Outfit Ideas: What to Wear With Cowboy Boots

Cowboy boots are one of those shoes that are always around but don’t always feel chic, not unlike ballet flats or Birkenstocks. The tide started turning, though, when Raf Simons sent them down the Calvin Klein runway for fall 2017: Within the year cowboy boots popped up in collections by Isabel Marant (white, tan, and black leather styles with metal-toe caps), Fendi (with allover logos), and fast-fashion brands like Zara and Topshop. Fast-forward to present day, and they’re at the very top of every fashion person’s shopping list. No matter where you look—runway, retail, street style—you’ll see a pair of cowboy boots, whether it’s an authentic, boot-scootin’ style or a sleeker, “inspired-by” type of design.

After a while I’d come across enough cowboy boots that I decided it was time for me to come around to the trend (or, at the very least, give it a try). It typically takes a few seasons for a trend to truly take off—roughly the same amount of time for me to become convinced of its staying power. I’m in a committed relationship with my simple ankle boots, so the taller, more ornate cowboy styles felt like a departure from my style. But I was hitting that point of the season when I was feeling fatigued with my shoe selection, so I figured this fashion experiment would help get rid of my funk. Maybe I’d even come out of it with new outfit ideas for spring.

For a while I admired the trend from afar, mostly in street style, and kept seeing a handful of styling tricks: cowboy boots worn with corporate suiting, with sweet flowy dresses, tucked underneath straight-leg jeans. But there’s a difference between dressing for Fashion Week and dressing for real life. I needed to find a way to wear these shoes that didn’t feel like I was dressing up as someone else but as someone who wears cowboy boots regularly, even.

So I wore cowboy boots for six days, in ways that felt in line with my personal aesthetic but still challenged me. The result? Well, you’ll have to scroll on to find out. Check out six ways to style cowboy boots (with affordable options!) ahead.

Laura Lajiness is a writer and editor based in New York City. Follow her on Instagram: @lauralajiness.

The Best Cleansing Balms for Soft, Smooth Skin

If you’re currently experiencing any number of dry skin issues—redness, rough patches, general irritation courtesy of winter weather—my suggestion is to inject as much hydration as possible into your daily routine. It starts with how you wash your face, morning and night. I, a cleansing oil devotee, am swapping out my favorite formulas for something with a little more heft this season. Enter the cleansing balm, a product that makes splashing my face with water much more fun.

“Cleansing balms hydrate and soothe without stripping your skin of essential moisture,” says dermatologist Dr. Timm Golueke. “They remove dirt and makeup, while also moisturizing. They’re cleansers with a creamy consistency, and should be soap-free and sulfate-free.”

Like cleansing oils, cleansing balms are impressively effective at removing even the most stubborn waterproof makeup in seconds. (The main difference is the texture.) It’s also imperative that you use them in the same way, meaning you should always apply on completely dry skin before wetting your face. This allows the formula to properly emulsify, transforming from a thick balm to the thin texture of milk, which will get rid of everything you want gone. Celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas is a proponent of using a wet muslin cloth to wet the balm, an easy addition that makes the whole thing feel even more luxurious. After rinsing off, my face feels gratifyingly soft and moisturized. Dr. Golueke points out that this is due to the hydrating and anti-inflammatory ingredients most cleansing balms contain and leave behind on your skin. (Think hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and botanical oils.)

One caveat: If your skin isn’t suffering from dryness, carry on with your usual cleanser. “I wouldn’t use a balm of any kind if you have oily, acneic skin,” says Vargas.

Naturally, not all formulas are created equal, so I selflessly washed my face many times to find the best contenders out there. Here are 10 of the best cleansing balms to see you safely through the cold.

Meghan Markle and Serena Williams Had a Casual Best-Friends Dinner Last Night

Meghan Markle is having the most enviable New York City trip right now. Yesterday afternoon, her friends threw her a beautiful baby shower at a swanky uptown hotel, which reportedly included lots of brightly-hued flowers, a literal orange tree, and, of course, presents. She then capped off the day with a low-key dinner with her good friend, the G.O.A.T Serena Williams. Casual.

