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The 20 Best Cassey Ho Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

The 20 Best Cassey Ho Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

Try the Blogilates founder’s favorite moves for stronger abs, leaner legs, and a perkier butt.
Source: The 20 Best Cassey Ho Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

December 15, 20170 commentsRead More
6 Simple Exercises You Can Do While Cooking Dinner

6 Simple Exercises You Can Do While Cooking Dinner

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The holidays can be a crazy-hectic time. With so many items on your to-do list, it’s hard to know where to start. And one thing that often falls by the wayside: your workout. Which is why we tapped Astrid Swan—the trainer behind Hollywood A-listers like Shay Mitchell, Olivia Munn and Julianne Hough—for a no-fuss routine (you only need a towel!) that will crush major calories, tone you all over, and pump that heart rate all the way up, all while your holiday dinner is cooking.

“This workout plan is so simple because you don’t need to go to the gym, so there are no excuses,” explains Swan who wants to stress how fun it can be trying to sneak this fat-burning circuit in between mashing potatoes, cooking the turkey, or prepping whatever else you have on the menu. “Plus, you’ll feel better after you get in a little sweat, and it’s not going to make you drenched, so you won’t ruin that blowout either.” Talk about a win-win!

Do each exercise for 50 seconds, followed by a quickie 10-second rest; complete 4 rounds. And then admire how good your body—and that seven-course meal on your table—looks!

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Overhead Squat With Knee Twist

Stand with feet hip-width apart and hold towel taut above head. Squat down, keeping chest up and knees behind toes. Push into heels to stand as you lift left knee and twist torso towards left knee. Return to start. Squat down again, and then rise to standing, repeating knee lift and twisting motion on the right. Continue alternating.

Jump Lunges With Towel Twist

Stand with feet together, hold towel taut between hands, and extend arms straight out. Jump left foot forward, lowering down into a lunge with both legs at 90 degrees. Twist torso to the left, lowering arms down on a diagonal over left thigh. Jump up, switching legs in the air and landing in a lunge with right leg forward; twist torso to the right, lowering arms down on a diagonal over right thigh. Continue alternating.

Pendulum Abs

Lie faceup; hold towel taut between hands and extend arms and legs straight up. Crunch up; lower legs down to the left as you twist torso and arms to the right. Return to center, and then lower legs to the right as you twist torso and arms to the left. Continue alternating.

RELATED: This 50 Push-Up Challenge Will Transform Your Body in 30 Days

Push-up to Pike

Start in a high plank with abs tight and a towel under feet. Complete one push-up, and then pull feet in towards stomach as you raise hips up to come into a pike. Push feet back out to return to high plank and then repeat entire sequence.

Lateral Lunge Slide

Stand tall with a towel under right foot. Slide right foot out to right side, bending left knee to come into a lateral lunge, as you extend arms straight out. Slowly slide foot back in to rise to standing and bring arms back down to sides; repeat on left side.

Sliding Mountain Climbers

Start on all fours with a dish towel under each foot; lift knees off ground and brace core. Slide left foot in, brining left knee in towards chest. As you slide left foot back, slide right foot in, to bring right knee in towards chest. Continue alternating legs as you step left hand out to the left, followed by the right. Continue motion, moving sideways across the floor. Repeat in opposite direction.

Source: 6 Simple Exercises You Can Do While Cooking Dinner

December 14, 20170 commentsRead More
People Who Live to 100 Have These Traits in Common

People Who Live to 100 Have These Traits in Common

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If you’re looking to live to 100, you may want to watch more than your diet. A study of people in remote Italian villages who lived past 90 found that they tended to have certain psychological traits in common, including stubbornness and resilience.

The study, published in International Psychogeriatrics, analyzed the mental and physical health of 29 elderly villagers, ages 90 to 101, from Italy’s Cilento region — an area known for the prevalence of people older than 90. The participants filled out standardized questionnaires and also participated in interviews on topics such as migration, traumatic events and beliefs. Younger family members were also asked their impressions of their older relatives’ personality traits.

