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✨ Happy weekend! Today is Saturday, March 16, 2019 and this is a relaunch we did not see coming.
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The fashion set have been trying to make “slime green” happen since at least last summer — and now, it seems the toxic waste-inspired hue has finally trickled down (pardon the pun) to the masses. (Miranda Priestly would be proud.) While neons across the spectrum are blinding onlookers everywhere this season, it’s the shocking yellow-green colour family that’s getting the most attention. The Zoe Report
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While this particular shade is decidedly a few steps leaps away from the Emerald Isle’s iconic green, St. Patrick’s Day’s arrival means we’re teetering on the cusp of spring, so it’s time to bust out those brights. Aside from the obvious nostalgic appeal (if you didn’t own a highlighter-coloured snap bracelet in the early ’90s, did you even live?), according to French fashion designer Marie Dewet, the shade is also particularly flattering on pale skin, making it ideal for our pasty post-winter complexions. In fact, we’d argue these celebs are living proof the day-glo hue works just as well with all skin tones — and on all sizes, for that matter.
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• Pop Art Redux
If you don’t know the name Marie-Ève Lecavalier, consider this fair warning that you should. The Montreal-based designer is about to blow up, thanks to her recent nomination for the prestigious LVMH prize. Lucky for us, Simons spotted her first. The Canadian department store has just produced an exclusive collection with the up-and-comer which landed in stores this week. The LECAVALIER + Edito is chock-full of ’60s, ’70s and ’90s nostalgia, with dresses, shirts, pantsuits and jackets in psychedelic prints, fluid jersey knit fabrics, and a colour palette that’s straight out of a box of Popsicles. (Imagine if you combined the closets of Hillary Clinton, Twiggy, and a younger Gwen Stefani — and we mean that in a good way.) Pieces are priced from $30 to $595, with the most expensive being a belted lambskin vest with wavy scalloped edging. Simons
• Golden Arches
Toronto-based makeup artist and “browologist” Haley Bogaert has a knack for giving good brows. So, it’s no wonder that the opening of her expanded midtown beauty studio has corresponded with the introduction of her new HBFace Brow Kits ($55). Available online (so you don’t have to be anywhere near Toronto to benefit from Bogaert’s expertise), the kits include an Automatic Brow Pencil in your choice of three long-wearing shades and a clear sculpting brow gel. Both products are packed in an ultra-cool iridescent envelope-style makeup bag that’s just begging to be repurposed as an evening clutch. (TBH, we’d consider picking one up for the pouch alone.) HBFace
🌟 PRO TIP
Something that helps me understand it, in almost a more utilitarian sense, is to take inventory, which is check in with yourself before you check in with the world.
– Matthew McConaughey shares his take on maintaining mental wellness while speaking on a SXSW panel with Calm App founder Michael Acton Smith. The actor and tech company share a desire to help stem the rise of anxiety and mental health disorders in teens, through the Calm School’s initiative and McConaughey’s Just Keep Livin Foundation. 🙏🏻 Fast Company
• Island of Eden
If your life goals include vacationing in paradise, you’re going to want to add this new hotel to your must-visit list: the Anantara Mauritius Resort. Set to open later this year, the resort is located near Blue Bay, an undeveloped area that the company says is “the most beautiful part” of the island. In addition to the 164 guest rooms and suites opening in September, the hotel will be adding eight two- and four-bedroom villas with private swimming pools next year. To add to the luxury experience, the resort will also offer a world-class spa, a 100-foot ozone-based pool that wraps around the property; two bars serving up premium cocktails; an all-day restaurant that delivers “a gastronomic experience rooted in an exotic blend of European, Asian and African influences.” private dining options, and a beachfront gourmet grill and seafood restaurant. Travel + Leisure
• Black and White
Starbucks is pumping out new drinks like a barista covering the 3pm shift. While reportedly delicious, the Ariana Grande-repped Cloud Macchiato — which can be made hot or iced, in cinnamon or caramel flavours — sadly fell flat (ha) with fans who are disappointed that the famously vegan singer would promote a drink containing egg white powder (the key ingredient to the cloud-like meringue texture). Flying under the social media radar is the much less controversial — and Canadian-exclusive — Black Sesame Latte. The new drink pairs Teavana black tea powder with steamed milk and nutty black sesame sauce, and is topped with bits of black sesame caramel praline. Chatelaine
• Thrill of the Hunt
The right vintage piece can add so much character to a room. But, finding it can mean hours spent digging through the wrong pieces at secondhand shops. (Don’t get us started on what that does to our dust allergies.) Enter CB2’s collaboration with NYC-based interior designer and arts dealer Charlie Ferrer. Ferrer’s done the legwork for us, hoofing it through Europe to handpick authentic antique finds that pair perfectly with the brand’s contemporary wares. Due to the one-of-a-kind nature of vintage pieces, the 275-piece assortment is only available in stores (sorry, online shoppers), so you’ll have to move fast — goods from the curated assortment landed in CB2’s Toronto and Vancouver stores this past Thursday. Domino
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• Female Founders
Rachael Ray is using her star power to support female-run businesses. The superstar chef has just launched a new e-commerce platform called Moxie Made, which will offer fashion, accessories and lifestyle items, all from brands that are led by women. In addition to its online shop, the site will have a section with style advice and profiles of fashion influencers. Items are hand-picked by stylists Cara Jammet and Gretta Monahan, and brands already on offer include jewellery label Deepa Gurnani, embroidered T-shirt brand Banner Day and apparel brands Glenn + Glenn and Lost & Found by J. Friedman. Ray will also sell her brand new line of luxury leather handbags on the site. Called Convalore, the first collection includes six silhouettes and three belt shapes, using leather from artisans in Tuscany (US $98–$498). Fashion United
• Suite Revenge
Now if you’ll excuse us, we need to go figure out how to ready our livers for tomorrow.