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Elle MacPherson’s WelleCo Opens Flagship Store in NYC
This week, Elle MacPherson opened the doors to her flagship WelleCo store in NYC’s SoHo. The space features an in-house nutritionist consulting area where customers can have their supplementation regimen customized. Customers will also have a chance to sample products and attend demonstrations and events.
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Toronto’s The Quiet Company Launches Lunch & Meditate Series with Impact Kitchen
Starting September 24, meditation studio The Quiet Company will offer a Lunch & Meditate series in partnership with Impact Kitchen. The combo is available for the Find Your Impact class on Mondays at 12:15 and the Find Your Heart class on Wednesdays at 12:15 and with an upgrade to a regular class price, meditators will get a choice of a Lean or Macro Bowl at Impact Kitchen.
Read More: The Quiet Company
Gap is Getting into Athleisure for Men
While the Gap has been offering stylish workout gear for women for some time, the brand announced this week that it would be launching a new brand called “Hill City” focused on “performance activewear” for men. Hill City will launch in mid-October as an online brand and include 60 items. They will also showcase some of the items at 50 Athleta stores where shoppers can purchase the items via a kiosk that will take online orders. Last year, Gap noted that it expects Athleta to hit the $1 billion mark in sales within the next few years.
Read More: Fortune
CBD Sales Projected to Be Even Bigger
Remember that time (about three weeks ago) we reported that the hemp-CBD market was expected to reach $10.6 billion USD by 2025? Turns out those numbers might be off… by a lot. A new report out this week from cannabis industry analysts the Brightfield Group indicates that the market could hit $22 billion by 2022, outpacing cannabis sales.
One brand jumping on all the wellness trends in one is CROP Infrastructure Corp which announced the development of a cannabis-infused line of soft drinks called CANNADRINK, which will be a zero calorie, non-GMO, ketogenic-friendly line of soda and will include tea and coffee versions.
Read More: PR Newswire
SoulCycle Gets Even Tougher
This week, SoulCycle introduces its newest offering, SoulActivate, to Toronto. The class is Soul’s take on HIIT and strength training – while on the bike. Expect heart rate variation, timed interval pushes and an extra weight series with heavier weights. According to their website, “given the athletic intensity of the class, SoulActivate is recommended for riders who have taken 10 or more SoulCycle classes.”
Read More: SoulCycle
Goop Pays $145K in Settlement Over Yoni Egg
Goop has settled a $145K lawsuit concerning claims made about the yoni eggs (stones inserted vaginally) and Inner Judge Flower Essence Blend sold on its website (specifically that the eggs could balance hormones, regulate menstrual cycles, prevent uterine prolapse, and increase bladder control, and that the Flower Essence Blend could help prevent depression). The suit was filed by the California Food, Drug, and Medical Device Task Force last week, with prosecutors saying the list of benefits was “not supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence.” Following the settlement, Goop has been banned from advertising products “without possessing competent and reliable scientific evidence.”
Additionally, if you bought the Rose Quartz Egg, Jade Egg, or Flower Essence Blend between January 12 and August 31 2017, you are eligible to request a full refund from Goop. This also might explain the company’s announcement a few weeks ago (scroll down to our August 24 news) that they would be hiring a team of scientists to vet all product claims.
Read More: Vogue
Crystals Make a Repeat Visit to NY Fashion Week
You may recall we reported on The Row doling out crystals at their New York Fashion Week runway show in February. Another fashion house has now taken a cue from the Olsen twins – Collina Strada gifted guests a healing crystal and then took it the extra mile with a gong in the middle of the runway, and “healing music” being played as models strutted the catwalk toting prayer beads. “Through the practice of sound bath, I hope to convey that we all have the power to find our clean slate,” designer Hillary Taymour reportedly wrote in the show notes.
Read More: The Cut
California’s Next Step in Banning Animal Testing
California’s state legislature has become the first in the U.S. to pass a comprehensive bill that would ban the sale of products that have been, or include ingredients that have been, tested on animals anywhere in the state. If the bill – which specifically bans cosmetic products – is signed into law, any products that have been tested on animals would be banned from sale beginning January 1, 2020.
