Rihanna Steps Out In Gown and Diamonds For Dinner In Santa Monica


On Friday night, musical artist Rihanna went all out for a dinner at Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica. The 34-year-old beauty mogul was photographed wearing a floor-length black gown made of velvet with a deep neckline and puffy, long sleeves embroidered in an asymmetric pattern in black thread. She carried a matching clutch of the same material.

To dress up the dramatic outfit even more, Rihanna was adorned in diamonds, wearing a multi-strand necklace that closed closely around her throat and large glittering earrings. She left her hair down, with her growing bangs swept across her face to the side. Her heels were just visible under the hem of her dress. For makeup, she wore a glossy shade of light brown lip color, and a slightly smokey eye.

The singer recently announced she would be performing at the next Super Bowl Halftime Show, posting an image of her arm holding up a football on her Instagram timeline. This would be a big return to live performance after several years of developing her Fenty beauty brand and lingerie line. Her last album, ANTI, was released in 2016 and fans have been clamoring for a followup for years. Many are hoping this will be her opportunity to announce a new album.

It has been a big year for Rihanna in general, having given birth to her first child in May of this year, who she shares with her boyfriend A$AP Rocky. They have not yet revealed their son’s name, but an insider told People, “Their baby boy is healthy, and Rihanna is just in awe of him…Rihanna barely leaves his side. She is a fantastic mom.”

Though they have not been seen out much since May, the source said it was because they have been “adjusting” to parenthood, but overall they “are doing great.”



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Washington D.C. Travel Guide – Best Places to Visit and Eat At


If there’s any city where you can feel the activism and sense that change is possible at every corner, it’s Washington, D.C. But true locals know this place isn’t all about politics. Go beyond the tourist stops at the National Mall, and you’ll discover a bustling metropolis boasting a formidable food scene, some of the country’s most stunning waterfront areas, and unforgettable (and largely free) museums. D.C. has evolved immensely over the past decade alone, with new hotspot neighborhoods emerging like 14th Street and The Wharf. Here, get to know the capital’s real highlights, beyond what the news or Schoolhouse Rock told you.

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Planet Word

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What does a museum wholly devoted to the English language look like? In the case of Planet Word, housed in D.C.’s Franklin School, it’s interactive, voice-activated (the world’s first-ever museum to do so), and the kind of hands-on experience so fun and engaging, you’ll forget it’s educational. Exhibits are organized by floors, and whether you’re learning about how many words in the English language have French origin (near 30 percent, BTW) or why Taylor Swift’s use of anaphora makes “Shake It Off” work so well lyrically, each thematic room will get you thinking more critically about the words you hear in your own life. This is a very manageable museum that can be done within an hour or two. If you’re hungry, head next door to Immigrant Food or cross the street and get a coffee and pastry at beloved D.C. bakery Baker’s Daughter.

The Georgetown Waterfront

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While admittedly a little out of the way, D.C.’s best shopping, hands down, can be found on Georgetown’s main streets (particularly M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, which have every luxury store imaginable for some true Soho vibes). But head south toward the Potomac River, and you have a picturesque, waterfront park to unwind after your designer shopping spree. Be sure to grab a cupcake from Baked and Wired (1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW) on the way—it’s one of D.C.’s most impressive bakeries that has been serving up giant, daydream-worthy cupcakes for over 21 years.

The National Museum of Natural History

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While they are all free and worth the visit, if you only have time to see one museum, check out the Natural History Museum. Come for its newly renovated dinosaur hall, stay to catch the Hope Diamond glimmering in the glass. Another very educational and more doable-in-a-day museum, this one will tap into your inner child with its fossils, animals, and science galore on display. Other highlights on or near the Mall: The U.S. Botanical Gardens, the Tidal Basin (a stunning jogging route), and the Library of Congress, which boasts D.C.’s most gorgeous interior (reserve a ticket in advance). For a change of pace, try checking out the monuments at night.

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Shōtō

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If you’re looking for a culinary experience to change the way you think about Japanese food, Shōtō is well worth the price of its high-end cuisine served in a stunning, posh space. Featuring a decadent but modern take on the traditional izakaya style of informal dining, the restaurant boasts a robata grill and sushi island—and truly sumptuous dishes to come out of both. To best experience the restaurant’s highlights chosen by its executive chefs, opt for the omakase menu ($95 per person). Going à la carte? The wagyu tacos, calamari, scallops, and sake are great additions to the table. Be sure to save room for dessert too: the restaurant’s yuzu cheesecake is worth splurging on.

Seven Reasons

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Venezuelan chef Enrique Limardo’s Latin American restaurant, tucked away on 14th Street NW, excels in its flavor-packed small course meals—and truly deserves all its critical buzz. With food offerings that change daily, the chef’s tasting menu is your best bet. Standouts from our visit include the guava cheesecake, scallops, and fourth course seafood-packed rice. But what really sets Seven Reasons apart is its top-notch, attentive service and eye for detail. Sampling each of the four courses will make it clear to you that every ingredient was chosen for a very good reason.

Unconventional Diner

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Steps away from the excellent D.C. Alley Museum, Unconventional Diner is the kind of approachable, cool-kid brunch and dinner spot that packs big taste. Dishes have unique twists here, but that’s exactly what makes this restaurant an essential pit stop. Lunch favorites include the chop salad, a flavorful yet light combination of kale, hummus, pomegranate, and almonds; the super fluffy blueberry lavender buttermilk pancakes; and chicken and waffles, featuring a cheddar-chive cornbread waffle and habanero butter. Bottom line, what’s clear is that the chefs in the kitchen know exactly what they’re doing, with every surprise twist and blend of flavors at a price point ($13-$22 for a brunch entrée) that feels too good to be true given how delicious the food is.

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Jane Jane

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An intimate but buzzy cocktail bar in the heart of bustling 14th Street, Jane Jane is the perfect pre-game or post-game spot to unwind and meet up with friends. The classics, including the bar’s espresso martini, hit, but don’t skip the house specials either. The aptly-named Patio Szn (dark rum, traditional Jamaican rum, and créme de cacao) is delight in a glass, while the Shorts Shorts (infused pepper vodka, lemon juice, chareau, simple syrup) packs a nice, surprising cooling sensation. For non-drinkers, the Rozata (grapefruit juice, lime juice, orgeat, agave, sparkling water), stands out as one of D.C.’s most unforgettable, tangy mocktails.

Silver Lyan

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Silver Lyan, nestled in the basement of the Riggs Hotel, is a speakeasy that feels straight out of a movie—and worth spending an evening in. The vibe is dark, sexy, chic, and classy all at once. And the cocktails are masterful takes on the classics that perfectly embody the high-end theme. The martini-for-two service is especially noteworthy, with sides to the cocktails that make the drink a true experience (think: oysters, lemon peels, pickled onions, and olives). Fruit basket shots, featuring a standout strawberry daiquiri Jell-O shot on a citrus rim, give a college go-to a sophisticated, grown-up and debonair twist. Save room for snacks too: the donut holes with miso caramel dipping sauce are a delightful sweet side to an after-dinner drink.

Immigrant Food

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Located right next door to Planet World in the heart of D.C., Immigrant Food will satisfy any wanderlust you have (at least temporarily). With a truly original and extensive cocktail and mocktail menu inspired by different flavors around the world, the bar is a laid-back place to lose hours in. What to drink? You can’t go wrong with the Asian-inspired Siddhartha, featuring basil, jalapeño, cucumber, fresh lime juice, honey, and Japan’s shochu blended perfectly together. Or, if you’re feeling nostalgic, go for the Skittles, a tart-forward cocktail that’s just as sweet as the candy.

