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Plus, all of our other favourite beauty Instagrams of the week.
Céline spring 2017 RTW Image by: Imaxtree
One writer's take on the oft-misunderstood shoe that is “safe but not sensible.”
Fashion watchers say that the kitten heel is ubiquitous this spring, but is it? Since the kitten heel is neither as flat as a crepe nor as high as a flagpole, much gets dumped into its medium-sized category that isn’t kitten, or, really, even feline, at all. In fact, it’s easier to say what a kitten heel isn’t than what it is.
It is certainly not a stiletto. Neither is it square, squat, sturdy or stacked, even if it’s medium height. What makes the Dior slingback with logo strap, Prada sandal, pointy Acne Studios slingback, Loewe moccasin and Céline babushka slipper kitteny is the indentation right at the top of the heel, called the “seat.” It makes the heel look like a comma. Sometimes, it’s so bent in that it looks like a cartoon shoe that has skidded to a screeching halt. And although the heel is shaped like an hourglass, it is imperatively skinny because a fat hourglass-shaped heel is for high kicks and tap dancing. “They give your leg a pretty silhouette,” says my friend Sabine. “And if you have full calves, kitten heels make them taper away and disappear.”
Christian Dior spring 2017 RTW (Imaxtree.com)
Kittens are great in-between shoes. They are safe but not sensible, dressy but not ditzy, stylish but not slavish. Which is why they were the heel of choice for Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy (and still are for Michelle Obama).
But what do we really think about the kitten heel? It isn’t a heel that inspires heated passion. By nature a compromise shoe, the kitten emerged in the 1950s as a “training” heel for younger girls. Designed for one’s first tentative steps in what was then the high-speed foot race for husbands and high heels, kittens are cute, tasteful, elegant and demure. They are the Baby Duck that comes before champagne. They are the quinceañera of footwear.
Givenchy spring 2017 RTW (Imaxtree.com)
That said, cats have their claws and so do kittens. When the heel is spiky and the toe pointy, like last fall’s white Balenciaga bootie, it can be an interesting, aggressive shoe. Diana Rigg wore a black leather bodysuit and kitten booties as she kung-fu-chopped villains in the ’60s TV show The Avengers. Sharp kitten heels, torn fishnets, bird’s-nest pompadours and gobs of black eyeliner was how punk icons Exene Cervenka, Siouxsie Sioux and PJ Harvey rolled in the 1980s and early 1990s. These were not women of moderate taste, as the kitten heel is wont to express. This shows that it’s a shoe with plenty of wiggle room for personality and, possibly, even rebellion—a shoe exactly suited to our times.
Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day with a longterm bae or hitting the town with your girlfriends, we rounded up 27 of the prettiest beauty gifts, so you can start dropping hints now.
Cupid Bath Bomb ($5.25), at lush.ca.
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in shades Pinky Promise, Pink Tank, and Pink Up ($9.97 each), at walmart.ca.
Demeter Fragrance Library First Kiss ($20 for 30 mL), at demeterfragrance.com.
Rimmel London My Grey Collection Lasting Finish Lipstick By Rita Ora ($5.98), at walmart.ca.
From January 30th until February 15th, receive a free Maybelline New York Colour Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in the shade Siren in Scarlet when you purchase purchase of an item from the Aldo Love To Love collection. Available at participating Toronto and Montreal locations.
David's Tea Raspberry Cream Pie Tea-Infused Lip Butter ($6), at davidstea.com.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Dusty Rose ($26), at anastasiabeverlyhills.com.
Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip ($33), at sephora.com.
Beautycounter Be Mine Valentine¹s Day Duo ($47), at beautycounter.com.
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask in Champagne ($30), at sephora.com.
Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish ($47.49), at herbivorebotanicals.com.
Philosophy raspberry sorbet shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath ($23.70), at philosophy.com.
Jonathan Adler Vodka Pop Candle ($55.30), at jonathanadler.com.
Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection ($79), at sephora.com.
Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Loubilaque Lip Lacquer ($115), at holtrenfrew.com.
Dior Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet ($100 for 100mL), at dior.com.
Mermaid Shampoo & Conditioner ($60), at mermaidperfume.com.
Guerlain Météorites Happy Glow Blush ($69), at thebay.com.
Diptyque eau Rose Eau de Toilette Roll-On ($65), at holtrenfrew.com.
Wildfox Love At First Sight Eye Mask ($79.00), at wildfox.com.
Chantecaille Rose de Mai Body Oil ($95), at chantecaille.com.
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Gift Set ($132), at thebay.com.
Prada Candy Eau de Parfum Spray ($124 for 50mL), at nordstrom.com.
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer ($499.99), at thebay.com.
"I’m going to keep it pretty casual this year."
Victoria's Secret angel Taylor Hill has a low-key Valentine's Day planned this year. "I’m going to keep it pretty casual with some great NY pizza and a movie," she says.
Casual it may be, the supermodel will obviously still look fab (naturally). "I’ll probably go for a topknot," she says when asked how she will style her hair for the occasion. "It’s simple but still really cute and looks sophisticated without trying." Below, Hill tells us her beauty look and lingerie picks for V-Day, and reveals what she does to feel her sexiest before a date–even if she does just find herself at the back of a movie theatre, 'za in hand.
Are you hoping to receive anything special this year?
"I don’t really like getting material gifts from people! I would much rather receive a hand-written note or flowers."
Are you buying a gift for your BF?
"I think a nice cologne or a stylish tie."
Any tips for feeling sexy before a date?
"Pick an outfit you feel confident in and make yourself feel glam. I like to take my time getting ready so I’m not rushed or nervous. I also love listening to music beforehand, anything by Rihanna or Beyoncé puts me in such a good mood."
How are you going to do your makeup?
"I keep my look pretty simple, but will probably add a cat eye for a bit of drama. I usually like to keep my look natural and wear minimal makeup, so I can let my skin breathe a bit. I’m definitely going to wear my Tease fragrance too, because it’s so warm and sexy and makes me feel confident."
Lipstick or no lipstick on V-day?
"I say no lipstick, because touching up throughout the night can be hard."
Do you have any outfit ideas yet?
"I always feel sexy in bodysuits or teddies. Lately I think it’s really sexy and cool to wear lingerie as outerwear. I’ll wear something like the new Very Sexy Cross Back Lace Plunge Teddy tucked into black jeans with a blazer and feel really chic."
Crossback Lace Plunge Teddy ($58), at victoriassecret.com.
"I love wearing pink lingerie, because it makes me feel super flirty, without being too bold and in your face."
For the girls celebrating Galentine's Day this year–what would you suggest to wear for a night on the town with your best friends?
"Spending Valentine’s Day with your girls can be so much fun! It’s all about appreciating the people in your life and your friends are always there for you, so make sure you make them feel special too! I’ll usually wear black jeans with a crop top or t-shirt and probably a heeled bootie to dress it up a bit."
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
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