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Canada Day style guide

Posted by Gabby Altman on June 28, 2014 @ 09:57 a.m. EDT
Tags: Canada Day, Fashion, style


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Fireworks? Check. Sparklers? Check. Friends and family? Check. Outfit? Outfit???

With Canada Day soon approaching, the celebratory activities may be planned out, but what about one of the most important aspects of the day? We’re talking about your outfit, of course. Let’s be real here, we all know that we are going to be taking pictures on Canada Day, and those pictures will end up online, so it’s pretty important that you look good. Instead of stressing, here are a few outfit ideas that will not only make you look patriotic, but très chic.

Outfit #1:
This classic outfit is perfect for just about any Canada Day celebration. Whether you’re eating watermelon by a pool or huddled around a camp fire with sparklers, you’re bound to be the most stylish of all in attendance. The white tank, paired ... Read more...

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Manic pixie dream 'do

Posted by Anisa Rawhani on June 24, 2014 @ 10:07 a.m. EDT
Tags: Beauty, hairstyle, pixie, short hair


Rihanna

So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and get a fancy, new pixie ‘do. But put down the sword, Mulan, because before you chop those tresses there are a few facts about style, maintenance and growth that you need to take into consideration.

Choosing the ‘do
From Audrey Hepburn to Miley Cyrus, the pixie cut has a long-standing history with many options to choose from. Be sure to use Pinterest or another bookmarking system to keep track of styles you like.
Think about your current hair regime. Are you the type to roll out of bed and go, or do you take the time to perfect your do? This is important, because even though you may love Audrey Tautou’s curls or Rihanna’s sleek cut, your hair’s natural texture, and the amount of time and product you’re willing to dedicate to it, are ... Read more...

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Spring transition pieces

Posted by Katherine Meagher on June 11, 2014 @ 03:28 p.m. EDT
Tags: Fashion, Spring, Style Guide


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Sometimes it feels as if Canadian seasons jump right from winter to summer and back again, with very little transitioning. For this reason, it can be hard to justify investing in a spring wardrobe, since it seems unlikely that any of us would get much wear out of pieces suited only for in-between times of year.

One solution to this predicament is to create outfits from equal parts summer and winter clothes. The winter pieces lend warmth to what might otherwise be too light an ensemble, while summer staples keep the outfits appropriate for this time of year.

Spring outfit ideas

Replace stockings with long socks

Nothing says summer like a miniskirt or pair of flowy shorts, but these pieces are not necessarily known for their versatility across ... Read more...

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Borrowing from dad

Posted by Chloë Grande on June 5, 2014 @ 03:19 p.m. EDT
Tags: Denim, Fashion, Father's Day, Jean Jacket, Menswear


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With Father’s Day quickly approaching, the spotlight is on golf sets, Canadian Tire gift certificates and patterned ties. Take a break to shift your focus from buying for dad to borrowing from him instead and let him be your style inspiration this spring.

Menswear in women’s fashion isn’t a new concept – popular pieces ranges from oversized plaid shirts to boyfriend-style jeans. With women embracing shorter hair styles and looser fits, there’s never been a better time to check out what clothes dad has to offer.

I’ll admit that my dad’s closet isn’t the most fashion-forward; however, his classic black leather jacket, eccentric ties and old band tees are enviable. On the other hand, the holey socks and beat-up Reebok sneakers would not be missed, no matter how long he’s had them.

My ... Read more...

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Stylish profs & faculty

Posted by Jessica Chong on April 2, 2014 @ 06:00 p.m. EDT
Tags: prof style

From computing to English, I’ve rounded up a list of stylish Queen’s professors from across different faculties. While compiling this list, I found that style can be pretty varied and subjective, denoting everything from your typical tailored suit to your handmade sweaters. Bold animal prints and colourful dresses also topped my list of more daring fashion choices.

Susan Mumm, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science
How would you describe your style?
Well that’s pretty easy actually because there’s two influences that really affect what I wear. One is steampunk.

I don’t dress literally steampunk because that wouldn’t be appropriate for a dean, but there’s a steampunk edge to quite a lot of the things I choose … What you get in steampunk is a lot of quaint 19th-century references – like the big furry collars, the tight waists, the long full skirts – but sort ... Read more...

