Cactus Plant Flea Market & McDonald’s Drop Happy Meal Box, Merch

Just when we thought fast food’s big-name partnerships reached their peak, Mickey D’s entered the chat with it latest collaborator: Cynthia Lu’s Cactus Plant Flea Market brand.

For their linkup, McDonald’s looks to bring back that excitement Happy Meals gave us as kids during those rare occasions where our parents treated us to the famed kid’s meal, instead of reminding us that there’s food at home as they rode past the restaurant.

And thus, the Cactus Plant Flea Market x McDonald’s Happy Meal was born.

Fit for all ages, CPFM’s Happy Meal includes the choice of a Big Mac or 10-piece chicken nuggets meal, which comes with a drink and those hit-or-miss fries — all packaged inside a limited edition collaborative box.

Like any Happy Meal, CPFM’s naturally comes with one of four toys. Customers may be greeted by one of the three double-eyed versions of McDonald’s longtime characters or CPFM’s own smiley figure. By the way, did you know its name is Buddy? The more you know.

Sure, it’s cool to see McDonald’s mascots turned into otherworldly creatures at the hands of Lu. But, nothing will beat those days when Beanie Toys, Hot Wheels, and My Little Pony collectibles were waiting inside the golden arched box.

Now for Cactus Plant Flea Market lovers who could care less about a heaping burger and salty fries, there will indeed be calorie-free merch up for grabs, which will release in tandem with the meal box.

The collection — some collaborative tees and hoodies — will only be available during a particular time slot on the CPFM x McDonald website from October 3 at 11 a.m.

However, Mickey D’s fans who purchase the CPFM box through the restaurant’s app will also get the chance to win weekly merch drops and grand prizes like a two-eyed chair inspired by McDonald’s Grimace figure.

Did we really need a Cactus Plant Flea Market x McDonald collab? No, not really. Some of us would much rather see those muddy puddle sneakers or Grinch Dunks finally be released.

But, the collab is indeed happening and certainly boosting McDonald’s roster of hyped collabs, which includes names like Off-White™, BTS, J Balvin, Travis Scott and, most recently, Kanye West (excuse me, Ye).

Speaking of, where’s that Yeezy Meal?


King of the Mountain (No, Really)

“Check that out,” Nimsdai Purja says in response to a question about his workout routine, simultaneously flexing one of his biceps.

The dude’s not exactly self-effacing, but he is quite affable and approachable for a special forces vet and breaker of just about every major mountaineering record. He’s equal parts (justifiably) cocky and charming, not unlike Muhammad Ali or The Rock.

Sitting down to interview him in Geneva — thanks to his watch sponsor, Montblanc — I found his handshake to be leathery and firm, but mercifully not bone-crushing. He’s very much the kind of guy you’d want to have a drink with, but he hardly needs truth serum to share his brutally honest opinions.

Purja first came to most of the world’s attention in the 2021 Netflix film 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible, which documents his attempt to summit all 14 mountain peaks on earth of altitudes over 8,000 meters in record time. (Spoiler alert: he did it in under seven months, beating the previous record of over seven years.)

nimsdai purja on mt everest


Since then, he has completed the first winter ascent of K2, along with nine other Nepali mountaineers, and set a new speed record for consecutively ascending the three peaks of Kangchenjunga, Everest, and Lhotse without supplemental oxygen. If anyone deserves to have the world’s 14 highest mountains tattooed on his back, it’s this guy.

But those are just the mountaineering highlights from an all-around remarkable life. Hailing from a family of Gurkhas (fierce Nepalese soldiers who are part of the British Army), Purja was one himself before joining the British Royal Navy’s Special Boat Service (SBS), which is often compared to the US Navy SEALs. He was deployed to multiple theaters of combat, and even survived a sniper bullet that struck the butt of his rifle instead of his neck during an operation.

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Purja joined the British Royal Navy’s elite Special Boat Service in 2009.


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He was the first Gurkha in history accepted to the legendary special forces unit.


Naturally, I wanted to know how this soldier, athlete and adventurer trains, what watch he relies on, what he wants the world to know about his sport and more. Here are the highlights of our wide-ranging chat.

Can you tell me about your training routine? How has it helped you get where you are?

I think for those people who have read the book Beyond Possible or who have seen the 14 Peaks film, you know some of the many things that I’ve done to get where I am. In 200 years of history, none of the Gurkhas have ever made it to SBS, and SBS is the equivalent of SEALs in the USA, or Delta [Force].

“Downtime? What do you mean? What is that? Relaxation? Never heard of it. Next question.”

So for that, I had to wake up at one o’clock, carry a 75-pound backpack and then run 20 kilometers [12-plus miles]. Then I’d get to the community barracks, have breakfast, and then run and do the physical military training with the guys, the soldiers, and work all day again. And in the evening, I’d run that 20 kilometers back [home] again, and then I’d go to the gym and cycle 64 kilometers [nearly 40 miles].

