Like most people, I love getting out and seeing the world, but I don’t always love the process of getting there, which is why I do things like sign up for TSA PreCheck, pay for early boarding or upgraded seats, and, yes, seek out the most useful travel accessories. I’m always on the hunt for new travel accessories (often on Amazon) that will make my life easier, and I’ve really found some gems this year.
Between these tech, fashion, beauty, and packing items, I actually kind of look forward to heading to the airport (hey, any excuse to wear that cashmere travel wrap and take my new Away Expandable suitcase out for a spin). There was a time in my life when my travel accessory collection was basically nonexistent, but I’ve luckily learned that organization is the key to travel happiness. Scroll to shop the 19 items that just might help you achieve travel happiness too.
If you read Who What Wear regularly, you’ll know we love to talk about our trusty basics on the regular—from seasonal staples to the basics fashion girls love. And there’s good reason! They’re the building blocks of our wardrobes, they’re striking in their simplicity when worn alone, they serve as a versatile backdrop to statement pieces, and they get us out of every fashion pickle in a pinch.
So now that you’re armed with your fall staples, how do you keep them looking interesting and fresh all season long? We turned to some of our favorite stylish celebrities for plenty of inspiration. From colorful overcoats that’ll add some oomph to your jeans and tee, to trendy snake-print boots that will add wow factor to your simple cardigan, scroll below as we share some of the coolest celebrity fall looks that we fully intend on copying this season.
If you read my stories regularly, then you may already have been able to tell that I don’t really wear a lot of color. Not that I don’t like the look or anything, but I think my tendency towards neutrals stems partly from the fact that I prefer buying clothes and accessories in black or white because I know that that’s how I’ll be able to get the most use out of them. Plus, I have pretty simple style overall, which doesn’t help my case much either.
Nonetheless, even though it doesn’t happen often, every once in a while, I do switch it up and actually buy and wear clothes and accessories that aren’t black, white, or denim. And, when it does happen, I’ve found there are certain hues that are more approachable than others. Just what are they? Keep scrolling to see, read about, and shop the six versatile colors I think are as easy to wear as black.
Ever since I took a risk and bought a hunter green handbag years ago, I’ve come to realize that the color is extremely versatile and easy to wear. Not only does it pair well with my typical neutral outfits, but every once in a while when I want to switch it up with colors, the bag complements other shades well, too. Below, you can see how Monikh Dale’s all-green outfit pairs her printed bag and brown heels.
It took me a while to come around to beige, but now that I have, I’m so into it. First of all, it’s obviously a baby step into the world of wearing color, but the small risk comes with a big reward. It’s also a classic color so you’ll never regret buying it and, as you can see above, even if you wear it with just black and white, beige pieces elevate any outfit and make a neural look a lot more dynamic.
Guess who! Spoiler alert—it’s me in the below photo showing off my favorite sweater of the season (and one of my few favorite colors). Aside from the fact that it’s literally the only shade of nail polish I’ll wear, I also enjoy wearing burgundy clothes from time to time. While the color red intimates me a lot, it’s cousin burgundy is an approachable and easy-to-style hue that lets you wear color without feeling like you’ve overdone it.
While a couple years ago, it was unclear whether lilac was going to be a short-lived trend or a medium-lived trend, the fashion gods ended up tricking us all because it’s practically become a neutral at this point. Whether it’s tops, sweaters, outerwear, or anything else, it seems like everything looks better in lilac and thankfully, lilac looks good with everything.
First things first: Whoever told you that you can’t wear navy and black together was wrong. Second of all, while navy does look great with black as well as other neutrals (as seen below), it also looks good with a lot of other colors. My suggestion? Try buying one item in navy that you’d usually buy in black, such as a pair of trousers or a coat, and see how much more interesting it makes your day-to-day outfits going forward.
Closing it out with another classic color, camel is one of those hues that (aside from pairing well with pretty much everything) makes any item and outfit look expensive—whether or not it actually was. Perfect for fall-ready pieces such as coats and sweaters, the shade is a no-brainer if you’re looking to take lighten up your all-black outfits.
Confession time: As a beauty editor who chats with industry-leading derms and celebrity estheticians more often than I talk to my parents (sorry, Mom and Dad!), I’m still confused about retinol. How does retinol differ from Retin-A? How and when it should be applied? Who should or shouldn’t use it? Is this how Nancy Wheeler felt when she she stepped into the Upside Down for the first time? (I mean, we’ve all heard retinoid-related horror stories involving irritation, peeling, and the like.)
