The Palace Reportedly Warned Meghan Markle About Throwing a ‘Flashy Baby Shower’

Last month, Meghan Markle‘s best friends threw her a gorgeous, super-private baby shower in New York City. The event was a break with royal tradition, as most Kensington Palace moms-to-be don’t have baby showers. According to royals expert Victoria Arbiter, baby showers for royals are actually seen as “highly inapprorpiate” because the family is “clearly very wealthy.” “There’s nothing they can’t go out and buy themselves,” she told ABC News in 2013.

So why did Markle choose to have her shower anyway? We’re not sure, but according to a new report from Us Weekly, she was at least informed that such an event would raise eyebrows. “Meghan is still struggling with the press in London. She was made aware that Kensington Palace and the royal family, that’s not the way they do it with a big, flashy baby shower like the one she had in NYC,” a source told the magazine.

Don’t take this to mean Markle was reprimanded after her shower, though. In fact, another royals expert, Katie Nicholl, tells Glamour all this talk of Markle breaking “royal protocol” or “royal tradition” is more of a big deal outside the palace than in.

“You read all the time about Meghan breaking protocol by wearing dark nail polish, Meghan breaking protocol by wearing an off-the-shoulder dress, breaking protocol by wearing black. She’s not breaking royal protocol,” Nicholl, author of Harry and Meghan: Life, Loss, and Love, says. “There is no book of royal etiquette. She’s just doing things differently. I don’t think that’s causing huge problems at the palace—if Meghan steps out wearing dark nail polish. I don’t think it’s upsetting anyone. “

For what it’s worth, Markle’s baby shower sounds like it was an absolute blast. “A good time was had by all,” Gayle King, who attended to shower, revealed on CBS This Morning. We’re sure the queen would’ve loved it.

Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen: Abortion Bans Are a Call to Action—Not a Reason to Give Up

Just now, politicians in Georgia voted to ban abortion after six weeks. Georgia is now the third state to pass this harmful restriction this month. (Fifteen states have filed similar bans in this legislative session alone.) You don’t have to look far to understand just how these introduced abortion bans—up by 63 percent in states in 2019—affect real people.

Jennifer, a Planned Parenthood patient in Georgia in her early forties, told us that after she’d missed a period, she knew immediately she was pregnant. Jennifer didn’t wait. She called a nearby health center to schedule her abortion. But the medically unnecessary restrictions that limited the number of providers and available appointment times delayed her care by weeks. Despite knowing she was pregnant just after a missed period and deciding she wanted an abortion immediately, by the time Jennifer received care, she was eight weeks pregnant.

Imagine if this were any other aspect of medicine. Imagine if your ability to receive treatment was limited by when you were diagnosed with the condition. Chances are you wouldn’t even know you had the condition by the time it was too late to receive the treatment that you wanted. And if you did get diagnosed in time, you might still have to travel hundreds of miles, find childcare, get time off from work, and face protesters—just to receive that medical care.

That’s what happens to women in need of abortion access in places like Georgia. These six-week abortion bans affect many women before they know they’re pregnant. Even if they are one of the rare few—like Jennifer—who know earlier than six weeks, these women still find it almost impossible to access an abortion within that time frame. These bans fundamentally infringe upon a person’s right to bodily autonomy.

We’re under three months into the 2019 state legislative session, and at least one disturbing trend has emerged: Anti-women’s health politicians have doubled down on their efforts to take away the right to safe, legal abortion. Already, more than 250 bills have been filed that directly restrict abortion access, and nearly half of those restrictions have been abortion bans—outright attempts to prohibit people from making their own health care decisions.

Politicians are directly interfering with medical practice and endangering women’s lives. We know this statistic, but it bears a repeat mention: Abortion is a safe, legal medical procedure that nearly in one in four women will have in their lifetimes, and it’s part of the full spectrum of reproductive health care. We are at an all-time low for unintended pregnancies because of birth control and evidence-based sex education. Politicians wishing to reduce unintended pregnancies and the need for abortion should invest in women’s health. Instead, their actions directly go against public health and public will. We know the cost: It’s women’s lives.

