Hulu’s Looking for Alaska Will Have You in Your Feelings

Every element of Looking for Alaska is in service to this unknown tragedy. Each episode provides new insight about Miles, The Colonel, Alaska, and the people around them. We learn about their addictions, their mental health, their family lives—all through an objective, non-judgmental lens that will make people feel seen. You soon get a picture of how these characters might react to a crisis.

“Much of this story is asking really important questions that I think all young people are asking that aren’t necessarily surface things,” Plummer tells Glamour. “I think that’s what was so incredible for me when I first read the book: I was reading a story about young people dealing with the idea of death and not really knowing what the answer to that question is. They’re really asking it and having real conversations and also being faced with it. I think everybody goes through that at one point in their life, where they lose somebody that’s really close to them or go through a really tragic experience.”

Everybody does experience trauma or loss at some point in their lives, but to go through that as a teenager is an entire thing altogether. It’s a strange stage in life when young people are asserting their independence for the first time but still have a ways to go. Looking for Alaska does an excellent job at tapping into what it’s like to process something so adult at such a young age.

“It’s just that point in time where you’re really owning up to the responsibility of, ‘OK, I’m going to be an adult now, and I’m going to have to get through things that are difficult,'” Plummer says. “I think the first time you’re really having to do that on your own, especially as an independent person, is always challenging and scary.”

Kristine Froseth in Looking for Alaska.

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Adds Forseth, “Don’t judge a book by its cover. We’re all going through our own stuff. And having friends and having that support and ultimately reaching out for help is so important.”

Looking for Alaska is not without its moments of levity, though. Yes, there is a devastating incident at the center of it, but so much of what you’ll watch feels akin to a John Hughes movie. When Miles arrives to the boarding school, he’s looking for new experiences, and he finds them—and so do Alaska and the Colonel. Throughout the show they experiment with drugs, alcohol, and sex. There are breakups and fights and makeups, all the staples of what makes a compelling teen TV show. At times, the show is even funny—filled quippy lines and cheeky banter. It’s the complete package, really.

An Ode to Mom Jeans, the Best Jeans There Ever Were

For a few years in my early twenties, I was a Jean Expert™. I worked at American Eagle in my hometown mall and was an enthusiastic participant in the store’s mandatory denim training. Around the fall of 2008, the chain embraced the resurrection of skinny jeans, and as a wee baby hipster determined to differentiate herself from anyone still savoring super low-rise bootcut, I saw them as liberation from “the mainstream.” Never mind that they were available everywhere. To me, skinny jeans equated freedom. Which was ironic, because they felt anything but. Until I met Mom Jeans.

The first time I saw super-high-rise jeans—specifically, my best friend’s pair of Cheap Mondays—I was as shocked as I was intrigued. I immediately bought a pair. Unlike their low-rise counterparts, they highlighted the parts of myself I’d come to believe should be strategically covered in billowy tank tops or several polos worn simultaneously, lest my body look imperfect. I’d wear them with plain crew neck t-shirts and scarves or big, baggy sweaters. I wanted to show off how interesting and different I was, both in my penchant for vintage but also in my rejection of the trends of the moment. These jeans let me do that.

Sure, millions of other people were wearing their denim high (and had never actually stopped). But these jeans made me feel special. I was a Denim Expert who rejected regular-old skinnies in favor of Mom Jeans, and that made me unique.

I know now, of course that I absolutely wasn’t. And about a decade after their introduction to the mainstream, Mom Jeans have nestled their way into our hearts and closets, evolving from a derogatory nickname reserved to a bona fide trend. (My old employer even has a whole section dedicated to them.) They now have straighter, roomier legs—thank heavens—that seem concerned with comfort over everything else Which suits me just fine: As a now 34-year-old woman who wants nothing more than to pour herself into a denim sack every morning out of sheer laziness, the embrace of Mom Jeans has helped cultivate the illusion of having style, despite really just wanting to dress like Sabrina Spellman circa 1996.

The thing is, as much as I loved the idea of a high-rise skinny, I was never (and still am not) totally comfortable wearing it. To wiggle into jeans that are super-tight, that require maneuvering, that midday can make you want to abandon them completely for jogging pants or paper bag isn’t exactly a dream. Yes, it felt cool not to worry about showing your underwear off if you so much bent down to tie your shoe, as would happen with a super low-rise, but it’s even cooler to feel like you’re cheating—like your high rise and billowy legs symbolize a dedication to fashion over your allegiance to absolute comfort. And to be honest, I’ve never felt better.

60 Best Celebrity Couples Halloween Costumes Ever

Dressing up with your significant other for Halloween is a tricky beast (pun intended). When it comes to the best couples Halloween costumes, it’s a very fine line between the cheesy, the cute, the cool, and the ones you have to spend the whole night explaining.