Photographers snapped Markle, Williams, and Markle’s other good friends, Jessica Mulroney and Markus Anderson, leaving dinner at Ralph Lauren’s restaurant The Polo Bar on Tuesday night (February 19). Everyone was dressed comfortably, with Markle opting for a peacoat and boots while Williams wore glasses and a black trench coat. Williams and Mulroney had attended Markle’s baby shower earlier in the day, according to People.

Here’s photographic evidence this dinner happened. First up: A photo of Markle and Williams. (Well, Williams is in the far corner of the pic, but it’s no-less proof they hung out.)

Below, a photo of Markle getting into her car, looking as chic as ever.

And a snap of her with friend Markus Anderson:

Now, a final shot of Williams in the same outfit as above.

Imagine going to dinner with the G.O.A.T and a literal duchess. I wonder what they talked about! In all seriousness, Meghan Markle and Serena Williams are quite close—their friendship dates back to 2010—so they probably had a ton to catch up on.

Williams and Markle do keep in touch, though. The tennis champ recently opened up to People about what a typical conversation with her royal best friend is like. “I’m like, ‘How are you?’ and she’s like, ‘No, how are you?’ and I’m like, ‘You’re so sweet, but I’m really asking – how are YOU?’ ” Williams said. “I’m like, ‘Meghan, stop being so nice…you’re the pregnant one, aren’t you supposed to have hormones, why are you so sweet?’ But that’s always been her.”

Rep. Elise Stefanik Launches PAC to Elect More Republican Women to the House of Representatives

What points resonate as you’re making the case for this investment—is it about pure representation, as in, the Republican Party should look like the country? Is it about the fact that suburban women’s support for Trump seems to be dwindling and an emphasis on women could shore up some of that support? How is the conversation playing out?

I think the framing for these men is, “We think Elise is right. We need to focus more on this as a party and we want to support this initiative.” Men in leadership understand the importance of diversity in the party, the importance of winning young voters, winning diverse voters, winning suburban voters. I think they’ve listened. They understand this needs to be a priority.

When Sen. Susan Collins was thinking of running for governor in Maine, then-Sen. Heidi Heitkamp sent a text to her that said, in short, “Please don’t.” Heitkamp wanted a woman on the other side of the aisle to be her partner on some of the issues that they were working on. Have Democratic women reached out and said, “Great job. We would love to have more Republican women to work with us on some of these issues, whether that’s health care or child care or education”?

Yes. I have heard from women across the aisle, and I’ve heard from them publicly. I appreciate it. Cheri Bustos [of Illinois] who is head of the DCCC, which is the campaign arm for the Democratic Party, has said that she believes it is important for there to be more women in Congress and that means more women in both parties. I have felt very encouraged by my colleagues on my side of the aisle, but also women on the Democratic side, and I think that speaks to the broader point of why having women in elected office is so important. We tend to be more bipartisan. We tend to be legislative workhorses who want to get our work done, not run to our separate corners.

Four Democratic women senators are now in the race for president, and these are women who are considered frontrunners, which is a milestone just in terms of representation alone. Do you ever feel lonely as a conservative woman in a time when your ranks are so diminished?

I do not. I think about [former U.N. Ambassador] Nikki Haley and Sen. Martha McSally [of Arizona]. Sen. Susan Collins is on the ballot in the Senate. We have amazing women. Our stories tend not to get told in the media as much as Democratic female candidates. And that’s something I also want to change, but I feel very much at home with my female colleagues on the Republican side. I just want to increase those numbers. I think overall it’s good to have as many female role models as possible, regardless of what your political ideology is.

From the 2016 election until now, have there been flash points, especially around gender and sexism, that have made you question your place in the party?

I have a very independent record from President Trump. I have spoken out against his rhetoric regarding women, and I have disagreed on some of his policy decisions. I think that’s one of the reasons why I was overwhelmingly re-elected this past cycle, which was a really tough cycle in the northeast for Republicans.

