It is important to have healthy and strong nails before putting on any laquer or polish.
It is important to have healthy and strong nails before putting on any laquer or polish.
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My athleisure wardrobe is limited. Pre-pandemic I usually invested in fashion-forward pieces rather than something to get my sweat on or lounge in. Although I love the thrill of wearing a pair of leather pants, due to the shitake storm that was this past year, prancing around the world in my fiercest ‘fits has been replaced with a more relaxed style. Brands left and right have amped up loungewear to meet the comfort-first movement, with more and more options for us larger folk seemingly popping up overnight. While labels like Girlfriend Collective and Universal Standard were ahead of the inclusive-size curve, brands like Lululemon more recently entered the chat. When Lululemon graciously offered to gift me an assortment of styles from its newly extended range, I felt compelled to give it a try. As a larger woman, it’s difficult finding inclusive places to shop — and, since I could now participate in this new (albeit limited) activewear lineup, I took it as an opportunity to give my honest thoughts on how it really stacks up. Keep scrolling for my full Lululemon review on the styles I ended up loving the most — including details on the fits and feels, if they passed the squat test, and how they look in my selfie shots. Align High Rise Pant 28″, $98 Out of everything I received, the three pairs of leggings were my favorite pieces (I received a size 20 in each). My out-of-the-box impression of the bestselling Align Pant was that they felt super smooth (this makes sense because Lululemon’s custom Nulu fabric is incredibly soft). As soon as I slipped them on, it honestly felt “buttery” just as the product page describes. The Align Pant passed the squat test with flying colors; they move really well — aka they feel like I’m wearing nothin’ at all. There was some pulling needed to adjust them every so often but it wasn’t too extreme. Although they’re designed with yoga-like activities in mind, for the purposes of this review I just did some walking around, squatting, and a little light stretching — for all of which they definitely held up. These are a pair of leggings I would happily lounge around the house in. They’re soft, breathable, and boast that barely-there feel. Wunder Train HR Tight 25″, $98 I was drawn to the soothing water drop colorway for the Wunder Train Tight; in-person it resembles a periwinkle-like hue. They’re very uncomplicated and allow you to move easily. The touch-feel is impressive as it’s more compressive yet still super soft — I found myself continually running my hands up my legs. The Wunder Train Tight mostly passes the squat test with minimal adjusting needed upon rising. The style features a drawcord and a lil’ pocket on the inside to hold your keys (an added bonus!). I’m 5’9”, so the 25” length was slightly cropped but nothing too dramatic because my legs aren’t super long. They’re apparently designed to keep you cool but, since it’s winter, I’d be curious to see how these hold up in sticky summer heat. This style is one I will definitely use for everything from strength workouts to long walks. It’s durable while still maintaining a comfy softness. Invigorate HR Tight 25″, $128 The Invigorate tights stood out because of the deep pockets that flank the sides of each leg. These are definitely ideal for stowing away your phone or any larger items that won’t fit in the small waistband pocket. Lululemon created the Invigorate line for more intense workouts, reinforcing the style with its Everlux fabric that wicks away sweat like “magic.” I didn’t do anything incredibly vigorous, but I did run in place and was able to do some high knees fairly easily in these. The overall fit-feel was more compressive than the Align Pant but didn’t have too many noticeable differences from the Wunder Trains (except for those deep pockets!). These are definitely ideal for outdoor jogs so that I can easily stash my phone, keys, etc. on my person. Final Thoughts… Out of the wider assortment I received, the three leggings featured above were my standout favorites due to their high quality and comfortable fit. There were some pieces (like the Enlite Bra, Run Times Bra, and the Beyond the Studio Jogger) that I really wanted to love but they simply ended up being a little too snug. For each of these styles, I tried on the largest size offered which unfortunately left me with no other option. As someone who is usually around a 2X/3X/20W, I recognize my privilege in the plus-fashion space; when a brand does choose to extend sizing, I’m usually included. However, some of my larger peers simply aren’t catered to enough. Lululemon is by no means alone in this — and, although the new extended sizes are a start, large bodies should be catered to at the inception of a brand and not as an afterthought. I genuinely hope to see Lululemon continue to expand its sizing and product offerings in the future. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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If you’re on TikTok, you’ve likely seen the colorful, plastic rings that line the fingers of users across the platform. Playful and somewhat child-like, the lucite styles feature decorative baubles like gemstones, are oversized, and come in oval and rectangular shapes. Often, wearers pile on several rings, of different colors and shapes, not unlike how we did with Ring Pops back in the day. While they’re everywhere on the platform, you’re guaranteed to spot them on Brooklyn- and downtown Manhattan-based 20-somethings, who spend their Saturdays taping Day In The Life videos that involve brunch at Ruby’s and trips to the East Village shop Here Nor There, where many are purchasing the rings. According to the store’s TikTok, since being featured on the platform, they’ve sold out of and subsequently had to restock their rings, which range in color from hot pink to lime green, and include kitschy designs. They’re accessible — $15 to $20 — and