Whether it's scrolling through Instagram until the early hours of the morning, tossing and turning to find the perfect position, or a work worry that just won't shift, falling to sleep quickly is a skill we're yet to master.
This article appears in the June 2017 issue of ELLE, on newsstands now. At the photo shoot, the accoutrements of being her precede her.
This article appears in the July 2017 issue of ELLE. The man with the orange hair is making a scene.
Two weeks before my wedding I did what many brides have done before me and many will do after: I stopped eating carbohydrates. Now when I say carbs, I really mean grains and starchy foods. Broccoli was okay. Sushi rice? No. Sweet potatoes? Sadly, no.
If you were about to force yourself out on a run, stop where you are for a minute because a bath might be just as effective as exercise when it comes to your health.
From yoga retreats in the Himalayas and weekly mindfulness classes to downloading mediation apps such as Headspace and Calm, many of us spend our lives (and paycheques) on trying to achieve happiness and fulfilment.
The SUV came to an abrupt stop. It was July of 1977. A crew from Neiman Marcus had come to the Andes mountains, near the border of Chile and Argentina, to scout locations for a fur catalog shoot. As the SUV climbed farther and farther up the mountain, snow started to fall, blanketing the road.
There's nothing quite like crawling under the duvet in the middle of the day, or plumping up a pillow on the sofa for a quick 20-minute nap. For some, a nap is a daily necessity, to recharge their batteries and feel rejuvenated for the rest of the day.
The world of pop operates on a few constant principles: A child star, at or near the age of eighteen, will invariably announce her “more adult sound” with a drastic makeover. Nostalgia operates on a 20-year delay. And no woman, not even Taylor Swift, can be America’s Sweetheart forever.
If you don't currently own a fan in the midst of this heatwave, here's a word of advice: don't bother trying to by one. I say this for two reasons.
"You are calling me from a cell phone," Fran Lebowitz , the cultural critic, writer, and sometimes actress announces, mere seconds after I say hello. She says it's the worst connection in the history of the world, and she'll only continue with the interview if I call her from a landline.
White men in entertainment can get away with anything. That one, soul-deadening lesson has been drilled into women's heads recently.
For those of us who overdosed on Disney princess memorabilia growing up, good news: Thanks to Donald Trump and his legion of terrifying yet well-coiffed children, Americans are now closer to living in a monarchy than we have been since 1776.
I learned to block some of the noise. Social media can be great, but it can also inundate your brain with images of what you aren’t, how you’re failing, or who is in a cooler locale than you at any given moment. One thing I do to lessen this weird insecurity laser beam is to turn off comments.
This article originally appears in the June 2016 issue of ELLE. It was nearing midnight, and the scent of grease still clung to Ardelia Ali's Burger King uniform as the city bus wheezed to a stop on Detroit's 7 Mile Road.
The last time I saw my father alive I was 22 years old and working at the Metropolitan Opera. I wasn't making much money but that is a relative statement, given that I had an apartment in Manhattan instead of a double-wide in mid-Michigan, like most of my childhood friends.
When juggling busy careers and lives, it's not always easy to find the time to hit the gym or prepare a healthy meal.
My wife, Maureen, and I are standard-issue modern parents. Our children are standard-issue twins, a boy and a girl, 3¾ years old. We push my daughter toward the toy trucks and my son can hug all the dolls he likes; nothing is "for boys" or "for girls.
ELLE editor Amanda FitzSimons is an admitted self-help addict. In a recent review of new self-help tome Promise Land: My Journey Through America's Self-Help Culture for ELLE's January issue, she writes, "Looking back, I guess you could say The Secret was my gateway drug.
It's an evil trick: We leave the office in an exhausted, zombielike state, fully intending to crash land in bed. (A recommended eight hours of sleep? Easy.
A few years ago, after shooting up the career ladder as a media reporter and editor, I quite suddenly quit my very well-paying—if not dream—job at a top website. And then, for a long time afterward, I did nothing. Literally. Nothing.
