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How Does Starbucks’ New Toasted Graham Latte Measure Up to the Pumpkin Spice Latte? We Find Out

People wait all year for Starbucks’ delicious fall beverages, namely the Pumpkin Spice Latte (because, duh, it’s delicious). But much to our delight, Starbucks just unveiled a new drink, the Toasted Graham Latte to officially ring in the fall season. When we heard about the new addition, we immediately started salivating. What’s not to love about the sweet, cinnamony goodness of graham crackers – especially when they’re combined with life-sustaining coffee and more sugar?

Starbucks describes the drink as follows: “Graham and sweet cream meet steamed milk and our signature espresso, then are finished off with a sprinkling of cinnamon graham crumbles for a less sweet perfect treat.” Of course, we headed to our nearest Starbucks stat and ordered a small – ahem, tall — latte because don’t nobody have time for all them extra calories (the Toasted Graham Latte is 300 calories per serving, compared to the Pumpkin Spice, which is 380). 

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Upon first sip, we had a “where’s the beef?” moment or, rather, “where’s the graham?” because we couldn’t really taste it. We were expecting the equivalent of liquid graham crackers and instead we got some sweet coffee with some graham crumbles on it. In fact, the only time we could taste any of the graham flavor was when some of the graham crumbles got into our mouth and even then it wasn’t anything groundbreaking. But maybe there’s something wrong with our taste buds?

We’re not saying the drink is bad – it’s delicious and we drank the whole thing, even though it’s 79 degrees in NYC. We’ll probably drink it again. Let’s just say we were expecting a lot more. Will it replace the PSL as the fall drink of choice? We’re thinking no, as you can generally taste the pumpkin in the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

To conclude: PSL today, PSL tomorrow, PSL forever.

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In Bed with Naomi Campbell, Mariacarla Boscono and Riccardo Tisci on Vogue Brazil (Forum Buzz)

There’s no denying Vogue Brazil has been stepping up its game lately. Since tapping the likes of Kim Kardashian and Gigi Hadid for recent issues, the magazine continues to stay relevant and just dropped its October 2015 cover, which has set our forums ablaze. Continuing with its established subjects, Brazilian Vogue delivers Mariacarla Boscono and Naomi Campbell posing alongside designer Riccardo Tisci. Captured by photographic duo Luigi and Iango, the trio pose on what seems to be a makeshift bed as the magazine congratulates Tisci on his decade-long reign at Givenchy.

Vogue Brazil October 2015 Mariacarla, Naomi & Riccardo Tisci by Luigi & Iango


As always, our feisty forum members came out in full force to share their opinions. “I swear to god if I see another fashion story with Riccardo and his #GANG I’m gonna kill myself,” expressed a disapproving Marc10.

“Givenchy and Riccardo Tisci — those words sound like a chainsaw in my brain. I’m so over him and Givenchy. It’s just so old-fashioned,” added Creative.

In agreement was MON: “Oh my goodness. What. A. Disaster. Oh my. This #GANG thing needs to stop!”

Discussion soon gravitated toward the heavy airbrushing. “WHY THE SHADOWS! It looks too fake. This should have just been Mariacarla and Naomi. Riccardo wasn’t necessary,” ranted an unimpressed thatsfierce.

“I’M SO OVER RICCARDO AND HIS #GANG! Plus, what’s with the awful Photoshop?” asked TheVeed.

Melancholybaby wasn’t impressed either, questioning, “Is bad Photoshop the new it trend in fashion magazines? First that Mert & Marcus cover and now this. You’d think they photographed cardboard cutouts and placed them on top of each other.”

“I swear they were cut and pasted together! The Photoshop job looks so fake,” echoed WilliamsLe010919.

Underwhelmed by Vogue Brazil’s October 2015 cover? Join the conversation here.

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Cindy Crawford’s Aging Advice: Stay Away from Magnifier Mirrors

Cindy Crawford is an international supermodel so, duh – she pretty much looks amazing all the time. But the 49-year-old says that even though she’s considered gorgeous, she still has her insecurities, especially as she approaches 50. “Every woman feels pressure to look a certain way, and I think being a model and being in the public eye, in some ways, you’re more aware of it, and you’re more judged by it,” she told the Hollywood Reporter. “It’s intimidating.”


Goin’ high voltage for the October issue of @ellecanada. #ElleCanadaCindy | Photo by @maxabadian

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Hard to believe that Cindy Crawford would have anything to be insecure about at all, especially after that “unretouched” photo of hers turned out to actually be retouched – and she looks better IRL than she did in the doctored image. Still, Cindy can’t help but feel the way a lot of women feel about aging. “I definitely say stay away from the magnifier mirrors. You know, sometimes you need them to get mascara on, but then you’re like, ‘Ahh!’ Again, I think that when you’re happy in your life, and you have balance … You can’t help but notice it, but then just don’t be attached to it. Let it go, and focus on the day in front of you. I mean, because what else can you do.”

Girl…we get the sentiment of being wary about aging, but honestly, we think Cindy looks so darn good, she shouldn’t worry about it so much. The proof is in the pudding. Below, 10 pictures straight from Crawford’s Instagram that proves she’s just as flawless as ever. (more…)

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This Petition Wants to Ban Super-Skinny Models in the UK

The U.K. may be the next country to issue government standards on super-thin models and it’s thanks in part to one model who was simply fed up with the casting agencies telling her to lose weight. Rosalie Nelson started a petition asking the government to enact laws to keep models who are “dangerously skinny” off the runway. Nelson says it is her personal experience as a model that prompted the petition. 


@immmodels #polaroid #onedirection

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“When I walked into one of the U.K.’s biggest model agencies last year they told me I ticked all the boxes except one – I needed to lose weight. So I did. Four months later I lost nearly a stone, 2 inches off my hips. When I returned to the same agency they told me to lose more weight, they wanted me ‘down to the bone.'” Nelson has over 56,000 of her 75,000 signature goal, but it looks like she’s already gotten some government support. “Caroline Nokes MP is the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image and is campaigning for the Government to look at the possibility of legislating to ensure models are of a healthy weight,” Nelson writes. 

France recently banned agencies and designers from hiring ultra-skinny models on pain of jail time and/or fines. It is also illegal to retouch an image of a model in a way that changes the subject’s appearance without noting the image was retouched. 

[via Reuters, Vogue UK]

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Cara Delevingne Was the Most Popular Model at LFW, Even Though She Didn’t Walk Any Runways

Cara Delevingne

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She may not have walked during London Fashion Week, but she definitely had folks talking. Turns out Cara Delevingne was the most tweeted about model during the event and all she had to do was show up. Delevingne had the twitterati buzzing during the Burberry fashion show, which she attended with girlfriend Annie Clarke, aka St. Vincent. That was about the only show Delevingne attended and still, she couldn’t help but steal the spotlight. That’s some serious star power there.

[ See: All the Celebs Front Row at London Fashion Week Spring 2016 ]

Delevingne recently went on a Twitter rant decrying the vulture-like actions of the paparazzi, complaining they won’t leave her alone and make it difficult for her to live in her own city. Life’s hard sometimes when you’re an international supermodel who’s so famous you don’t even have to hit the catwalk for people to talk about you.

[via Grazia]