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If you suffer from a mental illness and experience anxiety while flying, you may be able to bring an emotional support animal on board to ease the stress. Here's how.
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.
Bridging the gap between Parliament and fashion, UK Prime Minister Theresa May will be the first British head of state to be featured within the pages of the U.S. edition of Vogue.
Who says Americans have all the fun? Following in the footsteps of Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, British Prime Minister Theresa May will be featured in the April issue of U.S. Vogue and–politics aside–we can't wait to see the glossy spread.
Shot by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz, and accompanied by an interview, the photoshoot reportedly took place at May's official country residence, Chequers, according to the Telegraph. While the UK's only other female leader, Margaret Thatcher, posed for British Vogue several times during her tenure, May will be pioneering the trans-Atlantic jump.
Vogue has increasingly become more political and may be looking for another female political head to rally behind, after they formally backed–for the first time in history–U.S. candidate Hillary Clinton. The exclusive may also come in handy with presenting a more personable image, suggests a source for The Sun, for her official visit with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in May.
Since stepping into office six months ago after the historic and polarizing Brexit vote, May has been regarded for her love of fashion–notably for head-turning footwear. She even listed a lifetime's subscription to Vogue magazine as her luxury item when she appeared on a BBC radio show, according to the Independent. Proving that being a woman in high-political office and great style are not mutually exclusive, May has said, “I like clothes and I like shoes. One of the challenges for women in the workplace is to be ourselves, and I say you can be clever and like clothes. You can have a career and like clothes.”
Not everyone is applauding the fashion move. The criticism has been heavy on social media, where people are labelling the Vogue appearance as trivial, particularly in the midst of a still very sensitive fallout from the summer Brexit vote.
Boundary breaking, indeed.
[thread] Theresa May posing for Vogue is a double edged sword, and it's hard to know how to feel about it.— Sam 💋 (@Little_Fickle) January 16, 2017
I'd rather see a Prime Minister sort out our NHS cover in Britain than the Vogue cover in America https://t.co/gbISDaQe2m— John Prescott (@johnprescott) January 15, 2017
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Bring your beloved denim to the workplace by pairing it with tailored pieces. Elevate the look with a collared shirt and a structured blazer in a brilliant hue, then ground it with sleek printed flats. Splurge: Smythe blazer, $595, holtrenfrew.com. Striped top, $69, button-down shirt, $95, and ring, anntaylor.com. Mid-rise jeans, $74, levi.com. Harry Lary glasses, josephson.ca. Earrings, jcrew.com. Leather tote, gapcanada.ca. Flats, express.com.
Embrace denim's relaxed simplicity by teaming it with a playful graphic tee. Transform the look by rolling up hemlines and baring your ankles; this trick puts a spotlight on your footwear, so choose a fresh pair of kicks such as a slip-on sneaker, a polished pump or a high-shine boot. Our favourite patent picks. Jacket, $300, obeyclothing.ca. T-shirt, $19, joefresh.com. Mid-rise jeans, $74, levi.com. Tuque, canada.roots.com. Sunglasses, josephson.ca. Bracelet, bananarepublic.ca. Patent-leather boots, winners.ca.
This woven top in a soft blush tone with a frilly trim lends charm and femininity to a simple pair of jeans. Balance the sweetness on top by adding a bit of sex appeal down low with a strappy leopard heel. Peplum top, $60, hm.com/ca. Mid-rise jeans, $74, levi.com. Earrings, baublebar.com. Pearl choker and ring, express.com. Bracelet, anntaylor.com. Clutch, elabyela.com. Shoes, ninewest.ca.
A textured tweed coat and a cable-knit pullover will give your jeans an elegant upgrade. Add a iittle drama to your trusty skinnies with a knee-high boot in a rich earthy hue. Splurge: J.Crew Collection tweed coat, $1,029, jcrew.com. Knit sweater, $39, joefresh.com. Mid-rise jeans, $74, levi.com. Earrings, swarovski.com. Bag, brooksbrothers.com. Boots, ninewest.ca.
This versatile skinny jean has just enough stretch in all the right places. More tips for wearing denim. Mid-rise jeans, $74, levi.com.
If basic blue feels too casual, try a bright colour or a repeated pattern. A vertical stripe not only adds personality but also elongates. Striped jeans, $98, anntaylor.com.
Distressed denim isn't just for baggy boyfriend jeans; it also gives the right amount of edge to skinnies. Imperfect denim shines brightest when paired with a tailored topper. Distressed jeans, $130, rw-co.com.
Head into the evening with your denim by dimming the wash and choosing a darker colour. Bonus: Dark washes lend a slimming effect. For everything fashion and beauty, visit our Style Desk blog. Mila Starlet jeans, $188, fidelitydenim.com.