Someone Called Alex Rodriguez ‘the Guy J.Lo Is Dating,’ and Where Is the Lie?

Alex Rodriguez has made it clear he knows how lucky he is to be with Jennifer Lopez. He’s the ultimate Instagram husband, raves about her whenever he can, and even works out to her music. So when a fan approached him and asked if he was “the guy J.Lo is dating,” he wasn’t insulted at all. Instead, the baseball champ decided to have a little fun with the situation.

“Yeah! A-Rod. Alex Rodriguez. There we go,” the person said to Rodriguez at first.

“Who’s that?” Rodriguez responded playfully, to which the woman replied, “That’s the guy that J.Lo is dating.” Facts are facts.

“You’re kidding me!” he said, feigning surprise. This exchange went on for a few more seconds, with the inquiring person showing A-Rod photos of himself to prove they look alike. “First of all, I would never wear pajamas that goofy,” he said about one of the pics. “I mean, what a tool!”

Eventually, Rodriguez revealed that he was, in fact, “the guy J.Lo is dating.” The fact that this woman used this as his primary identifier is iconic, to say the least. Where is the lie?

Watch this exchange go down for yourself, below:

“She’s the hardest working lady and, you know, I grew up with a single mother. I have two daughters. I am a big, big promoter of women equality,” Rodriguez said about Lopez to Entertainment Tonight a few months back. “I like that for my daughters and Jennifer is the role model.”

Rodriguez and Lopez first met in 2005 but it wasn’t until March 2017 that they officially began dating.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Will Teach Democrats How to Do Twitter

With great engagement comes great responsibility.

Just over two weeks after she was sworn in, freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is slated to hold a session for her fellow representatives to teach them how to tweet this week. The House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee has extended an invitation to AOC—as she’s known to her 2.42 million Twitter followers—to show her new peers how social media can be used “as an effective and authentic…tool” to connect with Americans in their districts and nationwide, as first reported on CNN.

Of course, Ocasio-Cortez took to (what else) Twitter to confirm the news and added that the seminar would be held ASAP.

Earlier this week Axios reported that Ocasio-Cortez has generated more interactions online (which it defined as retweets plus likes) than CNN, ABC, MSNBC, NBC, and the New York Times combined in the previous month. She also outstripped former President Barack Obama, who scored 4.4 million interactions compared to her 11.8 million.

So formidable is her social media prowess that Politico reported earlier this month that some Democrats have kept their criticism of her private, “fearful that she’ll sic her massive following on them by firing off a tweet.” Perhaps Democrats could stand to be more afraid of, for example, climate change than a mean tweet. But! That’s a conversation for another time.

For now it seems her fellow Democrats have come to the correct conclusion: If you can’t beat ’em, RT ’em.

Ever since she defeated a 10-term incumbent over the summer to win the Democratic nomination in her district, Ocasio-Cortez has used Twitter to respond to controversies and criticisms, like an op-ed from former Senator Joe Lieberman in which he said he hoped she was not the future of the Democrats. (That is the same Joe Lieberman who spoke at the 2008 Republican National Convention, so.) In a tweet, Ocasio-Cortez fired back.

And when a video of Ocasio-Cortez dancing while she was still an undergraduate went viral (and was met with criticism from conservatives who claimed it showed her to be unserious), she responded with a fresh clip of her…dancing in front of her new office. “I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous,” she tweeted. “Wait till they find out Congresswomen dance too!” The 11-second video was rewarded with over 20.5 million views.

Ocasio-Cortez has also amassed close to 2 million Instagram followers and now uses the platform to discuss policies over livestreamed Instant Pot mac-and-cheese prep and to take users inside the congressional process, explaining how offices are chosen, bills are passed, and where all the tunnels under the congressional floor lead.

But hours before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s lesson (which representatives from Twitter will attend), some anecdotal evidence seemed to suggest that even her counterparts in the Senate had started to learn from her example, no formal curriculum required. After rapper and political pundit Cardi B took to Instagram to denounce the government shutdown with excellent context and her own particular spin, Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) gave followers a peek inside their debate over whether or not to share Cardi’s comments.

Users noted AOC’s evident influence, but weren’t quite sure how to process its impact.

Class dissed and dismissed.

This Korean Brow Cushion Changed How I Do My Eyebrows

Eyebrows can make or break a look. Just look at last summer, when Rihanna debuted ’90s-thin brows on the cover of British Vogue and everybody panicked, myself included. I’ve spent all this time growing out my brows to be to their natural, full, gorgeous selves—and now thin is in? Thankfully, that trend didn’t really take off and Brooke Shields-inspired eyebrows have stuck around.

