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UPDATE: This story was originally published on January 16.
Welcome to the awkward transition season. You're all shopped out when it comes to winter clothes, but it feels a little too soon to snap up florals, pastels, and breezy silhouettes. So, the question is: How can you get in a little retail therapy and bang for your buck? And obviously, we've got an answer for you. For that singular (and so-easy!) piece that'll give your wardrobe a fresh bit of zest—now and later— turn to the sunnies.
On a practical note, winter sunlight causes some serious glare, and the more you squint, the more likely you'll end up with some telltale eye creases. But the sartorial motivation is just as valid. Even when you're all bundled up, your shades are the accessory that can always be seen, meaning you should pick a pair that ups your usual style ante. To that end, we've tracked down the season's best new frames for your viewing pleasure — now, bring on the sunshine!
With all this inclement weather, we know what you're thinking: "How the heck is my makeup going to stay put with hail, sleet, and snow thrashing at my face?" Add the fact that it's prime Netflix-binging season — with all the crying sessions that entails — and the answer becomes simple: waterproof makeup.
In Western cultures, we tend to avoid death at all costs. We avoid thinking about it and talking about it, and when faced with it, we often go to extraordinary measures to delay it. Photographer Cathrine Ertmann decided to confront death head-on. Her project "About Dying" is a "photo essay from the morgue" that "works as read