I don’t know about you, but getting ready to face chilly weather takes both mental and sartorial prep on my part. I need to take my winter coat to the dry cleaner, see if any pairs of boots could use a cobblin’ and pull out all those heavy layers I’ve stowed away since spring. And assembling pieces I love to wear is mandatory because long and dark is just how Canadian winters like to roll. If you’re not able to bundle up in items you adore you’re doomed. Knits obviously play a big role here, which makes this the perfect time to re-visit a few of my favourite looks from the Best Health October 2015 issue. Any of these plush pieces would be a warm welcome on a frosty day.
Art Direction by Jackie Shipley
Photography by Genevieve Charbonneau
Makeup and Hair by Cia Mandarello
Styling by me
Look 1: Cardigan, Line. Dress, Winners. Scarf, Marshalls. Belt, Stylist’s Own.
Look 2: Sweater dress, Banana Republic. Scarf, Wilfred. Socks, Roots.
Look 3: Sweater, Club Monaco. Skirt, GAP. Poncho, Babaton.
Look 4: Pullover, Melow par Melissa Buldoc. Leggings, and wristlets,
The Cashmere Shop
Back in May, I was whisked away to Brooklyn on behalf of Addition Elle to cover a story about their collaboration with Insta-star and plus-size model Nadia Aboulhosn. Not only is she drop dead stunning, but her forthcoming attitude is nothing but refreshing and her ambition and drive is incredibly inspiring. This girl is the definition of a strong work ethic. Oh, and, after dining a table away from an A-list celeb, she’s down to earth enough to offer you a ride back to your hotel. NBD. Basically everything about the experience was cool, from being on set in the cavernous Brooklyn Army Terminal, to seeing her werk it for the camera in pieces she designed for Addition Elle’s Love & Legend line. My faves include the gotta-have-it fuzzy cardigan and sultry black trench dress below. Nadia is in Toronto today, like now, so run don’t walk to the flagship Addition Elle store on Yonge St. to scoop up some edgy-chic fall updates and score some face time with the young woman who is going everywhere fast.
Hands down, the ring shown on my middle finger has gotten more compliments than anything else I’ve ever worn. I wear it daily, along with a group of other gold bands that I’ve picked up on various travels over the past few years but nothing seems to catch people’s eye as much as that wee hammered stack. While it looks totally ‘now’ I received it well over a decade ago from one of my most beloved and bejewelled aunts. It was part of a set with matching stud earrings, and I didn’t love either at the time so I instantly tucked them away. Why wasn’t I swooning? I was heavy into my silver jewelry phase back then, and gold just seemed, well, dated. Oh, how the tides have turned. I still own and wear my fair share of silver jewelry (and I’ll swing both ways, wearing them together because, yes, you can and should mix your metals) but now I can’t get enough of lil’ golden goodies. Dainty trinkets have a funny way of instantly going with everything and can be piled on, layered together or worn solo depending on my mood/look/how late I’m running. It’s a small addiction that could easily become a serious problem because we are at the height of gold jewelry coveting. Thanks to trend-setting destinations, SO to Catbird, molten bands in particular are everywhere and shows no signs of disappearing anywhere soon. Which brings us to a slideshow of a few hammered rings that I consider to be in keeping with my own crowd pleaser. Whether you’re looking to splurge or save, there’s a golden nugget to satisfy any craving. What jewelry can you not get enough of these days? Are you dedicated to gold, committed to silver or happy to mix it up? And have you ever un-earthed some long forgotten gem from your jewelry box that you thought you were so over only to find it suddenly looks so right? #hoardingpaysoff
- Belcho Oval Hammered Ring, USD $40
- Ann Taylor Hammered Pave Stackable Ring Set, $50
- Chloe ‘Djill’ Gold Tone Disc Ring, USD $345
- Another Feather Cuff Ring, USD $88
- Jules Smith Hammered Swirl Cage Ring, $60
- Ippolita ‘Glamazon’ Dome Ring, $1900
- Gorjana ‘Camila’ Hammered Ring Set, $55
International runways aside, the red carpet watch during awards season that kicks off every year and culminates with the Academy Awards is essential viewing for any fashion follower. Whether it’s documenting a fashion veteran like Julianne Moore push the envelope or witnessing a new style star be born, as was the case with Lupita Nyong’o in 2014, covering celebrity style is anything but boring. Even when it’s bad, it’s all good fun. Here’s a look at my top picks from the 2015 Golden Globes which appeared in Cineplex Magazine.
Best Health March/April 2015 Photography: Genevieve Charbonneau Makeup and Hair: Blair Petty Styling: Ingrie Williams
Forget about black, orange is the new red…especially when it comes to lipstick. Citrus-tinged reds deliver an equally powerful punch as classic blue-based scarlets, but with a kicky modern tang that elicits instant “I want some!” envy. One of my faves is Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick in It Girl, $15.50. It delivers intense, long-lasting pigment that doesn’t dehydrate lips. Using the patented application technique of swiping on a base layer, followed by lightly blotting with a tissue, and applying another ‘top coat’ layer, I find it stays put all day. Have you found an orange-red lip colour you can’t live without? Tell me, please! I’m always looking to add to my collection.
An assignment earlier this year for Best Health had me tracking down new takes on the classic trench coat. Besides the three beauties shown here, there are so many stylish trench options available from perfectly on-trend pastel hues to drapey, slouchy versions that beg to be worn with your best distressed denim.
Confession: I have a serious soft spot for a good piece of outerwear. Something you can throw on top of anything and feel instantly ‘dressed’ is a style win. And now that spring has officially sprung, I’ve happily said sayonara to my parka and heavy wool coats, and reacquainted myself with the lighter outerwear that’s been hanging patiently in my closet for what seems like an eternity. How you doin’ leather moto? Animal print topper, you’re clearly ready for a walk on the wild side. And, dear military jacket, I see you’re geared up for regular rotation. As for my preferred type of trench: a sleeveless style is calling my name. What say you? Is there a particular jacket style that’s caught your eye? I’d love to hear about it!
“Put yourself in the way of beauty.”
That line from Wild by Cheryl Strayed has stuck with me since not reading the book and seeing the film last winter. It’s uttered by the mom character played by Laura Dern (wasn’t she SO good?!) as she watches a sunrise with her kids. I like sunrises, too, but what I like even more are glossy fashion magazine images. Which brings us to this attempt at beautifying my “home office,” which, let’s face it, is really a glorified nook in my apartment. Eye-popping pics have been imbedded in my head since my pre-teen days when I would devour copies of Sassy, Mademoiselle and Seventeen from cover to cover. And I loved me a collage project. Carefully choosing and clipping out images, preserving their beauty, melding them together with other shots that spoke to me without saying a word. But I didn’t just want to read magazines, I wanted to create them. I had no idea what that meant at the time, but somehow with a combination of luck and hard work I found my way into that world. I still get a thrill from paging through the latest issue of too-many-titles-to-list-here magazine. And clearly I still love a lil’ cut and paste project. You never know when you might turn the page and find a wall-worthy image staring back, when a bit of beauty will put itself in your way.