The Best Summer Sandals for 2021 Under $100

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There are a few momentous times of year that signify the change of season more than anything else. In fall it’s that first time you have to wear a jacket to go outside, but for the warm seasons? It’s that day that you finally realize it’s appropriate to wear sandals again—and that day is officially here.

After months under socks and stuck into sherpa booties, it’s your toes’ time to shine, and the sandals of 2021 are here to help you let them make their debut in style.

From chunky, quilted statement-makers to the leather slides you’ll be thanking yourself you bought for years, these are the best sandals of the year—and they’re all under $100.





Madewell

The Wave Slide Sandal

4 colors available

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Dolce Vita

Haize Strappy Slide Sandal

8 colors available

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Steve Madden

Margie Sandal

3 colors available

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Who What Wear

Charli Slide Sandal

3 colors available

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Birkenstock

Waterproof Slide Sandal

5 colors available

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SEYCHELLES

Authentic Slide Sandal

2 colors available

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SEYCHELLES

Total Relaxation Slide Sandal

6 colors available

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Chinese Laundry

Regina Genuine Calf Hair Slide Sandal

2 colors available

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MANGO

Lace Sling Back Espadrilles

2 colors available

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MANGO

Ruched Leather Sandal

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MANGO

Velcro Strap Sandal

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MANGO

Leather Braided Sandal

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Madewell

The Dayna Lugsole Slide Sandal

2 colors available

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Madewell

The Maggie Sandal

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Madewell

The Boardwalk Lace-Up Sandal

3 colors available

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Alice & Wonder

Kelly Braided Sandal

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SEYCHELLES

Low Key Slide Sandal

5 colors available

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ASOS

Chunky Croc Sandals

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ASOS

Flat Padded Sandal

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ASOS

Knotted Mule Sandal

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TOPSHOP

Block Heeled Sandal in Croc

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ASOS

Woven Flat Sandal

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ASOS

Woven Leather Sandal

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MANGO

Braided Sandal

2 colors available

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MANGO

Braided Strap Sandal

2 colors available

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MANGO

Jute Flat Sandal

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MANGO

Ruched Leather Sandal

2 colors available

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MANGO

Braided Strap Sandal

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Bos. & Co.

Imani Slide Sandal

3 colors available

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In the Know: Your Weekly News Breakdown in 5 Minutes or Less





Missed a major news story? Saw a headline that you wanted to read but didn’t have time? No worries, we’ve got you covered!

Our contributing news and politics editor puts together the week’s most important news information in quick summaries so you can get a high-level idea of what’s gone down in the world. You probably won’t see your latest celebrity gossip here, but you will see the latest on politics and news events. From racial justice info to COVID-19 updates, this roundup will help you catch up on everything that happened during the week. 

 

News You Need To Know This Week

 

George Floyd Murderer Stands Trial For Second Week

George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis last year by police officer Derek Chauvin after Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. Floyd’s murder sparked a global outcry against police brutality and institutionalized racism. This week was the second week of Chauvin’s criminal trial. Among the key testimony were statements made by law enforcement officials, including the Minneapolis Chief of Police, who agreed that Chauvin using his knee as a restraint tactic was improper.

READ MORE on The New York Times

 

President Biden Announces New Gun Restrictions

On Thursday, President Biden called gun violence in America a “public health crisis” and issued limited executive action to restrict access to ghost guns and pistol braces. He also announced his nomination for gun control advocate David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

READ MORE on USA Today

 

Prince Philip Passes Away at 99

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II, passed away earlier today. Prince Philip married into the Royal Family in 1947 after meeting Queen Elizabeth (who was a princess at the time) almost 10 years before. Prince Philip experienced health issues in recent years and stepped down from royal duties in 2017.

READ MORE on BBC

 

 

News To Watch Next Week

 

New Witnesses and Testimony Presented in Defense of Derek Chauvin

The attorneys prosecuting Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd will likely rest its case over the next few days, so Chauvin’s defense team will probably begin its case sometime next week. In its opening statement, the defense suggested that other contributing factors led to Floyd’s death, not Chauvin’s use of force. With the prosecution focusing on officer training and the defense honing in on medical analysis, next week’s testimony will be pivotal for the case.

