Living

Everyday is Earth Day, so check out these six plastic free products  Grapefruit and Palmarosa Sea Mineral Liquid Soap Since 2017, Captain Blankenship has diverted 3,776 pounds of plastic from our oceans, upcycling it to make bottles for soaps (including this citrus-y one), shampoos, and conditioners. $24, captainblankenship.com Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 3 SneakersNike diverts over 1 billion plastic bottles per year from landfills and oceans, melting them down to make the yarn used in its jerseys and shoes, including this Flyknit running shoe. $167.97, nike.com Heat Wave...
Toking Care of Business If you live in California, you can purchase any of the Golden State-produced items shown here. Outside of Cali, you’re limited to those that only contain CBD, a cannabis derivative with medicinal properties that won’t get you stoned. Hopefully, we’ll soon all be living in weed-friendly states. Until then, here’s a preview of the future of cannabis products.   Pot-Tarts  Available in Strawberry Rose and Cherry Almond, these tasty, vegan, gluten-free treats use a 1:1 ratio of CBD:THC to help curb chronic pain. Mini Toaster...
For a score of reasons ranging from socioeconomic disparities to an all-out stigma against mental illness, Black people are least likely to seek professional help for anxiety, depression, and more. Now, in this time of anxiety and uncertainty, actress Taraji P. Henson is setting out to offer assistance to those in need who may be generally reluctant. In 2018, Henson founded the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, named in honor of her father who served in the Vietnam War. According to the site, Henson’s father—as a result of...
Along with a game that assigns people animals they resemble (try it, it’s fun), I’ve always enjoyed asking “What would you do if the world was ending?” among friends. In high school one of the best lunch breaks I remember was planning for an apocalypse—should it ever happen—with a friend group. These scenarios have always been wildly extreme—involving zombies, outbreaks of Ebola or alien invasions. Still, it’s fun. There’s a whole genre of Hollywood movies made about imminent disasters, books written about post-apocalyptic worlds. As...
My eyes are two completely different shapes. One lid is hooded, the other is not. One eyebrow is significantly lower than the other. I know this because I spend approximately three hours of each day staring at my reflection in the mirror. I’m not vain; vanity requires some sort of self-confidence. I am, however, completely obsessed with how I look. Three hours may seem lengthy, but the face changes so quickly that it’s important to keep tabs on what it’s doing. Ten minutes can go...
Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, better known as Cardi B, has partnered with Los Angeles-based affordable fashion brand Fashion Nova to give away $1 million to those “directly affected” by COVID-19. In an Instagram video posted to the 27-year old rapper’s Instagram page on Wednesday, April 8, Cardi B shared that she’s received “a lot” of DMs from people struggling during this time of crisis, so she decided to partner with Fashion Nova to give money to those who need it most.            View this post on Instagram                   A post shared...
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep the world, and people everywhere feel uncertain about when life will return to normal — and what things will look like once it does. In the meantime, women face additional pressures during already troubled times.  From decreased access to essential health care services to a greater exposure to the virus, women can anticipate many ongoing changes over the coming months. Sadly, they remain more vulnerable, both physically and economically, in several ways. Here’s how the current outbreak disproportionately impacts women.  1....
In the wake of COVID-19, people from all over are heeding the call to offer assistance to those in need, by any means they’re capable of. For Miss England 2019, Dr. Bhasha Mukherjee, that means temporarily trading in her crown and returning from overseas charity work in order to provide care. Prior to competing in last year’s Miss World pageant, Mukherjee was a junior doctor at Pilgrim Hospital who specialized in respiratory medicine. Since winning her title, Mukherjee quickly began humanitarian efforts and had been welcomed...
From the quarantini to cocktail parties via Zoom, social distancing has brought a whole new meaning to how we enjoy alcohol. While mixing drinks is a fun activity for many of us who have been stuck inside for weeks with no plans of going out any time in the near future, Ina Garten of the Food Network just took it to the next level. Garten, also known as the Barefoot Contessa from her hit cooking show, has been an icon since long before she posted this...
Just hours before delivering her daughter, virologist Minal Dakhave Bhosale was able to create India’s first testing kit for Coronavirus. Bhosale's team was able to make the testing kit "in record time": instead of the usual three to four months, it took only six weeks to develop the testing kit, which became available Thursday, March 26. Bhosale's lab, Mylab Discovery, is the first Indian lab to get full approval to produce a testing kit. They’ve already sent the first batch of 150 tests to labs in Delhi,...