Swimwear trends to try this summer

Shopping for swimwear can be daunting, no matter what kind of shape your summer bod is or isn’t in. The key to the ultimate summer wardrobe lies in a killer swimwear collection. Even though the weather isn’t quite swimsuit acceptable yet; summer is just around the corner, so it’s time to shop now and wear later. If you’re someone who struggles to pick out or find swimwear that you like, we have the ultimate guide to assist you with your swimsuit shopping this summer. This year’s styles seem to be more daring than ever. With cut-outs and high leg bottoms that cut up to the hip, it sure is going to be an Instagram-worthy season for bathing suits. So make a statement by the pool and at the beach and shop these styles to slay all summer long!

Mesh

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The best thing about this trend is that it can be incorporated into a bikini or a one piece. Adding a hint of mesh allows you to bare some extra skin without giving too much away. This season, find a suit with some flirty cutout accents that are covered with mesh. Find the right style for you to enhance your shape, and make your new bikini or one piece a little bit more interesting.

Beth Richards Bardot One Piece in black $350

Straps and Laces

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Last summer was all about the crochet detailing, this year it’s all about the laces and extra criss-cross straps. Amp up your bikini collection by adding some intricate lace-up detailing to a simple bikini.

Perfect Peach 2nd Base bikini $131

Wrap Tops

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Now you can channel the wrap around crop top look in a bikini as well! This sexy spin on a classic looking top is sophisticated and comfortable.

Monday Swimwear St. Barths in Olive $118

High Thigh

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Reveal a little extra leg and hip with a high cut bottom. This look accentuates the legs making them appear longer. The high cut bottom is the perfect way to add some subtle retro flair to your swimsuit collection.

Triangl Camille Velvet Scoop Crop and High Cut bikini $120

White

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We always see our share of bright colours, but this season the standout shade is stark white. Simple and clean, there’s a shade of white for every skin tone.

Vitamin A Leah Bodysuit in Eco White $196

Spring ’17 Beauty Must-Haves

The transition into Spring can be a little awkward. With the weather constantly adjusting and changing, it’s hard to dress and prepare yourself accordingly. Often we are so focused on our wardrobe and making it through the wet spring weather, we forget that our beauty routine needs a little bit of sprucing up as well. The cold, wet mornings and milder damp afternoons can take a toll on your skin and makeup, so it is important to make a few minor changes to your routine and ditch the heavy winter products in exchange for something lighter and more refreshing. Luckily, we’ve been blessed with a relatively mild winter (for the most part) but in case you’re still struggling to make the transition, here are a few products to help you prepare yourself and add an extra hint of spring into your everyday beauty routine!

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

This do-it-all cleanser successfully removes makeup while also cleansing the skin of impurities without drying it out. The light gel formula is perfect for all skin types. It gently lathers to clean skin while keeping it balanced, firm, and moisturized (it also smells amazing). This cleanser is definitely a must-have.

Available at Sephora.

Marcelle BB Cream Beauty Balm

Spring is all about being fresh faced. This BB cream is the perfect combination of a lightweight moisturizer, tinted corrector, and makeup base. It can be worn alone as a tinted moisturizer or as a base makeup primer. It evens out skin tone, controls shine, and reduces the appearance of imperfections. Perfect lightweight coverage for Spring!

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart or Marcelle.com.

NUDESTIX Lip + Cheek Pencil

This multitasking pencil is ideal for a fresh-faced minimal makeup look, adding the perfect pop of colour to cheeks and lips. The long-lasting creamy coverage gives a natural looking finish to a fresh-faced look. For the ultimate Spring-time look, try the pencil in the shade “coral/peach.”

Available at Sephora.

Too Faced “Better Than Sex” Mascara

I know this may be a bold statement but, this is by far the best mascara ever! Its non-clumpy formula has the best volume, length, and root-to-tip coverage I’ve experienced in a single mascara. For real, one coat of this on your lashes is all you need to complete the perfect natural spring makeup look.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora.

Essie “B’aha Moment” Nail Polish

Nothing like a fresh manicure to add a little extra spring in your step! Essie’s B’aha Moment from the Spring 2017 collection is the perfect pomegranate pink to complete your spring look.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

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The Best of MFW Street Style

As fashion week has moved on and descended upon Paris, it is time to say, ‘Ciao Milano!’ The Italian streets were blessed with tailored excellence. While some trends, like fur coats, camouflage, stripes, mixed prints, and puffy outerwear, did seem to carry over from NYFW and LWF, Milan was full of fresh trends strictly made for the streets of Italy to see. Italian ready-to-wear style was keen on flared jeans, sculpted shoulders, animal prints, puffy sleeves, and in true Italian fashion, the colour red. No matter what the style, Italians were not hesitant to remind people that they are true fashion trendsetters. Here are some of the best street styles from Milan Fashion Week.

Flared Pants

Various lengths of flared trousers made appearances on the streets of Milan once again. We saw the return of the flare during MFW last February, but it seems like the 70s continue to live on. Street goers channeled the 70s-inspired look in a variety of colours, textures, and lengths.

All Black Everything

Nothing feels better than wearing all black. It’s a fact. You can never go wrong wearing all black. Black will always be timeless, classic, sophisticated and trendy. It may be the colour of mourning, but it seemed to be the unofficial uniform for Milan Fashion Week.

Classic Chanel

Let’s be real, if there is one bag that will never go out of style, it’s a Chanel. Everyone seemed to rekindle their love for old-fashioned, classic Chanel handbags. It seems fitting, considering this season is already filled with vintage style references. Now, Chanel is being paired with an edgier and worn-in style. 

