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Focusing on Real Food Vs. Caloric Intake Leads to Success, Study Finds
File this one under: tell us something we didn’t know. A new study published in JAMA this week – which emphasized participants focus on “real” foods versus restricting calories, fat, or carbs – found that those who cut back on added sugar, refined grains, and processed foods while focusing on veggies and whole foods, “lost significant amounts of weight over the course of a year,” The New York Times reports. Participants were encouraged to eat as much “real food” as they needed to avoid feeling hungry.
The study also found that those who had the most success “changed their relationship with food” by no longer eating in their cars or in front of the TV, according to Dr. Christopher D. Gardner who led the study.
Carbon 38 Launches Retail Shop, Nabs Investment from Foot Locker
Carbon38, the online athleisure retailer that stocks all the most crave-worthy brands (think: Ultracor, Alo, MICHI, The Upside, and Terez to name a few), is sliding into Bandier territory with the announcement of its first brick-and-mortar store in Los Angeles this summer. But that’s not the only big news the brand had to announce: they also scored a major investment from Foot Locker – to the tune of $15 million USD.
Carbon38’s CEO notes that this is the first time a major activewear retailer has teamed up with a fitness fashion start-up, and that the partnership will give Carbon38 an opportunity to expand and speed up delivery, and “explore international opportunities.” Does that mean we can expect it to be easier to shop the brand online here in Canada or see a store open in Toronto? Here’s hoping!
Read More: Well & Good
Departure Announcements at Deciem
Better stock up on your beloved The Ordinary products now as things continue to dip in a downward spiral at Deciem. Last week, we told you about the growing concern for the company after its founder, Brandon Truaxe, began to come publicly unhinged on the brand’s Instagram account. Now it’s been announced that co-founder Nicola Kilner is out and it looks like she’s been fired by Truaxe.
“I have terminated employment of several people at DECIEM who do not subscribe to my peaceful values,” Truaxe told Racked, which has been on top of the story for a few weeks. “I have also cc’d Estée Lauder’s management on here. I hope you’re well and smiling.”
Read More: Racked
February 16, 2018
Things Are Getting Weird at the Abnormal Beauty Company
Over at Deciem, the company responsible for beloved affordable skincare line, The Ordinary, things have gotten well, a little out of the ordinary. The Toronto-based company (you may have popped into their shop in Yorkville with it’s sassy “Not Bay” sign) which expanded into the US last year, has undergone a very visible change on their social media that’s left many wondering about the state of the company, and specifically its founder.
Take a scroll through the company’s Instagram feed and you’ll notice that on January 24, the normally bright and cheery posts featuring products and shots of the company logo, seem to have given way to more personal posts and videos of founder Brandon Truaxe. While he’s evidently always been the man behind the posts, he’s gotten squarely in front of them now, with highly personal videos, posts doling out assignments to employees, several shots of actual trash (with a promise to get rid of plastic packaging), and one severing a relationship with his partner in the Esho line.
You Got Crystals, Dude
The Olsen Twins: they’re just like us! The actresses/fashion designers showed they’re all about the new-age-goes-mainstream trend at their NYC fashion show this week when they doled out crystals to attendees. After servers passed around tiny scones and mochi, each guest was given a clear quartz crystal or black tourmaline with an accompanying notecard: “This crystal is a protective stone which repels and blocks negative energies. It also works in reducing fear and increasing focus.” The note also included instructions on cleaning your crystals (though we’d say a blessing from MK & A is enough to charge your stone for a lifetime).
Read More: The Cut
lululemon Releases New Line, Inspired by Chinese Lunar New Year
Were you just thinking that your closet is missing the perfect outfit to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year? Same. So we’re pumped that lululemon has released a limited-edition capsule collection featuring a print inspired by the holiday. Think rich, red hues and delicate floral artwork on items like the Sweat Times Bra, Wunder Under High Rise, Train Times Pant, Fast and Free 7/8 Tight, and Hotty Hot Short. According to a press release from the company, the color red symbolizes good fortune and joy for the Lunar New Year, while the flowers (magnolias, peonies, plum and lily blossoms) are prominent symbols in Chinese culture and art. Each flower and branch was hand-drawn, turned into screens, and layered to create the pattern. The collection launches today (February 16) and is available for a limited time in select stores. Head to the link for details (and let us know if you recognize the model as one of Toronto’s own!).
Read More: lululemon
The Detox Market Launches The Detox Box
Following in the footsteps of OG services like BirchBox, Toronto’s The Detox Market has launched its own monthly subscription service, The Detox Box. Each month, the shop will send a curated box of all natural skincare goodies direct to your door. Each month will feature a different brand and at least $110 of products. There are options for a three-month or six-month subscription. The Detox Market will also update their website each month with a page highlighting the products and story behind the featured line and its founder, so you can get glowing and educated.
Read More: The Detox Market
February 9, 2018
lululemon CEO Steps Down
The athletic apparel company’s CEO of four years, Laurent Potdevin, stepped down abruptly from the company earlier this week. On Monday, the company said that Potdevin resigned because the lululemon “expects all employees to exemplify the highest levels of integrity and respect for one another” and Potdevin’s conduct fell short of the company’s standards. CNBC sited sources close to the company who indicated that among the reasons for Potdevin’s departure was a relationship the CEO had with a subordinate. lululemon’s executive chairman and former Gap Inc. CEO Glenn Murphy, will help manage the business while it seeks a new leader.
The Detox Market Opens in Union Station
Toronto’s go-to spot for all natural beauty products opened its third Toronto location this week. The new store, situated in a hip corner of Union Station near a Greenhouse Juice, Peace Collective, Pilot Coffee Roasters, and Calii Love, among others, will feature a rotating selection of their full catalog of products.
Visit: The Detox Market
Only In New York? Leech Facials
There’s a therapist in Brooklyn giving leech facials. It’s a treatment known as hirudotherapy and, well, it’s exactly what you think it is. Would you try it? Do you want to see it come to Toronto? We want to know!
Read More: New York Magazine
Now You Can Spin in South Korea
Invite to the Olympics get lost in the mail? Same. We have some good news though: now we can join the athletes (in spirit, at least) thanks to the magic of Peloton. Anyone with one of the fancy AF spin bikes in their home will be able to tune in to workouts live-streamed from the NBC Olympics Broadcast Studio. You won’t be in the running for a gold medal, but you might get a shout-out from star instructor Robin Arzon (and that’s kind of the same thing).
Read More: PR Newswire
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