Then, I’d do front crawl swimming in a 25-meter-length pool, like 100 times. I trained like that for six months, six days a week. I never say, “today I’m tired.” I never say, “today it’s raining.” I never say, “today it is snowing.” What I was doing in a day, many people would struggle to do in two weeks. So, yeah, I would say my success is not a coincidence.

Is the training for the military similar to that for the mountain?

To be honest, in 14 Peaks, I didn’t have the time to train because all my energy was going into fundraising. Because the project was so huge, it was impossible to the rest of the world, and nobody believed in it. So nobody was sponsoring it. But without the funding, you can’t go anywhere. So I had gained about, I don’t know, eight to 10 kilos [18 to 22 pounds]. I didn’t train at all, because every second that I had in a day was going to collecting the funding. But I think [climbing] was muscle memory.

nimsdai purja with snowy mountains in the background


Are there any techniques or something you do mentally to prepare for a climb, or to deal with a particularly difficult situation?

No. Whenever I go to a mountain, I don’t judge the character of the mountain. Many people might say to themselves, “this is easy, this is small.” I don’t say, “this mountain is easy,” I’m like, “OK, this is it, Nims. You give 100 percent to this every day.” And that’s why I’m still alive.

Just to put things into perspective, people have tried 14 times to climb one 8,000-meter peak and still haven’t been able to do it. Stay humble, give 100 percent and do not judge.

nimsdai on a snowy mountain

Suman Gurung

Being such an energetic guy, do you enjoy downtime? How?

Downtime? What do you mean? What is that? Relaxation? Never heard of it. Next question.

No, seriously. I’m a very busy, busy person. Right now I’m not only the number one mountaineer in the world, but I also run 10 different little companies. And the timing can be very tight.

What was your scariest moment?

There is a saying: “if someone says he is not scared of dying, either he is lying or he is a Gurkha.” Nimsdai is a Gurkha. So, no, not scared at all.

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This past May, Purja summited Everest, Lhotse and Kanchenjunga in less than nine days — without supplementary oxygen.


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The ink in his back tattoo, depicting the world’s 14 peaks of over 8,000 meters, includes DNA from the hair of his parents, siblings and wife.


When you’re climbing the highest mountains in the world, what do you need from a watch? How is a watch used on the mountain?

Climbing 14 8,000-meter peaks in six months, six days: obviously that’s a speed record, that’s about time, right? The second one I did was climbing Everest, Lhotse and Makalu within 48 hours. That’s another world record. From a record-breaking perspective, it’s key. But also from a normal [mountaineering] perspective, timing is the essence of everything.

“If someone says he is not scared of dying, either he is lying or he is a Gurkha. Nimsdai is a Gurkha. So, no, not scared at all.”

For example, as the expedition leader, I say to everyone, “hey guys, you’ve got to wake up at one o’clock.” If people are not there and presenting and respecting the time, two things can happen: One, they could miss the weather window opportunity. The second thing is if someone turns up late, if they’re lazy, or they are not aware of the timing, the other team members could be waiting in the cold. To have a bombproof watch you can rely on, it’s essential.

You always check your watch when we start. And timing during the days can be such an important concern. But more than that, you’re going to need to know the time.

You’re wearing the Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Chronograph 0 Oxygen watch now. What can you tell me about it?

The watch I’ve got right now is the first of its kind because there is no oxygen in it. It doesn’t frost, and you never see it get foggy. But more than that, it’s a beautiful timepiece.

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An ambassador for Swiss watchmaker Montblanc, Purja climbs with the brand’s 1858 Geosphere Chronograph 0 Oxygen watch.

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blue montblanc watch

The watch contains no oxygen, a critical part of the design that prevents the crystal from fogging up in the face of extreme cold.


Have you ever had a watch fog up on you on the mountain?

Yeah, it happens.

Has there ever been a time that a watch has played a particularly important role for you? Or a time that a watch has failed you?

Not really, mate. You’re speaking with the completely wrong guy. Because I can even look at the sun, time everything through the sun. Special forces, brother. Sorry, that’s the wrong question.

Or maybe I didn’t give you the right answer, what people were expecting. I say it how it is. Of course, the big thing here is that time is of the essence. People have to be respectful of the time. And if you’re going to wear a watch to keep the time, why wouldn’t you wear the best one, right? I’m taking pride in this watch, and I don’t say things I don’t feel, as you probably have noticed. Authenticity, bro. Like, telling things as they are is key.

I’m the toughest guy on the planet right now, and there’s only one Nimsdai. And if I represent something, it has to be of that nature. As simple as that. Nothing more, nothing less.

nims wearing a montblanc watch while boiling water in a pot


What do you want people to learn from your sport?

Mountaineering is not a sport, it’s an extreme sport. So let’s get that word correct. And why we call it extreme is because there are no rules here. So, it’s a free sport, there are no judges, and anything can go wrong.

But, to answer your question: Why do people [seek] adventure? Why do people go and climb mountains? It’s because adventure is the greatest healer of every disease. Adventure is the greatest healer of all those problems we have.