At Planned Parenthood, we see the effects of these attacks firsthand. In the last eight years, there have been over 420 laws passed that directly restrict abortion access. These harmful laws have shuttered health centers and turned entire regions of the country into abortion deserts. Women are forced to travel hundreds of miles for health care, and those who cannot—women who can’t afford the travel, who can’t find childcare and time off from work, who live in rural communities without access, who are often people of color—will just go without. In fact, people in six states have only one abortion provider left, exacerbating an already challenging landscape for reproductive health care.

We know what happens when politicians cut access to vital health care services; patients delay care or go without it. When Texas eliminated Planned Parenthood from its family planning program, 30,000 fewer women accessed health care. In Iowa, when four health centers closed, 12,000 people went without care and the rates of STIs skyrocketed. A recent study from Texas showed when the state enacted abortion restrictions, it didn’t end abortion care in the state. The restrictions just meant delayed care and increased the number of second-trimester abortions.

Demi Lovato Shut Down A Reporter For Writing a Headline About Her ‘Fuller Figure’

Listen up haters, Demi Lovato and her “fuller figure” are speaking. After seeing a story in the Inquisitr with a headline about her “fuller figure”, Lovato took to her Instagram Story to call out the outlet for finding her body shape newsworthy: “I AM MORE THAN MY WEIGHT,” she wrote.

In her post Lovato—who has been open about her history with eating disorders—explained that “unlike the past,” the headline about her body didn’t necessarily trigger her. Instead, her issue with the article was that this publication, and the reporter behind the story, thought it was okay to be writing about her size at all. “I’m angry that people think it’s okay to write headlines about people’s body shapes,” she wrote. “Especially about a woman who has been so open about being in recovery from an eating disorder. I am not upset for myself but for anyone easily influenced by this diet culture.”

She goes on to call out “toxic” stories like this. “Too many people today base their ideal body weight off of what OTHERS tell us we should look like or weigh. Articles like this only contribute to that toxic way of thinking,” she wrote. “If you’re reading this: Don’t listen to negative diet culture talk. You are more than a number on a scale. And I am more than a headline about my body shape.”

But here’s where this story gets really awesome. The writer actually responded to Lovato and apologized to her personally, according to a screenshot of their conversation that she posted on Instagram. “You’re an incredible talent and you’re right, your body is not all you are,” the writer said. “This is a lesson learnt.”

The Inquisitr left the post—and the problematic headline—live in the interest of “transparency,” but added an authors note. “Firstly, a sincere ‘Thank you’ to Demi Lovato for her grace and patience in our exchange,” it reads. “While I wrote this story with the best of intentions, I totally appreciate and understand her perspective on the matter and culture in general and I truly appreciate her taking the time to have a dialogue with me about it. As Demi said to me, ‘our voices are all we have to create the biggest change on this planet.’

Lovato lives that message. The singer has an impressive history of using her voice to speak out about weight shaming, whether it has to do with her body or not. Earlier this year, the artist responded to a horrifying fat-shaming ad on Instagram promoting a game involving “obese” vs. “pretty” princesses. “This is absolutely harmful to anyone who is easily influenced by societal pressures put on us by diet culture to constantly be losing weight in a world that teaches us to equate our value and worth with the way we look and especially anyone in recovery from an eating disorder,” she wrote in January. “So please Instagram, keep this bullsh*t off mine and others’ feeds who could easily be affected by this disgusting advertisement. With how aware people are becoming of mental health and mental illnesses, I expect you guys to know better by allowing this advertisement to be allowed on your app. And shame on the game.”

As Lovato put it in her post, “Change is made by raising your voice, speaking your truth and spreading love and compassion, not hate.”

Herbivore Prism Glow Potion Is the Best Natural Exfoliating Serum

It seems a little shameful to share this in the age of clean beauty and wellness, but I’ve always been skeptical of natural products. I have pretty strong thoughts on brands using “clean” as their number one selling point that we can save for another time, but most of my reluctance toward the category comes from the fact that a lot of it just doesn’t work for me. I have finicky skin, so I’ve generally stuck to more clinical-grade skin care, and in the past have always thought of natural products as heavily scented, homemade, and something you would pick up from Whole Foods along with your quinoa.

