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    As '90s kids, the first thing we'd put on our holiday wishlist was a sweet toy: Tamagotchis, Hit Clips, and Bratz dolls would get us beyond hyped when it was time to unwrap presents.

    Those were simpler times. As adults, our wishes — and needs — have changed. Frankly, being a grown-up is exhausting, and all we want to do these days is relax. Brunch dates, shopping trips, and cocktail hours would gladly be traded for a massage or trip to the spa. But every holiday season, that gets tougher: Between gift shopping, working, hosting family, and mandatory partying, downtime is usually the hardest thing to get.

    Luckily, you don't even need to leave the house to truly unwind. There are plenty of relaxing holiday sets you can give (and gift yourself) that'll basically turn your bathroom into a five-star oasis... or at least as close as you can get with your cousins screaming "Yahtzee!" from the other room. We rounded them up, 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.

    Bath bombs might be small, but they make a huge difference in an at-home spa day. This dreamy under-$5 set is the perfect stocking stuffer for a friend... or for yourself.



    Me! Tini Peppermint Mocha Bath And Body Gift Set, $3.99, available at Target

    What better way to declare your OOO status than with cooling, de-puffing eye patches and this silky "Offline" eye mask?



    BeautyBio Bright Eyes Set, $25, available at Nordstrom

    With shower cream, soap, body scrub, body butter, and a matching pouf all included, this shea butter body ritual makes for silky skin you can maintain in and out of the shower.



    The Body Shop Shea Body Care Essentials Gift, $20, available at Ulta Beauty

    This isn't your average body oil (as you could probably already tell from the fact that it's Chanel); it's a super-luxe blend made exclusively for the Ritz Spa in Paris... and now, provided you can afford it, your own bathtub.



    Chanel Jasmin Body Massage Oil, $230, available at Chanel

    Everything you need to reset your skin and body comes in this box, including bath salts, a cleansing bar, and an exfoliating towel. The best part? Five percent of gift proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.



    Knack A Restful Pause Spa Gift Set, $121, available at Knack

    Good luck fulfilling any adult commitments once you get this facial steamer — you'll just want to sit and steep your skin all day.



    Conair True Glow by Conair Warm Steam Facial Sauna, $24.99, available at Target

    A relaxing mood is always made better by the right fragrance. This sample kit from Sephora includes 15 minis, so you can test them all before investing in a full-sized bottle (which you can redeem with the included scent certificate at any U.S. Sephora.)



    Sephora Favorites Holiday Perfume Sampler, $65, available at Sephora

    Did an at-home spa day even happen if you didn't light a candle? Pick up a few mini ones from Bath & Body Works, and light 'em when you need your space to smell like holiday cheer.



    Bath & Body Works Tis the Season Mini Candle, $6.5, available at Bath & Body Works

    A DIY manicure is one of the easiest ways to pamper yourself (if you can manage to color inside the lines — otherwise it's just stressful). This kit comes with three festive colors to paint your nails with before any party or family movie night.



    JINsoon JINsoon Encore Collection, $42, available at Barneys New York

    Unwrapping one Peter Thomas Roth face mask would make any skin-care lover giddy; unwrapping six of them will take your BFF's multi-masking routine to the next level.



    Peter Thomas Roth Mask Frenzy, $75, available at Sephora

    Shower time is too sacred to use body products that won't make you feel like royalty, so pick up this four-piece body set that anyone on your list will love (yourself included).



    Rituals The Ritual of Dao Calming Ritual, $45, available at Rituals

    If you can't splurge for a pedicure, pick up this kit instead. It has everything you need to make dry, cracked feet feel baby soft — besides Baby Foot, of course.



    Soap & Glory On The Double Gift Set, $7, available at Ulta Beauty

    Adding a jade roller to your at-home facial rotation will instantly make your bathroom feel like a five-star spa. This one is small, sleek, and will depuff and soothe all your skin sorrows (and holiday stress) away.



    Skin Gym Skin Gym Mini Jade Facial Roller, $20, available at Urban Outfitters

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    Some rules were made to be broken, and we're more than happy to disobey the unwritten, “thou shalt not wear white after Labor Day,” commandment. As one of the oldest styling tropes in the figurative fashion book, this idea is not only dated, but it's also downright illogical. Because, really, what's a winter wonderland without a fresh palette of white?

    All-white outfits feel like forward and elevated statement-makers outside of the summer season — and nothing says power-look like matching your crisp-clean style to the cold-barren climate. Ahead we're showcasing 20 of our favorite colorless pieces, from chic coats to cozy knits and trousers, that will inspire you to go full snow angel with your winter wardrobes. And if anyone throws ancient fashion shade your way for stepping out in head-to-toe white? Just own your inner ice queen and cue up, ‘Thank U, Next.”

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

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    Remember when becoming "Facebook official" was a thing? That was cute. Nowadays (and now that we know the social-media stalwart allegedly handed out our personal information to big tech companies), couples everywhere are confirming their relationship statuses with the much more dramatic — and permanent — display of matching tattoos. And if anyone takes their ink-worthy relationships seriously, it's celebrities.

    The one thing stars enjoy more than getting tattoos dedicated to their partners (of seven months or seven years — they don't discriminate) is showing them off for the whole world to see. It's kind of like broadcasting your wedding vows on Instagram Live, only they require four weeks of healing time and Aquaphor. There's loads of proof out there of Hollywood love affairs of our past, present, and future — and we've rounded up the best, ahead.

    Hailey & Justin Bieber

    Hailey and Justin rekindled their 2016 romance with a speedy engagement in July. By November, the couple's tattoo artist, Keith McCurdy (a.k.a. Bang Bang), confirmed to Page Six TV that he had created matching tats for the couple. Sadly, the tattoos have yet to be revealed — although Justin's could technically be hiding in plain sight, considering his body is already covered in 100 hours of work. We're guessing this won't be their last matchy-matchy ink. Just wait until they have kids...

    Photo: James Devaney/GC Images.

    Ariana Grande & Pete Davidson

    The pint-sized pop singer and SNL comic redefined summer lovin' in May 2018 when, after dating for several weeks, the two got engaged and racked up several tattoos in the process. By the time they'd broken up in October, they'd amassed nearly 15 tattoos (that we know of) between them, most of which have since been covered up. Between Davidson's massive rib tattoo and Grande's Kid Cudi reference, the couple's entire relationship can virtually be mapped in chronological order by their shared ink.

    Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.

    Kylie Jenner & Travis Scott

    Long before news of Jenner's pregnancy leaked, she and then-rumored boyfriend Scott got matching butterfly tattoos on their ankles. Nine months later, artist JonBoy revealed that the minimal piece of art was a tribute to their baby daughter, Stormi. Fans still don't know why Jenner and Scott connect their daughter's name to butterflies so often (seriously, they're all over Jenner's YouTube video), but alas, the delicate ink goes down in history as the slyest pregnancy clue to ever be published to Instagram.

    Beyoncé & Jay-Z

    Beyoncé and Jay's shared tattoo might be the one most shrouded in mystery. Considering the fact that neither of the two are as forthcoming as other celebs on social media, it was years before we finally got a good look at the ink: the Roman numeral for 4, IV, on their ring fingers.

    Despite the tattoos' lack of public attention, it's no secret that the number holds special meaning for the pair, which is exactly why fans were so surprised to see the two updated the ink in September 2017. Bey posted one of her outfit music videos to Instagram and eagle-eyed followers spotted the "IV" on her ring finger had since been adjusted with the addition of a bisecting line through the "V" and a serif ascender on the "I." If you're able to translate what the change means, please, let us know.

    Photo Courtesy of Beyonce.

    Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth

    We love Cyrus and her Aussie "survival partner " Hemsworth for many reasons, but one that most people don't know about is their matching tattoo. Cyrus already has her fair share of dainty ink — most of which are dedicated to her pets — but her sweetest is a tribute to her Melbourne-born S.O.: a jar of Vegemite. Hemsworth has the same exact tattoo on his right ankle, but fans speculate that he's had that one since 2016.

    Stephen & Ayesha Curry

    CoverGirl ambassador Ayesha has six tattoos, including one inspired by her marriage's M.O. In October 2014, Ayesha shared a photo on Instagram of a greater than/less than symbol (“>Parents in a 2016 video. The big secret: Before Curry takes the court for the Golden State Warriors, the couple gently smacks their respective tattoos as a pre-game ritual. And you thought you couldn't love them more...

    Sophie Turner & Joe Jonas

    The engaged couple has a lot of tattoos between them, but only two have anything to do with their relationship. (There is the rumor that Jonas' arm tattoo from Curt Montgomery was inspired by Turner's Game of Thrones character Sansa Stark, but that's a bit of a stretch, don't you think?) Back in October 2018, the two both had Buzz Lightyear's famous quote from Toy Story — "to infinity and beyond" — inked on their wrists. Sometime earlier this year, they also added their initials (J and S) to the corners of the same arms. (You can spot Jonas' in this photo.)

    Ariel Winter & Levi Meaden

    "You're the peanut butter to my jelly," said Winter and boyfriend Meaden in the form of two sets of tattoos — well, sort of. In June 2017, Winter posted to Twitter asking for tattoo recommendations from fans. A day later, the Modern Family actress confirmed via Snapchat that she and Meaden had gotten two halves of a broken heart inked on their hands, as well as small finger tattoos: a jar of peanut butter for Meaden, and... a wedge of cheese for Winter.

    Ashley Graham & Justin Ervin

    After seven years of marriage, Graham decided to honor her love for husband Ervin with a teeny-tiny ear tattoo from JonBoy. The only thing cooler than the fact that Graham got his initials permanently etched into her skin is that she did it on a whim at a party for Revlon.

    Adam Levine & Behati Prinsloo

    Typically, Levine and Prinsloo top the list of low-key couples, but in May 2017, the Maroon 5 frontman revealed his knuckle tattoos in a very NSFW photo featuring his supermodel wife's derrière. His ink, by California-based tattoo artist Bryan Randolph, reads "true love" — but Prinsloo has yet to show off the design she got alongside Levine the very same day.

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    Over the years, we've come to learn that one is either born to holiday gift...Or not. And for those of us who were skipped by the gifting gene, this season represents a time of idealess turmoil instead of festive shopping sprees. But this year, we won't be throwing in the towel when our creativity banks hit empty. Because this year, the effortless solution of the subscription box has hit an all-time high in creativity and quality.

    When you can't figure out how the hell to wrap friends, family members, or SOs up into one thoughtful box with a ribbon on top, there's a service out there to do it for you. These companies all offer a unique range of pre-curated goods that can be subscribed to, for either one-offs or recurring periods, and delivered directly to your (or a giftee's) doorstep. Unsure of what the hell to buy your picky brother? There's a specialty man-scaping box to handle that. How about your dog-obsessed BFF? A themed box brimming with pet products has that covered.

    Let the wild, weird, and wonderful subscription sites ahead stand in strong as your missing gifting gene this holiday season. With categories from wellness to fashion, beauty, food, and even sex toys ( ahooga), there's a box to wrap up every character in your life.

    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.

