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    One look through my baby pictures always gets the same response: Wow, you're hair was so curly. The '90s me had a head full of tight, untouched curls that went down past my shoulders. But eventually, I found myself going to the salon for a blowout nearly every week, a common beauty ritual in the Latinx community. I loved the convenience and the power I had to straighten my hair or wear my curls whenever I wanted. But because I was applying heat to my hair constantly, my curls lost their shape over time. In fact, I wouldn't even call them curls anymore. They're more like waves or a wet mop after it's passed across the floor a couple of times — just plain limp.

    My curls as a little girl.Courtesy of Thatiana Diaz.

    But at 26, I got tired of spending $55 every week on a blowout just for my hair to look healthy. After every shampoo, I could see my real curls — the ones from my elementary school days — peeking out from my roots. But before I could wear my ringlets proudly in public, I needed to go to heat-damage rehab, meaning no more heat (at all) and a haircut to get rid of the dead weight.

    After doing some research, I found myself in the chair of New York-based curl expert Mona Baltazar, a.k.a. @themonacut. Her Instagram feed is filled with edgy, angled cuts and before-and-after transformations, where curls spring to life seemingly out of nowhere. During my visit to her studio, I learned that transitioning back to my natural curls was going to be a lot more complicated than I thought — and require sacrificing a few more inches than I expected. Throughout my curly cut, I took notes and asked Mona questions. Here's what you should know if you plan on doing a drastic chop like mine.

    Do A Damage Detox

    It's time to say goodbye to every hot tool and chemical treatment you turn to for straightening — well, except the blowdryer, you'll want to keep that for diffusing your curls. Straightening irons, keratin treatments, curling rods and wands, they have to go in the weeks leading up to your cut. "You'll want to allow for some of that natural hair to come through first before getting the first cut," says Baltazar. "If you wait some time, you'll be able to hold on to length if you're afraid of going too short. The wait period before getting your cut depends on the individual; I've even had some girls who have waited a year to a year and a half."

    Do Your Research

    As you would with a tattoo artist or a dog sitter, you want to make sure you're dedicating time to finding the right person, especially being that there are few curly cut experts in the industry. Baltazar recommends using the Internet to your advantage: Go to Google for reviews, view Instagram as an up-to-date portfolio for artists, and scour Pinterest for inspiration. You want to make sure that the professional you choose has worked with hair textures like yours. If you're still not 100% sure, reach out to the stylist for an in-person consultation.

    Brace Yourself

    At my consultation, I went to Mona with a Pinterest photo of a girl with 3A curls falling right under her chin. Mona quickly explained that I would need to cut much more than that. I actually needed to go a little above my jawline. Eek. "You have to be prepared to cut hair," says Baltazar. "It doesn't have to be a big chop, but it has to be a lot more than you're comfortable with as you get rid of that anchor hair [that's the damaged hair at the ends that weighs down the new, healthier hair at the roots]. Think of this experience as going out of your comfort zone; you're wanting to let go of that current tie with your old hair."

    While you could show your stylist what your ideal length would be, you have to be OK with the fact that they might cut off a little more than that. You picked the stylist you felt was right, so you have to trust in that they're doing their job properly.

    My hair before getting my curly cut.

    We know that stylists can sometimes get scissor happy, and on the other side, customers can occasionally be stubborn. But you and your stylist have the same goal: a good haircut. "The stylist and you have to meet in the middle for it to work smoothly," suggests Baltazar. "A client can't stick to the mentality of, 'Well, this is what I want,' and the stylist can't have too much ego and stand by, 'This is what you need.'"

    Even though I had this Pinterest photo in my mind, I had to trust in Mona to do what my hair needed to transition correctly. I expected to lose seven inches, but at the end of my cut, there was at least 10 inches of damaged hair on the floor. And it was just what my hair needed. What was left on my head looked and felt 100% healthy.

    The Initial Cut Is The First Of Many

    After my hair was diffused, the curls I thought would take years to see sprung up — not exactly like those baby album photos but more than what I ever expected. Mona explained that, more often than not, you won't get exactly what you're looking for the first time around. "The initial cut is not really the haircut," Baltazar said, letting me know that I'd have to come back for two more cuts before I achieved the hair that I wanted, with the next one being in three months. "You're going to have to be OK with your hair being shorter than expected, or that your hairstyle might not be exactly what you want. We know that you have a hair goal, and it could take four more haircuts for you to get there."

    Why so many cuts? As the natural curls begin to grow in and spring to life, the shape of the hair changes. You want your strands to fit into each other like puzzle pieces, and as the texture changes, the puzzle pieces are constantly changing. So, Mona recommends cutting frequently at the start of the transition.

    You Pay For What You Get

    Warning: Curly cuts can be expensive. Baltazar, who charges $200 as a starting price, says it's all based on the artist's experience, but expect to pay more than you would for a straight haircut. "It's not more expensive because it's a different type of hair," she clarifies. "It's more expensive because curly hair has to be catered to differently. The hair needs more conditioning, the stylist is putting in product, the client has to go under the dryer or diffuser, then there's cutting it more than once. You end up spending two hours, or maybe even three, depending on the hair's density and texture."

    Your Entire Hair Routine Needs A Remix

    My hair after the Monacut.

    The work doesn't end when you walk out of the salon. I'm still on a strict no-heat regimen, and Baltazar stressed that I need to focus on treating my hair at home with deep conditioners and moisturizing products. My texture is entirely different than what I entered the salon with, so my product collection needed an update following my chop.

    Prior to my curly cut, I was using defining curl creams (or whatever was around) when I wore my natural hair, but now, I needed to focus on repairing and strengthening. Baltazar suggested I try bonding cleansers and conditioners like Olaplex's No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner. Also, it's important to cleanse product buildup on the scalp thoroughly with purifying shampoos that can be used once a week. I'm currently a fan of the Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Shampoo.

    And as for styling, she told me to not stress it. "That step will evolve as your hair gets curlier," she says. After washing my hair — which I do about twice a week — I apply a leave-in conditioner all over, the Dark and Lovely Damage Slayer Leave-in Spray, and then go in scrunching the hair with mousse, the Kenra Curl Glaze Mousse. The last step is drying with a diffuser and blowdryer. For the days when I'm not washing my hair, I refresh my curls with the same leave-in spray, and just scrunch it in.

    I will say styling curls is a commitment. This routine takes a little longer than what I'm used to (about 10-15 minutes more), but after I see my healthy curls afterwards, I'm totally OK with that.

    If you're looking to reclaim your curls in the new year but haven't had the courage to go for the chop, let me leave you with this: The only thought I had leaving the salon after my Monacut — even though it ended up being shorter than I expected — was, What took me so long to do this?

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    Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.

    Today: a social media coordinator working in retail who makes $69,200 per year and spends some of her money this week on Larabars.

    Occupation: Social Media Coordinator
    Industry: Retail
    Age: 23
    Location: New York, NY
    Salary: $69,200
    Paycheck Amount (Biweekly): $1,1718

    Monthly Expenses
    Rent: $1,750 for my share of a three-bedroom apartment
    Student Loan Payment: $0 (My education was generously covered by a college fund my grandparents started for me when I was born.)
    Health Insurance: I am on my mom's plan.
    MetroCard: $121 deducted from my paycheck pre-tax
    Electric: Anywhere from $60-$100 each month
    WiFi: $5 for my share
    Spotify: $10
    Netflix: $0 (Thanks, Boyfriend.)
    Cell Phone: $0 (I'm on the family plan and my mom refuses to accept money for it.)
    ClassPass: $135

    Day One

    6:30 a.m. — Rudely awoken by the sun pouring through my window. I made the mistake of starting The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel last night and stayed up far too late binging it. Realistically, I could fit in a little more sleep, but I love being able to take my mornings slow. Breakfast is two cups of iced coffee with almond milk and two pieces of turkey bacon. I head off to work around 8:30 while listening to Frank Sinatra.

    9 a.m. — At work and prepping for a meeting I have at 10. I failed to bring anything for lunch — happy Hump Day.

    1 p.m. — I quickly step out and go to the Starbucks nearby for a turkey bacon egg white sandwich and a grande Pike Place. I grab a coffee for my coworker, too, since he was complaining about the lack of caffeine in his system earlier. $9.71

    6 p.m. — The day flew by, and somehow I have the motivation to go to a hot pilates class (through ClassPass) at a new studio.

    7:30 p.m. — Stop by the grocery store on my way home and grab an avocado, Honeycrisp apples, grapes, kale, and water chestnuts. $17.31

    8:30 p.m. — After I shower, I start cooking dinner when my boyfriend, L., texts and asks if I want to grab sushi. Um, yes absolutely, but I also do not feel like getting presentable and leaving my apartment. I continue cooking my dinner of cauliflower rice stir-fry and top it off with the perfectly ripe avocado I picked up earlier.

    9:30 p.m. — Roommate gets home, and we debate ordering a bottle of wine, but decide against it when we see the $7 delivery fee. I read articles on Le Figaro and Le Monde (I was a French double major and try to do something every day to keep my proficiency up) before turning on more Mrs. Maisel.

    11 p.m. — About to head to bed when my little sister FaceTimes me, and we talk for awhile. I miss her terribly. Fall asleep around 1 a.m.

    Daily Total: $27.02

    Day Two

    6 a.m. — Oof. I get up with my first alarm, and I'm out the door within 30 minutes. We have a shoot this morning, and I need to get in early. I grab an almond milk latte on my way to the subway. $4.25

    4:30 p.m. — It's been a whirlwind of a day, but fortunately the shoot wraps when it's supposed to. Since I got into the office so early, my boss lets me leave as soon as we're done.

    5:30 p.m. — Home, drinking tea, and watching the snow (!!!) fall from my bedroom window.

    7 p.m. — A couple of my friends want to have a wine night, and I offer to pick up some bottles on my way over. I drop $70 on wine, but my friends immediately Venmo me for their shares. Trees in my neighborhood are starting to snap from the snow, and it's kind of odd seeing fallen tree branches all over the street. $17

    9 p.m. — Wow, I am verrrry tipsy. I realize that I haven't really eaten today and debate ordering food to my friend's apartment, but decide against it and settle for pretzels and wine for dinner. In my wine drunk state, I text L. asking if I can come over, but I don't make it there. Instead, I end up tottering home and crashing into my bed at 11.

    Daily Total: $21.25

    Day Three

    5:30 a.m. — Jesus Christ, why didn't I chug water last night?? My head is pounding, but I go to the same pilates class every Friday morning, and I refuse to incur the cancellation fee of shame. Hydrate hydrate hydrate. Thank god this studio is literally around the corner from my apartment.

    7 a.m. — Emerge from pilates feeling like a new woman. I am dreading the day that hangovers become deadly. (When does that happen? Like age 26?) I run home and throw on a sweater dress — it's definitely a dry shampoo and bun day. I toss a pair of very extra sparkly earrings and a bright lipstick into my bag to put on after work, since I won't have time to come home before tonight's social activities.

    8:30 a.m. — I swing by Starbucks and grab a turkey bacon egg white sandwich, but decide office coffee will be sufficient enough for this morning. $3.76

    1 p.m. — I've been playing catch up since I was away from my desk all day yesterday. One of my work friends says he's going to Sweetgreen, and I can't resist. I get a custom salad with kale and romaine, double spicy broccoli, tomato, sweet potato, and chicken. He pays, since we alternate buying each other lunch. (We try to have weekly office lunch dates.)

    5 p.m. — Leave the office at 5 on the dot to meet some friends for happy hour, earrings in and lipstick on. Happy Friday! I get a glass (or two) of prosecco, and we spend the next hour gossiping and laughing hysterically ($14 plus $2 tip). $16

    7 p.m. — I'm at L.'s sipping another glass of wine in his cozy apartment. We're going to Uncle Boons for dinner, and while they don't take reservations, L. already walked over and put our name down. I'm enjoying this time catching each other up, since we haven't really had time to see each other this week.

