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Olivia Munn Reports on Whether Apple Cider Vinegar Really Flattens Your Tummy

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

As a red carpet veteran, Olivia Munn knows a lot goes into looking camera-ready on the big day. So when the 37-year-old actress was prepping for the 2018 SAG Awards on Sunday night, she decided to test out a trick that she heard would help her slim down overnight: taking shots of apple cider vinegar.

The “X-Men: Apocalypse” star spilled her tip in an interview with E! News, where she revealed that she drank two shots of apple cider vinegar in the morning and night for a few days before hitting the red carpet. “I started doing [apple cider vinegar] in the morning and the night because they say it’s supposed to help you slim down,” Munn said.

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Though there’s ample scientific evidence that proves that acetic acid, a compound found in apple cider vinegar, can help control blood sugar (and affect weight loss over time), there’s little to no proof that ACV is a fast and easy weight-loss ingredient—something Munn quickly learned. “I eat rocky road late at night and I think if I take an apple cider vinegar shot, it [balances me out]. It doesn’t,” Munn said.

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While ACV has tons of proven health benefits, including strengthening your hair and detoxifying your mouth, we do not recommend using as an instant weight-loss tool—something we’re pretty sure doesn’t exist no matter how hard you look.

Instead, we recommend taking a cue from Munn and accepting your body for the way it is. “I tell myself, ‘Eh. It’s fine. I’m an actress. I’m not a model,’” Munn said. “I’m supposed to look more relatable.”

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Selena Gomez Is Being Slammed by Animal Activists for Wearing a $2,670 Fur Coat

Friday, January 19th, 2018

With a Vogue cover and numerous fashion deals under her belt, Selena Gomez is hailed as a fashion icon for many millennials. But her latest outfit isn’t earning praise. On Wednesday, the 25-year-old singer was slammed by animal activists and fans for wearing a $ 2,670 Coach coat made out of fur, lambskin, and shearling.

The “Fetish” singer wore the outfit on a run to a recording studio in New York City, where she paired the mid-length patchwork fur vest with a Coach sweater and leather skinny jeans. Immediately, Gomez, who is a face and designer for Coach, was lambasted for her fashion choice by animal activists who accused her of promoting animal abuse by wearing fur, which some assume to be fox.

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Considering that many designers, such as Michael Kors, Gucci, and Stella McCartney, have pledged to go fur-free in recent months, critics had no restraint for Gomez. Many accused her of being complicit with fashion’s “inhumane” practice of farming fur. Others expressed their disappointment and prayed that the coat was made out of faux fur.

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However, according to Farfetch.com, a website that sells the Coach coat, Gomez’s vest might not actually be made out of fur. Though it is not completely animal-friendly, the website reports that the coat is made out short and long hair shearling to perhaps imitate fur. Of course, there is still a huge controversy over shearling, so Gomez might not be out of the woods yet. She has yet to respond to the controversy.

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Operation Recharge: ‘Shameless’ Star Emma Kenney Shares Her Go-To Self-Care Routine

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Self-care is more than a buzz word; it’s a necessary component of healthy living. Down time may be the stuff of dreams for many , but it’s simply a non-negotiable for Emma Kenney. The 18-year-old is currently starring on two television shows: the criminally underrated “Shameless” and the upcoming “Roseanne” reboot, where she’ll play the daughter of Darlene Connor (Sara Gilbert) and David Healy (Johnny Galecki).

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As you can imagine, balancing two gigs on top of other film projects is a lot to juggle, but the wise-beyond-her-years actress has already learned to prioritize “me time” while building a promising career.

“Self-care is slowing down and putting the time and effort you deserve into yourself, however that may be,” she says. “Treat yourself! Our bodies are literally running our lives, which is kind of a huge deal, so you have to replenish and nourish it, too. I don’t have a set time per day, but I make sure I do all that I want to do for myself and my body everyday.”

