This is an Aubrey Drake Graham appreciation post.
Everyone in Toronto has a Drake story. Here, for his 30th birthday, the Toronto-based ELLE Canada team reflects on the reasons we have all come to love and appreciate the 6ix god.
“Drake – or rather my Drake playlist – has coached me through many tough long-distance runs in the 6ix. Tracks like “Back to Back,” “Energy” and “Too Good” amp me up, and just before cool down, I wind it down with the apropos “Hold On, We’re Going Home." – Carli Whitwell, editor
"I was huddled around the red carpet at the Celebrity All-Star game in February with every major media outlet in Canada. Instead of walking the red carpet (which was filled with legit stars by the way – Michael B. Jordan, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Hart, etc.) Drake just appeared behind the media scrum, walking and talking with a Raptor. Everyone had to bolt from the carpet and run along beside him with their cameras to get the shot. Respect." - Victoria DiPlacido, associate beauty editor
"Attending the Juno awards (hosted by Drake) was a 2011 highlight. The icing on the top of the cake was his forever memorable ‘Old Money’ skit." – Danielle Campbell, designer
"I grew up listening to Drake, so I am largely influenced by his ‘chunes. The six god has taught me that: Wearing Timbs every single day from October 31st to March 30th is totally, totally acceptable; dancing like your drunk uncle can actually turn out to be a banger move at the club; never to take my sidechick to The Cheesecake Factory." – Maryjane Peters, beauty editorial assistant
"I once saw Drake at a Raptors game, wearing the hell out of an oversized cream cable knit sweater and nerdy frames. He completely redefined the grandpa aesthetic. Since then, l've always associated chunky sweaters with him (and his inherent ease and coolness). And retrospectively, I realize it was his confidence in wearing the sweater that really stayed with me." – Katherine Flemming, health and beauty editor
"Drake inspires me dance in public no matter how ridiculous I feel (and may look)." – Juliana Schiavinatto, fashion director
The Coveteur: Private Spaces, Personal Style Source: The Coveteur/Jake Rosenberg
Stephanie Mark has made a name for herself as one half of the duo behind The Coveteur, a website that documents the closets of some of fashion’s biggest names. Alongside co-founder Jake Rosenberg, Mark has released a coffee table book called The Coveteur: Private Spaces, Personal Style featuring 43 exclusive profiles of designers, trendsetters, and icons (hello, Hugh Hefner!) We caught up with Mark to talk about OTT collections, starstruck moments, and being “adopted” by Bobbi Brown.
“Christian Louboutin was really special. He’s so kind, and he’s only asked five or six press outlets in his house throughout his career. Being in his space, hearing him tell the story of how we got started—he’s an icon in fashion but he’s an icon to everyone. To have that one on one time with him was so special. I was really nervous, and I don’t get nervous that much!”
The Coveteur/Jake Rosenber
“Suzanne Rogers is a collector in the truest form, she really champions designers she works with and buys from. She gets to know the designers and supports them. Shooting her closet took a long time, we walked in and were like ‘We’re gonna need more people at this shoot. We need to call for back-up reinforcements!’”
“For Cindy Crawford, we were nervous and excited, it was an ‘oh my god pinch me’ moment. Just because of the impact she’s had on the industry. Her house is so stunning in Malibu, right by the water. It was jaw-dropping. She is so lovely, and laid-back, and talked about her cottage in Muskoka.”
The Coveteur/Jake Rosenberg
“We are in people’s houses, so it’s not uncommon for people to feed us, we lie in people’s beds. Bobbi Brown, she literally adopted us. She sent us home with food—we were staying at an AirBNB and she was like ‘There’s no food there!’ Jake went to her house for the Jewish holidays.”
It's often overlooked that Victoria Beckham, though assumedly the poshest of the Spices, is delightfully funny. After her Spring/Summer 2017 show at NYFW, she presented her debut makeup collection with Estée Lauder, and interrupted herself to question whether she could say her go-to makeup was sexy. "I'm not saying that I'm sexy," she laughed.
"I’m not a model. I am a woman who has four children," Beckham told us. "I’m a working mom and I am hoping that women all around the world can really relate to me."
