How To Tell If A Child Made Your Clothes

Word on the street is that brands are embracing sustainability. Some are going fur-free, too. Today, it’s more common than ever to find round-ups of ethical fashion brands in your favorite publications (including on sites like this one), as fast- to mid-level and luxury labels are attempting to bring more transparency to their pre- and post-production processes. And while that’s certainly progress, we may never reach the goal of a quality/quantity equilibrium — at least, not in our lifetime. In fact, by 2030, the industry could reach a standstill — with natural resources becoming so jeopardized that any move towards a more sustainable future will be near impossible.

But after polling some of the world’s top ethics and sustainability organizations, there’s another sector of the industry that deserves more attention and resources: child labor. While you’re reading this, over 218 million children are hard at work73 million of those are working in hazardous conditions that “directly endangers their health, safety, and moral development.” Crazy, right? Not really, when you take into account that consumers — you and me — contribute to this number with every $20 pair of jeans we buy. And when those jeans are hand-dyed by very tiny hands, that discount actually comes at a much higher cost.

While it’s much easier to track the life of clothing once it’s already made, retracing its origins is another story. That’s why transparency, at every level, is crucial. And though we may never know just how much of the industry’s clothing is made by children, here’s what information is currently available.

The Three T’s: Trust, Transparency, & Time
Getting a brand to allow an institution like the International Labour Organization into its supply chain — and making it down to level where one might find children sewing and harvesting cotton — isn’t easy.

“This requires trust building between different partners (brands, factories, NGOs, trade unions) and time to really get better insight in the supply chain — beyond the first tier — and into outsourcing. These partnerships take time and often start by a joint effort to conduct in-depth research in the sector to find out the key issues and in-depth knowledge of the reasons why children are working,” says Jolijn Engelbertink, head of business and human rights at the Stop Child Labor coalition.

“It’s important to note that ensuring that there is no more child labor in your supply chain takes time. An important first step is that a brand acknowledges the fact that there is child labor in its supply chain; only then can the work begin on how to address this.”

Photo: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/NurPhoto/Getty Images.

There’s No Checklist, Because A Checklist Is Impossible
In theory, a visual guide to spotting a piece made through child labor sounds like a great idea. Several clothing brands feature tabs on their websites dedicated to elaborate flow charts depicting a supply chain that starts in a sustainable mill somewhere in the mountains of Europe or Asia. But in order for those to exist, companies need to be more open about their process from start to finish.

“A garment itself won’t be enough to establish its production. We can’t see from the way it’s made if there is exploitation in its making. It’s up to the brands to publicly disclose its supply chain, which factory it was made in and where the raw materials are sourced,” says Orsola de Castro, co-founder and creative director of advocacy group Fashion Revolution. “The public can be vigilant, use the hashtag #whomademyclothes, and, from their answers (or lack of) determine if they are satisfied that what they are buying is made in dignified conditions, with supply chain workers protected by unionization, and further than that, any disclosure on the provenance of the raw materials with which it is made.”

Fashion Revolution’s co-founder and global operations director Carry Somers adds that most fashion brands have little or no supply chain transparency at all, down to raw material level: “Child labor is still rife within cotton fields, as well as in ginning and spinning, so how do consumers know that they aren’t supporting child labor with the next cotton garment they buy? Most fashion brands have child labor within their supplier code of conduct, but many brands are failing to take steps to ensure their policies are put into practice.”

Photo: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/NurPhoto/Getty Images.

“Made In The USA” Doesn’t Always Mean Better
It’s just as crucial to understand which auditing companies and methods are being used in analyzing the supply chain as it is to know where our clothes come from. For example, “Made in Italy” or “Made in the USA” does not guarantee that garments are safely produced, while “Made in China” or “Made in Bangladesh” is not necessarily indicative of lesser standards. There are very good factories in developing countries just as there are very bad systems (sweatshops, low pay, and unsafe conditions) in countries we might consider above suspicion.

“Different countries have different legislations in terms of what child labor consists of. In Myanmar (as in the United Kingdom until 40 years ago), the legal age for work is 13, so although this might not be acceptable to us as consumers, it is nevertheless legal in certain countries,” de Castro explains. Newly drafted laws such as the Modern Slavery Act in the U.K. and a “duty of vigilance ” or “duty of care” law in France aims to curb this.

