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    When news of the Cambodian genocide hits, a Czechoslovakian refugee named Franka (Emily Mortimer) reaches out to the Lutheran Refugee Service in hopes of welcoming a family like hers to her new life in Fargo.Based on a true story from writer/director A.M. Lukas, this film is an official selection of Sundance Film Festival 2019.

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    Rapper and designer Magnus Juliano's new year is off to a promising start, thanks to Twitter. On Tuesday, the 27-year-old shared his latest project: a photo series where he modeled a jumpsuit printed with colorful Louis Vuitton logos and matching 3D printed charms adorning his box braids.

    "I was just inspired by people who said I have a vision [for the way I want to present myself], even though, I don’t necessarily have access to these resources to create something that I think would be beneficial, innovative, or just simply make me happy," he tells Refinery29.

    Juliano, along with photographer Mystic Gooden did the entire shoot in just under an hour at 2 o'clock in the morning, on December 31.

    "Hey @virgilabloh, can I earn an internship? I have ideas," Juliano tweeted the following day, sharing the project with the world. Abloh first gained traction as Kanye West's longtime creative collaborator but has since launched his own brand Off-White (as well as many, many brand partnerships) and is currently the artistic director for Louis Vuitton menswear. Immediately, the responses poured in ranging from "This is amazing. If they don't reply, they're missing out for real" to "You better delete this before he steals it and calls you a 'reference point.'" At the time of publishing, Juliano's tweet had more than 4K retweets and 18K likes. On Thursday, Juliano tweeted that Marc Jacobs (who was Louis Vuitton's creative director for 16 years, until 2013) approved his design.

    The Columbus, Ohio native looks at the shoot as a way to pay homage to "street couture" designers that inspired him, like Dapper Dan (born Daniel Day), a Harlem-based fashion designer who created flashy clothing, leather items, and car interiors, usually with unauthorized designer logos in the ’80s and ’90s. He was forced to close his store in 1992 because of copyright infringement lawsuits but reopened his atelier in 2018, with the help of Gucci. The partnership came after Alessandro Michele presented Gucci's cruise 2017 collection featuring a mink jacket based on an iconic piece created by Dan that begged the question of whether or not Gucci knocked off the master of knock-offs. Juliano says he typically shies away from high-fashion brands but argues Dan's work made the fashion industry, by way of the Harlem tailor's pieces, accessible.

    As for his hair, Juliano explained he was inspired to incorporate ornaments after seeing the way singer Kelela wore jewels in her hair. The beads would become a substantial part of his art. "I started looking at tribes in Africa, studying what beads mean and what they represent," but also, he references his own childhood as a Black child with Black friends and family. "The girls always wore beads and boys did, too, in the early 2000's." He believes the early aughts don't get enough credit. "That whole era meant a lot to where I grew up in the Midwest."

    Juliano says he hasn't heard from anyone at Louis Vuitton regarding his work, but that he hopes if nothing else, Virgil Abloh is inspired. "I truly admire him and how the dynamics of how, like Dapper Dan, he didn’t have access but now he does have access to create new pieces," as now Abloh is a big part of an industry that once rejected streetwear. The artist explained that he'd like to see Abloh experiment with men's silhouettes, exploring the male physique more — besides the standard jeans and T-shirt — while at Vuitton.

    "Virgil can definitely create space for Black people in the fashion industry," he continues. "We see it time and time again that we have limited space." He continues: "I think it’s just an unspoken responsibility, that whenever we’re granted space to create more space for other Black people who have not had the same access or opportunities to get in to have influence and impact, knowing that we create a lot of the culture."

    And hey, at least Juliano has already demonstrated he'd actually work during an internship at a fashion house (unlike, ahem, someone else).

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    Our 2019 ambitions have us ready to take on the new year at full speed — and we're not the only thing coming in hot. According to the A-list makeup artists who create red-carpet looks for Lupita Nyong'o, Hailey Bieber ( née Baldwin), Amandla Stenberg, and more, this year's top makeup trends signal strength, bold creativity, and next-level skin.

    For makeup artist Carola Gonzalez, that means an uptick in glitter-heavy eye looks (yes, even after the holidays) and glossy, vivid lip color. Meanwhile, makeup artist Robert Sesnek forecasts a surge in graphic eye looks, and even a move toward intense pastels. In other words, now's not the time for meek makeup.

    But don't mistake these statement styles for a pile-on of more-is-more makeup. While eye and lip looks evoke dense color, makeup artist Tasha Reiko Brown predicts a return to more natural complexions; think creamy skin and barely-there highlight and contouring. Ahead, get a sneak peek of the looks you can expect to see everywhere as we head into awards season — and beyond.

    The Look: Graphic Eyes & Floating Liner

    A smokey eye look will never not be omnipresent on the red carpet, but Sesnek predicts a much edgier liner trend on the horizon, too: The pro says we can expect to see "graphic lined eyes, floating cat-eye triangles, and geometric shapes with eyeliner in colors from turquoise to black." In this look, subtle dual-toned liner shades make the exaggerated shape even more eye-catching, while neutral lips keep the focal point in check.

    Photo: Jim Spellman/WireImage.

    To create the illusion of a floating wing in this eyeliner look for Lily Collins, makeup artist Fiona Stiles bypassed eye-makeup remover when erasing part of the line. "Some people might use makeup remover to clean up liquid liner, but I find it too wet," Stiles shared on Instagram. "My preferred method is [to use] moisturizer on a teeny-tiny cotton bud to create razor-sharp lines."

    This floating, winged eye look created by makeup artist Kali Kennedy uses negative space and unexpected color to give a classic shape new life. For his part, Sesnek says he reaches for both pencils and cream formulas for the graphic-liner look. "Start by lining your upper lash line, either flicking the liner up or using the liner to follow the crease for a bolder look," he says. "Just have cotton buds on hand to correct mistakes, and for balance. Experiment with different shapes and lines to create something that’s unique and fun.”

    Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images.

    The Look: Glossy Lips & Glassy Skin

    "I think showing more skin is the next trend," Gonzalez says — and she's not talking about a return to cutout bandage dresses, either. She sees the needle moving more toward less cover-up and "a cleaner, healthier, radiant, rested, and rejuvenated skin [look]." Gonzalez's favorite accessory to pair with fresh, glowy skin? A bold, glossy lip. "Something like Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur Jumbo Longwear Lip Crayon in Rose Shocking, Rouge Corail, or Framboise," she says. "Keep it simple, but fresh."

    The high-def glossy lip-and-clean skin combo that makeup artist Gianpaolo Ceciliato created for actress Rebecca Rittenhouse is a perfect example of the glow-meets-gloss look Gonzalez expects to see more of in 2019. As Gonzalez notes, the bright-lip look requires very little companion makeup; she likes to pair it with a little highlighter, bronzer, coral blush, a semi-glossy lid, and mascara, and leave it at that.

    Photo: Manny Carabel/WireImage.

    Whether you seek an ultra-dewy complexion or a more subtle glow, Gonzalez says there are plenty of options to get you there. "Nowadays you can get foundations that provide full coverage with a natural finish," she says. "The final result depends on the application." She suggests using a dry makeup sponge to achieve a full-coverage yet natural look; a foundation brush and plenty of blending for medium coverage; and using your hands to apply foundation like a moisturizer for sheer coverage. Here, makeup artist Emily Cheng dials up the gloss and glassy finish on Deadpool 2 actress Shioli Kutsuna.

    The Look: Intense Pastel Eyes

    Pastels: They're not just for Easter eggs anymore. Sesnek says we should expect to see the washed-out hues rendered in a more saturated way in 2019, like this almost rusty pink on Maddie Ziegler. “I think you’ll see intense pastel colors for eyes, as well as intense colors of greens and blues in all shades — either very shaped and precise, or color-blocked,” he says.

    To build pastel intensity without veering into clown-makeup territory, Sesnek offers a tip that applies to executing the graphic eye look, too. "Start slowly , keeping most of the color closest to the lash line, and then blend outward to get the desired effect. It’s always easier to build color and liner than having to subtract it," he says. "So if you're doing pastel colors, just add a little and keep building it up until you’ve reached your comfort level."

    Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.

    Makeup artist Allan Avendaño created this pastel color-blocked look, which pairs light violet liner with a saturated pastel-pink on lids. That said, pastel shadows that pack a punch of pigment may not be as easy to find as neutral- and jewel-toned palettes. A few of Sesnek's go-tos? MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline gel eyeliner, and Make Up For Ever Artist Color High Impact Shadow shades."Both lines have a wide range of liner and eyeshadow colors," he says.

    Not sure where to start when picking from a spectrum of pastel shades? Sesnek offers a few of his favorite combinations to flatter different skin tones: "I like pastel pinks and tangerines for blue eyes and fair skin; mint green and pastel violet for hazel eyes with medium skin tone; and pastel blue and soft yellow for brown eyes and deeper skin tones, [though] this is also a matter of personal preference." Here, makeup artist Karo Kangas gives model Salem Mitchell a strong wash of pastel blue on the lids, then plays it up one step further with a glossy finish.

    The Look: Creamy Skin

    Makeup artist Tasha Reiko Brown calls this look "creamy skin, expensive skin, no-filter skin." Sounds great — and looks amazing on Logan Browning — but what does that mean exactly? "It’s a return to the original purpose of foundation, to stealthily fake a clearer complexion and smoother texture," she says. "Just like the heavy, artful makeup look of the '80s gave way to the minimalism of the '90s, skin in 2019 will be a return to realism," which also means subtle blush, highlight, and contour to help seal the deal.

    Photo: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images.

    To achieve a creamy satin finish that doesn't look too powdery, Reiko Brown suggests applying less foundation to a makeup sponge than you usually would, and trying not to inadvertently "stamp" on heavy foundation. Instead, apply foundation only to the center of the face (or where needed most), then use a fluffy brush to whisk product outward toward the edges of the face to diffuse coverage. "Even if you have to be heavy-handed with application, diffuse the end results with something like Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist to break up the matte, powdery look," she says.

    Nailing the clean, creamy skin look doesn't necessarily mean having to shop for a new foundation, says Reiko Brown, who created this look on actress Letitia Wright. "Even the new matte foundations are a more modern matte and have a little bit of life to them," including Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Foundation, she says.

    Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images.

