• Pros say there are major skin-boosting benefits to working out your face

    August 01, 2019 at 04:00PM by CWC


    Take one look at all of the “anti-aging” labels decorating the skin-care aisle, and it’s abundantly clear that the market for line-smoothing, skin-plumping, pore-minimizing magic is in high demand. While lotions and potions can certainly do their part at helping with these things, for many, solutions like Botox can step in and whisk away those worries for up to four months at a time. Yet, as of late, a third option has hit the beauty scene: Flexing the face like a good old-fashioned workout can help to keep the complexion youthful.

    Thanks to the advances in technology, you can take the same principles that you apply to building muscles in your regular workouts and apply them to your complexion. One of the most effective ways to do this is with a micro-current device, which uses soft-wave technology to target deeper within skin. In fact, research presented in JAMA Dermatology found that working out the face helped to improve facial fullness.

    “Microcurrent works at two kind of levels,” explains Elemis esthetician Krystina Dwyer, who offers these types of treatments at Elemis spas. “When it works to a muscular level, it actually works to lengthen and shorten the muscle fibers in your face.” This helps to re-educate your muscle memory, which serves a great anti-aging activation. But not only do the electrical waves stimulate the muscles, they also work to increase the production of collagen and elastin to keep skin looking plump. “That’s why we say it’s like a gym workout for your face or like having a personal trainer,” explains Dwyer.

    This, in essence, is the complete opposite of what Botox does. “Botox prevents wrinkles because it doesn’t allow the muscle to move,” explains Stefanie DeLibero of NYC’s Gotham Wellness. “Going to have micro-current, we try to work on the major 43 muscles within the face so we’re working on every inch of that face,” explains Dwyer. She recommends going for 10 sessions of micro-current over the course of five weeks, “the same way you would got to more than one session at the gym to get your body into shape,” then keeping things up with monthly maintenance treatments. “The same way you would got to more than one session at the gym to get your body into shape.”

    It’s worth noting, that you don’t necessarily have to be at the hands of a dermatologist in order to utilize this technology.  “I recommend the Conture Kinetic Toning Device ($199). It has a multitude of benefits with over 250,000 hours of research behind it. In clinical trials, 78 percent saw reduction in fine lines and wrinkles,” says dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engleman. “I also like microneedling at-home devices. The at-home ones don’t pierce the skin as deeply as the medical grade devices but can be used to enhance penetration of products. The needles are used to puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury and healing. The slight injury stimulates the growth of collagen, the scaffolding under the skin, which then improves the appearance of some scars and wrinkles.”

    There’s no one-size-fits-all treatment for improving the health of skin, but as technology grows so too do the available options.

    Another wrinkle-redux solution worth being aware of: Maple leaf. And here’s why you should be paying attention to those lines on your forehead, for the sake of your life. 

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    Author Zoe Weiner | Well and Good
    Selected by CWC
  • Unpopular opinion: I’m a grown woman and pads are my period product of choice

    July 31, 2019 at 04:00PM by CWC


    When I was 9, a family friend gifted me the American Girl guide to puberty, The Care and Keeping of You, a book famous for a generation of women who leafed through the pages laden with watercolored illustrations of pubescent traumas like acne. But I’d put money on the assertion that the part of this book that readers remember most vividly is the nakedly accurate tutorial on how to insert a tampon. I remember staring at the display, which we can all applaud for helping normalize and publicize tampon use, and thinking to myself, No thanks. In the face-off of tampons vs. pads, I’ve always gravitated toward the latter.

    My stance isn’t something I’m, um, ashamed of so much as something I’ve resolved to keep to myself when possible, which is actually pretty easy to do. I mean, when’s the last time someone ever asked you if they could borrow a pad? It’s been a hot minute (or, like, multiple decades), right? That’s because pads, in the court of public popular opinion from the scope of my personal point of view, are antiquated and outdated. Look no further than Amy Schumer’s joke in the Netflix special Growing for details. “And millennials, if you don’t know what a pad is, congratulation…. A pad is a foot-long diaper that you coil betwixt your legs and just kind of waddle around all day wearing it,” Schumer says, while wobbling about.

    And, don’t get me wrong—I have nothing against tampons. In fact, I think it’s empowering, universally so, that society is cool with tampons, menstrual cups, and whatever hair-care (down there) choices make you feel great. But on a personal level, I feel like the only GD person left on Earth who still uses pads.

    I get it, I get it: You think tampons are so much cooler

    Tampons had a rebellious rep from the get-go; when Tampax hit the mainstream market, the Catholic Church denounced unwed tampon-users. And, anecdotally progressive grandma says the patriarchal mood in her time was that “tampons are for sluts.” That, if your vagina could fit a tampon, what else might it possibly have room for [clutches pearls]? And while some shade of that tampon-shaming may well have leaked, even if subliminally, into contemporary society (spoiler alert: patriarchy still exists), that the tampon was a “bad girl’s” accessory only made them sexier.

    To be clear, I mean sexy as in appealing—not as in sex. And they’re indeed appealing for a number of reasons that evolve right along with you. When you were, say, a barely bleeding young lady growing up in the early 2000s, for example, maybe tampons offered the same badge of adolescent coolness as wearing a thong, smoking clove cigarettes, or drinking from a vodka-filled water bottle. I’m not saying any of this as a historian, but as someone who recently mainlined Pen15 and was like, “Yeah, that was pretty much it.”

    For a lot of my peers, jumping on the tampon bandwagon was easy because it was either A. Not a big deal (see: The Care and Keeping of You) or B. A sassy marker of womanhood. Cut to today, and tampons are the sole feminine hygiene product holding court in a well-stocked women’s restroom. There they are, looking like cute, individually wrapped candies in a glass canister; and there I am, with my pad supply bulging in the secret pocket of my purse.

    It’s not like I use pads because I find the echoing “rrrrrrrrrip” of unwrapping them that reverberates off every bathroom wall to be ASMR-adjacent.

    Like I said, I don’t feel ashamed—but I do sometimes feel like an outlier. Whenever a co-worker mentions pads, it’s in an eye-roll-y, giggle-stifling tone of “Lol, pads? Are we in the ’50s?” And it’s not like I use pads because I find the echoing “rrrrrrrrrip” of unwrapping them that reverberates off every bathroom wall to be ASMR-adjacent or anything. I also don’t use them as a marker of my purity (because HAHAHAHAHA no.) More simply, I use them because, for me, it’s what makes sense.

    Here’s why I, your internet Grandma, use pads

    I am old-fashioned, anxious, deeply irresponsible, and I don’t care for the beach.

    The old-fashioned part: I was raised by a strict, traditional Catholic mother. And while my upbringing didn’t include any hymen-related fear-mongering, we simply weren’t buying Tampax in the Garis household, and I wasn’t going to make any special requests.

    The fear factor comes from toxic shock syndrome and, trust me, I know the odds are in my favor when it comes to avoiding TSS. Fewer than 1 in 100,000 people are affected by it, but I’m someone who falls asleep in her makeup, who could never take birth control pill at the same time each day, and who mixes up the steps of a three-step skin-care routine.

    I don’t love putting anything in me that doesn’t give me pleasure.

    But the major reason is this: I don’t love putting anything in me that doesn’t give me pleasure. It freaks me out, and that’s how I feel, and I don’t judge people who feel otherwise, and hope they don’t judge me. Since I can’t get past the insertion aspect of tampons, I knew from the start that we would be an ill-fated union. And in case you think I haven’t given it the old college try, rest assured I’ve used a couple in desperation when I had no pad handy, and zero of my friends with me were my single pad-wearing one. My record for leaving in a tampon? 30 excruciating minutes of discomfort followed by a swap out for wadded up toilet paper.

    Oh, a quick word on those low-maintenance menstrual cups: If these are your preference, really happy for you (and all your saved money and sustainability wins each month), but…nope, not for me. If I can’t commit to tampons, you really think I’d be game to essentially fist myself three times a day?

    Turns out I’m hardly the only pad stan in the tampons vs. pads showdown

    Though I often feel like the last person who uses pads, in reality, a lot of people are still stocking up. As of 2018, it looks like me, my one friend, and like 61.31 million other consumers are pad users. And while I’m glad to know that I’m not as much of an outlier as I previously thought, I’m really not here to make a compelling argument for pads. No matter what you use—pads, tampons, cups, or opt for free-bleeding—I think it’s great if it’s what makes you feel most comfortable, empowered, and at one with your period.

    …Still, it would be nice if bathrooms would diversify their period-product offerings to cater to me and more than 61 million others.

    Tampons vs. pads aside, one thing we should all agree on: the messy delight of period sex. And introducing mittelschmerz, period cramps’ annoying little friend.

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    Author Mary Grace Garis | Well and Good
    Selected by CWC
  • These healthy 2-ingredient snacks are anything but boring

    July 30, 2019 at 08:39AM by CWC


    Snacks give me life at least five out of seven days each week, and I’m not entirely sure that I could remain standing after 3 p.m. without a few handfuls of something bite-size. And don’t even get me started on my fondness for snacking in bed, which is usually a big no-no but feels so good, like eating a stack of saltines with grape jelly while standing up in the kitchen reading a fashion magazine.

    In other words, snacks are non-negotiable for me. But I’ve found it wise to limit the amount of store-bought snacks I stock. This can be problematic, however, as it’s sometimes hard to make healthy easy snacks from scratch if you’re short on time. Typically what works best is simple (e.g., carrots and hummus or celery and peanut butter) but boring.

    In an effort to mix it up without adding more labor into my already stacked days, I scoured the recipe blogosphere for simple, healthy, and affordable between-meal (or before-bed, if you’re naughty) treats.

    Trust me, your snack game is sad. Level up with 10 healthy easy snacks

    strawberry popcorn
    Photo: Sara Haas

    1. Strawberry popcorn

    You can actually use any freeze-dried fruit for this super-simple recipe. If you’re in the mood for something more savory, try sprinkling nutritional yeast, dehydrated spinach, chili powder, or even taco seasoning onto your popped kernels instead.

    avocado egg salad
    Photo: The Roasted Root

    2. Avocado Egg Salad

    Eggs and avocado are to this century what peanut butter and jelly were to all of the 1900’s: the world’s most perfect pairing. Sure, we got the iPhone in this epoch, but TBH it’s a toss up for me on which “invention” is more invaluable. To make an avocado egg salad in minutes, simple mash together the two star ingredients in the ratio of one avocado for every four hard-boiled eggs. Lemon or lime juice and salt are optional.

    peanut butter-stuffed strawberries
    Photo: Hungry Girl

    3. Peanut butter-stuffed strawberries

    Despite having been usurped in the category of best partnered foods, peanut butter remains a snack time hero. You can always split a banana in half and spread it with the nut butter of your choice, but if you’re looking for a sweeter option trying stuffing powdered peanut butter into a fresh strawberry instead. This version adds chocolate chips.

    healthy easy snacks
    Photo: Stocksy/Natasa Man

    4. Coconut yogurt

    Coconut yogurt is delicious and also really expensive. You can make it at home, however, using just two ingredients you likely already have on hand—coconut milk and probiotic capsules!

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    Photo: Stocksy/Alita Ong

    5. Watermelon jerky

    After trying Sakara Life‘s watermelon jerky, I totally wanted to buy a food dehydrator to make my own (check out this affordable cutie). This recipe actually has three ingredients—watermelon, cayenne powder, and lime—but if you’re looking to keep it extra simple, just the fruit will do.

    healthy easy snacks
    Photo: Unsplash/Ella Ollson

    6. Stuffed dates

    Stuff a date with cheese—any cheese, really, including brie, goat cheese, or even a hard cheese—and you have a satisfying snack packed with potassium, protein, calcium. (Peppers stuff well with cheese, too.) Nuts also work well sandwiched into a date, as do nut butters. You can also skip the filling and instead wrap your date (or fig!) in prosciutto. Whichever route you choose, just be sure not to overdo it as dates are high in sugar.

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    Photo: Stocksy/Pixel Stories

    7. Banana chocolate ice cream

    This treat walks the line between snack and dessert, but given its main ingredient is banana, I’m going to go ahead and count it as an appropriate between-meal nosh. Especially in a heat wave.

    healthy easy snacks
    Photo: Creative Healthy Family

    8. Baked chickpeas

    To bake a chickpea, you can use oil, salt, both or neither, which is why I’m counting them as two-ingredient snacks. You can also get creative with further seasonings from there without adding too much effort or making a grocery run, like this sweet and salty variety. You can roast green peas, too.

    carrot chip recipes
    Photo: A Spicy Perspective

    9. Veggie chips

    Potatoes aren’t the only veggie that can be turned into a healthy, snackable chip with just a sprinkle of salt and some oven time. Kale chips, squash chips, carrot chips, zucchini chips, and you-name-it chips are all also a thing. So, too, are fruit chips, such as plantain chips, apple chips, etc. Like their veggie counterparts, most only require one additional ingredient such as cinnamon or salt. Oh,  and you can also make chips solely out of cheese, if you’re feeling French-adjacent.

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    Photo: Pure Ella

    10. Two-ingredient cookies

    Sometimes you just need a cookie. These are made from just bananas and oats, though I’m going to go ahead and assume you’ll spring for the optional third ingredient being that it’s once again chocolate chips. (Nuts and dried fruit also work.)

    If you’re partial to sweet snacks, try more easy-to-make recipes that’ll satisfy without causing a sugar spike. Or you could just buy snacks if you’re lazy—here are the least processed on the market.

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    Author Erin Bunch | Well and Good
    Selected by CWC
  • National Lipstick Day means free cosmetics for everyone. Here’s what you need to know

    Published 28th July 2019

    Credit: Horst P. Horst/Conde Nast/Getty Images

    Beauty buffs across the United States on Monday will try new shades of lipstick or don old favorites for National Lipstick Day.The annual celebration honors one of the beauty industry’s oldest and most beloved cosmetic products.Here’s everything you need to know about lipstick and the special day — including where to score free products.

    Where does lipstick come from?

    The practice of painting lips dates back thousands of years.Some of the first known people to do so lived in Mesopotamia near the Sumerian city of Ur, according to the book “Read My Lips: A Cultural History of Lipstick.” That’s roughly around present-day southern Iraq. There, Queen Schub-ad made a paste from white lead and crushed red rocks to color her lips.From there, the lip-painting trend spread through the region and across the world. It made its way to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. It survived the Middle Ages and Italian Renaissance and more.Ultimately, it was Western European settlers that brought lipstick to American shores. To this day, lipstick is still one of the most recognizable makeup products in the world.Honestly, homegirl Schub-ad was way ahead of her time.

    How has lipstick changed over the years?

    Lipstick may have started as crushed red rocks, but it’s changed a lot since then.A modern tube of lipstick contains lots of ingredients intended to improve shade, taste, scent and performance. Some also feature sun protection, moisturizing and waterproof properties.And “lipstick” doesn’t just refer to tubes of clay-like material anymore. Now, we have everything from liquid lipstick that dries on matte to lip stains meant to last all day. Of course, today’s lipstick also comes in more shades than ever before — from classic red to even blue and black.

    Did you know lipstick was once controversial?

    Lipstick wasn’t always considered a beauty enhancing product. It was sometimes seen as scandalous.Starting in the Middle Ages, some societies began to look down on women who wore lipstick. In sixth-century Spain, for example, it was associated with prostitutes, according to “Read My Lips: A Cultural History of Lipstick.”By the 17th century, clergy and ethicists began scrutinizing the practice of painting lips, saying that it altered God’s design. Some even claimed it was worn by satanists trying to entice men. Societies and cultures continued to have a love-hate relationship with lipstick well into the 20th century. Sometimes it was considered vulgar, other times beautiful and even an expectation.Still, women who loved the look held their ground and the use of lipstick persisted.

    So, what’s National Lipstick Day all about?

    Fashionistas, beauty bloggers, influencers and cosmetic companies began celebrating National Lipstick Day about a decade ago. However, no one really knows where it comes from.It’s not a legit holiday. But it’s fun, nonetheless.Most people seem to agree the best way to celebrate is to buy a new shade of lipstick or wear an old favorite. Oh, and make sure you leave sexy lipstick imprints everywhere.

    Wait, did you say something about free lipstick?

    Sure did! MAC Cosmetics is giving away free full-size lipstick with any $25 purchase on July 27-29.Other stores and brands giving away free lipstick or offering great deals include Urban Decay, Huda Beauty,Anastasia Beverley Hills, ColourPop, Target and Macy’s.

  • Can’t decide how you feel today? Mood changing nail polish is coming for ya

    July 27, 2019 at 12:00PM by CWC


    I’m a Gemini, which means I change my mood—and my mind—as frequently as I change my lip gloss, which is… a lot (on a separate note, I’m super fun to date! Slide into my DMs, for real).  So picking out a nail polish color that I have to commit to for a week or more always feels like a challenge. Real talk: I’m usually sick of whatever I’ve chosen after hour six.

    So imagine my delight when I discovered that the best ever 90s beauty trend (sorry, butterfly clips) was breathing new life into 2019. I’m calling it now: Mood changing nail polish is coming b-a-c-k (why did it ever leave?!) which means there is no longer a reason to settle for a single long-term shade on your nails ever again.

    Though your nail polish may not be able to determine exactly whether you’re happy/sad/in love (though if it could, it would seriously help me make some decisions regarding my current relationship), it does work in conjunction with temperature changes in your body—the same way those good, old fashioned mood rings used to. “As your temperature rises, the colors of the polish morph into different shades, reflecting the increase or decrease in your hand and nail temperature,” explains Christy Rose,fFounder of KBShimmer, whose mood changing polish is currently gracing my own nails. “Contrasting with the cooler or warmer air, longer nails with show multiple colors at the same time, while those with shorter nails will enjoy changes as they hold a chilled glass of wine or soak in the tub.” Magical.

    So over the course of an afternoon, your nails can go from pink to blue and back again (some polishes even offer three levels of color change, so you could hypothetically go from pink to blue to yellow, or something of the like), all depending on your body temp. And since certain moods actually can effect your body temperature—anger has been shown to make you warmer, for example, hence the expression “get your blood boiling”—the polish can actually can reflect how you’re feeling, to some—no pun intended—degree.

    So get ready to wear your mood on your fingertips with these six—or should I say, 12+—color changing shades.

    Mood changing nails not your thing? Try Justin Timberlake’s favorite shade on for size, instead. Plus, the secret to healthy nails is all about exfoliating them.

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    Author Zoe Weiner | Well and Good
    Selected by CWC
  • 5 questions to ask yourself when you have no idea what you want to do with the rest of your life

    July 27, 2019 at 04:00AM by CWC


    This super-fun existential question of what to do when you don’t know what to do with your life is something that many of us of experience at some point (or points). Maybe you find your current career path to be unfulfilling, or you hear the gentle siren of “grad school, grad school” calling to you. Doubting your life choices and wondering whether you should go back to the drawing board is a big, scary, and totally common thing. And, more good news: You don’t have to tackle the conundrum alone.

    That’s a truth I know all too well: At age 20, I wasn’t invited back to the fashion design program in which I was enrolled in Philadelphia, because I earned D+ in flat pattern over the summer. Despite my unease about the future (okay, let’s call a spade a spade—I couldn’t stop crying), I had already done enough self-reflection to brainstorm a wobbly Plan B, C, and D. And, one day at a bus stop, I helped myself to explaining these plans to a complete stranger.

    “I could try to fight to stay in the program, which at this point sounds exhausting; I could switch my major to textile design…” I mused, ticking off the options on my fingers. “Or I could leave the school in shame, go to community college for a year, and maybe get into journalism.” After I stopped rambling, the kind stranger distilled for me what would become my new reality: “I think you have your answer,” she said. This valley in my life of near failure and self-doubt was a total dark moment for me, but while I had a number of uncertainties with which to contend, I also had options. And options double as opportunities.

    “Know you have time, and that being unsure of what’s next in life is very common.” —Susie Moore, life coach

    But where do you start when you find yourself miserable and confused and totally unsure of what to do when you don’t know what to do? As in, you have no Plan B, C, or D to guide you. According to life coach Susie Moore, the best tip to follow is a very simple one: relax. “Answers, ideas, and inspiration don’t flow to us when we’re stressed out,” Moore says. “Know you have time, and that being unsure of what’s next in life is very common. It’s one of the most talked-about issues in life coaching. Spend some quiet time thinking and reflecting on what matters to you and what you feel passionate about.” Below, find five questions to ask yourself that Moore says will help you find clarity in a sea of uncertainty.

    Ask yourself these 5 questions to unveil what to do when you don’t know what to do.

    1. “What am I doing when I’m slacking off at work?”

    “What do you love to research?” Moore asks. “[What do you] look up online? Who do you follow on Instagram? All of these things are great insight into what you care about.”

    This exercise may not draw a direct line to your next career move if you’re, say, submerged in an onslaught of baby duck videos, but who knows? There might be a way to do anything if you brainstorm in accordance with what drives you.

    2. “What blogs and books do I love to read?”

    What you click on and flip open when you’re relaxing can provide some insight into your interests, but it’s the material that you mentally devour that can further unlock your passions. “I once worked with a realtor who spent hours reading recipes in cookbooks, websites, and natural food blogs,” says Moore. “He now has a decent following as a food blogger himself and earns a small revenue stream from it.”

    3. “If I could be anyone for a week, who would it be?”

    “Who we admire is a huge indicator of who we secretly would like to become,” Moore says. “Who do you look up to in this world?” I love this question, because it really speaks to personal values. (Also, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, thank you very much.)

    4. “What do people come to me for?”

    “Allow yourself to remember past accomplishments—times you’ve really helped others,” Moore says. “Let the parts of you that you might secretly feel proud of truly shine.” For example, if you’re constantly organizing your friends’ birthday parties, which always end up being Instagram-gold blowouts, taking a course in event planning might be worth your while.

    My pro-tip? First consider whether the area in which you shine also serves you with a ton of stress. I’ve thrown a lot of cute shindigs at my apartment, but pretty much all of them involved a day-before interlude during which I would bawl under my coffee table, wondering why nobody knows how to RSVP properly. So. You know.

    5. “What’s pure and simple fun for me?”

    It’s also definitely worth mentioning that what you do for the rest of your life may not even involve quitting your day job, so to speak. In deciding what to do when you don’t know what to do, you may conclude that the career path you’re on is Fine, and having a steady income is Good. In this case, it’s more about finding an extracurricular means for injecting more joy (and maybe some cash, too) into your life.

    Moore, who runs a free workshop aptly named Side Hustle Prep School, believes there’s nothing like a consistent hobby to reveal an awesome hustle idea. “The only difference between a hustle and a hobby is that a hustle pays—meaning it provides a service for others,” she says.

    While these questions hopefully get your mental wheels turning for figuring out what to do when you don’t know what to do, it’s a tough, complex question that’s probably hardly simple to solve for. Whether you’re decisive, indecisive, exploring options, or have no idea where to begin, figuring out the rest of your life is tricky. That said, it doesn’t have to be figured out in a day. The first step is just knowing when you need a change.

    Okay, so if you want to switch career lanes, we give you a few things to consider first. And we have some loving tips if you lost your job and need to focus on emotionally rebuilding.

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    Author Mary Grace Garis | Well and Good
    Selected by CWC
  • Is the beauty industry really as diverse as it should be? Let’s check in.

    July 26, 2019 at 07:55AM by CWC


    As part of our 2019 Well+Good Trends, we wrote about the positive shift Fenty had on the fashion industry, and ultimately how it would impact how brands speak to diverse consumers. As we march toward the halfway mark of 2019, however, we have to ask ourselves two questions: How far have we really come? What areas could use a bit more improvement?

    Let’s start with the wins. We’ve seen the launch of Oribe Highly Textured Collection, gender-neutral makeup from Fluide, a major push from Dr. Barbara Sturm to address the unique needs of darker skin tones in prestige department stores, and more-and-more lines founded by entrepreneurs of color, such as The Lip Bar and Briogeo.

    However, despite the W’s, issues like natural hair discrimination in the workplace still feel commonplace (though both California and New York recently passed laws against this), and brands continue to come under fire. On the fashion front, Kim Kardashian West feigned naiveté upon the backlash for her culturally insensitive named “Kimono” shape-wear line (P.S. Japan had a message for her), while Canadian-based beauty brand NiteCapCo claimed the team “invented” the bonnet, a long-standing staple within communities of color.

    It’s an odd juxtaposition and enough to make one wonder if change truly happening. To dive deeper, I spoke to industry insiders to see how far they feel this progress has brought us in the skin-care, hair-care, and makeup industries. Here we go.

    Makeup

    Within the beauty industry, makeup has seen a huge push for diversity in the past couple of years, as brands launch wider ranges of foundations and concealers, with many now clocking in at 40 and 50 shades that are more representative of what skin tones in America really look like. “There’s still a long way to go, but I’m constantly seeing wider shade ranges and more representation in ad campaigns,” shares Brooke Devard Ozaydinli, founder of The Naked Beauty Podcast. “We [women of color] have spending power, so it goes far beyond a trend for companies: It’s in their best economic interest to be more inclusive. Black women spend 80 percent more on cosmetics than our non-black counterparts.”

    Despite her veteran industry status, former Glamour Senior Beauty Editor Baze Mpinja sometimes, “still can’t believe how drastically the market has changed (for the better) in the past three years,” she tells me. “Even if the motivation is only to be competitive, I think it’s a good thing. I would applaud M.A.C Cosmetics because they have promoted inclusivity since the 1990s—before ‘diversity’ was a marketing buzzword. I’m hesitant to applaud brands who are just now making strides because, um, what took so long?”

    “We [women of color] have spending power, so it goes far beyond a trend for companies. It’s in their best economic interest to be more inclusive. Black women spend 80 percent more on cosmetics than our non-black counterparts.” —Brooke Devard Ozaydinli

    According to Cosmetic Chemist Stephen Alain Ko, making diversity inherent in a brand’s DNA begins with the team itself. “Diversity can only come when there are leaders from a broad range of backgrounds,” he explains. “That includes diversity based on ethnicity, background, gender, or sexuality—and all the intersections of those as well.” While much of the market is working to expand and include everyone, older generations are frequently left behind. According to him, “a demographic that’s still largely missing is people of diverse backgrounds, who are past their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond.”

    Personally, as a beauty editor of color, I can say firsthand that diverse hires aren’t a “nice-to-have,” they’re a must-have. I’ve been in more situations than I would like to admit that I overwhelmingly felt like a “minority voice” at mainstream publications, despite my vast experience. Without a broad array of voices, life experiences, and diverse perspectives in both junior-level and executive roles, it’s hard to truly bring authentic change across the board.

    Hair care

    When it comes to hair, YouTube has been a big driver of proving the demographic (and money) is there. One staggering statistic is that, despite making up 14 percent of the total United States population, African American shoppers accounted for $473 million of the $4.2 billion hair-care industry. FYI: That’s over 11 percent of all spending despite being less than one-seventh of the population. “YouTube has played a huge role and has shown how hungry natural-haired women are for information and credible product recommendations, hair-care tips, and styling advice,” explains Mpinja, who’s applauds apps like Swivel Beauty and Yeluchi, which were created as a resource for women of color, by women of color.

    Stylist and owner of LW Salon in New York City, Leona Wilson, describes the diversification of the hair-care market as a blessing and a curse. “The blessing? The giants took ‘us’ from specialty stores or from small shelf space to major retailers, making it easier for customers to get their hands on what were once considered niche products,” she says. “The mass expansion of the natural hair market forced independent black-owned companies to compete with corporations that previously ignored it.”

