Reese Witherspoon Revealed Her Natural Hair Color on Instagram—See Photos

Sure, Reese Witherspoon is best known for her roles in films and shows including Big Little Lies, Cruel Intentions, and Legally Blonde. But the actor is also often associated with her beautiful blond hair—we personally blame Elle Woods for that.

For pretty much ever, we’ve been convinced the 43-year-old actor’s natural color was blond, but apparently, we’re sorely mistaken. Witherspoon took to Instagram recently to share a childhood photo with her fans, revealing that her natural hair color is actually brown.

The photo was posted with the caption “Mom tip: Send your kid to school with a candy necklace so she can share it with all her new friends,” she wrote. In the throwback pic, Witherspoon’s hair is a light brown with just a hint of a natural blond highlight.

While her hair color is a surprise, we also can’t help but notice that this photo of Witherspoon looks just like her 19-year-old daughter, Ava. And the comment section agrees. “Is this Ava or Reece???” says one fan while another says, “I don’t know if this is you or your daughter.” Genetics are amazing, aren’t they?

Over the years Witherspoon has tried a few different hair colors, ranging from deep brown and red hues to, of course, bright blond. Considering how great each color looks on Witherspoon, it’d be hard to figure out what her natural color is were it not for this childhood photo. She can pretty much wear anything. Still, we don’t see her ditching the blond anytime soon.


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Here’s When Meghan Markle’s Maternity Leave Is Ending

Meghan Markle has kept a pretty low profile since she became a mom. Her unofficial maternity leave started back in March, when Kensington Palace confirmed that she did not “currently have any more official engagements” on her calendar. However, it looks as though she’s back in action—and her first postbaby engagement is next Thursday, September 12, according to People.

The occasion is pretty exciting too. Markle will be back in public view to launch the workwear fashion line she’s been cooking up to benefit Smart Works, a charity for which she’s a patron. The organization helps women in need transition back into the workforce, and they often provide professional clothing needed for interviews and such. Markle has been cranking away on the capsule collection with four brands, including Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw, and her longtime friend the designer Misha Nonoo.

Markle first announced the line this summer, when she edited the September issue of British Vogue. “To help with this, I asked Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw and my friends, the designer Misha Nonoo, if they were willing to design a capsule collection of more classic options for a workwear wardrobe,” she wrote in the magazine. “Taking the idea further, many of the brands agreed to use the one-for-one model: for each item purchased by a customer, one is donated to the charity. Not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story, it reminds us we are in it together.”

She’s also shared photos on her Instagram account that show her visiting the charity and going through its clothing options for women. And above, you’ll see Markle hard at work behind the scenes on a photo shoot.

There’s no word yet on how the launch will be organized, but we do know it’s going to be in London. We can’t wait to see what Markle has in store.

People Can’t Stop Talking About Netflix’s New Rom-Com Falling Inn Love

Just before Labor Day weekend, Netflix gave the world a little present in the form of a rom-com called Falling Inn Love. It stars Christina Milian (yes, of “Dip It Low” fame) as Gabriela, who, after losing her job and boyfriend, enters an online contest to win an inn located in New Zealand. She wins and uproots her life, only to find that her inn is completely run-down. So she enlists the help of a hunky contractor, Jake (Adam Demos), to restore the property to its former glory. Along the way they fall in love.

Twitter is absolutely buzzing over this movie and its many rom-com tropes. “#FallingInnLove is filled with every possible cliché, and I loved every second of it,” one person wrote. Another added, “I am watching Falling Inn Love, and it is like a 90s sitcom for 2019, complete with at least one actor who absolutely cannot act under any circumstances but is very nice to look at. I am having a lovely time.”

Check out some more reactions to the movie, below:

In an interview with Glamour, Milian shared her feelings on rom-coms and basically zeroed in on everything that’s good about Falling Inn Love.

“I don’t know if there’s anything unlikable about rom-coms,” she said. “Keep showing the muscles on the guys. Give me more muscles. Give me more bickering. Give me more hot chocolate. I love it all. There’s nothing I wouldn’t take away from any romantic comedy.”

These reactions prove people are having fun watching Falling Inn Love, which is exactly what Milian wants. “I hope [people] like it enough they want to watch it over and over again,” she also told Glamour. “I love making movies that become family traditions or something people go back to. I hope Falling Inn Love is that type of film.”

