33 Cool Pixie Cuts and Hairstyles You’ll Want for 2019

For too long, there’s been a misguided idea that chopping your hair short had to be some kind of political statement or edgy act. While that can certainly be the case, the antiquated belief that long hair is the ultimate symbol of femininity couldn’t be more true. Short hair is as much a style choice and way of self expression like a bold lipstick or nail color. Still, it can be intimidating to go for a full pixie. Luckily, celebrities have embraced shorter lengths with open arms, whether it be for a role in a movie, in honor of a new season, or just because they felt like it—meaning you have plenty of icons to steal inspiration from.

If you’ve been considering taking the full-on pixie plunge, we suggest you scroll on. These looks will have you wondering why you waited so long to hop into your stylist’s chair.

9 Incredibly Petty Issues I Have With *The Bold Type*

The Bold Type is one of the most progressive shows on TV right now. Not only is the Freeform series an incredible representation of female friendship, it features nuanced stories about queer women and tackles important issues like #MeToo and breast cancer.

But there’s another hot-button topic this show explores that no one’s talking about: how its three main characters—Kat, Jane, and Sutton—hide their hangovers so damn flawlessly at work. Listen, I know at the end of a Bold Type episode I’m supposed to be thinking, “Yes, empowerment!” But sometimes I’m thinking, “There’s no way these 26-year-olds could afford Ubering to work every day.”

I’m not trying to discredit the important work The Bold Type is doing. It truly is a phenomenal show that I love. And because I love it so much, I know it’s time someone called out its flaws, like how Scarlet magazine’s employees don’t know what the Internet is. It’s 2019, Jacqueline Carlyle! Stop calling Scarlet.com the “digital site.”

Here are nine incredibly petty issues I have with The Bold Type, all from a place of love.

1. These girls are always hungover at work but never look it. I’m not opposed to drinking on weeknights, but if I did, everyone at my office would know it. Not only would my Instagram Story from the night before feature me incorrectly lip-syncing “Genie in a Bottle,” I’d arrive to work the next day chugging a Gatorade and masking my shame. Meanwhile, Kat, Jane, and Sutton frequently down tequila shots on Tuesdays and show up to their Wednesday-A.M. meetings with perfect hair. This is witchcraft.

2. They’re always Ubering to work. Always. Sure, they’re often in the same car, but it’s still a financially infeasible decision. I did the math: If Sutton, Jane, and Kat live in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and the Scarlet offices are in Midtown Manhattan, an Uber would cost around $30, so $10 each. Riding to and from work would put their daily transportation costs at $20. That’s $100 a week—and $400 a month. On a writers’ salary? In this economy? They wouldn’t be able to pay their rent (or eat, for that matter). They’d just be three very hungry nomads with excellent Uber ratings.

3. Scarlet is in the Stone Age. This season, Jane is aghast at the idea of writing for Scarlet’s website, which the staff either calls the “digital site” or the “dot-com” depending on how shady they’re feeling. I’m sorry, is this 2006? Kat’s out here staging elaborate social media campaigns for Scarlet yet the staff treats writing web articles like catching the plague.

4. Kat, Sutton, and Jane do nothing at their jobs. They spend more time talking in the fashion closet about what type of porn Pinstripe watches than doing real work. Apparently, there are no deadlines at Scarlet—no important dates, no nothing. If Sutton (the only one who works, really) has an off-site project, Jane and Kat will tag along for absolutely no reason. They’re straight-up bad employees, and HR needs to get involved.

5. On that note, Jane only writes, like, two articles a month. Jane and I roughly have the same job. If I only wrote two articles in a month, I wouldn’t have a job. Again, please call HR.

6. And she’s always fighting with her bosses. She yelled at Jacqueline in the middle of the office, was fired from Incite for not following directions, and basically tried to write a hit piece about Scarlet‘s new digital head, Patrick, on Scarlet.com. What the hell are you doing, Jane? Writers are getting laid off left and right, and you’re actively setting your computer on fire. Check yourself, sis.

