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Whether you're on a budget—or looking to invest—these fall bomber jackets, blazers, trenches and denim coats are perfect for layering.
Transitioning from summer to fall is always bittersweet. But you don't have to say goodbye to your denim cut-offs and summer dresses just yet. Extend your hot-weather wardrobe into fall by layering up with a lightweight coat. These stylish toppers are perfect for cooler summer nights and chilly fall days—and they're available at every price point.
Plus size wrap jacket, $40, forever21.com.
Pink bomber jacket, $40, hm.com/ca.
Floral bomber, $40, marshalls.ca.
Camo print jacket, $35, forever21.com.
Quilted puffer jacket, $40, winners.ca.
Embroidered red bomber jacket, $70, hm.com/ca.
Long denim coat, $70, zara.com.
Short puffer jacket, $70, zara.com.
Orange quilted bomber jacket, $90, mango.com.
Imitation suede coat, $70, hm.com/ca.
Water repellent short trench, $70, zara.com.
Army green bomber, $100, gapcanada.ca.
Contrast trim blazer, $160, mango.com.
Lightweight black jacket, $168, lolewoman.com.
Nike Hooded Windbreaker jacket, $126, asos.com.
Wilfred blazer, $225, aritzia.com.
Burgundy jacket, $550, bananarepublic.ca. (available October 2016)
Denim jacket with shearling collar, $360, fidelitydenim.com.
Suede moto jacket, $398, gapcanada.ca.
Trench coat, $358, jcrew.com.
Leather utility jacket, $498, gapcanada.ca.
Ellie Mae textured jacket, $695, gotstyle.ca.
Photography by Carlyle Routh
We asked six of the biggest names in the nail world to dish on the must-have mani of the season. Here’s what they had to day about hot hues, cool effects and what’s inspiring them now.
Among the fashion industry and celebrity elite, Tom Bachik is one of North America’s most sought-after “man”-icurists. The southern California native spent his early years skateboarding and competing on the BMX circuit, but that all changed when his wife got pregnant and he needed to find a job that would provide for this growing family—fast. A hairstylist cousin suggested he get his manicure licence, so he did, thinking it would be a short-term solution. Then, Bachik realized he was good. Twenty years later, he’s an industry icon, repping L’Oreal as the company’s global nail designer and spokesperson, and regularly working with such stars as Jennifer Lopez, Anne Hathaway and Blake Lively.
This season, Bachik is feeling vampy, opulent tones. “Think ‘90s fashion, where dark, rich tones were no longer considered goth,” he says. “We’re going back to that kind of regal colour family.” Bachik notes that it’s not just that lacquers are darker but also that colours are more saturated, so they look deep and lush. When it comes to nail art, he’s inspired by bold stripes, geometric shapes and texture. “I think dry brushing is a cool look,” he says. “It gives you that textured, layered effect, like a tweed jacket.”
Pro tip: “To get the dry brushing effect, wipe off the excess polish; I use a piece of paper to wipe each side of the brush. The key is putting a small amount of pressure on the tipoff the brush, almost holding the brush straight up and down. All the little tips of the hairs on the brush are depositing colour, so you’re almost getting a splash of colour going across.”
Tom’s colour crushes
L’Oreal Paris Le Vernis a L’Huille by Colour Riche in Bleu Royal and Greige Amoureux, $10 each, lorealparis.com.
Checkerboard prints, geometric motifs and kaleidoscope shapes are some of Madeline Poole’s kooky—yet very cool—signature manicures. The New York resident and Sally Hansen global colour ambassador is one of the most talented and recognized nail artists in the industry: Her work has been spotted in magazines, at Fashion Weeks and on the digits of celebrities.
This fall, Poole feels nostalgic for the classics, such as rich navy, energetic orange and a whole spectrum of greys, from heather to charcoal. But her top tip is Sally Hanson Colour Therapy in Unwine’d: “It’s deep enough to feel burgundy while still reading like a rich red,” she says.
