We’re going tits up

A resort breaks new ground, two coveted shoe collaborations for fall, and Tim Hortons develops a chocolate addiction.
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We’re going tits up

A resort breaks new ground, two coveted shoe collaborations for fall, and Tim Hortons develops a chocolate addiction.
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✨  Happy weekend! Today is Saturday, October 5, 2019, and our closets are begging for some of these Schitty duds (because we certainly couldn’t pull off any of these). 


TREND BULLETIN:
THINK PINK

Have you checked your breasts for lumps lately? Do it. But also, don’t stress about it. According to Rethink Breast Cancer, while “nearly 80% of young women find their breast abnormalities themselves,” simply knowing what your breasts look and feel like well enough to naturally notice any changes and report them to your doctor is sufficient — no need to diligently poke and prod in the shower like you’re giving yourself a manual mammogram. (Although if Avon gets its way, we’ll be able to watch self-exam demos on Instagram — but only if it drops its nipple ban.)

• What Else You Need To Know

Last night, Rethink hosted its annual Boobyball fundraiser, kicking off October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. You’ve also probably noticed the sea of pink packaging taking over store shelves. Sadly, the scourge of “pink-washing” has given charitable shopping a bad rap. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t partake in shopping for buys that give back — you should just be discerning in making sure that the pink ribbon-emblazoned goods you’re eyeing really do do their share to support the cause. Look for brands that are transparent about how much of the sale proceeds are passed on to charitable causes, along with charities that share information on the specifics of what those dollars are supporting.


— SHOP THE CAUSE —

Vans Breast Cancer Awareness Slip-On, $75: As a result of its Breast Cancer Awareness collection, Vans will give a minimum of US $200,000 to CoppaFeel!, a U.K. charity dedicated to early detection.
Biko Wave Studs in Rose Gold, $68: 20% of each piece from Biko’s rose gold collection goes to Rethink Breast Cancer to support education, research, awareness and advocacy.
Aerie Move Sports Bra, $40, and Aerie Play Seamless High-Waisted Leggings, $65: 100% of sales from these pieces benefit Bright Pink, a U.S. charity supporting breast and ovarian health.
Smythe Duchess Blazer in Rethink Pink, $695: For each of these special-edition blazers sold, $50 will be given to Rethink Breast Cancer.
Deux Lions Agatha Necklace in 14k Gold Vermiel, $210: 30% of proceeds from this pendant, depicting the patron saint of breast cancer survivors, goes to Rethink Breast Cancer.
H&M T-shirt with Printed Design, $18: 50% of the sales from H&M’s limited-edition tees, available in three designs, will go to Rethink Breast Cancer.

FASHION

• Join the Patriarchy

File this under matches made in heaven: Reformation has paired up with New Balance to create the ultimate sustainable sneakers. Officially launching Oct. 10, an online waitlist is already filling up to purchase a pair from the sure-to-sell-out collaboration. Aside from perfecting the dad shoe aesthetic — the silhouettes include NB’s classic 574 and X 90 designs in a mostly neutral palette offset by pops of pastels and neon — these kicks do good in their use of materials. The linings, laces, and labels are made with post-consumer recycled polyester; the suede is sourced from a tannery that uses chrome-free tanning method (a potential carcinogenic); and the soles and shoe inserts are made with a combination of EVA foam and BLOOM algae, which “helps clean the environment while reducing the amount of fossil fuels traditionally used in shoe manufacturing,” says Reformation’s VP of Operations and Sustainability Kathleen Talbot. Refinery29
Image Credit: Reformation

• Something to Squeak About

That’s not the only footwear collaboration worth getting excited about right now. Aldo is revisiting our childhood with a playful capsule that pays tribute to “the OG power couple”: Mickey and Minnie Mouse. For those looking for campy nostalgia, slip-on canvas sneakers, block-heeled denim booties and patent pumps are printed with classic cartoon characters. Sleek smoking slippers and a compact backpack get a modern twist, with a leopard print pattern with the spots made up of Disney’s iconic Mickey Mouse heads. And, they’re saving us a trip to Disneyland and getting in on the headband trend with a pair of studded mouse earsElle Quebec

