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Why this 5’3 girl needs a chunky, platform dad sneaker

Okay, it’s time to talk about a controversial, yet iconic fashion piece. No, it is not Crocs, Uggs, or Mom Jeans. We are here to talk about the dad sneaker!  Now before you judge, hear me out. Hopefully, I can change your mind about them if you are not on board.  Dad sneakers are not just an “ugly shoe” anymore. Considering all the current styles that different brands have come out with, the dad sneaker trend has resurfaced.

What makes a dad sneaker a dad sneaker is its chunky shape, thick platformed sole, and oversized silhouette.  They are also referred to as oversized sneakers and chunky sneakers. This type of sneaker is called the “dad sneaker” because the silhouette of these shoes is basically the same as a shoe that you would catch your dad wearing in the ’80s. The most classic dad sneaker is the New Balance 624, which apparently has been worn by dads for decades.

In fashion circles, the current popularity of the dad shoe is credited to the rise of normcore in the 21st century. Normcore is a gender-neutral fashion trend that thrives on “normal clothes” that are both attractive and comfortable. This includes everyday items like t-shirts, hoodies, and sneakers.

The term normcore was coined by the trend-casting group K-hole. They wrote about it in their book, Youth Mode: a Report of Freedom in 2013. Normcore fashion features clothes that blend in with crowds. This includes fashion items without stand-out patterns and colors. So, if you are wearing a neutral-colored outfit and do not have any pieces that make you stand out, you may be dressing in accordance with normcore. A prime example of normcore is Steve Jobs’s famous outfit with the black turtleneck.

The dad shoe is typically considered to be under normcore fashion because it is designed with clean lines and muted color palettes. Modern versions of the dad sneaker have become extremely popular by emulating this style. For example, Fila Disrupters are sneakers that are white and have simple, clean lines

Dad sneakers are worn by celebrities and are seen across multiple Instagram pages.  Luxury brands have even gotten in on the trend, creating shoes that people have learned to love or instantly hate. I am not saying that you should accept and love dad sneakers because they there are trendy, influencers wear them, and luxury brands now design their own versions of the dad sneaker. To me, they make a powerful fashion statement and can easily elevate your style.

While they may call them dad shoes, the style certainly is not just for men.  I see women owning and styling this trend like no other.  The trend may need to be renamed if you ask me. I personally was inspired to give dad shoes a try because I saw other women styling them so well.

The dad shoe trend is what began my love for platforms and thick-soled sneakers. As a woman that is 5’3, I now live in thick-soled, chunky, platform sneakers. I have never been tall, I will never be tall, and I do not want to be tall. However, I cannot praise platform sneakers enough. I completely understand why the Spice Girls wore them now! They give you height without having to wear heels. They also elongate my legs! Whenever I wear them, I am at least one inch taller. My height does not bother me, but I’ll admit that it is nice to have a little extra height without having to put on heels.

Now that I’ve explained my appreciation for dad shoes, let me share some of my favorites. Lucky for you, I have listed a few dad sneakers down below, just in case you want to try them out or are looking for a new pair.

1. Fila Disruptors

A picture of a the Fila Disruptor sneaker in white. The sole is thick and the Fila is written on the side and tongue of the shoes in red and blue.
[Image Description: A picture of a Fila Disruptor sneaker in white. The sole is thick and the Fila is written on the side and tongue of the shoes in red and blue.] Via Macy’s
I mentioned the Fila Disruptors earlier. They are a staple that many people love! They will certainly give you height.

2. New Balance 624

A picture of the white New Balance 624. There is a bold in on the side that is outlined in dark blue.
[Image Description: A picture of the white New Balance 624. There is a bold in on the side that is outlined in dark blue.] Via New Balance
Here we have the ultimate and classic dad sneaker, the New Balance 624. I also mentioned these above!

3. Nike Air Force 1

A picture of a white Nike Air Force 1 that is pointed to the left.
[Image Description: A picture of a white Nike Air Force 1 that is pointed to the left.]
Now, these are shaped like the previous dad sneakers. However, they are bulky and give you height! I wear Nike Air Force 1s all the time, they are my go-to sneaker.

4. Adidas EQT Gazelle

A picture of a white EQT Gazelle shoe that is pointed to the right. It has black lining on the center of the shoe.
[Image Description: A picture of a white Adidas EQT Gazelle shoe that is pointed to the right. It has black lining on the center of the shoe.] Via Net-a-porter
I have had my eye on the Adidas EQT Gazelle for quite a while. It also comes in black and several other colors.

5. Naked Wolfe Track White Sneaker

A picture of the Naked Wolfe Track White Sneaker. The shoe has a thick sole and Naked Wolfe is written on it black in several places.
[Image Description: A picture of the Naked Wolfe Track White Sneaker. The shoe has a thick sole and Naked Wolfe is written on it black in several places.] Via Naked Wolfe
If you really want a platform shoe, this shoe from Naked Wolfe one is for you!

While the bulkiness of these shoes might bother some people, I like that they stand out and draw people’s eyes. I basically live in my white platformed sneakers.  Dad shoes were often made fun of because they were clunky and large, but they are now styled in ways that are simple, stylish, and cool.  If you are still picturing a dad sneaker with khaki shorts, plaid buttoned short sleeve, and an odd-looking fanny pack, you are way off! Anyone can wear dad shoes and look great, trust me. If you are still wary of dad sneakers, I really think you are missing out. I wear them year-round, with jeans, pants, shirts, dresses, and everything in between.

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You don’t want to hear this but your earphones are unhealthily loud

Earphones are an essential product for many people. With earphones, we can listen to anything at any time.  Most importantly, they are convenient when you do not want to annoy your entire household by blasting Taylor Swift’s album. This is also a high-priority problem now that many individuals are working from home. I, myself, probably use my AirPods daily. When they are not charged, I always have my spare non-Bluetooth set ready to go, just in case!

I wear them the most when doing simple tasks. I would wear them when I would walk to class every day.  I wear them when I exercise. I wear them when I am eating meals by myself or cooking. I wear them when I brush my teeth before bed.

