By Charisse Ang
Another season, another fantastical Prada mash up. With her Spring 2013 collection, Miuccia Prada blended sixties op art prints, silhouettes alongside Japanese inspirations like geishas, harajukus and judo. The result? Unexpectedly-covetable everything.
And while the split-toe judo-inspired platforms may still be making their way into our hearts, Prada’s Spring 2013 sunglasses have made it to the top of our must-have list. Embellished to the point of floral perfection, Prada featured a variety of shades in black, white and red, which were adorned with 3D florals in variotions of the same shades. Must. Have.
And the price tag? Okay, more like must make our own version. In three easy steps (and for under $20), we made our own flowery pair. So without further ado, let’s DIY those seriously dreamy sunglasses from Prada Spring 2013!2 months ago
The clock is ticking, and if you’re still scrambling to create a Halloween costume it may be time to switch efforts over to your nails. Halloween nail art is an ideal, last-minute way to dress up for this candy-filled holiday and there are plenty of options that take almost no time or effort to do. (Seriously!) First option: do-it-yourself decals. Sally Hansen has a complete series of Halloween-themed Salon Effects nail polish strips, meaning in less than ten minutes your fingers can go from plain to patterned. For those who are more comfortable with nail art, dress up each nail with a Day of the Dead skull, Jack-O-Lantern face or black cat. This week Nail Corner combined Halloween decals with nail art for a somewhat spooky and definitely festive manicure.6 months ago
If the name Erika Bearman doesn’t ring a bell, the Twitter handle @OscarPRgirl certainly will. The newly turned blonde beauty (insider info: blondes do have more fun according to Bearman) came to visit Holt Renfrew last week and gushed about working for fashion legacy, Oscar de la Renta and the movie Truth or Dare. Seriously, if you want to hang with Bearman, it’s highly recommended you watch that film first. It has shaped her entire life (her words, not ours!)
With only a clutch in tow, Bearman showed how to edit a bag to only the essentials but just because it’s small doesn’t mean it didn’t pack a punch. We learned that in Oscar PR Girl’s world, “bigger is better and more is more” when it comes to her cellphone and eyelashes. And if you expected Bearman to be a total girly girl because of ODLR’s signature frothy gowns, you would be mistaken. The face behind the handle loves men’s scented fragrances and even wears Old Spice.
From men’s scents to Jacqueline Kennedy to Korea, Bearman had us captivated by her every word so read on and snoop around her clutch to learn all things Oscar PR Girl.»1 month ago
Beauty Fix: Say goodbye to stretch marks, the best bronzer for darker skin tones and more answers to your beauty questions
Every week our Beauty Fix columnist takes on your questions about makeup, skincare, hair and more. Have a beauty question we haven’t answered? Email us at email@example.com.
I have stretch marks that I’m really self-conscious about, particularly in the summer. Can I do anything to hide them?
You’re hardly alone in feeling painfully aware of stretch marks on your body! Stretch marks are the result of the rapid stretching of the dermis. Men and women alike can develop stretch marks, often from puberty or weight gain. Approximately 50-90 per cent of women develop stretch marks during pregnancy, which makes stretch marks a fairly common concern that ought to be addressed! Try a topical treatment such as Stratamark ($40, Shoppers Drug Mart). This gel forms a thin but essential occlusive barrier on the skin to create an optimized environment to normalize and hydrate the collagen synthesis process, which will lead to repaired skin. The gel is non-sticky, dries quickly and is transparent, so it can be applied any time. Reduced appearance of stretch marks is apparent in as little as a month, which is all the more reason to grab a tube and start applying now!
I’m not really into bright eye makeup, but would like to mix up my look this summer. What’s a simple way to do this?
For those who are truly eyeshadow-averse and not really wanting to stray from the odd dash of liner, I urge you to turn your attention to coloured mascara! When I think of coloured mascara ages ago, it wasn’t terribly pigmented and you usually had to layer the mascara over a white mascara to see any colour payoff. Those days are long gone, thankfully, and this is definitely evident in Chanel’s Inimitable Waterproof Mascaras ($36 each, at Chanel counters) from their summer 2013 collection. The collection includes the standard black mascara, as well as four bright shades: “Blue Note” (deep, electric-blue), “Aqua Blue” (a shimmery light-blue), “Lime Light” (mint aqua) and “Zest” (bright yellow). These can be worn on lash tips for a hint of colour or on their own as the focus of your makeup. Since it’s a waterproof formula, you can rest assured they won’t end up running down your face at any point in the heat, so add one into your summer makeup routine!
