Cover your eyes 🙈

The best sunnies around, boots perfect for puddle-jumping, and chocolate gets a whole-food makeover.

Cover your eyes 🙈

The best sunnies around, boots perfect for puddle-jumping, and chocolate gets a whole-food makeover.

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✨   Happy weekend! Today is Saturday, July 20, 2019, and if you’re in the market for housing in Toronto or Vancouver, this listing will either make you really depressed or inspire you to get out of Dodge.


This summer, we’re looking at the world through rose-coloured glasses — literally. Fashion trendsetters are looking pretty in pink (OK, OK, we’ll quit it with the clichés and idioms) with sunglasses in the millennial-approved hue. Prefer to go a bit more subtle? Translucent shades in beige and nude are just as popular, especially for unisex styles. Vogue

• What Else You Need to Know

Another micro-trend to keep an eye on: ultra-narrow frames in angular, geometric, or cat-eye shapes are still a 20-something celebrity fave, though we suspect the silhouette is on its way to looking dated, pronto — not to mention they don’t do much in terms of actually protecting your precious corneas from the sun’s glare. Instead, consider going the opposite direction with Terminator-esque full shields; If they’re cool enough for Posh Spice and J.Lo, they’re cool enough for us. Of course, you can never go wrong with the classics, like retro cat-eyes and timeless aviators. (Oh, and all these same trends apply for dudes, too.) Also on our wishlist: a fancy take on the senior-citizen staple, the glasses chain. (Are we showing our age?)



• Responsible Retailer

Fast fashion is officially dead. Zara — a.k.a the source of many trend-pandering one-wear-wonders — has vowed that by 2025, it will use only cotton, linen, polyester and viscose that’s “organic, more sustainable or recycled.” The four fabrics make up 90% of all the raw materials purchased by the brand, meaning this move is a big effing deal. The eco-friendly mandate applies to all of parent company Inditex’s brands, including Zara, Zara Home, Massimo Dutti and several others available internationally. But first, the company is making good on plans to make all of its offices and stores eco-efficient by the end of this year, using at least 80% renewable energy across all its business operations. Dezeen


• Triple Threat

If the promise of avoiding sunburn, wrinkles and age spots isn’t enough to convince you to wear sunscreen daily (seriously, you should reconsider — your face will thank you), Dermalogica’s newest breakthrough product adds some extra incentive. With Prisma Protect SPF30, launched this week, the brand introduces a new light-activated “intelligent drone technology” that boosts skin luminosity. It also has major antioxidant benefits thanks to polyphenol-rich matcha tea to combat damage from air pollution and enhanced “moisture magnets” for all-day hydration. In short: the formula gives broad-spectrum protection against all sources of skin damage. Instagram

Image Credit: Dermalogica


I use it to brush up the eyebrows because I find it pushes the hair better than a traditional spoolie brush.

– Montreal-based celebrity hair- and makeup-artist Leslie Ann Thomson reveals her secret tool for perfect brows: a natural bristle toothbrush. (She uses it to slick down pesky flyaways, too.) The Kit


• Resort Realness

The Caribbean is getting a new destination for all-out luxurious hedonism. Originally based in Spain, resort brand Pure Salt Luxury Hotels is set to open the Pure Salt Orchidarium in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in 2021, and the company is sparing no expense in the development of the US $85-million property. All ground floor rooms at the adults-only resort will have their own private pools with access to the lazy river which meanders the grounds. Along with a namesake orchid garden, the resort’s guests will have access to all the standard amenities, i.e., five restaurants, a two-floor spa and wellness area, and an infinity pool overlooking the ocean. (Save us a villa, we’re moving in!) Travelweek

Image Credit: Pure Salt Luxury Hotels


• Whole Food Revolution

The future of food is here, and we are pretty psyched about it. No, we’re not talking about Tim Hortons’ shocking first foray into the fast-food burger market. (They don’t even sell regular burgers, and now they’re selling Beyond burgers?!) We’re talking about Nestlé’s revolutionary refined sugar-free, whole-food chocolate bar. The geniuses at the company have invented a groundbreaking new type of chocolate made using the cocoa fruit as its only ingredient. Rather than relying on fermenting the cocoa beans through the addition of refined sugar as is traditional, the patented recipe makes use of the cocoa fruit’s creamy, sweet pulp (which is typically mostly discarded) as its natural sweetener. (File this under things that make us ask, “how did no one think of this sooner?”) The chocolate will launch at the KitKat Chocolatory in Japan this fall, with plans to bring it international over the next year. Food in Canada


• Moving Madness

Moving day is never just one day. In reality, your possessions can live in boxes for several days or weeks (or longer, we don’t judge) — but even the most KonMari-adverse don’t deserve to be surrounded by dull cardboard boxes. So, decor saviour IKEA aims to brighten up the (often stressful) experience with a new collection of packing supplies dubbed Ombyte. In Quebec stores now (and the rest of Canada in August), this gear is designed to get from points A to B with a smile on your face, and then be repurposed as stylish and practical storage. The collection includes cardboard boxes in a multitude of playful patterns, along with stackable wire bins, plywood boxes with castors, and durable steel boxes with handles made to protect fragile items. There’s also a bubblegum pink trolley, elastic loading straps, protective blankets, printed packing tape, and roomy zippered bags with backpack straps for easy transport. Refinery29

Image Credit: IKEA


• Good Vibes Only

If you’re a devotee of Barry’s Bootcamps’ cultish red-light workouts — and really, even if you’re not — you’ll want to check out the gym’s new collection of fitness wear by Lululemon. Out on July 23, the 30-piece “Stronger As One” capsule includes HIIT-ready pieces for men and women. Beyond the subtly logoed basics, pieces sure to be bestsellers include intricately perforated leggings, cozy sleeveless hoodies, and a metallic pewter running jacket. Fashion

Image Credit: Lululemon


• Cartoon Kicks

Just in time for the summer flooding rainy season, Hunter is launching a collaboration perfect for muddy puddle jumping. The British boot brand has partnered with Peppa Pig for a limited-edition collection of kids’ wellies and brollies (translation: rubber boots and umbrellas) so cute they’ll make you squeal. In stores and online as of yesterday, the brightly-coloured accessories are sized for children ages two to five years and feature none other than beloved oinker Peppa and her little brother George, who are celebrating their 15th anniversary of warping toddlers’ accents this year. Design Taxi

Image Credit: Hunter


• Chanel is getting with the times. The French fashion house just hired its first diversity chief, tasked with fostering racial inclusivity within the brand.

• Away’s just-launched New England-inspired luggage collection is fit for a breezy summer vacay to the coast. (Lobster rolls not included.)

• You can soon outfit your apartment with your very own antique apothecary table from the days of yore, courtesy of Pottery Barn’s upcoming Friendscollection.

• Since you’re probably sleeping with the duvet kicked off the bottom of the bed right now anyway, Casper just added nine new colour options for it’s Cool Supima sheets. (Bonus: They’re also on sale right now.)

• Halo Top’s got a new limited-edition ice cream flavour to wolf down by the pint: Peaches & Cream is launching in Canada on National Ice Cream Day (a.k.a. tomorrow, July 21).

• Thirsty? Good news: Today is Free Root Beer Day at A&W.


• In a Pickle

Here’s a solution for gluten-free sandwiches that doesn’t involve spending $15 on a loaf of wheatless bread. You’re welcome.

Note to self: Don’t let Grimes become the next Gwyneth.

Illustrations by the lovely and talented Monica Smiley.

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