Canadian beauty junkies rejoice! Birchbox, the U.S. based company that delivers beauty samples to your door, launches this month in Canada, just in time for the holiday season. The try-learn-buy model of Birchbox means subscribers receive a monthly shipment of five samples of premium beauty products previously unavailable in Canada to test out before committing to the purchase of a full-size product. Once you’ve determined that you love and simply cannot live without one, visit Birchbox.ca to buy the product. Spanning hair, makeup, skincare, nail and body categories, there are plenty of opportunities to discover a new must-have product every month.
“Since our launch in 2010, we’ve had tens of thousands of customer inquiries regarding shipping to Canada,” Birchbox co-founder Katia Beauchamp said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to finally bring Birchbox north of the border.”
In addition to monthly beauty deliveries, Birchbox also creates curated content on its blog and online magazine that shows you how to make the most of your new products.
Subscriptions cost $15 a month or $159.40 per year.
Sarah Jessica Parker’s shoe line hits Neiman Marcus. [WWD]
Jean Touitou; image: A.P.C.
- Azealia Banks FINALLY dropped Broke With Expensive Taste Friday, after a two-year postponement. And guys, it’s worth the wait. [Pitchfork]
- Rachel Bilson had a baby girl and named her Briar Rose. Yep, just like Sleeping Beauty. [ELLE UK]
- Nick Jonas gives a crotch-grabbing tutorial. [E!]
- A.P.C.’s Jean Touitou is not here for Hedi Slimane. In an interview with Vestoj, the French designer let it be known that he thinks Slimane has a crappy attitude toward fashion. “It’s like he thinks he’s the Kaiser or something.” [Vestoj]
- Shoppers are accusing Sephora of racism after several customers with Asian-sounding last names claimed that their accounts with the store were blocked from purchasing. [Jezebel]
- Miley Cyrus gives her pig a pedicure, everyone freaks out. [Page Six]
- Cara Delevingne’s got a new boyfriend, whom she’s been giving some serious hickeys. [Page Six]
The Internet is full of pictures of Kim Kardashian. It doesn’t take much, just a simple Google search and you’re treated to thousands of images of the reality star. If that’s too overwhelming, you can always visit her Instagram page to view more snaps of Mrs. West. But for Kim, this is clearly not enough. What if you can’t log on to the Internet? Surely people deserve to have access to photos of Kimmy, even if they forget to pay their Time Warner bill. That’s why she’s releasing Selfish, an aptly-named book featuring over 1,000 of her selfies, which is due to hit shelves April 28, 2015. Amazon already has a description of the tome, which lets us know what to expect, but also leaves out some pertinent information about the reality star.
“From her early beginnings as a wardrobe stylist, Kim Kardashian has catapulted herself into becoming one of the most recognizable celebrities in Hollywood,” the blurb reads, completely glossing over that home video with a certain Love & Hip Hop Hollywood star, which actually put her on the map in the first place. But, you know, whatevs.
The description goes on to list Kim’s many accomplishments: Being BFFs with Riccardo Tisci, starring in a hit reality show, shilling clothes and accessories through Lipsy and Sears, starting the selfie trend — wait, what?
“[Kim is] widely regarded as a trailblazer of the ‘selfie movement’—a modern-day self-portrait of the digital age.” Similar to how Marc Eckō definitely didn’t invent the “hipster beard,” we’re pretty sure cell phone-obsessed teenagers, nay, everyone who ever used a camera phone to take selfies, didn’t get the idea from Kim. Perhaps you could call her a selfie enthusiast, but trailblazer? That word may be a little too strong.
But besides a stray hyperbole and omission of pertinent historical information, the premise of the book is pretty simple. “For the first time in print, this book presents some of Kim’s favorite selfies in one volume—from her favorite throwback images to current ultra-sexy glam shots—and provides readers with a behind-the-scenes look into this larger-than-life star.”
Don’t all trample each other at once trying to get a copy.
[Amazon, h/t Us Magazine]
We have become huge fans of The Edit and this week’s installment of Net-a-Porter‘s online magazine does not disappoint. Naomi Campbell fronts the issue dated November 6, 2014, lensed by Nico (who previously shot the supermodel for Vanity Fair Spain). Photographed against a grey backdrop, the modeling icon wears a blush pink coat from Burberry Prorsum with a black La Perla nightdress underneath. Naomi also poses for a series of images inside the issue, working items from Michael Kors, Lanvin, Givenchy and Calvin Klein.
IMAGE CREDIT: NET-A-PORTER.COM VIA TFS FORUMS
Not all members of theFashionSpot are motivated by Naomi’s presence this week, however. “She looks the same everywhere…” proclaims an uninterested Oxymore.
“I love the first B&W shoot, she looks so pretentious,” adds GIVENCHYlover.
Benn98 doesn’t appear to be impressed with The Edit‘s cover image choice as he writes, “Naomi looks flawless and as usual I’m looking forward to the actual interview. I’m not entirely convinced on the cover shot, I’d have liked the one with the trench coat to be the cover.”
Although KissMiss is a little more enthusiastic about the cover: “I am getting a little Naomi overdose at the moment… she looks great but she is sort of everywhere at the moment looking same… but u can’t fault it… she looks great in the edit.”
As we have previously discussed regarding Gisele Bündchen, do magazines need to work harder to deliver a fresh take on these well-known supers? Take a peek inside the thread for Naomi’s cover story and share your own opinion here.
From home to the office, the cubicle to apres-five, and then home again—we’d trade in our favorite four-inch pumps for a pair of comfy fashion sneakers any day. To the rescue: Two Canadian labels to watch have put their heads together to create a pair of high-tops that make your once-edgy New Balances look just, well—plain.
Amanda Lew Kee and design duo Sully Wong have debuted the SWALK01, a women’s premium hi-top sneaker that combines the high-tech, athletic style of Sully Wong’s Japanese-inspired accessories and Amanda Lew Kee’s fashion-forward aesthetic.
The SWALK01 ($225) women’s sneaker comes with all of the bells and whistles. It’s made from premium raw-cut leather, has a Japanese-leather-lined denim interior for comfy breathability, a removable leather footpad, and black waxed rope laces for a streamlined, black-on-black look. Only 120 pairs have been made.
“Together we are aiming to give the women’s market (in Canada) a sophisticated limited edition option, in the realm of casual athletic footwear, focusing on quality,” says Amanda Lew Kee. (more…)
Vivienne Westwood is letting it all hang out. In honor of the release of her new autobiography, the dame sat down with Style.com for a candid studio hour to talk about the power of fashion, the art of dressing and more. If you don’t have time for the play-by-play, here’s a quick rundown of the highlights.
On her style advice: “My motto is: Buy less, choose well, make it last.”
On power dressing: “My clothes have always been heroic, whether it’s a latex negligee or a corseted ball gown.”
On the haters: “I’ve never worried about what other people think of me. You have to cut a figure. Step off the treadmill of fashion.”
On using fashion as a platform: “The fact is that the credibility of doing my fashion over time has given me a voice. I have always tried to hijack my fashion, to make political statements.”
If you’re craving more British realness, Vivienne Westwood is out in stores now. It is the first authorized autobiography of the 73-year-old designer, who thought it was about time to set the record straight, most notably about her roller coaster relationship with Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McLaren. Trust us, it’s a page-turner.