    8:30 p.m. — At dinner, we discuss how we want to spend our three-year anniversary. We met in college and had a kind of flirty friend relationship until my senior year, when we decided it was time to seriously date. I truly cannot believe it has been three years! We discuss where we'd want to go if we took a trip to commemorate year three while we eat grilled octopus, papaya salad, crab fried rice, and noodle curry. L. generously treats.

    9:45 p.m. — Swing back by his place to pick up some alcohol before heading to a house party at our good friend's place. I call the Uber, since I have a discount right now. $6.48

    1 a.m. — Yep, I am fully drunk. Cab it home with L. and somehow manage to both chug water and take my makeup off before crashing.

    Daily Total: $26.24

    Day Four

    7 a.m. — Why am I awake?? Check my phone and respond to texts I missed last night, including one from my mom. She immediately responds asking why I'm up this early on a Saturday. I take her advice and try to go to back to sleep.

    9 a.m. — Up for good, and I need coffee ASAP. I take a shower while L. runs out to get us cappuccinos. God bless that man.

    11 a.m. — Being lazy in bed. My mom reminds me that I need a dress for an event over Christmas, so I find one and order it now so that I'll have time to get it altered if needed ($121). I eventually drag myself out of bed so I can go home to change. Then I run some errands before brunch with friends. I stop by the Target near me and grab tampons, kombucha, and makeup wipes ($16.98), and then run into the salon on my block really quick for a polish change ($7 plus $3 tip). $147.98

    2 p.m. — Bottomless brunch with L., my best friend, and her boyfriend. We go here whenever we're feeling like a boozy brunch. $25.02

    4:30 p.m. — At our friend's place. We debate going to a bar, but decide to just drink some wine and hang instead.

    8:30 p.m. — Not sure where the day went, but now we're home and eating grilled chicken, hummus, pita, rice, and fries that I impulsively ordered from Cafe Mogador on Caviar. L. Venmos me for half. I kind of want to meet some friends out later, but end up passing out by 11. $19

    Daily Total: $192

    Day Five

    8:30 a.m. — Slowly wake up and cuddle with L. for a bit. I eventually make us some coffee, which we sip in bed while he reads the news and I read my new book, What If This Were Enough? by Heather Havrilesky.

    10:30 a.m. — L. needs to go into the office, so I walk him to the subway since I want to get some writing and life admin done in a nearby coffee shop. I've been writing as a hobby since high school, but it is definitely a hobby that requires some discipline and continuity. I stick with chai to drink, since I had my fair share of coffee this morning. $3.75

    1:30 p.m. — Stop by the grocery store on the way home and pick up Honeycrisp apples, almond milk, iced coffee, turkey breast, avocado, broccoli, popcorn, Larabars, and paper towels. $34.12

    2:30 p.m. — I'm cleaning my apartment when one of my good friends asks if I'm down for a late brunch. Yes, please. We go, and I get an omelet with bacon and onion, the best breakfast potatoes, and a mimosa. We talk for forever, since I've hardly seen her lately. Towards the end of our meal, two of our friends pass by the restaurant and spot us through the window, so they stop in to say hi and order mimosas. I get another round, and we stay at the restaurant until nearly 5. $42

    6 p.m. — I'm back at my friend's (it is seriously the best thing ever having some of your best friends live within 10 minutes of you), and there's talk of going out to dinner, but L. lets me know he's back home and invites me for dinner at his place. I take him up on the offer and pick up a bottle of wine on my way over. $17

    8 p.m. — L. cooks an amazing dinner of chicken piccata, and we hang out for a little after we eat, watching Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Eventually it gets late, and he calls me an Uber home since it's freezing out. It can be difficult for us to see much of each other during the week due to his unpredictable work schedule, so I cherish these quiet weekends we have together.

    12 a.m. — Home with a face mask on, eucalyptus candle lit, and chamomile tea made. I journal and then do a bit of meditation before passing out around 1.

    Daily Total: $96.87

    Day Six

    6:30 a.m. — Awaken, read the news, scroll through my socials, and then make some iced coffee and slice up an apple. I grab a protein bar and another apple and am out the door by 7:30.

    8 a.m. — Early to work this morning, which I prefer on Mondays. I jam to my November playlist while responding to emails that came in over the weekend. We have two big shoots this week, so I won't be at my desk much and want to get ahead on some admin stuff.

    1 p.m. — Step out of the office to go pick up some jeans I ordered from Madewell last week. I grab my work BFF a coffee while I'm out because he's been stuck on a call. I eat my protein bar at my desk when I return. $3.43

    5:30 p.m. — Subway uptown to see a friend from home who is in town visiting and staying with a mutual friend in Morningside Heights. They want to hit up a happy hour, but I stick with a small glass of wine since I feel like I've been drinking a lot lately. My friend generously covers our tab.

    8 p.m. — At home, I cook another batch of cauliflower rice stir-fry. Then I catch up with my roommate and FaceTime my other roommate/best friend who has been out of town for the past week. Asleep before midnight for once.

    Daily Total: $3.43

    Day Seven

    7 a.m. — Sleep in a little before quickly showering and blowing out my hair. Drink some iced coffee, water the plants, and eat a few pieces of turkey breast. (Yes, I like weirdly savory foods for breakfast.)

    2 p.m. — I had to go to a casting this morning for a shoot we have later this week, so I take lunch a little later. I eat an apple and a pack of almond butter at my desk along with a green tea. Then I browse flights while I eat and bookmark a few for L. and me to go to my hometown for Christmas, as well as a flight to Miami to stay with a friend for New Year's. I wait to book anything until I can have a proper conversation with L. first.

    7 p.m. — Just got out of a burnout pilates class, and despite not wanting to go after work, the class felt great, and I am so glad I went. I call my mom on the walk home and come home to my roommate cooking a chicken and rice dish, which I gladly accept as dinner.

    8:30 p.m. — A friend pops over with a bottle of wine, which we all share while she breaks the news of her recent break up. I give her a huge hug, and we send her home with some leftovers around 11. I call L. before I go to sleep, and we catch up on our days and make tentative plans for tomorrow. Ten minutes of quiet meditation later, I'm out like a light.

    Daily Total: $0

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    The state Supreme Court’s response comes after a lawsuit was filed claiming Brown’s life sentence is unconstitutional based on a previous Supreme Court ruling that said sentencing a minor to a mandatory life sentence was against the Constitution. Only 20 states and the District of Columbia have banned life without parole for minors. Tennessee is not one of those states; there, people convicted of first-degree murder can only be released from prison after serving at least 51 years of their 60-year sentence. A U.S. District Court in Tennessee noted that her sentence was different because she received a “life sentence, not a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.”

    The Women’s March, Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna, and LeBron James have all publicly supported Brown’s release, funded legal support, and used her case to shed light on a larger need for prison reform and the systematic racism ingrained in our justice system. “The system has failed. It’s heartbreaking to see a young girl sex trafficked then when she has the courage to fight back is jailed for life! We have to do better & do what’s right. I’ve called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this,” Kardashian tweeted.

    In 2004, Brown was forced into prostitution by a pimp known as “Cut Throat” who she believed was her boyfriend. According to court documents, Allen allegedly brought Brown to his home and paid her to have sex with him. She was under the state’s age of consent at the time. In her testimony, Brown said that Allen showed her multiple guns in his home. When she believed that he was reaching under his bed to grab a gun and shoot her, she grabbed a gun out of her purse and shot him. She was tried as an adult and convicted of first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree felony murder, and especially aggravated robbery. Brown has already served 14 years in prison.

    In response to the court’s decision, the Women’s March tweeted in support of Brown and other sex trafficking victims, adding that the next Women’s March on January 19, 2019 is for them as well. The organization asked their supporters to contact Tennessee’s governor, Bill Haslam, to demand Brown’s release. “Gov. Haslam has the power to #FreeCyntoia. Every day she remains in prison, he is actively choosing not to,” they tweeted.

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    Chef Leah Cohen Takes On A Tiny NYC Apartment Kitchen

    On Good Chef, Bad Kitchen , professionals take on the ultimate challenge: Cooking in a bare, millennial kitchen. In this episode, chef Leah Cohen of New York City's Pig & Khao shows us how to make her Thai fried chicken — despite somewhat dangerous circumstances.

    If you're like me, deep-frying anything is A-level scary. Like, horror movie, run-and-hide, please don't burn the house down scary. But for Leah Cohen, chef of Pig & Khao and former Top Chef contestant, this was just another day in the kitchen.

    Cohen dropped by Alyssa Coscarelli's tiny, under-utilized kitchen to show us how to make fried chicken. The catch: Alyssa doesn't cook much, so the tools we had were limited. Exhibit A: Not a single sharp knife was to be found in the kitchen. Here, three major lessons we learned from this experiment:

    1. Your Pot Size Is Important

    "This is probably the smallest pot I would go with for frying chicken," Cohen says of the pot she worked with in the video. It was still so small, she could only fry one piece at a time.

    What you really want is a pot that's pretty deep, that can hold enough oil to cover the chicken as well as the chicken itself, without overflowing. If the oil overflows, it could start a fire, and if you don't have enough oil (as we didn't in our video), you'll have to turn the chicken over mid-fry — tricky, and dangerous if you don't have the right tools. Which brings us to...

    2. So Are Tongs

    Cohen used two forks to turn the chicken — turning the piece away from her to avoid getting oil splattering on her — and also to lift out the chicken. Still, this posed some risk — if the chicken dropped, it would splatter oil at 350 degrees F, which could hit her hands or her face. "What you want is either a slotted spoon or tongs to carefully take out the fried chicken from the pot," Cohen says.

    3. Finally, A Thermometer Will Help

    Even Cohen admits that getting the temperature right is tricky to eyeball. "If it's too low, the coating can come off. If it's too high, you could smoke out your apartment, which is not ideal," she says.

    Still interested in making this? Get the recipe below.

    Leah Cohen's Thai Fried Chicken

    Ingredients
    For the marinated chicken:
    3 lbs chicken thighs, bone in skin on
    4 to 5 garlic cloves, peeled
    1 tbsp whole coriander seeds
    1 tbsp whole white peppercorn
    1/8 cup cilantro root, chopped
    2 tbsp fish sauce
    2 tbsp oyster sauce
    1 tsp sugar
    2 tsp salt
    1 pinch msg

    For the batter:
    3 cups rice flour, separated
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp mushroom powder
    1 cup limestone water (can sub 1 cup seltzer and 2 tsp baking soda )

    For the fry:
    Canola oil
    3 large pandan leaves, patted dry
    Crispy shallots and Thai sweet chili sauce, for garnish

    Instructions

    For the chicken:
    1. To marinate the chicken, start by slightly scoring the chicken so the marinade can get into the meat.

    2. In a mortar and pestle, pound together the garlic, coriander seed, white pepper, and cilantro root with a pinch of salt until you get a paste.

    3. Mix in the remaining ingredients (fish sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, and msg). Then rub the marinade into the chicken and let sit 6 hours, or overnight, in your refrigerator.

    For the batter:
    1. Once the chicken is done marinating, get your coating together. In a large bowl, pour in one cup of the rice flour, salt, mushroom powder, and baking powder, if using.

    2. Whisk in the limestone water or seltzer, until the batter is the consistency between a pancake and crepe batter.

    3. Pour out the remaining two cups of rice flour in a pan. Coat your chicken in the wet batter, then coat in dry flour. Let sit uncovered for 30 minutes.

    Final steps:
    1. Heat up your oil to 300 degrees F. You want to make sure there is enough oil in the pot to cover the chicken, but not too much oil where it will overflow the pot after placing the chicken in.

    2. Once the oil is heated to 300 degrees F, knot the pandan leaves together and carefully place them in the oil to flavor it.

    3. Fry the chicken until cooked, approximately 6 to 8 minutes, and carefully remove the chicken from the fryer, using tongs. If you need to turn the chicken, turn the chicken away from you, not towards you, to reduce the risk of splattering.

    4. Turn up the heat to 350 degrees F, and fry until crispy, 2 to 3 minutes.

    5. Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel. Garnish with crispy shallots and serve with sweet chili sauce.