The younger adults tended to describe their older relatives as controlling, domineering and stubborn. But the 90- and 100-somethings also displayed qualities of resilience and adaptability to change, the authors wrote. One respondent who recently lost his wife told interviewers, “Thanks to my sons, I am now recovering and feeling much better … I have fought all my life and I am always ready for changes. I think changes bring life and give chances to grow.”

The research demonstrates how adults who live to 90 or 100 have learned to balance these somewhat contradictory traits, says Dr. Dilip Jeste, senior associate dean for the Center of Healthy Aging at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and senior author on the study. “These people have been through depressions, they’ve been through migrations, they’ve lost loved ones,” he says. “In order to flourish, they have to be able to accept and recover from the things they can’t change, but also fight for the things they can.”

The oldest adults had other qualities in common as well, including positivity, a strong work ethic and close bonds with family, religion and the countryside. Most of the older adults in the study were still active, working regularly in their homes and on their land. This gave them a purpose in life, wrote the study authors, even after they reached old age.

The researchers also compared the health of these older residents with 59 of their younger family members, ages 51 to 75. Not surprisingly, the oldest adults had worse physical health than their younger counterparts. But they had better mental well-being, and scored higher on measures of self-confidence and decision-making skills.

Jeste calls this the paradox of aging: Even as physical health deteriorated, mental health quality, at least for the people in the study, remained high. (Volunteers for the study had to sign a consent form and participate in an hour-long interview, he says, which would have ruled out anyone with significant dementia or age-related cognitive decline.) “Things like happiness and satisfaction with life went up, and levels of depression and stress went down,” Jeste says. “It’s the opposite of what we might expect when we think about aging, but it shows that getting older is not all gloom and doom.”

There have been plenty of studies on populations known for their longevity, many from areas called the Blue Zones — in Italy, Greece, Japan, Costa Rica and California — where people, on average, live much longer than normal. But most research has focused on these groups’ genetics, diet and physical health, says Jeste, rather than their mental health or personalities.

Studying adults who live long and healthy lives can help enhance scientists’ understanding of the aging process, says Jeste, and help them determine how age-related health issues can potentially be mitigated or avoided. It can also give adults of any age — anywhere in the world — more insight into what traits may help extend their own lives.

“There is no one way to get to 90 or 100, and I don’t think it requires a radical change in personality,” Jeste says. “But this shows that there are certain attributes that are very important, including resilience, strong social support and engagement, and having confidence in yourself.”

Next, the researchers plan to compare specific biological associations, like insulin resistance and biomarkers for inflammation and oxidative stress, with the participants’ physical and psychological health. “There’s no single factor that contributes to longevity,” Jeste says, “and we want to know how the different aspects of lifestyle — like personality, diet and daily activities — influence each other and affect overall health.”

Source: People Who Live to 100 Have These Traits in Common

Meghan Markle Swears This Workout Class Transformed Her Body—So I Tried It

Meghan Markle Swears This Workout Class Transformed Her Body—So I Tried It

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What Is It: Meghan Markle’s favorite Megaformer class, an hour-long, fat-burning workout following Sebastien Lagree’s Lagree Method on his new Megaformer 3K machine. (Jennifer Aniston, Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian West and many more celebrities are also big fans.)

Who Tried It: Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE writer and reporter

Level of Difficulty: 9 (on a scale from 1 to 10). I don’t have kids yet, but I couldn’t help but wonder if the burn was similar to the pain of childbirth.

Royal bride-to-be Meghan Markle recently said she loves taking classes at Pilates Premium, a fitness studio in Santa Monica that offers the celeb-favorite Megaformer program, created by Sebastien Lagree.

Pilates Platinum is hands down the best thing you could do for your body,” Markle, 36, told Women’s Health U.K. “The results are incredible.”

“Your body changes immediately … give it two classes and you will see a difference.”

Another studio where the former Suits star goes for her Megaformer fix is Studio Lagree, which has locations in her old and new hometowns of Toronto and London. And, lucky for me, they just opened a new studio in New York City. So I headed to Astoria to try Markle’s favorite workout.

