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There are certain corners of menswear where many fear to tread. Whether it’s down to the trend’s connotations (salmon chinos, tweed flat caps or socks and sandals) or just because wearing the item will test your self-esteem – and you’re not ready for that. Gilets/padded vests/body warmers are an outerwear layer that has received some bad press, thanks to an unfair association with rugby fans, yachting families and hikers. But the warming, down-filled layer has recently found its rightful place on the menswear shelf; through the rising trends of norm-core, gorpcore and prep 2.0 (as well as a lot of very well-dressed Milanese men, who wear theirs over tailoring the second the mercury hits single digits).
Depending on their level of insulation, the gilet can be worn in various styling situations. Heavily padded with down, it can be a toasty layer underneath your waterproof jacket or coat, that can also be easily removed and packed away if the sun decides to show. Additionally, when packed lighter with insulation, the gilet can be a great layer to add texture and tone to a fit, with those extra fisherman-style pockets to help you store all your bits n’ bobs. Given the chance, the gilet will prove itself to be the outerwear hero of autumn. That middle-ground layer, supporting you in that annoying middle-ground weather, that makes getting dressed rather difficult (we’re adults now, getting dressed should never be difficult). These are our favourite men's gilets of Autumn/Winter 2020, so you need never struggle again.
On Tuesday night, two people were killed and a third was injured after being shot during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. According to reports, one person was shot in the head, another in the chest, and a third in the arm. This occurred on the third day of demonstrations after a Kenosha Police Officer shot Jacob Blake — an unarmed Black man — seven times in the back while his children were watching. Blake is currently paralysed.Videos posted to social media appeared to show shooters firing at protestors just before midnight on Tuesday. According to police, the shooters are believed to be part of an armed militia group who told media that they were “protecting” businesses and storefronts from protestors. After hours of standoffs between protestors and police, an argument erupted between a group of protestors and armed men in a gas station parking lot. According to The Washington Post, following the first shots fired, “a young white man carrying a rifle” ran away from a crowd of protesters before dropping to the ground. Then, several more shots were fired and two more protesters crumpled to the pavement. Graphic footage posted on social media shows a man shot in the head and protestors scrambling from the area after hearing gunfire coming from the gas station.None of the names of the victims have been released, though the Kenosha Police Department reported that the third person who was shot is not in life-threatening condition. Kenosha Sheriff David Beth said that an investigation is already underway and will focused on those men with guns, specifically.Officials are still trying to piece together a full account of the incident, with many residents and locals who were around sharing their experiences. Carol Badoni from Burlington, Wisconsin said that she started CPR on one of the wounded men whose girlfriend identified him as Ben. “He definitely was not breathing,” Badoni told the Post. “His eyes were rolled back in his head. There was no pulse… I never run toward trouble, but it’s worth getting shot for somebody else.”In recent hours, other speculations about the men who shot at protestors have sparked concern. A widely circulated video shows law enforcement officers giving a group of armed men water bottles earlier in the night and telling them they “appreciate them being there.” A 29-year-old Marine veteran named Joe told the Post that there were “3,000 of us armed and ready” to protect Kenosha because “ain’t nothing being done” by anyone else. It is unclear if the men interacting with officers in the video were related to shooters. The shooting happened hours after a city-mandated curfew was in place and on Tuesday night, Gov. Tony Evers declared a state of emergency. Protests had been tense all night, as police pelted protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets. Despite the violence inflicted on Blake by his police department, and the continued violence against citizens by officers during the protests, Sheriff Beth told the Times that the armed militia shooter was evidence as to “why you don’t deputise citizens with guns to protect Kenosha.”But the city’s unrest continues to stem from the horrifying footage of Blake’s shooting and the mass number of unarmed Black men who have been the target of police violence. “They shot my son seven times — seven times — like he didn’t matter,” Jacob Blake Sr. said in a tearful press conference. “But my son matters. He’s a human being. And he matters.”Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?What To Know About The Jacob Blake Police ShootingInside The Portland Protests: Fact Vs. FictionKyle Rittenhouse Charged For Kenosha Shooting
