Looking for fellow travelers to join in on its mission to transform the beverage business, the Los Angeles-based startup Bev has taken on fresh capital from a slew of strategic investors.
The company has added Erin and Sara Foster, creative heads of Bumble BFF and Bumble Biz, to their investor and creative talent pool, along with other notable names like Rich Paul, Simon Tikhman, Keith Sheldon and Chief Zaruk.
The new capital will help support the launch of Bev’s new “Made By Chicks” media platform and podcast, which will be hosted by the Foster sisters in their first official partnership with any brand, according to a statement from the company.
In addition to the new media platform, Bev is also planning to launch two new beverages into its boozy stable of canned wines. Expect two white wines to join the company’s Rosé on store shelves within the year, according to company founder and chief executive, Alix Peabody.
“We’re partnering with Bev because we’re comfortable buying the product ourselves and telling our friends to buy it,” said Sarah Foster in a statement. “Our community trusts us to be authentic to ourselves and our brand, and we strive to do that. Bev’s female-oriented mission and movement align with our personal interests. We’re very inclusive, rather than alienating, and we’re thrilled to be a part of ‘Made By Chicks.’ ”
Peabody is one of several entrepreneurs in Los Angeles and beyond looking to upend the market for beverages worldwide — an industry that’s expected to hit $1.9 trillion, according to data provided by the company. Wine alone is expected to be a roughly $450.5 billion dollar business by 2024, according to Bev.
“Legacy brands tend to sexualize alcohol consumption, and objectify women on TV, billboards, and in print,” said Peabody, in a statement. “That’s what we’re changing. We want women to know that drinking can be fun, inclusive and safe.”
Together with Peabody, the Fosters will develop media like podcasts, videos and events that center on entrepreneurial women. It’s a format similar to the media property Girlboss, founded by Sophia Amoruso and now owned by Attention Capital.
Stories and advice columns from the new platform will range from topics like asking for a raise to managing a company while pregnant.
“When I first met Alix and her team, I immediately gravitated to her incredible founder story, ambition to challenge the alcohol industry’s outdated status quo, and sheer tenacity to spark a movement through an empowering brand like Bev,” shared Simon Tikhman, the CEO and co-founder of The Core Entertainment, a partner of Live Nation, and new Bev brand investor, in a statement. “I also knew by partnering with Bev that I wanted to assemble an unrivaled strategic group with expertise and business acumen in diverse sectors. Erin and Sara Foster, Rich Paul, Keith Sheldon, and Chief Zaruk bring so much to the table.”
It’s not every day you and your favorite celebrity use the same skincare. But that’s what GlamGlow fans found out when Queen of Twitter Chrissy Teigen shared a selfie wearing her favorite GlamGlow mask. “Not an ad. I’m obsessed with every GlamGlow mask ever,” Teigen said in a video she posted to her Instagram Stories. “Not an ad. I just love them.” Over the post, she wrote, “@glamglow I love u.”
The face mask Teigen loves is GlamGlow’s GravityMud Firming Treatment Mask ($59 at Sephora), a favorite for the way it goes on silver and peels off for an Insta-friendly look. But that’s not all it does. The mask promises to lift, tighten and plump skin thanks to active ingredients such as Marine Algae plasma, Soy Isoflavone Liposome, hyaluronic acid and Glacial clay. It comes with a little brush to spread the mask all over the face, neck and chest as it turns from white to chrome.
Teigen is on a skincare kick and trying other cult-favorite products to clear up her breakouts. Last night, she popped on two ZitSticka Killa pimple patches ($29 at Amazon). These feature self-dissolving microdarts full of niacinamide to reduce redness and salicylic acid to smooth and exfoliate dead skin cells. They can help reduce the size and color of a cystic pimple overnight.
We know Teigen started a website and YouTuber channel for her cooking but is she the next beauty blogger? Time will tell and we’ll be watching.
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Flexible spending accounts have become even more flexible this year, which is good news for people who need to find ways to use up their account money before they lose it all at the end of the year.
People can now use the tax-free money in the accounts to pay for the health portion of 23andMe tests. The Internal Revenue Service determined 23andMe tests were eligible for purchase by flexible spending account money earlier this year. Certain food allergy sensors, high-tech baby monitors and devices to improve posture were also recently added to the list of items account-holders can buy.
The new choices join a growing pile of health-related products that people can already buy with flexible spending account (FSA) money.
First aid kits, thermometers and machines to clean sleep apnea-treating CPAP devices are popular purchases, said Sylvia Zori, chief operating officer of FSAstore, an online marketplace where buyers can buy items eligible for purchase with FSA money. December 31 is the site’s busiest day, she added.