sustainable — celebrity stylist Julia Copeland’s store offers a variety of reworked vintage — and, as such, beloved by Gen Z. @herenortherenyc yes, they’re really $15 ☁️💗✨🧚♂️💌 #tiktokfashion #tiktokstyle #nyc #eastvillage #manhattan #rings #trendy #lamanso #monchermoi ♬ Somebody to love Basstrologe Bootleg – mthekyng Here Nor There isn’t the only shop supplying TikTok users with rings to match their brightly colored nails — lucite jewelry hauls from eBay and Etsy are aplenty. While “drinking one night,” Olivia Josephsen ordered them in bulk on eBay. She later realized that they were child-sized, which isn’t that surprising since the style does resemble something many kids return from summer camp with. “A lot of these were definitely made by children, but, like, I’m here for it,” Josephsen says in the TikTok haul video, showing off the colorful (and adult-sized) rings she replaced them with. The trend isn’t entirely new. Prior to TikTok popularizing the throwback trend this year, resin rings could be found at niche boutiques, in the form of glass-blown styles by Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Jane D’arensbourg, for upwards of $300. Though made with high-quality materials, they are not accessible to many. Knowing this, users have kick-started a DIY movement. One teen who goes by the username @queenslairbykatie launched an Etsy shop, where she sells handmade rings. “As a high schooler, I understand that teens don’t have that money so I will be selling them for $8.97,” she says in a video. She’s not alone. Tons of other Gen Zers are also DIYing resin and lucite rings, and proceeding to sell them on platforms like Depop and Instagram. On TikTok, #resinrings has over 5.6 million views, while #plasticrings has almost 200,000. #Clayrings — another ring trend — has 14.2 million views. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Bella 🦋 (@bellahadid) Celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Dua Lipa, and Bella Hadid are propelling the statement ring trend beyond the platform. On Wednesday, fashion search engine Lyst reported that interest in plastic rings has been rising since January. Searches for “resin rings” are up 28% month-on-month, according to the site, with the keywords “chunky” and “bold” being the most frequently used. “Colorful rings” are also spiking, with page views for the keyword up 19% since the beginning of February. According to its findings, the most sought-after colors are neon green, hot pink, and yellow. Lipa and Hadid’s rings are by Barcelona-based brand La Manso. The brand was founded three years ago by Adriana Manso, who was inspired by her grandmother’s ring collection. “We want to be at your cocktails, in the supermarket queue, sweating in the gym, or swimming in the pool,” the website reads. “We promise to be the center of attention, at any time and in any situation.” Manso’s goal of taking the expense and “carats” out of luxury jewelry shopping — she sells her rings for between $55 and $80, which, while not cheap, is more affordable than some of the other offerings — is obviously catching on. Given that the candy-like ring options previously available were out of reach for most of Gen Z, it’s understandable that teens would turn to shops like Here Nor There for more accessible alternatives. Or better yet, DIY options. (TikTok is crafty like that.) Ahead, resin and plastic rings to shop now. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Lizzo Can’t Stop Wearing This Top On TikTokFor Gen Z, Thrifting Is A LifestyleIs It Time To Retire Skinny Jeans?
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A new study suggests that the first death from COVID-19 in Europe may have actually occurred in Serbia - 10 days before the first reported fatality came out of France.France reported Europe's first death on Feb. 15, 2020. But researchers in Belgrade now say that a 56-year-old construction worker from that city, who had not traveled abroad, was admitted to a hospital on Feb. 5 suffering from fever, cough and shortness of breath. He died within hours and an autopsy showed pneumonia was the cause. Months later, scientists at the Institute for Forensic Medicine of Belgrade's Medical Faculty, found evidence that the man had died from COVID.Milenko Bogdanovic, a forensic pathologist, says frozen samples were taken from the man's eye to prove the presence of the virus."One of the conclusions of this work would be that this is, for the time being, the first post-mortem corroborated death from COVID-19 in Europe to date."The study also says COVID-19 was probably the cause of reports of a pneumonia of unknown origin between January and February last year. Serbia's first official case was recorded on March 6, 2020.
Hyundai has launched the first in a planned family of electric vehicles.The new Ioniq 5 midsize crossover is the linchpin of the company’s long-term goal –to rank 3rd among the world’s electric vehicle makers by 2025.The Ioniq 5 will have a maximum driving range of about 298 miles,up 20% from the Kona EV - which previously had the longest range among Hyundai’s EV lineup.The company says the model is based on a new electric vehicle-only platformthat uses its own battery module technology and requires fewer components than Hyundai’s existing electric cars, enabling faster production at lower cost.It will offer two battery pack options - 58-kilowatt-hour (kWh) or 72.6 kWh. Hyundai said in a statement that the Ioniq 5 will be available in selected regions starting in the first half of 2021.The company is targeting sales of 100,000 units globally in 2022 across Europe, North America and South Korea.The automaker did not disclose the price of the new model, but Hyundai Motor Europe President Michael Cole said in Europe it would start at about $51,000 before government incentives.The launch of Ioniq 5 is part of Hyundai’s long-term goal to capture 10% of global EV sales by 2025.Together with its sister company Kia Corp, Hyundai aims to sell 1 million EVs in 2025 alone.Hyundai Motor President Chang Jae-hoon said, “We expect this year’s global EV demand will increase more than 30% versus last year.”
