There's nothing boring about the unique sunglasses that have flooded the market this summer. Whether you're on the hunt for round, cat's eye, colourful or oversized, we've got you—and your peepers—covered.
1. Feline flicks
If you’re looking to add a wee bit of je n'e sais quoi to your ensemble, try topping it off with a pair of cat-eye sunglasses. The shape gives your look instant old-Hollywood cred.
A sleek pair of metallic aviators are a timeless frame with instant cool factor. The sporty frames are flattering on most face shapes, and it’s a style you shouldn’t be afraid to invest in because it will never fall out of favour.
Try the trend a little: Aviator-style sunglasses, $15, hm.com. Try the trend a lot: ISABEL MARANT + Oliver Peoples Matt aviator-style gold-tone sunglasses, $146, theoutnet.com.
3. Go bold or go home
We advise people with small, round faces with delicate features to skip the oversized frame trend; however, oval, square and heart-shaped faces can flawlessly pull off these stylish statement makers. A black frame can look amazing on some people, but overwhelming on others. For a less intense effect, try a hefty frame in a pastel, grey or tortoiseshell.
Round sunnies are having a victory lap [because they were cool in the past? If so,when?] and they continue to be the au courant shades of the season. The trick to finding a flattering frame is to choose one that contrasts with your face shape—if you have a round face shape, you should probably pass on round frames.
Try the trend a little: Ray-Ban metal frames, $210, sunglasshut.com. Try the trend a lot: Love rounded sunglasses, $79, clearly.ca.
5. Sporty spice
Make a nod to the athletic trend with a sleek pair of coloured frames with mirrored lenses.
Dainty and flavourful, everyone loves to indulge in tiny bites of traditional tea sandwiches. Though they appear finicky to make, these tea sandwiches are easy to assemble and entirely make-ahead.
Pinwheel Sandwiches Trim crusts from 5 slices white or whole wheat sandwich loaf, cut Pullman-style. (Ask bakery to cut sandwich loaf horizontally, or Pullman style.) Using rolling pin, flatten slices slightly. Spread with 1/3 cup (75 mL) butter, softened; spread with filling.
Place 1 asparagus spear (or 2 baby gherkins) along 1 short end of each. Starting at asparagus, roll up tightly without squeezing. Wrap each roll tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour. With serrated knife, trim ends; cut each roll into 6 slices.
Makes 30 pieces. Pinwheel Sandwich recipe: Curried Egg Salad Triangle Sandwiches Spread 16 thin slices whole wheat or white sandwich bread with 1/3 cup (75 mL) butter, softened; spread filling evenly over 8 of the slices. Top with remaining slices, pressing lightly. Place on rimmed baking sheet and cover with damp tea towel; cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Trim off crusts. Cut each sandwich into 4 pieces.
Makes 32 pieces. Triangle Sandwich recipe: Ham Pickle Spread Square Sandwiches Make sandwiches as in Triangle Sandwiches above except use 8 thin slices white and 8 thin slices whole wheat sandwich bread. Cut each sandwich into quarters.
Makes 32 pieces.Square Sandwich recipe: Pimiento Cheese Spread Finger Sandwiches Make sandwiches as in Triangle Sandwiches above. Cut each sandwich lengthwise into 4 fingers.
Makes 32 pieces. Finger Sandwich recipe: Tuna Olive Salad
Choose the best-quality bread. Never serve end slices. Freezing bread before cutting and then spreading makes for easier handling.
Bread should be lightly buttered no matter what the filling. Butter should be at room temperature before spreading. Sandwiches will not become limp and soggy as readily if you spread butter right to edge of bread.
Cut crusts off bread with long, sharp knife after (not before) assembling sandwiches. This keeps everything neater.
Since tea sandwiches should be delicate, cut each sandwich into thirds or quarters or in half diagonally. Or use cookie cutters to cut into decorative shapes.
Warm up in style this winter with this super soft—and luxurious—alpaca yarn wrap.
Cuddle up with the Banff Wrap – an extra soft wrap knit in a luxurious alpaca yarn. The wrap is knit with two strands of Eco Alpaca DK yarn held together, and the ombre effect is created simply by alternating the colours of the strands – a lot simpler than it sounds! The large finished wrap is the perfect size to keep you warm from indoors to outdoors, fall to winter.
The Banff Wrap is knit in three sections – each one with a different colour combination. When you run out of yarn for one colour combination, you switch to the next. The instructions clearly explain how to switch between colour sections, so you can smoothly transition and avoid mistakes. If you desire a smaller or larger wrap, simply subtract or add stitches when you cast on, but it is important to remember that your cast on must remain an odd number.
