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Style Swellness: Denim days

gap swing tank dress

With a nearly two-week trip to China last month, I wanted something new to add to my travel wardrobe. I knew we’d be on the road a lot, and walking a ton (so I’d be in comfortable shoes), that it’d be spring temps, and I needed it to be something I could roll up into my suitcase and not worry too much about wrinkles in the fabric.

This GAP swing tank dress fit the bill perfectly. It’s loose fit makes it easy to throw on, it works with my Vans from J. Crew but just as easily could be worn with sandals, and it’s as casual as wearing a pair of jeans, but just a bit more pretty and feminine (especially with the cut of the neckline and armholes–that’s actually what caught my eye at first with this number).

The weather in Fujian and Jiangxi turned out to be much colder than any of us expected, so I only got to sport this dress once, but I can’t wait to frolic in it when spring finally arrives in Toronto.

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Leave a Comment April 12, 2016

Style Swellness: Speechlust Jewelry

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Ikigai: Your reason for waking up in the morning; the passion that drives your life.

When it came to choosing a Speechlust Jewelry tag and selecting what I’m most passionate about, it was tough choice between wanderlust and ikigai. I do love to travel (or lust to wander, as it were), and I’m always dreaming of my next adventure and clamouring to fly or drive to discover places new to me (or even just walking and discovering places within my hometown), but in the end, I went with ikigai (which is the combination of two Japanese words, iki for life and gai meaning “the realization of what one expects and hopes for,” because there are many things I’m passionate about that drive my life.

Some days I’m passionate about running (although some days, I can’t bear the thought of it because I feel drained mentally, nine marathons and 13 halfs and numerous other races will do that to you if you’re not careful). Some days it’s my lovable cats. Often it’s the laughs I have with my friends. And, let’s face it, sometimes what I’m passionate about is the simple deliciousness of homemade granola sprinkled on top of Greek yogurt.

Ever since I’ve been wearing my Speechlust Jewelry, I find myself touching the smooth gold tag hanging around my neck and reminding myself to enjoy the little moments of each day that drive my life. Because it can be all too easy to get caught up in meeting deadline, gossiping and what have you.

For more about the Canadian line Speechlust Jewelry, check my post on Vitamin Daily.

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Leave a Comment February 29, 2016

Style Swellness: Bags and totes at Indigo

double zip backpack

It’s back to school and even though I’m not heading into the classroom, I still think this calls for a new bag…We have more things to carry in the fall season, don’t we? OK, just trying to rationalize adding another handbag to the collection.

This fall at Indigo (yes, where you buy your books and more) comes an expanded selection of bags and totes. The pieces are faux leather but the good-enough-you-have-to-check-twice-and-touch-it kind (not super plastic-y and cheap-looking variety). Many people would probably have to fact check via the tag inside to be certain that’s it’s not the real deal.

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My pick: the double-zip backpack in burgundy pebble. The richness of the colour makes it stand out more than your basic black, and the size is perfect for the daily essentials of my cell phone, extra phone battery, wallet, lipstick, brush, snacks (hello, I need to avoid getting hangry) and whatever novel I have on the go (I’m currently trying to finish up Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, but I might put it aside so I can read The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir, which is the September pick for the #IndigoBookClub so that I can take part in the Twitter chat with the author on Wednesday, September 30, 2015). I love that joining this book club has gotten me to start reading again (even though it’s still at a slow rate — I used to devour many books a month, but fell out of the habit).

(Psst…you might want to read The Martian yourself now, too: besides the upcoming Twitter chat, there’s a movie based on the book, starring Matt Damon, that’s coming out in October.)

To check out the entire line of bags and totes available at Indigo, pop in or visit online.

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