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When Lili's accounts were compromised, the hacker posted a photo of a nude woman who they claimed was her. "Shouldn't have talked shit about us, here's to lili fans found this masterpiece in iCloud," the hacker reportedly tweeted about the picture. However, the photo turned out to be of an adult film star.
Regarding the hacker's mention of talking "shit," this was likely in reference to Lili's tweet following the hacking of Cole's Twitter.
Cole’s Twitter has been hacked BTW. Fuck people who do that, seriously.
— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) August 14, 2018
This could mean that the same person is behind both incidents — especially since the person who hacked Cole's Twitter made similar comments to the ones issued on Lili's. "Got a picture of @colesprouse's dong from iCloud, and let me tell you guys, it's pretty small," the hacker allegedly tweeted on Cole's account. They also claimed that Cole "participated in sexual acts when he was on the Disney Channel,"StyleCaster reported.
According to Polygon, the same Twitch user, Savaged6, even posted a clip where he can be heard saying, "Yo, we got that bitch's Instagram account." The hacker also retweeted an account with a similar user name, whose only tweeted once. The Twitter account is currently suspended.
All of the hacker's posts have since been deleted from both Cole and Lili's accounts, though it's not certain that the two have been able to regain control of them.
If there's one thing that Omarosa Manigault Newman has made abundantly clear this week, it's that she has a lot of tapes from her time as a White House aide. On Thursday, she released her fourth one of the week, in which Trump campaign official Lara Trump offers her a $15,000-a-month job just after Manigault Newman was fired from the administration.
On the tape, Lara Trump — who is married to Donald Trump's son, Eric — alludes to Manigault Newman possibly obtaining sensitive and/or damaging information on Trump while in the White House. She seemingly implies that Manigault Newman would have to keep anything like that to herself. "It sounds a little like, obviously, that there are some things you've got in the back pocket to pull out," Lara Trump says. "Clearly, if you come on board the campaign, like, we can't have, we got to..." before Manigault Newman interrupts with "Oh, God no."
"Everything, everybody, positive, right?" Lara Trump says.
According to Manigault Newman, the job for the Trump campaign that Lara Trump was offering would've required that she sign a nondisclosure agreement. She didn't accept the position.
Manigault Newman initially released the tape to MSNBC. In an interview with the network's Craig Melvin, she said what happened on the tape was proof of "an attempt" by Trump's team "to buy my silence, to censor me, and to pay me off."
Melvin even asked her if she saw the situation as "hush money," to which Manigault Newman replied, "Absolutely."
Omarosa on her recorded conversation with Lara Trump:
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 16, 2018
Also on the tape is Lara Trump discussing Newman's potential salary. "And that all the money that we raise and that pays salaries is directly from donors, small-dollar donors for the most part. So, I know you, you were making 179 at the White House. And I think we can work something out where we keep you right along those lines," Lara Trump says. "Specifically, let me see, I haven't even added up the numbers. But we were talking about, like, 15K a month. Let me see what that adds up to. Times 12. Yeah."
She then asked Manigault Newman if $180,000 sounded "like a fair deal."
What was released on Thursday is apparently not the full tape. Manigault Newman said she only wanted to "undergird everything" in her book. Regarding any other tapes or information she has on the campaign, Manigault Newman admitted that she had witnessed "corruption," but "there are things I'm going to save to share when the time is right."
The Trump campaign responded to the release of the tape by having a lawyer send a letter to Simon and Schuster, the publisher of Manigault Newman's book that was released two days ago. According to the campaign, Manigault Newman was "in violation of an agreement she had signed with the Trump campaign," and "the publisher and others would face claims should it proceed with selling the book,"NBC News reported. Simon and Schuster reportedly said they would indeed be proceeding, and that they "will not be intimidated."
Lara Trump herself released a statement. "I shared a connection with Omarosa as a friend and a campaign sister, and I am absolutely shocked and saddened by her betrayal and violation on a deeply personal level," part of the statement read.
The incident was the latest in a series of for Manigault Newman, who has been making headlines while completing the press tour for her book, a memoir of her time spent working for Trump. She told MSNBC that she'd continue releasing tapes as long as Trump's people continue to challenge her.
Applying to college can be scary. Naturally, we rely on the more educated people around us to provide insight into the overwhelming process of attending (and getting ready to attend) college. College admissions officers can be a great resource when beginning the college hunt, but they may not always be able to give you all of the information you need.
Different admissions departments may be able to tell you different information; there is no uniform university admission department. So, what can you go to the admission office for? Admissions officers can give you advice on the application process as well as surface knowledge of other university departments. However, they can also connect you to other members of campus who may be able to answer the questions that they can't.
Admissions officers may not be able to give you all of the information you need, but here are some tips from our group of experts.
1. It's not all about a 4.0
When in the home stretch of your senior year, don’t get caught up in trying to get that 4.0. Yes, your GPA is important, but don’t let it take over your life. So many students cram a bunch of AP and IB classes in at the last minute (I know I did!) in hopes that it will give them the extra edge when it comes to getting into their dream school. In all fairness, it might.
However, more important than your GPA, are the classes you take. “A student’s GPA, but more importantly their transcript, is the most important factor to us. The transcript (from 9th grade, on) tells us a story. It answers the questions: what type of environment was the student in, what types of classes did they take, did they challenge themselves within reason (no, we don’t need to see that you’ve taken every single AP or IB class your school offers), did they diversify their learning by taking a wide variety of classes…?” says Kaitlyn Rice, an admissions counselor at Willamette University.
2. Getting involved shows your personality
Extracurriculars are an invaluable addition to your college application; they have the ability to make you stand out among a sea of applicants. Even if you’re someone who doesn’t have a stellar GPA, having a unique application can give you that extra boost and somewhat make up for your GPA. (Maybe mention something about how being in an extracurricular can show parts of your personality/interests that a GPA—a numerical unit—can’t reflect on its own!)
“Make yourself unique. ... Every college you apply to has people with good grades; therefore, you need to have stuff that makes you stand out from the crowd,” says Zaynah Javed, a freshman at UC Berkeley.
If you’re not sure where to start, joining clubs, student leadership or volunteering can be great ways to beef up your application.
In addition to looking great on your resume, all of those experiences can also help you gain experience and insight into the world post-high school.
3. Your workload is going to shift in college
One of the most difficult things to prepare yourself for is how your workload is going to shift once you start college. Though this is something that college student faces, it isn’t discussed very often.
“Many first-year students are unprepared for the radical differences in their schedules, workload and time management,” she says. “While most high schools operate on a system of seven to eight straight hours of classes, college students only have a few hours of classes every day. Their time is far more open and flexible—but the workload out of class often greatly increases compared to high school.”
Even though college demands less of you when it comes to physically being in class, it somehow is still capable of taking up more time. Everyone manages their time differently, so it can be difficult for admissions officers to advise on college organization. Regardless, it’s best to start revamping your organizational habits before you’ve started your first year. Some helpful tools for maintaining an organized schedule include getting a planner that you’re actually excited to use, buying a white board for your room and utilizing your phone calendar. (Those reminders can be a lifesaver!)
4. Electives can make your transcript more well-rounded
Most high schools allow you to take some elective classes during your last year. Before you make any decisions about what electives you want to fit into your schedule, consider how they’ll look on your application. If you’re applying to an English program, what will a chemistry elective add to your application?
In some cases, it may be helpful to tailor your elective choices to fit the major you want to pursue. That being said, if you’re hoping to be an English major and you really want to take one last chemistry class, go for it!
“Knowing that college admissions officers do weigh how relevant your high school courses are to your perspective major, high school students can easily explain in their admissions essay(s) why they chose to take certain classes and how they will help their college studies,” says Chelsea Jackson, a junior at Iowa State University.
Though it’s important to take classes you think will help you with your major, Rice says that a diverse transcript may make you more appealing to a liberal arts college. "We know you will have a wide array of classes you’re required to take at Willamette (as is the case with any traditional liberal arts institution), so we need to know you’re setting yourself up to be successful in this type of environment.”
While having high school elective classes that help aid your future major is important, if you’re attending a college that promotes a liberal arts curriculum, a wide variety of classes may give your transcript a diverse edge.
5. Don’t trust the acceptance rate
While visiting campuses and searing potential colleges online, you’re bound to get caught up in the acceptance rates of your top-choice schools—but it doesn’t always make sense to look at them as a defining factor in your college hunt.