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    Sorry bullies of the 1980s, but it's cool now to be a "geek." Fandoms have become massive communities emerging from an equal balance of cult tv shows (R.I.P. Firefly) and multi-million dollar blockbuster films. Nerding out over pop culture is in and it's likely you have a few fanatics on your holiday gifting list this year.

    Luckily, they're going to be the easiest names to tackle. There's no shortage of R2-D2 kitchen accessories or Game of Thrones figurines to buy this year. But if you're looking to think outside of the box, to skip the half-assed t-shirt with a screen print of a Stormtrooper and find something more unique, you've come to the right place. Ahead, we've searched high and low for the most unexpected fan-friendly gifts around. Whether your giftee identifies as a Potterhead, Trekkie, a Beatlemaniac, Whovian, Disneyphile, Star Wars fanatic, gamer, Sanrio obsessor, or a member of them all, we've got a gift in mind for every one of them. When you play a game of thrones gifting you win or you die, so be on the winning side with these 30 perfect picks.

    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.

    Game of Thrones Fanatics



    Johnnie Walker White Walker Blended Scotch Whisky, $59.99, available at Drizly

    Trekkies

    Temporarily sold out at Think Geek: shop similar item here.



    Think Geek Star Trek Enterprise Sushi Set, $19.98, available at Think Geek

    Beatlemaniacs



    Happy Socks The Beatles Socks Box Set, $42, available at Happy Socks

    Star Wars Fans



    Columbia Star Wars Empire Crew Parka, $500, available at Columbia

    Superhero Stans



    ThinkGeek Marvel Thor Hammer Tool Set, $99.99, available at ThinkGeek

    Potterheads



    Running Press Adult Harry Potter Pensieve Memory Set, $23.76, available at Amazon

    Whovians



    The Joyful Fox Doctor Who? Wall Clock, $30.99, available at Society6

    Disneyphiles



    Otterbox Den Series for Google Home Mini - Mickey Mouse, $19.95, available at Otterbox

    Hello Kitty Kats(we made that one up)



    Converse x Hello Kitty Hello Kitty High Top, $85, available at Nike

    Retro Gamers



    Firebox Retro Handheld Console (With 150 Built-in Games), $22.99, available at Firebox

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    Welcome to Unfiltered, where we give our honest, no-B.S. reviews of the most buzzed-about beauty products, brands, and services on the market right now.

    We're in the post-Fenty Beauty era, which means, when it comes to foundation ranges, we're tolerating nothing short of greatness. If it comes in five shades — we don't want it. Women of color have been notoriously overlooked in the makeup department. It's one reason why OG brands, like MAC and Make Up For Ever, and new kids on block, like Fenty Beauty and Il Makiage, are praised for their incredibly inclusive range of complexion products.

    CoverGirl is one brand that has been thinking about women of color longer than most. Back in 2005, the brand launched the Queen collection specifically for Black women, and recently the brand expanded its complexion category to include 40 shades of its TruBlend formula. But now, CoverGirl is catering to underserved complexions in a new way. Introducing Full Spectrum, a line of cosmetics for women of color, developed by a team of multicultural women.

    Johanne Richard, Global R&D Face Manager of CoverGirl, tells Refinery29 that developing this line was important to her because she's had her fair share of confusion in the cosmetics aisle. "I come from a Haitian background and skin tones in my family run the gamut," Richard says. "So many of my friends and family have told me stories about mixing foundation shades, so we really wanted to create a collection that addressed the special nuances of our skin."

    Richard and her team spent almost two years measuring the skin tones of various people of color. "Through our research we were able to get a better understanding of the undertones of dark skin — not only to deliver on shades but on finish, too," says Richard. "Most women of color are put into the same category, but we all have different undertones and our complexions are all really different." The CoverGirl team also surveyed women of color to find out what this particular group wants, finding that most seek full-coverage complexion products, matte finishes, and vibrant color pigments when picking out makeup.

    This research birthed the Full Spectrum collection, which comes with 20 liquid foundation shades for medium-to-deep skin tones, powder foundation, brightening concealer, mattifying primer, eyeshadow, vivid eyeliners, lipstick, and more! We tapped Refinery29 staffers for a test run, and we're spilling the tea on CoverGirl's latest collection, ahead.

    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.

    Chanel Parks, Social Media Editor

    I Tried: Full Spectrum CoverGirl Zodiac Eyeshadow Palette

    The Verdict: "I used to be a huge eyeshadow fan in college, and I’ve been meaning to get back on the horse. This vivid palette of jewel tones is the perfect gateway back into exciting eye looks. They are extremely pigmented, so there’s no need to layer it on over and over again. Unlike other drugstore shadows that tend to be too powdery and matte, these are really smooth and easy to blend together (if that’s your thing). I definitely plan on using some of these as eyeliners for the holiday season."



    Full Spectrum by Covergirl So Saturated Shadow Palettes, $13.49, available at Ulta Beauty

    I Tried: Full Spectrum CoverGirl Color Satin Lipstick in Charms

    The Verdict: "Since I had a bold eye, I didn’t want to overdo it with a popping lip, but I couldn’t resist using the Charm shade. Instead of swiping it on for opaque coverage, I put some on my fingertip and lightly dabbed it on my lips for a flush of color. Then, I put on a layer of lip balm. I love that I was able to control how sheer I wanted the color."



    Full Spectrum by Covergirl Color Idol Satin Lipstick, $9.49, available at Ulta Beauty

    Channing Hargrove, Fashion Writer

    I Tried: All Day Idol Brightening Concealer in Tan/Medium Neutral

    The Verdict: "I'm not the most well-versed when it comes to applying and wearing concealer but All Day Idol in shade Tan Cool went on like a dream. I didn't have to use a ton of product to see a difference, and it blended into my skin quickly."



    Full Spectrum by Covergirl All Day Idol Brightening Concealer, $11.49, available at Ulta Beauty

    I Tried: Full Spectrum CoverGirl Color Satin Lipstick in Money Bag

    The Verdict: "Lipsticks are more my thing — especially bold ones like Mad Money (a shade resembling a stack of bills). I loved that I could build up the color, but it still felt balmy on my mouth."



    Full Spectrum by Covergirl Color Idol Satin Lipstick, $9.49, available at Ulta Beauty

    Aimee Simeon, Beauty Writer

    I Tried: Full Spectrum CoverGirl Matte Ambition Skin Primer

    The Verdict: "Does this look like the face of someone who power walked to the train station and ran to work? Not at all, and it's thanks to this primer. My skin is usually dry, but when I sweat a little (or when I've been indoors all day) my nose gets super shiny. Before I put my foundation on, I focused this primer on my nose and the surrounding area. It dried down to a satin finish that didn't feel too tacky, and my foundation blended seamlessly on top without feeling glued to my face."



    Full Spectrum by Covergirl Matte Ambition Skin Primer SPF 20, $11.49, available at Ulta Beauty

    I Tried: Full Spectrum CoverGirl Matte Shine Free Foundation in Tan Golden 1

    The Verdict: "When I swatched this foundation on the back of my arm, I was nervous. The formula didn't seem as opaque as the ones I use regularly. But when I buffed it into my face it was a whole different ball game. I evenly covered my face (which has acne scars) with a few dots of this, and it gave me a medium-coverage finish that felt like skin. I, personally, like a fuller finish, so I focused a few more dots on my trouble areas more coverage. My skin didn't feel overly dry and not one dark spot was in sight!"



    Full Spectrum by Covergirl Matte Ambition All Day Foundation, $11.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    I Tried: Full Spectrum CoverGirl Defining Moment All Day Eyeliner in Deep Purple

    The Verdict: "My eyes always look tired, and I've found that applying black liner to my waterline only makes it look worse. So instead, I try to play around with colors in that area (plus, it's just more fun). I loved this purple shade, which I smudged along my lower lashline. It had a buttery texture that didn't move throughout the day. It showed up nicely on my skin tone, but it wasn't too dramatic, so I'd definitely rock this to work and beyond."



    Full Spectrum by Covergirl Defining Moment All Day Eyeliner, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    Rissa Papillion, Junior Video Editor

    I Tried: All Day Idol Brightening Concealer in Tan/Medium Neutral

    The Verdict: "I'm on day four of a the flu. Can you tell? This product is to thank for my dewy, revived complexion. It only took two swipes to get rid of the dark circles under my eyes."



    Full Spectrum by Covergirl All Day Idol Brightening Concealer, $11.49, available at Ulta Beauty

    I Tried: Full Spectrum CoverGirl Color Satin Lipstick in Undone

    The Verdict: "This magnificent mauve lipstick went on smooth and was so easy to apply. It provided all-day moisture and made me look like the woman I hope to be one day: 30, flirty, and thriving."



    Full Spectrum by Covergirl Color Idol Satin Lipstick, $9.49, available at Ulta Beauty

    I Tried: Full Spectrum CoverGirl Defining Moment All Day Eyeliner in Electric Green

    The Verdict: "I love to make bold statements with makeup, and this eyeliner delivered. It glided on with no fuss, and the creamy formula lasted all day."



    Full Spectrum by Covergirl Defining Moment All Day Eyeliner, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    Jessica Cruel, Deputy Beauty Director

    I Tried: Full Spectrum CoverGirl Matte Shine Free Foundation in Deep Neutral

    The Verdict: "Typically when I go into the drugstore, there is clearly one foundation that works for me — the darkest or almost-darkest option in the lineup. With this collection, I had to try 2 or 3 before finding my shade. Some might find that annoying, I was ecstatic. That means the various undertones that brown skin can have — neutral, cool, golden — are all covered.

    "The formula is definitely matte. While I prefer a little dewiness to my look, this foundation is perfect for those with oily skin who don’t want any shine to show through. The coverage is buildable, too. One pass and you can still see skin peeking through; two passes and it covers minor dark spots; three passes and you’re close to a full beat."



    Full Spectrum by Covergirl Matte Ambition All Day Foundation, $11.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    I Tried: Full Spectrum Contour & Correct Expert

    The Verdict: "There is nothing that disappears the dark circles under my eyes like an orange color corrector. While this orange cut down some of the grayish-purple circles under my eyes, it’s pretty sheer in comparison to other formulas I’ve tried. For me, the star of this palette was the darkest shade, which I used for contouring. The creamy formula blends smoothly for sculpting that’s natural and diffused, not ashy and stark."



    Full Spectrum by Covergirl Contour & Correct Expert Cream Palette, $13.49, available at Ulta Beauty

    I Tried: Full Spectrum CoverGirl Matte Idol in Gains

    The Verdict: " When it comes to matte lipstick, I have thoughts. First, it must pass the water bottle test. Second, it must feel soft to the touch. It’s really a lot to ask, but this CoverGirl liquid lip passed both benchmarks. Typically I like to use a lip liner as a base to avoid feathery fading by midday, but this pigment is so powerful that I didn’t need it. It’s so comfy that I forgot I even had it on. Needless to say, this one went directly into my makeup bag for daily use."



    Full Spectrum by Covergirl Matte Idol Liquid Lipstick, $9.49, available at Ulta Beauty

    Ashley Edwards, Senior News & Politics Editor

    I Tried: All Day Idol Brightening Concealer in Medium Neutral

    The Verdict: "I have hereditary dark circles, so no matter how much sleep I get, I always look a little tired. Most days I just forego concealer because most don't actually cover up the dark circles — they just look cakey under my eyes. But, I was pleasantly surprised at how well this worked. It gave me a bright, awake look without making me look overly made up. I literally had to peel myself out of bed this morning — but I look refreshed!"



    Full Spectrum by Covergirl All Day Idol Brightening Concealer, $11.49, available at Ulta Beauty

    I Tried: Full Spectrum CoverGirl Defining Moment All Day Eyeliner in Deep Purple

    The Verdict: "I absolutely love purple eyeliner, and this is my favorite of all the ones I've tried. It really made my eyes pop. It went on so smoothly and the color is beautiful. It's perfect for work or for a night out."