One of the first brands to change this perception for me is the incredibly chic Herbivore Botanicals. The brand was founded in 2011, but really blew up on Instagram a few years ago. As soon as I saw the brand’s minimalist packaging and whimsical names cross my feed, I was sold. There’s nothing about the products that bring to mind crunchy granola, both the packaging and the formulas are super sophisticated, like something you would see in a chic Brooklynite’s bathroom, not a farmer’s market. And most importantly, they are effective. After dipping my toes in with the Blue Tansy mask, I’ve been steadily adding to my collection.

I’m not alone in my obsession. The brand’s had so many great launches in the past year, it was nearly impossible to narrow down which one should win a Glamour Beauty Award. But a decision had to be made, and once we tallied votes, there was a clear standout: the Prism Exfoliating Glow Potion.

Honestly, its win couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but whenever the seasons change my skin tends to go a bit bonkers. My face gets flaky to the point that it looks like sandpaper if I put foundation on top, plus I’m treated to a huge, under the skin breakout. Fun!

But the Prism Glow Potion corrects all that. The power is in the formula: the hydrating serum contains fruit acids, include lactic and glycolic, to gently slough off dead skin cells, which helps with both dry patches and acne. The acids also help even skin tone—after a few weeks of use, I already saw a difference in my hyperpigmentation. This could also be attributed to the inclusion of Kakadu Plum extract, a popular natural ingredient that’s rich in vitamin C and nourishes skin. Aloe is the first ingredient on the label, which accounts for a lot of the soothing properties, as well as the serge of moisture and bouncy skin I get from applying the serum.

Another plus: the serum is lightweight but not sticky. I find it incredibly gentle and experienced no stinging, but if you’re not used to acids you may be a bit sensitive. When I use a new acid product I tend to experience purging (meaning that my skin breaks out while it gets accustomed to the new formula), but I haven’t had that happen with Prism. In fact, the opposite happened, it helped calm my acne after about a week of use. I’m not mad at the well-rested glow it gives me either.

Because my skin is so dry, I pair it with a pure hyaluronic acid serum for extra moisture, but if you have normal or oily skin it’s probably hydrating enough to use on its own.

I’m not saying my bathroom cabinet has transformed into Goop, but thanks to Herbivore it’s looking a little greener. And my skin’s more radiant than ever.

Best Reality TV Shows That Aren’t The Bachelor or The Bachelorette

Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette isn’t airing for another few weeks, which means you have a reality TV itch that needs scratching. And not just any kind of reality show: You need one that perfectly blends romance, drama, hot people, and gorgeous locations. A show that’s equal parts sappy and salacious. One where you’re laughing hysterically in one scene but then oddly sentimental the next. The Bachelorette is the master of this craft, of course, but there are other reality shows that do it too—and they’ll save you during this rose ceremony drought.

Take Love Island, the British dating series that, on the surface, is completely bonkers. But by episode three you’re emotionally attached to all the contestants. Or how about Netflix’s Dating Around, which will have you shouting at your screen within minutes? Bottom line is there’s plenty out there to keep you occupied until The Bachelorette. Here are our recommendations, but be warned: Once you start any of these shows, you won’t stop.

Keke Palmer’s New True Crime Show *Queenpins* Is About to Be Your Obsession

If you’re a true crime fan, then you’re really going to like Facebook Watch and Glamour’s new series, Queenpins, hosted by Keke Palmer. Each six-minute episode is dedicated to a notorious female criminal from history, and the first one is particularly interesting. Ladies and gents, I introduce you to Stephanie St. Clair, a.k.a The Queen of Harlem, who successfully ran an illegal gambling empire during America’s Prohibition Era and Great Depression.

We’re not exactly sure where St. Clair was born—some say Guadeloupe, others say Martinique. Regardless, she found her way to America in 1911 and taught herself English, Spanish, and French.

Unfortunately, though, jobs for black women at that time were scarce. St. Clair started off working as a house-cleaner but eventually turned her attention to more lucrative, illegal activities. She became the only woman in New York City to run her own numbers game.

It didn’t take long for St. Clair’s business to start booming, and with success came money. Lots of it. She splurged on expensive dresses, hats, and moved into a historic apartment building in Harlem. This helped her earn respect, and soon she became known as The Queen.

