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Laura Dern Is Sick of Hollywood Measuring Women Up Against Each Other

But aside from that, I think using products with petroleum in them, as my skin care regimen was probably not ideal. Although I’d love to bring back Indian Earth, which was my mother’s favorite product.

What’s one beauty rule you swear by?

If it’s good for the planet, it’s good for me.

What’s one beauty rule you think is BS?

The idea that you have to alter yourself to fit into someone else’s model of beauty. That is such B.S.! By the way, that boyfriend is going to break up with you in a year. And then you’ve changed a body part because he demanded it, and the next guy is going to be like, “Why did you do that? I loved those pictures of you from four years ago!” You never want to be the person who continues to alter themselves for the next lover, you know what I mean? Enough. You gotta learn to be happy with that.

Fill in the blank: “I love my hair…”

I love my hair after swimming in the ocean, for sure. It’s like, let it be where it’s supposed to be naturally. I just I love that. It feels so good to have salt water in it.

You travel constantly. What city or country gives you the greatest beauty inspiration?

Probably the greatest beauty inspiration is when I’m in a really moist climate in nature on a hike, and I feel fresh air and dew on my skin. I’m like, “Oh, I’m always meant to feel like this.”

You’re stranded on a desert island. What are the three products you bring with you?

I would have to be hydrated, so I would definitely bring my True Botanicals Radiance Oil and Hydrating Mist, for sure. And then, I have a rose deodorant that’s natural. It smells good, and I think that might be a good call.

What colors are loving on your nails right now?

Probably the one I use the most is Deborah Lippmann’s Naked. It’s really clean and beautiful.

What’s your go-to getting ready music?

I think Tom Petty should be played as much as possible. Because then we still have him with us.

Your hair is gorgeous. What do you to keep it in such great shape?

You know, I thank you. I’ve tried—but not always succeeded—in not over processing it over many years as an actor. When I do, it suffers. So I try to treat my hair as naturally as we’re talking about with skin care.

What’s your favorite way to take a moment for yourself?

Mark Ronson And Yebba Left The Crowd Speechless With Fallon Performance

Mark Ronson and Yebba brought the mystical and space-adventuring sounds of futuristic heartbreak to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night (September 24). The musical guests performed “Don’t Leave Me Lonely,” their collaboration that appears on Ronson’s recently released album Late Night FeelingsIt was a hell of an arrival for Yebba who stole the show with her gripping vocals that made the crowd yip and cheer in amazement.

Ronson stood behind a gigantic heart, broken in two, that also doubled as a disco ball. He played in the background to give Yebba the spotlight that she deserves. Yebba’s bold delivery of the heartbreak tune’s ultimatum won the crowd over during the song’s many spaces, with audible woos from the audience causing Yebba to grin from ear to ear. After the impassioned number was over, Yebba turned around to offer a genuine thanks to her backup singers while Fallon rushed on stage nearly lost for words at how epic the performance was.

Late Night Feelings dropped in June. In addition to “Don’t Leave Me Lonely,” the LP also features  “Find U Again” with Camila Cabello, “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” with Miley Cyrus, “Pieces Of Us” with King Princess, and the title track with Lykke Li.

Watch the bold performance of “Don’t Leave Me Lonely” up above.

This Is Us Season 4 Premiere Recap: The Show Just Did a Major Shake Up

“I have a lot of faith in our fans,” he tells Glamour. “I think people who are watching the show religiously for three years now, it’s not like we’re doing an entire season of television without the Big Three in it. This is a starting point for our first episode, and our next three, four, five episodes are just wildly traditional episodes of the show.”

“Baby Jack” all grown up in This Is Us season four.

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He continues, “Of course you get anxious and you go, ‘Oh, it’s a weird feeling to not see your cast that you’re familiar with on the show,’ but we’ve just always planned this. I think having Jack and Rebecca so prominent in this storyline [in the first episode] anchors us in this really exciting time period where we are, and I believe the payoff in the end earns it and sends us forward in a really exciting direction.”

Fogelman adds that Kate (Chrissy Metz), Kevin (Justin Hartley), and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) will still play major parts in the season. This first episode was just an experimental launching pad.

