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This New Year’s Eve Wedding (In A Blizzard) Is Magical


Coordinating wedding pictures, even in good weather, is no small feat. So, when we saw the big-day photos from R29 fashion sales director Caitlin Komora Engler and her husband, Tim “Shug” Engler, we were completely taken aback. They wed in the middle of a blizzard. Yes, talk about next level. In the midst of freezing temps and snowfall, Caitlin pulled off looking her radiant, warm self.

And, as if it could get any better, the duo wed on New Year’s Eve and then clinked Champagne glasses with their friends and family. Read on for their adorable story, tips on pulling off a winter wedding, and magical fairyland pictures in Erie, Pennsylvania. We’re wishing them a happy one-year anniversary!

How do you respond when people ask how you met?

“It typically starts with a ‘Technically, we met…’ We have a unique story of parallel paths. Friends introduced us while living in NYC, and we quickly discovered that we both went to Penn State (huge Big 10 school) and lived in the same dorm building our freshman year (two floors apart). Needless to say, we had A LOT of mutual friends and stories to discuss during the two-hour rain delay on our first date at the Phillies-Mets game!”

Can you give us a breakdown of your wedding day?
“We got married in my hometown, Erie, Pennsylvania (a.k.a. the Tundra), so I had a sleepover at my family’s home with my sister and a few of my bridesmaids. We woke up early to a complete white-out blizzard! While we were anticipating snow, this was more than we asked for.”

“With the weather, we left early to get to the hair salon, where myself, my bridesmaids, my family, and my husband’s family all got our hair and makeup done. Afterwards, the bridesmaids headed to the wedding venue (which was at a gorgeous, classic country club), where we had a private bridal suite to clink Champagne and get dressed in.”

“Meanwhile, my husband and his groomsmen were downstairs in the club room playing poker, drinking beer, and doing typical guy things. Since we wanted to keep to the tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony, my sister and his brother had to coordinate when we were coming and going that day.”

“Once our photographer arrived, the blizzard was in full force. The boys were up first, and as you can see in the photos, the snow did not show mercy! The car took the boys to the church, while we got started on our indoor photos. We then bravely headed outdoors. My friends and photographer were serious troupers!”

“There was a lot of laughter and screams, which helped to cope with the cold. The energy of that moment really showed through in the photos and also reminds me of how lucky I am to have such amazing friends and family.”

“With the bad road conditions, we were definitely running behind schedule and ended up being 20 minutes late to the ceremony. The ceremony was held at a gorgeous Catholic church, officiated by my priest from grade school. The ceremony was a whirlwind, but we both remember it being absolutely perfect.”

“Afterwards, our bridal party braved the snow AGAIN and headed back outdoors for more photos. The groomsmen were such gentlemen, shoveling snow for us and making sure all the girls were warm.”

“We had previously discovered a festive alleyway behind one of our favorite bars (where we had the post-rehearsal-dinner gathering the night before), and we took more photos there. Since it was dark at that point, the lights in the alley really popped, making the pictures even more magical. My feet were literally frozen by now, so there are a few photos of my husband rubbing my toes in the middle of the bar after, haha!”

“We had our cocktail hour, followed by our first dance, and then invited all of the guests to the dance floor before dinner. The dinner bell rang close to 9, where we heard three incredible speeches and a delicious meal.”

“After the cake cutting, I headed back to the dance floor with my dad, followed by a dance with my husband and his mom. The dance floor was packed the entire night.”

“Since we got married on New Year’s Eve, we had a few surprises for the big midnight toast. These included lots of 2014 swag, mini confetti poppers and streamers, and a live feed of the ball drop in NYC. After midnight, the party kept going until close to 1 a.m. (45 minutes longer than it was supposed to), and we ended the night with sliders, French fries, and a sparkler farewell. Most of our guests kept the party going all night back at the hotel.”

Did you set out with a specific vibe you wanted?

