FEBRUARY 2016 | TORONTO
Toronto’s coolest women slay spring’s hottest beauty trend + knockout date dressing, adventures in lipstick, insanely cute candy
POUT PERFECTION MEET YOUR MATTE
Create a long-lasting, smouldering look with rich matte-velvet hues that leave a lasting impression.
Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Bing and Fig, $23
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Beauty, Breathless and Red Door Red, $32
KISS ME, YOU FOOL
Grab attention for your perfect pout, but keep the mystery alive by leaving him with only a lipstick mark on his cheek. He will never wash it off!
A POUT WITH POWER
Get budge-proof lips that nourish and plump, and last up to six hours, so you don’t have to stress about a potential post-date make-out session.
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Stila Stay All Day® Liquid Lipstick in Ricco, Baci and Carmello, $31
GO FOR BOLD
A luxe, weightless lipstick, that goes on smooth with a modernvelvet finish, these pretty shades are the perfect way to make a statement when you’re over your signature red.
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PRETTY PERFECT MATCH LIPSTICK AND FRAGRANCE ARE A DYNAMIC DUO, JUST LIKE YOU AND YOUR PARAMOUR. ENHANCE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH A LONG-LASTING, STATEMENT LIP AND A FRAGRANCE THAT HELPS TO SET A ROMANTIC MOOD
NEW Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau de Parfum, 50mL, $115
PARTY OF TWO, PLEASE
Set a glamourous, decadent tone, whether it’s your first date or your fourth. It will be a night he won’t soon forget.
IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE
Hook him on the first date with this feminine and fresh floral fragrance. He’ll feel like he’s been hit by Cupid’s arrow.
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum, 50mL, $95
Chloé Love Story Eau de Toilette, 50mL, $90
ALL ABOUT ALLURE
Pairing black coffee with luminous white flower accords creates a strong, sensual scent that will leave him wanting more.
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Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Rosé Eau de Parfum, 50mL, $89
Notes of jasmine, pear and rose blend together to create a romantic and sweet scent that you’ll be happy to wear with everything.
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PHOTOGRAPHY: ANDREW SOULE. MAKEUP: SIMONE OTIS FOR P1M.CA. HAIR: JUSTIN GERMAN FOR P1M.CA/BANG SALON. MAKEUP ASSISTANT: BRITTANY SINCLAIR FOR P1M.CA. HAIR ASSISTANT: NOELIA GABALDO FOR P1M.CA/BANG SALON
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n the flurry leading up to February 14, the Kit team got together to talk about how to handle the year’s most slash least beloved holiday. We knew we wanted to cover the classic stuff—see boudoir dressing (“The Top 10,” page 12) and Toronto romance (“How to Date Better,” page 17)—but the relationship we really wanted to focus on was the one we have with ourselves. So we’re calling it: This is the year to love yourself first. Let’s focus on how amazing it feels to look in the mirror and see someone you like, not someone you’d like to change. Let’s participate in fashion and beauty because lipstick is awesome, shoes are a synonym for joy, and you’ll never forget the night you spent in that dress. Get inspired by “Blue Valentine” (page 22), our portfolio of six smart, gorgeous Toronto women who get into it with beauty editor Rani Sheen about their feelings on their own beauty. I’d love to hear what you think of this issue. Connect with me any time @Laura_deCarufel with #TheKitCompact.
4/ THE MAP
32/ COOL GIRL, COOL JOB
Downtown vs. uptown: Two editors plot their dream solo dates.
Mary Grisey’s 9 to 5 includes textile design and tarot cards.
22/ BLUE VALENTINE
5/ OUT & ABOUT 16+ ways to fall in love with February.
7/ MOST WANTED Bling rings and other gimme-that baubles.
8/ NOW TRENDING
Flirty, pretty things.
14/ GIRL GANG
28/ THE HAUL
34/ FIRST PERSON Really, what’s the worst thing that could happen during your first boudoir photo shoot?
35/ EDITORS’ PICKS
29/ TEST DRIVE
Prep like a pro for your next night out.
Love thyself, wear green lipstick.
36/ LAST WORD
Trends to try, products to buy, pieces to lose your mind over.
Garden variety? Please. Toronto florists model spring’s modern florals.
12/ IN STORES NOW
17/ THE HANDBOOK
30/ BEAUTY SCHOOL
Better sex in the 6ix: This is how we do it.
How to ace wavy, curly and kinky hair.
Your 10 fashion essentials.
13/ SHOPPING CHALLENGE
We’re obsessed with spring’s biggest beauty trend.
Toronto’s best new sweets pair with gourmand spring scents.
Jillian Vieira joins our team as fashion editor this month! Here, a select few of her favourite things: 1. “Vintage coats.” 2. “Rodarte forever.” 3. “Discovering cool Canadian designers.” 4. “Kate Bosworth’s and Caroline de Maigret’s style.” 5. “Chips and sour gummi candy. (I have a problem.)”
How to love V-Day: Hit the town solo, then have a slumber party with your besties. Here, two editors map their dream dates
Illustration by LeeAndra Cianci
DOWNTOWN: VERONICA SAROLI, ASSISTANT EDITOR
UPTOWN: CARLY OSTROFF, ASSISTANT DIGITAL EDITOR
9 a.m. Breakfast A. Kitten and the Bear, 1574 Queen St. W.
9 a.m. Workout 1. Equinox, 87 Avenue Rd. “The fastest way to get my heart racing: thoughts of Jake Gyllenhaal or Equinox’s Best Butt Ever class. Today’s a gym day.”
“Nothing gets me out of bed faster than the thought of flaky, fresh-from-theoven buttermilk scones covered in strawberrychocolate jam.”
10:30 a.m. Snack 2. The Good Press, 87 Yorkville Ave.
10:30 a.m. Browsing B. Old Faithful, 886 Queen St. W. Convey, 754 Queen St. W.
“After the gym I like to refuel with something healthy. Enter the classic acai bowl: blackberries, strawberries and coconut included.”
“Gather Journal—available at Old Faithful—offers sweet baking inspo and pleases my inner Christina Tosi. Then I’ll browse the latest Aussie fashion at Convey.”
“Roses die, but a good purchase can last a lifetime. My love for Paula Cademartori’s bags is the forever kind.”
12 p.m. Yoga C. Misfits Studio, 761 Queen St. W. “I’m off to do downward dog in a former church. I pray Drake will show up—and that I can still touch my toes.”
1:30 p.m. Mani 4. Get Gelled, 12 Irwin Ave. “Cutest. Nail. Art. Ever. V-Day is all about commitment, so why not make it official in gel?”
2 p.m. Late lunch D. Maker Pizza, 59 Cameron St.
3 p.m. Culture fix 5. Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould St.
“A chewy crust and a smorgasbord of toppings is the way to my heart, which also happens to be really close to my stomach. #nobrainer.”
“There’s a new exhibition fittingly called Burn with Desire. Don’t mind if I do.”
3 p.m. Game time E. Castle Board Game Café, 454 Spadina Ave.
5 p.m. Pre-dinner cocktails 6. Thoroughbred Food & Drink, 304 Richmond St. W.
“Time for a quick bevvy and a sorta-really-competitive game of Scrabble.”
“I love this spot for cool cocktails and shared plates. The Kung Pao Cauliflower is seriously bomb.”
6 p.m. Sleepover F. Airbnb in the Annex “My dream venue is an old Annex mansion, where I’ll host a cupcakedecorating class from foodie studio Le Dolci. Let the baking begin!”
7 p.m. Sleepover 7. Shangri-La Hotel, 188 University Ave. KITTEN AND THE BEAR STRAWBERRIES & CHOCOLATE JAM, $12, KITTENANDTHEBEAR. COM. GATHER JOURNAL , $22, OLDFAITHFULSHOP.COM. LUMIRA CANDLE IN CUBAN TOBACCO, $65, SHOPCONVEY.COM
APL SNEAKERS, $254, ATHLETICPROPULSIONLABS.COM. THE GOOD PRESS JUICE, $8, THE GOOD PRESS. PAULA CADEMARTORI BAG, $1,245, HOLT RENFREW.
“I’ll end the day with an old-school sleepover party. Hello, room service? A round of White Russians, please.”
PHOTOGRAPHY: CARLYLE ROUTH (EDITOR HEADSHOTS). HAIR AND MAKEUP: MICHELLE ROSEN/JUDY INC.
11:30 a.m. Power shop 3. Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor St. W.
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OUT & ABOUT CONCERT
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For the first time, the NBA All-Star Weekend will be held outside of the U.S. Since a Canadian invented basketball and Toronto is so damn ballin’, it makes sense that the city netted the 65th tournament. Here, your weekend calendar.
NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, Ricoh Coliseum Watch celebs like Win Butler of Arcade Fire, Milos Raonic, Nick Cannon and Michael B. Jordan duke it out on the court. The coaches? Drake and Kevin Hart. Oh, it’s on. 7 p.m., 45 Manitoba Dr.
Friday, February 12
Saturday, February 13
NBA All-Star Practice, Ricoh Coliseum Get a peek at the warm-ups and practice routines of the pros and hear the ball sailing through the net up close. 11 a.m., 45 Manitoba Dr.