Image Credit: Aldo

TRAVEL

• Island Adventure

Big news: the Galapagos Islands are getting their first resort hotel. But don’t worry — Six Senses, part of the IHG InterContinental Hotels Group, has promised to abide by strict environment regulations to preserve the pristine nature of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site. (Development is only permitted on 3% of the Islands’ total area.) Six Senses Galapagos resort will be stationed in Cerro Verde on the northeastern coast of San Cristobal Island. The facility will be built with sustainability in mind and designed with input from the local community. Along with a luxury spa, yoga studio, and wellness programming (including local healing and herbalist treatments and something called an “Alchemy Bar”), the property will include an Observation Post serving up stargazing and fine dining, an Earth Lab showcasing sustainability efforts, and an Experience Center hosting “research and educational activities by well-respected academics and NGOs” already working on the Islands. (As long as no one brings along a mosquito encased in amber, we should be good.) Karry On


🌟 PRO TIP

“A bar of soap is much more eco-friendly than liquid soap or body wash in a plastic container; it’s much cheaper, too.”

– Stephanie Seferian, of The Sustainable Minimalists podcast on reducing your bathroom’s environmental footprint. Get more tips, like composting Q-Tips and switching to silk dental floss, hereBetter


FOOD

• Chocolate Overload

Remember those KitKats worthy of transatlantic travel we mentioned last week? Well, Tim Hortons is saving us a flight. Tims is celebrating the upcoming opening of Toronto’s KitKat Chocolatory by bringing an entire limited-time-only menu of KitKat-adorned goodies to stores across Canada. Obviously there’s a KitKit-topped doughnut (filled with caramel, natch), but there’s also a decadent Kit Kat Chocolate Truffle Bar and a lineup of KitKat-infused beverages, including a KitKit Latte, KitKat Iced Capp, and KitKat Hot Chocolate. (We have a sugar headache just thinking about it.) In other Tim Hortons’ news, the chain is also making moves on your local grocery store with the introduction of canned versions of its soups and chili, rolling onto shelves now. Narcity

HOME

• More Than a Makeover

The world just can’t get enough Queer Eye and that’s good news for Bobby Berk. The show’s interior design expert just launched an exclusive home collection with AllModern, making it easier to give your own digs a Queer Eye-style makeover without signing up for an internationally-televised emotional exposé. Berk collaborated with A.R.T. Furniture for the collection, which focuses on statement-making furniture pieces. Some of the collection’s standouts — like a green velvet bedframe and a glass-fronted display cabinet — are already sold out, but you can still get your hands on others like a cane-and-leather bar stool and a speckled pedestal dining tablePeople

Image Credit: AllModern

OTHER COOL SH*T

• Bundle of Joy

Back in the spring, Hollywood’s most relatable couple (Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, duh) gave birth to an unexpected baby — no, not a human child; a line of eco-friendly, organic baby care items called Hello Bello, sold at Walmart stores across the U.S. Happily, that baby has finally gotten its metaphorical passport, with the line now available to Canadians at hellobello.ca. Blending sustainability with affordability, nearly everything in the line — from the Extra Gentle Shampoo & Body Wash to the Organic Baby Powder to the Plant-Based Baby Wipes — is under $10, with the exception of the Organic Laundry Detergent ($19.99, packed in a recyclable bottle made from 50% sugarcane resin) and the diapers. Printed with patterns so cute you won’t want to put clothes over them, the diapers are “made with a plant-derived core liner and sustainably harvested fluff pulp” and are sold two ways: as a one-off Club Box ($26.99 for between 54 to 96 diapers, depending on size) or as subscription Diaper Bundles, ($85 for between 126 to 245 diapers, plus four packs of wipes and a freebie item of your choice). Fashion

Image Credit: Hello Bello

⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT

• H&M is at it again with another high fashion collaboration, this time with knitwear masters Pringle of Scotland.

• The winners of Etsy’s Design Award were announced last week, and these makers are seriously talented

• The U.S. just got its first fully legal and licensed cannabis caféLowell Farms‘ head chef, Andrea Drummer is Le Cordon Bleu-trained so rest assured the THC- and CBD-infused cuisine won’t disappoint.

• It was only a mater of time: Chip and Joanna Gaines are opening a hotel in Waco, Texas.

• Nestle is throwing its hat in the crowded plant-based meat ring with the launch of its Awesome Burger and Awesome Grounds in the U.S.

• Mark your calendars: A date has finally been set for the launch of Virgil Abloh’s meta collection for IKEA.


PARTING SHOT

• In-Flight Snacks

We’ll have 12 gimlets, eight gin and tonics and five gin fizzes, and no hangover please.


Now if you’ll excuse us, we have some urgent fall shopping to do.


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