In normal times, heading off to university is a magical time. You drink your first Four Loko, experiment a little sexually, start to decide what you want to do with your life, and make a ton of new friends. But this year, like much in the world, all of those things will be made more difficult by the COVID-19 pandemic. But there’s no reason for coronavirus to keep you from meeting new people and making college friends — though it might look a little different than it would have during BC Times (before COVID). Virtual learning and social distancing guidelines being enforced by schools just mean you’ll have to get a little creative to meet your new friends, explains Jill Grimes, MD, author of The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook. You may want to stick with texting your besties from back home, but resist the urge. “Making new friends can be fun as well as a little nerve-racking, and COVID-19 has added fear to that. But the social aspect of college is an integral part of the experience,” says Carter Barnhart, chief experience officer at Newport Institute. “Something important to remember too is that every incoming student is in the same boat and wants to make friends as well, so friendships will form quickly and your classmates will be open to befriending others,” Barnhart adds. Yes, even in a Zoom room. Here are some fun, not-so-scary ways to meet new people “on campus” (even if your “campus” is the computer screen in your parent’s basement right now). Kick it outdoors If you’re lucky enough to be on campus, outdoor activities are a safe(r) bet than indoor ones. “Anything outside with masks is ideal,” Dr Grimes says. “Especially without food and drinks since people take off their masks to [consume them].” Some fun ideas that allow you to keep your face covering on, and to socially distance: outdoor yoga, casual sports such as tennis, golf, or frisbee (a college classic), or outdoor movies. Go to a Zoom partyWe know, we know, you’re sick of Zooming. But it’s worth logging on to meet the fresh batch of faces on your screen. For bigger gatherings, some schools are using smaller “breakout rooms” so you can meet and chat with a more intimate crew, says Dr Grimes. Others are playing the same old icebreaker games — Zoom edition. Don’t be afraid to suggest your own activities. For instance, you can do a “PowerPoint party” where attendees will craft creative slideshows, often about silly things and share them with each other. The best “presentation” I’ve seen lately was the “Disney Hunger Games.” Another friend taught me about a wild conspiracy that Australia does not exist. Use social media Get on social to follow other students in your classes, and campus organisations that might announce events where you can meet new people. Following your school newspaper is also a good place to keep up with events.Another perk of platforms such as Instagram: If you’re trying to be extra careful to avoid getting sick, Dr Grimes says you can do some sleuthing to see if your potential new friends are taking the same level of precaution you are. “It’s a good way to start connecting with others, plus generally it will give you an idea of someone else’s risk tolerance,” Dr Grimes says. “If every picture shows different groups of people drinking, no masks? You know the score.” If you do make a friend via straight social media, Dr Grimes recommends Zooming before meeting face to face — or mask to mask, in this case. “It’s a safe and easy next step,” she says. From there, you can decide if the person is worth hanging out with (while socially distanced) in person. The truth is, the more people you add to your bubble, the more likely it is you could catch COVID-19, so it’s worth feeling the person out to make sure they’re worth the risk. Join campus organisationsYes, they’re still around. Dr Grimes says they’re doing their best to reach new members with virtual events, and by doing socially distanced outdoor activities. Browse through your campus club list, and reach out to organisations that appeal to you, and remember that sending them a message is not the same as committing to attend their meetings until you graduate. If you’re not sure where to start or feel overwhelmed, here’s a pro tip from Dr Grimes: Google “top ten clubs” + your university name. “Most schools have hundreds of clubs, and large schools might have over a thousand,” she says. “Everything from frivolous fun like “bad movie” societies where they watch, laugh and critique bad movies to active outdoor games like Quidditch to foodie clubs to serious service organisations or political and environmental groups.” Bond with your roommate If you’re on campus, getting close to your roommate isn’t a bad idea, as you’ll probably be spending even more time with them than you would have before COVID-19 struck. Organise a fun movie night where you both watch something you’ve been wanting to see, or suggest an outdoor activity, a Paint By Numbers kit, or a board game. Icebreakers can be a little annoying, but they’re a staple on campus for a reason. Dr Grimes says “get to know you” games like