 

If you’ve had a long week or current events aren’t the most positive—reading the news can be draining. We understand. Personal news breaks are totally justified and sometimes necessary. No pressure if you need some time away from the headlines. Whenever you’re ready to read, we’ll be here.   

 

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When I Learned Not to Give Up on Growth

A tree with pink blooms covering a window

These flowers will simply not grow.

I shook my head. With one hand, I awkwardly lifted up its white vase and placed the plant by the door. I quietly planned to take it out to the brown bin. After a few minutes of Clorox wiping and rearranging, I turned back to the plant. The beautiful red blooms drooped and as if, knowing their fate, frowned at me. 

I sighed, hit with the pang of disappointment, and resolved not to buy another house plant. At the thought, I felt melancholy. Since the cancer diagnosis in September, even the smallest bits of gardening, acted as a refuge from the ache of disease. 

Even the smallest bits of gardening, acted as a refuge from the ache of disease. 

It was then my younger sister, Ava, found me with my hands on my hip. “I’m tossing the plant,” I said, not meeting her gaze. She looked at the now shiny empty table, at the poor plant, and then back at me.

“It just needs water,” she concluded with gentleness.

“You think so?” I asked, already walking back toward the group of floppy stems. I hoisted the vase back up onto the table and went to the kitchen.

Ava’s response was unsurprising as it was not the first (or the last) time she encouraged me not to give up so quickly. In between bouts of chemotherapy, we’d paint together and watch movies. More than not, I grew frustrated by my paintings. They didn’t seem to turn out like I imagined, but my sister would tell me, “Keep going.” It was her words that taught me to pick up the brush again. 

It was not the first (or the last) time she encouraged me not to give up so quickly.

When my hair fell out, she cut my hair and shaved my head. Halfway through, I heard the clip of the scissors behind me. I turned around to see Ava holding her own hair in her hands. My eyes widened in disbelief and hers brimmed with tears.

“Why would you do that?” I asked.

“I didn’t want you to feel alone,” she replied, still holding the chunk of her curly locks. 

When, mere days before surgery, I put together my first chapbook of poetry, “Yet, Praise,” it was her voice which kept me focused until it slowly came into fruition. 

My sister Ava is my hero. When I think of women who inspire me to be a little more kind, brave and outspoken, her name tops that list. From dog fostering to rescuing the discounted wilting plants at hardware stores, Ava consistently looks out for the ones on the margins and simply, by example, teaches others to do the same. She’s a vessel for hope and a carrier of perseverance. All of us, even our house plants, are better because of her. 

I bent down by the vase and watered the soil. Then, I lifted up the fallen stem so it leaned on the paper flower tag. I smiled. It looked better already. I dare say it smiled back at me. 

A few days later, Ava came to me excitedly, pointing at the plant, “Look at it!” We walked together toward the table and admired the resilient flowers.

They grew. And so did I.  

Has there ever been a time when you struggled with giving up? What good things have come from seasons where you chose to preserve?

Image via Raisa Zwart Photography

How Knocking Down a Mailbox Reminded Me That We’re All Human

An illustration of a woman's hand holding a letter that says "Hey you, you're loved."

There is now an infamous story in my family of how early one morning on my way to work, I hugged a curb too tight coming out of my neighborhood and scratched the side of my new car. Somehow, I left thousands of dollars of damage. Yet, the mailbox was untouched. Yes, the mailbox was just fine!

I went back after work, prepared to write a note and to pay for the mailbox. However, there it stood completely unscathed, a strange miraculous mailbox that could damage a car but still stand strong. The outrageous part of this story is that I had just gotten my car back from the repair shop the day before.

This was a low moment in my confidence in my driving skills. Most people who knew me well were a little concerned about my driving abilities at that point. To be fair, I had not had a car incident since high school. Wrecking a car twice, a brand new one at that, was embarrassing to say the least.  

Hitting a mailbox causes a lot of laughs, as it should! It is self-inflicted damage to my car. However, in the spaces between the humor, familiar narratives of shame were triggered. “What is wrong with me?” I thought as I processed this new legacy of battling mailboxes with my car. I felt bad about hitting the mailbox, and I wondered what must be wrong with me that I hit it.