I went into the class a little smug — I do CrossFit four times a week, run on the other days, and I’ve tried everything from Pure Barre to The Fhitting Room to Flywheel. But the Megaformer classes are a whole new animal.

Our class was led by Dede Lagree, who, along with her husband Sebastien, runs the main Lagree Fitness Studio in Los Angeles. We were using their brand-new Megaformer 3K machine, which is recognizable to anyone who has tried Pilates before. But this class takes it up a notch.

“Pilates classes are low-intensity, low-impact,” Dede explained. “The Megaformer is high-intensity, low-impact, so you’ll immediately be sweating.”

Dede dove right in with lower body exercises. The goal is to be constantly moving, but slower is better, for an extra burn. We started in a squat, with one foot on the stationary part of the machine, and the other on the sliding platform, and slowly moved our legs in and out. It. Was. Painful. We were only one exercise in and already getting the infamous “Lagree Shakes.” But it was a good sign that our muscles were already working and burning.

“I think the reason why it’s so challenging the first time is because you’re using muscles that you don’t activate if you’re on the floor doing other workouts,” Dede explained to me. “You have to use your core, you have to use the muscles in your legs, to help with the stability while you’re in the exercises.”

We cycled through more leg work, from weighted donkey kicks to sliding split squats for 30 straight minutes, and I (along with the rest of the class!) had to take frequent breaks to calm my spasming muscles. From there we went on to core work, like sliding planks, and then finished off our workout with arm exercises with the hand weights attached to the Megaformer. Thankfully, I found the arm exercises fairly easy, which is the only reason why I gave this workout a 9 instead of a 10.

The Megaformer class was incredibly tough, but it’s definitely an amazing workout (a point my sore thighs are making today). Dede says that you can torch 800 to 1,000 calories in a single, one-hour class, but the calorie burn continues for several hours.

“The reason why is it’s so slow, and you’re using every single muscle,” she says. “While your slow-twitch muscle fibers repair, your body is using energy, calories and stored sugar so you honestly become a fat-burning machine.”

The Verdict: I had a hard time with this class, and was begging to go back to a CrossFit WOD as we used the Megaformer — but 24 hours later I wanted to tackle it again! There’s nothing like a good challenge.

Source: Meghan Markle Swears This Workout Class Transformed Her Body—So I Tried It

Noted U.K. Surgeon Admits Burning His Initials Into 2 Patients' Livers: Reports

Noted U.K. Surgeon Admits Burning His Initials Into 2 Patients' Livers: Reports

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A noted transplant surgeon in the U.K. this week admitted that he had burned his initials into the livers of two patients in 2013, according to multiple news outlets.

Appearing in Birmingham court on Wednesday, Dr. Simon Bramhall pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by beating, the Associated Press, the BBC and The Guardian report. He pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, a more serious charge, according to these reports.

Both incidents to which he confessed occurred during transplant operations in 2013 — on Feb. 9 and Aug. 21 — when Bramhall, 53, was working at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham as a consultant surgeon, according to The Guardian.

He is free on bail and scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 12, the AP reports. PEOPLE could not immediately reach him or his defense for comment on Thursday.

After being suspended in 2013 from the hospital where he had operated, he told the BBC he made “a mistake.”

Prosecutor Tony Badenoch reportedly said in court on Wednesday that the case was “highly unusual and complex” — “both within the expert medical testimony served by both sides and in law.”

“It is factually, so far as we have been able to establish, without legal precedent in criminal law,” he said.

“The pleas of guilty now entered represent an acceptance that that which he did was not just ethically wrong but criminally wrong,” Badenoch said. “They reflect the fact that Dr. Bramhall’s initialling on a patient’s liver was not an isolated incident but rather a repeated act on two occasions, requiring some skill and concentration. It was done in the presence of colleagues.”

Fellow prosecutor Elizabeth Reid said Bramhall abused his patients’ trust: “It was an intentional application of unlawful force to a patient whilst anesthetized.”

Bramhall acted “with a disregard for the feelings of unconscious patients,” Badenoch said, according to the BBC.

