Editors' Picks: Perfect Paint, Boots, Art and Italian Cuisine

Whether trying to choose the perfect paint, pair of furry boots, art show to visit or restaurant to eat at—our editors' picks have got you covered.

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.


Rudy Lee, Research Editor

There is no greater luxury than having white space and deliberately doing nothing with it, but when it comes to interiors, the greatest luxury lies in the perfect shade. Not all whites are created equally, which is why—upon moving into my new pied-à-terre —it was of the utmost importance that I covered the banal, unsightly white walls with (you guessed it!) a better shade of white. I’ve stood by Benjamin Moore’s Decorators White for as long as I can remember, wanting desperately to fall for others like Ralph Lauren’s Pocket Watch White (expressly for the name). But still, I return to my dear friend Ben. He’s concocted the most sublime of any paint colour I’ve encountered, maintaining an unprecedented purity in daylight while transforming into a dove grey by dusk that still gives fresh snowfall a run for its money. Its only fault: it reaches its fullest potential only when adjacent to Farrow & Ball’s Pitch Black.



Tiyana Grulovic, Fashion Director

I may have bought these crazy textured suede boots on my last trip to New York because they reminded me of scraggly, abandoned puppies in need of a good home. But that certainly wasn’t enough to justify the price tag. Luckily, they’re incredibly versatile but still unexpected: I love them with kicky skirts (I’m wearing them today with a girly Isabel Marant) or cropped jeans. Added value: I’m such a sucker for anything Acne, and love the way they manage to subvert everyday necessities with offbeat details. You could have a million little black booties in your closet, but these ones are certainly not ordinary.


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Truc Nguyen, Senior Style & Market Editor

The Ai Weiwei show currently on at the Art Gallery of Ontario is a must-see, but while you’re at the museum, don’t miss out on the The Aimia x AGO Photography Prize exhibit. On display until November 7, it includes the work of four talented artists: Edgardo Aragón (Mexico), LaToya Ruby Frazier (U.S.A), Chino Otsuka (Japan/U.K) and Erin Shirreff (Canada). Visitors (in person and online) are asked to vote for their favourite, and the winner will walk away with a $50,000 prize. Each photographer has a distinctive style and focus, but I was particularly drawn to Chino’s photos, which explore the ideas of memory and belonging from her perspective as a immigrant.

Photo courtesy of the AGO

Photo courtesy of the AGO

andrew-editor-pick-finalAndrew Lovesey, Digital Editor

Upon receiving invitation to an Italian restaurant down the road from FLARE, in a historic Jarvis mansion, I was more than ecstatic. I’m an architecture junkie, so walking into the dining room, by way of a grand entranceway with the most alluring gramophone, my eyes were wandering. I was like a kid in a century-old candy store, but instead I was ogling over the woodwork. I had entered the home of Osteria dei Ganzi, quite possibly my new favourite restaurant in Toronto. After sitting down to fresh pepper focaccia bread, chef Guerrino Staropoli takes the palate on a trip: I enjoyed the pollo scaloppine and melanzane alla parmigiana (crispy eggplant parmesan) to start. With a mixologist, hailing from Portugal, who concocts custom cocktails and a pastry chef that crafts a mean dessert boat (can still taste the tiramisu), I cannot wait to try their new menu that is launching soon.

Photos from editor's Instagram

Photos from editor’s Instagram