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Ariana Grande dropped the second song presumably from her upcoming album, Thank U, Next, on Friday (December 14). Titled “Imagine,” the track is an airy R&B slow-jam that places Grande’s out-of-this-world vocals up front and center. That’s not surprising, though—we know Grande has pipes. What might surprise fans is the inspiration behind the song. Twitter is convinced the song is an ode to Grande’s ex-boyfriend, the late Mac Miller, and the evidence holds up.
For one, there’s the title: “Imagine.” Miller actually had an “Imagine” tattoo on his upper arm, so it’s possible Grande derived inspiration from that. There are also some telling details in the lyrics. “Staying up all night, order me pad thai,” Grande sings at one point in the song. Miller mirrors this in his song “Cinderella” when he raps, “And when you hungry, I can chef you up a stir fry.” (Grande confirmed back in May “Cinderella” was written about her.)
A second parallel occurs later in the song when Grande sings “I never thought that it would be you.” On “Cinderella,” Miller croons, “You used to tell me all the time I ain’t your type.” Finally, Grande sings in a whistle tone at the 2:45 mark on “Imagine.” She uses a similar tone on her song “The Way,” which she recorded with Miller, at the 3:14 mark.
Fans are clearly in their feels about all of this. Below, just a few reactions.
Grande, for her part, hopes the viral feud between Drake and Kanye West on Twitter right now doesn’t deflect from her music or her friend Miley Cyrus’ new song release. “guys, i know there are grown men arguing online rn but miley and i dropping our beautiful, new songs tonight so if y’all could please jus behave for just like a few hours so the girls can shine that’d be so sick thank u,” she tweeted last night. Amen.
A blog post from a conservative Christian mommy blogger is taking over the parenting corner of the internet, a place that often has more discord than the halls of Congress. Lori Alexander, a.k.a. The Transformed Wife, posted a chart titled “Should Mothers Have Careers?” in which she compared her thoughts on working moms vs. stay-at-home moms—and it’s really something.
Alexander is a full-time homemaker who has been married for 39 years and has four grown children and nine grandchildren. Her About section on Facebook reads, “Learning about marriage, raising children, homemaking, and being a godly woman who desires to be transformed into the image of Christ!”
In the flowchart, she directly compares and contrasts her perception of the lives of working and stay-at-home moms. For example, in the SAHM column she writes of dinnertime, “Dinner is from scratch, nutritious, and delicious” whereas with working moms, “Dinner is usually fast food or microwaved.” She also says working moms lack time for intimacy and that their lives are “falling apart” whereas SAHMs spend weekends at the beach and are totally fulfilled.
It’s easy to see why people are angry—and the ire coming from both sides of the mommy aisle. (Not to mention that staying at home is not a financial option for many families.) “Motherhood is not a competition. Moms in both groups have challenges to face that are not more important than the other,” wrote one commenter on the Facebook post. “Also- welcome to 2018 where dads are like, fathers and stuff now, who also help with domestic duties such as cooking, cleaning and! (Are you ready for this? Clutch your pearls) help take care of the children. 😱” Another said, “I have been a stay-at-home and work-from-home mom for the last 16 + years. This chart is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen in my life.”
“Staying home with a three-year-old makes me feel like more of a failure as a mother than working out of my house EVER did! Also, if this stay at home mom is resting when the children do, when is she preparing that from scratch meal and cleaning so she is free to spend weekends at the beach?” another commenter remarked.
When Glamour reached out to Alexander, she said she did not intend to shame working mothers but “I simply want them to ponder their life paths.” She explained that she is “teaching Christian women biblical motherhood according to Titus 2:3-5 in the Bible where God commands older women to teach younger women to be ‘keepers at home.'”
“No one can take the place of a mother in a child’s life. I was a career woman for the first two years of my first child’s life and I could totally relate to the left side of the flowchart,” she told us. “I knew I was the one that was supposed to be at home raising my own children. Most women aren’t even told that this is good! Homemakers are embarrassed when asked what they do. What can be more important than raising the next generation?”