For the most part, I leave my brows alone. I’ll run a tinted gel through them and brush the hairs into place but generally don’t touch pigmented products like waxes, pencils, or powders. (I’m terrified of looking like I Sharpied my brows on.) That said, when our Beauty Director brought me the Laneige Eyebrow Cushion from a recent trip to Korea, I was intrigued. K-beauty is so advanced that even brow products come in packaging and formats I’ve never tried before. The Laneige Eyebrow Cushion, for example, houses the brow product in a cushion sponge inside the compact—just like you’d see in a cushion foundation. It also comes with a double-sided applicator that includes an angled brush on one end and a tiny spoolie on the other.

Still, I was worried my brows would look painted on—until I tried it. The end result was full and defined. The cushion keeps you from using too much product, resulting in a very natural finish, while also allowing for the formula to be watery and lightweight, like watercolors, so it’s impossible for the tint to get too clumpy or crunchy.

It’s fairly intuitive to use, even for someone like me who usually just swipes on Glossier’s Boy Brow and goes. I started by brushing my brows into shape with the spoolie side of the brush, then dipped the angled brush into the lighter side of the compact (the darker side doesn’t match my hair). Instead of drawing on my whole brows, I used small strokes, like I was painting, to fill in any sparse patches. I also used the brush to define the tails and make them a little sharper, but left the arch and shape alone. Finally, I used the spoolie again to fluff up the hair a little bit and to blend the color out.

As a result, my brows looked more defined, but not in an obvious way. It just gave a little more structure to my face and shifted focus to my eyes. I topped the cushion off with a little clear gel to keep the actual hairs in place, and my brows looked flawless all day. While the pigment is a great product, in my eyes the real hero of the compact is the included spoolie. It’s short but very dense, so it easily fluffs up hairs while brushing them into place, making the perfect fuzzy-yet-defined brow.

Maybe one day thin brows will be back—but until then, I’ll be reaching for this cushion.

Laneige Eyebrow Cushion-cara, $19.50, amazon.com

Miley Cyrus Has the Best Response to Those New Pregnancy Rumors

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth officially tied the knot last month, so it was only a matter of time before the pregnancy rumors started rolling in. Lo and behold just three weeks later: The Daily Mail reports that the newly-married couple is expecting their first child. Thankfully, Cyrus was prepared for these types of stories, and she responded last night with the greatest clap-back of 2019 (so far):

“I’m not ‘Egg-xpecting’ but it’s ‘Egg-celent’ to hear everyone is so ‘Happy For Us’ …. we’re happy for us too,” Cyrus tweeted on Wednesday night (January 16) alongside a link of The Daily Mail‘s article. “‘Egg-cited’ for this next chapter in our lives…. Now , can everyone leave me alone and go back to staring at an egg.”

With this tweet, she also Photoshopped that egg currently going viral on Instagram onto her stomach, hence all the egg puns. Check out the tweet for yourself, below:

According to Pop Crave, Cyrus replied “bull shit” on Instagram when a fan asked if these pregnancy rumors are true.

PHOTO: Twitter

What isn’t a lie, however, is Hemsworth and Cyrus’ wedding, which happened over the holidays. Cyrus shared this photo on December 26 confirming the nuptials.

“I love how you always try things your way, but are never to[o] proud to ask for help. (Yes, I’ve noticed and taken note, I’m a work in progress.) The way you paint, the colors you choose…. I love your dirty socks on the floor cause that means YOU’RE HOME,” Cyrus wrote in a love letter to Hemsworth that she posted to Instagram for his birthday on Monday (January 14). “…I love how you learn and grow. I love writing songs about you on the piano. I love how you let ME be ME.”

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The Best White Puffer Jackets to Get You Through Winter

A couple months ago Ariana Grande wore an oversized white puffer jacket after calling off her engagement, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. This is the first time I’ve ever thought about a puffer jacket multiple times and it’s the only time I’ve wished I owned one.

The reality is that I’ve always had a complicated relationship with puffer jackets, and by that I mean I’ve always hated them. They’re clunky, they can be too warm, and if you get one with shoddy construction, you end up with faux feathers all over you when you take off your coat. Not cute.

But here I am now, wishing I owned a oversized white puffer jacket because Ariana Grande looks so unbothered and badass in hers. Some might say that look had to do with her massive Chanel shopping bags, but I think it was all about the puff. While some go off the grid after a bad breakup, there was Ariana Grande wearing a jacket you couldn’t help but notice. She was combatting Pete Davidson’s big dick energy with her own big coat energy. Not only did the large white puffer jacket call attention to her but it also looked like the clothing equivalent of comfort food. I suddenly really wanted to have one and it wasn’t hard to rationalize why.