Beyoncé Just Dropped a Surprise Live Album, and People Are Freaking Out

Happy Bey Day, everyone! As expected, Beyoncé‘s highly-anticipated documentary, Homecoming, is now streaming on Netflix. The doc takes us all inside the preparation for her iconic 2018 Coachella performance, a tribute to the historically black colleges and universities in America. But because Beyoncé is Beyoncé, she also decided to drop a surprise album in the middle of the night, as well.

Homecoming: The Live Album contains 40 tracks and is now available on all major streaming platforms. It’s basically a live greatest hits album with bangers like “Diva,” “Run the World,” “Lose My Breath,” “Crazy in Love,” and more making up the track list. The real joy, though, is that this is yet another way to experience the magic of what became known as Beychella. It’s also the first solo album that Bey has released since 2016’s Lemonade. (She and Jay-Z released Everything Is Love together last summer during their global tour.)

And the album art is something to behold, naturally:

Obviously, the Beyhive was beyond pumped about the surprise album and the documentary. In fact, Homecoming is already topping the iTunes charts. “The concept, arrangements/remixes, dance, her voice,” one fan wrote. “Beyoncè has gotten to the point where she could put out mediocre shit and people would still eat it up but she’d never do that. She’s always gonna bang out visuals, intricate dance moves and amazing vocals.” Another tweeted, “The biggest artist in the world is a black woman & she’s killing it how can you not like #Beyoncé.” While one social media user pointed out the power of Beyoncé in dropping a surprise album of old music in the middle of the week and having it go immediately to the top of the chart.

See more reactions, below:

Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to go stream Homecoming on a loop forever.

Best Shirtdresses to Shop for Spring 2019

Wise shoppers know of the transformative, time-saving powers a good shirtdress can have on your wardrobe. Meghan Markle knows it. Serena Williams knows it. Countless Fashion Week show-goers know it. A crisp, well-tailored shirtdress looks polished, but requires very little effort. The only choice you have to make, really, is how you button it and the timeless design takes care of the rest. And in the springtime, when all you want to do is maximize the time you spend outside doing things, you don’t want to waste time in front of your closet deciding what to wear and how to wear it. With the perfect shirtdress, you get those few minutes back. (Hey, they can be precious.)

So, in the interest of optimizing your wardrobe, here are the best shirtdresses to shop for spring—to be worn with your favorite sandals, your latest Etsy find, or whatever else you’re eager to break out this season.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Is Causing Single Mothers to Face Unforeseen Tax Hikes

“Hello, single mother of two kids, here. My taxes went up significantly, meaning that I will not be able to do many of the things that matter to me and my family. But Happy Gaslighting Day to you, too, @GOP,” tweeted Asha Rangappa, a senior lecturer at Yale. The tweet was a reference to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: the sweeping Republican-backed tax plan Trump signed into law in December 2017. With her declaration came a chorus of single mothers who had also experienced an unexpected increase in their annual taxes. One woman responded with, “Exactly the same. Single mom of two, huge surge in taxes—like up $10k from what I paid last year. Hello, more consumer debt 2019. Owning the libs by hobbling the middle class. Good times, @GOP.” Another shared, “Single mom of 3 kids making under $60k & I owe for first time ever! #goptaxscam.”

For some mothers, and single mothers in particular, it seems, the increase came as a huge shock. Not just because most hadn’t expected it, but because Donald Trump—with the Republican Party behind him—has promised for months that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would provide massive tax cuts to Americans nationwide. So much so that Trump tweeted, “The Tax Cuts are so large and so meaningful, and yet the Fake News is working overtime to follow the lead of their friends, the defeated Dems, and only demean. This is truly a case where the results will speak for themselves, starting very soon. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!”

When Tax Day rolled around—the results did speak for themselves. But not as Trump expected. “Tax time is usually a time of relief for me,” explains Elizabeth, a chemist and single mom in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who asked that Glamour not use her last name. “I have always gotten a much-needed refund of $2,000-$3,000. This has allowed me to pay unpaid medical bills, and get my daughter necessary items like new clothes, since she still grows out of everything each season.” But this week, Elizabeth discovered she owed money to the government. She had to fork over $168 in federal taxes. She’s quick to point out that $168 is not a lot, in the grand scheme—but given that she expected to get a refund during tax season, it’s a major hit.