I know this sounds like a lot, but it is not like I wear them in the shower! I promise I do not wear earphones 24 hours a day.  Also, when I do wear them, it is not like I typically wear them for hours at a time. It is more like 20 to 30 minutes.  However, I may have to come to terms with the fact that I need to change some of my habits after learning about the different ways that earphones or earbuds can affect a person’s hearing.

The American Osteopathic Association reports that around 1 in 5 teenagers suffer from a form of hearing loss and that the rate of hearing loss overall is increasing. It does not matter what brand of earphones or earbuds you wear; it is best to be careful. Headphones funnel sound directly into your ear, which is great for sound quality and privacy but could have some potential downfalls when misused for a long period. I am a person who is almost entirely helpless without contacts or glasses, so I plan on protecting my hearing the best that I can.

Your cochlea is the primary sensory organ responsible for hearing and is a chamber filled with fluid that contains small hair cells.  Sound vibrations move the fluid in your ear and cause the hair cells to move. The movement of the hair cells sends neural signals to your brain. Unfortunately, the damage to the hair cells in your inner ear does not heal over time like other cells in your body. Consistent exposure to loud noises over time will most likely cause damage that cannot be prepared. Some signs of hearing loss are ringing, buzzing, and difficulty hearing low volumes.

It turns out that any continuous loud noise can damage your hearing after about an hour and 15 minutes. So, it is important to have an understanding of what is too loud. Most earbuds can produce sounds up to 120 decibels, which is equivalent to you being at a concert. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends not listening to noises above 85 decibels for extended periods. With earphones blasting music so close to your ear canal, you definitely want to be careful.

Luckily, you can incorporate several options into your use of headphones that can help prevent hearing loss!

One way to protect your hearing while wearing headphones is to wear noise-canceling headphones. We all tend to turn the volume up to try to block out outside noise. I am definitely guilty of this. There would be no need to do this with noise-canceling headphones because you do not need to turn the music up to block out outside noise! Secondly, you can limit the amount of time you spend with headphones when possible. The recommended time for earbud use is 60 minutes.

I know that 60 minutes may be unrealistic for some people, but you can always keep the sound down. Another way to protect your ears is to simply listen to audio at a lower volume. Do not attempt to block out the noise around you by turning up what you are listening to. You can even go into your settings on your phone and set a max volume for when you are listening to music.  I am going to try this ASAP!

The good thing is that we do not necessarily need to stop using earphones or earbuds. All we have to do to protect our hearing is to consider making a few changes. Protecting our hearing is important! In a few years, when you are listening to “Hello” by Adele and she sings, “Hello, can you hear me?” you’ll want to be able to hear her loud and clear!

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We have scientist and actress Hedy Lamarr to thank for Wi-FI and GPS

Hedy Lamarr once stated, “Confidence is something you’re born with. I know I had loads of it even at the age of 15.”

It is clear from this quote alone that Hedy Lamarr was a persistent woman. She is kind of who I want to be when I grow up. I for sure need this much confidence in everything that I do. In all seriousness, Hedy Lamarr definitely seemed like a complete badass. Not only was she a successful and gorgeous actress, but she also had an incredible mind and is responsible for an invention that greatly contributed to how we are able to communicate securely today. Her story is super cool, ready?

Hedy Lamarr was born Hedwig Eva Kiesler in 1914 in Vienna, Austria. Both her parents were Jewish. By the age of 17, she starred in her first film in Germany called Gelf Auf der Strasse. By 1933, she began receiving attention due to her performance and gorgeous looks when she starred in the film, Ecstasy. Though, the film sparked controversy and was pulled from theatersEcstasy is known as one of the first films to portray sexual intercourse and nudity without being strictly a pornographic film and Lamarr was the first woman to imitate an orgasm on-screen. So, at the time of its release, it was deemed quite scandalous. I wonder what people during the time would have thought of Fifty Shades of Grey then?

Despite the initial controversy, the film gained attraction, and Lamarr received international attention from the project. Before World War II, she signed a contract in Hollywood with Metro Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) studios after leaving her husband of four years, a wealthy military arms merchant named Friedrich Mandl. He was said to be controlling and was a supporter of fascism. I see why this did not work out. She attended many of her husband’s business meetings and companied him to his laboratory dedicated to working on building arms but Lamarr did not support her husband’s fascist political views. Understandably, she went to the United States to flee from him and continue her career.

In Hollywood, she officially changed her name to Hedy Lamarr to pay homage to silent film star Barbara La Marr. In 1938, she starred in her first Hollywood film, Algiers, a box-office success. Lamarr’s performance and beauty were both highly praised. The film was an inspiration for the film Casablanca, whose screenwriters originally had Hedy Lamarr in mind when writing the script for the film. She continued her 28 year-long acting career with films like Lady of the Tropics(1939), Tortilla Flat (1942), The Strange Woman (1946), and A Lady Without Passport (1950). She definitely seemed like a busy woman, if you ask me!

[Image Description: Hedy with Spencer Tracy in “I Take This Woman”.] via Hackaday
During the midst of a successful and growing acting career, Lamarr also pursued her interests in science and technology. Lamarr had been interested in technology and inventing from an early age. At the mere age of five, she disassembled her radio and put it back together. I do not know about you, but I think I was working on mastering tying my shoes at the age of five. Despite not pursuing an education in science and technology, she never let go of her interest in those fields. She did not let her packed acting career stop her from doing something that she loved. I think that this is something that should be admired because we all know how hobbies and other things that we love to do can easily take a back seat when life gets busy.

In the early years of World War II, Lamarr designed the “Secret Communication System,” and George Antheil created the practical model. The “Secret Communication System” was designed to have signals change radio frequencies in order to keep enemies from decoding and blocking messages. That sounds pretty impressive to me! Their invention was intended to prevent Allied torpedoes from being detected by the Nazis during the war. This communication system design today is known as “frequency hopping” because the signals hop frequencies to avoid third-party interference. In 1942, she and George Antheil received a patent for their signaling device.

