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✨ Happy weekend! Today is Saturday, August 31, 2019, and THIS is a girl gang we can get behind.
With Labour Day long weekend upon us, it can be easy to get down about the end of summer. But first, let us remind you that — for the record — it’s still officially summer until Sept. 21. With that in mind, there’s no time like the present to throw an epic backyard bash. Since you’re reading this on Saturday morning, you don’t exactly have a lot of time to plan. (Unless you’re way ahead of us — in which case, can we come to your party?) But not to worry, the best thing about Labour Day weekend is that your friends and family will be thrilled with just about anything to distract them from the moderately-less-sunny days ahead. Below, we’ve rounded up everything you need to party it up this weekend with maximum style and minimal stress. Chowhound
— CROWD-PLEASING COCKTAILS —
The fastest way to lively libations: a big bowl or pitcher of punch and a DIY cocktail barwith plenty of garnish options. Choose one refreshing signature drink to serve (if someone wants something different, they can mix their own or BYOB). Slice up half a dozen lemons and limes, rinse off a few bunches of herbs like mint, and thyme, and put out a pint or two of fresh berries or cucumber slices for guests to pick their own finishing touches.
— PARTY FOOD —
When you’re on a deadline, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a menu of chips and store-bought dip, a pre-cut veggie platter, and deli salads. (Actually, there’s nothing wrong with it even when you’ve got time to plan — it’s a party, relax!) But before you head to the grocery store, be sure to consult this handy listing of “The Canadian Potato Chip Hall of Fame.” Go classic Canadian with ketchup or dill pickle chips, or pretend to be fancy with “gourmet” flavours, like those in Miss Vickie’s new Signature line.
— SUMMER SOUNDTRACK —
It’s not a party without some tunes. Thankfully, there’s been no shortage of banging albums released this summer, and the ladies in particular are killing it. Lizzo has had a stand-out year and was indisputably the star of show at this week’s MTV VMAs (That’s her pictured above in her campaign for Absolut Juice). Taylor Swift’s latest album, titled Lover, has been getting rave reviews. And Billie Eilish is making her mark with Gen Z (although if you ask her, it’s totally nbd). But if you want to be on the cutting edge, cue up Lana Del Rey’s hotly anticipated new album, Norman F*cking Rockwell, which just dropped yesterday.
IN OTHER NEWS…
• Fashion: (Type) A-Plus
2019 is set to go down as the year fashion truly got woke. Along with “sustainable,” “inclusivity” and “diversity” are tied to top the list of this year’s reigning fashion buzzwords. Case in point: Fashion editors are counting down the days to the launch of Henning, a new women’s workwear line for sizes 12 to 24. Launching online Sept. 3, the NYC-based brand comes from former fashion editor, plus-size model and Canadian Lauren Chan. Designed for “corporate creatives,” the tailored pieces deliver on both quality and style with contemporary cuts and colours and high-quality fabrics with natural content. Further embracing those buzzwords, all garments will be displayed on its ecommerce site on multiple models of different sizes and races. Fashion
• Beauty: Hair Today…
|Among the thousands (probably — we didn’t count) of products available at Sephora, the retailer’s affordably-priced in-house brand is its best kept secret. Yesterday, it added an entirely new category to the range: Sephora Hair. The brightly packaged products include a dry shampoo ($16), texturizing spray ($18), and smoothing cream ($18), alongside three playful hues of semi-permanent hair colour ($16) in Psychic Pink, Tenacious Teal and Parisian Purple. The collection also includes clutch tools and accessories, like no-slip bobby pins, clips, and elastics, and a scalp massager. Sephora|
• Beauty: …Gone Tomorrow
Charlotte Tilbury is really good at making makeup that lives up to its hype. Last Thursday, the brand released its new Airbrush Flawless Foundation, but good luck getting your hands on a bottle — the coveted coverup had a 17,000+ order waitlist before it was even released. Available in 44 shades and priced at $53 a pop, the formula gives a matte, full-coverage finish and is boosted with wrinkle-reducing and skin hydrating ingredients. (And hey, if it’s good enough for Dame Joan Collins, it’s good enough for us.) Cosmopolitan
• Travel: Nostalgia Overload
We normally shy away from art exhibits that seem to be built for the sole purpose of soliciting endless copycat Instagram selfies (when did “viral marketing” get so soulless?), but we’ve gotta admit, this one’s got us. Opening in October at Toronto’s (fine, Mississauga’s) Square One Shopping Centre is a 15,000-square-foot Dr. Seuss exhibit. Centred around a massive Oh, The Places You’ll Go-themed maze, the exhibit brings to life the colourful, whimsical landscapes of Dr. Seuss’s most beloved stories in dizzying scale, from The Lorax to Horton Hears A Who. Narcity
• Food: Finger-Licking Good
|The Beyond Meat bonanza just keeps building. This week, Carl’s Jr. Canada joined the plant-based burger bandwagon and 7-Eleven Canada RSVP’d to the faux-sausage pizza party. But the most exciting development comes from south of the border: KFC is reforming its vegan-alienating ways with the introduction of Beyond’s first plant-based fried chicken substitute, which it’s currently testing in Atlanta — and it’s already a sell-out success. Business Insider|
• Home: Looking Handsome
|With CB2’s latest collaboration, there’s no excuse for your bachelor pad to look like, well, a bachelor pad. Crate & Barrel’s cooler, more contemporary counterpart has teamed up with the editors at GQ for a collection of bold, sleek furnishings and home accessories. Combining tailored leather upholstery with industrial-inspired metal pieces and mod, geometric accents, the capsule draws inspiration from the design aesthetics of the ’30s, ’70s and ’80s for an eclectic, timeless mix that’s “as sophisticated as a tailored suit, but as comfortable as your favorite hoodie.” Apartment Therapy|
• Wellness: One to Watch
The wearable tech wars are heating up. Fitbit is stepping up for battle with the announcement of its latest smartwatch model, revealed earlier this week. Among the flagship Versa 2’s new and improved features: an on-device microphone with Amazon Alexa integration for voice commands; a faster processor; a brighter, bigger screen; and extended five-day battery life. The base model will cost $250, while a “special edition” model with a fabric strap is priced at $280. Fitbit is also adding a budget model of its smart scale, the Aria Air ($70), and introducing a new subscription service, Fitbit Premium, to its app offering “personalized tips to help users meet their health and fitness goals.” Pre-orders for the new hardware are available now, with plans to ship next month. MobileSyrup
• Travel Guide
Who knew Homer was such a travel influencer?
That’s it from us! Now, we’ll leave you to settle into #longweekendmode with this meeting of the minds.