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    Come January, as celebrities begin to descend upon the red carpet for awards season, our eyes will, once again, be on what they are wearing. But this time, something might be different.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, "actresses, including both nominees and presenters will wear black to protest gender inequality and acknowledge the flood of sexual abuse allegations” at the 75th annual Golden Globes, set to take place on Sunday, January 7, 2018. The initiative follows the Screen Actors Guild’s announcement that all of the presenters at the awards show next month will be women.

    The latest step in creating more visibility around the industry's ongoing sexual abuse scandals, the move is meant to show solidarity with the survivors of the #MeToo movement, which includes some of Hollywood's biggest leading ladies, like Lupita Nyong'o, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Salma Hayek. It will also be used as an opportunity to give actresses more of a voice on the red carpet; according to The Hollywood Reporter, a recent meeting at the Creative Artists Agency, the world's leading talent agency, discussed how interviewers can push beyond simply asking women "What are you wearing " a conversation that has been in the zeitgeist since the birth of the #AskHerMore Twitter campaign following the 2014 Emmys.

    Since then, women have began using the red carpet, and the style-minded discussions that inevitably come with it, to segue into other topics. This past year, Evan Rachel Wood wore a series of custom suits that were meant to show young girls that they "don't have to wear [a dress] if [they] don't want to." At the Oscars in February, a countless number of stars added a blue ribbon to their formal attire in support of the ACLU.

    If The Hollywood Reporter's reports are correct and these women (of which there are said to be over 30) to decide to wear black to protest the rampant sexual harassment in Hollywood, asking about their appearance could be the gateway to an important but hard conversation, not just in the film and television, but in fashion as well. Reminder: Never underestimate the power of clothing.

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    While the holiday season is the most popular time of year for engagements, you needn't be expecting a diamond sparkler to experience the thrill of unwrapping a piece of jewelry you’ll cherish forever. In fact, in recent years, fine jewelry has become as much of a must-have fashion accessory as the latest It handbag (not to mention it lasts a whole lot longer).

    From stacking rings to statement earrings, more and more designers are creating contemporary fine jewelry that appeals to a younger generation and complements an everyday wardrobe. And like our fashion choices, we’re becoming more daring in terms of color and scale.

    Add in the increased availability of colored gemstones on the market, thanks to technical advancements and deposits of emeralds discovered in Zambia and rubies in Mozambique, and our jewelry boxes have the potential to be far more colorful than our mothers’ or grandmothers’ ever were.

    Those mines are both owned by Gemfields, the world’s leading supplier of colored gemstones. It produces 25% of the world’s emeralds and 70% of the world’s rubies. By investing in the mines and controlling the entire process, from sourcing the stones to selling rough gems to the market, the company ensures that every emerald and ruby is produced according to its strict business, social , and environmental standards — so not only are they beautiful, they’re also responsibly sourced.

    But choosing the right stone is by no means straightforward. Before you invest whether treating yourself or someone else — read what the experts at Gemfields had to say about buying colored gems, ahead.

    Rubies are red and emeralds are green. But that’s not the whole story. Colored gemstones come in an endless array of shades, and finding the one that’s right for you is a personal decision. “Rubies vary in color from a raspberry hue to something more like classic Ferrari red, and different people are drawn towards different shades depending on their skin tone, hair color, and personality,” says Elena Basaglia, downstream manager at Gemfields.

    Unlike diamonds, which are graded on a scale of D to Z (D being “colorless,” Z being almost yellow), rating colored gemstones is a more subjective task. “People perceive color differently: Two people looking at the same ruby would see it as different shades of red. It’s a very personal choice,” says Basaglia.

    Instead, each stone is given a description according to its primary and secondary colors. Rubies vary from purplish-red to orangey-red, while emeralds range from yellowish to blueish-green — and all shades and combinations in between. The color can give a clue as to where the stone comes from. “Generally speaking, Colombian emeralds have a shade like mint leaves, while Zambian emeralds appear more like a rich, blueish green,” explains Basaglia.

    The color and country of origin can both affect the price. Traditionally, Colombian emeralds are seen as the most desirable and are therefore the most expensive. Pure red rubies, a shade known as “pigeon’s blood,” have long been considered the most prestigious and therefore the most valuable. They were thought to be found only in Myanmar, but, as always with colored gemstones, the reality is a bit more complicated.

    “Myanmar was always held up as the ‘holy grail’ of ruby origin, but since the deposit has been found in Mozambique, we’ve discovered every single shade and quality of ruby there — including pigeon’s blood,” says Anna Flower, head of PR for Gemfields.

    The lesson is not to get too caught up in a gemstone’s country of origin but instead find the shade that works best for you. Try jewelry on, hold a stone against your skin, look at it in different types of light (it’s amazing how the color of a gem can change appearance between natural and artificial light), and, ultimately, choose the piece that best suits you.

    “Whatever you know about diamonds, forget it — because for colored gemstones, it’s the exact opposite,” says Basaglia. While in the diamond world a lack of color is covetable, for colored gems it’s intensity of color that matters. And while diamonds are prized for a lack of inclusions (tiny imperfections caused by heat and pressure over millions of years beneath the Earth’s surface), inclusions are what give colored gems their character.

    “Don’t associate inclusions with negative connotations,” advises Basaglia. “Even if a gemstone has inclusions, you can still fall in love with it.” The inclusions found within emeralds are even known as “jardins,” meaning “gardens” in French — an indication of the romance found within these characteristics.

    While being beautifully unique, inclusions can also have a downside: They can make a stone more brittle. So emeralds, for example, will often be treated with oil, which helps to reduce these imperfections and strengthen the stone. This type of treatment — along with heating a ruby to increase (or decrease) the intensity of its color — is commonplace and has been accepted for centuries.

    “In the diamond industry, treating a stone to improve color or clarity can be frowned upon, but in the colored gemstone industry, it’s quite accepted,” says Flower. “Looking only for an untreated stone will mean your budget can spiral out of control; buying a treated gemstone is absolutely fine, as long as the treatment has been disclosed to the buyer.”

    As well as knowing how your gemstone has been treated, it’s also imperative that you know where it comes from. “Not only should you wear colored gemstone jewelry because it looks good, you should also be proud to wear it because you know exactly where the stones come from,” says Flower.

    The colored gemstone industry is relatively underdeveloped in comparison to the diamond industry, which has been under pressure to clean up its act thanks to publicity around “blood diamonds.” In contrast, colored gemstone production has traditionally relied on small-scale, artisanal producers — whose ethical credentials are difficult to trace.

    Gemfields has radically changed this, by ensuring that every stone that bears its name is responsibly sourced and every step in the journey from mine to market can be traced. Every Gemfields ruby comes from the Montepuez mine in Mozambique and every Gemfields emerald comes from the Kagem mine in Zambia. Each of these mines is assessed to ensure it meets strict environmental and sustainable standards.

    “To mine gemstones you need to dig, and we go about that in a way that has the smallest possible impact on the environment,” explains Flower, adding that as well as funding new schools and health centers in mining areas, Gemfields works with local communities to develop agricultural projects to ensure that they have a livelihood that enriches the area even after the mines are gone. “That is a responsible way of producing colored gemstones, and it’s one we’re very proud of,” she says.

    Yet another way in which colored gemstones differ from diamonds is that there is no internationally recognized benchmark for how much a stone should cost. Pricing, therefore, is a bit of a “dark art” — but don’t let that put you off.

    “There is so much mystery around colored gemstones that people think they must be extremely expensive, but they’re not,” says Basaglia. “Don’t be afraid of going into a shop and asking to try on a piece of ruby or emerald jewelry. You might be surprised — it might not cost as much as you think, and you'll likely be able to find something within your price range.”

    While Gemfields rubies and emeralds are used as the centerpieces in extremely valuable, one-of-a-kind designs from the world’s most prestigious jewelry houses, they are also used by contemporary, up-and-coming designers, who use smaller stones with interesting features to create more affordable pieces you can wear every day. And actually, when you look beyond traditionally desirable colored gemstones, there are bargains to be found.

    “If you move outside the traditional criteria — say Colombian emeralds, Burmese pigeon blood rubies, or untreated stones — and broaden your mind, then you can absolutely find a great quality, fairly large stone for a very affordable price,” says Flower.

    Far more important than where a stone comes from or what the laboratory report says is whether or not it speaks to you. “Gemstone buyers are as picky as a woman choosing a pair of shoes, so have faith that if you see a stone in a jewelry shop, then it is there for a reason — because it’s beautiful,” says Basaglia. “So follow your instincts.”

    There are certain practical considerations to take into account. Emeralds are more fragile than other gemstones, so they're more suited to necklaces or earrings than rings or bracelets, where they’re at greater risk of being damaged. And due to their fragility, they’re more likely to be set in gold rather than platinum, as it’s more malleable and less likely to damage the stone. But beyond that, the choice is entirely yours.

    “To me, it’s important that jewelry is worn, not kept in a box,” says Flower. “So buy something that resonates. I’ve seen countless gemstones, and my favorites aren’t always the most expensive but the ones that have spoken to me. It’s important to have that gut reaction and buy something that you’ll be proud to own and wear.”