    For: A Plant Queen
    What: Plant Subscription
    Trendy shop The Sill offers up a potted plant subscription service that's specially curated for green thumb beginners — each monthly delivery contains a new easy-to-care-for green friend, potted in an exclusive earthenware planter.



    The Sill Plants for Beginners, Monthly Subscription, $35, available at The Sill

    For: Wellness Warriors
    What: Daily Vitamin Subscription
    You may not be a wellness expert, but the skilled team behind Care/of is — treat your health-conscious giftees to a month's worth of daily vitamin packs, personalized for the recipient based off a specialized vitamin recommendation quiz. Plus, you can select from a long list of special affirmation messages to print on each pack for extra dose of oomph.



    Care/Of Care/of Personalized Gift Subscription, $30, available at Care/Of

    Who: Kinky Giftees
    What: Luxury Sex Toy Subscription
    We're guessing that someone who says they have everything doesn't have this sexy subscription: A quarterly curated box that comes filled with an assortment of premium adult goods — from vibrators to harnesses, "Magic Babe Balls" with saucy prompts, and even specialty stimulant gels.



    Unbound Unbound Quarterly Subscription, $65, available at Unbound

    Who: Ice Cream Connoisseurs
    What: Pint Subscription
    We don't all scream for ice cream, but those who do will absolutely covet a pint subscription gift from Jeni’s — each quarterly delivery includes four signature flavors and a set of four ice cream spades.



    Jeni's Ice Cream Pint Club Subscription, $230, available at Jeni's

    Who: Sleeping Beauties
    What: Customizable Pillow Subscription
    For friends who consider sleeping a legitimate night job, hit them with this personalized, on-off pillow gift subscription. Giftees will receive an email on the date of your choosing with a questionnaire included — the prompt is designed to build a perfect pillow for their personal sleep-styles, that's then delivered to their doorsteps within a week's time.



    Pluto Pillow Pluto Pillow, $85, available at Pluto Pillow

    Who: Quirksters
    What: Geek Box Subscription
    Show love to your quirky companions with a unique gift subscription that proves getting called a, "geek," is no longer a diss — these limited edition boxes are delivered monthly and include a selection of four to seven geek-themed goods, specially curated by qualified geek experts.



    MYGEEKBOX My Geek Box Subscription, $24.99, available at MYGEEKBOX

    Who: Indecisive Shoppers
    What: Beauty Sample Subscription
    Passionate buyers can be a very particular crew, so save these shoppers some time with a subscription built around samples — each month a box filled with the newest and best-selling products from Sephora is shipped out in sample size for at-home testing convenient. Each shipment comes complete with five deluxe makeup, skincare, and hair care samples inside a chic collectible makeup bag.



    Sephora PLAY! by Sephora Monthly Subscription Box, $10, available at Sephora

    Who: Furry Friends
    What: Themed Pet Box Subscription
    Whether you gift a BarkBox to your pet-obsessed friend or actual furry friend is up to you — regardless of who you pick, giftees will receive a monthly shipment of innovative toys, all-natural treat bags, and chews from a unique themed collection.



    Barkbox Monthly Box Subscription, $35, available at BarkBox

    Who: In-The-Know Winos
    What: Wine Subscription
    Surprise the wine experts in your life with the gift of a trendy monthly shipment — each box contains bottles that are uniquely-sourced from Winc's California winery that are curated to recipient's palate profiles.



    Winc Winc Wine Club Gift Card, $60, available at Winc

    For: Fragrant Friends
    What: Perfurme Subscription
    Friends with a lust for fragrances get full control over this monthly scent subscription — each shipment contains one travel-sized spray bottle of the giftee's choosing, filled with luxe options spanning from the likes of Acqua di Parma to Burberry, Glossier, Gucci, and over 400 others.



    ScentBird 3-Month Gift Subscription , $44, available at ScentBird

    Who: Man-Scapers
    What: Grooming Box Subscription
    Holiday shopping for male relatives can be a struggle — which is why we're opting for this foolproof monthly grooming box. Each delivery is filled with a deluxe assortment of five grooming samples to keep any man-scaper's game on point.



    BirchboxMan 6-Month Subscription Gift Card, $60, available at Birchbox

    Who: Self-Carers
    What: Self-Care Box Subscription
    Talk about creative curation, Lunarly's subscription box is brimming with a luminous assortment of self-care treasures — from wellness items to houseplants and more.



    Lunarly Monthly Gift Subscription, $40, available at Lunarly

    Who: Serious Snackers
    What: Tasting Box Subscription
    Let a trained team scout the best-tasting brands out of hundreds for sending to your giftees who are serious about snacking — each monthly box contains tasty goods that are crafted with real ingredients and sans chemicals or artificial flavoring. Plus, the company matches every snack box sent with a meal donation to American families in need.



    Love With Food Tasting Gift Subscription, $28.97, available at Love With Food by SnackNation

    Who: Tea Lovers
    What: Tea Collection Subscription
    Why gift one box of tea during the holidays when you can send an entire assortment? TeaBox lines up the festive monthly sachet spreads, filled with 12 flavors ranging from Sparkling Choco to Merry Marshmallow, Fruit Strudel, and more.



    TeaBox Monthly Tea Subscription Box, $29.99, available at TeaBox

    Who: Makeup Maniacs
    What: Beauty Box Subscription
    For friends with a constant pulse on the makeup scene, this curated monthly edit of five must-have products is gifting gold — each signature box is specially packaged and filled by the GLOSSYBOX experts with a vetted lineup of high-quality beauty finds.



    Glossybox 3-Month Gift Subscription, $69, available at Glossybox

    Who: Real Life Zoolander s
    What: Fashion & Lifestyle Box Subscription
    The opposite of hard-to-shop-for guys are the Zoolander type — when in doubt for what to buy the fashionista guy, go with a stylist-curated subscription box. Each one of these monthly gift shipments comes filled with a selection of five to six premium fashion and lifestyle goods.



    SprezzaBox Monthly Gift Subscription, $28, available at SprezzaBox

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    When the earliest-known New Year's Eve celebrations went down in 2000 B.C.E., the Mesopotamians probably weren't spending the days leading up to the party worried about the falsies that could last through sticky showers from popped Champagne bottles (which, frankly, no one likes, by the way) or exactly what kind of updo they'd spin into a fancy hair clip. But in this day and age, what you wear seems almost as important as who you'll be kissing when the clock strikes midnight... if not more.

    The good news is you've got most of your NYE to-do list crossed off: You ordered the dress, you booked the blowout, and you've scheduled the pre-party manicure. But what about your makeup? Lucky for you, we took all the fuss out of shopping around for a glittery lid or festive cat-eye, and rounded up the only inspiration you'll need to get the night started. Even better, we asked some pros — A-list makeup artists Mario Dedivanovic, Violette, and Nam Vo — for their party makeup advice.

    Ahead, everything you need to know to have the coolest look on New Year's Eve.

    Lily Collins ' eye makeup inspires us 365 days a year, but this split cat-eye shook us to our very core. Not for the winged-liner beginners, this precise, negative-space flick is sure to rake in the compliments all night long. Prepare for a lot of, "How the hell did you do that?"

    Remember when fashion week tried to make thumbprint eyeliner happen? Well, it never really went away — just into hibernation. Luckily, it's back out for a revival, and might be even more challenging than Collins' cat-eye. But just think of all the Instagram likes you'll get with a look like this...

    Our New Year's resolution: Stop being afraid of silver eyeshadow. Copy Gigi Hadid's look (created by makeup artist Patrick Ta) to pull up to the party frosted from head to toe. Add an all-white ensemble to the mix, and you'll be the center of the spotlight.

    A precise eye like this is so bold that it almost requires no other makeup to master. Just sweep some mascara through your lashes, a clear gel through your brows, et voilà — you're beating your Uber to the pick-up point.

    Vowing to play with more color this year? Smudge an iridescent purple shadow all over your lid before softly blending out the edges with a dense, tapered brush to create the effect of a smoked-out (but bright!) cat-eye.

    Putting time into skin prep is crucial before picking out what foundation or lipstick you want to wear. Dedivanovic tells us that he always masks, cleanses, and tones clients before getting someone like Kim Kardashian West ready for a big night. This New Year's Eve does fall on a Monday, so if you have to run from work straight to the party, Dedivanovic says it's okay to apply fresh makeup to whatever you already have on. If you can't avoid it, he recommends packing a setting mist with you that also doubles as a hydrating refresher on top of makeup.

    If you're one of the brave types that's willing to go into uncharted makeup territory, we suggest trying Violette's retro floating crease using the boldest blues in Estée Lauder's La Dangereuse Eyeshadow Palette.

    Not prepared to play with a whole palette of shadows and fussy brushes? Violette says that if you're not usually experimental with makeup, there's nothing wrong with sticking to what you know. Consider this simple, moody blue lid your party go-to.

    Red monochromatic makeup doesn't work all the time, but New Year's Eve is the exception — even if you're not Margot Robbie. Find a cream-based product that works for the eyes, cheeks, and lips, and it'll go off without a hitch.

    Vo says her all-time favorite party look is an intense smoky eye covered in the richest black pigment. Sure, no one wants eye gloss to drip down their face before the ball even drops, but sometimes we make sacrifices for a look. At the very least, it'll make for one night you'll never forget.

    But a classic matte smokey eye works, too. Diffuse a wash of purple shadow in your crease to soften up an otherwise harsh look.

    A layered cat-eye that mixes two textures is hard to ignore. Try the two-toned look for yourself and tap some gold shadow on the inner corners for extra sparkle.

    Intense eyeliner — coating almost the entire perimeter of your eye, like Amandla Stenberg's — lets everyone know you did not come to play in 2019.

    Would it even be New Year's Eve without confetti glitter? We didn't think so.

    If you know what you want your eye makeup to look like, but aren't quite sure which color palette to choose, use your outfit as inspiration. Follow Jessica William' lead and match your shimmery shadow to your sparkly dress (and your metallic La Croix can).

    Take the biggest risk of all and pair your emerald eyes with bleached brows. Sure, it'll take a bit longer to get ready, but the shocking results will be so worth it.

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    Makeup artists have a lot to deal with when it comes to the red carpet: Bright flashes, harsh lighting, and unflattering lenses can turn a perfectly buffed face into a flat, blank canvas. Now take those conditions, add in a marathon, and that's what Cirque Du Soleil performers deal with.

    "We do two shows a night, 10 shows a week," Cirque Du Soleil Zumanity acrobat Marina Tomanova says. "We sweat, we run around, and we want it to last."

    In this video, Tomanova walks us through her hour-long pre-show beauty routine, which involves plenty of glitter, sequins, and a healthy dusting of powder. "Stage makeup is a little bit different than your average makeup," she says.

    The resulting look is specifically designed to be seen from yards away from the stage. Her dramatic two-toned lip has a darker, more defined edge, while her contour runs higher and curves upwards to cut out her cheekbones. Watch her transformation in the 180-VR video above.

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    Tiger stripes. Lightning strikes. Stretchies. These are some of the pet names people (Chrissy Teigen among them) have come to use when talking about their stretch marks. As cute as they sound, the nicknames are proof that the naturally-occurring scars needed something of a re-brand in a society that has long deemed them undesirable.