Helping you toe that line successfully are these celebrity couples, both past and present, who straight up slayed (also pun intended) the holiday. From Kimye’s nautical look and Heidi Klum and Seal’s futuristic robots to Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber’s perennial hits and Chrissy Teigen and John Legen’s always-fun vibes, here are the very best in celebrity couples Halloween costumes.

PS: Need more inspiration? These are the top Halloween costume ideas according to Google, Pinterest, and our all-around favorite celebrity looks of all time that aren’t necessarily part of a duo. Oh, and you can’t finish your look without some amazing makeup, so get some Insta inspiration here.

This Video of Meghan Markle Opening Up About Media Scrutiny Is Heartbreaking

To say Meghan Markle has had a rough go in the British press since her relationship with Prince Harry went public would be a bit of an understatement. But it’s been especially rough in the past year during her pregnancy and the birth of baby Archie. If she was still a regular celebrity and actor, we probably would have seen a sit-down interview with her, a la a classic Barbara Walters special, where she revealed the toll it’s taken on her.

But such is not the way with the British royal family—usually. But as we’ve all seen, Markle and Prince Harry are doing things their own way—from the way they introduced Archie to the world to their social media style. Now, a new documentary filmed during their recent royal tour in southern Africa is apparently about to shed a lot of light on some of their most private struggles.

In a teaser clip released by ITV, Markle opens up about her feelings when director Tom Bradtby asks her about her own physical and mental health amidst all the press coverage and pressure. “I would say…look, any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable,” she says. “So that was made really challenging. And then when you have a newborn, you know?”

“And especially as a woman, it’s really, it’s a lot. So, if you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed, it’s um…Yeah, well, I guess, and also thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m okay. But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”

Watch the clip for yourself. Frankly, it’s heartbreaking.

Of course, there are many glamorous things that we all imagine come along with being a royal—but there’s also so much baggage that I don’t know that I’d ever want, and this clip illustrates some of that. Harry also opens up about how every camera click reminds him of the worst parts of his mother, Princess Diana’s life.

I can’t wait to see what else is revealed in the special, along with the happy and joyful moments of the tour—and hopefully more clips of Archie.

Harry & Meghan: An African Journey premieres Sunday night in the U.K. and will air on ABC on October 23 at 10 PM

Best Spray Tan Tips From Ariana Grande’s Spray Tan Artist

Some people just have the genetic disposition to look incredible with porcelain skin. (Caitriona Balfe and Cate Blanchett come to mind.) Instead, I’m naturally pale in a way that screams “have you ever seen the sun?” So the moment spray tanning became a thing, I was sold. Maybe it’s because I live in L.A., but having safe-from-the-sun, golden skin makes me feel less exposed, like I’m wearing cover-up that instantly makes me more comfortable showing more skin.

The only problem with most self-tanners is that they’re difficult to put on—either I look mysteriously splotchy, or all things go according to plan but a day or so later, my legs will itch like none other. I don’t know what it is about some at-home formulas that my skin personally reacts to, but it literally feels like a dozen mosquitos bit me. Not great.

But then I met Kristyn Pradas, the woman behind Ariana Grande, Ashley Graham, and almost every Victoria’s Secret model’s gorgeous glow. Not only did she give me the most natural-looking tan, but after two sessions a month apart, I haven’t itched once. That’s because Pradas faced a similar frustration with other tanning products that weren’t suitable for her sensitive skin. “I’ve always broken out or gotten rashes, so I wanted to create a line that was good for you and good for your skin. It was really important that my line be as natural as possible with organic ingredients like chamomile, peptides, ceramides, and marshmallow root extract.” In addition, Pradas spent years making sure the ingredients in her products weren’t only good for your body, but also for your face. They shouldn’t be interchangeable, she says.

I recently had an emergency where I got a last-minute call to go on TV and hit Pradas up in a panic. But because she can’t always be at my beck and call (if only), I asked her to share her best spray tan tips. Here, she reveals her tried-and-true lessons for a perfect (and safe) spray tan that goes further than any advice you’ll get at your local tanning studio.

The Best Spray Tan Tips You Need to Know

My before and after photos. Keep in mind that the after photo isn’t the final version of the tan. It will continue to develop over the next 12 hours.

Jessica Radloff

Exfoliate 2 to 3 days prior to your spray tan

Pradas says the most important thing you can do to ensure an evenly applied spray tan is to exfoliate really well two to three days prior—not the day of. This helps remove the dead skin cells on your body so they don’t pick up extra color which might make you look patchy. “By exfoliating a few days prior, the tan will go on flawless and actually last longer,” Pradas says. She recommends the liquid peel by Antheia Beauty, while I’ve personally always been a fan of Natura Brasil’s creamy exfoliating bar soap), especially right before shaving. Which brings me to…

Be careful what you use to shave your legs

“You can use shaving cream,” Pradas says, “but check your razor, because most razors have a moisturizing strip which will leave a film of moisture on your legs.” The problem with the moisture strip is that it works against the color and it won’t absorb as well. “If you do use a razor with a moisture strip, make sure you really rinse off your legs after shaving so there’s no residue/moisturizer left over. Oftentimes I hear from people that from the knee down, their spray tan is lighter than the rest of their body, and that’s because they didn’t properly rinse off after shaving.”

