Selena Gomez Wore Two Chic Winter Outfits to Promote ‘Rare’

2019 has been a great year for Selena Gomez fans. She returned from a hiatus to release two catchy singles, “Lose You to Love Me” and “Look at Her Now,” and announced that a full-length album, Rare, is on the way. But aside from churning out new hits, Gomez’s return has also provided onlookers with some expert winter outfit inspo.

The latest entries to the Selena Gomez style guide? Two outfits she wore on Friday, while visiting NRJ Radio in Paris to promote her new album.

Gomez arrived at the radio show in a black slip dress and black duster jacket embellished with rhinestones and feathers. She completed her outfit with a pair of black stilettos.

Her look—monochromatic with a hint of sparkle—would be perfect for a New Year’s Eve gathering. But copping Gomez’s exact outfit might require a celebrity stylist on speed dial. The singer’s coat was ID’d as Miu Miu, while her dress was by Paco Rabanne, and her shoes were from Prada.

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Her second outfit of the day dialed down the winter glamour for a cozier aesthetic. The singer left the studio in an animal print sweater dress, worn over black tights and suede boots.

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Once again, the pieces in Gomez’s weekend-ready look came from some of French fashion’s biggest labels; her sweater dress was Givenchy and her boots were Saint Laurent.

Gomez’s Rare promotional tour has included plenty more chic outfits—and even a few steals. On Thursday, Gomez mixed high and low with Louis Vuitton boots and a $300 coat from Mango. Like the second outfit from her Radio NRJ visit, it incorporated some ever-popular animal prints.

The 27-year-old has served more than outfit inspiration during her Rare promotion tour. She also marked the new chapter in her music career with a new haircut. Just days ago, she unveiled a ‘70s-inspired shag haircut with bangs while visiting London.

Two outfits in one day is where most of us max out, but Gomez has been known to wear several outfits in 24 hours. Her record: Five outfits on a 2017 trip to London.

Not Even Kylie Jenner Can Resist Target’s Christmas Decorations

Of all the pieces in Jenner’s holiday tableau, her tree is the most special; Jenner revealed that she recreated the Christmas tree she had in her home as a child. “I love this because I wanted Stormi to experience what I used to experience growing up, and all the amazing memories that I have,” she said. “These ornaments my mom had, and I used to love sitting by the tree and just looking at them. I wanted the same thing for Stormi so I got all of these ornaments.”

See for yourself in the video below. (Jenner’s home tour starts at the 5:38 minute mark.)

Jenner stretched Target’s holiday inventory to the max, but she added that decorations aren’t the most important part of the season to her. “I think what I’m grateful for most during the holidays is my family,” Jenner said. “It’s definitely a time where I reflect.”

The Kylie Cosmetics founder has a lot to reflect on as 2019 comes to a close. This holiday season caps the year in which she celebrated her 22nd birthday, her daughter’s first birthday…and sold a 51% stake in her business for a cool $600 million.

How to Use A Vibrator, According to a Neuroscientist

No matter how often you use your vibrator, or on what setting, you aren’t going to permanently desensitize your genitals. That is a myth. What is more likely to happen is that you will find it easier over time to experience sexual pleasure.

Experiment with different parts of your body

The key to good sex, even with yourself, is savoring sensations rather than chasing the orgasm. Start slow. Set the scene. Make sure you will have privacy. Use the vibrator to stimulate various parts of the body and tune into the sensations.

The famous sexologists, Masters and Johnson, developed a simple, yet powerful exercise for couples called sensate focus to help them get out of their heads and into satisfying sexual experience by mutually exploring all body regions, not just genitals. Basically, it’s a set of instructions for one hell of a date night.

You don’t need to have a partner to do this kind of pleasurable exploring. I encourage clients to take a vibrator and literally to go from head to toe, applying vibration, or sensual touch, all over. Start with the scalp and work your way down, exploring under your arms, your upper and inner thighs, your lower belly, all the way down to the souls of your feet. Our “primary erogenous” zones—the genitals, lips, nipples—have tons of nerve endings which make them super sensitive, but we forget that our beautiful bodies come equipped with many other parts capable of giving us erotic delights. When you find out what works for you, you can create your own body “pleasure map” which can be shared with a partner to expand your erotic territory, exploring all areas of the body. Be adventurous—you never know where your own erogenous map may lie.

