Kanye West pulled out all the stops for Valentine’s Day this year, gifting Kim Kardashian with a surprise live performance by Kenny G in their house. The setup was romantic: West placed several rose vases on the floor and centered Kenny G in the middle, where he played some tunes on the saxophone.
But Twitter quickly noticed something was off about the display. If Kenny G was in the middle of the room surrounded by glass vases, how would he eventually get out? The joke that he was somehow trapped in the Kardashian-West house quickly caught on, with even Chrissy Teigen chiming in.
“Did Kenny have to stand there while the flowers were being set up? How did he get out? we need more info on Kenny,” the Cravings author tweeted shortly after Kardashian shared a video of her surprise. I can’t!
See her A+ tweet for yourself, below:
“Kanye West’s gift to [Kim Kardashian] was to capture Kenny G and hold him in a room of their house. He is forbidden from taking breaks and must remain standing, playing his romantic sax. If even a single vase of roses is overturned, an alarm will sound,” one person joked on Twitter. “Kenny G is 100% trapped in the Kardashian/West house and is sending out an SOS with this video,” wrote someone else.
Check out some more reactions from people on this hilarious train:
Is Kenny G OK? Someone needs to check on his ASAP.
Chrissy Teigen didn’t share much about her own Valentine’s Day plans, but Kardashian and West posted theirs all over social media. “Happy Valentines Day babe!!! I love you so much ,” Kardashian wrote on Instagram to West alongside some throwback photos.
“He really is the most romantic, sweetest person I’ve ever met in my entire life,” she also said about her rapper husband back in 2013.
Even though it feels like we’ve been dressing for winter for, well, forever, the end is in sight. Spring is only two weeks away (!!!), and with fresh batch of outfit inspiration coming out of Fashion Week, you might be itching for something new. Well, the stars—err, we mean the sales are aligning: Nordstrom’s big winter sale just launched (right in time for President’s Day), with thousands of great pieces up to 40 percent off through February 24.
If you’ve been holding off on buying that teddy coat or those thigh-high boots, Nordstrom is the place to go. It has plenty of winter essentials as well as spring-ready pieces (think ruffled dresses and light sweaters that make transitional dressing a breeze) (plus, the occasional bedazzled headband you don’t need but probably should still add to your cart.) Shop all the best pieces from Nordstrom’s winter sale below.
“A shallow person will have only shallow relationships,” Bloom wrote on Instagram the day of their engagement. “Real love is not one person clinging to another, it can only be fostered between two strong people secure in their individuality. Antoine de Saint- Exupery, author of The Little Prince wrote in a work called Wind, Sand and Stars, ‘Love is not two people gazing at each other, but two people looking ahead together in the same direction.'”
It’s been quite the ride for the couple, who first began a flirtation in early 2016 and, through several ups and downs, made their way to a proposal. Below, check out a complete timeline of their relationship:
January 2016: Perry and Bloom reportedly have a mild flirtation at a Golden Globes after-party. “Katy and Orlando had a total dance-off — it was the best part of the party,” a source told Us Weekly at the time. “Katy literally dropped to the floor and was waving her booty around, beckoning Orlando.” That same month, they saw a production of The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey in Culver City, California and posed for a photo.
May 2016: Us Weekly reports Bloom and Perry are an item but are consciously avoiding being photographed together. A prime example of this was at the amfAR Gala during the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where they sat at separate tables.
That same month, she seemingly made the relationship Instagram official by posting this cute pic of herself and Bloom in Cannes.
August 2016: Bloom goes nude while paddleboarding with Perry, and the photos go viral. “It was extremely surprising,” he told Elle UK about the incident. “I wouldn’t have put myself in that position if I’d thought it would happen. I’ve been photographed a million times in a million ways. I have a good radar.”
October 2016: Couples costume alert! For Kate Hudson’s annual Halloween party, Perry dressed as Hillary Clinton, while Bloom opted for a ridiculous and hilarious Donald Trump look.
