On Wednesday, a day before Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons made their collaborative debut for Prada, another (albeit very different type of) collaboration was gearing up to be announced in Milan, between Italian luxury house Gucci and Colorado-based outdoors brand North Face. Being that it’s 2020, word of the partnership was first shared on TikTok via a three-part video series released by Gucci. In each of the bite-size clips, a flag featuring the collab’s logo — North Face’s signature logo with the words “Gucci” and the colours of the Italian flag below it — is seen waving in the wind of a mountain range. The sound of a foghorn is heard echoing in the background. The statement from North Face doesn’t share much more about the forthcoming collaboration, but promises it will arrive shortly: “Gucci and The North Face confirm that they will be bringing a collaboration to life in the coming months that celebrates the rich heritage of both brands.”> View this post on Instagram> > TheNorthFacexGucci> > A post shared by Gucci Official (@gucci) on Sep 24, 2020 at 12:58am PDTGiven that we won’t be seeing a Gucci collection presented during Milan Fashion Week this month — Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele announced a reduction in the number of shows per year, from five to two, as well as a postponement of a spring ‘21 show due to the pandemic, back in May — this news is a welcome surprise for Gucci fans who’ve been waiting for more of the brand’s signature excessive layering, clashing prints, and inventive show set-ups. (Michele’s last show, titled “Epilogue” involved a 12-hour livestream, which included behind-the-scenes access and models who doubled as Gucci employees.)In the five years since Michele took the helm at Gucci, the designer has accomplished a lot. One thing he has yet to do with the brand, though, is partner up with someone else, making this his first-ever collaboration as creative director. North Face, on the other hand, has plenty of experience in that department. In streetwear alone, the brand has partnerships with Supreme and Brain Dead, an L.A.-based brand co-founded by Kyle NG and Ed Davis. They’ve also been teaming up with Junya Watanabe since 2006. And, just recently, North Face released a pair of padded boots and a matching puffer with Timberland. If the buzz on social media is any indication, we should prepare for an instant sell-out.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?This Season, Gucci's Models Made The ClothesLil Nas X & Jane Fonda Just Teamed Up With GucciGucci Turns The Backstage Area Into The Catwalk
After Wednesday’s announcement that none of the officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor would be charged with her murder, people took to the streets across the US to express their anger and demand justice for Taylor’s death. For many, it was reinforcement that the United States justice system is only designed to grant justice to some people and not all. Only one of the three officers who fired their weapons into Taylor’s apartment the night of her death was charged at all. Former officer Brett Hankison was indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment for firing into the apartment of Taylor’s neighbours. Officers Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove have not been charged and are still employed by the Louisville Police Department. The immediate response following the announcement was for protesters to chant and begin marching, and several other major cities followed Louisville into the streets. In New York City, Portland, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., among other cities, people marched and chanted with the same demand: justice. > Protestors marching across the Williamsburg bridge right now pic.twitter.com/fM9x9GUFRm> > — Internet Person™⭐️ (@TimHerrera) September 24, 2020But as the masses continue to demand justice, law enforcement is already striking back. In Louisville, police arrested over 100 people related to the protests. A state of emergency had been announced prior to the charges being handed down, and police were waiting for protestors with tanks and chemical weapons, and drew their guns on the crowd. “It’s a special kind of cruelty that more protestors in Louisville tonight will be charged than men who murdered Breonna Taylor,” tweeted writer Roxane Gay.Protesters in Atlanta had chemical weapons deployed on them, and in Portland, Oregon, the protests were declared a “riot.” “I just couldn’t understand how a [grand] jury can come to that conclusion when she was just a sleeping civilian,” a protestor told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I’m hoping this gets a little attention and hoping the officers get their justice because they took an innocent life. Police officers shouldn’t escalate situations as fast as they do.”“This indictment is another clear and egregious reminder that the criminal-legal system in Louisville — and in this country — does not value Black people or see us as deserving of protection from those who’ve taken an oath to ‘protect and serve,’” the Movement For Black Lives said in a statement. “This decision, which was handed down 41 days before the most critical election in U.S. modern history, is intended to enable state-sanctioned violence against all Black communities and to obstruct people from asserting their first amendment right to protest.” You can donate to protestors at the Louisville Community Bail Fund. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?No Officers Charged For Killing Breonna TaylorThe Black Moms At The Heart Of Portland ProtestsBreonna Taylor's Family Gets A $12 Million Payout
Millie Bobby Brown is back on Netflix. The catch? It’s not in a new season of Stranger Things. Earlier this week, Brown debuted her newest character, the titular teen detective heroine of Victorian-era caper Enola Holmes. While Enola certainly has the most starpower on Netflix this week — the movie also features Superman himself, Henry Cavill — it’s not the only buzzy new offering on the streaming service. On Friday, September 25, the eighth “collection” (or, season) of television favourite The Great British Baking Show will premiere on Netflix. Hopefully, the comfort TV series will bring some semblance of peace to a taxing time. Friday also premieres a new Black-led sitcom with Sneakerheads, and a joyously bizarre Korean fantasy series, The School Nurse Files. Netflix also has a must-see short-form documentary and much more in store for you this week. These are all the new Netflix offerings broken down by plot, genre, and whether you should watch something immediately or skip for now. Keep reading for the lowdown on all of these Netflix treats, including their trailers. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Top 10 Titles Streaming On NetflixWhy Ratched's Finale Is Really All About Season 2The Best Movies Coming To Netflix This Fall
From the looks of it, H&M has been busy in quarantine. In August, the Swedish fashion brand announced a collaboration with Beirut-based designer Sandra Mansour, followed by a sustainable partnership with Italian fashion house Giuliva Heritage and a autumn fashion collection made using organic and recycled materials. On Thursday, came the big finale: H&M AW20 Studio collection. If you aren’t familiar, H&M releases two Studio collections a year — one in the autumn and another in the spring — each of which includes the brand’s most quality and fashion-forward offerings of the season. And despite their busy schedule, no boxes were left unchecked for this latest release. For the autumn Studio collection, Linda Wikell, H&M Studio’s Concept Designer, had two muses in mind: ‘80s superstar David Bowie and 19th-century British writer Violet Paget. Together, their influences brought forth “The Refined Rebel,” a fictional H&M shopper “whose style is as daring as their attitude,” the press release states. “[David Bowie’s] Rebel, Rebel track was on repeat in the studio and we wanted to capture his fearlessness and his gender-bending style in this collection,” Wikell tells Refinery29. “Violet Paget, too. Her style was polished and slick but she was a total rebel — wearing menswear in the 19th century! Both are beacons of self-expression and we loved their rebellious energy, as well as their style.”The collection features a combination of tailored suiting with signature styles from glam and punk. Oversized blazers with cut-off sleeves, red leather pants, a sequin sweater vest, and a glimmering ‘70s-esque two-piece set are all included in the 44-piece selection, which also houses knee-high go-go boots, a multicolored Florentine silk scarf, and a pair of moss-green padded sandals. According to Wikell, the autumn Studio collection was already under way when lockdown started. “Luckily for us, the fabrics — recycled Italian wools, Italian leather, organic cottons — we’d chosen for this collection were unaffected,” she says. Her team’s biggest challenge, though, came after the collection was complete. “The Studio campaign had to be styled and shot remotely, which was a completely new format for us,” she says. “But it worked perfectly. Our collection is about self-expression and identity so it was fitting to have our talents (who were all over the world) create their own image and looks.” For the campaign, H&M gave the reins over to Euphoria actress and model Barbie Ferreira; Berlin-based fashion editor Veronika Heilbrunner; British-Jamaican soul singer Celeste; American fashion model Alton Mason; French visual artists and couple, the Young Emperors; and Mia Kong, Dazed China’s Style Director, by allowing them to style and shoot pieces in whatever way they choose. See the star-studded campaign and shop the collection now at HM.com.At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?This Is H&M's Most Sustainable Collection YetH&M x Kangol Feat Mabel Is Finally HereH&M Just Teamed Up With Sandra Mansour
When Beyoncé first sang the line, “I woke up like this,” she probably wasn’t referencing the beauty world’s recent obsession with permanent makeup. But if she had been, she would probably be nodding to the seamless work of cosmetic artist Dominique Bossavy. With celebrities like Jenna Dewan, Lena Dunham, Michelle Williams, and Megan Fox on her roster, she’s become the go-to face tattoo artist for the celerity set. Yes, we said face tattoo artist— now let us explain.In the age of eyebrow embroidery, tattooed lips, and eyelash extensions, permanent makeup is the next best thing to a full makeup routine. For our latest episode of Marco Beauty, above, we explored the topic with Famous In Love actress Claudia Lee as our proxy — and the results speak for themselves. We still had some questions, so we tapped Bossavy to lay it out for us, below. Press play to watch the whole thing go down, then scroll down for all the details.What is permanent eyeliner? “You can call it whatever you want,” Bossavy tells Refinery29, “It is still a form of tattooing.” But unlike a microblading treatment, permanent eyeliner will not scab and doesn’t cut into the skin with a blade. If you visit Bossavy, you’ll get a gentle, non-invasive procedure that uses mineral-based pigment, a low frequency tiny needle, a unique injection technique (what Bossavy coined “NanoColor Infusion“)… plus some numbing cream for a comfortable experience.Does it hurt? Although it’s not as invasive as using a blade, she still implants colour into the dermis for a permanent colour effect. She assures potential clients that the sensation isn’t alarming, but feels like a vibration against your lashes — at the most, like someone is lightly scratching your skin.What’s the procedure like? Bossavy first starts by cleaning the eye with a cotton round and some makeup-removing solution. Then, she uses a cotton swab to smooth on numbing cream to your lash line. To make sure she gets a precise line as close to the lashes as possible, Bossavy uses magnifying glasses (and gloves!) to add the pigment to the skin. You’ll hear a slight buzzing (like any tattooing needle) as Bossavy begins to go back and forth over small sections of the lash line, which she says she normally goes over two to three times.How long does it take? Up to an hour, depending on the person, since each procedure is bespoke!What results can I expect? The illusion of thicker eyelashes, like your eyes are really popping in the same way a tight-lined lash might appear. Bossavy creates the most flattering look for each individual based on their eye shape, eye colour, and everyday makeup routine.Should I expect downtime? Not really. Celebrities are free to attend a red carpet immediately after.Are touch-ups necessary? Like any tattoo, the permanent eyeliner is expected to slightly fade. Bossavy offers free, first-time touch-ups — which she recommends — four to 12 weeks after the first treatment. The follow-up treatment could last up to an hour. Why? As skin heals, it could resist absorbing more pigment, so it might take some added time to get the finished look just right.Is Bossavy’s procedure the same as everyone else’s? Not exactly. This technique in particular is specific to Bossavy and her three clinics in L.A., New York, and Paris. She confirms that every cosmetic artist will have a different technique and tools. Just do your research before you book your appointment to make sure who you visit will give you safe results you love.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?I Tried "Lip Blushing" — & This Is What HappenedLip Threading: The New Way To Fuller LipsIs It Safe To Get Botox Again?
