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Volume 1 Issue 1

Spring 2012

Style Empire


TABLE OF CONTENTS

CONTENTS

Volume 1 Issue 1

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Style Empire PHOTO EDITORIALS

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Fallen Angel

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Breath of Fresh Air

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31 Fab Collabs Two exciting collaborations featuring two talented Canadian designers.

BEAUTY/ GROOMING

Beauty 10 Trending Trending Metallic Sheen Beauty Metallic Sheen 11 Grooming Grooming Trending

Back to the Basics

Dry Spell

Metallic Sheen Back to the Basics Grooming Beauty Icon 12 Beauty Icon BackWeingarten to the Basics Essie Essie Weingarten Icon Beauty Feature 13 Beauty Dry EssieSpell Weingarten Love - How Sex Feature Beauty Editorial Affects Our Skin Dry Spell 14 Beauty Feature Beauty Editorial

Fashion 16 Beauty Editorial Editorial Fallen Angel Fashion A Breath of Editorial Fresh Air FASHION A Breath of Trending In Full Air Bloom Fresh 22 Editorial Trending News A Breath of In Full Bloom Fab Collabs Fresh Air News Editorial 30 Trending FabKilter Collabs Off In Full Bloom Editorial Off Kilter 31 News

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Beauty Icon

How one woman created a nail colour empire from just 12 shades.

Travel Fab Collabs Fashion Essentials 32 Editorial Travel Jet Setter

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Travel essentials you don’t want to leave home without.

Off Kilter

Plane and Simple

Plane and Simple Fashion Essentials Jet Setter Travel Feature TRAVEL Plane and Simple Discover Lagos Travel Feature 40 Travel Essentials Discover Jet Setter Lagos

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Discover Lagos

SHOP GUIDE

Explore Southern Portugal’s hidden gem.

Discover Lagos

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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editor’s note

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pring is the season where we put away our blacks and greys to pull out the brighter hues. It’s also the season where everything seems to thrive. The flowers blossom and bloom, while we (and the animals) come out of hibernation. With that in mind, it seemed fitting to launch Style Empire’s first issue. We launched our website and blog a few months back and were amazed at all of the support and positive feedback we received. We’re crossing our fingers that the same goes for our flip-book edition. 45 pages of beauty, style and travel features, not to mention a few photo editorials. It took 4 months, 16 days and 12 hours to complete, but here we are. We want to send out a huge thank you to everyone who has helped us along the way. Flip from page to page and scroll your way through. Tweet us and email us to let us know your thoughts. The good, the bad and (hopefully not) the ugly either way, we want to hear them. Sincerely,

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Chenessa Lam, Editor chenessa@styleempire.ca @stylempire @misschenessa


BEHIND THE SCENES

Behind the Scenes with Style Empire

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NEWS

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The hottest updates, from comic books to a New York Times best seller to the latest happenings in Toronto.

Converse and the Caped Vigilante

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Whether you’re a comic book junkie or just a fan of The Dark Knight. The fourth collection in the Converse and DC Comics collaboration brings us a new series of Chuck Taylor’s - this time, loaded with Batman graphics. You can opt for a black and yellow toned sneaker or a multi - coloured rendition. Did we mention they’re available for the little ones too?

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Prices start at $80 for adults and $45 for kids. Available at Groovy, getoutside, Foot Locker or converse.com.

GAME ON!

Take a step into the future and lose yourself in The Hunger Games. The science fiction novel is set in a country called Panem (the former North America), where selected boys and girls must take part in The Hunger Games. The winner comes out alive, and the loser isn’t as lucky. Everyone is raving about the books, and if you’re going to finish them before the movie is released, you better get started! The Hunger Games Trilogy Box Set, $60, available at Chapters and Indigo Books.