I have a medium-deep skin tone and can’t really find bronzer that shows on my skin. Any suggestions?
As I’ve previously dicsussed bronzer for lighter skin tones, it’s only fair that we address other skin tones too! The market is flooded with bronzers that promise to usually be a couple of the following: matte, shimmery, radiant and glowing. What’s difficult to determine is how pigmented the product will be on skin tones that are deeper than the norm, simply because most bronzers are marketed towards medium skin tones. The fact is, people that are darker than medium skin tones do still get colour in the summer and it can be mimicked with a bronzer! Seek out Pixi Bronze Sculpt Trio in “Sunshine Sculpt” ($28, Target Canada), a hefty compact if there ever was one, containing 22g of product (read: bang for your buck!). The beautiful thing about this sizable palette is that it includes a pigmented bronzer best reserved for medium-deep skin tones in half the palette (which seems quite reasonable, given that you can apply it lightly all over the face, or choose to contour with it), as well as a dusty rose blush and a warm champagne-peach highlighter to accent the bronzer accordingly.
I just ran out of foundation and I’m not sure if I should buy the same colour I wore all winter given that I’ll probably get some colour this summer, even if inadvertently. What should I do?
It’s definitely an awkward point in the year to run out of foundation. We all get a hint of colour in the summer in spite of our regimented SPF efforts (and you are wearing SPF every day, right?) so it’s usually the right time in the year to swap out foundation shades. That being said, it doesn’t make the process of choosing the right colour now to suit us a couple months from now any easier! Luckily, science has your back yet again! Almay Smart Shade Mousse Makeup ($17, at drugstores) has that absurdly-convenient-for-this-time-of-year shade-sensing technology that adjusts the colour of the foundation (which is actually grey in the pot—but don’t be turned off by that!) to match the colour of your skin. As long as you’re within your general shade range (four shades to choose from), you’ll be set for the summer even if you get a bit of (safe) sun!
How can I start to target and treat the aging of my undereye area? I’ve been noticing some crepiness developing and I do not like what I’m seeing!4 days ago
In spite of how much water you drink, how much sunscreen you slather on and how well you take care of yourself, aging is obviously inevitable and will begin at some point in your life. If it has begun to show in your eye area, don’t despair! If you’re interested in blurring the appearance of fine lines while treating them, look no further than Estée Lauder Perfectionist [CP+R] Line Smoother ($72, esteelauder.ca). This non-irritating, lightweight treatment is packed with an amino acid and protein complex that promotes skin repair, as well as peptides that aid in collagen and elastin production, resulting in smoother skin and reduction of fine lines.
How to photograph well: Makeup tips to ensure you look as spectacular in pictures as you do in-person
As a wedding photographer and makeup artist, Dallas Curow knows a thing or two about looking good in front of the camera—which is why we asked her to share her best beauty tips on how to photograph well. Be it a wedding you’re attending or other big event, you’ll want to use these tricks the next time you know you’ll be in the spotlight!
Wedding season is almost in full swing and even if you’re not heading down the aisle yourself, chances are high that many a camera will be pointed your way. Meaning: If there was ever a day want to know how to photograph well, someone’s wedding day is it. Aside from picking a flattering outfit and practicing your smile, the best way to ensure you’ll photograph well is through your makeup. But this doesn’t mean you need to turn to a professional makeup artist to get the job done. With just a few tricks and changes to your everyday beauty routine, you can ensure you look as spectacular in pictures as you do in-person. Follow the steps below and get ready to smile for the camera!
Great skin is the foundation of any look. The night before your big event, exfoliate with either a gently abrasive scrub (such as St. Ives Apricot Scrub) or a non-abrasive liquid (like Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant) and apply your favourite moisturizer generously. This will leave your skin looking plump and refreshed. On the day of your event, only apply moisturizer if your skin is dry to very dry. If your skin is a bit more oily, skip to the next step.
Be sure to begin with a primer to create a smooth starting point for the rest of your look. Two of the best ones on the market are Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer and Nars Pro-Prime Oil-Free Pore Refining Primer.
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Choose a foundation that’s right for your skin type and made to be photographed. It’s best to avoid any varieties with built-in sunscreen, as they don’t play nice with flash photography and can look mask-like in photos. Two of the best camera friendly foundations are Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Coverage Foundation and Revlon PhotoReady Foundation (liquid, mousse or powder).
