3 new romantic fragrances perfect for Valentine's day post went live on Monday, I've had a ton of feedback from friends, family and co-workers. Particularly about the purse spray from Chloé. People just love Love by Chloé! They also seem to be fascinated by the small golden bottle (which mimics the original), it's sorta flask like, no? Which in my personal opinion only adds to it's appeal.
Since people are going crazy over it, and we happen to have an extra one sitting in our beauty closet, let's do a giveaway! For your chance to win this stunning petite perfume answer us this: Have you ever been influenced to buy a fragrance because of the design. I have... several times. The latest juice was Prada Candy. The scent doesn't do wonders for me, but the bottle is divine!
Contest closes Feb. 14, 2012, at 12 p.m. (EST). You can enter once only. You’re eligible only if you live in Canada and are of the age of majority in the province/territory you live in. Not open to any TC Media employees or the people they live with.CONTEST CLOSED. Thanks to all who entered, but the winning comment (picked at random) was Mel! Congratulations. Love, Chloé Purse Spray, 10 mL, $82 is available at
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Forget youth. With age comes wisdom—and some great style and beauty sense. Just ask these brands.
We know that in the fashion and beauty world (and notably in Hollywood as well) it's difficult for women over a certain age to continue to work. Which is why we're always excited to see a fashion or beauty campaign featuring women who aren't twenty anymore—and who aren't apologetic about it.
J.Crew presents a diverse fall/winter 2017 collection
For its fall/winter 2017 presentation, J. Crew enlisted the help of friends and family to show the latest designs. This meant that the collection (which was a fashion mash-up—think tulle paired with tartan and rugby shirts with satin skirts), was worn by women and men of different ethnicities and ages. One of our favourite looks was a simple white top, bold pants and a white-haired beauty who did them both justice. Bravo J.Crew.
J.Crew fall/winter 2017 presentation
Bette Midler and Sandra Bernhard in Marc Jacobs
When it comes to the women in his fashion campaigns, Marc Jacobs sure knows how to pick 'em. While you might see young things like Kiernan Shipka, or seasoned models like Noami Campbell, Jacobs' ads are always most interesting when they feature women you don't normally think of in relation to his brand. Take the spring/summer 2016 fashion campaign. Both Bette Midler and Sandra Bernhard make appearances—and outshine their younger counterparts.
Julia Roberts for Givenchy
In 2015, Julia Roberts (who is now 49) became the face of Givenchy beauty, in a stark departure from her America's Sweetheart persona. She posed in a boxy menswear-inspired outfit with minimal makeup, undone hair and without a trace of her trademark smile.
Jo Malone London's The Herb Garden Collection
When images for Jo Malone's Spring 2016 collection of perfumes, The Herb Garden, came across my desk I was reminded of how refreshing it is to see women with grey hair and laugh lines in fashion and beauty campaigns. Of course, this is hardly the first more mature woman to be the face of a major brand.
Jo Malone London
Winona Ryder for Marc Jacobs Beauty
Okay, so at 44 actress Winona Ryder isn't exactly what you would call old. But after years of playing the ingenue in her 20's, followed by a bit of a career drought, Ryder is back in a big way with several film roles in the pipeline and also, as the face of Marc Jacobs Beauty. Though we've yet to see the whole campaign, this snapshot shows Ryder with sleek cat eye makeup, penciled brows and a soft pink lip—a beauty look inspired by Delphine Seyrig in the 1961 film Last Year at Marienbad.
Tilda Swinton for NARS
Everyone's favourite other-worldly beauty, Tilda Swinton was the face of NARS beauty in spring 2015. The 55-year-old actress and mother of two showed off her stunning visage against a simple black backdrop, the makeup playing second fiddle to her alabaster skin.
Linda Rodin for J. Crew
Linda Rodin is no stranger to the camera—she spent many years as a model and then took her turn behind the scenes as a stylist. Now, at 67, Rodin is preoccupied with her skincare line, Rodin Olio Lusso. Known for her incredible style (and her poodle Winks) you can still see her in front of the camera—she models for Coach, Karen Walker and J. Crew (pictured).
