Ashley Olsen Just Made Her Red Carpet Debut With Her Boyfriend

Ashley Olsen is back on the red carpet scene, with her boyfriend in tow. 

On Thursday, September 23, the 35-year-old fashion designer and former Full House actor attended the YES 20th Anniversary Celebration at The Maybourne Beverly Hills in California. The event paid tribute to Young Eisner Scholars—a nonprofit that, according to their website, “identifies promising students from underserved communities and equips them with the resources, support, and academic skills required for success through high school, college, and career.”

Eric Eisner, founder of YES, is also the father of Olsen’s boyfriend, Louis Eisner. The two made for a chic pair on the red carpet. Olsen opted for an all-black outfit, composed of a black coat and black floor-length gown. Louis kept his outfit classic: black suit jacket and white shirt. 

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After a childhood in the public eye, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen now have a tendency to keep things private. In June, they gave a rare interview to i-D  about their lives.

“We were raised to be discreet people,” Mary-Kate Olsen explained in the interview. 

“I think that potentially that’s just our aesthetic, our design preference,” Ashley added about their brand The Row’s modest style. “But that doesn’t mean that we don’t also appreciate something truly ornate or maximal. Sometimes a collection even starts quite like that, and then gets pared down. It doesn’t always start from that simplistic place.”

In the interview, Ashley also talked about  how she and Mary-Kate were hesitant to attach their names to fashion projects. “We didn’t want to be in front of it, we didn’t necessarily even want to let people know it was us,” she said. “It was really about the product, to the point where we were like: Who could we get to front this so that we don’t have to?”

Prince Harry’s Laptop Case Has the Sweetest Reference to Archie

Proud papa Prince Harry hasn’t shied away from showing off his love for his wife, Meghan Markle, and kids, Archie and Lilibet. It turns out, that goes all the way down to his laptop décor. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are in New York City, and they’ve been looking sharp (and very important!) with laptops and papers in hand. While they were spotted leaving 50 United Nations Plaza, a peek at Prince Harry’s laptop revealed exactly where his heart lies: with his son. An inscription on his laptop case reads, “Archie’s Papa.” Adorable! 

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Baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6, 2019, and pre-pandemic, he was a busy baby, meeting the public, visiting pubs with his parents, and donating thousands of dollars to charity.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrived in New York City on Wednesday, September 23, and according to Global Citizen, they’re here to make an appearance at the Global Citizen Live event on Saturday, September 25. The couple is participating in the event on the Great Lawn of Central Park “to continue their urgent work with world leaders in the pursuit of global vaccine equity to end the COVID-19 pandemic for everyone, everywhere,” according to Global Citizen.

Highlights of their trip so far have included a visit to One World Observatory at the World Trade Center with Mayor Bill de Blasio, his wife, Chirlane McCray, and their son, Dante de Blasio, as well as New York Governor Kathy Hochul.

The couple’s visit to the Big Apple comes fresh off of their September 15 joint magazine cover debut as Time 100 honorees. World Central Kitchen founder José Andrés, who’s worked with the Sussexes in the past on relief efforts, wrote a feature on the couple, commending their status as two of Time‘s most influential people.

“In a world where everyone has an opinion about people they don’t know, the duke and duchess have compassion for the people they don’t know,” Andrés wrote for Time. “They don’t just opine. They run toward the struggle.”

Elon Musk and Grimes Have Reportedly Broken Up

On August 5, actor Kate Bosworth announced her split from her husband of seven years, filmmaker Michael Polish, on Instagram. “The beginning is often the best part of love. Fireworks, magnets, rebellion—the attraction. The onset signals a wide open expanse of possibility,” she began the lengthy post, adding, “Inherently we fear an ending. To lose what you have because you got what you wanted. To be attached to the expectation of the outcome. The great Unknown. What if we chose not to fear but instead, to love. If that most delicate and vulnerable last flicker to the flame became another type of furnace entirely.

“Our hearts are full, as we have never been so enamored and deeply grateful for one another as we do in this decision to separate,” she clarified, noting that her epitaph of their relationship may “sound strange to some, romantic to others.”

