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    Well this we did not expect. More parents are naming their babies after the first lady and first daughter, with "Ivanka" having surged in popularity by 362% and "Melania" by 227% since 2015, according to a review of Social Security Administration data by the website AreaVibes. (Hello, MAGA onesies?)

    Meanwhile, Ivanka's sis Tiffany saw her name popularity decline by 17% (sorry, Tiff), while "Barron" jumped by 90%, "Donald" dropped by 11%, and "Eric" went down by 6%.

    The growing interest in their unique names, at the same time as "Donald" is falling out of favor, speaks to the perception of Ivanka and Melania as neutral, peacemaking figures despite their complicity in the administration's worst policies. We can just picture a specific type of Dallas mom naming her little precious Ivanka because "she's so graceful and elegant."

    While use of these names is rising, they're still both very uncommon. In 2017, only 164 baby girls were named Ivanka. It's less popular than "Ivana," of which Ivanka is a nickname in Czech: 191 girls got the name in 2017. (Ivanka Trump's real name is actually "Ivana"; she was named after her mom.)

    Pamela Redmond Satran, cofounder of Nameberry.com and author of several baby-name books, as well as the book Younger, says people are more likely to make the "president's daughter" association with little Ivankas than they are the "first lady" association with little Melanias. "Ivanka is a much more distinctive and much less intrinsically likable name: That 'ank' syllable is not very attractive," she tells Refinery29. "Figuratively, at this point there's still only one Ivanka — just like there's only one Kanye, one Barack, one Madonna — no matter how many other people get the name."

    Melania was the fifth fastest-rising baby-girl name in 2017. It increased 720 places to enter the top 1,000 at #930. In 2017, 283 girls were named Melania. "I would guess that at least 280 of them were because people heard and liked the first lady's name," says Redmond Satran. "It's got the ingredients to be a popular name apart from the influence of Mrs. Trump: It's both familiar and exotic, and is similar to some recent names that became more visible and more popular, like...Malia. You might not have to be a rabid Trump fan, or even a Republican, to name your baby Melania, but you have to feel positively about the association because it will be universal in the U.S."

    Speaking of Malia, Social Security data shows that both "Sasha" and "Malia" went up in popularity during the Obama administration. But as for Ivanka, even less than a year ago her name wasn't considered all that hot. "Ivanka is different," Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard and founder of BabyNameWizard.com, told Live Science. "She's not a little girl, and she's an explicitly political figure."

    Wattenberg explained that people named their kids after presidents — Cleveland, Roosevelt — pretty reliably until around the middle of the 20th century. After that, it's possible the public became more cynical. "There was a clear turning point in American history where we went from routinely naming after political and military leaders and avoiding them at all costs," Wattenberg said.

    When it comes to Melania and Barron, they fit into some already existing baby-name trends, she added. "Melania" is a flowing, "liquid name" like "Arianna," and Barron is an "exalted" name that evokes royalty.

    So, while Tiffany may not be the most popular Trump right now, at least her name will be forever synonymous with fine jewelry and not possible indictments like her big sister.

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    To keep warm this holiday season, you could either a) form a penguin-like huddle with a group of friends; b) browse our edit of J.Crew 's ace holiday collection; or c) do both, but the former just for fun. With a bit of foresight, aka rounding up the squad to do some shopping now, the whole gang can celebrate the season in J.Crew pieces that are cozy, colorful, and highly gift-able.

    We're not saying that a colorblocked turtleneck or pink pom-pom beanie will suddenly raise temps by 30 degrees, but they will lift your mood — and those of your dearest pals — and make your seasonal celebrations a little more bright. So keep clicking for 10 warm, happy-making picks the fam will thank you for. P.S. Look for items marked with our special pink "editors' pick" seal in select J.Crew stores.

    Oh, this? It's just a super-cozy wool scarf that was crafted at a centuries-old English mill.



    Abraham Moon for J.Crew Wool Scarf, $59.5, available at J.CrewDesigned by Vero Romero.

    Looks expensive, doesn't it?



    J.Crew Colorblock Turtleneck Sweater, $79.5, available at J.CrewDesigned by Vero Romero.

    Fact: A flash of tie-dye is even better in the off-season.



    Anonymous Ism Uneven Tie-Dye Crew Socks, $28, available at J.Crew

    Earmuffs? Cute. Noise-canceling headphones? Crucial. Together? A winter-commute must-have.



    J.Crew Bluetooth Earmuffs, $80, available at J.Crew

    Chic enough to go from couch to cocktails (we won't tell).



    J.Crew Flannel Pajama Set, $98, available at J.Crew

    This is the exact pom-pom-to-hat ratio we've been looking for.



    J.Crew Patchwork Fair Isle Knit Hat, $39.5, available at J.Crew

    Warning: The person you give this to might find themselves unconsciously patting the striped shearling throughout the day.



    J.Crew Signet Bag, $328, available at J.Crew

    String this gold charm onto a chain or, better yet, a hoop earring.



    J.Crew 14k Gold-Plated Letter Charm, $49.5, available at J.Crew

    Never risk frostbite to send a critical text again.



    J.Crew Text-Friendly Mittens, $69.5, available at J.Crew

    Fluffy, petal pink, and basically the antithesis of winter.



    J.Crew Everyday Cashmere Crewneck Sweater, $98, available at J.Crew

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    Shopping for holiday presents follows a simple flow — identify the giftee, then find a gift that works. But sometimes, it happens the other way around. Making our way through store after store, we end up gravitating toward something without a person in mind, but putting it back on the shelf isn't an option. Yes, some gifts are that good.

    It's easy to dismiss potential presents-to-be if there's no obvious future owner. But, sometimes all the fun is in buying the item, then figuring out the lucky winner who gets to have it. Ahead, we’ve rounded up all the eye-catching goodies we've come across this season, and the perfect people to give them a home for the holidays. They may seem quirky, but we swear — there's a bow-wrapped soulmate for everyone on your list.

    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.

    The Gift: A cozy gray turtleneck.
    The Giftee: Your roomie who always complains about the apartment being too cold. This oversized turtleneck is sure to warm her right up.



    & Other Stories Oversized Turtleneck Sweater, $59, available at & Other StoriesPhoto Courtesy of & Other Stories.

    The Gift: A French girl-approved lipstick palette by none other than Jeanne Damas
    The Giftee: Your brother's girlfriend who has a certain je ne sais quoi.



    Rouje Lip Palette, $45, available at RoujePhoto Courtesy of Rouje.

    The Gift: An at-home ramen set
    The Giftee: Your college roommate who still hasn't kicked her Box-O-Noodles habit. Teach her what real ramen is like this year.



    Urban Outfitters Noodle Set, $20, available at Urban OutfittersPhoto Courtesy of Urban Outfitters.

    The Gift: A set of pretty city guides for the new must-travel cities
    The Giftee: Your bestie who's micro-famous on Instagram (or at least is trying to be). Not only is this Thailand city guide four-pack for her jet-setting lifestyle better than your overdone guides to London and Paris, they serve as pretty background pieces in flat lays, too.



    LUXE City Guides Thailand Travel Set: Including Bangkok, Phuket & Chiang, $277.55, available at AmazonPhoto Courtesy of Amazon.

    The Gift: A travel beauty set
    The Giftee: Your long distance BFF, because having super hydrated post-Red Eye skin is reason enough to jump on a plane and come visit.



    Omorovicza Travel Set, $150, available at Net-A-PorterPhoto Courtesy of Net-a-Porter.

    The Gift: A feminist graphic tee
    The Giftee: The college bestie who's always retweeting Jenny Slate and and reposting Instagram memes that fight the good feminist fight.



    Wildfang She Came She Saw Tee, $40, available at WildfangPhoto Courtesy of Wildfang.

    The Gift: A trendy shaving set
    The Giftee: Your best guy friend who swears he "doesn't want anything this year," every year.



    Harry's Chrome Winston Set + Shave Cream, $35, available at Need SupplyPhoto Courtesy of Need Supply.

    The Gift: The no-fail low heel.
    The Giftee: The friend who has been suffering through uncomfortable dates for way too long. This season, give the gift of stylish support.



    The Row Coco Suede And Satin Mules, $795, available at Net-A-PorterPhoto Courtesy of Net-a-Porter.

