I Did a Full Glossier Makeup Routine For Two Weeks—Here’s How it Went

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I have been in an absolute makeup rut. With staying at home and living through the bitter winter months, I haven’t had much motivation to cake products on my face. This is where Glossier comes in. For years, I have been a fan of the millennial-focused, pink-packaged brand, and with the recent release of their Lash Slick film, I am back to being totally obsessed. In my time of need, I knew I could rely on this brand to get me out of my makeup rut. 

I went into my Glossier-testing challenge saying I would wear a full face of makeup every day for two weeks, which I found a bit unattainable. However, I definitely have rediscovered my old appreciation for a medium to full face of makeup and am back to glamming it up at least four days a week.  

 

The Routine:

 

During my first week of getting back into wearing makeup, I went all-in with my tried-and-trues. Here’s what my most “glam” routine looked like during this experiment:

 





 

1. Skin Tint

The Perfecting Skin Tint is one of my go-to repurchases. As I said, I am not a huge fan of caking on makeup, and I like to let my natural skin shine through. This product allows me to do just that. A few drops of the liquid lightly cover imperfections and even out your skin tone overall. Since this product is so light, you won’t see much transfer onto your mask, as you might see with a heavier foundation. Every day I wore this product, my skin looked glowy and even!





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2. Cream Blush

Cloud Paint is definitely one of the cult-classic products Glossier fans always talk about—and for good reason. The liquid blush adds a perfectly natural flush and comes in several shades to compliment your skin tone. I used the deep berry rose-tone called Storm on my cheekbones and across my nose. This added color made me look like I had been a bit sunkissed, which I am definitely not!





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3. Eyeliner

In doing this experiment, I discovered Glossier had discontinued their Play line, which featured funkier, more glam products like glitter and the Colorslide eyeliner (my favorite item). I have the eyeliner in the neon orange, hot pink, and minty-blue shades. During my experiment, I alternated between the three and loved them all. They are all creamy, pigmented, and user-friendly. This simple step made my eyes and overall makeup look really pop and I definitely stood out on all of my Zoom calls. If you are looking for a way to elevate your beauty routine for spring, a funky-colored eyeliner is perfect! Since Colorslide is no longer available, NYX’s Epicwear Liner sticks are a great alternative and come in a ton of different colors from teal to purple. Glossier also has Skywash, a liquid eyeshadow that provides a light wash of color if you are looking for a more toned-down look.





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4. Highlighter

Haloscope is a lovely mix of dew and shimmery highlight. I dab it on my cheekbones with my fingers for the perfect glow. This also stands alone well on its own if you aren’t wearing any other makeup but want to liven up your face.





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5. Brow Gel

With naturally bushy, crazy eyebrows, I always need a bit of help shaping and evening out the shade. Boy Brow is the perfect brow gel that you can easily swipe over your brow hairs for a natural but better look. Glossier’s product comes in several shades to match your brow hairs, and the tube lasts forever!





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6. Mascara

You may have seen Instagram ads and commercials for Glossier’s Lash Slick promotional film, and you won’t be disappointed. Lash Slick mascara coats your lashes for a longer, lifted look without being over the top. P.S. I’ve never met a mascara that is so clump-free!





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7. Lip Balm

Now for my favorite product that I could never live without: Glossier’s Balm Dot Com! I’m a bit of a Balm Dot Com hoarder and have several flavors, including coconut, berry, mango, and fig. These lightly-scented balms glide over your lips to add a glossy tint, delicious scent, and added moisture! I promise if you try it, you will never leave the house without it.





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How I Felt

To be honest, I really needed a boost—and just by adding a bit of makeup into my routine, I was able to freshen up my life. By changing up my routine slightly, my mornings were automatically more exciting. I woke up looking forward to lining my eyes with neon colors and popping on my yummy, coconut lip balm. 

 





 

I definitely noticed a confidence boost, especially on my Zoom calls. Sometimes it’s hard to notice any makeup on Zoom, but you could really see the Glossier highlight and neon eyeliner! And anytime I caught a glance of myself in the mirror I thought, ‘Dang girl, you look good!’ 

On another note, I realized I don’t need makeup every day to feel good too. It really is just a way to elevate your daily life when you want to. And with these Glossier products, I have a wide range of options. I can add one product like Haloscope for a bit of a glow or go all-in with colorful eyes and vibrant cheeks for an amped-up look. I love makeup and it’s so fun to use, but sometimes letting your skin breathe is just as exhilarating as a vibrant eye shadow. 

 





How To Be There for a Friend When You Can’t Be There in Person





For pretty much all of my adult life, most (if not all) of my closest friends and I lived far apart from each other. Some of us were going to school, others were starting jobs, and some were getting engaged and planning weddings. We had to adapt our friendships to be long-distance (which I say is totally a skill) and found that there were tons of pain points. We lived in different time zones, worked at different hours, and had different things on our plates. We missed happy hours and nights out and getting to cheer each other on or cheer each other up.

And while all of that was hard, by far the worst was the inability to just immediately be there if someone was going through a hard time. I couldn’t just knock on their bedroom doors, walk to their nearby apartments, or hop in the car for a short drive to get to them. Now, getting to someone when we needed each other would’ve meant hours-long drives or plane rides across the country—not exactly doable at the last minute if the situation wasn’t a full-on 10 (and not necessarily then either). Now, everyone is dealing with that reality as we hit the one-year anniversary of the pandemic, which, as we know all too well, has kept friends and family far away.

Luckily, you can absolutely be there for your friends even when you can’t actually physically be there. A little creativity and plenty of communication will help your friends feel supported and loved—no matter how far away you have to be.

 

Ask them what you can do

It might seem like taking the easy way out to just straight-up ask your friend what they need from you, but it’s the best way to cut to the chase and allow you to give support in a way that will actually really help. 

“There is often a tendency for us to feel the need to assist others in the way we want to. So the best way to support our friends in this time is the way they need to be supported,” Nikita Banks, LCSW, a therapist and host of the Black Therapist podcast, said. “The easiest way to help our friends now is to ask them, ‘how can I support you?’ When asked at first, most people don’t know how to answer that question. For many, it is the first time they have been asked. But when people come to you with things they are struggling with, it is very intimate.”

Even just asking the question can be a small way to show up for them and show your support, Brooke Sprowl, LCSW, therapist and founder of My LA Therapy, said.

If they’re not sure how to answer the question or aren’t sure they even want to answer the question, you can then follow up with some specific suggestions that might be helpful and then they can tell you what would be best, Sprowl explained. Maybe it’d help if you kept your phone close so they could text or call if they felt like they needed to talk, maybe they really need you to send dinner or share their news with a mutual friend so that they don’t have to. Offering suggestions means they can do a little less if they’re overwhelmed.

