Editors' Picks: Summer Reads, City Events and Must-Have Shoes

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 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.

This week, we’re sharing two very different, yet engrossing summer must-reads, city-funded art events and a shoe worth waiting for.
maureen-ed-whiteMaureen Halushak, Managing Editor

If you’re already plotting your summer reading list, don’t miss The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison (out June 25, available for pre-order from Chapters Indigo). I’m a sucker for jacket copy that references other books that I’ve devoured—in this case, Gone Girl—and if anything, The Silent Wife is a superior thriller with a better (and more believable) final twist. I first came across Harrison, a Canadian, via Maclean’s and was fascinated by her eclectic backstory—prior to The Silent Wife, she wrote a pornographic novel, a non-fiction book on orgasms and a guide to feline astrology. Sadly, Harrison died of cancer this past April, before being able to experience the sure-to-be crazy success of this crazy-good book.

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Emily Ramshaw, Assistant Fashion News Editor

This weekend, I’m taking advantage of Toronto’s unusually fruitful city-ordained arts festivals, starting tonight for the opening of Luminato. Tomorrow, I’ll be spending the day in the sun at Trinity Bellwoods to catch the free outdoor concerts at Great Heart Festival, playing all weekend as part of NXNE.

Tom Munro for Lancôme /  "Rôses by…" Photo Exhibit at Luminato

Tom Munro for Lancôme / “Rôses by…” Photo Exhibit at Luminato



Caitlin Kenny, Assistant Managing Editor

I’ve been racing my way through Pearl S. Buck’s The Good Earth. The rags-to-riches story set in pre-Revolutionary China won the Pulitzer in 1932 but the ups and downs faced by the main character, a farmer named Wang Lung, still feel relatable today (somehow, though I’ve never had a concubine nor a flooded rice field…).

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Truc Nguyen, Fashion Editor

This week, I stopped by the new Aldo flagship store at Toronto’s Yorkdale mall, and had a chance to check out (and try on!) the Canadian brand’s Spring collections. Even though they didn’t have it in my size, I fell in love with the look of this shoe from the Preen x Aldo Rise collaboration! Vyara Ndejuru, ALDO’s Director of Marketing, whom I met at the store, agreed. “My must have shoe of the season is the Pravda. Even though it is a really classic shape, it is quite naughty with a really deep V in the front and a little bit of toe crack. It is a really a really sexy shoe, but also quite comfortable and very original with its interpretation,” Ndejuru told me.

Pravda by Preen x Aldo Rise

Pravda by Preen x Aldo Rise