“We wanted the wedding to feel really personal and fun, especially given that it was on New Year’s Eve. Since it was in the winter, I wanted everyone to feel cozy and warm when they walked in. We had TONS of candle glow to give it that warmth effect, no matter where you went.”

With a winter wedding, what challenges did you face?

“I think the most obvious challenge is the weather. The good news is, with a winter wedding you actually expect bad weather, so you can plan accordingly. To help alleviate stress for guests, we had transportation set up from the moment they arrived until they left the next day. We also told guests to anticipate snow and plan travel accordingly, such as flying in a day early.”

“For our bridal party, we wanted them to be as warm as possible for the outdoor pictures, so we outfitted them with fur stoles, scarves, and gloves. I can’t say they were toasty the whole time, but it certainly helped!”

Any accessories you’d recommend for surviving the elements more easily?

“The fur stoles were great for the girls because they were warm and they looked great in photos! The makeup artist put a setting spray on us, and it worked amazingly. Through all of the snow and wind, my makeup never ran. Knowing how cold our feet got, I would suggest some sort of cozy winter boots as an alternative for the outdoor photos.”

What would you have done differently, if anything?

“As someone who grew up in a snow town, I never used umbrellas in the snow (I think we thought we were tougher than that, haha). However, looking back, umbrellas would have been a smart and cute accessory for everyone, especially since it was snowing so much and our hair was pretty much soaked after the first round of photos. Luckily, we used Texas-hair-strength hairspray, so no one’s ‘do fell flat!”

Most surprising or funniest moment of the day?

“There are SO many (like how our grandparents are actually the best dancers we know), but the funniest/scariest was when my fur stole caught on fire! I walked into the cocktail hour and was so mesmerized by the gorgeous seating-chart display, which my friend hand-wrote, and I leaned over to take a closer look. Suddenly, one of my bridesmaids said she smelled something funny, and I looked down to see flames! We put it out really quickly so no one was hurt, but that smell definitely lingered for a few minutes. Remember how I said I wanted the place to glow? It may have glowed a little TOO much.”

Any advice for future brides and grooms?

“Embrace what comes your way. There are certain things that, no matter how much you prepare, they will go different than planned. We didn’t necessarily ask for a blizzard (a light dusting of snow would have been nice), but that’s what we got! With the bad road conditions, the timing of things was totally delayed, and that was okay. At the end of the day, if you walk down that aisle together, married, it’s a success!”

How would you both describe each other in three words?
Tim (Shug): Generous, thoughtful, and bright.
Caitlin: Sweet, selfless, and handsome.

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Actress Leaves Hollywood To Become Secret Rapping Superhero


Abbie Cornish has been working steadily as an actress for years now. Originally from Australia, she’s appeared in major motion pictures all over the world. You might have caught her in Bright Star or Robocop. Now, Cornish is leaving acting behind to pursue a most unexpected venture: going on tour with Nas.

Cornish announced the news on Instagram, where she goes by her hip-hop name, Dusk. “Can’t wait to go on tour with @nasnyc in January in Australia. Hope to see ya’ll there xx,” she captioned the photo. Cornish has also been sharing the many articles expressing surprise over her career change on Dusk’s official Facebook page.

While it comes as a surprise to many of us, Cornish has apparently been moonlighting as an MC for years now. “Growing up outside Newcastle, she was already using the name MC Dusk and involved in graffiti art with friends, some of whom she later collaborated with on stage,” The Sydney Morning Herald reports. She’s also been working on an EP called Key of the Sun for over a year now.

Cornish will be a supporting act on the Australian leg of Nas’ Illmatic tour from January 20 to 29. Her future tour-mate may have once proclaimed that “Hip-hop is dead,” but she’s still going for it. You do you, Abbie Cornish.

