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✨ Happy weekend! Today is Saturday, September 28, 2019, and is it weird that we’re considering flying across the Atlantic for a KitKat?
WE’VE GOT WANDERLUST
As any seasoned globetrotter knows, the best time to travel somewhere is before the other tourists know about it. Since that’s pretty well impossible these days, we’ll settle for the next best thing: Planning our next vacay far enough in advance that we aren’t competing for near-sold-out bookings at the hotels and attractions of our choice. (Case in point: Ticket packages for next summer’s Olympic games in Toyko are already “running scarce,” so if you were hoping for a Japanese sojourn, you might already be too late.) Give yourself ample opportunity to plan your 2020 escape right by deciding on your next destination now. TravelPulse
• Where to Go and What to See
Among the top trending destinations for 2020, according to Intrepid Travel’s analysis of the latest booking trends:
• Haida Gwaii, British Columbia: Also known as the Canadian Galapagos, this remote land has been home to First Nations people for 13,000 years.
• Chernobyl, Ukraine: Recently named an “official” tourist attraction, Chernobyl has HBO to thank for an uptick in visitors to the area surrounding the 1986 nuclear disaster.
• Benin, West Africa: Skip the safari and opt for a history lesson with this destination, famed as the birthplace of voodoo. The city of Ouidah is bound to become a new cultural hot spot thanks to a $50 million investment by the World Bank to boost its tourism industry.
• Sri Lanka: This country was named as 2019’s top travel destination by Lonely Planet, and with good reason. The South Asian underdog is often passed over by travellers in favour of more popular India, but the island country is setting itself up as an eco-traveller’s dream destination.
— GET OUT THERE —
• Wanted Wool
|#SweaterWeather is decidedly on the way, and thanks to this news, we’re not mad about it. Holt Renfrew has partnered with The Prince of Wales’ Campaign for Wool initiative to back a limited-edition capsule collection of top-quality wool garments. HRH Prince Charles and Holts have tapped three acclaimed Canadian designers — Line, Smythe and Mikhael Kale — to create the pieces as a means of highlighting wool as “as a natural, sustainable and beautiful resource offering many technical and ecological benefits.” Each brand spun up three pieces for the capsule: Smythe brings a classic cinched herringbone waistcoat, an equestrian-inspired plaid blazer and a long tailored coat in a pretty duck egg blue; Line focused on outerwear with a tweed cocoon coat, a short black-and-white houndstooth car coat, and belted charcoal wrap coat. Kale, on the third hand, went for a three-piece outfit consisting of a seamed bodice top with a dramatic flared peplum, and knife pleated skirt, and a fingertip-length cape, all in matching navy and red stripes. All pieces are available in Holt Renfrew stores and online (that is, until they inevitably sell out). Fashion|
• Natural Favourites
With the holiday season and new year inching ever closer, beauty brands are starting to roll out their annual year-end box sets. Just unveiled: The Detox Market’s 2019 Best of Green Beauty Box, which curates the top eco-friendly cosmetic and skincare picks of the year. Packing $318 worth of products into a $199 price tag, this treasure trove is big on value. Some of the covet-worthy contents include RMS’s Naturally Perfect Palette, Kosa’s Kosasport LipFuel in Pulse (a warm, fall-ready rouge hue), Odacité’s Blue Aura Cleansing Water, and Pai Skincare’s Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil. (We’re ready to get boxed in.) Instagram
• Calm and Collected
Meanwhile, over in the home decor world, brands are diving headfirst into 2020. Beloved Toronto-based fabric and drapery authority Tonic Living (a.k.a. heaven for toss pillow addicts) has just named its first-ever “Colour of the Year,” dubbed “Sea Mist.” According to Tonic, the ocean-inspired blue-green “reinvigorates and comforts, refreshes and calms.” But rather than militantly point to just one shade (we’re looking at you, Pantone), tonic seeks to bring home the nuance of nature by encouraging us to decorate with the serene hue in an entire family of related shades. Fabrics in the Sea Mist collection range from sage to celadon, and from lagoon to pebble. (We’re more relaxed just picturing it.) Tonic Living
🌟 PRO TIP
“Make it clear you need to work with no distractions for a while. Headphones in? Don’t bother me! Sleeves rolled up? That’s my ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign!”
