Editors' Picks: Belmonte, Ark Analog, Gaultier + Allie Brosh

From juicing to Gaultier’s exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, a new book to debuting a track on flare.com, our Editors’ Picks will keep you busy all weekend.

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 is on iPod repeat? What movies make us cry? Hence, Editors’ Picks was born.  A weekly column where you can get to know the people who bring you FLARE—and maybe we can get to know one another a little better, too.

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Tiyana Grulovic, Fashion Director

After two months of total body abuse—fashion weeks in New York, Paris and Toronto coupled with events and previews where wine flowed like water—I decided to give my tired body a break. Along with FLARE fashion teammates Truc and Jillian, we looked to the juicing experts at Belmonte Raw for reprieve, discovering their three-day signature juice cleanse.

I parted ways with my emergency chocolate stash, for healthier sweets, namely Belmonte’s Green Juice: a delicious concoction of beets, carrots and apples—my favourite of the six juices Belmonte delivered to my door each morning. Giving up coffee was tough, but the company’s daily elixirs (aloe, lemon, chlorophyll) gave me the boost of mid-morning energy I needed to keep going. Unlike other cleanses I’ve done in the past, where a creamy nut milk was taken at the end of the day as a sweet, sweet reward, Belmonte directed me to drink their protein-rich Cashew Mylk midday. (Can’t tell you how necessary this was to keep the energy up and retain the will to live!)

Admittedly, I did have some stumbles (I caved and drank coffee on the last day of my cleanse, after having near erotic dreams of food) but the support of my colleagues and the sweet encouragement of Belmonte made it worthwhile. Seriously, they’d send me regular tweets to help me stay strong; like cool, healthy friends. In the end, I went back to my coffee-fuelled ways, but I have yet to replenish the emergency chocolate drawer. For an indulgent person like me, that’s improvement.

Image courtesy of Belmonte Raw
Image courtesy of Belmonte Raw; cleanses from $90/day

 

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Truc Nguyen, Senior Style & Market Editor

If you missed the Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibit when it was in Montreal, it’s worth making trip to the Brooklyn Museum to see the show. Retrospectives of living designers (and artists) can be dicey at times, but I found this one to be a comprehensive, thoughtfully-presented overview of JPG’s body of work. From haute couture gowns to ready-to-wear looks, there are almost too many showstopping, iconic pieces to take in. Give yourself at least two hours to walk through the exhibit, because you don’t want to miss the fitting polaroids from Madonna’s Blonde Ambition tour, a portrait of Lady Gaga in JPG that appeared in FLARE, or any of the other interactive elements in the show.

“The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” runs until February 23, 2014.

Visit BrooklynMuseum.org for more information.

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Andrew Lovesey, Digital Editor

In our December issue, we wrote about a “sweetly seductive electro-pop” duo that I’d never heard of, but quickly thereafter became obsessed with. Ark Analog, comprised of Maylee Todd and Dan Werb, might just be Toronto’s next big thing, so when entertainment editor Briony Smith stopped by my desk to inquire about debuting the band’s latest single on FLARE.com, I was immediately on board. The single, which we released this week, has a quirky melody that sounds perfectly suited for a catwalk. To be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if the track moseys its way into one of the fall shows at World MasterCard Fashion Week next season. If you haven’t heard it yet, have a listen.

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Matthew Biehl, Editorial Coordinator

Allie Brosh, the comedy genius behind the blog Hyperbole and a Half has released her first book, and it is everything you could hope for and more. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem and Other Things That Happened features new material alongside favourite posts from her blog. Brosh’s blunt writing style and ability to draw out the hilarious in any situation allows her to tackle any subject, from the everyday (training a dog), the difficult (her moving posts about dealing with depression) and the insane (being attacked by a vicious goose in your own home), and will have you keeling over with laughter one minute, and sobbing the next. Her crude, yet oddly emotive and endearing, MS Paint illustrations compliment her writing, lending a slightly deformed and demented bent to each story. For a taste of what you’re in for be sure to check out her blog (the post about the Alot is one of my favourites) as well the video below where Brosh read the first chapter of the book during a recent Talks at Google.

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