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    Soon after it was reported that 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts had been allegedly murdered by an undocumented immigrant, the White House released a video advocating for President Donald Trump's infamous border wall and hardline immigration agenda. "Mollie Tibbetts, an incredible young woman, is now permanently separated from her family. A person came in from Mexico illegally and killed her," the president said, staring directly into the camera. He added: "We have the worst laws anywhere in the world ... they are strictly pathetic. We need new immigration laws, we need new border laws."

    The brutal murder, Republicans hoped, would stir enough anger among conservative voters and prevent Democrats from sweeping the midterm elections. The president concluded his video message by telling Tibbetts' loved ones the only thing he could say to them was "God bless you." Turns out, the video posted on his personal Twitter account would be the only communication the grieving family would receive from the man who quickly jumped to politicize Tibbetts' death.

    In a new Washington Post report, Tibbetts' mother Laura Calderwood said that President Trump never contacted the family to offer his condolences after her daughter's death, even as he used the murder as a prop to push his immigration agenda. In the wake of Tibbetts' murder, her father Rob Tibbetts defended the Latinx community and penned an op-ed pushing against the use of his daughter as a pawn in the immigration debate. (The myth that immigrants, but specifically unauthorized ones, are hardened criminals has been debunked over and over again.) Calderwood wholeheartedly agrees. She told the Post that she hated hearing Tibbetts' name come out of Trump's mouth because his beliefs go against her daughter's, who would had "wanted to welcome all immigrants who needed help." After the murder, Calderwood honored her daughter's ideals by taking in the teenage son of Mexican immigrants who fled the community amid increased tension after the crime.

    Tibbetts was a rising sophomore at the University of Iowa and was last seen jogging in her hometown of Brooklyn, IA in mid-July. Her body was found in a cornfield in late August. Authorities charged Cristhian Bahena Rivera, a 24-year-old undocumented Mexican immigrant and local farmhand, with first-degree murder. He pleaded not guilty.

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    On December 23, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth tied the knot in what appears to have been a Nicholas Sparks-level intimate ceremony at Cyrus's home. The former onscreen lovers (they costarred in The Last Song) took to social media this week to share (and confirm) their wedded bliss with the world, including a video of Miley getting down to "Uptown Funk" at the wedding.

    The power couple first got engaged in 2012, then broke up in 2013, and then reunited in 2016. Two years later, they are husband and wife. And while we aren't sure if they signed a prenup, we know one thing for certain — they both bring a lot of money to the table.

    Miley Cyrus, daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus (who's worth $20 million himself), has been a household name pretty much since 2006, when she took on the role of Hannah Montana in the eponymous Disney sitcom. She starred on the show for five years (and reportedly earned $15,000 per episode), which led to a Hannah Montana movie in which she also starred, and a world concert tour. USA Today reports that the Hannah Montana world tour earned $54 million, with the concert documentaries grossing $64 million.

    Since then, nine of Cyrus's songs have hit the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 list, including bangers like "The Climb," "Party in the U.S.A.," "Malibu," and "Wrecking Ball," which hit number one. Cyrus has earned MTV Awards, Teen Choice Awards, VMAs, and more, and has also been nominated for a Grammy. Her more "edgy" post- Hannah Montana albums, including Bangerz ( remember the twerking?) , along with their tours reportedly grossed her a cool $62.9 million.

    Cyrus is also into properties: She owns a $5.8 million Tennessee farmhouse, a $3.9 million home in Studio City, CA, and a $2.5 million Malibu home next to Hemsworth's, which tragically burned in the recent California wildfires. But she's also been generous with her money: In 2014, she founded the Happy Hippie Foundation, which serves homeless and LGBTQ youth in Los Angeles. And she's no stranger to TV — Cyrus has been a judge on The Voice since 2016.

    All in all, Celebrity Net Worth values the 26-year-old at $160 million.

    As for her hubby Liam, he got his start on the soap opera Neighbours, following in the footsteps of his brother Luke (the eldest of The Hemsworth Brothers Trinity), who also acted on the show. Next came The Last Song, which put him on the map in the U.S. (and in our hearts). But his biggest break came as Gale in The Hunger Games franchise, which reportedly earned nearly $3 billion in box offices worldwide. So it's safe to say he earned a good chunk of change for that role.

    In 2014, the 28-year-old bought a $6.8 million Malibu home. People reports that the couple intended to wed in their Malibu home, but had to move their nuptials to Cyrus's Tennessee pad as a result of the destruction from the recent California wildfires. Celebrity Net Worth values Hemsworth at $16 million.

    So together, the newlyweds have $176 million with Miley as the breadwinner of this household. You know what they say: "Mix it all together and you know that it's the best of both worlds."

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    Hosting a house party is pretty big deal — especially if it falls on New Year's Eve. There's a need to keep your guests well-entertained, and when you mix that with the hopes and anticipation for the coming year, that's a lot of pressure to impress.

    If you're intent of throwing the best NYE shindig ever, your shopping list must contain a few reinforcements to enhance the fun. Luckily, it's still not to late to put them in your shopping cart. Ahead, we've rounded up all the decorating and entertaining essentials you need for a countdown party for the ages.

    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.

    It's not a 2018 party without some highly 'grammable balloons. These golden floor balloons make an amazing photo backdrop.

    Paris312 Party NYE Balloons, $25.50, available at Etsy

    A cheap and chic way to create ambience in a room: Add these battery-powered string lights into any clear jar, bottle, or votives you have lying around. You knew there's a reason you kept those empty glass bottles in the apartment.

    Urban Outfitters Bottle Battery Powered String Lights, $8, available at Urban Outfitters

    These festive plates are sure to be a crowd favorite.

    Spritz Disco Ball Dinner Plate, $3, available at Target

    Get a livestream video of the festivities at Time Square going with this handy smartphone projector — so you can do a live count down without having to brave the cold.

    Brand Academy Store Luckies Of London Smartphone Projector, $29.03, available at Trouva

    The best way to enjoy your vodka mixers? A good old-fashioned drinking game.

    Creative Union Design New Years Eve Party Game, $5, available at Etsy

    If your apartment is too small for an actual disco ball, these festive string lights will do just fine.

    Dormify Disco Ball String Lights, $22.00, available at PBteen

    The pineapple is a universal symbol of hospitality: This rose gold ice bucket shows your guest that you're both welcoming and uber-styish.

    One Kings Lane Copper Pineapple Ice Bucket, $41.50, available at One Kings Lane

    These stylish O's ensure that no one get their drinks mixed up.

    Graf Lantz Wine-O's, $18, available at Graf Lantz

    A sparkly candle is always a good idea.

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    Change is inevitable, and the next 12 months is bound to bring a lot of it. There are the new workout classes you'll love, the new restaurants you'll discover, and all the new shows you'll binge-watch. But when it comes to beauty products, it can be hard to ditch your faithful favorite for something new and innovative. What if it backfires? Trust us — even though you've been holding on to that same face wash for as long as you've been keeping that gym membership you never use — you've been missing out on a product that's even better than your signature.

    In that spirit, we're sharing the new launches that won us over this December, from self-setting concealers to CBD balms. These products are the ones we couldn't stop talking about after they landed on our desks. Consider this your must-try list for 2019, and remember: Not all change is bad.

    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.

    "You might know The Now as L.A.'s popular, Instagram-friendly massage boutique, but don't discount the brand's new product line. I'm loving the CBD balm, which has cured a few post-workout knots that have popped up this month. It's incredibly thick — like scoop a bit out with a butter knife thick — but once you get it massaged in, it soaks in and feels all minty and cool." — Lexy Lebsack, Senior Beauty Editor

    The Now Peppermint CBD Balm, $58, available at all four boutiques or by calling 310.730.9074.

    "Red-orange lipsticks always brighten up my face and make me look more alive than I actually feel, so I was instantly intrigued by this Fenty Beauty attempt at the perfect orange, matte lipstick. As I had hoped, I wasn't disappointed at all. This shade, which is a bright-but-not-glaring orange, legit lasted through an entire Christmas dinner, from the cheese plate to the chocolate cake dessert." — Rachel Lubitz, Senior Beauty Writer



    Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick, $18, available at Sephora

    "With New Year's Eve only days away, I've become obsessed with having amazing nails as we head into 2019. After scouring the internet for the right polish, I've decided that this one from Sundays Studio is an absolute dream. With a rose gold base and gold flecks packed inside, it matches the black velvet and gold dress I'll be wearing that night perfectly. Plus, since it's from Sundays, I know that it'll look fresh long after that night, too." — Lubitz



    Sundays S. 01 Nail Polish, $18, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

    "I never, ever use liquid liner, but this new Benefit version has made a believer out of me. It’s just firm enough to create the thinnest possible line, and the effect is truly matte — not that weird, shiny look of some liquid liners that clashes with your eyeshadow. I prefer the brown shade for adding just a touch of definition to my neutral smoky eye. It lasts all day and comes off easily with my Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser." — Cat Quinn, Beauty Director



    Benefit Cosmetics Roller Liner Liquid Eyeliner, $18.5, available at Benefit Cosmetics

    "I got my hands on this a few months before it launched, which explains why my friend who stayed with me last October has been texting me almost every week asking when it is going to come out. (This month! Finally!). We both have thick, long hair that’s oily at the roots and dry on the ends — and it made our strands super clean and smooth, without the squeaky stripped feeling of many scalp-purifying shampoos." — Quinn



    Act+Acre Hair Cleanse, $28, available at Act+Acre

    "I've been searching high and low for a blonde-specific shampoo that color corrects brassiness and keeps my hair as soft as it was with virgin brunette color — and I think I finally found it. For the first time in nearly a year of being blonde, I can air-dry my fried, over-processed hair and it ACTUALLY looks good. Hallelujah — it's a holiday miracle!" — Samantha Sasso, Beauty Writer



    L'Oreal Professional ILLUMINATING SHAMPOO, $30, available at L'Oreal Paris

    "This brow gel may be advertised with men who are the proud owners of furrowed, bushy brows, but I must say, this clear, conditioning formula works just as well for me. It's the no-frills, big-brushed, long-wanded gel I've been searching for to keep my bold arches in check. I consider it a sweet bonus that it's cruelty-, fragrance-, and paraben-free — oh! and 10% of the sales are donated to the non-profit organization We See Beauty, which is dedicated to supporting women-led, worker-owned businesses." — Sasso



    Make Beauty SCULPTING LASH & BROW GEL, $25, available at MAKE Beauty

    "As someone who always sets her concealer with powder, I thought it was a bold move when Make Up For Ever said it was launching a 'self-setting' concealer. Let's see about that, I thought. I applied this concealer on the night of birthday — go hard or go home, right? — and I couldn't believe it. My long night involved seeing the paramedics at a concert venue (long story), a stream of tears falling down my face, walking into a surprise party, and getting home at 4 a.m. — and as I passed the mirror, I realized that my concealer was still intact. No dark circles, no cracking, no discoloration. You would've never known that I had one of the craziest nights of my life, except for the bandaged gash across my chin." — Thatiana Diaz, Beauty Writer



    Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Self-Setting Concealer, $28, available at Sephora

    "My body starts to reject deodorants over time, and I eventually have to get a new formula before I'm sweating as if I just walked out of a Pilates class (when all really did was walk two blocks in a sweater). I had never given natural deodorants a try, but I decided to go for it when the time came for a yet another product switch-up. This one caught my attention with its simplistic packaging, but I also loved the smell of its essential oils. After using it for a few days, I was hooked. I raved to my boyfriend about this natural deodorant that didn't have me sweating one bit — and now, he's using it." — Diaz



    Corpus Natural Deodorant, $22, available at Violet Grey

    "Recently, I replaced my expensive hyaluronic acid serum with these glow drops, and I can honestly say I don't know if I'll be going back to the $90 version. I apply about four drops to my face and massage it in. Something about the lightweight, water-based texture and the refreshing floral smell makes me feel like I'm in a spa. After I put it on, my face is left with a dewy glow, and there's not a dry patch in sight." — Jessica Cruel, Deputy Beauty Director



    Aveeno MaxGlow Infusion Drops, $19.98, available at Ulta Beauty

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    Practicing self-care is the millennial version of the old adage, "treat your body as a temple." But what about our literal temples? If you're someone who already strives to live an all-natural life when it comes to pesticide-free food and non-synthetic skincare, then making an effort to use greener home cleaning products seems like the sensible next step.

