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Christmas Gift Ideas for Men: 61 picks that cover your bases with style to spare

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Whether or not he’s your paramour, choosing the right gift for the man in your life can be tricky: Gents are not exactly known for being communicative, so you’re pretty much on your own. And because a bottle of Scotch can get tiresome, we’ve got 61 ways to add a little chic to your man’s everyday.

Dr. Martens are back and they are better than ever with this season’s twist on the Pendelton-infused traditional dress shoe. For those of you with a musical man in your lives, an amp styled iPhone dock will add the perfect old school vibe to his digs.
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Christmas Gifts For Best Friend: 61 amazingly stylish picks under $100

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When it comes to besties, Christmas shopping ought to be a cakewalk. But sometimes finding the perfect gift isn’t that simple. If your girl is anything like us, she’s mega discerning. A scented candle just won’t do and neither will mall crowds, so here we present 60 perfect Christmas gift ideas for your best friend, purchasable directly online.

Perfectly timed for the holiday season, two of fashion’s definitive It girls released books this season. If your best friend is a Man Repeller disciple, snag her the blogger turned writer’s first book, Man Repeller: Seeking Love, Finding Overalls. If the Brit scene’s more her thing, pick up It, a lovely collaged lesson in cool by Alexa Chung.

As per the season, the ultimate infinity scarf also makes the perfect gift, with Vocado’s thick knit version ranking high on our cozy scale. Another goodie: The Drake General Store’s Shared onesie makes the cutest accoutrement for modern day slumber parties. And because sharing is caring, CB2’s rocking iPhone speaker splitter allows you to both listen through the same device.
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Christmas Hostess Gift Ideas: 52 perfect for the home picks for under $100

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It’s no easy feat playing hostess around the holiday season. Bringing together family and friends means you’re a hosting ninja catering to varying culinary preferences all while making sure the perfect seasonal aromas are floating in the air. If you’re a guest in the coming weeks and on the hunt for the perfect thank you, we’ve got 52 Christmas hostess gift ideas to comb through all under $100.

For the nervous first timer, we’ve found a guide to hosting a dinner party that would be a perfect manual to the holidays. With all the goodies your hostess will buy, Baggu bags are an eco-friendly way to carry around the Christmas haul. The little details that create the perfect atmosphere are key to making the season’s get together memorable. Imagine gifting an “eat me” cookie stamp to use on late night treats or placecard holders for an added personal touch. For the cheese lover, a set of knives finished with an antler-like handle would look great next to the cheese board.
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Indigo Girls: Examining the violet-eyed, origami-haired beauty look on the Jason Wu Fall 2013 runway

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If you’re looking to add a little drama to your beauty look, purple is certainly the way to go. While the Jason Wu Fall 2013 collection was primarily black and white, the runway was given a burst of colour in the form of an exaggerated violet cat-eye that anchored every look. The bold colour choice was taken from Wu’s finale dress. To get the look, makeup artist Diane Kendal applied purple eye pencil, indigo shadow and shimmering lilac pigment, blending the edges as she went. Several coats of black mascara added definition while a subtle lip balm and velvet skin ensured the rest of the look was soft—keeping the eyes as the focus point of it all. Read more »


How to photograph well: Makeup tips to ensure you look as spectacular in pictures as you do in-person

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Photography and makeup by Dallas Curow

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! Read more »


Curl problems: The reason why one side always looks better than the other when you curl your hair

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How do you curl your hair? From hot rollers to sock buns tricks, there’s a seemingly endless number of ways to make straight hair curly—and as someone with bone-straight hair, it feels like I’ve tried them all. After much trial and error, I’ve discovered that the technique with the most promise comes courtesy of a curling wand, that is, a curling iron without the clamp. However, one problem remains the same: the curls on one side of my head never seem to match the curls on the other. One side looks flawless and red carpet-ready while the other flips out awkwardly, falls in the wrong direction or just looks… bad.

In order to get to the bottom of my hair curling problems, I met up with Morgan Roy, creative director at the Aveda Institute Toronto. It turns out this hair curling issue comes down to dominant hand dexterity and the tendency to do what’s “more comfortable” first. Read more »


How to get a smooth, perfect ponytail: We share 3 game-changing tricks to ensure a bump-free style

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The ponytail is probably the first hairstyle you ever learned how to do, but chances are it’s one you still struggle with to this day. It should be simple: brush hair back, pull it all together, secure in place with an elastic. But oh, the variables! Hair texture, length and volume can all change the way a ponytail looks and how tricky it is to style. And just when you think you’ve pulled off the perfect ponytail, you let go of the elastic only to see ridges and bumps in your hair. What should have been smooth hair just looks like a mess.

So imagine my surprise when I discovered just how easy is is to fix these common ponytail errors. I met up with Morgan Roy, creative director at the Aveda Institute Toronto, to discuss the problematic ponytail and she shared some easy tricks on how to style one that’s bump-free. Read more »


How to tame flyaway hairs: We share a foolproof trick for making frizzy hair instantly sleek

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Unless you have been blessed with shampoo commercial-worthy hair, you likely have to deal with frizzy flyaways on a daily basis. Nothing is more infuriating than spending 30 minutes blow drying your hair only to step back from the mirror and see the tell-tale fringe of baby hairs hanging between your part or flyaways standing at attention, ruining an otherwise sleek look. While smoothing serums and hair straighteners can help reduce some of the frizz, taming flyaways is actually one of the easiest things to do—once you learn the trick to it.

I met up with Morgan Roy, creative director at the Aveda Institute Toronto, to discuss common hair problems and go hands-on in order to fix them. Read more »


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