[Image Description: A still from the documentary, Bombshell, by Alexandra Dean.] via the New Yorker
The two showed the design to U.S. Navy engineers, but it was initially rejected. However, the Navy engineers later shared the concept with a contractor that was meant to design and create a sonobuoy, which is a small buoy with sonar that is ejected into the water from an aircraft. Lamarr’s design was ultimately used as an important springboard and starting point for other ideas. It became an important steppingstone in maintaining secure communications for the military and everyday communications technologies like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. So, the next time you ask for a Wi-Fi password or plug in an address into your GPS, you should say a quick thank you to Hedy Lamarr. I know that I will!

Despite having a patent, she never received compensation for her design because the patent on “frequency hopping” ended before her initial designs were expanded on a widespread scale. She got to see her work be expanded on throughout her life but, it was not until 1997 that Lamarr’s work received recognition and she was honored with the Pioneer Award of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. To me, it remains important to share her legacy and talk about the work she did as her designs truly helped shape how we are able to securely communicate today.

Many biographies have been written about her. Also, a miniseries starring Gal Gadot as Hedy Lamarr is in the works at AppleTV, which I, for one, am excited to see! Her “double life” as an actress and scientist made her the inspiration for many fictional characters in the past century, most recently her life served as the blueprint for the genius villain Agnes Cully/Whitney Frost in Marvel’s Agent Carter.

Although she only continued her acting career only for 28 years, she never stopped inventing until she died in 2000 at the age of 85. She worked on building things like a fluorescent dog collar and a new design for the stoplight.

Hedy Lamarr’s work and life truly speak for themselves. She should be remembered for her work as an actress, her legacy as an inventor, and her confidence as a woman.

Want to learn more? We’ve compiled a list of biographies on Hedy Lamarr, you can find it here.


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Skin Care Lookbook

I discovered the double cleansing method and I never looked back

Do you use makeup wipes, instead of implementing the double cleansing method? If your answer is “yes”, hopefully, your answer will be “no” by the time you finish reading. If not, it is okay to use what makes you happy and what works for you! This is a judgment-free zone, I promise. However, you still have to hear me out first.

I have always loved wearing makeup, and I started wearing it at the age of 13. Of course, at that age, I wasn’t very skilled at applying makeup, but I was excited nonetheless.  We all know that putting on makeup is always the fun part while taking it off can be quite tiresome and even difficult at times, depending on the makeup look.

When I was 13, I thought the only way to get my makeup off was to use makeup wipes, then go in with a gentle facial cleanser. I honestly hated makeup wipes from the beginning and using them for so long was probably one of my biggest skincare mistakes. I disliked them before I even knew why they were not the best for my skin. I always ran out of them quickly because one would never be enough to get all the makeup off. I would sit there rubbing away at my skin, causing loads of irritation.

Makeup wipes are horrible for quite a few reasons. Firstly, they do not actually clean your skin. They mostly just rub everything around! So, no wonder I was using a bunch of them to try to get all the makeup off. This leaves your skin irritated, slightly inflamed, and still not clean!  Also, using a bunch of disposable makeup wipes is not the best for the environment.

At one point, I decided that I was done and completely gave up on using them. However, I did not know what to use. I started trying to use eye makeup remover with a cotton pad. I told you I did not know what I was doing! Next, I moved on to using micellar water on a cotton pad.

Then I forgot about cotton pads altogether and started using an exfoliating cleanser from Neutrogena to lift the makeup from my face. Afterward, I would go in with a Cetaphil gentle cleanser. Then I went back to using makeup wipes. Yeah, I do not know what exactly to say to justify these questionable skincare choices other than I was learning, and they worked at the time!

I am a little embarrassed that it took me until this year to learn about the double cleansing method. Double cleansing is popular in k-beauty regimens and 10-step skincare routines. Through quarantine, I have watched endless skincare videos, which introduced me to double cleansing and the cons of makeup wipes.  I would say that the closest that I ever got to double cleansing during my long experimental phase was when I used the Neutrogena exfoliating cleanser then went in with my Cetaphil cleanser. However, I was not exactly using the right cleansers to double cleanse. Let me explain the two steps process of doubling cleansing here!

Step one

First, you go in with an oil cleanser. An oil cleanser is an oil-based facial cleanser. Yeah, the definition is a little on the nose, I know. For those with skin that is on the oily side, you may be thinking, “Oil, no thank you!” However, it turns out that using oil to cleanse the skin works great on plenty of skin types. Oil cleansers lift sebum, dead skin, sunscreen, and most importantly, makeup from your face. It also cleans pollutants and clogged pores from your skin, leaving the skin feeling hydrated.

What you want to do with an oil cleanser is to apply a good amount to your face and gently rub it around. I try to do this do for around 15 to 30 seconds or until I am satisfied. Then I wet my hands with a little bit of water and gently rub my face again, so the oil emulsifies. After it emulsifies, I finally wash it off.   

I went on a little bit of a skincare splurge when Tatcha was having a sale, so I am currently using Tatcha’s One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil. I read that it would be good for dry skin and thought it would work for me. However, there are plenty of other oil cleansers out there that you can use. I definitely have my eye on a few different products for when I run out of the one I am using currently.   

Step two

After you rinse off your oil cleanser, it is time to go in with your typical facial cleanser.  The oil cleanser removed all of the impurities and makeup from your skin.  The facial cleanser’s job is to get deeper into your skin and provide you with your other skincare needs.  This always varies from person to person.

I personally use the Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser. I typically wet my hands then apply the cleanser to my face. It was recommended to me by a dermatologist years ago, and I never stopped using it! My skin is slightly sensitive, and I like how gentle is on my skin. Maybe one day, I’ll be more adventurous. The cleanser you use is up to you. You have to decide what your skin needs and what you want from your cleanser. There are cleansers with different acids and helpful ingredients for your skin.

After learning about double cleansing, I finally feel like I am cleansing my face correctly and thoroughly. I will never be going back to using makeup wipes unless they are truly my only option! I even double cleanse when I am not wearing makeup most times. No makeup days are quite often now due to the pandemic. So hopefully, I have persuaded you to give up your makeup wipes as well. Also, I will leave you with some recommendations for oil cleansers just in case you do not know where to start!

