This Decade Was a Golden Age for Reality TV

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt were so universally disliked in the mid-aughts that Chelsea Handler referred to them as “Herpes 1 and 2” on her late-night talk show. The platinum blond villains of Lauren Conrad’s The Hills were the poster children, of sorts, for society’s overall perception of reality TV back then: that it was shallow, unintelligent, and stacked with fame-hungry ego-maniacs who didn’t have talent so much as they had tenacity.

With their penchant for attracting the paparazzi, stars like Montag, Pratt, Paris Hilton, and Kim Kardashian spun straw into gold—earning checks by appearing in nightclubs, pushing products, and releasing heavily Auto-Tuned music. They were, quite frankly, our culture’s first major reality TV stars, and they paved the way for the shows of the 2010s. But their pursuits, no matter how successful, were mocked. Reality TV, and the players who inhabited it, were labeled “guilty pleasures”—not something to be taken seriously or discussed without some level of embarrassment. Please see: The time Pink released a whole song in 2006 dedicated to dissing stars like Hilton and Jessica Simpson. Its name? “Stupid Girls.”

The tides turned in the 2010s, though, especially in the latter half. After the 2016 election, and all the feelings of apocalyptic dread that came with it, entertainment became less focused on prestige and more about finding joy wherever you could. The romantic comedy experienced a resurgence on Netflix. Holiday movies on Hallmark and Lifetime were consumed in mass quantities. People took off work to stay home and watch Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding. Deflection and distraction was suddenly the name of the game.

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale 2019: The 17 Best Deals to Shop

Everyone’s holiday looks different, but whether you’re quietly reflecting on the past decade or already looking to New Year’s Eve parties, the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale will add an extra dash of cheer to the year’s end. Because with gifts exchanged, wine uncorked, and copious amounts of cookies consumed, there’s just one very important item left on the agenda for the remainder of 2019: cashing in on the best after-Christmas sales across the web.

The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale is the perfect place to start, with beauty steals, cozy essentials, and accessories, up to 50% off through January 2. There’s a lot to take in, so we scoured the sale and rounded up 17 things we’re adding to cart right now. Happy shopping!

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Sephora After-Christmas Sale 2019: The 15 Best Deals to Shop

Now that your holiday shopping for everyone else is over, it’s time to unwrap something for yourself—and what better place to treat yourself than the Sephora after-Christmas sale. Now’s your chance to snag the beauty buys you’ve been lusting after, but that Santa somehow missed the memo on this year.

The discounts at the beauty mecca—which include up to 50% off on coveted brands like Lancôme, Nars, and T3—are truly great this time of year. In the past, you needed a code to unlock the Sephora after-Christmas sale, but not this time around. We’ll cut right to the chase because the gift sets, hair tools, and skincare product deals definitely won’t stay in stock for long. Ahead, our list of the 15 best deals from the Sephora after-Christmas sale to shop now.

In case you’ve already had your fill of beauty products and want to spend your Christmas money elsewhere, make sure to check out our running list of the best after-Christmas sales for the best discounts on fashion, home, and tech stuff.

Lancôme Big Volume Lash Trio

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Lancôme A Skincare Dream

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If you’re a brand loyalist, long-time French favorite Lancôme, is front and center with gift sets up to 30% off. The Big Volume Lash Trio gift set, at just $20, is a Glamour beauty award winner, and with just a few strokes your lashes, you’ll have inky black lashes long enough to graze your brow bone.

For a more deluxe sampling of Lancôme’s hero products, try A Skincare Dream. For $68, this set comes with six of the brand’s most coveted skincare and makeup products, including Monsieur Big mascara, Cils Booster XL Eyelash Prime, and Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover.

DryBar Pre-Party Pack Buttercup Blow Dryer Kit

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T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand Set: Tapered, 1”, 1.5”

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Two other Sephora after-Christmas sale highlights include Bobbi Brown’s Couture Drama Eyeshadow Palette and Nars’ Free Lover Cheek Palette. Bobbi Brown’s 10-shade palette is a New Year’s Eve dream (think highly-pigmented warm matte, shimmer, and chrome shades) that will help you put together a dramatic eye for less than $30, while Nars’ Studio 54-inspired cheek palette will complete your night-out look with five blushes and one highlighter.

Bobbi Brown Couture Drama Eyeshadow Palette

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Nars Free Lover Cheek Palette

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As for lips, there’s no better time to hop on the lip gloss revival (thank you, Glossier) than now. We’re loving this duo from Marc Jacobs Beauty, now 10% off for $18. Prefer lipstick? Fenty Beauty is on sale too, and you can now scoop up Rihanna’s Poutsicle Juicy Satin Lipstick at 30% off for $14.

Marc Jacobs Beauty High Shine Gloss Duo

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Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Poutsicle Juicy Satin Lipstick

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If your blow dryer needs an upgrade, add DryBar’s Pre-Party Pack Buttercup blowdryer set to cart. The blow dryer and ceramic brush come with a travel-sized sampling of the brand’s best-selling blowout products, for $159 (instead of $199!). The quick-drying Buttercup, by the way, is a Glamour editor favorite hair-dryer, thanks to the bouncy blowouts it creates (and who doesn’t love a bouncy blowout?).