Avoid over-moisturizing

Pradas advises that you cleanse with a PH-balanced body wash after shaving, and recommends Summer’s Eve “because it doesn’t leave a residue.” She also says to stay away from your normal moisturizing cleanser or body wash before a spray tan, because that will leave a film. Otherwise, proceed as normal. But here’s the other important aspect of post-shower shaving: “When you’re out of the shower, don’t moisturize, because that will create a color barrier that defeats the purpose of the spray tan.” She says there’s one exception though, and that’s on your face, especially if you have larger pores. “A good secret is to use my Skin Essential Hydration Serum on your face, neck, and chest, which will help fill in your pores.”

Don’t forget to give your ears, brows, and nails special treatment

“A telltale sign of a spray tan gone ‘wrong’ is forgetting to put self-tanner on your ears,” Pradas says. “I’ve seen people with a tan face but pale ears, which probably isn’t the look you’re going for. That’s why when I’m doing a spray tan, I always want to make sure your ears are out of the shower cap. If you’re self-tanning at home, you can always use a synthetic makeup brush or applicator to apply a little self-tanner there.”

The Best High-Waist Jeans for Women 2019 | Glamour

There are two kinds of jeans that get people really riled up: low-rise jeans and high-waist jeans. There are plenty of other styles to choose from, but these are the real conversation starters—the ones that everyone has an opinion on (in the case of the low-rise and its potential comeback), and everyone definitely has a preference.

Over the past few years, shoppers have rediscovered the best high waisted jeans, which have shed their “mom” and “dad” reputation and have been embraced for their comfort and versatility. Like low-rise jeans, they’re nostalgic, but unlike them, they feel timeless, worn by everyone from Fran Lebowitz to Gigi Hadid. And just like with any good tried-and-true wardrobe staple, each person swears by one brand that makes the best. Even a quick poll around the Glamour office revealed the sheer variety of options available on the market. Ahead, we’ve rounded up their recommendations for the absolute best high waisted jeans.

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Anne Hathaway’s Modern Love Episode Is a Powerful Example of Dating as a Bipolar Woman

Modern Love, the popular New York Times column turned Amazon anthology series, premieres today (October 18) with a full lineup of talented stars—Tina Fey, Dev Patel, Julia Garner, and Andy Garcia among them—and each 30-minute story takes viewers on a journey of self-discovery and love.

The first episode alone nearly wrecked me, but it’s the series’ third, starring Anne Hathaway as a bipolar woman navigating her career and relationships, that is most striking. At times, it even feels like a Broadway musical thanks to the song and dance numbers (there’s even a Mary Tyler Moore theme song homage). But it’s the overarching message about mental health that’s the most important takeaway.

The episode—inspired by author Terri Cheney’s Modern Love column “Take Me As I Am, Whoever I Am,” as well as her memoir, Maniac—follows Lexi, a brilliant and charismatic attorney who’s been hiding her bipolar diagnosis from friends and colleagues. “Anne conveyed the charisma of mania beautifully,” Cheney says of the performance. Cheney knows firsthand how difficult it is to get right on screen. “Mania is often charming, but depression is another story. It’s sometimes an off-putting experience and very hard to describe or portray. Anne captured it in a way that not only showed its anguish, but also moved the viewer to empathy.”

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At first, Lexi appears to have a rewarding and glamorous life: She’s got a fantastic wardrobe, a spacious apartment, and a full dating life. But then, her depression plows through like a tornado. “I’ve seen people like Lexi, I have people in my life like Lexi, and I love people like Lexi,” Hathaway tells Glamour. “But I haven’t really seen someone like her ever on screen. So the idea that I was asked to represent someone who maybe hasn’t seen themselves on screen and could see themselves in this was exciting for me.”

To prep for the role, Hathaway spoke at length with Cheney and used her memoir as a guide. “I just let Terri’s story be my story,” she explains. “She took me through the physicality of what being manic feels like, how heavy objects become when you’re in this state of being.”

Cheney hopes viewers will take away a greater understanding of how complicated mental illness can be and recognize when loved ones might be struggling. “When you think of the illness in terms of a familiar face, it’s less frightening and easier to understand,” she says. “That’s why having someone as famous as Anne portray a woman with bipolar disorder is so terrific: It’s an antidote to shame.”

