The 12 Best Winter Hats to Get You Through the Coldest Days

I’ll admit it: I’m still trying to figure out how to be a “hat person.” (Yes, that’s a thing you can be.) If you’re anything like me, it was always a challenge to balance personal style with personal needs, like retaining heat during the winter—and the beanies, baseball caps, fedoras meant to fulfill the latter purpose didn’t really feel like they had a place in my wardrobe. But as the most high-fashion designers in the game—Versace, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Saint Laurent—started embracing berets, fishermen’s caps, and other eye-catching headgear and presenting them on the runway as legitimately covetable accessories, I started rethinking this whole hat thing. And now that the cold is really starting to settle in, I’m seriously shopping for one.

Check out 12 super-chic winter hats under $100 that’ll keep you well-accessorized and warm this season.

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, Normal Sisters-in-Law, Both Attended the Queen’s Christmas Lunch

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton both attended Queen Elizabeth II’s pre-Christmas lunch on Wednesday, December 19 looking as chic as ever. Unfortunately, the holiday merriment was no-doubt clouded by the incessant rumors the two sisters-in-law are feuding. These reports are unfounded, of course, and Kensington Palace even shut down them down with a rare statement in early December.

A new report from People claims Markle and Middleton’s relationship is “complex” but not outrageously terrible. “They are very different characters,” a family friend tells the magazine. But what in-laws relationship isn’t complicated? Are you best friends with your sister-in-law? Probably not! You most likely have a calm, congenial relationship with her—and the same goes for Markle and Middleton, in my opinion. Just because they’re not skipping down the street together doesn’t mean they’re enemies.

Queen's Christmas Lunch - Arrivals

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In fact, I’m willing to wager the two women had a lovely chat while sipping tea and eating those small sandwiches that never fill you up with the queen. Below, a non-exhaustive list of topics I hope they talked about:

  1. Why everyone is so obsessed with them driving and shutting car doors.

  2. This Instagram account of Prince George throwing imaginary shade at the other royals.

  3. The most recent season of Suits

  4. Why Prince Harry is obsessed with turning all the lights off in the house.

5.What type of pizza Prince William eats on the sofa.

Queen's Christmas Lunch - Arrivals

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  1. Whether Princess Charlotte is a Laurel or a Yanny.

  2. What Markle would’ve talked to Kendall Jenner about at the British Fashion Awards.

  3. If the Spice Girls reunion tour will be good without Victoria.

  4. Their favorite season of Love Island. (You know they watch.)

  5. Annnnd their favorite songs from the A Star Is Born soundtrack. (Meghan loves “Hair Body Face.” I can feel it.)

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The Best Button-Down Shirt for Big Boobs

Until recently, my lack of options for button-down tops was an accepted reality, established sometime in middle school, when I filled out a DD bra. As I became a bit more familiar with dressing for my shape—and my cup size went a few letters further into the alphabet—the only way to wear a shirt with a button front was to utilize a set of unspoken hacks: concealing safety pins behind and between the buttons to avoid gaping, styling it with camis so as to make a popped button seem intentional, buying it a couple sizes larger so I could have it professionally tailored to fit… Honestly, option three always seemed like too much work, but they’re all a lot of work for something many describe as a “wardrobe staple.” (Isn’t that supposed to be synonymous with “easy, effortless”?) So, when given the opportunity to test a new made-to-measure fashion brand that would, theoretically, solve this long-standing gripe, I couldn’t pass up the chance.

This past fall, Careste—a direct-to-consumer brand helmed by Celeste Markey, Elizabeth Rickard Shah, and Hilary Peterson—launched a line of shirts with the intention to provide an answer to ineffective sizing in the market. “When you look at Elizabeth, Hilary, and me, we all have such different bodies,” Markey, Careste’s CEO, says about the inspiration for creating the company. “How on earth could we ever think that a size 6 on one body is equivalent to a size 6 on another? When we tested our product and algorithm, we discovered that none of the women we measured had a body that fit within any one size on the typical size chart.”

Careste’s Adela top, $325, available at Careste.

Courtesy of Careste.

The algorithm Markey refers to is essentially what provides the fit for Careste products, one that’s more personalized than your typical 4, 12, or 20. In order to determine your size, the brand gathers eight measurements: shoulders, bust, bust point, sleeve length, waist, waist length, body length, and hips.