    Stocking a supply of eco-friendly cleaning formulas can definitely benefit our living spaces, but it can also have a wider environmental impact. According to the EPA, "Buying cleaners in concentrates with appropriate handling safeguards, and reusable, reduced, or recyclable packaging, reduces packaging waste and transportation energy." Ahead we've lined up ten green goods to use at home that are made with renewable resources or contain lower volumes of hazardous ingredients. Scroll ahead for new ways to go green with everything from tile cleaner to dishwashing detergent in the new year.

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    Method's non-toxic cleaner is made from a biodegradable, fresh-scented formula that's safe to use on hardwood, tile, and laminate surfaces.



    Method Squirt + Mop Hard Floor Cleaner, $4.99, available at Amazon

    This lemon thyme basil-scented all-purpose cleaning spray is EPA Safer Choice-certified, formaldehyde and chlorine-free, and made from plant-based ingredients.



    Uniquely J Lemon Thyme Basil Scented All Purpose Cleaner, $3.98, available at Jet

    Ammonia-free and never tested on animals, this coconut oil-based dish soap is even packaged using biodegradable and recycled materials.



    Planet Ultra Dish Soap, 25 Oz, $4.58, available at Walmart

    Pick up a reusable dish scrubber made from all-natural and sustainably harvested tree fiber materials.



    Smart Reusable Dish Scrub, 3 Ct, $4.79, available at Amazon

    Sun & Earth's natural surface cleansing wipes are biodegradable, non-toxic, and chemical preservative free.



    Sun & Earth All Surface Wipes, Citrus, (6-Pack), $35.7, available at Amazon

    Ecover's renewable, plant-based, and biodegradable toilet bowl cleaner comes in a recycled plant plastic container.



    Ecover Toilet Bowl Cleaner (2-Pack), $14.99, available at Amazon

    Green Works makes its glass cleaner from a nearly 100% natural formula of mineral and plant-based ingredients.



    Clorox Green Works Glass & Surface Cleaner, $6.8, available at Walmart

    Use Honest's bleach-free and plant-based dishwasher detergent for an honestly eco-friendly clean.



    The Honest Company Honest Auto Dishwashing Gel, $3.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond

    Scrub your bathroom tub and tiles while also minimizing your carbon footprint with Better Life's plant-based, non-toxic cleaner.



    Better Life Tub & Tile Cleaner (2-Pack), $12.99, available at Amazon

    Seventh Generation makes biodegradable bleach a home cleaning reality with this hydrogen peroxide formula that's free of chlorine and other VOCs (volatile organic compounds).



    Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Bleach, $3.99, available at Walmart

    Starting your green-cleaning arsenal from the ground up? Invest in a starter kit. Puracy's home cleaning set includes lavender-vanilla hand soap, green tea-lime dish soap, liquid laundry detergent, green tea-lime multi-surface cleaner, and laundry stain remover — each of these natural and non-toxic products are hypoallergenic, vegan, gluten-free, biodegradable, and certified cruelty-free.



    Puracy Organic Home Care Set (5-Pack), $39.99, available at Amazon

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

    Today: a freelance graphic designer who makes an average of $8,900 per month (about $100,000 a year, and $206,000 per year when combined with her husband's income) and spends some of her money this week on fried rice. Below, we asked the OP some questions about her career.

    How did you get into freelance work?

    "I got into freelance a few years ago because I wasn’t happy with my job at the time, which was also my first job out of college. I was working as an in-house graphic designer basically filling out pre-designed templates for brochures. My fiancé (now-husband) was super supportive of me trying my hand at freelance and told me to just quit my job and go for it. It wasn’t success right off the bat — in the first six months I only made $8,000 total."

    What are the challenges of freelancing?

    "One of the biggest challenges is the instability of freelance. Even though I have very consistent clients that have been with me for four years now, I always have a little fear in the back of my mind that they’ll decide they don’t like my design style and stop working with me or will decide to go with an agency instead.

    "Another challenge is figuring out a work/life balance. Since I work from home, it’s very easy to work at all hours of the day and weekend because my office and computer are right there. One of my goals of this year was to set normal hours for myself to stick to them."

    What advice would you give to someone starting out in the freelance world?

    "Don't low-ball your prices starting out in fear of clients not hiring you. Charge what your experience and design quality is worth and a good client will pay that. I’m having a hard time working long-term clients up to what I should be charging because my rate was too low in the beginning. Also, make sure your clients know you would be happy to receive referrals. At least half of my current clients are all from referrals."

    Occupation: Freelance Graphic Designer
    Industry: Graphic Design
    Age: 28
    Location: San Diego, CA
    My Income: Since I am self-employed, I invoice my clients twice a month and then receive checks throughout the month. My pay can vary pretty drastically (for instance, the lowest month has been $6,295, and highest was $11,060), but my current average monthly income is $8,900 per month. This is all pre-tax, so I set aside about $3,000 of this every month to go towards my estimated tax payments each quarter. I am on track to make just over $100,000 this year.
    My Husband's Salary: $106,000
    My Husband's Paycheck Amount (Biweekly): $2,369

    Monthly Expenses
    Mortgage: $3,147
    Monthly Loan Payments: $350
    Gas/Electric: $160
    Sewer/Water: $100
    Cable/Internet: $133
    Work Subscriptions: $330 (This is for my stock photo accounts, invoicing programs, file storage, design programs, etc.)
    Personal Subscriptions: $57 (Spotify, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, SimpliSafe)
    Phone: $0 (I'm on my parents' plan, and my husband's company pays for his.)
    Car Insurance: $173 for both cars
    Naked Wines Subscription: $40
    Estimated Taxes: $3,300
    Health Insurance: $447
    My Husband's 401(k): $733 + 25% match from his company
    Savings: Average of $1,000 (It's inconsistent, since my paycheck changes. We currently have $35,000 saved.)
    Stash Investments: $200
    Other Investments: We have $32,000 in another investment account that was given to me by my amazing parents. Long story short, it's what's leftover from my college fund that they let me keep. I haven't added any of my own money to this yet.

    Day One

    6:30 a.m. — Wake up and lounge in bed for 15 minutes. My husband, B., travels for work every other week and he left this morning around 5 a.m. I let the dogs out and watch the news.

    7:30 a.m. — With an iced coffee and taro bun leftover from the weekend, I start working through a few projects this morning in my home office. A couple weeks ago, I stopped working for one of my most demanding clients. The plan is to make room for more higher-paying clients to expand my business by being able to sub-contract work out to other designers. Without the old client, this week has been the slowest I've had in months. It's nice to finally be able to relax a bit, but not having a full day's work automatically makes me uncomfortable as a freelancer.

    10 a.m. — I drop the two dogs off at their grooming appointment they have every six weeks. I pick them up two hours later, and continue working when I get back home ($110 with a $22 tip). While going through my email, I notice I have a credit on my West Elm credit card from a return I made awhile back. I decide to buy new couch pillows, which we've been needing. It's comes out to $170 for four new pillows, but with a $120 credit, I only spend $50. $182

    2:30 p.m. — I snack on slices of cheddar and carrots for lunch at my desk. I don't have the greatest lunch habits now compared to when I worked in an office. I often graze throughout the day from whatever we bought on our weekend grocery run. Some weeks I do meal prep on Sundays for lunches throughout the week, but B.'s parents were in town visiting last weekend, so that didn't happen.

    4 p.m. — I finish up work and take the dogs on a walk through the neighborhood. When I get back, I run to the grocery store to get ingredients for two big batches of soup to freeze ($45). Tonight I'll do black bean soup and tomorrow it'll be vegetarian chili. I see that B. has gone to the grocery store as well to stock up on some food for his week ($23). $68

    6:30 p.m. — I make the black bean soup, which I also have for dinner. Then I drink some wine and lounge around catching up on some trash TV until I go to bed early.

    Daily Total: $250

    Day Two

    7 a.m. — I lay in bed a little later than usual because the dogs are always restless when B. is gone and I don't get the best sleep. I get up, do my morning routine, and then make coffee. I have toast with peanut butter and honey for breakfast. The pre-work routine is pretty simple when you work from home.

    7:20 a.m. — Unlike yesterday, I have a full day of work ahead, so I get settled into my desk to start working until I take one of the dogs to daycare later in the morning. He's only one year old and a German Shepherd and Pit mix (read: really high energy and mischievous), so taking him to daycare once or twice a week helps with all that energy.

    12:30 p.m. — Now I'm drowning in work that has to be done today. Why didn't I enjoy my slow day yesterday more?? I eat leftover soup at my desk quickly and get back at it. I see that B. has bought Subway for lunch $8.80

    4 p.m. — I leave to pick up my dog from daycare. I have to stop and get gas on the way there ($35.20). We're out of pre-paid half days, so I buy a new ten-pack of half days for $225. This usually lasts around six to eight weeks, depending on how often I take him there. When I get home, I sit back down at my computer to keep working. I grab an applesauce and LaCroix from the fridge to keep me going. $260.20

    5:45 p.m. — I finish up for the day and take the two dogs on a walk.

    7 p.m. — I make the chili I got ingredients for yesterday. It takes awhile to make, but it's really good and I get to freeze five dinners for B. and me to have later.

    8 p.m. — I lie in bed with the dogs and watch a movie before going to sleep around 10.

    Daily Total: $269

    Day Three

    6:30 a.m. — I get up because the dogs want to get up. One of them needed to go outside at 3 a.m. for the second night in a row. I get ready really quickly and run to Panera for a bagel and latte. (B. and I have “Bagel Friday” every week.) I have a free bagel reward on the Panera app, so it's cheaper than usual. $5.49

    7 a.m. — I get started working while enjoying my bagel and drink. I'm half working, half just wasting time on the internet.

    1o a.m. — It's a really, really beautiful day here today, so I take a break to go on walk with the dogs.

    12 p.m. — I grab one of those pre-made salads from the fridge for lunch. I bought it last week, but it still looks acceptable. Normally I order lunch out on Fridays, but I intend on getting takeout tonight and don't want to buy every meal out today. I feel guilty about wasting money if I buy too many meals out. B. gets lunch at a Mexican restaurant for lunch. $9.77

    12:15 p.m. — I get an email to pay a bill that was just processed from a previous doctor's appointment. $87.21

    2:30 p.m. — I finish up work items and start logging my hours online for the past two weeks, so I can invoice easily on Monday. During the week, I just write down my hours on a paper timesheet. It's easier and quicker at the time of to just write them down, but putting all those hours in online to invoice is a pain every 15 days.

    4 p.m. — I finish working, walk the dogs, and then tidy up the house a little. B. let's me know he caught an earlier flight and will be home earlier than expected.

    7 p.m. — B. gets home and we order sushi through UberEats for dinner. We share three rolls for $55. (Yes, this place is way overpriced). $55

    8 p.m. — As B. and I discuss a trip to Big Sur we're taking next weekend, we realize we forgot to book the pet sitter we use for the dogs. Luckily, she has room to take them for the weekend still. $198 for three nights. We hang out watching TV and chatting until it's time for bed. $198

    Daily Total: $355.47

    Day Four

    7 a.m. — I wake up but lie in bed to watch the news and drink my coffee for about an hour. B. had to be up around 5:30.

    8:30 a.m. — I make scrambled eggs and hash browns for breakfast. I get a reminder on my phone to give the dogs their heartworm and tick medicine and realize we are completely out, so I order a three-month supply of both. $142.95

    11 a.m. — B. gets back and we go on a three-mile hike in the canyon next to our house.

