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E D I T O R ’ S M E S S A G E | Season of Joy

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S H O O T ! | Take Me To Church

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H E L L O N H E E L S | Holiday Faves

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M O D E L C I T I Z E N S | Red Carpet Glam

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G I F T G I V I N G | 2016 Glitter Guide

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W H AT ’ S I N M Y B A G ? | Stocking Stuffers

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F A S H I O N F I X | Velvet

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FA S H I O N N E W S | Helmut Newton x MAC

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T R E N D R E P O R T | The Season of Sequin

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T R AV E L L I N G E D I T O R | Ovolo Southside

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F A S H I O N L E G E N D | Dior: Then & Now

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S T Y L E G U I D E | Fancy Pants

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T R AV E L W I T H N I C H E | Vienna, Austria

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I C O N | Marilyn Monroe

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S T Y L I S H L I F E | Eric Himel’s Holiday Party Tips

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C L O U D N I N E | Chanel FW2016


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S H O O T ! | TAKE ME TO CHURCH

Five stunning faces, an Airstream filled with the most glamorous holiday gowns, and a 150-year old abandoned stone church. The perfect recipe for an epic photo shoot.

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G I F T G I V I N G | GLITTER GUIDE

From luxury splurges to affordable finds, NICHE magazine’s annual gift giving Glitter Guide is filled with beautiful, fashionable and practical gifts you will want to give, and receive.

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TREND REPORT

| SEASON OF SEQUIN

Sequin embellished fashion is everywhere; from understated to outlandish, and cocktail to street wear. Find out the history of sequin and the best ways to wear it this holiday season.

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FASHION LEGEND

| DIOR THEN & NOW

Christian Dior changed the fashion world and the brand continues to be a force. NICHE looks at the man that started it all, and showcases the details of the FW2016 collection.

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HOLIDAY 2016 CREATIVE & PRODUCTION CONTRIBUTORS

Samantha Angelo, Meagan Brandon, Jennifer Costanzo, Jane Cross, Steve Drake, Alexandra Forman, Diana Gavrilina, Kristi Gogsadze, Brittany Gray, Eric Himel, Dale Jordan, Jessica Leung, Trish Monkhouse, Helmut Newton, Jessica Ramsay, Greg Szabo, Sylvia Tennant, Gracie Welch HOLIDAY 2016 PHOTOGRAPHY CONTRIBUTORS

Richard Avedon, Victoria Adamson, Adobe Stock, Clarins Group, HomeSense, Elizabeth Dean, Steve Drake, Sebastian Erras, FashionStock.com, Fashion Wire Press, Getty Images, Go Runway, Omi Hay, Ovidiu Hrubaru, Karma Group, Dorottya Kovács, Willy Maywald, Anton

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that is a pleasure to read and an inspirational resource for travel

travel experts in the industry, each issue of DRIFT offers up articles on exotic destinations, city secrets , adventure meccas, resort lovers. Working with many of the best

reports, global hot-spots, grab-n-go technology and travel

gear. Using our publication mantra “travel often, live well” as a launching point, DRIFT is filled with exclusive editorial

FROM THE COVER TAKE ME TO CHURCH HOLIDAY FASHION EDITORIAL STONE BUTTER CHURCH, BC FEATURE ON PAGE 12 PHOTOGRAPHED BY DEBBIE STEEPER EXCLUSIVELY FOR NICHE MAGAZINE

on where to go, how to get there and what to do once you arrive; stories punctuated with meaningful, useful, expertly written travel guides and awe-inspiring travel

photography.

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re you ready for the season of joy, celebration and cocktail parties? If not, don’t despair - NICHE holiday issue has got you covered with 100+ pages of fashion, beauty and lifestyle inspiration. The NICHE style team is reporting all the hottest trends for this festive season including velvet [Fashion Fix ,page 68], sequin [Season of Sequin, page 72]. and pants [Style Guide, page 96]. Celebrities and super models also showed up to help us celebrate the festive season. Don’t miss Gisele, Karlie, Bella and Alessandra in their red carpet finest [Model Citizens, page 35], the biography of Marilyn Monroe [Screen Star Icons, page 104] and we showcase the past and present of one of the world’s most prolific fashion houses, Christian Dior [Fashion Legend, page 82].

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Of course, the holiday issue of NICHE magazine would never be complete without our Glitter Guide. For 2016, our coveted gift giving guide is bigger than ever, with must-have products on everyone’s wish list - fashion and beauty, living and lifestyle, save and splurge gift items. I wish you joy, peace and magical memories this Christmas. May all your dreams and wishes come true. Discover Yours -

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CHURCH We traveled far and wide to find a magical location to shoot our 2016 holiday feature. Set amidst the beauty of British Columbia’s Cowichan Valley, we chose the old haunted Stone Butter Church (see page 29 for details about this haunted historical location). Christmastime is all about pretty, glam and elegance. It includes home gatherings, office parties and glitzy soirées. It is also about letting your own personal style shine all though the holiday season. We handpicked five stunning models with ver y different looks, and chose fashion that celebrated their uniqueness. This is NICHE magazine’s tribute to holiday glamour - enjoy the elegance!

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Shoot Location OLD STONE BUTTER CHURCH C O W I C H A N B AY , B R I T I S H C O L U M B I A


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THE LOOK Dress, red ruffle mermaid gown, Madison James Prom, Shades of White. Ring, Michal Negrin. Earrings and hair clip, Expression, Hudson’s Bay. Shoes, faux fur wrap and belt, stylist’s own.

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THE LOOK Dress, black and white gown, Allure Bridal, Shades of White. Black tulle bow-tie, stylist’s own.

