Blog Posts by Elle

  • Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili PeppersI'm not just saying this because I don't care that much about football (OK, I am a little): This Super Bowl is a little (a lot?) boring. The most exciting part of tonight's game has undoubtedly been the halftime show featuring Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, in the unlikeliest pairing since Mary Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy.

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    Sure, the Chili Peppers are '90s rock and Bruno Mars is top 40 pop, but somehow it just worked. And not only did they sound good, they looked good, too. Bruno Mars and his band wore shiny gold slim fitting blazers, all custom made by Saint Laurent. The Chili Peppers know that any true fashion icon finds a look and sticks to it. They're committed to their look-shirtless, long hair don't care-at age 50 no less (Kiedis is 51, Flea is 50). (Kiedis also wore unisex Jeremy Scott meggings/mantights.) That commitment should be commended. Well played guys.

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  • Macklemore

    Tonight, as millions of music fans watched around the world, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the uber-popular Grammy-winning hip-hop duo behind 2012 smash hits "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us," took the stage at the Grammy Awards. Joined by Madonna and singer Mary Lambert, the duo performed their equal-rights championing single "Same Love" - a song in which Macklemore reveals as a child he often wondered if he was gay (he's not). It's a fine enough song. It made Macklemore a lot of money over the past year. But the big news on Sunday was that 33 couples-gay, straight, black, white, of varying nationalities-were married while Macklemore rapped. The nuptials were presided over by Queen Latifah.

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    It was a bold gesture-one that had garnered a range of reactions from the Twittersphere. Actor Neil Patrick Harris tweeted his praise of the event: "My face hurts from smiling. That was one of the coolest things I've ever gotten to see.

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  • The Truth About Retouching: One Model Speaks Out

    Amber TolliverThere's been a lot of chatter this week about retouching. Does retouching present a harmful, unrealistic image of women? Or is it just a requisite part of the fantasy of fashion and advertising?

    As with most things, it's not so black and white: Light retouching is de rigueur (maybe a high end jewelry campaign doesn't want that model's tattoo to be visible-it doesn't fit with their image), but the kind of retouching that winnows down a model's waist to Barbie-esque proportions sends a potentially harmful message to young women about what is beautiful.

    A new fashion campaign presents a hopeful picture of what could be: A few days ago lingerie company Aerie released a campaign featuring completely unretouched models. We spoke with one of the stars of the campaign, 28-year-old model Amber Tolliver, about how it feels to go unretouched.

    So tell me about your experience being involved in this campaign?

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  • Dakota Fanning Teams Up with Tom Odell for Uniqlo

    Dakota Fanning for UniqloCelebrity campaigns are the theme of the season, and now Uniqlo is getting in on the action. The Japanese brand has tapped Dakota Fanning and U.K. singer/songwriter Tom Odell as the faces of its spring/summer 2014 advertisements.


    RELATED: Celeb Cameos: The Best Spring 2014 Ads


    Fanning, in addition to her illustrious acting career, has played muse to luxury brands like Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, and Prada (among many other equally major names). And she's not the only Fanning to appear in glossies this spring: Little sister Elle is fronting Miu Miu's campaign this season. It's great to see that the Fannings are repping both affordable and aspirational fashion.

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  • How French Women Curb Cravings: This 5-Minute Breakfast

    French breakfast recipe

    For a best-selling author who writes books with sharp titles like French Women Don't Get Fat and French Women Don't Get Facelifts, 67-year-old Mireille Guiliano isn't what you'd expect. The former Veuve Clicquot CEO is instantly warm and chatty-with the kind of vibe that compels strangers to divulge their most pestering neuroses. "Eating on the go! That is your problem," she says eyeing my Skinny Vanilla Latte as I walk into apartment. Despite its 14th Street location-a notorious thoroughfare for disgruntled New Yorkers-the split-level pad is an oasis of calm with a really sick view. A proponent of a texture-rich breakfast that "forces you to chew," Guiliano and her adorable husband, Edward, have been eating what she's dubbed the "magical breakfast" for over a decade. Culled from a recipe she learned from her grandmother, the "magical breakfast" is a light and tart parfait with intestine-wringing benefits. The magical ingredients? Detoxifying lemon juice, high-fiber flaxseed oil, and

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  • The Safe, Doctor-Recommended Cleanse You Should Actually Try

    Detox for the New Year

    In writing The Detox Prescription (Rodale), Woodson Merrell, MD, has assumed the role of the sheriff who wants to run magical thinking and hucksters out of alternative-health town. As chairman of the department of integrative medicine at Manhattan's Beth Israel Medical Center ("We've got a staff of 80 seeing 60,000 patients a year-it's not like a bunch of people running around doing new age stuff"), he is on a mission to salvage the much-loved alt-med concept of "detoxification" from what he describes in his new book as "shoot-from-the-hip healers and modern snake-oil salesmen."

