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Rowan Blanchard Has An Unexpected Tip For Staying Healthy During The Holidays

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Hint: it involves roller skates

Let’s face it—as joyous as the holidays may be, it’s not exactly prime season for optimal health. Not only are we treating ourselves to lots of, well, not-so-healthy treats (however delicious they may be), traveling a ton, and pulling some late nights cramming in holiday parties, but the winter weather itself takes a toll on our immune systems. With all the hectic holiday buzz keeping us busy, we can easily forget that it's also flu season.

Fear not, as there are some steps we can take to ensure we stay in tip-top health all season long. We chatted with actress, activist, and former NYLON cover star Rowan Blanchard about her go-to ways to stay healthy for the holidays.

Blanchard's biggest offender of the holiday season? Travel. Long travel days can take a lot out of us, leaving us exhausted and susceptible to all sorts of colds and bugs. “I get sick really easily when I travel—and this year, I’m traveling a lot during the holidays,” explains Blanchard. “The second I feel myself catching anything, I try to drink a lot of hot water with lemon, ginger, and cayenne—it seems to really cut any signs of sickness down in half.”

And, as befitting of an OLLY Girl Multi vitamin ambassador, Blanchard also talks up the benefits of taking vitamins, telling us, "For me, I grew up waking up to my mom reminding me to take my vitamins every day." Blanchard now continues the practice on her own and says she even takes vitamins with her while traveling for that extra boost.

Blanchard also relies on another popular self-care remedy. “My friend Alia got me really into sheet masks—it’s really fun to do them with your friends. My skin-care routine sort of varies on how dedicated I’m feeling on a day-to-day basis, but sometimes I get really into it and do a sheet mask, a clarifying mask, and spend extra time moisturizing," she explains, before continuing, "I try not to be too hard on myself about my skin, because I’m a teenager and the pressure is ridiculous. However, for me, it’s good when you can think of skin care as being something fun and not terribly life-consuming.” 

Blanchard also has an idea for how to make your winter workout appealing: make it fun. “I don’t typically like working out, so I like to go roller-skating or dance with my friend,” she says. “I sometimes go to SoulCycle, too—I like when they play Rihanna.” 

While keeping ourselves healthy is vital to surviving the hectic holiday season, that doesn’t mean we can’t indulge a bit. For Blanchard, the holidays are filled with her favorites: spending time with her family and friends, skiing, and eating good food. What’s on the menu this year? Homemade pies (apparently, her sis makes a mean apple pie) and her mom’s drool-worthy pumpkin chili. Can we get an invite?

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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