Movie-inspired hair and makeup: 3 Beauty Panel looks made popular by our favourite film heroines


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There’s no question that films these days are playing a large role in the fashion and beauty industry (think Net-A-Porter x Hunger Games and M.A.C x Maleficent). So it’s kind of expected to see us all regularly channeling our favourite film heroines, especially when these collaborations make it so easy to cop. And who doesn’t want to borrow  some of that leading lady confidence? While rocking our favourite movie looks is usually saved for Halloween, that doesn’t mean we can’t try to incorporate movie-inspired hair and makeup in our everyday lives. So this week, we asked Beauty Panel to do just that. From Katniss Everdeen’s much-coveted braid to Cher Horowitz’s ‘90s hair and makeup, Beauty Panel members are showing off their favourite movie-inspired beauty looks they’re rocking all year round.

Challenge 72: Which movie heroine inspires your everyday beauty? See the answers now! »

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From a lingerie lover to a denim devotee, we meet fashion’s most obsessed collectors


Photography by Ania Bonieck and Tyler Stalman

Photography by Ania Boniecka and Tyler Stalman

After travelling the globe for seven years in search of a coveted Birkin to add to her 200-plus bag collection, Jenniffer Proskiw finally tracked one down in San Diego. “I went to boutiques in Paris, New York, Capri, Venice, Saint Maarten, St. Barth’s, Argentina—they all said no,” recalls the Calgary-based realtor. “I called the Hermès store in San Diego and the salesperson said, ‘If you can be here in person, I may have something.’ I know it sounds silly, but I was so excited to get my hands on one, I was shaking. When you open it up and smell that leather, when you see the handiwork—it’s something you want to look after and love.”

Fashion collectors like Proskiw—who obsessively collect a specific type of clothing or accessory—are a rare but growing breed. You probably know a shopping addict or two, but serious collectors are interested in more than the high a spree provides; a deeper passion fuels their spending. Many don’t even wear their purchases, instead displaying them like precious works of art.

Proskiw has built an entire closet and library in her new home around that premise. She plans to display her favourite handbags, including a Judith Leiber pearl- and crystal-encrusted peacock clutch that’s never left its dust bag and a Christian Dior evening bag that once belonged to Elizabeth Taylor (she woke up at 6 a.m. to bid on it the day Taylor’s estate was auctioned off at Christie’s in New York). Proskiw also collects eyewear—nearly 200 pairs, including prescription Dolce & Gabbana ski goggles. Read more »

Hello, Canada! Etsy’s taking homegrown vendors on a 10-day roadtrip


Etsy Roadtrip

Calling all Etsy ethusiasts, this one’s for you! Etsy is taking its online marketplace to the streets this summer, travelling across the country in a 30-foot Etsy-fied AirStream complete with merch from some of Canada’s best homegrown vendors. #EtsyRoadTrip will be making its way through four cities for a 10-day trip starting tomorrow, kicking off in Montreal.

Etsy hopes to bring the the well-loved site to life (translation: balloons, gingham and all sorts of handmade goodies a’plenty). Canadian personalities like MTV Fora’s Dani Reynolds, and bloggers FashionIsEverywhere’s Lolitta Dandoy, Sidewalk Hustle’s Hawley Dunbar and our very own Style Panel member Krystin Lee of Suburban Faux Pas will also be there mingling with guests in local pitstops.

The Etsy Roadtrip runs August 1-9, 2014 with stops at Montreal’s Olypmic Park (August 1-2), Ottawa’s Lebreton Flats (August 4), Kingston’s City Park (August 5) Toronto’s King St. W. and Brant St. (August 8) and Distillery District (August 9). For more information, visit

