You’re going to want to dive into this

The hottest trends in swimwear, a sneaker company takes on the wizarding world of Harry Potter and the Apple watch gets a much-needed health upgrade.

You’re going to want to dive into this

The hottest trends in swimwear, a sneaker company takes on the wizarding world of Harry Potter and the Apple watch gets a much-needed health upgrade.
Bathing Suits 2019

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✨   Happy weekend! Today is Saturday, June 8, 2019, and we’ll take a small steeped tea double double with cream and half coffee


You can’t miss this: Neon yellow and lime green are the standout shades for summer swimwear. Don’t believe us? Lyst, the global fashion search platform, compiled data from the online shopping behaviour of more than five million monthly shoppers to deliver a report on major trends for the season. Other swim style influences have come from the runway (think cutouts and metallics) and even the wild (animal prints are back in a big way). Retro influences are bringing polka dots into 2019, as well as bottoms that are belted, high-waisted and high-cut. Much like our summer break mentality, it’s an anything goes attitude. However, there’s one colour you won’t see much of: Black. ELLE

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Of course, sustainability is also top of mind for both designers and consumers. Canadian swimwear brand Londré produces its swimsuits out of recycled plastic (ironically, this adds more plastic to our oceans, but only while you’re wearing your suit 😉), and when eco-friendly fashion brand Reformation opens at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre this summer it’s sure to stock plenty of sustainable swimwear for Canadians’ perusal.


Asymmetric Colorblock Swimsuit, $20 at Zara.
Pool Days Top, $100 and Hi Tide Bottom, $100 at Left on Friday.
Mara Hoffman Kia Cutout One-Piece Swimsuit, $364 at Nordstrom.
Bikini Top, $25 at H&M.


• Merch for Muggles

It’s been more than two decades since the first Harry Potter book was released but our love for the Wizarding World hasn’t waned. Now you can show allegiance to your favourite house with a new Vans collection inspired by Harry Potter and the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There are four exclusive colourways in Vans’ classic silhouettes: a Sk8-Hi for Gryffindor, an Era for Slytherin, Authentic for Ravenclaw and the Classic Slip-On for Hufflepuff. There’s also a selection of similarly inspired men’s and women’s apparel, including hats, T-shirts, hoodies, jackets and backpacks. Twenty points for Gryffindor! Vans

Image credit: Vans


• Precious Metals

Image credit: Omorovicza

Omorovicza’s neroli and rose-scented Queen of Hungary Mist is so popular that the brand regularly releases limited edition sizes and bottles. This summer it’s a threesome you won’t be able to resist. The Molten Metals collection consists of three limited edition travel-sized bottles, available in rose gold, silver and gunmetal. Each 50 mL bottle is $65 and available at and Omorovicza stockists while supplies last. Omorovicza


Tour de France

This luxury Champagne tour is most definitely a trip you’d only treat your real friends to. Clos19 is an upscale alcohol retailer offering private tours of Ruinart, Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot’s champagne cellars and production centres. The four-day trip to the French region starts at just (🙄) US $7,900 per person. That steal includes accommodations at the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa as well as your meals, but if you want to upgrade to the fighter jet experience (wine not?) additional charges apply. Travel+Leisure

Image credit: Clos19


“Lighting significantly changes the character of the room. If there’s something special you want to highlight—like an interesting chair or a painting—give it some extra light.”

Johnson Chou, an internationally renowned interior designer, on how lighting creates hierarchy in a room and can make a small space feel larger. Fashion


• Very App-y News

Image credit: Apple

Apple Watch will soon be able to provide a more complete health picture for women thanks to a new app called Cycle Tracking. Available with the watchOS6 update, the app will quickly log info about your menstrual cycle, including the timing, flow level, symptoms and results from ovulation prediction kits. Using this data, Apple Watch will send you notifications when fertility windows are about to begin or when your next period is likely to start. That way, you can be prepared, whether you use tampons, pads or you’re a menstrual cup evangelist. (Just please don’t do this.) The Cycle Tracking app will be available following the launch of watchOS6 and iOS 13 later this year. Refinery29


• Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness is Essie’s first ever non-female brand ambassador. JVN shared the news on Instagram with a shot of his celebratory rainbow mani.

• “Eco-luxe” natural skincare company Kari Gran (known for its Lip Whip) has officially arrived in Canada at The Detox Market.

• Rihanna has work, work, worked her way to the top of Forbes’ 2019 list of America’s richest self-made women. She’s officially the world’s wealthiest female musician

• Goop opened its first Canadian pop-up yesterday. Housed in Yorkville’s Hazelton Hotel (in Toronto), Goop Mrkt is a wellness mecca of posh supplement powders, skincare scrubs, and the newly launched G.Label swimwear.

• Members-only club and celebrity hotspot Soho House has launched a home line, with furniture, lighting, textiles and accessories up for grabs. Sadly, it’s not yet available in Canada — but our fingers are crossed it arrives soon.


• Orbit City

IKEA’s latest collab could bring us one step closer to a Jetsons-style home.

Enjoy the weekend! We’re off to enjoy our coffee while it’s still hot.
(But first, would you please pass the horchata.)
Illustrations by the lovely and talented Monica Smiley.

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