This Insta-Brand Just Cut All Of Its Prices By 50%

When it comes to fashion today, we’re reminded time and time again that in the realm of shopping specifically, it’s not the same game it once was. Wholesale and retail models are constantly changing (thanks to fast-fashion and technology), and as a result, more young brands are breaking into the market with direct-to-consumer businesses.

But established labels aren’t immune to these industry-wide changes. Beginning this week, eigh-year-old, made-in-L.A. brand Stone Cold Fox (you’ve probably seen its frilly tops and slinky rompers on Instagram, where it boasts a casual 439K followers) is making some major changes — and that means good news for you as a shopper. On Tuesday, it didn’t just launch its spring collection; it also announced some shifts that ultimately place its customers back the front-and-center (it can all be read about in an open founders’ letter on its site here).

First, Stone Cold Fox is cutting out all wholesale business — which means it will be strictly direct-to-consumer and sold only on its website and at its Venice brick-and-mortar store. The brand will also be debuting new product weekly (hint: every Monday), instead of just season-to-season; we’ll call this the “Zara” effect.

“We hold our relationship with our loyal customers at utmost importance,” founders Cydney Morris and Dallas Wand tell Refinery29. “For years we’ve gathered feedback from them about what it is they love or don’t love about Stone Cold Fox. One consistent piece of feedback we received was that our prices were simply too high for the average Stone Cold Fox girl. By going direct-to-consumer, we not only lower the costs of our products by up to 50%, but we develop a true one-on-one relationship with all of our customers.”

From now on, Stone Cold Fox’s products will all be under $300, a major price cut. But don’t worry: All materials are still the same, and the quality will not be compromised. And if you don’t believe us, just try it out for yourself. Ahead, you can shop the newest collection and its even easier-to-love prices. Yep — that dress you loved on Instagram just became a reality.

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OMG Groot Is Actually Dead And Baby Groot Is His Son

I’m sorry, this is my fault.

So it’s Tuesday afternoon, I had a 7 a.m. flight to New York this morning, and decided to work from home. Which means I get to watch movies while writing.

So it's Tuesday afternoon, I had a 7 a.m. flight to New York this morning, and decided to work from home. Which means I get to watch movies while writing.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is on Netflix, and I just came from Disney, so I’m in a mood. This seemed perfect.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is on Netflix, and I just came from Disney, so I'm in a mood. This seemed perfect.

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First of all, Porgs are penguins?? Idk how legit that is, but still. Mind blown.

First of all, Porgs are penguins?? Idk how legit that is, but still. Mind blown.

Twitter: @JamesGunn

Second, he shut down the argument of Groot being able to care for himself REAL QUICK.

Second, he shut down the argument of Groot being able to care for himself REAL QUICK.

Twitter: @JamesGunn

Honestly, things are getting heated.

Honestly, things are getting heated.

Twitter: @JamesGunn

AND THEN JAMES GUNN COMES AND RUINS MY DAY WITH THIS BOMBSHELL.

AND THEN JAMES GUNN COMES AND RUINS MY DAY WITH THIS BOMBSHELL.

Twitter: @JamesGunn

SO YOU’RE TELLING ME THAT GROOT DIED???

SO YOU'RE TELLING ME THAT GROOT DIED???

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AND THIS IS HIS SON??????

AND THIS IS HIS SON??????

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WHY ARE YOU HURTING ME?

WHY ARE YOU HURTING ME?

Twitter: @JamesGunn

My life has changed and I don’t know how to feel.

My life has changed and I don't know how to feel.

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What You Need To Know About Vero, The Latest Hot Social Network

If you’ve been on Twitter or Facebook in recent days, you’ve probably seen someone, very possibly an influencer, talking about a social media app called Vero.

That’s right, another social media app is vying for your time and smartphone space. Vero (or “Vero – True Social”) has actually been around for a few years, as The Independent reports, but it’s now beginning to grow in popularity.

The big questions are obviously “what is Vero?” and “why should I consider downloading it?” After all, many of us struggle to keep up with the social media apps we already have, and may find our relationship with them can become a bit love/hate.

Well, Vero is a social media app for your smartphone, a bit like Instagram, but it claims in its manifesto to offer a more “authentic” experience. It gives you an old-school chronological feed which means you’ll see everything posted by the people you connect with, in the exact order they posted it.

“The feed is composed of your posts and the posts of people you’re either connected with or people you follow,” Vero says. “We don’t curate it, manipulate it, insert advertising in it, or hold back posts. You see what has been shared with you, when it’s been shared with you.”

