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The holidays are the ideal time of year to kick your outfits up a notch and make everything a bit fancier, and we’ve found that the best way to do that is via your accessories. But you’re probably thinking that the last thing you want to do right now is spend more money, what with the strain of gift buying and travel expenses likely putting a sizable dent in your budget. Which is why what J.Crew’s head stylist, Gayle Spannaus, had to say to Popsugar about a universal holiday styling tip really resonated with us.

She said, “Don’t ever underestimate a piece of velvet or grosgrain ribbon. It’s something we all have—it can be tied in a bow around a pair of jeans for an added embellishment, switch out your watch band with a beautiful velvet ribbon, tie a bow around the neck or waist with a crisp white shirt, there is so much that can be done.”

Her tip got us thinking about all of the other uses for a piece of ribbon as a festive holiday accessory, including wearing it as a choker, as a headband or hair bow, adorning the strap of your handbag, tied around your wrist, or even looped into your shoes in place of your usual laces. And perhaps the best part is that there are plenty beautiful satin and velvet ribbons to be found for approximately $2 to $3 per yard. Can’t beat that.

Keep scrolling to shop ribbon from one of our favorite sources, and head over to Popsugar for the rest of Spannaus’s holiday tips. 

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When I decided to let my hair grow out, to the dismay of all my contemporaries (what, you think I’m exaggerating?) about six months ago (a year?) I was prepared for anything: my hair growing out asymmetrically, having to wear a hat for months, and even, even covering myself in a pound of bobby pins and not being able to get through the metal detectors at the airport.

I was ready for anything, except for the fact that one day…my hair would be long.

As I’m talking to you now, my hair has taken on the approximate shape of a long square. The ends touch my shoulders, exactly not like in my drawing.

[Long [too long] side note on curly bangs]

My hair is also showing signs of my botched bangs attempt (YES, ME TOO, like all the curly-haired girls on Instagram, I took the hype of Mica Arganaraz as a sign that I too, despite my curls, had the right to be both mystical ingenue AND sex bomb with a fringe.

64a45cdcce0589396e4fed76c5da4492I told Clyde my hair dresser, okay go for it, let’s cut them bangs, and when I left his salon and his natural-looking brush out, I looked beautiful and classy, but after I washed my hair at home, I found myself looking like a scared poodle after a bath, and hey, I deserved it cause I believed the hype.

Because everyone knows. Curly bangs can only exist in fashion shoots where there are three hair stylists armed with Elnett hairspray ready like a fire extinguisher to put every strand back in place every second.

[End of side note]

So as of today, my hair is more or less long.

And since I swore to myself I wouldn’t go back to putting it back all the time, I now spend my time trying out different products, textures and hairstyles.

[Side note [even longer than the previous side note] on long hair versus short hair]

Okay so let me tell you RIGHT AWAY since you’re asking, short hair wins on every level.

How easy it is to maintain:
Short hair 1
Long hair 0

Style:
Short hair 1
Long hair 0

Time spent at the salon (not for the cut, but for color):
Short hair 1
Long hair 0

Brain space required (Should I wear my hair up today? Or not? How should I style it? Do I need to wash it? What about later tonight? How should I do my hair?):
Short hair 1
Long hair 0

With long hair, unless I’m really at the top of my game in style and grace (which is not the case right now, due to a weird life moment that I’ll tell you about one of these days when it’s less strange), I feel like I look just like everyone else.

I didn’t realize the incredible impact short hair had. On myself (just jeans and a t-shirt and I was super stylish)(now if I wear jeans and a tee-shirt I’m boring)(okay, I’m exaggerating, but I do kind of feel that way). And on other people!!! Every day, I got compliments about my short hair! People were staring me down! I thought it was because I’m famous, but no! It was because I had short hair!

So much so that I almost cut it all off again last week, but before I did, I took care to call my prime minister (my sister) to ask for her advice, and she told me no, stick it out, your long hair is great. AND I had to listen to the begging puppy dog eyes of Chris who, like (almost) all guys, prefers long hair.

I decided to continue my crusade, keeping in mind the Amazon women with sublime long hair like Brooke Shields in Blue Lagoon (???) who I’ll be joining soon since I decided that as long as I’m growing my hair out, I might as well make it very, very long.

UNLESS I cut it all off in a moment of rational thinking craziness.

[End of side note]

And as I was saying, long hair is a lot harder to take care of (you have to give it form! And substance! It doesn’t fall in place by itself!) so I’m trying out every product and technique possible and imaginable.