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THE LOOK Dress, black and white floral gown, Madison James Prom, Shades of White. Earrings, Expression, Hudson’s Bay. Gloves, stylist’s own. Headpiece, Debbie Steeper.

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THE LOOK Top, Calvin Klein black open blazer, Hudson’s Bay [shown in group shot, page 12]. Skirt, ruffle organza, Allure Bridal, Shades of White. Earrings and necklace, Expression, Hudson’s Bay. Floral bra and tulle bowtie, stylist’s own.

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THE LOOK Fitted crepe skirt, Allure Bridal, Shades of White. Jacket, houndstooth, Karl Lagerfeld Paris, Hudson’s Bay. Bracelets and necklace, Expression, Hudson’s Bay. Gloves, stylist’s own.

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THE LOOK < Dress, satin and chiffon in Champagne, Dessy, Shades of White. Choker necklace, ear cuff, bracelets and rings, Expression, Hudson’s Bay. Shoes and socks, stylist’s own.

THE LOOK > Dress, Watters Bridal, Shades of White. Necklace, Expression, Hudson’s Bay. Earrings, Betsey Johnson, Hudson’s Bay. Beaded crown, Debbie Steeper.

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THE LOOKS > Aisling: Velvet military jacket, Denim and Supply by Ralph Lauren, Hudson’s Bay. Fitted crepe skirt, Allure Bridal, Shades of White. Jewelry, Hudson’s Bay. Mary: Dress, satin and chiffon in Champagne, Dessy, Shades of White. Blazer, Karl Lagerfeld Paris, Hudson’s Bay. Jewelry, Expression, Hudson’s Bay. Maria: Dress, Silver and black gown, Dessy, Shades of White. Jacket, Vero Moda Velvet cardigan, Hudson’s Bay. Jewelry, Expression, Hudson’s Bay. Olivia: Dress, Purple strapless, Dessy, Shades of White. Necklace, and tassel earrings, Michal Negrin. Rings and cuff, Expression, Hudson’s Bay. Heidi: Dress, red ruffle mermaid gown, Madison James Prom, Shades of White. Ring, Michal Negrin. Earrings and hair clip, Expression, Hudson’s Bay.

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In 1870, in the sleepy beautiful hills of Cowichan Valley, British Columbia, Canada, Father Rondeauld built the stone church on Comiaken Hill, with the help of native workers. It is known as the Butter Church because he paid helpers with funds raised from the sale of butter from his dairy herd on the mission’s farm. It only served as a church for ten years, and over the decades, the old Stone Butter Church was abandoned and repeatedly vandalized. It developed a reputation as the haunted church. Repairs were attempted in 1922 and

again in 1958 and 1980 when it was rebuilt as a cultural center but the church rapidly reverted to the ghostly vandalized structure prominently located on Comiaken Hill. The haunted church has a rich oral history, which was reported by Ripley’s Believe It or Not, which described it as “The church of no services...in which no congregation has ever gathered.” According to Ripley, “the Indians will not go near (it) because all those who actually built it died mysteriously.” For more information about the old Stone Butter Church, visit CowichanCulture.ca.

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H O L I DAY H E E L S NICHE MAGAZINE TOP FOUR DESIGNER HEELS TO WEAR THIS SEASON There is no better season to don pretty shoes; fancy pumps and sandals that sparkle, exude elegance and echo the festive nature of the Christmas season. These are our top four picks for holiday 2016. Clockwise from above: Nicholas Kirkwood Gold Cutout Leda Pumps $1495, Christian Louboutin Follies Strass Crystal Pumps $1195, Jimmy Choo Lottie Optic Glitter Sandals $795, SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Skyline Blue Trance Satin Bow Pumps $549.

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“GIVE A GIRL THE RIGHT SHOES AND SHE CAN CONQUER THE WORLD.” - MARILYN MONROE

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‘Tis the season for red carpets, holiday balls and glamour gowns. We tracked down four of our favorite super models - Gisele Bündchen, Karlie Kloss, Bella Hadid and Alessandra Ambrosio and we’re sharing how they do the red carpet... right!

MODEL CITIZENS GISELE | KARLIE | BELLA | ALESSANDRA

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GISELE BÜNDCHEN It is of no surprise that fashion legend and Brazilian goddess, Bündchen made our holiday Model Citizens edition. She is one of the most iconic and highest paid super models of our time and she has long since mastered red carpet glamour. Making appearances with her hubby Tom Brady, Bündchen can make any dress look priceless with a juxtaposition of soft and sexy. Her go-to dress is often a silk or satin gown with a plunging neckline, in a palette of champagne or midnight black.

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KARLIE KLOSS All eyes are on Kloss when she steps out on the red carpet. Similar to super models before her, Kloss knows how to command a room or runway, any place and any time. Known for her slender figure and staggering 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122;2â&#x20AC;? frame, Kloss pairs all formal attire with her unforgettable sparkling grin. Her go-to red carpet look? Kloss is not afraid to show some leg, as she owns the side slit dress as if it was created for her.

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BELLA HADID In the spotlight, sister of Gigi Hadid, Bella has recently streamlined her own fashion pathway in the industry, gracing the covers of international magazines and snapped daily for her street style looks. Although her personality may seem shy, her red carpet style says otherwise. Best known for her Alexandre Vauthier Couture red dress with a side slit up to her waist-line and her black Givenchy ruffled dress at the Met Gala, Hadid proves that there is room on the red carpet for two Hadids.

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ALESSANDRA AMBROSIO ROBERTO CAVALLI The Brazilian Victoriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Secret Angel is not only one of the highest paid models, but at age 35, Ambrosio has become known for her flawless fashion choices and been cited in media as one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sexiest woman. Her red carpet attire always consists of a spectacular sparkling gown shimmering with embellishments and paired with dazzling jewels that complement her toned and tanned skin. Ambrosio adores wearing dresses created by masters of evening wear: Zuhair Murad and Roberto Cavalli.

