It’s the second week of October and another week of Mercury retrograde, a fairly common transit that’s not afraid to make a name for itself this Libra season. Saturn stations direct in Aquarius on October 10th, offering a kind of stern relief in the face of exhaustive efforts to get the bare minimum done. “Here,” Saturn says, pulling out a sturdy cushion-less chair that wobbles just a little. “Rest.”
Take it where you can get it, friends, and as often as you can, even when Oct 12th ushers in a restless first quarter moon in Capricorn. You can put work in (as necessary), but you’ll find that the more you over-extend yourself, the more signals you’ll get that the work is doing you in rather than doing anything for you.
Never a bad time to tune into Venus in Sagittarius, an influence not unlike that kooky high school language teacher who just wants to remind you that learning can be fun even if what you’re learning is how to live. On the 13th, Venus in Sagittarius makes a sextile to Saturn in Aquarius echoing these sentiments, and on the 16th Mercury Rx in Libra sextiles Venus in Sag asking us to take that and rewind it back, possibly find some beats that make our booties go (clap). With the Sun in Libra applying a tense square to Pluto in Capricorn the next day, discipline is always on the table. But, whether you apply a disciplined approach to cultivating joy or nursing your sorrow, feasting or fasting, it’s your choice to make, and no choice is wrong. Some are just more difficult to live within.
Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
Since the pandemic hit, achieving a decent work-life balance has never felt more vital. This can mean different things to different people – some of us want to work flexibly; others want to transition to part-time working. The key is finding a way of working that incorporates self-care and keeps burnout at bay. It’s definitely interesting, then, to check out new research revealing the UK’s best companies for work-life balance. Employer-rating website Glassdoor compiled the list by analysing more
The most popular baby names of 2020 in England and Wales have been revealed by the ONS (Office for National Statistics). For the fifth consecutive year, Olivia and Oliver remained the most popular names given to girls’ and boys’ respectively. There is some change in this year’s list, though. Ivy and Rosie replaced Grace and Freya in the top 10 girls’ names, while Archie replaced Charlie in the top 10 boys’ names. This marks the first time since 2005 that Charlie hasn’t made the boys’ top 10. Int
For years now, fashion has been moving towards circular and sustainable practices. But while we as consumers place more of an importance on greener consumption, it's also easy to get caught up in the desire for the new, new, new. So when celebrities and influencers are spotted re-wearing old favourites, it has an impact. Normalising that a piece of clothing shouldn't be a one-and-done matter, recycled red carpet looks are actually a trend we hope to see more of in the events to come. Some have e
In Ecuador, Mujeres Amazónicas has become a name synonymous with resistance. For nearly a decade, the group of about 100 women has fought to protect Indigenous land from extractive oil companies and against gender violence. In their fight for land and bodily freedom, they’ve faced threats from industries and governments alike. “We’ve sent a clear message that we won’t allow entry into our Indigenous territories and let them destroy the land and manipulate us. These are the consequences, ” Patric
When Issa Rae’s viral web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl came to an end in 2013, fans of the YouTube project were devastated, wondering where we would get our next fix of the actor, writer, and creator. Rae’s internet debut, initially released in 2011, made a splash during a time when it seemed like everyone was creating web series, but the show stood out for its hilarious yet relatable depiction of life through the shenanigans of an awkward Black girl named J. Thankfully, we wo
I’ve never highlighted my hair, but I’ve considered it more times than I care to admit to any hairdresser who has ever brushed through mine, asking, “Is that red your natural colour?” It is, and I’ve grown to love it. But there are some times when I think about brightening it with a teeny-tiny strawberry blonde highlight for a change that, really, only I would notice. The internal dilemma always ends with the same line of reasoning: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Still, the back and forth has
Welcome to Taking Stock, a space where we can take a deep breath and try to figure out what the COVID-19 economy really means for our finances. Every month, personal finance expert Paco de Leon will answer your most difficult, emotionally charged questions about money. This year has forced many of us to reprioritise our finances, and there’s no clear road map for getting through the pandemic yet — but Taking Stock is here to help us figure it out together. This month, we’re discussing how to get
In a move that shocked us and reignited debate about the safety of cosmetic surgery procedures, legendary ’90s supermodel Linda Evangelista recently shared her experience of complications following a fat freezing treatment. In an Instagram post, Evangelista described how she was left “brutally disfigured” and “deformed” when she developed paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH) following a procedure — a risk she says she wasn’t made aware of beforehand. Procedures like the one Evangelista had free
In 2013, film and culture critic Zeba Blay was one of the first people to coin the viral term #carefreeblackgirls on Twitter. In this excerpt from one of the essays in her new book, Carefree Black Girls, Zeba seeks a path forward to a culture and society in which Black women, their bodies and sexuality, and their art are appreciated and celebrated. I created my first online dating profile when I was around twenty-one, on OkCupid. The profile was made from a place of quiet desperation. I was a vi