Editors' Picks: A Mash-Up of Decor, Tech, TV & Music

FLARE editors share their weekly picks on the pop culture events and style savvy items that are causing a current obsession

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 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.


 Truc Nguyen, Senior Style and Market Editor

I recently bought a terrarium from Old Faithful in Vancouver, one of the few shops in Canada that carry Score + Solder pieces. Canadian artist Matthew Cleland makes these distinctive glass and solder objects on an island near Vancouver. Sharp and architectural, they can be filled with a variety of plants or act as stunning objet d’arts on their own.

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Andrew Lovesey, Digital Editor

I have the worst luck with earbuds. Honestly, I think I have went through more pairs in my lifetime than I have any other electronic accessory. Whether they get tangled, my dog chews them, they drag in a puddle—or who knows what else—they just don’t tend to last. After my last pair (a £189 set by Bang and Olufsen) endured only two weeks of my abuse, I opted to try for something more economical. Enter Urbanears’ Bagis line: sleek, rope cord earbuds that snap together and come in enough colours to match almost any outfit. Try them for only $35.

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Alicia Cox Thomson, Managing Editor, Digital

The buzzy performance by Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station (one of our summer movie picks) takes me back to when he played Wallace, the sweet and smart teen drug dealer on season one of The Wire. My recent cable upgrade has led my husband and I to the delightful bounty of all five seasons On Demand, for free! After a diet of heralded, beloved shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, it’s incredible how strongly The Wire stands up to its title as one of the best, least-rewarded shows on TV. Ever. The characters are immediately real, the settings are harrowing and the acting is heartbreaking, especially in the case of young Wallace. (No spoilers. But if you know, then you KNOW.) If you haven’t seen it, please, get ready to be sucked into the hard-living world of a drug-dealing empire in post-9/11 Baltimore (and that’s just season one).


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Matthew Biehl, Editorial Coordinator

Annie is back! After two and a half years of radio silence, the Norwegian singer has dropped a blissed-out bomb in the form of “Back Together.” The song is the lead single from the upcoming 5-track A&R EP, the title of which pairs the initials of Annie and her long-time collaborator Richard X. The two have crafted plenty of dance floor hits together in the past (some personal favourites include “Anthonio” and “Songs Remind Me of You”) and if this song is any indication, the EP is set to do the same. Also contributing to the track is Little Boots (from my previous Editor’s Pick) who penned the melancholic lyrics. “Back Together” is pure pop goodness, and I can’t wait to hear more. Listen to it on Soundcloud now.

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