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N I C H E holiday glitter guide TIFFANY & CO. TIFFANY T SQUARE DIAMOND BR ACELET I N 18 K W H I T E G O L D

tiffany.ca, $13,600.00

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN INSIGNIA CALFSKIN LEATHER SHOULDER BAG

nordstrom.com, $3,095.00

BURBERRY C ASHMERE CHECKS & HEARTS 66” SCARF

burberry.com, $650.00

BACC AR AT CRYSTAL VÉGA MARTINI SET OF 4 SHAKEN NOT STIRRED GLASSES

baccarat.com, $820.00

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NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD M A E VA P E A R LY H E E L METALLIC LEATHER ANKLESTR AP SANDALS

saksfifthavenue.com, $1,255.00

SAECO GRANBARISTO AVA N T I B L U E T O O T H COFFEE MAC HINE

philips.com, $2,999.00

C HOPARD HAPPY SPIRIT D I A M O N D , 18 K R O S E & W H I T E GOLD EARRINGS

saksfifthavenue.com, $9,745.00

L A PR AIRIE LTD EDITION I C O N I C C AV I A R INDULGENCES

laprairie.com, $1,315.00

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H&M SATIN LOOK BOMBER JAC KET IN POWDER PINK

hm.com, $49.99

MIC HAL NEGRIN GITANE LEATHER & SWAROVSKI KISS FROM NY BR ACELET

michalnegrin.com, $99.00

J.CREW ANTIQUE GOLD CHANDELIER TASSEL EARRINGS

jcrew.com, $65.00

BLOOMINGDALEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S IPHONE 6 CASE FLAGSHIP STOREFRONT

bloomingdales.com, $30.00

HANS LEIBNIZ ORTHO SOLUTIONS FASHION BOOTS BL AC K LEATHER & SUEDE

shumaker.ca, $135.00

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K AT E S PA D E N E W YO R K BABY IT’S C OLD OUTSIDE HALLIE TOTE

macys.com, $198.00

THE NORTH FACE TRIPLE CABLE POM BEANIE

thenorthface.com, $30.00

TORY BURC H ORNATE SHEARLING PACER VEST

toryburch.com, $995.00

VICTORIA’S SECRET PILLOWTALK TANK PAJAMA SET

victoriassecret.com, $52.50

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IMAGINE VINCE CAMUTO DEVIN SANDAL IN SUNFLOWER SATIN

nordstrom.com, $109.95

UGG WIRED CLASSIC SHEEPSKIN EARMUFF

ugg.com, $75.00

REBECC A MINKOFF STUDDED LEATHER HANDBAG STR AP

saksfifthavenue.com, $95.00

H&M X KENZO PILE-LINED LEATHER JAC KET

hm.com, $399.00

D AV I D Y U R M A N 17 M M PURE FORM TWO ROW RING

davidyurman.com, $650.00

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CHRISTIAN SIRIANO MULTI- TIE RUFFLE BUSTIER

modaoperandi.com, $650.00

R ALPH LAUREN LEATHER A -LINE MINI SKIRT

ralphlauren.com, $595.00

ECIRCLED 8-IN-1 C HRYSALIS C ARDI

encircled.ca, $138.00

ROBERT MATTHEW R AC HEL TOTE IN CARAMEL

robertmatthew.com, $192.00 JIMMY CHOO VIVY 20TH ANNIVERSARY SUN GL ASSES DETAC HABLE JEWEL CLIP -ON

jimmychoo.com, $1,000.00

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C U YA N A L E A T H E R T R AV E L C A S E S E T

cuyana.com, $110.00

T R I A H A I R R E M OVA L LASER 4X

triabeauty.com, $403.00

C HARLOTTE TILBURY MAGIC COMPLEXION BRUSH ROSE GOLD

charlottetilbury.com, $68.00 MAC COSMETICS NUTCR AC KER SWEET EYE C OMPACT (WARM)

maccosmetics.com, $47.50

EMINENCE OILS & SERUMS SIGNATURE SERIES DISCOVERY SET

eminenceorganics.com, $90.00

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CLINIQUE LONG LAST LIPSTICK IN BAMBOO PINK

clinique.com, $21.00

CL ARINS FACE BOOSTER DETOX

clarins.ca, $40.00

TATA HARPER REBUILDING MOISTURIZER

tataharperskincare.com, $105.00

TOO FACED GRANDE HOTEL C A F Ã&#x2030; H O L I DAY S E T

sephora.com, $49.00 PHILIPS SATINELLE PRESTIGE WET-N-DRY EPIL ATOR

shoppersdrugmart.ca, $139.99

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CL ARINS SPA AT HOME H O L I DAY G I F T S E T

clarins.ca, $71.00

PAUL Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S C HOICE R ADIANCE RENEWAL MASK

