SPRING 2014 • ISSUE #4
From hot hues to fun prints, we’ve got all your season essentials
GEORGIA PRATT Take a peek inside our cover girl’s beauty bag
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SPRING STYLE Your ultimate guide to the best in spring fashion & beauty trends WE SHOW YOU HOW TO WEAR THEM
Sexy, sweet and everything in between—show your curves some love!
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Diana is wearing a ModCloth dress, $95, modcloth.com and a Banana Republic necklace, $85, bananarepublic.ca
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Could it be? Spring is here (finally!) and we at DARE couldn’t be more excited. A time when buds are blooming, birds are chirping and trends are transitioning-—and yes, it also happens to be my birthday season-—spring is my favourite time of year. As the sun brightens and the flower fields blossom, we also witness a transformation in fashion and beauty. Cheery bursts of colour brighten up our beauty routines, while vibrant and modern prints revive our wardrobes. Whether you’re looking to welcome head-to-toe floral motifs into your life (which we know we are!) or prefer to stick to pops of pastels to lighten up your look, we’ve got you covered with our style guide from page 35 to 44. Plus, we show you how to wear colour, no matter what the occasion, from page 47 to 54. If you’re in need of a serious spring closet cleaning (from the ground up), our lingerie special is the place to start. From your basic must-have bras to intricate intimates, we’ve hand-picked the prettiest styles of lingerie for your spring boudoir beginning on page 19. We want you to start off the season feeling new, so we’re gifting a $200 gift card to Reitmans to one lucky subscriber and are also giving away a facial from Pause Beauty Boutique. Fresh faced and reawakened, our wardrobes and beauty bags are ready to welcome the warm weather. Happy spring!
FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR DIANA DI POCE EDITORIAL DIRECTOR ASH KOWALEWSKI
DID YOU CATCH US? Click on the video above to watch as we show you how to wear the latest (and loveliest!) trends for the spring season.
LEADING LADIES We love hosting giveaways! Here are two of our winners with their prizes, a Bath & Body Works basket (left) and a $200 gift card to ADDITION ELLE (right). You could be next!
FASHION DIRECTOR ME-HI MARY KIM CONTRIBUTORS NADIA ABOULHOSN, KILEY BELL, RUO BING LI, JENNIFER FODEN WILSON, VANESSA JARMAN, ALLISON MCGEVNA, ERICA MOJZES, GEORGIA PRATT, CARLYLE ROUTH, MEREDITH SHAW, JACKIE SHAWN, CHRISTIAN SMITHERMAN, JENNIFER ZHAO SPECIAL THANKS TO ADDITION ELLE, SHERI ATWELL OF SHAPELY CHIC SHERI, B&M MODEL MANAGEMENT, BENEFIT COSMETICS CANADA, CHERRY VELVET, HONOR CURVES, FOREVER 21, FOREVER YOURS LINGERIE, ASHLEY GRAHAM, KARYN JOHNSON OF KILLER KURVES, RIKKE KLINT OF STICKY SWEET DANISH, AIMEE L’AMOUR, MUSE NYC, PAGE ONE MANAGEMENT, PAUSE BEAUTY BOUTIQUE, REITMANS, THIGH SOCIETY, CALLIE THORPE OF FROM THE CORNERS OF THE CURVE, TONI PLUS For advertising information, marketing opportunities and submission guidelines, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org © 2014 DARE Magazine Inc.
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Curious about what our editors are coveting this season? From splashes of colour to statement accessories, click through the galleries below for their spring must-haves.
MODEL & BLOGGER
Allison McGevna is a blogger, journalist and model whose career in fashion and media is profiled on her personal blog, Inside Allie’s World. A style and pop culture expert, she has appeared on Fox News, NBC News, Huffington Post Live & ITV News and regularly covers fashion on red carpets such as the Academy Awards, the Tony Awards and several major film and television premieres.
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Model with B&M Model Management, host of the #1 Weekend Show in Toronto on boom 97.3, singersongwriter signed to eOne Music, founder of Girls Who Believe Fest, a music festival to empower young girls and creative director of Muffymade—Meredith Shaw is a creative force. Born and raised in Toronto, this curvy girl’s singing lead to the other loves of her life: fashion, empowerment, entrepreneurship and conversation. daremag.ca
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Jackie Shawn fuses together her healing arts background and expertise on global beauty trends, which makes her the go-to makeup artist for magazine editors, celebrities and major beauty brands. Being plus size herself she understands what it feels like to live large and is committed to illuminating beauty in all its forms. By using products with mostly natural ingredients, Jackie embodies her passion for connecting beauty and health.