“Generally speaking, I try to be as much of an open book as possible, but the one topic I don't address on my own is the idea of selectivity as suggested by the ‘acceptance rate,’” says Rice. “The fact of the matter (for WU at least) is that the percentage of students that we admit is based entirely on simple mathematics. If we know we need to enroll a certain number of students—remember, enrolling is different than accepting."
Though the accolades you discuss in your application do play a role in whether or not you’re accepted into a university, the actual percentage of students admitted relies heavily on how many students the school is able to admit. To an extent, your acceptance letter may depend on the amount of people who apply to your university of choice.
6. You’re going to need time to adjust
Even though you may feel completely prepared for the experience ahead of you, heading off to college can still be a whirlwind of new experiences. No matter how many articles you read or people you talk to, it’s still difficult to gauge how your professors will be or how high of a workload you may have.
When talking to admission counselors, it may be important to consider asking them about the teaching environment at the school.
“The expectations of faculty here are extremely high. Students coming in are often times high achievers already, so they can and do adjust, but I think a deeper introduction to the expectations of classroom participation, writing standards and research/internship opportunities outside of the classroom would give students the chance to get even more out of their time at WU,” says Rice.
Certain programs, like pre-college summer programs, are designed to help you integrate into a college atmosphere. However, if you’re unable to attend one of those programs, university staff can give you useful insight.
7. The college that holds the most clout may not be the college for you
One of the most common misconception that Rice sees has to do with how students view specific, more selective, universities. “Students stress themselves out about getting into the 'best' college, which people all too often define as the ones with the lowest admission rates," she says. "If students would channel their energy into considering the college that will help them in authentic pursuits in both academia and co-curriculars, they will find the place that’s best for them.”
It's easy to get sidetracked by the college that looks impressive, or the college that the people around you want you to go to. Be careful not to get lost in all of the pressure associated with choosing a university; it’s important to focus on the college that fits your needs the best.
If there’s something university-related that you’re curious about, don’t hesitate to contact an admissions officer from your university of choice. “Admissions officers at the very least will not judge you for any questions or concerns you have and, in fact, may actually be impressed that you're holding them and their school to high standards and are self-possessed enough to make sure their process and school is a fit for you, too,” says Zeilinger.
Even if they aren’t able to answer your question, they’ll be able to direct you to the right person.
Good morning Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.
But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)
New York University Will Offer Free Tuition For All Medical Students
NYU's School of Medicine is set to become the first major medical school to offer students a free education. The decision, announced Thursday at the university's annual White Coat Ceremony, will apply to both present and future students — regardless of merit or financial need. In a statement, the school said the move is "a bold effort to simultaneously address the rising costs of medical education and still attract the best and brightest students to careers in medicine."
According to the BBC, NYU has been working for more than ten years to raise the necessary funds to pay for students' tuition. The university's goal moving forward is to raise a total of $600 million so that scholarships are permanently available. However, students are still responsible for the cost of room and board.
“We believe that with our tuition-free initiative, we have taken a necessary, rational step that addresses a critical need to train the most talented physicians, unencumbered by crushing debt,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, the Saul J. Farber Dean of NYU School of Medicine and CEO of NYU Langone Health. “We hope that many other academic medical centers will soon choose to join us on this path.”
Connecticut Police Have Responded To 80 K2 Overdoses In Just Two Days
First responders in New Haven, Connecticut have been called to more than 80 overdoses on K2 in the past two days — and 76 of those occurred all within 24 hours. At one point, around 18 people collapsed at the same park near Yale University in a span of three-and-a-half hours, NBC Connecticut reported. Though some who overdosed were in life-threatening condition, authorities said there have been no fatalities.
K2 — often called synthetic marijuana, fake weed, or Spice —is "a human-made mind-altering chemical that's either sprayed on dried, shredded planet material so it can be smoked, or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. City Office of Emergency Management Director Rick Fontana said the Drug Enforcement Agency tested one of the substances used, and confirmed that it was K2, and not laced with any opioid. Officials had previously suspected that the doses of K2 had been mixed with fentanyl; however, Fontana said only a small percentage of those who overdosed tested positive for fentanyl — and what was found could've been from separate injections.
Bodies are literally dropping all around me from suspected drug overdoses despite massive effort by #NewHaven cops & fire. I've never seen anything quite this bad happening at once. .@WTNH#CTnewspic.twitter.com/bQhlmNMkw7
— Mario Boone, Jou. (@MarioBooneTV) August 15, 2018
What's particularly odd about the situation is that multiple victims told police that they didn't actually purchase the K2, and it was instead given to them as a "free sample." Police Chief Anthony Campbell believes that whoever was handing out the drugs was trying to get people addicted, "thereby establishing a clientele," the CTPost reported. Police have since arrested two suspects who are known for selling K2.
A Retired Navy Special-Ops Commander Condemned Trump Revoking The CIA Director's Security Clearance
William McRaven, the Navy admiral who oversaw the 2011 raid in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden, wrote a scathing opinion piece for The Washington Post on Thursday, asking President Trump to revoke his White House security clearance since that's what he did to former CIA director James Brennan. "Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him," McRaven's article — that also served as a letter to Trump — began. "Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency."
According to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump stripped Brennan of his clearance due to his "history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility." She also called into question why former government officials even have security clearances. "Such access is particularly inappropriate when former officials have transitioned into highly partisan positions and seek to use real or perceived access to sensitive information to validate their political attacks," Sanders said.
In McRaven's letter, he added that Trump's actions have "embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage, and, worst of all, divided us as a nation." McRaven ended with a call for Trump to fix his behavior: "If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken. The criticism will continue until you become the leader we prayed you would be."
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Ariana Grande's new album, Sweetner.
Keech Combe Shetty’s daily life goes beyond just leading a company – it’s operating in a mission-driven sphere to change the lives of women everywhere. As the co-CEO of Combe Incorporated and CEO of Vagisil, she is a shameless advocate of women’s intimate health, and empowers women to take charge of their bodies.
Recently, attendees at the 7th annual Her Conference in NYC had the special opportunity to learn from the Vagisil leader herself, taking in everything from career wisdom to women’s wellness real talk. Below, we’re sharing three significant insights from Combe Shetty and what it’s like to stand at the helm of a major women’s health brand.
1. Becoming CEO doesn’t happen overnight – even if it is the family business.
This might surprise you: Vagisil actually began back in the 1974 when vaginal health was still a very taboo topic (the government literally tried to tell women that vaginal itch didn’t exist, FYI). Combe Shetty’s grandparents founded the company together after noticing that women were using products that had no place in or around a vagina to stop itch and other issues. To give women safer, more effective options, they created Vagisil crème – and the rest has been history. The Vagisil brand now lives within Combe Incorporated, a larger company of which Combe Shetty is the co-CEO with her husband.
Despite the long history of success and family involvement established for Combe Inc., Combe Shetty emphasizes that her current leadership didn’t come without work and training. “You know, a lot of people assume that because my name is Combe and the company I lead is called Combe, that the path to the C-Suite was an easy one,” she explains. “But no career path is ever easy…and in a family business, you still need to prove yourself. Maybe even more so.”
Specifically, Combe Shetty’s path led her from undergrad at Northwestern to a global marketing role at Estee Lauder, and then to Kellogg School of Management where she earned an MBA. She knew relevant experience would be needed to take over her family’s business and wasn’t afraid to start from the bottom and work up.
2. Vaginal health is still a taboo topic.
Aside from Combe Shetty pushing boundaries in the family business, Vagisil is a pioneer of its own kind. “My grandmother came up with the name Vagisil. The name really freaked people out.” Combe Shetty says. 40 years later, not enough has changed for lifting stigma and encouraging conversation surrounding vaginal health.
Combe Shetty notes: “In our research we see that almost 50 percent of women are still embarrassed to say the word vagina. Many have never talked to anyone about their vaginal health – not even a doctor. And now, the gains that women have made around reproductive rights and contraception in the past three decades are being threatened, so we’re at risk of going backwards not forwards.” So, what keeps Vagisil working towards a place of empowerment and open dialogue? Leading with a consumer-centric philosophy and focusing on what women truly need, even if they feel ashamed to talk about it.
3. There’s a lot more work to do in the area of emergency contraception.
Sure, Vagisil covers everything from odor and itch to dryness, but Combe Shetty noticed that one area of health is still very misunderstood and under-accessed: emergency contraception. Channeling that incredible Combe entrepreneurialism, she and the Vagisil team introduced Preventeza, an emergency contraceptive that, when taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, can help prevent pregnancy before it starts.