And don’t forget that the brain is the most powerful, sex organ of all. Here’s a great example from my lab: I published a study showing that using your mind to think about pleasurable genital stimulation (i.e. imagining being stimulated by a dildo) can powerfully activate pleasure places in the brain. Translation: When using a vibrator, focus on the sensations you are experiencing and ground them in your mind by staying present.

How to use a vibrator with a partner

If the idea of introducing your partner to your vibrator seems awkward, you’re certainly not alone. But take heart! Studies show that couples who communicate openly about their sex lives are generally happier than those who don’t.

Another recent study showed that women who use vibrators reported not only enhanced self-esteem but greater relationship satisfaction—providing that their partners were on board. A great way to do that is to include them in the selection of the vibrator and find a toy that’s fun for you both—there are vibrators specially designed for use with couples that can be worn during sex, or you can use your current vibrator to jump-start desire during foreplay, or apply your vibe to your clitoris during partnered sex.

The bottom line is that our willingness to take risks beyond our comfort zones to explore pleasure is key to creating ongoing sexual potential with our partners.

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Nan Wise, Ph.D. is AASECT certified sex therapist, neuroscientist, certified relationship expert, and author of Why Good Sex Matters: Understanding the Neuroscience of Pleasure for a Smarter, Happier, and More Purpose-Filled Life. Follow her @AskDoctorNan.

Scarlett Johansson Called Fiancé Colin Jost the ‘Love of My Life’ During Saturday Night Live

The biggest surprise on last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live wasn’t a special guest or an on-point sketch about the 2020 election. It was a moment that Scarlett Johansson, the evening’s host, shared with her fiancé and “Weekend Update” anchor Colin Jost during her opening monologue.

It was Johansson’s sixth time hosting the show—so she started off her monologue with some quips about her return to the Studio 8H. “If the show’s bad, what are the going to do? Fire my fiancé?” Johansson said. “Oh no! What will we do without his paycheck?”

Then, the monologue turned into a mini-Avengers installment, in which Pete Davidson made members of the cast disappear with “Infinity Stones.” At one point, Jost ran onstage to tell Johansson he’s okay, and she barely reacts. “I thought you’d be more relieved to see me!” Jost says. Johansson replies: “No, yeah. It’s great.”

After retrieving the other SNL cast members and ending Davidson’s reign of terror, Johansson’s monologue took a heartfelt turn. “I just want to say that this place means so much to me,” Johansson said, with Jost at her side. “I have so many friends here and I met the love of my life here.” She then gave Jost a quick kiss to applause from the audience.

You can watch her entire monologue below:

Johansson and Jost were first rumored to be an item when they were spotted engaging in PDA at an SNL wrap party in May 2017. Since then, they’ve only been spotted on a handful of red carpets together, including two Avengers premieres and the 2018 Met Gala. The couple confirmed their engagement to the Associated Press around two years later.

Johansson and Jost aren’t known for opening up about their relationship—hence the surprise at their on-air moment. The few times Johansson has spoken about her soon-to-be husband, though, indicate how happy the two are together. “It was surprising; he’s got a lot behind that news desk he’s hiding,” she said about Jost in an interview with People. “He’s very charming and very thoughtful and romantic.”

Johansson has been married two times previously: first to actor Ryan Reynolds, and then to French journalist Romain Dauriac. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the actor said she’s matured since her first marriage. “I feel like I’m in a place in my life, I feel I’m able to make more active choices,” she said. “I’m more present, I think, than I’ve been before.”

Your Horoscope for the Week of December 16, 2019

Congratulations, you’ve made it! Capricorn season brings this week to a close along with the midwinter solstice: the longest night of the year. The only way is up as the days begin to shine more light into the dark evening. Venus, the love principle, changes sign into Aquarius, encouraging appreciation of people from all walks of life. Keep an open heart, and respect differences at the doorway to the holiday season. Read on to discover what’s in store for your sign during the week of December 16 through to December 22, 2019, and double down by getting to know your rising sign.

Aries | Aries rising

As the sun lights up your career zone over the next month, this is the perfect time to place yourself in a position of recognition. Make it easy for others to know what you do, what you’re about and what you wish to do. You are shining in your public image, so if your business is you, promote. Are your message and branding clear across all channels? If not, align it with easy-to-understand formatting. Less personal shots of your holiday season carousing, more professional shots letting us know what you do! But it’s not all work for you, Aries; just in time for the weekend, Venus, the planet of connections, ensures you’re ready to say yes to all the party invites coming your way. Joy is in meeting people from all walks of life, so consider options you wouldn’t normally.