    The Gift: A tomate basilic scented candle
    The Giftee: That friend who's really into (read: snobby about) food. If their taste in cuisine often leans towards gourmet, this is a mouthwatering option that won't disappoint their elevated taste buds.



    La Belle Mèche Tomato Basil Scented Candle, 190 g, $44, available at Neiman MarcusPhoto Courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

    The Gift: A fancy, feather-trimmed set of pajamas
    The Giftee: Your friend who always opts out of Friday night plans in favor of staying in. At least her late night Instagram stories will look good!



    Sleeper Light Blue Christmas Pajamas, $265, available at SleeperPhoto Courtesy of Sleeper.

    The Gift: Punny napkins that are almost too cute to use
    The Giftee: Your friend who loves to host boozy brunches, and was the first to graduate from Solo cups to glassware.



    August Morgan Croc-Tails Napkins, $10, available at August MorganPhoto Courtesy of August Morgan.

    The Gift: A pair of cashmere slippers
    The Giftee: Your deskmate at work, so she'll stop complaining about how uncomfortable her heels are. No one has to know she swapped them out for these bad boys.



    Vince Cadie Cashmere Slippers, $98, available at ShopbopPhoto Courtesy of Shopbop.

    The Gift: A customizable necklace
    The Giftee: The Pinterest-obsessed newbie mom who feels the need to customize everything (and we mean everything) with her little bundle of joy's name.



    Mejuri Engravable Bar Necklace, $269, available at MejuriPhoto Courtesy of Mejuri.

    The Gift: A chic carry-all, weekender, and post-workout dirty clothes holder all in one
    The Giftee: This is perfect for your boss who's well, a boss. If she's got a killer sense of style and is the type to charge in at 8 a.m. on the dot after an early morning boxing class, this bag will make her day-to-day commute so much easier.



    Béis The Duffle, $83, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    The Gift: A mini does-it-all kitchen appliance
    The Giftee: Your college age cousin who just moved into their first off-campus apartment.



    Dash 2 Cup Mini Rice Cooker, $24.99, available at WayfairPhoto Courtesy of Wayfair.

    The Gift: A minimalist Mickey Mouse keychain
    The Giftee: Your friend who A. really loves Disney or B. is stuck on a nostalgic '90s kid kick and needs a grown-up outlet for their obsession.



    Disney x Karen Walker Runaway Mickey Keyring, $32.39, available at Karen WalkerPhoto Courtesy of Karen Walker.

    The Gift: A bold tone sweater
    The Giftee: The acquaintance who's been telling you she wants to change up her look, but doesn't know where to begin.



    Ganni Julliard Mohair Sweater, $284.99, available at Need SupplyPhoto Courtesy of Need Supply.

    The Gift: A terrarium.
    The Giftee: The first-time homeowner still figuring out the feel of the new space. He's probably too busy picking out a couch to think about the rest of the living room decor.



    NCYP Indoor Tabletop Terrarium, $29.99, available at AmazonPhoto Courtesy of Amazon.

    The Gift: A set of bedazzled barrettes
    The Giftee: The tween cousin who is somehow mastering today's biggest trends better than you are.



    Valet Studio Claudia Clip , $35, available at Valet StudioPhoto Courtesy of Valet Studio.

    The Gift: A Stüssy sweatshirt
    The Giftee: Your cool teen sibling who has interests you haven't caught onto yet. Instead of deferring to a Target giftcard, go for an unexpected hoodie by none other than this cool-kid streetwear brand.



    Stussy Printed Hoodie, $148, available at FarfetchPhoto Courtesy of Farfetch.

    The Gift: Modern charcoil air freshener
    The Giftee: The hosts that are taking you in for the holidays when you can't travel home, so they can get some fresh air and some fresh new decor



    Morihata Morihata Chikuno Cube, $72, available at AnthropologiePhoto Courtesy of Anthropologie.

    The Gift: Heart-embossed shades that take a certain type of person to pull off
    The Giftee: Your teen half-sister who just decided she's going to study fashion design in New York City.



    Adam Selman x Le Specs Heartbreaker Sunglasses, $104, available at MatchesFashion.comPhoto Courtesy of Matches Fashion.

    The Gift: A Vetements-inspired dog hoodie
    The Giftee: That friend who can never make brunch or weekend getaway plans since she's too busy sleeping in with her pup.



    Petements Dog Hoodie, $48, available at The Frankie ShopPhoto Courtesy of The Frankie Shop.

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    Buying a gift for your boss can be tricky. Whether you have a manager who you regularly grab after-work drinks with, or someone who feels a bit more off-limits, you’ll want to give a present that reflects their personality as well as your relationship. In all likelihood, your best bet is a gift that strikes a comfortable balance between professionalism and fun. You also don't want to go over-the-top and risk making everyone feel awkward if your gift is too extravagant or too personal.

    With that in mind, we've rounded up 15 great gift ideas for your boss, all under $25!

    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.

    The 14-ounce YETI Rambler mug boasts a super sleek, minimal design. The mug is perfect for anyone who commutes to work and is looking to keep their coffee piping hot the whole way. Plus, the mug’s coating is scratch, peel, and fade-resistant.



    YETI YETI Rambler 14 oz Insulated Mug with Lid, Black, $24.99, available at Amazon

    A beautifully soothing ombre calendar will add a bit of style to your manager's workspace. Though the calendar starts in August, it runs all the way through the end of 2019.



    Paper Source 2018-2019 Paint Chip Calendar, $18.71, available at Paper Source

    Gift these classic monogrammed cards to your chic boss who still takes the time to send a hand-written notes to clients and colleagues alike.



    Kate Spade initial card set, $15, available at kate spade new york

    This mini marquee lightbox is an easy way to brighten up your boss's desk. It comes with removable letters, but you can also write on it with a dry-erase marker. The box is battery-operated and can be propped up on any desk to share an inside joke or motivational message.



    Paper Source Mini Marquee Lightbox, $14.95, available at Paper Source

    This three-pack of vibrant-patterned notebooks from Marimekko is as useful as it is beautiful. The trio comes with colorful binding tape and bundled with a printed ribbon — basically ready to gift, no wrapping paper required.



    Marimekko Marimekko Notebook Collection, $11.48, available at Amazon

    Save your boss from a mess of jumbled cords in the bottom of her bag with a trio of cord tacos. Made of durable vegan leather, the tacos comes in turquoise, brown, and red and are essential for taking tech on the go.



    Brouk & Co Brouk & Co Cord Taco Trio- Cable Organizer, $14.99, available at Amazon

    This giant, bright blue stress ball comes in a lovely gift-able box and is a great gift to give your permanently anxious boss. (And maybe one for yourself, too!)



    Paper Source Giant Stress Ball, $15.95, available at Paper Source

    A succulent will brighten up any desk with a pop of color and life. Plus, most succulents are resilient and low-maintenance, so keeping them alive is usually a no-brainer.



    Costa Farms Costa Farms Live Indoor Haworthia Succulent Plant, $21.99, available at Amazon

    A cute weekly planner will help your manager stay organized and on top of their to-do list while also keeping their desk looking pretty and pink.



    Paper Source Marble Weekly Notepad, $12.95, available at Paper Source

    Use bright sticky Tech Taffy to clean pretty much any surface — from keyboards to computer screens. All you have to do is pinch off a chunk and press it onto the area you want to clean!



    Tech Candy Tech Taffy, $12.95, available at Paper Source

    We all know those meetings that could have easily been an email. This notebook is a nod to this travesty and is sure to get a chuckle from of pretty much any boss.



    Blue Ridge Art I Survived Another Meeting Notebook, $5.39, available at Amazon

    A two-pack ceramic mug set is perfect for your cat-lover boss. She can leave one at home and one at work and never be without a feline friend.



    ilyever 2 Pack Ilyever Cute Cat Coffee Mugs for Cat Lovers, $16.98, available at Amazon

    And, because we can't forget the dog-loving boss, this cute ceramic mug has a tiny puppy inside for a sweet surprise after every cup of coffee.



    Amazon Surprise Dog Coffee Mug with Small Puppy Inside - 8 Oz, $12.82, available at Amazon

    A sassy, tongue-in-cheek nameplate is a fun morale booster for your favorite manager.



    Fred & Friends "Like A Boss" Desk Sign by Fred & Friends, $11.24, available at Kohl's

    An aromatherapy candle is a great gift for your overwhelmed boss. This one is scented with essential oils and has a burn time of approximately 25 to 45 hours.