This week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the UK has reached “a perilous turning point” after setting out a raft of new coronavirus restrictions for England which could last for up to six months. This comes as new figures revealed a 43% rise in the number of weekly coronavirus cases in England, with 6,178 positive cases confirmed on Wednesday, up 1,252 since Tuesday, and 37 deaths.Boris Johnson said it was vital for the public to follow the tighter restrictions across the UK (including a 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants in England) to avoid the country falling victim to a second wave of infections. People are being told to work from home if they can, with rules on face coverings expanded and the number of wedding guests allowed in England slashed.The UK death toll now stands at over 41,800. For those working on the frontline, a second wave could mean increased working hours, more deaths and more trauma. So are they fearful?“Thinking about a possible second wave has brought back memories of just how busy and full the intensive care units were and the enormous strain my colleagues were put under,” says 34-year-old trainee doctor Kate Grailey. “I have a very real fear of us returning to that situation — or even worse.”Kate, who is an anaesthetic registrar (trainee doctor) based in London, was taking a break from training to do research before the pandemic. But she was redeployed back into the NHS when the pandemic hit. “This took the form of looking after COVID-19 patients in intensive care units in hospital and also part of a critical care transfer service — essentially around London.”> Thinking about a possible second wave has brought back memories of just how busy and full the intensive care units were and the enormous strain my colleagues were put under. I have a very real fear of us returning to that situation — or even worse.> > Kate Grailey, 34, Trainee doctorThis was extremely challenging because of the lack of knowledge about how to manage the disease, she adds. However, she’s hopeful the NHS will be better equipped for a second wave, but can’t help but still feel anxious. “While we have learnt much more about the disease itself, and simple things such as how to correctly put on and take off PPE, the anxiety of knowing just how bad the situation could be is significant.”On Monday Patrick Vallance and Chris Whitty, the UK’s top COVID scientists, warned that “the seasons are against us” as cold winter months threaten to increase COVID-19 cases. US experts have warned of a “twindemic”, where the coronavirus pandemic is made more difficult by seasonal flu, with GPs in the UK preparing for a cold and flu season “like no other”.“I worry that the timing of the second wave coincides with winter where the NHS is usually very stretched at the best of times,” says 34-year-old Dr Shireen, a GP based in north London. “And I’m concerned that there won’t be enough testing capacity as influenza and the common cold can present with similar symptoms to COVID-19.”Dr Shireen adds that the threat of a second wave is very real and she wished the public took it seriously. “We went from our first case of COVID-19 in February to a full on lockdown by the end of March. The spread is rapid and there is currently no vaccine,” she says. “We must continue to follow the guidelines — and most importantly, wear masks, wash hands and socially distance.”According to figures from the Mental Health Foundation, almost one in five (19%) of UK adults were left feeling hopeless because of the pandemic. For 28-year-old CBT therapist Anjali Bali, who is based in Essex, a second lockdown could mean an influx of new patients seeking therapy for trauma. “I’m worried about the increase in domestic violence cases and the long term mental health effects the pandemic may have,” she says. “especially trauma, for those who have been essential workers such as nurses, doctors, pharmacists and teachers.”She continues: “I wish the public would take it more seriously. I know the guidance is confusing but I wish they would understand that the pandemic does not discriminate; it doesn’t matter how old you are.”> It is a scary thought to think we’ve already been preparing for a possible second wave that it almost feels never ending. I’m worried about the strain this could put on the NHS yet again and hope the government and the public do the best they can do prepare and soften the blow.> > Jennifer okolo, 25, therapistJennifer Okolo, a 25-year-old occupational therapist from south London, agrees. “The threat of a second wave is very high especially if social distancing isn’t enforced as much as possible,” she says. “It is a scary thought to think we’ve already been preparing for a possible second wave that it almost feels never ending. I’m worried about the strain this could put on the NHS yet again and hope the government and the public do the best they can to prepare and soften the blow.”She adds that the reality of being a key worker hit her at many points during the pandemic, so much so she questioned whether leaving the profession would be the safest option. “There were weeks where I could not sleep, stayed in a hotel to protect my family, worked longer hours. At some point, I’m sure anyone would ask themselves how long they would continue for.”She continues: “I think there are still many people who are ambivalent about the seriousness of this virus which is, unfortunately, going to contribute to a second wave. I wish the public knew that just because COVID-19 hasn’t directly affected you or those close to you, that doesn’t mean you are exempt.”The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. It says you can protect yourself by washing your hands, covering your mouth when sneezing or coughing (ideally with a tissue), avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and don’t get too close to people who are coughing, sneezing or with a fever.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?I'm 27 & I Was Hospitalised With CoronavirusHow Coronavirus Exposes Class Inequality In The UKAutumn Allergies Vs COVID: How To Tell Difference
Brown Girl Jane, a CBD-based beauty and wellness brand, set out to do something radical: Create space for Black women in cannabis, and stake their rightful claim in an industry that has long over-criminalised its use in Black and brown communities. But for co-founders Malaika Jones Kebede, Nia Jones, and Tai Beauchamp, that was just the start.As the world faced a reckoning with systemic racism this year under the Black Lives Matter movement, the brand announced the “Brown Girl Swap,” an initiative that asked consumers to commit to replacing at least five of their go-to products with brands owned by Black women. Shortly after, Brown Girl Jane partnered with Shea Moisture to expand their initiative and work together to host a free virtual summit that will serve as a business boot camp and networking space for aspiring entrepreneurs. And this week, a major superstar signed on to speak at the much-anticipated event. Halle Berry — yes, the Halle Berry — is joining Brown Girl Jane’s first-ever BrownGirlSwap Black Beauty and Wellness Summit as the event’s headliner. “We are supporting the next generation of beauty and wellness leaders and they are Black women,” Berry announced in the press release.The award-winning actress, director, and brand founder will be speaking alongside an impressive group of women, including singer-songwriter Jill Scott, The Lip Bar founder Melissa Butler, and Unilever COO Esi Eggleston Bracey. The two-day virtual event will be open to anyone online and is taking place on 25th and 26th September. As if it wasn’t already intriguing enough, attendance is free, and all registrants will receive a post-event 20% discount code for their next Brown Girl Jane purchase.Brown Girl Jane’s co-founders hope the event provides resources and education to Black female entrepreneurs, who currently receive less than 1% of venture capital funding. “Access to expertise and community have long been out of reach for most Black-owned businesses,” Kebede wrote in a press statement. “We created a new type of conference, targeting areas that have traditionally impaired Black businesses, removing roadblocks to enable countless female entrepreneurs for generations to come.” Jones adds, “Black Americans spent over $1 Trillion in 2019, and we will no longer be bystanders. This summit is the support these entrepreneurs need and is leading this massive industry shift.”As for Berry’s participation in the summit, the actress and Re-Spin co-founder will be offering insights based on her own entrepreneurial projects — and discussing the roadblocks and naysayers even she faced in developing her own brand. “I’ve always dared to think for myself, march to the beat of my own drum,” Berry says in an exclusive clip of the conversation, which the brand shared with Refinery29. “Over the years, people have always said, ‘Oh, she’s going the wrong way.’ But I’ve always known that I’m just going my own way. Many times, I’ve been paving a way that hadn’t been paved for me before. That’s what a pioneer is.”To hear more from Berry and all the other panelists at BROWN GIRL Jane’s BrownGirlSwap Black Beauty & Wellness Summit, powered by SheaMoisture with sponsorship from BET, register here.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Lily Collins Has Mastered French-Girl BeautyYUTYBAZAR Is The New Inclusive Beauty DestinationAll The Details Of Alicia Keys' New Brand