Kat Stratford, a structural engineer in Richmond, Virginia, and mother of one, had a similar experience. Stratford typically pays approximately $20,000 in taxes each year, but says this year she was required to pay an additional $8,000. Since she’d only been budgeting for her usual $20,000 amount, Stratford was completely blindsided by the increase. To pay the difference, she had to dig into funds set aside to take her child on a vacation. While she says she feels fortunate she only had to sacrifice a discretionary trip, many of her other single mom friends paid a greater cost:”One mom was putting repairs off on her car and hoping to use her federal tax refund to assist in the costly repairs. Another routinely used her refund to pay off credit card debt accumulated over the previous holiday season buying gifts for her kids. This friend now not only owes money to the IRS; she will now go into this coming holiday season in residual credit card debt. Without some relief, it will be devastating and crippling to their families.”

So what exactly happened? According to Kelly Phillips Erb, a tax lawyer and founder of Tax Girl, the problem is two-fold. First, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act issued changes that directly impact all parents—single or otherwise. One of them is that the TCJA eliminated personal exemptions—the amount of money you’re allowed to deduct for yourself, and dependents (which include your children) on your taxes. “Last year, the personal exemption amount was $4,050 per dependent,” Erb says. “So for example, in my family of five, I had $20,000 in personal exemptions last year, and this year I had none.” Instead of of personal exemptions, the TCJA offers increased “standard deductions.” “The updated standard deduction rates are $12,000 for individuals, $18,000 for heads of household, and $24,000. While this sounds like you’re getting an even greater deal, in some cases this amounts to less than when you could file with dependents,” she says.

The other issue impacts Americans across the board. “When the TCJA was passed, they issued a number of changes to the tax code, especially in regard to withholding,” Erb explains. “The withholding tables were wrong for the first quarter of 2018, and even when they were fixed, people didn’t know to account for the new withholding amounts. So ultimately, people weren’t putting enough away to pay their taxes.” A new report predicts that more than 30 million Americans will ultimately owe tax money this year, a huge increase from previous years.

Watch Kit Harington Gag After Kissing Emilia Clarke on the ‘Game of Thrones’ Set

One of the most talked-about moments from the Game of Thrones season premiere happened when Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) shared a gushy waterfall kiss. On screen, it looked like a romantic break from the Seven Kingdom’s drama—but now an outtake video shows that the whole thing was way, way sillier when it was being shot. Like, Harrington pretend gagging after kissing Clarke sillier.

The scene happens in a lengthy behind-the-scenes look at the season 8 premiere that HBO posted on YouTube. In it, the show’s production team explains that they wanted to do something epic after Jon and Dany enjoyed a magical dragon ride together. So they decided to digitally add a striking waterfall to the scenery, as one does. Because of that, the actors had to kiss in front of a green screen—which is when Harington decided to joke around by gagging and groaning after making out with Clarke. It starts around the 13:38 mark:

Luckily, she didn’t seem too offended—and both of them have talked about their close-knit friendship, even though they admit it’s weird to play lovers (or, you know, aunt and nephew). “Emilia and I had been best friends over a seven-year period and by the time we had to kiss it seemed really odd,” Harington told the Daily Mirror.

Jokes aside, Harington seemed genuinely excited to get to show Clarke some of Iceland for the scene, where he’s had to do most of his work on location as a member of the Night’s Watch protecting the Wall. “I just love I could go there with Emilia,” he says in the video. “I got to show this thing that’s been such a large part of the Thrones world for me. I got to show her Iceland.”

Clarke, meanwhile, was less enthused. “This fire lady dragon mama is not used to the cold,” she jokes.

Everything We Know About Jennifer Lopez and Lili Reinhart’s New Movie *Hustlers*

Hustlers is shaping up to be one of the most-anticipated new movies this year. Led by Jennifer Lopez, this Ocean’s 8 meets Magic Mike hybrid centers on a group of strippers who dupe their male clients out of thousands. That premise is already enough to hook me, but get this: J.Lo is starring alongside Lili Reinhart, Constance Wu, Cardi B and so many more of your faves. And you won’t have to wait long for it to come out, either. Find out the release date, and some more details about the movie, below.

