Lifestyle Barometer: Your guide to what’s hot and what’s not this week from Vegan Fashion Week to sexist sweets


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Cow print

Meghan Markle wore a pair of cow print heels by Gianvito Rossi (Getty)

Animal print has dominated the style world of late with all the pieces from snakeskin and tiger to zebra and leopard swathing the well-dressed shoulders of favor lovers.

However now, the development for Western-inspired garb has seen a brand new motif take centre stage: cow print.

Earlier this week, Meghan Markle visited Good Works – one in all her newly introduced patronages – carrying a pair of heels from Gianvito Rossi, which not solely featured PVC sides but additionally black and white cow print. 

Final month, dressmaker Victoria Beckham additionally made a case for cowhide, sharing two objects – a white shirt and matching asymmetrical skirt – from her newest assortment on her Instagram tales.


Male grooming

Dr Dennis Gross, Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Getting older Moisturiser, £67, Mr Porter

Till lately, male grooming merchandise have been restricted to the likes of shaving lotions and shampoos however because of a quantity manufacturers extending their choices to incorporate all the pieces from face lotions and bronzers to concealers, the business is now value an estimated £50bn. 

This week, singer-songwriter Frank Ocean revealed that he’s a big fan of night cream, particularly people who comprise retinol – an ingredient derived from vitamin A that encourages the manufacturing of collagen, improves the looks of solar injury and contours, and evens out pores and skin tone.

“I actually do consider in an evening cream,” Ocean advised GQ.

“I really feel like males simply fall asleep. They could wash their face or they don’t even hassle – they fall asleep with the day face on. You really want to do a mild wash and put an evening moisturiser on.” 

He continued: “You’ll be able to’t have the retinol in your lotions within the day as a result of it makes you extra sun-sensitive, so that you wanna throw that on at night time.”



Ladies are rising their physique hair this month to boost cash for charity (Rex)

A marketing campaign encouraging ladies to develop their physique hair started for the very first time this month. 

Aptly named Januhairy, the marketing campaign was created by Exeter College pupil Laura Jackson with the intention of elevating cash for Body Gossip – a charity that “combines arts and schooling to empower individuals to be the most effective model of themselves”.

Many individuals have shared their pleasure over collaborating within the marketing campaign by posting photographs of their physique hair on social media, whereas the Just Giving web page has already raised a powerful £804.

“To study to like and be happy with your entire physique is to embrace life,” Jackson advised The Unbiased.


Oprah Winfrey

Quite a few celebrities have praised Oprah Winfrey for giving them life-changing recommendation (Getty)

Serena Williams and Lindsay Lohan have every opened up about how Oprah Winfrey helped them via tough instances. 

In 2013, Lohan was famously interviewed by Winfrey about being an addict after spending 90 days in court-ordered rehab.

Now, the actor has revealed how Winfrey’s recommendation gave her “a different perspective on life”. 

“I used to be uninterested in being there for everybody and caring for everybody and simply needed to be there for myself and be okay with being alone. It’s okay to be alone,” she advised Individuals

Grand slam champion Williams has additionally spoken out about how recommendation given to her by media mogul Winfrey helped her find love with husband Alexis Ohanian.

“Oprah mentioned, ‘By no means let anybody dim your mild.’ That basically caught with me,” Williams advised Attract journal. 

“Alexis doesn’t dim my mild. He doesn’t attempt to dim my mild. He places me within the mild, even when I don’t wish to be.”


Vegan Vogue Week

Quite a few trend manufacturers, together with Gucci, have dedicated to being fur-free (Rex)

As the results of plenty of luxurious trend manufacturers selecting to ban fur and unique animal skins from their collections in recent times, vegan clothes is skyrocketing in reputation.

A lot so that there’s now a Vegan Fashion Week (VFW) devoted to ending all types of animal exploitation within the business.

Based by animal rights activist Emmanuelle Rienda, the four-day occasion is about to happen in Los Angeles subsequent month.

Beginning on 1 February, VFW will open with a soiree contained in the Museum of Pure Historical past of Los Angeles, the place company will likely be introduced with a climate-centric speech by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Robert Lempert.

This will likely be accompanied by catwalk sneakers and displays from an inventory of acutely aware designers and an exhibition on the evolution of vegan trend.

Friends can even have the chance to discover the vegan lounge, the place they will dine on vegan meals specifically ready by cooks from around the globe.



Sexist sweets

Poundland has been criticised on social media for promoting sexist sweets (Getty)

Poundland got here underneath fireplace this week for promoting marshmallows formed like breasts and bums, and have been packaged with phrases together with “squidge my cheeks”.