Charlotte Rampling for NARS
English actress Charlotte Rampling has a career spanning over 50 years and has appeared in English, French and Italian cinema. At 69, Rampling's most recent roles include a stint on TV series Dexter, and the film 45 Years. In spring 2014, beauty brand NARS tapped her to be the face of its 20th Anniversary Audacious Lipstick Collection.
Joni Mitchell for Saint Laurent
We might be more familiar with Canadian songstress Joni Mitchell's many musical hits, but the 72 year old also became the face of Paris fashion house Saint Laurent earlier this year. Shot at her home in California, Mitchell sports looks in keeping with her folk roots—a peasant blouse, wide-brim hat and of course her guitar complete the spread.
Joan Didion for Celine
At 81, Joan Didion's status as a literary icon remains entrenched. (Her oft-shared "Packing List", and classic Slouching Towards Bethlehem continue to inspire women everywhere.) Now the writer can add model to her impressive resume. At the beginning of 2015, Didion starred in a fashion campaign for Celine—wearing a simple black shirt, oversized black sunglasses and a gold pendant. As a woman who started her career in fashion (writing for American Vogue) it makes sense to see her as the face of Celine—still effortlessly cool and collected.
Iris Apfel for Kate Spade
Iris Apfel is 94 years old and something of a superstar in the fashion world. Selections from her wardrobe has even been featured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The documentary about her life and style, aptly titled Iris, gives us a glimpse of the former business woman and interior designer's personal style. Luckily for her, brands like Kate Spade (pictured) and Alexis Bittar have taken note and have featured Apfel in their campaigns.
Our editors share the items they are coveting this February—and they're all under $100.
As much as we love shopping, what we love even more is a good deal. Which is why we asked our style editors to share the items that they'll be shopping for this month. The good news? Everything is under $100, which means you don't have to feel guilty about picking a few things up yourself.
As I think about spring, I always begin to think about what sneakers I’m going to pick up. Spring is sneaker season, at least if you ask me. This year, I’m going back to basics with a classic pair of Vans. Bonus—they’ve been spotted on bloggers, models and off-duty actors, so you know this style is making a comeback. At the very affordable $80 price point, this will be money well-spent seeing as how I'll be living in them for the season. - Alexandra Donaldson, contributing editor
Graphic pants are everything at the moment. Dress them down with sneakers, add heels for a more professional look, pair it with a form-fitting top to keep it sleek. They'll go with everything. - Noelle Gauthier, style intern
Uniqlo women smart style ankle length pants, $40, uniqlo.com.
Easy to apply eyeshadow
If I’m wearing makeup beyond my under-eye concealer and mascara, it needs to be efficient. Which is why I have my eye on this Nudestix eye crayon. The metallic hue will add a bit of pizzazz to my makeup look, without too much extra effort.
Nudestix Magnetic Eye Colour in Twilight, $28, sephora.com.
How come boyfriend jeans always seem amazing in theory, but never translate into the model-off-duty look when worn? These "girlfriend" jeans have a tailored fit making them far more wearable.
Animal motifs have been hot on the runway—but if you can’t afford to spring for Gucci (and really, who can?) you can pick up this panther cropped sweatshirt from Forever 21. At $25 it’s a steal—and super cute to boot.
A few years ago I never could have imagined loving the kitten heel like I do now—but these days everything is old new again. The low-heel allows me to survive in them all day, so I'm thinking they'll be sticking around for awhile.
Say what you want about the Kardashians, but they have the perfectly tousled California-girl waves I'm after. Enter this new haircare line by their trusted hairstylist, Jen Atkin. I'm eyeing this texturizing spray to recreate their manes.
We asked some of Canada's top celebrity designers to spill the beans on their best-kept design secrets—and did they ever! Read on for expert advice on everything from space planning and choosing paint colours to styling shelves and how to create a foolproof gallery wall.
The inside scoop on space planning
How much space do you need around your dining room table? Can you really make a room feel larger? Our experts weigh in.