The release date. On Monday, April 15, Lopez took to Instagram to announce the release date for Hustlers: September 13. “Thass right 🤫 SEPTEMBER 13. @hustlersmovie coming to a theater near you,” she posted. For context: The movie only started shooting in March, so this is a fast turnaround.

The plot. Based on the 2015 New Yorker article “The Hustlers at Scores,” Lopez’s movie centers on a group of strippers who scam their wealthy, slimy clients out of thousands of dollars.

The cast. Not much is known about specific characters right now, but the actresses involved in this project are phenomenal. Julia Stiles is playing “Jennifer,” the journalist who uncovers this scheme (based on Jessica Pressler); Lopez is playing “Ramona”; Constance Wu is playing “Daisy”; Madeline Brewer is playing “Dawn”; and Cardi B is playing “Serena.” Lili Reinhart and Keke Palmer are also involved, though their character names are unknown.

That being said, the cast members have shared so many pictures on social media form behind-the-scenes. Check out just a few of their uploads:

Palmer posted this Instagram Story video selfie, which included Lopez, Wu, and Reinhart:

The vibes. This movie is going to be op-u-lent. Lopez’s hairstylist, Frank Galasso, shared this behind-the-scenes snap of “Ramona.”

And the other characters have just-as-extravagant looks. Paparazzi snapped Wu, Lopez, and Brewer on the set of, and their style transformations tell a story all their own:

The stripping scenes are making Lopez feel vulnerable. “It’s a nightmare thinking about being up there. I’m exposing myself, let’s say, in a way, emotionally and physically more than I’ve ever done in a movie,” she said on the Elvis Duran Z00 Morning Show in April 2019. “And I’ve done love scenes and this and that, whatever, but not like I was up there like that. I take sexy pictures and all that kind of stuff. I’ve done videos that are very sexy…it’s not that, but this is a different mentality and so as an actress it’s a scary…for me, it’s not scary, it just makes me nervous.”

The movie is going to pack an emotional punch. We know this based on what Stiles said recently at the DVF Awards: “There’s actually a deeply-rooted emotional story behind it, so everybody’s been really respectful. It’s great.”

Plus, these new BTS pics say a thousand words:

Let the countdown to September begin.

Everything We Know About Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, and Lili Reinhart’s New Movie *Hustlers*

Hustlers is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated new movies this year. Led by Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu, this Ocean’s 8 meets Magic Mike hybrid centers on a group of strippers who dupe their male clients out of thousands. That premise is already enough to hook me, but get this: J.Lo and Wu are starring alongside Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Cardi B, and so many more of your faves. And you won’t have to wait long for it to come out, either. Find out the release date, and some more details about the movie, below.

The release date: On Monday, April 15, Lopez took to Instagram to announce the release date for Hustlers: September 13. “Thass right 🤫 SEPTEMBER 13. @hustlersmovie coming to a theater near you,” she posted. For context: The movie only started shooting in March, so this is a fast turnaround.

The plot: Based on the 2015 New Yorker article “The Hustlers at Scores,” Lopez’s movie centers on a group of strippers who scam their slimy wealthy clients out of thousands of dollars.

The cast: Not much is known about specific characters right now, but the actresses involved in this project are phenomenal. Julia Stiles is playing Jennifer, the journalist who uncovers this scheme (based on Jessica Pressler); Lopez is playing Ramona; Constance Wu is playing Daisy; Madeline Brewer is playing Dawn; and Cardi B is playing Serena. Lili Reinhart and Keke Palmer are also involved, though their character names are unknown.

That being said, the cast members have shared so many pictures on social media form behind the scenes. Check out just a few of their uploads:

Palmer posted this Instagram Story video selfie, which included Lopez, Wu, and Reinhart:

The vibes: This movie is going to be op-u-lent. Lopez’s hairstylist, Frank Galasso, shared this behind-the-scenes snap of “Ramona.”

And the other characters have just as extravagant looks. Paparazzi snapped Wu, Lopez, and Brewer on the set of, and their style transformations tell a story all their own:

The stripping scenes are making Lopez feel vulnerable: “It’s a nightmare thinking about being up there. I’m exposing myself, let’s say, in a way, emotionally and physically more than I’ve ever done in a movie,” she said on the Elvis Duran Z00 Morning Show in April 2019. “And I’ve done love scenes and this and that, whatever, but not like I was up there like that. I take sexy pictures and all that kind of stuff. I’ve done videos that are very sexy…. It’s not that, but this is a different mentality and so as an actress it’s a scary…for me, it’s not scary, it just makes me nervous.”

