This stylish notebook might just be hottest organizing accessory of the year.
Everyone is supposed to have 24 hours in a day but for some us, it feels like there must be a rip in the space-time continuum. How else can you explain being constantly busy but having nothing to show for it? If this sounds familiar, learn how you can make the most of your time with our five fave productivity tips.
1. Write it down
Billed as "the analog solution for a digital age," the Bullet Journal is a diary, to-do list and catch-all for all your random thoughts. Developed by Brooklyn-based designer Ryder Carroll, this trendy organizing method involves writing down quick, memory jogging statements rather than complex entries. Use it to organize your tasks by day and month pages, keep tabs of books you want to read and things you want to buy or create new lists whenever inspiration strikes. An indexing system allows you to quickly find what you're looking for.
2. Plan your time
Sort of like HIIT for your to-do list, the Pomodoro Technique involves working on your tasks for a short, timed cycle of 25 minutes. With no distractions allowed, it’s great way for those with short attention spans to focus. Take a 5-minute break before starting your next 25 minutes of work and, after four of these cycles, you're rewarded with a longer, half-hour break. Sound a bit too structured? Maybe that's why it works—it was voted the most popular productivity technique by the readers of lifehacker.com.
3. Try a tech-savvy solution
The If This Then That app might be the closest you'll ever come to a personal assistant. Got any apps on your phone? Automate their functions by using If This Then That statements, or as IFTTT calls them, “recipes.” For example: get an early morning text when the forecast calls for rain, use it to get coffee going without getting out of bed (using a programmable outlet) or tell the family you're on your way home (with an email triggered by your location app once you've left work).
4. Go KonMari on your clutter
While organizing trendsetter Marie Kondo’s method of minimal living has been criticized for being a bit too twee, an organized, uncluttered home can be key to increased efficiency. "In most cases, things that function well are inherently neat and clean," says Clare Kumar, a professional organizer based in Toronto. It's not hard to see why. Simply owning less makes it easier for you to find what you need and streamlines your decision making (no need to choose between your 6 pairs of jeans, for example), saving you time that can be better spent elsewhere.
5. Let it go
There'll be days you can't get to everything. Your work presentation sits unfinished, the house is a mess and dinner was takeout (again!). Instead of stressing out, try to cut yourself some slack. "Our bodies burn out when stuck in fast-forward," says Carl Honoré, an expert on the topic of slow living. Sometimes the best way to be productive is to take some time out to recharge. So curl up with a good book, take a long bath, or enjoy a glass of wine...guilt free! After all, there's always tomorrow.
The actress and activist chats with us from the Cannes Film Festival about beauty and aging.
Perhaps you were first introduced to Susan Sarandon as scene-stealing Janet in The Rocky Horror Picture Show or as half of one of the greatest on-screen female duos ever in Thelma & Louise. Or maybe you're most familiar with Sarandon's activism around issues of climate change, the death penalty and economic inequality. Whatever the reason you took notice, the megastar and brand ambassador for L'Oréal Paris is fascinating. She spoke with us about life as an actor, her beauty routine and how to age gracefully.
What are your favourite roles to take on?
I like to play characters who are reaching out in some way to another human—it's the bravest thing you can go. I'm interested in those stories, whether it's the relationship between a nun and a convict, a love story between two women or the connection between a woman and a child. I try to not repeat myself. Even if I've played other mothers, they're all different.
L'Oreal Age Perfect
How is the perception of women over the age of 50 changing?
Being 50, 60 or 70 doesn't mean the same thing as it did when I was 20. There are a lot of great gals who are working, who are fun, sassy and beautiful, and who happen to be over 60. They're great-looking and full of energy, and they're living longer—and there's a lot of us!
What made you want to work with L'Oréal Paris?
I love the ethnic and age diversity that L'Oréal has shown in its choice of brand ambassadors. And the idea—do it for yourself because you're worth it—was a huge breakthrough. I really respect that kind of thinking.
What beauty routine do you follow?
I don't smoke cigarettes, I drink lots of water, I exercise. Everything else, I do moderately. I don't really drink, I try to always take my makeup off at night and I use moisturizer, sunscreen and a little dab of lip balm. That's about it.
As you've gotten older, how have your views on beauty and aging changed?
I think you have to spend your time on, and worry about, more important things. Gravity exists; there's no way around it. As you get older, you have to look at aging differently because comparisons and criticisms are suddenly thrown in your face. There are a lot of people who are aging quire gracefully; I think it's about putting the emphasis on what's inside.
Over 50 and fabulous? Our guide to aging gracefully helps you choose the skincare, hair and makeup products that are right for you.
The best tuques, beanies and hats that will keep you stylish—and warm Image by: Free People
Keeping warm doesn't mean sacrificing style—even when it's just your winter hat.
Much like our other winter wear (boots, scarves, jackets), we really need our hats to keep us warm. That's priority number one. But, it helps when our head-topper picks are also stylish. Because when the weather gets cold—we're talking really, really, cold—you can't get away with ditching your tuque to save a good hair day. So you may as well find a tuque you love. One that's cute, trendy and reflects your personal sartorial tastes—and one that also happens to keep you warm.