Can’t wait to go on tour with @nasnyc in January in Australia. Hope to see ya’ll there xx

A photo posted by DUSK (@abbiecornish) on Dec 12, 2014 at 1:23am PST

I’m supporting @nasnyc on his Australian ‘Illmatic’ tour in January, 2015!! The tour will take place in five capital cities from the 20th to the 29th January. I recently finished my debut solo EP titled ‘Key of the Sun’. A six track hip hop/rap album, featuring the Australian hip hop group @hilltophoods and female vocalist @janetyrrell. ‘Evolve’ and ‘Way Back Home’, two tracks from the EP, will be released at the beginning of 2015. ‘Way Back Home’ will also feature a music video shot by @selinamiles. TOUR DATES FOR NAS / DUSK JANUARY 2015: Jan 20 The Tivoli Theatre (Brisbane) 18+ Jan 22 Enmore Theatre (Sydney) All Ages Jan 23 Enmore Theatre (Sydney) All Ages Jan 25 Forum Theatre (Melbourne) 18+ Jan 27 Metro City (Perth) 18+
Jan 29 HQ (Adelaide) 18+ Can’t wait to share my music with you, to play live and support @nasnyc on his Australian ‘Illmatic’ tour!!

A photo posted by DUSK (@abbiecornish) on Dec 12, 2014 at 9:19pm PST

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Why Do We Make Resolutions?


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1. Practice French for 15 minutes every day

2. Read non-news or work-related prose for 20 minutes a day

3. Be more kind

These are my resolutions. I make them every year. In 2012, I said I’d dance more in 2013. In 2013, I said I’d learn how to cook one dish in 2014. (Between us, I over-achieved and learned two.) For next year, I’ll get better French, I’ll have a more imaginative purview and I’ll be a better person

Unless I don’t, you know, do any of those things because the thing about resolutions is that under the tinsel, the bells, the whistles and the bubbles, the popular and public year-end ritual, a conversation piece to pass by the time between Christmas and New Year’s, is just an exposed look at our goals. Our defenseless ambitions and vulnerable wishes for a better future, a rewritten narrative.

But we know this, right? We’ve been saying it for years. Resolutions are so plastic. Unused gym memberships are a physical proof of concept.

And yet, we make them.

As conversational fodder? Because we mean it? Because we take pleasure in masochistically agreeing to let ourselves down annually? Oh! Maybe resolutions are the cyclical band-aids that heal our previous year’s failures with the hope of next year’s aspiration. Or maybe we see them as a framework. One that provides a definitive deadline for the collective consciousness to activate change. Then again, though, this method of self-correcting extends rather acutely beyond December 31st.

The diet always starts Monday.

And rabbit, rabbit, it’s a new month. Align your corporate ducks.

So maybe what we’re really compelled toward is a set of clean slates but if that’s the case, we’re missing a vital ingredient in order to set these slates in motion. There is an argument* that suggests that New Year’s resolutions are the product of the self-help boom of the late ’80s and early ’90s. If this is true, the supposition is that we’re aware that the concept of self-help is one that is interminable. One that can’t be defined by a particular start or end date and might need tweaking on the 24th of July or 15th of October. If we really do wish to change, it’s not quite as straightforward as jotting down a list on the first of the month, or the week, or December 31st and marching forth.

Of course, though, with that argument comes another one. Maybe we don’t really want to change and resolutions have just become another portal through we self-brand. By saying we want to look, or act, or be better, we acknowledge, with the same fractured veracity with which we filter photos of our victories, the public perception’s involvement in our avocations. Ghandi said that we should be the change we want to see in the world, but maybe what we’re putting out, in true, millennially narcissistic fashion, is precisely what we want to see. Or maybe we’re just building our dialogues.

If Joan Didion was right and we tell ourselves stories in order to live, maybe we give ourselves resolutions in order to tell these stories. Maybe that’s life — or in the name of 2015, la vie.

