Traveling with Samsonite Lipault Paris

Traveling with Samsonite Lipault Paris

This is a sponsored post written in partnership with Samsonite. 

When I first started traveling, I had the tendency to over-stuff my suitcase with anything I could think of that would be of potential use. Without planning, I thought variety was the best option as it would guarantee I wouldn’t be stuck with an outfit combination that I didn’t like.

However, lugging around a miniature version of my entire closet around wasn’t easy, and I quickly realized that I barely even touched most of the stuff I brought. This inspired my current affinity for light packing.

IMG_9827-2Now I try to outline what I’m wearing for each day of the trip, and only bring exactly what I need. This doesn’t always work for extended travels, but the principles still apply. Packing light also allows more flexibility for souvenirs and shopping.

If it’s a short weekend trip, I like to refrain from checking bags at all and just stick to carry-on. It’s nice to be able to walk out of the airport without having to wait at the carousel, and it also alleviates any lost luggage anxiety.
Less weight for the bag itself means more for your belongings. Weight versus capacity and strength is the first thing I look for when shopping for luggage. Which is why I’m very excited for the launch of the new Lipault Paris line from Samsonite. It’s perfect for avid travelers that love a lightweight design that doesn’t compromise fashion or durability. The new line features fresh vibrant colours in a variety of sizes and shapes.
If you happen to also be having a rose gold moment, check out the Miss Plume line which features spinners and weekend bags in a beautiful metallic pink.
The new Vancouver location will be the first stand-alone boutique in North America. The 2 current “shop in shops” that exist are both in the US, so anyone in the area should take advantage of the opening store.

IMG_9874cAs a summary, these are my tips for packing light:

-Plan all your outfits if possible (this includes all accessories and jewelry). This makes sure that you only pack what’s necessary, and eliminates wasted space.

-Forget about toiletries that aren’t specialty items or needed on the plane. Most destinations have travel size bottles that you can purchase when you arrive.

-Take out your heaviest/bulkiest coat or sweater to wear on the plane. The air conditioning can be brutal, and if you get hot you can always use it as an extra pillow.

-If it’s a group trip, coordinate so that you don’t have to all bring the same thing. Dedicate one person for the hair straightener/curler, one for portable speakers, etc. This way everyone can share the load, and still have everything they need.

IMG_9893bThere are certainly circumstances where packing light may not be practical, but I think it’s a great habit to cultivate and something to keep in mind when luggage shopping.

Carrying less physical baggage can be very freeing, and opens up your mind to focus more on the experiences and people.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsonite Canada. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Kata Rocks Resort – Phuket Thailand

Kata Rocks Resort – Phuket Thailand

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Kata Rocks is a beautiful resort on the Island of Phuket in Thailand. It is often featured in travel magazines and blogs for its gorgeous facilities and jaw-dropping panoramic views. I felt like we were on an island in the French Polynesia rather than Southeast Asia. If you’re looking to go to a place that offers an assortment of experiences, I would highly recommend Phuket Thailand.

If you’re looking for a destination that offers an assortment of experiences, I would highly recommend Phuket Thailand. There are luxurious resorts like Kata, but also street markets, local cultural eats, and lots of adventure to be had.



Kata Rocks is surrounded by natural landscapes and an endless open sea that inspires a constant state of relaxation. The staff are attentive and go above and beyond to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.



The resort has won an assortment of awards and accolades including Conde Nast Traveler’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards.

It’s located about 35 minutes away from Phuket Town, and a little over an hour away from Phuket Airport.

We had a fantastic time during our time at Kata, and I can’t recommend it enough. It was fairly quiet and not too busy when we went (late January), so perfect for a relaxing stay. I would suggest elsewhere. if you’re looking for more of a party atmosphere or something closer to the downtown bars/clubs.


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Fairmont Pacific Rim – Day at the Spa

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If you’ve ever stepped into the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver, you’ll know that it’s a beautiful space with expansive ceilings and luxury finishes. I had heard great things about their in-house spa Willow Stream, and finally got the chance to try it for myself with their Day at the Spa package.

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Deighton Cup 2014

I’ve always coveted the beautiful and intricate hats that are commonly seen at daytime events in Europe. However, there aren’t too many places in Vancouver that one can don a fascinator without attracting stares of puzzlement or criticism.

The annual Deighton Cup event seeks to be different by encouraging chic fancy hats and dapper suits with pocket squares. Held at the historic Hastings Racecourse, it was a charming afternoon of stylish outfits, fine cocktails and lively entertainment.

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