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Christina Aguilera Wants You Recreating Her Early 2000s Fashion on TikTok

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For decades, Christina Aguilera has had her finger on the pulse of pop culture, delivering hits we didn’t know we needed —from “Beautiful” to “Dirrty”—and a guilty pleasure performance for the ages in Burlesque, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year.

Naturally, 2020 is no different when it comes to Xtina’s all-knowing energy. “At the end of this year, I think we all need to have a good cry and a good laugh and put it to bed,” Aguilera said over Zoom, referencing her surprise appearance in Amazon Prime’s Yearly Departed special. She appears alongside powerhouse females, including Sarah Silverman, Phoebe Robinson, and Ziwe to eulogize the dumpster fire of 2020.

Xtina pops up at the very end of the proceedings, sporting a black veil and vinyl latex ensemble to perform the In Memoriam. She sings “I Will Remember You,” while laying to rest “Wearing bras, Melania’s prenup, Armie Hammer’s marriage,” and “the name Karen” among other things. As it turns out, Aguilera is bringing that own “out with the old, in with the new” energy to 2021 in everything from life to fashion. “I love to play a chameleon at certain points in my career,” the newly 40 Aguilera said. “I get bored with where I’ve been, where I’ve come from, and I like to reinvent things for myself and change it up.”

Ahead, Xtina opens up about inspiring the next generation of TikTok, spending time with her family, and the one place she won’t wear latex.

Was it weirdly therapeutic to perform an In Memoriam, something usually very somber, that felt comedic and celebratory?

Yeah, for sure. I think that we’ve had enough somber, to be honest, in real life. You couldn’t write what happened in the past year in actuality. It would be almost too far-fetched. So, at this point, we have to bring some light into the picture, and after the holidays, and some not being able to see much of their loved ones, I think it’s time that we can all actually, even if we’re apart, share in a good laugh together. So I think it’s much needed, very timely, and laughter’s the best medicine.

During the end credits, they showed that each person filmed their part of the special separately due to the pandemic. Did you get to meet anyone else in Yearly Departed?

I really wish that was doable, but no, for safety reasons and the pandemic we didn’t. I thought the production did a great job at trying to take all precautions necessary and part of that is having to film separately. And that sucks, because you can’t have the in-person camaraderie with the cast and all the special comedic energy and female energy coming together as one. But we still had conversations with the director from afar, and we still brought what we could to the table and it turned out to be a great piece.

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If you could eulogize one thing in 2020 that you were happy to say goodbye to, what would it be?

If I were to go up and make a eulogy, I think I’d keep it short and sweet, simple. We’ve all heard a lot of speeches this year. There’s been a lot going on. So I think I would just say, “Out with the old, in with the new” is the attitude in moving forward and moving on.

But if I were to remember some positives, it would definitely be getting to spend some quality time with my kids (Max, 12 and Summer, 6). Making sure I got to stay in one place and hibernate for a minute and process the past and look forward. I think many of us reflected on changes we want to make for the future. I think we can at least take away some positives on that note. But it’s been a very individual process for everybody, very personal. So, short and sweet, “Out with the old, in with the new.”

In this dark year, what are some of the positive things that you discovered and are holding onto in the future?

I guess moments where you discover new outlets for your creativity, or new outlets to have a laugh, share it with your fans. I think a lot of us got into TikTok this year. Whether it was a dance, or whether it was just having a laugh, I think we all resorted to that format this year and had our own fun with it, from behind the screen or in front of it. But that was a fun thing to dive into. And what else? Oh, getting better educated on, “How do I work Zoom calls?” So that was definitely a good takeaway in trying to figure out that technology, because that isn’t going away anytime soon.

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Many Gen Z TikTok stars seem inspired by your early 2000s looks, from the crop tops to the denim. What’s it like to see those trends get a new life?

I think everything comes back around. We’re all inspired by different genres and different styles and it is fun to see re-imagined versions of things that I put together back in… I don’t know, 20 years ago, I guess. I’ve had much to be thankful for in my career and to have that history behind me, and be able to inspire new generations is an amazing thing. It’s something I can truly be proud of. And it’s so fun to see how empowered much of this generation has become. It’s an opportunity through social media that I didn’t have coming up. To be able to squash certain rumors that the media might dictate, or comparisons, or things like that. There’s more camaraderie between female artists being able to join together and write their own narrative, rather than it always being dictated for us from a generation that I was from.

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And being able to be more fashion-forward, being unapologetic about certain fashion choices, whereas before I think there was more backlash to be met with. You can’t please everybody at the same time and that’s something I’ve learned very early on. It’s awesome to be an inspiration for new females in particular, and men, who work it very well, might I say. It’s just fun to see my fashions be reinvented and played with.

What new fashion is Xtina dreaming up for 2021?

I love being comfortable. Even latex can be comfortable once you get it fricking on and off your body, but that’s a whole pain in the ass within itself. But I’ve been through the gamut of quick changes and fast pace on the road, so I’m no stranger to discomfort for a good cause, which is the end product of how it looks at the end of the day. But I do love mixing a combination of comfortable body suits and things that are body-hugging and then changing it up with some cozy, cool sweatpants and either a heel or a dope sneaker to juxtaposition that.