“I think one of the great exciting benefits of having so many seasons of the show picked up and have the show having become popular and also having our fans being so devoted and loyal is that you can do things like this and take people on a ride,” he says. “Hopefully we’ve earned people’s trust.”

The This Is Us fandom is nothing if not loyal. This stunt may have thrown a few of them, sure, but they’re not going anywhere. I’m certainly not—especially not after baby Jack’s song at the end of the episode. He hooked me after singing just a few high notes. This show.

This Is Us airs Tuesday nights at 9 P.M. ET on NBC.

Meghan Markle Loves This $120 Everlane Jumpsuit—And It’s Still in Stock

Update 9/25/19

Royal re-wear alert!

During her and Prince Harry’s royal tour of Africa, Meghan Markle brought back the black Everlane jumpsuit from her British Vogue shoot—and, yes, it’s still in stock.

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The duchess paired the piece with black heels and gold statement earrings for a panel discussion about women and business in South Africa.

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Original story:

Meghan Markle decided against appearing on the cover of British Vogue, choosing to guest-edit its September issue and spotlight “forces of change” she admired instead. The Duchess of Sussex still made an appearance on set, alongside editor in chief Edward Enninful, when it came time to photograph Gemma Chan, Yara Shahidi, Laverne Cox, and the rest of the women featured. And in typical Markle fashion, she chose an easy, sensible piece from one of her go-to brands.

In a behind-the-scenes video posted to British Vogue‘s Instagram, Markle is seen laughing and looking over some of the shots Peter Lindbergh captured with Enninful. She’s wearing a black sleeveless jumpsuit that fans quickly identified as being from Everlane, a brand the duchess has worn many times in the past.

According to @MeghansMirror (and its “special source”), Markle donned Everlane’s Japanese GoWeave Essential Jumpsuit. It’s available in three colors—dusty blue, olive, and the duchess’s chosen black—and in sizes 00 through 16. It retails for $120.

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Markle actually carried an Everlane tote on her first public appearance with Prince Harry, at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto.

Meghan Markle Loves This $120 Everlane Jumpsuit—And It’s On Sale

Update 9/25/19

Royal re-wear alert!

During her and Prince Harry’s royal tour of Africa, Meghan Markle brought back the black Everlane jumpsuit from her British Vogue shoot—and, yes, it’s still for sale. The duchess paired the piece with black heels and gold statement earrings for a panel discussion about women and business in South Africa.

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Everlane The Japanese GoWeave Essential Jumpsuit

Everlane

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Original story:

Meghan Markle decided against appearing on the cover of British Vogue, choosing to guest-edit its September issue and spotlight “forces of change” she admired instead. The Duchess of Sussex still made an appearance on set, alongside editor in chief Edward Enninful, when it came time to photograph Gemma Chan, Yara Shahidi, Laverne Cox, and the rest of the women featured. And in typical Markle fashion, she chose an easy, sensible piece from one of her go-to brands.

In a behind-the-scenes video posted to British Vogue‘s Instagram, Markle is seen laughing and looking over some of the shots Peter Lindbergh captured with Enninful. She’s wearing a black sleeveless jumpsuit that fans quickly identified as being from Everlane, a brand the duchess has worn many times in the past.

According to @MeghansMirror (and its “special source”), Markle donned Everlane’s Japanese GoWeave Essential Jumpsuit. It’s available in three colors—dusty blue, olive, and the duchess’s chosen black—and in sizes 00 through 16. It retails for $120.

Everlane The Japanese GoWeave Essential Jumpsuit

Everlane

$120

Buy Now

Markle actually carried an Everlane tote on her first public appearance with Prince Harry, at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto.