Sometimes we live in this bubble, in this society, where we worry about everything, every little thing. We don’t need to stress about those. But when you go and do this, out on the mountain or in nature, things are put into perspective. And sometimes people need that.

Do you have a favorite mountain?

My favorite mountain is Ama Dablam [pictured below]. It’s not 8,000 meters, just under 7000 meters, but it’s a very exposed mountain. Every time I go there, it always gives me that excitement because it has got such a huge drop. But also, when you get to the summit, you will see Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and all the surrounding mountains.

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portrait of nimsdai purja with a blue sky


And somehow, this mountain is situated in a location of Nepal where the sunset is the biggest, I don’t know, the most beautiful — that view, you can ever, ever get it. I can’t even explain it. And these things, they give you happiness. It’s Ama Dablam.

If you weren’t climbing mountains, what would you be doing?

Well, I was in Special Forces, so I would still be doing crazy things.



Kim Kardashian Says It Takes 8 Hours to Touch Up Her Roots: “It’s So Much Work” — See Video

Kim Kardashian knows how to commit to the bit — even if it requires eight hours of touch-ups. In a recent appearance on Live With Kelly and Ryan, Kardashian revealed that it takes an entire workday to maintain her platinum blonde hair — and she fully intends to keep showing up for her appointments… eventually. “Yes, the blonde hair. The roots are definitely growing out. I’m going to dye it soon,” she told cohosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. “I’m going to stay blonde for a minute.”

Ripa, for one, is a fan of the slightly grown-out look that Kardashian was rocking in Chris Appleton’s take on the flip bun. “I’ve just been lazy,” Kardashian said. “It’s so much work.”

While it takes eight hours to do just the roots, Kardashian spent a total of 14 hours in the salon chair to transition from her natural brunette to bright milky blonde back in May. “I did want a physical change,” she told Vogue of the dramatic switch, which she debuted at the 2022 Met Gala. 

How often does Kardashian have to keep up with her colorist, exactly? “This hair color trend looks incredibly expensive and costly,” says Dylan Brittain, artistic director at Rainbow Room International. “It requires monthly or bimonthly trips to the salon due to the root regrowth and to keep the color looking as fresh as possible.”


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Alyssa Hard Worn Out Interview

If there’s one hot-button topic dominating the fashion industry today, it’s the question of sustainability. There’s no question that the creation of clothing — from high fashion to high street — leads to a lot of waste, with no one magical bullet solution in sight.

But on top of the sustainability quandary, there’s also a load of ethical problems, too: We shouldn’t just be asking what our clothes are made of, but who made them and how those people are treated. That’s the question fashion journalist Alyssa Hardy tackles in her new book, Worn Out: How Our Clothes Cover Up Fashion’s Sins.

Hardy has built her career on covering these issues, first at Teen Vogue and then at InStyle before branching out as a freelancer. She was writing for Teen Vogue when the brand was at the peak of its march into politically-charged storytelling, and saw an opportunity to report on fashion outside of what celebrities were wearing. “I started learning a little bit more about some of the brands that we had been writing about and wanted to show the other side of these brands that we were covering,” she explains.

As her stories were aggregated across other Condé Nast brands, Hardy began to consider how she might dive in deeper. After being connected with an agent through an editor friend, she sold her proposal to The New Press, the perfect home for her ambitious project. “I obviously don’t have the experiences of so many of the people that I write about, so I wanted to have an editor that had the experience in looking at issues like this on a global scale,” Hardy says.

“The thing about exploitation in fashion, in my opinion, is that it’s not something that is often approached with a global lens in the way that it should be. The New Press is a very small publisher, but they have a very wide social justice lens, so I really was happy with going with them, because I knew that they would look critically at everything that I was writing, and also check me, too, as I was going through these issues, because they’re so complicated.”

With Worn Out, Hardy admirably tackles the tangled-up web of ethical issues at the core of the fashion industry. She seamlessly weaves in her own stories of working in fashion media alongside interviews with garment workers from across the globe, giving the issue an important personal tone. The book is also incredibly approachable, making it the perfect starting point for anyone looking to get an overview of the human cost of disposable fashion.

Here, Hardy discusses how she put Worn Out together, why she doesn’t want consumers to feel shame and what we can do to fix this very broken system. (And, of course, there’s plenty more solutions offered up in Worn Out, available September 27!)

Who do you think your audience is for
Worn Out?

For me, the audience is younger people who are gaining a little more interest in it. Working at Teen Vogue, the young audience was important to me, but it became really important to me once I saw the feedback that they were giving to our stories, like ‘We’re not dumb, we know what’s going on, but at the same time, you can’t expect me to understand these really complicated issues. I just want a shirt!’ But I think that goes for older people too; we can’t expect everybody to be experts in this stuff. Consumers shouldn’t have to be a fashion supply chain knowledgeable person in order to buy an ethical shirt. Like, that’s ridiculous.

