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✨ Happy weekend! Today is Saturday, August 10, 2019, and if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
KICKIN’ IT NEW SCHOOL
We’re just about three weeks out from the first day of the 2019-2020 school year and if you’re a parent, that means it’s time to get in gear! With so little time and so much to plan, you need a game plan in place to make the transition from summer break to the first bell as stress-free as possible.
Along with taking inventory of which supplies they don’t have (or mysteriously lost at the end of last school year 🙄) and which clothing they’ve outgrown (in size or style), Today’s Parent recommends making appointments for check-ups with their optometrist and doctor. Come up with a meal plan for lunches, too — or better yet, if they’re going into third grade or higher, teach them to make and pack their own. You’ll also want to establish a routine to get them in the groove for their new school schedule — try some of these clever hacksto get organized with ease.
To help you get a head start on back-to-school shopping, Good Housekeepinggets top marks for its comprehensive school supply checklists, broken down by grade: Here’s what they’re likely to need for kindergarten, grades 1-3, grades 4-5, and middle and high school.
• What Else You Need to Know
One of the major challenges of a back-to-school shopping spree: Keeping your and your kids’ stamina from running out while running the gauntlet from store to store in search of everything (first clothes for the little kids, next for the big kids, then bags and supplies and books…). If shopping mall tantrums are something you’re dreading, try a different approach with a one-stop-shop. Check off everything on your back-to-school list in one go — and under budget — at Marshalls (and don’t forget to snap an adorable first-day-of-school photo in their favourite new outfit!).
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• Skin Is In
Two years after Rihanna revolutionized the beauty world with the launch of her 40-shade palette of Fenty Beauty’s Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (which has since expanded to 50 shades), she’s poised to do it again. RiRi is answering her fans’ calls for a dry-skin-friendly option with the launch of the brand’s new Pro Filt’r Hydrating Foundation ($45), due in store at Sephora on Aug. 15. Rihanna’s makeup artist, Priscilla Ono, describes the new formula as “not dewy or luminous, but [it] has more of a natural finish.” Obviously, it will come in the same 50 shades as it’s oil-controlling sister product. Also in the pipeline is a matching Pro Filt’r Hydrating Primer ($42), and the Kabuki-Buff Foundation Brush ($48) for flawless application. “It buffs in the foundation like a dream,” says Ono. The Kit
• Grab & Go
The holy trinity of luggage qualities: Lightweight, roomy and rugged enough to stand up to whatever turbulence strikes. With its new Transporter Carry-On collection, Osprey aims to hit on all three. The brand has put the same durability, heavy-duty fabric onto its new carry-on pieces as it does the backpacking packsit’s best known for, but with sleeker styling for urban travel. Designed with suitcase-like construction that zips wide open for easy packing, the Carry-On bag has retractable backpack straps and an easy-access computer sleeve. Also new is a wheeled carry-on to give your shoulders a rest, and sleek, compact daypack. All bags are sized to be compliant with most airline cabin luggage policies (because no one likes to be the person struggling to shove their too-big bag into the overhead bin).
🌟 PRO TIP
It’s great to blanch your lobsters before grilling – blanching gets the meat cooked, and then grilling imparts flavour.
– Chop executive chef Stephen Clark shares a surefire way to ensure you don’t overcook lobsters on the grill. Prefer to leave the cooking to the experts? Chop’s Lobster Grill event is on now until Aug. 27 at all the restaurant’s locations (except London, Ont., where the menu runs Aug. 15–Sept. 10).
• Cheers To That!
As if Britsh Columbians didn’t already have enough to brag about with their epic coastline and mountainous landscapes, it just got exponentially harder to debate their superior winemaking. But don’t take our word for it — the Okanagan’s Mission Hillwinery was just crowned Winery of the Year for an unprecesended fifth time(!!!) at the prestigious WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada, beating out some 288 other wineries from eight provinces for the title. Along with hogging the top spot, Mission Hill collected 18 additional medals for its reds, whites, and rosé. Luckily for all of us, Mission Hill’s wines are available in liquor stores from coast to coast as well as online. Eat North
• Turning Japanese
First came Muji, then came Miniso… now, Puebco is the latest Japanese lifestyle brand to make the transcontinental trek to Canada. Much like its predecessors, Puebco is an all-encompassing lifestyle shop that sells everything from utilitarian home goods to decor to stationery to clothing. However, Puebco’s wares stand out from Muji’s minimalism and Miniso’s cutesy Kawaii style with a more rugged, industrial aesthetic — think rough-hewn brass and aluminum serving trays, rumpled waxed canvas cushions, wire grocery baskets, and enamel lampshades. While its only “brick-and-mortar” (which is actually — and more appropriately — steel and glass) store in Canada is a temporary pop-up at Toronto’s Stackt Market (opening Aug. 13 for two months), its new Canadian e-commerce shop, puebco.ca, serves up the brand’s full inventory. Daily Hive
• Breaking a Sweat
Luxury gym chain Equinox has had a heck of a week. Things started off great with the v. exciting announcement that it will be introducing smart home workout machines for sale, coming this winter. Copying competitor Peloton’s model, the connected bikes and treadmills will be equipped with video screens to join live-streamed classes from Equinox and SoulCycle trainers. Equinox is also venturing into new territory with the opening of its first-ever Equinox-branded hotel in New York’s Hudson Yards. The ultra-high-end property (rooms start at US $700 a night) aims to “find a balance between luxury and lifestyle,” says Equinox Hotels CEO Christopher Norton, with glam decor and OTT spa and fitness facilities. But all that wasn’t enough to counter news that Equinox and SoulCycle owner Stephen Ross is a Trump supporter, leading Chrissy Teigan and other celebs to call for a boycott. (Drama, drama, drama!)
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• Book your tickets to NYC for 2022, choupettes — The Met is said to be planning a retrospective on the work of Karl Lagerfeld.
• Aldo has pledged to phase out all single-use shopping bags from its stores in favour of stringing shoeboxes up on a paper rope handle.
• If you dream of smelling like saltwater and thingamabobs, now’s your chance: Disney is releasing a Little Mermaid-inspired fragrance in honour of the new live-action film.
• Subway is the latest fast-food joint to jump on the plant-based protein train with the introduction of a Beyond Meatball Marinara Sub.
• Air Canada’s enRoute has announced its long list of 35 nominees for its Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2019 awards. The top 10 winners will be revealed on Oct. 24.
• Snack Saving Staredown
This is information you can definitely use for your next beach outing.
Now if you’ll excuse us, we have some light reading to do.