Maricar Marquez never goes for a run without her dog Cliff. Not because he whines if she leaves the house without him, but because Marquez is deaf and blind, and Cliff is her guide dog. Marquez has a condition known as Usher syndrome. As a result, she was born deaf and with a progressive visual condition called retinitis pigmentosa. “It started off as night blindness. Eventually I started having tunnel vision, which means that my peripheral vision was diminishing. I used to be a visual signer but as I started losing my peripheral vision, I started relying on tactile sign language,” says Marquez, who is a supervisor of the independent living department at the Helen Keller National Center.Not all guide dogs are trained to guide while running. In fact, Marquez and Cliff were connected through New York-based non-profit Guiding Eyes for the Blind, the only guide dog school with a Running Guides program. The ability to run with a guide dog, rather than relying on a human guide, has made a huge impact on Marquez’s ability to exercise — and, in her words, to feel free.We asked Marquez about her relationship with Cliff and her love of running.Refinery29: Did you always love running?Maricar Marquez: “Not always. I have always been very active, though. I was on the volleyball team, but I have to admit I was a lousy player. I started experiencing peripheral vision loss and night blindness during high school, and it’s hard to find the ball when you have restricted visual fields. “Back then, though, I wasn’t as active as I am today. I didn’t start running until I went to Gallaudet [University, a private university for the deaf and hard of hearing]. That’s where I developed my love for running and sports in general. Now I run, but I’m also an avid bike rider. I use a tandem bike… obviously I can’t ride on my own. “I consider myself an all-around athlete. I enjoy trying new things like caving, swimming, rock climbing — I’m usually up for anything. I even tried sky diving.”Had you ever run with a dog before Cliff?“No. Guiding Eyes for the Blind is the only program in the country that has this type of running guide program. And while I have been involved in many races — including the New York City Marathon and the Oyster Bay Triathlon — before Cliff, I ran with a human guide. “As I lost more and more of my vision, I had started to lose my motivation for running. I missed being active, so when I heard about this running program I got excited. But the thought of running with a dog also made me nervous. I worried that he would just take off and I would be left in the dust. “To make sure this didn’t happen I decided to get back to the gym and start working out again. I wanted to make sure I was able to keep up with him, so I started running on the treadmill at my workplace’s gym to improve my endurance and speed.”What was the training like with Cliff?“The first thing you need to do is develop a relationship with your dog. I remember meeting Cliff and falling in love right away. He is such a sweet, good-natured dog. We bonded immediately so there was no issue there. The bonding came very easily. Then we were able to start training. “The running portion of our training also worked out perfectly from the start. Cliff followed my pace, and it was a very comfortable fit. I was excited and of course a little nervous too. I had waited two and a half years for Cliff. But he was well worth the wait.”What’s it like running with Cliff compared to running with another person?“When I’m running with Cliff I feel more independent. I guess the word I would use is “free”. I’m not depending on another person. I depend on people for so much — it’s nice to be on my own. “Don’t get me wrong, I still depend on people to provide me with visual information and facilitate communication with others when I’m in a race or a run. I’m thankful to all the people in my life for that. Cliff isn’t able to sign to me. “But holding onto a human guide can be tricky when running. I have problems with my balance and using a human guide throws my balance off even more. Cliff has a special running harness. It’s very comfortable. I give the directions but Cliff guides me around any obstacles in our way. For example, I’ve been running on a boardwalk recently and he guides me around the people, benches, and any construction sites.”What’s the biggest impact that Cliff has made on your life?“I guess running would be the biggest impact. If I had gotten another dog who didn’t have this specialised training I may not have gotten back into running and all the other activities that I love to do. He has given me the motivation to run, and to do other activities as well, because now I’m feeling good, I feel strong and in shape. We graduated in December 2018 from the GB and since then I’ve joined two races, a 5k, and a triathlon.“I’ve completed many triathlons in the past, but it had been a few years since I had competed. I kept talking about it but never followed through. Then when I got Cliff I told myself I have no more excuses. It’s time to get back out there. So I started training. If I didn’t have Cliff I don’t know if I would have had the motivation to get back to my active life. I’m thankful to him for that.”Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Being Blind In A Socially Distanced WorldDo You Really Need A Face Mask While Running?The Beginner Arm Workout You Need Right Now
Picture this: You’ve psyched yourself up for a Zoom interview and you’re sitting directly across from a hiring manager you just met. Things are going great — the conversation is easy, the wifi connection is clear and you’ve prepared enough that you’re able to confidently recount all of the reasons why you’re perfectly qualified for the role. But then she suddenly asks you a situational question that completely trips you up.You might know the kind of question I’m referring to: The type that asks you to tell the story of a time you messed up — without sounding incompetent.Situational interview questions are designed to be a challenge, demonstrating that a candidate knows how to think on their feet and respond to curveballs, while also giving them a chance to display a slew of positive attributes, such as honesty, empathy, and humility. The only problem is: Situational interview questions can be hard to prep for.For this reason, we chatted with a few experts — from hiring managers to recruiters to career coaches — who shed light on how best to face these types of challenging questions. Ultimately, acing a situational interview question is less about addressing a specific scenario and more about seeing the question underneath and demonstrating that you know how to handle yourself in a variety of circumstances.Ahead, five career and hiring experts share their toughest situational interview question and how candidates should best answer.DashDividers_1_500x100 Q: Tell us about a time when you failed.“It’s a touchy subject for a lot of us and difficult to admit; it can bring up a lot of insecurities, so it’s challenging to think about how to frame this in an honest, candid, and open way without giving a fake answer, but also not making yourself sound bad.“This could be a proxy for other tough questions. Thinking about it ahead of time and confronting that in the privacy of your own head beforehand is key. Try to identify something that is an actual point of weakness for you, and then share what you’ve done since then to hedge against that happening again, what you might do differently if you encounter it again.“Inevitably, we’ll fail and fail again, so it’s not just about lessons learned but demonstrating how you have and will modify behaviour in the future.”— Cynthia Pong, Career Coach, Embrace Change Q: Describe a situation where you had to work with a difficult manager or client and persuade that person to accept your point of view or convince them to change something they were doing. “To answer this type of question, the best approach is to follow the acronym STAR, which stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result. The best candidates will clearly and concisely explain the background of the situation, without including negative sentiment toward their managers or clients. This shows that they are mature and organised in their thought process.“Candidates should then discuss the task or the problem that they were trying to change, followed by the action they took to improve the situation at hand. This further illustrates their thought process and gives the hiring manager insight into a candidate’s people skills and critical-thinking abilities. Sharing the result last will naturally close out the story, and top candidates can also explain their key takeaways here, as well as what they have learned and how they might act in the future.”— Michelle Armer, Chief People Officer, CareerBuilderQ: Tell us about a situation when you realised a colleague or higher-up was doing something incorrectly or needed assistance that maybe didn’t seem obvious, and how did you realise it and what did you do? “We utilise situational questions in interviews [that are] tailored to the specific job role. We usually look for someone who is able to approach a conflict situation that’s uncomfortable for them and the other person with humility and an open mindset.“[The question is about] being able to put themselves in the other person’s shoes and figure out how they would want a situation like this to go over. We do a lot of recruiting for entry-level, so people may not have the experience in an office setting. [It’s about] being able to take a step back and think of different scenarios that may not be exactly the same, maybe with a classmate or a friend, and apply it.“[It’s also about] being able to stop and think about the question instead of trying to think of what’s the best answer right away. It can be tempting to rush through it, but recruiters appreciate when someone puts thought into their answer and takes a second to really think through things. It’s important to pull from a wide variety of experiences.”— Samara Green, Recruitment Operations Lead, Bench Accounting Q: You’re working on a project with a difficult coworker, and the project does not go as planned. How would you communicate with both your coworker and boss when debriefing the project, when it comes to discussing how you can be more successful in the future?“When answering situational questions, it’s important to think back to the skills needed to thrive in the role you’re applying for. In this situation, you need to show how you communicate with people who aren’t your workplace bestie when things aren’t going your way. It’s important to show that you can be diplomatic and communicate effectively during the good and bad.“In other situations, you may need to show that you prioritise tasks effectively or that you can juggle multiple projects while pushing them forward, and keeping multiple teams involved informed on where the project is and what’s stopping it from moving forward.“This is where you fall back on your understanding of the role by highlighting the relevant skills needed to find success in your new position and the challenges you may face in this role.”— Destiny Lalane, Recruiter at DrChrono Q: When have you made a potentially career-ending mistake, and what did you learn from it?“It seems like a simple question, but what I am looking for is if someone has been in charge of a project, or if they’ve been on a team, to even have the opportunity to make a big mistake.“Beyond that, I want someone who can be comfortable with mistakes and learning. It shows humility and forward-thinking to be able to learn. I also want to find out if the person is willing to admit mistakes, as I want someone who can admit mistakes rather than hide them under the rug. It’s quicker to correct an issue when we find it right away, rather than someone who wants to be perfect and hide mistakes until the situation becomes untenable.“I don’t ever want to trick interviewees or make an interview difficult for no good reason, as they are nerve-racking enough, but this question can reveal any ‘career-ending’ mistakes that are potentially unethical or problematic.”— Jessie Salsbury, MAHR, SHRM-CPLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
