Milan & Paris fall 2017 trend report!

Trends are often hard to mimic, (and even harder to distinguish from one season to another these days) which has always been a drag. Fortunately for all of us, this season’s Paris and Milan fall 2017 shows have brought out what are some of the best (and most wearable) trends in fashion for a very long time. There is something trending on the runway this season that almost anyone can get into, which is really something to be excited about. Whether your personal taste revolves around wearing sweet pastels or sharply refined shoulders, Paris and Milan had you covered with a plethora of pieces geared perfectly to fit your favourite look. Here are Novella’s favourite trends from Paris and Milan fall/winter 2017!

Metallic Sheen

Photos: Vogue Runway | From L to R: Dries Van Noten, Louis Vuitton, Max Mara

Metallic’s popped back into style this season once again, with various designers opting to showcase looks that shone just as bright as the spotlights that bathed the runway. But this season’s metallic hues came with a twist. Rather than going for the traditional gold, silver, and copper. Designers instead chose to use fabrics that used fabrics that not only had interesting colours choices, they also gleamed with a silvery sheen that added a youthful spark to every look. For example, Dries Van Noten chose to showcase oil slick metallics instead of the traditional metallic colour choices to add a chic and modern twist to his throwback collection.

Navy Blue

Photos: Vogue Runway | From L to R: Christian Dior, Chanel, Aquiliano. Rimondi

Not very many colours can provide you with the elegance and freshness that navy blue does. Luckily, designer’s this season were busy getting inspired by the countless various of midnight blue there are in the world. Collection after collection sprang up in Milan and Paris showcasing the regal colour in all of its dark sapphire beauty. At Chanel and Dior, classic silhouettes were constructed in navy fabrics to give the outfits a crisp and clean look that transitions perfectly with between spring/summer nights and fall/winter days. One great way to pull off the perfect navy outfit is to pair it with a crisp white grounding piece like a white buttoned down shirt or a white turtleneck and beret.

Black Leather / Vinyl

Photos: Vogue Runway | From L to R: Saint Laurent, Hermes, Haider Ackermann

Black leather and vinyl dominated the runway on this season’s Milan and Paris runways, giving hardcore 80’s fans and excuse to rock those vintage leather pieces they’ve been hiding away in the back of their closets. Houses like Saint Laurent and Hermes relied on the full 80’s rundown to create the perfect all black leather and vinyl looks, while Haider Ackermann chose to create a leather look that more closely resembled a high-speed motorcycle chase outfit Trinity would have worn in the matrix. Now leather may seem like a daunting material to wear. But the look doesn’t necessarily have to look exactly as it does on the runway for you to achieve this at home. A simple faux leather outfit and leather pant with a band shirt or bright coloured dress shirt can create the perfect throwback look for your wardrobe this fall.

Pastels

Photos: Vogue Runway | From L to R: Miu Miu, Gucci, Alberta Ferretti

Pastels have always been a staple of spring fashion no matter what city you go to. But fashion movers and shakers around the world have felt that some rearranging had to be done in recent years. Thus, we now have the ability to wear whatever we’d like during whatever time of the season. This spells good news for brands like Gucci, who’s eccentric patterns and colours help the brand hark back to a different time where fashion seemed so effortlessly quirky and chic. At Alberta Ferretti, pastels took a more regal appearance in the form of paintings by various famed artists. This ethereal take on pastels conjures up images of the Rococo, a time period where pastels were used for everything from room paint, to ladies ball gowns.

The 80’s

Photos: Vogue Runway | From L to R: Mugler, Moschino, Stella McCartney

The 1980’s are one of those time periods that is constantly coming back into fashion in one way or another. This season, it seems that designers are strongly leaning towards gaudy prints and elongated shoulders to create the perfect 80’s silhouette. At Moschino, party dresses were made using a fabric whose print looked like the decorated school notebooks of an 80’s high school student, while Mugler and Stella McCartney chose to express their love for the 80’s through the use of statement shoulders a la Dame Joan Collins in Dynasty. Unfortunately, hardcore 80’s inspired looks aren’t the easiest to wear day to day (and are often times highly unrecommended to wear during the day) but fret not. You can still rock the 80’s trend by taking the most lavish and extravagant 80’s inspired looks to the club or a fancy party; just to turn heads.

