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✨ Happy Weekend! Today is Saturday, June 1, 2019 and there’s nothing subtle about this fashion statement.
TREND BULLETIN: WEAR THE RAINBOW
It’s the happiest month of the year! The sun has finally come out to play and so has the LGBTQ community. It’s Pride Month! 🏳️🌈 This year marks 50 years since Canada decriminalized homosexuality, and there’s plenty more to celebrate: Taiwan recently became the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, Gillette is fighting toxic masculinity and supporting trans-inclusive programs with the launch of a short film called First Shave, and Elton John’s Rocketman hit theatres last night after getting rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival.
• What Else You Need to Know
The rainbow pride flag dates back to 1978 and has become an iconic symbol to represent the LGBTQ community worldwide. This month, many of your fave brands are releasing their own limited edition rainbow-splashed products in support of LGBTQ organizations like Athlete Ally, the Bill 7 Award Trust and UN Free & Equal. Wear them with pride — and to Pride.
— SHOP IT —
• Instant Gratification
Get your credit card ready because Fenty, Rihanna’s new luxury clothing line with LVMH, is now available to shop. However, it doesn’t come cheap — if it’s the stunning Corset Blazer Dress you’re after, expect to shell out a totally affordable (🙄) US $1,100. You may also notice a few familiar items while you browse the rest of the ready-to-wear styles, accessories, sunglasses and jewellery. That’s because Rihanna has secretly been wearing the pieces (like the Fenty sunglasses) for months. If you don’t find something you like today (spoiler alert: you will), check back often because Rihanna will be dropping new additions every few weeks. (There goes that downpayment you’ve been saving.) Fortune
• About Face
Weleda, the German brand known for its cult classic moisturizing cream, has released two new facial care essentials: Deep Moisture Facial Balm and Gentle Cleansing Foam. Both utilize the power of plants with ethically-sourced ingredients like sweet almond oil and witch hazel. Think of this calming cleanser as the perfect way to refresh skin after a warm summer’s day. It’s deeply cleansing, but won’t strip your skin of its natural oils. WeledaI
• Glamping Not Camping
Forget the cottage, take a hard pass on the RV, and don’t even think about roughing it in a tent. The accommodations at the newly opened Kachi Lodge are next level. (Think 11,800 feet above sea level.) Built on top of the largest salt flat in the world (Salar de Uyuni), these futuristic-looking domes are furnished with everything you’d expect to find in a five-star hotel, with the added bonus of a clear view of the Bolivian night sky — which you can comfortably check out while lying in bed. While you’re there, take a tour of the (dormant) Tunupa volcano, bike around the nearby cactus islands and indulge at Gusti Restaurant. Marie Claire
🌟 PRO TIP
“The biggest mistake people make is using strip wax on the below-the-belt area. Strip wax tends to tug skin more.”
• Bar None
Your favourite guilt-free ice cream (a pint is one serving, right?) is now available on a stick. CoolWay has released two ice cream bar flavours: Cookies & Cream and Salted Caramel, each with just 80 calories and packed with seven grams of protein. Beginning Monday, you can pick them up in packages of four ($6.99) at Metro locations in Ontario and Quebec, and at Costco West. If none of those retailers are in your vicinity, fret not: the brand also recently launched seven new flavours (that pack the same low-calorie protein punch as the bars): birthday cake, maple swirl, chocolate chip cookie dough, lemon cake, mocha brownie fudge, strawberry cheesecake and cherry fudge brownie. (We scream for ice cream!).
• Quirky Collab
IKEA’s new limited edition collection, FÖRNYAD, is a playful and quirky collaboration between the brand, Sarah Andelman, creative director of Colette (RIP) and Craig Redman, creator of Darcel Disappoints. Featuring simple shapes in vibrant shades (including the classic Colette blue), the collection is a meant to liven up an otherwise drab student living space. And, with prices between $2 and $439, it’s well within that ramen and rice student budget. But better get going: it’s available now only while quantities last. IKEA
• Feelin’ the Burn
Burnout is now a diagnosable condition, according to the World Health Organization, which included it in the organization’s diagnostic manual (ICI-11). Symptoms include feelings of low energy or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job (wait, that’s not normal?); and reduced professional efficacy. As far as a treatment plan, that’s still TBD. The Cut
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• Montreal-based shoe brand Call It Spring has gone vegan. Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, the company will now only produce 100% vegan consumer products.
• The experts have spoken: The balayage bob is the definition of trendy summer hair.
• If you’re looking to travel to Prince Edward County, ON., this summer, check out the Drake Motor Inn. The new (soon-to-be) travel hotspot is opening its doors this weekend.
• Bleached Baby
This tiny tot just revived a trend we thought died in the 2000s.
That’s it from us! Now excuse us while we pour a big ol’ glass of skin contact wine. (Yes, you read that right.)