Best Pearl Nail Art Ideas for 2019

If you’ve been keeping an eye on street style, chances are you’ve noticed that pearls are having a moment. While a string of pearls have long held a connotation for being stuffy, the new crop of accessories, often featuring single irregular-shaped pearls, are more Carrie Bradshaw than Charlotte York.

Oversized pearl earrings have been spotted recently on both Zendaya and Gigi Hadid, and Ashley Graham is a fan of pearl pendants. But it’s in the beauty sphere where pearls are really making an unexpected appearance—it’s impossible to scroll through Instagram without seeing a pearl hair clip, arguably the must-have accessory of the season, or headband, and now the trend has evolved into pearl nail art.

Think about it: Pearls are the perfect accent. They’re not as expected as diamonds, yet add a cool touch without being too flashy. And, like a French manicure mirrors the 2000s nostalgia movement in fashion, pearl manis are directly inspired by what’s happening in our jewelry boxes. The look is also surprisingly versatile, go for a single stone if you’re a minimalist, or go all the way with gem-encrusted nails on all five fingers. “Adding small pearl is easy, and you don’t need to be very savvy with a paint brush,” says nail artist Betina Goldstein, whose renditions of pearl nail art ideas have racked up thousands of likes on Instagram. “It allows you to play with color, design, or gems without overwhelming your look or hands.”

While the trend is probably easier to get if you take a photo into the salon, if you want to go the DIY route, Goldstein has some advice. “Start by painting your nails with a sheer nude like Essie in Gossamer Garments, then apply nail glue on your nail, where you want the gem to go,” she says, adding that tweezers make it easier to have full control over where you’re placing your pearls. “Cap it by applying more glue on top and then paint over it with a top coat to ensure the pearls don’t get caught in your hair.” Another helpful tip? Look for flat-back pearls (which you can buy as stickers or craft supplies on Amazon), since they’ll stay put on your nail better.

Scroll on for some of our favorite takes on the trend.

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One of the more simple (but still undoubtedly cool) pearl nail art options is a single stone near the base of your nails. Use a neutral like Chanel’s Ballerina for the most effortless look.

Pair a color-blocked mani with studs for double the fun.

Up the ante of a pearl mani with different-sized embellishments.

Play up the pearls with dotted tips and combine two trends in one.

Tiny pearls are even cooler in unnatural colors.

This mani magically looks both over-the-top and effortless at the same time.

At Adeam’s Spring 2020 show, nail artist Mei Kawajiri paired pearls with “water drops.” This might be a bit much to request at the salon, but it sure makes for great eye candy.

Get in on two trends at once with a pearl French mani. This one was created by adding tiny stones to Kiss press-ons.

A sprinkle of diamonds raises the glam factor up a notch.

Elevate a nude mani with a few randomly placed pearls.

Pearls look equally as cool with something colorful, like cheeky cherries.

A bright red background and gold studs pull pearls out of the minimal category.

Chains and long tips make for a mani fit for a queen, or a pop princess.

Decorate your cuticles with a strand of pearls (try these from Amazon).

Bella Cacciatore is the beauty associate at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.

Why Your Favorite Denim Brands Are Advertising Like It’s the ’90s

When Maggie Winter was growing up, she collected stacks of J.Crew catalogs and sketched the women in their pages—those smiling, glossy-haired models in crewneck sweaters and button-down shirts. “The imagery just felt so aspirational,” she says. “Growing up in a small town, it’s like, ‘Oh, yes. Someday that’s what I want.'”

It was the ’90s and early ’00s, so her only connection with brands like J.Crew and Delia’s was through the pages that came in the mail. “I would keep them and look over them over and over again and could see myself in them,” she says. “I would imagine being that cool girl at the mall in a Delia’s book or imagine being that gorgeous girl biking down a shady beach lane in J.Crew.”

Now, two decades later, as cofounder and CEO of the beloved NYC fashion label AYR, Winter is putting out a catalog of her own—one that pays tribute to the pages of her youth while still feeling distinctly current (and, of course, peddling denim).