nordstrom.com, $36.00

COAC H THE FR AGR ANCE EAU DE PARFUM

coach.com, $95.00 (90ml) BURBERRY LIP V E LV E T L I P S T I C K IN NUDE ROSE

burberry.com, $38.00

DYS O N SUPERSONIC HAIR DRYER

dyson.ca, $499.99

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AEOS ORGANIC OPTIMAL ESSENTIALS SKINCARE SET

aeos.net, $83.00 G O O DY CLEAN RADIANCE COPPER HAIRBRUSH

londondrugs.com, $16.99

AG HAIR CLEANSING CREAM

aghair.com, $24.00

NYX COSMETICS WANDERLUST ADVENT C ALENDAR

nyxcosmetics.com, $50.00

TRIA AGE-DEFYING EYE WRINKLE CORRECTING LASER

triabeauty.com, $269.00

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USB LAMP SOCKET C HARGER & ADAPTER FOR CELL PHONES & TABLETS

amazon.com, $19.99

BREVILLE JUICE FOUNTAIN COLD 70 OZ JUICER

breville.ca, $269.99

LG 55” SUPER UHD 4K TELEVISION

lg.com, $2999.00

PHILIPS SONICARE DIAMONDCLEAN ROSE GOLD ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH

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BEDFACE SUPER SLEEP SET

bedface.com, $246.00 JONATHAN ADLER SMARTPHONE HOLDER & DOC KING STATION

neimanmarcus.com, $48.00

ANNIE SLOAN C HALK PAINT™ MINI PROJECT PAC K

anniesloan.com, $100.00 H U D S O N ’ S B AY C OMPANY HBC BARBIE DOLL

thebay.com, $59.99

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CROFTERS PLAID H E R R I N G B O N E W E AV E THROW IN GL ACIAL GREY

indigo.ca, $49.50

ZUS USB CAR CHARGER & SMART CAR LOCATOR

nonda.co, $29.99

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HOME SENSE FAUX FUR H O L I DAY W R E AT H

homesense.ca, $34.99


BREVILLE QUICK CRISP M I C RO WAV E OV E N

breville.com, $599.00

HOMEDICS® DEEP SLEEP SOUND MAC HINE

bedbathandbeyond.com, $79.99

LG G5 SMARTPHONE

lg.com, prices vary

LE CREUSET ZEN JAPANESE INSPIRED TEA KETTLE

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R E S P E C T YO U R U N I V E R S E G O - T O T R AV E L PAC K

ryu.ca, $173.00

H E M I N G WAY â&#x201E;¢ L E AT H E R JOURNAL - C OFFEE BEAN BY NATALIZIA S.A.S DI LUCA

indigo.ca, $40.00

FANTASTIC CITIES: A COLORING BOOK OF AMAZING PL ACES REAL AND IMAGINED

indigo.ca, $20.95

ZHIYUN-TECH - SMOOTH II GIMBAL WITH WIRELESS REMOTE CONTROL ADJUSTS FOCUS & ANGLES

zhiyun-tech.com, $279.00

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T R AV E L L E R C O L L E C T I V E C L I P & C O U N T RY R I N G S ( C O L L E C T A S YO U T R AV E L )

travellercollective.com, $18.50/clip + $3.25 per country ring

ZHIYUN-TECH - Z1 CRANE GIMBAL WITH WIRELESS REMOTE CONTROL ADJUSTS FOCUS & ANGLES

zhiyun-tech.com, $649.00

C L I N I Q U E T R AV E L P E P - S TA R T CLEANSING SWIPES POP-UPS

sephora.com, $13.00

RADEN A50 SET WITH B L U E T O O T H T R AV E L T E C H : LOCATE, WEIGH, C HARGE

raden.com, $595.00/set

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MS. PART Y DRESS FOX ORNAMENT

indigo.ca, $15.00

14 K G P E N G R AV E D G E O R G I A NAMEPL ATE BAR NEC KL ACE

bestnamenecklace.com, $92.00

MAC COSMETICS NUTCR AC KER SWEET MINI LIP GLOSS SET

NIVEA Q10 ANTI-WRINKLE DAY C A R E & N I G H T CARE CREAM

amazon.ca, $17.57 each

maccosmetics.com, $42.00

FUZZY PENGUIN CREW SOCKS 2-PAC K

forever21.com, $4.00

ZARA GOLD KNIT CAP

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NIEGELOH H AVA N A X L 7 P C MANICURE SET IN LEATHER CASE

COAC H MLB WALLET IN SPORT CALF LEATHER

menessentials.com, $250.00

coach.com, $195.00

H U D S O N ’ S B AY C OMPANY BOXED SET (3) MENS SOCKS

thebay.com, $25.00

M R . TAY L O R S GENTLEMAN’S COLOGNE

taylorofoldbondstreet.com, $43.20

TAY L O R O F O L D B O N D S T R E E T A L M O N D S H AV I N G C R E A M

taylorofoldbondstreet.com, $12.60

C H R O M E B U T T E R F LY D O U B L E EDGE SAFET Y RAZOR

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is’ the season to start wracking your brain for holiday presents that are sure to impress and delight the ones you love. Wondering what the best holiday stocking stuffers are with the beauty world in mind? I’ve rounded up my top 5 selects for you, in order to take the guesswork out of shopping this season.

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CHARLOTTE TILBURY THE GIFT OF RED CARPET SKIN KIT Charlotte Tilbury is a celebrity makeup artist and a true veteran in the industry. Her newly launched makeup and skincare line is truly NEXT LEVEL. I have personally been using her products for some time now and this little kit for the holiday season is a major gem. The kit contains a GODDESS SKIN CLAY MASK tube 15ml, Travel MULTI MIRACLE GLOW tube 15ml, Travel MAGIC CREAM pot 15ml, Travel WONDERGLOW tube 15ml, Travel SUPERMODEL BODY tube 15ml, and Travel TAKE IT ALL OFF tube 15ml.mascara. Two to three coats on both the top and bottom is absolutely necessary.

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NYX LOVE CONTOURS ALL PALETTE Looking for something that is under the $30 mark that has some serious impact? Look no further than this cheap and cheerful palette by NYX cosmetics. This amazing collection has literally everything you need for complete definition. It includes pigmented eye shadows in edgy, neutral tones, blendable highlighting and contouring shades, and beautiful brow powders. You can create a whole look using this one sleek palette.

