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All the Best Black Friday Sales You Can Shop Right Now

If there’s one thing we can count on during the holiday season, it’s the best Black Friday deals of 2020. Mega retailers like Nordstrom, Sephora, and Walmart have already started slashing prices online, with cult brands like Glossier and Tatcha announcing upcoming early bird deals of their own. 

We live to find the best prices on the things you may want and need—whether that’s a pair of go-anywhere leggings, an Android phone for your PC-loving boyfriend, an Alexa product for your tech-savvy grandma, or the Instagram pan everyone in your circle can’t shut up about. And since you’ll never hear us complaining about an early sale find, we rounded up the best pre–Black Friday deals of 2020 across the most sought-after categories: beauty, fashion, mattresses, and home and tech. 

Prices will be slashed left and right as we inch closer to Thanksgiving, so we’ll be updating this list as new sales rollout. Since we all know Black Friday will mostly be happening online this year, brace yourselves for a lot of tabs—and tons of massive carts. Below, all the early best Black Friday 2020 deals to shop now. 

Sephora is previewing its Black Friday deals for app users from November 19 through November 23, with markdowns officially going live on November 24. Don’t have memory space in your phone to download the app? Savvy shoppers can already score discounts on picture-perfect gift sets like the two below. 

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser

$34$15

Sephora

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

$49$24.50

Sephora

Marc Jacobs Beauty Two Enamored With You Lip Gloss Set

$20$14

Sephora

Voluspa 9-Piece Votive Candle Set

$75$45

Sephora

A prime destination for buzzy beauty labels and drugstore faves alike, Ulta’s Black Friday deals are even better than we could have imagined. From $16 IGK shampoos to best-selling Clinique products that rarely go on sale, you’re going to want to fill your cart, and maybe even come back for seconds.

First Aid Beauty Limited Edition Ultra Repair Cream Pink Grapefruit

$52$19

Ulta

Clinique Great Skin Everywhere Set for Combination Oily to Oily Skin

$68$47.60

Ulta

IGK First Class Detoxifying Charcoal Shampoo

$27$16

Ulta

Clinique Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15

$31$21

Ulta

Nordstrom dropped its Black Friday sale early this year, and the beauty section is poppin’ with must-have deals. Consider the La Mer set and Byredo perfume below as all the proof you need.

La Mer Replenishing Moisture Set

$400$350

Nordstrom

Byredo Oud Immortel Eau du Parfum

$265$240

Nordstrom

It’s not every day you can score high-end beauty at a fraction of the price, so head to Violet Grey for 20% off celeb-approved brands liked Augustinus Bader, La Mer, and Nécessaire.  Violet Grey members can start filling their carts on November 23 (it’s free to sign up, btw!), otherwise, mark your calendars for November 24. Discount runs through November 30 while supplies last. 

Augustinus Bader The Cream

$265$212

Violet Grey

La Mer Crème de la Mer

$190$152

Violet Grey

Get Meghan Markle–approved skin care (her go-to product from the brand is apparently the Rice Polish, FYI) for 20% off from November 26 until November 28. It’s one of the few times the Japanese beauty brand has a sale, so it’s worth prepping your cart now. 

The Water Cream

$68$54

Tatcha

The Rice Polish

$65$52

Tatcha

The brand that brought you Boy Brow and millennial pink is having its only sale of the year next week. Score up to 35% off everything—and we mean, everything—on Glossier (limited edition sets included) starting November 26 through November 30. 

Glossier Balm Dotcom Wild Fig

$12

Glossier

Glossier Boy Brow

$16

Glossier

Rihanna Navy, get a free zipper pouch with any order over $50 from November 18 through November 23. (Psst…the pouch includes a free mascara and primer.) Not sure what to add to cart? Hear us out on all the Fenty Beauty products worth your money.

Fenty Beauty Glow Trio Face, Lip & Body Set

$42

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty Skin Start’r Set

$40

Fenty Beauty

Shop thousands of luxury designer pieces up to 50% off at Net-a-Porter. Zoom-ready tops, knits, and statement jewelry are all included in the mix—and we rounded up our favorite Net-a-Porter sale finds in case you wanted to know the deals we’re eyeing for ourselves. 

Dôen Floral-Print Cotton-Voile Blouse

$148$104

Net-a-Porter

Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-Tone Earrings

$90$63

Net-a-Porter

Consider this a warning: Nordstrom’s Black Friday sale did not come to play. Markdowns include investment pieces like the Theory coat below, as well as can’t-miss winter staples (looking at you, Ugg booties) and everyday essentials like the cult-loved Natori Feathers bra. Deals drop daily through December 1 so don’t even bother closing your Nordstrom tab.

Theory Check Wool-Blend Coat With Genuine Shearling Collar

$895$720

Nordstrom

Ugg Classic Mini Fluff Genuine Shearling Booties

$160$100

Nordstrom

Natori Feathers Underwire Contour Bra

$68$34

Nordstrom

Spanx Side-Stripe Faux Leather Leggings

$110$77

Nordstrom

Amazon is always serving up home and tech deals, but discounts in the fashion department have been equally strong lately. Exhibit A: These APL sneakers and iridescent Terez leggings, which would add a pop of color to any moody winter wardrobe. Non-clothing products we’ll be watching? The Roomba, any Dyson product, and the iPad Pro. Pro tip: If you were paying attention to Prime Day earlier this year, you’d know that the e-tailer’s best deals are its discounts on (already low-priced) Amazon products—so keep an eye out for things like the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Kindle.

