I’m sitting upstairs, trying to work, but loud guffaws keep emanating from downstairs. “I’m sorry,” I say to the person on the other end of the call. “It’s my son.” My Mother is giggling, and my 18-month-old son is emitting the loudest belly laughs you’ve ever heard. “A hat!” she says, in a singsong that
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Kristen Radtke This story is part of ELLE’s Lost and Found: One Year in Quarantine. Click here to read all the stories in this package. Kristen Radtke Kristen Radtke is the author of the graphic nonfiction book Imagine Wanting Only This (2017), and the forthcoming books Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness (July 2021),
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Courtesy Mary-Louise Parker She would have read this first. So many times, when I finished writing something, I either sent it to her or dumped it in the trash. Technically, she kept me from throwing away much of my life after trying to make sense of it on paper. She won’t be reading this one.
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Last June, as my Mother walked out of Lincoln Hospital, where she’s the head OB-GYN nurse, four white trucks lined the Bronx facility’s facade. She asked a coworker standing at the street corner, “Are those them? Are those the trailers?” The woman turned and nodded. “Yeah, those are like the mortuaries now.” They were refrigerated
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I first heard the siren call 26 days into quarantine. During a 3 a.m. insomnia-induced Instagram scroll, I fixated on Bella Hadid’s 2019 blonde transformation, DM-ing it to ELLE’s beauty and health director with the succinct “Should I?” Apparently, I wasn’t the only one desiring change while in our Groundhog Day–esque shelter-in-place: Rosalía, Emily Ratajkowski,
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Courtesy of Chanel / Inez & Vinoodh We’ll be the first to admit there are things we don’t miss about fashion week: the rigid, never-ending itinerary; midnight deadlines; frantically searching for a bathroom between shows; the guilt associated with being tired, annoyed and overworked while being part of such a beautiful industry. But one thing
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Joe Maher/BFCGetty Images The Gilded Age. The Age of Enlightenment. The Industrial Revolution. And now, upon us, is the Basique Era. This isn’t a phenomenon due solely to our year-long quarantine, but a whole new lifestyle that urges you to embrace your every Basic desire in unprecedented ways. Go ahead: Slip on some Skims and
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Exactly one week before the 2020 presidential election, Lizzo wanted everyone to know that the last time we were on such a precipice, in 2016, a good portion of America’s eligible voting population did not cast a ballot. The message was particularly clear because the statistic sat atop her head: the numeral 40 and a
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On February 3, nearly four months after she lost her third child, Jack, to pregnancy complications at 20 weeks, Chrissy Teigen shared that she was experiencing what felt like baby kicks in her uterus. “My little Jack would have been born this week so I’m a bit off,” Teigen tweeted. “I truly feel kicks in
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Courtesy of Dior / @Elina_Kechicheva Dior’s magic is the stuff of fairytales. From its embrace of the feminine mystique to an international, all-star fanbase that includes its newest face, Jisoo of Blackpink, to supernatural growth in sales in 2020 despite a global pandemic, the fashion house knows the power of storytelling. For its fall-winter 2021
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It’s no secret that the beauty industry is reliant on the wallets of women, but for a very long time the vast majority of product lines were founded by men—men who dictated standards of beauty, trends, and spending habits. But female beauty entrepreneurs have slowly gained ground—carving out space in an arena that’s supposed to
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DeMellier London The LIFE Tote x SOS Children’s Villages demellierlondon.com $245.00 One of the most impressive International Women’s Day initiatives this year comes from Meghan Markle-worn handbag brand DeMellier London. As part of the handbag brand’s 7 Women, 7 Causes campaign, 7 different canvas and leather totes have been created and 100 percent of the profits from each
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For her primetime interview with Oprah Winfrey, it’s clear that Meghan Markle wants her clothes to do at least some of the talking. Her dress, a stunning silk Armani gown, was chosen specifically for the television special because it features an embroidered lotus bloom, a flower believed to symbolize rebirth and resilience. 18kt Gold Aquamarine
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry dropped a lot of bombshells during their two-hour interview with Oprah. But one of the happier ones was that the couple chose to get married privately—for themselves—before their big royal wedding ceremony. “I was thinking about it, you know our wedding—three days before our wedding, we got married. No one
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