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Style of the Pharaoh

All hail Pharrell the Pharaoh! And yes, we're talking about Pharrell Williams, the rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, and apparently now model. On Tuesday, he walked down the runway for Chanel's Metiers d'Art Show decked out in an all-gold outfit which was part of Karl Lagerfeld's collection inspired by ancient Egypt. Paired with Egyptian-style eyeliner, Pharrell looked like a walking sculpture from the ancient civilization.

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The Chanel collection had heavy amounts of metallic golds paired with black, white, and colorful accent patterns. The designs may have been inspired by an ancient civilization but it was very timely with the metallic trend that has surged in the fashion world lately. From clothes to makeup to accessories, you can see the metallic trend everywhere and we're for it. If you've noticed it and have been wanting to incorporate it into your wardrobe, we're here to help.

The great thing about metallic pieces is that they can go with a lot and you can play them up or down to suit whatever look you're trying to go for. It's holiday party season and that's a perfect time to go decked out in some golden or silver metallic pants. Pair it with a nice top and you'll be the most festive but still trendy person there. Or if you're really trying so show out, attend the party in a gorgeous metallic dress. Can you say elegant at it's finest?

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If you're going to be walking around in the cold, dreary weather, brighten up everyone's day by wearing a metallic jacket. What's better than being warm and fashionable?

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Rather than make it the focal point of your whole outfit, you can also use a metallic to accent it. Put on some metallic boots and you've just turned even the most casual outfit into some chic streetwear. Or play up your look with a fun metallic purse.

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And for the makeup aficionados, metallics can be your new go-to product. Accentuate your lips with a metallic finish lip shade or use a shimmery metallic eyeshadow. The finished look will definitely look amazing, especially when it catches the perfect light.

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Metallic pieces are perfect for everyone because they're so versatile. You can take your outfit to the next level with a metallic piece, whether you decide to go all out or keep it more understated. However you decide to style the trend, a metallic piece can absolutely fit into your wardrobe.

 

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Before You Die

When YouTube started, who would have thought that it would be the mega site that it's turned to today? From sharing funny cats and cute pandas to full-length productions, the website has grown huge. When people first started posting videos, it was simply a hobby but now, there are people whose entire career is based in the site. Though it's taken some time, these professional YouTubers are increasingly starting to meld into the traditional Hollywood world and vice versa. Whereas major news and celebrity sources used to completely overlook these YouTube celebrities, they seem to have taken notice in the huge followings that many of these people have amassed. And though there was a time where it was considered weird and awkward to post to YouTube, now even traditional movie stars and other celebrities have created their own channels. Probably one of the most notable celebrities to do this as of late is Will Smith who started his YouTube channel about a year ago.

If you haven't checked out his channel, one of his topics of choice for his videos is crossing things off his bucket list and filming it for all to see. And some of the things he's done so far are certainly bucket list worthy items. To celebrate his 50th birthday, he bungee jumped out of a helicopter at the Grand Canyon. He's also conquered his biggest fear of scuba diving, gone hydrofoil surfing, went skiing in the dessert, and appeared in a Bollywood movie. Who knows what else he has planned as the series continues but what we do know is that the series certainly makes you consider your own bucket list. We all have big dreams even if sometimes we don't want to admit it. But bucket lists are a great way to motivate you and allow the chance to accomplish amazing things in life.

Some of you might have never even considered what your bucket list would be made up of or maybe you have a written out list of 100 things you want to do before you die. Either way, we're here to help round out your list with 7 things you should put on your bucket list.

Travel Solo

Everyone loves to talk about the amazing experiences that you can only have while traveling and they're right. It's great to get to know different cultures and explore new places that you've never been to before. Traveling to different countries is almost like being transported an entirely new world. And while traveling with friends and loved ones can make for an even more fun experience, going solo also offers a completely new perspective that's worth trying out at least once in your life. When you travel alone, you can take full control of what you want to do on your trip and you can take the time to do some inner reflecting that you otherwise wouldn't really be able to do with loved ones around.