I knew the road was narrow to turn on. I knew that there was always oncoming traffic. I knew that the mailbox jutted out into the street. All of these things make for a recipe for collision. However, I still hit it, and I wondered whether I was the only one who had made this mistake.

However, I still hit it, and I wondered whether I was the only one who had made this mistake.

This is a question that I hear all the time from adults: What is wrong with me? Am I the only one? Does anyone else struggle with this? 

This series of questions only doubles our pain and our struggle. It layers shame on top of pain. Whatever it is we are battling in our painful and hopeless moments, we often believe that we are the only one. It leaves us with two problems: our struggle and the notion that we are the only people messed up enough to deal with it. 

The truth is there is no struggle in this life that someone else has not also encountered. There is almost palpable pressure released in therapy rooms when someone hears for the first time that they are not the only one. There is deep comfort in knowing you are not alone.

We can call this idea  “common humanity.” It is an essential ingredient for compassion for ourselves and others. In order to extend kindness, we must understand that we are not the only ones who struggle. Common humanity helps us understand that neither our successes nor failures define us.

The truth is there is no struggle in this life that someone else has not also encountered.

Now back to the mailbox. I have had an ongoing healing relationship with this ridiculous mailbox since I first encountered it with the side of my car. Now, I always check in on it as I drive by. I don’t notice the other mailboxes so much. I should name the mailbox at this point.

The mailbox serves as a constant teacher for me. Week after week, the poor thing has been hit and knocked down. The disoriented angle and shape it is left in are almost always different, but it is clear that it has been knocked down again by another car. 

The first time I saw this pattern, I text my husband, “It wasn’t just me! Someone else hit the mailbox!” It has happened so often now that it is a family joke, and we all look for it. Each time I see the banged up mailbox, I am reminded of the truth of common humanity.

Each time I see the banged up mailbox, I am reminded of the truth of common humanity.

I am not the only human to hit this mailbox. “I am not the only one” is reemphasized in my mind. Then, I think about who might have been the most recent person to hit the mailbox, and I have compassion for them. It’s funny how I am much more apt to give compassion to others than I am to myself. But how can we truly love our neighbors as ourselves if we don’t treat ourselves well? I find that it is easier to be kind when I know I am not the only one. 

Apparently, it got so bad with this mailbox that the owners eventually changed the direction of the entire thing. Now, it is parallel to the sidewalk it once hung off of. It no longer sits perpendicular and juts out into the road. Even so, tonight as I drove home, the poor mailbox was completely bent over in a way I had never seen before, practically doing a backbend.

I thought about the person who hit it, and I laughed with compassion for them. I hope they had compassion for themselves too. I hoped they would soon learn that they are not the only one.

Has there ever been a moment where you realized you were not the only one? How did that commonality make you feel?

Image via Caroline Williams

The Wisdom That Comes With Living in Multiple Zip Codes

A beach town near coves

“I have to ask you. How do you do it? All the moving around the world? The constant uprooting, leaving family and friends behind for a new country and starting all over again?”

We smiled as we received this message from the friend we were due to pick up from the airport. Leaving family back home to take up a new job or opportunity in a new country is something my fiancé and I are very familiar with. 

My postal code has ranged from six letters to eight alphanumeric characters a lot in the past six years. That is a wonderful privilege and an opportunity that has shaped who I am today.

We smiled because we knew the feeling well. Once the administrative dust settles, the bank accounts have been set up, the tickets bought and the COVID-19 tests completed, you’re a matter of hours away from boarding public transportation or a rental to your new home. There’s a magical moment when everything is ready and you begin to feel that pit in your stomach—that rising in your throat or even a faint pang in your chest as you prepare to say goodbye to one place and hello to another.

There’s a magical moment when everything is ready and you begin to feel that pit in your stomach…as you prepare to say goodbye to one place and hello to another.

There is always the glamorous, exciting side of traveling and living abroad. There is also the real and raw stuff too: the goodbyes and the moment the old adage “you don’t realize what you had until it’s gone” comes true.

If you have moved cities or countries a lot throughout the past few years, then you are well acquainted with the transition period that comes with every move. It can last for any time between a couple of weeks and a few months to perhaps even a year or two depending on your circumstance. It takes time to rebuild an authentic community (if it’s a totally new city), to set up practically, to navigate your way around and to even learn a new language. It also takes immense grace for yourself as you change from your normal routine into a totally new rhythm, without the familiar amenities or community around you.