It’s also a subscription-based social network. The first million people to join will be given free Vero for life, but after that people will be charged a “small annual fee” to sign up.

These annual subscriptions are actually at the very core of what Vero is about. “As a subscription-based service, our users are our customers, not the product we sell to advertisers,” Vero explains. “Our subscription model will allow us to keep Vero advertising-free, and to focus solely on delivering the best social experience instead of trying to find new ways to monetise our users’ behaviour or tricking them back into the app with notifications.”

Companies can obviously still post on Vero, but they’ll have to pay whenever they include a “buy now” link.

So, is Vero truly a threat to the mighty Instagram and Facebook? It’s too soon to tell, but social media apps can definitely come in and out of fashion, as Kylie Jenner pointed out earlier this week. And if you are tempted to give Vero a go, it’s probably worth downloading the app ASAP, before those free subscriptions run out.

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This Skin-Care Brand Just Relaunched — & Everything Is Under $25

To be frank, spa-inspired beauty lines aren’t usually our favorite. Not only are they expensive, but more often than not, you can only buy the products in the actual spa. And who has time for that? For millennials on a time crunch, without a ton of cash, looking for a solid 100-like Instagram post, spa lines just don’t make sense. Unless, that is, we’re talking about Bliss.

Bliss isn’t new at all (it’s been around for years, having originated in its own spa by the same name) and it’s developed something of a cult following. But the brand wasn’t always the buzziest until this week, when it officially announced its relaunch — complete with post-worthy packaging, new formulations, and lower price tags. And by low, we mean everything from Bliss now retails for under $25, which is pretty unheard of in the category.

Even better, it’s fixing the whole inaccessible issue by adding products to shelves in Target (March 18) and Ulta Beauty (April 1). If you’re one of the brand’s longtime fans, don’t worry, because not every product changed completely — some oldies but goodies still remain, like the Triple Oxygen Mask and zesty Body Butters.

Click ahead to check out the new rollout of Bliss’ relaunched line, available now on the brand site.

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Vogue Arabia’s Cover Celebrates Black & Brown Beauty

On Tuesday morning, designer Nnenna Stella was scrolling through Instagram in a coffee shop when she found out her Brooklyn-based label The Wrap Life was featured on Vogue Arabia’s one-year anniversary March cover starring two of the Arab world’s most famous models. “I was so hype,” she tells Refinery29 of seeing models Iman and Imaan Hammam wearing her head wraps alongside Saint Laurent dresses. “My hands started shaking and I forgot what I was ordering. I didn’t even know when the cover was coming out, and then Iman sent me an email” — yes, that Iman, who Stella styled for the Black Panther New York premiere — “30 minutes later with a big-ass picture of the cover.”

In a world exclusive, two generations of icons unite for the anniversary issue of #VogueArabia, with not one, but three covers. With life stories deeply rooted in the Arab world, @imaanhammam and @the_real_iman are the perfect cover stars for the bumper March issue. In our biggest-ever issue, expect modest fashion trends, bold beauty, empowering women, icons of Arabia, celebrity interviews, and a Middle Eastern royal contributor. Plus, so much more… #ImaanHammam and #Iman both wearing @ysl dresses and @thewraplife turbans في سبق عالمي فريد من نوعه.. يلتقي اثنان من أجيال أيقونات الجمال معاً لرسم معالم ليس غلافاً واحداً أو حتى غلافين اثنين، بل ثلاثة أغلفة مبهرة احتفالاً بمرور عام على إطلاق أول عدد ورقي من #ڤوغ_العربية. وعلى خلفية قصصهما الحياتية الضاربة بجذورها في أعماق العالم العربي، كانت الأنيقتان إيمان همَّام @imaanhammam وإيمان عبد المجيد @the_real_iman نجمتيّ الغلاف المثاليتين لعدد مارس الزاخر بالكثير من المواضيع. وفي عددنا الأضخم على الإطلاق، انتظروا صيحات أزياء محتشمة، وإطلالات جمالية جريئة، وتعزيز نهج تمكين المرأة، فضلاً عن مشاهدة أيقونات العالم العربي والاطلاع على حوارات حصرية أجريناها مع عدد من المشاهير، بخلاف شخصية مساهمة من إحدى العائلات الحاكمة في الشرق الأوسط. كل هذا، وأكثر… ترتدي كلٌّ من #إيمان_همام و#إيمان فستاناً من إيڤ سان لوران @ysl مع توربان من ذا راب لايف @thewraplife مديرة قسم الأزياء: كيتي تروتر @katieellentrotter، تنسيق الأزياء: ميكيل فيلوز @michael_ philouze، تصوير: @patrickdemarchelier، تصفيف الشعر: أوسكار جيمس @oscarjameshair وتومو جيداي @tomojidai، المكياج: بورشه @porschefabulous