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Admittedly, some days are more difficult than others. For example, Kenney is currently working on a project in Montana, where the weather is sometimes below zero. But even in extreme conditions, she’s packing on the moisture and making self-care a part of her schedule.

Here’s exactly how she does it:

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How I Recharge: 

“Drink an EmergenC daily, drink some Lipton tea and a LOT of water…a dark charcoal mask from GLAMGLOW, and I follow up with moisturizer from La Mer.”

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My Ultimate Self-Care Meal: 

Mac and Cheese. Fact!

My Go-To Self-Care Activities:

“Running; I love the way my skin looks after a great run. And I love watching ‘Housewives;’ it’s a guilty pleasure!”

 

In our series “Operation Recharge,” we task celebrities and influencers with describing what self-care means to them, as well as the activities, products and treatments they indulge in for down time done right.

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Kendall Jenner Fires Back at Criticism That She Doesn’t ‘Work as Hard’ as ’90s Supermodels

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Kendall Jenner might have had a leg up in the modeling world, but she isn’t letting anyone discredit her success. The 22-year-old model fired back at critics who argue that she didn’t “work as hard” as ’90s supermodels, like Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell, because of her family name and massive social media following.

In an interview with Cara Delevingne in Harper’s Bazaar, Jenner slammed the idea that she had an “easier” path to success because of her already-established fame. She argued that, despite her social media following, she still had to jump through the same hoops as other struggling models.

“A lot of people are like, ‘Oh, it’s so much easier now because you have Instagram. You don’t even need an agency anymore.’ But that’s just not true,” Jenner said. “I still had to go to all the castings, I still had to go meet all the photographers, I still had to do all of that to get to where I am now.”

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She contended that, though “social media obviously has a lot to do with how [the industry] is different,” she didn’t skip any steps because she had an Instagram. She revealed that ’90s supermodels like Crawford backed up her opinion.

“There wasn’t a step taken out just because I had social media,” Jenner said. “I still have 12-hour days, I still have even 24-hour days sometimes; I still have to do all those things. We don’t work any less hard than the ’90s models did when they were young.”

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Like a lot of her family’s accomplishments, Jenner’s success is a controversial topic. Though Crawford might back her up, other ’90s supermodels like Campbell have been outspoken about how social media gives a huge leg up to models of today. We expect Jenner’s comments to spark some rebuttals.


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15 Breakfast Recipes That Will Make You Want to Skip Brunch

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

I have a love-hate relationship with brunch. On certain weekends, there’s nothing I’d rather do than settle into a booth at a scene-y Brooklyn restaurant and be served a likely overpriced, nap-inducing plate of deliciousness—and possibly a Bloody Mary.

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Other Saturdays and Sundays, though—especially when it’s beautiful outside—I don’t really want to be stuck at a table for hours on end. There’s something claustrophobic about it. And yet a quick bagel and coffee doesn’t always satisfy the urge to eat something thoughtfully prepared on the only two days of the week when I can actually linger over breakfast.

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Solution: These 15 incredible breakfast recipes that you can whip up from the comfort of your home. Some are super-indulgent (pancakes!); others are healthier (yogurt with toppings), but they’ll all make it easy to pass up a pricey restaurant brunch.

A version of this article originally appeared in August 2016.


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Kim Kardashian Slams Mommy-Shamers Who Accused Her of Partying When Her Son Was Sick

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Don’t come for Kim Kardashian‘s parenting, lest you want to be called out in front of her 58 million followers. On Wednesday, the 37-year-old reality star lashed out at mommy-shamers who accused her of partying on New Year’s Eve when her 2-year-old son, Saint West, was sick with pneumonia at the hospital.

The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star promptly shut down the rumors and explained that she didn’t leave Saint’s side for “one minute” when he was in the hospital from Wednesday to Saturday of last week. When the doctor provided clearance and the family was able to return home on Saturday night, Kim could celebrate New Year’s Eve on Sunday.

“I haven’t heard this BUT lets get this straight. I did not leave my son for one minute during his hospital stay. We were there Wednesday night to Saturday. NYE WAS SUNDAY NIGHT,” she tweeted.