Not everyone was a fan of The Queen though. She developed several enemies in the gambling scene, including famed mobster Dutch Schultz, who tried to infiltrate the numbers scene in Harlem. St. Clair didn’t take this lying down, of course: She started vandalizing the places Schultz did his business and even threatened him in the press. She wasn’t afraid of anyone or anything—that’s what makes her such a legend.

St. Clair passed away quietly (and still very wealthy) in December 1969. She was 83 years old. Watch Keke Palmer explain St. Clair’s story for yourself, above. I haven’t even mentioned the time period when she was in jail.

Are you hooked? I thought so. Stay tuned for more episodes of Queenpin.

The Prettiest Spring Hair Color Ideas for 2019

Spring is finally (!) here, and we think we speak for everyone when we say we deserve to treat ourselves to a little salon time—and maybe a glass of champagne or rosé—for making it through yet another winter. And what better way to celebrate tucking away our beanies and welcoming the warmer weather than with a shiny new hair color that’s as bright and happy—or just plain pretty—as it is outside? To get you inspired, we asked the pros to shed some light on the best ways to refresh your color this spring. Click on through to discover the new hues we’re eyeing—from baby blonde to espresso—and find the best spring hairstyle ideas for you.

Spring Hair Color Ideas 2019: For Blond, Brown, Red Hair and More

Spring is finally (!) here, and we think we speak for everyone when we say we deserve to treat ourselves to a little salon time—and maybe a glass of champagne or rosé—for making it through yet another winter. And what better way to celebrate tucking away our beanies and welcoming the warmer weather than with a shiny new hair color that’s as bright and happy—or just plain pretty—as it is outside? To get you inspired, we asked the pros to shed some light on the best ways to refresh your color this spring. Click on through to discover the new hues we’re eyeing—from baby blonde to espresso—and find the best spring hairstyle ideas for you.

Maternity Fashion 2019: Useful Tips From Style Editors

You’re pregnant! Congrats—now you’re trying to figure out how to deal with your closet for the next nine months. Of course, maternity style is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. There are plenty of ways to approach it (whether that means sourcing an entirely new wardrobe or cobbling together getups from what you already own), but more than anything, there’s an opportunity to break all sorts of supposed fashion “rules” (though you obviously can—and should—be eschewing old school fashion edicts whenever, with or without a baby on the way). Who better to provide some candid and actually helpful advice for dressing for your pregnancy than the incredibly stylish fashion editors and bloggers who have done so already?

For some of these women, the realities of maternity style were far from the fantasies of dressing while expecting: “I always envisioned that when I was pregnant, I’d wear cute tight dresses, heels, bikinis that embraced the bump—the way celebrities dress when they are pregnant,” recalls Victoria Sanchez Lincoln, fashion consultant, stylist, and former fashion director at Real Simple. “But when I was pregnant, I had a huge belly, swollen feet, and ankles—just overall everything was enlarged, and not in a good way…that’s when I realized I needed to dress my new body shape.” For others, the item that ends up being on constant loop during those nine months was a total wildcard: “My Alaïa leggings I bought at a vintage shop were my essential during pregnancy,” says Karla Martinez de Salas, editor-in-chief of Vogue Mexico and Vogue Latin America.

We asked 11 of our favorites about their essential purchases (and the utterly unnecessary ones), the layering tricks and unexpected hero pieces they relied on while expecting, and the personal style revelations they had that have impacted how they get dressed today. Ahead, read their takeaways on the deeply personal, sometimes arduous, occasionally pleasurable challenge that is maternity fashion.

11 Rules of Being Friends With Benefits

Kicking off a friends with benefits relationship can be a lot of liberating fun. After all, it’s a hookup with no strings attached between two people who genuinely like and trust each other. But, of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s uncomplicated.

It’s hard to prescribe a clear-cut set of rules for being friends with benefits—every situation is different. But there is one thing these relationships all have in common: a need for some good old fashioned communication. It’s always a good idea to talk about what the expectations are—at some point! maybe not in bed!—and even set a few guidelines about what’s going to go down before things go down. That’s a lot of frank talk before the fun stuff, but things can get a little knotty if both parties are aren’t on the same page. We asked the experts for their best advice for navigating a friends with benefits situation with minimal drama.