In writing the book, I wanted to do something a little bit more narrative, because that’s how I like to read. I love complex books about social issues, for sure, but I feel like there’s so many of those in the fashion space that I was trying to get somebody to have something that maybe it would be a starter book for them. Then they could, as they get more interested, start to read some of the really incredible books that are out there.

What’s the reading list after someone finishes your book?

Definitely Aja Barber’s book,
Consumed, then Elizabeth Klein’s books; she’s very, very knowledgeable on this topic, she’s doing the FABRIC ACT, she’s been doing this for a long time. And then Fashionopolis by Dana Thomas.

I really appreciated your personal perspective — ‘I used to shop at Forever 21 all the time, this is what it looks like for fashion editors, this is what all of this looks like on the inside.’ Why was that perspective important to you to include?

Throughout my career as a fashion editor, I started to feel really weird about how the industry is structured and how much attention goes on to our side of things — and it is glamorous, and it is cool, so I understand why. But I started to feel a little bit like an accomplice within all of this. Telling that side of it was trying to take accountability for my piece in it and trying to show how much the media does obviously shape the narratives around fashion, and despite the fact that we all know that sweatshops exist and landfills in Ghana are filled with clothes with tags, the lead story is always still: ‘Hey, look at this really great shirt that’s $3.’

People are doing their jobs, I was doing my job when I did that, but I also think that there is a piece that I need to take responsibility for within that, especially if I want to call myself a journalist. I have had so many jobs where I’ve had to take down stories, or I’ve gotten in trouble for saying things about a brand, and I just don’t think that that’s right. But fashion journalism is so unique.

I am noticing more and more on social media that these conversations that come up about shopping ethically, which makes people really defensive. But I felt like you tackled that really well and balanced that really well: ‘This $5 t-shirt comes at a cost, but there are communities who need affordable clothing.’ It’s such a delicate tightrope to walk; how were you able to balance those narratives?

All of these things can be true. In terms of price, I approach it in a couple of different ways. Aja Barber, she’s done some research on this, and it’s not low income communities that are upholding fast fashion, it’s middle income. That is also part of all of this conversation is that the premise is not exactly correct. But I understand as someone who didn’t have very much money growing up, how I thought, ‘I have a school dance, nobody can afford anything other than Forever 21.’ I don’t think we do the movement any service by pretending that part doesn’t exist, and that people aren’t going to do that.

I think the way to combat that is to, one, recognize that there’s power outside of just consuming crap. Yea, you can do things with your dollar, but there’s other ways to push this forward by simply talking about it. The whole point for me is to empower consumers to see that these brands do not give a shit about you, they just want your money, so they’re not trying to provide some democratic access to clothing because they want to help poor people. If they wanted to help poor people, they would pay the people in their supply chain. It’s the same with diversity and stuff like that in campaigns for fashion brands: it has nothing to do with actually caring about that. It has everything to do with marketing. People understanding that that’s the case is can be so much more powerful than just simply telling people to stop shopping — which is important!

I hope the book addresses this in a way that feels like people can engage with it without feeling shamed. Because that’s the other part: shame is obviously such a powerful thing, but when you feel even the slightest bit of guilt or shame toward something that you’re participating in, obviously, you’re going to get defensive. I don’t want people to feel shamed for that, because, again, at the end of the day, it’s these companies, it’s the brands.

You talk a lot about fast fashion brands, but you’re also very clear that these problems are not limited to fast fashion; high fashion brands do the same stuff.

I have a whole chapter about it, but handwork is a mess. It is a mess within the supply chain, and it’s really upsetting when you think about it, but again, for me, it comes down to transparency and being able to say, ‘We know what this factory is.’ That’s step one. But if you can’t even get to step one, how can I trust you? And that’s pretty much every luxury brand. It’s just one of those things where, unless they’re made to, they’re not going to do it.

Who are you hoping reads the book, and what do you hope that they take away from it?

I love the idea of a young person who likes clothes picking this up and being like, ‘I’m aware of some sort of issues that might be surrounding my clothes,’ and they’re going to get a bigger picture and realize that, from an action perspective, it’s not just about consumption, especially now. There are bills and policies and unions that you can support and money that you can put towards things, and there are other things that you can do — even just tweeting about it.

Pretty Little Thing — they have so many problems, however, they did start doing actual audits on their factories, because people were really loud about it on social media. Whether those audits are actually doing anything, that’s another story, but the pressure is valuable.


Scarlett Johansson On Her Finger Tattoo & ‘Vintage’ Nail Polish

When I met Scarlett Johansson at The Outset HQ in Manhattan’s Flatiron district, she exuded cool boss vibes, power-walking from a conference room to a rustic leather couch in the entryway. She sported a freshly-chopped haircut styled with a subtle wave, which she tells me is a byproduct of wearing sunglasses on her head while her hair dried — the epitome of effortless.