Asking is a good start.

 





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Pick up the phone

It might sound extremely obvious, but Sprowl pointed out that calling, texting, and FaceTiming are all really good ways to show your friends you’re there for them, even if you can’t be, you know, actually there for them. Send them support without asking too many questions in case they’re not in a place where they can do a deep-dive into the ins and outs of what happened. Maybe there’s a funny story or wild memory that’s relevant to what’s going on or how they’re feeling that will make them smile. 

And don’t be afraid to call if you normally text or FaceTime rather than a regular voice call—think outside the usual routine and switch things up.

“Sure, you can call and check in on someone, but does a video call make you feel more connected? Does your loved one feel more connected that way? When’s the last time you saw the bottom half of your loved one’s face? Maybe change up the routine and video chat instead of texting,” Erin Parisi, LMHC, a licensed mental health counselor, said. “What about sharing funny memes or videos that make you think of your loved one? Sharing a laugh can make us feel connected. It can be an easy way to tell someone they’re on your mind.”

 

Check in even when they aren’t asking for help

Yes, plenty of friends reach out when they need someone’s support, but lots of people also don’t feel especially comfortable doing that, as Parisi noted. Checking in with your friends to see how they’re doing and letting them know that you’re there for them if they need you can be a game-changer if they’ve been struggling, but didn’t want to reach out and ask for support.

It can be as simple as a quick text, but just making it clear that you’re there for them and care about them can mean a lot.

 

Get creative

“Maybe being there for your loved one means running their errands for them when they don’t feel up to it, or if your loved one is at higher risk,” Parisi suggested. “Can you do their grocery shopping? Fill up their gas tank? Pick up prescriptions? Get their glasses fixed, dry cleaning done, oil changed, their dog groomed… would your loved one appreciate having something crossed off of their to-do list?”

Pitching in and helping out can show support during a global pandemic, sure, but it can also be exactly what your friend who just had a baby or who has been spending long nights at work needs. Showing your support doesn’t have to just mean directly telling them you’re there for them, it can also be doing something that needs doing. They’ll appreciate it.

 





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Meet them where they are

People are tired, stressed, and burnt out. They’re trying new things, realizing they actually have different priorities than they may have thought, and are just trying to make it through the day. One of the best ways you can be there for your friends right now is to make it clear that however they’re feeling, it’s more than OK.

“Allow your loved ones to express how they feel, even if you don’t feel the same,” Parisi said. “We’re all just doing the best we can. Be kind.”

You might be coping really well, but they might be struggling with something. You can have your feelings while still allowing them to feel theirs. Offer to just listen while they vent without jumping in with suggestions on how to make things better (but totally feel free to give advice if they give the OK). Sometimes that’s really what someone needs most.

 

Spend time together, apart

Listen, I know that we’re all sick of even the idea of a Zoom happy hour with your close friends, but we are now a year into this and finding ways to spend time together even when we can’t actually be together in person is a must. Consider something other than a never-ending Zoom call if that’s just not what’s helpful today—there are truly so many options.

“There are also a lot of apps and websites that have evolved so that we can spend time together while staying physically apart,” Parisi noted. “If you or your loved one are craving a distraction, schedule a time to watch a Netflix movie or show together, and comment to each other in the chat feature. Or do the same with any other platform and text as you watch. Video games or online gaming with friends offers another way to hang out while staying socially distant.”

Maybe you’re watching the new show everyone’s talking about or maybe you pressed play on an old favorite that you’ve watched together a thousand times before. Watching together is what matters most. Plus, as an added bonus, it gives you a ready-made topic of conversation, which means that if talking about what’s hard feels overwhelming, you still have an easy way to feel connected and chat without focusing on something that’s causing pain.

 





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Be clear about your boundaries

When it comes to the pandemic, maybe your boundary is that you really don’t feel comfortable being there in person right now, even if you otherwise could be. But your boundaries could also be emotional ones. Maybe you’re also dealing with things that are really difficult or challenging right now. In that case, you might not be able to be there for your friend in the way that you want to be.

“ … [K]nowing what your limits are, what you have to give, and what you don’t have to give is really important,” Sprowl said. “I think that it’s possible to let someone know, ‘hey, I’d really like to be there for you and to support you and I’m really sorry that I can’t. I’m really sorry that I’m going through this stuff and I don’t have that to give right now and when I do, I will. At this moment, I’m going through my own stuff and I’m sorry that I can’t be there for you.’ So you can be really transparent about the conflict or the mixed feelings and it’s really OK to say you’re sorry that you don’t have more to give.”

It might sound harsh, but being honest with your friends about what you’re able to take on is absolutely OK. They should do that with you too!

 

Send them something to lift their spirits

One of my close friends used to have an annual busy period at work, like so many of us do. It meant long days and late nights and not a lot of free time for her. So I’d try my best to remember to send her a coffee or another treat to make one of those days a little easier. It was just a small thing, but it was a reminder that I’m here for her and care about her, even if calls or texts were few and far between for a while.

Parisi said that those kinds of things are a great way to show support to a loved one when you can’t be there in person. Maybe it’s a full-blown care package or maybe it’s just something small like a postcard, which, she noted, is both inexpensive and super thoughtful. Either way, your friend will know you’re thinking of them, which is what really counts.

 





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Don’t forget to take care of yourself first

It’s only natural that you want to be there for your friends when they’re going through a hard time, but you first have to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself.

“It is OK to just be compassionate, but not take on other people’s problems,” Banks said. “Even the task of asking ‘how can I support you.’ You can’t ask this question if you aren’t prepared to show up for them in whatever way they need. So just make sure you are able to stabilize yourself before you overextend yourself.”

Being there for yourself—moving, sleeping, taking breaks to rest, processing what needs processing, etc—means that you’ll be able to show up and be there for your friend more effectively, even if you have to do so from afar.

 

Must-Have Items You Can’t Buy At Trader Joe’s





While I was in college, the three main food groups that dominated my diet included pizza rolls, ranch, and coffee. I know what you’re thinking. She was a beacon of health and wellness. I probably cooked a real meal only once (buttered noodles count, right?) and I don’t think that I consumed anything green for an entire year.

It was during this “less than nutritious” time of my existence that I was introduced to Trader Joe’s and, at first, I didn’t get the hype. Sure the prices were to die for and the cheeky packaging caught my eye but something was missing. I couldn’t find my beloved Totino’s pizza rolls. At the time, cheating on a Totino’s by opting for an off-brand pizza roll was an actual sin. So no, I wouldn’t call my affair with TJ’s a “love at first sight” situation.

