Aarmy Is Not Just Providing Enhanced Activewear

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When stepping into the fitness apparel market, more often than not, we are met with selects that can be uncomfortable for working out. Some pieces allow for an easy flowing workout while others can make the workout even less enjoyable but stand as the ideal leisure module.

“Going back to the days of being on the track and having multiple workouts a day, you found yourself in your workout clothes all day, it was our life target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=”Angela Davis (opens in a new tab)”>Angela Davis, Co-Founder of the fitness and apparel brand Aarmy. “These clothes are designed by athletes for athletes. These are pieces that we would wear, that we do wear, and that can transition us throughout our full day,” she further exclaimed.

The fitness conglomerate Aarmy has found itself being a sought out digital experience, a one-stop shop for all seasonal athleisure apparel and an exercise source. Sourced through an app, Aarmy provides the insider experience to a healthy lifestyle. “Fitness, movement and the body has always been something that came natural to me. It’s something that feels like it is a completely purpose-driven mission,” Davis tells ESSENCE.

Angela Davis, AARMY Co-Founder

Davis has trained some of the worlds most notable stars like Oprah and David Beckham and also is a former member of the USA Track and Filed team. Now being a Nike Ambassador and motivational coach, she has dedicated her career path to helping others. “I feel honored to be a leader in this industry. I feel passionate about it. I feel like this is what I was created to do.” Davis concluded.

ESSENCE got a chance to chat with Davis about the fitness apparel market, her definition of wellness, and what’s next for Aarmy.

ESSENCE: What made you step into fitness apparel?

Davis: Well my partners and I, we always felt like there was this intersection between fitness, fashion, the arts. We are all creatives ourselves and athletes are huge creatives. We inspire and motivate some of the most creative people in the world. And if you’re inspiring someone, you have to be inspired yourself.Fitness has this reputation of being at times can be stale or corny. And we just knew that it could be different and it could look different because we were different.

ESSENCE: How has fitness been a vessel in your life ?

Davis: I did a talk for Oprah at the Vision 2020 Tour, and she asked me to speak about wellness. My definition of wellness is getting strong enough in your body to live the life that you were intended to live. That looks different for everybody based on what you were created and intended to do. And really bringing it back to that center and really bringing it back to purpose. Physicality for me has been such an important tool. I’ve used physicality to fight so many demons and I think it’s something so powerful that we should reclaim.

ESSENCE: How does it feel to help other with their fitness journey?

Davis: I mean I love it. It’s what I live for. I’m writing a book right now and it’s titled Take the Gift, and I really believe that one of the most beautiful cycles of life is to take what we’ve been given and give it back to the world. And really this app is an expression of that. It’s me taking anything that I’ve been given and just give it back.

ESSENCE: What’s next for Aarmy?

Davis: Well we are only in a handful of countries right now, so what’s next for us is really getting the app all around the world, really making a global push. We are coming out with our own bike next year, so that’s really exciting. Those two things are really major for us.

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Niecy Nash Has A Message For Fans Who Don’t Support Her New Marriage

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In August, actress Niecy Nash surprised her fans with two big announcements –she was remarried, and to a woman this time around.

The Claws star, 50, broke the news via Instagram posting photos of her surprise wedding to singer Jessica Betts, proudly declaring herself “Mrs. Carole Denise Betts” in the caption. Before that moment, Nash had never spoken publicly about being in a same-sex relationship, and her fans did not know that she and Betts were an item.

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Since officially tying the knot, the couple have been very vocal about their love story and how happy they have been since finding each other. Any for any fans who aren’t happy for Nash, know this, Nash isn’t worried about your opinions during this joyous time in her life.

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“If I lost a fan because of who I love, then that wasn’t a real fan,” Nash wrote in the comments section of her Instagram after someone asked how she felt about some of her fans’ negative reactions to her new love story. “Who/how I love has nothing to do with my art. I’m still a skilled, Emmy-nominated, award-winning actress,” she continued.

Well said, Niecy.


Nash most recently starred in the music video for Bett’s single “Catch Me” which features the newlyweds alone on a beautiful beach together wearing their wedding clothes.

