Because fashion is one of the few things left in the world that moves at a slow pace, we just wrapped the four-week stretch known as Fashion Month—in which designers from New York, London, Milan, and Paris set the new trends for two seasons from now. There were gorgeous clothes and groundbreaking model moments, of course, but there were also some truly outstanding beauty looks, particularly when it came to hair. And unlike, say, a down jacket or miniskirt, hair isn’t weather dependent, which means we can wear our favorite styles from the runways now and into the fall. And oh man, were there some good hair ideas. From the freshest new take on ponytails (so many ponytails!) to the revival of crimped hair (yep, it’s coming back), read on for our editors’ favorite looks of the season.
I’ve believed in the idea of an “investment piece” since I got my first paycheck. I would save up a month’s worth of babysitting money to buy that one top I had my eye on, that I absolutely needed and “couldn’t live without.” It doesn’t matter that I probably only ended up wearing it twice—it was satisfying to me to work towards buying something for myself, especially as someone who’s always loved fashion. Even now, as an adult, I still tend to spend in this way: I won’t shop frequently, but I will put away money with the purpose of blowing it all on one thing that feels special. It helps that, as an editor, I’m constantly learning about new brands and, over the years, have been able to identify the handful of silhouettes that are essential to me (and can feel good spending a little bit more on.) It’s taken me years, but I’ve finally found a label that checks off every single one of my requirements: The designs have to be minimal and refined, that I can wear multiple times a week without getting tired of them, that are versatile enough to withstand the lifestyle of someone with a full-time fashion job and two kids.
Reader, let me tell you, Totême has changed the game for me.
This Swedish brand is a few years old (it was founded in 2014), but it’s only recently taken over the “essentials” section of my closet. What really set it apart for me, in a market that’s saturated with brands making basics, is its easy Scandinavian minimalism. Totême is the brainchild of blogger Elin Kling and husband Karl Lindman, who are both from Sweden. And you can tell how their background informs their design, from the limited, muted color palette to the tight product edit.
The first thing I bought from Totême was a pair of black trousers. And ever since I first wore them out, people have been stopping to ask me where I got them from and where I got them tailored. That’s how well they fit. (And for the record: They didn’t need a tailor.) To be able to purchase a piece of clothing that actually fit as intended, without the intervention of a third party, is what sold me on the brand. That doesn’t usually happen for me: Usually, the waist will be too loose and the pant too long, so I’ll have to have it tightened and hemmed. Not the case here.
Totême doesn’t design according to trends, so its pieces don’t go out with every passing season. Instead, your purchase is meant to live on in your closet. (As such, the pricing is not quite luxury, but not disposable: Pieces start at just under $100 and cap out at just under $1,000.) That doesn’t mean they’re not special, though: There are plenty of details, like a front slit on a pant or asymmetrical buttons on a blouse, that make them stand out from all your regular black bottoms and white button-downs. Whenever I wear something from this brand, I immediately get that feeling of, Wow, this looks effortless—which, to be honest, is the ultimate and hardest-to-achieve fashion goal.
As of this post, I own around 25 pieces from Totême. (Yes, I love the brand that much.) I’ve worn them to the office, to dinner, to my kid’s school, and on vacation. Now, I’m sharing my best-kept wardrobe secret so you, too, can stock up on these new essentials. Find some of my favorites, below.
When I first moved to New York, I worked in book publishing, where I assisted two lovely women (Michelle and Jen, hi!). As cliché as it sounds, we became like a little family during my year at the company. Once, they took turns cradling me in their arms when I showed up violently hungover to our office Christmas party. (I was 22, and it was the holiday season—what can I say?) Our weekly check-ins became like mini-therapy sessions. We even exchanged framed photos from The First Wives Club, our favorite movie, with our faces photoshopped over Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton’s.
When I realized I was ready to move on from that job to pursue my dream of writing here at Glamour, I was a wreck about how to tell them—and petrified that leaving would break our bond. Before I quit, I spent a lot of time thinking about their communication styles and how I could make them feel valued. Gifts and notes were a big part of our relationships, so after I delivered the news face-to-face I gave each of them a card. I peppered my note with anecdotes about the great times we’d had together, inside jokes, and how their mentorship had prepared me to take on my next role. Now, they’re still my biggest cheerleaders. We have dinner at least every other month, they read all of my articles, and I stay just as caught up about their lives. It’s not always easy to let your boss know you’re ready to move on, but the very best ones will still be proud of you, as sad as they are to see you go.