Read More: People
Want to Be a Mindfulness Leader? There’s a New Way to Get Certified
As workplace wellness programs continue to increase in popularity and the practice of mindfulness grows in Toronto with the opening of three new meditation studios, one company has launched a certification program to help promote mental health and safety in the workplace. Mindful Leader, available to the Canadian workforce, provides tools and strategies to support staff and improve psychological health and safety in the workplace. This certification helps organizations meet the requirements of the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
Read More: Mindful Leader
Get that Instagram Checkmark
Instagram announced some exciting updates this week coming to the app in September, including a new way to get verified, plus user transparency. The “About this Account” section will help users evaluate the legitimacy of an account, including information like when the account was created, the country in which it is based, and how many times the account’s username has changed in the last year. Users will also finally be able to request that little blue “verified” checkmark (previously it had to be bestowed by Instagram) by providing legal or business identification to the app.
Read More: TechCrunch
Should You Ditch Your Coconut Oil Habit?
You cook with it, wash your face with it, hang out on the couch while it works its wonders as hair mask, but is your fave all-purpose product not the wonder substance we think it is? In a 50-minute German lecture (that Business Insider helpfully translated for us since we do not speak the language), Karin Michels, the director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumor Epidemiology at the University of Freiburg and a professor at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, suggests that coconut oil is not as healthy as we think it is when it comes to ingesting it.
In the lecture she called “Coconut Oil and other Nutritional Errors,” Michels calls coconut oil “pure poison” and “one of the worst foods you can eat.” She deems it more dangerous than lard because it “almost exclusively contains saturated fatty acids, ones that can clog the coronary arteries,” according to Business Insider. And she’s not the first to make the claim: last year the American Heart Association updated its own guidelines to recommend that people avoid the saturated fatty acids found in coconut oil.
What to do with that giant tub of coconut oil in your pantry if you’re not cooking with it? It makes a pretty excellent face mask, moisturizer, makeup remover, oil-pulling teeth whitener…’
Read More: Business Insider
Want Free New Balance’s? Head to NYC
Fashion Week is coming to NYC and with it, a chance to not only spot the fashion forward, but to be sought out as one of them. New Balance is setting up a booth in SoHo with cameras facing out in all directions to find fashion outliers – those who are doing something unique with their style. Once the cameras identify the fashion-forward, a New Balance rep will come out of the booth, explain the promo, and gift them a free pair of New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz Nubuck shoes.
“The idea is to celebrate people who go left when everybody else is going right,” Allie Tsavdarides, New Balance’s director of global marketing, told Fast Company. “And it’s a way to (hand out our) products to these people who already reflect what we stand for as a brand.”
Read More: Fast Company
Goop Sets New Scientific Guidelines
Remember the uproar around Gwyneth’s promotion of the Yoni egg? Or the public response from NASA debunking her claims that a set of energetically-charged stickers were made with the same material as spacesuits? And how about the outcry at the idea of “vaginal steaming.” A major part of the criticism lobbed at Goop and Gwyneth herself is that the company doesn’t always offer facts to back up those health claims.
As the Goop empire continues to grow, the company has announced the hiring of a team of scientists to vet claims made about products sold on its website and written about in their editorial content. According to an article in Business of Fashion, the company is seeking “full transparency” within the next six to 12 months. “We want to be absolutely bullet-proof as people now look more carefully as to what we’re doing,” Goop chief content officer Elise Loehnen told the publication.
Read More: Business of Fashion
Ditched Dodgeball? That Might Be Why You Hate Spin Class.
Could your hatred of wearing grubby mandated tracksuits and having to break a sweat playing dodgeball in between History and Math class have something to do with your aversion to fitness as an adult? Turns out: maybe. According to a study in the Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, the common decline in physical activity from childhood to adulthood is even more pronounced if you grew up being, let’s say, less than enthusiastic about organized sports. The study included more than a thousand men and women between 18 and 45 and asked their feelings about gym class. Thirty-four percent associated gym class with embarrassment, 18 percent cited lack of enjoyment, and 14 percent hated changing clothes in the locker room. The study found that those with the most negative attitudes towards gym class were the most likely to dislike exercise as an adult.