As I’ve said, the issue the Republican Party has had with women voters predates President Trump. I think it’s been magnified with this administration and I do think some of the rhetoric has had an impact. We saw that at the polls in 2018. But I am a Republican and I’m hoping to help define the Republican Party as we head towards the future. But I worked on the Romney-Ryan campaign in 2012, and we lost single professional women ages 18 to 30 by over 30 points. That is a problem, and it’s going to continue after this administration. We have to rebuild our coalition.

5 Women Try Glossier’s Milky Oil Makeup Remover

Would She Buy It? Having tried it, I would definitely buy it. Most makeup removers need some vigorous scrubbing to take off all of my lipstick. This one was gentle.

Marla Goller, video producer

First Impression: I’m not really a cleansing oil kind of girl, so I’m not going to lie, this made me nervous.

Her Thoughts: With a name like “Milky Oil” I was expecting Glossier’s makeup remover to leave my face feeling greasy and oily, but I was pleasantly surprised with how satisfyingly smooth my skin felt after use. My makeup came off smoothly and easily, too. I’m definitely impressed. The only thing is that it made my skin a little red at first, but it cleared up after a few seconds.

Would you buy it? I wouldn’t have bought it before trying it, but now I would definitely buy it and would recommend it to friends.

Bella Cacciatore, beauty assistant

First Impression: It’s so incredibly cute I couldn’t wait to bring it home and display it in my medicine cabinet. However, I don’t know if I trust Glossier to make a makeup remover powerful enough to cut through anything more than a whisper of eyeshadow.

My Thoughts: I’m throughly impressed by this. It totally removed my Tom Ford liquid liner in one clean swoop, with no bleeding or black residue left behind. It didn’t leave a greasy film, or irritate my eyes, as many makeup removers tend to. When it came to my waterproof mascara I still needed another cleanse to 100 percent remove it, but Milky Oil did the bulk of the work.

Would I Buy It? I usually stick with drugstore makeup remover, but for $12 I would definitely upgrade for something so cute and so effective.

Tara Gonzalez, commerce editor

First Impression: I was skeptical initially. I only ever use a makeup wipe to remove my makeup and never use liquid makeup remover because I find them messy. It always feels like I have to scrub my makeup off with a liquid, as opposed to wiping it off quickly with a facial wipe. I’m a sucker for packaging though and really wanted to try Glossier’s Milky Oil because it looked so cute.

Her Thoughts: This product felt really nice on my skin whereas makeup remover solution usually really stings or feels uncomfortable for me. I also didn’t have to apply that much to remove my makeup, which is often the case. Most of the time I have a pretty hard time removing my red lipstick but it came off faster than usual with Milky Oil.

Would She Buy It? I would absolutely buy it and unlike my favorite CVS makeup remover wipes, I’d happily leave this on my bathroom counter as decor.

Lindsay Schallon, senior beauty editor

First Impression: At this point, Glossier could make an $18 bottle of water and I’d buy it. Why is everything so irresistibly cute?

Her Thoughts: I’m an evangelist for double cleansing (that is, first cleansing with an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup, then following that up with mild cleanser). Ever since I started doing it, I’ve noticed less breakouts. I think Milky Oil is good first step for spot treating—especially for eye makeup. It’s gentle on my sensitive eyes (a must for contact wearers) and doesn’t leave a greasy cast behind like some cleansing oils. Truth be told, I can’t tell too much of a difference between it and my favorite micellar water, but that bottle certainly doesn’t look as cute.

Best Square Toe Boots: Square Toe Shoe Trend

When it comes to footwear trends, you normally think about a specific category of shoes—cowboy boots, “ugly” sneakers, kitten heels—and not so much about a specific feature of its design. Squared-toe shoes are an exception, since they’ve defied categorization since their heyday in the ’90s. They’re not exactly universally beloved. (They’ve inspired headlines such as “The Square-Toe Shoe Must Die” and “Reasons Why Square Toed Shoes Are The Worst Shoes Ever.”) But they’ve stuck around, and have touched virtually every type of shoe type, from sandals to boots. And 2019 marks its big return to the fashion mainstream.