Succession’s Grand Dames are Powerful—and All Over 60

HBO’s Succession is, at its core, about a very white, very patriarchal family-run conservative media conglomerate, but in its second season a small sorority emerges within the belly of the beast. Much of the show’s sophomore run focuses on Logan Roy’s (Brian Cox) quest to purchase a rival liberal news empire, presumably based on CNN, that’s diametrically opposed to everything he stands for. The fictional PGN—and the family behind it—isn’t only left-wing but highly intellectual and women-run. Cherry Jones plays the matriarch of the Pierce family, Nan Pierce, with Holly Hunter starring as her right hand, Rhea Jarrell. The season also focuses on Cyd Peach (Jeannie Berlin) the head of the Roy’s Fox News-esque TV station, and trusty family fixer Gerri Killman (J. Smith-Cameron), rounding out an impressive squad of veteran actresses. Between them they’re Oscar, Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe winners. And they all happen to be over the age of 60. Unlike other women of a certain age on television, they’re not mothers or grandmothers. They’re not retired. They’re general counsels, CEOs, and heads of global networks whose concerns appear to be less about being aging women in demanding jobs and more about making money, wielding influence, and not getting fucked with. Basically, they’re no different than the men on the show.

By Hollywood standards, this is pretty radical. During the 2018-2019 television season, 56% of female characters were in their 20s and 30s. Just 3% of women were 60 and above. But female representation is something that’s top of mind for Succession’s creator, Jesse Armstrong. “We’re aware that this world of media moguls and bankers is male-dominated, [but] when we have the opportunity to have more women on the show we gravitate towards it,” he tells Glamour. “Jeannie, Holly, Cherry, and J. are a delight to write for. They’re not straightforward ‘women’ [roles], there’s a lot you get to sink your teeth into.”

Gerri Killman (J. Smith-Cameron) ,the Roy’s de facto “Michael Cohen.”

When Smith-Cameron, 62, first auditioned to play Waystar Royco’s general counsel, the role was written as a man. But after she read for it, Gerry became Gerri. What Smith-Cameron finds exceptional about her role, and the show’s other female powerhouses is that they’re like nothing you’ve ever seen before. “We’re not generic. You could say that we’re all middle aged ball-busters, but we’re quirkier than that,” she says. “[We’re] specifically drawn and that within itself is a very revolutionary thing on television.” Initially Gerri was only slated to appear in a few episodes. But when Succession came back this summer, Gerri and her pithy retorts had become a mainstay of the series. Smith-Cameron also found herself with a shocking new plot line: a quasi affair with the youngest Roy, 30-something Roman (Kieran Culkin). While there’d always been a steady kinship between family jester Roman and his frequent ally, things hit a fever pitch when it morphed into a full-on dominant and submissive relationship. A twist as stunning to the actors as it was to the audience. “Roman and Gerri having any glimmer of a sexual relationship is itself rather radical,” she says. “Sometimes it’s sort of amusing, others it’s disgusting, but what’s so fun is you can’t pigeonhole it. She’s so snarky and he’s so nasty—there’s a kind of sympatico to it.”

Along with a meaty plotline, the second season also reunited Smith-Cameron with old friends. The very first play she performed in New York, Crimes of the Heart on Broadway, was alongside Hunter, 61. Then years later she starred in two different shows with her now-pal, Jones. Plus, Jones and Hunter also have a special relationship all their own. Together they were the only “Southern girls” during their time Carnegie Mellon, and after college Hunter stayed with Jones on 71st Street while going on auditions in New York City. “[On Succession] we’d work and then all go to the bar, have a drink, dinner, and practically tuck each other in at the end of the night we were having so much fun,” says Jones, 62. “Now that Holly, J., and I had that wonderful reunion we’re back in each other’s lives for keeps. We’re already making dates for lunch when they get back to New York. [It’s been] a boom for our friendship.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Brought Archie to His First Official Royal Engagement

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, welcome to the family business. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle brought their son to his first royal engagement today, September 25, in South Africa—and what a momentous one it was. While we knew the littlest royal joined his parents on the royal tour to Africa, it wasn’t known if or when he would make an official appearance. But today, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex brought the almost five-month-old to meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Thandeka. Per the Sussex Royal Instagram, the royals are meeting to learn more about the work of The Tutu and Leah Legacy Foundation.

Archie sightings have been fairly scarce since his birth in May, as Meghan and Harry have made it clear that they are trying to maintain as normal and private a life for their son as they can, given their positions. We first met him a few days after he was born and then have been left to a few photos on their Instagram and the official christening images.