    Bath & Body Works Bath & Body Works Lavender & Cedarwood Scented Candle, $23.88, available at Amazon

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    Ever since announcing their engagement almost a year ago, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have dominated headlines all over the world... and so has Markle's low-key beauty routine and sophisticated style. Now that she's officially our Royal Duchess of Sussex, more and more fans have been inspired to emulate her look — which is why it's no surprise that the nude lipstick she wore to their first press briefing is responsible for a spike in sales of neutral lip shades.

    According to cosmetics brand MEMI, the demand for nude lipstick has reportedly risen by 65% following the widely circulated photos of Markle and Prince Harry on the lawn of Kensington Palace. Apparently Markle's look has left us reaching for taupe, caramel, and beige tones in favor of a classic red lip, so for now, it's out with the reds and in with the nudes — and we're not complaining.

    Ahead, we've rounded up our favorite neutral shades, from stay-all-day matte formulas to buttery-soft creams. We won't say that they're all inspired by Markle's signature look, but the comparison certainly doesn't hurt...

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    Aptly named Very Victoria, a wink to Britain's most beloved Spice Girl-turned-fashion icon, this rich taupe shade has a suede-like finish that's both long-wearing and surprisingly hydrating.



    Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick In Very Victoria , $34, available at Charlotte Tilbury

    The perfect nude is relative — and for deeper complexions, this intense chocolate-berry blend is spot-on. The emollient formula imparts major pigment with a matte texture that won't leave lips feeling parched.



    Fashion Fair Lipstick in Lace, $18, available at Macy's

    Infused with soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter, and lush chamomilla flower oil, this soft, creamy shade of beige-pink is both flattering and versatile for all skin tones — not to mention impossibly luxe.



    Tom Ford Lip Color in Blush Nude, $55, available at Nordstrom

    With a subtly pearlescent sheen, this gorgeous true nude — perfect for medium and olive-toned complexions — leaves lips looking naturally plump.



    L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Collection in Jennifer's Nude, $5.97, available at Walmart

    Blended with shea butter, this richly-pigmented hue delivers a muted beige with rosy undertones to create the perfect understated finish.



    NARS Audacious Lipstick in Barbara, $34, available at Sephora

    This pink-based nude is infused with moisturizing vitamin E and hydrating oils for a glossy, lightweight feel that creates a naturally-flushed effect.



    Lipstick Queen Nothing But the Nudes Lipstick In The Truth, $24, available at Ulta Beauty

    Meet the most luxurious (and cruelty-free, to boot) lip product to ever grace our makeup bags: The sleek gold applicator can be used interchangeably with a wide range of colors, including this gorgeous cool-toned nude, which is the perfect lighter shade for flattering darker skin tones without washing them out.



    Hourglass High Intensity Refillable Lipstick in One Day, $34, available at Sephora

    This warm, brightening peachy shade is formulated with moringa and raspberry seed oil keeps your lips moist, hydrated, and healthy.



    Burt's Bees Satin Lipstick in Nile Nude, $9, available at Burt's Bees®

    For glossy, wet-look shine that won't smudge, this lipstick — in a rich, pigmented beige — can't be beat.



    Yves Saint Laurent Oil-In-Stick Lipstick in Nude In Private, $38, available at Sephora

    Velvety monoi butter is the secret ingredient for a hit of hydration in this unique gel-based formula, which delivers a your-lips-but-better shade with a sheer finish.



    Marc Jacobs Beauty Nudes Sheer Gel Lipstick in Moody Margot, $30, available at Sephora

    The perfect neutral pink-brown comes in a richly-pigmented, satiny formula, with a lineup of good-for-you ingredients that includes cocoa seed butter, shea butter, and calendula extract to hydrate lips naturally.



    RMS Beauty Wild With Desire Lipstick in Brain Teaser, $28, available at RMS Beauty

    This purse-friendly twist-up stick is beyond easy to apply and gives a sheer, natural-looking wash of neutral color that goes on so smooth, you won't even need a mirror to get it right.



    Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Color Balm in Heaping Hazelnut, $18.5, available at Nordstrom

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    Bigger, more expensive home buys (like furniture) might be apartment essentials, but they aren't exactly what pulls a space together; it's the small things that punch personality into our spaces. Achieving an apartment atmosphere that feels effortlessly luxe is as easy as placing a selection of small home accents with intention. Not only do these found items ooze unique energy, but they also make for affordable and fire gifting material. And you don't need to sift through thrift shop shelves or holiday market booths in order to find them...

    From funky area rugs to chic candles, handmade throw pillows, tiny humidifiers, sparkly everything bagel ornaments, and much more, we've rounded up 29 one-of-a-kind buys (all for under $29) to gift this holiday season. So, skip the flea market and shop our curated online hit-list instead. Scroll on to discover the stylish home accents for your most polished to eclectic or wildly whimsical giftees.

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    Elevate your space to magical heights with this interstellar area rug.



    Oliver Bonas Kinship Stars Blue & Gold Dhurrie Rug, $29, available at Oliver Bonas

    For the lady bosses in your life — this statement design is printed by a female artist on gallery-quality Giclée stock.



    Natalie Catalina Boobs Art Print (13'' x 16''), $21.59, available at Society6

    Light up your space with a hand-carved, pyramid-shaped Himalayan salt lamp.



    Greenco Pyramid Shaped Himalayan Salt Lamp, $24.06, available at Amazon

    These sun-splattered serving spoons are almost too radiant to use.



    LEIF Sun Splatter Enamel Serving Set, $28, available at LEIF

    Give the gift of fashionable lower-back support with this chic pair of velvet lumbar pillow covers.



    PHF Velvet Lumbar Pillow Covers (2-Pack, 12" x 20") , $14.09, available at Amazon

    Use this nose-shaped ceramic as a quirky planter for your favorite succulent — or, a quirky vessel for your favorite cereal.



    Dedal Naso 1.0 Bowl (White), $17, available at Wolf & Badger

    Anne Bentley's eucalyptus and cork coasters come in an array of different dog to cat breed styles.



    Anne Bentley Dogs Coaster (French Bulldog), $9, available at Amara

    Everything bagels are timeless — especially when immortalized in stylish ornament form.



    Anthropologie You're My Everything (Bagel) Ornament, $16, available at Anthropologie

    The multi-colored cheetah print on this sleek acrylic tray was designed by female graphic artist, Megan Galante.



    Megan Galante Rainbow Cheetah Acrylic Tray, $13.3, available at Society6

    Gift the dual cat-plant ladies in your life a ceramic pot with feline flair.



    YOURNELO Crude Pottery Cute Animal Pot (Cat), $12.99, available at Amazon

    Jewelry storage has never looked more stylish than with this marbled and pearlescent, blue resin ring holder.



    Oliver Bonas Jewel Blue Resin & Bar Ring Holder Large, $12, available at Oliver Bonas

    This unique, silkscreened throw pillow was crafted in India out of 100% flax fabric.



    Thomaspaul Boy Flax Pillow, $27, available at 2Modern

    Up your apartment garden game with this tiny Echeveria succulent, pre-planted in a chic earthenware pot.



    The Sill Echeveria In Mini Prospect Planter, $28, available at The Sill

    This Empire State and Chrysler Building shaker set is stylishly incognito.



    One Kings Lane Empire State/ Chrysler Salt & Pepper Set, $10, available at One Kings Lane

    Brighten up a luminous friend's life with a string of cactus-shaped fairy lights.



    Sunnylife Cactus Fairy Lights, $9.9, available at Nordstrom Rack

    Add a pinch of pizazz to plain water glasses with this pair of confetti tumblers.



    ban.do party on cocktail tumblers - confetti, $20, available at ban.do

    Make a storage statement with this mountain-shaped, plywood hanging shelf.



    H&M Home Plywood Shelf, $24.99, available at H&M

    Add some greenery to your space with this soothing, moss-faced wall clock.



    Houzz Grassy Wall Clock, Round Wooden Frame, 10" Diameter, $11.98, available at Houzz

    A porcelain catchall stamped with the artful female physique.



    Lulu and Georgia Standing Greta Tray, $20, available at Lulu and Georgia

    Hang this silver-finished steel mirror and hook with a golden goat head accent anywhere inside your space for an added layer of depth and sophistication.