Different washing techniques:

No-poo
In other words, you wash your hair with conditioner only, or a special non-shampoo shampoo that doesn’t make suds and doesn’t have any stripping agents. Okay, let me tell you, it’s horrible, for me with my hair that gets oily easily. Maybe I didn’t try it for long enough, but for me, no-poo is really very difficult. I like to feel like my hair is fresh and clean.

Dry shampoo
A nightmare for me. First of all, it doesn’t work that well (I think you can tell your hair isn’t clean) and it also makes it hard and tangly, your hair clumps together, I can’t stand it. But I know lots of girls who love it! So I stuck it out, and tried lots of different brands before finally giving up forever.

Which is why I’m going to keep washing my hair every other day. On the first day, I can wear it down. Second day, it’s down in the morning, and then in the afternoon when it starts to get limp, boom – I put it back.

Different drying techniques:

Drying in braids.
When I want my hair to be really straight and flat, I wash it at night and sleep with my hair up. It works really well, but then well… It’s super straight and flat.

Drying naturally.
The problem is you really can’t control how it turns out in the end.

Blurry blowout.
That is, the blowout for the woman who:
1) Absolutely does not want to look like she’s styled her hair (obligatory Blue Lagoon reference)
2) Absolutely has no idea how to style her hair.
So actually, I’m not even blowing it out. I’m just drying it and pretending to use a brush, basically.

Drying it looks nice, it makes my hair flowy like Kim Basinger in 9 ½ Weeks

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 9.08.28 AM(yeah, I know, all my references date back to before the 90s, but I know why: it’s because my references go back to before the CURLING IRON.)

[Curling Iron side note]

Okay, so this is the instrument that scares me the most when it comes to hair styling, because I’m so tired of seeing women with fake plastic mermaid hair. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about, one out of every two American newscasters on TV is going nuts with a curling iron (they tend to be blondish, with a part down the middle, stick-straight roots and long curling iron curls at the ends)

Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 9.08.21 AM– and about 100% of Pinterest girls, when they aren’t doing braids, do curling iron curls, and to me, it’s the worst disaster since the ombré a few years ago. Enough is enough!

I’m not against using a curling iron, but you need to rough up the curls a bit, make it look natural. Enough with the mermaid curls, please, help! The attack of the curling iron clones must cease!

[End of Curling Iron side note]

Simple blowdry, then.

Finally, to get a better shape (because my hair, depending on the weather and my general physical state, can go from super curly to completely straight in a matter of hours, which drives me crazy because I like hair stability), I’ve tried tons of products to get the right texture, products that add softness, products that add volume, products that keep your hair fixed in place, and each time, same conclusion:

The more I add, the more my hair hates it. It gets oily, brittle, and impossible to manage, and I just end up pulling it back.

I think that’s just the nature of my hair. It doesn’t like anything. I have lots of friends who have favorite products that have apparently saved their hair.

For me, it’s just a good gentle shampoo, a super conditioner that moisturizes the ends (right now I love True Botanicals, plus the bottles are beautiful!) and a touch of oil (Moroccan Oil) right before I dry my hair. Which is (ironically) exactly what I did when I had short hair.

That’s it.

And I try to accept all the little flaws. The unexpected oiliness (I wash it, I pull it back) and the unpredictability (I deal with it, and at worst, I pull it back).

That’s not to say I’ve given up my research, but that’s where I’m at for now.

Isn’t that the eternal and frustrating conclusion to every story?

WE HAVE TO ACCEPT OURSELVES AS WE ARE.

So boring.

Translated by Andrea Perdue

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When you think about your perfect winter ensemble, chances are you couldn’t imagine building the ideal look without a gorgeous pair of boots. The ideal pair is not only practical (aka they will keep you warm) but incredibly sleek too. While we can’t deny the power of a gorgeous pair of ankle boots (whether that’s a classic black pair with a block heel or an of-the-moment white kitten-heel silhouette), there’s another It style this winter: over-the-knee boots.

In fact, turn to some of our favorite celebrities, and you’re bound to spot a variety of beautiful OTK silhouettes. The beauty of this shoe in particular is that they can be styled many different ways—whether that’s with a sweaterdress and duster coat or skinny jeans and a fuzzy knit.

Interested in testing out this top boot silhouette this season? Keep scrolling to check out how fashion A-listers are wearing their over-the-knee boots right now. Plus, shop the best styles, too.

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Build a single-engine airplane at 14. Win an Olympic medal in a sport you took up a mere 12 months earlier. Write a bill that sails through Congress. These are just a few remarkable achievements by the women we will recognize, in partnership with Gina Rodriguez, in our Young Women’s Honors event airing on The CW on December 19. It is our first awards ceremony celebrating inspirational women of grit, grace, and greatness, but given just how many women out there are daring to dream and then making things happen, it certainly won’t be our last. Here, the class of 2016.



