This Inspirational Model Says There’s No Such Thing As A Runner’s Body 

In between shots of her countless modeling gigs, Candice Huffine regularly posts photos of new sneakers and running buddies on her Instagram account. That’s because in addition to having a burgeoning career, she is also an avid runner.

That passion for running landed her on the November/December 2016 cover of Women’s Running magazine.


According to a release from the magazine, Huffine and Women’s Running recently created storytelling initiative Project Start “to show the real side of running and how the sport is for everyone.” Since doing so, she has spread that message in the news, through social media and now on this cover spread.

Featuring Huffine is refreshing in a sea of typically one-size-fits-all fitness magazines, but Women’s Running has a solid track record with inclusivity. The glossy made waves back in July 2015 by featuring plus-size model Erica Schenk on its cover, and again in March with model and blogger Nadia Aboulhosn. Just this past June it featured a transgender woman as its “Body Issue” cover star.

Let’s do this!

Huffine admits in a video accompanying the interview that in the beginning, it was “extremely difficult” to get into running. “I didn’t think I looked like a runner, I didn’t think I’d be fast like a runner. I told myself that I wasn’t that. But I found that I could not physically make excuses anymore,” she said, adding, “I had to just put my foot down finally and try and see, and I could do it.”

We don’t know about you, but suddenly we’re in the mood to throw on a pair of sneakers and get out there.

Head to Women’s Running to see the entire article.


Source: This Inspirational Model Says There’s No Such Thing As A Runner’s Body

Overthinkers May Be Smarter And More Creative Than Everyone Else

The inner dialogue of an overthinker is often filled with uncertainty and self-doubt (sounds fun, right?). But it’s certainly not all bad news.

The constant chatter in a neurotic person’s mind can also yield some pretty positive traits. Psychologists and research studies are giving credence to the idea that there are some benefits to being a “Nervous Nellie,” whether it’s brain perks or even a small boost in your physical health.

Of course, overthinking to the point of extreme anxiety isn’t ideal. Those who identify with the trait often worry, ruminate on an issue and analyze things more than the average person. That type of behavior can cause excess stress which can lead to a host of health issues, such as high blood pressure and digestive problems. It’s important to get it under control ― whether it be through therapy or other lifestyle changes ― so it frees you up to embrace that overactive brain and harness it for good.

Here are just a few science-backed ways overthinking is actually beneficial to your life:

Overthinkers may be more imaginative.

An opinion paper published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences suggests that the area of the brain that houses self-created thoughts (i.e. the part that’s associated with overthinking) may be more overactive in neurotic individuals. This leads to excessive thinking, which then may lead to solutions or ideas, researchers theorize.

“If neurotic people tend to think more about problems due to having a lot of threat-related self-generated thoughts — which explains their tendency to feel unhappy — it seems likely they will have a better chance to create solutions to those problems, compared to low scorers on neuroticism who look on the bright side of life all the time,” Adam Perkins, one of the paper’s authors, previously told The Huffington post.

Constant rumination could be a sign of intelligence.

A penchant for worrying ― which is a common habit for overthinkers ― is correlated with more verbal intelligence, according to a paper published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. (Of course it’s important to point out that this does not mean overthinking causes more verbal intelligence, the two just might be connected.) Other research also suggests that high-strung or anxious individuals may have a higher IQthan those who have milder anxiety symptoms, Slate reported.

Neuroticism could make you healthier.

But only if you’re conscientious, too. Research published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity found that a high combination of neuroticism and conscientiousness can lead to lower levels of a protein in the body called interleukin-6, which is tied to inflammation. The study authors also say people with the two traits have fewer chronic conditions.

Bottom line: Overthinking to the point of extreme stress won’t do you any good. But a little extra concentration or rumination? You might be onto something.

Just in case you needed a little validation for “thinking too much.”