Blame the months spent in quarantine or the aspirational fringe transformations happening on TikTok, but autumn haircut trends have never looked so refreshing. If you’re safe about it and take the necessary social-distancing precautions, then take the plunge and get your dream style — be it a sharp, angular bob, or in today’s case, a ‘70s shag cut. Because if you do, you’ll walk out of the salon, open-air studio, or backyard with a new accessory that will leave you feeling lighter, happier, and with the “fresh start” we could all use right now. In today’s episode of Refinery29’s beauty YouTube series Hair Me Out LA.-based influencer Alice Gherasim meets celebrity stylist Adir Abergel, who helps her achieve her fashion-inspired ’70s shag dreams for fall. “Alexa Chung has always been my hair inspiration,” Gherasim explains of her vision. “The style I want is something that will look more effortless and airy. I’m really hoping for that ’70s shaggy vibe.”Before picking up his scissors, Abergel can already see the hair transformation about to happen. “You have a beautiful wave that we can’t even see,” Abergel says, running his fingers through Gherasim’s thick, weighted brunette waves. “I want to bring it to life, create this beautiful movement.” After sectioning her dry hair in three parts, Abergel takes his scissors to create the perimeter of the shoulder-skimming shag cut, and then a precision razor to add layers and a face-framing bang.For this modern iteration on a shag-inspired haircut — which is all about texture and movement — Abergel says that leave-in styling products are key. For Gherasim’s hair specifically, which is naturally both thick and wavy, Abergel mixed the Virtue Unfrizz Cream with the Healing Oil, and worked that cocktail through her damp hair. (Abergel is the Creative Director for the brand.) After that, he scrunched in the Virtue Moisture Defining Whip, before using a diffuser attachment to dry the hair. Then, Abergel showed Alice all the ways she can play with her new cut, from leaving it down and wavy, to pulling it up into a loose chignon for a sexy updo.Stepping out of the chair, Gherasim feels instantly refreshed. “I didn’t know my hair could do this,” she raves. “I’m so obsessed with my hair — it’s exactly the style I was going for, and I feel like I definitely achieved my cool-girl dreams. Scoot over, Alexa Chung, there’s a new ’70s icon in town.” Refinery29’s selection is purely editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items we love! As part of our business model we do work with affiliates; if you directly purchase something from a link on this article, we may earn a small amount of commission. Transparency is important to us at Refinery29, if you have any questions please reach out to us.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?How To Pull Off Autumn's Biggest Hair Colour Trend5 Autumn Hair Colour Trends That Are Blowing UpWhy Everyone On TikTok Is Getting A Curtain Fringe
A grand jury has indicted just one of the three officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. But the decision, announced Wednesday, was called “unsettling” by Black Lives Matter Louisville. The three-count indictment was handed down to former officer Brett Hankison, who has been charged with first-degree wanton endangerment for firing into several apartments, but not for shooting at or killing Taylor. The other two officers, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, both of whom are still employed with the Louisville Police Department, have not been charged at this time. According to police reports, Hankison fired at a sliding glass door and window in Taylor’s apartment, both of which were covered by blinds, violating a department policy requiring an officer have a clear line of sight before discharging their weapon. The jury determined that the other two officers fired back in response to the shot from inside the apartment, which came from Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. The Louisville community has already expressed anger and disappointment at the decision, with many people attending the press conference where the charges were announced crying. “This is outrageous and offensive!” Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Taylor’s family, said on Twitter. “If Brett Hankison’s behaviour was wanton endangerment to people in neighbouring apartments, then it should have been wanton endangerment in Breonna Taylor’s apartment too. In fact, it should have been ruled wanton murder!” After the press conference, crowds in Louisville immediately began marching in protest of the decision. Before the decision, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer declared a state of emergency in the city in anticipation of protests breaking out. “Our goal is ensuring space and opportunity for potential protesters to gather and express their First Amendment rights after the announcement,” Fischer said in a statement. “At the same time, we are preparing for any eventuality to keep everyone safe.” The US National Guard has been deployed to Louisville and residents are under a 9 pm curfew.“Breonna Taylor and her family deserve more than the state could ever give them,” Black Lives Matter Louisville said in a statement. “They are not capable of true accountability, but remember, we decide what’s possible. Not them.”Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Breonna Taylor's Family Gets A $12 Million PayoutBreonna Taylor's Boyfriend Is Suing The US PoliceBreonna Taylor's Boyfriend Is Suing The US Police
This spring and summer, as the pandemic took hold of the country, people were forced to press pause on many aspects of their everyday lives. University classes were cancelled, restaurants closed (some permanently), and holidays were postponed. For the thousands of people who planned to get married in 2020, stress from the pandemic was heightened even further. As concerns over large gatherings grew by the day, many couples had to rethink their nuptials. With how quickly event spaces book up, some had already waited a year or even two to get married when COVID hit. Now, having rescheduled their dates to next year, they would be waiting even longer. The uncertainty of it all, though, led some couples to ditch their original plans to say “I do” in front of 200 of their closest friends and family, and instead, opt for something smaller and safer, but all the more special: a “micro-wedding.” Those brides who decided to hold intimate weddings had a couple of different options in the dress department: Stick with the dresses they’d planned on wearing to their original wedding celebrations; accept the risk of buying a wedding dress online; or swap out a traditional bridal look entirely for something already in their wardrobes. Whichever sartorial route was chosen, the brides featured ahead all had tales about planning, and subsequently dressing for, their big days during a pandemic. And yet, none of them had a single regret. From a bride who got married in a dress she’s had since high school to another who found matching utility jumpsuits for her and her husband-to-be in the back of their closets, find out what eight women chose to wear on the biggest day of their lives mid-pandemic. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Best Places To Buy Plus-Size Wedding DressesCelebrities Who Cancelled Their WeddingsSurviving Your Wedding With Divorced Parents
Since face masks became mandatory in a number of indoor settings to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in the UK, more people have discovered how to make their own fabric versions. Etsy in particular has seen a boom in demand. There, you’ll find face masks with filter pockets, pretty printed face masks, layered masks made from 100% cotton and masks contoured with wire inserts for a better fit. But it’s the silk variety which is gaining popularity.The World Health Organization (WHO) currently lists a handful of different types of recommended face masks. It states that medical masks (disposable, often blue masks usually worn by health professionals) should be worn by those with underlying health conditions and people over the age of 60. Fabric masks are known as non-medical masks and WHO says they should be worn by people who have no COVID-19 symptoms in places where COVID-19 is widespread or in instances where it is not possible to socially distance. They are especially important if you are in close contact with people, such as on public transport or while shopping, and must be worn over the mouth and nose to be effective. While silk fabric face masks might be a new thing, the luxe material is big in the beauty industry right now. Hair experts recommend silk bonnets or turbans for protecting hair types prone to damage, tangling and drying out. Skin professionals also champion silk pillowcases for minimising creasing and friction on the skin. But are silk face masks as beneficial? And are they effective against potential transmission of coronavirus compared to other materials?“Silk masks have been shown to be an effective mask while also preventing facial irritation,” says Dr Howard Sobel, MD, founder of Sobel Skin and attending dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York. “It has been discovered that high thread count cotton and natural silk can effectively filter out particles.”With maskne (aka acne caused by face masks) on the rise, perhaps silk is a better option than cotton or other thicker materials when it comes to skin. “Maskne causes breakouts due to the combination of friction, heat, moisture and clogged pores,” says Dr Sobel. “If you haven’t already experienced maskne, you very likely could, as spending more time outdoors mixed with heat, humidity, sunscreen, facial products and makeup can cause breakouts.”Dr Sobel goes on to list the benefits of silk face masks. “They are especially beneficial if your skin is sensitive,” he says. “Certain mask materials can cause issues because some textures can be irritating and leading to spots,” Dr Sobel adds, but silk is a material that is less likely to cause problems. “Silk is cooling, naturally hypoallergenic (unlikely to cause an allergic reaction) and tends to absorb less moisture than cotton, so it won’t dry out your skin,” continues Dr Sobel. “100% silk does not clog pores, so finding a mask like this is an added benefit,” especially if you have oily or acne-prone skin.While Dr Sobel says that silk face masks are considered better for your skin for preventing skin bugbears such as maskne, he points out that it is important to remember mask hygiene plays an important part in skincare and overall health. “Wash your mask after each use, make sure your mask is completely dry before wearing it and change your mask right after you sweat in order to fully prevent breakouts,” says Dr Sobel. The World Health Organization says you can protect yourself by washing your hands, covering your mouth when sneezing or coughing (ideally with a tissue), avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and don’t get too close to people who are coughing, sneezing or with a fever.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?9 Pretty & Protective Face Masks You Can Buy NowWith Face Masks, It's All About Eyes In New YorkWhat To Know About Those Clear Face Masks