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    Let us all pay homage to the year 2003, when 50 Cent released his iconic "In Da Club" single, a horse named Funny Cide won the Kentucky Derby, and for the first time, phones were made with front-facing cameras. Since that time, photography as we know it entirely changed — in favor of the selfie.

    Love them, hate them, make a book out of them — one thing is for sure, selfies are here to stay. So, instead of fighting them, why not face the light (ideally by a window) and learn how to take one like a pro?

    If you're seeking guidance, we recommend following Selfie Queen Olivia Culpo 's advice. One scroll through her Instagram feed will show you that the woman has mastered the art of taking her own photo, and in a recent interview with InStyle, Culpo gave up her five secrets to a stunning selfie. Inspired, we found other celebs who use the same Culpo-endorsed tips, tricks, and angles to get the money shot. Ahead, all the A-list inspiration you need to up your own selfie-game.

    Follow The Light

    You've heard it once, and you'll hear it again — light is your selfie's best friend. It highlights all the right places, giving you the illusion of glowing skin. The key: Experiment with what works best for your features. "I personally like to face the sun while some people prefer the look of shade," Culpo told InStyle. "It's all about what compliments your skin best."

    Case in point? This selfie from Jenna Dewan Tatum, who's photo went from "just chillin' outside" to "angel in the afternoon" — all thanks to the sun shining behind her.


    Get In The Mood

    Social media can sometimes be misleading, but the key to the best selfie is to show your authentic mood. If you're feeling happy, smile. If you're in the dumps while studying for finals, go a little more serious. Be real, because after all — a picture's worth a thousand words. "Make sure you're channeling the story you are trying to tell in your selfie with your expression," Culpo said.

    We think Gabrielle Union made her feelings in this picture so clear, it doesn't even need a caption — her smile says it all.


    Mind Your Background

    "Try and find a beautiful backdrop," Culpo said. "Even if you aren't watching the sunset on the beach, you can still look for a fun colored wall or beautiful greenery." Or, if you're Emily Ratajkowski, the perfect quaint stone staircase in Tuscany...


    Show Your True Self

    Sometimes it feels like the only way to get away with posting a selfie when you don't feel your best is to go into VSCO, up the contrast, and give it a filter. But Culpo says this is a no-no. "I personally believe in minimal editing," she told the publication. "You are beautiful just the way you are."

    There's no better example of that than this fresh, #nofilter selfie of Tyra Banks. She's got bare skin, beachy curls, and her signature smize — there's no need to touch it.


    Don't Take It Too Seriously

    Keeping up with the 'gram can feel like a full-time job. Heck, for many people, it is their full-time job. But, as Culpo explained, it's important to remember that social media is supposed to be fun, so make sure to have it. "Try your selfie with Instagram or Snapchat animation like the bunny ears or the stars," she said. "I also love to experiment with Boomerangs. The movement is a great way to tell a story."


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    Ulta Beauty know how to do the holiday season right. From limited edition gift sets to pint-sized stocking stuffers, there’s always a little something for everyone. And this year, the retailer is going bigger than ever before. In fact, Ulta is hosting a 25-day Holiday Beauty Blitz sale with deals so good, it’ll be hard to resist shopping for yourself too.

    According to Bustle, this sale can be likened to Ulta’s famous 21 Days Of Beauty. But there’s one difference: The store will only be revealing five days-worth of discounts at a time. Most are a one-day-only kind of deal, but you have the option of picking 'em up in stores and online while supplies last.

    Click through to check out the full calendar of sales. We will be updating this post every five days as more deals drop.

    December 1

    Today only, take 50% off this full face palette — a $232 value — with three contour shades, two blushes, and 15 eyeshadows in Smashbox’s trademark buttery, highly pigmented formula.

    Smashbox Drawn In. Decked Out. Shadow + Contour + Blush Palette, $21 (reg $42), available at Ulta Beauty.

    December 1 - December 4

    For four days, take half off the price of this Urban Decay favorite. The 12-pan palette includes a range of matte nude shadows. And, in case you were doubting the quality of this palette at all: There are over positive 500 reviews on Ulta’s website, with an average 4.6/5 stars.

    Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics, $27 (reg $54), available at Ulta Beauty.

    December 2

    For those cold, dry days when you don't want to deal with the flakes a heavier foundation can bring, opt for this lightweight tinted gel. Just like the name says, it's a lifesaver for your complexion.

    Bareminerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel, $19 (reg $30), available at Ulta Beauty.

    December 3

    Looking for a kit to gift your best friend? Look no further than these Ulta exclusives, featuring deluxe samples sizes of Tarte's best-selling products.

    Tarte Double Duty Beauty Discovery Set, $21.60 (reg $36), available at Ulta Beauty.

    December 4

    Get your glow on with this five-piece collection — a $98 value that comes with a super cute makeup pouch to boot.

    Mally Beauty Mally's Blow 5 Piece Collection, $16 (reg $32), available at Ulta Beauty.

    December 5

    This creamy lipstick leaves behind the color of a stain, and yet feels like a balm.

    Becca Lush Lip Colour Balm, $11, (reg $22), available at Ulta Beauty.

    December 6

    For all your holiday traveling, this brush set can be tossed in your purse or suitcase so you can touch-up your makeup wherever you are.

    IT Cosmetics Your Beautiful Basics Airbrush 101 Travel Set, $19 (reg $38), available exclusively at Ulta Beauty.

    December 7

    Makeup artist Laura Geller knows makeup. Consider this her starter kit to a dewy, fresh glow.

    Laura Geller Hollywood Lights 6 Piece Full Size Beauty Collection, $29.50 (reg $59), available at Ulta Beauty.

    December 8

    Minimize your morning routine with this 4-in-1 powder. It'll cover up any unevenness, hydrate, smooth, and deliver SPF 15 in just a few sweeps.

    Pür 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 15, $14.75 (reg $29.50), available at Ulta Beauty.

    December 9

    Heralded as one of the top pore-filling primers, this bestseller from Benefit is worth stocking up on. Not to mention, it makes a great gift for all your makeup-loving friends.

    Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer, $15.50 (reg $31), available at Ulta Beauty.

    December 10

    If there were ever one product worthy of Kardashian-level contouring, it's this cult-favorite kit. Better still, it's available in both cream and powder formulas, so you can pick your favorite finish.

    Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, $20 (reg $40), available at Ulta Beauty.

    December 11

    Whether it's the natural-looking color, plumping properties, or smooth application, this lip gloss is an absolute must for the holiday party season.

    Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake, $11 (reg $22), available at Ulta Beauty.

    December 12

    For full, sexy lashes without the hassle of applying falsies.

    Benefit Real Sexy Steal, $15 (reg $24), available at Ulta Beauty.

    December 13

    A unique formula that bridges full-coverage concealer with a hydrating serum — perfect for dry, winter skin.

    BareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer, $10.50 (reg $21), available at Ulta Beauty.

    December 14

    This Ulta exclusive gives off the perfect iridescent glow no matter where you apply — from the highest points of your cheekbones all the way down to your collarbone, and even your ear lobes.

    Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder For Face & Body in Luminous, $19.20 (reg $32), available exclusively at Ulta Beauty.

    December 15

    No wonder this one's a cult favorite: The curved wand provides a better angle so you don't accidentally smear mascara on your lid.

    Lancôme Grandiôse Extreme Mascara $16 (reg $32), available at Ulta Beauty.

    December 16

    With over 1,000 positive reviews on Ulta's website, this whipped-gel formula is a favorite for people looking for full coverage to cover up redness, dryness, and unevenness.

    Tarte Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation, $12 (reg $39), available at Ulta Beauty.

    This dual-ended tool makes it easy to stop the spreading of germs. One side, you have a spatula to scoop out your potted foundation; on the other, a fluffy foundation brush to buff out a liquid or powder formula.

    Tarte Double Duty Beauty Foundation Brush & Spatula, $10 (reg $30), available at Ulta Beauty.

    December 17

    Apply this pencil all over the lip before topping it with a liquid lipstick for color that lasts all day.

    Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner, $8.50 (reg $17), available at Ulta Beauty.

    December 18

    Infused with peppermint oil to give your lips a hit of hydration and a refreshing smell. Now, where's that mistletoe?

    Stila Color Balm Lipstick, $11 (reg $22), available at Ulta Beauty.

    The unique brush tip applicator evenly distributes product for a glossier-than-ever finish — without the stickiness.

    Stila Lip Glaze, $11 (reg $22), available at Ulta Beauty.

    December 19

    Why go for regular makeup brushes when they can be silver and sparkly, with a matching silver brush cup to boot?

    IT Cosmetics All That Shimmers Brush Set, $29 (reg $58), available exclusively at Ulta Beauty.

    December 20

    Every shade you need (there are 32!) in one affordable palette.

    Lorac Mega PRO Palette 4, $29.50 (reg $59), available at Ulta Beauty.

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    Hygge – it’s a term that you may have seen floating around the Internet recently alongside images of fuzzy socks, lit candles and steaming mugs of hot cocoa. But what does it mean?

    The term originates from the Norwegian word for “wellbeing,” and while some refer to it as “the art of creating intimacy” or being “consciously cozy,” its meaning can’t be fully expressed in words.

    I do know, however, that “hygge” is woven into the fabric of the Danish lifestyle – some say ‘hygge’ means to the Danes what ‘freedom’ means to Americans. So this week, I wanted to add some Norwegian hygge to my life in NYC.