His behavior first came to light in December 2013, when another doctor who was performing follow-up surgery on one of Bramhall’s patients discovered he had initialed “SB” into the person’s liver using an argon beam coagulator, the AP reports.

The electric device is typically used to seal blood vessels and can also be used to highlight the area of an operation. The marks it leaves are believed to fade with time and not be painful for patients, according to the BBC.

Bramhall — who made headlines in 2010 when he successfully transplanted a liver that was saved from a crashed plane — was suspended before the end of 2013 and resigned the following year amid a disciplinary investigation.

“I was not dismissed,” he said at the time, according to the BBC. “I made the decision … I would hand in my notice. It is a bit raw and I have to move on.”

In February, the U.K.’s General Medical Council, which oversees the registration of the country’s physicians, issued Bramhall a formal warning, according to The Guardian, noting his conduct “risks bringing the profession into disrepute and it must not be repeated.”

The organization told the paper on Wednesday it was standard to investigate doctors’ criminal convictions. (Neither the GMC nor Bramhall’s former hospital could immediately be reached for comment.)

Speaking out in February 2014, one of Bramhall’s former patients defended him even in light of the accusations against him.

“Even if he did put his initials on a transplanted liver, is it really that bad?” Tracy Scriven told the Birmingham Mail. “I wouldn’t have cared if he did it to me. The man saved my life. It seems a bit silly, banning him from work. He’s a really good man who can do a really good job.”

Source: Noted U.K. Surgeon Admits Burning His Initials Into 2 Patients’ Livers: Reports

Every Harry Potter Fan Needs This Hogwarts-Inspired Activewear in Their Life

Every Harry Potter Fan Needs This Hogwarts-Inspired Activewear in Their Life

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Your spells have been answered: You can finally work out while repping your favorite Hogwarts house. 

The Australian label Black Milk is releasing an activewear collection for wizards and muggles alike called Team Hogwarts. The line will include tanks, leggings, sweatshirts, and even dresses, whether you’re Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin, starting at A$70.

 Start a friendly rivalry–or, hey, just marathon the movies–with your friends while sporting the themed gear.

Or gather your squad for a quidditch match. 

Grab the golden snitch starting at 7am on December 19 Brisbane time–that’s 4pm December 18 EST. You can sign up to get your muggle hands on the gear before it apparates.

While you’re at it, grab one of Black Milk’s Hogwarts skater dresses or Ron and Harry Christmas sweaters fit for the Yule Ball. Accio!

Source: Every Harry Potter Fan Needs This Hogwarts-Inspired Activewear in Their Life

The Workout Clothes Everyone Wanted in 2017, According to Google

The Workout Clothes Everyone Wanted in 2017, According to Google

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Champion hoodies, Nike shorts, and adidas sweatpants were among the most-coveted activewear of the past year, according to Google. The search engine released its annual Year in Search report today, revealing the most-searched terms in different categories, from wellness to recipes to makeup trends. One category that piqued our interest: workout clothes. We may have been all about metallics and millennial pink this year, but we were curious to see the specific trends internet users were looking for. Here, the top 10 most-searched workout and athleisure clothes of 2017.

1. Nike Air Max 97 ($160;

This classic sneaker is as cool today as it was when it debuted in the ’90s (not to mention highly coveted among runners). A rubber outsole and foam sole with the brand’s Max Air cushioning make these a dream to wear. All the styles are amazing, but this light bone pair with cactus laces and neon pink accents is our absolute favorite.

2. Champion hoodies (from $55;

You know something old is cool again when Urban Outfitters starts selling it, and Champion hoodies are no exception. Before they’re sold out, stock up on the pullover sweatshirt or hoodie styles in fresh colors like cream and olive (or buy this unexpected rose color for the guy in your life).

3. Nike shorts (from $25;

There’s no shortage of styles of the brand’s uber-popular shorts, but you can’t go wrong with the 5″ Training Shorts, a steal at just $25. They’re made of a super-lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric that will hold up in even your sweatiest workout sessions.

4. Jordans (from $110;

Nike is dominating the Top 5, with the always-trendy sneakers inspired by the legendary basketball player taking the number-four spot.