    Mistana Edie Accent Mirror, $21.99, available at Wayfair

    Use this silvery peace sign as an art piece, ring-holder, or both.



    American Atelier Peace Hand Decor, $24.99, available at Saks OFF 5TH

    Greet guests this holiday season with a chic doormat that packs a Scandinavian punch.



    Dear Keaton ANDERS COIR DOORMAT, $25, available at Dear Keaton

    Give the gift of the season with a this mini humidifier shaped like EVE from WALL-E — it also boasts additional fan and nightlight capabilities.



    Vacally Humidifiers Mini Multi-Function Humidifier, $9.99, available at Amazon

    Pop this handmade in Peru alpaca doll atop a mantle or shelf for a sweet and whimsical style accent.



    St. Frank Brown Alpaca Decorative Accessory, $24, available at St. Frank

    Plant this X-shaped, rattan wall hook nearby your entryway for a subtle yet stylish hanger.



    Urban Outfitters X Rattan Hook, $8, available at Urban Outfitters

    Giftees can use their gilded fortune cookies as stylish home accents or storage for tiny keepsakes.



    Bey-Berk Fortune Cookie Box, Gold, $24.9, available at Amazon

    Reuse this gilded votive as a decor accent once the smooth-smelling candle burns out.



    J.Crew X Illume® mini tin candle, $14, available at J. Crew

    Contain your mail mess with a polished, cactus-shaped sculpture holder.



    J-Me Cactus Letter Holder, $15, available at LBC Modern

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    Keeping up with Kardashian family's hair colors is almost tougher than keeping up with their televised lives. Between Kim and Kylie alone , the sisters have worn damn near every shade of the rainbow on their heads this year — including pastel pink and neon green. But Khloe Kardashian has always taken a more subtle approach to hair color. She’s switched up her length plenty of times, rocking a bob most recently, but her color has stayed the same — golden blonde with shadowed roots — until now.

    In her most recent Instagram flick, Kardashian revealed icy, platinum blonde hair that could give Princess Elsa a run for her money.

    Redken Celebrity Colorist, Tracey Cunningham, was responsible for the reality star's transformation, which she called a "last-minute hair idea" on Instagram. According to Cunningham, despite her famous client's hair being bleached already, the process still took four hours to complete. "The time it takes to go platinum will depend on the starting level and condition of your hair," she tells Refinery29.

    To transform Kardashian's hair, Cunningham mixed Redken Flash Lift with Olaplex to highlight all the brunette pieces without compromising the strength of her strands. "When going platinum, it’s so important that your colorist uses a bonder in the bleach or lightener to ensure that breakage and damage done is minimal," she says.

    The journey to platinum perfection doesn't stop there — at least not when you're in Cunningham's chair. She then created a cocktail of clear gloss and Redken Shades EQ in Onyx (a deep blue color) to counteract the yellow tones in Kardashian's hair post-bleach. "When using this technique, I apply the gloss at the [shampoo] bowl and quickly rinse it off," she says. "Leaving that gloss on for too long can turn platinum hair gray."

    Even though icy shades of blonde (like Kardashian's) are totally on trend for winter, it comes with its fair share of work, which is one reason the reality star still has some brown roots peeking through. "Khloe specifically asked for a bit of her natural root to show through to ease the maintenance process," Cunningham tells us. Goes to show that not even Kardashian (who has access to the best stylists in the world) is above stretching time between root touch-up appointments.

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    It's just a matter of weeks before we've completed another orbit around the sun (how is this year already over?!), and that means we once again find ourselves entering awards season. The 76th Golden Globe Awards will take place on January 6, 2019, and after a year full of really good TV and film, there's sure to be some close competition. Who will sweep? Crazy Rich Asians? A Star Is Born, maybe? (I sure hope we can bear witness to Lady Gaga's iconic "There can be 100 people in a room" speech on the Golden Globes stage.) Who will be snubbed? We'll have to wait to find out. But for now, we turn our attention to the long-anticipated nominations, which will be revealed tomorrow, December 6, at 5:05 a.m. PT/ 8:05 a.m. ET.

    So where can you watch? The event will be live-streamed on the Golden Globes Facebook page, as well as on the Golden Globes official website. Entertainment Weekly and E! News will be streaming it, too.

    The nominations will be presented by actors Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, Leslie Mann , and Christian Slater; Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Meher Tatna and executive producer Barry Adelman; as well as 2019's Golden Globe Ambassador Isan Elba (Idris Elba 's daughter). And apparently, the HFPA will be making "a major announcement " at the press conference. Whatever that means?

    As for the awards show itself, we know a few things already. For one, it will be hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg. Also, the Golden Globe statuette has gotten a hefty makeover and is now larger and heavier.

    Once the announcements are made tomorrow (and once you're done crying or gloating), you have exactly one month to prepare your scorecards and drinking games. The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony will air on NBC on Sunday, January 6, 2019, from 5 to 8 p.m. PT/8 to 11 p.m. ET.

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    Imagine, for a second, that you've just stepped through the door of a swanky holiday party. You're wearing a variation of your dream outfit — a velvet jumpsuit, heels, earrings that look like Hermès but are actually H&M — when someone hands you a skinny crystal champagne flute, like a scene out of a movie. You smile, eagerly stretch your fingers towards the stem, and, at that precise moment, remember the one detail you forgot: to schedule a manicure.

    Instead of getting stuck kicking yourself at the eleventh hour — digging your fingers deep in the pockets of your jumpsuit (thank god for pockets, right?) — give yourself a fun, festive, easy-to-DIY manicure ahead of the party this time around. Ahead, 13 chic, elevated, subtly seasonal manicures (as in, no red-nosed reindeer or melted snowmen) that you'll be happy to spy on your nails any time you reach for a cocktail, from now through New Year's Eve.

    Some sparkly nail polish — like the shades in Essie's Concrete Glitters collection — and a skinny striping brush, and you've got the makings of the most perfectly understated seasonal polka-dot mani.

    When 10 bright-green pine trees feels like overkill, try elevating your nails with a two-tone stitching detail (you can use this plum-purple polish next to this deep-red shade). It gives the subtle illusion of a fresh-cut fir, without looking cheesy.

    Florals aren't exclusive to your spring and summer manicures: When you keep your base coat a cool neutral shade by using a polish like CND's Romantique, rich red-and-green blossom accents will give a wintry, poinsettia-esque effect.

    A shiny nude base coat sprinkled with a fine layer of gold glitter flecks around the cuticle, and you've got fingernails that beg to be wrapped around the stem of a Baccarat crystal wine glass.

    If you have a steady hand with a striping brush, a little typography — scripted in cursive with gold glitter polish — makes the most ornate holiday accessory.

    This gilded manicure is the equivalent of unwrapping a sinfully sweet Werther's caramel hard candy from its gold-foil coating.

    The string of rainbow twinkle lights hanging on your tree seems lackluster compared to your neon-flashbulb manicure.

    Do you see a candy cane or the Nike swoosh? Whichever way you play it, the red-and-white accent looks cool with high-tops and a party dress.

    Your soft lavender nail polish gets an upgrade with sparkly sugarplum gemstones — both on your fingers and around them.

    Use this luxe emerald polish as your glossy green base and this fine-grained silver chrome shade as your starry accent, then find yourself a pine-tree backdrop.

    If your head hurts just imagining the concentration it would take to paint a plaid pattern on your fingernails, get the look but bypass the heavy lifting by using chic nail-wrap stickers.

    With festive nail art, sophistication is found in simplicity. Let these teensy, twinkling star droplets be your guide.

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    Unless your friends are the type that spend the days leading up to their birthday creating Amazon wish lists and mood boards on Pinterest, we're willing to bet that you're usually at a loss for what to gift them, no matter how close you are. That's why we love experiential gifts. Unlike physical presents, experiences leave every gift recipient with a fun memory to look back on, so there's little room for error. Plus, there's something for every single personality type — and it's a slightly narcissistic win-win if you happen to benefit from the experience as well.

    To help you become your friend group's designated gift-giving master, we teamed up with Moxy Hotels to round up all our favorite experiential present ideas in one place. Click ahead to find the one that best fits the friend you're buying for — from brunch on the water to brewmaster training — so you never have to settle for a bottle of wine or a scented candle again.