Despite the split, Bosworth suggests in her posts that the pair are working on a new film together. “Together, over the last 10 years, Michael and I have chosen love, every time. We hold hands as tightly today as we entangled fingers on our wedding day. Our eyes look more deeply into one another, with more courage now. In the process of letting go, we have come to acknowledge that our love will never end. The connection does not simply disappear. The love deepens, the heart expands,” she wrote. “We laugh as we plan for our next movie together and are excited to share our latest collaboration. We believe the most epic love stories are those which transcend expectation.” Read the post in its entirety, here

I Tried PRF Fillers for My 30th Birthday—Here’s What I Wish I’d Known First

I’m no stranger to fillers. So when I noticed my under eyes looking sunken and hollow as my 30th birthday loomed, my first thought wasn’t, I should get more sleep and drink more water. My mind went straight to fillers and my fingers went straight to Google. 

That’s how I found out about platelet-rich fibrin, or PRF, under-eye injections. What I read online turned into what I experienced in real life days later: A technician draws two to four 13-milliliter tubes of your blood, runs it through a centrifuge at a slow speed, and injects the newly-separated PRF back into the treatment area.

The idea behind this type of procedure is simple. Practitioners say your body’s own platelets and growth factors can be isolated and used to enhance the appearance of a given area by rejuvenating skin, even making it plumper. For anyone with the compulsion to try the newest, coolest procedures—like me—or wary of injecting synthetic fillers into their body, this more natural approach can be really appealing. 

However cool and revolutionary the results are supposed to be, though, I found the procedure more than a little gruesome. I love enhancements but hate needles, so the process of having blood sucked from my arm turned my stomach—and that was before the watery solution was injected under my eyes rapidly, which my provider told me was so it wouldn’t clot. As with traditional under eye filler, I could hear a disquieting popping noise and feel periorbital pressure with each squirt. I wasn’t numbed, so the speed compounded an already-unpleasant experience. It was, put simply, gross.

It was also ineffective for me, but I know from online reviews that results can vary. Only after I’d signed a waiver and been strapped with a tourniquet was I told I would need five appointments to see results. Standard filler only requires one, so I wasn’t thrilled. I had intense—very intense—bruising for over a week and when the swelling subsided, so did the fullness I’d attributed to filler. After two weeks, I was back to my sunken baseline. My face looked the same, but my bank account did not. 

Forgive my lack of before-and-after photos—when I set out to do this, I expected a subtle success and to carry on with my life looking ever-so-slightly better. As a result, I wasn’t planning on being too public about it. I took one picture the day of the procedure: my hand clutching a stress ball that the medspa gave me. There’s an unsettling array of pointy implements in the background. The photo radiates discomfort, but that feeling would have been worth it if I’d noticed an improvement.

My experience differed so dramatically from reviews I’d read online, and doctors’ opinions of PRF filler differ too. Dr. Anil Rajani, a Portland, Oregon-based injector with 20 years of experience—10 of which have been with platelet-rich plasma and six of which have been with PRF—told me, “Fillers many times can attract water and create an unnatural look whereas PRF is an all-natural way to help rejuvenate the skin in this area and brighten the under eye, and we even see an increased volume to combat the dark circles.”

He uses microneedling to inject the PRF for regenerative and rejuvenating effects and says it can even be used to improve hair quality and lip color. When injected as a filler, which is a newer use, the growth factors and platelets slowly release over weeks and months, Rajani told me. But he added that some results should still be immediate. Unlike my practitioner, he said a second—let alone fifth—injection is only necessary if a client requests one after six weeks.

TK Celebrities Who Have Had Their Tattoos Removed

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 19: Actress Hayden Panettiere arrives at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)Jon Kopaloff

Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell used to have several tattoos on his arms and one on the front of his chest, but he said in 2019 that he’s getting rid of them, even though the process is painful. On The Late Late Show in 2019, Farrel said, “I’m getting rid of them because I got tired of getting painted in the makeup chair anytime I wear a T-shirt. It buys me an extra 45 minutes sleep in the morning.” Relatable!

Colin Farrell during “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” World Premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Weeks/FilmMagic)Chris Weeks

Heidi Klum

To commemorate her fourth anniversary with then-husband Seal, model Heidi Klum got an abstract design inked on her inner arm, which she told People was “my husband’s name and our three children—their initials, in the stars.” Four years later, in 2012, having filed for divorce, she began the process of removing the Seal section, though she kept the star parts that had her kids’ initials inside.