Read More: The Cut
There’s Always Money in the CBD Stand
According to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc., the global industrial hemp market is expected to reach $10.6 billion USD by 2025. The growth projection is due in part to a rising demand for CBD oil in food and beverages, with the CBD market specifically called out for prime expansion across three sectors: hemp-derived CBD, marijuana-derived CBD, and pharmaceutical CBD.
Read More: PR Newswire
How About a Side of Booch with Your Booty Workout?
Health-Ade Kombucha announced a partnership with the powerhouse women of Tone It Up, Katrina Scott and Karena Dawn. The pair debuted their first co-branded booch this week: the organic and raw Bubbly Rose Superfood flavor. The new brew features hawthorn berry, mangosteen and pink rose, along with the company’s original base which mixes fermented organic black and green tees. While it’s currently only available in the U.S., here’s hoping it will make its way north soon.
Read More: PR Newswire
Bumble is Investing in Female Entrepreneurs
Dating app Bumble wants to do more than help you find a match: they want you to “be the CEO your parents always wanted you to marry.” And now instead of just making the statement a cute Insta post, they’re backing it up with actual dollars. This week, Bumble announced the launch of the Bumble Fund “to help those women largely ignored by the venture capital establishment.” The fund will focus on early-stage investments, “primarily in businesses founded and led by women of color and those from underrepresented groups,” and the investment strategy will be lead by the company’s CEO, Sarah Jones Simmer. To be considered, download Bumble, create a Bizz Profile, and stay tuned for pitch info in the fall.
Read More: Bumble
What the Lawsuit Against Nike Could Mean
Nike has been under fire since March for allegations of sexual misconduct laid out in a class-action lawsuit filed in Oregon. Claims include sexual harassment incidents at the company, emails discussing female employees looks, higher-ups publicly describing female employees with misogynistic terms in a public setting, the allegation that the company pays women less than men and that they give women fewer opportunities for advancement. Retail Dive goes into what this could mean (or not mean) for the company.
Read More: Retail Dive
Charcoal Beauty Goes Mainstream
Charcoal is beloved for its ability to remove impurities in the skin and hair through beauty products and in our guts through juices, but it’s also a pretty pricey ingredient. Thanks to Pantene, we might be seeing the start of charcoal hitting the larger mainstream. The company recently launched its Pro-V Charcoal Shampoo and Conditioner, helping to bring our fave beauty whiz to the masses, and we are absolutely here for that.
Read More: The Cut
Millennials are Here for CBD Skincare
No surprise here: in a survey of 3000 millennials in North America, more than 50% of the 1000 Canadians showed interest in the cannabis market. The survey, conducted by Intercept Group (a Toronto and Boston-based marketing agency), also showed that 49% wanted to try CBD topicals (skin lotions or oils). And they might have an easier time of it once legalization hits in October: according to an article in Daily Hive, big players like L’Oréal and Aveda have shown interest in using the uber-trendy compound in products.
Read More: Daily Hive
FDA Validates Specific Therapeutic Benefits of CBD
This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a drug derived from pure CBD (cannabidiol) for the treatment of seizures associated with two forms of epilepsy. Epidiolex is now the first FDA-approved drug that contains a substance derived from the cannabis sativa plant, and marks the first time the FDA has validated the therapeutic affects of CBD.
Read More: FDA
ClassPass Launches Audio Workout App
Can’t workout at your fave studios in person? ClassPass has got you. This week, the company announced ClassPass Go, an app that offers guided classes from top trainers (athletes from the most popular gyms and studios in NY, LA, and SF), set to music curated by DJs and spanning multiple genres. There are already over 500 classes available on the app and more will be added each month (think: running, cycling, yoga, HIIT, elliptical and more). There are even mindfulness sessions. You’ll be able to filter workouts by class duration, experience level, and calories burned. But the best news? It’s all free, whether you’re a member of ClassPass or not.
Read More: ClassPass
Khloe Kardashian Gets into the Activewear Game
Is there any industry the Kardashians don’t have a hand in? Next up for the powerhouse family: activewear. Khloe’s denim-focused company, Good American, is adding activewear to its offerings. The line includes tops, sports bras, and leggings, all in shades of blacks, whites, and grey, with a single pop of blush pink. You can also buy matching sets of tops and bottoms in their “Outfits” section. The biggest feature of the line for the GA team though, was working on inclusive sizing that ranges from size XS to 4XL. Fabrics feature four-way stretch, compression, UV protection, and moisture-wicking fabrics.