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Riggs Washington DC

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Originally the Riggs National Bank built in 1891, this converted hotel offers a melange of traditional, colonial American style that’s been given a dose of modern flair. With a friendly staff whose kindness will remain with you long after you check out, this is luxury in the best sense of the word. Stay in one of the 181 jewel-box rooms with cozy beds and palatial bathrooms, and you’ll be as amazed by your temporary home as you are by the view outside its windows. Located in Penn Quarter, the Riggs will put you in the center of everything, so your exploration of D.C. is easy, with the Mall, Smithsonian Museums, and White House mere blocks away. Amenities include a gym, bar (Silver Lyan), and restaurant (Cafe Riggs) on the premises.

Hotel Washington

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Steps from the White House and the National Mall, Hotel Washington gives an artsy and refreshingly playful take on D.C.’s history. Fresh off a 2019 renovation, the hotel’s rooms are chic art exhibits themselves, with artist Amit Greenberg creating cherry blossom-adorned headboards for beds and floor-to-ceiling murals in some suites. In addition to amenities like a spa, the hotel also has one of D.C.’s best rooftop bars and restaurants, Vue. Be sure to partake in one of its signature cocktails (the First Lady Lemonade and Power to the Peaches are favorites among its guests).

Hotel Zena

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Positioned in Logan Circle just south of the 14th Street’s buzziest restaurants and bars, but just north (and removed enough) from the bustle of the White House and its surrounding area, Hotel Zena astutely bills itself a “urban retreat.” The hotel is among D.C.’s most feminist—if not the whole country’s—celebrating through its art and décor the accomplishments of women and the movement for gender equality. But what makes it the real dream spot for a girls’ trip, in addition to its design and location, is its idyllic rooftop pool with cocktail bar Hedy’s Rooftop alongside it. Good eats aren’t far either, with Figleaf Bar & Lounge, built to be inviting but spacious, with COVID-era safety in mind, inside the building, too.

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Trevor Noah and Dua Lipa Spotted On Intimate Dinner Date Together


On Wednesday, September 28, pop star Dua Lipa and comedian Trevor Noah were seen out on an intimate dinner date in New York City at the East Village restaurant Miss Lily’s. An insider told Page Six that the spot was Noah’s choice, and that it was “definitely a date.”

The couple were dressed in casual date night clothes, Noah wearing an olive green jacket and loose cut black pants. Dua Lipa had on a black leather jacket over large denim jeans, and a pair of leopard print heels below.

While Miss Lipa is apparently “smitten” with the Daily Show host, they’re still only in the very “early stages” of the dating process and not officially a couple. They were spotted sitting close together as they enjoyed their meal, then out walking and even hugging. One photo appeared to show the pair sharing a kiss. They did apparently go home separately, and the source suggested that the image of a smooch was more likely a “maybe a corner lips kiss.”

“There is definitely interest on both ends,” the source added.

Both of the stars have left relationships in the last year. Lipa dated model Anwar Hadid for two years before calling it quits in December of 2021.

“Dua and Anwar are currently taking a break from their relationship and are spending time apart. They’re figuring things out right now,” a source told People then, but it appears they have not come back together.

Noah broke up with his actress girlfriend Minka Kelly in May of this year after sharing an on-again and off-again relationship since 2020. Another insider told People that Kelly had a good attitude about the split, saying, “She is very happy. She’d rather be single than waste her time with the wrong guy.”



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25 Best Face Serums Try in 2022 — Expert Picks


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I’m all for minimalism, but sometimes you have to add a little spice into your life. If a face wash, moisturizer, and great SPF is the full extent of your skincare routine, that’s absolutely fine. But everyone’s skin is different, and that’s why using a product that’s tailored to your specific needs is so much fun. Struggling with acne? There’s a serum for that. You need to quench your dehydrated skin? There’s a serum for that, too. From fine lines to the most sensitive skin types, adding a potent serum before your moisturizer can help you actually treat your skin the way it’s supposed to be treated.

So, what exactly is a serum? “A serum is usually a liquid or gel containing high concentrations of skin actives, which are able to penetrate deeper than other topicals [like moisturizers] with content occlusives that prevent deeper penetration,” explains dermatologist Dr. Marnie Nussbaum.

Whether you’re already a superfan of serums or ready to try one for the first time, check out these 25 serums to help you get the skin of your dreams.

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Best For Oily Skin

Peace Out

Acne Serum

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Best Organic

True Botanicals

Natural Chebula Active Immunity Serum

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Best With Retinol

RoC

RoC Retinol Correxion Anti-Aging Night Serum

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Best For Exfoliating

Sunday Riley

Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment

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Best for Redness

Dr. Jart+

Cicapair Tiger Grass Serum

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Best For Adult Acne

Clinique

Acne Solutions Acne + Line Correcting Serum

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Best For Dry Skin

CeraVe

Hyaluronic Acid Serum

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Best For Pores

The Ordinary

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

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Best For Plumping Skin

L’Oréal Paris

Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum

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Best For Professional Results

SkinCeuticals

C E Ferulic

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Best For Dark Spots

Caudalíe

Vinoperfect Anti Dark Spot Serum

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Best Waterless Vitamin C Serum

Farmacy

10% Vitamin C Serum for Face

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Best For Blackheads

The INKEY List

Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum

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Best For Cystic Acne

DRMTLGY

24 Hour Acne Serum

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Best For Irritated Skin

Shani Darden Skin Care

Lactic Acid AHA Exfoliating Serum

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Best French Drugstore Serum

La Roche-Posay

Hyalu B5 Pure Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum

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The Easy Glow

Drunk Elephant

C-Firma Fresh Day Serum

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Best For Dry, Acne-Prone Skin

Neutrogena

Hydro Boost Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum

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Best For Fine Lines

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Night Collagen

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Best For All Skin Types

Renee Rouleau

Skin Correcting Serum

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Best For Glowing Skin

Buttah Skin

Vitamin C Serum

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Best For Dewy Skin

Glow Recipe

Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops

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The Tighten and Brighten

Dr Dennis Gross

C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum

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Best For Wrinkles

Clarins

Double Serum

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Best For Damaged Skin

First Aid Beauty

Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum

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Why do I need a face serum?

This essential step offers more targeted results, potent formulations, and customization options. You’re never too young to start using a serum, Nussbaum shares, and they’re the best way to target specific skin concerns due to their high concentration and potency.

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What kind of serum do I need?

It’s important when choosing a serum to know which skin concern you’re hoping to target—most basic serums contain a combination of antioxidants, which will brighten the skin. Looking for something moisturizing? “A hydrating serum should contain hyaluronic acid and peptides,” Nussbaum says. “Hyaluronic acid keeps skin plump and glowing—and allows your skin to repair itself easier.” If anti-aging is your main concern, Nussbaum advises looking for a serum with retinol (which increases skin cell turnover), glycolic acid, and vitamin C.

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How do I use a serum in my routine?

Nussbaum recommends applying serum to your face and neck twice a day immediately after cleansing your skin. Since serums are so lightweight, they’re easy to layer, she says—apply yours before any SPF or makeup.

