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I played a little word association with my friends: When I say Dubai, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Excess, gold, desert, luxury, and money were all common denominators. I did have one friend that said “sand,” but that doesn’t really help me with my point here. So yes, for decades Dubai has secured its place as one of the world’s most luxurious destinations—home of the only seven-star hotel, man-made islands shaped as seahorses, and all. But over the past year, the UAE’s most-visited destination has been making health and wellness its newest venture, both for its citizens, with a 30-day fitness challenge led by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum & the Crown Prince of Dubai, and tourists. From biking desert safaris to kayaking rivers and relaxing, luxurious spas and delicious mocktails, there’s a whole lot of Dubai to explore outside of the gold-plated hotel. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite healthy things to do and eat that prove Dubai is your next must-visit wellness destination.
Instead of Sitting Beachside, Try:
A Bike Safari
Get on your fat bike (yes, that’s what it’s called), and ride the sand dunes of Dubai’s Desert Conservation Reserve alongside Arabian oryx and gazelles. You’ll be on your own for most of your ride, so as much as pedaling through sand will rev your heart rate up, go at your own pace, and revel in your surroundings. Stop for a water break under the shade of a Ghaf tree, and refuel post-safari on sweet dates and spiced coffee.
Yoga at the Marina
There is a myriad of fitness classes you can sign up for during your vacation, but one of my personal favorites was yoga by the marina. Classes take place early morning, so the residual desert night breeze keeps you cool during warrior pose, or at sunset when the day’s searing rays drop past the horizon. The true eye candy is the mega-million-dollar yachts that sail through the marina.
Dipping your toes into the warm turquoise waters and holing up with a good read on the Saudi Arabian-imported sand is wellness for the mind, that’s a given. But if you’re craving some heart-pumping activities, take a stand-up paddleboard, and see the Burj Al Arab from the water. It’s the best view you’ll get.
Instead of Cocktails, Try:
One thing you’ll notice on every menu is a long list of fresh, fruity mocktails. They are so good, you won’t even miss the vodka. My friend at Well + Good snagged a recipe while we were traveling in Dubai.
If You’ve Had Too Many Kebabs, Try:
Açaí Bowls and Turmeric Lattes at Wild + The Moon
Dubai’s epicurean options are endless—kebabs! dates! hummus!—but if you’ve had your fill and are looking for a familiar meal, Wild + The Moon offers a whole menu of superfood-packed options. Nestled in Al Serkal, a quickly gentrifying industrial area in Dubai, it’s surrounded by artist studios and boutique shops.
What’s the one thing you crave for breakfast after a night out with your friends? How about a weekend brunch, or a crazy busy Tuesday morning? Or for a lazy dinner? We bet we can guess—eggs. Nothing hits the spots like a perfectly cooked egg sandwich loaded up with your favorite toppings and sauces. It’s why we were so eager to meet the woman who has turned our culinary cravings into Egg Shop, aka every New Yorkers’ ideal breakfast (and lunch and dinner!) spot. Sarah Schneider is the owner and mastermind behind the original Manhattan and new Brooklyn locations, and she was more than happy to let us dig around her Chinatown kitchen—although she has since moved to Williamsburg—and tell us more about how the cult-favorite restaurant came to be.
“Egg Shop is sort of like a pipe dream of mine,” she reveals after she meets us at the door with a warm smile and a glass of wine. “It was just something that I would talk about all the time to my friends, [and] anyone who would listen. I couldn’t get what I wanted in terms of food, and I can get anything I want in New York.” We agree and crowd around her vintage butcher block table to dig into a kitchen sink-style dish of spicy eggs and veggies (it’s insanely good). She explains more about how her love of the simple egg sandwich helped her leave her former job in the fashion industry and begin to grow her burgeoning restaurant empire. “If I was being healthy, it’s like, ‘I want egg whites and spinach and feta!’ Or if I was hungover, I’d want a big, delicious egg sandwich soaking up the booze. My options were the dirty deli, or maybe a brunch spot that possibly had one sandwich on the menu. It’s not a thing. I just didn’t get it. It’s also such an amazing ingredient and it’s in everything.”
Check out more details behind the birth of Egg Shop, her go-to restaurants in New York, and what a restauranteur loves to keep in her freezer beside Kit-Kats.
