My mom, Nancy, recently messaged me that it was time for her to clean out her closet. While she has a range of timeless pieces that will remain staples, she knew there were a few—as she said—”meh items” that needed to go. While she has a strong sartorial eye, she wanted a gut check on whether or not the items she wasn’t wearing as much should be donated (when she’s able to do that) or saved.
Given that we’re not near each other right now, I had her text me the pieces she wasn’t feeling for her own personal style. I then responded with either “purge” or “put back.” While she didn’t necessarily need to replace the “no” items with another forward item, she was interested in hearing my thoughts on trends to consider down the road.
I thought you may be of interest to said items, so I rounded up a few of the items my mom is getting rid of, along with some visual inspo from cool fashion girls highlighting the trend counterparts that could be worth adding to her wardrobe when she’s ready. I also included her feedback on each trend as well. As she noted, she’s into the pieces in question because they could work for anyone at any age (including herself at 60 years old). Keep scrolling for a bit of closet-cleanout inspiration.
Fact: Jennifer Lopez has been a style icon for decades. Clearly, we love chronicling her most recent outfits here on Who What Wear, but if you’re familiar with my articles, you know I also delving into the fashion archives. When I decided to round up Jennifer Lopez’s best sneaker outfits, I couldn’t help but include some iconic looks from the 1990s and 2000s. Hello, crop tops and velour tracksuits.
As you might expect, Lopez is no one-trick pony when it comes to sneaker looks. She can pull off cargo pants, printed leggings, a beautiful camel coat, and a functional track jacket. Plus, her shoe collection ranges from affordable Nike versions to designer Alexander McQueen sneaks so you can’t say she hasn’t mastered the high-low mix. Scroll down to revisit Jennifer Lopez’s best sneaker outfits of all time and shop the 2020 versions of each.
“We’re all about three weeks away from finding out what everyone’s natural hair colour is.” You’ve probably seen this joke on social media recently. Perhaps you read it and winced, knowing that your own roots are already sprouting with newfound confidence.
We are all gripped by worry and panic. We are all being asked to deal with a huge and sudden change to our daily lives. It feels insurmountable when we look at the big picture doesn’t it? Experts tell us to take it day by day, sometimes hour by hour. Tackle the things you can control, stay home, look after yourself. Often that means drinking wine and watching comforting comedy box sets. Sometimes it means looking forlornly at our ragged nails and our scaly hands and wondering about making homemade face masks from old yoghurt.
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Self-care, that vague and all-encompassing term, has become a booming industry in the past few years. The activist and writer Audre Lorde spoke about self-care as a radical act – looking after yourself in a world hostile to your very existence – but the term was inevitably co-opted by brands looking to sell you a bunch of stuff to make you feel better. Bath oil is self-care, weekly manicures are self-care, new shoes are definitely self-care. Self-care has become, for many of us, a way of justifying treats.
I was as guilty of embracing the commodified concept as anyone. When I was stressed out, I’d go for a massage, or buy a new lip balm. If I felt sad I would stroll around Liberty trying to soothe my racing heart by trying on scarves and admiring glittery sunglasses. In order to make myself a better, more functional human, I would make sure my nails were immaculate, slather serum on my face as though it were a glazed donut, dab eye cream diligently. It was an entirely self-centred enterprise, a way to justify treating myself. It always worked – in the short term.
But in this strange new world, this has all gone out the window. Our little trips to the salon are no longer possible. We cannot browse the make-up aisle in Superdrug for a quick pick-me-up. Why bother putting on your glad rags when you won’t be leaving your four walls for the foreseeable?
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It’s not surprising that my skin has erupted since we all went into lockdown. It’s fairly predictable that my nails are bitten and gnarly. None of the self-care techniques that I used to employ are workable, and the at-home adaptations don’t seem enticing. And if I’m honest, would a trip to the manicurist really help me right now, anyway?
Instead, we’re reassessing what the term means. Some people are putting emphasis on dressing properly for the day ahead. I admire it, and still resolutely stick to sweatpants. Others are coming up with complicated dance routines on social media, and I click ‘like’ while staying in bed. I make sure I shower once a day, a basic requirement which feels hard to do when anxiety rockets. I’m facetiming my parents three times a day. I am lifting weights in my sitting room every afternoon even though a toddler laughed at me from the window. I am baking bread in a quest to finally make some which doesn’t have the consistency of a rock. I have not managed it yet. But it helps a little.
