The Bachelor Season 23, Episode 7 Recap: Who’s Telling the Truth?

After a week full of eliminations and not one, not two, but three warnings, tonight’s episode of The Bachelor was a little lower energy. Still, a lot went down so let’s get right into it, shall we? Spoilers ahead.

The episode opens with Colton filming a late-night video about his feelings. (So emo.) Long story short, he’s confused and upset because three different women warned him that some of the other dozens of women he’s dating aren’t ready for marriage. To be honest, this doesn’t feel like that groundbreaking of a reveal to me—statistically speaking, at least one woman there doesn’t want to marry a guy she’s known two weeks, right? But Colton says this is his “biggest fear.”

He has good news, though: “We’re heading to Denver!” Woo.

Once stateside, Colton meets up with former Bachelor Ben Higgins for a drink and “advice.” Colton needs it: The hometown dates are next week, so the stakes! Are! High! Oh, and he’s falling in love with multiple people and feels weird about it. Ben’s advice? “Lean in!” (My advice would be “yes, that is weird which is why you should just pick one,” but nobody’s asking me.)

When Colton joins the women later that day, he brings his dog, Sniper, along. Their first reaction upon seeing Sniper is “OMG DOG!” I don’t think they even notice that Colton’s there too, which…yeah, that feels right. Unfortunately instead of more Sniper content, Colton has to take one of the women on a date.

Tayshia is the chosen one, and their date consists of sitting in the loudest food market of all time. Seriously, I could barely heard their conversation—so what a convenient, not-at-all annoying place and time for Tayshia to drop the “I know who isn’t ready for marriage” bomb. At first, Tayshia tells Colton she’s not going to name any names because she’s not a tattletale. Then, not two seconds later, she’s all, “It’s Cassie and Caelynn!!!”

She claims she heard through the grapevine they were talking about their Bachelorette chances and all the parties they’ll get to attend after the show ends. Again, this isn’t that big of a reveal—even the winners go to events after the show ends. Who cares? I don’t think Colton does, but he is listening when Tayshia says they’re not ready to get engaged.

This throws Colton off, but he puts it on the back burner to concentrate on enjoying the rest of the date. He takes Tayshia to his apartment, where they play games and talk about hometowns. She says her family, dad especially, might be tough because they’re still processing her divorce. This doesn’t phase Colton, and he gives her the rose. They end the night making out in his room, which he describes as the spot “where the magic doesn’t happen.”

The next day, Colton takes Caelynn snowboarding. It’s uneventful—until he tells her about the conversation with Tayshia. It’s all a lie, Caelynn insists. Once she’s away from Colton, she tells a producer, “Dude, I better get a rose because I will call that bitch out.”

When they meet up later for dinner, Colton cries because he’s so confused. Caelynn assures him that she’s there for him and ready to be engaged. She feels like she can be herself with him, she says, and it’s scary that a lie could compromise that. She was planning to tell him, before all of this happened, that she’s falling in love. This reassures Colton, and he gives her the rose and says he’s falling in love too.

The next morning, Caelynn confronts Tayshia. When asked why she would call her out, Tayshia claims everyone noticed that she and Cassie were the most nervous after Katie warned Colton. So, she says, they’re probably the guilty ones. “If I really wanted to talk smack about you,” she adds, “I would be talking smack about you every single day, but I haven’t.” That’s her evidence? Tayshia doesn’t seem like a liar to me—but those receipts are weeeeaaaak.

Why The Bachelor’s Kirpa Sudick Thought She and Colton Would Make a Great Match

Kirpa Sudick had perhaps one of the most memorable Bachelor opening lines in history: “I really hope Colton flosses. It would be a good experience to clean his teeth.” This makes sense when you learn more about Sudick, a 26-year-old dental hygienist from Whittier, California. So, yes, clean teeth are very important to her.

But that’s not the only relationship barometer she has. Sudick is also an avid journal user and wants her potential boyfriend to have a similar appetite from books. “I hope that my future partner enjoys reading, and constantly learning and growing,” she says.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like that partner will be Colton Underwood. Kirpa was eliminated in tonight’s episode, but she’s staying optimistic. “The dream scenario was to have a connection with Colton and further that into a relationship and at the end of it be engaged, but [I’m happy I] made new friends and traveled and enjoyed everyone’s company.”