    1 p.m. — We head to the mall for B. to try on clothes at Bonobos. He needs a new blazer and a shirt and pants to go with it. This is definitely not a normal purchase for us — he hates buying clothes and this will only be the second blazer he owns, but he really needs another one for work events. We knew it would be expensive, so I already set aside money for it along with a few other big purchases we knew we needed to make. We decide not to buy it in-store because I find a 20% promo code online. Then we stop at Veggie Grill for lunch while we're there because we have two free meal coupons. It's $8 for two bottles of soda, though. $8

    3 p.m. — We run to get our flu shots ($0 with insurance), then to the grocery to stock up for next week. We get pre-made salads, wontons, shrimp, sweet potato, avocado, ramen, biscuits, rice vinegar, sweet chili sauce, fruit, and bourbon. $77.93

    6 p.m. — With a glass of wine in tow, I order B.'s new clothes from Bonobos. With the coupon, it comes out to $560 for a blazer, dress shirt, chinos, and a t-shirt. $560

    8 p.m. — We cook wontons for dinner and hang out until it's time to go to bed.

    Daily Total: $788.88

    Day Five

    7 a.m. — We wake up and B. likes to get the paper on Sundays, so he runs out to get it ($2). Then we make egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches. $2

    8 a.m. — We go on another three-mile hike in the canyon, this time with the dogs.

    10 a.m. — Back at the house, B. starts on laundry and I work on cleaning the house. I also deposit all of the checks I've received throughout the week (which comes out to $2,900 – definitely a good week!).

    12 p.m. — B. runs out to pick up some things from Target (scrub sponges, laundry detergent, a shower liner, a kitchen mat, and a birthday card for my dad) for $54. One the way home, he stops by our favorite Mexican restaurant by our house and gets a burrito for me and quesadilla for himself. We both eat half of our meals and save the other halves for lunch tomorrow. $71

    2 p.m. — Both B. and I go outside to work on the yard/garden. He takes the front yard and I work on the back. From our vegetable garden I pick four cucumbers, two cherry tomatoes, and a carrot. I also cut enough roses to make two bouquets for the house.

    5 p.m. — We FaceTime with both sets of parents, which we do every Sunday evening. We started doing this when moved here about six years ago. Both of our parents live across the country from us, so it was our way of keeping everyone happy, and it just stuck!

    7 p.m. — For dinner, B. grills a steak for himself and I make refried beans. We also have a sweet potato and sliced avocado. We end up watching YouTube videos until it's time to go to bed.

    Daily Total: $73

    Day Six

    6:30 a.m. — I wake up to a ton of emails. I work for two people who live in different countries, so sometimes they bombard me with work overnight while I'm asleep. Yay, Monday!

    7:15 a.m. — I start working and B. is off to work shortly after. I have two leftover biscuits from yesterday for breakfast.

    12 p.m. — I take a quick break from work to heat up the other half of my burrito from yesterday for lunch. I also grab a LaCroix and eat at my desk while continuing to work. I send out invoices to all of my clients (total for first half of this month is $4,362) and send out reminders to clients who are late on paying me.

    3:15 p.m. — B. comes home early and we head to a training session for the younger dog. It's the first of five sessions we have and it goes pretty well! It cost $575 for five sessions, but we prepaid for them two weeks ago, so there's no cost today.

    5 p.m. — We decide to pick up Chinese food on the way home. B. gets sesame chicken and I get fried rice and egg drop soup. $21.32

    6 p.m. — We catch up on recorded TV shows for awhile and call it a day early.

    Daily Total: $21.32

    Day Seven

    7 a.m. — We both sleep in a little later than normal because one dog wanted to have a play session in the middle of the night.

    7:30 a.m. — I get started working and B. leaves not long after. After answering a few emails/requests, I take a quick break to make breakfast. I scramble an egg, reheat refried beans from Sunday, and then sprinkle cheese and Taco Bell hot sauce on top.

    9 a.m. — I drop off one of the dogs at daycare and then walk the other when I get home. While walking, I call my mom to chat. I'm clearly avoiding work today.

    12 p.m. — I have a salad and fruit for lunch. I pick up the dog from daycare a few hours later.

    5 p.m. — I finish working and do a little training session with the dogs with what we learned from yesterday. B. gets home and takes one of the dogs on a run. Afterwards, we go on a walk together.

    7 p.m. — For dinner, we have grilled cheeses and some of the soup I froze. Then we watch TV before going to bed.

    Daily Total: $0

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    Living our best lives can take form in a multitude of practices that differ from person to person — and regardless of what our varying aspirations may be, each year we line up new resolutions in place of the old to maintain this ideal homeostasis. So, as 2018 comes to its crescendoing close, we decided to map out an actionable guide for achieving our absolute best life in 2019 whatever that may be.

    Whether you want to start small or big, cook in more or go out and try something new, the 14 resolution-tied products and practices ahead have those plans and more covered with a click. Kick off the new year on an proactive foot by signing up for a new workout plan, investing in a charity or cause that moves you — or even just by finally cleaning out your closet and sticking to daily vitamin and skincare regimes. We may have different definitions for living our best lives, but if there's one thing to agree on it's moving towards positive change and a happy, healthy year ahead.

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    Resolution: Have The Pearliest Whites
    Electric toothbrushes have revolutionized the way we keep our pearly whites, well, pearly white — and Quip not only revolutionized the affordability of such high-tech, hygiene gadgets but also the innovation. The popular oral care company designed a sleek system to fight against a range of common dental woes (e.g. brushing too hard, not brushing long enough, not brushing twice a day, not replacing brushes, and not going to the dentist as often as we should) with a more streamlined and unencumbered system that is easily accessible online.



    Quip Electric Starter Set, $25, available at Quip

    Resolution: Clean Out Your Closet
    Do out with the old and make room for the new with a clothing collection service like thredUP — designed as part of the larger collaborative consumption movement to encourage, "consumers to live in a more collective, sharing economy." The fashion resale website not only conveniently helps clear out crammed closets with an organized online system, but it also buys and sells the secondhand clothing for a commission percentage return that can then be used to outfit a new wardrobe in 2019.

    Photo: Courtesy of thredUP.

    Resolution: Try A New Workout Plan
    Joining one specific gym or taking one specific class may feel like a restrictive commitment for some — and that's where ClassPass comes into play. The fitness membership provides access to thousands of fitness classes worldwide, ranging from spin to pilates, bootcamps, and more with monthly fees starting at $45 for 27 credits (2-4 classes), $75 for 45 credits (4-6 classes), or $135 for 90 credits (8-12 classes). If you've never tried ClassPass before, they have a sweet deal that just started: an entire month for free to see if you like it. You can cancel at any time.



    Class Pass Monthly Membership, $45, available at Class Pass

    Resolution: Support A Cause You Believe In
    Not all New Year's resolutions need a self-focus. Instead, research a cause or charity that you're passionate about to support in 2019. DonorsChoose.org is a public charity focused on helping classrooms in need around the nations so that, "students in every community have the tools and experiences they need for a great education." Through its user-friendly donation site supporters can choose the classroom project that inspires them and donate as little at $1 towards the cause — once a classroom project is fully funded, the charity then purchases the requested items and ships them directly to the school.

    Photo: Courtesy of DonorsChoose.org.

    Resolution: Read More Books
    What better time of year to expand the mind and hunker down with a good book than the January doldrums? Fill the void of parties and holiday travels with a free and easy way to pack in exciting adventures from the comfort of your home. Two suggestions include: trialing a free month of Kindle Unlimited (that's unlimited access to over 1 million books, magazines, and Audible narrations on any device); and "investing" in a free local public library card. If you feel like shelling out a little cash for your new and improved reading habit, consider buying your books from Better World Books. Every book purchased from Better World Books in turn funds a book donation to someone in need via verified non-profit organizations. Read more about its mission, here.

    Resolution: Take Your Vitamins
    Mom may not be around anymore to constantly remind you to, "take your vitamins!" But the wellness-expert team behind Care/of is. Treat yourself to a month's subscription of daily vitamin packs that are personalized for you based off of a specialized vitamin recommendation quiz. Each daily pack comes inscribed with your name and a daily affirmation for wellness and self-care inspiration.



    Care/Of Personalized Daily Vitamin Packs (Monthly), $30, available at Care/Of

    Resolution: Drink Water / Give Water
    You should drink more water...yep, yep, you know it, so let's do it. But, before you take that next cool sip in the name of your good health, consider making your reusable bottle purchase through international nonprofit organization, Water.org 's give-back partners — there's several to choose from. We particularly like the Astrea bottle that has a filter built in, but any reusable bottle that gives back, cuts down plastic consumption, and gets you drinking up is a worthy purchase.

    Resolution: Getting Your Beauty Rest
    Sound sleep makes for happy days. So, in 2019, we're planning to kick our beauty rest game into high gear with an investment in cutting-edge sleep essentials — starting with our mattresses. Casper recently debuted its newest innovative memory-foam dubbed, "The Wave." The company describes the new product edition as its, "most advanced mattress," yet — with an ergonomic support and temperature regulation design for a blissful future of uninterrupted snoozing.



    Casper The Wave Mattress, $1950, available at Casper

    Resolution: Start A Skincare Regime
    Starting a skincare regime may be high on our list of 2019 to-dos, but it's also high on our list of intimidating to-dos. Don't let yourself shy away from getting a skincare routine in play this new year just because you don't know where to begin — instead, try investing in an already-curated starter kit. This simple yet effective skincare package from Glossier comes with the brand's most popular everyday essentials: Milky Jelly Cleanser, Priming Moisturizer, and Balm Dotcom.



    Glossier The Skincare Set, $40, available at Glossier

    Resolution: Educate Yourself
    So you've been thinking about learning how to code, huh? Or perhaps pick up a new language, brush up on some business skills, or understand marketing analytics? There's no time like the present to arm yourself with skills that will plump up your resume and get you ahead at the office and in life. The notable resource worth seeking out is Harvard University and MIT-founded online education destination, edX.org. The MOOC (massive open online course) site has a mission of providing affordable access to high-quality education for everyone, everywhere — and the courses are numerous and heaping with potential for a smarter, brighter 2019.

    Resolution: Cooking In More (Or Eating Out Less)
    Simplify your resolution to eat out less and cook in more by signing up for a meal subscription service that takes care of the recipe inspiration, grocery shopping, and ingredient-measurement work for you — and saves you $$$. Marley Spoon offers up the freshest seasonal ingredients for recipes that are delivered directly to your door. Who needs a restaurant when you can dine on gourmet cooking queen Martha Stewart's recipes morning, noon, and night in the comfort of your own kitchen?

    Resolution: Save Some Money
    It's high time you fished out all the folded Washingtons you've been non-selectively storing in coat pockets and handbags, and turning them into Benjamins — preferably stored in a more digital-savvy location. That's where a trusty money-saving app comes in handy. There's a lot out there but we like Qapital because it's super straightforward and easy to use and makes saving money goals fun.

    Resolution: Breathe Better
    Living a happy and healthy life in 2019 can be as simple as starting with the air we breathe — and according to The Home Air Quality Guides, investing in an air purifier can, "remove pollutants and allergens from the air so you don’t breathe them into your lungs." Try a HEPA filter model that's build for large spaces and also doubles as a stylish decor piece, like this with "whisper-quiet" quite model with a sleek silhouette.



    The Pure Company Large Room Air Purifier (HEPA), $399, available at Amazon

    Resolution: Meditating More
    If you're ready to take your meditative resolutions past mindfulness apps and into the physical realm this 2019, there's an actual seat that's designed to heighten your state of " Ohm." This specialty meditation chair's design was inspired by ancient yoga manuals and is structured to improve practice and posture through built-in foundation points that allow natural posture and alignment in the body. Or for a more entry-level price of $30, we also like the no-frills Crescent Cotton Zafu Meditation Cushion from Everything Yoga.



    Alexia Ergonomic Meditation Seat - Vegan, $347, available at The Grommet

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    What does your dream kitchen look like? The kitchen of our dreams is massive and flooded with natural light. It has counter space for days. Most importantly, it has a gleaming gadget lineup that spans the likes of KitchenAid mixers to Miele espresso makers. Our dream kitchen is all splashes of stainless steel and pops of ceramic pastel perfection. In reality, we don't have the $$$ for that. Or do we?

