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I Was a Proud Non-Breeder. Then I Changed My Mind.

What would my 27-year-old self think?

Twelve years ago, I penned an essay for a Salon series called “To Breed or Not to Breed,” about the decision to have children or not. It began this way: “When I tell people that I’m 27, happily married and that I don’t think I ever want children, they respond one of two ways. Most of the time they smile patronizingly and say, ‘You’ll change your mind.’ Sometimes they do me the favor of taking me seriously, in which case they warn, ‘You’ll regret it.’” The series inspired an anthology titled Maybe Baby. It was divided into three parts: “No Thanks, Not for Me,” “On the Fence,” and “Taking the Leap.” My essay was the first in the “No” section.

So I felt a little sheepish, when, a year and a half ago, the writer Meghan Daum asked me if I’d be interested in contributing to the book that would become Shallow, Selfish and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids. I wrote back to tell her that I couldn’t: My son had just turned 1.

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  • Today at 11:13 AM

Meet the Pair Who Just Won the Fashion Lottery

Talking to Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida of Marques'Almeida, who took home the LVMH Prize last week.

The LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers was announced last week, and London-based duo Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida of Marques’Almeida took home the big prize: 300,000 euros, a year-long mentorship with the LVMH group, and a fancy trophy presented to them by actress Natalie Portman. 

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This Is What the Color White Smells Like

A fresh scent that's like a Tic Tac for your skin.

Meet the perfect complement to your summery white jeans and sneakers: Byredo's roll-on oil in Blanche (French for white, you'll note). It's an extension of the Byredo Blanche family, which already includes an eau de parfum, body set, and a hair perfume. Like the previous iterations of the scent, Blanche is aggressively fresh, and doesn't include spicy, warm, or fruity notes — it smells like something of a mix between cotton and blond wood; a classic fragrance that nods to Estée Lauder's White Linen, but lighter. The absence of a hefty note construction makes it crisp and nearly transparent. A lightweight oil, it doesn't feel greasy, and it dries quickly after it goes on skin. I keep the small vial nearby for touch-ups throughout the day — it's like a
Tic Tac for my skin — not minty, but clean and refreshing.

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Kendall and Cara Partied Hard in Cannes

Along with Jane Fonda, St. Vincent, Natalie Portman, and more.

This week, celebrities jetted off to Cannes to wear high heels, make new friends by the pool, and also attend some pretty fancy parties. Earlier in the week, Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss, St. Vincent, and Natalie Portman put on their finest gowns for De Grisogono’s Divine in Cannes Party, and Kendall Jenner and Harry Brant hung out on the beach in celebration of Karl Lagerfeld’s book launch. Meanwhile, things got raucous at 1OAK’s Cannes Pop-Up at Gotha Club on Wednesday, where Jason Derulo performed for a crowd that included Robin Thicke, Michelle Rodriguez, and Joan Smalls. Back in New York, Poppy Delevingne and Jamie Bochert celebrated the announcement of Eddie Borgo’s new line for Target, and Sofia Coppola and Chloë Sevigny attended the Kitchen’s spring gala, honoring Kim Gordon.

Click through the slideshow for these and other highlights from the week’s biggest parties, including Jane Fonda, Tyra Banks, Rosario Dawson, and more.

The Men of Chocolate City Will Melt Your Brain

Huggggaaaaahbutts.

Right before the first trou drops in Chocolate City, strip-club owner and emcee Princeton (Michael Jai White) asks an audience of screaming, fiending women (both in the film and, presumably, in movie theaters around the country), “Y’all have seen Magic Mike, right? Now, we gonna add a little chocolate.”

Indeed, there are some similarities: Both movies have lead characters named Michael and called Mike. Both movies involve dance sequences that involve “Pony" (in this case, performed by Ginuwine himself). And both spend ample time driving home the point male strippers sell not merely just sex, but fantasy — complete with prolonged eye contact and artful attention to the wiener. But be warned: While you may have seen Channing Tatum pump his pelvis with every ounce of energy he had, you are not prepared for the sexual power of Chocolate City.

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  • 5/22/15 at 2:00 PM
  • Goop

Gwyneth Paltrow’s New Food Company Will Be Weird

There will be kale, oh yes, there will be kale.