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Post-Winter Hydration

I know that February is the shortest month, but it seems that the first two months of 2017 just flew by. And that just means we’re that much more closer to spring! However, during this winter, as with every winter, the moisture-sucking climate has taken a real toll on my already very dry skin. Regardless of skin type, taking care of yourself and staying hydrated is important for everyone. Here are a few tips to get your hair, skin, nails, and everything else feeling lush and rejuvenated for what seems like an early spring.

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Hair

My hair is very thick and curly so it needs a whole lot of lovin’. Using an olive oil or coconut oil treatment once a week helps restore your damaged, dry hair. It’s important to do this especially if you use hot tools regularly. These oils are good for all hair types. Be sure to read the label to make sure they’re 100% oil — no added nonsense.

When applying, massage the oil into your hair, starting at the ends and working your way up into the scalp. Wait for a minimum of 30 minutes, then make sure to shampoo and rinse at least twice to get all the oil out. Of course, there are other products out there that help with dry and damaged hair — it’s just a matter of finding out what works for you. Our contributor Meg is trying out Curl Shoppe products right now, check out her weekly updates over on our Instagram.

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Skin

I have reeaaally dry skin, if you didn’t get that already. So I’ve decided not to be so lazy about my skincare (out of necessity) and am now on the lookout for the perfect moisturizer. I’ve been using the tried and true Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief to get rid of any flakiness or tightness on my face (especially under my eyes and around my mouth) before I use the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+. I feel like sometimes face moisturizers can be really thick, leaving you feeling like there’s just a layer of it on top of your skin, clogging your pores. Clinique has a lightweight formula that sinks into my skin and does its job. I also apply grape seed oil on my face every couple of days to help with dry patches. It has no scent and is a non-comedogenic, which means it doesn’t clog pores.

Don’t forget your lips in all of this! I usually just mix a tablespoon of brown sugar — granulated will do fine — with some olive oil or honey. Gently scrub this mixture on your lips and leave it on for a minute, then wash it off with warm water and apply lip balm.

Photo: beautyheaven.com.

Nails

If I don’t take care of my nails, they can get real brittle, especially during winter with the lack of moisture in the air. I apply Vitamin E oil to my fingernails and massage it in, to stimulate blood supply. I also use moisturizing hand creams, often with shea or coconut oil, which also helps with the dry and brittle nail problem. You can also create a soak with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to help strengthen your nails. Olive oil penetrates nail cuticles to repair and strengthen the nail while lemon juice helps restore damage and gives your nails a bright sheen.

You should also use nail polish removers that are “acetone-free.” Granted, it takes more time to remove the polish, but acetone is really drying so it might be worth it.

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Body

Exfoliate, moisturize, repeat. Exfoliation is a major part of skincare and once you get into it, you’ll notice the difference. You can always buy body scrubs from the store but making an all-natural exfoliant is a lot easier than you think — as long as you have sugar in your pantry. Don’t pay an arm and a leg for a trendy coffee scrub. Click here to learn how to make your own using just sugar, coffee, and the leftover coconut oil from your hair treatment.

Your Insides

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again. Drinking water is the best thing you can do for your body and hydration. It’s good for every external and internal parts of you. Winter increases the risk of dehydration because more moisture is lost through the respiratory evaporation.

Flow Water is 100% natural Canadian spring water and has a naturally high pH, which offsets modern acidic diets, and electrolytes to keep your body more hydrated. Flow also provides healthful properties such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium carbonate. You can pick up a bottle of Flow in your local grocery store, and if you live in Toronto or Vancouver you can order weekly deliveries and have it brought to your doorstep in an eco-friendly BMWi3.

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Best Beauty Products for Winter Months

There is no arguing that a Canadian winter is no joke. Not only do the harsh winds and bitter temperatures take a serious toll on your overall mood and desire to go outside, but they can also cause your skin to become a lot duller and drier than usual. That’s why it’s important to switch up your beauty routine during the winter months to keep your skin properly hydrated and protected from Mother Nature’s cold wrath.

Here is a list of the best beauty products to help warm up your beauty routine, and get you and your skin through the ice cold winter months.

Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel with Marula Oil

If you change one thing about your skin care routine in the winter, change your cleanser. After a lot of trial and error, I found that it was my cleanser that was drying out my skin the most during the cold months. Swap out your harsh foaming cleansers for something more moisturizing like this gel-turned-oil cleanser. It removes makeup and effectively cleanses at the same time without drying out your skin. And as someone who is prone to some breakouts, it did not aggravate or cause more breakouts on my skin. It leaves your skin feeling soft and clean.

Available at: Shoppers Drug Mart, Hudson’s Bay, or Clarins.com

Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask

When my skin was at it’s driest last winter, I was on the hunt for a good moisturizing face mask, and sometime during the cotton sheet mask craze, I stumbled upon this gem. No joke, this one-time-use mask has worked miracles as a part of my winter skin care routine. The cotton mask is cooling and hydrating and leaves my skin feeling completely refreshed. After taking the mask off, I massage the leftover serum into my skin and let it get absorbed before applying my moisturizer as usual before heading to bed. Trust me, your dull winter skin will thank you by the next morning.

Available at: Sephora or Sephora.com

Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum

When moisturizers are not enough to hydrate your skin in the winter — serums are the answer. When your skin is dry, the texture becomes rough and uneven. I would definitely recommend this to soothe and plump your dry skin. It changes the appearance of dehydrated skin by plumping the fine lines and smoothing the uneven texture. It’s the perfect serum to layer under your moisturizer as part of your winter beauty routine.

Available at: Kiehl’s stores or Kiehls.ca

Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub

This scrub is great because it can be used to buff away dry, dead winter skin on your entire body. Even though the name sounds like it would be drying because of the salt factor, the scrub is balanced with coconut oil and avocado butter that replenishes the skin while exfoliating. You don’t need to use much for your skin to reap the benefits.

Tip: If you’re in the mood for a full at-home facial, I recommend using the Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub to exfoliate your skin before applying the Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask. That way your skin is perfectly buffed and moisturized.

Available at: Lush stores and Lush.ca

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream Moisturizer

I searched high and low for a moisturizer I love until I found this one. I am a fan of Vichy products and I feel like this is one of their best. It hydrates without leaving your skin looking or feeling greasy or oily. It evenly moisturizes my skin and doesn’t irritate or cause breakouts, and keeps my skin hydrated under my makeup. This moisturizer contains Hyaluronic Acid which is a key re-plumping ingredient in moisturizers. I swear by this moisturizer.

Available at: Shoppers Drug Mart or Vichy.ca

Roc Enydrial Repairing Lip Care

I don’t care how good you say your lip balm works, I bet you it doesn’t have anything on this Roc lip balm. Hands down, this is my holy grail lip care product all year long. It’s moisturizing without being too thick or heavy and glides on smoothly. I can’t function without this stuff. Throw out whatever you’re using and get one of these.

Tip: Exfoliate your lips using a lip scrub or your toothbrush to remove any dead skin and smooth those chapped lips before applying the Roc Repairing Lip Care.

Available at: Shoppers Drug Mart or Rocskincare.ca

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HOW TO KICK THE WINTER BLUES

Now that moody skies are an everyday thing, you just want to stay curled in up in the cocoon you made with your duvet more than usual; summer is long gone and no longer can you throw on a T-shirt and bike to wherever; you don’t want to think about how many layers you have to pile on to stay warm, and the last thing you want to do is trudge through dirty slush to get to work. Yes, seasonal depression is a thing. So, I’ve compiled a list of five things to help combat this lack of motivation and dreariness.

1. Stay Active

Yes, I know. Maybe not the first thing you wanted to hear, but now is not the time to lose your workout motivation. Although it may be horrid outside, it’s important to get out there, even if it’s just for a brisk walk. Half an hour outside will help provide a little bit of mood-boosting Vitamin D. If you want some motivation, there are plenty of motivational YouTube videos. But remember, nothing happens if you don’t actually get off your butt and do something.

Trying something new will also help boost your mood and fight total hibernation. Sign up for a workout class you’ve never tried or buy some new colourful leggings to help get through the dreary colour scheme of the next few months. After all, summer bodies are made in the winter.