Sudick haphazardly decided to sign up for The Bachelor. “I had just come off a break-up and my friends were like, ‘This online dating thing isn’t working for you, why don’t you submit yourself for The Bachelor?’ It was kind of a joking thing, but I went on my phone and did it.”

She had no expectations going in—not even about Colton. “I was excited,” she says. “I didn’t really have anyone in mind [during the process of who it would be]. I was excited to meet him and see if we had a connection.” Ultimately, though, Kirpa thought her and Colton’s mutual love of children and animals would make them a good match. “[I liked] on Becca’s season when he took her to his hometown and they worked with kids at the hospital,” Kirpa says. “I thought we would connect that way.”

Now that this process is over, Sudick has a clearer idea of what she wants in a relationship. One big thing she’s looking for is communication. “Your partner needs to be able to express how he’s feeling and if he needs something, don’t be shy about bringing it to light,” she says. “[I need] someone that is very open.”

To learn more about Kirpa, follow her on Instagram here.

— reporting by Alize Emme

The Best Fall 2019 Makeup Trends to Try Now

Every year we wait for Fashion Week to roll around and reveal new makeup techniques and hairstyles, and the products makeup artists are using to get them. Backstage is where trends are born and brands give first looks at their products coming out later in the year. It’s especially fun in the fall because there are some trends you can expect, like smoky eyes (check), while others come out of left field, like “crystal freckles” (also check). This season delivered on both counts, with looks at Tom Ford and Christian Siriano worthy of a double take. If you’re in the midst of a makeup rut or just want to get ahead before every brand releases a new smoky eye palette (seriously, fall is going to be all about eyes), we have all the beauty inspo you could possibly need. Scroll on for the best makeup trends from the fall 2019 runways.

Meghan Markle Is Reportedly on a Secret Girls’ Trip to New York City for Her Baby Shower

Sound the alarms and fire up a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” because Meghan Markle is reportedly back on American soil. Reports have emerged that the Duchess of Sussex is currently in New York City for a girls’ trip ahead of the birth of her and Prince Harry’s first child this spring. Royal reporter Omid Scobie, who often travels with the royal couple to their official engagements, has confirmed that Markle is spending the five-night trip with her closest friends, perhaps some of those who recently spoke out in her defense.

“The trip is a lovely chance to catch up with friends and spend time in a city she loves,” a source told Harper’s Bazaar of the getaway. “This will be the last time a lot of them will see Meg until after the baby is born, so it’s nice to share precious moments.” Given some of the tough headlines and endless speculation about every aspect of her life, it seems like the perfect time for a well-deserved break for Markle.

So what does a royal do on a girls’ trip? Sources say much of the hang time is being done in private at her five-star hotel (understandable) but Markle was spotted eating at a restaurant in Soho with her BFF, stylist Jessica Mulroney.

“It’s been a relaxing visit. Nothing beats face time with your friends,” says a source. “Meg will be flying home refreshed and relaxed—and with a lot of new baby clothes.”

One big reason for all those new clothes? A baby shower! Scobie reports that Markle’s friends are throwing her and Baby Sussex a celebration on Tuesday for about 20 people. Showers are much more of an American tradition, so it makes sense that she’s having hers on this side of the pond.

But that’s not all Markle has on her plate before the next royal baby arrives: Next up for Markle is an official trip with Prince Harry to Morocco on February 23-25.

Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, and Kylie Jenner Have Reportedly Trademarked Their Children’s Names

Whether you like it or not, in 2019 it’s pretty much a Kardashian-Jenner world—and we’re all just living (and shopping) in it. And from the looks of a new report, the family dynasty is going to continue on with the next generation.

TMZ reports that Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, and Kylie Jenner have filed documents to trademark the names of their children: North West, Saint West, Chicago West, True Thompson, and Stormi Webster. Jenner also filed to trademark “Stormiworld,” which was also the theme of the lavish first birthday party she recently threw for her daughter, as well as a play on Stormi’s dad Travis Scott’s hit album Astroworld.

TMZ reports that the documents weren’t specific about business strategy but that the trademarks could include clothing, toys, and skin care products. (No word on Kourtney Kardashian’s three kiddos with her former partner, Scott Disick or Rob Kardashian’s daughter Dream with his ex Blac Chyna.)