As for the viral backlash, Alexander says she’s had it since she started writing in 2011 and won’t let it “steal her joy.”
“I teach what I am called to teach and leave the results in the Lord’s hands.”
Just because Kanye West and Drake stopped throwing shade — at least in public forums —at each other a handful of months ago doesn’t mean they’ve reconciled. West made sure that everyone knew exactly that when he took to Twitter yesterday, where he called out Drake for everything from trying to clear a sample of one of his songs to texting Kris Jenner and “playing all these industry games.” Oh, right, and Kanye also suggested that Drake is “trying to take food out of [his] idol’s kids’ mouth” as in the three kids that West shares with Kim Kardashian.
West’s reigniting of their feud started when he tweeted a screenshot of a text message from someone named “Free.” In the text message, West was asked whether or not he wanted to approve Drake’s sample of his 808s & Heartbreak track “Say You Will.” (Drake used the sample in his 2009 So Far Gone mixtape track “Say What’s Real,” which is presumably due for a reissue on its 10th anniversary, as Billboardnotes.) West didn’t immediately share his answer but he did tweet the screenshot of the request with the words, “This proves sh-t faker than wrestling.”
He then demanded an apology from Drake “for mentioning the 350s and trying to take food out [his] idol’s kids’ mouths.” West also revealed that he has been contacting Drake since his GOOD Music artist Pusha T entered into a feud with Drake, when Pusha T dropped the bombshell that the Toronto rapper has a secret son (which Drake later admitted to on his own album, Scorpion). “Been trying to meet with you for 6 months bro,” West tweeted. “You sneak dissing on [Travis Scott] records and texting Kris [Jenner] talking bout how’s the family.”
What is more hilarious: picturing Drake’s text thread with Kris Jenner or the fact that this whole time Kanye could have walked a few doors down to talk to Drake in person? (They both live in the same Hidden Hills enclave of Calabasas.) The verdict is out, but things quickly became less amusing when West brought up Drake’s child, Adonis Graham.
Apparently, Drake has been thinking that West is the one who informed Pusha T that he had a son — and West took the opportunity to set the record straight. “I told you I ain’t tell Pusha about your son,” he tweeted. “It’s all love bro bro but don’t play with me. You stay too close to be playing all these industry games bro. Sending purple emojis when I’m dealing with mental shit. I need my apologies now. Not through Scooter [Braun] either. Not through Travis [Scott]. No tough talk either. This ain’t about who could pay to have something done to somebody. This man to man bro. This been bothering me too long… Stop this already bro. You getting people hurt out here. And over what.”
Kanye’s call out actually worked because shortly after he tweeted that he had spoken to Drake. “Drake finally called,” he tweeted. “Mission accomplished.” One thing, however, didn’t get resolved: “By the way,” West tweeted of the sample Drake was hoping to get permission to use, “not cleared😂.”
The drama doesn’t end there, though. Later in the night, West tweeted that Drake called “trying to threatened me.” Enter Kim. “@drake Never threaten my husband or our family,” she tweeted. “He paved the way for there to be a Drake.”
She continued, “My husband is the most brilliant person, the most genius person that I know. He has broken so many boundaries, everything from music, stage design, fashion and culture and will continue to change the world.”
You know how sometimes you see someone whose skin is so dewy and luminescent that you can only gaze, transfixed (while also murmuring a silent prayer to the skin care gods to bless your own complexion in a similar fashion)? That was me—often—whenever I met with Soko Glam founder Charlotte Cho. Her knowledge of K-beauty is vast and unending, but there’s one recommendation I always go back to. “This is really good,” she once told me as she passed me her go-to product for eliminating blackheads. Naturally, I ripped it open the second I got home. Two years later, I still tell everyone who raises the subject of blackheads to try it immediately.
