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    The following story was told to Ava Feuer and edited for length and clarity.

    If you had told me five years ago that this would be my life, I wouldn’t have believed you. Not only did I not think I deserved my relationships or accomplishments, but I also never believed I could even make those things happen for myself. Let me explain: When I was in the third grade, my parents told me that they were getting divorced. I know that their divorce wasn’t about me, but I still mark it as the first time I felt my confidence waver. I always thought they were totally fine, and the fact that I had missed whatever warning signs made me completely unsure of myself.

    Unfortunately, it didn’t get much easier as I got older. When I started high school, I was super reserved and lived in constant fear of judgment. No matter what I said or did, I was afraid it would be wrong. After a few years of this, I decided to apply for an independent study — thinking it would help me perform better in school — and I ended up finishing high school from home. I graduated a year early, which was great and all, but I still wonder whether I made the right choice. From time to time, I see people who I was acquaintances with in high school, and it reminds me that I don’t really have any friends from that time. On the other hand, being alone forced me to learn to be with — and become good friends with — myself.

    I was super reserved and lived in constant fear of judgment.
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    I’m 22 years old now. I’ve been married for three years, and my husband and I have a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter named Adeline. A lot of women say their confidence wavers after becoming a parent — I guess they feel that, in a way, they lose a sense of themselves — but for me, it’s been quite the opposite. As soon as I got pregnant with Adeline, I knew that I didn’t want her to feel the way I had felt about myself almost my whole life. I didn’t want her to think, I can’t do that because I’m not smart enough, or I can’t do that because I don’t have friends. In short: I didn’t want what held me back to hold her back, so I gave myself no choice but to go after what I wanted and to be happy.

    It's important to me that she sees me as a confident woman, so I became very careful not to speak negatively about myself or perpetuate the idea that I wasn't good enough. I want her to always know that if you want to do something, you just have to believe in yourself and do it, because otherwise, it’s not going to happen. People can’t do that for you. You have to do it for yourself.

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    To be that strong, confident woman for my daughter, one major thing I had to overcome was my fear of showing people my teeth. I really tried not to open my mouth much, so I either kept quiet or looked down when I spoke — rarely making eye contact. I know it was probably in my head, but I felt like everybody’s eyes went straight to my teeth. So when I saw a social media ad for SmileDirectClub invisible aligners, I immediately started to figure out how we could swing it. From start to finish, my teeth were straight in just four months. Now, I’ve started making eye contact when I talk to people — whether that be to prospective friends, clients at the kids' hair salon where I’m a manager, or store owners I approach to sell Adeline’s Bow Line, my collection of children's clothes and accessories. I don’t know whether it was my confidence coming through or what, but I was able to access my inner positive voices instead of just the negative ones.

    Turns out, putting yourself down takes up a lot of brain space, and that limits the room to actually act on your hopes and dreams.

    Turns out, putting yourself down takes up a lot of brain space, and that limits the room to actually act on your hopes and dreams. It took away the power to go after what I want. When I thought I couldn’t do certain things, I figured there was no reason to try. But when I put myself in the positive mindset of believing that I can, it's so much easier to throw caution to the wind and just go for it.

    I used to wonder, If I post this selfie, is everybody going to think I’m obsessed with myself? But no, it’s okay. I’m allowed to like myself. It’s good to be humble, but no one should frown upon people being confident in themselves. Celebrating myself and my success doesn’t mean I have some sort of perfect life. I just know that even if you don’t feel like you’re enough, it’s worth acting like you are because eventually, you’ll believe it.

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    Some Halloween costumes require months of planning and lots of cash to pull off. Others are as simple as following the right makeup tutorial or popping on a wig. But you don't have to shell out cash on an a cheap Party City hairpiece or an expensive, lace-front wig for your costume. You can rock plenty of pop culture costumes with your natural hair on display.

    The beauty of embracing your natural texture, whether it's Afro or wavy, is that your hair can transform into almost any style you please — making it the perfect Halloween accessory. So instead of hiding (or straightening) your natural hair, consider a costume that makes your curls the center of attention.

    To help plan your style for October 31, we've rounded up some easy-to-do Halloween looks that you can pull off with your God-given curls, including buns, braids, and — yes— even bonnets.

    If you're rocking cornrows as your fall protective style, don't take them out just yet. Grab a floppy black hat (and purple lipstick) to channel Queen Bey at the 2018 Grammy Awards.

    A defined wash-and-go is the key to pulling off Josie's look from Riverdale. To finish off the costume throw on a pair of cat ears, an animal-print leotard, thigh-high boots, and some winged liner.

    Photo: Courtesy of the CW.

    Want to make a statement? Go dressed as Janelle Monáe from her PYNK music video. Not only will your pink, vagina-inspired 'fit turn heads, but your sky-high bun decorated with flowers will, too.

    Don't reverse hours of work by taking your micro braids out for Halloween's sake. Instead, tie them up into a braided bun and become Princess Shuri from Black Panther.

    Photo: Courtesy of Marvel.

    To channel Patrice from Blackkklansman, you'll need an Afro pick to get your hair sculpted to perfection.

    Photo: Courtesy of Focus Features.

    Head to Target and stock up on some temporary hair color spray to hit the streets as Detroit from Sorry To Bother You. To copy this particular look, you can use Curlformers  or do a braid-out and spray your curls with purple and orange hair color.

    Photo: Courtesy of Annapurna Pictures.

    Now this is a look that'll require some creativity. You can get your natural hair into skinny center-parted cornrows as the base of this look. And to create the webbed halo Solange wore, weave together pipe cleaners and create a long plait (with braiding hair) to hold together the circular shape. This one is for hardcore Halloweeners.

    Photo: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images.

    Don't feel pressured to rock a wig if you wear a fade haircut on the regular. Just get some metallic hair paint and a stencil to mimic Danai Gurira's hair tattoo from the 2018 Oscars.

    Photo: Getty Images.

    If buying wigs, spraying your hair, and doing arts and crafts screams "extra AF" to you, skip it all together. Roll out of bed and head to the Halloween function in your bonnet. Just tell everyone you're Tami Roman and boom! there goes your costume.

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    Kanye West will not shut up. The musician has been incredibly vocal about what brands Kim Kardashian West should post on her Instagram, even going as far as having her turn down a $1 million sponsored post. He is opening up to President Donald J. Trump about apparently being misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder. He's also found time to Periscope his thoughts on his IQ score, mind control, and his forthcoming album Yandhi, all live from Africa. But one thing that wasn't on West's agenda? Getting dressed up to visit the President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

    While in Uganda shooting a music video West, alongside his wife and his father, former Black Panther Raymond West, toured the State House Entebbe. For the occasion, which involved meeting with Museveni and his children, Maj. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba and Diana Kamuntu, to discuss promoting the country's arts and tourism, West opted to wear a pair of loose-fitting gray sweatpants and a hoodie. It was an ironic move, considering Museveni issued a ban on any drivers and motorcyclists wearing hoodies this summer. It also certainly wasn't the type of attire one might expect for meeting with a head of state — but then again, when has West ever done what everyone thinks he should?

    "I welcome American entertainment stars Kanye West and Kim Kardashian to Uganda. I held fruitful discussions with the duo on how to promote Uganda's tourism and the arts. I thank Kanye for the gift of white sneakers. Enjoy your time in Uganda. It is the true Pearl of Africa," Museveni said in a tweet.

    But West's attire wasn't the only thing shocking part of the visit. In addition to gifting Museveni an autographed pair of Yeezys, we wouldn't be surprised if the two discussed their shared admiration for President Trump. "America has got one of the best presidents ever. Mr. Trump. I love Trump,” Museveni said in January 2018, according to the BBC. "I love Trump because he tells Africans frankly. The Africans need to solve their problems, the Africans are weak."

