Fall is upon us—which brings changing leaves and pumpkin spice lattes. But this season also calls for new boots. Here are 18 pairs that will complete your fall outfit, starting from $50.
Studded Buckled Ankle Booties,
Ankle Boots, $60,
Cavolano Stiletto Booties, $70,
Emily Sock Fit Stretch Booties, $80,
Gogali Mid-Calf Boots, $90,
Velvet Ankle Booties, $53,
Sidney Peep toe Sock Fit Boots, $92,
Lunata Lace-Up Booties, $115,
Velvet Over The Knee High Heel Boot, $130, zara.com
Kirby Boots, $120,
Suede-Like Almond Toe Knee-High Boot,
Office Amble Patent Chelsea Boots,
Hi Top Tribe, $228,
Faux Hair Zahara Booties, $115,
Black Leather Boots, $238,
Keen Of Scots, $240,
Women's Lolla Ankle Boot, $250,
Geox D Mendi Over-the-Knee Boots,
Changing to a darker lip for autumn is expected, but this season's nearly noir berry lipsticks take "going to the dark side" to the next level. Makeup artist Grace Lee shows us how deeper shades can look flattering and modern.
This fall, the new look in lipstick is all about drama, with deeper-than-deep berry hues and, in some cases, jet black. Models from such influential fashion brands as Dior and Marc Jacobs strutted down the Fall 2016 catwalks wearing goth-inspired black lips while social media queen Kylie Jenner launched a black liquid matte lipstick called Dead of Knight, which sold out in minutes. High fashion and niche celeb beauty brands aren't the one ones going dark, either; when CoverGirl launched 11 lipsticks with Katy Perry earlier this year, the shade that got the most buzz was Perry Panther, a demi-matte black.
Scared to try a full-on black lip? Just interpret the trend in your own way, says Grace Lee, Maybelline New York's lead makeup artist in Canada. "Fashion is a way to inspire people," she says. "You can be inspired by runway shows and by celebrities, but you don't have to take things literally."
Start with the red spectrum—a classic. "Red looks good on everyone," says Lee. She suggests choosing a lipstick with a sheer finish or, if you're already comfortable with that, a more opaque formula. And if you're feeling brave, go for a deeper red, plum or blackberry hue. "It's like getting accustomed to red wine. You start with a Pinot and work your way up to a Merlot—something a little more rich."
Remember that when you go bold with lip colour, whether it's crimson, wine or black currant, all eyes will be on your pucker, so minimize your other makeup to avoid looking costumey or goth. "Make sure your skin looks fresh, your eyebrows are groomed and you have a bit of mascara—that's it," says Lee. For regular wear, she advises using your finger for a stain application. "When you apply lipstick directly from the brush or tube, you don't have as much control," she explains. Pressing the colour into your lip with your fingertip also helps set the pigment, giving you a more natural look and boosting your lippy's staying power.
CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Maroon Meow, $11, covergirl.ca.
Annabelle Twist Up Retractable Lipstick Crayon in Royale, $10, annabelle.com.
Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick in Jam On It, $25, sephora.ca.
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Infatuation, $11.50, revlon.ca.
Nyx Professional Makeup Pro Lip Cream Palette in The Plums, $17, nyxcosmetics.ca.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Damned, $24, sephora.ca.
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge in Bold Bordeaux, $14, lorealparis.ca.
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Beetroot, $30, sephora.ca.
Maybelline New York Color Sensational Loaded Bolds Lipstick in Berry Bossy, $10, maybelline.ca.
Lise Watier Rouge Fondant Supreme in Michelle, $26, lisewatier.com.
Tarte Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Wet Suit, $26, sephora.ca.
Crunchy-Top Blueberry Muffins <br /> Photography by Mark Burstyn Credits: Crunchy-Top Blueberry Muffins <br /> Photography by Mark Burstyn
When writer Shana Gray's marriage ended, she thought she'd never find love again. Then, a weeklong foray into the world of online dating renewed her faith in romance—and herself.
"I'm leaving you tonight. I won't be there when you get home."
After 22 years of building a home and a family together, those were the only words Shana Gray's husband, Tim*, had left for her. His announcement—delivered by phone call while Shana was at work—came three weeks after she'd discovered he was having an affair with a mutual friend. "I had expected to be with him for the rest of my life," she says.
After Tim moved out in April 2003, Shana was ridden with insecurity. "I remember thinking that, if my ex didn't want me after 22 years, how could anyone else ever want me?" She was afraid to trust a new man after the horror stories she'd heard from her police officer ex-husband, and it didn't help matters when she watched a TV show about male stalkers one drunken night with her girlfriends. Maybe I'll just be single for the rest of my life, she thought.
Shana had been single for 18 months when one of her friends suggested she sign up for a dating site; the friend had found love online and thought Shana could do the same. But she was skeptical. At the time, there was still a stigma surrounding online dating, and Shana assumed most men trolling for women on the web were "scuzzbags." She finally agreed to log on—for a one-week trial.
Then, on Day 2, Steve* found her. Like in a cheesy '90s rom-com, his profile was titled "Looking for Ms. Right." His bio made him seem "down-to-earth and honest," so they struck up a conversation, moving quickly from chatting on the website to hour-long phone calls each evening at 10. Shana felt like she'd known him for ages.
When it came time to meet in person, they decided to grab a coffee at the mall. They had never seen pictures of each other, and Shana was scared Steve might not be physically attracted to her. "I'm a curvy girl," she says. She also had her friends on alert in case he was a creep. But when the couple embraced, there was an instant connection—and they've been together ever since.
In hindsight, Shana, now 55, realized the end of her marriage was the best thing that ever happened to her, as it made way for Steve to enter her life. A far better match for her, he's also much more supportive of her writing. She wrote and published her first novella in 2010 and has since authored several romance novels under the pen name Shana Gray. "Steve felt that I needed to have an outlet," she says. "He'd tell me, ‘You've got to follow your heart. You've got to do what you love.' "
*Names have been changed.