Athleisure

A contrast to some of the glamour that comes with the high fashion in Milan, comfort was taken as a priority to many show-goers. Comfy, logo-heavy athletic wear was commonly used as a statement piece or an entire ensemble.

The Colour Red

There was no short supply of red on the streets of Milan. Like the hints of yellow we saw on the streets in New York,  Milan’s colour of choice was red. Red was popping up everywhere! From complete head-to-toe ensembles to subtle accessories. Red was the colour of the streets, making enough of an appearance to accentuate prints, textures, and styles. Red was by far the biggest street style trend of the week.

Pinstripes

Another powerful trend on the street during MFW was pinstripes. Show-goers brought the class and showed everyone the modern way to rock pinstripes. The previous go-to workwear pattern was seen on all kinds of jackets, blazers, and blouses. The pinstripe is back — and more versatile than ever!

 

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The Best of NYFW Street Style

Since New York Fashion Week has come and gone, it’s time to reflect on the edgy street style New York had to offer this season. My absolute favourite part about fashion weeks around the world, and especially when it comes to NYFW, is the street style. One thing is for sure, New York knows how to bring it. Outerwear and layering were key factors in nailing your street style game during NYFW where street style is no joke — even the snow, sleet, slush, and the wind can’t stop the people of New York from bringing their A-game to the streets. From camouflage to kitten heels and puffer jackets, New York’s style is still as cool and sophisticated as ever.

Camouflage

It seems like camouflage is equally on the runway — from Yeezy Season 5 and Coach to Alice + Olivia — and on the streets of New York. But it still speaks volumes and is sure to make you stand out.

Trench Coats

New York brought a more chill and relaxed vibe to the classic trench. A hint of layering and cuffed sleeves gives a disheveled yet sophisticated look.

Kitten Heels

Kitten heels were popping up all over the streets. Pairing them with denim is the perfect way to achieve a balanced chill and feminine look.

Oversized Puffer

The go-to way to stay warm during NYFW was definitely the puffer jacket. It was hard to keep track of just how many there were. Regardless what you think about puffers, oversized puffers are statements that keep you warm.

Shades of Yellow

There were more yellow on the streets of New York than the usual flow of taxi cabs flowing through. From bright jackets and purses to more subtle yellow accessories like yellow-tinted sunglasses, the yellow accent was a favourite during this season.

Shearling-Lined

The shearling lined jacket was seen left, right, and center on those who were braving the cold during NYFW. It’s the epitome of warm, badass outerwear. If you’re not into the idea of a full fur coat, this is a happy medium. A classic and fashionable look but with a little more edge.

Plaid

Crowds turned to plaid in all different shapes, styles, and colours. Pairing it with anything and everything, New York brought out the classic in its quintessentially unique ways.

Faux Fur

Nothing says winter is here like fur and the faux-fur game was definitely strong this season. It dominated the street style runway in a variety of styles,  colors, and cuts.

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5 Makeup Tips To Change Your Look From Day to Night

When you’re rushing to finish up at the office before making a quick escape across town to meet up with some friends for after work drinks, you don’t have a lot of time to spare on your appearance. After all, you don’t want to be late and keep your hangry friends waiting for you. People lead busy and hectic lives. Between work, commuting, social calendars, Netflix binge watching, and date nights, it’s a miracle we even have a minute to find clean underwear, let alone do our makeup. So what are we to do when we’re stuck at the office until 5:43pm, but are set to meet friends for happy hour at 6? Here are 5 quick ways to refresh your makeup and make the most of your touchup.

Add Drama with Eyeliner

Eyeliner can make all the difference in your look — especially if you’re crunched for time. All you need is a good liquid eyeliner like Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner or a gel liner like Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner to create a bold cat eye.

Add Boldness with Lipstick

If you have no time for anything else, switch up your lipstick. Swap your chap stick covered lips for something with a bit more colour or a matte finish. Making a statement with a classic red lip like Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss in shade 107 or even a neutral matte lip colour like MAC cosmetics matte shade in “Really Me” can go a long way with a bit of eyeliner. It’s the simplest way to transform your look. In my opinion, less is more. You don’t need anything crazy to refresh your makeup — plus, nudes are really in right now.

Add Depth with Eyeshadow

If eyeliner isn’t your forte, or you’re already rocking the winged liner look, you’ve got the perfect reason to create a quick smoky eye. After all, nothing says GNO like a dark smokey eye. Darker smokey shadow pallets like MAC Peachluxe Veluxe Pearl Fusion Shadow or Smashbox Cover Shot Golden Hour Eye Pallet. These pallets are perfect because they’re small enough to have in your purse on-the-go, and they have a variety of shades to create a seamless smokey eye. If you’re already wearing eyeliner, smudge it out a little bit for an even bolder smokey eye effect. Don’t be afraid to bring your smokey eye to the bottom and use your finger to smudge it out too!

Add Glow with Highlighter

Light up the night with a hint of strobing. Keep an illuminating highlighter stick like NARS Multiple Stick in Copacabana, in your purse or office desk to enhance your glow and make the high points of your face — cheekbones, nose, cupid’s bow, and under the brow — shimmer in the night.

Add Definition with Contour

Chiseling your face with a quick contour is a great way to take your makeup from day to night. If you know you’re going to need it, keep a contour-highlighting kit like Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit readily available. If that’s too much to have on hand, you can easily use a bronzer like Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer to work your angles and create the same effect.

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