“It can also be imagined that homeworkers employed for embroidery or beading (skills that are often delegated to communities of homeworkers) might potentially be using children, or younger family members, but that in itself is very, very difficult to prove. We need to encourage transparency, vigilance, and openness so that organizations working on the ground have the tools to check and act promptly if abuse and exploitation is detected.”

Adds Engelbertink: “Where a product is made does not say much about the conditions in which it was made. Even in European countries working conditions can be abominable and children can be found working. The label only mentions the first tier of production, so clothing that is produced in a low-risk country can still have its textile coloring, spinning, or other parts of the process done in other countries or areas where the use of child labor is much more likely.”

Photo: K M Asad/LightRocket/Getty Images.

Gender Matters, Age Doesn’t
It’s hard to adequately measure, but studies show that young boys are at greater risk of being subjected to hazardous work than girls, but the recording of domestic child labor of young girls goes widely under-reported.

Nearly half of child labor victims are are aged five to 11.

Photo: Mehedi Hasan/NurPhoto/Getty Images.

So, What Can We Do?
Honesty — from top to bottom — is key. But it’s only the beginning. To put it into perspective, there are more international organizations that work to end child labor across the globe than there are institutions that teach designers, both up-and-coming and established, how to produce clothes ethically and sustainably.

The first step: Check whether the brand you’re shopping is connected to or a member of a certification of sustainability initiative (one great resource, the app Good On You that makes clocking a brand for its impact on people, animals, and the planet ridiculously easy and engaging, can be found right in your phone) and go from there.

“Ensuring that the supply chain is mapped and published will give brands and consumers the understanding of who their manufacturers are and what are their practices in relation to subcontracting,” adds de Castro. “[Transparency] doesn’t lead to best practice. It will not prevent child labor or any other abuse, human or environmental, but public disclosure is important to apply vigilance and scrutiny along the supply chain to ensure that if there are deep rooted problems, they can be addressed openly and swiftly. The fashion supply chain is notoriously murky and human rights abuses thrive in secrecy and opaqueness.”

Photo: K M Asad/LightRocket/Getty Images.

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11 Photos That Prove Jonah Hill And Beanie Feldstein Are The Ultimate Sibling Goals

*texts my sister furiously*

In case you don’t know: this is Jonah Hill, you’ve seen him in Superbad (my personal fave), The Wolf of Wall Street, Moneyball, and a shit ton of other movies.

In case you don't know: this is Jonah Hill, you've seen him in Superbad (my personal fave), The Wolf of Wall Street, Moneyball, and a shit ton of other movies.

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And this is Beanie Feldstein, she was in Lady Bird, Neighbors 2, and Hello, Dolly! on Broadway.

And this is Beanie Feldstein, she was in Lady Bird, Neighbors 2, and Hello, Dolly! on Broadway.

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Oh, and if you didn’t see where this was going — they’re siblings!!!

Oh, and if you didn't see where this was going — they're siblings!!!

Jonah uses his middle name as his last name.

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When they found a street with both their names on it.

Instagram: @beaniefeldstein

When they spent New Years with Jack Antonoff and his sister, Rachel.

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When they celebrated Jonah’s birthday with not one but TWO cakes.

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When they were muggin’ for the ‘gram.

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And when they smiled for the ‘gram.

Instagram: @beaniefeldstein

When Jonah got a tattoo honoring Beanie’s performance in Hello, Dolly!

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When they goofed off.

Instagram: @beaniefeldstein

When Beanie captioned this, “One of these kids is the Wolf of Wall Street and the other is the Wolf of Motor Ave. #tbt #CONGRATS”

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When they cheesed so hard it became the nineties again.

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And finally, when Beanie posted this pic with the caption, “my best friend!!”

Instagram: @beaniefeldstein

Which Jonah re-posted with his own caption that may or may not have made me cry.

“@beaniefeldstein just posted this. As always, I’m copying her because she’s cooler and the leader of us two even tho she’s ten years younger. My hero and my best friend. And now she’s going to make fun of how earnest my Instagram posts are. But too bad Beanie, you taught me to be myself. And I’m sappy AF. Whatever. ❤️”

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A Week In New York City On A $115,000 Salary

Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we’re tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We’re asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we’re tracking every last dollar.