    West is in Africa to record Yandhi, a move he announced in an interview with TMZ earlier this month. "We have to go to what is known as Africa," West said. "We have to go and find out what it is really called and just grab the soil. And have my kids stay up in the studio. And have the mic open in the studio so you can hear nature while we are recording."

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    Spooky day is fast approaching and if you haven't started on a clever D-I-Y costume yet, you're probably screwed. But hey, that's why manufacturers invited the ready-to-go, pre-packaged costumes anyway. That, and to save the poor moms around the world from having to handcraft an "epic" Captain America costume each year.

    If you're the average half-committed Halloween participant — the type that isn't interested in blowing a whole paycheck on an award winning cosplay getup or investing the manual labor and creativity required for a "hilarious" homemade costume — then these picks are right up your alley. We've found costumes that hit all the proper Halloween costume buttons: mildly funny with a splash of pop-culture and a smattering of movie/tv characters that aren't overdone just yet. Best of all, they all run under $55 which is probably less than your surge pricing Uber will cost for your post-party ride home.

    If you're looking to embrace the cold truth that you may never love Halloween, or you may never love the extra effort others put into it, then invest in one of these pre-packed costumes. The ghosts of your past last-minute costume panic selves will thank you for it.

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    Breast cancer awareness is so much more than pink ribbons, painted bras, and feather boas. Whether you've personally fought cancer or know someone who has, it's important to recognize how vital it is to use one's voice to help educate others and work towards a cure. We partnered with Novartis on its Kiss This 4 MBC (metastatic breast cancer) initiative to shed some much-needed light on individuals who are living with stage 4 MBC and sharing their unique stories with others.

    Unlike less advanced stages, MBC is breast cancer that has spread to other areas in the body. And according to a 2014 study, it will affect nearly 30% of all breast cancer patients. Watch above as Maggie Kudirka, a ballerina who at age 23 was diagnosed with MBC, shares why she became an advocate — and why she'll never stop expressing herself through dance.

    Help raise much-needed visibility and research funds for people living with MBC by sharing why you #KissThis4MBC on social media. For each post publicly shared with the hashtag, Novartis will donate $15 to MBC research, up to $200,000.

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    Fashion month, and the industry in general, has serious steps to take before it can call itself truly inclusive. Paris Fashion Week this season felt like a step back in time: Arguably the biggest show of the week, Celine, saw just nine models of color out of 96) and there was a lack of plus-size models on the European runways.

    This past season, according to The Fashion Spot, a record 91 transgender women and non-binary models walked across 229 shows. Though they still only account for 1.23% of castings, their impact continues to be felt throughout the industry. One such model challenging the status quo is Belgium-born, London-based Maxim Magnus, who fell into modeling via a friend's university project and has since starred in a Gucci campaign and walked for the likes of Alessandra Rich, Paula Knorr, and ASAI.

    Following a whirlwind spring 2019 season, we chatted with Maxim about being a role model for the transgender community, her beginnings, dealing with the haters, and so much more.

    Hi Maxim! Tell us how you first got into modeling.
    "I fell into modeling because I was studying for my degree in fashion communications and a friend asked me to model for one of her projects. Some of my teachers then approached me and told me I should start modeling, which at the time I didn’t think was the best idea. One of my teachers then made an appointment at Linden Staub and came with me to the appointment. I haven’t left since."

    You've had an amazing first year in the industry. Which shows have been highlights for you?
    "I’ve walked in some shows with people who are insanely talented. My first ever show, which I also opened, was for Paula Knorr. The same season I also walked for ASAI. I’ve walked for my friend Charles Jeffrey, whose mind goes beyond anything I can explain. This season I walked my first show in Paris, which was Alessandra Rich. It was a truly amazing experience. Both she and her clothes really empower you."

    You starred in Gucci's spring 2018 campaignwhat was that like?
    "Shooting that campaign was amazing, especially because Adam [Csoka Keller] and Eveline [Benčičová], who cast and directed it, were so amazing. They were really excited to work with me from the beginning, and vice versa. It's always been a dream of mine to work with Gucci. When the campaign was launched it almost felt surreal — like a dream. It was my first time shooting a fashion film, too."

    How was your spring 2019 fashion month?
    "This fashion month has been insane. Eleven-year-old Maxim would be screaming in her bedroom if she knew this was going to happen. I have been dreaming about this moment for the longest time, and as exhausting as it was, I want to do it all over again. When I’m at shows, I get butterflies in my stomach and I get so excited about all the creations coming down the catwalk. London was amazing because of the creativity and young talent that resides there. It’s where a lot of my friends are so it’s all really fun. Milan and Paris were both new to me so they were quite overwhelming, but oh so amazing! I can’t believe I got to watch Miu Miu in my first season!"

    Who within the industry inspires you?
    "I admire lots of people because there are so many hardworking and inspiring individuals. Anyone who goes against the grain, isn't a sheep, and dares to question things really inspires me. People who don’t get sucked into the fake side of the industry. Charles Jeffrey, Matty Bovan, Adwoa Aboah..."

    You're a role model for young trans peoplehow have you chosen to use your platform?
    "The best way to educate people and to reach out to people is by being honest, by telling my story and telling the whole truth. It’s easy, especially when there are people giving you backlash, to start an angry conversation to prove your point. But at the end of the day, that’s not going to benefit anyone. I think it’s so important to use your platform for something great. Even though I went through hell, I have been so privileged to have had the upbringing I did and to be able to do amazing things, that I feel I owe it to the world and to my community to speak up and tell my story. I believe that by doing it in such a way, it will educate so many people, and I always say, if I’ve impacted one person, that’s already enough, because that person will then inspire someone else, and it will be a chain."

    Did you have any trans role models growing up?
    "I think the biggest inspiration for me was Gigi Gorgeous. Her honesty and strength made me feel like I wasn’t alone, and that’s so important in this world. In the fashion, it would be Andreja Pejić, who made history for transgender individuals in the industry. I’ve now had the chance to spend some time with her [Magnus walked the Green Carpet Fashion Awards in Milan with Pejić in September] and she has such a beautiful soul."

    Do you think the industry is becoming more diverse and accepting?
    "I definitely think it is becoming more diverse and accepting, but the rate at which it's happening is far too slow. It shouldn’t be a trend to be diverse — it should be incorporated into the industry as a whole, and that’s something the industry hasn’t fully grasped yet. From the outside, it can seem like a very open and accepting industry, but it certainly doesn’t always feel like that from the inside. I have been on shoots where the team has misgendered me on multiple occasions, which is something that shouldn’t happen."

    What do you wish more people knew about being trans?
    "That you don’t become trans and that it’s not a choice. I don’t expect people to understand what we’re going through, but the least people can do is respect us for what we have to go through, as we didn’t choose this path."

    You have a lot of followers, which can often mean trollshow do you handle online abuse?
    "I don’t engage with them, which I think is the best way to do it. I think you can always tell the difference between someone who is being malicious and someone who is misinformed. When the person isn’t educated properly, I always try and have a calm conversation and try to explain stuff, but when they are just being mean, I delete the comment and move on. I care less when people are being malicious towards me, but when I see someone hating on others, that’s when I comment back."

    What's up next for you?
    " I’m still so young and so many crazy things are ahead of me. I’m currently trying to figure out what my next step will be, but I definitely think we have an exciting year coming up. If I look back at my first year in the industry, so many amazing things have already happened, and I can only be excited for what’s next."