“We learned one-in-two women may need emergency contraception, but only one-in-ten have actually used it,” she explains. “There’s really only one player in the market — and given how much confusion and shame there still is around EC — I’d say much more work needs to be done educating the public or lifting the stigmas around something so common.” As far as recent efforts to restrict women’s choices and access to contraception? Combe Shetty states that new limitations “have only emboldened [them] to do more.”
She asks us to think about it this way: “If 50 percent of us may need emergency contraception at some point in our lives, we’ve got to reduce the shame and make sure women have access to it.” That right there is enough to make anyone keep pushing the conversation on women’s sexual wellness. As Combe Shetty and Vagisil continue to open doors on these crucial topics, it’s important for women to follow and reclaim the vaginal health space as normal, instead of something to be ashamed of.
Everything about Ariana Grande’s engagement to Pete Davidson has seemed straight out of a Disney movie. (As in, they did not seem to be in love with each other for very long before they got engaged and they live in a freaking castle as far as I’m concerned.) But it looks like there’s one more fairy tale element we didn’t even know about until now—a magical prophecy.
During a recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Ariana talked about meeting Pete for the first time when she hosted SNL back in 2016. She talked about having “the biggest crush in the whole wide world on him the whole time,” and even making predictions about their marriage.
"I left his writers’ room when we were writing skits and stuff for the show, and my tour manager was in the hallway, and I’m not a crushy person, like I don’t have crushes on people I don’t know,” she told Jimmy Fallon, “but I left and I like jokingly said to my tour manager, ‘I’m marrying him. 100 percent. I’m literally marrying him.'"
This is so high-key relatable. What girl hasn’t casually daydreamed about marrying a guy she has a crush on for a week and barely knows? I know I have. “We weren’t even friends,” Ariana said.
She also discussed the track on her new album Sweetener titled “Pete Davidson” after her beau. "It was either going to be that, or ‘This Is About Pete Davidson." I was like, ‘Why not?’ You know? You should be direct."
Here’s to Ariana living out our collective fantasy of a lifetime of happiness with a guy she hardcore schoolgirl crushed on for a week! Check out the rest of her Tonight Show interview here:
What if you could use technology to end your period cramps? Would you try it? Every month (twice if i’m really ~lucky~) mother nature sends me a cramp-filled gift. Cramps always suck, but cramps especially suck in college. For a week, all I want to do is eat, skip the gym, and maybe call out of work because who really wants to sit around people when literally in agony?? Everything about it is kind of the worst. So this month, when I got something new in the mail that could be the game changer for sucky periods, you BET I tried it.
According to the slogan, Livia is “the off switch for menstrual pain.” It’s six inches of plastic that sends pulses through your body so you can’t feel your cramps. Yes, it's as magical as it sounds. I decided to try it out and see if this really was the miracle product that could change my life, because obviously a life with minimal period cramps = a MUCH BETTER LIFE.
Livia is pretty simple to use. You just clip the device to you pants and stick the flower pads to your stomach or back (depending on where the pain is). You can make the pulses harder or stronger if your pain requires it. My period this month was a 50/50 between curl-up-and-die and continue-living-my-life, so it was a good time to give this little guy a try.
I wore Livia for three out of four days of my period and here’s what happened.
I let my Livia charge overnight before grabbing it the first day. When I put Livia on for the first time was a weird sensation for me. It feels like having a vibrator on your stomach with random, unexpected pulses. For the first hour, I would get freaked out every time it would vibrate because I wasn’t expecting it. Real talk: For this first day, I wasn't so sure if Livia was working, but I was also still learning the settings and may not have set it high enough.
I spent 75 percent of the morning in pain until I remembered I had Livia tucked away in my bag. About an hour after turning Livia on I realized my cramps weren’t as bad anymore. It wasn’t an instant “wow no more pain!” feeling, but was more of a subtle reduction that built up over time. It def helped that I turned it up more than I had on that first day. I kept it clipped on all day and turned it on and off as needed. The battery lasted for the day, even with regular use, so I didn’t have to change methods. Nice and simple.
By now I was p much reaching for Livia every couple of hours. It was like having a secret weapon in my bag that defeated period crappiness. By the end of the day, I almost forgot I had my period... except for that gross feeling you get when you stand up. Fun. I used Livia for the worst parts of my period this week, and it actually made a difference (yes, I’m shocked too, and so relieved).
Most of the time when people offer you a quick fix or some home remedy, it never helps, but somehow Livia did.
The best part about this device is that it’s discreet. Even though periods are normal, people still find some way to judge when you deal with it out in the open. If anything, Livia looks like a super cute pedometer. Plus, if you’re a style icon, Livia’s website offers several skins to put over the device so you can match your pain relief with every outfit.
Instead of hot water bottles and tears I think I’ll reach for Livia next month.
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Some people predicted that bobs would be everywhere in 2018, and they pretty much nailed it – so many celebrities are rocking a shorter cut this year. But Refinery29 was the first to actually report on the celebrity hair trend sweeping Instagram: glass hair.
So what does “glass hair” mean? It does involve a sharp bob cut, but the real trick of glass hair is making it, well, glassy. We're talking smooth, shiny and with absolutely no flyaways.
Check out trendsetter Kim Kardashian West for some inspo:
I've been getting a lot of questions about @kimkardashian super sharp bob so I thought I would answer some! The inspiration was 90s swishy glass hair. I wanted to create a really intense shine and for the hair. I cut the kims hair shorter than we’ve ever done before just underneath the jaw line, keeping the cut blunt with no angle. For me getting an intense shine was really important part of our look. On wet hair, I applied @ColorWowHair #DreamCoat then blow dried the hair using a large round bristle brush. Unlike the sleek styles we've done in the past we wanted the hair to have some volume, so I kicked the ends under for the cute 90s twist. I always finish off with a drop of #ColorWowHair Pop and Lock just to finish off the shine and lock in the style. Hope this answers all your Qs #chrisappletonhair @makeupbymario
According to Allure, Hailey Baldwin was also one of the first to hop aboard this bandwagon.
It takes a bit of work to get this look, and we’d recommend talking to your hairdresser for exactly how to achieve it, since different types of hair will react differently to certain products. Those of you with natural hair, for example, will want to stay away from water-based products, since it could detract from the silky straightness you’re hoping to get.
Celebrity hairstylist Cash Lawless also told Refinery29 that people hoping to glass up their hair should avoid salt sprays and not turn the heat up too high on their flat-iron. Running some serum through your strands will also help you lock in that glossy finish.
We’re obsessed with this classy, glassy look. Hair trends will continue to come and go, but elegance is timeless, and we have a feeling this style may always be à la mode.
Chanel and Gucci and Dior, oh my!
Unless you’ve been ridiculously out of the loop over the last few years, you’re probably aware that Kylie Jenner has a ton of money. Like, almost billions. And what does she spend this insane amount of money on? Well, a number of things—but especially purses.
Kylie recently uploaded a video to her YouTube channel that she called her “Purse Closet Tour,” because yes, her purses have their own closet. Kylie’s shared sneak peeks of the purse closet before on Instagram and Snapchat, but this time we get an up-close look at just how extravagant it really is.
Honestly, there were so many designer names dropped that I don’t even know where to start. There was the Hermès row, which included a staggering number of Birkin bags. One, a mini Birkin in hot pink, was a Christmas gift from Kourtney which, along with a mini Louis Vuitton bag that was a childhood gift from mama Kris Jenner, will be going to Kylie’s daughter Stormi when she’s old enough to think about wanting purses. This child officially has more style than all of us now.
Kylie pointed to one crocodile-skin Birkin in particular and said it would be the one she’d save if her house was on fire, but her dalmatian-printed Hermès bag was dubbed “cool and unique,” too. The real showstopper, IMO, though, was a Judith Leiber lipstick-shaped clutch that was dripping in crystals (it currently sells for almost $5,500). According to Kylie, it was a gift from Kim, who “loves collecting Judith Leiber bags.” I guess it runs in the family.
“Definitely have to wear this out soon,” Kylie said about the lipstick bag, so we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for that.
Other featured purses included a tiny Prada bag that Kylie and Kendall brought everywhere with them when they were “babies,” and a Louis Vuitton bag that was custom-painted with Kris Jenner’s face and the words “Girls Just Wanna Have Fund$” (must be the “self-made” billionaire slogan). YSL, Supreme, Gucci, Chanel, Dior and other designer brands were also spotted on the shelves, but didn’t make the cut for a direct comment from Kylie.
Oh, to be rich.