Cargo Pockets Are the Most Inevitable Trend of 2019

For anyone whose teen years overlapped with early-aughts fashion, cargo pants are not new territory. Blame it on the influence of Avril Lavigne, Friends resident fashion insider Rachel Green, or Destiny Child’s “Survivor,” but many of us can recall adding heavy-pocketed pants to our signature look along with our platform sandals and our favorite flavor of Lip Smackers circa 2001. But nostalgia is just part of the reason for 2019’s resurgence of oversized cargo pockets on pants, jackets, vests, and other garments. It’s fair to theorize it also has something to do with practicality and—stay with us here—handbag trends.

Think about it: The most popular bags of the last few years all suggest a desire to carry around less baggage, Jacquemus’ Le Chiquito being the most extreme example. They may not be practical, but they do suggest an attitude shift, a desire of feeling unencumbered and navigating the world with just only the bare essentials. What’s even more liberating than ditching a bag that’s filled with an extra 15 pounds of just-in-case clothing, chargers, and more keys than there are doors to your apartment? Not carrying one at all.

Of course, that’s not to say that cargo clothing is having a moment simply because designers have consolidated our accessory game. The aughts came and went, but cargo pockets remained a constant in workwear, like they have been for the past century. And along with any of the other so-called daring trends of the last few years—sneakers, all manner of athleisure, and even a more relaxed office dress code approach—they seem like the natural progression for the fashion lover who doesn’t want to sacrifice comfort throughout their day.

The 2019 approach to the cargo aesthetic appeals to shoppers who lean into the baggy silhouette and will pair them with high-tops, as well as those who like contrasting fits and might style them with slim stilettos. You know that friend who gleefully announces “and it has pockets!” anytime you compliment her dress? She, too, might even find herself intrigued by cargo-pocketed clothing’s invitation to walk around a bit more untethered. Below, shop some of the newest styles that further suggest why the nostalgic trend feels more relevant than ever.

Ivanka Trump Wore Statement Sleeves in Colombia, and It Didn’t Go Well

Ivanka Trump landed in Colombia earlier this week to promote her Women’s Empowerment Initiative and speak to cadets at the General Santander Police Academy. And while the White House advisor decided to wear a local designer for the occasion, the main talking point about her $1,650 Johanna Ortiz dress wasn’t fashion diplomacy—it was that her choice of fluttery sleeves had an agenda all their own.

At a photo opportunity with Colombian Vice President Marta Lucia Ramirez, Minister of National Defense Guillermo Botero, and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, an ill-timed gust of wind sent the sleeves on Trump’s dress flying like leaves tossed into the air.

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The statement sleeves didn’t go without, well, a statement: As Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg’s senior White House reporter, shared on Twitter, this all happened during a ceremony to honor victims of a terrorist attack that occurred earlier this year.

Ortiz’s designs are well-known for their frilly movement. In this case, though, they made for meme fodder. Twitter compared the look to everything from vegetation to a dilophosaurus flaring out, ready to spew venom.

As is the case for anyone with a high public profile, wardrobe malfunctions happen. Often at the least opportune time. Trump might have taken a page from Kate Middleton’s book and added weights to her sleeves to prevent them from acting like flying dishes with minds of their own. Or perhaps next time she’ll just save the romantic ruffles for a different occasion.

Jennifer Aniston Swears By This Gold Face-Sculpting Tool

Jennifer Aniston is pretty much the epitome of California cool. From her staple golden highlights to that fresh, glowing skin—she’s basically been beauty goals since we were first introduced to her back in the ’90s. So when she decides to reveal one of her secret skin care weapons, we pay attention.

In a new interview with InStyle, Aniston says she’s a huge fan of Jillian Dempsey’s Gold Sculpting Bar, a skin care tool that helps serums and moisturizers penetrate deeper, as well as sculpting your cheekbones and jawline. “It feels so damn good to put oil on your face and just roll,” she explains.

Now, at $195, the roller is not cheap, but like Aniston, our beauty team swears by its magic. Made by celebrity makeup artist Jillian Dempsey (whose clients include Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, and Emilia Clarke), the sculpting bar is made of 24-karat gold and vibrates as you rub it across your face. Not only does it feel amazing—like a mini massage for your face—the vibrations help relieve any tension in your face and aid with lymphatic drainage (i.e., the flushing out of toxins from your cells). The result is less puffiness and a more sculpted look.

