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STYLE: 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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STYLE: The Perfect Accessory

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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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STYLE: 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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LIFE: 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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LIFE: Get Moving with MEC

Once the whether cools off, the desire to hibernate is stronger than ever (believe me, my spirit animal must be a bear), but instead of giving in, find something to keep you motivated. For me, that’s usually something fun and with a friend, or as I’d like to call them “accountability partners”.

I recently checked out MEC’s Outdoornation Think Outside Summit where MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-Op) encouraged attendees to submit ideas to get people outside. The program offers funding, mentorship and support to enable leaders to inspire others (and we even learned how to slackline!). The goal is to get people outside and get them moving.

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Aside from the Think Outside Summit, MEC’s Outdoornation works with local collaborators to organize events like Chasing the Sunrise (which includes sunrise hikes, secret camp-outs and yoga sessions), Les Chèvres de Montagne (encouraging females to climb and camp) and Surf the Greats (where you can surf the Great Lakes). It’s a great way to keep active while also trying something new and maybe even outside your comfort zone. Either way, it’ll be an experience to add to the books. MEC Outdoornation, their collaborators and their events can be found at outdoornation.mec.ca.

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Aside from MEC Outdoornation, MEC locations also offer activities (which vary depending on location) such as meet-up runs, digital navigation, bear awareness and you can even witness a polar bear migration – you just have to be in Mantioba for that one! Check out MEC’s events at events.mec.ca.

If you need some motivation, here it is! MEC is striving to get people active and their goal is to create events that “make it impossible for you to bail”. I don’t know about you, but I’m in. Instead of channeling your inner bear, sign yourself and maybe even your accountability partner, the adventurer in you will thank you for it.

– Chenessa Lam

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