    I ordered The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking and used it as a guide for the week. With Wiking’s help, I broke hygge into 5 major pillars: atmosphere, clothing, food, activities & company.

    Did you know that burning candles is a staple in Denmark? Most Danes will tell you they typically burn more than five candles at once, and not only in the home – also in offices, coffee shops, and even at school. Fire is perhaps the most hygge-like element a home can have.

    From turning my apartment into a candle-lit wonderland (and a complete fire-hazard) to baking homemade cinnamon buns and spending some much-needed time with my family and friends, this week opened my eyes to how a New Yorker can add a little Danish delight to her everyday life.

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    MISBHV, the Polish streetwear brand that's popping up at some of the world's coolest stores, began when designer Natalia Maczek realized studying law just wasn't for her. "I came to London for a summer job, and I really fell in love with clothes, the music, and the new experiences here," she says. "It was very powerful for me because we didn't have that scene at the time in Poland." So she started making parody designer T-shirts for friends, who wore them at the parties her friend and co-designer Thomas Wirski was throwing in Warsaw. "It was just a fun project I started during university, and we got a lot of support from our friends in the music industry, skaters, artists — it was very organic. I decided I wanted to give it a chance, so we started selling pieces online."

    This was a bold move for the pair at the time. "Basically because of Poland's history, before 1989 this field did not exist whatsoever," Wirski explains. "Then, after 1989, people had bigger problems than how they dressed. Growing up in Poland, being a designer didn't really register in people's minds. This only really started changing a few years ago." Despite having no design experience, making clothes was a domestic skill embedded in the culture of the time. "I saw my mom and grandma making dresses, or my dad tailoring pieces — that 'do it yourself' spirit was very current for me," Maczek explains. "And we didn't have access to Western stores or Western brands," Wirski reiterates. "If you saw a glimpse of that life in the form of a record cover or in the movies, you'd have to replicate that look yourself. So for our parents, it was normal to buy a pair of jeans and tailor it — you would have to make it yourself because you didn't have access to anything else."

    Photo: Lea Colombo
    Photo: Lea Colombo

    With no outside help or financial investment, the duo took this attitude to Paris. "We did that all very intuitively," says Maczek. "We went to Paris Fashion Week, went to clubs, we had fun, and we felt this new energy coming from streetwear-oriented people. So we set up a showroom and just sent out emails to people to come and see the pieces." That was in January 2015, just under three years ago, and the first retailer they were approached by was Browns. How did such a small brand cope with the demand for higher production from luxury outlets?

    "That was a really big challenge for us in the first two years," Wirski admits. "Before, we'd have an idea on Monday, design a T-shirt on Tuesday, screen print it on Wednesday, shoot it on Thursday, and sell it on Friday. Over the weekend, you'd see kids wearing it at clubs. Going from that to designing collections in advance, shooting a high-production lookbook, and delivering it on time...for that you need a big structure." But given these origins, are they worried about losing their authenticity as the brand grows?

    "When we started — and I remember this very clearly — the only criteria for me personally when finishing up a piece was, 'Would I wear this to a club, and would I feel good in it?' This is still something that's very, very important to me," Wirski states. "But on the other hand, I've also grown up. I'm 30 now, and I'm looking for more quality in clothing. So I think it's only natural to marry the two, to get this effect of a city's coolness, that it's only cool if it's real, and then to have great expertise and craftsmanship in the way a piece is finished."

    Photo: Lea Colombo
    Photo: Lea Colombo

    Luxury streetwear has enjoyed an industry-shaping revival over the past several years, with brands like Vetements and designers like Gosha Rubchinskiy ripping up the rule book and forming their own aesthetic. Due to geographical generalizations, MISBHV is often grouped together with the Russian Rubchinskiy and Georgian Demna Gvasalia, with writers and buyers often assuming a similar aesthetic from the brands. But you'd be remiss to overlook the intricacies of Maczek and Wirski's vision.

    "It's a huge, huge compliment to be compared to those designers," Wirski says. "But culturally, we're very different. Something that comes from our history and our socialism is that our woman is very strong. Women were never weaker than their husbands and they always worked, too. That translates into our brand — she's always strong and stands for herself." This is also apparent in the materials they use: With raw denim and canvas cotton, motorcycle-ready leather and reflective fabrics, it's clear the MISBHV girl doesn't sit around waiting for the action to happen.

    From an aesthetic perspective, it's not just facets of eastern Europe that run through the brand's veins. With monogrammed denim, motocross tops and jackets, and, of course, oversized hoodies, you can't ignore the '90s element of MISBHV. "I think people go back to the age they grew up in when they design," Maczek muses. "I remember the first video tapes I rented were Kids and Clueless — those two movies really shaped me." "I'm emotionally attached to that era — I was getting into music, I kissed a girl for the first time," Wirski says. "When I design collections now, I think of what would a 16- or 17-year-old version of me wear at that time." And it's today's 17-year-old who MISBHV cares about now, too. "Obviously there are more and more famous people wearing our stuff, but we still prefer to post the real girl that has 1,000 followers on Instagram, the one who has a unique style — we're inspired by those people."

    Photo: Lea Colombo

    In just three years, Natalia and Thomas have gone from dressing their friends to showing at New York Fashion Week. Their second presentation was a highlight, with friend Yulia Klintsevich shooting it on film: "It was a very demanding thing for us to do, but when we look back at the movie, we're so moved — it was really beautiful." What are they excited about now? Wirski is going behind the camera to shoot the next campaign, and they're taking things back to their homeland. "We want to work with Polish artists and host parties again. We want to show the world our DNA, and we now have the opportunity to do that."

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    No pressure, but we're getting down to the wire on holiday gifting. You've probably got your list checked off for the most part, but there might be a few more people you'd like to get something special for. But instead of wrapping up a box of chocolates (that's probably going to end up in the trash with the fruit cake) or giving those Santa earrings that no one will every actually wear, give gifts that are actually thoughtful — and that keep on giving.

    Ahead we've rounded up the best beauty gifts that also happen to donate a portion of their sales (or all of their sales, in the case of Kiehl's) to charitable organizations. How's that for ending 2017 on a positive note?

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    Farmacy x City Growers

    Farmacy, the natural skin-care brand that brought us the award-winning honey face mask has teamed up with Satya Jewelry to make a limited-edition Mask and Meditation gift set. The Bee Well Set includes the honey potion warming mask and a custom-crafted Satya Jewelry semi-precious gemstone bracelet, which would be a welcome addition to anyone's arm party.

    And as part of Farmacy and Satya Jewelry’s shared commitment to giving back to the community, $2 from every sale of the Bee Well Set will go to City Growers, an organization that works to increase environmental, food, and farming literacy for kids living in urban areas. It's good gift for the friend that keeps an earth box on her terrace.

    Farmacy, $90, available at Farmacy

    Phlur Candles x International Union for the Conservation of Nature

    Phlur candles are the modern minimalist's dream. The white ceramic orbs are not only aesthetically pleasing, they're crafted by world-class perfumers — and each candle includes a small fragrance inspired by the candle's scent. The Annica candle has notes of fig, white florals, hazelnut, and sandalwood, and is said to smell like the feeling of a warm embrace.

    $5 from each sale of the Annica candle goes directly to the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature), an offshoot of the UN that focuses on environmental preservation, so you can save the planet and give the feeling of a hug.

    Phlur, $68, available at Phlur

    Conscious Coconut x Feeding America

    For the person in your life who swears by coconut oil(we all have one), this artsy watercolor tube of organic coconut oil is a cute and on-brand gift. As your giftee is probably well-aware, coconut oil is the do-it-all oil — used for moisturizing dry skin, removing makeup, adding shine to hair, and cleaning teeth. Plus, this tube is so much better than the Nature's Brand jar she's keeping in her kitchen next to the peanut butter.

    The coolest part? Conscious Coconut’s rustic-chic packages are assembled by adults with developmental disabilities at the MacDonald Training Center in Tampa, Florida. And for every tube sold, Conscious Coconut donates a meal to a child in need through Feeding America food banks.

    Conscious Coconut, $16.95, available at Conscious Coconut

    Tarte x The Global Fund

    Makeup brands are also jumping on board with charitable giving this year. Commenters on the brand's site give the Tarte Pro Glow cream and powder highlight and contour palette five stars, saying it's the "best contour/highlight palette you can buy" and "works for all skin tones and is super pigmented."

    So if you were going to gift your little sister her first contour kit already, it makes sense to pick this one, since 10% of the Tarte palette price ($4.50 from each sale) will support (RED)’s efforts to fight AIDS through the Global Fund.

    Tarte, $45, available at Tarte

    L'Occitane x Unicef

    L'Occtaine is always a safe gifting option — who doesn't love hand cream? This holiday kit comes in a golden package holding a full-sized shea butter hand cream, foot cream, body cream, and gentle cleansing soap. It's the perfect gift for literally anyone who likes soft skin.

    And from now until Christmas day, L'Occtaine will donate $4 from each Shea Butter Collection gift set to UNICEF. Specifically, the funds will help provide Vitamin A supplements, essential to immune system function and growth, to children in South Asia or sub-Saharan Africa. Your "safe" gift just turned incredibly thoughtful.

