The June issue of Allure has the usual headlines about what beauty products to buy and how to get good hair and better skin. Also thrown into the sexy, sun-kissed mix is this tidbit of information about their cover girl: “Zoe Saldana: 115 Pounds Of Grit And Heartache.” Hey, she’s slight but this gal’s got might!
Do the editors of a beauty magazine think of a celebrity’s weight as just some random fun fact to share with their readers? No, of course they don’t. It’s aspirational. Even if the number itself is completely out of the realm of healthy possibility for most women, it reinforces a longing — that dream of ultimate thinness. It’s defining. An entire interview with Saldana and how do they describe the stand out qualities they learned about her for their cover? In pounds. But what is most insidious about that headline is that it immediately forces comparison. For many women, that comparison is likely to stoke insecurity. Even if it doesn’t, it’s still a giant waste of time and energy: Do you weigh less or more? But wait, are you big-boned or small-boned? You might weigh this much, but actually you wear this size in pants or that size in tops. You felt best about yourself when you were this weight. You’re proud of your weight and fuck anyone who says you shouldn’t be! Keep reading »
Hey, do you think this lip gloss ad from Vbeauté might have anything to do with … well … vaginas? Nah. What about that dress? No vaginas there either, right? [Refinery29]
Last week, Ami and I were having a post-Soul Cycle glass of wine – as we do – when a man wearing a slightly askew black fedora and sunglasses wandered into the bar. “Oof, Justin Timberlake circa 2003 called and wants his hat back,” I whispered. Ami took a quick glance and grimaced as well. A second later, I realized something. “Hey! That’s Justin Theroux!” It seems Jennifer Aniston’s fiance — who, despite the catty way I feel about is headwear, is hilarious (have you seen “Wanderlust”?!) — was the man wearing the talisman of doucheitude. See, Timberlake in a fedora in 2003 was a brief moment in time when the look was kind of okay, but Theroux in a fedora in 2013? EGADS NO. Generally speaking, a fedora on a man should serve as a giant red flag. (And I say this, people, as someone who really, really love Channing Tatum, who never met a fedora he didn’t like and wear obsessively.) Keep reading »
BLAAAAANG RAAAAAANG. Sorry, what? I just can’t contain my excitement about the new Sofia Coppola movie, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival today. Tonight? Time zones, whatever! Emma Watson stars as Nikki, the role based off of real-life ringleader Alexis Neiers. (Unfamiliar with Alexis? Allow me to point you in the direction of the undisputed best moment in reality TV history.) Emma wore this super-cute Christopher Kane mini to the film’s photocall, and it is safe to say that she looks neither like Hermione Granger nor her “Bling Ring” character. She does, however, look fantastic.
This week’s Compassionate Fashion shopping guide spotlights Levi Strauss, a classic American denim brand. Unfortunately, Levi’s can no longer afford to produce all of their clothing in the US, but they deserve credit for the all the ways they prioritize worker safety and well-being around the globe. Levi’s was the first major apparel company to establish strict ethical standards for their suppliers, requiring fair wages, safe work environments, and no child labor. In 2007 Levi’s unveiled a plan to empower women in developing countries with healthcare and education. On the environmental front, their newWater<Less denim line requires 96% less water to make than traditional jeans.
Levi’s is a great example of a company that’s engaging with the global garment industry in a mindful, ethical way. Luckily for us, they also make some damn cute clothes. Everyone knows Levi’s makes classic jeans, so I thought I’d round up some of their funkier, more fashion-forward pieces. Click through to check out 10 of my favorites, all for $100 or less!
Beyonce sure has a lot going on lately (and, um, all the time): a massive tour, a controversial trip to Cuba, a rumored second pregnancy… But regardless of how much Queen Bey has on her plate, she never misses a beat when it comes to looking flawless, whether she’s rolling in to a Nets game or a red carpet event. Mrs. Carter’s flame-embellished gown at the Met Ball was a polarizing choice, but her makeup for the evening? Universally gorgeous. A few tips and tricks, after the jump… Keep reading »
Is there a more classic flavor combination than peanut butter and jelly? I don’t think so. There’s no reason to limit these culinary soulmates to a life trapped between two pieces of bread: peanut and butter and jelly can take so many different (and delicious) forms. From ice cream to cupcakes to macarons, click on the gallery to check out eight innovative ways to eat PB & J!
SHRIMP COCKTAIL TOES: poor, lovely Julianne Moore has got them, and bad.