Not just for selfies: Instagram ad campaigns are taking over the fashion world



Photography by Daria Werbowy for Equipment

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You cannot deny the fact that fashion and Instagram are a match made in heaven (honestly, what did we even do before the photo-sharing app?). It’s hard to believe that in just a few years Instagram has gone from a platform for designer houses to tease their ad campaigns (all hail Oscar de la Renta/OscarPRGirl) to a space for open casting calls for aspiring models all around the world, as well as a place for brands to seriously hype us up with upcoming collaboration news (like H&M x Alexander Wang). With designer brands and magazines sharing insider scoop, ad campaigns and magazine covers launching on Instagram and of course, us fashion diehards on our phones 24/7, Instagram has quickly become an integral part of a fashion campaign. While it’s getting harder and harder to stand out from the sea of designer labels, there are some cases where a design house stumbles upon a stroke of social media genius and ups the ante on the Instagram fashion game, blowing us all away. Read more »

Your plus size guide to festival style: 3 looks with minimal cost, maximum appeal


Plus Size Festival Style

While festival season continues through October, the last major stop on a music lover’s summer travel list will be Osheaga, the three-day music and arts jam hitting Montreal this weekend. And while the flower child meets-rock star girlfriend dress code has been set, we’re raising the bar on festival style with this plus size guide courtesy of our resident expert, Mo Handahu and her favourite source for all things unique: Value Village.

A haven for oversized, DIYable summer-ready pieces, Value Village, especially the men’s section, is a haven for festival style staples. With a little patience, you’ll find crop tops, knit vests, vintage tees and retro wash denim ready to be distressed.

To inspire you to hit the thrifting aisles, here are three looks that are street style ready for the festival circuit.
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FASHION Magazine September 2014 cover: Lana Del Rey


Fashion Magazine September 2014 Lana Del Rey

photographed by chris nicholls and styled by george antonopoulos, lana del rey wears a cape, $3,620, blumarine. sweater, $200, line knitwear. hair, marc ramos for oribe. makeup, pamela cochrane for bridge/chanel. fashion assistant, eliza grossman.

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Photographed on location at Toronto’s famous Casa Loma property, Lana Del Rey graces the cover of FASHION‘s September issue. Surrounded by the beauty of the Gothic Revival-designed estate, the 28-year-old singer-songwriter chatted with features editor, Elio Iannacci, on the agony and the ecstasy associated with her Billboard topping disc, Ultraviolence. Here’s a peek at Del Rey’s beguiling cover story—which hits newsstands on August 11, 2014.

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Skin cancer warning: The US Surgeon General has issued a statement that you seriously need to read


Skin Cancer Warning

Summer beauty routines often consist of perfect beach waves and tanned skin, but the latter has just been named a “major public health problem” by the United States Surgeon General. The statistics are shocking. CNN reports that more annual cases of skin cancer are diagnosed than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined. Even we are guilty of basking in the sun for a little extra glow, but this skin cancer warning has made us seriously rethink our summer beauty habits.

Each year, almost 5 million people in the United States are treated for the disease, with more than 63,000 cases of melanoma diagnosed—the deadliest type of skin cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society estimates that in 2014 alone 6,500 people will be diagnosed with melanoma and that’s 6,500 people too many. Tanning beds are a major source of the problem, with 400,000 cases of skin cancer each year related to indoor tanning. This is completely avoidable. It is heartbreaking that people are damaging their skin to this point just to get a tan.
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Are you punk enough? 10 celebrity half-shaved hairstyles to inspire your next transformation


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Asymmetrical hairstyles of any kind have been making their way around the celebrity pool lately. While the once-punk look used to be reserved for the most hardcore of style-makers, many celebs have proven that half-shaved hairstyles are actually super-wearable. Heck, even Hollywood’s most glam have experimented with the undercut and half-shaved look (looking at you, Scarlett Johannson). With its instant ability to transform someone from glam to edgy, we can see why this risky look is becoming more of a red carpet beauty trend lately. Thinking of new and unexpected ways to change your image? Then you’ve come to the right place. But if you’re not ready to make such a bold move, we’ve still got you covered. From Rosario Dawson’s side-shaved look to Julianne Hough’s faux-undercut, we round up the 10 best celebrity half-shaved hairstyles (real and faux!) to inspire your next transformation. Read more »

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