World MasterCard Fashion Week wrapped up with the highly anticipated Fashion Saturday, an additional day of events added to the calendar that highlighted all the best fashion moments of the week for the general public. It was a great day to hang out with the girls, and shop the designer pop-up markets while munching on classy hors d’oeuvres and sipping champagne before attending one of three Spring 2015 Trends Presentation seminars to learn how to achieve the latest fashion and beauty trends on your own. The third trend presentation installment was presented by CityLine host Tracy Moore, style expert Afiya Francisco, Maybelline’s Lead Beauty Artist Grace Lee—who was the brain behind all 35 beauty looks at World MasterCard Fashion Week—and Assistant Hair Stylist for Redken Cindy Duplantis. After showing a curated selection of the best collections seen over the week, Lee and Duplantis discussed beauty and hair techniques, while Francisco highlighted the major fashion trends for Spring 2015. To get you through the imminent months of layers upon layers of fuzzy clothing and onto greener pastures, here are the light and fresh fashion trends that were rounded up from a week of non-stop runway showings. Keep these in mind when prepping your closet for next season.
From left: Hillary MacMillan, Hayley Elsaesser, Pink Tartan. Photos by George Pimentel/Getty Images
1. Prints on prints Whether it's mixing different patterns together at once, or sporting one print from head-to-toe, Spring 2015 is about going bold and bright with prints, whether soft or graphic.
From left: Elan & Castor, Laura Siegel, Soia & Kyo. Photos by George Pimentel/Getty Images
2. Boho silhouettes "While it is really ladylike, it's no longer really fitted as we're accustomed to seeing. It's looser, it's more romantic, it's soft," said Francisco. It's also a flattering, forgiving way to come out of months of carb-filled hibernation.
From left: Vaiken, Eliza Faulkner, Beaufille. Photos by George Pimentel/Getty Images
3. Bare midriffs For the girl who wishes to show a little more skin, jump on the surprisingly long-lasting midriff trend. Slight flashes of skin appeared in most collections during World MasterCard Fashion Week, which was ironic, as most show attendees were bundled up in fall jackets and ankle booties. We cannot wait for spring.
From left: Rudybois, Narces, Matthew Gallagher. Photos by George Pimentel/Getty Images
4. Modern femininity As noted by Francisco, elegant fabrics and "new silhouettes that define femininity" in whites and pastels are big for spring. They're also a sophisticated way to change up your tried and true seasonal wardrobe switch over.
From left: Mélissa Nepton, Rudsak, Mackage. Photos by George Pimentel/Getty Images
5. Sheer statement pieces Sheer, diaphanous fabrics were layered with solid pieces to demonstrate that the everyday woman truly can pull off this trend. Just be sure to take your skirts with you when passing through subway doors. For more fashion news, visit our
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Featuring Emma Stone, Amy Adams, Meryl Streep and more!
Pair red carpet veterans such as Amy Adams and Emma Stone with fashion’s newest “it girl", Ruth Negga, and you’ve got yourself a highly entertaining awards season. It all culminates with Hollywood’s biggest night, the Academy Awards, and we’re on pins and needles to see which fabulous gown the Oscar-nominated actresses will wear. Here are some recent runway looks that we would love to see have their own red carpet moment.
Although Adams isn’t nominated for her role in the sci-fi box office smash, Arrival, the movie itself earned eight nominations, including best picture.
Adams almost always strikes all the right notes on the red carpet while favouring Veronica Lake waves and body-conscious gowns in a jewel tone hues.
We think the 42-year-old will go for something a little more subdued because of the lack of a nomination. We’re banking on a black staples column gown, similar to this Armani Privé beauty from the spring/summer collection.
We’re keeping a close eye on the Ethiopian-Irish actress who's been nominated for her portrayal of Mildred Loving in Loving. Negga wowed us all at this year’s Golden Globes when she showed up in a fitted silver sequined Louis Vuitton gown, complete with a gold centre zipper.