People who work for employers offering the flexible spending accounts (FSAs) can contribute up to $2,750 annually, according to IRS rules. The money goes into the account pre-tax and can be put towards expenses that aren’t covered by the employee’s health insurance plan.
The major catch, however, is that people forfeit any unused money at the end of the plan year. That can be the end of the calendar year, but not necessarily.
Employers can let account holders rollover a maximum of $500 to the next year or allow a grace period that gives workers another two and a half months to spend the money, the IRS notes. But employers don’t have to include either benefit, the agency said.
FSAs are different from health savings accounts, which let account holders use pre-tax money to pay for deductibles, copayments, coinsurance and other expenses. In addition to health-related products, FSA money can go towards deductibles and copayments, but not insurance premiums.
Americans had 28.8 million FSA accounts last year and there will be an estimated 30.2 million accounts this year, said Inci Kaya, lead analyst, health insurance and payments, at Aite Group, a Boston-based advisory research and consulting firm for financial service and insurance companies. Americans will use a projected $33.6 billion from their accounts this year, up from $31.7 billion last year, Kaya said.
FSAstore has previously estimated Americans give up more than $400 million in tax free money when their plan year runs out.
23andMe lets consumers see their genetic lineage and certain health predispositions, all with a saliva sample. The company offers the service for $199 (though a half-off deal runs through Dec. 2).
Earlier this year, the IRS determined consumers could put their FSA dollars towards the health portion of the 23andMe’s services. That could be up to $117.74, the company has previously said. The IRS made its determination after a taxpayer asked for guidance on whether he or she could use FSA money for 23andMe’s services.
The 23andMe report can show the chances of having Type 2 Diabetes, late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, celiac disease and other conditions. “23andMe’s Health + Ancestry Service, the only direct-to-consumer genetic test that includes FDA-authorized health reports, provides information that can be used to better manage your health, lifestyle and identify potential genetic risks for certain health conditions,” said Jacquie Haggarty, 23andMe’s vice president, deputy general counsel.
Other genetic tests can be purchased with FSA money. For example, NVTA, -6.66% Invitae has accepted FSA money since June and its tests cost between $250 and $350. Tests can screen for certain genes linked to cancer, heart disease and other conditions, according to the company’s website.
“Medical genetic testing is affordable and easy to order, “ an Invitae spokeswoman said. “It’s a great way to use remaining FSA/HSA funds available at the end of the year to invest in your health. With Invitae, the cost is $250-$350 to get the same high-quality testing genetics experts use, including guidance from a clinician and access to genetic counseling to discuss results.”
Some experts have previously cautioned that people shouldn’t put all their faith in direct-to-consumer tests, because genetic counseling is a much more comprehensive look at genetic predispositions and risks.
In addition to genetic testing, there are other new ways to use to use FSA money this year, including:
Peanut and gluten sensors, which are available on FSAstore.com for $289 apiece. People using the sensors can put a piece of food in the device to see if there are traces of peanuts or gluten. So far, the sensors have “done quite well” in terms of sales, said Zori, though she declined to give specifics.
“More and more, as we talk to people at work here and so forth, we realize food allergies are a very big topic and health concern,” she said.
(Some observers say the jury’s still out on how effective the sensors are, though sensor makers say the product is effective.)
A posture pump that sells on FSAstore.com for $200, meant to relieve neck pain. The user lays down and the device wraps around their neck. The pump can increase or decrease the elevation to maximize comfort. The posture pump is one of the site’s top 20 best-selling items, Zori said.
Another item is the Miku Smart Baby monitor, which sells for $400. The monitor is one of the new breeds of high-tech baby monitors able to track a tot’s every twist and stir. The device can track sleep patterns and the temperature in your baby’s room, and it has the capacity to share and download video and picture.
Just as the IRS gave guidance on 23andMe’s FSA eligibility for its health-related genetic test, Zori said FSAstore asked the IRS to advise on the eligibility of these three products. “There’s only so many Band-Aids you want to buy with your funds after a while,” she joked.
Most early-to-mid stage investment firms raise a new fund every three or four years. But most investment firms are not CAVU Venture Partners. The disruptive, better-for-you consumer goods venture firm started by “Hollywood Brandfather” and Shark Tank TV star Rohan Oza and private equity powerhouse Brett Thomas is doing things differently.