The mom of two also explained that she didn’t invite people over until after Saint fell asleep. She then warned anyone to stay away if they were going to talk smack about her mothering. “People came over when he was already asleep for the night! Don’t even try me when it comes to my kids,” she wrote.

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Kim’s tweet accompanied a tweet from a fan who brought to her attention that there were people who suspected that she was partying on New Year’s Eve while her son was in the hospital. On Tuesday, the middle Kardashian sister revealed that Saint was hospitalized for three days, where he was hooked up to IVs and oxygen machines, after falling ill with pneumonia.

“We are so grateful for you all! He’s home and all better. He’s so resilient I’m sure he will still say the ambulance ride was cool! My strong Saint 👼🏽” she wrote on Instagram.

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Given how many times Kim has hit back at mommy-shamers—from those who accused her of snorting cocaine when her children were present to those who questioned the outfits she puts her daughter in—you would think that critics knew better than to talk smack. At least Kim was there to give them another reminder that she is not to be messed with.


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Kink Yoga Is the Sexiest Way to Increase Flexibility

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

While it may sound odd at first, BDSM and yoga really aren’t that different in terms of mindfulness, an altered state of consciousness and similar flow states. Dr. Brad Sagarin, a researcher and author from Northern Illinois University found that “flow is an enjoyable and pleasurable state that people get into when they are performing an activity that requires a high level of skill.” He continues, “It’s a state in which the rest of the world kind of fades away and somebody is concentrating very intensely only on what they are doing.”

We’ve looked at subspace and top space before, but as a refresher, it’s the euphoric sensations that a top and bottom feel during kinky sex. Testosterone levels, cortisol levels, mood and feelings of “flow” are all influenced during BDSM encounters. BDSM is also known to be a state of therapeutic recovery for many trauma and abuse survivors. HelloFlo writer, Sebastian Zulch writes, “While some people go to the gym, have a run, or write out their angry feelings, I get choked and flogged in my bed.” Mindfulness plays a key role here, as it’s applied even more so during BDSM scenes because of deeper levels of trust, which then influence closeness during these particular interactions.

A “flow-state” is a nine-dimensional altered state. It is said to make the ego fall away. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi poetically explained to Wire Magazine, “Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.” In short, it’s an exercise of the mind and body.

When centering yourself on a yoga mat, intentions are typically set for practitioners. Whether it’s your own or a general intention influenced by the instructor, it helps guide the student into a state of mindfulness.

Kink yoga should not be confused with tantric yoga, which aims to improve your sex life through similar ways, centering on your own body and energy. Tantric yoga focuses on energies in the body. While kink yoga does focus on similar characteristics, it can include props and outfits.

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Madeline White was first introduced to kink yoga at Kreuzberg Yoga in Germany. The trend of kink yoga is fresh and very new—as recent as three months ago, people began to discuss and comment on the new practice. White explains that kink yoga’s main goal is to “prepare you for Shibari Japanese bondage ropes. Kink yoga focuses on relaxation…”

Shibari translates in English to “to tie,” and its origins rest in the martial arts training of restraining people or captives from 1400 to 1700. In the late 1800s and 1900s, kinbaku, the art of erotic bondage, came to light. It is still practiced today as erotic spirituality and is called “shibari.” The Independent talked to two shibari enthusiasts, one of whom explained, “Some people say it has a meditative effect. It silences the chatter of the everyday.”

The technique of pranayama is central to kink yoga as a way to better control your anxiety in high-stress situations. Prana is a Sanskrit word for “life force,” and ayama, means “extending” or “stretching.” The term pranayama, then, is the extension of breath or controlling your breath. Breathing properly and controlling your oxygen decreases stress and increases overall mood and physical health.

Kink yoga blends normal kinks with yoga practices. In these classes, participants can come dressed up, dressed down, include accessories or be in the nude while practicing typical poses.