When I was ready to face the fact that I couldn’t live solely off of pizza rolls, my relationship with Trader Joe’s grew stronger. We flirted, we dated, and now, we’re in a full-blown committed relationship. But, as with all relationships, I’ll acknowledge that our partnership is far from perfect. In an ideal world, Trader Joe’s would be a one-stop shop for all of the groceries I could ever possibly need. But the reality is that if I want, say, pizza rolls, I have to make a second trip somewhere else.

I’m a self-proclaimed Trader Joe’s groupie but here are 11 items I have to shop elsewhere for:

 

1. Chobani Vanilla Oat Milk





Trader Joe’s came so close to fulfilling my need for flavored oat milk in the fall when they released their maple-infused oat milk and, I’ll tell you, it was absolutely divine. But unfortunately, their Maple Oat Milk is a seasonal item that you can only snag when PSLs roam freely and the leaves boast a warm, rust-red color. Now, all that remains in its place is unflavored oat milk which does a job but not the job that I need it to do. I use this Chobani Vanilla Oat Milk every morning to make vanilla lattes and, until TJ’s brings back some flavored version of their unexciting oat milk, this is my go-to oat milk situation. 

 

2. Rao’s Vodka Sauce





I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: I would do illegal things for Rao’s. Their all-natural sauces taste so close to my Italian grandmother’s homemade sauce that it’s worth the extra trip on my way home from Trader Joe’s. Don’t come for me, I’m not saying TJ’s sauces are bad. But Rao’s just hits exponentially different. At my local grocery store (s/o Jewel Osco), Rao’s is always on sale, which makes it comparable in price to any of Trader Joe’s sauce options.

 

3. High Noon Hard Seltzer






True Life: I’m a High Noon snob. I’ve tried hard seltzer after hard seltzer and, to be frank, most of them are just too flavorless for me. High Noons, on the other hand, are just right. They’re blended with vodka—not malt liquor—which helps to accentuate all of the fruity flavors your heart could desire. As of right now, Trader Joe’s just doesn’t have anything that compares so making a second trip for these (especially in the summer) is so worth it.

 

5. Buffalo Sauce






“Why does Trader Joe’s have hot sauce but not buffalo sauce?” is the recurring question that keeps me up in the late hours of the night. I just adore buffalo sauce. I put it on my eggs, avocado toast, buffalo chicken wraps, and salads. I simply can’t live without it. The day that Trader Joe’s releases one of their own is a day that I dream of often.

 

6. Vans Protein Waffles






Van’s protein waffles are my favorite waffles in the game for so many reasons. These ones are gluten-free, high in protein, and sans artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. That makes them an absolute win in my book. Trader Joe’s has waffles in their frozen breakfast section but until they release a higher-protein option, I’ll opt for these bad boys.

 

7. Banza Chickpea Pasta






Banza noodles are my love language. I’m always trying to sneak in extra protein wherever I can so when I found out that this chickpea pasta tasted just like traditional pasta, they became a tried and true staple in my pantry. Past me has tried the Trader Joe’s Red Lentil Pasta in search of a pasta alternative that packed in more protein and, while they passed the protein check, the texture was just too suspicious for me to stomach.

 

8. Cauliflower Pizza 






With Trader Joe’s success with cauliflower alternatives (cauliflower gnocchi, riced cauliflower, mashed cauliflower, cauliflower pancakes, etc.) I am shocked that they don’t have a good cauliflower pizza option but, alas, they do not. They do have a cauliflower pizza crust which is great if you want to assemble the pizza yourself but for public record, if I’m getting a frozen pizza, I already want it dolled up. I rave about this Open Nature Cauliflower Pizza to anyone and everyone who will listen. It’s the closest taste I’ve ever experienced to regular pizza sans the guilt and is packed with more protein and fewer carbs. Sign me up, baby.

 

9. Dijon Honey Mustard Dressing





While Trader Joe’s has a decent selection of salad dressings and sauces, traditional grocery stores typically have more. Like this Brianna’s Home Style Dijon Honey Mustard Dressing that I have basically been drinking with a straw this past week, for instance. It’s perfect on salads and avocados and Trader Joe’s has nothing like it. 

 

10. Nature Valley Protein Granola





In this house, we stan sneaky protein options—like this Nature Valley Oats & Honey Protein Granola. I’m waiting for Trader Joe’s to come up with something similar but, right now, the only protein granola they carry (that I know of) is peanut butter flavored, which isn’t super versatile. Don’t get me wrong—I love PB. But I definitely have to be in the mood for it. I love eating this Nature Valley granola straight out of the bag, in my greek yogurt with fresh fruit, or on a pita wrap with almond butter, chia seeds, and bananas. And I think I’ll go have some right now. Nom, nom, nom.

 

11. Mini Naan Rounds





Trader Joe’s carries naan options in their bread aisle and in the frozen foods section but the actual pieces of bread are large and in charge. I prefer my naan to be toaster-size for making sandwiches or even smaller for dipping in hummus. These Stonefire Naan rounds are so good with hummus, balsamic, red pepper flakes, and turkey and I truly can’t get enough of them.

 

12. Deli Meats

There is something about pre-packaged deli meats that just makes me a little woozy so even though Trader Joe’s carries traditional deli meats, they’re preservative-packed and that is just not my thing. If I’m looking to make fresh sub sandwiches, I head to my local grocery store, bob and weave over to the deli counter, pull my number, and wait my turn—the old-fashioned way. 

 

The Best Air Fryer Recipes We Just Can’t Live Without





Up until this past December, my most used Christmas present of all time was my trusty Bop It Extreme circa 2002. I had dabbled with the occasional run on the original Bop It, but it wasn’t until I unboxed the Extreme version that I developed what I now can pretty confidently label as a fetish. I took it everywhere, ready to show off my self-declared Olympic skills to any and all who crossed my path. My hands were calloused from incessant attempts to beat my high score and I sat on the edge of my seat for hours on end as I bopped, flicked, pulled, twisted, and spun my way to success. 

It was only a few months ago that I was gifted an item that proved to be even more functional than my beloved Bop It. Despite my long-winded love affair with the Hasbro classic, my brand-spanking-new air fryer absolutely stole the show and secured a permanent spot on my countertop. I use it to make crispy, delightful masterpieces out of otherwise sad veggies, to create mouth-watering entrees, and to reheat just about everything.