It takes immense grace for yourself as you change from your normal routine into a totally new rhythm.

Here are a few lessons I have learned from living around the world:

1. Have less. Live lightly.

Moving has also taught me to live and tread more lightly, in every sense. Practically, my wardrobe is a third of the size it used to be. I have been learning to live with less possessions. I like to live so that if there was the opportunity to move again, it wouldn’t be difficult to pack everything up in a bag.

Sometimes, the “having less, live lightly” mantra enables you to serve and invest in a place more wholeheartedly too. I love shopping locally wherever possible, as it not only conserves our environment but it introduces me to new people in the area—the artisans, creators and entrepreneurs.

2. Take inventory of your relationships.

When moving, I try to take stock of key relationships in my life and leave each place with a clean slate. Goodbyes can feel really intense and surreal. Saying goodbye to the most special people to me has often been nothing more than a “see you soon.”

3. Don’t leave anything unresolved.

The most important thing to me when leaving somewhere is to never leave a place bitter or with anything unresolved. This can easily become the foundation that you build upon in the new place.

If you are leaving a place because of unforeseen, difficult circumstances, loss or unpredicted change, then inevitably the departure may leave a sour taste in your mouth and consequently color how you settle into the next place. However, even in those times, it is important to take stock of what you’re thankful for, what that place has meant to you and the good that could and will come from your new locale. 

4. Appreciate the good.

Perhaps the most important thing to remember when moving is that every single place—whether a small mountain town or a bustling city of millions of residents—has something good to offer. Even if the choice to move wasn’t yours and life is currently going against the flow you expected, every place has something to enjoy. Part of the adventure of moving is simply finding that thing.

What have you learned about yourself from traveling to or living in different places? How does exploration and curiosity help us grow internally?

Image via Judith Pavón Sayrach

Darling Letters: Declutter Your Space, Declutter Your Mind

A woman standing on the backboard of a couch as she touches the ceiling

We are bringing “Darling Letters” from your inbox to the blog! We love the art of letter writing and believe it helps build authentic community. Our editors and contributors have thoughtfully written encouraging letters to cut through the busyness and speak straight to your heart.

Click. I hit the red X and closed my laptop after finishing my ninth video call of the day. For hours, I caught glimpses of myself in the small box at the corner of the screen.

The girl in the box was wearing a comfy looking peach sweater and holding a pencil. There was a plant to her left and a mug rested at the edge of the clean table. She looked like she was sipping something steamy and delicious and was organized and productive in her minimalistic kitchen study. I had no idea who she was. 

Unlike my coworkers, I knew the mug was empty and the plant needed water. The pencil in my hand wasn’t there because I was poised to jot down a great idea, but rather as a fidget to soothe my nerves. I was incredibly overwhelmed, frustratingly disorganized and barely keeping it together. 

While my colleagues and clients saw a bright-eyed worker, I saw nothing but clutter. The messiness of my workspace mirrored my own jumbled thoughts.

The messiness of my workspace mirrored my own jumbled thoughts.

The next day, I decided to clean. I couldn’t cancel my meetings or quit my responsibilities, so I tackled the one thing I could control: the kitchen table. When I finished clearing away its contents, I heard myself take a long, deep breath as an involuntary smile came to my face. 

Decluttering my space, quite literally, helped me to declutter my mind. I immediately felt lighter, as if a refreshing breeze blew through the window; a symbol of winter’s goodbye.

Decluttering my space, quite literally, helped me to declutter my mind.

That’s the point of spring cleaning, right? To rid ourselves of the belongings we no longer need, the objects that are weighing us down. Let’s reflect on the last season and cultivate the environments that bring us peace, in our homes and in our hearts.

With love,

Shelby Thomas, the Darling family

What is one area of your home or life that could use a spring cleaning this year? In what ways, can you declutter thoughts and feelings that are weighing you down?

Image via Ben Cope, Darling Issue No. 15

Your Work-From-Home Uniform Based on Your Zodiac Sign





It’s officially passed the one year anniversary from working from home, and if there’s anything noteworthy to take from our couch-ridden endeavors, it’s that our legs haven’t seen a pair of jeans in 365 days.

