Scanlan Theodore is manufacturing medical protective equipment

As we continue to move day to by and navigate through the unchartered waters that is COVID-19. One thing is clear, we’re all in this together (not to quote High School Musical). And as there is no definitive end date in sight to this pandemic, we’ve all had to adapt to new ways of living and being.

There have been some truly incredible pledges from big fashion brands, but to see an initiative direct from our home shores is another cause for gratitude and love. Local Australian fashion label Scanlan Theodore announced via Instagram they will be repurposing their factory in Fiji for the manufacture of personal protective equipment. The initiative will begin with gowns due to the high worldwide demand. The brand’s team are now sourcing the appropriate medical textiles to begin production immediately.


The future of the fashion industry is certainly unknown at this point, however it’s heartwarming to see so many fashion brands and labels unite and put their best foot forward in the fight against COVID-19.

Most recently we’ve seen Chanel announce it will work on the manufacture of surgical masks and protective blouses for France. Pyer Moss commit to the donation and manufacture of N95 face masks and Nitile Gloves for healthcare professionals in NYC. Burberry to supply the delivery of 100,000 surgical masks to the UK National Health Service, even working with researchers to develop a coronavirus vaccine. Hugo Boss, announced the manufacture of 180,000 medical face masks for public facilities. And then just this week, Tiffany & Co. who announced the donation of a staggering $1 million to organisations fighting against the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 is significant and self-isolation is key. Stay informed with your health department’s latest recommendations and help out those in need wherever possible.

Stay safe, stay home.

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Naomi Campbell On Being Brutally Honest, Her Viral YouTube Videos, & Her Quarantine Routine

We spoke to the ‘Making The Cut’ judge as she was in the middle of a battle with a household appliance

I’ve been put on hold several times while speaking with Naomi Campbell over the phone — it was clear that she was struggling while in quarantine at her New York City home. “Hold on, one second. What happened here?” she said to herself, along with some light banging of a then-unknown object in the background. The culprit of her distraction? “I don’t know what happened to my juicer!” she said after the technical difficulty was resolved. (For those wondering, she was making celery juice.)

Amazon Prime Video’s Making The Cutcreated and hosted by Project Runway alums Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, had premiered less than a week prior to our conversation. With Campbell as one of the judges, alongside Nicole Richie, French editor Carine Roitfeld, mega-influencer Chiara Ferragni, and designer Joseph Altuzarra, the series is the latest to join a growing group of reality fashion competition shows currently on view, including Netflix’s Next In Fashion and the longtime, aforementioned Project Runway. (Rachel Zoe is also working on her own yet-unnamed competition show, though no updates have been provided since its announcement in 2019.)

But what sets Making The Cut apart from the rest is how high the stakes are and the exposure that comes with it: The contestants are experienced designers from all over the world competing for the grand prize of a mentorship to be the next global fashion brand, along with a $1 million reward. Challenges take place in Paris, New York City, and Tokyo. Plus, every winning look from each episode will be available for purchase directly on Amazon. But you better move fast after each one — last week’s top designs are already sold out.


With two episodes dropping weekly every Friday, Campbell is already making a name for herself as one of the more entertaining judges to watch when it comes to her blunt fashion criticism. “I wasn’t impressed with your outfits,” said Campbell to Los Angeles-based contestant Jonny Cota, who designed an oversized cotton kimono for the second episode’s couture challenge that, according to the supermodel, is something she would wear to the hairdresser’s. “It’s not inspiring. It’s a respect to the word ‘couture.’ You can envision it your way but you have to keep it at a certain level.”

“I got my ass handed to me by Naomi Campbell,” said Cota after the judges decided to keep him in the competition. “She’s seen it all; she’s done it all; she’s worn it all, so read me. If you see the imperfection, read me. I don’t care. I can handle it.”


Below, we caught up with Campbell about her signature brutal honesty, her viral YouTube videos, and her quarantine routine.

What drew you to join Making The Cut as a judge?

Heidi is a friend and she asked me. I had said ‘no’ originally because I didn’t think I could commit that much time, but it wasn’t that much time filming-wise so I was able to change my mind and do it.

How was the experience compared to previous reality competition shows you’ve been on, like The Face?

