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Your February Horoscopes Are Here

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Illustrated by Jihyang Lim

What the stars have in store for you this month

Move Over, Cupid!
Candy companies, jewelry storefronts, and Hallmark should all be sending out praises to the cosmos this February. Yes, it’s the month of roses, Valentines, and all things Cupid, but February is poised to be a hot one on the romance front, regardless of Saint Valentine’s Day’s yearly arrival.

Love, sex, and a luxurious-yet-assertive boost to many signs’ earnings can be expected as early as February 3, thanks to sensual Venus hooking up with her ancient celestial lover, Mars, in his home sign Aries. This Bonnie and Clyde-style planetary pairing will stay entwined in a passionate embrace all month, influencing nearly every other stellar aspect ahead. The scorching flames of passion from these two planets show no signs of being extinguished, despite a gradual slowdown at month’s end in preparation for Venus’ rare slumber when she travels retrograde in March. Hey, a girl’s gotta sleep sometime!

The headline news this month lies in two dynamic eclipses bookending the month and kicking off a pearl-strand of unusually gentle, favorable eclipses throughout 2017. The series begins with a fiery Lunar Eclipse in Leo the Lion on February 10, fanning the lusty flames of our deepest sense of emotional satisfaction, especially in connection with personal creativity, true love and romance, as well as children and parenthood. Our faith in ourselves and the transcendent power of love and creativity is only deepened as the month continues, culminating in a powerfully optimistic Solar Eclipse in imaginative Pisces on February 26. The last week of the month is ideally set up for initiating a new creative venture or committing to a project employing your most personal—even secret—artistic skills and talents, however that manifests in your life. Don’t waver in your sense of self-assuredness: Personal, private faith in your own power is the only weapon you need.

Aries (March 21 – April 19): Some Like it Hot
February is on fire for you, Aries, so where January might’ve left you feeling flat—or just plain baffled—this month offers a do-over. Late last month, Mars, your ruling planet, made himself at home in your sign, and on February 3, Venus will shimmy over to your sign to meet her cosmic lover. This planetary power couple will be dancing cheek-to-cheek to their own sultry tune all month long—and you Rams will reap every last benefit.

Firstly, expect a much-needed (and well-deserved!) swell of self-confidence after the 3rd. Most deliciously, luxurious Venus will ensure you’re feeling more beautiful and desireable than you have in ages. Add assertive Mars’ influence, and you’ve got a powerful-yet-sophisticated surge of ambition and an uncanny ability to manifest anything quickly and easily. You’re incredibly persuasive throughout the month: Your cup runneth over with a self-starting, entrepreneurial spirit. Thinking of launching a new business, freelancing, or expanding existing self-employment? Tackle it in February.

Professional success and wild earning potential inspire new magnetism and act as aphrodisiacs, translating to wildly exciting developments in your love and sex lives. Thanks to Mars’ self-assured nature, you’ll have the courage to pounce, infusing your libido with a new boldness. A dazzling Lunar Eclipse in friendly fire sign Leo illuminates your true love sector while in a tender, loving angle to Jupiter in your 7th House of Commitment on February 10. Anticipate harmony between you and your sweetheart—the cosmic conditions are ideal for leveling up. Exclusivity, cohabitation, and even engagement are all in the stars mid-month. Already married? Baby could make three (or more!), so be vigilant with practicing safe sex through February if you’re not ready for that. It’s not just your potential that’s extra fertile this month!

 

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Well, actually it's crocodile, but she looks out of this world so...

Winnie Harlow walked the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday on her way to a screening of Oh Mercy!, wearing a showstopping gown.

The sheer black dress featured green embroidery on the front and back, which Ralph and Russo confirmed was in the shape of a crocodile. She belted the dress with a black crocodile skin-like belt and finished the look off with some strappy heels. She didn't leave it at just that. For beauty, Harlow packed on full lids of sparkly purple eyeshadow. She kept her hair sleek and simple.

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Though the brand says otherwise, as Game of Thrones fans, we'd like to think the embroidery is reminiscent of a dragon's skin. Not to mention, Harlow looks out-of-this-world beautiful in it.

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That denim kimono!!