APL: Athletic Propulsion Labs Techloom Breeze Sneakers

$200$100

Amazon

Terez Balayage Tall Band Leggings

$120$72

Amazon

Even though Amazon technically owns Shopbop, the multi-brand retailer is running a sale of its own—with slashed prices on everything from cute WFH tees to mood-boosting accessories up to 70% off. (Psst…Amazon Prime members, don’t sleep on this sale because you can use your membership perks to score free two-day shipping.)

Clu Short-Sleeve Swing Top

$138$55

Shopbop

House of Want Newbie Mini Baguette Bag

$78$55

Shopbop

Prepare to score big on designer pieces with The Outnet’s Black Friday sale. The e-tailer is home to some of the best of previous seasons, and from November 25 through December 1, it’s offering an additional 25% off already slashed-prices. Heads up: The promo excludes “Just In” and “Bestsellers” items, and you need to apply the code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout to activate the deal.

Ainea Faux Shearling Jacket

$550$248

The Outnet

Mansur Gavriel Cropped Cotton and Silk-Blend Taffeta Tapered Pants

$495$148

The Outnet

Whether you’ve spent quarantine mastering your tree pose or perfecting your couch potato position, Alo Yoga has well-made athleisure worth adding to cart. Use code EARLYACCESS20 to get up to 70% off statement leggings, plush zip-ups, and rain-ready pullovers through November 24. The same code can be used to take 20% off new styles during the brand’s pre-Black Friday sale.

Alo Layer Long-Sleeve Top

$128$77

Alo

Flocked High-Waist Moto Leggings

$118$83

Alo

From cozy knits to versatile jackets, Madewell is offering 30% off sitewide for members through November 23—just make sure to use the code EARLYBIRD at checkout. Not a member? You can sign up free now, or wait until tomorrow for the sale to open up to everyone.

Checkered Colburne Cardigan Sweater

$98$90

Madewell

Johnsville Sweater Jacket

$168$160

Madewell

Prepare to stock up on quality outerwear and baselayers with Uniqlo’s early Black Friday sale. From versatile turtlenecks to extra-warm heat tech, the Japanese brand has staples for Zoom meetings and winter hikes alike—up to 50% off through November 26.

Uniqlo Heattech Turtleneck T-Shirt

$20$15

Uniqlo

Uniqlo Windproof Fluffy Yarn Fleece Full-Zip Hoodie

$50$40

Uniqlo

Make it through fall hikes and workouts with the latest in outdoor gear from REI (think Patagonia vests, Camelbak water bottles, and more). Shop REI’s Gear Up Get Out sale through November 23 with up to 30% off sitewide.

Patagonia Retro Pile Pullover

$129$97

REI

CamelBak Eddy + Water Bottle

H&M has already started slashing prices on cozy winter staples, including knits, midi skirts, and more. No code needed at checkout.

Knit Sweater

Pleated Skirt

Hatch is a go-to for simple yet stylish clothes for nursing and expecting moms (although you don’t have to be avec bébé to want to wear its flowing cardigans and easy jumpsuits—like the ones pictured). From November 25 through November 30, you can get 25% off almost everything, and that includes markdowns on categories that rarely go on sale, like denim, its fourth-trimester collection, and cashmere. 

Hatch Walkabout Jumper

$258$194

Hatch

Hatch The Airplane Cardigan

$398$299

Hatch

Certified cool-girl brand, Girlfriend Collective, is slashing prices across the board from November 24 (12 p.m. EST) through December 1. Long-line sports bras, bike shorts, and leggings will all be 30% off with additional discounts (up to 50% off) on leggings starting November 27 at 6 a.m. EST.

Plum Compressive High-Rise Legging

$68$48

Girlfriend

Thyme Paloma Bra

$38$29

Girlfriend

Add to your jewelry collection with one of Monica Vinader’s timeless pieces, currently available at 25% off through December 2.

Siren Mini Nugget Hoop Earrings

$150$113

Monica Vinader

Nura Baroque Pearl Pendant Charm

$95$71

Monica Vinader

Aurate has so many gift-worthy accessories for your mom, sister, cousin,…even yourself. We think the ring and zodiac necklace below would make for perfect presents, but Aurate’s entire site is on sale through November 30. The brand is offering 20% off orders under $500, and 25% off over $500, so now’s your best bet at snagging multiple pieces for less.

Lean On Me Gold Statement Ring

$120$96

Aurate

Zodiac Necklace

$100$80

Aurate

Missoma, the affordable jewelry brand that counts Meghan Markle and Gigi Hadid as fans,  is having a rare Black Friday sale. Stackable rings, gold hoops, and statement charms are all up for grabs at 25% off, so good luck just adding one thing to cart. 

Gold Small Ridge Padlock Necklace

$175$131

Missoma

Gold Snake Clip-On Pendant

$115$86

Missoma

Stock up on tie-dye sweatsuits, comfy sports bras, ribbed tank tops, and more athleisure from Bandier’s sitewide sale. The e-tailer will be offering 30% off, with select exclusions on brands like Nike, Theragun, and Bala Bangles.