TORONTO FASHION WEEK

NEWS

Between March 12th and March 16th, downtown Toronto will be abuzz with fashion-fiends. As the days inch closer, the fashion tents start appearing before our eyes in the Financial District’s, David Pecaut Square. Crowd favourites, Bustle, Joe Fresh, Pink Tartan and David Dixon, are sure to bring in a sold

A staple in Toronto’s Queen West neighbourhood, Ultra nightclub, has closed its doors. The long-running hot spot underwent a face lift for INK Entertainment’s latest venture, CUBE.

“Evolution has always been a part of our growth. The growth of INK and the introduction of CUBE is our testament to our goal in always improving on what has been achieved. We had a desire to create something completely new and I believe we’ve been successful in doing that with CUBE,” says Charles Khabouth, INK Entertainment’s Chief Executive Officer. CUBE’s aesthetic was brought to life by Alessandro Munge of Munge Leung, one of Canada’s leading design firms. The space boasts a retro aesthetic with polished high gloss lacquered woods, bronzed-mirrored surfaces and the yellowish curved booth seating. It’s reminiscent of the 1960’s - how fitting, as we’re about to welcome back AMC’s Mad Men to the screen. Now the big question, scotch on-therocks or a vodka gimlet?

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Text: Chenessa Lam

out show. Lucian Matis, notable finalist on Project Runway Canada, kicks off Fashion Week with an off-site show on March 12th. Editors, designers and the like will be swarming the area but who says you can’t join in on the fun? Tickets start at $25 for a show and $175 for a day. Fashionistas, it’s time to rejoice.

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BEAUTY

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Y& ROOMING Just because the season is temperamental, doesn’t mean your skin needs to be. It’s time to break free from the winter blues.

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BEAUTY Be fierce and elegant with these metallic beauty must-haves and strut what you’ve got with sparkles that will make you shine all day long. From simple and sweet to smoky and stunning, transform your look into a smooth and glamorous one.

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Gold Mine > This quick-drying formula will give your eyes the perfect amount of sparkle. Diamond Liner in Calypso, $13, Quo.

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^ Electric Elegance This metallic nail lacquer is the perfect blend of shimmer and shine that will make your manicure sizzle. Nail Lacquer in A Lit-Teal Bit Of Love, $11, Nicole by OPI.

Dimensional Dazzle > Take your look from silky soft to rich and sumptuous with this high-shimmer shadow. Hypergloss Eye Shimmer, $16, Victoria’s Secret.

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Dynamic Duo > This lip colour duo is the perfect blend of a creamy and shimmering finish. Just flip the stick to use individually. Blast Flipstick in Flashy/Stunner, $12, COVERGIRL.

< Golden Eye Long-lasting bold colour glides on effortlessly and stays in place all night long. Longwear Eye Liner in Solid Gold, $7, Mark by Avon.

Slightly Sequin > Wet or dry, this weightless shadow leaves your eyes vibrant and glamorous with its perfect all-day wear. Jewel Eyeshadow in Black Diamond, $26, Stila. < Golden Girl Add this textured topcoat to any polish for perfectly glossy nails. Luxeffects in As Good As It Gets, $10, Essie.

Text: Vanessa Cioffi


GROOMING ESSENTIALS

Back to the

< As Close As It Gets This luxury doubleedged razor from the U.K. is handmade and perfectly balanced and weighted to give you the smoothest shave possible - next to the classic straight razor of course. Carlton Safety Razor, $99, Truefitt & Hill.

Basics Keeping track of trends and what’s popular can often be tricky. For some guys, this can be rather intimidating. Thankfully, when it comes to grooming, taking care of your face and body will always be in style.

< Smooth Operator Rugged and rough around the edges shouldn’t be adjectives used to describe your skin. Facial Moisturizer, $29, Lucky Tiger.