Whether you have an air fryer that you haven’t touched since that one impulse Amazon purchase or are looking for some new staple recipes to throw into your air fryer rotation, you’re in luck. These 20 air fryer recipes are so delicious, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them:





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1. Crispy Chicken Tenders





Source: Lexi’s Clean Living

 

2. Honey Garlic Tofu





Source: Hello Spoonful

 

3. Chicken Taquitos





Source: Show Me The Yummy

 

4. Zucchini Chips





Source: The Movement Menu

 

5. Buffalo Cauliflower Bites





Source: Grandbaby Cakes

 

6. Chicken Parmesan





Source: Fit Foodie Finds

 

7. Crispy Potatoes





Source: Detoxinista

 

8. Grill-Free Hamburger





Source: Plated Cravings

 

9. Bagel Bites





Source: Show Me The Yummy

 

10. Dijon Chicken Thighs





Source: Family Food On The Table

 

11. Grilled Cheese





Source: Basil & Bubbly

 

12. Sour Cream and Onion Chicken





Source: Whisk It Real Gud

 

13. Coconut Tofu Tenders





Source: Simply Quinoa

 

14. Maple Soy Glaze Salmon





Source: Skinnytaste

 

15. Fried Oreos





Source: Show Me The Yummy

 

16. Shrimp with Comeback Sauce





Source: 40 Aprons

 

17. Cinnamon French Toast Sticks





Source: Hello Spoonful

 

18. Garlic Parmesan Brussel Sprouts





Source: Well Plated

 

19. Honey Balsamic Chicken Thighs





Source: Cookin’ Canuck

 

20. Crispy Tilapia





Source: Show Me The Yummy

 






 








A Personal Trainer’s Tips For Getting The Most from Your Workouts





I’m pretty good at fitting a workout into my routine. Whether it’s 10 minutes of pilates on my lunch break or a 35-minute strength-training class after work, I can find time on even the busiest of days. But is finding time enough? Whether you find random pockets of time to squeeze it in like me or rely on 60-minute training sessions six days a week, we can all agree that if we’re going to spend the time to work out, we better get the most from it. 

So what does it take to turn any exercise into an effective workout that will help us reach health goals? Just ask Danyele Wilson, a NASM certified trainer, HIIT master trainer, Tone & Sculpt coach, and all-around badass. After obsessing over her at-home workouts (and envy-worthy abs) on Instagram, I knew I had to pick her brain. Here are her secrets to get the most out of every single workout and reach your fitness goals (hint: work smarter, not longer).

 

1. Define your “why”

As with any health or wellness goal, find a reason to achieve that goal that will motivate you. No matter how much you think you want to work out every day and eat a clean diet, if the reason is that you’re “supposed to” or because it will help you look a certain way, you probably won’t stay motivated through the toughest workouts and busiest days. Instead, think about why you really want to exercise. Is it to feel more confident, be more connected to your body, or to live a longer life? Now that’s what will get you through the tough times. “It’s important to set the tone and intention for your workout, so when it gets hard, you have a clearly defined reason to carry you through,” Wilson explained. 

 

2. Never skip a dynamic warm-up

It goes for new relationships, and it goes for exercise: when you go from 0-100 way too quickly, it can cause some serious damage. As Wilson said, “a warm body is ready to perform; a cold body will put you at risk for injury.” Next time you’re thinking of going straight into a sprint or a HITT circuit, stop and take a few minutes to make sure your body is ready so that it can perform its best and to decrease your risk for injuries. You want to warm up the body to ensure the muscles have enough oxygen and increase flexibility to reduce injuries. Wilson recommends fitting in at least five minutes for a warmup. Try active stretching and low-heart rate cardio like walking on the treadmill.

 

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3. When weight training, start with compound lifts

Compound lifts are any strengthening exercise where you’re using more than one muscle group at a time (like squats or deadlifts, rather than bicep curls). Wilson said that knowing this is key to getting the most from your workouts. “Compound lifts demand the most energy, so it’s important to get those big lifts out of the way before you start to fatigue,” she explained. If a phrase like “compound lifts” sounds a little too out of your league or weight training is not your thing, Wilson’s tip works as a framework to make the most of any workout. Start with whatever exercise, movement, or part of the body feels the most challenging for you and will require the most energy (instead of putting off the hard stuff until the end). At the beginning of the workout, you’ll have more endurance for tougher movements.

 

4. Focus on mind-muscle connection

If you’re like me and move through workout classes thinking about what you’re going to have for dinner later, new’s flash: we’re missing out on a key piece of the exercise. “Focusing on the mind-muscle connection is important to ensure you are never just going through the motions and are working out as efficiently as possible,” Wilson said. In other words, focusing on the targeted muscle can engage it more, making it work harder and more efficiently. When you’re more mindful of each movement, you’ll be better with your form (more on that below), and you’ll focus on the working muscle, making it work more effectively.

 

5. When you feel tired, focus on form

If you haven’t already perfected your form, you need to. Proper form helps you maximize a workout by using your energy for the extra push, meaning that no movement goes to waste. If you have improper form, you might be targeting unintended muscles and setting yourself up for injury. Plus, good form means you can run faster, jump higher, and push harder (yes, you will feel like Superman). Wilson especially recommends focusing on form when you get tired during a workout. It’s so much easier to slack on form when your body feels exhausted, so being extra conscious can not only help you push through the rest of the workout, but Wilson also relies on this trick to prevent injuries.

 

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6. At the end of the workout, try something that will empty the tank

Whether you’re looking to maximize a 10-minute, 30-minute, or 60-minute workout, you should end feeling like you gave it your all. Not only is this good for your confidence, but it’s good for your body and ensures that you’re challenging yourself. Wilson recommended ending each workout with a burst of movement that will empty the tank. “This will allow you to surprise yourself with how far you’re able to go,” she said. “Tie meaning to those final movements, dig deep, and finish strong.” Try a rep with a heavier weight or a cardio burst of jumping jacks, and don’t forget to crank up the workout playlist.

 

7. Remember that how you do one thing is how you do everything

Exercise is not only beneficial because you know it’s good for your health. Exercise is an opportunity to boost your confidence, challenge yourself, and learn what you’re capable of. Wilson sees exercise as an opportunity to practice the skills she wants to incorporate in her entire life, believing that the way she does one thing is the way she’ll do everything. “If you’re willing to take shortcuts during a workout, you’ll be willing to take shortcuts in other areas of your life,” she explained. “Decide not to settle, so the power you feel after finishing a tough workout will spill into other areas of your life.” BRB, going to go crush a HITT circuit after that motivation.

