The 10 Best Pedicure Shades for Spring 2019

The long-awaited arrival of the the year’s warmer months means that you can finally toss your rubber-soled boots in the back of your closet and reclaim your strappy sandals. (Unless you’re me, of course, in which case you can continue your chic little habit of wearing your mud-stained sneakers until they fall apart.) For many, open-toed footwear means double the real estate for your favorite nail polishes, and come spring, there are plenty of options.

There’s no real difference between the colors you choose to wear on your hands and feet—you can match them or switch it up however you please. This year, we spoke to the pros about the shades they have their eyes on for spring 2019, which included buttercup yellows, sheer pinks, and the coolest matte glitters. But if you’re anything like us, you’ll want some more to choose from. So we also had a few of our favorite celebrity nail artists select their go-to pedicure polishes, from juicy corals to moody wine lacquers. And here’s the upside: These hues will last and last. “I worry less about polish formula for toes than I do for hands,” says Essie’s global lead educator, [Rita Remark]{: rel=nofollow}. “Our hands are always busy and this makes choosing a formula very important to prevent chips. Toes, however, aren’t subjected to the same amount of stress, so as long as you’re applying base and top coat, your pedicure should always last longer than your manicure.”

Given that you’ll be staring at these colors for awhile, you want to pick the best of the bunch. Scroll through for the 10 coolest spring pedicure shades that make the cut.

18 Best Pairs of Cargo Pants For Women

There are very few fashion terms that evoke as much disgust as “cargo pants.” Ask someone—anyone—how they feel about them, and they’ll probably make a face at you, having been reminded of suburban dads on vacation or regrettable outfits from the late ’90s. It’s easy to understand why people are turned off by them in present day: They’re baggy, always look crumpled, and normally come in that divisive low rise. But much like bulky white sneakers and fanny packs, cargo pants’ association with a “dad wardrobe” means they’re due for a resurgence among fashion types. And it’s already started to manifest.

I.AM.GIA, which has a track record for creating “It” items that quickly rise to Instagram fame (like its Pixie Teddy Coat), has released its own interpretation of the cargo pant. Called the Cobain Relaxed Fit Pant, it has already been worn by trend-setters like Emily Ratajkowski, Kourtney Kardashian, and Bella Hadid. (All three have played a role in elevating controversial trends like micro sunglasses and mini bags, so this is very on-brand.)

Though Ratajkowski, Kardashian, and Hadid all wore their cargo pants with crop tops, the Spring 2019 runways during Fashion Week presented some alternative ways to style them. At Prabal Gurung, models wore them with plaid blazers; and at Jonathan Simkhai, they were paired with frilly corsets. The pairings were not just unexpected: They proved that the slouchy bottoms were the perfect antidote for more structured, sophisticated pieces. Plus, given how small handbags are nowadays, we could use all the additional storage space we can get.

While designers like Nanushka and Isabel Marant offer high-end cargo pants, there are also plenty of affordable options at the likes of Free People and & Other Stories. So if the thought of revisiting cargo pants has even crossed your mind recently, now’s the time to indulge. Check out 18 of our favorites, ahead.

Cynthia McFadden Went Into the Triangle of Death

The next morning she strapped on three watches—one set to local time, one to New York City, and one to L.A., where Spencer lives—and boarded the plane.

While some journalists say their job is only to inform, McFadden believes her responsibility goes beyond that. “The goal of the work is to ultimately make a difference. I don’t want anyone to be able to say they don’t know,” she says. “If we turn our backs on these people, we do it knowingly now. We know what’s happening.” She makes sure we don’t look away from women coping with trauma, children listless and starving, men taunting with guns. “You’re seeing humanity at its worst in many ways,” she says.

Still, there are moments that disarm McFadden while she’s in the field. She finds girls playing a trust game in the street, dancing in a circle and falling back into each other’s arms confident that someone will catch them. There’s the group of boy scouts, who, unlike their own government, bravely go into some of the most dangerous areas and spread everything from optimism to hand-washing techniques. “You can prepare yourself for the suffering,” she says. “But preparing yourself for the joy is another thing entirely.”