Here are some of our favourite tuques of the season. Make sure to click through, because a lot of these styles are now on sale!
Ottawa 2017 hat, $38, roots.com.
Miss Selfridge badge beanie, $32, asos.com.
Icon shotting star beanie, $34, urbanoutfitters.com.
Merino Wool striped tuque, $35, gapcanada.ca.
Arborist Hockey toque, $30, drakegeneralstore.ca.
Two-tone knit tuque, $33, ae.com.
HBC stripe tuque, $60, thebay.com.
Leopard print beanie, $30, mango.com.
The North Face knit beanie, $32, sportinglife.ca.
Pull & Bear logo hat, $20, asos.com.
Knit beret, $37, freepeople.com.
Tna slouchy grey hat, $35, aritzia.com.
Redhot multi-colour stripe hat, $45, sportinglife.ca.
BCBGeneration Knit Tuque, $38, thebay.com.
Camo hat, $24, urbanoutfitters.com.
River Island embellished hat, $36, asos.com.
Neutral marled beanie, $30, gapcanada.ca.
Multi-coloured pom pom hat, $18, zara.com.
Rainbow stripe beanie, $50, freepeople.com.
Babaton ombre hat, $55, aritzia.com.
Kate Spade rosette hat, $78, thebay.com.
Beauty resolutions Image by: Getty Images
The Canadian Living team shares some resolutions for 2017—all with a focus on beauty.
When it comes to making New Year's resolutions, it can seem like a waste. Either the resolution is too abstract ("be happier"), too daunting ("learn a new language") or too vague ("lose weight"). While putting big things on your bucket list is something we recommend (dream big!), we also know that the more achievable your resolution is, the more likely you are to keep it. Which is why this year, the Canadian Living team is looking to make small changes to our beauty routines that will have a positive (and in some cases immediate) impact on how we look and feel. Read on to find out what our staff is looking to achieve this year.
Alexandra Tanner, Contributing Art Director
“I would really like to remember to take my vitamins—beauty starts from the inside after all.”
Jennifer Danter, Acting Executive Food Editor
“I don’t usually wear makeup, but now that I’m back in an office setting where everyone looks so stylish I want to up my game. My beauty resolution is to learn how to wear makeup that looks natural—so I’m starting by looking into BB Creams and foundation.”
Estee Lauder DayWear Multi-Perfecting Beauty Benefit BB Crème SPF 35, $35, beautyboutique.ca.
Stacy Lee Kong, Senior Editor
“My 2017 beauty resolution is to make this the year I finally learn how to apply eyeliner without looking like a raccoon! (To be fair, this has been my beauty resolution since 2003… So I’ll let you know how it goes.)”
Linda Cotrina, Web Producer
“I’ve heard time and time again how important sunscreen is to one’s overall beauty regimen which is why I’ve made applying sunscreen everyday my ultimate beauty goal for 2017. First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer is my go-to product—it has all the benefits of sunscreen (UVA and UVB protection) while still keeping your skin moisturized. The added bonus? It’s vegan and cruelty-free!”
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer, $37, sephora.com.
Sandi Pilon, Senior Associate Art Director
“I’m in my 30’s and I often forget to moisturize my face at night, so my resolution is to get serious about a beauty regime. I’m going to be diligent about applying face and eye cream that is suited to my age.”
Julia McEwen, Fashion & Beauty Director
“Now that I’ve started to settle into my 30’s I’m ready to get serious about introducing anti-aging skin care into my daily routine. The hero ingredient of this category is retinol. It’s a vitamin A derivative that fights wrinkles, dullness and dark spots. One side effect it’s also known for is that it can be tricky to introduce and in some cases can cause irritation if you have highly reactive skin (which is what I have). That’s why I’m keen on trying this treatment from skin therapist to the stars, Kate Somerville. It combines oxygen with retinol, which means it’s super hydrating while still fighting off the signs of aging—the perfect retinol gateway product."
Kate Somerville Dermal Quench Liquid Lift Retinol, $130, sephora.com.
Sarah Gunn, Home & Garden Director
“I’m not one to make resolutions, but this year I do want to start taking better care of my skin. I plan on experimenting more with face masks and moisturizers.”
Alexandra Donaldson, Fashion & Beauty Contributor
"The past couple of years I've really upped my beauty game by settling into a skin-care regime, wearing sunscreen every day and paying attention to what my skin needs (usually moisture). This year, I'm hoping to focus in on products that work for me and to pay more attention to ingredient labels. Hopefully these two resolutions will let me streamline my skin-care products and only apply good-for-me ingredients to my complexion."
Renee Reardin, Interim Digital Direction
"I resolve to eat more superfoods to help me attain that glowing complexion we're all after. Eating a diet that's rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, healthy fats, amino acids and collagen can help skin look its best, so I'll be loading up on foods like avocados, blueberries and turmeric."