Marion Cotillard shut down the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday at a screening for Matthias Et Maxime. Instead of an extravagant gown that's expected of the event, Cotillard wore a matching black crop top and shorts. Despite wearing an outfit I typically don to a hot yoga class, she looks incredible. She completed the look with an oversized denim kimono, a statement necklace, and heeled booties.

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At first, I was drawn in by the crop top and hotpants duo, but, after looking closer at the kimono, it's clear that it's the real scene-stealer. The floor-length Balmain piece was decorated with artful rips and dragon motifs. I would like to live in it.

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Let's all bow down to the Khaleesi of Cannes.

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"It doesn't make you weak to ask for help"

Singer Billie Eilish is continuing to open up about mental health, this time in a new PSA video in partnership with the Ad Council and Seize the Awkward.

In the video, Eilish insists that "it doesn't make you weak to ask for help." She doubles down on the importance of asking for help, and stresses the importance of friends and family being there when their close ones reach out and checking in on them as well. "You should be able to ask anyone for help, everyone has to help someone if they need it." According to Eilish, there have been times when someone reached out to her at the exact moment she needed it, and it helped.

It was particularly refreshing to see Eilish acknowledge that there are things she still doesn't know and has to learn about her mental health. At the very beginning of the video, the interviewer asks her to reflect on her mental health journey, and all Eilish can do is let out chortle. "I think when people hear, 'Remember to take care of your mental health,' they think that everyone else is, and that is not at all accurate," she admitted. "You know, for me I'm trying to learn still to make sure that I stay okay."

Check out the PSA below.

Billie Eilish On Mental Health & Friendship | Ad Council www.youtube.com

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"#NotOnMyMoodBoard"

Kim Kardashian has definitely been accused of borrowing a design now and then. But when Instagram influencer and Kardashian look-alike Kamilla Osman claimed the entrepreneur copied her birthday look for a Met Gala after-party, Kardashian was not going to let it fly—and shared plenty of photo evidence to shut down the claim.

Fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada first noticed Osman's claims on Instagram and shared side-by-side images of Kardashian's Cher-inspired outfit designed by Mugler and Osman's dress. "Never get confused with who 'inspires' who. They won't give you credit but they will copy," Osman wrote on her IG story. "I designed this dress for my birthday last year. Nobody had a dress like this was an original design."

Kardashian responded by posting the true inspiration behind her look: images of Cher, in similarly sparkly, plunging-neckline dresses and wigs, and of model Yasmeen Ghauri walking a Mugler show in the '90s. In fact, the only similarity between Osman's and Kardashian's looks is the bodycon mini-dress style, which the two are not the first to wear. Among the images, Kardashian included a blank slide with the hashtag "NotOnMyMoodBoard," making it clear that this was in response to Osman's claims.

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Though I am with Kim on this one, Kardashian does have a history of co-opting other people's work. From being sued over her Kimoji app, to claims she copied makeup palettes and perfume bottle designs, to being accused of copying Naomi Campbell's entire style, it's far from the first (and probably, far from the last) time Kardashian's name will be mentioned like this.

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After delivered the perfect pep talk

When Lena Waithe took over as a guest host on Jimmy Kimmel Live, her first time ever as a late-night host, actress and friend Halle Berry knew exactly how to pump her up. After Kimmel's security guard Guillermo Rodriguez hit the "Berry Button" (a large button on the wall that says just that), Berry came running out in a backless tee and boyfriend jeans to give Waithe a pep talk... and plant one on her.

Berry rolled in as if she'd just jogged from hanging out with her friends to come to Waithe's immediate aid, joking she wasn't dressed for the occasion; but, let's be real, she could wear a paper bag, and we wouldn't complain. Waithe requested the "Halle Berry juice," similar to her 2002 Oscars speech, and Berry immediately had the lights turned down low and jumped into inspirational speech mode.

"I know that you are a force of nature. You are a beautiful African-American queen going after everything that is hers," Berry said before going on to list Waithe's many titles and accomplishments. She jokingly concluded, "And you already winning, girl, 'cause you are dressed way better than Jimmy ever will," before asking if Waithe needed anything else. Clearly, Waithe thought that was all Berry was there to do, because she said no, but Berry insisted she needed one more thing before grabbing Waithe's face and surprising her with a kiss. "Wow," Waithe reacted after Berry pulled away, and honestly same!

Watch the video, below.

Lena Waithe's Guest Host Monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live youtu.be

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