Read More: Fashionista
WeWork Launches WeMRKT
While you can no longer find meat at WeWork offices (see our July 20 roundup), you can now purchase juices, office supplies, food, and – you guessed it – wellness products, from companies led by WeWork members in their brand new WeMRKT. WeWork allows members to apply for placement in their market, which also comes with featured signage, social media promo, special pop-ups and activations, and more. While the WeMRKT isn’t in Canada yet, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it makes its way here soon.
Read More: Retail Dive
Should You be Taking Ingestibles?
Goop sells them. Bobbi Brown recently relaunched her beauty career with them. Even Nordstrom and Sephora are on the ingestible skincare train. Sales in the category have grown more than 40% in the last five years, now accounting for $89.6 million in sales in the US alone (up from $63.6 million in 2012). So are ingestibles the quick fix wellness pill we’ve been looking for? They can certainly have benefits but doctors urge caution, noting that vitamins and supplement manufacturers in general do not have to prove safety or effectiveness to the FDA before going to market. Look for brands like NSF International and Consumer Lab to be sure the products have been tested for quality and, more generally, avoid high-dose vitamins unless recommended by your doctor.
Read More: Quartzy
Time-Restricted Eating – The Key to Better Health?
Could the time of day you eat be impacting your overall health goals? According to a new book, “The Circadian Code” – which argues that we should take our first bite of food in the morning and our last bite early in the evening – it could be. Most of us are eating over a 15-hour period or longer each day (including early morning coffee with milk and late night snacks), grazing throughout the day, but it turns out we might be better off restricting our eating window to closer to 8-10 hours to get on point with our circadian rhythm.
Read More: The New York Times
Your Trainers Are Ready for Their Closeup
You know how your fave instructors are Instagram famous? Get ready for them to be real-life famous: SoulCycle is launching a talent management practice for its star trainers. The agency doesn’t have a name yet (it’s in the pilot stage of its rollout), but the goal is to boost the professional and personal brands of high-profile employees in social media and sponsorships, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter
Where’s the Beef? Not at WeWork.
Vegetarians and vegans rejoice: a major company has just eliminated meat from its menu. WeWork – which has about 6,000 staff members – will no longer serve meat at company events and will no longer allow employees to expense meat, in an effort to reduce their environmental impact. The company will not prohibit staff or its 200,000 members from bringing in meat-based meals they’ve paid for themselves and members can host their own events at WeWork and serve meat, again as long as they have supplied it themselves. The company will also exclude meat products from the self-serve food and drink kiosk systems.
From the company-wide memo: “New research indicates that avoiding meat is one of the biggest things an individual can do to reduce their personal environmental impact — even more than switching to a hybrid car. As a company, WeWork can save an estimated 16.7 billion gallons (63.1 billion liters) of water, 445.1 million pounds (201.9 million kg) of CO2 emissions, and over 15 million animals by 2023 by eliminating meat at our events.”
Read More: TechCrunch
Bathe Like a Dangerous Woman
Never doubt the power of a rabid pop star fan. Last week, an Ariana Grande fan account tweeted Lush in an effort to get the brand to create a bath bomb inspired by Grande’s recent video for her single “God is a Woman.” “Make a bath bomb that looks like this & call it god is a woman so i can bathe feeling like a goddess,” the fan tweeted. Grande responded, tagged Lush and said she’ll “do anything.” And the internet responded: a Lush product developer posted to the his own Instagram to confirm the product is in the works. We’re ready for our Insta-ready tub time.
Read More: Elle
That’s Hot: Paris Hilton Launches Skin Care Line
Here’s the first thing you need to know: Diamond Powder is involved. So are white truffles. But would you expect anything less of a line from she of the tiny accessory dogs and Swarovski crystal-encrusted Sidekick? Paris Hilton’s new venture, skin care, is a four-product line (Lift and Firm Eye Cream, Face & Decolletage Cream, Dual Action Cleansing Gel, Advanced Recovery Serum) called ProD.N.A. The line features “innovative enzymes sourced from marine microalgae,” according to a press release, and is “based upon a proprietary formulation, trademarked GenoMatrix, that contains exclusive enzymes that help support the body’s natural DNA repair process.”