There’s honestly nothing sadder than an unexpected departure of a series regular from your absolute favorite TV show. You watched them through your awkward high school years, that terrible breakup and the time you had to grow out the bangs you cut yourself. When your life was tragic, you knew their life would be even more tragic in next week’s episode. It’s quite a comforting fact to realize.
When Sarah Drew’s character April Kepner left Grey’s Anatomy last April, it was pretty heartbreaking. She’d been on the show for nine years—that’s almost half my lifetime. And although most of us probably binge watched Grey’s upon discovering it, the fact that Sarah had been on there for so many seasons is pretty astounding. With season 15 of Grey’s returning to ABC on Thursday, September 27, April’s exit from the show had been pushed to the back of our minds, until now. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sarah revealed just how shocked she was about being let go.
While we were in the middle of shooting this scene, just before my coverage, it occurred to me that this was April and Bailey’s final scene together. When I realized it, I had to sing happy songs to myself to keep from losing it while the camera was on me. As soon as we finished the scene, I unplugged myself from all of the wires as fast as I could and ran into Chandra’s arms, and Kelly captured this moment between the two of us. Chandra has been a true friend and mentor to me, as an actor, a director and a human. I admire her strength of character and her determination to choose joy in any and all circumstances. I want to be like her when I grow up ☺️☺️ On my last day shooting, she gave me a goodbye letter that she had written from Bailey to April. It was the most incredible gift I never knew I needed. It helped me gain perspective, reminded me of my worth, and brought everything full circle for me. I love my Chandra. #chandrawilson #photocred @seekellymccreary
“It was in the afternoon and I went back to my trailer and I did my crying and called my people,” she said. “A whole bunch of people came into my trailer to give me hugs and cry with me and tell me they were so sad I was leaving.”
The showrunner, Krista Vernoff, made the decision to give Sarah and co-star Jessica Capshaw the boot at the end of season 14, not out of spite but out of respect. “Krista said that she felt like April had been through so much and had come out the other side and that she didn’t know what she could put her through again,” Sarah said.
Ultimately, the 37-year-old actress was so thankful for the time she had on Grey’s Anatomy.
“I had a profound and incredible season of my life on Grey's Anatomy. I got to tell stories I believed in. I got to work with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers and learn from the best,” she said. “It's hard for me to come up with anything I could be angry about.”
We’ll definitely miss her in the upcoming season, but we’re happy to see what work Sarah commits to in the future.
A study released on Wednesday said high amounts of the widely used weed killer Roundup was found in some types of oat cereals, oatmeal, granola, and snack bars. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group said in the report that they tested 45 breakfast products made of oats and discovered all but two had high traces of glyphosate.
Thirty-one out of the 45 products had levels higher that what scientists consider to be okay for children. According to The Hill, children shouldn’t have more than .01 milligrams per day.
CBS News reports that products such as Cheerios, Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, Quaker Dinosaur Egg instant Oats, and Back to Nature Classic Granola all contained high levels of the product.
There has been a long debate between some scientists, doctors, and activists on glyphosate link to cancer. According to CNN, just last week, a groundskeeper was awarded $239 million in damages by the jury at the Superior Court of California in San Francisco. The man’s attorney argued that extreme exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup caused his terminal cancer.
— WUSA9 (@wusa9) August 16, 2018
Monsanto is the company that helped create the weed-killer 40 years ago and help turn it into a popular brand. In a New York Times interview, vice president at Monsanto Scott Partridge said that there are hundreds of studies that say glyphosate doesn’t cause cancer and is safe for human use.
“Even at the highest level reported...an adult would have to eat 118 pounds of the food item every day for the rest of their life in order to reach the EPA’s limit,” the company said in a different interview with CBS News.
But the concern really lies with the children consuming these products.
“It is very troubling that cereals children like to eat contain glyphosate,” said PH.D EWG toxicologist and author of the report Alexis Temkin in the press release. “Parents shouldn’t worry about whether feeding their children healthy oat foods will also expose them to a chemical linked to cancer. The government must take steps to protect our most vulnerable populations.”
The fact is that the human effects of glyphosate is still relatively unknown. Many regulators and scientists do say it’s safe. The National Institutes Of Health published in a recent, major study that they“observed no associations between glyphosate use and overall cancer risk.”
Quaker Oats and General Mills both released similar statements stating that their products comply with federal regulations and were safe.
“While our products comply with all safety and regulatory requirements, we are happy to be pat of the discussion and are interested in collaborating with industry peers, regulators and other interested parties on glyphosate,” said a Quaker Oats spokesman on Wednesday.
The spokeswoman for General Mills also said, “Our products are safe and without question they meet regulatory safety levels.”
Either way, safe or not, I don’t think I want to consume glyphosate every single morning for breakfast. It just doesn’t sound too appetizing.
Authorities say that a 61-year-old worker died early Wednesday, after falling into a vat filled with oil on Walt Disney World property.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Orange County Sheriff Office has since identified the man to be John A. Korody. Officials say that Korody and his co-worker were emptying a oil and grease byproduct from a semi-truck into a vat at an energy facility on South Service Lane, when Korody slipped.
The man who died after falling into a tub full of grease & oil at Disney this morning was an employee at Harvest Power. His death marks the second fatal industrial accident at Disney since July, when a worker was crushed by an electric cart. Here's the statement Harvest sent me: pic.twitter.com/6Efept7Flr
— Michael Williams (@michaeldamianw) August 15, 2018
Authorities say that the other man attempted to pull him out, but couldn’t. Korody became overwhelmed by the fumes and fell further into the vat. Later, the Reedy Creek Fire Department retrieved his body.
Wesh 2 News reports that the facility is part of a district created for municipal services to Disney theme parks. WKMG-TV reports Korody was an employee of Harvest Power, and the vat was filled with cooking oil that is recycled into energy.
The Massachusetts-based company converts food waste into renewable energy, and is used by not only Disney but other restaurants in the area.
As of right now, authorities are still investigating the incident. This is also the second workplace fatality on or near Disney property this summer.
Homesickness is kind of inevitable when you’re starting college, as you’re moving to a new place and leaving your family and friends behind for the very first time.
"For some who have never been away from home for long, who may have never left their hometown before, just physically going to college can be a really big deal. Being in a new town, a different state, a completely unique subculture of the country can be a huge cultural adjustment for many people," says Julie Zeilinger, author of College 101: A Girl's Guide to Freshman Year.
Feeling sad or lonely is totally expected, but there are ways to make it bearable when you’re first starting out.
1. Do some recon of your new town
Living in a new place can be challenging for a lot of reasons, but sometimes it’s just the simple things that make it difficult. In your hometown, you probably already know where the grocery store and post office are, but in a new place, even the most basic things can be hard to locate. The best way to make your transition easier is to visit your new home before you move there and look around for the everyday places you might need. Just knowing where the doctor’s office, grocery store and local retailers are will give you a sense of comfort once you’re settled in.
Finding new places to hang out and putting yourself out there might feel impossible when all you want to do is go home to your own bed, but making your mark on your new town will help you feel more like a local. Check out the local coffee shops and cafes, because having a nook you can call your own will make all the difference when you need to get out of the house.
2. Fill your schedule
Don’t stay in and watch Netflix all the time! While it might be tempting to hole up in your room and wallow in your homesickness all weekend, make an attempt to get out and talk to someone new at least once because isolating yourself will only lead to feeling more alone at the end of the day. According to Makena Gera, a sophomore at Marist College, getting out of your room is the best way to beat homesickness.
She says, “The way I avoided homesickness as at the beginning of my freshman year was to just keep myself really busy. I avoided going back to my room, went to all the events, spent time doing homework around other people, etc. If you’re always doing something you won’t have time to dwell on missing home (and you’ll meet a lot more people that way too)!”
Tygre Perl, a junior at Loyola Marymount University, agrees. "Make plans!" she says. "Ask someone to go out or even go to one of the school's pre-organized activities. If you don't have as much free time, you won't have as much time to think about being homesick. If you aren't a naturally social person, getting a job can even be a good way to meet people and keep busy."
3. Pick a goal to work on
Give yourself a distraction to focus on by setting a challenge for yourself or starting a project you’ve been putting off. Whether it’s finally starting that scrap book you’ve been talking about making or sticking to your exercise regime, having a project will keep you busy and getting involved in a hobby will help you find like-minded people in your new town.
