By Sarah St. Lifer, Refinery29
We all know that celebs have first dibs on runway duds, especially when you're buds with the designers themselves (Marion Cotillard and Raf Simons are a prime example). Another bestie with benefits: Emma Stone, who attended last year's Met Gala with Lanvin's Alber Elbaz, was fitted in one of the French house's frocks from the pre-fall '13 collection at last night's Gangster Squad premiere. And, to further the fact that stars are definitely not like us regular folk, the dress Stone sported was previewed for the first time mere hours before in NYC. We've heard of fast fashion, but this is straight-up Concorde-flight status!
While the frock's debut to editors featured the crystal flower brooch at the bust, the actress chose to accent her waist with the glitzy accessory, also adding a large Lanvin necklace. Of course, Christian Louboutin pumps completed the completely crimson look. Not that we expected anything less, but Stone's first red-carpet appearance
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- Refinery29 | Fashion – Tue, Jan 8, 2013 6:02 PM EST
By Sarah St. Lifer, Refinery29Read More »from Emma Stone Wears Head-To-Toe Red Lanvin: Does She Rock It?
- Refinery29 | Healthy Living – Tue, Jan 8, 2013 5:41 PM EST
By Nicole Catanese, Designed by Naomi Abel, Refinery29
A phyllo dough hors d'oeuvre here, a BLT hangover cure there, and the next thing you know, those skinny jeans are feeling, well, a little snug. A huge diet and exercise program is in order, right? Not if you try a few of these tiny little food tweaks every day. Aim for at least two, but three is even better. You'll save up to about 300 calories a day - potentially, a whopping 2800 calories a week. And since you need to eat an extra 3500 calories to gain one pound (or cut out that amount to drop it), in less than three weeks, you'll ward off that pesky couple of pounds from creeping up on you.
The amazing get-fit panel of experts from Fitist, the one-stop shop for nutrition and kick-ass workouts, shared some of their wait-what?! food swaps that are so easy, and still yummy, that you won't even notice the difference. But your waistline totally will.
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- Refinery29 | Beauty on Shine – Tue, Jan 8, 2013 5:03 PM EST
By Megan McIntyre, Refinery29
There's no shortage of supplements, treatments, tools, and creams that promise to give you a head full of amazing hair, but if you're on a quest for a covetable mane, look no farther than your pantry for all the ammo you need to truly transform your tresses. Turns out everything from apple cider vinegar to molasses can be used to make your hair look positively stunning, and at a fraction of the cost of some of those pricy treatments.
We caught up with Kyle White, the supremely talented lead colorist at the Oscar Blandi salon in NYC. He's apparently a DIY beauty whiz kid, too - he knows the foods you need to eat to make your hair look awesome, plus what to slather on your strands to add softness, shine, and even make your color more vibrant.
"My grandmother was an Italian immigrant who grew up during the Great Depression," he says. "She believed that homemade was always better than store-bought. While I may not completely agree with her on that, IRead More »from Easy Kitchen Fixes for a Seriously Enviable Head of Hair!
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By Leila Brillson, Refinery29Read More »from Target Goes for Amazon's Jugular with a Price-Matching Overhaul
.Those of us who shop at Target generally do so for two reasons: First, it's a one-stop shop where we can get home goods, media, beauty products, and, uh, Hunger Games merch. Second, Target has sold consumers on its trendier Targét image, without gouging people at the checkout.
In a savvy move, the mega-chain announced today that it is extending its holiday-season price-matching policy to year-round. Says a Target rep: "If a guest buys a qualifying item at a Target store and then finds the identical item for less in the following week's Target circular or within seven days on Target.com, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Bestbuy.com or Toysrus.com (including Babiesrus.com) or in a local competitor's printed ad, Target will match the price." This means that the best prices might not come straight from Amazon anymore - and your online price hunting can be taken from the web, straight to the store.
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Think of the '80s. Immediately, one conjures up images of neon, finger-less, lace gloves, and Madonna. Now, try the '60s. Our typical associations are tie-dye, peace signs, and Jefferson Airplane songs. But in the era of Instagram and instant gratification, of personal style blogs and immediate access to fashion shows, the signifiers of the aughts are much more murky.
In this time of personalization, the most recent decades are already having trouble defining themselves, argues The New York Times. No one is identified as being "totally aughts," and the uniform of the '00s hasn't quite appeared in hindsight yet. The NYT has pointed out a couple of reasons for this lack of clarity: First, temporal distance - the aughts were, in fact, less than three years ago. Secondly, as former Lucky editor Lauren Sherman explains, "Because fashion is so accessible to everyone now since prices have gone down so much, and people buy more clothes than they used to, trends
- Refinery29 | Beauty on Shine – Fri, Jan 4, 2013 5:40 PM EST
By Connie Wang, Refinery29Read More »from True Story: People Are Paying Real Money to Buy Fake Braces
Any of you who were subjected to orthodontia - as well as all the discomfort, embarrassment, and social gaffes that come along with the experience - might feel a little more than a toothache at this recent trend. Youth in Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia are shelling out $100 for sets of fake braces in wild designs and colors. Yes, fake braces.