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Aniston says she also drinks a glass of celery juice every day (which pros have mixed thoughts about) and takes E3Live superfood supplements. But of course, some of that glow is just her genetics: “My grandmother, at 98, had the most stunningly soft, gorgeous skin, and she would just put olive oil on her body.”

The actor also opened up about turning 50 in February. “Fifty was the first time I thought, ‘Well, that number,’” she said. “I don’t know what it is because I don’t feel any different. Things aren’t shutting down in any way. I feel physically incredible. So it’s weird that it’s all of a sudden getting telegraphed in a way that’s like, ‘You look amazing for your age.’ I think we need to establish some etiquette around that dialogue and verbiage.”

Aniston and her glowing skin will next be seen onscreen in Apple’s The Morning Show with Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell, in which she plays a morning news host who is facing sexism and ageism. “The show gives you a behind-the-curtain peek at a lot of things—what it takes to pull off a morning show, the unique lifestyle of these anchors, the obsession with celebrity culture, and humanity in the midst of corruption,” she said. “Plus we’re addressing the ugly truths of how men have treated women in our society, particularly in the workplace, for all these years.”

Stanford Sexual Assault Case Survivor Emily Doe Comes Forward as Chanel Miller

For years we’ve known the Stanford University sexual assault case survivor as Emily Doe. Doe made headlines after her impact statement detailing the “severe impact” the assault had on her went viral. Now she’s ready to come forward as Chanel Miller, a survivor and the writer of the upcoming memoir Know My Name.

Miller was assaulted by Brock Turner, a student at Stanford, in 2015 behind a dumpster while she was unconscious. Two students found Turner and Miller and served as witnesses. Turner was found guilty of three counts of felony sexual assault but was sentenced to only six months in county jail and ultimately served three. Public backlash to this ruling later led the judge who sentenced Turner to be recalled by voters in 2018.

In 2016, Glamour honored Miller (then still known as Emily Doe) as a Woman of the Year. Actresses Lena Dunham, Gabourey Sidibe, Freida Pinto, and Amber Heard delivered Miller’s acceptance speech on her behalf. In an essay for Glamour, as Emily Doe, Miller wrote, “If you think the answer is that women need to be more sober, more civil, more upright, that girls must be better at exercising fear, must wear more layers with eyes open wider, we will go nowhere. When Judge Aaron Persky mutes the word justice, when Brock Turner serves one month for every felony, we go nowhere. When we all make it a priority to avoid harming or violating another human being, and when we hold accountable those who do, when the campaign to recall this judge declares that survivors deserve better, then we are going somewhere.”

Her essay ended with the powerful reminder, “So now to the one who said, I hope my daughter never ends up like her, I am learning to say, I hope you end up like me, meaning, I hope you end up like me strong. I hope you end up like me proud of who I’m becoming. I hope you don’t ‘end up,’ I hope you keep going. And I hope you grow up knowing that the world will no longer stand for this. Victims are not victims, not some fragile, sorrowful aftermath. Victims are survivors, and survivors are going to be doing a hell of a lot more than surviving.”

Miller, a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, began writing Know My Name in 2017. The memoir focuses on her life and recovery following the trial, and her journey to figure out what exactly happened on that fateful night. According to the New York Times, Miller read court documents, transcripts of witness testimonies, and more that she wasn’t allowed to hear during the trial to better understand her case and craft her book.

Know My Name will be available to purchase on September 24.

A Traumatic Birth Forever Changed My First Moments of Motherhood

Beneath the bright white light of the operating room, a sky blue curtain separates me from my peeled-open body. Numb from the waist down and fully conscious, I can hear the flurry of doctors and nurses performing tests, taking notes, and alternating between sucking meconium out of my son’s brand new lungs and pumping air in.

Only a few yards away but entirely out of reach, my seconds-old baby is near death. Fear permeates the room like a thick fog. I cannot see him.

Helpless and terrified, the last 30 hours of labor, the breech and uterine contortion to flip him back into place, the ultrasounds, endless cervical checks, and the lifetime I’d imagined before us ripple through my mind. All I can think of, over and over again, is this can’t be happening. Not after all this. Not after my boy was just ripped from my body and shown to me for the very first time, wrinkled and purple and all mine, before immediately being taken away from me. I keep waiting for the defibrillator, the loud “clear,” envisioning those lifesaving sensors shocking the tiny body of my boy like a Hollywood film, because I can’t tell what’s happening. All I know is everything about his birth has gone wrong.