Whether or not you’re looking forward to (hopefully) going back to the office sometime in the near future, most of us are looking at new schedules that still involve a lot of time from home (if not all of it). And a year in, we know that time spent working from home is well spent if we’re doing it in cute sweats.

If you’re someone who wants to put on an actual work outfit for your work-from-home days, we salute you; but if you’re someone who wouldn’t be caught dead sitting in your house in any pair of pants that have a zipper, these looks are for you. To make the task of getting dressed even easier, we’ve styled full, couch-appropriate looks tailored to your zodiac sign. Sure, we miss our workwear, but these cute joggers, bright sweatshirts, and fun blue-light glasses are going to get us through until the day we can finally wear it again.

 





Aries aren’t afraid to stand out, which means that being stuck inside isn’t going to stop them from rocking one of this season’s most daring color trends: yellow. Incorporate it into a bold loungewear look and bask in the glory of knowing that you don’t need to be seeing other humans to be dressed in style. 





shorts / crewneck / bralette / mug / blue light glasses

 

 

 





Tauruses enjoy the finer things in life, which makes a luxe matching set exactly what the doctor ordered for their time spent inside. 





top / pants / scrunchie / slippers / mug

 

 

 





Gemini’s easy-going tendencies make this year’s chill tie-dye trend the perfect match for them. This cozy matching set is begging to be turned into a wear-on-repeat staple.





pants / tee / mug / slippers / blue light glasses

 

 





Ah, cancers—the homebodies of the signs. A matching sweat set in this sweet, dusty rose hue can bring even more joy to the crab sign’s work-from-home days—something they’re probably already thriving on. 





shorts / sweatshirt / mug / blue light glasses / slippers

 

 

 





Leos are poised and confident, which means rocking a bra-and-cardigan combo is right up their alley. Paired with some super-soft joggers and a cheeky mug, being stuck at home doesn’t make them any less chic.





cardigan / bra / joggers / mug / slippers / blue light glasses

 

 

 





Notoriously un-fussy, Virgos thrive in minimalist but put-together looks that allow them to work comfortably throughout the day without feeling like a slob. 





sweatshirt / shorts / mug / slippers / scrunchie

 

 

 





Refined and elegant, Libras wouldn’t be caught dead wearing what they wore to sleep all day. A seamless matching set topped off with Skim’s famous velour hoodie fits their bill seamlessly. Old raggedy sweatshirt who?





tank / leggings / slippers / zip-up / mug

 

 





Scorpios need at-home outfits that can take them from the couch to a video conference to an after-work online HIIT class with no hesitation. Enter: a fool-proof all-black look.





bike shorts / sweatshirt / scrunchie / slippers

 

 





The show-stopping Sag is anything but basic, and on-trend colors and prints appeal to them whether it’s in their workwear or work-from-home wear. Leave it to a Sagittarius to pull off a pair of statement slippers. 





tee / shorts / blue light glasses / slippers / tumbler

 

 





Capricorns are likely going to be sitting and working well past their 9-5 requirements, which means coziness is key. Enter: a one-and-done, buttery-soft romper.





jumpsuit / mug / blue light glasses / slippers

 

 

 

 





Aquarians are deep thinkers who also love (and thrive on) a little bit of fun. An all-too-appropriate graphic tee in bold colors paired with leopard slippers are the perfect balance of two of their best traits.





tee / joggers / blue light glasses / tumbler / slippers

 

 





Kind and sensitive, Pisces isn’t the all-black-everything type. A unique look in muted, soft colors is perfect for keeping their concentration and happiness while working at home all day. 





shorts / sweatshirt / slides / mug / scrunchie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grab Your Popcorn: 7 New Netflix Releases We Can’t Wait To Watch





Out of all of my most colorful, warm childhood memories (trips to Disney World, winning a sledding contest in the fourth grade, balling out at our school’s annual Scholastic Book Fair), there is one recurring memory that I hold above all others: Friday trips to Blockbuster.

Sure, I may be repressing the fistfights my siblings and I had over which feature we would play on repeat all weekend long but, above all, I view our past expeditions to the video store in the highest regard. Choosing amongst what seemed like 3.2 billion titles, narrowing our decision down to one, and snagging a strawberry Ring Pop at checkout was the pregame. Snuggling up with my favorite tie blanket, popping the VHS tape into our dusty Panasonic VCR, and watching a new (probably very mediocre) flick was the main event. 