“The bust is actually the number one concern above any other measurement points,” says Shah, the brand’s creative director. “The majority of brands follow mass-produced standard sizing which does not take into consideration variations in body shapes and sizes and proportion differences from shoulders to bust to waist.”

My own experience determining fit was a bit different than the norm. I initially met with Markey and Shah to check out the debut collection, and Shah offered to measure me in person. However, it’s a task that’s easily completed solo with a measuring tape—one you own or one provided by Careste in a free-of-charge Fit Folio sent to your home. Still not confident? The brand can also schedule a fit consultation over Google Hangouts to make sure you’re getting the most accurate numbers.

Careste’s Stingray, $395, and Adela, $325, tops.

Courtesy of Careste.

It may seem a bit more arduous than your typical shopping experience, but it’s only done once (pending any significant weight loss or gain.) As Shah explains, it’s so Careste can make an individual pattern for every customer, allowing for its factory to produce a shirt that’s couture-quality without a single in-person fitting. And the mild inconvenience early in the process can be worth it for a proper fit—at least, that’s what I concluded.

After collecting my measurements, I simply selected a style, which currently includes a small range of blouses, mostly button-down and solid colors. (There are some limited edition prints, too.) I went for the Adela, a black button blouse with a subtle scalloped detail on the collar and cuffs—it’s classic, simple, and, frankly, a piece I’ve never owned in the proper size.

Careste’s Adela top, $325, available at Careste.

Courtesy of Careste.

By the time I received my made-to-measure shirt (it typically takes about two weeks from placing an order to receiving a delivery), I slipped it on right away to check for the most telltale sign of improper fit for someone with big boobs: gaping. There was none. In order to truly test it, I wore the top for an entire day to see what kind of adjusting it might need as hours passed, how comfortable it felt, how securely all the buttons stayed fastened, and if I liked the way it looked. The results were positive across the board.

Best Hair Dryers of 2018: 14 Ones Worth Your Money

There’s no hairstyle quite as transformative or difficult to re-create at home as a real good blowout. Blow-drying your own hair is hard, despite stylists’ swearing on their lives, graves, and favorite hairspray that, with the right hair-dryer, even the most round-brush-inept can pull off a perfect blowout.

No shade to the experts, but dropping half your rent money on a hair dryer that might leave you fried or frizzy is reason enough to keep booking Drybar appointments. Heck, it’s borderline fiscally responsible. But as much as we’d like to live in a world where we can budget both time and money on a pro job, we’d rather a good hair day be in our own hands. So our editors tested the best hair dryers to see whether a faux-professional blowout at home is the stuff of myth or actually attainable. Spoiler: These dryers work like magic—and live up to their price tags. Scroll on for the best hair dryers for every hair type and budget.

Rachel McAdams Wore Versace and a Breast Pump for Her Latest Magazine Photo Shoot

Rachel McAdams has been keeping a low profile lately—in fact, she kept her recent pregnancy seriously under wraps, and has only just started to speak publicly about her 7-month-old son with boyfriend Jamie Linden. But in her latest fashion editorial, the actress is sending a message to new moms like her.

McAdams appears on the cover of Girls. Girls. Girls., photographed by Claire Rothstein, the magazine’s founder and editor. In the shoot, she’s wearing designers like Adam Selman, Cushnie, Bulgari… and, in one picture, Versace and a breast pump. The photographer shared the story behind that last look on her personal Instagram.

“Obviously #rachelmcadams looks incredible and was quite literally the dream to work with but also this shoot was about 6 months post her giving birth to her son, so between shots she was expressing/pumping as still breastfeeding,” Rothstein wrote in the caption. “We had a mutual appreciation disagreement about who’s idea it was to take this picture but I’m still sure it was hers which makes me love her even more.”

“Breastfeeding is the most normal thing in the world and I can’t for the life of me imagine why or how it is ever frowned upon or scared of,” Rothstein continued. “I don’t even think it needs explaining but just wanted to put this out there, as if it even changes one person’s perception of something so natural, so normal, so amazing then that’s great. Besides she’s wearing Versace and Bulgari diamonds and is just fucking major. Big shout out to all the girls.”