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Review: Standout lipsticks

Posted by Megan Scarth on March 26, 2014 @ 08:00 p.m. EDT
Tags: beauty review, Chanel, Clinique, lipstick, M.A.C, Revlon

So you’ve decided you need a new lipstick. Maybe you have an event coming up, or perhaps you’re just looking for another shade for everyday use. Whatever the case, you head to your local makeup store, but you’re confronted with a seemingly endless wall of products.

With so many products on the market, it can be difficult to sort out that perfect lipstick from all the other less-than-stellar options. And when you’re on a student budget, trying out more than a couple brands often isn’t a feasible option. Here are several lipsticks in my collection that stand out to me so that you know which to buy and which ones to avoid.

Best for Everyday Wear: MAC Lipstick in “Shhh”
$19 CDN - Available at MAC stores

Lipstick review - MAC shhh

For an all-around ... Read more...

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Cruelty-free beauty product picks

Posted by Anisa Rawhani on March 19, 2014 @ 08:00 p.m. EDT
Tags: beauty, cruelty-free beauty products, makeup


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When you first start looking for cruelty-free products, it can be a little overwhelming. Not only do you start to realize just how many products you use - hair and facial care, makeup, etc. - but also how many companies may not be completely transparent about whether they test on animals. They do so either by hiding their parent companies, or selling their products in countries, such as China, where animal testing is required by law.

It can be frustrating trying to find cruelty-free options, but it can also be very rewarding. You don’t need to switch to a cruelty-free lifestyle overnight; you can start by substituting products gradually, doing your research and finding things that work for you.

Here is a list of some products and brands to start your cruelty-free journey.

Burt’s Bees ... Read more...

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Mascara dupes

Posted by Katherine Meagher on March 12, 2014 @ 08:00 p.m. EDT
Tags: beauty products, beauty review, Mascara

A few mascaras have a following of devoted consumers who claim that these products are far superior to any other brand. These mascaras, however, are often expensive or hard to find, which limits the number of people who can access them. With a little research and experimentation, it’s possible to find a very similar product at your local drugstore, often for a fraction of the price.

With that in mind, I went to the Shoppers at Princess and Division Streets and hunted down three mascaras that are almost perfect duplicates of more expensive cult favourites.

If you love LUSH’s “Eyes Right”, try Physician’s Formula’s “Organic Wear”

LUSH is known for creating natural products, and their mascara combines natural ingredients and “safe synthetics”. Sounds great, but LUSH can be inconvenient to track down and not every location carries cosmetics. A great alternative is the Physician’s Formula ... Read more...

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All-natural hair masks and solutions

Posted by Jessica Chong on February 26, 2014 @ 06:00 p.m. EST
Tags: DIY beauty, hair masks

Your hair-cleaning regime is about to get a whole lot simpler. You can go au naturel – without the high price of beauty aisle products. Commercial products are also often laden with chemicals. Try out a few of our easy solutions for hydrated, moisturized locks:

Coconut banana hair mask
Ingredients:
¼ cup of coconut milk
2 bananas
1 teaspoon of honey
2 tablespoons of coconut oil

Instructions:
Combine ingredients in food processor or by hand. Coat scalp and hair evenly with mixture. Leave on for 30 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.

DIY hair masks - banana coconut

Yogurt hair mask
Ingredients:
One egg white
5-6 tablespoons of yogurt

Instructions:
Combine egg and yogurt until an even consistency is achieved. Leave mixture on hair for 20 minutes ... Read more...

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All-natural DIY beauty masks and scrubs

Posted by Lauren Hodson on February 5, 2014 @ 08:00 p.m. EST
Tags: DIY masks, DIY scrubs

These four quick and easy homemade masks will not only improve the condition of your skin and hair – they’ll also save you money and prevent you from using products with harmful chemicals. There’s a solution to your skin and hair issues, and they’re hiding in your kitchen!

Face mask

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. of honey (Raw or manuka honey if possible, but regular honey will work as well)
  • 1 tbsp. of oats (Organic if possible - do not use oats if you’re gluten intolerant)

Optional add-ons:

  • 1/2 banana (if you have dry skin)
  • 1 egg (if you have oily skin)

I cannot rave about honey enough – it has so many beauty benefits! It’s a natural humectant, which means that it retains moisture. It’s also naturally antibacterial, so it’s perfect for acne prone skin, as well as dry skin. Honey also contains gluconic acid, which is a mild alpha hydroxy acid that brightens and evens out ... Read more...

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