Day: October 24, 2019


Navy is My New Black : Injecting A Little Freshness Into My Wardrobe

Black will forever be fashionable.

It’s casual, it’s formal, it’s chic, it’s easy.

For any occasion, you can rely on black.

It’s a go-to colour for most people. I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t have a collection of black staples in their wardrobe.

And also for any item of clothing.
Underwear, outerwear, activewear.

But lately, well, say the last 6-9 months, a ‘new’ colour has emerged on my horizon and is giving black a run for its money.


That colour your Mum tried to pass off, as ‘just-as-good-as-black’, when you were a kid, but you knew better.

Navy has silently but stealthily hovered in the background for a long time and every now and then you see it pop up. Especially in stripes.
Slowly it has been inching its way into my wardrobe, and not just by way of denim (although I do love a deep saturated indigo).

But by way of shirts. A deep, dark, solid, dependable navy.
And in a crisp cotton poplin. The kind that softens the more you wash and wear.

Paired with any colour denim, charcoals, blue hues or brighter colours. A white tank underneath or just on its own. It’s formal yet casual. It does everything that black can do, as well as giving me a fresh feeling in my wardrobe. I love it.

My favourite outfit at the moment is an oversized mens COS shirt with slim black jeans.
A close second is a classic navy shirt dress (with pockets #bonuspoints), also from COS.

Natural ColoursIt’s my invincible outfit.

I can go anywhere, I can do anything in it. I accessorize it with an African print headscarf and my weather-worn, handcrafted Moroccan camel leather cross-body bag and either sandals or Converse. Done.
Good to go.
It’s a no-brainer.

Which brings me to thinking about where this colour comes from in nature. From where and what, do we obtain this incredible colour?

And I discovered quite the history!

Indigo was referred to as Blue Gold throughout Europe up until the late 1600’s, when it began to be imported directly from China. A high value trading commodity, due to the distance traveled and levies imposed by traders along the route from India.

Aside from creating an amazing spectrum of blue hues, I discovered articles stating it had been used as a medicinal plant as an emetic (a substance that induces vomiting, for the treatment of swallowed poisons), and also treating scorpion bites and ovarian and stomach cancer. Cleansing the liver, detoxifying the blood and reducing inflammation to name a few more.
Note : I did not find any clinical studies on these, so please ask your doctor before nibbling on a leaf!

Indigo is still used as a natural dye today.


Navy indigo colours

“The indigo dyeing process is a fascinating one. The endurance of m

ultiple dips – 14 perhaps – in a healthy indigo vat may reward the artisan with a deep navy blue.”
Daphne Woo, a Natural Dye Artist and Slow Fashion Advocate.

And navy is making its way into kate&frances. It started with a limited edition tee that I made for the SP2019, FirstPickYVR back in March this year. A deep, dark navy boxy tee.

And keep your eyes peeled for the new kate&frances collection
4.0, due to be released soon.

Navy makes itself seen, heard and felt.

It’s safely becoming a staple in my wardrobe!

Randy Chu

What Yoga Teachers Really Think : A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Randy Chu

You know when you have one of those random conversations with someone that you kinda know, but not  really, and you end up finding someone who matched your own sense of humour and values? And matched your sassiness?

This happened one day after yoga class.

I’m pretty sure the first conversation was about how hard it is to meet people in Vancouver and to create genuine connections, especially at yoga studios.
We have since moved on to chicken strips, racism, yoga, and why there is little diversity within the yoga teacher community in this yoga-crazed city.

It wasn’t long before we were Facebook friends. The holy grail of friendship.

The first time I saw him outside of the studio, he was wearing jeans and a button-down shirt, I had to take a second look.
I barely recognized him without his signature uniform of a short sleeve tee in (various hues of) black and shorts.
I was shocked.
I mean, when he wasn’t teaching, didn’t he just meditate?