Congrats again to the happy couple.

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Travel Is Not Canceled! These Are The Top Travel Trends to Watch in 2021

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It’s no secret that COVID-19 has changed the way we’ll travel forever. And now there’s data to show it. 

Airbnb has released the top three trends redefining travel in 2021, and many of the forecasted trends—drive-friendly destinations, remote working, and pod travel among family and friends—are extensions of how we’ve seen people travel in 2020. So buckle up for the ride, because there’s more of the same on the horizon for quite some time. The survey provides data and insights into how consumers are adapting to the new world of travel, which incorporates social distancing and limited air travel.

First things first, if you’re not planning on getting on a plane anytime soon, there are plenty of driving-distance domestic stays within proximity to major U.S. cities. Airbnb is expecting Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains; Durham, North Carolina; Breckenridge, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Colorado; Davenport, Florida, just outside of Disney World; and the always popular Palm Springs to be among the 2021’s top destinations. 

“Looking back at September 2019 for trip planning in 2020, for U.S. guests, cities like Paris, London and Rome were all top destinations. Next year, a range of domestic locations in national parks, winter ski, and beach towns are becoming the most popular.” The data also showed that folks are leaving regular seasonal travel behind in 2021, which also makes sense given that so many are working remotely.

“On Airbnb, people who have the opportunity to work from anywhere are actively booking longer stays (two plus week trips) in small-to-mid-size cities with access to immersive natural surroundings and wide-open spaces,” writes Airbnb. 

As people are more open to lowkey destinations and underrated locales with more than six feet of distance between them and their closest neighbor, Airbnb predicts that domestic travelers will look for novelty in other ways, namely the shape and features of borrowed homes. “Guests are expanding their horizons and seeking unique travel experiences by staying in one-of-a-kind stays on Airbnb,” says the company. “The top trending space types among U.S. travelers next year include a variety of spaces known for using less energy and producing less waste.”

And while 2020 saw a rise in solo travel and isolated adventures, 2021 shows that people want to be more connected. Whether it means traveling to be close to family members, or reuniting to quarantine with a group of friends, Airbnb states that “pod” travel is here to stay for those who want to safely be together while reducing risks associated with socialising with others.

All hope is not lost for exotic destinations and expansive travel. Airbnb’s research shows that people are still wanderlusting for post-COVID travel abroad. “When the pandemic is over and travel restrictions begin to lift, travelers may be heading to vibrant cultural hubs, idyllic island clusters, and ethereal natural wonders first,” says Airbnb. The top-searched destinations include Bogotá, Colombia; Seoul, South Korea; and Hampton, London. 

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Tamar Braxton Upset After Reactions To Her Suicide Attempt Shown In New ‘Braxton Family Values’ Trailer

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Season 7 of WeTV’s Braxton Family Values is set to air next month and Tamar Braxton is not happy about her inclusion.

The most recent promotion for the show chronicles her family’s reaction as they find out the news of Braxton’s attempt to take her own life. The clip shows Toni Braxton receiving a call about Tamar’s health crisis as she runs out of a recording studio, while her mother and sisters express shock and concern over the incident.


Tamar took to social media to express her disdain, calling the trailer “disgusting” on Instagram. Braxton has been very public about her personal feeling that her trauma is largely being used as clickbait to promote the show and is exploitative in nature. Braxton claims that she was not notified about the use of any footage surrounding her suicide attempt and did not give her consent for the content to be used as promotion for the hit show. Braxton also says that the Braxton family and WeTV are “using my pain for their pleasure and ratings,” and called for the “abuse” to stop.

Braxton says that she has not been shooting for Braxton Family Values or any other show for WE tv since December 2019 and that she is confused about why her likeness and story would be included in the new season.

Tamar then revealed that she will be doing an exclusive tell all on the Tamron Hall show next week to discuss what’s happening.

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ESSENCE Is Teaming Up With Pepsi To Bring You The Ultimate Virtual HBCU Homecoming Season Celebration

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There’s nothing quite like HBCU Homecoming season and although we won’t be ableto cheer on our football teams, stroll with our sorors, or link up with the friends we haven’t seen since graduation this year due to the pandemic, HBCU pride is still as strong as it ever was.

