A cottage-inspired runway look from Michael Kors’s Spring/Summer 2012 show.
Story by Chloé Berge
Nothing is more relaxing than a weekend at your cottage or cabin, but some of us tend to be a bit too relaxed (read: sloppy) when we hit the dock. Go from disheveled to dynamite with these expert fashion tips from Nicole Manek, a Toronto stylist with Judy Inc.
Expert fashion tip: GIVE YOUR FLIP-FLOPS A REST
In lieu of ultra casual rubber flip-flops, try a metallic sandal and add a little bling to your natural surroundings, says Manek. Choose a metallic that suits your skin tone – rose gold is universally flattering – and wear them with a crisp white sundress.
Expert fashion tip: THINK OUTSIDE THE TANK TOP BOX
Instead of pairing your cut-offs with a tank top, try a fitted or short caftan. Manek suggests choosing one that’s lightweight and fitted enough to show your shape but still comfortable. Stay away from sheer fabrics so that it can do double duty as a dress and beach cover-up.
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The view from the yoga pavilion. Image courtesy of Justin Harrington.
Yoga classes, included in package at the COMO Shambhala Estate, Ubud, Bali
Where: The COMO Shambhala Estate, Ubud, Gianyar 80571, Bali, Indonesia
The vibe: Believe what people tell you – Bali is a magical place. The beaches, the jungles, the people, the food – all of it truly is a good as everyone says. You just need to get there to experience it yourself. At the COMO Shambhala Estate you’ll be tucked away on a mountaintop in the jungle – not a beach in sight, but you won’t mind. This sanctuary is hidden to offer the most peaceful and Zen experience you can have while you reconnect through yoga, wellness and the spa. Stay in one of the suites, or if you want to get really swanky do as the celebs and the elite usually do and book one of the exclusive huts. The only sounds you’ll hear are of the grounds people sweeping up leaves off the grass, crickets, frogs, rain and soft chants at prayer time. If you’re looking to relax, detox and not gain 20 pounds while on vacation, this is the spot for you.
What: Yoga in the jungle? Yes, please!
I’ve already digressed on another reason why Bali is a magical place (read about my best-ever massage here), but I do have one more to add (and to also convince myself that I must go back). On my third day in Ubud I was already walking around the acres of the COMO Shambhala Estate like I had found my true inner Zen. Nothing could faze me. A snake appeared outside my hut the night before – my reaction was calm. That mini 6.2 magnitude earthquake that shook my entire hut in the middle of the night? I barely flinched (ok, I did, but went soundly back to sleep after a call to the front desk assured me it was “just a little one”). Yes, I was in a place of inner peace and more than ready for my early morning yoga session in an open-air pavilion overlooking the scenic jungle.
Dean and Dan Caten, designers of DSquared2. Image courtesy of DSquared2.
There are few things more exciting – or, ahem, Canadian – than gathering around a television to watch our national men’s hockey team earn the gold medal during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. And it’s funny how these iconic moments of collectively rallying around hometown sporting heroes – not to mention the uniforms the athletes wore while underneath the international spotlight – tend to live on with us, almost more so than the final medal tally (almost). We’ve asked a few of our favourite Canadian designers – both expats and local – to share their favourite Olympic memories with us. Here are the moments that win gold in their minds and what they’re looking forward to most for the coming Summer Olympic games in London.
Dean and Dan Caten, designers of DSquared2
Gold medal fashion moment: “When we dressed the talents for the opening and closing ceremonies for Winter 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. And then Whitney Houston’s performance of ‘One Moment in Time’ at the Summer 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.”
Fave Olympic spectator sport: “Naturally, swimming and diving…for the hot hunks in trunks!”
Read on for more fashionable Olympic moments from some of your fave Canadian designers!