Eat these foods when you're under the weather. Image by: Getty Images
Eat these foods and drinks when you're sick with the flu to feel better faster.
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.
The actress and activist chats with us from the Cannes Film Festival about beauty and aging.
Perhaps you were first introduced to Susan Sarandon as scene-stealing Janet in The Rocky Horror Picture Show or as half of one of the greatest on-screen female duos ever in Thelma & Louise. Or maybe you're most familiar with Sarandon's activism around issues of climate change, the death penalty and economic inequality. Whatever the reason you took notice, the megastar and brand ambassador for L'Oréal Paris is fascinating. She spoke with us about life as an actor, her beauty routine and how to age gracefully.
What are your favourite roles to take on?
I like to play characters who are reaching out in some way to another human—it's the bravest thing you can go. I'm interested in those stories, whether it's the relationship between a nun and a convict, a love story between two women or the connection between a woman and a child. I try to not repeat myself. Even if I've played other mothers, they're all different.
L'Oreal Age Perfect
How is the perception of women over the age of 50 changing?
Being 50, 60 or 70 doesn't mean the same thing as it did when I was 20. There are a lot of great gals who are working, who are fun, sassy and beautiful, and who happen to be over 60. They're great-looking and full of energy, and they're living longer—and there's a lot of us!
What made you want to work with L'Oréal Paris?
I love the ethnic and age diversity that L'Oréal has shown in its choice of brand ambassadors. And the idea—do it for yourself because you're worth it—was a huge breakthrough. I really respect that kind of thinking.
What beauty routine do you follow?
I don't smoke cigarettes, I drink lots of water, I exercise. Everything else, I do moderately. I don't really drink, I try to always take my makeup off at night and I use moisturizer, sunscreen and a little dab of lip balm. That's about it.
As you've gotten older, how have your views on beauty and aging changed?
I think you have to spend your time on, and worry about, more important things. Gravity exists; there's no way around it. As you get older, you have to look at aging differently because comparisons and criticisms are suddenly thrown in your face. There are a lot of people who are aging quire gracefully; I think it's about putting the emphasis on what's inside.
Over 50 and fabulous? Our guide to aging gracefully helps you choose the skincare, hair and makeup products that are right for you.
Comedian Dena Jackson is ready to take stage with a bold new look—and we showed her how by teaching her to embrace the glamorous side of fashion.
For the past two years, Dena has done her standup routine in a hoodie and jeans in dark colours, whether she was performing on TV's Night Time With Michael A. Charbon or at Toronto's SheDot Festival (find out more about Dena and her comedy act at denajackson.net or @actiondjack on Twitter). But when she heard about our makeover series, she knew she was ready to cast aside her lacklustre clothes and command attention.
"Low maintenance" sums up Dena's daily makeup routine—concealer and mascara, and that's it. But Plutino Group makeup artist Jodi Urichuk suggests Dena spend some time on skin care. "She has porous skin, so prepping her skin is key," says Urichuk. She started with a moisturizer, used a primer to create a smooth surface, applied foundation and highlighter where needed, then lined Dena's lids with a matte black eyeliner. "It accentuates her eyes and makes them look much larger," says Urichuk. Blush and a swipe of vivid berry lip stain—a great shade for blonds—finished off Dena's stage-worthy look.
When Dena arrived at Marc Anthony Salon, her fine blond hair was overly layered and the too-light hue was tinged green from the hard water in her shower. Senior master stylist Julie Coupland brightened her strands with golden copper highlights—and Dena promised to buy a new showerhead with a water filter. Next, Marilisa Sears, artistic director for Marc Anthony Hair Care, cut blunt layers in Dena's hair to add fullness, applied mousse from roots to ends, then blow-dried Dena's hair with a round natural-bristle brush, holding each section 90 degrees from Dena's head to create volume. "Don't be afraid to overexaggerate with fine hair," says Sears. "If you aim for the perfect height, it will be gone by the time you leave the house."
Dena's biggest skin concerns are dryness, redness and dark circles under the eyes. Her skin-care routine may be partly to blame: just a few facials a year and a daily dose of a too-harsh gel cleanser. Amanda Lindsay, skin therapist at Dermalogica's International Dermal Institute, suggested a creamier, more nourishing cleanser, then spoke with Dena about the stressful aspects of her career. "Stress can have a huge impact on how sensitive and reactive your skin can be," said Lindsay. She recommended calming moisturizers, one for day and one for night, plus a foundation or tinted moisturizer, ideally with at least SPF 30. "This kind of product helps disguise any redness, while calming and protecting the skin."
(From left to right) Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Sancerre, $32, sephora.ca. Yves Saint Laurent Éclat Radiant Touch, $50, sephora.ca. Dermalogica UltraCalming Ultra Sensitive Tint SPF 30, $57, dermalogica.ca. Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volumizing Mousse, $11, walmart.ca.
Rather than dressing up for gigs, Dena has always leaned toward casual weekend basics, such as hoodies and jeans. "Comedy is a male-dominated space, and, at times, it makes me feel like I should dress down so people will listen to my jokes," she says. But she was ready for some expert guidance to help cultivate her onstage style. This playful-yet-professional ensemble, which was selected by Melissa Evans-Lee, marketing director at Bayview Village shopping centre in Toronto, accentuates Dena's knockout figure—and the tailored printed pants, in particular, are a hit. "These pants have a lot of personality and it takes someone with a sense of humour to pull them off," says Evans-Lee. The embellished leather jacket can be paired with virtually anything, ensuring that Dena will stand out.
Verdict: "My new look makes me feel comfortable and sophisticated," says Dena, "and that helps me show my personality before I start talking."
Summer makeover: A fab new figure deserves a new look
Easy tips for mixing prints like a fashion editor
This article was originally published in the August 2015 issue of Canadian Living.
Subscribe to Canadian Living today and never miss an issue.