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The best gifts to show your love, highlights from Toronto Fashion Week, and smartspeakers that blend seamlessly into any space.
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The best gifts to show your love, highlights from Toronto Fashion Week, and smartspeakers that blend seamlessly into any space.
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✨ Happy Weekend! Today is Saturday, February 9, 2019 and winning this would be a dream come true.

 

TREND BULLETIN: LET ME LOVE YOU

It only seems right that Valentine’s Day falls in the frigid depths of winter. What with all the warm fuzzy feelings — or hot, sweaty activities — the holiday is meant to celebrate, it’s the perfect cure for the chilly season. (Plus, everyone looks cute in a sweater covered in hearts. It’s a fact.) But, grand romantic gestures need not apply: we’re firmly on team stay-at-home for Valentine’s date night and/or your Galentine’s Day get together. There’s lots you and your partner can do aside from Netflix and chill (even if you’re, you know, at home, alone…in bed…😉).

• What Else You Need to Know

The standard Valentine’s Day gifts have a reputation for being a little (OK, a lot) cheesy — but it doesn’t have to be that way. The trick? Lighten up. Rather than treating your gifts as a symbol of your undying love, use the holiday as an excuse to spice things up in the bedroom, treat yourself to some well-deserved sweets, or dress up in something that makes you feel sexy. Whether you’re treating your partner, your bestie, or yourself, we’ve rounded up a selection of truly desirable gifts that are sure to please.

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Get frisky with our complete gift guide here! 


 

FASHION

• Homegrown Talent

Toronto’s three-day fashion “week” has just wrapped another season and while some big name designers decided to sit this one out (and with good reason), there were some highlights worth donning your best Western boots to go see. The name on everyone’s lips this week: Lesley Hampton. The 24-year-old Indigenous designer’s roots were on full display in her fall/winter 2019 showing: A full lineup of Indigenous models of different sizes and body types walked to a soundtrack by A Tribe Called Red and the show opened with a performance by Juno-nominated artist, Iskwe. The clothing ranged from edgy pleated pleather dresses to ethereal, sheer floral gowns and an elegant (yet totally badass) red jumpsuit, all of which included stylistic and politic nods to Hampton’s Indigenous heritage. Elsewhere, outerwear brand Wuxly brought a healthy dose of fun with an ice-skating dance-off, longtime favourite David Dixon made #fashun out of bubble wrap, and Zoran Dobric made good use out of the accent colour du jourslime greenRefinery29

 

BEAUTY

• Fifty Shades of Foundation

Another beauty brand is getting on the inclusivity bandwagon. (About time 🙌🏼) This week, Tarte announced that it’s re-releasing one of the brand’s recently launched foundations — the Face Tape foundation from the cult-fave Shape Tape collection — in 50(!) shades and five undertones (and pulling the original collection that received a sh*t ton of backlash). The high-performing foundation has a matte finish and is said to stay on for 12 hours, resistant to both water and transfer. When it launches next week, the line will also get an updated the pump bottle for easier application. Tarte’s not the only brand hitting reset: Last week, Glossier relaunched its complexion products in a newly expanded, more inclusive shade range — and reordered their shade code numbers from darkest to lightest. PopSugar

Image Credit: Tarte


🌟 PRO TIP

Put white vinegar into your sink with water and clean your brush like that. At the same time it’s going to seal the cuticle of the brush and enhance the shine on your hair.

Famed French hair colourist Christophe Robin‘s advice for cleaning your hairbrushes, which you should be doing every two weeks. Another tip: Spritz your brush with his brand’s Brightening Hair Finish Lotion with Fruit Vinegar before using it to blow-dry for crazy intense shine.


 

TRAVEL

• Love is in the Air

Like it or not, romance is in the air just about everywhere this week — but even more so in these 20 Canadian cities. Amazon has released its ranking of the “most romantic” cities nationwide — based on purchases of romance novels, relationship books, jewellery and sexual wellness products — and for the seventh year running, Victoria, B.C. is on top. La Salle, Que., and Fort McMurray, AB, round out the top three. Planning a romantic evening this Thursday? It can’t hurt to cross-reference Amazon’s list with OpenTable’s ranking of the 100 most romantic restaurants in Canada. (Victoria’s Saveur seems like a good bet.) Yahoo Style

 

FOOD

• Cooking for a Cause 

The holidays may be behind us, but that doesn’t mean the time for giving is over. Luckily, there’s a new way to do good that will satisfy both your stomach and your soul. The Academy of Culinary Nutrition released its annual “cookbook for a cause” this week, which is packed full of “whole and healthy” recipes. This year’s edition includes 50 gluten- and dairy-free recipes, vegan and paleo options, and culinary nutrition tips.The Academy just asks buyers to “pay what they can” for the online organic cookbook, with 100% of proceeds going to Organics 4 Orphans (O4O), a Canadian charity that supports African communities living in extreme poverty. Dished

 

HOME

• Surround Sound

It’s now even easier to set the mood. After months of anticipation, the Sonos x Sonance speaker collection is finally available for pre-order (shipping Feb. 26). The new lineup of subtle built-in speakers combines Sonance’s architectural expertise with Sonos’s sound technology to bring your favourite tunes throughout your entire home. With in-ceiling speakers ($799) for “ambient listening” and in-wall speakers ($799) speakers for “focused listening,” the collection (which can only be controlled with the Sonos Amp, which will unfortunately set you back an additional $799) are smart speakers at their finest: think TruePlay technology (which analyzes the size, layout and decor of a room to optimize sound) and support for Apple’s AirPlay 2. Coming in April, a pair of waterproof outdoor speakers join the mix, marking the first time Sonos has ventured outside the home. (Backyard parties will never be the same.) MobileSyrup

Image Credit: Sonos

 

PARTING SHOT

• Piece of Pie Cake

It’s national pizza day, and things are getting weird in Brooklyn (and all over the States, really).


 

That’s it from us! We’ll be spending the rest of the weekend sulking about the fact we don’t have this in Canada.

 


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