Here are some product recommendations for the double cleansing method:

1. Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm from Clinique

A picture of Clinique's Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. The bottle is purple and the top is silver.
[Image Description: A picture of Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. The bottle is purple and the top is silver.] Via Amazon
This cleansing balm turns into a lightweight oil as you apply it to your skin. It is also vegan and claims to be good for all skin types.

2. Neutrogena Ultra Light Face Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover from Neutrogena

Neutrogena Ultra Light Face Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover is in a clear blue bottle and a gray dispenser.
[Image Description: Neutrogena Ultra Light Face Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover is in a clear blue bottle and a gray dispenser.] Via Amazon
Neutrogena is a drug store favorite. I cannot wait to try this cleansing oil!

3. Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original from BANILA CO

A picture of Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm by Banila Co. The jar is light pink with a white top.
[Image Description: A picture of Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm by Banila Co. The jar is light pink with a white top.] Via Soko Glam
This is another cleansing balm that is a beauty favorite. It is sold on the Korean beauty and skincare site called Soko Glam.

4. Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil from Tatcha

Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil from Tatcha. It is in a tall white bottle
[Image Description: Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil from Tatcha. It is in a tall white bottle.] Via Tatcha
This one is a little pricey, but it works great. But if you really want to try it, Tatcha has sales! I always try to use their sales to my advantage when I want to try one of their products!


The double cleansing method is here to stay and I couldn’t be happier. Incorporating it into my skincare routine has made a huge difference.

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The most memorable moments from the 63rd Grammy Awards

On Sunday, the 63rd Grammy Awards show hosted by Trevor Noah aired on television. As one of the biggest nights for music in Western media, it certainly left its viewers with a lot of mixed emotions. There were certainly achievements to be celebrated, but the Grammys also left viewers feeling rightfully dissatisfied by the Recording Academy.

Despite the happiness or complete disappointment that many people felt throughout the night, the 63rd Grammy Awards was truly memorable for artists and viewers as COVID protocols were enforced, history was made by a number of artists, records were broken, and artists gave us great performances.

With all of this in mind, let’s talk about five of the most memorable moments from the 63rd Grammy Awards:

1. BTS making history and giving ARMY an amazing performance

It was clear after Jimmy Jam announced the winner for Best Pop Duo/Group performance during the Grammy Awards Premiere Show that many BTS fans around the world were going to need a hug. I know, I definitely needed one.

Although BTS did not receive their first Grammy like many of us hoped they would, it remains true that BTS still made history at the Grammy Awards. In 2019, BTS was the first K-pop group to attend and present an award at the Grammys. Last year, they were the first K-pop group to perform on the Grammy stage with Lil Nas X. Now, they have even performed an amazing solo stage of their Billboard Top 100 Hit Dynamite

BTS not receiving a Grammy this year certainly does not diminish their amazing accomplishments in the slightest bit. Their performance of Dynamite was captivating. Their suits, their stages, and their voices were beyond perfection. They truly lit up the stage and we could not be more proud of everything that they have accomplished!

2. Beyoncé’s surprise appearance and record-breaking Grammy wins

I think it is safe to say that we were all in shock when we saw Beyoncé and Jay-Z. As soon as the viewers at home saw them sitting at their table, “Jay and Bey” started trending on Twitter.

It was announced earlier in the day during the Grammy Awards Premiere Show that Beyonce, her 9-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter, and Wizkid won a Grammy for Best Music Video with Brown Skin Girl. Then Beyoncé and Megan Thee Stallion took home two Grammy wins for Savage Remix. It was also great to see the two of them take the stage together, although we are still waiting for them to perform Savage Remix live! 

With her 28th Grammy win for Black Parade, she became the most decorated female artist in Grammys Awards history! 

Beyoncé’s awards are well deserved as her work is incredible and uplifting to the Black community. During her acceptance speech for Best R&B Performance, she said, “As an artist, I believe it’s my job and all of our jobs to reflect the times and it has been such a difficult time. So, I wanted to uplift, encourage, and celebrate all of the beautiful Black queens and kings who continue to inspire me and inspire the whole world.”

3. Megan Thee Stallion went home with three Grammys and performed WAP with Cardi B

Megan Thee Stallion had such a great night. She won three Grammys and her orange dress was absolutely everything!

Megan won the first Grammy of the night, becoming the first Black woman since Lauryn Hill in 1999 to win a Grammy for Best New Artist! Her speech when she won the Grammy for Best New Artist had us all crying! Also, Megan’s reaction when she saw Beyoncé after it was announced that they won the Grammy for Best Rap Song for Savage Remix was absolutely priceless! 

Most importantly, let’s not forget her performance with Cardi B, where they both pulled out all the stops from Megan’s Cotton Club-inspired set to the gigantic heel and bed set for the FIRST live performance of WAP. The performance was everything we could ask for and more, besides the song being censored to be on broadcast television, of course. Nonetheless, they killed it! 

4. Lil Baby’s performance with an impactful message on police brutality and justice for the Black community

Lil Baby’s performance had so much to unpack. I had to go back and watch it over a few times to take it all in.

The set for the performance of The Bigger Picture was impactful, as it focused on themes of police brutality and protest. The stage began with a reenactment of a White police officer arresting then shooting a Black man as an excerpt for James W. Loewen’s Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong is being narrated.  

This opening scene acknowledges the killing of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, Georgia, Lil Baby’s hometown. The building in the background resembles a Wendy’s fast-food establishment, making a reference to the fact that Brooks was shot by the police after the police received a complaint about him sleeping in a Wendy’s parking lot. Following the impactful opening scene, the performance showed other powerful scenes where people are holding up signs in the street, the building that resembles Wendy’s is set on fire, and Lil Baby stands face-to-face with a line of police officers holding shields.

Lil Baby was also joined byRun The Jewels’ Killer Mike and activist Tamika Mallory. Killer Mike performed a verse about anti-police brutality from his from Run The Jewels’ Walking In The Snow, while Tamika delivered a remarkable speech where is called on President Joe Biden for “justice, equity, policy, and everything else that freedom encompasses,” turning Lil Baby’s Grammy stage truly unforgettable and powerful.

5. Harry Styles first Grammy for Watermelon Sugar and his collection of feather boas

Lastly, we certainly can forget to talk about Harry Styles!