Read More: PR Newswire
By Chloe Products May Not be Coming to a Whole Foods Near You
While the group behind By Chloe is working on aggressive expansion of the business (the seventh NYC location opens this year), the company’s namesake, Chloe Coscarelli, continues to fight to preserve the brand that bares her name. The latest lawsuit aims to keep the brand from selling a line of By Chloe products in two Manhattan Whole Foods, as well as to produce a “declaratory judgement” that she holds a 50% stake in the company. Coscarelli has previously sued ESquared, alleging that its CEO, Jimmy Haber, has sent her “threatening messages” and that under his leadership, the quality of the restaurant’s food has suffered.
Read More: New York Magazine / Grub Street
Bandier Announces Studio B Pop-Up and Permanent Location
Bandier, the clothing store that brings top athleisure brands together under one roof, has announced the location of a pop-up of their Studio B workout space. If you’re in NYC this summer, catch their workout lineup at 636 Broadway (Broadway & Bleeker), including dance, strength, bootcamp, and more. The studio moves to a permanent home at 670 Broadway this fall.
Read More: Bandier
Fit Faves Rank in Time’s 25 Most Influential People on the Internet
Time Magazine has released its list of the 25 most influential people on the internet and no surprise: our fitness and wellness community bring it. There’s #KaylasArmy leader Kayla Itsines, the 27-year-old OG fitfluencer, and Busy Philips, who we’re personally obsessed with for her totally unfiltered post-sweat selfies (she works hard). They’re in impressive company among a strong roster of influencers including some using the medium for social change, like Charlotte & Dave Willner of the Facebook movement “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child” which has raised more than $20 million.
Read More: Time Magazine
The Ordinary: Still Producing
While the internet has become somewhat fixated on the epic drama that is the CEO of Deciem coming unhinged on Instagram, the company is still pushing forward. Beloved brand the Ordinary now adds its first cleansers and sunscreen (an SPF 15 and SPF 30) to its existing line. The sunscreens are made with zinc oxide, titanium dioxide and an organic UV shield. While we’ll have to wait a few months for the cleansers, prolific CEO Brandon Truaxe has given some clues about the new products on – where else? – Instagram, noting that one will include activated charcoal and salicylic acid and is “somewhere between a cleanser and a mask,” according to New York Magazine.
Read More: New York Magazine
Anthropologie Gets into the Wellness Game
Now you can pick up a crystal along with that boho chic sundress. Anthropologie, which launched a Wellness by Anthropologie shop in Palo Alto in January, is now taking its wellness wares to 12 stores across the U.S. Among the 500 items in the store-within-a-store beginning June 25, will be crystal items like face rollers, water bottles, combs, toothbrushes, and more, as well as teas, elixirs, supplements, and more. Can’t find a Wellness by Anthropologie shop near you? The internet has you covered.
Read More: New York Magazine
It’s a Gym… For Your Face
Ever look in the mirror and think “man, I’ve got great biceps and my glutes are super toned, but I just wish my face was more… jacked”? New York City has a place for that (because of course it does). Meet: FaceGym. The London import, currently occupying a space in Saks, will open a 2,000-square-foot flagship space in NoHo this September, according to FastCompany.
Classes (there are currently three workout chairs at a beauty counter) are 30- or 45-minutes, cost $70, and include Yoga Face (to invigorate and restore), Signature Electrical (to “rediscover your cheekbones”), Cryo Oxygen (“a blast of hydration”) and more. “Trainers knead, massage, and contort the face to best sculpt and tone facial muscles, much like a non-invasive DIY face-lift,” according to FastCompany. There’s also something called “cheek burpies” involved.
Read More: FastCompany
The Brains are Back
Public street art initiative, The Brain Project, is back for its third year, but expect things to look a little different this time around. Instead of large sculptures, the Project – which aims to raise money and awareness for brain health including Alzheimer’s and dementia in support of Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto – will feature wall-mounted 2D pieces this year. Fifty artists will participate this year, including a few select celebrities. The brains will take on the streets of Toronto beginning July 4 and running through August 31.