    Full Spectrum by Covergirl Defining Moment All Day Eyeliner, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    Nikki Tucker, Social Media Editor

    I Tried: Full Spectrum CoverGirl Defining Moment All Day Eyeliner in Silver Metallic

    The Verdict: "I felt iffy about silver eyeliner at first — gold is more of my thing. But I was pleasantly surprised with how bold the silver shade looked on my complexion."



    Full Spectrum by Covergirl Defining Moment All Day Eyeliner, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    I Tried: Full Spectrum CoverGirl Color Satin Lipstick in Groupie

    The Verdict: "I didn't think I'd like this lipstick shade as much as I did but I. love. it. It's creamy and really popped on my skin tone. I'll definitely rock it through the holiday season."



    Full Spectrum by Covergirl Color Idol Satin Lipstick, $9.49, available at Ulta Beauty

    Candace Hockett, Research & Insights Manager

    I Tried: Full Spectrum CoverGirl Matte Shine Free Foundation in Deep Golden 1

    The Verdict: "I never use foundation to cover under my eyes, but this one worked all over. I didn't even need concealer. I applied this everywhere and loved the medium coverage and matte finish. I set it with powder and spray and was off to work, where I got so many compliments on my makeup."



    Full Spectrum by Covergirl Matte Ambition All Day Foundation, $11.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    I Tried: Full Spectrum CoverGirl Color Satin Lipstick in Pepper

    The Verdict: "I love matte lipsticks and shiny glosses; this color was the perfect happy medium. I layered it on and lightly dusted a setting powder on top to help it last longer. The formula felt super moisturizing, so if you struggle with dry lips, this is a great option."



    Full Spectrum by Covergirl Color Idol Satin Lipstick, $9.49, available at Ulta Beauty

    Celeste Chandler, Video Intern

    I Tried: Full Spectrum CoverGirl Matte Ambition Tan Cool 1

    The Verdict: "This product was so lightweight and left my complexion looking radiant. Throughout the day, I noticed that my face didn’t appear too oily, which is one of my major concerns with foundation, but this one is truly matte."



    Full Spectrum by Covergirl Matte Ambition All Day Foundation, $11.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    I Tried: Full Spectrum CoverGirl Color Satin Lipstick in Shook

    The Verdict: "My lips never felt dry when trying out this lip color. It went on super creamy and left a nice rosy tint."



    Full Spectrum by Covergirl Color Idol Satin Lipstick, $9.49, available at Ulta Beauty

    I Tried: Full Spectrum CoverGirl Defining Moment All Day Eyeliner in Blackest Black

    The Verdict: "I applied this eyeliner to my upper lashline and tear duct area. I was able to create a bold, defined line without losing consistency. It also stayed on all day, which is a plus."



    Full Spectrum by Covergirl Defining Moment All Day Eyeliner, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty

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    The deadline to sign up for healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act next year is fast approaching. In case you didn't know, the open enrollment period for 2019 ends this Saturday, December 15.

    For several reasons — including a drop in the unemployment rate, the Trump administration loosening restrictions for skimpier coverage, and the lack of advertising around the sign up period — enrollment is down nearly 11% compared to this period in 2018. But if you're interested in obtaining health coverage through Obamacare, we have all the information you need to know.

    Who can sign up: Anyone who doesn't get health insurance through their employer, and is not a Medicaid or Medicare beneficiary, can be covered in 2019 through the Obamacare exchanges. Coverage kicks off January 1.

    What is the process like: You should visit healthcare.gov or call 800-318-2596 to sign up for an Obamacare exchange health plan. Getting help to fill out the application in-person is also an option, and you can go here for more information. Some of the details you need to provide when applying include age, income, and wherever you already have health insurance. Here you can find an application checklist telling you everything you need to have at hand, especially for those who require financial assistance. After weighing your options, the last step is to choose a health plan and enroll. Something to remember is that those who already are covered through Obamacare will be automatically re-enrolled. If you want to change your plan, you must do so before the deadline.

    What's the enrollment deadline: Thirty nine states use the federal marketplace. If you live in one of those, you need to enroll before or on December 15. The remaining 11 states that run their own exchanges have their own deadlines. If you're not sure which category your home state falls in, you can go here for more information.

    Why you need health insurance coverage: Last year's Republican tax bill repealed one of Obamacare mandate which made those without health insurance pay a penalty at tax time. But that shouldn't be reason enough to go uninsured in 2019: Not having health insurance could mean you will not have access to preventive, primary, or follow-up care unless you pay thousands, or hundreds of thousands, in medical bills. Unexpected medical costs have been found to sometimes lead to bankruptcy. Better to be safe than sorry!

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    Busy Philipps has the most beautiful pantry I’ve ever seen. And I'm not the only one who finds it so. It has been breathlessly described by the likes of People, the Daily Mail, and Today.com. How many other pantries can say that? With its Sephora-bright lighting and obsessive color coordination — down to the individual wrapping on granola bars and the caps on bottles of condiments — it deserves the publicity.

    Philipps' pantry rose to fame via social media, naturally. Tiffani Thiessen, Mandy Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Whitney Port, Lauren Conrad, and Vanessa Lachey have all likewise shared the insides of their fridges, pantries, and other kitchen storage units. Each of these next-level home storage transformations is the work of the same two women, Joanna Teplin and Clea Shearer of The Home Edit, a full-service home makeover outfit based in Nashville.

    Whitney Port, who now runs an eponymous lifestyle website and is gearing up for the premiere of The Hills reboot, says she first heard about The Home Edit via Mandy Moore’s Instagram account. “I messaged them and told them I needed them, and I was so lucky to have them come help us do our kitchen and the garage,” the reality star tells Refinery29. “It's like a big puzzle for them.”

    Port’s pantry in her Studio City, CA home, which was featured in a recent People round-up of hyper-organized celebrity homes, has glowing white shelves and is stocked with items like rose gold, pineapple-shaped goblets, big gold serving bowls, and a shiny silver KitchenAid mixer. Moore’s features a white Smeg toaster neatly nestled atop a shelf, a corner filled with artfully stacked paper towel rolls, and what seems like a lifetime supply of Perrier. I really can’t overstate how much Perrier she appears to have in there — but at no point does it feel cluttered or claustrophobic or anything, really, but lovely to look at and, I assume, annoying to maintain.

    “To be completely honest, we had no clue it would take off like this,” The Home Edit’s Teplin and Shearer tell Refinery29. “When we co-founded The Home Edit [in 2015], we were just two Nashville transplants who had no other talents other than organizing. Once we started sharing our work on Instagram, the floodgates (or in this case, Gwyneth Paltrow’s front door) opened.”

    While Gwyneth may have been one of the first celebs to evangelize The Home Edit method of kitchen and home organization (she’s even featured them on Goop), she has a couple of pretty pantry predecessors. The Kardashians have been showing off their meticulous cupboards since late 2015 — that’s when Khloe posted a video of her kitchen online; she later showed off her picturesque tea drawer, and Kourtney shared her own pantry video, during which she revealed she doesn’t like her food to touch anything plastic. Before that there was Yolanda Foster, whose glass-shelved, vegetable-filled refrigerator became such a thing on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills seasons 3-6 (2012-2015) that Foster made a Twitter account for it, aptly named @YolandasFridge. At least one Kardashian sister does appear to have come around to The Home Edit way of life — last week Khloe posted to Instagram praising the job they had done on, you guessed it, her pantry.

    But the trend of sharing obscure corners of one’s home actually goes back even further. Inspired by the influencer-focused beauty site Into The Gloss, women have been posting so-called #TopShelfies for years. Founded in 2010, by 2013 or so, ITG had turned the once-embarrassing insides of bathroom cabinets f to a source of intense fascination and posturing. The Coveteur did the same thing for closets. Now, socialites, celebrities, and fashionistas all vie for the chance to show off on these sites the place where they store their deodorant and anti-wrinkle cream.

    What the #TopShelfie and burgeoning #PantryGoals (yes, that’s what we’re calling it) phenomena have in common is that — in addition to taking an often chaotic place in the home and turning them into something both aesthetically pleasing and easily navigable — they’re a true expression of having one’s shit together. If even your pantry or the inside of your fridge is a sight to behold, well, it’s safe to say the rest of your life must be going pretty well too. Right?

    “The truth is, there’s a method to our madness — color-coding and labeling is just a part of it,” Teplin and Shearer explain. “By purging items and creating a system that works for our client’s lifestyle and space, it’s innately easier to maintain. We also find that when people view a space as aesthetically-pleasing, they put in more effort to keep it that way.”

    I asked Port, whose organization-loving husband, producer Tim Rosenman, decided to jump on the line with us during our call, whether and how she’s able to maintain Teplin and Shearer’s work in her day-to-day life. She confessed to not being the most naturally organized person. This gave me hope.

    “I wish I was that Type-A, organized person, but mostly that’s his job. He always wants everything to be these perfect categories,” she laughed. “Honestly, we just try our best. Every day is a new commitment. But the way to maintain is just having someone help pick up my slack.”

    While The Home Edit’s distinctive aesthetic and celebrities’ predilection for singing their praises online are the things most likely to inspire imitators, it’s not just about looks (or likes). There are real psychological benefits to maintaining this kind of visual order in a household. Dr. Sally Augustin, PhD, is an environmental psychologist whose company Design with Science uses scientific insights to develop recommendations for the design of places, objects, and interiors. Dr. Augustin says that, for the human brain, there’s a Goldilocks-esque sweet spot when it comes to visual stimuli. We don’t like things that are too clean and whitewashed — that feels alien to us -- and we also don’t like things that are too cluttered, because, as she puts it, “When we were a young species, we needed to continually survey the world around us to make sure that something that thought we were tasty wasn’t approaching us.”

    “The research shows that we like spaces with moderate visual complexity,” she explains. “An example of a space with moderate visual complexity would be, maybe, a residential environment developed by Frank Lloyd Wright. That’s the sort of space in which we find the sorts of visual complexities that make us feel good.”

    She says it’s possible that an organized and visually stimulating pantry or fridge can make its owner feel calmer and less stressed — and it goes beyond just knowing where the extra paper towels are. It’s in our brain chemistry. “Bring the complexity in your refrigerator down to a moderate level, and when you open the door, you would have a positive response.”

    Perhaps this is why there are currently over 20,100 posts tagged #PantryGoals on Instagram. They show spices and grains neatly divided into cursive-labeled holding cells, cereals removed from their unsightly cardboard containers and placed inside transparent ones, and china arranged on shelves ombre-style. They are the product of bloggers, influencers, and even regular, non-internet-famous individuals. It’s unclear whether all of them know aboutThe Home Edit, but what’s very apparent is that Teplin and Shearer’s signature style has struck a deep chord. When the forthcoming book, The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your Home Goals, hits bookstores this March, one imagines there will be plenty more photos like this floating around.

    “We’ve definitely begun to spawn imitators,” the pair admit. “But if it’s because we figured out a way to make lives easier, we’ll take it.”

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    Besides wearing sunscreen every day and drinking lots of water, there is one cardinal rule when it comes to good skin care: Do not wear makeup to bed. Of course, no one is perfect, and inevitably — usually after a night out drinking — we end up falling into bed with our full face intact every once in a while. And when we wake up in the morning, we run to the sink to do a deep cleanse and exfoliating treatment, hoping to avoid a breakout. But for Kim Kardashian West going to bed with eye makeup, lashes, and eyeliner is intentional. Clearly, she takes the term "beauty sleep" literally.

    The makeup mogul revealed during last night's episode of E's Busy Tonight that not only does she wear a thong and small bra to sleep, but she also wears a full face of makeup — sometimes even wearing the same makeup for 48 hours straight. No big deal.

    "All the time," Kardashian West told host Busy Phillips when asked if she's ever slept with makeup on. "If I can't have glam the next day, I'll sleep like perfectly and maybe I'll redo my skin [like foundation]. But I'll try to salvage it for two days."