    A Cooking Class For The Future Top Chef

    Whether your friend owns (and actually uses) one of those fancy food processors or the most involved dish they've ever cooked is a pot of chili, a cooking class can be the perfect way to teach them some new skills they'll actually want to put to use. Pick a cuisine they'd never normally make, or choose a timeless classic, like homemade pasta or French macarons. In the end, you'll either end up with a Michelin-star-worthy meal or a burnt mess, but the experience will be something they never could have gotten from a regular dinner date.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    Brunch On The High Seas For The Weekend Opportunist

    Instead of just treating your friend to brunch at that one spot with the Instagrammable pancakes, shake up your average Sunday by exploring new waters — literally. Buy tickets to a cruise in advance of their special day, and be on the lookout for themed meals that will add to your entire brunching experience. Even if you don't find a cool theme, lean into the cheese-factor of it all while you've got the wind running through your hair and a decent view right out the window.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    A Weekend Stay At A Moxy Hotel For The Beauty Sleeper

    You may not be able to afford a weeklong European vacation for your friend, but even if you're doing a staycation in your own city, you can't beat the experience of staying in a hotel — and the ultimate treat is a stay at Moxy Hotels. Unlike other hotels, Moxy offers exclusive experiences that will make their birthday so much more special, like Hookups to fit their specific interests (think: a six-pack of local beer or a record player), customizable rooms (with bunk beds for their inner child), complimentary drinks at check-in, and in-room bedtime stories that will send your friend off to an alarm-free dreamland.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    A Glassblowing Workshop For The Artiste

    It might seem like a nice gesture to gift your artsy friend an evening of wine and painting, but we're willing to bet they have dozens of weird tree paintings from previous excursions hidden in the back of their closet. Instead, give them a one-day glassblowing workshop, where they can learn just what goes into manipulating molten glass. Unlike painting or pottery, which can go so wrong so easily, your friend's glass masterpiece will look cool no matter how much personality they put into it.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    An On-Demand Spa Treatment For The Workaholic

    We all have that one friend whose motto is, "Sure, I can fit it into my schedule," and is seemingly always balancing 1,000 things at once. Give them the ultimate gift of relaxation via an on-demand spa service that brings the massage chair directly to their apartment (yep, even that fourth-floor Brooklyn walk-up). Less time spent commuting to the spa means more time on that Zen massage table.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    A Winery-Hopping Tour For The Vino Enthusiast

    Take that standard bottle-of-wine gift to the next level with a day of winery hopping. If you live near wine country, you can probably find hop-on-hop-off winery bus service for you and your friend, or simply elect a designated driver and get a group of friends to drive to all the local wineries.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    A Chart Reading For The Modern Witch

    If your friend is the type who cleanses their apartment with sage and carries around rose quartz in the hopes of attracting Bumble matches, give them the ultimate spiritual experience: a full natal chart analysis that will tell them everything they need to know about who they are in every facet of life (work, romance, parental relationships, and more).

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    A Beer-Brewing Class For Your Bar Buddy

    Touring a brewery is one thing, but learning how to make beer is a way more special gift. Give your IPA-loving friend a day filled with hops, barley, wheat, and plenty of brewskis. Even if they are a complete brewing-novice, beginner classes will teach them how to draft recipes and mix the correct proportions so that they can bring the knowledge home with them and create fresh brews right from their kitchen.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

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    It might just be a week into December, but that hasn't stopped our calendars from being overrun by holiday parties, office happy hours, and what feels like our 300th Secret Santa gift exchange (we can only buy so many candles).

    Needless to say, we have a lot of last-minute planning to do. After deciding which frozen Trader Joe's appetizer to bring, there are a few other things to check off our list: wardrobe (lots of sequin gold dresses), makeup (a tasteful amount of glitter), and nails (festive but not cheesy).

    The one thing we're not planning ahead? Our hair. This time of year, we stick to the LBD of hair accessories: the humble headband. It dresses up any style — from polished waves to a messy bun — and for devotees of the look, the holidays are our time to shine. A far cry from the $3 plastic options you'd find on spinning racks at Claire's, the new offerings are delicate, chic, and look really good topping off any party ensemble.

    On the hunt for a new headband? Keep clicking for the ones we're wearing over and over (and over) again this season. Grab one for yourself, and another for the gift exchange.

    Size does matter, at least when it comes to your padded headband. Channel '90s Hillary Clinton the next time your second-day blowout is wilting.



    Jennifer Behr Vanna Headband, $125, available at Jennifer Behr

    Throwing together a look in 10 minutes almost always seems impossible. Pop this crystal-embossed headband on, and you'll look polished in the time it takes for your Uber to arrive.



    Lele Sadoughi Black Velvet Crystal Headband, $170, available at Lele Sadoughi

    Shopping on a budget? This metallic headband adds some texture and flair to your usual LBD, for less than your LBD.



    Kitsch Metallic Fabric Headband in Silver, $16, available at Kitsch

    Velvet is basically the the unofficial fabric of the season. Some might think it's cliché, but those are probably the same kind of people who insist on controlling the party's Spotify playlist. Consider it a holiday miracle that this one is on sale for less than $10.



    AEO Blush Velvet Headband, $7.77, available at American Eagle Outfitters

    The biggest downside to wearing a headband is the inevitable throbbing migraine you'll get halfway through cocktail hour. This elaborate option from L. Erickson keeps the headaches away thanks to the comfortable fabric wrap that hugs your hairline (and doesn't dig into your temples). Pain-free and pretty? We'd say it's worth the investment.



    L. Erickson St. Tropez Swarovski Crystal Headwrap, $296, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Keeping it casual in jeans? Dress up a low-key look with this dainty embellished accessory.



    BaubleBar Elysian Embellished Headband, $38, available at BaubleBar

    The Serena van der Woodsen among Blair Waldorfs, this velvet ribbon scarf is cool, casual, and almost annoyingly chic.



    Urban Outfitters Vivienne Velvet Headband, $14, available at Urban Outfitters

    Skulls might be a little emo for a party where the theme is joy and cheer — but life is about balance, right?



    Gucci GG Hamlet Skull Headband, $375, available at Nordstrom

    If the next holiday soirée on the schedule is your own wedding, this Jennifer Behr crown is regal, elegant, and, frankly, unforgettable (which explains the price tag). Is there a spot on the registry for hair accessories?



    Jennifer Behr Neveah Crown, $1375, available at Jennifer Behr

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    I've found myself yelling at my computer a total of three times in my life. The most recent incident? When an item I had been contemplating sold out on Etsy. Clearly, I did not heed the little hourglass warning that says, "Don't wait. There's only one of these available." That one moment of missed opportunity (for a pair of vintage Miu Miu pumps, no less) had me spiral into a world of regret where I fantasized about all of the outfits that could have been.

    Finding gems on Etsy, as with all vintage shopping, takes time and patience. Even if you think you've mastered the game of winning search terms and worthy shops, the number of products on Etsy is overwhelming. Next thing you know, you're 40 tabs deep in things you want to buy.

    The intense level of effort that goes into effectively shopping at Etsy is what makes losing out on a perfect purchase so tough to swallow. So as a result of my pain, I've decided to bring my Etsy sourcing skills to the masses by sharing all the pieces I haven't quite pulled the trigger on that you should. From summer's silky scarves and white linen tops to fall finds like velvet dresses and knit handbags, these are the best Etsy finds around. I may not be a master at buying things before it's too late, but I do consider myself to be a pro at clicking "next page" until 2 a.m. And what's better than having someone who's willing to do all the work for you?

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    Some clichés exist with good reason. Like the fact that you can almost always find a really good plaid blazer at a vintage store.



    Noir Ohio Vintage Tartan Plaid Wool Blazer, $93, available at Etsy

    Wear these pants with the aforementioned blazer for the ultimate mix-and-match plaid combo.



    YaYaRetro 1970s Wool Slacks Houndstooth High Waisted Pants, $38, available at Etsy

    Etsy is a hidden mecca for slip dresses.



    Stellar Vintage Jeans XS/S Vintage Christian Dior Silky Navy 80s Slip Dress, $95, available at Etsy

    We're turning towards our grandmas' taste in bags to guide our latest trend obsession.



    Miriam Walker Vintage Emilio Pucci Top Handle Handbag Vinyl Accents Signed, $275, available at Etsy

    Tie dye and bike shorts? Killing two birds trends with one stone.



    Snake Cake Vintage Vintage Cycling Shorts Black and Tie Dye , $35, available at Etsy

    Cuddle up in those cozy jacket come wintertime.