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ELIZABETH AND JAMES NIRVANA BOURBON (SEPHORA EXCLUSIVE) The Olsen Twins seem to know a thing or two about fragrance and style. This newly launched scent encompasses a whole lot of delicious and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The Elizabeth and James Nirvana fragrance collection represents the ultimate state of happiness: an idyllic memory, feeling, moment, or experience. The fragrance contains notes of Vanilla Bourbon, Oakwood and Tuberose.

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DAVINES SOLU SHAMPOO This little gem is my absolute favorite shampoo on the market. Perfect for all hair types, the formula is designed to cleanse in depth. It is particularly designed for those who use styling products to remove build up from the environment and who want a fresh start with their hair. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foam is rich but airy.

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ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS GLOW KIT - ULTIMATE GLOW The holidays are surely a time to let your natural radiance shine. What better to do that with than a palette full of the best highlighters on the market. Anastasia Beverly Hills is definitely getting a serious social media following for their eye shadows, matte lipsticks and highlighters, along with their kick-butt brow products. This product will definitely be a fan favorite.

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CRUSH ON VELVET

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hen the chill sets in you will be thrilled velvet is having a moment. Designers showcased the fabric on dresses, suiting, midi skirt, and even jumpsuits, as well as accessories. It is not only the touchable fabric that is striking but also the bold colors and rich hues seen on the Fall/Winter 2016 runways which enhance it. The velvet trend is one that can be worn during any season. The key for dressing up that perfect velvet piece is to wear it in an understated way, with glistening skin and tousled hair, letting the piece speak for itself. When the cooler weather does settle in layer your favorite velvet piece with a few black basics, like a leather jacket, paper-thin turtleneck or tights to keep yourself warm. Velvet made its presence felt everywhere this Fall/Winter 2016 season. It created quite an impact at Milan and London fashion weeks adding a touch of fluidity to already feminine silhouettes. For those who are not as experimental in the fashion world, play it safe with a simple velvet piece like a slip dress or midi skirt. The term velvet refers to the structure of the fabric, not the fiber. There are different types of velvet, depending on the way it is woven and the technique it is made with. Historically velvet was made from silk, however, it can also be created from a variety of fibers, such as rayon. Iraq was one of the first producers of velvet. The technique to

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create it was so complex and time consuming it was an extremely high-end luxury good available only to royalty and the very rich. Italy was one of the first European countries to create a velvet industry for itself. The Renaissance was a high point for velvet production, particularly the intricately patterned velvets typically associated with the time. As the Industrial Revolution began, velvet production became mechanized and much more readily available. Although it was much easier and faster to produce, the association with wealth continued to stick and in the 1920’s velvet became very in vogue. Throughout the decades, velvet gained a special place in fashion history with the fashionable and glamorous vibe of the 1970’s. Throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s velvet was still popular, however, this time it was crushed velvet, frequently worn by pop culture icons of both decades. Today, velvet continues to influence the fashion trends, seen not only on the catwalks but also on the street worn by off duty models and bloggers. This fabric is one that should be seen and shown off, perfect for holiday parties - think New Years Eve. Look to the celebrity set for inspiration where the trend has already permeated their wardrobes. Seen on Blake Lively and Keira Knightly in sumptuous jewel tones to Lady Gaga and Lily Donaldson in jet black. How will you wear velvet this season?


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HELMUT NEWTON PHOTOGRAPHS

BRING GRITTY GLAM TO M∙A∙C LIMITED EDITION HOLIDAY COLLECTION

M∙A∙C Limited Edition celebrates the erotically charged and elegant work of legendary photographer, Helmut Newton. He is known for his precise, glamorous and empowering photography of women. This limitededition color collection captures the photographer’s provocative, exquisite taste, dressing wine-stained lips in sultry rogue while darkening eyes in the black and white shades of his signature aesthetic. Nails are lacquered in colors inspired by Monte Carlo and Berlin, two of his homes. A selection of Newton’s most iconic photographs adorns the bespoke packaging – his work remains as distinctive and influential as ever.

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As portrayed on the Fall/Winter 2016 runways, a decadent season is upon us. Think luxe textures, opulent prints and rich hues, cue the sequin trend. Fall/ Winter 2016 designers piled the glitter and glamour on to their collections with palettes and sequins on everything from dresses, skirts and even pantsuits. This was proof that any silhouette is ready to party and nothing says festive quite like a sparkly frock.

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When we think of sequins the first thing that usually comes to mind is New Years Eve, a holiday when people venture out in their most shimmery separates to celebrate the coming year amid even shinier decorations. Sometimes it can be overkill but there is a way to wear sequins that won’t render you a cliché. This season you don’t have to wait for the perfect party to pull out your sparkling piece. As new voluminous proportions emerged, they were surprisingly forgiving and paired best with simple accessories, think sneakers or flat booties, and a leather or denim jacket when it gets cool.

ON CONVERSE SNEAKERS Chuck Taylor® All Star ‘Holiday Party’ Low Top Sequined Sneaker

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The style experienced a resurgence in the 1920’s when King Tut’s tomb was discovered. The garments he was buried in were covered in gold sequin-like discs. Historians believe they were meant to ensure his financial stability in the afterlife. The monetary association held up, as the word sequin is derived from the Arabic ‘sikka’ which stands for coin. These discs were usually made of gold or other precious metals and sewn onto clothing and worked as both status symbols and in some cases as actual coins for trading. In Egypt, India and Peru, they were considered capable of warding off evil spirits. Eventually sequins became purely decorative, which were seen on intricate garments of Victorian men and women.