Visit Venice, Italy

There's a lot of cities that are certainly worth seeing all around the world. But none of them are floating on water the same way that Venice is. It's been known for years that the city is sinking and with sea levels rising every year, the future of the centuries-old city is unknown. So until a solution is found for the sinking city, it's worth paying a visit to the place that might be an underwater city one day.

See the Great Barrier Reef

Another thing that might not be around for much longer are the coral reefs. The rising temperature of the sea is detrimental to coral which can only live in a pretty specific temperature range. Already, over half of the reef has died off in the last years and the future isn't looking very good for the part that's still living. Being how beautiful the reef is, it's definitely something you should see before it's gone.

Conquer Your Biggest Fear

Even the bravest and most fearless of us are afraid of something. Some of the fears may be more abstract while others more realistic but either way, being afraid of something can be restricting. As someone once said, the fears we don't face become our limits. What could be more liberating than conquering whatever makes you most afraid?

Move to a New City

There's no place like home. But it's good to get out of your comfort zone and take in new experiences. Even if you travel all the time, it's not the same as actually moving to and living in another place. At least once in your life, it's a good idea to try leaving the comforts of your hometown to discover life in another place. You know what they say: a comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there.

Learn a New Language

You've probably heard about how the world is becoming increasingly globalized. It's more common than ever for people to move countries and have societies made up of diverse populations. Learning a new language can not only give you an edge when trying to get a job, it can also alter how you think entirely. Studies show that languages may shape the way we think. If that's true, imagine everything that can happen when you know more than one?

Go Volunteer

It's easy to get caught up in our own life problems but we know that the world doesn't revolve us. Going out and volunteering to help others in need is an incredibly humbling and insightful experience. Finding a cause that you feel passionate about and regularly dedicating a part of your life to it can be fulfilling in ways that you might not have even realized. There's nothing like helping someone else to get you out of your own head and help make the world a better place.

The more you grow up and are exposed to different experiences, the more you'll want to do and accomplish. Sometimes it's hard to keep track of the things we want to do when we have to focus on the things we need to get done. Life is short but our dreams are usually big. Keep track of those dreams with a bucket list and enjoy the satisfaction when you get to cross something off.

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Game of Braids

Before Game of Thrones came out, no one could have predicted the massive following that it would get. But seven years and seven seasons after first premiering, it's one of the biggest shows on TV with an audience extending all around the world. Recently, HBO finally announced that the premiere date for the 8th and final season would be sometime in April 2019. It's been a struggle for fans who will have waited almost 2 years for the final season by the time it comes out. To fill up the whole in their hearts though, Game of Thrones has been busy working with a bunch of different companies on GoT-themed collections.

Adidas has recently started rolling out a GoT Collection made up of shoes inspired by each of the house names as well as for the White Walkers. The show also came out with a whiskey collection, with a different whiskey company creating a bottle specifically for each of the houses and also the Night's Watch.

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After the gore and shocking plot turns, one of the most notable features of the show might be the characters' hair. Not only has the hair served as important plot points in the story, it's also served some interesting looks, particularly from the female characters who have a clear interest in braided hairdos. Watch any of the episodes and you're sure to see at least one of the women with some pretty intricate braids in her hair.

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Braids are probably one of the most versatile hairdos out there. Even the series only shows a small amount of what you can actually do with braids. Braids can look good any time of the year and on any person, the trick is just to make sure you style them well. We're going to give you the tips you need to make sure whatever braid hairstyle you do is fit for the throne.

 First let's cover shorter-term braid hairstyles designed for one-day wear such as french braids, milkmaid, or fishtail braids.

Prepping the Hair

If you're going for one of these styles, you'll want to make sure that you have or add the right texture to your hair. Fine, straight hair won't always hold these styles as well. If this is your hair type, make sure to curl your hair before you start.

Maintaining the Look

To have your hair hold the braid even better, add hairspray or texturizing spray.

Make your braids appear fuller by pulling on the braid after you're done.

Alternatively, you can add extensions to make the braids thicker.

