Back when the FLARE staff shared an IRL administrative center house (RIP to my deserted aloe plant…), my mornings appeared a little bit one thing like this: rush to rise up the elevators in time for our 8:30 a.m. day-to-day assembly (for which, I admittedly confirmed as much as at approx 8:32 maximum days), hit the button on my Nespresso system, roll my chair over to our assembly desk and get started discussing the trending information pieces of previous 24 hours with my sensible colleagues. We’d assign a brand new tale or two, test in at the standing of our scheduled posts for the day after which invariably our consideration would flip to what new outfit, eyeliner or system considered one of us used to be debuting.

Since WFH was our new truth, there’s been much less alternative to proportion sale ratings and new obsessions. For one, maximum people put a difficult forestall on useless buying groceries; and moreover, we discovered ourselves dressed in sweatsuits a lot of the week. But now that issues are opening up (and we’re opening up our wallets once more) we determined to take our dialog on-line—like the whole lot else at the moment—and a brand new collection used to be born. Introducing FLARE Faves, the place we’re sharing our best type, good looks and residential buys from the previous month.

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Here, the most efficient issues we purchased or had been proficient in September.

Katherine’s alternatives

Best face masks

editors favourite products“As we move into fall and it becomes increasingly clear that we’ll be taking precautions—including wearing face masks in public spaces—into the winter, I’m keeping an eye out for masks that aren’t only effective, but also aesthetically pleasing. And these handmade masks by Toronto designer Eva Parrell are A+! Parrell’s masks—which can be purchased via her Instagram account—are super cute (my favourite patterns are cow print and green gingham!), really comfortable for long-wear (I love the scrunchie-like straps around my ears) and don’t break the bank. I also love that purchasing from her means supporting a small, female-owned business and designer.”

Face Masks, $25 every or 2 for $40,

Best eye shadow

editors favourite products“This was an impromptu purchase while I was cruising Glossier’s website to restock my tried and true Boy Brow gel (another must have), and was fuelled purely by my desire to keep the warmth of summer going in some way. This eye tint is easy to apply and makes me feel like I’m subscribing to a more adult version of the popular Euphoria makeup trend.”

Skywash in Valley, $22,

Best learn

editors favourite products“This was the September pick for the book club I have with my friends, and is now one of my favourite books of 2020—if not of all time. It’s been on pretty much every ‘it girl’ booklist you can imagine; and while I’m sometimes skeptical of those seemingly ‘trendy’ novels, this one lives up to the hype.”

Writers & Lovers via Lily King, $15,

—Katherine Singh, assistant editor

Ria’s alternatives

Best living room set

editors favourite products“I’ve been living in this wonderful matching sweatsuit from Encircled for weeks. It’s luxuriously soft, breathable and super cozy. I honestly wish I had this set in every single colour because it’s the perfect loungewear for fall. Bonus: It’s sustainable *and* Toronto-made!”

Fair Jogger, $142, and Hoodie, $136, in Heather Oatmeal,

Best face mist

editors favourite products“No matter what the season, a facial mist is always a must-have for me! I tend to get hot flashes when I’m out and about, so a good spritz instantly cools me down. It also quenches my dry and thirsty skin during colder months, so it’s definitely a great product to have all-year round.”

Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray, $22,

Best masks chain

editors favourite products“These days, there’s nothing more annoying than having to let your face mask dangle from one ear (or rocking a weird chin strap sitch) when you’re walking outdoors, so this mask chain has been a life saver. Stay safe and chic, folks!”

Amelia Face Mask Chain, $60,

—Ria Elciario, performing social media editor

Jenn’s alternatives

Best backpack

editors favourite products“Ah, to need a bag for lugging around a bunch of stuff from your house to different locations! In the Before Times, I would have wept softly upon discovering this Canadian-designed, PETA-certified vegan leather backpack with tons of compartments, including one that fits a 17-inch laptop (poetry) and a change of shoes. While my longest work commute is currently about 30 feet, this carryall has been perfect for taking longer walks around the neighbourhood and grabbing necessities along the way.”

