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✨ Happy weekend! Today is Saturday, April 20, 2019 and you can colour us intrigued.
TREND BULLETIN: HIGH ON LIFE
• The Background
This weekend may be dedicated to Easter and Passover as far as your grandma is concerned, but today, we celebrate the highest of holidays — the first 4/20 post-legalization 🥳. And while edibles and topicals are still technically illegal, the market for — and public curiosity in — these types of products has been quickly picking up steam. Popping a gummy is understandably more appealling to non-smokers who want to try it without scorching their lungs, and the controlled dose feels safe for newbies. Also leading the surge in interest is a sh*t tonne of research being done to support all the good that cannabis compounds are said to do for the mind and body. Cannabidiol (CBD) is touted as a cure-all for issues like anxiety, back pain, joint pain, heel pain (so really, all pain), skin concerns, sleep problems…the list goes on. Heck, you can even give it to your dog to chill his separation anxiety. Cannabis may also affect women differently; it’s said to relieve PMS symptoms and menstrual cramps and enhance sexual pleasure, leading to a boom in CBD-infused tampons and THC-laced lube. Quartzy
• What Else You Need to Know
But, be warned: Evidence shows that CBD needs to be paired with at least trace amounts of its psychoactive partner in crime, THC, to be truly effective, so the unregulated products on beauty store shelves (at least, those here in Canada) probably aren’t doing as much as they could. A new form of green-washing is cropping up with many skin care products calling out cannabis sativa seed oil on their labels; while highly moisturizing and rich in antioxidants, oil from the plant’s seeds doesn’t contain CBD or THC, so it lacks the anti-inflammatory properties shoppers are seeking. Look for “hemp oil” rather than “hemp seed oil” in the ingredients list.
— SHOP THE TREND —
• A Step Ahead
It’s time to up your earth-friendly sneaker game. This week, Adidas introduced the Futurecraft.Loop, the first ever performance running shoe that 100% recyclable. How? The shoes are make from a single material type with no glue: reusable thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is spun to yarn, knitted, moulded and “clean-fused” to the brand’s Boost midsole. Once they’ve lived out their first life, the shoes return to Adidas to be ground up and melted down to their raw materials, and are reincarnated as a brand-new shoe, without any waste. Plus, they look stylish AF. The shoe’s in beta now, with plans for a wide release next spring. Want sustainable kicks you can buy ASAP? Everlane‘s got you covered — the brand is launching its first sneaker, available in seven colours and made with 94.3% non-virgin plastic, on April 25. Fast Company
• Mulitple Orgasms
Whether you’re a makeup maven or a minimalist, you’ve probably heard of Nars’ bona fide, perfect blush known as Orgasm. The iconic shade got its start in 1999, when Francois Nars dreamed up the peachy, gold-flecked, subtle shimmer that looks good on literally everyone. “I actually first created the name, then the shade — I wanted something shocking,” says Nars. Twenty years later, one blush is reportedly sold every minute. But that’s not even the climax. To commemorate its birthday, Nars is dropping a three-piece limited-edition Orgasm collection: An oil-infused lip tint with nourishing raspberry oil ($34), a liquid highlighter that can be mixed into foundation or worn solo ($38), and a face palette (62) with six shades of shimmery satin-cream pigments. The new products are available now on Sephora, with a full launch set for May 1. (Talk about great birthday sex.) Allure
🌟 PRO TIP
When you nap, aim for around 10 to 30 minutes, this will stop you from reaching deep sleep and won’t interfere with your night-time sleep routine.
– Psychologist Michelle Olaithe, on whether or not adults should nap (the answer is an ethusiastic yes if you’re tired), along with the right way to do it. It should never interefere with your nighttime sleep, since sleep’s best when “consolidated at night.” (Sweet dreams!) Quartz
• Royal Party
There’s a long list of reasons to visit France (cheese, baguettes and chocolate to name a few — sorry, we’re hungry) but there’s one more to add: For the first time ever, the palace of Versailles is opening its doors to the public for its first electronic music night. Called Versailles Electro (so creative, guys), the music-filled event will take over the outdoor Château’s Terraces area, right outside the famed Hall of Mirrors. If this sounds up your alley, there’s still time to snag a flight — the event is scheduled for June 8 and tickets are between $25 and $250 (depending on how much you want to eat, drink and mingle with the VIP set). W
The next best thing to having Queer Eye‘s Bobby Berk redecorate your house (while you’re off getting a makeover and working through your deepest emotional hangups)? Redecorating it yourself, with Berk’s stamp of approval. The designer has partnered with wallpaper brand Tempaper to create a collection that will instantly transform your space. Serving up major Berk realness — a.k.a bold, black and white abstract geometrics, quirky graphics, and op art styles — the nine wallcovering designs are sold by the sheet and are self-adhesive and removable wallpaper, meaning they’re both rental- and commitmentphobe-friendly. Lonny
• Red Hot
If you haven’t invested in your very own Kitchen-Aid stand mixer yet, the brand just gave you a good reason to make this the year to do it. To mark the 100th anniversary of the company, it’s launched the Queen of Hearts collection, in a bright celebratory “Passion Red.” The six-piece line up includes the iconic stand mixer along with an immersion blender, kettle, toaster, food processor, and hand mixer, arriving in stores in May. And for even bigger impact (you only turn a century old once, after all) it’s also releasing a commercial-style range. Good Housekeeping
• Peak Performance
Looking for a new sport to try? Rock climbing is where it’s at. According to Andrew Sutherland, brand engagement manager at Mountain Equipment Co-op, the sport has never been more popular. “It engages both mind and body — you’re solving puzzles and you’re physical,” explains Sutherland of the appeal, speaking at the grand opening of the new (sustainably built, carbon-neutral) MEC flagship in Toronto, which features an indoor climbing wall to test their wares. And after years in development, the outdoor store has just introduced its first ever pair of MEC label climbing shoes. The MEC Edge Rock Shoe ($89) has a unisex fit and is designed with both newbie and veteran climbers in mind. A supportive midsole helps with balance and the sticky Altum rubber sole gives extra slip-protection on the rock face, whether you’re climbing the walls at an indoor gym or scaling a cliff in the great outdoors. (Rock on.) MEC
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• Now, little feet can be just as fashion-forward as big ones. Aldo has finally(!) launched a kids’ collection.
• H&M just launched its most sustainable Conscious collection yet — and we’re here for all of it. (“Leather” jacket made from pineapple? Yes, please.)
• After her first Revlon lip kit sold out in just three hours, supermodel Ashley Graham is back with a second, and it’s serving up serious ’90s vibes.
• Love whisky and Bob Dylan? Better book yourself a trip to Nashville, stat.
• You can now sport your favourite art on your sleeve — literally. Society6 (and its team of talented artists) has teamed up with temporary tattoo company Tattly.
• Big Hit
Do you smell what the Rock is
Now if you’ll excuse us, it’s going to take the rest of the weekend to figure out how to recreate this cheese extravaganza at home.