    L'Occitane, $100, available at L'Occitane

    Kiehl’s x Feeding America

    Another skin-care gift set that delivers moisture from head-to-to is this Disney x Kiehl's collaboration set, with cream cleanser, moisturizer, hand cream, Creme de Corps body lotion, and lip balm, all housed in nostalgic Mickey Mouse packaging. With the entire Disney collection, Kiehl’s pledges 100% of the net profits to Feeding America, which helps provide meals to families in need during the holiday season.

    Kiehl's, $29, available at Kiehl's

    Brandless x Feeding America

    Brandless, the no-BS, super-affordable beauty line we love, is also donating to Feeding America this season. The Green Tea and Aloe set is a bundle of bathroom essentials (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, cotton swabs, the works...) that comes in a wrapped gift basket, which means all you have to add is a card. And central to the brand's direct-to-consumer mission of affordability, the full set's only $18, which is way less than what you're going to pay picking up pre-wrapped jams for your great aunt at Williams Sonoma.

    The give-back portion of this gift is that with each order placed on the site, a meal is donated to Feeding America.

    Brandless, $18, available at Brandless

    Clove + Hallow x Mental Health of America

    Clean beauty lovers will appreciate Clove + Hallow's natural, richly pigmented lipstick in shades ranging from dusty pink to deep oxblood. The company's founder, Sarah Biggers, was inspired to start a clean beauty brand as she experienced firsthand struggles with her mental heath. To pay homage to her journey, Clove + Hallow will donate 15% of every purchase of the “Psych” Lip Crème, a dark cranberry shade, to her local Georgia chapter of Mental Health of America.

    Clove + Hallow, $20, available at Clove + Hollow

    Freedom Naturals x Move To End DV

    With a female founder, empowering women is at the forefront of Freedom Naturals' brand mission. In that vein, they've partnered with #MoveToEndDV, a nonprofit organization created to inspire and facilitate businesses all over the world to take the pledge to donate money, products, or services to shelters, victims, and survivors of domestic violence. And if you give one of their calming cleansers this year, 20% of the proceeds goes directly to #MoveToEndDV.

    Freedom Naturals, $26, available at Freedom Naturals

    Tatcha x Room to Read

    With each full-sized skin-care purchase, Tatcha will fund a day of school for girls through their Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures partnership with Room to Read. We recommend the water cream, a super-hydrating, non-oily moisturizer that also happens to look really pretty on the counter.

    Tatcha, $68, available at Sephora

    Philosophy x The Hope And Grace Fund

    Philosophy contributes 1% of all its sales to the Hope And Grace Fund, which awards multiple grants each year to local organizations working to empower women through promotion of mental health and wellbeing, and the prevention and treatment of related issues. And since we have yet to meet someone who doesn't love the brand's scented 3-in-1 washes, it's a pretty surefire success gift to give.

    Philosophy, $24, available at Ulta Beauty

    Lush x Sustainable Lush Fund

    Lush makes philanthropy incredibly simple with a body lotion called Charity Pot. With every purchase, 100% of the price goes to small, grassroots organizations that are working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare, and human rights. It's good for giving to the world at large, and to your friend who needs a serious dry-skin save this season.

    Lush, $7.95, available at Lush

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    Get ready for another heartwarming edition of #ObamaAndKids: On Thursday, former President Barack Obama made some time to spread some holiday cheer at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, making about 50 middle-school students the luckiest children in the world.

    POTUS 44 visited the kids at the Jelleff Club in Northeast Washington, where he spent about half-an-hour participating in after-school activities with the students and staff, according to The Washington Post. Obama, looking like a very modern Santa Claus, brought gifts with him and posed for pictures with the children, who were ecstatic the former president was visiting them.

    He tweeted a photo with the club's kids and wrote: "There's no better time than the holiday season to reach out and give back to our communities. Great to hear from young people at the Boys & Girls Club in DC today."

    In the picture, Obama is sitting in the floor wearing a Santa hat and a leather jacket (a look, if you ask us) while the grinning children surround him.

    Obama's communications director, Katie Hill, also shared a video of when the president arrived at the classroom carrying a green bag full of gifts. The children excitedly approached the president, while others in the background cheered "Obama! Obama!" and took pictures.

    Ever since leaving the White House in early January, the Obamas have paid several surprise visits to different schools and community centers in the D.C. area. Educating the next generation has been one of the couple's main goals throughout the Obama administration and afterwards. And of course, that has also led to many adorable pictures of the former president and first lady interacting with little ones and teens.

    Long live #ObamaAndKids. The images always bring joy to our hearts.


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    Our bodies have their own unique ways of telling us when something isn’t right, and hair is one of their many methods of communication. While split ends are simply a way of telling you to be kinder to your strands, and a few rogue chin hairs are no cause for concern, other signs might indicate that something more serious is happening with your health.

    There are myriad conditions that can impact your hair, resulting in too much or too little. Alopecia, hormone imbalances, side-effects from medications, and even poor nutrition or mental health, can all either inhibit or stimulate hair growth. “As hair is non-essential tissue, it is incredibly sensitive to general health and is often the first part of us to display symptoms from metabolic, dietary or hormonal upsets,” says Anabel Kingsley, trichologist at Philip Kingsley.

    Hormones are a major ruling factor for hair growth and even the slightest imbalance in your endocrine system can lead to hirsutism, the growth of excessive male-pattern hair in women. “Excess hair growth affects around 10-15% of women in most populations,” says consultant dermatologist Dr. Kapil Bhargava, and although the most common forms of excess body hair are due to genetics, “polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common cause of hirsutism.”

    My husband actually showed me how to safely shave my chin and it's hilarious because we sometimes stand in the tub shaving together.

    As a hormone disorder that affects how your ovaries function, PCOS manifests as a series of ovarian cysts, irregular periods, weight gain, and higher levels of male hormones called androgens (these include testosterone), which cause excessive, often coarse and dark hair growth, typically on the face, chest, and back.

    Jess was officially diagnosed with PCOS at 29 but had to start shaving as young as nine years old; she tells Refinery29 that one of her biggest fears was that she’d never get married. “My thought was, 'I'm hairy and therefore ugly.' I'd wax or shave or do whatever I could to hide that I was hairy, but my husband and I lived together very early on so it became more difficult to hide what I was doing. It was mainly my facial hair that made my life miserable — the rest I could deal with — but having hairs on my chin and cheeks was too much!”

    After years of waxing, shaving, and laser hair removal, Jess says she stopped allowing PCOS to affect her body image as well as her relationship. “My husband actually showed me how to safely shave my chin, and it's hilarious because we sometimes stand in the tub shaving, and then I realize how awfully lucky I am to have found him.”

    Although it’s the most common, PCOS isn’t the only condition that can lead to excess body and facial hair. Hormonal changes are a massive trigger of facial hair, which means pregnant or menopausal women are more likely to experience growth, but Dr. Bhargava tells Refinery29 that hirsutism is also often a side-effect of medications such as danazol, used for endometriosis, or fluoxetine, the antidepressant sold as Prozac. “Obesity can also result in increased androgen production, [and] anorexia, or other disorders resulting in malnutrition, can cause generalized excess hair growth over the whole body.”

    Dr. Bhargava explains that there are a number of rare endocrine disorders resulting in hormone excesses that contribute to hirsutism, including Cushing's syndrome, a condition caused by high levels of the hormone cortisol. Although it’s very rare, affecting only 1 in 50,000 people, according to NHS figures women are three times more likely to develop the syndrome than men.

    At the opposite end of the spectrum from disorders like PCOS or Cushing’s are conditions that cause hair to fall out, rather than grow. “Female hair loss and reduced hair volume are much more common than people assume,” says Kingsley. “In fact, research shows that 1 in 3 women will experience some type of hair loss.” Any woman with long hair will find herself regularly unclogging the shower drain or vacuuming up Cousin It lookalikes from behind the sofa, but while a little bit of shedding is a normal part of your hair’s growth cycle, too much hair loss is when things start to get a bit, well, hairy.

    The fact that I’m running away from it means I’m running away from myself. If I want to have a solid relationship with myself I have to also build a relationship with the parts of myself that I don’t necessarily like.

    There are so many potential triggers for hair loss that pinpointing the exact reason why yours is falling out becomes tricky, but Kingsley explains that most hair loss is reactive, triggered by an internal imbalance. “The most common causes are vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Crash dieting, lack of dietary protein, a period of being unwell, stress, pregnancy and thyroid imbalances can also be triggers,” she says.

    “The oral contraceptive pill can both help or hinder hair loss,” says Dr. Bhargava, and it’s often prescribed as treatment for PCOS. However, he’s cautious in pointing out that although “hair-friendly” oral contraceptives are a recognized treatment for both female-pattern hair loss and hirsutism, “contraceptive pills where progesterone mimics male androgens can worsen female-pattern hair loss and will be ineffective for treating hirsutism.”

    “It’s as if their bodies have a mind of their own,” explains Dr. Vivian Diller, a psychologist specializing in body image. “Alopecia and hirsutism are very upsetting experiences to most women, but if they understand why they feel that way, that alone can help them manage their reaction. It's a fear of being out of control.” Two-thirds of the 1,000 women surveyed for We Can Face It, a 2010 campaign to support women with unwanted facial hair, felt “unfeminine” and 30% suffered from clinical depression. Research also shows how hair loss can have a real, damaging psychological impact, and although we tend to think of baldness as something that only affects men with age, women are significantly more likely to suffer emotionally as a result.

