At long last, a proper carry on luggage case for travelling. Up until very recently I was using a travel duffle bag for all my travels, no matter how much stuff I had to bring with me. Whether I was on a weekend getaway or a week-long trip all of my belongings had to fit in a duffle bag that my shoulder then had to hold the brunt of. I moved slowly through airports, had constant neck and back pain while travelling and had to completely unpack the entire bag to be able to find anything.
I had been interesting in buying a proper carry-on suitcase for quite some time but overwhelmed by the multitude of options available. Do I go budget friendly and opted for a soft shell or is hard shell the way to go? A house brand from a department store or one of the many Instagram-hyped brands? Do I need one of those fancy schmancy suitcases that also has a portable charger?
Because of who I am as a person, I naturally wanted something Instagramable aka: one of the stylish hard shell luggage carry-ons I had been seeing online. When Monos gifted me one of their carry-ons I was excited to take it with me to California to see if it was really worth all the hype.
Also I recognize that this might not be the typical luggage review because: a) I've never written one and b) I've never read one before. So I am sure there are some features I should be speaking to that I am missing, but this is what I kept an eye on when it came to deciding what I want in a carry-on case.
Who doesn't feel cozier with a candle lit and their home smelling delicious? With scents like Chai and even Cereal (smells like Froot Loops) it's no wonder why I was smitten with Mala at first sniff. Over the past few weeks I've been lucky enough to get to know the maker behind Mala more and it's safe to say that knowing Melody has made me even more of a Mala fan. Melody is down to earth, hard-working and is genuinely passionate about sustainability and the type of maker that makes supporting local easy!
I had a chance to catch up with her earlier this month to chat with her about Mala, self-care and sustainability! (Plus we're doing a giveaway!)
Me and my cute feet in my Stori shoes.
Woah, Vicki are you doing another ethical fashion round up even though the last one took you weeks to complete? I SURE FUCKING AM. I love doing these ethical footwear brands because I love sharing my favourite brands with all y'all. TYSM for all the love on the swimwear piece, you helped make it one of my most popular posts ever.
So here we are! Round two: footwear. In the last few years I have been investing more in footwear due to the fact that I want shoes that will last and because my feet are wide and flat so important footwear does wonders for my fallen arches. I tend to invest in higher-end pieces made of leather because they fit best and I find they last the longest. I don't have every shoe on this list. But ideally (one purchase at a time) I can use this as reference the next time I decide to go shoe shopping.
(Also I decided to do this as 10 brands instead of 20 like my swimwear one because that one took me an embarrassing long time to finish.)
Image courtesy of Nettle's Tale
It's almost that time of year that we all dread; swimsuit shopping season.
While my journey with loving and accepting my body has gone through its fair share of trials and tribulations one thing has always remained constant for me. I always want to be thoughtful and ethical about my fashion purchases, including swimwear. While it may be tempting to buy something cheap and chic from (eyeroll) Fashion Nova or one of thousands of Instagram brands that seem to bombard your feed with swimsuit ads on the daily a couple of reminders that have helped me be a more conscious consumer when it comes to swimsuit shopping are:
Also when I first started working on this post my aim was to find ten brands to feature and I was worried that I would have a hard time finding that many. After lots of research I managed to find twenty! I know there are a lot more brands that I could feature so perhaps I do a part two?
I know I promised this post a weeks ago but when I started trying to research where everything was produced, what sizes were available and costs it became clear to me that I bit off more than I could chew. Surprise, surprise, once again I take ages to produce content. Can I live?
All prices in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated.
There was a very raw moment for me about a year ago when I was invited to a fancy dinner party and less than 15 minutes before I had to leave I realized that the dress I picked out to wear no longer fit me. It was one of those dresses I hung on to for years due to sentimental value however never had an occasion to wear it to until I did and I could not fit into it to save my life. I couldn't help it - I started crying immediately. Here is a dress that used to fit that I couldn't even pretend to get on. There was no if, ands, or buts about it. This dress just did not fit. It wasn't so much that the dress that didn't fit that broke my heart (trust me, stuff doesn't fit me all the time) but the fact that this was a dress that used to fit that didn't fit anymore.
It was also too late for me to cancel going to this event so I had to borrow something from a friend and the entire time I was at this event I felt horrible, I felt insecure, I felt betrayed by my clothes and my own body. The majority of the evening was me feeling like an unattractive gloop of a human (for lack of a better word.) I think about that evening a lot because that lead to the idea of how I needed to be kinder to myself and my body. The idea that I should stop hanging on to clothes because "maybe" they'll fit again one day because who cares if they don't fit anymore? The only person who felt negatively about me not being a size 4 anymore was me and I needed to be a better friend to myself.
When I saw that one of my favourite swimwear brands, Nettle's Tale, was launching a clothing line I was intrigued because the swimwear brand had always aligned with my core values when it comes to garment shopping; ethical, sustainable, body positive and inclusive.