    Even though the sleek culinary contraptions that we love cost big bucks, that doesn't mean we necessarily have to settle for cheap and clunky alternatives. To prove it, we scoured Amazon for top-rated replacements: gadgets that look chic but cost a fraction of the "nicer" options' price. So, don't give up on your kitchen dreams just yet, because ahead we've lined up ten amazing and budget-friendly alternates; champagne-colored food processors, retro toasters, and quality blenders (each under $100). Scroll on and holiday shop for yourself or a foodie friend!

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    If you can't afford that classic KitchenAid mixer just yet, there are alternatives that will turn you into a baking pro just the same.



    Dash 6 Speed Stand Mixer, $37.56, available at Amazon

    Bella's stainless steel toaster looks as sleek as an elegant Smeg model — minus the steeper price tag.



    Bella Linea Collection 2 Slice Toaster , $49.95, available at Amazon

    Who knew a slow cooker could look so trendy and cost so little?



    Black + Decker Slow Cooker, 7 Quart, $28.75, available at Amazon

    Yes, you can KitchenAid for under $100!



    KitchenAid 12-Cup Coffee Maker, $79.98, available at Amazon

    While the regular-sized appliance might be too pricey, this one fits in our kitchens and our budgets. (We wish all of our appliances could look this chic.)



    Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor (24-Oz.), $20.39, available at Amazon

    Instead of dropping $300 plus on a blender, make the morning smoothie magic happen for less than $100.



    KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender, $65.17, available at Amazon

    Open your wine affordably — but still with a dose of sleek, stainless-steel style.



    Cuisinart Electric Wine Opener, $25.49, available at Amazon

    Compared to its much pricier counter products, Cuisinart's industrial-chic knife set looks pretty killer (no pun intended).



    Cuisinart Artiste Collection Cutlery Knife Block Set, $67.77, available at Amazon

    No need to drool over $2,000 espresso makers when this Breville Nespresso number has us hooked.



    Breville Mini Original Espresso Machine, $89.99, available at Amazon

    Not only is Breville's juicer more budget-friendly than competing options, but it's also compact (for those with tiny apartments and negligible counter space).



    Breville Compact Juice Extractor, $99.95, available at Amazon

    Purée smoothies and soups effortlessly with this 300-watt, turbo 12-speed immersion blender in a stylish matte-black.



    Chefman Immersion Blender, $29.99, available at Amazon

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    Baby Foot is a chemical peel for your feet. Just know that going in. No ladylike eye cream stories this week, people. Things are about to stop being polite and start getting real — and really, really gross. But, the BEST kind of gross.

    I've been wanting to try this crazy product ever since our beauty director used it and described, in revolting detail, the metamorphosis her feet went through. Baby Foot promises to rid your soles of the toughest, roughest calluses and reveal the smoothest feet you've had since, like, birth. We're talking about results that no pedicure can achieve and no foot cream can come close to, all for $20. Obviously, I was gonna do it.

    We ladies have a tendency to put our feet through some pretty inhumane conditions (looking at you, heels). And, if you're an urban dweller, things can get downright gnarly. I walk 7,000 to 14,000 steps a day, and though I spend half my time in Keds, my feet had reached a critical point. While falling asleep one night last month, my boyfriend gave a yelp of actual pain. Had I stabbed him in his sleep? No. The ball of my foot had brushed against his calf.

    Something had to be done.

    I ordered Baby Foot on Amazon (having gotten permission to use aforementioned boyfriend's Amazon Prime subscription to get the stuff here immediately). I spent the following 48 hours maniacally Googling images of people using Baby Foot (HOLY SHIT), and dreaming of the day my talons would emerge, snake-like from their rough and heinous scales.

    babyfoot1Photo: Courtesy of Baby Foot.

    The box comes with two plastic-bag booties already lined with the magic gel, a combination of "17 types of natural extracts" according to the website. (If the original booties are too small for you, there's also a "men's" version that goes up to a size 14 — which is really the only difference.) The ingredients list mainly fruit acids, but also the stuff you'd typically find in a chemical peel: glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids, as well as alcohol. This might be the one skin-care product you actually want to find alcohol in (for reasons that will soon become obvious).

    The instructions were simple — almost too simple. According to Baby Foot, all you do is wash and soak your feet, apply the booties, wash off, then wait. In five to seven days, the peeling should begin. But, in sorting through the hundreds of old-pro user reviews, I picked up some useful tips, then set aside a Saturday afternoon for the big event. I set up the couch with necessities: laptop, socks, paper towels, phone. Then, I took a bath.

    Baby Foot Tip #1: Soaking is mandatory.
    Before using Baby Foot, wash your feet with soap and water, then soak them for about 15 minutes (hence, the bath). Next, dry your feet off and pop them in the booties. Use the provided tape to close loose ends. If you need to walk around, throw some big socks over the booties to prevent slipping. But, if possible, just stay put. (This is a great opportunity to get work done because it's virtually impossible to get up and do something else. Or just watch Homeland reruns. I'm not here to judge.)

    Baby Foot Tip #2: Leave it on a little longer.
    The box says to leave it on for an hour, and that may be enough for you. But, for many, Baby Foot is most effective when given an extra 20 to 40 minutes on your feet. I left it on for 80 minutes in total, but I leave it to your best judgment as to just how rough your feet are. Either way, an extra 20 minutes of these ingredients won't hurt your feet. Unless:

    Baby Foot Tip #3: No open cuts allowed.
    I certainly hope this goes without saying, but please don't put an acid peel on your feet if you have any open sores or cuts. I had a few little abrasions on mine, but nothing that would have prevented me from getting a pedicure. Use that as your rule of thumb. Also, if you're worried about warts and corns, don't — and don't get excited that this will cure them. The product has little to no effect on those skin problems. But, if you've recently used acid or freezing treatments on them, cover them with a bandage before using Baby Foot. Cracked calluses are fine. Bleeding is not.

    feetPhoto: Courtesy of Baby Foot.

    Baby Foot Tip #4: Soaking is STILL mandatory.
    When you're done with the treatment, wash and dry your feet then go about your business. Your feet will look and feel exactly the same, if slightly dry. I was dying with anticipation, but a watched foot never boils, so I satisfied myself with more disgusting-amazing ventures in Google images. As instructed by expert reviewers, I soaked my feet daily. The first two nights, I simply plugged up the bath while taking my shower and kind of kicked around in the puddle. Nothing. But on the third day, I took a bath and THAT'S when the fun began.

    It started with my heels: After submerging for five minutes, giant swaths of skin separated from my feet and came off with just the lightest tug. Quickly, I got out of the bath and stared at the crazy patchwork of dead skin magically peeling away from my feet. It was so exciting that I took a picture. Then I texted it to five people. (I got mixed reactions.)

    Soaking is what gets the peeling going and keeps it going. Soak 'em every night until the peeling is done.

    Baby Foot Tip #5: Picking is fine, whatever.
    The box says not to pull the skin off but you kind of have to. The dead skin will begin to separate from your feet, but you're going to need to actually pull it off. Alternatively, you can rub your hand along the soles of your feet (or rub the soles together), but that's not nearly as satisfying. This is the grown-up version of pulling dried Elmer's Glue off your hands, so why would you deny yourself this joy? (No, it doesn't hurt. None of the Baby Foot process hurts or feels like much of anything.)

    Always do this right after the soak when the skin is softened. Don't pull skin that's not quite ready to come off — it'll be ready soon enough.

    Baby Foot Tip #6: Timing matters.
    Make sure to schedule your Baby Foot endeavor to properly avoid any embarrassing public displays of shedding. You'll want to do the deed before we head into wearing-sandals-every-day weather, so right about now is basically the sweet spot. Sure, a lot of the peeling will occur at home post-soak, but trust me when I say there will potentially be large rogue flakes that you probably won't want everyone at Starbucks seeing when you pick up your iced coffee. It's best to stick to shoes and socks for about a week.

    Baby Foot Tip #7: No lotion.
    Baby Foot suggests that if your feet feel uncomfortably dry then you can apply a very small amount of lotion. I suggest avoiding this, because moisturizing the dead skin will only make it slower to shed. Just let it dry and flake off, then moisturize the baby-soft skin that emerges.

    It's been almost two weeks since my Baby Foot treatment and I am, frankly, devastated. Yes, my feet are more smooth and soft than they have ever been in my adult life. But, I long for the heady days of last week when I could look forward to the horrific and thrilling site of my feet emerging from their soak, shedding wondrous layers of dead skin so great I had to keep the vacuum on hand. Sadly, my soles are in such amazing shape that I fear it will be many months before I can justify another treatment.

    But, if you decide to do it and need to send five people the pictures, can I be one of them? Just kidding, but only sort of.

    Note: We judged Baby Foot process photos to be, well, not everyone's cup of tea. But, if you'd like to see one, scroll down.

    feetprocessPhoto: Courtesy of Baby Foot.

    I KNOW, RIGHT?

    Curious to see what Baby Foot looks like in action? Watch our editors put it to the test in the video below. Warning: peeling ahead.

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    When you think of iconic blondes through history, a few big names probably come to mind. The '30s debuted Mae West, the '50s gave us Marilyn Monroe, the '70s had Dolly Parton, and the '00s? Well, we have Lady Gaga. Although plenty have come before her, the pop star has rooted herself in time as one of he most recognizable blondes of our generation. Even with everyone — from Zoë Kravitz to Hilary Duff — going platinum these days, Gaga's silvery, white-rooted hair is still a favorite.

    No matter how much Gaga's aesthetic changes, there's always been one piece of her look that has stayed the same. Since the very beginning of her love games, disco sticks, and ensembles that consisted of bedazzled bras or raw meat, her hair's been a signature. Like any other good head of hair in Hollywood, there's one particularly talented colorist behind it — and in Gaga's case, it's Patti Song.

    Almost as enigmatic as Gaga, Song hasn't done an interview since the '90s (until this one), refers to herself as a "non-participant" in social media, and leaves zero traces of her A-list work online, which is exactly why she's filled with valuable information. Once referred to as a "[blonde] mad scientist bleach warlock" by Gaga, Song has been the Golden Globe nominee's go-to for 10 years now, working with her ahead of tours and music videos, like "Alejandro" and "Paparazzi."

    Going platinum blonde is for the brave, but even so requires a professional's touch, so we asked her everything, ahead.

    When did you first start working with Lady Gaga?
    "I first met Gaga in 2009. She flew out from New York because she had been in someone else's chair for a couple days in a row and her hair looked like the color of a squirrel's tail. There was a lot of breakage and the pieces at her crown were about one-inch long. So, I said to her, 'Look, we're going to bleach your hair every three weeks, grow it out to a bob, and then you're going to start wearing wigs.' And she did. The thing about a properly-done bleach is that nothing, not photoshop or anything like that, can make her hair as light as I made it for her. To fix her breakage, we attached about ten, single extensions to the one-inch broken pieces, but the rest was all her hair. That's the thing: A lot of people in the public eye will go from like black to blonde and have to heat style it every single day. She's busy. Her hair goes through a lot. And then she started wearing wigs to keep it healthy."

    Gaga travels a lot, so how often do you see her now?
    "I get called now for Gaga when it's a big deal and we can't play around. It's the biggest compliment when she calls me and says, 'Patti, I know whatever I show up with, you can fix.' She's so lovely and patient because of what she's experienced before working with me."

    What, to you, is the right shade of platinum?
    "Platinum should be as seamless and bright as white hair. You know your bleach has been done properly, even once the toner fades, if the shade doesn't grow warmer in between appointments. The blonde should only grow lighter. Once you learn what my blonde looks like, you can see it. When a bleach is done right, you can tell. Look at [Gaga's] disco stick in [some photos], her hair is white, clear, and sparkly — not rainbow, brushed-out yarn."

    Photo: Chris Polk/FilmMagic.