Even without the riches of diamonds, there is promise here, she shows us. When Noah Oppenheim, the head of NBC News, watched the scene of the children playing, he teared up. Viewers who saw it were moved to open their wallets—more than $1.5 million has poured into UNICEF since the first report aired.

McFadden grew up in Auburn, Maine, in the house her mother was born in and that her grandfather built. She credits her parents, who adopted her as a baby, with teaching her that she could have anything she wanted—as long as she was willing to work for it. What she wanted, she realized at 17 as she watched the Watergate hearings from the living room floor, was to report the news. “I thought, I want to cover this. I didn’t know a journalist, to say nothing of how to become a journalist,” she says. “But I knew I wanted to tell stories.”

Not sure how best to achieve that dream, she applied to Columbia Law School. The director of admissions saw her application and called her at home in Maine. “We’re inclined to admit you,” she recalls him saying, “But you say you want to be a journalist, and I just want to tell you there are many easier ways to become a journalist.” She was frank: She didn’t know those ways. “I told him, ‘And if I want to cover the law, then I think I should know something about it.’” He essentially admitted her on the spot.

McFadden enrolled in Columbia’s journalism school at the same time, but never got her journalism degree because she landed a job first. (She graduated law school in 1984.) It wasn’t your typical interview: She had been in a class with the legendary newsman Fred Friendly, and one of her assignments was to argue the landmark New York Times v. Sullivan case, which in a 9-0 decision ruled in favor of the free press. Her task—to argue for the government and against the Times—was difficult enough; then just before class she learned Floyd Abrams, the lawyer for the Times, would be observing.

McFadden nailed it. Afterward Abrams issued Friendly a challenge: “Either you hire her as a journalist, or I’m hiring her as a lawyer,” McFadden recalls. “I always say I was won in a bet.” She did go to work with Friendly, though not before trying to negotiate her pay. “I said, ‘You know, Fred, I think you’re paying me half of what you paid the guy who had the job before me.’ And he said, ‘You don’t have the experience the guy had; you don’t have a family like the guy has. I’m taking a chance on you. Take the job or not.’” She tells the story with a cranky newsman’s voice, and the wisdom of a woman who has learned to pick her battles. “He had a point, and I had a point,” she says. “I took the job.” She has zero regrets, and calls working for him one of the great experiences of her career. “I’ve been so, so lucky,” she says about many of the opportunities she’s had. “But the harder you work, the luckier you become.”

Charm also helps, and friends call McFadden “magnetic” and “wickedly smart.” And even celebrities were not immune. While still an undergrad at Bowdoin College, McFadden became close with Katharine Hepburn “through a whole series of misadventures” (Hepburn was in her late sixties at the time). She can do a fantastic impersonation of the late actor, reciting some of Hepburn’s lessons that were wise—and unwise. (There’s this one: “‘Sometimes you just have to be too dumb to get it.’ Man, that helps. Because sometimes somebody says something that hurts your feelings, or we don’t get the assignment,” McFadden explains. “Instead of responding to every situation, sometime you have to be ‘too dumb to get it’ and just keep smiling.” But also: “Never buy firewood; steal it or chop it yourself.”) McFadden was also a bridesmaid for Liza Minnelli (for her wedding to David Gest), and longtime friends with the gossip columnist Liz Smith.

It Sure Sounds Like Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn Are About to Get Engaged

2019 could prove to be Taylor Swift‘s biggest year yet. She’s dropping hints about a new album (her seventh) and hitting Oscar parties in fabulous dresses. She’s writing thoughtful essays about turning 30 (this December) and outgrowing her infamous squad. And now serious rumors are swirling that her boyfriend, actor Joe Alwyn, is about to propose.

Us Weekly reports that her friends are even placing bets on when he’ll pop the question. “Taylor’s friends are all talking about a proposal and how she really wants to marry Joe,” their source says. “He’s her dream guy.”

