This is the thesis statement of Homecoming. As Blue sings “Lift Every Voice,” Beyoncé is persuading her, slowly bringing out what’s already there. She’s passing the torch, but not in the bootcamp, dance-all-day-in-a-basement Matthew Knowles way, she’s giving Blue Ivy the space to receive her birthright in her own time. Sure, it may seem unfair of me to put that much pressure on a seven-year-old, and to expect her to live up to her mother’s incomparable career, but that’s the point. Through these carefully placed peeks we get of Blue Ivy in the film or on social media, we can see that Blue Ivy is carving out her own path. In her seven years, Blue Ivy’s name has already become as identifiable as her mother’s. She’s growing up in the time of #BlackGirlMagic and when representation, while not perfect, is getting better every day. Structurally, the ceilings Beyoncé has had to break through still very much exist, but for Blue Ivy, the path is clearer and the potential is endless.
The start of the week has an edge to it. On Tuesday, the ego-ruling Sun forms a square against change-making Uranus. We’ll be itching to move on to the next big thing. Navigating this nervous energy will require patience — with ourselves and others. Keeping our schedules simple and carefully taking small steps can help us maintain a positive mindset.
Thursday is a good day to meditate on how we’d like to create more satisfaction from your relationships, as charming Venus forms a conjunction with powerful Pluto. This transit offers a double whammy of emotional energy: We’re able to attract others with ease, and we’re especially sensitive to each other’s feelings. We should act and speak with honesty to build strong relationships during this transit, and not be afraid to create healthy boundaries. We’re craving the spotlight on Thursday as well, as the emotion-ruling Moon waxes full in proud Leo at 2:16 P.M. EST. Feelings will run high as the Moon creates a square against innovative Uranus and fiery Mars, so we’ll have to do our best to manage any drama that arises with grace. The Moon will also oppose lucky Jupiter and rule-making Saturn, making it a day of jumping through hoops to make others happy. Here’s where those boundaries come in handy again: We can’t please everyone, and that’s okay. Later on in the day, we’ll be feeling more optimistic about our goals as the ego-ruling Sun forms a conjunction with bountiful Jupiter. It’s a beautiful transit to reach out to someone who needs a helping hand and encourage others. But we’ll have to try to be mindful of our words, lest we come off as boastful or braggy.
On Saturday, it’s time to begin conserving our energy and slow down as messenger Mercury stations retrograde in independent Aquarius. When the communication planet moves in reverse, he puts more responsibility on getting back to friends, family, and colleagues. We’ll want to make sure to check our texts, inboxes, draft folders, and junk mail to ensure that we’re on top of our correspondence. Getting ghosted hurts, even if it’s not on purpose. Life might be looking a little different as we navigate this transit, but it’s a great time to be extra-cautious about how we come across, find lost things, and reminisce. We can think of it as an opportunity to reconnect with our inner voice, and rediscover our rebellious side.
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At the heels of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, many are commemorating one of the most notable changing of the guards in history. Though former President Donald Trump was (thankfully) absent from Wednesday’s events, several key speakers and celebrities kicked off celebrations. After Lady Gaga slayed the National Anthem (holding a matching gold microphone, no less), Jennifer Lopez sang a medley of patriotic classics, and Garth Brooks also took the stage — as tradition entails. But the performer whose words moved people the most was Amanda Gorman, the youngest inauguration poet in U.S. history.
Similar to Labor Day, this long weekend is packed with discounts on most wanted buys — including, but not limited to, currently trending Cocoon by Sealy mattresses, snazzy fitness gadgets like Mirror, Cole Haan’s cult-favorite kicks, Ulta Beauty gems, and more. Even Nordstrom jumped into the mix with new markdowns on its bestselling brands, plus an extra 25% off of clearance. Go on and have a gander at the limited-time super scores ahead.
While monochrome, minimal dressing has been trending for the past year, coats and jackets are anything but classic in 2021, with printed, can’t-miss styles dominating this cold-weather dressing season. Textured quilted and leather-like fabrics are also getting more popular with shoppers looking to upgrade their outerwear without making too much of a style statement. And, as the pandemic’s hold continues, prompting many to spend more time outdoors in the winter, designers are responding with longer and more winter-proof silhouettes that are as fashion-forward as they are practical.
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The star’s first attempt at a nose piercing didn’t quite turn out as planned. On December 28, while on vacation with her family in St. Barts, Teigen shared a photo to Twitter explaining how her stud “immediately fell out and healed” shortly after the piercer left. So for this go-around, the model and author turned to celebrity piercer Brian Keith Thompson, founder of L.A.’s Body Electric Tattoo studio. “Second time’s a charm,” said Teigen, showing fans the petite diamond stud in her nose, which looks as though it’s been expertly placed and won’t be going anywhere.
The expert answer is: Probably not. Pickle juice contains both sodium and potassium, two important electrolytes that may be depleted after we enjoy one too many glasses of pinot grigio or shots of whiskey, according to Abisola Olulade, MD, a family medicine physician based in San Diego. But that doesn’t mean drinking pickle juice in the hopes of replenishing those electrolytes actually gets the job done. “Essentially, there is no significant evidence that increasing electrolyte intake will lead to a faster recovery from your hangover,” Dr. Olulade explains. She points out that reaching for electrolyte-rich liquids, such as Gatorade, after a night of drinking might “work” for hangovers, but not because of those electrolytes — it’s because they’re actually hydrating you.