Having already secured multiple large exits since the firm’s launch in 2016, they’ve been able to close three funds in rapid succession, spending only weeks on fundraising. In 2017, only 10 months after investing, they sold Bai antioxidant group to Dr. Pepper Snapple for $1.7 billion. Next up they invested in Beyond Meat, which is worth about $5 billion and had the best performing IPO in nearly two decades. Then, this September, the company sold ONE Brands to Hershey for $397 million.
In fewer than four years, CAVU has invested in some of the hottest, fastest growing consumer brands in the food, beverage, beauty, personal care and pet markets. CAVU co-founders and managing partners Rohan Oza and Brett Thomas announced their third flagship investment fund, an oversubscribed capital pool of $250 million, up from $156 million and $209 million from their inaugural funds in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
The powerhouse duo shared with me why they decided to launch a venture firm dedicated to better-for-you CPG brands, their strategy for raising a third fund in under four years and their plans for the next generation of CAVU-backed unicorns.
Yola Robert: Why did you start CAVU?
Brett Thomas: We started CAVU with a pretty lofty purpose in mind, one that’s core to who we are and how we operate. We exist to democratize healthy living for as many humans as possible. If we can play even a small role in helping people feel better about themselves by supporting brands that offer healthier, accessible choices, we all win. At the end of the day, we want to improve people’s lives—and that starts with what we eat and drink.
Rohan Oza: Everybody in America is looking to feel better about themselves, and it all starts with what you put in and on your body. Tomorrow’s consumer is driving a seismic shift in our industry; we want to be a part of that story. By tapping the brands of tomorrow right now, the next generation of Americans can lead healthier lives.
Robert: Why did you decide to partner together?
Thomas: I’d long been a fan of Rohan’s work building some of the most iconic, better-for-you brands of the last few decades. He redefined an industry with his game-changing 50 cent/Vitaminwater partnership and has continued to disrupt the celebrity/brand partnership model with other A-Listers like Jennifer Aniston and Justin Timberlake. But it’s his amazing ability to forge lasting relationships with founders that sold me. He bonds with entrepreneurs like no one I’ve ever seen. With deep respect and trust, he helps founders craft a vision—and then realize it.
Oza: I’ve helped build some incredible brands, and Brett has always been a fantastic hunter and investor. We complement each other perfectly. I admire his fierce, winning attitude and his uncanny ability to identify, seek out and ultimately partner with some of the most promising better-for-you brands in our space.
Robert: How are you different from other CPG venture firms?
Thomas: We take an active, hands-on approach to helping companies evolve from promising upstarts into iconic, household brands. Unlike other firms, our approach is much more hands-on. We have in-house experts in marketing, branding, e-commerce, and talent…people who have actually walked in the shoes of our brand partners and come from the CPG, start-up and agency worlds.
Oza: We provide an internal brand-building resource for our partners. We’ve invested in top talent on the value-add side of the business so that we can offer this kind of help. We’ve completed award-winning caliber packaging design, cutting-edge creative campaigns, comprehensive e-commerce overhauls, and critical, nationwide expansions into major retailers.
Robert: Rohan, you have made a name for yourself with celebrity partnerships. Are there any recent partnerships with any of the CAVU that have been a success?
Oza: I think Kurt Seidensticker and the Vital Proteins team got it right with the Kourtney Kardashian partnership. She has been a fan of their collagen-based protein for years, so the collaboration was authentic. The much-loved kid nutrition brand Once Upon a Farm , co-founded by John Forakker and Jennifer Garner, is also doing incredibly well. Jen is highly engaged, a great mom and very vocal about the brand’s mission, as she was a driving force behind its creation.
Robert: Beyond the exits such as Bai, OneBar, and Beyond Meat, what are other investments successful investments in CAVU’s portfolio?
Thomas: We’re excited about all our brands, but a couple standouts include collagen-based protein market leader Vital Proteins, which has grown 500% since we invested, and HIPPEAS, the insanely delicious organic chickpea puffs, which has grown 800% since we invested.
Robert: What are your plans for fund 3?
Thomas: We will continue to seek out the most passionate entrepreneurs behind the most disruptive, innovative brands. We started out in food, beverage and pet care and are expanding more into personal care and beauty. Men’s personal care company Hims, valued at over $1.1 billion according to Forbes, marked our first major expansion into that category.
Robert: What are your future plans for the firm?
Oza: We’ve grown a lot in our short history. We’ve expanded from only three employees to a team of nearly 20 spread across Los Angeles, Austin and New York. We’ve invested significantly in our team because they’re critical to the long-term success of our firm and brand partners.