Harry was nominated for three Grammys this year and won his first Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance. He also opened the award show with a performance of Watermelon SugarHis voice was beyond incredible and was the best way to kick off the show.

Watching his performance was almost like we were invited to watch a private session of Harry Styles and his band just vibing and rocking out. The dance break with Harry and his backup vocalists was so fun to watch. Also, the saxophone player, trumpet player, bass player, and pianist definitely deserved to be praised as well.

Along with winning a Grammy and giving us a great performance, Harry Styles also gave us great looks at the 63rd Grammy Awards. Throughout the night, he wore not one but THREE different feather boas. He had a purple, green, and black feather boa! I do not know about you, but I am obsessed.

Overall, the 63rd Grammy Awards left us with a lot to take in from the powerful performances, the inevitable snubs, and the incredible feeling of happiness when your favorite artist wins. Some other incredible moments were Taylor Swift’s Grammy win for Album of the Year, Dua Lipa’s incredible outfit changes, the DaBaby and Roddy Rich performance of ROCKSTAR with a choir and violin player, the spotlight given to music venues across the country, and the change in venue and masks due to COVID.

No matter what the most memorable moment of the night was for you, I am sure we can all agree that this year’s Grammys Award show during the pandemic is something that we will not forget.

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Clothing Accessories Style Fashion Lookbook

These 23 looks will make you feel like you’re in a BTS “Life Goes On” music video

BTS, the Grammy-nominated and successful Korean group, released their album BE in November. We can all agree that the album is amazing and is exactly what we needed after everything that happened in 2020! RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook all took on more prominent roles within the album-making process to bring us seven tracks and a skit. With the pandemic affecting so many across the globe, BTS made this album to comfort and to provide a space healing to ARMY and the world. The songs also reflect on their thoughts, feelings, and emotions throughout this difficult time.

Ever since the release of the album, the music video for their title track Life Goes On has constantly been on repeat for many of us. IT’S SO GOOD! BTS outdid themselves as always. For the music video, their style is more relaxed to reflect their lives during quarantine and showcase a different, more casual side of themselves. The scenes where BTS are at home sitting on the couch together and chilling in their rooms are some of our favorites!

Since many of us are staying in more than usual lately just like BTS, we thought that we would make a collection of comfy, relaxing clothes and accessories inspired by the BTS’s causal style from the Life Goes On music video! Plus, a few of the actual pieces that they wore during the music video are included in the list, so you can shop those too if you want!

1. A tan beanie from Target

Beige hat
[Image Description: A beige and tan beanie on a white mannequin head] Via Target
Here is a tan beanie just like the one Namjoon wears!

2. An ivory beanie from Urban Outfitters

Ivory hat from urban
[Image Description: An an ivory cream colored beanie lying on a white surface.] Via Urban Outfitters
If tan is not exactly your color, then this cream beanie may be up your alley!

3. Smiley face sweatshirt from the brand Marini

Smiley face Sweatshirt
[Image Description: White man modeling a cream-colored sweatshirt with a large yellow and black smile on the front.] Via Bloomingdales
This sweatshirt is the exact sweatshirt that RM is wearing during the video. It is a little pricey, but it does come in red and black too.

4. Desert dreamer spliced sweatshirt from Urban Outfitters

Asian woman wearing a white and lime/yellow sweatshirt with a small smiley face on the top right area of the sweatshirt.
[Image Description: Asian woman wearing a white and lime/yellow sweatshirt with a small smiley face on the top right area of the sweatshirt.] Via Urban Outfitters
The smiley face on this sweatshirt is not as big, but it is just as cute!

5. Smiley face t-shirt from Free People

Asian woman modeling a smiley face tshirt that is white. It has a black trim around the collar and sleeves.
[Image Description: Asian woman modeling a smiley face t-shirt that is white. It has a black trim around the collar and sleeves.] Via Free People
If you get hot easily and don’t like sweatshirts, this t-shirt is also another great option!

6. A peacock blue silk pajama set from Macy’s

White woman wearing a peacock blue satin pajama set with buttons
[Image Description: White woman wearing a peacock blue satin pajama set with buttons.] Via Macy
Jin’s satin pajama set looked incredible on him and, most importantly, super comfortable! If you are in love with his pajama set like I am, then you may like this set from Macy’s.

7. Dark blue nightshirt from J. Crew

A dark blue long nightshirt with white trim and buttons.
[Image Description: A dark blue long nightshirt with white trim and buttons.] Via J. Crew
There is also this blue nightshirt that looks super comfortable too.

8. A blue/green sweatsuit from Zara

White woman modeling a blue/green sweatsuit. The top is cropped with an adjustable drawstring
[Image Description: White woman modeling a blue/green sweatsuit. The top is cropped with an adjustable drawstring.] Via Zara
If you love Jin’s pajama set, but you don’t love satin, maybe try a bluish-green sweatsuit instead!

9. Bright green sweater wool-blend sweater from H&M

A bright green knit-wool sweater.
[Image Description: A bright green knit-wool sweater.] Via H&M
Suga looked amazing in his green sweater. Sweaters are perfect for the winter, and let’s not forget how comfortable they are!

10. Dark green fine-knit sweater from H&M

Black woman modeling a dark green sweater while sitting on a stool.
[Image Description: Black woman modeling a dark green sweater while sitting on a stool.] Via H&M
If you never really liked green before, I bet Yoongi’s sweater in the Life Goes On music video may have changed your mind!

11. COZYAF boyfriend cropped green hoodie from Aritzia

A dark green hoodie with a front pocket.
[Image Description: A dark green hoodie with a front pocket.] Via Aritzia
Also, you can never go wrong with a hoodie.

12. Yellow flannel robe from thespringhome

Yellow flannel robe
[Image Description: A close-up shot of a yellow flannel robe that is tied around the waist.] Via thespringhome
This is the actual robe that J-Hope was wearing during the music video!

13. A yellow hoodie from H&M

A pale yellow sweatshirt
[Image Description: A pale yellow sweatshirt.] Via H&M
This pale yellow sweatshirt can also do the job if you’re not into robes!