Given her 7 million followers, chances are that you follow Brazilian influencer Camila Coelho, beloved for documenting her gorgeous trips around the world, eye-catching style (look at this silver jumpsuit—we want!), and stunning beauty. Coelho was not only born with a face made for the camera, but she also straight up kills it with makeup, as we learned when we got ready with her at The London Hotel in West Hollywood before last week's epic Dior party.
The truth is, even for an event studded with the likes of Dior Beauty spokesmodel Bella Hadid and celebs like Kendall Jenner, Coelho’s best glam team is really herself. “I love doing my own makeup—every morning it’s like therapy. I have my coffee and then do my makeup,” she said. It makes sense: Coelho was actually a Dior makeup artist at one point. Tonight, she also tapped hairstylist Glen Coco Oropeza and a bevy of her favorite Dior products, including Dior Addict Lacquer Plump, the brand new glossy lip color the party is being thrown for. Below, get all her secrets, including some of her best product recommendations.
There’s nothing quite like a good comeback story, and Tiffany Boone has one of the best. It starts with a girl standing on stage—“I fell in love with acting when I performed in my first play at age eight,” Boone tells us—and has a major plot twist when that same girl, now an adult, decides she needs a break. Boone ended up stepping away from the industry for a bit, taking some time to recharge—until she landed the role of Jerrika on the hit Showtime series, The Chi.
“I really can’t say what made me make that final decision to give it one more try,” she tells us when asked about that period of her life. “There was just a voice inside that told me I wasn’t done yet. And then came The Chi.”
The Chi, which was created by the talented Chicago native, Lena Waithe, has been praised for depicting a more realistic and authentic side of the city, AKA one that’s not normally seen on TV or the news. It’s even been picked up for a second season—but not, as Boone promises, before a finale where “viewers can expect to get a lot of their questions from the season answered,” and “brand new questions will be posed.”
So as things wind down, and before we start missing our Sunday night staple, we thought we’d get to know Boone, who plays the role of Jerrika. How has being on this show changed her? What’s it like working with Lena? And what inspired her decision to stick with her natural hair, both off- and on-screen? The actress shares all that and more—after striking some poses at Bowery Bungalow—ahead.
What originally inspired you to pursue acting?
“A Different World was, and still is, my favorite TV show. Jasmine Guy as Whitley Gilbert was so impactful on me because she was a tour de force on that show. She was hilarious, beautiful, sexy, grounded—just everything! As a little girl, it felt like I was seeing my future self on screen and that is so powerful.”
Has being on The Chi changed you at all?
“The show has definitely changed me. It’s the first project that I’ve been part of that has a black creator and predominantly black cast. There’s a pride in that which I’ve never felt before now. It challenges me to push beyond what’s comfortable for me, and to use my voice and talents to speak for my people. We’re creating work that shares the truth of a community that’s underserved and rarely heard.”
What’s the best part about working with Lena Waithe?
“Lena uses her unique experiences to tell specific yet universal stories. It’s a blessing to be a part of, what I think, will be a long legacy.”
Are there similarities between you and your character, Jerrika? What do you admire about her?
“I wanted to play Jerrika because she felt very close to me, personally—I saw myself, my mom, my girlfriends in Jerrika. I see our strength, dedication, and the depth of our love in Jerrika. I admire her for all of those things. I wouldn’t make all of the same decisions as her, but I understand why she makes her decisions. She makes me love and appreciate myself even more.”
Jerrika and her boyfriend, Brandon, have had their ups and downs on the show, but are they ultimately meant to be together?
“Jerrika and Brandon come from very different backgrounds, yet, their spirits connect despite all the things that try to separate them. I think it will be up to the writers if they are made for each other, and I think the characters are still trying to figure that out, but I love that they fight for each other through all of the challenges. My favorite thing about them is the pure joy they bring each other in their best moments.”
Has there ever been a TV couple you’ve ever rooted for or felt invested in?
“Back to A Different World, Whitley and Dwayne are my absolute favorite TV couple of all time. I still watch episodes of the show and root for them. Beth and Randall from This Is Us are my current obsession; they are what Brandon and Jerrika can be in 10 years.”
You’ve spoken a lot about how you wear your natural hair, both in real life and on the show. What inspired you to make that decision, and why was it important for you to commit to it on-screen?