WSLY Tie Dye Sweats Kit

$249$174

Bandier

All Access Chorus Bra

$58$41

Bandier

If it’s about that time to refresh your top drawer…get started with Journelle’s sitewide sale. The brand is offering tiered discounts with 15% off any purchase of $100; 20% off any purchase of $250, and 25% off any purchase of $500 or more. Discounts are valid between November 24 and November 29—and with three different promo codes depending on the total amount you spend (BLACKFRIDAY15, BLACKFRIDAY20, and BLACKFRIDAY25). 

Dora Larsen Ana Non-Padded Underwire Bra

$45$38

Journelle

Journelle Charlotte Camisole

$120$102

Journelle

For less tossing and turning and more zzz-ing, shop Casper’s Black Friday sale. Take up to 30% off bundles, mattresses, and more through December 1 with the code BLACKFRIDAY and BLACKFRIDAY20 at checkout.

Casper Weighted Blanket

$179$161

Casper

The Casper Queen Foam Mattress

$1,095$931

Casper

Score 20% off Allswell’s supportive Luxe Hybrid or its temperature-regulating Supreme mattress with code GOBBLE20 until November 23. Discount also applies to select bedding, home decor, and bathroom essentials. 

The Allswell Luxe Hybrid

$645$516

Allswell

The Allswell Supreme

$985$788

Allswell

Although you can find Leesa at larger furniture retailers, you won’t find deals as good as the ones on its own website. For a limited time, Leesa is offering up to $200 off its Original mattress, up to $300 off its Hybrid mattress, and up to $400 off its Legend mattress. Best part? You get two free down-alternative pillows with your purchase.

Leesa Original Mattress

$999$849

Leesa

Leesa Hybrid Mattress

$1,699$1,449

Leesa

Save up to $400 on Purple’s revolutionary grid mattresses. The innovative sleep company is offering deals on mattresses and bundles, including the Purple Original, the Hybrid and the Hybrid Premier, and the new Kid mattress. Oh, and in case you want to surprise Mom and Dad with a new set of bed pillows, those are on sale for 20% off; no code needed at checkout.

The Purple Mattress

$1,449$1,049

Purple

Harmony Pillow Bundle

$318$286

Purple

Helix’s eco-friendly mattress brand, Birch, is offering $200 off its natural mattress through September 7, no code required—and applicable on all sizes.

Birch Mattress

$1,499$1,299

Birch

Birch Natural Mattress

$1,049$849

Birch

If you’re looking for more support, you’re going to want in on Saatva’s Black Friday mattress deal. The brand is allowing you to save up to $200 on orders of $1,000 or more through November 23. 

Saatva Latex Hybrid

$1,799$1,599

Saatva

Saatva Classic Mattress

$1,399$1,199

Saatva

Tempur-Pedic is one of the OGs in the mattress game, so you know you can trust the brand to deliver on the promise of good. The brand dropped a few early Black Friday deals, including 30% off its best-selling mattresses and $99 for two Cloud Pillows. Promos valid while supplies last.

Temper-Cloud Mattress

$1,999$1,399

Tempur-Pedic

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Adapt Mattress

$2,199$2,099

Tempur-Pedic

All of Amerisleep’s eco-friendly mattresses are available for 30% off, complete with two complimentary pillows. Take note: the deal is available through November 26 with the promo code BF30 at checkout. 

AS2

$1,399$979

Amerisleep

AS3

$1,499$1,049

Amerisleep

Best Early Black Friday Home & Tech Deals 2020

Amazon is always serving up deals during major holidays, but its Black Friday deals are especially sweet. Get ready to markdowns on TVs, smart gadgets, and kitchen appliances while supplies last—and don’t miss out the most coveted deals of all: Amazon’s very own Fire TV Sticks, Kindles, and Echo Show tablets.

Fire TV Stick Lite With Alexa Voice Remote

$30$25

Amazon

Amazon Echo Show 5

$90$75

Amazon

Sur La Table is offering 20% off beloved brands like Nespresso, Cuisinart, Le Creuset, and more. We’d suggest browsing if you’re looking to upgrade your coffee game, or have plans to bake up a storm this holiday and could use some fresh kitchen gear (hi, Staub).

Nespresso Vertuoline by Breville With Aeroccino 3 Frother

$298$174

Sur la Table

Staub Heritage All-Day Pan With Domed Glass Lid, 3.5 qt

$371$170

Sur la Table

Don’t wait for these early Best Buy Black Friday deals to sell out. Markdowns include everything from fun tech finds like smart home LED lights to usual suspects like Sony TVs, Microsoft Surface Pro tablets, and Apple Airpods and iPads.

Apple iPad Air With Wi-Fi

$500$430

Best Buy

Philips Hue White & Color Ambiance A19 Bluetooth LED Smart Bulbs

$135$110

Best Buy

Call them early-bird Black Friday discounts, pre–Cyber Monday deals, whatever you want. Just know that Target is slashing prices all month long. Shop smart TV deals, video game deals, laptop deals (like Acer Chromebooks and Lenovo IdeaPads), Apple Watches, and more while supplies last.