Blockbuster may be dead but my love for compelling fresh shows, thrilling new movies, and a worry-free Friday night on my couch remains alive and well. Saying “hello” to another month means welcoming new Netflix arrivals and honey, you’re going to want to grab your popcorn for these guys:

 

Shows:

 

1. Shadow and Bone

Release date: April 23

Oh my Lanta, this trailer makes me want to run through walls and do backflips. Netflix has been teasing us with the release of Shadow and Bone, a new series based on the fantasy adventure book trilogy of the same name, for quite some time now. Alas, they have finally graced us with a release date and this wild trailer that will tie us over in the meantime. Hello dark and twisty fantasy series that will keep us on our toes, we are ready for you.

 

2. This Is A Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist

Release date: April 7

If you’re in the market for a spicy new documentary, This Is A Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist is sure to be next on your “to watch” list. The piece zones in on the events transpiring from a 1990 art heist in which 10 million (yes, 10 million) dollars worth of famous art were seized and seemingly vanished without a trace.

 

3. Why Are You Like This?

Release date: April 16

I have a feeling that once released, this quirky comedy series will fill a sitcom void I didn’t even know that I had. Why Are You Like This? is a witty satire that follows the lives and friendship of three 20-somethings in Melbourne, Australia. I’m 100 percent writing this release date in my planner so that 1) I don’t miss a beat and 2) I appear to be busy. Note: I am not busy.

 

Movies:

 

4. Stowaway

Release date: April 22

Five words, 24 letters, say it and I’m yours: Anna Kendrick in a spacesuit. Jokes aside, this soon-to-hit Netflix sci-fi thriller looks absolutely exhilarating. When the three-person crew of a two-year mission to Mars realizes that an accidental extra passenger has joined their trip, they are challenged with one chilling fact: there’s only enough oxygen on board for three people. I truly have no idea how this is going to go, which, in my humble opinion, is my idea of a good time.

 

5. Oxygen

Release date: May 12

Alright, we’ve got a bit of time before the release of this science fiction thriller but it looks good. When a woman wakes up in a cryogenic chamber without memory of how she got there, she has to find a way out before running out of air. I’m already stressed but my body is ready. 

 

6. Thunder Force

Release date: April 9

I’m saving this one for a day that I need a good laugh because Thunder Force is everything that I want in a comedy. Also, can we have a moment of appreciation for this brilliant duo that I never saw coming? Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer, I already love what’s happening here. This superhero comedy tells the tale of two childhood besties who (re)join forces when one invents a formula that gives normal people superhuman abilities.

 

7. Concrete Cowboy

Release date: April 2

Of all of the gems coming to Netflix in the next few weeks, I’m most anticipating this coming-of-age drama film. When a rebellious Detroit teen (Lucas from Stranger Things, I see you grindin’) is sent to live with his estranged father in Philidelphia, he enters the tight-knit community of Black cowboys and grapples with his idea of home. If it’s even half as good as this trailer, it’s going to be a masterpiece. Let’s ride.

 

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On the Legacies Women Create

A close up of a woman looking over her shoulder with her arms crossed

In honor of Women’s History Month, I’ve been reflecting on what constitutes a legacy and what deems a person a changemaker. 

As I look back on all of the women who have come before me, paving the way and passing the torch to the women of today, it has really become clear to me that there is no “how to” when it comes to building a legacy and making history. There is not one type of woman that is built to make change. 

There is not one type of woman that is built to make change.

I think of Michelle Obama, with her extroverted wit, and Maya Angelou with her unwavering sturdy wisdom. I look to the women in my own life—the lineage of women I come from are nothing short of complex masterpieces—made up of writers, educators, immigrants and changemakers. I think of my own mother making hard decisions to honor herself in her life, in ways that I could never understand until I started to have to make those decisions myself.

Every woman is different, woven together specifically and on purpose. We are each creating a unique legacy and paving the way for ourselves and those around us by simply making the next right choice. 

History is not just what’s in the history books (in fact the history books are a rather biased sampling of stories). The impact you leave in your community, in your home and in your workplace—simply by honoring yourself and making decisions that feel true in your soul—that is history in the making. 