Game of Phones or Table Topics are great ways to get to bond. She also recommends looking to your RA for floor events. Form a virtual study groupOnce classes are under way, reach out to a few other kids who seem cool to form a study group. Of course, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be chatting half the time. You can connect through programs like Zoom or Google Hangouts. There’s also GoConqr, which was designed with study buddies in mind. You can set an agenda and take breaks where you chat or have a virtual dance party or stretch session if you just need to move after sitting in front of a computer all day. In my college days, my study group friends and I would order a pizza as a nice, extended break. If you’re not together IRL, order a pie into your individual spaces and eat it “together.” An added bonus that would only happen in our surreal new world? There’ll be leftovers. Like what you see? 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A long shower is one of the most simple yet effective forms of self-care. Scorching water, serenity and most importantly a break from staring at a screen are always welcomed. Washing your hair, however? Not so much. Don’t get me wrong; hair washing is a very normal activity and deserves little to no disdain. But it still sucks, especially for me. The bitterness started when I was at school. My hair is naturally curly and back then, it was incredibly long and thick (bounteous, even, pre-bleach). I straightened it 24/7, so the entire routine was exhausting. Each week was planned around wash day, which usually took place on Thursday night so I was set for the weekend. Any activities that coincided were swiftly cancelled. “I can’t come, I’m washing my hair,” was a frequently used yet totally legitimate excuse. It took ages and I learned to loathe it. Today, I’m free from the constraints of my straighteners and I mostly let my hair do its own thing. But the washing aversion? That’s still there.When lockdown began, my hair and I appreciated the lack of plans. Months spent safely confined to my house meant less shampooing. Re-bloody-joice. During this time (and don’t freak out, the longest I went without washing it was around 10 days), I smothered my hair in Fable & Mane HoliRoots Hair Oil, £25, Khali Min Rescue Oil, £38, and Liha Idan Oil, £39, on rotation and as often as possible. I noticed that my strands seemed markedly healthier and most importantly longer. Had I unearthed the untold secret to hair growth by foregoing wash day? I couldn’t be certain but it sure seemed that way. A quick Google search appeared to confirm my thoughts: washing your hair less ‘might’ (emphasis on the might) make it grow faster. Was there science behind this notion? I reached out to several experts to find out.How often should you wash your hair?“Hair health and growth is improved with less water and less washing time,” says Nikita Mehta, founder of Ayurvedic hair brand Fable & Mane. “Dry hair doesn’t need to cleanse off natural oils as much as other types and washing it less allows the scalp to heal itself.” If this is correct, then over-washing was a problem for me. “Scalp oils have a protective quality as they are a natural conditioner,” Nikita explains. “If you shampoo daily, you’re likely stripping your scalp of oil and without it, your hair gets drier.” This rang true to me. So how often should you wash your hair? “Depending on your hair type, I would suggest slowly reducing wash days to maybe two times a week and seeing how your hair adapts,” continues Nikita.> “People avoid washing their hair due to fear of shedding and assume prolonging their wash frequency will reduce the amount of hair fall. This is untrue.”> > Anabel Kingsley, trichologist.I was pleased with this initial confirmation of my new found length. That is until I spoke to hair and scalp wizard Anabel Kingsley, brand president and consultant trichologist at Philip Kingsley. “Shampooing is topical and hair growth is systemic, meaning that the act of not shampooing will not affect or prolong the growth phase of the hair growth cycle,” she revealed. Worse still, Anabel suggested that abstaining from regular shampooing could actually do more harm than good. “An overly dirty scalp can harbour bacteria leading to more serious scalp issues,” she said. “People often avoid washing their hair due to fear of shedding and assume prolonging their wash frequency will reduce the amount of hair fall. This again is untrue.” Anabel says that it is normal to lose around 80-100 hairs per day. “If you leave 2, 3 or 4 days between washing, you will see an accumulation of hair fall,” Anabel continues, “but these hairs are ready to shed. The act of shampooing will not increase the amount you see.”How can you make hair grow faster?Perhaps the oils I was basting my head in were behind said growth boost, then? “The only proven topical product for hair growth is minoxidil,” says Anabel, which is an over-the-counter hair loss treatment. “Oils may have made your hair look and feel healthier, giving the illusion of growth,” says Anabel. “They could also have helped with de-tangling, which can cause breakage, but will not make hair