    “I have a massive patch on the front of my head that is completely bald,” says award-winning blogger the Slumflower, who has traction alopecia caused by chemical relaxers and hair extensions. “In the Black community, there’s a lot of shame attached to baldness. We have phrases like ‘edges on fleek’, ‘baby hairs poppin’ but because of my traction alopecia, baby hairs don’t even exist on the side of my head, so it’s quite excluding and contributes to stigma attached to baldness,” she tells Refinery29.

    “I decided that I was just tired of trying to hide something that isn’t going to go away. The fact that I’m running away from it means I’m running away from myself. If I want to have a solid relationship with myself, I have to also build a relationship with the parts of myself that I don’t necessarily like.”

    Considering how many health conditions affect not only the appearance but sheer existence of hair, surely it's time to shake off the taboos surrounding baldness and hirsutism. “The emphasis on our physical appearances exists because we’ve been taught to attach our value to our appearance, so we hyper-critizise our bodies,” says the Slumflower, “but we also have a soul and energy, as well.” Dr. Diller agrees, saying that self-esteem shouldn’t rely exclusively on our appearance: “Feeling confident in who you are goes a long way in portraying real beauty.”

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    We're now seeing that, for too long, men in positions of power have gotten away with abuse due to a complicit system that protects predators and a culture of fear where victims don't feel safe speaking up. A cultural shift is happening in the post-Weinstein world, and in this new world order, even the people in the higher spheres of government aren't untouchable anymore thanks to brave women who are sharing their stories, intrepid reporting, and a willingness from the public to believe survivors.

    Both Republicans and Democrats are struggling to deal with sexual harassment claims and subsequent fallouts among their ranks, from the accusations against President Trump to the allegations made against freshman Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen.

    Ahead, we're keeping a list of all the elected officials in Washington, D.C. who have been accused of sexual misconduct. We'll continue to update this story if more allegations come out.

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    Rep. Ruben Kihuen

    The allegations: Two women have accused Rep. Kihuen of sexual harassment. A former campaign staffer alleges that Kihuen, a freshman congressman, sexually harassed her continuously during the 2016 election. A female lobbyist came forward in mid-December, alleging Kihuen made several unwanted sexual advances to her and groped her on three separate occasions while he was a Nevada state senator.

    The aftermath: In response to the allegations, Kihuen said: "I sincerely apologize for anything that I may have said or done that made her feel uncomfortable." Several Democratic leaders have asked him to resign, but he has said he will not step down from his position. In mid-December, the House Ethics Committee announced it was launching an investigation into the allegations.

    Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

    Rep. Alcee Hastings

    The allegations: A former staffer accused Rep. Hastings of sexually harrasing her repeatedly for over two years while she worked at the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. She also alleged he threatened to fire her after she resisted his advances. The woman sued Hastings and the commission, and the case was settled in 2014 for $220,000.

    The aftermath: Hastings denies the allegations and says he wasn't aware of the taxpayer-funded settlement until the story about the payment was reported in early December. (He was removed from the lawsuit in 2012.) As of mid-December, Hastings hadn't been asked to resign by the Democratic leadership.

    Photo: Al Drago/CQ Roll Call.

    Rep. Blake Farenthold

    The allegations: Rep. Farenthold's former communications director sued him on grounds of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and creating a hostile work environment. They settled the case, and she received a $84,000 payout.

    The aftermath: Farenthold said he "didn't do anything wrong," but will pay back the settlement money to taxpayers. The House Ethics Committee has reopened an investigation into the allegations. In mid-December, he announced he will not seek reelection in 2018.

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    Rep. Trent Franks

    The allegations: Two female aides said Rep. Franks created an uncomfortable workplace environment by asking them if they wanted to be surrogates and bear his child. The staffers allege they were concerned that Franks was asking to impregnate them by having sexual relations with him.

    The aftermath: Franks admitted the allegations are true, but said he had never "physically intimidated, coerced, or had, or attempted to have, any sexual contact with any member of my congressional staff." The House Ethics Committee announced it planned to investigate the allegations, so Franks said he would step aside. His resignation was originally supposed to take effect on January 31, 2018. But one day after making that announcement, Franks said he would resign immediately due to his wife being admitted in the hospital for an "ongoing ailment."

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    Sen. Al Franken

    The allegations: At least seven women have accused Sen. Franken of groping, forcible kissing, or unwanted advances.

    The aftermath: Franken has apologized in some cases, and denied the allegations in others. Originally he said he was open to being investigated by the Senate Ethics Committee, but after the seventh accuser came forward, several Democrats called for him to step aside. On December 7, Franken announced on the Senate floor that he would resign "in the coming weeks."

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    President Donald J. Trump

    The allegations: At least 16 women have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct, ranging from groping to rape over the last several decades. Many of them came forward after the infamous Access Hollywood tape, where Trump can be heard boasting of "grabbing [women] by the pussy," was made public.

    The aftermath: Trump has consistently denied the allegations, and the official White House position is that his accusers are lying. And even though POTUS admitted in October 2016 that the Access Hollywood tape was real, he is now claiming the voice in the recording isn't his. ( Access Hollywood said the clip is authentic.) Trump is also facing a defamation lawsuit brought up by one of his accusers, Summer Zervos.

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    Rep. John Conyers, Jr.

    The allegations: At least four women have claimed Rep. Conyers groped them or made sexual advances and inappropriate remarks toward them. One of his accusers received a $27,000 settlement.

    The aftermath: Conyers resigned several weeks after news of the allegations broke, and endorsed his son John Conyers III to succeed him. His lawyer Arnold Reed has said Conyers is not planning to pay back Congress for his past settlement, since ethics attorneys "cleared" the payout.

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    While America’s biggest fashion magazines, save for, surprisingly, Vogue, are lacking inclusive and diverse representation (in terms of size, age, gender, and race), it turns out international publications are getting things right. On Thursday, The Fashion Spot released its latest diversity report, focusing on international fashion magazine covers for 2017. The website found that 32.5% of international publications featured people of color, a 3.5% increase from 2016, in what it's calling "fashion's most inclusive year yet."

    Though the increase isn’t as big as previous years (from 2015 to 2016, it rose 6.2%; from 2014 to 2015, it went up 5.4%), this year's number is significant because, as The Fashion Spot points out, “2017 was the first year in which the runways, ad campaigns and leading international fashion magazine covers all passed the 30 percent racial diversity marker.” You don't need to be an industry expert to know that that's a pretty big deal, especially for fashion, a sector that's long struggled with inclusivity.

    But back to the international magazines making a big difference. Vogue Arabia's 12 covers all featured non-white stars, while Vogue Taiwan featured 12 out of 13 women of color on its covers. Vogue India was also above the 90% mark, with 19 of 21 people of color. Other leaders included i-D, Paper, Allure, and Dazed. On the opposite side of the spectrum, L'Officiel and Marie Claire U.K. cast zero non-white cover stars.

    In terms of size diversity, Ashley Graham earned five of the eight magazine covers that featured a model over a size 12. Internationally, Graham covered Harper’s Bazaar U.K., and Elle U.K. Likewise, transgender and non-binary inclusion, internationally, was limited to just two covers. Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio was on both Vogue Paris and Vogue Brazil. And for what it's worth, the Vogue Paris cover was the first time a trans model was on any edition of the Conde Nast fashion publication.

    Progress is definitely still a slow progress as far as magazines are concerned, but we’re still hopeful the publishing industry takes this data and runs with it. Because all we have to say is: It’s 2017; we shouldn’t have to fight so hard for fashion to open up to everyone.

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    Target, the store we all love to hate simply because it somehow seems to soak up all of our time and money, is once again proving it knows its customers better than we know ourselves. On Friday, the big-box retailer announced it will start offering same day shipping early next year. That means, anything you order, whether it's a dress from its new fashion-y line A New Day, re-upping your supply of Pixi’s Glow Tonic, or gum for your secret desk stash, you will soon be able to get hand-delivered. Talk about white glove service!

    This move will be made possible thanks to the retailer’s acquisition of same-day delivery platform Shipt. According to a press release, when the service launches in select stores early next spring, customers will be able to click “add to cart” on a variety of items, including groceries, essentials, home, electronics, and other products to receive them the same day they place the order. Same-day delivery service is expected to be offered in all stores, and across all products, by the end of 2019.

    “We laid out an ambitious strategic agenda in early 2017, which included a focus on giving our guests a number of convenient ways to shop with Target, whether it’s ordering online and picking up in one of our stores, driving up to pick up an order, or taking advantage of services like our new Restock program,” said John Mulligan, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Target, in a press release. He added: “With Shipt’s network of local shoppers and their current market penetration, we will move from days to hours, dramatically accelerating our ability to bring affordable same-day delivery to guests across the country.”

    Similar to the way Amazon Prime works with two-day shipping, customers who wish to enroll in Shipt’s same-day delivery service will have to pay an annual $99 membership fee. But we have a feeling you won’t have a hard time getting your money’s worth out of it.

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    After a year of buzzed heads, pixie cuts, and curtain bangs, you'd think it'd be impossible to say there's one hairstyle that managed to stand out above the rest. Even in a crowd of Kristen Stewart's low-key mullet and Cara Delevingne's pixie, there's one iconic cut we're positive will last far beyond 2017: Adele's bob.