    In 2015, Gaga posted a series of photos tracking her journey of going platinum with you. Do her color appointments normally take two days?
    "First, Gaga has a lot of hair. Also, she's really busy, so I work around her other appointments. That day in particular we were bleaching her dark hair, which was done with a demi-permanent dye. It looks like it took a long time, but she was doing a million other things, so I had to start and stop. I ended up staying over after she offered, and we woke up a 6:30 a.m., made coffee, and finished. If you have tons of hair, like Gaga, it's a bigger application. Same goes for color: If you're a brunette, it'll take some more time for the bleach to cook."

    How many rounds of bleach does it take to maintain Gaga's brunette-turned-platinum hair?
    "In my whole career, since 1985, I've only had to rinse off and reapply bleach two times. I don't need two rounds of lifting to get her hair, or most people's hair, that white."

    How long should that take?
    "You can lift brunette hair in one go. Period. That's it. It takes, max, 55 minutes. Not much longer than a normal color appointment. Of course, anyone with naturally dark, virgin red or brown hair will cook longer than a natural blonde. The whole appointment, from start to finish, shouldn't take longer than anything between two to three hours for someone with short hair that has an average density."

    Photo: Michael Stewart/WireImage.

    Should people be afraid to go platinum?
    "No, not if it's done right by a licensed professional. It shouldn't make all your hair fall out, stringy, translucent, murky and beige, or take four to five hours to get right [in a salon]."

    Since most people can't get their hair dyed by you, what questions should they ask their colorist before going platinum?
    "You can go platinum with or without a consultation, but if you're going to talk to a colorist beforehand, don't bother going through with it if you don't come equipped with the right questions. Two things you should always ask are, 'How many times have you taken someone with my hair color platinum in one go?' and 'Was it successful?'"

    How do you achieve a clean, solid shade of blonde?
    "I use what you call a 'virgin bleach' application method. Instead of highlighting, or painting small piece by small piece, you coat the hair in bleach. This is basic coloring knowledge, but the best way to avoid banding, or uneven color, is starting the bleach at the ends and working your way up to the roots. The closer to the scalp, the quicker the bleach will cook, which is why most colorists start from the bottom to the top."

    Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.

    What's your school of thought on bond-building products used in bleach appointments?
    "When I first met Gaga, all these bond-building products didn't exist yet. I started creating her blonde hair with just boring, old, proper skill and bleach. These bonding products aren't bad because it helps general consumers from breakage, but it's not helpful for someone who is mediocre at coloring. It doesn't encourage [newcomers] and licensed professionals to to get better based on raw skill because these products aren't cure-alls and some people's hair will still break if the bleach job isn't done properly. It can create a false sense of reality for a professional. I don't have an issue with the geniuses who make these products, but I've never used it."

    Is toner necessary when taking someone platinum?
    "A toning treatment for a blonde means a chemical toner that can neutralize the color. Technically, a toner can be anything that changes the color of the hair without affecting the cuticle, like a semi-permanent or permanent dye, or purple shampoo. Toners aren't bad, but before you even get to toning, you have to look at the base canvas. If what the toner is going to go over isn't even, then nothing — not even purple shampoo — will fix it. It'll come out shadow-y. Yes, the yellow parts will be less yellow, but the white parts might be too purple and the darker yellow parts will turn beige and look dirty."

    What's the right way to use purple shampoo?
    "The trick is to squeeze the purple [product] directly on to your hair and let it sit. Don't scrub and suds it up immediately because then you're just cleaning the hair without toning it."

    Photo: Daniele Venturelli/WireImage.

    Should everyone expect breakage when going platinum?
    "Some people are prone to breakage more than others simply because they were born with finer hair, but it also depends on the person putting on the [bleach] and their approach."

    What's a clear red flag for an improper bleach job?
    "For any blonde, if the top, center row of the hair comes out more yellow than the sides by your ears, then it's not done properly. Permanent damage is done only if the bleach was on too long, ate away at the inner layer of the hair [shaft], and all that is left behind is the outer shell. It's like if someone hollowed out a bundt cake. The hair kind of shrivels up and turns translucent. At that point, it's on the verge of breaking."

    Should someone's scalp burn while being bleached?
    "Burning depends on the person's body. My advice for professionals is that you can tell when someone's scalp might burn if the skin on their head appears tighter and shinier. For some reason, people with that skin type tend to be more sensitive to burning. Again, the burning also depends on the work of the professional. If you are preparing for a bleach appointment, make sure you don't wash or brush your hair a few days ahead of the appointment. Zero stimulation helps natural oils build up on the scalp [to prevent discomfort]."

    Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images.

    Are inspiration photos helpful for a colorist?
    "If you're going to bring in photos, you have to ask yourself if you want that person's hair color or you want their whole look, like their smile and their makeup. I also say to scribble whoever's face it is with a black marker so the client focuses on the hair color, not the person's entire face."

    How soon can someone tell if their bleach will turn out the way they want it to?
    "Look in the mirror right after the bleach is first rinsed. If you see that your roots are lighter and brighter, but notice your ends are warmer and maybe a little orange, then it's game over. It's not going to come out right. [After the toner], it'll come out a murky beige and you'll have to come back for another appointment to get it right."

    If someone has Gaga-blonde hair, how often should they be getting a root touch-up?
    "Touch-ups depend on the hair's rate of growth, but [if you're platinum] it shouldn't go more than five weeks. If it gets too long, it'll be more difficult to avoid the band of uneven color near the root."

    Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.

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    Every year, Fortune rolls out its famed Businessperson of the Year list. Comprised of individuals who meet a number of financial metrics — including profit increases, revenue, stock performance, and shareholder returns — the Businesspeople of the Year are deemed to be the standout CEOs in a sea of "so-so" counterparts. And this year, for the first time ever, a woman has come in at number one.

    Tricia Griffith is the CEO of Progressive Corporation, one of the largest car insurance providers in the United States. Based out of Ohio, Griffith was appointed as president and CEO of Progressive in July 2017, though she first joined the company as a claims representative in 1988. During her time as CEO of Progressive, the company has seen intense growth, something that Fortune notes is remarkable considering the relatively stable industry.

    According to Fortune, under Griffith's guidance, Progressive’s one-year and annualized three-year sales growth rates have surpassed those of both Microsoft and Apple. Additionally, Progressive insurer's stock is up 50% in the last year, and profits have doubled.

    And it isn't just the numbers that speak to Griffith's capacity as a leader. Fortune writes that Griffith's colleagues say she is outstanding when it comes to fostering teamwork and creating connections throughout the company. Having previously worked as a entry-level employee for Progressive, Griffith says she understands how to cultivate relationships between different levels of the company.

    Evidently, Griffith's attitude is just as important as her business acumen when it comes to being a remarkable leader. After a rigorous review of leaders of the largest public companies in the world, Griffith has come out on top among 19 other leading CEOS — six of whom were women.

    And, at a time when female leaders are making slow gains in the business world — the number of female Fortune 500 CEOs declined by 25% this year — Griffith is not only making history, she is setting an example for future generations of women business leaders. “Focus on the job you’re doing now,” Griffith advises aspiring CEOs. “You will get noticed.”

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    Three months ago, my coworker turned me on to a safety razor after listening to me bitch about ingrown hairs for far too long. After I gave up waxing about a year ago (both for financial and holy-shit-that's-painful reasons), I began suffering from ingrown hairs along my bikini line. So I got hooked up with a single-blade safety razor, and figured everything would come up roses.

    Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. The first time I ever used it to shave my vagina (yes, I know the technical term for the outer genitalia is 'vulva,' but that doesn't have the same ring to it), I nearly sliced off half my labia — and screamed bloody murder the moment it happened. I then realized that while I'd been taught by my mother and health class how to properly remove the hair from my pits, legs, and eyebrows, no one had ever covered exactly how to wield a razor around my vagina. And if any region needs a manual, it's that one.

    So I called up Jodi Shays, owner and founder of Queen Bee Salons in California, and asked her a series of increasingly personal questions about how to shave my favorite body part bald without risking stitches. She was up-front about the fact that she isn't a huge fan of razors near the vulva, but, she acknowledged, "I completely understand why it has to happen, whether you need to be shaved all the time for work or you simply can't afford a wax." Fair enough.

    Ahead, find the guide your mother never gave you for how to shave your vulva. (Be warned — the following images are anatomically correct, so this may be NSFW.) It's a tricky business, but don't worry. We're here to help.

    The key to down-there shaving is proper preparation. "You want to trim your pubic hair down a bit," Shays says. "Just make sure you're pulling the skin taut while you trim." She suggests using a sterilized pair of baby scissors to snip your pubes down to about a quarter-inch long. "It's less messy if you sit on the toilet while you do this," she added.

    Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.

    Next, hop in the shower and soap yourself up. Shays suggests cleaning with a fragrance-free antibacterial wash on the bikini line and the vulva so that if a nick happens, you can avoid a nasty infection. Just make sure to only wash the outside — there is absolutely no need to get up inside your vagina. In fact, you can actually disrupt the natural cleaning process if you do.

    Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.

    Now for the main portion of the event. "Look for shaving products that don't have a lot of ingredients in them," Shays says. "I look for a cream or gel that has aloe vera in it, since it's antibacterial." You can apply a shave oil, but make sure it isn't a mineral oil, which is pore-clogging and unnecessarily heavy. We like Ursa Major Stellar Shave Cream.

    You'll also want a clean, sharp razor — making sure it's stored in a cool, dry place to avoid bacteria growth.

    Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.

    "You want to make sure you're shaving in the direction of your hair growth," Shays says. (We know — you never get as close of a shave as when you go against the grain. But this is your vulva we’re talking about. This isn’t the time to play fast and loose.) Keep in mind that this is a two-handed process — make sure to pull the skin taut with one hand while shaving with the other. "If you can put your leg up on something stable, that's a great way to get those hard-to-reach places," Shays says. Just make sure you're not at risk of slipping — that's how accidents happen. Work in small sections, and go slowly. It's a marathon, not a sprint.

    Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.

    But what about the labia? "Not every vagina looks the same," Shays says. "Some hair may be tucked away if your labia minora is longer than your labia majora." In this case, only proceed if you have a steady hand, and make sure to pull the skin tightly for better control. If you have an adventurous partner, Shays says this is a fantastic time to employ them to help with those hard-to-reach places. "They'll be able to see spots you won't be able to," she says.

    And while we're getting all up in your anatomy, a word on your asshole: Shays says to stay away from it with the razor. "The skin is so puckered that it's easy to nick and cut down there," she says. "And that's an area of your body where it's so easy for bacteria to get in that it's not worth the headache." Leave it to the professionals, kids.

    Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.

    So there you have it — you've shaved your vulva. Congrats! Make sure to moisturize the skin with something protective. Shays is a huge fan of barrier creams like Aquaphor, but she also suggests diaper rash creams. "They're safe and hydrating," she says. You can also pop some pure aloe vera on the area to calm it down. Or put a sheet mask on that baby. But the most important thing is to treat your vagina and all its surrounding parts with care — whether you're shaving or sexing. Be good to your vag, and it will be good to you.

    Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.

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    First came the acne and then came the fully-loaded pile of salicylic acid cleansers, benzoyl peroxide creams, and spot treatments. Now all that remains are the ghosts of pimples past: acne scars — and they can haunt you long after the initial breakout has gone away.

    The hard truth is that nothing you can buy over-the-counter will be as effective for deep-seated scarring as a derm-recommended prescription or in-office procedure, but there are plenty of at-home skin-care products that do a damn good job of fading the dark spots faster.

    Ahead, the best scar-lightening serums, peels, toners, and more that can help get you one step closer to the even-toned complexion you had before that massive breakout. Consider those ghosts busted.

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    Don't be fooled by the packaging. This sweet-looking pink bottle is packed with a highly concentrated form of vitamin C — L-ascorbic acid, to be specific — which works to not only brighten the skin, but eliminate redness. As with most Dr. Loretta products, which are all created by a dermatologist with more than 40 years of experience, the moisturizer also protects the skin from environmental free radicals and damage.



