Angelina Jolie is the face of Guerlain's latest fragrance. Image by: Getty
Here's what we know so far.
Angelina Jolie has a new gig as the face of Guerlain's upcoming fragrance. The name of the perfume and details about the notes have not yet been released. Here's what we do know: According to the press release, the partnership was decided back in December 2015 while Jolie was directing a movie in Cambodia. Her first exposure to the brand was through her mother, who loved their powder. Perfumer Thierry Wasser was inspired by the actress/director to create a scent that expressed "the notes of a woman." Jolie donated the money she made from the campaign, which will launch in March, to charity.
We will update this post as we learn more.
Katherine Heigl at a party in Hollywood this summer. Image by: Getty
Proof you can keep some things secret in Hollywood if you want to.
Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley are the proud parents of a baby boy – for almost a month now! The parents, who welcomed son Joshua Bishop Kelley Jr. on Dec. 20, just confirmed the happy news to People Magazine. The Grey's Anatomy star and her musician husband also have two daughters, Adalaide, 4, and Naleigh, 8.
Heigl had previously said that the pregnancy was a surprise. (Both their daughters are adopted.) "We’ve known for awhile that we wanted to add to our family and frankly didn’t really care how we chose to do that. We were considering adoption again, fostering, or pregnancy if possible. Seeing as I have never been pregnant and as my OB/GYN reminded me last year, I’m of advanced maternal age, I wasn’t sure pregnancy was even in the cards for us. Turns out it was very much in the cards!"
The latest intel for a less annoying time of the month.
The drink: Swap coffee for water. “Coffee depletes magnesium in your body. During your period, your uterine muscles are contracted [hi, cramping] and magnesium helps to relax muscles,” says Melissa Ramos, a Toronto-based nutritionist and creator of Sexy Food Therapy, a website and clinic that specializes in digestion and hormonal health. Intervene by upping your liquid intake. “It sounds counterintuitive, but drinking extra water helps flush out excess water,” she says. She suggests drinking two litres of room-temperature H2O a day. “Cold water decreases the hydrochloric acid in your stomach, which can lead to bloating; you can’t digest food properly without adequate levels of stomach acid.”
The nosh: Skip processed for organic. Hit pause on your default period snack that’s loaded with unpronounceable ingredients and preservatives and try the acutely addictive Prana Organic Chocolate Bark ($5.49, prana.bio), which contains high percentages of organic cocoa and blood-sugar-stabilizing powerhouses like almonds, cashews and pumpkin seeds. The Canadian brand currently has four flavour offerings, from the sea-salt-infused Carazel to the vegan-friendly No Mylk’n, a dairy-free, crispy-rice-laced milky chocolate made from rice syrup.
The Honest Company Organic Cotton Tampons ($9.25 for a box of 16, honest.com).
Actress Jessica Alba’s wildly popular line of household products has been expanded to include organic tampons, which are free of synthetics, fragrances and deodorants. Cute packaging too.
The DivaCup ($40, divacup.com).This is as polarizing as Kanye, but the women who swear by it love never having to re-up on supplies. Composed of medical-grade silicone, the cup warms up and adapts to your shape, creating a near-airtight seal that can hold fluid for 12 hours. To achieve that snug fit, the cup must be rotated 360 degrees, which takes patience and practice. The cup is offered in two sizes—for before and after having a baby/turning 30.
LunaPads (from $12, lunapads.com).
The Vancouver-based company offers a plethora of soft, washable cotton pads, depending on flow and size (from extra-long to thong). The patterns are lively and bright and lift any enviro guilt from using disposable pads.
Tampon Tribe ($8 per box, tampontribe.com).
Skip the stress of sending bae out to restock your supplies at 11 pm on a Tues; Tampon Tribe is a monthly subscription service that are compostable and free of plastics. For every sub sold, a portion is sent to Girls INC, a non-profit organization for young women. The cost—$8 plus postage to Canada—includes 16 tampons and 10 pads.
Here lie the most beautifully comfortable period panties in the world. They delicately slip over your distended lower belly with a seamless waistband, and the built-in leakproof pad steps in like an understudy if your OG method starts to give way. Knixwear Lace Leak-Proof Boyshorts ($36 each, knixwear.ca).
When you don’t have time for a hot shower but need a fast refresh, try these Good Clean Love Rebalance Moisturizing Wipes ($9 for a box of 10, goodcleanlove.com) instead. They are formulated with a patented technology that replicates natural lubrication without disrupting the growth of good bacteria—a crucial component for healthy vaginal flora. This translates to minimized odour without dryness. The wipes are vegan and free of petroleum, petrochemicals and parabens.
1 handful fresh parsley
Blanch parsley, chop it and then set it aside. In a pan over medium heat, add butter and sauté garlic and onion until they begin to caramelize. In a medium pot, bring stock to a boil and then add the coconut milk, onion and garlic and parsley. Season with salt and pepper and then toss everything into a blender. (We love the Vitamix Ascent A3500 Blender, $799.95, vitamix.ca.)
