Here at FLARE, we have a lot in common: a love of fashion, beauty, magazines, culture and general wordsmithery. But as we rush around putting together the magazine and this website, we don’t always have time to share the minutiae of our passions. What do we binge-watch on a rainy weekend? What album do we have playing on a continuous loop? What movies make us cry? Hence, this weekly column was born.
Truc Nguyen, Senior Style & Market Editor
I’ve had my eye on Canadian designer Steven Tai for a few seasons now—I love his unique, handcrafted fabrics. After seeing his spring 2014 presentation at The Shows in Toronto last year, I knew I had to have this digitally printed woven crop top. I ordered the T-shirt from Macau (where Tai does his production), and it finally arrived this month. I can’t stop wearing it! Want to get your own? The top and other pieces from Tai’s SS ’14 collection are now available at select Holt Renfrew stores Canada-wide.
Steven Tai top, $925, exclusively at Holt Renfrew
Wing Sze Tang, Acting Beauty Director
I just finished a bottle of this baby. It’s a luxe blend of plant oils (sea buckthorn, rosehip seed and much more), smells awesome and leaves my face feeling super supple. I used it under my nighttime lotion for extra hydration.
May Lindstrom Skin The Youth Dew Hydrating Facial Serum, $138, EcoDivaBeauty.ca
Jed Tallo, Deputy Art Director
I love the new take on customized bags at Bamin, a New York–based accessory brand—it’s like Lego for grown-ups. You choose the shape, fabric, colour, handles and strap, and they zip everything together to build your bag. Their designs are clean and classic with sporty undertones. My favourite shape: the duffel. It’s the perfect size for schlepping your belongings around the city.
Bamin bags, from $405, baminate.com
Rudy Lee, Research Editor
A few months ago, I deleted my Facebook profile. My decision was met with derision: friends posted unbecoming photos of me, intentionally withheld event details—anything to give me #FOMO in an attempt to win me back. I almost surrendered, until I opened the April issue of GQ to find Toronto-based writer Kate Carraway (who also contributes regularly to FLARE) validating my decision. In “Your Facebook Page Is Killing My Lady Boner,” she discusses the pitfalls of oversharing, noting that most guys waste their “remaining youth…working out the details of a status update like a nail-biting middle schooler.”
That’s me. Well, that was me. Now then, where should I share this post?
I’m a fan of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and New York. Last week I caught a supercut of the Housewives crying—correction, attempting to cry with their Botoxed faces—and they’re not cute! Their lips don’t move because they’re stuffed full of collagen. It’s the way I look when I’ve had dental surgery and my mouth is full of freezing.
I’m certain that I never, ever want collagen injections in my lips. Mine are naturally full already, so with a little bit of care while I’m (relatively) young, I’m hoping they’ll stay that way.
Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy is dubbed “the ultimate age-defy lip treatment,” and it’s composed of extracts, vitamins and oils that encourage “a fuller, softer pout.” Usually plumping products sting, but this one doesn’t. The texture is smooth and buttery, and it tastes sweetly floral. I happily wear it morning and night (as recommended on the package), with the added bonus of knowing I won’t look crazy when I cry.
Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy, $41, Sephora, from July 2014