    The Look: Glitter-Packed Lids

    According to Gonzalez, who created this look on Amandla Stenberg, there's no reason to put away the glitter now that the holidays are over. "Glitter is playing a major role in makeup today because of brands like Lemonhead LA that have completely changed the game and made it user-friendly," she says. "I see glitter being layered over eyeshadows and primary-color eyeliners, used as an eyeliner, or on its own all over the eyelid — there are so many options and so much you can do."

    Sabrina Carpenter's modern cat eye combines two of our pros' favorite trending looks: graphic shapes and a glittery finish. To get the look, makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan tapped Lemonhead LA Space Paste in Roosevelt.

    Not all glitter eye looks need be plucked from a rainbow of brights: Makeup artist Nick Barose shared via Instagram exactly how to bump up a classic smokey eye with this look for Lupita Nyong'o. He started with Proenza Schouler for Lancôme Eye Kajal Pencil in Black Chroma used as a base, then added shimmery gray, black, and pewter shadows from Lancôme Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Gris Fumee to smudge and smoke out the shape. The topper: pewter-toned Lemonhead LA Space Paste dotted on the center of the lids. "Once it’s on, it lasts all night," he wrote of the glitter gel.

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    Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are great, but there's something about a post-holiday sale — the kind you can casually shop from the comfort of your couch while eating holiday-dinner leftovers — that's a lot more enjoyable. Of all the big stockroom-clearing sales going down this week, the best one is happening at Bath & Body Works. The brand's semi-annual sale is underway right now, with insane deals both online and in stores.

    For a limited time, you can grab all the B&BW goods you love — select jumbo candles, scented shower gels and body lotions, plug-in fragrances, and foaming hand soaps — for up to 75% off retail price. Plus, this sale includes over 50 of the brand's formerly-retired fragrances — like White Tea & Ginger, Pink Chiffon, and Oahu Coconut Sunset — available in all scented forms (body lotion, shower gel, and fragrance mist) for a limited time only.

    Head over to the site and scroll through all the sale items, or check out the best picks from the mega sale, ahead. With deals this good, you can stock your bathroom with lemony fresh hand soap and Pink Chiffon body butter for all of 2019.

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    Right now, Bath & Body Works is offering a deal on all its beloved (but sadly discontinued) fragrances like Pink Chiffon, Sensual Amber, and Twilight Woods. They're all just $4 to $6 while supplies last.



    Bath & Body Works Signature Collection Pink Chiffon Shower Gel, $5, available at Bath & Body Works

    For a limited time, you can grab select body-care products — from candy apple-scented lotions and shower gels to cashmere fragrance mists and funfetti body scrubs — for 75% off.



    Bath & Body Works Signature Collection Winter Candy Apple Shower Gel, $3.12, available at Bath & Body Works

    You can also get a jumbo three-wick candle — like this one that smells like a fresh-cut fir tree — for just $10.



    Bath & Body Works Fresh Balsam 3-Wick Candle, $10, available at Bath & Unwind

    If you're partial to wall plug-ins, you can grab a two-pack of plugs for just $5. That'll give you a cinnamon-scented living room clear through March.



    Bath & Body Works Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Wallflowers Refills, 2-Pack, $5.75, available at Bath & Body Works

    For $3, you can give your bathroom a refresh with a foaming hand soap that smells like in-season lemons.



    Bath & Body Works Sunshine & Lemons Gentle Foaming Hand Soap, $3, available at Bath & Body Works

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    Remember that New Year's resolution you made to save more money? Well, you miiiight want to push it back for a few days because the & Other Stories sale has dropped and there are so many good deals on the site right now. It's the kind of store that makes you wonder how you were surviving before it existed because the clothes feel so thoughtfully designed. They especially knock it out of the park in terms of knits and outerwear and there are lots of those pieces included in the sale, from ribbed sweater to bold statement coats.

    In addition to those tried-and-true staples, there are suede boots, satin blouses, and velvet scarves that will play a big part in your post-holiday winter wardrobe. As you attempt to master the tricky art of staying warm and looking cute from January to April, let & Other Stories offer some guidance at a discount.

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    December's holiday festivities are over and we're now entering true winter — a time we like to call, "hibernation season." From January until March we hunker down at home in attempts to not only avoid frigid outdoor temps, but also to stick to our most extreme New Year's resolutions (a.k.a. eating out less, cooking in more, etc., etc.). So, while we gear up to lock down at home for the three months ahead, we may as well give our safe spaces a winter-refresh.

    Creating the coziest possible hibernation-station doesn't need to further zap our post-holiday budgets, because a handful of stores are currently hosting major end-of-year clearance sales on furniture, decor, kitchen gadgets, and more. From stylish Anthropologie furniture to creative ban.do journals, the softest Brooklinen sheet sets, and gourmet Le Creuset Dutch ovens, the steals ahead have your hole-up-at-home-this-winter essentials covered.

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    All Modern

    Sale: Up to 60% off select rugs with an additional 15% off all rugs at checkout

    Dates: Today - January 7

    Promo Code: " FLOORIT"



    At A Glance Jenny Cream Area Rug, $41.99, available at AllModern

    Anthropologie

    Sale: 25% off full-price furniture, decor, and select bedding

    Dates: Today through a limited time only

    Promo Code: None



    Anthropologie Pari Rattan Chair, $73.5, available at Anthropologie

    Brooklinen

    Sale: 10% off all orders over $150

    Dates: Today through a limited time only

    Promo Code: "NEWYEAR10"



    Brooklinen Linen Hardcore Sheet Bundle (Queen/Full), $380.7, available at Brooklinen

    World Market

    Sale: Up to 60% off furniture and 10% off site wide plus free shipping

    Dates: Today - January 7

    Promo Code: "10FORYOU"



    Cost Plus World Market Natural Rattan Cane 3 Tier Farrah Storage Tower, $93.59, available at Cost Plus World Market

    Target

    Sale: Up to 25% off home; extra 10% off bedding and bath*

    Dates: Today through a limited time only

    Promo Code: "HOME"*



    Opalhouse Teal Green Striped Tasseled Woven Rug™, 7'x10', $143.99, available at Target

    H&M

    Sale: Up to 60% off select sale items

    Dates: Today through a limited time only

    Promo Code: None



    H&M Velvet Bedspread, $79.98, available at H&M

    Joss & Main

    Sale: Up to 80% off home essentials

    Dates: Today through a limited time only

    Promo Code: None



    Fumeterre Best Selling 4-Piece Sheet Set, $33.99, available at Joss & Main

    Le Creuset

    Sale: Up to 48% off select items plus free shipping on orders over $99 and a free gift with purchases over $150

    Dates: Today through a limited time only

    Promo Code: "LOVE"



    Le Creuset 2 3/4 qt. Round Dutch Oven, $130, available at Le Creuset

    Design Within Reach

    Sale: 15%-65% off select items plus free shipping

    Dates: Today through a limited time only

    Promo Code: None



    Rich Brilliant Willing LED Table Lamp, $221.25, available at Design Within Reach

    Sur La Table

    Sale: Up to 60% off and free shipping on orders over $59

    Dates: Today through a limited time only

    Promo Code: "SHIPFREE"



    Dubost Laguiole Cheese Set in Board, 3 pcs., $69.98, available at Sur La Table

    Urban Outfitters

    Sale: Up to 70% off home decor and apartment sale

    Dates: Today through a limited time only

    Promo Code: None



    Urban Outfitters Eva Tile Crinkle Gauze Sham Set, $29, available at Urban Outfitters

    Wayfair

    Sale: Up to 75% off select end-of-year clearance items

    Dates: Today through a limited time only

    Promo Code: None



    The Twillery Co. Trahan 3" Down Alternative Polyester Mattress Topper, $55.99, available at Wayfair

    LilySilk

    Sale: Up to 30% off silk comforters and $10 off orders over $200 plus free shipping

    Dates: Today - January 10

    Promo Code: None



    LilySilk Silk Blanket With Short Fiber, $181.3, available at LilySilk

    ban.do

    Sale: An extra 19% off sale items

    Dates: Today through a limited time only

    Promo Code: "EXTRAEXTRA"



    ban.do rough draft large notebook - only the beginning, $9.72, available at ban.do

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    At one point in time, I believed that the best beauty products were the most expensive. I used to save my pennies for the fanciest creams to clear up my acne, and I spent the checks from my part-time retail job on the most expensive foundation s, brow pencils, and lipsticks. My logic: If it has a big, fat YSL logo on the tube, it has to be the best... right?

    Wrong. Over the years, I've learned that product efficacy isn't synonymous with a hefty price tag, and there are plenty of affordable beauty products out there that work magic — especially in the hair aisle. Since going natural, I've fallen in love with the masks, creams, and tools that give me salon-quality results without compromising the health of my hair, and some of those amazing products can be found at the drugstore.

    If you consistently straighten your hair at home — or, just don't trust a salon with your silk press — I broke down every single drugstore product I use to make my strands look (and feel) like a million bucks, ahead.

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    Pre-Poo

    Let me start by saying: Pre-pooing ain't easy. Some wash days, I just hop in the shower and start shampooing. But, when I do take the time to treat my hair before sudsing up, it really pays off. I coat my scalp with this castor oil the night before (or the morning of ) wash day. I only use this product before a shampoo, since castor oil tends to weigh my hair down if I apply it after I style. Once my scalp is rinsed, my hair feels hydrated instead of stripped.



    Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Hair Growth Oil , $8.99, available at Target

    Shampoo

    This shampoo eliminates that stripped feeling altogether. The anti-breakage formula is actually super moisturizing, because it's sulfate-free and rich in fatty acids. It's one of the few cleansers I can use twice in one session without my hair feeling like wire.



    Olive Oil ORS Monoi Oil Anti-breakage Fortifying Shampoo, $10.36, available at Amazon

    Conditioner

    Since dyeing my hair blonde, I've become obsessed with using color-safe conditioners. After I shampoo, I slather this formula all over my hair and comb it through with a wide-tooth comb. Sometimes, I also add John Frieda's Sheer Blonde Conditioner to the mix to keep my color vibrant. With this combo, my curls are buttery soft and easy to run my fingers through.



    Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Color Conditioner, $6.99, available at Target

    Deep Treatment

    Because my once-virgin hair is now battered by bleach, skipping a deep treatment is not an option. When I don't have 20 minutes to devote to masking, I reach for this tube, which can also be used as a daily conditioner if you shampoo every day. It revives my highlights, makes my split ends look smooth, and smells incredible. When I style my hair after using this, it's visibly shiny and easier to manage. And the best part? It works its magic in the time it takes to shave my legs or brush my teeth.