We spoke to former employers and employees who still get happy hour drinks, share memes over DM, and go to one another for advice about how they were able to leave the nest, while still keeping their relationship in tact.
Give Your Boss Their Due
“Before I became the editor-in-chief of Glamour, I was the head of social media and director of strategy at CNN. My boss was Meredith Artley, CNN’s editor-in-chief. We worked together for about three and a half years, and I don’t think I could be in this job right now if she hadn’t been my previous boss. When this opportunity at Glamour came up, I was actually really happy in my job—so it was surprising that I was leaving.
“When it came time to tell Meredith I was resigning, she was very excited for me. We both shed some tears, and we were mutually very excited as well as mutually upset that we were no longer going to be working together. But she saw it as a big move for me, because the best bosses are your biggest cheerleaders when you’re with them and when you go onto different, bigger, and better things. It was also really important to me to make sure Meredith knew I wouldn’t be getting this job without her. Don’t be shy about articulating how much this boss meant to you. If you’re leaving because your boss has helped you grow into a place where you can take this next job—like mine did—make sure you say that.
“If you want to remain friends with your boss, make sure it’s not just platitudes when you say you want to stay in touch. I reach out to Meredith all the time, I’m always chasing her for dinner and drinks so don’t just say it—actually follow up. In my first few months at Glamour I even went to Meredith for advice about some of the things I wanted to tackle in my new role. Make sure to keep them in your corner.” —Samantha Barry, editor-in-chief of Glamour
Be Real With Them
“I was a Project Manager at an agency in New Orleans for six months. I worked under the COO, and we were close. She was a great mentor, and I spent most of my days in her office working through problems. When I knew I wanted to leave, I had a conversation with her very early about what I was thinking about for my next step, and was honest that I was toying around with a few ideas. Although she didn’t want me to leave, she was able to give me great advice about following through on what’s best for me. She knew that I needed to spread my wings further and didn’t hold back on encouraging me to leave if I needed to. When I finally put in my resignation she already knew it was coming. The conversation was mainly filled with advice and encouragement.
Kate Beckinsale and Pete Davidson‘s relationship is the most surprising celebrity coupling to happen since, well, Davidson’s relationship with Ariana Grande. Everyone was thrown for a loop when the Saturday Night Live star and the British actress were seen flirting at a post-Golden Globes party. They’ve kept things low-key since then, but there have been a few public outings that suggest their affection is at least growing. From kissing at a hockey game (sorry, Antoni) to a rumored vacation with friends, these two are shaping up to be the it couple of 2019. If they’re even dating, of course. Keep in mind neither has formally confirmed their relationship status. But they’re captivating the entire Internet, even still.
Below, a complete timeline of Kate Beckinsale and Pete Davidson’s whirlwind romance:
January 8, 2019: Beckinsale and Davidson are spotted leaving a Golden Globes after-party together. “They were being very flirty together, they were sitting very close on the outside patio seating,” a source told Page Six. “Kate had her hand on his knee, and she kept laughing at all his jokes.”
January 10, 2019: Beckinsale slyly responds to an Instagram commenter who took a dig at her and Davidson. “Dear heavens, Kate. Not Pete Davidson,” the person wrote underneath a photo Beckinsale uploaded of her mom, Judy Loe. She simply responded, “No, that’s my mother. Easy mistake.”
January 14, 2019: Davidson low-key references Beckinsale at one of his standup shows. Us Weekly reports that when an audience member shouted Beckinsale’s name, Davidson “smiled sheepishly” and said one very telling word: “yes.”
February 4, 2019: Davidson and Beckinsale are photographed holding hands yet again.
February 8, 2019: Davidson’s ex-fiancée Ariana Grande gives his relationship with Beckinsale her seal of approval. When asked by a TMZ cameraman what she thinks of the union, she responded, “So cute!”
February 10, 2019: Rumors spread the two are planning a holiday together.Specifically, a trip with friends to somewhere like Hawaii or Bali. “They want to keep things low key–Kate is recovering from being hospitalized and Pete just went through a really tough time very publicly–but it’s hard as they can’t keep their hands off each other in public,” a source told The Sun. “They’re planning a holiday to get away from the cameras and get to know each other better. They want to take the pressure off and see where the relationship will go.”