Close Shave > Hydrate and prepare skin for shaving with full visibility to trim, sculpt and edge your way to being a man of style. Clear Shave Gel, $8, Gillette. < Serve and Protect Restore your skin’s barrier after shaving while also reducing redness. This 24 hour hydrator is ideal for sensitive skin. Sensi-Baume, $29, Vichy Homme. Clean Fiend > Lather, rinse and wash away dead skin cells while also moisturizing your skin. Body Bar, $6, Every Man Jack.

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< Sleep On It This lightweight formula nourishes and enhances the skins elasticity before you even hit the snooze button. Night Cream Defense, $32, Etival Homme.

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Over 30 years ago, Essie Weingarten changed the game of nail colour with just 12 shades.

dare you to name me a woman who doesn’t love going to the salon to get a manicure. The experience itself is just as important and the shade and finish of the chosen polish. It is with this passion and enthusiasm that Essie Weingarten, founder and president of Essie Cosmetics, has spent carefully crafting each and every new shade. It’s hard to believe that three decades ago, twelve colours were able to completely revamp an industry and change the way women looked at their nails. Celebrating their 30th anniversary, Weingarten wanted to break away from the limited choices that were available to women. Opting for a change from the basic platinum and red, Weingarten decided to take a risk and start creating shades that would shape the future of the nail colours and extend into over 250,000 salons in over 101 different countries. Weingarten draws inspiration from her own life

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and experiences with shades like Ballet Slippers, which was harboured from her devotion to ballet as a young girl, to After Sex, a shade inspired by one of her favourite chocolates. Weingarten states, “I took a risk and made shades that were new and exciting.” This year, we’re seeing a new addition to the Essie family, the Luxeffects line, a series of five dazzling textured top coats. It has been a long road traveled by

Weingarten, from being named one of “Fashion’s Most Influential” by the NY Daily News, to being recognized with the Achiever Award from Cosmetic Executive Women for her monumental impact on the beauty industry. In the past 30 years, let’s just say, Essie Weingarten definitely hit this nail on the head. LuxeffectsTop-Coats from top to bottom: Set in Stones, A Cut Above, Shine Of The Times, Set in Stones, $10 each, Essie.

Your hands make such a statement about who you want to be. - EssieWeingarten

Text: Josh Cawston


BEAUTY

LOVE

How To: Recharge Under the Sheets

LOVE

Slim & Sexy Available in cerise or lime, this rechargeable vibrator is curved to hit your g-spot with perfect precision. Silicone Vibrator, $80 each, Lelo Liv at ohhhcanada.ca.

Sex and Other Toys...

An Apple A Day Much like the apple, an orgasm a day keeps the doctor away. Sex not only keeps you active, but it also helps your complexion. Whether you have combination skin, dry skin or acne, sex makes you sweat, boosts circulation and act as a mild detox.

Improving your sex life shouldn’t be rocket science. It might take some time and effort but a better orgasm could be just a few nights away. 1. Be Happy In the Skin You’re In

The truth of the matter is, we are our hardest critic. Your partner isn’t looking at your muffin tops and imperfections when you’re naked they’re focusing on other things. Know your body and be familiar with what you enjoy - if you don’t know how to please you, how can they?

2. Talk the Talk

Wouldn’t it be amazing if your partner knew exactly what you like and dislike in bed? Give them just that.

Text: Chenessa Lam

The more you exercise your libido, the more active it gets. Couples often get into a slump when work gets busy, life gets hectic and time runs short, but don’t forget to make time for each other. If time doesn’t permit or schedules conflict, make time for yourself. The easier it is to orgasm at will, the easier it will come with your partner - no pun intended. Double Trouble This ergonomic vibrator packs a powerful punch. With two motors, you have twice the pulsing patterns and twice the fun! Silicone Vibrator, $133, Jimmyjane at ohhhcanada.ca.

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Some couples have been together for years, they know what buttons to push but yet they don’t communicate in the bedroom. It’s a good idea to drop a few hints verbally, since heavy breathing will only take you so far.

