Here’s what’s been trending @ The Co this week:

1. Vegas or Bust (without busting the bank)

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A little bit of Vegas goes a very long way, gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson famously said. Blogger Jen from Pretty Little Grub would certainly agree. With seven visits to Vegas under her belt, Jen’s in the perfect position to demonstrate how to get the most of the city for the least. Even on a budget, Vegas’s big personality shines through with a style that is anything but cramped. 

2. The Perfect Pack

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For her recent vacation to Mexico, Mandy (Sparkle Shiny Love) achieved what most shoe-loving, suitcase stuffers can only dream of: The Perfect Pack. In one piece of luggage, she fits a different bathing suit and cover up for every day and a different dinner outfit for every night. Plus shoes and purses! With room to spare for shopping and souvenirs! Behold Mandy’s sweet and easy vacation wardrobe and be amazed.

3. The Kale Craze

Runway-Jeffrey-CampbellIn her final dispatch from Toronto Mastercard World Fashion Week, Jenn McNaughton gets a backstage look at Mikhael Kale, the Canadian design star who has dressed Beyonce, Carly Ray Jepsen, Sylvia Mantella and Gigi Hadid. The way Jenn sees it, the Kale style evolution is being fuelled by confidence, tenacity and fierce vigour. Not mention that thing he does with floral appliques.

 4. Civilized BeastsAnimal-Crossing-Happy-Home-Designer-Review-feature-750x400If an animal were to live in a village, what would it like in its home? What kind of life would it lead? These were some of the questions that inspired Japanese director Aya Kyogoku to create Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, a game in which humans design homes for animals. Has Kyogoku succeeded in creating an environment and an experience that will bring out the inner interior designer in the most avid of gamers? Read Jon Scarr’s review and find out.

5. The Next Best Thing to Rock Superstardom

la-et-mg-kanye-west-wheelchair-stand-up-kim-ka-001Maybe interior design isn’t your thing. Maybe you want to be the ultimate music insider, someone who attends concerts for free, or, better yet, is paid for the privilege. When it comes to the perks and pitfalls of being a professional music junkie, content producer and blogger Jacqueline Parker tells it like it is. Required reading for anyone who aspires to this brilliant, fascinating career -which may involve being worked into the ground like a rented mule at the hands of an ego-crazed artist.

And that’s a wrap. Happy weekend from The Co.

Katherine Gougeon is editorial director of The Co.