Whatever your goal may be, don’t forget to put yourself out there and make it known that you’re open to trying it out with a buddy. Even though it might feel obvious to you, others might not know that you’re hoping to make new friends. Keep your dorm room door open to let people know you’re open to hanging out or studying together. Even hanging a little chalk board or white board sign on your door with an offer for people to leave their contact info when you’re not there will make it easier for people to approach you. If you're hoping to check out an upcoming campus event and want someone to tag along, write an advertisement on the sign and someone with similar interests might come along. Remember, you're probably not the only shy person on your hall!
4. Use the resources available
Even though it might seem silly or obvious, asking your RA or any campus life advisers for help connecting with people or suggestions of where to find friends who have similar interests is a great idea! That is what these people are there for, so don’t be afraid to reach out to them. Most likely, they will know of a club or group you could join related to your interests that you might not have even heard of.
When I transferred to my new college, I decided to ask my RA how I could get more involved on campus. After we talked about my interests, he was so excited to suggest I join a brand-new book club one of the other RAs was starting up. If I hadn’t spoken to him, I would’ve had no idea about the club since it was too new to be advertised at any of the club fairs on campus.
5. Know it's okay to be homesick
"Even for those who have been away from home before, going to college can cause a unique type of homesickness," Zeilinger says. "You know things will never be the same again. You begin to long not only for familiar physical surroundings, but also for that feeling of home: You long for the feeling of being taken care of as much as you wish you lived in a place that didn’t feel like a clinical institution (linoleum, cinderblocks, unidentifiable stains, and all)."
No matter what, don’t be ashamed of feeling a little homesick because everyone does sometimes. As Zeilinger puts it, "Feeling homesick is totally and completely normal. Although at first it may feel like it will last forever, homesickness will subside. You’ll soon be so busy—with school, with new friends, with new opportunities—that you’ll forget to miss home. And after some more time passes, school will even start to feel like home."
So just remember not to let missing your old home interfere with enjoying your new home. One day, you’ll wake up and you’ll realize you’ve made this new place a home too, just in a different way, so make sure to give it some time and let your new town grow on you.
If we believe that college is supposed to be the best four years of our lives, are we unintentionally setting ourselves up for disappointment post-graduation?
For many people, post-grad depression is a real thing. It can creep up within days, or settle in a full year after college. While not a diagnosable mental illness, it’s still an important topic to explore, as it’s common to feel some degree of anxiety, loneliness or confusion when you’re not able to match the highs of college now that you’re in the real world.
For some, the prevalence of post-grad depression is a continuation of mental health issues during one's college years. According to a scientific study by Paola Pedrelli in Acad Psychiatry in 2015, "Among college students, mental health problems are not only common, but they often persist for several years ... 60% of those who had a mental health problem at baseline continued to report at least one mental health problem two years later."
This issue is a lot more common than one might think, especially among women. Shayna Schor, a clinical research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital of Psychiatry, says, "Mental health trends show that women are more likely than men to become depressed, and research tells us that women around childbearing have an increased risk. Mix that in with the stressors of a major life transition like graduating, starting a new job and adjusting to an independent adult life, and it's no surprise that many women in their 20s might feel more down more than [previously]."
If this feels like you, we’re here to detail some of the common symptoms of post-grad depression and how to handle them.
1. You feel extremely disorganized
Up until this point, you were a student your entire life, meaning that your daily schedule was always laid out for you. You managed to balance deadlines with ease, as you juggled classes, extracurricular activities and your social life.
Now, things are different. If you don’t yet have a job, you might not always set an alarm in the morning or have a rigid plan for the day. If you do, you might get behind on long-term projects or find yourself forgetting things easily.
While it was easier to have the motivation to stay organized in college since the consequence was a bad grade, in the working world the responsibility is 100 percent on you. You might not feel like you have as much control over your life since you don’t know what’s coming next, which is stressful.
To alleviate the chaos of disorganization in your life, make to-do lists your new best friend. By setting small goals for yourself each day and physically crossing them off on a list, you’ll feel significantly more accomplished and as though you have your life more together, at least a little bit.
Additionally, find things in your city that help provide you with structure. A Reddit user with the username derblaureiter found this particularly helpful, as she says, "Since I like structure, so far I have been getting involved in clubs, organizations and institutions that interest me (e.g. concerning painting, running, and so on). That way I am exposed to individuals and given the opportunity to make friends outside of my job. In other words, I guess I'm taking the aspects I liked from college (like structure) and applying them to how I design my life."
2. Your motivation is diminishing
Do you find it harder than ever to get out of bed in the morning? Do you continually make excuses to avoid the gym and work towards a healthy lifestyle? These might be signs that you lack motivation for conquering the day and are stuck in a post-grad rut.
This especially applies to one’s entry-level career. If you are still desperately searching for a job, you might feel a sense of defeat, as though your college education failed you. If you have a job that you don’t like, you might lack the drive to push yourself creatively or do anything beyond the bare minimum requirements of your role.
As cliché as it is, it’s important to remember that things will get better, and while you may be in a rut right now, it’s normal to experience some frustration when it comes to the early stages of your career. Try thinking less about the day to day and more about the bigger picture. Wouldn't your future self want you to keep going with the job hunt and apply for more positions? Wouldn’t your future self feel accomplished having stuck with a workout plan that made you feel good? Focus on your long-term goals rather than the daily struggles that make you feel defeated, and you will sail past these deterrents.
When dealing with depression, it's usually easier and more realistic to set small, manageable goals for yourself, such as "I'll apply for two jobs today," or "I'll do some research on an industry today." This helps break things down and will allow you to prove to yourself that you're capable of tackling goals you set for yourself.
3. You're checking social media too much for your own good
Once you graduate, it’s easier than ever to compare yourself to your college friends. We immediately judge people’s post-grad lives based on whether they found a high-paying job, if they’re living in a big city and if they seem happy from the outside looking in.
Social media gives us the chance to stay in touch with college friends, but comparing yourself to others online can be extremely harmful to one’s mental health. If you’re experiencing post-grad depression, you might find yourself continually checking your Instagram to see how your peers are fairing in the real world and juxtapose their life with your own more than you should.
While diminishing your social media usage is easier said than done, you can reverse the effects of this behavior by changing your mindset. Everyone around you is trying to make their lives appear perfect through the lens of social media, primarily exposing their highlight reel. They don’t profess their deepest insecurities, their potential financial struggles or their sad days. Once you realize that everyone is dealing with their own problems, your issues won’t feel as unbearable. In addition, you can make an effort to check in with your friends more regularly IRL. We all post the highlights and major milestones online, but if someone reached out, we're likely to tell them how we actually got there, how hard it was and how many steps it took.
An anonymous recent graduate of James Madison University avoids making comparisons with others by focusing on the positives in her life. She says, "I'm getting to spend more time with my family, exploring bars in my hometown I couldn't go to in high school and don't have to stress about big tests or projects. It's great to look back and appreciate the great moments of your college life, but remember you have so many great things coming up in your future too!"
4. You're desperate for a support system
Not only is it difficult to make new friends after college, but it can be a culture shock going from a state of being constantly surrounded by people you know to being on your own.
It’s hard for anyone to no longer have a built-in support system within close distance. The same goes for your family if you don’t live in the same state—phone calls can’t compensate for face-to-face interaction with the people you care about.
If you don’t have college friends or your family close by, try creating your own support system in your new city. Your coworkers or boss can be a great mentor in helping you navigate your career and pushing you to be better. You can also attend networking events in your city to connect with others in your industry and grow your circle. The more that you’re able to increase your social bubble, the less isolated you will feel.
5. You feel like you're at a standstill
If you find yourself in the same situation for months, whether it's living with your parents or still struggling to find a job, it can feel as though the odds of escaping your rut are hopeless. No matter what you do to change things, it seems as though time stands still for you while it speeds up for others.
This can be especially frustrating if you had a great college experience, and then suddenly time moves so slowly. In this way, post-grad depression can hit you right away if you're anxious for change and excitement in your life compared to your happy state in college.
Autumn Dube, a recent graduate of Emmanuel College, preaches the importance of giving yourself things to look forward to in the midst of all of the changes, or lack of, that take place after college. She says, "Even if you're not where you want to be, make plans each week or month that make you excited to keep going. Whether it's meeting up with old friends for coffee, seeing a concert or visiting a new city, give yourself fun reasons to always look forward to your future. It keeps your current state of mind more positive too!"
Post-grad depression can feel like a heavy weight when you've come off of the high that is college. However, the real world doesn't have to be as scary as it might seem. By changing your mindset, setting achievable goals for yourself and surrounding yourself with people who will lift you up, you'll find that your insecurities will begin to diminish.
