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Gone are the days when a bridesmaid’s duties were to turn up on the day and hold the bouquet. Requirements have stepped up a few gears in recent times: they plan your hen-do, they break in your wedding shoes, they come to the rescue to warm those cold feet when the pre-wedding jitters kick in. It is high time you gave thanks to those keeping you sane in the lead up to your big day. And when it comes to gifts, jewellery is always the answer. Whether it be a personal ‘Alphabet’ pendant from Annoushka or matching rings from affordable newcomers Coco Kinney, Vogue‘s picks will help you pay homage to the unsung heroes that are your bridesmaids.

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Related reading: Don’t miss the celebrity engagement rings that twinkled their way into our gallery. Plus, top tips from the Vogue team on how to pick the perfect bridesmaid dress.

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This post contains spoilers for the Game of Thrones episode “The Spoils of War.”

On Sunday’s Game of Thrones episode “The Spoils of War,” Sansa and Arya Stark finally had their big reunion at Winterfell, and as expected, it was everything. They hadn’t seen each other since season one, so if you found yourself crying with happiness at seeing them together again, you weren’t alone. It wasn’t all joy, though, because like Bran, Arya came back a different person, and Sansa now has yet another person on her hands who’s singularly focused on a task that sounds, well, insane. Between Joffrey, Cersei, and Ramsay, has she not been through enough? Sibling reunions are great and all, but it might be nice for Sansa if one came back who wasn’t (1) a mystical tree god, (2) an expert assassin, or (3) a raised-from-the-dead secret Targaryen prince. Below, the best Twitter reactions to Sansa realizing she’s the only “normal” one left in the family.

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The origin of a great outfit is different for everyone, and rightfully so. Whether you begin the blueprint of your #OOTD with one piece and build upon it from there, draw inspiration from a Pinterest board, or choose one trend to incorporate, the only thing that really matters is the end result. Luckily for you, we know a few places to source some pretty incredible summer outfit ideas that will inspire you no matter how you go about landing that perfect look.

The bloggers of the fashion world have an instinctual knack for outfit planning that we can all learn from. The pieces they choose to wear often dictate the season’s largest trends, as their loyal followings (we’re talking hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers) love nothing more than to copy said looks or items. With a track record like that, it’s safe to say that the nine outfits ahead will be seen on more fashion girls than we can count, and will keep you looking stylish 24/7, guaranteed. 

Keep reading to shop these incredible summer outfit ideas! 

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The Bachelorette is over. What are we going to do with our time now? A lot of TV shows don’t return until fall, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of great entertainment options to fill your days in August. For starters, there’s a teaser for Netflix’s Golden Globe–winning show, a hilarious and almost-too-relevant movie from Elizabeth Olsen and Aubrey Plaza, and a new book from the author of Big Little Lies. Whether you have 90 seconds to spare or need something to keep you busy on your next vacation, there’s something here for you.

Scroll down to see our top picks on what you should be watching and reading right now.

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The Canadian singer is the true embodiment of No One Thing-ness.

k.d. lang is embarking on a full-scale Canadian tour for the first time in more than a decade. It’s part of her duties as a Canada 150 Ambassador, which is an odd title since she’s representing Canada to Canadians in order to celebrate Canada. Not that we’re complaining. If anyone embodies this country in all its gracious complexity, it’s lang: She’s a small-town Alberta girl who first made a name for herself by infusing country music with a kind of performance art/punk rock spirit, and she’s a performer whose vegetarianism offended more people back home than her eventual coming out ever did. Like Canada, she has always been progressive yet courteous, pushing against categorization—both musically and personally. She is a living embodiment of No One Thing-ness.

Simply by being herself, lang has also become an unintentional marker to measure how much the world has changed in the 25-plus years since she rose to global prominence. Back in the bold-faced early ’90s, lang—vegetarian, out-of-the-closet lesbian, woman with an androgynous hairstyle—was the epitome of hip, if harmless, edginess. She represents the difference between a provocateur and a pioneer. She’s not exactly edgy these days, but that’s not because she has changed—the world has simply caught up.

Then there’s her music. On her tour, which runs until September 19, lang will be performing songs from Ingénue, her genre-bending master-piece that, coincidentally, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. If time has changed how we see lang and her persona, it hasn’t touched the album that gave that persona life. Its timelessness would almost be eerie if it weren’t so powerful, beautiful and true; it’s just one more way lang perfectly represents this country

I once pledged that I would never listen to musicians under 25 because I figured they wouldn’t know anything about life. As if to prove my point, you released Ingénue when you were 30. It’s timely now, but where were you in your life when you wrote it?

