Good Jeans Image by: Daniel Harrison Prop styling by: Jeanie Lee/Plutino Group
Everything you need to know to buy denim for the new season ahead.
ALL IN THE DETAILS
Denim is moving beyond a typical pair of jeans. Here are some new ways to wear the hardworking fabric.
1. Raw edge
Tough meets chic in the latest take on distressed denim. Sure, blown-out knees and randomly placed rips and tears are stick kicking it, but it's the unfinished hemlines that are making major waves.
Sweater, $78, roots.com. Jeans, $278, fidelitydenim.com. Earrings, carolineneron.com. Bandana, gapcanada.ca. Watch, linksoflondon.com. Ring, jenny-bird.ca. Shoes, callitspring.com. Image by: Genevieve Caron
2. Sole mates
Denim is the hottest material for accessories this spring.
3. Mini works of art
Looking to add some flair to your jean jacket? The latest trend in accessories is enamel pins; some are grounded in pop culture, while others are original art.
Vest, $130, winners.ca. Emoji-heart pin, $12, pintrill.com. O hai all-seeing-eye pin, $9.50, heatherbuchanan.ca. LLAP hand pin, $10, robineisenberg.com. Eye pin and lipstick pin, $20 each, georgiaperry.com. Gumball-machine pin, $8, pennypaperco.com. Image by: Genevieve Caron
4. Denim skirt
The current jean-skirt styles have fresh updates with polished touches and an array of silhouettes. For a modern throwback to the '70s, try one with a middle slit and buttons down the front.
Customize your topper by ironing on some DIY patches—or opt for the quick-and-easy approach by purchasing a vest or jacket that's already decorated.
Jean jacket, $267, tommy.com. Image by: Genevieve Caron
6. Denim squared
Denim on denim has earned its right to be considered a modern-classic way of dressing. A good rule is to mix up your washes: Wear lighter denim on top, with darker on the bottom. The deeper shades helps create a slimming effect.
This spring, no one style dominates. Choose from a wide range of silhouettes and cuts.
1. Short and sweet
Flood pants—with a flare—are back. This denim cut is a throwback to Jane Birkin, but today, keep the hemlines frayed, as it's the only amount of distressing you with this style.
2. Retro revival
The '70s silhouette enhances curves and helps elongate legs. Get maximum length by keeping hemlines long and wearing a platform heel—the trick is concealing your shoes.
Vest, $100, gapcanada.ca. Sweater, $40, hm.com. Jeans, $100, winners.ca. Marc Jacobs sunglasses, thebay.com. Necklace, carolineneron.com. Bracelet, bananarepublic.ca. Belt, braveleather.com. Bag, eccocanada.com. Shoes, joefresh.com. Image by: Genevieve Caron
3. Off the cuff
Cuffing your jeans isn't a new concept, but this season, the statement is bigger and bolder than the usual fold and roll we're accustomed to. The exaggerated look brings a bit of edge to any ensemble.
Jacket, $45, oldnavy.ca. T-shirt, $15, uniqlo.ca. 7 for all Mankind jeans, $298, nordstrom.com. Marc Jacobs sunglasses, thebay.com. Earrings and bracelet, carolineneron.com. Sneakers, eccocanada.com. Image by: Genevieve Caron
4. Skinny dipping
It's hard to remember a time when skinny jeans weren't the standard in denim. The slim silhouette is still the shape du jour and can be found in just about every wash, colour, pattern and level of distress.
5. Crop it to me
Wide-legged cropped denim is a new take on the trouser jean. Hems vary, but the most flattering length is about an inch above the ankle. Always pair the look with heels—the daintier the better.
These mini cabins have all the essentials, not to mention being picture-perfect for an Instagram post. Next time you're thinking about a weekend getaway, think smaller.
Of course we dream of elaborate vacations to tropical destinations, or beach-side mansions with all the luxuries and more, but what's really been catching our eye lately is the ultra-instagrammable tiny cabins located in beautiful landscapes all across Canada.
Available for rent on Airbnb, these cabins are no bigger than a couple hundred square feet, but have everything you need from a kitchen, to second-floor bedroom loft, and some even with extra living room space. These cabins are perfect for the minimalist lover, or if the city is getting a little too loud for you.
The best part about these adorable cozy cabins? How affordable they are! The price, depending on season and location, ranges from about $80 to $150 a night, with most cabins being able to accommodate 2-5 guests.
Whether you're on the east or west coast, or somewhere in the middle, check out these listings and try not to get obsessed:
Westover Bed & Breakfast, approx. $125/night, airbnb.ca
This beautiful cabin is colourful, cozy and completely surrounded by a gorgeous green forest. It's on a 3-acre property and even comes with a full breakfast! With only room for two, this is the perfect excuse for a romantic quiet getaway.
2. Roberts Creek, British Columbia
The Micro Cabin in Roberts Creek, approx. $90/night, airbnb.ca
Made Instagram-famous by the most recent Bachelorette Canada, Jasmine Lorimer, and her fiancée, this tiny cabin is aesthetically perfect on the inside and out. It's incredibly small clocking in at only 125 square-feet but is so well-planned that it even looks spacious inside. I dare you not to put it on your bucket list.
3. Mara, British Columbia
Little Green Ranch, approx. $90/night, airbnb.ca
This is listed as a "Little Green Ranch" and that's exactly what it looks like. The cute green house with the green-painted porch is small but efficient! Great for spending some time on a countryside bonding with friends or family, this small ranch house fits six guests in three beds (and has a perfect five-star rating).
4. Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Country Cabins Pine Lodge, approx. $120/night, airbnb.ca
A rustic, all-wood log cabin has never looked so appealing. It's small, can fit four guests, and has a view of the Aurora Borealis! If you've always wanted to go off-the-grid up north, this is the place for you.
Our Tine A Frame, approx. $150/night, airbnb.ca
A tiny house in the town of Tiny, Ontario, how perfect! The A-frame design is super cool, except for those who are over 6-feet-tall, then you may have to crouch in some spaces. Perfect for a weekend by the beaches (six beaches, to be exact), the house is also equipped with an in-porch hot tub! Be right back, booking it right now.
Cabin perched on escarpment band, approx. $135/night, airbnb.ca
Come here for the perfect 'glamping' experience. This small cabin perched right on the escarpment has floor-to-ceiling windows, making the view beautiful from wherever you're standing. They can even arrange for guests to help out on the nearby farm during their stay if they want!
Chalet dans les arbres, approx. $155/night, airbnb.ca
Make all your childhood dreams come true by staying in this "chalet dans les arbres." This isn't the kind of treehouse you find in backyards though, it's better. With cool rope bridges and walkways to get you to your cabin, you'll feel your inner 10-year-old coming out. These listers are experienced in unique rental experiences, they also own a hobbit house you can stay in!
Small ecological cabin on wheels tiny house style, approx. $160/night, airbnb.ca
These brightly-colours tiny-house style cabins are located in the most beautiful field of flowers by the St. Laurent river. Wake up in a calming, all-wood-interior cabin and feel like you're stepping into a fairytale land when you open the door.
JAnaB Log Cabin, approx. $80/night, airbnb.ca
If this tiny log cabin doesn't make you feel welcome in P.E.I, I don't know what will. The spacious porch gives you a perfect view of the sunset and most of the furniture and decor is locally hand-made. Get your feet wet in the east coast, figuratively and literally, as it's only a five-minute walk from a red sand beach!
East Coast Newfoundland cabin, approx. $105/night, airbnb.ca
This cabin offers TV with Netflix and Wifi, but chances are you won't be needing it. Located right beside the wharf, with stunning views of water and greenery, the fresh Newfoundland air will be the only thing on your mind.
Buying art is easier than ever thanks to online shops that offer everything from contemporary abstracts to landscapes—often in a variety of sizes. With prices that won't blow the budget, you can curate an art collection from the comfort of your couch.
The image wraps around the sides so you can enjoy its beauty from every angle.
This landscape was inspired by the striking country-road views of the American Midwest.
$30 to $246, minted.com.
Canadian artist Yangyang Pan's stunning print will add drama to any space.
$62 to $192, siiso.etsy.com.
Download this fun photo and print it in any size you want!
Muted colours and textures give this piece a vintage feel.
Artist Helena Wurzel's work feels like a modern take on folk art.
$79 to $1,586, 20x200.com.
Artist Hailey Mitchell's portraits are inspired by strong women around the world.
Photography from a favourite travel destination keeps memories alive.
$30 to $299, annawithloveshop.com.
Perch this preppy greeting at the front door to welcome your guests in style.
Slow Cooker Mussels in Tomato and Fennel Sauce | Food styling by Michael Elliott | Prop styling by Jennifer Evans Image by: James Tse
A popular dish in restaurants, mussels are often perceived as too fiddly to prepare at home. In fact, they’re easy to clean and take less than 10 minutes to cook.
1. Most mussels sold in Canadian supermarkets are farm-raised. Look for the symbol of approval from Ocean Wise.
2. When shopping, look for mussels nestled in plenty of ice to keep them fresh. Buy ones with tightly closed shells or those that snap shut when tapped. They should appear shiny and wet. Avoid those that look dried out— they may have died or been improperly stored.
3. If not cooking right away, remove mussels from the mesh bag and store loose in a bowl to collect juices; cover with a clean damp towel. Drain liquid daily. Refrigerate for up to three days.
4. When ready to cook, give mussels a sniff. They should smell fresh and salty, like the ocean. Scrub mussels under cold running water. If necessary, trim beards (the fibre-like membranes that protrude from shells) by grasping and pulling toward the hinged edge.
Here are some delicious mussel recipes to try:
Homemade tomato sauce takes time to develop flavour, so it's smart to use prepared sauce on weeknights. To check your mussels for freshness, tap the shells to make sure they close, and discard any that don't. Once cooked, the shells should open; discard any that remain closed. Serve with a crusty baguette for soaking up the fragrant broth.
While you don't want to overwhelm seafood with too much spice, these mussels can take a hit of curry because the creamy sauce tempers the heat. Serve with crusty bread for sopping up the delicious broth.
Mussels are readily available year round in most grocery stores. PEI has an excellent reputation for harvesting the delicious mollusks—you'll see PEI mussels sold all across North America, even as far south and west as Hawaii.
Island chef Gordon Bailey wowed crowds with this impressive appetizer at the 2011 Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival. It is a showstopper in terms of looks, but it's really a snap to make. The aioli features raw egg yolks, so use organic eggs, if possible, or substitute 1 cup light mayonnaise for the egg yolks and oil, adding the other aioli ingredients according to the recipe.
Slow-simmering this sauce all day creates a flavourful base for cooking the mussels. The high setting on your slow cooker is great for steaming mussels without running the risk of overcooking them. This dish makes a great main for two or a starter for four. Serve with crusty bread, if desired.