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Life Advice From The Wisest Woman In Fashion


Today is Diane von Furstenberg’s birthday, and on Instagram she posted: “Today I am one year older and hope to get to be much much older!” It’s a fitting wish for a woman who has embraced every bit of her life, including age and the wisdom that comes with it.

Furstenberg was born to an Auschwitz survivor in Belgium in 1946, and in the years since, she’s been a (literal) princess, a party girl, a fashion legend, an entrepreneur, a self-described “seductress,” and a self-made millionaire. You can bet she’s learned a thing or two along the way.

So, in tribute to the grande dame of fashion, we gathered her most inspiring, surprising, and provocative quotes on career, passion, and the true secret to independence. (We also uncovered the rather saucy secret behind her iconic wrap dress’ success.)

Read on for some serious wisdom from one of the most vivacious, life-giving women in the business. Here’s to many happy returns, Diane!

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On age:
“I’m very happy to be old enough to have danced at Studio 54 and young enough to have experienced the digital revolution.”

On growing up:
“I did not know what I wanted to do, but I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be. I wanted to be an independent woman, a woman who runs her own life, who’s in charge of her life.”

On her biggest hit:
“The wrap dress made women feel what they wanted to feel like…free and sexy… It also fitted in with the sexual revolution: A woman who chose to could be out of it in less than a minute!”

On independence:
“The moment you can pay your bills and don’t need your father or your husband, you’re independent. That’s it. You have no independence unless you’re independent financially. You just don’t.”

On love:
“I don’t believe in rules. I think it’s the heart that should talk. The first thing about love is that you have to love yourself. No relationship will work unless you do.”

On strength:
“The situation with women is very much on a pendulum. All I can tell you is that I’ve never met a woman who is not strong, but sometimes they don’t let it out. Then, there’s a tragedy, and then all of a sudden that strength comes. My message is let the strength come out before the tragedy.”

On failure:
“Take risks and be willing to fail. You only regret the things you don’t do.”

On staying fit:
“It’s simple: You have to just be healthy — eat and drink healthily, take as few medications as possible, and do yoga and hike. Oh, and smile — always smile.”

On glamour:
“Ever since I was a little girl, sunglasses always make me feel glamorous and mysterious.”

On the importance of passion:
“Idleness breeds insecurity. It’s so important for women to have children but it is equally important for women to have an identity outside the home. You have to be engaged, you have to be part of the world. It doesn’t have to be a job. It can be that you [make] the best jam in the world and everyone wants a piece of your jam. What matters is doing something.”

On the secret to her success:
“I just want to keep doing what I am doing, to continue being true to myself, and to keep creating fashion that will become a woman’s best friend.”

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Justin Timberlake Is Not Taking Kate Hudson’s Calls


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Here’s something that ought to make you feel better about yourself. Not even Kate Hudson can get Justin Timberlake on the phone. We have the Instagram proof.

The actress and some pals decided to prank various contacts in her brother Oliver Hudson’s phone. Turns out the big guy has JT’s digits, so you can’t exactly blame the crew for trying to FaceTime him. If only Mr. “Sexy Back” weren’t screening his calls. Awkward.

Way harsh, Justin. To be fair, it is the holidays. Perhaps the daddy-to-be would rather spend some tech-free quality time with pregnant wife Jessica Biel? Sorry, Kate, but you’ll just have to leave a message. His people will call your people, we’re sure.

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The Best Eye Creams To Get Rid Of Puffiness & Dark Circles


Can we get a big “hell yeah!” for eye creams? Without them, we would be lost — wandering around hopelessly, looking just as tired as we feel. But, thanks to these potions, our puffiness, fatigue, and dark circles get to be our little secrets.

Due to a combination of late nights and poor sleep habits, we’ve had more than our fair share of opportunities to test out puff-reducing, bag-demolishing eye creams. We’ve tried the good, the bad — and then we’ve tried the miracle workers. That’s what the 15 eye creams ahead are — pure miracles.