    Pantene Pro-V 3 Minute Miracle Radiant Color Deep Conditioner , $10.99, available at Fashion Targets Breast Cancer

    Heat Protection

    When it's time to blowdry and flat iron my curls, I like to load up on protection. First, I section my hair and generously spray this leave-in throughout. It's weightless and doesn't make my strands feel heavy after I straighten, so I tend to go ham, saturating my hair until it's dripping wet.



    Tresemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Leave In Spray , $4.88, available at Target.com

    I follow up with a quarter-sized amount of this blowdry cream in each section before putting any hot tools on my hair. It leaves my strands polished, frizz-free, and bouncy once I'm done with the straightening process.



    Marc Anthony Keratin Smoothing Blow Dry Cream, $8.99, available at walgreens.com

    Finish

    On days when I want to give my hair extra sheen (or if my scalp feels dry), I turn to this Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil. For starters, it smells amazing, and I'm guilty of using it on my body occasionally. But I love it because it gives my hair a noticeable shine without making it stiff and greasy.



    Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil, $13.99, available at Mielle Organics

    Worst feeling ever: Putting all that work into your at-home silk press just to wake up with frizzy edges. To avoid that, I always finish my styling sesh by slicking down my hairline with this Murray's pomade. Some edge control gels can be sticky and end up flaking, but this one gives a flexible hold and has an almost-matte finish.



    Murray's 100% Australian Beeswax, $2.99, available at Amazon

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    The 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekend social feast known as brunch ranks high on pastimes embraced and perfected by Americans. And as all true brunch enthusiasts know, it's as much about the food as it is the company — so when the meal is delish and the crowd's just right, the syrup on top of the pancaked occasion is an outfit to match. Because brunch isn't just any old meal it deserves a fitting look for those, "snagged a reservation at that award-winning chef's new spot," or, "haven't seen this group of friends in forever," or, "meeting the SO's parents over mimosas," or "eek, running 15 minutes late but still want to look chic while scarfing down fried chicken and waffles," kinda' affairs.

    It takes a little extra time to strategize what to wear for the multitude of brunch scenarios that can and may arise — but, like the experience itself, brunch outfits are best not overdone. To preserve the enjoyment of eating breakfast for lunch (and in consideration of any potential hangovers being dealt with) we've rounded up outfit ideas from the incoming collections at a few of our go-to shopping destinations to call upon before this weekend's reservation. The next time food plus friends and family take priority over outfit-assemblage, but you still want to look cute, consider the stylish brunch options ahead. (Each holds the promise of looking excellent when photographed beside oat-milk lattes and sweet potato toasts.)

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    Brunch With Your Bests At Your Regular Joint
    A pair of fancy pants are perfect for a little added fun on a Sunday. A roomy top and oversized moto complete a look that asks, "could we get fries and pancakes to share for the table?"



    Understated Leather Oversized Moto Leather Jacket, $490, available at Free People

    Free People Places To Go Pants, $78, available at Free People

    Free People Softly Structured Tunic, $148, available at Free People

    Jeffrey Campbell Check Lace-Up Boot, $168, available at Free People

    Party Brunch!
    Bike shorts as pants; hear us out one more time: When there's potential tables to dance on at 2 p.m., you'll be glad you're wearing shorts and not a dress. A blazer and modern pair of low heels (again, we're thinking about the chairs you'll be climbing) pull it all together.



    Reformation Dree Pant, $148, available at Reformation

    Mango Shawl Collared Blazer, $79.99, available at Mango

    By Far X Reformation Joplin Relaxed Tee, $28, available at Reformation

    By Far X Reformation Danielle Slingback, $415, available at Reformation

    Brunch, Then...? Day Date With A Not So New-ish Person
    Don't overthink it; an oversized sweater and skinny pants can go a long way on a Sunday morning. Ground your go-to uniform with a pair of smart loafers for a sharp twist on a lazy-day pairing.



    H&M Slim-fit Pants, $17.99, available at H&M

    H&M Oversized Wool Sweater, $69.99, available at H&M

    H&M Leather Loafers, $69.99, available at H&M

    H&M Shoulder Bag, $29.99, available at H&M

    Visiting The Gang At The Bistro You Used To Moonlight At
    Everyone needs some throw-on-and-go dresses in their closet for rushed mornings. With some heeled boots, a generously-cut coat, and your usual carry-all tote, you've got an outfit that's laid-back with a purpose.



    Zara Snakeskin Print Dress, $69.9, available at Zara

    Zara Recycled Capsule Leggings, $39.9, available at Zara

    Zara Thick Metal Chain Necklace, $29.9, available at Zara

    Zara Leather Heeled Ankle Boot, $129, available at Zara

    Zara Belted Double-breasted Coat, $249, available at Zara

    Zara Tote Bag With Knotted Detail, $29.99, available at Zara

    Was About To Go To Yoga But Then Decided: Brunch
    When you were this close to getting up early for CorePower, but then your friend texted, "Had a night. Need bagels, egg, and cheese. Now," and you want to be a good friend...And bagels do sound pretty good...So, just add boots. Not because you couldn't wear sneakers (how practical!), but for the sake of fashion — boots look pretty cute and unexpected paired with sweats, and so do you.



    Telfar Reverse Embroidered Hoodie with Cap, $480, available at 11 Honore

    Telfar Thermal Long-Johns, $295, available at 11 Honore

    Telfar Thumb-Hole Thermal, $295, available at 11 Honore

    Boohoo Snake Effect Pointed Sock Boots, $28, available at Boohoo

    BaubleBar Leia Resin Hoop Earrings, $34, available at BaubleBar

    Bandolier Sarah Leather iPhone Crossbody Case, $98, available at Nordstrom

    Been Thinking About This Brunch For Weeks
    You snagged a reservation at that brand new place with plush pastel banquettes that supposedly has a menu that transcends the concept of brunch as the world knows it. A leopard faux fur (a.k.a. the standout yet neutral pattern that goes with everything) will ensure your outfit complements all potential and possible photo ops. Not that the only reason you're going is to break the Instagram algorithm with enviable likes — but if it happens, it happens..NBD.



    Frame Cheetah-Print Faux-Fur Coat, $695, available at Barneys New York

    Maison Boinet Leather Belt, $235, available at Barneys New York

    Calvin Klein 205West39NYC Metal-Tipped Glitter Ankle Boots, $809, available at Barneys New York

    Ksubi Slim Pin Jeans, $190, available at Barneys New York

    Chloé Roy Small Leather Shoulder Bag, $1850, available at Barneys New York

    rag & bone Merino Wool Mock-Turtleneck Sweater, $225, available at Barneys New York

    Meeting The S.O.'s Parents At An Establishment With White Tablecloths
    An outfit that says you're wonderful in every way without trying too hard, but still giving the respect that the folks and fine-dining menu deserve. A midi skirt with a non-stuffy knit top finished with subtle conversational earrings (are we thinking this through too much?) will do the trick.



    & Other Stories Zebra Print Midi Skirt, $89, available at & Other Stories

    & Other Stories Wool Blend Cropped Turtleneck, $89, available at & Other Stories

    & Other Stories Square Toe Stiletto Sock Boots, $179, available at & Other Stories

    & Other Stories Textured Two Piece Earrings, $29, available at & Other Stories

    Dim Sum With Your Favorite Former Coworkers
    Anything goes with the work fam (especially now that you don't live on top of each other at the office anymore), which is why you've gathered to gorge yourselves on as much shumai as humanly possible. Such a special gathering calls for a sweat suit — but, not that pilled up hoodie and ratty bottom you wear to clean the house. Instead, this is a top shelf-worthy matching set kinda feast. One that looks good with a textured coat and a few extra drops of hot chili oil.



    Oh Hey Girl Warm Brown Teddy Coat, $150, available at Oh Hey Girl

    Oh Hey Girl Tan Winter Two Piece, $115, available at Oh Hey Girl

    Brooks Addiction Walker, $120, available at Zappos

    Oh Hey Girl Cow Print Bag, $74, available at Oh Hey Girl

    The Everyone's Invited Nontraditional Baby Shower Brunch
    Your coolest friend is having a baby and she and her partner are throwing a coed potluck brunch at their place. To honor the laid back celebration, show up in a pretty dress but pair it with jeans — as there's a good chance you'll be sitting on the floor DIY-ing a onesie for the future, super-chill babe to be.



    Rixo London Floral-print Crepe de Chine Midi Dress, $400, available at Net-A-Porter

    Montunas Tortoiseshell Acetate and Silk-satin Tote, $350, available at Net-A-Porter

    Rosantica Passato Gold-tone Earrings, $72, available at Net-A-Porter

    Mercedes Castillo Noriko Leather Mules, $197.5, available at Net-A-Porter

    RE/DONE Originals Stovepipe High-rise Straight-leg Jeans, $250, available at Net-A-Porter

    Bridal Shower At Your Fancy Friend's Family's Country Club
    You could actually wear the dress from the slide before without the jeans paired with heels — look how cute it is dressed up! — but we'd like to suggest something a little more against the grain (without being a showman at your friend's big day). A tailored suit is polished, eternally chic, and also a smart investment set to be worn multitudes of ways beyond nuptial-toasting brunches.



    Topshop Boucle Kick Flares, $80, available at Topshop

    Topshop Boucle Double Breasted Blazer, $125, available at Topshop

    Topshop Strappy Sandals, $80, available at Topshop

    Topshop Bey Chunky Beaded Shoulder Bag, $55, available at Topshop

    Freedom Finer Hinge Hex Hoop Earrings, $18, available at Topshop

    Brunch Solo Abroad
    Oeufs en cocotte au saumon fumé tastes best in France eaten at your own pace while stealing longing glances at the waiter who hasn't checked on you in over an hour. In our dream scenario we're dressed to a T, in a soft tee. Paired with unassuming leather pants and a casual cardigan that drapes just so — no tourist over here, just a gal with élégant taste and a worn out copy of A Moveable Feast.



