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Formal Meals and Towering Cakes: The Top Wedding Food Trends for 2017

When trying to recall the hazy dinners of weddings past, images of dreary seared salmon or overcooked steak drenched in a port wine glaze usually spring to mind. Yet with caterers adopting trends like tasting menus and interactive activities at meals, brides and grooms are offered more choices than ever on the food front. Here, a look at the top trends in wedding food for 2017.

Keep it small
Tiny, composed passed dishes, known as “roaming buffets,” are popping up all over. “It’s a way for guests to fully integrate into the event and not be segregated by tables. Roaming buffets keep the flow of the event moving and energetic,” says Kathleen Schaffer of the hospitality company Schaffer. “We have done several weddings recently with interactive stations, where chefs create small, composed plates served with cocktail forks, as well as passing them. Rather than tucking into a whole plated entrée, couples are opting for more choices and variety in menus.”

“Couples are way more educated and adventurous with their menus,” says Carla Ruben, president and creative director of Creative Edge Parties. “In past years they would come with tons of pictures of wedding dresses and flowers. Now they come with photos and menus from their favorite restaurants and traveling experiences. This creates a version of tapas or tasting menus that are specifically curated around their personal experiences together.”

Formality is back
If you’re thinking about family style—last year’s most popular wedding service option—think again. “There definitely is demand for a more tailored and elegant approach to food service at the actual wedding. Brides are opting for a preselected served dinner versus a more casual family-style dinner,” says celebrity wedding planner Colin Cowie. (If you really want the family-style feel, Cowie suggests doing it for the rehearsal dinner.)

“The rustic presentation is losing its luster. This summer, we definitely have seen a movement away from mason jars, wood planks, craft paper, naked cakes, and hair wreaths,” says Schaffer. “Chic, elegant tablescapes and more refined menus with clean presentations seem to be the next trend. A return to elegance and sophistication is always inevitable among trendsetters.”

And while tradition seems to be reigning supreme, traditional bread service is waning. A movement toward menu-specific alternatives, such as popovers, Brazilian chewy cheese rolls, specialty cracker breads, and pretzel rolls, is on the rise, says Napa-based caterer Paula LeDuc.

Finally, guests aren’t the only ones dressing for the occasion. Catering staff attire has been elevated as well. “Think beautiful cognac leather bow ties for an event in Jackson Hole or coordinated knitted scarves for a winter wedding in Aspen and vintage chambray aprons for a rustic wood-fired feast in the Hudson Valley,” says Lisa Vorce, owner and creative director of Lisa Vorce Co. “The staff are styled to complement the overall aesthetic of the event and create an even more memorable experience for guests.”

The death of the food truck
“The food truck has certainly seen its day and was fun and novel while it lasted,” states Cowie. “I am a big believer in keeping the party moving. Once the dance floor is in high gear, keep it going. The idea of sending guests to a destination for food will certainly empty the dance floor and negatively affect the energy of the party.”

Instead, Cowie suggests bringing food carts or trays directly to the dance floor to pass late-night bites. “We find our brides and grooms love everything from sliders wrapped in custom papers to fresh-made pizza in personalized mini pizza boxes. A good bacon and egg on a mini croissant or french fries are also always a hit. If you want something down-to-earth, serve gourmet tater tots or mac and cheese. Or, if you want to up the style, serve miniature pairings: a grilled-cheese sandwich with tomato soup or milk and cookies. Just remember that after a night of drinking and dancing, the guests’ diet really is not an issue—they will eat anything decadent at that stage!”

Sustainable, local, raw
The farm-to-table movement taking the restaurant world by storm has also trickled into the wedding industry. “People are much more food savvy, eating healthier and desiring local farm–cultivated ingredients,” LeDuc says. Whereas couples used to insist on organic ingredients, now they want to know the provenance of the ingredient, Cowie says. “Which farm does it come from? Is it local? Is the egg from this morning?”

Vegan and vegetarian options are now elevated to the main event rather than a substitution option. “Without doubt, we are seeing more brides and grooms feature vegan options versus vegetarian. The vegan movement is well on the way, and most top restaurants today now offer a vegan menu. Vegan used to mean the grilled portobello mushroom; today’s chefs are preparing exquisite and delicious vegan options,” Cowie says.

