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The humble bee is at the centre of a growing farm-to-face movement in the beauty industry that is harnessing the repair signal to heal wrinkle breakage and slow the breakup of cells that occurs as we age.

The projects championed by founders of Philadelphia-based Beehive Books, Josh O’Neill and Maëlle Doliveux, set out to challenge how design and publishing work together.

The fall catalogue of fragrance launches provides a delightful, refreshing change of pace to the season.

Opening a bookstore and filling it with your favourite painstakingly chosen books is a dream for most, but Zoe Grams, founder and principal of literary marketing agency ZG Stories, made it her reality this month.

RuPaul’s Drag Race may have changed the conversation around fashion and beauty by bringing the different forms of self-expression into the mainstream, but queerness has been  part of the industry for much longer than the show has been on the air.

The release of a book that captures the spirit of travel, the cosiness of book shops, and the whimsy of summer is either very serendipitous or total genius.

“To devote oneself to the study of beauty is to offer footnotes to the universe of all the places and all the moments that one observes beauty.”

Across 7,000 years of history, nearly every culture in the world has some mention or interpretation of cosmetics recognizable as the makeup we know today.

Perfume has come a long way since its origins in Mesopotamia but not entirely for the better. As modernization took its toll on the centuries-old practice, luxury and care gave way to cheaper chemical alternatives.

Our skin goes through phases, and no one knows this better than Stephanie Sharabura and Kristin Kurian. The Toronto-based duo have developed a skin-care line called P{H}ASE that works in tandem with the body’s natural hormone production to meet skin’s needs during those cycles.

For someone in possession of an aura camera, energy is captured as bursts of colour and light crowning the subjects head like a halo of emotions. We talk to Canada’s first aura photographer, Evelyn Salvarinas about how this works and why it’s relevant.

These days, Astrology and beauty are indelibly intertwined. Not only are zodiac-themed beauty products everywhere but astrology also supposedly dictates the kind of scents, colours, and shimmers we are drawn to.

They’re still being made, although some brands have discontinued their contributions to the trend and the new launches aren’t being met with the same hype they once were. So what happened?

“Canada” and “castle” are not two words one would immediately place side by side. But indeed there are even more Canadian castles than the famous ones we have all heard of, like Casa Loma and Château Frontenac.

In the ’60s, a geothermal plant harnessed energy from the earth, and was intended to return the blue water found when drilling back into the earth through the porous lava rock, but the silica hardened and closed up the holes, forming an electric-blue hot spring with the power to heal psoriasis.

Ellie Mae is an independent retailer with several collections inspired by different eras—the spring-summer collection Retired in Palm Springs is an ode to the 1950s—and a vintage closet made up of classic rock, Harley Davidson, and university alumni T-shirts.

Marissa Freed is the fourth-generation president of Freed & Freed, a Winnipeg-based garment company that started as a men’s pants manufacturer and has since evolved several times. Her latest contribution to the heritage firm is a sub-brand called FREED, specializing in faux fur outerwear.

I would encourage everyone sheltering in place to revisit a novel from their childhood or reread an old feel-good book. If you are short on ideas, here are a few recommendations for books that make you feel good.

As any scotch connoisseur will tell you, there is a science to the perfect sip.

This month Hammam Spa by Céla is creating a new experience for the Mandarin Oriental informed by Canadian protocols and is training the hotel’s spa therapists, who will continue the practice permanently.

Moving into a new decade that is shadowed by environmental anxiety, and after five country-specific collections, H Project wanted to examine the effects environments have on culture and vice-versa; the ecosystem of fashion has a dramatic impact on the physical ecosystem.

The latest addition to the Bloor Street refresh that started with Eataly (visible from the Holts Café’s stunning new 20-foot-high floor-to-ceiling windows), reopened at the end of January and has contributed to the street’s reputation as a major foodie-shopping destination.

NUVO Thoughts: Immediately, I am faced with the consequences of the interplay between the idea of the book and this unfathomable thing, the Internet. There is a change taking place in the publishing industry because of the Internet. That change made this book possible. What has happened to the book?

The brutal winters did little to chill Icelanders’ spirits, instead it sparked a dark and strange literary imagination that has endured for more than 1000 years. The Yule Lads began as thirteen evil ogre brothers which parents used to scare children into behaving around Christmastime.

The inaugural scent by NARS founder and creative director François Nars, created in collaboration with French perfumer Olivia Giacobetti, is an exercise in ambiguity.

Moment Factory’s interactive walk-through installations require you to become a participant in a story—drawing you further and further into wonderland until, like Alice, you find yourself standing at the bottom of the rabbit hole looking up and wondering how you got there.

In 1982, Giorgio Armani designed his first-ever homeware piece: a tall, pyramid-shaped art deco table lamp. Today, a limited-edition replica of the lamp has pride of place in Canada’s first Armani/Casa showroom.

When writers send their books out into the world, there is always a hope attached. For Talaga, her hope is that people read the stories, listen to the collective voices, and ask themselves, “What can I do?”

The new book Essential Well Being by beauty entrepreneur and founder of Vitruvi, Sara Panton, focuses on small achievable acts of everyday self care. This quick and easy hair mask is perfect for a Sunday night and best paired with tea or wine while you wait.

We have called upon two sake experts to create the ultimate guide to help you choose the perfect Japanese rice wine.

For the most part, not a word of what was said or written about Wilde after his death was true. However, the stories of the forgers of Wilde’s “afterlife” are extraordinary in themselves.

Say the name Afie Jurvanen to a passerby and it may not mean much to them but the Canadian musician, better known as Bahamas, has been around the proverbial music-industry block more than a few times and this weekend he takes the stage in Squamish, BC.

When Canadian artist and designer Zoë Pawlak was starting out, she was 24, working in a restaurant, pregnant, and determined to be an entrepreneur. Now, she is an internationally recognized artist with a new take on life and a series of paintings to show for it.

Canada’s masters of puppetry for adults have collaborated with celebrated composer Veronika Krausas and Giller Prize-winning author André Alexis to create a haunting new opera.

The Venetian mask embossed on the Storie Veneziane by Valmont fragrance bottle is emblematic of the romance and mystique of Venice, the city the collection is named for: Venetian Stories.