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✨ Happy Weekend! Today is Saturday, December 15, 2018 and we’re celebrating International Tea Day with a spin on the classic cuppa.
THE BULLET 2018 GIFT GUIDE: HAPPY HOMEBODY
This time of year, we treasure quiet moments at home as much as gatherings with family and friends. The good news is gifting the host and the homebody can be one and the same.
Have a loved one who delights in throwing extravagant dinner parties? They’ll appreciate a Bluetooth-enabled turntable as much as your music buff pal who’d rather stay home with their records. That other friend who’s always cancelling brunch plans to nurse their hangover? A retro-style juicer will help them get their fresh-squeezed vitamin C at home — or juice up a batch of OJ for a crowd on Christmas morning. And, for your new-age obsessed bestie, a fancy candle-lit diffuser will fill her pad with the scent of aromatic essential oils and add an industrial touch to her decor — or a bottle of palo santo-infused home spray will keep the high vibes going, company or not.
• Brits Do It Best
Earlier this week, Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle made headlines for her surprise appearance at the British Fashion Awards (and internet trolls piled on to criticize her for everything from cradling her growing bump to her choice of nail colour…harsh), but the real stars of the night were the bevy of decorated designers. The night’s biggest award went to international winners: Gucci was named brand of year, and Valentino’s creative director, Pierpaolo Piccioli, received the award for designer of the year (we imagine these winterized evening gowns had something to do with his win). On the home team, Clare Waight Keller (whom you may remember as the designer of Markle’s wedding dress) won British womenswear designer of the year for her work heading up Givenchy, and designer Richard Quinn (who shot to fame after the Queen herself sat front row at his fall show) was dubbed British emerging talent for womenswear. Fashion’s veterans got their dues, too; Miuccia Prada was granted a well-deserved outstanding achievement award, and Dame Vivienne Westwood earned the Swarovski Award for Positive Change for her work “championing humanitarian and environmental issues.” Refinery29
• Hot off the (Oil) Press
When a team of magazine staffers start a beauty brand, you know it’s going to be good. The team of three co-founders behind new Canadian line Crambé Skincare knew they’d come across something special when they learned about Abyssinian oil. Harvested from the seeds of a renewable annual plant crop (crambe abyssinica) grown on Prince Edward Island, this sustainable ingredient requires less water than most to grow, and is the one and only in the brand’s first product, Face Forward Rejuvenating Facial Oil($59). The oil is said to be anti-inflammatory and contains high levels of omega fatty acids, which deeply penetrate the skin to nourish, smooth and lock in moisture. Crambé
Image Credit: Crambé
🌟 PRO TIP
Make sure you sleep in the bed to ensure your guests have a great night’s sleep.
• Don’t Mind If We Do
Orlando has a new reason for you to visit during any season, and it’s the new Margaritaville resort, set to open in 2019. (They had us at margarita.) Margaritaville Resort Orlando, which is actually owned by Jimmy Buffet himself, will offer something for all kinds of vacationers. Spanning across 300 acres, there’s Margaritaville Hotel (from $199 per night), Margaritaville Cottages (to own or rent), Sunset Walk for shopping, food and entertainment, and the Island H2O Live! Waterpark which, in itself, covers 14 acres. It features nine thrill rides, a lazy river, and a wave pool, and it’s already been described as “Florida’s most immersive water park.” Top that off with the resort’s 35+ restaurants, shops, spas, and a dine-in movie theatre, and it’s safe to say that once there, you might never leave. (In other words, our plane tickets are already booked.) Travel + Leisure
• Hoppin’ to It
LG electronics is taking on the home-brew business. Announced Dec. 10, LG HomeBrew is set to be a fully automated home appliance capable of producing five different kinds of beer in two hands-free weeks. (Think Keurig for beer.) The appliance, set to make its first public appearance at the Consumer Electronics show in January (an on-sale date has yet to be announced), will completely control the fermentation, carbonation, aging, serving and cleaning processes while the “brewer” checks in using an app. Just insert one of five pods into the machine and let LG do the rest. (We like where this is going.) And, with a supposed yield of five litres, you might never set foot in a beer store again. 🍻 Drinks Business
Image Credit: LG
• Textile Pride
If you’ve ever felt guilty about getting rid of all your little’s artwork cluttering up the fridge (who doesn’t?), then this is for you: Textile company little P recently launched a tool called little CREATOR where proud parents can upload an image of their child’s art to be turned into a rug through little P’s website. There are three shape options — circular, rectangular, or a unique geometric shape called “No Need to be Square” — and the rug itself is a hypoallergenic polypropylene finished by hand. (Fancy.) Little P also has their own rug collection to browse from, in case your kid’s piece would look better in the trash. (Sorry, not sorry.) House Beautiful
Image Credit: little P
• Nurse (Robot) at Home
Amazon’s Alexa will soon be able to do a whole lot more than play music or shop online. (Not that those tasks aren’t super duper important.) This week, the company announced that it was teaming up with Omron Healthcare, which makes blood pressure monitors, in order to help Alexa users manage their disease. By pairing up the Omron cuff to the accompanying mobile app, Alexa can connect so that via voice command, it can share users’ latest blood pressure reading, or even remind the rather forgetful ones to take their blood pressure. The partnership is part of Amazon’s recent dive into health care, ranging from maternity to chronic disease, and follows their October partnership with Arcadia Group, which makes blood pressure and glucose monitors. CNBC
• First Class Chef
If only all job interviews were this easy.