 

What has helped you maximize your workouts?

Why Women Experienced More Burnout Than Men In 2020





You would be hard-pressed to find someone who’s life hasn’t been massively affected by the coronavirus pandemic. No matter where you live or what your job is, chances are you’ve had to learn to adapt to this new reality that’s not feeling all that new anymore. Of course, our lives haven’t all changed to the same degree, but on a fairly broad level, it’s coming to light that women in particular are feeling more burnt out than men in 2020. 

There are a lot of things going on right now that are out of our control, and accepting that is a wellness tool in and of itself. That being said, there are some steps women can take to help stave off burnout, and we have the expert insight to back us up. 

 

What is going on at home?

Research from LeanIn.Org found that in 2020, women have taken on way more housework and caregiving than men have during the pandemic. The outcome of this extra work? Women are showing signs of anxiety and burnout—signs we should take seriously. Women are twice as likely as men to experience physical symptoms of anxiety such as having a racing heartbeat or struggling to sleep right now. This is especially true for women who work full-time and who have a partner and children. They’re more than twice as likely as men in similar situations to feel that they have more on their plate than they can possibly handle.

So exactly how much more work have women taken on in 2020 to keep everything afloat? That group of women that have full-time jobs, partners, and children reported on average spending significantly more time each week on the following responsibilities than men do. 

  • 7.4 more hours on childcare
  • 5.3 more hours caring for elderly or sick relatives
  • At least 7 more hours on housework

If you crunch those numbers, that means women are doing close to 20 hours more work per week than men, which is the equivalent of taking on a part-time job after already working 40 hours a week. 

Casandra Townsel, a licensed social worker, explained that sometimes we have to cut ourselves a little slack to help avoid burnout. She suggested that we, “Recognize when we are overwhelmed and ‘burned out’ because we are carrying a load we are not meant to carry alone,” Townsel said. She expressed that it’s OK to leave the dishes in the sink. “Women can do many great things, but doing everything is not healthy or necessary.  Doing our best is good enough. It is important for women to give ourselves permission to not have to do everything,” she said.  

Townsel believes in setting clear boundaries when you’re starting to feel burned out at home, “Developing and implementing boundaries is one of the greatest tools to alleviate stress and anxiety. Boundaries are a necessity for not just our mental and physical health, but also the health of our relationships. It is important to establish boundaries within all our relationships, that includes family, which can be very difficult for some to do,” she explained. 

 

What is going on at work?

Home isn’t the only place where women are doubling down on work and stress. Despite the fact that we’re living in extremely stressful and difficult times, only 41 percent of employees reported their employer changed policies to allow more flexibility during the pandemic. While these numbers aren’t exclusive to women, you can see how they can affect the previously mentioned working women who are feeling burnt out. Women balancing childcare or eldercare in particular may find a lack of flexibility to really impede their ability to balance their work and personal life. Just 31 percent of workers said their manager or someone from HR checked in on their well-being. Friendly reminder to any employers reading this: ask how your employees are doing and how you can help them get through this challenging time. 

 





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Say what you need

When it comes to the workplace, Krista Williams and Lindsey Simcik, the co-hosts of the Almost 30 podcast, recommended taking charge of the situation by openly communicating with your boss or company about your needs. They suggest setting aside time to acknowledge what will help you cope right now and on an ongoing basis. Put on soothing music or anything that helps create a sacred space, then simply put pen to paper and write down what you need. Don’t judge what comes up. Is there anything on the list that you can clearly communicate with your boss or company? Perhaps you need different hours to accommodate childcare, want set hours where you do and don’t take meetings, or need a mental health day. They emphasized that you shouldn’t be afraid or ashamed to express when you need support. Townsel agreed with this advice, “Let go of the assumptions that you are expected to do everything. Give yourself permission to ask for help. Be assertive and request to collaborate with others. This helps to eliminate stress, while adhering to personal and professional outcomes,” she noted. 

The same rules apply at home. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by family and household responsibilities, do the same exercise. Then sit down with your partner to discuss your needs and how they can step up to help. If you’re tackling eldercare, you may need to have this conversation with siblings or other family members who should be sharing those responsibilities with you. 

 

Express gratitude

According to Williams and Simcik, when they feel anxious or out of control, they always come back to gratitude. 

They recommend trying this gratitude practice: close your eyes and put your hands on the part of your body where you feel the most tension. Start to notice your breath and lengthen it to ground you. Say something you are grateful for in the present moment out loud. It can be as simple as, “I am grateful for the breath in my lungs.” They encourage you to follow your gratitude with a “why.” With everything going on around us, what we can control are our thoughts in the present moment. When you choose to focus those thoughts on gratitude, it will shift your perspective and help you feel lighter and more peaceful. 

 

Avoid the internet

Williams and Simcik have one major piece of advice for sending burnout packing. Scale back the time you spend online. They feel there is a lot of negative energy online, on social media, and in the news, and as a result you need to protect your energy as much as you can. You get to decide what you take in. They like to do a digital detox for a day or a weekend to unplug from social media and TV. They recommend taking walks in nature, reading, journaling, meditating, and spending time reconnecting with yourself. 

Also, please note that we are living in an unprecedented time right now and you’re not alone. You’re doing your best and that’s more than enough. 

 

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The Biggest 2021 Home Trends According To Tiktok





Everyone knows the TikTok algorithm knows them better than they know themselves (I pretty much discovered my sexuality thanks to a few pretty targeted TikToks). But as I’m moving soon and searching home decor out the wazoo, TikTok is seriously taking note, showing me another gorgeous home after another. This has ultimately brought me to home decor TikTok (a place I never expected to me), and it’s interesting. When I think of the audience of TikTok, like most, I think of teens. What decor are they talking about, they still live with their parents! But TikTok is still filled with interior designers, home decor enthusiasts, and trendsetters abound, and just like the beauty and fashion world as of late, what TikTok says goes in terms of trends. Here’s what to look out for this year, according to TikTok:

 

1. Cottagecore

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Who wouldn’t dream of an idyllic life in the countryside? Cottagecore took over our feeds last summer, filled with nap dresses and picnics in the park, and the hashtag has over 5.7 billion views on TikTok. But beyond that, it’s a gorgeous way to bring those summer vibes into your home regardless of the season. Use floral arrangements, vintage-inspired furniture (think wooden desks, side tables, and dressers), rattan accents, and muted colors to add the look to your home without packing up and moving into a cottage.