Sunday, February 14
NBA All-Star Game, Air Canada Centre East and West fight it out for ultimate basketball supremacy. Don’t miss the Raptors’ Kyle Lowry, and Kobe Bryant before he retires. 8 p.m., 40 Bay St.
THE 6IX INDEX
l i s t e n : To r o n t o t u n e s When Basia Bulat broke up with her BF, she did what most people don’t: drove her mom’s car nine hours to Kentucky. There she met up with Jim James of My Morning Jacket to record Good Advice, her fourth album, out February 12. Catch the Toronto-born singer at the Mod Club on February 19 (722 College St.).
SHOP: JE NE SAIS QUOI STYLE Two culty-cool Parisian lines land at the Bay’s Queen Street location this month (176 Yonge St.).
Vetements Think: Clothes for hyper-hip club kids. Designer Demna Gvasalia worked at Maison Martin Margiela before founding Vetements. Oh, and he replaced Alexander Wang at Balenciaga.
DIVE IN: MODERN ART
The Artist Project—Toronto’s version of Art Basel, but colder, more local and without the hefty-hefty price tag—runs from February 18 to 21 at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place (195 Princes’ Blvd.). There are more than 250 artists; look for these four standouts.
16+ super-fun ways to love Toronto now
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Jacquemus Think: Chunky stripes that evoke the salty air of the South of France and portmanteau garments like dresses that borrow from suit designs. Simon Porte Jacquemus was awarded the LVMH Special Prize in 2015.
SIP: FANCY COCKTAILS
February 3 Equinox’s swanky Yorkville location is now open. Check out the spa, the café and the hotly tipped cycling class called the Pursuit.
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Until February 11 February 13 February 15 Shop EQ3 Furniture’s Make this the year you Celebrate Chinese New Year, make it to Winterlicious. which kicked off on February 8, Assembly capsule collection, which hits stores mid-month. Participating eateries include at the Toronto Symphony Café Boulud, Colette Grand Orchestra, for a concert ushering Those art deco dressers by in the Year of the Monkey. Zoë Mowat. Swoon. Café and Daisho.
Bar Begonia (252 Dupont St.), a Paris-inspired bar, is the sixth jewel in Anthony Rose’s crown of Toronto restaurants. Don’t miss the Benediction: Canadian rye whisky, brownbutter-infused C alvados, Cocchi Rosa and Bénédictine. Deux, SVP.
February 26 February 29 Addition Elle’s debut Revel in the smooth hip-hopcollection with blogger meets-R&B tunes of Bryson Nicolette Mason launches. The Tiller at the Phoenix Concert seven-piece line is focused Theatre during his Trapsoul on pink and black dresses. Tour. (Yes, it’s a leap year.)
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Saks recently enlisted New York artist Shantell Martin to create a custom cityscape of Toronto (it took 12 Jumbo Sharpies). “The blank canvas can be scary,” Martin admitted. “But if you flip the switch, you can say, ‘This blank canvas is a place for freedom, possibilities, ideas and expressions, and everything’s a mistake, so I just enjoy the process.’” Scope out more of Martin’s work at her Drawing Toronto exhibition at Coldstream Fine Art (80 Spadina Ave.).
TEXT: VERONICA SAROLI. PHOTOGRAPHY: GETTY IMAGES (DRAKE, HART, BASKETBALL PLAYERS, TILLER, JACQUEMUS); PETER STIGTER (VETEMENTS)
ICYMI, Saks Fifth Avenue arrives in Canada at Queen and Yonge (176 Yonge St.)—beside Hudson’s Bay, a.k.a. Saks’s parent company—on February 18 and at Sherway Gardens (25 The West Mall) on February 25. In addition to exclusive designers, each location will feature a Pusateri’s Food Hall and an Oliver & Bonacini resto. (No one wants to shop hangry.)
ART DIRECTION: KRISTY WRIGHT
We’re going to go ahead and say it: Diamonds are a dime a dozen. What’s really satisfying our sweet tooth is an assortment of confectionerylike sparklers. Start by savouring a cluster of dainty rings or reach peak sugar high with a gem-studded cuff. Who’s counting carats now? —jillian vieira
Photography by Adrian Armstrong
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: JOOMI LIM BRACELET, $310, JOOMILIM.COM. OSCAR DE LA RENTA NECKLACE, $750, HOLT RENFREW. POPPY FINCH RINGS, $350-$700, POPPYFINCH.COM
Breaking: That candy crush just turned into an obsession
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As 2016 marks the Year of the Fire Monkey in the lunar calendar, we’ve rounded up the must-have pieces that celebrate the intelligent and witty primate. Good fortune, we’re ready for you.
The throwback athletic jacket is quickly becoming this season’s star, with designer heavyweights like Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone and Fausto Puglisi all getting in touch with their sporty sides. The spring update? Spirited, bold colour and an oversized build—just like your high school boyfriend’s letterman. ROOTS JACKET, $388, ROOTS.COM
LOOKBOOK Trends to try, products to buy, pieces to lose your mind over
TREND: STREETWEAR AT ALEXANDER WANG
TREND: LINGERIE AT DOLCE & GABBANA
TREND: RUFFLES AT MICHAEL KORS
HMM, THAT LOOKS FAMILIAR Spring 2016 trends get the emoji treatment
Diptyque, the Parisian maker of the world’s most crush-worthy candles, has gotten cozy with designer Olympia Le-Tan (who brought us those whimsical book-cover clutches) to make candles and solid perfume scented with roses and violets. Le-Tan’s quirky illustrations of kisses, hearts and keys decorate the packaging and—get this—have been digitized into the sweetest (free!) emojis. DIPTYQUE ROSAVIOLA MINI CANDLE, $42, HOLTRENFREW.COM
TEXT: NATASHA BRUNO (DIPTYQUE). PHOTOGRAPHY: PETER STIGTER (RUNWAY); ADRIAN ARMSTRONG (JACKET)
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP CENTRE: NAKED & FAMOUS JEANS, $160, TATEANDYOKO.COM. PRADA KEY CHAIN, $370, PRADA.COM. THOMAS SABO PENDANT, $1,329, THOMASSABO.COM. MICHAEL KORS KEY CHAIN, $48, MICHAELKORS.COM
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the POREfessional: matte rescue This lightweight, water-based gel instantly overpowers shine and absorbs excess surface oil, leaving a natural looking, long-wear matte finish.
SUPER-CLEANING PORE MASKS
the POREfessional: instant wipeout These superhero-strength, dual-sided masks clean out AND smooth the look of pores. The special textured fabric helps exfoliate & remove pore impurities.
OF THE SAME STRIPE
What happens when Vancouver ’s Herschel Supply Co. (of streetwear-cool accessory fame) teams up with iconic stripe purveyor Hudson’s Bay? A capsule collection of patriotic, wilderness-ready bags that’s the coolest Canadian pairing since Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling. HBC COLLECTION X HERSCHEL BACKPACK, $135, HUDSON’S BAY
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Nope, not that kind of vibrator! Borrowing from traditional fingertip-tapping facial massages, this sonicpowered eye massager fits perfectly on the socket contours, where it gently pulsates and taps to stimulate blood flow and help eye creams and serums absorb better.
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THE COMPULSORY VALENTINE’S DAY SPA BIT
“It’s a mash-up of my East Coast grandmother and my West Coast upbringing. My favourite things are pleated skirts, cashmere sweaters and classic blazers, which I pair with something that feels very casual like jeans, sun-bleached tees and the requisite sparkly thing.”
MY SPRING ESSENTIALS
AMERICAN GINGHAM “I get excited about things like simple gingham that feel iconically old school American. It’s fun to think about how to twist them and turn them on their head.”
FOREO ILLUMINATING EYE MASSAGER, $139 EACH, SEPHORA
A fancier hairstyle
Book in at the swanky new John Barrett salon (he of the penthouse salon at Bergdorf’s in N.Y.C.), which opens soon at the spanking new Saks at Queen and Yonge.
TEXT: CARLY OSTROFF (LYONS, DESIGNER SHOES); VERONICA SAROLI (SNIFF TEST); NATASHA BRUNO (FOREO). PHOTOGRAPHY: ADRIAN ARMSTRONG (FOREO); PETER STIGTER (BACKSTAGE BEAUTY, SAINT LAURENT); GETTY IMAGES (RODEBJER, LYONS, SIMMONS, SPEARS & TIMBERLAKE)
J.CREW EARRINGS, $102, TUNIC, $102, SANDALS, $353, JCREW.COM
A longer-lasting mani
Try an empty-moon, scalloped-heart mani at Tips Nail Bar at Danforth and Langford—if you get it done in gel polish, the design will grow out undetectably for up to four weeks. TO SEE EDITOR-TESTED SPA TREATMENTS IN TORONTO, GO TO THEKIT.CA/ TORONTO-SPA-REVIEWS/
“Most days, [I wear] jeans, a sweater and a blazer, or a button-down shirt, a blazer and jeans. Lots of jeans. Lots of sparkly earrings, lots of sparkly shoes.”