But, oh how he’s grown over the past few months—and we’ve also got video of the adorable little guy his parents appear to call “Arch.” (And who doesn’t love baby giggles?)

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Best Vibrator: This Is the Queen of All Vibrators

We’re more sex positive than ever. But we haven’t erased some fundamental truths: Women’s bodies are still policed, sex education is still lacking, and talking about sex still carries a stigma. It’s created a whisper network around sex and made the very mention of the words female pleasure enough to make you blush. So this week we’re discussing good sex and why it matters. Our mantra? Owning your sexual pleasure is power.


Hello from your friendly Amazon sex toy review lady! You know, the woman with the “straight out goat legs, don’t go into the pink light, not sure if she ever picked up her kids from school” review of the best vibrator she’d ever tried? Yeah, thats me.

I never in a million years expected that to go viral. I just wanted to leave an honest, open and silly review for a product that left quite an impression on me. (For the record, I did pick my kids up, I know many were worried. I don’t remember exactly how I got to the school, but I limped my busted ass there and back. )

I’m not on Twitter much—I just turned 40, I pretty much live on Facebook with all the other middle-aged moms—so it took a much cooler friend of mine to discover that my review had blown up on the Internet. Not only that, but Glamour wanted to contact me. Me! Just your average sex toy loving suburban mom. So here I am, ready review sex toys from a busy moms point of view.

For my debut, Glamour asked me to write about the single best vibrator I have ever encountered. Now, I’m a gal with an arsenal of vibrators—different ones for different moods. Sometimes I don’t want to forget my own name, sometimes you just need to take the edge off, ya know? Still, there was no doubt in my mind that the Tracy’s Dog Clitoral Sucking Vibrator, the one from my Amazon review posted this April, has withstood the test of time.

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I want to start off by saying that no, Tracy’s Dog has not contacted nor compensated me in any way. That’s no matter because when it comes to me and my orgasm, no amount of money or swag could sway me anyway. I’m that friend who is brutally honest, good and bad—if I think something is great, or it it sucks, I’m going to give you my honest thoughts on it. I’m the first to jump up and tell you that you are amazing, but also the first to tell you that your favorite dress looks awful (if it does), because I love you. (But hey, if someone wanted to give me a lifetime supply of vibrators I wouldn’t be mad…)

Sex After 50 Is Hotter Than Ever

We’re more sex positive than ever. But we still haven’t erased some fundamental truths: Women’s bodies are still policed, sex education is still lacking, and talking about sex still carries a stigma. It’s created a whisper network around sex and made the very mention of the words female pleasure enough to make you blush. So this week we’re discussing good sex and why it matters. Our mantra? Owning your sexual pleasure is power.


“Obviously, I haven’t been in love with you for several years. I’ll start working on your severance.”

My soon-to-be ex-husband meant to say “settlement,” but he’s a finance guy, and that’s the kind of lingo they use. The divorce wasn’t exactly a shock. We hadn’t had sex in years—the idea of pleasure had become so foreign to me that I couldn’t recall the last time I’d charged my vibrator. I’d subsumed myself in the chaotic bliss of motherhood and the pain of trying to please an unpleasable man. In every way imaginable, I had stopped prioritizing myself and had sunk into the role of an asexual, invisible, and unmoored wife.

In reaction to the split that followed, I came up with the idea of taking five new lovers. This wasn’t the typical response for a woman about to turn 50, a matron rejected by her husband who had been married for most of her adult life. But I knew I couldn’t rebuild my self-esteem on a diet of yoga and middle-aged friends commiserating about the scarcity of decent partners.

What I needed is embarrassing to admit because it sounds egotistical, but it’s the truth: I needed men to desire me. I needed sex. I needed the joy that, for me, comes only from the indescribable feeling of having a man’s arms around me and his penis inside me. I needed relationships that would make me feel hot and desirable and like I was in the driver’s seat of my sex life again.

The first man I slept with (smoking hot and 20 years younger, much to my delight) told me I had a spectacular body. Me? The woman whose husband had told me not to leave the bathroom without a robe because my naked body made him “edgy”? The sex was as awkward and bumbling as you’d expect between two almost complete strangers, but it didn’t matter. I felt in control of my sex life for the first time in years—and that felt damn good. My next lover begged me to try anal sex. Watching his face in the mirror above my bed as we did it felt like one of the most intimate things I’d ever done. But when that same man insisted that nipple biting was mandatory—something I am not into—I kicked him out of my bed.