TCL 32″ Class 3-Series HD Smart Roku TV

$160$130

Target

Apple Watch Series 6 GPS Aluminum

$430$380

Target

You can always rely on the Walmart Black Friday sale to come through with some of the best markdowns of the entire year. We spotted discounts on everything from robot vacuums and Ninja blenders to Nintendo Switch devices and wireless headphones and earbuds. We’re guessing hardly any products will be left full price—not even the Instant Pot you wish you’d bought last year.

Farberware 3.2 Quart Digital Air Fryer, Oil-Less

$69$60

Walmart

Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones II

$349$299

Walmart

Get 20% off Brooklinen’s signature spa-like towels and bedsheets (cashmere sets included) through December 1. No code necessary, and excludes Spaces products.

Heathered Cashmere Hardcore Sheet Bundle

$475

Brooklinen

Classic Bath Towel Bundle

$59$47

Brooklinen

Invest in a new set of bed sheets, or gift your boo a pair of cozy flannels for winter, with Boll & Branch’s early Black Friday sale. The brand is offering 25% off sitewide from November 20 through November 28. 

Signature Embroidered Sheet Set

$260$195

Boll & Branch

Men’s Flannel Pajama Pants

$75$56

Boll & Branch

Instagram influencer’s beloved cookware brand is having a rare pre–Black Friday sale. Use the code SUPERSALE at checkout to score the Always Pan—in any hue—for $95 instead of the usual $145. What are you still doing here? 

Our Place Always Pan (Lavender)

$145$95

Our Place

Our Place Always Pan (Blue Salt)

$145$95

Our Place

Smoothies, soups, baby food—even nut butters!—can all be yours with the reigning champ of high-speed blenders. From November 20 through December 31, Vitamix is slashing prices on best-selling models, including the A2300 and E310. 

Vitamix A2300

$450$400

Vitamix

Vitamix E310

$350$290

Vitamix

If you’ve been dealing with tech neck and sore muscles from working from home, Therabody, formerly known as Theragun, just kicked off its only sale of the year. The brand is offering a free product with any purchase from its CBD line, TheraOne, plus discounts up to $150 on coveted percussion devices. The promo will be available from November 20 through December 1.

Theragun Elite

$399$299

Therabody

TheraOne Recover CBD Lotion

$49

Therabody

Spruce up your WFH nook with some sleek new furniture, courtesy of AllModern. If you haven’t already invested in a new desk lamp (or actual desk), now’s when you should. 

Vara 26″ Desk Lamp

$270$223

AllModern

Quint Desk

$218$205

AllModern

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Nordstrom’s Black Friday Sale Is Here, and the Deals Are So Good

Brace yourselves: The Nordstrom Black Friday Sale 2020 is here. We thought we’d have to wait another week to start shopping the best Nordstrom Black Friday deals of 2020, but it seems Nordstrom was itching to slash prices and get our virtual carts rolling.

We took a first pass at the deals—and yes, the discounts are even better than expected: We’re talking up to 50% off everything from wardrobe essentials and coveted designer handbags to royals-approved beauty and cozy home finds. 

A good Nordstrom sale find doesn’t stick around for long (we’ve had items sell out while they were in our carts), so scroll down to see what’s worth your money, and start shopping the best Nordstrom Black Friday deals of 2020 now. 

Does Nordstrom have sales on Black Friday?

As of November 20, with the official launch of the e-tailer’s sales, Nordstrom’s Black Friday deals are on. However, from November 27 through December 1, clearance items will be marked down with an additional 25% off—meaning you have five days to pick up some epic gifts for the fam (and yourself, of course) at bargain prices. 

How do I shop Nordstrom Black Friday deals? 

You have three options: You can shop in-store if you really want to—but you can just as easily avoid the lines, and potential super-spreader events, by scoring even better deals online. (Yay, internet.) After placing your order, you can schedule a free pickup in person (or curbside) if there’s a Nordstrom nearby. Or you can opt for the most convenient option and have your picks delivered straight to your doorstep.

If you’re not sure what to do, shopping online is definitely the most sensible way to secure everything in your cart—especially since Nordstrom offers free standard shipping at all times, with delivery within three to six business days. This perk is also what makes Nordstrom one of the most reliable places to get your gifting done if you’re worried about pandemic-related delivery delays. 

Best Nordstrom Black Friday Deals 2020 

We know you don’t have time to scour all pages of Nordstrom’s sale section, and that’s why we’re here. Starting November 20 through December 1, we’ll be updating this page with the crème de la crème of markdowns—right now, that means Uggs, Byredo, La Mer, and so many more amazing brands. Ahead, check out the best early Black Friday deals at Nordstrom across beauty, fashion, and home—and while you’re at it, get a head start on your holiday shopping list with our own curated Nordstrom gift guide.

Best Nordstrom Black Friday Beauty Deals 

It’s rare to find luxury beauty gift sets on sale before the holidays ~officially~ kick off, but we found some amazing kits from La Mer and Charlotte Tilbury that you’ll want to pick up for your mom, your bestie, and anyone else on your list (including yourself). 