grow more at the root.” Confused and marginally miffed, I called hair guru Zoe Irwin, ghd UK brand ambassador, for her take. “Dirty hair to my knowledge doesn’t grow any faster,” Zoe echoed. “It is important to wash the scalp in particular, though, because dead skin cells build up and can restrict the hair follicle. The action of shampooing removes this dead skin.” Zoe went on to say that the growth (I swear there was growth) was likely a result of massaging in hair oil. “Massaging your scalp every day has been proven to accelerate hair growth and encourages it to grow thicker.” Akash agrees: “Faster growing hair can come from scalp stimulation. An Indian head massage with castor oil for the roots and almond oil for the strands is an excellent weekly treatment.” I also really rate Coco & Eve Deep Clean Scalp Scrub, £33.90.It only seemed fair, then, to delve a little deeper and discover some of the products that have the potential to make hair grow faster. First up: Viviscal Healthy Hair Growth, £29.99. Word on the street is that these supplements are like magic. A friend of mine swears by them, but I wanted to find out what made them so prolific. “Viviscal contains biotin and amino acids, the building blocks of protein and a key component of healthy hair,” explains nutritional therapist, Eve Kalinik. “It also includes antioxidant vitamin C, which supports collagen production and iron absorption, both crucial for hair growth,” adds. Zoe agrees: “Biotin comes in shampoos, treatments and even sprays.” She also recommends hair growth system Nioxin. Alongside the aforementioned minoxidil, Anabel suggests supplements can be beneficial with a healthy diet. She recommends Tricho Complex Multi Vitamin & Mineral Supplement, £45, and Philip Kingsley Stimu-lating Scalp Toner, £22, to optimise the condition of your scalp.I’d also heard about the benefits of caffeine, one of the main ingredients in the popular Grow Gorgeous range. “Several ingredients have been shown to help stimulate hair growth,” says Robin Parker, technical director for British beauty experts, Acheson and Acheson. “In my professional opinion, the most renowned ingredient is caffeine. In the Grow Gorgeous Hair Growth Serum Intense, £45, there are six ingredients: organic pea sprout, Chinese skullcap, biomimetic peptide (essentially proteins) red clover extract, larch tree, green tea and caffeine, which work in synergy to stimulate the scalp and boost growth.”So what’s the conclusion? Wash your hair a lot, or don’t. It’s your call. But there is zero scientific evidence to cement that washing it less makes it grow faster (sob). However, excessive shampooing (basically more than your hair type needs) can cause dehydration and lead to breakage, so overzealous shampoo-ers should err on the side of caution. Although my initial hypothesis was a little incorrect, I’m armed with newfound knowledge on reaping the rewards of a hair growth regime. Oh, and I’m obsessed with my new scalp massager.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Easiest Way To Handle Thinning Hair At HomeWhy My Wash Day Routine Brings Me PeaceThis Is Officially The Best Way To Wash Your Hair
I stretch mainly to keep my body healthy and to stave off knee pain after a run. But I also stretch because it feels good emotionally. It's a way to shake off stress or lift my spirits or take my mind off something that's nagging at me. That instinct is a natural one, and a powerful one. Some people — myself included — believe that stretching feels so nurturing not just because it gets the blood pumping, but because our bodies hold on to old traumas and negative emotions. The right pose can release some of that, freeing our minds and spirits. "When we take the time to listen to our body and to hold it in our own power, our tissue unearths countless histories and endless resiliency to keep us healing, expanding, and growing," says Toni Melaas, the CEO of Hatch NYC, an international wellness concierge business, a partner at stretch studio Outer Reach, and a professional dancer. Given the events of this past year, most of us could probably use a good stretch. With that in mind, Melaas designed a series of seven poses that are especially good at balancing emotional wellbeing. Slip into something comfortable, find a quiet spot, light a candle or some incense, and let Melaas guide you through this ultra-healing sequence. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Arm Stretches You Need To KnowHow To Help And Support Someone With AnxietyThe Best Stretches For WFH Lower Back Pain
To celebrate this year’s National Burger Day on 27 August, we’ve scoured the supermarkets and worked our way through the best online butchers to bring you this definitive list of the best burgers to cook at home.Originally a day dreamt up by the now defunct Mr Hyde magazine, where you could get a generous discount in your favourite burger joint, this year we thought it best to bring the burgers to you (or at least your fridge). Whether you’re in the market for a classic beef burger, something more adventurous, or would prefer to keep things plant-based, we’ve found the perfect patty for you to sink your teeth into.