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    Which is an excellent idea. The problems that Merrell sees in his (mostly female) patients are real-epidemic levels of fatigue, digestive problems, joint pain, headaches, rashes-but they're not going to be solved by the unaccountably popular lemon-juice-maple-syrup-cayenne-pepper Master Cleanse or water diets that, he says, "put the body in an

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  • The Five Most Essential Vitamins to Take in 2014

    The Five Most Essential Vitamins to Take in 2014An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Plus some B12, Vitamin C, D, and E, and who knows what we're going to be told to take next month. With so much noise around what to take and when in the vitamin-sphere, especially this time of year, we were beginning to feel like our heads were spinning.

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    We sat down with Dr. Frank Lipman-fashion's favorite wellness doctor (he treats Gwyneth Paltrow and Donna Karan amongst others)-to figure out what the five most important vitamins/supplements to take are and why in order to kick off the healthiest 2014 possible.

    MULTIVITAMIN
    We all need to be energetic. Health-supporting nutrients, like those found in multivitamins, help us fight against the daily damage our bodies get from living in a polluted and stressful environment. Think of a multivitamin as an insurance policy for your body from everything it's not getting naturally. Multivitamins will also optimize cellular

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  • The Best New Workouts of 2014

    Best new workoutsWorkout trends constantly evolve as people get bored, as new instructors hit the scene, and when new equipment gets introduced. Whether you love to lift or live for yoga, there's pretty much a niche workout for everyone out there. And you're going to have even more choices in the upcoming year.

    ELLE chatted with Lashaun Dale, Senior National Group Fitness Creative Manager at Equinox Fitness, to try to figure out what the new Zumba or SoulCycle will be in 2014. One thing we can conclusively say: It's going to be a sweaty year.

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    Functional Training:

    Boot camp, CrossFit, and outdoor obstacle course races like the Tough Mudder became popular in 2013, and that trend will continue, but for a much wider audience, according to Dale. "It's not just for diehard people who want to climb ropes and get muddy," she said. "People definitely want to see results and boot camp has raised the bar." Expect to see team training and boot

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  • The Five New Year's Resolutions You Should Never Make

    Self Help Gone Wrong

    Resolution Gone Wrong: Lose Weight

    We've read enough to know that numbers on a scale don't mean anything. But somehow that doesn't seem to matter on January 1, when we're more eager to drop 20 lbs than a Jillian Michaels makeover contestant. The problem, of course, is that muscles and metabolisms don't watch The Biggest Loser. The health risks and self-hatred that come when you assign your body a number are numerous…and crash dieting actually makes it harder to lose weight in the long run. Like the coke fiend you thought was so cool in college, this resolution seems like a rush, but it's really just a bad time.

    Instead...

    Forget about "getting skinny" and get healthy instead. Resolve to hit the gym a few times a week, and schedule your workout sessions into your iCalendar as if they're work meetings or dinner dates. When you focus on the process instead of an imagined result, you'll actually get what you want: a better body, more energy, and a free pass through bikini

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  • 5 Trends that Need to Die in 2014

    These trends need to die in 2014.It's not necessarily that we don't like these trends. Some we innately have problems with (jackets worn as capes, why?) but most of them we're actually kinda cool with (mirrored sunglasses, you're alright).

    It's just that since their fans include everyone from street style stars to the girls next to us on the subway to Cara Delevingne-who only needs to breathe near a handbag or even a sock for girls to start Googling where to buy it-we're seeing them everywhere, and we're a little tired of it. We're ready for some new trends to connect the dots between our favorite fashion bloggers, celebs and co-workers, but for that to happen we're probably going to need a moratorium on these things first. Please?

    JACKETS WORN AS CAPES

    Yes, the cape silhouette is very drapey and glamorous. But if you want the cape look, just wear a cape, right? This nonsense of perching jackets and coats and other sleeved-things on your shoulders doesn't translate. We're not gargoyle statues; we're

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