How to Get Over a Broken Heart: 16 Tips from a Psychologist

Also, know that feelings of rejection and diminished self-worth could trigger unhealthy responses like over or undereating or substance abuse, which could lead to a depressive spiral, says Porter. “Exercise, nutrition, and proper sleep will raise the floor on how bad you feel,” he adds.

8. Don’t judge the length of your healing process.

“Don’t equate the time of healing with the time of your relationship,” says Hendrix. Even ‘almost relationships’ can cause enormous heartbreak, says Huerta.

“A lot of times people are like, Well, I was only with them for six months. Why am I devastated?” says Hendrix. “Because you fell for them in six months and you’ve gotten super attached and you started spending every day and night together for a while. Your six months is like somebody else’s two years. So whatever you feel, honor that.” In truth, how long it takes to get over an ex depends on a variety of factors, including the narrative you tell yourself.

9. Don’t internalize the breakup.

In the aftermath of a difficult split, avoid thinking, I’m not good enough, there’s something wrong with me, says Porter. Instead, situate the problem in the relationship (if not in your partner), he says.

10. Identify and eliminate unhealthy behaviors.

Try to understand any impulses you may be having, like texting your ex, checking their Instagram every hour, or replaying every damn detail of your last weekend together. These urges are part of the natural withdrawal process that happens after heartbreak, but don’t let yourself overindulge in obsessive behaviors (like analyzing every aspect of your relationship until 4 a.m.), says Hendrix. If you find yourself spending significant time in this frame of mind, it might be wise to reach out to a coach or therapist for support.

11. Create new routines.

Realize that the breakup is likely going to cause voids in your life. Say you and your ex always went to the movies every Friday, says Hendrix. Now your Friday nights are wide open, but instead of wallowing alone, proactively call your friends and make plans.

12. Explore old—and new—interests.

Say you really enjoy the outdoors, but your ex didn’t, so while you were together, you cut back on your weekend hiking habit. Now that you’re single, give yourself permission to reconnect with that interest and also explore new hobbies. “The universe meets us at the point of action, and if we’re trying to heal, we have to take steps to heal,” says Hendrix.

Kate Middleton Wears a Chic Faux Fur Catherine Walker Coat for Christmas Day

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The event marks the first time Prince George, 6, and Princess Charlotte, 4, have appeared alongside their parents on the traditional Christmas morning walk. As for their one-year-old brother Prince Louis, he stayed at home since he’s still a little too young for the tradition.

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Prince George looked adorably dapper in a navy suit, while Princess Charlotte wore an adorable green, double-breasted coat that complemented her mom’s accessories.

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The young princess easily captured the hearts of the well-wishes, even stopping to hug a woman who gifted her a pink flamingo. Later on in the morning she was spotted curtsying as her great-grandmother passed by.

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Ahead of the Christmas Day festivities, the royal couple shared a candid new portrait on the Kensington Palace Instagram account.

The photo, which was taken by Middleton at the family’s Norfolk home earlier this year, sees Prince William crouching down to give his youngest son a kiss as Prince George and Princess Charlotte smile at the camera.

“Merry Christmas! This photograph of The Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis was taken by The Duchess of Cambridge in Norfolk earlier this year,” the caption read. “We wish all our followers a very happy and relaxing Christmas Day.”

Best After Christmas Sales 2019: Nordstrom, Amazon & More

Greylin: Update your closet with Greylin’s feminine and timeless pieces at 25% off sitewide. Use code FIREWORKS from December 26 through December 31.

Richer Poorer: Upgrade your basics with 40% off select item from December 26 through January 14.

The Best After Christmas Home & Tech Sales

Amazon: Last year, Amazon pulled a Cyber Monday Part 2, slashing prices on everything from TVs to computers, toys and games, and kitchen appliances and more up to 60% off. You’ll see that, plus even bigger savings on home decor and women’s fashion.

Apple AirPods with Charging Case

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Beats Wireless Noise Cancelling Over-Ear Headphones

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Casetify: Get your phone a new case (we like the monogrammed ones) with code BOXING19. Buy 2 cases, get 20% off and free shipping worldwide. Deal expires on December 27.

Walmart: Like Amazon, Walmart went all-out on its after Christmas sale, with deals on Dyson, Instant Pot, and more.

Jayson Home: Jayson Home’s holiday sales started early and will end late, running from December 20 through January 20. Save up to 50% off furniture, decor, lighting, rugs, and more.

Wayfair: Wayfair’s end-of-year sale started on December 23 and continues through January 5. Bedding, pillows and wall art is up to 75% off; rugs and comforters are 70% off; living room, outdoor, and office furniture are up to 65% off right now.

Boll & Branch: Make your home a bit more sustainable in 2020, with luxury bedding on sale at Boll & Branch. From December 25 to December 29, get 20% off sitewide with code TREAT20.

Organic Hemmed Sheet Set

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Women’s Organic Waffle Robe

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IKEA: You don’t have to go in-store to score on IKEA’s after Christmas sale. It starts December 26 and ends on January 5—with 50% off select sofas, bedroom furniture, and more.

