Clothes & Gear

Ashlynn Chiffon Poncho by SWAK Designs

We hardly ever associate summer heat and ponchos, which are traditionally thick and warm (to be confirmed next September in Peru, haha!). But since last spring, it seems that the light version of this garment is one of the biggest trends for 2016 ! With a more relaxed cut than a traditional button shirt, yet more stylish than the polo or t-shirt, the poncho adds a little Bohemian touch to most outfits, without making it too sporty, but allowing full comfort and ease of movement. The Ashlynn Chiffon Poncho is SWAK Designs’ answer to this year’s trend. ►►►

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Summer Chiffon Tank by SWAK Designs

Summer is definitely on in Montreal and so is festival season! With the (often) scorching heat and through-the-roof humidity – which, in some places we travel, happens all through the year – I thought this was a great occasion to tell you about SWAK Designs’ Summer Chiffon Tank ! ►►►

Quebec Tourism

Lookback on the 1st Montreal + Fashion Week…

Montreal recently held it’s very first plus-size fashion week under the name Montreal + Fashion Week (a.k.a. MTLplusFW) during the May 20-22 weekend. Though fashion is a topic I hardly mention on this blog, I have to command the very inclusive nature of the event, and not necessarily because I was a guest speaker at the event (click here to find out more about “Pack Small-Think Big!”), but because the event also explored not only plus-size fashion and different aspects of well-being for plus-size women. ►►►

Clothes & Gear

Marla Tank Dress by SWAK Designs

As a backpacker, I try to remain open to as many opportunities as possible, activity-wise. And it’s not because I usually present a quite casual look that I don’t want to be ready for a special night! I often treat myself with the occasional fancy dinner/activity during my trips; often, in order to be able to do that, I need at least one appropriate outfit for the occasion! ►►►

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Terri Chiffon Duster by SWAK Designs

Though a duster is not a “full garment”, I still think this is the kind of item that can easily prop up an outfit and add a little touch to what would otherwise be a pretty bland outfit. Meet the Terri Chiffon Duster, in all it’s sleeveless, maxi-sized, aerial glory! ►►►

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Perfect Palazzo Pants by SWAK Designs

So I took my Perfect Palazzo Pants on the road… to the airport. (Trust me, I looked at all those people getting ready to fly away and I was truly jealous! I came this close to buy a ticket… after all, I already had my suitcase and a bunch of outfits with me, haha!) ►►►

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Emmylou Tunic by SWAK Designs

… or the proof that a same item of clothing can be both feminine AND super practical to pack! For those of you who were curious about the clothes featured in my latest look, here’s more info about the pink tunic… The Emmylou Printed Tunic by SWAK Designs is definitely a plus-size backpacking must-have. ►►►