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    Hot tools — blowdryers, curling irons, straighteners, and the like — are seasonal in nature. Many of us stow our curling wands and dryers in the darkest corner of our bathroom cabinets, left untouched all summer. Then all of a sudden, it's a brisk Saturday with zero chance your hair will air-dry in time for dinner, so you dust off your dryer, praying it still works, and plug back into your cold weather routine.

    If it doesn't work, or you've come to the realization that both your hairdryer and curling iron might need an upgrade, then it's probably high time for a seasonal restock. Sound like you? Then head over to Ulta Beauty because it has the hook up.

    Check out all the hot new styling tools that you missed while air-drying all summer, ahead.

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    If you like the original Chi flat iron — with the stronghold grip — you're going to love the new upgrade. This funky new smoothing iron fully heats in 30 seconds, and thanks to the reformulated titanium plates, your hair is transformed to a glossy and smooth finish with a single pass, zero pulling or yanking.

    Chi Temperature Control 1'' Hairstyling Iron, $119.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    We can't mention new hair tools without mentioning the buzzy new Dyson Airwrap dryer. Yes, at $500 the styler is well outside of the average budget, but if you're committed to styling with the creme de la creme — the most en vogue vacuum technology — maybe it's worth consideration.

    Dyson Airwrap Volume + Shape Styler-For Fine, Flat Hair, $499.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    If you're looking for a curling iron at a much less aggressive price point, consider this new skinny wand from Bed Head. It'll deliver loose, glossy waves for just $29.

    Bedhead Curlipops 3/4'' Tourmaline Ceramic Styling Iron, $29.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    There's some innovative things happening in the world of heated straightening brushes. This one from DryBar does a great job smoothing hair, as effectively as a flat iron, without any of the annoying crimps and creases.

    DryBar Brush Crush Heated Straightening Brush, $145, available at Ulta Beauty

    Ulta reviewers are touting Instyler's newest ceramic brush tool as the best styler they've ever used. It combines the technology of a hair dryer and a round brush, delivering the same volume and smoothness in a single hot tool.

    instyler FREESTYLE Ionic Ceramic Styler, $49.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    If you're picking up a blowdryer more than three times in a week — and you can't remember the last time you replaced yours — it might be time to pick up a new one. This one by Hot Tools has 1,875 watts of power, meaning it dries your hair fast.

    Hot Tools Turbo Ionic Dryer in Pink, $54.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    If you like a curling iron with an handy clamp, this one from Revlon is great because it's not too pricey, heats up nice and fast, and has a cool tip on the end, meaning you're less likely to burn a finger when twirling your hair around the barrel. Still, be careful.

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    If you yourself haven't played Fortnite by now (or watched over your roomate's shoulder), you've certainly encountered one of its many viral dance moves. (The word "flossing" no longer applies just to teeth.) Fortnite is everywhere: It has exceeded $1 billion in sales and, apparently, has caused the divorces of at least 200 couples in the UK. And it's not going anywhere. So what better way to jump on the bandwagon than to rep your fave characters this Halloween?

    Whether as a skin (the name for the different outfits you can dress your characters in), a bush, or a llama, here's how you can join in the Fortnite fun with these easy DIY Fortnite Halloween costumes.

    Skull Trooper

    This is one of the most popular skins in the game  and is as Halloween-themed as it gets. To recreate the look, you can buy a skeleton suit, or opt for all black clothes with some DIY painted bones on top. (Just make sure the clothes you pick are items you don't care about wearing again!) Then finish it off with a skeleton face makeup tutorial like this one, and you're good to go as Skull Trooper!

    Supply Llama

    Arguably the cutest Fortnite character, these little piñatas are full of helpful treats and supplies. And though they're hard to come by in the game, at least they're easy to emulate IRL.

    Buy a classic piñata, cut out a hole for your head, and wear that llama proudly. Or, if you're feeling extra crafty, go the Post-it note route and buy purple, blue, and turquoise Post-its. Then adhere them to your torso in an ombre fashion. Wear blue tights, a llama ear headband, and, voila, you are a Supply Llama.

    Photo: David Mirzoeff/PA Images/Getty Images.

    The Bush

    The Bush is an item that camouflages any player wearing it – and this costume will camouflage you. Buy some fake plants at a craft store, throw on some brown, earth-toned pants, and just like that, you are a bush (and an affordable one!). Just be sure to carve out some eye holes for visibility from behind all those leaves.

    Photo: Greg Doherty/Getty Images.

    Brite Bomber

    This rare costume is part of the Sunshine & Rainbows set for female avatars. To recreate the look, you'll need a neon pink wig with aviator sunglasses, combat boots, tight pants, a long sleeve shirt, and a unicorn-and-rainbow baby tee on top. You'll be ready to go trick-or-treating and/or to attend a rave. Also, if you haven't yet, check out this Saturday Night Live skit featuring Brite Bomber, played by Heidi Gardner.

    Tricera Ops

    This triceratops-inspired outfit is part of the Dino Guard Set, and can be worn by female avatars. To get this Halloween look, you can buy a ready-to-wear costume like this one, or go the homemade route: wear a red sweatshirt you already own and accessorize with an easy-to-make dinosaur headpiece. Go to the craft store, pick up red, white, and black felt and some googly eyes. Then use a headband you don't wear anymore as the base and popsicle sticks for the infrastructure to keep it from falling over. Hatchling and pterodactyl not included.


    Part of the Sweet Tooth Set, Zoey makes for a perfect Halloween costume. Make sure you're decked out in pink, buy a green wig, throw on some side pigtails and a candy-coated hat, and you're fit for a cosplay convention!


    Bob the Builder, but make it fashion. Do you still have shoulder and knee pads from your roller-skating days of yesteryear? If so, strap them on over yoga pants, a tank top, and a jacket, and maybe even give the ends of your hair a temporary pink dye job. Also, wear fingerless gloves. Now go look in the mirror. You're a Constructor! (One of the four Hero classes.)

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    Fact: It's time to stop overlooking your socks. Gone are the days of socks being nothing but the practical lining between you and your shoes. After popping up on what feels like every single runway this season — from sheer knee socks at Prada to tie-dye ankle socks at Collina Strada — it's safe to say that hosiery is one accessory you don't want to overlook. So before you stock up on bargain packs of boring basics for the cold weather ahead, try giving a pair with a little more oomph a go.

    When it comes to socks, there's no limit to the possibilities. And brands agree. From fast-fashion go-to's like & Other Stories to high-end wonders like Gucci, you'll find countless pairs of amazing socks in varying fabrics, prints, and textures. Sure, knitwear is deserving of all the love it gets this time of year (they don't call it #sweaterweather for nothing), but that isn't exclusive to sweaters.

    Next time you slip on a loafer, boot, or even a sandal, try adding one of the fun socks ahead to the mix. See, a little thing can go a long way.

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    Bigger, more expensive home buys (like furniture) might be apartment essentials, but they aren't what pull a space together; it's the little things that truly make a space special. Achieving an apartment atmosphere that oozes effortless luxury can be as easy as expertly placing a few unique and affordable items. And you even don't have to go thrift shopping in order to find them.

    From velvet throw pillows to funky ceramic planters, bohemian baskets, croissant-shaped catchalls, and more, we've rounded up 29 home goods (all for under $29) that will add flourishes of personality to any space. Scroll ahead for polished and whimsical decor finds that you might as well have discovered inside the depths of a flea market, on your favorite vintage shop's shelves, or buried upstairs in your grandmother's attic.

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    The best way to never misplace your keys? Store them inside a gilded croissant catch-all.

    Anthropologie Gilded Treat Trinket Box, $26, available at Anthropologie

    Luxe up your sofa or bed with this swanky, cotton-velvet bolster pillow.