March 2017: Us Weekly reports Bloom and Perry are taking a break from their relationship. “Orlando and Katy are taking respectful, loving space at this time,” their reps told the magazine in an exclusive statement. Perry addressed the split on Twitter, writing, “HOW BOUT A NEW WAY OF THINKING FOR 2017⁉️U can still b friends & love ur former partners! No one’s a victim or a villain, get a life y’all!😘”
June 2017: Perry ranks how her ex-boyfriends performed in bed, placing John Mayer first, followed by Bloom and then Diplo.
August 2017: Bloom and Perry reunite to attend Ed Sheeran’s concert in Los Angeles. “I think people are in and out of your life. It’s nice to keep people you love around you,” she told Sirius XM’s “The Morning Mashup” about their hangout, according to Page Six.
February 2018: The couple officially gets back together. In April, she tells Entertainment Tonight, “I have been spoken for and speak for myself.”
September 2018: After a few months of dating again (and casually meeting the Pope), Perry and Bloom make their red carpet debut at the Gala for the Global Ocean in Monaco.
February 2019: Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom announce their engagement on Instagram. “Full bloom,” Perry wrote alongside a photo of her stunning, flower-shaped ring. Congrats!
Despite being a dedicated member of the social-media generation, where instant gratification not just preferred but expected, I can say, with confidence, that there are few things in my life I enjoy as much as receiving stuff in the mail. From late birthday wishes from my Aunt Regina to takeout menus, I’ve always enjoyed the thrill of checking my mailbox. That’s partly why I’ve had an ongoing flirtation with subscription boxes—and their promise of stuff sent semi-regularly to my doorstep. Dollar Shave Club? I love it. Winc wine club? The best part of my week. When it came to clothing, though, I hadn’t found a service that I fit my needs and my style. But I was still curious (and wanted to open more packages), so when the opportunity to try Universal Standard’s new Foundation Mystery Box came up, I was game.
Universal Standard is best known as the radically inclusive brand that offers minimal and modern clothing in sizes 00 through 40. Last fall, it launched a collection of basics called “Foundation,” its first in the full-size range. Now, it’s debuting a “mystery” delivery that, essentially, has all the benefits of a secret admirer with none of the risk. (Ahem, Joe Goldberg.) Basically, it’s a combination of a subscription box and a flash sale.
The Foundation Mystery Box, available for a limited time only (through February 19), comes in four tiers, depending on which apparel category you want product from (you pick between tops, bottoms, dresses, activewear, and outerwear) and how much you want to spend (boxes start at $50 for tops or activewear and cap out at $140 for premium pieces). You only get one box, and all sales are final—so you’re stuck with your surprise.
As someone who views New York’s temperamental weather as a personal offense, I decided to go with the outerwear box. Stuffing one more coat into my tiny apartment closet would surely fix all my winter problems, right? My Foundation Mystery Box arrived in the mail a few days later, complete with a personalized note from the Universal Standard team and a tote bag I will definitely be sporting at Whole Foods.
Having splurged on one of the more expensive options, I was thrilled to see an item I’d been eyeing on the site, the Kanda Puffer Jacket, in my box. On the site, its description reads, “Stay warm, look cool.” Sold. It was perfect to wear to work.
My main concern with the Foundation Mystery Box was figuring out the right sizing. Since Universal Standard serves such a wide range on a 3XS through 3XL scale, it groups together certain sizes. Normally, I’m a size 6 (a 2XS by Universal Standard’s sizing), but decided to go a size down to its 3XS, since the outerwear looked a little oversized. Ultimately, I’m glad I did: The jacket itself runs big but comes with a wrap belt and two buttons on the inside, if you want a snugger fit.
The other two products in my box were a pair of tuxedo track pants and a long-sleeved white T-shirt from Universal Standard’s Foundation collection. All together, it really felt to me that the Foundation Mystery Box was meant to be cohesive—that though its contents would be a surprise, I wouldn’t have trouble figuring out how to wear them. Plus, the jacket, pants, and T-shirt are super versatile and go well with a lot of things already in my closet (a really important consideration, to avoid buyer’s remorse.)
Day two focused on different types of orgasms. Day three was all about foreplay. Day four introduced the idea of why the heart is important during sex. Day five, which quickly became my favorite, was a sensual meditation on breast massage. Some of the details were so specific—36 strokes in one direction, and then in the other—I became turned on just by listening. As the week of sex meditations wore on, I noticed myself doing exactly what Silva described: becoming more attentive and aware of my own senses and desires.