    In the ancient era, it's been rumored that both the Greeks and Romans looked to the powers of olive oil to make stretch marks on pregnant bellies disappear. And in the 21st century, people readily use things like Photoshop and photo editing apps to make them vanish from ad campaigns, billboards, social media posts, and more. The problematic message that's sent, of course, is that stretch marks are unappealing. And what that's inevitably led to is a world of (mostly) women who understandably feel a variety of different emotions when they see stretch marks on their skin, zigzagging their way up their thighs, tummies, or sides.

    Ahead, we talked to five women talk about their stretch marks, and what they really think about them now.

    Jenna, an art student living in Indiana, had grown used to the stretch marks under her arms — but when she noticed new ones sprouting at the bottom of her stomach, it led to some mixed feelings. "Initially, I felt very disgusted and disappointed with myself," Jenna says. "I knew I had gained some weight and that was what had probably caused the stretch marks."

    Now, her feelings about the marks coincide with how she's feeling about her body that day. "On some days, when my confidence is already feeling low, the stretch marks are something that intensify those feelings of being inadequate," she says. But she has other days where she feels empowered by them. "Sometimes I accept them as being a part of who I am and beautiful in their own way," she says. "They have a story of their own. It makes my skin unique."

    Before Nadia*, a radio presenter in South Africa, learned to love her stretch marks, she absolutely loathed them. "I would say I hated them when I was around 16 or 17," she says. "I was still in high school and starting to notice a huge change in my body. [I saw] other girls who didn't have stretch marks, which was very difficult for me at the time."

    What helped her feelings change was ultimately throwing societal expectations out the window. "One of the things that helped me get over how I felt about them was accepting the way I look," she says. "And acknowledging that society will always have its own opinion of what's beautiful and attractive, and that their opinion shouldn't define how I view myself. I like referring to them as 'tiger stripes' because they make me fierce."

    *Names have been changed

    Jenna, a college student in Michigan, sees the stretch marks on her butt and hips as a symbol of strength. "I was [working out more and] trying to gain muscle, and they showed me I was still making progress and growing," Vanmarter says. "Every time I see them now, I honestly smile because it reminds me of the progress I’ve made in my fitness journey," she says.

    Chauncey, an English teacher in Spain, started noticing stretch marks on her butt when she was 11 years old. "At the time, I didn’t think anything of them as I saw other women in my family who had them in the same area," she says. But then they started to sprout in other places too, namely her breasts, arms, sides, and the front of her stomach. "I feel like they didn’t bother me at first, but as I started to get them in so many areas, I couldn’t stand it," she says. "They look so harsh and angry on the skin."

    Now, Chauncey has her own skin-care routine for fading them, which includes exfoliating and rubbing on cocoa butter, aloe vera gel, and vitamin E. "Being able to fade them has just made me so happy," says Chauncey, who readily shares her home remedies with friends. "I know that there are other women out there who hate their stretch marks as much as I do, so that is why I decided to share some of my tips because they have really worked for me."

    To Roda, a linguistics student in Qatar, stretch marks represent her own personal journey to self-love. She first started noticing them on her butt and hips when she was 15 years old, during a time when she was also battling anorexia. "My weight used to fluctuate a lot, and that was the cause of my stretch marks," she says. "My stretch marks tell a story. All of the pain and suffering I went through while battling anorexia is on my butt and hips, and I think that’s the most beautiful thing about me. It shows what I went through and how strong I am."

    The shift in the conversation around stretch marks has also led her to be more confident in her skin. "Someone told me that my stretch marks look like waves, like the ocean, and it makes sense," she says. "We all go through waves in life. The fact that it’s painted on my body is a blessing. It’s like a meaningful tattoo. It’s going to be there forever, and I’m glad it will be."

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    Back in the day, making a statement with your hair meant mom tying plaid ribbon around your ponytail, tacking plastic bow-shaped clips on the ends of your braids, or lining them with beads. Now, the accessories from our childhood are all grown up and bold in a totally different way.

    A new wave of hair jewels (including headbands, metallic clips, and even velvet ribbon) are emerging on runways, and on the heads of some of our favorite celebs. The latest adornment to steal our hearts? Blinged-out clips that send a sharp message. Last September, Selena Gomez was spotted wearing a crystal-covered barrette with the word "Ugly" in bold caps, a direct retort to Stefano Gabbana 's notorious comment about her. Since then, we've seen plenty of stars follow suit with their own hair-clip messages.

    Proving that you don't need a graphic T-shirt (or a cheeky Instagram caption) to make a point, these barrettes reflect your mood without saying a word. The best part? They can make the most basic hairstyle look like a million bucks with half the effort. Check out our favorites, 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.

    If you're hella bored with your braid or bun, tack this clip by Dolls Kill onto the base for an instant style upgrade. Looking for something a little more edgy (and a little less NorCal)? The brand has a variety of statement-making pins, including the always subtle, "Fuck Off."



    Dolls Kill Hella Bay Bobby Pins, $8, available at Dolls Kill

    Celebrity hairstylist Justine Marja n teamed up with accessories brand Kitsch to release a line of bejeweled bobby pins for all your Instagram caption needs. "Drippin" and "Damn" are just a few of the rhinestone-covered words you can use to decorate your hair. Her collection also features dazzling pins — minus the vocabulary — so you can freestyle with your look.



    Kitsch Drippin Rhinestone Bobby Pin, $29, available at Kitsch

    British brand Ashley Williams London  makes a handful of blinged-out goods that will 100% have people staring at your hair. Its selection of hair decals are accented with Czech crystals and have been worn by celebrities like Alexa Chung.



    Ashley Williams Ashley Williams HAIR Hair Pins, $60, available at Kith

    Think of all the sad, messy buns and slept-on ponytails you can make happy with this smile-emoji clip set, also from Ashley Williams London.



    Ashley Williams Smiley Hair Pins, $90, available at Ashley Williams

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    Welcome to Hype Machine, our hit-list of the top reviewed products across the web — according to a crowd of die-hard shoppers. Call this your 4-star & up only club, with entry granted by our devoted-to-the-goods shop editors.

    Update: Thank you for all of your amazing input in the comments. We've since updated our story with a few popular options.

    To bring you up to speed, we recently launched a new series, Hype Machine, where we round up the top reviewed items on the internet. Boots, sex toys, humidifiers, body pillows (!!!); we're aiming to make the process of shopping for all of your favorite things as painless as possible.

    And while our editors are adept at scraping the internet to find the best of the best, we're turning to you, our readers, to hear which products you live and breathe by. In one of our recent installments, we covered the Internet's top rated black leggings and immediately received a ton of amazing feedback in our comments section. You all provided some great insight on the leggings you swear by and the ones you thought should have made the cut.

    For our next Hype Machine subject, we're turning our lens towards one of winter's most essential layering pieces: black tights. Whether your favorite pairs are opaque, full-control, sheer, lined with fleece, dipped in glitter — whatever — so long as they're black, we want your input on which brands make your ride or die black tights and why you love them.

    Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and look out for our full story on Friday detailing all the best black black tight worth your hard earned cash and valuable space in your sock drawer.

    The Black-Out Tights
    Rarely does a pair of black tights actually end up being totally opaque. Time and time again we find ourselves buying a pair of so-called opaque tights to only realize after slipping them on that they're more see-through than they lead on. However, according to reviews, that'll hardly be an issue with Wolford's Mat Opaque 80 tights.

    The hype: 4.9 out of 5 stars and 33 reviews on Saks Fifth Avenue

    What they're saying: "The Wolford Mat Opaque 80 tights last longer than any other tights I’ve had. Machine wash in a laundry bag and putting them in the dryer is ok! Very comfortable and breathable even when wearing all day and night." - Magicwatermelon, Refinery29 Review



    Wolford Mat Opaque 80 Tights, $61, available at Saks Fifth AvenuePhoto Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.

    The Huggie Tights
    We're not ones to hide our curves in a pair of soul-suckingly tight anything, but when you're looking for some control that won't pinch or budge, reviewers say these Spanx Luxe Leg Shaping Tights are it.

    The hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars and 92 reviews on Nordstrom

    What they're saying: "I am a super fan of Spanx Luxe Shaping tights! The sizing is perfect, and I can wear a size A no problem, which as a petite lady is really appreciated. Many times, tights are made way too long in the legs for smaller ladies. The Spanx Luxe Shaping tights always fit just right: they are comfortable, flattering and give you just enough support in the tummy and waist to feel good all during the day at work and into the night for fun. The added benefit to being tights is that they are just thick enough to keep my legs warm too. They stand up to wash after wash and wear like new (though I do hang them to dry). I highly recommend Spanx Luxe Leg Shaping tights." - Petite Nana, Nordstrom Review



    SPANX Luxe Leg Shaping Tights, $28, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    The Extra Warm Fleece Tights
    For anyone who's survived a real, below-zero winter, you know how important it is to have a tried and true pair of fleece tights. No pair of jeans, trousers, or even sweatpants is enough to keep you warm when the windchill is in the double-digit negatives. But if you still haven't found that one perfect pair, look no further than these fleece-lined tights by Plush.

    The hype: 4.7 out of 5.0 and 84 reviews on Shopbop

    What they're saying: "These are my new go-to tights in the winter. They are seriously warm (warmer than pants or jeans), fit like tights and look like tights. Where have you been my entire life? So glad I found these here! I highly recommend. They are also comfortable. Some tights cinch too tightly on the waist, but these are just right! Will buy again and again!" - Dakeeks, Shopbop Review



    Plush Fleece-Lined Tights, $35, available at ShopbopPhoto Courtesy of Shopbop.

    The On-A-Budget Tights
    Sometimes we simply can't afford to drop $20 to $50 on a single pair of tights, no matter how warm or long-lasting they may be. When you're in a bind, turn to these highly-reviewed $8 tights from Target's A New Day line.

    The hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars and 93 reviews on Target

    What they're saying: "These tights are the best tights I’ve ever tried! They’re thick, soft, somehow they magically don’t attract dog hair or lint and they have the perfect amount of stretch. These held in my postpartum stomach while still being able to breathe! Great for fall/winter." - Stlang13, Target Review



    A New Day 120D Blackout Tights , $8, available at TargetPhoto Courtesy of Target.

    The Drug Store Tights
    Imagine this: you're on your way to a work event, holiday party, first date, whatever, and all of a sudden, your tights snag. Thankfully, the drug store across the street just so happens to supply a pair of tights that one reviewer wore for 10 years without a single tear.

    The hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 1,679 reviews on Amazon

    What they're saying: "No Nonsense tights are a secret steal. $7 at Rite-Aid, but often on sale for buy-one-get-one-free. They suck everything in, have a substance to them which I like (not flimsy), are super opaque, have just enough sheen but not so such so you canstill wear them in both professional settings as well as to cocktail parties and look fab, last for 5+ years (some I’ve had for 10 years) even with weekly wear without snagging or losing shape. They’re almost impossible to snag and even when I accidentally snag them on something, they bounce right back and you can’t see a thing! They look much more expensive than they are when you’re wearing them. I hope they never stop making them. They’re such a bargain and a hidden gem." - Heroicphone, Refinery29 Review



    No Nonsense Super Opaque Control-Top Tights, $6.5, available at Amazon

    The All-Season Tights
    As falls turns to winter, we're accustomed to trading in our thin tights for fleece ones in order to brave the chilly weather. However, with Garnet Hill's all-season tights, you can keep the same pair from October to February with no problem at all.