Read More: The Brain Project
CrossFit Sues Reebok
Spencer Pratt: Wellness Guru
If you pay attention to one bit of wellness news this week, make it this one: Spencer Pratt (he of Speidi fame) has launched a web series with MTV all about his wellness journey. And we are one hundred percent here for this. You might remember pop culture’s collective “WTF” when Spencer embraced healing crystals towards the end of “The Hills” run on MTV, assuming an obsession with gems meant he had clearly gone off the deep end (we can all stand corrected on that one). On the MTV web series, “Spencer Pratt Will Heal You,” which has now officially launched, Spencer will “seek enlightenment, positive energy and new tools that can help myself and you all love ourselves,” he says in a trailer for the series.
Read More: E! News
Moon Juice Expands to Beauty Products
Moon Juice, the line of ingestible wellness powders like Sex Dust, Brain Dust, and Beauty Dust, is expanding its reach from beauty from the inside to beauty from the outside. The new line is called Beauty Shroom (because of course it is) and will be sold on Moon Juice’s website beginning June 19 and at Sephora beginning on June 29. Products feature adaptogens and are free of chemicals like parabens and pthalates. The first three products to be released in the line are the Exfoliating Acid Potion, Plumping Jelly Serum, and an ingestible powder called Vegan Collagen Protection.
Read More: Vogue
ClassPass Announces Aggressive International Expansion
According to ClassPass CEO, following ClassPass’s successful expansion to 10 new US cities last fall, they now plan on launching in more than 20 new countries by the end of 2019. “We are excited to accelerate our footprint both domestically and internationally with the goal of more than doubling our network size and establishing a major global presence” says its CEO, following news that they have also hired Chloe Ross as VP of International (whose former positions include international strategy at Microsoft and developing policy in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit) to lead the charge on global strategy and execution.
Read More: ClassPass
Could Your Crystals Be Unethically Sourced?
According to a report from The New Republic, the objects of our collective obsession could have some seriously questionable origins. “I tried to track down the sources of crystals sold on popular websites. I found that some were mined in countries with notoriously lax labor and environmental regulations, and some came from large-scale U.S. mines that have contaminated ecosystems and drinking water,” reports the writer. What’s more, in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo, “children as young as seven work the mines.”
Read More: The New Republic
Do You Really Want to Know How Much Time You Spend on Instagram?
According to the CEO of Instagram, a new feature will allow you to find out just how much of your day is being spend on the app. “We’re building tools that will help the IG community know more about the time they spend on Instagram,” says CEO Kevin Systrom. “Any time should be positive and intentional . . . Understanding how time online impacts people is important, and it’s the responsibility of all companies to be honest about this. We want to be part of the solution. I take that responsibility seriously.” You’ll be able to find the information in your settings in “Usage Insights,” that is, if you really want to know.
Read More: TechCrunch
Say Goodbye to Harmful Sunscreen Chemicals
You already know the importance of ditching chemicals in your deodorant, mascara, and more, but have you made the switch to chemical-free sunscreen yet? In addition to the damage the chemicals in sunscreen can do to your body, they can also wreak havoc on ocean life, which is why Hawaii has become the first state to pass a bill banning the sale of sunscreen containing chemicals believed to harm coral reefs. On May 1, the state passed legislation prohibiting “the distribution of sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate that scientists have found contributes to coral bleaching when washed off in the ocean,” according to the New York Times.
Read More: New York Times
The Hottest New Shopping Mall is… Instagram
You already know that you can access price details and a direct link to products in the posts of your fave businesses on Instagram. After a few clicks though, you might have also noticed that you have to leave the app in order to make the purchase. Coming soon, you’ll be able to online shop without ever leaving the app. According to TechCrunch, Instagram has added a native payments feature for select users, which “lets you register a debit or credit card as part of a profile, set up a security pin, then start buying things without ever leaving Instagram.” Cue the 4am insomnia purchases now.