Taurus | Taurus rising

The depth and intensity of the last few months begin to lighten up this week as the sun moves into your travel and philosophy zone. While clouds of intrigue haven’t quite cleared up (which is great because they’re roiling in your zone of sex!), take any truths you’ve discovered and turn them around in your mind, talk them out, and get a debate going. This will help integrate ideas and concepts into your world view and belief system that can not only help you navigate but inadvertently teach others. You may decide to consciously use them for content! Traveling will hold extra allure for you, or even studying—either plan something big, well in advance, and make it super practical, or consider a course to feed your mind over the holiday season. Or perhaps it’s time to commit to studying for that official certification?

Meghan Markle Sent One of Her Biggest Fans a Sweet Thank You Note

Somewhere in Charleston, South Carolina, a teenage Meghan Markle fan is having a very good weekend.

Becca Anderson, the aforementioned royal fan, shared the unthinkable on her Instagram Stories this week: Anderson had received a letter from Buckingham Palace dictated by none other than the Duchess of Sussex.

Per The Daily Mail, Anderson told her Instagram followers that she had written Markle a “letter of encouragement.” (She didn’t specify what, exactly, her letter said.) And on Friday, the teen posted a picture of a letter she received from Markle’s team in return.

While the letter wasn’t written directly by Markle, it included a message straight from the royal to her U.S. fan. “Her Royal Highness appreciated your generous words of support and has asked me to send you warmest thanks,” it said. The letter was signed by Claudia Spens, who serves as the royal family’s official head of general correspondence.

Here’s the entire note, courtesy of The Daily Mail:

“The Duchess of Sussex has asked me to thank you for your thoughtful card. It was so kind of you to take the trouble to write as you did. Her Royal Highness appreciated your generous words of support and has asked me to send you warmest thanks and best wishes.”

Markle is known for keeping up correspondence with some of her admirers. In October, she enlisted Prince Harry to deliver a voicemail to Aleyna Genc, Markle’s longtime student pen pal, during one of his solo engagements. Markle began writing Genc after the student saw the duchess deliver a speech at the United Nations.

It hasn’t just been royal super fans who’ve shared kind messages with Markle lately. A wave of public support hit the Duchess of Sussex in October, following the release of a documentary in which she opened up about media scrutiny. “[…] not many people have asked if I’m okay. But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes,” Markle said in the film regarding the pressure she’s endured.

For now, Markle and Prince Harry are far from the public eye. They’re in the middle of a six week break from royal duties.

The Best Golden Globes Looks From the Early 2000s

Nostalgia is hitting us hard as we near the start of a new decade, and revisiting the best Golden Globes looks of the last 20 years decades seems like a good way to handle it. In the year 2000, we were still fascinated by ’90s queen Winona Ryder, Meg Ryan, and Jennifer Love Hewitt, while getting to know women that rose to be—pardon the expression—”America’s sweethearts” during the early 2000s like Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, and Halle Berry. As for fashion, it was in a state of flux. The minimal looks of the ’90s were still in full swing, but the exaggerated styles of the early 2000s were slowly making its way into new collections. Ahead of the 2020 Golden Globe Awards, take a look at the best and most memorable Globes looks that offered us an early glimpse at 21st-century fashion.

7 TV Shows and Movies to Watch the Week of December 15, 2019

We’re only 10 days away from Christmas, so I’m sure you have a lot of holiday shopping to do. But what if you just…procrastinated on that? Just for a few days? There are a few holiday-themed TV shows and movies airing this week that deserve your undivided attention. And a few non holiday-themed ones, too! I mean, come on, what’s more appealing: braving the outside cold to buy your mom a candle she’ll only use once, or watching a Netflix comedy special? Thought so.