A less painful wax
Waxon Waxbar’s three downtown locations have switched over to gold hard wax, made with mica and titanium dioxide—it grips the hair better for easier removal.
“One of my favourite pieces is this beautiful, classic rainbow stripe that reminds me of a stripe that my father used to wear when he was young.”
THE AMATEUR NOSE A local bartender sniff-drives a rosé-inspired scent
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THE FOXIEST LOOKS ON THE SPRING RUNWAYS WILL MAKE YOUR DATE DO A DOUBLE TAKE
1. BRONZED BABE
Mix bronzer with a peachy highlighter to light up eyes and add a beach-babe glow to pallid winter skin. ELIZABETH ARDEN SUNSET BRONZE PRISMATIC HIGHLIGHTER, $35, HUDSON’S BAY
2. POP STAR
A velvety matte raspberry lip is alluring but strong—and a longwear liquid lip colour won’t kiss off easily. MAYBELLINE VIVID MATTE LIQUID LIP COLOR IN RASPBERRY, $13, DRUGSTORES
3. BLUE-EYED GIRL
Tight-lined eyes keep the focus on your soul windows—make it extra spellbinding by switching black for cobalt. CHANEL STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF IN FERVENT BLUE, $35, CHANEL.CA
Chantelle Gabino, director of wine and spirits at Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. THE SCENT
Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Rosé Eau de Parfum, $110 (100 mL), thebay.com THE NOTES
Mandarin, fizzy citrus, pear, jasmine sambac, peony, orris THE VERDICT
CALLING IT QUILTS
If last year’s denim en blanc left something to be desired, try spring’s pretty patchwork on for size
DIESEL DRESS, $425, SHOP.DIESEL.COM. CALL IT SPRING SHOES, $70, CALLITSPRING.COM. REBECCA TAYLOR JACKET, $700, SAKS CANADA
“It gives off really beautiful rose petal notes in the beginning. I’m also getting a lot of citrus. The floral aspects— jasmine, rose, honeysuckle— tend to be the softer notes in rosés. For the most part, rosés take on the characteristics of this scent, with a slightly sweet but acidic body.”
TABITHA SIMMONS SPARKLY FLAT
PAUL ANDREW STATEMENT HEEL
“A flat is a must-have because it is perfect for 24-hour dressing. You can wear it with anything!”
“A statement shoe instantly adds life to any outfit. It’s probably the best investment you can make.”
“The Hermione Flat in champagne glitter is so feminine and great for day to night.”
“My Chrysler Zenadia Pump with the galvanized architectural heel mimics the spire of the Chrysler Building.”
AMY SMILOVIC OF TIBI EASY SLIP-ON
WHY YOU NEED IT “A slip-on means ease and comfort. When a woman is comfortable, she exudes confidence, and it draws people in.”
2016 ESSENTIAL “We did a leather version of a slide that feels very new and fresh to me.”
HOW TO STYLE IT “I would pair it with a smart black capri pant and white pussybow blouse for day and then a little black silk dress for night.”
“I love the idea of a woman wearing it with jeans on the weekend. It shouldn’t be saved for special events.”
“You wear it with everything, and just when you think you can’t wear it with that thing, you wear it with that thing. That’s always the best.”
TABITHA SIMMONS FLATS, $830, HOLT RENFREW
PAUL ANDREW HEELS, $1,408, NORDSTROMS.COM
TIBI SLIP-ONS, $545, TIBI.COM
IN STORES NOW MARC CAIN NECKLACE, $190, MARCCAIN.COM
MANSUR GAVRIEL CLUTCH, $950, HOLT RENFREW
Sure, these culottes aren’t for the faint of heart. But when they’re paired with a slinky tank and simple slides, you’ll be getting attention for all the right reasons. BCBGMAXAZRIA CULOTTES, $435, BCBG.COM ALDO SHOES, $110, ALDOSHOES.COM
L’AGENT BY AGENT PROVOCATEUR BODYSUIT, $210, LAGENTBYAP.COM
THE TOP 10 Fashion editor Jillian Vieira has bedroom eyes for boudoir dressing and the modern metallic hits that keep it classy
ADDITION ELLE BRA, $75, ADDITIONELLE.COM
Newsflash: Your gold and silver pieces aren’t mutually exclusive. Plus, mixing metals means you’ll double your accessory options. (#score)
Give these glass slippers a ’90s Cinderella vibe: Wear them with frilly ankle socks and an LBD. Happily ever after starts now. CHANEL SHOES, PRICE UPON REQUEST, SELECT CHANEL BOUTIQUES
DYNAMITE BRACELETS, $13, DYNAMITE.CA
GUESS SKIRT, $79, GUESS.COM
Try a crisp white tee under this sequin-encrusted slip dress for a work-friendly day option. FRENCH CONNECTION DRESS, $290, FRENCHCONNECTION.COM
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Shop the season’s grown-up girly trend for $500
Managing editor Eden Boileau
SPRING 2016 INSPO
Gucci, Erdem, Alexander McQueen, Oscar de la Renta 4
MY STYLE BUDGET “Since I shop only when I can no longer stand looking at what’s in my closet (about every six months), a budget really isn’t necessary.” 7
MY PERSONAL STYLE “An ideal world would see me in worn-out jeans and a black top every day of the week, with regular breaks for an LBD and heels.”
WHY I CHOSE THIS TREND 14
“The flowy, feminine looks floating down the runways at Zac Posen, Alexander McQueen and Oscar de la Renta made my heart go pitter-patter, so I decided to break my basics habit and try something girly.”
MY SHOPPING STRATEGY “This pleated Ann Taylor skirt nailed my crush on blush, so I indulged, spending almost half my budget. I kept it under $500 with wallet-friendly brands for everything else.”
PHOTOGRAPHY: PETER STIGTER (RUNWAY EXCEPT GUCCI); GETTY IMAGES (WATTS, GUCCI RUNWAY); REX USA (NEWTON-JOHN)
MY DREAM SPLURGE
“Anything Gucci is doing with silk chiffon these days.”
OH, YOU PRETTY THINGS
1. Baby blue and bows at Oscar de la Renta 2. Erdem’s sheer florals. 3. That ruffled neckline (!) at Alexander McQueen. 4. Harlequin collar at J.W. Anderson. 5. Angelic Claire Danes in Romeo + Juliet, 1996. 6. Flowered bags at Gucci’s Spring 2016 men’s show. 7. An Oscar de la Renta pattern detail. 8. Lori Singer ready for the prom in Footloose, 1984. 9. Olivia Newton-John, a vision in frothy aqua, 1974. 10. The off-the-shoulder trend at Derek Lam. 11. The season’s flowered headband at Dolce & Gabbana. 12. Stevie Nicks (practising falconry?) on the cover of her debut solo album, Bella Donna, 1981. 13. This Gucci blouse = perfect valentine. 14. Naomi Watts hearts ruffles, too, at TIFF 2015.
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“Cropped, floral, lace: so many trends in one top!”
“Flowy pink/peach fabrics are my true loves, so…this skirt.”
“A flowered hairband is the icing on this girly cake.”
“If you’re not ready for full-on floral, a clutch is the perfect dose.”
“The look demands a dainty sandal, and this ankle tie is super-sexy.”
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ANN TAYLOR SKIRT, $210, ANNTAYLOR.COM
H&M HEADBAND, $15, HM.COM
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LE CHATEAU SANDALS, $120, LECHATEAU.COM (APRIL)
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Florals for spring— groundbreaking, right? But this season’s take— seen at Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein and Jason Wu—feels particularly fresh, thanks to abstract prints that call for mixing and matching with abandon. The vibe: subversive, not sweet.
PETAL PUSHERS Florists in florals—we couldn’t resist. In honour of Valentine’s Day, six of the 6ix’s coolest flower girls model the season’s prettiest blooms By Veronica Saroli | Photography by Carlyle Routh
Ask a florist to describe her gig and you’ll hear words like “amazing,” “awesome” and “beautiful.” “It’s as dreamy as it looks,” says Tania Dupon-Martinez of Tania Floral Design, with a wide grin. Push a little harder, though, and the #nofilter side of the job comes up: long hours, intense physical labour and inevitable cuts and bruises. Every rose, as they say, has its thorn. That’s not something that you’ll often see depicted on Instagram, where florists have a romanticized It factor on par with Brooklyn pastry chefs. (All those gorgeous pics help.) “I’m not sure how it happened, but over the past five years floral design started becoming a cool thing,” says Dayna Armstrong of Patchouli Design. “It’s sparked a movement of young creative people wanting to get into the industry and do things differently.” These women are all about putting a fresh twist on the bouquet. “That Dutch Master thing is definitely coming back,” says Amira Shabason of Coriander Girl. Throw in some architectural tropical plants and you’re good. (Some of the flowers they mention are, frankly, impossible to spell on first attempt. Sweet Woodruff’s Audra Csak knows the feeling: “Starting out, I’d be in meetings talking to people and googling things on my phone at the same time.”) For Jordana Masi of White Oak Flower Co., making a bouquet is all about nuance. “You can have an arrangement that looks really sad and moody but still has so much beauty to it. I think that’s really representative of how people are in general.” Gearing up for Valentine’s Day often means prepping for emotionally charged orders, but Sara Jameson of Sweetpea’s is unfazed—she’s coordinated her fair share of secret-admirer blooms. “Recently, two local shop owners were sweet on each other,” she says. “He was sending her flowers for weeks, and she finally figured out who it was. So she came to the shop and sent him flowers. Romance is coming back in style—but like old school romance.” Call it an industry perk.