14. Fuzzy cream robe with a hood from L.L. Bean

A cream robe with a hoodie
[Image Description: A cream and fuzzy robe with a hood.] Via L.L.Bean
If you want to be extremely cozy, you can always try out this cream-colored fuzzy robe with a hood.

15. Coral flannel pajama set from Jo’s Lounge

White woman with dark brown hair wearing coral flannel pajamas
[Image Description: White woman with dark brown hair wearing coral flannel pajamas.] Via Jo’s Lounge
These pajamas that Jimin wore during the Life Goes On music video are perfect for a day inside! The coral and blue in the pajamas go great together.

16. Coral flannel cushion cover from Jo’s Lounge

A cushion with a coral flannel pattern being held by a person wearing pajamas that math the cushion pattern.
[Image Description: A cushion with a coral flannel pattern being held by a person wearing pajamas that match the cushion pattern.] Via Jo’s Lounge
If you are in love with the coral flannel pattern, you can also buy cushion covers to match.

17. Graphic t-shirt from Banana Republic

A graphic t-shirt with pictures of cameras on it.
[Image Description: A graphic t-shirt with pictures of cameras on the t-shirt.] Via Banana Republic
J-Hope and Jimin are both wearing graphic t-shirts in the music video. This graphic t-shirt matches the theme of this comeback perfectly with its emphasis and focus on photography!

18. Iris Pajama Set from Jo’s Lounge

White man wearing ivory pajama set with irises on it while holding a blue pillow in their left hand.
[Image Description: White man wearing an ivory pajama set with irises on it while holding a blue pillow in their left hand.] Via Jo’s Lounge
This is the exact pajama set that V wore. I don’t know about you, but I need this immediately!

19. Beige melange long cardigan from H&M

Black woman wearing a long taupe cardigan, white t-shirt, and jeans.
[Image Description: Black woman wearing a long taupe cardigan, white t-shirt, and jeans.] Via H&M
Also, let’s not forget the cardigan that Taehyung was wearing! Cardigans are the staple in your wardrobe and can easily make an outfit complete.

20. Taupe brown polo sweater from Zara

White woman with blonde hair and bangs wearing a taupe brown knit polo sweater with three buttons at the top.
[Image Description: White woman with blonde hair and bangs wearing a taupe brown knit polo sweater with three buttons at the top.] Via Zara
This knit polo sweater with buttons is another cute option as well!

21. Dark blue pajama set from Jo’s Lounge 

White man a dark blue and black flannel pajama set.
[Image Description: White man wearing a dark blue and black flannel pajama set.] Via Jo’s Lounge
Well, it turns out that all of the boys in the maknae line are wearing pajamas from Jo’s Lounge, and it is no surprise that they all look amazing. This is the pajama set that Jungkook was wearing!

22. Fleece mock neck sweatshirt from Nike

Black woman with an Afro wearing a black Nike crewneck
[Image Description: Black woman with an Afro wearing a black Nike crewneck.] Via Urban Outfitters
A black crewneck is just necessary, especially when you don’t want to be in pajamas.

23. COZYAF boyfriend sweatsuit from Aritzia 

Black woman with braids wearing a dark blue sweatsuit with white long socks and white sneakers.
[Image Description: Black woman with braids wearing a dark blue sweatsuit with white long socks and white sneakers.] Via Aritzia
We all know that Jungkook loves matching sets, so this collection would not be complete without one!

If you ask me, there are too many good options from this list to choose from! You can definitely find a lot of inspiration for your perfect quarantine outfits from BTS’s comfy and versatile style from the Life Goes On music video. You can throw on a tan beanie and a mask to brave the cold as you blast Dynamite in your car on your drive to the grocery store. You can even throw on a set of Jo’s Lounge pajamas so you relax, drink a warm cup of tea, light a candle, and listen to Blue & Grey.

Thanks to BTS, not only did we get an uplifting and soul-stirring music video and an amazing album, but we also got tons of outfit inspiration.  BTS truly does it all.

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History History of Fashion

High heels are extremely feminized, but did you know men wore heels first?

High heels are the shoes that many of us love to look at and hate to wear sometimes. I cannot tell you how many times I have looked at the high heels sitting in my closet and immediately picked out a pair of sneakers to wear instead. There is no doubt that high heels are commonly feminized and are seen as a stable form of footwear in women’s fashion. However, it is time for people to get over their shock when celebrities like Harry Styles, Jaden Smith, and Jimin from BTS wear heeled shoes for two reasons. For one, these guys’ sense of style is truly impeccable, and we all should be taking notes. And secondly, women were not the first to wear heels; men wore heels first!

Heels were first worn in the 10th century for a functional purpose. They were worn by the Persian cavalry to help keep their feet in their stirrups. Heels allowed the rider to use their weapons better and remain steady on their horse. By the 17th century, Persian men began wearing heels when they were not riding horseback. Wearing heels began to be a symbol of wealth, power, and money.

The 17th century is when heels began to appear in Western Europe. It is assumed that heeled footwear for men spread through political networks and trade from Asia to Europe. An example of this is when the Persian Shah sent a group of high-heeled soldiers to meet with leaders in Russia, Germany, and Spain. Subsequently, their visit sparked the adoption of Persian fashion.

High heels first entered the wardrobes of men who were a part of the upper-class or nobility. Their overall style was meant to draw attention to their legs. They wore tight colored stockings and britches loose enough to highlight their calves. The tightly fitting stockings, most importantly, emphasized their heels.

King Louis XIV of France is one of the most famous men who wore heels during that time. Heels were meant to make men appear taller and allowed them to tower over others. Under Louis’s rule in France, he passed an edict that decreed that only nobles could wear heels. The height of the heel and the color of the heel was used as an indicator of how privileged, respected, and wealthy the wearer was at the time.  The red heel showcased wealth and power because it showcased the lack of dirt on one’s shoe and that the wearer was rich enough not to get his shoes dirty. So, I am going to take a wild guess and assume that if King Louis XIV was around today, he be a big fan of Christian Louboutin’s.