“In my personal life, wearing my natural hair felt like a proclamation of loving myself exactly how I was made. For Jerrika, the creative team and I decided that it was important to show an educated, successful, loving, loved black woman with natural hair. It’s not seen enough, so it we felt that we needed to show that representation.”
You’re also passionate about youth arts education. Why are the arts so important?
“I was introduced to the arts when I was very young. I think it helped to heal the trauma of my father’s death, and gave me an outlet for my feelings. Art saves lives and if it can be introduced into a child’s life early on, it can keep them on the right path for the rest of their lives.”
Do you believe in fate at all?
“I think if we are aligned and in-tune with who we are and our true purpose, and if we are open to listening, the Universe, God, whatever you want to call Her, will place us where we need to be and tell us what we need to know.”
Something you may not know about Deepak Chopra is that you can basically walk straight into his office in the middle of Manhattan. Well, sort of. Chopra met me on a sunny Saturday morning and, as he shook my hand a the top of the staircase in ABC Carpet & Home, the eco-luxe department store near Union Square, he hardly stopped his stride—immediately ready to start talking. “Let’s do this!” he said, waving me to follow. (Real headline here: Yes, I got to interview MF-ing Deepak Chopra the real live genius doctor and Oprah-level guru whose videos I’ve turned to countless times while dealing with breakups, career struggles, or general middle-of-the-weekend existential spiraling.)
His small sun-drenched office is in a corner at the far end of what is essentially his much bigger office—the Deepak Chopra Homebase; an event space which takes up about half of the mezzanine inside the iconic home store. (Tip: shoppers can actually walk right in if they want some instant zen in the middle of the island.) But Chopra outsells even his own Homebase. His next big event—the three-day Restore Event complete with yoga, meditation, panels with guests like Gabrielle Bernstein—will be hosted at the Dream Hotel. The purpose is something I’m terrible at: pausing, calming down, and getting in touch with yourself. But, since I’d like to get good at it, I ask Chopra where to start. See below for his answers.
What does stress really have to do with our health?
“Any disease you want to look at—cancer, heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, autoimmune illness, respiratory infection—you’ll find that underlying all of that is what is called ‘low grade inflammation’ in the body. Inflammation by itself is a protective response. But I’m talking about low-grade inflammation that you’re not even aware of. Most people may feel a little out of sorts, they may feel fatigue, they may have a little bit of insomnia, maybe slight depression, inability to lose weight, or normalize their weight. These are very non-specific symptoms. So, as a physician, when I would see them, I had no explanation, nor did anyone else. We would say, ‘You’re depressed’ or ‘You’re stressed,’ which is, of course, part of the problem also. But now we know that chronic low grade inflammation is a risk factor for every chronic illness.”
How much does that really contribute to that chance that I’ll have a disease?
“A gene mutation is a genetic mistake that can lead to disease, but only five percent [of mutations] are fully penetrant, which means they guarantee the disease. 95 percent of those genetic mistakes that were thought to cause disease actually don’t. They increase the risk of disease, but they don’t cause it. The risk is amplified when there is inflammation. So how do we prevent stress? How do we reverse it? The simplest things are sleep, meditation, exercise, yoga, breathing techniques, and healthy nutrition. Food has a lot to do with inflammation. So do emotions—feelings of anger, hostility, grievances, resentments—if you feel guilt, shame, fear, or stress of any kind, that causes inflammation, too.”
How do you think we’re doing culturally?
“Terribly. Stress is the cause of not only personal illness, but ultimately violence. The world is a projection of our collective stress right now—everything from war to terrorism to scarcity, consciousness, and government to the stock market. It’s all a reflection of our stress.”
Do you get stressed? Does anything wake you up in the middle of the night?
“I never get stressed. I think the world is doomed, but I don’t get stressed. I help people—those who want to be helped—but there are a lot of people who are not even aware of the fact that they behave like biological robots.”
Tell me what you mean by biological robot:
“Well, they’re predictable. Everybody is a bundle of conditioned reflexes and nerves that are constantly being triggered by people and circumstance into predictable outcomes. There’s no creativity as everybody is recycling the conditioned mind, which is basically crazy, unfortunately.”
So that creates this cycle of stress that’s hard to get out of?
