What’s on Our Pop Culture Radar This Summer

Aug 28 2019 by
Categories : Culture

This month, a pair of essential summer reads, stunning lab-grown diamonds and a must-have pair of shoes.

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    Caudalie’s beloved Beauty Elixir has gotten a summer makeover. The new limited-edition bottle ($59, caudalie.ca) of the made-in-France toner/setting spray/liquid magic was inspired by the romance of a classic English garden. It serves as a perfect homage to the 100-percent-natural formula featuring notes of pink roses, orange blossoms and rosemary.

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    If Alexandra Stréliski’s neoclassical music sounds like it belongs on the soundtrack for an art-house film or a TV show, that’s because…it does. The French-Canadian composer’s music is frequently featured in the works of award-winning director Jean-Marc Vallée (Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects, nbd). Catch her at the Montreal jazz festival on July 4.

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    Brit Lara Williams earned herself a permanent spot on our bookshelves with her 2017 collection of short stories, A Selfie as Big as the Ritz, so checking out her debut novel, Supper Club ($24.95), is a no-brainer. The coming-of-age story follows a group of frustrated women who gather to enjoy a feast and dare to take up space in the world. It’s exactly what we want from a summer read.

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    We buy our own diamonds, and we buy our own rings. As for making them? We’ll leave that to luxury lab-grown diamond brand Couple. The start-up’s gorgeous gems—you can choose from four ring styles or build your own—are atomically and chemically identical to mined diamonds. And they’re completely sustainable and ethically sourced and cost less. Talk about sparking joy. (From $5,999, couple.co)

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    Can’t make it to Milan this summer? Bring la dolce vita with you wherever you go with Bottega Veneta’s new Arco bag. The brand’s signature handwoven leather gets a modern update with a looser, deconstructed pattern inspired by the fashion capital’s iconic city gates, Arco della Pace. The architectural influences are hidden in the details: a dome-shaped flap, curved, rolled handles and a sturdy rectangular base. The elegantly casual exterior exudes expert craftsmanship: Each bag is made from over 100 pieces. (From $3,920, bottegaveneta.com)

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    The acrobatic brains behind Cirque du Soleil are now tackling time travel. Sort of. PY1’s Through the Echoes, an immersive and interactive multimedia show (think lasers, 360-degree video and trippy sound), explores tech through time and space, from the Big Bang to today. All inside a 24-metre-high pyramid at Montreal’s Old Port.

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    If your skin needs a little TLC after catching too many rays at the beach this summer, Parisian skincare experts G.M. Collin’s Daily Ceramide Comfort ($116, gmcollin.com) is the golden ticket. Inside each tiny capsule is a—you guessed it—ceramide-rich formula that helps correct everything from sun damage to dehydration. We’re definitely not wasting a drop.

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    Stand out this summer in Reebok’s Aztrek 96 sneakers. The ultimate ’90s throwback runners are bold and colourful, and added in a mix of faux suede and textile for a little extra flair. What more could you ask for from a seasonal wardrobe update? ($130, reebok.ca)

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    When we’re in Britain, we expect to be treated like royalty. That’s exactly what you get at The Franklin in London’s posh Knightsbridge neighbourhood. Our rec: Take a morning stroll through the hotel’s private gardens, head out for some shopping (Harrods is a hop away) and then unwind in the hammam spa before settling in for a nightcap at the on-site Gatsby-esque bar, which boasts seven types of champagne and 22 kinds of gin. Cheerio!

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    This gorgeous Sash Restaurant and Wine Bar in upscale Summerhill (the first restaurant from Sash Simpson, former executive chef at North 44) is ideal for those nights when you really really want to impress your date. But despite the linen tables, the valet parking and the bougie wine list, the vibe here is relaxed and unstuffy. Staff is friendly and informative and there’s plenty of choice on the menu, but the mains shine here—the sea bass and the chitarrine mushroom truffle pasta were our faves. Editors’ tip: if you love a dance party; swing by for a late supper around 9 p.m. on weekends. A DJ starts to play around 10 p.m.

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    Nothing says summer like a new go-to rosé. Just one sip of Adorada Rosé (Spanish for adored)—which is fresh and light, with notes of florals, watermelon and strawberry jam—will immediately transport you to the cottage, no matter where you are. That the elegant bottle is modelled after a perfume bottle and makes a gorgeous addition to your shelf doesn’t hurt either. ($18.95, lcbo.com)

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    She’s back, Marshmallows. Cult teen (now adult) noir mystery drama Veronica Mars returns for an eight-episode revival series on Crave this July. All your fave stars are confirmed for the new run—including Kristen Bell in the titular role, Jason Dohring as her love interest Logan, Percy Daggs III as her BFF Wallace and Canadian actor Enrico Colantoni as her dad Keith—as they try to figure out who is murdering spring breakers in their Californian town.

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