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The ‘Beardstache’ Is the Latest Trend in Men’s Facial Hair

Can’t decide whether you prefer mustaches or beards? Well, you don’t have to choose now that the beardstache is a thing. Razor sales are falling thanks to the popularity of the hipster beard and according to the London Evening Standard a new trend in men’s facial hair is dawning, giving us the best (or worst, depending on how you see it) of both a beard and a mustache. The beardstache has men rocking stubble or a closely shaved beard with a prominent, visible mustache.

 

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Ruffians barber Adam Brady explained to the Standard the style’s appeal. He says it is a good look for men who want to keep their facial hair, but are feeling a bit of beard fatigue: “We are seeing more people who aren’t sure about their beards any more,” he said. “Some of them are moving away from it but they don’t want to bin facial hair altogether.” Much like the lob, the beardstache requires its fair share of maintenance. In order to achieve that perfect beard-to-mustache ratio, you’ve got to groom. 

Jamie Dornan, E. Tautz’s Patrick Grant and beard model Chris Millington have all tried the beardstache on for size and if you’re still skeptical, just remember that if it’s good enough to look hot on Christian Grey, it’s good enough for us.

 

Took an adventure into the wild. Change is good. Embrace it.

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[via Evening Standard]

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Could Natalia Vodianova’s Russian Esquire Cover Use a Little Photoshop? (Forum Buzz)

Most of the time, it’s simplicity that wins the race and the Russian edition of Esquire certainly kept this in mind for its bare bones June cover shoot. Photographed by Peter Lindbergh, the master of black and white photography, Natalia Vodianova graces the issue, but we’re left with mixed reactions. Though our forums are typically pretty outspoken when it comes to the misuse of Photoshop and airbrushing, this image is just a little too raw for the majority.

Esquire Russia June 2015 Natalia Vodianova by Peter Lindbergh

IMAGE: MODELS.COM

“OMG she looks so bad, poor Natalia,” shared a displeased Oxymore the moment the cover surfaced.

“I know!! Look at that jawline. I understand what he went for, but it falls flat, I’m afraid,” Benn98 responded.

Also not feeling it was Nymphaea who ranted, “Scary! She reminds me of Lurch from The Addams Family.

Thankfully for Esquire, not everyone was so disappointed. “It’s quite an unnerving cover, but I’m proud of Natalia for being brave enough to be photographed like this,” Cosmic Voices praised, adding a different attitude inside the thread.

“First, I love Russian Esquire‘s simple design. They are all outstanding for many reasons. Second, I don’t understand all the negative comments. Unlike much of Natalia’s recent work, this is such a strong and serene cover with a very Lauren Bacall-ish vibe,” acknowledged Royal-Galliano.

Fashionlover2001 was quick to add, “I think she looks raw, vulnerable and beautiful! That is probably what Lindbergh was going for.”

In agreement was mepps. “She looks like a human being. A living, breathing, beautiful woman. Peter Lindbergh is a master,” she applauded.

Are you a fan of the rawness of the cover shot? Join the conversation here.

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Pippa Middleton Designs Charity Dress with Tabitha Webb

After her infamous role at the royal wedding a couple years ago, Pippa Middleton instantly became a style icon who had every fashion designer in the land hoping that she’d wear a piece from their collection and give their sales a boost.

Since becoming an international style icon and given her influential reach, many have often wondered whether Pippa would turn to design and launch her own label. Although that day may still be a long time coming, if ever at all, Pippa has teamed up with fashion designer Tabitha Webb in collaboration with the British Heart Foundation to create a limited-edition floral dress and scarf.

 

Pippa Middleton looking gorgeous in the dress we collaborated on for @TheBHF x

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As an ambassador for the British Heart Foundation, Pippa’s already signed herself up to complete a charity bike ride all the way from London to Brighton later this year. She also seemingly realised that she could still do more to help the cause by embarking on a design collaboration. We can’t help but wonder whether this is a sign that a career in fashion design for Pippa is on its way soon. Let’s hope so!

The charity dress retails for £295 with the lightweight scarf costing £95 and both can be snapped up at Tabitha Webb. They’d make the perfect addition to any summer wardrobe and all with the knowledge that you’re doing your bit for charity, too.

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New Study: People Who Wear Skinny Jeans Are More Confident than You Are

Skinny Jeans

Image: Imaxtree

Who knew the kind of denim you like to wear could say so much about your personality? According to a study, if you’re not wearing skinny jeans, you’re insecure and sad – or at least less confident and sadder than those who do prefer skinny jeans. And here we were thinking we just thought boyfriend jeans and pumps were a cute look. 

A study done by Qualtrics says that people who wear tighter-fitting skinny jeans are 12 percent more likely to describe themselves as “extremely or very confident,” compared to those who prefer other styles of jeans. The study also found that skinny jeans wearers are 9 percent more likely than others to report the highest levels of happiness. 

But it’s not all doom and gloom for those who prefer a bootcut, flare or boyfriend jean. The survey also found that wearers of skinny jeans are 7 percent less likely to recycle. So even though you’re probably sitting on your couch in your flared Rag & Bone jeans right now, crying into a bottle of wine and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, at least you can rest assured that you’re doing a better job to save the planet. 

[via Metro]

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Americans See a Brighter Future for Transgender Acceptance After Caitlyn Jenner Cover

Caitlyn Jenner

Image: Vanity Fair

Perhaps we can have some faith in humanity. Caitlyn Jenner’s big unveiling last week on the cover of Vanity Fair has sparked much talk and debate about transgender issues, but for all the chatter, many Americans think that Jenner’s coming out will actually help us make some progress.

An NBC news survey by SurveyMonkey found that many Americans, on a basic level, realize that transgender men and women face discrimination in our society. Of those surveyed, 47 percent said that in the next 10 years, acceptance of transgender people will improve “a little,” while 29 percent said that people will become a lot more accepting. Clearly, many Americans realize there is a long way to go when it comes to society embracing transgender men and women. Only 18 percent believed there would be no change, while only 5 percent thought people would be a little or a lot less accepting. 

As for Caitlyn’s cover, 20 percent said it will help a lot with the public’s acceptance of the transgender community while 46 percent said it will help a little and 32 percent said it will not help at all. It seems that Americans have a very positive outlook when it comes to the rest of society embracing transgender men and women. 

At the very least, you can say Jenner’s cover has opened up a conversation about transgender issues, and as long as we are talking and learning about the problems these men and women face, there is always the possibility for progress.

[via NBC]

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Celia Ellenberg Named Vogue’s New Beauty Director

US Vogue June 2015 Amanda Seyfried by Mario Testino

IMAGE: VOGUE.COM

Vogue has named a new beauty director to replace 15-year vet Sarah Brown. The magazine has tapped Celia Ellenberg to fill Brown’s shoes, starting in July. Ellenberg is a contributor at WSJ mag, beauty editor-at-large for Porter and her work has already appeared in editions of Vogue and on Vogue.com. 

There are many changes brewing at Vogue, including plans to absorb style.com’s staff to create voguerunway.com. So far, Ellenberg has kept pretty mum about her new gig on social media, with the latest entries on her Instagram page being a shot of Rome and a promotion for a story she did for The Edit. 

Sarah Brown is said to be vacating her role this month and will continue at the publication as a contributing editor.

[via Page Six]

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