Why Pantone’s Colour of the Year Is More Than Just a Shade of Green

Pantone color of the year

(Image via Pantone.com)

The past 12 months have been a slog, depressing on so many levels, from the political to the personal and extending to the world at large. Minus the personal bright spot that was my wedding in April, I’m as ready as anyone else to put 2016 to bed, into which I would also like to crawl with a good book as the next 19 days pass by.

But the dawn of a new year promises a clean slate, a chance at renewal, rebirth, resetting; an opportunity to take stock and review as opposed to rehashing the same bad vibes. It’s fitting then that Pantone’s colour of the year for 2017 is Greenery, a hint at the environment, at “going green” and a hopeful symbol of moving forward with a fresh perspective.

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The 8 Best TV Shows of 2016

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Pamela Adlon in Better Things (via FXnowcanada.ca)

Clarity right out of the gates: this list is in no way exhaustive, in case the single digit didn’t tip you off, and will include shows that may not have premiered this year but had a great 2016 in terms of storyline, character development or just a really well-executed few episodes that made it a contender amongst this year’s crop of excellent small-screen work.

Feel free to debate/defend in the comments!

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Blemish patrol: How to make that zit disappear

estee lauder, clear difference, acne, acne treatmentEven if your high school days are well behind you, it doesn’t mean you won’t get the occasional acne flare-up. Hormones, stress and diet can all contribute to what happens on the surface of your skin well into adulthood and while it may not be as devastating as a prom zit it can be just as frustrating to deal with.

Confession: In high school, I had one of those deep cystic pimples that looked like a horn was trying to break though my forehead and a good friend of mine could. not. stop. staring. I couldn’t really blame her and we still talk, and laugh, about it to this day.

Truth be told, I don’t have much to complain about when it comes to my skin; it’s relatively problem-free if slightly on the dry side but I still get those epic, can’t-look-away blemishes that I want to deal with ASAP.

Luckily, with age comes wisdom. And you’d be wise to give Clear Difference a whirl. Continue reading

Charmed, I’m sure

Fendi, bag bugThe ancient talisman meant to ward off evil spirits, then later a token of status, celebration, identification, adornment and self-expression, is back. Of course when there’s a declaration of an item or trend’s grand return, chances are it never really went away; something else simply moved into the spotlight for a while.

But when it comes to charms—and especially ones dangling fashionably from handbags both “it” and otherwise—retailers are again getting behind the decidedly darling way to personalize an accessory. Continue reading

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

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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