The sweets have been first noticed by Gemma Aitchison from Manchester, who tweeted to ask Poundland what message they have been attempting to ship with the merchandise. 

“I do know they’re marshmallows and I perceive that marshmallows aren’t the top of the world,” she wrote.

“However I additionally know that sexual objectification is linked to violence and, for firms, revenue. Firms create and revenue from sexual objectification however don’t need any duty for it. We have to name them out on this.”

Regardless of others additionally expressing concern, Poundland refused to apologise and easily advised individuals who didn’t just like the sweets to “look the opposite manner”.

“If one thing’s offended you, we gained’t pressure you to purchase it. It’s high-quality so that you can look the opposite manner and ignore it,” a spokesperson advised the Metro.

“Right here at Poundland, we predict it’s OK that typically we don’t all the time get it proper for everybody. As a result of, frankly it’s unimaginable to do this.

“Simply because somebody doesn’t like one thing we do, we additionally consider that doesn’t give them the automated proper to cease us doing it for 1000’s of different individuals who prefer it.”


Gender pay hole excuses

Ladies are simply pretty much as good as males at negotiating wage, new analysis has discovered (Getty)

Regardless of years of employers claiming in any other case, new analysis has revealed ladies to be equally pretty much as good as males at wage negotiations.

A new study carried out by Lehigh College, Pennsylvania, on how gender impacts wage discussions has disputed the excuse that the gender pay hole is the results of ladies’s lesser negotiating expertise.

In a collection of experiments, female and male contributors have been randomly assigned the roles of boss and worker.

They have been then requested to barter an settlement that might decide how a lot they have been every paid for collaborating within the experiment.

The check confirmed no distinction between women and men’s negotiating expertise and located that ladies have been simply as self-interested as their male counterparts.

This, the researchers say, signifies {that a} girl’s skill, or lack thereof, to debate wage is under no circumstances a big issue with regards to explaining the pay hole.



Two ladies have been recognized with instances of super-gonorrhoea (Rex)

The information that two women have been diagnosed with cases of “super-gonorrhoea” has prompted medical doctors to induce the general public to practise protected intercourse.

It’s been reported that one of many ladies was contaminated by the illness in Europe, whereas the opposite contracted the an infection within the UK.

Tremendous-gonorrhoea is a extra extreme pressure of gonorrhoea, which is the second commonest bacterial sexually transmitted an infection within the nation.

Males who’ve been contaminated with gonorrhoea might expertise a yellow, white or inexperienced discharge from the penis, a burning feeling throughout urination and swelling across the foreskin, the Terrence Higgins Trust states.

For ladies, they might discover a change of their vaginal discharge, a burning feeling throughout urination and extreme bleeding in between their intervals.

Whereas gonorrhoea can usually be handled with a course of antibiotics, super-gonorrhoea is a pressure that’s far tougher to deal with.



Melissa McCarthy has opened up in regards to the body-shaming she’s expertise all through her profession (Getty)

This week, each Melissa McCarthy and Madonna spoke out about instances have been body-shamed.

In an interview in InStyle, 48-year-old McCarthy made reference to two separate occasions when her look has been scrutinised by male journalists. 

Within the first incident, the actor mentioned an interviewer requested “Are you shocked that you simply really work on this enterprise at your great measurement?”, whereas on a separate event one other journalist referred to her as “grotesque” and “sloppy”.

“It occurs on a regular basis, to the purpose the place it’s fascinating as a result of they don’t do it to males,” she mentioned.

“To not be a jerk or single him out, however when John Goodman was heavier, did anyone ever speak about his girth?”

Madonna additionally lately issued a statement online after trolls criticised her look and questioned whether or not she’d had beauty surgical procedure on her behind. 

Alongside a selfie on Instagram and Twitter, she wrote: “Desperately looking for nobody’s approval… And entitled to free company over my physique like everybody else!!”


Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan has been concerned in yet one more Twitter feud, this time with Recreation of Thrones star Sophie Turner (Getty)

Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan got here underneath fireplace – once more – this week over an article he shared about mental health

Morgan reposted the article, through which Coronation Avenue star Beverley Callard mentioned she was involved celebrities have been attempting to make psychological well being “modern” on Twitter, writing: “She’ll be hammered for saying this, however 100 per cent true”.

In response, many individuals criticised the 53-year-old, together with Recreation of Thrones actor, Sophie Turner. 

“Or possibly they’ve a platform to talk out about it and assist do away with the stigma of psychological sickness which impacts one in 4 individuals in UK per yr,” Turner wrote.

“However please go forward and shun them again into silence. T***.”

Followers rapidly flooded Turner’s publish praising her for calling out the broadcaster.


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