    The hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 201 reviews on Garnet Hill

    What they're saying: "These are the best tights I've ever owned. I bought two pairs a year or two ago, and they show no signs of wear. Best of all, they're so comfortable. Great quality too." - Yvonne CM, Garnet Hill Review



    Garnet Hill Cotton Microfiber Tights, $25, available at Garnet HillPhoto Courtesy of Garnet Hill.

    The What Lines? Tights
    Anyone who's tried Commando tights before has probably heard of their one defining trait: the waistband. No matter what you're wearing — from a body-con dress to skinny jeans — you'll be hard-pressed to find a pair of tights with smoother lines than these.

    The hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 152 reviews on Nordstrom

    What they're saying: "Commando! So opaque, soft, warm. The thing that seals it is the waistband, though. The thick band is like a maternity belt, absolutely zero digging and no lines under body-con dresses. No bagging, no poofy knees, no runs, no pulling and the one hole I’ve ever had didn’t get any bigger (it was on the toe and easy to hide). I wish they made a slightly smaller size, because they can slip a bit, but if you get the correct size, they stay in place all day and night! I wear the stirrup foot ones under skinny jeans and they’re amazingly comfortable. - Britt Bryant, Refiner29 Review



    Commando Ultimate Opaque Matte Tights, $36, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    The Size-Inclusive Tights
    As we all know, finding a pair of tights that works for you and lasts is hardly an easy task. Now, take into account the fact that a lot of hosiery brands don't offer tights in extended sizes at all. So if you're looking for a pair of end-all-be-all tights that'll fit just right, Torrid's Microfiber Tights are for you.

    The hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 149 reviews on Torrid

    What they're saying: "I've been looking for tights that a) go up to my size and b) aren't so thin they immediately snag and rip for a long time now. And let me tell you, these are the ones! They're comfy, they're thick enough while still being tights, and they are downright perfect for the fall and winter weather. I am so impressed with these and will definitely be investing in more pairs in the future!" - Squ33ble, Torrid Review



    Torrid Plus-Size Microfiber Tights, $13.23, available at TorridPhoto Courtesy of Torrid.

    The Everyday Tights
    If you work in an office with a strict no-skirts-without-tights rule, you'll probably be wearing a pair five days a week for a very, very long time. Thankfully, we found a brand of tights that, according to reviews, can be washed daily and still last for at least 6 months.

    The hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 89 reviews on Marks & Spencer

    What they're saying: "This is my third year of buying these tights and I love them. Buy 5 pairs each year and they last all of autumn and winter (I wear them every day and wash them after every use). They wash extremely well and never snag. Minor point, I'm 5' 1" tall and a size 8-10 but I need to buy a medium size as the waist band is far too tight and uncomfortable. TOP TIP: After wearing and washing them for a while if they start to bobble or look worn, wear them inside out. They look amazing again and appear brand new. You'll get loads more wear from them. Also note that stocks run out quickly online and in-store of black — always loads of navy though... who wears navy?)" - Sunseeker Girlie, Marks & Spencer Review



    Marks & Spencer 60 Denier Velvet Touch Tights, $13, available at Marks & Spencer Photo Courtesy of Marks & Spencer.

    The No-Snag Tights
    According to one reviewer, these tights are essentially impossible to tear. Don't believe us? Just look at the proof below.

    The hype: 4.0 out of 5 stars and 1,052 reviews on Amazon

    What they're saying: "TRUE STORY: I hate it when tights run. The first day I wore these tights, I was an eye-witness to a serious car crash and literally had to climb over a chain link fence to get to the car. The car-crash person was ok after the ambulance came, and my tights were also ok. Not a single rip, on that day or even 5 months later." - Libby Thomas, Amazon Review



    HUE Super Opaque Tights with Control Top, $15, available at Amazon

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    Finding a salon and a hairstylist is like dating. You have to play the field a bit, get together a couple of times, weigh your options, and ultimately decide whether they're worth settling down for. It's exhausting, but once you meet the one, there's no turning back.

    For those Big Apple go-getters still single in the salon department (or for those casual daters finally looking to make things official), we're here to play matchmaker. We asked our beauty editors (who have some of the best hair in the biz) for their favorite salons across New York City, as well as their go-to stylists and colorists.

    Check out the list ahead. Hopefully, you're prepared for a long-term, committed relationship, because you're bound to fall in love with one of these recs. Here's to love, health, happiness, and really, really great hair.

    Butterfly Studio Salon
    Cost: Haircuts, $120 and up; single process, $125 and up; blowouts, $70 and up
    Recommended stylists: Katia Solano, Stacey Guerra

    "When I first entered Butterfly Studio Salon, I was blown away by how huge the space was. There are separate sections for shampooing, color, styling, makeup — even for changing clothes. (Seriously, can I rent this space for a birthday party?) The staff was extremely professional and made me feel like I was in good hands while I got hair color for the first time since high school. Butterfly's owner, Katia, was responsible for coloring my natural hair. She thoroughly walked me through the process, and not a curl was out of shape when she was done. When it came to styling my hair, Stacey gave me a blowout with waves. I've had a few bad blowouts in my lifetime, and hers was — by far — one of the best. I still can't decide what I loved more: my hair or the great conversation we had." — Aimee Simeon, beauty writer at Refinery29

    Broome Street Society
    Cost: Haircuts, $100 and up; single process, $90 and up; blowouts, $60 and up
    Recommended stylists: Reece Brown-Willis

    "A few months ago, I decided to give my blowouts a break and show off my natural curls. I started coming across other women with supremely cut Afros, twist-outs with great shape, and overall healthy hair on Instagram, and I was led to Broome Street Society Salon. Most of the women on Instagram were getting their hair styled by Reece. I called to make an appointment with her for the next day, only to find out that she was booked for weeks.(Hey, girl's got skills.)

    "But once I got into her chair, it was well worth the wait. She offered the best advice and treatment solutions to revive my natural curls. I trusted her expertise and almost cried when she unraveled my twist-out. It was the first time I ever saw my curls that springy and shiny. Between my hair and the cool vibes of the salon, I'll definitely be going back!" — Jacqueline Laurean Yates, contributing beauty writer at Refinery29

    Foster Glorioso Salon
    Cost: Haircuts, $115 and up; single process, $125 and up; blowouts, $45 and up
    Recommended stylists: Michael Glorioso

    "I've had my fair share of botched blowouts, so when I come across a stylist who can do my hair exactly how I do it, or better, I hang on to them for dear life. One of those (very few) stylists is Foster Glorioso Salon co-owner Michael Glorioso. I was swept into his chair during a beauty event, and I knew once Glorioso pulled out a skinny flat iron and rattail comb that I was in for a good time. He managed to get my coarse, thick hair silky smooth, and did I mention he was lightning fast? What typically takes other stylists over an hour to (barely) get right, Glorioso did within 40 minutes. It was also one of the first times I didn't go back home to redo a blowout. If that isn't a miracle, I don't know what is." — Simeon

    Christo Fifth Avenue
    Cost: Haircuts, $135 and up; color, $100 and up
    Recommended stylists: Alice Yan, Mariana Tomova — or Christo himself

    "Would it be hyperbolic for me to say Curlisto saved my life? The warm, knowledgeable staff at the Curlisto salon taught me how to style and care for my curly hair. Without them, I would be a walking frizz-monster. So, yes: Christo — dubbed the 'King of Curls' by the Wall Street Journal — and his staff spared me from a lifetime of not knowing how to handle my hair.

    "The Curlisto salon is a luxurious getaway from the bustle of the city. Before your appointment, you can drink coffee, wine, or special Greek iced coffee, and hang out with London the dog, who frequently visits the office. After a cut with the Diametrix cutting technique, specially designed for curly hair, the stylists will walk you through their unique styling approach, which you can replicate at home with the products. Recently, I got highlights there, too, which really my curls pop. At Curlisto, you’re taught to embrace your curls, instead of flattening them out and pretending they don’t exist." — Elena Nicolaou, entertainment writer at Refinery29.

    Photo: Via @christofifthave.

    Whiteroom Brooklyn
    Cost: Haircuts, $76 and up; single process, $115 and up; blowouts, $65 and up
    Recommended stylists:Darby Backes

    "I walked into Whiteroom with one or two dream reference photos and no real direction for my hair. I just knew I needed a cut and wanted a massive length change. My stylist Darby Backes kept me informed the whole way through by making sure I was comfortable with his direction and letting me know what would work best with my face shape. The whole vibe of the salon is so friendly — everyone is extremely down to earth. It's a really fun environment in comparison to some of the more arrogant vibes you run into in Manhattan salons — not to mention a minimalist's dream. One of the greatest surprises about the salon, apart from the amazing crew, is its retail section in the front. Elizabeth, one of the head honchos and main colorists, curates a selection of hair and beauty products that are hard to find. After my cut, I spent a solid 15 minutes perusing everything at the front of the store." — Ray Lowe, fashion market editor at Refinery29

    Blackstones
    Cost:Haircuts, $80 and up; color, $85 and up
    Recommended stylist: Joey Silvestera

    "I love the East Village location's 20th-century apothecary design — which feels totally timeless and above fleeting trends — and the low-key, non-pretentious vibe.

    "But I especially love the salon’s founder Joey, a former taxidermist and an excellent listener who made me feel totally at ease and not at all like I needed to take an Ativan, a thing I usually do before the scissors come out. He’s so very, very good at what he does — which is probably why Vogue once called him ‘an original arbiter of insouciant downtown cool.'” — Rachel Krause, senior beauty writer at Refinery29

    Photo: Via @blackstonesnyc.

    Bumble & Bumble Downtown
    Cost: Haircuts, $99 and up; color, $110 and up; blowouts, $65 and up
    Recommended stylists: Tashina Tantalos, Alberto Vasquez, Francesca DellAquila

    "What I love about the downtown location is how unpretentious it is despite being inherently luxe. It's bursting with creativity, and a safe space for getting experimental, whether you’re chopping off a few precious inches or dyeing your hair purple. The stylist I usually visit, Francesca, is a wizard. She once gave me the most natural-looking faux bangs you've ever seen using a $22 clip-on piece that she razor-cut into a work of art. Get them." — Lauren Valenti, beauty writer at Vogue

    Sally Hershberger
    Cost: Haircuts, $175 and up; color, $150 and up; blowouts, $45 and up
    Recommended stylist: Jae Manuel Cardenas
    Recommended colorists: Lucille Javier, Aura Friedman

    "Aura is a hair-color fairy godmother — there is no shade beyond her range. If you can show her a picture of it, she can make it happen. She's almost always the mastermind behind every major hair-color trend of the moment, including this season's crop of candy-pink hair (she does Fernanda Ly's hair!). She manages to give me not what I requested — but something even better. It's always glossy, pretty, and doesn't look too 'try-hardy,' even with the crazier rainbow shades. She is also tuned in with the best of hair-color technology — she was the first one to tell me about Olaplex. Best of all, the hair color and highlights she gives me always grow out like a dream. There's no harsh line of demarcation, and people compliment me on my color even months later." — Kathleen Hou, beauty director at The Cut

    Photo: Courtesy of Sally Hershberger.