The cover of AYR’s first-ever catalog, launching almost six years after the beloved fashion brand was founded

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The old-school channel might seem like an unusual bet for a digital-native brand, but printed mailers are in the midst of a renaissance of sorts, as venture-funded start-ups look to break through the noise of social media and heritage brands try to tap into the current thirst for all things nostalgic. Which means brands like AYR, which have built a customer base largely through word-of-mouth, Instagram, and email marketing, are going analog.

In 2019 these books look a little different. AYR’s catalog—the nearly six-year-old brand’s first foray into snail mail—doesn’t feature professional models, for one: Instead, Winter and cofounders Max Bonbrest and Jac Cameron (the company’s chief operating officer and creative director, respectively) rounded up a group of friends, family, and employees, and shot them near the brand’s SoHo store, using film for a lo-fi touch. They also tapped Amelia Diamond, the former head of creative at Man Repeller, to guest-edit the book, and illustrator Julie Houts to create grown-up paper dolls complete with cartoon pizza slices and an inner monologue about the “rejuvenating mindfulness exercise” of staring at one’s closet.

AYR’s not alone in its appreciation—and embrace—of printed mailings. Last month, Guess, an iconic brand of the ’80s and ’90s, launched a campaign for climate change awareness with a zine called “Planet Saving Information.” It was inspired by one it made with the Environmental Media Association back in 1993.

Saoirse Ronan Did the Most Jo March Thing Ever on the Little Women Set

Saoirse Ronan being cast as Jo March in Greta Gerwig’s remake of Little Women is a stroke of brilliance, to be sure. But now Ronan is revealing just how much she shares in common with the Louisa May Alcott protagonist.

In a new joint cover story with Timothée Chalamet for Entertainment Weekly to promote the film, Ronan discussed her deep connection with Jo and revealed the interesting ways she channeled the headstrong heroine during rehearsals and filming. “Jo’s ethos is ‘Everything everyone else is doing, I’m going to do the opposite,’” she tells Entertainment Weekly. “[I had] to try things that I’d never tried before. Be a bit messier with a performance.” This included ignoring the specific instructions—“Don’t shake hands! Don’t gesticulate with your arms!”—from an etiquette instructor that Gerwig had set up for the cast.

“I felt like I had tapped into something I’d never gotten the opportunity to tap into before, or I just didn’t have the guts to tap into myself,” Ronan says. “Finding that was just amazing.”

Naturally, people are already counting down until the film’s release date on Christmas Day. Gerwig, who also worked with Ronan and Chalamet in Ladybird, wrote and directed the project. “The two of us, it’s a relationship I have with no other director,” Ronan says of Gerwig. “She makes me feel like I can try anything.”

Rounding out the cast are Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen as Jo’s sisters (Meg, Amy, and Beth, respectively).

But even with such a variety of interesting female roles available in the story, Ronan says she knew from the beginning that she was meant to be Jo. “When Louisa [May Alcott, the author] describes Jo, it felt like someone describing me physically,” she says, “Sort of gangly and stubborn and very straightforward, and went for what she wanted.”

The Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes Ever

You can always count on celebrities to pull out all the stops when it comes to dressing up for Halloween. Need proof? Just take a look back at the very extra celebrity Halloween costumes over the years, from Kim Kardashian West and Jonathan Cheban (who did a next-level take on Sonny and Cher) to Cardi B. And let’s not forget the Halloween Queen herself, Heidi Klum, who each year somehow tops her costume from the one before.

There are other standout celebs, too, like Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, who never disappoint. Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, meanwhile, are starting to become perennial favorites. (Their Gomez and Morticia Addams look? Incredible!)

Whatever the celebrity Halloween costume idea, stars are always taking their spooky themes to new heights. Here are the most epic (and in some cases, most over-the-top) celebrity Halloween costumes of all time.

We can’t wait to see what celebrity Halloween costumes hit our Instagram feeds this year.

The Game-Changing Moments When Royals Wore Denim

In fairy tales, a princess wears a tiara, a ball gown, and crystal glass slippers. But what happens when princesses step out of that royal mold and into a pair of jeans?