From the color to the style, your hair can say a lot about you. So when it comes to making a major change like getting bangs, you need to know how to style them, whether or not they’ll work with your face shape and if you’ll have time to deal with them. Bangs can be a big commitment, so you may be wary of them at first. No fear, we have you covered so that you’ll be a bangin’ expert in no time.
1. Consider your face shape
While bangs are popular, some styles of bangs don’t work for everyone. Some look better with a retro full-fringe bang, and others are complemented by a simple side bang. The best place to find your style of bangs is your face shape.
Amber Ellsworth, a stylist at Swank Hair Studio says, “Definitely consider a consultation. Not everyone's face is made for bangs or even the same type of bangs. Small foreheads should stay away from blunt heavy bangs while long faces should consider them.”
Your face shape is a great factor to consider before your next hair appointment, so ask your hair stylist what different styles of bangs would work for your face shape. There may be a different style that you don’t know about!
2. Experiment with different styles and accessories
Everyone has a way they style their hair, but you don’t just magically wake up one day and know how to style it that way. Parting your hair different ways, trying out new products and emulating techniques you find your favorite celebrities or beauty gurus doing are all great ways to find your everyday hairstyle.
Kaley Roshitsh, a junior at Virginia Tech, says, “Go with the texture you have each day and you'll gain a sense of how your hair responds to skipping a wash here or dousing it with dry shampoo the next.”
The best way to learn about your new set of bangs is trial and error, just like anything new. Find what works for you and roll with it! Longer bangs and side bangs can go well with a pretty French braid. It will show off your beautiful face while highlighting your fringe! Microbangs and bangs that don’t take up your entire forehead will be great for hair with a ton of volume or curly hair because it will emphasize the shortness of them.
3. Figure out how you’re going to part your hair
Someone who parts their hair down the middle like Kim Kardashian is not going to rock the same style of bangs as someone who parts their hair to the side like Khloé. A middle part works best with blunt bangs, a side part looks better with an easy side bang, and a zig-zag part will look best with a fashion-forward microbang, like Audrey Hepburn. Determining what will look best is based on the current hairstyle you rock.
“When I was younger I had bangs, but I developed a cowlick so my bangs went in opposite directions and I just ended up having two side bangs,” says Cristina, a senior at Marist College. “Before getting bangs, figure out how your part and any abnormalities will affect the way your bangs lay on your forehead.”
How you part your hair doesn’t have to make or break your decision about bangs, though; it just might change the style of bangs you envisioned yourself with. One helpful way to see what will look best is to look up some celebrities with bangs and choose a few you like before you visit the salon.
Related: 5 Cool Haircuts You Need to Try Now
4. Make sure they work for your lifestyle
Are you someone who is always on the go? Do you love to hit the snooze button and get ready in 10 minutes? Do you play a sport that requires your hair to be out of your face? These are all questions you should consider before getting bangs. But no matter what type of life you lead, you can make bangs work for you.
Emma Hoey, a freshman at the University of Vermont, says, “Having bangs and being an athlete is very hard. They get in your face and stick to you if you're really sweating, so headbands all the way. Invest in as many headbands as you can find they will be your go-to lifesavers for early morning practice.”
If you’re in a rush, carry around bobby pins and pin back your bangs. If you’re on the go and you’re worried about your “end of day” hair, invest in a mini straightener so you can pop into the bathroom and refresh your hair. Plus, who doesn't love the opportunity to treat themselves to new styling tools and accessories?
5. Become a regular at your hair salon
With bangs being such a focal point, it’s best to not DIY a trim. You don’t want to risk cutting them too short or uneven. You also don’t want to leave them looking messy with split ends. Make “clean up” appointments with your hair stylist and give your bangs the TLC they deserve.
Ellsworth says, “Bangs require maintenance even in between haircuts to maintain them."
If you’re short on cash or your salon is far away from you, you may want to rethink the style of bangs you get. Side bangs are the least high maintenance, but if you can’t get to the salon right away, you can pin them to the side so they don’t get in your way.
6. Utilize heat tools
Blow dryers, straighteners and curling irons can make you uneasy because of the damage they can cause to your hair, but sometimes you need their help. Fear not, heat tools are bangs’ best friends.
“Blow drying is an absolute must, even if it's just your bangs. Keep the heat directly over the problem area until completely dry to ensure sleek, even bangs,” says Sarah Self, a sophomore at Belmont University.
Bangs can be high maintenance, but once you snap into a routine, they won’t feel like an everyday homework assignment. Just make sure that whenever you use any heat tools, you’re protecting your hair with heat protection spray.
7. Growing out your bangs can be tough
People change their minds about hairstyles very often, so if you rock your bangs for a few months and decide they’re not for you, you’re not alone.
“Growing out bangs is one of the biggest hair hassles. ... Try pushing them to the side to let them grow out with ease,” says Ellsworth.
The key to growing them out is to simply wait. Your hair will have its own awkward stage that will make the growing out process a bit more annoying, but you’ll be satisfied with the final product.
Most people see bangs as “scary” because they are a serious style change, but follow these tips and you’ll be a pro. Hairstyles don’t have to be difficult, you just have to be smart. The best tip? Wake up early, spend a little time styling your hair and you’ll feel more confident about your new look.
Ariana Grande's long-anticipated album Sweetener dropped on Friday, and though most of the songs embrace a trap-pop sound with upbeat lyrics, there's also a lingering sense of sorrow throughout the new installment to her discography. This is in large part due to Ariana's continued reckoning with the aftermath of the bombing at her 2017 concert in Manchester, which killed 22 people and injured hundreds.
A number of Sweetener's tracks reference the attack, whether with ambiguous nods — like "breathin," which is about Ariana's struggle with anxiety after the bombing — or more straightforward ones. The most obvious acknowledgement comes on the final song, "get well soon," where Ariana included 40 seconds of silence to make the track's duration exactly 5:22 in length — the date of the attack, 5/22.
Ariana opened up about "get well soon" and the song's deeper meaning in an interview with Ebro Darden for Beats 1 on Friday.
"It's just about being there for each other and helping each other through scary times and anxiety," Ariana said through tears. "There's just some dark shit out there, man. We just have to be there for each other as much as we can. You just never fucking know."
Emotional, she continued, "It's also about personal demons and anxiety and more intimate tragedies as well. Mental health is so important. People don't pay enough mind to it because we have things to do. We have schedules; we have jobs; we have kids and places to be, pressure to fit in, Instagram stories, whatever fucking facade trying to keep up. People don't pay attention to what's happening inside."
Ariana cried while continuing to discuss the subject, adding that she wanted the song to offer a "musical hug" to anyone struggling.
Watch the interview below.
It's (Instagram) official! After reports that Nick Jonas proposed to Priyanka Chopra earlier this month, the couple both confirmed the news on Saturday. The two made the announcement in separate Instagram posts with photos of their celebration party in Mumbai, India.
According to PEOPLE, the couple's respective families both attended the traditional Roka ceremony, where they met for the first time. One photo showed the group, which included Chopra and Jonas, her mother Madhu, her brother Siddharth, and his parents Denise and Kevin, Sr.
Other pictures show Chopra and Jonas participating in a Hindu prayer ceremony, a custom "NP logo representing both of their names, and some of Chopra's Bollywood friends. One in particular, MTV VJ Anusha Dandekar, posted her own photo along with a sweet caption.
I always knew one thing was certain, she deserved true love.❤️ Then her Prince came along for real... not to rescue her because god knows she does that all on her own and HOW! #globaldomination #newagefairytale ... But someone to love her the way she loves, laugh with her endlessly, keep it 💯 & live the happily ever after that everyone who wants to love and be loved deserve. We’ve had many chats on love over pancakes & in planes & you know I’ve always wanted you to shine in love the way you do now! I am beyond happy for you @priyankachopra @nickjonas you make love look so easy, beautiful & special... Congratulations ❤️ #roka #happytears 💍😍
Another friend of Chopra's, Indian screenwriter and producer Mushtaq Sheikh, took to Twitter to gush about the couple's happiness.
Love just got a partner. @priyankachopra just found her man- @nickjonas They now are engaged to each other. The smile in her eyes tells a story...Yes, love stories still are alive & blushing red these 2 loverbirds confirm that for me. Happiness was the chief guest of the day!😍 pic.twitter.com/KHrLdENdmc
— Mushtaq Shiekh (@shiekhspear) August 18, 2018
The engaged couple also wore traditional Indian apparel, with Chopra donning a yellow Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla Couture salwar suit and Jonas in an ivory kurta churidar, E! News reported.