The movie is going to pack an emotional punch: We know this based on what Stiles said recently at the DVF Awards: “There’s actually a deeply rooted emotional story behind it, so everybody’s been really respectful. It’s great.”

Plus, these new BTS pics say a thousand words:

Let the countdown to September begin.

Michelle Obama Just Compared Donald Trump To A “Divorced Dad”

Michelle Obama has been relatively quiet about the Trump administration since she and her husband moved out of the White House. (She is the woman who once said, “When they go low, we go high.”) But on a few choice occasions, she gives us a little peek into how she feels about the Trump era. At a book event in conversation with late night host Stephen Colbert earlier this week, she didn’t mention the current president explicitly, but she did comment that it feels like America now is “living with divorced dad.”

The event took place in London during the international leg of her book tour for Becoming, her record-smashing, bestselling memoir. And her appereances have not only reminded audiences why the fashionable former first lady was once named America’s most admired woman, but also given her an opportunity to be more candid about the current political climate. During the discussion, Obama compared the U.S. to a “teenager” adjusting to family turmoil.

“We are a teenager,” she said, according to The Independent. “And we come from a broken family, we’re a teenager, we’re a little unsettled, and having good parents, it’s tough, sometimes you spend the weekend with divorced dad and that seems fun until you get sick. That’s what America is going through, living with divorced dad.”

The Washington Post writes that her characterization prompted Colbert to do an impersonation of the president. Obama reportedly only laughed and shook her head, keeping things classy and refraining from elaborating further on her comments. However, she seemed to direct the conversation toward Trump later when she spoke about how living in the White House didn’t change her husband Barack Obama or their children.

“We were always ourselves, the presidency does not change who you are. It reveals who you are,” she said.

Still, she isn’t too pessimistic about the direction in which America is headed. At the event, she struck a hopeful note and reminded people of how resilient humans have been, even in the face of dire challenges.

“It may feel like a dark chapter but any story has its highs and lows, but it continues. Yeah, we’re in a low, but we’ve been lower,” she said. “We’ve had tougher times with more to fear. We’re lived through slavery and the Holocaust and segregation and we’ve always come out on the other end, better and stronger.”

The Reason Sleeping Without Underwear Might Be a Great Idea

Generally there are two kinds of sleepers: pajama wearers and naked sleepers. Odds are, if you’re a pajama wearer, you never sleep without underwear. You might not even think about why. But experts say sleeping without underwear can actually be a good thing for your vagina.

“You really should sleep without underwear if you’re prone to vaginal issues,” says Nancy Herta, M.D., an ob-gyn at Michigan State University, who highlights conditions such as yeast infections, vaginismus, and bacterial vaginosis). Why? Between discharge and sweat, your vagina is prone to product moisture overnight, Dr. Herta explains. Underwear can trap that moisture, creating a breeding ground for the bad bacteria that cause those conditions. “Allowing that area to get some air helps to keep it dry and clean,” Dr. Herta says. Giving your vagina some breathing room lets it take better care of itself. Going underwear-free is an especially good idea if you have a yeast infection right now or are very prone to them and get them often, says board-certified ob-gyn Pari Ghodsi, M.D.

If sleeping without underwear isn’t terribly appealing to you, Dr. Herta recommends that you switch to loose-fitting cotton underwear. Cotton can help absorb some of the moisture instead of keeping it right against you, the way silk or lace would. Silk and lace can also irritate the skin around your vagina, Dr. Ghodsi says, so at the very least if you’ve been wearing silk or lace underwear all day, it’s a good idea to switch out of them before you go to sleep. If you can’t imagine giving up your PJs, go commando under a pair of loose-fitting cotton pajama pants.

It’s worth noting that if you find you can’t sleep without wearing underwear but you’ve never had a problem, Dr. Ghodsi says you’re probably fine to keep doing what you’ve been doing. Sweet dreams.