Source: Overthinkers May Be Smarter And More Creative Than Everyone Else 

We May Finally Know The Real Reason Van Gogh Cut His Ear Off 

Vincent Van Gogh, “Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear,” 1889, private collection

By now, most art history devotees know that on Christmas Eve in 1888, painter Vincent van Gogh allegedly took a razor to his left ear and chopped the appendage right off.Nearly none of them, however, know why.

A new theory from author Martin Bailey attempts to shed light on one of the darkest moments in the history of art. While researching for his book Studio of the South: Van Gogh in Provence, Bailey discovered that van Gogh’s act of self-mutilation occurredjust after learning that his brother Theo had gotten engaged. 

“Vincent feared that he would then ‘lose’ Theo, his closest companion,” Bailey explains in the book, per The New York Times. “He was equally worried that his brother might withdraw the financial support which had enabled him to devote his life to art. All this was threatened by the unexpected appearance of a fiancée.”

Bailey’s theory is largely based upon a letter, from Theo, delivered to Vincent just half a day before the ear incident occurred. The letter has since been lost, and there is no certain evidence of exactly what information the letter conveyed, but Bailey’s assembled enough information to reasonably infer that Theo’s letter announced his plans to wed.

It’s a matter of putting all the clues together,” he told CNN. “We don’t have that letter, but in another one Van Gogh sends in January, he mentions receiving money from his brother on the 23rd of December.”

So we know that Vincent received a letter from Theo on Dec. 23, 1888, the day in question. Couple that with the fact that Theo’s bride-to-be, Johanna Bonger, received a telegram of congratulations from her older brother Henry on the same day.

It’s reasonable to deduce, Bailey reasons, that Henry was alerted to the wedding plans on Dec. 23, and Vincent, also a brother of one of the betrothed, would be alerted at the same time.

Once it’s established that this mysterious letter contained news of wedding bells, it’s not all that surprising that van Gogh, who was already struggling with mental illness, would be disturbed by news of his closest companion’s engagement. Van Gogh depended on his brother, both emotionally and financially, as he had yet to sell a single painting.

“It was fear that pulled the trigger and led to the breakdown,” Bailey told CNN. “Fear of being abandoned in both an emotional and financial way.”

Since there is no hard proof confirming Bailey’s theory, it has its skeptics, including Nienke Bakker, a curator of van Gogh paintings at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

It might have contained the news of Theo’s engagement, but this cannot be proven,” Ms. Bakker wrote in an email to The New York Times. “It is equally possible that Theo only informed Vincent of his marriage plans when he visited his brother in hospital — thus after the ear incident.”

Pior to Bailey’s hypothesis, the leading theory surrounding van Gogh’s psychotic episode posited that the artist suffered a psychotic break following a passionate fight with his close friend and fellow painter Paul Gauguin.

It is also possible, of course, that both the wedding and the argument contributed to van Gogh’s mental unease ― hence, the ear chopping.

We may never know for certain what led van Gogh to harm himself that fateful night, but the theories that continue to emerge sketch an increasingly detailed picture of the legendary, tortured life of an iconic artist, making his visceral paintings all the more haunting.

Source: We May Finally Know The Real Reason Van Gogh Cut His Ear Off

Baddie Winkle’s New Fashion Campaign Is Our Wildest Dream Come True 


Missguided is known for its fashionable, trendy clothing popular with teens and 20-somethings. But for the brand’s Christmas campaign, their model is none other than an 88-year-old internet sensation who’s been “stealing your man since 1928.”

Baddie Winkle, the sassy, white-haired grandma whose got more Instagram followers than you ― 2.4 million to be exact ― is the new face of the brand and is all the proof you need that age is nothing but a number.

Wearing a pink fur jacket and carrying a jewel-encrusted cane, Winkle makes it rain with pink paper bills and parties with scantily clad women just a fraction of her age in a fun promo video for the campaign which drops on Nov. 18.

“I’ve been getting on the naughty list since 1928,” she says while partying it up.