    “The mass expansion of the natural hair market forced independent black-owned companies to compete with corporations that previously ignored it.” —Leona Wilson

    A statistic cited in the LA Times indicated that almost 71 percent of black adults in the U.S. have worn their hair natural at least once by 2016. Naturally (no pun intended), this caused a big boom in the market. “It’s no surprise that big companies were eager to edge in the market,” adds Wilson. “However, as niche beauty companies started targeting a broader audience of multicultural customers often alienating their original customer base to keep up.”

    Despite the high growth of this area, brands needs to ask why this target demo is important to them, and multi-cultural brands looking to expand their target audience should ask themselves if it’s worth the risk to abandon their loyal core and lose revenue.

    Instead of larger brands attempting to corner the market, the key takeaway should be mentorship or investment. For example, stories like black-owned startup Mayvenn (a popular hair brand) raising $23 million in venture capital funding are few and far between. It would be encouraging to hear more successes like this, as an alternative to big brands suddenly embracing a demographic they chose to ignore for years.

    Skin care

    One area with a major opportunity for growth is the skin-care market. “Skin care can be tremendously inclusive by paying attention to ingredients,” says NYC board-certified dermatologist and founder of Derma di Colore, Carlos A. Charles, MD. He calls out sunscreen as one product category that is still struggling when it comes to catering to consumers with deeper skin tones.

    “Certain thick physical block sunscreen agents are challenging for those with darker skin,” he explains. “As we all know, they can leave the dreaded whitish cast and, when wet, the white cast can even turn purple. Because of this, many people with darker skin don’t like the experience of using sunscreen and will skip it altogether, which is a bad idea.”

    “What’s missing from the equation is true research and development geared towards consumers of color.” —Carlos A. Charles, MD

    And beyond the necessity for more cosmetically elegant physical sunscreens, there’s a real need for products that address unique concerns in skin of color. For instance, Dr. Sturm found that complexions with deeper skin tones tend have to a thicker and firmer epidermis, but in general, produce more sebum and are more susceptible to hyperpigmentation from acne scars.

    These are key findings that should be fundamental in product formulations, and they prove that true research and development geared towards consumers of color is needed across the board by skin-care brands. “What’s missing from the equation is true research and development geared towards consumers of color,” he says. “When this occurs and consumers of color are thought about as more than marketing piece, we will have products with real efficacy—I’m currently working on this right now,” shares Dr. Charles.

    At the end of the day, as the demands become greater-and-greater, as with makeup, this tide needs to change. “Whether or not a formula is harder or easier to make, should be irrelevant,” says Ko. “A brand should face the challenges of formulation to serve their customers.”

    Why representation remains a vital piece

    Consumers being able to “see themselves” not only provides context clues as to who the brand is for, but also that it works for a multitude of ethnicities. “Often times brands believe if they cater to a black demographic it will alienate their majority white customer base,” adds Ozaydinli. “This couldn’t be further from the truth, as has now been proven time-and-time again.”

    “Visuals play an enormous role in telling the story for the brand and showing consumers how important they are.” —Dr. Charles

    According to her, Pat McGrath Labs is “doing a wonderful job of casting gorgeous women with uniquely different looks and skin tones. Often times you see diversity in the more accessible price point brands, like Glossier and Bobbi Brown, but I love to see this high-end luxury cosmetics brand, helmed by a black woman, showcase diversity while being totally aspirational.” Dr. Charles agrees: “Visuals play an enormous role in telling the story for the brand and showing consumers how important they are.”

    Representation, as Ozaydinli sees it, extends to all types of beauty being accounted for—including showcasing older models, albino models, and trans models. “I think brands realized they need to feel accessible to be relatable and they need to be inherently diverse,” she explains. “The brands that are targeting younger consumers just get this. It no longer feels forced or like tokenism the way it did a few years ago.”

    Above all, trust is a major pillar for any consumer, but particularly to those who have been unserved in the major market. “There’s definitely hesitation from women of color toward giant corporate companies that were not catering to them for a long time,” explains Wilson. And while many brands have placed themselves within the conversation, Ko feels that only time will shake out the real intentions from the fake. “At the end of the day, there are more choices for consumers, and hopefully one day ‘consumers’ and ‘consumers of color’ won’t be considered as separate demographics or markets.”

    Speaking of checking in on where we are with our 2019 trend predictions: It’s a sneaker world and we’re all just living in it  and this is why 2019 has been the year of wellness scams.

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  • It’s a sneaker world, we’re all just living in it

    July 26, 2019 at 05:00AM by CWC


    When Serena Williams stepped onto the red carpet at the 2019 Met Gala, it wasn’t her tennis-ball yellow Atelier Versace gown that got people talking. Rather, the most buzz-worthy part of her outfit was the pair of matching Off-White x Nike sneakers peeping out from her dress’ cascading train. In this iconic moment, the message was clear: Sneakers are now officially part of the dress code at every occasion imaginable, including those sanctioned by Anna Wintour.

    Of course, this is a movement that’s been building since the term “fitness fashion” was coined in the mid-2010s. But since the beginning of this year, anytime-anywhere sneakers seem to have hit a tipping point—a year ago, they may have been considered a trend, whereas now they’re a legitimate wardrobe staple. Walk down any city street in the world right now, and you’ll likely see tons of women wearing sneakers with dresses and midi skirts. (Not just for casual Sunday brunches, but for weddings, work, and first dates, too.) The same will surely be true this fall, if the sneaker-filled autumn/winter 2019 runways are any indication. Expect to see lots of hiking-inspired styles hit when the weather turns cool—we called the rise of “gorpcore” sneakers as part of our 2019 Wellness Trends preview last December, and the global fashion weeks in February proved the prescience of that prediction.

    “Cute factor plus comfort factor equals a cool way to finish just about any look.” —Kirta Carroll, Foot Locker

    NPD Group data confirms we’re in the midst of a sneaker surge. While sales of performance kicks—aka those specifically designed for sports like running and basketball—declined in 2018, fashion-driven styles like the Fila Disruptor helped nudge the overall athletic footwear market to single-digit growth from the previous year. And although sneaker sales slowed a bit in the first quarter of 2019, we’ve still seen lots of high-profile brands jump into the arena with new trainer collections of their own, including Everlane and Madewell. Lululemon is also developing a footwear line, in yet another nod to sneakers’ long-term staying power.

    It’s not surprising that the athleisure explosion of 2016—when we all started trading our jeans for leggings and our business-casual garb for “workleisure”—has since trickled into footwear. “Sneakers have become the foundation of the modern uniform, largely driven by the casualization of the wardrobe,” says Alison Melville, Everlane’s general manager of footwear and accessories.  “They’re the focal point of the wardrobe, whether you’re pairing them with denim or a designer dress.”

    Indeed, comfort is king in fashion right now—and who can blame us for not wanting to contort our feet into wobbly heels when things like burnout and climate change are shaking our foundations so vigorously? But Kirta Carroll of Foot Locker doesn’t believe that’s the only thing driving Sneakermania 2019. “While nobody can deny sneakers are a much more comfortable alternative to heels, I think we can all agree sneakers have never looked better,” says Carroll, the brand’s vice president of North American consumer concepts for women and kids. “We’ve certainly never had the breadth of options and brands we have today. Cute factor plus comfort factor equals a cool way to finish just about any look.”

    And unlike many other cult fashion items, like luxury bags and designer jeans, sneakers are far more affordable and widely available—and, thus, democratic. “The widespread introduction of sneakers in a women’s everyday life has, in a way, broken down the barriers to high fashion,” says Vanessa Beckett, vice president and general merchandise manager at Bandier. “With sneakers, women can feel comfortable and fashion-forward at the same time, at a moderate price point. I believe women feel empowered having the option of wearing sneakers for any occasion.” For instance, a pair of regular Nike sneakers that look similar to Williams’ Met Gala pair cost around $100. Any of the other shoes at that event, however, would likely be priced around four to five times that amount—and they’d have a much smaller audience scrambling to get their hands on a pair.

    So what’s next for sneakers?

    From a style perspective, Beckett reports that all-white sneakers are performing particularly well at Bandier right now, and that probably won’t change any time soon. “[Our customer] likes something fresh that can be worn from gym to everyday and vice versa,” she says, adding that chunky platforms are also “in full effect.” Heading into fall, she predicts that women will start wearing high-tech performance sneakers with dresses and other outside-the-gym items, while Carroll says to keep an eye out for “rich and bright colors,” including neons and autumnal hues, as well as animal-print accents. (I suspect we’ve got the leopard-skirt trend to thank for that one.)

    But perhaps the biggest developing story in the sneaker world is the one around sustainability. “Sneakers have become the ultimate fashion statement, meant to be collected and refreshed with each new style or drop. This is a disaster for the environment,” says Melville. “Many people don’t realize sneakers are made almost entirely of plastic.” This is why Everlane’s unisex sneaker brand, Tread by Everlane, was designed to be as eco-friendly as possible. “We focused on creating a sneaker sole [that’s] 94.2 percent free of virgin plastic, working with a tannery that uses less energy and water, and completely offsetting the carbon emissions that remain,” Melville explains.

    Everlane’s not the only sneaker brand prioritizing the earth. Last month, Native dropped the first plant-based, 100-percent biodegradable shoe collection, made from materials like pineapple fibers, linen, and eucalyptus. Nothing New debuted in June with a direct-to-consumer line of low-tops made from recycled fishing nets and plastic bottles. And established brands such as APL and Veja have unveiled sneakers made from Merino wool and corn, respectively. They’ve got a ready audience—40 percent of consumers, particularly those from 18-34 years old, say sustainable materials are important to them when they’re making a footwear purchase.

    The most sustainable choice of all, however, is not buying brand-new trainers in the first place. Luckily, the sneaker resale market is undergoing a massive expansion of its own—it’s currently worth $2 billion in the U.S. and is projected to grow to $6 billion by 2025—which means covetable secondhand kicks will soon be a lot easier to come by. Since December, sneaker resale startup StockX raised $110 million in a Series C funding round and achieved “unicorn” status with a $1 billion valuation; Foot Locker invested $100 million in sneaker resale platform Goat Group; and Farfetch acquired sneaker reselling store Stadium Goods for $250 million. While these businesses cater primarily to the streetwear crowd, luxury fashion is also getting in on the resale rush. Consignment marketplace The RealReal reports that demand for Yeezy sneakers has increased by nearly 600 percent year over year, while kicks by Nike, Balenciaga, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton are also on the rise. (For non-designer styles, check out platforms like Poshmark and ThredUp.)

    Bottom line: Although they’ll continue to evolve in terms of style and sourcing, sneakers aren’t giving up their position of fashion-scene HBIC any time soon, if ever. As someone who’s saved a significant amount of money on blister patches this year—and is now rarely taller than my dates—I’ll click my heels to that.

    To help your favorite sneakers last as long as possible, check out this dish-soap hack that’ll make them look brand-new—and this baking-soda trick for the days you wear them without socks

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    Author Erin Magner | Well and Good
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  • The demand for “wellness under one roof” means good things for your local gym

    July 25, 2019 at 06:03AM by CWC


    There is a new “gym” on 14th Street in New York City, called Complete, that has three stair-masters, seven elliptical machines, and 10 treadmills. It also has a rooftop garden, a juice bar, a full spa, and a “Himalayan Salt” member’s lounge.

    The gym, which opened its doors earlier this month, is the latest addition to a new wave of fitness spaces we’re seeing across NYC that want their clients to come in, work out, and stay all day.  According to Complete’s owner Alex Reznik, this particular storefront was built to “promote a strong sense of community, and give clients the opportunity to come and spend a big part of their daily life there.”

    It’s just the beginning in what will be a wave of physical experiences that aim to blur the lines between wellness and everything else that happens in the day. Last fall, we called “wellness under one roof” as one of the biggest trends of 2019, and since then we’ve watched wellness clubs and communities like The Well and Lina open their doors in NYC to give customers spaces where they interact with wellness in a single destination. Now, we’re seeing traditional gyms—like Complete, Equinox, and Life Time—become one-stop destinations for wellness…and life.

    Obviously, this comes at a time when at-home and digital fitness technology has gotten smarter—with players like Obé, Mirror, Tonal, and Peloton offering fitness enthusiasts the opportunity to access luxury experiences within the spaces they’re already living their lives.  A 2017 report estimated that the digital fitness market is expected to climb to $27.4 billion by 2022. While this may not necessarily mean that people are up and quitting their gyms altogether, it is offering an entirely new frontier of options that don’t require paying upwards of $100 a month in dues.

    So what can a physical fitness space offer that a program in your basement cannot? Two things plain and simple. “Now that physical spaces are threatened by digital platforms—whether that’s Amazon killing the mall or Peloton giving the boutique fitness model a serious run—I think you have to ask: ‘What are the things that digital can’t kill?’ That’s the experience and the community,” says Beth McGroarty, director of research and PR at the Global Wellness Institute. “All the studies show that what’s happened with the digital revolution is that loneliness has skyrocketed, particularly for younger people. I think the boutique fitness boom happened because it rushed to fill the need for a space you could go to with other people to do something.”

    So what are traditional gyms to do? Meet you at work, on vacation, and at home (but in a whole new way). Earlier this year, Equinox announced that it would be partnering with co-working brand Industrious to put co-working spaces inside of its gyms, starting with the new location at 35 Hudson Yards in New York City. The chain also recently opened its first ever Equinox Hotel in the same space. “Equinox was built on the notion that fitness can empower a life well-lived and foster a strong community of high performance individuals,” says Liz Miersch, VP of content and partnerships at Equinox. “As important as digital is, nothing replaces a human connection–people are looking for experiences with others.”

    Luxury gym chain Life Time has taken the element of community one step further, and plan to open full-on wellness residences Las Vegas, Miami, and Dallas starting in 2020. They’ll feature luxury apartment buildings near LifeTime Fitness clubs (and membership fees will be included in rent), essentially merging the spaces where you live and where you work out into one, no screen necessary.

    It’s important to note that while physical spaces are looking to unite and help people connect, digital platforms are also aiming to create a solve, and many are seeing success. There are plenty of digital communities that have been created surrounding digital fitness—the #sweatyselfie didn’t invent itself, after all. Thanks to social media, platforms like Obé, Peloton, and Beach Body are all known to have active online communities, who even meet up IRL.

    As for what’s next with the brick-and-mortar spaces? Look for them to become flush with amenities: Complete has got the aforementioned roof deck, spa, juice bar and salt room. Equinox’s Hudson Yards location has four (I repeat, four) pools, holistic lifestyle coaching, including nutrition and sleep, and of course, a whole lot of fitness classes. As Miersch puts it: “We take digital into consideration but it really is about always offering our members the ultimate luxury lifestyle and fitness experience.” So, while the rise of digital has made luxe sweat sessions more geographically and financially accessible to an entirely new demographic of people, until your iPhone comes with a lap pool or green juice on demand (though, I suppose PostMates?), good, old-fashioned brick and mortars aren’t going anywhere. In fact, they’re only getting better.

    A major trend in fitness we didn’t see coming? The rise of recovery. Plus, how the era of sexual self-care brought Big Bush Energy to its climax. 

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    Author Zoe Weiner | Well and Good
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  • Nike introduced us to running on air, and the Joyride will show us what it’s like to run on bubbles

    July 24, 2019 at 10:00PM by CWC


    Gird your wallets: Nike is launching a new running shoe line that even I, a non-avid runner, need in my closet. It’s called Nike Joyride, and they are seriously making me reconsider my anti-running tendencies. Nike says running in one of these shoes is like running on bubbles, which is a truly delightful image. I spent approximately one minute running through all the other ways to describe how wearing shoes feels (clouds, Dippin’ Dots, etc.), and can say with finality that “on bubbles” is not only correct, but also how I want every pair of my shoes to feel. 

    The bubble feeling comes from the beads, made from a plastic and rubber copolymer called “TPE,” that are strategically placed in pods in the heel portion of the footbed of the shoes. These create a unique cushion that helps with impact absorption. Nike tested over 150 materials before landing on this one (I’m assuming that their decision-making system involved some sort of bubble ranking), with the whole point being to “give your legs a day off” without, you know, actually taking a day off. 

    Image: Nike

    The inspo for these cushiony kicks came from noticing that parks with a paved running course almost always have a parallel path where the grass has been worn down. (This feels vaguely Whitman-esque to me.) That’s because a dirt or grass path is easier on your legs than running on pavement, so while people do want to go for a run, they could often do without the impact. The Joyride simulates this experience, regardless of the surface you’re on.

    The line contains five Joyride iterations. The Nike Joyride Run Flyknit will launch first, available to Nike members July 25 and globally on August 15. There’s also going to be a version specifically for women (Nike Joyride Optik) and kids (Nike Joyride Nova). Rounding out the collection are the Nike Joyride Setter, which premiered at Matthew Williams’ SS20 ALYX show at Paris Fashion Week, and the Nike Joyride NSW. Bust out the bubbly…or a pair of these bubble-inspired runners.

    PS: This is why you should care about the difference between “running” and “training” shoes

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    Author Allie Flinn | Well and Good
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  • These 5-minute easy updos are saving us from the hot, hot heat of summer

    July 24, 2019 at 05:00PM by CWC


    The term “summer hair” evokes imagery of free-spirited gals frolicking along a beach with perfectly-textured and tousled locks flowing behind them. The reality, however, tends to be a little less idyllic and a lot more sweaty, especially when it’s hot as Hades plus humidity outside (as it likely is wherever you live at this very moment, and possibly forever in the future #climatecrisis).

    No matter how much maintenance you’ve engaged in to keep those summer strands from frizzing out, losing their luster, and suffering sun damage, it can be tough to make a look happen rather than have it happen to you, especially when you’re just desperate to get heat-trapping hair off your sticky skin.  To aid you in doing just that, I’ve culled some quick-and-dirty—but in a pretty way!—Insta inspo to serve as a guide. From top knots to low ponys, milkmaid braids to space buns, these easy updos take five minutes or less to help summer hair live up to its reputation while preventing you from hospitalization-by-heat-stroke. (Stay hydrated, though.)

    It’s gettin’ hot out here, so take up all your hair… I am, gettin’ so hot, I want to put my hair up…

    1. TWIN CHIGNONS

    Few I’m-desperate-to-ventilate-my-neck hairstyles can masquerade as intentional glam quite like this beauty. The flair helps.

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    2. SPACE BUNS

    A more playful take on the same idea which allows for additional airflow around the nape and again, *all the accessories* so it looks like a thing you planned rather than something sweat demanded.

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    3. CURLY PUFFS

    Space buns, take two.

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    4. BUBBLE PONY

    A high pony, contained, so strands can’t stick to your face or frizz out in the humidity.

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    5. HALF BUBBLE

    Same but different, this half bubble plus baby braids offers a stylish solution for short-haired gals.

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    5. BASIC TOP KNOT

    This may be the most heat wave-friendly ‘do in the game. Pile it messy or tight and style it up with a scrunchie or scarf for some added style.

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    7. TOP KNOT WITH BRAIDS

    Add braids to your knot to make it a lewk (or, for extra absorbency?).

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    8. TOP KNOT WITH TEXTURE

    Sop up a sweaty forehead by pulling strands through the base of your top knot and forward into a fan shape. Baby braids and mermaid flair are extra credit.

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    9. TOP KNOT, WRAPPED

    Wick away moisture by throwing a wrap around your too-hot-to-handle high bun.

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    10. HALF TOP KNOT

    You know it’s hot when this goddess actually pulls her famed hair up, even if just halfway.

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    11. MILKMAID BRAIDS

    If you’re looking for something that seems styled and will stay in place, keeping hair away from your dewy skin all day, these three-step milkmaid braids are your jam.

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    12. PINEAPPLE UPDO

    When a topknot feels rote, try this faux hawk-esque easy updo which lets hair loose but still contains it away from the skin. The sweat band—er, headband—helps stop salty drips from smearing your eye makeup, too.

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    13. SLICK LOW PONY

    Low ponytails can work in the heat, too, so long as the strands are slicked away from the neck and face. The thick wrap on this ‘tail helps accomplish this task in style.

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    14. BIG ASS BUN

    A basic bun, but make it fashion.

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    Here are 12 more easy-chic summer hairstyles that can handle the heat. Plus, Meghan Markle’s got a hot-day ‘do to copycat, too.

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    Author Erin Bunch | Well and Good
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  • The secret to controlling your emotions has nothing to do with ignoring them

    July 22, 2019 at 03:00AM by CWC


    Starbucks, the G Train, the L Train, the E train, Penn Station, diners, public parks—those are just a slim few of the many places I’ve cried this year alone, largely because I have no idea how to control my emotions. I’m in therapy, and consider myself a constant work in progress, but Rome wasn’t built in a day, and I would love to learn how to have better emotional control. Wouldn’t we all?

    Though being able to express your feelings is a divine and important life skill, sometimes there’s a time and a place. For example, only a couple of the places on my cry list are actually appropriate (or, rather, not totally inappropriate) venues for outbursts. Generally speaking, when you’re in a public setting, like work or a party, it might be wise to dial down your extreme negative feelings to, like,…a 7.

    Because I’m clearly no expert in the art of learning how to control your emotions, I sought advice from someone who is. Carla Marie Manly, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who tackles the very subject of emotional regulation in her book, Joy From Fear, and to me she revealed a fascinating truth that I contend could quell even the most chronic cryer: most humans suppress and express feelings in extremes.

    “Most of us are never taught how to understand and manage our emotions, so we often go to one pole or the other, shutting down from emotions or letting emotions rule us and our situations,” she says. I’d venture to assume no one wants to be controlled by emotions, so to speak, but that doesn’t stop the emotions from existing. It simply means that we need to get to know them and learn how to express them in a way that’s healthy.

    “It takes a great deal of energy and awareness to learn how to deftly manage our emotions rather than letting our emotions control us.” —clinical psychologist Carla Marie Manly, PhD

    “It takes a great deal of energy and awareness to learn how to deftly manage our emotions rather than letting our emotions control us,” Dr. Manly says. “And even the most emotionally aware person can get stung by emotional mismanagement if tired, stressed, or feeling lonely. These are weak spots for every person.”

    To understand your emotions, identify where they originate

    When you’re able to acknowledge the root cause of why you’re feeling how you’re feeling—and address that in a calm fashion—your emotions can actually be incredibly helpful tools. “If we learn how to notice and utilize our emotions, we can use them to inform us about our needs,” Dr. Manly says.

    So let’s step off the crying thing and move to another often negatively connoted emotion: anger. I believe in a good rage sesh every now and then, but sometimes that feeling can get you in big, big trouble. Like, if you’re angry at your partner for showing up late to dinner, Chili’s is maybe not the best place to start screaming, flipping over the table, and committing arson. Dr. Manly instead recommends to pause and decipher where exactly where it’s coming from. Anger, for example, is sometimes symptomatic of an underlying feeling of perceived disrespect.

    “In such a situation, I would notice my anger, feel it in my body, and try to take at least a short time-out to assess my best course of action,” she says. “If I was upset because my spouse forgot a dinner date, I’d likely take a deep breath or two and then say, ‘I’m feeling rather angry right now. When you didn’t show at the restaurant, I felt very hurt and disrespected.’ I’d then give my spouse the opportunity to apologize and explain—and then we’d move forward positively to rectify the situation.”

    This minute to take inventory is important because emotional control isn’t just about you—it’s about other people being able to understand where you’re coming from and not getting hurt in the crossfire. Likewise, we feel lighter when we can properly tune into our feelings and express those clearly, and we give others the gift of knowing when we feel hurt, angry, or sad.

    “As a bonus, the relationship can flourish when those involved learn how to better understand and care for each other,” Dr. Manly says. “This same principal works for all relationships—romantic, social, work, and family.”

    “When we bottle up our emotions—sadness, fear, anger—the emotion doesn’t go away. It waits inside and festers. Then, it will pop out, often at an inconvenient time.” —Dr. Manly

    Gentle reminder, though, that you don’t want to ignore the feelings. The biggest misconception about emotional control is the idea that it’s possible to effectively pretend the feelings don’t exist. It isn’t about masking that you’re upset with a perma-grin. That’s because A. doing so can give you stress ulcers (just ask my ex-best friend about it). And B. It doesn’t work, because the emotion will just resurface at another inopportune time.

    “When we bottle up our emotions—sadness, fear, anger—the emotion doesn’t go away,” Dr. Manly says “It waits inside and festers. Then, it will pop out, often at an inconvenient time, in an unregulated fashion that may feel consuming or completely out of control. These dysregulated incidents, when repeated over time, become the ’emotional norm’ even when they are negative or highly destructive.”

    The solution is to learn—step-by-step—how to feel and honor your emotions

    According to Dr. Manly, there’s a true art in working to utilize emotions in a powerful and genuine way. And one more advantage for the hyper emotional folks out there? Your ability to be in touch with your feelings is a good thing.

    “Those who are sensitive are one step ahead,” Dr. Manly says. “Although they may not know how to regulate their emotions, they do acknowledge their existence. Those who compartmentalize their emotions may appear tough and strong, yet to become emotionally intelligent, they need to both learn to feel and regulate their emotions in a healthy way.”

    So feel how you need to feel, and if you ever need a minute to let it out first, every bar has a bathroom. Trust me on this.

    One good way to help regulate your anger? Identifying your “hard” and “soft” emotions. And if you ever wondered, here’s why crying is contagious

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    Author Mary Grace Garis | Well and Good
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  • Derms’ fave skin-care ingredient is getting *so* much easier to buy

    July 19, 2019 at 08:12AM by CWC


    These days, it’s nearly impossible to step into a New York City subway car without seeing 15 different advertisements for products promising to change your skin. And while the branding might be different in every case, they’ve all got one thing in common: they’re selling retinoids.

    Retinoids are the umbrella term for vitamin A derivatives that promise to speed up cell turnover, increase collagen production, and when used diligently bring an all-over glow to skin by squelching acne, obliterating dark spots, and making fine lines yesterday’s problem. You can get them over the counter in the form of retinols, which vary in strength and potency depending on the one that you slather. However, stronger, more potent formulas are also available with a prescription from a doctor.

    That’s where these direct-to-consumer brands come in, making prescription-strength retinoids available en masse. It’s important to note that they’re not the first to do this. When Differin gel ($11) was approved to be sold over the counter in 2016, it allowed prescription-strength adapalene (an active-strength retinoid that’s great fighting acne) to be available, without a prescription, at a drugstore price. Now, tretinoin, a different vitamin A derivative is being introduced in new ways that add to its mass appeal, as well.

    “Tretinoin helps cells on the skin’s surface and deep in the pores mature in a more normal fashion, meaning they can be shed normally as the skin goes through its life cycle. This process prevents the blocking of pores while also reducing hyperpigmentation,” explains David Lortscher, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and CEO of Curology. “Tretinoin also stimulates collagen growth, which boosts your skin’s firmness and helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It reverses UV-induced collagen breakdown and the degeneration of elastic fibers, which are essential to youthful, firm skin.”

    Though it’s impossible to directly compare the strength of retinol to tretinoin across the board, Dr. Lortscher notes that some observations have found it to be roughly 20 times more potent than retinol. And why is that? “Over the counter products are made with retinol, retinaldehyde, and retinyl esters,” explains board-certified dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD. “When applied to the skin these ingredients need to go through one or more steps to be converted to its more active form.” And that active form is retinoic acid (which, FWIW is tretinoin), which means that its ready to sink into your skin and get to work.

    What you should know before you use them

    Retinoids, in general, are known to cause skin irritation, and tretinoin is no exception. If you’re using a product too frequently or with too high of a concentration, you may wind up with redness and oversensitivity. “Not all prescription written words are created equally—I often write brand-name drugs for my patients, as they offer better vehicles,” says Dr. Zeichner. The delivery system of the topical will impact whether the skin develops irritation, maintains stability of the active ingredient, and ultimately impacts patient outcomes.”

    Though tretinoin usually requires a prescription from a derm, an actual visit isn’t always necessary thank to advances in teledermatology. “The direct to consumer teledermatology market is a great option for people who cannot get into see a live dermatologist,” says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Zeichner. “Nothing replaces an actual visit, but that may not be possible for many people. These services allow a greater number of people to have access to prescription options they would not normally be able to get.” When in doubt, though, schedule a visit to the derm.

    Tretinoin products worth knowing about

    Thanks to very successful subway advertising, you may already be familiar with some of the new direct to consumer tretinoin brands on the block. But just in case, here are a few worth keeping on your radar.

    Dear BrightlyDear Brightly offers $29 dermatological consults to help personalize and tailor your prescription. Their $59 tretinoin lotion (which is formulated with hyaluronic acid) has between 0.015  and 0.1 percent tretinoin depending on what your skin needs. I’ve personally used this product for four months, and it’s given me the glass skin of my dreams.

    CurologyCurology’s skin-care formulas are all customized, but many of them utilize tretinoin for its powerful acne-fighting abilities. You’ll start your visit to the company’s website with a consult with a tele-derm, and they’ll prescribe you with the best product combos to help you deal with whatever is ailing your skin.

    Alterno: You’ll need to get a prescription from a derm before you place an order with Alterno, but this product is great for anyone who is nervous about having a reaction to tretinoin. “Altreno is the only tretinoin lotion available on the market,” says Dr. Zeichner, who works closely with the brand. “Its specialized formulation significantly reduces skin irritation so patients can use tretinoin without developing as much redness, burning, and peeling.” It has a 0.05 percent potency, and is mixed with sodium hyaluronate (a form of hyaluronic acid) to help with hydration.

    HersHers offers different tretinoin formulations depending on whether you’re looking to target acne, signs of aging, or melasma. Prices range from $37 to $75, and you’ll go through a dermatological consult via the brand after you check out to be sure the product you picked is the right one for you.

    If retinol isn’t for you, try the much-gentler bakuchiol instead. Plus, here’s what derms really want you to know about wearing retinol during the day

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  • Wide-leg active pants are apparently back—and giving me major 2003 flashbacks

    July 18, 2019 at 02:00AM by CWC


    Way before leggings became a force of fitness fashion, there were what my college friends and I called “yoga pants”—you know, those stretch cotton bottoms with a wide fold-over waist and bootcut legs. (Yes, I’m one of those old millennials.) We’d put them on for class with a hoodie, to run errands with flip-flops, and, naturally, to yoga classes in the student gym, usually with the spaghetti-strap tank tops we wore out the night before.

    Soon after I graduated in 2004, my beloved yoga pants went the way of low-rise jeans and bedazzled trucker hats, soon to be replaced by second-skin leggings in high-tech performance fabrics. But, to my surprise, wide leg yoga pants appear to be on the way back in—at least, if a handful of popular activewear labels have anything to say about it.

    While online shopping the other day, I came across several examples of the look with serious throwback vibes. On-the-rise brand Celestine is making the old-school style modern with wrinkle-proof fabric and a high, vertically-seamed waistband. Year of Ours‘ wide-leg sweatpants share the same silhouette, but in a soft cotton material that’s better suited for recovery days. And there are plenty of options that more closely resemble the yoga pants of my youth, perhaps because the brands never discontinued them in the first place. (Hard Tail, I’m looking at you.)

    If you ask Year of Ours founder Eleanor Haycock, it makes sense that this early-’00s activewear style should be making a comeback now—an era in which athleisure is appropriate for all situations and we’re constantly hungry for new options. “People are wearing activewear outside the gym as much as they are wearing it in,” she says. “Wide-leg styles offer something different [than leggings].” She recommends styling them with a bodysuit, a button-up shirt knotted at the waist, or a cropped hoodie “for an updated sweat set look.” 

    Of course, wide leg yoga pants also pair nicely with any kind of sports bra or workout top for Pilates, barre, yoga, or any other workout where you won’t be in danger of tripping over the flared hems. I suppose they’re also appropriate for the elliptical, if you’re really set on channeling Y2K…

    If shorts are more your thing, check out Girlfriend Collective’s new collection. And keep these doctor-approved tips in mind when you’re buying shoes to go with your new yoga flares. 

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  • A podiatrist’s top tips for wearing closed-toe shoes all summer long without suffocating your feet

    July 14, 2019 at 07:00AM by CWC


    Every summer, my mother criticizes my commitment to closed-toed shoes, saying I have a “complex about my feet.” Well, mom, just because I don’t think my grounding digits are particularly elegant and I won’t throw down cash for routine pedicures doesn’t mean I have a foot complex. I just really prefer closed-toe shoes. To her credit, though, having a no-sandals policy can get tricky in the summertime. Right now, I’m looking at the black ballerina flats on my feet, complete with criss-crossing elastic bands constricting my circulation, just imaging the wildly smelly feet I’m going to have to deal with later. It’ll be like I’m walking around on unrefrigerated wedges of Gouda, for sure.

    But the cheese doesn’t stand alone, right? I know I’m not the only person who’s also very anti-sandal, and if you keep your toes enclosed, you’ve probably encountered the same problem. Opting to stick to those shoes all season may be an honorable choice, but that doesn’t make it any less of a sweaty, stinky affair. And since no one wants to spend their time with anyone who requires a gas mask or oxygen tank when there’s a shoes-off policy, I enlisted some help for selecting non-suffocating closed-toe kicks to take you all the way back into sweater weather. The first step, it turns out, is choosing the right materials in which to walk.

    “The best types of materials that allow the feet to breathe are porous fibers, such as canvas, mesh, and leather,” says podiatrist Emily Splichal, DPM. And the materials to give a hard pass on? “Avoid rubber or plastic shoes, as these trap in heat and moisture.” And in that case, I guess I won’t go full Y2K and bring back jelly sandals this summer.

    My closed-toe style choices usually skew girly, impractical, and firmly in the flats-and-heels category. But increasingly, people are joining me on the closed-toe front thanks to an uprising in sneaker culture. And whether you’re opting for some neon kicks or taking grandpa sneaks for a spin, it’s really what’s inside that counts.

    “You do want a breathable fabric, but I’d also suggest considering the socks that are being worn,” Dr. Splichal says. “One of my favorite is by Allbirds, which uses a breathable wool material. If you go for a nice breathable sneaker and then wear thick cotton socks, you won’t get the benefits from the sneakers. The best socks are synthetic, sweat-wicking, and woven with either copper or silver.”

    Oh, and if you bought a dynamite pair of non-breathable heels for a wedding and need to combat foot stank in a pinch? Dr. Splichal recommends picking up a can of Arm and Hammer Invisible Foot Powder Spray. It’s sweat-activated and designed to stop your smelly feet from ruining the party.

    To help you tackle the problem at its source, though, we have a few closed-toe-shoe selections that can get you through the summer while keeping the cheesy-smell and sweaty effect at a minimum. Check them out below:

    Another reason to jump on the closed-toe bandwagon? Flip flops aren’t great for your feet. And we have the full details on what shoelace style works best for your foot type!

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  • Amazon Prime Day is a treasure trove of wellness steals—add these 6 finds to your cart ASAP

    July 12, 2019 at 12:42PM by CWC


    Remember when we had just one massive celebration of consumerism each year, and we had to wait a full 12 months for it? That seems quaint now thanks to Amazon Prime Day, an ingenious invention that’s eliminated the middleman in gifting so that you can just endow yourself whatever it is you want rather than field undesired presents from well-intentioned loved ones with questionable taste. This modern holiday kicks off on Monday and rolls through Tuesday, with deals pre-empting the big event as well as continuing to percolate in the days after, like little retail aftershocks.

    As with Christmas, part of the fun of Amazon Prime Day is not knowing exactly what’s going to be on offer; you’ll go to bed on Sunday night all abuzz with wonder as to what will be “under the tree” when you awake the next morning (and the morning after that). The megacorp has, however, offered a few sneak peeks, the best of which (for your health) can be found below.  Keep in mind that if you can’t find what you want on the site next week, other retailers (e.g., Target, Nordstrom, Walmart, and eBay) are likewise offering sales in order to compete (bahaha) with the budget bonanza. Oh, and between now and July 16, you’ll get $10 to spend on Prime Day sales when you spend $10 at Whole Foods either in-store or via the Prime Now app.

    And now, without further ado, a few things Amazon’s elves are throwing into the sled for Prime Day

    All Photos: Amazon

    1. Dyson Air Purifiers

    Did you know that the air inside your home can be five times more polluted than the air outside it? For this reason (also: a litter box + two cats), I swear by my Dyson air purifier. According to Amazon’s sneak peek feature, these healthful devices will be on sale next week, though details are pending. Dyson vacuums will be discounted as well.

    amazon prime day best deals

    2. Instant Pot

    This 7-in-1 kitchen device was the top-selling Prime Day product in America last year. Who knows if it’ll be further discounted next week, but eagle-eyed deal spotters have noted it’s already been significantly marked down. Right now, you can get the 6-quart version, normally $100, for just $60. If you’re among the droves who will likely snag this item, here are about a million recipes to get something cookin’.

    3. Bee Propolis Throat Spray

    The brand Beekeeper’s Naturals will have multiple offerings on sale, including this product, which is ranked #2 in cold and flu “medicines” on Amazon. If you aren’t familiar with propolis, aka bee glue, it’s a natural immunity booster which has been shown to speed up recovery from illness. The brand’s Superfood Cacao Honey will also be on sale, among other products.

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    4. Chef’n Fresh Force Lemon Citrus Juicer

    Lemon water devotees, rejoice—next week, this premium juicer will drop in price from $24.95 to $6.39.

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    5. 23andMe DNA Test

    For anyone who’s ever wanted to take a deep (like, DNA deep) dive into who they are, now is your moment. Ancestry announced that they will slash $100 off their $199 mail order test. So you can learn a whole lot about you and keep a Benjamin in your wallet at the same time. ICYMI, this kind of data can be used to learn more about your pre-programmed fitness abilities—and even what the best diet for you.

    6. Vital Proteins Blackberry Collagen Blast 

    Before you get too excited, this item isn’t on sale; however, it’s been launched for Prime Day exclusively to Prime customers, and for a limited time only. (You can actually grab it now.) If you’re not in on the collagen trend, here’s everything you need to know before you add to cart. Also launching (or, launched)? Lady Gaga’s Haus Laboratories makeup line, Pure Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies, No B.S. Acne Patches, this Ballarini blender, TruWoman snacks, and more.

    BTW, Nordstrom is having a sweet sale, too. Here’s how to shop it. Plus, why a bathing suit to wear 24/7 should be part of your haul. 

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  • From Alo to Zella, get these 9 cult-fave activewear buys for way less at the Nordstrom anniversary sale

    July 12, 2019 at 09:18AM by CWC


    Having cute workout gear in your closet makes it that much more fun to hit the gym. (Yes, motivation can come in the form of chic, sweat-wicking leggings when it comes to making an early morning class.) But athleisure isn’t exactly cheap. Shelling out $99 for a pair of leggings can be rough. The key, of course, to saving money is to shop during sales—and boy is Nordstrom delivering today.

    Ever walk into a store, head straight to the sales rack in the back, and find…nothing? That’s not happening today. Nordstrom’s anniversary sale—which kicked off Friday—has cult-favorites from Alo and Outdoor Voices to Nike and Zella all majorly marked down.

    Rounded up here are nine stand-outs, which are sure to go quick.

    Stay ahead of the fashion curve by getting to know these seven new activewear brands and these eight sustainable brands

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  • We’re apparently all shopping for shoes wrong, according to foot doctors 

    July 11, 2019 at 05:00AM by CWC


    When I was younger, I subscribed to the philosophy that high heels were the only acceptable footwear choice—even when it was snowing out. Younger me never could have imagined a world in which I would be wearing sneakers on a first date. (Younger me also never could have imagined a world in which I hadn’t met my soulmate by 28, but here we are.) One of the only good things about living in the year 2019 is that it is now fashionable to wear comfortable shoes, like sneakers and sandals and other footwear sans heels.

    Regardless, shoe shopping is one of my favorite pastimes, right up there with posting videos of other people’s dogs on my IG stories and obsessing over if my crush is going to text me. And even though I consider myself a pro (in all of these categories), it turns out that there are a few things I’m doing wrong as far as selecting the right footwear goes.

    For starters: I’m probably wearing the wrong shoe size. And you are too. Dr. Cary Gannon, podiatric surgeon and founder of Aila Cosmetics, says that about 90 percent of the people who come into her office are wearing shoes that are two sizes too small. “As we get older, our feet increase in size in size and shape, and so our foot size increases,” Gannon says. “We continually go and purchase the same size, but we forget that as we age kind of everything about our body changes… a ton of foot pathology is actually manageable or corrected by just putting people in the right size shoe.” Damn. I thought wearing the right size shoe was one of those given adult skills, like knowing how to bake a chicken breast.

    And Dr. Doug Tumen, author of Ask the Foot Doctor: Real-Life Answers to Enjoy Happy, Healthy, Pain-Free Feet, says that it’s best to go shoe shopping at the end of the day, because our feet swell during the day. “So if you shop late in the day, it’s more likely to be the true size of your foot,” he explains. Go figure.

    Once you’ve established that you’re wearing the correct size of shoe, there are some other podiatrist-approved tests you can do to make sure that the shoes you pick are going to be good for your feet. Tumen says that when shopping for shoes, you should do “the pinch test,” “the accordion test,” “the sponge test,” and “the wiggle test.” The pinch test is where you squeeze the heel of the shoe with your fingers—if it can be pinched together, it’s not going to be supportive. “The accordion test is where you hold the shoe and you try from heel to toe to bend it in half. And if it folds right in half, it is not well supported,” Tumen explains. You also shouldn’t be able to wring the shoe like a sponge. “And then lastly is what I call the wiggle task, where you want to have room for your toes to move about the cabin, so to speak,” he explains.

    And, because I am a little petty, I definitely asked him about flip flops to support my thesis that they are The Worst. He confirms that flip flops are not good for your feet. “My advice is to avoid flip flops and get into sandals. And there are a lot of great sandals on the market nowadays,” Tumen says. I feel vindicated.

    “Hey listen, you’ve got a mandate now to go buy all these shoes. Nobody can say anything to you because the doctor is literally telling you to spend money on shoes,” Gannon says. You literally do not need to tell me twice. Here, shop a selection of shoes from these podiatrist-approved brands.

    Hello, you need these midi skirt and sneakers looks in your life like, yesterday. Also, an ode to Tevas

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    Author Allie Flinn | Well and Good
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  • 10 companies that give back so you can feel extra good when you shop

    July 09, 2019 at 04:01PM by CWC


    It used to be that the fashion industry existed in a completely different realm, offering little in terms of solutions to pressing societal issues. But now, thanks to an influx of social- and eco-conscious companies that have baked giving back right into the business model, every dollar you spend goes a little further to combat problems like homelessness, unemployment, and hunger.

    Whether you’re in the market for slick sunglasses, new skivvies, or a fresh pair of kicks, these are the brands that are stylish, cool, and charitable, too.

    10 of the best companies that give back

    Warby Parker

    Warby Parker spreads the gift of sight all over the globe with their one-for-one program. For every pair of glasses sold, the company give a pair to someone in need through brand partners and nonprofit organizations such as VisionSpring. To date, Warby Parker has donated over 5 million pairs of glasses, which have helped children see better in school and adults increase their productivity, income, and quality of life. Oh, and did we mention they have an at-home try on program? Lazy online shoppers rejoice.

    Feed

    The aptly named Feed is a lifestyle label that provides food for school children in 63 countries around the world, including the United States. They’ve supplied over 107 million meals and counting thanks to sales of their functional bags, accessories, and home goods imbued with their signature utilitarian vibe. One of the coolest things about shopping their site is that each product page tells you exactly how many school meals your purchase will provide. Treat yourself to a new handbag to contribute to the cause. Or, you can host a Feed Supper of your own with friends and family and request donations for Feeding America.

    Diff

    Based in California, Diff stocks a variety of stylish designer glasses (prescription, sun, and blue light) without the retail markup. The eyewear label has donated over one million pairs of reading glasses. They also help provide income for female artisans in Uganda and Honduras who create beautiful sunglass cases through Diff’s Pouch Program. They also give back locally, too, via beach clean ups and by mentoring inner-city kids and donating supplies to them and their families.

    The Giving Keys

    The Giving Keys is an inspiring socially responsible brand to shop for a few reasons. The jewelry is made with keys (hence the name) stamped with an empowering word such as “enough,” “fearless,” “dream,” and “inspire.” Customers are encouraged to pay it forward and gift the piece of jewelry to someone who needs the message. And every purchase helps create jobs for people transitioning out of homelessness.

    Tentree

    Tentree proves that eco-friendly clothes don’t have to be boring. From cozy hoodies to graphic tees, they sell casual pieces for both men and women made out of sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, and hemp. Even the smallest of details, like the coconut shell buttons and cork trim zipper pulls, are made out of natural materials. As the brand’s name suggests, they plant 10 trees for every product purchased. They’re tree count so far is up to 20 million in over 10 countries and they show no signs of slowing down. The company’s goal? Plant 1 billion trees by 2030.

    Naja Lingerie

    Naja Lingerie is all about empowering women with their cute bras and undies that don’t sacrifice luxury (hello, Peruvian cotton). Digital printing technologies allow them to reduce water waste. What makes the brand special though is that they give back to the women that work there. The staff consists of mostly single moms and women who are the primary breadwinners of their homes. Job perks include above average wages, healthcare, and flexibility to help them balance work and mom duties. Plus, Naja also provides their employee’s kids with books, school supplies, uniforms and school meals. The brand’s Underwear for Hope program also creates jobs for women in Columbia.

    Thinx

    Thinx disrupted the menstrual hygiene industry with its period-friendly panties, but the brand does a lot more than just help you control your flow. They partnered with nonprofit Period to launch the United for Access campaign that demands students in the U.S. be provided with free period products. They work with schools, after-school programs, and nonprofits to help educate young people about puberty and menstrual hygiene. And, they donate menstrual products to those in need.

    Toms

    Founded by Blake Mycoskie in 2006, Toms was for sure at the forefront of the give back movement in the fashion industry. They’re known for their one-for-one ethos which has provided over 60 million pairs of shoes to children in over 70 countries, but they’re not just about shoes. Their one-for-one program also extends to eyewear helping provide prescription glasses and eye care to people in 13 countries around the world. As if that wasn’t enough, Toms coffee also helps provide clean water in developing countries, and each bag purchase ensures a safe delivery for an expecting mama in need.

    Satya Jewelry

    If you’re the type of person who loves meaning behind their jewelry and all things woo woo, Satya is definitely one to look into. The brand’s pieces are made with semi-precious stones and infused with sacred symbols—think zodiac sign necklaces and rose quartz malas. A percentage of sales are donated to their own Satya Foundation, which has raised over $1 million for children’s charities including Bent on Learning, a nonprofit organization that teaches yoga to kids in New York City public schools, and Ashram’s for Autism which helps people with autism thrive through mindfulness and yoga practices.

    Pura Vida

    Pura Vida, which translates to “pure life” or “simple life” in Spanish, was founded by two friends after a trip to Costa Rica. Inspired by the county’s laid-back lifestyle, the duo created a brand around the vibrant string bracelets made by local artisans. The company provides full-time jobs to artisans in Costa Rica, El Salvador, India, and other countries. And, through the company’s Charity Collection, they’ve donated almost $1.7 million to different charities.

    Here’s how a meditation teacher shops at Ikea with wellness in mind. And why you should definitely consider ditching plastic plates and cutlery.

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  • 8 foods rich in magnesium that make for the perfect bedtime snack

    July 08, 2019 at 03:00PM by CWC


    If you’ll flash back for a moment to high school chemistry—sorry if this means reliving some terrible low-rise jeans fashion choices—you may recall that magnesium was that metal that would burn bright white when you got to do experiments using fire. In the context of the real world, magnesium is an “extremely important” nutrient responsible for energy production, protein synthesis, muscle contraction and nerve signaling, bone mineralization, and glucose control, says Whitney English Tabaie, MS, RDN, CPT. The trendy mineral is also the star ingredient in several new sleep- and recovery-promoting products. (So long, melatonin.)

    IDK about you, but I would very much like to have all of those processes running smoothly in my body. English Tabaie says that women need around 310 to 320 milligrams of magnesium a day, while men should generally get 400-420 milligrams per day.

    Low magnesium levels have been linked to fatigue, medical nutritionist Sarah Brewer previously told Well+Good. She says that not only can having regular levels of magnesium help with your energy during the day, it can also help you get a better night’s rest. Another thing it can do: help you chill the eff out, because it’s a relaxant.

    Can you mainline magnesium? That was rhetorical, but I will answer my own question and say that you should probably not—but you can eat these seven foods that are rich in magnesium, recommended by English Tabaie.

    1. Spinach

    Magnesium: 78 milligrams per half cup (cooked)

    Yes, spinach is packed with iron, but it also offers up 78 milligrams per each half up of cooked leaves. Not too shabby!

    2. Almonds

    Magnesium: 77 milligrams per ounce serving

    If you really want to get with the magnesium program, get thee some almonds STAT. English Tabaie says an ounce serving (about 23 almonds) has nearly 20 percent of your daily needs. Score.

    3. Dark chocolate

    Magnesium: 65 milligrams per ounce

    “I am a huge fan of cacao or dark chocolate before bed,” herbalist Rachelle Robinett previously told Well+Good in an episode of Plant Based. Why? It’s rich in magnesium (great for sleep!) as well as alkaloids that help your body feel good. Don’t have to tell me twice!

    Here’s how to make a relaxing dark chocolate bark to help you drift off at bedtime:

    4. Peanut butter

    Magnesium: 51 milligrams per two-tablespoon serving

    I don’t usually keep peanut butter in my apartment because I could—and do—eat it by the spoonful (yes, standing in front of the open fridge obviously). But I may reconsider adding it to my grocery cart this week considering all of that sweet, sweet magnesium.

    5. Edamame

    Magnesium: 50 milligrams per half cup

    Your favorite sushi appetizer offers about 16 percent of your daily magnesium needs per half cup. Pro tip: Trader Joe’s has great frozen edamame that cooks quickly.

    6. Black beans

    Magnesium: 42 milligrams per half cup

    In addition to giving you lots of fiber (and probably some gas), black beans pack a serious punch of magnesium. I see burrito bowls in your future.

    7. Potato

    Magnesium: 39 milligrams per small potato

    I love any list that contains a carb, and you can get a pretty decent amount from one small baked potato, says English Tabaie. (What I’m hearing is to eat a bigger potato and get more magnesium, but that could just be because I’m on day four of restarting keto so I’m a little thirsty for carbs.)

    8. Banana

    Magnesium: 32 milligrams per medium fruit

    Bananas are oft touted for their high levels of potassium, but one medium also has 32 milligrams of magnesium, English Tabaie says.

    Seriously, though—magnesium could be the new melatonin. Here’s why. And if you’re stressed (honestly, who isn’t), you may want to consider these expert-approved supplements

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  • 7 midi skirt and sneaker pairings that’ll bring the comfy-cool vibes all summer long

    July 06, 2019 at 08:00AM by CWC


    No matter where your summer vacation plans take you—London, Barcelona, or even just the next zip code over—bringing a midi skirt and sneakers will pretty much guarantee that you’ll be able to pass for a local. This look’s been gaining steam for the last few years, but it’s officially everywhere this season… as anyone who’s walked down the street lately can attest. If nothing else, you’ve definitely seen some Instagrammer wearing a leopard-print skirt and Vans lately, right?

    I’ll admit, I wasn’t a fan of this pairing at the beginning, since I felt like it looked a little frumpy on me. But I’ve grown fond of it in recent months for the comfort factor alone. The sneakers part needs no explanation, and mid-calf-length skirts are arguably the coziest skirt length—you’re not tripping over the hemline, as is often the case with a maxi skirt, nor are you constantly tugging it down, which tends to happen with a mini.

    And from a fashion perspective, there’s a lot to love about summer’s hottest sartorial coupling. “The combination of sneakers and a midi skirt balances the masculine and feminine, and balance is an extremely important part of styling,” says Nicole Pollard, Los Angeles-based personal stylist and founder of Lalaluxe. “It’s classic without being boring, so it works for any age. Plus, there’s beauty in comfort. When you feel comfortable you stand taller, move freer, and have that effortless vibe we all aspire for.”

    If, like me, you struggle to feel statuesque in a midi skirt and sneakers, Pollard has a few tips that’ll help you pull it off. First, she says, experiment with different skirt lengths to find the one that best suits you. “For me, midi skirts look best below the widest part of my calf, but for others it can be just below the knee or just above the ankle,” she says. She also recommends using color strategically if your outfit feels proportionally off. “I’m 5’4″ and wear a size 10 shoe, so I’ll pair a lighter skirt with dark sneakers to draw the attention upwards,” she says.

    But ultimately, anything goes with this look, so don’t be afraid to do you. “You can take a slip dress and sneakers and pair it with a vintage army jacket for a day of flea market shopping—and then wear the same thing with a tuxedo jacket and brass clutch for a night out,” Pollard says. “Simply put, it’s a wardrobe staple.” Here, we’ve sourced seven foolproof midi-and-sneaker combos that’ll take you through Labor Day and beyond—and they’ll make your last-minute packing game way less frenzied.

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    Madewell Rigid Denim Zip Midi Skirt in Tile White ($90) + Nike React Element 55 ($130)

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    ASOS Design Two-Piece Textured Midi Skirt ($35) + Puma Muse Sophia Webster Sneakers ($130)

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    Target Women’s Button-Front Full Skirt ($30) + Superga 2790 ACOTW ($80) 

    Universal Standard CeeCee Midi Bias Skirt ($100) + New Balance 997H Classic ($90)

    Wilfred Leopard Midi Skirt ($110) + APL Women’s Techloom Chelsea ($250)

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    Reformation Bea Skirt ($148) + Vans Sk-8 Hi Stacked ($80)

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    Free People Pleated Party Skirt ($128) + Veja Women’s V-10 Leather Low-Top Sneakers ($140)

    A few more things to throw in your carry-on this season: A fade-proof swimsuit and sandals that were made for walking

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  • How a dietitian chooses a healthy meal when dinner apathy strikes

    July 06, 2019 at 06:00AM by CWC


    I’m about to invoke the power of anaphora to tell you the things I strongly believe about food. I believe that raisins should just be canceled from trail mix. I believe the yellow Starbursts are objectively the best. And, if I don’t know what to cook myself for dinner, I believe in grabbing a bag of popcorn and calling it a night. The first two preferences incense people I share them with. But describing the dinner apathy that sometimes plagues me after returning home from work usually earns nods of agreement. The question, “What am I hungry for?” is one we’ve all asked ourselves while peering at the contents of our refrigerator.

    “First things first, remember, you are not alone,” says Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, RD, host of Well+Good’s YouTube series You Versus Food. “The majority of people don’t meal prep, so chances are you don’t know what will end up on your plate for dinner. While the meal prep technique works for some, it doesn’t always work for others…and that’s okay!” And even if your meal prep skills could knock Bobby Flay off his high horse, the turkey meatball, roasted broccoli combo dreamed up on Sunday might seem less delish come Thursday. So when dinner leaves you with questions yourself, Beckerman says to get real.

    Rather than thinking about dinner in terms of what you “should” eat, she recommends sitting down and chatting with yourself on what you want. “Oftentimes, when we try to eat what we think is healthy rather than what we actually want, we find a meal unsatisfying,” says Beckerman. Instead, approach the whole process like a creative endeavor. What could you whip up random items in your pantry? What unexpected flavor combinations are lurking in the back of your freezer? “Having the ability to mix and match different ideas and ingredients allows me to listen more to what my body wants, rather than follow a strict meal plan,” says Beckerman. “I get to pick what I want, have no plan, and truly listen to my body in the moment.”

    I hear you, I hear you: Tuning into your body’s needs isn’t like switching the radio to your favorite station. Sometimes, you may ask yourself what you want for dinner and still come up with, “I don’t know—popcorn?” So, below, the Beckerman offers up three ways to read your needs just like you’d read a nutrition label.

    3 ways to answer the question: “What am I hungry for?”

    1. How have your energy levels been feeling lately?

    “I think about the foods I have had a lot of recently, the foods I haven’t had in a while, and what my energy levels have been like lately,” says Beckerman. “If I am feeling fatigued at the gym, maybe I need a more carb-heavy meal. If my skin has been breaking out recently, perhaps I will eat more skin soothing healthy fats. The fact that it is my choice each and every night to decide what I want allows me to look forward to dinner every night.” In other words, let your current emotional landscape guide the needs of your bod—and you can’t go wrong.

    2. Create three to four food formulas that you can fall back on 

    While you should feel at liberty to freestyle with your meals, sometimes returning to an old favorite will be the more freeing option. “Start with your veggies and build off that,” advises Beckerman. “Making your plate 50 percent veggies is the best base, and then add your three crucial components: carbs, protein, and fats.” For carbs, Beckerman is a fan of starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes; beans, eggs, or fish are a good source of protein; and fats taste best as avocados, nuts, or seeds. “These 3 things ensure I will feel satisfied from my meal, and will have gotten a substantial serving of macronutrients to round out my day,” she says. Win, win.

    3. Go for a walk to set a boundary between work and dinnertime

    “If you are struggling to decide and have determined that you are hungry, but [you’re] overwhelmed by work or school, try taking a walk outside or doing something meditative or relaxing to calm your thoughts,” advises Beckerman. ‘This will allow you to have more focus around what you actually want to eat.” While you’re unwinding from your day at the office, your body may just send out a bat signal that it wants cauliflower pizza and a side salad, or lemon grilled salmon in a bed of greens. Given the time and space, you’ll know just what you need.

    If you’re tired of overspending at the grocery store, here are expert tips for resuscitating your paycheck. Plus, why at TV dinner is now a health option

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  • 8 eco-friendly clothing brands to give your wardrobe a totally chic (and sustainable) makeover

    July 01, 2019 at 05:00PM by CWC


    Often when people decide to start living a more eco-conscious life, the first step is ditching plastic straws or investing in reusable totes for the grocery store. Now don’t get me wrong—both of those changes are doing good for the planet, but if you want to make an even bigger impact, it might be time to rethink the way you shop for clothes. Fortunately, eco-friendly clothing brands have come a long way in terms of sustainability and style.

    It’s no secret that the fashion industry is responsible for vast environmental damage, contributing 10 percent of global carbon emissions. According to Sustain Your Style, it’s the largest polluter in the entire world after the oil industry. Far from eco-friendly, the fashion industry produces untreated toxic wastewater that dumps into rivers and oceans, harming aquatic life and humans alike. It also uses 1.5 trillion liters of water every year, is releasing microfibers into the water that eventually end up in your food. Synthetic fibers take hundreds of years to decompose in landfills.

    To ensure your wardrobe isn’t hurting the planet, start shopping sustainably. There’s an ever-growing list of companies that have made it their mission to create eco friendly clothing with responsible materials and sustainable practices throughout the entire process, from using solar-powered factories to compostable shipping materials. These are the best brands to find eco-friendly clothing with fashion-forward design.

    8 eco-friendly clothing brands to shop right now

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    1. DL1961

    No matter what your denim needs may be—whether it’s jeans, jackets, skirts, or shorts—DL1961 has you covered. The eco-friendly clothing brand puts environmental awareness and sustainability at the forefront by being powered by solar energy and using ethically-sourced cotton and water-efficient botanic fibers. While a typical pair of jeans requires 1,500 gallons of water to produce, the company uses less than 10—then recycles 98 percent of that water with an on-site water recycling plant.

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    2. Pact

    You won’t find cozier cotton products than Pact’s. The company only sources 100 percent organic cotton that’s just as soft as it is good for the planet. That means there are no toxic dyes or pesticides in your clothes, whether you’re rocking a bralette and undies or a pair of leggings and sweatshirt. There’s also a live count on the website that shows how many gallons of water have been saved by customers buying organic cotton products. (Spoiler: It’s a lot.)

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    3. Cienne

    If you wish designer clothes were more eco-friendly, meet Cienne. The brand might be pricey, but the high-quality items—which you’ll find on everyone from Emma Watson to Gwyneth Paltrow—are made with the environment in mind. The company works with artisans around the world, sourcing natural and sustainable fibers and reducing waste by designing in small batches. You’ll have one-of-a kind, environmentally-conscious pieces you’ll be proud to wear.

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    4. United By Blue

    United By Blue is on a mission. The certified B-Corp has all the outdoor apparel you could ever need, yet it produces it in a way that protects planet you’re exploring while wearing it. Every product is created using responsible materials, including organic cotton and recycled polyester made from plastic bottles. The company also removes one pound of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways for every product sold. So far, that’s equated to more than 1.7 million pounds.

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    5. Alternative Apparel

    The next time you need to stock up on all your basics, head over to Alternative Apparel. All of the brand’s cozy tees, dresses, and sweats are crafted with organic and recycled materials, low-impact dyes, and water-conserving washes. The company also ships out the products in eco-friendly packaging that saves 2,100 trees, 860,000 gallons of water, and 400 cubic yards of landfill every year.

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    6. Threads 4 Thought

    Threads 4 Thought wants to be as sustainable, ethical, and impactful as possible. The company’s eco-friendly clothing, which including T-shirts and activewear, is made from organic cotton, recycled polyester, and Lenzing Modal (which comes from beechwood). On top of that, the factories everything is made in has sustainable production processes and working conditions held to the highest certifications in the fashion industry.

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    7. Amour Vert

    With a name that means “green love” in French, Amour Vert was build with sustainability in mind. Not only are the pieces made in small batches to eliminate waste, but the fabrics used in the process are made from eco-friendly materials like beechwood fibers, organic cotton, Oeko-Tex certified silk, and Tencel (which is made from eucalyptus trees). Plus, when you buy a T-shirt, the company will plant a tree in North America—a promise the company has made good on at least 220,000 times.

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    8. People Tree

    People Tree is one of the original eco-friendly clothing brands. Since launching in 1991, every product has been made as ethically and sustainably as possible, allowing people to shop contemporary items made with organic cotton, low-impact dyes, Tencel Lyocell, and responsible wool, all created using traditional artisan skills. Because of these practices, it was the first fashion company to receive the World Fair Trade Organization product label.

    Expand those eco-friendly vibes to the bedroom with these 15 sustainable bedding brands. Also, here’s everything you should know about going eco-keto, which makes a low-carb diet more environmentally-friendly.

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  • The 3 ingredients that dermatologists would absolutely never put on their skin

    July 01, 2019 at 07:00AM by CWC


    I like to strategically copy certain people in different ways for different things. I’ve adopted the vintage oversized blazer look, thanks to Mary Kate and Ashley. I try to copy (key word: try) the perfectly messy hairstyles of French women. And I pretty much try to copy everything that dermatologists do to their skin.

    What Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are to fashion, dermatologists are to beauty (like, basically). I hold onto their skin-care tips and tricks for dear life, and incorporate everything I learn from them immediately so I can have more of a professional-level glow.

    In my quest to cure myself from hoarding every single active ingredient that’s good for my skin in my personal beauty cabinet, I decided to tap the skin gurus’ brains and ask: What ingredients would you actually never use on your own skin? And with that, I come to you with insight to bring with you as you shop beauty shelves for your own regimen. Below, the three ingredients that derms wouldn’t put on their faces.

    1. Edible ingredients

    Natural beauty is great and all, but when you’re slathering on an ingredient that you can literally eat, then… well, it can actually be problematic. “If you can eat a product, then bacteria and fungus can eat it too,” says Purvisha Patel, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Visha Skincare. This is particularly if you’re acne-prone, though. “Coconut oil, olive oil, and cocoa butter are examples to avoid, as they clog the pores,” she says, who admits when she works out or sweats, these ingredients even make her break out.

    2. Apple cider vinegar

    It’s a big time wellness elixir, sure—and the Internet may want your to believe it’s an acne cure-all (it’s not)— but dermatologists aren’t so keen on it being used as skin care. “My patients literally try to use apple cider vinegar for everything,” says Adarsh Vijay Mudgil, MD, of Mudgil Dermatology. “It can be very irritating to the skin and even cause burns of the skin and eyes if used in too concentrated of a form.” So maybe stick with actual toners, rather than swipe this on as a makeshift version—especially if you’ve got sensitive skin.

    3. Cocoa butter

    Cocoa butter was one of the first skin-care ingredients I ever heard of. It’s fine on your body, but dermatologist Rachel Nazarian, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group, says she would never use it on her face. “I wouldn’t use cocoa butter,” she tells me. “It’s incredibly comedogenic and can trigger acne, and it’s too occlusive for most skin types…. it’s completely safe, but not worth the acne issues.” Time to Marie Kondo.

    Take their authority when you shop by stocking up on these dermatologist skin-care brands that are so good, they rival in-office appointments. And here are esthetician skin-care tips to copy, too. 

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    Author Rachel Lapidos | Well and Good
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  • We found a pro-approved hack that will make any pair of shoes more comfortable in 3 minutes flat

    June 29, 2019 at 12:00PM by CWC


    We’ve all been there—you have that one pair of shoes that you’re dying to wear…but they hurt. So badly, in fact, that no matter how cute they are you simply can’t commit to them for an entire night. They’re just a smidge too tight, and you don’t have time (or pain tolerance) to let them stretch out with wear. Luckily, you have a few options for an at-home fix—and they all take three minutes flat.

    When you’re in a rush, all you have to do is reach for your blowdryer and blast the shoe with heat to make it stretchable. Set it to medium-high heat, and hold it 12 to18 inches away from the shoe for 3 to 5 minutes. Once the leather is warm and more malleable, he says you can put on a sock and then walk around in the shoe to help break it in. “Just make sure that when you’re using heat on any leather, especially high-end leather goods, you have to be very careful with it that doesn’t get discolored or doesn’t stretch too much,” says Vincenzo Rao Jr. of Vince’s Village Cobbler, a shoe-repair shop in Soho.

    But if you have a bit more time, Rao recommends getting a shoe stretching liquid instead. “Heat is something that’s good, but the stretching solution is a lot more effective and a lot safer as well,” he says, pointing to the whole “you could damage your shoes with the heat” issue as a reason to do things  the old fashioned way. He recommends the TRG Shoe Stretch Spray ($8), which works on natural materials like leather, nubuck (think: Timberlands) or suede. Just spray the inside and outside of the shoe with the spray, and wear them while they’re still wet. “That helps soften the material out to make it easier in your foot as you wear them and try to break them in,” says David Mesquita, vice president of Leather Spa.

    If you find that’s still not enough, then its time to break out a wooden shoe stretcher, which uses a crank to help make shoes bigger width-wise. Pair a stretcher—like the FootFitter Premium 3″- 6″ High Heel Shoe Stretcher ($27) for heels, and the Deluxe Wood Shoe Stretcher ($17) for flats—with some stretching spray, and you’ll never have to deal with (or throw away) an uncomfy pair of shoes again.

    These are the comfiest sandals for all your summer errands, because TBH flip flops aren’t great for your feet

     

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  • What the heck is an epilator? Everything you need to know about the French-girl hair removal method

    June 28, 2019 at 12:34PM by CWC


    I learned many things during the year I studied abroad in France. For example, the expression for missing someone in French is “Tu me manques,” which translates literally as “You are missing from me.” I always thought the turn of phrase was wildly poetic. But I didn’t really understand it on a visceral level until the French TSA confiscated my epilator on my way back to America. Suddenly, I wanted to scream “Tu me manques!” at my lightning fast hair removal tool in the middle of Charles de Gaulle Airport—no matter the sharp looks from my fellow travelers.

    Just in case you’re new to epilators, the palm-sized devices (invented in the 1980s and popularized by the ’90s) look a whole lot like razors—except they’re electric and make a pretty terrible noise. After you’ve washed your body and exfoliated the desired area, you turn the gizmo on and slowly run it across your skin. Some people like to use baby powder and lotion as they do so, but it’s not “required” per se.

    The easy nature of the razor glow-ups are perhaps why they’re a pretty big deal in The City of Lights. Fashion blogger Eva Chen is a fan of them, too. Recently, she shared on one of her Instagram stories that she personally caught epilator fever in the UK—so it must just be an over the pond thing (for now).

    Even though French girls and Chen alike love the hair removal tool, I—of course—needed dermatologist input. Cybele Fishman, MD, a New York-based dermatologist tells me that—like waxing or sugaring—epilating pulls hair straight from the root. This means that you get a smoother finish and your hair hair will stay away longer than it would if your shaved. However, using the device isn’t without consequences. “This is a method that is traumatic to the hair follicle, and folliculitis (aka, inflamed hair follicles) is common,” says Dr. Fisherman.

    The process is also not so great for the overall health of your skin, adds dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD. “Epilating removes hair at the follicle, like tweezing or waxing,” she says. “The benefit is that the device can remove many hairs at once, even reaching short, tiny ones. However, it can cause discoloration for people of color with prolonged use and can be an uncomfortable, irritating process.”

    If you decide to shave à la française, just make sure you’re giving your bod the necessary care once you’ve epilated away every last strand of hair. Lather up with lotions and potions that contain aloe, calendula, or chamomile, and do not (don’t do it!) epilate on sunburned skin. When you inevitably fall head-over-heels for the device, here’s hoping it’s never “missing from you.”

    If you’re, like, so over shaving, here are all your other hair removal options. Plus, how to get waxed without seeing stars

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    Author Kells McPhillips | Well and Good
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  • T.J. Maxx is secretly the best place to score skin care—here’s what to buy

    June 28, 2019 at 10:30AM by CWC


    I hunt for beauty products the same way as I hunt for clothes: I go e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e to find what I’m looking for. On the clothing front, I’ll hit up every spot from traditional clothing stores to Goodwill and even my mom’s closet (sorry mom!). And when it comes to skin-care products, I’m scouring beauty boutiques, Sephora and Ulta, the drugstore (duh), and sometimes department stores. You know, the usual suspects.

    But then one day on a quest to find some cute home decor for my apartment, I discovered the ultimate fashion and beauty jackpot under the same roof: at T.J. Maxx. No kidding. What I thought was an amazing store for finding bargains on clothes and houseware and purses is actually an under-the-radar skin-care mecca. Consider me shook.

    My shopping cart was soon overflowing with a variety of skin-care gems, including acne-busting face masks, clean beauty MVPs (including deodorant), body-care must-haves, and pore-clearing serums. Seriously—the ubiquitous store has a major clean beauty selection, so if you’re looking for more natural finds, it’s got you. And if you’re looking to splurge? T.J. Maxx even has luxe skin-care by SK-II and Clarins. It’s particularly exciting because the megastore is in, like, every town, so you can easily swing by to stock up on beauty essentials while you’re out buying home goods.

    Since their beauty offering is actually kinda overwhelming (because it’s just that good), I’ve curated the best of the best picks you can get (after lots and lots of whittling down my options). And with that, keep scrolling for the nine ultimate skin-care finds to score at your local T.J. Maxx (or hey, even on the store’s website). Add. to. cart.

    If you’re on the serious hunt for more beauty bargains, here are the best beauty products to get at Walmart. Then you can head on over to Costco for affordable exercise equipment—yep, time to get shopping. 

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    Author Rachel Lapidos | Well and Good
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  • The skin-care step Bobbi Brown skips for a perfect smokey eye

    June 26, 2019 at 01:10PM by CWC


    Bobbi Brown shares skin-care hacks, makeup secrets, and beauty tips. Watch the video.

    The name Bobbi Brown is synonymous with style. And for good reason, of course. The entrepreneur and beauty mogul ran the eponymous cosmetics company for more than two decades. Now she’s dominating the wellness world with a line of ingestibles (available at Walmart).

    Brown’s unrivaled beauty know-how isn’t showing any signs of fading. In Well+Good’s latest episode of The Avocado Show, she shares skin-care hacks, makeup secrets, productivity tricks, and beauty tips she holds close to the vest. And although she’s painted the faces of so many celebrities (even former First Lady Michelle Obama), just one ever managed to make her feel starstruck. (Hint: He’s been a heartthrob for decades.)

    Watch the video in its entirety to learn Brown’s best makeup tips, which include skipping a pretty fundamental skin-care step in order to achieve a perfect smokey eye. It’s a genius trick that saves time and eliminates the need for a skill that only makeup artists seem to have mastered.

    For more episodes of The Avocado Show episodes, here’s fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff on her secret to work-life balance, and supermodel Emily Didonato’s DIY avocado face mask recipe that leaves your skin glowy AF. 

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    Author Rachel Lapidos | Well and Good
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  • Here’s how to work out with momentum to push yourself to the limit

    June 21, 2019 at 02:00AM by CWC


    A kettle bell swing is all about power. Once you find your rhythm, gravity starts to take over. But you shouldn’t tap into that same energy if you’re isolating and strengthening your glutes in a hip bridge. This is the difference between momentum and control. While related, the two modes of exercise do very different things, explains Isaiah Harmison, a Houston-based Barry’s Bootcamp instructor. And if you’re going to train like an athlete, you’ll need to learn how to harness both.

    “Control would be something that I would utilize to get the body to focus on a muscle, like a mind-muscle connection,” he says. “Whereas momentum is kind of getting the whole body to move in a powerful fashion towards a certain direction.”

    Before hopping into momentum moves you should first master working those muscles with control, to ensure that you’re practicing proper form, which can prevent injury.

    “Slow and controlled movement will get your body comfortable with a variety of movements and can help with muscle gain,” says Gold’s Gym personal trainer Carlisle Price, NCSF-CPT. “Then you’ll be able to incorporate working out with momentum.” This will help increase your endurance.

    Think about a squat: “We’re going to want to focus on control to gain that strength,” but, Harmison says you might want to then follow with jumping lunges or a squat jump. He explains that incorporating power trains the body to use its strength to build momentum.

    Harmison explains that depending on your goals, doing one may be more beneficial than the other. A track runner, he says, is going to put a lot more focus on power-led agility drills than someone going to the gym looking to build muscle mass. So if you’re looking to sculpt and tone your muscles, you’ll want to keep things slow. But, even if clearing a hurdle isn’t your goal, you should still make time to pick up the pace and work with momentum.

    “When you train like an athlete,” Harmison says, “you’re keeping yourself mobile and you’re keeping yourself strong.”

    Ready to embrace your inner athlete? This leg workout will get you World Cup ready, and here’s how to master the jump rope like Muhammed Ali.

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    Author Kara Jillian Brown | Well and Good
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  • This is a trainer’s best-kept secret for working out smarter—not harder—at the gym

    June 17, 2019 at 02:00AM by CWC


    Sorry, “more is more” fitness—you’re just not in fashion anymore. Express sweat sessions are now an even hotter trend than bike shorts. And here to accommodate the demand is “strategic laziness,” a lightning fast exercise modality that makes the most of bite-sized workouts.

    While The 4-Hour Workweek author Tim Ferris originally coined the fabulous term “strategic laziness,” Nike master trainer Joe Holder has since written it into the vocabulary of the fitness world. In a profile with plant-based meal service Sakara Life, Holder defined the term. “Athletes do what they should, not what it seems like they should be doing,” he says. “Inaction is a form of action and athletes know which actions should be done and which shouldn’t, which saves time and energy and unnecessary wear and tear on the body.” Lazy can be smart—and vice versa. Word.

    Maillard Howell, owner of CrossFit Prospect Heights in Brooklyn and founder of the The Beta Way, says the foundation of training with a “strategic laziness” mindset is intention. “It’s taking the time to be thoughtful,” he explains. “We tend to only think that there’s thoughtfulness in actions, but you need the mental space, the physical space, and the emotional space to also be creative—not just productive [in your workouts].” You can apply the motto to any area of life. But at the gym, it really just means walking through the door with a well-engineered game-plan.

    The foundation of training with a “strategic laziness” mindset is intention.

    Let’s say you have half an hour to dedicate to your body. That means all 30 minutes should be intentional work. It’s not 15 minutes of working out paired with 15 minutes of procrastination (guilty—so guilty). You could do a non-stop, level 10 HIIT workout. It could also be half cardio, half high-intensity low-impact interval training. Or, one-quarter yoga and three-quarters strength training. What matters is that what you do and don’t do things that are specific to your needs on a given day. So if you need to rest… you rest! It’s laziness fueled by purpose.

    “We live in this society where we think the more busy we are, the more productive we are,” says Howell. As we all know though, it’s not true IRL. And it’s certainly not true when it comes to getting your sweat on, according to trainers. So next time you’re thinking about lacing up your shoes and passing several hours at the gym, do your inner-Lazy Lucy a solid—and just don’t.

    Now, to squeeze in that (intentional!) stretch. This one and this one will both make your back feel A+. 

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    Author Kells McPhillips | Well and Good
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  • Why this acupuncturist swears by abdominal massage for better digestive health

    June 13, 2019 at 08:40AM by CWC


    Hear the word “massage” and your mind probably goes to getting one on your back or your feet… but abdominal massage is the underrated treatment that more people should be incorporating on the reg.

    “Abdominal massage is actually a subset of regular or Swedish massage or Western massage,” says Daryl Thuroff, LAc, LMT, acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist at Yinova Center. “There are certain aspects of Thai or Shiatsu massages that also have abdominal work in them, and that can be helpful for a variety of different things.”

    Trained practitioners such as Thuroff use abdominal massage for three main things, she says: promoting digestion, increasing fertility, and helping with musculoskeletal issues. “It can also be used as a diagnostic tool,” she explains. In acupuncture, she says practitioners massage and feel the organs within the abdominal cavity to look for areas of tension, and to find out if something is “excess or deficient.”

    That’s because a lot happens in the belly—it’s where your gut is located, which is central to so many other aspects of your health. “Inevitably, when the belly is stuck, it could lead to inflammation in other areas, water retention, cloudiness of mind… a lot can be happening concurrently,” says Thuroff. “Stress is something that can cause things to get stuck in the middle,” she adds. Basically, you want everything in your abdominal area flowing properly so that you can function at your best—which is where abdominal massage comes in.

    “Ab massage moves energy in the body, so it keeps that person healing,” says Thuroff. You can do it in a few different ways, and she notes that a lot of it depends on the direction in which you’re using the strokes along with how much pressure you apply. “Also, what temperature control is—whether you’re using hot or cold,” she says.

    Techniques also vary depending on what outcome is desired. “When I do fertility-based massage, for example, I’ll also incorporate acupressure points in the area of the abdomen that are correlating to others,” says Thuroff. “Or if you have musculoskeletal issues, like problems with your shoulder, I would do some work specific to the muscles in the abdominal cavity for overall relaxation in the body so help with that imbalance.”

    You can do abdominal massage all on your own to help with gut issues, BTW. “If you do self massage, it’ll be working along with the flow of the digestive system,” says Thuroff. (Read: Move your hands clockwise.) “If you’re doing something for constipation or to keep the digestive system moving properly, do some round rubbing. Take your hand and rub in a clockwise fashion around the belly and end in the lower left portion.” You might not even to do the full-on massage to see relief: “It might be as easy as putting your warm hands on your abdomen in certain areas, which helps bring warmth and movement, and sometimes that’s enough,” Thuroff says.

    If you’re dealing with more chronic digestive issues (or are interested in using abdominal massage for fertility or muscular issues), Thuroff says it’s best to see a professional. “If it’s something very specific, it’s a good idea to work with a licensed professional,” she says. Other than that, though, it’s surprisingly helpful to rub your own tummy for the sake of a happier gut.

    Also to help with your gut are these breakfast foods that are good for digestion. Or you can whip up one of these healthy tonics that also boost your digestion (P.S. they’re delicious). 

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    Author Rachel Lapidos | Well and Good
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  • This (on sale!) Everlane jacket will make you feel like a modern Pink Lady

    June 11, 2019 at 08:56AM by CWC


    The handful of pink garments I own are the prized possessions of my closet. Ever since my first viewing of Grease, I’ve admired how a pop of pink adds a splash of pizzaz to an all-black outfit (à la Rizzo’s signature style). That’s why now that Everlane’s “choose what you pay sale” is in full swing, the first thing I’ll be adding to my cart is a cropped jean jacket the color of cherry blossoms, which you can snag for your choice of $63, $67, or $71.

    From the 20 reviews left on site by happy purchasers, I’ve learned that the color is great (“It’s very cute and a nice change of pace from my usual jean jackets”). It’s an ideal addition to any summer wardrobe (“It’s not too heavy or too light, breathable. I wore it to a Maggie Rogers concert and didn’t even have to take it off”). And most importantly, it’s already beloved. One wearer wrote, “Let me tell you this: this is my favorite jacket so far in my life.” Sold.

    If you don’t love the cropped look in a jacket (totally fair!), those who already own the denim staple suggest ordering a size or two larger than usual for that slightly-too-big style that’s a #lewk right now. Personally, I’ll be taking that sage piece of fashion advice and donning the creamy pink outerwear with a pair of black leggings all summer long.

    The Pink Ladies may not have been that into fitness, but they certainly foreshadowed an athleisure look that’s “the one that I want” for summer 2019.

    Still wondering how to make yoga pants look professional? Here’s the secret. And the athleisure color of the summer is

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    Author Kells McPhillips | Well and Good
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  • This $20 Amazon dress has 3,000 reviews can be worn approximately 893 ways

    June 11, 2019 at 02:00AM by CWC


    The weird/delightful thing about shopping for clothes on Amazon is that they carry a lot of really strange brands that I’ve never heard of. And not like, cool under the radar athleisure brands to know, but rather things with names like, “Grecerelle Women’s Casual Loose Pocket Long Dress Short Sleeve Split Maxi Dresses” that somehow have over 3000 reviews—the majority of them five stars. That specific dress is what we’re here to talk about today, because it’s currently gold medaling on Amazon’s “Best Sellers in Clothing, Shoes, and Jewelry” list. . This seems random to me. Why are so many people buying a dress from a brand that doesn’t even have a real website (I checked) and whose name is clearly engineered to be as searchable as possible? So I decided to investigate, and see what makes this inexpensive dress so freaking popular.

    Many of the positive reviews center on how comfortable this dress is, and a variation of the phrase “drapes nicely” is a common theme. It’s a short sleeve floaty maxi dress with side slits and a slight v neckline that comes in a bunch of different colors, from black to red to floral.. And yes—it does have pockets (I know you were wondering). It also manages to do that thing where when you wear it it looks comfy, but in like an enviable and chic way, not a wearing giant sweatpants to the grocery store to get cold medicine kind of way.

    TL, DR: This dress is the definition of versatile. After reading the reviews and looking at the photos, around a million ways to wear it popped into my head. Here’s what I’m thinking:

    Photo: Amazon

    GRECERELLE Women’s Casual Loose Pocket Long Dress Short Sleeve Split Maxi Dress ($20)

    1. With sneakers and a denim jacket: This is how I will wear it to go to the farmer’s market to buy more plants that I can accidentally kill, and spend too much money on gourmet cheese.

    2. With embellished slides: Compliment the ease of sliding into this dress and looking great with the ease of just sliding your feet into sandals. I will wear it this way when I go flirt with (terrorize?) the bartenders at my favorite cafe for Saturday day drinking.

    3. With a leather jacket and strappy heels: If I make it to a third date with someone, this is what I shall wear. Heels plus the side slits of the dress are giving me major Angelina Jolie leg vibes (but like, on a budget).

    4. With the white mules everyone on Instagram is obsessed with: You know the shoes I’m talking about. I saw them so many times on my feed that I finally gave in and bought a pair. With this dress they will be even more *chef’s kiss* than they already are.

    5. With wedge espadrilles and a woven tote: Look, I didn’t think wedges were going to be a fashion thing again but here we are. Pairing them with a woven tote just feels right, and gives this maxi dress serious beachy vibes.

    Speaking of things worth adding to your Amazon cart, you also probably need to buy this $30 best selling denim jacket. And these $15 sheets, which one editor says she would pay $15,000 for

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    Author Allie Flinn | Well and Good
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  • Lavender is the new millennial pink—at least, when it comes to activewear

    June 10, 2019 at 05:00AM by CWC


    Call me basic, but I’m still a big fan of all things millennial pink—you know, that pale rosé color that’s taken over our sneaker collections, our kitchenware, and even our Whole Foods hauls. (Radicchio: So ‘grammable.) The only problem? This blush-toned hue’s been hot for so long that it’s reached total saturation point in my wardrobe.

    So I was stoked to notice a fresh pastel creeping into the spring-summer fitness fashion collections: lavender. Unlike the shades you might have worn as a kid, this season’s light purple activewear options are less “Easter-egg hunt,” more “poolside yoga in Miami.” Some have cool, grey undertones that dial down their sweetness. Others are energized with an ever-so-subtle hint of pink.  Either way, lavender is this season’s “breakout color,” according to Mystika Jones, creative director of apparel at Alo. “You see the color everywhere—from celebs like Jennifer Lopez and Dua Lipa in lavender eyeshadow on the red carpet to Kylie Jenner wearing it head-to-toe at the Met Gala,” she says. “It’s a color associated with royalty, so from a fitness fashion standpoint, it gives you confidence and motivates you to keep moving.”

    The best part about the pale purple activewear craze, in my opinion, is that there are so many ways to give it a whirl. If you don’t want to go all in, you can add a splash of lilac to your workout look with a smartwatch band, a pair of sneakers, or a sports bra. Or if you’re like me and you want to go ultra-violet, you can find an endless array of leggings, tops, and jackets in the color. Jones recommends pairing lavender pieces with neutral colors such as white or beige. She also loves lavender in oversized streetwear silhouettes, like a cropped hoodie or sweatpants, or as a sports bra layered under a lightweight bomber jacket or sundress.

    Who knows—this might be the trend that (finally!) helps me move on from millennial pink for good.

    Two more ways to get your candy colors on this season: bike shorts and grandpa sneakers.

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    Author Erin Magner | Well and Good
    Selected by CWC
  • You’re not crazy: Here’s how to deal with gaslighting in any relationship

    June 07, 2019 at 03:00AM by CWC


    The trickiest part about knowing how to deal with gaslighting in a relationship is being able to decipher whether you’re actually being gaslighted in the first place. When I first started sifting through my mental archives, I wasn’t even sure I had ever experienced it. Then I remembered the last time my ex randomly texted me the Wikipedia page of “narcissistic personality disorder,” saying he was “trying to help.” There was also the time I “invented” that he told me he broke up with his new girlfriend over the weekend, despite texts confirming such events were literally in my phone. Or like 40 other incidents that resulted in him saying, “you’re being crazy right now” to me. So basically, I realized years later that gaslighting was the defining quality of my longest on-and-off relationship.

    Better late than never? Maybe, but I’m assuming you don’t have a decade of your life to waste, so let’s cut to the facts, here. Psychotherapist Tammy Nelson, PhD, a sex and relationship expert, says it’s one thing to be lied to, but “it’s another when your partner denies the truth when they look you in the eye, and you know they are lying to you. You have proof, and they keep denying it.” Essentially, it’s the language and behavior a person uses to usurp your sense of what’s actually going on.

    “When they lie to you when they’ve been confronted and try to deny your reality in the face of proof, it’s denial,” says Dr. Nelson. “If they try to convince you that you’re crazy for seeing the reality in what they’re doing, that’s gaslighting. Being gaslighted means they are trying to make you feel like your reality is a lie, even when you know you’re not imagining it.”

    “Being gaslighted means they are trying to make you feel like your reality is a lie, even when you know you’re not imagining it.” —psychotherapist Tammy Nelson, PhD

    Incidentally, though it seems like another super fun buzzword that aptly lends itself to the world of modern dating, the terminology goes as far back as the 1938 play Gaslight, notably adapted into a 1944 film starring the extraordinary Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer. In it, Bergman notices gaslights flickering on and off in the house. She starts to think she’s losing her mind, but it’s really her scumbag husband actively trying to drive her insane via psychological manipulation—a form of abuse—a bid for control, and a diabolical way to shake someone’s foundation and sense of self. To wit, it’s so hard to see that light flickering, because you’re being continuously destabilized and undermined in real time, and it can happen at the hands of anyone in your life, not just a romantic partner.

    Because of this, it’s important to access the situation with a reality check.

    Consider these 5 thoughts if you think you’re being gaslighted:

    1. Do you know for sure that your partner is lying?

    This is tough to confirm when gaslighting comes in the form of lines like, “You’re being unreasonable.” Because while maybe, in some cases, it’s actually true, in others, it’s a hop and a skip away from “you’re being crazy” (which is basically never okay to say to anyone, ICYMI). In the latter case, even if you can deduce how you came to your reasonable conclusion, you still may start asking yourself if you’re being unreasonable—and then you may start believing it.

    While invalidating someone’s emotions is definitely a red flag, knowing someone’s lying about what they’re invalidating is the telltale sign of outright gaslighting.

    2. Do you know why they are lying?

    If, for example, the perpetrator struggles with a disorder that upends certain holds on reality and social judgments, their untrue statements may not be indicative of gaslighting. However, if you know or suspect you’re being undermined because your partner wants control or is trying to hide that they’re cheating, there’s a good chance you’re being gaslighted.

    3. Have you tried to talk to them in a calm, rational fashion?

    It’s worth trying to communicate in a level-headed manner, because quickly escalating fights can lead both parties involved to say things they don’t mean. If you’ve attempted this, and your efforts have been fruitless or cushioned with “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” then yep, gaslighting may be at play.

    4. Have there been multiple instances of this kind of behavior?

    A key way to recognize a problem is to recognize a pattern: If you got jealous because your S.O. ran into their ex at a party, and they tossed out a “you’re being ridiculous” during some resulting bickering, it’s not necessarily threatening behavior. But if you’ve literally seen them texting their ex day after day, and they tell you to your face that it’s happening, that’s a pattern, and it’s problematic.

    5. Can you imagine a life with this kind of behavior?

    And be honest…does it look like a good one?

    Okay, it’s happening—here’s how to deal with gaslighting:

    Maybe you still think there’s something worth saving, or maybe this is your a-ha moment of knowing it’s time to leave. But no matter how you approach it, you want to seek help for ways to proceed.

    “When you realize your partner is gaslighting you, and they won’t admit they’re lying, it’s time to get some therapy,” Dr. Nelson says. “If they won’t go to therapy with you and are digging in around their denial, get some help from friends.”

    “When you realize your partner is gaslighting you, and they won’t admit they’re lying, it’s time to get some therapy. If they won’t go with you and are digging in around their denial, get some help from friends.” —Dr. Nelson

    A second opinion can really help you rethink the belief that you’re the unstable one. Shout out to the friend who once told me, “You don’t have narcissistic personality disorder, and the last person who should be armchair diagnosing you with a Wikipedia entry is your high school boyfriend.” Now that you have a clear assessment, action is necessary.

    “It may feel awful, but it’s time to take stock,” Dr. Nelson says. “Can you live with this person, knowing that they are trying to drive you crazy?” In my experience, that’s a hard no. There are a lot of ways a relationship could be toxic, unhealthy, or just not a good match. But when you’re being gaslighted, someone is essentially waging war on your psychological well being to gain a sense of control. Your actual mental health—and lord knows what else—is at risk if you answered yes to any or all of Dr. Nelson’s questions above. If that’s the case, Dr. Nelson says to strongly consider ending the relationship and to “see a therapist if you need help to extricate yourself safely.”

    You don’t have to be trapped or unsure of yourself like Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight. Rather, be like Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca: getting TF out of a dangerous situation to hopefully a more stable future. Sure, it sucks to lose Humphrey Bogart in the mix, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

    If you tend to beeline past red flags, here are three helpful tips to avoid dating a narcissist. Plus, a few ways to identify a one-sided relationship.

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    Author Mary Grace Garis | Well and Good
    Selected by CWC
  • Coconut milk pudding is the grown-up version of your favorite lunch box treat

    June 06, 2019 at 03:00AM by CWC


    As a kid, if you got a pudding cup in your lunch box, it was definitely a good day. Whether you favored tapioca or chocolate, the dessert was up there with DunkARoos and Fruit Gushers as the end-all, be-all of sweet treats. But pudding hasn’t always been considered an adult-friendly food—until coconut milk pudding, an off-shoot of the alternative yogurts trend.

    “Coconut milk is great for pudding as it is naturally thick and creamy,” says Simple Roots Wellness founder Alexa Schrim. “It holds flavor well, without being overpowering and can really be cooked to the consistency of your liking. Plus, coconut is a powerhouse of nutrition containing healthy fats plus immune-boosting vitamins and minerals.” It’s a great option for dairy-free eaters, or really anyone who wants to revisit a classic.

    Brands like Sun Tropics and Jell-O make ready-to-serve coconut pudding options, but going the DIY route ensures you get a higher-quality, less-processed outcome. Schrim has mastered making coconut milk pudding herself and happily shares her expert tips with anyone who wants to try it themselves. Here, she reveals four major tips to keep in mind. Keep reading for her intel:

    Expert tips for making next-level coconut milk pudding

    1. It’s all in the wrist. According to Schrim, the key to ending with thick, stick-to-your spoon pudding is buying full-fat canned coconut milk—and being a master whisker. “The trick to getting the consistency just right is to whisk it long enough over low heat,” she says. “It takes a little bit to get the thick creamy consistency of pudding, however, the benefit of homemade pudding is you can stop the heat whenever it arrives at your desired consistency.” She says it’s important not to give up too soon or else you’ll end up with runny pudding. “Make sure you wait it out [and] continue whisking until it thickens up,” she says. (Consider it your arm workout for the day.)

    2. Go slow. Similar to making risotto, Schrim says making coconut pudding requires almost constant attention, especially at key points in the recipe. (Good thing cooking is so meditative!) “Mixing the coconut milk with the eggs is where the magic happens,” she says. “Take your time with this process, mixing a ladle full of coconut milk in the egg mixture before adding it to the pot. Stir continuously as you do this to prevent clumping.”

    3. Hedge your bets with arrowroot powder. Whisking is key, but you also need to add a thickening agent like cornstarch to get the texture you want, Schrim says. “I prefer arrowroot powder over tapioca or cornstarch for nutritional purposes but also for a more smooth consistency. It doesn’t have quite the tendency to clump as the other thickening agents do.” Go to know.

    4. Don’t be afraid to experiment. While it’s helpful to have a coconut milk pudding recipe on hand to follow, Schrim says not to shy away from making it your own. “The beauty of coconut milk pudding is there are a hundred variations,” she says. “From adding some cocoa powder to cinnamon or even topping it with sautéed bananas, you can transform coconut milk pudding into a number of different yet simple, healthy, and delicious dessert or snack options. Try it out and then get creative with it. I think you’ll love it.”

    Ready to make coconut milk pudding yourself? In addition to her own recipe, below are three more  recipes to start with.

    3 coconut milk pudding recipes to try

    A healthy, low-FODMAP tapioca pudding recipe
    Photo: Getty Images/SherShor

    1. Low-FODMAP chia tapioca pudding

    If you’re sticking to a gut-healing, low-FODMAP diet, give this recipe a try. All of the ingredients are a-okay for the eating plan, so you don’t have to worry about anything causing any unwanted digestive distress. And it’s really yummy!

    vegan coconut milk pudding
    Photo: The Spruce Eats

    2. Old-fashioned vegan coconut pudding

    This recipe is simple and sweet. It does call for cornstarch—just like Schirm says most do—so swap it out for arrowroot powder to follow her tips more closely. The end result will still be a creamy, satisfying dessert.

    chocolate coconut milk pudding
    Photo: The Kitchn

    3. Chocolate coconut pudding with coconut flakes

    More of a chocolate fan? This one will hit just the spot. The combo of chocolate and coconut milk blends together tasting like an adult version of Coco Puffs. You’ll be licking your spoon clean.

    For more healthy dessert ideas, check out these low-sugar options. Plus, nutritionists spill on what they eat for dessert

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    Author Emily Laurence | Well and Good
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  • 16 healthy things to do in Miami if you ever get off the beach

    September 24, 2018 at 04:30AM


    To borrow a line from Will Smith, Miami is known as the place where the heat is on. As in fiery temperatures (obviously), but also sizzling fashion, cars, beaches—the whole shebang. Not so surprising: The city’s wellness scene is lit, too.

    From white-hot workouts in every category to juice bars, blissed-out spas, and yummy places to eat, the Magic City is loaded with good-for-you spots that are a must-see for your next trip.

    Keep reading for a city guide of Miami’s healthiest places to sleep, eat, and play.

    Good Sleep

    Carillon

    Nestled on a 750-foot stretch of private beach, the Carillon Miami (formerly known as the Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa) is straight out of a fairy tale. Start your morning with one of 200+ weekly classes at its fitness center or ascend its two-story indoor rock wall. Follow that up by sitting in on a workshop from one of the hotel’s wellness gurus (highlights include talks from exercise physiologists, energy healers, and Feng Shui practitioners). Other must-tries on the property: fresh-made juice from the juice bar, a turquoise dream treatment at its picturesque spa, and a pitstop at Miami’s only therapeutic igloo. It doesn’t get any cooler, trust.

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    1 Hotel South Beach

    With three different pools on site and its own private beach, there’s no shortage of ways to make a splash at the 1 Hotel in South Beach. Snag yourself something delicious at the lobby farmstand, which is stocked with picks from local farmers and suppliers, on your way to getting an Insta-worthy blowout at the hotel’s open, airy Salotto Salon. Food highlight: Habitat, with organic eats and farm-to-table vibes courtesy of Miami chef Jose Mendin. Get the avocado tartine with pumpkin romesco; you won’t be disappointed.

    W South Beach

    Surrounded by a sea of palm trees and the bluest waters, the W South Beach is contemporary luxury, right near City Center and the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Each room has its own balcony and a marble bathtub, plus floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel’s pink umbrellas and cabanas beachside make for a pretty gorgeous picture, too.

    Good Food

    PLnthouse

    Start your day right with a pitaya bowl complete with mango, banana, strawberry, and MCT oil, or enjoy a Light and Breezy cocktail for a poolside happy hour while soaking in ocean views at this bright, beachside café. Looking for a midday pick-me-up? The watermelon poké with macadamia is next-level.

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    DIRT

    With seasonal vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and Paleo options on the menu, DIRT is a one-stop shop for anyone with some sort of dietary restriction. Its Summer Adashah Plate with edamame mashed potatoes is a must—so is the house-made citrus vinaigrette it’s served with.

    Lilikoi

    With more than 200 organic ingredients in-store, this is *the* place to snag a juice or superfood smoothie post-spin class. Keeping processed ingredients, unnecessary sugars, and GMOs out of its offerings, you’ll get clean eats every time that’ll stave off belly bloat before hitting the beach.

    Della Test Kitchen

    If you’re big on bowls, this is your spot. Open at noon every day for lunch and dinner service, this Wynwood find is all about giving diners the option to customize their meals with add-ins like avocado, raw roots (carrot, beat, jicama), marinated kale, and ripe plantains (among other options).

    Glass & Vine

    Looking for a good-for-you sit-down spot? A small, intimate garden feel makes Glass & Vine, located in Coconut Grove, an ideal choice for an al fresco lunch with girlfriends or date night. Its signature dish is Dinner in the Park—available on Mondays and Tuesdays, it’s a three-course prix-fixe for just $35 (a steal by Miami standards).

    Good Sweat

    Anatomy

    With locations in both Miami Beach and Midtown, Anatomy is your one-stop-shop for all things fitness and wellness. Take Pilates class, then opt for a VitaSquad IV therapy infusion treatment administered by professional nurses, a dip in one of its cold plunge tanks, or a sweat inside its infrared sauna and eucalyptus steam room.

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    Spartan Gym

    Enter Spartan Gym through its oversized industrial steel door, and you’ll be greeted by 14,000 square feet of turf, battle ropes, plyo boxes, and rowers. Private and group training sessions are open to people of all fitness levels—also, 1 Hotel guests get to sweat for free because the workout facility, an offshoot of the endurance races of the same name, is housed in the hotel.

    SoccerShape

    If you’re going to be right on the beach, you best take advantage of it. Founded by soccer pros, this Wynwood fitness pop-up class combines strength training and cardio with fun, challenging drills. Leave your shin guards at home and prepare to work.

    Breathe Pilates

    A small boutique studio located in the MIMO district, Breathe is perfect for Pilates beginners and veterans alike. Its 5-for-$95 new client deal is, well, ideal for anyone visiting the area for a week.

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    Lapis Spa

    With rooms modeled after the hammams of Marrakech, the Lapis Spa at the iconic Fountainbleau Hotel is a must-see on our list. Treat yourself to an ocean-inspired wrap then de-stress in the mineral pool, steam, or visit its rain rooms.

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    Art Deco Walking Tour

    Besides its sandy shores, South Beach is probably best known for its Art Deco architecture, namely classic hotels like The Webster, The Carlyle, and The McAplin. The neighborhood is a U.S. historic district, and you can learn about its backstory while sipping your favorite cocktail. Or, opt to learn about one of the city’s most culturally diverse neighborhoods on a walking tour of Little Havana and snag some flavorful eats along the way. Cubanos, anyone?

    Walk South Pointe Pier

    Located on the southern-most tip of Miami, the pier is part of a 17-acre park. Home to small cafés, restaurants, and an observation deck, it’s the perfect place to snag sunset and sunrise photos.

    SoSUP Key Biscayne

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    Author Emily Abbate | Well and Good
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  • Wildist’s new deodorants and toothpastes are turning beauty staples into everyday art

    September 24, 2018 at 05:16AM


    First laying eyes on Wildist, the new natural essentials line (so very new, in fact, it launches today), the swirling hues on the protective paper tubes bring to mind images of coveted Gucci florals or the just-right colors of a Kenzo print. For sustainable packaging, this is high fashion. “Our creative director, Erin Rommel, is so talented and did it all in house, along with all of our custom illustrations, color and art direction—she deserves all of the credit,” enthuses Aaron Paas, Wildist’s founder who counts himself as one of seven employees (five female) operating out of a design and photography co-working studio in Brooklyn.

    The tightly edited line of essentials is American-made, with ingredients sourced from all over the world—and for Paas, they’re the real stars of the show. An obsession with surprising blends—think a lullaby of nighttime toothpaste made of charcoal and chamomile, or an ultra-hydrating tangerine and wintergreen deodorant that smells like a minty fresh orange fountain soda in the best possible way—is just the start.

    Even the name, Wildist (Wild + Alchemist), has meaning. “Each product is an unexpected combination of wild, natural ingredients and effective, tested chemistry,” Paas explains. “We’ve built formulas that don’t use these nasty ingredients that are found in most toothpastes and deodorants (like animal-based glycerin and triclosan).”

    Wildist
    Photo: Wildist

    Masters of transparency

    For Paas, the future of “natural” is about realistic steps forward that can be taken now, with ease. “We are constantly looking for ways to significantly reduce the impact of everyday consumption on the planet, but not in a way that makes our products so complicated to use (like refillable containers) or so expensive (like heavy metal versions) that no one can actually afford them,” he shares openly. “Impact only matters at scale—the more people we have using these products, the bigger the overall impact.”

    And it’s all in the details, like using BPA-free, 100% aluminum tubes that can be thrown into curbside recycling bins (instead of landfills like mainstream laminated versions), or shipping products in reusable, resealable bags and those handsome cardboard tubes instead of bulky boxes. For the beautifully printed bags, they can serve as a TSA-friendly dopp kit, while the cardboard packaging feels more collectible than disposable, anyway. “We’ve even seen a couple reborn as succulent planters!” he says with a laugh.

    The team even built an ingredient encyclopedia on their site, with chemical drawings to boot, to make understanding the recipe components even easier. “You can dig into every single ingredient we use in our products (even water!) and learn about what it is, and why we use it.” In a beauty-centric space where natural is the new normal, Wildist’s come-one-come-all informative attitude feels refreshing—even fun? “We’re indignantly optimistic about the world we can all create together, if we try hard enough,” says Paas.

    And with that, he guides us through the line’s handful of sparkling new launches, and why they’ll make your day better, from alarm buzz to bedtime.

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    Brillimint, all day natural toothpaste | mint + white tea

    Familiar, but unexpected. Packed with both peppermint and spearmint essential oils for a refreshing flavor, and uses the hardworking combination of baking soda and silica to remove plaque. Brillimint isn’t satisfied to just be a great mint paste; it also has white tea, ginseng, and goji berry extracts that add complexity to the flavor and energy to your morning routine.

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    Dreamomile, nighttime natural toothpaste | activated charcoal + chamomile

    Yes, nighttime toothpaste. This uses the stain-absorbing power of activated charcoal to whiten your teeth while you sleep. The chamomile extract gives it a completely unique flavor, and helps you wind down through your nighttime routine.

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    Soothinger, gentle natural toothpaste | turmeric + ginger

    These two amazing essential oils not only give this gentle paste anti-inflammatory powers, they also provide a deep, earthy flavor that will leave you devastated by the decades you’ve wasted believing that mint was the only way to fresh breath.

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    Tangellow, sensitive natural deodorant | tangerine + wintergreen

    Natural deodorant is not hard to find these days, but finding a good one is still like looking for a needle in a haystack. Keeping you smelling great, not staining your clothes, and reducing wetness were all tests that Tangellow passed—to make it standout, we wanted to also make this deodorant a moisturizer. You’re applying it every day to some of your most delicate, sensitive skin, so adding witch hazel and shea butter was a no brainer.

    It’s packed full of our odor fighting trio of hops, neem, and ferment keep bacteria in check, and is blended with the skin-moisturizing delights of witch hazel and shea butter to keep things silky smooth. The tangerine, sweet orange, lime, and wintergreen work together to gently lull you into sweet citrus heaven. And don’t worry, we know that over 40 percent of you are very sensitive to baking soda, so there’s absolutely none to be found here. Instead, this stick uses tapioca starch to keep the wetness at bay.

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    Witchhustle, active natural deodorant | rosemary + witch hazel

    The fragrance of rosemary, lemongrass, and grapefruit is bold and nuanced all at the same time. Witchustle has the same odor fighting and moisturizing ingredients as Tangellow, with one key addition: baking soda. During testing, three people independently asked for us to make a candle with the same scent as Witchustle—you know you’re onto something when people want their whole house to smell like their deodorant.

    In other beauty news, apparently IV drips are the new beauty supplement and this is how to rehab your lipsticks that melted on the beach over the summer. Continue Reading…






    Author Arden Fanning Andrews | Well and Good
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  • Is it just us, or do you get drunk faster on your period?

    September 24, 2018 at 12:39PM


    If you’re lucky enough to not spend 3-5 days a month in your finest bathleisure, riding out your mood swings and bloating on the couch with JVN and friends—well, I want your life. But even if your period is light on symptoms and your social life remains business as usual, you may have noticed one curious side effect of menstrual-phase mingling: getting sloshed after way fewer cocktails than usual.

    After several members of team Well+Good casually mentioned that they feel like this happens to them, I reached out to “Period Girl” Nicole Jardim to find out if it’s a common thing. While it hasn’t been rigorously researched, the holistic health coach says that several of her clients have, in fact, noticed that their alcohol tolerance shifts along with their hormones. “I’ve heard from a number of women that they get drunker in the late luteal phase and on their periods than at other times of the month when consuming the same amount of alcohol,” she tells me. “On the flip side, I also have heard from women—less of them, however—that they handle alcohol better around period time. So it’s conflicting, but I’d say more women are affected adversely by alcohol during their periods.”

    “In the second half of our cycle, we may feel drunker faster because our blood sugar is more unstable,” —Nicole Jardim, The Period Girl

    So why do so many of us become cheaper dates during that time of the month? Jardim’s quick to point out that there isn’t much scientific data around the phenomenon, and the studies that have been done are inconclusive or poorly designed. Yet she does have a theory of her own. “Evidence suggests that insulin sensitivity decreases in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle,” she says. “This means that our bodies are more prone to blood sugar and insulin imbalances in the second half of our cycle, and the symptoms that accompany those issues. These include PMS cravings, mood swings, brain fog, and bouts of fatigue.”

    Obviously, most women can identify with at least one of these premenstrual buzzkills—and alcohol intolerance may be wrapped up in the same not-so-welcome package. “In the second half of our cycle, we may feel drunker faster because our blood sugar is more unstable,” Jardim explains. “Alcohol consumption raises our blood sugar faster, and we may have that lightheaded, drunk, sugar-high feeling quicker than we would in the follicular phase.” 

    Unfortunately, there’s no magic pill to boost your endurance at the bar. So if you find yourself getting uncomfortably tipsy after a few sips of turmeric-pineapple mezcal, Jardim says there’s really only one thing to do. “I’d strongly suggest not drinking during this time of your cycle. Ultimately, you’re going to exacerbate blood sugar imbalances that will then further disrupt hormones,” she says. “However, if you do drink, stay away from fruity cocktails that are going to spike your blood sugar more than, say, a tequila on the rocks or a glass of organic red wine. Consider kombucha or go non-alcoholic with a Spindrift or La Croix.” Just think of it this way—your period-related headaches will be less of a drag if booze isn’t involved, right?