    Vintage Pickers Store Adidas Three Stripes Vintage 90's Insulated Jacket , $90, available at Etsy

    Chunky sweaters are aplenty on Etsy. But this one tops all with its chunky-factor (which also means it tops all in comfort factor as well).



    Mona Knows Vintage Hand Knit Lilac Wool Chunky Sweater , $190, available at Etsy

    Dainty necklace are sweet, but kick it up a notch with a thicker chain to make a more style forward statement.



    Huma Bijouterie Snake Chain Necklace, $10, available at Etsy

    Black trousers were so passé...until we spotted this beaded pair.



    Flying Apple Vintage Vintage Black Beaded Pants , $29, available at Etsy

    Step 1: Buy this dress. Step 2: Move to Paris and never look back.



    Vintaholic 70s Ballon Sleeve Sheer Midi Dress, $33.54, available at Etsy

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    There's never a right and wrong time to exfoliate your body. Whether it's the middle of summer — the temperature pushing 100 — or the dead of winter, getting rid of dry, itchy skin is always a good idea.

    Unfortunately, right now, it is winter, and our skin is begging for salvation from the brick-cold winds outside. Now is as good a time as any to take extra precautions against rough, dehydrated skin, so we're investing the rest of our holiday budget in full-body scrubs that keep flakes away.

    To help you devise your winter-skin survival guide, our editors rounded up a list of their favorite exfoliators, scrubs, and body polishes. From high-end grabs to drugstore staples, here's everything we plan on using from now until... well, hopefully not much longer.

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    It's 6 a.m. and the sun isn't even up yet, but your alarm clock is going off — and the only thing getting you out from underneath your cozy down comforter is this peppermint scrub. Seriously, opening up this tube in a piping-hot shower is almost as energizing as a shot of espresso. Almost.



    (Malin + Goetz) peppermint body scrub, $35, available at Birchbox

    If you plan on soaking in the tub tonight, take this jumbo-sized jar with you. After exfoliating your legs and arms, the scrub works double duty on your scalp to lift away product build-up and oil, too.



    Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub, $38, available at Birchbox

    If we were handing out awards for the “most Instagrammed beauty products of 2018,” this body polish would definitely be in the running. Aside from looking pretty in your shower, the millennial-pink scrub delivers on its promise of leaving skin soft, supple, and smelling great.



    Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish, $36, available at Sephora

    This cult-classic proves that brown sugar is, hands down, one of nature’s best exfoliants. Combined with a sweet array of essential oils, the body polish provides a subtle sheen while locking in moisture for hours at a time.



    Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish Exfoliator, $39, available at Sephora

    The Seaweed Bath Co. knows its stuff — even Kim Kardashian is reportedly a fan. This particular scrub is formulated with antioxidant-rich ingredients such as seaweed, green tea, and coffee-bean extract to instantly revitalize dull, tired skin for just under $15.



    The Seaweed Bath Co. Exfoliating Detox Body Scrub, $12.73, available at Amazon

    While it might be unbearable outside, this product — along with its crushed Tahitian coconut shells and premium coconut oil — will transport you straight to the beach. Don’t worry about feeling greasy: Unlike other brands' formulas, this oil is lightweight and absorbs quickly.



    Kopari Beauty Coconut Crush Scrub, $38, available at Sephora

    Back in April of 2017, indie brand Frank Body released a limited-edition, coffee-based Shimmer Scrub that reportedly had over 50,000 (yes, really) people waiting in line to get their hands on it. Restocked and now with even more glitter than before, you can finally experience the hype for yourself.



    Frank Body Shimmer Scrub, $21.95, available at Ulta Beauty

    If glitter isn't your thing, Lush has a scrubby face and body mask that shares a similar coffee scent, but with an added twist: cocoa. Simply leave the mask on for about 15 minutes, then massage it into your skin while rinsing to reveal smoother skin.



    Lush Cup O' Coffee, $11.95, available at Lush

    Reviewers of this oil-free exfoliating gel claim it works miracles to remove dead skin cells and help clear up troublesome bacne.



    Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator, $28, available at Sephora

    Transform your Sunday ritual into a more luxurious experience with argan oil. This balmy scrub is made with sugar crystals to gently buff away flakes while natural oils keep your skin from feeling stripped dry.



    Josie Maran Argan Sugar Balm Body Scrub, $38, available at Sephora

    If we’re being (really, really) real, our butts rarely get the love and attention they deserve when it comes to exfoliating in the shower. That’s where Anese’s popular Booty Scrub comes into play. Walnut-shell powder evens tone through gentle buffing, while vitamin E and several cold-pressed oils target dryness.



    Anese That Booty Tho Bum Scrub & Exfoliant, $31, available at Revolve

    This powerful scrub uses both chemical and physical exfoliation to smooth bumps, patchy skin, and spots while also reducing redness.



    Dermadoctor KP Duty® Body Scrub, $46, available at Sephora

    This scrub’s primary ingredients — almond milk imported from Spain and community-trade honey — protect dry, sensitive skin from being overworked.



    The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Gently Exfoliating Cream Scrub, $14.4, available at The Body Shop

    Shea Moisture does wonders for naturally curly hair, but the brand also carries a line of amazing bath-and-body products for head-to-toe hydration. This scrub is a drugstore favorite thanks to its contouring, firming, and smoothing properties.



    SheaMoisture SuperFruit Complex Hand & Body Scrub, $11.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    Bliss brings the spa to your home with this self-heating scrub blended with sea salt, rosemary, and eucalyptus.



    Bliss Hot Salt Scrub Body Polish, $15, available at Ulta Beauty

    Who needs a three-leaf clover when you can slather this orange-and-cedarwood blend onto your skin for good luck?



    Rituals The Ritual of Happy Buddha Body Scrub, $29, available at Rituals

    Transport yourself from the shower to the spa with one use. This creamy scrub packs walnut shells to slough off your roughest spots.



    Bath & Body Works Eucalyptus & Spearmint Smoothing Body Scrub, $16.5, available at Bath & Body Works

    This vegan formula is good for the environment and your skin, thanks to natural sugar and açai seeds.



    Natura Açai Body Scrub, $25, available at Natura Brasil

    There's nothing super fancy about this scrub — which is why we love it. It smells like a delicious pomegranate smoothie, and is made up of one-quarter moisturizing cream so your skin feels immediately softer, even before you smooth on lotion.



    Dove Dove Body Polish Pomegranate and Shea Butter, $5.99, available at Target

    The delectable scent of this all-natural sugar scrub is almost tempting enough to try a taste, just like the rest of the bakery-themed line.



    Kaike Sugar Scrub, $15, available at Kaike

    You can't go wrong with a classic. Moms and beauty editors have sworn by this apricot extract and walnut shell combo for years on end — though we prefer it on our bodies, since the physical exfoliator can be a little harsh on our face.



    St. Ives Fresh Skin Face Scrub Apricot, $3.64, available at Target

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    Back Friday and Cyber Monday are done, but Amazon isn't. Just when we thought the huge wave of holidays sales had hit a crescendoing peak, the mega online shopping destination lit up a whole new batch of steals — and dubbed it the 12 Days of Deals. Starting today and continuing on through the festive month ahead we'll be able to snag discounts on everything from books to boardgames, tech to fashion gear, beauty to food, home decor, and more. Essentially, Amazon is now Santa and he's given us 12-day access to his workshop.

    Since the sales are only available for a limited time, we'll be monitoring the top deals each day and serving up the best every 24 hours. Scroll ahead and get a little shopping inspiration for yourself or someone else while saving few extra buckeroos. Cheers to feeling a little less broke AF this holiday season! Thank you, Santa Amazon.

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    Make your winter hibernation game cozy-strong with this ultra-soft, 12-pound weighted blanket — on sale for a whopping 78% off its former price.

    Brookstone World’s Softest Weighted Blanket, $450.00 $99.95, available at Amazon.

    Invest in one of Coway's sleek and mighty air purifiers while it's still available for under $200.

    Coway Mighty Air Purifier (White), $229.99 $184.06, available at Amazon.

    This queen-sized, memory foam mattress is designed with 3-layer Celliant technology for deep, supportive, and restorative sleep.

    Rivet Memory Foam Mattress (Queen), $499.00 $399.00, available at Amazon.