You'll soon be able to take your healthy, organic Goop to go. Hamptons Magazine reports that noted diet-and-exercise buddies Tracy Anderson and Gwyneth Paltrow have created 3 Green Hearts, a food take-out company. (The third green heart is Tracy Anderson CEO, Maria Baum.) There will be juice, quinoa, and kale ravioli, of course. But "foodie" Tracy Anderson also promises there will be frosting shots! Frosting shots are the new wheatgrass shots! Anderson says: 

"It's also about me being able to settle the inflammation fire" »

The Best Off-Carpet Style at Cannes

Flats allowed.

Lupita in Gucci, Doutzen in Dior, Liya Kebede in Proenza: We've seen these women walk the red carpet at Cannes for the past few days by way of every social-media app possible. Some of the best fashion moments, however, haven't been on a carpet. Or a runway, for that matter. Here’s our seven favorite fashion moments from last week in the South of France — on boats, beaches, and, of course, Pierre Cardin’s Bubble Palace, where Christian Dior showed their resort collection.

Watch Melissa McCarthy Explain Double Standards in Hollywood

She describes confronting a terrible sexist journalist about beauty standards.

Magnificent comedic genius Melissa McCarthy went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday and spoke about confronting a writer who dared question her journey to look anything less than Beyoncé-level flawless in the film Tammy (which is a movie about a woman who is supposed to look less than perfect). The male journalist couldn’t fathom how she (or her husband, who has directed McCarthy multiple times) would let herself look so ugly because she was “only a good actress when [she looks] attractive,” to which McCarthy replied that he would never ask that question of a man. She rightfully pointed out that "John C. Reilly played a really broken-down character and looked terrible” — yet that character development was viewed as an artistic choice for Reilly, and not for a female actor. 

"I think it's a bad habit that we've gotten into." »

Pharrell Williams Dressed As a Vacationing Dad

He's not a regular dad, he's a cool dad.

Father and recently annointed style icon Pharrell Williams outfitted himself with the traditional attire of a dad on vacation — complete with a newsboy hat, Hawaiian button-down, and bold sunglasses. Carefully, he tucked his Human Made T-shirt into crisp white jeans, secured with a Chanel belt. And when he recognized a friendly face on the beach in Cannes he flashed a peace sign: the ultimate gesture in cool-dad communication.

Topless Protesters Rally for Female Victims of Police Brutality

Protesters shut down traffic in San Francisco yesterday to draw attention to the black women who have been killed by police.

Topless protesters blocked traffic in downtown San Francisco yesterday morning as part of a national action to draw attention to the black women and girls who have been victims of police brutality. Nearly 300 protesters gathered, carrying signs that read #SayHerName, referring to the title of a report released Wednesday by the African American Policy Forum highlighting the violence black women face at the hands of the police.

Similar demonstrations took place yesterday in at least 17 cities, including Chicago, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans. »

Are ‘Base Tans’ a Good Idea?

What you should know before you head into a tanning bed.

Memorial Day Weekend is here, marking the unofficial start of swimsuit season (or, if you prefer, caftan season). You might think that your pale, untanned skin is an eyesore, and you definitely don't want a repeat of that god-awful sunburn from last year. For a brief moment, you consider going to a tanning salon to give yourself a base. So we asked a dermatologist: Is it a good idea to get a base tan before hitting the beach?

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  • 5/22/15 at 11:20 AM

These Young Designers Just Won the LVMH Jackpot

Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida of Marques’Almeida have just been awarded the LVMH Prize in Paris today.

London-based designers Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida of Marques’Almeida have just been awarded the LVMH Prize in Paris today. The seven finalists, selected in March, had just ten minutes today to present to the superstar LVMH jury — Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs, Jonathan Anderson, Karl Lagerfeld, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Phoebe Philo, Raf Simons, and Riccardo Tisci. Actress Natalie Portman was on hand to present the trophy. 

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Naomi Campbell’s Publicist Delivers Naomi-Worthy Sass

When commenting on the supermodel's birthday plans.

Is Naomi Campbell throwing a riotous 45th birthday extravaganza at a château in the South of France with majestic Alpine views? Will her rumored boyfriend — you know, the one who owns an electric race-car team — be in attendance? Is the party a dual celebration of Naomi's 45 years of life and the house-arrest release of her friend who ran a celebrity gambling ring? Will noted lovers of fun Leonardo DiCaprio, Diddy, and Brandon Davis, as well as fellow models Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, and Kendall Jenner be in attendance? Who knows, because Campbell publicist Abi O'Donnell is shutting the gossip columns down on this front. When asked by "Page Six" to comment about the looming celebration, the supermodel's rep Abi O'Donnell "yelled, 'What the f–k?'” And for that, she is our hero of the day.