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Paul Mescal and Emily Watson On Aileen’s Choice and Brian’s Crime in ‘God’s Creatures’


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Much of what makes A24’s moody drama God’s Creatures so quietly devastating is owed to what’s shown rather than spoken. The film stars Emily Watson and Paul Mescal as mother Aileen and son Brian, whose isolated, tight-knit fishing village on the Irish coast is lovely and decrepit, shot with a tender but unflinching gaze by directors Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer. Many of the film’s best shots are of nothing but the rolling tide, the crumbling cliffs, and the rows of rusted oyster cages tangled in seaweed and brine. God’s Creatures is a film you can smell, not the least of which is thanks to close-ups of the fishery where Aileen works as a supervisor, a gentle but firm mother hen to a clan of mostly female employees.

Her life is balanced, if not exactly happy, when Brian appears at the tragic funeral of a boy, an oyster farmer who drowned when the tide rose too fast. (Most of the local workers don’t learn how to swim, it’s explained; such lessons are considered bad luck.) We learn he’s finally returned home from a years-long trip to Australia, where he’s lived without any contact with his family. Despite the joy radiating from Aileen as she finally holds her boy, too many hurts and betrayals linger, and Davis and Holmer allow these to fester within the film’s ominous, breathtaking score and sound design. It’s not exactly clear what evil is about to take place, only that something in this idyllic landscape is tainted.

 

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Mescal is exactly as magnetic as you might remember from his much-lauded screen debut in Hulu’s Normal People, but as Brian there’s a new tension to his gait, a swelling in the set of his shoulders. These small character choices of Mescal’s crystalize when it’s revealed that one of Aileen’s co-workers, Sarah (Aisling Franciosi), has accused Brian of sexual assault.

Aileen’s immediate instinct is to protect him, to lie on behalf of her boy, and once the trap is set Brian is quick to trap her in it. Mescal’s charming but cagey performance is as much a lure for the audience as for Aileen herself, and Watson is breathtaking to watch as the cycle of furies and fears and doubts warp her countenance.

When, at last, the film’s climax arrives and Aileen makes the unthinkable choice not to save her son from a rapidly rising tide, Watson knows the responsibility her performance carries. It is impossible to believe a mother would do this; it is equally impossible not to be convinced of Watson as Aileen, so haunted as to be resolute.

To understand the nuances of this choice—and of the weight God’s Creatures carries as an artifact of its time—ELLE.com spoke with Watson and Mescal about developing a mother-son dynamic, and wading into the water together.

I want to know, first and foremost, why this particular project stood out to you both.

Watson: It was such a strong script. It was so unusually, beautifully written, and so specific to the place and felt so authentic. But it also had the sense of being a Greek tragedy and it’s about a very hot topic. So I was in from about page 3.

Mescal: There was no kind of internal deliberation. Once I finished it, it wasn’t like, “Should I do this? Should I not?” It was apparent from the first reading of it. I felt like it was dealing with a topic that I was interested in, and discussed in a way that I feel like is challenging and accessible at the same time. You know? With that material, how do you make this not triggering for an audience but force them to lean in and ask difficult questions of themselves, and I think the script navigated that perfectly.

Part of what I think is so entrancing about the script is what it leaves unsaid, and how the two of you are able to communicate without words. But that’s a challenging thing to do without a particular connection between yourselves as actors. So tell me how you developed that dynamic.

Watson: I think, it’s the kind of family where if they actually said what they thought, what they felt and what they meant, they would explode. Because they are just bound together by those very strong, atomic ties. But they don’t emotionally articulate or psychologically articulate. They would probably fall apart if they were. There’s intergenerational violence built in…We were able to be very aware of that and play that. But also we had a very strong sense of the joy of this, the mother-son relationship.

Mescal: Yeah. And it’s also the joy of doing it with somebody who is as talented as Emily is. The work, I think, is very serious, but I think you go about it in a light way, which allows it to be kind of dexterous and fun. It kind of reminds me of forming an opinion on acting in drama school. The principles are still the same; I just think the stakes become higher.

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Watson: It was interesting working with Paul because he’s in a stage where he’s immensely curious and inquisitive about the process. He may be brilliantly talented and doesn’t need help, but was often asking me questions in a way I hadn’t really talked about—or that I hadn’t really kind of crystallized or realized.

We see that really deep, authentic connection between the two of you from the first moment you’re on screen together, when Brian arrives unexpectedly at the funeral and Aileen is so startled and overjoyed to see him. The whole film is infused with the balance between those two emotions.

Watson: You absolutely have to, as an audience, invest in that relationship. You have to enjoy that [first meeting]. It’s an overwhelming sense of coming alive for her, of suddenly: This is the light back in her life. Everything feels like it’s going right. It’s reviving the oyster farm; the family’s back together. But even in those first moments when I say, “Jesus Christ, Brian,” there are unanswered questions hanging in the air, the hurt of seven years. Where were you? Why haven’t we heard from you? I didn’t know where you were. And also the knowledge that, if you ask too many questions, he’s gone.

Paul, how did you toe the line with Brian, knowing he needed to be approachable and affable and familiar, but also to have this glint of a dark side?

Mescal: Well, I think it’s… If you removed sexual assault from the film, I wanted that to be—I know this sounds vague and obvious—but I wanted it all to make sense. I wanted you to feel like Brian can go in any direction, up until the point that he goes past the point of no return. So it’s like: How can you make an audience feel sympathy for somebody who goes away to Australia and has a rough time and doesn’t have the emotional capacity to talk about that? And then what is it about his sense of entitlement and his relationship with women that makes him so hard? And I think that was one of the main reasons that I wanted to do the film. I really wanted somebody who commits an act of sexual violence to look familiar to people. I didn’t want it to be a kind of villainous, creepy, obvious template. I wanted it to be somebody’s son, somebody’s friend, somebody who we recognize as “good” in the world. Statistically, people who commit [sexual violence] know the victim and the victim knows them.

Watson: It’s interesting you’re talking about entitlement because Aileen is absolutely complicit in your sense of entitlement.

Mescal: For sure.

Watson: Not just in the lies she tells, but in the, “Yeah, you want the oysters? Have some money.” You are the son. You’re entitled.

Mescal: Well, she facilitates.

Watson: You are entitled to everything you want that can be yours.

Mescal: And [you see this play out] in that scene in the car after the police station, where you see the politics of their whole relationship. He knows that his mother’s on the hook, and he manipulates her. He’s like, “If you don’t get in behind me and support me and love me, I’ll fuck off to Australia.” And he knows.

Watson: Within a couple of minutes there are two moments of what seem like decisions, but are not decisions. One is the lie. I am an animal, and I cannot do anything except go, “He was with me.” And then when he says, “[If you tell the truth] I’m going to leave.” That would break me. That would be breaking the atom. I can’t countenance that either. So then I’m immediately into a lose-lose situation.

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It’s interesting, then, how much her mindset transforms over the course of the film—to the point that she stops defending Brian entirely. We’ll get to that, but first and foremost, when do you think that transition takes place in her mind? Is it gradual or a singular inciting incident?

Watson: I think she immediately starts to call into question who she is. Because she’s always seen herself as kind of a pillar of the community. She’s a leader amongst the women. She’s a supervisor. She looks after people; she’s kind. And then suddenly she’s in this situation where she’s destroying her life, and that’s like a crack inside her.