“First it starts with simple things like insomnia, bad temper, feeling fear, fatigue...but sooner or later it leads to addictive behaviors, whether it’s eating too much or substance abuse for a period of years. Ultimately it leads to all disease, from simple things like skin eruptions to complex things like cancer.”
And you’re noticing that it’s getting worse?
“It is, but there’s also big awareness in the medical community because, by the way, medical doctors are the most stressed. They have the highest burn-out. They also have the highest addiction amongst all professions—the healthcare provider—they’re noticing it interferes with their ability to take care of other people. It’s becoming very obvious now that it’s measurable. You can measure everything, for example, you can measure what is called ‘heart rate variability’, which is the beat to beat variation of your heart. The more your heart rate varies from moment to moment shows you’re more adaptable and flexible. If your heart rate is very fixed from beat to beat, that’s like an army going to war. Boom boom boom boom. That means too much adrenaline. The higher your heart rate variability, the more flexible, the more adaptable, easier you are. The more stressed you are, it’s fixed. That’s so sensitive. If you are in an argument with your boyfriend or your husband last night, it will pick it up. In a pregnant woman, if she has been a smoker and she takes up smoking cigarette, the heart rate of the fetus will change in the womb in anticipation of the stress.”
Yet you say that you’re not feeling so stressed about the state of the world...
“I think the world is doomed, no matter what [laughs]. I’ve had a good life. I’m concerned about the future generation with climate change, with economic disparities, social injustice, extinction of species, poisonings of food chain, atom bombs, biological warfare, internet hacking...I think we’re screwed.”
Is it innate that you’re able to stay calm in the face of all that, or has that been practiced?
“It’s been practiced for several decades. You learn to manage stress, just as you learn to ride a bicycle. Everything is learnable. Everybody should know how to manage their stress, but they don’t. And now suddenly mindfulness, meditation, yoga have become very popular because people find that they’re living with more awareness.”
What did it take to get the medical community to accept the mind-body connection?
“Thousands of studies. The mind, the brain system, the immune system, the endocrine system, which is the hormonal system, the genetic activity in your body, the microbiome—all of this is interconnected. There’s no separation between your mind, your brain, your immune system, endocrine system, your microbiome, and your genome. And now there’s this whole new science called epigenetics. It’s not the studies that matter anymore because there are thousands. What we need to change now, which is also happening, is the training of medical students, residents, and doctors. At checkups doctors will ask, ‘What’s your personal relationship? Your social interactions? Are you happy at your job?’ All of that is important.”
What do you think is the next school of thought that is not yet accepted?
“It’s an understanding of what we call consciousness. Right now, in science there’s an expression called ‘the hard problem of consciousness.’ What is ‘the hard problem of consciousness?’ It means that we cannot, at the moment, explain any experience, like this experience—where is this experience happening? Some people would say it’s in the brain. This room doesn’t fit inside your brain. Where is the experience in your body happening? It’s not in your brain. Where is imagination happening? It’s not in the brain. The brain records the experience—you, as a conscious being, are having that experience. In old traditions, they used the word spirit or soul for this part of our existence and science doesn’t use those terms. Science is not having to confront consciousness. What is consciousness? How does it create perception or thought or imagination or creativity or insight or intuition. So what is the basis of mental and physical experience? That’s the next frontier in science.”
What would that look like?
“I think where this is leading, and other people may disagree with me, is that what we call the physical world actually does not exist. Physical world is an interpretation of sensations, images, feelings, and thoughts, which are in turn expressions of consciousness. So consciousness is the key to getting over constructs of birth, death, afterlife, God; all of that.”
I hear people talk about living in a simulation. It reminds me of that:
“Well, this is a human simulation because this experience that we are having right now is not the experience of a dolphin, or a bat, or a caterpillar, or an insect with a hundred eyes. There’s no such thing as a physical world. It’s just how you perceive it and that perception is species-specific; culture-specific. And also determined by your conditioned mind, whether that condition was religious, or cultural, or economic, or ethnic...People perceive the world in different ways.”
And I would guess a meditative practice helps you get more in touch with that:
If pursuing my dream job meant breaking an ankle and enduring a lacerated kidney in college, I’d swiftly move on to plan B. To Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs, however, those injuries were merely a test of faith and perseverance. Towards the end of the 2017–2018 NFL season, Diggs scored a 61-yard touchdown—with zero seconds on the clock—that sent the Vikings to the NFC Championship with a 29–24 win over the New Orleans Saints. After the play, there was a deafening celebration among fans in the stadium; a teary post-game interview in which Diggs thanked God, profusely; and the culmination of what he’d been working towards since his childhood Pop Warner days. Suffice to say, Diggs passed the test.
