Blog Posts by Hilary Hagerman

  • Quadding, Jets and français: The most-used words in Canadians’ dating profiles

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    What’s the most important to online daters looking for love? For people in Alberta and Saskatchewan, it’s knowing if your potential mate is willing to go out for a rip on the four-wheeler.

    A new Match.com survey of Canadian singles reveals the most-used words in dating profiles coast to coast — and the results might surprise you.

    “Quadding” is the most-used word among those in Alberta and Saskatchewan — they clearly want to take advantage of the rural terrain and want their mates to do the same. 

    After 15 years with a NHL team, the Winnipeg Jets returned to Manitoba in 2011 — and Manitobans seem to love them more than ever. “Jets” was the most commonly used word in their dating profiles.

    In New Brunswick, Canada’s only official bilingual province, residents are quick to flaunt their French-language chops, with “français” being the most-used word there.

    See the full province-by-province results below:

    British Columbia: Grouse — Are B.C. residents the outdoorsiest Canadians? According to

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  • VOTE: Best dressed at the 2015 Oscars

    The Oscars are hands-down the biggest night of the year when it comes to red-carpet style – and this year was no exception. We saw Hollywood’s biggest stars strut their stuff in stunning gowns made of everything from pearls to hand-painted beads.

    Who do you think takes home the award for best dressed of the night? Cast your vote in our poll, and we’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, Feb. 24. If your favourite didn’t make our list, let us know your picks in the comments below.

    Jennifer Aniston in Versace

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    Jennifer Aniston is known for her love of the little black dress – so we were thrilled when she stepped out on the red carpet in a champagne-coloured frock. We especially love how she paired the glittery dress with easy hair and makeup.

    Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein
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    Leave it to Lupita to top the best dressed list for the second year in a row. The starlet’s custom Calvin Klein gown was composed of a whopping 6,000 pearls.

    Rosamund Pike in Givenchy
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    “Gone Girl” actress Rosamund Pike walked

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  • Readers choice’: Best and worst Oscars looks of all-time

    With the 87th Academy Awards just hours away, it’s safe to say we’re getting pretty excited to see what all our favourite stars wear.

    The Oscars is hands down the biggest night of awards season – especially when it comes to red carpet fashion. Over the years, we’ve seen Hollywood’s biggest stars show off outfits that will go down in history – some because they’re simply gorgeous, and some because they’re the complete opposite.

    Last week we asked Yahoo Canada readers to vote for the best and worst Oscars red carpet looks of all-time.

    And the award for best dress goes to…Halle Berry!

    Halle Berry in Elie Saab at the 2002 OscarsHalle Berry in Elie Saab at the 2002 Oscars


    A whopping 36 per cent of voters thought that Halle Berry was the belle of the 2002 Oscars ball in her sheer embroidered dress by Elie Saab. The actress’s classy-yet-risque dress stood out amongst a sea of larger-than-life ballgowns, and helped put designer Elie Saab on the map.

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    The runner up for best dressed was Julia Roberts, whose 2001 Valentino gown won over 26 per cent of voters. Nicole Kidman’s red

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  • Readers’ choice: Best dressed at the 2015 Grammys

    The Grammys are the one night in music where anything goes, at least when it comes to fashion – and stars took full advantage of that while walking the red carpet on Sunday night. From Rihanna’s massive Giambattista Valli gown to Madonna’s “Fifty Shades of Grey”-inspired getup, there was no shortage of eye-catching outfits.

    On Sunday, we asked Yahoo Canada readers to cast their vote and weigh in on which star ruled the red carpet.

    And the winner is…Taylor Swift!

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    Thirty per cent of voters thought the “Shake It Off” singer deserved the best-dressed title for her ethereal blue dress designed by Elie Saab.

    Personally, we always love to see what Gwen Stefani wears on the red carpet and we were not disappointed by the custom Atelier Versace pantsuit she wore to the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. It seems like Yahoo Canada readers agreed with us – 19 per cent of voters thought that the 45-year-old singer earned top honours.

    Gwen Stefani (Getty Images)Gwen Stefani (Getty Images)

    Not far behind was model Chrissy Teigen, who rounded out the top three

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  • VOTE: Who was the best dressed at the Grammys?

    The Grammys are the one award show a year when anything goes when it comes to red carpet style – and the 57th Annual awards show didn’t disappoint. From Madonna’s dominatrix-esque getup to Rihanna’s larger-than-life Giambattista Valli ballgown to Pharrell’s chameleon short suit, there was no shortage of interesting fashion on this year’s red carpet.

    While some celebrities knocked it out of the park, others missed the mark in a major way. We’ve made our decisions regarding who ruled the red carpet, but we want to know what you think. Check out our top picks for best dressed below and then vote for your favourite in our poll. Did we miss someone? Let us know in the comments. We’ll announce the winner on Monday, Feb. 9!

    Beyonce

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    Can this woman do no wrong? (The answer is clearly no). Blue Ivy’s mom, who picked up the Grammy for Best R&B Performance, walked the red carpet in a curve-hugging black gown designed by Proenza Schouler. She’s called Queen Bey for a reason, you guys.