La Mer Replenishing Moisture Set

$400$350

Nordstrom

Charlotte Tilbury The Pillow Talk Look

$220$195

Nordstrom

MAC Cosmetics Sure Fire Hit Mini Lipstick Set

$75$56

Nordstrom

Kiehl’s Midnight Miracles Set

$78$58

Nordstrom

Byredo Oud Immortel Eau du Parfum

$265$240

Nordstrom

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Set

$208$183

Nordstrom

BeautyBio Rose Quartz Roller

$60$45

Nordstrom

Atelier Cologne Cédrat Venice Candle

$75$45

Nordstrom

Best Black Friday Nordstrom Clothing and Accessories Deals 

Okay, for real, there are some exciting things to browse at Nordstrom right now. The first item to go in our cart: Levi’s high-waisted jeans. They’re a year-round wardrobe staple and put an cool spin on a simple white T-shirt and sneakers look. Otherwise, score big on designer pieces from Staud, Theory, Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, and more.

Levi’s Wedgie High Waist Crop Straight Leg Jeans

$98$59

Nordstrom

Everlane The Kick Crop Work Pants

$54$27

Nordstrom

Staud Luna Faux Leather Blouse

$315$158

Nordstrom

Frame Le Skinny de Jeanne Skinny Jeans

$198$149

Nordstrom

Vince Fringe-Sleeve Turtleneck Sweater

$365$200

Nordstrom

Theory Check Wool-Blend Coat With Genuine Shearling Collar

$895$720

Nordstrom

Tory Burch Miller Leather & Canvas Phone Crossbody Bag

$248$148

Nordstrom

The Marc Jacobs The Bucket Bag Leather Crossbody Bag

$495$297

Nordstrom

Ray-Ban 51mm Hexagonal Flat-Lens Sunglasses

$154$92

Nordstrom

Prada 54mm Cat Eye Sunglasses

$298$179

Nordstrom

Lele Sadoughi Jelly Bean Bracelet

$78$31

Nordstrom

Adina’s Jewels Star Cubic Zirconia Choker

$78$31

Nordstrom

Best Black Friday Nordstrom Shoe Deals

These days it’s all about versatile flats, so naturally, we scoured the sale pages to find you the best deals in Nordstrom’s shoe department. From Ugg shearling booties to bright Nike kicks and Brooks running sneakers, there’s no doubt a pair calling your name.

Ugg Classic Mini Fluff Genuine Shearling Booties

$160$100

Nordstrom

Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers

$85$50

Nordstrom

Nike Air Max Dia Sneaker

$110$77

Nordstrom

Brooks Ricochet 2 Running Shoe

$120$90

Nordstrom

Best Black Friday Nordstrom Athleisure and Loungewear Deals 

Spruce up your current rotation of loungewear and intimates with some of Nordstrom’s all-time best sellers. We’re talking Nike sweatpants, Zella leggings, and a multipack of Hanky Panky thongs. We know you may not be wearing bras as much these days, but don’t sleep on the celeb-approved Natori Feathers Underwire Bra, which basically feels like a second skin—and would last you years to come. 

Zella Fleece Hoodie

$69$35

Nordstrom

Zella Moto Ribbed High-Waist Ankle Leggings

$69$35

Nordstrom

Hanky Panky Original-Rise Thongs (5-Pack)

$110$66

Nordstrom

Natori Feathers Underwire Contour Bra

$68$34

Nordstrom

Nike Sportswear Essential Fleece Pants

$60$45

Nordstrom

Room Service Knit Pajamas

$74$37

Nordstrom

Best Black Friday Nordstrom Home Deals 

No surprise here—you can always count on Nordstrom to come through with some great home deals. Right now we’re eyeing Staub’s Dutch oven to gift Mom, Theragun’s percussion device for Dad, as well as some affordable home accents (like the beach umbrella print and dried-wheat bouquet) to give our spaces a seasonal refresh. 

Staub 4-Quart Round Enameled Cast-Iron Cocotte

$320$150

Nordstrom

All-Clad Gourmet 7-Quart Slow Cooker

$360$280

Nordstrom

Nordstrom Bliss Plush Tassel Throw

$40$30

Nordstrom

Theragun Mini Percussive Therapy Device

$199$149

Nord

Deny Designs Beach Umbrella Framed Wall Art

$40$24

Nordstrom

JK Adams Artisan Wood Serving Plank

$36$25

Nordstrom

Allstate Tied-Wheat-Twig Stand Bouquet

$35$21

Nordstrom

Fringe Studio Pinched Ceramic Vessel

$18$11

Nordstrom

This Video of Camila Whispering to Shawn, ‘I Love You—Do You Know That?’ Will Melt You

On November 18, Rolling Stone published an interview with Cabello, who couldn’t stop gushing about her man. Though she did admit that things were just a little bit awkward in the beginning stages of their epic romance.

While collaborating on the hit “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” Cabello says, she “really bonded with him as more than a friend.” She added, “I think he did too, but we were both really young, and he was experiencing the pressures of his career. I don’t think we knew what to do with those feelings. It was this awkward thing where we both liked each other, but we weren’t together. It was just weird.” According to Cabello, there was a definite energy between the pair right from the start, but “after that song, we didn’t spend as much time together.” Luckily, they reconnected thanks to the song “Señorita.”

“Our paths just didn’t cross in that way romantically until we started hanging out again and writing. For me, it just brought it back,” the singer explained.

On November 26, Cabello chatted with BBC Radio 1’s Greg James and responded to everyone criticizing her PDA with Mendes—particularly when she and her beau posted a make-out video to Instagram. When a fan called in with an “unpopular opinion” claiming “public displays of affection on Instagram are too much,” the 22-year-old took it personally according to Us Weekly.