There isn’t much difference. At the end of the day, it’s the same thing: You’re trying to find the best and who’s going to get that title and opportunity. I just love the creativity and seeing how they’ve interpreted [challenges] into their style. They’ve got a lot of things thrown at them and they’ve dealt with it. I like to see growth and I got to see growth. I love all of the places we’re in: Paris, Tokyo — you couldn’t ask for anything better — and New York. All of these highly creative places in the fashion business. That was a real treat. That’s a dream and a lot of the creatives don’t start off in that way.



You’ve been praised for your honest critiques on Making The Cut so far. What’s your approach to that? Have you ever felt like holding back?

There is no approach. I don’t have a plan. That’s just who I am. All that Naomi knows, that’s how I’m going to speak. For me, whether the cameras are there or not, that’s what I would say. It’s not about reality TV, it’s reality to me. It’s someone’s life in your hands that you have an opportunity to give a platform to and to show their creativity, you don’t want to play with that. You want to be honest.

Your YouTube channel is getting a lot of attention, too, especially the video on your flight routine. Did you expect your videos to go so viral?

No, I didn’t do it for [it to go viral]. It’s what I’ve been doing for so many years and I just never showed it. My friend had never flown with me and she was like, ‘You do this all of the time?’ And I was like, ‘Yep, for years.’ And then we filmed it, yes, with the intent of putting it on my channel. But all these years that have passed, never thought about it. For me, that’s the way I’ve always flown.

Would you be open to a reality series on your life in the future?


People have been asking a lot of things in the last week or two. I don’t know. I like the YouTube format because you get to own the content and I like it the way it is for right now.

NAOMI CAMPBELL ON “MAKING THE CUT”Photo Courtesy of Amazon Prime Video

Are you in New York City quarantining right now?

Yes I am! You know what? I’m hanging with the New Yorkers! I am proud of being a New Yorker. And I love your governor! Governor Cuomo is bloody brilliant. Absolutely bravo, honest, he’s great.

He’s straight to the point.

That’s how it needs to be! No bullshit.

What have you been doing while staying home?

I work out every day with my trainer [Joe Holder] live on Instagram at 12:15pm EST. I’m doing different things with different friends. I cooked banana pudding for Ghetto Gastro‘s “Gastronomical Cribs.” I’m just keeping myself busy; doing these meetings on Zoom. And I’m cleaning my house, which I am loving! [Laughs] I’m loving it. I’m loving to clean my own house.

What’s your go-to outfit while working from home?

In the morning it’s workout clothes and then sweats and a T-shirt, and maybe a caftan after my bath. For me, I realized I have to have a routine. I’m sticking to a routine so I have something I can always look forward to.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Making The Cut is streaming on Amazon Prime now with new episodes dropping weekly.







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James Charles’ New Show Includes Paris Hilton & Trixie Mattel

Everything you need (and want) to know about YouTube Originals’ ‘Instant Influencer’

“Welcome to the set, girl,” James Charles says as I enter one of the many dressing rooms inside YouTube Space Los Angeles in late January. It’s the first day of filming Instant Influencer With James Charles, and you can feel the excitement from Charles and the entire crew. The 20-year-old creator is exactly how you’d expect him to be: friendly and bubbly, a fast talker, and extremely passionate about his next project.

In possibly his biggest gig to date, he’s hosting, directing, and executive producing the Project Runway-style competition show to find the next big beauty influencer. The series will be free to stream on Charles’ YouTube account, so his more than 17 million subscribers can check it out easily — and learn a thing or two about what it takes to be an influencer at the same time.

Instant Influencer is being produced by Brian Graden Media, which is also behind the YouTube Originals series Escape the Night hosted by Joey Graceffa. While poking around the massive space, all I can think of is money. That may sound tacky, but the production value of this show is not a joke. The set is as large and as decked-out as you would expect from a typical TV set or streaming service production, not necessarily a beauty influencer’s YouTube channel — even one as big as Charles.




“I have a major love for production,” he tells NYLON. “I love making big, over-the-top content. That has been my biggest goal, to go on platforms to make the best quality videos possible, and doing something that was bigger than my normal productions in my studio has been the biggest dream of mine.” Since he started his channel in 2015, he says he’s been dreaming about a project like this one.