It’s also a reasons why it was so important for Hathaway to tell Cheney’s story. “I have people in my life who I love so deeply who have received various mental health diagnoses, and that’s not the whole story of who they are,” Hathaway explains. “But in many cases, because of an intolerant society, that’s the space of fear they’re kept in.”

Julie Andrews Didn’t Always Feel Worthy

Dame Julie Andrews is grateful. On the day of her interview with Glamour, it seems that everyone in her vicinity wants something from her. An autograph, a picture, and, in one case, a hug.

The 84-year-old is more than happy to oblige. She’s been a movie star for almost 60 years, but the shine hasn’t worn off—intrusions and all. “I mean, the things I’ve done, the things I’ve learned, the people I’ve met? I have been blessed.” she says. Her new memoir, Home Work, testifies to that good fortune, chronicling the larger-than-life figures and films that have animated her six-decade career.

Andrews got her start in vaudeville. After making waves in productions like My Fair Lady, she transition to film and scored leading roles in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music back-to-back. The movies were both released to such fanfare that she’s said her sudden success felt like an “assault“—Andrews still thought of herself as that vaudeville girl with the tough childhood. It wasn’t so much that success was hard for Andrews—she has won Oscar, BAFTA, Grammy, Golden Globe, and Emmy Awards—but believing that she deserved it proved to be the greater challenge.

Anne Hathaway with Julie Andrews in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

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In Home Work, Andrews opens up about her career as well as the therapy, emotional labor, and personal growth it took to accept the accolades that came with playing the iconic Eliza Dolittle, Mary Poppins, and Maria von Trapp. Andrews co-wrote the memoir with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton. Andrews remembers that Hamilton told her, “‘Mum, there’ll be so many people out there who will be so glad that you went through some of these things, too.'” And it’s Andrews’ personal hope that, “maybe people will gain a little courage” from reading her doubts and insecurities laid bare on the page.

Andrews has supplemented on-screen roles with a spate of voiceover work, most recently in Aquaman and the forthcoming series, Bridgerton. With the book out now, she’s about to embark on on a nationwide tour. Each new film or project “I think you’re very lucky if you love what you do,” Andrews says. “I think you’re very lucky if you’re capable of love as well, and god knows I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to do both,” she says.

Here, Andrews opens up about finding happiness, her divorce, and that Oscar.

On keeping her Oscar for Mary Poppins in the attic

It does seem rather ridiculous—and I do proudly display it now—but at the time I was in such a new crowd. I didn’t want to boast. I didn’t want to be like, “Come see my Oscar!” So, it was hard. There was a part of me where I felt worthy, if I felt I’d done a good performance. But to come out of vaudeville and wonder where life is going, and suddenly find myself in New York City, in a new, bigger pool. Then after that find myself in an even bigger pool than that, which was Hollywood—it is hard to know that you are worthy.

13 Best Lip Glosses of 2019: Clear, Colorful, Plumping, and More

Lip gloss is divisive. It isn’t as popular as lipstick and still can’t quite shake its association with velour Juicy Couture tracksuits and messy middle school first kisses (who didn’t keep a fresh tube of Lip Smacker lip gloss in their back pocket, just in case?). But it’s 2019 now, and we’re here to report lip gloss is actually cool again.

Thank Rihanna, who makes everything look good (her Gloss Bomb is one of her best-selling Fenty products), or Glossier, which popularized, well, anything glossy. The latest iterations offer shine, color, and comfort across the board, and those sticky, hair-catching problems you remember from the nineties and early aughts are firmly in the past.

Need proof? We asked our editors to test dozens of options and report back on the all-time best lip glosses. Here are the ones that won glowing reviews across the board.

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Vintage Jeans Etsy Shops: Where to Buy the Perfect Pair

Etsy is where you go to find all the vintage goods from the comfort of your own home. A midcentury-modern teal couch? You can find that on Etsy. The vintage prairie dress of your dreams? Also Etsy. The perfect pair of vintage jeans? Yep, you guessed it: Etsy.

The marketplace has become a destination for secondhand denim in particular. Etsy has turned local shops like Passport Vintage into online go-tos. The appeal is obvious: When you walk into a thrift store, you’ll normally find a limited selection of jeans, in only a couple of sizes and washes. With Etsy, you can tailor your search by brand, era, inseam, waistband—whatever you’d like. Sure, you can’t try them on immediately, but plenty of sellers will make the virtual shopping experience as smooth as possible, providing detailed measurements and descriptions to give you a sense of how they might fit before you place your order.

Type in “vintage jeans” on Etsy, and you’ll get more than 77,000 results. To help you sort through all the goodness, we’re highlighting seven of our favorite denim sellers on the site right now, plus the best pairs to scoop up before they sell out.

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