“Ouch. Well, I feel personally targeted. I feel personally attacked,” Cabello said, adding sarcastically, “Yeah, PDA is terrible. Kissing in public? I don’t even….”

The “Liar” singer went on to defend her actions with Mendes, saying that living her life in the public eye—and repeatedly being targeted by paparazzi—has made her care less about sharing her intimate moments on social media.

“You honestly get kind of desensitized to it. You’re like, ‘Well, might as well just make out on Instagram!’” she said. We’re not complaining, Camila.

December 2019

On December 5, Cabello finally shared the real reason she and Mendes don’t kiss on stage during their steamy “Señorita” performances.

“I actually just get shy, weirdly,” she told Extra. “I feel like I would kiss him in the dress rehearsal, but then we are onstage and then something stops me.”

Then, during an interview on Ellen, Cabello admitted she and Mendes were “babies” about their feeling towards each other. In fact, she said she had a “crush” on the Canadian crooner years before the two made things official.

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The 1990 family classic Home Alone is part of many families’ yearly holiday viewing, with Kevin McCallister’s hijinks passed down among generations. And as a result of nostalgia’s ongoing power in the entertainment industry, the movie is getting an upcoming reboot on Disney+. Said reboot boasts a strong cast including Ellie Kemper and Kenan Thompson, but original director Chris Columbus has some strong feelings about that upcoming streaming release.

My Chemical Romance’s Danger Days Was The Perfect Unintentional Goodbye Letter

By Grant Sharples

On December 20, 2019, beloved emo outfit My Chemical Romance made their grand, highly anticipated return at The Shrine in Los Angeles. After temporarily disbanding in 2013, Gerard Way, Mikey Way, Ray Toro, and Frank Iero played a reunion show that sold out in mere minutes and consisted of both fan favorites, such as “Helena” and “Teenagers,” and deep cuts, like “Our Lady of Sorrows” and “Give ‘Em Hell, Kid.” The fictitious Dr. Death Defying introduced the quartet via an audio intro, just as he opened their fourth and final record, 2010’s Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.

Despite the fact that the Jonas Brothers spilled the beans on the MCR reunion, their official return in 2019 was an important one: The year also serves as the post-apocalyptic setting for Danger Days, a concept album that follows protagonists the Killjoys as they traverse the Californian deserts of Battery City to take out the evil Better Living Industries. Each band member has a Killjoy alter ego, with Gerard Way as Party Poison, Mikey as Kobra Kid, Toro as Jet-Star, and Iero as Fun Ghoul, all futuristic warriors wielding laser guns against the Draculoids, the company’s evil minions. Their whole adventure is narrated by Dr. Death Defying, a pirate-radio DJ who provides music and intel. Although an end-of-the-world sci-fi narrative felt alien in the actual 2019, it turns out MCR was just a year off, given 2020’s upending of society via a raging pandemic, ongoing racial-justice protests, a threatened peaceful transfer of government power, and more.

Given the record’s ambitious concept, it’s no surprise that Gerard Way eventually developed it into a full-fledged comic book series. But as he told The Village Voice, the comic idea actually came first. Gerard and Shaun Simon, who sold the band’s merch and co-wrote the six-part series, “had the idea for this comic that really was in a weird way semi-autobiographical, although had nothing to do with [the band], and [they] weren’t in it.” That much eventually changed; the band members perform as their respective Killjoy characters in the music videos for “Na Na Na” and “Sing.” Both see the band taking down Draculoids and driving a car adorned with the Killjoys logo, a spider with eight legs, cut through the middle with a lightning bolt, which also adorns the album cover. Danger Days was the catalyst that set off Way’s comics career — a fruitful second life that’s also seen him launch The Umbrella Academy, now a popular Netflix series. But in 2008, it wasn’t exactly clear what shape Way’s latest creative endeavor would take.

Following the massive commercial success of 2006’s The Black Parade — a theatrical concept in its own right — Way told NME, “I think [the next album] will definitely be more stripped down.” There was reason to believe his next project would discard the dramatics: MCR had begun abandoning the theatricality and pyrotechnics toward the end of The Black Parade’s tour.  You could say that they gave up the gothic outfits and eyeliner, but Danger Days still shows the quartet at a theatrical zenith. The sheer ambition of its plot line, characters, and music videos showed that My Chemical Romance still had plenty of bombast left. Simply put, this band is a lot. But it’s also what makes them so enduringly intriguing.

On The Black Parade, they popularized the marriage of horror-punk aesthetics and Broadway-esque histrionics, and it’s why “Welcome to the Black Parade” is one of the highest-charting emo songs ever written (it peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100). They even worked with producer Rob Cavallo again for Danger Days, who produced not only The Black Parade, but also Green Day’s rock opera American Idiot and the soundtrack of the Broadway musical Rent’s film adaptation. However, My Chemical Romance changed both their music and aesthetic substantially with the release of Danger Days. As many emo fans know, when the ringleader changes their hair color, a seismic shift is likely to follow.