    Cost Plus World Market Jadeite Velvet Bolster Pillow, $16.98, available at Cost Plus World Market

    Bring handheld mirrors back in funky style with this feline find.

    Urban Outfitters Kitten Handheld Mirror, $24, available at Urban Outfitters

    Forget silverware and stock up on goldenware instead.

    H&M 4-pack Forks, $12.99, available at H&M

    Give your glasses of wine some extra passion with these deep-hued agate coasters.

    Anthropologie Agate Coaster, $14, available at Anthropologie

    For all you plant ladies out there who just can't keep a damn succulent alive.

    Lulu and Georgia MALZA CACTUS, GOLD, $10, available at Lulu and Georgia

    Warm up the entrance to your abode with this naturally-woven jute rug.

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    Wear your heart on a hook.

    Eric Trine Heart Hook, $20, available at Need Supply

    Illuminate any space with this cordless and hangable geometric cage lamp.

    Prochaska LED Bulb 6" Table Lamp, $25.99, available at All Modern

    Add a pop of knotted color to any area in your apartment with this soft velvet pillow.

    Aminiture Knot Ball Pillows, (Pink), $21.99, available at Amazon

    Handcrafted from seagrass, these sturdy yet flexible baskets are chic home storage at its finest.

    Cost Plus World Market Natural Seagrass Rose Tote Baskets, $9.99, available at Cost Plus World Market

    Modern art, coasters, or both? You decide.

    Areaware Table Tiles in Terracotta, $18, available at Need Supply

    Regular rectangle bathmats are for squares — be a cool cat with this feline mat.

    Urban Outfitters Lucky Cat Bath Mat, $29, available at Urban Outfitters

    Sip water, wine, or whisky from these mystical double-old fashioned cups.

    CB2 Dip Milky Purple Double Old-Fashioned Glasses Set of 4, $18.98, available at CB2

    Smushed eclair wrapper or artistic steel catchall?

    Good Thing Frank Lacquered Steel Catchall Tray, $14.4, available at Nordstrom

    Add a modern-rustic touch to your hallway with this arrow-shaped wooden coat hanger.

    DecMode Arrow-Shaped Wall Hook, Brown, $21.4, available at Walmart

    Give your favorite green friends a room with a view.

    Lulu and Georgia BLAZA HANGING PLANTER, $22, available at Lulu and Georgia

    Add a touch of terrycloth sophistication to your bathroom floor with this faux cowhide mat.

    Urban Outfitters Faux Hide Bath Mat, $29, available at Urban Outfitters

    Avoid future wine glass mix-ups with these pastel-colored sleeping cat charms.

    YWQ Kitty Drink Markers, Set of 6 Cat Wine Charms, $7.99, available at Amazon

    Brighten up your bathroom or bedside with this soft and cloud-colored rag rug made of woven cotton.

    H&M Cotton Rag Rug, 28x55, $24.99, available at H&M

    A silicone whisk with smooth olive wood handle makes for rustic-chic baking vibes.

    Anthropologie Lulu Whisk, $14, available at Anthropologie

    Designed in Italy, this warm-hued glass bowl can serve as a whimsical centerpiece or a glittery vessel for morning oats.

    Vietri Glitter Bowl, Ginger, $11, available at One King's Lane

    Hang everything from keys to coats, necklaces, and bags on a lovely plated cast iron leaf.

    LEIF Gilded Leaf Wall Hook, $24, available at LEIF

    Make simple candle sticks an edgy statement with this artful starburst-shaped holder.

    H&M Star-shaped Candlestick, $17.98, available at H&M

    Serve your salads in style with this olive wood set.

    Lulu and Georgia Yuma Twig Salad Server, $23, available at Lulu and Georgia

    Pop your bottles like an artful OG with one of these colorful bent-nail openers.

    Areaware Bent-Nail Bottle Opener, $10, available at Areaware

    Make any beverage magical by sipping it out of a pair of dewy tumblers.

    Iittala Kastehelmi 10 Oz Tumbler, Set of 2, $25.95, available at Amazon

    Dress up your coffee table or bedside with a few stems inside this simple gilded vase.

    Canvas Home Dauville Multiple Stem Bud Vases in Gold, $21, available at Canvas

    Give your succulent a face with this handcrafted clay planter.

    Friend Assembly Medium Lucy Face Planter, $24.12, available at Nordstrom

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    It's official: We can't get enough of Lady Gaga (not news, but worth a reminder). Not only is she busy advocating for women and promoting one of the year's most buzz-worthy films, but she somehow also found time to get engaged to Hollywood talent agent, Christian Carino. And boy, did he do her right with the ring. A pink oval diamond — which, I might add, is the size of an old-school piece of Dubble Bubble — surrounded by a dozen colorless diamonds. Oh, and according to what Kathryn Money, VP of strategy and merchandising at Brilliant Earth told Page Six, that pink diamond "weighs in at between 11 and 13 carats" and could easily cost "over $1 million." Dare we say more?

    To honor this generation's Queen of Pop and her big news, we've rounded up the best 12 pink engagement rings on the market. From sapphires to morganite to diamonds, millennial pink is officially making a splash in the wide world of weddings. And since a million dollars is a little more than most of us spend on jewelry (even of the engagement kind), the rings ahead all go for four figures or less. Sure, traditional rings have their perks, but we're ready to take notes from Gaga herself and opt for something way less expected.

    At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

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    As she becomes more serious about running for president in 2020, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is attempting to clear the air about her Native American ancestry after President Donald Trump's constant racist taunts calling her "Pocahontas"  by taking a DNA test. But the Cherokee Nation has called her efforts to prove her heritage "inappropriate and wrong."

    On Monday, Sen. Warren released a video in which Stanford geneticist Carlos Bustamante tells her "the facts suggest that you absolutely have a Native American ancestor in your pedigree," with estimates ranging from 1/64th to 1/1024th.

    Trump, of course, paid no attention to the facts and continued to call her the racist name. "Pocahontas (the bad version), sometimes referred to as Elizabeth Warren, is getting slammed," he tweeted Tuesday. "She took a bogus DNA test and it showed that she may be 1/1024, far less than the average American. Now Cherokee Nation denies her, 'DNA test is useless.' Even they don't want her. Phony!"

    He continued: "Now that her claims of being of Indian heritage have turned out to be a scam and a lie, Elizabeth Warren should apologize for perpetrating this fraud against the American Public. Harvard called her 'a person of color' (amazing con), and would not have taken her otherwise!" In Sen. Warren's video, professors and students from Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania law schools refute Trump's allegation that she used her ancestry to get ahead. Although she checked the box on some official forms, there's no evidence that Sen. Warren was hired anywhere due to her heritage.

    The bigger problem, though, isn't Trump's statements — he will continue talking whether or not she responds. Now that she's taken the DNA test, she's being criticized for playing into America's racial essentialism, which Trump uses to create partisan distraction. See: the racist birther theory about President Barack Obama he kept up well into the 2016 election.

    Another sign Sen. Warren's move was miscalculated is the Cherokee Nation's criticism. "Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation," the Cherokee Nation’s secretary of state Chuck Hoskin, Jr. said in a statement on Monday. "Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong."

    He continued: "It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven. Sen. Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage."

    In the video she released, Sen. Warren says: "I'm not enrolled in a tribe, and only tribes determine tribal citizenship. I understand and respect that distinction, but my family history is my family history."