With this four-part series, Charles is looking to take everything he’s learned since his early days as a beauty influencer — both good and bad — to discover and mentor the next big star. “I love my job more than anything in the entire world, and I’ve made a lot of mistakes,” he admits. “And because of that, I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve had a lot of success as well. It’s really exciting for me to be able to pass on that knowledge, and kind of hand over the torch to somebody that I think really deserves it, and hopefully give them a little bit of a platform boost.”



Back in November, Charles posted a YouTube video to his channel titled, “I’m Filming My Own Reality Competition Show…& I Want YOU To Be In It!” which currently has more than 1.5 million views. There, he announced his casting process to choose six micro-influencers to compete for a prize package that includes $50,000 and a video with Charles on his channel. While we chat today, they’re filming the first of four big challenges, which, yes, include one dramatic elimination each. But that doesn’t mean Charles is rudely squashing any dreams here. He hopes this series shows the positive side of an industry he loves.


“There are so many people with amazing talent in the community and there [are] so many people with amazing personalities, but we’re really looking for the person that has it all, and has the potential to be a superstar,” he explains. “I think it’s going to be a really positive thing for the community, because of course this is a competition show and people will be going home. But at the end of the day, this is really an outlet for them to get inspired, and also get a lot of knowledge.”

This insight won’t just come from Charles. He enlisted some famous friends to act as both mentors and judges to the contestants depending on the theme of the week, because it takes more than knowing how to apply makeup to be a beauty influencer. One of the guest judges is OG influencer Paris Hilton, who can undoubtedly shed plenty of light on how to produce photoshoots and videos, as well as how to market yourself and communicate your message to the world.

“I just love everything about him,” Hilton tells NYLON of meeting Charles and coming on as a judge. “I remember when I first saw a story on him, that he was the first [male spokesperson] for CoverGirl. Then we met in real life and instantly just had this connection. We were talking about what kind of fun collabs we can do together and we have some really fun concepts that we’re going to do. And then they called me about doing the show and I thought it was a great idea.”

One thing Hilton made sure to talk to her new friend about before coming onboard was that she was going to have a very difficult time “hurting people’s feelings.” Luckily, Charles assured her that it’ll be an all-around positive show. “I think it’s about just being inspirational and giving good advice, but I never want to hurt anyone’s feelings cause that’s just the type of person I am,” she says. “I would never say anything negative about someone, but I will give them good advice to help them so that they can get it right.”

YouTube brought the two together, as Hilton is also working with the company on an upcoming documentary called This Is Paris. Set to premiere in May, Hilton promises you’ll get to see her real side — not the “character” she played on The Simple Life. “I kind of stuck with that character for so long. And now I’ve grown up and I’m in a different phase of my life. I feel that the media and the public have come up with their own narrative of me and I’ve never really said what the truth was,” she says.

Hilton will join fellow superstar judges to mentor, guide — and eventually, eliminate — contestants, not unlike some of Charles’ favorite reality shows. He drew inspiration from RuPaul’s Drag RaceAmerica’s Next Top Model, and Project Runway and the way each show sets out to crown a winner that embodies the whole package.


“Of course there have been makeup shows done in the past, but this show’s really focused on being an influencer,” says Charles. “It’s not just about the artistry. Of course, that is very, very important, but there are so many facets that go into being an influencer. Whether it be the artistry, the marketability, speaking skills, communication, being able to sell yourself obviously, which is what we’re testing in today’s challenge.”

Charles’ close friend, Claudia Soare, better known as Norvina, is also judge on the show alongside Charles. Norvina is an influencer herself, as well as the president of Anastasia Beverly Hills and the daughter of the brand’s founder, Anastasia Soare. “I think that it’s such a good opportunity for people to showcase artistry and also taking it outside of artistry and showing their ability to do and be more than just, ‘Oh, I do good makeup,'” she tells NYLON. “It elevates the platform of what Instagram, YouTube has done for so many of these kids.”


At the end of the four episodes, Charles will crown who he deems the next big star who will (hopefully) go on to do big things. He thinks the beauty industry needs a little fresh blood. “There’s always room for new people to keep everybody inspired to keep people challenged,” he says. “I always love when new artists come up that like, pushed me to work harder and pushed me to elevate my content and pushed me to create new makeup. That’s how industries thrive. We’ve been at a time in the beauty space for a little bit where there hasn’t been too much of that, to be honest. Everyone kind of feels it.”