3. Use It, Or Lose It

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FEATURE

BEAUTY

DRY skin

Environmental Effects Keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized throughout the year will protect your skin from environmental threats such as smoke and pollution. These factors lead to dry skin, wrinkles and an uneven skin tone. Using a day cream with SPF will protect your skin leaving it visibly softer and smoother.

During the winter months, dryness is very common and can often get quite irritating. Using hydrating and moisturizing creams and products to help prevent and protect the reoccurrence of dry skin, hair, and lips is the best way to restore moisture and keep you looking fresh all year long.

hair

Pamper Your Luscious Locks Treat your hair with a lightweight hydrating mask or go for an oil treatment that will give you extra moisture. By keeping your hair hydrated you will improve the texture and manageability of your hair and its shine. From left to right: Enrich Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner, $14 each, Wella. Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner, $30 each, both Pureology. Weightless Hydrating Mask, $40,Moroccanoil. Mythic Oil, $24, Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;OrĂŠal Professionnel.

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From top to bottom: Thermal Spa Water, $13, Vichy. Hydrating Fluid, $140, PREVAGE. Depsea Water Facial Mist in Bergamot, $32, shu uemera. Super AquaSerum, $60, Guerlain.

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Text: Vanessa Cioffi


BEAUTY Keep Them Kissable It’s always important to keep your lips protected from the drying effects that wind and cold weather can cause. Using a lip balm infused with SPF will shield your lips from excessive sun exposure. Exfoliating them with a gentle scrub will keep them fully moisturized and leave them looking and feeling velvety smooth. From left Fix Lip Climate Mentha

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to right: Lip Balm, $9, Kiehl’s. VS Smooth Scrub & Balm, 18, Victoria’s Secret. Control Lip Balm, $10, Dermalogica. Lip Balm Stick, $8, C.O. Bigelow.

men’s

Stay In Control Dehydrated skin caused by pollution, smoke and shaving can be irritating and uncomfortable for even the toughest men. Using a daily moisturizer on both your face and body may seem tedious and time consuming but by keeping moisturized and hydrated you can control your dry skin and help make it resilient and healthy looking for a longer lasting and visibly smoother look. Shave oils are especially important for men, these help open up the pores for a closer shave and free your skin from razor burn and dryness, leaving you with a complexion that is clear, comfortable and controlled. From left to right: Fast Absorbing Hydrating Body and Face Lotion, $10, Extra Strength Hydrating Body and Face Lotion, $7, both Vaseline MEN. Micro Nutrient Moisturizing Gel, $44, Super Moisture Gel, Lancôme Men. Shaving Oil, $5, Cromwell and Cruthers. Moisture Balm, Clarins Men, $38.

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Text: Vanessa Cioffi

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BEAUTY FEATURE

forget about playing it safe. Change up your look with layered Shadows, glossy liner and a nude lip.

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Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, $49, NARS. Havana Bronzing Powder, $28, Lise Watier. Pure Neck & Décolleté, $52, Laboratoire Dr. Renaud.

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Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour, $27, Stila. Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, $29, NARS. Jet Set Waterproof Eyeliner in Black, $27, Smashbox. Terracotta LightSheer Bronzing Powder, $56, Guerlain. Haute Couleur High Coverage Lip Lacquer in Nude Addiction, $22, Lise Watier.


BEAUTY

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Editor | Chenessa Lam Photographer | Tse Daniel Make Up Artist | Marlene Olsson Model | Olivia Parkes

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Sunbeam G o l d e n B r o n z e Complexion H i g h l i g h t e r, $30, Benefit Cosmetics. Eye Gloss in Black, $28, Anna Sui. V o l u m e Glamour Mascara, $18, Bourjois P a r i s .

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FASHION

FASHIO

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Fall in love with a perennial favourite or try your luck at something bold. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re feeling colourful and fresh or monochroma-chic, we have just the thing for you!

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with the quality behind the Geox brand. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have room in your closet, it might be time to make some.