His name was Don, or maybe Doug. He was a grown man, one I’d never met, and he wanted me to answer his fan letter. His writing was hard to read, but I could make out just enough: “I love your legs,” and “Can I have your lip print on the enclosed index card?” I was fifteen.
One summer day in 1991, a mother of three walked into McDonald's on her lunch break. She knew she could get a hamburger there for just 39 cents. The six credit cards in her wallet were useless, each one a lifeless plastic symbol of a maxed-out limit.
"How do you get involved in politics?" If you were asked this question, one that's been bandied about a lot over the past two years, I'm sure you could blurt out a response.
1. Make sure your style stays put by flipping the bobby pin over so the wavy side is against your head. If you have a hard time keeping your hair in place, try flipping the bobby pin over. The straight side is slicker and won't grip as well as the wavy side.
I'm meeting Elisabeth Moss at sunset on the roof of the Jane Hotel, a normal thing to do that's 100 percent in keeping with the rest of my everyday life, which is why, by the time she arrives, I've had two Campari sodas and delved so deeply into the social media apps on my phone that casual acq
I heard the woman calling Michael's name before he did. First it was tentative, a question: "Michael? Michael?" When she knew for sure it was him, she got louder, trying to make herself heard above the crowd exiting the subway station: "Michael!"
There's a stigma against YouTube workouts. I get it. I too used to be a little wary of them—but then I grew up and got busy and moved somewhere cold. And since then I've learned to love a YouTube routine, especially on days when I'm realistically not going to do anything at all.
A few years ago, my best friend of over a decade called me and I chose not to answer. We were living in different states and hadn't seen each other in months; in his voicemail, he was crying. How had I not known something was wrong? When I called back, he didn't answer.
'What are you?' A question I get asked every week of my life, often every day. 'Well,' I say, as I begin the verbal dance I know all too well. 'I'm an actress, a writer, the Editor-in-Chief of my lifestyle brand The Tig, a pretty good cook and a firm believer in handwritten notes.
I own a teacup that has the words every day I'm hustlin' scrawled around the rim. Filled with bow-shaped paper clips and other ephemera, the teacup sits on my desk as a reminder: to work hard, to keep going, to aim high, and prioritize productivity.
Traditional wisdom holds that a sluggish metabolism is a curse of midlife, like needing reading glasses to use a smartphone or starting to worry about your retirement plan. So we fight the slowdown, eating like parakeets for a few days or launching into an intense exercise routine.
The first time I met Yvette Noel-Schure was by mistake. I was on my way to see Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s On the Run II tour, but Los Angeles traffic prevented me from arriving at a reasonable hour. I sprinted to the ticket booth, only to discover the windows were closed for the evening.
I'm going to assume that you are already familiar with Joe Manganiello, as this is 2016. You may know Joe as Big Dick Ritchie, or as Sofia Vergara's husband who HASN'T tried stealing her embryos, or as Alcide Herveaux, the sexiest werewolf in Shreveport.
When asked, I will always tell people the best job I've ever had as a writer was working for Playboy magazine in 2008. At the time, I was just starting out as a online media reporter, penning eight posts a day for $12.50 per post, a position I felt lucky to have landed.
This article originally appears in the April 2016 issue of ELLE. On Valentine's Day in 1967, when feminism was sorely needed but had not yet ripened into a movement, a trim, dignified 25-year-old African American woman named Aretha Franklin walked into a New York City recording studio.
Every Monday we tap an industry expert for tips that only insiders know.
That the myth surrounding Beyoncé's identity, and her music, swells with each chapter of her career is due in large part to sheer prowess: She's the most-nominated woman in Grammy history, with 20 awards and 53 nominations. She has sold over 120 million solo albums.
Okay, let me rephrase that. I haven't washed my hair with shampoo since June. Call me a victim of the beauty bandwagon, but when I first learned about the "no poo" method late last spring, I knew it was totally up my natural-loving, hippie-tending, DIY-obsessed alley.
Jacob Sartorius appears to have been created in a lab to be the perfect idol for preteen girls. He is slender and tan, with thick, light-brown hair, big eyes, and rosy cheeks. He is 13, but looks much younger. He is textbook eighth-grade cute.