There’s a moment in [a scene in which a blessing of the boats take place], when Sarah’s standing there singing this religious song, and everybody’s singing around her. Just like, “Who are we? We’re inhabiting this moral structure that has a black hole at the center of it.” And then I think at the funeral, when Sarah spits, it’s another animal moment [for Aileen]. “Don’t fucking touch her.” That makes me realize what side I’m on.

So let’s discuss that pivotal scene at the end, when Aileen is in the boat and Brian is trying to get to her, desperately trying to reach the boat. How many takes of this moment did you end up doing?

Mescal: The practicalities of that day were… It was tough.

Watson: We did it over two days, I think.

Mescal: Not many takes. [We were] chasing the tide.

Watson: And also our body temperatures were dropping, and we had to get out of the water.

Mescal: The doctors thought we were hypothermic—

Watson: If you got water in your waders, you were really screwed… Trying to maintain the emotional stuff, the world integrity of it and deal with all the physical things was [challenging].

What was going through your head in that scene? How did Aileen get to that point, where she makes this terrible choice, one that I’d imagine most mothers would think impossible?

Watson: We talked about it very specifically, me and Saela, about it being another moment of prayer. One of my biggest questions from the beginning was, How does a mother do that?

And we came to the answer, really, that it’s that moral construct, which allows you to surrender. “I surrender this moment to God. It’s God’s decision. I’m not going to rescue him. God can decide.” It’s abdicating that responsibility, but I don’t think—it’s not a conscious, thought-through, rational decision. I mean, my overriding feeling was, Am I about to die?

It just felt so extreme. There’s something about it that felt so fucking extreme. And in a way, you just have to go through the mechanics of it. There was a guy underwater lifting me up, and then there’s six people around you, leaning over you, and it all is very artificial. And then maintaining the emotional reality amongst all of that is quite challenging. But we sort of protected ourselves enough to keep that.

Mescal: [To Watson] I think one of your big teachings to me was, How do you protect that? The little kernel of creativity or whatever that word is.

The purity.

Mescal: Purity or inspiration. Or even just protecting the quiet that I think is sometimes required, that I think [to Watson] you are the master of, and kind of allowed us as a group of young actors to watch. And I thought it was really something that I will carry.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.



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How Rent the Runway CEO Jennifer Hyman Built a ‘Willy Wonka Land of Fashion’


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In ELLE.com’s monthly series Office Hours, we ask people in powerful positions to take us through their first jobs, worst jobs, and everything in between. This month we spoke with Jennifer Hyman, CEO and co-founder of Rent the Runway, who first had the idea for the high-end clothing rental service when she was 26 years old, after witnessing her sister drop thousands of dollars on a Marchesa dress at Bergdorf’s, only to wear it once. “I realized what she cared about was the experience of walking into a room and feeling like the best version of herselfshe didn’t actually care about the ownership of the dress,” Hyman says. Now, over 124,131 active subscribers rent on her platform, which offers thousands of options from designers like Ulla Johnson, Staud, and LaQuan Smith. “I wanted to give everyone an unlimited closet,” she says. What I was really building was a Willy Wonka land of fashion. More from Hyman, a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School, below.

My first job

I was a strategy analyst at Starwood Hotels, which owned the W, St. Regis, Sheraton, Westin, and a whole bunch of other properties. I started working there as soon as I graduated from college, which was right after Sept. 11, 2001, so the travel industry was in complete disarray. It was actually a super interesting time to work there, because typically, the most innovation happens when things are tough. That was what I first experienced at Starwood: it was actually pretty entrepreneurial when you got there, since there was really nothing to lose. People were scared of getting on planes and traveling, so management was more open to new ideas than they would’ve otherwise been.

My worst job

I worked at the talent agency IMG, which is now owned by WME, and I was the only woman in an 80-person division. There was not only rampant sexual harassment, but also it was extremely competitive, because most people there were effectively working on a sales commission. It was a very “every man or woman for themselves” sort of environment. One of the issues I had there was that I actually was pretty successful; I closed deals and made a lot of money, but it was the object of scorn amongst colleagues because I was a very young woman who was bringing in multi-million-dollar deals when some of the older men thought that they deserved to receive the credit. And who did I think I was as this 25-year-old doing this? I actually looked to that experience when I started Rent the Runway, because I wanted it to be the opposite of what IMG was at that time.

Why it’s never a bad idea to pivot

I got what I thought was my dream job at IMG, and I realized, oh my God, I hate every second of it. I realized that the content of the job is so much less important than the people you’re working with, and the culture of that environment every single day. So when I went to business school, and I was taking out hundreds of thousands of dollars of loans to be there, I made one promise to myself: when I graduated, I wanted to be at a job where, when the alarm went off in the morning, I was excited to get up and go do it. Life is not actually filled with as many one-way doors as we might believe it to be. I think there’s a fear that if you start something new—a new job, a new relationship, a new company—that you’re making this forever choice. And the reality is that you’re not—you’re making a choice for right now, and you’re just gonna see as you go. Had Rent the Runway not taken off, I could’ve just gotten another job. But 13 years later, I’m still here.

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Why I started Rent the Runway

It was a personal pain point. When my sister was 25, she got invited to her first wedding, so she went to Bergdorf’s and bought a Marchesa dress for a few thousand dollars that put her into credit card debt. I remember being at her apartment and staring at her closet, which was filled with designer clothes that she’d only worn once or twice, and begging her to return the effing dress and instead wear something she already had. She was like, “I can’t. I’ve been photographed in all of my dresses, the photos are up on social media, I need to wear something new.” I realized what she cared about was the experience of walking into a room and feeling like the best version of herself—she didn’t actually care about the ownership of the dress.

I had this big idea about how we could get dressed differently as women, and how we could actually rent aspirational brands and therefore have the freedom to wear all the clothes that we always dreamed about wearing, as opposed to buying all of these items that you’re only gonna wear a couple of times. And to make that accessible to everyone, and give everyone an unlimited closet. What I was really building was a Willy Wonka land of fashion. Growing up, I always thought that the dream was the Clueless closet, and that’s what Rent the Runway fundamentally is.

How I navigated the recession

I had the idea for Rent the Runway in November 2008, and we launched in November 2009. We were in the middle of the last recession, when buying that crazy dress made even less sense. Everyone was under financial pressure at that time, and it was really a lightbulb moment of, wow, there’s no other option. Before Rent the Runway, you had to buy everything that you wore, whether you were going to wear it 100 times or once.

Why sustainability is so important

Fashion is one of the most wasteful industries on earth; 70 percent of negative emissions come from the production of new clothes. The fact that all of us overconsume fashion and buy all these things that we don’t really use that frequently is what’s causing pollution. There are two options as a consumer: you could buy significantly less, and have this capsule collection of things that you wear over and over again, or you could Rent the Runway and wear a different outfit every day. Because those items are being shared amongst our entire customer base, it’s environmentally and financially sustainable. In my opinion, fashion is fun—it’s about self-expression and power. I feel great in clothes that make me feel self-confident. I love the style from Emily in Paris, because it’s very reminiscent of Carrie in Sex and the Citythis sense of irreverence and experimenting with fashion. Rent the Runway is about wearing something new without the guilt of waste.

