Let’s talk about sweat. Or, why I am quitting polyester.

There are a variety of reasons why I am quitting polyester, ethical and otherwise, but right now the one that stands out most in my mind is sweat.

I’ve found myself of late scrambling to pack and re-pack for a last-minute Caribbean island vacation. A quick scan of the Weather Network tells me that I can expect daily thundershowers and temperatures that exceed 40 degrees. 

Two nights ago, as I tore through my closet looking for loose-fitting items, cool resort-wear and assorted hot-weather whimsy,  it occurred to me that at least 80% of my wardrobe is made up of some form of synthetic material.

Polyester, polyester-blend, rayon, and yes – even the dreaded acrylic. These items create a rainbow of pretty blouses, delicate, scalloped-edge camisoles, brilliant sheer kaftans, cheery dresses, and brightly hued capris.

Which brings me back to sweat.

Sweat, which is impossible in polyester. And what I will call “The Synthetic Disadvantage” – or in this case, having tons of clothes, but nothing to wear. 

The only thing this impending vacation and the promise of hot, hot weather leaves me craving is cotton. 100% cotton and linen. Things that breathe.

So yesterday, I decided to go out and buy a few easy-to-wear cotton tops. 

I’m not sure if you’ve done this lately, but it is increasingly difficult to source items that are 100% cotton. Go ahead. Try it.

Thanks in part to the democratization of fashion, we can now buy all sorts of gorgeous printed and embellished blouses, dresses, scarves and easy-care, no-wrinkle pants that mimic designer silks and luxury fabrics. Things that look expensive, but aren’t actually expensive (depending, or course, on how you define “cost“). Continue reading


Secret Weapon

At $41, I was skeptical. 
As I stood in O Coiffure & Spa and as I read the bottle which promised “heat-activated reconstructing milk for brittle, damaged hair”, I thought, “How good could it possibly be?”.

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I have damaged, colour treated hair, and a sensitive scalp, so although its easier on the pocketbook, drugstore shampoo just doesn’t cut it.

A long time user of BIOLAGE hydratherapy and colourcaretherapy, I decided to mix things up a bit on a recent visit to NDG’s Carte Blanche Coiffure

Enter KEVIN.MURPHY – a salon-only professional range of sulphate and paraben-free hair care products from Australia, from the father of the modern “beach hair” look.

With ingredients like Jojoba Seed, Evening Primrose Oil and something called Kakadu Plum, Kevin Murphy is a breath of Dr. Pepper-scented fresh air for your tired locks. It cleanses and moisturizes without the heavy, oily feeling that often comes from trying to remedy straightener-frazzled ends.

It made my hair feel light and soft, which is an accomplishment in itself. 

Available at over 20 different salons across Montreal, and priced  between $26-$35, Kevin Murphy is an indulgence that is well worth-it.