1. Jordana Masi, 25,
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2. Tania Dupon-Martinez, 26, owner, Tania Floral Design, 1699 Attawandaron Rd., London, Ont.
MARNI COAT, $3,310, HOLT RENFREW. WINNERS DRESS, $30, WINNERS. REEBOK SNEAKERS, $100, THEBAY.COM. ALDO BAG, $55, ALDOSHOES.COM
3. Dayna Armstrong, 25, floral designer, Patchouli Design, 199 Queen St. E.
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4. Audra Csak, 27, studio manager and stylist, Sweet Woodruff, 422-N Dufferin St.
SMYTHE BLAZER, $595, HOLT RENFREW. ANN TAYLOR TOP, $90, PANTS, $108, ANNTAYLOR.COM. WINNERS SHOES, $130, WINNERS
5. Amira Shabason, 28, manager, Coriander Girl, 1604 Queen St. W.
WINNERS TOP, $20, WINNERS. TED BAKER SKIRT, $315, TEDBAKER. COM. RON WHITE HEELS, $445, RONWHITE.COM. TORY BURCH BAG, $730, HOLT RENFREW
6. Sara Jameson, 37, owner, Sweetpea’s, 160 Roncesvalles Ave.
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“What’s your ultimate date spot?” We got nosy with three pretty adorable Toronto couples
Erin O’Brien, PR pro, & Kristina Flynn, sports and recreation senior consultant “Our favourite west end haunts include Hole in the Wall for delish bourbon sours and Defina for mind-blowing pizza.”—Erin
Lucia Graca, gallery owner, & Jeffrey Remedios, music exec “We’re out so much at concerts that when it’s just the two of us, it’s nice to just grab coffee at our local spot (Lucky Penny) and meander through Bellwoods with the dog.” —Lucia
Ivy Lam, hair and makeup artist, & Craig Wong, owner of Patois “We love to dine out and try restaurants around the city. We love the bar at Alo, the new Café Boulud, Bar Fancy and stopping by the Rolling Pin for some dessert.” —Craig
RETHINK DATE DRESSING LBD + DINNER = SO 2015 THE DATE: POETRY SLAM AT BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA, 506 BLOOR ST. W.
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GERRY WEBER SKIRT, $149, GERRY WEBER CANADA
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REITMANS PANTS, $48, REITMANS.COM
GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI DESIGN SHOES, $1,070, GIUSEPPEZANOTTIDESIGN.COM
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1. You need at least three recent high-quality pics. 2. Post one clear selfie, a full-body photo and a couple of activity shots. 3. Be specific. Include your three top interests so you have built-in convo starters—and to weed out the UFC fans. 4. Get texting. According to dating app Coffee Meets Bagel, users who texted within the first 24 hours of matching were more likely to exchange numbers. 5. Be curious. Coffee Meets Bagel users who started conversations with questions exchanged 23 percent more messages in a week than those who didn’t. So what are you waiting for?
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By Natasha Bruno Photography by Carlyle Routh “Sex was a pressing issue for me in my teen years,” says Shannon Boodram, Toronto-born certified clinical sexologist, author and TV personality. Boodram focused her career around the subject from the start. Her book, Laid: Young People’s Experiences with Sex in an Easy-Access Culture, a collection of first-hand accounts, was published in 2009 when she was 24, and she now writes a sex column twice a month on the W Network’s WDish.com. We asked her our top five burning sex questions. Do women still fake orgasms? “Yes! It’s very difficult not to fake an orgasm—I still struggle not to. We have to stand together on this because when we fake it, we signal to our partners that what they’re doing works. We should say, ‘What I need is a hand or a toy.’ Or, ‘Let’s take a break. Let me work on myself and you do your thing.’ Stand up for your pleasure!” How can women climax more? “The female orgasm isn’t essential for procreation, so you have to look at it as ‘I might not get this from sex.’ Women need to engage the clitoris more and take the pressure off orgasming through penetration. Your clitoris has the right to be the primary pleasure giver. That’s its job. You can do that with a hand and oral sex. (You should demand oral!) Try coupling things like toys and fingering for long periods. The average woman can take up to 40 minutes to become fully aroused, so you want to place a lot of attention on foreplay—foreplay is core play!” What are the red flags to look for when we take a new lover? “Someone who doesn’t ask questions about you. They are more a tour guide than a tourist.
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I like tourists in my life—people who are intrigued and want to know what works for women because our bodies are so different. People also touch in a way they like to be touched, and if you’re around somebody who is not affectionate, or is too aggressive, it’s a good indicator that you’re not aligned physically.” How has Tinder influenced dating? “What’s great about Tinder is you can meet someone and say, ‘Right now, I want somebody to cuddle with on Saturdays.’ You have so many choices that if they’re not interested, you can un-match and move on. If, however, you’re not leading with expectations, and you’re letting somebody else lead with theirs, it can be damaging. Whenever people hate online dating, I find it’s because they’re too passive.” What are young people doing in the bedroom today that they weren’t yesterday? “As much as you may feel this is a culture where romance is over, half of the marriages in our parents’ generation failed. It’s good that we’re breaking the taboo, but we need to go beyond that and ask, ‘What makes me successful, sexy, vivacious and awesome?’ Maybe you discover that on Kink.com or you might be into bisexuality. What’s great about our generation is that people are willing to discover who they are, and there’s less pressure to be what once was.”
YOU SET UP AN ON-FLEEK PROFILE. MOVE AHEAD ONE SPACE.
YOU SWIPE SO MANY TIMES YOUR HANDS GO NUMB. CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP. LOSE A TURN.
Poll your friends We put these questions to our editors and stirred up some very heated debate
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chose How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days as their fave rom-com, over When Harry Met Sally (35%) and Trainwreck (24%). Who is your biggest celebrity crush? A: Idris Elba – 41% B: Chris Hemsworth – 35% C: Oscar Isaac – 24%
RIGHT AWAY, YOU MATCH WITH TIM, AN ARTIST WITH A GOOD MOUSTACHE. (OOOH.) AHEAD ONE SPACE.
“So this is Canada’s biggest tower,” thought FEMALE NAME, staring up at the giant NOUN . Unlike some of her ADJECTIVE encounters, it seemed just as ADJECTIVE up close. She joined the NOUN, PLURAL piling into the NOUN . At the top she VERB, PAST TENSE toward the viewing deck, her NOUN, GARMENT hugging her BODY PART with every movement. Suddenly she felt a NOUN grazing her back. The hairs went up on her NOUN, BODY PART as she glanced behind her to see a/an ADJECTIVE PROFESSION . Suddenly her NOUN, BODY PART was ADJECTIVE and she VERB, PAST TENSE into his/her NOUN, GARMENT immediately.
TIM SUPER LIKES YOU & YOU THINK THAT’S SUPER CHEESY. SPIN AGAIN.
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ALSO, TURNS OUT TIM IS A SANDWICH ARTIST. BACK TO START.
THE HANDBOOK SEXY
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FREE PEOPLE SET, $157, FREEPEOPLE.COM
BRAND: Mary Young LAUNCHED: 2014
SPRITZ TO WIN
SCENT AND SENSUALITY
“I think lingerie should first be purchased for the wearer—giving her confidence—and then it’s her choice to share the lingerie with her partner.”
PRAE BRALETTE, $160, UNDONE.ME
Napoleon, apparently so smitten with the natural aroma of his wife, Josephine, famously asked her to stop washing the day before he returned home from battle. Here, five more facts about scent and attraction. Men like to smell pie and flowers. Men are stimulated by the combined smell of pumpkin pie and lavender, according to a recent study by Dr. Alan Hirsch, a Chicago-based neurologist. Hirsch explains that the fondness for food scents may be rooted in evolutionary theory: “Our ancestors congregated at the point of food kill, where they had the greatest chance of finding a mate.” Women are drawn to candy. In a similar study conducted by Hirsch, women were most aroused by the smell of licorice-flavoured candy and cucumber, which Hirsch says could link to happy childhood memories. Ovulating women smell sexier. In a study in the journal Psychological Science, men sniffed three-day-worn T-shirts of women in various stages of their menstrual cycles. Those of ovulating women (at their most fertile) smelled most appealing. Tears are a turnoff. Researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel asked women to watch sad movies and donate their tears, which a group of men then sniffed. The result: lower testosterone and arousal levels. Getting dirty is a good thing. Humans are narcissistic, says Hirsch. Scents like musk, sandalwood and jasmine smell similar to bodily fluids such as sweat, which may be why these notes are so often found in fragrances.—Kristen Vinakmens
—Mary Young, founder MARY YOUNG BRA, $82, UNDERPANTS, $57, MARYYOUNG.CA
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BULLY BOY BRA, $85, UNDERPANTS, $65, BULLYBOYLINGERIE.COM
French women reportedly spend one third of their disposable income on lingerie. (OF COURSE THEY DO.) Here, some ooh la la inspo, featuring three great Toronto designers
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ADDITION ELLE BRA, $60, UNDERPANTS, $20, ADDITIONELLE.COM
BRAND: Bully Boy LAUNCHED: 2011
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BRAND: Fortnight LAUNCHED: 2010
“I decided to design and sew a line of all the ’90s-inspired underwear I felt I needed in my life. I was desperate to find high-waisted French-cut panties and, at the time , there were none to be found.”