Compared to some of her other relationships, Swift and Alwyn have kept things pretty private. Sure, they’ve gone out to support each other’s projects and been photographed on the occasional night out, but mostly they’ve played it super low-key.

“Taylor really believes Joe is the one for her,” another source told Us Weekly. “She wants to get engaged to him. She just doesn’t feel as though she has to impress anyone at this point.” The couple is apparently “very low-key and normal” and enjoy things like watching movies together and having friends over.

“Joe feels privileged that he gets to be with Taylor,” this source also says. “And he is happy being out of the spotlight.”

This relationship is a different course for Swift, whose past romances with Harry Styles, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Tom Hiddleston became tabloid fodder—and, ultimately, song lyrics. And while this engagement is still a rumor, I already have so many questions. Will the wedding be in Nashville, New York City, or L.A.? Or perhaps a surprise European destination, seeing that Alwyn is a Brit? Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ kids will obviously play a part, right? Will Karlie Kloss be at her bachelorette party (because there’s no way she’s not having one)? Will Selena Gomez be the maid of honor?

Only time will tell.

26 Spring Dresses Under $100 to Buy Now

The unofficial season of downsizing your closet is finally on the horizon. Before introducing the magic of Marie Kondo to your spring wardrobe, consider making just one addition to your repertoire: a versatile spring dress. After months of piling on sweaters and denim, there’s nothing more freeing than a piece of clothing you don’t have to overthink. Striped shirtdresses, floral sheaths, and printed wrap styles abound right now, many for under $100. So hit pause on the spring cleaning for now, because the 26 dresses in the gallery ahead will bring instant joy to your wardrobe (and life). Any closet can spare an extra hanger for just one of these seasonal picks.

Yes, Your Fetish Is Totally Normal

Kinks and fetishes are less taboo than ever—ours is a post Fifty Shades of Grey world where BDSM has become mainstream and shows like Broad City, Hot Girls Wanted, and Slutever have helped normalize everything from pegging to cannasexuality. It’s real progress, but it doesn’t erase the fact that for many of us, fetishes can still feel totally weird or even shameful.

The first thing you should know: fetishes are much more common than you might realize. Nearly half of participants in a representative survey published in the Journal of Sex Research in 2017 reported being into something psychologists consider outside of the “normal” range on the sexual spectrum. In an earlier survey taken in 2015 found nearly half of participants had tried public sex, a quarter had tried role playing, 20 percent said they’d experimented with BDSM, and 30 percent said they’d tried spanking.

That doesn’t mean you have to jump straight into a BDSM dungeon if you think you might have an unexplored fetish. The idea of dripping hot wax over someone’s body or having a toe in your mouth can feel a little bit… intimidating. Maybe even scary or weird, so take it as slow as you need.

Here is everything you need to know about what a fetish is, how to know if your fetish is normal, and the healthy ways you can incorporate it into your sex life.

The simplest way to define fetishes according to sexologists: normally non-sexual things that ignite sexual feelings in a person. “A fetish is sparked when things that seem completely normal, suddenly bring you great sexual satisfaction and pleasure,” says Daniel Saynt, a sex educator and founder of The New Society for Wellness (NSFW). You can have a fetish for a thing, like being attracted to feet; or a place, like having sex in public; you can even have a fetish for a texture like latex.

By definition, fetishes fall outside of the sexual “norm”—but that doesn’t mean every out there sexual desire qualifies as a fetish. There’s a line separating a fetish from something that you’re just kinda into: to be considered a true fetish, the object or act must have to be a part of a sex act for you to get turned on. If you enjoy the occasional, or even regular spanking, for example, that doesn’t mean you have a spanking fetish—people with a true spanking fetish need that act of domination to get off.