A 17-year-old was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with the fatal shooting of two Black Lives Matter protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin the night before. Kyle Rittenhouse was taken into custody in Antioch, Illinois, where he lives with his mother. The arrest comes after multiple videos linked the teen to the shooting in Kenosha where three people in total were shot with two of them dying.Rittenhouse, who is a white “Blue Lives Matter” advocate, has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide and is labelled a “fugitive from justice.” In the complaint from the Lake County, Illinois Clerk of Courts public records, it says that this label was issued because he “fled the state of Wisconsin with intent to avoid prosecution for that offence.” Despite court records indicating that Rittenhouse tried to flee, video footage that has circulated of the protestors and armed men around the shooting may tell a different story. In a video taken after the shooting, someone who looks like Rittenhouse is seen walking with his hands in the air towards several police vehicles, which drive right by him. It is not yet confirmed if Rittenhouse attempted to surrender himself after the shooting. But that is not the only camera to have allegedly captured Rittenhouse Tuesday night. In videos across social media, he can be seen carrying a large rifle, and earlier in the night, he openly identified himself and his motives for being present at the protests to a reporter from the Daily Caller — a right-wing news site. “So people are getting injured and our job is to protect this business,” he tells the camera. “And part of my job is to also help people. If there is somebody hurt I’m running into harm’s way. That’s why I have my rifle because I need to protect myself, obviously. I also have my med kit.” Rittenhouse also confirmed that he attended the protest to defend properties in Kenosha from any vandalism. > This is Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, an Illinois resident who was just charged with first-degree murder of two people last night in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This teen, whose social media history is full of misogyny and white supremacy, had easy access to an AR-15. > pic.twitter.com/OsfXzSHy5M> > — Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) August 26, 2020In a press conference on Wednesday, Kenosha Police Chief David Beth said that protestors should not have been out past curfew, and that if they weren’t, “perhaps the situation that unfolded would not have happened.” Beth also seemed to deflect blame from Rittenhouse for shooting and killing two protestors saying, “A 17-year-old individual from Antioch, Illinois was involved in the use of firearms to resolve whatever conflict was in place. The result of it was two people are dead.”While Beth did not hold Rittenhouse directly accountable as a person who shot and killed two people, rather than be “involved,” the teenager’s personal history speaks more to his reasons for being at the protest. According to The Daily Beast, Rittenhouse’s social media, which was taken down shortly before his arrest was made public, reveals that he supports the “Blue Lives Matter” cause and his page is full of pro-police commentary, as well as misogynist and white supremacist comments.Rittenhouse is also suspected to be part of a group of armed militiamen. These men showed up to the Kenosha protests, which began after 29-year-old Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by a Kenosha police officer over the weekend, paralysing him from the waist down. Ongoing demonstrations have since demanded justice for Blake, whose children were watching at the time police shot him.But the opposition to these protests is unrelenting. The group has been potentially linked to a call put out on Facebook by a group called the “Kenosha Guard,” a self-described militia group that called their actions Tuesday night a “call to arms.”“Any patriots willing to take up arms and defend our city tonight from the evil thugs?” The Verge reported the group’s event post said. “No doubt they are currently planning on the next part of the city to burn tonight.” Following the fatal shootings, Facebook took down the event and the group page for violating the platform’s Dangerous Individuals and Organisations policy, which was expanded earlier this month to include militia groups. The group could not confirm to The Verge whether Rittenhouse was a member.Rittenhouse has been assigned a public defender and is scheduled to appear in court on 28th August, according to public records. The fact that this white teenager took it upon himself to shoot and kill racial justice protestors is chilling evidence of the white supremacist radicalisation happening across our country — and tacitly endorsed by our current president.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Kenosha Armed Men Shot & Killed 2 BLM ProtestorsWhat To Know About The Jacob Blake Police ShootingThe Protests Started A Month Ago. What's Changed?
Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom have announced the birth of their first child together, a baby girl named Daisy Dove Bloom.The announcement was made on behalf of the couple by Unicef, the United Nations Children’s Fund, for which Perry and Bloom are Goodwill Ambassadors.
Lea Michele has shared the first photo of her newborn son after giving birth almost a week ago.On Wednesday, the Glee actor shared a black and white image on Instagram which showed herself and husband Zandy Reich holding the baby’s foot.