    Phillips was left shocked, but this isn't the first time that Kardashian West admitted to this skin-care no-no. While presenting Charlotte Tilbury with an award for Makeup Artist Of The Year at the Instyle Awards in 2016, she shared that she was an advocate for sleeping in makeup. "[Tilbury's] inspired me. When I am really lazy and I can’t do my makeup the next day, I’ll sleep in my makeup," she said. The reality star has even posted the morning skin-care routine she uses after sleeping in her makeup all night on her website. Clearly, she's committed.

    And while you might think, "If KKW lives her life so rebelliously, why can't I?" It's definitely not recommended if you want to keep your skin on its best behavior. "The makeup and dirt clogs pores, potentially leading to a breakout, especially if there's any kind of silicone or oil in your makeup," celebrity facialist Teresa Tarmey previously told Refinery29. "The skin works its magic at night, and it will really absorb any products left on the skin." Let's also not forget that the Kardashian-Jenner clan has facialists and derms on speed dial, ready to save their skin whenever a disaster might happen.

    So, let's leave this bad beauty habit to Kardashian West, shall we? Clearly, waking up with clear skin despite wearing makeup for 48 hours straight is her superpower. But we'll continue to wash our faces at night — barring the occasional slip up — because c'mon we're humans.

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    In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case which would allow states to block the use of Medicaid for healthcare services at Planned Parenthood. The decision is a blow to conservative lawmakers who've tried to defund the organization and other abortion providers for years.

    The Hyde Amendment already blocks the use of federal funds for abortion services. But the states of Louisiana and Kansas went a step further trying to block people from using Medicaid for things like cancer screenings, contraceptive coverage, ultrasounds, and other non-abortion related health services at Planned Parenthood. The effort would harm low-income women in particular.

    The organization sued the states, arguing the Medicaid Act includes a provision saying beneficiaries are allowed to go to any health provider that is "qualified to perform" the medical services they need. Because of this, lower courts ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood and by declining to hear the case, the Supreme Court is upholding those decisions. Two of the bench's conservative jurists, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh, voted to skip the case. The remaining conservative justices — Justice Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch — dissented.

    In a statement, Dr. Leana Wen, the new president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, celebrated the court's decision.

    "We are pleased that lower court rulings protecting patients remain in place. Every person has a fundamental right to health care, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much they earn," Wen said in a statement provided to Refinery29. "As a doctor, I have seen what’s at stake when people cannot access the care they need, and when politics gets in the way of people making their own health care choices. We won’t stop fighting for every patient who relies on Planned Parenthood for life-saving, life-changing care.”

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    You've made a list, and you've checked it once, twice, maybe even three times, yet somehow, a good chunk of names are still missing a solid gift idea next to them. Before you start regretting your promise not to take the easy route — re-gifting that unwanted candle or resorting to pre-made gift baskets at the eleventh hour — remember that finding an impressive present isn't always about fulfilling a wish list or finding the heftiest price tag.

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    Fashionista took a look at all of the covers the leading fashion magazines in the US published this year, and found 47.6% featured women of color, a 32.3% increase from 2017. Last year, the website found women of color were on 48 of 153 covers, or 31.4%. In 2018, newsstands saw the biggest jump in diversity, partly due to the September covers. Of the magazine covers reviewed, 60 of 126 featured women of color. InStyle (nine of 12) and Glamour (nine of 14) are leading the way, while Allure clocked in with seven (of 12) non-white cover stars. Cosmopolitan and W featured six (of 13) and seven (of 16), respectively.

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    Between switching up colors, mastering the perfect flat-iron waves, and tugging it in and out of tight topknots, we're guilty of putting our hair through an emotional rollercoaster on the regular. When we're not playing with style and color, it's all about making sure we're taking optimal care to keep our strands looking — and feeling — healthy, not frazzled.

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    "My hair is so damaged from bleach that not even Olaplex — the gold standard of fried-hair rehab — seems to heal it. So far, this mask right here is the only thing I've tried that does. It also doesn't weigh down my roots, which is a plus considering how dead my ends are. I'll take as much natural volume as I get, and this one delivers, in addition to leaving the dreamiest fresh-from-the-salon fragrance behind." —Sam Sasso, Beauty Writer



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    "A small scoop of this rich treatment was enough to completely cover my thick, curly hair. I left it on for a few minutes and it made my strands soft, hydrated, and smooth — which is the ultimate goal. If you're in the market for healthy hair that feels (and smells) great, this is definitely a keeper." —Kayla Isaacs, Video Editorial Assistant



    Virtue Labs Restorative Treatment Mask, $28, available at Virtue Labs

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    Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.

    Today: a reporter working in media who makes $32,000 per year and spends some of her money this week on Marc Jacobs Daisy Love perfume.

    Occupation: Reporter
    Industry: Media/Journalism
    Age: 22
    Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    Salary: $32,000
    Paycheck Amount (2x/month): $1,000

    Monthly Expenses
    Rent: $500 including utilities and internet. I'm rooming with my friend, and she knows I'm broke on a journalist's budget, so she offered me a flat fee that's pretty cheap for the Sioux Falls rental market.
    Student Loan Payment: $0 (My parents and I cut a 60/40 deal, and my 40% was covered by scholarships and part-time work.)
    Car Insurance: TBD (I just moved out of my parents' house, so I have to get on my own car insurance ASAP.)
    Spotify: $5 (I still somehow have the student discount price. I mooch off my parents for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and HBO.)
    Gym: $0 (I'm still on my family's plan.)
    Phone: $0 (I'm still on the family plan, and I don't pay yet. My dad and I agreed I should start paying about $40 in January.)
    401(k): $75
    Roth IRA: $60 (Between my Roth IRA and 401(k) matched by my employer, I try to put away 15% of my salary toward retirement before and after tax accounts.)
    Savings: It can range from $60 to $700 a month. I try to put as much as I possibly can into my savings after covering my monthly budget because living in debt is scarier to me than FOMO.

    Day One

    7:30 a.m. — My alarm goes off and I get out of bed. I'm dragging this morning after getting only six hours of sleep, but I know today is going to be busy, and I need to be up and at it.

    8 a.m. — I get dressed and make a piece of multigrain toast with butter and garlic salt on it. Then my dad comes into the kitchen. (I'm living at home until the end of the week. I've lived with my parents since the beginning of the year after graduating college and finding out I had cancer. But I'm cancer-free now!!!) He offers to make me a mushroom and onion cheese omelet. Of course that's a yes on my part. I manage to eat half of it and then feed the egg part to my family's dog.

    9 a.m. — I head to the grocery store to stock up for my new place and take advantage of this week's sales. I get some butter, four frozen Lean Cuisine meals, croutons, four cans of tuna, two cans of cream of mushroom soup, dill pickles (hamburger, spears, and whole), cereal, tortillas, pasta sauce, Miracle Whip, four boxes of veggie pasta, four cans of soup, fresh green beans, mustard, three rice packets, four pounds of ground beef, two bags of frozen shrimp, shredded and sliced cheese, a pound of deli sliced turkey, chicken, baby carrots, four avocados, three Honeycrisp apples, two limes, a bag of lemons, a pomegranate, and three bananas. I also get a bag of Romaine lettuce hearts and four different salad dressings for a Friendsgiving potluck I'm going to this afternoon. Everything is on sale, plus I get 20 cents off for bringing in recyclable bags and 12 cents off per gallon for the next time I fill gas. Score! $103.54

    10:30 a.m. — My dad and I finished working on our “summer” project last night (about two months later than planned) on an entryway table for my new house. We load it into his pickup and drive to my place to drop it off. My roommate, C.'s, dog is excited to see us, and we let her outside.

    11 a.m. — After dropping off the entryway table, we head over to Slumberland to pick up my new mattress along with my split bed springs (The house was built in 1920, so the stairs are super narrow and a queen box spring can't fit up the stairs. C. already tried to bring a queen box spring up the stairs and put a hole in the wall.) We bring it all back to the house and manage to fit everything. I'm proud of myself because I was able to help lift a lot of the gigantic bed, which we thought might not happen since I haven't had much strength and haven't worked out or lifted anything more than 40 pounds for the past nine months. The bed and box springs cost me nothing. My grandparents said they wanted to cover it for me because I didn't accept any money from them while I was going through treatment.

    12:30 p.m. — We get back to my parents' place, and I prepare a huge salad for Friendsgiving. It's being hosted by my coworker and his girlfriend — some of my other coworkers will also be there.

    1:30 p.m. — Happy Friendsgiving! Everything looks delicious. I eat some rotisserie chicken, creamed corn, green bean casserole, rosemary stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, Brussels sprouts made with bacon grease, homemade biscuits, my salad with red onion, croutons, and Italian dressing, and some homemade pickles. We talk, laugh, and debate about stupid stuff. At the end of the meal, we write on the tablecloth what we're thankful for with our name and year attached. I write that I'm thankful for my family and friends' unwavering support this year. Cancer and chemotherapy are tough things to go through, but knowing that there are people rooting for you makes it so much easier.

    5:30 p.m. — We finish Friendsgiving by playing some rounds of Catchphrase that I brought to the party. Then we all part ways, and I drive home since I didn't have any alcohol. I stop at Target on the way to pick up two pairs of tights. When I get home, my mom is preparing supper for us and I help set the table. She makes stuffed peppers paired with my salad and fresh green beans. $22

    7 p.m. — I don't want to have a dresser in my room at my new place, so my dad and I are installing shelves in my closet. We head to Menard's to buy shelving and brackets. I end up finding baskets that are perfect to put on the shelves, and buy four. My dad pays at the register but I Venmo him $60 to cover the cost of the baskets. He volunteers to cover the shelving and spice drops my mom asked us to pick up. $60

    8 p.m. — We get home, and I'm beat. I take a shower and read some of my book, Outlander, before falling asleep at 9:30 p.m. (Wow, I feel old.)

    Daily Total: $185.54

    Day Two

    6:30 a.m. — Time to start the work week. I press the snooze because I'm still adjusting to working a normal schedule after being out of work for so long, and I worked the Saturday reporting shift, so I only had one day off work.

    7:15 a.m. — I finally roll out of bed after spending 15 minutes checking my email, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts for any important updates that happened overnight. Just a few messages I answer quickly. I make two pieces of multigrain toast with peanut butter and honey, prepare my lunch for work, turn on today's podcast episode of the The Daily, and leave for work by 7:40 a.m.

    8 a.m. — I sit down at my cubicle and start logging into my computer for the day. I packed a banana for a morning snack today, but I'm already hungry again so I eat it the second I sit down. Oops.

    10:30 a.m. — Something was wonky with the schedule this week for our breaking news team. I'm on general assignment this week but I volunteer to transition to nighttime. My supervisor tells me I can leave at noon and come back at 5 p.m.

    12:20 p.m. — I leave work and make a turkey lettuce wrap with some Kettle Chips when I get home. I sit down and start reading Outlander again. It's hella long — like Game of Thrones books long — but good. I watched the first season and a half of the TV show a month ago and decided I'd rather read the books first.

    4 p.m. — I take a break from reading to start packing up parts of my room. C. recently bought a house, and we agreed to be roommates, so I scored big time on cheap rent and an awesome, reliable roommate.

    5 p.m. — I get back to work and start on a story I was working on before by making some phone calls. It's a sad article about a murder that took place in a small community. These kinds of stories are always hard to write and make me wonder just how long I can stay in breaking news.

    6 p.m. — I heat up my supper while keeping my ear to the police scanner. Supper is yesterday's reheated red bell pepper stuffed with ground beef and rice along with a romaine salad and hard boiled egg.

    8:30 p.m. — One of my coworkers left a Tupperware full of brownies in the office. Since I'm the only one left here for tonight, I take one on my way to refill my water bottle. It's delicious, as expected.

    9 p.m. — Time to go home! I remote start my vehicle from the newsroom because I'm a wimp. It's so cold! I bundle up and remind myself that my visible puffs of air are just reminders that Christmas is soon.

    10:30 p.m. — I head to bed after watching tonight's episode of Manifest with my parents and take my twice-daily Lovenox shot. I had a blood clot during chemo, and so I have to take a blood-thinning shot twice a day until the end of the month.