    Mango Leather Envelope Bag, $59.99, available at Mango

    Mango Flared Leather Trousers, $299, available at Mango

    Mango Oversized Cardigan, $79.99, available at Mango

    Mango Rolling Stones Tee, $19.99, available at Mango

    Mango Leather Cowboy Ankle Boots, $129.99, available at Mango

    Mango Metal Pendant Earrings, $9.99, available at Mango

    Grandma's Favorite Diner With Your Parents
    If a brunch just so happens to fall off the pages of that orderly calendar you keep securely in your head, then simply breathe and reach for a gorgeous coat. Even the most basic skinny jeans and white tee outfit can be whipped up into something a little more in two seconds flat just by topping it with a fabulous coat. We especially like this tapestry-style from ASOS — but, Grandma would be so proud if the one you chose to wear once belonged to her.



    ASOS DESIGN Tapestry Coat with Faux Fur Collar, $79, available at ASOS

    ASOS Recycled High Rise Skinny Jeans, $51, available at ASOS

    ASOS DESIGN Hair Clip in Shell Design, $8, available at ASOS

    ASOS DESIGN Mini Suede and Leather Mixed Ring Backpack, $22, available at ASOS

    New Look Wide Fit Chelsea Black Heel Boot, $45, available at ASOS

    Tea And A Light Bite With A Prospective Employer
    For an, "is it a conversation?," or a "casual interview disguised as brunch," networking scenario, arrive neat and tidy to put your best foot forward. A classic trench and sharp wide-leg pants are an effortless combo that looks extra boss with a pair of hit-the-ground-running sneakers.



    Weekend Max Mara Ara belt, $95, available at MatchesFashion.com

    Jil Sander Exaggerated-sole Canvas Trainers, $494, available at MatchesFashion.com

    Pallas X Claire Thomson-Jonville High-rise Wide-leg Jeans, $617, available at MatchesFashion.com

    Anna October Double-breasted Trench Coat, $378, available at MatchesFashion.com

    Hillier Bartley Luella Sketch Tote Bag, $225, available at MatchesFashion.com

    Hanes x Karla The Crew Cotton-jersey T-shirt, $54, available at MatchesFashion.com

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    Sometimes when you flip over to the local news channel, you'll hear the familiar words, "We're live from...," and the reporter is standing there being pelted by hail or holding an umbrella in a hurricane — all while remaining calm, cool, and collected in front of the camera.

    While some people might wonder how they're spouting off facts with flooding waters up to their ankles or 90 mph winds hitting their face, as beauty editors we had another thought: How on earth does their makeup stay in place? Apparently, these reporters have figured out which mascaras won't smudge and the concealers that stay put, no matter the environmental conditions, because they always look put together on the scene.

    Ahead, six reporters from across the country share the makeup products that can weather a torrential downpour, a scorching heat wave, or even freezing temperatures on a football field. Get ready to take notes.

    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.

    Shannan Ferry
    Anchor/Reporter at Spectrum News NY1
    New York, New York

    Most Extreme Weather Situation: “I covered a blizzard back in January 2016. It was historic — something like 25 inches poured down on the city. I remember being completely soaked, I could barely even walk back to my house at the end of my shift because the streets weren’t plowed and the snow was above my knees!”

    "If I have to pick one must-have product, it's this one. I use this every morning as a base foundation to cover any skin imperfections. It also contains SPF 50+ UVA/UVB broad-spectrum physical sunscreen. Using a foundation with SPF goes against traditional TV wisdom, because it often gives people a white cast, but this specific product doesn't show any sign of an SPF base [on camera]."



    It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better™ CC+ Cream™ SPF 50+, $30, available at Boots

    "This is another one of my everyday items. It helps give a natural-looking tan, which also helps to balance any bright lights I may be in front of. It doesn't leave behind any shine or shimmer, and it can be used to contour."



    Benefit Hoola, $20.39, available at Look Fantastic

    "I love this cream lip stain because it's long-lasting. When I'm running around from story to story, sometimes I don't have time to reapply. Or, my hands are simply too full to be carrying makeup with my microphone in one hand and notepad in the other. It's also lightweight and silky, so it doesn't dry out my lips. Something that's also really important for me is finding a color with a little pop. Often when I'm out reporting and contending with different kinds of lighting, it's easy to look washed out if a color is too neutral."



    Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in Marvelous Mauve, $14, available at Sephora

    Kelly Blanco
    Lifestyle/Traffic Reporter at NBC6-WTVJ
    Miami, Florida

    Most Extreme Weather Situation: "I once worked a 16-hour shift covering the opening of some new express lanes on the highway and had to constantly check my face before the live shots, because my makeup was literally melting off to the point I was tasting it."

    "I realized I didn’t have to powder as much after I started using this primer. This product really keeps my makeup in place, whether I am in the studio or on location. "



    Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, $19, available at Ulta Beauty

    "For almost six years, my alarm clock would go off at 2:30 a.m., so you know the bags under my eyes were reallll bad! This concealer covers 99% of my tiredness, and it pairs up perfectly with Laura Mercier’s Translucent Setting Powder."



    Tarte shape tape contour concealer, $20.25, available at Tarte

    "I’ve been using this blush since I started in the business. It’s a beautiful, rosy color with just the right amount of shimmer that looks great on camera."



    MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Blush, $29, available at Nordstrom

    Bianca Peart
    Courtyard NFL Global Correspondent
    New York, New York

    Most Extreme Weather Situation: "My fingertips, toes, and nose froze while I was bundled up covering a Minnesota Vikings tailgate, where the temperature low was 31° F and the wind chill index was about 20° F. Oh, and it was raining!"

    "This is a lifesaver. Many people use the term 'baking,' referring to the process of letting the powder sink into the skin. Well, I literally bake, broil, and overcook this setting powder without removing any excess. This is an essential product for me to control my oily T-zone, particularly in humid climates. My look on camera isn't complete without this translucent powder."



    Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $38, available at Laura Mercier

    "It's very challenging for me to find the right foundation shade, and luckily, this deep shade blends perfectly with my skin. I love this product because it embodies the whole natural look that I love. The foundation reduces the size of my pores and makes my skin texture look extra smooth. It also has high sunscreen protection (SPF 50+ UVA/UVB), which is crucial when I’m covering football games outside."



    It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better™ CC+ Cream™ SPF 50+, $30, available at Boots

    "It's goodbye to bags with this must-have concealer. The creamy formula blends in so smoothly and gives off a natural finish. Overall, this product doesn't seep into my fine lines, cause creases, or make my skin look cakey. It has a flawless finish that's perfect for the camera and lasts for hours."



    NARS Concealer, $26, available at NARS

    Nicole O'Hara
    Anchor/Reporter at ABC and FOX
    Anchorage, Alaska

    Most Extreme Weather Situation: "I reported live from the The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race for several hours in below freezing temperatures and snow."

    "This long-wear foundation lasts in the rain, snow, and on the hottest day of the year. It’s my go-to if I’m going to be on scene all day or if I’m going to face harsh weather. I wore this when I was reporting for hours in the snow, and it did not budge at all."



    MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Foundation, $36, available at MAC Cosmetics

    "With this primer, my eyeshadow stays on all day. While I’ve never attempted to wear it for 24 hours, I would bet money on it staying put. I’ve gone at least 16 hours with it on and my eyeshadow doesn't crease or fade, no matter which brand of eyeshadow I use. This has been and always will be my go-to primer. You can go from being on a scene to the studio without having to touch it up."



    Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, $12, available at Macy's

    "I’ve never found a better waterproof mascara than this one. This held up at the beach for hours, so I knew it would be what I needed on the job. I spent a good eight hours in a downpour covering the state fair, and there were no smudges, no black tears, and my lashes didn’t even fall! If you’re going to be in the rain or you're worried about sweating on a super hot day, this is the mascara for you."



    Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, $12, available at Sephora

    Aubrey Jackson
    News Anchor at a CBS Affiliate
    Tampa, Florida

    Most Extreme Weather Situation: "I weathered wind, rain, and sand conditions while covering Hurricane Matthew in Charleston, South Carolina."

    "This is heaven. Seriously, I swear by this foundation. It's a smooth consistency, gives me great coverage, and keeps my skin matte. I will always have to blot my oily T-zone, but with this foundation, I can get good wear indoor and outdoors without having to blot every five minutes — which is better than most."



    Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation, $47, available at Sephora

    "These blotting papers are super convenient. I use them to get the shine off my face before I go on camera. I usually buy two packs at a time, so I don’t go low while I’m at work delivering a story — and it's great that they're affordable."



    Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Facial Blotting Sheets, $4.97, available at Target

    Kirstin Garriss
    News Reporter at FOX13
    Memphis, Tennessee

    Most Extreme Weather Situation: "I worked in the most extreme heat last July when I was covering the RNC's summer meeting in Austin, TX. During this assignment, the average high was above 100° F every day with heat index hitting 112° F for a few days and all the live shots were outside!"

    "I love, love, love this foundation because it has a matte, smooth finish, and it doesn't clog up my pores. Whether I'm in the studio under the bright lights or going live outside, my skin doesn't get shiny whenever I use this coverage."



    MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, $30, available at MAC Cosmetics

    "This is my absolute favorite makeup product. I use it as an eyeshadow primer and my shadow lasts for hours through any extreme weather, like 90° F heat or bitter cold snow days. Plus, my eyeshadow colors look better when I use this. The bonus is that a little bit of this product goes a long way, so once you buy one, it'll last you."



    MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Paint Pot, $22, available at Nordstrom

    "So, I feel like I'm one of the few news reporters out there who doesn't wear fake eyelashes (just a personal preference). So reliable, waterproof mascara is a must for me. This mascara doesn't smudge and applies evenly, which is great when I'm layering it on at the last minute while riding in a news truck. Plus, I've worn this mascara while reporting in the rain, and it doesn't run. Hallelujah!"1



    COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume Mascara, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty

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    Ivanka's schedule has not been made public, so each week, we will do our best to cover the public events and forums she attends, the meetings she has with lawmakers and government officials, and her social media presence.

    Monday, December 31

    • Ivanka posted a happy birthday wish to her brother Eric with a very '90s #tbt photo.

    • Ivanka tweeted a happy New Year's message: "LOVE + HAPPINESS to ALL in 2019!"

    Tuesday, January 1

    • Back to work. Ivanka is preparing to launch a global women's economic development initiative in 2019, according to USA Today. The launch was planned for next week but has been postponed amid government shutdown uncertainty, the White House said on Monday. The project is reportedly backed by the State Department and the National Security Council and will include input by both government agencies and the private sector.