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Fashion Editorial

Polyester Tank, $85, Banana Republic. Cotton and E l a s t a n e Denim, $210, Hudson Jeans.


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Fashion Breath Editorial

of Fresh Air

Fight colourphobia with this season’s hottest hues. Don’t get immunized, catch spring fever with these hot and easy-to-wear pieces. Spring 2012

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Fashion Editorial

Perforated Suede Top, $425, Pink Tartan. Denim Cotton Pant, $125, Lacoste. Metal Plated Necklace,$65 Banana Republic. Metal Plated and Enamel Bracelet, $45, Banana Republic. Leather PeepToe Slingbacks, $160, Aldo Shoes.


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Viscose Striped Top, $145, Pink Tartan. Wide Leg Cotton Denim Pant, $90, Gap. Base Metal S e t t i n g Necklace, $62, Banana Republic.

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Wool and Silk Shift Dress, $425, Pink Tartan.

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Fashion Editorial

Oyster Button Shell Shift Dress, $2000, Pink Tartan. Suede PeepToe Heels, $180, Calvin Klein Shoes.


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Editor | Chenessa Lam Photographer | Tse Daniel Make Up Artist | Jem Lopez Model | Victoria Ellingham

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Nylon, Rayon and Spandex Dress, $65, Gap. Zinc and Enamel Cuff, $62, Banana Republic.

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FASHION

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FASHION

In Full Bloom

Stroll through the flower garden and lose yourself in a sea of pretty petals. This season it’s all about the graphic prints from the outfit to the add-ons. It’s time to reinvent your floral wardrobe.

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ith signs of spring around the corner, soon the cold and snow will give way to freshly bloomed flowers and warm rays of sunshine. Nature aside, we have seen plenty of floral arrangements saunter down the runways of New York and Milan. Forget about the small delicate petals, this season, go big or go home. The key to trends it not to over do it, especially when it comes to prints – stay away from “The Secret Garden” from head to toe. Here are a few items to work into your wardrobe. Create your own floral fantasy and stay on point, whether it be with a graphic floral dress or a blossoming ring.

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From top to bottom: Rayon Dress, $255, Cartise. Silk and Tulle Flower Ring, $29, Headmistress. Patent PU Clutch, $85, Nine West. Nail Polish in Navigate Her (left) and To Buy or Not To Buy (right), $10 each, Essie. Platform Pumps, $120, Kate & Mel for Town Shoes.

Text: Josh Cawston


NEWS

Fab Collabs

Spring 2012 brings many new collections including two noteworthy Canadian collaborations.

DANIER x PHILIP SPARKS

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Text: Josh Cawston

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When you pair the fun playful designs of world renowned shoe designer, Patrick Cox, with premium Italian footwear brand, Geox, you’re bound to get a match made in heaven. With 18 styles for men and 20 for women, the collaboration between Cox and Geox blends sportswear and London’s urban chic. This collection is both comfortable and fashionable and boasts a cool city vibe combined with the quality behind the Geox brand. The best part, you won’t break the bank. The shoes range from $130-160, depending on the the style. If you don’t have room in your closet, it’s about time to make some!

Canadian leather company Danier has been on the forefront of Canadian collaborations. This Spring, Danier works together with Toronto-based designer Phillip Sparks to create an amazing collection of accessories perfect for anyone on-the-go. Consisting of satchels, briefcases, cardholders and even a great camera bag with plenty of pockets and dividers. These items range from $29-399 and are great for the photographer on-the-go or just for the everyday. Who knows, you may even end up in a street-style shot or two.

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OFF KILTER ECLIPSE EVERYONE ELSE’S STYLE WITH DARK COLOURS AND BOLD PRINTS. DRAMATIC EYELINER AND A NUDE LIP ARE SURE TO FINISH OFF THIS EDGY LOOK.

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Cotton Blazer, $165, FCUK. Multi-Chain Necklace, 115, Biko Jewelry. Cotton Denim, $210, J Brand.

