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Happy YOU Year!

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On December 31st at 11:59 pm life presses CTRL+Delete and erases all the bull**** of the past year. With the stroke of midnight you not only get a great excuse to pop open the bubbly but also a clean slate for new mistakes experiences, new adventures and a new you. This year forget about the same resolutions you make year after year (and forget about the minute the holiday fever is gone). Make small changes, small goals and big plans. 2017 starts with these three bold moves.

Say no to clutter

You know all those phones you broke (or upgraded) that you still keep in your desk? Buh bye! Your ex’s leftovers? In the box to the left! Pants you haven’t worn since high school? See ya! Ask yourself this: If I haven’t used it in a year, do I need it? We are all guilty of hording mementos from past relations, clothes that might one day come back in style or magazines we might read again…Enough! Declutter and you will feel so much lighter. Your old clothes can be donated to shelters or resold at thrift shops. Books can find new homes in hospitals or libraries. Whatever you have that’s too precious for garbage (and you no longer need) can become someone else’s treasure.

Unplug

Seriously. Pretend the apes have taken over the world and internet no longer exists. While you’re at it, imagine texting is now outlawed (we’re not crazy, this is going somewhere). If you are one of those people that takes your phone with you to the bathroom (guilty) or documents every second of your day you need to UNPLUG! Take an hour break from your cell, computer or tablet and go outside, take a nap, read a book. Leave your phone in a different room overnight so it’s not the first thing you check in the morning. Put your settings on hourly alerts instead of immediate notifications. Just give yourself a break: staying connected 24/7 is exhausting.

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 Live Life

Stop living vicariously through your Instagram feed.  Instead of liking your friend’s trip to Thailand; pack your back and go! Stop posting about what you eat, just enjoy it! Hiking in gorgeous new shoes for the perfect selfie? No more! Get your feet dirty, your hair wet and your make-up smeared. It’s worth it! Instead of documenting your life for others start living it for yourself.

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#HowToStyle: Fall 2016 w/ @jetsetjustine

Fall 2016 is all about pushing boundaries for us. With the collection having undergone a major facelift, we teamed up with Toronto-based babe Jetset Justine to showcase the best of the season. Check out what top trend pieces Justine picked out, and how she styled her looks! Continue Reading

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Bench Fall 2016 Collection

This season, we share with you an unexpected side of Bench that showcases our exciting new fashion direction. We’re redefining the 9-5 look, with styles ready to take you from office hours to happy hours. Read up on the inspirations behind the Bench Fall 2016 collection. We’re couldn’t be more excited to stir your wardrobe and style with our Fall collection, inspired by the dreamiest of seasonal moods. We’re headed in a new direction, and we bring to you a range of new silhouettes, rich fabrics, and a bold color spectrum that’s sure to win your heart (you’ll thank us later). Continue Reading

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#LOVEMYHOOD: 24 Hours in Vancouver w/ Candace Meyer

This fall, we share with you an unexpected side of Bench that showcases our exciting fashion direction. More fashionable, more sexy, more modern, more Bench! To bring this side of Bench to life, we partnered with one of North America’s top fashion photographer, Canadian artist Candace Meyer. We sat down with Candace to learn more about her and the love she has for her city, Vancouver. Read up now! Continue Reading

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#LOVEMYHOOD: 24H in Barcelona w/ @katelmartin

Australian beach babe Kate joined our Spring / Summer 16 shooting in Barcelona. We asked her to answer our Q&A.

Name?
Kate Lauren Martin.

My friends like to call me..?
Kate.

Where are you from?
Sydney, Australia.

Who is your ultimate girl crush?
Kelly Gale.

What song have you got on repeat at the moment?
Curtis Mayfair, Move on up.

Which 3 songs would be on your ultimate summer playlist?
Miami Horror, Holidays.
Panama, Always Classix Remix.
Nora En Pure, Come With Me.

If you weren’t a model, what would you be doing?
Volunteering overseas and finishing my uni degree on campus rather than online.

What’s the best part about being a model?
The amazing opportunity to travel and have so many great experiences and meet great people

When I was a little kid, I wanted to be?
Doctor.

One thing people wouldn’t guess about me?
I have a tattoo in my mouth.

What fashion item can you not live without?
My sneaker! Not a fashion item but I wear them every day.

When are you at your happiest?
When I get to spend time with my crazy family, eating together and just laughing together.

The best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
There is no passion to be found playing small in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Finished my degree, starting up my own business in the health industry and maybe still modelling!

What’s the best thing about Barcelona?
The whole culture! The food, the people, and the weather!

If I had 24 hours left on earth I would?
Get together with my family and just enjoy our time together doing whatever.

The best thing about city life is?
Accessibility and I love the busy nature of it.

If I could only listen to one type of music for the rest of my life it would be?
I love too many types to choose but something chilled out.

My favorite part of Barcelona is?
I just love roaming all the back streets!

Can´t get enough of Kate? Follow her around on Instagram.

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#LOVEMYHOOD: 24 Hours in North End Halifax w/ @shortpresents

North End Halifax is quickly becoming THE place to be, and with cool coffee shops, and beautiful restos a plenty there’s really not a lot of reason to leave.  Whether you’re popping in for a quick meeting, or a yoga sesh the North End really has a lot to offer. And even more important than the character buildings, the delicious food, and the cool vibe hang out spots: are the people. Continue Reading

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#LOVEMYHOOD: 24H in Barcelona w/ Lily

Lily is a UK born model that joined our Spring / Summer 16 shooting in Barcelona. We asked her to answer our Q&A.

Name?
Lily.

My friends like to call me..?
Bambi – always falling over.

Where are you from?
Lincoln, UK.

Who is your ultimate girl crush?
Suki Waterhouse.

What song have you got on repeat at the moment?
LA PRIEST, Oino .

Which 3 songs would be on your ultimate summer playlist?
Speelburg, You Got Another Thing Coming.
Todd terje, Alfonso Muskedunder.
Bo Rocha, Angel Eyes.

What’s the best thing about Barcelona?
The culture! I love everything about it!

If you weren’t a model, what would you be doing?
Qualified 1-1 teacher but maybe a florist.

What’s the best part about being a model?
Meeting so many incredibly creative people.

When I was a little kid, I wanted to be?
A F1 driver.

One thing people wouldn’t guess about me?
I have an alter ego called Lola, she comes out when I’m hungry, sleepy or bored.

What fashion item can you not live without?
A hat – of any kind.

When are you at your happiest?
When the sun is out and I’m surrounded by people I love.

The best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Forgiveness is freedom.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully living somewhere like Copenhagen or Barcelona maybe with my own flower shop!

If I had 24 hours left on earth I would?
Take all my loved ones to a beautiful island and make sure they all know how much I cherish what they have done for me.

The best thing about city life is?
Constantly discovering new little hideouts which have been there for years but only found by mistake.

If I could only listen to one type of music for the rest of my life it would be?
House/acoustic/ambient… I can’t choose.

My favorite part of Barcelona is?
The street markets and all of the gems you can find!

Can´t get enough on beautiful Lily? Follow her around on Instagram.

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