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✨ Happy weekend! Today is Saturday, March 30, 2019 and if you’ve already binged all of Queer Eye, this should help with your withdrawal symptoms.
TREND BULLETIN: DIGITAL DECLUTTERING
Digital wellness is a hot topic these days, and, thanks to Marie Kondo, so is the concept of tidying up — both our physical and virtual lives — and the good it can do for our mental heath. According to recent studies, the average person spends more than four hours a day on their smartphone. (That’s more than one full day per week 😳.) It feels like there really is an app for everything these days, and the temptation to abide by those persistent red notification badges is driving us batty (and contributing to a myriad of legit health problems). A couple years ago, if you said you were deleting your Facebook account, your friends might look at you like an outcast; today, they’ll ask you for a tutorial on how to actually do it. Taking an Instagram hiatus is now seen as a legitimate means of self care. But is there a way to limit your digital anxiety without turning into a luddite?
• Where to Start
In a story titled “Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched my Phone and Unbroke my Brain,” New York Times writer Kevin Roose consults with science journalist and “phone coach” Catherine Price, author of the guidebook How to Break Up With Your Phone to treat his smartphone addiction. The first step in the process: “deleting Twitter, Facebook and all other social media apps, along with news apps and games,” and disabling push notifications for anything non-essential. Then, apply the principles outlined in Digital Minimalism: On Living Better With Less Technology by author Cal Newport: “Put aside a 30-day period during which you will take a break from optional technologies in your life.” (Your Bullet newsletter being an essential, obviously.) During that month, find things to fill in your free time and keep the nervous tick that had you reaching for your phone in the first place at bay. Take up knitting or baking your own bread. Read a book. Meet a friend IRL and talk about your lives without getting distracted by cortisol-spiking notification dings. Hopefully, you’ll come out the other side with a more intentional and disciplined relationship with your digital devices.
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• Cartoon Network
Lacoste is showing its playful side with a colourful collection adorned with pop artist Keith Haring’s graffiti-inspired graphics. The late artist, who passed away in 1990, lives on through his bold and vibrant line drawings. Lacoste has harnessed that energy with pieces for women, men and children printed with Haring’s famous pictograms from his Iconsseries, including his “Barking Dog,” “Flying Devil” and “Heart.” The lineup of polo shirts, sweatshirts, dresses, swimsuits and accessories was released in stores and online on Wednesday. WWD
• No Limits
The beauty industry seems to be getting more inclusive by the day, and we are here for it. While not a cosmetics company itself, Grace Beauty is a new brand working to make makeup more accessible for those living with physical disabilities or limitations. Taking preorders now, Grace creates aids designed to alleviate challenges users may experience with traditional cosmetic packaging. The company is launching with three aids focused on one of the trickiest products to apply: mascara. The Safe Grip is a bulb-like attachment made of firm, flexible rubber that fits onto the end of a mascara wand, making it easier to hold and control even if your fingers can’t wrap fully around it. The Ring Grip offers another option for holding onto a wand without straining or worrying about dropping it. And, the Square Grip helps for twisting the tube open and shut. The brand’s overall ethos: “Anyone, regardless of ability, should be able to use any beauty product they want to.” (Amen to that.) Fashion
🌟 PRO TIP
Many people say ‘I feel so relaxed,’ or ‘I’m renewed!’ and this is because infrared saunas boost your endorphins similar to working out.
• English Charm
If there’s one aspect of the British economy Brexit doesn’t stand to
destroy drastically alter (more on that here), it’s tourism, apparently. TripAdvisor has just released its annual Travellers’ Choice awards, and jolly old London has taken the top spot as the world’s best destination for 2019. Tourists keen on royal-spotting are a big reason for London’s win and with Harry and Meghan’s baby on the way, TripAdvisor doesn’t expect interest to slow down. Other big draws: the ongoing gin renaissance, and, um, the rain? Runners-up on the global destination ranking include former champ Paris, followed by Rome, Crete and Bali. (So in summary, no surprises here.) CNN Travel
• Custom Kicks
Yet another veggie burger will soon be hitting grocery store shelves. (We know, we know — we feel like a broken record, too). But this one’s a little different, because it’s, well, not. MorningStar Farms veggie burgers have been a vegetarian favourite in the U.S. since 1975, long before “plant-based” became the trendy buzzword du jour and everyone started competing to make the most realistic fake meat (blood included). Arriving in Canada next week are three of the brand’s classic patties, each packing in between 9 and 11 grams of protein. The available flavours will be the Harvest Veggie Burgers (made with mushrooms, water chestnuts, onion, carrots, and red bell pepper), Spicy Black Bean Burgers (combining green chilies, jalapeño peppers, and black beans) and Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers (a mix of chickpeas, spinach, Roma tomatoes, and Greek-style herbs and spices). Dished
• Bohemian Rhapsody
It was only a matter of time before everyone’s favourite modern day hippie brought her boho-riffic style to the home decor world. Drew Barrymore has teamed up with Walmart to create Drew Barrymore Flower Home. The line of furniture and decor spans from sofas and side tables to lamps and throw pillows and is positively bursting with pattern, colour and free-spirited vibes. The eclectic mix of fabrics includes velvet, rattan and jute, along with exclusive print designs like a striped palm print and (obviously) vintage-inspired florals. The catch: while the collection hit U.S. stores this week, Canadians will have to wait until June for it to arrive on Walmart.ca. Apartment Therapy
• Smooth Moves
When we’ve got a 7am spin class to get to, we can’t get out the door fast enough. Clif Bar is making the morning dash even easier with its newest bars, arriving in Canadian stores this month. CLIF Fruit Smoothie Filled Energy Bars come in three flavours inspired by classic smoothie recipes. Wild Blueberry Açai, Tart Cherry Berry and Strawberry Banana each combine dried fruits and concentrated fruit juice with a cashew and sunflower seed blend, organic Canadian oats and pea protein. Crafted “to sustain energy,” the low glycemic bars clock in at 230 calories and five grams of protein per bar.
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• Tom Ford has been named as Diane Von Furstenberg’s successor in the role of CFDA chairperson and really, did you expect any different?
• It’s a fashion miracle! Reformation is giving its extended size range a permanent place on its (virtual) racks.
• You can teach an old horse new tricks: Hermes is gearing up to launch a cosmetics and skincare line for the first time in the luxury brand’s 182-year history.
• The finalists for the 2019 James Beard Awards have been announced. The foodie awards will be handed out on May 6.
• Listen up! IKEA and Sonos have finally released a first look at their hotly anticipated speaker partnership, set to arrive in stores later this year.
• Fashion accessory or serious tech tool? Why not both? The new spring collection of Apple Watch straps from Nike and Hermes is out now.
• Amazon is getting into the beauty game with the launch of its own in-house skincare brand, Belei.
• Who Wears Short Shorts?
If that question’s referring to these, then definitely not us.
Now if you’ll excuse us, we need to contemplate the logistics of smuggling this back across the border on our next stateside shopping trip.