What this season's runways trends really mean.
Thought you had fashion’s rules of proportion nailed? Well, this season is about to throw you a curve – a really voluminous one, complete with silhouettes that challenge the natural lines of the body. On runways from New York to Paris, power is the watchword. Follow the thread back and there’s a nod to the 1980s power shoulder à la Melanie Griffith as Tess in Working Girl or Grace Jones on the cover of her album Nightclubbing. Look to the present and you’ll see Hillary Clinton and her army of pantsuits stitched into this latest version of authoritative dressing.
Last fall, Demna Gvasalia, fashion’s newest enfant terrible, debuted his take on Cristóbal Balenciaga’s legendary sculptural shapes. He opened the show with a houndstooth skirtsuit equipped with shoulder pads and padded hips, imposing the hourglass shape. This season, he showed oversized blazers and trench coats, with the emphasis on the breadth of shoulders. A similar silhouette showed up at Jil Sander. Designer Rodolfo Paglialunga borrowed equally from the ’40s and the ’80s for a look that would certainly have appealed to Griffith’s Tess as she battled Wall Street’s male contingent to shatter the glass ceiling in corporate finance.
Phoebe Philo kept her signature Céline minimalism intact while playing with her version of a zoot suit: baggy high-waisted trousers and an oversized wide-lapel blazer. But she also provided a less formal take on the look by pairing her crisp-white boxy tailored jackets with leather culottes and printed maxiskirts – her suggestion on how to wear the jacket of the season outside an office environment. Despite being intimidating at first (as it’s meant to be), the shoulder-emphasizing jacket is as versatile as that boyfriend blazer you’ve been wearing for the past decade and can easily vibe with a pair of jeans for those I-just-threw-this-on days.
From left: Céline, Balenciaga & Isabel Marant Spring 2017 RTW
But the suit jacket is not the only authoritative garment that underwent deconstruction this season. The button-up dress shirt, a staple in every woman’s closet and a universal symbol of professionalism, also took on new shapes. Isabel Marant gave the crisp collarless button-up the same exaggerated shoulder of the power blazer du jour, with billowing rolled-up sleeves. She paired it with shiny high-waisted black pants for a slightly sinister look, but the pillowy shirt can easily be worn with breezy culottes, palazzo pants or a miniskirt on warmer days. Stella McCartney’s shirt/blazer hybrid is another ingenious semi-formal piece, paired beautifully with paper-bag-waist culottes. Burberry, Ellery and Marques’ Almeida gave their poufy sleeves extra oomph (bordering on pirate chic), best worn with slimmer pants or shorts. In some instances, the button-up featured a dropped hemline, transforming it into a shirtdress. But in the case of Rag & Bone and Hermès, it was layered over pants or leggings, keeping that utilitarian office look perhaps a more chill take on the power suit.
From left: Hermès, Marques' Almeida & Burberry Prorsum Spring 2017 RTW
The most surprising twist of the season? Adding a tool-belt-like bag (yes, a fanny pack!) and holster as a statement of convenience and independence. (Plus, they look majorly badass.) For two centuries, women’s mobility has been somewhat hindered by the handbag. While backpacks certainly serve their purpose, the design itself is too cumbersome for all occasions. When Carrie Bradshaw donned a monogrammed Gucci belt bag in Sex and the City, it was greeted with enthusiasm, only to be lost in the sea of It bags that followed. Still, it was bound to make a comeback. The new crop of fanny packs takes a more sophisticated appearance, working well with both formal and sporty ensembles. For Jil Sander, the waist pouch that looks like a miniature bucket bag fits with Paglialunga’s interpretation of the workforce wardrobes of powerful women. Marni’s Consuelo Castiglioni, who, like Paglialunga and Philo, focused on the pantsuit this season, took the idea of a waist bag to the extreme, with large poacher-pocket bags mounted on each hip in a more practical version of Gvasalia’s padding. The Marni woman has never shied away from so-called man-repelling pieces, and there is perhaps no stronger message than creating literal volume around oneself.
On a less monumental scale, Stella McCartney’s casual brown faux-leather belt pouches pair seamlessly with a leisurely spring wardrobe, be it an oversized pyjama-like ensemble or a pair of jeans. For a nighttime option, Barbara Bui’s shiny leather fanny packs will go splendidly with a little black dress – or any fancy frock, for that matter – like an ultra-modern wallet on a chain. Interestingly, it’s the female designers appropriating a stereotypically masculine gadget who concocted most of these tool bags.
A shift in fashion silhouettes isn’t going to solve gender inequality in the workplace. But it does take confidence to pull off these looks, whether worn in a full look as seen at Marni or opting for one dramatic garment at a time. And perhaps that’s the key: The power in these shapes emanates at least in part from the wearer, as she dons her armour and heads into battle.