Born and raised in Maryland, Diggs is the oldest of three brothers and was a breakout football star at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. He received scholarship offers from USC, Ohio State, and Auburn, among other top-tier programs, but ultimately picked University of Maryland. “I wanted to stay home, close to my family,” he says during a recent trip to NYC. “My dad passed away when I was 14 and my little brothers still needed somebody. I wasn’t ready to leave them all by themselves.”
An avid fan of fashion, Diggs is in town from Minneapolis to enjoy the abundance of NYC shopping (Barneys, Faith Connexion, Kith) and I spend the afternoon with him discussing his career, personal style, and off-the-field aspirations—first at 11 Howard to see his travel wardrobe, then at Nickel & Diner so we can have some fries and a milkshake.
“My mom always told me: ‘Make sure you have on nice shoes, make sure your smile is nice, and make sure you smell good,’” he says. I give him a once over; it’s another test he’s passed. Highlights from the rest of our conversation, ahead.
So one day you’re a college student and the next you’re in the NFL. What is that like?
“After I deposited my first check, I looked at my account like, ‘I don’t want to spend it right now’ because I’d never had that much money [laughs]. But then I ended up going to get a pair of shoes that I really wanted. There were Jordans that I couldn’t get when I was young, and I’d always told myself, ‘When I get older, I’m going to get those shoes.’"
Let’s talk more about fashion. Tell me about your style when you were growing up:
“[In elementary school] I never wanted to wear what my mom wanted me to. I would hide clothes in my backpack so I didn’t have to [laughs]. Middle school is when I started to pick out everything by myself. Not having a lot of money was hard, but I always wanted to look nice. My close friends and I used to share clothes. If I didn’t have something, I’d be like ‘Can I borrow that jacket, bro?’ None of us had a lot, but we all had something, so we’d piece things together.”
What are some of the labels you’re into right now?
“I hate to shout out favorites because I don’t really have them, but I wear Fear of God, and I have some R13 and some Greg Lauren. I just got this leopard print hoodie from Faith Connexion that I really like. [My leather jacket with hearts] is J.W. Anderson. It’s my Love Jones jacket [laughs].”
“I’m not really a sneakerhead, I’m more of an outfit guy—the whole ensemble. I’m a big Vans guy, though. They’re my old faithfuls.”
What are your interests outside of football and fashion?
“I want to go to culinary school. I’m gonna tell you right now, I’m not the best cook, but I really do want to learn because I like to eat. I’m a foodie.”
What do you like to eat?
“I love tacos. Like, that whole Taco Tuesday thing? I’ll go anywhere for Taco Tuesday. If it’s not tacos, it’s chicken parmesan. Those are my two favorite foods.”
Do you follow a strict diet when you’re training?
“During the season, I try to eat clean. A lot of non-GMO stuff to keep my body intact, because it’s a long season and I take a lot of abuse. So a lot of carbs and vegetables.”
What’s your workout routine like?
“We work out pretty much every other day during the season. I take a break afterwards to let my body recuperate, but once I start again you’ll see me training two or three times a day. Since I play receiver, I do a lot of training for my hands and feet. Our game is more about finesse and strategy—outsmarting [the opponent] by being fast and athletic.”
You often talk about God and your faith. What does that stem from?
“God has shown me time in and time out to appreciate your blessings. When I was in college I felt like I couldn’t get hurt, but my body was telling me I needed to slow down. That’s when I broke my ankle. That time really taught me patience; it taught me that you need to take care of yourself and you need to make sure you’re doing everything the right way, not just on the field, but off the field too. I give all glory and praise to Him because on any given day everything could be gone. I’m so blessed, and that’s a beautiful thing.”
You have a little girl. What’s being a dad like?
“It’s dope. I’m a little softer now because I’ve got a soft spot for my daughter. I just love her so much and I do everything that I can to make sure that she’s OK. I want to be her first love. I want to be her example of how a man’s supposed to treat her.”