Read More: TechCrunch
Impact Kitchen Expands to the West Side
Finally you’ll be able to satisfy your Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie cravings on both sides of town: Impact Kitchen is ready to open its doors on the west side. The healthy fast-casual hotspot has announced it will open at the corner of Adelaide and Brant the week of May 21.
Read More: Impact Kitchen
Sephora Gets into the Clean Beauty Game
Starting June 1, Sephora will get serious about clean beauty with a new category called “Clean at Sephora.” While the brand already allows consumers to see which products are free from harmful chemicals, the new category’s launch arrives in response to the ongoing push for transparency in the beauty industry. “Together with Sephora’s brands, industry experts, external council — including feedback from clients — Sephora has curated a partnership with its brands across cosmetics, skin care, hair care, and fragrance that stand behind the ‘Clean at Sephora’ category,” according to Allure Magazine.
Fifty brands are on board already and will earn a “Clean at Sephora” seal, while more than 2,000 product pages on the brand’s website will be marked “clean.” You’ll also be able to shop the clean beauty items at a special in-store area.
Read More: Allure
lululemon Announces Swimwear Collaboration
Not a surfer? Thanks to lulu, now you can at least look the part. This week, lululemon announced a partnership with pro surfer Malia Manuel (who at 14 became the youngest surfer ever to win the US Open of Surfing) on a line of swimwear inspired by Manuel’s lifestyle. The collection “aims to mirror her surf philosophy, mindful approved, and fluid and free spirit on the waves,” according to a press release. Items in the collection are made with a four-way stretch, quick-drying fabric with UV protection that is also chlorine and salt water tested.
The collection launches online and in select stores on May 8 (in Toronto that’s Queen West, Yorkville, Eaton Centre, and Briar Hill). Will wearing items from the line help you drop into a gnarly wave (are we doing this surf terminology thing right?) better? Maybe. But either way you’ll look good trying.
Read More: lululemon
B Yoga Acquires Halfmoon Products
B Yoga the Toronto-based brand beloved for its super grippy mats (among other luxe products), announced this week that it has acquired Halfmoon Products, a Vancouver-based yoga and meditation accessories company. The brands had been collaborating for the past year which led to B Yoga’s decision to bring them into the fold.
“We couldn’t be happier that Halfmoon is joining the B Yoga family,” says B Yoga founder Andrea Morris. “Both companies are deeply rooted in the same values— integrity, authenticity, respect, empowerment. It feels natural for these companies to come together, and I’m looking forward to working with Beth [McTavish, Halfmoon founder] to make this transition as seamless as possible.”
Read More: B YOGA
Future of Nike’s Leadership is Female
In the wake of the New York Times’ article about Nike’s HR department overlooking sexual harassment and gender discrimination complaints while female staffers took investigating the claims into their own hands, Nike has ousted a few of its male leaders and replaced them with female staffers. Thirteen-year employee Amy Montagne will replace Jayme Martin (who was allegedly let go for protecting his male colleagues who “engaged in behavior that was demeaning to female colleagues,” according to Racked) as VP. The company also replaced its male head of diversity and inclusion with its 15-year VP of global corporate communications, Kellie Leonard.
Read More: Racked
Keeping Up with Kongress
We give it a week before Kris renames it Kapitol Hill. This Tuesday, Kourtney Kardashian joined Environmental Working Group (EWG) president Ken Cook to speak to congressional leaders about updating cosmetics legislation. “She’s meeting with lawmakers to update an 80 year old FDA law to help make beauty products safer,” NBC Washington’s Jennifer Vasquez tweeted. Kourtney was there to call for “new legislation that will give cosmetic companies an guideline of how much of a certain chemical they can use,” Vasquez also shared.
Read More: E! News
How About a Mani to Go with Those Burpees?
Taryn Toomey, creator of The Class and all-around wellness guru, now wants to expand her empire to your nails. Toomey announced her second collaboration with the 8-free brand, featuring the light pastel shades that dominate her wardrobe (and the previous collection she launched with lululemon). Pick up the polishes as a trio or upgrade to an option that also includes a pedicure at a Tenoverten salon and a credit for a session at The Class ($155 USD).
Read More: New York Magazine
Want to Build Immunity? Run a Marathon.