5. Vans

Vans have been everywhere this year: They launched a new style, the UltraRange; collaborated with Urban Outfitters for an exclusive skater-inspired Old Skool platform sneaker; and even released a preppy canvas shoe with J.Crew. Our favorite, though, will always be the classic white slip-ons—over 2,400 five-star Zappos reviews can’t be wrong, right?

6. adidas sweatpants (from $18;

Another ’90s trend that became cool again: adidas T10 sweatpants. When in doubt, the classic black/white stripe combination is always a good choice.

7. adidas NMD (from $130;

In addition to the brand’s sweatpants, internet users also searched for the NMD shoe, a popular style that boasts features like a knit upper, EVA midsole inserts, and a leather sockliner for ultimate comfort with every step. We’re big fans of the pale pink colorway.

8. Jordan Retro 13 ($190;

The coolest pair of Jordans on sale now: the Air Jordan 13 Retro Men’s Shoe in an unexpected, fashion-forward wheat brown hue.

9. Supreme

This brand is known for their super-cool logo sweatshirts that sell out quickly. Although most of the Fall/Winter styles are currently sold out, you can still nab this black shearling hooded jacket. (Fair warning: It’s not cheap!)

10. Jordan Retro 4 (from $70;

The Retro 4 sneaker took the number 10 spot on Google’s list (as if you didn’t already believe us that Jordans were a big deal this year).

Source: The Workout Clothes Everyone Wanted in 2017, According to Google

December 13, 20170 commentsRead More
Danielle Brooks on Lack of Diversity in Fashion: Ashley Graham 'Isn't the Only Plus-Size Model'

Danielle Brooks on Lack of Diversity in Fashion: Ashley Graham 'Isn't the Only Plus-Size Model'

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Danielle Brooks recognizes that the fashion industry is finally starting to accept curvy women — but she thinks they have a long way to go.

The Orange is the New Black star applauds brands for embracing model Ashley Graham and putting her in high fashion magazines and on runways, but Brooks points out that there are so many other curvy women they can also hire.

“I don’t know if fashion has made a wholehearted effort,” Brooks, 28, tells Vogue. “It’s more like, ‘Oh this is a trend, let’s get on it.’ Then they bring in Ashley Graham, who is amazing, but isn’t the only plus-size model ever to exist. What about Marquita [Pring], Denise [Bidot], Philomena [Kwao], Tess Holliday? When I look at the ads I don’t see faces like mine, I see skinny white women.”

The actress says that when she first gained fame on Orange is the New Black, she struggled to find trendy clothes in her size — and that hasn’t really changed.

“When I first started, I wanted to fit in. I wanted to be so inclusive with my style and it was really hard,” Brooks says. “I haven’t been given an opportunity to wear these big-name designers, it has never been an option whether I had a stylist or didn’t. A lot of people won’t design for me, no matter how many SAG awards, Tony nominations, Grammy wins; it doesn’t matter.”

Brooks, who is now designing her own line for Universal Standard, says she often pushes designers and asks them why they don’t make clothes for curvy women, but never gets a good response.

“I think they’re trying, but they can go harder and we should not be easy on them,” she says. “I don’t think we should pat anybody on the back for [doing] something they should’ve done 30 years ago.”

Brooks points out how necessary it is for designers to expand their sizing — not just for her, but for the younger girls looking for fashion role models.

“I remember my first SAG Awards I wore this dark blue dress by Christian Siriano and a girl recreated that entire look for her prom,” she says. “I thought, ‘Yes! It matters.’ I want women in huge numbers to feel motivated and feel like they are beautiful, but even if it’s just one [person], then my job is done.”

And Brooks is thrilled that, through her campaigns for Lane Bryant, she has been able to be that role model, up on billboards in Times Square.

“This was baby Dani’s biggest dream come true and I was so elated that I got to be myself,” she says of the ads. “I didn’t have to lose 60 pounds or change. I got to take the time to embrace and love everything that the world had deemed imperfect.”

