How can we blame others for plastic when we’re also the problem?

Photo provided by The Ocean Legacy Foundation

Welcome to the plastocalypse, where plastic has literally invaded every segment of our world. It’s not only packaged on our food, it’s in our phones, our cars, our clothes, and it’s even getting into the food we eat. Plastic pollution is a serious problem. We can all point fingers at the large corporations for providing it in the first place, but we all played a part in this. Every purchase we make of single use plastic creates an effect. If we want change, then it’s going to have to start with us.

And that’s why Natural Talent Alliance, in collaboration with the Victoria International Marina, and The Ocean Legacy Foundation, created the Future Oceans Fashion Show.

Photo by Andras Schram, Model Stephanie Cogs

A fashion show like none other, 10 designers from around the world will be utilizing reclaimed ocean plastics and wastes and turning them into couture wearable art pieces which our esteemed models will then strut down Canada’s longest runway. We are also featuring some of the top lines of eco sustainable fashion in and around western Canada. It is essential to us not only to create awareness, but to establish circular economies throughout the world to secure solid sustainability not only on an individual or corporate level, but on a global one.

Photo by Peace Boat US

Members of our associations have been invited to speak with the UN on the Peace Boat US to discuss our project and how we plan to initiate change. As an official partner of the UN Nations World Oceans Day, Peace boat will hold a range of events on board the ship together with partners from the UN and civil society working to protect our oceans.

Photo courtesy of Victoria International Marina

Join us at the beautiful Victoria International Marina on July 1st, 2019, not only for this amazing event but to launch the Grand Opening of Canada’s first green, luxury-super yacht marina!

This event will be an absolute hit! But we need your support…

To find out how you can assist us in this endeavour (whether it be through sponsorship or volunteering) please reach out to us at NTA at we’d love to chat.

Do you care? Then I’ll see you there, July 1, 2019. Get your tickets here

Photo by Andras Schram, Model Stephanie Cogs

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NTA Presents: The 2019 MS Winter Gala

” Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the world, with an estimated 77,000 Canadians living with the disease. While it is most often diagnosed in young adults aged 20 to 49, younger children and older adults are also diagnosed with the disease.”

Disease does not discriminate. It doesn’t care what colour you are, who you voted for, or who you date. If it’s coming for you it’s coming for you, and so far for many there is no cure. That is why supporting research for medical innovation is so crucial.

This year we at NTA had the honour of donating our time to throw a fashion show for the MS Society of Calgary.

On January 31, 2019, some of Alberta’s top models and beauty queens came to strut their stuff at CIBO downtown Calgary in support of this amazing cause. Donning outfits from up and coming designers from and connected to Olds College. The designers included:

Sasmitha Delawa: Fireflies for Lanterns

Sherri Reeves Samantha Brunner: Electric Vibe

Cristal Cherry-LeBel: Designs by Miss Cherry

Kaare-Ann Madden and Janet Chung- Lunairy Designs

Katharine Funk- Aecor Lifestyle

Jason Way- Parlour Apparel and Design

Suzzy Anibueze- A2MeFashion

Nadine Arthur- Out of the Bloom

Bret Stankowski, Stewart Schamp- Nine5Nine7

Danielle Carolina

The show was completely SOLD OUT, and was a success and hit for the MS society and all those who attended. We were honoured to have Global TV as an exclusive media partner, as well as other publications notably our friends at Standout Publications! Always great to see you Douglass Cressman!

Some of my favourite photographers graced us with their presence and skills. My personal friends and renowned photographers Zev Abosh and Doug Wong, and up and coming photographers Victor panillilio, Myron Macapagal, Maya Klimecki, Kenneth Fung, Vian Esterhuizen, Jessica Clemens.

Everyone had an amazing time! But the NTA people barely slept, woke up, and got right onto our next big project… huge in fact…


Are you passionate about ocean conservation and the plastic problem? Click Here for more information on how you can be a part of the movement that’s shaking the world.

Models who walked for the MS Winter Gala are:

Alexandria Austin

Ashley Jette- Mrs Calgary

Talayna Ekelund

Mildred Rincon

Angie Boyle

Ayden Kosko

Paula Richelle

Xyrelle S. Agustin

Katy N Peter Wren

Jolane Brooke Westerson

Lindsey Reynolds

Hayden Marie

Cassandra Guerin

Natalia Hennady

Carolynne Scoffield

Sheena Eilleen

Rachel W

Shae-Lyn Woodroffe

Jade Simone

Bridgette Sauvé

Pauline Yee

Anna Kondretskaya

Millie Jayne

Taylor McCarroll Miss Teen Calgary

Ciara Stewart Miss Calgary

Ringo R. Ranoco

Ty Javos

Mark Oliver Kokiong

Victor Tse

Perneet Singh

Victor Brown

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What’s your labour story?

In honour of Mother’s Day (North America) I wanted to ask all the ladies in my network, “what is your labour story??”

