You've secured your costume for Halloween, but what about your beloved pet? Should you co-ordinate or should you let them shine on their own? If you're stuck on ideas or are just here for some cute photos, we've got you covered with these totally adorable Halloween pet costume ideas.
Gotta catch 'em all!
To purr-tect and serve.
Catnip is my kryptonite.
...with extra sprinkles on top!
...had a very twitchy nose.
#TacoTuesdays are my favourite day of the week!
Not your average smartdog.
I can't make honey, but I sure am sweet.
Under the sea, darling it's better, down where it's wetter, take it from me.
I'll have reduced sodium soy sauce with my sushi, thank you very much.
Ready for Halloween, Christmas and my close-up!
You've got a friend in me.
Love black? Well, it's back! We show you how to wear the edgy shade from head to toe.
Though long-beloved by the fashion set, head-to-toe black outfits took a dip in popularity when over-the-top patterns and brights hit the runways over the past few years. But with some brands returning to a minimal esthetic, all-black outfits are bigger than ever because, let’s be real, they’re so flattering (read: slimming) and easy to put together (black goes with everything, including black).
Though wearing head-to-toe black is pretty foolproof, we’ve got a few tips to elevate your look that extra bit—inspired by one of our celebrity crushes, former Spice Girl and current fashion designer Victoria Beckham.
1. Choose pieces of varying volumes.
In the above pic, Beckham looks so polished because she’s wearing a long-line menswear-inspired blazer over skinny pants. Other great outfits that pair volume opposites are a fitted tank, shirt or turtleneck with a full skirt or wide-legged trousers.
2. Play with texture.
Black doesn’t have to be boring. If you play with different fabrics (see Beckham’s suede shoes, snakeskin clutch, patterned pants and sleek blazer), you’ll look ultraposh and put together.
Our all-black selects (clockwise from top left):
Ela mini M.I.L.C.K. clutch with strap, $288, elabyela.com. Satin-jacquard strappy dress, $118, canada.frenchconnection.com. Woven curb chain necklace, $95, bananarepublic.ca. Shoes, $100, aldoshoes.com. Sam Edelman blazer, $204, nordstrom.com.
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Lemony Red Pepper and Asparagus Pasta Salad <br> Photography by Joe Kim Credits: Lemony Red Pepper and Asparagus Pasta Salad <br> Photography by Joe Kim
Planning a picnic or family barbecue anytime soon? Give yourself one less thing to worry about and go for one of our easy pasta salad recipes. It's sure to be a hit!
Pasta salads are great to make ahead, and are absolute tops for large groups. They also take the cake for being an extremely versatile dish – with a host of added ingredients, toppings and dressings, simple pasta salads can go from humble side to star entrée in no time.
We asked Test Kitchen food specialist Amanda Barnier to share some top tips for preparing pasta salads, and why they're a crowd favourite. Here's what she had to share:
Pasta salads: the perfect make-ahead dish
"Pasta salads can easily be prepped in advance and can feed a crowd with little effort," Amanda says. "It can be made in advance and cooled immediately after cooking."
One important tip to remember, she adds, is to "add dressing the day it's being served, because it will quickly absorb the dressing."
Pasta salad favourites
"I like using cheese filled tortellini for a hearty salad. Soba and rice noodles are great with Asian dressings, whole grain and coloured pastas," Amanda says.
How to store pasta salads
"Keep salads well wrapped and refrigerated," she says. "Salad has the same storage life as its ingredients. Seafood is best eaten within 2 days, and chicken (within) 2 to 3 days. If traveling, be sure to store pasta salads in coolers packed with lots of ice."
"Proteins should not be within 4 C and 60 C for longer than a four hour period," she adds.
The long and short of it: best pasta shapes
"Short shapes are best with vinaigrettes and creamy dressings, and chunky ingredients such as chopped vegetables and beans," Amanda says.
"Long pasta shapes are better used with thinly sliced vegetables, proteins, herbs, spices and vinaigrettes."
Tips for making pasta salad
"If making a pasta salad in advance, rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process and drain well," she advises. "Add dressing just prior to serving. Pasta quickly absorbs liquids; if the dressing is added too soon, the pasta will absorb it."
So whether you prefer chunky pasta salads with a cool, creamy dressing perfect for summer picnics, or entrée-worthy pasta salads with long rice noodles and a tangy vinaigrette, you're sure to find a new favourite with from our collection.