    "I look forward to continuing to work with the interagency and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to advance women’s access to vocational training, fuel female entrepreneurship, and lift legal and social barriers that restrict our full and free economic participation," the first daughter and senior White House adviser said in a statement to The Associated Press. Ivanka has made previous efforts in this area, including advocating for the Women’s Entrepreneurship & Economic Empowerment Act, which has passed Congress.

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    Every week on Dr. Pimple Popper , dermatologist Sandra Lee, MD, meets with men and women suffering from rare, often confidence-crushing skin conditions. The boils they carry are massive. The cysts are bubbling up to balloon-sized. But it's the people underneath the incredible lumps and growths that make the show worth watching. Just cover your eyes through the pus-filled eruptions, if you must.

    Following a brief hiatus, TLC's Dr. Pimple Popper is back for its sophomore season. If you missed tonight's television premiere, "Nose No Bounds," we have the breakdown of every pus-filled pop you missed. The hour-long episode gave us three new patients: April, who has bubbly lipomas in her arms, Genner and his nose boil, and Chris, with a two-for-one of flaky psoriasis plaques covering his entire body and an egg-sized bump on the top of his head. Here's how Dr. Lee started season two with a bang...

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    Case #1: April
    We meet 45-year-old April on a farm in Deatsville, Alabama. April's arms are large and puffy, ballooning with mountains of fatty deposits of all different shapes and sizes. "When I look down at my arms, I feel like a freak," April says, her eyes welling with tears. "The bumps around my elbow are a little sore, tender to the touch. But the pain isn't my problem; it's the fact that these lumps are hideous."

    At their initial meeting, Dr. Lee squishes the puffy bumps running all down on April's arm, diagnosing her with familial multiple lipomatosis (a condition April inherited from her father and has passed down to her teenage son, Hunter). Comparatively speaking, April's case is one of the most extreme Dr. Lee has ever encountered. "I've never seen this many bumps on a person's arm," she says. "There are bumps on top of bumps — more than you actually see. I can't even imagine how many are really under the skin."

    The goal of the surgery is to remove as many lipomas as possible, without covering April's arm with scars. Working quickly, Dr. Lee begins slicing, pressing, and popping squishy lipomas out of April's skin, starting with her left arm. In just the one arm, Dr. Lee extracts 38 fatty lipomas. The right side proves equally impressive, with 30 lipomas hiding out underneath the skin. After Dr. Lee has piled 68 blubbery, golf ball-sized lipomas across a single surgical tray, April's arms are back to a normal shape — and Dr. Lee's fingers are very numb.

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    Case #2: Genner
    Next, we're introduced to Genner, a man from the Philippines who covers half his face with a surgical mask — not because he's sick, or to protect against germs, but because he wants to hide the massive lump on his nose. "It started as a small pimple fourteen years ago, and has grown into this huge boil since then," Genner says, removing the paper mask from his face. "It leaks this bad odor, and it's heavy on my nose — I'm in pain every time I shake my head."

    During the office consultation, Dr. Lee immediately diagnoses Genner with rhinophyma, a thickening of the nose skin that's actually a rare form of rosacea. "Genner's case is an interesting presentation of rhinophyma," Dr. Lee explains. "It sort of presents like he chewed a whole pack of bubble gum and stuck it right onto the tip of his nose."

    To get rid of the lumpy mass, Dr. Lee uses an electric laser, which burns off the flesh of the nose and immediately cauterizes the resulting wound at the same time. She likens the cauterizer to a an electrical sculpting tool, which can help trim and reshape the nose. The skin-burning surgery is brutal (and bloody), but after a few minutes of laser buzzing, Genner's nose is back to its intended shape — zero bumpy buildup on the end.

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    Case #3: Chris
    The third case of the day is a double-header: two unrelated skin conditions in one patient. Chris, 32, has a an egg-sized boil smack dab on the top of his head, and severe psoriasis plaques over his whole body. "My psoriasis flared up when I was about 20," Chris says, adding that it's become unbearable. "Then it was only on my scalp, but now it's all over my shoulders, neck, and chest — the majority of my body is itchy all the time. When I get out of the shower, the entire bathroom floor is covered with dry skin."

    After meeting with Chris, Dr. Lee recommends a single surgery and an injection to treat the head lump and psoriasis, respectively. Dr. Lee starts by cutting into the bump with a scalpel, then pushes at the sides of the incision before a sticky white ball that looks a little like a garlic bulb pops out from Chris' head. To tackle the psoriasis, Dr. Lee injects Chris with a shot of Cosentyx, a prescription medication that will help suppress Chris' overactive immune system to control his flareups. With routine injections, Dr. Lee believes that Chris will be able to massively reduce his widespread psoriasis breakouts.

    After an hour of popping, slicing, cauterizing, and enough dry flaky skin to fill a bathtub, we leave you with three dermatological success stories — don't forget to tune in next week for round two.

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    Even if you don't read your horoscope regularly, you've probably heard it before: Something mild goes wrong (an important call is dropped, a scheduled delivery arrives late), which prompts someone in the astrological know to say, "Mercury must be retrograde."

    In other words, the planet Mercury has begun its regular period in which it appears to move backward in the sky, which in astrological circles is received as a time when matters of communication, logistics, and information are thrown into peril. After all, those are the areas of life that Mercury rules, so they're turned topsy-turvy when it seems to move in reverse.

    Of course, every planet in our solar system undergoes retrograde periods — we're lucky enough to experience seven of them this past summer alone — and each one affects us a little differently.

    We asked astrologer Amy Tripp what we can expect from each planet when it hits its backspin. While some retrogrades may seem like nothing but bad news, each one offers us an opportunity to grow and learn something new about ourselves — once we're done complaining about the retrograde, that is.

    Here, with Tripp's help, we'll walk you through every planetary retrograde, from their effects to their (approximate) lengths and frequencies, plus how you can deal the next time they come around.

    Mercury Retrograde
    Frequency: Three times a year
    Length: Three weeks

    We alluded to Mercury's retrograde effects already, and Tripp adds travel issues, misunderstandings, and technological mishaps to the list. She explains that Mercury retrogrades like to penalize us for doing any formal decision-making or contract-signing during them, and that they make us more prone to accidents and mistakes.

    How to handle it: "Return to anything you’ve already begun and fine tune it or close it out," Tripp says.

    Venus Retrograde
    Frequency: Every 18 months
    Length: Six weeks

    When the planet of love and beauty hits a retrograde, all we can say is guard your heart, stargazers. "There is a greater potential for misunderstandings in partnerships," Tripp explains, adding that these periods can call the state of your relationship and your approach to self-presentation into question. The temptation to be reckless in love and in your appearance (please, no spur-of-the-moment body piercings during a Venus retrograde) is strong.

    How to handle it: "Assess what is really important to you and what it is you truly value in your life and relationships," Tripp says. "It’s also a time when you can go back to old relationships and gain closure."

    Mars Retrograde
    Frequency: Every 26 months
    Length: 55 to 80 days

    When it's direct, the red planet is our source of action, passion, and drive — when it's retrograde, Tripp says to prepare for low energy and decreased motivation. "Projects could stall [or] lose momentum, and there may be major delays in getting what you want," she says, pointing out that, yes, this tends to be rather frustrating.

    How to handle it: "Reflect on the way you take action to get what you want and begin planning for projects to be initiated after Mars is direct," Tripp says. "If you’ve been pushing yourself too hard, this can be a time to give your body rest."

    Jupiter Retrograde
    Frequency: Once a year
    Length: 120 days

    Where Mars retrogrades put our outward-facing lives into slow motion, Jupiter retrogrades tend to have a similar effect on our inner selves. "Outward expression of enthusiasm and optimism may be more subdued, but still present," Tripp explains. Luckily, these periods are well-suited for gradually reevaluating your faith and reminding yourself of where your wisdom lies.

    How to handle it: "Reflect and gain deeper insights on your beliefs, philosophy, moral code," Tripp says.

    Saturn Retrograde
    Frequency: Once a year
    Length: 140 days

    The planet of discipline, tradition, and long-term progress is fittingly known for its tough retrogrades — periods that often urge us to address undesirable yet necessary tasks and obligations that we've been putting off. "Often old responsibilities must be completed before moving forward," Tripp says, adding that you might want to avoid taking on new work or changing careers while the ringed planet is retrograde.

    How to handle it: "Review commitments, professional goals, and ambitions. Assess yourself and the structures in your life," Tripp says.

    Uranus Retrograde
    Frequency: Once a year
    Length: 148 days

    When direct, this oddball planet is known to shake things up and prompt major changes on a global scale. When it hits a retrograde, Uranus urges us to undergo an inner revolution. Your rebellious nature may break through. You may tap into a part of yourself you've kept hidden. You may adopt a new perspective through which to view the world.

    How to handle it: "Reflect on your independence, personal freedom, and truth," Tripp says.

    Neptune Retrograde
    Frequency: Once a year
    Length: 150 days

    "This is a very difficult retrograde to grasp," Tripp says. Simply put, Neptune, the planet of dreams, imagination, and creativity, asks us to nurture those very things during its retrograde periods, which can be tricky if you don't care much about your dreams and prefer thinking practically to abstractly.

    How to handle it: "This is a favorable time for reviewing unconscious feelings — especially where we are sacrificing too much...or are being deceived or deceptive," Tripp says. "This is also a good time to strengthen [your] imagination."

    Pluto Retrograde
    Frequency: Once a year
    Length: Five to six months

    Pluto may be small and (very, very) far from Earth, but it still has a major influence on us, as it rules large-scale transformations, rebirth, and how power manifests in our lives. Of course, these forces don't come to our attention as often as, say, communication, so the effects of Pluto's retrogrades are definitely subtler than those of Mercury's. Simply, these periods arrive to highlight where you may need to change, adjust, or, yes, transform.

    How to handle it: "[Look] within and find hidden sources of power and inner strength that furthers goals"

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    A good Valentine's Day present should deliver a clear message without saying a word. A dozen roses says, "I appreciate you." A box of assorted Ghirardelli chocolates wrapped in a velvet bow says, "You're sweet." And a giant purple eggplant-shaped bath bomb says... well, that one speaks for itself.

    Suggestively-shaped bath products haven't historically been part of the V-Day canon, but this is the year that's all about to change. That's because Lush just announced its newest launches ahead of the annual celebration of love (and lust), and the collection is the raciest we've ever seen.

