En Route Essentials - Bags for every occasion!


Today's En Route Essentials is all about my favourite bags for travel. Yes, that's multiple! As a frequent traveller, I've come to really appreciate how different bags have different functions, and some of them may even surprise you! Keep reading for all the details!

The Duffel:
This is probably your most versatile bag. Big enough for an extended trip, small enough that it's compact and doesn't take up too much room. It could even be packed in a checked suitcase as an emergency bag for those unintentional purchases. My old duffel was seeing better days and was ridiculously heavy, so I recently picked up this bright blue one from Lululemon and love it. It's got multiple compartments on the inside, including a padded laptop sleeve!

Best for: Road trips (it can easily be slung and squished into the trunk), casual trips (beach vacations and cottage getaways), and flights on regional jets (cause it will always fit under the seat in front of you, and you won't have to wait for a gate-checked wheelie to catch your connection).

The Weekender:
By far my favourite bag I own! This is a Kate Spade Saturday Small Weekender, and it's perfection! If you want to see all the stuff this bag fits, check out this post. The shoe compartment is one of its best features. It may seem small on the outside, but I once stretched a 4 day trip out of this baby by rolling my clothes and packing light!

Best for: Weekend trips (duh!), as a carry-on for long-haul flights (especially overseas where you can get away with both a wheelie and then this as your personal item), and casual overnight trips.

The Garment Bag:
This bag from Want Les Essentiels was such a splurge, but it's become a key tool for me. You always see those slick business men walking round the airport with just a briefcase and a garment bag for their suit. One day I thought "Hey! I can do that too!". It's got one external pocket that fits a small toiletry/makeup bag, and 3 interior pockets for folded clothes, accessories, and other bits. The main compartment has this awesome hanger built in that is specially designed for the bag. Any extra bits just get popped in my tote bag. Packing light at it's best with this beauty!

Best for: Overnight business trips (I've extended it's use to a 2 day trip!) and as a companion to a larger carry-on (to actually act as a garment bag and keep a suit or nice dress nice. Hello weekend wedding companion!).

The Spinner:
I never knew how much a spinner made a difference until I got one. Seriously, they're a dream to walk through the airport! This one from Heys is super lightweight, and even expands. It's all about how you pack, and I've done week-and-a-half trips with just this guy. Love this suitcase, but I do have my sights set on either a Tumi or a Rimowa one day!

Best for: Everything else! (basically, anything over 4 days, by plane)

Do you have an arsenal of bags like me? Or do you stick with ole faithful?


The Weekend Edit Vol. 28


I'm at the point where I could probably sleep for 2 days straight. After working 2 jobs for the last 10 days, I'm ready for a break! But today is the last day of the Montreal Auto Show, and I am sad to see my extended family go home. Back to your regularly scheduled programming tomorrow. 

Hopefully going to take it easy this week, with nothing really exciting planned. I should get all my final details for my business trip to San Diego finalized this week though (oh yeah, did I mention that I'm going to San Diego in March?!? Yay!). What did you get up to this week?

As someone who flies frequently, this seating chart from Delta is both hilarious yet scarily almost true.

I totally want to make these leather magazine hangers from A Pair & A Spare!

Even police officers love Taylor Swift.

Need some fashion inspiration?! The Everygirl has 10 great Instagram accounts to follow.

I'm currently crushing over this blanket cape right now!

And in case you missed anything on Love. Loft. Life. this week:
Winter Wardrobe Edit // Beauty Bits Vol. 4

Hope you're having a lovely weekend!


Beauty Bits Vol. 4


Another trip to Sephora brings another edition of Beauty Bits. Sephora just seems to suck me in these days. It's bad. Real bad. I also made a naughty trip to the WANT Apothecary, and [luckily] only left with what I was looking for. Want to know what I think about these products? Keep reading!

NARS Audacious Lipsticks in Anna & Audrey: I was so late to the game on these. How, I don't know, but thank goodness for Tiffany to bringing me up to speed!! If you saw this post, you'll know that Anna has been hanging around in my handbag a lot lately. It's such a unique mauve-ey pink that's perfect for every day wear...but with a bit of zing. I'm also totally smitten with Audrey. I can totally see Audrey Hepburn wearing this shade.

Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream: While I'd have a really hard time ever letting go of my Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, this Aesop Lip Cream comes in a very close second. While it's not a repairing for dry, chapped winter lips, it's absolutely luxurious feeling. It also dries down to a somewhat matte finish which is great for applying over lipstick midday for some added moisture.

Benefit Puff Off: There's a lot of hype around this product (as always seems to be the case with Benefit launches) and I think it's totally worth it. While it's not the most moisturizing eye product, and I still reach for an eye cream, it does wonders for tired puffy eyes. I'm constantly using this right now as I'm still working 2 jobs for the next couple days. Plus, how cute is the iron shaped tip?!?!?

Have you checked any of these out yet??


Winter Wardrobe Edit


My Winter Wardrobe Edit is here! I get really lazy when it comes to dressing in winter. My outfits are usually monochrome, and consist of a sweater and comfy pants combo. Not all that interesting huh. I'm trying to make more of an effort this winter, and while these pieces are still quite monochrome (black is my favourite color after all!), they each add a unique element to my wardrobe. Keep reading to see all of the pieces!

The Weekend Edit Vol. 27


Ahhhh, I finally have my feet up! My feet have been stuffed into high heels for the last 48 hours (except when I'm sleeping, although my feet remember right away when I wake up) and they are hurting. I've reprised my alter ego as a Jaguar girl for this year's auto show in Montreal. I'll be working 2 jobs for the next week, but hey, I can talk about cars for hours anyways so I consider it as fun ;).

The above shot is from the gala night, otherwise known as daddy-daughter-date-night. I went all out with my Kate Space speedometer watch, dashboard clutch, and race car shoes!! I've been waiting months to wear the complete ensemble!

In my downtime this week, here are a couple of cool things I've found:

I haven't posted an editorial piece in a while, but this one on Sierra Leone's Ebola doctor is great.

I totally want to make some wash tape skyline art for my place!

I've got total wanderlust right now and want to go everywhere in this list.

I'm very very very patiently waiting for Girls Season 4 to be available on iTunes!!

Serious necklace envy from this post on layering delicate necklaces. Apparently I need more delicate necklaces in my life!

In case you missed anything on Love. Loft. Life. this week:
En Route Essentials: Charging on the go // Lipstick Files Vol. 1 // Winter Mood Board

Hope you've had a lovely weekend!!

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