    Contesta Rock Hair Salon
    Cost: Women's Cut/Style, $100; Partial Highlights, $150 and up; Single Process, $75 and up; Double Process, $120 and up

    "In all honesty, I felt like CRH was too cool for me before walking in for my cut and color appointment. Nestled in the West Village, the salon's clientele list boasts the kind of people I stalk on Instagram — men and women who shave off their hair on a whim, then dye the buzz left behind aqua blue. And while the black brick walls and incense burning screams rock & roll, the true vibe is 10 times more welcoming than most salons in the city. I spent four hours there that day — taking my dark brown hair to a buttery blonde that nearly brought me to tears. For once, my hair felt right — I looked exactly how I always wanted to. I can't wait for my next appointment." — Sam Sasso, beauty writer at Refinery29

    Khamit Kinks
    Cost: Treatments, $36 and up; natural-hair sets, $85 and up; braided styles, $100 and up; color, $120 and up; weaves, $360 and up; loc styles, $30 and up
    Recommended stylist: Anta Fall

    "My first visit to Khamit Kinks was back in 2012. While I've since relocated outside of the city, there is no other salon in the five boroughs that I trust to care for my curls. It's the premier salon in Brooklyn (dare I say, New York City) for natural hair care and styling. I am greeted with hospitality and professionalism from the moment I walk through the door. And, unlike many Black hair salons, I've never experienced a long wait because efficiency is non-negotiable.

    "I would recommend Anta Fall for kinky-haired ladies who are fans of two-strand twists and textured hair extensions. She has a quiet disposition, but she means business. Her eye for detail is impeccable — no sloppy work!" — Dana Oliver, beauty director at Yahoo! Beauty

    Photo: Courtesy of Khamit Kinks.

    Hair Rules
    Cost: Haircuts, $75 and up; color, $95 and up
    Recommended stylists: Anthony Dickey & Jaxcee

    "When I decided to go from jet black to blonde, I searched high and low for a colorist in New York City skilled in dyeing naturally curly hair. I wear my hair both curly and straight, so I needed someone who knew how to handle textured hair. Plus, I was nervous — this was my first time making a drastic hair change.

    "When I found Jaxcee, the color director at Hair Rules, on Instagram and saw the diverse heads of curls she's colored, I knew I had to sit in her chair. When I entered the salon, I was impressed with (and so happy to see) the diverse staff. Each stylist looked different and had unique natural hair textures. The clients in chairs were also extremely diverse and, most importantly, they all looked good. Jaxcee was able to lift my dark hair to warm blonde with very minimal damage. She was extremely informative and walked me through every step of the process.

    Anthony Dickey, the salon's owner, was responsible for my haircut. Normally, when going to swanky spots, I feel compelled to share a million inspiration images out of pure paranoia (I've had some botched jobs in the past). But after I briefly explained what I wanted to Dickey, he understood my vision and chopped my hair into the sexiest blunt lob. If you're looking for stylists who won't eff up your natural hair, make an appointment here ASAP." — Aimee Simeon, beauty writer at Refinery29

    Photo: Courtesy of Hair Rules.

    Spoke & Weal
    Cost: Haircuts, $75 and up; color, $150 and up; extensions, $250 and up; blowouts, $55 and up
    Recommended stylists: Peter Covington

    "All the cool girls (and my fellow beauty editors) on Instagram trust the stylists at Spoke & Weal for their haircuts and trendy hair colors, and I got to experience the hype for myself when I sat in Peter's chair. I went in for a trim, when he brought an uneven, ill-chopped layer towards the back of my hair to my attention. I put my trust in Peter and his shears and walked out with a completely even, blunt-cut bob and couldn't have been happier. I'll 100% be returning to his chair when it's time for my next chop." — Simeon

    Photo: Courtesy of Spoke & Weal.

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    Back in 2012, Taylor Swift told Taste of Country that if she were to ever get a tattoo, "it would be a '13,' but I just... I don't want to get a tattoo." Six years later, it looks as if she's changed her mind.

    Around 3 a.m. this morning, celebrity tattoo artist JonBoy posted a photo to Instagram of what appears to be the back of Taylor Swift's neck with a brand-new rose tattoo. He tagged Swift in the photo, and geotagged it to "Welcome To New York," referencing her famous single.

    In the photo, the woman (presumably Swift) is wearing a gold chain necklace with a rose pendant that's nearly identical to the tattoo.

    Though the meaning behind the tattoo is yet unknown, Swift has a history of wearing jewelry that has some kind of significance, like when she wore a paper plane necklace (a nod to her relationship to Harry Styles) in the video for "Out of the Woods."

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    Swift herself hasn't posted on Instagram for two days — but considering her 29th birthday was last week, we can venture to guess it was in celebration of that. Whatever it all means, we're sure Swifties will crack the case soon. We've reached out to JonBoy and will update this post as soon as we hear back.

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    While Michelle Obama’s entire Becoming book tour has been a delightful spectacle of fashion-forward outfits (Cushnie! Pyer Moss! Givenchy!), the former first lady’s wardrobe made quite a statement Wednesday on the final stop in Brooklyn. It was the thigh-high Balenciaga boots that signaled post-White House Michelle Obama, The Civilian, was finally relaxed after meticulously calculating her appearance for the last eight years. Eight years of scrutiny and policing that women who look like her are all too familiar with. This isn’t to discount the stunning $3,900 boots, which yes are very important, but so is the context of why Black women are cheering her on for wearing them.

    For Obama, becoming First Lady of the United States was about more than supporting her husband’s political ambition or developing her own platform. As the first black woman to hold the position, she had to be prepared for a particular type of attention to her every move.

    "As a Black woman, too, I knew I’d be criticized if I was perceived as being showy and high-end, and I’d also be criticized if I was too casual," Obama wrote in her memoir, describing the White House strategy. Obama recounted how "a few times a month, [her longtime personal stylist] Meredith [Koop] would roll several big racks of clothing into my dressing room in the residence, and we’d spend an hour or two trying things on"; and the clothing had to pass a test of whether Michelle could "squat, lunge, and pinwheel" her arms (a preventative measure the garments move naturally in public in way Obama would be criticized for). Presumably, she and Koop are still performing those sort of tests, but Michelle’s style is different. It’s better. It’s hard to imagine the person who shunned the spotlight, wearing J.Crew sweater sets alongside Chicago’s political set is suddenly this Fashion Person ™ wearing Balenciaga fresh off the runway.

    Despite this strategy she discusses in the book, she was still lambasted, — or perhaps the strategy was a result of the criticism — which is why the internet collectively lost its mind when Obama got her hair wet on vacation, showing her natural curls for the first time publicly. One Twitter user summed up the risk that comes with Black women wearing their natural hair in white spaces, writing "Boy if Michelle Obama would have ever worn her hair natural it would have been a fuckin debacle."

    When Obama wore a pair of drawstring high-waisted shorts and a white tank top under a voluminous white jacket to see On The Run II in Paris where she danced beside Beyoncé’s mother Tina Knowles. Black women celebrated Obama having a night of fun with her daughter and friend, but it didn’t take long before detractors began to compare her to Melania Trump. “Embarrassing entire US in shorts… former First Lady Michelle Obama,” @RickAndKim30yrs wrote. “Not even mother of Beyoncé is as classless as Michelle to wear shorts like a teenage fangirl. FLOTUS Trump = Elegance.” The fact that Rick and Kim are Trump supporters aside, this criticism is baseless. Michelle Obama was the picture of elegance during her eight years in the White House. She used her fashion to not just show how relatable she was, but also to uplift emerging and international designers. Taiwanese designer Jason Wu’s career took off after he designed Obama’s first inauguration dress. Tracey Reese became a household name after she created the dress Michelle wore to the Democratic National Convention in 2012; as well as Thakoon who FLOTUS often wore on the campaign trail.

    Obama certainly never used her appearance to demean anyone in the ways Trump has with her controversial Zara jacket or “storm stilettos.” Obama is still being held to a code of conduct that has never existed for our current administration — she had to acknowledge Donald Trump at George H.W. Bush’s funeral while Bill and Hillary Clinton didn’t have to acknowledge her or Melania — and that’s why we celebrate her liberation now.

    Not only is she dressing differently, she’s conducting herself differently in interviews. Sure, she’s trying to sell books, but Obama is candid about Donald Trump’s birther conspiracy theory, what it was like to conceive her children through in vitro fertilization, and even how it felt to leave the White House for the last time. And she’s doing it in designers who mimic a breath of fresh air. During Obama’s Brooklyn stop with moderator Sarah Jessica Parker, the actress asked Michelle if there was an underlying meaning to the Givenchy spring 2019 boots. "We learned that fashion does have meaning," she reiterated.

    "So, turning that awareness on its head so that it becomes strategic and impactful is definitely something that doesn't just happen — you have to actually be thinking about it or you waste the opportunity to have a broader impact. But now, I'm free to do whatever. There is no message. The boots are telling you no message. They were just really cute. I was like, Those some nice boots!" But for a woman whose body was under attack for the last eight years, there is a message, and it’s a freedom that’s long awaited and much deserved.

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    Just like that gorgeous sequin party dress you bought has been hanging in the closet for months, gold eyeshadow tends to sit unused until the perfect opportunity comes around. Well, the time has come to dust off those duo-chrome and metallic shades, because it's the holiday season and flashy is highly encouraged. Unless that's your M.O. year-round, of course, then it's your time to turn it up a notch.

    But before you invest in a Midas-approved shade online, we've consulted with industry pros to learn which golden eyeshadows look best on fair, medium, and dark complexions. Find out which gold shade is perfect for you, and snag a new sparkly formula for the New Year's Eve turn up.

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    For Fair Skin Tones

    Celebrity makeup artist José Figueroa highly recommends this bronze shade for those who feel gold is too warm. "It has the right amount of shimmer, great pigmentation, and a soft peach undertone that works great on lighter skin tones," he tells Refinery29.



    Urban Decay Eyeshadow, $20, available at Urban Decay

    Most creamy eyeshadows can get very messy when applying, but R29 beauty writer Samantha Sasso has found this coppery shade to be worth the extra tidy work. "It's so good, I don't just reserve it for special occasions," she says. "The best way to use this — without getting it everywhere — is to blend it out with a thick, dense shadow brush. The blurring brush from Eco Tools is my favorite."



    Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerize Cream Eyeshadow, $32, available at Sephora

    For Medium Skin Tones

    For her clients with medium skin tones, celebrity makeup artist Melissa Hernandez turns to this attention-grabbing eyeshadow that's easy to apply and can be dabbed on with your fingers. “It’s glittery, glamorous, and the color payoff is out of this world," she says.