    You can't make your BFF blush with a surprise gift of banana bars and 69-shaped bubble bars for another few days (they drop on the Lush site January 7, and hit stores January 11), but you can scroll through and see a little bit of what's to come. Just make sure your boss isn't peering over your shoulder — these might just be the most NSFW bath products of all time.

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    The brand promises that when you drop this aubergine-shaped bath bomb in water, "just the tip" fizzes up a little faster than the rest.

    Lush Eggplant Bath Bomb, $6.95, available January 7 at Lush.

    Give a peach bath bomb to the friend who sat next to you during Call Me By Your Name — chances are they'll pick up what you're putting down.

    Lush Peachy Bath Bomb, $6.95, available January 7 at Lush.

    This reusable bubble bar can be either a '6' or a '9,' depending on your personal preference. However you flip it, you'll get a fountain of bubbles when you run it under hot water.

    Lush Six Reusable Bubble Bar, $6.95, available January 7 at Lush.

    Is that a big banana-shaped massage bar in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

    Lush Big Banana Massage Bar, $7.95, available January 7 at Lush.

    A fun marine shape and bright blend of cotton-candy blue and pastel pink, coupled with the scent of Sicilian lemon, rose oil, and sweet orange oil — we're totally on board with this bath bomb.

    Lush Love Boat Bath Bomb, $6.95, available January 7 at Lush.

    This lavender-scented rainbow-glitter bath bomb shaped like a unicorn horn is inherently whimsical — though the horny connotation is not lost on us.

    Lush Unicorn Horn Bath Bomb, $6.95, available January 7 at Lush.

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    One day before Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was sworn-in as the youngest congresswoman in history, conservatives decided to once again try to smear the progressive darling by posting a damning video of her... dancing in a rooftop while in college.

    An anonymous Twitter user affiliated with QAnon — the pro-Trump, far-right, Internet conspiracy theory — shared a clip of Ocasio-Cortez's Boston University days with the caption: "Here is America’s favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is..." The tweet was deleted late Thursday after it went viral.

    But just like Texas Republicans' efforts to make fun of Beto O'Rourke's punk band days spectacularly backfired, the clip of a young Ocasio-Cortez made her look cool and relatable instead of like a "clueless nitwit." The cut shared by the Twitter user was part of a longer video which shows the congresswoman and her college friends recreating the dance scene from The Breakfast Club set to Phoenix’s "Lisztomania." The clip belongs to larger wave of similar videos that floated around the internet in 2010. (For the young among us, this was pretty much a meme before the concept of meme existed. More on that here.)

    Ocasio-Cortez responded to the criticism, telling The Hill , "It is not normal for elected officials to have a reputation for dancing well and I'm happy to be one. She added: "It is unsurprising to me that Republicans would think having fun should be disqualifying or illegal."

    Of course, many of her supporters found the video endearing. Among some of the responses were: "Does anyone have a video from my past that inadvertently makes me look effortlessly cool that they would like to release, to own me" and "Why did they think a video of AOC dancing and being cute and funny and having fun with friends would make us dislike her?"

    The clip was even immortalized in a Twitter account called "AOC Dances To Every Song." An anonymous user is setting the video to the tunes of David Bowie, Britney Spears, ABBA, Lou Bega, and more artists. One is even playing the national anthem of the People's Republic Of China.

    Ever since pulling her primary upset last summer, conservatives have criticized Ocasio-Cortez things such as her clothes (she doesn't look poor enough), her humble childhood home ( real working class people don't live in houses), how much money she has in the bank (she's not 12 times richer than the typical American like most of her millionaire colleagues), her tweets (unlike the dignified posts by President Donald Trump), the high school she attended (a nice public school instead of a terrible one), and now, apparently, for being a college student who enjoyed dancing with her friends. And the loathing goes beyond just opinions: When she voted for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, her Republican colleagues booed her.

    The criticism weaponized against Ocasio-Cortez has often been sexist, classist, and racist instead of an intellectually honest effort to challenge her ideology as a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist. At its root, the pushback is related to how the right is largely terrified of the shifting demographics in the country. Ocasio-Cortez, a young Latina from a working class background, has become an avatar for those anxieties, particularly because she defeated one of the most powerful old, white men in the House and she hasn't shied away from speaking her truth. And while the conservative narrative frequently speaks to "pulling oneself by the bootstraps," Ocasio-Cortez and her family have received no praise for embodying that narrative. The 29-year-old's father was a small business owner and her mother cleaned houses; both worked hard enough to uproot the family from the Bronx and relocate to Yorktown, where their daughter would have better opportunities. It worked: Ocasio-Cortez would eventually go to Boston University, and now, become the youngest congresswoman in history.

    Even before being sworn-in, Ocasio-Cortez made waves by tackling how staffers and interns are underpaid in Capitol Hill and pushing for the Green New Deal, which is aimed at combatting climate change and inequality. Now that her work technically begins, we'll probably see an escalation in the type of empty criticism directed her way. But if her responses are any indication, the freshman congresswoman will remain unfazed. In her own words: "Don’t hate me cause you ain’t me, fellas."

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    The holidays are over but that doesn't mean your social calendar will disappear completely. Weddings, fundraisers, and other fancy events are bound to beckon your presence on the coldest winter days even if you'd rather stay inside snuggled under the covers. If you have a special occasion coming up and are dreading the thick tights versus bare freezing legs dilemma, we've got another idea — fancy pant suits.

    Swap out your cocktail dresses for this sophisticated party outfit option that looks as sleek on the dance floor (where you can go low without a care) as it does in group photos. Not only are suits flattering, but they'll also keep you much warmer than a dress would. Choose a pant suit in a luxurious fabric like velvet or satin for an elevated look. When it comes to styling, we suggest wearing a silky blouse underneath or taking the plunge with some double stick fashion tape. You've got a look that will satisfy any dress code and make you stand out in a sea of skirts and dresses.

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    If your New Year's resolution was to stick to a budge t and actually save some money in 2019, but when you woke up on January 1, your obsession with eating out had not miraculously disappeared, don't worry. All hope is not lost. There are plenty of ways for you to save money without giving up dining out. In fact, there are actually several ways to dine out without spending any money at all. The secret lies with rewards programs and apps.

    Ahead, we've compiled a list of the restaurant chains that offer freebies simply for signing up for their various rewards programs or downloading their apps. While some do require you to input your credit card info, most don't ask for anything other than your name, email address, and birthday. Take a look to see where you can eat and drink for free in 2019, and make good on that money-saving resolution.

    Just Salad:

    Get the new Just Salad app on your mobile device then enter your email address. After that, the salad chain will automatically send you a $10 credit to use on your very next order.

    Dunkin':

    Join DD Perks, and you'll receive a free beverage. This freebie can be ordered in any size and includes any iced or hot coffee, tea, or latte, hot chocolate, or Coolatta. All cooler beverages are excluded from the DD Perks freebie deal.

    Bruegger's Bagels:

    Become a member of the Bruegger's Bagels Inner Circle, and the latest special offers and exclusive news will be delivered right to your email inbox. To sign up, all you have to do is submit your email address and phone number, and in return, you'll get a free bagel with cream cheese.

    Krispy Kreme:

    Krispy Kreme Rewards allows you to earn and redeem points by enjoying the chain's doughnuts and drinks. Join online or through the app by sharing your name, date of birth, zip code, phone number, email address, and a password. After you've filled out the info, you'll automatically get a free doughnut of your choice.

    Wetzel's Pretzels:

    Getting freebies from Wetzel's is as simple as downloading the chain's app. This rewards system is that straightforward and immediate. When you download it, you'll automatically get a free pretzel item.

    Del Taco:

    By signing up for Del Taco's Raving Fan E-Club, you'll get two Del Tacos or two grilled chicken tacos free of charge. To sign up, share your name, email address, date of birth, city, zip code, and favorite location.

    Papa John's:

    Become a Papa John's rewards member, and receive free Cheesesticks. To get the free Cheesesticks, new members must place an order of $12 or more at Papa Johns anytime through January 27, 2019. Check the "My Offers"section on your Rewards dashboard to redeem the deal.

    Orange Julius:

    Become a member of the Julius League by providing your name, email address, zip code, country, date of birth, and gender, then you'll receive a buy-one-get-one-free coupon just for joining.

    Arby's:

    Sign up for Arby's email list by filling out your name, zip code, date of birth, and of course, email address, and you'll be able to get a free signature sandwich with the purchase of any soft drink. Included among its signature sandwiches are the roast beef gyro, turkey gyro, traditional Greek gyro, smokehouse brisket, loaded Italian, and Reuben.

    Auntie Anne's:

    Download the Auntie Anne's My Pretzel Perks mobile app, and you'll be able to access exclusive offers and earn reward points toward free pretzels. While all that sounds great, the best thing about downloading the app is that Auntie Anne's will give newbies a free pretzel after they make their first purchase of $1 or more.

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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 managing editor working in digital media who makes about $50,000 per year and spends some of her money this week on Baked Lays.

    Occupation: Managing Editor
    Industry: Digital Media
    Age: 30
    Location: Montana
    Salary: $30,000 (I am the content manager of a high-traffic outdoors website. I also receive bonuses fairly frequently based on site traffic.)
    Paycheck Amount (Monthly): $2,200
    Freelance Writing/Editing Income (Monthly): Between $600 and $1,700 per month total...incredibly varied! (I get paid throughout the month on a net 30 basis.) I have several consistent clients, mostly in the outdoor industry. I also run a training program for an outdoor apparel brand. I bill them hourly and am paid weekly, which is nice. This income is not taxed, so I usually owe money in taxes at the end of the year.
    Coffee Shop Job (Biweekly): $320 on average. (I make $200 every two weeks in my paycheck for two shifts a week at $10/hour. I usually walk out with $30-$45 in tips in cash after each shift, not reflected in the paycheck amount.)

    I track all of my expenses and income (yay Google Docs!), so I know I made $49,155 in 2018.

