Why Aviator Sunglasses Can Give You Wrinkles and Sun Damage

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A dermatologist weighs in on the best sunglasses to wear in the sun to protect skin from damage, including sun spots, wrinkles, and more.

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Verb Dark & Light Dry Shampoo Spray Has a 2,000 Person Waitlist

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Verb is launching its new Dry Shampoo Light and Dry Shampoo Dark for brunette and blonde hair on May 1, and the new products already have a waitlist in the thousands.

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Eat Vegan with Smith & Daughters

Eat Vegan with Smith & Daughters

“We made this cookbook so that people could experience plant-based food the way it should be: big, bold, flavourful, noteworthy, celebration-worthy and myth-dispelling.”

Let me get one thing out of the way up front: I am not a vegan. I love food in all shapes, sizes, colors and sources, and up until about a month ago, I was fairly certain I would never willingly be in the kitchen willingly cooking vegan meals for fun. What’s more, I was also pretty convinced that even if I did cook vegan meals, I wouldn’t actively look forward to them.

Well, jokes on me, folks, courtesy of Shannon Martinez and Mo Wyse, the brilliant minds behind the Smith & Daughters cookbook, “Eat Vegan.”

Here’s the thing: when omnivores hear the word “vegan,” we get scared and defensive. We assume we’ll be getting a pile of greens with one curl of carrot on top. Or a plate of bland tofu. Or something that looks — and tastes — a lot like dirt. But I’d like to apologize on behalf of all omnivores for being so close-minded for so long. Vegan and plant-based food is, if done like Martinez and Wyse, incredible and inventive and surprising and filling and nourishing and, dare I say it, more enjoyable to eat than what I usually do.

In my week of cooking from “Eat Vegan,” I was never bored with my meals…not once. I never craved meat or cheese or eggs, all staples of my typical diet. I never missed a flavor I was used to because these dishes have ALL. THE. FLAVORS. I didn’t have to run to the health food store for a random ingredient I’d never use again because almost everything you need to make this food is stuff you already have in your kitchen. I was never hungry or bored or disappointed.

What’s more, they don’t hit you over the head with the fact that this food is vegan by saying stuff like, “vegan butter” or “vegan cheese” or “vegan chorizo.” They simply cally it “butter” or “cheese” or “chorizo” and trust that their readers who have picked up a book called VEGAN EATS know that it’s vegan. Perhaps it’s because Martinez, the chef half of the duo, isn’t vegan herself, so her approach to this type of food is basically that of someone who doesn’t need to eat vegan, but chooses to because it tastes so damn good.

I was, to put it bluntly, stunned and humbled by the creativity contained in these flavors. (The book itself is also gorgeous, full of beautiful typography, hand-lettered elements, moody colors and mouth-watering photography.) This is a cookbook for everyone, not just vegans and they say so right there in the introduction: “We made this cookbook so that people could experience plant-based food the way it should be: big, bold, flavourful, noteworthy, celebration-worthy and myth-dispelling.”

Alright, I’ve rambled enough. Let’s talk food. I cook a lot but I would not say I’m particularly skilled in the kitchen. I can chop and dice and sauté, but ask me to “brunoise” something and I’ll stare at you blankly. (For the record, Google tells me “brunoise” means to “finely diced vegetables that are cooked in butter and used to flavor soups and sauces.” So there’s that.) But Martinez and Wyse don’t believe in complicating things that don’t need to be complicated: “These recipes are for regular cooks. This isn’t fancy shit.”

Of the recipes that I tried out, not one disappointed and I fully plan to cook my way through this whole book, cover to cover. In the meantime, here are a few standouts that I urge anyone and everyone to try, vegan or not. You won’t miss the animal products, promise.

Jalapeño & Corn Fritters:

These are the pre-meal table snacks of your dreams, except that you won’t want to share. And don’t be afraid of frying; that extra-crispy “fritterness” of the whole thing will more than make up for having to clean your stove top.

Sopa Seca:

Far and away the most interesting, surprising recipe I tried from the book. The photo makes it look like something Italian — pasta bolognese or the like — but this Peruvian pasta dish was totally unexpected.

Brazilian Slaw:

I’ve never seen so many colors on a single plate: corn, green apples, carrots, red onions, olives, purple cabbage… you can pretty much check off every color of the rainbow with a single dish. Eat it as a side or keep it all to yourself for a gorgeous, filling, textured salad.

White Truffle Forest Mushroom Pâté:

By far the most ambitious, inventive and totally-worth-it recipe I tried. This stuff is pure magic and the epitome of what this cookbook is trying to do, especially after you take your first bite and realize it’s better than the “real” stuff that’s made entirely of animal products. You’ll never look at mushrooms the same way again.