 

2. Pink Bathrooms

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The vintage-inspired pink bathroom is back, but it’s easier to achieve than you think. Of course, if you’re lucky enough to have a pink tiled bathroom leftover from the ‘80s, we’re jealous, but there are ways to get a similar look regardless. Painting the walls pink is an easy way to bring brightness to a space. If you live by the “rules” that white walls are the only way to keep your bathroom looking big and bright, think again. Actually, this is the perfect space to add some extra personality to.

 

3. Green Walls

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This trend is two-fold: for one, green painted walls are giving the classic white a run for its money, but the trend is also taking form in full walls of greenery (think the backdrop of your favorite brunch spots… but in your home). After spending so much time inside, people are ready to bring the outside in. 

 

4. Mid-Century Modern

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Just as ‘60s and ‘70s fashion is having its moment, mid-century modern is still going strong in home decor and on TikTok with 78.1 million views. But TikTokers know how to keep it truly modern, mixing structural elements and different textures to keep the style feeling new instead of dated. This is also easily achieved through adding a bit of color and art, as evidenced in this gorgeous home tour that I’m obsessed with. 

 

5. Dried Flowers

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A DIY-ers paradise might just be sifting through this popular hashtag on TikTok. Dried floral arrangements are an inexpensive way to add florals to your home that still look real and are a little more unique than a faux option. Pampas grass, bunny tails, and other green florals have been preserved in this way and on-trend for a few years now, but TikTok is showing you how to do it with any floral arrangement. 

 

6. Textured and Geometric Accents

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You’ve likely already seen this trend roaming around on TikTok in the form of twisty candle DIYs, but geometric vases, furniture (think unique-shaped coffee and side tables), mirrors, and more are all over TikTok and complete this trend.

 

6. Japandi

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This trend screams minimalism, combining Scandinavian and Japanese styles filled with clean lines, neutral tones, and lots of light. Japandi style is all about getting rid of clutter, so if you’re hoping to achieve this look, book a day of spring cleaning first!  

 

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You might already know I’m a wellness try-hard if you’ve read about how I washed my face with only raw honey for two weeks or synced my entire life to my cycle. I’ve added adaptogens to my coffee, perfected a plant-based pizza, and even went to a nutrition school. I quite literally would try anything and everything in the name of physical and mental health. As the pandemic left my anxiety at an all-time high and my usual health go-to’s closed down (I miss you, barre studio!), I knew I had to work a little extra to take care of my mind and body through this tough time. In other words, it’s time to call in the big guns. The good news: I’ve learned that there are many self-care practices and wellness treatments that are not only easy to replicate at home, but way cheaper than going to fancy spas or expensive studios. 

Just an FYI: at The Everygirl, we’re big proponents of being your own guinea pig and doing your own research when it comes to what’s right or wrong for your body; what works for me may not work for you, and vice versa. My favorite part of health is that it’s a life-long quest to discover new ways to continue taking care of my body; wellness is empowering when you realize that only you can heal yourself. Here are six wellness treatments that I was interested in trying at home and my personal experience with each of them.

If any of these treatments sound interesting to you, talk to your doctor or try for yourself, but only do whatever feels right for you.

 

1. Red Light Therapy





Dubbed “the fountain of youth” by Glamour Magazine, red light therapy has been popping up everywhere from dermatologist offices to fitness centers. “Red light therapy speeds the healing of the body, reduces inflammation, and helps hydration levels in the skin,” said Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist (and Everygirl editor girl-crush), to Shape Magazine. You might have seen the buzz-worthy wellness trend (which actually came from NASA) popping up in spas and Star Wars-level face masks, but this modern-age technique has more than just beauty benefits.

 

HOW IT WORKS

 

To get scientific, red light is said to work by producing a biochemical effect in cells that strengthens the mitochondria, and therefore, cells can repair themselves and work more efficiently. In other words that weren’t on your ninth-grade biology quiz, it has major skin benefits (since even a flawless glow and youthful complexion come from a cellular level), but is also said to heal scars and wounds, promote collagen production, ease joint or muscle pain, speed recovery, and boost performance. While more research needs to be done, there’s enough buzz around red light therapy that we can bet it’s here to stay. 

 

MY EXPERIENCE

 

I’ve seen red light therapy in skincare for a couple of years now, but I got really curious when I heard wellness icons like Dave Asprey and Dr. Will Cole swear by it for a wide range of health benefits. There are many ways to use red light at home, whether it’s red light bulbs, red light lamps, or devices for treating the skin. I decided to go all out and try a panel so that I could try it both for skin-boosting benefits, as well as targeting areas for muscle recovery. I’ve only used it for a few weeks now, but I have noticed subtle differences in neck pain I often get after waking up, and I also notice a difference in my sleep, probably thanks to the melatonin-stimulating effects. As for skin, call it a placebo effect, but I swear my skin is way more glowy and breakouts go away quicker, though I can’t be sure if this is because of the red light or if my skin is just having its moment. 





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2. Acupuncture Mat





You’ve probably heard of acupuncture, if not already tried it yourself. The treatment originated in China around 6000 BCE (they knew what they were talking about!) to relieve pain, cure disease, and improve general health. Thousands of years later, it’s used all over the world for many of the same purposes. If you’re not familiar with acupuncture, it’s an approach to treating health concerns or symptoms by triggering specific points with needles. If the word “needles” is enough to make you queasy, don’t worry. It’s a minimally invasive method to stimulate areas of the skin’s surface, which methodically influences tissues, glands, organs, and various body functions. Most people claim that they don’t feel any discomfort, and it has been used for treating everything from allergies to depression to PMS to migraines. Fascinating, right!?

 

HOW IT WORKS

 

I heard about a way to practice acupuncture at home for an option that’s more affordable (and safe during a pandemic): an acupuncture mat. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a mat that contains tiny points to stimulate the nerves on the skin. So do these at-home versions really pack all the benefits of tried-and-true acupuncture? The short answer: no. Since a mat doesn’t give the option for targeted and specific treatments, it likely won’t have the wide range of benefits that going to an acupuncturist would have. However, these mats have been said to help neck pain, headaches, back pain, tension, and even insomnia. For maximum results, it’s recommended you lay on the mat for 10-20 minutes every day (you can also try standing or sitting on it). To start out, spread the mat on a bed or sofa and wear a thicker shirt. Once you feel used to the points, put the mat on the floor for a harder surface and opt for a thin shirt or a bare back. 