Source: Danielle Brooks on Lack of Diversity in Fashion: Ashley Graham ‘Isn’t the Only Plus-Size Model’

Busy Philipps Loves This Toning Workout—And It Only Takes 13 Minutes

Busy Philipps Loves This Toning Workout—And It Only Takes 13 Minutes

Tone your legs and core with this quick workout from LEKfit founder Lauren Kleban.
Source: Busy Philipps Loves This Toning Workout—And It Only Takes 13 Minutes

10 Wellness Trends You’re Going to See Everywhere in 2018, According to Pinterest

10 Wellness Trends You’re Going to See Everywhere in 2018, According to Pinterest

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If the thought of living healthy in the new year makes your mind turn to treadmill workouts and broccoli recipes, then Pinterest’s top wellness trends for 2018 is for you. Encompassing healthy habits that benefit your mind, body, and soul, the just-released list has something for every Pinner—61% of whom say Pinterest is where they find ideas to be their best selves. Here’s a look at the food, fitness, and feel-good trends that will be all over your boards next year.

The trend: A gut feeling

Is it just us, or did gut bacteria totally take over in 2017? Feeding yours with GI-friendly grub offers major health benefits, including reduced inflammation. Expect digestive health to still be buzzy in 2018—and start by pinning recipes starring the best probiotic foods for your gut.

The trend: Strength over size

More and more Pinners are hopping off the treadmill and onto the strength-training bandwagon, and with good reason: Strength training builds muscle, sure, but it also improves your balance, keeps your bones healthy, and helps you burn fat—yes, really. But it’s not the slimming effects that will reign supreme in 2018. Next year is about celebrating the amazing things your body is capable of.

The trend: Let’s clear the air

If you already eat clean, it’s time to consider the air you breathe in 2018. Air purifiers and plants that do the work for you make great additions to a healthy home. They keep your rooms free of smoke, dust, and other allergens and reduce the effect these can have on your body.

RELATED: 5 Plants That Can Help Purify Indoor Air, According to Science

The trend: The post-workout

Consider the post-workout like an after-party: Sometimes it’s as big a deal (if not bigger!) than the main event. Recovering from tough workouts means knowing the best snacks and meals to eat, the best cool-down stretches to flow through, and the best compression gear to throw on to help you feel better fast.

The trend: A treat for tresses

Resolve to treat your hair as well as you treat your skin in 2018. Whether that means whipping up homemade, all-natural shampoo or simply washing your hair less, healthy hair tips for softer, shinier locks are going to be even more popular in the new year.

RELATED: 21 Reasons Why You’re Losing Your Hair

The trend: The vitamin for brighter skin

Just a few drops of a vitamin C serum as part of your daily skincare routine can help reduce signs of aging, thanks to the vitamin’s powerful antioxidant properties. Brighter, firmer skin, fewer fine lines, and a more even skin tone can be yours thanks to serums like SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic Serum ($165, 

The trend: The most underrated exercise

The ancient Chinese practice of tai chi—which combines gentle, flowing movements with deep breathing and meditative thoughts—is winning over modern fitness fanatics. Try this low-impact exercise for its serious relaxation benefits and ability to reduce pain.

The trend: Wait, you can eat those?

We fell in love with essential oil diffusers in 2017; what better way to turn a home into a calming sanctuary or an invigorating den of creativity? Now, as 2018 approaches, we’re curious about how to incorporate them into our diets too. But serious word of caution: Only ingest essential oils labeled as food grade! Many essential oils are not safe for internal use.

The trend: Self-care staycations

A lot of us had a lot to fight for in 2017, which meant carving out crucial “me time” to practice restorative, re-energizing behaviors to keep us moving forward. Self care, once maligned as indulgent, became a necessity. In 2018, taking a break will still be important—even if you don’t leave your couch.

The trend: New prop on the block

Move over blocks and blankets: The yoga wheel is the latest fan-favorite yoga prop. The wheel allows for deeper stretches and self-massages, and it can support you through more challenging postures. Yogis on Instagram are already obsessed and celebs are joining in on the trend, so get pinning!

Source: 10 Wellness Trends You’re Going to See Everywhere in 2018, According to Pinterest

December 12, 20170 commentsRead More