    Long before supermodels, A-list actors, and hairstylists around the globe felt inspired by a pair of shears and the shoulder-grazing style, Adele reigned supreme as Queen of the Bob. And now, after a bit of a hiatus, it's back. Just yesterday, the "Hello" singer was spotted at the Grenfell Tower national memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral in London with a white rose in hand, minimal makeup, and a brand-new angled, A-symmetrical bob. And we have to admit, the look is very Victoria Beckham circa 2007.

    Photo: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images.

    A few months ago, the 29-year-old's hair had reached about an inch below her shoulders — the quintessential lob if we ever did see one. Fast forward to this December and it looks as if Adele was ready for a hairstyle refresh. But that's not all; it appears she also wanted a subtle color change — a much warmer hue than her typical strawberry blond. (Cherin Choi, an L.A.-based colorist who does not work with Adele, once categorized this color trend as a "light, golden toffee blond.") The subtle change is the perfect example of a winter hair revamp that's not only instantly flattering, but also makes a big difference with little effort.

    Do we smell a hygge revival on the horizon? All we need now is 25 on vinyl, a cup of hot chocolate, and a cozy throw to keep us warm.

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    Whether it's a simple signing at city hall, in a sprawling field with flowers in your hair, or at a big banquet hall with a train veil and "Here Comes The Bride" playing on the organ, chances are if you want to get married at some point, you've thought about what your dream day would look like. Because even if you're nowhere close to legally binding yourself to someone else, there's no harm in curating the perfect wedding Pinterest board filled with mason jar centerpieces and something-blue heels.

    And since Pinterest is the place where fantasy lives of all kinds are built, it's the place we go to find out what's trending in search for brides-in-planning. Beauty-wise, the platform's data and analytics show us that the makeup products and photos brides are pinning actually translate to three stunning makeup trends that can inspire any bride, regardless of the locale or aesthetic.

    Ahead, check out Pinterest's three biggest bridal makeup trends, examples of their versatility, and the products you can use to achieve the looks yourself. Like your future love story, these looks are timeless.

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    Pink eyeshadow, +45% on Pinterest

    At bridal fashion week this year, pink eyeshadow was all the rage, and the Pinterest search traffic followed suit. We already love rosy eyeshadow for day to day, but for a wedding, the shade adds even more romance.


    As seen here, light pink shadow is a great contrast to black mascara; it helps make your lashes appear longer and fuller.


    You have to be careful, because pink shadow all around the eye could make you look a little sickly. But when it's a diffused, dusty rose with a hint of sparkle paired with rosy lipstick and fresh skin, it's natural and so, so pretty.


    Bright fuchsia lipstick steals the show, while soft pink shadow subtly complements in the background.


    This matte pink from Maybelline can be swept liberally across the lids to create a dreamy flush around the eye.

    Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow in Nude Glow, $3.99, available at Maybelline.

    This Bite multistick can do it all, but we like it as a shadow because it's super-creamy and blendable. You can swipe it from your lashline up to your brow with your fingers for a sheer tint of pink, or layer it on the lid for a deeper rose.

    Bite Beauty Multistick in Macaroon, $24, available at Sephora.

    The best of the best in terms of pale pink shadow, this is the exact Lancôme pressed powder that makeup artist Fiona Stiles used on Lily Collins' eyes at the Golden Globes. And that look was nothing short of amazing.

    Lancôme Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Pink Zinc, $21, available at Lancôme.

    Berry lip, +71% on Pinterest

    According to Pinterest data, berry lips are the new red lip. It lets you add a little drama to your big day, without pulling a runaway bride move.


    And the berry doesn't have to be blackberry: This shade's a bit of a softer raspberry, and still so good.


    Yara Shahidi makes the case for winged eyeliner and rich berry lips.


    A berry that skews more pink and less purple is an easier way into the trend. The best way to wear it? With a flower crown, of course.


    The vampy dark lip flatters all skin tones, and e.l.f. has a tone of shade options to choose from, whether you're into rich berries, dark cherries, or blood-reds.

    e.l.f Moisturizing Lipstick in Razzle Dazzle, $3.85, available at Jet.

    Wild with Desire in Russian Roulette — name a sexier lipstick.

    RMS Beauty Wild With Desire Lipstick in Russian Roulette, $28, available at RMS.

    This shade goes well with the merlot served at the reception.

    Melt Cosmetics Lipstick in Dark Room, $19, available at Melt Cosmetics.

    Cream blush +196% on Pinterest

    Apparently, the people pinning are very over powder blush and looking for a glossier cream or gel finish. For cooler, drier days, we're all about dewy cheek color, too.


    You can use a cream stick or gel-based blush as a flush of color on the apples of your cheeks, or try a shade slightly darker than your skin tone right under your cheekbones, for a blendable contour.


    If you blend the cream shadow outward, away from the center of the face, it naturally defines your structure.


    Model Miski Muse shows how to do blush draping right. The technique, sweeping blush from the temples down to the apples of your cheeks, gives the illusion of high and sharp cheekbones.


    This blush has garnered a cult following, and in four sheer shades (light pink, bright fuchsia, dusty mauve, and orangey brown), there's one that'll work for you. To pick, just check out these mesmerizing Glossier model tutorials.

    Glossier Cloud Paint, $18, available at Glossier.

    For a more dramatic pop, we like this tiny little tube because it's super-pigmented and stays all day. You can dab onto the high points of your cheeks and blend well; then, add some to your lips, too.

    CHOSUNGAH 22 So Tiny Lip & Cheek Face Color, $7, available at Sephora.

    NARS' Multiple stick is another one of those fail-safe, flatters-everyone, makeup-bag workhorses. It adds natural color and contour, and you can easily blend it on with your fingers right before you rush to walk down the aisle.

    NARS Matte Multiple in Siam, $39, available at Sephora.

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    Whether or not we have the Nike SNKRS app, follow all the hypebeasts (and baes) on Instagram, or line up around the block for the latest Yeezy drop, there's undoubtedly a little bit of sneakerhead in all of us. Because whether you have four pairs or 40, a love of sneakers is something most people can agree on.

    Looking ahead to next year, we've already seen some trends start to pop up that are sure to be big in 2018. From statement-making glitter and all-over patterns to super-retro throwback styles, we have a feeling your closet is soon going to be filled with kicks you just can't ignore. So if you're looking for shoes that'll help your #OOTD hit 1,000 likes on the 'gram or just want an easy-to-wear pair on the weekends, we're predicting the 11 styles ahead are going to be It in the New Year. Here's to watching the hype build as their popularity unfolds.

    The All-Over Pattern
    We're used to seeing patterned sneakers, but it's taken to the next-level when the sole is included, like in the latest Vans drop at Opening Ceremony. We like where this is going...

    Photo via @openingceremony. 

    Glitter, Glitter, And More Glitter
    Between the J.W. Anderson x Converse collaboration and the Vans x Opening Ceremony ones, it seems the best sneaker brands are going head-to-head for who can make the sparkliest shoe. Glittermania is alive and well.

    Photo via @converse.

    The Air Max 97 (Still)
    No shoe had a bigger comeback in 2017 than the 97, and we're willing to put money on the fact that it's not going anywhere. If anything, we expect it to go even more into the mainstream.

    Photo via @ohkworld.

    Balenciaga Colorblocking
    The sneaker you've been seeing on every blogger is sure to be knocked-off in 2018 — in fact, we've already seen some close encounters.

    Photo via @pernilleteisbaek.

    Never Enough Pinks
    The pink sneaker is becoming just as much of a staple as the white sneaker, if you ask us.

    Photo via @girlonkicks.

    Macaron Pastels
    Aside from just pink, we're betting on dusty blues and minty greens to continue to dominate (and maybe even the color of the year, purple!).

    Photo via @monicanoz.

    Rainbow Brights
    Whether just stripes down the side or heel, or a full-on rainbow wave like the Sean Wotherspoon drop that sent the Internet into a frenzy this year, we see a lot of rainbow sneakers in your future.

    Photo via @jiandeleon. 

    Orthopedic In A Good Way
    Acne Studios, Fila, Balenciaga, Eytys... These brands are taking over with chunky sneakers that rival your grandpa's.

    Photo via @oursecondskin. 

    That '70s Show
    Throwback hues like mustard yellows and burnt oranges compliment these retro styles perfectly.

    Photo via @golaclassics. 

    The Gum Sole
    It may not be for everyone, but we see this throwback detail picking up major steam in the New Year.

    Photo via @nakedcph.

    Unexpected Materials
    Corduroy and ruffles aren't off-limits. Just ask Ganni.

    Photo via @ganni.

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    I can't find an exact or even semi-accurate estimate of the number of hairs a human being has on their body. Taking an average from endless online sources, it would seem that we have at least five million hair follicles — or, put another way, a lot less than a chimpanzee, our nearest and dearest relative, but a lot more than a Mexican hairless dog. We are hairy beings, male, female, cis or trans. There is no escape from the hair's growth, although we can try to control, tame, or eradicate it with degrees of success, and a whole lot of body shaming.