 

MY EXPERIENCE

 

I first got an acupuncture mat as a Christmas present for my mom to help her back pain. Spoiler alert: I loved it so much that I got one for myself (Merry Christmas to me!). When using the mat, I instantly felt less shoulder tension, decreased neck pain, and way better overall. Even if it’s not quite as good as the real thing, I still give the mat a 10/10 for what a non-painful, non-invasive, affordable at-home treatment can do. I try to use it as often as possible, which is typically a few times a week (it’s the most productive way I binge Netflix), and feel comfortable with a thin tee and placing the mat on the ground. When I feel a headache coming on or notice I have more neck and shoulder tension than usual, I make sure to spend 10-20 minutes on the mat more consistently and it always helps. 





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3. Cool Therapy 





If you’re into wellness trends, you’ve probably heard of cryotherapy. Cryotherapy is the practice of methodically using freezing (or below freezing) temperatures for a wide range of health benefits like pain relief, weight loss, reduced inflammation, lowered anxiety, and improved skin health. It turns out cold therapy also has a long history of positive results: the Egyptians used cold to treat injuries and inflammation as early as 2500 BCE. Many other cultures around the world have utilized cold temperatures to heal the body. For example, Hippocrates was said to have used ice and snow to treat inflammation in ancient Greece. More recently, Dutch extreme athlete Wim Hof (accurately nicknamed “The Iceman”) helped popularize cold therapy around the globe.

 

HOW IT WORKS

 

Cryotherapy has been used in many different ways, from localized cryotherapy (think: putting an ice pack to an injury to reduce inflammation) or immersing the entire body in cold temperatures with an ice bath, freezing body of water, or chamber. Exposure to freezing temperatures is considered beneficial for many reasons, whether it’s numbing an irritated nerve, releasing adrenaline and endorphins (which boosts mood), or decreasing inflammation (both in the localized spot or throughout the body). While applying localized cryotherapy (like ice rolling) for a short amount of time is typically harmless, talk to your doctor if you’re interested in trying a whole-body cryotherapy treatment. 

 

MY EXPERIENCE

 

So it has the history (and studies) to back it up, but a cryotherapy machine isn’t exactly in my budget (you know, just a few thousands of dollars off). Luckily, we don’t need fancy machines to get cold temperatures. My doctor recommended 10+ seconds of cold water at the end of my shower to help when I’m feeling anxious. It is not the most relaxing experience, but since ending my showers with a few seconds of cold water and focusing on my breath to get me through, I have noticed a major in how I handle stress throughout my day. I’m much more likely to feel calmer and less overwhelmed, even with an overcrowded to-do list. Other noticeable benefits: I’m not as tired throughout the day (AKA no more afternoon slump!) and my skin looks glowier.

Speaking of skin: I’m also a big fan of keeping skincare tools in the freezer for the skin-health benefits of cold therapy in a much more convenient and affordable way. Especially if a cold shower feels a little too unpleasant for you (I feel you), skincare is the perfect way to fit in some benefits of cold therapy. Try a tool specifically for ice rolling, or keep anything from spoons to a jade roller in your freezer to reap the benefits. 





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4. Air Purifying





With all the extra time spent at home, it’s no surprise that we’ve gotten curious about how healthy our homes really are. Wiping the counters, sweeping the floors, and washing the sheets are not necessarily “wellness trends” (they’re just adulting basics), but there is an area of at-home cleanliness that’s become big in the wellness world: cleaning the air.

 

HOW IT WORKS

 

Air purifiers use filters and fans to remove harmful particles like dust, bacteria, allergens, smoke, and pollen, and circulate the purified air back into the room. Since indoor air can contain up to five times more levels of certain pollutants than outdoor air, it’s no wonder this trend has taken off. However, its efficacy can depend on your space, concerns, and which type you get, so do your research ahead of time.

 

MY EXPERIENCE

 

I live in a small space (shoutout to my studio apartment) and a big city (even when I’m getting “fresh air” in Los Angeles, it doesn’t always feel that fresh, if you know what I mean). After researching air purity, I thought an air purifier would be beneficial for my small space (if I’m going to be inside 24/7, the air better be high-quality). I also bought a few air-purifying plants to fill my home (bonus points that they make for good decor). I swear adding plants to my home helped me feel more relaxed too. Since I cannot test the exact difference in the air quality, it’s hard for me to say how much difference this makes in my life and I did not feel noticeably different. But I do love knowing that I’m doing everything I can to make the home I’m now spending 24/7 in as healthy as possible.





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5. Lymphatic Massage 





Is it just my Instagram feed, or is every wellness blogger getting a lymphatic drainage massage? It’s even been called “the New Hollywood Trend,” and for good reason: Selena Gomez has a go-to lymphatic drainage massage therapist, and Chrissy Teigen was caught rocking a lymphatic drainage massage jacket (like, where can I get one of those?). The name sounds weird, but it’s just a form of massage that encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body.

 

HOW IT WORKS

 

The relaxing practice is often used to treat acne, cellulite, digestive issues, puffiness, stress, inflammation, insomnia, migraines, and certain health complications. How? The lymphatic system consists of lymph vessels, ducts, nodes, and other tissues, and is located underneath the skin. Think of its function kind of like the garbage disposal of the body (gross analogy, I know): it gets rid of “waste” in the body, whether it’s toxins, bacteria, or excess fluid. The lymph is a collection of the extra fluid that moves through the arteries and tissues to clean them out, before draining them through the lymphatic system.

However, there is no pump to push the lymph through the body, and it relies on our muscle action to maintain fluid movement. Therefore, any kind of manual “drainage” (I know, so much imagery about that garbage disposal) is said to work by moving the lymph to the lymph nodes to eliminate the toxins and bacteria. While there is some controversy around the massage style, it makes sense to me that this system is crucial to the body’s health, and stimulating it through methodical massage could have many benefits.

 

MY EXPERIENCE

 

Lucky for lymphatic systems (and the stay-at-home order), we don’t need a fancy spa or expensive masseuse to reap the benefits. I use my trusty Gua Sha for facial massage and a dry brush for the body. Gua Sha (the name comes from a Chinese word for “scraping”) is one of the must-have products in my beauty routine. The effects of facial lymphatic drainage are extreme, IMO: even after five minutes of Gua Sha, my face is noticeably more contoured. My under eye circles are less noticeable, my cheekbones pop, and my eyebrows look more structured and even sit higher. Can Kim K’s Kontouring Kits do that?

