Five years ago, when we got married, I registered and received my first and favourite set of bedsheets. Not overly exciting, right?! Wrong. These were made of bamboo cotton -- they were soft and cooling, yet warm, never needed ironing and it always felt like you were sleeping on a cloud. I still have these sheets, and after hundreds of washes, they still perform.
Since then, whenever I find something to snuggle with made from bamboo, I give it a second glance. Sheets, socks, and my latest bamboo-bestie, Leave Nothing But Footprints clothing.
Leave Nothing But Footprints (LNBF) is a Toronto (Markham) based company that was founded in 2007; they make eco-friendly and luxurious fabrics like viscose from bamboo, Tencel and organic cotton. The bamboo fibre used by LNBF is certified organic by the Organic Crop Improvement Association.
My girlfriend first introduced me to LNBF last year when I was on the hunt for good quality leggings that weren't going to cost me a fortune and didn't pill, weren't see-through, were age appropriate and were comfortable! Quite the tall order -- even for a short girl :).
Well, I took her advice and bought two pairs of LNBF Suri Leggings in the delectable bamboo and they quickly became a favourite. Just like my bed sheets, these leggings keep you warmer when it's cool out, and cool when it's warm out. It's amazing. They wash well, wear well and the fabric doesn't pull, pill or see-through!
Well, that started it. I quickly bought some more items online -- a jacket, an open sweater and a great tunic. (Shown right) Each one of these items is super comfortable, light-weight and doesn't look ratty or worn after a few washes.
A few months ago, I had to put the leggings away, sadly, because they weren't fitting over my preggo-belly. Luckily for me, being preggo doesn't mean I can't enjoy LNBF.
The Lilia Dress, shown left, went right on as soon as it came out of the box. I could sleep in this dress -- and really, you may want to. Ideal for pregnant ladies in the summer, this dress has a cute empire style, is very cooling, and has a great open back detail. Best of all, it's not even a maternity dress. You could totally wear this dress after pregnancy, and if the weather co-operates through the fall, even use it as a nursing dress.
I love the beautiful purple colour, the pattern and the feel of this fabric. It never needs ironing, is anti-static and is super breathable, even on the hottest summer day. This dress is made of viscose from bamboo.
The Clover Top is another favourite of mine -- I knew I'd love it as soon as I ordered it. First of all, it's in my favourite, coral colour (Hibiscus -- although it comes in Teal and Ivory, too). The Clover is cut slightly larger, so if you're not pregnant, it drapes beautifully, hangs in the right places and hides any imperfections. For me, the larger cut means it wraps all the way around the front of my belly, while still accentuating my bump. This is a great top for work or play and can easily be dressed up or dressed down. The Clover Top is made from bamboo jersey fabric. Again, it's not a maternity top, so it works for everyone!
I can't say enough about this company: Canadian, cute styles, comfortable, super-convenient and clothing that works for women of various ages, sizes, and tastes.
Now's a great time to visit the LNBF website, as you can score these awesome summer garbs at AWESOME prices, plus, sneak a peek at the new Fall collection that is coming out.
And the folks at LNBF want Simply Suppa readers to take advantage of the looks, the styles and the prices -- with a DEAL!! When purchasing online at www.lnbf.ca, use the promo code SUPPALNBF (valid until September 18, 2014) to receive 15% off your entire order! WOW!
And if that wasn't enough, we have an AMAZING contest going on with Leave Nothing But Footprints! Here's your chance to win a $75.00 gift card to use online and score some bamboo clothing for yourself. To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter below.
Good luck to all and happy shopping, and wearing!
Here are some more great facts about bamboo:
- It is hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial
- Bamboo is completely biodegradable
- Garments are thermo-regulating, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter
- It's anti-static
Disclosure: I received the Lilia Dress and Clover Top in exchange for a review. As always, the opinions expressed on my blog remain my own.