At this point in the year, I feel like I've spent about 30% of my waking hours washing up. It has always been the bane of a home cook's life, sure, but it took lockdown to really hammer home that the cleaning in a kitchen is never done. Frankly, I'm sick of it. And so I'm on the lookout for recipes that will cut down my time standing at the sink sudsing a pan or, more accurately, "letting it soak" for six hours. The answer is a meal that can be served in the pan it's cooked in. And if it can be pulled together in 30 minutes, all the better. Luckily for me, the clever boys from Bosh! have released a new cookbook featuring pan-to-table masterpieces that are quick, vegan and delicious. We may not be allowed to have dinner parties but there's no reason you can't serve yourself like a queen – and have far less washing up to show for it.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?6 Cavolo Nero Recipes For Italian Comfort Food3 Recipes That Make Tinned Beans Utterly DeliciousIt's Courgette Season – Here's What To Make
When we think about British films that authentically depict the reality of living in London, our minds go back to 2006’s Kidulthood, which followed a group of teenagers growing up in west London’s Ladbroke Grove. But when we’re searching for an honest portrayal of London-raised Black and brown girls, options are scarce. That is, until now. Rocks is the joyous new coming-of-age drama from filmmaker Sarah Gavron (Suffragette), funded by the BFI and Film 4 Productions and currently taking the film industry by storm. Written by up-and-coming Nigerian-British playwright/screenwriter Theresa Ikoko and TV and film writer Claire Wilson (Gangs of London, The Little Drummer Girl, The Power) about a multi-ethnic community in east London, Rocks takes us on a magnetic journey through young female friendship and the realities of inner-city life. It’s a story of survival, friendship and trauma set against the contrasting backdrop of skyscrapers and tower blocks poking cinematically through London’s haze.Bukky Bakray stars as 15-year-old Jamaican-Nigerian Olushola – nicknamed “Rocks” by her friends – a resilient teenager with a penchant for makeup artistry who returns home from school one day to discover that her depression-prone mother has abandoned her and her younger brother Emmanuel, leaving only an apologetic note and a pocketful of grocery money. With a grandmother in Lagos and a father who died when Rocks was 4 years old, she and Emmanuel are left to fend for themselves. What follows is the emotional and heartbreaking story of Rocks’ determination to avoid being taken into care. She adopts a maternal role and attempts to look after herself and Emmanuel, shuttling between friends’ houses and cheap hotels while keeping up appearances of a relatively normal life. But as each day passes, the pressure mounts on Rocks and she is forced to shut out her nearest and dearest, including best friend Sumaya (Kosar Ali). Meanwhile new addition to the friendship group, Roshé (Shaneigha-Monik Greyson) seems to offer a glimpse of hope, which later leads Rocks down a bumpy path. It’s an authentic project that not only portrays the capital in its rawest form but encapsulates what life is really like for Black and brown girls today, from TikTok dances and the latest slang to the sisterhood between Rocks and her friends. Sabina, Yawa, Agnes, Khadijah and Sumaya are all from different cultures — Polish Romani, Congo, Nigeria, Ghana and Bangladesh — and the strength of their bond is a celebration of the diverse melting pot that is London.The film doesn’t sugar-coat inner-city life, though, and highlights the very real racial inequalities that persist to this day. We hear Rocks’ white classmate express that she’d like to be a journalist, which is met with praise and encouragement from her teacher. But when a Black pupil says that she aspires to be a lawyer, she is dismissed and told she’ll need top grades to achieve her dream. It’s a stark reminder of the microaggressions and institutional racism that young Black kids are facing now.Everything about these teenagers’ lives is relatable, from their battles for survival to classroom food fights and scenes in which the girls master their dance moves on a rooftop or in a train carriage, followed by fits of laughter. If you’ve lived in a city, you’ve seen these girls; you’ve been these girls. You can’t help but feel the warmth of nostalgia as you watch Rocks and her friends trying to find the joy in a world that is so often against them. But that’s not to detract from the film’s painful side. The relationship between Rocks and Emmanuel (played brilliantly by newcomer D’angelou Osei Kissiedu) is particularly hard to watch, as the facade Rocks has tried to keep up for her little brother slowly starts to slip. > If you’ve lived in a city, you’ve seen these girls; you’ve been these girls. You can’t help but feel the warmth of nostalgia as you watch Rocks and her friends trying to find the joy in a world that is so often against them. The light in this film comes from the power of friendship: even though Rocks is determined to refuse help from her friends, putting up a wall around herself, the strength of true sisterhood prevails. As traumatic as it is to watch Rocks in a situation that no one – let alone someone so young – should ever be faced with, it’s heartening to witness her resilience shining through.If we take only one message from Rocks, perhaps it should be that amid the chaos, there is beauty. “Real queens fix each other’s crowns” reads a sticker on the wall in Rocks’ home: a true testament to Rocks’ strength and courage and, ultimately, to this empowering and vital film.Rocks is in cinemas now.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
We were once a society obsessed with tracking our screen time. We spent evenings on our phones, pouring over how many hours we’d scrolled that day on Instagram and TikTok. We flipped open our laptops to Google blue-light glasses and look up the health risks of spending too much time online. We texted our friends to ask how much time they spent with their own screens. All of that added up to a lot of time spent on screens, obsessing over spending time on screens.But today, any expert who warns against “screen time” is immediately written off as being out of touch. Most of us work remotely in front of our computers. That’s also how most kids go to school. It’s how we stay in touch with most of the people in our lives. It’s how we continue to be engaged citizens and it’s also how we kill the hours of time some of us now have in surplus. Sure, search interest for “blue light glasses'” spiked in early April and late May, in sync with the COVID-19 spikes that kept us home and in front of our computers. But more telling is the increased search interest for things like, “screen time passcode hack” and “how to get around screen time limits.” At some point earlier this year, most of us realised our screen time trackers were causing us unnecessary stress. By now, chances are most people have just done away with them altogether. Dr Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, a clinical psychologist and digital wellness expert, hopes the increase in screen time brought on by the pandemic is helping us confront our digital habits and technology fears. “At first we thought, ‘everyone is so addicted to screens and Zoom and we’ll never want to be face to face again.’ I think the opposite is true. We actually realised we have a more balanced view of what the benefits and costs of screen time are.”Tara Kirkpatrick, a PR professional and yoga instructor, has begun to think more critically about the pros and cons of screen time. When her yoga studio went virtual, Kirkpatrick’s screen time skyrocketed, and she and her yoga clients found themselves growing sick of Zoom. “Friends that really wanted to support me and clients that enjoy my classes were just exhausted from finishing a whole workday on Zoom and signing on to Zoom again for a relaxing activity,” she shares. Until recently, she was between jobs and freelancing, and the lack of a fixed schedule also made it that much harder for her to structure her screen time. “When I would sign in to Instagram, I would see current events, influencers, memes — the media consumption was coming at me, and I couldn’t filter it out to pay attention to just my job,” she recalls. But instead of spiralling about how much time she was spending online, she began finding little ways to help herself stay focused during her screen time. Now, she mutes a lot of Instagram accounts so her feed only shows what is timely and job-related.Rather than worrying about how much time she’s spending online, Kirkpatrick now worries about what she’s seeing while she’s there. The pandemic made her realise how often she talks to friends about things she sees online, only to learn their feeds are all radically different. “That’s a concern I never had before.”Because we’re spending even more of our professional time on screens, many are finding themselves instinctually jumping offline to enjoy non-work-related activities. We’re going to parks, we’re hiking and camping like never before. Refinery29’s very own social media editor Hannah Bullion says she stopped limiting her screen time altogether: “It’s just one more thing to stress about. I just try to make an active effort to put the phone down if I find myself spiralling.” While she still has concerns about screen time — she feels her vision straining significantly since she started working from home in March — she has found herself spending more time outdoors and away from her phone while quarantining in Michigan with her family. After spending the whole workday in front of a screen, who wouldn’t be eager to hit the great outdoors?Whether or not screen time has historically been something you worry about, you’ve probably observed that once it became clear we’d be carrying out most of our lives through screens, the screen time experts got real quiet. A few months into the pandemic, though, they re-emerged with retractions and hot takes like: “I Was A Screen-Time Expert. Then Coronavirus Happened.” For so long, “experts” were sounding major alarms about the Big Bad Wolf they called screen time, with some even saying it destroyed a generation. But as months of Zoom socialising, remote work, and distanced learning have demonstrated, it takes a lot more than doomscrolling through some blue light to destroy a generation. Once so maligned, it’s screens that have actually given our lives some sense of normalcy during this extremely abnormal time.Dr Dennis-Tiwary champions a more nuanced understanding of digital wellness, one she hopes will continue even after the pandemic: “A lot of people realised that it’s not tenable anymore to be so black and white and maybe they’ve come around to the data that’s coming out that calls that into question.” After all, nobody wants a fire-and-brimstone lecture about the evils of technology, especially when our current reality says otherwise. And for those still feeling overwhelmed by the amount of screen time a largely remote world demands, the answer might lie in becoming less anxious about the amount of time we spend on our screens, and more intentional about what we see, do, and interact with while we’re there. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Friends On Furlough: How Corona Shapes SocialisingRape Prevention Tech Won't Stop Sexual AssaultDentists Are Warning Against TikTok's Latest Trend