Now, we’re not naive enough to think that a tube of cream alone can fix fatigue. No, it comes down to a combo of an out-of-this-world product and some serious application know-how. So, we went to the woman with all the complexion-perfecting answers to get the scoop on the best way to apply your eye cream in order to make your gaze its most gorgeous.

According to celebrity aesthetician and perfect-skin-whisperer (we’ve told her she needs to put that on her business cards) Joanna Czech, you can tailor your application to the type of results you want: anti-aging or depuffing.

For anti-aging, here’s what she advises: “Start with your inner eye and apply the cream, but do a little press-and-release motion. Apply your cream in a few points around the eye, and then using your middle or ring finger, place them in the inner corner of the eye below the brow on the upper lid. Slightly press and release, working outward. Do the same on the bottom, but work from the outer corner to the inner corner.”

According to Czech, with this technique you are working against gravity — and against the lines. “When you press your skin, it microscopically stretches, and when you release it grabs the product and draws it into the surface of the skin.” She advises that this method is better for the evening and with a richer cream, since the focus is anti-aging and hydration. As a follow-up, she recommends placing two lukewarm chamomile tea bags on your eyes and laying down for 20 minutes. This will provide soothing and anti-redness relief.

For depuffing, it’s all about fluid drainage. Puffiness is caused by a buildup of fluid in your undereye area, so diminishing it comes down to (gently!) pushing it out of there. Says Czech, “I would do the upper lid the exact same way as the anti-aging method, and then on the undereye I would go from the inner corner to outer, sliding my finger down to give a form of lymphatic drainage. Very slight pressing motion as you slide.” She advises that this is great to do in the morning, and that you can enhance the depuffing effects by using a cold product, so pop that a.m. eye cream in the fridge for best results.

Now that you know the secrets of eye cream application, read on for our top product picks.

Technically, this is marketed to dudes, but we don’t discriminate by gender: A good beauty product is a good beauty product. Made with caffeine and vitamin E, it energizes your undereye area and gets rid of puffiness lickety-split. A dab of this followed by a brightening concealer is our secret weapon for looking awake after a long night out.

A top pick for those of us starting to battle the inevitable crow’s feet and droopiness that come with a life well-lived, this anti-aging pick from Fresh firms and hydrates thanks to a formula packed with antioxidant-rich black tea and noni juice. It also smells amazing — if you’re the kind of person who likes to wrap your hands around a mug of hot tea in the morning, applying this to your lids has the same aromatherapeutic effect.

Remember what we said about how puffiness is caused by excess fluid? Well, if facial massage with your fingers isn’t your thing, may we interest you in this genius roller-ball? Simply roll it softly on your undereye area and it will massage in a potent formula of antioxidants, soothing botanicals, and caffeine as it drains that fluid. Bright eyes, here you come.

Another firming wonder, this cream moisturizes, plumps, de-puffs, and protects the delicate eye area. We like this one as a night cream, as it’s a little too rich for daytime use unless your skin is super dry.

Okay, this one definitely falls in the splurge category — but, oh, what a splurge it is. One dab of this beauteous gel on our undereyes and we looked like new people — fresher, more awake, glowing, happy people. Thanks to its gel consistency, it also layers phenomenally under concealer. Because, let’s be real: An eye cream, no matter how good it is, can only do so much — our undereye circles need the one-two punch of cream and concealer. Czech says this one is great for reapplying midday to get a quick boost. “A really minimal amount of it over…your makeup really works — it makes you look not exhausted.” Sign us up for that.

That Dr. Andrew Weil sure knows his stuff. The holistic health guru’s line with Origins focuses on using efficacious botanicals to provide noticeable results. This brightening eye cream is no exception: Its formula has extracts of rosa roxburghii, white peony, ume, and magnolia, which help lighten shadows and make eyes look less sunken.