I was dating this guy Adam for a few weeks when in bed one night, totally unprompted, he put his hands around my neck and squeezed. It was not my jam. Turns out, I love being able to breathe! I wasn't mad, I let it go, no big deal.
Civil rights activist Angela Davis spoke at the Women's March on Washington on Saturday in front of a crowd of hundreds of thousands who gathered in the nation's capital to protest the Trump administration.
Last December 21, Miss America was sitting in an Applebee’s in Bismarck, North Dakota, eating an Oriental chicken salad, when she got a text letting her know an article was about to drop that would reorder her life.
CONTENT NOTICE: This article contains disturbing stories of rape and assault. It's known as one of the most infamous rape scenes in Hollywood history—but Last Tango in Paris director Bernardo Bertolucci admitted in a recently surfaced video that star Maria Schneider never consented to it.
This article originally appears in the July 2017 issue of ELLE. Roxane Gay is many things—critic, social media firebrand, college English professor, self-described "love child" of Beyoncé and Ina Garten, bisexual Haitian American PhD, and romance-novel fan.
Hello, come in, sit down. United States Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California will read you now. Honey, Maxine Waters is not the one. You may have been told that she is the one but you were lied to. She would like to cordially invite you to not come for her unless she sends for you.
1. Perfect your cupid's bow by drawing an "X" on your upper lip first as a guideline. To make the cupid's bow part of your pout look perfect, the easiest and quickest way is to take a lip liner in the same shade as your lipstick and create an "X" at your cupid's bow.
This summer, check ELLE.com every Friday for fun and easy do-it-yourself hacks. Here at ELLE, we certainly love our clothes, but we also love cookies. And wine. And coffee. And sometimes, things get a little messy. We're human.
Today at work I’m wearing a white jumpsuit. It has thin spaghetti straps, dips to a low V in the front, and, because it’s so loose, exposes a lot of my chest. It cuts deeply away under my arms.
he Lone Star Hotel in Barbados is an ideal place to escape during a personal crisis. Quiet and breezy, with a giant veranda accented with plush couches, it’s a haven where no need goes unmet and no moment of serenity is interrupted.
Jeanette Winterson, Author of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?: "Let's take just four great women writers writing now, and just four of their books: Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid's Tale. AM Homes: This Book Will Save Your Life. Ali Smith: The Accidental. Zadie Smith: White Teeth.
Forty of America's wokest men are sitting in a circle on a mountaintop in Ojai, California. Many are wearing AllBirds and joggers, taking notes in their Moleskines.
For teenagers in the mid-'90s, nothing else on TV so honestly captured the all-consuming euphoria of first love, the deep pain of a best-friend breakup, or the daily identity shifts that defined teenage existence as My So-Called Life.
We were never close friends, and she wouldn’t remember me now. But we moved in the same circles: We were both child actors in L.A. in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, and we both loved to do volunteer work. We first met at a charity event when I was about ten, and I liked her immediately.
The massacre of 49 people in Orlando's Pulse nightclub evoked grief, shock, anger, and guilt. Guilt about the thoughtless revelry of privilege I had engaged in the night before. Friday had been a long day at the end of a long week.
Follow this hour-by-hour playbook to stay energized, organized, and focused all day, everyday. 6 a.m. Sleep a little longer "Getting enough quality shut-eye affects not only your metabolism but also the quality of your day," says registered dietitian Laura Cipullo, author of Healthy Habits.
When my wife and I did in vitro fertilization, the doctor put two blastocysts in her because that bettered the odds that one would take. He handed my wife a picture, two lumpy circles in black-and-white on slippery thermal paper. They looked like rice cakes. Blastocysts are early embryos.
TG: I wonder, though, if that kind of sexual freedom isn't extended to your backup dancers. Your VMAs performance— MC: Somehow a lot of people thought I was exploiting black culture.
When I moved to New York City in 2003, Citibank's "Live Richly" campaign was in its third year of captivating consumers with its anti-materialist wisdom. The advertising operation saw billboards and bus stops all over the city plastered with messages like, "Money can't buy happiness.