I had decided to move on from the country thing that I was doing and focus on my early, deep influences from singers like Joni Mitchell, Peggy Lee and Kate Bush. I wanted to get into the music that I felt was more representative of who I was musically.

Can you appreciate the album for what it is, or is it still tied to the experiences that inspired it?

I don’t pine for or think about the relationship that inspired it, but I do recall the feelings of unrequited love, or I think it was more of an obsession. I hadn’t listened to it for 20 years, but when I started to prepare for this tour, I had to. And that first listen was a little strange. It flooded me with all sorts of memories. It’s difficult to listen to it, not necessarily because of the impetus of the music itself but the experiences that unfolded around and after that time. My life sort of changed. But now I’ve hopefully transcended the stickiness of the memories. Hopefully I can deliver the music in a way that encompasses those memories and experiences as well as the audiences’ experiences.

When I read old articles of mine, I flip between thinking “Oh, that was pretty clever” and “Oh, I wish I could go back in time and change that.

[Laughs] Exactly. Absolutely. And every day it changes. It depends on my mood as a listener.

I’ve read that in the past you didn’t like to read or listen to music on tour because you got too distracted. Now that you’re a Buddhist, has this changed?

Yes and no. Buddhism gives one tools to deal with that monkey mind, but I don’t listen to music on tour because I’m pretty tired from singing and more music exhausts me. In terms of reading, yeah, my mind does move around. I’m slightly dyslexic, and I also have some issues with words getting bigger and smaller, so it’s kind of a chore.

A lot of Ingénue is about longing and unrequited feelings whereas Buddhism is about letting go. Could you have written this album if you were a Buddhist back then?

That’s a good point. I think you’re absolutely right. I don’t think I could have written it. I think my exploration of longing and desire was written as a preface to where I ended up going. I do feel like my practice has kind of alleviated that incessant need to fill up space, which I probably had when I was in my 30s.

My favourite author is a Buddhist, and I’ve noticed that the tone of his writing has changed. He has become a bit more compassionate.

Who is this? George Saunders?

That’s exactly right!

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But going back, I don’t think it’s necessarily unique to Buddhism, but it does seem to change the art that people create.

I think it does. I think the practice, or the path, gives you more tools and a deeper, wider perspective on your handicaps while being in the human realm. [Laughs] And with that, as you said, it gives you more compassion. I find that, for me, interpreting music has gotten easier than writing—because I feel like I can’t completely express all my perspectives in a song, for example. It seems out of my capacity.

How has your relationship with your voice changed over the years?

I have more of an appreciation for it. I’m getting older, so my voice is changing a little bit. It’s not quite as smooth as it used to be. I’m also realizing that the intention and narrative approach is really what makes a great voice. It’s that ability to transfer the song into someone else’s emotional state. To me, that’s the important thing. So I’m re-evaluating what it is to be a singer.

It’s easy, in hindsight, to think of equal rights for LGBTQ people as inevitable. But in old articles about you, everything was about you being gay. It’s mainstream now, but did it feel inevitable at the time or was it still difficult coming out so early?

It felt inevitable to me. I come from a family where three out of the four kids were gay. My own personal culture was comfortable and immersed. I always approached the issue knowing that, number one, I never represented the whole gay culture (it’s a diverse culture) and, number two, that it was about to burst out of the closet—and not always in a positive way. People were being outed against their will, and I tried to be available to answer questions. I never wanted to get into the political side of being gay, but I did feel the inevitability of the LGBTQ revolution. I don’t think it’s over, by the way, but I definitely think we’re well on our way.

One of the things I’ve realized is that only you can know if you’re being authentic. People have always assumed you are, but have you always felt authentic?

I have very strong opinions about authenticity. I think it’s almost impossible to be authentic. And this is the Buddhist in me speaking. It really only comes when you truly shed your attachment to your ego, and I don’t think many people do that while they are on this earth. I think we’re susceptible to judgment and being contrived and influenced, and the desire to be loved and accepted is so strong that I think authenticity is very difficult. I think children have it. I think it gets carved out of them as they get older. I think you can whittle away at your ego, and you can try. You can listen to your inner voice as much as possible, which is the gateway to authenticity.

Do you think you are more that way now?

Yes, I do, but I also think this may be a result of less desire to succeed. I feel like authenticity is a type of acceptance of, and surrender to, who you are instead of trying to become something. I think that at this point in my life, I wouldn’t say I’m winding down but I’ve plateaued and my real work is internal.