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The biggest lesson I learned running my own company

The most important quality to cultivate in yourself, as well as the one to look for in others, is the ability to maintain positivity despite challenging circumstances. We typically call that “resilience” or “grit,” but it is fundamental to surround yourself and build within yourself a feeling that you can do this. Put one foot in front of the other, keep going, and have optimism, because it’s often your optimism that creates success. Positivity is a strategy. If you believe you can do something, you actually do it. It may sound hokey, but I never could’ve dreamed that Rent the Runway would become as big as it has, and I think that I’m proof that you can have big dreams and they can actually happen. The only obstacle that people have is their own lack of confidence in themselves.

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Jennifer Hyman, in Oscar de la Renta, rings the Opening Bell in celebration of Rent the Runway’s IPO on Oct. 27, 2021. “This was definitely my best power outfit,” she says.

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A highlight of my career

Taking our company public as the 30th woman ever to take her company public in history, and [being a part of] the first company to go public with a female founder/CEO, COO, and CFO. It was so meaningful to create something that didn’t exist in the world before, and know that we built it together. It was especially poignant because it happened in the midst of COVID, which almost killed Rent the Runway since people clearly didn’t have a need for renting dresses or having a subscription to fashion when they were sitting at home wearing sweats every day. The fact that we, with this incredible team of people, were able to save the company, strategically expand it, and then IPO it all during a global pandemic is something I’m grateful for every single day. I’m almost in a state of disbelief that we were able to do it.

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22 Best Bras for Large Busts 2022


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Shopping for bras can be exhausting, regardless of whether you’re browsing in-store or online. It’s hard to know where to start, what to look for, and even what your true size is. Frankly, there’s something about the process that transports us back in time to uncomfortable mother-daughter outings. Cue flashbacks to being 13 and shedding a single tear, because mom, why is this so complicated?! That is precisely the kind of bra buying experience we want to help you avoid. To do so, we tapped three experts for their professional advice on how to find the right bra for you.

“For so long we’ve been taught to think our boobs were the problem, when all along it’s really been bad bras,” says Ra’el Cohen, co-founder and chief creative officer of ThirdLove. “Every person will have their own unique criteria for what makes a bra fantastic, but it ultimately comes down to looking and feeling your best.” Preach.

“A customer with a larger chest should never have to choose function over style,” adds Tracy Freno, senior manager of customer service at Bare Necessities. “Breast shapes and sizing can differ from woman to woman, so even among women who fall under the ‘big bust’ category, a certain style of bra might prove to be more comfortable and supportive to one woman’s shape as opposed to another.” With that in mind, Cohen and Freno both suggest being patient with yourself and the process and keeping your options—and mind—open. “What works best for someone will depend on their unique breast shape, size and needs…take the time to consider which style fits you, your life, and your style the best,” Cohen says.

At the end of the day, though, “the best bras for large busts are both stylish and comfy, while also offering great support,” adds Dionne Thompson, director of design, intimates/innovation at Torrid.

Below are 22 of the best bras for big boobs in different styles for every occasion. Think: strapless bras for wearing under your favorite fall wedding guest dresses to sleep bras for cozying up in bed or hunkering down for a Netflix binge. This list goes out to the bustier types—with minimizer bras also included (though we have other recommendations for small-chested folks, too). This is not an all-encompassing list, but we covered our bases with brands that cater to both full-busted (i.e. smaller band size with larger cup size) and full-figured (larger band and cup sizes) shoppers. May the bras be ever in your favor.

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Best Non-Padded Bra

Delimira

Full Coverage Underwire Unlined Minimizer Lace Bra

Key Specs

Size Range 36B-40K
Colors Over two dozen hues, includingBlack, Beige, Dark Red, Olive Green, and Eggplant

Best Front-Closure Bra

Felina

Angie Front Close Minimizer Bra

Key Specs

Size Range 32C-44H
Colors Gull Gray, Black, Warm Neutral

Best Wireless Bra

Cosabella

Never Say Never Curvy Sweetie Bralette

Key Specs

Size Range 28DD-40H
Colors Black, Sette

Best for Side Support

Elila

Brooklyn Leopard Lace Side Support Bra

Key Specs

Size Range 34E-46K
Colors Mocha, Black, Nude

Best Sports Bra

Glamorise

Full Figure No Bounce Back Close Sports Bra

Key Specs

Size Range 34C-50J
Colors Rose Violet, Black, Black/Pink, Gray/Yellow, Purple, Soft Gray, White, Cafe, Centennial Aqua/Gray, Beige

Best Skin Tone Range

Nubian Skin

Naked Fuller-Bust Bra

Key Specs

Size Range 36DD-40G
Colors Berry

Best Underwire Bra

Wacoal

Retro Chic Full Figure Underwire Bra

Key Specs

Size Range 32D-46H
Colors Cappuccino, Toast, Rose Dust, Ivory, Black

Best Minimizing Bra

Dominique

Comfort Fit Seamless Minimizer Bra

Key Specs

Sizes 30A-44H
Colors Purple, Pink, Nude, Medieval Blue, Black, Navy, Chocolate
Size Range 30A-44H

Best Full-Coverage Bra

Goddess

Alice Soft Cup Bra

Key Specs

Size Range 40C-46K
Colors Black, Nude

Best Racerback Bra

Girlfriend Collective

Moss Dylan Bra

Key Specs

Size Range XXS-6XL
Colors Plum, Ivory, Moss, Midnight, Black, Earth, Lemonade, Tropic

Best Nursing Bra

Leading Lady

The Veronica Silky Lace Nursing Bra

Key Specs

Size Range 34B-44DDD
Colors White, Nude, Black

Best Underwire Sports Bra

Syrokan

Full Support Sports Bra

Key Specs

Size Range 32B-40G
Colors Black, Brick, Dark Flower Ash

Best Shaping Bra

Goddess

Keira Satin Side Support Bra

Key Specs

Size Range 34DD-46O
Colors Black, Chocolate, Damson, Fawn, Nude, Pearl Blush, Azalea, Blue Granite, Cinnamon, Ink, Ultramarine, White

Best Push-Up Bra

Curvy Couture

Tulip Lace Balconette Bra

Key Specs

Size Range 38C-46H
Colors Black, Blue Sapphire, Crantastic, Chocolate, Bombshell Nude, Sunkissed Coral

Best Satin Bra

Elomi

Cate Full Figure Soft Cup Bra

Key Specs

Size Range 36E-48G
Colors White, Latte, Ink, Rosewood, Black

Best Plunge Bra

Playful Promises

Cassia Ivory Floral Embroidery Caged Bra

Key Specs

Size Range 30A-44K
Colors Ivory

Best Breathable Fabric

Cuup

The Demi

Key Specs

Size Range 30A-44H
Colors Black, Blush, Taupe, Espresso, Sand, Sky, Ocean, Amethyst

Best Demi Bra

Cacique

Cotton Unlined Demi Bra

Key Specs

Size Range 36B-46DDD
Colors White, Black

Best Sexy Bra

ThirdLove

24/7® Perfect Coverage Bra

Key Specs

Size Range 32B-44H
Color Classic Black, Classic Soft Pink, Classic Taupe, Limited Edition Azure

Best T-Shirt Bra

Torrid

Microfiber Lightly Lined T-Shirt Bra

Size Range 38C-50H
Colors Rose Dust, Black, Rich Black

Best Bustier Top

Parfait

Elissa Underwire Strapless Bustier Bra

Key Specs

Size Range 32B-44G
Colors White, European Nude, Black, Mid Nude

Best Molded Cups

ThirdLove

Kinetic Impact Sports Bra

Key Specs

Size Range 32A-44H
Colors Classic Black, Midnight Teal, Ginger, Grey, Sangria, Blue Granite, Mazarine Blue

What type of bra is best for large busts?