    Dose of Colors Block Party Single Eyeshadow, $20, available at Ulta Beauty

    Celebrity makeup artist Amy Strozzi likes to have her options when it comes to packing on the gold. "This palette, which is great for fair-to-medium tones, has four blendable shades to achieve a gold and bronzed eye," says the pro, who works with Rowan Blanchard. "Use the lighter shades for a yellow-gold look, or add the darker brown shade to define the lashline and crease."



    Chanel LES 4 OMBRESMULTI-EFFECT QUADRA EYESHADOW, $268, available at Chanel

    For Dark Skin Tones

    The subtle orange undertone in this gold gives it a bronze-y look, which makes it a perfect color for year-round use. "Wearing this shadow on the lid and underneath your bottom lashes then adding lots of mascara creates a golden smoky eye," says celebrity makeup artist Dionne Wynn, who works with Tiffany Haddish.



    MAC Cosmetics Eye Shadow — Goldmine, $17, available at MAC Cosmetics

    Another favorite of Wynn's is this foil-like formula from Stila. "This shadow easily adds glitz and glamour to your makeup look with just one swipe. It especially pops on darker skin," she says.



    Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, $24, available at Sephora

    For All Skin Tones

    This industry-favorite palette — that features a bold gold shade — is on the pricier side, but Strozzi says it's a worthy investment. "Besides a more traditional gold, it also features rose, bronze, and brown shades, so anyone can customize a look," she tells us. "The shadows will not disappoint with the product payoff and versatility."



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

    This buildable formula never fails Figueroa, no matter what client he has sitting in his chair. "For a true gold shade that works for any skin tone, this duo-chrome, metallic shadow is my go-to," he says.



    Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Single — Tiger's Eye, $12, available at Ulta Beauty

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    When I decided to transition my hair from relaxed to natural over the course of a year or so, I naively thought I could continue my usual lazy-girl routine — which basically consisted of going to the hairdresser and having someone else deal with my head. But, as more and more new growth began to replace my straighter strands, I became concerned about not only the heat damage that might occur in the long run, but the fact that I was relying on somebody else to do all the work. So, I took on the task of doing my own hair.

    I quickly realized I had no idea what I was doing. Turns out, reading countless natural hair blogs and watching many hours of YouTube tutorials does not make one an expert. My first twist-out was such a fail, I ended up covering my hack job with a hat. Don't even get me started on my botched bantu knots. Lawd.

    Anyone who's gone natural, or is in the transitioning process, knows the pain I'm preaching. Trying to blend two vastly different textures — while coming up with hairstyles that are presentable enough to go out in public with — is hard work. That's why I enlisted Vida Latimer, senior stylist at Devachan Salon, to help transitioning ladies get through the awkward stages and see the light at the end of the natural hair tunnel.

    Click through for some new looks to try out, broken down by your stage in the transitioning process.

    Pineapple
    Transitioning phase: start one year in

    If you want to preserve your curls after a twist-out, this high ponytail with a sleek base is the best (and cutest) way to do so.

    PHOTOGRAPHED BY ROCHELLE BROCKINGTON.

    Bantu Knots
    Transitioning phase: start to one year in

    Bantu knots are a great way to mask your two different textures from the beginning until the end of your journey. Plus, they will give you much-needed practice for mastering the notoriously frustrating style.

    Braid-Out
    Transitioning phase: start to one year in

    With braid-outs, you can go the cornrow route, as seen here, or do free-form box braids. Leave them in overnight (on damp or dry hair) for the best results. When you take them out the next morning, you'll have big, beautiful hair, reminiscent of the '90s crimp look.

    Spiral Braid
    Transitioning phase: six months in or longer

    This is definitely for the transitioner who has a couple months of styling experience. It's a great protective — and put-together — style for the winter months, when you want to keep your ends tucked in. It's also super-versatile. "You might be able to get another style out of this by just undoing the braid and wearing it out," Latimer says.

    Photo: Via @ty_me_she_her.

    Perm Rod Set
    Transitioning phase: any

    Craving some serious definition? After washing and conditioning, section your hair off and saturate it with a setting lotion, curling cream, and a little bit of oil, Textured Talk advises. Then, wrap your sections around perm rods that are most appropriate for your length. You can let your set dry overnight, or sit underneath a hooded dryer for the curls to form.

    Comb Coils
    Transitioning phase: any

    While your hair is wet with conditioner, moisturize with a non-flake gel or a cream. Take the end of a rattail comb and wrap small sections around it, creating a spiral. Dry overnight or sit underneath a hooded dryer. Some people use the actual fine teeth of a comb, but this takes a little bit of extra care to avoid breakage.

    Photo: Via @tressedbyb.

    Straw Set
    Transitioning phase: any

    It's like a rod set, except with cut-up straws. Sounds odd, but the tinier curl formers are ideal for those with smaller Afros.

    Top Bun
    Transitioning phase: one year in

    The one-year mark is when the struggle starts to get real. Finding a cute, chic way to tame your new texture is not easy, and this is an inconspicuous way to keep it under wraps. If you have longer hair, this is a great go-to style for when you want to wear it away from your face (or are just having one of those lazy days). "The wide band keeps roots smooth," says Latimer.

    Marley Twists
    Transitioning phase: start to one year in

    This option is great if you want to give yourself a break from DIY styling, says Latimer.

    Photo: Via @devrivelazquez.

    Box Braids
    Transitioning phase: start to one year in

    Latimer adds that when doing Marley twists or box braids, it's important to use good human hair and ensure the styles are not too tight."Otherwise, [your new hair coming in] won't be able to get enough conditioning for optimal growth," she says.

    Photo: Via @hair.goes.taylor.

    Box Braid Bantu Knots
    Transitioning phase: start to one year in

    If your braids are starting to loosen up, hide your roots with this easy style (as seen at Curlfest 2017).

    Photographed by Rochelle Brockington.

    Braided Updo
    Transitioning phase: start to one year in

    Another protective style to consider when transitioning to natural hair is this braided updo. Similar to box braids and Marley twists, it will keep your ends tucked in and shielded from the environmental stresses — AND it means your hair is already styled for you.

    Twisted Updo
    Transitioning phase: three to six months

    Remember that ultimate-curls look? This is a great follow-up, for once you grow tired of wearing your hair out. Just pin your hair toward the front of your head and flat-twist it in three sections up the back portion. When styling, Latimer recommends skipping the gel and opting for a cream instead, which will offer control along with moisture. Finish with a moisturizing shine serum (like this one from SheaMoisture).

    Three-Bun Updo
    Transitioning phase: any

    Issa Rae's hair always manages to wow us on the red carpet, and her looks are also great inspiration if you're in a rut with styles. In this video, her stylist Felicia Leatherwood breaks down how to achieve her signature three-bun updo. All you'll need are three vertically-lined buns, some extra hair (depending on your natural length), and lots of edge control.

    Goddess Braid or Twist
    Transitioning phase: nine months to one year in

    Some women worry that natural hair is "not work-appropriate." We think that's a load of BS, but if your coworkers aren't as enlightened as you, this wraparound braid is an elegant and finished 'do that will work in any office environment. "After this style, you can do a rod set or twist-out, to start to wear it curly," Latimer says. For similar tutorials, check out Black Girl with Long Hair.

    Photo: Via @curlygirlmomo.

    Curly Fauxhawk
    Transitioning phase: any

    This isn't for the faint of heart, as it takes some skill. But, if you can master cornrows and spiral curls, it's an edgy look that's sure to turn heads. Latimer says the braids shouldn't be too tight — and don't forget to hydrate.

    Faux Undercut
    Transitioning phase: any

    If you don't want to go full fauxhawk, just braid one side and leave your hair loose on the other, as seen in this editorial. Jeanie Syfu, hairstylist and Tresemmé spokesperson, suggests weaving three cornrows "in an undercut style to enhance the texture of the rest of [the] hair."

    Photographed by Amber Mahoney.

    Voluminous Curls
    Transitioning phase: one year in or more

    Trimming off your damaged ends will add major bounce back into your curls and give you volume like you've never seen. Make sure to have a hydrating, lightweight serum on hand to restore any lost moisture.

    Photo: Via @calicurls/Instagram.

    Soft Twists
    Transitioning Phase: three to six months in

    Updos can put a lot of tension on your growing hair, so let it relax with loose twists. These are great for shorter hair lengths looking to play with a fun style. Plus, you're able to add some needed nourishment if you seal in the ends with a bit of oil or serum.

    Photo: Via @kienyabooker/Instagram.

    Double Buns
    Transitioning phase: any

    Follow Janelle Monáe's lead and go for playful, double buns. The best part? It takes barely any time at all. Part your hair straight down the middle (leaving your bangs out, if you have any), create high pigtails, then wrap the hair around the base of each and secure.

    Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.

    Half Up, Half Down
    Transitioning phase: start to one year in

    For the days you can't deal with your hair in your face or deal with too much product, go for the half-up pony.

    Crochet Braids
    Transitioning phase: any

    If you don't want to deal with the hassle of a weave, crochet braids are your best friend. Instead of stressing out your strands with a sew-in that can damage your hairline, simply latch your extensions on to your cornrows with a needle.

    Photo: Via @iam.Nubian/Instagram.

    Crochet Locs
    Transitioning phase: any

    If you don't want your hair out, then crochet locs (installed the same way as braids) are a great option.

    Tree Braids
    Transitioning phase: any

    With tree braids, your stylist does cornrows but leaves the bulk of your extensions loose, according to Neno Natural. The braids are knotted to keep them from unraveling.

    Flexi-rod Set

    Transitioning phase: any

    Flexi rods are a great tool for creating spiral curls. The style is especially great to help mask straight ends when you're in that "in-between" stage where your roots are curly, and ends are not.

    Lemonade Braids

    Transitioning phase: any

    If you want to wear cornrows but want to switch up your look, try out Lemonade braids. The side-swept plaits, which can be big or small, were dubbed after Beyoncé's iconic Lemonade album cover and will look stylish during any phase of your switch to natural.

    Passion Twists

    Transitioning phase: any

    If Senegalese twists and goddess locs had a baby it look like passion twists. The style was created by Kailyn Rogers, a Miami-based natural hairstylist, who wanted to create a protective style that looked like unraveled twists. To achieve the style, start a normal twist and push the hair up as you go to get a scrunched, lived-in effect.

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    Weekend getaways can end up being more difficult to plan than a lengthier trip. With only two to three days at your travel disposal, strategic time-management is vital. Plus, not all cities are short stay-friendly. Unless, that is, you're equipped with expert travel knowledge. Collette Stohler, from award-winning travel blog Roamaroo, just so happens to be an expert in getting-the-hell-out-of-dodge for short stays — so, we hit her up for a weekend-getaway game plan.

    Stohler outlined her top five destination picks around the world that are ideal for fleeting visits and why — including insider recs on places to stay, eat, and adventure. From desert towns in Arizona to international cities in the Netherlands, the below trips are weekend getaway vetted and approved. So scroll on to find a location that fits your travel style and get-the-hell-out-of-dodge this weekend.