"I’ve worn makeup for as long as I can remember," she continued. "I remember going to school when I was really really young, and my mom getting her lipstick and literally putting it on my cheeks and saying, 'You look a bit peaky.' I don’t think I ever go out without makeup on, I like to celebrate being a woman. It is definitely a huge part of who I am, and who my customer is as well."
See some of the standout products in the limited-edition Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder Makeup Collection and Beckham's thoughts on them, below:
Eye Ink in Bitter Clove ($55), now available at select Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom locations across Canada.
Eye Ink in Charred Emerald ($55), available at select Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom locations across Canada.
Eye Ink in Black Myrrh ($55), available at select Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom locations across Canada.
Eye Kajal Duo in Black Saffron/Vanille ($36), available at select Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom locations across Canada.
"I’m super excited about this Morning Aura," says Beckham. "I said to Sarah [Creal, global partnership initiatives at Estée] when we started to work together, 'Though I know this is a makeup collection and not skincare at this stage, when I get on a flight from London, sit on the plane for 11 hours, then I get off and I am photographed, I want something that is moisturizing, something that will act as a primer, close the pores, lift and give me that beautiful, youthful glow.' I mean who doesn't want that youthful glow? Especially when you’ve been sitting on a flight for so long. They helped me [create] that – because that was asking a lot! – and actually we did it with Morning Aura. This is something that I use underneath and on top of makeup. I’ll put it on my collar bone, on my legs, it's so yummy."
Morning Aura Illuminating Creme ($115), available at select Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom locations across Canada.
The Paris City Look includes: Eye Foil in Burnt Anise, Eye Kajal Duo in Black Saffron/Vanille, Eye Metals Eyeshadow in Charred Emerald and Lipstick in Chilean Sunset. Available at select Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom locations across Canada.
"When I travel around the world, I am staying in hotels where the lighting is horrible," says Beckham. "You can never get a decent mirror in the right lighting. So I said, 'Wouldn't it be great if we could create a mirror that had proper makeup lighting around it, and you could travel with that thing, whatever it is?' Sarah [Creal, global partnership initiatives at Estée] and Richard [Ferretti, global creative director for Estée] came to me, very excited with a light box that comes with a collection of makeup. You can actually take out [the mirror]. It's battery operated, it's really light, you can throw it in your suitcase and you have proper makeup lighting."
Victoria Beckham Collection Daylight Edition ($1,465) includes: Highlighter in Modern Mercury, Eye Metals Eyeshadow in Charred Emerald, Eye Foils in Burnt Anise and Blonde Gold, Eye Kajal Duo in Black Saffron/Vanille and Lip Pencil in Victoria. Available exclusively at Holt Renfrew.
Kylie Jenner demonstrates her skincare routine on Snapchat. Source: Instagram.com/kylizzlesnapchats
Don't have time to commit to a 10-step routine? Just do this.
It would be nice if we could just eat and drink our way to perfect skin: a bite of salmon here, a glass or two or water there. “Unfortunately when you ingest things orally, they don’t necessarily go to the skin to give benefits,” says Dr. Kucy Pon, a Toronto-based dermatologist. “With regard to collagen-based drinks or food, there is not a lot of data in the medical literature to know whether there are true benefits to the skin.” Takeaway: Apply a topical product in addition to any supplements you might be taking.
If you do just one thing in your…
Exfoliate. “A healthy rate of skin-cell renewal is one of the key components of radiant and even-toned skin,” says New York dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross, who recommends the daily use of alpha- or beta-hydroxy acids.
"Scientific research shows that collagen and elastin production starts to decline in quantity and quality when we reach the age of 30,” he explains. A retinoid will stimulate new cell production and “inhibit the body’s natural enzymes that break down collagen.”
Add peptides into your routine. "They stimulate collagen in a very unique way,” says Gross. “The more receptors you put to work, the more firming you’ll see. If your concern is wrinkles or laxity, then it’s an important ingredient to look for in your products.” (See here for more info on why they are key.)
Skin is drier now than ever before. Use an oil, like Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules ($135 for 60), to hydrate and prevent water loss.