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THE SEASON

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With the trend of sequins is the question, are we ready to ditch the athleisure trend and dazzle from head-to-toe? The sequin trend seen at Dolce and Gabbana, Balenciaga, Valentino, Gucci and Dior, sent knee-length sparkly gowns down the Fall/ Winter 2016 catwalks. These, however, were different from your typical red carpet styles. This season the sequin style is more relaxed, as sparkly pieces go. Rather than the glittery body-con mini dresses of past seasons, the new style was designed with a more demure style in mind with high-neck or longer length styles. How will you pair your sequined pieces? Look to street style inspiration and off duty model looks to make your style stand out!

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TRAVELLING EDITOR WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW SOMETHING FOR THE FIRST TIME? BY: TRACEY DRAKE | THE TRAVELLING EDITOR

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y first time in Hong Kong and I wanted to make sure that I had a unique experience. I know that everyone stays in the Central and Kowloon districts, where you can find big brand hotels, fine dining and designer shops, but I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t looking for that kind of Hong Kong memory. I went on a quest to find out where young, urban travellers were staying in Hong Kong and I happened upon Ovolo Southside. I am so glad that I did. Set in the up-and-coming Southside neighbourhood, this hip area is teeming with art galleries, coffee shops, and green spaces with easy access to transit. Before I checked in, I knew that Ovolo Southside was formerly a warehouse, but I was so pleased to see that Ovolo Hotels had maintained much of the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original industrial charm - embracing

its working class roots, which cleverly speaks to a whole new generation of world travellers. The loft-like rooms are trendy and well thought out, with great modern amenities, AppleTV, free mini-bar and room to stretch out after a long day of sightseeing. The main lobby (LoLounge) is uber chic, with a first-rate Italian coffee bar, pool table and Mid Century modern decor that doubles as a comfortable lounge and common work area. I wanted to live in Above, the rooftop bar lounge - like literally move in! It was the best place to just relax, order a cocktail and take in the stellar views. The artwork on and around the hotel is quite something. You could spend several hours just taking it all in, and

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learning about the Hong Kong artists that created each piece. I had a few favourites - the Made In Hong Kong neon sign that was tucked away in a stairway and the graffiti style murals on the walls outside Cirqle, the modern bistro-style restaurant on the fourth floor. Whatever your Hong Kong day looks like, you can get everywhere from here. One afternoon, we walked down to Aberdeen Fishing Village - an unforgettable experience. Another day, we hopped on a bus, grabbed the MTR and headed to Tai Po Market with Hong Kong Food Tours for an exceptional day of authentic, local cuisine (including snake soup). If you’re a foodie, I highly recommend this tour. Hong Kong’s first warehouse conversion hotel, Ovolo Southside is a master-class in urban architecture and contemporary art, and is the perfect option for those looking for a fresh, new take on a Hong Kong experience. Learn more about Ovolo Southside at ovolohotels.com.

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FASHIO N CHRISTIAN DIOR THE MASTER COUTURIER OF S I M P L I C I T Y A N D G O O D TA S T E

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Dior was like a magnificent painting you hang on the wall. -YVES SAINT LAURENT

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mature lady was assisted by two men into 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris, France on February 12th, 1947. She donned fine furs, white gloves and an air of absenteeism. Inside the fashion house, she sat on the couch, where she appeared to sleep for the duration of the press showing of 171 designs of haute couture. The next day, the same woman returned to the fashion house alone and requested to see ten dresses again. So meticulous were her descriptions of the dresses, down to the very last stitch, that it took the sales staff no longer than 15 minutes to locate the ten garments. She left the house and made the famous phone call to America describing the line as the “New Look”. The woman was none other than Carmel Snow, iconic

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Editor-in-Chief of famed fashion magazine Harper Bazaar, and the house she entered that changed the fashion industry forever, was that of Christian Dior. A mere three years before the debut of Dior’s first collection on that February day, the German troops of the Third Reich were occupying Paris. Parisian citizens were living through a period of poverty and dismay. The New Look returned to woman the femininity which had been put aside during the tragic war years. In essence, Dior offered women a new look and a renewed outlook. The first collection – Corolle - featured rounded shoulders, cinched waists and full skirts – celebrating femininity in its finest, most glamorous form. The


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THE EARLY YEARS 1946 | House of Dior becomes a reality at 30 Avenue Montaigne, Paris elegance of the ‘Corolla’ theme (the botanical term for a circlet of flower petals), with its distinctive off-theshoulder décolleté and yards of magnificent material marked a new era for fashion. Christian Dior loved to play with silhouettes, and once stated “I have designed flower women.” In the 1950’s, haute couture fashion from the House of Dior were crafted from sumptuous fabrics, embellished and supported with boning, bodices, petticoats, and hip padding to give any woman wearing a Dior garment a graceful yet curvaceous figure. Women from every walk of life loved Dior and he quickly became a household name. The couturier dressed the world’s most fabulous people. From first

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ladies and movie stars to royalty and socialites, they came from all corners of the globe to visit The House of Dior and be dressed in his famous fashion house at 30 Avenue Montaigne, Paris. Dior was an artist. He found great inspiration in the female form - a spectacular canvas to which he created extraordinary, timeless works of wearable art. He mentored a future generation of haute couture designers, including Yves St. Laurent. Diorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s untimely death in 1957 left a void in the fashion world. Dior was a pioneer of French fashion and today, remains the legend that inspired the spectacular French city to be dubbed the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital of fashion. The House of Dior remains a true exemplar of fashion and with the inspiration of Dior at its helm; the line will continue to be at the forefront of imaginative yet wearable haute couture. 86

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My weakness...is architecture. I think of my work as ephemeral architecture, dedicated to the beauty of the female body. - CHRISTIAN DIOR


LAST WORD: CHRISTIAN DIOR on the topic of elegance: “I will only say now that elegance must be the right combination of distinction, naturalness, care and simplicity. Outside this, believe me, there is no elegance… only pretension. Elegance is not dependent on money. Of the four things I have mentioned above, the most important of all is care. Care in choosing your clothes. Care in wearing them. Care in keeping them. But it is possible for a woman to be elegant without spending very much money on her clothes, if she follows the basic rules of fashion and is careful to choose the clothes that suit her personality.”

