Go on, have another slice of pumpkin pie.
There are few things better than a great big Thanksgiving feast shared with family and friends. If you choose your outfit wisely, you're free to indulge without worrying about rigid waistbands or fitted dresses holding you back.
We've got outfit ideas that will keep you comfy and stylish, no matter how you celebrate this totally indulgent holiday.
A cozy Thanksgiving with your immediate family
Not all families have large gatherings around the holidays. Maybe you're cooking a turkey breast (or tofurky) instead of the whole bird, or maybe there's no dinner at all and you'll spend the evening watching movies on the couch. If you're planning something small with just your partner, or your parents, or your kids, keep your outfit simple. We love the idea of an oversized shirt dress (bonus points for season-appropriate tartan), topped with a maxi cardigan. Flat, menswear-inspired shoes and sparkly socks keep this look from being too casual—you still want to look nice, after all.
Thanksgiving at the cottage
Whether you're going with only a few people, or your entire family, Thanksgiving at the cottage has something going for it other than the scenery—the very casual dress code. We recommend a stretchy, long-sleeve top paired with boyfriend jeans (the baggier, the better) and a roomy turtleneck sweater (the one shown below is actually a vest). Finish off the look with simple (waterproof) boots, just in case you decide to walk off that second serving of mashed potatoes after dinner.
The big family affair
If you're attending a fam jam with all of your relatives, you need to look on point—especially if someone in the group is an amateur photographer. There will be pictures. And you will be tagged on Facebook. We recommend opting for roomy trousers (a drawstring helps) in a stylish fabric like velvet, which also happens to be extremely comfortable. Pair with a long, roomy sweater in a flattering colour (this eggplant works with all skin tones) and sparkly accessories. For shoes, try a comfortable ankle boot with a trendy western-inspired twist.
If you're having a friends-only Thanksgiving event, we recommend playing with texture for added interest in your oversized ensemble. Keep it comfy with an A-line blouse (the one shown is in classic denim) and faux-leather leggings, which are both fancy and comfortable. Top it off with your favourite blanket scarf or poncho and some cool boots. This outfit will keep you covered, whether you indulge in drinks, turkey or cake—or all of the above.
Photo courtesy of Davina Choy Credits: Photo courtesy of Davina Choy
Winter is coming—and with it comes dry, cracked skin that needs an extra dose of hydration. Try one of these body lotions for a little relief.
We all know that moisturizing is key if you want to make sure your skin is hydrated all winter long. But not all body lotions are created equal. Here are six products that will keep your skin soft, smooth and flake-free as the weather gets cooler.
Rocky Mountain Soap Co.
For a portable option, look no further than Rocky Mountain Soap Co. This body butter is packaged like deodorant, making it easy to apply and even easier to travel with. It’s also 100% organic and made by a Canadian company.
Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Unscented Body Butter, $14.50, rockmountainsoap.com.
Lotus Aroma’s Velvet Body Lotion is great for sensitive skin. Essential oils and botanical extracts pair with shea butter, sea buckthorn oil and moringa for a non-greasy cream that maintains hydration.
Lotus Aroma Velvet Body Lotion, $18, yesswellness.com.
This moisturizer is thick and creamy—and though you have to work it into your skin a little bit, it’s well worth the effort. Coffee seed extract, pomegranate, green tea and shea and cocoa butters work hard to keep your skin smooth and hydrated. Bonus: When I used this product it even helped tone down redness.
Frank Body Cream, $22, frankbody.com.
The Ultra Rich Body Butter by Skinfix is specially formulated for those with chronic dry skin. If you have flaking, dry and rough skin you need a product that will help to heal the skin barrier. Shea butter and coconut oil form the deeply nourishing base that helps to lock in moisture—and offers you some sweet relief from dry skin.
Skinfix Ultra Rich Body Butter, $18, skinfixinc.com.
You don’t have to spend a lot to keep your skin soft and smooth. Try Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion to keep your skin moisturized.
Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Unscented Lotion, $7, well.ca.
Kiehl’s Crème de Corps is a cult favourite. Rich, non-greasy and super hydrating, this lotion is formulated with cocoa butter and beta-carotene for a hefty dose of lubrication and vitamin A.
Kiehl’s Crème de Corps, $38, kiehls.ca.
<p>Canadian Living, April 2016</p>
Looking to give your beauty and style a wee bit of a refresh, but don't know where to start? We want YOU to apply to Canadian Living's winter makeover series.
We're gearing up to shoot a winter series of makeovers in Toronto, which will appear in the magazine over a handful of issues—likely February, March and April—and are looking for four candidates (two women and a couple) to get a transformative makeover.
This makeover includes a wardrobe from Bayview Village (you'll get to keep the outfit you wear for the photo shoot), makeup, skin treatment, hair cut and colour, manicure—the whole deal. It will culminate in a photo shoot that will appear in the pages of our magazine. We're looking for two women and one couple ages 28 to 60.
The process will happen over a few days, firstly the morning of October 21 (clothing at Bayview Village), October 24th (hair cut and colour at a downtown salon) and the shoot day (makeup, hair styling and manicure) on October 26th. *We'll try and pepper in the skin treatments on the 21st and 24th. Otherwise, maybe a few on the 25th—TBD.
If you're keen, we'll need a few things:
• A current snapshot of your face (hair down, wearing your usual makeup)
• Reasons why you feel you need a makeover. What about yourself would you like to refresh?
• A current full-body snapshot that shows off your style (whatever that may be)
• A willingness to participate for about 2 days in total: half day for the salon (salon has not been determined, however it will be downtown Toronto), 1-2 hours for a skin treatment, one hour of wardrobe consultation and 3-4 hours for the photo shoot.
• And most of all, please only apply if you are interested in a big change—you need to be OK with handing over creative control to our very capable hands. We're going to be working with some of the best beauty and fashion talent in Canada. We're not going to give you a pixie cut and dye your hair platinum blonde, promise. We're going to enhance your natural beauty and ever so slightly push you out of your comfort zone.
Applicants can email our Fashion & Beauty director at email@example.com. We're hoping to narrow down our three lucky ladies (and hopefully one guy!) within the next two to three weeks.