    Dr. Loretta Intense Brightening Cream, $75, available at Nordstrom

    These pre-soaked pads are a much more sophisticated, way gentler version of the medicated Oxy pads you probably scrubbed your face with growing up. It's loaded with salicylic and glycolic acids, plus a blend of antioxidants to clear pores and even out your skin tone — in just 60 seconds.



    m-61 M-61 PowerGlow Peel, Size 10 Treatments, $28, available at Amazon

    This acne spot-fading gel does exactly what it says it will. It won't make a huge difference on existing zits — you'll need Rouleau's other spot treatments for that — but it's specifically formulated for post-breakout skin, to treat leftover dark spots straight away.



    Renée Rouleau Post-Breakout Fading Gel, $40.5, available at Renée Rouleau

    Vitamin C is best known for its brightening abilities, and this serum features 20% of the stuff, so it works lightning-fast at fading discoloration.



    Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Power Serum, $95, available at Ulta Beauty

    Because breaking up pigmentation with papaya and pineapple fruit enzymes and reducing overall discoloration with a potent brightening blend of vitamins and extracts wasn't enough, this lightweight serum goes one step further, with a probiotic balancing complex that maintains the integrity of the skin's pH.



    Dr. Brandt Bright Biotic Dark Spot Minimizing Serum, $55, available at DermStore

    Best known for their unparalleled ability to fight fine lines and acne in record time, retinoids also flex their muscle in the presence of acne scars. This one's gentle enough for sensitive types, and features vitamin C — the perfect package deal.



    MD Complete MD Complete Citrus-C Healthy Complexion , $24.99, available at Amazon

    A retinoid that's gentle enough for sensitive skin, this serum targets spots over time thanks to the addition of lactic acid and niacinamide. Our beauty director saw a serious reduction in her acne marks after using it for six months.



    Shani Darden Texture Reform Gentle Resurfacing Serum, $95, available at Shani Darden

    This incredibly effective new moisturizer was made for brightening, but it goes above and beyond the call of duty with smoothing glycolic and lactic acids, exfoliating fruit enzymes, and naturally-hydrating squalane. It's basically a one-and-done for all your dark spot-fading, dullness-fighting needs.



    Kate Somerville Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer, $65, available at Amazon

    A powerful acne-scar fighter that comes in toner form? Believe it. This one is infused with a peony extract, vitamin C, and licorice root extract to visibly brighten, plump, and hydrate.



    Fresh Peony Brightening Moisturizing Facial Toner, $60, available at Nordstrom

    This cult-favorite product — which contains a potent mix of vitamin C, ferulic acid, and phloretin — really brings the big guns: It protects against free radicals, evens out the skin tone, and diminishes both dullness and dark spots.



    SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Gel, $166, available at DermStore

    Disregard the name; this isn't a skin-bleaching product. But, the kojic acid and licorice root in this mask do fade acne scars and age spots in record time.



    Mario Badescu Whitening Mask, $24, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

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    If you thought the internet collectively lost its shit over Melania Trump wearing a pair of wheat-colored Timberland construction boots, then hold on tight. Because what she wore after her three-hour surprise visit to Al Asad Airbase in Iraq was an optical illusion – an unfortunate one.

    On Thursday, FLOTUS returned to the White House with her husband wearing a hip-length, forest green, belted wool coat, dark oversized sunglasses, tan flats and . . . a pair of fitted leather pants in a shade of tan incredibly close to her own skin tone. Yes, our eyes were playing tricks on us.

    It didn't take long for the trompe l'oeile (Trump l'oeile?!) to get roasted on Twitter. Reactions ranged from confused, like @SweetBabbyJesus, who asked "Can someone tell me why @ FLOTUS got off of Marine One without pants and shoes and wearing sunglasses at night? I’m legit curious," to assumptions that the choice was intentional, like user @Carlolol2, who wrote "Holy crap. That is a MINI, mini-skirt." Trump did such a good job selecting her nude tones, @TaumyGrrrl asked "where on earth are her pants?...and shoes?!"

    We're often left to our own devices to decode Trump's clothing decisions. Why would she wear a Zara jacket featuring the phrase “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” to visit migrant children in Texas? Or those 'storm stilettos ' during a visit to tour the damage that Houston endured during Hurricane Harvey. What about the white pantsuit (maybe?) thought to be a nod to Hillary Clinton and suffragettes? But if Hervé Pierre, Trump's stylist since her husband's inauguration, had helped create this latest look, all we want to know is why?

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    Winter doesn't care if you're born with Hadid-like genetics or the money to go on fabulous ski vacations: It will hit you with skin that's dry or dull, and sometimes a cruel combination of both. The season's de facto gluttony — an uptick in complexion-compromising sugar, salt, alcohol, and fat intake — doesn't exactly help matters either. Nor do depleted energy levels or stark bank accounts, drained on gifts and party dresses.

    But here's what will: employing a special skin step that, frankly, isn't much different from what an esthetician would do in the treatment room. We're talking about smartly-made face masks that manage to provide the kind of hydration that typically comes from a spa, but without a costly appointment or having to put on pants.

    Ahead, find a dozen ways to override winter's sinister skin intentions, with 10 or so minutes of chill time.

    It pains us to see a $200-plus price tag on a face mask (even if it does come with a luxurious brush made with the softest charcoal-treated bristles). But after two weeks of consistent use, we've realized that this baby isn't just one-percenter frivolity. The tiniest amount of the springy, gel-in-oil formulation helps skin retain its moisture and, over time, shifted our normally oily complexion to a more balanced state.



    Orveda Overnight Skin Recovery Masque, $216, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Most no-rinse masks leave our skin feeling greasy (and linens in need of a wash). Not this bad boy. Any bit of the creamy formula that didn't sink into our skin within 20 minutes disappeared with a quick massage, leaving our desert-ravaged complexion looking as if it hadn't been exposed to arid weather at all.



    Lather Honey Moisture Mask With Propolis Extract, $24, available at Lather

    Like a lot of masks out there, this formula brightened our skin without making it feel tight or irritated. But the scent released upon opening the glass jar is what really registers it high on our self-care meter: One inhale feels like walking inside an upscale tea room. The powdered blend requires a ritualistic preparation (using the included wooden spoon to scoop the fine grind into a dish before mixing it with hydrosol, water, or aloe vera) that feels as relaxing as the mask itself.



    Ranavat Botanics Kiss of Royal Tea Hydrating Masque, $65, available at Nordstrom

    The creamy consistency of this mask morphs into an oil when slathered onto the skin; the change was enough to freak us out — we already have oily and acne-prone skin! — until we realized the line (and this mask) was developed with both acneic and sensitive skin types in mind. Not only did it keep breakouts at bay, but the multi-tasking formula (which can be used as a booster and makeup primer, too) also left our skin incredibly soft.



    Skin Owl Maqui Berry Beauty Whip, $68, available at Skin Owl

    We're the types to do a face mask when on a plane, at work, or as a Halloween costume — pretty much wherever we can get away with it. Of the hundreds we've tried, this may be the most elegant — though it doesn't start off that way. In the jar, the mask's jelly consistency takes some getting used to (you scoop it out in blobs, then spread it on the face).

    But the rinse-off experience is so thoughtful: Instead of scrubbing away at a dried paste or splashing gobs of water around in order to remove a filmy layer from the skin, the mask emulsifies with a touch of H20 and is made to be massaged off like a cleanser. The result doesn't just make for a standout masking experience, but bright, illuminated skin with zero redness, tightness, or irritation.



    Kypris Glow Philtre, $88, available at CAP Beauty

    After three days in Joshua Tree, Newton's third law of motion was written all over my face: For every enlightening and soul-enriching moment in the desert, there was an equal and opposite moisture-depleting reaction happening to my skin. Surprisingly, the contents of this single packet erased the flakiness around my nose and forehead, thanks to a stay-put sheet mask that was drenched in a serum of hyaluronic acid, peptides, coenzyme Q10, resveratrol, and plant stem cells.



    Vitabrid C12 Dual Mask: Age-Defying & Firming, $8, available at Barneys New York

    It's no coincidence this face mask has the consistency of homemade orange marmalade — half of its contents are crushed oranges, lemons, and clementines harvested in the Mediterranean once a year. These food-grade ingredients don't just jazz up toast: They contain alpha hydroxy acids, along with vitamins C, E, and B5 to help boost skin clarity, too. Sure enough, it brightened our complexions without turning into a dried paste that required severe scrubbing (and therefore, unnecessary irritation).



    Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask , $62, available at Bluemercury

    Oily skin types may not need the goopy hydration of overnight and heavy cream masks, but that doesn't mean sulfur and clay-heavy options are quite right in winter either. This brightening mask strikes the perfect balance, merging kaolin and bentonite clay with aloe leaf juice, echinacea, and fruit extracts to pull gunk from the pores and brighten the complexion without sucking skin dry.

    But what really sets the creamy formula apart is its hidden self-care component: The mask requires a little massage to do its thing (which pleasingly changes from the palest of lavender to a mint green color as you work your facial muscles).



    Farmacy Bright On Massage-Activated Vitamin C Mask, $38, available at Sephora

    We've had the ridiculous fortune of being able to try some outlandishly priced face masks, which felt like a million bucks going onto the skin. This creamy formulation delivered the same level of luxe at a much more manageable price. At first, we were taken by the mask's gorgeous scent and unusually smooth texture. But by the time the mask came off, it was the incredibly smooth texture of our skin that had us amazed.



    Elemis Peptide 4 Thousand Flower Face Mask, $45, available at Ulta Beauty

    One of the most anticipated beauty launches of 2018 was Peach & Lily, a brand from the same e-commerce site that has brought us some of the best K-beauty products for years. Included in the launch was this high-performance gel mask, which includes proven skin brighteners like 10% hydroxy acids and .5% beta hydroxy acids. Though it has properties we'll love in the summer months (the cooling effect of a gel and tingly sensation of the acids), we find it perfect for winter thanks to the soothing hyaluronic acid, chamomile, and aloe vera in the formula.



    Peach and Lily Super Reboot Resurfacing Mask, $43, available at Peach and Lily

    A bunch of buzzy fruit extracts (including watermelon, plum, and lychee) join forces in this creamy mask geared to hydrate and brighten skin. It can be used as an overnight treatment but we found a 15-minute soak gave our skin added bounce.



    Wander Beauty Extended Stay Hydrating Mask, $38, available at Birchbox

    We've had $450 facial treatments that employ hyaluronic molding masks to quench skin after acid peels. This at-home version goes on in a thick paste, molds to the skin like rubber, then moisturizes and calms redness just like the ones used during in-spa treatments. But there's one major difference: It only costs $12 a pop.



    Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Hyaluronic Marine Hydrating Modeling Mask x 4, $48, available at Net-A-Porter

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    The best things in life might be free but the second best are on sale. Black Friday may be a distant memory but just because it's long gone doesn't mean the best deals are behind us. In fact, between now and end of January is the best time to scoop up seasonal items that need to move to make way for spring collections coming in February. So for those of you who have waited till the last minute to expand your winter wardrobe including a cute pair of boots, your time has come.

    With January, February, March, and April still ahead of us, there's plenty of time to tout all of the latest boot trends. Hiking boots, square-toed boots, animal print, everyone gets a boot (to be read in an Oprah voice) and end of season sales are the time to finally buy ‘em. There might be a noticeable spring in your step, but the twinkle in your eye is from knowing you're rocking those boots by way of a truly excellent deal.

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    Protective styles are no longer just a summer thing. Braids are something we wear year-round because they're super easy to maintain (and not having to bother with your hair for two months is a blessing). But finding someone to braid you up can be a challenge. Not everyone can do cornrows or Senegalese twists so that they last and look good. Plus, you need someone who can keep your edges intact.

    Luckily for New Yorkers, there are stellar salons and stylists that can transform your hair into various plaited looks, from classic box braids to trendier passion twists. Ahead, we rounded them up for you, so the next time you're planning elaborate cornrows for vacation or a brand-new protective style for 2019, consult this list of braiding pros.