Technically, the first known instance of a woman wearing heels was in the 16th century. The wearer was the overall badass Italian Queen of France Catherine de Medici. It has been claimed that she wore heels to appear taller at her wedding. However, the heel remained absent from women’s fashion for quite some time after. When women wanted to be perceived as taller, they typically wore platform shoes instead of heels. As someone who is 5’3, I am a big fan of platform sneakers or sneakers with a chunky sole to give me an extra bit of height, so I completely understand.

When women wore heels in the 1600s and most of the 1700s, it was not considered feminine. A woman wearing heels during the 17th century was considered to be borrowing from men’s wardrobe and fashion. It was not until the 18th century that society started truly feminizing heels and placing certain pieces of clothing into strict binary categories to separate men from women.

A few centuries ago, heels were considered men’s fashion. Now they are highly feminized. It goes to show how fluid fashion can be and that binary categories that associate certain clothing should not be considered unbreakable laws or as boundaries that can’t be moved. The meaning prescribed to certain pieces of clothing changes based on the meaning that we decide to give them during a specific time. In other words? Wear what you want. You should wear what you feel comfortable in and what makes you happy. When it comes to your personal fashion, ignore the rules, and be the person that makes the change that you want to see.

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LGBTQIA+ Sexuality Health Gender & Identity Life

Here’s your round-up of 43 gender identity and expression terms

Let’s sit down together and converse about gender, gender identity, and gender expression. Gender is inherently different from sex. Sex assigned at birth is based on biology, while gender identity and expression are complex and personal.

Listed below are 43 gender identity and expression terms with definitions, in alphabetical order. If you are looking to broaden your understanding and knowledge when it comes to talking and speaking about gender, this is a good place to start.

However, it is important to understand these by no means are all the terms that you need to know or all of the terms out there! Also, there are many different perspectives and thoughts about how to define these individual terms. Additionally, many of the meanings and definitions for these terms are always evolving and often overlap at times.

With that being said, here we go:

1. Abigender

Abigender is a gender experience that involves identifying as two distinct gender identities, while simultaneously experiencing an agender identity. Therefore, an individual that is abigender is bigender and agender.


 AFAB is an acronym that means “assigned female at birth”.

3. Affirmed Gender 

Affirmed Gender is a person’s confirmed gender identity.

4. Agender

Agender translates to “without gender.” People who identify as agender do not identify with any particular gender. People also use agender when referring to themselves as gender-neutral or having an undefinable gender.

5. AMAB 

AMAB is an acronym that means assigned male at birth.

6. Ambigender

Ambigender is a gender identity that is under the umbrella of bigender. It is when a person experiences two static gender identities simultaneously and those identities are not fluid.

7. Androgyne

Androgyne is a non-binary gender identity. An androgynous individual is a person whose gender identity has “masculine” and “feminine” elements or qualities simultaneously. An androgyne individual can identify as more “masculine” or “feminine,” it does not have to be equal or stagnant.

8. Bigender

Bigender individuals have two distinct gender identities at the same or different times. These distinct identities are fluid meaning that their distinct gender identities can be present at the same or at different times.

9. Cassgender 

Cassgender is a gender identity that refers to feeling that one’s gender is not important or indifferent towards gender. In other words, indifferent to their gender. However, this does not mean that a cassgender individual lacks gender.

10. Cisgender

Cisgender refers to a person whose gender identity corresponds with their assigned sex at birth.

11. Cisnormativity

Cisnormativity is the assumption that all individuals are cisgender and their gender identity matches their biological sex.

12. Demigender

Demigender is a gender identity that derives from the French prefix “demi,” which means half. Demigender means an individual feels partially connected to a certain gender identity or multiple gender identities. It is also used as an umbrella term for demi-identities such as demiboy, demigirl, demifluid, deminonbinary, and more.

13. Feminine-of-center

Feminine-of-center is a phrase that describes people who understand their gender expression and gender identity as more feminine. However, this does not mean that they identify as a woman and does not mean that those that are feminine-of-center will present or represent themselves in a feminine way. It is an inclusive term that includes a number of identities.

14. Feminine-presenting

Feminine-presenting is a term that describes a person who expresses or presents gender physically in a more feminine way. This can be through style, clothing, hair, appearance, behavior, etc.

15. Masculine-of-center

Masculine-of-center is a term that was coined by B. Cole of the Brown Boi Project. It is used to describe people who understand their gender expression and gender identity as more masculine. Similarly, to feminine-of-center, this does not mean that they identify as a man. It also does not mean that those that masculine-of-center will present or represent themselves in a masculine way. It is an inclusive term that includes a number of identities.

16. Masculine-presenting

Masculine-presenting is a term that describes a person who expresses or presents gender physically in a more masculine way. This can be through style, clothing, hair, appearance, behavior, etc.

17. Gender

Gender is on a spectrum, and it is not related to sexual orientation. Gender refers to a person’s identity and is independent of a person’s physical body.   

18. Gender apathetic

Gender apathetic is when an individual does not care for or specifically identify as a certain gender. Those how are gender apathetic are typically flexible and do not necessarily care how other people gender them.

19. Gender Binarism

Gender binarism is the belief that the classification of gender is two distinct, opposing categories. The classifications, masculine/male and feminine/female, are determined by an individual’s sex. The gender binary model enforces social structures, ideologies, and stereotypes that dictate gender roles and norms within our society. Gender binarism supports actions and thoughts that promote the gender binary while simultaneously excluding, harming, and perpetuating the eraser of individuals who identify as nonbinary.

20. Gender identity

A person’s gender identity is based on how a person feels, not by their sex or biological makeup. One’s gender identity is based on their own understanding of themselves. Gender is personal and can be complex. There are numerous gender identities. All gender identities deserve to be respected, supported, and valued.

21. Gender expression

Gender expression is how a person outwardly expresses their gender identity. This includes appearances, behaviors, and interests. Gender expression can also be referred to as gender presentation.

22. Gender-neutral

Gender-neutral does not fit within the gender binary and is non-binary. Gender-neutral refers to language, spaces, objects, and other aspects of our society.

23. Gender non-conforming

Gender non-conforming is not adhering to the ideological systems within our society that dictates and influences gender roles. This term refers to gender expression and presentation. Gender non-conforming can be used to describe roles, preferences, actions, and behaviors that do not align with perceived gender norms.