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For the second year in a row, ESSENCE is teaming up with Pepsi to bring you the She Got Now HBCU homecoming experience, this time as a two-day virtual celebration of HBCU culture and the brilliant women whose HBCU education has propelled them to great opportunities around the world.

“As a young single mother pursuing higher education, my HBCU experience at Texas College offered a Single Parent Program that afforded me the opportunity to pursue my bachelor’s degree while being a full-time mother. My 15-year corporate career started on-campus and as a trustee at Talladega College, I am proud to be a manifestation of what HBCUs are, the global leaders they help shape, and the passion those of us that matriculated through have for preserving the HBCU experience for generations to come,” said Caroline Wanga, Interim Chief Executive Officer of ESSENCE Communications, Inc. “ESSENCE is honored to partner with Pepsi once again for the return of She Got Now to recognize and celebrate the role HBCUs play – incubating the principles and practices of social justice in this urgent societal moment while molding the past, present, and future cultural catalysts that have been a part of the ESSENCE legacy for the past 50 years, and will be for 50 more. Together with Pepsi, we are excited to celebrate the She-Got-Nows and the She-Got-Nexts.”

Happening October 24-25 and hosted by proud North Carolina A&T alum Terrance J, the weekend-long virtual experience will feature appearances from other HBCU alum and cultural icons like Monica, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Jonathan McReynolds, DOE and many more. Plus, because no HBCU homecoming weekend is complete without an after hours alumni turn up, the incomparable Doug E Fresh and a few special guests will close out Day 1 of She Got Now with a 30-minute old school party.

Carpe diem

“We are honored to partner with ESSENCE again to bring back She Got Now during homecoming season, which is such a crucial moment culturally and socially for HBCU alums and students,” said Hampton University graduate, Derek Lewis, President, South Division, PepsiCo Beverages North America. “To be able to provide this experience to the HBCU community, and simultaneously extend our work to provide opportunities to HBCU graduates at PBNA with the expansion of our Internship Program, is incredibly special, and we can’t wait to kick it off on October 24.”

For more information and to register, visit the official website HERE. See you there!

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Betsey Johnson Launched a Makeup Line at Walmart, and Everything Is $10

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Recreating the legendary fashion designer’s trademark colorful, punk beauty aesthetic has never been easier thanks to Luv Betsey, the affordable new makeup collection that includes palettes, lip-color sets, a fragrance, and more.

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Jordyn Woods Talks Her Latest PrettyLittleThing Collab

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If there is one thing that reigns true about entrepreneur and it girl Jordyn Woods, it’s that she knows how to keep a few jobs juggling at the same time.

Fresh off the shocking reveal of being on the Fox series “Masked Singer,” Woods is back again with another business win. This time teaming up with retail conglomerate PrettyLittleThing for a capsule collection. “It’s crazy because this is the busiest I’ve been all year but, I love being busy. I cannot complain,” she tells ESSENCE.

Last week Woods launched her size inclusive collection with PLT featuring affordable eye catching selects. “My whole collection is really statement pieces I would say. So it’s perfect if you’re trying to be a baddie on the gram, or if you have a little birthday dinner or something that you’re doing,” she says. “You can look chic and you can look stylish, but not break the bank.”

“I don’t think that style has to be expensive.” – Jordyn Woods

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PrettyLittleThing mostly known for their affordability has managed to collaborate with stars such as Ashanti, Saweetie and now Jordyn Woods – to only name a few. While the brand is in the lane of what some may consider “fast fashion”, it sets it self apart by designing pieces that even the girls who love designer have to get their hands on. “I focus more on designer when it comes to shoes and bags, but as for clothing, I just think that it is what you make it. I don’t think that style has to be expensive,” exclaimed Woods.