“What I love most about bodysuits is how they almost act like a bra and tank in one. And they feel so luxurious under a big chunky sweater.”—Christina Remenyi, founder
—Vanessa Warrack, founder
DATE.EVER. TORONTONIANS DISH ON THEIR MOST DISASTROUS ENCOUNTERS
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“On a date to the movies the escalator was broken. My date said, ‘Good thing. You could stand to take the stairs once in a while.’ I was too shocked to respond, and then passing the concession stand he said, ‘I hope you don’t plan on getting anything to eat; you don’t exactly need it.’ I did not see him again.”
“I met up with a guy from Tinder in the park by my house. His photos had to have been five to 10 years old because he had short hair in them— in person he had long hair down to his belly button and was missing a front tooth. I pretended that I had to go to my friend’s birthday party to get out of it.”
“I invited a guy over to watch How to Get Away with Murder. Things got steamy, except he had trouble finding my mouth and gave my chin an extreme exfoliation with his facial hair. Then he had a hard time, ahem, keeping things going. We went for sushi instead.”
“I went on a dinner date with a guy I’d just started seeing. It was going well, but when our food came, he casually took out his fake front teeth and placed them on a napkin with no explanation. I tried my hardest, but I couldn’t stop staring at the gap in his face. It was insanely awkward.”
OMG, IS IT YOU OR DOES JASON LOOK JUST LIKE RYAN GOSLING?! AHEAD TWO SPACES.
JASON LIKES YOU. (IT’S A MATCH!)
HE SENDS YOU A MESSAGE: “HEY GIRL.” NO EMOJIS. AHEAD ONE SPACE.
HE TAKES TWO DAYS TO RESPOND (WTF), SO YOU STALK HIM ON FACEBOOK. (NORMAL). BACK TWO SPACES.
CLEAN SKIN RESERVE BLEND, $125 (100 ML), SEPHORA
DAN IS A FIREFIGHTER WITH A SIX-PACK. THINGS ARE ABOUT TO GET HOT. (IT’S A MATCH!)
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THE CONVO WITH JASON IS BACK ON. HE ASKS FOR YOUR NUMBER. AHEAD ONE SPACE.
EAT, PLAY, LOVE How not counting calories can help you have better sex
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TORY BURCH BAG, $1,325, TORYBURCH.COM + GARNIER SKIN NATURALS FRESH MAKE-UP REMOVING CLOTHS, $7, SHOPPERSDRUGMART.CA
MAX MARA BAG, $1,995, MAX MARA + CHI ESCAPE CORDLESS CURLING IRON, $203, CHATTERS.CA
3. Keep Her Coming: The Art of How to Please a Woman “It covers advanced anatomy (G spots, U spots, perineal sponges, cul-de-sacs) and new pleasuring techniques—many she won’t even know herself!”
ACE THE “WHERE SHOULD WE GO?” QUESTION
Colette Grand Café, 550 Wellington St. W. The light, airy space and checkered marble floors ensure the Insta of your announcement is as top-notch as the oysters.
THE FIRST DATE
Get Well, 1181 Dundas St. W. This spot is so dimly lit that everyone looks amazing, and the wall of pinball machines gives you something to do with your hands.
THE THIRD DATE
LoPan, 503 College St. The easygoing upstairs bar of Dailo offers delicious small plates, like Big Mac Bao and Truffle Fried Rice, in the privacy of a cozy booth.
Makeout spot: Next door at the Thompson Hotel. (Try the elevators.)
Montecito, 299 Adelaide St. W. Your BF watched all of Mr. Robot without you, so you broke up with him immediately. Now get back together over a super swanky meal at this A-list hangout.
THE LAST HURRAH
The Shore Leave, 1775 Danforth Ave. A super-relaxed east-end tiki bar: just the place to hide away for a night, reliving the good times.
Makeout spot: A little southeast on a Riverdale Park bench.
THE BREAKUP Makeout spot: One block west in the graffitied side entrance of Sneaky Dee’s.
Bill Hicks Bar, 946 Queen St. E. Dive bars are the best breakup venues: dark to camouflage emotions, and cheap so you can make yours a triple when the deed is done.
YOU ASK JASON OUT LIKE THE #GIRLBOSS THAT YOU ARE. AHEAD TWO SPACES.
DATE NIGHT IS TOMORROW. SPEND THE NIGHT WITH A SHEET MASK AND GILMORE GIRLS.
SO, JASON LOOKS MORE LIKE THE NOTEBOOK GOSLING THAN BREAKER HIGH GOSLING. AHEAD ONE SPACE.
THE BILL COMES AND JASON REALIZES HE FORGOT HIS WALLET. LOSE A TURN.
YOU GET HOME, FALL INTO BED AND OPEN THE APP. OMG, DAN WROTE YOU! GAME ON.
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2. Bigger, Better, Multiples: Orgasms for Every Body “The focus is how to have more powerful orgasms and how to have multiple orgasms because lots of women don’t. We spend a lot of time troubleshooting.”
BIG GIRL BY KELSEY MILLER, $18, BOOKSTORES
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“When I got into my first serious relationship, I was confronted with the discomfort of having somebody love and want to be close to my body, when I couldn’t stand it.” As she describes it, accepting her appearance was a decision she had to make over and over again. “You really can love somebody else before you love yourself, but it’s uncomfortable for both of you.” This slow-dawning self-acceptance meant that Miller started dating at 25 and lost her virginity three years later, though she acknowledges that virginity isn’t a cutand-dried concept. “Everybody’s got that thing that they feel like they need to fix beforehand. It never gets fixed,” she says. “You have to pick up your baggage and bring it with you.” —Veronica Saroli
1. The Sophisticated Handjob “You’re never going to improve on what he does if you try to imitate him. My approach is to give him a whole new and different experience. Then it’s way more fun for him and for you.”
L IP S: Emilia
Carlyle Jansen, founder of Good for Her (175 Harbord St.), breaks down three of her workshops to help you give and get better sex.
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Food is said to be the good girl’s drug of choice, but when lifelong dieter and Refinery 29 writer Kelsey Miller swore off the low-cal, no-fat, point-system existence, she did the opposite of fly off the rails. On the precipice of turning 30, Miller, now 32, began intuitive eating. (The only rule is that there are no rules.) “I felt like I was the only one who wasn’t tied to food rules all of a sudden, and that felt rebellious,” she says. Miller recounts it all in her new book, Big Girl, in which she explores the other thorns of dieting: dating and loving yourself. “It wasn’t a natural instinct,” Miller explains.
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sodium) combat déjà sans doute ce fléau pour vous à l’intérieur de votre sérum ou de votre crème hydratante, mais les marques de beauté l’incluent maintenant aussi à votre trousse de maquillage. « L’acide hyaluronique est une substance qui aime l’eau et attire l’hydratation tout en aidant à atténuer l’apparition de rides et en donnant une texture lisse à la peau, » dit Dr Paul Cohen, dermatologue au Rosedale Dermatology Centre à Toronto. « C’est aussi bien pour les peaux jeunes et déshydratées puisque ce dernier hydrate la peau, mais sans huile, donc n’occasionnera pas de boutons. » La suite à la page 4
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TORONTO STAR TOUCH Every Thursday, The Kit takes over the Breathe lifestyle section on the Toronto Star Touch tablet app. Look for exclusive galleries and videos.
