28 Fashion Facts About Victoria Beckham That Just Might Blow Your Mind

My first and fondest memory of Victoria Beckham is from Spice World. The then-pop star, who went by the name of Posh, stood in front of the mirror on the Spice Girls tour bus, admiring herself in “the little Gucci dress,” as Emma, Mel B., Mel C., and Geri looked on in amusement. Posh was trying to figure out what to wear, which always culminated in her go-to uniform. Not much has changed.

While Beckham has recently defined her style as rather relaxed with a pair of sneakers, there’s no denying her taste for sophistication. She prefers structured silhouettes that still flatter the body from all angles and she designs her collections to reflect that aesthetic season after season. While she’s made the tricky transition from celebrity to well-respected, award-winning fashion leader, her love for the industry has remained steadfast along the way. Read on to track Victoria’s fashion timeline and learn plenty of facts you’ve never read before.

Hugh Jackman’s Response to 10-Year-Old’s Video About Being Bullied Will Warm Your Heart AND Soul

When a fourth-grader from Pennsylvania posted a video to Facebook trying to spread awareness about the pain of bullying, she probably didn’t expect someone like Hugh Jackman to notice. But he did, and responded in a huge way.

In the video, Cassidy Warner, a 10-year-old girl who goes to John Adams Elementary School in Pennsylvania, held up pieces of paper describing the ways she’s been bullied since the first grade. “One day during recess a group of kids grabbed my purse off of a teacher, and spit on it . . . and me,” she wrote. “The group of kids always come up to me during recess, trying to fight me. They hit me, kicked me, pulled my hair, pushed me, stepped on me, spit on me.”

After Cassidy posted the video, the school’s district contacted Facebook and had her page shut down, according to her mum, Jenn Slater (Facebook requires users to be at least 13 years old), who then decided to share the video on her own Facebook page. “This does not stop here, I will be my daughters voice,” Slater wrote. “I will share her story and I hope others will share too, this isn’t about the shares or views or if it goes viral, it’s about spreading awareness although seeing that smile on Cassidy’s face each time the number of views and shares got larger was everything,” she wrote. “She’s upset she has to start all over but let’s do this for her . . . please share her story. Let’s put that smile back on her face!!!”

Since Jenn reposted the video, it has gotten millions of views and been picked up by multiple media outlets, which is where Jackman comes in: the Greatest Showman star not only helped Cassidy spread her message by sharing her video, but he also sent her a sweet message. “Hi Cassidy . . . I’m Hugh. I want you to know you’re loved, special, and smart. You’re strong, funny, and beautiful both inside and out. BULLYING IS NOT OK,” he wrote. “Please never stop asking for help. You will find it from people and places you never thought possible. I’m your friend.”

These Inspiring IVF Pregnancy Announcements Will Make You Tear Up With Joy

Announcing a pregnancy is exciting for any mum-to-be, but for one who’s gone through the intricacies and struggles of in vitro fertilization (IVF), sharing with friends and family that a baby is on the way can feel even sweeter. After weeks, months, and years of trying to get pregnant – and for some, experiencing loss along the way – these mums took to social media to announce that they were finally expecting, making all of the needle pokes and medications worth it.

See their triumphant “IVF success” announcements below. And congrats, mamas.

‘Life will never be the same again’

THE man behind an explosive biography of Princess Diana in which she revealed her unhappiness inside her marriage to Prince Charles has published a new book on Meghan Markle, available in Australia this week.

10 Intermittent Fasting Success Stories That Will Convince You to Try This Eating Plan

Humans have been practicing intermittent fasting, or IF for short, since the start of time, but now it’s become an incredible tool in the fitness world! The beauty in intermittent fasting is that you can eat whatever your heart desires because it’s not meant to be a diet. It’s more of an eating pattern, if that’s what you want to call it. You can eat high-carb, high-fat, keto, Paleo, IIFYM, intuitive eating, and the list goes on and on. The goal at the end of the day with IF is to have an eating window, and once that window is closed, you don’t eat any more.

The most common method is the 16 and eight split so you start your fast at any time that best fits into your schedule. Once those 16 hours are over, you have eight hours to eat. Although some people find themselves eating the same amount of calories with IF or without, a lot of people notice a reduction in calorie intake because it’s easier to get full faster in a shorter period of time. IF does not lie, because these women have the before-and-after pictures to show how it has transformed their lives.

11 Designer Stores Worth Visiting For Their Buildings Alone

Any fashion aficionado worth their salt will tell you it’s so much more than a clothing business. Today, fashion is prized for both form and function – the way a piece works with your body and wider wardrobe, along with its construction, detailing and design, makes all the difference. Naturally, brands want this to extend to their retail spaces, providing consumers with a truly immersive experience.