Frankly, this is probably one of the least surprising things the fam has ever done—did we think for one second that the Kardashian-Jenner dynasty was going to leave any potential stone unturned? But that’s not to say that anyone in the family is trying to profit off their kids: Trademarks can also protect them from someone else using their name in products and marketing.

Starting businesses has basically become the Kar-Jenner family business, what with the huge success of KKW Beauty, Kylie Cosmetics, and Good American—so there’s no reason to think that the next generation won’t follow suit. (Honestly, North could probably become the No. 1 star on YouTube right now if she wanted to launch a channel). Maybe Saint and True will follow in their fathers’ footsteps and end up in the music biz or the WNBA, respectively. And don’t forget: Kim and Kanye have their fourth on the way soon.

North, Saint, Chicago, True, and Stormi, your empires await.

17 Cool Nail Ideas From the Fall 2019 Runways

One of the most frustrating things about Fashion Week is that because it happens a season in advance, half the trends you see—and fall in love with—don’t apply until fall rolls around. (You better believe we already have our shopping lists set for September.) One thing this doesn’t apply to, however, is nail polish. With the exception of a few first looks at shades to come later this year, there’s nothing stopping you from getting in on fall’s coolest nail ideas early. This season we saw plenty of inventive takes on the French manicure, fresh twists on neutrals (greige, for the win), and so many metallics. Scroll on to see the best nail trends for fall that’ll take you through 2019 and beyond.

NYFW Fall/Winter 2019 Trends To Wear Now

For the past couple of seasons, shoppers have started to question the timeline of Fashion Week. At a time when instant gratification is the norm, why show clothing on the runway that won’t be available for six months? Some designers, like Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren, responded by adopting a “see now, buy now” strategy, where everything becomes immediately available for purchase literally right as the model steps off the catwalk. There’s another way to cop the look you see all over social media and Fashion Week recaps: Pull out the overarching trends you can add to your wardrobe right now. It could be a color, a print, or even an accessory—the Fall 2019 collections gave us plenty of ideas of pieces we can buy and wear all through the spring, like colorful tights and zebra-print-everything (worn together or separately.) Read on for all the Fashion Week trends you can start shopping right now.

Khloé Kardashian Responds to Social Media Commenters Mommy-Shaming Her Long Nails

Mommy-shaming members of the Kardashian/Jenner family is basically an online sport at this point: From comments about Kourtney‘s son Reign’s hair length to whether or not it’s OK for Kim to let North wear lipstick, it seems like everyone on the Internet has an (unsolicited) opinion.

This week, it’s Khloé Kardashian‘s turn. After she posted a photo of her manicured nails on Instagram, her comments section was flooded with questions about how she cares for her daughter with them. Granted, they are extremely long—but this is a pretty standard aesthetic for Koko and really nothing new to any fan. That didn’t stop the comments, however.

“How do you change diapers?!” one user asked. “The nails of a woman who pays other people to do everything for her,” another said. “You are a hands on mother?” a user commented. “How many times have you poked and scratched your baby?”

Plenty of fans came to Kardashian’s defense, too. “It is perfectly easy to change diapers/nappies with long nails, thousands of women do it every day. I have never hurt my children with long nails,” wrote one user. “Khloe has had long nails for quite some years now and it will be just as easy for her to do things with them than it is for someone with short nails.” Another said, “I’m a 9-5 accountant in training and my nails same length so don’t judge someone on something as hilarious as the length of their nails.”

Never one to back down from online criticism, Khloé clapped back on Twitter. “It’s annoying when people talk about my nails,” she wrote. “Trust me, I manage just fine. The same way I take care of myself, I take care of my baby. There are more serious things to discuss. At least I would hope. 🙄 happy Monday to you.”

And there you have it, folks. Happy Monday to us all.

Liberté Is the Size-Inclusive Lingerie Brand You’ve Been Waiting for

Amber Tolliver has modeled for lingerie brands for 17 years, working with companies like Jockey and Aerie on various underwear campaigns. (She appeared in the latter’s first-ever un-retouched #AerieReal ad back in 2014.) In the almost two decades she’s spent in the industry, she’s vacillated between being considered straight-size and curve. And that made a real difference, both as a consumer and as a model, in what lingerie she was able to wear.