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So many people are doing small things to help others at the moment, which I have come to see as a form of self-care, too. We listen to what the experts say and focus on what we can do and that makes us feel a little calmer. If self-care is about what nourishes and soothes our frazzled heads, I’ve found that donating to medical staff does that. Clapping the NHS made millions of us feel less alone. Visiting local shops instead of supermarkets so that my beloved high street can keep going takes away a little slice of worry.
This isn’t meant to sound worthy and smug. Though my love of a good skincare routine lies dormant at the moment, I’m sure it will come roaring back when some normality returns. My roots will definitely start to infuriate me in the coming weeks, and I will unwisely consider using the kitchen scissors on my split ends after a few glasses of wine.
The potions and lotions can still provide a little respite for sure. But it’s been interesting to see what else counts as self-care when you’re hiding away from the world. If all you can bring yourself to do is call your mum, wear clean knickers, and unclench your fists once a day, that’s ok. Your nails can wait. But if it’ll make you smile to paint little wobbly rainbows on them, well, that’s self-care too.
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As the world continues to catch up with Netflix’s newest series, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness, some viewers can’t help but point out that the king might have a celebrity hairstyle doppelgänger. Fans on social media have recently noticed that Miley Cyrus’s current hairstyle is very similar to the style worn by Joe Exotic. And as some of her latest social media posts go to show, Cyrus definitely wasn’t planning on an Exotic-inspired cut.
Following the viral success of Tiger King — a series which even Cardi B Is a fan of — some on Twitter have noted that Cyrus has been definitely giving off Exotic vibes, Teen Vogue reports. And with Cyrus continually hosting a daily talk show through Instagram Live, many have taken note of her daily hairstyle, writing, “Miley trying to get cast as Joe Exotic I see.” Others joked that perhaps Cyrus asked for that specific haircut, writing, “Miley done went an got the joe exotic haircut.”
In addition to a mullet that mirrors that of the Netflix star, others also theorized that perhaps the singer was taking a cue from Exotic’s closet, too. “On Day 9 of Quarantine, we have Miley Cyrus here rocking the Joe Exotic look,” one person joked. “Miley’s a mustache and shiny shirt away from a Joe Exotic halloween costume,” another person tweeted.
Although Cyrus hasn’t publicly responded to the comparisons, her social media posts show that she can see where fans are coming from. After posting an image that joked about not cutting your hair by yourself, she later posted a meme that featured Exotic’s blonde hair. The image was captioned, “FaceTiming my hair dresser to ask how I fix the cut and color I gave myself,” and Cyrus added her own note, writing, “Wayyyy to [sic] real.”
Check out some of the best fan comparisons and tweets from Cyrus, below.
A family is weathering two tragedies after its patriarch and matriarch died of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) just hours apart.
On Saturday, Feliks Ogorodnik, 88, passed away shortly before 5 p.m. at the Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview, Illinois — just about four and a half hours after his wife Luiza, 84, died at the same medical center, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The pair died of pneumonia associated with COVID-19 and other preexisting conditions as contributing factors.
Their son-in-law, Ed Greenwald, told the Chicago Tribune on Monday that the family does not know how they contracted the highly contagious coronavirus.
“They were a beautiful couple,” he said. “Very loving and wonderful grandparents and very integral to our family.”
Feliks and Luiza immigrated from Ukraine to the United States more than 20 years ago and “were very grateful to be here and become U.S. citizens,” according to an online obituary for the couple. Prior to the move, Feliks worked as a supply manager for a construction company, while Luiza was a physician who “loved people and always sought to help those around her.”
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Feliks was described by his relatives as a man whose “family was everything to him.” He also enjoyed gardening, often sharing his harvest with loved ones and neighbors.
In the tribute, Luiza’s family said she was “a very energetic woman, full of optimism and life” who had a passion for theater and books.
“They always strived to improve their English and learn more about the United States,” the obituary said of the couple. “They will be greatly missed by their family and friends throughout the world.”
Feliks and Luiza are survived by their two daughters, Irina Greenwald and Janina Schnaper, and four grandchildren.