Today: an entrepreneur working in hospitality who makes $115,000 per year and spends some of her paycheck this week on a Totoro keychain.

Occupation: Entrepreneur
Industry: Hospitality
Age: 26
Location: New York, NY
Salary: $115,000
Paycheck Amount (Weekly): $1,160. (Investment income is paid out at the end of the year.)

Monthly Expenses
Rent: $2,175
Student Loan Payment: $0. (I didn’t take out any student loans. My parents started a college tuition fund for me when I was very little, which I also added to whenever I made money or received monetary gifts.)
MetroCard: $121, taken out of my paycheck pre-tax
Health Insurance: $433, taken out pre-tax
Electricity & Gas: ~$70
Phone: ~$58
Internet: $45
ICloud Storage: $2.99
Afar Magazine Subscription: $1.10

Day One

7:30 a.m. — I get woken up by heavy construction noise outside. Somehow, I manage to fall back asleep. I stayed up until 2:30 a.m. last night perusing the shopping guide for a Bergdorf Goodman beauty event. (I only found out about it when a last-minute announcement hit my inbox just before midnight.) I rarely shop for skincare products, but the big discount was enticing. I ended up passing on the sale, though, because I just can’t justify casually spending $1,000.

9 a.m. — I get woken up again, this time by my neighbor slamming his door. He does this all the time, so I always know when he leaves or comes home. We never say hi to each other in the hallway. Awkward.

10 a.m. — Get ready for work. I left my corporate job last year to pursue entrepreneurship with a group of friends. We run a hospitality management start-up, so our hours are irregular. I’m on call around the clock, but in return I get a flexible schedule and choice of work locations.

10:30 a.m. — I recently changed my makeup look to a warmer tone, which feels refreshing and makes my morning routine more exciting. I’m wearing Tom Ford’s Cream and Powder Eye Color today, which I splurged on with a $50 Bloomingdales gift card last week. The golden peach color is dazzling.

11 a.m. — Subway to work.

11:30 a.m. — I snack on chocolate with a glass of soy milk while spending way too much time browsing food delivery websites for lunch ideas. I keep a handful of chocolate bars at work, and our office building provides free coffee, milk, and beers.

12 p.m. — I text my coworker to check if he’s okay with Thai food for lunch. All our meals are treated by the owners, but I do the ordering because everyone trusts my foodie instincts. ($34.94 expensed)

1:30 p.m. — Food arrives and so does my coworker, so we eat together. My pad woon sen comes with a variety of vegetables. The colorful dish makes me happy.

2 p.m. — My compensation package is finalized – I got the raise I wanted! This is no small triumph, because I tend to avoid confrontation. I immediately share the good news with my family and my best friend over text.

4 p.m. — My friend sends over housing options to help me out with moving. I can no longer tolerate the peeling paint and rampant mice in my current apartment, and I need to move out. I also have vacation on the mind – my family is spread out across the world, so we try to plan something special together every year.

6 p.m. — I go home to shower and relax. Then I watch YouTube videos while doing chores. I like self-help videos and motivational speeches, as well as cooking tutorials and travel videos.

7 p.m. — I eat marinated soft-boiled egg and frozen roasted sweet potatoes for dinner. I also finish up leftover bone broth with mushroom and goji berries that I made last weekend. I’m a decent cook and used to experiment with a lot of different recipes, but I have gradually reduced my cooking in favor of socializing more.

9 p.m. — To aid in my lunch decision-making, I sign up for a catering service for the rest of the week. I recently got hooked on this catering service that delivers to Manhattan office buildings from different restaurants.

11 p.m. — I read Money Diaries for ideas on what to do with my new-found wealth from my raise until I fall asleep.

Daily Total: $0

Day Two

9 a.m. — I wake up feeling like a millionaire. Financial freedom is empowering!

12 p.m. — I receive a text notification that my lunch has arrived, so I leave the office to look for the truck. Today’s lunch is Taiwanese bento boxes, and my pick is stewed pig’s trotter with lotus root in a fermented bean curd sauce, which is served with white rice and cabbage. I order for two coworkers but only one of them shows up, so I save the extra food for later. ($47 expensed)

1 p.m. — While I was waiting in the pickup line, a guy walking by asked me about the truck and, after we talked for a minute, he gave me his business card. When I get back to my desk, I email him a link to the catering service’s website. He had a cute French accent and was quite friendly, so I secretly hope to strike up more conversations with him.