    Scottsdale, Arizona

    Photo: Courtesy of Collette Stohler.

    "In less than an hour flight from Los Angeles, you can transport yourself to a desert landscape filled with endless adventures, divine dining, and lots of fun in the sun. We highly recommend staying at the historic Hotel Valley Ho, dining at The Mission (order their table-side guacamole and avocado margarita!), and head out into the Sonoran desert for hot air ballooning, UTV’ing, mountain biking, hiking, and kayaking along Saguaro Lake."

    Park City, Utah

    Photo: Courtesy of Collette Stohler.

    "Park City may be known as a haven for snow bunnies, but it truly comes alive in the fall months when the summer crowds dissipate and the trees turn to magnificent shades of red, orange, and yellow. This charming mountain town has plenty of adventures including standup paddle board yoga in a 10,000 year old crater, bobsledding at the Utah Olympic Park, and hiking through its hundreds of mountain trails. We highly recommend staying at the Stein Eriksen Residences, grabbing bloody marys at the St. Regis Deer Valley, and imbibing in some delicious cocktails at High West Distillery."

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Photo: Courtesy of Collette Stohler.

    "Amsterdam may be known as a city of sin, but it offers so much more beyond the Red Light District and coffee shops. As one of the best preserved cities in Europe, this progressive city has a burgeoning brewery scene, a plethora of museums, an abundance of history, and it always promises to offer a good time. We highly recommend staying at the Hotel Pulitzer, exploring the Museumplein, visiting the Keukenhof Gardens (in season), dining at the Pancake Bakery (order the poffertjes!), and renting bikes to explore the canals of this quixotic city."

    Singapore, Southeast Asia

    Photo: Courtesy of Collette Stohler.

    "With direct flights from major U.S. cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Newark, it has never been easier for a quick stopover in Singapore. While it’s known for its massive skyscrapers and shiny facade, there is so much more to this Southeast Asian city. A visit to Singapore needs to be a mix of new-world glitz and old-world authenticity; a swim in the Marina Bay Sands pool, a ritzy dining experience at Michelin-starred Jaan, and street food on Lau Pa Sat."

    Savannah, Georgia

    Photo: Courtesy of Collette Stohler.

    "This sweet southern city exudes “Southern Charm” at every twist and turn. With its scenic Spanish moss trees, antebellum architecture, and gourmet foodie scene, it is no wonder Savannah has a reputation for romance. We recommend renting your own apartment through Lucky Savannah, exploring the Wormsloe Historic Site, walking through its 22 outdoor squares. When you head to Savannah, be sure to bring your appetite and dine at Treylor Park, Collins Quarter, The Grey, The Olde Pink House, and save room for dessert at world famous, Leopold’s Ice Cream."

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    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was diagnosed with early stage lung cancer and underwent surgery Friday to remove one of the five lobes of her lung, a Supreme Court spokesperson announced. Physicians found the cancer by accident after the 85-year-old liberal justice fell and fractured three ribs in early November. She's being attended at the at Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital in New York.

    Ginsburg is a survivor of colon and pancreatic cancer. Doctors said she's likely to have a full recovery, unless she faces complications. Never one to be stopped from working, RBG hopes to be back in the bench when the court starts its new term next month.

    "According to the thoracic surgeon Valerie Rusch, both nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant on initial pathology evaluation. Post-surgery, there was no evidence of any remaining disease," the Supreme Court statement read. "Scans performed before surgery indicated no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body. Currently, no further treatment is planned. Justice Ginsburg is resting comfortably and is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days."

    Ginsburg's health has been a source of worry for liberals concerned with the balance of the Supreme Court and what her retirement could mean. At 85, Ginsburg is the oldest justice on the bench. If she retires, President Donald Trump would have the opportunity to appoint a third conservative justice to the bench. His two appointments, Associate Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, cemented the balance of the court to the right. Trump had said in the past he hoped he could appoint four Supreme Court justice s by the end of his first term.

    Over the summer, Ginsburg said she plans to stay in the bench as long as she can. "I'm now 85," shesaid. "My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so think I have about at least five more years."

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    Bags are packed, presents are bought — now there's only one more thing to think about before the holidays: sales. You may have thought you'd seen the last of 'em this year, but the discount gods have graced us with one last round of half-off price tags and BOGO deals before the ball drops on New Year's Eve. Every December 26th (or even earlier), the retailers we go to for everything from dresses to shoes to bags slash their prices in the name of Boxing Day.

    This year is no different. Starting now until well into 2019, everyone from Nordstrom to Aritzia is bringing us some major deals. So while you've probably spent the last month shopping for everyone from your sister-in-law to your not-so-pleasant next-door neighbor, there's still one person who deserves a little love. To help you buy yourself that one gift you asked for but didn't receive this holiday season, we've rounded up the best Boxing Day deals so you can do so without breaking the bank.

    While you lounge around in a post-holiday food coma, take a scroll through this selection of can't miss Boxing Day sales.

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    Aritzia
    Start Date:
    12/24
    Sale: Up to 50% off select styles
    Promo Code: None



    Wilfred Free Naomi Sweater, $75, available at AritziaPhoto Courtesy of Aritzia.

    Ban.do
    Dates: 12/26 - 12/28
    Sale: 20% off site-wide; Sale items up to 78% off
    Promo Code: None

    Dates: 12/29 - 1/5
    Sale: 20% off sale items only
    Promo Code: None



    Aelfie Fat Cat Pillow Cover, $64, available at ban.doPhoto Courtesy of Ban.do.

    Ba&sh
    Dates:
    12/25 - 12/31
    Sale: Additional 20% off of all sale items
    Promo Code: BASHR29



    Ba&sh Emera Sweater, $232.4, available at Ba&shPhoto Courtesy of Ba&sh.

    Beyond Yoga
    Dates: 12/26 - 12/31
    Sale: Up to 80% off of markdowns
    Promo Code: None



    Beyond Yoga All In Racerback Bralet, $59.99, available at Beyond YogaPhoto Courtesy of Beyond Yoga.

    Bluebella
    Dates: 12/22- 1/10
    Sale: 50% to 70% off select styles
    Promo Code: None



    BlueBella Kara Shirt and Short, $20, available at BluebellaPhoto Courtesy of Bluebella.

    Daniel Wellington
    Dates: 12/27 - 1/8
    Sale: 10% off when purchasing 2 or more products
    Promo Code: None



    Daniel Wellington Classic Petite 28mm Bondi, $143.1, available at Daniel WellingtonPhoto Courtesy of Daniel Wellington.

    Farfetch
    Dates: Now
    Sale: Up to 60% off
    Promo Code: None



    Attico Crystal Embellished 100 Velvet Mules, $636, available at FarfetchPhoto Courtesy of Farfetch.

    Le Box Blanc
    Dates: 12/21 - 12/23
    Sale: $100 off purchases of $500 or more
    Promo Code: MOSTWANTED2018

    Dates: 12/25 - 12/30
    Sale: Extra 10% off sale items
    Promo Code: HOLIDAYS18



    Loeffler Randall Agnes Fan Tote, $283.5, available at Le Box BlancPhoto Courtesy of Le Box Blanc.

    Lisa Says Gah
    Dates: Now
    Sale: 20% off all red items
    Promo Code: CHEER



    Miista Cybil Boot, $308, available at Lisa Says GahPhoto Courtesy of Lisa Says Gah.

    Maison Miru
    Dates: 12/26 – 1/6
    Sale: 50% off select styles
    Promo Code: None



    Maison Miru Rainbow Infinite Huggie Earrings, $29, available at Maison MiruPhoto Courtesy of Maison Miru.

    Moda Operandi
    Dates: Now
    Sale: Extra 15% off sale
    Promo Code: HOLIDAY15



    Jacquemus Le Cariño Leather Bucket Bag, $650, available at Moda OperandiPhoto Courtesy of Moda Operandi.

    MyTheresa
    Dates: Now
    Sale: Up to 60% off
    Promo Code: None



    Ganni Lagarde Metallic Silk-Blend Blouse, $238, available at mytheresaPhoto Courtesy of MyTheresa.

    Need Supply
    Dates: Now
    Sale: Up to 60% off
    Promo Code: None



    MSGM Crinkled Vinyl Blazer , $512.99, available at Need Supply

    MSGM Crinkled Vinyl Pant, $299.99, available at Need SupplyPhoto Courtesy of Need Supply.

    Net-a-Porter
    Dates: Now
    Sale: Up to 70% off
    Promo Code: None



    Sandy Liang Gordo Shearling-Paneled Quilted Shell Jacket, $480, available at Net-A-PorterPhoto Courtesy of Net-a-Porter.

    Nordstrom
    Dates: 12/26 - 1/2
    Sale: Up to 50% off select items across departments
    Promo Code: None



    Marine Serre Moiré Trousers, $517.98, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    Opening Ceremony
    Dates: Now
    Sale: Additional 30% off sale
    Promo Code: HOLIDAY30



    Adam Selman Gingham Sheer Tulle Shirt, $223, available at Opening Ceremony

    Adam Selman Gingham Sheer Tulle Pant, $268, available at Opening CeremonyPhoto Courtesy of Opening Ceremony.

    The Outnet
    Start Date: 12/21
    Sale: Extra 50% off select styles
    Promo Code: None



    Cinq à Sept Zoie Feather-Trimmed Mélange Stretch-Cotton Jersey T-Sh, $48.5, available at The OutnetPhoto Courtesy of The Outnet.

    Project Social T
    Dates: 12/25 - 1/2
    Sale: 60% off site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    Project Social T Smith Oversized Hoodie, $35.2, available at Project Social TPhoto Courtesy of Project Social T.

    Reformation
    Dates: Now
    Sale: Up to 70% off
    Promo Code: None



    Reformation Roxi Dress, $99, available at ReformationPhoto Courtesy of Reformation.

    Richer Poorer
    Start Date: 12/26
    Sale: Additional 40% off all sale socks
    Promo Code: None



    Richer Poorer Cactus Socks, $5.04, available at Richer PoorerPhoto Courtesy of Richer Poorer.

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    The Democratic leadership have selected Rep. Kathy Castor to chair a select committee on climate change they're planning to revive once the 116th Congress comes in session. The move all but ended the push by environmental activists and progressive darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to create a select committee on the Green New Deal, an ambitious reform that seeks to tackle climate change and income inequality in the next decade.

    But despite the setback, it's unlikely this is the last we will hear of the Green New Deal. In fact, it seems that the policy proposal and the issue of climate change as a whole will continue to be a major talking point.

    Ocasio-Cortez, the congresswoman-elect of New York's 14th District, made a bold move when she joined a sit-in environmental protest outside of the office of Rep. Nancy Pelosi last month. The action, organized by the environmental youth organization Sunrise Movement, called for the presumptive House Speaker to create the Green New Deal's select committee. Immediately, the proposal became part of a mainstream debate. In the past month, 43 members of Congress have joined the freshman congresswoman in supporting the plan, including some lawmakers likely to be 2020 presidential hopefuls. Last week, more than 300 local and state officials across the U.S. also got involved and called for the proposal to be considered.