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Kat Von D

Kat may have made her name for putting tattoos on people, but after she split from Jesse James, she went for the laser. The reality star had her ex’s fifth grade school portrait inked onto her side; following allegations of him cheating in 2012, she began the removal process, per TMZ.

Pete Davidson

King of celebrities who have had tattoos removed. “Burning them off is worse than getting them,” the SNL star quipped in May 2021 as he began the process of removing dozens of tattoos that covered his chest and arms. He doesn’t regret the specific images, per se, but with his movie career showing no signs of slowing down, Davidson would rather not spend an extra three hours in the makeup chair every day.

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19 Celebrities Who Have Had Their Tattoos Removed

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 19: Actress Hayden Panettiere arrives at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)Jon Kopaloff

Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell used to have several tattoos on his arms and one on the front of his chest, but he said in 2019 that he’s getting rid of them, even though the process is painful. On The Late Late Show in 2019, Farrel said, “I’m getting rid of them because I got tired of getting painted in the makeup chair anytime I wear a T-shirt. It buys me an extra 45 minutes sleep in the morning.” Relatable!

Colin Farrell during “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” World Premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Weeks/FilmMagic)Chris Weeks

Heidi Klum

To commemorate her fourth anniversary with then-husband Seal, model Heidi Klum got an abstract design inked on her inner arm, which she told People was “my husband’s name and our three children—their initials, in the stars.” Four years later, in 2012, having filed for divorce, she began the process of removing the Seal section, though she kept the star parts that had her kids’ initials inside.

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Kat Von D

Kat may have made her name for putting tattoos on people, but after she split from Jesse James, she went for the laser. The reality star had her ex’s fifth grade school portrait inked onto her side; following allegations of him cheating in 2012, she began the removal process, per TMZ.

Pete Davidson

King of celebrities who have had tattoos removed. “Burning them off is worse than getting them,” the SNL star quipped in May 2021 as he began the process of removing dozens of tattoos that covered his chest and arms. He doesn’t regret the specific images, per se, but with his movie career showing no signs of slowing down, Davidson would rather not spend an extra three hours in the makeup chair every day.

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Billie Eilish Just Revealed the Real Reason She Dyed Her Hair Blonde

Billie Eilish made headlines when she debuted her Happier Than Ever-era platinum blonde hair back in March, but her reason for the dramatic change was all about “anonymity.”

When Eilish first opened up about transitioning from what was quickly becoming her signature black hair with green roots, the Grammy-winning artist told Ellen DeGeneres that she did so on a whim. “I had been wanting it blonde for a while, I don’t know what came over me,” she said in May. “I saw a fan edit when I had green hair. It was me with whatever hair color I had, and they just edited blonde hair on me and I was like, ‘Ah, it’s so sick; I want it.’”

But now, over four months later, Eilish has revealed a deeper reason for the dye job. “I couldn’t go anywhere with that hair because it was so obviously me. I wanted anonymity,” she told Elle magazine in a new interview. With the blonde hair, came a new sense of freedom.

 “I went to a park with a friend, and I was like, ‘No, I can’t take off my hood!’” she said. “I was terrified of the paparazzi and these stalkers I’ve had. But my friend was like, ‘Don’t worry: You’re okay. Nothing’s gonna happen.’ And I took my hood off, and I felt like a new person.” 

That’s honestly heartbreaking to hear. Luckily, her hair was able to handle the intense treatment. At the time, she told DeGeneres that she was worried she wouldn’t be able to pull the style off. “I thought of it as a dream. I didn’t think it was gonna happen because my hair’s been through so much,” Billie Eilish said of the process, which took six whole weeks. “I thought I would burn it all off if I tried [to go blonde]. But I did it!”

As for choosing to go platinum, specifically, it doesn’t actually get much deeper than her original statment. “I had no goal of ‘This is going to make everybody think differently of me.’ I’ve had different-colored hair and vibes for everything I’ve ever done. I wanted this album to have its own thing,” Eilish clarified to Elle. “The other day, I posted a video from when I had green hair, and I saw people go, ‘I miss this Billie, the green-haired Billie. I’m still the same person. I’m not just different Barbies with different heads.”