As a 50-year-old divorcée, I approached men like a buffet—taking what I wanted without worrying about satisfying a man or following society’s rules about relationships. For the first time in my life, my pleasure was my priority. I rediscovered how much I enjoyed sex and men, and that despite the physical imperfections wrought by childbearing and aging, I was more at home in my own naked body at 50 than I’d been at 19.

This is not what being 50 is “supposed” to look like. There are more women over 50 in this country today than at any other point in history, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but the facts about our sex lives are pretty grim: 30% of women in their 50s, and half of women in their 60s, haven’t had sex in a year.

The data raises the question, Why are older women having so little sex? Why was my solution so audacious that a good friend warned me no man would date me if I admitted I’d had sex with five younger men in a single year? If a man ended a sexless marriage and had five partners in a year, we’d cheer him on. The same friend added that no one would invite me to a dinner party again after The Naked Truth, the memoir I wrote to chronicle my reintroduction to pleasure as a 50-year-old woman, was published.

It Took a ‘Designer’ Vagina For Me to Experience Sexual Pleasure

I read her instructions with some trepidation. How exactly does he apply it?

“It’s easiest to just fill a jar or glass with the tea and submerge the penis in the liquid for five to ten minutes.” My mouth dropped open.

She laughed and handed me back my debit card. She lowered her voice. “Our secret name for it is ‘Dick Tea.’ “She said with a smile and pushed my purchase across the counter. “Let us know if it alleviates the problem.”

The Dick Tea did not alleviate the problem. I began to sweat in my sleep. I would soak the sheets and need to change my pajamas in the middle of the night. I had a mild fever, all the time. My glands were swollen and I felt fatigued. When I was eighteen I had been diagnosed and successfully treated for Hodgkin’s Disease, a lymphatic cancer. These were all the signs of a cancer recurrence, so I took myself to my doctor.

While my sexual pain was never taken seriously, these symptoms were. Within days a flurry of scans, referrals and blood work were ordered. I was sent to three different specialists, one of whom was a gynecological surgeon, because in the context of these new symptoms, my sexual pain was now a potential sign of cervical cancer.

“What do we have here?” The surgeon looked over my medical history and the forms I had filled out in the waiting room. “How old are you? 31?” He looked at me. “Tell me where the pain is.”

He was, surprisingly, the first doctor to ask me this.

I tried to explain, the stinging sensation that developed into a deep, shuddering ache that would linger for days after intercourse. He nodded and gestured to his attendant to set up the exam table. He was careful while examining me, explaining exactly what he was doing and why. He pressed against a spot inside my vagina and asked “Is this where it hurts?” The pain bloomed and I gasped. “Yes,” I said. “That’s it.”

I hadn’t fully believed that my pain was real until that moment. In one appointment, my pain was given a name and a cure. The surgeon explained to me that the seam where my hymen had attached to the vaginal wall had been tearing and healing over and over again, leaving the left side completely covered in scars. I had a smaller than average vagina, he told me, and then gently asked if I had any traumatic sexual experiences in my twenties. I nodded. He explained that these traumas, the violence, had most likely contributed to this scarring.

“You will need a vaginal reconstruction,” he said, gesturing for his attendant to enter the information into the system. “I can rebuild the scarred wall of your vagina and widen the opening by just a centimeter and in a couple months, you will get to have all the great sex you want.”

I asked about the night sweats, the fever, the fatigue. He said it was likely that the internal damage had led to a low-grade infection that never got a chance to heal because the area was being re-traumatized every time I tried to have sex.

When I got out of the surgery, I couldn’t stop saying thank you. A little sexual healing mantra that I repeated until sleep and drugs carried me away.

It took a month before I could return to work and exercise again. It took another month before I was cleared to have sex. I was excited. This could be the thing that righted my lackluster relationship; maybe we were sexually compatible and this issue had been the only thing holding us back.