Charles hopes that people at home might have a little more respect for what influencers do, or at least understand all that goes into it. After all, shows such as Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model did just that for fashion designers and models. “From an outside perspective, a lot of industries look really easy,” he adds. “But the reality is that they never are.”


By now all episodes have finished filming, but when we spoke in January, Charles expressed his hope that contestants — as well as viewers at home — learn from the show and set out to create their own creative projects. “I really hope that these contestants will take in everything that we all have to say to heart, and be able to, hopefully, not take it personally and use it to their advantage. That’s definitely the type of attitude that I want to see moving forward because that’s someone who is a superstar.”


Charles notes that he’s received his fair share of criticism, especially when first starting out, but that he’s been able to learn from each constructive one. “It’s really hard to take that at first,” he admits. “But over the past few years I’ve learned to really take that in, and not take it to heart, and be able to really frame that, and use problems, or mistakes, or scandals, or feedback to my advantage and [allow] it to further my career and make myself a better influencer. I’m really hoping that the winner will be able to do that as well.”

People aren’t going to always love you or love what you create, and that’s something Charles knows about firsthand. “It’s tough and it sucks,” he says. “Oh, it sucks so much. But you have to move on, and move on to the next, and hopefully not suck next time.”

The first episode of Instant Influencer With James Charles comes to YouTube on April 24.










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Cheekywawa favourite holiday beauty looks

Blue crush

Clean bronzed skin and a rich blue metallic eye go together as deliciously as rigatoni and parmesan, in our opinion. Work the Blitz Blue shade from the Pat Mcgrath Mothership Palette in Subliminal  across and around the eye, and finish with Astral White in the inner corners, accompanied by lashings of mascara. Pair with slicked hair and barely-there brows for a very chic, yet suitably dramatic, facial ensemble.

Green rhinestones

For those of us whose middle name might as well be ‘over the top’ (looking at you, Leos) a green winged rhinestone eye is just another night out, right? Easily done with a wash of Stila Shimmer and Glow Liquid eyeshadow in Vivid Jade and a few hours to spare with some lash glue and rhinestones. For the ultimate cool factor, bronze up the cheeks, leave lips bare, tousle hair and leave loose.

Golden hour

Those more inclined to wing it (excuse the pun) need no more than a sheer base and a lick of Natasha Denona Chrome Crystal Liquid eyeshadow in Aubade to tie this look together. Apply on the inner corners and the outer third of the eye for an elongated, Birth Of Venus vibe. Brush up brows and apply a sheer balm to the lips and that’s amore.

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What is Desire Discrepancy?

Sometimes, desire is not all kisses that last a lifetime and glances that leave the nape of your neck burning with the promise of what’s to come. Sometimes desire cannot be grasped by a fist and acted on without regret (for obvious reasons that start and end with consent). What happens when desire becomes complex? Muddied with traumas, triggers, upbringings and connotations. Real life blockages that aren’t erased by the perfect kiss, cannot be unstitched by a favourable scenario with just the right lighting. When desire is simply hinged to the experience of being alive, it can sometimes be hard to let the door swing open without the right key. When put into the context of relationships, both parties can feel this challenge.

Desire discrepancy can evolve in a myriad of ways for varied reasons. In today’s climate, where we are more stressed than ever, working longer hours, having trouble disconnecting – and connecting- relying on hustle culture to carry us through and letting our true selves, our true experiences, feelings, and pain fall to the wayside, it feels more than ever that our desire styles can become unmatched with our counterparts. Sex Therapist, Aleks Trkulja is an expert in desire discrepancy and has run multiple workshops on the topic. She is warm, sarcastic, and the only kind of person I would be able to follow as closely as I did when turning analogies of sex into those about eating lasagne (same pleasure centre, right?). We spoke with her about ways to communicate and navigate desire discrepancy in long term relationships, when they come loaded with conversations around trauma, consent, and making out of it with our ego’s intact.


What is your definition of Desire Discrepancy?