Below, all the TV shows and movies to watch this week:

Sunday, December 15

Alice in Christmasland: A follow-up to January’s Alice in Winterland, which starred Chad Michael Murray and centered on “a final contestant on a dating show who must face her high school sweetheart when she is chosen for the Hometown Date.” 8 P.M. ET on Hallmark

Monday, December 16

Love & Hip Hop: New York: Watch the super trailer for season 10, below. 8 P.M. ET on VH1

Tuesday, December 17

Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America!: Ronny Chieng’s latest standup special, which Netflix says includes his take on “all the stuff in America” and the “nightly content competition.” Streaming on Netflix

Wednesday, December 18

Soundtrack: Netflix’s official description reads, “Love, loss, and transformative luck intersect in this musical drama about two struggling artists experiencing life at full volume in Los Angeles.” Streaming on Netflix

Thursday, December 19

2020 Miss America Competition: Karamo Brown and Kelly Rowland are two of the judges of this year’s pageant, which takes place at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. Streaming on Netflix

Friday, December 20

The Witcher: Netflix’s new fantasy series should satiate those looking for some Game of Thrones–adjacent content. The official description reads, “Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster-hunter for hire, journeys toward his destiny in a turbulent world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.” Streaming on Netflix

Saturday, December 21

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas: Read Hallmark’s synopsis of this movie, below: 8 P.M. ET on Hallmark

“As mayors of neighboring New Hampshire towns, longtime rivals Liam and Sarah are determined to best each other on their way to leading their hamlets to victory in the annual statewide “Christmas Spirit Competition.” When both towns unexpectedly advance to the contest’s final round, the mayors decide their best hope lies in working with, rather than against, each other. As they collaborate on a celebration showing what Christmas means to their communities, they discover their own holiday miracle: love.”

David’s Bridal Will No Longer Charge More for Plus-Size Wedding Dresses

One of the largest retail chains for wedding attire is making a massive change to their pricing structure—at last.

David’s Bridal announced it will no longer charge higher prices for plus-size wedding dresses and bridesmaids’ gowns. “On average, the up charge for a plus-size wedding gown is nearly 15 percent, and we do not believe that a woman’s size should determine how much she pays,” Jim Marcum, CEO of David’s Bridal, said in a statement given to Glamour. “Since I started at David’s Bridal just over four months ago, I have made it my number one priority to serve all brides, making it our mission to remind every bride that she is beautiful.”

David’s Bridal has been size-inclusive—carrying size 0 through 30W—for some time, but now it’s also making sure the brand is treating all of its customers fairly when it comes to price, the deciding factor for so many brides-to-be. (The brand also recently announced the introduction of free returns and exchanges.)

“Going forward, all brides and bridesmaids will pay the same price for the same style, regardless of the size,” the statement added.

While equal pricing no matter size seems totally logical, it simply has not been the way the business model has worked previously. The so-called “fat tax” (or price parity) is not exclusive to the bridal industry and generally pervasive across many retail brands. (Airlines and spas have also been accused of up-charging larger customers.)

“Yes, it takes more fabric to make a larger garment versus a smaller one, which could be why some people want to put that back onto the customer, but that doesn’t seem like the right way to do things,” Chromat’s Becca McCharen-Tran told Glamour earlier this year, adding that designers can adjust wholesale margins based on the largest size they sell to offset expenses while keeping the price consistent. “If I were a designer working with leather or an expensive fabric, I would alter the margin to reflect the most expensive version. It’s offensive to charge it back to the customer.”

Hopefully more brands, bridal and otherwise, will follow suit.

Taylor Swift Celebrated Her 30th Birthday With an Over-the-Top Holiday Party

The singer took to Instagram to share that she hosted an afterparty—at NYC’s Oscar Wilde restaurant—to toast to her birthday. And, unsurprisingly, there was a theme and plenty of her A-list besties in attendance. Guests included her boyfriend Joe Alwyn, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Halsey, and Camila Cabello. Her childhood bestie, Abigail, also made an appearance in the photos. “Happy birthday but make it santa 🎅,” she wrote in the caption of one pic showing her guests wearing Santa hats and other Christmas-y accessories.

“Honestly spending my 30th with the fans who have made my life what it is at jingle ball, then throwing the most aggressive holiday party known to womankind… I just.. seriously feel so lucky for you all and will spend forever trying to find ways to say thank you. cries in Christmas tree,” the singer captioned another one of the photos.

And of course, there was dancing.

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Her second cake of the evening was equally amazing and also cat-themed. Swift is set to star in the film version of Cats and is a longtime feline lover who owns three herself—Meredith, Olivia, and Benjamin—who all appear to be represented on the dessert. “Fur real guys this was my cake 🎂,” she wrote on Instagram.

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