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The Weekly Covet: What Our Editors Are Reading Now
Once a week, we ask our editors to share the items they've been loving or lusting after—whether it's a new skincare product we're dying to try or a travel essential we can't live without. Consider "The Weekly Covet" your editor-approved wish list for beauty, travel, fashion, and everything in between.
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1) The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
"I’m digging into The Warmth of Other Suns, the untold story of the Great Migration. Between 1915 to 1970, six million Black Americans left the South for northern and western cities, looking for a better life. Pulitzer Prize–winner Isabel Wilkerson spent 15 years researching and writing this book, and she uses the personal stories of three individuals as anchor points for the larger history. I was not taught this period of history in school, which had so many ramifications on American culture, literature, music, politics, and demographics, and I’m looking forward to learning it—and then telling others they need to learn it, too."—Liz Cantrell, Assistant to the Editor in Chief
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2) Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know
"For so many reasons right now, I (and, I suspect, many of us) am working at learning to understand and communicate with one another better and I’m making these lessons from Malcolm Gladwell—inspired by the 2015 Sandra Bland case—part of my personal curriculum. As he says at the beginning of the book, “Prejudice and incompetence go a long way toward explaining social dysfunction in the United States. But what do you do with either of those diagnoses aside from vowing, in full earnestness, to try harder next time?”—Lauren Hubbard, Contributor
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3) Intimations: Six Essays
"Zadie Smith finished a new collection of essays while in isolation. What did you do? Of course, it's gripping, thought-provoking, a little triggering, and ultimately a joy. A must-read."—Erik Maza, Style Features Director
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4) Behold the Dreamers: A Novel
Random House Trade Paperbacks
"Imbolo Mbue's 2016 debut novel is about a couple from Cameroon who move to NYC and begin working for the wealthy Edwards family, whose patriarch is an executive at Lehman Brothers. Set during the 2008 financial crisis, the story seems eerily resonant today, as does its themes exploring class, race, and the immigrant experience."—Leena Kim, Assistant Editor
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5) The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
"This book chronicles in excruciating detail how racial bias permeates every facet of our country’s criminal justice system. Even if you already own a copy, the recently released tenth anniversary edition is worth buying for the new preface by the author."—Norman Vanamee, Articles Director
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6) Such a Fun Age
"It’s hard to put down the debut novel from Kiley Reid. In it, we follow the relationship of Alix, a successful white businesswoman, and her 25 year old black babysitter, Emira, who is racially profiled and accused of kidnapping Alix’s daughter in an upscale grocery store. It’s an entertaining story of race, class, love and a millennial trying to find her way as an adult in the world."—MaryKate Boylan, Senior Fashion Editor
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7) Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
Simon & Schuster
"An inspiring tale of courage and love following three generations of women in 20th century China. The plot dissects Maos impact on China and gives an unusual window in to the female experience in the modern world."—Dania Ortiz, Fashion and Accessories Director
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8) Bloodchild and Other Stories
Seven Stories Press
"This book was such an enjoyable experience—even if the subject matter therein isn't exactly light. It was my first time reading Octavia Butler, and I absolutely fell in love. Not only are her short stories captivating (and definitely scratch my sci-fi itch), but the short afterwords following each installment are fascinating, providing a peek into Butler's psyche that left me wanting much more. My copy of Dawn is already in the mail."—Chloe Foussianes, News Writer
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9) My Life on the Road
"I first read 'My Life on the Road' a few years ago and try to reread it at least once a year. Not only does this book go into detail on how travel shaped Steinem's life in social activism, but ultimately it underscores the importance of sitting with—and listening to—others as a means to creating a better world. I couldn't imagine a better message to carry with you as an ally. Especially in the current socio-political climate." —Roxanne Adamiyatt, Senior Lifestyle Editor
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10) Always Wear Joy: My Mother Bold and Beautiful
"I read T&C Contributor Susan Fales-Hill's memoir when it came out but I've kept my copy ever sense and I plan to read it again this summer. Susan writes with such piercing, joyful clarity about her experiences and her fascinating family."—Elizabeth Angell, Executive Editor, Digital