Sometimes couples even go so far as to hand most control over to the caterer and wait until a week or two before the wedding, allowing the chef to riff off what’s best in season. “Our clientele defer to us on a very seasonal menu, leaving a finalized menu till the last moment so that they can have the best of what’s coming from our local farms,” says Jamie Schmones Erickson of Poppy’s Catering in Brooklyn.

Earthy, clean cocktails
Incorporating botanicals like rosemary or sage into cocktails is “certainly on trend,” says Ruben. “We recently designed a bar basing each of the classic cocktails around a twist using fresh herbs. My personal favorite was a chive-infused gin and tonic that we garnished with the chive blossoms. It was refreshing, herbaceous, and stunning.”

Pre-ceremony beverages have also become more specialized and location specific. “For a hot summer wedding in Lake Como, for example, serve Aperol spritzes or iced espresso macchiatos,” suggests Vorce.

And consider incorporating herbs in other creative places outside of the bar as an interactive way to ensure your guests engage with the food. “Just this summer, we created a centerpiece using hundreds of stems of fresh herbs. Each guest was given a small pair of scissors at their place setting and was encouraged to cut off pieces of the centerpiece and add them to their salads,” says Ruben.

Big is back
As couples shy away from rustic and casual, it seems like elegance is once again on the rise. “Brides and grooms are looking for a more polished and refined product. The same thing is happening in the cake world. No more naked cakes or cupcake towers or even pyramids of macaroons. The tall, elegant, and imposing iced cake stands tall again,” Cowie says. Tall cakes also make for the best photo ops, says Schaffer.

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Top summer hair and make-up celebrity trends

We’ve seen a lot of crazy beauty fads come and go lately, but there are a few wearable ones that have become hallmarks of summer 2017.

Celebrities like Katy Perry, Kristen Stewart and Emily Ratajkowski have helped propel platinum pixie cuts, orange eyeshadow, here-today-gone-tomorrow bangs and more into the season’s top beauty trends.

The popularity of the looks are showing no signs of slowing down, so now is the perfect time to give one (or more) of them a try. 

For real? Vanessa Hudgens, 28, is the most recent celebrity to take to Instagram to show off faux bangs

One set of fringe, two ways: Jennifer Yepez gave Emily Ratajkowski, 26, fake bangs when her hair was both down and pulled back

One set of fringe, two ways: Jennifer Yepez gave Emily Ratajkowski, 26, fake bangs when her hair was both down and pulled back

Thanks to hairstylists like Jennifer Yepez and Jen Atkin, clip-in bangs were the must-have accessory during the Cannes Film Festival in May.

The hair pros used them to transform the manes of stars like Lily Collins, Emily Ratajkowski and Salma Hayek.

In June, Jen accented Bella Hadid’s blunt bob with yet another set of faux fringe for the CFDA Awards, and Jennifer brought back Emily’s thick bangs during Paris Couture Week in July.

They faked it, too! Bella Hadid (pictured), 20, Cara Delevingne, 24, and Salma Hayek, 50, have all also used clip-in bangs to transform their looks this season

They faked it, too! Bella Hadid, 20, Cara Delevingne (pictured), 24, and Salma Hayek, 50, have all also used clip-in bangs to transform their looks this season

They faked it, too! Bella Hadid, 20, Cara Delevingne, 24, and Salma Hayek (pictured), 50, have all also used clip-in bangs to transform their looks this season

The real deal: Sofia Vergara, 45, cut her fringe for real back in July

Since then, the clip-in style has also been spotted on Cara Delevingne and, most recently, Vanessa Hudgens.

The only A-lister to make a permanent bang change this summer has been Sofia Vergara, who cut hers in July and hasn’t been seen without them since.

If you’re not ready to try fringe for real, try Hairdo Effortless Clip-In Bangs ($26.50, qvc.com) or True by Ellen Wille Clip-In Bangs ($384, wigs.com). You may want to take them to your stylist to have them cut or dyed to match your natural hair. 

Twinning: Katy Perry (left), 32, and Cara (right) had such similar platinum pixie cuts at the Chanel Couture show in Paris in July that it was easy to mistake one for the other

Short hair, don't care: Katy has gradually taken her crop shorter, choosing to leave it longer on the top and front, while Cara is growing out hers after shaving her head in April

Short hair, don't care: Katy has gradually taken her crop shorter, choosing to leave it longer on the top and front, while Cara is growing out hers after shaving her head in April

How short can you go? Kristen Stewart (pictured), 27, and Zoe Kravitz, 28, have also debuted closely cropped, bleached styles

How short can you go? Kristen Stewart, 27, and Zoe Kravitz (pictured), 28, have also debuted closely cropped, bleached styles

If there has been one defining haircut of the summer, it’s been the platinum pixie. 