Easy pasta salad recipes:
Lemony Red Pepper and Asparagus Pasta Salad
A bright vinaigrette makes this pasta salad the ultimate dish to serve at any summer party.
Photography by Joe Kim
Mediterranean Orzo Salad
This salad highlights many fresh flavours of the Mediterranean and is at its best when made with good-quality olive oil.
Photography by Jeff Coulson
The Best Macaroni Salad
This is a great keeper salad and perfect for a picnic or BBQ. Just make sure you pack it with plenty of ice packs to keep it nice and cold, both during transportation and at the table.
Photography by Annabelle Waugh
Chicken, Broccoli and Bocconcini Pasta Salad
Make this pasta salad for the whole family—the kids will love the mild dressing and round bocconcini cheese, while the adults will appreciate it as a light alternative to a sandwich.
Photography by Jeff Coulson
More great pasta salad recipes:
Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad
This salad is simple to assemble for a quick family meal.
Warm Spinach and Ham Pasta Salad
Dressed with Dijon mustard and white wine vinegar, this penne pasta salad is a winner topped with goat cheese and cherry tomatoes.
Winter Vegetable Pasta Salad
Cook everything together in one pot for this easy warm salad.
Pea, Pepper and Pasta Salad
This make-ahead salad is perfect for toting to a potluck barbecue or picnic. Toss the salad with the dressing right before serving so the peas stay bright green.
Summer Pasta Salad
Serve this light summery salad with crispy, homemade Parmesan Breadsticks.
Mediterranean Fusilli Salad
Fresh basil, hearty beans, piquant sun-dried tomatoes and al dente pasta make the perfect summer salad.
Warm Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Salad
The dressing lends a taste of summer any time of year. The red peppers provide vitamins A and C and potassium. Quick and easy to make, this salad is perfect to take to a last-minute potluck or picnic.
Grilled Sausage, Pepper and Bocconcini Pasta Salad
This delicious pasta salad is made with tasty Italian sausage and lots of colourful peppers.
Bow-Tie Pasta Salad
This easy, colourful salad has the sunny fresh tastes of Greece.
Tuna Pasta Salad
Using tuna packed in both oil and broth means you'll need less oil in the dressing.
Salmon Pasta Salad
Start with melon wedges to whet your appetite for this quick and light dinner.
Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad
Grilled market-fresh veggies meet marinated olives and artichokes in this healthy dish made with whole wheat rotini. So chock full with taste and texture, carnivores won't complain about this vegetarian dish.
Party Parmesan Pasta Salad
Try this hearty salad studded with salami, olives, tiny tomatoes, roasted pepper and fresh basil.
Smoked Salmon Pasta Salad
This easy tasty pasta salad is loaded with calcium. Omit the banana peppers if your child is not a fan of hot food.
Deli Pasta Salad
Add 1-1/4 cups (300 mL) extra pasta to the pot at dinner the night before to have enough for this lunchtime salad the next day.
Sirloin Steak with Green Bean Pasta Salad
Sirloin steaks paired with green beans and tomatoes make this salad a hearty entrée.
Looking for more great recipes? Try our best potato salad recipes.
The cape is perfect for fall's unpredictable temperatures. Style this spotlight-stealing piece with ease thanks to our tips.
If you've ever thought about buying a cape but held off because it felt a little too dramatic, we're begging you to reconsider. Here's how to style this fall's sleeker version to look like a superstar, and less like a superhero.
Due to its petite size, you can toss this capelet on like a scarf—and instantly make everything at least 20 percent more chic. Satin cape, $409, tedbaker.com.
A textured top adds balance to the cape's luxurious high-shine fabric. Merino-wool sweater west, $98, roots.ca.
Capes add enough bulk, so it's important to keep things simple and streamlines on the bottom. Pencilsskirt, $160, bananarepublic.com.
Sporting a contemporary pair of sunglasses will help modernize the cape's vintage silhouette. Mirrored aviator sunglasses, $20, lechateau.com.
Stacked gold and silver circles make these hoops twice as nice. Earrings, $75, jenny-bird.ca.
Skip cross-body bags and hefty carryalls. Instead grab an oversize clutch. Leather bag, $188, roots.ca.
Keep jewellery minimal, because a cape is enough of a grand gesture. Faux-gold cuff, $50, bananarepublic.ca.
Sophisticated and sexy, the ladylike pointy-toed stiletto is universally flattering. Shoes, $110, aldoshoes.com.