Thomas: We’ve never been more excited about the transformation of the consumer goods space, especially in food, beauty and personal care. The barriers to entry have never been lower for innovative entrepreneurs with disruptive ideas. We are more bullish than ever on partnering with incredible founders to ultimately help us all live healthier lives.
Well, Actually is a column by Slate’s Shannon Palus. She tests health and wellness products to help readers figure out what they should try, what they should skip, and why.
A new company called ZitSticka is bringing the luxury of skin care to: the acne patch. The brand’s one and only product so far is the “Killa Kit.” The size of a large ring box, it contains supplies to help eight “up-and-coming” pimples become an “ex-zit.” It is millennial pink. The product’s Instagram inexplicably contains photos of a sun-dappled daybed and a white-tiled rain shower. At $30 per a box, or nearly $4 per a treatment, it would be easy to declare the patch just another overpriced addition to the skin care market. It is, kind of—as with so many potions, there’s at least one inexpensive and nearly identical option. But contained inside the cute box is actually some interesting technology.
Acne patches are not new. The first were little more than hydrocolloid bandages, hydrocolloid being a type of wound dressing that was introduced in the 1970s as part of “the moist wound care revolution.” As chemist and educator Michelle Wong explains on her beauty science blog Lab Muffin, hydrocolloid bandages are flexible, made from materials like cellulose and gelatin and then covered in a thin film of plastic. The flexible part sucks up fluid, in the case of a zit, deflating it. It’s essentially a way to pop the thing slowly. Hydrocolloid pimple patches (round versions of the wound bandages) have been used in Asia for over a decade. The first one, Wong estimates, was from a brand called 3M (the same parent company that makes Taylor Swift’s favorite kind of picture-hanging wall tape). You may have heard of the patches via the Korean brand Cosrx, which distributes them in a plain white-and-red envelope, all stuck to the same plastic sheet kind of like pre-cut moleskin or corn cushions.
And they sure work. In addition to glowing review after glowing review for these things, in 2006 a group of researchers in Taiwan ran a (very) small study confirming their utility. Researchers used acne patches from 3M, sold under the clinical and descriptive label “Acne Dressing” on 10 participants. They gave another 10 regular old medical tape. Everyone in the patch group reported that their acne improved at least moderately, while just a fifth of the treatment group said the same, which tracked with the researchers’ quantitative observations.
Some patches can be more sophisticated by including medication like salicylic acid with the hydrocolloid base, like Peace Out Dots and Clearasil spot patches; others just have medication on a plain plastic dot. Recently, companies like ZitSticka have begun adding spikes or “microdarts” to a hydrocolloid base. A cousin of the microneedle that can allow ingredients to penetrate deeper into your skin (when used by a pro, at least), these microdarts shuttle salicylic acid in the dot beneath the surface. As Wong points out, in a post sponsored by another company that makes microdart zit patches, a similar dissolving needle technology has been explored for vaccines and insulin delivery. (Luxury makeup brand Dr. Jart has a whole line of, essentially, spikey tape designed to banish everything from zits to under-eye circles.) According to ZitSticka, these needles are ideal for early-stage cystic acne, while more straightforward pimples and whiteheads (anything pop-able) could more likely benefit from the cheaper, plainer hydrocolloidal patches.
I ordered a pack of the ZitStickas to see if they’d work for me. They are woefully expensive for an acne patch. (These similar ones, from a brand called Rael, are almost a quarter of the price, at just over a dollar a pop.) But the ZitSticka patches specifically make the process of treating an honest-to-god pimple kind of glamorous. The ring box–like packaging looks cute enough to display on a dresser. This is not an acne patch that you’d expect to find at a drugstore: In addition to the zit stickers, it comes with tiny cleaning wipes (each individual zit gets its own cleaning wipe!). “We got you covered,” an insert white lettering reads, alongside instructions on how to use each part and a stylized illustration of the microdarts dissolving into a pimple.
I wiped the zit area (I was thrilled to have a zit!) and stuck the patch to my face. I will be honest with you—I was so excited to try these that I didn’t even check what kind of zit I was popping them onto, nor am I confident enough in my zit taxonomy to tell you exactly what it was in hindsight. The patch did not hurt in the least, but it did feel very satisfying. To my surprise, the sticker was subtle enough that I then confidently left the house. After a couple hours, it flaked off, having lost its stickiness after the darts dissolved.
What was left in its wake was still definitely a pimple, but a noticeably smaller one. If I’ve ever tried a skin care product with such immediate results, I cannot remember it. Previously, the only instant acne treatment I’d heard of that worked right away was cortisone shots, which can cost$100 a (pimple) pop, which puts the $4 price tag into a little perspective.
