When Vancouver’s Tori Holmes was 21 years old, she became the youngest woman to cross the Atlantic ocean in a rowboat. After running into hurricane Katrina and breaking several ribs in a 60-foot swell, her desalinator broke, and she and her then-partner were without water for several days. It was a seminal moment that she describes in detail in her new book, Beauty Water, which launched this week. Holmes, a two-time cancer survivor and now a registered holistic nutritionist, has dedicated her career to the art of hydration and plant-based medicine, first with her Nectar juiceries, and now with this beautifully-designed recipe book of water-based elixirs for beauty, health and healing. We spoke to her about her favourite recipes, how the side effect of the medicinal Schisandra berry is horniness and why self care is going to change the world.
By now you’ve likely heard of gua sha, the Chinese art of facial lifting that has recently swept the beauty world. The practice involves using a tool to sweep the face in an upward motion releasing stagnant blood and lymph, to promote circulation and healing. Used in China for centuries as a folk remedy, the name translates as “to scrape” (gua) and “sand” (sha). While that sounds a little harsh, it’s actually very soothing and has been credited with all kind of health benefits, from relieving stress to preventing hair loss,
Vancouver’s Newest Facial Bar Combines High Tech Treatments, Vitamin Shots and Wrinkle Relaxing Injections
The first thing you notice when you walk into Fig is the stylish staff uniform: a green botanical-print pyjama straight off an Olivia von Halle runway. When you learn that founder Jessica Walsh was once the legendary British fashion stylist Isabella Blow’s assistant, it makes sense. Walsh found the 19th century print at London’s Royal Albert Museum and had the uniforms made by a South African menswear designer on recommendation from a former colleague at British Vogue. As you do.
You may know Twilly as the perfect accessory—the traditional square silk scarf first introduced by Hermès in the 1930s and since produced in hundreds of pattern and colour combos (beyond their round-the-neck use, these have also graced our handbags and hair). By SARAH BANCROFT
“When I first started at Guerlain, I smelled my mother everywhere,” says Isabelle Artus, editorial director at Guerl AIN. She is making a reference to the 90-year-old Shalimar, the iconic fragrance that liberated women wore in the 1960s and ’70s.
People associate fragrance with luxury goods, but it is so much more than that,” says Sandra Armstrong, director and co-founder of Le Grand Musée du Parfum in Paris. “It is emblematic of French culture and art de vivre.” By SARAH BANCROFT
PARIS — It was threatening to rain again, but luckily the footwear of choice this Paris Fashion Week was thick-soled trainers and combat boots. All the better to puddle-jump and stay a step ahead of the relentless paparazzi outside the shows.
After seeing his future wife, Victoria Beckham, wearing a catsuit in a Spice Girls video, David Beckham reportedly declared, “That one there—that’s the girl I’m going to marry.” It’s no surprise that Ms. Beckham’s eponymous fashion line is now known for its sexy silhouettes. By SARAH BANCROFT