On day six, things got really interesting: it was time to talk “slow self-pleasuring.”
I’m no stranger to masturbation, especially as a form of stress-release and self-care, but this wasn’t my usual afternoon quickie. Instead, the pleasant female voice walked me through a detailed plan of slowing down masturbation in order to focus on my body and what I was feeling. At least 20 minutes of self-pleasure, the meditation directed. I followed orders.
By this point, it had been a full six days since I have tried to have an orgasm (though not required, I’d decided to pause doing anything sexy with my husband or solo in order to fully experience the meditation app) so I was eager to give it a go. My last several attempts had been frustrating at best—even using my best moves, I was too distracted by money worries and career anxiety to fully enjoy myself. But nearly a week of sex meditation had paid off: after 20 minutes of what I can only describe as mindful foreplay, I had a very intense orgasm.
On day seven, it was time to think about bringing my partner into my new Zen approach to sex. I was tingly, I realized, in the same way that I get tingly after my husband or I has a work trip and we’re about to be reunited. “When we center ourselves it’s often easier to be present with others,” says Liz Powell, Ph.D., a psychologist in San Francisco. “Taking the time to meditate can help you clear out the junk from the outside world that piles up between you and those closest to you.”
When my husband and I finally got down to business, I noticed a subtle but powerfully sensual shift. I was more attentive to each touch, purposefully slowing down, focusing on foreplay, and enjoying every little moment without wondering when we were going “get to the point,” so I could get back to my to-do list.
I’m not sure if it was the advice stop trying to “chase the orgasm” (a gem from day seven), the reminder to “keep breathing and stay with each other,” or simply the fact that I was more focused on my body’s enjoyment and less focused on checking one more thing off of my to-do list, but I could definitely tell we were much more in touch with each other’s needs than we have been in months. I was more connected to myself, and in turn, more connected to my partner.
On top of that, I finally found a meditation routine I want to stick with. Something about meditating for better sex worked for me in a way regular old mediation never has. Not only did the mindfulness techniques really help me get better in touch with myself but the guided sessions also taught me quite a few things about how to seek my own pleasure. I know exactly how my husband and I will be spending our Valentine’s Day weekend.
Irina Gonzalez is a freelance writer and editor based in Florida, covering food, wellness, relationships, travel and Latinx culture. Follow her on Instagram at @msirinagonzalez.
Your first crush is a rite of passage. The fixations that follow it are just life. Nervous, awkward, sublime. Disastrous. Transcendent. Here, we celebrate infatuations, obsessions, and passions in all their exquisite splendor. Meet our It’s Just a Little Crush series. Isn’t she divine?
But the word “crush” brings to mind something totally different. Crush makes me think of the Valentine’s Day dance in seventh grade, during which I slow-danced with this boy named Kevin (leaving room for the Holy Spirit, as one does) and promptly launched a years-long campaign to win his heart. (If you’d like to know how that turned out, here’s a spoiler: I attended his wedding a few years ago! As a guest, with my awesome boyfriend in tow!)
But that’s the appeal of a crush: It’s low-stakes. Puppy love. Butterflies in your stomach. It’s relatively innocent, since a “crush” implies that you haven’t crossed into “makeout sesh at your college bar” territory. So when “crush” appears in the name of a lip color—and it does a lot—I assume it’s similarly tame. To test that theory, I got my hands on every tube of crush-themed lipstick I could find. As it turns out, I’m kind of right: Of the 19 shades I tried, not a single one got close to vampy, sexy, or taboo. If anything, there were too many soft-pink neutrals.
But within the range of nudes to fuchsias, there’s a lot of variety, and some good shades at that. So I tested all of them to see which really were crush-worthy—and which weren’t. Buckle up.
Your first crush is a rite of passage. The fixations that follow it are just life. Nervous, awkward, sublime. Disastrous. Transcendent. Here, we celebrate infatuations, obsessions, and passions in all their exquisite splendor. Meet our “It’s Just a Little Crush” series. Isn’t she divine?