For many of us it’s time spent in our very own personal torture chamber filled with horrors and crazy stories, but one thing comes out… life. There are no words for how beautiful and epic that moment is…

Anyway… here’s my labour story

(Backstory- some of you may remember I have PCOS, a condition so severe in my case, I was told I’d never have children. Even after conceiving, I was scared by health care professionals, told I would miscarry, so on… but I made it all the way to 39 weeks 5 days before…)

September 14, 2016: approx 9pm

I began having, what I can describe as “lightning stabbing” pains in my crotch (which I would later learn was lightening of the cervix) I texted my mum and she said,

They went away shortly after messaging my mum, so I went to bed. I woke up the next morning at 2am ish desperate to pee. I went. But as I came back it felt like I was dribbling pee down my leg so I ran back to the toilet and pushed and more came out (I thought “wow that’s a lot of pee”) went to lie back down in bed, the second I lied down it felt like I peed again, except this time with no effort at all.

My waters had broken, I knew it. My boyfriend was already on edge so he shot out of bed and got to grabbing things and we raced out the door. On the way there the fluid just kept coming out, it was so uncomfortable, like you’re peeing yourself a little every 30seconds, but it’s not pee, it’s the fluid your child has lived in…

I got to the hospital and the nurses joked about how it’s a full moon and it’s gonna get busy in there. They waited for the doctor to assess me before proceeding with the induction. (I was group b strep positive so upon waters breaking I needed antibiotics and induction to “slow” labour to ensure I had enough antibiotics in my system. When the doctor arrived she pressed her speculum to my cervix and a massive gush of water went everywhere. She said “yup! That’s amniotic fluid, you’re not going anywhere little lady you’re having a baby today!”

And then it sunk in, I mean really sunk in, I was going into labour, and it was gonna hurt. I got sort of panicked, but was a bit relieved when they said “we can’t induce you til shift change so why not go grab something to eat.” So down we went in the elevator, my man, my mum, and me. Suddenly the alarms started going off in the elevator, and my anxiety took off like a freight train “Oh god I’m gonna give birth in an elevator! Oh god my bfs probably gonna see me crap myself! Oh god no!”

Turns out my mum was leaning against the alarm button… False alarm…. thanks Mum

Made it to the cafeteria in one piece, the hospital food tasted like crap but it was nice to have a minute to contemplate my fate before taking the plunge in the birthing room. Once I had my breakfast they had me pack up our stuff and head over to the labour room. It was a decent size with a big window, and a Winnie the Pooh decal on the wall that said,

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the biggest room in your heart.”

They began my induction and at first I barely felt the contractions, this was approximately 7:30am sept 15. They were at first similar to a period cramp, but not quite. As the drip progressed I still hadn’t dilated. An OBGYN who saw me at 3months said because I had a LEEP procedure on my cervix I would need to be manually dilated. No one listened to me though. What did I know? I was a new mom in labour. When the drip hit 11ml I started asking for help. The pain was awful, like my insides were tearing out. They gave me the gas which only made me vomit more and more. I barfed the entire labour FYI. Within a few hours I was maxed out on the drip, By that time it was at 20ml and I was begging for an epidural. They gave me a choice: “fentanyl, a hot shower (there’s no way I could stand with that pain) or epidural, I chose door 3, epidural, please.

But it didn’t quite work.

My right side went completely dead I could flex my toes but not feel them and they felt like they weighed 30lbs. My left side felt like I was rupturing cysts over and over again. It was agony. I had become so sick from the meds that I began to wretch so hard it was incredibly painful. They started me on gravol. Then topped up the epidural. Things started to level out but by that point I had been maxed out on the drop for a few hours. The pain started to radiate through the epidural so they topped that up again and had to give me something else for nausea cause I was throwing up every 5 mins.

finally, after being maxed out for 6 hours the new OBGYN on shift said “she’s had a LEEP procedure and needs to be manually dilated” and I watched as she wrenched my vagina open with her hands, like she was birthing a baby cow. Thank fuck the epidural had kicked in by then cause I certainly wouldn’t want to feel that.

By 7pm (45mins after she dilated me) I was 9cm dilated. Did i mention it was a teaching hospital? When the time came to push, i must’ve had 15 ppl all watching my vagina… great.

i remember the doctor yelling “look at all that hair!”) they told my mum to count for the time I had to hold my breath and push, and I remember she got so excited she forgot to count and mid push I yelled

“MUM!!! COUNT!!”

“Oh shit sorry caz 1…2…3…”

it took 40mins if pushing and our little girl was out. I remember it felt like an eternity until she cried. I heard the doctor say “come on baby, come on now, breathe, breathe.” I was terrified I wouldn’t hear her cry… but she did. They placed her on my chest and immediately she silenced, and snuggled up to me. I cried my eyes out. It was the most beautiful, the most life changing moment. I’ll never forget it.

I suffered third degree tears, separated pelvis, it was rough (and don’t get me started on trying to go to the bathroom after!) went through 6 months of colic after that, not sleeping for more than 3hrs a night, To teething, to growth spurts, you name it. But she’s almost 2 and we’ve made it this far, I’m so excited to see where we go from here.