In July, ‘90s cult classic Clueless celebrated its 25th anniversary, thus inciting many a conversation on how to celebrate. Obviously, most fans rewatched the film starring Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, and Brittany Murphy, while reminiscing about Cher’s immigration speech and Dionne’s hats. Shilla Kim-Parker, the founder of online vintage marketplace Thrilling, and Mona May, the costume designer behind the film’s iconic wardrobe, had a better idea. On Tuesday, the two announced a collection of Clueless-inspired vintage pieces, all of which were hand-sourced by May using Thrilling’s lineup of small, mostly female- and Black-owned vintage stores. Even better, the entire collection is size-inclusive and, no matter how you’re planning to celebrate this year, perfect for Halloween. Which means you’ll no longer have to buy fast-fashion items to recreate Cher’s yellow, checkered skirt suit or Tai’s workout look just to toss them away on 1st November. Plus, after seeing all 500 (yes, 500!) pieces, we’re happy to report that this collection, titled Refashion! Remix! Repeat!: The Future of Sustainable Fashion, will work for a lot more than just costumes — and beyond 31st October. The inspiration for this collaboration came to Kim-Parker after hearing about Clueless’s anniversary and remembering how fond she was of the costumes worn in the film. “I fell in love with Mona’s work as soon as that yellow plaid outfit appeared on screen,” she tells Refinery29. “I mean, every woman on the planet is obsessed with Mona’s work, probably because it’s a palette cleanser for your eyes; a breath of fresh air.” ( May also designed costumes for Never Been Kissed and Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion, among others.) After working up the courage, she thought, Why not? and sent a DM to the costume designer on Instagram, thinking there was no way that May would respond, let alone be interested in a partnership. “To my surprise, she responded and was completely engaged,” she says. Turns out, May was just as much a fan of Kim-Parker as Kim-Parker was of May. “She’s a warrior for the cause,” Kim-Parker says. “She’s all about sustainability, supporting women, the authentic expression of individuality and personality through clothes, the bending of rules, and making sure that everyone feels welcome.” Suffice to say, they hit it off immediately. For the collection, Kim-Parker gave May full reign of Thrilling’s vintage offerings. In total, she pulled from over 150 stores across US 30 cities. On the day of the shoot, “racks and racks of items,” none of which May had pre-styled or edited, were wheeled into the studio. “I just pulled it together,” May says. “I just was in my element and the inspiration came.” “That’s signature Mona — just mixing and matching as she goes,” adds Kim-Parker, laughing. The result is a homage to Clueless, but without the high price tag that comes with shopping at Westside Pavillion, and with a more extensive size range, which was a key factor for both women. “It’s hard to find plus-size clothing, especially if you’re looking for it to be secondhand or vintage,” says May. This collection was meant to showcase that it doesn’t have to be, and that all women should be able to feel empowered in their clothing in the same way that Cher was on-screen. “When we’re empowered — when we feel good about ourselves — we exude that energy to everybody around us,” says May. “It’s like we are changing the world just by changing ourselves.” As for the pieces themselves, expect a selection of ‘80s- and ‘90s- inspired fashion items, from, yes, plaid skirt suits, and Madonna-esque looks à la Cher, to more grunge-inspired outfits reminiscent of Tai. According to the duo, the gym scene from the film served as inspiration for the athleisure part of the campaign, which shows a model wearing a FILA sports bra paired with a pleated skirt; as did the party scene when Cher wears a little red slip dress that still today is on every woman’s want list. Starting on Tuesday, all 500 pieces from the Refashion! Remix! Repeat!: The Future of Sustainable Fashion collection will be available for purchase on Thrilling. And with Halloween just over five weeks away, that gives you ample time to get all your Clueless-inspired vintage costumes sourced and ready to go. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Thrilling Sells Vintage From Your Favourite StoresBethany Williams: Fashion's Sustainability SaviourFinally, Vintage Fashion For Plus-Size People
On Thursday, I woke up with a pounding headache and scratchy throat for the fourth day in a row. A month ago, my anxiety-riddled brain would be convinced that I contracted COVID-19, but this morning, I know that’s not possible: I haven’t stepped foot outside my house in over a week. These ailments are caused from smoke inhalation, and if it’s affecting me like this, I can’t help but worry what it’s doing to my 8-month-old daughter.Stevie was born on Christmas morning, two weeks prior to my 8th January 2020 due date. I told her she could arrive any day except Christmas, but she wasn’t a good listener, even in utero. These days, my husband and I are grateful she was born in 2019, rather than this tarnished year. When the pandemic hit in March, our day-to-day life didn’t change — we were already essentially quarantined with a 3-month-old baby — but my already-high stress levels skyrocketed. There was so much we didn’t (and still don’t) know about the virus: How was it spreading? How did it affect victims? How could we stop it? One thing I did know was that as long as I stayed in my house, my family and I would be safe. Now, the monster’s not outside our door anymore. It’s seeping in through every crack.When I first sat down to write this, 12 wildfires were ablaze in Oregon. They destroyed nearly a million acres of land in the state and counting. More than 40,000 people were displaced, and around 500,000 were in evacuation zones; 2,268 homes were destroyed; five citizens are still missing, and nine have been confirmed dead. We got our first whiff of trouble on Labour Day. My family and I returned home from a trip to the coast to find our neighbourhood shrouded in smoke. After a quick Google search, we realised the West Coast was on fire. It was devastating. Our hearts ached for those affected. But we were also exhausted from our first weekend trip with a baby, and we fell asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillow. The next morning I was happy to see the smoke had dissipated. I strapped Stevie to my chest and we went on our daily walk around the neighbourhood. We sang songs. We laughed. She grabbed every leaf within reach and smiled at every person we passed. I was upset about the wildfires, but relieved that we weren’t affected. Oh, how wrong I was.That was the last time we stepped foot outside for 10 days. By 9th September, the Riverside and Beachie Creek fires had rapidly spread due to unprecedented windstorms. All of Clackamas County was under at least a Level 1 Evacuation Alert. Never did I think I’d have to prepare for fire evacuation living in Northwestern Oregon, but in 2020, all bets are off. First, we figured out where we’d go if we had to leave. Thankfully, my mum lives close enough that we could easily drive to her house, and far enough away that she wasn’t in danger. Next came the emotional task of collecting items we “couldn’t live without.” As I packed away my baby blanket, the teddy bear my late stepmom gifted Stevie, and photo albums, I felt a numbness of sorts. I tried to remind myself of our privileges: We had a safe place to stay if we had to leave; we had time to collect our most precious belongings; and our central A/C system was doing a great job of circulating our indoor air. But this year had already taken so much out of me — the natural stresses of motherhood, topped by a global and social pandemic — and I couldn’t help but ask myself how this could be happening.That question, of course, is not hard to answer. Our planet is suffering, and many of the people in charge of our country deny that climate change exists. President Trump has chalked the fires up to poor forest management, not global warming. By 10th September, my husband had taken to setting alarms for the middle of the night so he could check emergency evacuation notices. If our neighbourhood got to Level 2, we’d decided we were leaving. As winds continued to fan the flames that crept closer to us, reality hit me like a ton of bricks. That afternoon, I held Stevie close and began to weep. She looked at me, bewildered. I was supposed to comfort her when she cried, not the other way around. I had already been worried about the effects 2020 will have on Stevie psychologically. Since entering lockdown, she’s only been held by two people besides my husband and me. My mom is the only other person she sees regularly, once every week or so. Most family members and friends likely won’t meet her outside of Zoom or FaceTime until she’s a toddler. She’s never played with another baby. But over the summer, we’d begun going to restaurants that provided outdoor seating every once in a while, just so she could experience public