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Oversized Cotton and Silk Top, $175, Lacoste. (Left Hand) 24K Plated Gold Bracelet, $85, Antiqued Plated Silver Bracelet, $85, (Right Hand) 24K Plated Gold Spring Bracelet, $85, Antiqued Plated Silver Spring Bracelet, $85, Brass and Gunmetal Chain Necklace, $155, all jewelry Biko.


FASHION FEATURE Spring 2012

Nylon and Spandex Mesh Shirt, $80, FCUK. Tiered Skirt, $295, Pink Tartan. Nylon and Elastane Tights, $13, Secret Legwear. Leather Pumps, $160, Aldo Shoes.

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Editor | Chenessa Lam Photographer | Tse Daniel Make Up Artist | Jem Lopez Model | Victoria Ellingham


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Viscose and Polyamide Cape Dress, $ 3 9 5 , Lacoste.

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TRAVEL

TRAVEL For those consumed by wanderlust, Style Empire uncovers Southern Portugal with all of the essentials for your globe-trotting adventures.

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TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Jet Setter Keep those shades on and get ready for lift off!

Acetate and Rose Gold Sunglasses, $320, KayTran Eyewear.

Bandage Bikini, $121,CelebBoutique.

Resin Watch, $300, Michael Kors at WATCHIT! Leather Envelope Travel Clutch, $59, Danier.

Traveling is an ambitious way of leaving your troubles behind, but sometimes it can get more hectic then anticipated. To make for a more relaxing stay, be sure to pack smart and remember the essentials like your go-to swimsuit and comfy shoes. Bringing a travel wallet that is easy to tuck away will make you feel stress free on your next getaway and keep going from dusk until dawn. SPLURGE

Leather Flats, $170, ECCO Shoes.

Maxi Dress, $200, Joseph Ribkoff.

Nail Lacquers in Kiss Me on My Tulips (left) and A Roll in The Hague (right), $11 each, both OPI.

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Beauty On-The-Go

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Portable Blow Out Ideal for traveling, this foldable hair dryer enhances shine while also minimizing frizz. Salon Performance Hair Dryer, $40, Conair.

Zip It All-In-One Keep it simple with a travel set that has everything you need in one place. Travel Agent Set, $40, Philosophy at Sephora.

Luxurious Landing What better way to feel fabulous then to splurge on luggage that is not only resilient but stylish, too? This deluxe beauty case is the perfect way to pile on the products without the added weight of the luggage; the ultra-lightweight makes it convenient to travel anywhere and look great. Salsa Deluxe Beauty Case, $430, RIMOWA.

Text: Vanessa Cioffi


TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Plane and Simple

Travel must-have’s no man should be without.

Let’s face it, when it comes to men and women our differences don’t just stop at anatomy. When traveling, we are pretty simple in the way we pack - practical and light. Whether it be for a weekend getaway or a 4 month vacation, there are a few key items no one should leave without. Remember to protect your skin as well as your passport. A pair of shades and a reliable timepiece are also great to have. For the gadget fanatics, why not a Swiss Army USB flash drive? Whether on a warm island night or a stroll down European streets, you’ll be glad you didn’t leave these behind. SPLURGE

Slim Data Storage Device 4GB – 64GB, $52 – $325, Victorinox Swiss Army.

Aviators, $375, Yves Saint Laurent. SPF 50 Ultra Light Sunscreen $36, Kiehl’s.

Cotton ButtonUp Shirt, $29, Joe Fresh. Leather Passport Cover, $19, Danier.

Seersucker Sneaker, $80, Sperry at Town Shoes.

Cargo Shorts, $29, Denver Hayes.

Black Quartz Sports Watch, $1250, Tissot.

Weekender Bag, $185, Lacoste.

Grooming On-The-Go

From left to right: Fusion ProGlide Styler, $25, Gillette. Ultimate Shave Kit, $11, The Real Shaving Co.