4 p.m. — More coworkers swing by the office. Most people in my company work out in the field, so we only rent a miniscule space for office use. The noise makes it hard to concentrate, but it’s also interesting to hear updates about other projects.

6 p.m. — I go with the team to a ping pong bar, but when we get there, all the ping pong tables are reserved. We decide to just look around and chill out with food and drinks. We thoroughly enjoy the short rib poutine and pulled pork sliders but get a little overwhelmed by the ricotta cheese on the flatbread. My coworkers indulge in beer and apple cider while I attempt to fit in with my sparkling water. I may not appreciate the taste of alcohol, but I certainly get the spirit!

9 p.m. — I leave the group with one other coworker. We chat a bit more about work and life on the subway before going our separate ways. I get home feeling still slightly hungry, so I eat a coconut-mango Nounos yogurt that I’ve been craving and a banana that’s about to get too ripe.

11:30 p.m. — I watch eyeshadow palette review videos on YouTube to research for my next purchase. I have worn little-to-no makeup all my life, but I’ve had a passion for eyeshadow and lip color recently. But I need to know all my options before making any commitment, and that applies to eyeshadow palettes and my life partner. This is such a strenuous task that I pass out before buying anything.

Daily Total: $0

Day Three

9 a.m. — It’s taken a few days, but I finally come around to unboxing a package from Express I ordered last week. I got four clothing items, a pair of heart-shaped sunglasses, and pink sneakers for summer during a site-wide sale ($126.15). I try everything on and decide to keep two black tops as well as the shoes and sunglasses. The other stuff either doesn’t look flattering my body or I don’t love the colors.

11:30 a.m. — There is leftover dessert from yesterday’s lunch in the office fridge – taro and tapioca in sweet coconut milk. I know I’m about to have lunch, but this will spoil fast, so I feel obligated to prioritize it. Pre-lunch dessert it is!

12:30 p.m. — I grab food from the same catering service as yesterday. Today’s menu is spicy hot pot with sliced fatty beef and assorted vegetables. I particularly love the springy sweet potato vermicelli that soaks up all the flavors of the soup. My coworker eats his in tears because of the spicy level. I make a mental note to get him something less spicy next time. ($24.98 expensed)

7 p.m. — I head home with the remainder of yesterday’s lunch leftovers. My coworkers despise leftover food, but I can’t bring myself to throw out perfectly good food. I feel that I owe it to the plants/animals that sacrificed their lives and the people that prepared the food with time, effort, and care.

7:30 p.m. — I get home, shower, and set my dinner on the table: leftover baked chicken with a peach-passion fruit Nounos yogurt and an apple. After posing my yogurt with props in the right lighting and finding a satisfactory angle and distance for the picture, I am able to eat my dinner in peace. (Did I mention I have to take a picture of everything I eat? Otherwise it’s like I didn’t eat it, right?)

11 p.m. — I’m making an effort to go to bed earlier, which is hard due to the nature of my industry. My skin used to be better when I went to bed by 10 p.m. I purposefully refrained from coffee and tea today, so I am able to fall asleep relatively quickly.

Daily Total: $0

Day Four

11 a.m. — A friend reminds me of Japan Week at Grand Central, so I detour to check it out. My monthly MetroCard has expired, so I have to pay for the single trip fare. $2.75

11:40 a.m. — It takes no time to look through the exhibition. I am disappointed that there’s only one food vendor at the event this year. I believe that food is the best way to share culture. It brings people together, which is why I dedicate my life to it.

12 p.m. — I pick up three meals from the lunch catering service. Spicy hot pot again because I can’t get enough of all-in-one meals. ($32 expensed)

2 p.m. — My coworkers still haven’t shown up for their food. I text to find out that they are not coming. Friday is my field work day, so I bring the food to share with people there. They gladly accept it.

