By Tara Rasmus, Refinery29
So, as the entire world has heard, a pregnant Kate Middleton was recently hospitalized for a rare form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum. The illness is actually really scary, with the key symptoms including nonstop nausea and vomiting, leading to serious dehydration and dangerous weight loss (notably, it has been reported that author Charlotte Bronte died of the disease). Even more shocking, however, is the lack of comment from health professionals being reported amidst all of the the alarming personal accounts of how serious and debilitating the condition is.
While hyperemesis gravidarum is rare (it affects only 1-2% of pregnancies, morning sickness affects close to 90% of cases) and treatable, thanks to modern availability of rehydration and renutrition via IV, but there isn't a cure per se. Some women that have suffered the condition have come forward saying that they found some relief via acupuncture. Others were offered Zofran (a
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By Connie Wang, Refinery29
Whether you're still trying to find your car buried somewhere in the snow (hello, Minnesotans!) or drowning in an unusually warm-and-wet winter (hello, Manhattanites!), your winter boot game needs to be on point now more than ever. But if your budget is holding you back, no worries - we found the bargain pairs that'll help you weather the elements without compromising on style.
From snow boots to galoshes to mild-temperate-appropriate booties, we've found 16 pretty pairs - under $100 - that'll have you and Old Man Winter back on speaking terms.
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By Nicole Catanese, Illustrations by Gabriela Alford, Refinery29
Between drinking what feels like your weight in cocktails, countless way-past-your-bedtime late nights, and eating (delicious) crap for weeks, you can end up feeling, well, gross, over the holidays. Then, on top of it all, you've got to shop for gifts for everyone and their mother and work like mad to make up for days out, so working off the extra calories and stress at the gym is probably not an solution, either.
But don't worry: All be-healthy hope is not lost. Here, we've rounded up some easy ways to stay (somewhat) on track through all the mayhem. Best of all, these low-impact, minimum-commitment, tips don't require you to totally overhaul your diet and exercise plan in order to do them. Because between the shopping, the wrapping, and the reveling, who has time for that?
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By Connie Wang, Refinery29Read More »from Crocs Counterfeiters Sentenced to 46 Years in Prison
.Though it may seem ridiculous to risk your life for a pair of perforated, plastic clogs, 18 Chinese counterfeiters did a bit of bad gambling when their knockoff Croc business was seized, and the offenders were sentenced to 46 years in prison and ordered to pay $450,896 in fines per person. Their misdeeds? Selling $128,752 pairs of knockoffs, with over $9.6 million worth of plastic clogs confiscated by officials.
Said Crocs' chief legal and administrative officer, Dan Hart: "If you attempt to produce or sell infringing Crocs products, we are going to find you. The lengthy prison terms and heavy fines handed down in these cases show that Chinese authorities are very serious about assisting us to eradicate the production of counterfeit Crocs products in China, and so are we."
Abolishing knockoffs of any sort is a very good thing, but there's something especially satisfying about getting rid of that many pairs of ugly, plastic clogs. It might be too much to ask
By Megan McIntyre, Illustrated by Naomi Abel, Refinery29
Parry dress? Check. Slammin' shoes? Check. Hot updo? Obviously. The perfect polish to tie it all together? Umm…
Amidst all the primping and planning for your plethora of holiday engagements, it can be easy to overlook your nails, but a dressed-up set of digits is crucial to topping off your look. Plus, according to celeb manicurist Skyy Hadley, most people talk with their hands and if you're planning on drinking and eating on the party circuit, then attention will constantly be drawn to your hands. So it's critical to make sure your hands and nails look their best.
That's why we put together our guide to the seven hottest nail-polish trends for the holidays, plus tips from Hadley on the coolest ways to wear 'em all. Click through, take notes, and prepare to feel that holiday spirit, in your fingers and your toes.
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By Leeann Duggan, Refinery29Read More »from Hate Animal Testing? the Cruelty-Free Beauty Guide You Need to See
If you're confused about the whole cruelty-free cosmetics thing - you're definitely not alone. Thanks to pressure from PETA and other animal-rights groups, many cosmetics companies now refuse to test their products on animals - thus earning "cruelty-free" status. But the modern, globalized beauty market is making it very enticing for brands to abandon their cruelty-free ways. See, the Chinese government actually requires all cosmetics sold in China to be tested on animals - meaning that many American and EU companies are reverting to their old, inhumane ways to get a piece of that lucrative market.
So, on behalf of bunnies everywhere, PETA's launching a major campaign to change Chinese law - an uphill battle, but a noble one for sure. Instead of old-school protests, PETA's tackling China's problematic laws with good ol' fashioned diplomacy - creating a plan to make Chinese cosmetics standards cruelty-free, and funding cruelty-free training laboratories.
By Willow Lindley, Refinery29
The fete is set to start at 7 p.m., and you're still answering emails at 6:45. Sound familiar? For those of you out there that can't even imagine having the time to change between work and play - not to mention shop for some festive dresses - we've got the solution: the perfect party pump.
These hot steppers will instantly transform any look, guaranteed. Go ahead, let these bad boys help guide you from your desk to the dance floor.
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By Sarah St. Lifer, Refinery29
One quick search on Pinterest is all you need to know we're knee-deep in boot season. From practical to posh, there are enough styles, heights, and price points to make any sane person's head spin - or at the very least, go into re-pin overdrive.
Knee-high boots, in all their versatile glory, are winter's answer to the black stiletto. Everyone from the sultry Barbarella-inspired types to the free-spirited ladies of Laurel Canyon can pull 'em off. Whether you're the type to wear with a mini, a maxi, shorts, or skinnies, there's bound to be a pair that's perfect for your SoCal lifestyle. So, only one question remains: Can we kick it? Yes we can!
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By Tara Rasmus, Refinery29Read More »from Exclusive: Emma Stone on Spray Tans, Acne Cures, & "Being a Little Bit Crazy"
Raise your hand if you know anyone (male, female, gay, straight, canine, whatever) who isn't in love with Emma Stone. We know, right? Ms. Stone is just one of those celebs. The kind who has managed to explode on the scene without annoying even the most celeb-averse among us. There's something about her...the sparkling eyes, the freckles, and the girl-next-door honesty that never ceases to seem completely genuine...yeah, we're crushing hard.
So, it goes without saying that we (and every person we know) were thrilled to have the chance to sit down and talk beauty with her, in honor of the launch of Revlon's new Nearly Naked makeup (in stores in January). Read on to learn all about Stone's skin care routine, her favorite Revlon product, and the hair color she loves most - and prepare to fall just a little bit more more in love with everyone's favorite leading lady.
So, tell us all about this new foundation.
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By Connie Wang, Designed by Naomi Abel, Refinery29
The little black dress has a much more storied past than just the time spent as your go-to party piece. In fact, LBDs have a place in some pretty major moments in history, dating back over 5,000 years - from a garment reserved only for evil to an item that represented empowerment and enfranchisement.
Take a moment to relive its heritage, ahead - then, revel in a throwback that is both trendy and timeless.
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