Fall Must- Have : A Leather Tote

While there are bags that will go in and out of style, totes are a staple that will be always in. Spacious and accommodating, a quality leather tote will do everything from stash your essentials while traveling, to carrying your laptop and notebook to meetings or classes. Plus, they look great worn in too!

Urban Outfitters: BDG Knot Strap East/West Tote Bag in Blue $150 $49.99
J.Crew Downing Tote in english saddle $168
Yves Saint Laurent: Large East- West Leather Shopper in Bordeaux $950

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Charlotte Tilbury

We’re falling for Charlotte this season and we know you will to.
The always innovative Charlotte Tilbury, is breaking new ground with the matte lipstick of the feature – Matte Revolution.
Her 10 new matte shades will launch this September on www.charlottetilbury.com and Holt Renfrew.

Why It Works… 
  • Lipstick Tree & Orchid extract soften, protect and hydrate lips for younger-looking, healthy lips
  • 3D glowing pigments create the illusion of “full-beam,” lit-from-within lips that optically appear wider and fuller
  • Triglycerides mixed with a perfect blend of oils and waxes glides long-lasting colour onto the lips, making it simple to create an even application and easy to manage the colour, building it from a stain to a full colour block.
  • The square, angled tip mimics the shape of a lip brush, making it as easy as possible to achieve precise application and a defined shape
  • Paraben-free
Our must have going from summer into fall is Bond Girl: A chic natural berry for sultry and alluring beauties from Halle Berry, Barbara Bach and Olga Kurylenko 
Price: $38  
Recommended Application: 
  • Resize and reshape the lips with Lip Cheat, available in 5 universally flattering shades. Fill in the lips for added intensity. 
  • Apply Matte Revolution for fuller, wider, lit-from-within lips.  
  • Target The Retoucher around the pout and on the Cupid’s bow to frame and highlight the lips, for a more intense illusion of fullness. 
Available via www.charlottetilbury.com and your local Holt Renfrew


Juice Your Way To Health with Marni Wasserman

Step into Marni Wasserman's Studio and you already know you're in for a treat. This summer, Certified Natural Chef, Culinary (Holistic) Nutritionist CNP, Health Strategist, and Author and Owner of Toronto's first plant-based cooking studio, Marni Wasserman created the 'Savour the Summer' cooking class series, a four- week event consisting of four different cooking classes that will result in keeping you happy and healthy! (These classes have already taken place, but are still opportunities to attend her other classes. We highly recommend that you do!). For this series, each class covered different topics, and we attended her Juices and Smoothies Class on July 13th.

As Toronto experienced its first heat wave mid- July and will continue to be hot for some time, we'll all need something to cool us off and keep our energy up. Fresh juices and smoothies are the perfect beverage to keep you hydrated and a way for you to get your fruits and veggies in liquid form!

Throughout the class, Marni was extremely personable and knowledgeable, providing us with information, tips, and great recipes to try. We had the chance to sample delicious and nutritious beverages that contained fruits, vegetables, superfoods (goji berries, cacao nibs, carob powder, maca...), and other goodies. 
We learned so many new things (have you heard about hemp milk? a great non-dairy alternative that is extremely easy to make) and we left inspired to try all of these at home and juice for rest of the summer and the year to come. 

Marni is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about what she does and you leave the class being more informed about healthy eating. It's great that her classes are small so that there is a more personable feel to the class. Marni has the class where questions are welcome and you get to sample the delicious and healthy foods. We highly recommend visiting her studio as well as taking one of her classes!


Play Matchmaker with your Makeup

"Pair Up Shades from Lips to Tips with Gerard Cosmetics and FABY USA

Long lasting nail lacquers from FABY USA and lustrous lip colors from Gerard Cosmetics pair off to keep your beauty game going strong.

With a full line of luxurious, richly pigmented polishes, FABY USA is every nail-lover’s dream. Chip-resistant, quick-drying and long lasting formulas made from the finest ingredients are all big 5 free, making for a safe and easy at-home mani. The aptly named Classics collection is the original and most inclusive comprised of 150 colors to choose from so that finding your perfect match is guaranteed.