Enter: the wonderful marriage of architecture and fashion. Around the world, brands from Prada to Puma are enlisting top architects to design their stores, giving way to new architectural and retail wonders. Some are splashy, some minimalist, but the one thing they all have in common? A place on your travel itineraries. You may not always be able to get your hands on what’s inside, but visiting these buildings will be just as satisfying. Scroll to see the most stunning stores around the globe.

Here’s Exactly How and Why Healing Crystals Work For Me

I’d love to tell you I’m a raging skeptic when it comes to new-agey beliefs, but unfortunately for my (fictional) cool-girl reputation, I’ve always been fascinated with the mystical. When I was about 8 years old, my friends and I pretended to have magical powers so fiercely that we eventually convinced ourselves it wasn’t pretend at all (maybe it wasn’t – I’d argue there’s magic in female bonding). Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that I lived five years in Los Angeles, where the ancient Eastern wisdom of spiritual healing, chakras, and reiki are enthusiastically welcomed and practiced.

Still, it took a majorly unsettling life event for me to seek the kind of spiritual guidance that both amused and intrigued me in LA. As a French-born British citizen, I unsuccessfully applied for a work visa to stay in the US and was forced to leave the country, abandoning my friends and the life I had built there from age 17. I had a loving family in two wonderful countries to come back to, but it didn’t stop me from feeling thrown off balance.

Using crystals as an aid to meditation and carrying them around with me has absolutely made me feel more anchored, less stressed, and higher-achieving – so what if I’m imagining things?

My, ahem, existential confusion coincided with a wave of alternative spirituality washing over London, my new home: meditation workshops were popping up everywhere, astrology was suddenly a legitimate concern, and healing crystals kept crossing my path (including on POPSUGAR, incidentally), to the point where I felt I couldn’t ignore them anymore.

I have been casually practicing meditation since the new year, when I started feeling increasingly anxious about the future, so crystals seemed like a logical next step. After weeks of curiosity, I picked up a pre-made set labeled “Wish” from Psychic Sisters London; as a novice, I liked that I at least had an indication of what I could use these stones for, and they came with a mantra, so they wouldn’t take much extra research before I could use them.

As it turns out, I actually wanted to know more about these pretty stones that supposedly have the power to change our lives in major ways. To most people, they are nothing more than a silly superstition, but Matt Haig’s brilliant book How to Stop Time gave me this retort: “Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” This is a quote from Schopenhauer, whose premise is that things can seem crazy until they are proven otherwise. Haig takes the Earth for example: a handful of centuries ago, people would laugh in your face if you suggested our planet was spherical and not flat, so why couldn’t the same be true of crystals? To explore my theory, I did what anyone would do: I undertook a frantic Google search to find out why healing crystals hold such a strong pull.

The first thing I found was that using stones for healing has been largely dismissed as a pseudo-scientific practice that sprung out of thin air in the 1960s and ’70s. But like most beliefs in the New Age and hippie movements, it actually has a rich history that spans thousands of years, with roots in ancient Chinese, Hindu, and Buddhist concepts – which already makes it a lot harder to brush off as a bunch of nonsense. This also makes me feel a responsibility to study and respect the practice, taking care not to misappropriate it.

For the uninitiated, the term “healing crystals” refers to a variety of semiprecious gemstones that many cultures have believed hold the power to cure ailments of the mind and body. In today’s fast-paced, anxiety-driven, and politically uncertain world, their resurgence – alongside yoga, meditation, and overall mindfulness – only makes sense. Each crystal is meant to have a unique energy: amethyst, for example, serves to balance our emotions, while moonstone is said to have calming properties. These stones can be used in a range of different ways, in a handbag to carry their energies with us, as a meditation aid, in formations for good feng shui in our homes. In a perhaps more grounded way, worry stones can be used simply to play around with when we feel stressed or anxious – a spiritual fidget spinner, if you will.

Scientifically, the only thing we know so far is that crystals have a placebo effect, which is heightened for people who believe in their powers to begin with. If crystals work as a placebo, even if it’s less glamorous than their having actual magical powers, it means the end result is the same: the user will feel calmer, more focused, more empathetic, and experience the effects they turned to the crystals for in the first place.

Using crystals as an aid to meditation and carrying them around with me has absolutely made me feel more anchored, less stressed, and higher-achieving – so what if I’m imagining things? If nothing else, crystals give me something to do with my hands that doesn’t involve swiping or double-tapping, which is a pretty big feat in 2018. And they look damn good on a chest of drawers.