When scrolling through her Instagram, Woods is notoriously known for serving but when tapping to grab her outfit details, she is all about what looks good. You may catch her in a form fitting dress from PLT but she may pair it with an icy Chanel bag. “I think it’s really just how you style it, your confidence, and how you wear it. That really sets the tone. It doesn’t matter how much you’ve spent on it but it’s more about how you rock it and how you carry yourself and the pieces,” Woods concluded.

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The Story Behind the Music of ‘Woke’

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There has been so much great Black television this year that it is hard to contain excitement for what’s to come in 2021. Shows such as Lovecraft Country, Insecure, I May Destroy You, and Black Lightning are just a few examples of original programming that have forced viewers to stop and pause more times than one can count. For example, Issa Rae’s award-winning comedy-drama series had its fans on the edge of their seats when her character and Lawrence reconciled with the swaying melodies of Baby Rose’s “Show You” as their backdrop. Legendary music supervisor Kurt Farquhar always places a mixture of new and veteran sounds throughout the Cress Williams-led CW superhero-actioner, such as Bad Brains (“Re-Ignition”) and Michael Kiwanuka (“Cold Little Heart”), making his entries an evocative production that mixes Black history with panache and flair.

Adding to that storied legacy is Woke, the new Hulu sitcom which stars Lamorne Morris as a cartoonist named Keef, whose traumatic experience with the police increases his sensitivity to the everyday “micro-aggressions” of the day. To help add the right sounds to those actions, Issa Rae’s record label, Raedio, tapped an all-star team of Sarah Bromberg (VP, Music Supervision & Library), Philippe Pierre (VP, Music Supervision & Library), and Stephanie Diaz-Matos (Head of Music Supervision & Library) to curate the show’s soundtrack. With credits ranging from Wu-Tang: An American Saga to Godfather of Harlem to P-Valley, these three eclectic curators have used their credits and their carte blanche to introduce viewers to the next generation of music acts via Woke. ESSENCE got a chance to speak to the trio about their processes in finding the right music, ushering the voices and soundtracks of the future, and their thoughts on their favorite TV needle drops from the show’s first season.

ESSENCE.com: First things first, thank you for such an engaging show. Woke has quite a few evocative moments, but the music helps to take it over the edge. For the ESSENCE readers, can you all talk a bit about your respective careers and how you all came together to work on this show?

Sarah Bromberg: I’ve been doing music supervision for about seven years. My first biggest project was with Stephanie Diaz-Matos, which was Netflix’s The Get Down. That was when she started her music supervision company and I began working with her. We did a bunch of projects together, and then in the beginning of 2020 Stephanie’s company Bonfire were merged with Issa Rae‘s music company, Raedio, and that was when we met Philippe [Pierre] and we started doing projects. This is our second project that we did together.

ESSENCE.com: The partnership with Issa Rae and Raedio is unique because she, like us here at ESSENCE, are very much early adopters of new music and spotlight those rising voices in the game. How did you all connect with the award-winning creative and what has it been like while working on Woke?Stephanie Diaz-Matos: We call Raedio an “audio everywhere company,” and Issa’s team knew that she wanted to make this play [with Woke]. She is with UTA and so am I, so they connected us and with the label deal, the publishing deal, we all just hit it off. [Issa] and her team had a lot of the same sort of vision and values aligned, and I was ready to be part of a bigger vision. For myself, I had been running my own company for several years, and it was time to tap into a larger experience to focus on the creative side, to be honest. Philippe, you should talk about how you came into our lives…Philippe Pierre: …It was about 2014 and I was working with Issa right before Insecure. She had just wrapped with Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, and she was beginning to set up a new show called, First. The main characters of that show were working with me on a short film that I scored, and from there the relationship between Issa Rae and I took off. From that point on, I did a couple more projects and after about three pilots, the relationship just flourished and kept going from there.

Fast forward to December 2018, and I got an email basically bringing me into the fold over at Raedio. I did a few freelance projects for them and this year, 2020, it was made official. I want to say it was October 2019 when we all started together on P-Valley. 

ESSENCE: After P-Valley, it’s safe to say you all had an established flow together, yes? What was the workshopping process like when it came time to collect music for such a timely show like Woke…?

