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✨ Happy weekend! Today is Saturday, July 6, 2019, and we’re guessing these boozy bevvies won’t be sold on Poosh. (Sisterly love only gets you so far.)
THE BULLET SUMMER READING LIST
The kids are off to camp, Summer Fridays are in effect, and it’s too stinking humid to even think about rigorous outdoor activity. You know what that means: it’s time to get cracking on your summer reading list. Whether you’re a fan of lighthearted beach reads (here are Oprah’s endorsements for 2019), relatable memoirs (can you believe millennials are now old enough to be recounting the stories of their lives?) or literary bestsellers (the New Yorker‘s critics are a trustworthy source), this is the time of year publishers push out their most enticing novels. So grab a paperback, your Kindle, or your headphones (yes, audiobooks totally count as “reading”) and dive in!
• What’s the Buzz About?
No matter the genre, there are always a few titles that seem to pop up on all the popular reading lists. Here are the books that everyone at your book club will be suggesting this month:
- What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal by E. Jean Carroll — Carroll’s signature pithy writing style is on full display in this memoir.
- Normal People by Sally Rooney — Coming-of-age novels are the quintessential summer read, and this fits the bill perfectly.
- The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory — This Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick seems destined for a rom-com movie deal.
- Educated by Tara Westover — If Barack Obama recommends it, we’re reading it. ‘Nuff said.
- The Travelers by Regina Porter — Racial and generational divides collide in this author’s debut novel.
- How Could She? by Lauren Mechling — Gossip hounds will breeze through this story of friendship and betrayal set between the Toronto and New York media worlds.
- The Need by Helen Phillips — If you’re in the mood for an unnerving, existential thriller, this is your best bet.
— OUR RECOMMENDED READS —
• The Forth “R”
Slowly but surely, more big brands are seeing the light when it comes to making their products sustainable. Fashion’s latest convert: Converse. The shoe brand’s new initiative, Converse Renew, strides into stores starting this month with renewed versions of its classics that are just the beginning of its shift towards more plant-friendly manufacturing. The new Chuck Taylor All Stars and Chuck 70s reuse and recycle materials to reduce waste. The three-phase rollout starts with shoes made with canvas made from plastic water bottles (available now), followed by upcycled denim from vintage jeans (coming in August) and recycled cotton canvas waste (out next spring). Elle Canada
• Vibrant Vibes
Chanel has spoken, and frosted tips are back in fashion. Wait, don’t panic — we’re talking fingertips here, people. With the style authority’s new limited edition summer nail lacquer collection, the new French manicure has nothing to do with little white arches and everything to do with flashes of vibrant metallic polish. The “Radiant” six-shade lineup includes a deep blue, a bold red, a deep merlot, a juicy orange (our fave), an aquatic seafoam, a glowing ballerina pink ($33 each), all perfect for summer pedicures. Refinery29
🌟 PRO TIP
I always recommend that my clients store their eye creams, certain masks and rose quartz beauty tools in the fridge.
– Celebrity aesthetician Angela Caglia makes the case for investing in an itty bitty mini fridge for your skin care products (or just stashing your serums in the kitchen next to your eggs — whatevs). Fashionista
• Water Works
Flying 18+ hours to the other side of the globe for four minutes of fun seems a little crazy, but hear us out: The world’s longest waterslide is currently under construction in Malaysia, and it sounds epic. The 3,740-feet-long ride will twist and turn its way through the jungles surrounding the ESCAPE theme park on the island of Penang. Along the way, riders will wind through treetop canopies and shoot down a 230-foot drop. When it opens in August, the attraction will nearly double the record held by Action Park New Jersey’s 1,970-foot-long waterslide. Start saving now; while tickets to the park go for the equivalent of US $35 per person, flights to Malaysia cost significantly more. Travel+Leisure
• Guild-Free Snacking
Sometimes, what’s on the outside counts just as much as what’s on the inside. Case in point: Nestle’s new YES! snack bars are noteworthy enough for their yummy, high-protein recipes blending wholesome ingredients (think Raspberry & Chia Seed or Beetroot & Apple Fruit Bars and Coffee, Dark Chocolate & Cherry Nut Bars). But rather than the standard wrappers made with plastic films and laminates, these bars are wrapped in recyclable paper packaging that the company says is the first-of-its-kind in the confectionary world. What’s so different about it? Made from paper from sustainable sources certified by the Forest Stewardship Council with a water-based coating, the wrapper guarantees the same shelf life as plastic while being 100% biodegrable. With this innovation, Nestle plans to “make all of [its] packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.” Reuters
• Functional Fitness
Anyone who’s ever lugged a giant gym bag to a client meeting after a sweaty spin class knows that finding functional gear with a minimalist aesthetic can be like hunting for the Holy Grail. That’s one challenge that Forward With Design, a.k.a. FWD, seeks to solve with its new line of active essentials. Exclusive to Sport Chek, the collection includes accessories like gym bags, toiletry pouches, water bottles, and microfibre gym towels alongside personal care products like cleansing and deodorant wipes, travel-sized shampoo and conditioner packs, and hair accessories, all designed to streamline your workout routine and “break down any barriers to an active lifestyle.” Sport Chek
• Good for Your Gut (and the Globe)
Billing itself as a “microbial sciences company,” U.S-based Seed aims to set a new standard in “scientific rigour” for its pre- and probiotic supplements. It’s flagship products combine the two gut-boosting bacterial blends as a Daily Synbiotic, with versions tailored to men and women. Sounds like your jam? Good news: The brand, which launched stateside last year, is finally coming north, with shipping to Canada launching this week. To make sure your digestion stays on track (ha) while also taking into account the impact on CO2 emissions that comes with cross-border shipping, Seed’s Sustainable Transport Program offers a discounted rate for quarterly subscriptions (although a monthly option is available, too). Seed
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• Move over, Sephora. Whole Foods could become the next clean beauty mecca.
• Airplane legroom may be at an all-time low, but at least the in-flight perks are making a comeback. Delta’s adding a “Welcome Aboard” hot-towel service and complimentary Bellinis to economy service on some routes.
• As if hot flashes weren’t punishing enough, a new study warns that eating fried food could be “directly linked to an increased risk of death” among post-menopausal women. (Can we catch a break, please?)
• …And On and On
Couture Week wouldn’t be complete without a callback to Titanic.
Honestly, they should just hand these out when you register your kid for little league, don’t you agree?