That said, at 26, I’m the exact age experts say to start using retinol, and considering my complexion is often bogged down with annoying congestion and dullness, adding the ingredient into my nightly lineup has been on my to-do list for a while now. There are tons of amazing formulas out there, and some of the best come in the form of easy-to-use serums. And since I’m lucky enough to have some of the best skin experts in the industry on speed dial, it only made sense to reach out for guidance.
From the basics on retinol to the exact serums the pros use on themselves, we have you covered. Keep scrolling for everything you ever wanted to know about retinol serums, plus the most important shopping picks to get you started.
According to celebrity esthetician Vanessa Hernandez, who has her own skincare practice in Brentwood, California, retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, and is a softer, more gentle version of Retin-A. As for its *many* benefits, it naturally exfoliates the top layer of skin, which in turn exposes a clear, glowing, more youthful complexion.
Oh, and we’re not done: She tells us the buzzy ingredient can also help minimize the appearance of pores, soften fine lines, kill acne-causing bacteria, and promote cell turnover, plus it has been clinically proven to be one of the most effective products in the role of anti-aging.
As for how retinol serums are different than other retinoid-containing formulas, they don’t require a prescription and are typically more gentle since they’re paired with other ingredients to soothe and nourish the skin. They’re also approved for daily use since they’re less intense.
“Retinol serums are a great option if you are prone to congestion and breakouts since they won’t have oils and will likely feel lighter on the skin in comparison to a retinol-containing cream,” says Vanessa Lee, RN, founder of L.A. beauty concept bar The Things We Do.
“If you’re dry and want something that feels richer on the skin and contains some kind of moisturizing ingredient, a retinol cream (versus a serum) may be a better choice for you,” Lee adds. “They both aim for the same result, but the two different carriers of the retinol are suitable for different skin types. It’s great to have choices!”
“Retinol serums should be used at night after you cleanse and before you moisturize,” confirms celebrity esthetician Shani Darden. Since our skin is in repair mode overnight, that’s the most beneficial time to use a retinol serum. Plus, retinol can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so it’s best to leave it for nighttime only and make sure you’re wearing sunscreen during the day.
If you have extra-sensitive skin, however, heed Lee’s advice and apply your retinol OVER your moisturer of choice. “I usually educate patients on putting on treatment serums directly after washing the face, but vitamin A is a strong ingredient, and it can actually penetrate through your moisturizer,” she tells us. “If you’re extra sensitive, you can also use your favorite facial oil a few minutes after you place your retinol on.”
That said, Lee also points out that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are advised to skip retinol, since what we put on our skin can enter our bloodstream and, in turn, baby’s. But for the most part (and as long as you tread carefully with high-quality formulas!), anyone can use retinol serums.
“Even clients with sensitive skin can benefit from retinol if used less frequently and in lower doses,” she explains. “You have the control, so it’s all about getting started slowly, and graduating in frequency and/or strength as you continue. I recommend my patients to start using a gentle retinol serum once to twice a week for a few weeks, and using it up to three to four times a week as tolerated.”
For best results, it’s also imperative to keep an eye on your skin and how it’s reacting to your retinol application. They’re designed to be exfoliating (that’s where the glowy magic comes from!), so if you get slightly dry or irritated while the dead skin cells are being shed from the retinol use, make sure to use a soothing serum or moisturizer, or even hydrocortisone 1% as a spot treatment.
Lee assures us that this is all par for the course when using retinol—with the right T.L.C., you’ll still be able to reap all the amazing benefits. Oh, and make sure to wear a good sunscreen every single day! That’s non-negotiable.
“I always look to see if retinol is within the first five to seven ingredients listed, which will ensure that retinol’s a priority ingredient for the product,” Lee advises. “However, because retinol can go by so many names (retinyl acetate, propionic acid, retinol, etc.), and percentage or retinol disclosure isn’t required for OTC products by the FDA, it can be a bit confusing on what to look out for in the ingredients.”
Lee recommends choosing a retinol serum from a company you already love and trust, and have experience with as far as products go. Since most trustworthy skincare brands have some kind of retinol formula, she recommends starting your research there, and also discussing your options with a dermatologist or esthetician.
Below, Lee, Hernandez, and Darden share the best retinol serums they use or recommend to their clients. Keep scrolling!
As a beauty editor, I come in contact with hundreds of products each week in every single category of beauty. (This is not an exaggeration.) From fragrance to lipsticks to body washes to foundation to nipple butter (yep, really), my desk, car, bathroom vanity, and every crevice in between are stuffed to the gills with all things new and exciting in beauty. And yet, so too is my shopping cart.
