THE IT: NARS Pure Matte Lipstick

Photography by Natalie Castellino.

Beauty always takes a richer turn as fall breezes turn to winter winds. Liners get darker, shadows get deeper, and gloss falls to the bottom of the makeup bag, replaced by gorgeous matte lipsticks that feel like velvet on the lips. The loveliest hues this season come from the new Pure Matte Lipstick collection from NARS ($30 each, available at The Bay,

Our three favourite shades are highlighted above: Vesuvio (rich red), Terre de Feu (dark cherry), and Tonkin (plummy cinnamon). Test the long-lasting formula with a cup of hot apple cider, then add the other shades to your Christmas list.


Jacquelyn West and Natasha Penzo, co-chairs of Boobyball 9. Story by Carole Park. Photography by Natalie Castellino.

Disco balls, big hair and sequins were de rigueur at Studio 54, so it was no surprise to see all of the above in abundance at Boobyball 9: FLASH in support of Rethink Breast Cancer. On Saturday night, the Kool Haus was transformed into a 54-worthy venue for an evening that would have made Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager a bit envious. A tall, tanned blonde wearing nothing but silver pasties and a thong served sparkling rosé to arriving guests, while photo-op areas framed the venue’s perimeter—one couldn’t help feeling as though the paparazzi was around at all times.

All that seemed to be missing was a crescent moon with a silver spoon and having someone ride in on a white horse.

Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger and Diana Vreeland couldn’t make it, but there was no shortage of party-goers going all out for their 15 minutes. Spotted were co-chairs Jacquelyn West in Hervé Léger and Natasha Penzo in Joeffer Caoc. Ainsley Kerr, co-chair and event specialist for Rethink Breast Cancer, looked like a dancing queen in her  flowing pink mini-dress, while blogger-about-town Nolan Bryant channeled classically chic Halston in a grey turtleneck and jacket.

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THE INVITATION: TIFF’s last great nights

Scott Speedman at the ET Canada party. Story by Emily Blake. Photography by Natalie Castellino.

TIFF never ends in a flash of lights. It sputters and flares and peters out. The tired troops of media, publicists, and film folk whittle their party schedules from three or four a night to one or two a night. Being a slightly lazy sort myself, on Tuesday and Wednesday (my last night of revelry), I was a one party per night girl.

Not to say I didn’t choose carefully. When an invitation came in from ET Canada, arguably the biggest kahuna of celebrity journalism in our fair city, to attend a party for a film called Good Neighbours starring one Scott Speedman (or, as I still think of him, Ben from Felicity), my choice was made.

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SOME LOOKS WE LIKED: At Salsa on St. Clair

Natalie Castellino snapped photos of the crowd at the Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival, billed as Toronto’s largest celebration of Latin culture. The photos are lovely on their own, but they’re also a heart-warming reminder of what a special city we live in. The proof is in the pics.

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THE IT: Watch Your Mouth

Style meets substance tonight at the opening reception for Watch Your Mouth, a new exhibition by Natalie Castellino. Natalie is one of The Style Notebook’s favourite photographers, but that’s not why you should check out the show. The work speaks for itself—the collected photos are a provocative commentary on the consequences of language. Nice baubles, too.

Raise a glass at 7 p.m. tonight, or head over to the Cell Gallery in Gallery 1313 any time before July 18.

BEST OF [FAT]: In photos and rhyming couplets, part II

This is part II of our [FAT] (phat?) rhyming coverage of the best Alternative Arts & Fashion Week in seasons. (You can read the first part here.) Words by James Grainger. Photography by Natalie Castellino.


Startled by flashes of capes and lamé,
The crowd wants to rise and storm the runway.

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STYLE MAP: Chasse Gardée

Story by Justine Iaboni. Photography by Natalie Castellino.

CHASSE GARDÉE (1084 Queen St. W., 416-901-9613,

Named after the French term for private hunting ground, Chasse Gardée is as well-curated as its name suggests. The boutique specializes in recherché brands, such as Mona Kowalska’s private label, A’Détacher, and LD Tuttle, the masters in layered-leather footwear. Fans of Jeffrey Campbell’s popular line—and men who have a thing for Belstaff, the Italian military brand—will be pleased to find both resting on pedestals against the brick wall. Yet the most unexpected, made-my-heart-skip-a-beat find were the grey Jules Power sweatpants I had seen only a few weeks earlier on the runway. I’ve put them on my shopping list along with the candy-coloured oxfords by Dieppa Restrepo and the stunning yet understated black leather Belstaff doctor bag that called to me from one of the highest pedestals.

As I chatted with owner Daniela Bosco on the big comfy couch in the “living room” area of the store, she confessed that, aside from offering excellent accessories, what she really wants is to envelop her customers in the warm, hearth-like atmosphere of Chasse Gardée amid the area’s austere warehouse aesthetic. Her wish appears to be coming true. During our conversation, the sun shone in through the glass storefront, Daniela’s sweet dog, Max, lounged in the corner and friendly neighbours dropped in to say hello.

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SOME LOOKS WE LIKED: Around Kensington Market

Natalie Castellino snapped photos of stylish folks this weekend in and around Kensington Market. There seemed to be a Bob Dylan vibe going on, so we’ve included lyrics from the original troubadour for each pic.

From “Tangled Up in Blue”

And I was standin’ on the side of the road

Rain fallin’ on my shoes

Heading out for the East Coast

Lord knows I’ve paid some dues gettin’ through

Tangled up in blue

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