SB: We didn’t originally work on the pilot for Woke. The team had a general sense already of what they wanted from the pilot. We took over after that with a different budget than what the pilot had [laughs]. We really focused on what [music] we actually could afford to make the show sound like the pilot. For us internally, it was all about finding those gems that weren’t the best known songs in the world [at the time]. They’re not the best known, but they’re great music, and that was where we hit our mark.

Following along with the show, Keef, who doesn’t initially identify very strongly with Black culture, it was important for us to take a different look at the music and have it not be the “typical” music for him to listen to. Philippe really found a lot of artists, such as Reggie, that I think led to some really great moments on the show.

PP: Sarah really covered it. The overall vibe of Woke was that the music was not typical for someone just in Black culture to be listening to, but still identify as Black. We found Black artists that were a bit more different or had an alternative sound, if that makes sense.

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ESSENCE: Yes, yes. Little Simz is a favorite here at ESSENCE and her music has been placed on a lot of television shows. SD: I also wanted to add that Woke, being based on the real life of Keith Knight, we wanted to hone in on his Bay Area roots. He grew up listening to a lot of punk rock such as Bad Brains and Living Colour, and that was important to him and us to keep alive in the show. We placed bands like The 1865 into this first season, and they don’t land in a typical Raedio format genre, but his personal connection to the story helps to define the sound and the story it is trying to convey.

We had to dig to find bands such as them — either with a Black singer of a full Black band — and get a couple of tracks in there. We couldn’t get Bad Brains, but there were plenty of new artists out there that had that sound, and we definitely sprinkled those throughout the first season as well.

ESSENCE: Shoutout to The Black Pumas, too. Once the music for Woke had been finalized, talk about what that sense of accomplishment was like and any expectations you had about when the viewers finally saw the show.

PP: As a group, we’re bringing a certain level of expertise on our end to elevate whatever the project is. With Woke, it was really cool because its story has a very personal note. Even if you’re not Black, you can identify with not feeling like you fit into whatever world you’re currently in.  With the curation of the music and being able to help elevate that story was such a good feeling for myself and the team. 

I recently listened to the show’s playlist, and it took me back a bit. The music is a really cool, eclectic group of talented musicians who defy a genre. I think with all the projects we’ve done thus far as a team, I’ve been very proud to put our stamp on something for the culture, which is always an amazing feeling to do.

SD: We finished this project while in quarantine. Philipe, who is based in L.A., had one meeting with the editorial department in person. After that, we were all setting up our gear in our homes and working to finish this project with us all scattered across the country. Sarah’s energy and her commitment to this show never waned and I know it was hard for me to stay connected because of the malaise of the pandemic. So, when you asked that, it just struck me like, how do we celebrate as a group? I am happy with how people received Woke and the music, but getting to the finish line was so unusual. 

All things considered, none of that makes a difference. The show came out great. But in acknowledging it all personally and as a group, I say we should take our small victories because it is hard to celebrate with everything going on in the world. At some point in the process, we all would have been together three or four times by now, but I’m in New York, Sarah is in New Orleans, and Philipe is in L.A. We haven’t been able to have a moment together in person in almost a year!

PP: I’m keeping a tally of all the celebrations that we owe ourselves once the world opens back up [laughs].

ESSENCE: With the show’s success and possible second season in mind, let’s revisit some of the songs chosen for Woke and get the inside story behind some of our favorite needle drops. Up first, “Comin’ to Get You” by The Marginal Prophets featuring DJ Quest.

SB: Ah, that’s awesome [laughs]! I love that you love that one. This is actually the name of Keith Knight’s band. In his younger days, he created his own music, and we were sent the album for the show’s first season. Keith and the team really wanted to find a place for this, so we placed it in at the end of season finale. This album was sent to us at the very last minute and we had very few spots available.

We got it into the post-production team, then at the mix they put dropped the song in. When I got the final mix back, I loved it. It was so great that they found a great spot for it on the show. I love that you love that one!

ESSENCE: Jimmy Mawi, “Let Me Keep Away From You”.

