Vegan Leather Work Bag

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Right before COVID19 hit, my work bag started to tear on the base. It’s a large tote with thin leather straps that I could throw over my shoulders. Even though it was strong and sturdy, I’ve always had a bad habit of overpack my bags. The heaviness started to wear out the bag. I’ve had it for quite some time now so I was due for a new one!

What I was looking for was something that is versatile, simple, and stylish that didn’t look like a “work” bag, lightweight with different ways you can carry the bag. Even though I’m currently working from home in our state of self-isolation and don’t need to get a work bag yet, but thought I’d started the hunt. To my surprise, I quickly found one that I really liked. 

ai was started by a mom with her 3 daughters. It’s based in Toronto and all products are handmade in Seoul, South Korea. I also have 2 sisters and the 3 of us all love fashion. One of my sisters and I lived in Seoul for a bit after we graduated from fashion school at Ryerson. We had such an amazing time there and made so many great memories. In a way, I feel very connected with the brand. I also love supporting local businesses so I was happy when I discovered ai Toronto Seoul.

Selfie with my new ai Toronto Seoul Worker bag.

First of all, I love that this bag is vegan leather and it’s PETA-approved. The colour and texture of the bag are beautiful. It’s super versatile and can be worn in 3 different ways with the 2 detachable straps that come with the bag.

3 different ways to wear the ai Toronto Seoul Worker bag.

ai Toronto Seoul  | Worker Bag in Grey ($165)

Take a closer look at the bag in the video below. Hope you’re staying safe & healthy. Thank you for reading!

 

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Skincare Empties: “Routine” Deodorant

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I want to share one of my favourite morning routines with you! A few years ago I decided I was ready for natural deodorant and begun my hunt. I’ve tried a few different brands since and none of them felt like the right one until a couple of years ago I came across routine. Natural Goods while I was shopping at Goodness Me with my fiancé. The sales associate there was raving about this brand and was super helpful and informative. She gave us a couple of samples and the moment we tried it, we both loved it. We were skeptical at first about the cream formula instead of a stick but it’s so effective and once you use it a few times, you get used to applying it. 

A finished jar of Routine deodorant

It doesn’t look like very much in the jar but it lasts me about 6-8 months and for the fiancé, it lasts him about 3-5 months. He uses more than me but in general, you don’t need very much of it. I know the investment of spending $30 on a deodorant sounds steep of money but it lasts for so long and there aren’t any harmful ingredients.

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My choice: routine “Like a Boss” – a very clean scent with geranium & rosemary

The fiancé choice: routine “The Curator” – eucalyptus & coco, baking soda free that’s good for sensitive skin

There’s something for everyone! It’s safe for kids, those who are gluten-free and there are options for those who are pregnant/breastfeeding and/or vegan. I love that you can directly order it from their site and there’s free shipping. There are so many retailers across Canada that carry them, here is a list of all the ones in Ontario. They even now have a refill program with some retailers across Canada. See if any of these stores are close to you! I’m going to give this a try when life gets back to normal and I’ll let you know how it goes.

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We love supporting Canadian brands that have locally made products. They also don’t test on animals. These things are super important to both of us! 

Thank you for reading. I’d love to hear all about it if you end up giving this a try. Hope you have a great week.

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Nail Love: La Moss

Vibing the deep, deep burgundy for when you’re feeling like going for a dark, rich shade.

Colour: ‘La Moss’ – applied 3 coats to get the full opacity.

Brand: Butter London – This is my first Butter London polish and I’m liking it. It lasts quite a long time. I like that they’re an 8-free polish (Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, TPHP).

Where to purchase: I got it at Whole Foods for $18.99 or you can get it online here.

 

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Have a great weekend!