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SPRING 2014 • ISSUE #4
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IN LIVING COLOUR
on the cover LOVELY LINGERIE SUBSCRIBE & WIN! SPRING STYLE
WHAT’S IN HER CLOSET?
DARE TO WEAR
THE BRA BIBLE
WE SHOW YOU HOW TO WEAR SPRING’S HOTTEST FASHION & BEAUTY TRENDS
WHAT’S IN HER BEAUTY BAG?
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TREAT YOURSELF TORONTO SPA REVIEW
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Extra, extra! Read on for the latest news in fashion, beauty and curvy culture.
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Tess Munster, L.A.-based plus model and makeup artist, has always been a cheerleader for a positive body image. Since launching her #EffYourBeautyStandards movement, she now has the merch to help her cause. Part of the proceeds for the swag (tees, buttons, phone cases and more) will benefit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, which is an organization that is near and dear to her heart and is hoping to spread the word on learning self-worth in every capacity. To find out how you can help or to check out the cool merch, head on over to tessmunster.com.
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Curvy ladies rejoice! ELOQUII—a plus size clothing line that originally launched in 2011—has re-branded and officially started up again online. ELOQUII 2.0 continues to offer affordable fashions (ranging from $18 to $198) that are trendfocused and designed in-house. Thanks to private investor John Auerbach (a founding member of Gilt) the brand was able to relaunch a full six-month design cycle, with new items appearing online biweekly. The New York and Columbus-based company operates on the premise that “fashion and style don’t stop at a size 12,” stocking their site with clothing sizes 14 to 24. Shop ELOQUII at eloquii.com.
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For images of the new chic boutique, check out our slideshow below!
ELOQUII floral dress, $110, and colourblock dress, $118, eloquii.com
Glee fans and fashion lovers alike were excited to find out that actress Amber Riley and her sister Ashley launched their own online clothing boutique. The aim of the website (aptly named RileyLand) is to help curvy girls find clothing that flatters their figure but also gives them great style. According to the “About” section on the site, there are quite a few brand new items, although there are also some “not-so-brand new items.” Currently, the stock is not very large (since it’s coming straight from the sisters’ closets), but an expansion is coming up in the future. Now we just have one more question: When will shipping to Canada be available? Check out the boutique at rileylandfashions.bigcartel.com.
Blonde bombshell and former American Idol contestant Carrie Underwood is succeeding actress Kate Hudson in representing beauty brand Almay as a new global brand ambassador, having already launched her ad and print campaigns for the new Shadow Softies eyeshadows. Having previous collaborations with Olay plus her own successful Nicole By OPI nail polish collection, it’ll be interesting to see what other beauty and fashion ventures the Grammy-winning country star will come up with next. For more information, visit almay.ca.
BY KILEY BELL
Female shoppers size 12 to 24 have something to be excited about—new plus size clothing boutique PRiMAALA celebrated its grand opening in Toronto on March 7. The Dundas St. West shop features premium denim, Canadianmade jewellery and exclusive designer clothing, all catering to the curvy woman. The shop will also carry Opelle handbags and LoveFresh body care products in addition to the clothing. With the business tagline of “Beauty is limitless”, Torontonians can look forward to a clothing boutique that celebrates all styles and sizes.
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WHAT’S IN HER CLOSET?
WHAT’S IN HER CLOSET?
Edgy blogger and model Nadia gives us the deets on what she will be wearing this spring—take notes!
Curvy model, blogger, designer and journalist (to name a few) Allison shares her must-haves for the season.
GOLD CLUTCH “Gold clutches dress up almost any outfit.” River Island clutch, $53, asos.com
OVERSIZED CLUTCH “Give your shoulders a break and your wardrobe a quick update.” Kate Spade clutch, $298, holtrenfrew.com
FEMININE JACKET City Chic jacket, $114, citychiconline.com
DROP EARRINGS “Drop earrings always make a statement.” CHUNKY HEEL “The fun of high heels with added comfort.”
Nine West pump, $115, ninewest.ca
Evans trouser, $65, evans.co.uk
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Allison McGevna sporting a curvehugging look
OSTWALD HELGASON X ALDO RISE heel, $130, aldoshoes.com
Nadia Aboulhosn is daring in bold prints and bright hues
Lane Bryant Isabel Toledo trenchcoat, $178, lanebryant.com
WIDE LEG TROUSER “Harder to find in plus, but so timeless!”
H&M earrings, $13, hm.com
DARE TO WEAR
RUN THIS TOWN
Flats are the perfect accessory this season to carry you through your busy day, while looking cute and comfortable. From playful graphics to metallic accents, seize the day in these standout styles. BY ME-HI MARY KIM
Embrace the warmer weather in springâ€™s fresh florals. Style yourself head-to-toe in this blooming print or play with fun, floral accents like beauty Christina Hendricks.