I know you mentioned culinary school, but is there anything else you’d want to do post-NFL?
“In due time I want to have my own brand, but maybe start with a capsule or a collaboration. I honestly feel like I’m creative enough to. I can’t do womenswear, sorry [laughs], but I’d definitely want to do menswear, and I like accessories a lot.”
How is your family? How are your brothers?
“They’re good. [Trevon] won a national championship [at University of Alabama]. I was trying to one up him and get a Super Bowl ring, but I didn’t [laughs]. But it’s cool, I’m happy for him. My other little brother goes to University of Alabama Birmingham, so they’re close to each other; they take care of each other now.”
It’s as easy to get lost in British songstress Ella Mai’s music as it is her Instagram page. It’s filled with videos of a bare-faced Mai’s living room recordings of her favorite cover songs. These at-home videos are what caught the eyes and ears of DJ Mustard’s label, 10 Summers. “Sometimes I have to step back and pinch myself because everything’s happening so quickly,” she says. “I’m learning a lot quickly, and having Mustard around is like having a mentor who has done it all before—he’s been in the industry for a long time. It’s been really exciting.”
As Mai lays it all bare (in the metaphorical and makeup sense) for her 500K+ followers, we asked her to give us her confidence and skincare secrets.
“[Self-confidence is] loving yourself, knowing your worth, and not letting anyone come in and take that away from you or strip you of what you believe in. I was raised by a single mother and she taught me a lot about being a strong woman because she had to do it by herself.”
Moving from England to L.A. caused her to switch up her routine:
“[L.A.] is so much hotter than London. In London, I was using more face oils because my face gets dry in the cold, but in L.A., it get so hot so I use a lighter [moisturizer] so I don’t feel oily.”
As for her cleansing regime:
“Cleanser-wise, I use Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser. It’s really light and I think it has cotton extract in it. I can’t have anything on my face that’s too soft and I can’t have anything that’s too thick, so that cleanser is the best one I’ve used, ever. Moisturizer-wise, I use the same line—a Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream, which is really light also, but it does the job.”
She counts on a face oil when her skin gets too dry:
“I alternate [my products] every other day or two days depending on what the weather is outside and also how my skin feels. Sometimes if I eat differently, my skin reacts differently. Jurlique [has] a skin-balancing face oil and on the days my skin feels a little bit dry, I use that as a moisturizer. They also have a balancing rose water I use that.”
“I use Palmer’s Cocoa Butter [when I travel]. It’s quite heavy—everyone is like, ‘how do you use that on your face?’ I don’t know if it’s because my skin is used to it since my mom’s been using it since I was a child, or what it is but it seems to do the job for me.”
If she does put on makeup, it’s lipgloss:
“I hardly ever wear makeup unless it’s for a video or a photoshoot. The most I’ll have on is lipgloss [laughs]. I’m really bad at makeup. Fenty lip gloss is what I wear. It’s an everyday lipgloss, I love it.”
The advice she would give to young women looking to gain more confidence:
“I definitely think it starts within yourself. Do things you like to do and things that make you happy. For me personally, I like to color. If I’m ever feeling a little bit down, I color. Also make sure you have positive people around you because negativity definitely loves company.”
Keep an eye out for debut album this year:
“I put out three EPs in the last two years. Right now my main focus is my debut album, so I’m working on that.”
There is nothing quite like the feeling of crisp air blowing through your hair and the heat of the sun on your skin once spring arrives. Another amazing (but under-appreciated, if we do say so ourselves) seasonal sensation? That of gold chains brushing against your collarbones, finally tucked out of turtlenecks and paired with shirts with lower necklines. Last week, we were thinking about freeing our toes (Sandals! Opened toes platforms! Sling backs!) and this week, we’re thinking about freeing our necks from the sweaters and scarves of Winter. While we’ve still got layering on our minds, it’s much shinier (Gold chains! Vintage cross necklaces! Rainbow chokers!), so in the spirit of being extra this Spring, here are the 18 we’re look forward to buying, piling on, and wearing everywhere.
2. Bagatiba Vintage D3C Necklace:Growing up in a Spanish family, I always wore religious jewelry; my grandma would give me a new cross or saint necklace every year. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize how precious they were when I had them, and most of them are at the bottom of the ocean somewhere off the coast of Spain (swimming with precious heirloom necklaces is not recommended). This amazing Bagatiba necklace reminds me of all the great pieces I used to have so I think it’ll be an apt replacement.