So, where do these sexual kinks and quirks come from? “Most fetishes are thought to be learned behaviors in which a person comes to associate a given object with sexual arousal through experience,” says Justin Lehmiller, Ph.D., a research fellow at The Kinsey Institute and author of Tell Me What You Want. That may come from childhood or adolescence or you might stumble upon a fetish as a sexually experienced adult. “You may not know you’re into a fetish until you try it,” adds Saynt, “which is why I always encourage people to try new things and be curious.”

Most of us can relate to having a sex fantasy that feels downright weird—but most of them are totally harmless and fine to explore. If you have a thing for fishnet stockings and your partner agrees to wear a pair to help get you off, go for it. If you get turned on by feet and enjoy watching foot porn while you masturbate, you do you. Totally normal fetishes include everything from age play, to gagging to golden showers.

A Bride Told Her Pregnant Bridesmaid to Stop ‘Showing Off’ Her Belly in Photos

A viral Reddit “Am I the A**shole” thread strikes again with a tale of a bride who felt wronged by one of her bridesmaids.

This time, the bride in question had complaints about a bridesmaid she calls “Kate” who was around seven months pregnant during the festivities. “Kate’s belly was easily accommodated into the dress style because it had quite a flowy skirt with a fitted bust,” she wrote in the thread as spotted by Insider. So all seems well, at first glance. But then came time for the post-ceremony, pre-reception photos.

“In one of the first photos I noticed Kate was deliberately holding her belly so it was really obvious in the fabric of her dress (think basically every maternity shoot photo ever taken),” the bride explained. “I asked her to stop holding her hands to show off her belly and to just pose like everyone else. I had to remind her a few more times before we’d finished taking the wedding party photos.” Upon her return from her honeymoon, the bride began to worry that Kate was upset with her. “Today another of my bridesmaids confirmed that Kate is pissed at me because I was ‘trying to make her look fat, not pregnant’ during the photos,” she added. “Now I’m annoyed because I paid a lot of money for a wedding photo shoot, not maternity pics.”

Somewhat surprisingly (considering pregnant women cannot control the size or shape of their stomachs), responders were split on the issue. “There is absolutely no reason someone should be deliberately showing off their ‘baby bump’ to take away from the bride in a photo,” one commenter replied. “If she didn’t feel comfortable in the dress, she could have opted out of being in the wedding. But making the photo shoot about herself and demonstrating her pregnant belly is not acceptable in a wedding photo. When you look back at the photos, you want to remember the happy times between you guys, not be distracted by her ‘on display’ baby bump.”

Nothing suggests she was “trying to take over [the] wedding photos,” wrote another. “From what OP [original poster] says, the friend wasn’t doing anything besides holding her belly, which is actually a normal standing position for pregnant people, not something reserved for maternity photography. Is it attention seeking to be visibly pregnant at someone else’s wedding? Because it seems like the bride (and a lot of commenters) are treating this girl like she maliciously planned to take over the wedding by not hiding her pregnancy, which is insane to me.”

Others (rightly) noted that the bridesmaid may have been self-conscious or physically uncomfortable in the moment—not actually a terrible friend trying to sabotage the photos or make herself the star.

“Posing like that is not trying to make it into a maternity shoot, unless she pulled the camera person aside and asked to take pictures of herself with her bump. She was just trying to feel halfway decent about herself in the pictures. It sucks being pregnant,” wrote another commenter. “I agree that if you needed everyone to do the same pose, she should have followed suit, but don’t assume that she was trying to make it all about her. She was probably just trying to make it through the photoshoot without crying.”

Our best guess is the photos turned out just fine, regardless of the drama.

See more: Do Friendships Really Change After Marriage?

The Best Sheer Stocking Socks You Can Buy On Amazon

Growing up, I hated stockings. They were the enemy, something my mom would make me wear when I insisted on wearing a mini skirt in the middle of December. I would tear them up on purpose, much to her annoyance. Because they felt like such an afterthought—something I had to wear—I thought they made the rest of my outfit look weird.

I never saw them as anything but a nuisance until last September. At the Spring 2019 Prada show, models wore sheer black stockings with mod skirts, A-line dresses, and bodysuits. And while everyone was obsessing over the thick, padded headbands, I couldn’t stop thinking about those socks: They made the hyper-feminine prints and accessories feel tough, almost subversive. These stockings didn’t feel like an afterthought—they felt like an essential.