ANCHORS AWAY! These printed boat shoes are sure to keep you on your feet all day.
BY ME-HI MARY KIM
Old Navy boat shoe, $30, oldnavy.ca
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GOLD RUSH This metallic and black-and-white combo flat is great for work or play. ASOS River Island flat, $53, asos.com
WOVEN REVIVAL Pair these woven flats with your favourite jeans for the perfect day look. Forever 21 woven flat, $30, canada.forever21.com
IN BLOOM Spend the day with your girlfriends in this pretty floral smoking slipper.
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Shoelery by Erica Giuliani shoe clips, $25, ericagiuliani.com
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ACCESSORIZE! Spice up your flats with shoe jewelry.
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Gap printed flat, $45, gapcanada.ca
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Do your cups runneth over? If you’ve ever felt too curvaceous for the big box lingerie stores, it’s time to treat the girls to a well fitted bra. We’ll show you how. BY ERICA MOJZES
The lacy luxe bra • BRA: Thalia by Empreinte • SIZES: Cups D-G, bands 30-44 • PRICE: ~$200
The T-Shirt Bra • BRA: ADDITION ELLE Contour bra • SIZES: Full size range includes B – H cups • PRICE: $55
• SIZES: 36-44 - E, F & FF; 34-44 – G; 34-42 - GG, H, & HH • PRICE: $90
• ABOUT THE BRA: Aurora is a lacy bra that offers full support through the high-coverage cups. This Belgian lingerie collection is designed for curvaceous women who want style along with serious support and shaping.
• ABOUT THE STORE: Based in Langley, B.C., Forever Yours Lingerie offers women a luxurious boutique, as well as an online store. With sizes ranging from 32B to 50M, they’re confident that they can find the right bra for any shape, in a variety of a fun, flirty or retro styles.
• ABOUT THE STORE: Linea Intima’s mission is to improve women’s lives, one bra at a time. In-store services include professional bra fitting, special orders, customized alterations and more. Offering a wide selection of hard-to-find sizes and styles, along with an assortment of European and American designer bras, Linea Intima provides the ultimate luxury lingerie experience.
• ABOUT THE BRA: The bombshell Betty bra offers a plunging look without the push up, making this style a perfectly pretty and practical everyday bra.
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• BRA: Betty by Elomi Lingerie
• PRICE: $168
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• ABOUT THE STORE: ADDITION ELLE makes it easy to build your wardrobe, starting from the foundation. With locations across the country, it’s never been this simple.
• SIZES: Band up to 44 and cups D to I
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• ABOUT THE STORE: Secrets From Your Sister is no secret to lingerie-loving Torontonians. Their expert consultants will first measure you into a fitting bra to determine your true size. After discussing what you’re looking for in terms of style, colour and price range, they’ll bring you handpicked selections of the perfect bras for you. Get ready to feel pampered.
• ABOUT THE BRA: Available in a variety of neutral shades and fun prints, this bra is lightly padded for full support and natural shaping without adding volume. With smooth, seamless cups, it’s an ideal choice for wearing under T-shirts or clingy garments.
The Full Support
• ABOUT THE BRA: This luxurious bra combines delicate lace with bold featherinspired embroidery and offers superb fit and shape. The reinforced sides provide maximum support in a beautiful design. Thalia is an ultrafeminine, cleavage-enhancing bra—this is the kind of lingerie you want to show off.
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With some big name magazine contracts under her belt and a booming career, curvy model Ashley Graham is trying her hand at designing lingerie—and loving every minute of it. BY ASH KOWALEWSKI
Even with such a busy lifestyle, Graham manages to stay grounded and seems truly humbled about her collection with ADDITION ELLE, calling it a “dream come true.” Since she considers lingerie such an integral part of a woman’s outfit, it seemed natural that she chose lingerie over designing a clothing line. Graham explains that she thinks the face of the plus size modeling industry has changed so much over the past couple decades because now “there is a demand for it,” and “women are speaking up about what they want to see in fashion.” Over the past year, we have seen a shift with brands like Forever 21 and Old Navy making their collections more available, but Graham says she’d still love to see more mainstream brands putting out larger sizes. But, to her, even though “there is still a huge divide, the wall is slowly coming down.” .C A
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traveling the world, experiencing different cultures and making a living all at the same time. I love my job and couldn’t see myself, right now, doing anything else.” What advice does she have for aspiring models? “You have to be ready to be on the go all the time. I’m barely home, but I love it!” Even though looks do matter when it comes to modeling, Graham maintains that “it’s not just about having a pretty face to book a job; a lot has to do with personality.” So for aspiring models out there, the energy you put out will have a large affect on your career too. While she thinks that the term “plus size” still has too many negative associations to it, Graham feels that no matter what you’re doing, you should be healthy from the inside out, which is why she does everything she can to keep her skin flawless, drinks “tons of water” and works out three to four times a week.