Target: You may have just gone to Target to get your holiday decorations, but it’s time to head back, this time for after Christmas deals. Get up to 50% off everything from beauty to clothing, toys, and home decor.

Overstock: Talk about a sale worth waiting for. The Overstock after Christmas sale has discounts from December 20 through January 1. Save on rugs (starting at $49), occasional chairs (starting at $99) and patio furniture (starting at $99).

Jungalow: If your New Year’s resolution is to be a better plant mom, start with Jungalow’s after Christmas sale, with 15% off sitewide from December 27 to December 31. Use code CANTWAITFOR2020.

The Kardashians Annual Christmas Eve Party Was as Over-the-Top as Ever

Kendall wore a black gown with a feathered neckline, Khloé was in a gold dress, and Kourtney stunned in red.

As for Kylie, she shared a photo of herself and her daughter Stormi, dressed in matching dark green haute couture by Ralph & Russo. The gown featured featured an off-the-shoulder neckline and a thigh-high leg slit, which she paired with dark green diamond necklace.

“Most wonderful time of the year,” she captioned the shot.

Kim also went for an off-the-shoulder gown, which featured a snakeskin-print.

The guest list included Scott Disick, Sofia Richie and even some of the family’s famous exes.

Travis Scott was there…

…and Khloé’s ex Tristan Thompson also made an appearance.

Meanwhile, a gift-wrapped Sia provided the music for the night, singing from a doll box as dancers performed on stage beside her. The Kardashian sisters shared videos of her performing songs like “Chandelier.”

Kim even caught the moment the singer admitted she wants to join their family.

“You guys are my favorite. I was looking to get an adult adoption from Kris, but we realized tonight that I could marry Rob!” Sia jokingly said, adding, “I didn’t realize there’s more than one way to become a Kardashian. Obviously that’s what I’m trying to do.”

If being a Kardashian means getting an invite to this party, then we all volunteer as tribute.

Best Glitter Nail Polish for Perfect Sparkly Nails

Humanity’s interest in all things sparkly may go up tenfold during the holiday season, but unlike our neighbor’s Christmas lights, glitter nail polish won’t look out of place a few months from now. Twinkly nails take any party look up a notch this time of year, but we’re the first ones to advocate for some OTT fingertips on a random day in March too. Shimmery shades also have another distinct advantage: They’re beyond easy to apply and touch up, so even die-hard salon-manicure devotees can manage at home without disastrous results, and if they chip, it’s usually barely noticeable.

This winter go for a classic metallic like gold or silver, pair a festive red with a plush velvet dress, or indulge your inner six-year-old with sparkly pink or bright purple. That way, next time you’re feeling a little Grinch-like—such as, say, when your flight home is delayed for the third time—at least your nails will be in the holiday spirit. Shop 19 of our most-wanted glitter nail polishes, below.

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Kate Middleton Releases Candid New Photo of William, George, Charlotte, and Louis for Christmas

On Christmas Eve, Kensington Palace unveiled a candid new holiday photo of Prince William and his children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Kate Middleton is not featured in the picture, as she was the one who captured the sweet moment.

The black-and-white image, which was taken at the family’s Norfolk home earlier this year, sees the Duke of Cambridge crouching down to give his youngest son a kiss on the cheek while Princess Charlotte stands with her hands on little Louis’ shoulders. Prince George is photographed sitting in a nearby wicker chair, smiling at his mother behind the camera.

This is not the first time the duchess has shared her own pictures with the world. The palace often publishes photos taken by Middleton to mark important milestones in her family’s life, including birthdays and first days of school.

“Merry Christmas! This photograph of The Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis was taken by The Duchess of Cambridge in Norfolk earlier this year,” Kensington Palace captioned the shot. We wish all our followers a very happy and relaxing Christmas Day.”

The release of the new family portrait comes after a family photo of the Cambridges was leaked on Twitter last week. The photo showed the family-of-five posing on a vintage motorbike and sidecar. Though it wasn’t an official portrait, the photo was spotted on Queen Elizabeth’s desk when she delivered her annual Christmas address on Monday, December 24.

Kate and William’s black-and-white family photo seems to mirror Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s candid and intimate Christmas card that was released earlier this week. In the snap, shared via Twitter on by the royal charity Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, the newlywed couple sits in front of a Christmas tree while seven-month-old Archie poses front and center.

This year, Duke of Duchess of Sussex are spending the holiday in Canada while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend Christmas at the royal estate in Sandringham with the queen.

How to Tuck Baggy Pants Into Boots

Boot season brings out the best in my style sensibility: cold-weather footwear has staying power that defies the temperatures, and because I’m often wrapped in outerwear, I showcase them as best I can. Knee-height boots have the upper hand this year and it seems everyone’s been tucking their pants directly into said boots.

The trouser-tuck is an advanced maneuver, however, lending itself to some controversy if done incorrectly. The 2019-2020 version includes loose trousers, so if the pants are too tight you miss the style completely; grab too-billowy slacks and you’re dangerously close to looking like a pirate. For a true lesson in tucking pants into boots, we turned to this season’s masters who’ve proven how versatile this trend can be.