The Dynamo

Simone Biles

World and Olympic Champion Gymnast

The Clinique Difference Maker Award

Bona fides: After winning four gold medals and a bronze at her debut Olympics in Rio (not to mention three World Championship titles), Biles, 19, is the most decorated American gymnast of all time.

Early drive: “I was a very hyper kid, energetic, loud, excited all the time,” says the talented Texan. “I remember being on the playground. I would always be flipping because most kids could not do it, so I thought it was unique that I could.”

Name check: She’s been com- pared to Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Tom Brady, but prefers to just be herself. “I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps,” she told a reporter in Rio. “I’m the first Simone Biles.”

Fan club: Girls want to be her; boys want to date her. Recently, while Biles was traveling for Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, an Iowa high schooler asked her to prom. “He tweeted me his proposal,” says Biles. “We were practicing at our last show in Omaha, Nebraska, and I look up in the audience, and I see him holding a sign.” (It read: “Number 1 in the World, Number 1 in my Heart, Simone Biles, PROM?”) Will she go? “I don’t think I’ll be able to make it,” she says. “I’m so busy.”

Dream friend date: “Zendaya, Demi Lovato, and Zac Efron. He’s hot—I think he’s everyone’s celebrity crush,” says Biles, who got a surprise visit, and a friendly kiss, from Efron in Rio. “And where would we go? A pizza place because I love pizza.”

Tweet her: @Simone_Biles.



The Pioneer

Vanessa Kerry

CEO and Cofounder of Seed Global Health

Life’s work: Kerry is the brains behind Seed, which sends U.S. doctors and nurses to train health-care workers in places where such professionals are scarce. (Think of it as a medical Peace Corps.) Since its founding in 2011, Seed has taught more than 8,000 doctors, nurses, and midwives in Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Swaziland, and Liberia. “I don’t think there’s a single health problem in the world that can’t be solved without some creative and intelligent thinking,” says Kerry, 40. Now that’s the kind of person you want on the front lines of the global health-care crisis.

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Chelsea Handler at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit 2016
Chelsea Handler at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit 2016

Chelsea Handler at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit 2016

Photo: Getty Images

As Madeleine Albright famously said (in what has to be one of the most oft-cited quotes in think pieces about feminism, and has been echoed by no less than Katie Couric and Taylor Swift): “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.” If she’s right, the women of America may be in trouble, at least according to Chelsea Handler, who published an essay over the weekend on Arianna Huffington’s new wellness site, Thrive Global, entitled: “We Have a Problem With Women Supporting Women.”

The hook for her argument: the staggering statistic that 53 percent of white women in the U.S. voted for Donald Trump—a man who, to put it mildly, is the stuff of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s worst nightmares—over Hillary Clinton, a staunch, lifelong supporter of policies that actually benefit women and families, and, of course, an actual human woman herself. This data point is evidence, Handler writes, that “we don’t just have a problem with men supporting women in this country; we have a problem with women supporting women.”

She likened the lack of white women’s votes for Clinton as a nod to another famous quote—this one by H. L. Mencken, and intended to be funny, if not a little too true: “Misogynist: A man who hates women as much as women hate one another.” Handler punctuated her point with a call to action: “Ladies, we can do better than this. We can eliminate the competitiveness that has been imposed upon us because we are treated as a minority and have been taught to tackle, rather than climb,” Handler said. “Forget the jealousy. Forget the competitiveness. We are stronger together. Find a woman you have nothing in common with and give her a hug. Then hug yourself. Then roll up your sleeves and stop looking in the mirror.”

Handler makes a compelling argument: The fact that more than half of white women preferred Trump to Clinton is a bitter—dare I say nasty—pill for her supporters to swallow. But I hesitate to let this one fact trump all others when it comes to women’s support of one another. This statistic, the 53 percent, has ballooned above the rest; it’s become a way to blame other women for Clinton’s loss. It’s become the definitive evidence for proving that women don’t support each other and that we’re the ones holding ourselves back.

But it shouldn’t. For one, it applies to one group of women—yes, a statistically dominant group, white women—but, as Handler herself acknowledges, not all women rejected Hillary at the same rate. In fact, the rest of American women turned out overwhelmingly in her favor: 54 percent of women overall voted for Clinton, according to one poll, including 94 percent of African-American women and 68 percent of Latinas. White women can’t be the only marker of women’s solidarity in our country.