Essentially desire discrepancy is this idea that different people have varying desire styles. Each are unique. Desire discrepancy is when you’re in a relationship with a difference in those desire styles. A really basic way to look at it is that there’s usually someone who has a really high sex drive and someone who has a lower sex drive, or libido. So there will always be one person who is more open to initiating, and someone who’s probably not as open to doing that. That difference in approach, and in general state of being in your own desire, when there’s a difference there, that’s what desire discrepancy is.


Do you feel like it is more common or more of an issue in couples and relationships then it is really in casual sex?

Yes, because in relationships I think you spend a bit more time getting to know each other, and your desire styles have more of an opportunity to vary. Within a long-term for example, you get used to certain dynamics or roles throughout the relationship, so your desire style has a chance to change. And I think with casual sex you’re giving a lot just off the desire and there is a lot of energy that goes into it, whereas within a relationship it’s after that honeymoon phase where that kind of attitude shifts in a long-term relationship.


What is your theory on desire?

There is a scientific theory on desire called the dual-control model of desire and essentially the way that your desire, or your brain works, is that your brain and the nervous system are constantly sending messages throughout the brain and the body back and forth. There are all these on and off switches. So, on a physiological level your body is sending all these on and off signals that help the body function.

Desire works in a similar way where your brain notices things in your environment that you’re not consciously aware of, and it uses that information to decide whether it wants to turn off or on. The best way to describe it is being in a car, the turn-ons are the accelerator, like: that smells nice, the lighting’s good, I feel safe, this is a person I trust, and I am attracted to. Your brain will take in all these signals from your environment to get you going. However, you also have the brake pedal which does the exact opposite, it picks up things in your environment, for example: I don’t trust this person, the doors not locked or there’s laundry on the ground, the lighting is too bright. These are the things in your environment that tell your brain “no, this isn’t good. I need to hit the brake pedal because desire is not happening.”

You also have a handbrake which is another form, which is chronic no thank you. Maybe there’s a trauma history there, perhaps there’s some kind of chronic stress. A lot of women who experience pain for example, that’s a big one for them they’ll go into a sexual interaction thinking “well what if I feel pain?” and that’s enough to switch everything off. The idea here, is when you use the analogy you can recognise what works for you and what shouldn’t be in the environment in terms of desire.


How do you feel we as individuals can work through these moments where your partner is not on the same page desire-wise without feeling like we have bruised egos or that we’re not in balance with our relationships?

This is a classic dynamic between different desire styles. Esther Perel talks about how desire is like a hunger, where it’s similar to a drive, and you could be sitting with someone and just decide that you’re hungry in that moment. John Gottman describes desire as based on closeness and connection and the building of trust in a relationship, so there is an exchange like “we should make dinner together tonight.”

Essentially you have one person who is hungry and wants to eat, and another person who feels like cooking lasagne, and wants to cook it together as part of the process, in order for the desire to flourish. Often what happens is you find yourself with two people who have different desire styles. This can apply for all kinds of relationships and dynamics, the important thing is that each individual has a different desire style which is completely normal – but if there is one person who finds it easier to recognize that they’re hungry, they need to invite their person to cook a meal, instead of just jumping in. It’s important that they use the power that they have of being instantly ready to create the space that is needed. You can’t force someone to eat if they don’t want to eat, it’s important to make it feel enticing for the other person to invite them to cook together, which makes it a different experience, using your desire style with theirs to create the space. Recognize that you’re different to each other in your functioning and even if you don’t get there, it’s ok, the important thing is that it’s not always goal oriented, make space for the opportunity of closeness.


What is your advice for those understanding these different desire styles but still feeling a bit exhausted and apprehensive to engage with their partners out of fear they will be shut down?

The first thing I would encourage is looking at what it is that you need to put your foot onto the accelerator and off the break. It’s important to communicate what you’re ready for, to let your partner know where you’re at and make sure they won’t be disappointed if you’re not into it. Negotiating what you’re open to, and deconstructing expectations. A lot of people whose desire style is more around wanting to cook, are intimidated by the hunger.


What about for people who are more energetic than their partners and are feeling a bit let down by their S/O’s unmatched sex-drive?

