When I graduated high school and entered the work force, a woman owned one or two good suits, one pair of good shoes and one good handbag. Homes did not have walk in closets. 30 years later, I have a walk-in closet full of clothes I don’t wear. I tend to wear the same few pieces over and over.
Now that I am working in the apparel industry, I am becoming more conscious of the impact clothes has on the environment and what fast fashion has done to exasperate the issue. Did you know we buy 3 times more clothes than we did in the 80’s? That millions of tones of clothing end up in the landfill every year.
Earlier this month we celebrated International Women's Day and as we recognize women's achievements, we want to bring up a role model on whom we are familiar with, Tessa Virtue. She inspires us all by showing others what we can achieve when we set our mind on something.
Chosen to be the new barbie's "ROLE MODEl"
For Barbie's 60th anniversary and International Women’s Day, the doll company is celebrating female role models and Tessa Virtue is one of them!
it's never to late to learn and try something new
Having someone to look up to whether in your field, or a role model in general can be a great push for us to keep going. Not only we get to learn from their failures and success, but we get to see how they cope with those life circumstances. We want to encourage all of you to continue doing what you're doing and to never give up on your dreams. Consistency is key.
Founder and CEO Over Ice Apparel
I workout because i love my body,
More and more adults are realizing that figure skating later in life is a real possibility. It takes more time to learn but it can be learned. The sport is constantly evolving and what is possible is constantly being challenged. Girls are now jumping quads and adults are skating up to the age of 80.
I think it’s great the clubs are accepting adults into their skating programs and see a future in adult skating. The skating community has come a long way in seeing the value of adult in the sport, but at times I feel there is still a way to go. I hope one day that there will be programs just for adults.
Adult figure skaters make the same sacrifices and commitments as families with kids in the sport and it takes courage to go out on the ice rink with young kids. Plus, they become program assistance helping young skaters learn how to skate, become coaches, help run clubs and volunteer at all levels of the sport. We show kids that skating is for life. I salute adult figure skaters for the courage and commitment to the sport and for the way they give back.
I would like to recognize and acknowledge adult figure skaters in my post #adultsoverice. If you share your story with me and I use it in my post, I will send you a figure skate USB drive (perfect for your program music).
No other season screams "Let's go ice skating" louder than Winter. It happens to be our most favourite season of all because there are so many places that offer outdoor ice skating rinks. As we reflect on 2018, we feel very grateful for each of our friends and partners who have walked along side our team this year. So many things to look forward to in 2019, but before we enter the new year, we would like to wish everyone...
leave a little sparkle wherever you go
Always remember to leave a little sparkle wherever you go, make someone else's holiday special simply by sharing your smile, spreading kindness and have lending hands ready for those who need them the most. There are so many wonderful ways to spread the Christmas cheers to those around you, if you have any ideas please share them on the comment below.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you all!
Founder and CEO
This year I joined the board of my skating club and have a new appreciation for organizations that depend on volunteers to deliver services to its member. In the past I would donate money but now realize that giving time is just as important and often more important.
There have been times when I thought, what am I doing, I don’t have time for this, but then I think if not me then who. We are all too busy, but without volunteers, community programs would not be possible and that these programs enrich lives.
What you wear impacts how you feel about your self and how you perform. Science has been studying this and have call it “enclothed cognition”. I know when I wear something that makes me feel pretty, I feel empowered, confident and perform better. We owe to ourselves to feel our best every day.
So here we are, several months after I started Over Ice Apparel and a couple months after I had hoped to launch. We have been working diligently, three rounds of prototypes received, reviewed, washed and edited, care labels, size labels, main label on hand, fabric and notions in place. Photoshoot being planned. Lots of hours have been put into this line to ensure a great fit. We are so close I can taste it, yet still not quite ready for production. I should be more frustrated and impatient and while I wait for the next samples I realize that skating has taught me so many lessons that helped me in my business.
Challenge, Patience, Persistence and Courage
Figure skating is challenging, requires patience, persistence and courage, but the reward is pure joy. Some skills come fast and some many months. There are great skating days and frustrating skating days where you feel like hanging up your skates. But when you finally get the skill it is so rewarding, even if you only get it once and then not again for a couple or even a few more weeks. You know that if you keep at it, it too will come. Like every pro-type, each one is so much better than the last one and some are good to go now.
In today's post, I would like to rave about the fashion expert behind Over Ice Apparel, Dina Lynka (Boykiw). She is a very talented individual, a never ending resource and fun to work with!
In the beginning
Dina was born and raised in Vancouver B.C. At a young age she identified her passion for fashion and design. She began modeling while in high school and quickly became a modeling instructor, working with models doing print work and runway. At 17 years old age, Dina started attending Central Washington University. While going to CWU she worked at a number of local clothing stores creating window displays, buying and merchandising. She also managed a clothing store and promoted other stores with their branding and merchandise. While on campus Dina hand selected students to teach runway modeling to. She then went on to coordinated fashion shows with the students.
Over Ice Apparel is inspired by figure skating champions that manage to bring femininity and style to figure skating practice time. Soft sweaters, feminine skirts and dance wear. Here are some athletes that have inspired us by their style: