• Bye chunky Dad Shoes, this is the new sneaker trend you’ll soon see everywhere

    November 13, 2019 at 03:00PM by CWC

    While the popularity of the Dad Shoe isn’t going anywhere soon, there is a new front-runner that will soon outshine the beloved (and worn to death) chunky sneaker this fall—and if you haven’t picked a pair up already, it’s time. The latest favorite goes even further into the past. This fall, it’s all about the vintage-style running sneaker.

    Life after the Fila Disruptor 2 and Martine Rose’s reimagined Nike Air Monarch 2 moves away from chunky and more towards sleek, like the sneaker worn by first-ever women’s Olympic Games marathon champion Joan Benoit Samuelson in 1984. Specific? Yes. True? Also yes. 

    sneaker trend fall 2019
    Photo: Courtesy of Nike

    The most hyped versions of this vintage-inspired trend include Nike’s Sacai collaboration, the LDV Waffle. Released in three different colors, there are some obvious fashion-over-function additions like the double tongues, double swooshes, and double laces in the marrying of two old running silhouettes, the LDV and the Waffle Racer. Samuelson’s marathon-winning shoe also saw an August re-release as well as fashion rehaul with Japanese imprint, Undercover. Both versions of the Daybreak are still available on Nike.com, whereas the Sacai collab is only available on resale sites like StockX and GOAT. 

    sneaker trend fall 2019
    Photo: Courtesy of ASICS

    You can easily hop on board with this trend without going full sneakerhead, too. ASICS has quietly been releasing updated, fashion-forward favorites in the last few months and just debuted a Kiko Kostadinov campaign shot by (and featuring) fine arts photographer Juergen Teller. Look to ASICS GEL-1090 and the GEL-NANDI 360, two re-released retros that just hit the market, and ASICS GEL-KAYANO 5 OG styles for bright, on-trend options that won’t have you feeling too much like a hypebeast. 

    New Fall Sneaker Trend
    Photo: Courtesy of New Balance

    Finally, if you want to opt to stick to a pure classic, the New Balance 990v5 is the way to go. A Steve Jobs’ favorite, they also kind of give off some Larry David vibes. More importantly, they’re incredibly comfortable and super versatile. This has all the high-level ease you’d want in a sneaker made for running errands, but would also really add an effortless feel to an oversized suit and a slicked-back ponytail look. Like the new tagline says: “Worn by supermodels in London and dads in Ohio.” Accurate. But now it’s a sleeker, ’80s dad silhouette. 

    Here’s what Amazon reviewers had to say about the Fila Disruptor 2 sneakers. Plus, why you should be switching up your sneakers at the gym.

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    Author Rae Witte | Well and Good
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  • The most common questions NYC’s most in-demand hairstylist gets daily

    November 13, 2019 at 02:00PM by CWC

    Hot take: As far as beauty treatments go, getting a haircut is even more personal than getting a bikini wax. While it may not involve allowing a stranger to get all up in your business while they ask you about your weekend plans, it does require trusting them with one of the cornerstones of your identity: your hair. Because if said stylist makes a mistake, you’re stuck looking at it in the mirror every day for the next three months (which is not the relationship that I, personally, have with my bikini line, though to each their own).

    It’s only natural that people have got a lot of questions about getting their hair cut. In fact, when we polled our readers last month, we received dozens of responses about things they wanted to know, such as how to find the perfect hairstyle and how often they should really be going in for a trim. To find out, we tapped Jon Reyman, Spoke & Weal founder and Dyson global styling ambassador—and one of New York City’s most in-demand hair stylist—for a little hair-cutting 101. Below, he answers our readers’ most burning questions about haircuts.

    How can you find the “perfect” haircut for yourself?

    A hairstyle is made up of length, density and texture, so the first thing you need to do is find a hairstylist who can manage all three. If you’re choosing a style for yourself, understand your balance. For instance, if you want to accentuate the length of your face, keep your hair longer; if you want to accentuate the width of your face, cut your hair shorter. If you do not want to visit the salon once every month or two, a pixie may not be for you.

    You also have to figure out what makes sense with your lifestyle, personal style, and fashion sense. Use references from celebs, fashion designers, or people you are inspired by, because these people typically have time and resources to spend on styling decisions and become great inspiration and provide good images for reference. A combination of understanding what you want to highlight or accentuate about your face and personal style, researching looks on the internet or social media, and making sure it all fits with your lifestyle is key. But remember: Hair grows! So have fun and experiment, because it’s the best accessory. In other words: YOLO.

    What happens if you just… don’t cut your hair, ever?

    Your hair will grow as long as it can until it starts to split and break off, and different hair types will grow at different rates and with different levels of rupture. You also lose on average 70 to 100 hairs per day, and your hair will naturally shed and regrow itself, so not only will your length self-manage, but each hair will self-manage through growing and shedding cycles. I do not recommend letting your hair grow indefinitely.

    How often do you have to cut your hair for it to maintain its style?

    It depends on the cut, though some people confuse length and density. It’s important to understand that hair can get too thick but may not be not too long. Shorter hair typically needs to be cut more often to maintain, so an excellent pixie can last four to six weeks, while a clean bob can stay clean for two months or less (though a great bob with managed density can grow into a nice lob in three months). An excellent long haircut should be cut every three months to maintain the style. I find people look best and hair looks healthiest when cuts are maintained at least every three months, depending on length and density.

    Is it *really* worth it to pay for a trim?

    Yes. It’s not what you cut off its what you leave. All hair horror stories come from removing too much—it couldn’t happen any other way. A great trim is a great haircut, it is not something less. A trim will refine and polish your look, maintain the integrity of your hair. Let’s just call it a haircut. When people say, ‘Just a trim,’ they are really saying, ‘I want you to cut my hair and protect my length and general style.

    How often do you need to get a trim?

    If you have a hairdresser who can manage density and length with precision, you can go longer between trims and cuts. Go in for a trim if your hair feels too thick, heavy or long, you are having trouble styling your hair, your hair is hard to brush through and tangles more than usual, or things are generally looking beat up. Ideally, you get in there before the ends get too beat up, as damage can work its way up the hair progressively through splitting ends. I do recommend getting a trim every eight weeks if you are growing out your hair.

    Responses have been edited for length and clarity

    Once you’ve got your perfect cut, these are the best conditioners to keep hair feeling healthy. And if you’ve got split ends, these magic hair menders will zip ’em right back up. 

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    Author Zoe Weiner | Well and Good
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  • These blazer-and-jogger combos are the most comfortable business casual looks you’ll ever wear

    November 12, 2019 at 10:36PM by CWC

    There is no quicker or easier way to make yourself feel like a grown-ass adult than throwing a blazer on top of your outfit. No matter what you’re wearing underneath, it will instantly morph you into the professional, well-deserving recipient of a Businesswoman Special—and that includes activewear. (Yep, casual blazer outfits are indeed a thing.)

    The blazer-meets-track-pants look is basically the wardrobe equivalent of “business on the top, comfort on the bottom,” aka the ideal way to make athleisure appropriate for literally any scenario (though, in 2019, it basically is already). In fact, I’ve officially decided we’re calling it “biz-leisure,” because this combo is so good it deserves a name of its own. Pair it with pumps for the office, your favorite sneaks for an easy weekend look, or some strappy sandals and a statement earring for a holiday party look that isn’t some iteration of a sequin dress.

    All you need to get the look are two things you likely already have in your closet: a blazer and a pair of joggers. But just in case you need some inspo or are looking to invest in a few new pieces that you’ll get just as much wear out of separately as you will when you pair them together, shop our picks for these on-trend casual blazer outfits below.


    casual blazer outfits

    Adidas Originals Cuffed Track Pants ($60), Everlane The Cotton Linen Blazer ($145)

    This look is basically a business suit, but 2,000 times more comfortable. You’re welcome.


    casual blazer outfits

    Rag and Bone Riley Wool Track Pants ($236), Theory Eco Crunch Wash Blazer ($173)

    If boring black isn’t your thing, pair colored track pants with a white statement blazer along with your oldie-but-goodie Stan Smiths.


    casual blazer outfits

    Outdoor Voices Rec Track Pant ($85), Amour Vert Valya Tencel Blazer in Check Denim ($138)

    That trendy patterned blazer you bought five years ago and wore once? Make it feel current by wearing it over a bodysuit and some joggers.


    casual blazer outfits

    Rue 21 Plus Burgundy Swishy Track Pants ($27), Universal Standard Rio Blazer in Navy ($210)

    Yes—even your swishy pants can get in on this trend. Since they err on the more casual side (even for track pants), add a more structured blazer to dress up your look.

    casual blazer outfits

    Athleta Luxe Gramercy Track Trouser ($35), Gap Modern Plaid Blazer ($80)

    You’ve likely been wearing a plaid blazer and jeans all fall (… literally everyone in our office has been, at least), and you can breathe new life into the look by giving it an athleisure twist.

    casual blazer outfits

    Zara Jogging Pants with Side Stripe ($36), Reiss Harper Slim-Fit Blazer ($270)

    Pro tip: Match the detail color in your pants with your blazer for a biz-leisure look that will make you look like you spent more than five minutes getting dressed this morning. You’re welcome.

    Feeling a little “out with the old, in with the new” now that fall has hit? Here’s what to do with old shoes. And now that it’s sweater season, this is how to wash yours so they look brand new every time you wear ’em. 

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    Author Zoe Weiner | Well and Good
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  • Double the number of servings in your favorite recipes with this budget friendly meal hack

    November 12, 2019 at 09:00PM by CWC

    Whether you’re cooking dinner for a family of five or meal prepping for one, it’s easy to create budget friendly meals with the addition of a few sneaky ingredients. This hack won’t compromise the flavor of your favorite recipes, but it will increase the nutritional benefits.

    In a recent Reddit thread, a number of at-home chefs shared the all-star ingredients you can add to recipes to get more servings out of their meals and make them healthier. When you want to increase the number of servings in from four to six (or more), for example, add these wholesome and versatile ingredients to your favorite recipes.

    14 healthy ingredients to help you create budget friendly meals

    1. Black beans

    If you’re a taco or burrito bowl fan (who isn’t?), mix one can of black beans in with every pound of your protein of choice for an even heartier mix.

    2. Cauliflower rice

    Cauliflower rice is currently gracing every freezer aisle. To put the time-saving staple to good use, add it to casseroles, soups, and blend it into sauces.

    3. Spinach

    Spinach is such an underrated ingredient in warm dishes. Mix a bag into casseroles, soups, or any sautéed recipe.

    4. Mushrooms

    Mushrooms add a meaty texture to any dish, no meat required. Make your dishes more filling by adding blended mushrooms to pasta sauces and whole or chopped mushrooms to casseroles and stir-fries.

    5. Carrots

    Put that bag of unused carrots in your refrigerator to good use by finely chopping them and adding them into a tomato sauce for your pasta nights.

    6. Tofu

    Buy a block of tofu and crumble it up to add into anything you’d typically use ground beef. Because it has very little taste on its own, it quickly soaks up flavors.

    7. Oats

    Old-fashioned rolled oats can thicken your sauces and increase the fiber in chili and stews. You can also grind them up to use in meatballs and burgers.

    8. Cabbage

    Redditors call cabbage the ultimate filler ingredient. With a neutral taste, you can sneak it into practically anything. Try adding a few handfuls to your favorite soup or casserole.

    Twelve vegetables you need to buy organic—and 15 you don’t:

    9. Lentils

    Lentils make for a high-fiber, super-filling meat replacement in most dishes, giving you a healthier—and longer-lasting—option for things like sloppy joes and taco meat. You can also add them into soups and stews.

    10. Sweet potatoes

    Love sweet potatoes? Add them into curries, chili, burritos, and other dishes you love to create budget friendly meals.

    11. Broccoli slaw

    The next time you’re at the grocery store, add a bag of broccoli slaw to your cart. You can use it in any cooked dish for added texture and a whole lot more fiber—especially casseroles.

    12. Zucchini

    There are so many reasons to have zucchini on hand at all times. You can dice it up and add it into soups, spiralize it to mix into pasta dishes, soups, etc.

    13. Quinoa

    Just a cup of dry quinoa adds significant volume to soups. You can also use it to create meatloaf and meatballs or mix it into a salad.

    14. Frozen corn

    Frozen corn—one of the most affordable vegetables you can buy (I’m talkin’ like $1 a bag!)—adds a subtle sweetness to any dish you add it into, including casseroles and soups.

    Want more tips for creating healthy budget friendly meals? Stock up on these affordable nutrient-dense foods, then grab some priceless tips from dietitians.

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    Author Tehrene Firman | Well and Good
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  • The meditative act of baking bread

    November 10, 2019 at 08:00PM by CWC

    When I was traveling in India ten years ago, I learned a lot about meditation. More than could inform a lifetime, I had thought. But while so many of those lessons, lectures, and hours I spent in contemplative pursuits have slipped away, something that English meditation teacher Christopher Titmuss said has stuck, coloring, even, my days on the faraway coast of Maine. “If you want to know about your life,” he told a crowd of seekers gathered in a Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya, “simply watch your hands.” What you value, how you spend your time, your habits, your kindness, creativity, or agitation are so easily—and almost unnervingly so—revealed through what your hands do all day. Do they help or hurt? Do they bring happiness into your life?

    Over the years, I’ve used his technique as a diagnostic tool whenever things have felt out of balance, asking myself, “Well, to start with, what are my hands doing?” Training my mindfulness on this physical expression of my life, for the most part, I’ve seen that the issue at hand is a matter of too much texting, typing, or driving, and not enough of the good stuff.

    At my most happy and serene, however, my hands knead bread. Baking at home is one of the pleasures I’ve found in choosing a quieter life in Maine, one outside of my old city job as a fashion editor and its high-intensity lifestyle. Baking from scratch is a slow process that sets aside the clock and calendar in favor of feeding the sourdough starter, the rise, and the bake. It’s magical—producing the perfect golden-hued boule never fails to amaze me, even after years. And it’s a time when I can see my best self, my deepest ambitions of simplicity, creativity, and communion, reflected through the work of my hands.

    Baking from scratch is a slow process that sets aside the clock and calendar in favor of feeding the sourdough starter, the rise, and the bake.

    On a baking day, the dough sets the pace, insisting on patience. There’s no workaround, and the beauty is that the anticipated inconvenience of overseeing the rise can bring a hard reset to a hectic week. When I bake, the dough rearranges my work hours in the home office in a way that makes me keenly conscious of how I spend my time, and how my hands facilitate my choices.

    Even before I’ve had my morning coffee, I activate the sourdough starter, plunging my fingers into the soggy mess, adding in warm water and fresh flour until the dough is uniform and ragged. The successive kneading and waiting stipulated by my favorite recipe dictates the rest of the day. I still type, and text, and drive while the bread comes to life, but my hands also mix, knead, stretch, and shape the loaves. It’s then that I remember my grandmother teaching me to knead on her kitchen table when I was small. There’s an ancient feel to the process of feeding my family in this way, pushing and pulling the warm ball of dough across a wooden board.

    This past summer, we moved, and I diligently dried out a bit of my carefully tended sourdough starter until all that remained was a grayish powder in a tiny jar. Most bakers are romantic about the origins of their starter culture. Mine had come from dear friends. I’d kept it alive and strong for a long stretch, and that felt right. Somewhere along the way, however, I lost the whole jar. I looked everywhere. But maybe it was meant to be. On our family’s first day—actually our first minute—in our new apartment, I met one of the best bakers in the state, Barak Olin, of Zu Bakery, who lives next door. As we stepped through the doorway into our new apartment, we heard his kids, 10 and 13, calling to us happily through an open window, “Welcome neighbors!” The kids—the same age as our daughters—all ran to the park together, and Barak and his wife Mimi made us dinner, a beautiful Niçoise salad, which, of course, was served with his magnificently delicious and elegantly rustic bread.

    “A starter becomes whatever its environment is,” he said, “the air that it’s in and the hands that touch it.”

    With the weather cooling here in Maine, and after some especially full months, it’s time to bring my hands back to what they love best. I asked Barak for pinch of his sourdough starter one afternoon recently, and we talked technique. “When I knead bread, and I’m making 400 loaves, it’s all about efficiency, using three strokes instead of seven. But even so,” he said, “when you touch dough, it feels good, like touching something alive.” Dough makes you pay attention, he went on. Is it hot and sticky in the summertime, or cold and sluggish in winter? Is there a draft coming through a window that could jeopardize the rise?

    Barak’s starter first bloomed 20 years ago, when he blended rye and water with a few organic raisins and let the wild yeasts emerge. He conceded that the sourdough he shared with me both was, and wasn’t, the same culture that he’d begun all those years ago. “A starter becomes whatever its environment is,” he said, “the air that it’s in and the hands that touch it.”

    Yet, while that’s true, and wondrous, I’ve learned through my baking that the experience is mutual. The sourdough transforms over time, through touch and contact with the atmosphere, but at the same time, the dough and its process have worked so subtly to transform me, showing me every time I bake what I can become when I slow down and live through my hands.

    Looking for a new bread recipe? Try this gluten-free Paleo loaf:

    Therapeutic cooking is meditation for those who can’t sit still. And here’s how one writer used calligraphy to spread mindfulness and joy

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    Author Jessica Kerwin Jenkins | Well and Good
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  • What it actually means to ‘close your rib cage’—in yoga and beyond

    November 10, 2019 at 12:00AM by CWC

    No one ever really masters a yoga pose. Even the greats still make tiny tweaks to strengthen their practices, and for many, learning how to close the rib cage is one of those. Despite consistent cues from instructors, it’s not always so easy in practice.

    Tucking in your ribs is code for “engage your core,” says Lindsay Pirozzi of New York City’s Y7 studio. “It’s important to knit or close the lower ribs together to help lengthen the spin and also take the curves out of the lumbar (lower) and thoracic (upper) spine,” she says. “Drawing the ribs closer together activates your core muscles and protects your spine health.”

    John Kasten, dancer, gymnast, and co-founder of The Beta Way, agrees. “The ‘ribs in’ cue is what I use to help people stay aware of keeping their core contracted,” he says.

    According to the two movement experts, the tendency to flare the ribs happens most commonly in handstand (which is done in CrossFit and other strengthening regimens apart from yoga), mountain pose, chair pose, high lunge, Warrior II, and goddess squat. So when you’re in any of these poses, you’ll want to pay special attention to the state of your mid-section.

    Pirozzi recommends teaching your body what the proper movement pattern feels like. “What helps my students the most is to feel it out of alignment first, to flare the ribs by sticking out the chest in an exaggerated fashion, then feel the difference when you draw them in toward the midline,” she says. Kasten says that you can also lie on the floor and place your hands directly on your ribs to feel the difference.

    Over time, your body will naturally make the adjustment for you as move from pose to pose, and even take your workout to the gym, dance studio, and beyond. And the benefits abound. According to Pirozzi, a core that’s present in every movement will help you move with more control and “float” through your practice.

    In other words, it will help you dive deeper into your yoga practice.

    Here’s how to really work your core:

    Here’s why you should really, really try crisscrossing your downward dog. Plus, the style of yoga that fits your unique personality

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    Author Kells McPhillips | Well and Good
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  • If I could use only one makeup product for the rest of my life, it’d be this $18 foundation stick

    November 08, 2019 at 03:00AM by CWC

    I remember the day the Flesh Beauty foundation sticks came across my desk. It was about a year and a half ago, and the just-launched line (a brainchild of beauty industry vet Linda Wells) exploded into the makeup world with its 40 shade range and other fun pigmented products. I plucked my best shade match out of the pack—adorably named “Crème Brulee”—and started playing around with it.

    Cut to today, and I’m still using that exact same Flesh Thickstick Foundation Stick ($18)… and I haven’t used another foundation or concealer since. Seriously. While it’s technically called a foundation, it does it all.  Wanna color correct some under-eye circles? This stick’s got you covered, literally. Into wearing concealer without any foundation? That’s what I do practically everyday. Full-coverage more your thing? You’re in luck, because it’s fabulous as a foundation, too.

    Photo: Flesh Beauty

    The stick’s got a nice, thick circumference, which makes it super easy to swipe or dab on. It’s also easily portable, so you can do that swiping and dabbing wherever you go. You can choose to make it really subtle and light, or build it on for fuller coverage. It goes on really creamy, so it never cakes, and still makes me look like I’m not even wearing makeup. You’d have to be Nancy Drew to figure out that I’m spot concealing with the sneaky, natural-looking foundation.

    There are 40 shades to choose from, ranging from a very fair “Froth” to a very deep “Espresso” with cool undertones. I recommend it to people even when people are asking me what the best concealer is (my poor concealers have been gathering dust for a very long time). Basically, the Flesh Foundation stick is your perfect foundation-color-correcting-concealer super-product that will make your life easier. And your skin radiant.

    BTW, this is the secret on how to make a foundation last all damn day. Also, this is how to find the just-right foundation brush, according to the pros. 

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    Author Rachel Lapidos | Well and Good
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  • How to pick the right recovery tool to work out your specific soreness

    November 04, 2019 at 03:00PM by CWC

    In 2019, recovery is king. We called it as one of the top trends of the year, and have been proven right time-and-time again with the rise of recovery technology, recovery studios, and even recovery workout-wear (excuse us while we pat ourselves on the back). And of course, the old-reliables like foam rollers and massage balls have become more pertinent than ever. But with so many different recovery-related options on the market—from fascia blasters that look like multi-tentacled octopi to foam rollers that can blast your favorite Drake song while melting your muscle tension—it can be Crossfit Games-level challenging to figure out what to actually use on your recovery days.

    The first step in putting together a recovery gear wardrobe is to figure out what you’re looking to achieve. “The most important thing when it comes to recovery is to have a regular routine, so figure out which tool best fits your life, goals, and, to borrow from Marie Kondo, brings you the most joy. If you love the way you feel with one tool over another, you are much more likely to keep using it,” says Keren Day, DC, the founder and chief innovation officer of racked stretch. Start by evaluating what your issues are, whether it’s poor posture, tight muscles, stress, or something else, and find the tool that will give you the best bang for your buck in targeting those issues.

    Here, the pros lay out exactly what you need to keep every muscle in your body happy—no matter how hard you’re going at the gym.

    Photo: W+G Creative

    If you’re new to recovery tools, start with a smooth foam roller

    For anyone who had never given “recovery” a second thought until the word was everywhere this year (#itme), a good, old-fashioned foam roller is a great place to start. “We’ve been trained to think ‘no pain, no gain’ but when it comes to foam rollers and other recovery tools this isn’t necessarily the case,” says Day, explaining that smooth foam rollers are less likely to cause pain or bruising than their textured counterparts. “Foam rollers increase blood circulation, bringing more oxygen to the muscles and those sore post-workout areas. They also break up surface-level knots and adhesions that can lead to more muscle flexibility.”

    Photo: W+G Creative

    If you’ve got knots in your muscles, grab a textured foam roller

    “The more textured the foam roller, the more intense the feeling,” says Margi Resch, NASM, who recommends wavy or textured foam rollers to target any knots in your muscles (otherwise known as myofascial trigger points) before your workout. The texture they help to stimulate blood flow in order to soothe muscles more quickly than the smooth rollers do, while also relieving tightness. “It’s important to release the trigger points before exercise by holding your body in position on the trigger point until you feel it release a little,” says Day, adding that you should go slowly, take deep breaths, and avoid going too hard with your massage method. “Once your trigger points are released your body will have a better length-tension relationship around each joint.” You can also reach for a wavy roller after your workout to flush out your tissues and relieve muscle soreness.

    Photo: W+G Creative

    If you need to target smaller muscles, try a ball or peanut

    Foam rollers can do a lot, but they’ve got certain limitations when it comes to targeting smaller areas. And that’s where peanuts and balls come in.  “Peanuts and balls can be used to break up adhesions between the muscles and fascia, and are great for any areas of sensitivity—like your forearms, which have less muscle and fat protecting the bone—as they give you good control in terms of how much pressure you can apply,” says Day. As with the foam rolling, less is more in terms of pain, so don’t bring yourself to the point of bruising, because that can cause inflammation and in some cases even scar tissue, due to the repetitive stress, neither of which we want.

    If you want an effective warm-up, go with a stick roller

    While stick rollers may look like actual torture tools, they can help make your muscles feel damn good after a workout. They’re great to use pre-workout because help increase circulation and bring blood flow to the muscle. Day suggests building some time with your stick roller into your pre-workout regimen. “A quick five-minute roll leads to better performance in your workout,” she says. Who needs a massage therapist when you’ve got one of these babies?

    Photo: W+G Creative

    If your muscles are screaming, get a roller that vibrates

    If your muscles need some major TLC, try one of these. “Vibration therapy has long been used to reduce pain, increase blood flow, and speed muscle fiber healing,” says Day. “The combination of the rolling and vibration can help curb the effects of delayed onset muscle soreness, which happens when your workout has led to tiny tears in your muscles. These tears weaken the muscles making you more susceptible to injury and decreasing your performance until they are healed.” Plus, since foam rolling sore muscles can be a—shall we say—less than pleasant experience, the vibrations will make it more bearable.

    Photo: W+G Creative

    If you want a (fancy) tool that does it all, invest in a percussive massager

    While spending hundreds of dollars on fancy recovery tools may not be in the cards for everyone (and certainly isn’t always necessary), there’s no doubt that they do the trick when it comes to soreness. “The great thing about these percussive tools is that they feel so amazing that it’s easy to make it part of your routine,” says Day. “They are perfect to use when it is too difficult to get on a roller due to injury, pain, soreness, or fatigue. You can also use them to quickly increase blood flow to your muscles before or after a workout.” But one thing to make sure of when you’re using a Theragun or Hyperice is that you’re using it right. “In my clinical experience I have seen vibratory therapy to be very powerful and healing, but it can just as easily do damage if it is used wrong, or too often or for too long.” says Day. Make sure you’re using the dampener on the muscle instead of the joints, tendons or ligaments, and move the tool around instead of spending too much time on one area.

    If recovery isn’t a part of your routine, consider this lazy girl’s guide as the easiest way to get started. Just be sure to never, ever use the tool on this particular spot.

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    Author Zoe Weiner | Well and Good
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  • How to create the perfect weekly workout formula, according to Charlee Atkins

    November 04, 2019 at 12:00AM by CWC

    With so many different types of workouts to choose from, it can be tricky to fit them all in. You might be all about spin today, but you’ve gotta get your yoga and strength-training fix, too. Luckily, according to trainer Charlee Atkins, CSCS, doing it all doesn’t have to be complicated. There’s a weekly formula you can use that ensures you’re not only able to schedule in each of your favorite activities but do so in a way that does your body good.

    Atkins, founder of Le Sweat and a former master SoulCycle, used to do heavy cardio 6 to 7 days a week. Now that she takes a more varied approach to her weekly workouts and it’s totally changed the game. “This is the structure that I not only find works best for my body, but I’ve also seen the most results in my clients training this way,” she tells me.

    When putting together a balanced weekly workout schedule, Atkins recommends mixing a few different components: strength training, cardio, yoga, and rest. With this specific range of styles, you’re challenging your body, practicing proper recovery, and—most importantly—making sure you’re not overdoing it with certain movements that could hurt your body and your progress. So who’s ready to sweat?

    Charlee Atkins’ perfect week of workouts

    Day 1: Strength

    “Strength and resistance training (these words are interchangeable) require the most amount of energy and focus from the body when done correctly. This is why you need to load training weeks with the more challenging exercises at the beginning of the week when you’re the most rested and have the most amount of energy to be used.”

    Day 2: Strength

    “If you consider yourself a ‘worker outer’ and you’re actively participating in group fitness classes or gym sessions on the regular without picking up a weight… it’s time to pick up weights.”

    Day 3: Cardio

    “Cardio doesn’t have to push you to your end, and it doesn’t have to last an hour. With cardio training, you want to keep your heart elevated enough to put a strain on the heart and lungs. Time-wise, 30-minutes is all you need, and you can maintain a steady-state heart rate (aka a long, steady run), or you can go interval-based (a ‘push’ followed by a ‘recovery’). Since cardio doesn’t require much recruitment of muscles—and thus is not very taxing on the system—your cardio days are somewhat of a ‘recovery day’ for your muscles. They’ll help shake out and loosen up some of the training from the two days before while, at the same time, allow the body to prepare for your next strength day.”

    Day 4: Strength

    “Well-balanced strength training sessions will always include balanced exercises so you won’t have to run into ‘being too sore’ to double down on strength training sessions. In fact, in a well-balanced training session and routine, you should never leave a workout and be sore for days on end. Proper progression—aka which weights you’re using—will gradually allow the body to get stronger and stronger without over-stressing.”

    Day 5: Cardio

    “On the final cardio day, you can move and shake your body to get your heart rate up from the long week of training.”

    Day 6: Yoga

    “I place yoga at the end of my week because it’s a great way to stretch it out and end the week with some zen. Mobility training is essential—especially when you’re working out 6 to 7 days of the week. Even though my final day focus is on yoga, all my workouts routines include mobility exercises. Range of motion is life!”

    Day 7: Rest

    Enjoy every second of your rest day. By giving your body a break today, you’ll be able to kick butt in the gym tomorrow during your strength training session.

    What if you need to cut something out?

    Some weeks get super busy. It happens. If you can’t stick to this particular schedule and need to cut out some of the days, Atkins has a suggestion: “If I were to eliminate any days, I would first cut one of the cardio days. Next, it would be one of the three strength days. But no matter what, I still stack my week in the same fashion: strength, strength, cardio, yoga,” she says.

    You can do this 4-minute full body workout poolside (or anywhere):

    If you want to feel stronger during workouts, use this trainer’s knockout tips. Then find out how to know if your workout ‘hurts so good’ or just plain hurts.

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    Author Tehrene Firman | Well and Good
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  • This $30 ‘desert sweatshirt’ is the only companion your leggings need now and forever

    October 31, 2019 at 09:00PM by CWC

    As soon as the temperature drops below 60 degrees here in New York City, I commence a lifestyle I like to call “cocooning.” There’s really only one rule: I have to be cozy at least 98 percent of the time to protect my spirit from Jack Frost’s bitter grip. Needless to say that this involves purchasing many sweaters. On an impromptu trip to Aerie, I stumbled upon the Oversized Desert Sweatshirt ($31). And, well, its cotton material makes me feel like I’m wondering the Sahara on nippy days.

    The silhouette of the crew neck sweatshirt practically begs you wear it with your favorite black or printed leggings. It comes in sizes range of XXS to XXL, and falls just under the butt with slits that run up the right and left side for a fashion-forward accent. Because a Pantone closet is a happy closet, the garment comes in 12 different hues and patterns to support you on your cheetah print days, when you’re vibing gray, and every Big Mood in between.

    Personally, I’m a fan of wearing my cobalt blue desert sweatshirt atop my sports bra and leggings on my trek to hot yoga, then I’ll change back into it once I’ve showered. Add a scarf and some cute sneakers, and what you end up with is a lounge outfit going undercover as a majorly chic athleisure play. To dress it up, you could go up a size and wear it with tights and boots. Or, if you were feeling trés-(casual)-chic, you could even belt the washed out garment at the waist.

    Winter doesn’t stand a chance.

    These lounge pants also meet cocooning criteria, and so do these wire-free bras

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    Author Kells McPhillips | Well and Good
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  • I tried “resistance band leggings” and my bottom half is still sore

    October 31, 2019 at 03:00PM by CWC

    No matter what type of workout you’re doing, add a resistance band to the mix, and it’s guaranteed to make it harder. But add eight of them at once? And, well, you should probably avoid making plans that involve walking for at least the next two days. This is exactly the principle behind Agogie Resistance Training Pants ($130), which feature no less than eight built-in resistance bands, and put every other pair of leggings I own  to shame.

    The bands, which run vertically down the legs of the pants, are meant to add a layer of “active resistance” over your muscles, making your muscles have to work harder than usual to do everyday tasks. They look mostly look like regular black leggings, with bands positioned over your natural muscle and ligament lines to move comfortably with your body.

    The resistance bands in back run from the glutes, down the hamstrings to the ankle, and the front bands surround the knee to prevent any restrictions of mobility while also assisting in keeping your knee where it should be as you move. A set of stirrups go around your foot to stretch the bands into place. The pants come in two different resistance levels: +20, which is meant to be worn for smooth movements and longer duration exercises, and +40, which is best for shorter duration exercises and explosive movements. Here’s what my experience was like.

    What’s it like to work out in resistance band pants?

    Resistance band workouts, whether by way of fancy pants or old-fashioned rubber loops, have been on the rise of late. Not only are they a whole lot easier to carry them around than a set of 10 pound dumbbells, but research has shown that they can strengthen some muscles just as well as weight training can. Earlier this year, we even released an entire month’s worth of Trainer of the Month Club workouts that strictly used resistance bands, because there are a near-endless number of different things you can do with them that work your body head-to-toe. Proof:

    While the effect of the pants is similar to that of regular-old resistance bands that have been sitting in your bedroom for the last three years, what makes them so great is that you can use them for the types of activities that you likely wouldn’t have your bands on-hand (or, really, on leg) for, like yoga, running, or even walking to work.

    A sucker for efficiency (see: the time I attended a speed-dating workout mixer), I had to give them a try for myself. As soon as I pulled them on, I was exactly zero percent surprised to discover that the pants were neither comfortable nor flattering—let’s just say I would not have been caught dead in them at that workout-dating mixer. The stirrups were uncomfortable, so I had to cut small slits in them to make them bearable to wear, but once that was settled, I was ready to go.

    I coincidentally chose to test the leggings on a day when I was running very late and short on time, so was really hoping that they’d make the 25 minutes that I had to squeeze in a workout even more efficient than usual. I started with a warmup that consisted of three rounds of 100 high knees, 100 jumping jacks, and 100 butt kicks. At least, I tried to. While I can usually get through the full circuit feeling pretty good, thanks to the pants I was seriously feeling it by the end of round one, and only made it through half of the second round before I had broken into a full-on dripping sweat. Unlike regular resistance bands, which only work in one direction, the bands contracted every time I moved my legs—no matter which way they were going. And man oh man, did that make the moves harder.

    Next came time for some sculpting. I popped on a 14-minute legs and glutes workout (see above), and got to work on the mat. Surprise, surprise—it was much harder than usual. To finish off my 25 minute routine—which, mind you, felt exponentially longer because of how hard my muscles were screaming—I cycled through some sun salutations.

    Since the brand also claims that the pants make even simple activities like walking feel like full-blown fitness routines, I decided to keep them on for the two-mile walk to my morning appointment to put that theory to the test. And, spoiler alert: the theory holds. Every step felt like I was lifting weights. I had briefly considered potentially running the two miles, but after a half of a block I quickly realized that wasn’t happening.

    Now, here I am sitting at my desk and feeling the genuine burn of the pants well after my brief 25-minute workout was over. And while I likely won’t be taking the brand’s advice and “wearing them under my clothes” at all times, I will be bringing them with me to the gym, especially on days when I want to maximize my super-short workout sessions. Eight resistance bands are, I guess, better than one… unless you need to climb up stairs the next day.

    While resistance band leggings get the “worth it” stamp of approval, CBD leggings did…. not. And if you want to reap the benefits of a resistance band workout without investing $130 in a pair of pants, here’s one that will get your core quaking.

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    Author Zoe Weiner | Well and Good
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  • 7 cruelty-free drugstore cosmetics your face (and wallet) will thank you for

    October 30, 2019 at 11:00PM by CWC

    I’m a stickler for cruelty-free makeup. I simply won’t purchase or use any cosmetics that have been tested on animals. While I’m really not particular about a lot of things, if I can’t find a seal of approval from an animal welfare organization, I’m not buying your lipstick or eyeliner.

    As I’m trying to be a more conscientious consumer, I’ve noticed that there’s a common misconception that cruelty-free cosmetics are expensive and really hard to find. That, unless you’re willing to shell out a ton of money at the beauty counter on luxe, independent brands— sorry!—you’re out of luck.

    Plot twist, my friends: you can buy quality cruelty-free makeup at just about any drugstore. Walgreens, CVS, Rite-Aid—you name it. At your local drugstore, you’ll find cruelty-free brands that won’t break the bank, like Burt’s Bees and e.l.f. Cosmetics, which particularly dedicated to the cause. (According to PETA, “the company has never conducted, commissioned, or paid for tests on animals anywhere in the world.”) NYX Cosmetics, though owned by L’Oreal, remains 100 percent cruelty-free and “does not conduct, commission, or pay for tests on animals for its ingredients, formulations, or finished products.” With most products under $35 (and some as cheap as $2), there’s something for every budget at the drugstore. If you’re willing to pay a little more, Milani and Physician’s Formula not only avoid animal testing, they’re also vegan can completely avoid animal by-products in development.

    Look no futher. These are some of the best cruelty-free makeup products you can buy.

    Affordable, cruelty-free makeup does exist—promise!

    Photo: e.l.f. Cosmetics

    e.l.f. Poreless Face Primer, $6

    If you need something to smooths lines and pores that won’t clog your skin, e.l.f.’s Poreless Face Primer is for you. It’s infused with tea tree oil and vitamins A and E, so you won’t feel so bad about slathering it on. The best part is, it’s ultra-light weight, so it doesn’t actually feel like anything is on your face. I get mine at CVS (the first and only drugstore to allow makeup swatching), but it’s also available in Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and more.

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    Photo: Covergirl

    Covergirl Smoothers Lightweight BB Cream, $7

    Yes, Covergirl is cruelty-free! Last year, the drugstore beauty brand announced its official certification with Cruelty Free International. If you’re looking for a BB cream/tinted moisturizer that doesn’t leave you feeling sticky and weighed down, the Smoothers Lightweight BB Cream is a fantastic option. When set with a mineral veil or finishing spray, this cruelty-free cream looks natural and lasts all day long. And, it’s infused with SPF15, so say goodbye to sun damage.

    Photo: Physician’s Formula

    Physician’s Formula Murumuru Butter Blush, $14

    It’s a little expensive for a drugstore blush, but if you want a radiant, just-stepped-off-the-beach kind of glow, it’s totally worth it. The Murumuru Butter Blush is infused with nourishing ingredients including “Cupuaçu Butter and Tucuma Butter from the lush and nutrient-rich Amazon.” And, like most of their other products, this blush is vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, oil-free, paraben-free, and hypoallergenic. Needless to say, your skin will thank you.

    Photo: NYX Professional Makeup

    NYX Vinyl Liquid Liner, $7

    Whether you’re looking for an easy everyday liner or one for cat-eye-worthy special occasions, I can’t recommend NYX’s Vinyl Liquid Liner enough. The applicator is small but mighty, making it easy to avoid the raccoon look. And the consistency is smooth—it’s not too thin or thick, but the lines come out even in one fell swoop.

    cruelty-free makeup
    Photo: Milani Cosmetics

    Milani Lash Trifecta Mascara, $9

    Milani just brought this mascara back by popular demand—and yes, it’s that good. I’m finicky about my lashes, but this mascara uses an adaptive wand to curl and lengthen lashes without making them look clumpy. According to Milani’s website, they only brought back a limited quality so excuse me while I go stock up.

    Photo: Burt’s Bees

    Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer, $5

    Available in 14 luminescent shades, Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmers are like lip balm’s sophisticated older sister. Not only is the Lip Shimmer cruelty free, it’s super moisturizing and enriched with sunflower oil, vitamin E and beeswax, so your lips never feel dried out. Plus, it’s infused with a tingly peppermint scent, so it smells and tastes just as good as it feels.

    cruelty-free makeup
    Photo: NYX Professional Makeup

    NYX Lip Lingerie, $7

    And for the nights where you’re feelin’ yourself  I swear by NYX’s Lip Lingerie, preferably in Exotic (a warm, cinnamon red which is as sultry as it sounds). Matte lipsticks are tricky since they can be drying, but this stuff isn’t at all. And with a name like Lip Lingerie, you can’t help feeling like a little minx while wearing it.

    Here’s how to apply a perfect red lip, according to Sophia Roe:

    Here’s the scoop on vegan beauty. And expand your wardrobe with these cruelty-free shoes

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    Author Francesca Krempa | Well and Good
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  • Cancer took my breasts, but it didn’t get to take my right to feel good in a bra

    October 30, 2019 at 04:00PM by CWC

    Fashion designer Dana Donofree found a lump in her breast the day before her 28th birthday. She was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma —making her one of the 12,150 women under 40 who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year—and underwent a bilateral mastectomy, six rounds of chemo, and a year of drug treatment. After reconstructive surgery, she was shocked that she couldn’t find a single bra that made her feel comfortable and confident. So she decided to create one for herself, and her company AnaOno was born. 

    “Try a sports bra.”

    That was the advice my doctor had when I told him none of my bras fit after my mastectomy. I was 28 years old, and fighting aggressive breast cancer. My other option, according to him? “Wear nothing at all.”

    It felt weird to ask a doctor for advice on how to buy a bra, since that’s not something I ever would have done before cancer, but none of my old bras (or old clothes) fit me the right way. Since I no longer had natural breast tissue that was soft and pliable—instead I had implants that did not move—tops didn’t fit right and bras didn’t fit my new shape at all. Plus, there are certain things you need from a bra after a mastectomy. You want to have something soft, especially immediately after your surgery—underwire is completely out. You can’t have molded cups, either, because you want something flexible that will lay flat against your chest where your breast used to be, and won’t wrinkle or bubble. If you’re going flat, you may want something like a chemise with pockets so that you can pop breast forms in and out to help fill out your tops or create symmetry.

    Nothing like that existed (at least as far as I could tell). So I took my doctor’s advice and went out and bought every color of sports bra I could find. Yes, they were comfortable, but having to wear a sports bra everywhere started to dictate many aspects of my life in unexpected ways. I had to buy all new work shirts, because you can’t exactly wear a neon pink sports bra under your run-of-the-mill white blouse, which made me feel unprofessional and unprepared. More than that, though, I didn’t feel sexy. It’s really hard to go home to someone and be intimate and loving when you already are struggling with how your body looks after cancer surgery, but then to have to have a sports bra on when you take off your clothes? Come on. It wasn’t right for me.

    If you felt sexy before cancer, you should feel sexy after cancer. You should never feel “less than” just because your breasts have been removed.

    At one point, I went a lingerie store specifically for cancer patients, and sat in the dressing room in tears because the only options were these grandma-looking mastectomy bras. The fashion designer in me thought, This can’t be it. So I set out to create a solution of my own. I asked myself two questions: what fit me the best (which was the sports bra), and what made me feel sexy (which was lace). I used the shape of a sports bra but redesigned it with lace and fun, quirky details to be more attractive. That first bra was really the start of AnaOno.

    I knew from my own experience that there weren’t bra options out there for women with mastectomies and breast reconstruction. What shocked me, though, was how many other women out there were unhappy with what was being offered to them. Surgery results are vast—some women have one breast removed, some women have both removed, some women do reconstruction while others don’t, and every result is different—which means there are a vast number of different shapes and needs when it comes to bras. I once received a note from a woman who is flat chested after having both breasts removed, and she asked for “a sexy black bra that her husband could unhook.” At the time, it didn’t exist, which I saw as a problem I needed to solve. And I did.

    Bras mean so much more to us than just something that hold up our breasts. Think about how exciting it was when you bought your first bra, or every time since then that you’ve put on a beautiful piece of lingerie. Bras can make us feel sexy and empowered at so many different points in our lives. But when that gets taken away from you, it’s another thing that cancer took, and you didn’t expect it. Sure, you expected that cancer would take your hair and your eyebrows and your eyelashes and even your breasts. But the ability to feel good about yourself in a bra? You should still be able to have that. If you felt sexy before cancer, you should feel sexy after cancer. You should never feel “less than” just because your breasts have been removed.

    As told to Zoe Weiner.

    Athleta is doing its part to make women with breast cancer feel good in their bodies, too—read about their new “Empower Bra” here. And here, a woman who underwent a preventative double mastectomy shares her story.

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    Author Dana Donofree | Well and Good
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  • The most common things we do each day that can throw our body alignment off

    October 29, 2019 at 04:00PM by CWC

    You take time to stretch before and after each workout, and you see your doctor regularly for check-ups. You pay attention to your posture and try to incorporate yoga to build your abdominal and back strength. Generally speaking, you feel healthy and properly aligned, but still, sometimes you have unexplained aches-and-pains. What’s up with that?

    If you ask Emily Kiberd, DC, founder of the Urban Wellness Clinic in New York City, the culprit could be seemingly innocent everyday activities that challenge your spine. According to her, the same way we develop positive habits, so too can our body also learns negative ones. “We are a blueprint of our actions, and most times what we do all day is not balanced,” she explains. “Imbalanced loading of certain muscles and joints can lead to repetitive strain and sprains. We become susceptible to new injuries, as well as increased likelihood of exacerbating existing issues.” So what could be to blame? These rituals that we’re all pretty much guilty of doing on the reg.

    Sitting all day

    You probably don’t need us to tell you that sitting pretty from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. is bad news for your back. But in case you haven’t gotten the memo, consider this: “Sitting is the new smoking!” exclaims Kiberd. In addition to the stress it puts on your muscles, it can also compromise your ability to inhale and exhale effectively, especially if you are slouching or hunching over your computer. “If you’re sitting with poor posture, then it’s almost impossible to breathe deeply into your belly and use your diaphragm to its fullest potential. If we aren’t breathing properly then it creates a chain reaction of negative effects on our body,” she warns.

    How to fix it: If you’re in a chair, Kiberd says to check yourself. Your feet should be grounded on the floor, spaced slightly wider than your hips. When you are sitting up straight, the angle between your legs and shoulders should be 90 degrees, and the chair should support all points of your back. “Try to find straight lines from your elbows forward to your wrists, with support from the armrests. Now, bring you keyboard and mouse close to you so you avoid reaching forward. Elbows should rest down by your ribs so there’s no pull on the upper traps,” she explains.

    Then, glance at that inbox that’s overflowing on your laptop: Does your gaze hit the first third of the screen? If not, it could be too low, causing strain on your neck.

    Sitting with our feet underneath our glutes or sitting cross-legged

    While Kiberd says it’s unpractical and impossible to sit in perfect form all-day, everyday, there are certain postures that are worse than others. One that many women love? Tucking their feet underneath their bottoms or sitting cross-legged. Though it tends to feels more comfortable for those who have developed the habit, sitting this way places increased tension on the delicate bundle of nerves behind the knee. This compresses the sciatic nerve and shortens the hamstrings until they feel tight. Eventually, it’s likely you’ll complain of lower-back pain if you sit this way too often, or for too long.

    How to fix it: This one is a toughie to nix, and Kiberd says you’ll likely be more successful if you teach yourself to take breaks, rather than trying to go cold turkey. “Standing and moving not only helps your joint and muscles, it helps get your blood flowing which minimizes brain fog and boosts creativity,” she explains. When you do return to your desk, try sitting in proper form for at least thirty minutes before giving in to the temptation to cross your legs. When all else fails, though, try yoga:

    Carrying a heavy bag on one shoulder

    If your purse or gym bag could give Mary Poppins a run for her money, listen up:  While many folks are attached to their everyday bags, it’s not a smart idea to consistently put more weight on one side of your body than the other. Kiberd explains this creates compensation patterns that will impact everything from your shoulders and neck to your knees, hips, and ankles. “Imbalance happens especially in rotation, and it’s hard to rotate your torso towards the shoulder your bag is sitting on. This throws everything off up and down the kinetic chain,” she adds.

    How to fix it: Before you turn your nose up to the idea of a backpack and have flashbacks to elementary school, remember this accessory has become trendier as of late. From leather options to ones that take you from the office to barre class, there’s something for every budget and style. Kiberd says this allows weight to be more evenly distributed and is healthier for our upper body.

    Wearing heels all day

    Though sneaks for life is our motto at Well+Good, there are occasions for heels, but Kiberd says they can throw off your alignment. How so? Simply by wearing your favorite two-inch pair, you shift your center of gravity forward which shortens your calves, pushes your hips forward, and rounds your back. “This pushes all of our weight onto the front pad of your foot versus a stable base across the entire foot,” she continues. “The motor control center of the brain that stores our muscle memory adjusts accordingly, which affects our balance, gait, and puts unusual strain on joints.”

    How to fix it: If you can’t get away with flats — or you simply love your block heels! — Kiberd urges fashionistas to wear ‘em sparingly. And at the very least, ensure you commute in something comfortable, so you’re not putting too much angst on your body. For those days when you spend hours on your toes, she suggests doing stretches for your calves and feet at night for a little extra TLC.

    Looking down at our phones all day

    Raise your hand if you’re doing this right now? Kiberd says in addition to the obvious neck and upper back pain, this forward position of the neck draws our shoulders forward, shortening the muscles in the front of our chest. Each and every time you do this, you’re teaching your body to complete a cycle Kiberd labels ‘vicious’ of rounding your upper body. This makes it increasingly more difficult to hold a proper posture as Instagram, Facebook, and your email demand your attention.

    How to fix it: When you’re checking your phone, pull it up to eye level, as you would when taking a photo. Or if you can pull it off, only glance at your screen with your eyes, and not your whole head. But if you want to be kind to your body, as well as your mind, limit screen time. After all, there are plenty of posture-positive stretches you can do instead of seeing how many double-taps your latest post attracted. Your bod—and chiropractor—will thank you.

    Speaking of posture, here are some T-spine stretches that will help you stand nice and tall and these yoga twists help ease the discomfort of sitting at a desk all day long

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    Author Lindsay Tigar | Well and Good
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  • Whether you love leggings or hate them, you need these wear-everywhere lounge pants, like, yesterday

    October 28, 2019 at 10:30PM by CWC

    My mom has always been my wide-legged pant fashion icon. She owns no less than five pairs that billow out into vibrantly-hued patterns, and she rocks the look on a regular basis. But even though I’ve admired her look since I could say the word “style,” I’ve never quite nailed the Bohemian-casual OOTD myself—I was always a “wear leggings everywhere” kind of girl. All that changed, however, when Lively’s The Lounge Pant ($45, sold in sizes XS-L) found its way into my closet, and gave my dozens of pairs of black leggings a real run for their money.

    Lively designates the swooshy pants “leisurée,” and the name is apt. They exude the kind of effortlessly chic vibes you see on the twisted streets of Paris, and come in pink, navy blue, and white for whatever mood may strike you. For casual work days, they pair simply with a favorite tee or turtleneck. And yes—they look 100 percent profesh in the office. But I’ve quickly found ways to wear them everywhere (and I mean everywhere) I go.

    Because Lively’s pants are made of 100 percent cotton, they add a level of comfort to every single situation. In September, I flew home for a wedding and had the most snuggly airplane ride of my life in the blush pair. Just last week, I wore the navy ones to yoga class and got no less than five compliments from my leggings-clad counterparts. And, of course, I would be remiss no to mention that I periodically wear them to bed with a tank top for a pajama set that doesn’t make me break out in midnight sweats.

    In short, the pants have all the versatility of a pair of black leggings, but with all the style of my motherRight now, you can snag two pairs of the pants for $80, or opt for a tank top-pant combo for the same price. And frankly, I highly, highly recommend treating yourself. After all, isn’t being comfortable 24/7 the goal?

    Just ask SJP, it’s not an outfit without shoes! These boots were made for walking (according to a podiatrist) and these are the shoes your feet hate

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    Author Kells McPhillips | Well and Good
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  • Why all women should be saying they want to be rich

    October 24, 2019 at 12:00PM by CWC

    When I was a kid, I liked money unabashedly. I collected it—whatever I accrued through chores, odd jobs, gifts from grandparents—in a special box, saving up for big and small things I thought I wanted: a Twirly Curls Barbie; a new book in the Sweet Valley series; the color-block Benetton shirt my mom wouldn’t buy me that, like, all the cool kids were wearing. I regularly counted my coins with pleasure, and when I finally had enough to make my purchase, I walked into the store proudly and handed over my cash. It all felt great. I had power, even if it was only the power to buy a doll with hair I could then curl with a weird plastic crimper. Money meant you didn’t have to ask someone else to buy you something. You could do it yourself.

    But as I got older, things changed. For one thing, I started writing, and writing seemed to be something you were supposed to feel grateful simply for the opportunity to do. I felt I was supposed to see the paycheck as besides the point—I was supposed to make art because it was my passion, because I couldn’t conceive of a world where I didn’t create. Never mind that the adage is Very Much True: Money is time, and time money, and art takes time. Never mind that I (and all artists) need money to make art in any substantive fashion throughout a life, and to buy groceries, and to pay my rent.

    Perhaps even more oppressive, though, were all the unspoken societal rules and expectations regarding women and money that I was starting to see a lot more clearly. Growing up in the South, I learned that a woman isn’t supposed to behave in an “unladylike” way (whatever that means), and talking about money—wanting it, needing it, working your ass off for it, spending it with joy, wanting some more—was just not very “ladylike” to a lot of people. Rationally, I knew this to be bullshit; but still…

    Part of the way you get by, or do better than that, as a woman is to keep your head down and go along with these rules, to find ways to flourish within the patriarchal system, rather than smashing it. (Smile, be charming, quietly white-knuckle your way up the ladder.) Or at least, that’s how it seemed. So, as an adult, while inwardly I wanted more money, both for security and time and also because I really coveted those beautiful $600 shoes, I hid the truth about it. I tended to cavalierly spend while acting totally blasé—sure, a round for everyone!—and then freak out at home, analyzing my spiraling credit card debt.

    This was all my fault, I knew. My parents had long told me I was bad with money (and maybe I was). But how was I supposed to get good at it when I never seemed to have enough? Plus, “being bad with money” appeared to be as “feminine” a trait as “being bad at math”: While being good at both of those things would actually take you much further than the opposite, the fact that they weren’t all that emphasized in the world I lived in—and that women were often looked down on for being particularly money-driven and successful—didn’t help matters any.

    Constrained by the system

    It’s not just the South, though, and it’s not just my story. There’s a long-held, sprawling double standard regarding how women are supposed to behave when it comes to finances. In Ancient Egypt, women and men held equal financial rights, but flash forward to England in the 1100s, where “coverture,” or the belief that married men and women were one financial entity, became part of common law. This meant that women couldn’t own property, run businesses, or sue in court, unless they were widows or spinsters; this basically put forth the idea that women were the property of their husbands, a view that still lingers in malevolent, structural ways.

    Think of the women in the early 1900s who faced the “marriage bar” and had to give up teaching or clerical jobs when they got married, or the ‘50s housewife who relies entirely on her husband’s salary because working outside the home is unacceptable. The negation of the power of one’s own checkbook created a world in which women were essentially wards of the men they married. As recently as the ’70s, women had a hard time getting credit cards in their own names. As recently as right now, women “willingly” give up jobs to take care of kids due to the lack of a suitable infrastructure for working moms in this country—and the cycle, with different trappings, happens again.

    The negation of the power of one’s own checkbook created a world in which women were essentially wards of the men they married.

    That’s not to say women of today can’t have money—at least, kind of—but they’re still definitely looked down on for talking about it, stating clearly that they want it, and displaying their wealth. When The Luckiest Girl author Jessica Knoll published the op-ed “I Want to Be Rich and I’m Not Sorry” in the New York Times, and then, more recently, was interviewed for The Cut’s piece “How to Be a Writer and Still Get Really, Really Rich,” she faced a wave of judgment. Sure, there were some people congratulating her for her bravery and her drive, but others condemned her for missing the point about art, along with being grossly avaricious. Personally, I felt conflicted about this unabashed statement of wanting to make money and then just going ahead and doing it. Was it “tacky” to buy a Porsche, something she wrote of doing gleefully? What was success, anyway—in art, in a career—and did it have to be measured in dollar signs? And if someone else could say they wanted to become rich by writing books and then just went ahead and did it, well, why couldn’t I? Were my complicated feelings about what Knoll said simply because I was jealous?

    It’s hard to separate these burbling emotions from the gender bias of it all, even when you know it’s there. Somewhere in the back of my brain, the “be ladylike” refrain kept reaching back up to pull me down. Public reactions truly do matter for women, who tend to have to say they want money so that they can use it for the greater good, like to support their families or for charitable causes, while your typical (male) Wall Street fat cat (or, say, our current president) won’t think twice about broadcasting their intentions for their wealth; they’re rich enough, they’d say, to do whatever they feel like.

    Kristin Wong, author of Get Money: Live the Life You Want, Not Just the Life You Can Afford, says, “We’re constantly policing the way women talk, what they should and shouldn’t do.” When Wong’s book came out, she tells me, she spent thousands of dollars on a personal stylist. It gave her one less thing to worry about, and made her feel powerful. But she also felt guilty, afraid that if people found out, they’d think she was obsessed with clothes or with herself. A man who spends money on a stylist, she says wryly, well, that would just be chalked up to a strategic business decision.

    As Wong illustrates, not only do women face harsh judgments for wanting to be wealthy, we’re judged for how we spend (or don’t spend) money. “There’s such a puritanical view of money and what you’re supposed to do with it,” says Wong. “But there’s research [to support] that spending money even on frivolous things brings us joy.” Instead of shaming people, she suggests, “Let’s shame this crazy wealth disparity that exists!”

    The author Min Jin Lee addresses the complex strands of wealth, culture, class, and power in her writing, including in two acclaimed novels: Free Food for Millionaires, an indictment of capitalism in 1990s New York City, and Pachinko, an epic historical novel about four generations of a Korean family living in Japan. “What I find ironic and hypocritical about any culture that says a woman shouldn’t have money is that women are expected to do things that require money,” she says. “We’re expected to behave a certain way, and you can’t do that if you don’t have money. I’m willing to say that it is a conspiracy. And until women understand how to deal with the pushback and shaming and naming when it occurs, I don’t think we’ll actually have more money.”

    Bridging the gap

    I reached out to Jennifer Barrett, the chief education officer at the investing app Acorns, to get some recent stats about women and money. It’s as depressing as you expected: Women have more credit card debt, but also have higher interest rates; women still earn less and have more student loan debt than men. The workplace is a pyramid for women; while we graduate from college in greater numbers and enter the workforce in nearly equal numbers, women are 30 percent less likely to be promoted into management roles, and even female CEOs are paid less. Women are 80 percent more likely to die in poverty. “You can put all the pressure on women to negotiate harder and practice that power pose,” Barrett says, but there’s something else going on here, structural and endemic. She believes that “women are brought up to be contributors, men are brought up to be earners, and that informs every single financial decision we make as adults.”

    It’s scary to say that you’re ambitious, and for good reason. According to a Harvard study, “When women ask for a raise, the manager will walk away with a more negative opinion of that person,” says Farnoosh Torabi, host of the So Money podcast, author of When She Makes More, and founder of feminist money popup stackshouse.com. “What that’s really telling us is that we haven’t normalized this [behavior]. We have to do it as a collective. And it’s not just women who need to fight for this, men need to get in on this parade. When women make more, everybody benefits.” But often, “women have these false scripts in our heads, like ‘I’m not good at money; it’s a man’s domain; if I want it, my priorities are screwed up; I should be focused on family and domestic concerns,’” Torabi says.

    There is a lot of pain around this issue, says Min Jin Lee, “and I think the pain could go away if we start talking about it, making art about it, and admitting our desires. We have so many hungers, and I’m not saying all of them are good, but these are my hungers. We should be able to talk about them.”

    “Wanting more money is not selfish or greedy or evil, it’s what will allow us to do and be and have. I want that for every woman.” —Jennifer Barrett, chief education officer at Acorns

    To further the movement in that direction, Barnett is working on a book called Think Like a Breadwinner. She wants women to own the term, which doesn’t necessarily mean making the most in your household, although it can. Most importantly, it’s the idea that you can provide the life you want for yourself. “We have allowed ourselves to be roped in by these cultural beliefs that are engrained in this country, and it is based on a belief system that no longer holds true,” she tells me. “It’s this sole male breadwinner model. It goes deeper than we even realize—down to the fact that we have to give up paychecks to spend time with newborns. Wanting more money is not selfish or greedy or evil, it’s what will allow us to do and be and have,” she says. “I want that for every woman.”

    There are, of course, plenty of women for whom the openness to announce “I want to be rich” is hardly a blip on the radar of financial concerns, women who are left out of this conversation completely—and who we need to stop and pay attention to. Alex Pittman, a term assistant professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College, notes, “I think the ongoing debates, which I feel have gotten a lot of play in recent years, about whether it’s okay for upwardly mobile women to desire money have pushed another, linked story out of view. That other story is that for the vast majority of women, it has become that much more difficult to even get by, much less pursue the desire to make lots of money.” Too many are held back by a broken system, complete with endemic racism and classism, that makes it nearly impossible to break the poverty cycle. Astronomical college debt makes climbing out of a financial hole even harder for younger generations. “People work longer and harder than ever, and they have less to show for it,” says Pittman.

    Show us the money

    Okay, so what do we do about it? As usual, you have to ask yourself who benefits when women are kept quiet. When we can’t talk about our desire for wealth with each other, or say it out loud, we’re never going to get very far in actually accruing our fair share of it—and helping to bring others up, too. But, when it comes to something as massive and impenetrable as, say, years of entrenched patriarchal systems, can one woman saying she wants to be rich—or even writing an op-ed about it for the Times—make a difference? I think the answer is yes, if it gets the rest of us to stop and battle our own complicated ideologies on a subject that occupies far more space in our brains than we want to admit.

    Ashley Louise is the co-founder, partnerships and operations, of Ladies Get Paid, an organization that helps women strategically navigate their workplaces. The company started out focused on salary negotiation; over time, they realized that seeking money and power “are one and the same,” she tells me. “The thing we want to do is really be having these conversations and saying you can wield power and should not feel ashamed about seeking money,” Louise says. “And here are all the things you can do with that. You can invest, donate to a political campaign, invest in other women’s businesses, purchase things from female founders.” Pushing the bounds of what you think you can do in your personal and professional life “can range from the women’s soccer team suing their employer on the world’s largest sports stage to having a conversation at your company to ask if they’ve done a gender pay audit to sharing your salary with a friend.” All this has a ripple effect, she tells me. It’s how we change the world, one woman at a time, but all together.

    And while change happens slowly, it does happen. When Big Little Lies’ Renata Klein, played by the excellent Laura Dern, screams at her incarcerated husband, who’s lost the family everything, “I will not not be rich!” it became a viral meme. The general reaction? Applause. Okay, sure, a world of Renata Kleins and salary seminars aren’t going to magically fix the huge, systemic issues in this country. But they can be a step. As is the step of saying what you want, maybe even shouting it from the rooftops, en route to finding your inner Renata Klein.

    I tell myself to ask for a little bit more with each and every freelance assignment; I’m trying to focus on the projects that provide bigger payoffs, instead of frittering my energies away on small things that require me to keep hustling on small things (and never have time for the big ones); I share what I make with people who ask, in hopes of bringing everyone up with this information. Do I want to be rich? I definitely want the money to live as I want to, without relying on men—or anyone else—to take care of me. And, yeah, I also want nice things, things that cost a lot more nowadays than that Twirly Curls Barbie did way back when. So I guess the answer is yes.

    “Hell yeah!,” says Louise. “Get fucking rich! I wanna be rich. Do it. Women live longer, we need more money anyway.”

    Did you know the gender pay gap starts in childhood? And when you’re ready to get that paper, here’s exactly what to say in a salary negotiation.

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    Author Jen Doll | Well and Good
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  • The future of skin care is genderless, which is a win for everybody

    October 19, 2019 at 02:00PM by CWC

    For as long as I can remember, there were two sides to skin-care aisles: Those lined with bottles brimming with floral scents and feminine touches and those that were sturdy and gray, meant to signify manliness. Now, though? The two are converging. Instead of a segregation between the sexes, we’re now seeing chic, unisex packaging for products that are meant for all.

    It’s not that surprising that gender neutrality has come for our beauty shelves. Gender-neutral fashion started making waves last year, and it’s only been growing. According to a survey done among Generation Z, or people aged 13 to 20, about 81 percent said that gender doesn’t define a person. “It’s a reflection of the culture,” says Ty McLaren, cofounder of Koa, a gender-neutral skin-care line. “Gen-Z is the most socially aware generation, and they don’t care about traditional identity markers or the marketing gimmicks that came with them. The future is androgynous, or at least less well defined, and the rise of genderless products is just one piece of that.”

    “The future is androgynous, or at least less well-defined, and the rise of genderless products is just one piece of that.” —Ty McLaren

    While it seems like skin should just be skin, according to studies women and men’s complexions differ a bit on a biological level. “Women and men have many similarities in their skin, but despite the overlap in anatomy, they have some differences, too,” says Rachel Nazarian, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. She points out that many studies have been done to determine sex-dependent differences in skin, and though variations exist, the results aren’t fully defined because there are additional variations like age, ethnicity, skin type, and genetic influences.

    That said, the main distinction is the amount of oil produced. “Most men have an increased number of thicker hair follicles and oil or sebum glands on their face and body than women do,” says Dr. Nazarian. “Men’s skin is approximately 25 percent thicker due to androgen stimulation,” says Marnie Nussbaum, MD, a board-certified dermatologist. “Men have a higher collagen density leading to a firmer, more lifted appearance.”

    So yes: Women and men have some differences, but all of this doesn’t necessarily mean we require different skin-care products. “Your skin-care routine shouldn’t be dependent on gender,” says Dr. Nussbaum. “The most important factors are individual skin type and areas of concern.” Both sexes are more alike than different, adds Dr. Nazarian, and “a majority of skin-care products have ingredients that could be effectively used by both men and women—but the appeal varies,” she says. It boils down to this: Men and women’s skin does differ in some ways, but that just creates different skin conditions (acne, oily skin, dry skin, and so on), and those are what we should be addressing.

    While genderless beauty might be a brainchild of marketing and packaging, it’s still important in a number of ways. For starters, it banishes the pink tax that has required that women pay more for the same results as men. “All skin care can work for all genders—the bigger question is, ‘what do I want from my products?’ and genderless or unisex products shine a spotlight on that by focusing on the desired results,” says Dr. Nussbaum.

    By leading with the skin benefits rather than catering to dated ideals of masculine and feminine, brands are able to better meet the needs of those slathering on products. “We made the brand we wished existed: a brand that helps educate people about why it’s important to take care of themselves, that doesn’t come with gendered baggage, speaks intelligently and clearly, and aligns with our values,” says McLaren. Nina Zilka, CEO and co-founder of Alder New York, another unisex skin-care brand, simply wanted to make chic and sophisticated products. “People are drawn to our products because they’re beautiful and they work,” she says, noting that her products are fragrance-free or naturally scented with fresh, clean, unisex notes.

    Don’t be surprised if you start noticing more of these genderless skin-care products as you shop for your regimen. “As a society, we’re starting to acknowledge that gender isn’t this super binary thing, and people are more comfortable moving away from that type of marketing,” says Zilka. “It’s okay for anyone to care about their skin and want to play around with skin care and makeup—it’s exciting, and it’s the future, and I see it becoming much more the norm.”

    Another trend in the beauty world? Forest skin care, which is like forest bathing but bottled up for your stressed-out skin. And here’s your guide to a solid skin-care routine, according to a derm. 

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    Author Rachel Lapidos | Well and Good
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  • These earrings on Amazon cost under $20 and can be on your doorstep tomorrow

    October 17, 2019 at 11:00PM by CWC

    Getting dressed when it’s cold outside is about as much fun as waiting for your number to be called at the DMV or getting your vagina waxed. As in, it’s literally zero fun. Like, at all.

    The grossness of the weather doesn’t exactly offer much as far as outfit inspiration goes, and if you’re anything like me, you wind up throwing on some iteration of the same sweater-jeans-boots or black skirt-sweater-tights combo every single day until March. But in my years of cold weather uniform dressing (… the most creative I get is swapping my blue jeans for black ones, but that’s only on fancy occasions), I’ve learned a handy little trick that helps me avoid my coworkers constantly asking me, “um, didn’t your wear that yesterday?” Which is: I dress up every outfit with a pair of earrings.

    It may sound simple, but you’d be surprised how much a simple set of statement earrings can take a boring all-black outfit and make it seem totally different. Going for a bohemian vibe? Try something with tassels. Want something a bit more elevated? Dress up your look with some sort of bling-y element. And of course, you can’t go wrong with a good, old-fashioned, gold or silver situation. Earrings are the easiest way to add some color or flare to literally any look, and thanks to Amazon you can have an entire earring wardrobe in less than 24 hours for under $20 a pop. Check out some of the best buys below.

    Kelmall Golden/Silver Raised Design Statement Earrings (set of 2), $14

    Kelmall Acrylic Geometric Statement Drop Earrings, $12

    Fifata Vintage Drop Dangle Earrings, $9


    Zealmer Lady Face Statement Quirky Earrings, $8

    Style Switch Geometric Transparent Acrylic Dangle Earrings, $19


    Hircarer 12 Pairs Acrylic Earrings Bohemian Statement Earrings, $17


    Suyi Women’s Red Heart Earrings Vintage Punk Statement Jewelry, $8

    Some other stuff worth adding to your Amazon cart: This cult-fave vitamin-C serum, and this Touchland hand sanitizer that our editors can’t live without. 

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    Author Zoe Weiner | Well and Good
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  • “It’s not my race, it’s her race:” What it’s like to guide a visually impaired runner for the New York City Marathon

    October 17, 2019 at 08:21PM by CWC

    Imagine spending the better part of the calendar year training for a marathon. Early mornings, or possibly late nights, logging double-digit miles, feeling so depleted from long runs and speed workouts that all you want to do is nap and eat. Perhaps you battle adverse weather conditions, dodge potholes and are working tirelessly on your rhythm of consuming nutrition as you run.

    Now, imagine you are adhering to this rigorous training block and are blind, have severely limited vision, or a disability that prevents you from being able to run solo. Picture not being able to see the ground, nor have peripheral vision, nor make out any object further than 50 feet in front of you. My friend Melissa is a visually impaired athlete who cannot see contrast on the road so with my help, as her guide, it is my duty to make sure she runs safely and crosses the finish line without injury or obstacle. The first weekend in November, she is set to run her fourth New York City Marathon, and I will be right by her side for the experience—cueing her for all 26.2 miles.

    Melissa and I met four years ago at an Achilles—an organization that pairs able-bodied athletes with disabled athletes to act as guides through races—practice on a chilly Saturday morning in Central Park and clicked immediately. We bonded over our shared love of fashion, running, and food—and we started running together from that day on. As her guide, I run alongside her, calling out potholes, “manholes,” bumps, gradient changes and descents, while ensuring she is hydrated and taking in enough nutrition for the day’s given mileage. Melissa and I have had the great privilege of running countless half-marathons, 10Ks, full marathons, and one Ultra 50K as a team (“Team Mel” as we’ve dubbed it).

    If you’re wondering what it’s like, guiding is not a casual duty: It’s a massive responsibility and also an immense honor. Serving as someone’s eyes, ears, and protector on the road means that the race is 100 percent not about you. It is about the athlete, it is their race, and you are merely there to make sure all goes off without a hitch. I could write a whole novel of the dialogue rotating in my head as I guide. The internal conversations are constant reminders to focus and pay attention to each and every detail on the road.

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    4:30 am wake-up call, 5 shots of espresso, 31.1 miles of distance to run, 10 hrs on foot, 8,870 total elevation change, blood, sweat, tears, self-doubt, laughter, one snake, several ticks around the woods, one almond butter sandwich and many many salty snacks along the way— May 4th we became ultra-runners. It’s taken me a few days to wrap my head around this race. Several months ago my friend Mel approached me and asked if I would serve as her guide for an ultra distance race (Mel has severely limited vision. She is legally blind and has trouble with contrast on the road. This makes trail difficult for her. Did this stop her from facing the challenge head-on? NO)Through careful consideration I said yes and we decided on the @thenorthfaceecs 50K at Bear Mountain. Countless weeks training, early morning runs, personal life sacrifice, a few trials on the trail and a Houston and Boston marathon under each of our belts, Melissa and I trained as best we could but nothing could really prepare us for the mental and physical challenge that was this ultra. Knowing how strenuous the terrain would be our friend @_rbel_ jumped in last minute to co-guide. As a trio we motivated one another, looked out for each other and made sure that we all crossed the finish line together, safely, helping our friend Melissa accomplish her goal of running her first ultra distance. Pretty incredible for a woman that is blind. It was an honor to be by her side for this experience—one I will never forget. The whole event is still orbiting around my head, having yet to fully sink in. Not only am I proud of Mel, I am proud of Rachel and I am proud of myself. You never know your true strength until you test it. We tested ours and i’m so glad we did. The tears at the finish line were tears of pure joy. We showed up, we were vulnerable, we dug deep for strength and we were, most importantly, brave and therefore we won. #ultrarun #trailrunning

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    This fall we will conquer 26.2 miles through the five boroughs in NYC. Now, you must be wondering how this all works logistically. Does she run with a tether, a waist leash? Every disability is different. They all require a varying amount of assistance and specific care. With Melissa direct on my shoulder, and within a handheld reach, I will call out obstacles along the way, reach for water at the aid station to give her, guard her as others speed by, and hold her hand over the finish line so she can safely glide over the last of the timing mats.

    While I have put in the time and effort just as much as Melissa, this is not my race—it is hers

    We’ve trained for this. We’ve lost sleep for this and we’ve laughed, cried and sped through our frustrations along the way. We take training very seriously, incorporating long weekend runs with shorter weekly jogs through the park and speed work. It’s imperative for a guide to train with their athlete before any race, in particular to ones of such magnitude as a marathon. Melissa and I have built a profound trust and an unbreakable bond throughout the process. While I have put in the time and effort just as much as Melissa, this is not my race—it is hers. I am her bodyguard, safety net, cheerleader, and nutritionist on the course. So, what does it take to be a strong guide? Tenacity, consistency, patience, awareness, compassion, vulnerability, and focus. These are traits I like to constantly remind myself I should embody so that I can evolve as a guide.

    On November 3, our alarms will sound at 4 a.m. and we will immediately head to the coffee machine to begin brewing our pre-race roast. After we have loaded up on oatmeal and pinned our bibs to our Achilles shirts, it’s off to Staten Island to coral up. Team Mel will have a pep talk, where I’ll reminder her to race slow and steady.

    Once the gun goes off Melissa and I will start the morning’s journey, steadily pacing to the sound of our own breath and the roaring cheers from the crowd. I be her eyes on the course over four or so hours. Crossing the finish line will be the best reward as I will witness a woman accomplish her eighth marathon, a woman who is blind but doesn’t let anything stand in her way. Now that is inspiring.

    If you’re inspired to run a marathon, here’s why a cardiologist would have your back and this is how to get race-ready in 20 weeks flat.

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    Author Brooke Ely Danielson | Well and Good
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  • The new definition of ‘American’ cuisine pushes the boundaries of fast food and TV dinners

    October 17, 2019 at 12:00PM by CWC

    Between 2013 and 2015, artist Lois Bielefeld set out to photograph the “typical American meal” in a series called Weeknight Dinners. The scenes are as mundane as they are interesting. One image captures a couple eating on the floor of their living room. In another, a teenager places her phone between herself and a bowl of something orange. There’s a family barbecue, a TV dinner eaten alone, a paper plate with pizza slices, and—of course—a Tupperware meal.

    Consumed as a series, Weeknight Dinner paints a colorful portrait of 21st century American cuisine. One that’s focused largely on convenience rather than health. The food industry has kept these two factors at odds for decades. But now, a new crop of wellness-enthused consumers are demanding ease and nutrition in one bite. As a result, the portrait of American cuisine is getting revamped.

    If the $4.2 trillion global wellness industry ($702.1 billion of which centers around healthy eating and nutrition) has its way, a recreation of Bielefeld’s project 10 years in the future would look much, much different. Before looking forward, though, culinary historians and experts say a little bit of retrospection is in order.

    A brief history of American cuisine

    Coney Island hot dogs and French fries may come to mind when you think about America, but just like French food is more than baguettes and escargots, U.S. fare is vibrant, varied, and ever-evolving. “I’m an anthropologist, so I think of things starting off with indigenous foods, like Indian maize, beans, and squash; lots of wild plants and animals; and flavorings,” says Ellen Messer, PhD, a biocultural anthropologist specializing in food, security, and religion at Tufts University. Over the years, different parts of the U.S. relied on European grains, rice from Asia and southern European cultures, and other staples plucked from disparate countries, traditions, and cultures.

    If you zoom out to consider the more general food habits of Americans, you’ll find a historical focus on convenience.

    Sarah Wassberg Johnson, a food historian who studies agriculture and rural communities in America, says that you can’t understand American cuisine without looking at World War II. “Most of what’s considered stereotypical ‘American food’—hot dogs, hamburgers, French fries, milkshakes—all comes out of post-war innovations in agricultural and food processing,” she says.

    In the lead up to World War II, infrastructural developments—like improving pre-existing roads to accommodate the use of automobiles—allowed for a more regional and national food production system. Food could now be transported long distances before it spoiled. When canning reached peak popularity until 1943, it became even easier to mass-transport foods and the beginnings of a national food culture began to arise—one further fueled by the invention of fast food.

    “The vast majority of fast food chains do not predate the Great Depression in the 1930s,” says Johnson. “You have these one-off fast food-style restaurants that become franchises in response to the interstate highway system, as a result of people wanting to have consistent food that was the same wherever they got it.” The need for consistency and convenience on the road also changed the way people ate at home.

    “In the last century, there has been real growth in the food industry,” says Dr. Messer. “Industrially processed foods like the iconic sliced white bread, foods of animal origin, and convenience foods became much more ubiquitous around America.”In the 1950s, Swanson coined the phrase “TV dinner,” effectively kickstarting the widespread popularity of meals that could go from frozen solid to piping hot in minutes.

    The wellness industry has now begun the work of refashioning these American food “traditions” while still safeguarding the culture of convenience. From hamburgers to TV dinners, nothing is out of bounds.

    If the wellness industry and consumers have anything to say about it…

    “As a generation, millennials have been a huge driver in the shift away from convenience. The focus on taste and satisfaction are now shifting toward a prioritization of health,” says Malina Malkani, RDN, a dietitian with the American Academy of Dietetics who has observed the change of mindset in her patients over the years.

    In 2019, millennials (dubbed the “wellness generation” by Sanford Health) make up the majority of the American population. Research has shown that this generation, born between 1981 and 1996, represents about $10 trillion worth of buying power.Studies have indicated that healthy eating and nutrition is of utmost importance to them, which could spell success for companies that put the wholesomeness of food first.

    In 2016, Amazon acquired Whole Foods for a cool $13.7 billion. While in-store pricing remains far from affordable, an estimated 100 million Americans (and those who subscribe to Amazon Fresh) live within the delivery area of more reasonably priced Whole Foods 365 products. For the right dollar amount, this move accomplishes the marriage between convenience and nutrition for Prime members.

    Beyond Meat, which is in the business of making plant-based burgers appeal to omnivores, is on a similar accessibility mission. Its strategy involves targeting fast food chains as a way to encourage consumers to eat more vegetables and less meat. “Accessibility is one of the biggest impacts we want to have,” Will Schafer, Beyond Meat’s vice president of marketing, previously told Well+Good. “When we look at [which restaurants] to partner with, places like Subway give us the chance to make our product so much more accessible and affordable.”

    At the same time, the Beyond movement (and its meatless competitors) seek to add the health of the environment to the nutritional conversation. “If you’re looking at wellness, what you also have to look at is how wellness can be an umbrella concept talking about the state of the environment,” says Dr. Messer. “You also have to look at the way people look at their roles in trying to maintain the earth through the environment movement—which is also about wellness, which is also about health.”

    Here’s what a dietitian thinks about alt-meat burgers: 

    Whole Foods and Beyond Foods are both examples of major players spearheading the healthy food hustle. But niche purveyors—like Mosaic Foods (which sells healthy TV dinners) and Caulipower (which creates cauliflower-based, low-carb takes on pizza crust and more)—are cropping up, too.

    “Superfoods,” the buzzy term given to ingredients with impressive nutrient profiles, seem to be at the center of many of these smaller movements. Cauli-mania has launched a thousand pizza crusts and pastas. Broccoli tater-tots are a mainstay in the freezer aisle. And even turmeric—a super spice—has now found its way into lattes, desserts, and the meals in between.

    Even fast food is getting a “fast casual” rebrand with chains like Sweetgreen and Dig Inn taking off. “I think now are moving more in the direction of trying to find healthier, fast casual foods that once had a sugar, salt, fat emphasis, and raised dietary health issues over the previous 50 years,” says Dr. Messer.

    Supermarket aisles (both online and IRL), snappy food chains, and even TV dinners have now been given the wellness treatment. The question is—will people buy into them?

    According to the food anthropologist, there are still a few barriers that need to be addressed in order for our overall cuisine to become more healthy. First, the tendency to zero in on the nutrition label could keep us from realizing the whole picture of “healthy eating.” A complete definition includes environmental longevity as well as the social and cultural effect of the food itself.

    The idea of “gracious living”—the more ritualistic, family-oriented tradition around food—deserves a comeback. “One aspect of having a healthy diet was that you sat down and had a family meal,” says Dr. Messer. Who you surround yourself with at breakfast, lunch, and dinner ultimately eclipses how many veggies end up on your plate.

    “I think now are moving more in the direction of trying to find healthier, fast casual foods that once had a sugar, salt, fat emphasis, and raised dietary health issues over the previous 50 years.” —Ellen Messer, PhD, biocultural anthropologist

    “Food analysts are focused on what you can sell—and you can sell olive oil. You can sell fish, you can sell omega-3 fatty acid pills. The kind of well-being that comes from having regular social relations and a social life centered around food—which helps organize the family and keep relationships in good working order—doesn’t get enough attention,” says Dr. Messer.

    For her part, Johnson believes that teaching healthy cooking in high schools could inspire teenagers to cook healthy and flavorful meals for themselves throughout their adulthood. Plus, it could refresh vegetables’ bland reputation.

    “American meat, potato, and vegetable on the side comes from our collective British heritage, but also comes from when researchers were first doing research into calories,” she explains. “It was much easier to count the calories of disparate foods than the calories of goulash, or a casserole, or whatever.”

    Banishing the broccoli to the far side of the plate creates an overall negative connotation with vegetables for a decent part of the population. Even official American food guidlines, first released in 1916, separate each food group into distinct categories.

    In regional- and cultural-specific cuisines, Johnson and Dr. Messer say this just isn’t the case. “What you see with all the ethnic cuisine is that they take grains and mix them with a number of side dishes that include—if there’s meat—meat. If there’s vegetables, vegetables,” says Dr. Messer. As Asian cuisine grew in popularity in America during the 1970s, it was partially responsible for eliminating the need to leave an inch or two between every component of breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And teaching young Americans how to prepare healthy dishes from various cuisines could open their minds to new ways of consuming the nutrients that compose a healthy diet, says Johnson.

    The evolution of healthy food is happening right before our eyes. Johnson cites as an example a number of African American communities who are embracing African- and Caribbean-based veganism. “It’s very influenced by Rastafarian culture, which is also vegan. There’s an effort to reclaim African American identity and eating better to combat the diseases that are common in a lot of especially poor communities. There’s a really interesting backlash against very traditional soul foods, which are very fatty and meat-centric.”

    For now, each of these conceptions of what health American cuisine could be are just that: conceptions. As Johnson and Dr. Messer point out, the mid-20th century conceived much of what we know as the nutritional character of America today. Ultimately, it’s up to us to write the future of our food.

    Here’s how 7 different countries outline their nutritional guidelines. Plus, Harvard’s formula for creating a healthy plate

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    Author Kells McPhillips | Well and Good
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  • How to maximize your steps to turn all 10,000 of them into full-blown cardio moves

    October 13, 2019 at 10:00PM by CWC

    There are times in life when taking a break from exercise can be the best thing you can do for your mind, body, and soul. Then, there are times when you truly yearn to get your sweat on, but outer forces just… don’t let you (hello, busy schedule/impromptu social dates/sleeping through my alarm, etc.).

    I recently took a five-day hiatus from anything that would make me sweat. Considering I rely on working out regularly to quell my anxiety, this situation didn’t exactly bode well for my mental health. But as a friend (hi Erica!) reminded me while I was nervous about skipping a week’s worth of workouts, “sweating” and “exercising” aren’t necessarily synonyms, and you can reap some of the same benefits you’d get in your usual HIIT class by way of good, old fashioned walking.

    While walking may not spike your heart-rate the way, say, a Barry’s Bootcamp class would, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have plenty of benefits behind it. “Walking is a fantastic cardio workout that is low-impact, while at the same time, can be a heart-racing, high intensity exercise when done properly,” says Aaptiv master trainer John Thornhill. “Brisk walking, and more specifically, walking with incline, torches calories and builds and strengthens the muscles in your posterior chain, AKA the muscles from your calves up to your back.” Plus, says New York Road Runners coach Roberto Mandje, it allows you to get your heart rate up with less pounding than running.

    To get the benefits out of every single step you take—whether they’re serving as your daily workout or a supplement to your time on the treadmill—keep these trainer-approved tips in mind:

    Pick up the pace: The whole “slow and steady wins the race” theory doesn’t apply to these pepped-up walking workouts. “You can get a more strenuous or challenging cardio workout while walking by simply walking faster,” says Mandje. “The faster you walk, the quicker you’ll have to move your arms to keep pace.” And on that note, be sure to move your arms while you walk—it will add a whole other level of cardio to your stride.

    Take smaller steps: In addition to the speed of your steps, the size of them matters, too. “If you’re looking to add speed to your walk, shorter strides rather than longer strides will help you build your cadence and thus help increase your speed,” says Thornhill. Your step frequency and stride will ultimately be dictated by the surface you’re walking on—for example, asphalt versus trails—so keep those things in mind when deciding where to get those 10,000 steps in, too.

    Pick a challenging route: While it may prove difficult to find any hardcore hills in a mostly-flat city (looking at you, New York), if you can pick a more “undulating” route, Mandje says to go for it. “You’ll maximize your walking workout by incorporating both hilly and flat terrain into your walks. This way you’ll have a wider range in your effort levels and energy output while walking,” he says. Thornhill adds that walking with challenging inclines will activate the muscles in your calves, hamstrings, and glutes significantly more than walking on a flat road, and happens to be much better for your joints.

    Try interval training: Even if it isn’t your standard high intensity interval training sesh, mixing things up with interval training can help you get the most out of your time (lightly) pounding the pavement. “[It] will help boost your resting metabolism, build your lung capacity, and make your walking workouts way more productive,” says Thornhill. For a little inspo, try one of Aaptiv’s outdoor walking workouts.

    Take as few breaks as possible: I’m one of those weirdos who paces around a street corner while I’m waiting for the light to change from “stop” to “walk,” but I swear there’s a method to my madness. “The less breaks you take, the longer amount of time you’re naturally, fully engaging in your chosen activity,” says Mandje. “This means that you’re keeping your heart elevated longer without resting, and therefore getting a more challenging workout than someone else who may be taking more breaks along the way.”

    Surprise! 10,000 steps is the biggest scam of our generation (aside from Fyre Festival, that is). Here’s the part of your fitness routine you should be tracking instead. 

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    Author Zoe Weiner | Well and Good
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  • How a week aboard a tiny sailboat with strangers in Croatia became my favorite trip

    October 12, 2019 at 04:00PM by CWC

    Exactly 36 hours after a newish friend invited me to join her and a group of people I’d never met before on a weeklong sailing trip on the Adriatic Sea in Croatia, I was ready to go, with a plane ticket and everything. I’d met Sydney, the friend who invited me, the year before at a wedding and knew she and a bunch of her Italian friends embark on an annual sailing trip to various destinations. This year though, the group ended up being a crew member short. My general travel (and life) philosophy is to jump at new opportunities. So, although Croatia was low on my travel bucket list, I knew nothing about sailing, and wasn’t necessarily keen on traveling with strangers, giving that immediate “yes” RSVP was a no-brainer. It wasn’t until the tickets were booked that I started backpedaling….

    “Wait, this boat looks pretty small—are we sharing that minuscule-looking closet as a bedroom?” I asked Sydney.

    “Yes,” she said.

    “Will we be bored just floating around all day long without wifi or any distractions? Will we get seasick?”


    “What if we don’t all get along and it’s super awkward and there’s nowhere to escape! It’s two couples and us—is that weird?!”

    “Bring a good book.”

    “Wait, it’s SEVEN days? I thought it was only five. Crap, I read the text wrong…this is a long time to spend traveling with strangers in the middle of the ocean!”

    Luckily, excitement won out over my momentary panic, and upon meeting the group on a dock in the coastal city of Split, I knew my gut instinct was right: This was going to be great. Fabio and Davide introduced themselves as the most experienced sailors, and Fabio would play captain. Their respective girlfriends, Eugenie and Gabri, would practice their amateur sailing skills as skippers.

    We soon realized French and English were our common languages and began ping-ponging between the two. Their imperfect English put me at ease practicing my imperfect French. The immediate, palpable vibe of openness and acceptance among the six of us shocked me, and whether it took hold because we knew we’d be spending so much time in close quarters or thanks to the humble disposition of each person, I’d never know. What I did know is that I felt refreshingly recognized among this group of friends who were already so comfortable among each other.

    And these weren’t wallflowers, either. For the first four hours at sea, they peppered me with questions about my life in New York. After all, as foreign as they all were to me, for them, I was the wild card on this intimate excursion.

    In another setting, perhaps this same group would have resisted sharing thoughts so personal and specific, but I’ll be forever grateful for what turned out to be a mini yet enduring spiritual journey.

    As soon as we docked at Isola di Solta for the evening, the sun began to dip toward the horizon. Refreshed and suddenly starving, we pulled together a full aperitivo spread to devour onboard—with thoughtful considerations made for Sydney and my dietary requests. (Before the trip, she alerted the group that the two of us avoid dairy and gluten, and as we unloaded the groceries, Gabri and Eugenie pointed out the “safe” alternatives they purchased. So, kind, right?) The small act of ensuring that each of us had enough to eat became an enduring means of showing kindness.

    Quickly, we settled into a routine that made our ship feel like a tiny, sustainable community: We rotated doing wash dishes, meal-prepping, and taking out the trash. In the mornings, Sydney led meditations on the bow of the boat, and I offered tips for staying centered and techniques to bring back home.

    We were already proving to be an exemplary crew, but the group dynamic tightened further when Sydney suggested we play The New York Times’ 36 Questions that Lead to Love, a list of questions designed to illicit deeper knowledge and promote bonding. As we sat around after dinner, exchanging childhood stories, lessons learned, and embarrassing moments, we decided to choose one question from the list, and each person was to provide a two-minute answer.

    Question one was “What does your perfect day look like?” Answers included “Tiramisu made by my mom” and  “And it’s my birthday” and “Lots of sex…really, so much sex.” The next time we played, the prompt was “Explain your life story in four minutes.” This revealed facets of each person’s respective history that may normally haven taken months to extract from a new friend.

    Toward the end of our trip, we hiked up the island of Lastovo for a sunset aperitivo and did an activity Sydney learned at Summit Mountain Series. In groups of three, two people would simultaneously whisper affirmations into the ears of third person. The idea here is that when both ears receive different messages, the hemispheres of your brain are trained to absorb without judgment. Hearing statements like “you have a sense of calm about you that makes people feel comfortable,” “I see the way you care for your partner’s needs and she appreciates it more than you know,” or “I know you have been through a lot this year and I’m inspired by your optimism,” brought about strong hugs and even a few tears. In another setting, perhaps this same group would have resisted sharing thoughts so personal and specific, but I’ll be forever grateful for what turned out to be a mini yet enduring spiritual journey.

    When I got home to my Manhattan studio apartment, I felt full. I wondered what my new friends were doing at that very moment and when we’d see each other again. I teared up and thanked my lucky stars I had said yes on a whim to that initial invitation to spend a week traveling with strangers. And, to this day, when people ask me “How was Croatia?” I answer that it was one of the best trips of my life—not because of the destination or even the journey, but because of the people.

    If traveling with strangers isn’t quite your speed, check out why one writer says the best way to see the Greek Islands is to run to the top of them. And why getting injured in Hawaii was actually a blessing in disguise for her trip and her body.

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    Author Natalie Decleve | Well and Good
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  • We need naked yoga (and its confidence-boosting magic) now more than ever

    October 09, 2019 at 05:33PM by CWC

    Yoga has approximately four bajillion variations within its fitness umbrella. There’s vinyasa, yoga nidra, kundalini yoga, mandala yoga, ashtanga, bikram, goat yoga, and the list goes on and on (and on). Rounding out how flexible the options for practicing out there are (see what I did there?) is, of course, naked yoga.

    Naked yoga, as you’d probably imagine, is like regular yoga but sans leggings…and a shirt…and a sports bra…and, yeah, underwear too (though you can wear these if you want). It’s not something that’s just offered as an exercise class at nudist colonies, but it’s actually done in naked yoga studios all over the United States, and it’s been around for a while now. “It’s not a fad,” says Willow Merveille, yogi and founder of Naked in Motion, which offers classes in New York, Seattle, and Boston. “It’s been practiced for centuries.”

    In actuality, naked yoga looks just like regular yoga (with bare bodies), but the purpose behind it is more abstract than just getting your flow on. “There’s heightened self-awareness and freedom,” says Monika Werner, yogi and co-founder of Bold and Naked, a studio in NYC. “You have to experience it for yourself, but the freedom of movement, the energy of the class, and the openness and increased self-awareness are the main benefits.”

    Before you actually start practicing the yoga, it’s typical for a naked yoga class to begin with a clear explanation of rules. “At Naked in Motion, we read our rules out loud before every single class,” says Merveille. “That’s a key feature for us, and one of the ways we push our mission forward. We want to set clear boundaries and expectations for people’s behavior because we want a safer space.” Typical naked yoga-specific rules include things like consent for touch corrections, no comments or compliments on how people look, no cellphones, anonymity, and to come with respect for others. “We welcome people with bodies of all shapes, sizes, ages, colors, genders, sexual orientations, experience levels, and we expect you to treat others with respect,” says Merveille.

    “The fact that you’re naked is the last thing on you’re mind because you’re just trying to breathe in the pose.” —Willow Merveille

    Once you’ve disrobed, you can expect to immediately feel more aware of your body as you flow. “At first, you’ll definitely be thinking: ‘Oh my god, I’m naked in a room full of people,’” says Merveille. “The hope is that that dissipates after a while. You’re naked, which is apparent for the first five or so minutes. After you start moving, 10 minutes pass and you’re in Warrior II or holding a Chair pose for five breaths and your quads are burning, and the fact that you’re naked is the last thing on your mind because you’re just trying to breathe in the pose.”

    Though it’s obviously nerve-wracking (since most people aren’t used to being nude in public, ya know), the yogis behind naked yoga studios say that practicing without distractions (like falling-down leggings or a too-tight sports bra) can help you to focus. “Many people find that being naked makes movement easier,” says Merveille, who tells me she now finds clothed yoga too distracting because of all of the adjustments that come along with it, and I can understand that. Stripping down to bare your skin might make you feel vulnerable, but without distractions, the attention that you can pay to your body and your practice can allow you to pay such close attention to form and precision that you’re able to do things you thought weren’t possible.

    The real beauty of practicing yoga in your own body—rather than showing up in your favorite printed yoga pants—is that it’s equalizing.

    While naked yoga might seem all about external factors (like not wearing clothes), the mind-body connection is actually what the practice is aiming to strengthen. “You can expect to be embraced in the community without judgment—I’ve never met more open-minded and amazing people as I have in my naked yoga class,” says Werner. “We started offering naked yoga to allow everybody to show up as they are without having to hide behind masks, and clothing is part of that mask. We are all the same anyways.”

    The real beauty of practicing yoga in your own body—rather than showing up in your favorite printed yoga pants—is that it’s equalizing. “We all have bodies, and we can learn to accept them. By literally taking it all off, there’s nowhere to run and hide—you have to face your belly, your stretch marks, your scars, your acne,” says Merveille. “By being around others in a class like this, you can’t help but see other human bodies and how they’re similar. Naturally, it becomes less scary and it can be a very powerful process for people to reclaim their bodies.”

    Read up on some body positivity quotes to continue feeling inspired. And this is why body positivity in fashion is here to stay.

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    Author Rachel Lapidos | Well and Good
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  • It’s (faux) leather weather! 10 chic ways to incorporate the look into your athleisure wardrobe

    October 06, 2019 at 05:00PM by CWC

    Ever since I saw the Friends episode where Ross gets stuck in his leather pants, I’ve had a major aversion to wearing leather in situations that involve sweat. This is problematic because I’m very into the whole biker-jacket-and-leggings look for running around town post-workout. Luckily, the fashion powers-that-be have got my back this season with loads of faux leather jackets, bottoms, and bras—all of which have the slick look of the real deal, but are vegan-friendly and can stand up to a broader array of conditions. (Hot fitness classes included.)

    On one end of the spectrum are pieces that are actually made to exercise in: leggings, sports bras, and cropped tanks made from sweat-proof activewear materials with a leather-like sheen. On the other are silhouettes that you probably wouldn’t wear during a workout, but could throw on over your outfit after class—think bomber jackets, joggers, or button-down shirts. And if swathing half your body in faux leather is a little extra for your taste, you can always opt for a leather-like accessory to get in on this perennial cool-weather trend.

    As you’ll see from the edit that follows, the best of fall’s faux leather looks are rendered in classic black, which means they can be seamlessly styled with pretty much any item in your athleisure wardrobe—and your regular wardrobe, too. (If you were looking for a way to extend the life of your midi skirt and sneakers after summer, this is it.)

    Carbon38 Double Strap Flash Bra ($78)

    Sure, you could layer this bra underneath a low-armhole tank and it’d still look cool. But you may as well ditch the top and show it off in all its lustrous, cross-back glory—it is made for being active, after all.

    Anthropologie Sakara Faux Leather Joggers ($150)

    There’s no danger of having a Gellar moment in these relaxed-fit, faux-leather sweats—they’re not nearly tight enough to be trapped in. But you will risk not wanting to take them off for days at a time.

    Mother Faux Fur and Vegan Leather Moto Jacket ($395)

    This bomber is half sporty, half Saturday night—meaning, it’s the queen of faux leather jackets for grabbing coffee with your CrossFit crush.

    Forever 21 Faux Leather Baseball Hat ($13)

    Stash this in your gym bag and it won’t even matter if you forget to bring your dry shampoo to the gym… again.

    BB Dakota Way Out West Vegan Leather Shirt Jacket ($98)

    Think of this as fall’s answer to the button-up shirts we were all layering over our workout outfits last summer. It’s a way fresher take on the style than buffalo plaid, no?

    Alo High-Waist Airbrush Leggings in Black Performance Leather ($102)

    If you prefer your leatheresque leggings to be more subdued and less shiny, Alo’s got your number. Bonus: This pair is also designed to lift and sculpt your booty.

    MZ Wallace City Backpack in Port Lacquer ($235)

    This quilted backpack may look like patent leather, but it’s actually made from lightweight nylon. Because, let’s be honest, the less weight you have to lug around after an intense treadmill sesh, the better.

    Blanc Noir Hooded Moto Jacket ($179)

    If a hoodie and a faux leather jacket had a baby, it would be this hybrid moto—complete with ever-so-essential thumbhole cuffs.

    Heroine Sport Jetset Cutout Glossed Stretch Sports Bra ($100)

    This cropped tank may not look super comfortable, but hear me out. It’s engineered to stretch and move with your body and it’s got a cutout in the back to provide ventilation during the sweatiest workouts.

    Adidas Originals Pebbled Faux Leather Fanny Pack ($35)

    This belt bag is made from faux leather that looks so realistic, you’ll swear it’s the real thing—and for about the cost of one spin class, you’ll be able to wear it all season long.

    This white button-down shirt is also appropriate for sweaty situations. In other fitness fashion news, did you hear Reformation and New Balance are dropping a sustainable sneaker collaboration

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    Author Erin Magner | Well and Good
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  • 10 Pinterest-perfect braided hairstyles that make you feel like a girl on fire

    October 05, 2019 at 03:00PM by CWC

    When it comes to doing my hair, I have two main styles: down and wavy or straight, or up in a ponytail. As you can probably tell, there’s not much experimentation going on here. Now don’t get me wrong: I used to rock my fair share of butterfly clips and pigtails back in the day. There’s one area I don’t have as much experience in, though: braids.

    While I can handle the basics, you won’t catch me doing a French fishtail braid anytime soon. But now’s your chance to freshen up your style. If Katniss Everdeen can nail the look, so can you.

    Switch things up with these braided hairstyle tutorials

    1. French fishtail braid

    I always thought fishtail braids looked hard, but this step-by-step tutorial makes them seem easy.

    2. Bubble braid

    Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi made a big impression with her braided bubble ponytail, and here’s how you can master the look at home. Instead of using a traditional braiding technique, you’re getting a braided appearance using small elastic hair ties.

    3. Braided top knot

    You’ve probably seen this braided bun style all over Pinterest. Because you’re only braiding a small section of your hair, it’s quick and easy.

    4. Hair scarf milkmaid braid

    The most effortless way to give your milkmaid braid a pretty upgrade is to add in a scarf.

    5. Side braid

    There’s a secret to creating a perfect side braid with curly hair: separating it into two parts.

    6. Dutch braid

    Don’t be intimidated by Dutch braids. This tutorial takes things nice and slow, making it a cinch to learn the technique.

    7. Infinity braid

    Once you put an infinity braid in your hair, you won’t be able to stop looking at it. It’s mesmerizing.

    8. Pull-through braid

    Good news: Like the bubble braid, there’s no actual braiding involved in getting this fun look.

    9. Box braids

    In the words of one commenter on this video, “If mine come out like this I’ll never pay for braids again.” They’re flawless.

    10. Tuxedo braid

    It can be a little tricky creating a braid that starts at the nape of your neck, but this video will help.

    Want to change things up even more? Try out one of these chic short hairstyles, or find out which hairstyle you should try according to your horoscope.

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    Author Tehrene Firman | Well and Good
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  • There’s never been a better time to buy an inexpensive serum—and these under-$35 options are proof

    October 04, 2019 at 11:00PM by CWC

    With so many great serums on the market filled with it-ingredients that you’ve just gotta have for your routine, it’s hard to resist going gaga over them all… like a child pining for every doll in the toy store. Beauty shelves are minefields of options, and it makes it far too easy to empty your wallet in pursuit of a healthy complexion. So what’s a girl to do?

    With a seemingly infinite number of skin-care serums out there to choose from, there are more affordable—and effective—options than ever. Formulators have nailed how to pack actives like vitamin C, retinol and niacinamide into products that everyone can manage to snag for themselves without breaking the bank. The Ordinary has been dutifully offering potent skin-care serums since 2016, with not one bottle running past $29 (and for what it’s worth, that single $29 serum is double the cost of the rest of the line).

    Over the past year or so, even more wallet-friendly skin-care brands have infiltrated the shelves: There’s Versed,  a solution-oriented collection you can get at Target; The Inkey List, a London-based beauty brand where nothing costs over $15; Sweet Chef, a spin-off line from buzzy K-beauty brand Glow Recipe that’s sold at Target and makes nutrient-dense serums for much less than its sister brand; and Ghost Democracy, a derm-backed skin-care line offering the most coveted ingredients at more cost-effective prices than most. Drugstore staple brands like Neutrogena and Olay have even caught onto the trend, with each formulating solid brightening and retinol products, respectively, at enviable price points.

    These brands aren’t like your typical bargain buys. Unlike fast fashion, for instance, which is known to use lower quality materials, this wave of low-priced skin-care serums are produced at high standards, and leave out the typical mark-up that luxury skin-care companies utilize the crap out of. Ghost Democracy, for example, sells direct-to-consumer to cut out the middle-man markup, while Versed and The Inkey List has opted for bare-minimum packaging to save on costs. So, yeah—there’s never been a better time to be on the market for a serum… especially for one that’s under $34. Keep scrolling for what you can score.

    Photo: The Inkey List

    The Inkey List Niacinamide, $7

    Niacinamide, AKA vitamin B3, is a hot-ticket ingredient for a healthy complexion. This one’s a steal, and a must-have in order to keep your skin barrier protected, plus it’s got equally buzzy hyaluronic acid in it for moisture. You can also cop retinol, bakuchiol, and ceramide serums from the brand, plus many more. The (Inkey) list goes on.

    Photo: Versed

    Versed Stroke of Brilliance Brightening Serum, $20

    Even out your hyperpigmentation with this brightening cocktail of vitamin C and licorice root, and niacinamide to keep your skin soothed and protected. Not looking for brightening? Choose from the other serums on the brand’s roster meant for clarifying, firming, or hydration.

    Photo: Ghost Democracy

    Ghost Democracy Floodgate Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $34

    Quench dry, dehydrated skin with this affordable yet smartly formulated HA serum, which also has niacinamide (of course!) and linden flower extract which all work to calm and moisturize your skin. The brand also makes a punchy vitamin C serum for the same price.

    Photo: Sweet Chef

    Sweet Chef Beet + Vitamin A Serum Shot, $20

    This fruity serum shot delivers vitamin A along with nutritious beet extract to make your skin more plump, protected through antioxidants, and refined. Mix it with the brand’s other shots of vitamin C and ginger, or kale and vitamin B, for a serum cocktail your skin will drink right up.

    Photo: Neutrogena

    Neutrogena Bright Boost Illuminating Serum, $20

    Neutrogena’s new Millennial-friendly Bright Boost line is formulated for that age where you’re just starting to think about combatting dark spots, skin dullness, fine lines, and dryness. This active serum has NeoGlucosamine, a molecule behind hyaluronic acid, and turmeric extract, which both work together to hydrate, brighten, and stimulate cell turnover in one.

    Photo: Olay

    Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Facial Serum, $29

    A retinol and niacinamide blend, this brand-new drugstore serum smooths and calms your skin while working to even your complexion’s texture. If you’ve had irritation from retinol before, good news: This one’s formulated to give you those trusty vitamin A benefits minus the flakes and redness.

    Also friendly for your wallet: the best drugstore serums that we’ve found this year. And here’s how to calculate the cost per ounce in beauty products, so you can *really* shop smarter. 

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    Author Rachel Lapidos | Well and Good
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  • 3 fail-proof ways to remove your makeup so that every last bit is gone

    October 04, 2019 at 05:22PM by CWC

    Over the last few years, the double cleanse has become about as popular as leopard midi skirts or posting pictures of yourself as an old person to Instagram—nearly everyone has gotten involved. Thanks to K-Beauty, we know now that if we wear makeup, sometimes we need more than one pass with a cleanser to get rid of all the stuff chilling in our pores. While choosing which cleanser to use for that second part is determined by skin type, making the decision of which makeup remover to use for step one isn’t so clear.

    “You need to start off with a clean slate before you put on to anything else,” says K-Beauty expert Charlotte Cho, the brains behind Soko Glam and  Then I Met You. Thanks to skin-care technology, there are a whole lot of options out there that will help you get rid of the remnants of your lipstick, foundation, and mascara to create a clean slate before you wash your complexion. There’s micellar water, cleansing oil, and of course good old-fashioned makeup remover, all of which do the job just fine. But which one are you supposed to reach for? The pros, it seems, have some opinions—and spoiler alert, but one method reigns supreme.

    makeup removing
    Photo: Getty/Dougal Waters

    How to get off every kind of makeup imaginable

    Cleansing oil: Surprisingly enough, cleansing oil is actually the best makeup-removing option for most skin types. “Cleansing oils often contain vitamins C and E, which are antioxidants,” says board-certified dermatologist Shari Sperling, MD. They leave behind a slight layer of oil, which is nourishing and sets the stage nicely for cleanse number two. It may seem counterintuitive, but if you’ve got oily skin, there’s actually no need to shy away from using an oil as your first cleanse. All of this also applies to cleansing balms, which are oil-based. Whether you opt for a traditional oil or something in solid form really comes down to personal preference.

    Micellar water: Micellar water may be known as one of the gentlest cleansing options out there (thank you, French girl wisdom), but actually happens to be great for getting rid of eye makeup. “I use it to remove anything that’s really stubborn,” says Cho, adding that it’s apt at nixing eyeliner and mascara. She recommends drenching two cotton pads in micellar water and letting them sit on your eyes for a few seconds—aka long enough to break down the makeup residue—then wiping everything away. The “micelles” that make up micellar water attach to the dirt and grime on your face and pull them away.

    Makeup remover: When you see a product with the words “makeup remover” on it, chances are it’s some sort of combination of the other two formulas—they’re part oil, part water. “Most makeup removers are oil, water, and a preservative,”  board-certified dermatologist Sandy Skotnicki, MD, previously told Well+Good . “The vast majority don’t contain cleansing, micelle components, which is the real difference between them and cleansers.”  But Dr. Sperling cautions against these for anyone with sensitive skin. Some (though not all) may contain surfactants, which can strip the skin of natural oils, so if you’re prone to irritation be sure to read the label carefully or reach for one of the other two options.

    If you did happen to forget to use one of these methods before bed, don’t fear—here’s what to do if you accidentally fell asleep in your makeup. Plus, a certified cleanser queen answers every question you’ve ever had about washing your face

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    Author Zoe Weiner | Well and Good
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  • Hold up: We’ve all been exfoliating our skin wrong this entire time

    September 30, 2019 at 02:00AM by CWC

    Just as there are many ways to eat an avocado or do an oblique exercise, so too are there many ways to exfoliate your skin. As a beauty editor, I thought I’d heard them all (and knew exactly which ones not to try for myself), until Ada Polla, CEO of Swiss brand Alchimie Forever, brought an entirely new method to my attention: Scrubbing your skin with an oil-based exfoliant when it’s dry, instead of wet, will help you reap its maximum skin-softening benefits.

    Because oil and water don’t mix, using an oil-based exfoliant (like Alchemie Forever’s Gentle Refining Scrub, $45) on dry skin is the best way to ensure it’s working to its full potential. “Physical exfoliation to dry skin is very much an ‘old-style European’ way to exfoliate the skin versus the American way that incorporates a lot of water in all skin-care steps,” says Polla. “Part of the benefit comes from massaging the product into the skin in true European gommage fashion, which does not work on wet skin.”

    In case you’re reading this and wondering, “WTF is a gommage?!”, allow me to explain: The term gommage comes from the French word “to scrub,” and usually refers to products that utilize a combo of gentle physical and chemical exfoliants to remove dead skin cells from the surface. And while it may seem like the question of using them on dry versus wet skin should come down to preference, it actually comes down to formulation.

    “When it comes to using a physical scrub or gommage to exfoliate the skin, whether or not you wet the skin first depends on the entire formulation of the product,” confirms dermatologist Howard Sobel, MD. “If the base is more foamy or gel-like, wet the skin first. If the base is oil like that of an oil cleanser, it’ll work better on dry skin because water repels oil.” This, it’s worth noting, holds true for both face and body exfoliation, so before you do either, be sure to check your ingredients list.

    Before you grab for a gommage, here’s how to tell if your skin-care routine has already got too many ingredients in it. And if you really want to treat yourself to some skin-care porn, peep this $265 moisturizer that’s destined to be the next La Mer. 

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    Author Zoe Weiner | Well and Good
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  • 15 date night ideas for married couples to shake up the dinner-and-a-movie routine

    September 28, 2019 at 10:00PM by CWC

    I’ve always found it kind of odd that every fairy tale ever ends with “…and then they got married and lived happily ever after.” I mean, don’t get me wrong—the setup can be great, but it’s also forever, which means sometimes the vibe is bound to shift from elated and smiley to bored and complacent—especially when it comes to date night ideas for married couples.

    In real life, after the figurative honeymoon period (and literal honeymoon) ends, you’re less likely to find yourself swept off your feet than with your feet kicked up, marathon-watching vintage episodes of Friends. To be clear, I’m not suggesting marriage is a bummer, but it can definitely become routine.

    But all that a stale routine needs is some fresh inspiration. And the good news on that front is that relationship expert Susan Winter says injecting some novelty into date night ideas for married couples shouldn’t be a tall task. All it really requires is the reintroduction of a sense of adventure and an element of play. And maybe Yelp.

    Adventurous date night ideas

    An adrenaline rush can be good for you and doesn’t need to be limited to rewatching your favorite horror flick. Again. “The adventure date is designed to break away from routine,” Winter says. “It’s not just a Friday-night movie or Saturday-night Netflix and pizza; the adventure date shakes things up. It’s a chance for each partner to expand their personal limits and interests.”

    Pushing past your comfort zone can be an excellent way to grow together as a couple, and even if you don’t end up loving what you choose to try, it likely won’t be boring. That said, the adventure date isn’t one-size-fits-all, and you don’t have to do something extreme like skydiving if you’re someone whose anxiety spikes whenever you need to make a real phone call.

    “Choosing the right type of adventure date requires knowing your partner’s interests and disposition,” Winter says. “Some partners are sporty and enjoy the outdoors or a challenging physical activity. Other partners skew more cerebral and prefer mental expansion through culture and the arts.”

    In order to determine the precise kind of adventure date that might be good for you and your partner, Winter gives some helpful hints by way of breaking them down to their quick and dirty attributes.

    1. White water rafting: Exciting, though requires a little stamina and potentially a bit of a travel, depending on where you live geographically.

    2. Rock climbing: Challenging. If you’re both physically active and want to move beyond occasionally hiking, this could be a fun alternative.

    3. A luxurious balloon ride: Exciting and romantic, if not a little pricey.

    4. A tango class: Seductive and romantic, and all the contact is perfect for getting that oxytocin going.

    5. Skydiving: Thrilling, although not for the faint of heart.

    6. Bike trip: Challenging and relaxing, and you can go at your own pace.

    7. Bungee jumping: Thrilling, and with the same caveats that come with skydiving.

    8. Race-car driving class: Thrilling, but not ideal if you’re a terrible driver (me).

    9. Tickets to the opera/theatre/other cultural performance: Romantic, artistic, and cultural—and allows you to dress up.

    10. A “getting lost” mini road trip: Perfect, no matter what your personality type is. Take the car out for the day and find a literal road you’ve never traveled before.

    Playful date night ideas

    “Couples can often forget to ‘play,’” Winter says. “Between career, finances, and family responsibilities, laughter and joy—for the sake of joy—is often a lost luxury. So why not have an adult play date?”

    Don’t mind if we do. And, spoiler: These nights don’t necessarily mean the board games of grade-school get-togethers so much as a full-blown activity. And the secret is that no one is expected to be particularly skilled. This means if your partner, say, played golf in college, you might want to skip the mini golf idea. But, to each their own.

    11. Mini golf: This is lighthearted and playful, no matter what venue you choose—be it a new blacklight course or an old-fashioned windmill-filled one. “It’s goofy, silly, and of no consequence,” Winter says. “There’s no ‘win’ at stake.” (Again, if you’re not married to a onetime golf pro.

    12. Ice-skating: Some of us only get obsessed with ice-skating during the winter Olympics, and that should change. While this is the perfect activity for those cold months, it’s also a pretty good equalizer. Few people do this activity well,” Winter says. “That means you’re both willing to look foolish. Fumbling for your balance automatically activates an added benefit; you’ll need to hold hands to stabilize yourselves.”

    13. Bowling: “The bar is low on expectations, which is an automatic stress reliever for both people involved,” Winter says.

    Most bowling alleys also have a side room where you can have drinks and even play pool, and pool, my friends, might just be the sexiest of all sport-like activities. So win-win, no matter what you go for.

    14. Trapeze class: This date idea can be categorized as adventure and play, depending on how high above ground that tightwire is hung.

    “It can be daunting standing at the top of the ledge but thrilling to actually realize that you can do it,” Winter says. “Many cities have a trapeze school. It’s a true adventure, and will be memorable for both of you.”

    15. Horseback riding: “There’s an incredibly grounding feeling that occurs when riding a horse,” Winter says. “It reconnects us to nature and to ourselves—and allows us to enjoy a new experience with our mate.”

    And now, armed with solid date night ideas for married couples, you can officially ride off into the sunset…happily ever after.

    Date night ideas for married couples is one thing, but paying for them is another. Here’s how to create financial togetherness with your partner. Also, here are the four things a relationship therapist does to keep her marriage healthy

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  • Experts want you prioritize having friends younger than you—here’s why

    September 27, 2019 at 05:00PM by CWC

    I hit adulthood long before the concept of body positivity was a widely held and authentic mainstream thing perpetuated by brands, models, and other voices of influence. I felt, largely as a byproduct of the world in which I was raised, I should despise my imperfections, including those related to my healthy and normal human body. So when a friend nine years my junior began showcasing her body all over Instagram in photos captioned with affirmations, I was baffled. Wait, I thought. She doesn’t hate herself?

    I looked for cracks in the facade but quickly realized she wasn’t faking it; she actually feels good in the skin she’s in. And when I clued her in on my internal struggle, she was shocked. Her stance is that no amount of negative self-talk will change the fact that your body is yours—so what’s the point in hating it? She’s totally on the money and has since inspired an epiphany in me to learn to love my body.

    This experience led me to change my stance regarding wide discrepancies in friend ages. I once worried about how connecting with someone who makes my pop-culture references feel like history class would reflect on me, but not anymore. The stigma, though, isn’t uncommon. Clinical counselor Karla Ivankovich, PhD, says it’s rooted in the experience of childhood. When we’re younger, she says, maturity levels tend to differ vastly between children of various ages, even when those ages aren’t so widespread. That’s because maturation happens at a much more rapid pace during this phase of life. As we get older, however, the large leaps in personal growth over short periods of time diminish, and engaging in multigenerational relationships becomes a sign of maturity.

    To that point, I decided to investigate the power of multigenerational relationships more deeply. Below, get a look at benefits that having a diversified portfolio of friend ages can offer you—and specifically, what you can learn from your younger pals.

    They make you feel younger

    To start, there’s real, tangible value to be gleaned from befriending people of varying ages. “Being exposed to ways of thinking that people in your immediate age group may not be exposed to is a big benefit of multigenerational friendships,” says friendship expert and author of Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness Shasta Nelson. And the widening of your worldview is just the tip of the good-news iceberg of having a social circle inclusive of varied friend ages. “One of the things that’s really been fun in turning 60 is that I’ve created a whole new set of friendships with young people in their twenties and thirties. That has been an injection of energy,” relationship expert Esther Perel said in an interview with The Sydney Morning Post

    “Being exposed to ways of thinking that people in your immediate age group may not be exposed to is a big benefit of multigenerational friendships.” —Shasta Nelson, friendship expert

    Energy, specifically, is a big reason older people may enjoy having younger friends. “As women age, they are also thought to lose the vitality that once made them radiant,” says Dr. Ivankovich. “Friendships remind a woman that she is beautiful at any age, and youth benefits this aspect exponentially.” Though I’m in my thirties, not my sixties, and understand I’m widely considered to be young, I also believe age and how a person feels in relation to it is relative. That being true, the sentiment of feeling younger by associating with younger people rings true for me.

    I sometimes need a break from vitality-draining conversations with my circle of similarly aged hens about our waning fertility, and twentysomethings offer just the ticket. (Please, please tell me more about your bartender crush, so I don’t have to think about my ovarian reserve.) My 66-year-old friend Nancy can also relate. “It’s dark, what people my age talk about,” she tells me, noting that she and her best friend had spent their coffee date that morning crying over their recently deceased parents. To her, my fertility-related concerns seem manageable, lighter, and less bleak than what’s on her plate—largely because she’s already past (and passed) that point of life.

    They reinforce that you’re as young as you already feel

    Beyond this sense of letting the youth of others “rub off” on you, another reason having younger friend is so important is because they can help a person live their biological age (how old a person seems) rather than chronological one (how many years the person has been alive). Nelson tells me she has clients in their sixties who feel they have more in common with women 10 to 15 years younger because they feel more aligned energetically. They aren’t as keen, in other words, to hang out with people their age, who don’t feel nearly as vital.

    Nancy tells me she relates, that she doesn’t “feel her age,” and that she enjoys spending time with younger women who are still in the midst of their careers, where she feels she is, too. She felt right at home at Stanford University, where she continued her education last year, for example—even though many of her classmates were as young as her own children.

    They provide the benefits of reverse mentoring

    At Stanford, Nancy encountered another benefit of bonding with younger people: reverse mentoring, which involves a younger person teaching skills to an elder. My dad, a professor, says he utilizes his students for this purpose, to help “keep him relevant.” And while companies may institute formal programs for reverse mentoring where a younger employee mentors an older, and likely more senior, employee about newer innovations, the practice also happens all the time informally. Even when it’s a matter of clueing in a parent about social media or how to make sense of the latest Apple update, the effect is twofold: The younger person is empowered by being able to offer valuable information, and both parties involved are likely to bond as a result of the experience.

    The benefits of reverse mentoring go both ways since effects of more traditional mentoring—an older person who’s seasoned with experience guiding a younger person—also apply. “Befriending somebody who’s younger and helping them walk through a life stage or experience that you have already gone through can foster closeness and that can feel really good,” says therapist and friendship expert Miriam Kirmayer. Plus, Dr. Ivanovich makes another good point: “[Friendships with younger people] can also offer you the unique opportunity to experience life a second time around,” she says.

    They promote a sense of fulfillment, happiness, and life-affirmation

    Nelson further notes that multigenerational friendships can, in some cases, reduce envy. “Sometimes you feel less competitive with each other,” she explains. “I have a friend who is 20 years older than I am, and our lives are just so different that there’s no sense of competition at all.” Spending time with people who have different issues on their mind can be a relief that silences the part of the my brain that feels the need to “keep up with the Joneses” around my similarly aged peers.

    Plus, what’s even the point of being closed off to multigenerational friendships, especially given that two of five adults say their social relationships are not meaningful? “We have a very limited view of who we can bond with, and it’s contributing in no small part to our loneliness epidemic,” Nelson says. Likeness in age, she adds, is actually a poor predictor of friendship quality. “Commonality is only important if it satisfies one of the three requirements of healthy relationships: positivity, leaving us feeling good, and consistency,” Nelson says.

    A healthy and fulfilling social life requires you to introspect about whether your current circle of friends offers the support you want and need. I can now say that’s true to my situation, thanks to my friends who can share the wisdom of their experiences, those who understand exactly where I am right now, and the rest who continue to open me up to new beliefs and experiences. And while I may not soon post sexy selfies on my social accounts, I now hear my younger friend’s voice in my head, gassing me up, whenever my negative self-talk sneaks its way in.

    No matter what friend ages exist in your social group, if you ever feel your friend hates you, here’s Here’s what’s probably happening. Plus, it’s not just you: maintaining friendships have gotten crazy expensive

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  • How to get rid of acne when you have sensitive skin and everything is irritating

    September 27, 2019 at 03:10PM by CWC

    As if dealing with acne on its own wasn’t frustrating enough, handling acne and sensitive skin at the same time is a double-whammy that will have you asking: “Why me, universe?” Since most zit treatments work by aggressively attacking the dirt and excess sebum deep within your pores, they can often leave skin—especially sensitive skin—irritated. That means that your pimples may technically be improving, but you’re suddenly left with a whole other set of problems you’ve got to deal with.

    “Those with sensitive skin may have a particularly hard time treating acne because many pimple products can be irritating for sensitive skin types,” confirms David Lortscher, MD, dermatologist and founder of Curology. “They contain ingredients that can be drying, irritating, or comedogenic, especially for sensitive skin.” So what the heck are you supposed to do?

    Instead of opting for the usual active ingredients in prescription retinoids—like tretinoin and tazarotene, which can irritate certain complexions, dermatologist, Hilary Baldwin, MD suggests reaching for a different form of retinoid (that you can get over the counter) called adapalene, such as La Roche Posay Adapalene Gel ($22) or good old-fashioned Differin ($9). This ingredient tends to be a bit kinder to sensitive skin, according to her. (Need to brush up on your retinoids? Check out our latest episode of Dear Derm.)

    “All other things equal, [tazarotene and tretinoin] irritate the skin more than adapalene does,” she tells me. That’s usually A-OK for the skin types these retinoids are prescribed for; however, when it comes to sensitive skin you need the gentlest form out there. To help take the edge off of retinoids even further, she suggest first applying a moisturizer, which can provide a buffer between your skin and the active.

    In addition to choosing the right retinoids and using it the right way, the key to keeping skin happy is doing the bare minimum. If any product that you slather on gives your skin that tight, desert-dry feeling, skip it going forward. “Compromised skin may fail to shield you from damaging outside factors,” says Dr. Lortscher. “You may also notice redness, burning or sensitivity, which may mean cutting back on, or even eliminating, physical or chemical exfoliants.”

    In other words, your skin motto should be easy does it. “Keeping your base skin-care routine simple and non-irritating can also help identify the products or ingredients that are triggers for your skin specifically,” says Dr. Lortscher. Because acne-fighting ingredients such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide are meant to be more aggressive with skin than typical with sensitive skin ingredients, incorporate them slowly (despite what the tube’s instructions might suggest). “This way, you can see if—and how much—your skin tolerates the ingredient without additional dryness or irritation,” he says.  Tackling skin from both ends of the spectrum can be difficult, but with the right regimen, you’ll be able to tackle acne, without making your complexion cranky.

    Here’s how Dr. Pimple Popper turns her cleanser into a superstar acne-fighting mask. Plus, the buzzy ingredient you should be using on sensitive skin, stat.

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    Author Zoe Weiner | Well and Good
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  • I found jeans so comfortable, you’ll swear you’re wearing leggings every time you put them on

    September 25, 2019 at 04:30PM by CWC

    Everyone has their clothing weakness. For some, it’s bags, while others are more like Carrie Bradshaw and have a soft spot for shoes. My Achilles heel? Jeans.

    Ever since I was in high school, I’d spend my hard-earned Starbucks paycheck on a new pair of denim practically every month (just ask my mom). To this day, my jeans drawer is so stuffed I can barely shut it all the way, because my collection basically rivals the denim section of any department store. While I’ve tried cutting back, I absolutely could not resist getting my hands on the much-hyped jeans of the brand Good American.

    The brand launched with denim in 2016, and is the brainchild of Khloe Kardashian and Emma Grede, who both noticed a lack of size and body-inclusive jeans on the market that are actually made to fit women—of all shapes and sizes—well. So they created their own, which immediately made waves for nailing inclusivity, quality, and fit. So yeah, I’m pretty late to the game, but as a self-proclaimed jeans connoisseur, take it from me: They’re really that good.

    Photo: Good American

    When I slipped on my pair of Good American Good Legs jeans ($159), which are a high-rise skinny jean style, I could notice how comfortable they were right away—they slid on like a glove and didn’t require the shimmy-up-the-hips dance. The material is a perfect mix of true denim and stretch, so they hug to all of the curves in my lower body. The length was just right, too—at 5’1″, skinny jeans are typically too long on my legs. They range from size 00 to 24 and come a variety of inseam lengths so you can find your perfect fit. Medium blue, the rich blue denim color I chose, looks far more expensive than the $159 price tag, and matches with everything.

    The second I turned around in the mirror for the ultimate test—how they look on my butt—I breathed a sigh of relief before thinking, Dayum.” These babies make my ass look good, if I do say so myself (my boyfriend strongly confirms this). It’s been a long time since a pair of jeans made me feel that confident about my assets. As a genius bonus, Good American jeans are made with what the brand calls “recovery fabric,” which means they hold their shape no matter how often you wear them. So, no sagging in the butt or crotch, or annoying loosening on the legs. And there’s a gap-proof waistband so you don’t get that dreaded gap between your butt and the belt loop.

    “We know how hard it is for a lot of women to find that perfect fitting pair of jeans, which is why we’ve solved common problems associated with denim,” Grede tells me. “The reason Good American jeans fit so well is centered around our four-part waistband which we designed in house—it creates the perfect, figure-flattering shape with just the right amount of stretch and lift.” She’s right.

    I’ve been wearing these jeans almost everyday since I got them—not only do they look amazing and go with all of my clothes, but they feel like leggings. Seriously: They’re like the leggings of the denim world, and are so, so comfortable that I have been trying to convert everyone (especially my fellow leggings lovers) to the brand. Trust me—you’ll find yourself strutting around in ’em, too.

    Oh, and here are the denim trends to watch out for as you shop. And this is how often you need to wash your jeans… because it’s not as often as you think.

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  • Just a quarter of 2019 remains—and this week’s equinox and new moon are a double-whammy reminder

    September 22, 2019 at 11:00PM by CWC

    Monday, September 23, marks the autumnal equinox of 2019 as the sun moves from Virgo into Libra. What can you expect to experience as a result of this quadruplicity shift from mutable earth to cardinal air? First consider that Libra, the scales sign driven toward justice and fairness, popularly represents balance. At its core, though, the sign focuses on the ability to understand oneself by relating to others, so it invites us to interact harmoniously with the world and more peacefully with ourselves.

    Libra season also facilitates symmetry. It brings opposites together, as evidenced by day and night coming into perfect balance with one another via the equinox, and it splits the difference between the solstices, meaning the light of the sun in the north continues to wane toward the darkest day of the year—the winter solstice—happening three months from now.

    With three-fourths of 2019 now complete, you’d be wise to use this sacred, holy time of symmetry to reflect on how the year has gone for you to this point, and consider what you plan to do with the time that remains. Now is also the harvest time in the northern hemisphere, both literally in terms of abundant, local food, and metaphorically, as the harvest of our own lives, too. Consider what you are personally cultivating, tending to, and shedding.

    The sun’s balanced entrance into Libra combined with the moon’s waning light provides the ideal opportunity to surrender what you no longer need.

    The autumnal equinox of 2019 happens with a waning moon. So, as we celebrate this time of balance, harvest, and connection with others, we do so with the moon’s light disseminating. The sun’s balanced entrance into Libra combined with the moon’s waning light provides the ideal opportunity to surrender what you no longer need. With summer intensity in the rearview mirror and temperatures cooling, it’s time to shift focus from celebration and toward nourishment—à la the season of harvest. Nourishment can include reflecting on the year to date, connecting with those you love, making a pot of soup—anything that facilitates healthy warmth and comfort to help bridge the change of seasons.

    There’s also a gut-health connection to consider during the equinox, since the microbiome shifts with the seasons. With the earth traveling in a new quadrant of the zodiac, taking in the new, fresh, cool air is healing and balancing. And not only does breathing it benefit your microbiome, but it also help you navigate some of the more challenging aspects of the week.

    The astrological aspects are a mixed bag this week

    The week kicks off with Mercury and Venus traveling close to one another in Libra, which means they brush up against the planets currently in Capricorn—Saturn and Pluto. Saturn, the planet of discipline and structure, which recently woke up from a multi-month retrograde journey last week, conjoins the south node of karma in Capricorn. This combination means there’s an intense cosmic focus on the reconciliation of past actions. To paraphrase Marianne Williamson, we are in a season of repair. While I don’t think she’s referencing astrological transits, her thoughts mirror the cosmos: Saturn conjoining the south node beckons a season restoration and atonement.

    Mercury (how we think) and Venus (what we value) form a complicated angle to Saturn known as a square. This square asks you to reconcile your past so you can become congruent with your future. These aspects perfect precisely on Sunday, the 22nd and Wednesday, the 25th. Come Thursday, the 26th, Mercury square Pluto, which asks you to release toxic thinking and maybe even toxic people, too.

    On the lighter side—it is a mixed bag of aspects, after all—Mercury makes a helpful sextile to Jupiter on the 24th and Venus on the 28th. Remember, Jupiter can expand you to the extent that you’ve done what Saturn has asked of you. So, do stay in integrity now, as there’s a potentially huge upside: Jupiter in Sagittarius helps you to grow, maybe even with massive proportion.

    The new moon brings new intention-setting opportunities

    The new moon in Libra closes out the week. Happening on Saturday the 28th at 2:26 p.m., EST, this new moon invites you to set intentions with Libra. Consider making intentions for your relationships, because now’s a time to call forth a more profound sense of alignment with what lights you up. If a healthy romantic relationship is on the list, setting an intention now bodes well cosmically. But don’t underestimate the power of focusing on the values you most wish to bring into existence in your life—perhaps relating  to social justice. The Libra new moon is also a great time to focus on fashion and home decor.

    This new moon happens at 5 degrees of Libra and commands alignment with the four planets in the sign. That said, the sun and moon also make an inconjunct to Uranus. This aspect asks you to eliminate ego-based thinking that holds you back from understanding that, indeed, we all are one. Meanwhile, Pluto in Capricorn squares Venus (Libra’s ruling planet, and, thus, the ruler of this new moon), bringing misaligned power dynamics to the forefront of your attention. This is not a weak or docile new moon, and is indeed an invitation to your resurrection. But remember, Venus is a helpful sextile to good-luck Jupiter, meaning, the cosmos are on your side. Stay positive and aligned with your deepest desires.

    Jennifer Racioppi is the creator of Lunar Logic—a philosophy that integrates the deep wisdom of both science and spirituality, and blends her expertise in astrology, positive psychology, and women’s health—to coach high-achieving female entrepreneurs to reach their next level of success.

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  • 5 healthy breakfast recipes with just 5 ingredients (or less!) from Trader Joe’s

    September 21, 2019 at 12:01PM by CWC

    If I were stranded on a desert island and could only choose three items to bring with me, they would be Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter, Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Schoolbook Cookies, and Trader Joe’s Absolute Black Dark Chocolate. The general themes here are fairly obvious: I would want all the sugar and all the TJs. When it comes to choosing a healthy breakfast, the last point still applies. Trader Joe’s helps me pull an a.m. meal together in minutes.

    One of the many wonderful things about the frugal supermarket the ready-made, starter breakfast kits you can snag in the frozen food aisle—then dress up as you so please. Below, you’ll find five recipes that do just that (with less than five ingredients, I might add).

    These 5 healthy Trader Joe’s breakfasts require less than 5 ingredients

    health benefits of acai
    Photo: Unsplash/Brenda Godinez

    1. Homemade ACAI bowls

    My major beef with premade acai bowls is that they’re way overpriced. I mean, who wants to spend $14 on something that essentially boils down to blended fruit and almond butter? No one? That’s what I thought. Part of the joy of making your own bowl with TJ’s unsweetened acai is that you get to choose exactly how much fruit and added sugar goes into your breakfast. That sounds like winning to me.

    What to buy: Unsweetened Organic Açaí Puree Packets and your desired mix of nut butter and fruit toppings


    Parfait is (obviously) the French word for perfect, and I think that proves pretty accurate here. While Trader Joe’s signature recipe calls for mango yogurt, you could opt for a plain Greek for a lower-Glycemic option.

    What to buy: Ginger Almond and Cashew Granola Cereal, Mango Greek Yogurt, raspberries, mango, peeled, Sesame Honey Cashews

    3. Shakshuka

    Made from scratch, shakshuka can be quite the challenge. In true Trader Joe’s fashion though, the shakshuka starter pack makes things easy, breezy, and tasty.

    What to buy: Shakshuka starter, eggs, crumbled feta cheese, fresh mint, pita

    4. Gluten-free NorweGIAn crispbread with avocado

    If you’re looking to shake up your business-as-usual avocado toast, Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Crispers Norwegian Crispbread adds an extra crunch without the toaster. Layer on your avo or any other toppings and munch away.

    What to buy: Gluten-Free Crispers Norwegian Crispbread, avocado, and your choice of eggs, tofu (for a vegan scramble), beets, and lemon

    5. Veggie-bedecked quiche lorraine

    For a protein-packed breakfast that also doesn’t skimp on vegetables, prep Trader Joe’s pre-made Quiche Lorraine, then pile it high with your veggies. My preference is oven-roasted tomatoes and mushrooms paired with sautéed spinach, but you do you.

    What to buy: Quiche Lorraine and your choice of vegetables

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    Author Kells McPhillips | Well and Good
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  • Let the Global Climate Strike inspire you to take 5 steps to save the environment

    September 20, 2019 at 04:53PM by CWC

    The Global Climate Strike is taking place right now in more than 150 countries. From September 20-27, ahead of the United Nation’s 2019 Climate Action Summit in New York City, millions of strikers will exit their schools, homes, offices, factories, and farms to protest the environmental atrocities occurring in their respective zip codes. “Some will spend the day in protest against new pipelines and mines, or the banks that fund them; some will highlight the oil companies fueling this crisis and the politicians that enable them,” reads the official website of the Global Climate Strike.

    Unfortunately, not everyone is in a position to walk out of their lives right here and right now. But that doesn’t mean you have to sit out this momentous event. On an individual level, there are moves you can make to lessen your own environmental footprint, and to demand the your representatives do the same on a larger scale. Here’s how to make an impact.

    5 ways to help the environment, inspired by the Global Climate Strike

    1. Ditch your car whenever you can

    Back in 2017, a study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters compared 147 individual actions on climate change. They found that cutting down on driving time is the single-best thing anyone can do for the environment. So ride your bike, walk, take public transportation, and do what you can stay far away from fossil fuels.

    2. Eat less (or half the amount) of the meat you eat now

    According to the World Resource Institute (WRI), the average American could cut the environmental impact of their diets in half simply by lowering their meat consumption. With the steady rise of alt-meat options, it’s getting easier and easier to swap plant-based options in for burgers, chicken, and all your other favorites.

    3. Use your purchasing power

    A lot of energy goes into making your leggings, sports bras, and other go-to garments. The clothing sector contributes to about 3 percent of the world’s overall carbon emissions. Meaning, investing in sustainable fashion (and skipping out on fast fashion) makes a difference.

    4. Support one of the United Nation’s green projects

    As part of the Carbon Offset Project, the United Nation’s has selected a portfolio of environmental projects to tackle for cleaner air, land, water, and better appropriation of resources on a global scale. Contributing to your choice of project can offset some of the environmentally taxing parts of your life that you can’t currently change.

    5. vote

    On the tails of a historic increase of voter turnout in the 2018 midterm elections, it only becomes more important for those numbers to keep climbing. Make sure to read up on how the 2020 candidates stand on environmental issues, and cast your vote accordingly.

    Here’s what you gain when you start eating for the planet. Plus, the 411 on eco-keto.

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    Author Kells McPhillips | Well and Good
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  • What being on the perfectionist, indecisive Virgo-Libra cusp means for your personality

    September 20, 2019 at 02:00AM by CWC

    Stefanie Iris WeissEach month with On the Cusp, we point our astrological magnifying glass on all the people born between two zodiac signs. Because when your birthday falls at either the tail end or the very beginning of your sun sign’s season, your personality may be influenced by your cosmic neighbor.

    As we lean toward the fall equinox and seasons shift, Virgo (August 23 to September 22) and Libra (September 23 to October 23) compete for the astrological spotlight. Below, Stefanie Iris Weiss, astrologer and co-author of Surviving Saturn’s Return: Overcoming the Most Tumultuous Time of Your Life, explains what happens when zodiac’s perfectionist queen Virgo blends with just and fair Libra.

    The scales are tipping toward Libra season, meaning it’s time to kiss away those last vestiges of summer and wave goodbye to the reign of Virgo. Well, unless you’re born on the Virgo Libra cusp, that is. If that’s the case, you teeter between both cosmic worlds and may live life in a bit of a neurotic power struggle. “The autumnal equinox reminds us that these cusp babies are in a constant quest for balance,” Weiss tells me. “Many misunderstand the nature of Libra—assuming that because the sign’s glyph is the scales, they’ve always got it under control. The truth is that Libras are always searching for that ever-elusive balance. And when they’re born near the cusp of Virgo, they tend to experience this anxiety more acutely.”

    “Libras are always searching for that ever-elusive balance, and when they’re born near the cusp of Virgo, they tend to experience this anxiety more acutely.” —Stefanie Iris Weiss, astrologer

    But before further exploring the dynamics that commonly come with being born on the Virgo Libra cusp, it’s worth pointing out that you’re always one sign or the other, and there’s no such thing as an equal-parts sun-sign blend. So, you’re either a late-term Virgo with Libra influences or born in the first blush of Libra with some Virgo traits.

    So tell me, what are common traits of a Virgo again?

    As a person with many beloved Virgos in her life, I can personally attest that the defining trait of the sign is perfectionism. They’re often type A, can only rest easy when every detail is in order, and more than happy to put in the hard work to ensure things are 100 percent. And, job-interview tropes aside, this perfectionism really is their biggest strength and weakness.

    That said, Virgos are also known for their kindness, modesty, and loyalty.

    And, as a refresher, here are telltale signs of a Libra

    Think to the scales of justice when it comes to Libras. They’re diplomatic and take the time to analyze a situation fairly. If you’re looking for some smart, no-BS advice on how to behave in a certain situation, text a Libra.

    The scale-sign also indicates a Libra’s tendency to skew indecisive, teetering between decisions before deciding to fall to the fairer side. Also worth noting is that the Venus-ruled sign is into all things love and beauty, they work well in pairs, and they tend to jump from relationship to relationship to relationship.

    So, if you’re on that Virgo Libra cusp, what can you expect?

    Late-degree Virgos have birthdays so close to New York Fashion Week that it feels fitting they often embody a stylized presence. That’s because they’re hyper-controlled and on top of the small details that help them come across as #flawless—even when they’re freaking out on the inside.

    “They typically arrange everything so perfectly that they can easily fool you—and sometimes themselves—into thinking that because every hair is in place, everything’s going to be okay. The truth is usually more complicated.”

    As for early-degrees Libras, who truly believe that love and beauty can conquer all, they feel most secure when they’re working their charms. “This is where the Virgoan need for control meets the Libran need to have gorgeous aesthetics shot into their veins,” Weiss says. “The trick is to relax a little on the need to control the look of everything and to find balance through the expression of authentic love and tolerance. The real beauty is found in creating harmony for others.”

    So no matter what side of the scale you fall on, remember to not be so self-critical and that, really, you look terrific.

    If you want to double-back to previous installments of On The Cusp, you can take a look at what it means to be a Leo-Virgo mix or a Cancer-Leo combo. 

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    Author Mary Grace Garis | 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


    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.


    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


    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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    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.


    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


    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.


    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.


    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.

    Good Times

    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.


    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

    What’s a trip to the beach if you don’t make it out on the water, right? Rent everything from stand up paddleboards and pedal boats to bikes, beach chairs, and umbrellas at this sports store, which is located next door to Miami’s Seaquarium in the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park.

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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).”

    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.

    A well-edited line of essentials

    Photo: Wildist

    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.

    Photo: Wildist

    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.

    Photo: Wildist

    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.

    Photo: Wildist

    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.

    Photo: Wildist

    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.

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    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?

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    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.


    Good Sleep

    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.


    Good Food

    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.


    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.


    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.


    Good Sweat


    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.


    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.


    Good Times


    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.

    There’s a reason Chicago is the best city for an active lifestyle. Here’s a runner’s guide to the best routes by which to see the Windy City on foot. Continue Reading…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

    See what other celebrities are getting into the activewear game and the major sneaker trends for fall 2018. Continue Reading…

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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
    Photo: Richard Bord/Getty Images

    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.

    5 athleisure trends from Off-White's Paris show that'll be everywhere this spring
    Photo: Kay-Paris Fernandes/Getty Images

    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.

    5 athleisure trends from Off-White's Paris show that'll be everywhere this spring
    Photo: Kay-Paris Fernandes/Getty Images

    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.

    5 athleisure trends from Off-White's Paris show that'll be everywhere this spring
    Photo by Kay-Paris Fernandes/Getty Images

    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.

    5 athleisure trends from Off-White's Paris show that'll be everywhere this spring
    Photo by Kay-Paris Fernandes/Getty Images

    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.

    If you’re in search of fashion trends to wear now, try anything leopard print or these three fall outerwear options Continue Reading…

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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
    Photo: H&M

    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.

    The first step to becoming a more sustainable shopper is learning how to spot eco-friendly materials on clothing labels Continue Reading…

    Author Jordan Galloway | Well and Good
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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…

    Author Erin Bunch | Well and Good
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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.

    Here’s why the sweatshirt is a staple in streetwear and this is these are the most office-appropriate leggings that you’ll probably ever find. Continue Reading…

    Author Jordan Galloway | Well and Good
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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.

    For some celebrity-sanctioned secrets to a long and healthy marriage, check out what Hugh Jackman and Sarah Michelle Gellar have to say. Continue Reading…

    Author Renata Sellitti | Well and Good
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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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    Author Jordan Galloway | Well and Good
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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.

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    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…

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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…

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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…

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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

    Photos: Transitions lenses Continue Reading…

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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…

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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…

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  • 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
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