Ever since Cara Delevingne shaved her head for her role in the film Life in a Year back in April, multiple stars have followed suit, opting for the slightly longer, grown-out version Cara has been sporting lately.

During the Chanel Couture Show in Paris in July, for example, attendees Cara and Katy Perry were practically indistinguishable from each other.

Kristen Stewart and Zoe Kravitz have also taken the platinum plunge in recent months.

If you’ve been considering joining the club, celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak, who works with Cara says, ‘DO IT!’

Once you’ve gone the bleached route, protect your color – and your hair – with products like It’s a 10 Haircare’s Five Minute Hair Repair For Blondes mask ($21, itsa10haircare.com) and John Frieda Sheer Blonde Brilliantly Brighter Shampoo and Conditioner ($10 each, ulta.com).

Orange you glad they didn't wear a different color? Jourdun Dunn (pictured), 27, and Selena Gomez, 25, have proved how versatile the bright eyeshadow shade can be

Orange you glad they didn't wear a different color? Jourdun Dunn, 27, and Selena Gomez (pictured), 25, have proved how versatile the bright eyeshadow shade can be

Think you can't wear orange on your eyes? Let Chloe Grace Moretz (pictured), 20, Zendaya, 20, and Lucy Hale, 28, convince you otherwise. All three have made it work in the past few months

Think you can't wear orange on your eyes? Let Chloe Grace Moretz, 20, Zendaya (pictured), 20, and Lucy Hale, 28, convince you otherwise. All three have made it work in the past few months

Think you can't wear orange on your eyes? Let Chloe Grace Moretz, 20, Zendaya, 20, and Lucy Hale (pictured), 28, convince you otherwise. All three have made it work in the past few months

Orange eyeshadow has been trending for a while, but it has recently reached peek color status due to stars like Jourdan Dunn, Selena Gomez, Chloe Grace Moretz, Zendaya and more.

So what’s with the newfound crush on orange? Lucy Hale’s make-up artist Kelsey Deenihan explained it to Femail this way: ‘We have the smoky eyes, and a lot of times you see them done in jewel tones or the bronze smoky eye, but the new colors, like orange, are a fun way to give a new take on a classic eye.’

The proliferation of palettes built around the shade certainly don’t hurt, either. The Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette ($54, sephora.com) and MAC Girls Palette in Mischief Minx ($39.50, nordstrom.com) make it easy to play around with the bold hue.    

From wavy to straight: After Jen Atkin cut 33-year-old Khloe Kardashian's hair into a short bob (pictured), fellow stylist Justine Marjan straighted her strands into a sleek '90s style

From wavy to straight: After Jen Atkin cut Khloe Kardashian's hair into a short bob, fellow stylist Justine Marjan straighted her strands into a sleek '90s style (pictured)

Like seemingly everything ’90s, pin-straight hairstyles are back. 

One need not look further than the Kardashian-Jenner clan for proof. Kim Kardashian West, Kendall Jenner and Khloe Kardashian have all shown an affinity for sleek strands lately.

Kendall regularly wears her long bob parted down the middle and stick straight, oftentimes the work of stylist Jen Atkin.

All in the family: Khloe's sisters Kendall Jenner (pictured), 21, and Kim Kardashian West, 36, have also stepped out with stick-straight, high-gloss manes in the past few months

All in the family: Khloe's sisters Kendall Jenner, 21, and Kim Kardashian West (pictured), 36, have also stepped out with stick-straight, high-gloss manes in the past few months

Jen also provided the impetus for Khloe to take the trend for a spin when she cut the Kardashian sister’s hair into a chin-length bob on Monday. Shortly after, fellow hair pro Justine Marjan gave the cut a ‘super straight and ’90s’ style.

And less than week ago, Chris Appleton gave Kim a waist-length, high-gloss style.

To copy the look, bust out your flat iron (we like Amika The Antidote Silk Wrap Styler, $150, sephora.com). Just don’t forget a heat protectant (try Jen’s Ouai Smooth Spray, $26, theouai.com) and shine serum (pick up Tresemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum, $5, target.com).