The look she created here melds two trends: semicircles and a futuristic French manicure. “Both of these trends also look great on their own—and the semicircle at the tip is quite easy to recreate at home.”
Madeline’s colour crushes
Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Steely Serene and Unwine’d, $13 each, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Prim, not proper
She lives, breathes and dreams nail polish, which explains why Leeanne Colley is one of Canada’s top manicurists. Her work has graced the hands of some of the world’s hottest celebrities and supermodels at Fashion Weeks in New York and Toronto, and her talent has been featured in countless magazines.
In her home base of Toronto, Colley is best known for her to-die-for nail-art skills and her award-winning salon, a manicure hot spot for editors, influencers and loyal clients.
Her “it” mani for the season was inspired by a dress from the Alexander McQueen Fall 2016 show. “I often follow what’s happening on the runways for inspiration,” says Colley. “Both fashion and beauty inspire each other.”
Leeanne’s colour crushes
CND Vinylux Weekly Polish System in Black Pool, $12.50 and CND Creative Play Nail Lacquer in Blush on U, $8.50, cnd.com.
Revlon’s been in the nail game since 1932, but it was only this year that the company added a global nail authority to its team: Instagram-famous Los Angeles manicurist Chelsea King. The self-proclaimed “former tomboy” discovered her affinity for nail polish when her mom ordered a mandatory manicure for her senior prom. It was love at first swipe. As for her first enamel purchase? “It was actually a Revlon colour—a mint green,” says King. “I thought it was so unique.”
Though King usually favours darker lacquers for fall, this autumn she’s fallen for warm metallic with a twist: a matte topcoat. “It looks very interesting; it’s a finish you wouldn’t expect,” she says. As for length, King is a proponent of short nails. If you have petite nails, stay away from square tips. “Rounded nails, following your natural shape, can help elongate short nail beds.”
Chelsea’s colour crushes
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel in Jackpot and Lucky Us, $9, Revlon.ca.
Rita Remark takes the cake for being one of the most beloved nail artists in the industry. It could be because this sunny Canadian is friendly, warm and engaging, but what it really comes down to is her passion for nail polish.
In 2013, polish powerhouse Essie took note of Remark’s handiwork and hired her as its lead artist in Canada. After Remark hones her skills and showcased high-impact designs in editorials and at Fashion Weeks, the Essie higher-ups recognized her talents, giving her the impressive title of global lead educator in 2015.
“Beautiful but a little bit tough,” is how Remark described this matte-meets-metallic marbleized mani, inspired by the look she created for Helder Diego at this past Toronto Fashion Week. “For a long time, we’ve been doing clean, graphic nail art,” she says, “But there’s something about this look that puts the art in nail art.”
To get the look, Remark applied a hunter-green base colour, then, when it was still wet, she splashed a few small drops of white enamel over top. Remark then applied plastic wrap and peeled it off quickly to create the smoky pattern. She used a matte topcoat for a stone-like effect and painted on gold veins with a detail brush. “It shouldn’t be symmetrical. It’s good if one nail has a little more gold.”
Rita’s colour crushes
Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in Wrap Party, $14, and Essie Nail Polish in Fifth Avenue, $10, essie.ca.
If anyone understands the importance of keeping you nails on point, it’s Melissa Forrest. The Toronto-based manicurist has been in the industry for 20-plus years, working with everyone from major beauty brands to come of Canada’s top magazines.
“Fall colours typically help to bring our eyes to a more demure palette,” says Forrest. But this season, she feels the enamel shades are becoming earthier and more decadent. As for nail art, she says decked-out digits are still going strong, especially bold and linear designs. “I’m a big fan of ‘60s fashion, which translates to black, white and precise graphics.”
