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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: TOMS Celebrates 10 Years!

I’ll start with this, I love TOMS. I’ve taken mine (both shoes and eyewear) travelling with me on my various trips from the cliffs of Scotland to the streets of Myanmar, to the beaches and jungles of Costa Rica to the scenic rooftops of Spain. Not only does TOMS make amazing products, with every purchase TOMS will help a person in need – if that isn’t philanthropic, I don’t know what is.
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A lot of us are very fortunate and live in a place where any (and every) thing is at our fingertips, but unfortunately, this isn’t the case for much of the world. With TOMS’ One for One motto, they give back. This coming Tuesday, May 10th, marks their 10 year anniversary and they want to celebrate big.

On May 10th, TOMS is asking Canadians and people around the world to help raise awareness of the millions of children around the world who live without proper footwear. It’s easy, just post a barefoot picture on Instagram, tag #withoutshoes, and TOMS will donate a new pair of shoes to children in need, up to 100,000 pairs.

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Aside from their day #withoutshoes, TOMS is also celebrating their 10th with a special edition grey chambray 10 Year Anniversary women’s classics (available for $65 on TOMS.ca). As always, for every pair of TOMS shoes purchased, TOMS provides a new pair of shoes to a child in need. With every pair of TOMS eyewear purchased, TOMS gives sight to a person in need. And with every TOMS bag purchased, TOMS helps provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need. So on May 10th – mark it down on your calendar –  grab your phone and take a foot selfie, it’s easy, it’s free and a child in need will thank you for it. Can’t wait to see you on Instagram, #withoutshoes.

– Chenessa Lam

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#SESTYLE: Fall into Sunday Funday

After the past long and extremely hot summer we’ve had it’s nice to have a few cooler days lined up. Fall is a season filled with changes and colours for both the weather and our wardrobe. One thing I love about fall is how quickly and easily we can swap our sandals for booties and florals for plaid.

When planning your weekend wardrobe be sure to think comfy and cozy, especially if your planning on simply lounging around. When selecting your comfy weekend pieces remember not to limit yourself to sweats and hoodies, try picking out clothes that you can look good in while feeling comfy, even if your planning on spending your weekend outdoors.

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Tshirt, $10, Joe Fresh // Plaid Shirt, $15, Hudson’s Bay // Sunglasses, $145, Ray Bans // Colour Blur Lip Stick, $10, Maybelline // Leggy Ledgend, $10, Essie // Jeans, $35, Forever 21 // Shoes, $39, Joe Fresh

When dressing for fall it’s important to always remamber that the weather is constantly changing, whether your planning on staying indoors or out, it won’t hurt to bring along a sweater (or a plaid shirt). From finger nail to distressed jeans, it’s all in the details this fall and adding a few extra to any look will be the perfect way to tie your weekend trends together.

– Vanessa Cioffi

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#SESTYLE: Festival Fever

Summer is all about heat and why not celebrate it with a festival day? We are all about the festivals from the music to the style. If you’re trying to figure out what to wear, sometimes it’s best to keep it simple and smart.

The weather is heating up and there is nothing worse than being outdoors and extremely hot! Sometimes when you hear the word “simple” you may think dull and boring – but we are not about that. You can still have fun with your look without breaking the bank or dying of heat stroke. Wearing a loosely fitted dress is an easy way to look great and feel cool, lighter colours also help the cause. For your feet, you definitely want to try and avoid white shoes (grass stains and all), instead go for a darker tone, maybe even a pair of huaraches…

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Linen Dress, $80, Jcrew // Sunglasses, $139, TOMS // Leather Flats, $140, TOMS

Whether you’re heading for the festivals, packing for a weekend away, having lunch in the city or simply enjoying festival season remember to keep it smart and simple this season while still looking chic.

– Vanessa Cioffi

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#SESTYLE: Pump Up your Spring Sneaker Style

Right after a workout, I often run from the studio to the streets. I love a good pair of runners that will transition with me, and my new Reebok Pumps do just that. No, not the hi-tops from the 90’s, this season it’s all about a sleeker redesigned shoe that offers a stylish and locked-in fit.

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Cotton/Linen Shirt Dress, $40, H&M // Denim Jacket (tied around the waist), $130, Levis // Acetate Sunglasses, $480, Tom Ford // Vegan Leather Hand Bag, $125, Nella Bella // Textile Upper ZFusion Shoes, $140, Reebok

The new Reebok ZFusion Pumps fit like a glove thanks to a one-piece, sock-like upper. The air-pump membrane allows for a secure fit and the ZRATED outsole offers flexibility and support. I wore these for a run and to my TRX class, and I loved how lightweight they are, not to mention the comfort and stability they offered.

Sneakers are my go-to this Spring. They are the epitome of easy styling (and happy feet). Whether you’re in the studio or on the streets, up your shoe game with the Reebok’s Zfusion and don’t compromise fashion for function.

– Chenessa Lam

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