Materials: - 7 Skeins of Americo Eco Alpaca DK (100% Superfine Alpaca) 100g / 262 yards (240 m) - 7 mm (US10.75) 24-inch (60 cm) circular needles - Yarn needle
Contrast Colour AA Eco Alpaca DK in a dark colour 3 Skeins
Contrast Colour AB Eco Alpaca DK, one strand of colour A and one of B
Contrast Colour BB Eco Alpaca DK in a light colour 4 Skeins
Note about the yarn:Eco Alpaca DK is available through Americo Original online and at select yarn stores. You can substitute for other DK weight yarns in your stash. Remember that you will need 3 skeins of one colour, and 4 skeins of a second colour.
Measurements: One Size – 67 inches (170 cm) in length and 23.5 inches (60 cm) in width
Gauge: 13 stitches and 17 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in garter stitch using 7 mm (US10.75) size needles or size needed to achieve gauge
K, k: knit
P, p: purl
CC: contrast colour
This pattern is knit using 2 strands of yarn at the same time.
Section 1: Colour AA
Using 2 strands of colour A held together, cast on 79 stitches
Purl 2 rows
Begin Seed Stitch Pattern:
R1: K2 *(p1, k1), repeat from * to last 3 stitches, p1, k2
Repeat row 1 until you have used up 2 full skeins of colour A.
*Note: As new colours are added, make sure that they are joined on the same side of the work in order for the stitches to look consistent on both sides.
Section 2: Colour AB
Add colour B to the 3rd skein of colour A and with 2 strands held together continue knitting until you have used up colour AB.
Section 3: Colour BB
Using two strands of colour B held together continue knitting in seed stitch pattern until you have enough yarn to complete the following:
Repeat row 1 once more
Knit 2 rows.
Cast off and weave in ends…and enjoy your beautiful new wrap!
Americo Original is a Canadian yarn company and online knitting shop that features a high-end selection of yarns, textiles, custom knitwear patterns and accessories. Only natural fibers, produced especially for us in the Andean highlands of South America are offered, including luxurious wools, llama, alpaca, organic and premium cottons, linen, silk and cashmere. Americo's one-of-a kind runway pieces and classic styles for the hand knitter are created in our design lab. Americo is based in Toronto, Canada and ships internationally from their online store: americo.ca/shop.
Fit seniors have a 'fitness age' of up to 25 years lower than their real age.
If you’re looking for a little motivation for your next marathon—or, hey, even your next trip to the gym—consider the age-defying athletes of the recent National Senior Games in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Games’ participants, who have to be at least 50 years old to qualify, have a "fitness age" of up to 25 years younger than their real age, according to research being done at the University of Maryland.
Pamela Peeke, an assistant professor of medicine at the university and a board member of the foundation that runs the National Senior Games, has surveyed 10,000 amateur athletes who qualified for the event.
The athletes compete in a wide range of sports, including triathlon, track and field, distance running, swimming, golf, and even that cruise ship staple, shuffleboard. The fitness calculator Peeke approached Ulrik Wisloff, who made news in 2014 as the Norwegian researcher and creator of an online fitness age calculator, as reported in the The New York Times. The calculator was designed to approximate a person’s cardiovascular fitness and relative fitness age based on age, sex, heart rate while resting and after exercise, waist size and current exercise regimen.
Peeke and Wisloff created a special site and asked the athletes to enter their data into the calculator and allow them to collect the results. The athletes’ average chronological age was 68 and their average fitness age was 43, according to The Times.
Because of the wide range of sporting events—athletes competing in triathlons and shuffleboard are likely at different fitness levels—Peeke and Wisloff will be analyzing the data further, to see if those who play more vigourous sports enjoy more age-defying benefits. They said they expect to have a paper ready to be published in a scientific journal soon.
For Peeke, 61, this research is also personal. As a runner herself, she sought out Wisloff after taking the test and learning that her fitness age is 36, according to The Times. Her devotion to the cause is also splashed on her Facebook page, where she urges readers to "assume the vertical" and get moving.
When it comes to women and our money, most of the surveys and reports we’ve read sum up our financial situation like this: we simply aren’t on a level playing field with men. It turns out women aren’t, for example, as confident in managing financial services, we’re often reluctant to talk about cash (it’s still considered taboo) and, no surprise here, we generally don’t earn as much as our male counterparts.
All of this got us thinking—is the relationship between Canadian women and our money as dire as it seems? To find out, we've created a survey that goes deep into the minds (and pocketbooks) of women across the country specifically to find out how you feel about all-things financial. Who pays the bills in your household? Have you ever asked for a raise at work? Do you know how much is currently in your savings account?
Take our survey and find out the results in an upcoming issue. Plus, one reader will win a $250 Visa gift card just for participating.