Classes involving kink yoga are said to release stress and tension and increase focus. Downward Dog and ball gags probably don’t appear together in your everyday vocabulary all too often, but dominatrices and instructors around the globe are gaining steam with the new mindful practice.

Mistress Anna from Sydney, Australia, teaches a yoga class that includes spanking, whipping, straight jackets and leather. For most practitioners in the class, it’s a way to blend two of their passions: yoga and kink. She explains, “People are being flogged, whipped and tied up. They hold a pose while their kink stuff is played out.” Most classes are a small group of 10 people. Individuals can come into the classroom and explain their kinks and have those played out. Mistress Anna says, “Any kink gets played out during the yoga class,” from sploshing to puppy play—no kink is ignored with proper consent.

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While you may be imagining a dungeon-eseque atmosphere, it’s really quite similar to a typical yoga class. There are yoga mats and meditations begin the class, where Anna begins with a Prayer pose. Just as yoga instructors walk around the room, Mistress Anna is adorned in a latex bodysuit and carries a riding crop.

People participating in kink yoga not only have a way to release tension and live out their kinks, they are able to gain flexibility and core strength while also incorporating bondage. The crossover between trained yoga instructors and practicing dominatrices results in a new form of meditation.

On her website, Mistress Anna explains, “Kinky Yoga is Yoga without judgement. It’s Yoga that concentrates on the process of creating, moving and releasing energy. Essentially, it’s Yoga that hurts good.”

 

Originally posted on SheKnows.


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Chrissy Teigen’s Dad Gave John Legend a Gift for His Penis for the Holidays

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Chrissy Teigen may be known as the ultimate clapback queen on Twitter, but even she can’t tackle all trolls—especially when he happens to be her father. On Tuesday, the 32-year-old model posted a Snapchat video listing the presents she and her husband, John Legend, received for the holidays. Everything seemed standard, until she revealed her dad Ron Teigen Sr.‘s hilarious (and penis-related) gifts.

Because it’s winter and Teigen’s dad wants his son-in-law to stay warm, he gifted him a sweater—for his penis. The item, called “The Willy Warmer,” features a red knit case for Legend to slip his penis and testicles into, so his entire body can stay warm and cozy this holiday. Keeping up with the puns, the item describes itself as “a heater for your peter.”

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For his daughter’s gift, Ron gave Teigen a “Don’t Touch” box, which describes itself as an “amazing and interesting useless box.” It’s safe to say that Teigen’s gift likely won’t be used much. Word is still out on whether her husband’s Willy Warmer will see some action, though.


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6 Ways to Survive the Holidays with an Eating Disorder

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

Magnificent as they are, the holidays can be stressful for anyone. But for the 30 million women and men in America who struggle with an eating disorder, the most wonderful time of the year can also be a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency, as Clark Griswold would say. I speak from experience: As someone who has battled anorexia and exercise addiction for well over a decade, that the extreme focus on food and eating, often accompanied by well-meaning but nonetheless insensitive comments, can be some tough shit.

For example, it’s not ideal when dear Aunt Carole won’t shut up about having to increase her crazy workouts to “work off all that ‘nog,” or how she just ordered a three-month supply of skinny tea to detox from the holidays and maybe you should too, or how she should really look into laxatives this time of year (the latter of which was actually said to me, if you can believe it 🙄), and you’re sitting there just trying to finish your pie without putting her face in it. These types of discussions can make staying on a recovery-oriented path even harder than it already is. So, Aunt Carole, take your skinny tea, rev up the RV, and hightail it back to Florida—please and thank you.

“When the holidays turn into something to ‘get through’ rather than something to look forward to and celebrate, something has gone terribly wrong,” says Carolyn Costin, MA, MEd, MFT, CEDS, FAED, founder of Monte Nido & Affiliates, a premiere eating disorder treatment center with locations across the United States. “For those who already struggle with food and body image, the holidays pose additional anxiety and pressure above what already exists during this season. The stress of the holidays, combined with the amount of food that’s involved, raises the stakes for anxiety and depression to take hold.”