Although we haven’t seen a lot of her at big fashion events, from the looks of things she’s a risk taker and she adores a good embellishment such as lace, beading or sequins. We’re thinking she’ll show up in something covered in lace with glittering embellishments, like this gown from Givenchy pre-fall 2017.
Nominated for best leading role in LaLa Land, Stone is the favourite to take home the little gold man, along with slaying it on the red carpet.
Not only does she always nail it on the big screen, but her gown and hair and makeup selections are always top notch. But the best thing about Stone’s red carpet style is she’s never boring, always shaking up her gown and designer selections. This award season alone we’ve seen her in Chanel, Valentino and Alexander McQueen. We’re feeling a floral vibe with a wee bit of colour and tons of tulle, like this Zuhair Murad gown.
This year Streep became the actor with the most Academy Award nominations ever—her nom for Florence Foster Jenkins bumps it up to 20! Meaning, she broke her own record.
Though Streep is much more known for her acting chops than her red carpet moments, she’s always true to her own esthetic. She's been spotted wearing Givenchy at the last few red carpet events, but we think she’ll try something else, something dramatic and simple, like this cape-back silky gown from Valentino.
From architectural masterpieces to classic old Hollywood glamour, the Academy Award winner and nominated (this year for Jackie) star has had some stand-out red carpet moments.
At the Golden Globes this year the expectant mom breezed onto the red carpet in a vintage-esque sunny Prada gown. Portman channelled Kennedy Onassis with a modern take on the former first lady’s iconic bouffant, classic makeup and wore a dress similar to a yellow frock that she once wore to the Metropolitan Opera House in 1975.
Although she’ll likely be wearing a custom gown because of how far along she is in her pregnancy, we think it will be less saturated and more glittery, something with an empire waist and a centred slit, like this sequinned-embellished georgette Zuhair Murad gown.
Williams, who is nominated for best-supporting actress for her role in Manchester by the Sea has been owning the red carpet all season long. She’s the current celeb spokesperson for Louis Vuitton so we know she’ll likely be clad in one of the French fashion houses gowns.
Celebrities love a unique baby name. There's
North, Bear and Apple, to name just a few of the odd baby monikers. With each new baby announcement, I wonder why celebrities chose that name. Earlier this month I met
Canadian singer-songwriter Lights, who gave birth to a
baby girl in February. Her little one is named Rocket Wild Bokan! So of course I had to ask her how she
came up with the name. And I have to admit it's a pretty cute reason. "It’s kind of a funny story," Lights says. "I was doing a show in Vancouver at the end of last year. It was a really nice show, it was the night I told my band I was pregnant. There was 7,000 people that turned up. It was really special. There was a huge rocket behind the crowd and I was remarking at how cool that moment was. And then I realized it was a Ferris wheel, not a rocket. So I felt really embarrassed. And it kind of became the joke of the night. And my sister said 'Rocket’s a cool name.' And I was like yes it is!" And that's how baby Rocket was born! Pretty darn cute, eh? Lights says she is loving motherhood. Not to be cheesy, but she lit up when she talked about her little girl. "It’s really rewarding and really levels me when things get stressful," she says. Currently, Lights is on tour with her new album
Little Machines and Rocket is right there with her. She said Rocket hasn't inspired any new songs. But she was in her mom's belly while she recorded
Little Machines. "I wrote all the songs for the record before she was born," Lights says "So right now she’s inspiring all kinds of other things." We can't wait to see what Rocket inspires Lights to do next.
Photography by Aimee Nishitoba
Summer grilling doesn't just brings out the best get-togethers, but also the best in barbecued steaks. Don't throw your t-bones and sirloins into the grill just yet. Our easy-to-follow recipes for marinades for steak will give your meat a hearty flavour-boost that'll please all meat-lovers in your family.