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THE SPIRIT OF THE CATWALK Winter 2016 Fashion Show bag entirely embroidered with flowers made up of sequins and fringes.

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NICHE style guide

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Over the Christmas season, Vienna Austria is a city to savor. A spirited and festive wonderland filled with beautiful sights, nostalgic sounds and heavenly tastes. It is holiday folk tradition at its absolute finest. WWW.NICHE.STYLE

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Be whisked back into the glorious imperial years by exploring the Christkindlmarkt at Belvedere Palace.

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ight dustings of snow fall over designer coats and stone streets that glow with sparkling lights and festive décor. Exquisite couture dresses dance across ancient floors at the seasons many formal balls. Gentleman escort lovely Fräulein’s dressed in jewels and gowns to dine on decadent cakes at Kaffeehäuses. Shoppers hurry to the warmth of their homes with parcels and red nosed children in their arms. Christkindlmarkts speckle the city and infuse the air with sweet smells of spiced wine and gingerbread. Frosty breathed choirs serenade the twinkling night’s sky with holiday carols. The city bustles with vibrant people and the air is filled with excitement, anticipation and an overwhelming spirit of holiday joy. Drenched in a baroque façade Vienna is a magical city, it is rich in history and there are endless museums, cathedrals, squares and palaces to explore. While the aesthetic of Vienna is ancient, the city is a lively place to visit—particularly over the holidays when every turn you take will stir a lovely feeling of nostalgia in the pit of your stomach and ignite that long forgotten seasonal wonder of childhood. There are 23 distinct districts in Vienna which spiral out clockwise from the core of the city. The majority of time will be spent in the central region, namely the Inner Stadt, or Inner City. The Inner Stadt is encircled by a massive boulevard called the Ringstrasse. One of Vienna’s most famed sights, the Ringstrasse is dotted with some of the city’s most important political and cultural institutions, including the Parliament and State Opera House. The Ringstrasse is incredibly chaotic with dense traffic but certainly can’t be missed. Your best bet will be to bundle up in your winter finest and take a tram ride around it.

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The streets of Vienna are paved with culture, the streets of other cities with asphalt. -KARL KRAUS HALF-TRUTHS AND ONE-AND-A-HALF TRUTHS

The core of the Inner Stadt will be much more enjoyable to explore, it offers several pedestrian only streets — the Kärntnerstrasse is a lovely one to stroll, it is lined with plenty of shops, chocolatiers and Kaffeehäuses (which are the social center of Vienna). Over the holidays Kärntnerstrasse is dripping with sparkling lights and holiday décor. Among the many prestigious designer shops is the Swarovski flagship store, it is particularly dazzling around the holiday season so be sure to stop inside. The Kärntnerstrasse runs from the State Opera House on the Ringstrasse to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, where you will be able to continue down Graben — another pedestrian only street which is equally superb over the holidays. An afternoon should be set aside to explore the majestic Hofburg complex, the former Emperor’s residence. Today it is home to the 102

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Austrian president and several museums. Explore the precious jewels in the Imperial Treasury and then cozy up to your loved ones and listen to the enchanting sounds of the Vienna Boys Choir.

smoke intertwine with expensive perfume and laughter. Couture gowns rest casually on matrons at small tables with decadent cake crumbs falling on them.

The frosty winter evenings in Vienna are especially dreamy. There are over 300 balls during the season, and when it comes to balls the Viennese do not fool around. Try and conjure up an image of a ball in the imperial past. Think brilliant classical music, tuxedoed men and regal ladies in tumbling layers of expensive material — and the dance floor, it moves with impeccably choreographed fluidity as guests perform the grandest dance of them all, the Viennese Waltz. That façade hasn’t changed much in the past hundred years, and neither have the venues. It is well worth attending at least one ball during your stay to experience the sheer magnificence. The Viennese Waltz is still in good practice today, so be sure to enlist one of the many instructors for an afternoon lesson before you zip up that McQueen gown.

A less formal evening, but completely enthralling, will be spent at the Christkindlmarkt in front of the Rathhaus, or City Hall. While there are numerous markets in the city over advent (all of which should be explored if you have time), this market is the largest and has been a Viennese tradition since before Christmas was even celebrated in the 7th century. It was previously a December market to trade goods and gradually transformed into the market it is today with over 145 independent vendors selling a variety of hand crafted items and delicious holiday fare out of wooden stalls. The market is open during the day but the lights and decorations are really spectacular at night, particularly in the adjoining Rathauspark where there are all kinds of festive activities and sights. Buy a mug of glühwein (spiced wine) and roasted chestnuts to get you started and experience one of the most spellbinding and spirited places you will ever visit.

Balls generally end around midnight and that’s when the winter streets become truly enchanting. Gorgeous women in heavy furs and designer gowns illuminate the streets with the embers of their cigarettes as their dates lead them into Kaffeehäuses to nibble divine sweets and smoke long cigarettes. The Kaffeehäuse proves itself as the greatest people watching destination at this hour. Clouds of

Winter is a particularly romantic time to visit Vienna, offering an escape from the ordinary into a magical world of extraordinary. Prepare to embrace the unexpected and watch your favorite holiday fairytale come to life before your very eyes, in Vienna.

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“IMPERFECTION IS BEAUTY, MADNESS IS GENIUS AND IT’S BETTER TO BE ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS THAN ABSOLUTELY BORING.”