The young-at-heart octogenarian shared her tips for staying youthful with HuffPost 50earlier this year, saying it’s important to find what makes you happy and to always have something to look forward to. The woman clearly knows what she’s talking about.

“You’re never ever too old to party,” she says in her Missguided video.

Guess the party never really stops … not even when you’re pushing 90.

More power to ya, Baddie!

Source: Baddie Winkle’s New Fashion Campaign Is Our Wildest Dream Come True

6 Ways You May Be Cheating On Your Spouse Without Even Realizing It | Huffington Post

“How could you!”

Sexual affairs may be the most widely known type of infidelity, but these days, betrayal take many forms.

“If effort is consistently being expended outside the marriage, that may be a sign of a non-traditional affair, like an emotional affair,” psychotherapist Abby Rodman told The Huffington Post. “The result of a non-traditional affair is the same: The spouse feels hurt, disillusioned and marginalized.”

Below, Rodman and other marriage experts share the most damaging types of betrayals that occur in modern marriages.

“This is the most widely known type of affair: Just as humans have emotional needs, we have physical needs, too. We are all social animals and our simple needs are primitive: we desire sex. Outside of the heightened physical pleasure sex provides, sex can release oxytocin, a bonding hormone. That’s why a lack of sex within a couple can cause one to stray in order for them to get those physical and emotional needs met.” ― Carin Goldstein, a marriage and family therapist in Sherman Oaks, California

“In this type of affair, one partner is starving for an adult emotional connection, and they’ve usually given up on getting it from their spouse. The partner may be depressed and not feel like themselves anymore. Then, someone they know, a co-worker for instance, pays attention to them. They laugh at jokes, comment on the married person’s devotion to their kids. The two become emotionally connected. The partner usually justifies the emotional affair because they see it as the lesser of two evils: They don’t have to leave their spouse or break up the family but in the meantime, they’re willing to supplement their marriage with another person.” ― Caroline Madden, a marriage therapist and the author of After A Good Man Cheats: How to Rebuild Trust & Intimacy with Your Wife 

“When we think of cheating, many of us think of opportunistic one-night stands, physical affairs and illicit secret trysts. But now with online and smartphone accessibility, there are new forms of cheating: you don’t even have to leave your home to have a cyber affair with a stranger or stream porn online. Most online cheaters I’ve spoken to believe ‘it’s no big deal’ and that they are not really cheating because they’re not getting physical with anyone in real life. They believe that their dalliances allow them to stay in their marriage or relationship because it diffuses their boredom. As I’ve seen, these ‘innocent liaisons’ can become a fatal blow to a relationship.” ― Sheri Meyers, a marriage and family therapist and the author of Chatting or Cheating: How to Detect Infidelity, Rebuild Love and Affair-Proof Your Relationship  

“If you’re consistently reliving the love you had with a partner from the past, you’re doing your marriage a disservice. Thinking about past loves with affection is perfectly normal. But if you’re pining for an old relationship or keeping that person on the back burner,you’re not giving your current partner a fair shake. Even if you truly believe that other person is the one who got away, it’s time to move on and be present for your partner. And remember, that relationship didn’t work out for a good reason…or 10.” ―  Abby Rodman, a psychotherapist and the author of Should You Marry Him?: A No-Nonsense, Therapist-Tested Guide to Not Screwing Up the Biggest Decision of Your Life

“Many a marriage is destroyed over this neglected category I call interest affairs. Just like alcohol or drug addiction, interest affairs do tremendous damage to relationships and families and are difficult to treat. The damage begins when a spouse turns into a zealot or fanatic over something. The possibilities are endless: politics and politicians, sports, hunting, religion, a friend, family member, child pageants, crafting, selling beauty products, exercise, food, nutrition ― it really can be any interest. What is true of all of them is that a husband or wife becomes so obsessed with their favorite new activity that it becomes their first priority over their spouse. The only difference with this type of affair is that these distractions are not romantic, sexual or secretive.”  ― Becky Whetstone, a marriage and family therapist in Little Rock, Arkansas