  • 5/22/15 at 10:35 AM
  • Q&a

Meet the Mom Who Competes in Men’s Gymnastics

She's also a mechanical engineer.

Eight weeks after giving birth to twins, Julia Sharpe slipped into spandex. It was not, however, Spanx. It was a singlet — the attire worn by male gymnasts. And Sharpe, 27, was suiting up to compete as an alumni member of MIT’s club gymnastics team. 

Sharpe has been doing gymnastic since she was 2, and as an undergraduate she was the Division III women’s national all-around champion twice before MIT ended its varsity program. After that, she joined the women’s club team. But when she realized that according to NAIGC (National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs) rules, she could compete for either gender — just not both — she switched to the men’s club to help bolster their numbers and pursue a new challenge. (Speaking of new challenges, Sharpe will be competing in the Pittsburgh qualifier of American Ninja Warrior on May 22.)

Sharpe, a mechanical engineer, spoke to the Cut via email about competing as a woman in men’s gymnastics and returning to training and competition after giving birth.

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No, You Won’t Look Like a Picnic Table in Gingham

You will look better than a picnic table.

It may be tempting to welcome summer this holiday weekend by wearing all white, but why not mix things up? This week, we saw style bloggers around the world break out gingham in all colors and styles. Even though it might bring a tablecloth to mind, with the right accessories, the fabric takes on a whole new feel. Anh mixed her gingham with a little leather, while Monica didn’t look bound for the farm at all. See more ways to wear the print, without looking too folksy, in our slideshow below. (If you need more convincing: Brigitte Bardot wore a pink gingham dress to her wedding.)

  • 5/22/15 at 9:00 AM

A New Play Explores Alexander McQueen’s Psyche

McQueen, a theater production that opened in London last night, delves into the designer's depression.

For Londoners, 2015 has so far been a year filled with Alexander McQueen. The arrival of the "Savage Beauty" show has triggered so many homages to the designer that it’s been hard to follow them all. There have been multiple books, events, photography exhibitions — and finally, just as we’re approaching saturation point, there is a brand-new play.

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A Non-Greasy Lipstick to Wear at the Beach

Summer daze. 

When it's sticky out, the last thing you want is a greasy lipstick. To prevent your summer lip color from sliding and bleeding all over your face, consider switching from the heavy, matte lipsticks of winter to lighter options, such as Burberry Beauty's Lip and Cheek Bloom. Its texture can best be described as a light cream jelly — something that would be disgusting if it were on a restaurant menu, but on your lips it's perfect. Its unique texture enables the Glow to work equally well on the lips and cheeks. When nicely blended on your cheeks, this gives you that pretty post-boxing workout glow. Dab it on the center of the lips and your pout looks extra vibrant, velvety, full, and luscious. (The product also comes in six bold colors including orange poppy and, my personal favorite, a fuchsia named Purple Tulip.) Since it's not formulated with the usual slippery oils found in lipstick, the Glow also won't give you Joker-like smears as the day goes on. Even if you're at the beach. 

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A Totally Important Designer Announces a Perfume

Alaïa will release his first perfume. 

Your chance to say "But this is an Alaïa!" may come in summer 2015. The New York Times' Vanessa Friedman (and noted wearer of Alaïa) reports that Azzedine Alaïa is creating his first fragrance, named Alaïa Paris. Beauté Prestige International, which also created the cult perfume Narciso Rodriguez for Her, holds the license for the fragrance. Instead of a traditional news release, Alaïa issued a "meditation" on perfume:

“The smell of cold water falling on hot chalk." »

Brooke Shields Has 1,200 ‘Brooke Shields’ Brand Hair Dryers in Her Garage

From an ill-fated 1986 endorsement.

FIT's graduation today featured a keynote speaker who is synonymous with "eyebrows on fleek": Brooke Shields. The model turned actress and author delivered a warm, funny, inspiring speech that touched on the importance of making mistakes (whether it was an '80s blow-dryer endorsement that didn't exactly fly off the shelves, or dating George Michael) to the creative lessons she learned from working with Richard Avedon. And she was frank with the students about the trade-offs of being an artist, saying, "If you want guaranteed money, go work on Wall Street." Read her inspiring speech, including her mnemonic for success, below.

"For a while, I was famous for my eyebrows, and then I was famous for being a virgin." »

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