A white puffer jacket like Grande’s is obviously great for the cold, it’s basically a very expensive duvet you can wear out of bed. The color means it’ll match with everything in your closet and the size makes anything you’re wearing seem like a statement outfit (Ariana paired hers with sweatpants). Puffer jackets are notorious for being hard to navigate in but oversized white puffer coats aren’t ashamed to resemble the Michelin man. Instead they say, ‘I know you’re looking at me but I also don’t care.’ In other words, they’re perfect to keep the warmth in and the haters out. White puffer jackets also look like Ariana Grande’s favorite cloud emoji and just like that emoji, they work in every possible scenario whether that be calling off a celebrity engagement or ordering a breakfast sandwich from your local diner. The softness is also great for resting bags worth thousands of dollars on your arms, which is an issue I’ll admittedly never have but it’s nice to be prepared, just in case.

Even better, once I opened my heart to puffers, I found that 2019’s iterations have gotten a serious upgrade—whether that’s temperature control insulation or a variety of lengths so you can find your best fit. Shop the the best white puffer jackets ahead.

12 Hair Color Trends & Ideas for 2019

Over the past few years, we’ve seen unicorn hair and rainbow pastels give way to dessert-inspired shades that make you want to roll up to your nearest coffee shop. (See: Cold Brew, Dark Roast, and Blond Roast, for starters.) Fortunately, 2019 is giving us a welcome (but not boring) breather with the onset of subtle highlight techniques, extra dimension, and more natural-looking hair colors overall.

Good news considering the upkeep is much, much more manageable, even if “natural” still does require a couple hours in the chair. And they offer something for everyone. We talked to the industry’s top hair colorists around the country to get the scoop on what they predict will be big this year. Ahead, the hair color ideas we’re most excited for in 2019.

Gillette’s New Commercial Is Making Men Mad

We talk a lot about body hair around here, whether those are ways to help you remove it (laser hair removal, anyone?), celebrities who prefer to show it off, and this month’s #Januhairy pro-stubble movement. And we haven’t forgotten about the razor brands themselves, who have made strides to present a more inclusive attitude toward body hair, including showing it in their advertising instead of the unrealistically hairless bodies historically depicted. Women have applauded the changes, seen as both overdue and refreshing—which makes it even more of a head-scratcher that men have picked up their pitchforks and logged onto Twitter in order to voice their disdain over a new Gillette commercial.

The new commercial poses Gillette’s tagline, “The Best a Man Can Get,” as more of a question, forcing viewers to come to terms with the bullying, sexual aggression, and toxic masculinity that often accompanies “manliness.” (It’s worth noting that the American Psychological Association recently released a paper tying toxic masculinity to depression and other adverse health effects.)

Because while some men think of a sort of masculinity epitomized by the mustachioed, woodworking Ron Swanson, it often takes an insidious turn instead. The commercial depicts physical fighting, a quick but perfect demonstration of mansplaining, and catcalling—along with the usual excuses of “boys will be boys”—followed by human decency prevailing, whether it’s men breaking up said fights or intervening in sexual harassment. The ultimate lesson: Teach the next generation of boys to be a little more decent.

Doesn’t that sound nice—and sort of how you’d want to raise your kids anyway? Not really, according to certain men of the Internet. (If you’re wondering whether noted mysoginist Piers Morgan, recently owned by both Sophie Turner and Ariana Grande in recent days, has weighed in, you’re right!)

But plenty of others have jumped in to defend the brand, including our best friend Chrissy Teigen:

Gillette isn’t just relying on the advertisement to incite change, though. The brand will also donate $1 million every year for the next three years to organizations that help men become good role models, starting with The Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The multi-pronged effort will help keep them true to their goal.

“The heart of this effort is a desire to see men at their best and highlight the positive examples they set for the next generation,” says the brand via a spokesperson. “We believe in the best in men—and we want to show that. We believe in men as positive role models. We believe in men who lead with respect and inclusion. We believe in men who are doing everything they can to raise the next generation in the best way they can.”

We can’t argue with that. And despite the backlash and inevitable boycott, it’s nice to see a men’s shaving brand taking a stance.

Demi Lovato Just Said What We’re All Thinking About the 10 Year Challenge

Demi Lovato is living in the moment this year—that’s why she isn’t doing the 10-Year Challenge currently going viral on all your social media feeds.

Don’t know what the 10-Year Challenge is? Lucky you! It’s basically a side-by-side photo game where people are sharing one image of themselves from 2009 and another from 2019. The goal, seemingly, is to show how hot you’ve become over the last decade. The power of the “glow-up,” and all that jazz.