– Advice for how to better focus in an open-plan office, courtesy of Alan Ibbotson, founder of The Trampoline Group, a consultancy that specializes in leadership development and employee engagement. Better
• Chop, Chop!
Amazon is putting its money where your mouth is with its latest launch. Partnering with Discovery, Amazon just announced the upcoming launch of Food Network Kitchen, a digital platform of streaming cooking classes available on Amazon devices. Coming in late October in the U.S. (and rolling out more widely in 2020), Food Network Kitchen will launch with 25 weekly live cooking classes — plus 800 hours of on-demand cooking classes — hosted by the likes of Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri, Alton Brown, Ina Garten, Andrew Zimmern, Ree Drummond, Daniel Boulud, and other Food Network chefs. The subscription content service will be available on Echo Show, Fire tablets and Fire TV, as well as on Android and iOS devices. Hollywood Reporter
• • Artful Aromatherapy
Kourtney Kardashian has a Kanadian konnection. (Sorry, we had to.) Launching on Monday, Kourt’s lifestyle brand Poosh has partnered with Vancouver-based Saje Natural Wellness to create a very chic aromatherapy diffuser along with a coordinating custom scent blend, sold as a set for US $100. The spherical shape and white textured surface of the Aroma Lune Diffuser (supposedly) nods to “modern architecture and stone landscapes” (or, you know, the actual moon). The Poosh Euphoric Diffuser Blend is all about “what it means to be a Poosh woman: confident, relaxed, strong, and grounded,” marrying scents of rose, lavender, and grapefruit. Elle Decor
OTHER COOL SH*T
• Brain Food
Want a smarter baby? Feed them Cerebelly. Canadian neurosurgeon Teresa Purzner has just launched the nutrient-dense baby food brand that aims to support healthy brain development. Now on shelves at Whole Foods, the squeezable packets of purée come in 10 “veggie-first,” low-sugar recipes with flavours like pea basil, sweet potato mango, broccoli pear, and carrot pumpkin and pea spinach pear with quinoa. Purzner’s put her PhD in developmental neurobiology from Stanford University to use to formulate recipes that target the specific nutrients needed for growth of each region of the brain. Purzner says the period between three- and 18-months of age is a “critical window” for development of brain structures, and she’s got a patent to prove it. Cerebelly’s variety packs are packaged “according to age ranges that map to these different periods in brain development: Five to seven months, eight to nine months, 10 to 11 months and over 11 months.” Forbes
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• On the heels of Gucci and Kering’s carbon neutrality announcement, LVMH is making sustainability leaps of its own, unveiling a slew of new internal guidelines for the sourcing of animal-based materials (e.g., leather and fur) for its brands.
• Movers and shakers in the food biz are taking action, too — Loblaw, McCain, Danone, Nestlé, Symrise, Unilever and Kellogg are just a few of the companies that have banded together to form a coalition called, “One Planet Business for Biodiversity,” with a joint mission to “protect and restore cultivated and natural biodiversity.”
• Another Kardashian-Jenner just launched a kollaboration (OK, OK, we’ll stop!) — Kylie Cosmetics has partnered with Balmain on a cosmetics collection.
• In more nature-inspired decor news, heritage British paint-maker Farrow & Ball just released 16 new colours in an eco-friendly collaboration with the Natural History Museum.
• Puma and Amazon are getting together to create Care Of, a new athleisure line launching next month.
• Let’s Get High
The future of flying (and socializing) is here.
That’s it for this week! Until next time, we’ll be daydreaming about the ultimate girls’ trip.