    But others argue that by bringing DNA into the picture at all, Sen. Warren is using her white privilege to define her identity. "For Elizabeth Warren to center a Native American ancestry test as the next move in her fight with Republicans is to make yet another strike — even if unintended — against tribal sovereignty," Kim TallBear, associate professor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Native Studies, said in a statement, pointing out that Sen. Warren has not met with Cherokee Nation members who have challenged her claims. "This shows that she focuses on and actually privileges DNA company definitions in this debate, which are ultimately settler-colonial definitions of who is Indigenous."

    As a small silver lining to this embarrassing fiasco, the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center (NIWRC) has received an influx of donations thanks to Sen. Warren.

    In July, Trump said he'd give $1 million to Sen. Warren's "favorite charity, if you take the test and it shows you're an Indian." After she completed the DNA test, Sen. Warren took him up on it, tweeting that he should send his check to the NIWRC, a nonpartisan organization working to end gender-based violence against indigenous women.

    Princella RedCorn, communications officer at NIWRC, told Refinery29 that there has been a huge increase in donations since Monday, although she could not specify the exact number — mostly small, individual gifts. None from the president, however.

    "We will continue to do this lifesaving work with or without the President's donation," NIWRC board chairwoman Cherrah Giles said in a statement. The organization said that while the conversation has centered around Sen. Warren's ancestry claims, it would be more worthwhile to focus on the high levels of sexual and intimate partner violence indigenous women experience. According to a May 2016 study by the National Institute of Justice, 56.1% have experienced sexual violence and 
55.5% have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner.

    "We appreciate Senator Warren's push to bring awareness to violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and families, who all too often are invisible to most Americans. As marginalized communities, we often struggle to bring tribal interests to the center of the debate."

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    When Halloween movie marathons roll around every October, we have to wonder: When did gratuitous gore become the norm for scary movies? How did carnage get conflated with creepy? And what exactly is it about blood and guts that's supposed to be so terrifying, anyway?

    We decided to dig up the most frightening gore-free films we could find. And you know what we discovered? When you strip away shock-value violence from the genre, an impressive trove of genuinely well-made fright-fests remain. These scary movies range from seminal classics like Rosemary's Baby to more modern fare like Paranormal Activity. (That's right, folks, there's more to modern horror than Saw!) Packed with psychological thrills and masterful suspense sequences, these 16 films are bloodcurdling, not blood-filled. (We can’t promise they won’t make you queasy, though. A truly terrifying film will do that to you, anyway.)

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    The Ring(2002)

    Sure, The Ring is inarguably one of the scariest movies of all time — but it's miraculously not gory. Instead, the fear is derived from the music, jump scares, and of course the terrifying premise: Anyone who watches a cursed VHS tape is doomed to die.

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    The Orphanage(2007)

    The Orphanage is thrilling entry into the horror genre which will appeal to all movie buffs — not just horr fanatics. At the start of the movie, Laura (Belén Rueda), her husband (Fernando Cayo), and adoptive son (Roger Princep) return to the orphanage where she was raised. She hopes to convert the orphanage into a home for disabled children. Instead, she stumbles upon the orphanage's dark history, which manifests in apparitions.


    Psycho might be the scariest movie ever, and there's not an ounce of blood. After stealing money from her employer, Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) runs away. But stealing isn't the decision that derails her life. It's her far more innocuous choice to stop at the Bates Motel, where Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) is waiting.

    Paranormal Activity (2007)
    The first installment in the prolific series is far and away the best — bare-bones, blood-free, and downright terrifying. A young couple’s found-footage face-off with demonic supernatural forces is every new homeowner’s nightmare. It’s actually widely considered to be the most profitable film of all time (based on ROI — the movie cost just $15,000 to make and grossed nearly $200 million worldwide).

    The Others (2001)
    This Spanish-American horror movie set in a mansion on the coast of post-WWII England stars Nicole Kidman as a strict, religious mom. Her two kids' extreme light-sensitivity confines them to the indoors while she waits for their father to return from battle. The movie is a master lesson in the art of making viewers sweat bullets with anxiety, using tension and spooky atmospherics instead of graphic gore and murderous maniacs.

    Photo: Courtesy of Cruise/Wagner Productions.

    Rear Window (1954)
    Shot from the perspective of the Greenwich Village apartment where an injured photographer (James Stewart) is holed up during a terrible summer heat wave, this Hitchcock classic is the forerunner of creepy-neighbor flicks like 2007’s Disturbia. The photog passes the time by watching his neighbors through his courtyard-facing rear window — until one evening, he witnesses what he believes to be a brutal murder. Grace Kelly co-stars as the skeptical girlfriend.

    Photo: Courtesy of Paramount.

    The Blair Witch Project (1999)
    The Blair Witch phenomenon changed the horror genre forever, kicking off a decade-and-a-half-long trend of found-footage flicks. Three film school students investigate a local legend in the forest country of Maryland — the movie, pulsing with sickening dread, is what’s left behind after they vanish into the woods. Though the no-longer-novel concept isn’t as convincing or confounding as it was back in 1999, it still feels real enough to put you off camping for a good few months.

    What Lies Beneath (2000)
    Claire (Michelle Pfeiffer) suffers memory damage from a car accident. So, when she starts seeing ghosts around her lakeside home in Vermont, her husband (Harrison Ford) starts to worry his wife is losing her mind. The only thing more surprising than the film’s director (Robert Zemeckis, of Forrest Gump and the Back to the Future trilogy) is its oh, shit third-act twist.

    Rosemary's Baby (1968)
    If you can suspend your knowledge of Roman Polanski’s sex-crime rap sheet for a couple of hours, this iconic classic of the psychological horror genre is worth every second of your willful ignorance. However, like sushi and water-skiing, this gothic fright-fest is highly inadvisable for moms-to-be.

    Photo: Courtesy of Paramount.

    Funny Games (2007)
    Michael Haneke remade his own 1997 Austrian film — about a family terrorized by a seemingly polite couple of young men — shot for shot with a new cast, including a superb Naomi Watts. Even though nearly all the torture happens off-camera, this one is hard to watch. How do you know you've made a truly disturbing movie? When one of your actors won’t even watch it: Star Tim Roth, who plays the husband, found the whole filming experience so distressing that he’s refused to ever watch the finished product.

    Photo: Courtesy of Halcyon Pictures.

    Signs (2008)
    While not technically a horror film, M. Night Shymalan’s nuanced sci-fi thriller starring Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix is one of the eeriest takes on extraterrestrial visitation in recent memory. So little “scary stuff” actually appears onscreen that the rare moments when it does — like in this home video of a little girl’s birthday party with an uninvited guest — catch you off guard and send shivers down your spine.

    Writer-director duo James Wan and Leigh Whannell typically land themselves on lists of the most gory films of all time. The team behind the original Saw stunned critics and moviegoers alike, though, with their gloriously guts-free, low-budget Insidious. It's like a haunted-house movie — except in this one, it’s the child’s unconscious that’s haunted. With its unique story, well-imagined demons, and a good stock of jump-out-of-your-seat scares, this one is a modern horror classic.

    Photo: Courtesy of Alliance Films.

    The Wicker Man (1973)
    A police investigator (Edward Woodward) arrives on the tiny Scottish island of Summerisle in the wake of a little girl’s disappearance to find out what happened — but none of the residents seem too worried. In fact, they deny the entire incident. Things get increasingly freaky as the pagan and sexual rituals of the people come to light. So smart and so strange. (But for the love of god, do not confuse this with the 2006 Nic Cage remake, which is just scary bad.)

    The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
    The people of Point Pleasant, WV, have been reporting sightings of the demonic "Mothman" for decades — the Science Channel even filed it under "unexplained" in a TV doc. That local lore inspired this creep-fest starring Richard Gere and Laura Linney, who ask if the creature is legend, delusion, or something truly sinister. Unsettling throughout, with several pulse-pounding points of tension.