You can also add highlighted extensions to give more dimension to the braids.

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Now, if you plan to get a longer-term hairstyle such as box braids, Senegalese twists, or cornrows, make sure to follow these tips.

Prepping the Hair

Before even starting, make sure you prep your hair correctly. Ensure that you've washed, conditioned, and deep conditioned your hair the day before getting your braids. When the style you plan to get will involve using extensions, you need to make sure it's well nourished before tucking it away for the next few weeks.

To make the braiding process easier, comb out your hair to remove any tangles. If you have really curly hair, stretch out your curls so that the braids can be as sleek and frizz free as possible.

Caring and Cleaning Your Braids

Just because these braids are meant to be protective styles, doesn't mean you can neglect your hair. Maintenance is absolutely key to making your braids last longer and look good the whole time.

Wash your braids on a regular basis. Dirt, product build up, and dead skin cells can and will gather on your hair so you need to make sure you're washing at least once every two weeks minimum. Of course, you need to wash with care. Using diluted shampoo or an apple cider vinegar mix, focus primarily on your scalp and gently wash your braids.

Always make sure you're moisturizing. Because braids will expose more of your scalp than usual, it can be more prone to drying out. Also, synthetic hair is notorious for drying out your natural hair. We recommend water-based moisturizers to use from root to tip and if your scalp needs a little extra loving, apply a light oil.

Maintaining the Look

Sleep with silk or satin. Braids or not, it's important to protect your hair while you sleep. The natural smoothness of silk and satin help reduce friction while sleeping meaning less frizz. And they won't dry your hair or scalp out the way cotton will.

When time starts to pass and your braids start to fray, use a hot water and gel treatment to get them looking their best again. Trim the stray hairs and then put your extensions in hot water. As you gently dry them, apply some styling gel. They'll be looking brand new (almost) afterwards. You can also apply edge control to all your braids instead and give your edges a little fixup while you're at it.Game of Braids

Instead of redoing your whole head, extend the style by redoing just the edges in a halo effect when they start to look a little worn.

Lastly, do not leave your braids in for too long. Even when you're taking all the right steps to moisturize and maintain your braids, leaving them in longer than a month or two can begin to damage your hair. Take them out after 8 weeks maximum and then let your natural hair breath for a few weeks before getting them back in.

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Borrowed From The Boys

Fall/Winter is a favorite amongst the fashion and style community because the dropping temperature really challenges you to push the envelope to be fashion forward as well as warm. With added layers there’s so much depth to play with your personal style. While most look to celebs and runways for trends and pull influence from the changing leaves and nature for a crisp and warm color palette, we thought of an avenue that really can set your Winter wardrobe apart. Menswear. The influence of menswear on women’s fashion has circled back around in a big way. We put together a list of 9 must haves you should borrow from the boys. 

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Have you ever noticed all the different collar and cuff styles that men can buy white dress shirts in? Don’t get us started on the weight. Well you can make them work for you. A simple enough find. You can dress this up with nice slacks or down with a pair of jeans and a pump. 

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A constant for Winter trends is the Fedora. The felt, wide circle brimmed hat can elevate any look. It gives any outfit a polished finish and hint of mystery. 

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Big face watches will definitely make you feel like you’re making power moves. Grabbing a statement watch this season with intricate detailing or more rustic features like a wood grain face or leather band is one way for you to spark conversations.  

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Staying warm is the obvious reason for this next piece but the glamour and high-fashion feel of it all! An overcoat is an easy way to elevate any outfit.  

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Layering is a given during this season so why not add a bit of pazazz. A suit separate vest is the perfect thing for an otherwise simple Fall ensemble.  

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Denim is always a good thing to have on hand. Boyfriend jeans create a boxier silhouette that compliments the aesthetic you find in a lot of fall pieces. It can also balance out softer daintier layering pieces like a camisole and sweater combo. A good boyfriend jean is honestly perfect any time of year. 

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Oxfords, a comfy casual shoe that has gotten a modern spin as late. From metallic to steel toe finishes even platforms have been added to the classic spectator shoe. 