Leaning into the leather-backed cushion, Johansson and I chat about The Outset, the skincare startup Johansson co-created with beauty veteran Kate Foster Lengyel. Ahead, we get into why she started brand, everything she uses on her skin, and my personal favorite topic: accessories (including the story behind her Irish finger tattoo.)

Refinery29: The obvious question: You’ve been a working actor, and also a producer, for so long — what made you want to move from the film industry into beauty?

Scarlett Johansson: I’ve always been interested in skincare. When I talk to friends, they’re like, ‘Of course you’re doing skincare.’ Because I had problem skin, it’s something I’ve been conscious of forever. When I was in my late 20s and after having my daughter, everything kind of narrowed, and I started thinking about how I wanted to spend my time because I have less of it. I thought, what would be fulfilling to me? The idea of having a startup and learning a new industry seemed like an exciting prospect.

R29: How was your skin problematic?

SJ: When I was adolescent, there were a couple of brands that I was using; Clinique was a big deal. When I started getting acne, I tried Proactiv and those skin-care systems with so many actives stripping my skin. It wasn’t until I started using a gentle routine — like, micellar water and gentle moisturizer — that my skin rebalanced and it was the best version of itself.

When I talk to friends, they’re like, ‘Of course you’re doing skincare.’

Scarlett Johansson

R29: What does your skin-care routine look like today?

SJ: I use the Gentle Micellar Water anytime I wash my face. I used to use a drugstore brand, like Cetaphil, but I found that those cleaners were made with so many [ingredients] — so this was our answer to the daily cleanser. It’s fragrance-free, made for sensitive skin. Then I use our Prep Serum and Daily Moisturizer. That’s my whole prep for everyday. I wanted to take the same amount of time as my husband.

R29: Your husband [Colin Jost] uses The Outset products, too?

SJ: We do the same steps. He uses the same products, plus the eye cream. I only use the eye cream at night. And I put on my cuticles. I was like, if we’re going to make an eye cream, I want it to be more of an ‘everywhere’ cream.

R29: Do you supplement your skincare routine with other things, injectables or facials?

SJ: I have a little boy, he’s one. After I gave birth, my hair was shedding and my skin got all patchy and dry. My girlfriend told me to start taking liquid collagen and it has made the biggest difference in my skin and hair. I got a hippie-dippy one from Amazon, but it has really worked.

R29: I love this blunt lob, too! How do you style it? What do you use to create this soft wave?

SJ: Nothing [laughs]. I just recently cut it all off — so that’s what I did for it — and I don’t really do anything. I sometimes put sunglasses on my head as it dries and I get a wave.

R29: What about makeup? What are your go-tos?

SJ: I curl my eyelashes. I use the Shiseido mascara. A little concealer and a highlighter, both from NYX Professional Makeup, and I’m out the door.

R29: You call The Outset, the ‘white t-shirt of skincare’ — how would you describe your personal style?

SJ: I feel feminine because I’m breastfeeding. Recently, I’ve been into wearing things that are feminine and flowy. I’m a jeans girl, too. When you don’t have to wear an elasticated waistband anymore, you’re like, whoo-hoo. I’m functional, too. I grew up in the city so my clothes are reflective of that. I wear footwear that I can walk 40 city blocks in.

I feel feminine because I’m breastfeeding. Recently, I’ve been into wearing things that are feminine and flowy.


R29: And your children will have the city upbringing as well. What piece of skincare or beauty advice will you give your daughter as she’s growing up?

SJ: My daughter shows an interest in all that stuff, like my makeup. I would encourage her to take care of her skin early on and be mindful of not using all those harsh, resurfacing actives. It’s trendy right now, but kind of unnecessary for teenagers. I think that time should be about preserving your skin for the future. I wouldn’t pass on the apricot scrub that I used, which seemed like ‘the cool thing’ at the time. Who knew?

R29: Do you have an exfoliant in The Outset line?

SJ: Yes, we have the alternative to the apricot scrub. Everyone has been asking for a polish. I’ve had acne, even adult acne, and it wasn’t until I started using a polish and then the putting moisture back into my skin that it cleared. This is meant to be used everyday. It has a physical exfoliant, the fine perlite, but it’s spherical so it won’t cut your skin. I wash my face with the cleanser and then use the micro polish. But Kate uses it only a few times a week in place of a cleanser. It’s up to you. 

R29: Tell me about your nails. What is this deep-green polish? And that pinkie ring?

SJ: I’m wearing the oldest nail polish I could find in my drawer. It’s a dark green, and I was feeling dark green for whatever reason. It’s from when American Apparel made nail polish, so it’s definitely vintage. I’ve collected nail polish since I was ten years old and I swear I still have bottles from that long ago. Then Evan Yurman, David Yurman’s son, just made this incredible ring for me. I’m obsessed with it. To me it looks intergalactic.

R29: Do you have a tiny tattoo on the inside of your finger?

SJ: I do have a tattoo in there. It’s a four-leaf clover. I got it on a trip to Ireland with a group of friends of mine.

R29: I love your fun ear party, too. [Johansson is wearing a gold hoop with a martini glass charm from Studs.]

