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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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#SELOVES: Something Blue

Coordinating your nails with your outfit is always a great fashion and beauty combo, it adds a little extra detail to your look keeping you looking polished and well put together. Now, how about pairing your nail colour with your very special day. If you have been dreaming about your wedding day since you were 10 years old the chances are you have also been rehearsing the classic must haves too. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

Well, here’s the thing Something Old is an easy one, and if your borrowing it from your mother or grandmother you have officially just checked 2 out of 4 on your list, Something Old and Borrowed. Something New can be many different pieces from your dress to your shoes or a headpiece to a veil, its not hard to have something new on your wedding day. But, here’s the kicker, finding that special Something Blue and it really can be anything that is significant to you like blue flowers in your hair, a blue garter belt or my personal must have to complete any look, blue nail polish!

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A fun shade of baby blue is always a great hint of colour that can be added into any look so why not on your wedding day. Finger nails or toes, this colour will defiantly shoe guests that you’ve thought of it all while sticking to your obsession of having your nails always on point!

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– Vanessa Cioffi

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#SELOVES: National Lipstick Day

Of all the holidays this one has to be one of my favourites. Happy National Lipstick Day to all my fellow lipstick loving ladies. Get ready to pucker your way through today by wearing your favourite lip colour. The all new COVERGIRL Katy Perry Matte Lipstick Collection is filled with desirable demi-matte shades that create the perfect pout to pair with any summer look.

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The collection includes 11 stunning Matte shades that both nourish and moisturizer your lips while still giving you a perfectly highly-pigmented lip in a selection of shades that will make it hard for you to pick just one favourite.

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Today, I’ll be wearing on of my favourite summer lip shades Cosmo Kitty by COVERGIRL Katy Perry Matte Lipstick. This hot new hue is the perfect way to celebrate National Lippy Day and kick start your long weekend.

– Vanessa Cioffi

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#SELOVES: Post TFW Shopping with StyleDemocracy #NordstromWHSale

Amongst all of the Toronto Fashion Week shows, latest trends and seasonal must haves who doesn’t want to wrap up their week by indulging in some amazing pieces and even more amazing prices. During fashion week we all get shopping fever, well I mean let’s get real, I always have it!

This season StyleDemocracy is bringing back the much anticipated Nordstrom Warehouse Sale to the GTA with sales of up to 80% off original retail prices on some of the hottest brands. Starting Saturday, March 19th through Monday, March 28th the sales are on and like most Warehouse sales you will want to arrive early to avoid disappointment! In addition to these great sales, on Friday, March 18th all StyleDemocracy members (INsiders) will be receiving an additional 10% off.


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Be sure to bring the entire gang with you from spouses and kids to friends and coworkers there are sales on designer brands that the everyone will enjoy and the best part is it’s convenient location at the International Centre in Mississauga will offer free admissions and parking and will be accepting all forms of payment making your mega sale experience that much better and convenient.

– Vanessa Cioffi

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#TFW: David Dixon Fall Winter 2016

David Dixon brought the strength and power of women and fashion to the runway at Toronto Fashion Week by designing a collection that woman will be proud to stand strong wearing. The Collection was dedicated to all the women who have been touched by ovarian cancer creating a strong message on the runway through the beauty and power that fashion brings.

Pairing black and white creates a strong statement when blocked together and this collection brought out the day to day strength and courage of women. From feminine flare to sophisticated structure the collection brought a powerful feel as each piece hit the runway.

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The show ended with powerful and courageous women making their way onto the runway, filling the room with pride and emotion as fashion and strength came together to show the power that fighting women have.

– Vanessa Cioffi

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