    Yes, you can say “no way” to rosé and still be social—here’s how one Well+Good writer navigates the sober life (and has a blast while doing it). Your flirting game doesn’t have to suffer, either Continue Reading…






    Author Erin Magner | Well and Good
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  • It might be the Second City, but Chicago’s first on our list of healthy hotspots in the Midwest—here’s why

    September 25, 2018 at 04:30AM


    Gazing up the skyline of Chicago a few years ago, still claiming my East Village apartment in Manhattan as home, I gasped and muttered aloud, “It’s so clean, it’s blue.” And truly, after making these sparkling streets my own for the last two years, Chicago’s stunning eco-certified architecture and dialed train system (imagine signs that tell you how many minutes away your train is before you even descend the steps) are just a tiny glimpse of the multifaceted gem some call the Second City.

    With an underground music scene that rivals the best of New York and Austin (not to mention festivals like Pitchfork, Lollapalooza, and Riot Fest), Chicago’s low-key atmosphere is ripe with friendly baristas, understanding fitness instructors, and well-versed Uber drivers ready to give you the scoop on its varied offerings—including the vegan spot that Beyoncé’s been known to hit up when she’s in town.

    Keep reading for a city guide of Chicago’s healthiest places to sleep, eat, and play.

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    The Robey

    The landmark Art Deco Northwest Tower was built in 1929 and transformed by Belgian design duo Nicolas Schuybroek Architects and Marc Merckx Interiors into this contemporary hotel equipped with breathtaking 180-degree views, not to mention a rooftop pool. It’s little wonder why it’s become a hub for cool-kid locals and artists. Take a business meeting or draft some emails in its airy second-floor lounge bedecked with endless and comfy sectional couches, or wander down to the sun-drenched Café Robey for a plate of spicy avocado toast.

    The Langham

    Ethereal and elegant. This forward-thinking, ultra-luxe escape just off of the river is also a LEED-certified green hotel that touts one of the most breathtaking (and award-winning) wellness destinations in the country, Chuan Spa (think Traditional Chinese Medicine meets magical pink salt saunas and Bioenergetic-Shen Touch massages). Even its indoor pool is outfitted with an overwater lighting installation that makes every backstroke seem like you’re looking up at a softly lit constellation of stars.

    The Gray

    Hoping to pack light but still break a sweat during your stay? Located in a historic building in Chicago’s Financial District, the newly upgraded fitness center also touts a unique partnership with Lululemon that allows travelers to borrow workout gear during their stay to keep up their fitness routine without the hassle of carrying around an extra duffel of dirty laundry. In September, they’ll even celebrate National Yoga Month with a complimentary CorePower Yoga event.

    Ace Hotel

    Of course, the Ace has officially made its way to the Windy City. Just opened last August, the brand’s first property in the Midwest collaborated with local artisans and artists to capture the city’s modernist design history. The interactive electric blue Jonathan Nesci “dome” sculpture was recently installed on its garden rooftop space, Prairie, while indoors, its signature restaurant City Mouse decreases its foodprint through composting, using the soil it fertilizes to landscape its pretty patio.

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    Lyfe Kitchen

    Short for Love Your Food Everyday, locally sourced ingredients are top of menu for regulars that love LYFE for taking the guesswork out of their meals (no MSG, corn syrup, or trans fats allowed). Enjoy a farm-fresh salad and baked sweet potato fries with a grass-fed burger, or go for its infamous “unfried” crispy baked chicken and cashew-cream pasta sauce, not to mention a plethora of gluten-free, nut-free, vegetarian and vegan dishes.

    Karyn’s

    Thanks to patrons like Beyoncé and Stevie Wonder, this vegan bistro has become a wellness landmark for in-the-know locals. Lauded for her customized meal plans for celebs like Tasha Smith, Taraji P. Henson, and Angela Bassett, holistic expert Karen Calabrese reopens her beloved restaurant to the public next month with a wholesome new menu of raw, conscious comfort foods.

    Enoteca Roma

    Easily one of the most ethereal back patio setups in the city with twinkling lights strung between giant trees, this is an easy spot for a romantic date or group gathering where you won’t feel like you’re touching elbows while you dine. Light bites like an array of tasty bruschetta options and braised gnocchi only make the affordably priced wines even more delicious, while the soundtrack (regularly playing LCD Soundsystem and indie-leaning outfits like Widowspeak) will soothe your social anxiety.

    Somerset

    Part of the buzzy Boka Restaurant Group, Somerset’s interior boasts a country club-chic attitude and easy menu of American cuisine, like roasted peach salad, chilled corn soup, and summer squash dumplings. Chef Lee Wolen’s attitude about making “food people like to eat” is a nice match with the friendly interior that begs for another cup of oolong tea to take in its bustling clientele and glistening 1920s interior.

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    Exhale

    This studio embodies the wide-open spaces of the Midwest while still feeling like a cozy, dimly lit retreat that’s faintly scented with lavender. Next-level total fitness offerings like barre and power yoga are just steps away from soothing spa therapies that combine traditional Eastern practices with modern Western services like acu-healing (think acupuncture, acu-organ detox, and Reiki). For a fancy treat, try a Hammam Detox Therapy session, or simply wrap up your workout with a languid lounge in the steam room for a full-body detox.

    Page One Pilates

    Page Barker’s intimate studio featuring eight intuitive reformer machines is more like a personal retreat than an icy fitness setup—immediately apparent with the warmth of fig-scented Tatine candles and supportive instructors. As for the workout, Barker is known for her fresh take on the Pilates method that incorporates tailored music and surprising sequences to better facilitate a brain/body connection. Even the cleaning methods tout an earth-focused connection, meaning the equipment you lounge on is kept up with organic, non-toxic cleansers and all workout gear is washed in Guppyfriend bags to keep microplastic fibers from entering the water supply.

    Chill

    Just opened last spring, its founder Laura Sage dreamed up the yoga-meet-meditation hot spot when she was in search of her own meditative escape. Part of the ClassPass program, guests can stop in for a gentle movement and stretching class that can be followed by meditation and even an out-of-this world chair massage. Thanks to Sage’s other passion project, a breast cancer research non-profit, a complimentary Thrivers class is available to cancer patients and their caregivers each month.

    The 606

    For a scenic (and free!) run or bike ride, this 12-mile stretch repurposed the old Bloomingdale train line into a community space for outdoor fitness at your own pace. This “rails-to-trails” project makes taking in the city even easier with elevated views and a pet-friendly strolling environment.

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    Azeeza

    Owned by the only local womenswear designer on the city’s famous Magnificent Mile, this see-now-buy-now luxury boutique offers zero-waste fashion thanks to hand-cut patterns and repurposing scraps from the cutting room floor. The atelier space doubles as a showroom, meaning Azeeza is often on premises to providing advice or even design a new garment in customized fabric and colors with the final product available to deliver or ship to your home base in just a few weeks. Since it’s the label’s creative hub, you can walk in and witness the team patterning the upcoming season’s collection samples or shooting their next lookbook.

    Schubas Tavern

    A favorite music venue for indie bands and local songwriters, the intimate theater setting feels as appropriate for an ambient punk show as it does for an electro dance party. Grab a drink at the storied bar in the old Schlitz Brewery during soundcheck, or a kale salad in its retro kitchen to make an entire night of it with just one stop.

    The Occult Bookstore

    Looking for energetic stones, herbs, and possible mystery circles? This neighborhood landmark is filled with almost 100 years of history offering books, classes, and esoteric wares with a homespun appeal. Even those that aren’t actively practicing woo-woo arts will appreciate the welcoming (and highly knowledgeable) staffers who prove quick to share their tips on cleansing crystals and organic gardening.

    Kokorokoko Vintage

    Satiating your sustainable shopping needs, owners Ross Kelly and Sasha Hodges have pulled together a technicolor array of finds from the “post-hip-hop, pre-Internet era” that feel like a time capsule-preserved dream for the past decade. Everything from cassette tapes to retro candies is on display, with prices that make cramming an extra ice dancer-inspired leotard or high-waisted ski legging into your suitcase an easy decision.

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    Author Arden Fanning Andrews | Well and Good
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  • The easiest way to break in leather boots (minus the blisters)

    September 25, 2018 at 09:48AM


    So you’re honoring the onslaught of fall weather by treating yourself to a new pair of leather boots. The purchase has you daydreaming about the endless comfy-cute leggings and sweaters combos you’ll rock them with all the season. But then reality hits: Before you can live out this hygge-fied fantasy, you’ll have to break them in (ugh).

    Rather than adopt a “no pain no gain” philosophy, try this method for pre-habing your shoes so you don’t have to rehab your bleeding, blistered feet. All you’ll need is a thick pair of cozy house socks and a blowdryer, according to The Independent

    Once you’ve slipped your socks on, blast one of your new booties with the hairdryer for 60 seconds, or until the material is warm and soft to the touch. Put the shoe on its corresponding foot, and repeat these steps on the opposite side. When you’re all geared up, stroll around your house until both shoes have completely cooled.

    This trick works best when you repeat the whole process multiple times, so maybe take advantage of your time spent indoors to catch up on chores. In the end, you’ll be left with boots that are truly made for walking. So you can bid blisters, “buh-bye.”

    Uncomfortable doesn’t need to take up *any* space in your closet. Here are 10 pairs of heels that won’t murder your feet, and slipper shoes you can take out on the town Continue Reading…






    Author Kells McPhillips | Well and Good
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  • Is fashion’s latest obsession with cowboys just channeling the Wild West energy of today’s cultural climate?

    September 26, 2018 at 05:12AM


    A couple of months ago I noticed that my artist friends residing deep in Brooklyn had switched out their French-inspired berets for something more unusual—flat-rimmed hats and bolo ties. At first, I merely took notice and stuck to my shoulder padded leisure suits—New York fashion can be especially eclectic. Slowly but surely, however, an aesthetic, which is best described as Marie Kondo’s minimalism meets Debbie Winger’s Sissy in Urban Cowboy, has seeped its way into one major fashion collection after another.

    Designers’ latest obsessions with western wear confused me at first. But I’ve since come to the conclusion that an unclear future has people collectively looking back at times that seemed equally untamed for guidance. (Hindsight is, after all, 20/20.) It could explain why the last major western resurgence happened during the 1980s when the winddown of the Cold War, coupled with the Iran Contra Affair, Aids epidemic, and the War on Drugs left the state of our union uncertain. The biggest difference between then and now—or the actual period of the Wild West from 1865 to 1895—is that today, is that women aren’t just adopting the fashions of the era, but the attitude as well.

    “We’re at a moment in our history in which there’s a strong focus on women and our experiences, and you see more women taking the lead in social movements and positions of political power” says Francis. “Fashion isn’t completely disconnected from what’s going on in the world and maybe the resurgence of western wear is about projecting a rebellious, powerful image.”

    I really feel like the trend started with Raf Simons. When he finally got around to revamping Calvin Klein Denim, the man jumped head first into a world that’s a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. Simultaneously, other designers began introducing their interpretations of cattle-hand staples. Bella Hadid starred in a very nostalgic and spaghetti western-themed campaign for D-Squared. Cowboy boots were a street style staple at fashion week (with brands from Anine Bing to Ganni to Rebecca Laurey for Flattered rolling out new iterations). And you can now buy bolo ties on Asos.

    This isn’t the assless chaps and chewing tobacco image seared in your memory from watching one too many Quentin Tarantino movies—it’s more rodeo meets Rodeo Drive.

    In other words, dressing like you’re headed to the O.K. Corral is totally, well, okay in myriad settings—especially those where you’re looking to convey a “new sheriff in town” attitude or channel that full bush energy through your style choices. But this isn’t the assless chaps and chewing tobacco image seared in your memory from watching one too many Quentin Tarantino movies—it’s more rodeo meets Rodeo Drive. What keeps it from going kitsch is that it’s a combination of references all rolled into one. It’s got the cool factor of Sloane Peterson’s fringe jacket from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off but is grounded in the blue-collar workwear of Big Ed and James Hurley in Twin Peaks—with the color palette of Georgia O’Keeffe’s New Mexico desert oasis (vivid blues, dusty rose, and ruddy reds).

    Denim with clean seams and stitching, plus large pockets, cowboy boots, fringe, and high collared button-ups are all fair game. It could also be a more subtle tip of the metaphorical 10-gallon hat to the trend in the form of turquoise or silver jewelry. “Western style can be very ornate but there’s also so much that’s less intricately designed—simple silver jewelry, beautifully soft leather pieces without much flair to them, classic denim, and even lace,” says Alice Wells, who started Kindred Black, a company that creates beautifully minimal western-influenced clothing, with her co-founder Jennifer Francis.

    Although the trend can seem difficult to adapt from the runway into your everyday life, Wells and Francis advise that it can be as simple as changing the way you style your existing wardrobe and doing things like “tucking a button-down shirt into some Levi’s that fit like a glove and wearing cowboy boots.” As they say, anything goes in the Wild Wild West.

    This fall you can also expect to see these sneaker styles pop up everywhere and tons of big chain energy. Continue Reading…






    Author Tamim Alnuweiri | Well and Good
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  • J.Lo’s trainer spills the secret behind her strong core: a 4-part plank move

    September 26, 2018 at 06:56AM


    At this point, basically the entire world has come to an agreement that Jennifer Lopez’s body is nothing short of #goals—heck, even Victoria’s Secret models are striving for her booty. And she deserves all the praise: This lady works hard on her workout routine to stay strong and toned, sweating with her trainer on the regular to keep on building up her impressive physique—tough-as-nails abs workouts, included.

    While J.Lo definitely has her go-to exercises—like Spider-Man push-ups for those impressive biceps and plenty of squats and lunges for her glutes—she’s all about planks for her core. Not just any planks, though: Her longtime trainer, David Kirsch, recently shared the core-busting routine he swears by with PopSugar. It involves not one but four moves in a series that’ll work your entire body. (Hey, being Jenny from the Block doesn’t come easy, people!) Between all the kickbacks and knee dives, this routine will have you feeling like a super-sore superstar in no time.

    Try David Kirsch’s 4-move plank workout to get a J.Lo-worthy core.

    Part one

    • Plank with lateral arm reach: 10 reps each arm
    • Plank with triceps kickback: 10 reps each arm

    After a 60-second break, repeat the circuit.

    Part two

    • Elbow plank with knee drive: 15 reps each side
    • Elbow plank with side step: 10 reps

    After a 60-second break, repeat the circuit.

    Part three

    You finished the body-shaking moves, so treat yourself to a restorative stretch and a healthy recovery snack.

    This J.Lo-approved cardio workout is the best way to get your heart pumping. Or, check out some other habits that keep her looking totally ageless. Continue Reading…






    Author Tehrene Firman | Well and Good
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  • Hilary Swank’s 20/80 rule for clothing can save you money and closet space

    September 26, 2018 at 07:49AM


    When it comes to decluttering your life, Marie Kondo’s spark joy test is pretty much the gold standard as far as organization goes. The one downside to her method, though, is that it’s focused on helping you part with things you already own. If you’re looking to become more mindful with how you spend your money in the first place and guarantee you reap the most satisfaction from what makes it into your closet, you might want to try Hilary Swank’s 20/80 method instead.

    “The goal is to find items that take up only 20 percent of your wardrobe but control 80 percent of what you wear” explains the actress and founder of luxury womenswear label Mission Statement, which just made a huge mainstream expansion. (It’s now being carried at Nordstrom.)

    How does the Oscar winner do this? “I’m always looking for fabrics and designs that are of incredible quality and look that will hold up for many years,” Swank says.

    It’s the intention she sets for herself as a consumer as well as a creator of fashion. In fact, Swank started her own clothing line in 2016 because she was having a hard time finding pieces that followed her rule. Her, ahem, mission became making “evergreen wear for everywhere,” as the site refers to it: A skort disguised as a skirt that functions as well at the gym as it does for a museum date, a dress appropriate for your dance cardio class or the red carpet (as Swank has done before) and more.

    Suffice it to say, there are no one-trick ponies in Swank’s wardrobe. If you’re looking for new multitasking pieces that’ll stand up to the test of time, plus a tough sweat sesh—like a leather jacket that’s hand washable (!!)—here are our picks from Mission Statement’s most recent collection.

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    Author Tamim Alnuweiri | Well and Good
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  • Use this Zara hack to find clothes that look more expensive than they are

    September 27, 2018 at 03:55PM


    It’s easy to lose hours of your life scrolling through Zara’s online offerings. What’s hard is being able to tell what’s actually going to look good once you get it home. (Kinda like Tinder, no?)

    Worst case scenario: Something that looked like a million bucks online actually looks like the price you paid for it IRL. But, how good does it feel when someone asks you whether your jacket is designer, when you know you spent less than the cost of a boutique fitness class?

    Items made from natural materials tend to be the ones that elicit unsolicited compliments. Think: 100-percent cotton denim, linen, and leather goods. They’re a higher quality than their synthetic counterparts. They’re also more durable—something you can’t say about most fast-fashion finds.

    Zara regularly stocks clothing in this category. (Even if it keeps it on the DL.) And it does so for a lot less than its up-market competitors. The key to finding them is to skip the nav and head straight for the search field when you open the site in your browser.

    Once there, type in “100 percent linen.” Same goes for denim or leather. A recent search returned a red, snakeskin embossed leather belt for $40. Another, a classic black denim mini ($36) you could pair with cozy sweaters now and still pull out next spring. It’s a steal, which is precisely the point. If a bargain feels too good to be true, double check its composition and care tab. (Even good systems have glitches.) Just don’t spend too much time pinching yourself—someone with a quicker click finger could get there first.

    This Zara hack is a great way to find iterations of fall’s biggest fashion trends that’ll last more than a season. You can save them for when they come back in style. Looking at you, cowboy boots.   Continue Reading…






    Author Jordan Galloway | Well and Good
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  • 5 hot-off-the-runway athleisure trends from the Off-White fashion show in Paris

    September 28, 2018 at 10:03AM


    Designer Virgil Abloh doesn’t follow fashion trends. He sets them. It’s why luxury brands trying to embrace athleisure and street-style lovers in need of new inspo follow his every move. After all, his collections are harbingers of where the fastest growing fashion category is headed.

    So it makes sense that Abloh’s Off-White ready-to-wear show yesterday for Paris Fashion Week was a good place to look for spring/summer ’19 athleisure trends. He collaborated with Nike again for this go-round on the runway, for which he had the concrete floors of the Garage Amelot painted to look like an indoor race course. (Track-and-field was the theme of the collection.) The models, a mix of pro catwalkers and pro female athletes, included Vashti Cunningham, the 20-year-old U.S. Olympic high jumper who’s as well-known for her athleticism as she is her personal style.

    While Abloh’s unexpected casting choices grabbed headlines, inclusivity wasn’t the only newsworthy aspect of show. Scroll down to see five athleisure moments that were statement makers as well.

    Keep an eye out for these 5 brand-new athleisure trends.

    5 athleisure trends from Off-White's Paris show that'll be everywhere this spring
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    1. Pointed-toe sneakers

    As if to signal the chunky sneaker trend is coming to an end (sigh), Abloh sent down the runway several pairs of retro kicks with a modern twist: a narrowed toe curve. It’s a common shape in boots and heels, but sneakers? Okay, Abloh, we get your, ahem, point. Athleisure is refining its fashion game.

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    2. Peekaboo sports bras

    Cropped sports bras and high-waisted pants are a common sight in and out of studios at this point. Come spring though, expect the activewear top to get a prim makeunder. Abloh showed sports bras under billowy eyelet midi dresses with plunging necklines. It’s a style hack for revealing silhouettes that’s much easier than double-sided tape to pull off.

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    3. Buh-bye, bike shorts. Here come capri leggings

    Who can forget Naomi Campbell closing Off-White’s FW18 show in a pair of white bike shorts inspired by Princess Diana? The ’90s exercise staple immediately became one of the summer’s biggest athleisure trends. But it looks like Abloh’s already over it. He’s moved on to an extended version of the cropped legging that hits just below the knee. It’s reminiscent of the tights football players wear under their padding. By far, it’s the boldest look of the bunch.

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    4. Running shorts under see-through skirts

    Anyone who deals with chub rub when it’s hot out will appreciate this one. The next iteration of transparent dresses over underwear is…transparent dresses over retro running shorts. Abloh showed shrunken, ’70s-style neon versions beneath full-length lace dresses. The look felt airy but not overexposed. So, expect to see skirted shorts once the temps rise.

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    5. Thigh packs are the new fanny pack

    Okay, this trend is less realistic off the runway, but it’s here’s for those who are over belt bags and don’t want to stop living that hands-free life: Abloh showed a mini pack strapped to the upper leg of a few models wearing bodysuits, mini skirts, and windbreaker pants. A little too fashion-forward? Perhaps, but it’s definitely a #lewk.

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  • Liver cleanses are trending, but are the side effects worth it?

    September 29, 2018 at 10:45AM


    “The liver is one of the hardest working organs in the body,” says holistic nutritionist and lifestyle cleanse expert Elissa Goodman. Indeed, its job description is a long one: It helps us break down and digest food, it stores essential vitamins and minerals, and it removes toxins from the system, among other things.  So it’s no wonder that “liver cleanses” have become so popular in holistic wellness circles—they’re believed to improve this vitally important organ’s function and, in turn, our overall health and wellbeing.

    Before we dive any further, though, let’s first clarify what exactly a liver cleanse is and what it isn’t. “When we talk about liver cleansing, we need to talk about body cleansing,” says The Detox Diet author Elson Haas, MD. “You don’t individually detoxify or cleanse any particular organ.” So the phrase “liver cleanse” is kind of a misnomer—it’s not just about the liver.

    But does cleansing in general actually work? Not everyone’s in agreement about this, but Goodman believes it absolutely can be beneficial when done the right way. She recommends staying away from over-the-counter liver cleanse supplements, as they are not regulated by the FDA and many haven’t been clinically tested for effectiveness.

    Instead, she believes the best and healthiest way to give your liver some love is the good old-fashioned way: living a healthy lifestyle. It’s not about doing a super intense, one-time cleanse. The goal is to make small tweaks to your diet and lifestyle that support liver health.

    She suggests incorporating more liver-friendly ingredients into your diet, such as cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts), which aid in eliminating chemicals and other toxins from the body. Step two involves removing all the bad stuff—we’re talking processed foods, hydrogenated oils, refined sugar, alcohol, and excess caffeine.

    If you think your liver’s in need of some extra TLC, Goodman says you can also consume high-quality supplements. (After you check with your doctor, of course.) Milk thistle is a biggie known for its detoxifying powers. “It helps to eliminate the buildup of heavy metals, prescription medications, environmental pollutants, and alcohol in the liver,” Goodman says. There’s also turmeric, which may protect against liver damage, and burdock root, which is believed to help cleanse the blood.

    When done right, the benefits of having an optimally functioning liver include weight loss, a boosted immune system, increased energy and vitality, and brighter skin. But the process of getting there isn’t always easy for everyone, as our experts are about to explain.

    Ready to give your liver—and the rest of your bod—a tune-up? Read on to find out what to expect.

    what are the side effects of a liver cleanse?
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    How will I feel on a liver-focused cleanse?

    Short answer: You might not feel so great, but it shouldn’t be anything you can’t handle. If you follow Goodman’s words of advice and and focus on living a healthy, liver-friendly lifestyle instead of taking store-bought liver cleanse supplements, the overall experience should be gentle, she says, with very minimal side effects.

    Dr. Haas echos the idea that most people don’t experience severe side effects. However, the degree to which you experience them does depend on how many unhealthy habits you’re trying to ditch. So if you’re in the habit of eating lots of junk food and drinking a bottle of wine every night, you might have a tougher time cleansing. (If you’ve tried any kind of cleanse before, you’re probably familiar with the struggle.)

    There are a few reasons you may feel side effects. One, he says, is because your body goes through withdrawal from all the stuff it’s dependent on (i.e. caffeine and sugar). Another reason, many experts believe, is because you’re releasing stored toxins, which circulate through your body before the exit your system through your urine, bowel movements, skin, and sweat. In other words, you might feel worse before you feel better.

    But don’t worry. Usually, Dr. Haas says, you might feel a little funky for one or two days at most. All in all, the benefits far outweigh the side effects if you’re cleaning up your diet and making healthy lifestyle changes.

    what are the side effects of a liver cleanse?
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    Okay, but what are the side effects of “liver cleansing”?

    1. Headaches and irritability

    Headaches and mood changes are common when you change your eating habits. “The best way to reduce these symptoms is to ease into the cleanse,” Goodman says. “Slowly cut back on sugar, coffee, and processed food so it’s not a dramatic change for your body.” Also, drink lots of fluids—about half your body weight in ounces daily is a good rule of thumb—to stay hydrated.

    2. Fatigue

    Cleanse fatigue is also pretty common. “This has to a lot to do with the change in your eating habits and it will pass in time,” Goodman says. Changes in your metabolism can also contribute to feeling über tired during a cleanse, as can calorie deficiency—so if you notice your fatigue lasts longer than a few days, take a look at your diet and make sure you’re eating enough.

    3. Nausea and upset stomach

    Experiencing nausea or an upset stomach is more common if you’re doing a supplement-based liver cleanse, Goodman says, because you’re consuming things that your body isn’t used to. The remedy? Drink more water to help move along waste and relieve stomach pain. (Drinking lots of H2O is the OG cleanse protocol, after all.)

    Why stop with your liver? Here’s what happened when one writer went on an armpit cleanse. Plus, read up on the detoxifying facial that celebs are obsessed with. Continue Reading…






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  • H&M’s eco-friendly fall collection wants your attention, conscientious consumers

    October 01, 2018 at 12:02PM


    Fast fashion has never been synonymous with sustainability. Quite the opposite actually. But, as millennial shoppers (AKA these brands’ target audience) grow more conscientious with their consumption, that’s starting to change. Case in point? H&M is launching its first eco-friendly fall collection.

    The autumn/winter offerings are part of a Conscious Exclusive line, which the Swedish retailer introduced two springs ago. “It all started with a desire to create a statement coat in a sustainable material that could be worn for both those special occasions and day-to-day life, but then evolved into something more substantial,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, creative advisor at H&M, in a press release.

    H&M’s designers used eco-friendly materials like recycled wool, cashmere, polyester, and Econyl, a fabric made from recycled plastic—plus, 100 percent organic fibers like silk—to create a 32-piece capsule of womenswear, lingerie, and accessories, ranging from a $15 pair of dusty-rose-colored underwear to a dolman-sleeved jacket ($300) embroidered with recycled sequins. The end result is as chic as it is sustainable.

    H&M launches new ecofriendly fall collection to woo conscientious consumers
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    The line is also proving that sustainability, in addition to innovative of-the-moment style, sells. The collection only dropped on September 27, but some items have already sold out, like a pair of statement clip-on earrings that resemble cascading orchid petals and a sweatshirt hood covered in black sequins. Other notable offerings, such as a cozy V-neck sweater and a velvet miniskirt aren’t likely to last long, either. That items are already flying off shelves bodes well for H&M’s bigger goals: It has pledged to exclusively manufacture with recycled or sustainable materials by 2030, and if successful, it would be the first fast-fashion brand to pull it off.

    But will it be the last? Looking at you next, Zara.