    Daily Total: $0

    Day Three

    8:30 a.m. — I wake up and make a quick call to finish my story and submit it for publishing. Then I eat a bowl of Frosted Flakes with 1% whole milk, take my shot, and settle in for a few hours to read again.

    11:30 a.m. — I listen to this week's episode of The Minimalists while getting ready for work and preparing today's lunch and dinner. I eat some salad and chicken and broccoli stir-fry with rice that my parents had for dinner last night. I also just found out that Game of Thrones comes back in April and start to frantically message every GoT -loving friend I have. SO HYPED.

    12:40 p.m. — I turn on The Daily and head to work. My story was published this morning and it's doing okay. Not great, but okay. I run to a fire a few blocks from the office during my shift and write up a brief story about it when I get back to the office — no one was hurt, thank goodness.

    5 p.m. — I eat while on the clock because I have to head out over my break. I'm applying for a part-time position at a facility nearby because it pays almost as well as my pay now, and I'm in need of extra money. I plan to go to grad school after getting a few years of work experience, and I don't want to worry about student loans, so I need to save up. I also want to pay back my parents for covering the costs associated with my cancer treatment. Even though we're on an amazing healthcare plan my mom has through work, it still cost them around $10,000. If they don't accept the money when I finally earn that much, then I will give it to them as an anniversary present to finally visit Australia like they've been dreaming.

    5:45 p.m. — I leave work for my break and head to the facility. After taking a tour, I get signed up for a graveyard shift, 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., which works well with my schedule since I don't work until 1 p.m. regularly.

    7 p.m. — I get back to the office, where I listen to the scanner and monitor social media until it's time to get off my shift at 10 p.m.

    10 p.m. — I'm super tired and can barely can keep my eyes open. When I get home, I realize I'm super hungry and make a tuna salad sandwich. I eat it while watching part of an episode of Love It Or List It with my mom. I take my Lovenox shot, go to bed, and fall asleep by 11 p.m.

    Daily Total: $0

    Day Four

    8:30 a.m. — I wake up, roll out of bed, and get ready for the day. I make myself some Frosted Mini-Wheats with 1% milk along with some chamomile tea and honey. I take my Lovenox shot, catch up on social media while I eat, and track my expenses from last week on the Dave Ramsey EveryDollar app, which helps me track my spending and keep to a budget.

    9 a.m. — After I finish my tea, I open my laptop and look at the ads for this week at my grocery store. I'm obsessive about planning and like to keep track of data and look for patterns. Since I had nothing to do while I was out of work for nine months, I started tracking sales prices at my grocery store. It's actually helped me get an idea of what actual good deals look like for certain products and how often they happen without having to actually spend any money.

    11:15 a.m. — I take my dog for a walk instead of finishing the ad log.

    11:40 a.m. — I prepare my supper for tonight and then eat my hodgepodge lunch of reheated pizza from Saturday, a hard boiled egg, and carrots.

    12:40 p.m. — I leave for work and listen to The Daily on my commute. When I get to work, the first tweet I see is from one of our U.S. senators on the history of the turkey pardon. This year's turkeys are from South Dakota for the first time in the 71-year tradition. I start working on an updated story on the turkeys since they leave South Dakota at the end of the week, and we find out their names at the beginning of Thanksgiving week.

    2:45 p.m. — I'm so engrossed in my turkey research that I forget about an appointment I have at the hospital at 2:30 p.m. I call up the hospital, and they say I can still come in, so I head over there. The appointment is to check my drain where my tumor used to be. When I had my tumor removed this summer they cut off some lymph nodes in the area, so it's been filling up with fluid and created a lymphocele. I've been going in once or twice a week for the past month or so to get the area injected with alcohol to deaden the tissue and stop the cavity from filling up with fluid. I'm hoping they decide to take the drain out today. I can't work out with the drain in, and I have to wear dresses to work every day because jeans are too tight to wear with the drain.

    4 p.m. — I'm getting my drain out tomorrow morning! I head back to work and get right into breaking news instead of turkey news. I write up a brief on a burglary suspect police are looking for and listen to the scanner.

    6:15 p.m. — I grab my supper: a banana, strawberry Jell-O, and a chicken, turkey, and avocado sandwich.

    10:15 p.m. — I leave work, listen to the last half of The Daily on the drive home, and go to bed by 10:45 p.m.

    Daily Total: $0

    Day Five

    6:15 a.m. — My alarm goes off, and I hit snooze twice. I eventually get up at 6:30. I get dressed in a sweatshirt and yoga pants, remote start my car, brush my teeth, and head out to meet my friend at a coffee shop at 7 a.m. I'm taking her wedding photos in December, and I want to plan out a schedule and make sure we lock down what kind of photos she wants taken during the day.

    7 a.m. — We get to the coffee shop, and I order a fried egg and bacon panini with watermelon slices on the side and chocolate orange tea. It's expensive for breakfast, but payday is tomorrow so I don't sweat it too much. $13.50

    8:30 a.m. — We've nailed down the schedule, and she'll send me additional details with names of family members and other things over the next week. I'm getting so excited for her wedding! I arrive at the hospital for my appointment at 8:45 a.m., and they take my drain out.

    10 a.m. — I get home and I take a shower right away — it's the first time in nine months I don't have to put saran wrap over some part of my body to cover an insertion or something else! I get out and sit at my computer.

    11:15 a.m. — We're having a potluck at noon today. It was too late last night to cook something, and I was too busy this morning, so I run to the grocery store and grab two dozen chocolate chip cookies. I also get a pack of gum because I'm out of the ICBB (in case of bad breath) stash I keep in my car. $11.23

    1 p.m. — At the work potluck I eat some chips and salsa, a Buffalo chicken sandwich, meatballs, spaghetti squash, cheesy potatoes, peppermint bark popcorn, romaine salad, and a German chocolate cupcake.

    6:15 p.m. — I take my break to eat my oats and chocolate Fiber One bar and read a little of Outlander.

    10 p.m. — It's been an excruciatingly slow night, but I keep myself busy and pitch a few stories.

    10:15 p.m. — I listen to a podcast one of my coworkers recommended, Mystery Show, on my way home. When I get in the door, my dog is super hyper and running around the house. He didn't get a walk at all today, so I convince my dad to go on a walk with me and the dog. We get back around 10:45 p.m. and poke fun at my mom for falling for the turkey challenge my brother sent to her. She takes it like a champ and says she'll end up as a meme online.

    11:15 p.m. — I feel like it's been forever since I've read more than a few pages of Outlander, so I sit in bed reading until midnight.

    Daily Total: $24.73

    Day Six

    6:15 a.m. — My alarm goes off and end up snoozing until for another three hours.

    9 a.m. — Get up. Get ready. Get dressed. Then I load my car with some boxes to take to my new place. I listen to The Daily on the way there and then let out C.'s dog and listen to another episode of Mystery Show while I get my room ready.

    12 p.m. — I get back home and heat up some goulash — pasta noodles, ground beef, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and an ungodly amount of brown sugar — that my grandma made for me while in the hospital and we froze. I leave for downtown and stop at my bank's ATM to take out some cash to pay my mom back for a copper kettle we found that I want to give to C. for our Friendsthanksmas celebration we're having with our other friend this weekend. The ATM isn't accepting my PIN code. I try upwards of five times, leaving a little frustrated.

    12:30 p.m. — I stop at the Washington Pavilion — a mixed-use historical building in town that features art exhibits, science exhibits, and theater performances — to buy a Downtown Sioux Falls gift card as a Friendsthanksmas present for my other friend. It works at almost all of the downtown shops and boutiques, and she might be moving here soon so she can use it. But my debit card is frozen (it got deactivated because I got my PIN wrong so many times earlier), so I have to run down the street to my bank to get cash. I get it just in time to make it to work at 1 p.m. $12

    5 p.m. — I take out my supper: a chicken and turkey sandwich with mustard, mayonnaise, cheese, and lettuce along with a side of pickles.

    8:30 p.m. — I get off work early because I'm out of hours. Then my dad and I run over to the new place to measure my closet one more time so we can cut the board. I put my hanging clothes into my car along with miscellaneous items I haven't moved yet.

    11 p.m. — I'm so tired and ready for bed. I feel like I haven't seen my mom all week, so I text her goodnight.

    Daily Total: $12

    Day Seven

    8 a.m. — It's move-in day AND Friendsthanksmas! I get ready for the day and head over to the new place to get the closet finished.

    11 a.m. — We finish setting the room up. Turns out shelves are too short. My dad and I will cut the new board when I'm back home later today. He leaves, and I chill out for a while, enjoying my newfound freedom. C. gets home around 11:30. We catch up about life and change to look presentable for being out in public.

    12:30 p.m. — After our friend comes over, and we show her the house. We decide to go eat at a local eaterie downtown called Bread & Circus Sandwich Kitchen. I order the fish and chipwich sandwich (wild Alaskan Cod, sea salt and vinegar chip crust, bread and butter pickles, and tartar slaw) while they both order poke bowls. We all split naughty fries (pork chili verde, taqueria pickles, queso fresco, cilantro, and radish) and C. covers the fries. $15.48

    2 p.m. — The South Dakota Showdown game starts, so I head home to watch with my family. It's South Dakota State Jackrabbits (Go Jacks!) against our in-state rivals, the University of South Dakota Coyotes. I leave after halftime though because SDSU is doing so well, and I don't like feeling sorry and embarrassed for USD.

    4 p.m. — I meet up with C. and our friend at Homegoods and then we head to Ulta. C. convinces me to splurge and buy Marc Jacobs Daisy Love perfume as a way to celebrate being cancer-free, leaving my parents' house, and being an adult. My mom is allergic to fragrance, so I've never used scented lotion or perfume before. $63.90

    5:30 p.m. — We eat supper at Phillip's Diner in downtown Sioux Falls. I'm not that hungry, and I really just want to get a milkshake, but I force myself to get a bowl of chili (because I need some nutrition) plus a s'mores milkshake. Toasted marshmallows on top and crushed graham crackers in the milkshake. Um, YUM. $13.36

    6:30 p.m. — We get back home and start decorating the Friendsthanksmas tree. It's my job to arrange the ornaments because I'm so detail-oriented. I happily oblige because I love decorating. Then we make a quick trip to Lewis to pick ornament hooks, which C. pays for because it's her tree.

    9:45 p.m. — We go see Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. I thought it was good, but I wish J.K. Rowling still wrote Harry Potter-verse books. They're just so good, and I feel like this movie series is lacking her usual depth. I buy three movie tickets, and my friend covers snacks. $30.36

    12:30 a.m. — The movie is over, and it's time to drive home and sleep in my new bed! We lounge for a while in the living room because we're all too tired to actually go to bed, ironically. I end up falling asleep around 2 a.m.

    Daily Total: $123.10

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    If you're still mulling over the right present to give your sister-in-law or the co-worker you drew for Secret Santa — someone you know, but not all that well — you can't go wrong with the gift of a mani-pedi. But instead of taking the easy route — a gift card to a local nail salon that she'll drain in a single appointment — give the gift of glossy, polished fingernails for all of 2019.

    A curated nail polish set — filled with a rainbow of shiny glass bottles — is one of the most underrated holiday gifts. Since it doesn't depend on skin tone or hair type, anyone on your list who loves beauty will squeal when they open it. Plus, she'll think of you every time she looks down at her shiny fingernails running over her keyboard.

    Ahead, we're sharing the most adorable nail polish gift sets on the market this season to help you strikethrough the final names on your holiday shopping list.

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    Inside this tin, you'll find a trio of the most wearable polish colors: a dusty rose, a sheer gold, and a deep bronze.



    Nails Inc. Polish Palette Nail Set, $25, available at Sephora

    For your friend who's big into all-natural beauty products, this Tenoverten gift set is the perfect present. The trio of wintery shades is gorgeous, and the glossy formula is completely non-toxic.



    Tenoverten Winter Trio, $45, available at Tenoverten

    This Mommy & Me polish set makes the most thoughtful gift for any new mom or mommy-to-be. Since the polish is made without harsh chemicals, it's OK to use for a little kid's first manicure.