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The Top 5 Emerging Trends in the Cannabis Industry

According to a new report from Salar Media Group and Civilized, as the cannabis industry continues to grow and more states begin to legalize marijuana, several new trends are emerging. Now, as U.S. Senator Cory Booker introduces a new bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level and encourage states to legalize it locally, these trends are emerging and will become more common within the cannabis industry.

The first emerging trend identified and evolved from the industry is science, as legalization has encouraged further research on the plant and its many properties and characteristics. As of 2015, approximately 22,000 cannabis studies have been published. Also, to specifically focus on cannabis research, the first United States research institution was created last year. Another emerging trend is craft cannabis similar to craft beer or liquor. Farms and cultivators will produce special strains in limited batches for cannabis connoisseurs to indulge. Celebrity marijuana brands have started this trend from the likes of Willie Nelson and Bob Marley. Another very similar trend is the emerging luxury cannabis brands, which the report says, “…are replicating what happened in liquor brands with the introduction of high-end, more expensive tequilas, dark liquors, vodkas and sake.”

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These Are The Top Five Emerging Trends In The Cannabis Industry – Forbes


These Are The Top Five Emerging Trends In The Cannabis Industry
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Kendall Jenner Wore a Completely Sheer Top While Out in N.Y.C.

There are tons of trends to wear this summer, but Kendall Jenner only wants to flaunt one this season: sheer tops without bras.

On Sunday, the new super stepped out in New York City with BFF Bella Hadid, and slipped on a breezy blouse that literally dared to bare. The printed Bec & Bridge piece featured long ruffle sleeves and a plunging neckline with undone front buttons that also gave a peek at Jenner’s toned abs.

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She paired the design with high-waist denim, retro-inspired round shades, and on-trend white boots. The 21-year-old and Hadid kind of twinned, as they have in the past, with the Bulgari face wearing a bandana as a top, faded denim, and white kicks.


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We’re still figuring out a way to execute the sheer trend without feeling self-conscious, but the model definitely gives us all the courage we need to approach this week (and our style) fearlessly!

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Kardashian-approved stylist Jen Atkin dishes on the top hair trends

Summer’s here, so that means it’s time to change up your hair routine.

While days at the beach call for relaxed updos, the lighter-for-later nights call for sultry (and celebratory) looks that usher in the top hair trend of the season: texture.

“Texture is really popular in the summer because we’re laying out by the pool or are out at the beach and I think it just gives you that really beautiful look,” Jen Atkin, a celebrity hairstylist and founder of the hair product line OUAI, says. “I think of Gisele (Bundchen) when I think of texture. A gorgeous supermodel from Brazil. That’s what (summer) texture is.”

To help you get inspired, Atkin put together a roster of four of her favourite hairstyles for the warm-weather season — complete with how-to steps.

And the best part? Her summer style hit list — including two beach-appropriate looks — include at least one creation that can work with virtually every hair type and length. Plus, each look can be created in a few steps (think: less than 10).

To create each look, Atkin employed the new Dyson Supersonic hair dryer and a handful of her favourite products from her own hair product line, OUAI.

Here’s what she’s come up with.

Jen Atkin, pictured third from left, partnered with Dyson Supersonic to create her top summer hairstyles.

Jen Atkin, pictured third from left, partnered with Dyson Supersonic to create her top summer hairstyles.

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 “Paparazzi-Proof Sleek & Straight” A model sports the "Paparazzi-Proof Sleek & Straight" style by celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin.

  1. Prep damp hair with a mousse.
  2. Blow-dry hair section by section using a medium-sized round brush.
  3. Once completely dry, pass through the hair in sections with a boar-bristle brush, followed by a flatiron. (Atkin’s pro tip: Straighten from the mid-length of the hair rather than from root to tip to keep strand from falling flat.) 
  4. For fine and medium hair apply dry shampoo foam near the roots. (Atkin’s pro tip: Use a root concealer along your part and hairline for an extra-polished look.)
  5. Use a shot of cool air from your hair dryer to calm the hair’s cuticle and increase shine.
  6. Spray some hairspray onto a toothbrush and use it to smooth any flyaways.
  7. Finish by sealing in ends with hair oil.





“Girls Night Out Curls” "Girls Night Out Curls" created by Jen Atkin.

