Afternoon beauty fix: Dry office air? Here’s how to keep your skin hydrated| Hollywood yohana

 My skin looks and feels irritated, especially in my office where the air is so dry. Should I stop wearing makeup and apply moisturizer throughout the day?
Blame it on the fans in your dusty old office, the heater in your car, and the lack of moisture in the air—it’s winter and your skin is thirsty! Maintaining moisture levels can be a little more intensive at this time of year than in the summer, but it’s not impossible, nor do you have to stop wearing makeup. There are a few options to consider as add-ons to your regular morning routine. Smashbox Photo Finish hydrating foundation primer ($42, smashbox.) will provide your pores with plant extracts for sustenance throughout the day. (And as an added bonus, it keeps your makeup looking stellar!) Mineral water facial sprays are easy to toss in your purse and they’re the perfect solution to temporary dryness. Avène Thermal Spring Water ($12 at drug stores) has a baby-sized amount of silicone to alleviate dryness immediately and refresh the livelihood of your makeup along the way.

Vancouver It girl: Manjy Sidoo| Hollywood yohana

Vancouver it girl: Manjy Sidoo

 Manjy Sidoo’s magnum opus may be motherhood (she has two teenage boys with her hubby David, a former CFL player), but her philanthropic endeavours are a close second. She’s a director at the Sidoo Family Foundation and a board member of the Vancouver Opera (VO), which she joined 10 years ago for the Chanel Gala 2002 fundraiser. Today, she’s a regular participant in VO events (and one of the best-dressed, in her sweeping Oscar de la Renta gowns), such as Purseuasion Designer Bag Auction and Luncheon, and Overture, an onstage dinner she’s co-chairing this year. This intersection of art and fashion inspires her involvement. “Fashion is all around us. It’s hard for me not to have a heightened awareness of my aesthetic surrounding,” she says. “If I see a beautiful dress or antique or piece of art, I have a visceral reaction.”

SNP’s word of the day: Precariat | Hollywood yohana


Word: Precariat
Meaning: An emergent social class defined by job insecurity and short-term thinking; semi-synonymous with the freelance economy.
Usage: “Although the experience is different across economic and social situations, we are, at least the 99 per cent of us, the new precariat class. We are frantically digging to keep the tunnel from caving in—digging for air, not treasure.” — Jenna Brager in “No Resolution”

You should know it because: You may well be in it. Or, as it turns out, not so well. The precariat is a neologism combining the traditional, Marx-popularized term for wealthless workers with the word precarity, meaning unpredictable existence. According to economist Guy Standing, who literally wrote the book on the precariat, it’s a growing—and menacing—class. “The precariat consists of those who feel their lives and identities are made up of disjointed bits,” wrote Standing in The Guardian last year, and who can’t relate?
As a busy (and lucky!) freelance writer, editor, and copywriter, I feel like I have six jobs and a dozen pieces of a brain that somehow don’t add up to a whole. My boyfriend, who teaches at a university, never knows whether he’ll have work next semester. Many of my friends, even ones approaching 30, have never had a salaried job. We say we don’t want them, but sometimes I would like to be more certain of tomorrow, freeing me to think beyond it. As part of the precariat, I feel like the whole idea of “the future” is long since in the past.

Watch Lara Stone star in Mercedes-Benz’s new Oz-inspired film. Plus, we’ve got the exclusive behind-the-scenes photos! | Hollywood yohana

Start lining up now: Anna Dello Russo and Tommy Ton will be meeting and greeting this Thursday in Toronto! | Hollywood yohana

 Fan girls (and boys), take note: the Bay has sweetened the Anna Dello Russo and Tommy Ton in Toronto deal by adding a meet and greet at The Room from 12-1PM on April 21st to celebrate the When Tommy Met Anna photo exhibit. Word to the wise? This is one event you might want to go all out (and come early) for.