places. And our walks were a daily highlight. Once the fires came, though, all I could do was divide her toys up into different rooms, my best attempt at adding some variety to the day. When she was in her highchair, she would look longing out the window, unaware that the sepia-tinted sky was abnormal. On 11th September, it was declared that Portland had the worst air quality in the world. But that weekend, our evacuation alert was lifted. We finally felt like we were safe… Until a few days later, when my husband woke up with a sore throat. The next morning, my head was pounding. Stevie was unusually fussy too. She was bored and teething (because the universe is cruel), but I feared that she was also in pain, experiencing the physical effects of the hazardous air that was polluting our home. An infant can’t communicate that their head or throat hurt, so all I could do was administer ibuprofen and hope for the best.Finally, in the wee hours of Friday 18th September, I woke up to the sound of thunder. While lightning causes the threat of more fires, it was joined by rain. And lots of it. I’ve never been more happy to hear that pattering sound on my roof. It was a downpour. It was a godsend. The air quality improved from “hazardous” to “unhealthy.” Hallelujah!The next morning, for the first time all week, I woke up without a headache. I let myself think that we might finally really be safe — at least for now. As I put away my wedding dress and hung pictures back on the wall, I grieved for those who had been displaced, lost their homes, lost a loved one, lost their lives. I fear the worst is yet to come. These fires are unprecedented, and as Oregon Governor Kate Brown said, “could be the greatest loss of human lives and property due to wildfire in our state.” If those in power don’t start taking the climate crisis seriously, it’ll only get worse. “I strongly believe we’re going to look back in 10 years, certainly 20 and definitely 50 and say, ‘Wow, 2020 was a crazy year, but I miss it,’” Colorado University environmental sciences chief Waleed Abdalati recently cautioned. Chilling.Anyone should be unnerved by this comment, but a parent should feel gutted. I’m so grateful Stevie won’t remember any of this, but she will know how the world responded. And she’ll face the consequences of our actions.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?12 People Are Missing In The California WildfiresA Gender Reveal Party Caused A Massive WildfireGigi Hadid's Mother Confirms Her Pregnancy News
The United States House of Representatives just passed The CROWN Act, which would legally prohibit discrimination based on a Black person’s hairstyle or texture forever.The House Judiciary announced the news on Monday via Twitter, writing, “The CROWNAct will explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of natural hair as a form of race or national origin discrimination.” Representative Cedric Richmond, along with Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Marcia Fudge, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, introduced the bill to the House, where it was passed, and now the CROWN Act (which stands for “Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair”) will go to the Senate for consideration. The news comes just days after the law went into effect in US state Colorado, making it the seventh state to officially make natural hair discrimination illegal. > The people’s House just passed the CROWNAct. I’m proud to have introduced this legislation and thank my colleagues @RepBarbaraLee @RepMarciaFudge @RepPressley for their contributions to this bill and for wearing their own crowns with pride and dignity. pic.twitter.com/NE89Ws65eH> > — Rep Cedric Richmond (@RepRichmond) September 21, 2020Rep. Lee shared the news with her supporters on Twitter, writing, “No one should feel forced to change their natural hair.” Massachusetts Representative Katherine Clark publicly voiced her support, adding that “discrimination against Black hair is racist. It stops equality in school and the workplace.” Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar called the passage “long overdue,” but noted that it is an essential step in fighting racial discrimination. “For far too long, Black women have been penalised for simply existing as themselves—that ends today,” she wrote. > FACT: The CROWNAct will explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of natural hair as a form of race or national origin discrimination. pic.twitter.com/pS0Pu2Cp9P> > — House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) September 21, 2020While the House passing The CROWN Act marks a pivotal step in ending discrimination across the country, the fight is nowhere near over. Only seven states have passed the legislation so far, including California (where the CROWN Act was first introduced by State Senator Holly Mitchell), New York, Washington, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Colorado. Now, at least 51 of 100 US Senate representatives will have to approve the legislation before it is then handed off to the President to sign into law.We’ll continue to update this story as news on The CROWN Act develops. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
On Tuesday, news broke that Vanessa Bryant, the wife of late NBA star Kobe Bryant, is suing the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department after deputies allegedly captured and shared photos of the helicopter crash that killed her husband, Kobe and Gianna Bryant on their personal phones. According to the claim, those photos were shared publicly and illegally. Bryant also said that the department’s response when they learned of the shared photos was “grossly insufficient.” Despite the fact that the department had allegedly known about the photos since February, a formal investigation wasn’t initiated until after the Los Angeles Times reported the story in March. The crash, which took place on 26 January in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, resulted in the deaths of nine people, including Kobe and Gianna. The lawsuit details the events in the aftermath of the crash. Bryant claims that Sheriff Alex Villanueva assured her that deputies secured the crash site to ensure privacy for the victim’s families. But according to Bryant, that was not the case.“The biggest threat to the sanctity of the victims’ remains proved to be the Sheriff’s Department itself,” the lawsuit reads. “Faced with a scene of unimaginable loss, no fewer than eight sheriff’s deputies at the crash site pulled out their personal cell phones and snapped photos of the dead children, parents, and coaches. The deputies took these photos for their own personal gratification.” According to the suit, the sheriff’s department later admitted that there were no investigative purposes for taking these photos.Bryant also filed a claim against the department earlier this year for the same issue, which comes as a precursor to the lawsuit she filed last week. The claim states that the deputies involved are liable for “negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and invasion of her right to privacy,” reports the LA Times. The lawsuit comes at a tumultuous time for Bryant and her family, and coincides with the widow’s soon-to-be-released on-camera interview given by her mother, Sofia Laine. In the interview with Univision reporter Dave Valadez, Laine claims that she was kicked out of the house after the crash. Bryant is rumoured to be unsupportive of her mother’s interview, and the lawsuit comes at a difficult time for her family.But it’s no surprise that the news about the lawsuit is breaking so late after it actually happened: Leadership at the LA Sheriff’s department has reportedly kept the news quiet for weeks. According to Villanueva, he ordered the eight deputies involved to delete all copies of the photos; however, the lawsuit alleges that one deputy used the photos in an attempt to impress a woman at a bar. The conversation was overheard by a bartender who reported it to the department. Following reports that the photos were being distributed, Bryant’s attorney Gary Robb requested an internal investigation which wasn’t officially announced until March. “This is an unspeakable violation of human decency, respect, and of the privacy rights of the victims and their families,” Robb told the LA Times. The investigation is reportedly still ongoing.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Vanessa Bryant Honours Kobe & Gigi With TattoosA Kobe Bryant Documentary Might Be In The WorksVanessa Bryant Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit
An insider Netflix prediction for autumn 2020: The platform's hotly-anticipated original series Emily in Paris — which airs 2nd October — is about to take over your 'Trending Now' tab. Dubbed a modern-day Sex & The City (with croissants), Darren Star's new Netflix drama is already generating buzz, and now the show's lead, Lily Collins, is inspiring us to plan a full-blown Parisian-themed watch party for the premiere. The 31-year-old actress, who plays marketing expert/budding influencer Emily Cooper, has been as chic and well-styled as her character throughout the Emily In Paris promo tour. From her soft French twists to her mauve-rose smoky eyes, Collins is nailing the Parisian beauty aesthetic, and giving classic French-girl beauty trends a modern twist. For proof — and the ultimate fall hair-and-makeup inspiration — scroll ahead. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?How To Pull Off Autumn's Biggest Hair Colour Trend30 Shackets To See You Through AutumnWatch The Trailer For Netflix's "Emily In Paris"
One of the things I found myself missing a surprising amount during lockdown was a proper, fancy gym. Faced with my cramped living room and a lacklustre pile of weights, I craved the sleek changing rooms, the shiny clean spaces and the dramatic flashing lights. I couldn't honestly say that I had a better workout there but it was absolutely a better experience. Unsurprisingly, I am eager to go back. Now, new gyms are built to look GOOD. Sure, they're still there to get you fit but chances are you're more likely to keep going back to a place that you feel good about walking into. Nowhere is this more evident than London. And it makes sense – if your house is a dingy studio flat with no windows, why wouldn't you want your gym to look nice? Here, we round up some of the best-looking places to work out. On top of that, they all have precautions in place to keep you safe from COVID as you sweat.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Carving Out Space In The Gym For My Enby SelfA Full-Body Workout Designed For Small BedroomsI Went Spinning For The First Time Since Lockdown
