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✨ Happy Weekend! Today is Saturday, January 26, 2019 and we are in a tulle- and ruffle-fuelled daze. 😍
TREND BULLETIN: TOP TIPS
After a couple seasons away from the spotlight, nail art is back in a big way. But thankfully for the less steady-handed among us, dead-on precision isn’t necessary to create one of the trendiest looks right now. Tortoiseshell is a look even die-hard nudists can dip their
toes fingertips into, created by layering and blurring together shades of brown and amber. As spring draws nearer (yep, we’re looking forward to it already), opt for a marble- or quartz-inspired design, which uses the same basic technique replacing the dark brown splotches for streaks of bright white Not so handy with a brush? Make like real-life role model Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and try out a set of press-ons. We wholeheartedly agree with her assertion that “They are not corny anymore!” — and by the looks of a recent instagram post, so does superstar nail artist Jessica Washick. Cosmopolitan
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Still not convinced the artsy look is for you? Solid shades trending now include creamy gray, glossy navy and slime green (OK, fine — that last one’s not exactly subtle either). Itching for a happy medium? Full-coverage glitters and metallics deliver maximum impact with minimal effort.
• Happy Feet
The latest era the fashion world is reflecting on for inspiration is the early ’90s. Case in point: The colour palette of Vans new Patchwork Pack looks straight out of an episode of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The unisex colour-blocked collection includes the brand’s Classic Slip-Ons and High-Tops, along with its first-ever pair of low top lace up skate shoes, dubbed the Era. But the piece de resistance is the Patchy Crew Pullover, which is sure to brighten up your winter wardrobe (and make you look extra cool when you do the Carlton). Bustle
Image Credit: Vans
• Cosmetic Clash
Sometimes the coolest sh*t comes from the most unlikely partnerships, which is exactly what happened when beauty behemoth Maybelline and activewear brand Puma decided to join forces. The two have teamed up to create a 12-piece makeup collection that combines “beauty and sport” to bring to the market “high-performance products designed for the streets with the stamina to survive the gym.” The collection will include five new shades of Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink lipstick, four matte and metallic eye duo sticks, one colour and gloss face duo stick, one new shade of Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter and a “smudge-proof” mascara. You can find the line in stores across Canada on Feb. 20. Elle Canada
Image Credit: Maybelline
🌟 PRO TIP
A lot of the pollutants found on our pillowcases are smaller than our pores, so they’re really able to get in there.
–A (disgusting) revelation from dermatologist Dr. Loretta Ciraldo, who advises using a deep cleanser with salicylic acid both morning and night to protect your skin from exposure to damaging indoor pollutants. InStyle
• Deep Dive
We’re just guessing here, but we’d say there’s a pretty good chance Bahrain isn’t on your travel bucket list — but it might be after this. The Middle Eastern island country is about to become home to the world’s largest underwater theme park. Expected to open this summer, the “theme park” will be anchored (figuratively speaking) by a Boeing 747, dropped to the bottom of the Persian Gulf for the express purpose of turning it into a diving attraction. A spokesperson from the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Agency assures environmentalists that care will be taken not to damage the surrounding reefs, and “all aircraft surfaces will be subjected to a high-pressure wash with bio-friendly detergents to ensure all post-production coatings, oil and grime are removed.” Inside the sunken jet, divers will explore a “replica of a traditional Bahraini pearl merchant’s house, artificial coral reefs and other sculptures fabricated from eco-friendly materials.” (Hey, if it worked for B.C….) Travel + Leisure
• Building a Better Burger
Just a day after Health Canada revealed its food guide makeover, Maple Leaf Foods announced it’s hopping on the plant-based protein train. Lightlife Foods, which is owned by the meat conglomerate, is launching a plant-based burger made to look, taste and cook just like real beef. Set to compete with the likes of American startups Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, the new breed of burger aims to lure meat-eaters into trying the healthier alternative. Made with pea protein, the Lightlife Burger’s ingredient list is said to be non-GMO, soy-free, and gluten-free and clocks in at 270 calories. Unlike its veggie burger predecessors, Lightlife’s patties will be stocked in supermarket meat sections next to their animal-based counterparts. Financial Post
• Give It a Swirl
Move over terrazzo! If the new collection from design darling Tom Dixon is any indication, there’s a new abstract pattern to obsess over for 2019. The British tastemaker showcased his covetable decor wares at industry trade show Maison et Objet this week, and this season he’s all about marbling. Dixon’s Swirl Series is made up of three styles of candleholders, two candelabras and a pair of bookends, each with their own unique sculptural shape. While the look is more of a flashback to rolling together coloured balls of plasticine in Grade 1 arts-and-crafts class, the effect is actually achieved with real marble stone: As Domino describes it, “[Dixon] takes residue from marble scraps, breaks them down to powder, and then mixes it with pigment, thereby repurposing discarded materials.” (Sustainable and stylish? We’ll take one of each.) Domino
Image Credit: Tom Dixon
• Spice Up Your Life
While she wasn’t the sportiest in the bunch (we’ll never forget you, Sporty Spice), there’s no doubt Victoria Beckham knows a thing or two about working out stylishly — and now the designer is applying her skills to one of the decade’s hottest trends: athleisure. The former Spice Girl has partnered with Reebok to launch her first line of athleticwear (in stores now), which features women’s, men’s, and unisex sports and streetwear pieces, which range from $50 to $355. From fitness staples like a black stretch jersey hoodie($190) and seamless leggings ($165) to a high-fashion, need-to-have-it foil pullover jacket ($315), VB has brought her fashion-forward style sense to high-performance gear. The collection is available now at Holt Renfrew and Ssense. Vogue
Image Credit: Reebok
OTHER COOL SH*T
• Soul Sister
#NetflixAndChill is so last year; now, we’re all about #knitflix. Once the exclusive domain of crafty grandmothers, knitting is seeing a renaissance among mindfulness-seeking millennials looking to stop pinning and start doing. To help newbies adopt the hobby, Spanish company We Are Knitters has made its way to Canada. The brand specializes in all-in-one knitting kits complete with contemporary, easy-to-follow patterns, high-quality Peruvian yarns, and wooden needles. Kits are rated by experience level starting at beginner and range from cozy scarves and blankets to slouchy sweaters and even kids wear. (If you’re starting a b*tch and stitch knitting club, we want in.) We Are Knitters
• Royal Digs
Here’s how to live like your favourite Disney princess — no Prince Charming required.
Now if you’ll excuse us, it’s time we get back to experiencing couture week vicariously through Celine Dion.