  1. Prep damp hair with wave spray.
  2. For naturally curly hair, follow with curl gel to help define natural waves.
  3. Dry hair using a hair dryer and diffuser nozzle on lowest speed and medium heat. (Atkin’s pro tip: Use the diffuser as a cup to hold hair as it dries — flipping head upside down if needed.
  4. Once hair is dry, apply dry shampoo foam to roots for fullness
  5. Use a finishing creme throughout hair to help keep curls uniform and controlled.
  6. Use a matte pomade to separate and define a few select curls.
  7. Finish with a light mist of texturizing spray for added volume and hold. 






“Vacation Twisted Topknot” A model sports the "Vacation Twisted Topknot" style by celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin.

  1. Prep damp hair with wave spray and a small amount of mousse — just at the roots.
  2. Rough-dry hair using a smoothing nozzle. (Atkin’s pro tip: While drying, use a small, flat paddle brush to smooth the sections near the hairline and nape of the neck as they will be on full display with this updo.)
  3. Brush out hair and spritz with a texturizing hairspray.
  4. Divide hair into two sections, from ear to ear using a brush or comb. Secure the top section into a ponytail. Repeat with the bottom section, brushing hair upwards or flipping your head upside, if needed.
  5. Tie the two ponytails together tightly using a third hair elastic or band.
  6. Spray texturizing hairspray through the ends of the hair and gently backcomb.
  7. Twist hair into a knot and secure with large bobby pins. (Atkin’s pro tip: Fill in the hairline with root concealer for a more polished look.)
  8. Finish by spraying a medium-hold hairspray onto a toothbrush to smooth flyaways.




“Pinterest Situation Mohawk Braid Topknot”A model sports the "Pinterest Situation Mohawk Braid Topknot" style by celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin.

  1. Spritz hair with a wave spray.
  2. If hair is freshly washed, use a hair dryer and styling-concentrator nozzle set to medium speed and medium heat and blowout hair using a large round brush. (Atkin’s pro tip: Be sure to aim airflow away from your head as you dry to avoid increasing frizz and flyaways.)
  3. Section the hair on the top of your head, from the corners of your forehead to the crown.
  4. Braid the section — preferably in a Dutch braid or fishtail braid style — and secure with a clear elastic band. Use a styling-concentrator nozzle set to medium speed and medium heat and blowout hair using a large round brush. (Atkin’s pro tip: Slightly pull up sections from braid to create an exaggerated mohawk appeal.)
  5. Spray the half-ponytail with a texturing hairspray and backcomb with a boar-bristle brush for added volume.
  6. Twist the ponytail into a topknot and secure with small bobby pins.
  7. Use a flatiron to add relaxed waves to the lower section of your hair, finishing with a spritz of texturizing hairspray.


Jen Atkin's go-to summer styles can be created using the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer, as well as products from her line OUAI.

Q&A: Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin reveals the three hair products everyone should be using

Jen Atkin can easily be labelled a celebrity hairstylist.

But while Atkin’s work with some of the biggest names in current pop culture (including the Kardashians, Chrissy Tiegen and the Hadids) would make one initially believe her clients are where the “celebrity” job title comes from, the glossy-haired stylist has become nearly as notable as her A-list customers.

“I’m always so surprised by that,” Atkin demurred when asked about her ever-growing legion of fans and followers (two million and counting on Instagram, alone).

Speaking to Canadian media during an event in Toronto with Dyson Supersonic, for which she is a spokesperson, Atkin dished on her go-to hairstyles, what’s the most under-utilized tool kit we all have in our homes, the three must-have products — and more.

Q. What’s your weekly hairstyle “calendar” like?

A. I usually start with wavy hair, and then day two, I use dry shampoo foam, which is awesome because it just kind of helps you get rid of excess dirt and oil without flattening your hair and making it look like it has too much product in it. I make it have a lot of volume. So, day two, I will go into straight hair. Day three, if I’ve had time to go to the gym, I will go with a sleek low bun. And, honestly, I usually go four days (without washing my hair) so, day four is usually my “Sade” look, Where I will put on red lipstick to try to keep the attention away from how dirty my hair is.

Q. Any tips to improve our at-home chances of nailing a hairstyle?

A. It really starts in the shower. If you have fine hair, you want to use a shampoo that’s volumizing, something that’s cleansing but making sure you don’t overload on conditioner. If you have really course or frizzy hair, our OUAI treatment mask is a game changer. It’s great because it gives you that soft, touchable, pretty hair. And then, the Dyson Supersonic really is amazing. Once you see it and use it, you really will never go back to your prehistoric hair dryer.