Freno says it’s important to look for a fitted and secure band, first and foremost. “The snug band is going to create a ‘shelf’ to offer that support,” she says. “If the band is too loose, [your] breasts will sag and pull the bra down in the front. This causes the back of the bra to ‘ride up’ and the straps to dig into the shoulders.”

“Features that stand out in a bra for larger breasts include fuller coverage cups that are comfortable and supportive, a wide band with a smoothing silhouette, and straps that stay put but never dig in,” Cohen adds.

What types of styles should I avoid?

If your breasts are close-set, Freno advises you to avoid bras that have a tall center gore, which is the section in between the cups. “Ideally, this part should lie flat against the sternum,” she says. “If there is not much separation between breasts, there may not be enough room for the gore to settle in between. In this case, a plunge-style bra would be perfect. The shorter center gore takes up less space and will ensure the garment will fit more comfortably.”

Don’t worry about spilling out of a plunge style. Freno says that’s only a risk if the cup size is too small.“The things larger-chested shoppers should avoid in a bra are things every shopper should avoid, like thin, flimsy straps that are either too tight that they dig in, or too loose that they fall off the shoulder. Also, exposed elastic bands can rub and cause discomfort, along with scratchy tags and labels and bulky cups that weigh you down,” per Cohen.



How can I measure myself and find the right size?

“Just like jeans shopping, it is important to keep in mind that, regardless of the size on the inside tag, there may be styles and brands that feel better on you than others,” Freno says. “It is a trial-and-error process that differs from person to person.”

According to Freno, “Before taking measurements, you will want to be wearing a bra and also have a soft measuring tape handy. The breast tissue will need to be lifted but not compressed, so please be sure to steer clear of sports bras and minimizers for this. To begin, start by taking your band measurement which should be snug around your ribcage in inches, directly under your bust and level all around. The next measurement will be your bust. This will be taken at the fullest part of your breast tissue, which is usually along the nipple line. Make sure the tape is even all the way around. This measurement should be snug, but not tight. Please be sure not to squish down your breast tissue. Consider your body type as well. Are you petite, average, curvy? There are different types of bra styles out there that will be better suited for certain breast shapes and body sizes over others. The cut, coverage, and fabrication of a bra style all impact how the bra will fit depending on these factors. Knowing your body and paying attention to which styles flatter your figure best is key.”

How should bras fit for large busts?

“Look for issues with your current fit,” Cohen says. “Identifying common problems, like gaping cups and slipping straps, can determine which size bra you should actually be wearing and whether you need to go up or down a size (or a half cup size). Then, identify your breast shape.”

How do I know what shape my boobs are?

Cohen broke down five different shapes of breasts for us: athletic, bell, relaxed, East West, and round. Here’s how she evaluates each.

Athletic Boobs: Wider boobs with more muscle and less tissue tend to have a problem with cup gaping. Due to this, we recommend T-shirt-style bras.

Bell Boobs: These boobs are slimmer at the top, and fuller at the bottom. This normally characterizes someone as a larger cup size, and they may experience overflow with minimal coverage styles like a balconette or demi. Instead, try a full-coverage bra that features wider, memory foam straps that provide support, but never dig in.

Relaxed Boobs: These are boobs that have lax tissue and nipples pointing downward. Since these tend to be longer breasts that hang, try a balconette style that has a slightly shorter cup for more fullness at the top.

East West: The boobs that don’t get along. These are the ones, just as the name suggests, with nipples that point to the east and west, creating wide-set breasts. If you are struggling to achieve cleavage with certain tops, look for full coverage bras that will help bring your breasts up and together.

Round: While most styles may work for your shape, try a wireless bra for days when you want light support, or a balconette style when you want an ultra-flattering fit.

What is “sister sizing”?

“Sister sizing is a technique where the band size and cup size are altered to determine an alternate size,” Freno says. “For example, if someone measures 32DD but the 32-inch band of their bra feels too tight, while the DD cup feels just right, you could try the sister size, 34D, to achieve a looser-fitting band, but the same size cup. Finding the correct bra fit is so much more than measurements. Try not to focus too much on the bra size and pay attention to the fit and support that you receive. That is what matters most!”

Which bra is best for making heavy breasts look smaller?

“One option is a minimizer bra that compresses and reshapes breasts to have less projection in appearance, but could also reduce your bust measurement down one inch,” says Thompson. “It’s a great bra style to have in your collection, especially for button-down shirt days.” According to Cohen, these styles typically don’t have foam and offer a lot of support.

Another great option to try is any unlined, unpadded bra, Thompson adds. “Less padding or no padding will naturally have less projection.”

Tracy Freno is the senior manager of customer service at Bare Necessities.

Ra’el Cohen is the co-founder and chief creative officer of ThirdLove.

Dionne Thompson is the director of design, intimates/innovation at Torrid.

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4 Best Spring 2023 Jewelry Trends You Can Shop Right Now — Best Jewelry Trends


Fall is only just beginning, but thanks to the most recent flurry of runway shows, we’re already looking ahead to spring. No, no one is denying that the cold-weather temperatures are upon us, which might make you wonder why thinking about the next season is just as important as the current one. If you’re asking us, it’s never too early to start building your wardrobe for what’s ahead. And thankfully, jewelry proudly stands among the fashion categories that transcend seasons, which means you can start shopping (and wearing) the best spring 2023 jewelry trends now—with a fall twist, of course.

Read on to see our favorite jewelry trends from the spring 2023 runways, below.


Arm Cuffs

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Like the best spring 2023 shoe trends, there were some jewelry trends that caught us off guard (in the best kind of way). One such trend was arm cuffs—you know, the bicep-hugging bracelets that have everyone feeling like an Amazonian warrior, as seen on the arms of models at Tory Burch, Bevza, and Kim Shui. Of course, we also saw traditional cuffs that would make Wonder Woman proud, à la Michael Kors.

Boundary Arm Band
Free People Boundary Arm Band
Metal Arm Cuff Upper Arm Bracelet Band
Generic Metal Arm Cuff Upper Arm Bracelet Band

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Twisted Gold Large Cuff Bracelet
Alexis Bittar Twisted Gold Large Cuff Bracelet

Chandelier Earrings

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Chandelier earrings made a triumphant return for 2023, and we’re not one bit upset about it. Whether they fall among the more complex styles, like those at Markarian and Ulla Johnson, or they emulate a sleeker drop, go ahead and let your ears do the talking next spring.

Grace Earrings
Nai Drop Earrings
Sphere Versa Silver and Gold-Tone Earrings
Paco Rabanne Sphere Versa Silver and Gold-Tone Earrings

Chunky Baubles

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Bigger is better next spring, and we’re on board. With supersized earrings at Tom Ford and chunky lucite bangles at LaQuan Smith, we foresee these bulky baubles being the party picks for when you’re feeling undeniably bold.

Elsa Peretti® Paco Cuff
Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti® Paco Cuff
The Organic Hoops
Lizzie Fortunato The Organic Hoops
Beet Eater

Thick Chains

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Dainty jewelry? Never heard of it. In the same vein as capital-C chunky jewelry, larger, statement-making chains made multiple appearances on the runway at Marine Serre, Proenza Schouler, and Collina Strada. If you’re looking for an effortlessly cool way to zhuzh up your looks for spring (and now, for that matter), this is one of our tried-and-true ways to do so.

