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Have some penne on hand? We have tasty pasta recipes to choose from!
If you don't have brussels sprouts, substitute with shredded cabbage.
Whole wheat penne boosts the fibre in this chunky veggie and tomato sauce dish. Because whole wheat pasta has more of a bite than white, you may want to cook it just beyond the al dente stage for a softer texture.
Who doesn't love an all-in-one comfort food dish? Served warm or cold, this pasta is excellent year-round.
A delicate sauce made with fresh tomatoes, olive oil, lemon and fragrant herbs lightly coats tender shrimp and penne in this perfect meal.
A handful of pantry staples and some fresh herbs make dinner a snap. Increase the fibre by choosing whole grain pasta. Top with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.
This simple combination of fresh vegetables and smoked fish makes a wonderful lunch or light supper, and the best part is that it's so easy to make.
This decidedly springtime pasta dish comes to life with lemon juice and zest. To make this vegetarian, simply omit the chicken and double the artichokes.
Jerusalem artichokes, also known as sunchokes, are subtly flavoured, with a texture somewhere between that of a potato and a water chestnut. Typically, they're enjoyed in a soup or a purée, so pairing them with pasta and crispy sausage is an unusual yet delicious change of pace.
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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.
Over 50 and fabulous? Our guide to aging gracefully helps you choose the skincare, hair and makeup products that are right for you.
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Urinary incontinence, or bladder leakage that occurs when you laugh, sneeze or exercise, is common among women. But you don't have to live with it.
One in four women have experienced a considerable health problem that almost no one is talking about. It's called stress-related urinary incontinence, or stress incontinence, and it involves the untimely loss of urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh, jump, have sex or lift something heavy. The condition has nothing to do with stress; rather, it's about those little movements that put pressure on the bladder. When we're young, our pelvic floor muscles (those hidden muscles you strengthen through Kegel exercises) are strong enough to support the bladder and the urethra, but throughout life, a number of things can contribute to the weakening of those muscles.
Dr. Jennifer Berman, urologist and co-host of the TV show The Doctors, told us about the problem and how to address it. Women no longer have to suffer in silence. There are ways to get help.
What raises your risk?
Unfortunately, many of the risk factors come from just being a woman. "Having an XX chromosome puts you at risk," says Dr. Berman, explaining that, as women get older, changing hormones affect the support structures in the pelvic floor muscles. But long before menopause, many women may suffer from stress incontinence due to another life event: childbirth. "Carrying a baby and delivering a baby causes injury and trauma to the pelvic floor," says Dr. Berman. "And the more babies you have, the higher the risk." Obesity is another risk factor, but you don't have to be overweight to experience stress incontinence.
What can you do to prevent the problem?
Maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise is a good way to reduce your risk for urinary incontinence, but that alone isn't enough—you need to focus on exercising the muscles that support your pelvic floor. Kegels have been heralded as a means to a better sex life, but they have a much greater importance: Those muscles support our internal organs. Unfortunately, many of us aren't doing Kegels properly. To learn the best ways to strengthen those key muscles, check out our pelvic floor workout. A pelvic floor physiotherapist can also help you at key times, such as before, during and after pregnancy.
What can you do to treat stress incontinence?
If you already experience stress incontinence—maybe you pee a little when you laugh or run—talk to a urologist. "Any time there is a change in urinary function or control, it's important to speak to your health care provider," says Dr. Berman. She says pelvic floor therapy may not be enough to reverse the problem, but your doctor could recommend surgery. A simple operation can provide a structure to support the urethra to stop the unexpected leaks of urine. Or, if you aren't sure you want surgery, a new product, Poise Impressa Bladder Supports, can offer a similar but temporary solution. You simply insert the tampon-like product for temporary support under the bladder and urethra. "Some women want to try something else before surgery," says Dr. Berman. "There are risk factors associated with surgery. So if a woman is only experiencing leakage when she plays tennis, for example, she may say, ‘Do I really want to have surgery for this?'"
Why is it so important to seek a solution?
Beyond the shame and inconvenience that many women experience when they suffer from incontinence, the problem can also get in the way of other things that impact your health. For example, women often avoid sex or exercise because they're worried about leaking. "Incontinence will affect overall satisfaction with life," says Dr. Berman.
Learn about other ways to deal with urinary incontinence.