It’s important to ask questions and challenge the expectation of how often you think it should be happening. Obviously, you have this desire that you can’t satisfy as much as you want, but it’s important to look at what the role of sex is in your relationship. Is it down to quality and connection with that person? Or is it just the physical act? In which case, look at ways your partner can help you get off without having to actually be fully in the act. If it’s more about connection, then it’s worth challenging.


What do you think is the best way to articulate consent when your desire styles feel imbalanced and partners need more encouragement?

Essentially, the idea there is that if you are suggesting something and someone else isn’t into it, that doesn’t mean that it can’t all together not happen, you just need to find a space where both of you are comfortable, which is when communication is key and negotiating is really important. For example, if I ask you for a back scratch, and I ask you to go under the shirt, you could say “Aleks I’m not comfortable with that”, then I could say “okay, what would you feel comfortable with? And you could let me know that you wouldn’t mind doing it over the shirt. Negotiating in ways where both partners feel comfortable with what’s at hand. Also understanding that sometimes some people aren’t into it and that’s ok.


How can we create a space where people feel comfortable letting you know they don’t want to ‘scratch under the shirt’ so to speak?

There are a lot of people who don’t know how to say no and just tolerate stuff, so I think firstly it’s about starting with non-sexual things. Starting with something like a back scratch or a massage to communicate what feels good and what doesn’t, outside of a sexual context, and then translating those skills into a sexual context. I don’t think anyone can go from never being able to say no and then being able to practice it during sex. A lot of people really struggle with this. Yes, it’s uncomfortable sometimes but as long as you follow it up with a direction of what feels good, you’ll always be improving that connection.







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Join the fight: Prada is making medical overalls and masks

Luxury fashion house Prada has announced that it too has joined in the army of brands working to help provide aid during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Prada will be manufacturing 80,000 medical overalls and also 110,000 medical masks for healthcare professionals during this time. It’s a cause quite close to home for the Italian designer. Italy is certainly one of the worst affected countries during the pandemic outbreak and there have been shortages of many necessary medical supplies.

Answering a call to arms from the Tuscany region, the production plan allows for daily deliveries of supplies until April 6. All of these medical supplies are being produced at the Prada factory in Perugia – which has remained open for this solely for medical supply production.

Prada making masks

In this time of need, many brands have rallied to offer support to those who need it most. We’ve also seen similar aid coming from brands like Gucci and Nike. Pyer Moss is one particular brand digging deep to provide support – with initiatives to provide supplies to healthcare workers and also to help support small businesses in the creative space that need the help.

This is not the first move that Prada has made towards helping the fight against the Coronavirus. Prada has also made donations to COVID-19 relief. The designer label made a significant contribution to three Italian hospitals, donating entire intensive care and resuscitation units to all three hospitals. The decisions came care of head designer Miuccia Prada and also CEO Patrizio Bertelli and Prada chairman Carlo Mazzi.

In this time of economic hardship, it is now more important than ever that we band together and support each other – especially in the creative spaces.





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Closet cleanse: steps for rejuvenation in isolation

Who would’ve thought two weeks ago that this global pandemic would escalate so rapidly in such a short amount of time. Almost the entire world is currently on lockdown or practicing social distancing. I haven’t hugged another person for a while now and it’s starting to get to me – human connection and interaction was definitely something I took for granted. Now while most of us are confined to our homes during these unprecedented times, either WFH or in mandatory isolation after returning from overseas. It’s easy to get stuck in your own head, staring at the same blank walls or losing daily life structure.

In times like this, it’s best to keep busy and productive in any way you can (though enjoying some off time doing nothing is also very acceptable). While most people are cooking gourmet meals, baking many a treat, reading up on all the books, or going full steam ahead on home workouts – a closet cleansing is just what you might need to reset and refresh. We all have that problem of owning so many clothes but nothing to wear… This probably amounts to you not actually remembering or being able to see all the items in your wardrobe right now. It’s time to clear the clutter.

Step 1. Preparing yourself

First things first, you need to get into the right frame of mind to do this and be calm and centered so you can make informative and sometimes cut-throat decisions. Also leave an afternoon or evening free, a fair amount of time to do this. Or break it down over a couple of days if you wish. Be sure to also keep some boxes or large bags at the ready too.

