Testing Lululemon’s Quality Policy

“Quality is the heart of who we are… Product quality is the foundation we stand on and this foundation is comprised of three key areas: fabric, performance and craftsmanship. If our product doesn’t perform for you, we’ll take it back.”

Beyond the usual 30-day return/exchange policy, I came to find out if this popular Canadian athletic apparel company does stand by it’s quality promise.

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Taking a Break

Sometimes we become trapped in a whirlwind of busyness, life throwing things we’ve sought for and tried to obtain, or events that take us by surprise… whether we want it or not.

From finally submitting my application to a wound care program, to my mom going on a last-minute flight because of my grandmother’s health, organizing a cottage getaway for my friends, attending a workshop, contributing to our nursing unit’s Christmas decorating project towards a hospital-wide contest, sneaking in a week in New Jersey/New York before the end of the year, and the sudden passing of a close friend’s loved one… a break was definitely needed.

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Bye Bye Breton

• Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia •

Waking up to an air of silence, sprawled on a spacious king bed, in a cabin that might as well be in the woods, with no plans but to explore the rest of the Highlands… it felt too good to be true.

While I would have liked to relax all day in the cabin, we spent our last day quite productively, driving through the national park’s route in its entirety. In a clockwise direction, we began at the fishing village of Chéticamp, and ended up driving in the dark, back to our cabin in Boularderie.

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Beginnings in Cape Breton

• Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia •

A breathtaking sea of green and hairpin turns along a beautiful coast is what makes Cape Breton the ideal detour (or destination) for a road trip. Oh, and car advertisements.

Just a three-hour drive from Halifax, the Cape Breton Highlands National Park draws in thousands of people each year to hike the many trails along its routes. While driving, you’ll be surprised that the road conditions are far better than most cities, such as Toronto.

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Moissanite over Diamond

“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” they say. “Diamonds are forever.” As my four year anniversary with Patrick flew by this past August and having bought a condo this year, there are moments where I think hard about a proposal, a wedding, a life together… That kind of stuff.

I don’t like to make it obvious that I think about these things (people don’t peg me as the type to, I can be pretty savage IRL), but I do. But as someone who thrives with an occasional “treat yo self” mentality while living affordably, I’d like to think there is another finer option than a diamond.

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Beyond the Fog

• Cape Split, Nova Scotia, Canada •

General overcast meant dense fog during the drive, the hike, and the views. On this somewhat lengthy hike, we were struck with a feeling of surrealism, like a place floating in the sky.

Located in Scots Bay, the Cape Split hike is a highly-suggested 3-6 hour straightforward hike through (an unremarkable amount of) forest. If you pull through and manage to overcome boredom and exhaustion – from hiking without scenery, because you won’t see anything till the end 😂 – you’ll reach a beautiful field of green on 200 foot cliffs and see the Bay of Fundy.

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Inside my Camera Bag

Never again would I relive the days where I used satchels and regular backpacks for travelling and photography. Especially considering hiking is the focal point of most of my travels.

I want to be comfortable wearing my camera bag and knowing that it can protect whatever is in it. Because whatever is in it is pretty darn imperative to my adventures. Which brings me to answer the question: what’s in your camera bag?

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