You’ve been told that sustained strenuous exercise can hamper your immune system’s ability to do its job, but what if the opposite were true? According to research conducted by a team at the University of Bath in England, it turns out that “contrary to widespread belief, a long, tiring workout or race can amplify immune responses, not suppress them,” according to an article in the New York Times. Race on, friends!
Read More: New York Times
By Chloe Namesake Sues Parent Company
After being ousted from her namesake NYC eatery last year, Chloe Coscarelli of By Chloe is firing back at the vegan hot-spot’s parent company with a new lawsuit. Coscarelli is asking for damages from ESquared Hospitality after it removed her but continued to use her name as it expanded the company to 10 locations, according to Eater. She alleges that CEO Jimmy Haber took measures to remove her after she rejected his “advances” as well as “his requests to license her name for mass produced food,” Eater reports. The suit comes on the heels of ESquared’s announcement last week of a $31 million investment that they plan to use to open 20 more locations globally.
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A Shot of Skincare
Think of your favourite serum and how amazing your skin looks and feels for that brief period immediately after you apply it. What if you could get that aesthetic for a longer period of time? What if that meant turning to injections? Turns out some of our beloved skincare product ingredients like hyaluronic acid, which is sought after to stimulate collagen synthesis, may only work when injected. “Put simply, the penetration of topical skincare will always fall short when compared to something that goes under the skin,” says cosmetic physician Dr. Sarah Tonks in an article by Vogue UK.
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The Wing is Headed to Toronto
Ultra chic women’s-only co-working and community hub, The Wing, is expanding to Toronto in 2019, according to the company’s website. While we don’t have any additional details yet (stay tuned!), we can hope for the same cool-girl aesthetic (think: Glossier products and lots of millennial pink), insanely impressive guest speakers (oh hey Hilary Clinton), and outside-the-box events (the first NYC space opened with an ultra-exclusive sleepover; Lena Dunham and Jena Lyons were among the guests). The Wing was inspired by the women’s club movement of the late 19th and early 20th century, and is currently expanding beyond its NYC locations to LA, Seattle, and London.
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Bobbi Brown Launches Wellness Line
While her eponymous line’s colour palate always skewed natural, makeup mogul Bobbi Brown is finally making a major move into all-natural wellness. Brown, who stepped away from her brand in 2016, launched a new company, Beauty Evolution, and a website, justBOBBI, on Monday. “justBOBBI is a modern lifestyle platform for all things wellness, beauty, travel, and everything in between,” she wrote in an Instagram post. The big news though, is her new product line, Evolution 18, a range of dietary supplement wellness products using only “high performing, non-toxic ingredients,” according to her website. Products includ “Strengthen Capsules,” a probiotic, and protein powders. The line launches soon but until then, you can join the waitlist on her website.
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Nike Launches “Unconscious Bias Training”
In an effort to “accelerate representation of women and people of color at leadership levels,” Nike announced that it will “launch targeted training programs, invest in a diversity sourcing team as well as ‘Unconscious Bias training’ for all managers,” according to an article on Business of Fashion. Currently 29% of the company’s VPs are women.
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W Hotels Launches FUEL Weekends
Earlier this year, we predicted that wellness would become a major part of our travel planning, and W Hotels is proving us right. FUEL Weekends by W Hotels enlists fitness experts to act as weekend workout guides (including OG yogi Tara Stiles), and offer workout options like yoga, boxing, surfing, and HIIT. Locally-sourced healthy cuisine will be a major part of the weekend, followed by a chance to “retox” with cocktails, healthy light bites, and a pool party with an open bar because #balance. The inaugural weekends will take place at W Punta de Mita, then W Verbier, and W Dubai – The Palm.
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AMMAP: As Many Meats as Possible
Over the past few years, CrossFit has become synonymous with paleo, the diet that eschews sugar, refined foods, and dairy (among other things) in favour of quality meats and produce. Now, thanks to a partnership with Strauss Brands, a major meat company, you’ll be able to follow up a snatch sesh with a special brand of CrossFit-approved meat. The CrossFit Approved box features “a curation of Strauss’ free-range chicken, grass-fed burgers, beef sticks, and various cuts of steak,” available at Strauss’ online store, according to a press release.
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