Considering the fact that real braces cost at least ten times that, it seems that a mouthful of metal can be a sign of spending power: Western-style, rich-kid adolescence you can buy for yourself (perfect smile not included).
Ironically, you need fairly straight teeth in order to wear these one-size-fits-all accessories, which are typically installed at beauty salons or at home via DIY kits. And, obviously, these faux sets come with a slew of health hazards including infection, choking, and lead poisoning, all of which have led the Thai government to ban the production and sale of fake braces. That hasn't stopped
By Natalie Goel, Photographed by Rachelle Manning, Refinery29
.Truth be told, we're only a few days into 2013 and we're already struggling to stick to all those healthy-eating ambitions. Sure, chowing down loads of vitamin-packed fruits and veggies might be good for us, but it ain't always easy. Preparing them properly takes time, and even then, sometimes they don't taste as good as their less-wholesome alternatives. But, don't start reaching for the cookies just yet. There is one tried-and-true (and pretty delicious) way to consume good-for-you foods in no time - in liquid form, of course.
To prove it, we enlisted Phoebe Schilla of the Studio of Good Living - a local culinary wellness group dedicated to teaching simple, flavorful recipes - to verse us in making four DIY smoothies that will knock your socks off with their flavor and health benefits. From creamy chocolate-banana concoctions to green blends of kale, avocado, and agave, here's a quartet of wow-worthy (and super-easy)Read More »from 4 Healthy and Tasty Smoothies to Make Now!
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By Annie Tomlin, Photographed by Bek Anderson, Refinery29Read More »from The Question that Won't Go Away: Is Makeup Bad for Women's Self-Esteem?
Does makeup make women feel bad about themselves? We last pondered the question back in Women's Studies 101, but this week, the New York Times resurrected it for another look. "If makeup has indeed become the status quo in the public realm," its latest Room For Debate column asks, "does it ultimately damage a woman's self-esteem, or elevate it?" To explore this issue, seven writers - makeup artists, writers, and researchers among them - argue whether makeup signifies female self-expression or an oppressive tool of the patriarchy.
We're all for a good rip-roaring debate, but this particular one is about as current as, well, frosted lilac lipstick. As third-wave feminists already argued decades ago, wearing makeup doesn't necessarily mean a woman feels inadequate without it - just as going bare-faced doesn't automatically lead to radical self-acceptance.
Don't get us wrong; when women feel pressured to wear makeup, that's
By Nicole Catanese, Refinery29Read More »from Get-Healthy Resolutions You Can Actually Keep!
As soon as the first day of the year strikes, it's easy to get all gung-ho about reversing your previously callous ways when it comes to your diet and fitness routine. We swear off overdoing it with the Veuve, then we vow to never ever skip spin class for an impromptu dinner with the girls. Do-able, right? Eh, if history holds true, probably not. Instead of setting yourself up for get-healthy-and-fit failure, try these tiny tweaks. They may not make a whole lot of bang initially, but they're more likely to stand the test of life-gets-in-the-way time than the big promises we make to ourselves year after year.
Look At The Bright Side
This one is way harder than it sounds, but it can also have a way bigger payoff than you think. "Often we focus on what we are doing wrong," says Susan Albers, PsyD, a psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic and author of Eating Mindfully. "I ask my clients what they think they do well and then come up with ways to do it even
- Refinery29 | Healthy Living – Thu, Jan 3, 2013 3:52 PM EST
By Dena Stern, Illustrations by Naomi Abel, Refinery29
Yep, it's officially winter, and with that comes lots of warm fuzzy knits, darkness at 4 p.m.… and the inevitable dawning of cold and flu season. Germs and bugs wreak havoc on our jam-packed schedules, our skin, and every other element of our lives. Not to mention, double-fisting Gatorade and Tylenol PM isn't exactly our idea of fun. Naturally, we want to protect ourselves from getting sick, to avoid spreading nasty germs around, and to get better as quickly as possible if those bugs manage to sneak past our well-crafted defenses.
That's why we consulted two doctors who know how to prevent and treat colds and flus: Dr. Eduardo Dolhun, MD, founder of the Dolhun Clinic and creator of Drip Drops ORS, and Dr. John Cranshaw, also of the Dolhun Clinic and former Chief of Medicine at St. Luke's Hospital in San Francisco. They've got everything you ever wanted to know about colds, flus, and keeping yourself healthy. Follow their adviceRead More »from The Ultimate Cold & Flu Survival Guide: Never Get Sick Again!