Goodbye LBD because this summer it is all about the LWD. With the 66th Cannes Film Festival still going strong, we’ve noticed many leading ladies opting to wear white on the red carpet. Jessica Chastain, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Biel have all been wearing white throughout the festival—the way the colour complements the beautiful French Riviera setting could of course, be a strong reason why it’s been so popular. Most recently, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Marion Cotillard caught our eye, with both working variations of the little white dress on the Cannes red carpet. It’s certainly made the LWD a must-have on our summer shopping list.
Supporter of the cause and one of the top models for The Ultimate Gold Collection fashion show, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley arrived at this year’s amfAR Gala looking glamorous in the most effortless way possible. Wearing Dior, the white crepe strapless dress consists of an off-white and pink-print silk and satin skirt. She accessorized with a pair of crisp white pointed-toe Christian Louboutin heels and completed her look with smoky eyes and loose, wavy hair.
Though she’s been wearing many pieces by Dior throughout the festival, earlier today Marion Cotillard opted to wear a white Alexander McQueen dress from the pre-Fall 2013 collection at the photo call for The Immigrant. Unlike Huntington-Whitely’s simple dress, Cotillard’s LWD had quite the embellishments. The soft floral overlay contrasted hardcore velvet and macramé floral detailing on both the shoulder and the base of the skirt. Cotillard finished off her look with her hair slicked back into a messy topknot and a pair of gold Christian Louboutin heels, adding some glitter to the whole outfit. But which Cannes red carpet LWD comes out on top? Vote in our poll to share your best dressed pick.1 day ago
Summer wedding season is here, and whether you’re walking down the aisle, standing up for your best friend or just showing up and dancing the night away, it’s important to consider how you’ll look. In terms of outfits, we certainly have you covered. But what about your hair and makeup on the big day?
More and more brides are taking the DIY approach to their wedding makeup (even Kate Middleton was rumoured to have done it herself!) and it goes without saying that most wedding guests aren’t spending a day at the salon before a friend’s nuptials. But with photographers everywhere and some weddings starting at the crack of dawn and going into the wee hours of the night, it’s advisable to put some extra effort into your hair and makeup.
To get the best advice on wedding day makeup and hair, we turned to the Beauty Panel. With a number of professional makeup artists on the panel, these experts have many weddings under their beauty belts—and plenty of tips for you, regardless of your bride, bridesmaid or guest status.
Challenge 12: How would you do your hair and makeup for a wedding? See the answers now! »
For Fiona Man from Product Wars, wedding day makeup is all about thin layers. By apply products slowly, you can control the pigmentation (no smoky cat eye mistakes for brides!) and ensure that it lasts all day and night long. Janella Panchamsingh from Bold n Beautiful Makeup agrees with the layering technique, but her her, the best bridal makeup is all about coming in under budget. No fancy brushes or expensive palettes are required to get the romantic look she shares with the Beauty Panel.
As for wedding day hair, Toronto Beauty Reviews’s Elaine Atkins shows you how to do an easy, curled bun that’s sure to standout amongst the sea of wedding guests. And if you’re feeling a little more dramatic, take a tip from Secrets From Your Girlfriends’s JJ Cowan: she enlisted the help of some hair extensions to get her show-stopping updo that any bride is sure to covet.
Have a beauty question you want to see the panel answer? Send it our way at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read on for the answers to this week’s challenge and for more goodness, get to know all contributors on our Beauty Panel hub page.2 days ago
There’s no longer a need for Canadians to line up at the border for hours just so we can take advantage of the many great American outlet malls. This summer, Southern Ontario will have an outlet mall of its own, full of top tier brands and retailers: Toronto Premium Outlets—owned by Simon’s Premium Outlets, the company behind discount shopping destinations in Las Vegas, Palm Springs and Orlando—is set to open just outside of Toronto.
Anchored by a Hudson’s Bay outlet, Toronto Premium Outlets will include everything from fashion brands, like Michael Kors, to home furnishing stores, like Restoration Hardware. And we haven’t even gotten to the best part! The centre will have the first outlet stores in Canada for some cult favourites and top tier designer brands. We’re talking Kate Spade New York, J. Crew, DKNY, Ted Baker London, Polo Ralph Lauren, Cole Haan and Columbia Sportswear, just to name a few. The countdown is on until us shopaholics no longer have to worry about agonizing exchange rates or how much we can take across the border.