Since reality TV’s earliest days, countless shows about dating have entered our zeitgeist and stayed in our queues. The Bachelor. Love Island. Dating Naked. Are You the One?Joe Millionaire. I Love New York. The Dating Game. They span networks, platforms, casts, conceits, but they all share one central mission: finding love. (Or at very least, lust.) Why we love—and love to hate—these shows has been much debated, but I have a new theory to put forth: What if we’re all just in it for the crush? How intoxicating to see the exact moment a spark starts! It’s why The Bachelor‘s First Impression Rose is treated like a holy relic, and why Love Island is so quick to add new characters to the mix.
Finding love on reality TV has now become so common, in fact, it’s happening on other shows, ones not based on romance. Take Dancing With the Stars and Big Brother. They may be about competition, but they’ve produced their fair share of relationships. I guess this shouldn’t come as a surprise—put any like-minded individuals together long enough, remove them from the rest of society, and something’s going to happen. What is surprising, though, is when these relationships actually last. One could say these couples have truly found love in a hopeless place.
Below, we talked to three women who met their partners through reality TV.
Rachel Lindsay on Being Engaged to Bryan Abasolo. They Met on The Bachelorette.
I was dating someone off-and-on for five years before I auditioned for The Bachelor. I was in my late twenties and genuinely thought he was the man I was going to marry. But we grew apart—both chasing our careers, not focusing on the relationship. I’d tried casually dating in Dallas after things with my ex ended, but that wasn’t really panning out, either. Then, one day, my coworkers came into my office and said: “You should do The Bachelor!” “You’ve got to be kidding,” I said. “Why would I do that show? I don’t even watch it!” But auditions were down the street, so I figured: Why not? Crazier things have happened. I’m cynical, and I didn’t actually think I was going to fall in love, but I was open to the possibility of it, so I went to the audition.
Fast forward a few years and ABC is approaching me to be on The Bachelorette. At first, I actually said no. It didn’t work out for me the first time when I was a contestant on Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor, so I thought: Why would this time be any different? I truly didn’t believe they would be able to find somebody I’d connect with. What’s more, I knew I would be the first black lead for the franchise, and I didn’t know if I wanted that pressure. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I did want to be the first black lead. I felt I could do it right, and I knew it was bigger than me. If nothing else, I’d be breaking the franchise mold.
But wow, was this time different. Yes, you’re on the same show. Yes, you’re dealing with the same producers, but now you’re in the driver’s seat. I had this group of amazing guys, many of whom I was developing real connections with, and the producers kept telling me, “Have conversations, be open minded,” so I really tried to do that. From the beginning, I knew I connected with Peter and Eric. I also really connected with Matt, which nobody saw—you just saw how emotional I was when I sent him home. Maybe in another time or place it could have worked out with one of the other guys. But somewhere along the way, I fell in love with Bryan.
At the beginning, I was cautious about Bryan. He was a charming guy, and I wondered if there was any sincerity behind the charisma. But moving through the season, I learned what sort of questions to ask to find out. Call it being 32. I just knew how to dig deeper, cut the BS, and get below the surface. With Peter, I felt as though he was still trying to figure himself out. Dean was a lot of fun, but definitely not ready for marriage. With Bryan, I saw that everything I was looking for was there. I actually told his producer, “He’s the one,” which is why, in the end, Bryan got my final rose.
Even in the age of Konmari, it’s hard to shake the feeling of wanting something new in your closet to welcome a new year or season. That doesn’t mean updating every single thing in your wardrobe—sometimes, the key to making your favorite pieces feel fresh is throwing one new item into the mix. Where better to start than with your shoes?
Over the past few years, there have been a lot of exciting new shoe brands bubble up on our social feeds and in street style. They’ve brought fun and flair into the footwear space, as well as offered plenty of exciting alternatives to the classics—the plain black boots, the low-heeled sandals, the rounded-toe flats.
From Nicole Saldaña’s cutesy, chunky-soled styles to M. Gemi’s fine-crafted Italian pieces, get to know these new shoe brands out there, vying for a spot in your closet.
