As January continues and the anomaly of a New Year fades away, your resolution to eat healthier and work out more may become harder and harder to keep. While starting a new workout schedule is a difficult adjustment, a fun way to motivate yourself is new workout clothes. Splurging on high-end brands like Lululemon or Athleta will make you feel more confident and motivated to workout. Some new styles to add to your wishlist are highwaisted yoga pants, simple and basic t-shirts and tank tops and defining sports jackets. High rise yoga pants in fun colors will look great on all body types and are comfortable for both everyday life and the gym. Soft, breathable and light weight shirts are also a must have and keep you cool during indoor activities. Lastly, defined and tighter fit jackets are the perfect layer to keep you warm for braving the freezing winter temperatures. The most important part of any workout are the shoes, so make sure to look out for the line of Nike flyknit sneakers, perfect for running! Once you have your new gear, there’s nothing stopping you from achieving your 2018 fitness goals! (GR2)
H&M’s new ad was widely perceived as racist, showing an African American child modeling a hoodie that says “coolest monkey in the jungle”. For centuries, monkeys have been used demeaningly to describe African Americans, so as expected, many felt anger and shock. It is shameful that it took a PR outbreak to make executives see the error of their ways. Several celebrities took to social media to speak of their outrage and disgust for this well-known brand. The lack of judgement in the development of this ad has made many question H&M. G-Eazy called off his collaboration with H&M, tweeting he was immediately cutting ties with the company. Furthermore, The Weeknd stated he would no longer be working with the brand. Other celebrities such as Diddy and LeBron James have also spoken against this ad.
H&M issued an apology, removed the ad completely, and stated nothing like that would happen again in the future.
This years 75th annual Golden Globes was by far the craziest in years. #TimesUp, the black dresses, Oprah’s speech, and Big Little Lies made it all worth a watch. Recently it has been revealed that, in Hollywood, there have been numerous sexual harassment claims that have been made towards many actors and directors that we grew up with. This year many actors and actresses spoke out and, together, changed the face of sexual harassment not just in Hollywood, but everywhere. Three major leaders of this movement were Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, and Shonda Rhimes. This collaboration inspired the #MeToo movement, which was followed by all the women attending the red carpet, being encouraged to wear black to stand together. Also started was the Golden Globes was the #TimesUp initiative. TimesUp is a legal defense fund that provides subsidized legal support to those who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace. The men showed that they were with this initiative by wearing “TimesUp” pins on their blazer. There were also women activists brought as “dates” to the event such as Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, Billie Jean King, and Ai-Jen Poo, who is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. As Oprah said in her acceptance speech, “When that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.”
The hair tie that never really tied up your hair (mine at least) is now back from the 90s! Not a surprise as many other trends from the alternative age have seen a rebirth. Except now they aren’t called scrunchies, but rather “hair clouds.”
Celebrities started showing an interest in late 2017, and now it seems to be picking up media attention. A trend supposedly brought back by Selena Gomez has made its way to the gym, red carpet, and in the tresses of us high schoolers.
Get the right kind, twist them around a few times, and they get the job done. Coming in materials such as cotton and silk they may be the solution for the tight hair ties tugging towards hair loss.
They work for shiny and sleek hairstyles or to add texture to a messy bun. For girls like me who don’t have time to give more than 5 seconds of thought to our hair may just want to grab one of these. Plus, they are much harder to lose!
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LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 03: Bella Hadid is seen on June 3, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)
New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to whip out your most sparkling outfits, but for celebs sometimes simple shimmer isn’t enough. This year, some stars outfits were shining brighter than the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball.
First up, Mariah Carey returned to the stage to redeem herself from her troubled performance in 2016. She not only brought her voice, but she brought some great style as well. She gave a phenomenal performance while wearing a embellished nude gown with a white fuzzy coat, chandelier earrings, and a double-strand diamond necklace. Emily Ratajkowski finished 2017 as the “swimsuit queen” with her jaw dropping styles, and still managed to shock us with her risky NYE outfit. She rang in the new year in N.Y.C. wearing a lace top with a neckline that almost hit her navel. Kourtney Kardashian celebrated with an equally risky look, wearing a black suit jacket that exposed her black bra. While her sister, Kim Kardashian West, celebrated with a much more conservative outfit, in a white off-the-shoulder top. Jenny McCarthy bundled up for her co- hosting New Year’s Rocking Eve. She paired her bright pink coat with a turtleneck sweater, beret, plaid scarf and gloves. Real Housewives of New York‘s Dorinda Medley hosted a New Year’s Eve party at the Célon Lounge in N.Y.C. She went bold with her outfit, wearing a plunging lace jumpsuit which she accessorized with a glittery red clutch. Lastly, Demi Lovato dressed warm for the weather in Miami Beach with a purple shimmery jumpsuit, silver hoop earrings, a wide black waist belt, and black heels with toe and ankle length.
Zayn Malik, singer, designer, and author, has taken the fashion world by storm in 2017. With the release of his campaign, Zayn x Versus, Malik has made an impression regarding his career in fashion. Each piece featured in Zayn x Versus fits his individuality with unique prints, but he does include trendy pieces like the popular bomber jacket, a personal favorite of his.
However, his successful collaboration with the brand is not the only major factor for his title as the Hugo Boss Most Stylish Man of 2017, his street style has caught the attention of many.
Zayn is known for his chic and ‘the bad-boy’ inspired style, rocking leather jackets with a pair of classic ripped jeans. His style consists of mainly dark clothing, similar to my own personal style, but he pairs it with bold statement pieces like a heavily printed shirt or jacket. His bold but still wearable style is a major reason why he is seen as a fashion icon to not only men, but to women as well.
His own merchandise for his dedicated fans reflects his style perfectly with a bomber jacket and heavy metal inspired t-shirts. Zayn takes a different approach for his merchandise as it does not simply have his face slapped on various articles of clothing, but has hints of his personality and identity. Some shirts have the words ‘Mind’ or ‘Zayn’ written in Urdu, showing his Pakistani background.
I personally find Zayn’s fashion sense appealing as most of his outfits are wearable, but still bold in some areas. His influence on fashion to not only his fans, but to the general public is a prime element that makes him the male fashion icon of 2017 and likely 2018.
On December 26, Rihanna dropped another iconic product on her already exceeding beauty line, Fenty Beauty. Her latest addition to the collection is a matte lipstick, The Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick. The Lipstick comes in 14 vibrant shades perfect for every mood. These shades aren’t just your regular nude and reds (although she includes a few of those as well). The Mattemoiselle lipsticks come in unique shades with just as unique names like a soft lilac called “One of The Boyz” and a bright orange named “Saw-C”. Rihanna is the kind of girl to always wear an interesting lip so her inspiration for these lipsticks were flattering colors that anyone could wear (and pull-off!). The biggest kicker: each lippie is only $18! That might be a bit expensive for some but any makeup lover will know that its a good price for these contrasting colors. I can’t wait to get my hands on all 14!