shley Graham is a model making waves in the industry. Having been discovered at the tender age of 12, she professes that this career sort of fell into her lap— but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t put in the work. Having just launched her second lingerie collection with ADDITION ELLE, the curvy brunette has made strides in her career and has no plans of stopping anytime soon. The Nebraska native has appeared in Vogue and Glamour, and even at her fresh twentysomething age has already had a controversial modeling gig (followed by an interview with Jay Leno)—though we here at DARE maintain the commercial was tastefully done and not the least bit scandalous. Now with several modeling contracts under her belt and another sexy spring ad campaign with ADDITION ELLE, Graham tells us what it’s been like to work as a plus size model and where she’s going from here. Ashley wearing Having been in the industry for a a chemise from while now, Graham tells us that even her spring lingerie though she would go to college and collection with pursue a career in fashion had she not ADDITION ELLE. become a model, she’s loving every minute of her life and has no regrets on the path she’s chosen. “I’m
sexy is a state of mind From luxurious laces to intricate details, the Ashley Graham spring lingerie collection by ADDITION ELLE fuses the sensuality of lingerie with a perfect fit.
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Meet the face behind the collection and find out what inspired her luxurious line of lingerie. What was your inspiration behind the spring lingerie collection? Inspired by the sensuality of Parisian lingerie, I wanted the colours to stay sensual yet pop. It’s all in the details with the luxurious laces, intricate embroideries and gold hardware.
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What are some important things to keep in mind when designing? The main question I have running through my mind while thinking of ideas is would I wear this? If I wouldn’t wear it, why would the customer want to? And when it comes to fit, ADDITION ELLE is truly the bra expert! Which item from the collection is a must-have in every woman’s closet? The Cross Eyed Lace Padded Bra. It is so different than anything else you have in your closet. The lace is unique and the colours pop so beautifully on any skin tone.
Walk into an enchanted romance and rejuvenate yourself in spring’s full bloom of florals. Get lost in a lingerie daydream of whimsical hues, soft prints and intricate details. TEXT: ME-HI MARY KIM PHOTOGRAPHY: CARLYLE ROUTH ART DIRECTION: DIANA DI POCE STYLING: DIANA DI POCE & ME-HI MARY KIM HAIR & MAKEUP: VANESSA JARMAN USING RIMMEL LONDON AND TRESEMMÉ HAIR CARE/P1M.CA SET DESIGN: CHRISTIAN SMITHERMAN MODEL: GEORGIA PRATT/MUSE NYC
ENGLISH ROSE. Curvy Kate Carmen longline bra, $80, and boyshort, $35, foreveryourslingerie.ca; Indigo monogram necklace, $20, linen pillows, $39 each, and botanical applique pillow, $40, indigo.ca.
FASHION EVENING PRIMROSE. Masquerade Antoinette basque, $120, and lace brief, $40, foreveryourslingerie.ca; Cocoa Jewelry crystal earrings, $36, cocoajewelry.com.
LILAC ALLURE. Hips and Curves Collette embroidered bra, $33, hipsandcurves.com; Pamela Lauz foliage pendant, $145, pamelalauz.com; Lace shawl, stylistâ€™s own.
FASHION CHERRY BLOSSOM. Curvy Kate Eden balconette bra, $70, and brief, $33, foreveryourslingerie.ca; Josephson Opticians Lindberg N.O.W. 6516 opticals, $480, josephson.ca.
FASHION SUNFLOWER DAISY. Parfait Nina bra, $65, and thong, $30, foreveryourslingerie.ca; Mak printed cardigan, $43, modcloth.com; Floral crown, stylistâ€™s own.
POLKA PEONY. ADDITION ELLE printed chemise, $80, additionelle.com; Rhonda Shear short kimono, $80, foreveryourslingerie.ca.
shop the shoot Welcome spring into your boudoir with flirty florals, pretty pastels and feminine details—ooh la la!
LADYLIKE LACE Wow your chéri with this Parisian lace and embroidery combo.
Addition Elle Ashley Graham bra, $70, and high-cut panty, $30, additionelle.com
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Elomi Lingerie Maria babydoll, $94, elomilingerie.com
Anita Lingerie Rosa Faia Scarlett bra, $86, and high brief, $34, silkybottom.com
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DREAMY DELICATES Show off your sweet side with this candycoloured set.
