Twists, braids and soft fringe for the new season. Image by: Bumble & Bumble
Twists, braids and soft fringe for the new season.
Many of us have fallen victim to some horrifying hairstyles ('80s perm, anyone?). Luckily, current trends are more forgiving—and much less damaging.
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This season, the low bun isn't just for hiding unwashed hair; it's also an easy wand elegant way to be on trend. The best part about this season's bun is that you get to decide on the details. A smooth and elegant chignon was spotted at Creatures of the Wind, while at protagonist (below), the look was twisted and undone. Just remember to ditch bulky and visible elastics in favour of the clear variety or, better yet, opt for bobby pins.
Protagonist by: Bumble & Bumble
The fashion world has been toying with the idea of youthful 'dos for a while. Marc Jacobs sent models down the runway with Wednesday Addams-esque pigtails in 2014, while, in 2015, Chanel had models wearing prim girlie headbands, and Prada embraced a cheerleader-inspired high ponytail. This season, embracing your inner child translates to a more romantic look—think soft (not severe) French braids and plaited double buns, as seen at Mansur Gavriel (below). Make this look age appropriate by keeping it polished—no frizzy flyaways or piece-y strands.
Bumble & Bumble for Mansur Gavriel
If the past couple of seasons have been all about the long bob (a.k.a. the "lob"), get ready for everyone to make the switch to the shag. This layered look, made popular in the 1970s, is a low-maintenance style with lots of movement, and we're all about that wash-and-go life. Spritzing hair with sea-salt spray brings out any texture, steering this look into rocker territory (a la Alexander Wang), but you can also embrace a softer shape (as seen at Custo Barcelona, below) with a good blow-dryer and a round brush. The only rule: Nothing too perfect, please.
Maybelline New York for Custo Barcelona
Scent lingers on your hair for longer than your skin, which is why perfuming your tresses has been a beauty move for years—only now, fragrance brands are starting to make scents specifically for hair. These new products won't dry your locks, and they come in scents you already love.
Crunchy-Top Blueberry Muffins
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Asian-Style Turkey and Cabbage Noodle Soup
There are few things we love more than spending a cold afternoon in the kitchen, preparing a hearty soup. We've got all sorts of winter warmers, from noodle soups to creamy purees–all you need is some crusty bread for dunking.
Bold Asian flavours and thick, chewy udon noodles turn each bowl of this quick turkey soup into a meal that's as exciting as it is comforting. For a spicy kick, add a few dashes of sriracha.
Get the recipe: Asian-Style Turkey and Cabbage Noodle Soup
The light tomato broth in this soup is utterly delicious as is, but it really comes to life with the addition of creamy avocado, fragrant fresh cilantro, and crunchy radish slices and tortilla strips. Corn tortillas give this dish authentic Mexican flavour, but flour tortillas will work just as well if you have them on hand.
Get the recipe: Mexican Tortilla Soup
Rotisserie chicken adds a pleasant oven-roasted flavour to this soothing vegetable- and-noodle soup. It also cuts prep time dramatically.
Get the recipe: Spinach and Chicken Soup With Parmesan
Fennel seeds are milder in flavour when preground than when whole or freshly ground; if you're starting with whole seeds, grind them using a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder, and use only half the amount called for in the recipe.
Get the recipe: Tomato and Bean Soup with Crispy Bacon
Cheesy, creamy broccoli soup is a family-friendly dish that's a great way to get kids to eat their veggies. The crispy Cheddar croutons add a satisfying crunch. For a lighter finish, replace the sour cream with Greek yogurt.
Get the recipe: Broccoli Soup with Cheddar Croutons
This dish takes the rich flavours of beef Stroganoff and transforms them into an easy one-pot soup.
Get the recipe: Beef Stroganoff Soup
Warm up cool evenings by filling empty tummies with hearty soup. Sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese over top or add a handful of cooked noodles to make leftovers new again.
Get the recipe: Hearty Meatball and Fennel Soup
Roasting the cauliflower adds extra depth of flavour to this simple yet delicious soup. Don't be afraid to let the cauliflower turn a very deep golden colour (without burning it, of course)— the darker it is, the richer the roasted taste will be.