Tip 1: Sofas should be two-thirds the length of the longest wall, and seating is placed close enough around so no person is more than eight feet from another to allow for easy conversation. — Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander
Photography by Arnal Photography
Tip 2: One easy rule to figure out what size dining table you need: allow for a minimum of 30 inches walking clearance on all sides. — Karl Lohnes
Tip 3: Space planning is critical. For a kitchen island, for example, leave three feet of space between the island and surrounding counters. Ensure that appliances (like the fridge or dishwasher) can open without blocking traffic flow or hitting neighbouring walls or cabinets. Not leaving enough room is a mistake people make all the time, before they call a designer in a panic to help fix it! — Lisa Canning
Photography by Arnal Photography
Tip 4: Use mirrors strategically to expand space and increase the amount of natural light reflected in the room. Framing a wall with floor-to-ceiling mirrors adds a dramatic effect to the feeling and scale of the room. — Brian Gluckstein
Photography by Arnal Photography
Tip 5: Allow for 18 inches between the sofa and the coffee table so people have enough room to pass by and to make it easy to reach for drinks or food. — Amanda Forrest
Tip 6: Want to make sure furniture fits before it arrives at your door? There are a host of free sites (like planyourroom.com) that allow you to put furniture onto a scaled floor plan. Another option? Many furniture and decor stores offer free design services, and they'll do the calculating for you. — Janette Ewen
Light it up
Follow these five rules and your lights will shine in all the right ways.
Tip 2: Install dimmer switches; they're a practical way to control light and energy consumption. — Amanda Forrest
Tip 3: The bottom of the shade of your bedside reading lamp should be at shoulder height when sitting in bed. Do the math! — Karl Lohnes
Tip 4: Choose a pendant or chandelier that's one-third the size of the table or kitchen island. Hang it approximately 30 to 36 inches above the table or island; if there are more than one, place them 12 to 18 inches apart. — Mia Parres
Tip 5: Incandescent bulbs are great for atmosphere lighting, but LED bulbs are more suited to task lighting, when you really need to see what you're working on. — Janette Ewen
The inside scoop on paint and palette
Did you know that paint selection should be one of the last decisions you make when decorating a room?
Tip 1: I'm a firm believer in mood boards. They're not just for designers! Gather together fabrics, paint samples and inspiration images for a room before starting. It will create a picture and a trajectory that you may not have thought of. — Steven Sabados
Tip 2: When you design a room, pull your palette from one inspiration fabric. Whether you use a whimsical print or a more traditional pattern, take all the colours present in that material and allow those to guide fabric selection for pillows, throws, drapery and upholstery in the room. Take that same fabric to the paint store and have a custom colour mixed that matches one of the hues exactly. — Lisa Canning
Tip 4: Fine finish Choose a fresh trim colour in a semigloss, such as Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace OC-65. It creates a subtle separation from a matte wall, and it's a much more durable finish, which comes in handy since trims are usually the most touched, bumped and scuffed parts of our homes. — Mia Parres
Tip 5: Colour pop If you buy that cool orange statement chair, give it a buddy. When you're adding a colourful piece to a space, always have at least one other subtle hit of that colour elsewhere in the room to create a cohesive feel. — Tiffany Pratt
Tip 6: Want to make a room feel taller? Paint baseboards and crown moulding the same colour as the walls. Want it to feel huge? mix one-third of the wall colour into the ceiling paint. — Karl Lohnes
The inside scoop on styling
You've bought the sofa and painted the walls. Now what? Our experts show you how to style a room like a pro.
Tip 1: Shop at stores that have liberal return policies and buy three times as much as you think you need. This gives you plenty of merchandise to play with to see what works and what does not. Mix in unique family heirlooms and vintage finds with the new pieces you purchase to create a naturally curated look. — Janette Ewen
Photography by Magdalena M
Tip 2: For a no-fail pillow combination, you need only three: one 20- by 20-inch, one 16- by 16-inch and one 12- by 16-inch. Those sizes look good together no matter how you arrange them! — Jo Alcorn
Tip 3: Beauty is in the details When styling a console, include framed art on easels or leaning against the wall; it's a great way to display smaller pieces. Create a dynamic vignette by mixing in boxes, vases and vintage pieces in differing heights and dimensions. — Brian Gluckenstein
Tip 4: Mix and match Use these common elements when styling shelves: stacks of books, gorgeous flowers and at least one accessory that has a lot of shimmer and shine. Varying heights and textures is also really important for visual interest. — Lisa Canning
The inside scoop on art
Take the mystery out of hanging art.