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Fashion is to be played with, fashion is to be fun. I’m so many different things from being more cozy in my studio mode, wanting to curl up on the couch and be creative, where I don’t want to be so conformed. I definitely wouldn’t wear latex to the studio. But then having show mode and having all the experience I have on stage, to really come to the table with new fashions and looks and something exciting for the performance. So I wear many different hats, but I like to incorporate them all in a cohesive thread.

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This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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The 9 Best Sleep Apps For Your Most Restful Night Ever

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You need sleep. (Yeah, you already know that.) What isn’t always intuitive is how to get it. Between all of the stress the world has served up this past year and the temptation to doom scroll (a.k.a. nonstop surf the craziness your social feeds have to offer), we completely understand why you might be struggling to get your rest. One simple ritual that could help: using a sleep app.

Some of these digitally-available apps allow you to access meditation sessions or white noise recordings that you can play next to your pillow. Others monitor your sleep behaviors (like breathing and time spent tossing and turning) to help you make adjustments to your bedtime routine. “All of these apps have similar principles built into them,” says Rafael Pelayo, MD, professor at Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine and author of How to Sleep. At the end of the day, they’re designed to help you reach your sleep goals.

Pelayo’s pro tip for getting the most out of your app: Stick with it. After you’ve established your baseline (you do this the first time you use your app), use it enough times to identify trends in your sleep. (Note, if you find that your sleep declines, it might be worth checking in with a doctor.)

Pelayo notes that sleep apps can be “convenient, practical, and effective,” tools for getting a good night’s rest. Learn more about some of our favorites, below.

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Unplug Meditation

According to Pelayo, meditation apps help you fall asleep by making you feel safe and less alert to the happenings around you. Clicking into the Unplug app reveals a library of recorded meditations dedicated to upping your relaxation prior to sleep. Our recommendation: the 23 minute-long Meditation For Serious Sleep (that our tester swears she fell asleep to in under 10 minutes).

$12.99/month or $69.99/year; Mac App Store, Google Play

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Calm

This app does exactly what it says it does. It’s loaded with countless hours of meditations and soothing tracks that help you wind down and practice mindfulness. If meditation isn’t your thing, give the app’s Sleep Stories a listen. The collection includes bedtime stories read in relaxing tones by a roster of familiar celebrity voices (like Harry Styles, Mandy Moore, Idris Elba, and more).

Pelayo says many of his patients have found success with this app—and the next one—because of how accessible and easy-to-use it is.

$12.99/month or $69.99/year; Mac App Store, Google Play

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Headspace

Headspace had its cult-following way before it made its way to your Netflix watch list. The meditation app is easy-to-use, with a library divided by your meditation goals (e.g. concentration, balance, sleep). Our tester loved its sleep-specific meditations, as the recordings’ mix of soft narrations and ambient tracks never woke her after she’d fallen asleep—despite her being a light sleeper who is very sensitive to sound.

$12.99/month or $69.99/year; Mac App Store, Google Play

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Unwind

If you look to the great outdoors for a reset (*raises hand*), hit download on Unwind. The app helps facilitate sleep by bringing the sounds of nature to your bedroom. (Think: falling rain and crashing waves.) Flip through the app’s numerous meditations, sleep stories, and breathing techniques.
$59.99/year; Mac App Store

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Inscape

This app captures the relaxing effects of Inscape’s IRL meditation sessions into a gorgeous, easy-to-navigate app. Just position your phone next to your pillow and let the app’s tranquil tracks lull you to sleep.

$9.99/month; Mac App Store, Google Play

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White Noise

“The need for sleep is biological, but the way you sleep is learned,” says Pelayo, who explains that once you’re accustomed to the sounds of your bedroom, introducing a new, novel sound (like a car passing or a cell phone buzzing) can disrupt your slumber. White noise raises the level of background noise so that you’re less likely to notice out-of-place sounds.

This is exactly what the White Noise app does. It plays looped ambient sounds (like the crackling of a campfire and falling rain) to keep you asleep. Like multiple tracks? The app allows you to cut and combine them for the ultimate sleep experience.

Free; Mac App Store, Google Play

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Sleep Score

This hardworking app assesses how much quality sleep you’re getting à la its patented Sonar technology that utilizes your phone’s built-in microphone. It monitors your movements and breathing to grade you on how well you’re sleeping at every stage. It also gives you the tools to adjust your sleeping habits, providing you a library of soothing sounds and tips from sleep experts.

$7.99/month or $49.99/year; Mac App Store, Google Play

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Two New York Icons Join Forces: Barneys at Saks is Here

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Another day, another fashion drop we can’t stop thinking about. From Louis Vuitton’s new collection in partnership with artist Urs Fischer to Burberry’s latest capsule that dips into the brand’s rich archives, we rounded up the hottest collaborations of the month. Click through to stay up-to-date with the newest fashion announcements and more.