4 p.m. — I finish work early, and it’s a beautiful Friday afternoon, so I accept my coworker’s invitation to go get dessert. We go to a fancy place where they serve a three-course all-dessert meal. I have known about this place for ages, but the idea of dessert after dessert always seemed excessive to me. The meal turns out extraordinarily light and refreshing – we even ordered two extra main courses (of desserts). What a promising start for my weekend! The total bill is around $75, and my coworker/friend pays in return for my treat a while back.

5:30 p.m. — I go to Express to return the unwanted clothes. I still want something real for dinner, so I walk over to Koreatown to get kimchi – I’m craving something crisp and pungent. This seems like a good occasion to order a mung bean pancake as well, which is usually too substantial to accompany an entrée. $16.33

6 p.m. — My brother texts me from across the world while I’m waiting for my takeout. I immediately turn into a six-year-old girl who jumps for joy when her big brother shows affection.

7 p.m. — I get home and eat my takeout with a little more of the leftover chicken from yesterday.

10 p.m. — I saw on social media that one of my acquaintances has two lovely Ragdolls. I’ve been considering getting a Ragdoll myself, so I talk to her and learn a ton about the breed.

11 p.m. — I listen to podcasts about intuitive eating until I fall asleep. I’m aware that I’ve had a somewhat distorted relationship with food ever since I started dieting around age 17. Being so preoccupied with food all the time has led me to miss out more important things in life, and I am hoping I can restore my relationship with it.

Daily Total: $19.08

Day Five

9 a.m. — I stalk my favorite lifestyle blogger on Instagram. She just started a 100-day workout challenge to embrace a more active lifestyle. I consider whether I should sign up for the gym as well. I give up the thought quickly – I would enjoy playing sports much more, so I consider picking up some kind of racquet sport.

11 a.m. — I see pictures of brunches on Instagram, so that’s what I want now. I look up places for eggs benedict around me. I want avocado and hollandaise sauce, bonus points if the bread isn’t plain old English muffin. Not a lot of options meet these criteria. I finally settle on a British-style pub right around my block.

12 p.m. — Bummer! The restaurant no longer accepts walk-ins today. I go back home and semi-satisfy my craving with marinated soft-boiled eggs and yogurt.

1 p.m. — I graze on snacks (kimchi, Taiwanese moon cake, a KIND bar, chocolate, and nuts) throughout the day while I read more Money Diaries. I usually spend my free time watching movies, TV, and documentaries, but this is not one of those weekends.

2 p.m. — I remember that the teeth whitening kit I ordered on Amazon should’ve been delivered yesterday, so I go downstairs and find it.

5 p.m. — I make a Chinese dessert soup with silver ear and lotus root seeds. I also throw in a couple of dried longan fruit for sweetness. I have a dinner plan with a friend at 8, so I cook a piece of frozen crab-stuffed shrimp to hold myself over until then.

8 p.m. — While waiting for my friend in the subway station, I see a cellist who performs there often. He’s dressed in a green outfit today and looks super cute, so I give him a tip. He smiles. $1

8:30 p.m. — I am craving spicy chewy noodles, so we go to Koreatown. The restaurant is super busy, and we are asked to give our table (where we have already been seated) to a couple who came and ordered AFTER us because “their food came out first.” I don’t understand why this is necessary, given that the table right next to us is literally being cleaned, but we comply and can’t help but laugh. I consider leaving a bad review on Yelp, but figure that it wouldn’t make a difference anyway. The restaurant doesn’t accept multiple credit cards, so I take the opportunity to treat my friend – at least one of us should feel special tonight! $38

9:30 p.m. — We head over to Sephora for some girl fun and walk around the store exchanging knowledge of products we have used or heard about. I don’t buy anything, but get some ideas for Sephora’s semi-annual sale in April.

11 p.m. — My friend is craving a fruity drink, so we find a cute Korean café. She orders a mango peach smoothie, and I get water because I am not a big fan of sweetened drinks. All the dessert items in the display case looks amazing, but I left my dessert stomach at home after today’s snacking.

12 a.m. — I get home and shower just in time to tune into tonight’s live episode of this YouTube channel I follow. It mainly features food and travel videos, and tonight’s theme is a spicy noodle challenge. The people are very personable, and watching them feels like videochatting with my best friends. I fall asleep near the end.