Welcome to Money Diaries, where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking a cross-section of women how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period – and we're tracking every last penny. This week: "I graduated two months ago from a healthcare science degree, which I paid for through student loans, and started working as a cardiac physiologist almost immediately. I rent a four-bedroom house with my boyfriend A and our housemate C. We moved in two months ago. We originally had a fourth housemate but he left abruptly. A and I decided to move in together so that we could still see each other during the pandemic, so a shared house seemed like a good step before just living with each other. We rent the biggest bedroom, which we share, and the box room, which we use as a study. When I was 18 I got access to a trust fund that was set up for me by my grandparents. Because of this, I haven't needed financial help from my parents since then. Most of this money is now in fixed-term savings accounts that I can't access immediately as I am saving for a deposit on a house, so I'm conscious that I don't have much immediately accessible money in case of an emergency. I'm trying to save up three months' worth of expenses in an emergency fund, in case I lose my job or something. One of my siblings lives at home and is entirely financially dependent on our parents due to some long-term health issues. I think I'm in a very lucky position financially in that I have a stable job and savings to fall back on." Industry: Healthcare Age: 24 Location: Sheffield Salary: £24,907 Paycheque amount: £1,732.62 Number of housemates: Two, A (boyfriend) and C (housemate). Monthly Expenses Rent: £295.50 per month. Loan payments: I have £56,663.20 student debt. I don't earn enough to pay this back yet and probably won't for a couple of years at least. Savings? £8,340 in a Lifetime ISA. £1,600 split across several other savings accounts. The majority of these savings come from a trust fund that my grandparents set up for me when I was born. I recognise that this makes me incredibly lucky financially. The rest of my savings are from summer jobs (cleaning and waitressing) that I had while home from uni. Also several Monzo pots: emergency fund (£1,000), new bike fund (£575), holiday fund (£100), Christmas (£100) and driving lessons (£125). I'm trying to get into the habit of putting money into these pots on payday before I have a chance to overspend that month. Other: Council tax £41, gas and electricity £18.21, water £11.15, £13.99 for contact lenses, Wi-Fi £10, mobile phone £10, £10 to World Bicycle Relief, £10 to Say It Loud Club (an organisation supporting LGBT+ asylum seekers) and £10 to Roundabout (a youth homelessness charity in Sheffield), £9.99 subscription to a local bike shop (this covers labour costs of up to £12 for minor repairs and two services per year for my road bike). I used to pay for Spotify Premium with a student discount but my parents kindly decided to start paying for Spotify Family recently, so I use this instead now. My parents have a Netflix account and I am a parasite. £30 per year for membership of the Academy for Healthcare Science.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Money Diary: A 29-Year-Old On 24kMoney Diary: A 28-Year-Old Office Exec In BelfastMoney Diary: Microbiologist Doing COVID Testing
“Shopping for beauty products can be inefficient and expensive when you are not catered for,” says beauty expert Simi Lindgren, so she decided to launch a shiny new online beauty destination. YUTYBAZAR might be under the radar but the website (which is driven by artificial intelligence to match consumers to the best products, champions Black-owned beauty brands and caters to all ethnicities) is gaining traction among beauty obsessives everywhere. Head online and you’ll be encouraged to take a quick quiz which delves into your lifestyle, environment, beauty preferences and goals, whether you’re interested in skin, hair, makeup or fragrance. Once complete, the engine expertly matches you to the very best and most effective products depending on your skin tone, hair type and unique needs. “Our algorithm is built by people of colour,” says Simi, “and it’s for those who place importance on shopping diverse, inclusive and conscious beauty.” Even the name – YUTYBAZAR – has the consumer at heart, as a blend of ‘you’ and ‘beauty’. Simi created the hub to reflect the rising change in demographics and needs. Big-name beauty retailers may shout about inclusivity but Simi suggests there are shortfalls. “It’s not as simple as including a wider range of foundation shades, especially when foundation is skewed to lighter skin tones.” Simi continues: “There needs to be consideration around pigments and ingredients, some of which cause oxidisation.” Undertone matters, too, but often doesn’t factor into a brand’s foundation range. “We need a wider availability of undertones, from the medium to darker ends of the spectrum,” says Simi, who champions makeup brands like Luv + Co. and Aeva Beauty for darker skin tones. “It’s also important to reject the misconception that deeper, darker skin tones mean ‘warm’ as it could also mean ‘cool’ for some ethnicities.” Makeup especially is far from one size fits all. “It’s about really understanding the needs of melanated skin,” says Simi.> View this post on Instagram> > A post shared by Luxury Skincare for Women (@eparaskincare) on Aug 25, 2020 at 10:40am PDTThe same goes for skincare, especially buzzy new ingredients. It’s the brand’s mission to throw out old beauty ideas and incorrect information. Instead, it arms consumers with knowledge via the editorial tab and detailed product descriptions for brands such as Epara, Sade Baron, Freya + Bailey and more. “Glycolic acid for example comes highly recommended for those wanting to tackle hyperpigmentation and signs of ageing, and there are many products available,” says Simi. “But the issue is that glycolic acid (in high concentrations) can potentially cause hyperpigmentation in darker skin tones when overused.” Simi mentions that gentler ingredients are better alternatives but that choice is limited. On site, you’ll discover products formulated with vitamin A (aka retinol) and gentle lactic acid, with notes on how to use them safely. YUTYBAZAR is also an educational tool and busts skincare myths where possible. “We look at other outdated concepts such as brown or Black people not needing sunscreen. Everyone needs to protect their skin from UVA and UVB exposure,” says Simi, “even more so brown and Black people, who are affected by concerns such as hyperpigmentation.”The website is already doing big things but it’s about to boom, as Simi and the team are in talks to join forces with 180 skin, hair, makeup and fragrance brands. Simi is currently in the process of onboarding US-based Dehiya (an ethically sourced botanical beauty brand inspired by Morocco), Nola Skinsentials (a plant-based and cruelty-free brand which benefits not only melanin-rich skin tones but everyone who wants clear skin), British brand Novel Skincare (organic, natural and vegan) and AIRFRO, a performance-driven natural haircare brand for those who have curls and like to be active. > View this post on Instagram> > A post shared by Sade Baron (@sadebaron) on Sep 15, 2019 at 11:59am PDTWhat should you add to your basket right now? While every brand featured on YUTYBAZAR is a favourite for Simi, living in a hard water area of London with 4C hair makes her a big fan of the Afro Hair & Skin Co. Bloom Omega Healthy Hair Oil. “This can be used as a leave-in conditioner to add shine and nourish both hair and scalp,” says Simi. “For my skin, and especially as I survive on less than five hours’ sleep a night (such is startup life), Freya + Bailey’s Glo’Up! Dream Face Cleanser, AbsoluteJoi’s Balance pH Face Toner and Emmaus Beauty’s Protective Nourishing Moisturiser SPF 25 help protect my skin from environmental and UV damage.”Refinery29’s selection is purely editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items we love! As part of our business model we do work with affiliates; if you directly purchase something from a link on this article, we may earn a small amount of commission. Transparency is important to us at Refinery29, if you have any questions please reach out to us.Like what you see? 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Last month, we learned that Alicia Keys would soon be joining the celebrity-founders club with an upcoming brand of her own. The initial announcement didn’t provide much in the way of info — basically, just that it would launch in 2021 under the e.l.f. Beauty Portfolio — but now, we’re finally getting the much-anticipated details on the lifestyle beauty brand the singer-songwriter is gearing up to release.Keys Soulcare will put out its very first offerings this holiday season with a signature sage-and-oat milk candle and two skin-care products that haven’t been announced yet. According to the brand, these first three items will launch as a holiday preview; then, a full collection launch is set for early 2021 that will consist of “a line of clean, cruelty-free, dermatologist-developed products, slated to include skincare, body care, air care, and more.” (While we don’t currently know the specifics of the “air care” category, we wouldn’t be surprised if that included humidifiers or oil diffusers, given the brand’s lifestyle approach.) This new endeavour is not a collaboration, but Keys developed the line in partnership with Renée Snyder, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and co-founder of W3LL People, which also lives under the e.l.f. brand portfolio.Additionally, the brand announced that it will centre on four pillars: Body, Spirit, Mind, and Connection, which the founder dubs the “Keys to Soulcare.” With a positive, holistic approach — much needed in the year that is 2020 — Keys Soulcare will go beyond products and live as a resource via a content site and weekly email newsletter. The website is set to launch 29th September and will feature original and co-created content that highlights the four keys with stories, tips, and inspiration.And that’s not all: The brand will also be donating a portion of sales to non-profit organisations, which will be announced soon. Even with everything but a candle yet to be revealed, it’s safe to say that Keys is stepping into the beauty industry on a powerful note. With a wholesome approach that includes giving back, we’re excited to see what else is coming from the soul-focused brand.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Best Honest Beauty Products, Tried & TestedI Tried 16 Of Amazon's Most Viral Beauty Goods8 Moisturisers That Won't Clog Your Pores