February 12, 2019: A story comes out in Heat magazine with more details about Beckinsale and Davidson. “Pete is absolutely besotted… he’s been showering her with gifts and burning up her phone,” a source told the publication. However, this person doesn’t seem to think the relationship will last. “She’ll get bored eventually and move on like she always does,” the source added. “That’ll leave Pete nursing a broken heart because he always falls hard and fast like this. Look at what happened with Ariana.”
February 16, 2019: Beckinsale shuts down yet another stranger who made a rude comment about her and Davidson. “Disappointed in your dating choices,” the user wrote, to which she replied, “Pretty let down by your wonky beard but thought possibly rude to say.”
March 4, 2019: Beckinsale and Davidson have their first public kiss. At a New York Rangers hockey game. This pic of the two of them plus Queer Eye‘s Antoni Porowski has since become a viral meme.
March 5, 2019: More details about their relationship emerge. “Kate’s very into Pete,” an insider tells E! News. “You wouldn’t necessarily put them together, but it’s working for now. She’s excited about getting to know him and hoping to spend more time with him.” The source added, “He always has her laughing, and that’s a good feeling to have. They talk a lot and never run out of things to say.”
Yesterday, March 4, Ariana Grande posted a mysterious tweet directed at Starbucks that featured a string of seemingly random emojis. But it turns out, she wasn’t just craving caffeine. The singer just unveiled that she’s actually teamed up with the coffee company to release her very own drink: the Cloud Macchiato.
Starbucks then revealed in a tweet that the new drink comes in caramel and cinnamon, and it’s so “light and fluffy they’re basically a cloud in a cup.” No, there is no Grande-branded sweetener involved, but the concoction does contain a vanilla-flavored foam made with egg white powder, which causes it to appear cloud-like. That frothy quality also explains why the company had been non-stop tweeting about clouds in the last 24 hours.
“We’ve long been fans of Ariana Grande’s (and we’re both fans of Clouds), so we’re excited to work with her to celebrate the debut of Cloud Macchiato,” Starbucks said in a statement, according to USA Today.
Ariana, meanwhile, tweeted a few photos in a Starbucks apron and hash-tagged them #starbucksambassador. Within just a few minutes, fans had already swarmed their local baristas and started posting pictures of the drink. One fan, whom Ariana retweeted, let the world know that they could “officially confirm that the caramel cloud macchiato does indeed slap.”
However, others had some very legitimate questions. The egg white powder doesn’t appear to be safe for vegans who still want a side of cloud in their beverage. And others took issue with Ariana partnering up with a big corporation so close to International Women’s Day, calling it a version of “branded female empowerment.” (Starbucks has shared that for International Women’s Day, they’re also planning to release two playlists, one which will include Grande.)
“You cannot write better parody of woke capitalism than the actual thing,” one Twitter user wrote, adding, “Happy International Women’s Day from Ariana Grande and Starbucks. You’re doing feminism with the coffee.” Ariana only responded to say International Women’s Day is on March 8, but didn’t address the criticism further.
She later tweeted about her upcoming tour, which is going to keep her busy the next few months—we’re guessing she’s going to be drinking a lot of her own coffee when she needs a boost.
Yesterday, March 4, Ariana Grande posted a mysterious tweet directed at Starbucks that featured a string of seemingly random emoji. But it turns out she wasn’t just craving caffeine. The singer just unveiled that she’s actually teamed up with the coffee company to release her very own drink: the Cloud Macchiato.
Starbucks then revealed in a tweet that the new drink comes in caramel and cinnamon, and it’s so “light and fluffy they’re basically a cloud in a cup.” No, there is no Grande-branded sweetener involved, but the concoction does contain a vanilla-flavored foam made with egg white powder, which causes it to appear cloudlike. That frothy quality also explains why the company had been nonstop tweeting about clouds in the last 24 hours.
“We’ve long been fans of Ariana Grande’s (and we’re both fans of Clouds), so we’re excited to work with her to celebrate the debut of Cloud Macchiato,” Starbucks said in a statement, according to USA Today.
Grande, meanwhile, tweeted a few photos in a Starbucks apron and hashtagged them #starbucksambassador. Within just a few minutes, fans had already swarmed their local baristas and started posting pictures of the drink. One fan, whom Ariana retweeted, let the world know that they could “officially confirm that the caramel cloud macchiato does indeed slap.”