SHARLA FARRELL, 25, PR COORDINATOR AT HOLT RENFREW On her navy lip: “I’m not very risky with makeup trends, but I love this. I used to have short hair and wear bright orange or pink lips, but as I got older I figured I needed to tone it down a little bit. This brings me back to those days.” On her own beauty: “I have full lips and I’ve always been really shy about them. I had braces during university, so I used to curl my lips in. Now I think I’ve got big lips and a big mouth—and I’m not afraid to use it.” ARDENCY INN MODSTER SUPERCHARGED LONG PLAY LIP COLOR IN BLACK IS BLUE, $31, SEPHORA.CA. CHARLOTTE TILBURY FILMSTAR BRONZE GLOW IN MEDIUM TO DARK, $80, HOLT RENFREW TIBI DRESS, $990, TIBI.COM. CUTLER AND GROSS GLASSES, $560, CUTLER AND GROSS
Call it beauty’s Blue Period: Splashes of cyan, turquoise, navy and azure made a modern mark on the spring runways. We asked some of Toronto’s most creative women to showcase the trend’s versatility and tell us what they love most about their own faces Photography by Andrew Soule | Beauty direction by Rani Sheen
AMY PATEL, 30, INVESTMENT BANKING VP & FASHION STYLIST
On her sparkly blue liner: “I don’t wear a lot of makeup, but I think that it’s a beautiful art. I’m excited about this look. I would style it with not a lot going on in my clothing because it’s quite bold for me.” On her own beauty: “I like the shape and colour of my eyes. There’s a story behind your eyes. My grandmother and my mother both have big eyes like I do, so mine remind me of the women in my family.” COVERGIRL INK IT! IN AQUAMARINE INK, $10, DRUGSTORES. URBAN DECAY HEAVY METAL GLITTER EYELINER IN AMP, $29, SEPHORA.CA MIKHAEL KALE DRESS, $2,295, HOLT RENFREW. ALYNNE LAVIGNE EARRINGS, $69, ALYNNELAVIGNE.COM
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On her full-lid blue shadow: “It makes me feel like I’m in New York again with my sister [photographer Petra Collins]. I always feel like I can experiment with my look when I’m going out with Petra. It gives me Boogie Nights vibes.” On her own beauty: “As I get older, I get a lot more comfortable in myself. When I meet kids, they’re like, ‘You’re so pretty!’ because I’m really nice. Kids don’t have influence from media yet. They think any nice person is beautiful.” SHISEIDO SHIMMERING CREAM EYE COLOR IN ESMARALDA AND NIGHTFALL, $29 EACH, THEBAY.COM
KAELEN TOP, $690, KAELENNYC.COM
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INEZ GENEREUX, 24, ARTIST
On her blue hair: “I’ve dyed my hair every colour of the rainbow. It was brown before this and it was the most depressing experience. Now I feel way more open to receiving energy and attention from other people. Life is all about being open to new experiences, and having pastel hair helps draw that out for me.” On her own beauty: “I love my moustache. I waxed it for years, and finally I was like, ‘This is so dumb—it’s weirder that sometimes I have it and sometimes I don’t.’ So now I embrace it, and it’s just a part of my face.” INEZ HAD HER HAIR DYED FOR OUR SHOOT BY LINDSEY BURO AT DAT SALON, 984 QUEEN ST. W. HORSES ATELIER JUMPSUIT, $455, HORSESATELIER.COM. ALYNNE LAVIGNE NECKLACE, $175, ALYNNELAVIGNE.COM
ANNIE WONG, 31, ARTIST
On her steel-blue inner-lid accent and abstract nail art: “It’s very avant-garde. It’s simple and it’s not trying to be pretty, but it is making a statement about individuality.” On her own beauty: “I’ve had to learn to love and accept my physical appearance. It wasn’t until I turned 30 that I felt beautiful and like a woman. That’s when I started wearing makeup. Now I feel like I can control how I look, and that type of performance is very much who I am.” RMS EYE POLISH IN INSPIRE, $35, THEDETOXMARKET. CA. CND VINYLUX WEEKLY POLISH IN INDIGO FROCK AND CREEKSIDE, $12 EACH, SALONS MULBERRY DRESS, $1,990, MULBERRY. THOMAS SABO RING, $129, THOMASSABO.COM
LAUREN PIRIE, 32, ILLUSTRATOR
On her painterly aqua eyes: “I don’t normally use a lot of colour on my eyes, but this might convince me. I’ve been using brighter colours recently in my illustration work—it kinda goes hand in hand with my aesthetic in my home, in my personal style. I try to do something a little bit different, and fun with colour is that little something extra.” On her own beauty: “I grew up being told, ‘You can fill the gap in your teeth if you want,’ but I grew to love it.” NARS EYE PAINT IN SOLOMON ISLANDS, $31, HOLT RENFREW TIGER OF SWEDEN DRESS, $189, TIGEROFSWEDEN.COM. ALYNNE LAVIGNE TRIANGLE EARRINGS, $105, ALYNNELAVIGNE.COM MAKEUP BY SIMONE OTIS FOR P1M.CA. HAIR BY JUSTIN GERMAN FOR P1M.CA/ BANG SALON. MANICURE BY LEEANNE COLLEY FOR P1M.CA/ TIPS NAIL BAR. MAKEUP ASSISTANT, BRITTANY SINCLAIR FOR P1M.CA. HAIR ASSISTANT, NOELIA GABALDO FOR P1M.CA/BANG SALON. STYLED BY JILLIAN VIEIRA. CREATIVE DIRECTION BY JESSICA HOTSON
THE BEAUTY DESK
Beauty editor Rani Sheen opens endless parcels before sorting and storing their contents, but it’s the products she doesn’t put away we really take note of Photography by Adrian Armstrong
1. HIGH TIMES Made by an Ontario medicalcannabis producer, this silky hemp-based massage oil leaves skin totally blissed out, man. METTRUM ORIGINALS HEMP INFUSED MASSAGE OIL, $15, METTRUMORIGINALS.COM
2. EXTRA LIME This mojito-esque face wash polishes with lime juice, grapefruit peel and eco-friendly silica grains. ÉMINENCE ORGANICS CITRUS EXFOLIATING WASH, $46, THEFACIALROOM.CA
3. BLUSH IN A CAN Spray (yes, spray!) this sheer formula on fingers and dab on cheeks for a translucent flush. “Muji’s sorbet-hued gel pens make taking notes 350 per cent more fun.” ($1.25 each, muji.com/ca)
SEPHORA COLLECTION PERFECTION MIST AIRBRUSH BLUSH IN ROSE WITH THORNS, $25, SEPHORA.CA
4. SALAD DAYS Why don’t more fragrances feature veggies? Fennel and carrot blossoms are earthy and fresh; the rose note prevents full primavera. JO MALONE CARROT BLOSSOM & FENNEL COLOGNE, $80, JOMALONE.CA
5. REAL SMOOTH Work out tumbleweed-sized tangles with this brush’s stiff bristles and soft epoxy tips. THE KNOT DR. PHD HYBRID STYLER, $24, MURALE.CA
6. NEXT-LEVEL BROWS
“This powder-coated lamp—complete with cool stripey cord—is literally lit.” ($40, Ikea)
“Washi tape: my latest stationery obsession, and a cool way to mark my makeup brushes like the pros do.” (Scotch Expressions Washi Tape, $3, scotch.ca)
Meet liquid brow liner, which allows for ultra-fine strokes to mimic brow hair. AMATERASU LIQUID BROW LINER IN COCOA, $29, AMATERASU.CA
7. TWINKLE EYES Last month, we lost David Bowie, the patron saint of glitter. Pay tribute by frosting your lash tips with this gold-glitter gel. MARC JACOBS BEAUTY LAMÉ NOIR MASCARA, $31, SEPHORA.CA
8. ON THE NOSE Pore strips: the most satisfying beauty invention. These ones use a serum-soaked sheet mask to clarify.
BENEFIT THE POREFESSIONAL INSTANT WIPEOUT MASK, $42, SEPHORA.CA
The new gel-like polish from celeb manicurist Deborah Lippmann is fortified by silk fibres and acrylic glass (better known as Plexiglas).
DEBORAH LIPPMANN GEL LAB PRO POLISH IN PEACHES & CREAM, $24, SEPHORA.CA
10. ’90S NATURE A new take on blockbuster unisex scent CK One hits the streets with notes of cobblestones and wasabi. CALVIN KLEIN CK2 EAU DE TOILETTE, $67 (100 ML), THEBAY.COM
ART DIRECTION: KRISTY WRIGHT
9. LET’S GEL
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PHOTOGRAPHY: GETTY IMAGES (CELEB). ILLUSTRATION: KRISTY WRIGHT
Anne T. Donahue breaks up with come-hither cherry and falls for the new lip-colour rainbow For a long time, I treated my face like a canvas for pleasing pictures that others would enjoy looking at. Even during my prime aesthetic experimentation years (i.e., my teens), my look was largely based on whatever I thought boys would like. After trying a beauty trend, I’d look back on it with embarrassment, like when a generically cool skater boy named Andrew looked into my pastel-blue-shadowed eyes and announced, “You’re wearing a lot of makeup.” Eventually, I settled into a cherrylipped norm I knew men universally liked—at least according to the movies. But by last fall I realized I was bored. So bored. My makeup didn’t make me feel the way I wanted to feel, which was as if I could walk into any room, point to any guy
DIFFERENT STROKES Lupita Nyong’o, Rihanna and Kylie Jenner show pink lipstick who’s boss.