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  • Chunky sneakers are the biggest athleisure trend of 2018

    October 01, 2018 at 12:00PM


    Last December, when this story was originally published, its headline was: In defense of chunky sneakers, the comfiest footwear trend of 2018. Back then, the buzz around bulky kicks that could double as ankle weights was just starting to grow. Flash forward to today, and it’s now one of the biggest sneakers trends for fall—and the top athleisure trend of 2018.

    These days, just about every fashion girl from Los Angeles to Paris and beyond—think: Kaia Gerber, Bella Hadid, Kim Kardashian, and more—has laced up a pair of chunky sneakers, which you may remember originated in the ’90s when Fila introduced the OG of “dad shoes,” its Disruptor 2. Thanks to a renewed interest in fashions from that era, the Italian heritage brand is having a renaissance—it held its first fashion show in Milan last month and released an exclusive new capsule collection with Bandier, an upscale activewear boutique around the same time.

    High-end labels and classic sportswear brands, alike, helped the footwear style go from fad to mainstream by adding ultra-supportive sneakers to their collections in 2018. Some designers, like Stella McCartney, have streamlined the volume from those ’90s versions for a sleeker fit. Others fed into the nostalgia factor like Nike with its M2K TeknoPuma and its Thunder, and Balenciaga with its Triple S.  

    “The trend provides an opportunity to expand your sneaker collection beyond minimalist styles.”

    Celebrity stylist Jasmine Caccamo says that while the look may not be for everyone, it’s more versatile than you might think because chunky sneakers can add dimension to your wardrobe—which could be why it found mass appeal, not just with sneakerheads and hypebaes. “The trend provides an opportunity to expand your sneaker collection beyond minimalist styles,” she says. Pair yours with anything from an elegant dress and statement socks to a tailored suit or track pants. But the key to keeping the look intentional is balance—the more modern, sleek, or elevated your outfit, the more heavily normcore you can go in terms of your sneaks.

    Plus, these polarizing sneakers are, after all, good for something that the widely accepted (and not nearly as comfy) fashion-girl shoe styles are not: walking.

    This story was originally published on December 8, 2017; it was updated on October 1, 2018.  Continue Reading…






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  • With billion-dollar evaluations and million-dollar investments, streetwear is the boutique fitness of fashion

    October 03, 2018 at 02:57AM


    Athleisure might have started out as a trend, but it’s now the fastest-growing category in fashion. And its staying power is trickling down to another style of casual dressing: streetwear.

    At this point, the two words are basically synonyms to most people, because we use them interchangeably to describe a more everyday form of fashion than what you’d find on the runways. One that’s tinged with athletic undertone or overtones, if you will.

    Streetwear is as much a community, however, as it is a style category. In a lot of ways, it feels like the boutique fitness of fashion. Not only have brands such as Supreme, Kith, and Off-White amassed cult followings and gained reputations for successfully disrupting the traditional fashion model. They’ve also attracted the attention of major investors.

    Supreme received a $1 billion valuation last fall, making it the Peloton of streetwear startups. The estimate seems to answer the question: Are streetwear brands worth it? In a word: yes. In fact, investors have seeded about $180 million to streetwear startups in the last few years, according to Fashionista. And just like the boutique fitness industry, which expanding at an exponential rate, this influx of interest and capital has some already wondering if it’s creating a bubble around streetwear brands. And if so, will it burst?

    The resale market for coveted items like Off-White sneakers can see them going for double (often more) of the suggested market value at online consignment. Fashionista notes that sites focused on women’s resales, The RealReal and Poshmark have raised a combined $448 million already. Their menswear counterparts have collected about $74 million. Everyone seems to be trying to create the premier platform for such transactions…first.

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  • Taking my husband’s last name was a wild bureaucratic marathon that I wish I never ran

    October 03, 2018 at 03:00AM


    Let me get this out of the way up front: I adore my husband. We’ve been happily married for two years, and he’s the best thing that ever happened to me. But making his last name legally my own? That’s hands down one of the worst decisions I’ve ever made.

    When we were dating and even engaged, I thought that sharing the same last name would make me feel like we were more of a family. I thought the outward-facing world would regard us as more of a united front if our house appeared more, well, united. Not in a Game of Thrones House Stark kind of way, but just in the sense that I couldn’t wait to be this man’s family, and I wanted the whole world to know it. The pressure was entirely of my own making—my husband never cared whether I took his name, and he respected my choice to add to my career’s worth of editorial work under my maiden name (I still use my maiden name as a byline).

    Still, on the day we went to City Hall in New York City to get our marriage license, it took me by surprise when the clerk informed me that if I wanted to eventually take his name, even a year or so down the road, I’d have to decide right then and there, on the spot. I balked at the suggestion. Surely she was wrong. Not everyone who takes a married name has to declare that before even day one of wedded bliss, right? “Wait, can’t I just take my time and come back to change it later?” I asked. “Yes, but then you’d have to annul this document and start the process all over again,” she said. I stared blankly from her to the form to my now-husband for a few seconds, blinking in disbelief.

    It took months, several signed affidavits, courthouse appearances, and around $200 in fees for me to realize that I should’ve left well enough alone.

    For what it’s worth, I’ve since looked deeper into the matter, and while the clerk was no doubt overdramatic in her delivery, she was essentially speaking the truth. In New York State, if you don’t elect to change your name when signing your marriage license and decide to do it later, you have to file for an entirely new document, do the paperwork, pay the $35 fee and re-perform the ceremony either at City Hall or off-site, a rep at the City Clerk’s Office tells me. But if you do go this route, you don’t need to legally annul your marriage first (wow, what a convenience, right?). Maybe this whole runaround is a reason to tie the knot elsewhere—in states like, say, Florida, which doesn’t require a notarized form to change your name, or Massachusetts, where you don’t even require a court appearance.

    Alas, I got hitched in the Empire State, and in that moment, I didn’t even think to weigh my options. I was just so taken aback that the name I’d broken in like a soft, comfortable pair of jeans for the past 36 years was about to be ripped off me without warning and tossed out unceremoniously. I remember checking the name-change box required to make it official, but resolving to move my maiden name to my middle name in order to feel like I was holding onto some semblance of my former identity.

    This choice unintentionally kicked off a second legal-name-change process (the first being to take my husband’s last name via the marriage license). It took months, several signed affidavits, courthouse appearances, and around $200 in fees for me to realize that I should’ve left well enough alone. The cherry on top came when my husband had to sign an official form to allow me to alter my name so Sellitti could still have a home in my full signature. Yep, I needed permission to establish my identity as I pleased—and, hey, nothing says, “We’re an evolved society” like pulling a move straight from the pages of The Handmaid’s Tale, right? 

    It was all seemingly for naught, since two years later, seeing or hearing my married name still makes me feel like I’m wearing someone else’s clothes.

    What’s worse is it was all seemingly for naught, since two years later, seeing or hearing my married name still makes me feel like I’m wearing someone else’s clothes. I often sit in a doctor’s office completely unaware my name is being called, because my new(ish) identity feels foreign.

    The takeaway? Anyone who is contemplating a name change should think about why they’re jumping through the hoops. If you absolutely love the sound of the new you, love the look of your new signature, or can’t wait to update your monogram/hang one of those engraved signs in your kitchen, like “The Millers, Est. 2018”—well, to each his own. But the intention behind my name-change journey—to feel like a Family Unit—ended up null and void.

    In the two years I’ve been married, House Kero has endured job loss, parental health scares, financial growing pains, and loss of pregnancy, and I can say with certainty that my wonderful, supportive husband would’ve felt no less like a teammate to me had we sported different names on the back of our proverbial jerseys. And if one day our kids find partners and want to get married, I’d give them the same advice I wish someone had given me: The only thing that needs to match are the linens on your registry. Beyond that, just do you.

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  • Why artificial sweetener is worse for you than sugar

    October 03, 2018 at 04:23AM


    If you’re cutting back on sugar and replacing it with artificial sweeteners, as many people do, I have bad news for you: Those pink, yellow, and blue packets are even worse for you than sugar—and this is coming from me, the guy who calls sugar “the devil.”

    While that package of Equal, Sweet‘N Low, or Splenda (yes, even Splenda!) may dump fewer actual calories into your morning coffee, there’s little research to support the idea that this is healthier. The taste of sweet—be it artificial or actual sugar—appears to play a significant role in increasing appetite. (In fact, multiple large-scale studies over the last 30 years have repeatedly found that artificial sweetener users gained more weight or had higher BMIs than those who didn’t use them.)

    The taste of sweet—be it artificial or actual sugar—appears to play a significant role in increasing appetite

    Here’s the deal: Virtually all the popular, non-caloric sweeteners have one thing in common—they’re significantly sweeter than sugar. Now logically, you’d think all that sweetness would enable you to use less or eat a smaller amount of an artificially sweetened product. But guess what? These super-sweeteners seem to have the opposite effect, in part by flooding your taste buds with sweet, dulling them to the taste, pushing your sweetness threshold ever higher, while never actually satisfying the craving.

    Some studies indicate that the super-sweetness of the artificial stuff may interfere with the release of satiety hormones, slowing your body’s ability to send signals to the brain that you’ve had enough—which leads to overeating, without you even realizing it. You could liken it to rapidly downing a few shots of vodka: It takes 15 minutes or so for your body to catch up and send the signals that you’re drunk—and by then, it’s time to take away the keys.

    And if that wasn’t bad enough, recent research shows that artificial sweeteners also alter the microbiome and can kill off good bacteria in our gut. In 2014, Israeli researchers demonstrated, in both laboratory animals as well as humans, that glucose intolerance (which sets the stage for full-blown diabetes) is related to changes in the gut bacteria induced by artificial sweeteners.

    We now have a whole new respect and understanding of how important a healthy gut flora is for our overall health, extending from immunity to acne to your mood and mental health.

    So you have to ask, is all this a good trade-off? No, it’s a crazy one.

    I have absolutely seen patients who were completely addicted to artificial sweeteners. In general, we see quite a few patients, many of them from the fashion world, with a terrible Diet Coke habit. I do think most people now know that these artificial sweeteners are terrible for them, but they are addicted and keep coming back for more, even though they know better.

    We see quite a few patients, many of them from the fashion world, with a terrible Diet Coke habit

    One female patient’s addiction was fueled by her obsession with calorie-counting and her fear of healthy fats. She had terrible headaches, fatigue, and stomach aches and had never put the two together. I put her on a nutritious food plan and used targeted supplementation and acupuncture to help manage her withdrawal symptoms. After a month, her original symptoms were completely gone, and she was finally free from her addiction.

    How to stop using artificial sweeteners

    With artificial sweeteners, I generally recommend tapering off. If you just quit cold turkey, the withdrawal symptoms can be quite unpleasant: headaches, moodiness, irritability, and strong cravings. I recommend people cut back daily intake little by little, monitoring how you feel until they’re able to cut it out completely. I actually did part of my acupuncture training back in the day at a rehab center for people addicted to heroin and other drugs. Acupuncture can be an amazing tool for helping to deal with any substance addiction.

    For a supplement option, L-Glutamine helps stabilize blood sugar levels, which is especially helpful if you are looking to kick your sugar (and artificial sweetener) habit and reduce your cravings. Good luck and good health to you!

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    A pioneer and internationally recognized expert in the fields of integrative and functional Medicine, Dr. Frank Lipman is the founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City and the creator of Be Well by Dr. Frank Lipman, a proprietary brand of dietary supplements, detoxifying cleanses, and health coaching services and a New York Times best-selling author of Total Renewal—7 Key Steps to Resilience Vitality and Long Term Health, Revive—End Exhaustion and Feel Great Again, The New Health Rules—Simple Changes to Achieve Whole-Body Wellness, 10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat and How to Be Well

    This story was originally published on March 31, 2016; it was updated on October 3, 2018.  Continue Reading…






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  • The new earring trend that turned up all over the streets of Fashion Month

    October 03, 2018 at 09:04AM


    It’s official: We’re living in an era of anything-goes fashion. Thanks to social media, you can now source style inspo for so. many. places. So, whenever any one trend starts standing out (looking at you, athleisure) it attracts attention.

    One thing I kept noticing during my endless scrolls through street style photos from the fashion shows this past month were women wearing diamond strand earrings. Think: tennis bracelets but for your ears.

    These swinging statement earrings add a glittery finishing touch to high-fashion outfits, as well as an unexpected embellishment to streetwear styles.

    These swinging statement earrings showed up on lobes in New York City, London, Milan, and Paris. And their universal appeal isn’t just geographic. They added a glittery finishing touch to high-fashion outfits, as well as an unexpected embellishment to streetwear styles.

    While I’m sure at least some of the well-heeled women who attend fashion shows were wearing actual diamonds, in all likelihood, at least a few strands of sparklers were actually diamantes (or adorned with artificial gemstones like cubic zirconia). Either way, they were the coolest new accessory I clocked all month, making them my biggest fall earring trend for 2018. Better yet? They’ll still be in style come holiday season.

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  • I had an unhealthy relationship with coffee—here’s how I healed it

    October 04, 2018 at 08:31AM


    To say that I love coffee would be a total understatement. (Seriously, just check my bio.) I’ve always been that girl, the one who couldn’t function without a cup of java first thing in the morning. You know those memes that say, “But first, coffee”? That’s basically my life mantra.

    And, it wasn’t just a once-a-day habit. Every day, I craved another coffee at 10 a.m., and then usually again around 3 or 4 p.m. The thought of going even one day without it—and enduring the inevitable headaches, brain fog, and other caffeine withdrawal symptoms—made me cringe. I was sure that if I stopped drinking coffee, I wouldn’t be able to get any work done, let alone hit the gym or be pleasant at a social event.

    And, to be totally honest, I wasn’t convinced that I even needed to cut back on coffee, despite all of the things I’ve read about the potential side effects of too much caffeine. I drank mine organic with coconut cream or almond milk, and sometimes even added collagen or drank it Bulletproof style. A #wellnesswin, right? Turns out, not exactly. (At least, not for me.)

    No matter how much caffeine I consumed, I always felt tired and even started resorting to energy drinks just to give me a jolt.

    Fast forward about six months after I moved to New York City, where people hold coffee cups like fashion accessories when they walk the streets. No matter how much caffeine I consumed, I always felt tired and even started resorting to energy drinks just to give me a jolt. When I started developing hormonal issues and problems with my period, I knew something wasn’t right with my body. I started taking adaptogens, thinking they would counter some of the effects of stress and caffeine, but I didn’t feel much different. Then, my doctor suggested I run some tests, and it turned out that I had a vitamin D deficiency and possibly polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). I also suspected that I had adrenal fatigue, but the possibility of having PCOS alone was enough to make me reconsider my habits.

    I decided I needed to change some things in order to get my body back into balance. I’d heard about Dr. Alejandro Junger, founder of the Clean Program, and decided to try his much-loved, 21-day detox plan. Besides being the go-to health guru of celebs like Meghan Markle, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Naomi Campbell, I was really into his overall wellness philosophy and intrigued by his experience as a cardiologist-turned-functional medicine expert. So I decided to dive head-first into the detox, which of course, required me to give up coffee.

    Keep reading to find out what happened when I quit coffee for 21 days.

    What happens when you stop drinking coffee

    Why can’t you have coffee on a detox?

    The Clean Program is basically an elimination diet, where you stop eating foods that commonly can cause problems. These include dairy, sugar, alcohol, gluten, eggs, nightshades, strawberries, and—worst of all for me—coffee (even decaf).

    Well, there’s a good reason why coffee isn’t allowed on the Clean Program detox. “People become dependent on it,” Dr. Junger tells me. “It’s such a strong stimulant, and after a while your adrenals become exhausted. Thinking gets affected, energy levels get affected, the way your liver works, the way your hormones are produced or not. And all kinds of imbalances are born from that.”

    By nixing coffee during the 21-day program, your body theoretically has the chance to start fresh. “Quitting coffee, whether long-term or during a cleanse, gives your adrenal glands a chance to breathe and reset,” says Tiffany Lester, MD, Medical Director of Parsley Health San Francisco. “If you’re drinking coffee to fuel your mornings, its time to investigate why you are fatigued in the first place. This artificial fuel is likely masking underlying imbalances in your hormones, mitochondrial dysfunction, or adrenal fatigue.”

    How I got over my caffeine withdrawal symptoms

    Once I was committed to doing the program, I knew I wanted to go all in, which meant for the first time in nearly 10 years I would say goodbye to my constant morning companion. And I’m not gonna lie—the first days without coffee were rough. I felt like I was getting the flu for almost a week. I also had brain fog and was in a bad mood most of the time. Not fun.

    After a few days of lots of naps, chugging water, and drinking green juice to ease the withdrawal symptoms, I finally started feeling good again. I also started drinking matcha for a gentler caffeine fix—but let me tell you, finding a good-quality matcha that doesn’t break the bank is really hard. After a few false starts, I started Googling and found Mizuba Tea, per blogger Alison Wu’s suggestion. It’s organic, tastes smooth, and works great for matcha lattes. Best of all, Mizuba ships fast. Like, Amazon Prime fast. (Ideal if you live in a wellness desert with no Cha Cha Matcha or Matcha Bar in sight.)

    By week two of the program, I felt totally different. I loved the smooth, sustained energy I got from matcha—I never felt jittery or overly stimulated, like coffee sometimes made me feel, and there was no crash-and-burn feeling afterward. If I was having a stressful day, coffee seemed to add fuel to the fire and make me feel ten times more anxious. But that was never the case with green tea, thanks to its relaxation-promoting l-theanine and other good-for-you antioxidants.

    What happened when I quit coffee for 21 days

    What I learned from quitting coffee—and starting to drink it again

    One of the biggest things that I realized from this experience was how much I relied on coffee as a crutch. I used it to help me wake up, as a pre-workout energizer, as a mood-booster, and pretty much any time I felt tired, unfocused, or was procrastinating something. It was amazing to finally realize that I didn’t actually need it to write, work out, or be in a good mood. I can be me without coffee. (And, yes, even survive one of my busiest work weeks of the summer—which thankfully, didn’t happen during the full-on withdrawal symptoms.)

    Something that kept me going through the 21-day program was knowing that I could have my coffee again on day 22. I knew that, realistically, I would go back to it eventually, so I wanted to have a better understanding of how it really affects my body.

    According to Dana James, a board-certified nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, and cognitive behavioral therapist, figuring out if (and how) coffee works for you all comes down to how you metabolize it. Since your genetics play a role in this process, you can get genetic testing done to find out, or just drink some coffee and assess the way you feel. If you metabolize it quickly, you’ll generally feel pretty good if you stick to a cup a day, James explains. But if you’re a slow metabolizer, caffeine (and the adrenaline and noradrenaline it produces) stay in the body longer, which can create anxiety.

    It was amazing to finally realize that I didn’t actually need it to write, work out, or be in a good mood. I can be me without coffee.

    “You’ll know if you’re a slow metabolizer of caffeine because you’re like, ‘Oh my goodness I have a cold brew and I feel completely and utterly wired. It makes me feel jittery,” James says. We figured out that I’m most likely a slow metabolizer of caffeine. Even though I had built up a high tolerance to coffee pre-detox, even then I would feel instantly jittery from a cold brew. And this was confirmed even more when, the day after I completed the Clean Program, I tried to drink coffee and couldn’t even finish half the cup without my heart racing and feeling a bit crazy.

    Now, per James and Dr. Junger’s guidance, I try to stick to one coffee a day. James suggested that I try medicinal mushroom coffee, which has a much better, jitter-free effect on me. I know it may seem a bit counterintuitive to do a coffee detox just to go back to it again, but I just love coffee too much to give it up for good. Moving forward, if I ever find myself drinking it in excess, I know what to do to reset my energy levels.

    Plus, coffee isn’t something that’s categorically “bad” or “good” for all people. Unlike processed sugar, for example, coffee does have quite a few health benefits. Like anything else, the only way to tell if it’s right for you is to experiment and see what works. And if you learn that that coffee’s not the BFF you once thought it was, just know you certainly can rule the world without a latte in hand.

    Still intrigued by coffee and your health? Find out if cold brew or iced coffee is better for you. And check out these healthy upgrades for your morning coffee creamer. Continue Reading…






    Author Mercey Livingston | Well and Good
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  • Trading your old clothes in for cool new ones is a dream fashion brands are making a reality

    October 04, 2018 at 12:47PM


    The fashion industry is doing more every day to change its reputation as one of the chief sources of pollution and waste in the world. (Finally.) H&M is expanding its eco-conscious offerings to help meet its goal of using 100-percent sustainable or recycled materials by 2030. Casual-cool clothing brand Re/Done is creating new jeans out of old denim, and Urban Outfitters has a line dedicated to repurposing secondhand clothes. There’s still a long way to go, but all these are starts that deserve a slow-clap as they address one major issue: 84 percent of unwanted clothing ends up in landfills or incinerators…even when it’s donated instead of thrown out.

    This week, two more mega brands joined the good fight: Online consignment shop thredUP and sustainable womenswear line Reformation, which launched a new joint recycling program on October 2.

    Now, savvy shoppers can visit thredUP’s website and order a thredUP x Reformation UPcycle kit. Once you receive yours, you fill it with clothing you’re ready to part with (from any brand!) and send it back to the company. The clothing will then go through its regular resale vetting process—they’ll return pieces that don’t meet their quality requirements to the customer or recycle them responsibly so they don’t end up in a landfill. For clothing that passes the test, shoppers can choose between a certain monetary amount or Reformation credit. ThredUP expects to continue rolling out similar initiatives with other brands throughout 2019.

    Although this is one of the most recent (and buzziest) initiatives, it’s not the first (big brands like Gap and American Eagle do a similar recycling program with the nonprofit Blue Jeans Go Green) but it’s the most extensive in terms of what types of clothing it takes. Plus, it’s definitely a step in the right direction toward creating a closed-loop system for clothing. Another fashion brand really pushing boundaries in this area? The recently launched T-shirt company For Days. Its self-sufficient model is based on a subscription service that allows consumers to buy shirts from them…and then return them once they’re done for new ones. Collected tops are then upcycled into new garments.

    Sustainable startups like For Days are meeting the demands of shoppers who set out to be conscientious with their consumption, for sure. The same can be said for recycling programs like thredUp x Reformation. Something else they do that, though, that’s equally important to solving fashion’s pollution problem: They incentivize shoppers who don’t come from an eco-conscious place to still make sustainable choices. Either way, trading in clothes you’re over for something new is a pretty sweet deal, amirite? And not just for you, but the planet.

    There are tons of easy (and free!) ways to live more sustainably, without completely giving up straws Continue Reading…






    Author Tamim Alnuweiri | Well and Good
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  • Why This Expert Predicts Princess Eugenie Could Wear a Risque Reception Dress #iverIn October 04, 2018 at 12:45PM
    http://twitter.com/iversue/status/1047981804119056388 To read more, click above t.co (twitter) link October 04, 2018 at 01:48PM Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding to Jack Brooksbank is a mere week away and it has all royal obsessed fans asking the same question: What is she going to wear?? While we obviously know nothing officially yet (the royals are extra careful not to spill details before important events), we turned to Katharine Polk, celebrity fashion designer and founder of bridal fashion label, Houghton, for her expert opinion on what could go down fashion-wise. “Princess Eugenie is known for pushing boundaries when it comes to fashion. However, all eyes will be on her on the big day, so I imagine she will be advised on what is considered ‘appropriate,'” Polk explained. “A somewhat new trend for royal brides is to wear a second dress before the reception, which is what Meghan did earlier this year. This is where I foresee Eugenie having a little bit of fun. Since Princess Eugenie is only 28 and taking into account her always on-trend fashion taste, I think she might opt for a more risqué second dress, one that is likely to bare a little more flesh.”
  • How fashion solves its size inclusivity problem

    October 17, 2018 at 10:10AM


    Last week the fashion industry took two major steps toward size inclusivity. Stuart Weitzman announced extended sizing for its immensely popular boots. And Universal Standard increased its range to become the first clothing line to carry women’s sizes 00–40 in the world.

    Both developments were newsworthy, sure. But the truth is, size-inclusive moments like these make news because they don’t happen that often. Most designers still top out at a size 12 or 14 (while the average American woman is a size 16–18). So why aren’t more fashion brands making clothes that fit consumers?

    I mean, from an equality standpoint, the idea of size inclusivity—the practice of representing a wide variety of body shapes and sizes—sounds obvious. But extending sizes isn’t just about doing the right thing. It also makes economic sense—at least from the outside looking in on the issue. Why limit your potential profits to 33 percent of the population and ignore the buying potential of the other 67 percent? In reality, though, it’s a lot more complex.

    The current state of size inclusivity in fashion

    To see what inclusivity could look like, look to Chromat, a clothing collection designed by Becca McCharen-Tran. Its fashion-week shows are among the world’s most diverse—with people of different sizes, ethnicities, body shapes, and abilities—and its sizing goes from XS to 3X, with 4X coming next month.

    “Size inclusivity means celebrating bodies of all different shapes and sizes both in our runway and campaigns and producing a range of sizes available to shop,” McCharen-Tran says. “It also means working with designers, photographers, and executives of different sizes.”

    “It’s clear that American fashion has come around to size inclusivity. The question is whether it will continue to evolve or not.” —Lauren Chan, founder of Henning

    While Chromat is still the exception in fashion, not the norm, things are changing, says Lauren Chan, a model, former fashion editor, and the founder of forthcoming plus-size clothing line Henning. She points to J.Crew and American Eagle as brands that now cast models of different sizes and notes that more designers are clamoring to dress actresses above sample size. “It’s clear that American fashion has come around to size inclusivity,” she says. “The question is whether it will continue to evolve or not.”

    Mina White, a director at IMG Models (she represents curve models like Ashley Graham and Paloma Elsesser), says that more and more, customers and brands understand that having a conversation about size inclusivity is important. But, she adds, that doesn’t mean every discussion results in a curve model landing a magazine editorial or lucrative contract.

    That’s particularly true for straight-size designers, some of whom—whether due to sizeism, fear of change, or a belief that thinness is synonymous with style—are reluctant to stray from the historic size-2 standard. Among them, White says, “the truth is, [casting curve models] is still more about ticking a [diversity] box. For some of the curve models with the larger voice and audience, there is excitement in working with them, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t still very much a conversation—and at times, it still takes convincing.”

    Furthermore, even when brands and publications want to be inclusive in casting, their efforts are sometimes stymied by clothing availability. “Samples are an issue,” White says. Most designers produce a single sample of each garment in size 2 or 4. So, for example, even if a magazine wishes to cast a curve model for an editorial, designers have few options for dressing her. “This will preclude many of the curvy models from key editorial and campaign shoots,” White says. More availability of samples, she says, is the only way people will constantly see diversity.

    Before fashion can fix its size inclusivity problem, we all need to understand why it's an issue anyway
    Photo: Getty Images/Supersizer

    But it’s not as simple as just making bigger sizes

    The solution sounds obvious: Just make more samples and sizes for production. To the layperson, doing so might seem easy: Scale the pattern up or down, right? But from a technical standpoint, it’s not that simple. “It is challenging to expand sizing this far up and down,” says Alex Waldman, co-founder and creative director of Universal Standard. “That is the main reason why many brands aren’t willing to take the plunge.”