Also, when I went for a facial at Skin Camp (pre-pandemic of course), my facialist explained that facial massage is not only beneficial for de-puffing the face, but facial lymphatic drainage also helps with breakouts since it’s draining bacteria and toxins that result in clogged pores. Crazy, right!? Dry brushing is another personal favorite practice that’s originally from Ayurveda and has been around for centuries. The coarse bristles on the brush are said to stimulate the pores and promote lymph flow. When routinely dry brushing, I not only notice a huge difference in my skin (it’s as smooth as a baby’s!), but I swear I feel an immediate boost in my mood. Maybe it’s just that taking time for myself feels good, or maybe it’s because dry brushing stimulates the nervous system. Either way, lymphatic massage has officially become a must in my wellness routine. 





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6. Aromatherapy





Whether you’re an essential oil fanatic or love a lavender-scented detergent for bed sheets, you’ve probably experienced aromatherapy in one way or another. The holistic healing treatment uses natural plant extracts (or essential oils) for health benefits and overall wellbeing. I’m sure it comes as no surprise, but aromatherapy is not a new trend. Ancient cultures in China, India, and Egypt incorporated aromatic plant components for medical, religious, beauty, and psychological benefits. The ancient tradition is said to have benefits ranging from improved sleep quality, stress reduction, fewer headaches, better digestion, and balanced immunity.

 

HOW IT WORKS

 

Get ready for some more scientific words. Aromatherapy is said to work by stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which sends signals through the nervous system to the limbic system. The limbic system is the part of the brain that controls emotions and behavioral response. In other words, a strong lavender scent might signal to the brain that it’s time to  relax. Inhaling essential oils are also said to have many benefits for physical health because molecules inhaled through the nose are carried into the lungs and respiratory system, so could affect the body internally as well.

When placing it on the skin instead of inhaling, it is said that the active chemicals are absorbed by the skin to affect certain parts of the body (which is why essential oils have been used to treat anything from cramps to headaches). You can practice aromatherapy by diffusing oil, diluting it to use on the skin (mix it with another oil like coconut and don’t try if you have sensitive skin or allergies), or taking a deep breath to inhale the scent. It turns out your sniffer is pretty powerful for overall health and wellbeing. 

 

MY EXPERIENCE

 

In my opinion, even just one deep inhale of essential oil helps my body ease tension and immediately boosts my mood. I swear I feel calmer and fall asleep easier when spraying lavender oil on my pillow or diffusing it in the air before bed, but at the very least, my bedtime rituals feel more luxurious (how bougie to make everything smell like lavender!?). My second favorite aromatherapy hack is rolling on peppermint oil to help with headaches. I get pretty chronic headaches from (I’m guessing) a combo of staring at a computer all day, too much caffeine, and too little sleep. Rubbing peppermint oil into my temples really helps ease my tension and headaches. 





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Please consult a doctor before beginning any treatments. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this article.

 

The 2021 Summer Trends We’re Buying Right Now

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Over the past 12 months, our shopping game has needed to do a complete 180. While in-person shopping used to be our favorite kind of retail therapy, we’ve collectively needed to pivot to shopping online instead.

While we used to be able to leisurely shop online with little to no urgency, it being our only option means that things sell out a lot quicker than they used to—especially the good stuff. If there’s something you really want, you have to pull the trigger before you get the dreaded “sold out” notification when you scroll down to your size.

Summer 2021 is just around the corner, which means it’s officially time to up our summer wardrobes for the best season of the year. Don’t know where to start? These are the pieces in our carts that we’re grabbing while we still can.

 





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6 Gen Z Fashion Trends We’re Actually Wearing

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Up until a mere few weeks ago, Gen Z wasn’t on my radar whatsoever. I reluctantly got onto TikTok, scrolled past every Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae video that came up, and blissfully lived in a time where a generational war over skinny jeans hadn’t yet ensued. 

But as we know, a hearty amount of turmoil has taken place over the past few weeks, and you can’t so much as mutter the words “Gen Z” or “Millennial” without getting a reaction. As a self-proclaimed neutral, unbiased source on the matter, I’m just here to report the facts, and the fact is that some—yes, some— Gen Z trends are worth your time, no matter what year you were born.

Looking to spice up your wardrobe this season? Take a page out of Gen Z’s book.

 

1. Oversized jeans

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I know, I know, this is going to trigger some people who want nothing more than their skinny jeans—but don’t knock these until you try them. They look effortless, flattering, and, dare I say, younger than their—ahem—tighter alternatives.





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2. Sweat shorts

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What are we going to do when it’s too hot outside to wear the sweatpants we’ve been living in since September? Easy: swap them out for sweat shorts. Bonus points if they’re in a fun color with a coordinating T-shirt or crewneck.





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Drawstring Logo Shorts

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ASOS

Sweat Shorts

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Madewell

Airyterry Stitched-Pocket Sweatshorts

4 colors available

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Champion

Cropped Sweat Shorts

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3. Matching workout sets

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Matching workout sets have been around for a while now, but wearing them as your regular outfit? Comfortable and chic. On a chillier day, toss a jacket over top and pair them with your favorite sneakers for the ultimate athleisure look.





ASOS

High Waisted Leggings

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Beyond Yoga

Space Dye Crop Tank

10+ colors available

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Beyond Yoga

Midi High Waist Leggings

10+ colors available

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Fabletics

Posture 2-Piece Outfit

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Fabletics

Ballet 2-Piece Outfit

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4. Cropped cardigans

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I hadn’t owned a cardigan since the early aughts until 2021, and the thing that changed my mind on them were these cropped, thin, completely un-Grandma-like versions. They’re perfect to transition into warm weather, or to pair with shorts for a chillier night out come summer.





ASOS

Cable Knit Cardigan and Bracelet Set

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ASOS

Ruffled Prairie Collared Cardigan

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ASOS

90’s Fitted Cardigan

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Topshop

Tie Front Crop Cardigan

2 colors available

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5. Statement sunglasses

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One of the easiest ways to switch up your wardrobe for the warmer months? Take a break from your big, black sunnies and give a colorful, new shape a try. We promise: you’re never going to want to go back.





ASOS

Oversized Round Sunglasses

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BP.

Rectangular Sunglasses

2 colors available

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DEZI

On Read Frame Sunglasses

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BP.

Diamond Shape Sunglasses

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Amazon

Rectangle Retro Sunglasses

10+ colors available

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6. Chunky sneakers

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It’s taken us a while to warm up to the chunky sneaker trend, and while you probably won’t see us wearing the really intense pairs (you know the ones), we do love these more understated chunky options. They liven up a look like your minimal white sneakers couldn’t dream of.





Madewell

Kickoff Trainer Sneakers in Colorblock Leather

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Nike

Air Force 1 Sage Low Platform Sneaker

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ASOS

Platform Sneaker

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VIONIC

Rechelle Lace-Up Sneaker

8 colors available

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