So mamas, I’m askin ya to up your stories, what happened to you in that chamber of birth? Did you suffer? Did you triumph? What went down? Fill me in! Today is YOUR DAY! You earned it! Happy Mother’s Day ladies!!!

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Saying goodbye to my best friend

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5 Ways to get rid of a cold/flu

Freddy facts of the week:

So you either didn’t see the post last week, or you just happened to fall victim to the current cold/flu buzzing around your home/school/workplace.Either way, here’s what you can do to get rid of it more efficiently so you can be back to your normal self in no time.

  1.  Rest: I can’t stress enough to get as much sleep as possible. If you’re off work, sleep longer and nap when possible. If you have to continue working, minimize other activities to ensure you receive the proper sleep you need to fight off this bacteria/virus.
  2.  Drink up: All that coughing and sneezing, (and if its the flu,any fluid emission from either end) makes you very dehydrated, make sure you ingest enough water to keep your system afloat
  3. Install a humidifier: Viruses and Bacteria thrive in dry, arid environments, by utilizing a cool air humidifier you can combat the virus in the air. You definitely want it running when you go to bed.  These handy little fellas can be purchased at any major supply store (walmart, superstore, ikea)
  4. Take vitamin C: right now vitamin c is the best friend your immune system can have. Try and get your daily intake either by consuming fruits and vegetables or by taking a supplement.
  5. Take hot showers: the steam from your shower will help break up the phlegm in your chest and nose. Try to breathe as deeply as possible to help clear those airways.

Hopefully this helps you beat that nasty cold/flu, it works for me!

Good luck my darlings! Get better soon!


Photo by Randy Porter

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5 Ways to prevent catching colds/flu

Freddy facts of the week: 

It happens every year, and it’s not always in winter. No I’m not talking about snow (although sometimes in Canada that’s true!) I’m talking about colds and the flu. Chances are we’ve all come in contact with a customer, coworker, loved one who shows symptoms of something amiss. Here’s what to do when you see this happen around you:

1. Disinfect all surfaces and materials 

Cold and flu viruses can live on hard surfaces up to 16hrs and fabric up to 12hrs. It is important to wash clothing, bed linens, and sanitize surfaces with a sterilizing product such as: lysol, windex, bleach, vinegar. 

2. Don’t touch your face

If someone coughs on you, don’t fret, unless they coughed or sneezed directly into your eyes, nose or mouth, there’s little to no risk of contagion. However, if your hands touch mucus anywhere and then you scratch your eye, itch your nose, or wipe your lips, the virus or bacteria can travel in the mucus membrane, thus rendering you potentially ill especially if you don’t already have the antibodies for this particular pathogen. 

3. Avoid close contact with infected persons

Often times viruses will spread through households due to one person being sick and the rest catching it. If the person is your partner, avoid close contact. If it’s your child contact is probably necessary, just make sure you sanitize everything they touch and try to keep your face out of the sneezes and coughs if you can. 

4. Get your vitamins 

Lacking nutrition can lower your immune system making it much harder to fight the bacterial war that can be waged against us. If you don’t eat a balanced diet then at least consume a multivitamin daily. 

5. Remain hydrated

There’s never an end to the benefits of water. In this case, your immune system is essentially in your blood. White blood cells are responsible for identifying, then tackling viruses and bacteria, and afterward cataloging their appearance along with an arsenal of antibodies  to ensure we don’t get sick from that one again. Blood needs water to transport itself efficiently throughout the system and ensure our immune response isn’t delayed. So drink up!

Here’s hoping you can all avoid that dreadful cold onset. 

Photo by Andras Schram

Hair and makeup by Tara Smith

Pants by Freddy Canada (available also at Freddy USA)

Shirt by Apt 22

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4 Stampede Fashion Must Have’s

Freddy facts of the week

The greatest outdoor show is coming to Calgary for its annual debut on Friday, THE CALGARY STAMPEDE!!! And as much as it is a celebration of western riding and culture, it’s also a chance to strut your cowboy fashion sense up and down the midway. I’ve comprised a list of 4 essentials in order to pull off the stampede runway with style. 

1. Cowboy hat/ Cute hairstyle

If you look good in a hat, go for it! I always like the sparkly ones. If not I suggest something with braids and some curls. Or you can go for the pigtails or pigtail braids, very on point.

2. Plaid Shirt

Nothing says rodeo living like a plaid shirt. You can also step this up a notch and find some western shirts at your local western store. 

3. Blingy Belt and Jewelry

Think BIG when it comes to belt buckles, and the more sparkle it has the better. As for jewelry you can play it up or play it small, if it sparkles it’ll look great either way. 

4. The Best Denim

Jeans are a staple of the western world, but those bulky wranglers don’t do much when it comes to shaping a girl or accenting your butt. Freddy has hands down the hottest denim for all your stampede needs. Rather than buying some cheap pair of pants just for stampede, get yourself a set that will last you forever. 


Bralette by Jenny Frank

Jeans by Freddy Freddy USA

Photos by Walt Klimasch and Pablo Ley

Hair and makeup by Tara Smith

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