Text: Josh Cawston

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Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you should start slacking on facial hair upkeep. It can be rather bulky to carry your razor blade, electric razor and all your shaving creams and after-shave moisturizers. To avoid this, look for all-in-one tools that offer both a manual and electric blades, as well as convenient travel sets.

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TRAVEL A warm embrace of beautiful beaches, inspiring sunsets and vibrant nightlife.

Discover Lagos

If you need a little “me time,” this understated gem is the perfect place to slow things down and unwind. With magnificent beaches, extremely friendly locals, and stunning historical structures, Lagos offers a leisurely oasis. It’s a smaller destination of the Algarve region, but far from lacking in pleasure.

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What to SEE From the moment you approach the city, Lagos offers lots for the eyes to admire. Settle into your hotel but waste no time to explore the old architecture and cobblestone alleys of this quaint city. Discover the many oratories, such as Oratório de São Gonçalo, to develop a sense of the rich Portuguese culture. Visit the Lagos’ Slave Market, the oldest in Europe, to understand the pivotal historical role of the city in Europe’s supply of slave labour. A definite must, however, is to book a boat tour to reveal the abundance of natural shore beauty.

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Text: Akua Delfish


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What to DO In this town, be sure to enjoy Lagos both day and night. Stop in one of the many pastry shops and treat yourself to a traditional Portuguese tart. Restaurants are plentiful and you will readily become familiar with Portuguese cuisine through the maintained authenticity provided in this area. As dusk falls, gather your fancy flats (no heels on the cobblestone) and return to the bars along Silva Lopes Street for a fun night. Be sure to stop inside of Shaker Bar to order a Strawberry Daiquiri from Rodrigues. It’ll be the BEST you’ve ever had. Tell him we sent you.

How to RELAX

Text: Akua Delfish

For the Record The beauty of Lagos versus some of the more well-known Algarve destinations is that it is far less commercialized. Hence, it offers more natural beauty amidst a low-key city vibe. The locals here are extremely friendly and welcome casual conversations with visitors. The weather in Lagos is generally fantastic from May through September. Remember to pack comfortable walking shoes as there will be a few inclines in your path.

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Your purpose is to unwind and do YOU. With gorgeously carvedout, secluded beaches like Praia Dona Ana, Lagos offers the perfect opportunity for me-time. Equally experience one of the most breathtaking sunsets from Meia Praia. However, sometimes the beach is simply not close enough. Thankfully, for you and your lazy bone, most accommodations in this area will offer open-air pool amenities with a pool side bar. Grab yourself a cocktail, add some kick if you’re sassy, and enjoy the sun within proximity of your room. May we suggest a Caipirinha?

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SHOP GUIDE

Want it? Get it!

Spring 2012

Aldo Shoes, Available at Aldo Stores, aldoshoes.com Anna Sui, Available at Anna Sui counters nationwide, annasui.com Banana Republic, Available at Banana Republic Stores, bananarepublic.ca Benefit Cosmetics, Available at Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart and Murale, benefitcosmetics.com Bigelow & C.O., Available at Bath & Body Works stores across Canada, bathandbodyworks.com Biko Jewelry, ilovebiko.com Bourjois Paris, Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Murale, bourjois.ca Cartise, cartise.com CelebBoutique, celebboutique.com Chapters, Available at Chapters Stores, chapters.ca Clarins MEN, clarinsmen.com Conair, Available at: Sears, Zellers, Jean Coutu, London Drugs, Bay, Home Outfitters. Converse, Available at Groovy, getoutside and Foot Locker, converse.com COVERGIRL, Available at mass-market retail outlets nationwide, covergirl.ca Cromwell and Cruthers, Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Cromwell-cruthers.com