Daily Total: $39

Day Six

12 p.m. — I finally get into the pub for brunch! My custom eggs benedict turns out just okay, but the atmosphere is nostalgic and the waitress very nice, so I’m 100% satisfied. $25

1 p.m. — I hop on the subway for an afternoon meeting at one of our properties. The sunshine is amazing, so I get off one station earlier to walk and take in sunshine. I used to go to school around this area, so the familiar streets bring back memories that put a smile on my face.

2 p.m. — Back-to-back meetings. My team and I learn a lot of things that are important for our future developments.

8 p.m. — My coworkers send me home with leftover soup and yummy seaweed and mushroom salad. I take a stroll around Union Square and then return to my neighborhood.

10 p.m. — I chat with friends on the phone and make plans for next weekend. This has been a fulfilling week. I go to sleep with a positive outlook for next week.

Daily Total: $25

Day Seven

8 a.m. — I wake up to find a promo in my inbox. I can place four orders this month and get $10 off. That’s a good deal, but I am not sure I can squeeze that much takeout in such a short time. I save the email anyway.

9 a.m. — I get to work earlier than usual, and — surprise! — the building is providing catered fried chicken, waffles, and omelets today.

10 a.m. — My coworkers get here early too! Our work environment is great and it motivates me.

12 p.m. — Lunch from the catering service is here. The menu today is Mala dry pot with ten thousand ingredients in it. I order for four (and make sure that half of the order isn’t spicy), and there happen to be exactly four people here today, so no food goes to waste – yay! One of my coworkers turns on a variety show on YouTube, so we watch together. ($40 expensed)

3 p.m. — I spend the afternoon tackling some issues for our business. I like the problem-solving aspect of entrepreneurship!

4 p.m. — During my down time, I check out fresh deals on FreshDirect. I put off ordering because I don’t want to over-order for the sake of meeting the delivery minimum.

5:30 — I head to H-Mart after work. I only intend to grab something light because I’m not very hungry, but I end up with a basket of gorgeous-looking produce: bok choy, tomatoes, oranges, apples, Japanese sweet potatoes, Okinawan sweet potatoes, and sticky corn ($24.13). I also impulse-buy an adorable Totoro keychain in the checkout aisle because Totoro is my favorite cartoon character, and I tell myself that I can always use a spare keychain ($6). $30.13

7 p.m. — I eat a yogurt and a giant Sunkist orange, which I neatly cut into eight pieces to prolong my enjoyment of it. Somehow this works up my appetite, so I snack on more nuts and also microwave sweet potatoes. I like to microwave sweet potatoes because it slightly dries them out and intensifies the sweetness.

12 a.m. — Bedtime.

Daily Total: $30.13

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14 Celebs Who Just Didn't Give A Fuck At All This Week

“Let’s just fight.”

Amy Schumer answered a bunch of sex questions on Ellen in front of her mom:

Amy Schumer answered a bunch of sex questions on Ellen in front of her mom:

Sarah Silverman tweeted this:

Sarah Silverman tweeted this:

Twitter: @SarahKSilverman

Cardi B cropped Ellen right out of her Insta:

And then Ellen called her out on it:

And then Ellen called her out on it:

Justin Bieber did this:

Nicki Minaj said this:

Nicki Minaj said this:


Seth Rogen posted this 4/20 pic:

Seth Rogen posted this 4/20 pic:

Twitter: @Sethrogen

Bella Thorne called out a hater:

There [are] tournaments that I can't imagine missing on purpose, because [they are] tournaments that I love to play. I don't see myself missing Monte Carlo on purpose. I don't see myself missing Wimbledon on purpose, or the U.S. Open, or Australian, or Rome. These kind of events, I don't see missing [them]. Of course, when you get older, you need to adjust a little bit more the efforts and the calendar. But for me [it] is difficult to say I don't play, for example, grass, or I don't play hard [courts]. [It] is not in my plan, but I can't say 'never' because I cannot predict what's going to be in the future.” Nadal, on whether he'd skip tournaments on purpose.