The best way to add some flavour to your steaks is by whipping together some great marinades for steak and letting the meat soak up the amazing flavours. If you love exotic spices, try bathing your steak in a Five-Spice Marinade, which is flavour-packed with Chinese five-spice powder. Or, mix together cumin, paprika, garlic and lemon juice for a hot and zesty Moroccan Marinade.
Want something simple and classic? A quick Salt and Pepper Steak Rub is a perfect addition to any barbecue.
You can also try brushing your steaks on the grill with some Sweet Smoky Tomato Basting Sauce, a delicious mix of tomatoes, apple cider and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.
Now get out and get grilling with some of these delicious marinades for steak.
10 tasty marinades for steak:
1.Salt and Pepper Steak Rub The classic combination of black pepper and coriander seeds is delicious on thick, juicy steaks, such as T-bones, sirloins or strip loins.
2.Sweet Smoky Tomato Basting Sauce This sauce mellows out considerably when brushed over meat on the grill, but it also packs a punch of flavour when served as a side sauce at the table. For doubly delicious results, use it to baste while grilling and serve extra sauce at the table.
3.Moroccan Marinade Got a pantry of spices? Stir together a few tablespoons of cumin and paprika with cinnamon, garlic and lemon juice for a flavour-filled marinade, perfect for grilling meat and poultry.
4. Universal Spice Rub Keep this simple all-purpose rub on hand for a last-minute flavour boost. You can rub it onto steak, ribs, brisket, chicken, fish or seafood before putting them on the barbecue.
5. Chili Orange Marinadeâ€¨ Love the taste of orange? Try whipping together orange juice, orange rind, tomato paste and chili powder for a flavour-packed marinade, perfect for grilling steaks or chicken.
6. Lemon Pepper Marinadeâ€¨ This zesty mix of lemon rind, lemon juice, garlic and peppercorns makes a delicious marinade for grilling steak and chicken.
7. Five-Spice Marinade Want add a punch of flavour to your steak? Bathe your steaks with a marinade of Chinese five-spice powder, gingerroot, onion, cayenne pepper, soy sauce and orange juice.
8. Cajun Spice Mix Add some spice to your steaks. Mix together some brown sugar, paprika, cumin, dry mustard and hot pepper flakes and lather it onto your sirloins, kabobs and T-bones. 9. Mediterranean Spice Mix If you're interested in adding a milder flavour to your steak, whip together some rosemary, cumin, oregano and cinnamon for a sweet and delicate flavour.
10. Adobo Marinade Love jalapenos? Soak your steaks with this spicy marinade, made of garlic, lime juice, cumin, oregano and a hot jalapeno pepper.
I had the pleasure of celebrating National
Iced Tea day at
David's Tea on Tuesday night. I enjoyed tea cocktails and doughnuts while chatting with Kim Wiseman, head of store operations at David's Tea. As a lover of
loose leaf tea, I had to ask her about the art of steeping the perfect cup of tea. Kim immediately pulled me over to the shelves to show me the secret to making a delicious cup of tea: a good steeper. Which makes sense, you can't steep a good cup of tea without the right tools. Here are the steepers Kim recommends. Kim swears by the
David's Tea mug, pictured above, which comes with an infuser. The great thing about this mug is the lid doubles as a coaster, so you can put your infuser on it. This is perfect for re-steeping your tea. And yes, there is nothing wrong with reusing your loose leaf to make another cup of tea! The second way to steep your tea is with a
tea filter. If you're new to loose leaf, this is a great option because it's just like a bag of tea. I personally love using the tea filters at work. I fill up all the bags with tea and then bring them to work. It's less bulky then bringing the whole infuser and you don't have to worry about cleaning the infuser after.
The final steeper Kim recommends is the
teapot steeper, perfect for making tea for a big group of people. I think this teapot is magic because you let the tea steep and then you sit the steeper on your mug and it magically pours out! This steeper is also great for
making iced tea, you just pour your tea over some ice. The
perfect summer drink!
Which tea steeping method do you use?Photos courtesy of David's Tea