    If you flick through the 'facial hair growth' Wikipedia page, you are led to believe that men are mainly hairy and that only some women are a little bit hairy. Men develop facial hair as a secondary sex characteristic, while women are also capable of developing facial hair but often after the menopause, and typically far less than men. It goes on to say that men's facial hair is celebrated and women's stigmatized. As an older trans woman I'd quite like a new page dedicated to fitting me somewhere on this spectrum of expectation, and apparent disorder.

    I transitioned in my 30s, long after the celebrated beard growth had manifested, so I then had to endure several years of utter pain, discomfort, and cost of hair removal that extended from my chin to the very margins of my nipples. Facial hair removal such as electrolysis can cost up to $100 or more a session, with each hair getting zapped 10-20 times. In a 30-minute session, the area above your lip will get around a third of its stubbly hairs cleared. As a rough calculation, to be smoothly kissable potentially runs into thousands of dollars. I worked for many years in my 30s just to pay for the mortgage and hair removal. No spare money for holidays, expensive face creams, twinkly jewels, or M&S pudding splurges — I spent it all on treatments and the cooling relief of a cheap aloe vera cream. I recommend keeping the cream in the freezer.

    Hair removal for trans women isn't just about vanity or feeling gender-stigmatized, it's an issue of personal safety; having a five-o'clock shadow or long, white spiky hairs glinting in the sunlight signals to the world that your body is in flux.

    A five-o'clock shadow covered in foundation is a daily reality for many trans women early in the wonderfully liberating process. For many others, the exorbitant costs of hair removal can mean an ongoing battle between new hair growth and a blanket of foundation. I assumed I'd zapped every hair on my face in my 30s and 40s but the older I get, the more stubble appears every morning, like ears of corn waiting to be harvested. It's often only when I'm out that I run my fingers over my neck or chin and feel clusters of hair that seem to have appeared on the walk to the station – maybe the fresh air promotes growth?

    Most days I accept and can get past it — I'm freelance and seldom have to sit in people-heavy meetings or tension-filled pitches — but occasionally the stubble floors me. I want to curl up in a ball and stay on the train, going backward and forward all day long until the dark of night falls and it feels safe to be on the street. I know there is an element of body dysmorphia here but I also am self-caring enough to know that it comes from a place of feeling vulnerable, not just from vanity. I have often ended up at drugstores buying yet another pair of tweezers and a magnifying mirror and finding a secret corner in which to pluck away; occasionally I pluck too hard and end up reddened and marked.

    Look at the freedom men have to grow full and luxuriant beards. They call it 'fashionable facial furniture', as we're running into corners to pluck hairs we are told are not feminine.

    I'm angry that as trans women we feel we have to endure this misogynistic ritual just to feel safe on the streets. Trans women with hair are not marked out as "hairy" – we become real targets, often for abuse and violence, because people read us as "men pretending to be women." This isn't creating an "us versus them" dichotomy, as the sexism that demands smooth, hairless women pervades all of our internal voices and I know from conversations with my sister that she has been made to feel that she is 'disgusting' for having hair on her legs. It's cruel to demand that one gender spends their entire lives removing hair, while the other is celebrated for their hair growth. Look at the freedom men have to grow full and luxuriant beards. They call it "fashionable facial furniture," as we're running into corners to pluck errant hairs that we are told are not feminine.

    I've always found it wrong that funding for gender realignment only includes enough money for six to eight sessions for facial hair removal — although maybe that's not surprising, seeing as how the whole process is part and parcel of a patriarchal, sexist system.

    Recently my energy levels have been really low, beyond the tiredness that being freelance, over 50, and busy often makes me feel. My clinician has tracked this through exhausting blood tests and Q&A sessions, which feel forensic in detail, to a testosterone deficiency that can occur in post-operative trans women. There is not one simple answer to tackling a testosterone deficiency in trans females; issues can occur around hirsutism, the idea of which sends me into a spiral of having to juggle my actual health concerns with the dysphoric feelings of being beset with beard growth. It feels like I need to have a grown-up analysis of my hormone levels and hormone types but I'm fearful that might result in the sort of unwanted hair growth that society describes as stigmatizing and abnormal.

    I sometimes wonder what it would be like just to let go of that fear. It's not irrational — it's a very real fear, rooted in deep-seated notions of what we as women (all women) can and cannot be, of how we should present to the world, and what we become if we fall below those standards. The furore caused if a woman lifts her arms and reveals underarm hair, the apparent shock on teenage boys' faces when, having gorged on online porn, they realize that vaginal smoothness is a job and that women — surprise, surprise — grow hair all over.

    Surely, 50 years on from the symbolic burning of bras, we can be honest about hair growth and be kinder to women who currently shave, pluck, wax, zap, and dye theirs to uphold the cruel notion that we are smooth, and that those who aren't belong in the modern day equivalent of those circus shows where women with beards are targets for public ridicule. What most men don't realize, I think, is the constant pressure this puts on so many women. If they did, I suspect that at least a few wouldn't ask: "Are you smooth down there?"

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    There are plenty of obvious reasons why a person might want to make a habit of washing their pillowcases on a regular basis: Sleeping on the oils from your hair and skin night after night can result in breakouts and clogged pores, for starters, and recent research found that, after just two years of use, one-third of the weight of your pillow contains dead skin, bugs, dust mites, and droppings. Droppings. (Plus, who would ever want to be caught dead sleeping on a yellowing pillowcase by a friend or potential suitor?)

    But if, once you get over how repulsive it is overall, you still think that a nasty breakout is the worst thing that can happen, think again. Dirty pillowcases are also a legitimate health hazard, a breeding ground for bacteria and assorted waste — and, in the case of one Chinese woman, eyelashes that are crawling with hundreds of mites.

    The Sun reports that the woman, known only by the name Xu, had simply become accustomed to the itchy, uncomfortable feeling around her eye area since it first began two years ago; she'd been attempting to treat the symptoms using over-the-counter eye drops. But earlier this month, after her eyelids became so swollen and irritated that she couldn't open her eyes, Xu was taken to the hospital, where she confessed to doctors that she'd been using the same pillowcase since 2012, nearly six years ago. They found — and removed — over 100 mites living in her eyelashes, with one single eyelash holding as many as 10.

    Xu's official diagnosis was blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid) and conjunctivitis, for which she was prescribed medication, but doctors also sent her home with a single, practical objective: to wash her bedding regularly. While the human body already plays host to trillions of microorganisms, including mites, fungi, and bacteria, keeping your pillowcases and other bedding clean (and practicing good hygiene) will help prevent them from proliferating. Yes, you and your mites can live in perfect harmony — just don't make your bedroom so hospitable that they decide to invite all their friends and stay awhile.

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    In total, the former members of One Direction have racked up approximately 180 tattoos: Harry Styles with at least 60; Liam Payne, 21; Louis Tomlinson with around 40; and Zayn Malik coming in close to 60. (Niall is famously afraid of the whole process, so none for him.) But today, the internet seems most concerned with the latter of the group — because his latest piece of ink has a surprisingly sweet message.

    It's easy to lose track of all of Malik's tattoos, so we're not surprised a lot of fans nearly missed his newest design of the name Yaser, written in cursive behind his right ear. Thankfully, the 24-year-old posted the final result to Instagram with the caption, "Love you." Unfortunately for those infatuated with his love life, the tattoo isn't dedicated to Gigi Hadid — but instead, to his father.

    Love you

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    This isn't the first time Malik devoted a piece of body art to his dad. The "Like I Would" singer revealed in his autobiography Zayn that the song "Intermission: Flower" was all for Yaser as well. Rolling Stone originally reported the meaning behind the record with an exclusive excerpt from the book, describing the inspiration behind the music.

    This time, fans are just hoping the tattoo is legit. In March, Malik posted a photo to Instagram of a huge tattoo with what appeared to be of a bird in flight atop the right side of his face, behind a banner that read "M.O.M." After debate about the ink's authenticity, fans later found out it was a joke in honor of the release of his first solo album, Mind Of Mine. But if you're wondering if Malik is faking you out with his most recent reveal, you can rest assured, this time, his tattoo is 100% real.

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    It's December, which means you're probably thinking about holiday gifts right now. Whether you're panicked about a late start to shopping (we feel you), you've made a list and checked it twice, or are done shopping and onto the wrapping and shipping portion of your plan (or lack thereof), it's enough to make us all need a post-holiday vacation vacation.

    It's almost time to treat yourself — and burn any holiday cash you amass. Luckily, Space NK is coming through with the perfect way to make your (much deserved) self-care shopping even easier.

    Starting December 25th you can stock up on the most luxurious beauty products from the brands you rarely buy for yourself — because they're 50% off! That's right, the luxury beauty destination is having a post-holiday sale on select products starting Monday, December 25th and running through the month of January. We got a sneak peek at the products you can expect to find half off and they're good. Think: offerings from Oribe, Kevyn Aucoin, and Omorovicza.

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    This Oribe collection's pricey, but for good reason. Inside this box you'll find the Gold Lust line's shampoo, conditioner, and hair oil. The shampoo and conditioner are an unbeatable hair smoothing duo, and make your shower infinitely chicer. And the hair oil? It protects and helps dry hair regain its luster.

    Oribe Gold Lust Collection, $55 (reg. $110), available at Space NK.