 

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Women Perfumers Are Rising to the Top of the Fragrance Industry

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Women perfumers have long been diminished in the fragrance industry, but that’s changing now. Here, find out how females are finally getting recognized for their genius.

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Serene Saturday: Finding Courage In Stillness

Serene Saturday: Finding Courage In Stillness

Why don’t we like to sit with ourselves? Maybe because it’s not easy; in fact, it’s difficult at times – stillness invites realness and maybe we don’t want to hear what comes up when we stop scrolling and start listening.

This post is the third in a mindfulness series by Nina Endrst.

“I can’t meditate” or “I’m not good at yoga” – I hear these two phrases all the time and my response is always something along the lines of “that’s just not true!” I’ve come to realize that most people are intimidated by these practices because they both have to do with silence. We have become so accustomed to noise. So, when I tell a room full of yogis to hold a posture and breathe for more than a count of three, it gets uncomfortable for most.

This is a simple practice meant to bring you close to yourself, your center, the core of who you are. I invite you to get quiet and see what comes up. There is no right or wrong — only finding the courage to be present.

 

Elbow to knee

Start in a tabletop position. Press your right palm into the earth as you lift and extend your left leg back in space – toes pointing down, flexing your left foot. Inhale, extend and draw your navel in toward your spine. Pause. Exhale, bring right elbow to left knee. Repeat 10 times and switch sides.

 

Child’s pose – circle the hips

Sit back into child’s pose – let your knees come as wide as the mat, drop your heart to the earth and rest your forehead down. Take a few breaths as you move your forehead side to side – clear the mind. On your inhale, come forward and circle the hips to the left before coming back into child’s pose. Take this time to move in a circular motion, lubricating the spine and warming your physical structure. If you feel called to add some different movement here, do so! Remember to stay strong in your core – continue drawing your navel in toward the spine. As you exhale back try and empty the lungs and rest for a few minutes before switching sides.

 

Core twists

Come to lie flat on your back and breathe into the center line of your body. Bring your attention to your core, draw belly button in and up on your inhale. Interlace your fingers and gently place hands behind your head. Lift up and exhale as you bring your right elbow to your left knee and hover the opposite leg a few inches from the ground. Inhale, switch and bring left elbow to right knee. Repeat for a count of 30. Rest.

 

Leg lifts

Bring the palms of your hands underneath your seat and once again find the center line of your structure. Take a deep breath in as you press your lower back down and bring navel to spine. Notice if there is tension in your neck, and release and soften the muscles in your face. Inhale, lift and extend both legs out, hovering a few inches from the earth. Exhale, draw your knees in towards your heart. Inhale, lift your legs up to the sky. Repeat 20 times. Rest. Repeat.

 

Happy baby

Bring your shoulder blades together and press your back body into the mat on your exhale. Inhale, lift your legs, bend the knees and bring your peace fingers to big toes. (if you can’t reach, don’t force it — simply bring your hands to your shins.) Breathe some space into your lower back and focus your attention on your belly. Flex the feet here and soften the outer hips. You are welcome to stay still or move slowly from side to side, making this a bit more playful. Stay for 5 minutes and then bring the soles of your feet to the mat and your hands to your thighs to rest.

 

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Photo and GIFs by Matthew Johnson.

 

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Behati Prinsloo Mom-Shamed for ‘Pump and Dump’ Photo at Coachella

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Behati Prinsloo sparked backlash and mommy-shaming after posting a photo on social media of herself pumping milk and implying she would dump the milk after.

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Tan-Luxe to Launch Self-Tanner Remover and Self-Tanning Oil for Summer

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For spring/summer 2018, Tan-Luxe is launching three innovative products: Wonder Glow, a self-tanning oil, Glyco Water, a self-tanner remover, and Instant Hero.

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L’Oréal Launches Seed Phytonutrients, a Sustainable Skin-Care Brand

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L’Oreal just launched Seed Phytonutrients — a sustainable brand made from ingredients from locally-sourced organic farmers.

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What a Weed-Infused Facial Feels Like: CBD-Infused Facial Review

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I got a facial chock full of CBD-Infused ingredients at Harlem Skin & Laser Clinic in New York City. Find out what the treatment did for my skin.

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Best CBD Supplements and Edibles for Anxiety That Won’t Get You High

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Curious about CBD supplements? CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabis compound that doesn’t get you high: Instead, it fights anxiety and inflammation, according to experts and fans. From gummies to oils, here are some of our favorite CBD-containing products.

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