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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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#SEHOLIDAYS: 12 Days Of Giveaways, Day 8 Polish Up with ESSIE

No matter what season we are in a perfectly polishes manicure is always a must. From start to finish we’ve got you covered this winter season with a collection of some of our favourite polishes that are perfect for a mix n’ match flawless mani.

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Nail Polishes, $9.99each // First Base, $11.99 // Apricot Cuticle Oil, $11.99, All Essie

This holiday season, we’ve partnered with ESSIE to give away a collection of polishes from base coat to top coat and pretty polishes in between. To enter, just use the widget below!

Contest is open to Canadians (excluding QC).
Winners will be contacted via email on December 13th and 
have 24 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.
Contest closes December 12th at 11:59 PM EST

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#WMCFW Fall/Winter 2015 – Mackage

Elisa Dahan and Eran Elfassy, creative directors of the coveted brand Mackage, are the only team in the world that could possibly make me look forward to winter. The thought of repeating the horrifying freeze Toronto just went through is completely unbearable with one strict exception. I was introduced that one-off miracle at World Mastercard Fashion Week, day 3. The only way to face Jack Frost again is draped in Mackage’s Fall/Winter 2015 line. Whip him away with Mackage’s long leather tassels, melt him with their deep red hues, and cast him out in from behind their dramatic, opulent furs.

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– Nicole Edwards

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#WMCFW Fall/Winter 2015 – Hayley Elsaesser

When Hayley Elsaesser first wowed Toronto with her bold pattern mixing on models sporting glitter-encrusted center parts, I wasn’t sure what I thought. Is this a kooky one-off newcomer riding on shock value? Is the youngster of previous Australian fame suited for the slightly more tame Toronto audience?

 

Then, in her second show at World Mastercard Fashionweek to debut her Fall/Winter 2015 collection, it all started to make sense to me. This girl has got it right. Her signature quirk this time around (hair glitter is so last season) played out in dots of colour beneath the eyes of her models, some made to look creepy and some dolly-cute. The mad patterns are a mainstay and much welcomed. They’re just the jolt of energy the bland winter palette might be missing. Elsaesser seems to scoff at the classic black trench, and we approve.

The fun with pattern and colour gives me the same kind of feeling that early Bathing Ape did when Pharrell was printing huge monkeys on thick hoodies and they were all I wanted for Christmas. This has the same cool kid vibe and unapologetic weirdness. The line is charming and a strong push to think outside the box and take yourself a little less seriously. I hope Elsaesser is here to stay.

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– Nicole Edwards

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LIFESTYLE: Meghan Trainor, Princess of Pop

Meghan Trainor, despite what she may lead us to believe, is about a lot more than just that bass. She proved it with a dynamic stage performance this past Friday night at the  The Phoenix Concert Hall, Toronto. The energetic 21 year old from Nantucket, Massachusetts been dominating the Billboard charts with record success after an unforgettable appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show last year, where she performed her current hit single “All About That Bass”.

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Meghan’s message of feminism and self-empowerment clearly an inspiring theme for  the large crowd of young girls attending the show, flanked by courageous parents chaperoning the show and Toronto’s bare bones venue favourite. “All About that Bass” cloaks the message of self-love and makes light of the all too familiar issue of young women and negative body image. Trainor reminds young women to be wary of anyone trying to mold them into anything other than who they naturally are, inside and out.

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Wielding a bad ass, bejeweled ukulele with lead guitar accompaniment, a crowd favourite was the song “Title,” which Trainor delivered  an outstanding acoustic  vocal performance. The track is one of her many sassy, respect demanding girl power anthems that shows off her impressive range and music gift.

 

 

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The Phoenix came alive for Trainor’s grand finale, a fast rising hit entitled “Lips Are Moving.” The fledgling star is well polished and down to earth, a perfect balance of star power and humble approachability.

With the formidable crowd control, the possibility of which seems unique to flocks of teenage girls, Trainor was able to blow the roof off the venue with each passing song and the support of her coming of age crowd. Each member of the mini army knows the words to all of her songs. I have a sneaking suspicion that in a few years’ time the rest of us will as well.

– Tse Daniel

 

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