In the future, I’ll probably pick a cheaper microdart acne patch—these ones from Rael look extremely similar if not identical to the ZitSticka offering, and are a third of the price. Whether a microdart patch works better than a non-microdart one is hard to say—there just hasn’t been that much scientific research into the acne-patch space. Dermatologists emphasize that acne patches alone aren’t a good strategy for keeping your face clean, and they probably aren’t economical for large breakouts. But acne patches are ideal product with which to do your own experimenting with: It’s fairly easy to see if a zit has gotten smaller within a few hours of wear. It’s also a relief. Even for all ZitSticka’s cute branding, zit stickers will probably never be relaxing or fun the way, say, a face mask is. But the straightforward results take a load off, nonetheless. That’s close to magic.
onday was a big day for the internet, thanks to the photo that Ashley BensonInstagrammed featuring a tattoo of the letters “CD,” which just so happen to be the same as her girlfriend‘s initials. But it was an even bigger day for Benson; to her, the photo marked her official announcement that first-ever sunglasses collection, Privé Revaux X Benzo, had finally launched—a moment she’d been anticipating for months.
The 29-year-old actress has been working with Privé Revaux for a few years now, but this is the first time she tried her hand at design. Still, Benson knew exactly where to start: with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, whom she’s worshipped since, as she put it, “day one.” From there, she came up with three different styles: The Victoria, which is an oversized take on “everyday”; the Olive, a cat eye named after her dog; and the Planco, a “unique” rectangular pair complete with side panels, which, naturally, was inspired by Rihanna. It’s only been about 24 hours, but thanks no doubt in part to Benson’s 19 million Instagram followers, two of the three are already almost out of stock.
And yet, Benson is still getting used to the idea that she has an eye for style. The era of Pretty Little Liars took up the bulk of her twenties, but it wasn’t until after the show wrapped that she got her first-ever stylist—and stopped wearing red carpet looks that she now considers not only “horrible,” but “horrendous.” Then again, Benson might just be her own worst critic: “I don’t make good choices with clothes,” she insisted when she dropped by W‘s office last week—never mind that she looked impeccable. Still, after laying out her sunglasses designs—and kicking off her Chanel pumps—Benson obliged to share her style notes with W. Read on for more about each and every one of her obsessions, from the Olsens to escape rooms.
What are three words that describe your style?
Black, simple, and chic—at least, when I try to dress. Usually I’m just in, like, sweats. But when I try, to be honest with you, I base my looks off the Olsen twins. I’ve been their biggest fan since I was born.
Have you ever met them?
Yeah, twice. They’re really nice, but I got weird about it. I was like, “I can’t hang out with you guys.” I grew up watching all their movies, and they started doing fashion, first with this line for Walmart, when I was 12. Funnily enough, I ended up being the model for all the clothes. I went to set pretty much every week, but they only came once. I only got to see a glimpse of them, with their little butterfly clips in their hair, but I was still like, “Oh my god.“
I guess that answers my next question, about your ultimate style icons?
Yeah, 100 percent. I follow at least 20 different Mary-Kate and Ashley accounts on Instagram, just for their fashion. I love it.
What’s your go-to outfit for a day off?
Just jeans and a t-shirt, or cut-offs in the summer. I get way too hot, because I live in New York in L.A., and it’s so hot. This summer, I was like, I want to start doing more slip dresses—kind of ’90s Courtney Love vibes. But I have to see where I can find those.
What’s the best fashion advice you’ve ever received?
To just be comfortable. I know that when I go to events and I’m uncomfortable—whether because of shoes or something’s too tight—it really does ruin my day or night. So this, what I’m wearing right now, is very comfortable. I mean, I took my shoes off—I’m like out my house right now. [Laughs.]
How do you feel about flats versus heels?
I hate heels, because they’re really hard to walk in and make my feet hurt. But these ones I’m wearing are just the smallest heel. They’re like little slides, almost. So they’re doable, which is great; I found them and I was like, “These are heels that I can wear.” Otherwise, I wear high-heeled boots every day, or just a pair of Converse.
How about tiny Matrix-style sunglasses? You kind of have a pair in your collection.
I can’t pull those off, for whatever reason. These [“The Olive“] are the smallest that I can go, and they actually look really good. But the other ones are so small. Like, are they reallyprotecting your eyes?
What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever worn on the red carpet?
I just went to the Trevor Project gala, and I wore this dress, which of course is black:
Do you typically look at your fan accounts, like the one you just pulled up?