Miley Cyrus‘ wedding is the gift that keeps on giving. So far, the pop singer and her husband, Liam Hemsworth, have shared a handful of moments from their private, secret ceremony that took place right before Christmas Eve. On Valentine’s Day, though, Cyrus posted an even larger batch of photos that may as well be their full wedding album.
“My Valentine every single day ❤️ @liamhemsworth,” Cyrus wrote in the caption of the first photo she shared: where she and Liam embraced in a candid moment. She also talked about how supportive Hemsworth is in another post, sharing, “Thank you for always bending down to hug me … I promise I will always meet you in the middle on my tippiest toes! I love you Valentine! @liamhemsworth.”
The photos also offered a closer look at her Vivian Westwood dress, their flower-laden wedding cake and the white Vans that Hemsworth wore.
Cyrus and Hemsworth were slow to trickle out wedding photos initially after their surprise ceremony. When they made their first red carpet appearance as a married couple in late January, though, Hemsworth opened up about their wedding, calling it a “really nice, beautiful day with our immediate family and a couple of close friends.” He also said that even though they’re married, their relationship is pretty much the same. “It doesn’t feel like a lot’s changed—but on the other hand it has,” he said. “It’s wonderful. I’m loving it.”
Cyrus, meanwhile, confirmed that the pair were indeed married with two words. “My love,” she wrote on Instagram, sharing their first wedding pic and adding a heart emoji. She also shared a selfie of her and Hemsworth with the caption, “This is probably our one – millionth kiss ….” In the comments, when someone congratulated the singer on marrying “the hottest man [in] Hollywood,” she replied, “I knooooowwwww right.”
While Cyrus has yet to update her Instagram, she is apparently going by Miley Ray Hemsworth now, as Hemsworth recently revealed. “She will still be, obviously, known as Miley Cyrus, but she took my name, which is great,” he said. “I think that was honestly one of the best things about it. I didn’t ask her to take my name, and then she was like, ‘No, of course I’m taking your name.’ I’m like, ‘[Gasp] that’s awesome!'”
While consuming anything at all might be the last thing on your mind, drinking some ice water to hydrate and cool down can help mitigate a migraine, as can sipping a cup of coffee. “Try a small dose of caffeine, if you can tolerate it during the attack—about eight ounces of black tea or coffee,” Ailani advises.
Use soothing distractions.
Cue up a calm, spa-like playlist to help get your mind off your migraine, or listen to a meditation app like Calm or Unplug, which will help you focus on your breathing instead of your pain. And any time an ice pack isn’t convenient, an over-the-counter cooling rub with camphor or menthol makes a great substitute. “Rub it on your temples, forehead and back of the neck,” Ailani says. Certain scents may also be soothing. “Some people find it helpful to dab lavender or peppermint oil behind their ears, but if the scent seems too strong or makes you feel worse, avoid this.”
Go easy on yourself.
Now’s the time to splurge on a cab or an Uber if you were planning on riding a train or bus home. “All that rocking and stopping back and forth can worsen nausea and motion sickness,” Ailani says. When riding in a car with a migraine, it’s best to stick to the passenger seat; sitting in the back can also exacerbate those queasy feelings. If you’re out shopping or schlepping when a headache hits, figure out the quickest way to end the errand and lighten your load. “Try to avoid holding or carrying heavy bags when a migraine is coming on—if you’re alone and walking around with a lot of things with you, consider getting into your car or a cab,” Ailani says.
Stick to your routine.
If travel has triggered a migraine, many factors could be to blame, from changes in airplane cabin pressure to a major shift in your sleep schedule. As you cope, focus on getting back to your usual schedule and habits. “Make sure you have adjusted to the time change, don’t cut back on sleeping hours or miss meals, and don’t overdo alcohol or caffeine,” Newman advises.
Pack a migraine kit.
Pre-pack a kit with the tools you’ll turn to in your next migraine emergency—things like doses of your medications, cooling balm, essential oils, sunglasses, earplugs and noise-canceling headphones. Stash this in your handbag, travel carry-on, or your desk at work. Just knowing it’s there will arm you with your most important migraine-fighting tool: the calming knowledge that at least you’re prepared.