Danger Days is a monumental departure from the violent catharsis the band had come to be known for. This album drew from influences such as MC5’s 1969 live record Kick Out the Jams, The Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” and David Bowie’s eighth LP Diamond Dogs. Consequently, Danger Days is more akin to psych-rock than, say, pop-punk. My Chemical Romance also imbued their sound with eclectic, pop-forward songwriting, particularly on songs like “Sing” and “Planetary (Go!).” The band even made their momentous Glee debut with the former. Although the songs are much poppier than what the band had typically written, they’re also more reminiscent of pure rock music in the vein of Smashing Pumpkins, one of the band’s clearest influences. “Destroya” mixes a Jimmy Chamberlin-esque drum pattern with a driving guitar hook. Closer “Vampire Money” is a thrash-rock take on a I-IV-V chord progression, and the call-and-response intro pays homage to Sweet’s “Ballroom Blitz.”

On a lyrical note, it could seem like Danger Days is complete fiction at first glance. But in a track-by-track breakdown with Billboard, Way mentions that some of these tracks are at least somewhat autobiographical. “Summertime,” specifically, is “one of the lyrically personal songs” and is simply Gerard “talking about [his] worldview,” strongly suggested to be about his wife, Lyn-Z. The chorus features the line, “You can run away with me anytime you want,” and it contains two phrases that the couple would write on each other before each of them performed. “Bulletproof Heart” is similarly emotionally vulnerable (“I got a bulletproof heart / You got a hollow-point smile”), as is “The Only Hope for Me Is You” (If there’s a place that I could be / Then I’d be another memory / Can I be the only hope for you? / Because you’re the only hope for me”). You could say that these songs follow the escapades of the evil-fighting, anti-corporate Killjoys, but these songs are as personal as the lyrics found on 2004 breakthrough Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge or The Black Parade.

Then there’s “The Kids from Yesterday,” the song that foreshadowed the group’s hiatus from its opening line: “Well, now, this could be the last of all the rides we take.” As if there wasn’t already a hint of unintentional finality to the apocalyptic Danger Days, “The Kids from Yesterday” was the final song the band wrote for the record. They didn’t exactly plan on it having the conclusiveness that it did. They were even reportedly working on their fifth album in 2012, but that didn’t stop the track from serving as a (short-term) goodbye letter. This song was even the final one in the main set at their reunion show.

Danger Days hasn’t gone on to occupy the same cultural throne as The Black Parade or Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, but it’s still an integral part of the group’s history. It’s certainly not My Chemical Romance’s most popular album, but it’s a milestone in their oeuvre, providing fans with an odyssey-like storyline, wide-ranging musical influences, and a return — after nine years — to a world about to be plunged into a similar madness tackled by the album’s bold concept. “We’re gonna continue to punish you,” Way said to The Shrine’s audience after performing “House of Wolves.” The world didn’t want to be punished by a pandemic, but it’ll take the punishment of an MCR show any day.

This Is Ina Garten’s Secret to Perfect Sweet Potatoes

I take a big oven-proof platter and make a puddle of gravy on the bottom and slice the turkey on top, and then I just wrap it and set it aside. When it’s time to serve dinner, I put it into the oven and reheat it. What’s amazing is that because the turkey has been sitting in the puddle of gravy, it stays really moist, and it’s still really hot when I put it on the buffet. I’m not trying to carve a turkey in my party clothes!

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What else I’m putting on my Thanksgiving menu

I think that when people are expecting something sweet, like maple or brown sugar, it’s surprising to have a little spice, so I like to make chipotle smashed sweet potatoes. It’s delicious because the potatoes are just sweet enough with the spiciness. When I’m making a menu, I want creamy and crunchy—I want all of the textures. 

I also like anything with butternut squash. This year, I’m going to make the roasted butternut squash with brown butter and sage from my new book. It’s so good.

And for Thanksgiving, I always serve Morgon. It’s a light, red French wine. I’ll also buy some great bread from Carissa’s. I’m sure they’re going to have great rolls and things like that. It will be wonderful.

For dessert, I tend to like apple pie—it’s really traditional for Thanksgiving. Maybe I’ll put cranberries or something else in it, but I’m planning to make an apple pie, an apple crostata, or a French apple tart. 

How I do Thanksgiving leftovers

I love to make a sandwich with turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce all mushed together. I mean, you have to have those sandwiches the next day! Also, when I invite people for Thanksgiving, I always send them home with leftovers.

The shoes I wear when I’m in the kitchen

Allbirds! I think they are just fantastic. For Thanksgiving dinner, I might put on a pair of slides instead, though.

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The music I play in the background

I have a few playlists on Apple Music and Spotify that I end up playing all the time. There’s ‘A Trip to Paris’ and ‘Women Who Rock,’ that includes everything from Dolly Parton to Taylor Swift—all just great women artists. And I have another with all old-fashioned love songs that’s great for parties.

My favorite recipe from my new book, Modern Comfort

That’s a tough decision, but probably the Ultimate Beef Stew. Everybody knows beef stew, but it’s usually boring and the meat can be kind of dry. For this recipe, I borrowed short ribs from a recipe that I had done in the past and switched out the meat. I add red wine and cognac, the way you make beef bourguignon, and it ended up being a classic recipe with so much flavor. For all of my recipes, I like to take a remembered flavor and make it wow.

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My favorite TV shows

West Wing was my favorite show of all time. We watch a lot of foreign series. There’s a French series called A French Village that was seven seasons and so incredibly well done, and Thicker Than Water, a Swedish series about a family that owns a hotel on an island off of Stockholm. And of course, there’s always Broadchurch, which everybody loves.