For nearly two years, I've been obsessed with medical journals. Volumes of fascinating, disgusting material that could only be described as NSFAnyoneInHerRightMind. But I read them all, equal parts wide-eyed and nauseated. No, I'm not a doctor. I just write about them for TV.
Doctors, scientists, and nutritionists alike for years have touted the Mediterranean diet as an ideal way of eating: The native cuisine of Greece, Spain, and Southern Italy—which consists largely of fresh fruits and veggies, olive oil, fish, beans, nuts, and unrefined grains—is balanced, hea
Even if you don't agree with needing certain fashion basics by 30, we doubt most women would say no to a classic blazer or basic jeans that make your butt look great. These essentials are the foundation of a classic wardrobe, anchoring whatever crazy, amazing pieces you find along the way.
Let’s start at the beginning. I’m 23, and the story I tell is called "The Time I Went Out with the (Relatively) Hot Older State Senator.” I deploy it as a nerdy leg-up on the social ladder among friends.
Got five minutes to spare? Here's an easy way to tone your entire body in that time, using just a kettlebell and these simple exercises from Body by Hannah's Hannah Davis. So grab a 10-pound kettlebell and get started, why don't you? 1.
Like every person I knew during the summer of 2012, I read Gone Girl as if my life depended on it. I read it at the beach, I read it while eating a salad at work, I read it past my bedtime, falling asleep with my glasses still on my face. I read it in big, hungry chunks, because it was that good.
From fashion bloggers to fitness experts to simply photogenic everyday citizens, the "Instagram celebrity" has emerged as a new branch of fame in our social media-run world.
This article originally appears in the July 2017 issue of ELLE. Teresa Buchanan had something of a reputation among the young women—and her students were always women—enrolled in Louisiana State University's pre-K through third grade education program.
In 2012, a mountain lion fled his home in the Santa Monica Mountains and journeyed 20 miles to Mount Hollywood.
• Be nice to the people you work with. It is of utmost importance to treat people with kindness, because you want them to work hard and care about the thing you are building together. However, in order to get things done, sometimes you need to be mean.
Women apologize too much. So, anyway, goes the stereotype, promulgated everywhere from business-coaching seminars to shampoo commercials.
According to Daily Mail, students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created an optical illusion that's also a test to determine vision impairment. Basically, if you see Marilyn Monroe in the picture below from a reasonable distance (about a foot away), you need glasses.
For a best-selling author who writes books with sharp titles like French Women Don't Get Fat and French Women Don't Get Facelifts, 67-year-old Mireille Guiliano isn't what you'd expect.
The season five finale of Netflix’s Beltway drama, House of Cards, closed with a shot of Robin Wright as First Lady Claire Underwood looking straight into the camera and delivering, with chilling authority, two words: “My turn.
No matter what she did at NBC, it would have been a mistake to make a feminist hero out of Megyn Kelly. But this week, the extent of that mistake was made clear when Kelly aired a preview of her sit-down with Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on her new show.
Once upon a time, it would have been laughable to refer to WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange as "right-wing.
I am faking work. It is a Monday afternoon in March of 2015, and I am sitting in my cubicle under a flickering fluorescent light. Checking Twitter. That's part of my job…right? I'm a journalist; I need to be on top of the news. I scan the page, but I'm not absorbing what I read.
All the smoothing serums and brightening peels and lifting creams in the world will only get you so far in the eternal quest for a fresh face (barring knives and needles) if your makeup sabotages the effort. So we asked a couple of pros to spill their secrets for faking a youthful appearance.
Since beginning research into the incel universe, I'd hoped to find the first online incel: Which corner of the manosphere had he hailed from? How had the concept spread? More than once I thought I'd found the source of it all, but the trail kept going cold—until, after four months of looking,
Something’s snapped. After the 2016 presidential election, women nationwide wanted to make a scene. We flooded streets in protest. We filled out ballots. Whispers gave way to battle cries. We didn’t do it for “attention”; we did it for progress. In “Fired Up,” ELLE.