I follow some, just to see if the paparazzi have been taking photos of me. But also, they seem to know more about my life than I do, so I also follow them to be like [scrolls through phone] “What’s going on in my life? Let me see what everyone’s talking about.” [Laughs.]
I’m sure you’re often in for a surprise.
Always. So many people make things up or start stories and I’m just like, “Ugh, god.” I message them all the time and I’m like, “Can you not put this stuff up?” And they’re like “Oh my god, yeah”—they’re so sweet. I literally talk to them on Messenger, like, “You need to take those photos down. You need to have this person do this.” I’m trying to control everything. [Laughs.] But for the most part, they’re amazing and great, and I love their pictures that they post of me; sometimes I actually message them asking if they can send me the red carpet ones so that I can post them. They give me so many options—and they edit them! They’re the best.
What’s the most prized possession in your closet?
The Chanel shoes that I’m wearing. I just bought them, kind of on a whim. But I don’t spend money on clothes. I wish I could.
Where do you get your clothes from, then?
Usually either vintage stores or Brandy Melville. I’ve been loving Brandy Melville for probably eight years now. It’s easy, it’s cute and their stuff actually holds up. And it’s cheap, and that’s what I like.
Do you have any favorite thrift stores in New York?
There’s one place that my friend Morgan owns, called the Vintage Twin. She always has the best stuff, especially shirts and jumpsuits. Though sometimes I check out and I’m like, “Oof, I didn’t know that was that expensive!” [Laughs.] But if it’s vintage, it’s like, fine.
What was your style like as a teen?
Emo. Black eyes—like, so black—that went all around, like circles. Then I wore band t-shirts. I wanted to be like Avril Lavigne, so I always wore a tie and different colored Converse. I tried to copy Hayley [Williams] from Paramore’s style, too. I’ve always loved ’90s grunge style. And I tried to do that—I just didn’t do it right. I mean, I’ve gone through so many phases in my life, clothes-wise—enough to know that I don’t make good choices with clothes. Those were definitely not the best days, but I thought I looked amazing.
I wore a tie, too—Avril Lavigne was my first concert.
That’s amazing. Mine was Tina Turner, but I was so young that I didn’t even know who she was. My second one was NSYNC, and I was crying. I was crying my eyes out, and I had paint all over my face, because me and my sister painted our faces. I was wearing all their merch, too, like 10 different things.
Do you have a biggest fashion regret?
Probably my style on every red carpet when I was younger. It was horrible. Horrendous. But I also never used a stylist. I didn’t know what stylists were back then. I mean, I knew people were getting dressed and stuff, but there wasn’t really a need for me to have one, because I was on a soap opera. I just always bought weird clothes to wear to premieres. But after PLL [Pretty Little Lies], my publicists were like, “You need to get a stylist.” And I was like “Okay, this is great,” because I finally started looking nice on the red carpet.
What do you always keep in your bag?
Chapstick, powder, sunglasses a little thing of perfume, a charger—speaking of…. [plugs in phone] sorry, it’s at eight percent. Anyways, I also always have my passport—I probably shouldn’t, but just in case!—and eyebrow gel, weirdly. I never leave the house without it.
Do you have a song of the summer?
“Señorita” by Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes. I listen to it every morning, all day, every day. But I’m also obsessed with Lizzo. “Truth Hurts” is one of the best songs, and just so powerful. She’s so badass and so cool—I can’t.
Do you have any vacation plans?
I was just in Paris for a wedding, and then I went to Saint Tropez for the first time and did a spa weekend, which was really cool. I’m hoping to go back to Italy, to my favorite place ever, Positano, in August. Though I feel like I’ve basically been to every country this year.
What’s been the highlight so far?
Amsterdam is becoming one of my favorite places. I was there two months ago, and then last October, and every time I go, I always extend my stay by like five days. I never get in a car when I’m there—I’m always on my bike. Last time, I took a little boat ride at night and had dinner on there, and I felt like I was in a movie. And I did glow-in-the-dark mini golf and just smoked weed and ate and biked everywhere. And they have the best escape rooms. One of them was in the catacombs; it was two-and-a-half hours long, and I went at midnight, right before Halloween, and I was terrified. I went with three other girls, and we were literally crying in there. My friend got stuck in a coffin for like 10 minutes, and there were all these actors popping out so were all huddling in a corner. It’s really next level, but so fun. So fun. I do escape rooms everywhere I go.
Is there anything else left on your to-do list?
Keep tanning—I’m trying to enjoy it while I can. And keep wearing my sunglasses!