    Monthly Expenses
    Mortgage: $2,052 (I bought a house over the summer, and I have a friend who rents the upstairs — she pays me $700 per month.)
    Loans: $0 (I paid off my truck last spring, and my parents generously paid for my college.)
    Water: $69
    Trash: $23
    Electric/Heat: $75 on average
    Health Insurance: $144 (I pay out of pocket for a low-end, catastrophic plan...it's awful.)
    Dental Insurance: $30
    Phone: $70 (I pay my parents to stay on the family plan...they're never getting rid of me, muahaha.)
    Climbing Gym Membership: $80 (I work most of this off by teaching climbing clinics for membership credit most months)
    Spotify: $10
    New York Times Digital Subscription: $16
    Netflix: $0 (I still use my ex's...we're on good terms!)
    Donation To Local NPR Station: $25
    Roth IRA: $200
    Investment Contribution: $500 (I hope to pay off another 10% on my house in five years in a lump sum, so I'm building my higher-risk portfolio back up for that.)

    Day One

    6:40 a.m. — Up before my alarm...well, five minutes before. Meeting my friend A. at the gym for a morning workout. She is a routesetter at the climbing gym, and they just set on my favorite lead wall. I have coffee I snagged from the coffee shop after my shift yesterday, and I'll nuke it at the gym.

    7 a.m. — I'm getting over a nasty sinus infection and still not feeling up to my full strength. We climb most of the new routes, but then I take a low fall on a 5.12 and hit my ankle weirdly on the wall. I fractured it and got a level four sprain over the summer, which means I tore ligaments, and it's still pretty weak. I shake the ankle out, and it feels okay, but I decide not to finish the route. I hate being injured or sick, and I'm sort of both right now.

    8:40 a.m. — A. and I stretch and do a quick core workout upstairs before she has to start working the front desk. We have a really good talk about some tough family issues. Subjects are sometimes easier when you're both struggling to hold a plank and can't make weird eye contact.

    9:05 a.m. — I get home, pour a bowl of cereal, and plop onto my favorite corner of the couch to do some work. A retailer sent us sale items to write up on the day the sale started, so I have to bust this out before 12. Brands will pay for sponsored content on the site I work for (always disclosed, don't worry!), and it's part of my job to write up the items and link back to them. I listen to music and get it done by 11:57.

    12 p.m. — I microwave a bowl of plain pasta with butter for lunch. Depressing, right? I can't really taste anything from this cold, and my appetite is dumb right now, too, but I worked out hard this morning and need calories. I tell myself I'll eat vegetables later.

    2:15 p.m. — Feeling restless and I have a few errands to run, so I shut the laptop and clean up the pile of tissues I've accumulated. Working alone from home can make you pretty socially inept.

    2:40 p.m. — I'm hosting a white elephant Christmas party on Saturday, and the food theme is "a favorite dish your parents used to make," so I'm making my mom's mac and cheese. I buy milk, two boxes of macaroni, a bag of cheddar, and butter. I need to do a full grocery trip soon, but I'll just pick up this food for now. $8.60

    3 p.m. — Against my better judgement, I go into TJ Maxx, which is in the same plaza as the grocery store. This store is my crack. I never leave without a candle, some weird animal-shaped kitchen implement, or another workout top. I want to buy A. a planner for Christmas, since she'll be working full-time next year, and when I started working remotely full-time I felt like it grounded me to have a written planner. I find a cute one for $10 with lots of flowers and quotes and places to write goals. I also splurge on a pair of seriously discounted Bluetooth headphones for $16. They are big and puffy and rose gold. Basic? Oh well. My ex had my expensive ones when we broke up, and I don't care enough to bug him for them back. $26

    3:45 p.m. — My electric mixer kicked the bucket last month, and B., my friend/roommate/tenant, needs one for Christmas cookies. She offered to buy it, but I always feel bad because she lives in my house, and I don't want to have her buying home stuff. Plus I make more money with my side hustles than she does. I go into Bed Bath & Beyond for the first and hopefully last time ever and find a $20 mixer, download a 20% off coupon while I wait in an excruciatingly long line, and then bolt home. $16

    4:15 p.m. — My friend shot a buffalo on a special tag this year, and he gave me a bunch of meat last week. I was out of town for most of archery season, and I don't usually buy meat at the grocery store, so I haven't had any this fall. I cook a pound of ground buffalo with onions and garlic, then use the stupid mixer to make mashed potatoes. Then I dump in frozen corn and carrots, bake it, and have shepherd's pie for B. when she gets back from work.

    6 p.m. — B. and I make the executive decision to skip yoga. It's cold and dark, and the house is cozy. We read our books in the living room for almost two hours after dinner, and then I head into my room to shower and knock out. This cold needs to end NOW.

    Daily Total: $50.60

    Day Two

    6:54 a.m. — I didn't set an alarm today. B., A., and I are planning to go to yoga tonight and then climb after, so I'm not doing a morning workout. I make coffee with my cute little stovetop espresso maker, then add a splash of hot water for an Americano. It's my favorite way to make coffee. Sit down on my couch to start working. My workload is light this week. Some revisions for a freelance client, maintenance stuff for another client, and normal website content. Some video edits, too. All fun stuff.

    8:30 a.m. — I go to make eggs and toast, and a loose knob on my stove pops off when I try to turn it. Being a single homeowner is wonderful in so many ways, but can also be stressful. If something worse than this happened, would I be able to figure it out? I briefly panic, tell myself I have no skills, consider calling a man to help me, and then examine the components and figure out there's a metal plate behind the cover that separated. I grab a screwdriver, pull the plate back to the front, screw it in, and replace the knob. It's fixed! It's a minor victory, but also gives me a) knowledge, and b) confidence for bigger things.

    11:15 a.m. — Wooo! Best day of the month when my mortgage automatically withdraws from my bank account. Love that notification. It's worth it, though. I bought this house over the summer, and it was the best decision of my life. I was still with my ex at the time, and his plan was to live with me and pay half the bills/mortgage, etc. He owns a construction company, and I felt confident knowing that if something went wrong, he would be able to fix it. Two days after I closed, he decided he was having commitment issues, and we broke up. It's been a roller coaster this year, that's for sure, but B. moved in after her own breakup, and we have the best time! I love my house, and I've proven to myself that I can figure out minor repairs, afford to live here, and be an Independent Woman.

    12 p.m. — I join a conference call with a media company I freelance for. They're expanding and are starting to ask for feedback from some of their consistent contributors about what's working and what's not working with the process. I write a lot for them, and I have a lot of opinions. I really appreciate that they're opening the conversation to their contributors. Makes for happier writers and happier editors. The call lasts for an hour, and it feels pretty productive.

    1:30 p.m. — My friend M. comes over for an afternoon Work Club session. I have a few friends who work remotely, and we get together a few times a week to work together, usually from my house. I make tea, and we chat about our work weeks. My motivation increases, and I take care of some client work and some content flow stuff for the website I manage while pointedly continuing to ignore emails I've been ignoring all week.

    4 p.m. — M. heads to the gym. B. gets home from work, and we also head there. We all meet A. there and have a good two-hour climbing session followed by some dynamic strength work, and a one-hour yoga class. I've never had this yoga teacher before, and she's rad. Not too feelings-y, which I appreciate.

    7:35 p.m. — I've had a craving for Baked Lays for four days now, and I drive us to the grocery store after the gym. We go to the expensive grocery store because it's closer. I buy Baked Lays, a kombucha, and a dark chocolate bar for a total of $8.16 because I can't go to this store without buying shit like that. $8.16

    8 p.m. — The cat got into my pumpkin scones and made a huge mess all over the kitchen with crumbs. We change the whiteboard to 0 Days Since Last Bad Behavior, and take his mugshot. This cat is a nightmare, but I love him. He destroys everything. B. and I sit around and chat, and I eat my chips (and a carrot so I can hit my goal of eating a vegetable today). We chat for an hour, then split into our rooms to read.

    10:30 p.m. — Waste time on my phone, then read my book. Early gym tomorrow!

    Daily Total: $8.16

    Day Three

    6:40 a.m. — Up with my alarm, feed the screaming cat. B. staggers downstairs, and we head to the gym for a morning workout with A. and M. I will get online later and take care of website stuff and answer emails all day from my phone. I feel like I rarely work a full eight-hour sit down day, but I also am never not really working?

    7:10 a.m. — The new boulder problems are fun. A. and the setting crew put up 20 new problems yesterday, and we get worked on them for a solid two hours before heading upstairs for core.

    9:15 a.m. — Errand day! B. and I have a list of places we need to hit, coffee being the first stop. We stop at one of the locations of the shop I work at, and I duck behind the counter to fill my travel mug, which doesn't cost anything. The library is right across the street, so we walk over and I return the book I finished the other day, and check out another Richard Ford book, Canada. He is my favorite author. I'll bring it on the plane on Monday. I answer a few emails from my phone while B. browses.

    10:30 a.m. — We go to the grocery store so B. can stock up on Christmas cookie ingredients, then to TJ Maxx next door so she can find a white elephant gift for the party we're hosting tomorrow. I make it out of both stores without buying anything. Shocking. Our next stop is this amazing antique store on Main Street. I browse shelves of incredible antique books, and I can't resist buying an animal anatomy book for drawing references, a Roy Rogers novel from the 1960s, and a vintage copy of My Friend Flicka. I'll give it to my mom for Christmas, since she has a horse and loves horse books. The three books come to $18, which isn't bad considering we spend more than an hour in the store. $18

    12:15 p.m. — I wait in the truck while B. goes into the auto parts store for oil so she can work on her car this weekend, and I wipe down the inside of the cab. It's gotten gross this winter. I also call the off-road shop for a quote on a leveling kit to raise the front of my truck for more clearance to get to trailheads. $675! Whew. It'll wait until spring. Our final stop is the Dollar Tree, and I get snowman cups and a matching tablecloth for our party tomorrow. SO CUTE. $3

    1:30 p.m. — Back home. B. gets to work on Christmas cookies, and I make a sandwich with turkey, arugula, cheese, and hummus. I'm trying to use everything in the fridge before we both leave for a week. I hop online to put out a minor fire and answer a few quick emails while I'm on.

    3:15 p.m. — B. and I leave to pick up A. We are going to a museum to see a photography exhibit, then staying for a medical school transition ceremony for one of our friends. The photography exhibit is amazing, but also distressing, as it focuses on the Arctic and the undeniable impact of climate change. We sit for the hour-long ceremony in the museum auditorium, then eat appetizers and chat after finding our friend to take pictures and give her a big ol' hug.

    7:45 p.m. — Drop off A. and then head home. I ate enough at the reception that I'm not hungry for dinner, and B. and I wrap gifts and chat. I head into my room around 9:30 and put on Friday Night Lights for a minute. Asleep by 10:30.