I Found My New Favorite Wine, Thanks to This Subscription Service

I have to admit: I wasn’t always a wine lover. But ~adulting~ and Winc Wine Club changed that. As I got older, I quickly found myself opting for red wine (cabernet sauvignon, specifically) over cocktails, as well as stocking up on wine bottles for my apartment. And, while I have a “no drinking during the week” rule, I absolutely bent that during quarantine (like most people). But part of it stemmed from becoming more and more of a wine snob, too. Back in the day, if wine tasted good, then it tasted good—and that was that. I had never before noted aromas and flavor hints, but my newfound curiosity during quar led me to explore the more intricate details. 

With my new hobby, I was buying more wine than usual, and the added expense began to pile up. I had heard of wine subscriptions and wine clubs before but never found the need to sign up—not until I met Winc Wine Club, at least. And before I dive in, let me just say that I now understand the hype surrounding wine subscription services now. I get it. 

The site features a quiz that can help narrow down options once you plug in your answers—red or white, your fave foods—but also allows you to browse wines by region, body, and preferences like organic and low-sugar. For your first box, you can choose four wines for $30. Then, for each month after that, you can select wines from Winc’s recs or your own picks with a $60 credit. There are no limits as to how many bottles you can purchase (although you pay the difference once you’re over the credit) and Winc boxes are designed for buying four, six, or 12 bottles at a time. Plus, shipping is free on any purchase of four or more bottles—just saying.

I’m a big fan of wines on the drier, not-so-sweet side. (If a wine is too sweet, there’s a high chance that I wake up with a headache the next day—even after just one glass.) So ultimately, I went with some of my favorite varietals along with other newbies recommended by Winc. As soon as I received my box of wine, I immediately zeroed in on the 2020 Sister Snake cabernet sauvignon for my first taste test. I was intrigued by the serpent artwork and the fact that it was from South Africa. I’ve only really tried wine from California, Chile, France, and Argentina, so I was excited to sip on something new. 

On my first glass, all I could think was, Wow. This cabernet packs a punch, and the level of dryness was just to my liking. As for the actual taste, it’s peppery with hints of dark and red fruits and goes down very smoothly. The details note that the wine has tasting notes of blackcurrant, cherry, clove, and black pepper, which explains the kick. In fact, it almost resembles licorice, which I love to munch on whenever I crave candy. The fruit overpowers everything else, but there are faint notes of earthiness and woodsy flavors within, too.

Heads up, though: I’m not a lightweight, but if you are, it’s worth noting that this wine has a relatively high alcohol content of 14.7% (!) so please drink responsibly. Winc recommends pairing Sister Snake with burgers, beef, barbecue, and chocolate cake, although it’s excellent on its own. I had mine with some truffle-flavored popcorn and the combo was *chef’s kiss*. 

And if you’re concerned about sulfur levels in your wine, this one is on the lower side. Sulfur dioxide (a.k.a. sulfites) protects wine from spoiling through oxidation, thanks to its antibacterial properties—so it’s often in there for a reason. But research shows that sulfites may be linked to headaches, which might be worth keeping in mind if that sounds familiar. (Although sulfites are considered perfectly safe for consumption). And, no surprise, you can search for low-sulfur wines on Winc if that’s your thing.

I love customization, and this tailored experience gets nothing short of an A+ in my book. If Sister Snake is any indication, my upcoming bottles will be just as crisp, delicious, and smooth. 

Sister Snake Cabernet Sauvignon

$16.99

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Antoinette Nwandu Is Making Broadway History

The thing I’m learning as a Black woman is that those few little moments when you do have a lot of power, nobody tells you about it. Everybody’s looking out for themselves. So if you’re somebody who’s never historically come from power, you don’t recognize it, but power is the opportunity to change. I have power right now to change my industry. That’s why all of our actors get a wellness stipend, and we don’t ask how they use it. That’s a change that I’m proud of and a direct result of me being a producer in the room where these conversations are happening. The play depicts Black male trauma, and they’re doing it eight times a week. I mean, eight times a week! I’m actually mad I didn’t get one for myself.

How do you take care of yourself then?

Stillness, therapy, marijuana, and more stillness, shit. At the end of the day, I’m a Pisces. If I could sit in the corner and dream and cry, I would. But I’m not gonna sit by and watch other people gain power while I don’t. After I spent how many years writing this play? Nuh uh. That to me is self care, self respect.

Who is your support system?

Chosen family, real family, of course, but I​​ do not want to overlook the energy of our ancestors. Zora Neale Hurston wrote a book called Moses. I bought an original, signed copy of it. When I come home to hold it, I’m like: This woman held this book in her hands. [Laughs.] Yeah, I can write some pages today. They remind me that I’m not here by accident, and I’m never alone.

