank you so much for your generosity. 

The Dare to Wear Love event culminates in a gala evening with dinner and a fashion show March 28th. This year, I was chosen to walk the runway, along with three of my fellow Dare to Wear Challengers!

Give it up for:

Janet Solberg

Danielle Brown

Ilse Kloosterman

We will each be wearing original designs by the incredible Susan Dicks. She, along with other amazing Canadian designers are donating their talents for the show.

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Six yards of this African cloth will be used to create my outfit

Tickets are still available for March 28th evening. If you’d like to see an amazing video from last year’s show, hit the poster below and enjoy!

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My sincerest gratitude again for helping me spread the word for this wonderful cause.

~eden 

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Learn more about:

 Dare to Wear Love and The Stephen Lewis Foundation

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I Dare to Wear Love to benefit AIDS research for @daretowearlove

dtwl 2014 challenge

Love is in the air.

It’s Valentine’s Day and I’m participating for the second year in a row in the Dare to Wear Love Challenge to raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

My challenge is to wear Canadian from today until the 21st, and post pictures of what I wear on my social networks. 

The money I raise supports the inspiring transformation in sub-Saharan Africa to turn the tide of HIV & AIDS.

I set my initial goal at a modest $500, but with the help of some generous donors, I reached 80% of it in one day! Since I have one more week to raise money, I’ve doubled my target to $1000.

Why not? It’s for a wonderful cause, and I like stretch goals. 😉

If you want to donate, visit my fundraising page or the icon on the upper left of my blog. You can see my progress from there too. 

passportAs always, thank you so much for your generosity.

If you are unable to donate, sharing about this cause would be greatly appreciated.

Follow me on Facebook and Twitter to see me wear Canadian until Feb 21st.

In the meantime, here’s a picture of me with something uniquely Canadian.

~ eden

 
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Learn more about:

 Dare to Wear Love and The Stephen Lewis Foundation

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@DaretoWearLove Partners with @2lifeapp

Dare to Wear Love celebrates the work of Canada’s fashion community and performing artists. It also raises funds and awareness for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which puts money into grassroots organizations in Africa to fight the AIDS pandemic.

I raised money for this wonderful cause back in March by showcasing all things Canadian.

Bedhead and passport – uniquely Canadian

Now, Dare To Wear Love has partnered with  2life to launch its app, a private, secure network designed for two people, 2life lets you communicate share, collaborate and coordinate with your partner all in one place. With tools such as chat, coordinated calendars and real-time updates across devices, 2life is ideal for couples, and it is also useful for friends, family members and coworkers.

For its launch, 2life is raising funds for Dare to Wear Love and the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

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How can you help?

Download the 2life app from the App Store. It’s FREE!

Enter promo code #powerof2 when signing up in the app and …

2life will donate $1 (to a maximum of $25,000) to Dare to Wear Love!

Easy to do. Sign up today!
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Generosity is Always in Style with @daretowearlove

Over the past months, I’ve been involved with the Dare to Wear Love fundraiser, which celebrates the work of Canada’s fashion community while raising money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The DARE TO WEAR LOVE GALA caps off Toronto Fashion Week with a fashion runway event like no other, and it’s happening at the Ritz-Carlton this Friday – March 22nd! 

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Event founders Chris Tyrell and Jim Searle of Toronto-based Hoax Couture have invited 25 top Canadian fashion designers to participate. Get to know more about the designers and whom they will dress! The line-up of models includes: legendary guitarist Liona Boyd, CBC News anchor Dwight Drummond, eTalk anchor Tanya Kim, and many others!

Chris and Jim believe in social justice and created DARE TO WEAR LOVE to help others less fortunate.

Chris and Jim believe in social justice and created DARE TO WEAR LOVE to help others less fortunate.

As much as I’m looking forward to the fashion show, I’m also super excited about the SILENT AUCTION. All the money from ticket sales and proceeds of the auction will be used for grassroots organizations in Africa to fight the AIDS pandemic through the Stephen Lewis Foundation. There will be amazing items up for grabs including a luxury trip for two to Australia!

Come prepared to bid!

dtwl auction

Trends may come and go, but generosity never goes out of fashion.

With Chris’ and Jim’s  vision to make the world a better place, they’ve created an incredible event where we can ALL make a difference.

GRAB YOUR GALA TICKETS if you haven’t already, and I look forward to seeing you Friday!

Learn more about The Stephen Lewis Foundation and its fight to turn the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa.

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Connect to Dare to Wear Love

Website | Facebook | Twitter @daretowearlove

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Support Fashion and Fight Aids via @DaretoWearLove

Dare to Wear Love celebrates the work of Canada’s fashion community and performing artists. It also raises funds and awareness for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which puts money into grassroots organizations in Africa to fight the AIDS pandemic.

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Over the past weeks, I’ve been raising money for the Dare to Wear Challenge by embracing my Canadian style and wearing Canadian. The Challenge ends tomorrow and I’m SO close to my $500 goal. If you’d like to donate, you can do it via this link.

UPDATE: March 7th: Thanks to the generosity of all my contributors, I exceeded my goal! My appreciation to everyone who donated. xox

Scarf by designer OHMJAM

The highlight of this fundraiser is the Dare to Wear Love Gala which takes place March 22, 2013. Event founders Chris Tyrell and Jim Searle of Toronto-based Hoax Couture have invited 25 top Canadian fashion designers to create a one-of-a-kind ensemble from six yards of African fabric. These designs are modelled at the gala by supermodels, dancers, musicians, and other celebrities, as well as winners of the Dare to Wear Love Challenge.

Tickets sell out quickly, so get yours now!

Please learn more about Dare to Wear Love and give what you can.

Below are just a few pictures of what make me Canadian, and why I feel proud to support this incredible cause.

Shovel by Canadian Tire

Snow made in Canada, shovel by Canadian Tire

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Hat by Nobis, boots by La Canadienne

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Boots by La Canadienne

Lipbutter balm by Kona Kare Inc.

Lipbutter balm by Kona Kare Inc.

Beadhead and my Canadian passport

Bedhead and passport – uniquely Canadian

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