Financial infidelity is surprisingly frequent among couples. The issue that is most difficult to recover from is the lack of transparency. It often leads to broken trust. Financial infidelity may come in the form of withholding information about spending habits, accumulating credit card debt which a partner has no knowledge of, supporting others outside of the relationship financially or keeping any other form of spending or financial decision-making a secret. The secrecy of financial infidelity leaves the deepest scars. When there is intentional withholding of information regarding finances, the trust is almost always damaged.” ― Liz Higgins, a couples therapist in Dallas, Texas

Source: 6 Ways You May Be Cheating On Your Spouse Without Even Realizing It

Vogue Asks If ‘Cleavage Is Over,’ Forgetting Some Women Just Have Big Boobs 


British Vogue posed a very important question to its readers Wednesday: “Is the cleavage over?”

The magazine polled readers on the subject on Twitter and in a blog post to promote an article in the December issue titled “Desperately Seeking Cleavage” by Kathleen Baird-Murray.

Is The Cleavage Over? As @KathleenBM explores the topic in , what’s your take on covering up? 

The piece reportedly explores the theory that cleavage may be going out of style ― a topic that inspired the author after she noticed the lack of “pertinently pushed-up breastseverywhere from the runway to the red carpet.”

“Whatever happened to the cleavage?” the magazine quotes Baird-Murray as asking, pointing to the prominence of high necklines and pussy bows. “The tits will not be out for the lads. Or for anyone else, for that matter.”

But the question Vogue offers to its readers ― “Is the cleavage over?” ― seems to forget that cleavage refers to body parts and not a fashion trend that comes and goes. Not all women are able to make their cleavage magically disappear just because a magazine declares it out of style.

The question sparked some backlash, forcing readers to reckon with the anatomy of their own bosoms and why it’s being discussed as a trend.

Vogue has apparently said breasts are no longer fashionable. That is not how bodies work fam

@BritishVogue@KathleenBM really? Every body shape will always be in fashion. Stop giving us girls a complex on our image.

@BritishVogue@KathleenBM do better than this vogue. focus on the clothes not body fascism. Tits are not an accessory

So Vogue are basically saying that body shapes like mine are out of fashion. What about people who can’t help having cleavage?

While many critics blasted Vogue for critiquing women’s bodies, the article’s author took to Twitter to defend her piece. Baird-Murray argued that the article, which hadn’t yet been published, focused on fashion designers’ choices and not breast size.

“Just to be clear: [British Vogue] cleavage story is not about breast size, large or small, being ‘in’ or ‘out,’” Baird-Murray explained, urging critics to read the whole story.

Just to be clear: @BritishVogue cleavage story is not about breast size, large or small, being “in” or “out”.

(@britishvogue) It’s saying that fashion designers are creating more natural, comfortable clothes….

Baird-Murray didn’t immediately respond to  inquiry.

The article may well focus on fashion designers, but asking readers to vote on whether a body part is “over” forces people to look at large breasts and label them as hot or not.

The poll is especially problematic in an industry known to exclude plus-size women from its runways, advertisements and clothing collections.

“There are 100 million plus-size women in America, and, for the past three years, they have increased their spending on clothes faster than their straight-size counterparts,” Tim Gunn wrote for The Washington Post in September. “But many designers ― dripping with disdain, lacking imagination or simply too cowardly to take a risk ― still refuse to make clothes for them.”

But it seems that British Vogue’s followers saw right through the magazine’s cleavage poll. As of Wednesday evening, the “Cleavage is over” option only had 10 percent of votes, while “If you have it, flaunt it,” was winning with 68 percent of 27,385 votes.


So if anyone in the fashion industry is still wondering if the cleavage is over, you have your answer: Nope. But it shouldn’t matter anyway.

Source: Vogue Asks If ‘Cleavage Is Over,’ Forgetting Some Women Just Have Big Boobs 

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