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11) We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays
"I currently can't put down Samantha Irby's second collection of essays. The book addresses tough topics, like race, class, and disability, in a raucously funny and provocative way. Irby is able to infuse topics ranging from the seemingly lighthearted (like why, for example, she should be on The Bachelor) to those with more gravity (her relationship with her estranged father) with incredible poignancy, authenticity, and a whole lot of heart."—Annie Goldsmith, Editorial Fellow
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Spending lots of time online these days? Me too. I'm always hunting down for the most covetable products out there as a shopping editor. For July, I'm loving sundresses, sandals, and tank tops. The best news? I found everything I could possibly want this month on sale. If you have ever been curious about what shopping editors add to their wish lists, now is the time to see for yourself. I curated a list of the coolest discounted must haves out there. Let's take advantage of these markdowns. Related: The 26 Best Deals to Get From Old Navy's July Sale, Straight From a Shopping Pro
Some flights are grounded, there are varying travel restrictions across the world, and after three months of mandatory staycation, cabin fever is at an all-time high. You need to get out of the house, we get it. But is it safe to travel this summer? Where can you travel to? And what do you need to know before hitting the open highway? Here’s a guide to the great road trip of 2020 including what you need to pack and the best places for a pee break. What if I just want to hit the open road and see where the wind takes me? With all due respect, summer 2020 is probably not the best time to live out your Jack Kerouac fantasy. Planning in advance is essential, and that includes a pandemic-specific packing list. Dr. Robyn Lee, an assistant professor in the epidemiology department at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, lists masks, Lysol wipes, sanitizer, and toilet paper as the new road trip essentials. Make sure to stock up your COVID kit before departure: These items are in high demand and may be out of stock.Is it safer to travel to the country than the city? That depends on where you’re coming from. Generally speaking, big cities have been COVID-19 hotspots. If you live in a rural community, coming into more densely populated urban environments means upping your chances of exposure. Definitely avoid tourists traps, and overcrowded parks, beaches, and other destination landmarks. A lot of popular tourist spots still aren’t open, so check in advance. For city dwellers craving country comforts, it’s important to be aware that *you* present a significant risk. Back in curve-flattening days, some places even outlawed visits to secondary residences. At this point, “it’s less about rules and more about social obligation,” says Dr. Lee. Translation: You don’t want to be the jerk who infects an uninfected region and/or puts a strain on limited medical resources.How can I avoid being that jerk? Well for starters, if you have even the slightest symptoms, stay home. Normally a slight sniffle is no reason to cancel travel plans, but there is nothing normal about Summer 2020. Depending on your timeline, the best way to make sure you’re not a carrier is two weeks of self-isolation before departure. If that’s not doable, BYO everything — groceries, firewood, lake floaties, etc. — to avoid exposing local business owners.Is camping a better option than staying in a hotel or renting a cottage? Camping is definitely COVID-friendly since it involves zero time indoors and minimal interaction with other people outside of your bubble. But beware the communal campground bathroom (more on that below). With hotels, Dr. Lee advises checking the website in advance to see what staff has posted regarding updated safety and hygiene policies. (Things to look for include room disinfection and air purification.)“Hypothetically, if you checked into a room right after someone who had the virus and the surfaces hadn’t been properly disinfected, that would be risky,” says Dr. Lee. (Initial research suggests the virus can survive on stainless steel and plastic for up to 72 hours. “It’s always a good idea to wipe down high-touch surfaces like door handles, light switches, sink and toilet handles, and any electronic remotes.” All while keeping in mind that infected people present a far bigger danger than contaminated surfaces: “Avoid communal areas as much as possible, wash your hands immediately after check-in, and avoid crowded elevators.”What about an Airbnb? How can I be sure the hosts are providing a safe environment? Airbnb recently introduced new COVID hygiene protocol. It’s not mandatory, but it’s a way for hosts to demonstrate that they’re serious about cleanliness and safety, so look out for the designation when considering a rental.I’ve heard RVs are making a comeback. Is that a good call? It’s true, travel industry insiders are calling RVs the new cruise ships and a lot of people — including Rachel McAdams — are experimenting with mobile shelter. (Like, a lot. One Ottawa-based