    Ella + Mila Ella + Mila Mommy & Me Set Grey Skies +Ella's Pick, $15.99, available at Target

    A single bottle of the gold-capped Smith & Cult polish makes a great stocking stuffer. But a gift set of three — mauve pink, glitter gold, and rusted orange — plus a zip-up makeup bag is an elevated gift for a polish enthusiast.



    Smith & Cult Holiday Nailed Lacquer Trio, $50, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Everyone's wearing glitter on their nails right now, which means you can't go wrong gifting a 4-pack of sheer sparkly polishes. You can wear them alone or use them as a top coat.



    Essie essie Nail Polish Mini Trio Kit - Concrete Glitters, $12.99, available at Target

    If your friend always wears polish in the same color family, try gifting the Zoya holiday collection. On the brand's site, you'll find nine different color combo options — our favorite being the Merry & Bright kit, which is filled with poppy reds and magenta polishes.



    Zoya Merry & Bright Nail Polish Quad, $30, available at Zoya

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    Mercury retrograde may be officially over, but that hardly means that this fleet-footed planet is done making waves this month. As of this Thursday, December 12, Mercury will move from tight-lipped Scorpio to open-minded Sagittarius. If you've been craving a little more conversation (and a little less introspection) you're in for a treat.

    Not only does Mercury rule how we communicate, it also governs what sort of information we tend to seek out and, in turn, how we process that info. You can learn about your personal relationship with Mercury by finding your Mercury sign in your birth chart, but the sign that happens to be hosting this planet at the current moment will influence your approach to communication and information, too.

    With Mercury in Scorp, talk is cheap — you're more likely to spare the small talk and, instead, cut to the chase and ask others the questions you really want answers to. You may give yourself a similar treatment, questioning your motives, reviewing old decisions and feelings, and generally trying to shed more light on the darker corners of your psyche. Intense? Yes. Ultimately useful if you want to better understand yourself and those around you? Almost definitely yes.

    If you've had your fill of dealing with social interactions like a private detective, breathe a sigh of relief, because Mercury rewards a very different sort of behavior when it's in Scorpio's neighbor, Sagittarius. The sign of the Archer is way too preoccupied with learning new things, meeting new people, and chasing new experiences to worry about strategically probing their inner circle for confidential info. As astrologer Annie Heese writes on her site, Cafe Astrology, we're far more interested in becoming jacks of all trades than spies when Mercury is in Sag.

    So, when Mercury makes this move later this week, you may be reminded of past intellectual pursuits that you moved to the back burner (what about all those cook books you bought and history podcasts you downloaded last month?) and feel inspired to get back into them. Or, you may feel more outgoing and eager to share with others. Either way, you'll likely feel reinvigorated and newly excited about the world around you — and why shouldn't you be? Just be sure you aren't neglecting other commitments while getting swept up in this sense of wonder.

    Also, keep in mind that Mercury's latest visit to Scorpio lasted less than two weeks, so don't be surprised if you spend the first few days of Mercury's visit in Sag recovering from a bit of celestial whiplash. Take comfort in the fact that the messenger planet will stay firmly in Sag until next month, so you'll have plenty of time to explore and become the renaissance person you've always wanted to be.

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    Scrunchies, choker necklaces, body glitter, lip gloss — this is just some of the evidence that our favorite decade is back in a big way. Celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Zendaya, and Olivia Culpo are all wearing hints of the '90s that we thought were gone for good. But there's one throwback trend in particular that's easier to recreate and cheaper to buy than the rest, and it happens to be Jenner's favorite. Enter: headbands.

    The model took to her website to share her love for the hair accessory, saying, "I wore a pretty headband in the Chanel show this spring and now I'm totally feeling the look! They're totally a '90s throwback in the best way. I'm loving a wide black one, but there are so many cute options." We'd have to agree: Headbands can instantly jazz up any outfit or hairstyle. But if you think you have to drop loads of dough on a Chanel number to match her look, you haven't seen these affordable options.

    Ahead, we've rounded up a few of our favorite alternatives that won't make you feel guilty for bringing back your middle-school staple.

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    Blair Waldorf would be proud — and maybe even jealous — of this velvet band that dresses up even your most casual look.



    Anthropologie Velvet Knotted Headband, $18, available at Anthropologie

    A little bit of leather goes a long way, and this punk-rock hair accessory proves it.



    Urban Outfitters Brigitte Wide Headband, $8, available at Urban Outfitters

    Add chic texture to your ensemble with this braided silk piece.



    Cara Braid Head Wrap, $24, available at Nordstrom

    Go straight from SouCycle to dinner with this cool — and very cheap — headband assortment pack.



    Scunci Effortless Beauty Headbands Assorted Colors, $7.29, available at Walgreens

    Black goes with everything, and so does this twisted hair accessory. Bonus: It's slip-free, which means you won't have to spend most of your day readjusting its position.



    Free People Little Paris Soft Headband, $28, available at Free People

    Or opt for an accessory that ties at the bottom and won't budge until you need it to.



    Anthropologie Dot to Dot Hair Scarf, $12, available at Anthropologie

    Remember those painful headaches that almost always came after wearing a plastic headband around for too long? Us too. This headband comes in a flexible jersey material that's comfy and cute.



    Kitsch Black Braided Knot Head Wrap, $16, available at Kitsch

    If you'd prefer your headband make a bigger impression than Jenner's, then slip on a slightly brighter color like navy blue.



    Kitsch Navy Blue Knit Head Wrap, $16, available at Kitsch

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    Need a holiday hostess gift for your roommate's parents, who let you co-opt their ski cabin? A trinket for your cousins, who haven't looked up from Snapchat since they got home? A Secret Santa gift that won't get traded three times? Bath & Body Works is the way to go.

    The store, which has long been our destination for last-minute holiday shopping, seems to be on over-drive this year. Between the 100 new festive scents and candle discounts so good it feels like you're stealing, the mall staple is churning out holiday must-haves that even the speediest of Amazon Prime deliveries can't touch.

    Among the 300+ holiday items in store are choice gift sets that are not only comprised of the most universally-loved body care products (Vanilla Bean Noel, anyone?), but — and this is the best part — also come already wrapped in reusable baskets, ribbon-tied bags, and metallic boxes. It's enough to make holiday shopping as easy as adding a few gift cards to cart, while showing that you care enough to, you know, not do that.

    See our favorite ways to give for maximum impact and minimal effort, ahead, and get ready to impress everyone from your 70-year-old grandma to your 17-year-old cousin.

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    Vanilla Bean Noel may be one of Bath & Body Works most loved holiday scents, but the buttery vanilla and musk scent is one you (and your fam) will want to wear long after the tree has been taken down.



    Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Fragrance Fan Gift Kit, $30.5, available at Bath & Body Works

    Not sure what to get your always upbeat dog walker, little brother's girlfriend, or that random pre-teen in your life? Every last one of them will love this shower gel, body lotion, body cream, and fragrance mist bundle, which smells like raspberry bubble gum and fresh blooms.



    Bath & Body Works Sweet Pea Iridescent Gift Kit, $35.5, available at Bath & Body Works

    Actual Japanese cherry blossoms may be featherlight and delicately sweet in real life, but this fragrance — a best seller for the brand — marries those qualities with a hint of warm sandalwood. It's a twist that not only keeps the scent from becoming cloying, but also makes it last all day.



    Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Ultimate Christmas Box Gift Set, $59.5, available at Bath & Body Works

    Whether sinuses — or the psyche — need clearing, just about everyone can benefit from a few deep breaths of eucalyptus and spearmint essential oils this time of year. This set (which comes in a ready-to-gift gingham bag) helps facilitate just that, with a 3-wick candle, body wash, hand soap, and body lotion included.



    Bath & Body Works Eucalyptus & Spearmint Ultimate Fragrance Fan Gift Kit, $37.5, available at Bath & Body Works

    Research links a poor night's sleep to decreased productivity and, less officially, being an asshole – which makes this bath foam-and-body lotion duo perfect for your micro-managing boss. The lavender essential oil and vanilla absolute help induce the kind of calm that leads to zzz's. Couple it with a credit for a meditation and mindfulness app (like Stop, Breathe & Think) if you really want to drive the point home.



    Bath & Body Works Sleep Tight Gift Set, $21.5, available at Bath & Body Works

    Finally, a gift basket cute enough to repurpose. This one (which would make a perfect home for a stash of wash cloths) comes stocked with a bath bomb, shower gel, body lotion, and fragrance mist. The One Thousand Wishes scent blends light florals with cozy amaretto and champagne, meaning your mother-in-law will absolutely love it.



    Bath & Body Works A Thousand Wishes White Basket Gift Set, $35.5, available at Bath & Body Works

    Giving a beloved Bath & Body Works candle as a gift? Make it tablescape ready by throwing in this wreath, which is adorned with cedar branches, pine cones, and pink baubles and made especially to fit the brand's 3-wick candles.



    Bath & Body Works Pink Winter Wonderland 3-Wick Candle Ring, $14.5, available at Bath & Body Works

    You love warm vanilla sugar, we love warm vanilla sugar, your co-worker who always brings cupcakes loves warm vanilla sugar — which makes this foursome the perfect thing for no-brainer gift giving.



    Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Iridescent Gift Kit, $35.5, available at Bath & Body Works

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    The holiday season always inspires generosity, but it's important to remember that splurging on your nearest and dearest also comes with the harsh reality of credit limits and having to spend New Year's Eve with Chinese food takeout and a live telecast of Times Square on your couch — all because you went over budget.

    Don't get us wrong: The stay-in scenario might sound like heaven for some of us, but it's not quite the same when you know it's obligatory. But what if we told you there was a way to stay on budget and still get the perfect beauty gifts for everyone on your list, so that if you decide to spring for NYE takeout, it's because you want to (and not because you're in credit-card debt)?

    This holiday season, Sephora has countless products and kits at a wide range of prices, no matter how many coins you're looking to cash in. From affordable stocking stuffers for second cousins to extravagant kits for the extra-special people on your list, there's something for everyone — seriously. Ahead, seasonal Sephora beauty buys for every spending limit, so that you can live your best life during the holidays and into the New Year.

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    $10 & Under

    Ponytail headaches are the absolute worst (Camila Cabello and Ariana Grande can both attest to that), so show the ones you care about how much you really care by having them make the much-needed swap from metal-clasp elastics to spiral-shaped hair ties. These bad boys don't pull on your roots or leave any marks — painless hair days all wrapped up in an adorable ornament.



    invisibobble SLIM Ornament, $8, available at Sephora

    Give the gift of relaxation — with a kitschy, glamorous twist — with this gel eye mask, which soothes and depuffs eyes. It'll make a chill night at home look like a masquerade affair.



    Sephora Collection Glitter & Chill Cooling Mask, $8, available at Sephora

    Who said skin-care kits had to be expensive? This $10 set comes with a gentle cleanser and lightweight moisturizer, so dry winter skin will be the least of their worries.



    First Aid Beauty Clean Canyon, $10, available at Sephora

    $25 & Under

    You don't have to be a senior stylist to give the gift of a good hair day, thanks to this lineup of travel-size faves from the cool-girl go-to hair brand. With Dry Texture Foam, Volume Spray, Wave Spray, and six hair clips all included, you've got them covered, whatever style (or messy, tousled lack thereof) they're looking to achieve.



    Ouai Three OUAI Kit, $25, available at Sephora

    This fragrance, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, has such a devoted following, you can't really go wrong gifting this duo set to the perfume-obsessed on your list. They'll instantly be taken back to the simpler times of Juicy tracksuits and burned CDs.



    Marc Jacobs Daisy & Daisy Eau So Fresh Mini Set, $20, available at Sephora

    For the Fenty diehards in your life (we've all got one... or five), there's this set of two mini matte lipsticks in universally flattering shades of burgundy and dusty rose. The cute ornament may not get much use after the holidays, but the lip colors will look incredible year-round.



    Fenty Two Lil Mattemoiselles - Chill Owt Edition, $19, available at Sephora

    $50 & Under

    The weather might be wintry, but you can add a little bit of paradise to someone's life — or at least their makeup bag — with this set of five full-size brushes inspired by flamingos and pineapples.