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One of the more dated but still trendy selections is the Newsboy Cap. The unique shape and short brim is the perfect accessory.

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Now for men a Tuxedo jacket is for formal affairs but it can double as the perfect coverup for a winter night out! 

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Boys shouldn’t get to have all the fun. Shake up your Winter wardrobe this year and tag us in your new looks @boxbeautyco !

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It's Not U, It's Me: How To Successfully Breakup With Your Smartphone

Even though Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande's relationship was pretty brief, the media coverage around their breakup hasn't been. It's been roughly two months since they split up but everyone still seems to be talking about the two. Given Ariana's pop status, the attention she's receiving isn't really anything new to her but the same can't be said of Pete. He's a cast member on Saturday Night Live but compared to the singer, he had always kept a relatively low profile in the public eye. It's no surprise that the crazy amount of attention that he's gotten since he started dating Ariana has been a big adjustment and the fact that trolls constantly attack him doesn't make it any easier. And yesterday, Pete finally decided to address all the online bullying he's received in an Instagram post.

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Ariana later responded through both Twitter and Instagram asking her fans to be leave Pete alone. She posted a picture of Pete's statement on her IG Story with the caption: 

"I know u already know this but I feel I need to remind my fans to please gentler with other. I really don't endorse anything but forgiveness and positivity. I care deeply about Pete and his health. Im asking you to please be gentler with others, even on the internet. I've learned thru my own mistakes not to be reactive on socials so I do understand. But you truly don't know what anybody is experiencing ever. Regardless of what they choose to display on social media or how they may appear in public. I can promise u that. So please let whatever point you're trying to make go. I will always have irrevocable love for him and if you've gotten any other impressions from my recent work, you might have missed the point."

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Post breakup, both Ariana and Pete took some time off of social media to focus on themselves. In an era when we're always interconnected and there's no global "off time" from the internet, it's definitely a good idea to create your own off time every once in a while. Whether or not you're going through a tough time in your life, disconnecting from your phone and other smart devices can be good for you both physically and mentally. For one, it's one of the easiest ways to block out negativity and people who may be weighing you down online. Instead, you can use that time to have more meaningful connections with people you care about in real life. Physically, staying away from your phone can also help you get better sleep and ease eyestrain issues.

Depending on how attached to your phone you are, there's a lot of things you can try to help you disconnect.

First, you can try turning off your notifications or putting your phone on silent. This way, you're not getting prompted to check your phone every time it goes off.

You can also charge your phone in another room. For example, plug it in in your room while you're eating dinner or hanging out in the living room. When your phone isn't within a convenient arm's reach, you won't find yourself instinctively reaching for it so often.

If you find yourself a little further along in the attached-to-your phone spectrum, logging out or deleting your social media apps might be a good move. It becomes harder to constantly check your socials when you have to go through the process of logging in and/or downloading the app every single time. For those wanting a bigger nudge, both Android and iPhone have recently added screen monitoring features that allows you to track your phone usage and set availability limits for apps.

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Charge your phone less often. If you find your constantly needing to charge your phone because of how often you use it, use it as an opportunity to change your ways. Don't bring a charger with you everywhere you go. You can also give it to a friend or family member and only have them give you access to it every few days or so. This way, you learn to use it more conservatively to preserve your battery.

Leave your phone at home next time you go out or, if just the thought induces panic in you, then take it with you but put it on airplane mode. (And turn off the WiFi.)

Find activities that aren't very phone friendly. Find a hobby that makes it hard for you to use your phone. Go rock climbing, ride a bike, or go swimming. When you want a less active hobby, read a book, learn to cook or bake, or get into drawing or painting.

Lastly, accountability partners aren't just for working out. Find a friend or friends who also want to disconnect and agree to put your phones away when you're together. Leave your phones at home and go to the movies together or grab some dinner.

If all else fails, you can also replace your smartphone with a flip phone instead. Early 2000s trends do seem to be coming back in style.

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