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Spruce has a Bottle Return Program?!?

Spruce has a Bottle Return Program?!?

Have you ever noticed your empty bottles pile up after using your favourite products??!.. Us too, so we decided to work out a system with select brands to create a Bottle Return Program through Spruce (I know, what!?!)!!

At Spruce we are passionate about reusing and reducing before we start recycling, and we love working with brands that carry these similar values! 

Any of the empty product bottles from Kodo Collection, Lure Hair Care, Wild Coast Perfumery, and Forest Etiquette can be returned to Spruce for the companies to wash, sterilize, and re-use the containers!!

To participate in our Bottle Return Program, simply bring your cleaned empty bottles (from the brands listed above) back to Spruce on your next visit, and we will distribute the empties back to the companies on order days! Supporting locally made products that are beautiful, eco friendly, and mindful, creates space to care for yourself and the environment. If your local business is on the shelves of Spruce, and you would like to join this program, reach out! 

Note* There are no rebates for bottle returns, simply a motion to create a community of reusing and reducing before we think about recycling.

We're stoked to see you with your empty bottles to support this environment movement!!

-SpruceBabe, designed with the earth in mind <3

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Consignment is back! :)

Consignment is back! :)

When visiting our brick and mortar, the most commonly asked question by Spruce customers is, “Are these clothes second hand?”

And the answer is YES YES YES!

Spruce loves sustainable fashion. This means you get that beautiful boutique experience while also doing good for the environment! <3 

In perfect timing with season change, we are back accepting consignment!
Cruise down anytime during open hours and bring a max of 5 of your favourite items (to part with) to Spruce, with no appointment necessary!

We're looking for those quality, everyday island wear pieces; Loving neutral palates, with the occasional solid bright colour, simple patterns, and quality fabrics. While we do accept many recognized brands, we also crave those handmade, vintage and one of a kind items. 

There are two different ways to receive your consignment payout. We offer either a 50/50 split under a clothing tab which you can use on any of our lightly loved clothing, or a cheque for 40% of the items priced.

Not all of our clothes come in on consignment though :) We also offer our house handpicked thrifted treasures from all over the island, a definite passion of ours! These carefully curated items are always laundered, and often in house mended or altered to fit our collection. Watch for our house rebranded lines as we launch screen prints as well create full up-cycles!
(Note* some exciting new summer wear in the works!).
 

Our goal is to promote a sustainable and a circular economy while maintaining the beauty and excitement of expressing through clothing.

With new pieces arriving daily, you never know what you’re going to find when you visit Spruce :)

Clothing for individuality, creating sustainability- SpruceBabe

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What in the world is Cellulose Acetate?!

What in the world is Cellulose Acetate?!

What is Cellulose Acetate?!

The term cellulose acetate can sound like big science, but it’s definitely a material worth getting to know! Cellulose Acetate is a compound made from cellulose (polymer from wood fibre) and acetic acid, making it a fantastic alternative to plastic!

Where do you see it?

It can be used in creating clothing fibres, filters, and body accessories.
At Spruce you will find this material when browsing the most beautiful earrings, hair clips, and hair combs from stellar company Nat & Noor <3

Why choose it!

Cellulose acetate is more durable than plastic and it is biodegradable. It takes only 1-3 years for items made from Cellulose Acetate to break down unlike a plastic bag that can take 10-20 years.

At Spruce, we are dedicated to choosing companies + goods that are eco-conscious and quality made.

Feel great about adding these to your collection.

 

 

 

 

 

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Clips from "Babes Build Community"

Clips from "Babes Build Community"

Getting out of our comfort zone, last month we said YES to being a guest speaker at a wonderfully hosted networking circle- Babes on Beaches.

This gathering featured conversations around maneuvering businesses through a pandemic, personal and business growth strategies, and story sharing.

Huge thank you to Alana of The Local Picnic, and Jess from SALT for this opportunity. 

Whether you're just starting your business, been at it awhile, or are still in the dream faze, we feel conversations around what you're doing with other like-minded spirits is vital.

If you missed the event, but were curious about going, here are some clips from our speech <3 

Aloha,

 

"I would like to start this conversation off with the word GROWTH. I chose this word because we so often use it, desire it, and chase after it. But the funny thing is, is how often we resist it—    as growth often looks and feels much like DISCOMFORT." 

 

"The thing about being an entrepreneur (depending on your business) is there is no waiting for someone to tell you what to do— you are often the director, the decision maker— the leader. The person steering the ship, is you— and while that comes with so many benefits from creative freedom, endless revenue streams, making your own hours, working in your idea environment ect, it’s also means it’s you that has to show up to the plate in times of hardship, distress, change, and you guessed it, DISCOMFORT."

 

"INSERT ADAPTIBILITY—Ok we’re doing this, we’re closed, and everything needs to be contactless. I started asking myself questions like, “What is available for me to do?” “How are others in my industry showing up?” “What resources do I already have?” And “How am I prepared to show up to the new circumstances?”"

 

"BLESSED to run a business in a community where people not only  CARED about your survival, but were actively asking how they could help and support. WOW. That motivated us, and fuelled us to keep going; keep adapting."