McAdams certainly does look amazing—and anything that helps make breastfeeding something everyone feels comfortable speaking about is a good thing. Since Rothstein shared the image and the story behind it, social media users have been praising the actress. “HELLO WORLD. THIS IS RACHEL MCADAMS BREAST PUMPING IN VERSACI AND BULGARI. I HAVE NEVER SCREAMED SO HARD IN MY LIFE,” one tweeted. Another called McAdams a “true queen” for pumping during her shoot.

McAdams told People that motherhood “the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me, hands down.” She hasn’t shared much on the topic, but in this case, a picture is worth a thousand words.

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Penny Marshall Has Passed Away at 75 Years Old: A Look Back at Her Legacy

Penny Marshall, the legendary actress and director, has died at the age of 75.

Marshall first became a household name playing Laverne DeFazio on Laverne & Shirley, a show created by her older brother Garry Marshall, and appeared in various television shows and films over the years. But it’s her career as a director that will likely have the longest-lasting impact on not only Hollywood, but all of us who have loved her films.

“Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall,” a statement from her family read. “Penny was a tomboy who loved sports, doing puzzles of any kind, drinking milk and Pepsi together and being with her family. As an actress, her work on Laverne & Shirley broke ground featuring blue-collar women entertaining America in prime time. She was a comedic natural with a photographic memory and an instinct for slapstick. When Penny directed Tom Hanks in the movie Big she became a pioneer as the first woman in history to helm a film that grossed more than $100 million. She did it again with A League of Their Own. She directed many stars including Geena Davis, Robert De Niro, Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, Madonna, Denzel Washington, Rosie O’Donnell and Whitney Houston. She even gave Mark Wahlberg his first acting job. Penny was a girl from the Bronx, who came out West, put a cursive ‘L’on her sweater and transformed herself into a Hollywood success story. We hope her life continues to inspire others to spend time with family, work hard and make all of their dreams come true.”

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the biggest moments in Marshall’s groundbreaking career.

Best Amazon Holiday Gift Ideas: Under $50

There is exactly one week left until Christmas which means if you’re like the rest of us, you’ve probably procrastinated getting a gift until the very last minute. Procrastination doesn’t have to be a bad thing though–if anything you’ve probably thought more about your gifts than people who bought theirs impulsively on Black Friday.

And this is 2018 after all and realistically we can order plenty of great presents online with two-day shipping, easy. An obvious place to start shopping for last minute gifts is Amazon. Even though they have everything, it isn’t exactly the sexiest place to shop for the holidays and the last thing you really want is for someone to assume you had to scramble for a gift and just bought it on Amazon because it came with prime shipping.

Thankfully there are plenty of great gifts on Amazon they’ll actually want–from one of the best Vitamin C serums on the market to an amazing beaded bag that’s very on trend to a travel book that’ll help anybody plan their next trip to Europe. See all the best gift ideas under $50 that you can find on Amazon below and trust us, there’s nothing last minute about them.

Stay-at-Home Mom Depression Is Real—and Women Are Finally Talking About It

Last week, an article on Today.com elicited a collective “THIS” from women across the web thanks to its frank take on an under-discussed but very real mental health challenge: stay-at-home mom depression. The essay—written by Megan Powell, the 32-year-old mother of five behind blog Momma’s Tired—nailed the day-to-day reality for many SAHMs: balancing the vast task of raising children and running a household while simultaneously fending off comments about how it must be so nice and relaxing to not have to go to work.

As a stay-at-home mom for 10 years and counting, I too felt a surge of vindication reading Powell’s essay. Not going to a traditional job every day in favor of full-time parenting is no walk in the park (as any mother or father who’s ever stayed home with the kids even for a day can imagine). Anyone willing to stand up and say that deserves a standing ovation from the one in five U.S. parents who stay home full-time (and, lets be honest, from the everyone else, too). But for some women, there exists a deeper sense of distress that can plague those whose daily routines revolve solely around the kids. “It’s like cabin fever after a few days, except it’s your life every day,” says Danielle Moeslein, a 30-year-old stay-at-home mom in Missouri.

