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From serious fringe to embroidered leather, there's no denying that '70s rock-star style influenced all things fashionable this fall. Whether you embraced the trends the first time around or it's all-new territory, here's how to interpret these retro styles in a modern way.
Photography by Raina + Wilson | Hair and makeup by Olivia Colacci/Benefit/JudyInc.com | Shot on location at Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre in Calgary
With the band
Dip your feet into rock-star style with a moto jacket. This season's update comes in anything but black (we adore this rich midnight blue), with plenty of embroidered detailing. Pull our all the stops with a hint of lace and a dose of red, the colour of rock royalty.
Faux-leather jacket, $158, shop.guess.ca. Lace tank top, $40, and earrings, hm.com/ca. Blouse, $95, bananarepublic.ca. Pants, $45, oldnavy.ca.
Twist and shout
Move and shake your way into the fringe trend with a playful swishy skirt. Think less Zelda Fitzgerald doing the Charleston and more Tina Turner performing—like a boss—in something glittering. FOr a modern touch, pair it with a simple T-shirt and a denim jacket, then top the look off with a wide-brimmed hat with an eye-catching accent, such as a leather band or a velvet strip.
Denim jacket, $196, and hat, esprit.com. Bodysuit, $25, dynamite.ca. Sequinned skirt, $834, jcrew.com. Necklace, bracelet and ring, bananarepublic.ca. Boots, hm.com/ca.
She's got the moves like...
You can thank Mick Jagger for the popularity of dandy-esque cravats and wildly printed scarves. Add a flamboyant flair to your everyday jacket-and-blouse combo by donning a patterned scarf. Intensify the rock-star edge with a vivid velvet blazer and slacks in a windowpane plaid.
Velvet blazer, $215, and brooch, bananarepublic.ca. Button-down blouse, $70, hm.com/ca. Pants, $175, scotch-soda.com. Drake's London for J. Crew scarf, $85, jcrew.com.
This season, David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust persona—in all its colourful and sparkling glory—inspired scored of designers, resulting in unique trouser silhouettes, chunky-soled boots and sequins galore. Rather than going full-on glam rock, try elements like a star-speckled blouse with a pair of leather culottes.
Sheer blouse, $145, scotch-soda.com. Faux-leather culottes, $79, shop.guess.ca. Earrings and rings, bananarepublic.ca. Boots, hm.com/ca.
Pretty in punk
This ensemble tempers the roughness of punk with the prettiness of the ballet. Embrace mixing and matching prints and replace classic metal studs with pearls and cutouts with a tulle-covered skirt. The clashing motifs are a cohesive duo because the colours are the same: black and white—and chic all over!
Sweater, $60, gapcanada.ca. Skirt, $510, marc-cain.com. Earrings, bananarepublic.ca. Michael Michael Kors shoes, michaelkors.ca.
After a brief hiatus, leopard has returned, prowling across countless catwalks this season. In its latest incarnation, the dimensions have gone from micro to macro and come in every hue imaginable, from realistic to our-of-this-world colour combinations.
Sweater, $39, and skirt, $34, joefresh.com. Headphones, wearefrends.com. Necklaces, bananarepublic.ca.
Worn casually with jeans or a fanciful frock, a shag coat (or, in out shoot, cardigan) truly embodies the rock-star esthetic. For a modern update, pair this fuzzy topper with an elegant blouse and skinny trousers—steer clear of flared bottoms or it will look costumey.
Cardigan, $199, winners.ca. Satin blouse, $85, earrings and ring, bananrepublic.ca. Pants, $45, oldnavy.ca. Boots, calitspring.com.
Enjoy hearty oats in more ways than just a bowl of oatmeal. Oats are a nutritious ingredient in both sweet and savoury recipes.
This is the ultimate in comfort food, combining two all-time homegrown favourites: cinnamon buns and bubbly, sweet apple cobbler. Sprinkling a cinnamon filling into rolled buttermilk biscuits offers a quick alternative to a yeast-risen cinnamon bun.
Adding fresh apples to this muffin batter is a nice way to incorporate fruit in a baked treat. Dried cranberries add a touch of tartness, but you can use raisins or any other dried fruit.
You won't miss the nuts in this deluxe granola. Make sure it is completely cool before adding the chocolate.
Enjoy all the pleasures of crumble-topped apple pie in a delightful hand-held size. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream for an even more indulgent dessert.
Sweet-tart cranberries are cooked with a hint of orange to make an easy jam-like filling, then sandwiched between layers of crisp almond pastry. Freshly ground almonds are crunchier than the storebought ground variety, so whirl whole nuts in a food processor for the ultimate nutty crust.
These decadent drops are incredibly easy to prepare, making them perfect for a last-minute cookie exchange. The chocolate-dipped pretzel topping adds an easy, festive flair.
For anyone with a sweet tooth on your list, these sweet bites take almost no prep time and great for last-minute treats.
Make weeknight dinners fun (for adults and kids) with these veggie-packed, tomato sauce–topped mini meat loaves. Cooking your potatoes on the stove top with the help of a little steam gets dinner on the table more quickly. Steamed green beans make a nice veggie side dish.
Treat yourself with these fruity, buttery bites. Sweet blueberry filling packed between layers of classic oat meal crumble will have you reminiscing of grandma's baked goods.
Warm up cool evenings by filling empty tummies with hearty soup. Sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese over top or add a handful of cooked noodles to make leftovers new again.
Veggie burgers should be just as juicy as the original hamburger. Add your favourite toppings and condiments or switch it up by going bunless and wrap in a large lettuce leaf.
Shredded coconut in the crumble topping adds tropical flair to an otherwise classic recipe. Many people with celiac disease can still consume oats, but to be absolutely sure yours haven't been in contact with gluten from other products, look for bags labelled "pure uncontaminated oats."