    Miley Cyrus

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  • How to recreate Katy Perry's best beauty looks

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    Katy Perry is never one to shy away with her clothing choices (for a Super Bowl press conference on Thursday she sported a football-themed two-piece outfit) — or her makeup. Whether it’s candy-coloured eyeshadow (and hair!) or a bold, ’50s bombshell red lip, the 30-year-old singer manages to pull off pretty much any look. If you want to steal Perry’s best looks but don’t have a makeup artist on hand (sigh), we enlisted CoverGirl makeup pro Veronica Chu to give us the inside scoop on how to recreate five of her most popular looks at home.

    Will you be watching Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 1? What do you think she’ll wear? Let us know in the comments.

    LOOK #1: Soft and pretty

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    "I love this look, because it has the right hints of colour in all the right places," says Chu.

    To recreate this look, first define the eyes with a black gel eyeliner keeping the liner close to the lash line. Finish the eyes with two coats of a lengthing and volumizing mascara.

    "For the first coat,

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  • Kate Middleton gets the Photoshop treatment on magazine cover

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    Pregnancy must really be agreeing with the Duchess of Cambridge.

    The 33-year-old royal graced the cover of the latest issue of Australia’s Woman’s Day looking just a little too radiant.

    The magazine used a photo of Kate from last week’s appearance at the Kensington Leisure Centre in London. When compared side by side, the Woman’s Day photo seems to be quite different: the Duchess’s lipstick is brighter, teeth whiter, cheeks pinker, eyes bluer – and her earrings are the sparkliest thing we’ve ever seen.

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    While we assume the cover was digitally altered to make Prince George’s mom look brighter and more radiant, the enhancements end up making her look too severe and older than she actually is.

    The original photo of the Duchess of Cambridge (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)The original photo of the Duchess of Cambridge (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)


    This isn’t the first time Princess Kate has been the victim of Photoshop. In 2011, Grazia infamously slimmed down the Duchess’s already-thin figure for a royal wedding-themed cover, claiming that it was an “inadvertent result” of removing Prince William so Kate could be featured alone. Less than a

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  • Readers' choice: Best dressed at the Golden Globes

    From Dakota Johnson’s glittery Chanel frock to Amal Alamuddin Clooney’s glam vintage Dior look, stars showed off their best looks at the 72nd annual Golden Globes on Sunday night.

    While some celebs flopped on the red carpet, we saw dozens of gorgeous gowns — a good indication that 2015 is off to a fashionable start.

    On Sunday, we asked Yahoo Canada users to weigh in and vote for their favourite red carpet look of the night. 

    And the winner is…Kate Hudson!

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    Twenty nine per cent of voters thought that the 35-year-old actress deserved the best-dressed title for her curve-hugging Versace gown. 

    Not far behind was Amy Adams, who won over 22 per cent of voters in her icy blue dress, which was also designed by Versace.
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    In third place came Amal Alamuddin Clooney, with 17 per cent of votes. 

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    "Amal Clooney got it right," writes one user.

    "There’s only one woman, of the pix I’ve seen, who is dressed like a successful, intelligent adult who respects herself and her own privacy, and that’s Amal Alamuddin

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  • VOTE: Who was the best dressed at the Golden Globes?

    The 2015 awards season kicked off with a bang on Sunday night with the 72nd annual Golden Globes. While some celebrities flopped on the red carpet, there were plenty of notable standouts – from Quvenzhane Wallis’s adorable Armani Junior ensemble to Kate Hudson’s white hot Versace gown (and, of course, Amal Alamuddin’s stunning red carpet debut).

    While lots of A-listers knocked it out of the park with their red carpet style, we need your help deciding who ruled the red carpet. Check out our top picks for best dressed of the night, and then vote for your favourite in our poll. Did your favourite not make the list? Let us know who we missed in the comments. We'll announce the winner on Monday, Jan. 12!

    Amal Alamuddin Clooney

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    We could hardly wait to see Amal Alamuddin’s awards show debut – and she did not disappoint. The human rights lawyer walked the red carpet with her husband, George Clooney – and she exuded Old Hollywood glam while doing so. She combined a stunning black Dior haute

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  • Style lessons we can learn from Kate Middleton

      
    Happy birthday, Kate! In honour of our favourite royal's 33
    rd birthday on Jan. 9, we round up 10 style lessons the always-fashionable Duchess can teach us.

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    We all know that the Duchess of Cambridge has a stunning collection of coats in basically every colour of the rainbow. Her outerwear game is always on point – sometimes so much that we don’t even notice (or care about) what she’s wearing underneath. Invest in a gorgeous coat that you feel good in (whether it’s a bold colour, intricate pattern or classic black or grey), and toss it on to give any outfit an added dose of class and glamour. Psst: you don’t have to break the bank to find a pretty statement coat. Lots of brands like Zara, Topshop and H&M have on-point offerings for under $100.

    2) It’s OK to re-wear things

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    When Kate likes something, she’s not afraid to re-wear it. Case in point: the stunning Jenny Packham gown that she wore to three different galas. And she doesn’t just recycle $5,000 dresses – she’s been spotted dozens

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