    Daily Total: $21

    Day Four

    5:50 a.m. — Happy Saturday to me! Awake two hours before the sun. I scroll through National Geographic and The Atlantic and read a few articles, then get up to feed the cat and make coffee.

    6:30 a.m. — I wrap the gift for my white elephant party and clean the downstairs bathroom. And the litter box. The pumpkin scones clearly weren't sitting well in my cat's stomach and the box is....unpleasant.

    8 a.m. — I was planning to go for a skate ski this morning, but my lungs are still feeling crappy from this stupid cold. I decide to join my friends at the gym instead. We stretch, mess around on the boulders, and chat. This reasonably attractive guy who I know through friends sits down near us while he waits for his ice climbing partner to arrive. I immediately stalk him on social media after he leaves to see if he has a girlfriend. I am not actively looking to date right now, but it never hurts to keep tabs on eligible climbers.

    10:10 a.m. — Get home, pop a bagel in the toaster, and scramble some eggs. I usually work out on an empty stomach, but I'm super hungry by the time I'm done. I check the mail and my electric bill is here. $110.07! Holy shit! Guess I've been going HAM on the heat this month. I like to be comfortable when I'm at home, but yikes. I write a check immediately and tell myself I'll set up my online account *next month.*

    11 a.m. — Format a quick news article for the site I work for, answer a few emails, send an invoice for a freelance piece, schedule weekend social posts, vacuum, clean the kitchen, and start the mac and cheese for the party tonight. Feeling productive as heck. That's what waking up before 6 a.m. on a Saturday does!

    1:30 p.m. — Pick up A. to start an afternoon of funtivities. First we exchange Christmas gifts. She's made me a watercolor painting of a climbing area we visited on a girls' trip last year. It's beautiful, and I can't wait to get it framed. We have our sketchbooks and art supplies and head back to the museum for a few hours of drawing dinosaur skeletons.

    4 p.m. — We spend more time than I anticipated at the museum, and we have to rush downtown to park and grab food at the co-op before our friend's ballet performance. We change in the truck into dresses and heels, and I park at the library to avoid dealing with two-hour parking. I make a salad bar salad, get some peanut butter cups to eat during intermission, and a can of seltzer. $9.10

    4:30 p.m. — We show up at the wrong theater right as the show is about to start, and end up running one-third of a mile to the right auditorium in our ridiculous heels. Should have read the tickets. My bad. The show is great though, and our friend has several solos.

    6:15 p.m. — We're parked exactly one mile from the theater, and I'm going to be late to my own party. It's 18 degrees out, and we decide to run the mile back to the truck. I end up with a pretty efficient stride, and we run the mile in our heels in nine minutes and 30 seconds. We decide to make The Heel Mile a Christmas tradition.

    6:45 p.m. — White elephant party! It's super fun and really nice to have all of my friends in the same place. The food is great, the gifts are a hit, and everyone is so fun and positive. One of the gifts is a jigsaw puzzle, and a handful of people end up staying till almost 11 p.m. working on it. This is my kind of party. B. and I clean up, and I am asleep around midnight.

    Daily Total: $9.10

    Day Five

    6 a.m. — I usually close the coffee shop on Sundays, but I agreed to switch with another barista, so I'll be the second one on today, working with my favorite coworker. I put on leggings and a skirt and head out the door. I don't have a makeup or beauty routine, so it take me five to 10 minutes to get out the door in the morning. I admire the hell out of girls who wear beautiful makeup and do their hair every day, but I've never been able to put forth the energy.

    6:30 a.m. — Pick up pastries at the Main Street location to bring to the shop I work at, and I make myself a double espresso over ice as soon as I get there. There were a few cows loose in the road near the highway entrance, so I show up a few minutes late. I make a bagel from the day-old bin.

    12 p.m. — The shift had some good rushes. I love this job so much, and two shifts a week is the perfect amount to get me out of the house and on some sort of schedule. We make over $30 a piece in tips, not bad.

    12:15 p.m. — I have a pretty good Friends With Benefits situation going on, and he lives right near the coffee shop. I give him a call after my shift, and he's home, so I grab a day-old muffin (for breakfast at the airport tomorrow) and burrito (for him because I'm nice) and head over.

    2 p.m. — The d*ck appointment (can I say that?) was just what I needed before I head home for 10 days. I give him a hug and a high five and tell him I'll give him a call if I need a ride back from the airport (also near his house) when I get back.

    2:30 p.m. — B. and I read (I'm now reading Canada), shoot Nerf darts (B.'s gift from the white elephant) for the cat to chase for a few hours, and then we pack him up to take him to boarding, since I fly out super early tomorrow. My ex texts me to give my family a hug for him, and I respond affirmatively.

    5 p.m. — My cat is all set up in Kitty City. He has a five-room "cat condo," and they play soothing music and let him out into the big room on a schedule each day. He looks happy enough, and he rode really well in the truck. $176

    6 p.m. — We meet our entire crew at the climbing gym. I kind of wish I'd gone bouldering outside today...it was sunny and 36 degrees. But I'm happy to be here and get one last burnout workout in before heading out of town. B. and I do an endurance workout that takes an hour and blows a callous off my palm. The rest of our friends do their own thing on the other side of the gym, then we all head upstairs for a Yin yoga class.

    8:45 p.m. — Yin was just what I needed! Got some great stretches, got to see my friends. B. and I heat up leftover mac and cheese at the house, and I'm sad my cat isn't here to scream and try to steal food from our plates. We watch the Burl Ives Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer movie, and then I head to bed around 10:30 p.m.

    Daily Total: $176

    Day Six

    5:10 a.m. — TIRED. B. works near the airport, and she drops me off on her way to work. I'm sad to leave my friends and my house, but really excited to see my family. I see them twice a year, and my dad had cancer last year, so it was pretty stressful. He's in remission now, and back to being a total badass.

    5:45 a.m. — One of my bags gets stopped in security, which happens to me every time. This time it's really embarrassing...a pocketful of live 10mm ammo. I hadn't worn that jacket since I took a handgun class, and I guess I had rounds left in my pocket. They are super nice about it, but I feel like I'm about to go to jail. It's Montana though...they've seen worse. Once I'm through security, I get a double shot of espresso over ice and add a splash of half and half. It's $2.90, and I tip $1. PSA: Always tip your barista, thanks! I do the planeside check with my carry-on to avoid lugging it around, then work from the airport until we board. $3.90

    8:45 a.m. — Land in Denver, and my next gate is right across the aisle. If I land in Boston on time and my bag doesn't get lost, this will be the easiest day of travel I've ever had. I get online and do some work, then read the news about the nonsense our circus-peanut-in-chief tweeted last night.

    3:45 p.m. — Landed! I watched Crazy Rich Asians on the flight...SO GOOD. Can't believe I haven't seen it before. I snacked on stale Gardetos and gummy worms that I found in my backpack, but I haven't eaten much and by the time I collect my bag and meet my parents outside, I'm super hungry.

    6 p.m. — My dad has homemade bread and soup ready at the house when we get back, and it is SO GOOD. I chat with my parents, show them pictures of my life in Montana, and then watch the PBS News Hour. Really nice to see them, and I'm looking forward to seeing my siblings in the next few days. They all live around here — I'm the only one who bounced.

    9:40 p.m. — Work a bit to stay caught up, send a few texts to friends who still live in the northeast, do my Duolingo French lesson, and then hit the sack early. It's been a busy week and traveling makes me tired.

    Daily Total: $3.90

    Day Seven

    8:45 a.m. — Wake up absurdly late, but I'm a few hours behind Montana time. Waste a few minutes scrolling through my phone, then go downstairs to say hello to the parents, and make coffee before jumping online for a bit.

    11 a.m. — I get a notification that I have $360 direct depositing from a client tomorrow. My freelance is really quiet right now, and I'm getting down to my last few pending invoices. I send an email letting editors know I'm available for more work, and brainstorm some publications and pitches. It's feast or famine in freelancing — I feel like I'm either stressed because I have too much work, or worried because I don't have enough. It definitely comes in waves. I'm enjoying the low workload, but I know in 30 days when I don't have payments coming in, I'll wish I'd worked more. Time to start hustlin'.

    11:30 a.m. — My dad and I set up yoga mats in the living room and do an hour-long vinyasa session on Apple TV. Even though he's in remission, there are a few places he still can't go into thanks to being immunocompromised, including gyms. So yoga in the house it is! We also set out our packs for tomorrow's 5 a.m. departure for a winter peak-bagging excursion, and I eat a banana. My appetite has been conspicuously absent.

    1 p.m. — Head out to the local indoor pool with my mom to do a swimming workout. She swims every single day, and despite my illustrious tenure as a competitive swimmer throughout high school, I'm winded and out of swimming shape and can't keep up to save my life. It costs $8 to get in. $8

    2:45 p.m. — Run errands downtown with my mom, and swing into a coffee shop to get a $20 gift card in case my brother's fiancé gets me a Christmas present this year. I was caught off guard last year and felt really bad. I buy a hot chocolate for $2.50 to replenish calories from the swimming workout and tip the rude barista $1 because I can't not tip, even if the service is horrid. $23.50

    4 p.m. — Visit my mom's friend, who's more like a family member. They gossip and try to set me up with her son's friend who randomly lives near me in Montana. I name-check him with my girlfriends and get a panicky ABORT MISSION text back. Apparently he dated someone's sister and does a lot of drugs. Passsssss. My mom and her friend are disappointed, but I promise to keep them abreast of whatever dating adventures lie in my future.

    6:15 p.m. — Pick up Chinese takeout from my favorite restaurant in town. My mom pays, and we take it back to eat with my dad. I text my sister to pick up a dress I'm borrowing for the ballet in a few days. I love my siblings, and even though we aren't especially close, I'm kind of bummed neither of the ones who live in town have come over to my parent's house to say hi yet. I know they have their own lives here, but eh. I dunno.

    7:30 p.m. — Fit my winter boots with crampons and get the snowshoe straps all set for the morning. I'm excited and nervous. My dad has a big day planned. We put on the Springsteen on Broadway Netflix special, and I answer a few more emails, since I'll be offline most of the day tomorrow.

    9:30 p.m. — Crashing early, big day in the mountains tomorrow!

    Daily Total: $31.50

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