Lambert Charles Vegan Leather Backpack, $145,

Best fall nail polish

editors favourite products“Two words: sweater weather. These deliciously earthy hues look right at home with my chunky fall cardigans and cozy cashmere pullovers. (Yes, I’m in the minority that’s always happy to say “see ya next year” to summer time attire.) And whilst I used to be in a dedicated, if somewhat obsessive, dating with bi-weekly shellac manicures for the easier a part of 5 years, your lady is now embracing that DIY mani lifestyles. Vinylux, with keratin, jojoba oil and diet E, is somewhat of a no brainer for house paint jobs; the long-wear formulation doesn’t desire a base coat and the shine you get from the Long Wear Top Coat is the following best possible factor to gel.”

CND Vinylux Long Wear Polish Autumn Addict Collection (Cherry Apple proven right here), $12.50 every,

Best gin

editors favourite products“There may not be quite as many stress cocktails being guzzled frantically as the first month of lockdown but that doesn’t mean I’m abstaining from a little tipple here and there. When I’m not tucking into a nice Pinot Gris, I love me a crisp gin and tonic. This gin, made in small batches in Victoria, B.C., looks as pretty in a rocks glass as it does on my bar cart thanks to the butterfly pea blossom that gives the booze its luscious purple colour. But don’t worry, the taste is classic London Dry gin. Cheers!”

Empress 1908 Gin, $50,

—Jennifer Berry, managing editor

Elham’s alternatives

Best joggers

editors favourite products“I’m late to upgrading my WFH attire (hello and goodbye to sweatpants that should never see the light of day again), but I’m glad I’ve upgraded to something I feel OK leaving the house in.”

Studio Joggers in Powder Grey, $52,

Best toner

editors favourite products“I have mildly sensitive but very dry skin, and was on the hunt for something that would provide hydration without exacerbating my rudely flaky face. I came across this toner, and so far I’ve been really enjoying it! Products that I apply after feel extra moisturizing, so I think that means it’s working.”

Etude House SoonJunh pH 5.5 Toner, $16 USD,

Best image shelf

editors favourite products“I have a lot of small art prints I’ve collected over the years that I wanted to display in my room somehow, but it’s difficult finding wall-safe hanging solutions that also fit my small space. A million scrolls later and I came across these shelves that so far have held up well!”

Command Picture Ledge, $28,

—Elham Numan, graphic clothier

Charlotte’s alternatives

Best (vegan) leather-based pants

editors favourite products“I think I’m ready to wear real pants again?! Honestly never thought I’d see the day, but fall is making me long for tailored clothing in rich tones that—who knows—I may even leave the house in. I recently fell hard for these vegan leather pants from Toronto-based size-inclusive designer Hilary MacMillan. I love that the navy colour sets them apart from the ubiquitous black leather trousers of last year, and their perfectly cropped length looks great with kicky little ankle boots.”

Faux Leather Pants in Navy, $225,

Best lip crayon

editors favourite products“Anyone else starting to get sick of staring at themselves on Zoom calls all day? I’m trying to remedy that by wearing a different lipstick for every meeting. Lately, I’ve been shopping my stash and recently rediscovered this flattering pink-y nude lip crayon from one of my all-time-favourite brands, Bite. It glides on smoothly, is surprisingly hydrating, and has full coverage that lasts.”

Power Move Creamy Matte Lip Crayon in Leche, $24,

Best toothbrush

editors favourite products“I know, toothbrushes aren’t really that sexy but, trust me, this is one to get excited about. Bruush is a Vancouver-based DTC company that is disrupting the electric toothbrush market with a product that actually doesn’t look terrible on your bathroom vanity. In fact, it’s kind of chic. Also, it really works: I just went to the dentist for the first time in over a year (thanks, COVID…) and was told by the hygienist that my teeth looked ‘surprisingly good.’ I’ll take it!”

Electric Toothbrush Kit + Refill Plan, $79,

Charlotte Herrold, editor-in-chief