Step 2. Removal stage

Best to work in sections if you’d like to spread this joy over a couple of days and take your time. Or if you’re really determined and fearless, then take everything out Marie Kondo style to sort through until the mess is over. Start with hanging items such as dresses to outerwear, then move onto folded items and draws, then finish with shoes and accessories. Getting overwhelmed can mean you lose track and give up. Be sure to not put pressure on yourself and just know you will come out the other side feeling freer, lighter and basically like you have your shit together.

Step 3. Sorting

When a section is removed and you begin to sort through the items, it’s best to separate your pieces into three categories. Keep, Donate or Maybe. The maybes are for those items we are so unsure of and just can’t decide on at the time. Leave these for the end once you’ve sorted through what you are actually keeping – it will make your final decision that much easier. *Cue the closet dress up montage from the Sex and the City movie*. This is also your time to try things on, relive old memories and be honest with yourself with what you haven’t worn or won’t wear for the years to come. Also place all the donation items directly in a box or bag (only if they are in great condition and undamaged). Another option is to resell some of your giveaway items online.

Step 4. Organising

Once the hard decision part is over and you’ve sorted through your items or sections, now is the time to put everything back in your wardrobe with order and purpose. You should have a lot more room now, but I recommend investing in slim non-slip hangers to keep things light and spacious for hanging. Dividers for draw items such as underwear, socks and swimwear. Fold all your knitwear, loungewear and tees the best you ever have. Jewellery trays, shoe racks, etc, whatever you need to get the space up to par and easily accessible for everyday life.

Step 5. Give yourself a wine

The most important? Yes. Be sure to reward yourself with a pat on the back too. This is no easy task, but once you’re done you’ll have realised that the anticipation of actually doing it was worse than the actual doing it. The release and satisfaction when you’ve finished is quite ecstasy inducing might I say. It’s also no secret that we live in a very wasteful society so cleaning out and cleansing your closet should show you what you really need / really wear. Let this be a lesson in future investments and try to shop as consciously as possible for the long haul and remember, vintage is always a good idea.

Step 6. Yes there’s more

This is more of a where are they now category. Once the cleansing is over with and it’s a few weeks or maybe months down the track – the real challenge here is maintaining your efforts and keeping your wardrobe neat, organised and put together. You didn’t do all this hard work for nothing so I don’t want to see you mess it up in a heartbeat. If you’re not OCD like me and struggle to keep things neat and tidy then try set yourself some fortnightly goals of putting things back the way you found it. This shouldn’t take you long and it’ll keep everything fresh and ready on the regular. Another suggestion might be a one- in one-out strategy. If you buy something new, then try donating one of your existing items. This way you won’t go overboard and avoid accumulating unnecessary wardrobe excess. No one likes a hoarder, you heard it here first.

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The celebrities and their makeup artists to follow in 2020

Ever get sick of being yourself? Are you searching for an escape but stuck in one place? Has that feeling intensified with self-isolation and looming lockdown? Sometimes it’s the frivolous things that get us through best. Besides, we can’t self-care all day long. So we are here to suggest that you throw on an orange eyeliner and pretend you’re someone else. If only for a little while.

With not much else to do but access the internet, we’ve rounded up the best accounts for beauty inspiration. From our favourite models, the celebrities who love to take a beauty risk and the makeup artists that are an endless source of inspiration.

Look to the next gen.

Maude Apatow, daughter of Judd and Iris Law, daughter of Jude are no strangers to changing their looks. Be it for the red carpet or for a night with friends opt for a little fun. You don’t need a full look, just choose one thing like a red lip and emphasise that.

If like us, Euphoria made you rethink the way you do beauty then Barbie Fererria is for you. Extending the on set looks into real life she’ll make you consider red eyeshadow, a black wing with a hint of yellow and baby blue eyeliner.

The red carpet for real life.

Award season red carpets are entertainment in and of themselves. And we’ll always love the celebrities willing to go all out. Give the people what they want. For out of the box ideas that still feels transferable to real life we look to the likes of actresses Jodie Smith and Kate Bosworth and musician FKA Twigs.