Further, while of course some women are catty and competitive, it’s dangerous to categorize an entire gender by the outliers. We don’t judge men as a whole by the behavior of juiced-up WWE wrestlers faux-punching each other’s lights out. Some men are fiery competitors, but it doesn’t make them anti-man. If we’re clinging so tightly to this one data point about white women’s lack of support for Hillary, we ought to look at the other evidence debunking the myth that women are heinous mean girls who don’t have each other’s backs.

Studies have shown that women are no more hostile toward each other than men; research has found that men are, in fact, much more aggressive with each other than women. The only difference is that women are, socially and culturally, perceived to be sassier, smaller, more insecure. As pointed out in The Atlantic article “Why Women (Sometimes) Don’t Help Other Women,” “a study found that when a conflict took place between two women coworkers, people expected the consequences to be both negative and long-lasting” but “when the identical conflict was between two men or a man and a woman, people thought that the relationship could be more readily repaired.”

In fact, though we don’t always see or hear about them on TV or on Twitter, real women are fiercely supporting each other every day—giving each other credit and promoting each other at work, picking up each other’s kids when they’re running late, conspiring with each other in Pantsuit Nation, and planning to march on Washington. That’s a mightier force than any mean girl. And that’s something to highlight, too.

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Gigi Hadid workout playlist
Gigi Hadid workout playlist

Photo: Courtesy of Gigi Hadid

Looking to inject some fitness inspiration into your spring workout routine? Head to Gigi Hadid’s Instagram account, @gigihadid, to see the model sculpting Victoria’s Secret–worthy curves while exercising her “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” boxing method at Gotham Gym. After all, growing up on the West Coast, the millennial bombshell was always in an athletic state of mind. “It was strange to move to New York City and not have volleyball practices every week and my horses down the street,” says Hadid, who grew up riding competitively. “Just going to the gym didn’t do it for me, mentally, so I found a new hobby and passion in boxing.” And it’s working—on any given day, you can catch Hadid throwing a mean uppercut or killer hook with natural ferocity.

Box Like a Supermodel: Inside Gigi Hadid’s Body-Sculpting Workout

So just how does the toned stunner get into the exercise mood? It doesn’t start with a green juice or the perfect sports bra, but rather from an amped-up playlist. From Drake’s “You the 6” to Taylor Swift’s “whole 1989 album” and “anything” by Beyoncé, Hadid shares six songs that get her ready to rule [the] ring.

 

“Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

 

“You the 6,” Drake

 

“FourFiveSeconds,” Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney

 

“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift

 

“***Flawless,” Beyoncé feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 

“Happy Little Hippie,” coming soon on Cody Simpson’s new album, Free

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Plus de cent membres du principal parti prokurde ont été arrêtés après l’attentat d’Istanbul survenu ce week-end. 

Les autorités turques ont arrêté plus de cent membres du principal parti prokurde du pays après l’attentat d’Istanbul, revendiqué par un groupe radical kurde, a rapporté lundi l’agence progouvernementale Anadolu. Les arrestations ont visé des membres du Parti démocratique des peuples (HDP) dans l’ensemble du pays. Parmi les personnes arrêtées figurent notamment les chefs de section du HDP à Istanbul, Aysel Guzel, et à Ankara, Ibrahim Binici, selon Anadolu.

A lire : Turquie : un groupe radical kurde revendique le double attentat d’Istanbul

Les membres du HDP arrêtés sont soupçonnés d’appartenance au Parti des Travailleurs du Kurdistan (PKK), considéré comme un groupe terroriste par Ankara, ou d’en relayer la propagande, a ajouté Anadolu. Ces arrestations surviennent après un attentat qui a fait 38 morts, dont 30 policiers, samedi soir et qui a été revendiqué par un groupe radical kurde, Les Faucons de la liberté du Kurdistan (TAK).

Une enquête “antiterroriste” liée au PKK

Début novembre, les coprésidents du HDP Selahattin Demirtas et Mme Figen Yüksekdag et une dizaine de députés de cette formation avaient été arrêtés et placés vendredi en détention préventive dans le cadre d’une enquête “antiterroriste” liée au PKK.

Les dirigeants du HDP, deuxième parti d’opposition en Turquie, sont les deux personnalités kurdes les plus en vue à être arrêtées depuis le putsch avorté de la mi-juillet, a la suite duquel de vastes purges tous azimuts ont été lancées. Le président turc Recep Tayyip Erdogan considère que le HDP est étroitement lié au PKK et a fait savoir qu’il ne considérait plus cette formation comme un interlocuteur légitime, qualifiant régulièrement ses membres de “terroristes”. En mai, le Parlement turc a voté la levée de l’immunité des députés menacés de poursuites judiciaires, une mesure contestée visant notamment les élus du HDP.

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