Q. What’s the one hairstyling tool or product we likely all have at home that we’re not taking advantage of?

A. A diffuser can be your best friend. It can help you skip other hot tools and it can give you that effortless wave in no time.

Q. Space is often an issue — especially when it comes to storage space in the bathroom. Any tips to pare down the product list in order to have just the essentials?

A. Get a bigger bathroom! (laughs). I think three products every woman needs are: a dry texturing spray, which is basically like if dry shampoo and hairspray had a baby. It’s something every girl wants to have fuller hair; dry shampoo foam is something that has been really, really exciting to launch; and lastly, it’s a wave spray because it makes your hair like cotton candy. It gives you that hair like when you come out of the ocean and your hair just dries like, really cool. It has a bit more fullness and a bit more memory.

Q. What’s one hairstyle that works for everyone?

A. I have never seen a girl that didn’t look great in a centre-part, low and sleek bun. And I think it’s easy for mostly everyone to do.

Q. How about for those who have a go-to style already. Any ideas to update an existing look? 

A. I have a hair accessories line with Chloe + Isabel, and we have really cute ponytail holders and bun cups. It’s a really fun way to dress it up and go from day to night.

The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer retails for $499 at select retailers and online at dysoncanada.ca. OUAI products are available at Sephora.


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The celebrity-driven Kia C’eed from ‘Top Gear’ is for sale – Digital Trends

The celebrity-driven Kia C’eed from ‘Top Gear’ is for sale
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Having survived that, the C’eed is now available to buy through Auto Trader in the U.K. The asking price is 4,500 pounds ($5,809). Auto Trader pegs the average value of this model in private sales at 4,230 pounds ($5,461), so the Kia’s celebrity status

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7 trends from this year’s Fancy Foods Show, Food News & Top Stories

WASHINGTON • The Fancy Foods Show might sound precious. But it is pretty intense: Every summer, makers of speciality foods from across the globe convene in New York for a massive trade show of their wares, all vying for the attention of buyers from grocery stores and markets. A purchase from Whole Foods, for example, can make or break a brand.

Representatives from major grocery stores stalk the aisles of the Javits Center, sampling salmon jerky and switchel and “goji berry superfood ice treat”, looking for the next big thing.

And when you see that many stalls shilling speculoos, for example, it is easy to see what is going to be trending in grocery stores next year. If you do not see these products in your local grocery store, you can always buy them online.


Grown weary of Sriracha? Gochujang, a spicy Korean sauce, is going to become a household name, if the Fancy Foods Show is any indication.

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There was more gochujang in the halls of the Javits Center than could be counted, from brands such as We Rub You, Food Trk, One Culture Foods, Seriously Korean, Divine and K-Mama Sauce.

Serious Foodie has a gochujang- infused “Korean Lemon Garlic Grill Sauce and Marinade”, which is gluten-free and not genetically modified. Hak’s brand of tear-and-pour cooking sauces offers a Korean barbecue packet and Spice Hunter has a Korean barbecue rub.

Mother in Law’s, a kimchi brand that launched its gochujang in 2014, now offers “liquid kimchi” (it is the liquid from the kimchi fermentation process), a “fermented and probiotic spicy elixir” that the brand recommends for salad dressings.


Last year’s chocolate hummus trend has manifested itself in a more palatable form: chocolate-covered chickpeas. Some of them are crunchy, some of them are chewy and all of them could substitute for your favourite chocolate-covered almonds or trail mix when you get in a snack rut.


Remember hearing about the water sommeliers of fancy restaurants who enraged the proletariat and inflamed the Internet trolls? Well, they have made their way into packaged goods. Watersboten offers three varieties that all sound like celebrity baby names: Angelica, Blue Vervain and Rhodiola Rosea, described in their marketing materials as “non-habit forming” and “gently mood-enhancing”.

A few tables down was Tanzamaji “pre-historic water”, which is advertised as being 10 million years old.

Bottled in Mwanza, Tanzania, the water comes from the depths of a lake there, which is so deep that it has “not gone through the evaporation/rain cycle in 10 million years”, the company says. It costs US$15 (S$20) a bottle and tastes like water.