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The warm weather marks the beginning of one of the most colourful shopping seasons of the year. From bold prints to bright bursts of colour, we’ve got you covered on how to shop (and rock) some of the season’s best fashion and beauty trends. FASHION BY ME-HI MARY KIM • BEAUTY BY ASH KOWALEWSKI
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Banana Republic necklace, $95, bananarepublic.ca
Stella & Dot necklace, $208, stelladot.com
d Lovedrobe kimono, $65, lovedrobe.com
Reitmans graphic tee, $36, reitmans.com
mblm pant, $68, penningtons.com
Pack your bags and go on a worldwide getaway. This season, Boho-chic goes global with a wide range of modern, ethnic prints, tribal details and textures.
Spellbind the air with some Parisian sensuality in clean cuts, feminine pastels, and romantic details.
Addition Elle dress, $90, additionelle.com
Eugenia Kim sunhat, $365, holtrenfrew.com
French Connection pump, $150, available at Town Shoes stores across Canada and townshoes.com
Penningtons blouse, $45, penningtons.com ELOQUII skirt, $68, eloquii.com
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Forever 21+ maxi dress, $34, canada.forever21.com
Ivanka Trump satchel, $150, thebay.com
Comfy & chic!
Perfect for work or play
Addition Elle cardigan, $55, additionelle.com
Longchamp bag, $590, holtrenfrew.com
Forever 21 bracelet, $7, canada.forever21.com
ELOQUII ankle pant, $78, eloquii.com
The world is your canvas. Channel your inner artist with explosive colours and loud, graphic prints.
Reitmans sweatshirt, $36, reitmans.com
Kate Spade sunglasses, $160, safilo.com
Lead the team and dive into this seasonâ€™s sportswear inspired styles. Being on your A game never looked better.
Lovedrobe dress, $73, lovedrobe.com
Pair it with a skinny belt
Coach satchel, $278, thebay.ca
ALDO pump, $110, aldoshoes.com
City Chic jacket, $88, citychiconline.com
Prada sandal, $650, holtrenfrew.com
The perfect pump for spring!
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Toni Plus jacket, $185, toniplus.com
Doubles as a lip stain!
Benefit Cosmetics Lollitint, $36, sephora.ca
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, $51, bobbibrown.ca Guerlain Météorites Pearls in Clair, $68, available at Guerlain counters
Stila CC Colour Correcting Cream, $57, available at Shoppers Drug Mart
Marc Jacobs Beauty Marvelous Mousse in Ivory, $66, sephora.ca
NARS Matte Multiple in Exumas, $46, narscosmetics.ca
Dewy, iridescent, flushed—whatever way you want to describe it, this look seems to go hand-in-hand with the warmer weather and we’ve got the tools to make it happen.
Go nude—or at least pretend to! The au naturel face will leave onlookers pondering whether your flawless complexion is faux or for real.
Garnier 5 sec Blur, $20, available at mass and drug retailers
Quo Fan Brush, $15, available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart
Uneven skin tone be gone! Pixi H20 SkinTint, $24, available exclusively at Target
Christian Dior Diorskin Pore Minimizer, $42, available at The Bay
Joe Fresh Mousse Blush in Melon, $6, available at Joe Fresh
Maybelline New York FaceStudio Master Glaze Blush Stick in Pink Fever, $13, available at mass and drug retailers
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel in Shout, $36, sephora.ca
Essence Eyeshadow in Peach Beach and Miss Atlantis, $3 each, available at Shoppers Drug Mart
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Audacious, $10, available at mass and drug retailers NARS Eyeshadow Duo in China Seas, $39, narscosmetics.ca
GRAPHIC Bold, look-at-me shadows and dark, bat-worthy lashes will give your eyes the colourful jolt they crave and really make a statement this spring.
This bright orange-hued lippy is the perfect welcome for spring. And with a bevy of creamy coatings and matte finishes, this clementine crush is sure to make a statement.
Get a soft & smooth pucker
d Almay Shadow Softies Eye Shadow in Petal and Peach Fuzz, $6 each, available at mass and drug retailers
Bliss Pout-o-Matic, $62, Sephora.ca
CoverGirl Bombshell Intensity Liner in Pitch Black Passion, $11, available at mass and drug retailers
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Sonia Kashuk Dewy Lux Lip & Cheek Balm in Charmed, $10, available exclusively at Target
The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in Coral Cutie, $13, thebodyshop.com
Rimmel ScandalEyes Retro Glam Mascara, $8, available at mass and drug retailers
MAC Cosmetics A Fantasy of Flowers Lipstick in Dreaming Dahlia (limited edition), $19, maccosmetics.ca
Flaunt Your Curves L o c a t e d i n L a n g l e y, B C
in LIVING COLOUR Whether you’re a master at perusing the vintage shops or just want to spend your Sundays brunching with girlfriends, make sure you do it with fun pops of colours, bold prints and some bright and cheery makeup—totally worthy of any warm-weather activities. TEXT: ASH KOWALEWSKI PHOTOGRAPHY: RUO BING LI ART DIRECTION: DIANA DI POCE STYLING: DIANA DI POCE & ME-HI MARY KIM HAIR & MAKEUP: JACKIE SHAWN USING MAC COSMETICS AND TRESEMME HAIR CARE/JUDYINC.COM PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT: JENNIFER ZHAO MODEL: MEREDITH SHAW/B&M MODELS
LAID-BACK LADY. Forever 21+ white bodysuit, $13, overalls, $34, and necklace, $16, canada.forever21.com; Reitmans bucket bag, $46, reitmans.com; ALDO heel, $80, aldoshoes.com.