The impact you leave in your community, in your home and in your workplace…that is history in the making. 

Have you ever walked into a bookstore and felt overwhelmed by the depth of the stories, knowledge and wisdom on the shelves? There might be the few in the front that are bestsellers and instant household favorites, but then, as you browse and spend more and more time with each book, some tucked away in the back or in a section you wouldn’t typically venture into, you find yourself awestruck. 

Ladies, we are the bestsellers, the awe-inspiring book in the back and everything in between. Each woman building her legacy choice by choice, big and small—no story more or less valuable. Your story and your life plays a unique and important role in history. Each a gem on the shelf for the next generation to swing by and pick up and to be passed down to grandchildren. 

Look around at the women in your life, and look inside. Our capabilities as women are so expansive, so far and wide that I cannot and will not ever see the end. Let us remember that we are all building legacies and writing stories that will create ripple effects that impact future generations. 

Looking at your life so far, what kind of story are you writing? What legacy would you like to leave once you are gone?

Image via Kathryna Hancock, Darling Issue No. 15

4 Keratosis Pilaris Treatments That Actually Worked For Me

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Keratosis pilaris (commonly referred to as “chicken skin”) has been plaguing me for years. Those pesky little bumps would pop up on my arms and legs, and I would feel so self-conscious of how rough and uneven my skin would look that I’d feel the need to hide behind clothes. However, long sleeves and pants year-round severely cuts down on my ability to live my best life, especially in the summer, so I quickly realized that I would need to find a better solution. 

In my true overachieving way, I threw myself into figuring out exactly how exactly to treat keratosis pilaris, and I discovered that those small bumps are caused by a buildup of keratin, a hair protein, in pores that clog up and block the opening of growing hair follicles. My major takeaway was that I would need to use a delicate combination of physical and chemical exfoliation and rely on a lot of the skincare ingredients I already know and love. I tried just about every product out there that is marketed to combat keratosis pilaris, and with a combination of time (we’re talking months, not weeks here, so patience is key), I can pretty accurately say which of these products actually work (I am no longer scared to bare my arms!): 





Luv Scrub

I have always been skeptical about loofahs as they never dry fully and are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria; however, the Luv Scrub completely changed my mind. Founder Caroline Owusu-Ansah based it on a bathing staple from her native Ghana, and it is essentially a long mesh towel that you would use just like a loofah. The main difference though is that the Luv Scrub easily rinses clean and dries almost instantly. After just one use, I noticed how soft yet effective the cloth was and, over time, how the gentle physical exfoliation unclogged my pores. I should also mention that the Luv Scrub is really long. I’ve always struggled to clean my entire back without doing a contortionist routine, and with this cloth, that is no longer an issue. Win, win. 

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Sunday Riley

Charcoal Smoothie Exfoliating Jelly Body Scrub

I will buy just about every single product that Sunday Riley makes, as I have yet to try one that does not do exactly what it promises. This scrub has quickly become one of my favorites. The Charcoal Smoothie is packed with salicylic acid, lactic acid, detoxifying charcoal, and biodegradable wax beads, and is designed to get rid of rough skin, body acne, and that pesky excess keratin. The packaging is fun, and it smells amazing and leaves my skin so soft thanks to the high jojoba oil concentration, which is just a bonus when it comes to this product. My only downside is that the wax beads are a bit bigger than I was expecting, but they are surprisingly gentle and don’t irritate the skin. 

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The Ordinary

Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

This toning solution is the one product that I use all over my body. I usually decant the solution into a spray bottle, and once a week after I shower, I spray it on any areas that I am noticing bumps. It doesn’t smell great, but it works, and at $9 a bottle, I am willing to buy it in multiples and pour it all over my body.

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Supergoop

PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50

I think we all know by now that you should always wear sunscreen, even if it’s cloudy outside or if you have a darker skin tone, but I am just going to gently remind you again. A lot of the products that help with keratosis pilaris are formulated with acids, which increases your skin’s sensitivity to the sun; and exposure to UV rays can lead to hyperpigmentation, which is a whole other problem to tackle. As a Woman of Color, it can be difficult for me to find a sunscreen that doesn’t leave me with a white cast, but the Supergoop line is one of my favorites. 

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