    Take a break from Instagram and get back to retro photo roots with this instant-film camera.

    Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Instant Film Camera, $179.99 $119.28, available at Amazon.

    This stylish set of travel-sized toothpaste comes in seven separate flavors: amarelli licorice, aquatic mint, cinnamon mint, classic strong mint, ginger mint, jasmine mint and whitening mint.

    Marvis Toothpaste Flavor Collection Gift Set, 7 count, $36.00 $27.00, available at Amazon.

    The modern day equivalent of Cher's outfit mis-match software in Clueless, this device utilizes Alexa as a style assistant for second opinions on outfits.

    Amazon Echo Look, $199.99 $49.99, available at Amazon.

    This calming lamp was hand-carved in Pakistan from pure Himalayan salt.

    Levoit Himalayan Sea Salt Lamp, $39.38 $19.99, available at Amazon.

    A button-tufted sofa from Amazon's popular exclusive brand gives sharp mid-century modern lines a smoother, curved edge twist.

    Rivet Sloane Mid-Century Tufted Modern Sofa, $799.00 $671.16, available at Amazon.

    You can still get in on the Instant Pot trend for a steal with this Amazon's Choice purchase — complete with wireless cooking control and monitoring capabilities.

    Instant Pot Smart WiFi 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker, $149.95 $90.00, available at Amazon.

    Instead of going the full memory foam mattress route, save some extra cash this season and opt for a topper instead — this gel-infused foam topper is designed to optimize air flow and regulate body temperature.

    ViscoSoft 3-Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper (Queen), $229.99 $159.99, available at Amazon.

    Upgrade your travel game in time for the new year with this stylish rose gold carry-on.

    Heritage Travelware Lincoln Park Hardside Luggage, $49.99 $44.79, available at Amazon.

    Give your home office a refreshing update with this modern, cross-legged accent desk.

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    As a Latina, I can tell you that it's rare to find products in the beauty aisle that I feel were made just for me, let alone ones that have Spanish-language names emblazoned across the packaging. So when Mexican-American singer Becky G announced that she had a new collaboration coming out with ColourPop titled Salvaje, I — and her 14 million Instagram fans — got excited.

    This year, diversity has been at the forefront of the beauty conversation, with both influencers and customers holding brands accountable for a lack of representation. And as a result of all this talk, brands are making an effort to tap into different communities and find new faces to collaborate with. This Becky G x ColourPop release is coming at the tail end of a year filled with Latinx-forward makeup collections. This summer, Camila Cabello had a Havana-inspired line with L'Oréal — an ode to her home country Cuba — and in September, blogger Camila Coelho's lipstick collection with Lancôme paid homage to her Brazilian roots. Big name brands are finally taking notice of an audience that other retailers might consider niche, but their doing it the right way: with help from Latinas who put their culture first.

    While ColourPop has partnered with influencers in the past, Becky G marks the brand's first collaboration with a musician. W hat makes this release special is the fact that the singer’s roots are front and center, from the Spanish-language names to the floral packaging. “My Latin roots are a huge inspiration in everything I do,” she tells Refinery29. “This was the perfect opportunity to do something that hadn’t been done before and to share a little piece of me and my inspirations with the beauty community.”

    The collection, titled Salvaje(which translates to “savage”), features an array of makeup products influenced by Becky’s roots. Makeup, like red lipstick, holds a special significance in the life of many Latinas, and it's true for Becky G as well. “Makeup has always been a natural form of self-expression for me," she says. "I have bonded with my mom, little sister, and cousins over it."

    The collection includes five lip products with matte and satin finishes, an eyeshadow palette, and two highlighters. The lip shades vary in browns, reds, and nudes, and the eyeshadow palette has a mix of colors (both matte and metallic) that includes a peacock blue and a burnt tangerine. As for the highlighters, both are gold, but one is more champagne ( Chisme) while the other ( Princesa) is more of a pale pink. And every single product was named in Spanish.

    Colourpop Cosmetics

    Becky G says that there were no "ifs or buts" when it came to bringing forward her culture in this release, and ColourPop supported her 100% on her decisions. And with her collection making its way into makeup bags around the country, the singer hopes to see other makeup brands work alongside influencers with different types of talent and backgrounds.

    “You can’t connect to the people without being a true reflection of the people," she tells us. "I admire brands that take the time to educate themselves in areas they could be better in as far as making it inclusive for all.” We hear you Becky, or better said, te oímos.

    The Salvaje collection from Colourpop Cosmetics x Becky G is available now at colourpop.com. Products can be bought as a bundle or purchased separately.

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    'Tis the season to...stay the hell at home? What should be a warm and fuzzy time of year, in which old friends reunite and relatives travel great distances to celebrate the holidays with their families, often turns into a seemingly endless month of awkward office functions and emotionally draining visits to your hometown. If the very thought of a calendar full of holiday commitments sparks feelings of anxiety in the pit of your stomach, you're not alone — and, according to Matt Lundquist, LCSW, a psychotherapist based in New York City, you're probably expecting way too much of yourself. Believe it or not, you aren't required to participate in the holiday season.

    If your concerns are mainly around holiday parties, your first step is to decide if you really want to go. It's totally possible that you might not feel psyched before going, but you end up having fun once you're there and mingling with your friends or coworkers. That said, even if you feel socially obligated to attend, you probably don't need to go — and if you really don't think you'll have fun, it's well within your rights to stay home, Lundquist says.

    If you weigh your options and decide to attend, Lundquist recommends doing a little pre-party mental prep: Think about the topics you'll actually enjoy discussing and come up with a few exit strategies in the off-chance you end up in a conversation that makes you uncomfortable. These might be clever subject changes or, as Lundquist puts it, "a few polite ways of saying, effectively, 'back off.'"

    On the other hand, your source of anxiety may be going home for the holidays — and that's totally fine, too. "Not everyone's holidays were pleasant as kids, and those memories can run deep," Lundquist says. "As much as people talk about pleasant memories, associations, rituals, and smells, those same experiences for many people are unpleasant."

    When it comes to dealing with difficult memories (or difficult family members, for that matter), Lundquist says that limit-setting is the name of the game. Get a hotel room instead of staying at your parents' house. Make plans with friends or run errands out of the house to break up the time you spend around your relatives. Even something as small as a nightly phone call to your partner or friend can prove to be a helpful break.

    "There are instances where it's best not to spend time with family (or to really minimize it)," Lundquist explains. "We tend to organize holiday priorities out of obligation rather than preference. That's backwards."

    So, if the very thought of office parties and extended family get-togethers have you dreading the holiday season altogether, your solution may lie in reprioritizing the engagements on your calendar. Only RSVP "yes" to the events you're really looking forward to and feel empowered to say "no" to the things that will only add to your stress — and do nothing for your holiday cheer.

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    Photo: Courtesy of Burberry/David Sims.

    Burberry and Vivienne Westwood today unveiled their limited-edition collaborative collection celebrating British style and heritage in a campaign with an eclectic cast that includes the likes of Kate Moss, African-Brit broadcasting trio Sistren, and Westwood herself.

    The collaboration between the iconic British fashion brands, which was announced in July, is inspired by Westwood’s most famous collections, reimagined in Burberry’s vintage check, and takes a unisex approach across styles. Think classic double-breasted jackets, a hugger jacket and a leather-buckled mini kilt, lace-up platforms, and a wool beret with slogan pins. We wouldn't expect anything less from the figurehead of the '70s UK punk scene.

    The collection is the first Burberry partnership under Riccardo Tisci, its newly appointed chief creative officer, and is now available online and in select Burberry stores globally, priced from $70.

    Photo: Courtesy of Burberry/David Sims.
    Photo: Courtesy of Burberry/David Sims

    Shot in London by photographer David Sims, the eclectic campaign lineup also features Westwood's partner Andreas Kronthaler, Leonard Emmanuel, LadyFag, Josh Quinton, Andy Bradin, DelaRosa, Claudia Lavender, Marco Motta, Sashadavai, and Jacob Shifrin.

    In typical Westwood fashion – the British designer has become almost as well known for her environmental activism as her independent global brand – there's also a charitable goal behind it. The collaboration will support the UK-based rainforest charity Cool Earth, which works with rainforest communities to halt deforestation and stem its impact on climate change. The collection's oversized T-shirt is dedicated to the charity and features a handwritten message from Westwood, who will also customize four exclusive items before auctioning them for the charity.