Mario Tama/GettyIf you’ve tried to get a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, you know how frustrating the process can be. People are spending hours obsessively refreshing websites, hoping an appointment will open up somewhere. They scan Facebook groups for tips and insider information. One writer compared it to Soviet-style queues for cabbage.The competition for slots will only worsen when the COVID-19 vaccination priority list opens to the broader public.It doesn’t have to be this way. Much of this misery comes from poorly designed vaccine sign-up websites, but the problem is more fundamental.As an expert in health care operations and vaccine supply chains, I have closely followed the difficulties in connecting COVID-19 vaccine doses with people. I believe the best solution to vaccine appointment scheduling lies in building a trustworthy one-stop preregistration system. The U.S. has now surpassed half a million deaths from COVID-19, and new fast-spreading variants of the coronavirus are adding to the urgency. As states scramble to speed up vaccinations and try to prevent their limited doses going to waste, a handful of them are testing this approach.The traditional vaccine sign-up model does not work when the demand for vaccines far exceeds supply.Under that model, the only way to get vaccinated is to reserve an appointment slot. Naturally, the fear of being left out drives people to attempt to sign up as soon as appointment slots become available. This leads to a rush of people endlessly refreshing the same websites for the few appointments available.Even if all states had one-stop appointment websites that did not crash under high volume, the limited vaccine supply would mean most appointment slots would quickly be taken. That could make it even harder for people who aren’t tech-savvy to get the vaccine.To fix the broken vaccine scheduling system, we need to break this cycle. 1299353966 Teacher Lily Gottlieb waits in a socially distanced standby line for people hoping to receive leftover COVID-19 vaccine doses in Encino, California. Mario Tama/Getty Most people have fairly realistic expectations about when they will be vaccinated. Their anxiety comes from the fear of being left out. To address this anxiety, the system must be designed to reassure people that they will receive vaccines within a reasonable time frame.In Israel, which leads the world in COVID-19 vaccination, citizens do not need to actively sign up for vaccine appointments. Rather, they are notified when they become eligible via text messages and can then make an appointment.States can echo this “push” system by creating a one-stop preregistration portal where everyone registers once and is notified to schedule appointments when their turn arrives. The preregistration step helps avoid waves of people trying to get appointments at the same time, which can crash computer systems, as Massachusetts experienced on Feb. 18.A good system will make it easy for people to check their position in the vaccine queue at any time, provide an estimated time to vaccination based on frequently updated supply information and then send notifications when their date is getting close. Underlying the system, vaccine doses can be allocated among eligible users on the registry using a lottery system.A well-designed preregistration system can also help avoid vaccine doses going to waste because of no-shows. With an active waitlist, vaccine planners can match supply with demand in an agile manner and offer appointments to people a few days in advance rather than scheduling appointments weeks out when the supply isn’t certain. Research in appointment scheduling has shown that no-shows are more likely under long lead times. People line up in the rain outside the Yankee Stadium for vaccinations reserved for residents of The Bronx. Timothy A. Clary/Getty West Virginia uses a statewide preregistration system and has so far been more successful at vaccinating its population than almost every other state. It controls the process from preregistration to appointment. To get the vaccine, almost all residents, with a few exceptions, are required to use the state system, with options to register either online or by phone.Minnesota just launched a similar system. “We still have a frustratingly limited vaccine supply from the federal government, but every Minnesotan should know their chance to get a vaccine will come. Today, we are connecting them directly to that process,” Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said in announcing the preregistration system on Feb. 18.More states should follow their lead as more of the general population becomes eligible for the vaccine in the coming months.In Massachusetts, where a vaccine sign-up website crashed shortly after launching, nearly every member of the state’s congressional delegation has urged Gov. Charlie Baker to launch a preregistration system. A few other states already have limited preregistration systems that could be expanded.Preregistration can still create confusion if the process isn’t coordinated and users don’t know what to expect.In Virginia, for example, counties created their own preregistration systems, but when the pharmacy chain CVS announced it was taking appointments, users didn’t know what to do. Most Virginia counties are now shifting to a statewide preregistration system. In Santa Cruz County, California, residents have struggled with a preregistration portal that doesn’t provide confirmation or an estimated time to vaccination.“Efficiency-equity trade-off” has become a buzzword in discussing COVID-19 vaccination. With limited vaccine supply, the traditional sign-up model has proven to be both inefficient and inequitable. Moving away from that model and establishing one-stop preregistration systems is one key to resolving the painful vaccine scheduling process.Tinglong Dai is an associate professor of operations management & business analytics, at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University School of NursingRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.