I have always loved this time of year but when I had anorexia the holidays took on a whole new meaning.

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Costin knows all too well—she has not only treated patients with eating disorders for over 30 years and become one of the most prominent eating disorder therapists in the country, but she also recovered from the disease herself. “I have always loved this time of year but when I had anorexia the holidays took on a whole new meaning,” she says. “I still loved everything about the holidays, but the food part terrified me for days leading up to and after the holidays were over.”

To make things a bit easier, Costin offers the following tips (pie in the face is, unfortunately, not one of them):

Find ways to think differently about what the holidays could mean to you.
Rather than becoming nervous and upset under the stress and expectations, see the holidays as a time to be creative and do things you like to do and wouldn’t ordinarily take the time for. Make homemade holiday cards and presents, give clothing to homeless shelters, get together for caroling, help a needy family who can’t afford a tree or gifts, or go spend some time in nature. All of these things will turn your attention to tasks that are in the true spirit of thankfulness and giving.

Avoid commenting on anyone’s weight or food intake, and plan how to respond if people comment on yours.
Come up with a few statements that you could say that are kind and would apply in most situations. Practice saying them.

Put things into perspective.
Issues of food and weight need to take their proper place. Even if you have problems in this area, eating, weight, and body shape are not the most important thing about who you are, nor do they define your precious life. Remember that a holiday party, and the holidays in general, only last a short period of time. Keep in mind the most important things that matter to you in your life.

Eating, weight and body shape are not the most important thing about who you are, nor do they define your precious life.

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Balance is the key.
There are no bad foods, just bad eating behaviors. Eat in moderation and don’t deny yourself anything you really want. Avoid all or nothing and black and white thinking and behavior; it usually backfires. Plan for a time when you will want to eat something you think you shouldn’t. Don’t diet to prepare for the holidays—eat a balanced diet, which naturally fluctuates.

Plan ahead.
If you’re going to attend a party, eat well before going, and then enjoy some delicious treats at the party, too. Don’t restrict ahead of time to “save” up because there will be tempting food there.

Most importantly, if you eat more than planned, stop negative self-talk or judgment and talk to yourself like a friend or therapist would.
Accept it. Love yourself anyway and move on. Try the next thing. This is a learning and growing process.

A version of this article was originally published in December 2016.


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Olivia Munn Uses This $6 Drugstore Conditioner as a D.I.Y. Hair Mask

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

If you look up the word “glossy” in the dictionary, next to it, you’ll likely find a picture of Olivia Munn‘s hair. The 37-year-old actrss’s locks are coveted by legions of beauty lovers, who are dying to know the secrets behind her perpetually shiny tresses. Well, thanks to the “X-Men” star’s colorist, Cassondra Kaeding, we might be a little closer to achieving Olivia Munn-level hair.

In an interview with E! News, Kaeding—who has also worked with celebrity clients like Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Lea Michele, and Kate hudson—revealed that her best-kept secret for healthy, shiny locks isn’t a fancy-pants hair mask—it’s a $ 6 conditioner that can be found in most drugstores. The colorist touts Dove’s coconut oil-packed Color Care Conditioner, which she uses as a D.I.Y. hair mask on Munn and other celebrities, for its dual purpose of hydrating hair and extending the life of color-treated locks.

“The [Dove Color Care Conditioner] has coconut oil, so you can use it as a hair mask,” she said. “It has dual purposes.”

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Why not use a regular hair mask? Kaeding actually warns against them. She claims that the excess use of hair masks can reduce the product’s effectiveness and result in limp locks. She compares the hair to skin in the sense that it can only absorb so much product until it’s overkill. That’s why she recommends a conditioner as a D.I.Y. mask that’s easy on the hair, but can still provide red-carpet results.

“Less is more. Don’t overdo with too much protein,” she said. “Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.”

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There you have it. The secret to Munn’s sleek and shiny locks. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’ll be heading to the drugstore ASAP.


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