Barneys at Saks

Who: Barneys at Saks

What: Barneys debuts at Saks’ Fifth Avenue flagship

Where: Saks NYC’s flagship store and saksfifthavenue.com

Why: In a wild, wholesome turn of events, New York Icon Saks Fifth Avenue is joining forces with another New York Icon, Barneys. The latter shuttered earlier this year, but Saks welcomed them with an installation on their fifth floor. The pop-up will feature a curated set of emerging and established brands alike (what Barney’s was known for), including sixteen labels new to Saks.

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Louis Vuitton Twist Bags Starring Laura Harrier

Who: Louis Vuitton

What: Laura Harrier and the Louis Vuitton Twist Bag

Where: In Louis Vuitton stores and on louisvuitton.com

Why: Louis Vuitton brings a fresh “twist” to their now-iconic Twist bag for spring 2021. The easy-to-carry bag now comes with sporty straps and leather lace detailing, and in new colorways from deep fucshia to rich tan, giving it a fresh update for the upcoming season. Louis Vuitton has chosen actress, activist, and house ambassador Laura Harrier as the face of this newest drop.

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Gucci and Doraemon

Who: Gucci

What: Gucci celebrates Lunar New Year with Doraemon

Where: Gucci.com and stores nationwide

Why: If you are still vying for a piece from Gucci’s sold-out collaboration with The North Face, the brand’s newest collection might tide you over until you own a hyped-up puffer. Launching today is the Italian fashion house’s partnership with manga sensation Doraemon, in observance of Lunar New Year. The animated pop icon is splashed over bags, sneakers, and notably, the GG motif.

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MATCHESFASHION Wardrobe Foundations

Who: MATCHESFASHION

What: MATCHESFASHION “Wardrobe Foundations”

Where: Exclusively on MATCHESFASHION.com

Why: MATCHESFASHION is starting 2021 with the launch of their new category “Wardrobe Foundations.” The online retailer is focusing on the 12 core pieces that make up the modern wardrobe for both men and women, launching with 250 items across 60 of their core brands. The category will be updated continually to reflect new deliveries with a wide range of price points to appeal to any of Matches’ shoppers.

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Dior Caro Bag

Who: Dior

What: The Dior Caro Bag

Where: Available now on Dior.com

Why: Dior’s latest handbag offering is the Caro, inspired by the brand’s iconic Cannage pattern. The bag uses over 18,000 individual stitches to create the pattern and includes the signature CD gold clasp. It comes in a variety of colors and two sizes, and includes a handy shoulder strap for hand-free use.

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Burberry Future Archive Capsule

Who: Burberry

What: Burberry Future Archive Capsule Collection

Where: Available exclusively at Burberry’s Chicago store and on Burberry.com January 11th

Why: Burberry is launching an incredibly limited collection of outerwear with a contemporary take on their archives. Field jackets, bomber jackets, and diamond-quilted coats are reimagined and fused with iconic Burberry trench coat elements. Each piece is being produced selectively and is labeled out of 150, making every item truly special.

Louis Vuitton x Urs Fischer

Who: Louis Vuitton x Urs Fischer

What: Urs Fischer Capsule Collection

Where: Available at LV stores internationally and on louisvuitton.com

Why: Louis Vuitton continues their streak of artist collaborations with Swiss-born artist Urs Fischer. Fischer is known for his playful and irreverent artwork, and in this capsule he reimagines the LV Monogram in his own quirky handwriting. The velvet pattern jumps off the ready-to-wear, bags, and accessories, mixing heritage with the whimsy Fischer brings to all his endeavors.

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Guess Originals x NIKI ‘Moonchild’ Capsule

Who: Guess Originals x NIKI

What: ‘Moonchild’ Limited Edition Capsule

Where: Available on Guess.com

Why: Guess Originals has teamed up with Indonesian breakout artist NIKI for this nine-piece capsule, which complements her debut album ‘Moonchild.’ Pieces include sweatshirts, joggers, and biker shorts with lunar-themed decals. Pieces range from $29-89.

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Canada Goose Standard Expedition Parka

Who: Canada Goose

What: Standard Expedition Parka

Where: Available at Canada Goose stores internationally and on canadagoose.com

Why: Canada Goose is continuing their sustainability efforts with the Standard Expedition parka, made from entirely recycled materials without comprising the performance that they are known for. The “greige” color comes from limited dye use during production, and the creation of the jacket uses 35% less carbon and 60% less water than the brand’s classic parkas. A chic way to stay warm and keep the planet cold!

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Emma Corrin of ‘The Crown’ Stars in Miu Miu’s Spring Campaign

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With a new year comes fresh opportunities for innovative fashion, stunning visuals, and new levels of star power. The spring-summer 2021 campaigns have arrived, placing Kate Moss near a glowing Eiffel Tower for Messika Paris, and the likes of Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner in an underwater escape for Versace. Plus, Prada is exploring technology’s impact on fashion with its latest visionary output from Miuccia Prada and Raf Simmons. In 2021, the sky is the limit.

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