SJ: My daughter got me this earring. She always buys me the cutest presents. She must have gone to get something with her dad. [Editor’s note: Johansson shares her eight-year-old daughter with ex-husband Romain Dauriac.] She was like, ‘I got you and Daddy earrings’ — because her father has a pierced ear too — and she goes, ‘I got you the martini because they didn’t have a margarita.’

R29: Do you prefer a spicy or regular margarita?

SJ: Just regular. Why mess with a good thing?

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We Listed Our Favorite Milan Fashion Week SS23 Collection Looks

Fashion Month marches on, with NYFW bleeding into London into Milan into Paris and then back again come January. The cycle continues forever onwards and we’re all along for the ride, picking up shiny baubles from the banks of the river that is the fashion industry as we go.

Somehow we must make time to smell the roses even as the ceaseless procession only picks up speed. Thus, we’re taking the time to celebrate the viral moments of each successive Fashion Week and single out some standout looks from select shows.

Below, members of Highsnobiety’s editorial team chose their favorite individual looks from an event that includes several hundred new outfits from dozens of major fashion brands — no small undertaking, but someone’s gotta do it.


“Maximilian Davis is the moment.” – Willa Bennett, Editor-in-Chief

Jil Sander

“It’s impossible to say anything bad about Jil Sander — this is clean cut minimalism high on detail at its best. If I were to ever consider giving my life to the Sith Empire, you can find me draped in Spring/Summer 2023’s darker looks. This one in particular is giving serious dark side vibes. Sign me up.” – Sam Cole, Style Writer


“No one dissolves tailoring like the master himself; only Armani’s fluid suits can achieve this level of drapey grace.” – Jake Silbert, News Editor

MM6 Maison Margiela x Salomon

“As a self-confessed running obsessive, MM6 Maison Margiela’s Salomon look at Milan Fashion Week especially tickles my taste buds. Not only has the house reimagined a pair of its own sneaker-boots with a thigh-height and a Salomon midsole (mad, but frankly terrible for running), they’ve had their way with the outdoor label’s signature Adv Skin 5 running vest too.”

“As the drawn-out and, quite frankly, overused Instagram captions go: it’s a look perfect for when you’re walking the catwalk at 2pm, but running an ultra-marathon at 6pm.” – Tayler Willson, Style Writer


“Ferrari’s SS23 show presented an elevated point of view and vision for what’s next for the brand. This tie-dye look (à la S.R. Studio) is the perfect mix of editorial and accessible.” – Sam Knoll, Fashion Market Editor

Bottega Veneta

“Of all Bottega Veneta’s SS23 goodness, this was the look that made me sit up straight. It just oozes the vibes of a rich girl out shopping for more things she doesn’t need — and I’m here for it.”

“Though, I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that everything is made of leather, from the tank top to the paper bag dupe, and the coat is actually a fox fur print. The look is still a forever mood, nonetheless.” – Morgan Smith, Style Writer


“Rhuigi Villaseñor makes the case for the perfect navy suit.” – Willa Bennett, Editor-in-Chief


“Fendi describes its Spring/Summer 2023 collection as ‘a collision between
minimalist ease and pop-infused eclecticism,’ and I couldn’t agree more. I love a knit dress, and the peekaboo tummy detail of this fitted sleeveless number is giving just that. What I also love about this look is that I could wear every piece separately, and enjoy each one.” – YJ Lee, Senior Editor


“This Blumarine look captures the disaffected glamour of Steven Meisel’s famous Vogue Italia “Hollywood” spread — one of the greatest editorials in fashion history.”

“In extra-long hair extensions, an Ed Hardy-esque graphic tee, and oversized shades, she’s the girl who always manages to look glam, even in a T-shirt and jeans (or rather, cargo pants). Don’t get in her way — unfazed by paparazzi, she will throw her Venti Frappuccino in your face.” – Alex Pauly, Style Writer


The 2023 Ford F-Series Super Duty Is All-New and Off-Road Ready

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Ford has already unveiled the all-new 2024 Mustang. But that sports car is not the only massive reveal this month. Ford also has a new 2023 F-Series Super Duty pickup to show you. Ford is promising that it has best-in-class power and torque. It’s going to have multiple options for building a badass off-roader.

Here’s what you need to know about the 2023 F-Series Super Duty.

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The Ford Super Duty will have four engines, including two new ones

The Super Duty has a lineup of two gas engines and two diesel engines. We don’t have the specs yet. The base gas engine is a new 6.8-liter V8 with the Godzilla 7.3-liter V8 carrying over from the previous model year. Ford says the latter has best-in-class (for gas) horsepower and torque.

Ford is carrying over the 6.7-liter Power Stroke Diesel V8 from the last generation, and it gets a new High Output variant that Ford says will have best-in-class horsepower and torque for diesel.

Ford is also abandoning the six-speed transmission. All Super Duty pickups will now have a 10-speed automatic. And 4×4 will come standard on XLT and above trims.