company has seen sales spike 800% from last summer). Traveling by RV means avoiding a lot of contact with the germ-baring public while also ticking off a box on your bucket list. Just remember to seek out rental companies with responsible hygiene protocol and then wipe everything down again anyway.Can I hit the road with someone from another household? Given that a car is a relatively small and enclosed space, and that you may be on the road for several hours, you definitely want to avoid driving with a sick person; the problem, of course, being that you may not know who’s sick. Wear a mask, keep the windows open, and ideally have your travel squad avoid social contact in the period before departure. Use your Lysol wipes to keep surfaces germ free (they’re in your COVID kit, silly). And make sure whoever you’re with shares your taste in music. Which has nothing to do with COVID, but everything to do with an enjoyable roadie. What about pee breaks? Gas station bathrooms are horrible at the best of times... It’s true that gas station bathrooms were pretty puke-tastic even in the Before Time, but also true that “holding it” is not a permanent solution. A lot of service centers have introduced anti-germ upgrades like sanitizer stations and more frequent disinfecting, but just in case, bring along those Lysol wipes and wipe down all surfaces. Remember that a washroom doesn’t have to look heinous to be harmful (clean is not the same as disinfected) and also that the biggest risk in a washroom setting is still other people, so maintain social distance. Same goes for pit stops that don’t relate to nature’s callings. Always mask up, wipe down, and wash after. (Wait, did we just invent a solid bumper sticker slogan?)It’s hot and we’ve arrived at our destination. Is it safe to go for a swim? You don’t need to worry about COVID in the water — whether it’s a pool, lake or ocean. (“The amount of the virus would be so diluted,” says Dr. Lee.) But swimming is not without its issues. “The risk would be if there are too many people…such that distancing can’t be maintained.” Crowded beaches should be avoided if you don’t want to get a life-endangering virus. Which brings us to the final and maybe most important item in your road trip COVID kit: common sense.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Most Breathable Face Masks For Hot Summer Days16 Black-Owned Swimsuit Brands To Shop This SummerTake These Audiobooks With You On Your Road Trip
We're in mid-summer mode and taking advantage of the warm weather and outdoor activities (while staying socially distant, of course). While we fitness editors take our workouts outside, we are also practicing self-care and fueling our bodies with healthy and tasty snacks. Take a look at what we are coveting this month.
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July is hot, hot, hot, so I'd prefer to stay indoors and online shop . . . that's my excuse for spending money this week. I'm always searching for the hottest products out there as a shopping editor. This season, I'm loving vibrant dresses, statement-making swimwear, and airy tops. But fashion isn't the only thing I look for - home decor and beauty must haves are also on my mind. If you have ever wondered what shopping editors add to their wish lists, now is the time to see for yourself. I curated a roundup of the coolest goodies out there. Can I tempt you? Related: 14 Timeless Jewelry Pieces You'll Wear Over and Over Again, All From Melanie Marie
It's safe to say that life right now looks very different than it did five months ago. There's so much that's changed since social distancing, wearing facial mask coverings, and working from home have become everyday practices, and for those of us at POPSUGAR, a lot of those shifts lie in our beauty routines and the way we've been caring for ourselves. Considering many of us have spent more days and nights at home than we ever have before, the most obvious change is the fact that a majority of us have taken a break from wearing makeup daily. There are plenty of other tweaks to account for, too, whether it's switching up our skin-care routines or adding newer, healthier products to our beauty lineups. From ditching heast styling tools to figuring out how to deal with maskne, read ahead to see how the beauty routines of few of our editors have changed since the beginning of shelter in place.
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Nordstrom's beauty sale includes 15 percent off, and we're throwing our favorite products in the beauty cart.
We're not ones to tell you what you should do with your money, but we figured now is just as good a time as any to tip you off to the fact that Target is currently having a huge sale on beauty products. So if you're looking to stock up on summer essentials without sobbing over your credit card statement after, you should probably check it out ASAP. From now until July 18, you can take advantage of tons of BOGO deals on hair, makeup, and skin-care products. That includes buy-one-get-one 25 to 50 percent off deals from popular brands like Bliss, Olay, Kristen Ess, Versed, and more - and it's valid for customers shopping in-store and online. Read ahead to check out the editor-favorite items you should shop from the sale.
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