First popularized by Tom Ford at Gucci, square-toed shoes are seeing a resurgence thanks to big industry names, like Calvin Klein 205W39NYC and Helmut Lang, and indie favorites like Suzanne Rae and By Far, alike. At the most recent Fashion Week, they made appearances at Rosie Assoulin, Area, Proenza Schouler, and Eckhaus Latta.. You can buy everything from satin Mary Janes to velvet pumps, from retailers like Topshop and Urban Outfitters, with a square toe. So go ahead and get with the comeback—because this shoe is coming in hot for 2019.

Shop the best square toed shoes for spring below.

Tara Gonzalez is the associate commerce editor at Glamour, follow her at @tarigonzalez on Instagram.

Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson Have Reportedly Broken Up

Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson have ended their relationship, Us Weekly confirmed on Tuesday, February 19. “They aren’t speaking,” a source tells the magazine.

There have been signs recently hinting that this might happen. For one, Kardashian and Thompson reportedly didn’t spend Valentine’s Day together—though he did send her flowers, which she posted to Instagram Stories—and they haven’t been seen out in public together since January 13. Kardashian also hasn’t made plans to move back to Cleveland, where Thompson lives during basketball season. Add in the cryptic messages Kardashian has been posting lately to Instagram (see below) and you have reason to believe all is not well with Kardashian and Thompson.

TMZ reports that Kardashian ended things after Thompson cheated on her with Kylie Jenner’s best friend, Jordyn Woods. Shortly after this rumor surfaced, Thompson tweeted (then deleted), “FAKE NEWS.”

But it looks like Kardashian and her best friend Malika Haqq may have confirmed it. “STRONG FACTS,” Haqq commented underneath a Hollywood Unlocked post about the story. Kardashian quickly followed with a string of emojis.

If true, this wouldn’t be Thompson’s first cheating scandal. In April 2018, just days before Kardashian gave birth to their daughter, Thompson was spotted kissing another woman in New York City. The story became a focal point on Keeping Up With the Kardashians that season. In June, Kardashian defended her decision to stay with Thompson, tweeting, “You have no knowledge of what goes on in our household or the enormous rebuilding this takes to even coexist. I’m proud of my strength. I appreciate your opinion and I hope you hold that same opinion to everyone else who has stayed in situations.”

Her sister Kim was less kind about the situation, telling Ellen DeGeneres, “Like, I don’t even know how to describe it besides it’s just so fucked up.”

We’ve reached out to Khloé Kardashian and Jordyn Woods’ reps for comment and will update this post if and when they respond.

Lady Gaga and Her Fiancé Christian Carino Have Split

Lady Gaga and her fiancé, Christian Carino, have split after roughly two years of dating.

A rep for the singer confirmed this news to People on Tuesday, February 19. “It just didn’t work out. Relationships sometimes end,” the representative tells the magazine. “There’s no long dramatic story.”

According to People, speculation about the state of Gaga’s engagement began at the Grammy Awards on February 10, when fans noticed she wasn’t wearing her ring and didn’t thank Carino during her acceptance speech for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. (She and Bradley Cooper won the honor for “Shallow” from their movie A Star Is Born.) It was a noticeable absence given that Carino has been by Gaga’s side throughout this entire awards season, from the Screen Actors Guild Awards to the Golden Globes.

More evidence that Gaga‘s relationship was over came on Valentine’s Day, when she posted a photo of her new tattoo—a tribute to “La Vien En Rose,” which she sings in A Star Is Born—but didn’t say anything about Carino. “Happy Valentine’s Day. A tattoo toast to ‘la vie en rose’ by the beautiful @winterstone my spinal cord is now a rose,” she wrote in the caption.

It was first reported that Gaga and Carino were dating back in February 2017, after they were spotted together at a Kings of Leon concert. In October 2018, Gaga confirmed she was engaged to Carino, a talent agent for the Creative Arts Agency (CAA).

It’s been a busy few weeks for Lady Gaga, who just wrapped the first leg of her Las Vegas residency, Enigma. Her next big milestone is performing “Shallow” at the Oscars this Sunday, where she’s nominated for Best Original Song as well as Best Actress. Her A Star Is Born, co-star Bradley Cooper is expected to join her on stage for the performance.