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“They were very loving and kind,” Rabbi Andrea London, who recalled seeing the elderly couple in February at a grandson’s bar mitzvah, told Chicago Tribune. “They were so proud. (They) still struggled with English but (the grandmother) got up and spoke. They were very intelligent people.”
As of Tuesday afternoon, there have been at least 183,532 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with 3,727 deaths from coronavirus-related illness. The U.S. now has the most cases in the world, well ahead of China and Italy.
Worldwide, there are now 839,200 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 41,343 deaths as of March 31.
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These days, it seems like every headline I read is woefully depressing, severely anxiety-inducing, or, more often, a brutal combination of the two. News that is actually good — or, at the very least, not objectively bad — is so rare now that anything even remotely joyful has the instant power to perk me up. So naturally, I immediately began jumping for joy after stumbling across the recent announcement that Christopher Meloni (AKA the uncomfortably hot inmate that helped usher in my gay awakening when he disrobed for a shower scene on Oz) would return to NBC for a spinoff of Law Order: Special Victims Unit, the long-running hit series he once starred in.
It seems like forever — nine years, to be exact — since Meloni last graced our screens as the refreshingly detail-oriented Detective Elliot Stabler. By the time he parted ways with the series after its twelfth season, the actor had been portraying the character for twelve years, appearing in more than 270 episodes and securing an Emmy nomination in the process. Now, as SVU plows through its critically-acclaimed 21st season (making it the longest running primetime live-action show in American history), the 58-year-old heartthrob is all set to reprise his role as he returns to one of the most beloved universes on network television.
While details about the upcoming spinoff remain sparse, the series, which has already received a full 13-episode order from NBC, will revolve around an NYPD organized crime unit led by Detective Stabler. Like the original SVU, this spinoff will also take place in New York, which will hopefully translate into a few crossover episodes that reunite Meloni’s Stabler with his former partner (and co-star) Detective Olivia Benson (the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Mariska Hargitay). Either way, news of Meloni’s return to NBC — after appearing in everything from Happy to Pose to The Handmaid’s Tale — is sure to excite many people.
In the meantime, feel free to drool over this picture of a shirtless Chris Meloni in his “Quarantine Kilt.”
Linder is an indefatigable artist, and one whose pleasure in art-making is palpable. Her work first entered the cultural lexicon four decades ago via her cover for the Buzzcocks’ 1977 Orgasm Addict single, which was created from her student bedroom in Salford and has become so iconic that it’s spawned an entire exhibition of contemporary reinterpretations. Her subversion of pornographic images and her 70s peers have meant that then and now, Linder’s work is often prefixed with “feminist” and “punk” – and with good reason (despite having become a brand-co-opted hashtag in the case of the former, and an almost-respectable, diluted adjective with the latter).
Speaking ahead of the opening of her solo show at London’s Modern Art gallery of her collage pieces and those informed by Ithell Colquhoun’s Mantic Stain works, she’s as enthused today about her process – and the idea of making female voices heard – as ever. “I love experimentation, as I do get bored of my own cuts or marks or voice,” she says. “Heaven forbid I should get comfortable in what I do!” That restlessness has meant that her work vacillates between her famous photomontages to performance or choreographing a ballet to vast public commissions such as her Art on the Underground piece, The Bower of Bliss, to music-making – predating Gaga by a good 30 years, Linder performed at the Haçienda in a meat dress. Here, speaking in her own words, the artist discusses her practice and process, as well as sharing her thoughts on feminism.
Miley Cyrus talked all things self-care and beauty on today’s episode of her new Instagram Live show, Bright Minded. In the extended live stream, she covered everything from the DIY bang trim she recently gave herself (which she joked resembles that of Joe Exotic from Netflix’s Tiger King) to how to experiment with makeup while staying home, and she even gave viewers an easy at-home manicure tutorial with help from celebrity manicurist Steph Stone.
Stone has worked with stars like Lucy Boynton, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, and Billie Eilish and is responsible for some of Cyrus’s best nail-art looks. Taking into account the current times, she shared a simple DIY nail-art tutorial that required no additional tools or supplies — just the nail-polish shades you already have in your kit and the “splotching” technique.
The manicure Stone created with Cyrus included three different nail-art designs: clouds, animal print, and flowers. It was so easy, Cyrus was able to re-create the look on herself as she followed along. Check out the step-by-step for the manicure tutorial ahead.