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Coincidently, when Vogue Arabia reached out to Stella, she thought it was a joke. “I was like Vogue? Yeah, right, have them send the call sheet!” Apparently, people who reach out to her don’t always have the best intentions, so she says when the inquiry turned out to be legit, it was a surreal feeling. But the company actually did send a call sheet on a Friday, “and by Sunday, I was on set, styling wraps.”

She says working on the set for the magazine’s biggest issue ever filled with “fashion trends, bold beauty, empowering women, icons of Arabia, celebrity interviews, and a Middle Eastern royal contributor” was great experience. Vogue Arabia showed attention to make sure the representation was balanced, whether that meant pulling a shirt up as not to show too much skin, or understanding the demographic the magazine is intended for. Stella says it was great to see a publication respect a culture’s practices and beliefs. “This strategy was so special because it was inclusive and diverse, and I really appreciate that as a woman of color.”

She shared the cover on Instagram and captioned it: “As wearing head wraps and headdress become more common, we are so excited to be of service in a way that shares black and brown beauty. The world needs more of it. Thank you to the team at Vogue for inviting us. What a dream.”

Stella started in company four years ago after a 30-day-challenge of self discovery; she was feeling uninspired in her work as a waitress. “When you have a clear picture of yourself, it gives you certain room to want to be expressive,” she explains. “As I started to understand who Nnenna is, I wanted to be more colorful and vibrant,” but it was fashioning a winter scarf that was the kick off. “I tied it around my head and it felt really incredible. And that was one hint to start the company. I just wanted to give other women this really good feeling of wearing beautiful textiles, styling them, and walking out into the world. Everything you wear is saying something. It’s really transformative, it’s really magical.”

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You've Never Seen A MAC Collaboration Like This Before

The potential of the internet is vast and still largely unknown, yet nothing can compare to watching adorable animal videos. For those that love all things cute and cuddly, we have a new collab for you. Thanks to the help of designer Nicola Formichetti (his designs are Lady Gaga-approved), MAC’s latest collection is nothing like you’ve ever seen from the pro cosmetics brand before — and it’s all because of pandas.

Our love of pandas originated far before YouTube compilations of adorable bears or Desiigner, but MAC and Formichetti are taking the intrigue of the fur babies to a whole new level. MAC recently announced its collaboration with the designer in the form of MAC x Nicopanda, a makeup manifestation of Formichetti’s popular streetwear clothing brand by the same name.

“Beauty is about creativity, freedom, and fun,” Formichetti told Teen Vogue. “Beauty can be the most simple and natural look or something totally over-the-top and crazy because it’s an opportunity to both empower and express.” That being said, crazy-over-the-top is exactly what Formichetti is giving us thanks to his panda-embossed lip glosses, compacts, and makeup brushes.

As former creative director at Mugler, current creative fashion director at Uniqlo, and artistic director at Diesel, Formichetti knows a thing or two about reinvention — and MAC x Nicopanda is no exception. Marrying the Kawaii-cute style of his fashion designs with MAC’s cult formulas, you have one of the most unique launches for spring. Sadly, you won’t be able to order the collection until April 5 on MAC’s site or from Macy’s, but until the time comes, we suggest spending the rest of your day searching “baby panda on pony” until either your boss tells you to stop or, well, you cry with joy.

Click ahead to check out the entire MAC x Nicopanda collection launching this April.

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MAC x Nicopanda Brush Bag, $52.50, available April 5 at MAC.

MAC x Nicopanda Blush Highlighter Brush available April 5 at MAC.

MAC x Nicopanda Wide Smudging Brush available April 5 at MAC.

MAC x Nicopanda Large Rounded Eye Shadow Brush available April 5 at MAC.

MAC x Nicopanda Nico’s Stickers, $25, available April 5 at MAC.

MAC x Nicopanda Full Face Kit in Preppy Panda, $40, available April 5 at MAC.

MAC x Nicopanda Full Face Kit in Prima Panda, $40, available April 5 at MAC.