    Photo: Courtesy of Lakeshore Ent.

    The Nameless(1999)
    Okay, fair warning here: A waterlogged (but blood-free) corpse appears in the first five minutes of this Spanish horror movie, originally titled Los Sin Nombre. Several years after her daughter’s body is found, a woman gets a mysterious phone call that spurs her to reopen the case. This super-slow-burner marries supernatural horror with classic psychological thriller anxiety, shrouding you in a foreboding sense of dread for nearly two hours — but the payoff is well, well worth it.

    Photo: Courtesy of Miramax.

    Dark Water (2002)
    Skip the lackluster 2005 Jennifer Connelly remake — the original is everything great about Japanese horror: artful restraint, perfectly manipulated suspense, an uncanny sense of doom, and, of course, demonic poltergeists in the form of young children. Not recommended for renters with a habitually leaky ceiling.

    Photo: Courtesy of Kadokawa Shoten.

    Under the Skin (2013)
    Scarlett Johansson redefined her lady-killer reputation in this cult favorite, a mind-fuck of a film best described as art-house horror meets metaphysical sci-fi. There are few words and no named characters, but that lack of familiar conventions — combined with an ethereal score and truly freaky visual sequences — creates a strangely mesmerizing sense of foreboding. The WTF final scene will leave you speechless.

    Les Diaboliques (1955)
    Another one butchered in a starry remake (in 1996 with Sharon Stone), this may be the best Hitchcockian horror film that Hitchcock didn’t actually make. A superfan of the film, Hitchcock professed to borrowing heavily from Henri-Georges Clouzot’s French masterpiece — set in a boarding school run by a ruthless headmaster — to make Psycho, which this rivals in suspense (and likelihood to make you scared of bathrooms).

    Photo: Courtesy of Criterion Collection.

    The Changeling (1980)
    A classical music composer (George C. Scott) moves to an old mansion outside Seattle after losing his family in a car crash. And it doesn't take long for shit to get weird. The haunted house with a history may be a cliché by now, but this early gem still outdoes the best of them 35 years later: The IFC suggests it may be the scariest movie of all time. What's for sure, though, is that you'll never look at an empty wheelchair the same way again.

    Photo: Courtesy of Chessman Park.

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    Between Wild Wild Country and the endlessly disturbing details of the NXIVM bust, cults are dominating the mainstream news cycle in a way they haven't since 1969. And yet, provided you're not breaking any laws, having a "cult following" remains a very good, generally benign thing.

    That is exactly what Sunday Riley has — a breathless legion of devoted fans and Sephora VIBs who worship the smart, high-performance skin-care line as if it's the only one on earth. The brand (which is named after a real person, by the way; she just prefers to stay behind-the-scenes at the company) has 224,000 followers on Instagram with just 13 individual products, which is no small feat for an independent company based out of Houston, Texas.

    While we can't possibly confirm whether or not the lineup will work for your skin, we can say that all 13 are worth giving a shot, if only to size up their five-star reputations for yourself. So what are you waiting for? Maybe it's time to join the cult.

    Arguably the line's buzziest — and best-loved — product, this multitasking formula contains everything your skin needs to become a brighter, clearer version of itself. Does it smell like sour milk that someone squeezed a lemon into? It does indeed, thanks to the high concentration of lactic acid. But this tingly treatment works so well at creating fresher, smoother skin overnight, it's easy to overlook the scent.

    Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment, $105, available at Sephora

    This retinoid oil (that's right) earns high marks across the board for its plumping, fine line-fading properties. What's special about this bright-blue solution, in addition to the fact that it smells uncannily like beef jerky, is that it seeks to bust the myth that retinoids are always drying, instead working to reduce redness, calm irritation, and leave skin soothed — and not even a little bit blue.

    Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, $105, available at Sephora

    Packed with 10% sulfur, 4% niacinamide, and a handful of other antibacterial ingredients like tea tree oil, turmeric, and manuka, this mask goes on bright green and rinses away to reveal smoother skin free of planet-sized zits. That said, it's best for the mild-to-moderate acne sufferer who's concerned with whiteheads and occasional breakouts; if you're concerned with more hormonal activity or have highly reactive skin, look elsewhere. (And, as with all acne products, for some people it won't do much of anything at all.)

    Sunday Riley Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask, $55, available at Sephora

    With a rich texture best described as buttery, this faintly citrus-scented moisturizer isn't suitable for daytime use, except for the very, very dry. But its potent combination of vitamin C, gentle chemical exfoliants, and a fruit-basket worth of oils and extracts make it an excellent reparative night treatment, without being too heavy.

    Sunday Riley C.E.O. C + E antiOXIDANT Protect + Repair Moisturizer, $65, available at Sephora

    This fast-absorbing dry oil redefines salicylic acid the way Luna does retinoids: by putting the typically drying ingredient in a well-balanced formula that keep skin smooth and hydrated, not parched and flaky. It smells like sticking your head in a spice cabinet, but for acne sufferers in pursuit of minimized breakouts and a newfound glow, it's worth a shot.

    Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil, $80, available at Sephora

    Our first impression was that this is the strongest-smelling vitamin C serum we've ever gotten a whiff of — fortunately, in the fresh-squeezed O.J. way, not the dreaded copper-penny kind. With a slightly heavier feel than we've come to expect from serums, this formula feels rich and nourishing and works as a nice dewy base under makeup, though it's a bit too greasy for use on oily skin.

    Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, $85, available at Sephora

    This hydrating eye cream, like many eye creams, is divisive. If you believe in a special moisturizer for the half-moon area under your eyes, then this one is excellent for brightening up dark circles and depuffing (especially when stored in the fridge); if you can think of 65 better uses for $65, then skip. Unless, of course, you're feeling open-minded... in which case, it wouldn't be the first time this formula in particular made an eye-cream skeptic change their tune.

    Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream, $65, available at Sephora

    It smells funky and might leave oil stains on your pillowcases if you get overzealous with it (and you're probably going to get overzealous with it — it's that good), but this oil, jam-packed with vitamins and cold-pressed seed oils, is truly brightening, and leaves our skin looking like we've never seen the sun or environmental pollution in our lives.

    Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil, $90, available at Sephora

    The name might bring the ocean to mind, but this water-cream hybrid does much more than hydrate: Its most targeted function is as a brightening treatment that uses dark spot-diminishing alpha-arbutin and papaya enzymes to clarify skin and fade discoloration. But this formula also provides immediate satisfaction in the form of a dreamy cooling sensation that makes skin feel instantly refreshed.

    Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, $65, available at Sephora

    If mattifying is a major concern for you, then this unique toner — it transforms from a lightweight gel to easily-absorbed liquid — will do the trick, using bentonite clay to minimize shine all day long. It might be too drying for more sensitive, less problematic skin types that need a bit more moisture, but it smells like cucumber water, which is nice.

    Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner, $55, available at Sephora

    You probably won't notice major brightening results from any one cleanser alone, but this is an excellent cleansing oil for all skin types regardless. It's full of fatty acids to nourish as it dissolves makeup and grime, and natural AHAs and BHAs are a solid addition for gentle exfoliation.

    Sunday Riley C.E.O. C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil, $38, available at Sephora

    We can confirm that, if you close your eyes and use your imagination while massaging this luxe cleansing balm over your face, you might almost — almost — be able to forget that you're in your bathroom and not an actual spa. Yes, it also removes makeup and leaves skin feeling super fresh and clean, but any old cleanser can do that. This one is an experience(which, for $50, it should be).

    Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm, $50, available at Sephora

    The brand recently reformulated one of its first products, the Ceramic Slip cleanser, to be gentler on sensitive skin that couldn't handle the potent deep-cleansing properties of the original. The new formula — which is just a blend of various clays and non-foaming surfactants — is indeed gentler, but it just doesn't have the same pore-purifying power that earned it such an ardent following in the first place.

    Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser, $35, available at Sephora

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    Gillian Jacobs might be known best for embodying complicated, polarizing characters, from the overall-wearing Mickey in Netflix's Love to the self-righteous Britta in Community. But truly, it might be the Jacobs behind her Shatterbox film Curated that truly freaks us out.

    The premise: Nancy, the protagonist, and her husband take a trip to pick up a few items at her late grandmother's estate, where they meet a curator who gives them a rather long — and unsettling — tour of the house.

    The tour gradually gets stranger and stranger (human fingernails are involved), until it hits a grotesque peak. No spoilers, but basically, per Jacobs, "The film is about inheritance and a grandmother passing along her house and an identity, where the two people who entered aren’t going to leave."

    The story is inspired by Jacobs' homebody maternal grandmother, who loved her family but felt a special, powerful loyalty to her house.

    “People would stay at my grandmother’s house from around the world and leave objects, clothes, and musical instruments," Jacobs said. "You would think she was a world traveler, but she never left the house.”

    Jacobs spun her “kitchen sink family drama into a thriller piece," she said, but the early stages of the film centered solely on the character of the grandmother. With a shared love for creepy and odd stories, she collaborated with writer Amelia Gray to create this horror piece.

    “Amelia was able to fictionalize my grandmother and the world and make it different enough and far enough way to make a more interesting short film rather than just a biography," Jacobs said.

    Directing a short horror film might seem like a far jump from Jacobs' past comedic work in Love and Community, but Jacobs absorbed her knowledge from thousands of hours on set. "I’ve seen things go well and things go poorly. If you’re paying attention and you’re really trying to take in the set as a whole, you can learn a lot. It’s a pretty great way to learn about filmmaking as a whole," Jacobs said.

    It also helped to have women by her side. Jacobs’s manager Jill Kaplan, who is also a producer of the film, was one of the first people to push her to pursue this project. “Having other women in your life who really believe in you and see your potential and push you past your fear and discomfort has been incredibly meaningful and helpful to me,” Jacobs said.

    On her Shatterbox set, Jacobs collaborated with women in all areas, including colorist Laura Jans-Fazio ( Mr. Robot, A Series of Unfortunate Events) from EFilm. “Gillian’s great to work with. She’s smart, fun, and has a communicative approach to the collaborative film making process," Jans-Fazio said.

    “You see certain jobs that women do a lot: script supervisors, [or work in the] hair/makeup department. It’s much more rare to see a female grip, but women are capable of all of these positions. There was a female director [named] Dorothy Arzner who helped invent the boom mic. I relish the opportunity to work with women, and it was really fun to look around and see roles that women don’t really play," Jacobs said.

    Jacobs studied female filmmakers from the early 20th century, and she recognizes that women contributing new ideas and learning diverse roles in the production world isn't a new thing. Women have been on set since the beginning of cinema, and Shatterbox gave her an opportunity to see it in action.

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    When it comes to fall footwear, boots always seem to take the cake. From Western-inspired styles to polished block heels, the sheer range of the shoe is enough to keep them on our feet all season long. That said, we tapped R29's own senior fashion market editor Alyssa Coscarelli to show off how she styles boots from ALDO 's fall collection — taking her looks to new heights and making them completely her own. Think: classic black booties paired with a belted blazer dress, warm suede zip-ups with complementary neutral layers, and square-toe heels with a textured maxi-dress and patterned turtleneck. Watch how it all goes down above, and see for yourself how these boots were made for styling.

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    Halloween costumes are like prom dresses. Chances are: You only ever wear them once. And yet, that doesn't seem to get in the way of people forking over serious cash for something they are going to sport for a single evening of revelry. (The wonders of consumer culture never cease to amaze, right?)

    So what might a couple hundred bucks buy from this year's online costume rack? You could drop a ton of dough to dress up like Harley Quinn, since, like Hansel, she's so hot right now. Or maybe a Storm Trooper ensemble is more your style? You're in luck. You can get one at Target for a cool $1000. On the fairytale side of things, it is possible to purchase a replica of the silk gown Cinderella wore to the ball for $950. If none of these are meeting your costume needs, don't sweat it. There are plenty more where those came from. Just take a look.

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    The Costume: Belle

    The Cost: $590

    Every budding bookworm wishes to grow up into Belle.

    The Costume:Queen Cersei Lanniser

    The Cost: $6,725

    You won't get a Cersei costume more accurate than this one. The costume features hand-embroidered lion motifs on each shoulder, and handcrafted metal work. It comes in vinyl or fabric. If you're balking at the price, you can also purchase a Season 2-era Cersei red dress for $200.

    Courtesy of FadenDesignStudios 

    The Costume:(Deconstructed?) Catwoman

    The Cost: $520

    Here's the description, folks: "Includes everything from the suit , corset, gloves , claws and with a fabric head piece. This version comes in damaged or clean cut."

    Call me crazy. But if I'm going to drop five bills on a costume, I will damage it myself thank you very much.

    Photo: Courtesy of DonQuijoteCosplay Etsy Shop.

    The Costume: full-on skeleton body suit

    The Cost: $145

    Call me crazy... But for some reason this seems like a reasonable price to pay for something that I might even consider wearing on a day that isn't Halloween? That might be my New York City sticker shock speaking though.

    I don't know: Yay or nay on this one, folks? Maybe it doubles a warmth layer under your regular clothes on a super cold day? Maybe it's just rad enough to justify the price? Help! Clearly spiraling over here.

    Photo: Courtesy of BadInka Etsy Shop.

    The Costume: The Little Mermaid, Or Really Any Mermaid

    The Cost: $175

    There is a part of me that sort of wants to buy this right now because I feel like I might be able to wear the skirt and bra top on days that are now Halloween. But still, that's a lot of money to fork over to go as an anthropomorphic fish for Halloween.

    Photo: Courtesy of SparkleMeGorgeous Etsy Store.

    The Costume: Daenerys Targaryen a.k.a. Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons

    The Cost: $420

    Keep in mind that this is just for the dress itself (which, depending on your fandom level, you might be able to wear again). Shoes, wig, and dragon companions sold separately.

    Photo: Courtesy of Crinoline's Etsy Store.

    The Costume: Elphaba from Broadway's Wicked

    The Cost: $950

    Witch hat sold separately. Same goes for green body makeup but definitely use this woman's contouring magic to up your costume game.

    Photo: Courtesy of The Bohemian Goddess Etsy Shop.

    The Costume: Cinderella

    The Cost: $900 (at least)

    Expensive price tag aside, you are pretty much guaranteed to be the belle of the ball.

    Photo: Courtesy of PhoenixCardinal's Etsy Shop.

    The Costume: Cinderella

    The Cost: $865

    What better reason to justify your desire to grow your hair down to your butt?

    Photo Courtesy of TatianartCosplay Etsy Shop.

    The Costume: Edward Scissorhands

    The Cost: $845

    Plus whatever medical bills you wind up with when you try to go to the bathroom with this thing on.

    Photo: Courtesy of TheChesiresHat Etsy Shop.

    The Costume: Corpse bride dress from Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride

    The Cost: $799

    This one might actually be worth the investment. Perhaps you even pair it with a bomber jacket and call it an updated take on the whole grunge trend. Any takers?

    Photo: Courtesy of Deconstructress Etsy Shop.