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It’s undeniable that social media has changed my life for the better. It’s given me a career, a platform, even a book deal. But, as we know all too well, life through the lens of a filter is not always what it seems.

In October 2016, I should have been on cloud nine. I had just finished a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival, my Instagram followers numbered 20,000, and the ink was drying on my freshly signed book deal. I was going to Spain to relax and unwind. I hadn’t anticipated how difficult this would be. I hadn’t told my travel companions that I’d been signed off work the week before. That I’d spent my week traipsing in and out of hospitals, hearing words like “major depressive”, “severe anxiety” and, most terrifyingly, “bipolar”. I didn’t tell them that I’d listened to Beyoncé’s Running on repeat 279 times or that I’d somehow managed to aggressively fake tan one toe with no recollection, leaving the rest of my body pasty white.

To my friends and my thousands of followers I was a viral internet sensation, high on likes and drunk off admiration but, in reality, I was about to have my first nervous breakdown. A recent study carried out by Harvard University and the University of Vermont has identified an algorithm that can diagnose depression in Instagram users with a 70 per cent success rate. It looks at your photos, your filters and how often you post. For me, the latter discovery is particularly poignant. At first, thinking up new jokes had been easy and fun. I’d laughed while cruising the aisles at Asda, hunting for junk food to turn into my next pun. But as soon as I arrived in Spain the panic set in. How was I going to get to the supermarket if I didn’t have a car? What if my friends were too busy having fun to take pictures of me posing with food? Did everyone think I was silly for caring so much?

I had never intended to go viral. My previous attempts at social media had been sporadic and underwhelming, averaging two likes and peaking at 11. I wanted to poke fun at the current obsession with “clean eating”, gym selfies and always being #blessed. I posted pictures of avotoast with Haribo eggs, turned photos upside down in place of practicing inversions and I found a natural skincare remedy in the form of a bottle of ketchup. Within a month it had taken off. I was gaining hundreds of followers every day and in return I posted daily without fail.

Making people laugh was all I’d ever wanted and at first the validation felt amazing. I conspired over new post ideas with everyone – my friends, my family, my boss. But the more followers I got, the more pressure I felt to keep to my self-imposed posting regime. By the following May I had climbed my way to over 100,000 followers. I continued posting constantly, convinced that as long as I was still making people laugh, I was definitely okay.

Eventually, with the encouragement of my worried parents, I was referred to an inpatient facility. My doctors told me to take a break from social media, but even when I was in the hospital I couldn’t bear to stop posting. I took pictures of my dinner in The Priory dining hall and I begged my dad to smuggle in party rings so I could make a joke about “hole foods”.

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After more medication changes than I can remember and a lot of intense therapy, I slowly started to feel better. The better I felt, the less pressure I felt to post, and somewhere along the way I discovered balance.

Now that I am better, my relationship with Instagram is healthy. I post when I want to and when I feel like I have something to say. I don’t do it every day and I hope that if those researchers applied their algorithm to me now, they would be assured that I am the healthiest and happiest that I have been in years. I will always be grateful to social media for what it’s done for my career, but I’ll never post to paper over the cracks again.

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Personal style is not quite like real estate—aka it’s not all about location, location, location. But in the latest data released by Polyvore, where you live might affect what kind of jeans you’re on the hunt for. And especially so if you live in New York or Los Angeles.

Gathering information from “fashion-forward users in big cities across the globe,” as stated in a press release, Polyvore complied a list of the most in-demand jeans for the East and West Coast cities. For New York, it was determined that fringed denim is the most coveted style, while Angelenos are itching to get their hands on a pair of embroidered jeans. High-waist, lace-up, camo, and pearl jeans each made the top 10 list for both cities, but beyond that, there were several differences. For instance, two-tone jeans are popular in the East while searches for mom jeans are higher in the West.

You don’t have to let the data sway you one way or the other, but if you were stumped on where to start when it comes to fall denim trends, consider any of these suggestions to be certified crowd-pleasers. Scroll down to shop some of the most searched-for styles in New York and Los Angeles, respectively.

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IT has been quite the week in the world of celebrity dating. New parents Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and Amal and George Clooney, both ventured for adults-only evenings; Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling unleashed their inner children on a night-out to Disneyland; and Chloe Green continued her holiday romance with “hot felon” Jeremy Meeks wearing full festival regalia at Barbados’ Crop Over Carnival.

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