    “To make good clothes above [a size] 12, designers need to go back to the drawing board,” Chan agrees. To understand why it helps to break down the design process. For straight-size clothing, designers measure from a model who wears a size 4 or 6. From there, a pattern is graded either down (to a size 0 or 2) and up (to a size 10 or 12). For larger sizes, designers need to repeat the process—this time, using a size 18 model and grading up or down once again. (Otherwise, the scale of the garments would be off. Think five-foot-long sleeves, for instance.)

    Crucially, adds Chan, this process has no shortcuts. “My size 18 fit model laughs when she talks about the brands that think they can grade up into plus sizes,” she says. “You need new patterns, new fit models, additional fittings, different grading—the list goes on.”

    And sometimes, making different sizes requires fundamental structural changes to a garment. Chromat’s McCharen-Tran cites the example of a swimsuit top with an underwire that connects both cups. “When we went to produce it, we could not find an underwire manufacturer that made up to 40G,” she says. “So we had to cancel the style and design something similar with two separated cups.”

    Whether creating for samples or for production, adding more sizes comes at extra costs. The process requires different machines and looms, more pattern-making, additional fit models, and the expertise to design for a variety of shapes. “I think the majority of designers just can’t—or don’t want to—put money towards expanding sizing,” Chan says. “It’s not cheap!”

    “We know that the designer has the power to choose what size they prototype their collection in. The question is a matter of priorities.” —Becca McCharen-Tran, founder of Chromat

    Especially for independent brands, choosing inclusive sizing—or not —can come down to an issue of resources: financial ones, staffing ones, and logistical ones. McCharen-Tran acknowledges the hurdles but notes that designing a collection for any size is challenging. “Sample sizing tends to be an excuse that other designers cite as a reason they don’t feature a range of sizes in their runway shows,” she says. “We know that the designer has the power to choose what size they prototype their collection in. The question is a matter of priorities: Is producing more sizes a priority for you or not?” (Notably, Chromat’s statement “Sample Size” tee comes in sizes S to 3XL.)

    Retailers are really the gatekeepers to size inclusivity—and they need to do better

    For inclusive sizing to really take hold, consumers need a place to shop. “The retailer has been the stopgap,” says Patrick Herning, CEO of 11 Honoré, a luxury e-tailer specializing in sizes 10 to 20. “When you talk about our customer, she’s been so marginalized by traditional retailers.” He notes that for individual fashion brands, production is indirectly dictated by the orders placed by retailers. “If the retailers aren’t asking for it, then the conversation gets postponed or sidelined.”

    McCharen-Tran agrees. “A major challenge is finding retailers to support extended sizing,” she says, adding that 11 Honore and Nordstrom have been a huge support by placing Chromat swim orders up to 4X. “Without their buys,” she says, “we would not be able to reach the minimum units with our factories in order to produce.”

    In some cases, retailer support goes beyond simply placing orders. Herning proudly notes that in just over a year, 11 Honoré has gone from stocking 15 designers to 80 and counting. For some of those labels, 11 Honoré’s team has collaborated with the designers’ production teams to develop patterns for larger sizes. The result is a triple win, he says. Women have more opportunity to wear the clothes they want to wear; designers sell more inventory, and 11 Honoré brings more names onto its roster.

    size inclusivity in fashion
    Photo: Getty Images/martinedoucet

    Shoppers can influence supply by demanding size inclusive clothing

    It’s not all up to retailers, though. Consumer demand can help move the needle, too. After receiving criticism for its lack of plus sizes for its 2014 Altuzarra collaboration, Target began offering more sizes for its clothing offerings overall. Today, its Universal Thread denim collection (not to be confused with Universal Standard) is available in sizes XS to 4X.

    Whether in the world of high-end or fast fashion, inclusive sizing has to sell to become more commonplace. “Put your money where your mouth is,” McCharen-Tran says. If you see a designer you love start to offer extended sizing, buy it—at full price. Don’t just ‘like’ the photo of a curve model in the outfit on Instagram. Shop it.”

    So where does the size inclusivity conversation go from here?

    Hate to break it to you, but despite the progress that has happened in the last few years, size inclusivity is likely to remain an issue in fashion for the foreseeable future. “There’s a long way to go,” Herning admits. “Things are moving quickly, but if you think of how many brands are on Net-A-Porter or Matches versus how many brands we carry, that’s an example of how much work there is to do.”

    That said, there’s more momentum now than ever thanks to societal pressures around equality, women’s rights, and the body positive movement. (Make no mistake, not offering extended sizing is a form of discrimination—which is not a good look for fashion or anyone for that matter.) Plus, there are a growing number of people willing to challenge societal status quos like Waldman. “We don’t like to look at Universal Standard as a size inclusive brand,” she says. “We just want to be a brand, a brand that serves all women, a brand where size is completely irrelevant—just fashion for women.” Who here doesn’t want that?

    While we fight for more size inclusivity in fashion, let’s also celebrate those that are making strides like Khloe Kardashian adding activewear to her extended-size line—plus, ThirdLove and Lively helping women with bigger boobs find bras that are supportive and cute.   Continue Reading…






    Author Annie Tomlin | Well and Good
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  • The new Karl Lagerfeld x Puma collab is the closest thing to Chanel streetwear right now

    October 18, 2018 at 03:07AM


    Need more evidence of streetwear’s increasing influence on high fashion? Look no further than the Karl x Puma collection, which drops online today and in stores tomorrow.

    The 13-piece capsule is the closest thing you’ll get to Chanel streetwear this season as the French fashion house’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld designed it. (He even superimposed his face into its label so you won’t forget.)

    Really, it’s a subtle touch for a designer known for his OTT aesthetic at both Chanel and Fendi. By contrast, for his first partnership with Puma, Lagerfeld kept things relatively basic. He reimagined streetwear staples, including a sweatshirt, track pants, and tee—plus three unisex accessories: a backpack, ballcap, and sneakers. (The collab is in part to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Puma’s Suede Classic.)

    The new Karl Lagerfeld x Puma collab is the closest thing to Chanel streetwear right now
    Photo: Puma

    The entire line is produced in black and white—Lagerfeld’s signature color palette. And it plays into the ’90s logo fever on the rise right now. Here, it’s taken the form of label taping along the sleeves and legs of tops and bottom, plus fonts splashed across the front of shirts that are big enough to see from space (or at least across the street).

    Speaking of logos, at first glance it appears for theirs Lagerfeld and Puma took style cues from Virgil Abloah and the wildly successful collaboration between his label Off-White and Nike. They opted to lock theirs in a similar fashion. (We see you.)

    What is unique to the collection, though, are less obvious elements like a tuxedo shawl lapel on a women’s track jacket and satin insets on a jumpsuit. Both design details offer novel touches to otherwise ubiquitous silhouettes. In all, the collection ranges from $40–$200, so don’t expect it to stay in stock for long.

    Streetwear’s dominance doesn’t stop at tracksuits. Designer sneakers have never been more in demand, either.  Continue Reading…






    Author Jordan Galloway | Well and Good
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  • Patterned tights are the only thing your legs need to take your summer dress obsession in to fall

    October 18, 2018 at 11:06AM


    I stopped wearing pants when I was 14, and ever since, cold weather dressing has been a special conundrum since it involves figuring out myriad ways to keep my legs warm under dresses and skirts.

    On a practical level, it requires learning how to layer without bulking myself up to look like the Michelin man. Style-wise, it’s pretty difficult to not feel like I’m in a rut or look like I’m repeating the same outfit over and over again (even if DVF says it okay) because all anyone can see are my black tights and winter coat. Recently a slew of well-dressed strangers on New York City sidewalks showed me the solution—patterned tights.

    As the temps have finally dipped, I’ve started to notice that every outfit that stops me in my tracks involves a pair of bold, patterned, and textured tights. And TBH, I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of this sooner—a pair of bold tights might actually solve 80 percent of my winter wardrobe issues.

    That’s because they do three things: 1. Add an interesting element to an otherwise everyday coat. 2. Make you look put together with minimal effort. 3. Keep your legs warm, duh!

    So last week when I walked by an Urban Outfitters mannequin wearing plaid blue tights, I bit the fashion bullet and bought a pair. Once I got over my fear of bold prints and finally convinced myself that I could pull them off, I wore them with a plain black outfit (the majority of my wardrobe at this point) and left to meet a friend at the bookstore. The entire time we were out I kept my jacket on (hello, it’s cold) and was gassed up not only by my friend but a slew of strangers who mistook my colorful tights for an entire outfit.

    So this season, in lieu of spending loads on layers that won’t be seen by anyone but my co-workers, I’m going to be thigh deep in a rotating cast of ornate tights. And because picking patterns always feels somewhat daunting, I’ve rounded up some of my favorites that range from approachable (black textured and lacey patterns) to bold and courageous (colorful plaids).

    For the rest of your winter wardrobe needs here are comfortable bralettes for the season of hygge and everything you need to know about pulling off leopard print. Continue Reading…






    Author Tamim Alnuweiri | Well and Good
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  • Newsflash: Transitions lenses now have serious style cred—and wellness benefits

    October 19, 2018 at 04:50AM


    We’re living in the heyday of trendy eyeglasses, can’t you see? (Had to.) Reaching for your glasses is no longer a last resort on mornings when your peepers are tired. Rather, you don your choice of black cat-eyes, wire aviators, or tortoiseshell frames on a daily basis because you look and feel rad.

    Need proof rocking specs has become a major fashion statement? Mega-accomplished babes like Lupita Nyong’o, Oprah, and Kate Winslet walk the red carpet in outfit-making frames, and high-profile designers are working with enduring eyewear makers to help disrupt the industry.

    Case in point: Fashion designer Christian Siriano (of Project Runway fame) recently teamed up with Transitions lenses to launch a next-level style initiative with new style colors and style mirrors lens designs. The photochromic lenses go from clear to dark to protect your eyes when you’re outdoors (and from dark to clear when indoors, to help protect your eyes while you’re staring at your laptop for eight-plus hours a day). How’s that for a wellness perk?

    Here’s the gist: Now, instead of doing the awkward fumble between your glasses and sunglasses (err, all day), you can make a hands-free swap from chic intellectual to your fave mirrored aviators look, while being mindful of your eye health, to boot. Insert praise hands emoji here.

    Scroll down for 3 legit wellness benefits that come with upgrading your glasses with Transitions lenses.


    transitions lenses

    1. Upping your style game

    Okay, so maybe appearing fashionable isn’t a wellness benefit, but look good, feel good, right? And the new high-fashion-inspired Transitions lenses styles are on point.

    With new color options, you can add 24/7 protection and vibrant color to your daily accessory. Dazzling colors include sapphire, amethyst, amber, and emerald (totally vibing with your crystal collection)—AKA, they’ll look great with your OOTD.

    You can also turn your prescription glasses into of-the-moment mirrored sun shields, which is perfect for midday (read: sundrenched) walks around the block. Add a mirrored lens to any new or pre-owned frames for hassle-free protection against UV rays and harmful blue light emitted by your electronics (more on that below) in colors including super-flattering gold, earthy green, chill blue, and more.


    transitions lenses

    2. Protecting your eyes seamlessly outdoors

    Your statement-making glasses already earn high style marks, but with an easy lens upgrade, they’ll work double time protecting your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays.

    “It’s so important to protect your eyes in the sun (and outdoors in general)!” says Jennifer Lyerly, optometrist at Triangle Visions Optometry. “Short term, UV rays from the sun can lead to painful sunburn of the eyes or eyelids called photokeratitis. Over time with chronic exposure, UV damage can lead to serious diseases like macular degeneration and cataracts.” AKA, not anything you want to mess with.

    Lyerly is a fan of Transitions lenses (and prescribes them to her patients) because by automatically adapting to changing light conditions, they’re a one-and-done strategy for eye protection. Because yes, even if you’re in the sun for short spurts, you should still be shielding your eyes from damaging rays.

    And UVA and UVB aren’t the only rays you need to be worried about. Transitions lenses can also protect your eyes from harmful blue light outdoors. “The sun is the largest source of harmful blue light, so it’s important to stay protected from it outdoors, even on cloudy days when you don’t think you need protection,” she says. “Without protection, harmful blue light from the sun can cause eyestrain and eye fatigue.”


    transitions lenses

    3. Reducing your blue-light exposure indoors

    Speaking of blue light, if you’re a 9-to-5er, you likely stare at a computer for most of the day (same same), and excessive exposure to the blue light emanating from your devices can wreak havoc on your eyes.

    “One major cause of ocular discomfort and vision issues is exposure to harmful blue light,” Dr. Lyerly says. “In today’s world, we’re spending more time than ever on digital devices, which is dangerous because long-term exposure to harmful blue light can cause eyestrain, eye fatigue, and light sensitivity.”

    And don’t confuse “eye fatigue” with run-of-the-mill sleepiness. “Studies indicate that chronic [blue-light] exposure over time might even increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which can lead to blindness,” Dr. Lyerly says. So yeah, helping to protect your eyes (with blue light-reducing Transitions lenses) from your daily Instagram scroll is a big deal.

    In partnership with Transitions lenses

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  • Online vintage shopping will be so much better if you use these 6 simple tips

    October 19, 2018 at 12:36PM


    New York City may have a reputation for being one of the world’s foremost fashion capitals, but from personal experience, this doesn’t always hold true for secondhand shopping. The stylish millions occupying the city have picked through its thrift and vintage stores pretty thoroughly.

    As a result, I (and a lot of millennials my age) have turned to online vintage shopping. The internet is like one big warehouse capable of producing pretty much any piece of vintage clothing your heart desires; eBay is one such portal, but I more often find answers to all of my problems on Etsy. Yes, the website known mostly for cute home decor and handmade jewelry is also the best place to buy your vintage duds.

    Most of my prized Earthly possessions are things I’ve found while sifting through the thousands of items that fill its pages. They include but are not limited to a burgundy ’90s leisure suit, a very heavily shoulder-padded blazer emblazoned with stars, and an everyday black slip dress I wear, well, almost every day.

    In a lot of ways, negotiating secondhand goods online feels like digging through racks IRL to find exactly what you didn’t know you’d been searching for—just on a bigger scale. So as a seasoned and successful veteran of Etsy’s vintage section, I have a few important tips to help you navigate the seemingly endless options—plus some insider intel from Etsy’s resident trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson.

    online vintage shopping tips
    Photo: Getty Images/PhotoStock-Israel

    1. Have your measurements on hand

    Whenever you’re online shopping for vintage clothing whether on Etsy or not, the most important thing to have are your main three measurements—bust, waist, and hips. Figure out which one of these is the real defining factor when it comes to clothing—for my hourglass shape, for example, the worry is never the waist measurement but instead the hips.

    Johnson adds that it’s important to remember that “Etsy is a global marketplace so the items you find may come from an international seller who uses the centimeters instead of inches.” Nothing will squash your online shopping spirit like receiving something you assumed was measured in inches when it was in fact in cm.

    2. You need to (sort of) know what you want

    The more specific you can get while you’re on Etsy, the better. It helps to go in with a clear idea of what exactly you’re looking for—say a vintage gingham short suit or a vintage Versace inspired plaid skirt for fall. If you’re not as nitpicky as I am, expand your search out to simply a decade you favor. (It’s the ’80s for me.) You can find some promising and surprising results that way as well.

    3. Use all of the filters

    Once you search for an item or a decade on Etsy, you’ll see the left-hand side absolutely littered with filters. Typically, while online vintage shopping, I ignore these but on Etsy, making the most of them is the key to success. Start by making sure you click the tab that says “vintage.” You can and should narrow things down by setting a price maximum (there’s no point in crying over something you can’t afford) and continue to refine your search by color, size, style, and more. You can essentially make your search as broad or as specific as you want.

    4. Find and frequent sellers you love

    When I find myself intrigued enough by a product to open it up in a new tab, I always (whether I buy the item or not) look through the seller’s store. Often you’ll be able to find someone whose vintage sensibility matches yours. You can favorite this store and then just head straight there when you need some new duds but aren’t sure exactly what.

    5. Make the most of the favoriting feature

    “Click the heart icon to ‘favorite’ [or bookmark] items as you browse. The more you favorite, the more new items, personalized to your tastes, will show up on your Etsy homepage” Johnson says. It’s a method I swear by. Over time, your homepage will become smarter and you’ll be able to do quick 10 minute drop-ins to Etsy rather than dedicate an hour of your day to online vintage shopping.

    6. ask all of your questions

    The great thing about Etsy is that it’s as close to an IRL vintage store experience as you can get on the internet. Should you have a question about the fit of a garment, a seller’s return policy, or need additional photos before you make your decision, Johnson encourages messaging the owner. “Be specific with questions you ask the seller,” she advises. “Confirm details like colors, fabrics, shapes, and the condition to make sure you know exactly what you’ll be receiving.”

    Now you have everything you need to go forth and find some truly one-of-a-kind vintage pieces for your wardrobe.

    If you’re less of a thrifter and sifter, here are some new-yet-retro-inspired leisure suits and vintage band tees curated for your ease. Continue Reading…






    Author Tamim Alnuweiri | Well and Good
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  • All about the French sneakers Meghan Markle laced up down under

    October 23, 2018 at 11:01AM


    She’s only been the Duchess of Sussex for a few months, but Meghan Markle is already a bona fide influencer. People are curious about what she puts in her easy banana bread recipe, her cold-busting travel hackswhat she wears to the gym, the secret to her signature messy bun…This list goes on.

    So, when she showed up for a sailing trip in Australia on October 21 wearing a pair of sneakers, inquiring minds immediately wanted to know one thing. Who made those shoes? Her low-tops of choice were the V-10 Extra White Black from Veja, and the ecofriendly French brand is already feeling the Markle effect. “When Meghan wore the V-10, our Instagram ‘broke down,’” says Sebastien Kopp, Veja’s co-founder. “We got thousands of likes and comments. A lot of people were looking for the pair she was wearing—and a lot of people discovered our project thanks to her.”

    Megan Markle Veja sneakers
    Photo: Veja

    You see, Veja doesn’t just make chic sneakers that are an ultra-cool alternative to a Stan Smith (IMO). Kopp and his co-founder François-Ghislain Morillion have built their 14-year-old brand to be socially responsible at every stage of production. They use raw materials from organic farms, apply fair-trade practices to both their sourcing and manufacturing, use recycled cotton, plastic, and leather, and—ready for this one—don’t advertise.

    Not advertising is a big deal because “70 percent of the cost of a normal big sneaker brand is related to advertising,” says Kopp. “Eliminating ads, marketing costs, brand ambassadors, and billboards means we can invest in our employees, our materials, our factories, and our planet.”

    Kopp says the company’s grown organically mainly from word of mouth. “Many of our customers care about the why and how of their purchases—they want to support companies that have their same values,” he says. This includes famous footwear fans like Emma Watson, Marion Cotillard, and Emily Ratajkowski, as well as celeb stylists such as Kate Young who works with Michelle Williams, Selena Gomez, and Rachel Weisz. And now, of course, Markle, who Kopp says wasn’t gifted her sneakers (which cost $144) by the brand, btw.

    “We’re guessing Meghan bought her Vejas, and see this from a lot of celebrities, which is cool and means they genuinely like the shoes,” Kopp says. I’d go an, ahem, step further and say they also like what they stand for, too.

    It’s not the first time Markle’s used her publicity to draw attention to causes she cares about. Recently, she published a cookbook to empower women Continue Reading…






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  • This cozy sweatshirt will make you rethink everything you know about recycled plastic

    October 24, 2018 at 12:21PM


    Not since Mean Girls has being plastic been such a big deal. At the moment, every socially responsible fashion company seems to be working on ways to literally weave more of the recycled material into its clothing—inorder to keep some of the 8 billion tons of plastic currently on the planet out of the oceans. Among them is the modern basics brand Everlane. Today it dropped its first capsule completely devoid of new synthetics.

    Fittingly called the ReNew collection, the focus of the line is on what Everlane dubs “outerwear with an outlook.” And its POV is as clear as its radically transparent policies. “Plastic is destroying our planet and there is only one solution—stop creating virgin plastic and renew what’s already here,” said Michael Preysman, Everlane’s founder and CEO, in a recent press release.

    Because outwear is primarily made from synthetic textiles, Everlane chose to focus on that category first as part of a bigger plan to switch over entirely to recycled plastic by 2021. It reused 3 million plastic bottles to make the 13 piece capsule ofpuffer coats, parkas, and fleece pullovers. The collection ranges in price from $55–$198 and a real standout is an ochre (or golden brown) fleece sweatshirt that is the muted fall iteration of this summer’s turmeric yellow trend.

    It’s hard to fathom that its fuzzy shell is woven out of water bottles. Yet, right now, in its recycling facility, the San Francisco-based company is turning these discarded drink containers into crystals (not those kinds) which are then spun into yarn used to weave fabric. That basically makes Everlane the Rumplestiltskin of ready to wear. The only difference is that this golden fleece is supporting a good cause.

    Sustainability is a major buzzword in fashion right now. Call it the Stella effect, but everyone from H&M to Adidas is becoming more eco-friendly. Continue Reading…






    Author Jordan Galloway | Well and Good
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  • After hating my arm hair my whole life, I now love it

    October 25, 2018 at 11:10AM


    My arm hair used to cause me serious distress: The dark strands against my Snow White-pale arms felt dramatic. In middle school, I felt like the beast in Beauty and the Beast. I would look down at my arms in class and think that people were staring at them, judging at how hairy they were. To deal, I’d tug at my shirt sleeves to make sure I was covered up. The whole thing may sound petty now, but at the time, it really affected me.

    It’s not uncommon, though, to feel so insecure about a body part when you’re a teen. Middle school is a strange, strange time when insecurities run rampant, hormones are in flux, and you’re growing into your body. While things seem to level out soon thereafter (at least, kind of), the self-consciousness that comes along with a growing body during a particularly insecure point in your life can be pretty tough to navigate—not to mention taxing on your mental health.

    “It is extremely common for teenagers to be incredibly insecure about specific parts of their body, including their appearance and how others perceive them,” says Danielle Forshee, PsyD, a clinical psychologist. “During the teenage years, there are quite a bit of social and emotional developmental changes going on. The most important developmental task for teenagers is to search for their identity, which comes along with the struggle for independence.”

    “It is extremely common for teenagers to be incredibly insecure about specific parts of their body, including their appearance and how others perceive them.” —Danielle Forshee, PsyD

    This clashing of identity and desire to fit in can be heighten during the teen years, when one feels as though they’re frequently judged and on display. When parading down the halls at middle school, it seemed like I was being scrutinized by my peers from head to toe. It was enough to make me decide to shave my arms every. single. day. for two years. Even though my mom frowned upon the act—saying that it wasn’t necessary at all and that arm hair is normal (she’s right)—I still did it. As you can imagine, it was quite a nuisance considering how long it took me to shave my legs first, but I felt liberated from the anxiety of being different. And I continued to shave my arms until I got to high school, when I started to settle into my body and who I was.

    Once I got more comfortable with myself and gained confidence, my arms finally weren’t an embarrassment for me anymore. “Insecurities impact each individual differently,” says Dr. Forshee. “It depends on how we deal with or manage our feelings. Initially, insecurities of any sort can create automatic negative thoughts about ourselves, leading to negative emotions and distress such as depression or anxiety, and then dictate our behaviors like isolating or not going to school.” Makes sense, considering the lengths I went to in order to not feel as though my arm hair made me stand out.

    My arm hair grew back, and I let it stay. This time, the hair looked even more prominent, since they were bare for so long, but I didn’t care. I slowly learned to let my arm hair do its natural thing (and gained back significant shower time in the process). I figured if people were going to judge this part of my body, they don’t really belong in my life (I mean, clearly). But on a more important note, I had developed a sense of body positivity on my own; I crawled out of the hole of self-doubt that came from being even slightly perceived as different.

    “As we grow out of the stage of adolescence and into our young adult years, we start to go through different developmental shifts and focus less on being socially accepted,” says Dr. Forshee. “Additionally, we have more control over our environment and learn to accept or better manage our insecurities.”

    Now, when I look down at my arms I feel a strange, special love for the strands that inhabit these limbs. They may have caused me pain the past, but now I’m into the furry things. It’s about time too, anyways, since it’s an era of women rocking full bushes and such. Along with body love comes the love of the hair that graces your bod,  ya know? Plus, nothing’s ever as bad as it seems when you’re a teenager.

    This is why body positivity in fashion is here to stay. And guess what: Photos of nature can increase body positivity. Who knew? Continue Reading…






    Author Rachel Lapidos | Well and Good
    Selected by iversue

  • Women are losing it over this beaded leopard bag

    October 25, 2018 at 11:27AM


    In the wild, the dappled pattern of leopard fur helps actual leopards blend in. But here in the concrete jungle, the buzzy animal print makes everything covered in it stand out. This was the case with the Susan Alexandra leopard bag, which I first spotted (had to) while working out this summer. (The locker rooms of boutique fitness studios rival any runway in terms of forecasting fashion trends.) Its intricate beadwork was hard to miss as it sparkled in the sunlight. And I found myself staring at it—instead of my weighted ankles—between leg lifts.

    After class, I tracked down its owner who turned out to be Alexandra herself, a bubbly brunette (you know what they say about endorphins and exercise) and self-taught accessories maker. She told me that the leopard bag wasn’t yet for sale but that I could sign up for its waitlist. Which I did because, despite popular belief, editors don’t always get everything for free. And since then, I’ve followed along as a growing number of women stalk this statement piece. I swear, it’s like being part of some online shopping safari.

    So far, Alexandra’s sold 600 of her animal print accessory and has another 450 people waiting their turn to add one to their collections. “It’s very democratic,” says the designer. “I don’t do it by when the person signs up. They all get notified at the same time and whoever buys it first, gets it. It’s a password protected piece, so only the people on the list have access to it. The password changes every time I get new bags. And everyone’s limited to one per order.”

    The bottleneck around the bag, which costs $325, is in part due to demand, but also because of its limited supply. “Everything’s still made here in New York and it takes so much time to make,” Alexandra explains. “I get like two a week. The people I work with are just trying to keep up. It takes one person a day and a half to make a bag.” Each one has about 1,600 beads.

    Initially, Alexandra, who started selling her purses in March of 2017, made each on her own. “Really, I just made them for myself,” she says. “I made one style for myself. I put it on my Instagram, and after that, I got such a response, I decided to start selling them.” She now works with a select few skilled makers here in the city who help bring her creations to life. Along with the leopard bag, other popular styles include a purse covered in cow print, one dotted with cherries, and her signature Merry bag, which is an assortment of multicolored beads that kind of looks like dot candy.

    When I mention this reference to Alexandra, she agrees. “I’m always attracted to something that’s almost aggressively fun, a little bit childish, and sparkly.” (Same.) “I’m not a minimalist. I love something that’s over the top sweet.”

    Plus, she says, her playful purses help counterbalance a lot of the bitterness she feels about current events. “If you really look at what’s going on in the political and social climate, I think that there’s a lot of scary things right now,” she says. “And I think that they’re an escape and an antidote for really dark times. I think that people have really connected to them.”

    Not that everyone who’s buying her designs sees them as a social statement—for some it’s purely a style one. “I think they also harken to a more innocent time,” Alexandra offers. “And they remind you of your grandma. Everyone’s grandma had something that was a little over the top.”

    Speaking of fashion that’s a little extra, have you heard about patterned tights becoming a thing? No, well what about chunky sneakers? Continue Reading…






    Author Jordan Galloway | Well and Good
    Selected by iversue