I’ve spent nearly a decade studying royal wardrobes, from Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation robe to Kate Middleton’s first engagements as a duchess to Archie’s H&M overalls. I’m the editor of What Would Kate Do? and Meghan’s Mirror, which means I’ve analyzed thousands of outfits throughout my career. There are a few things I’ve learned: Royals think about every element of what they wear, there are rarely any mistakes or coincidences, and every outfit is meant to send a message. When a member of a royal family steps out in something as accessible as jeans, they’re consciously saying something to the public. We may see a casual outfit, but there may be a larger message, or historic moment, being represented in their denim.

These game-changing moments have represented everything from women’s empowerment to shaping their public image, to supporting environmentally conscious fashion, to ultimately changing the monarchy. And they predate Meghan Markle.

Ahead, we round up the most memorable denim looks that have shifted the way we think about royal fashion.

Christine Ross is the creative director at Effervescence Media and the editor of What Would Kate Do? and Meghan’s Mirror.

Blake Lively’s Amazon Baby Registry Is Actually Worth Shopping

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are now the parents of three—though the exact timing of #3’s arrival is still shrouded in some mystery. We know Lively gave birth recently, though, and a new tweet from Reynolds seems to confirm that another daughter has joined big sisters James and Inez.

Now, Lively is joining the ranks of celebrities like Priyanka Chopra and Jennifer Lawrence by sharing her registry (this one of the baby variety) on Amazon.

“I understand how overwhelming it is to be a new parent. What they don’t tell you is it never gets less overwhelming, but with each kid I do learn more,” she says on the site. “Before I had my first, I was lucky enough to have the parents in my life who I trusted most share their ‘must haves’ with me. I hope to do the same for you with my baby registry picks. Good luck! You’re gonna need it.” (Along with sharing her favorite products, the actress is also making a donation to Child Rescue Coalition, a nonprofit organization that helps save children from sexual abuse and is a cause she’s passionate about.)

Here are some of her top picks:

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Lively has a entire section of the registry devoted to sustainable on-the-go essentials. “I thought carrying around my own cups and bowls, etc would make my life more hectic. I was wrong,” she says on the site. “Not only did it organize and simplify everything I need for my babies and myself, but most significantly, it helps to teach my kids DAILY the importance of being thoughtful about our choices. They appreciate seeing easy ways they can participate in protecting our planet and their future. We don’t go anywhere without these pieces now.”

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And not everything is just for baby. Lively also selected items that will help fellow moms. “It’s easier to take care of everyone else instead of ourselves. But it all starts with us mamas. Here are some basics, as well as some special treats,” she said.

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Lively also selected a diverse array of books for little ones. “I read an article with an incredible list of kids books that have representation and help to show children many different experiences and perspectives,” she says on the Amazon site. “I was so excited that I went on Amazon and ordered every book on the list. This is just a small selection. It’s been fulfilling for me as well because I didn’t grow up with these books so I’m getting to read them and learn along with my children. We are never too old to learn.”

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Check out the rest of Blake Lively’s Amazon Baby Registry here. And congrats again to the Lively-Reynolds family!

The Best Jeans for Women By Style 2019 | Glamour

Trends come and go, but denim is forever. When everything else in your closet lets you down, you can still depend on your favorite pair of jeans to make you feel good. Denim is so versatile too—it looks great no matter how you style it, from the most basic of trends (looking at you, white sneakers) to the most extreme (hello, micro bags).

But despite its being so versatile, choosing the right denim for you is a personal experience. Everyone has a specific fit, wash, and brand they like most. And we all have different needs—whether that’s eliminating an annoying gap in the waistband or finding a pair that isn’t too stiff when sitting at a desk all day. To help you find a pair that works for you—from a great vintage wash to a truly sustainable pair to a wear-it-everywhere black skinny—Glamour editors are sharing their denim secrets. Here, the best jeans for women, ever.