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ne of the most iconic figures in American Culture and film, Marilyn Monroe was born with the birth name of Norma Jeane Baker on June 1, 1926. Norma Jeane’s mother was a film cutter at RKO Studios who, widowed and mentally ill, abandoned her to a sequence of foster homes. At nine, the LA Orphans’ Home paid her a nickel a month for kitchen work while taking back a penny every Sunday for church. At sixteen Monroe married neighbor, Jim Dougherty and became a stay at home wife. He joined the military during WWII and left to sea with the marines. In 1945 Monroe was working at a Burbank defense plant when an Army photographer taking photos of women working approached her and snapped a photo. This launched her career in modeling and led her to movie producer, Howard Hughes. In her early years, young Monroe studied acting at the Actors’ lab in Hollywood, and took literature courses at UCLA downtown. By this time Monroe had also begun bleaching her hair blonde and modeling for pin-up photos. In 1948, Columbia gave her a six-month contract, changed her name to Marilyn Monroe and turned her over to coach Natasha Lytess who featured her in the B movie Ladies of the Chorus (1948) in which she plays a young burlesque queen and sang two numbers. Joseph L. Mankiewicz saw her in a small part in The Asphalt Jungle (1950) and cast her in All About Eve (1950), resulting in 20th Century re-signing her to a seven-year contract. Appearing in three films in 1953: Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry and Millionaire launched her image as a sensual sex symbol superstar.

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did you KNOW? MARILYN MONROE’S CAREER lasted just fifteen years

TRUMAN CAPOTE considered Monroe for the lead role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s; she even performed two scenes for him PLAYBOY’S FIRST PLAYMATE of the month in 1953

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“I DON’T MIND LIVING IN A MAN’S WORLD AS LONG AS I CAN BE A WOMAN IN IT.” - MARILYN MONROE

In 1954, Monroe married and divorced baseball great Joe DiMaggio. Their infamous romance was fueled with fights and some reports have said DiMaggio got physical. After The Seven Year Itch (1955), she wanted serious acting to replace the sexpot image and went to New York’s Actors Studio. She worked with director Lee Strasberg and also underwent psychoanalysis to learn more about herself. Critics praised her transformation in Bus Stop (1956) and the press was stunned by her marriage to playwright Arthur Miller. They traveled to England where she made The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) with Laurence Olivier, fighting with him and falling further prey to alcohol and pills. Two miscarriages and gynecological surgery followed. So did an affair with Yves Montand. Despite her glamorous appearance and life in the spotlight, there was a disconnect from family and virtually no friends that kept her visiting a therapist almost daily. In 1959 Monroe returned to the silver screen after a year off and won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for Some Like it Hot. Work on her last picture The Misfits (1961), written for her by Miller was interrupted by exhaustion. She was dropped from the unfinished Something’s Got to Give (1962) due to chronic lateness and drug dependency. The same year, Monroe performed her legendary ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ song to John F Kennedy at Madison Square Gardens. In 1961, Dr. Kris convinced Monroe to check herself into Payne Withney psychiatric ward, as her inevitable issues with abuse, isolation and constant surveillance took a toll on her daily life. Monroe’s career was a brief moment of only 15 sparkling years in the industry. On August 5, 1962 Marilyn Monroe, age 36 was found dead in bed. The coroner stated she had died from acute barbiturate poisoning, and it was a probable suicide. The dazzling star was buried at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

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THE HOME GATHERING Dress Code: “Festive Casual” DO: Be chic but comfortable. You will probably be sitting on a sofa at some point and you don’t want to look stiff. DON’T: Overdress - it’s not a competition and you never want to look better than your hostess. THE OFFICE PARTY Dress Code: “Holiday Cocktail” DO: Be tasteful and stay away from Christmas colors like red and green - work environments offer an array of personal beliefs and you don’t want to offend anyone. DON’T: Dress like a hussy (overly sexual) or go directly from your work clothes to the party. CHRISTMAS DINNER Dress Code: “Holiday Chic” DO: Straddle that line between well-turned out yet relaxed. DON’T: Dress literally - like you are trying to invoke Christmas itself.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE Dress Code: “Festive & Fancy” DO: Turn up the glam factor and think outside the box. DON’T: Wear a predictable LBD, a short, tight body-con dress or anything ‘sexy’ that might translate to slutty. You may want to get lucky but you don’t want to look like you do.

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ERIC HIMEL is a widely known celebrity stylist, fashion expert and media personality. Himel attended Parson’s School of Design and trained under Project Runway’s Tim Gunn, then moved to Los Angeles and began his styling career, expanding his business across North America. Himel’s roster of celebrity clientele has included Jenny McCarthy, Giuliana Rancic, Pete Wentz, and Gabby Douglas. He’s best known for his signature Closet Purge™ and now leverages the online landscape, offering Virtual Styling Sessions - erichimel.com

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Surviving looks a lot like thriving Breast cancer flipped Katherine’s world upside down. But in the five years since she underwent treatment, Katherine’s been doing some flips of her own. Thanks to research to discover new treatments, women like Katherine are having their lives put right side up after a cancer diagnosis. That’s why Stand Up To Cancer Canada and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation have teamed up to accelerate the pace of research done by collaborative teams of scientists working to develop new treatments faster. Giving more women, like Katherine, their lives back. To learn more about advances in research, clinical trials testing innovative treatments, and how to get involved, go to standup2cancer.ca/breastcancer and cbcf.org.

Photography: Andrew Macpherson

Kim Cattrall, Stand Up To Cancer Canada Ambassador Katherine Chan, Breast Cancer Survivor Stand Up To Cancer Canada is a program of EIF Canada, a Canadian Registered Charity (Reg. #80550 6730 RR0001). Stand Up To Cancer Canada brand marks are licensed trademarks of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.


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