MAC x Nicopanda Full Face Kit in Stay Cute, $40, available April 5 at MAC.

MAC x Nicopanda Gleamer Face Powder in Colour Me Nico, $29, available April 5 at MAC.

MAC x Nicopanda Panda Lashes $17, available April 5 at MAC.

MAC x Nicopanda Lipglass in Dreamz, $18, available April 5 at MAC.

MAC x Nicopanda Lipglass in Glitter Parade, $18, available April 5 at MAC.

MAC x Nicopanda Lipglass in Panda Kiss, $18, available April 5 at MAC.

MAC x Nicopanda Lipglass in Sugar Coat, $18, available April 5 at MAC.

MAC x Nicopanda Lipstick in Galactic Mint, $18.50, available April 5 at MAC.

MAC x Nicopanda Lipstick in Kawaii Party, $18.50, available April 5 at MAC.

MAC x Nicopanda Lipstick in Pink-Off, $18.50, available April 5 at MAC.

MAC x Nicopanda Lipstick in Pop Babe, $18.50, available April 5 at MAC.

MAC x Nicopanda Lipstick in Touch ‘N’ Chic, $18.50, available April 5 at MAC.

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Stacey Dash Is Running For Congress. Here Are Some Ridiculous Things She Has Said.

America is all about reinvention, and Stacey Dash knows that very well. After her acting career went south, she put on a red bathing suit and threw her support behind Mitt Romney. Boom. Suddenly, she was a Fox News contributor known for calling for an end to Black History Month and BET. In what seems like a hot minute, she penned a memoir called There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative.

People have suggested that her jumping on the Fox train (and later, on the Trump train) was opportunistic. “African-American women who are on the liberal side are a dime a dozen,” Jasmyne Cannick, a political and social commentator in L.A., told Broadly in a profile of Dash. “If you want to stand out, be a Black conservative [who has] no problem self-hating and hating on your people, and you will be loved by all Fox [News] viewers — she has found a niche.”

Whatever your opinion on the actress-commentator still best known as the buggin’ BFF of Cher from 1995’s Clueless, she does have a knack for turning a new leaf, a sort of brashness that dares you to contend with it. Her heartbreakingly rough childhood in the South Bronx — drug-addicted parents, abuse — has undoubtedly contributed to it.

After her Fox News contract wasn’t renewed last year, she’s in the midst of yet another reinvention — running for Congress in California’s 44th district. CNN reported that she filed paperwork Monday. The district, where she said she lives, includes Compton, Watts, San Pedro, and North Long Beach, and Hillary Clinton won 83% of the vote there during the 2016 presidential election while Trump got 12%.

She hasn’t made any formal statements about her campaign yet, but on Monday she did tweet, “Come to my account for the straight news. Formal statements coming.”

Dash is known for making statements that harm other African-Americans, transpeople, immigrants, and more — and unfortunately, there’s no sign that she plans to stop during her campaign. Here’s a reminder of some of the more ridiculous things she’s said.

We Should Get Rid Of Black History Month & BET

In recent years, America has been having a necessary, long-awaited conversation about the lack of diversity and representation at the Oscars. After no actors of color were nominated in any of the acting categories in 2016, #OscarsSoWhite was once again in the media.

Here’s what Stacey Dash had to say about this on Fox News in January 2016: “I think it’s ludicrous… Either we want to have segregation or integration. And if we don’t want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the [NAACP] Image Awards, where you’re only awarded if you’re Black. If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard.” She later said, “There shouldn’t be a Black History Month. We’re Americans. Period.”

Dash was in Single Ladies on BET before she got fired, as well as in music videos that aired on the channel. ( BET Jams even trolled her by playing music videos she was in with the hashtag #NeverForget.)

The actress later made fun of herself in a brief, but cringe-worthy, Oscars appearance that caused Chrissy Teigen to make this face.

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Trans People Should “Go In The Bushes”

America has taken both major steps forward and huge steps back on trans rights in recent years. On Entertainment Tonight in 2016, Dash made comments that were transphobic, vile, and ignorant. The conversation was about trans people’s right to use their gender’s bathroom, and Dash said: “Why do I have to suffer because you can’t decide what you want to be that day?” The host, Nischelle Turner, helpfully interjected, “But is it is a decision?” to which Dash responded, “It’s your body! So, it’s your decision, right? We all make choices.”