    The Costume: Melisandre from Game of Thrones

    The Cost: $475

    This one might be able to do double duty next year if you want to go as Little Red Riding Hood. If you do though, we suggest using that rule where you halve the cost of something every time you wear it to soothe your sticker shock.

    Photo: Courtesy of Whatacostume Etsy Shop.

    The Costume: Elsa from Frozen

    The Cost: $1,100

    When it comes to Halloween, no: It's not yet time to let it go.

    Photo: Courtesy of PhoenixCardinal Etsy Shop.

    The Costume: Generic Victorian vampire/victim

    The Cost: $2,900

    Well, the bodice is boned, which means this costume comes with an authentic Victorian female experience: feeling a little like your internal organs are being crushed.

    Photo: Courtesy of Redthreaded Etsy Shop.

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    There are few things in this world that scared us more than seeing Bill Skarsgård transform into Pennywise in 2017's It. But, while some people went to see the new iteration of the classic Stephen King novel just to judge it against the 1990 film, we went for a completely different reason: the Halloween beauty inspiration.

    With the big night only a month away, we're eager to lock down a killer costume ASAP, and let's face it: Pennywise is (still) this year's Harley Quinn. There's something so creepy about the red-stained grin and fiery hair that makes it the perfect costume. But how can you stand out amongst a sea of clowns? Luckily, a handful of horror film fans have shown off their It looks on Instagram — and the results are almost as terrifying as the actual movie. Even better, each one is unique from the next.

    Click ahead to check out the coolest Pennywise beauty looks. Just don't expect your friends to want to spend a whole lot of time with you should you dare to try one.

    We're familiar with Jordan Hanz's special effects work from last year's impressive Harley Quinn look. But it seems as if she dropped Suicide Squad for some major Pennywise action. No one could make that blood-red smile creepier...

    As if staying inside the lines isn't hard enough, one Instagram artist pulled off the detailed portrait of Pennywise on her mouth. Her hero product of choice: Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Witches, of course.

    Another artist felt inspired by the iconic red balloon known to float around its future victims in the town of Derry, Maine.

    Not ready to go full Pennywise? Opt for this somewhat subtle (keyword: subtle) rendition — and swap out red lips for black.

    If you're looking for something that's as low-key as a dangerously violent clown can get, we suggest going with a beat like this.

    Can't pick between the two twisted clowns? Combine a Harley Quinn wig with Pennywise makeup for your next Halloween party.

    Are you dedicated to having the kind of Pennywise costume that would make Skarsgård proud? Consider this tutorial for October 31. Beware: This is one look that requires a visit to a special effects shop.

    Wear Pennywise's spooky smile on you fingertips all month long to show your true dedication to the classic horror film.

    Here's how to show your deep appreciation for the film without scaring everyone at the party: Wear an intricate nail tribute instead. Then maybe wear gloves.

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    If we could turn back time, we'd explain to Andre 3000 that what's actually cooler than being cool is being warm. While we're already regretting the heat-driven complaints we made up until just last month, there's no turning back from the arrival of fall. Weather grievances aside, we'll grasp any excuse for a closet overhaul, and what better way to celebrate that than with a genuinely good sale.

    Need Supply 's Family and Friends sale just kicked off and it's taking 20% off everything. From new Ganni dresses to Adidas top-selling sneakers, the latest from Maryam Nassir Zadeh to Need Supply's in-house price-conscious brand Farrow, it's as close to a free for all fall arrivals sale as you can get. There's no time like the present to finally pick up that fuzzy coat or oversized sweater you've been thinking about.

    Until Friday, October 19, use the code 20FORYOU to save 20% sitewide at Need Supply.

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    For some, a lipstick is just a lipstick. But for others, it's a source of strength, creativity, and expression. In our series Power Faces, we'll explore the relationship between strong women and the makeup they choose to wear — or not. Our latest subject is Olympic sprinter Queen Harrison. This story was told to Jessica Cruel and edited for length and clarity.

    I started running in middle school when we first moved to Virginia from upstate New York. I would put cute cheerleading ribbons in my hair, or wear high socks, just to stand out. Around my sophomore year of college is when I started wearing more makeup. At first, it was a little mascara and filling my brows in, then it was pink lipstick, and when I went pro, I was like, I’m wearing lipstick and winged liner when I race — and I got quite a bit of flack about it.

    Other than FloJo back in the ‘80s, there were no women who were wearing makeup because it was looked at like, "You’re not taking this seriously. You shouldn’t care what you look like. It should just be about the performance." To me, I adopted, You look good, you feel good, you perform good. My goal is not to see how much makeup I can pound on my face to be noticed; it’s really about what makes me feel beautiful and fierce when I look in the mirror.

    Photographed by Angie Smith

    Leading The Pack

    My pre-race ritual involves a lot of music, because music really gets me in my zone. I just take my time and experiment as I’m getting ready; it takes my mind off of the race so I’m not getting antsy or overanalyzing what I need to do on the track. Some people may think it’s a distraction when, in reality, focusing only on the race can start to make you nervous.

    When I get to these track meets, I've done all the work and all I need to do is focus on executing and looking good while I’m doing it. I don't wear makeup every day. Sometimes, just putting my natural face forward is my power face, but you won’t ever catch me at a meet without makeup. It’s part of my uniform now, and it’s a performance. You’d never see Beyoncé at a performance with no makeup on.

    I actually felt like it made [other girls on the line] underestimate me. It made them think, "Oh, she is just so worried about looking cute." Then I would win, and I’d still look cute. Then, next thing you know, you start seeing a couple girls wearing lipstick. It’s funny how it’s evolved now.

    Photographed by Angie Smith

    The Long Run

    My goal right now, as a track and field athlete, is to break into the beauty realm where a lot of female athletes aren’t represented; we’re always left out of that conversation. That actually led to me having my own hair extensions line, Queenly Textures. There are so many hair companies now, but I’ve decided Queenly Textures will be marketed to the active woman. Women are multifaceted. We can still care about our hair and our appearance and still get 'ish done. I’ve always said I wanted to own a beauty salon and spa down the line, so I said, "Why don’t we get it started now and start moving in that direction."

    Infiltrating the beauty world as an athlete is really important to me. If it means my looks on the track are going to have to keep going viral, then that is what we’ll do. I’ll keep running fast and. hopefully, I will bring track and field into pop culture, which is really the ultimate goal.

    Photographed by Angie Smith

    Inside Track

    Lebron [James] said it really well when he said, "I am more than an athlete." I’ve always embraced that being elite in track and field is part of me, but it's not everything I am. I was doing a lot of things before I became an Olympian, and I’m going to be doing a lot of things after.

    For women in sports, there is a lot of trying to control what is right for a female athlete to do. Are you going to complain about the size of our uniforms? If I don’t want to wear the uniform, are you going to say I’m a prude? If I have makeup on, are you going to say she’s not focused on track? If I don’t wear makeup, are you going to say she is not one of the sexy athletes? It’s always a policing of what a female athlete is supposed to be and look like.

    A lot of times, women athletes are leery of showing their other sides out of fear of someone saying, "Just shut up and run track." I got to the point where I was comfortable enough to say, "If you want to get to know the track Queen, you are going to learn about Queen period. You’re going to see an eyeliner picture and an outfit picture the same as you’re going to see a racing picture."

    I always try to show people it’s ok to be everything you want to be. There are no limits. If you want to be a track athlete, you can also be beauty obsessed. If you are an athlete and you want to do music, you can. If you are a dentist and want to wear lipstick to work, even though you are wearing that mask over your mouth, you can do what you want. I just plan on being the best version of myself. It’s not about what anyone else decides is the best — it’s what I decide.

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