However, others had some very legitimate questions. The egg white powder doesn’t appear to be safe for vegans who still want a side of cloud in their beverage. And others took issue with Grande partnering up with a big corporation so close to International Women’s Day, calling it a version of “branded female empowerment.” (Starbucks has shared that for International Women’s Day it’s also planning to release two playlists, one which will include Grande.)
“You cannot write better parody of woke capitalism than the actual thing,” one Twitter user wrote, adding, “Happy International Women’s Day from Ariana Grande and Starbucks. You’re doing feminism with the coffee.” Grande only responded to say International Women’s Day is on March 8, but didn’t address the criticism further.
Grande later tweeted about her upcoming tour, which is going to keep her busy the next few months—we’re guessing she’s going to be drinking a lot of her own coffee when she needs a boost.
You’d think that by the time they got to Paris, the fashion crowd would be tired of dressing up for fashion shows. But if the street style coming out of the very last Fashion Week for Fall 2019 can teach us anything, it’s that this crew doesn’t waste outfit opportunities.
Paris Fashion Week has drawn to a close, and it showcased some of the most inventive personal style we’ve seen this year. Revamped Canadian tuxedos, daytime evening wear, dressed-down suiting—we saw it all. And we’re leaving Fashion Month with a lot of new outfit ideas to take with us through the spring and summer.
Ahead, see some of the excellent street-style moments to come out of Paris Fashion Week.
At a mere 21 years old, Kylie Jenner is officially the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, according to Forbes magazine. And she got there faster than the previous title-holder, Mark Zuckerberg, who reached the milestone at age 23. It also means she’s worth more than her family, including sisters Kim, Khloé, Kourtney, Kendall…and, yes, even momager Kris.
The bulk of Jenner’s worth comes, of course, from her mega-successful Kylie Cosmetics brand, which expanded via an exclusive deal with Ulta last year. Forbes notes that over the first six weeks at Ulta, Kylie Cosmetics sold $54.5 million worth of products. Based on (conservative) projections, they estimate that Kylie Cosmetics is worth $900 million—and Jenner owns the entire company. Adding in the cash that she’s already made, Jenner is a billionaire. “I didn’t expect anything. I did not foresee the future,” she told Forbes. “But [the recognition] feels really good. That’s a nice pat on the back.”
No matter your opinions on the Kardashian-Jenners, that’s incredibly impressive. But what many are taking issue with online is the designation of Jenner as “self-made,” given the rich and famous family that she comes from. (You may remember a similar conversation last July when she was almost to the billion-dollar mark.)
“She founded the company. She started the company with money that she made—$250,000 from modeling,” Kerry Dolan, the assistant managing editor of Forbes explained on Today. “She owns 100% of it. We know she comes from a wealthy family, but she started the business and she owns it so, in our books, she’s self-made.”
Some people on the Internet felt differently, of course. “‘Self-made’ is so delusional too,” wrote one Twitter user. “She certainly had a head start with money in this world, every resource already at her fingertips, and a mighty nice cushion of money to fall back on had she failed. Someone like Mark Z actually innovated and created his place in the world.”
But Jenner has defenders, too. “Kylie Jenner made most of her money on her own,” said one on Twitter. “She has a business mind and honestly, has worked her ass off. Just because you come from spotlight doesn’t mean the spotlight made you. Lot of entrepreneurs out there that came from multimillionaire /billionaire parents who weren’t.”
Whether you want to categorize Jenner’s success as “self-made” or not, there’s really no denying the magnitude of it.
Some things are so iconic, they need no introduction. The beauty world has its own set of superstars, like P50 toner, MAC’s Ruby Woo, and Diorshow. Among them is Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow—the internet’s most well-loved brow product. A quick Reddit search pulls up hundreds of Dipbrow mentions, while dozens of celebrities have professed their love for the long-lasting pomade (both Kim and Khloé Kardashian are among the list).
And it’s not just Dipbrow that’s reached cult status: ABH has some other seriously good brow products, too (not surprising, given that’s what the brand’s founder Anastasia Soare made her name on). Both Brow Wiz, a micro-tipped pencil perfect for details and the Brow Definer, a slanted multitasking pencil, have devoted fan bases of their own.