Powell’s essay put a name to that panicky, helpless feeling that sets in when you start to believe that you exist only to help others exist. Or feel like you might want to be doing something more but can’t talk about it because you’re “lucky” to have the option of not working. Or when every small thing in your life feels like a struggle—from brushing your teeth (see: toddler climbing up your leg), to trying to cook a meal for yourself (oh wait, the baby is hungry right now and feeding her is more important), to even getting dressed (why bother?).

Just like postpartum depression may be triggered by external factors—a major life change, a shift in hormones—stay-at-home mom depression is often the result of big, often stressful changes in your life. “Stress exacerbates any condition, mental health or otherwise,” says Melinda Paige, PhD, a professor of clinical mental health counseling at Argosy University in Atlanta. And stay-at-home mom life is rife with triggers. Isolation, loss of purpose or identity and lack of social interaction can all play a role in the development of depression.

In other words, being home alone with demanding young children for what seems like an eternity may not always be the most ideal situation for prime mental health.

Despite all the strides we’ve made in talking about mental health, depression is still stigmatized as a personal failure. That pressure feels particularly frustrating for a lot of stay-at-home moms, myself included, who fall into the roles less by choice and more by circumstance. Moeslein, for instance, tells Glamour that she never planned to stay home, but after her son was born with medical complications as a result of a bladder condition, sending him to daycare wasn’t an option. She had no idea what she was getting into, but she didn’t have any other choice.

During her seven years as a SAHM, the mother of three struggles on and off with the same depression that plagued her in college. “As a mom, especially as a mom who stays at home and suffers from depression, you just don’t have that time to take care of yourself because you’re so busy taking care of your family,” she says. “You do it because you don’t have a choice.”

“I told myself that so many other women would kill to be home with their kids all day, so I bottled up my feelings in fear of seeming ungrateful.”

Even for women who never suffered from depression, the transition to at-home parent may be especially hard for mothers who had careers before having children. The loss of the identity and self-worth a woman’s career provided to her is a form of loss, which is a trigger, says Susan Silver, a psychotherapist in Illinois. “When we think about loss, we usually think about death or divorce, but any major change can be a source of depression.”

Complicating matters is the fact that depression is often overlooked among SAHMs because not going to work every day is viewed as a privileged choice. It’s lucky. That often means moms who struggle may feel like they don’t have the right to speak out. “I told myself that so many other women would kill to be home with their kids all day, so I bottled up my feelings for fear of seeming ungrateful,” says Pamela Gillett, 30, a former stay-at-home mom of two from Michigan, who went back to part-time to cope.

Compounding the pressure that many at-home moms put on themselves to not feel ungrateful is the message that if you’re at home and unhappy, you have only yourself to blame. Common advice given to at-home moms—get up early so you can have “me” time or exercise at home—send the message that if you only worked a little harder, you wouldn’t be so miserable.

“Women often don’t feel they deserve [help]. Or they think something is wrong with them and that they’ve failed in some way if they have to go to somebody else for help.”

At the height of some of my own depressive episodes as a SAHM, I can remember crying while pushing my daughter outside in her little baby swing, telling myself over and over that I should be happy just to be with her, or crying when, yet again, that I had to drag four little kids with me to get my teeth cleaned because finding a reliable sitter is not as easy as all of those “helpful” articles make it out to be. Not being able to voice my own misery or find the help that I knew I needed only served to make me feel like even more of a failure as a mom.

The reality is, the very structure of stay-at-home mothering can make a woman prone to depression even more susceptible. “As a person, you need conversation, you need human interaction, you need stimuli that as a SAHM you don’t get on a daily basis,” Moeslein says. “That’s something nobody talked to me about before I had kids.” Modern family dynamics are getting worse at supporting this, Silver says—extended family members like cousins are less likely to live nearby and grandparents are more likely to be working and living their own active lives. Those key forms of social communities once available to SAHMs aren’t always there anymore. The systemic struggles that SAHMs face are also a very real part of the problem—from the way we treat mothers postpartum (spend 15 minutes with a doctor checking in on your health after giving birth and hope that covers it!), to the lack of paid maternity leave. The message to moms is clear: you’re on your own, lady.

Over a quarter of all mothers in the U.S. don’t work outside the home, according to recent survey data—why has it taken so long to to acknowledge the mental health challenges we’re faced with?