24. Gender normative 

Gender normative refers to behaviors and ideals that align or are compatible with cultural-expectations and norms associated with binary gender roles.

25. Gender questioning

Gender questioning is the process of actively questioning and exploring one’s gender identity or gender expression.

26. Gender Transitioning

Gender transitioning is a personal process to change one’s gender presentation to match their gender identity.

27. Genderfluid 

Genderfluid individuals have gender identities that change over time and are dynamic instead of static. Their gender identity can change over long and short periods of time.

28. Gender Dysphoria

Gender dysphoria is discomfort or distress related or associated with an individual’s relationship with their gender identity.

29. Genderqueer

Genderqueer and nonbinary often overlap. Genderqueer refers to a spectrum of gender identities and can be considered an umbrella term for non-normative gender identities and forms of gender expression. This includes nonbinary gender identities, a combination of genders, experiencing multiple gender identities, those who do not identify as a certain gender, and those who experience other non-normative gender experiences.

30. Greygender

Greygender is a gender identity for those who possess mixed feelings about gender expression and identifies outside the gender binary.

31. Intergender

Intergender is a nonbinary gender identity that falls in between the binary genders, female and male.

32. Intersex

Intersex is an umbrella term that is used for a variety of conditions when a person is born with sex and biological characteristics such as chromosomes, genetics, genitalia, hormones, and organs that do not fit or match the conventional definitions of female and male.   

33. Misgendering

Misgendering is when a person intentionally or unintentionally makes an assumption about a person’s gender identity or refers to a person using language that does not align with a person’s gender identity.

34. Multi-gender

Multi-gender is an umbrella that is used for a person who experiences multiple genders. A person can experience two genders or more at a time. A person can also shift between gender identities. It is also used as a gender identity.

35. Neutrois 

Neutrois refers to an individual who identifies as genderless. However, neutrois is often defined and experienced differently from person to person.

36. Nonbinary

Nonbinary individuals’ gender identities do not fall into the binary categories of female and male.

37. Novigender

Novigender is a gender identity when a person’s gender experience is too complex to label or give a singular word.

38. Pangender 

Pangender is a gender identity that is a nonbinary experience that encompasses a wide multiplicity of genders, which can be infinite.

39. Polygender

Polygender is a gender identity that is used when individual experiences multiple gender identity at the same time or at different times. Polygender typically can identify with four or more gender identities.

40. Sex

Sex and gender are often used interchangeably; however, they are not the same. Sex refers to the biological makeup of an individual.

41. Sex assigned at birth

Sex assigned at birth is the label that an individual receives when they are born that is indicative of their biology. This includes your hormones, chromosomes, and genitalia.

42. Transgender

Transgender is when a person’s gender identity does not align or match with their sex assigned at birth.

43. Trigender 

Trigender is a gender identity that means “three genders.” An individual who identifies as trigender experiences three genders. The three genders can be experienced simultaneously or fluidly.

Before you go, let me remind you one more time to remember that these terms and phrases that describe gender identity and expression are not set-in-stone. The meanings are constantly evolving, and new terminology for gender expression is often being created.

Also, this list is certainly not all the terms used to describe gender identity and expression! Most importantly, these terms and gender experiences can differ based on an individual’s perspective with their own gender identity and expression.

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Wedding Weddings

Have you ever wondered why brides carry flower bouquets?

If you’re a bride-to-be in the middle of planning your wedding, one of the many things on your long to-do list is picking out flowers. More importantly, picking out the flowers that you want in your bouquet as you walk down the aisle.  Bouquets are aesthetically pleasing and they also give brides something to do with their hands. It’s a win-win situation. While many of us are accustomed to seeing brides holding bouquets on their big days, I am sure the origin of the tradition is a mystery to most.

A bowl of herbs used for herb bouquets at weddings.
[Image Description: A bowl of herbs used for herb bouquets at weddings.] via Pixabay
The tradition began in Ancient Greece and Rome. Brides would carry herbs and spices with them down the aisle. A typical bouquet would be made from garlic and other herbs that were arranged together. The purpose of holding the flowers was to ward off evil spirits that might curse the newlywed couples. Brides also wore garlands along with their bouquets.  The garland was a symbol of life and fertility.

Also, in ancient times the bride was considered to be lucky and fortunate. Since they were seen as individuals who possessed plenty of luck, their wedding guests would swarm and surround them to try and grab onto pieces of their dress.  By tearing parts of the bride’s dress away, they were hoping to transfer some luck and fortune to themselves. The swarming of the bride was actually pretty dangerous and resulted in injury. Sounds a little scary and intense, right?

Many believe that brides also started carrying bouquets because it helped alleviate unfortunate injuries at weddings.  Instead of creating a mob of wedding guests eager to grab a piece of the bride’s dress, people could simply catch the bouquet for good luck. I think many us of would agree that catching a bouquet or a garter is definitely safer than a full-on mob.

Along with protecting a bride from evil spirits and their overly excited wedding guests, there is another reason behind brides carrying wedding bouquets.  It is a little gross and unhygienic, but it re-enforced the wedding tradition of carrying a bouquet in the Victorian Era. In the 15th century, they didn’t exactly bathe often. What I mean by this is that they only had a bath once a year in May.  Hopefully, they at least washed the important areas from time to time!

Baths in May meant that June weddings were popular because brides and grooms would be at their cleanest. Although they were supposedly “clean” from the yearly bath,  brides would use bouquets to help mask any odors. I’m going to take a wild guess and assume that they did not have any perfume or body spray back then.

On the more romantic side of things, during the Victorian era, brides would use their bouquets to send messages to their significant others. Different flowers represent different meanings, so the flowers that the bride chose for their bouquet could have a special meaning. That’s pretty romantic to me!

The reasons for carrying bouquets down the aisle in the past were truly unique and actually very practical. Today,  most people do not use them to ward off evil spirits or mask body odor. So, it’s completely understandable if you do not want to carry a bouquet down the aisle.

Don’t get me wrong, I think bouquets are beautiful and I love seeing all the intricate flower arrangements at weddings.  For one thing, you are already in a big dress which might have a long train. By that point, you might as well hold a bouquet too.

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