Silver-Tone Bracelet
Isabel Marant Silver-Tone Bracelet
Casia 18K Platinum Gold-Plated Brass Bracelet
Emili Casia 18K Platinum Gold-Plated Brass Bracelet
Chunky Curb Chain Necklace
Urban Outfitters Chunky Curb Chain Necklace



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20 Best Shows on HBO Max


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For the nights when Netflix and Hulu binges aren’t cutting it, HBO Max has plenty to offer. While some tune in for the action adventure of Game of Thrones and others for the glorious hate-watching only And Just Like That... can provide, there’s still so much more to explore on the streamer. At least, while it’s still there, if we’re judging from recent headlines.

If you’re looking for something to watch and have an HBO Max subscription, below are 20 of their best shows available right now. Something old, something new, and something that will probably become a favorite comfort series for rainy Sundays.

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The kids are very much not all right in this Zendaya-led high school drama. At the heart of the show is her character Rue, a teenager struggling with serious addiction following the death of her father. Around that heart is some meaty sexual intrigue covered in a layer of gratuitous nudity. Adults watching the show might wonder what happened to being an AV club geek since they graduated, but some moments in Euphoria always ring true—like the confusion and longing of young love seen in Rue’s relationship with the angelic Jules, played by Hunter Schafer.

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Sex and the City was such a mainstay of the original HBO brand that their recent reboot And Just Like That… completely took over social media when it aired late in 2021. The show is both a time capsule of a very specific chapter of New York City history and culture and a timeless examination of sex, love, and relationships. Whether you’re watching it for the first time or starting yet another comfort binge, it’s always a good night to grab a cocktail and settle in with Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and (sigh) Samantha.

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In this dark comedy, Bill Hader stars as a hitman who finds an unexpected calling in an acting class while he’s picking off a target. It’s a breath of fresh air for the trained killer (how could it not be? It’s led by Henry Winkler!) and the whole course of his life is changed.

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This show featuring Arrested Development‘s Alia Shawkat is a little hard to explain. Sometimes called a satire of millennial culture, the story follows Shawkat’s protagonist Dory Sief and her friends as they search for a missing young woman. Also incorporating their personal lives and occasional hints of horror, it’s a great choice for anyone who doesn’t want a simple genre piece and does want a lot of laughs.

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Writer, actor, and producer Issa Rae is a fixture in the world of entertainment with seemingly a million projects going at once. But she was first noticed by wider audiences for her YouTube series Awkward Black Girl. Insecure is clearly the evolution of her original vision, following a young woman in Los Angeles as she blows up her life and then puts it back together in a way that finally fits. It’s also pretty hilarious.

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Does Friends even need an introduction? The iconic sitcom about six friends living in New York City, falling in and out of love, and winding up in shenanigans is streaming on HBO Max—all 10 seasons of it.

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HBO is great at bringing back classics with a new twist, scratching that nostalgia itch while also delivering more modern takes and tone. This standalone sequel to the original Gossip Girl is still narrated by Kristen Bell, but it features a whole new cast of characters at their elite Manhattan prep school. Unlike the CW version, HBO allows for a bit more adult content. And because it’s 2022, there are also LGBTQ characters and a more diverse cast to enjoy. But if you have a craving for the OG series, you can stream that on HBO Max too.

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You simply must watch The Sopranos, primarily because it’s one of the best TV shows created, but also so you can get the memes. Tony Soprano, played by the late James Gandolfini, is a New Jersey mobster having an existential crisis. The show follows his work in therapy and his work in the mob, ending on a cliffhanger that fans still talk about years later. You’ll get it when you see it.

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This critically acclaimed drama follows the Roy family, which runs the media conglomerate Waystar RoyCo, as patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) considers which of his three children is fit to lead the company next. Everyone wants to be at the top, but the company’s succession from father to heir does not go smoothly. Watching this dysfunctional family risk their dynasty to one up each other is perfect entertainment for viewers who want to be reminded that money isn’t everything.

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On the surface, The Wire is a show about the city of Baltimore, but it’s really about how America’s “war on drugs” has warped the lives of everyone touched by it. The show offers many perspectives, from the detectives, the drug dealers, and the ordinary citizens populating the city’s streets, and it is deeply engaging no matter whose eyes you’re looking through.

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Deborah Vance is a legendary comedian who is essentially being forced into retiring from her Las Vegas residency. Played by Jean Smart, she’s a millionaire with a dark history, and when she meets an up-and-coming young comedian hired to punch up her material, her life takes a sharp turn. This buddy comedy is a great study of relationships between ambitious and talented women and it’s pretty funny, too.

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Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

This spin-off from the PLL universe is about a sleepy little town called Millwood, not far off from the infamous Rosewood of the original series. A group of teenage girls are suddenly harassed by a mysterious “A” who is holding them responsible for a crime committed by their mothers in the year 1999. This is a great show for anyone looking for a fright, and anyone who wants to feel young and old at the same time.

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This hotly anticipated prequel to Game of Thrones features all of the stuff people loved in the original: medieval cosplay, random acts of horrific violence, dragons, and platinum wigs. The series shows earlier generations of Targaryens battling over who will take the Iron Throne, though viewers knows all paths eventually lead to Daenerys. Enjoy watching how they get there.

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Created by Robin Thede, this sketch show has a core group of character actors that include Abbott Elementary‘s Quinta Brunson. Though the series has a running narrative through line during its first season, every episode spins off into hilarious and dynamic hijinks making it an instant classic worth adding to the sketch show canon.

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This swashbuckling adventure comedy is a secret love story that surprised and delighted fans in its first season. Stede Bonnet (Rhys Darby) is a wealthy aristocrat who decides to run away from home and hire his own pirate crew, emulating his hero, the pirate Black Beard. While Bonnet does not have his crew’s immediate respect, he somehow manages to make them a family. Every episode is a joy to watch.

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This dark comedy and mystery begins with an alcoholic flight attendant waking up next to a dead man and things only escalate from there. Kaley Cuoco plays the show’s namesake as she figures out what happened that night and if she could be—gasp!—the murderer.

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The Time Traveler’s Wife was originally a bestselling book that was eventually adapted into a film and has now taken its final form as a limited TV series. The story is about a man who involuntarily pops around the timeline of his life, aware of his own death and of the woman he will eventually marry. It’s a romance with a hint of magic, which makes the love story that much more poignant.

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Yes, Harley Quinn is an animated series, but don’t let that keep you away. The show is very much targeted at adults. It’s all about the titular character’s attempts to take over Gotham City after she leaves her boyfriend, the Joker, and finds new love with her BFF and girlfriend Poison Ivy. You’ll find yourself rooting for the villains—or at least not entirely sure who the bad guys actually are anymore.

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Each of Love Life‘s two seasons follows a different character as they undergo huge relationship transitions. The first season stars Anna Kendrick as Darby, a woman who is willing to accept too little just to feel loved, while the second season stars William Jackson Harper as Marcus, a man who has terrible romantic timing. Each episode is a thoughtful exploration of the growth every person has to go through to be in a healthy relationship. And it’s all too relatable.

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This satirical comedy classic stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the fictional vice-president of the United States, Selina Meyer. Meyer and her team are constantly bogged down in political games, and though it started airing in 2012, it still feels incredibly relevant to today’s political climate. Perfect for when you need to laugh at something a little too real.