Lady Gaga and Her Fiancé Christian Carino Have Ended Their Engagement

Lady Gaga and her fiancé, Christian Carino, have broken up after roughly two years of dating.

A rep for the singer confirmed this news to People on Tuesday, February 19. “It just didn’t work out. Relationships sometimes end,” the representative tells the magazine. “There’s no long dramatic story.”

According to People, speculation about the state of Gaga’s engagement began at the Grammy Awards on February 10, when fans noticed she wasn’t wearing her ring and didn’t thank Carino during her acceptance speech for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. (She and Bradley Cooper won the honor for “Shallow” from their movie A Star Is Born.) It was a noticeable absence given that Carino has been by Gaga’s side throughout this entire awards season, from the Screen Actors Guild Awards to the Golden Globes.

More evidence that Gaga‘s relationship was over came on Valentine’s Day, when she posted a photo of her new tattoo—a tribute to “La Vien En Rose,” which she sings in A Star Is Born—but didn’t say anything about Carino. “Happy Valentine’s Day. A tattoo toast to ‘la vie en rose’ by the beautiful @winterstone my spinal cord is now a rose,” she wrote in the caption.

It was first reported that Gaga and Carino were dating back in February 2017, after they were spotted together at a Kings of Leon concert. In October 2018, Gaga confirmed she was engaged to Carino, a talent agent for the Creative Arts Agency (CAA).

It’s been a busy few weeks for Lady Gaga, who just wrapped the first leg of her Las Vegas residency, Enigma. Her next big milestone is performing “Shallow” at the Oscars this Sunday, where she’s nominated for Best Original Song as well as Best Actress. Her A Star Is Born, co-star Bradley Cooper is expected to join her on stage for the performance.

Meghan Markle’s Baby Shower: All the Details

It’s happening, people: Meghan Markle‘s highly-anticipated baby shower is going down in New York City today (February 19). Details about the gathering have slowly been trickling out, but now that it’s fully underway we have even more information.

Before we get into it, though, one interesting thing to note is royal mothers-to-be typically don’t have baby showers. Victoria Arbiter, a royal expert, told ABC News in 2013 such events would be seen as “highly inappropriate” because the royal family is “clearly very wealthy.” “There’s nothing they can’t go out and buy themselves,” she explained.

But Meghan Markle‘s baby shower is different. The gathering is more of a way for Markle to reunite with close friends than receive actual presents (though we’re sure there will be some of those too).

Here’s everything we know (so far) about the fun celebration:

It’s happening in New York City. Specifically at a swanky uptown hotel, according to Hello. Very fitting for a duchess.

The guest list is stacked. Omid Scobie, an ABC News royal contributor, tells Good Morning America 15 guests are slated to attend. “[Guests] include best pal Jessica Mulroney, actress and close pal Abigail Spencer has flown in and Priyanka Chopra is supposed to be flying in especially for this from London Fashion Week,” he says, adding, “It’ll be a celebration with her closest friends.”

Why this date. “The trip was planned some months ago and, with [with an official trip to] Morroco this weekend, is the last available time Meghan can travel before the Baby Sussex is born,” Scobie tells Good Morning America. “Over the weekend she has been catching up with some of her closest friends, visiting favorite spots in the city and even shopping for baby clothes.”

A second baby shower is also happening in England. According to this tweet from Scobie:

The décor. Official photos probably won’t come out from this super-private gathering, but paparazzi did catch pink roses being delivered to the reported location before Markle’s arrival. Hello notes the orange, yellow, and pink hues to the others flowers could be a nod to Markle’s spring due date. Someone was also spotted carrying in an orange tree, which symbolizes prosperity, happiness, and luck—the perfect message for an expecting mother.

What Markle’s wearing. A casual-chic ensemble: grey coat and skinny jeans, matched with a light beige bag and beige pumps.

The gifts. Again, this information probably won’t officially be released, but paparazzi did snap a Babyletto crib getting delivered to the shower’s uptown New York location.