Ready to shop? The Toronto Premium Outlets will be conveniently located in Halton Hills (near Pearson International Airport) and is set to open on August 1, 2013. Yep, summer just got a little bit more interesting!2 days ago
Behind the scenes at Tanya Taylor’s wedding: From her haute couture wedding gown to the tropical paradise venue
As someone who didn’t grow up fantasizing about her big day, Tanya Taylor’s recent walk down the aisle had all the makings of a modern fairytale. The 27-year-old Toronto-born, New York-based designer—who recently showed her Fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection in both cities, earning high praise from editors and buyers alike—spent a year and a half ensuring that her April 20 destination wedding would be as stylish and personal as the clothes she creates. The idyllic locale—the luxe Sandy Lane resort in Barbados—certainly didn’t hurt, nor did the romantic nature of the groom, business development manager Michel Pratte. He proposed to Taylor, after a 10-year on-and-off courtship, with a poem and a spectacular antique ring—an 1890s old-mine-cut diamond in a 1920s art deco setting—that had caught her eye months earlier at an estate jewellery boutique. So far, so dreamy.
Then there was her magical dress: an intricately embellished cloud of white organza by ready-to-wear designer and couturier Elie Saab, based on a showstopper from his Fall 2012 haute couture show in Paris. Better known for his red carpet creations—like Mila Kunis’s pale lavender chiffon gown at the 2011 Oscars and Beyoncé’s heavily embellished curve-hugging column for the February premiere of her documentary, Life Is But a Dream—than his wedding gowns, Saab didn’t immediately spring to mind when Taylor first began her search for The One. “I probably tried on 50 different dresses in New York, and I went to the same bridal shops repeatedly. The salespeople were like, ‘What’s going on? You need to stop coming back here,’” she says, laughing. “I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for.”
When a friend who “collects everything wedding” showed her a few magazine clippings of celebrities wearing Elie Saab couture, she was instantly drawn to his ultra-feminine, highly textural designs and booked an appointment at his Champs-Élysées atelier in Paris. Couture clients have access to Saab’s archive of past and current seasons, and any dress can be custom-made in white or altered to give it a more bridal feel. Before jetting off to the City of Light, Taylor had selected a few front-runners based on her online research, but the moment she walked into Saab’s atelier, she spotted a dress on a mannequin and it was love at first sight. The original haute couture runway version was made of frothy peach organza, embellished with elaborate gold beadwork on the bodice and abstract gold foil flowers on the skirt. A whisper-thin gilded belt encircled the waist. “I wasn’t sure how to make it feel like a bridal gown,” she says, “but we worked together on making that vision come to life.” Her first appointment took place in July 2012, and then she flew back to Paris in November for her initial fitting. “It was really scary—you’ve had all these conversations about fabric and colours and details, and then you walk into a room and the dress is just hanging there. It’s an exciting moment,” she says.
As a designer, Taylor found it challenging to relinquish creative control over her one-of-a-kind wedding dress, especially since it was being made on another continent and most of her communication with the studio occurred via email. “With my [own line], I can change anything,” she says. “If I want to change linings or details or buttons, I have the power to do that, but when it’s in someone else’s hands, you have to trust their aesthetic. The only thing I saw in advance was a fabric swatch from the house to show what the white fabric and silver detailing would look like compared to the original dress. I was so anxious to see what it looked like.” Amazingly, at her first fitting only minor alterations were needed—the dress “fit like a glove.” Saab had added interior corsetry to give the open-backed bodice more structure than the original dress had, which came as a welcome surprise to the bride. A full-length veil was chosen to complement the gown’s stunning three-metre train. “It was a mom-paparazzi session,” says Taylor, referring to her snap-happy mother and mother-in-law, who both attended the appointment. After two more fittings in February, the completed confection was packed into an expandable garment bag that seemed comically compact for a wedding dress, yet it worked because of the featherweight quality of the organza. At this point, she began to focus on designing the bridesmaid dresses: five petal-pink, hand-beaded gowns—all Tanya Taylor originals—with criss-cross halter necklines, princess seams and organza inserts above and below the hips.