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20 Best Shows on Hulu


Most streaming services have delved into making their own content, but Hulu has been working on their stable of hit shows for years. Their FX on Hulu hub also means that some of the most popular shows on FX are available on the platform in full, making the collection even richer. Plus, you can always add on other subscriptions to your account, from networks like HBO and Starz, so you can catch even more of your favorite shows in one place.

It’s likely that if you’ve heard someone talking about a new show this year, it’s coming from Hulu. Below are some of the shows you know and some you didn’t that are available on the streamer. They have something for every viewer: teen drama, horror artistry, historical comedy, true crime, and even more of the Kardashian family.

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Somehow, The Bear makes the question of whether or not a restaurant has enough sandwiches to feed their customers feel like the highest stakes television you’ve ever seen. A Michelin-star chef moves back to Chicago to take over at his late brother’s sandwich shop shortly after his death. But tensions arise when all the old timers want to keep business running as-is, even as they’re seduced by their new boss’s really excellent cooking. You’ll find yourself holding your breath over every recipe’s success or failure.

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This mockumentary style sitcom was created by comedian Quinta Brunson, who brought new life to a well-known format. Fans of The Office or Parks & Recreation will find some of that fun here as they watch a group of Philadelphia school teachers struggle (and most of the time, succeed) to do the most for their kids. The show won multiple Emmys in 2022, including for Brunson, who took home the Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series award.

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For a minute there, it seemed like everyone had an Elizabeth Holmes impression, but Amanda Seyfried’s performance in The Dropout pretty much nails the Theranos founder’s signature sound. If you weren’t satisfied by the documentary covering the rise and fall of the blood testing company scam Holmes created, this deeper dive into her personal life might be able to scratch that itch.

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Based on the novel of the same name by wildly popular Irish writer Sally Rooney, Normal People is about two kids who meet in high school and help each other grow up into functional adults, despite the abuse, loss, and emotional trauma they experience along the way. The story is told through all the small moments that form a relationship, making it a very intimate look into a scenario many people will recognize from their own lives: first love.

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Only Murders in the Building

This comedy about three amateur detectives has an incredible cast, starring pop icon Selena Gomez and comedy greats Steve Martin and Martin Short. The trio play three New Yorkers who live in an apartment building in the Upper West Side, drawn together by a murder mystery and their personal obsessions with true crime stories. This is a great show for viewers who want a few laughs along with their thrills.

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The Handmaid’s Tale first only covered the original story created by author Margaret Atwood, but now in its fifth season, the show has evolved into its own universe. It has even offered some satisfying glimpses of actual revenge from the women to their oppressors, though the consequences the handmaidens face for taking it may be dire. Tune in to find out.

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Fans of the classic sitcom How I Met Your Mother can enjoy some of the same zippy, light-hearted storytelling in this long-awaited spin-off. How I Met Your Father stars Hilary Duff as Sophie, a young woman looking for love in all the wrong places. And the same character in her latter years is played by the incomparable Kim Cattrall, getting to tell her son all about how she met his father in a series of flashbacks. The supporting cast is talented and delightful, and you’ll soon be as attached to them as you were to Robin Scherbatsky (who even makes a cameo).

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When Keeping Up With the Kardashians went off the air it left a huge hole in programming about the Kardashian family. Thank goodness Hulu immediately greenlit a new reality show about these mega-influencers and the first season was a big hit. The second season, now streaming, promises to give us a deeper look into Kim Kardashian’s infamous and brief relationship with Pete Davidson and a whole host of other dramas that have been playing out in real time in the media.

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Catherine the Great was the Empress of Russia, and while she most likely took herself very seriously, this series based loosely on her life injects her story with humor and irreverence. The Great is very funny and also full of anachronistic details that give it a very modern feel. The historical series stars Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, and they both seem like they’re having a great time.

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Solar Opposites follows a family of aliens who have crashed into Earth and can’t leave. This might be a familiar feeling to anyone born on this planet. Terry, Korvo, Jesse, and Yumyulack often debate whether or not they’re glad to be here (also familiar) as their own Planet Shlorp was a totalitarian world bent on colonizing new planets before being destroyed. These four may never successfully take over, but their antics as they decide what to do are extremely entertaining. It’s an especially good choice for fans of Rick and Morty, whose co-creator Justin Roiland executive produces it.

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Shrill stars Saturday Night Live alum Aidy Bryant as a woman learning to love herself after years of trying her best to stay out of the limelight. It’s based on the best-selling memoir by Lindy West, so when she gets her happy ending, you know it’s real.

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For people who can’t get enough of super hero content and for people who love a good teen drama, Marvel’s Runaways is the perfect crossover. Based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, the series puts a spin on the ragtag group of kids fighting evil by making the evil very close to home—their own criminal parents. As they try to outrun their families, they come together as a team that can take on anything.

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Starring Jessica Biel as Candy Montgomery, a Texas housewife who was accused of murdering her friend Betty Gore with an ax in 1980, this show is a creepy vintage throwback. And yes, it’s based on a true story. The real Montgomery was eventually acquitted, but details of her strange affair with Gore’s husband make for a compelling character study of the murderer next door.

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This horror anthology is for people who love the genre, because each episode is basically its own movie exploring all sorts of different nightmare scenarios. Every one of the 12 episodes has a new cast of characters, new setting, and new story, though avid viewers will catch the running themes that connect them loosely together. Treat yourself to something spooky and surprising, but keep a light a on as you go Into The Dark.

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This HBO limited series is based on a book of the same name by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. A journalist with a disturbed past returns to her hometown and her smothering family to investigate the murders of two young girls. She discovers that the violence brewing under the surface of every day life in her rural town is way too close to home. The show stars the perfectly cast Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson.

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Set on a reservation in Oklahoma, this series follows four Indigenous teenagers known as the “Rez Dogs” going to increasingly extreme lengths to save enough money for their journey to California. Created by Seminole and Muskogee filmmaker Sterlin Harjo and co-produced by Taika Waititi, the show is both hilarious and heartbreaking. But mostly hilarious.

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Based on the popular book by Carola Lovering, this drama series is about a toxic love triangle that unfolds over eight years of tumultuous ups and downs. First love cuts the deepest, especially when it involves lots of emotional manipulation and secret girlfriends. Anyone who has experienced the bumpy course of young love might find some catharsis here.

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Set in the same world as the film Love, Simon, this series follows a teen boy named Victor who is new at Creekwood High School. Victor is figuring out who he is and that includes his sexual identity. When Love, Simon came out, many in the LGBTQ+ community were happy to have a coming of age romcom starring a gay protagonist. Now in 2022, there’s a whole show offering that representation (as well as many others), and it’s very sweet, too.

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The Mindy Project began on Fox before getting canceled after three seasons, but it was so popular that Hulu picked it up for three more. The show follows Dr. Mindy Lahiri, an OB-GYN with an obsession with romance who seems to barely understand herself, let alone her romantic prospects. The series has an ensemble cast with sparkling chemistry and it offers some of the most chaotic line readings ever presented on primetime.

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This drama series is actually based on a nonfiction book titled Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy. Set in a small mining town, the show dramatizes the very real opioid epidemic ravaging the rural community—and how the Sackler family had a hand in it. It’s a big story to grapple with but the eight episodes manage to share so many POVs and all the threads that tie them together.

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