They don’t call this Secret de Maquilleurs (loosely translated, that’s “makeup artists’ secret,” for you non-francophones) for nothing. This handy little stick offers a cooling sensation that feels delicious on tired eyes. More importantly, it helps smooth out the contours of the eye and makes your makeup go on (and look) so much better. Add to that a radiance-boosting effect, and it’s no wonder makeup artists hoard this beauty in their kits.

We’ll be honest with you: We initially tried this eye cream solely because of those little floating green beads in the gel. We are suckers for beads suspended in gel — they just look fun. Thankfully, this stuff works just as good as it looks. Vitamin E and aloe give it its hydrating and brightening power, and our eyes felt silky all day. And, those beads meant we took the time to really massage it in, rather than use our usual haphazard slap-on-and-rub technique.

Like the majority of SkinCeuticals products, this eye cream is all about the antioxidants. Phloretin, vitamin C, and ferulic acid in a potent serum-in-a-gel formula help it penetrate the skin and work to correct signs of photodamage, as well as puffiness and dark circles.

We simply cannot say enough nice things about this firming eye gel from green beauty maven Tammy Fender. It uses elderflower, chamomile, rosehip, and green myrtle to soothe tired eyes, lift, and brighten. We like to mix in a few drops of concealer — it’s like eight hours of sleep in a bottle.

One dab of this luxe eye gel and suddenly your gaze is perky, fresh, smooth, and bright. Goodbye, crow’s feet. See you never, undereye bags. It’s so good that we and our fellow beauty editors can’t shut up about it — which probably explains why it’s currently sold out. Saks is the exclusive retailer in the U.S., so head to your closest store and hope they have it, or bookmark that link and keep checking back for a 2015 restock. Trust us, it’s worth the effort.

A hybrid makeup and skin-care product, this drugstore diamond uses light-diffusing pigments and blurring technology to diminish dark circles and fine lines, while the metal applicator helps smooth out puffiness.

Arcona’s cult-classic eye cream has shea butter and hyaluronic acid to provide ultimate hydration, while anti-inflammatory blueberry extract and vitamin E help comfort tired eyes. Apply this before you hit the sheets — it’s a little heavy for day — and you’ll wake up refreshed and revitalized.

This newbie from Aveda is like a jumpstart for tired eyes. Licorice root and coffee bean extracts help reduce puffiness and dark circles, boosting sleep-deprived skin and helping you look well-rested.

This line, aptly called Anti-Fatigue, cuts straight to the chase and we couldn’t love it more for that. The gel-cream is an absolute lifesaver for hungover skin. Made with white lily extract, it hydrates and decongests, revealing smooth, healthy, bright, and bag-free eyes. Which is something we all need after a night of debauchery, no?

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Katy Perry Unintentionally Gives Us A Brilliant Idea For What To Wear Tonight


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Noncommittal partygoers have dinner plans, countdown plans, dance-all-night plans, and twilight breakfast plans that’ll make forgetting about coat check altogether seem like a great idea tonight. It might be the best idea ever had on New Year’s Eve, a celebration definitely not known to produce much good thinking. Before we take all the credit, it was the Marni coat Katy Perry wore to the Carole King Broadway musical Beautiful that sparked this lazy girl solution to nonstop party-hopping: the stay-on statement coat.

Lightweight enough so you don’t suffocate while you’re indoors, but warm enough so you don’t freeze while waiting for a cab, a coat in a party print won’t look out of place at any gathering, which means you can keep it on all night. Added benefits? Well, for one, it’s got pockets, which will come in handy when your mini minaudière starts to give you a migraine. Two, it’s a piece you can wear deep into the New Year (you can’t say the same for that sparkly mini you were thinking about getting). And three, you can spend those precious extra minutes you would have spent waiting in line for coat check downing another glass of Champagne (or waiting in line for the bathroom, instead, which you probably should’ve already queued up for). Even if your next location is “So Far Away,” your cool coat will ensure you arrive in style.

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