Get the recipe: Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Cheddar Crostini
At your next feast, start with gorgeous, personalized two-tone autumn soup. Pour our ruby red beet soup and zingy ginger-carrot soup into the same bowl. Then add a custom message with yogurt lettering.
Get the recipe: Two-Tone Root Vegetable Soup
We've packed all the flavours of your favourite comfort food casserole into a satisfying soup that comes together in a fraction of the time. Freeze any leftover tomato paste from the can in tablespoon-size portions for later use.
Get the recipe: Shepherd's Pie Soup
Warm spices add exotic flair to this veggie-packed soup. You'll find halloumi, a firm cheese that holds its shape when cooked, in the cheese aisle of many supermarkets or in Middle Eastern grocery stores. Serve it atop the soup as a decadent garnish.
Get the recipe: Tomato and Vegetable Soup With Halloumi
You can thaw and peel the shrimp while the soup is cooking, but to quickly get dinner on the table after work, prep the shrimp the night before. That way, you'll be able to throw them into the slow cooker when you get home and then sit down to a warm, soothing meal in less than 15 minutes.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Curry Coconut Shrimp Soup
If tomato soup is your favourite comfort food, you'll love this creamy homemade version. The rich texture and slightly acidic, herbaceous flavour far surpass anything you'd find in a can. Bonus: It's easy to make, especially if you have prepared tomato sauce on hand.
Get the recipe: Herbed Cream of Tomato Soup
If you can't find chanterelle or oyster mushrooms, use a mix of shiitake and cremini, which are more affordable and available year-round. For the creamiest texture, make sure to use an upright blender, rather than an immersion blender, to purée the soup.
Get the recipe: Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup with Herbed Bread Crumbs
On a cold, dreary day, there's no dish more soothing than a steaming bowl of chicken soup. In this one-pot version, we've poached the chicken in the savoury broth to intensify the chicken flavour and added a touch of cream for a velvety, rich consistency.
Get the recipe: Thick and Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
Canadian Living's home and garden director shows off her curves in a body con dress.
Photography by Carlyle Routh. Hair by Jukka/Davines/Plutino Group. Makeup by Jodi Urichuk/Bite Beauty/Plutino Group.
Have you ever flirted with the idea of trying a daring style but weren't quite sure how to pull it off? We found six women who were intrigued by a trend they usually avoid, then we gave them the support and style advice to help them make it their own. Here, Canadian Living's home and garden director, Sarah Gunn, steps out in a body con dress.
Much like Sarah's decor esthetic, sunny hues and pretty pastels are her wardrobe mainstays, along with ladylike fit-and-flare frocks. But there's one item of clothing Sarah has always admired on other women yet hasn't slipped into herself: a body-conscious dress. "I have curves—some in the right places and some not—and I'm not sure how to enhance the good ones and hide the bad ones in a formfitting style," says Sarah.
Karl Lagerfeld dress, $189, thebay.com. Earrings, bracelets, ring and shoes, bananarepublic.ca. Clutch, coach.com.
The first step to feeling confident in a body-hugging dress is a good foundation, a.k.a. undergarments. Sarah donned a Shapeez Tankee slip ($125, shapeez.com), an all-in-one bra, slip and shaper that helps eliminate visible bra lines and back bulges while slimming the waist and the stomach. When it comes to choosing a fitted dress, keep it sophisticated; we selected a style with elbow length sleeves and a high neckline, allowing Sarah's silhouette and her legs to be highlighted. Finally, the dress features black panels on the sides, which ever so slightly cinch the waist, helping to create the illusion of a more defined midriff.
Shop the trend:
Floral dress, $80, express.com
Zippered dress, $420, marc-cain.com
Scuba dress, $100, reitmans.com
Aspen dress, $129, bebe.com
Body con dress, $140, lechateau.com
Felicity & Coco dress, $137, nordstrom.com
Dex dress, $79, thebay.com
Dress, $210, armaniexchange.com
Franca sweater dress, $178, guess.ca
Body con dress, $50, dynamiteclothing.com