Though Jonas' brothers Joe and Kevin weren't in attendance at the celebration, the two both congratulated the couple on Instagram.
"I couldn't be happier for my brother," Joe wrote. "Welcome to the family @priyankachopra We love you."
Joe's fiancé, actress Sophie Turner, also sent her best wishes to Chopra and Jonas.
"Wow. First I'm blessed with an incredible future brother-in-law, and now such a beautiful, inside and out, future sister-in-law. I'm so excited to welcome you into the family @priyankachopra," Turner wrote on Instagram.
According to E! News, the couple's families will likely continue celebrating on Saturday. More than 200 guests have been invited to the festivities.
Jonas and Chopra dated for two months before he reportedly proposed with a Tiffany & Co. ring that he shopped for after shutting down an entire store.
President Trump has a well-established track record of criticizing the press, but his latest target appears to be social media companies. He took to Twitter on Saturday to allege that social platforms — though he didn't clarify which ones — are discriminating against "Republican/Conservative voices."
"Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others......." Trump tweeted.
He continued in another tweet, ".....Censorship is a very dangerous thing & absolutely impossible to police. If you are weeding out Fake News, there is nothing so Fake as CNN & MSNBC, & yet I do not ask that their sick behavior be removed. I get used to it and watch with a grain of salt, or don’t watch at all."
In a third and final tweet, Trump appeared to offer a solution to the supposed problem of conservative censorship. "....Too many voices are being destroyed, some good & some bad, and that cannot be allowed to happen. Who is making the choices, because I can already tell you that too many mistakes are being made. Let everybody participate, good & bad, and we will all just have to figure it out!"
Trump's mention of letting everyone, "good and bad," have accounts on social media is particularly timely as many continue to debate whether or not companies should ban or suspend people like conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who was recently kicked off Facebook and YouTube. Twitter made a similar move last week by suspending the far-right "Proud Boys" group.
The president expressed a similar sentiment earlier this month when conservatives began accusing Twitter of "shadow banning" them. The allegation surfaced after Vice News' Alex Thompson reported that a number of Republicans weren't appearing in automatic search results. However, it turned out that the accounts that weren't showing up were actually "bad-faith actors," meaning that they often engaged in abusive or unhealthy behavior, according to Twitter.
Regardless, Trump still tweeted that he would "look into" the "discriminatory and illegal" practice of shadow banning Republicans.
In just a couple of weeks, Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey and executives from Facebook and Google are set to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential election.
“A girl with goals,” responds every person after being asked what type of perfect girlfriend they want. They tend to leave out the fact they also want a girl who puts them first. In most cases, these two things don’t come together in a pretty little package. This idea of an ambitious, bad ass gal is better in theory than in reality for some people. If you want a girlfriend who’s serious about her pursuits in life and prides herself in productivity, you’ll have to have patience while she switches gears into relationship mode, one of the few things in her life that doesn’t come with a mission and deadline. This wonder woman, too, struggles with her dominating lone wolf nature when it comes to maintaining a healthy relationship. “It takes two” isn’t usually her motto. Here’s some things the overachiever in a relationship wishes you understood:
1. She’s got stuff to do
You wanted a girl with goals? Well lucky for you, you got one. This girl has things to do, and you have to be willing to put your pride aside and sit in the passenger seat from time to time. She's not going to text you 24/7. Don't fight with her over it; the only person she's cheating on you with is herself.
“My boyfriend would always start fights with me for not texting him for a few hours,” says Liz Torrisi, a junior at Pace University, “even though he knew I was busy. It was the most unattractive thing.” If you’re this type of person, just don't even pursue a busy girl. You’re only making her more stressed.
“As an overachiever myself, I have lost some relationships because guys wanted me to make them my biggest priority, if not my only priority,” explains Dr. Carole Lieberman, a Beverly Hills psychiatrist and author. “It’s tough for a girl having to choose between spending time with a boyfriend or finishing up a project she’s passionate about.” She won't be able to attend every event or family function with you, either, because she probably misses her own, too. “It is a blow to their ego when a girl prefers to cozy up with her books or run for class president, instead of hanging out with them,” continues Dr. Lieberman. “Guys like to show off their successful girlfriend to others, but they want her to be available for their every whim at the same time.” She isn't an accessory or just something to show off, she's something to brag about—even better!
2. She will just never be satisfied
Even after a major accomplishment, this girl hardly ever truly feels good about herself. The initial happiness fades when she starts to ponder what she could’ve done better. This is how she is. And often times, this is hard for her significant other to accept. Just because she may not appear ecstatic after every thoughtful gesture or gift, it doesn’t mean she doesn’t appreciate it. Understand that she isn’t ungrateful or unamused, she’s just unfamiliar with quickly expressing complete satisfaction.
3. They do appreciate the little things—in fact, they need them
If you’re into the zodiac at all, you know that Capricorn women are frequently defined as the workaholic, detached type. Shortly following this description, though, is probably a tidbit about how they appreciate the simple things in life despite their complex minds. This applies to every hardworking girl; Caps are just commonly associated with the trait, and it’s always fun to explain behavioral patterns with astrology.
According to New York-based astrologist Mecca Woods, “Capricorns want to succeed at love, too. She’s the kind of gal who knows what she wants and doesn’t settle until she gets it (like that job promotion). And when she finds someone she wants to be with, her goal is to build an empire with that mate.” She is so used to taking things seriously, probably wearing a poker face during most of her daily discussions, so don’t feel pressured to have serious conversations during your downtime with her. Don’t get it twisted—she respects you because you can have meaningful conversations—but she would love to talk about what kind of wallpaper you would prefer in your dream home, and she does care about how especially good your Chick-fil-A meal was today. She’ll want you to help her wind down after her busy day.
4. They need reassurance from you, too
A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology showed that men generally had lower self-esteem when their female partner excelled at something, but women’s self-esteem was unaffected when their male SO succeeded. Why? “Regardless of how modern a guy wants to believe he is, there are still some traditional values that are wired into us," further elaborates Dr. Lieberman, “such as the expectation that the man will be the overachieving bread-winner, and the woman will settle for some work that doesn’t take up too much time.”
Please let this mindset become ancient. If you’re feeling like you’re the inferior one in the relationship who doesn’t do as much, it doesn’t mean you don’t have to provide your overachiever with reassurance that you appreciate and support her. Perhaps the worst thing you could do is become bitter. Don’t put her in the position to feel guilty. She already has a hard time loosening the firm grip she has on most aspects of her life, and probably struggles with her inability to control the fate of your relationship. So let her know it will all be okay, better yet that it will be great and most importantly, how proud you are of her. She may exude confidence but still needs to hear compliments
5. She thinks highly of you and wants the best for you
Overachievers don’t waste time—spending her time wisely has always been her strong suit. If she is even taking the time to date you to begin with, know that she thinks you’re worth it. And she’ll only want you to better yourself the way she does herself. It’s easy to be intimidated by your successful lover, but her intention is not to make you feel that way. Marcia Reynolds, author of Wander Woman, says that an overachiever’s “chronic need to rise above others can keep [her] from creating strong relationships.” She’s not trying to do that with you, though. She isn’t one to take on easy tasks, so you should be up for the challenge.
If you’re not up for the challenge, it is going to end. “I would consider myself an overachiever,” says Lola George, a junior at University of North Texas. “My ex-boyfriend was less ambitious than I was. He was content with playing video games and watching TV most of the time. I felt that he wasn’t a leader. I was continuously frustrated with him and eventually broke up with him because I wanted someone that I felt was more ambitious.” It’s just insulting to not even try.
6. When it comes down to it...
The overachiever’s relationship could likely end because their SO feels like “she doesn’t need him.” We get that you want to feel needed, because who doesn’t? If you want this self-sufficient, driven girl, though, you’re going to have to deal with the fact she isn’t relying on you for every little thing. When it comes down to it, you're right—she doesn't need you. She got herself where she is on her own, and she probably isn't going to start depending on someone else now. She wants you, though. She wants you to be there with her through everything, she wants to have fun with you, she wants to be with you. Don't expect her to beg you to stay. She won't. But she'll still cry if you go. (Before she reminds herself she's a boss, that is.)
7. She loves you
She isn’t some robotic workaholic incapable of love. It’s about time overachieving, ambitious women stop being labeled as heartless. She can be as fun-loving and goofy as she is serious. She doesn't want to be treated any differently as a significant other, just with a tad bit more respect and understanding. If you aren't willing to try a little harder to be the romantic counterpart to the overachiever you were lucky enough to land… maybe underachiever is your type.