These muffins are big on flavour and sure to entice even those who have no trouble with gluten. Play around with the fruit: Try dried blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or chopped apricots.
These nut-free treats are chewy and packed with flavour, thanks to the tasty fruit and toasted quinoa, which also add fibre and protein to stave off hunger. Pack one in her knapsack for snack emergencies!
The versatility of these cookies is endless. White or milk chocolate, or dried apricots or currants make delicious substitutions for the dark chocolate.
This sweet granola has a surprising yet gentle hint of ginger and is the perfect partner for the tangy rhubarb topping. Set out the yogurt, granola and compote with small bowls or pretty glasses so guests can make their own parfaits.
This free-form pastry tastes just as delicious as apple pie—but with no upper crust or fluting to worry about, it's forgiving to make. The crispy oatmeal streusel helps insulate the filling while baking, keeping the apples juicy. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Meat loaf is a popular comfort food not only because it's quick and easy to toss together but also because it's hearty and always delicious – especially this one with its glossy vegetable topping.
Nothing beats a home-style crumble at the end of a Sunday meal. Serve warm with a dollop of fresh whipped cream or ice cream for an indulgent treat.
Classic cookies are always a weekend favourite and easy for even a novice baker. Freeze scooped portions to thaw and bake at another time.
Multigrain flour, rolled oats and wheat germ give these quite chewy pancakes a wholesome flavour. Multigrain flour is a combination of all-purpose and whole wheat flours, cracked wheat and rye and whole flaxseeds.
These squares have all of the layered goodness of apple pie with the ease of a crumble.
This springtime twist on classic date squares features a tangy-sweet pink rhubarb filling. If fresh rhubarb is unavailable, measure the same amount of frozen rhubarb, then thaw and drain.
Here's the perfect ending to a summer meal: a rustic home-style crumble made with juicy stone fruit. There's no need to peel the plums and nectarines—the skins soften as the fruit cooks and impart a lovely blush colour to the sauce.
A plain paper lantern gets a pretty update with this simple DIY.
|This story was originally titled "Wrappers' Delight" in the June 2014 issue.
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Learn how feng shui techniques can declutter your home and create positive space in your life.
Do you want to bring happiness, good fortune and wellness into your life this year? Turn to the positive energies of feng shui as your guide. The ancient Chinese art of living in harmony with your environment can help spruce up your home and simultaneously create balance and joy.
Bridget Saraka, the Saskatoon-based owner of Feng Shui by Bridget, says the practice offers life-changing benefits. "Feng shui is about creating a space that's not only pleasing to your eye, but also pleasing to all your senses, so that your home supports and enriches your life," she says. "How we live has a profound impact on what our experiences will be. When you apply feng shui principles to your home, you can attract a great new year."
If your home is cluttered, dimly lit and has poorly arranged furniture, feng shui principles state that your life will be filled with obstacles and present few opportunities for growth. As a result, your job, relationships, finances and health can become stagnant. By making a few small changes, you can revitalize your space and your life. Here are six simple tips to get started:
1. Make your front door visible to receive blessings
In feng shui, a hard-to-read house number or a blocked walkway to a door will prevent positive energy from entering the home. "Have an address that's easy to see from the street and a path from your front door into your home that isn't cluttered with obstacles," says Saraka. "If the universe can't find you, how can fortunate blessings find you?"
2. Add colour for good health
Taupes and other neutral colours are popular in home decor, but they might contribute to low moods and energy levels during Canada's long, dark winters. "They're the wrong colour palate for Canadians because many of us suffer from seasonal affective disorder," says Saraka. From a feng shui perspective, these colours absorb the winter light, leaving Canadians feeling depressed and directionless.
To boost health and energy, start by painting your walls. "Choose a colour that's warm yet still reflects light – soft yellows, soft greens – colours that give a feeling of the sun and nature," says Saraka. "Green makes all colours pop, plus it's about life, vitality, growth and new vibrations." If you can't afford to paint, use colourful accessories—accent pillows, throws, live flowers, lighting in dark corners—to ignite powerful energy shifts in your home. "It's the easiest and most affordable way to do it," says Saraka.
3. Edit your belongings
Clear the bad vibes that accompany clutter. "Go through your home with a keen eye to what no longer serves you. If you haven't worn or used it within a year, donate it," says Saraka. "If it's broken and you're not going to repair it, remove it from the space. This editing practice opens up your home so you have room to experience a new chapter." Items that hold upsetting memories should be removed, too.
4. Let indoor plants and water bring prosperity
¨Want to attract wealth this year? Bring plants and a water fountain into your home. "Jade plants and fountains are symbols that represent wealth and finance in feng shui," says Saraka. Your health may also benefit from plants and flowers inside the home. "They purify the air," says Saraka, "And as you nurture the plant, you're nurturing yourself."
5. Position furniture for safety
If you don't feel safe and comfortable in your home, your furniture placement might be to blame. "Feng shui is first and foremost about comfort and safety," says Saraka. "Make sure that the largest piece of furniture in any room is in a position where you can see the door. If the sofa or head of the bed is against the same wall as the door, you can't see who is coming in. This creates a sense of vulnerability."
6. Use essential oils to attain happiness
Essential oils can help clear negative energy and add happy vibes to your home. "Put distilled water in a spritzer bottle, add three to six droplets of oil, and then spritz the air," says Saraka. If someone has been ill, Saraka recommends a blend of frankincense and cinnamon. ¨"To infuse a space with joy, use rose and orange essential oils. Rose is about love. Orange is about joy. So you're infusing joyful love into your space." Essential oils can be purchased from most health-food stores.
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