“When I was a straight size model, I had tons of options in terms of lingerie brands that carried my size,” Tolliver says. “But as my body changed and my bust grew, the options grew to be almost nonexistent.”

She recalls one instance where she had booked a modeling gig with a store that carries multiple lingerie brands. She was curve at that time, and says she immediately noticed a difference between what she would be photographed in versus what the straight-sized models were going to wear. “I just remember walking up to one of the racks and [saying] wow, all of this lingerie is really beautiful—it’s colorful, it’s lacy, it’s feminine. And they said, ‘Yeah it really is, but that’s not your rack.'” Her rack, she tells Glamour, was pretty much exclusively “black, white, and nude panties and bras that came up to my clavicles. At that point, I was like, ‘This is it. I’m not going to be a bystander.'”

That experience drove her to launch her own intimates brand, where size doesn’t limit what product you have access to. And so, Liberté was born.

At Liberté, there aren’t any plain-old nude undies. Instead, the bras have playful mesh and lace accents, the undies have sophisticated panels, and all pieces come in several different colors. The collection feels mature, but not matronly; supportive, but not overly constructed. The price point is sweet, too, ranging from $45 to $130.

From launch, the direct-to-consumer brand has offered an expansive size range, with a special emphasis on products for larger busts. Bras start at 32C and go up to 38H, while panties are available in sizes small to 2X. Tolliver’s intention was this was to offer sizes that shoppers couldn’t typically find in stores: Too many brands, she says, promise to expand their sizing without following through, so “it was a part of the brand ethos to let women know that this is who we are out of the gate. You don’t have to wait; you can get your size.”

“Aerie allowed me to recognize a very large opportunity in shifting the paradigm that exists within the lingerie market when they launched their Aerie Real campaign; that took off like wildfire,” she says. “Knowing that doing something different could also be successful […] opened the door for me to design and curate a collection that spoke more to myself versus a younger demographic.”

Liberté is French for “freedom,” and it’s a word that has special significance to the brand’s founder. “I go to Paris twice a year for this trade show, and I have an unbelievable love of the language, [as well as of] my Haitian roots,” Tolliver explains. “Just coming up with the French word, liberté, made sense to me,” she continues, given the brand’s goal to offer shoppers a specific type of personal freedom: “The freedom to love who you are as you are.”

Down the line, Liberté hopes to expand into other intimates-adjacent categories, like sleepwear and swim—all of which would be size-inclusive, like its core lingerie. That way, “if your body changes you don’t need to change your brand,” says Tolliver. That’s pretty freeing, too.

Payless ShoeSource Is Closing All Its Stores, and Twitter Has Gone Into Mourning

Payless ShoeSource, the seemingly endless repository of affordable shoes and sneakers, has announced that it will officially close its remaining 2,100 stores in the U.S and Puerto Rico. The chain is planning liquidation sales and expects some of its locations to close as early as March—and it’s safe to say Twitter is having a hard time coping.

According to Reuters, the discount retailer had been trying to find a buyer since first filing for bankruptcy protection in 2017. After a major restructuring of its stores, the company managed to eliminate millions of dollars in debt, but it still wasn’t enough to save the business in the end. Now, it’s time to say goodbye.

For those who have nostalgic memories of browsing the stores’ sky-high aisles, the end of the shoe company is a sad day: “Wow is it weird to mourn the death of Payless Shoes? My parents didn’t have a lot of money when I was growing up, and I’m pretty sure my first pair of “grown up girl shoes,” a scalloped white pump (3 in, max) with a cork heel (it was like, 2005, ok?) came from there,” one Twitter user wrote.

The Payless eulogies also included memories of the store’s Christian Siriano line, which launched in 2008.

Payless is just one of many chains that has had to shutter its brick-and-mortar operations as digital commerce companies like Amazon and Zappos have grown (Toys “R” Us and Sears have also said goodbye recently). As of this weekend, Payless has also closed down its website.

Apparently, however, Payless’ stores in Latin America will stay open—so if you really, really miss those sweet Airwalks, you’ll just have to travel a bit for them. Otherwise, thanks for the memories, Payless.