    This shadow stick by By Terry is a best-seller on Space NK. The stick applicator and cream-based pigment make it a cinch to apply, and it doesn't crease or smudge. According to the 113 positive review on the site, the Bronze Moon shade — a dark chestnut brown — is the fan favorite.

    By Terry Ombre Blackstar, $22 (reg. $44), available at Space NK.

    This deep cleansing, never stripping cream balm from Eve Lom was once dubbed "the best cleanser in the world" by Vogue. And for $25 it seems like a no-brainer.

    Eve Lom Cleanser, $25 (reg. $50), available at Space NK.

    Many a Youtuber have recommended Kevyn Aucoin's highlighting trio for its portability, pigmentation, and blendability. Plus, it's perfect for NYE and beyond.

    Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Trio Palette, $29 (reg. $58), available at Space NK.

    Fun-sized lipsticks are having a moment right now, but don't let the colors of this trio scare you: The incredible color-changing effect is fun to see and universally-flattering once on.

    Lipstick Queen Mini Transformative Trio, $12.50 (reg. $25), available at Space NK.

    A mask made specifically for rehabbing extremely hungover skin? For less than $30, it's a smart buy for your post-NYE day of relaxing, if you're into that kind of thing. If not, it's still a great exfoliating mask.

    Rodial Super Acids X-treme Hangover Mask, $28 (reg. $56), available at Space NK.

    Apply this clear self-tan gel before bed and wake up to even, glowing skin — no matter your skin tone.

    James Read Sleep Mask Tan Body, $26 (reg. $52), available at Space NK.

    Omorovicza's the gold standard in mineral face water. Along with their Queen of Hungary Mist, this hydrating essence contains the highest concentration of the brand’s thermal water, which has more than 20 minerals and trace elements. There's also lactic acid in this liquid moisturizer, which helps exfoliate the skin. In short, it's pretty darn fancy.

    Omorovicza Omoressence, $60 (reg. $120), available at Space NK.

    The R&Co Most Wanted Set is, quite literally, what our hair wants most right now. Inside the landscape-printed carry case you'll find the Death Valley Dry Shampoo and the High Dive Moisture + Shine Cream.

    R&Co Most Wanted Set, $24.50 (reg. $49), available at Space NK.

    If you're a fan of body oils, this is one you have to try. With hydrating argan and marula oils, it'll add natural shine and glow to your legs, neck, and décolleté — no body makeup necessary.

    Colbert MD Illumino Body Oil, $55 (reg. $110), available at Space NK.

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    Fashion is a form of self-expression and can allow you to more confidently present your personal identity. But how do you maintain that extension of yourself when becoming a mother? For most, it's a dramatic transformation of both your life and your body, leaving little money or time to focus on yourself, let alone the clothes you wear.

    With a number of the fashion set announcing pregnancies over the past year or so — from Susie Lau to Leandra Medine — we asked a few of our favorite dressers how they've tackled maternity style and how they're staying true to themselves while life throws bigger priorities their way.

    Trine Kjær has been running one of Denmark's most popular style sites since 2008. Her way with bold colours and a statement sneaker has captured the attention of her 103k Instagram followers. For her, the trickiest part was the first trimester. "I found it pretty difficult to get dressed in the beginning of my pregnancy. We kept it secret for the first four months, and trying to dress like normal while feeling really bloated was extremely hard," she explains. "I remember I felt so relieved the second we announced the pregnancy, then I didn’t have to hide the little bump anymore, and it was time to figure out how I wanted to dress as a pregnant woman."

    Katherine Ormerod, founder of Work Work Work, an anti-perfectionism site that looks behind the superficial veil of social media, agrees. "I think at the beginning it’s hard, because you're really trying to hide your bump. I think that's the toughest time because you might be in work environments where you want to keep it under your hat for a while, or you just don't want to say anything before your 12-week scan. Your body is changing and it's not like you're going to be showing off your new figure, so you just have to pretend that it isn't changing. I found that the hardest time."

    A post shared by Trine Kjær (@trineswardrobe) on

    Once the announcement has been made, women are faced with figuring out exactly how to dress for the next six or so months. For writer Pandora Sykes, being fashion-conscious is taking a back seat. “[Being pregnant brings] a very different personal style. It’s a lot of skinny trousers with oversized shirts or big jumpers, bodycon dresses and stretch skirts. I maintain my personal style from before with great coats and big earrings, but otherwise it’s changed a lot as my body is so different and I don’t want to spend a lot of money or energy on my style!”

    Spending huge amounts on clothes with a lifespan of nine months wasn’t for Trine, either. "The first thing I decided was that I didn’t want to spend much money on maternity clothes," Trine tells Refinery29. "It seems like a waste of money and also unsustainable to invest in a whole new maternity wardrobe that I wouldn’t use as soon as my baby was born." Instead? Edit. "I took a close look at my wardrobe. Everything oversize and without a waist I kept in my closet and the rest I put away. That made me realise that I actually had a lot of items that I was able to wear even though I was pregnant. Shirts, track pants, knits and a lot of my dresses. I bought a couple of new and pretty bras since my breasts got bigger, and nice underwear always makes me feel more confident. The fact that I still wore regular clothes made me feel way more like myself."

    While to well-meaning outsiders the bump is the focus, the women themselves are experiencing a whole host of other changes to their bodies, from bums to calves via boobs and feet. “A mind-blank moment for me was when I got really big bosoms,” Katherine says. “I went from a 32B to a 34E in about four months. A lot of the way I dressed involved deep V-necks and polo necks, which are really chic when you’ve got nothing, but can become quite X-rated with a huge cleavage. Either you wear something that’s unsuitable for a professional environment, or you try and cover it up completely, which can look frumpy. Learning to dress the boobs has been the biggest challenge for me.” As Katherine’s signature style is feminine, with casual florals and dresses a big part of her everyday wardrobe, wearing something bump-suitable – “like a pair of maternity jeans with an oversized shirt and flat shoes” – feels unusual. “I'd feel like I was wearing someone else's wardrobe,” she says.

    The problem with maternity dressing, and perhaps part of the reason the market isn’t really catered for by fashion brands, is that no one body changes in the same way. Two 5”6, size 14 women won’t see the same body part getting bigger, and one bump may sit lower than the other’s. One person’s calves might expand, requiring bigger knee-high boots, while someone else may need empire lines on dresses to sit higher. With this in mind, brands tend to offer elasticated waists and not much else. So with your body changing throughout your pregnancy – and in ways you wouldn’t have predicted – how do you keep your personal style during the transition?

    “I just sized up,” Pandora says. “I’ve worn a lot of H&M, Joseph, and Raey, plus Topshop Maternity jeans. I can’t really do heels now, so I’ve relied heavily on my Golden Goose trainers and Maje studded Derby brogues.” Trine relied on Danish brand Ganni. “I was living in mesh maxi dresses – they work perfectly for every occasion. At work I wore them with a knit and sneakers and for a night out I paired them with mules and red lips.” “I think it’s about responding to your body and keep trying!” Katherine advises. “Just try on everything, even outside of maternity lines, and find what works. I have a few dresses that have fit all the way through my pregnancy, but you wouldn’t have guessed that they would before trying them on.” Her hero piece? A black turtleneck midi dress from Isabella Oliver. “That was an ‘Aha!’ moment. It’s a blank canvas – it looks like a tube skirt if you layer a knit over the top, you can throw an oversized denim jacket over it, wear it with biker boots or with heels for the evening. If you find layers that cover your body in a way you’re happy with, you can layer the rest.”

    What do these women think could change in order for pregnant women and mothers to feel more powerful in their fashion choices? “In general, women are too hard on themselves,” Trine states. “I would lie if I didn’t admit that it took some time getting used to my new pregnant body – especially before the bump really popped out – but instead of focusing on my extra pounds, I tried to focus on the good stuff. Like the fact that I felt more womanly with my bigger breasts and that I would never have to suck in my stomach if I wore a tight dress!” Media representation was also key for her. “I would love to see more editorials in fashion magazines with pregnant women. I did a mood board on Pinterest with pictures of cool pregnant women like Blake Lively and Natalia Vodianova, and that gave me a lot of inspiration fashion-wise. I think that social media can help change the way pregnant women feel about themselves, too – following cool pregnant women on Instagram was really inspiring to me.”

    Trine, having had her daughter now, is back to wearing the bright colours and statement patterns that drew her social following in. “I’m anticipating going back to my personal style of before,” Pandora says. “I can’t wait!” Katherine doesn’t see it changing much, either. “I can't imagine that I’ll suddenly be toning anything down,” she states. “I think style confidence is so important, but from what I gather from friends, for those first six months so much of that stuff is tied up with how you feel about your body. So basically, watch this space – I'm not putting any pressure on myself to be at my fabulous fashion peak in the next few months!” While practicality is surely at the forefront for a while – like dresses that are suitable for nursing – Trine highlights the importance of fashion as self-expression for her: “I love my new identity as a mum but I still want to be Trine, and fashion is an important way for me to express myself and for me to feel like myself.”

    While wanting to feel, and thus dress, like yourself while pregnant is vital to many women, the most important approach is to go easy on yourself and embrace the changes. Nail the basics that make you feel comfortable and make room for flashes of your personal style – from statement earrings to signature prints. It’s society’s job to avoid setting standards for pregnant women and new mothers, aesthetic or otherwise.

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