What’s a useful piece of advice you’d give to the younger Antoinette who first started jotting down the words of this play?

The same thing I tell myself today: Do affirmations out loud in the morning. Tell yourself that you are loved and doing a great job. Despite what it looks like, you’re moving forward. Sometimes, that move is internal. Don’t be so hard on yourself because you are literally magic. Black women? We are the magic, and not because of what we make. But because of who we’ve been and who we are. I mean, therapy is great but when you fix your mind to tell yourself that you are valuable at the beginning of every day?! Whew!

Pass Over is now playing at the August Wilson Theatre for a limited engagement through October 10, 2021.

Brittani Samuel is a Caribbean-American arts journalist, dramatic writer, and theater administrator based in New York. To read some of her published work, visit this link. To chat about how much she loves Rihanna, visit her on Instagram: @brittaniidiannee.

Is There a Right Way to Pee While Wearing a Bodysuit?

Bodysuits answer the question, “What if your thong stayed in place by looping around your neck?” But a second question remains: How are we supposed to pee in these things?

A bodysuit is a skintight, leotard-style one-piece. It covers the wearer’s crotch, either seamlessly like a swimsuit, or with snaps, like a baby’s onesie. The bodysuit may include pants, it may include sleeves, it may have neither. It is a tube that receives the body, as a pitcher receives cool water.

Bodysuits are not a new trend—they emerged in the 40s and were popularized in the 70s—but they currently have us in a chokehold. Every woman celebrity wears bodysuits, and wears them regularly: Jennifers Aniston and Lopez, Megan Markle, Gigi and Bella, Kendall and Kylie. The following stars wore bodysuits at the Met Gala: Serena Williams, Ella Emhoff, Olivia Rodrigo, and Lil Nas X. Rihanna’s Fenty, Beyonce’s Ivy Park, and Kim Kardashians’ Skims all lean heavily on bodysuits. Cool-girl clothing site Revolve has five times more entries for “bodysuit” than it does for “skirt.”

It’s easy to see why. Bodysuits are sexy. “I feel held in, I feel sexier, I feel like I can move around more,” says Norma Kamali, the iconic designer who helped popularize bodysuits in the 70s and 80s. “It just feels good.” Bodysuits cannot wrinkle, ride up, bunch, untuck, or unintentionally expose. You can wear them to sex, a workout class, or a business meeting. A bodysuit is a fast-pass to the holy grail of modern dress: the elusive state of looking “put together.”

“You might think that wardrobe that fits snugly to your body would make you more uncomfortable,” says stylist Laurie Brucker, “But when you kind of feel that sucked in feeling, it helps you to feel secure.” A great bodysuit makes you feel like you could be president of these United States. Perhaps that is why they are the outfit of choice for pop-stars, superheroes, and Olympic gymnasts. 

But even superheroes and pop-stars have to pee. And the question, in a bodysuit, is: how? This really happened to me in the course of writing this article: I went on a date in a bodysuit. We went into a cafe, and I entered the single-stall bathroom. Inside, I peed quickly. Then I spent what felt like several slow hours furiously trying to re-snap my bodysuit over my crotch. I was sweating, shaking, performing a wildly impromptu gynecological examination on myself. When I stepped outside the bathroom, wild-eyed, my date was standing there. So were four women who had formed a line in the time I had been trying to snap my bodysuit.

I turned to the experts to find out what I am doing wrong.

“The idea of how you go to the bathroom, how you pee when you wear it, at the beginning was the big issue,” says Kamali. She recalls that people insisted they could not wear bodysuits, because they could not go to the bathroom. People demanded that she add snaps to the crotch of her designs, to facilitate peeing. She tried it, but found that “the snaps are more uncomfortable than figuring out how to go to the bathroom.” Instead, Kamali’s bodysuits use fusible stretch elastic around the legs to make them easier to remove. “Putting snaps at your crotch, excuse me—it doesn’t make sense,” she says.

In fact, Kamali is adamant that if you even need to ask how to pee in a bodysuit, you already have your answer. “The people who need to be told how to pee shouldn’t be wearing a bodysuit,” she says. “You should forget it—it’s not for you, don’t worry about it. Wear a top. Do something else.”