The book I loved so much, I had to listen to it too

Mrs. Obama’s book, Becoming, was spectacular. In fact, I read it and then I listened to the audio book, which she narrates. That was even better!

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The podcasts I love

I always listen to “The Daily,” but my favorite is “In the Dark.” It’s an investigative journalism series that’s kind of like “Serial.” It’s incredibly well done. One of the cases covered in the podcast actually ended up going all the way to the Supreme Court.

The fragrance I’ve been wearing for 20 years

I’ve been wearing Frederic Malle’s Une Fleur de Cassie since 2000. Somebody gave it to me as a gift, and I’ve been wearing it ever since.

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The last thing I bought (besides food!) 

We’ve been spending a lot of time at my barn, which is right next to the house, and I felt like I needed two really comfy chairs to watch TV in. I went to a midcentury modern furniture store in Sag Harbor called MONC XIII and bought the most wonderful 1950s armchairs that are covered in sheepskin. They’re the best chairs I’ve ever bought in my life. 

Next, I want to buy two tickets to Paris! As soon as the pandemic is over, that’s my goal.

Caitlin Brody is the entertainment director at Condé Nast.

Black Panther 2 Has Reportedly Cast Its First New Cast Member

Tenoch Huerta is the first new name to be attached to the upcoming movie and while a role is not mentioned, THR is claiming that if he signs on, he’ll be playing of the movie’s antagonists. Since none of the villains from the first film survived, the new movie will certainly need new adversaries to overcome, so this makes some sense. Some sources have indicated that Huerta could be in line to play the Marvel character White Tiger, who is not traditionally portrayed as a villain, though certainly it wouldn’t be the first time the MCU took an established character in a new direction if that’s the case.

Watch Out Ryan Reynolds, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s The Latest Celebrity To Get Into The Alcohol Game

A-list Hollywood actors make a great deal of money to star in movies — that’s not really a secret. Other than spending that money on nice cars and big houses, some actors hop into the investing game as well. Take Ryan Reynolds as a prime example. The Deadpool star has been well-known for purchasing a large stake in Aviation Gin. Now, it looks like he’s going to need to watch out, as Arnold Schwarzenegger and LeBron James are purchasing an alcohol brand of their own.

Grandparents Are Lying to Their Kids So That They Can See Their Grandchildren

Like most tentative and excited first-time moms, Katie, 33, had planned to enforce a few rules for visiting friends and relatives anxious to hold her newborn: Wash your hands. Don’t come over unannounced. Be prepared to help. Bring food.

But when the pandemic came to the United States and an unparalleled public health crisis unfolded, her rules changed. Katie (not her real name) lives in Washington, one of the first states to experience an outbreak of the virus and subsequent shut down.

Katie, who was due in April, and her husband needed to establish a new protocol. Would-be visitors (no friends, just close relatives) had to promise to wear masks all the time in the lead-up to the visit, practice social distancing, quarantine if they’d traveled, and wash their hands constantly. Katie felt her requirements were straightforward, and she had public health on her side. Organizations like the CDC backed up her approach. Her parents—who are themselves at an elevated risk (her mom is in her late 60s and her dad is in his 70s)—vowed to adhere to her guidelines. But their social media suggested otherwise.

“My parents have been downright compulsive liars about this whole business,” says Katie. “They have consistently told me they are ‘quarantining’ or ‘social distancing’ so that they can come visit me. However, my mom is constantly posting on Facebook activities that are neither of those.”

Katie isn’t alone in dealing with duplicitous, albeit well-meaning older relatives. A quick Google search reveals a stunning number of “how-to” guides aimed at helping adults navigate their frustrations when their parents fail to adhere to mask mandates and social distancing guidelines. Michael Schulman, a writer for The New Yorker, couldn’t believe his parents went to a restaurant in March. Joe Pinsker wrote a guide on how to convince relatives to get serious about the pandemic for The Atlantic.

But from a deluge of misinformation handed down from the Trump administration and amplified via right-wing media to ever-changing local guidelines, loneliness, and now months of limited social contact and mask-wearing, it’s become more and more difficult to convince the pandemic-fatigued to continue to follow best practices. It is of course hard for all of us—from teens missing their friends to millennials navigating dating or raising small children or both at once. But older people—grandparents, for example—in particular seem to be struggling. 

Katie’s daughter is her parents’ first grandchild, so she understands their desire to spend as much time with her as possible. But when she reiterates how serious the pandemic is, her concerns are brushed off as “first-time parent jitters,” Katie explains. And she’s tired of the gaslighting.

“We ended up getting into a huge fight with my parents when they insisted that they knew more than I did because they ‘just watched a press release,’” she says. “I’m a nurse and have been closely following all the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) literature, as well as many other healthcare resources. They told me I was overreacting and that this wasn’t a big deal.”

“The thought of doing something for a short amount of time feels sort of doable,” Jessi Gold, MD, MS, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis, says. “But when people started realizing, ‘Hey, this isn’t ending and there is a more uncertain aspect to all of this than I realized’—this might go on for years, not just months—there becomes this sort of initial anxious agitation. And then I think people sort of weight risks and benefits.”