SB: That’s a good one too! When we started the process of building out the show, we built a library for the editors to use. As they’re cutting, they can put any of the songs in wherever they feel it makes the most sense. The music changes so much from the very first cut to what you finally see, but there are some pieces that get placed very early where you’re like, yes, and that one stays. Maurice Marable, one of the show’s executive producers, loves that song. “Let Me Keep Away From You” was a song that was in from the very, very first cut, and stayed all the way through to the end.

ESSENCE: DUCKWRTH featuring Troi Iron, “Wake Up”.

SB: That’s a funny story [laughs].

SD: That’s one of the producer’s favorite songs, too, isn’t it?

SB: Yeah, it is. This song closed out the season, obviously, and Philipe pulled it for placement. It was in the library and we were looking at how we could close out the show. The producers wanted to close out with a song from the show’s lead, Lamorne Morris, and it was a very different take on closing out the season. Reminding you that this was before George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter protests, and the civil uprisings. After those things happened, we revisited a bunch of different things in the show. When everyone was ready to change it, “Wake Up” was still in the library, which Philipe and I were excited about. Thankfully, they chose it and we were very happy with how it turned out.

ESSENCE: SiR, “You Can’t Save Me”.

PP: That’s still one of my favorite songs.

SB: I think we had a different song originally and the producers were talking about this really sweet moment between Adrienne (Rose McIver) and Keef. It was sentimental moment of which we don’t have a ton on the show, so the producers and our team wanted to emphasize that. “You Can’t Save Me” was just a song that we loved, and we put it in there. SiR’s song is a bit more pricey, so we’re glad the team loved it, too, because we removed other songs in the episode in order to afford it. 

ESSENCE: Last one, everyone. Steve Lacy, “Playground”.

PP: Steve Lacy is that guy. I think his record is such a weird and interesting one, and for the scene it is in, it is an eclectic choice. Steve has this particular West Coast sound, plus with the name of this song being “Playground,” and Keef surrounded by these different characters — it just felt right. I think it worked greatly because thematically it fit, and also vibe-wise, it was spot on for what we were going for. 

ESSENCE: In closing with my last question, there has been a lot of great Black television with powerful songs used as storytelling elements. In your respective opinions, how do you all see the future of music storytelling when it comes to television and film?

SD: I believe we’re living in this future moment, now, where the bar is being raised and music is more a part of the mission that needs to be figured out ahead of time. In this moment, and in future moments, we’re looking at the bar to go up, up, and up, and up! You can see that within so many television shows now, and it will have its own original music soundtracks or playlists with a healthy following.

PP: What Stephanie said is definitely true. The bar is being raised. The relationship between music and media is evolving and people are paying more attention to its growth and changing sound. The audience is considering the sonic selections as part of the scene choices. It is a bit of a vibe, but I think it is also reflective of how the craft and our relationship to it elevates. Heck, you might hear a podcast discussing the wrap-up music after a show ends. We’re going to get a lot more people interested in music supervision and paying attention to what’s being placed.

Hulu has yet to announce if there will be a Woke Season 2, so be sure to stream Season 1 now to add more episodes to the drawing board.

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Static Nails Liquid Glass Lacquer in Irene Is My Perfect Nude

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Static Nails Liquid Glass Lacquer in Irene is a light, rosy nude that goes on without streaks and lasts for over a week. Allure.com’s deputy editor Kara McGrath shares her firsthand experience with this non-toxic, vegan, 8-free, cruelty-free nail polish.

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Just Add Alcohol! Here Are The Best Cocktail Mixers To Stock Your Bar Cart

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There’s one thing we can all collectively say we miss about “outside” — enjoying the ability to have someone else cook and prepare our favorite spirit for us. Thankfully, along with ordering a meal from Postmates, enjoying a high-quality cocktail is no longer a tedious process.

Why? Because the options of bartender-quality, ready-to-drink cocktails keeps getting better and better. So no need to dust off that jigger and shaker to make a margarita or old fashioned — these craft cocktail mixers do all the work for you. And lucky for you, we’ve rounded up a few of the best options, so all you need to do is add the alcohol to get the party started!

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