Lisa Rinna poked fun at herself:

Rihanna was down to fight:

Rihanna was down to fight:

Instagram: @___badgalriri____

Ariel Winter clapped back:

And Chris D’Elia gave no fucks about clapping back about a color:


Pippa Middleton Is Reportedly Pregnant, Just Like Kate

According to numerous tabloids that we wish we could claim to ignore but totally still scroll through on Twitter, Pippa Middleton is pregnant with her first child with husband James Matthews. This may be one of the few instances that we hope the tabloids are correct. Given the buzz around this, the couple will likely confirm or deny the rumor very soon. For now, we’ll indulge in the tabloids “we’d never read,” and turn on our Google alerts.

The pregnancy has yet to be confirmed publicly by the couple, who first began dating in 2015 before marrying last year — but lots of unnamed sources are ready to spill all their tea. No privacy for the royal-adjacent!

Even if it is all the conjecture of leakers currently, having a baby seems to be right in line with what Pippa and her husband had planned. As they were busy planning their wedding at the end of 2016, a source told People that the couple were looking forward to settling down and “having children and leading a quiet life.” Since getting married, it seems that they have been able to do just that.

And what a year for royal baby news! Kate Middleton is pregnant with her and Prince William’s third child, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are tying the knot in less than a month, and now this. Prince Harry and Markle may not be far behind, as they have expressed a desire to start a family soon as well. Can you imagine an entire troop of royal children running around? The limit for cuteness does not exist.

Undoubtedly, Pippa’s sister Kate will have plenty of sage advice on motherhood, and hopefully will be able to pass it down along with some stylish designer maternity outfits. Sisters, no matter how royal, borrow from each other’s closets from time to time. Besides, Kate won’t need them for much longer as she is due any day now.

If the rumors are true, Pippa might have to reconsider her staunch disapproval of pancakes, the ultimate kid-friendly weekend breakfast food. Maybe she would compromise with waffles?

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These Chakra Oils Are Worth Becoming A Stereotype For

Last year, I brought my mom with me to a dinner party full of friends and colleagues — all twenty-something, single, living in Brooklyn, and into astrology. It was the kind of table set-up where you can really only talk to the people seated on either side of you, so someone suggested we start off the meal by going around one by one and sharing our Sun, Moon, and Rising signs.

Take a moment to imagine the time it takes 15 or so people to list their signs, talk about the degree to which they relate to them, and get interrupted by a drunk person who knows someone who knows someone whose brother was a Leo rising and, well, he’s in jail for murder now, so maybe they’re not all trustworthy, you know? Now imagine a mom, wildly impatient and skeptical by nature (she’s a Cancer, btw), who does not get this whole New Age millennial crystal thing at all.

By the third person, she was very audibly sighing; by the sixth, she was muttering, “Oh, we’re actually doing this. This is for real, okay, wow.” I shushed her, said she was being rude, but secretly, I felt the same. Because here’s the hard truth: I don’t give a shit about your horoscope. I don’t care what you think is “off” about your love life because Mercury is in retrograde. I don’t want to know what’s in your gratitude journal. But I continue to talk about it with people ad nauseam.

Which is why I hate how irresistible I find spiritual beauty products. “Gemstone-infused” is the sexiest phrase in the beauty lexicon; just reading “promotes a sense of peace” on a label is enough to make me feel a little calmer. A neat set of tiny essential oil vials in a rainbow of colors that promises to center all seven chakras and comes with a guide book that tells, in the simplest possible terms, how best to use each? Yep, fuck, I’m in.

First, I posed the oils against palm fronds and crystals for Instagram (I may not be sure which planet rules Sagittarius, but I know exactly how many followers I have at any given moment and it’s never enough), then I rolled Third Eye, which governs wisdom and intuition, along my forehead, and Heart around my chest. I turned away from all the screens, closed my eyes, and took a few deep breaths. And… it worked. I felt immediately less end-of-day-headache-y and on edge, and all I had really done was hit pause on reading about how much Kylie’s Fendi stroller costs.

I’ve been using the oils regularly throughout the day — sometimes I follow the booklet’s instructions, sometimes I just grab a random one and hold it to my nose. I’m not, like, about to pay for a tarot card reading any time soon, but I do feel comforted by my Root rollerball, a little less prone to find everything annoying. Maybe I’ll lend my mom Throat the next time she comes to visit — it’s supposed to make you a better listener.

Baiser Beauty The Chakra Box, $180, available at Baiser Beauty.

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