This Mercury Retrograde Is A Good Time To Watch What You Say


It'll be tempting to put your foot in your mouth

You probably know how to prepare for Mercury Retrograde by now. You probably know that Mercury rules traveling, contracts, deals, technology, and the exchange of information. You probably heard tell that retrograde periods are great for returning to old and unfinished endeavors along those lines, like developing an archive you've already started, or finishing that copy edit you've already agreed to take on. Retrogrades are retrospective and reflective times, which we all need, and they serve a purpose. But, sometimes we've got to make new plans or new moves in a world that doesn't adhere to the whims of planets. These actions aren't inherently doomed, and it stands to reason that everything will work out fine regardless. It's just that there are inauspicious possibilities at hand. And, if you've been a good listener, you've prepared for those possibilities.

In Sagittarius, Mercury is particularly adventurous and curious. The god of transactional information under the star of philosophy and intellectual fire comes on hot on the debate trail, ready to suss out the truth of how things are and how they could be. Sagittarius is a mutable sign, invested in connection and community structures, but they tend to spend a lot of time alone, pondering. And, although this solitude gives them peace, it also makes desperately desired socializing difficult. These centaurs often find themselves putting their hoof in their mouth when they so deeply ache to make a good impression.

Given that communication is particularly challenged this month, it's a good time for all signs to watch what they say and how they say it, especially in an era of political discord and danger, when the bonds we make with others are crucial to our emotional and physical survival. Additionally, Mercury joins Jupiter in the sign of Sagittarius, which inspires confidence and faith in luck—attitudes that retrograde periods tend to really put to the test. Instead of gambling on your resources and reserves of energy by agreeing to take on more work opportunities or ethical battles, now is a great time to reassess all the wheels you've already put into motion. Which ones help the others spin and which clog up the gears, causing friction and obstruction? Make what you've already got going go better for you. Let whatever luck you feel lead to acts of gratitude and tending rather than gluttony and disregard.

Speaking of tending, Venus stations direct in Libra the day before Mercury stations retrograde. This sort of do-si-do might have you wanting to rejoice and run for the hills after a month of emotional storms and traumatic dry spells. But listen, the shadow period of Venus retrograde aches for repair—especially in the sign of balance-seeking Libra. The ground of your relationships, upturned and harvested, wants to be mulched, irrigated, rid of invasive thoughts like weeds. Work with each other. Let Mercury in retrograde teach you how to commit to something all the way through or how to close a life chapter with sacred intention. Take time to protect the most delicate bulbs that wait underground for blossom. What parts of you await your attention and your care? What parts of your relationships hold new promising possibilities? What parts of your relationships need to die so that you can thrive? Store the bulbs of these flowers, these many possible worlds, in a dark safe place. Then, when you're done, look at the ones you've chosen to do this work with. Kiss each other's hands for the work you've done to keep things alive, separately and together.

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From selling probiotic supplements to picture frames and umbrellas

A Kardashian-level of success doesn't happen overnight, and it certainly doesn't happen without proper planning. Kim Kardashian West clearly knows this because, according to TMZ, she has already filed for trademark protection on the name of her two-week-old baby, Psalm West. From personal appearances and entertainment services to probiotic supplements and scrunchies, she is leaving no stone unturned in terms of possible business opportunities.

Apparently, all of the Kardashian parents file these kinds of trademark protections for their kids even if the businesses never come to fruition. It's done as a precautionary measure to keep others from profiting off of their name and to make sure that, should they ever want to start a business, they don't have to worry about someone else getting to it first. The sheer length of this list speaks to the huge earning potential of baby Psalm, who can't even control his own neck muscles yet, let alone go into business. Still, this brings a whole new meaning to "securing the bag."

Below, a list of all the things Kardashian West is seeking usage rights for.

Hair accessories












Hair extensions

Ornamental novelty pins

Entertainment services

Personal appearances

Skin care

Probiotic supplements

Toy figures

Doll accessories

Computer software


Baby bottles






Skin moisturizers



Bubble bath


Body powders

Shower gels

Body oils

Skin serums

Nail polish

Nail polish remover

Nail care preparations



Toy jewelry

Toy cameras

Toy food

Bath toys

Baby gyms

Playground balls

Electronic action toys

Baby bouncers

Baby changing tables

Baby walkers




Picture frames


Baby carriers

Cosmetic bags

Toiletry cases

Duffle bags




Key chains



photo albums



Writing utensils

Collectible trading cards

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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

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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.