MEETING MAVEN. Forever 21+ white crop top, $19, canada.forever21.com; Living Doll Los Angeles skirt, $38, livingdoll.la; Reitmans blazer, $68, reitmans.com; Swarovski necklace, $550, swarovski.com; Inzi clutch, $70, available at Town Shoes stores across Canada and townshoes.com.
PRINT PARTY. Reitmans top, $40, reitmans.com; Forever 21+ printed pants, $19, canada.forever21.com; Cocoa Jewelry necklace, $80, and bracelet, $40, cocoajewelry.com; Kate & Mel for Town Shoes clutch, $70, available at Town Shoes stores across Canada and townshoes.com; ALDO pump, $120, aldoshoes.com.
TRENDS CONTEMPO CASUAL. Reitmans sweater, $40, reitmans.com; Old Navy Plus printed pant, $45, oldnavy.ca; ALDO pastel necklace, $35, aldoshoes.com; Kate Spade for Keds sneakers, $90, available at Town Shoes stores across Canada and townshoes.com.
BRUNCHING BEAUTY. Hell Bunny London dress, $95, modcloth.com; Cocoa Jewelry earrings, $38, cocoajewelry.com.
CORAL CHIC. Reitmans tank, $40, reitmans.com; Cocoa Jewelry studs, $32, cocoajewelry.com; ALDO necklace, $25, aldoshoes.com.
WEEKEND WARRIOR. Josephson Opticians Mykita Truman sunglasses, $595, josephson.ca; Forever 21+ cardigan, $30, and top, $30, canada.forever21.com; ADDITION ELLE Lot 18 boyfriend jeans, $70, additionelle.com; GUESS crossbody bag, $90, guess.ca; Reitmans bootie, $55, reitmans.com.
beauty SPRING 2014
Juicy hues, pampering spa days, fresh sunshiny fragrances and no shortage of colour—spring beauty is here and it’s making a statement!
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GIVES HAIR A BOOST FROM THE ROOTS.
THE BEST ALL PURPOSE BALM; IT’S ALWAYS WITH ME!
what’s in her beauty bag?
GEORGIA PRATT Cover model and fashion designer (plus our modern muse for all things curvy!) gives us a peek inside her beauty bag for some model-worthy inspiration.
1. GROOMED BROWS. Sephora Clear Defining Mascara, $15, sephora.com 2. VOLUMINOUS MANE. Kevin Murphy Powder Puff, $28, available at professional salons 3. MAGIC BALM. Trilogy Everything Balm, $36, trilogyproducts.com 4. EYE ENVY. First Aid 5 in 1 Eye Cream, $35, sephora.com 5. LIPPY LOVE. MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Yash, $19, maccosmetics.com
THE HAPPIEST SHADE OF RED AND YOU GET A PERFECTLY DRAWN LIP!
I AM VERY MUCH A LIPSTICK PERSON— THERE ARE ALWAYS AT LEAST THREE IN MY BAG.
6. PERFECT POUT. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square, $30, narscosmetics.ca
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Freshly Picked Fragrances
Swap your scent for the spring season and pick something fresh and light like the gardens these spritzes were inspired by.
Love Benefit Cosmetics?
BY ASH KOWALEWSKI
APRIL SHOWERS Refreshing and out-of-thebox with its unexpected pairing of florals white jasmine, orange flower and rose with crisp and invigorating mint. Jo Malone London White Jasmine & Mint, $135 (100 ml), available exclusively at Holt Renfrew
MAY FLOWERS Dior Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet is a delicate floral that boasts notes of peony, mandarin, rose and musk for a quintessentially spring scent. $82 (50 ml), thebay.com
FRUIT PUNCH Sweet like a spring punch, this scent is juicy and alluring with succulent notes of bergamot, violet, jasmine, lotus blossom, passion fruit and musk, amber and cedarwood.
