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.
Emily Ramshaw, Assistant Fashion News Editor
The Toronto sample sale landscape is pretty barren compared to the trove available in New York—so when one pops up, I pay attention. This weekend, I’ll be heading to a sale shilling a foursome of venerable (and cool) Canadian designers. Jeweller Arielle de Pinto and ready-to-wear designers Calla, Jeremy Laing and Rita Liefhebber (who styles for FLARE!) are having their end of season sample sale—together (!!)—this Saturday and Sunday. I’m on the hunt for a breezy Jeremy Laing tunic dress myself, what will you be hunting for?
December 14 – 15, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day at Jeremy Laing Studio, 207A Cowan Avenue, Toronto. Range of sizes available; credit card, debit and cash accepted.
Tiyana Grulovic, Fashion Director
Before Devonte Hynes made his name as catchy hitmaker for It-girls like Sky Ferreira (Everything is Embarrassing) and Solange (Losing You), he fronted his own project, Blood Orange. While the first album under the moniker didn’t make the waves it should have, Hynes went off, honed some skills, met some muses and turned out a brilliant, tortured-soft-pop musical masterpiece. Often he’s best behind the scenes, letting Samantha Urbani (his girlfriend, lead singer of the band Friends) take the lead on vocals while he whispers sensually in the background. But, at times, a whisper is louder than a scream: on tracks like Chamakay and On the Line, Hynes’ quiet intent is just as strong as his lady pals’. Listen with a glass of wine while staring peacefully at the snow from the bedroom window.
Get Blood Orange’s Cupid Deluxe on iTunes.
Andrew Lovesey, Digital Editor
There is nothing I enjoy more than coming home from the office, lighting a fresh wick and treating my nostrils to some much-needed respite courtesy of heavenly candles. Which is odd, considering I sit beside Chatelaine‘s test kitchen and am constantly barraged with ambrosial food. To get to the point, I’ve found my latest love-interest: Malin + Goetz’s praise-worthy votives. Introduced to me this week via Giftagram, a new gifting app making noise on the Toronto scene which allows users to send presents to their nearest and dearest, these candles are to-die-for. No hints of artificiality; just pure, sensual bliss. I suggest getting yourself The Gift Box (we all deserve a little something now and then), it comes neatly packaged complete with a mini bottle of Moët & Chandon (party!), the candle (hello, why else would we be buying this?) and some Soma chocolate (hands down the best chocolate in Toronto).
Find them at malinandgoetz.com for $14—get nose drunk off the dark rum, it’s my fave.