 

"So we got CREATIVE. With everything closed and no in person interactions, I started sharing more videos on social  because they felt more personal. Not only did we start showcasing more videography of product use, and tips, as well as clothing alterations, we also started sharing videos of us authentically going through the human motions and emotions. We felt strongly about sharing our relatability and vulnerability as a human, rather than just a business, and had the most positive feedback and conversations stem from these posts."

 

"RESILIANCE This is where we need to ensure we go to the spiritual gym. Ensure you’re maintaining the things that clear your mind, fuel your body, and feed your spirit. For me, things like yoga, family time, quality food, hikes, beaching, photography, naps, and a clean house get me going. And all of these were possible during “lockdown”

Remember as an entrepreneur, your business is you, and you are your business, if you fall apart, often so does it. If you show up more relaxed and in a higher vibration, often so does it."

 

"PASSION + PERSERVERANCE if I have ANY advise to anyone starting a business, I would say do what you love. It will come naturally, easily, NOT EFFORTLESSLY, but if you're sharing with the world something deeply rooted within you, you will have enough PASSION to PERSEVERE, every time."

 

"She did it because 

She wholeheartedly believed in it

She did it because she couldn’t stand not doing it—

That’s the best reason to do anything."

 

~SpruceBabe

 

Thanks for reading <3



Photo by Michelle Proctor, headshot included with event <3

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Real Living in Clothing: The Art of Thrifting

Real Living in Clothing: The Art of Thrifting

          This article was written for Seaside Magazines April issue in the fashion section. Thank you so much to the team at Seaside for inviting us to share. This was a feel good project for us as it combined two of our favourite things; writing and up-cycling. It was an absolute pleasure diving into both the why and the art behind thrifting. 

"More and more we are seeing thrifted and up-cycled clothing come into trend. Not only are we being educated with more transparency on the environmental impacts from the traditional fashion industry, but we also believe people are falling in love with the art and creativity of finding and reusing quality clothing.

The manifesting, dreaming, curating, and altering of a piece— the process of it, that is where the deep satisfaction comes from. 

It’s about understanding what may be in style and working with what you find— what already exists. Fundamentally keeping your relationship with your clothing personal because you felt your way there, hand picking the piece out of a sea of many without any influence of specific branded guidance or pressure.

Taking more responsibility for the clothing you wear and how you wear it can in my experience have a very positive effect on your self confidence. Thrifting and altering leaves room for individuality and includes hands on curiosity and positive stimulation. 

I enjoy first having a vision. Almost a goal set— “this is what I’d like to find today” being mostly general, letting the specifics fill in their own blanks. This way you are always open to opportunity. Then the hunt… almost meditative as we cruise through the isle— often with headphones in listening to something that gets us in a flow state of mind… fingertips moving along fast because they know what they’re after. Colour tones and materials stimulate senses and with practice become easier to fine tune and collect. Then comes making it yours. Why was a piece possibly thrifted in the first place? Was there a mark on the bottom? A missing button? A stretched out pocket? Pants too long? Too short? This is where we play. Holding the piece up and in my mind redesigning. Could I replace the missing button even intentionally having it be a different from the rest? Could I crop the top to remove the stained portion? Could I remove the pocket that is the only “flaw”? Could I live with the small paint splatter and call them beauty marks? — Weren’t clothings meant to be lived in anyway?"

 

 

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This scent has depths. A story. Like you.

This scent has depths. A story. Like you.

This collaboration between Spruce & Wild Coast Perfumery is our representation of a love affair ending, while still celebrating the beauty of the time offered. The thought bubble for this scent stemmed from an evening romance, and became the poem first to inspire Wild Coast Perfumery. With a few back and forth visits and slight tweaks, Laurie created this essence seemingly effortlessly. Following the story, the poem, and the product, we then needed a still photo capture. 
What an artistic journey, involving so many. 

When winter turns to spring.



SpruceBabe Eau De Parfum; 
Forest // Chypre // Coniferous
Wild orange, cedar leaf, fir balsam, grand fir, blooming jasmine, tree moss, amber.

 

On the edge of the woods

I met you there—

Anticipating the warmth of your hands as I felt a mild chill on my skin

My heart beat seeing your eyes so visibly striking under just the light of dusk

You kissed my body, then kissed my mouth and I laughed— 

breaking the universal quiet to live in the sound of us

I could taste me on your lips

The slight mist of midnight offered a bouquet of wild

That magical essence of winter turning to spring

And I knew, as the seasons changed

So would we

But I could hold you here, in this perfume

On me

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This scent has depths. A story. Like you.

Created with 100% natural ingredients composed of oils and resins in beautiful Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island.

15ml glass spray bottle.

 

Poetry By Andria Paulo

Photograph By Landon Copplestone with model Selena Schmieger

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Tipping

Tipping

I realized last night

how I felt—

Qualities of you rolled through my mind

Then all at once, it happened.

That same feeling 

as tipping onto a wave—

Butterflies

Nervous to loose balance 

But smiling 

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Who's doing a polar bear swim this year?

Who's doing a polar bear swim this year?

The ocean made her come alive

As if to wake all of her cells at once

Anything that didn’t matter drifted away

To be left only with a deep sense of peace

That expanding feeling from the depths of her heart

That unmeasurable moment where she feels like she’s 

exactly where she needs to be—

Free.

 

SpruceBabe

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Phase

Phase

She seeks light in the shadows

But never fears the dark—

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