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and say, “You! You’re lucky to be speaking to me.” In fact, my makeup matched my approach to dating in general: I was repeating the same behaviour while expecting different results. Maybe it was because I’d just turned 30, but I also realized I simply cared less about what everyone else thought I looked like. This slow-dawning epiphany coincided with a wave of unorthodox lip colours popping up all over the place. On Prada’s Spring 2016 runway, gold-lipped models rocked precious metals without looking precious. Rihanna made grey, green and blue lipstick look like staples everywhere she went, and Missy Elliott epitomized total badassery in her “WTF” video wearing a black lip with a stripe of aqua. When Pantone announced its 2016 colours of the year, the sky blue Serenity lipstick in Sephora’s accompanying collection seemed more cool than crazy, and the deep mocha True Brown K shade of Kylie Jenner’s insanely coveted Lip Kits looked like an appealing throwback to my dark-anddramatic ’99. So I started to imagine myself as the type of woman who bought lipstick bravely, caring less about looking “kissable” and more about how I felt wearing it. I picked up shades of green, blue, grey, black, purple, gold and bronze. I wore each without apology and like I meant business. And, friends, I did. For a house party, I matched emerald lips to a green-beaded vintage necklace—not the most approachable beauty look, to be sure, but, among the single dudes, I felt straight-up un-f--kwith-able. Some steered away and tried not to stare, while others remarked on how cool they thought I looked. “I know,” I answered, seriously. “I look amazing.” This got a few laughs—like I was kidding—and a couple of impressed nods. I joked with a guy I’d had a crush on years ago about making out in the garage (because I do what I want) and didn’t
HIGHLIGHT REEL immediately follow it up with a nervous laugh. Unfortunately he ended up getting too drunk, and the dream of seeing my green lipstick on another person’s mouth was dashed. Next I chose navy, the same night Lupita Nyong’o wore a metallic blue lip to the Star Wars premiere. I felt powerful and confident—like both Nyong’o and her character, Maz Kanata—knowing my makeup was for me, and me alone. Although it didn’t hurt when my (very cute) server casually remarked, “Cool lipstick.” With every green, gold, purple and Pantone-blue lip, I shared my photos to Instagram so I could document this new lipsticked identity—the type of person who just wears the damn things. But, as it turned out, what I’d created wasn’t a persona. I felt like me, like the adult my teen self would have wanted to grow into: a person whose risks aren’t measured in makeup, and who doesn’t factor male approval into what she wears. I’m no longer someone who “dares” to try a lip trend, I’m someone who wears what makes her feel powerful because I’m a grown-ass woman. Now somebody call Lupita Nyong’o and see if she felt the same way. NOW THAT’S A POT OF GOLD. FROM LEFT: A. SMASHBOX BE LEGENDARY LIPSTICK IN PUNKED, $23, SHOPPERS DRUG MART. B. M.A.C LIPSTICK IN MATTE ROYAL, $20, MACCOSMETICS.CA. C. SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE MATTE LIPSTICK IN SERENITY, $23, SEPHORA. D. KAT VON D STUDDED KISS LIPSTICK IN PLAN 9, $26, SEPHORA.CA. E. NYX WICKED LIPPIE IN MISCHIEVOUS, $8, NYXCOSMETICS.CA. F. TOO FACED MELTED CHOCOLATE LIQUIFIED LIPSTICK IN CHOCOLATE CHERRIES, $33, TOOFACED.COM
Our writer documented her lipstick journey on Instagram (@annetdonahue) and the people spoke
Shade: M.A.C lipstick in Stone. Best comment: “I approve of everything you’ve ever done!”
Shade: Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipstick in Plan 9. Best comment: “Lipstick otherworldly.”
Shade: Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Matte Lipstick in Serenity. Best comment: “Like a BOSS.”
Time to love your curls, girls. Natural hair is spring’s most important beauty trend By Natasha Bruno
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Spotted at: Alexander Wang, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Isabel Marant, Kenzo, Stella McCartney
the scoop: Wavy hair—ranging
Sarah Jessica Parker circa 2002; Lorde.
woke up like this It’s finally happening: After Toronto model Jac shows off the gorgeous possibilities of natural hair.
years of flattened hair ruling the runways—where models’ natural texture was forced to masquerade as straight or barely wavy—an unprecedented amount of natural curl bounced down the Spring 2016 catwalks, from uneven wideset waves at Stella McCartney to fully formed Afros at Alberta Ferretti. What gives? “It’s much bigger than just hair—fashion is becoming a lot more global,” explains
Duffy, a London-based runway hairstylist and Vidal Sassoon’s g l o b a l a m b a s s a d o r. “ I t ’s embracing every culture, background and individual identity. Natural beauty is really being encouraged.” If you’ve been flattening your curl for, like, ever, it might take a while to get used to the unpredictability of untamed hair. “Natural texture dries differently every time,” Duffy says. “You essentially have a slightly different sil-
houette, finish or texture every day, depending on the products you use and the humidity and environment that you’re in.” To help maximize the beauty of curly hair, we’ve broken down the main curl patterns using the industrystandard hair classification system (it was created by Oprah’s long-time hairstylist Andre Walker, y’all), omitting Type 1, which is straight hair. Here’s how to make the most of each glorious one.
PHOTOGRAPHY: LUIS MORA (MAIN); PETER STIGTER (RUNWAY); GETTY IMAGES (CELEB). HAIR AND MAKEUP: NATALIE VENTOLA (MAIN). HAIR AND MAKEUP ASSISTANT: CAROLINE LEVIN (MAIN)
f rom a g e ntle b e n d to a defined S pattern—sits close to the head, is often fine and has natural shine, says hairstylist Tippi Shorter, whose work has topped the heads of Beyoncé, Alicia Keys and Rihanna (plus, she’s Aveda’s global artistic director for textured hair). As she explains, Type 2 is a classic case of combination hair: greasy roots and dr y tips . “Natural oils don’t make it all the way down to the ends like on straight hair, so they saturate the scalp area.”
expert tips: Although your first reaction may be to wash and wash again, a daily lather can cause more harm than good. For best results, shampoo every other day. To achieve o ptim um wave d ef initio n , separate damp hair into two to four sections and scrunch in a light alcohol-free spray gel from mid-shaft to ends. “The middle and the ends are where you get frizz, so that’s where you want to concentrate the product,” says Shorter. If you want more volume, gently scrunch damp hair while drying it with a diffuser. VIDAL SASSOON WAVES TEXTURIZING SHAMPOO, $6, DRUGSTORES. JOHN FRIEDA FRIZZ E ASE DRE AM CURLS DAILY STYLING SPRAY, $11, DRUGSTORES
Angela Davis circa 1975; Solange Knowles.
From left: Zuzu Tadeushuk at Isabel Marant, Frederikke Sofie and Antonina Petkovic at Stella McCartney.
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Spotted at: Alberta Ferretti, Balenciaga, Carolina Herrera, Diane Von Furstenberg, Giamba, Oscar de la Renta, Rochas, Rosie Assoulin
the scoop: Gravity-defying kinky hair can be tightly coiled or Z-shaped—occasionally, the hair can be so kinked that no definition is visible. “That’s because you can have several pat te rns like zigzags an d spirals that butt heads, forming an Afro,” explains Shorter. But don’t be fooled by Type 4’s apparent bountifulness. “Coily hair grows upward, giving the illusion of intensive volume, when really it’s probably half as much hair.” It’s also very fragile and susceptible to mechanical damage from heat and washing, since it has the fewest cuticle layers of all hair types.
From left: Lineisy Montero at Balenciaga, Poppy Okotcha and Karly Loyce at Alberta Ferretti.
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Mariah Carey circa 1990; Alessia Cara.
expert tips: Stretch out washes
Spotted at: Burberry, Emilio Pucci, John Galliano, Proenza Schouler, Stella McCartney, Tommy Hilfiger, Topshop Unique
the scoop: From loose spirals to springy corkscrews, this pattern has plenty of bounce but is less shiny than Type 2. “The cuticle layers are slightly lifted, giving hair a coarse feel, and the light isn’t as reflective off the strands,” says Shorter. It’s more frizz-prone, too. “It needs moisture. Since there’s more moisture in the air than in the shaft, the hair raises and tries to reach toward it.”
Clockwise from left: Imaan Hammam at John Galliano, Malaika Firth at Emilio Pucci and Chiara Scelsi at Chanel (Pre-Fall 2016).
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defining product, consider how tightly wound your strands are. “If they’re on the looser side, you want more of a jelly consistency,” says Shorter. “If they’re tighter, go creamier because it helps to weigh down the curls and retain length.”
to once a week max, and try co-washes instead of shampoo. Knots are a recipe for disaster, so Shorter recommends massaging a dollar-sized amount of conditioner into dry hair and undoing minor tangles with your fingers. “It softens up the hair and allows you to pull it apart.” Once hair is wet and coated with leave-in conditioner, use a paddle brush to work through bigger knots. To style and define the curl pattern, apply rich, creamy curl custards and puddings on small sections, and a daily dose of oil.