Melissa’s colour crushes
QUO by Orly Color Amp’d Flexible Color in Stadium Way, $11, and Quo by Orly Instant Artist in White, $5, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
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Whether it's the desire to reduce the chemicals in our diet or save money, or as an excuse to get outside, more than one-third of Canadians grow food at home. But not all home gardeners are experts; some of us don't know what happens, exactly, after our seeds have been planted. How do you know when your veggies are ready to eat and what's the best way to get them onto your plate? In an excerpt from his book The New Canadian Garden, Mark Cullen shares his simple guide to harvesting and storing your homegrown veggies.
How long until harvest: What the package says 54 days
What to look for harvest: When the beans are about the size of a pencil. Beans that are allowed to grow too large will become chalky and lose their flavour.
How to store: Wash only once you are ready to use them. Brush off dirt and put in the crisper. Rinse in cold water and only cut right before use.
How long until harvest: What the package says 50–70 days
What to look for: Harvest before the plant flowers to retain maximum flavour. The package should say how large that variety will grow. Dust off the soil to expose the top of the beet and estimate its diameter. Pull when it has reached the right size.
How to store: Store in refrigerator with greens left intact if planning to use within two weeks. Can be stored in dry sand in a cool (1°–4°C), dry place if planning to store for longer. Only uninjured beets should be stored this way.
How long until harvest: What the package says 45 days
What to look for: Cut off the main head before it flowers. Side shoots will likely grow; cut them off when they are a size you can use.
How to store: Can be stored two to three days in the crisper after heads have been misted and wrapped in damp paper towels.
How long until harvest: What the package says 55 days
What to look for: Ready when leaves are about 20 centimetres long. Pick continuously throughout the season. Harvest from the outside and avoid breaking off the centre leaves.
How to store: Kale tastes best fresh from the garden. For short-term storage, wash leaves, de-stem if you wish, dry, and place on a paper towel. Wrap up the lot and store in the crisper for seven to 10 days.
How Long until harvest: What the package says 40 days
What to look for: Harvest leaves the day you want them. Can be stored for a few days in the fridge. Do not allow to flower, and pick leaves from the bottom up (or inside out depending on the variety), keeping some to continue photosynthesis.
How to store: Wash leaves thoroughly with cold water. Use a spinner or paper towel to dry leaves. Put dry leaves into a sealable bag and push out excess air before sealing. Stores well for up to eight days.
How long until harvest: What the Package Says 21–45 days
What to look for: Do not allow to flower. Harvest when top of radish has reached size specified on package. Radishes are very fast-growing vegetables, some only taking three weeks. Sow a few seeds every week for a continuous harvest.
How to store: Remove leaves and stems and wash well. Rinse in cold water; do not leave out to dry. Line a sealable bag with a paper towel and drop in the wet radishes. Add more paper towel if you have more than a few radishes. Refrigerates well for at least a week.
How long until harvest: What the package says 45 days
What to look for: Pick leaves from main stem as plant grows and you want spinach. Immature leaves tend to be less bitter. Do not allow to flower.
How to store: Pick and eat right away. Spinach can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. Do not wash after picking; dry leaves with paper towel and store in an air-tight plastic bag lined with a paper towel.
For freezing: blanch, chill in ice water, drain, and package for freezing.
How long until harvest: What the package says; Cherry: 70 days; Moneymaker: 75 days; Plum: 75 days; Roma: 75 days
What to look for: Harvest when tomato is red (or has a firm but not hard texture). Some tomatoes will never turn red (they are yellow, brown, purple, or green when ripe, so it's always good to know your variety). If tomato is almost ripe and a large amount of rain is forecasted, pick the tomato to avoid it splitting from the excess water. Place not-quite-ripe tomatoes in a warm, sunny window and they will ripen.
How to store: Do not refrigerate freshly picked tomatoes. Pick and use within three days. If you have picked unripe tomatoes, let sit on windowsill. Remove dirt with a damp cloth but dry well before letting them sit on the counter.
Excerpted from The New Canadian Garden by Mark Cullen. © 2016, Mark Cullen. All rights reserved. Published by Dundurn Press.
Mark Cullen believes in giving back! All of the author royalties from the sale of this book will go to the planting of trees along Canada's Highway of Heroes.
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