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Photo:sosasha.com/tag/running/

2. Plan a Staycation

I can’t stand the cold but some of us don’t have the funds to run away to California to warm our toes for a week. That’s not to say you can’t still get a change in scenery staying where you are. Get away from the city and escape to a cozy cabin for a weekend, or go on a ski trip. Even a trip to the spa will boost your mood.

Or literally stay right where you are, at home. There’s no harm in taking a day off and wrapping yourself up in a blanket, tea in one hand and a book in the other. Just remember to relax. It’s not a day for running errands or catching up on work you didn’t finish. It doesn’t count when your staycation includes you deep-cleaning the house.

Photo: http://www.tiphainemarie.com/2015/12/a-cozy-winter-night-at-home/
Photo: http://www.tiphainemarie.com/2015/12/a-cozy-winter-night-at-home/

3. Eat Chocolate

Let me explain. People who go through Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), or the winter blues, are more likely to crave a natural amino acid called trytophan, which helps produce the feel-good hormone serotonin. This is produced in our bodies when we’re exposed to sunshine, which, in the winter months, is obviously not as abundant. If you don’t produce enough serotonin, you naturally crave trytophan. The important thing is, it’s found in chocolate. So yes, chocolate can replace sunshine in this way. The amount of trytophan also depends on the amount of cocoa bean content and usually, the more expensive the chocolate, the more cocoa bean content. They also contain less sugar. This means they’re healthier right? So go ahead, indulge.

Just balance it with leafy greens, avocados, oats, eggs and anything rich in vitamins, B, C, and D that will also help boost your mood. 😉

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Photo: http://www.godiva.com

4. Give

‘Tis the season after all, and what better way to spend it than giving to other people. It’s not just about monetary donations. Spending time at the local shelter helping prepare lunch and volunteering your time not only makes you feel satisfied but also really improves mental health.

Photo: cruxnow.com/
Photo: cruxnow.com/

5. It’s the Holidays. Embrace it

As much as you may want to hibernate all winter, don’t fight the holiday feels. Just give in. Put on an ugly Christmas sweater, make a gingerbread house, play Christmas music on loop and watch Home Alone at the same time. Do all the cliché Christmas things.

Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, there are plenty of things to do around this time you probably don’t get to do the rest of the year. Going out with friends and family will brighten your mood on the darkest of days, even if it’s just for a hot chocolate or a round of ice-skating at Nathan Philips Square.

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Photo: http://anotherangle.eu/posts/christmas-nathan-phillips-square-toronto/

 

SHOP ALL WEEKEND: A HEAVY DUTY MOISTURIZER

Photo Credit: The Body Shop
Photo Credit: The Body Shop

Dry hands are extremely common and annoying around this time of the year. It seems as if the winter weather is finally in full gear, and with that, we must pay the unfortunate consequence. There are many different moisturizers on the market that targets dry and dull skin. Some may not give you the lasting results you were hoping for because of the watery consistency of the formula. So the moment you step outside in this frigid weather, your hands are back to looking problematic. But luckily for you, I have a solution.

The Body Shop is known for having some of the best moisturizers and body butters, that gives your skin a beautiful, bright glow. But one in particular is sure to give your hands a complete makeover. CHANGE Hemp Hand Protector is a cream that actually does protect your skin. It is super thick, and heavy duty, so it is sure to get the job done. This new limited edition hand protector contains 950 hemp seeds in every 100ml tube. These seeds contain fatty acids, which aids as the solution for nourished hands. Since the formula is also very thick, it gives your hands those long lasting results you have been searching for.

The Body Shop has teamed up with the well renowned street artist, Ben Eine, to not only give their customers satisfaction from the product, but to also give the eyes a unique vision to look at. The re-design of the tubes are made with Eine’s famous typography and distinctive packaging. The Body Shop is also very popular for their charitable work, and consistently giving to good causes. So with every purchase of one tube of Hemp Hand Protector, $3.00 will be donated to The Body Shop Foundation. This foundation is on a mission to reaching their goal of $600,000, to protect the planet, the oceans, animals, and people. So go ahead and grab yourself a tube of this amazing cream. Not only will you be helping your hands, but you will also be helping others in the process.

Where To Buy: http://www.thebodyshop.ca