Billie Eilish isn’t afraid to stand out when it comes to her wardrobe, especially when it comes to millennial nostalgia. Billie Eilish wore a Powerpuff Girls suit, paying homage to one of the best Cartoon Network shows from our childhood.
Eilish wore the suit to the ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Beverly Hills, where she was presented with the Vanguard trophy by Julia Roberts. The award is given in recognition of “the impact of new and developing musical genres, which help shape the future of music.” The first two musicians to be awarded the honor were Björk and Soul Asylum back in 1996.
To receive the award, Eilish decided to wear a suit that was decorated in millennial pop culture relics. The Powerpuff Girls might have been before the 17-year-old’s time, but that doesn’t mean Eilish can’t appreciate Cartoon Network reruns. The suit in question consisted of a khaki utility vest and beige cargo pants. The two items were stamped with over-sized motifs of Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup. The superheroes looked like they were in fight mode on Eilish’s outfit, where the characters appeared to be jumping into action — probably to fight Mojo Jojo or the Gangreen Gang.
Eilish is known for her baggy suits, preferring to wear eye-catching and shapeless pieces. Part of that has to do with fashion, and part of it has to do with having one’s body scrutinized by the public.
In a recent campaign video for Calvin Klein, Eilish shared, “I never want the world to know everything about me. I mean, that’s why I wear big, baggy clothes. Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath. Nobody can be like, ‘Oh, she’s slim-thick, she’s not slim-thick, she’s got a flat ass, she’s got a fat ass. No one can say any of that because they don’t know.”
Scrolling through the artist’s Instagram, you will see a grid full of hoodies, tracksuits, and baggy suits, much like the Powerpuff Girls one. But that’s not to say Eilish also doesn’t wear those silhouettes for fashion purposes. Eilish enjoys that the aesthetic pushes boundaries.
“I just like dressing out of my comfort zone. I want to dress in a way that if I was in a room full of people wearing regular clothes, I would be like, ‘Oh, I bet everyone’s looking at me.’ I want to feel that way. That’s my casual,” Eilish shared in an interview with Harper´s Bazaar.
“I am not comfortable when I’m wearing just some jeans and a shirt. I just feel wrong…” Eilish said. “So my friend said, ‘Billie just likes to feel super judged.’ I love being judged. I’m here for it.”
When it comes to the Powerpuff Girls outfit, there will be nothing but appreciation — especially from those who grew up with the Cartoon Network staple.
A new sell out product for spots, which is now back in stock, has been getting five star reviews.
ZitSticka is a transparent sticker perfect for when you get a spot out of the blue – as you can place the circular sticker over the spot and let it do its magic.
Containing 24 microdarts it dispenses a blend of spot-combatting ingredients, including Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide: (B3), beneath the skin’s outer layer.
The product, costing £27 for a pack of eight, which has just come back into stock, sold around 250,000 previously and those trying to get rid of spots are raving about how great the product is, with one even calling it ‘life changing’.
ZitSticker is a transparent sticker perfect for when you get a spot out of the blue – as you can place the circular sticker over the spot and let it do its magic
Containing 24 microdarts it dispenses a blend of spot-combatting ingredients, including Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide: (B3), beneath the skin’s outer layer
The spot sticker which is water resistant and dermatologically endorsed can be worn over night or even when you’re getting ready for a night out.
Beauty fans are so happy with the product they’ve been giving it five star reviews, one, who titled her review ‘life-changing’ said: ‘I don’t usually write product reviews but this has completely changed my life!
‘My skin is very sensitive and I have cystic acne (the one that is under the skin and you can’t pop!) which I have been taking various prescribed antibiotics and treatments to try and calm down for about four years now.
‘I was pretty skeptical about this product, it’s expensive for only 8 uses and as a student I don’t have much disposable income, but I decided to try it out. Well folks, my skin hasn’t been so clear since I was a preteen!’
The sell out product, which has just come back into stock, sold around 250,000 last time and those trying to get rid of spots are raving about how great the product is, with one even calling it ‘life changing’
‘The patches are clear and very subtle, none of my friends noticed them until I pointed them out! If the idea of the darts freaks you out (same) just know that it doesn’t hurt at all!’
Others said that it was a game changer for their spots and was on their SOS list. One also said: ‘Worked SO well, and quickly. Let’s just say I’m not excited to get another zit, but I’m not that worried either!’
Another admitted: ‘I was aware of the hype around this product after reading about it but wasn’t expecting them to be that different from other zit patches.
‘Turns out they are quite different and while the microdarts stung slightly (maybe i’m a wimp?) they definitely helped to get the product into the core of the zit!! My pimple felt like it had been fast-forwarded.’