You see, one would think that after writing and reading about beauty every day, I’d have overstimulation syndrome and want absolutely nothing to do with the stuff after hours. But that actually couldn’t be further from the truth! Yes, I have formed a jaded and ever-skeptical eye when it comes to sleuthing and vetting products, but considering there are so many amazing brands and formulas out there—all of which debut on a rapid-fire basis—I’m constantly adding things to my need-to-try-or-buy list. Many things do come across my desk, but if they don’t, or if there’s something I love (or miss!) so much I know I’ll need a restock, I pull out my wallet with a beauty-thirsty vengeance.
Each week, we’ll be sharing the special products that caught our eye and gained the most swipes from our credit cards. Ahead, the best beauty products to buy right now from all of our favorite retailers such as Sephora, Nordstrom, Net-a-Porter, and more. Keep scrolling and happy shopping!
Full, bouncy hair and lengthy lashes definitely occupy top spots on our beauty wish list. We’re constantly researching the practices and products that influence growth for both, but achieving max hair and lash health is about as mysterious as attaining flawless skin. That’s why we enlisted the help of our friend and one of the best dermatologists in Los Angeles, Nancy Samolitis, MD, co-founder and medical director of Facile, to answer our burning questions about giving our hair and lashes the best chance to thrive.
Spoiler: There’s no one-size-fits-all solution. As with just about anything else in life, there are various factors that make everyone’s hair and lash growth journeys a little different. “The ability to grow hair is just as genetically programmed as hair color and texture,” Samolitis explains. “Not everyone can grow a waist-length mane, unfortunately.”
Though it feels like a bummer to see that put so plainly, Samolitis assures us that between medical evaluation, in-office treatments, and select products, we can improve both hair and lash health to encourage growth. Read on for the Q&A with the industry veteran, and shop our picks for the products that will help get the job done.
“Hair on different parts of the body is genetically programmed to only grow a certain length (thankfully!). Hormone changes are known to stimulate changes in some hair growth patterns, but supplements don’t seem to have this effect. Supplements help to maximize the health of the hair root in general, so it will only make your natural hair a bit better.”
The takeaway: Supplements can be effective, but don’t expect them to inspire hair growth in places you haven’t seen hair before.
“No. Some people are very sensitive and even severely allergic to adhesive, period.”
The takeaway: Depending on your individual concerns, skipping falsies and their sometimes irritating adhesives and using a killer mascara instead might be your best bet.
“There are several ingredients in supplements that I recommend, and these include vitamin A, vitamin D, niacinamide, and adaptogens like ashwagandha that help reduce our body’s extreme response to stress.”
The takeaway: Look for supplements containing ingredients proven to be good for the rest of your body’s stress response, too.
“Because vitamin deficiencies, illness, and stress (both physical and emotional) can take a toll on hair growth, avoiding these by practicing a healthy lifestyle to the best of your ability is my advice. If you have allergies to sulfates, preservatives, or fragrance, you should look for hair products that are free of the specific ingredient you are allergic to.”
The takeaway: There is not one particular ingredient that is harmful to hair in every person. Your dermatologist can help you diagnose symptoms connected to allergies or sensitivities that might also be getting in the way of healthy hair and lash growth.
“Obviously, the scalp is where the hair is born and an unhealthy scalp can equal unhealthy hair. Some scalp conditions can even lead to scarring and cause permanent bald spots. If there is an obvious skin condition on the scalp including itching, flaking, redness around the follicle, pimples, etc., it is important to see a professional for appropriate diagnosis and treatment patch.”
The takeaway: Taking care of the skin surrounding the places you want hair to grow can only help your chances.
“I strongly believe that sun and environmental aging have a major effect on the hair—just like skin in sun-exposed areas. I recommend wearing a hat to protect the head from sun damage as much as possible, and I like to mix up a combination of some of my favorite skincare serums to use on my scalp nightly.”
The takeaway: Suncare isn’t just for your face! Treat your whole body, including your scalp, to the same kinds of soothing serums.
It seems like celebrities are able to pull off just about any fashion trend. Teeny-tiny crops tops? You bet. Oversize sweaters? They manage to make them look cool instead of sloppy. Blazers? They know exactly how they should be tailored to look chic instead of corporate. For all of their experimentation with fashion trends, though, it’s clear that there are some pieces celebrities will never wear.
After studying the outfits of the most fashionable celebs, we observed some noticeable items that they habitually skip and some style rules they stick to instead. Sarah Jessica Parker favors heels over flats, much like her character Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City. On the other hand, Bella Hadid never wears midi dresses—instead opting for mini cuts or floor-sweeping styles. What are some of the other fashion items you’ll never spot celebs wearing? Scroll down to find out.