The masters

No one has transformed beauty recently more than Thomas de Kluyver as the Global Makeup Artist for Gucci Beauty. Perhaps it is the casting but his looks feel most translatable into our real life. Freeing us from the constraints of perfection we’re left to enjoy ourselves as we are and from there let our creativity run wild. No celebrity seems to be taking risks as much as Lucy Boynton and this is thanks to makeup artist Jo Baker. Whispy lashes, kaleidoscope eyes and glitter that reads as chic not girly. We all need an inspirational jumping off point and her Instagram reads like the Pinterest page of your makeup dreams.













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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Release Has Been Delayed Until August

Gal Gadot and Warner Bros. released statements regarding the film that was slated to debut in June

Joining the growing list of rescheduled music and film releases amid coronavirus pandemic is the Wonder Woman 1984 release: The film will now debut in theaters on August 14 instead of its original release date, June 5. The delay of the Warner Bros. film, starring actress Gal Gadot, was a near-inevitable decision as cinemas and studios remain closed in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

In a statement, the company stood by its decision to delay the theatrical release, instead of debuting the film via a streaming service, as Universal has done in the last few weeks with Invisible Man and Emma. “When we greenlit WW 1984 it was with every intention to be viewed on the big screen and are excited to announce that Warner Bros. Pictures will be bringing the film to theatres on August 14th,” Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group Chairman Toby Emmerich shared in the statement on March 24. “We hope the world will be in a safer and healthier place by then.”

In addition to the company’s statement, Gadot shared her own message to fans on Instagram. “In these dark and scary times, I am looking forward to a brighter future ahead. Where we can share the power of cinema together again,” she shared while announcing the film’s new date. “I hope everyone is safe. Sending my love to you all.”




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3 tips enhance your wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic

There is no getting around it. Coronavirus is a serious thing. The WHO (World Health Organisation) has declared it a pandemic; the USA has closed its borders to Europe; Australia is asking people coming into the country to self-isolatemany events around the world (including Coachella) have been cancelled; the French Prime Minister is in isolation; and Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wife were diagnosed with Covid-19 in our very own Gold Coast hospital.

In my Barre Body studios, we’ve done the obvious in terms of taking extra cleaning measures and issuing hygiene guidelines, including a ‘How to wash your hands’ guide set to the tune of Stop Right Now by the Spice Girls. But, we’re not panicking or recommending people stay away [yet] as exercise is one of the most important things you can do to stay well.

Let’s take a look at what you can do to give yourself the best chance of staying fit and well.

Get moving
Obviously I would say this, but in all seriousness, it’s really, really important to keep moving your body as moderate exercise [may] help to flush out bacteria from the lungs and airways and [may aid in] boost[ing] your white blood cells [which may] help to reduce your chance of catching a cold or flu.

Exercise is one of the best ways you can take care of yourself, regardless of what is going on around you so go for walks, get moving, and stay well.

Rest well
Another obvious one. Try to get good sleep. Like eight hours, every night. It’s very important as just a few nights of poor sleep can compromise your immune system.

Sleep is also a pretty magical antidote to stress too and many of us are feeling increased stress at the moment. If you find that you don’t sleep as well in times of stress (hello 3am wake ups), then listen to a meditation or audiobook to help you drift back off to sleep. Or do what I do, get up and get on with your day and have a nap later.

Keep calm and carry on
Do what you can (within reason) to reduce the amount of stressful situations you find yourself in. It’s easier said than done when for most of us, stress is a natural part of life, but do what you can. Take walks. Breath. Meditate. Have a cup of tea. Take a bath. Have some quiet time each day.

As best you can, try not to ‘over-worry’. It’s not easy to do in times of high stress, but as best you can try to be present and if you catch yourself thinking worrying or stressful thoughts, focus on your breath and repeat this mantra: (inhale) “all is well”, (exhale) “in this moment”.

Focus on gut health
Up to 70 per cent of your immune system lives in your gut. Yes—for real. So it’s very important to cultivate good bacteria by eating fermented foods (like yoghurt, kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir) and taking a high-quality probiotic. These good bacteria help to strengthen the integrity of your gut system and boost your immunity.

And of course, because everyone who’s anyone is talking about it, wash your hands and wash them well. The most missed areas when it comes to washing hands are between the fingers, the nails and the backs of the hands. Get down and dirty (pun intended) and really wash well.





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