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CUBE, ink-00.com Danier, Danier Leather Stores, danier.com Denver Hayes, Available at Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Work Wearhouse, marks.com Dermalogica, dermalogica.com/ca ECCO Shoes, Available at Ecco stores, eccocanada.com Essie, Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and other leading retailers, essie.com Etival Homme, Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart locations nationwide. Every Man Jack, everymanjack.com. FCUK, Available at FCUK stores, canada. frenchconnection.com. Gap, Available at Gap stores, gapcanada.com Geox, Available at select Geox stores, geoxca. info. Gillette, Available at major Food, Drug and Pharmacies, gillette.com Guerlain, Available at select Guerlain counters across Canada, guerlain.com Headmistress, loveheadmistress.com Hudson Jeans, 800-335-7268, hudsonjeans.com Indigo, Available at Indigo Stores, Indigo.ca J Brand, jbrandjeans.com Jimmyjane, Available at ohhhcanada.ca Joe Fresh, Available at Joe Fresh and Loblaws stores across Canada, Joe.ca Joseph Ribkoff, josephribkoff. com


SHOP GUIDE

Sperry, Available at Town Shoes, sperrytopsider.com Stila, Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Murale locations across Canada. stilacosmetics.com The Real Shavin Co., Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, realshaving.com Tissot, Available at The Bay, Henry Birks & Sons, tissot.ch Vaseline MEN, Available at mass market retailers, vaseline.ca Vichy Homme, Available at Drugstores and Pharmacies across Canada, vichy.ca Vichy, Available at Drugstores and Pharmacies across Canada, vichy.ca Victoria’s Secret, victoriassecret.com Victorinox Swiss Army, 800-665-4095, swissarmy.com WATCH IT!, watchit.ca Wella, Available at select salons nationwide, wella.com Yves Saint Laurent, Available at L.F. Optical, Pink Eye Optical, Liberty Village Eyecare, The Optic Zone, Style Optical.

THE

TEAM

Editor: Chenessa Lam Sales & Marketing: Tse Daniel Assistant Editor: Josh Cawston Writers: Akua Delfish, Vanessa Cioffi. Contributors: Akil Delfish, Brenda Ha, Jem Lopez, Jesse McFarlan, Marlene Olsson, Olivia Parkes, Victoria Ellingham.

Spring 2012

Kate & Mel, Available at Town Shoes Stores across Canada, townshoes.com KayTran Eyewear, Available at Goldstein Boutique, Optic Zone and Pink Eye Optical, kaytran.com Kiehl’s, Available at Kiehl’s Stores, kiehls.com L’Oreal Professionnel, Available exclusively at Salons, ca.lorealprofessionnel.com Laboratoire Dr. Renaud, Available in Spas and Beauty institutes nationwide, ldrenaud.com Lacoste, Available at select Lacoste stores across Canada, lacoste.com Lancome Men, Available at Lancome counters nationwide, lancome.ca Lelo, Available at ohhhcanada.ca Lisewatier, lisewatier.com Lucky Tiger, getluckytiger.com Morocanoil, Available at Fine Salons and Spas across Canada, moroccanoil.com NARS cosmetics, Available at The Bay, Holt Renfrew, Sephora and Murale Locations, narscosmetics.ca Nicole by O.P.I., Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaw and Zellers, nicolebyopi.com Nine West, Available at Nine West Stores, ninewest.com O.P.I., Available at Professional Salons and Spas across Canada, opi.com Philosphy, Available at Sephora Stores across Canada, philosophy.com Pink Tartan, Available at Pink Tartan Stores and select The Bay locations, pinktartan.com Prevage, Available at Elizabeth Arden counters nationwide, canada.elizabetharden.com Pureology, Available Exclusively at Salons, pureology.com Quo, Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart. RIMOWA, rimowa.de Secret Legwear, Available at Major Retailers Across Canada, 877-273-2738, secretlegwear. com Shu Uemura, Available exclusively at Holt Renfrew, shuuemura.com Smashbox, Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, smashboxcanada.com

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