BUMBLE AND BUMBLE ANTI-HUMIDITY GEL-OIL, $39, SEPHORA.CA. PUREOLOGY HYDRATE CLEANSING CONDITION, $37, PUREOLOGY.COM
K I N K Y- CU R LY O R I G I NAL C U R LI N G CUSTARD, $27, CLOREBEAUTY.COM. AVEDA DRY REMEDY DAILY MOISTURIZING OIL, $35, AVEDA.CA
expert tips: To keep it smooth, add moisture in the shower with a cleansing conditioner. Before choosing a curl-
25 vintage blouses 15 pairs of shoes 15 vintage dresses 10 Guatemalan ponchos 7 pairs of jeans
SPIRITED AWAY Textile artist Mary Grisey has a creative side business: reading tarot
By Alex Laws | Photography by May Truong
How do you describe your art? “I work with materials—weaving, constructing and deconstructing. I moved here from California for love, but I decided to get my master’s [at York University]. Now I’m at the forefront of a craft-based medium, trying to tell stories. Textiles is like a new frontier; it’s not yet seen as fine art, and that’s really exciting.” How do you divide up your day? “Toronto is an expensive city, so you need to hustle and be creative. I also work at an Indian restaurant, so I spend half my time at the studio and half my time there. I wake up at 9 a.m., have my coffee, answer emails— running your own business, you have to answer emails—and then I bike to my studio and bike to work for the night shift. Every minute is precious.” What’s your art process like? “Often the process is very unconscious and it’s not until the work is done that I truly understand it. I’m inspired by Louise Bourgeois and Eva Hesse, who explored the taboo in their art.” Do you see yourself as an artist who reads tarot or a tarot reader who creates art? “It’s all the same thing to me: My spiritual practice is the backbone of my art and my tarot reading. I use tarot cards as a medium to channel because visuals help people to understand, and as an artist I show what I have seen and felt.” When do you read tarot? “I read on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Likely General [389 Roncesvalles Ave.], where I sell my jewellery (Meta Jewelry and Textiles). Tarot is like a form of therapy because I’m talking to people and reaffirming what their higher selves already know.” Do you think that tarot is gaining mainstream popularity? “Our generation dabbled in it when they were young and now they’re coming back to it. I’ve read tarot since I was a teenager but I only started taking it seriously as a career a year ago. 32
NAME: Mary Grisey AGE: 32 JOB: Artist, jewellery designer and tarot reader QUALIFICATIONS: A BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from York University. LIVES: Roncesvalles STYLE ICONS: Frida Kahlo, Jemima Kirke, textile designer Cara Marie Piazza, photographer Arden Wray
Shot in her studio, Mary Grisey wears a vintage dress from Penny Arcade and a Tuareg necklace from San Francisco: “It‘s made for women warriors and has a prayer inside.”
I think there is a shifting consciousness: People are starting to realize that it’s a form of healing, like reiki and ayahuasca. These ancient shaman practices are becoming more mainstream.” What do people ask you about the most? “Love and career. They’re actually combined—if you’re not focusing on the right thing in your career, then you’re not going to find your best love mate. If you’re functioning to your highest ability in your career and doing what you’re meant to be doing, that magnetically attracts good people.” What does it mean to be psychic? “I believe everyone is psychic; I just choose to tap into it. I used to see ghosts—I was freaked out, so I shut myself off. I’d like to get it back.”
“I’M INSPIRED BY LOUISE BOURGEOIS AND EVA HESSE, WHO EXPLORED THE TABOO IN THEIR ART.”
Grisey holds a piece called My Home, My Ocean, made with rope found in Vancouver and handwoven, hand-dyed linen. “I grew up in Huntington Beach, California, so it’s a souvenir of the coast I came from.”
COOL GIRL, COOL JOB
How would you describe your style? “I’m pretty laid-back. In my studio, I’m in boots and jeans, and at night, I like to wear vintage dresses and then a really crazy piece of jewellery. I try to wear my own designs, so I make pieces that I know I’ll enjoy wearing.” Do you change up your style when you read tarot? “Appearance is important when it comes to someone trusting you. I wear a lot of vintage and I have a pretty fun style, so I try to represent that, because I think it puts people at ease. I think that if you have an individual look, it shows that you’re willing to be vulnerable in the world. When you’re dressing outside of the norm, you’re expressing the truest form of yourself.”
SHOPPING BLACK BOOK
Likely General 389 Roncesvalles Ave. “It sells a plethora of home goods, jewellery and other things by talented local designers. Owner Brooke Manning is a friend of mine.” Penny Arcade 1177 Dundas St. W. “It’s the best-curated vintage store in the city. I’ve found lots of great pieces there.” Courage My Love 14 Kensington Ave. “It has the best collection of vintage jewellery from all over the world, vintage clothing finds and some amazing African brass beads.”
Across the 6ix, tarot readers are stepping out from behind the beaded curtains. Here, three spots to book a reading after work. Southern Accent, Tuesdays to Sundays, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., 595 Markham St., southernaccent.com The Hermit’s Lamp, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, noon to 7 p.m., 425 Vaughan Rd., thehermitslamp.com
“MY SPIRITUAL PRACTICE IS THE BACKBONE OF MY ART AND MY TAROT READING.”
Above: Grisey’s woven sculptures featuring real horsehair. Left: Grisey spreads the cards wearing ceramic rings and a woven bracelet from her collection.
The Rock Store, Every day, by appointment, 602 Markham St., therockstore.ca
HAIR AND MAKEUP: LEANDRO AVANCO
What’s your favourite era for vintage? “The 1920s to the 1940s, because the construction is better, so the clothes last longer. I love how fashion for women became more worldly [during that time], with Asian influences like velvet. I like romantic pieces—I’m a big romantic.” What pieces are you most drawn to? “I have a lot of stones and pouches. I believe in the power of objects—that they contain emotion. That’s one of the most important things about my jewellery.” How do you put energy into your pieces? “I think it’s a consciousness and a ritual. I believe all things have energy—a water bottle, a stick—and as I’m painstakingly weaving and dyeing, the energy accumulates. People say that when they see my art or try on my jewellery, they feel that energy. That’s the best compliment anyone can give me.”
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Grisey (with Susie Q., her one-eyed rescue pug) wears a necklace and top she made herself. Left: Grisey’s necklaces on display in her studio.
JUST SHOOT ME
File this under “Yep, so I totally did that.” Erin Kobayashi strips down for a boudoir photo sesh When I got engaged, I immediately began to divorce myself from all brideto-be rituals. Never one to celebrate graduations or even birthdays, I was dead set against simpering engagement photos set in wheat fields or a ladies-only bridal shower in a balloon-filled basement. And I’d rather be anywhere else than at a stagette, consuming a (literally) tasteless cake shaped like a giant penis, flanked by a male stripper with one to match. But when an opportunity came up for a free bridal boudoir photo shoot—via a photographer looking for models—I decided to challenge my cynicism and give it a shot. While squeezing into a virginal white wedding dress felt inauthentic, being a badass bride embracing her body sounded fun. And although the boudoir tradition is to gift your partner with the sexy photos, I had no intention of presenting them to my fiancé. The images—and the experience—would belong to me. 34
So I sent the photographer a message and we set up a date. The morning of the shoot, I arrived at the studio, per her instructions, with freshly shampooed hair, a makeupfree face and my own white lingerie. The photographer and a hair and makeup artist welcomed me, and we immediately started editing my wardrobe (or lack thereof). I pulled out my most expensive piece of underwear: handmade white lace I’d bought in Italy. It was my Roman holiday
black liner and wavy hair on child beauty pageant contestants and ’90s porn stars, but never on myself. “Did you take a ‘before’ shot?” the photographer asked. “No,” the makeup artist replied. “Those are mean.” Ouch. Since the theme of the shoot was “bridal boudoir,” the sets were white and lit naturally. I listened carefully to the photographer’s suggestions of how I should angle my face and b o d y, w h i l e I coyly tugged my underwear and bit into a string of pearls. She was attentive and professional, but I never quite got comfortable. My stomach was in knots, and I was so hot that I requested that the air conditioner be put on full blast. As I draped my arms over the hump of the chaise lounge and rolled around the bed in a shag coat, I tried to imagine the cam-
“BEING A BADASS BRIDE EMBRACING HER BODY SOUNDED FUN.” souvenir, stitched with memories of nursing a broken heart over foamy cappuccinos and racing past ancient ruins in fast Italian cars. Next, I was ushered into 45 minutes of hair and makeup. When I looked in the mirror, I did a double take. I had seen baby-pink-glossed lips, heavy
era as a keyhole, but I knew it wasn’t capturing anything real or private about me. I had wondered if my period— which was due any day—would crash this all-white, nearly naked party. And yes—yes, it did. Miraculously, nothing on the set was stained, but when I got dressed, I saw that my precious Italian underwear, which reminded me of ancient ruins, was now ruined. Still, I was excited to see the shots. When the photographer sent them over, I was surprised by how trim my body looked for the amount of exercise I do (none). And although my braless nipples weren’t entirely #free, they experienced partial liberation, peering through a gauzy peasant shirt. My skin looked creamy and flawless, and the blush that seemed way too much in person was soft and rosy in the photos. I looked, well, perfect—like the blushing bride I never expected to be.
PHOTOGRAPHY: ISTOCKPHOTO (EXCEPT PINK LIPS); ANDREW SOULE (PINK LIPS). HAIR AND MAKEUP: MICHELLE ROSEN (PINK LIPS)
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Compartés chocolate is exceptional—and not in a parent describing their millennial kid kind of way. Find it at Zuckers Candy Co. (opening this spring) or at zuckerscandyco.com
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Our Love Yourself issue highlights spring's hottest trend: blue makeup! Plus, romantic, floral and boudoir dressing; adventures in lipstick;...
Published on Feb 10, 2016
Our Love Yourself issue highlights spring's hottest trend: blue makeup! Plus, romantic, floral and boudoir dressing; adventures in lipstick;...