Before you ask, I’m not talking about pore strips. I’ve tried plenty of those before, and while it’s undeniably satisfying to watch them peeling pockets of gunk away from your skin, they also leave my nose looking red and irritated. I feel similarly about those pull-off charcoal masks that superglue themselves to your epidermis and refuse to let go. Great for viral videos, not so great for your face. The blackhead treatment that finally won me over is the far gentler (but equally satisfying) Skinmiso Pore Beauty Nose Mask.
Soko Glam sells the masks in a 10-week set—the idea being that you use one of the 10 packs once a week. Thanks to my inability to stick to a schedule for anything not related to food, I tend to space them out more, which means the $20 treatment lasts even longer for me.
There are three steps, which I realize sounds like a lot of work, but the results are fully worth it. (Plus, you spend most of the time marinating in essence, which involves no active work on your part.) In the pouch labelled “Step 1,” you’ll find an essence-soaked sheet mask cut in the shape of a pore strip. This is the Blackhead & Whitehead Removal Mask, which you’ll drape over your nose for 10 minutes. The formula is packed with ingredients that help quickly soften your blackheads and draw them to the surface, prepping them for far easier extraction. You may experience some mild tingling—don’t be alarmed. “This product is different compared to traditional pore strips because it does not adhere to your nose to strip away dead skin cells and clogged pores,” explains Diana Chen, Soko Glam’s senior merchandising manager. “It loosens up the debris in your pores.”
You’ll notice this as soon as you remove the mask and go in with the individually packaged cotton swab (if you have a comedone remover, that works even better). Using light pressure, run it over your nose and watch a bunch of gunk come pouring out. I can’t really think of a better way to describe it than that. If you enjoy watching pimple-popping videos and examining the aftermath of a pore strip session, you’ll love this.
Then, it’s time for the second step—another 10-minute mask. Wipe the gunk off your nose, then cover it with the Pore Tightening & Soothing Nose Strip, which performs the all-important step of soothing your skin and minimizing the appearance of your pores. Any lingering redness from your extractions will melt away under its ministrations. And to cap it off, step three: a tiny pouch of transparent gel labelled “Essence” that you apply with your finger. The formula has the velvety slip of a primer and blurs your pores into soft-focus nonexistence. Usually, by the time I’m done, the rest of my complexion looks a bit lackluster in comparison. Can your pore strip accomplish that? Somehow, I doubt it.
Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Christmas card is here, and it’s the cutest thing you’ll see all day.
The photo, which Kensington Palace shared to Twitter and Instagram on Friday (December 14), features the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge alongside their three children—Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, and Prince George—smiling and sitting on a moss-covered tree. Prince William is dressed casually in a checkered button-down while Middleton opted for a preppy sweater and jeans. Princess Charlotte is wearing a cute navy outfit; Prince George is in jeans; and Prince Louis is so adorable in his baby sweater.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family,” Kensington Palace wrote on Instagram alongside the family pic. “The photograph, taken by Matt Porteous, shows The Duke and Duchess with their three children at Anmer Hall. This photograph features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this year.”
Check it out for yourself, below:
It’s been quite the year for Middleton and Prince William. They welcomed their third child, Prince Louis, in April. Middleton took several months off before making her first post-baby appearance in October at the Croft Forest School in Paddington’s Recreation Ground.
The photo for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Christmas card was snapped at their wedding reception in May. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share a new photograph from their Wedding Reception at Frogmore House on 19th May,” Kensington Palace wrote. “The photograph, which was taken by photographer Chris Allerton, features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this year.”
It’s been reported that Markle, Prince Harry, Middleton, and Prince William will all spend Christmas together this year with the queen.
Kensington Palace shared the photo Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are using for their Christmas card this year, and it’s breathtaking. The shot is from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s May 19 wedding reception. Markle is wearing her stunning white Stella McCartney dress, her and Prince Harry’s backs turned to the camera as they watch a firework show. Is this an ad for a Disney movie or a Christmas card? I’m not sure, but either way I’m completely captivated.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share a new photograph from their Wedding Reception at Frogmore House on 19th May,” Kensington Palace shared on Instagram alongside the new pic. “The photograph, which was taken by photographer Chris Allerton, features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this year.”