So do we! Enter for the chance to WIN a basket of over $250 worth of Benefit Cosmetics products (including the NEW Big Easy Foundation!) by sharing an image of yourself that speaks to your favourite facial feature with the hashtag #BigEasyBeauty on Instagram.*
HONOR CURVES’ #BIGEASYBEAUTY MOMENT?: “My #BigEasyBeauty moment: Finding out that my dimples make others smile and they show how happy I am when I laugh."
Philosophy Loveswept, $48 (60 ml), sephora.ca
Enter the giveaway on Instagram and follow @HonorCurves, @BenefitCanada and @DAREMagCanada for your chance to win.
CHILLED ROSÉ A chilled rose sorbet is the scent you get upon spritzing the new Givenchy Very Irrésistible L’Eau en Rose, along with its soft nuances of musk and blackberry, this toilette is dainty and nothing short of enticing.
What’s your #bigeasybeauty moment? SHARE IT WITH US AND WIN!
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*Contest closes on April 3, 2014 at 11:59PM EDT. Contest is open to Canadian residents only.
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Lacoste Eau de Lacoste Sensuelle, $75 (50 ml), available at Shoppers Drug Mart
The perfect dayto-night spritz!
SWEET EMBRACE Warm and decadent, but light enough for evening strolls, the newest spritz under the Lacoste name melds rose together with a sweet gourmand base of amber.
ROSE PETALS: GETTY IMAGES.
$92 (75 ml), available as of late April at The Bay
(& get 15% off)
the place ELMWOOD SPA 18 ELM ST. ELMWOODSPA.COM
The Fire & Ice is unlike any massage you’ve had before. Smooth hot and cold shells are massaged all over your body to improve circulation, reduce water retention and remove toxins.
The Experience JENNIFER’S TAKE: Elmwood is all about the customer experience: helpful staff, complimentary water therapies before your spa treatment and the beautiful décor (there is a chandelier above the whirlpool!). To top it all off, they have a wide variety of unique massages, including everything from Thai, to Four Hands (two people massaging you) to the Fire & Ice. It takes a few minutes to get used to the technique, but it no doubt will leave you feeling relaxed for days. RE
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IYASHI BEDROCK SPA 2662 YONGE ST. IYASHIBEDROCKSPA.COM
The Ganbanyoku (rock bathing) treatment involves lying on a heated rock bed (looks similar to a marble countertop) in a sauna-like room. Each rock bath is approximately an hour, including five minute intervals every 15 minutes or so, spent in the cool-down room where you’re advised to drinks lots of water to keep your body hydrated.
The Experience ASH’S TAKE: An out-of-the-box experience, different from any other spa treatment you’ll receive. While lying on a hard surface for an hour might not be ideal, your body feels so relaxed and somehow more energetic afterwards, it makes it all worth it. Before the treatment they told us that we would “sweat different” and I didn’t quite get what that meant until we went in—it’s totally worth the cash to find out for yourself! Also, any treatment that burns calories while laying down daydreaming is a winner in my book. JENNIFER’S TAKE: If you’re in the mood for some serious R&R, Iyashi should be at the top of your list. Perfect for a day with your girlfriends, an anniversary or just a getaway from a chilly spring day, Iyashi is the only Japanese rock bathing spa in Canada, and their signature Ganbanyoku will leave you refreshed and relaxed (like a day at the beach), versus sticky and sweaty (like after a workout). Spend the few extra dollars and splurge for the deluxe suite. More square footage than your average Toronto apartment. You’ll never want to leave.
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ASH’S TAKE: I won’t go as far to say that this didn’t hurt at all, but being in and out in under 10 minutes really does help reduce the ouch factor and has you back into your clothes in no time, cutting down the awkward lying-naked-in-front-of-a-stranger feeling. The staff was fun,energetic and kept me laughing the whole eight minutes while the spa itself is bright, clean and the perfect pre-vacay ladyscaping destination.
& ASH KOWALEWSKI
The eight-minute Brazilian wax aptly called the Quickzilian, taking it all off faster than you can say the name.
BY JENNIFER FODEN WILSON
Just in time for the new season, a special occasion or a way to forget those cold winter blues, DARE rounds up the best spas (that are truly one-of-a-kind) in Toronto. Pamper yourself...you deserve it.
ALLURE BODY BAR 735 DANFORTH AVE. ALLUREBODYBAR.COM
No time for the spa? Give yourself a relaxing treatment with these perfect at-home spa products.
PAUSE BEAUTY BOUTIQUE 991 BLOOR ST. W PAUSEBEAUTY.COM
The one-hour facial is a signature service on the menu—but don’t let the word “facial” throw you off. It’s really a total body experience, complete with hand and foot massages in between each of the different facial-related steps.