The Ford Super Duty will have multiple off-road versions

The top-of-the line off-roader is the Tremor version. The Tremor package includes a front end lift, a limited-slip differential, a Dana front axle with axle vent tubes, 35-inch Goodyear tires, Trail Control and a rock crawl mode. It will also receive the Trail Turn Assist feature from the Bronco.

For those who don’t want to level up to full Tremor, Ford is offering an XL off-road package. This adds 33-inch tires, a raised air dam, water-fording axle vent tubes, skid plates and an electronic locking rear differential.

Ford is upgrading the new Super Duty’s interior

What other cool features does the new F-Series Super Duty have?

The Super Duty comes with 5G connectivity. 5G will permit some cool features like OTA software updates and a Trailer Navigation system that will factor in trailer size when plotting real-time drive routes. It will also, alas, make sure that being on the job site is no excuse for missing a Zoom call.

Ford also added a camera and sensors at the top of the tailgate. That lets you still have a functioning rear camera and parking sensors when the tailgate is down. And it adds a 2.o kW Pro Power Onboard system.

When will the 2023 Ford Super Duty arrive?

The 2023 Ford Super Duty will arrive in, well, 2023. Ford says production will launch early next year. Pricing and other information should come closer to that date.

Chevrolet’s New Heavy-Duty Silverado Trucks Revealed

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Gwyneth Paltrow Celebrated Her 50th Birthday With a Nude Photoshoot — See Photo

Paltrow then went on to share how she felt about her body, specifically, at 50. “My body, a map of the evidence of all the days, is less timeless,” she said. “A collection of marks and irregularities that dog-ear the chapters. Scarred from oven burns, a finger smashed in a window long ago, the birth of a child. Silver hair and fine lines. The sun has left her celestial fingerprints all over me, as if she soaked a brush in dark-taupe watercolor, flecking it over my skin. And while I do what I can to strive for good health and longevity, to stave off weakening muscles and receding bone, I have a mantra I insert into those reckless thoughts that try to derail me: I accept. I accept the marks and the loosening skin, the wrinkles. I accept my body and let go of the need to be perfect, look perfect, defy gravity, defy logic, defy humanity. I accept my humanity.”

Paltrow also opened up about past mistakes and her belief that the most lasting ones came from not “standing fully” in her truth. However, she added that she doesn’t believe in going back in time to correct any of those mistakes. Instead, she asked herself as she turned 50: What does she want to do with the rest of her time here?

The answer? “I would like to slow down,” she said. “I would like to retreat a little bit. I would like to make my circle smaller. I would like to cook dinner more. I would like to see misunderstandings become understandings. I would like to continue to open the deepest part of myself to my husband, even though it scares me. I would like to sing more, even if it’s just in the shower. I would like to tell anyone that had a negative experience with me that I am sorry. I would like to fully acknowledge myself. I am imperfect, I can shut down and turn to ice, I have no patience, I swear at other drivers, I don’t close my closet doors, I lie when I don’t want to hurt feelings. I am also generous and funny. I am smart and brave. I am a searcher, and I can bring you along on my quest for meaning. When I love you, you will feel it encompass you through time and space and till the end of the earth. I am all of it.”


Rapper Rico Nasty’s 7 Favorite Beauty Products

Rico Nasty doesn’t make elevator music. With razor-sharp lyrics and her signature relentless flow, she spews out bars with such conviction that Apple Music once compared her voice to a revving chainsaw. On tracks like “Smack A Bitch” and “OHFR?” rage is a reliable muse, but on her latest mixtape Las Ruinas, she leans into her softer side with songs like “Chicken Nugget”, a tender ode to her son. This evolution branches into her aesthetic choices for this new era as well. From the wardrobe to the makeup to the hair, fans are seeing her “coming into being such a fucking lady,” she tells Coveteur.

Less than an hour before taking the stage at the Toronto stop on Kehlani’s Blue Water Road Trip Tour, the rapper puffs on a joint as she looks back on her evolution in the industry. “When I was 19, I was in the limelight. I had everybody commenting on my pictures. So at a very early age, I developed, I don’t wanna call it body dysmorphia, but I was very hard on myself. With this project, what fans are seeing is me being more confident with my body and just growing up,” she shares.

But though she’s growing up, she hasn’t outgrown her rager roots. “With this project, I made sure that the fashion is more feminine, but I still bring the grunge with the makeup because I think that’s the sugar trap, combining the hard with the soft,” she explains. “I’ve always liked to [play around with] juxtaposition and to put shit where they don’t go. I’ll do like a cool fashion girlie type of outfit with like, crazy alt makeup. I feel like I’m just learning to like myself again.”