    The last month has not only proven a change in how much political will there is to tackle climate change. According to a poll released Monday, a staggering 81% of registered voters said they are supportive of the general policies outlined in the Green New Deal, including the transition to using 100% clean energy in the country and providing training for green jobs. Per the survey, the proposal has the support of 92% Democrats, 88% Independents, and 64% Republicans.

    "The entire conversation about climate politics in America has shifted," Varshini Prakash, co-founder of Sunrise Movement, told Refinery29. "Rather than discussing half-measures, politicians and the people alike are grappling with the true scope of the [climate change] crisis and what it takes to combat it."

    One of the main elements of the Green New Deal was the creation of the select committee. This working group, comprised by 15 members both Republican and Democratic, would have one year to draft a climate change and income inequality reform. Activists called for members of the committee to be barred from taking campaign donations from oil and gas companies. They argued this stipulation would prevent the legislation from being watered down by outside interests.

    But the Democratic leadership chose instead to revive a dormant U.S. House select committee on climate change, tapping Rep. Castor as the leader. The ban on campaign contributions specifically ruffled weathers among some representatives. Castor, a six-term congresswoman, told E&E News the issue with that stipulation is that "I don’t think you can do that under the First Amendment, really." Inadvertently or not, the Florida representative echoed the reasoning used by multinational oil and gas corporation Exxon Mobil Corp. in court when it defended funding right-wing think tanks that churn misinformation and denials about climate change on purpose. Castor also told E&E News that while she believes in some of the components of the Green New Deal, the proposal would not be the only focus of the committee.

    But Prakash said that despite the setback, activists will continue to push for the Green New Deal and policies to fight the climate change crisis. "Thousands have taken action in recent weeks, tens of thousands have joined our growing youth movement, over a hundred new Sunrise chapters have launched in towns and cities across America, and dozens of politicians have backed policies like a green jobs guarantee, and a move to a 100% renewable energy future that leaves no community behind," she said. "We always knew the Select Committee would be a long shot. But the road to the Green New Deal doesn't start and end in Washington, D.C. The organizing continues into 2019."

    On Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez stressed the urgency of passing reform that addresses climate change and income inequality. She added that Democrats "shouldn't be afraid to lead" when it came to taking a stance against letting the members of the committee take fossil fuel money.

    "We don’t have time to sit on our hands as our planet burns," she said. "For young people, climate change is bigger than election or re-election. It’s life or death."

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    If the clock strikes midnight on January 31st and no one pops Champagne, is it even New Year's Eve? We might not be able to fully address this timeless philosophical conundrum, but we can attest that bottles of bubbly and NYE go together like PB&J. Champagne undoubtedly adds festive layers of sophistication to any celebratory occasion, but finding the right bottle can an expensive investment. So what's a New Year's Eve partier, with no dough to drop on Dom and no desire to go the sugary $5 bottle route, to do? Steer clear of Champagne altogether.

    Instead, we suggest taking a good look at other sparkling wines, because the $20, and under, market for bubbly alternatives is bursting with chic finds. These bottles are not only more affordable than the fancier options, but the labels are chic enough to look way pricier than they are: from pop-able brut rosés, to crisp Proseccos, Sofia Coppola's luminous take on Blanc de Blancs, and even a surprise sparkling Shiraz. Let the options ahead help you ring in the new year with cheap and unique style; you'll forget all about not having the budget to shell out for that bottle of Dom.

    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.

    Replace classic Champs with a bottle of Cuvée for a crisp profile of lemon, honeysuckle, pear, and a smooth toasted-almond finish.

    J Vinyards Cuvée 20, $16.27, available at Drizly.

    NYE and rosé-lovers rejoice, because Coeur Clémentine's effervescent rosé is dry, delicate, and packed with fresh fruit-floral flavors.

    Coeur Clementine Sparkling Rose NV, $17.99, available at The Wine Country.

    A Californian blend of Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay, this sparkling white boasts crisp flavors of sun-kissed fruit and the feel of a French Champagne.

    Finke's Widow Sparkling White Blend, $20.99 $16.00, available at Winc.

    We already love it in a can, so popping a bottle of Francis Ford Coppola's sweet and sparkling Sofia on New Year's is a no-brainer.

    Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Blanc de Blancs, $16.49, available at Drizly.

    Sauvage is not only a hip and affordable dry sparkling wine, bursting with bright notes of mineral and citrus, but it's also the catch-phrase for your New Year's evening.

    Gruet Sauvage Blanc de Blancs, $20, available at Drink Dispatch.

    Steering clear of Champagne doesn't make French wine totally off-limits — try a glimmering bottle of this Chardonnay, Chenin, and Pinot Noir blend from the south of France.

    Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut Rosé, $21.49, available at Drizly.

    McBride Sisters' specialty bottle of sparkling rosé combines New Zealand Pinot Noir with a hint of Chardonnay.

    McBride Sisters Sparkling Brut Rosé, $19.99, available at McBride Sisters.

    A bubbly red?! Yes you can with this critically acclaimed, velvety, and sparkling bottle of Shiraz from The Black Chook.

    The Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz N.V., $18.00 $16.99, available at Wine.com.

    Gruet's unique sparkling wines hail from New Mexico — and this Blanc de Noirs bottle boasts fruity flavors of raspberry, pear, and cherry with a hint of toasted vanilla.

    Gruet Blanc de Noirs, $15.99, available at Wine.com.

    This sparkling and complex Spanish white is dry and peppery with a subtly sweet stone fruit finish.

    Vins El Cep Marques de Gelida 2012 Cava, $16, available at Drink Dispatch.

    Although we love the elegant label alone, Chloe's Prosecco also boasts a sophisticated flavor profile — with fruity notes of peach, green apple, citrus, and a crisp hint of white flowers.

    Chloe Prosecco, $13.99, available at Drizly.

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    For an image to receive the coveted status of becoming an official emoji, it needs to satisfy multiple requirements set forth by the Unicode Consortium, the nonprofit that reviews all emoji applications.

    Among the factors taken into account are: expected usage level, image distinctiveness, and compatibility with apps that regularly use emoji, such as Snapchat and Twitter. But it's also important that the emoji have references beyond its most literal meaning. The example that Unicode offers applicants is a shark, which can be used as the large saltwater fish, or, more creatively, to describe a card shark or loan shark. (Whether or not Unicode predicted how users would interpret the eggplant — which is, at heart, just a vegetable — is up for debate.)

    But beyond metaphorical meanings, there are also the emoji that we think mean one thing, but were actually intended for other uses. The peace sign? Nope, it isn't actually a peace sign. The angry face blowing steam? Nope, it isn't actually angry.

    Click through to see 21 of the most surprising meanings behind your favorite emoji. If your mind is blown, you'll definitely want to check out the full dictionary here.

    This article was originally published on August 16, 2016 at 5:20 p.m.

    Looks like: A tearful person.

    Is really: A disappointed but relieved face.

    Use when: Your friend cancels the plans you had but you're secretly relieved because you wanted to stay home anyway.

    Looks like: Someone who uses very expressive hand gestures to convey their excitement.

    Is really: A hugging face.

    Use when: The heart emoji just isn't enough.

    Looks like: Someone having a temper tantrum.

    Is really: A pouting face.

    Use after: Being told the one product you wanted on Black Friday is already out of stock.

    Looks like: Someone who is very sad.

    Is really: A pensive face.

    Use after: Watching the latest episode of Westworld or reading a fan theory about the show.

    Photo: Apple.

    Looks like: Someone who is really pissed off (hence the steam coming out of their imaginary nose).

    Is really: A triumphant face.

    Use after: Finishing a tough workout, winning an argument, or giving a kick-ass presentation at work.

    Photo: Apple.

    Looks like: Someone excitedly getting to work.

    Is really: A person bowing deeply or apologizing.

    Use when: Acknowledging that your friend was right and that you should have tried the new Thai place instead of the sushi spot you picked instead.

    Photo: Apple.

    Looks like: A flower with a pink design.

    Is really: A fish cake, often made of pureed white fish in Japan.

    Use when: You're actually eating a fish cake in Tokyo, or to tell someone that you're craving a pastry or cake (minus the white fish).

    Photo: Apple.

    Looks like: Someone who can't believe what they're hearing or seeing.

    Is really: A girl "gesturing okay."

    Use when: Telling friends you're game for this weekend's plans.

    Photo: Apple.

    Looks like: A shooting star.

    Is really: A dizzy symbol.

    Use when: You celebrated a little too hard last night.

    Photo: Apple.

    Looks like: A surprised cat.

    Is really: A weary cat.

    Use when: Your cat is sleeping in an adorable position, or you're watching endless YouTube videos of cute, tired kittens.

    Photo: Apple.

    Looks like: Someone who is frustrated and whiny.

    Is really: A tired face.

    Use when: You don't feel like leaving the warm heaven that is your bed on Monday morning.

    Photo: Apple.

    Looks like: A town hall.

    Is really: A school.

    Use when: You're laughing about your painfully bad first kiss in sixth grade.

    Photo: Apple.

    Looks like: Some sort of waterside plant.

    Is really: A sheaf of rice.

    Use when: You're going into the fields to do some harvesting. Or, you're Instagramming a field of rice (a slightly more likely scenario).

    Photo: Apple.

    Looks like: Someone who can't believe what they're seeing.

    Is really: A dizzy face.

    Use when: You sit up too quickly post-massage and can't see straight.

    Photo: Apple.

    Looks like: A peace sign.

    Is really: A victory hand.

    Use after: Signing a lease on a gorgeous, natural light-filled apartment, or getting a killer deal on new shoes.

    Photo: Apple.

    Looks like: Any old plant (poison ivy, perhaps?).

    Is really: An herb.

    Use when: You need your roommate to pick up dill for dinner.

    Photo: Apple.

    Looks like: "Hey, girl."

    Is really: A woman who works at an information desk.

    Use when: This emoji will always be the sassy "Hey, girl" in our minds, but if you're posting a note asking for travel advice, she's your go-to girl.

    Photo: Apple.

    Looks like: Someone who is annoyed beyond belief.

    Is really: The face of someone who is persevering.

    Use when: You're fighting a late-Friday-afternoon slump and feeling like the weekend can't come soon enough.

    Photo: Apple.

    Looks like: A steaming plate of food.

    Is really: A hot spring.

    Use when: You're going for a relaxing dip at one of the rejuvenating hot springs in Colorado or visiting the equally warm Blue Lagoon in Iceland.

    Photo: Apple.

    Looks like: A strange red box.

    Is really: The ultimate anger symbol.

    Use when: You are so furious with someone that words and sassy anger emoji just won't do.

    Photo: Apple.

    Looks like: A bowl of salad

    Is really: Stuffed flatbread

    Use when: You've had your daily dose of greens.

    Looks like: Someone who has just eaten their least favorite food.

    Is really: A confounded face

    Use when: You see someone Tweet something that's completely tone deaf.

    Looks like: A whitewalker

    Is really: A cold face, but not necessarily due to the weather

    Use when: You feel like you're being frozen out by your friend, or something's so cool you're now frozen.

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