Take a look at the photo for yourself, below.
With everything Markle and Prince Harry have accomplished in 2018, it’s hard to believe this photo was only snapped a few months ago. Their royal wedding was followed by a busy, engagement-filled summer and fall. Markle went on her first solo outing with Queen Elizabeth II in June. Then, four months later, she and Prince Harry embarked on a royal tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand. Right before this trip, Kensington Palace announced Markle and Prince Harry were expecting their first child.
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” the palace posted to both Twitter and Instagram on Monday, October 15. “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”
As reported by Rolling Stone, during a Pasadena concert, kiosks disguised a facial-recognition camera inside an activation that displayed some highlights from her Reputation tour rehearsals. The show took place on May 18 and saw Taylor take the stage alongside Shawn Mendes in front of 60,000 attendees (as she wrote back then on her Instagram).
According to a concert-security expert who attended the concert to see a demo of the system as the guest of the manufacturer of the kiosks, who spoke to Rolling Stone, the purpose of the system was to track whether any of Taylor’s stalkers would be in attendance. As soon as any concertgoer would step into the booth, their photo was taken and simultaneously transferred to a “command post” located in Nashville to be “cross-referenced with a database of hundreds of the pop star’s known stalkers.” Taylor’s representatives did not respond to Rolling Stone‘s request for comment.
The premise of watching some unseen rehearsal footage would obviously attract any Swifty, but how many would have chosen to go in had they known their information was being captured?
The Verge points out that it is technically in Taylor’s (and the venue’s) right to carry out these security measurements if she wishes, since the concert is considered a private event. But the use of the tech without concertgoer consent raises questions about how privacy works and what happens to stored information after the show.
According to both The Verge and Rolling Stone, the use of this type of software is on the rise and might become commonplace in the not-so-distant future. Ticketing giant Ticketmaster recently invested in a startup called Blink Identity, which reportedly has tech that can identify people walking past — in a likely effort to “help fans move through turnstiles more efficiently,” Rolling Stone reported. These measures are not being rolled out lightly; as Ticketmaster told RS, “We’re just being very careful about where and how we implement it.”
Obviously, security is a valid concern for Taylor, an artist with hundreds of millions of excited fans, and one who has dealt with dangerous stalkers in the past. In April, longtime stalker Frank Andrew Hoover was sentenced to probation after reportedly sending threatening emails and following her motorcade to the airport. He’s one of several in recent years to face legal action for stalking Taylor.
Teen Vogue has reached out to Taylor Swift’s PR team for comment.
It’s that time of year again. The holidays are upon us, and with it, a break from our usual Netflix and chill routine on the weekends. Between the office holiday party, swanky cocktail hours, White Elephant gift swaps, and family gatherings, it’s hard to find time to breathe, never mind plan a killer party look worth showing people on Instagram that you left the house.
With such limited time, getting party ready can feel like an impossible task. One easy solution: The drugstore. The perfect red lip, false lashes, and glittery shadow are hiding in the aisles among the cotton balls and bar soap. Into a more natural look? Try a rose gold shadow palette that’s less than $10, or a festive glitter polish that won’t feel inappropriate at work on Monday.
The greatest part of all? These options are so easy to use, you can swipe them on the back of an Uber. Read on for the best party makeup from the drugstore.
The only thing people who love astrology love more than astrology is talking about astrology or specifically about their astrological sign. They want everyone to know their rising sign, their birth chart, their compatibility to other signs. Maybe they’re hard to read (Scorpio) or maybe they’re not (Aquarius). Regardless there is an obvious gift idea that will work for all astrological signs: presents that help them wear their sign (or their rising sign or their moon sign) on their sleeve (or their neck or their finger or around their shoulder). Basically anything with a constellation or zodiac symbol on it is fair gifting game.
Below find all the best zodiac gift ideas to give your favorite astrologically savvy friend, from cute beauty gift sets to great engraved gold jewelry.