Taste of Toronto: 20 photos of the city’s top chefs serving up miniature masterpieces on opening night

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Taste of Toronto 2014

Photography by Ryan Emberley

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If you’ve spent so much as a day in Toronto, you’d know that it’s a foodie city. With such a diverse population of sophisticated palates to please, the city’s downtown core has become a proverbial playground of top-tier restaurants for those looking to move beyond poutine. This weekend, the playground becomes real with the first-ever Taste of Toronto, a festival featuring the city’s best chefs, artisans and restaurateurs serving up miniatures in marketplace style. Buzzy local favourites like Splendido, The Harbord Room, Rose and Sons and Guu are featured alongside stalls of locally-made organic cheese, fancy hot sauces and the like. Meanwhile, Thursday’s opening night festivities brought stars like Momofuku’s David Chang, Mark McEwan and Roger Mooking to town for the action.
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Toronto’s Candice & Alison celebrate five years with a rooftop party full of the city’s stylemakers

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Photography by Mauricio Calero

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Last night, Candice Chan and Alison Slight celebrated the five year anniversary of their powerhouse company, Candice & Alison Events Group. The event planning duo are known for their innovative and memorable parties, sharp attention to every little detail, and taste for luxury. Candice and Alison have worked with brands like BMW, Chanel, Christian Dior and Cadillac, and with celebrities such as Oprah, Elton John and Kanye West.

When you receive a Candice & Alison invitation, you clear your calendar, and that’s just what we did. The gorgeous five year anniversary celebration was held at Malaparte at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and was split into two different spaces. The first portion of the evening was Slight’s environment: elegant, light and all-white. The second portion was Chan’s all-black and explored the rich darkness that contrasted the first half. Guests were dressed to match the decor, and the results were, as you can see, visually stunning.
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Kate Upton is lovely, charming and the new face of Express Jeans

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An invite to brunch with Kate Upton isn’t exactly one you turn down, which is why I headed to New York earlier this month to celebrate the launch of fashion’s It girl as the new face of Express Jeans. Despite being the brand’s first celebrity face in over a decade, the model’s connection with the brand is decidedly homegrown, having shopped it for years as a teen in Michigan. I learned a few things about Upton at the event, but have retained little more than a) she’s the walking talking personification of “real girl beauty” b) her curves are real! (she wears a size 6-8) c) she’s hella charming, funny and self-deprecating. Well, what else is there, really?


The week in celebrity style: See who made our top 10 best dressed

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In a summer so stacked with red carpet premieres, you can pretty much bet that the glamour takes no pause while school’s out. This month, we’ve already seen some epic looks from Keira Knightley and Emma Stone), and now we can add our August cover girl Zoe Saldana to the list. In the past week, Saldana has pulled out multiple top-notch looks, from an edgy Louis Vuitton cocktail dress to a floor-sweeping Valentino gown, both showing off her just-revealed baby bump. For those who are expecting, take note: This is how you do maternity red carpet dressing right. Read more »


12 Days of Summer Giveaways: Win a chic patio set from Target

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Whether you’re outfitting your porch or glass box in the sky, summertime living is seriously easy (and chic!) with this assortment of patio furniture from Target’s Threshold brand.

Ready to try your chance at winning our last and final prize? You have until 11:59pm ET on July 25, 2014 to fill out the entry form below. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favour! Read more »


Office beauty looks: 4 Beauty Panel tips for staying chic and professional in the workplace this summer

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It’s no easy feat to apply makeup for work during the summertime, especially when heat often results in runny makeup and super shiny skin. Who wants to spend a ton of time putting on makeup in the morning only to have it messed up after a short walk from the subway to the office? Piling on makeup to hide those little imperfections when it’s so hot outside is definitely not ideal, and unfortunately not many of us can rock the “I woke up like this” look for the office. So, how do we get the best of both worlds? Well this week, Beauty Panel tackles the office beauty look for the summer and show us tips and tricks on how to stand out while still looking professional.

Challenge 71: What is your office beauty look this summer? See the answers now! »

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How to tip: The dos and don’ts of gratuity at salons

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How-to-tip

Photography by Peter Stigter

We’ve all been there: you’ve just spent several hours at a salon or spa; you’re in a haze of pampering-induced endorphins and it comes time to settle the bill. Figuring out beauty service tipping can be overwhelming (not to mention how it totally messes with your hazy beauty vibe). And though salon admin are characteristically pleasant, the coy “it’s totally up to you” answer doesn’t help either (we need answers, people!). Well, you can rest your pretty heads, beauty-lovers, because we’ve compiled some guidelines to take the guesswork out of beauty service tipping.
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Style by lyric: 12 foolproof fashion lessons from your favourite songs

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Style by lyric

Photography by Peter Stigter

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We all know how much music influences fashion (otherwise, the semester I wore Dickies and ties to school like Avril Lavigne was a total wash). But even before the days of “Complicated” or begging our parents to let us wear sky-high Spice Girls sneakers, music was outlining style rules in a less visual, equally memorable way.

I mean, sure. Watching “Baby One More Time” may have inspired us to re-adjust our Catholic school uniforms or trade them in for a less monochromatic public school dress code, but songs by artists like Cake or Flo Rida instilled something even more important: clear verbal instructions on how to wear clothes.

And today is no different. Thanks to rules laid out by Jay-Z, Kanye, and even Lana Del Rey, artists continue to guide us through the murky waters of looking presentable. Through music, we’re learning what works, what doesn’t, how accessible fashion can be. After all, any of us could be the girl in the short shirt and long jacket, or the woman in the leopard print skin pillbox hat. So let’s get fancy with this list of some of music’s best fashion instructions.
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