Being an overachiever is something your girl has probably struggled with her whole life—but let's be real, is it really even considered a struggle? She's made it this far in her life and now she just needs you to be understanding and put up with her somewhat unconventional relationship habits.
High school: it’s the best of times, and it’s the worst of times. Among the best parts are the clubs, sports and school spirit and among the worst are homework, stress and the lack of freedom. For many pre-collegiettes, these three fears coincide in one class: high school English. While websites like Sparknotes and CliffNotes make English classes a little easier, sometimes, they can feel like a real drag. Here’s how you can survive and thrive in your high school English class. You may actually end up enjoying it!
1. Read more and learn to love reading
How much do you read? If you don’t read outside of school assignments and the occasional summer reading book, you’re really missing out.
Books allow you to travel and imagine the impossible. Don’t let one bad book experience ruin reading for you entirely. If you don’t like hardcover or paperbacks, try reading e-books through apps like OverDrive that connect you with your local library.
Dagny Bloland, an adjunct instructor at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, recommends applying what you’re reading to your own life. “Try to make connections between what you’re reading and your own life,” she says. “For example, it’s hard to read Shakespeare. But, the human emotions are in everybody’s life.”
Make connections between what you’re reading and what’s going in the world around you. For instance, Frankenstein has obvious applications to genetic engineering and designer babies, real-life ethical dilemmas of today. It’s not just flowery language and an Oedipal complex.
“Literacy is about you,” says Bloland. “Reading and writing and speaking and listening are all about you finding your voice in the world and listening to the voices of other people through other times and cultures. It’s a conversation. Think about how English will help you to understand yourself in the world better.”
Developing reading skills takes time. Start at a comfortable reading level, where the number of vocabulary words you don’t know per page is less than five. Most importantly, though, keep in mind that any time is a great time to read. Try reading rather than scrolling through your social media feeds. Take a book with you on your train (everyone in Paris does it!) and imagine the story taking place right in front of you. “Run a movie in your head as you read,” says Bloland. "Imagine the characters being up on the screen as you read the story so that as you read, you’re making images.”
You don’t have to limit yourself to just reading classics... unless you love classics, of course. Here’s a Her Campus-approved list to get you started. Find books or magazines that are related to your hobbies and interests. In addition, reading doesn’t have to be a solitary activity—you can do it with your friends (book club, anyone?) or a family competition.
2. Talk to your teacher
Your teacher’s job is to help you learn, but their job isn’t to babysit you. Teachers want to know if you’re struggling or even if you’re just not liking the class. It might seem a little embarrassing at first to admit that you need help, but reaching out is an important step in developing a positive relationship with your teacher and improving your experience in the classroom.
“Sometimes, you don’t like the literature or you don’t enjoy reading it because you don’t understand it very well,” says Bloland. “You’re not comprehending it, especially if it’s challenging or written a couple hundred of years ago. If that’s the case, your English teacher is your best friend. Find a time to sit down with your English teacher and say that you’re having trouble understanding the text. See what suggestions they can give you because English teachers want kids to love literature.”
Emilie Trepanier, a senior at the University of Utah, suggests that you keep in touch with your English teacher. “This doesn't make you a teacher's pet or a kiss-up,” she says. “If you're struggling with an assignment, or experiencing writer's block, let them know! You'd be surprised by how helpful your educators can be.”
From academic and transition assistance to feedback on all of your papers, there’s so much that you can learn from them your English teachers—and all of your teachers, for that matter.
Kayleen Parra-Padron, a senior at Florida International University, recommends reaching out for help in other ways as well. "Get to know the teacher really well,” she suggests. “If that doesn't work, there's always tutoring after school or study groups with friends!”
“If your school has a librarian, ask them for help,” suggests Bloland. “A librarian can find you books on the same theme as what you’re reading. If you find one book to be interesting, think about how the same theme works in the book that seems a little more distant from your experience. Either your school librarian or your local city librarian is a great resource.”
In addition, don’t forget about your counselor. “It may be that your counselor can find you tutoring, if you’re really having trouble, or maybe recommend a book club,” says Bloland.
Another option is seeking help at a support center that provides academic resources. These centers help you find success in your studies, with study skills workshops, one-on-one consultations, student-athlete coaching, disability support and so much more. They’re not just for students who are struggling or have fallen behind on their assignments. They’re available at any time for anyone, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Going in for help at the beginning of the semester and then not needing help later on is better than rushing in the week before finals only to find that there aren’t any tutors left.
3. Take advantage of online resources
There’s a chance that you’ve consulted with your teacher, classmates, friends and school’s academic resources center to no avail. There’s a ton of handy online resources that are available for free.
If you’re lost on what an author’s talking about (seriously, what’s the deal with this door, Hawthorne?), SparkNotes might be your go-to, especially for their No Fear Shakespeare content.
Samantha Burke, a recent graduate from Siena College, often used SparkNotes. "I skimmed books in high school but just didn't have time to read so many chapters every night, so I used SparkNotes and CliffsNotes to have me covered for daily quizzes,” she says. “One of my English teachers even indicated which questions the answers could be found on SparkNotes to try to narrow down who may not be reading.”
There’s also other great resources, like Shmoop. Shmoop identifies and breaks down key quotes and passages from each chapter and connects them to important motifs and themes, unlike SparkNotes which provides a more superficial summary at times.
If you prefer watching and listening to analyses, check out YouTube for helpful videos that talk you through each piece of literature. Crash Course English Literature is a mini-series lead by author John Green. In the videos, he analyzes classic novels like The Great Gatsby and poetry like that of Emily Dickinson, and he keeps things interesting and quick—usually his vids are less than ten minutes.
Emily Schmidt, a sophomore at Stanford University, watched her younger sister go through the English class struggle, but found that using technology kept her encouraged. "She's a math and science person, so reading a book like The Grapes of Wrath was hard for her. She works with her friends in that class, so she can better understand the text and point of assignments. I think sending her funny book memes has also made her like it more."
4. Get involved in class discussions
Showing up isn’t enough to show your teacher that you’re invested in the class or in your grade. If you’re not speaking up when your teacher asks a question or when roundtable discussions are ongoing, there’s no way for the teacher to know that you’re doing your assignments and finishing your readings on time. Participating in discussions engages you in the class, helping you to become more interested in what you’re reading and learning about. Another plus is that participating reinforces your knowledge of the material and it encourages you to keep up with the assignments so you’ll have something to say in class.
Emilie strongly encourages that you do your readings. “Life is busy and there is so much to do, but knowing how to make time to finish these high school English readings will ensure your excelling in college,” she says. “Speaking up in class is so hard, but if you're doing the readings, you don't need to sweat it if you get called on!”
If you tend not to speak up in class, start small, and soon enough, you’ll be on the right track. In order to keep yourself accountable, speak within the first five minutes of the discussion. You don’t only have to share an opinion—you can also ask a question or share evidence that supports a certain viewpoint.
English class discussions are great because unlike in math or chemistry, there’s no right or wrong answer—just your own opinion (as long as it has textual evidence to back it up, of course). While you’re reading an assignment, jot down some notes and questions to bring up during discussion time. Whether it’s for participation points or simply to improve your public speaking skills, joining in on class discussions helps the time fly by.
5. Maintain a growth mindset
English is an incredibly dynamic class, which thus comes with its pros (easy real-world applications) and cons (often associated with a bad teacher or mismatched teaching style).
There are two different mindsets, or ways that you approach the world: a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. In a fixed mindset, you resign yourself to the fact that you’re not doing well in your English class—your teacher doesn’t like you, the material is too hard, nobody listens to you when you participate. In a growth mindset, you acknowledge what’s happened but you don’t let it get you down.
“After failing the first test of the year, I thought that I was doomed. It didn’t help that my older sister told me that my teacher was a nightmare,” Valerie Park*, a sophomore at Georgetown University, says. “But, I realized that thinking of my teacher as the devil wouldn’t change anything. I had to find what I could change and actually do it. I ended up getting an A-minus!”
In short: your mindset determines your ability to succeed and be happy in any situation—even in high school English.
Above all, Bloland recommends, “Don’t give up. Just don’t give up.” At the end of the day, some classes and things in life are just required, and you'll just have to grin and bear it. For instance, most colleges require you to take four years of English or language arts during high school. Whether it's math or a foreign language class, everybody has their favorite class... and their least favorite class. Here’s to hoping that this year’s English class will be the best one yet!
*Name has been changed.