The surgeon keeps cutting, slicing my placenta from my womb. I open my eyes and catch a glimpse of my husband through the chaos, hovering on the outskirts of the medical team who is doing everything they can to bring our boy to life. I can see that he, in surgical garb with palms pressed together in front of his face, is praying. In all our years together it’s a first, proof of the severity of the situation.

As the minutes tick by, my panic mounts. The kind anesthesiologist behind me, a disembodied southern drawl, checks in from time to time, making sure I can’t feel what is physically happening to me. My mouth is dry like I’ve been eating sand. Trapped, hopeful, torn open like a sardine can, and terribly aware that there is nothing I can do, I stare at the blue curtain inches from my face and try to stop listening.

Finally, after the five most agonizing minutes of my life, the sweetest sound carries through the room—my baby’s first cry. His soft little voice fills the O.R. with palpable relief.

“Mom, what’s his name?” someone asks. My heart jolts. I’m a mother now.

The Rise of Traumatic Births

This traumatic moment is how I’ve become a mother. It wasn’t in the slightest way the birth I had planned.

In the United States, 32 percent of women deliver by cesarean. That’s one in three women. But researchers estimate that almost half of these major abdominal surgeries aren’t necessary, especially for women with low-risk pregnancies. I was one of those women: blessed with an easy, healthy pregnancy, only to be followed by a complicated and traumatic delivery. That my birth experience would turn out the way it did was entirely unpredictable. But I soon realized I’m far from alone.

A staggering 25 to 34% of women report traumatic births, according to PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth). In these cases, much like mine, the trauma occurs when women believe that their life, or the life of their babies is in danger. Whether the danger is real or perceived, the threat of injury or death to the mother or child can result in lasting trauma postpartum.

5 Bag Trends Will Be Everywhere This Fall 2019

As with most fashion items, a handbag can suggest quite a bit about the person who’s wearing it. For instance, ones with labels that read Chanel or Hermès might suggest status (if you subscribe to that idea) or that the person wearing it values an iconic brand. But the most current bag trends aren’t speaking exclusively to price or luxury. Instead their shape, use of materials, and size speak more to what women prioritize and which fashion rules no longer apply.

With high-fashion brands leading the charge in their runway collections, the fall 2019 handbag themes run the gamut. There are beaded confections perfect for someone who’s a maximalist dresser but minimalist in terms of what she walks around with each day. Prim top handles and sleek rectangular shapes suggest an appreciation for vintage over newfangled. Meanwhile, pail-shaped carryalls contrast soft, sacklike market bags. Both offer solutions for those who need a bit more storage—one with a stiff, defined shape and the other more relaxed, woven, and often transparent.

Of course, an accessory can never explicitly tell the story of the person who holds it, but in the case of fall’s most prevalent trends, they do provide quite the conversation starter. Ahead, the five styles you’ll soon spot everywhere.

Meghan Markle Designed a Fashion Collection for Charity—And It’s Launching Sooner Than You Think

Update: 9/4/19

We now have an official date for Meghan Markle‘s capsule collection benefiting one of her royal patronages, Smart Works. According to royals reporters, the Duchess of Sussex will reveal the line on September 12.

Read more about the project, below.

Original story: 7/30/19

Even though she’s technically on maternity leave, Meghan Markle has been staying busy. She spent months guest-editing the September issue of British Vogue, which hits newsstands August 2. Beyond her helping with the casting of the cover and curating the features inside, there’s another element to this collaboration, according to royal sources: a fashion collection that’ll benefit charity.

On Tuesday reporter Omid Scobie revealed on Twitter that the Duchess of Sussex will be partnering with four brands—Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw, and Misha Nonoo—on a workwear capsule. All proceeds from it will go to the U.K. charity Smart Works, which offers unemployed women a pathway into the workplace.

Markle wrote about the collection in the upcoming issue of British Vogue, adding that it’s scheduled for release later this year.

“For each item purchased by a customer, one is donated to charity,” the duchess said, according to Scobie. “Not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story, it reminds us we are in it together.”

Smart Works is actually one of Markle’s royal patronages. She visited it back in January.

This capsule collection is a combination of the duchess’s many interests: It leverages her style and fashion know-how while also tapping into her longtime advocacy for women’s rights.

Some of her chosen collaborators are brands she actually wears. The duchess has been photographed in Marks & Spencer accessories multiple times and wore Misha Nonoo to her first-ever public appearance with Prince Harry. (Nonoo is a friend of the Markle’s, and attended the Royal Wedding.)