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#SESTYLE: One Dress, Infinite Styles with Henkaa

Unlike most people, I only travel with a carry-on. After losing my baggage to many airlines or getting my baggage 9 days later (which by the way, is both useless and infuriating), I’ve decided to take matters in my own hands and pack lighter. But sometimes, packing light can be one mighty task – that’s where Henkaa comes into play.

I was introduced to Henkaa about a year ago and although they are best known for their convertible bridesmaid dresses, their dresses are also the ideal travel companions. I took two Henkaa dresses with me to Italy, the Calla ($98) and the Ivy ($78). They can be rolled up tightly to fit into a corner of your bag and they don’t wrinkle. The best part, with one dress, your outfit options are pretty much limitless.

The Calla is a modern one-piece with 3/4 length batwing sleeves but the sleeves are what make the dress! They can be tied around your neck for a sleeveless halter, tucked in to create a one shoulder style or tied at the waist for a strapless look. It is available in Ruby Red, Deep Teal, Royal Blue, Plum Purple, Charcoal Grey and Night Black. I’m wearing it in Royal Blue and I wore it with me around the Roman ruins, the Borghese Gardens, along the coast and just roaming around the city.

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The Ivy dress is a bit different than the Calla. Although it is also convertible, it is sleeveless and includes an interchangeable drawstring, which can be used to help create the different looks. The relaxed fit design is easy to twist and tie to create styles that are both simple and sexy. It is available in Ruby Red, Deep Teal, Royal Blue, Plum Purple and Night Black. I’m wearing it in Deep Teal and I wore mine while I wandered around the Pompeii ruins, I turned it in to a skirt to check out the city of Amalfi and I even got a little ambitious and playful one evening and created a super-strappy dress to wander the city and watch the sunset.

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These are just two of the styles Henkaa has to offer and I only scratched the surface with the many styles you can create. All of their dresses are made of their signature Lenaa™ fabric, a super soft, wrinkle resistant material which is 92% polyester and 8% spandex. Both of the dresses above are available in three sizes: XS/S (0-6), M/L (8-14), 1X/2X (14-18) and all of their dresses have online tutorials to make dressing a breeze (I’ve included the Calla tutorial below).

Whether you plan on travelling, taking a weekend jaunt or just party in your own city, Henkaa dresses are amazing because they’re eight dresses (or more if you get creative) in one. My Henkaa companions definitely made packing a lot easier, and even a bit lighter. For more information on Henkaa, check out henkaa.com.

– Chenessa Lam

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#SESTYLE: Off-the-Shoulder Style

It’s time to bare some skin! Tastefully, of course. If there’s one style I can’t get enough of this summer, it’s off-the-shoulder. Whether a top or dress, this perennial favourite can be worn with almost anything.

Today, I was running errands around town and decided to pair my off-the-shoulder button-up shirt with light wash denim and added a touch of colour with a pastel clutch. For an easy transition from weekday to weekend, you can just swap out the jeans for a pair of shorts and the heels for sandals or espadrilles. With summer in full swing, why not salute the clavicles in understated Bardot style.
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Cotton Button-Up Shirt, H&M. Cotton/Spandex Denim, Rag & Bone. Sunglasses, TOMS. Vegan Leather Clutch, Nella Bella. Leather Two-Strap Heels, Cole Haan.

– Chenessa Lam

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#SESTYLE: The Perfect Accessory


With the cooler weather, I have been obsessed with hats. For me, they’re the ultimate accessory – they can easily punctuate a look and they can instantly fix a bad hair day (hello, magic!). I’m all about my toques, caps and fedoras and I manage to work them into my outfits, no matter the look or occasion.

I have recently fallen in love with this floppy fedora. This one is Canadian made (yay, Canada!) and is felted wool, which is great for the cooler season and it even has hidden ear warmers, ideal for Canadian winters! It can be worn casually with jeans or styled with a dress and knee-high boots to make more of a statement.

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Long-Sleeved Split Sweatshirt, Primark. Pencil Skirt, Wilfred. Felted Wool Fedora, Tilley. Oversized Sunglasses, Betsey Johnson. Choker, Aldo. Patent Vegan Leather Purse, Nella Bella. Knee High Leather Boots, Aldo.

This season, I know what I’ll be reaching for. Get ready to tackle those breezy days while serving up some serious style.

– Chenessa Lam

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#SESTYLE: Obsessed with Bomber Jackets

What was once only worn by military pilots is now going mainstream. We aren’t talking about the shapeless, oversized bomber, this season’s bomber jacket is updated with a slimmer fit and often in a variety of fabrics and lengths. The bomber has replaced the autumn blazer and can be worn over almost anything. Keep it clean in all-weather leather, or hit refresh with bold prints and mixed materials.

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My daily uniform consists of mostly black. Black sweaters, black jeans, black shoes, and now, a black bomber. My go-to bomber jacket is similar to a sporty varsity with a felted wool body and leather sleeves. The body is a slimmer fit that stops around the hips. It’s a perfect way to add some edge to a dress or it can be worn with a pair of skinny jeans and easy tee.

The bomber jacket’s ease-to-wear and simple shape have secured its position as a cool classic. We’re taking a note from pilots past and taking streetwear up a notch this season.

– Chenessa Lam

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#SELIVES: Avocados, Anytime

As winter approaches dinners out seem a little less appealing when you can easily pull things together in your very own kitchen using fresh ingredients in new and easy ways.


I love cooking with fresh ingredients, especially when I’m trying new recipes, whether I’m being creative in the kitchen or I saw it on Slice it’s always fun to try new things and prepping fresh ingredients. Most people try and avoid prepping their veggies by using chopping and slicing appliances, personally I love the prepping part of cooking. I’ve always enjoyed chopping up fruits and veggies but avocados have always been a tricky one for me. I’ve tried many of the tips and tricks like slicing and using a spoon to scoop it out, and yes, this is a great option that I’ve turned to many times but, I find it doesn’t get the avocado sliced enough and ends up making more of a mess.






We love Avocados from Mexico for not only being the world top avocado producers but for creating these great kitchen must haves that help make cooking with avocados so much easier. Weather you struggle with the pit, can’t cut through the peel or hate waisting even a little bit these kitchen supplies from Avocados from Mexico know how to handle and take care of Avocados the right way.


Avocados are a great source of fiber, low in sodium and rich in potassium which makes them the perfect addition to any meal, anytime of day. For recipes ideas on how to cook with Avocados visit AvocadosFromMexico.ca and be sure to tag #SELIVES. We love new recipes and stories!

– Vanessa Cioffi

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