    Tarte Let's Flamingle Brush Set, $44, available at Sephora

    There's no denying that this gift will confuse the recipient with its beverage-like packaging and baby face cap. But once they give these innovative rubber masks a try, they'll be happy they did — just like we were.



    Dr. Jart+ Shake & Shot To Go Set, $36, available at Sephora

    Yes, you can get good hot tools for under $50. Technically, this is a "mini," but it'll make a perfect gift for the travelers in your life who want more out of their styling options than just a hotel hair dryer.



    Amika Polished Perfection Mini Straightening Brush, $35, available at Sephora

    For the curly girls on your list, DevaCurl has everything they need to start off 2019 with even healthier strands in one handy kit. Their only worry will be thinking of new ways to style it... but we've got them covered on that front, too.



    DevaCurl Super Curly Care Kit, $48, available at Sephora

    $100 & Under

    If you know someone who loves their skin care as much as they love their frequent-flyer miles, then this ready-for-travel cleanser kit — which includes a limited-edition sonic cleansing brush, mini facial soap, and a travel-proof case — was made with them in mind.



    Clinique Cleansing by Clinique, $89.5, available at Sephora

    Get your most brow-obsessed friend the gift that people couldn't wait to get their hands on this month — so much so that it sold out in less than 24 hours. This buzzy kit has everything they need to live out their #browgoals.



    Benefit Cosmetics Bomb Ass Brows! By Desi Perkins Set, $59, available at Sephora

    The Urban Decay vaults have cemented their spot in the holiday beauty world over the last couple of years, and 2018 is no different. The brand has signed, sealed, and seriously delivered for the holiday season with this vault, which includes their latest Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette, three Vice Lipsticks, and two eye pencils.



    Urban Decay Naked Cherry Vault, $100, available at Sephora

    The days of receiving game boards as holiday gifts might be behind us, but Drunk Elephant is giving you that throwback feeling with a skin-care twist. This set comes with mini versions and one full-size of brand favorites, and also features a built-in skin-care game night with playing cards, instructions, and a magnifying glass.



    Drunk Elephant Agent Ellie Day Kit, $88, available at Sephora

    Over $100

    If that end-of-year bonus has you feeling like splurging on your loved ones, then go for something they'll really use — like a hair dryer. Dyson and Ouai teamed up to create a set that features the innovative Supersonic hair dryer alongside the styling products they'll need to create endless looks.



    Dyson Blown-A-OUAI Noir Set, $399, available at Sephora

    "Get more sleep" is a priority on many a resolutions list, so help the go-getters you know get their best-ever rest with a silk pillow and sleep mask. Unlike traditional pillowcases that cause damage to skin and hair, these make the phrase "beauty sleep" a reality by reducing split ends and protecting skin, and feeling really, really luxe in the process.



    Slip Beauty Sleep Collection, $119, available at Sephora

    If this palette is worthy of the red carpets, then it's worthy of the makeup lovers closest to you: These shadows have made it into the awards-show looks of countless celebrities, including Cardi B, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Chloë Grace Moretz.



    Pat McGrath Mothership V Eyeshadow Palette - Bronze Seduction, $125, available at Sephora

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    Fact: Everlane has everything we want and more. The e-commerce site turned bi-coastal brick and mortar offers a minimalist's dream wardrobe at a fraction of the price we're used to (we're talking $100 cashmere) – and does so in a way that us conscious folks can actually be proud of. So the question remains: what's not to love about Everlane?

    To answer that, we scoured the site's customer reviews — every single one of them. And after taking into account star ratings, detailed reviews and the sheer number of entries, we've come to a conclusion that we think you're gonna like... a lot.

    While we still haven't found anything wrong with our favorite conscious fashion brand, we did find something else. That is, a comprehensive list of the most popular products on the site. From leather booties to puffer jackets, the math shows that these 15 products are the real deal. So whether you're an Everlane buff or have been looking for that one perfect piece to try out the brand, here's everything you need to buy from Everlane right now.

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    The Pima Micro Rib Open V-Neck
    For those days when you simply cannot figure out what to wear, make things easy on yourself with this fitted long-sleeve top. Tuck it into jeans, a slinky silk skirt or a pair of trousers and be out the door.

    The hype: 4.86 out of 124 reviews

    What they're saying: "I normally don't like ribbed shirts since they tend to be very tight and show off too much of my tummy, but this shirt is the perfect amount of stretch, and hugs your body in all the right ways. There is a nice dip in the back. It also is warm and would make a great under-layer to a sweater. I'm on the shorter side, so the sleeves were a little long, but I don't mind it." - Libby C.



    Everlane The Pima Micro Rib Open V-Neck, $28, available at Everlane

    The Day Boot
    After too many years spent bandaging our ankles and wearing extra thick socks to manage the boot break-in process, we're here to tell you that your search for that impossible-to-find comfortable boot is finally here.

    The hype: 4.83 out of 372 reviews

    What they're saying: "If you are looking for a really pretty and comfortable boot, this is IT. I wear a size 7 and ordered a 7 and it they fit so well. I also own the Everlane Heel Boot and the Day Boot is even more comfortable (if that is even possible). I have quite a few things from Everlane but their boots are just amazing — I get complimented on them all the time. They have a luxurious look and feel to them. As many others here have said, this Day Boot is like butter. I couldn't agree more. I ordered the Bone color and it goes with everything in my wardrobe. EVERYTHING! I wear tons of neutrals, jeans and basics and it elevates it all. I'm so happy with them!" - Gardener Cottage



    Everlane The Day Boot, $225, available at Everlane

    The Cashmere Rib Round Crew
    When the going gets tough, a.k.a. the weather dropping to unbearable lows, make a beeline for this cashmere sweater and bundle up.

    The hype: 4.79 out of 92 reviews

    What they're saying: "I absolutely love this sweater, I have it in light grey and blue! It fits well, not scratchy, and provides good warmth and softness for the winter months. Most important is that it is easy for me to clean it. I just put it in a cloth bag, put on delicate cycle, and lay out to dry. Doesn't come out pilly or stiff." - ElizaG88



    Everlane The Cashmere Rib Round Crew, $145, available at Everlane

    The ReNew Lightweight Puffer
    When your parka is way too much, but a windbreaker isn't enough, turn your attention to his lightweight puffer that actually does its job.

    The hype: 4.79 out of 108 reviews

    What they're saying: "I bought this puffer with the intention of adding it to my many winter layers. Turns out, even in WA, it suffices on its own. As a southern transplant, I was impressed and surprised to step outside and realize I didn't need more than this puffer and a hoodie underneath in 30 degree weather. So nice to not have to walk the dogs in my ski jacket! Kudos." - Nicol



    Everlane The ReNew Lightweight Puffer, $88, available at Everlane

    The Denim Jacket
    Every well-rounded wardrobe needs at least one of these. But if you're anything like us, you'll probably pick up one in every wash.

    The hype: 4.78 out of 361 reviews

    What they're saying: "This jacket is exactly what I was hoping for. It's not too short, like some women's denim jackets, and it isn't too stiff or boxy or tight. Literally just the right fit. And it's loose enough that I can layer underneath, too!" - Leen G.



    Everlane The Denim Jacket, $88, available at Everlane

    The Square Toe Chelsea Boot
    There's no better time than now to jump on the 90s-inspired square toe boot trend.

    The hype: 4.78 out of 37 reviews

    What they're saying: "Super comfortable; versatile enough to wear with jeans or a suit; the perfect minimalist look with an edge. I would get them in every color if I could." - Mulligan



    Everlane The Square Toe Chelsea Boot, $225, available at Everlane

    The Luxe Cotton A-Line Tank Dress
    This one's for all you lucky folks heading somewhere warm this holiday season.

    The hype: 4.78 out of 18 reviews

    What they're saying: "I want more of these! Every color of the rainbow would be great. The quality of the fabric is topnotch as is the finishing. So comfortable and yet very polished." - Qicsi



    Everlane The Luxe Cotton A-Line Tank Dress, $50, available at Everlane

    The Boss Boot
    The name really does say it all.

    The hype: 4.77 out of 601 reviews

    What they're saying: "I love these boots. The heel height is perfect, especially if you are tall (I’m 5’9”). They’re easy to walk in and extremely comfortable! I think they are high quality and expect that they will stay in good condition for a long time. Though they were a bit of a splurge for me, I think they will be worth the investment. They’re very chic and timeless." - RK11



    Everlane The Boss Boot, $235, available at Everlane

    The Thong
    Searching for that one perfect thong? Between the breathable Supima cotton fabric and the fact that these are almost completely lineless, we're betting your search is finally over.

    The hype: 4.77 | 356 reviews

    What they're saying: "Love these thongs. The cotton is super soft. Love the plastic free packages. 100 percent will buy it again." - RCP7371



    Everlane The Thong, $12, available at Everlane

    The Cashmere Waffle Square Turtleneck
    Look outside — it's freezing. So when a sweater comes along that combines thermal warmth, cashmere coziness and turtleneck coverage, you can't very well pass it up.

    The hype: 4.77 out of 141 reviews

    What they're saying: "Another super soft cashmere sweater from Everlane! The texture of this is so lovely and the turtleneck is nice and snug; no droopy turtlenecks here. The split hem is nice and long and very flattering as it makes doing a half tuck into pants very easy. I'd buy this in other colors for sure." - Clairemadeit



    Everlane The Cashmere Waffle Square Turtleneck, $155, available at Everlane

    The Cashmere Square V-Neck Cardigan
    All hail the everyday cardigan.

    The hype: 4.76 out of 49 reviews

    What they're saying: "I was looking for a simple beige/cream colored cardigan that was thick enough to keep me warm, but thin enough to layer for the coming winter. This is also my first cashmere purchase from Everlane. I wore this for the first time today and it is absolutely beautiful. The ribbed bottom and sleeves are made so well and the cardigan as a whole fits just as it's pictured. Not too thin, not too thick. I'm looking forward to wearing this for many seasons to come!" - Emily120



    Everlane The Cashmere Square V-Neck Cardigan, $150, available at Everlane

    The Long-Sleeve Box-Cut Pocket Tee
    The rumors are true: Everlane has the best t-shirts.

    The hype: 4.74 out of 423 reviews

    What they're saying: "I love this shirt. The fit and the way it drapes is perfect for all my high waisted trousers/jeans. The cotton is super soft and really easy to layer. Favorite weekend tee." - Butlers415



    Everlane The Long-Sleeve Box-Cut Pocket Tee, $25, available at Everlane

    The Cashmere Crew
    The 2,500+ reviews say it all. If you've been on the hunt for a simple and timeless sweater, this one has all that and more.

    The hype: 4.74 out of 2778 reviews

    What they're saying: "The cashmere crew is super soft and breathable. I still have my first one that I got around 6 years ago and just keep buying more as new styles come out. Needless to say, the comfort lasts. I bought this one in a slightly larger size for a slouchier look and it’s great." - Samantha W.



    Everlane The Cashmere Crew, $100, available at Everlane

    The ReNew Fleece Half-Zip
    Looking to finally join the fleece revolution? This quarter zip option is the perfect Saturday throw on with a pair of vintage jeans and sneakers.

    The hype: 4.74 out of 154 reviews

    What they're saying: "This fleece was exactly what I was looking for — great and warm on its own and good as a layer under another coat as well. I love the boxy frame so it feels styled on its own with jeans." - LMH212



    Everlane The ReNew Fleece Half-Zip, $65, available at Everlane

    The Polka Dot Shirt Dress
    Is it spring yet?

    The hype: 4.74 out of 23 reviews

    What they're saying: "This dress is a win on so many levels. I hesitated a little over the price point, but I've already gotten a lot of great wear out of it in the few months it has been in the closet. I wear it to work on a regular basis, and have dressed it up for wedding-adjacent dinners and events. For my body style I prefer it belted, but it can definitely be worn either way." - Jdubbs



    Everlane The Polka Dot Shirt Dress, $110, available at Everlane

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