Putting a name to the phenomenon of stay-at-home mom depression helps legitimize it. It’s a rallying cry for any mom who has ever felt this way. For 10 years, I have believed that I am just not “good” at being a SAHM. I’ve told myself, over and over, that while staying home may not be the best thing for me, it’s the best thing for our family right now—so I’d better learn to deal with it. I’ve convinced myself that all the other at-home moms out there are waking up excited about yet another day at home with kids, while I sometimes wake up wanting to cry.

I’m certainly not alone in this. “I always thought I was just having a bad day,” says Kara Collins, 31, a mom of four boys in Maryland. She’s tried medications and communicating more openly with her husband about her struggles but still feels like she’s living in “survival mode.” The term “stat-at-home mom depression” was new to her, but putting a name to the feelings she’s struggling with has helped her feel like she can start to move forward and face them. “I need to find my identity outside of motherhood,” Collins says. “I’m hoping to start a school program which I think will help me dig myself out of this darkness.”

Like Collins, most moms—working or not—are generally aware of what they should do to get the help they need, like talk to their doctor, socialize with other adults, and find interests that fulfill them. But whether they have the energy or ability to actually do those things is another story. “Women often don’t feel they deserve [help], or they think something is wrong with them and that they’ve failed in some way if they have to go to somebody else for help,” Silver says. But by being more open about how it is possible to struggle with stay-at-home depression and love your kids more than life itself, hopefully women and healthcare providers will be able to bridge the gap to help stay-at-home mothers feel more acknowledged and cared for in the future.

Simply hearing the term “stay-at-home mom depression” has helped me validate how I’ve felt over the past decade. It’s not me that’s the problem. Or my kids. Or even my partner not understanding. The truth is, there is a very real lack of knowledge about the realities of women staying home—especially those women who may already be prone to depression. For those of us in the trenches, we can help by being more honest about our own experiences, modeling truths for future generations of mothers, and being kind to ourselves as we figure out how make staying at home work better for everyone.

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5 Secrets to Creating the Perfect Holiday Outfit, According to ‘Real Housewife’ Erika Jayne

Erika Jayne needs only one word to describe her dream holiday party outfit: sparkles. “I think you should be like a human Christmas tree and sparkle as much as possible,” she says. “This is a time when you can really sparkle. Holiday parties are meant for sparkles, liquor, and having a good time.”

If anyone knows how to dress for an event, it’s Erika: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star/dance club queen seems to always embody what only can only be described as a lewk, whether it’s for a black-tie charity function with husband Tom Girardi or for an on-stage performance. It was this latter side that I saw at Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa—during the roughly hour-long set, she changed four times by my count, each outfit more sparkly than the last. I grabbed a few minutes with Erika backstage to get her advice on how to channel all this extra-ness for the hardest season to dress for: the holidays.

“I really do think the holidays are a great time to pull out all the tricks,” she says. “You can have a lot of good personality and have fun. This is the season to have a good time. If you feel like sticking an ornament in your hair, do it!”

In terms of creating your holiday wish lists, Erika has some ideas: “Christmas, Hanukkah, the holiday season is the time you hit ’em up for the high-ticket items. That coat you’ve always wanted. That designer purse. Maybe that Louboutin shoe. Fill in the blank with whatever you want. Now is the time to get it because you’ve been a good girl all year long.” Copy that.

Ahead, Erika breaks down holiday party dressing, from color palettes to footwear choices. See and shop her advice.

25 Top-Selling Beauty Products on Amazon in 2018

Shopping on Amazon can either be the easiest thing ever or extremely frustrating. Generally, it helps to head to the site with a list in mind, rather than sifting through hundreds of pages and even more reviews. The retailer’s beauty section, however, is a much different story. Few reviews are as detailed and helpful—which makes the brand’s high-low mix of luxury, drugstore, and indie products a goldmine for discovery. It also makes narrowing down what’s worth trying much less complicated. When thousands of shoppers all agree on those five stars, you know it’s good stuff (at least most of the time). Such is the case for these 25 Amazon beauty finds—all top-sellers for 2018.

To make things even easier for you, we pressed the online retailer to share what flew off its virtual shelves in every category: hair, makeup, skin care, tools, and nails. Scroll on down to see how many you already have, and of course, how many more you need.