Prada’s take on the stocking reminded me of the cheap ones my mom would buy me from the drugstore—except, much more luxe. Naturally, the price tag would be much higher: The exact designer socks I fell in love with retail for $100.

Of course, they say “Prada” on the side, which adds both sophistication and zeros to the price tag. But still, I couldn’t stomach spending $100 on see-through stocking socks I used to basically destroy in my youth. Not to mention: My mom would be so pissed.

I moved on to indulge in other over-the-top runway trends, like padded velvet headbands (also Prada inspired), flower-shaped hair barrettes, and nail polish in every color of the rainbow—all of which I could easily find affordable dupes for. And I almost forgot about my brief infatuation with black stockings until the following Fashion Week.

At the Fall 2019 shows, sheer socks were once again on the runway—this time, at Self-Portrait, where all the models wore them with pointy black loafers.

As soon as I saw that collection, I realized I couldn’t wait any longer. It was time to buy stockings.

Instead of trying to track down the exact pair from the runway, I started my search for the hosiery of my dreams on Amazon. And there they were: the very type of sheer black socks I had been planning outfits around in my head, for just $13.99. And because this is Amazon, they came in a pack of twelve.

In the weeks since I’ve begun reacquainting myself with stockings, I’ve realized a few things. One, you can wear them with any kind of shoe: They dress up my white platform sneakers, but also make my sleek loafers feel less buttoned-up. They’re also great for the weird not-quite-winter-not-yet-spring weather that dominates mid-March, when you don’t want to wear tights but aren’t necessarily ready to break out the open-toed footwear yet. (Oh, by the way: These sheer socks look amazing with sandals, too.)

Part of me loves wearing stockings now, as an adult, because it reminds me of my earliest fashion rebellion, arguing with my mom about whether my mid-winter skirts required them. (Answer: Yes. Mom was right.) The return of this kind of sheer sock feels in line with all the other nostalgic trends dominating in 2019, which have been suggested to be a form of reassurance and comfort for millennials. They might not be as obvious as a sparkly hair clip or a prairie dress, but these stockings achieve the same effect. Plus, they make me feel like a Prada model—and I’m definitely not mad about that.

Buy Now: MANZI 12 Pairs Lady’s Sheer Knee High Stockings, $13.99, Amazon

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11 Best Foundations That Look Natural and Feel Lightweight

Trying to find the best foundation can often feel more like a chore than a walk through Sephora. There’s a lot of guesswork involved and what looks great on in the store can quickly become a different story four hours later. But like running a marathon or doing your laundry, the work is worth it. So we put ourselves to task. What we came up with: 11 stellar recommendations from our staffers (some makeup veterans, others who hadn’t worn the stuff in years) on the best natural-looking foundations. As they’ll tell you below, once you find the perfect base—something light enough to actually look like your skin, but strong enough to hide redness or even out dark spots—it changes everything. Scroll on to shop our picks.

16 Handbag Brands Making the New It Bags of 2019

They say actions speak louder than words but we think a logo bag speaks louder than that. It’s an instant conversation starter, which is part of its eternal appeal. Interlocking Chanel Cs scream elegance, bold faced white Supreme text against a red backdrop announces coolness, and a gold letter D dangling from a saddle bag makes people wonder if you’re an influencer. But not all of us want a loud (and often expensive) logo on display.

Luckily, even though Logomania is still riding strong, the absolute opposite is also just as in. If anything the most popular It-bags of 2019 haven’t the slightest indication of the designer at all (save for maybe the shape or beading) and are from up-and-comers like by Far or Susan Alexandra.

With spring rapidly approaching, chances are in the coming weeks you’ll have less pockets to put things in and will need a bag to throw everything into. So instead of turning to the classic designer options, consider these 16 handbag brands making logo-free investment bags instead.