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✨ Happy Weekend! Today is Saturday, November 24, 2018 and we love it when brands really show up like this.
TREND BULLETIN: FANCY FLEECE
Fuzzy wuzzy was a chair — wait, what? The coziest decor look of the moment is perfect for hibernating your way through the winter. While nubbly teddy fleece jackets have made a major fashion comeback, it’s their home decor counterparts that are making us want to get in on the trend. Not as extra as fuzzy faux fur, shearling and sherpa fleece fabrics bring cozy warmth to every room. Apartment Therapy
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While cuddly fleece blankets are a winter staple, this season the fabric has found its way onto everything from sofa chairs to placemats (crumbs be damned). The style runs the gamut from luxe to liveable. The special edition shearling chair from Goop’s collaboration with CB2 was a sellout (even at nearly $5000…holy seat!), along with its cheaper faux dupe. Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent used faux shearling liberally in their new furniture collection for Living Spaces (which, sadly, only ships stateside). So whether you choose to sit on it, sleep in it or wrap yourself up in it, teddy fleece is here to make the season a little more bear-able. (See what we did there?)
• Puff Piece
It feels like every year, Canadian winters just keep getting chillier and chillier. (Could it be that climate change is *gasp* real?!) Thankfully, designers have now come up with a completely new style of accessory to combat the cold. Dubbed “puffer scarves” these magical inventions are just what they sounds like: A quilted, down- or fleece-filled scarf that’s basically a parka for your neck. Available in a multitude of colours, prints and fabrics, these genius wraps are perfect for when you want to wear a wool coat but need a layer of warmth up top, or to add a hit of colour to your standby black parka. Refinery29
Image Credit: Anthropologie
• Natural Woman
Vancouver brand Oak + Fort is over fashion. The retailer — known (and loved) by cool girls continent-wide for its minimalist, oversized clothing — has launched a “modest and concise” collection of cosmetics that it hopes to grow into a full fledged line that could eventually “eclipse [its] fashion business.” As of now, the curated offering consists of three cushion compacts, two lip tints, two lipsticks and six nail polishes (half of which are already sold out), ranging in price from $9 to $28. But Oak + Fort plans to add to the collection with new products each month, and will launch a skincare line this spring. Fashion
Image Credit: Oak + Fort
🌟 PRO TIP
I carry a file around so that I can deal with snags right away. That way, I’m trimming my nails in a minimal way so that they’re maintaining their strength.
–Celebrity manicurist Madeline Poole‘s strategy for keeping long nails — a look she says is making a comeback — in tip-top shape. The Kit
• Reindeer Games
Forget Christmas lights and mistletoe, there’s a new way to get into the holiday spirit — but it involves booking a flight to Mongolia. Airbnb, the purveyor of “travel experiences” around the globe has added a new festive AF destination to its long list of travel options. Adventurers can now travel to the Taiga forest in northern Mongolia to spend their days (and some very cold nights) with a nomadic tribe (yes, there’s no address, just coordinates) herding reindeer. The two-night, three-day authentic experience includes staying in a traditional Dukha teepee, catching shut-eye in sleeping bags on two wooden beds and cooking your meals in an open-fire stove. In addition to living like the tribe members, visitors will also get the chance to taste reindeer milk tea and learn more about the hosts’ daily life. Travel + Leisure
• Lay it On Thick
We’re sorry to taunt you with this drool-worthy food news without being able to tell you when and where you can get it, but it’s too exciting not to share everything we know. Pasta maker Barilla’s baked goods brand, Mulino Bianco, is getting set to take on Nutella with a chocolaty, hazelnutty spread of its own. According to Italian food publication La Cucina Italiana, the brand will soon launch Crema Pan di Stelle, based on its popular star-studded chocolate biscuits (which, in its home country, have also been turned into a lineup of cakes, ice cream and cereals). But unlike its rival, Barilla’s spread will be made with sustainable cocoa and sunflower oil (along with Italian hazelnuts and crumbled Pan di Stelle cookies), rather than the not-at-all-sustainable palm oil used in Nutella’s spread (so you can feel a little less bad about eating toast smeared with chocolate for breakfast). Quartzy
HEALTH & FITNESS
• Love to Hate
It turns out simply reading about absurd beauty treatments and totally unproven health rituals isn’t enough for Goop fans. If the rumours are to be believed, Gwyneth Paltrow is taking her beloved brand to Netflix. While nothing’s official (both Goop and Netflix have declined to comment), the beat on the California street is that the company’s in talks to film a series based on Goop’s core theme of “wellness” (including homeopathic traditions in other cultures). Paltrow teased the move to TV last year, telling the Hollywood Reporter that she was working on a series pitch with a production company — but this is the first we’re hearing of its likely new home. WWD
• Playing Games
Even Monopoly has it out for the millennial generation. (Sorry, guys.)