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Best Women’s Jeans Brands for the Perfect Fit, Every Time | Glamour

Let’s face it: Denim is the one piece of our wardrobes that never goes out of style. It’s a recurring trend on the runway, one that you can easily transform according to where you are or where you’re going, and one you can keep in your closet for years. It’s a fashion investment you can always justify, whether you want to splurge on a premium brand or buy an affordable take on whatever trend is popping for that season. We all know that finding that perfect pair—or even just the best jeans brand—can be quite the feat. But with a plethora of new brands on the market, you’ll be sure to find a style that fits you and is right on trend.

Ahead, we’re rounding up the best jeans brands that have launched in recent years. Their offerings check off a multitude of boxes: size-inclusive, sustainably-produced, street-style favorite. So whatever your cup of tea, denim-wise, you’ll likely find a new label to love (and shop, and wear to pieces).

From Universal Standard’s foray into denim to The Feel Studio’s Instagram-favorite pair, here are five up-and-coming names you should add to your roster—and your fall wardrobe.

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& Other Stories Fall Sale 2019: Best Fashion Buys

Some say fall is the best season—renewal and all that—but it also can be an expensive one if you’re someone who requires a change of wardrobe. Luckily, lots of your favorite stores have some pretty epic sales happening right now with a ton of key fall outfit essentials that won’t make your wallet hate you. & Other Stories just added an extra 20% off their already major fall sale which means you should stock up on all the pieces you love before they sell out ASAP.

Need some light coats? They’ve got that. What about an oversize sweater? They’ve got that too. And how about testing the waters inexpensively on that slip dress as everyday wear that we saw all over the fall 2019 runways? Of course, & Other Stories is on it. They pretty much have it all, which is why we’ve narrowed down their sale options to the best under-$100 buys perfect for building up your wardrobe for as little money as possible. Shop our selects below.

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17 Best Vitamin C Serums for Brighter Skin in 2019

No matter which skin issues you’re currently bemoaning, chances are your routine could benefit from a vitamin C serum. The antioxidant is one of the few skin care ingredients dermatologists will back for its noticeable brightening, protective, and collagen-boosting properties. “Vitamin C is an antioxidant,” says dermatologist Kenneth Howe, M.D., at Wexler Dermatology. “When ultraviolet light penetrates your skin, it causes lasting damage by producing free radicals. Vitamin C can prevent that damage by ‘quenching’ the free radicals as they form.” There’s just one caveat: “It has to be present within the deeper layers of your skin in order to do that.”

This is the main reason derms will often tell you to get your daily dose of vitamin C in serum form. “They typically have the highest concentration of active ingredients,” says Howe. In order to get maximum results, though, you’ll need these highly concentrated actives to be properly formulated. You might have heard experts debating the merits of various forms of the power ingredient. Here’s one to memorize: L-ascorbic acid. “It’s a pure form of vitamin C,” says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, M.D.. “It’s typically highly unstable, so it must be adequately protected from sunlight and capped at an acidic pH.” Howe’s preferred form is also L-ascorbic acid, which he says penetrates more deeply than other forms, making it more likely to reach the layers of skin where you actually need it to work. And that’s not all you need to think about it when it comes to the best vitamin C serums; you’ll also want to consider its concentration.

“You should look for serums that contain 10% to 20% vitamin C,” says dermatologist and cofounder of LM Medical, Morgan Rabach, M.D. “Less than 10% is not as effective and over 20% causes more skin irritation.” A supporting cast of characters can also boost its efficacy. “Vitamin E stabilizes vitamin C for maximum skin protection, and ferulic acid helps lower the pH level of vitamin C so your skin can use the vitamins easily,” she says. “I also look for darkly tinted glass bottles with airless delivery, as air causes vitamin C to degrade.”

It seems like a lot to remember, so we did the heavy lifting of finding out where those multiple factors intersect. Below, the 17 best vitamin C serums (or products with serum-like textures, to use the term more generously) that meet this stringent list of criteria. Scroll through to find out which bottle delivers on a budget, which is perfect for packing in your carry-on, and which meets every single derm’s approval.

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