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Coats with faux fur. Coats with brushed wool. Coats with quilting. Texture is one of the biggest trends in outerwear—and we've identified the iterations for you here.
Photography by Raina + Wilson / Shot on location at Horseshoe Canyon and Willow Creek Coulee, Drumheller, Alta.
Stay warm while looking cool in this season's most functional coat trend: the parka. A trip of pink faux fur gives this classic cold-weather staple an unexpected twist.
Nod to the glamour of Studio 54 (minus all the pageantry of sequins and lamé) with an elegant faux-fur jacket. We adore this one, with its multitones and patchwork chevron pattern; the directional design is slimming and gives this throwback style a modern update.
Want to add some texture to your winter topper—without adding bulk? Opt for a more tactile mohair style. The material has the perfect amount of fuzz, but it won't make you look like a teddy bear.
Sosken coat, $495, simons.ca. Tan top, $25, dynamiteclothing.com. Faux-leather leggings, $130, ilovetylermadison.com. Kam Dhillon glasses, clearly.ca. Gloves, rudsak.com. Michael Michael Kors backpack, michaelkors.ca.
Combat frigid temperatures—and grey days—with a statement coat. From boiled wool to full-on raised tweed, the blending of tactile textures is the hottest trend in coats.
If kooky colours cloud your sartorial judgement, stick with a black-and-white palette. A jumbo buffalo check in a king-sized moto shape is edgy but luxurious—especially with the addition of a dramatic tuft of faux fur at the collar.
Coat, $349, johnandjenncollection.com. Tank top, $25, dynamiteclothing.com. Faux-leather leggings, $130, ilovetylermadison.com. Gloves, echodesign.com. Michael Michael Kors crossbody bag, michaelkors.ca. Knee-high leather boots, roots.com.
Take a cue from the stylish set sauntering around Whistler, B.C., and Mont-Tremblant, Que., and layer your outerwear. The go-to après-ski look gives new life to your transitional pieces, and when they're properly stacked, the silhouette is more sleek and less super sized.
The next time you decide to invest in a wear-forever coat, skip basic black and cozy up to rick navy instead. This luxurious robe-style coat with elaborate ribbed sleeves is the perfect protector for both special occasions and everyday jaunts.
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Charcoal is a heavy hitting beauty trend that helps keep your skin clear and balanced. We spoke to Lizz Starr, executive director of Origins global product development to get details on the popular ingredient.
If you’ve been paying attention to the beauty biz, charcoal is trending. With all the environmental irritants and pollutants that we expose our skin to every day, it’s great to come home and make sure you can get rid of all those skin stressors. Here’s what you need to know about this powerhouse ingredient.
What is charcoal?
This natural ingredient is derived from carbon and has been used for many things other than beauty. Because of its powerful absorption properties it’s been used to treat alcohol poisoning and drug overdoses by absorbing toxins in the stomach before they can be absorbed into the blood stream. It also can be used as a filter in gases and liquids.
In beauty, charcoal is used because it has large internal pores that trap toxins and prevent their absorption in the skin. “When environmental toxins, dirt and debris get under your skin, skin’s waste-filtering system (pores) becomes congested and pores get clogged, leading skin to look cloudy,” says Starr, “Charcoal is able to absorb many times its own weight in toxins and pollution and it can easily be rinsed away.”
Who should use charcoal?
“Charcoal is particularly good for blemish-prone or congested skin,” says Starr. Because we’re all in need of regular skin clearing (we have pollution to thank for that), everyone can benefit from a bit of charcoal in their beauty regimen.
Charcoal beginner? Try a mask.
If you’re new to the ingredient, Starr recommends introducing a charcoal mask to your beauty routine once a week. It’s best to not overdo it with charcoal however. “Charcoal should be primarily used when pores are clogged,” says Starr, “overuse can lead to stripping and drying your skin so we recommend once-a-week use.”
Here are the charcoal masks you should add to your routine, stat!
Bamboo charcoal and white clay absorbs toxins to reveal a radiant and refreshed complexion.
This sheet mask features activated Korean charcoal absorb impurities and spearmint extract for a pore-tightening effect.
This cleanser can also be used as a mark, helping to draw out impurities and balance oily skin.
This hydrogel mask includes bamboo charcoal for a deep clean that targets blackheads and whiteheads.
This mattifying mask soaks up excess oil and draws out debris to leave your skin feeling fresh and your pores noticeable refined.
If you're craving something different, big or small, Dr. Lorraine Bennington, a Vancouver registered psychologist, shares her top tips for taking the leap.
If you feel like there's something missing in your life, it's time to figure out what adjustments you can make to improve your situation. Revisit the things that made you happy as a child, which Dr. Bennington says are part of your "life blueprint," to direct your first steps. That could mean taking jewellery-making classes if you've always wanted to be a fashion designer, or returning to university if you've long wanted to be a lawyer.
Visualize your future
If the idea of change overwhelms you, imagine what your life will look like in five years if things remain the same, then visualize what it will be like if you take the plunge. "Usually, people will say it looks better with the change," says Dr. Bennington.
Don't listen to toxic people
If you've found that a particular parent, sibling or friend doesn't believe you can succeed (in a new job, with a new partner or as a single parent), it's time to stop expecting that person to miraculously offer support. "Don't share your ideas with someone who is likely to respond negatively every time," says Dr. Bennington. Instead, seek people who are "consistently genuine and supportive."
Rewrite your story
Even if a transition (like a divorce or a layoff) is out of your control, you can choose to see the situation through a positive lens. Maybe there's a part of you that was unhappy for years or secretly wanted freedom from a controlling husband or a nosy boss. "Reframe the change as something good, rather than as something awful that's happened to you," says Dr. Bennington.