Ghosts of Halloweens past

Halloween, witchHalloween rules. Uncool as it may be to say that from the vantage point of a person who is well past the age where dragging around a pillow case brimming with stranger-donated candy is cute, or even socially acceptable, it’s one of my favourite times of year.

I grew up in a harsh Northern Ontario climate that necessitated a costume roomy enough to accommodate a snowsuit, so when sub-zero temperatures weren’t as much of a potent threat, it was time to get creative. (Plus, who grows out of the excitement of a late-October sugar rush?)

Or at least I thought I was creative. Like Lena Dunham‘s recent Lenny essay about her Halloween disasters, I decided to look back at my costume choices during the early aughts. I’m not exactly ashamed but I’m definitely guilty of not truly getting into the Halloween spirit (i.e. anything remotely scary or truly gross). I tend to prefer a pop culture reference that, best-case-scenario, lets me shop my closet to complete the look and avoid tedious props.

May I present a few of my hits & misses from the past eight years. Not pictured—that year in high school when I went as Marilyn Manson and convinced a handful of friends to go as members of his band. YUP.
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Listen up: Best new(ish) music

Fall music, playlist, best new music
Like your wardrobe, lip colour and nail polish shade, music is susceptible to seasonal shifts, signaling a natural desire to shake things up.
Where once cheerful summer singalongs were necessary listening, the fall weather is more likely to mean slightly introspective experiences, at least for me. (Best Coast’s California Nights, which came out in May, was the perfect soundtrack to warm evenings but feels incongruous to scarf-and-long-sleeves weather.)
Now that we’re firmly in post-Thanskgiving territory, I thought I’d share what albums are in rotation and promise the perfect aural compliment to a season where it gets dark at 6pm and the mornings only rarely include slivers of sunshine streaming through the blinds.
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The lazy girl’s guide to black turtlenecks

Audrey Hepburn, Funny Face

Steve Jobs. Audrey Hepburn. Dieter.

These pop culture figures of varying notoriety all had one thing in common: they couldn’t resist the siren song of a classic, rolled up collar.

There’s good reason this seemingly conservative item has been a closet staple for some 40 years. Paired with a cropped pant a la Funny Face, it can communicate a Parisian élan; slip it over some perfectly distressed denim and it’s downtown cool; a pleated skirt will make the look flirty and school-girl sweet or stretch things out with a turtleneck dress for comfort made cute.

There are seemingly endless combinations for this workhorse top and almost every store and brand has options to choose from this season—but only the best make the list! Continue reading