At 25, she’s developed an air-tight strategy to looking and feeling her best while on the road, from drinking a gallon of water each day to using a cold washcloth on her under eyes to alleviate puffiness. But her top tip for staying centred before a show came from working with her makeup artist Dee Carrion. Since Carrion tends to do very intricate linework on Rico, she has to stay very still—that stillness translated figuratively, too. “Working with her has taught me that glam shouldn’t be chaotic,” she explains. In recent years, she’s made a point to not answer texts or emails while getting her makeup done to allow herself to relax. “It’s like I’m driving. It taught me to be patient and to allow myself to get a moment. Sometimes I like to keep myself so busy that I’m not paying attention to what’s really going on. And it’s really good to have that time because then when it’s time to go to work, I’m clear-headed.”

Makeup is also a way to connect to her on-stage persona—it’s how Maria Kelly (her given name) becomes Rico Nasty. “With glam, the older I get, the more I realize that I’m me and that Rico Nasty is a character that I’ve developed,” she explains, as she takes another inhale. “But I feel like overall, I’m still me, I’m a regular person. I just have to pretend sometimes. I have to pretend like everything is okay. Glam takes me out of my head. It’s distracting, but in a good way. You don’t have to think about being ugly or not being good enough because you have four people working to make you pretty. It’s just like, let it happen. Let the bad bitch build. That’s honestly, what gets me through everything. And when I get out of the chair, I’m Rico Nasty and I’m ready to put on a show.” Before stepping onto the stage in Toronto, Rico broke down her beauty must-haves.

Fixing Spray

“If I’m not using Urban Decay and I’m feeling ballerific, then we’re gonna do the Kryolan Fixing Spray. When it’s a big show and there’s a big stage that I have to run back and forth on, I’m using this.”


Beeswax Lip Balm

“For lip balms, I like the Bite Beauty Lip Balm but I also really love Burt’s Bees. No matter where I am, I’m going to grab this. Growing up, there was a point in time when my mom yelled at me for having so many Burt’s Bees Lip Balms. I had them everywhere—I had them in the car, I had them in her purse, I had them in her church bag, my friends were finding them at their houses and they were like, ‘Bitch…’ I just love Burt’s Bees. That’s my shit.”

Burt’s Bees

Rough Rider Moldable Styling Clay

“I have a mullet now and I use Kevin Murphy everything—everything! Like, have you tried the styling clay? This is what I use for my spikes before I add hairspray. One of my hairstylists put me onto this a while ago when I had my hair bleached and I still use it to this day. And it smells so good.”

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Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser

“When I first started using this, I wasn’t taking care of my skin at all and it’s a really, really quick fix. If you use it frequently, it’s bomb as hell for your skin. But if you’re one of those people where [blemishes] just pop up, get this because it’ll make your pimple go away in like, three days.”

Youth To The People

Triple Peptide + Cactus Oasis Serum

“My skin does not need ten different things. It really only needs a good cleanser, a nice moisturizer—something that’s not gonna make it oily—and then a serum for the next morning. I’ll wash my face at night, take off all the makeup, use the cleanser and then I’ll put on moisturizer to go to sleep. But I don’t use a serum at night because it makes my skin too sticky and I feel like it makes me prone to break outs. Instead, in the morning I’ll wash my face with cold water and then I use this serum.”

Youth To The People

Her Eau de Parfum

“This is my favorite scent. Everyone’s always like, ‘You’re not a CHANEL girl?’ I like CHANEL, but I really like Burberry and Tom Ford.”



Hello Period Sustainable Period Panties

It’s true: I’m a few weeks shy of my 35th birthday and still use single-use menstrual pads. I don’t know if it was the trauma of that first shove of a dry tampon without an applicator at age thirteen or my narrow-set hips, but pads have always been my go-to period product. Other adults look at me like I’m crazy: Don’t pads feel like wearing a diaper? Wouldn’t I be more comfortable using tampons? The answer is a definitive no. I am a pad girl, through and through. However, I fully realize that they’re not the best choice — for me or the world. That’s right: The negative attributes of single-use pads extend beyond their carbon footprint (which, is Not Great, Bob). Besides not being biodegradable (and causing a ton of plastic waste), pads are chemically treated with bleach, which can irritate your skin or cause allergy flare-ups with prolonged use. Some people even attribute poor vaginal health and menstrual cramps to them (though no official studies have concluded that). As an extreme cramps sufferer, I will try anything to help them. Even (maybe) leave behind my beloved pads. But when I started looking at alternative period products, I was woefully intimidated by the popularity of the menstrual disc (which seemed even more terrifying than tampons).

So, when the Hello Period washable pads and period undies came across my desk, I was cautiously optimistic. These machine-washable undies and pads are an eco-friendly solution to the one-use pads plastic problem. Plus, the panties come in two cuts — bikini and high-waisted — and range from size XS-3XL (pretty damn inclusive). The panties and pads both claim to absorb up to five pads’ worth of blood (perfect for my first-day heavy flow) and look cute while doing so. If that sounds pretty good to you, you’re in for an extra treat. Right now, Hello Period is giving R29 readers an exclusive 10% off their first order with code HELLOPERIOD10. Read on to find out my personal pros and cons of each product so that you can purchase with confidence.