The Experience ASH’S TAKE: From the moment I walked in, Michelle and her team were so welcoming and knowledgeable. Since each skin treatment is adapted to you, your skin type and concerns, the time taken to get to know you and your skin needs is much welcomed. A great change from some of the rushed places that try to cram several appointments into a day, the entire hour is devoted to the client and they make sure you have everything you need and then some. JENNIFER’S TAKE: Pause might not be the biggest or the fanciest spa in town, but owner Michelle really knows what it means to open a cozy, friendly neighbourhood spa. I was impressed with Pause’s use of all-natural products and their positive attitude towards beauty and wellness. What really stands out is their attention to detail: a personalized spa experience (oils and products suited to fit your personality, career and body), the music (not your typical waterfall spa tunes) and genuine interest in your skin, health and well-being.
WIN A FACIAL!
We’re giving away a facial from Pause Beauty Boutique! Click here to enter. PLUS! Get 15% off any facial at Pause when you mention this article.* RE
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BY ASH KOWALEWSKI FRESH FACED Vitamin E and argan oil replenish and reinvigorate, all in one little mask. MaskerAide Beauty Rest’ore Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask. $6, maskeraide.com
SCRUB-A-DUB Get your skin sleek and smooth and buff off imperfections with LoveFresh Pear Scrub. $30, available at Indigo
SQUEAKY CLEAN Get a clean glow with maize flower, corn meal and cinnamon powder—almost good enough to eat! LUSH Let the Good Times Roll Facial Cleanser, $13, lush.ca
DARE SAYS RELAX Unwind and quench your skin at the same time with the lavender and sage-scented Aveda Stress-Fix Body Lotion. $33, aveda.com
*Both the giveaway and discount must be used by April 30, 2014. Not valid on Saturday. Valid Tuesday through Fridays only.
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STICKY SWEET DANISH
• TOP SHOPS: Carmakoma, Zizzi, ASOS Curve, New Look, Dorothy Perkins and 17 Sundays.
WEAR LIPSTICK— EVEN ON RAINY DAYS. IT WILL CHEER YOU UP, AND MAKE EVERYTHING SEEM A LITTLE BIT MORE FANCY.
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• STYLING TIP: Add a swipe of red lipstick—it never fails to give a finished look to any outfit. • FAVE SPRING TREND: Full skirts! My style is very 1950s centric, so I’m excited to see full skirts make a big comeback this year. • BEAUTY SECRET: My mom always drummed into me the importance of moisturising and I’m so thankful! Nothing helps your skin stand the test of time like consistently moisturising—boring but true.
HAVE FUN! WEAR WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL HAPPY AND OTHERS WILL SEE YOUR CONFIDENCE SHINING.
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• STYLE INSPIRATION: Demi Lovato has a very versatile style, but always has a dark edge to it, and I love that!
• WARDROBE STAPLE: Black leather jackets go with everything! You can wear them with a pair of jeans or thrown over a cute dress for a more edgy look.
• FAVE SPRING TREND: I’m very excited about daisy prints and going all 90s. Imagine a lovechild between Claire Danes in My So-Called Life and Alicia Silverstone in Clueless—that’s where I’m headed.
• STYLING TIP: I love hats, and I find that they give outfits an edge. Try a black bowler with a floral dress and Doc Martens for a cool urban vibe.
FROM THE CORNERS OF THE CURVE
• FAVE SPRING TREND: I’m obsessed with the black and white trend for spring. • TOP SHOPS: My favorite place to shop is Nordstrom Rack. I love going there and finding high-end pieces at very low prices. Recently, I got a pair of Manolo Blahnik slingbacks for $90 that were originally $655!
I DRINK A LOT OF COCONUT WATER. IT’S GREAT FOR THE SKIN.
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• STYLE INSPIRATION: I love Adele, she always looks so perfectly put together and glam. • TOP SHOPS: ASOS Curve, Simply Be, Evans, Primark, New Look and Dorothy Perkins. • SPLURGE & SKIMP: I don’t mind splurging on skincare products or a decent lipstick. I always skimp on T-shirts and leggings—the essential wear.
FORGET ALL THE COMMON RULES, WEAR STRIPES AND MINI SKIRTS AND BODY CONS!
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• STYLING TIP: Pay attention to proportions because doing so will allow you to accentuate your favorite assets and de-emphasize anything you want to conceal.
• FAVE SPRING TREND: I love the pastels trend that is already making an appearance. The dusty pinks and blues make me feel all girly.
• WARDROBE STAPLE: A peasant blouse that can be worn off-the-shoulder. I own at least 10 because I just love their versatility; they are so easily dressed up or down.
• STYLING TIP: Find your own individual style by playing with textures and colours.
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