However another reviewer said that it had changed her skin forever. She explained: ‘I had suffered with moderate-severe acne throughout my teenage years.
‘Now in my 20s, a combination of dietary changes and good skincare had helped to ease the most of it, aside from the painful cystic acne that would appear on my chin and cheeks the week before my period was due or when I had eaten something containing dairy.
‘I decided to give these patches a go out of sheer desperation – I had several important events coming up and I could feel that the spot brewing was going to be HUGE.
‘While that particular spot was too far gone for the dramatic effects of the patch to take place, the redness, size and longevity of it was severely reduced.’
Modsy, a San Francisco-based startup developing a platform that lets property owners create virtual renderings of rooms and restyle them in real time, today announced that it’s raised $37 million in funding led by TCV, with participation from Norwest Venture Partners, Advance Venture Partners, and Comcast Ventures. CEO and founder Shanna Tellerman said the capital infusion, which follows a $23 million series B round in December 2017 and brings the company’s total raised to $71 million, will enable Modsy to scale while investing in 3D automation, expanding its marketplace, and “upleveling” its services.
“Modsy is the future of furniture shopping, and we are thrilled to partner with such a forward-thinking and customer-centric firm like TCV to help us fulfill our vision,” she said. “I founded Modsy on the premise that in the future we would all be shopping from a personalized catalog-like experience within a virtual version of our real homes … We are excited about partnering with TCV to build Modsy into a household name and furthering our mission of enabling our customers to create the home of their dreams.”
Modsy’s technology digitally replicates rooms in 360 degrees with furniture from dozens of well-known brands, including West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Anthropologie, Joybird, Wayfair, Pottery Barn, Interior Define, Design Within Reach, Minted, Serena & Lily, Pier 1 Imports, and CB2. Users can purchase any fixture — whether a couch, rug, armoire, or coffee table — on the spot, either through Modsy directly or through partner tools like Crate & Barrel’s 3D Room Designer and CB2’s CB2 Interiors.
Here’s how it works: First, Modsy customers snap photos and take measurements of their spaces and complete a style quiz, indicating their preferences, budget, and constraints. The answers feed into a proprietary algorithm that attempts to suss out their taste and style, which Modsy collates (along with the pics and dimensions) and forwards onto its team of designers. Customers get two virtual design plans of their room, and from that point forward, they’re able to consult with Modsy’s team or fine-tune with a self-service 3D Style Editor suite, and shop retailers from which they receive exclusive discounts and promotions.
Modsy says it’s created over two million shoppable room renders since its 2015 launch.
Augmented reality (AR) interior design tools aren’t exactly novel. One of Swedish retail giant Ikea’s smartphone apps — Ikea Place — lets users preview home goods by dragging and dropping them in-scene, and Sotheby’s last year partnered with Roomy to launch a virtual staging app called Curate that enables prospective buyers to fill homes with their choice of decor and view the results in real-time 3D. Meanwhile, Wayfair’s Android app recently gained an AR feature that lets customers visualize furniture by holding up their smartphones.
But unlike its competitors, Modsy has built bespoke services like Live Swap atop its platform, which allows customers to quickly swap furniture from within its 3D Style Editor. Moreover, it’s launched a Modsy-exclusive ancillary furniture business — Minna Home — that offers eight styles of sofas and chairs designed in-house from thousands of customer data points and feedback.
It’s a safe bet that this diversification strategy is partly responsible for Modsy’s growing customer base (up 450%) and headcount (151%).
“The U.S. home furnishing market is a massive multi-billion dollar industry and we are seeing a very clear secular shift online,” said TCV executive vice president Tina Hoang-To, who will join Modsy’s board of directors. “Modsy is redefining the way consumers can buy furniture by leveraging technology and machine learning to introduce efficiency, transparency, and affordability to an antiquated home design industry. We are excited to partner with Modsy and believe the company is well-positioned to transform this industry in a significant way.”
Modsy charges $69 for a 3D room model and unlimited revisions with a Modsy designer, with a design turnaround time of six to eight days. The next pricing tier up — Premium — adds in a concierge shopping service; one-on-one video, email, or phone consultations with a project manager; and $150 off the first purchase of $1,500 or over and a reduced turnaround of four to seven days. The $349 plan is identical to Premium, but expands the number of rooms from one to three.
Modsy has over 100 full-time employees and recently filled out its C-Suite with key hires hailing from HotelTonight, StitchFix, and DoorDash. Previous investors include, NBCUniversal, GV, Birchmere Ventures, BBG, and individual angel investors.