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Happy YOU Year!


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.


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.


 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.

Monika Lemba

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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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#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.


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?

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.



#LOVEMYHOOD: 24H in Barcelona

Barcelona – the capital of Catalonia. The autonomous north-west region of Spain is known for its culture and diversity and contains some hidden treasures that shouldn´t be missed. Let us take you on a 24h Barcelona experience with our insider hints we learnt while shooting our Spring / Summer 16 campaign video.
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#LoveMyHood: 24 hours in MTL w/ Julia Mateian

Spring in Montreal creates an energy, and we know all about it. MTL-based babe and street style aficionado, Julia Mateian, leads one fast-paced 24-hour life. Read up as she shares with us her fave current spots, and how the city is so suiting to her lifestyle. #LoveMyHood

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JGxBench Capsule Collection

It’s been one year since we’ve teamed up with UK Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter, Jess Glynne, as our brand ambassador. She is now the face of our Spring/Summer 2016 campaign and has designed an exclusive Capsule Collection that’s officially available in our retail stores and online store as of today. Continue Reading


#BenchAdventure: Aerial Yoga

Motivation doesn’t always come easy, so switching up your workout helps make it a little more exciting each time. With so many new types of yoga classes and activities gaining popularity around Canada, we decided to put #TeamBench to the test with Aerial Yoga. Suspended by a silk hammock-like sling, the ladies were determined to impress themselves by the end of the extremely interesting, hour-long class.  Continue Reading