Launching this week, a new member of the Dipbrow family joins ABH’s lineup, and it’s so good. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Gel is a super pigmented brow gel with a texture in between that of a gel and a pomade. The brand claims it’s waterproof and that a few swipes deliver brows that look naturally fluffy and full. Because it’s so pigmented, it can also be used with a angled brush straight on your skin for more definition, rather than just a standard spoolie brush through the hairs.
I don’t like my brows to look too done, and stay away from pencils and pomades, so this is right up my alley. The Dipbrow Gel is super easy to apply, it has a really skinny brush that coats every brow hair without getting all over the place. I did find the texture a little runnier than expected, so I found it helpful to wipe off some product before going straight to my brows to avoid using too much. Then I apply it in upward strokes to perk up my brows. The result? My brows look fuller, fluffier, and more defined, but not fake. I was seriously impressed by how rich the pigment is. It gives the defined (but not overdone) look of a pomade with the ease of a gel.
The other thing that converted me was its staying power. I have longer brow hairs, and I don’t know what it is, but no matter if I use a gel, wax, or combination of both, my perfectly coiffed brows end up unruly by lunch time. Until now. Even after changing my shirt twice and going about my day, my brows stayed in place until I washed my face at night. It’s safe to say this stuff will be well on its way to icon status, like, tomorrow.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Gel, $18, anastasiabeverlyhills.com
Bella Cacciatore is a beauty assistant at Glamour. Follow her at bellacacciatore_.
The day after the fire, I also had no access to money because I lost all of my credit and debit cards. My cousin took me to a Forever 21 and said, ”Okay, just buy one outfit.” Shopping is supposed to be fun, but I was shocked and stunted. I was crying because of everything that had just happened. So my cousin picked the outfit for me, based on what she’d seen me wear before: a black turtleneck and skinny jeans. I bought my first pair of shoes, classic black Reebok sneakers, from a Goodwill in Albany. I lived in that outfit for a while.
Shopping is a completely different experience post-fire. I’ll walk into a store because I need to put something on my body. Coming into winter, I didn’t have anything warm. After living in Canada, I had accumulated a huge amount of winter clothes that I never thought about. Like your winter jacket—how often do you get a new one? You just wear what you wore last year.
I’ve discovered the things that make me feel good now are minimalist basics: a black turtleneck. A pair of cigarette high-waisted skinny jeans, or high-waisted trousers. A soft sweatshirt. Oh, and socks. In the past I thought of socks as a fashion statement—I’d buy Darner, and they are really beautiful but not really functional. Now I go to Muji to buy heavy-knit cotton socks; it almost feels like socks should be attached to my body now. And underwear. I got a lot of Savage x Fenty, the stuff that makes you feel immediately comfortable. When you’re in an uncomfortable pair of underwear, nothing else can happen. Socks and underwear, they’re so important.
I also have to physically try things on. I can’t order online anymore. I was always someone who loved late-night shopping on Missguided or Forever 21, but now I have to see things and ask myself: Is this something I could wear three days a week and be confident everyday in? I don’t want as much fast fashion as I did before—all those pieces that filled my closet just because they had my size but weren’t really me. Now, if I don’t feel super passionate about something, I won’t buy it.
The clothes I own now, I could name the dates when I bought them. I have to almost feel a spiritual connection to something for me to welcome it into my life. It’s like I’m dating my clothes! Earlier this year, I bought two pairs of shoes—I was like, “Whoa! I’m buying two pairs of shoes!” I hadn’t really bought anything more boutiquey or high-end since the fire. They were from Intentionally Blank in Los Angeles—one pair of utilitarian black boots and one pair of low-heeled mules. I also got a beanie that says, “As per my last email” because it made me laugh and spoke to my sense of humor.
I have a fear of rebuilding my wardrobe too much. I look at everything and I think, “Would I be able to save this? Would I want to?” It’s a really weird question but I often think back to that night and know there would have been no way for me, if I’d had the time, to grab anything of value because I had so much stuff. I don’t just buy things anymore; I try something on, think about it, and I’m still thinking about it in a week I go back and buy it. I’m much more methodical.
Even though I have a really small wardrobe now (I think it’s fewer than 10 pieces), I also follow a one in, one out rule: If I buy a new top, I’ll donate another top I don’t need. I make enough money where I could have much more, but it’s scary to own too much. I don’t necessarily think this approach is healthy—it’s almost like I’m preparing for the next disaster. When I’m able to accumulate things without thinking they could all go away, it’ll be a sign to me that I’ve been able to release some of that tension.