Tip 1: Make your own art! Buy a canvas in a size you're looking for, then grab some paint in the colours you're decorating with, and see what happens. Great masterpieces are born of happy accidents or beautiful mistakes. — Tiffany Pratt
Tip 2: When hanging art on an empty wall, the middle of the art should to be hung 66 to 72 inches off the floor. — Karl Lohnes
Tip 3: Art relates to furniture, not the ceiling: Keep art about six to eight inches above the sofa, or any piece of furniture, when hanging it. — Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander
Tip 4: For a gallery wall, use different-size frames in one single finish and select artwork with a consistent theme in colour or subject matter to keep the display cohesive. — Brian Gluckenstein
Each year, top designers and brands showcase the best in innovative and inspiring design from around the world at The Interior Design Show in Toronto. We’ve picked our top Canadian designers that you may not have heard of yet, but should.
Want an in-demand job with a healthy future? Look no further than the skilled trades in Canada. "There is an incredible amount of opportunity in the trades industry in Canada right now," says Peter Harris, editor-in-chief of Workopolis, who reports on trends and changes in the Canadian job market.
"Trades workers need not be subject to the boom-and-bust cycles of provincial economies, because trades jobs are evergreen and also come with a great deal of freedom of mobility," he says. For example, in every city across the country, homeowners are always looking for reliable, affordable work on their homes: renovation, plumbing, electrical, roofing and more, says Harris.
Positions in the skilled trades offer another bonus: These roles are far more insulated from being sent offshore and to automation, says Harris. "[These are] the two biggest threats to many career paths," he says. Furthermore, Canada faces a shortage of one million tradespeople by 2020, as many people in that field will be retiring, he says. "The average age of welders is 57, and large numbers of trades workers across the board are also into their 50s."
Defining the "best" trade is highly subjective; it depends on where you live and what you consider most valuable: lots of demand, high pay, flexibility to set your own hours or whatever you feel is vital to a good job. That said, based on the job opportunities being posted online in the skilled trades, Harris says the most sought-after employees are in these five vocations.
1. Construction workers Whether it be working on new home construction, infrastructure (like roads) or commercial enterprises, construction workers are in high demand in Canada. Construction is considered a cornerstone of Canadian industry and it represents about seven percent of the Canadian workforce, according to the Canadian Construction Association. While positions may be plentiful, construction work is often seasonal and contract-based.
2. Vehicle repair In the past year, the number of job postings for the mechanic trades has spiked 94 percent over June 2013, says Harris. As anyone who has ever owned a car knows, auto mechanics tend to be perennially busy. According to Human Resources Skills Development Canada, this job is also called automotive service technician, helpful keywords if you're searching for post-secondary education programs, which tend to use this title instead of "car mechanics."
3. Maintenance worker Although maintenance work comprises a very broad array of specialties, these jobs are in high demand across the country, says Harris. Not just hands-on repair (although it can include these skills), maintenance work encompasses operations, planning and information management skills as well. These jobs are posted under a variety of names, such as maintenance technician, maintenance mechanic, maintenance specialist and, of course, maintenance worker.
4. Electricians Electricity is vital to life as we know it in Canada. Licensed electricians lay out, assemble, install, test, troubleshoot and repair electrical wiring, fixtures, control devices and related equipment in buildings and other structures, according to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Electricians are highly sought-after in commercial, industrial and residential spheres. There are many positions open with electrical contractors, maintenance companies and industries, and there are also ample self-employment opportunities.
5. Heavy machinery operators (such as a backhoe, bulldozer) Wherever there's a freshly paved road or newly built construction, a heavy machinery operator isn't far behind. Operators work backhoes, bulldozers, graders and other heavy-duty construction vehicles. Another term that describes this trade is heavy equipment operator, which is the terminology post-secondary schools and colleges use to designate program offerings. Like construction work, these roles can be plentiful across the nation, but also tend to be seasonal.