3. Melissa Kaye Jewelry Jen U Necklace:I’ve tend to wear layers of very thin and dainty gold necklaces. They nicely compliment one another although, sometimes, I’m worried that they are all a bit too similar. In order to add a little *pizzazz* I’m really looking into necklaces like this Melissa Kaye one, that are a bit more structural. The U shape remind me of a sculpture and will make my neck feel like a museum.
2. Carbon & Hyde Infinity Choker:Stacking chokers is my new obsession, and I need some sparkle in the form of this Carbon & Hyde stunner to make my latest set complete. Two carats (!!) ought to do it. Plus, it’s an extra feel-good purchase since it’s locally-made in downtown L.A.
3. Jacquie Aiche Prayer Box Necklace: For everyday, I’m super into simple gold charms with a delicate chain. I usually wear two or three at a time (sensing a theme here?) and I’m dying to add this Prayer Box Necklace to my collection.
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1. Nak Armstrong Ruffle Bar Riviere Necklace:I love jewels! And I justify shelling out for the fine stuff by looking at it as an heirloom that will be passed down for generations. Nak Armstrong is one of my favorite fine jewelry designers right now. His pieces teeter between classic and gothic, and are so, so unique. I’ll need to scrape together a few paychecks before snagging this necklace, but it’ll be worth it.
2. KB Arya Necklace:While I enjoy sparkly jewels for fancy occasions, my day-to-day accoutrements are simple and easy to wear. KB’s entire collection is made of sterling silver and gold items that I live in.
3. Daniela Villegas In the Wild Necklace:Daniela Villegas obsession with insects and creatures, and the most fascinating gemstones is something I’m totally aligned with. I’m still obsessed with her teensy insect rings but love how she keeps evolving her line to larger and more ornate pieces like this one.
1. Shami Briseur de Coeur Ring Necklace:There’s something about wearing a ring on a chain that literally never goes out of style; I remember buying a ring necklace from Claire’s in eighth grade with the hopes that people would think the love of my life gave it to me. Now, I’d do the same with this Shami piece—and the love of my life giving it to me would be myself!
3. Roxanne Assoulin Rainbow Brite Choker:I know, I know: You’ve seen this all over Instagram. And now I’ve fallen for it too. Roxanne’s are just so jubilant, playful, and off-the-beaten path, a departure from what we normally think of a jewelry, that I can’t help but gravitate toward them. You’re seeing them everywhere for a reason!
1. Shami Single Varsity Letter Necklace:I’m here for anything with my name or initials on it and this varsity necklace falls directly into that category. Imagine a cute lil white ‘J’ on this chain? Necessary.
3. Joanna Laura Constantine Rainbow Choker:While it’s been a while since I’ve worn a choker (they got old quick for me), I can’t stop obsessing over this one. I think it’s perfect for a casual outfit of jeans and a white tee.
I wish it didn’t need saying, but women have every right to do whatever the hell they please with their bodies. That ranges all the way from reproductive health care to fashion, and of course, to cosmetic surgery. I’ve been supportive of the practice ever since I knew what it meant to have a boob job, but after a few friends (one of whom has happily had a breast reduction) kept inquiring what I would choose to have done, if anything, I realized it was time to face one of my own insecurities: my lips.
Now, do not get me wrong, I’m a pretty confident person in general (#humblebrag). I weathered my awkward teenage years with hopes that the boys would eventually catch up to my gangly 5'9" frame, and surprise, the universe blessed me with a 6'2" partner. Now that I’m 28, I feel like I’ve finally grown comfortable with who I am and what I look like, save for the occasional hair makeover or fresh piercing or tattoo, but I’d always felt that my lips—with their pronounced Cupid’s bow and perpetually downturned corners—weren’t proportional to my strong jawline. They only added to my permanent resting bitch face, and frankly I was over it. It didn’t matter that my boyfriend frequently told me that my lips were one of his favorite features—this was my opinion, and that is the *only* one that matters when it comes to deciding to have cosmetic surgery or injections.