When Turner patiently responded that transgender people don’t choose their gender, it is who they are, Dash said, “Okay, then go to the bushes. I don’t know what to tell you, but I’m not gonna put my child’s life at risk because you want to change a law. So that you can be comfortable with your beliefs — which means I have to change my beliefs and my rights? No.”

Clearly, Dash has some reading, growing, and talking to actual trans people to do. While there have been no known instances of violence from trans women in public bathrooms, violence against trans women — especially trans women of color — happens every single day.

We Should Stop Talking About The Gender Wage Gap

In a 2015 interview where Meredith Vieira basically shut her down, Dash threw out a typical Republican-woman talking point about how she doesn’t want to be a “victim” and thus women should work harder instead of complaining about the gender wage gap. Which she admitted exists! (“No, I know that the numbers are true.”) “It’s the same thing as with race. It’s an excuse. Stop making excuses,” she said. It’s more like a quantifiable fact that we’re fighting to fix every day. Join us, Stacey.

We Should Go Back To The Mad Men Era

In the same ET interview, Dash claimed that feminism is ruining men. “What we’re doing is we’re chipping away at what it is to be a woman and to be feminine,” she said. “And what it is to be a man and be masculine. We’re chipping away at that. I wish we could go back to Mad Men days. I love those days. Men were men.”

There are so many things wrong with that statement. But we’re exhausted.

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We Asked Jaden Smith About The Environment, Millennials, And Water

“I feel like the younger generations do care more about the planet.”

Jaden Smith is a pretty freakin' talented kid. I mean, he's an actor, artist, rapper, AND an activist. Most recently his activism has brought him to help create a sustainable water company called JUST water, whose paper-based bottle is made from 82% renewable resources. Jaden has always been passionate about the environment so recently we went to talk to him about just that.

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Do you think younger generations care about the planet more than others?

Do you think younger generations care about the planet more than others?

Jaden Smith: I feel like the younger generations do care more about the planet than the other generations. There’s more information coming out on a daily basis about the effect that climate change has on all of us.

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How has working with JUST Water changed your habits?

How has working with JUST Water changed your habits?

JS: Starting JUST has really changed my entire life because of the ethos of what we’re doing. It's kind of when I was 11 and I was learning about the Pacific patches and the plastics in the ocean. It's completely changed my perspective on what I thought the world was before I learned about that.

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Can you explain what it felt like to see the gigantic plastic island in the middle of the ocean?

Can you explain what it felt like to see the gigantic plastic island in the middle of the ocean?

JS: It felt like I had been lied to my whole life, and that people actually weren’t telling me the truth about what world I was living in.

And it feels kind of terrible. Those microplastics [in the ocean] break down, fish swallow them, and then we eat the fish, and those microplastics end up in our gut.

That’s what happens. So people need to realize that the effect of climate change is serious and in 2050 there will be 50 million climate change refugees if we don’t do anything about it.

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What’s one thing everyone can do to improve the environment?

What’s one thing everyone can do to improve the environment?

JS: Just to educate themselves on what’s going on, and then assess the area that they live in, and that solution will arise with whatever the simplest thing you can do, or the person you can contact. Basically small changes in your habits can help. Because in different parts of the world, people live their lives in different ways so it just all depends on where you are.

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How important is it to you to make Just Water with 100% recyclable materials?

How important is it to you to make Just Water with 100% recyclable materials?

JS: It’s so important to me because recycling is really important. Being able to recycle this bottle the same way as an orange juice or milk carton is great. But what’s most important to me is the use of renewable materials that grow back, especially those that aren’t petroleum based or oil based. Petroleum based plastic is a finite amount of resources that we have. Also, we burn so much CO2 emissions while extracting it, and burning it, and creating it. So, i'm just glad that this is made out of renewable resources.

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Why should we care about our CO2 emissions?

Why should we care about our CO2 emissions?

JS: We should care about CO2 emissions because we care about the people in our lives that we love. And, if we want them to be around and to be able to breathe without machine help, we should care about CO2 emissions. Because that will be the leading cause to send us into a new type of world where it gets too hot. Basically, if we care about NYC, we should care about the CO2 emissions.

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How else do you pay respect to the earth in your daily routine?

How else do you pay respect to the earth in your daily routine?

JS: On a daily basis I definitely pay attention to what I’m using, how much of it I use, and where I put things. I also try to shower very fast. [Besides that] I try to turn the faucet off when I’m in the middle of brushing my teeth, and I turn the faucet off.

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