    Hair By Susy

    Cost: Box braids, $200 and up; crochet braids, $200 and up; cornrows, $250 and up; yarn braids, $190 and up; cornrows (without extensions), $20 and up

    Susy, owner of Hair By Susy salon, has braided Beyoncé and Solange's hair — need we say more? The artist is responsible for some of the sisters' most popular braided looks (like Bey's sideswept cornrows and Solange's Met Gala halo) and can pull off just about any edgy braided style you can imagine. Beaded, multicolored, blunt bob — you name it — Susy can do it.

    Hair By Susy , 1019 Hegeman Ave; 718.257.5879

    Magic Fingers Studio

    Cost: Faux locs, $250 and up; box braids, $90 and up; feed-in braids, $60; lemonade braids, $120 and up

    This Brooklyn-based spot isn't called "magic fingers" for nothing. Its owner, Stasha Harris, can braid in zigzag s and halos to make your wildest hair dreams a reality. This spot specializes in stitch braids and geometric looks. So, if you want something none of your friends will have, ask for Stasha.

    Magic Finger Studio, 153 Euclid Avenue; 718.483.9097

    Khamit Kinks

    Cost: Natural hair sets, $85 and up; braided styles, $100 and up; loc styles, $30 and up

    If you're in the market for braids on your natural hair (with no extensions), Khamit Kinks is a great place to start. The salon also offers various extension braiding services, upon request, that vary based on length and style.

    Khamit Kinks, 400 Atlantic Avenue; 718.422.2600

    NappStar Loc Specialty Salon

    Cost: Locs, $160 and up; braids, $40 and up; crochet loc extensions, $380 and up; natural hair styling, $45 and up

    NappStar is known for its colorful, creative loc services, but don't sleep on them for braids. The salon offers braids (loose and cornrows) on natural hair and with extensions. One NappStar client tells Refinery29 that she went into the salon for box braids — a notoriously tedious task — and was done in two hours, which sounds like a miracle if you ask us.

    NappStar Loc Specialty Salon , 822 Avenue of the America; 410.261.9536

    Yeluchi By Hair Unruled

    Cost: Cornrows with no added hair, $50; braided crown, $65; simple cornrows (less than 10 braids), $80; cornrows (more than 10 braids), $175; lemonade braids, $200; Fulani braids, $200; box braids, $225 and up

    Getting braids can take a long time (upwards of three hours in some cases). But what if you could skip the salon and get it all done at home? This app service brings the professional to you. You can tap a Yeluchi stylist for all your braided needs from simple crown braids to intricate buns — all from the comfort of your couch.

    Knotty NYC

    Cost: Box braids, $200; Senegalese twists, $200; Marley twists, $200; two feed-in cornrows, $75; feed-in braids (less than eight), $100; feed-in braids (nine or more), $150; cornrows (no hair added), $70

    Knotty NYC is another up-and-coming, at-home braiding service specializing in braiding Black hair. A Knotty stylist will come to your home and whip your hair into solo braids, cornrows, or Marley twists. You don't even have to leave home to purchase hair prior to your service — a Knotty stylist will bring all the essentials to you.

    Ancestral Strands

    Cost: Box braids, $150; crochet braids, $140; Marley twists, $150; design cornrows with extensions, $150; two feed-in cornrows, $40; faux locs, $250

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

    Today: a video editor working in entertainment who makes $50,000 per year and spends some of her money this week on Vegemite.

    Occupation: Video Editor
    Industry: Entertainment
    Age: 22
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    Salary: $50,000
    Paycheck Amount (Weekly): $697

    Monthly Expenses
    Rent: $1,226 (I live with one roommate, and this is my half.)
    Student Loan Payment: $0 (I am debt-free. I paid off all of my student loans!)
    Water & Trash: $28
    Electricity: $70
    Spotify: $9.99
    Netflix: $0 (I'm use my ex's account, shh!)
    Health, Vision, & Dental Insurance: $45 (deducted from my weekly paycheck)
    Phone: $28.80
    Internet: $25
    Car Insurance: $287.35 (I'm just got my American driver's license, so this is very high!)
    Roth 401(k) Contribution: $50 (My employer matches 4%)
    Lawyer Savings: $200 (I'm foreign and will need a new visa next year, which will come with large lawyer fees. Filing for a visa in the U.S. without a lawyer is statistically very unsuccessful.)
    Travel Savings: $200 (I plan to go home next year and am currently saving for a plane ticket.)
    Emergency Fund Savings: $250 (I contribute this monthly minimum in case something bad happens!)

    Day One

    8 a.m. — I wake up, get dressed, and eat cereal for breakfast in my sleepy morning state. It's Wednesday, and I wish it were Saturday already. I walk my dog around the block twice, bring her inside, and feed her before heading to work. I have a very short commute to work — I'm lucky!

    9:30 a.m. — After my morning meeting, I start compiling footage and audio for an upcoming project. I comb through video selects and listen to soundbites to find the best takes and shots.

    10:45 a.m. — I text with my boyfriend a little bit about what he's be doing today. He lives across the country and we're long distance, but he's moving here in May once he graduates. (We went to the same college.) I send him a few job postings that I found on LinkedIn and he says he'll apply to them.

    12:30 p.m. — I make toast at work with Nutella and peanut butter. I keep these items in the pantry at work because I don't like to spend money on lunches. I'm content with carb-y peanut butter goodness and a free apple from the office kitchen.

    3:30 p.m. — I eat popcorn from the office kitchen, then give a video presentation of videos that I've edited over the last week for potential advertisements. Some of them are approved, and I'm happy with the result! (I hate public speaking, to be honest.)

    5 p.m. — After work, I go straight to the grocery store. It's small and clean, which helps me stick to my grocery list only. I buy enough food to last me about a week, including drinks. I drink a lot of Diet Coke, so I buy the Kroger name brand version in bulk to save money. This is how I convince myself it's okay for me to drink six cans a day! (Yikes.) I also buy food for a pasta night, bread for lunches at work, Vegemite, Raisin Bran, almond and soy milk, lots of fake chicken nuggets because they're on sale, frozen vegetables, and discounted chocolate. I have rice and curry sauce at home I know I can also use up this week, too. $70.66

    6 p.m. — I get home and unpack everything. Then, I put the vegetarian nuggets in the oven with vegetables and empty the dishwasher. I try to meal plan as much as possible, but rather than make fancy meals, I just stick to staples that I enjoy because nobody else has to eat what I make. Despite living with a roommate, we make our own food.

    7 p.m. — Now I'm in pajamas, playing with my dog and eating my dinner. I watch Keeping Up with The Kardashians and spend 15 minutes angry tweeting about why Khloe hasn't left that cheater Tristan yet. (C'mon Khloe, thank u, next.)

    9 p.m. — I order an extra bed comforter online from Target because my parents are coming to visit me in the new year. I'll be sleeping on the couch and they'll have my bed, so I need something to sleep with. I also do research online about immigration attorneys in the area, as next year I'll need to apply for a new visa to stay in the country and keep my current job. I make a few online appointments and schedule a few phone consultations for tomorrow. I'm pretty concerned about how expensive it'll be. $45.90

    10:30 p.m. — I do a face mask, clean out my closet, and find a few things to sell on Poshmark. I've been really into downsizing my wardrobe recently and I love making extra money to put towards savings. I decide to take pictures of the items in the morning when there will be better natural light. I brush my teeth, call my boyfriend to talk a little bit and say goodnight, and then go to bed.

    Daily Total: $116.56

    Day Two

    7:30 a.m. — I wake up early so that I have time to take pictures for Poshmark before work. I take about 10 photos of the items and then post them on the app. I also post a few things on eBay as well...I'm on a "get rid of everything" kick!

    8 a.m. — By the time I'm showered and making breakfast, three things have already sold on Poshmark — WHAT?! I make $28.50 after the Poshmark fee is taken out. I put the items in a bag to bring to work and carry on with my morning routine like normal: Raisin Bran with soy milk and dog play time.

    8:50 a.m. — On my way to work I see that my gas tank is almost empty. I pull into a Shell station because I have a Ralphs card and get cheaper gas there. Gas is so expensive in Los Angeles, it's insane, but there's no real other alternative for me at the moment, so this is just an added expense of living in my dream city. I fill up my car and then quickly head to work. $47.80

    1 p.m. — Our office is doing a Secret Santa exchange and the spending limit is $25 per person. I look at my assigned person's wish list (we all made wish lists) and purchase a gift for them. $24.30

    1:30 p.m. — I eat my toast with peanut butter and Nutella as usual. My coworkers go out to eat, but I stay back to finish work and videos that need to get done. Sometimes with video editing, you just need to be alone and grind it out!

    2:30 p.m. — I turn in the final edit to my boss and take a break by walking outside. My work is near an outside mall, so I walk around and admire all of the Christmas lights and pretty decorations. I FaceTime my boyfriend to show him and we chat for about 15 minutes before I head back. It's nice to get outside in the sun, because the editing labs are all super dark.

    4 p.m. — I had two phone consultations with immigration attorneys about my upcoming visa application to remain in the U.S. To say that I'm stressed would be an understatement. Each of the attorneys offered me a plan of action, but each consultation cost me $50. I feel like this $100 was a necessity, but also a bummer to drop money like this. $100

    5 p.m. — I drive home and call my best friend to talk about the consultations. I explain to her that the fees will be upwards of $5,500 just to submit my labor application and visa process. Plus, I'll have to go back home and apply at the embassy, which means I have to take time off work (UGH!). This changes my savings goals, and I'll adjust my budget accordingly tonight. (I use Google sheets to track my bills and everything.)

    7 p.m. — I realized that I forgot to mail the packages today, and resolve to do it tomorrow. I make pasta and eat it while I update my budget. Normally I save for travel, potential dog expenses, and other things, but now I need to really start saving for these visa and attorney fees. I redirect my balance transfers into my savings account and make the transactions automatic. I should be okay by April to pay the fees, so I hope everything works out alright.

    8:30 p.m. — I take my dog on a walk to Starbucks and call my boyfriend. I ask about his day and we make plans for when he's going to come visit next. He'll be coming in January to see me once my parents leave, and it's nice to have something to look forward to. At Starbucks, I use the leftover balance on an old gift card and then pay the difference for a hot chocolate. I talk about the two lawyers with my boyfriend and decide which one to ultimately use. It's going to be tough, but I'm not going to marry my boyfriend at a young age for a green card. I want to do this myself, independently, with regards to finances and also the hard work. $2.55

    10 p.m. — I shower, eat some chocolate, and brush my teeth before bed. I set my alarm for early again so that I can send the clothing parcels and not be late to work. I decide to let my dog sleep on the bed tonight because I want someone to cuddle. Normally she's not allowed.

    Daily Total: $174.65

    Day Three

    8 a.m. — I wake up, remembering that I need to send those clothes out today, and rush to get ready. I inhale my breakfast of avocado toast and Everything But The Bagel Seasoning from Trader Joe's, gulp down some cranberry juice, and make myself somewhat presentable in 10 minutes. I feed my dog, but skip her walk and feel bad about it after I race out the door.

    8:45 a.m. — I drive to the post office and drop off my items in one of the mailboxes since it's not open yet.

    9:30 a.m. — Work today is extremely busy. I make thumbnails and sizzle reels and upload them. My job is demanding, but I honestly love it. I'm so lucky to work somewhere I love and do work that I enjoy.

    11:30 a.m. — Catered lunch from Shake Shack today!

    12:30 p.m. — I'm stuffed from lunch, so I go on a walk break. I talk to my boyfriend since he's in between classes.

    2:30 p.m. — All of the videos have finished uploading and my boss is pleased with my work. Friday is always a crazy day, but I'm getting used to it now. The only thing that I don't like about my job is the fact that there aren't many women and I'm underpaid for the average in the area: Most full-time video editors make $60,000 a year, whereas I'm here at $50,000 and don't feel confident enough to ask for a raise. Maybe one day.

    5 p.m. — I leave work and go home to deep-clean my apartment. I do this once or twice a week and it really helps with my anxiety.

    6 p.m. — I reheat leftover pasta and watch reality television (my vice). I currently use my ex's Netflix account because he signed in on my Apple TV with his account and I've just never changed it. Once he kicks me off (I'm sure he will one day), then I'll purchase my own. Then I chat with my roommate and we make plans to go shopping tomorrow and explore Malibu.