    Photo: Courtesy of Burberry/David Sims.
    Photo: Courtesy of Burberry/David Sims.

    Tisci said he was overjoyed to have the chance to work with a doyenne of British fashion. "Vivienne Westwood was one of the first designers who made me dream to become a designer myself and when I first started at Burberry, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to approach her to do something," he said. "She is a rebel, a punk and unriva.led in her unique representation of British style, which has inspired so many of us."

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    Following 2018's regal and dramatic Ultra Violet, Pantone's Color of the Year 2019 is Living Coral, an "animating and life-affirming shade of orange with a golden undertone".

    A decidedly more natural color than last year's choice, you'd be correct in guessing that the all-pervasive and pressing environmental conversation that's taken place over the past year has played a big part in the Pantone Color Institute's decision.

    "We get energy from nature," a statement from Pantone reads. "Just as coral reefs are a source of sustenance and shelter to sea life, vibrant yet mellow Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment."

    Courtesy of Pantone.

    While the color is a poignant reminder of the damage inflicted by global warming on the Great Barrier Reef – earlier this year, scientists reported that 30% of the reef's coral was bleached and died during a "catastrophic" nine-month marine heatwave in 2016 – Living Coral is a spirited, energizing shade, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute tells Refinery29.

    "Even though there is a seriousness – the nurturing aspect of preserving our ocean coral reefs – at the same time there is that element of playfulness that is attached to the color," she explains. "Coral is a color of beauty and a color that humans are so attracted to. Think, most importantly, of the sunset. It conjures up a picture of some beautiful tropical place, some place you would love to be on a vacation."

    The fashion industry, too, has been inspired by ocean reefs and dreamy sunsets. For AW18, Calvin Klein, Marine Serre and Moschino all sent coral-hued pieces down the catwalks, while this September's SS19 shows were flooded with the shade. From Peter Pilotto's satin suit through to Prada's pencil skirt, via Temperley London's head-to-toe look, designers have been enamored with Living Coral of late.

    Of course, the color has long been a favorite of the beauty industry, with NARS' iconic Orgasm Blush teetering on the edge of a shimmering Living Coral, while both Zoeva and Huda Beauty have released palettes in the shade. Universally flattering on all skin shades, the warming hue gives life to washed-out cheeks and lacklustre lips.

    So what is it about Living Coral that's captured our cultural imagination of late? I asked Leatrice whether she believes that the uneasy climate – political, socioeconomic, environmental – has shaped the need for a color that is overwhelmingly positive. "Absolutely, I couldn't have put it better," she says. "It expresses warmth, that kind of harmony, human interaction and social connection that we're looking for. I think that's something so inherent in the human mind. It pulls you in, gathers you in, in such a warm and inviting way that it opens up an avenue to positive thoughts, not negative. That, we felt, was a really vital part of expressing the Color of the Year with Living Coral."

    Lord knows we could all do with a heavy dose of optimism right now, so here's to being surrounded by Living Coral in 2019, in our homes, our wardrobes, and on our Insta feeds.

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    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez set her sights this week on a longtime D.C. issue barely any members of Congress have addressed in the past: the archaic tradition of unpaid internships and refusal to offer paid staffers a living wage. For Carlos Mark Vera, founder and CEO of the nonprofit organization Pay Our Interns, that the congresswoman-elect for New York's 14th District used her political capital to speak on this issue was a refreshing change.

    "A lot of constituents think that staffers here in Capitol Hill are eating lobster, when that's just not a fact," Vera told Refinery29. "There are people here that have master's degrees, are $30,000 deep in student debt, and are making $28,000 per year in one of the most expensive cities in the world."

    Ocasio-Cortez understands the struggle to make ends meet better than some members of Congress. She comes from a working class background, which is why she made income inequality a core part of her platform in the 2018 midterm election. In fact, less than a year ago, she was still waiting tables and working as a bartender as she ran for office. Now that she's preparing to take her place in Congress, the 29-year-old spoke up against Congress' unpaid internships and low salaries for staffers. Ocasio-Cortez is leading by example: Her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti confirmed to the Washington Post that her interns will get paid "at least" $15 per hour, the minimum wage in D.C.

    In a series of tweets earlier this week, the Democratic socialist talked about meeting several congressional staffers who moonlight as food industry workers because they need to make ends meet. "This is a disgrace. Congress of ALL places should raise MRAs so we can pay staff an actual D.C. living wage," she wrote, referring to the Members' Representational Allowance. The MRA is an operational budget given to members of Congress every session for managing their offices in D.C. and their respective districts. Ocasio-Cortez followed up: "It is unjust for Congress to budget a living wage for ourselves, yet rely on unpaid interns & underpaid overworked staff just [because] Republicans want to make a statement about 'fiscal responsibility.' If that’s the case, they can cut down on staff to pay them well. Or raise the MRA."

    In 2017, Mic reported that nearly 90% of the internships offered by members of the U.S. House of Representatives were unpaid. The situation was slightly better (but still bad) in the U.S. Senate, where roughly 52% of senators had unpaid interns at the time. "I took student loans just to afford to work in Congress for free, which is kind of a crazy concept," Audrey Henson, founder and CEO of the nonprofit College to Congress, told Refinery29 of her time at Capitol Hill seven years ago. The program, which she launched after the 2016 presidential election, helps low-income students secure congressional internships and covers the cost of living, including everything from housing and meals to dry-cleaning and supplemental training.

    But because paid congressional internships and other ways to level the playing field have been rare for so long, Henson says there's more work to be done. Ocasio-Cortez's support is an added bonus. "Congresswoman-elect Ocasio-Cortez has somewhat of a megaphone, which is why she's bringing this conversation at a national level and that's very exciting," she said. "It can only help speed along the [process] more."

    In September, Congress passed a mini-spending package that includes new funding members can use to offer paid internships. The 2019 Legislative Branch bill allocates $8.8 million for the House, which translates to each member having up to $20,000 per calendar year they can use to have paid interns. Meanwhile, senators have been allocated $5 million for paid internships. That money has been available since October 1, but it remains unclear how many congressional representatives are taking advantage of it. While the funds are there, it's not mandatory for Congress to use them.

    According to a 2018 analysis by the independent congressional research firm LegiStorm, the median salary for some entry-level staff roles can range from $32,000 to $36,000. In a place like D.C., one of the most expensive cities in the United States, that means congressional staffers often find themselves juggling multiple gigs. Henson herself had to do that: While she was a staff assistant to Ohio GOP Rep. Bill Johnson, she also worked at a bar to supplement her $25,000 salary. "Today’s interns are tomorrow’s staffers," Vera, from Pay Our Interns, said. "We're pushing to get more working class youth in Congress as interns so they [eventually] become staffers. But if they get the position and earn $26,000, we're not doing our job."

    One of the victories of the 2018 midterm elections was electing an incoming class of representatives that will make Congress look a bit more like America. Elected officials have the power to decide to pay interns and staffers a living wage, which would open the door for groups that have not had a seat at the table when the most urgent conversations about the nation's future are taking place.

    "I want young people, from communities that never saw [Congress] as an opportunity, to know: You need to be here," Vera said. "This is your government as much as anyone else's."

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    Fact: All natural hair is not created equal. Black women come with curls in different, lengths, shapes, sizes, and textures. From 2B to 4C, every woman's curls are unique, but are some textures better than others? That'd be a hard no. Texturism fosters the idea that certain types of natural hair patterns are more desirable or beautiful than others. "I believe that texturism is real in the Black community. While it wasn't created by us, we have maintained it," says Rachael Edward in the latest episode of Go Off, Sis.

    In the video above, five women of color discuss their experiences with texturism, and how they came to embrace their coils and kinks, despite the fact that the idea of "good hair" still casts a shadow over the natural hair community. "Because I was so confused about my hair texture, I permed it," Raven Baker says. "I'm comfortable with my hair texture now, but I still have days where I scroll through Instagram and see a girl with looser curls and feel like her hair obeys and it listens," she says.

    It doesn't help that certain curl types are still underrepresented in mainstream media. "When you think about all the tutorials that people are doing with their hair, you do see more of the 'perfect' ringlets which, honestly, isn't very helpful," says Everlena Tenn. Click play to hear more of what Tenn, and other Black women, have to say about being judged for their hair types. Then, tell us about your experiences with texturism in the comments.

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