Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.
Every year has its moments — moments that will live on forever, as an icon of an era and a harbinger of the historical meaning of our times. Men on the moon, coding the human genome, the publication of Lolita...and a one solidly grumpy cat. In these trying times, it's impossible to be a citizen of the web without noticing the endless parade of viral jokes: Memes, as they shall henceforth be called. (Got a nice ring to it, no?)
These are the Internet memes that made our year, from secretaries of state sending you texts to art restoration disasters that left us laughing (and procrastinating) for hours on end. They might not be Hemingway or Shakespeare, but the millions of people who created these microcosms of popular web culture deserve a pat on the back for participating in an astounding phenomenon, the true effects of which will not be known for years. A few hundred tiny pixels on the Internet, one giant leap for mankind.
Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh.
Typically, Halloween is all about what you've got on your body. And, costume contest winners tend to be the folks who go all out on their clothes. But, those of us who are beauty-obsessed — or just serious procrastinators — are more concerned with what we put on our faces. Halloween is about pushing the makeup read
Believe it or not, there's a force greater than your credit limit controlling your wardrobe. A person's aura color also plays a surprisingly large (albeit subconscious) role in outfit selection. To be fair, though, you may not know much about auras other than their paranormal connotations. In fact, you may even harbor some read