Before you get out your pitchforks, know that the company provides jobs and clean drinking water for Tanzanians near the lake.


African food has finally been getting more popular in the restaurant scene, so it is only natural that those flavours would make their way to packaged goods.

Serious Foodie has a “West African Paradise” rub, made with grains of paradise, a spice that has a lemon-pepper flavour. Woodland Foods’ Manitou Trading Company is making a North African Chermoula seasoning, another trendy flavour – traditionally, chermoula is a Moroccan herb sauce that plays well with seafood.


Drinking vegetables is no longer juicing, it’s “souping”. Vegetable soups are being packaged as ready-to-drink portable beverages.

Tio Gazpacho comes in six flavours: classic, “Del Sol” (yellow tomato, carrot and pepper), green (kale, spinach, avocado and mint), “Rosado” (watermelon, cilantro and cayenne), corn and “fresa” (strawberry, basil and romaine).

Zupa Noma, whose slogan is “Souping is the new juicing”, has a range of soups – from carrot coconut lime to yellow pepper turmeric.


Ramen at a restaurant is often a gourmet experience, but ramen at home has not yet shaken its styrofoam-coated associations. That is about to change: There were several companies at Fancy Foods shilling quality ramen.

Mike’s Mighty Good sells “craft” ramen cups filled with organic noodles in four flavours: chicken, pork tonkotsu, spicy beef and vegetarian. Wiki Wiki noodles come with a miso or tonkotsu base and take only three minutes to cook. The same company that makes them, Sun Noodles – which supplies noodles to Momofuku – also has a “craft ramen” line, which you can buy noodles-only or accompanied by a miso or shoyu base. It is free of preservatives and monosodium glutamate and the packaging is slightly rustic, as if it were cornbread or wild rice.


Because coconut water, aloe water, maple water and cactus water are so passe, there were several companies at Fancy Foods hawking water made from the sap of birch trees.

Companies such as Absolutely Wild claim that the water is rich in antioxidants and electrolytes. It is lower in sugar than coconut water and tastes less sweet too.

Some companies try to enhance it by adding flavours. Absolutely Wild has a matcha birch water, while Treo offers four flavours: peach mango, blueberry, coconut pineapple and strawberry. Expect to see birch water in the hands of Lululemon-wearing SoulCyclers.


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5 top celebrity wedding trends for 2017

Dramatic Sleeves:
Bell sleeves are reminiscent of Victorian fashion. If you’re planning a themed wedding, these dramatic sleeves will be perfect in reliving the fashion of the era like Ciara.

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All- White Bridal Parties
Solange Knowles and Kate Middleton opted for this trend as they realised it does not limit their shine on their special days. There’s just something attractive about ladies in white!

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Colourful Dresses:
A lot more people are breaking the trend of wearing a white wedding dress and opting for nudes and pinks for a change. Tyrese’s wife, Samantha and Gwen Stefani rocked this trend and looked great.

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Flower Altars
An altar decorated with your favourite flowers will set the tone for exchanging your vows. Kim and Kanye West had a flower wall at their wedding while some other celebs like Emmy Rossum chose white roses to be incorporated into a giant flower altar.

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Castle Weddings
Ciara and Russel Wilson got married in a castle in line with their Victorian themed wedding. Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll also opted for a big castle wedding costing £200,000 including £40,000 worth of fireworks. If getting married in a European castle is too expensive for you, look no further than Kajuru Castle (Kaduna)to bask in opulence and get married in royal style.

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Gigi Hadid in Low-Cut Pajama Top, Matching Pants and White Boots

Gigi Hadid loves to mix unexpected pieces — and this time, the 22-year-old is pairing a pajama suit with white boots, one of summer’s biggest shoe trends.

Hadid stopped for a Starbucks coffee in New York City dressed in a low-cut blue striped pajama-inspired jumpsuit with red piping by Christian Dada, which she paired with bright red sunglasses and snow white Stuart Weitzman booties.

Gigi Hadid, pajamasGigi Hadid sports a pair of pajamas while out in New York.
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In addition to trying out the popular white boot and pajama styles together, Hadid hits another trend with this look: The braless trend, which celebrities from Selena Gomez to Kendall Jenner have been testing out lately.

