Last Minute Halloween Costumes Already in Your Closet

Halloween celebrations commence this weekend, and for those who do not yet have a costume, panic mode has officially ensued. Don’t fret Halloween procrastinators, there is still time. There are so many great costumes that are often overlooked because people are always focusing on the trends and costumes of the year. But, some of the best, most iconic, and not to mention, most fashionable costumes are often right at your fingertips (or buried deep in the deep abyss of your/your mother’s closet). If you’re in need of a last minute costume that takes minimal time, effort, and money, then here are five Halloween costumes that are already in your wardrobe.

1. Penny Lane – “Almost Famous”


This is one of the simplest Halloween costumes you can find in your wardrobe. Time to dig out your old school flared jeans, and if you can’t find those, a pair of boot cut will suffice. Pair the jeans with a basic cami with crochet trim, and complete the look with your favourite pair of round trim Ray Bans, and tightly curled hair. If you really want to top off the look, talk to your mother about borrowing her old suede, fur trim coat from the 90s.

2. Holly Golightly – “Breakfast at Tiffanys”


Throw on your favourite little black dress paired with the largest statement necklace you can find and grab your large black sunnies. And if you really want to get into character, grab a coffee and text a friend and tell them to meet you at Tiffanys (and then get them to take a picture of you).

3. Chanel Oberlin – “Scream Queens”

SCREAM QUEENS: Emma Roberts as Chanel Oberlin in SCREAM QUEENS which debuts with a special, two-hour series premiere event on Tuesday, September 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Matthias Clamer/FOX.

Chanel wears so many different outfits on the show, that it’s hard to narrow it down to one iconic moment. But, there’s no denying the ability to easily search through your closet for head to toe pink, or at the very least a preppy skirt and top, paired with your mother’s pearls, and completed with a bloody knife (optional). If you want to be really convincing, channel Chanel’s attitude with one-liner comebacks and insults, and you’re all set.

4. Margot Tenenbaum – “The Royal Tenenbaums”


If you don’t have vintage (faux) fur, someone you know does, along with that striped cotton polo dress your mom used to wear when she went golfing in the 90s. Load on the heavy eyeliner as if it’s 9th grade all over again, and complete the costume with your favourite childhood barrette.

5. Bonnie Parker – “Bonnie and Clyde”


This may also require a “Clyde” figure to pull off the complete look, but it is a very accessible last minute costume if you’re in a pinch. Pair a knit turtleneck and a pencil skirt, with one of your mother’s (or grandmothers) neck scarves.


Top 10 Beauty Instagram Moments

Summertime beauty regimes are currently glowing all around the world. “No-makeup” makeup looks, surf-sun touched lobs, and a bronzy tan may be the key rules dominating your summer beauty guides, but we are always seeing a new dimension of beauty on Instagram. These ladies are redefining beauty images- From makeup, skincare, nail trends and hair ideas, here are the top 10 beauty moments from Toronto and beyond.

1. @ireneisgood

This shot is an outfocus from her iconic rainbow hair. K-beauty sensation and model Irene Kim is rocking the dewy makeup look with a touch of glitter.




2. @justcodi

Aussie beauty label Dr. Roebucks is taking over the Toronto beauty wave, seen at Way Home. We love that their products are packed with natural ingredients- happiness (baby soft lips) guaranteed all summer long.

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3. @jamiejchung

White shirt and denim paired with bold berry lips- a signature Jamie Chung look that we can’t have enough of. xoxo

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4. @melissaandre

Quite possibly the best way to spend a Sunday downtown with your girlfriends. Princess treatment at Her Majesty’s Pleasure on King West- manicures✔️ cocktails✔️ blowout✔️

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5. @biancavenerayan

We know that Toronto’s Bianca Cavenerayan of Kastor & Pollux always has her face on check, and in simple terms, we’re talking about- strong brows, a few freckles, highlighter, and muted lips. Flawless.

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6. @nail_unistella

Rising nail artist Eunkyung Park of Unistella proves that Gucci vibes doesn’t only belong on bag or shoes.

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7. @p1m_toronto

Gwyneth Paltrow made an appearance at Holt Renfrew‘s Bloor Street flagship store to launch Juice Beauty. We are loving the sleek hair and soft makeup!

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8. @thecureapothecary

The Cure Apothecary is definitely one of Queen West’s gems. All organic shelves at this beautiful beauty boutique kindle our hearts for new products.

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9. @jodiblk_ 

Toronto’s blogger babe Jodi shares her YSL Beauty favourites. Take note from this beauty flatlay + dazzling packagaing!

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10. @flawlessbeauty_1

Sneak peek of this bold look on model India for our upcoming Fall issue. Stay tuned, as we are currently in the works of the best issue to date!

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ICYMI: Juice Beauty Class with Founder Karen Behnke


Juice Beauty is an all-organic and natural beauty line derived from antioxidant-rich juice bases that deliver promising results. Actress and creative director of Juice Beauty’s phyto-pigment make-up line, Gwyneth Paltrow made an appearance at Holt Renfrew’s Bloor Street flagship alongside founder of the brand, Karen Behnke to celebrate the launch of Juice Beauty at select Holt Renfrew locations across Canada. Karen held an intimate beauty master class for a group of women from their teens to 60s, to customize a full beauty routine and experience the full skincare and makeup line with experts on-site.

By formulating their products with 75%-90% USDA certified organic juices, there is no compromise in your well-being nor the environment. Instead, you are directly consuming the rich nutrients packed in the juices worry-free. This healthy formulation method practiced by Juice Beauty is unrivaled when it comes to taking care of your body- over 60% of the ingredients are absorbed right into your blood stream whether good or bad, risking your health in the long term if not done correctly. It started when Karen was pregnant with her first child at the age of 40, and read the chemical-filled labels of her skincare for the very first time. With many hearts and hands from science, business, wellness backgrounds, botanical juices became the focus ingredient and Juice Beauty has continuously innovated effective, harmless products.

Karen Behnke and Gwyneth Paltrow, via Forbes


“Every drop feeds your skin, and the results are evident because organically farmed ingredients have 30% higher antioxidant levels than those conventionally farmed”

Below are my favourite picks from the line- Recommended personally by the Juice Beauty expert team from California, and Karen herself.

1. Stem Cellular 2-in-1 Cleanser

This cleanser melts makeup, and leaves your skin feeling hydrated. This is an essential first step in prepping for your nighttime beauty routine as it helps create a smooth foundation for serum and moisturizer.

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via Derm Store




2. Green Apple Peel Full Strength

This organic peel in full strength was everyone’s favourite- chemical exfoliation brightens dark spots and evens tone in 10 minutes.
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3. Stem Cellular CC Cream

CC cream protects, nourishes, and moisturizes your skin and leaves a subtle tinted glow. Perfect, all summer long.

via Derm Store

4. USDA Organic Lip Moisturizer

This product is almost good to eat. Apply a layer on your lips and use it as an all-purpose balm on dry spots.

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5. Correcting Concealer

It’s buildable with an airbrushed finish. Surprisingly long-lasting- not only that, but filled with berry juices and aloe minerals!

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