Princess Furball

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A modern creative take on the childhood fable, Princess Furball…

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Entrenched in Spring

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Welcome to the new Heels & Soul, a story of zest for life. Dive into the experience!

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A Splash of Orange

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It definitely doesn’t feel like winter here in Vancouver. The skies are a summer blue and all I need is a light sweater when going out for lunch with friends. I’ve been reorganizing my closet, photographs and life as 2014 comes to a close. I have to say that this was a most wonderful year. If this is a taster into what the future holds, I will hungrily savor the wine of the years ahead.

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Merry Christmas!

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Not many words are needed for a day like today. The sun is out and the skies are a golden-silvery hue in Vancouver. I’m glad to be home. I’m thankful for my family and friends. I’m grateful for the luxury of having time to think and reflect. I’m excited to take on the future and come what may because I’ve got my lasso in hand and I’m ready to rope life in and hold it by the horns. 2014 has been an utterly revolutionary year full of explorations and discoveries that confirmed a lot of truths that I’ve always known or have always had within. At the end of the day, isn’t that the journey we are on? The process of becoming true?

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Bordeaux for North of the Border

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It’s the day before Christmas and all the creatures in the house are stirring! I have been slightly naughty this year and I have not begun my holiday shopping, but in all due time, people will get their presents. Within the family, Christmas is less about gifts as we get older and more about the small bits of time we get to spend together.

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Dressember!

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Recently, a friend’s fiancée was participating in Dressember, and I took a look into it. Dressember is a collaborative movement leveraging fashion and creativity to restore dignity to all women. The movement uses fashion to advocate for women who’ve been exploited for their femininity. As women take on the creative challenge of wearing a dress for the 31 days of December, they are advocating for the inherent dignity of all women. In 2013, Dressember took on new meaning: opposing the worldwide trafficking and exploitation of women. In its first year as a fundraising campaign, Dressember aligned with International Justice Mission, a human rights organization that works to rescue victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression.

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Pink is Political

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The other day, a friend who was interviewing at Barclays came by to borrow a few of my dresses, jewelry and a handbag to bring with her to Wall Street recruiting. In my closet was a lovely bright lime spring bud-esque dress from Elie Tahari that was refreshingly professional and would have looked wonderful on her, and when I brought it out to suggest the outfit, she mentioned, “Oh no, I can’t wear that. It’s too colorful for investment banking and Wall Street.” There of course was a certain sense of irony in the statement for me. A few months earlier, I was going through interviews and recruiting processes at companies like Merrill Lynch. What’s wrong with me being a professional and wanting to wear a pink blazer to the office?

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Announcing… Heels & Soul Redesign!

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I’ve been away from the blog for a week now because I’ve been working behind the scenes to roll out a redevelopment of Heels & Soul. Writing and keeping a blog is something deeply personal to me and even in my seventh year blogging, it is difficult to straddle the line between the public and private when it comes to maintaining a form of self and artistic expression in a very open view medium blog.

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Pamper & Purple

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Colorful things help me make it through cold and bitter winters. If you had to ask me for my philosophy on winter style, I’d say the brighter, the merrier! While everyone is cloaked in black, grey, navy and browns, it is nice to add a cheery pop of color into the blanket of white.

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5 Beautiful Places to Travel to in 2015

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2014 isn’t even out of sight yet and I’m already thinking about where the adventures will take me next in the upcoming year. It’s never too early to start planning or thinking about what your next dose of wanderlust will be. Each person travels differently and so long as you are not stressed and having fun, it doesn’t matter how you do it. Traveling is meant to be enriching, introspective, educational and full of good times. I’m definitely the type of traveler who whimsically books a ticket to the destination of interest and I’ll figure out the details later when the time comes.

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