The three-day celebration kicked off with an elaborate welcome party at the bride’s mother’s island home, featuring a DJ flown in from New York and food stations from around the world (Canada was represented with traditional fare like poutine and BeaverTails). The couple’s 260 guests, who all stayed at the Sandy Lane resort, were treated to a beach barbecue the next day, which included volleyball and a reggae band and was followed by a ’60s-themed sushi dinner at the hotel that night. The wedding day began with a late brunch, and then guests made their way over to the Sandy Lane Country Club for the mid-afternoon ceremony. The venue was magically transformed into a romantic, slightly wild Great Expectations-style garden (inspired by the couple’s shared love of the classic book) with hanging orchids and three-metre-tall laser-cut trees made from Wenge wood. As for the sparkle factor, the bride paired her breathtaking couture gown with Van Cleef & Arpels diamond cluster earrings and Jimmy Choo silver pebbled leather heels.
Following the reception dinner, the newly minted Mrs. slipped into an ivory silk charmeuse dress with a plunging neckline and an elegant crystal bow from Chanel’s resort 2012 collection, and swapped her Choos for silver Manolo Blahnik heels fit for a princess. At the end of the night, the newlyweds disappeared, leaving a trail of fairy dust behind them.2 days ago
Summer is fast approaching and that can only mean one thing—the start of the season’s hottest events. With multiple can’t-miss functions occurring around the globe, we want to make sure your wardrobe is ready. From music festivals like Glastonbury to the U.S. Open to the Cannes Film Festival, we have your guide to arriving in style.
As the ultimate destination to show off the ever-popular festival style trend, music festivals let you release your inner flower child. You can never go wrong with floral prints, crochet knits and denim cut-offs at a music festival. Though accessorizing with a floppy hat and colourful sunglasses can help you block off that blazing sun, but no festival style look is complete without a floral headpiece.
For those who are heading to sporting events like the U.S. Open this summer, here’s the perfect opportunity to take your stylish gym look to the streets. Stripes and prints are always in season, but with jewel-toned hues and contrasting pops of neon, you’ll definitely stand out from the crowd. Or why not try a dress with a pair of colourful sneakers? No one says you have to be Serena Williams to pull off the chic tennis look.
Being in the midst of the Cannes Film Festival, we’re taking tips from A-list stars as they make their way down the red carpet. This look is all about the glitz and glam, so dress up a pair of black skinny trousers with a gold structured blazer and make your work outfit ready for the evening parties. Why not take notes from starlets like Jennifer Lawrence and stick to basics by donning monochromatic tones and accessorizing with a bold coloured clutch or a statement ring? It’ll make your outfit worthy of being snapped by the awaiting sea of photographers.2 days ago
Nothing brightens up the week quite like an impromptu appearance by the Duchess of Cambridge! The Queen held her first garden party of the year today at Buckingham Palace and low and behold, Kate Middleton was there, along with her in-laws, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and hundreds of other guests.
Considering that many a garden party style guide is based on Kate’s year-round wardrobe choices, it’s basically mandatory that she attend. (Okay, it’s not, but we’re not the only ones who would be disappointed if the garden party went Middleton-less.) Last year Kate wore a pastel-pink pleated Emilia Wickstead dress and this year she stuck with the same designer, though changing up the colour and style.
Coats have long been a favourite wardrobe choice, but since becoming pregnant, Kate Middleton has worn them more and more frequently—making today’s pale-yellow Emilia Wickstead silk coat a stylish-yet-predictable choice. Never the less, Kate looked fantastic as usual, especially with her hair half-up and a simple, cream-coloured Jane Corbett hat perched to the side. (Last seen here.) Kate Middleton also proved that she is just magically better than us mere commoners by wearing a pair of taupe Russell and Bromley pumps: despite walking on the soft lawn, no heel sinkage seems to have occurred. Royals, they’re just not like us.3 days ago
You will reach an age, dear reader, when you skim through the pages of your summer planner, and suddenly find that every weekend is filled with bridal showers, bachelorette parties and weddings. Wedding season, and all its costly accoutrements, will make your bank account hemorrhage funds, making finding the right outfit even more essential—something versatile enough to make it through your dad’s fifth wedding, your best friend’s first and every one in between.
Shopping for versatile pieces that will last all through wedding season can definitely be a challenge, but fear not, we’re here to provide your wedding style bible complete with 5 stunning street style-inspired looks that work for each style of event. From an edgy, former rock star’s nuptials to your cousin’s synagogue nuptials we tell you how to dress for a wedding from head to toe. “Look for something that could dress up or down,” says Stephanie Brownlow, merchandise manager at popular Toronto boutique Jonathan + Olivia. “It doesn’t need to be black to be versatile.” The perfect item for a summer wedding? “Something comfortable! Breezy, fun and not uptight.”
When it comes down to it, just “do you.”