Except Lovato isn’t buying into it. “Sorry, I’d love to post a #10YearChallenge pic, but I’m too busy living in the moment,” the singer posted alongside the emoji of a girl holding her hand out. It’s literally the definition of “Sorry Not Sorry,” which you should stream right now as you’re reading this.

Check out her post for yourself, below:

Her fans, naturally, are living for this. “Thank you, you really always have the right words,” one of them tweeted. “Yaass Queen,” posted another.

This isn’t shade to people who’ve completed the 10-Year Challenge, of course. Some are doing it for more personal reasons, and I like to employ a “you do you” mentality when it comes to social media. But Lovato’s message is a good reminder that loving who you are right now is the most important thing.

It’s been a trying few months for Demi, who suffered from a reported overdose over the summer and quickly entered recovery. “I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction,” she posted in August about the incident. “What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet.” She made her return to Instagram on Election Day in November 2018 and has posted a steady stream of updates since then.

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Someone Called Meghan Markle a ‘Fat Lady,’ and Her Response Was So Good

Meghan Markle stopped by one of her new patronages, the animal charity Mayhew, on Wednesday (January 16) and met some of its staff, volunteers, and beneficiaries. One of them called her a “fat lady”—intended as a compliment, or at least in jest—but the Duchess of Sussex didn’t miss a beat.

“You’re a fat lady,” a woman at Mayhew said to Markle, pointing to her baby bump, according to People magazine. Everyone started laughing—in good nature, of course—including the duchess, who gave a cool-as-a-cucumber response.

“I’ll take it,” Markle said with a grin, before moving on to greet more people at Mayhew.

Watch this moment go down for yourself in the video, below. Start around the 29-second mark.

Obviously, it should go without saying that making comments about people’s bodies is never OK. And, thankfully, we’re moving into a space where the word “fat” is losing its power as an insult. Markle’s exchange with the woman at Mayhew, however, was completely benign, and it’s best not to look too deeply into it. We’re sure if actual body-shaming was happening, the duchess would be the first to shut it down.

Markle told well-wishers earlier this week that she’s due in late April/early May. Kensington Palace confirmed her pregnancy in October. “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” the palace tweeted at the time. “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”

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Meghan Markle Wore a $35 Maternity Dress—and It’s Still Available to Buy

Meghan Markle has shown off an impressive sense of style since becoming the Duchess of Sussex. Even better, that impressive sense of style includes brands her loyal followers can shop for themselves. Sure, Markle often wears custom outfits that suggest she has Givenchy on speed-dial, but she’s also been known to mix in affordable pieces by & Other Stories and Aritzia. Now, she’s added another one of our favorite wallet-friendly brands to her royal wardrobe with a dress that’s less than $35.

On Wednesday, January 16, the Duchess of Sussex visited one of her four royal patronages, Mayhew, in London. She arrived in a monochromatic outfit that included an off-white coat, maternity dress, and pumps. It didn’t take long for onlookers to ID her cozy sweater dress as H&M. The cost? Only $34.99.

The Duchess Of Sussex Visits Mayhew Animal Welfare Charity

PHOTO: Karwai Tang

The Duchess Of Sussex Visits Mayhew Animal Welfare Charity

PHOTO: Karwai Tang

This is the first time Markle has worn a piece from H&M’s in-house maternity line, MAMA. Moms-to-be who want to cop the dress are in luck: It’s still available on H&M’s website. (For now, at least.)

PHOTO: H&M

H&M MAMA Fine-knit Dress $34.99, H&M

Lest you forget that Markle is a Duchess—and that she can spend thousands of dollars on her wardrobe—she rounded out her outfit with some pricier pieces. Specifically, an Emporio Armani coat and Paul Andrew heels.

The Duchess Of Sussex Visits Mayhew

PHOTO: Neil Mockford

This is the second time in a week that the Duchess of Sussex has worn under-$100 finds for her public appearances. Markle chose another fan-favorite brand, Aritzia, for a visit to Birkhead on Monday, January 14. It didn’t take long for shoppers to grab her exact outfit for themselves: Her purple Babaton dress has already sold out.

Royal visit to Birkenhead

PHOTO: Danny Lawson – PA Images

Of course, Meghan Markle’s visit wasn’t just about showing off her excellent maternity style. She stopped by Mayhew, an animal welfare charity, to meet with volunteers and service animals.

Later this evening, Markle and Prince Harry are expected to attend the premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem, which will be held in support of Sentebale. We aren’t expecting to see more H&M at the Royal Albert Hall event—it’s a black-tie affair—but if we know the duchess, she’ll definitely bring more of the Markle sparkle to the formal event. Personally, I’m holding out for another halter dress.

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