Founded by Jennifer Gerard, Gerard Cosmetics offers every woman products that are the solution to every day makeup blunders. Created with quality over quantity in mind, this collection of 8 luxurious lipsticks feature the highest quality formulas in a variety of shades that range from glam, to 90’s punk rock-inspired, to the perfect complement to your cat eye."

Faby USA and Gerard have some fantastic hues for the fall!
Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Cherry Cordial
FABY in Shall We Dance in the Dark?
Lips that range from deep cherry to aubergine are red carpet favs, and the best news is you can do it too. It's extremely wearable, and wine stained hues look great on all skin tones. Just don't over do it and don't have too dark of a shade for your skin tone (experiment with how much product you use and what works for you!) Whatever skin tone and age, you can pull it off. 
FABY in Naturally
Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Nude
Nude lips are the beauty statement today. The "no make up look" has been around for quite some time, and we have a feeling it's here to stay. Nude has officially transcended from a trend into a staple classic. Nude hues are flattering for everyone!
FABY in Hollywood Party
 Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Fairy Godmother
This girly pink hue was a huge hit Spring 2015, and can still be worn throughout the fall. Pairing a pink lip with minimal make-up everywhere else will make your look more styled. They're a fun trend to try all year round. For the summer, they're fun and for the fall & winter, they'll be sure to brighten up your look!

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Whitening Lightening: Jewel

Even if you can’t justify splurging on that jewel encrusted necklace you’ve been lusting after, you can still rock jewel tones in a way that feels just as luxurious. The Lipsticks and Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses by Gerard Cosmetics offer gemstone colored shades that add that extra punch of elegance to your look.

Whether you’re looking to make your lips the focal point or accent piece to your look, there’s a shade for every occasion. Ranging from poppy reds and oranges to burgundy and violet hues, you’ll look timeless as summer transitions to fall. Formulated with high-quality ingredients, such as collagen peptides to increase lip volume and reduce lip wrinkles, the lipsticks and lipglosses work overtime to plump your pout and moisturize without smudging.
We love Whitening Lightening's Lighted Lip Glosses. There are always new shades out with colors ranging from nudes to fierce plums. We're sure many of you have heard about these Lighted Lip Glosses! If not, what sets these glosses apart from others is their packaging. Each product comes with a mirror on the tube and a light attached to the applicator. Perfect for application at night, or anywhere you don't have good lighting. 
We love this shade for the fall. The product is very pigmented and goes on smoothly. Not too sticky, and long lasting, the product also fades evenly on lips. Jewel- a rich ruby hue with golden shine, is available via www.gerardcosmetics.com for $24. 



French company LGCF is very excited to  introduce their new and innovative flavoured wine based drink, MERLOCOLA, now available at  the LCBO.

MERLOCOLA was inspired by a real trend that started many years ago in Europe.  Mixing red wine and Coca-Cola was big in the seventies and was originally created in Spain. The mix combined table wine, coke and ice - drank on warm summer days and often by new wine drinkers.  Now known as “Calimocho” in Spain, MERLOCOLA  is also a go-to for many in other countries around the world, including across Eastern Europe where the mix is known as “Bambus” or “Motorină” in Romania, “Jote” in Chile, “Catemba” in South Africa and “Korea” in Germany.

MERLOCOLA is just that: Merlot with flavours of Cola! The taste is very close to sangria, with aromas of cherry, plum and spices such as cinnamon.  It is a non-carbonated drink, closer to a wine than to pop and is best served chilled or on ice.
Merlocola LCBO product number: 394833
Retail Price: $8.80

We love this twist on the classic red wine. The flavor is very close to sangria with aromas of cola, cherry, plum and cinnamon spices. It is rich and sweet with a body of vanilla, lemon and orange. Even though there is a cola flavor to it, it is not carbonated. Contains 7.9% alcohol.