    7 p.m. — I take my dog on a walk and she makes friends with a Husky puppy.

    8:30 p.m. — I go down to the gym in my apartment complex and use the elliptical trainer for an hour. I listen to music on Spotify, which I actually renew while I'm down there ($9.99). My student email doesn't work anymore and I'm a little annoyed about it. I loved student discounts, lol.

    9:30 p.m. — I come back, take a shower, and put on a face mask. Then I check my bank account statement and update my budget before sending a follow-up email to the attorney to let them know I'll be following through with the beginning of the visa process. It's really scary and I feel like an adult, but also like I have no idea what I'm doing.

    10:30 p.m. — I purchase dog food from Amazon in bulk and pick no rush shipping so that I get credit to use on a future purchase. It should be delivered late next week. $20.12

    10:45 p.m. — My boyfriend calls me and says that he's stressed about finals. Stuff happens, and we're there for each other. We fall asleep talking on the phone. My dog is back in her normal dog bed.

    Daily Total: $20.12

    Day Four

    10 a.m. — I wake up super late and can't believe how much sleep I got! Normally it's much less than this, but I guess my body needed it.

    10:30 a.m. — I eat breakfast at home while I get ready to go out with my roommate. We're going to Malibu to meet friends for drinks, but I don't want to be hungry and tempted to waste money on expensive food. I eat cereal and fruit to keep me full.

    11:30 a.m. — We drive to Malibu together in my roommate's car. I offered to drive, but she insisted since her car is much nicer.

    12:30 p.m. — We meet up with six other friends and all hang out together near this bar at the beach in Malibu. I'm wearing a bikini under a sundress and am ready to get my Vitamin D levels up! I buy two mocktails at the bar since I don't like the taste of alcohol, and I hate how expensive they are. My friends all order food and more drinks, but I keep my bill separate. $16

    1:30 p.m. — We hang out on the sand and catch up. It's rare to get so many of us together at once. Free fun at the beach — a frugal favorite!

    3:30 p.m. — We drive back home together and I realize I definitely got a little bit sunburnt.

    4:45 p.m. — I take a nap and borrow some after sun lotion from my roommate for my shoulders.

    7 p.m. — I wake up starving and decide to make a vegetable soup. I'll eat my leftover pasta tomorrow night instead — I hate food waste! I cook up some frozen vegetables in a pan, add coconut milk, and blend it up once it's warmed through.

    7:30 p.m. — I eat my dinner while sitting on my bed and watching House Hunters. I'd love to own a home one day, but right now I don't think that's financially going to be an option with my income. In Los Angeles, I'd need to earn a lot more to be a homeowner.

    8:30 p.m. — I call my boyfriend and he sends me some code that he's been working on for me to look over. I took some computer science classes in college as well, and sometimes you need a fresh pair of eyes. I suggest a few small changes for clarity and he makes the changes before submitting the assignment. I eat chocolate and we decide to watch a movie together. We both pull up the same movie to stream and count down before pressing play at the same time. I fall asleep a little later.

    Daily Total: $16

    Day Five

    9:30 a.m. — I wake up and decide to take my dog to the park. I set up the dog seat covers in my car and then bring her down to the garage.

    10 a.m. — We arrive at the dog park and hang out in the shady area. Honestly, my dog prefers to just dig and be outside instead of interacting with other dogs. I often feel guilty about her being in an apartment all day and would love for her to have a yard when I eventually have a house.

    11 a.m. — We return home and I feed her, then heat up the leftover pasta for "brunch." I don't mind that it's not breakfast food. I add extra cheese on top before eating it all!

    12:30 p.m. — My roommate and I go to the outside mall that's nearby because she needs to pick up an Old Navy order. I drive this time and pay for parking in the lot. $6.50

    1 p.m. — My roommate picks up her order and then wants to go to Nordstrom. She tries on shoes and coats and I try on a pair of black pants. I think these will be great for work, so I decide to buy them since they're on clearance. $24.70

    4 p.m. — Once we're home, I put in a load of washing and then strip my bed. I replace the sheets and then vacuum because, OMG ... the dog hair is everywhere! I clean the patio and give my dog a bath. Like I said, cleaning calms me down.

    6 p.m. — My friends ask me to go out tonight, but I decline. I don't want to have to get all dressed up and pay for Ubers or drinks or anything tonight. I make frozen vegetables, vegetarian nuggets, and garlic bread for dinner. While it's in the oven, I do another load of washing and tidy up my bathroom. I'm proud that I didn't eat out today or really spend a bunch of money on restaurants. That used to be a big part of my budget.

    6:30 p.m. — I eat on the couch, my favorite place. I update my budget with upcoming expenses and ask my roommate to share her location with me tonight so I can track her and my friends when they're out clubbing — I worry, lol!

    7 p.m. — My Amazon order for the Secret Santa arrived and my roommate hands it to me as she leaves the apartment. I wrap it nicely so it's ready to go.

    8 p.m. — I do my last load of laundry and put away most of the other things lying around. I talk to my boyfriend and make a cup of tea. We don't have a kettle, so I have to use the microwave and nearly burn my hand.

    9 p.m. — I pack my bag for work tomorrow, then take my dog on a walk. I scroll through Instagram while walking and start to miss a lot of my friends from back home. I'd love to see them again soon, but it's just not in the budget. Plus, when I do go back to get my visa, I'll only be there a day or so.

    9:45 p.m. — I do a face mask and shave my legs. I paint my nails and have a little bit of a pamper session. I'm trying to use a lot of my beauty products up — it's something called Project Pan, and I really like the idea of using what I already have. I listen to Ariana Grande on repeat.

    10:30 p.m. — I call my parents and then go to sleep.

    Daily Total: $31.20

    Day Six

    8 a.m. — I wake up and get ready for work. I walk my dog, read the news, and leave just in time so that I'm not late for work. I really want a Starbucks hot chocolate, but convince myself not to spend money.

    9 a.m. — I arrive at work and have several meetings. Today I'll be on set, taking the memory cards as they come and dumping the footage and organizing it. I like these production days.

    1:30 p.m. — We've been filming for hours now and I'm pretty exhausted. I end up helping with lighting and makeup, too.

    2 p.m. — We break for lunch and everyone orders pizza, but I go back upstairs to our kitchen and make toast. When I come back down, I receive a Venmo request for the crew food, but then explain that I won't be eating it. Even though it's only $6, that could be $6 to savings or lawyer fees. Sometimes I worry my coworkers think I'm weird or cheap, but I just have different hurdles than they do and need to save.

    2:30 p.m. — We're back in filming mode now and I finally get the chance to go through all the footage. I label everything and start to sync the audio and video. I feel more relaxed now that I'm in my element and the work day seems to fly by.

    4:30 p.m. — I leave work early, since we wrapped the shoot and there's nothing I can do with the footage until it's transferred onto our big hard drives. I drive by the supermarket and pick up some peanut butter, since I nearly ran out today. I keep it in my handbag so that I don't forget to bring it to work tomorrow. $3.99

    5 p.m. — I take my dog on a walk and then hang out on the couch. I pay my car insurance bill, which is so high because I only got my driver's license in the United States a few months ago. It's over $287, and it kills me to pay that much every month, but I will have to pay this amount for a few years until my experience years go up!

    6 p.m. — I eat some of the leftover vegetable coconut soup and then also have some vegetarian nuggets. I have chocolate as well while I look online for deals on dog grooming, since my dog will need a visit soon. I can't find a deal and will have to pay full price, which I'm disappointed about, but my dog means the world to me and I want to make sure she's taken care of. I give her a few treats and we watch TV together.

    7 p.m. — I go to the downstairs gym for an hour and run on the treadmill. I like the elliptical better, but somebody else is using it.

    8:30 p.m. — I've now showered and booked my dog's grooming appointment for tomorrow after work. I also schedule another phone call with the lawyer to go over what paperwork I should start collecting from my family and what I should be communicating with my employer.

    9:30 p.m. — I move money from my checking account into my savings account, then pay off the credit card balance I have. I brush my teeth and then go to sleep.

    Daily Total: $3.99

    Day Seven

    8:20 a.m. — I wake up and decide to wear the new pants I bought at Nordstrom on clearance.

    9 a.m. — I make it to work just in time. I pay my cell phone bill and internet bill while I set up at my desk and go through emails.

    11 a.m. — I forgot to eat breakfast this morning in my rush, so I eat some popcorn, fruit, and cheese from the office kitchen.

    1 p.m. — I eat lunch, and it's...you guessed it...toast! I use the new peanut butter that I bought yesterday. Nothing is better than diving into a new jar of creamy goodness, lol! My coworkers go to Panera for lunch, but I stay in because I have several videos that I need to finish editing.

    2:30 p.m. — I go for a walk and call my boyfriend. He asks me what I want for Christmas and I request a pair of nice sunglasses. On my walks I'm always squinting, and I'm afraid of getting wrinkles. He tells me what video game he'd like, and I make a mental note to buy it later in the week. We won't be together on the day of, and his family doesn't really celebrate Christmas anyway since he's Muslim, but we still do gifts.

    5 p.m. — I finish my work and drive to pick up my dog. I put her in the backseat with the dog cover and drive to Petco for her appointment. She gets her nails clipped and her hair trimmed. She's a happy pup, and everyone loves her. It's less expensive that I thought it would be, and the guy gives me a discount because he says I'm cute and asks for my number. I decline, but he still gives me the discount. God bless, lol. $23.40

    6:30 p.m. — I eat a toasted sandwich for dinner with leftover veggies and some hummus that my roommate made for us to share.

    7:30 p.m. — We watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians on the couch together before my roommate decides she wants to go out with friends for dinner. I decide to go with them, but I don't order anything other than water. I eat some of the free chips and salsa, while everyone else gets margaritas. I like to go out and be social, but I hate feeling the pressure of having to buy things. So, I always set boundaries with my friends and let them know that I'm not spending.

    9 p.m. — We come home, I take a shower, and then I call my boyfriend. He tells me that he has an interview for one of the jobs that I sent him earlier in the week, and they're flying him out for it! I'm super excited that I'll get to see him, so we practice some interview questions while I play fetch with my dog in the hallway.

    10:30 p.m. — I brush my teeth and fall asleep reading about immigration laws. I make bookmarks online to read in the morning, and fall asleep reading through all the different visa requirements and success statistics.

    Daily Total: $23.40

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    Sale: Up to 70% off
    Promo Code: None



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



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    Meghan Markle spent her Christmas holiday with the royal family — quietly debunking some persistent rumors in the process.

    The Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Boxing Day hunt this past week with Prince Harry, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and other royal relatives (Boxing Day is celebrated in England the day after Christmas). The Daily Mail reports that the family gathered at Wood Farm, Prince Philip’s farmhouse, for a traditional feast before a group headed out to shoot.

    Markle and Middleton both reportedly stayed indoors during the morning hunt, with Middleton watching over her three children, George, Charlotte, and Louis.

    Markle’s attendance likely came as a surprise to tabloid readers. Leading up to the holiday, rumors circulated in the British papers that Harry wouldn’t be going this year. Markle is a long-time animal rights advocate, and in the lead-up to Christmas and Boxing Day, she had reportedly asked Harry not to participate in the hunt. This mirrors rumors from last year, when Harry actually did sit out the event.

    But an anonymous source told the Daily Mail that Harry’s absence last year was not at Markle’s request — he apparently had to drive to London that day. The source also said that Markle did not impose any kind of ban on this year’s event, either.

    Perhaps the royals are not quite as embroiled in controversy as the tabloids might have everyone else believe. Persistent — and downright sexist — claims that Markle and Middleton are at odds have been swiftly undermined by Kensington Palace, and the two were spotted heading to Christmas mass together, all smiles. Similarly, reports of tensions between Harry and William — sparked, it seems, by Harry and Markle’s move to Windsor Castle — are tenuous at best.

    Indeed, Harry and Meghan Markle’s holidays appear to have been a traditional family affair, and a new chapter awaits for the royals in the new year.

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