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Step Inside Clean Market, A Wellness Retreat In The Middle Of NYC

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Photograph courtesy of Clean Market.

Founded by Clean Food Dirty City’s Lily Kunin

It takes me a while to find Clean Market. I mistakenly get off a stop too early on the subway and decide to walk instead of wait for the next train. I then take the wrong exit before, and only realize that I am walking in the entirely opposite way a few blocks later. I blame it on Midtown, a neighborhood I'm never in, and having a hectic workday prior to this. I am late, sweaty, and frazzled by the time I walk through the door for my appointment. Yet, as I make inside the wellness hub—that functions as a treatment center, retail space, and a cafe—my heart rate instantly slows down and I relax. The minimal, bright space, outfitted in a white color scheme, wood detailing, and lots of greenery, feels like somewhere outside of New York City. It's serene and somehow, given its location, quiet. After I am done with my cryotherapy, infrared sauna, and IV NutriDrip treatments, I feel even more so like I just left the city and went on a retreat upstate.

When I share my experience with Lily Kunin, founder of Clean Market and the very popular wellness website Clean Food Dirty City and author of Good Clean Food, I can hear the excitement emanating from her voice: "I love that you felt that way! It's definitely what we want people to come in and experience: some type of state change. So whether it's just from one of our functional smoothies or one of our services, it is a little escape from the city and an experience that kind of, like, takes you out of that everyday hustle and bustle." In fact, it's one of the reasons the recent L.A. transplant (who previously lived in New York) wanted to open the space specifically in Manhattan. "I love L.A., but it has a lot of health and wellness incorporated into every neighborhood," she says. "I felt like there was a really big need, and that Clean Market was filling a gap, in New York, especially in Midtown. I wanted it to become this oasis and retreat from the busy, hectic energy of New York." 

An LED sign—that reads, "energy, flow, detox, brain, immunity, beauty, gut health"—welcomes visitors. And while it may seem like a trendy way to decorate a space that will, undoubtedly, attract millennials with its buzzy services, it's also a reminder of the backbone of everything that Clean Market offers. "In functional medicine, when those seven pillars are all working together and aligned, you’re achieving optimal health and well-being. So we really picked out services that we felt supported those functions in the body, and the same goes for every single product and item on our menu as well." 

Photograph courtesy of Clean Market.

In addition to supporting the seven pillars, the treatments currently offered—cryotherapy, infrared sauna, IV drips, and booster shots—are, according to Kunin, a "balance of really effective services and really approachable, adoptable services that you can integrate into your everyday life." So while she's aware that New Yorkers might be well-versed in the benefits of cryotherapy, in reducing inflammation and muscle recovery, and infrared, in promoting a better detox and increasing energy, she hopes they might discover something new while picking one of 14 nurse-administered NutriDrips vitamin solutions, whose benefits go from promoting immunity (a popular one, according to Kunin, before travel) to improving hair, skin and nail health, and relieving hangovers.

This blend of approachability and discovery extends to the retail space whose products—that range from True Botanicals face oils and Meow Meow Tweet natural deodorant to Pure Encapsulations supplements and Golde turmeric tonic blends—Kunin personally researches and tests alongside her functional medicine director and nurse practitioner, as well as other team members. "The ingredients are obviously super-important," she says of the meticulous process that every single product that lands on the shelf undergoes. "We look at the ingredients, we look at the sourcing, we look at whether there’s clinical testing for all the medical-grade supplements." And while you might instantly recognize certain cult products, like Moon Juice dusts and Lord Jones CBD candies, there is still plenty to discover. "You might be really familiar with CBD, but then you come in and can discover all the products we carry that use CBD. For example, we just started carrying a CBD honey which is amazing for before bedtime," she says. "It's just kind of like taking familiar ingredients and introducing them into even better, more effective products."

Similar guidelines spill over to the menu of the cafe-smoothie bar, with Kunin, who has a degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, paying close attention to the sourcing of ingredients and making sure that they are sustainable, and the menu organic and free of gluten and refined sugars. A lot of the products spill over literally into concoctions, like the Moon Juice functional lattes, that Kunin designed in collaboration with the brand while living in L.A., and superfood smoothies and bowls that borrow maca, grassfed collagen, and hemp protein from the retail shelf. There is also the option to add boosters, like probiotics, CBD, and B12 to any drink.

And it's that ability to custom-tailor a visit to Clean Market that is also at the core of the space, right alongside the seven pillars. "It’s really a make-your-own experience. You can come in and browse retail and pick something up to take home, like a non-toxic basic like toothpaste, or you can come in and get a smoothie on your afternoon break, or you can create a few hours or an afternoon out of it and do kind of the whole circuit with infrared and cryo and IV and a drink," she says. "I think that the really amazing thing is, [no matter what you choose,] there's still an impact on the way you feel and your health." 

That bodes well for someone who walked in late.

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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube www.youtube.com

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale youtu.be

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.

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