So it was finally time to investigate the world of lip fillers, and after a few days of research I decided that New York dermatologist Dr. Lisa Airan would be the ideal fit. I told her that I wanted a fuller pout—especially on top—for the left and right sides to be more symmetrical, and to avoid any comparisons to Kylie Jenner’s ubiquitous mouth. You can actually watch the entire process on Coveteur’s Facebook Live (fair warning, I am completely numb in the video and very concerned about drooling on camera, hence the weird face). Overall, I’m 100 percent happy with my decision and how it looks—check out the before-and-after below—and even though I was worried that other people would judge my choice to get my lips done, the truth is I feel even more comfortable in my skin than ever before.
In case you’re thinking about getting lip injections, be sure to check out these six tips below, and remember to thoroughly discuss any lingering questions you have with your doctor.
Choose your injector wisely
When I was investigating the right person to do my injections, I consulted friends and experts in the industry and spent days poring over before-and-after photos. I read articles about the various dermatologists and plastic surgeons and even watched a few videos of them performing lip fillers on other patients. Ultimately I liked Dr. Airan’s aesthetic, which focuses on a more subtle, natural-looking lip, and she was very open to listening to my opinion about how I wanted to look and advising me about the best way to get there.
It doesn’t hurt…that much
My pain tolerance is pretty high (see above: multiple piercings and tattoos), but I was still nervous about getting injected by a giant needle. To clarify, the needle for the fillers isn’t that scary, but the one to numb your mouth is…intimidating. That said, if you’ve survived a cavity filling, you’ll be totally fine. Dr. Airan gave me a topical numbing cream, and then a numbing injectable, which was definitely the most painful part, but she triple-checked that I couldn’t feel anything before moving forward. Afterward, I’d say it was two to three days before my lips stopped feeling tender to the touch and I could comfortably kiss again.
The appointment lasts 30 minutes, and most of that is talking
Dr. Airan’s office has a calm, female-friendly atmosphere. The women assisting with my injections were around my age and helped reassure me I was not in for some crazy-painful afternoon. They all kept me laughing and answered any questions I had (including the whole drooling-on-camera fear). I sat in a dentist-style chair pressed back with a handheld mirror while Dr. Airan marked where she would inject the fillers and what areas would grow fuller. After making sure I was happy with how my lips would look after the procedure, she applied my topical cream and, a few minutes later, the numbing injections—about five pricks total with the scary needle. Then it was time for the filler itself. She injected about six areas of my lips, and after each she massaged around the injection site to ensure the filler was even. Altogether, from marking my lips with the white pencil to the last poke of the needle, it took about 10 minutes. Then I spent another 10 grinning like an idiot over my gorgeous new lips.
Your lips will probably bruise
Dr. Airan warned me this could happen, but I wasn’t quite prepared for the dark purple bruise that covered about a third of my lips for the next week. This wasn’t an indicator of the procedure being done poorly, but rather my own personal reaction to the fillers (it varies for everyone). I recommend busting out your darkest red lipstick if you feel uncomfortable (I did), but to be honest, not one person said anything about my bruises when they were visible. That’s the beauty of New York—no one gives a fuck.
How long it lasts depends on the filler
I got a full vial of Juvederm Volbella XC, which is one of the newer hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers. HA is the most common filler ingredient, and it’s a humectant that attracts water molecules to the site to increase the volume—this, in turn, smoothes fine lines around the mouth. It also lasts around a year. To be honest, I was only expecting my injections to stick around for half that time, so this was a pleasant surprise. After two and a half months, I can still tell the difference in my lips—my bottom lip is even and pouty, and my top lip has more definition and fullness, especially along the sides—but it is not as much of a difference as the first few days. I’ve been told it looks bee-stung and kissable by people other than my boyfriend, but for the most part they have only really noticed after I say something. If I want a more drastic difference in the future (yes, I plan on continuing with fillers for the foreseeable future), I’ll talk about adding another vial, which is the main measurement for cost (more on that below). Again, whoever is doing your injections will have the best recommendations for you and can guide your choice.
Fillers aren’t cheap
The price for lip injections varies depending on the doctor you see, the type of filler, and even the area of the country you live in, but remember that you’re augmenting your *face*, so if you can’t afford the best, wait. In New York, be prepared to shell out $800-$1,000 per vial, and be sure to weigh the cost with how long the formula will last. In my experience, it’s a worthwhile expense, but, like many of the best things in life, it will require some budgeting for most people.
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