Vegan Noize Winter Coat

February 9, 2018

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This is my favourite 2018 winter coat – and it’s on SALE!

This is not a drill.  I wrote this entire non-sponsored post gushing about how much I love this darn outerwear and just discovered that it is extremely discounted right now!!!!  Run, don’t walk, to get this Noize Vegan Winter Coat!  It’s the Jemma Coat with Fooler and comes in 4 delightful colours.  There’s lots of other women’s styles to choose from as well and they’re all on sale and oh, happy day!

In the midst of winter, my puffer coats are realistically the ones I have to wear all day, every day.  Especially having a cute little dog to walk, I just can’t risk being impractically dressed for the elements.  And it’s not exactly easy finding trendy, figure flattering puffer coats that are cruelty free AND a reasonable price point.  That was, until, I was introduced to Noize!

If you don’t know them, Noize is based out of Montreal, Canada.  I got one of their basic black coats last year and fell in love.  Their Canadian designed coats are made with faux fur, vegan leather detail, and cruelty-free insulation.  All of which, do not compromise the quality of their products!  Both of my Noize jackets keep me very warm, even in the most frigid temperatures, and the fabrics are so water resistant that I’d say they borderline on waterproof!  The weight of them is substantial and probably what keeps you warm.  They’re not heavy when you have them on though, it feels more like I’m wrapped in a perfectly tailored vegan duvet and it’s just divine!  Thanks to thoughtful design, both of my Noize jackets also looks great done up or left open, and the Jemma Coat has an inside zip closure with rib knit collar for a semi open look.  The hoods are large and provide lots of shelter from rain or snow (and I find they sit perfectly when you have a toque/beanie on as well). Oh, and they’re also machine washable!

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17 Photos To Inspire You To Visit Malta

February 7, 2018

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Time to add Malta to your travel list!

My friend Alex and I chose this small island country on a whim.  We’d wanted a relatively inexpensive flight out of London in November, to a place with sunshine that we’d both never been.  Somehow, we lucked out and ended up in beautiful Malta!  We didn’t want to be overly researched beforehand, so we looked up the basics and decided to just explore.  There is so much to see and do and learn.  Malta is rich in history and fun facts (which, Alex and I love), and parts of it are so preserved that you feel transported back to medieval times.  Everywhere you go, it’s a photographer’s dream.  I left feeling completely creatively inspired and grateful for the experience.

This tiny European treasure absolutely captured our hearts.  I cannot wait to share more about Malta with you, it’s a place that you should absolutely see for yourself!  For now, here it is through my lens.

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Life Style

5 Things About Me

February 2, 2018

Let’s get better acquainted!

That 5 things about me tag has been going around Instagram Stories and I thought it’d be fun to do an extended version here on the blog today!  I’ve really enjoyed reading everyone else’s fun facts and getting to know them a bit better.  So, here are a few things that you might not know about me!

I Grew Up At The Dance Studio

Heck yes, I spent my awkward phase in tight spandex!  When I wasn’t at school, I was at the dance studio.  Ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, I can do it all.  Just not hip hop, I was too technical for hip hop.  I went on to teach from high school up until just a couple of years ago.  Being a dancer is such a large part of my identity, it wasn’t an easy decision to step away.  You should check out this post I wrote about the emotion of my last day at the dance school if you relate!

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What I Learned Going To My First Therapy Appointment

January 31, 2018

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Why I finally went to see a counsellor and you should too!

A few years ago, I was sitting at a long table with a group of my girlfriends at our monthly Fake Book Club hangout.  These girls are, to put it simply, the best.  The 5 of us became friends as adults and were all on similar enough career paths in terms of skill set (well, except for one, because her level of intelligence is unreachable for the rest of us LOL) without being in a position of competition in the Vancouver job market.  Since we didn’t feel as though we had to censor much, we began our hangouts by talking about EVERYTHING.  We let it all out.  I used to call it “girl church” because I’d leave feeling like I used to after a powerful church sermon.  It was beyond therapeutic.  We deemed ourselves the Fake Book Club/Real Wine Club because we’d meet monthly like a book club would, except that we’d only drink wine and rarely discuss literature.  Anyway, there we were a few years ago, and therapy came up in conversation.  Everyone at the table told a story referencing their therapist and I was in SHOCK.  “You ALL go to therapy?” I asked in astonishment.  It was a unified yes.  “It’s really great, Alicia, you should try it.” They told me.  I got the names of a few of their counsellors and saved them on my phone.

Regular, everyday people went to therapy?  When did this happen?  Why did no one tell me?!  I was taught that therapy was just those who’d had something big and justifiable happen in life that required professional help.  I was struggling, sure, but I’d never thought of therapy as an option for me.  The narrative was that you were considered “weak” if you couldn’t just muscle through a rough patch, and/or compartmentalize things and move on.  Considering that this happened in the height of an episode of depression (that I was semi in denial about/felt shame for), I sure wish I’d listened to them at the time.

The secret’s out.  I’ve been.  Therapy isn’t this big outrageous deal that everyone makes it out to be.  In fact, I bet it’s something that a lot of people you admire the success of practice regularly.  No matter your age, your financial situation or your struggles, I can assure you that help is available and that sitting on a couch across from a counsellor could potentially change your life for the better.  You deserve that kind of happiness, you really do.

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