Our chats kinda became a thing. After class, we would have a giggle and then get on with our day. The conversations become louder and sassier, and that’s when we coined the phrase, Sassy Chats.
If I didn’t get my weekly dose of sass, it would throw my whole week out.
Something I wasn’t prepared to lose.

These chats were a huge influence on the reason why I want to share content. As a way in which we can engage and connect with other creatives, whilst sharing our individual forms of self expression.
And with laughter.

So, this is an offering of a glimpse into the workings of a creative mind.

An opportunity to connect and to be inspired.

And with this in mind, introducing Randy Chu.

(kp) Who is Randy Chu?
(rc) I’m just a curious guy, wanting to know the inner-workings of things.

(kp) What started you off on your Yoga journey?
(rc) Purely for the physical…everyone had these crazy defined arms that they attributed to their Yoga practice. I never did get those arms.

(kp) Why did you decide to start teaching Yoga?
(rc) I don’t remember ever aspiring to become a Yoga teacher…I took my first teacher training program as a way to deepen my practice. The opportunity did fall in my lap and I said Yes to it. I had the opportunity, as part of my teacher training program, to teach a few classes at the Yoga studio I studied at. My classes started getting busier than some of the other classes on the schedule, so the owner asked if I wanted to teach, and the rest is history.

Getting involved in teacher training as a faculty member was another story. Up until 2017, I was working full time at my corporate gig and teaching in the evenings and on weekends, so I never did consider myself a “real” Yoga teacher…whatever that means.
In 2014, I was asked to be involved with a teacher training program and immediately, that imposter syndrome set in. It took a lot of coaxing and I started small, leading one little section first…then took on more…and it was through that experience that I recognized my strengths and what I had to offer. In 2017, about a year after returning to Semperviva to teach (I had taught there years ago but stepped away due to my busy schedule), I was asked to be a part of their 200 hour teacher training program as a regular faculty member and without any hesitation, I said YES! I work with some of the most amazing people…we inspire one another, we hold each other accountable to be better, we laugh a lot…I’ve landed in
a great place with amazing people.

(kp) Words of advice for beginner or seasoned yogis?
(rc) Hahaha…my go to was to form a list of my pet peeves.
Do be on time.
Do go into the studio with an open mind.
Do listen to your body…you’re much wiser than you think/know…unless you’re a smart-ass, in which case, dial it back a notch.
Oh – and don’t put on lotion before heading into to class, you’ll slip and slide like a wet seal.

(kp) How do you think you are creative?
(rc) Teaching Yoga is kind of like choreography…so I get to use that creative part of my brain for that. In terms of training teachers, you try to come up with new and innovative ways to engage with your students.
As I watch myself and my peers, each time we deliver our teacher training content, we try to add something new to the mix…it’s both challenging and fun!

(kp) What makes creativity?
(rc) Hmmm…I think part of it is having a deep held belief that there is more than 1 way to do something…and also space…space to explore and experiment and space to dialogue about ideas.

(kp) Who were you, in this lifetime, before you were Randy Chu – Yoga Teacher?
(rc) I was a mid-20’s kid trying to figure things out…trying to find the words to articulate why I felt the way I felt…trying to reconcile my priorities against the priorities or expectations of others…trying to find some balance between my inner and outer atmosphere. Prior to teaching Yoga, I graduated from BCIT with
diploma in Marketing Communications and had worked for a few national companies in various roles. I thought I would stick to my corporate life until retirement and after 20 years, I realized it was not for me.

(kp) Who/what do you think you were in a past life? And why?
(rc) I don’t have moments of wisdom that come to me from out of nowhere, so that leads me to believe that I wasn’t terribly brainy in my past lives. Maybe I was a happy go lucky goldfish or something. Maybe I was the OG Nemo.

(kp) What makes you tick?
(rc) Injustice, imbalance, selfishness and inconsiderate behaviours…I can feel the tension in my body as I type these words.

(kp) If you were granted x3 wishes, what would they be?
(rc) Crazy defined arms.
More space.
20/20 vision.

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