Of course, this is also not the first time Hadid has tested out the pajama trend. In April, the model donned a classic green and white jumpsuit with her name embroidered on the set, which she paired with rounded glasses and sandals from the same brand she is wearing today.

gigi hadid pajamasGigi Hadid paired a green and white striped pajama jumpsuit with Stuart Weitzman heels back in April.
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The supermodel is also loving this shoe trend. She wore the same pair of white booties just last week, going for a completely different look with a cropped white Nickelodeon Studios sweatshirt and a pair of light-wash Frame jeans.

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Demi Lovato Wears a Deconstructed Top in Cannes

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Demi Lovato is no stranger to experimenting with the latest trends on the red carpet. The singer attended the Grammy’s in a barely there Julien McDonald dress, she wowed at the 2017 Time 100 Gala in a sequin plunging Zuhair Murad gown, and most recently she turned heads in an off-the-shoulder jumpsuit at the Cannes Lions Festival in Cannes. Lovato’s Self Portrait monochrome jumpsuit takes a hit at two major trends as it features a frilled deconstructed top paired with sleek wide-leg culottes.

The deconstructed top trend is a more experimental take on your classic button-down. Designers are adding asymmetric necklines, off-the-shoulder and cold-shoulder sleeves, and ruffles in all places to spice up the menswear-inspired classic. And, the great thing about this trend is that outfit possibilities are endless.

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Create a celebrity-worthy look for the office in a cold shoulder button-up top and a pair of culottes or amp up your go-to summer cutoffs with a twisted top featuring an asymmetric hem. Whatever it may be, these shirts are the perfect way to keep your wardrobe exciting with minimal effort, and who wouldn’t want to get behind a look inspired by Demi? Scroll down to shop some of our favorite picks right now!



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Influencer Marketing 101: Top Trends


Influencer marketing involves marketing products and services through those who have an effect over the things other people buy. This market influence generally stems from an individual’s expertise, popularity, or reputation. Influence can come from a broad range of places, such as a person, group, celebrity, brand, or place.

Existing trends in influencer marketing are constantly evolving, and new trends are appearing every day. Research shows that influencer marketing is on the rise, and is the best thing in marketing since, sorry for the cliché, sliced bread.

The following are five current growing trends in influencer marketing.

Trend #1: The growth of influencer marketing over traditional marketing strategies

The first trend comes from the Google Trends graph below. It compares the shift in interest from ‘content marketing’ to ‘influencer marketing’ over the last three years. In a recent study conducted by the Google Trends team, they found that print advertising continues to steadily drop, while influencer marketing is only beginning to gain momentum along with online video advertising. In fact influencer marketing has been steadily growing in popularity and is closing the gap with video advertising.

Trend #2: YouTube Stars Influence

In another study conducted by Google, they found that YouTube creators are some of the most effective influencers towards the teenage and millennial demographics. YouTube creators listen to and interact with their fans, resulting in communities that look more like friendships than “fanships”. This creates more honest and meaningful connections between the influencers and their audiences. Millennials think YouTube stars are the trendsetters of today, even more so than main stream celebrities.

70% of teenage YouTube subscribers say they relate to YouTube creators more than traditional celebrities.” ~ Google“4 in 10 millennial subscribers say their favorite creator understands them better than their friends” ~ Google

Trend #3: High percentage of online consumers using ad blockers

According to a study done by the University of Oxford, they found that 47% of online consumers use ad blockers. Users are tired of being bombarded with ads while browsing the Internet. Due to people using ad blockers, marketers are instead turning to influencers to generate authentic sponsored content that actually reaches and impacts their target audience.

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Trend #4: Invest in live video

Live video is still a new concept in influencer marketing, but it’s getting more productive and important every day. Investing in good equipment to make the production level better will result in rewards for a brand and influencer. Facebook is leading the way in this format and they are currently looking at the ability for brands to run 15-second ads in the middle of their live broadcasts.

Trend #5: Value of influencers on Twitter

In a study conducted by Twitter, they found that nearly 40% of their users say they’ve made a purchase as a direct result of a Tweet from an influencer.

From these five trends, it’s apparent that influencer marketing is on the rise, and is one of the top choices for marketers today to effectively increase brand awareness by enabling companies to reach a larger portion of their target audience than ever before. And since most consumers are on social media these days, I expect to continue seeing the importance of influencer marketing grow and new trends to develop for years to come.

Influencer marketing is not only the marketing of the future, but it is the marketing of today. If a company is not embracing the power of influencer marketing, then it is falling behind in their marketing efforts.

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