This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of La Maison Simons. All opinions are 100% mine.
I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been more ready for spring than I am this year. Freezing rain and snowstorms in Mid-April are not normal, but considering the snowy weather started in November (you know, almost 7 months ago), it feels like the never-ending winter!
The good thing is, the forecast shows that warmer temperatures are on their way. I’m so excited to embrace all of the warm weather things, especially when it comes to my wardrobe. To all of my winter coats and heavy sweaters: “I love you, but I don’t want to see you for a while!”
Instead, I want to wear all of my cute spring and summer pieces that are literally (and figuratively) collecting dust in the closet. I also have some new pieces that I’ve been itching to wear, but haven’t been able to just yet.
Now more than ever, I think it’s important to acknowledge that the climate and the environment are changing. We need to make a conscious effort to preserve our ecosystems and protect the species that live within. After all, it’s not just humans who are struggling with ice storms in April!
Today, I’m teaming up with Simons, who’s involved in an important environmental cause: combatting the decline in the honeybee population.
If you’re not familiar with Simons, they’ve been a Canadian fashion destination since 1840. Aside from their dedication to fashion, the company has always put a strong focus on their environmental policy. They believe that small actions have the power to make a big difference – and so do I.
Simons is currently working in collaboration with Alvéole, a Canadian company that promotes beekeeping in urban environments. Their mission is to increase the local production of honey, to improve pollination in cities, and to make people aware of the importance of bees in the urban ecosystem.
The decline in the honeybee population is alarming because bees play a major role in the production of fruit, vegetables and nuts. In fact, approximately 1/3 of the food we eat relies on their pollination!
Contrary to popular belief, honeybees rarely sting humans. They’re not interested in us because honeybees are vegan! It’s actually wasps that sting, so I’m not sure why the bees have that reputation. It’s those pesky wasps that you really want to be worrying about, so if you’re suffering from any kind of horrible wasp or hornet infestation, you might want to find a pest control service that can deal with Wasps & Hornets | Effective Control | Berkshire, UK before you start getting stung all over the place. You can learn more here.
To help bring awareness and support to Alvéole’s great endeavours, the team of designers at Simons created the unique ‘Twik’ collection. They used prints and colours that echo the world of the honeybee. With each item sold, $8.00 will be invested into the project. You’ll also notice the tags are made out of a special type of paper, which contains seeds for flowers that produce nectar and pollen. By planting the tag, you’ll also be helping to grow fruits and vegetables!
I’m embracing the spring (and warm weather to come) by wearing this adorable dress from the Bee the Change Collection. Naturally, the floral print is perfect for spring and if you look closely, you can see little bees in the print! I paired the dress with one of my favourite pastel pink jackets (because again, spring) and wore the outfit to a bridal shower over the weekend. The high neckline on the dress makes it perfect for the office, too.
Shop the Bee The Change Collection here and let’s help bring back the bees. Bonus: the pieces are all super cute and perfect to wear when spring finally decides to show up!