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10 Best-Dressed Goths of 2019

It’s Halloween. While many celebs don haunted apparel in this spooky month alone, some keep it creepy all year round. In fact, goth style has become somewhat subsumed into both mass and avant-garde culture: Think of Alexander McQueen’s runways or SoundCloud rappers’ purposefully gloomy attitude. 

Not everyone can pull off goth fashion with ease, but we’ve narrowed down a list of the ten greatest goth superstars of this year. These boys and ghouls are paragons of style—whether you’re into the trend or not.

1. David Lynch

Although he’s usually spotted in a simple suit, this master of cinematic nightmares has come to define goth aesthetics. With a splash of blue hair dye and a mouthful of teeth blackened by cigarettes, Lynch doesn’t need gaudy skulls or bat wings to assert his dominance as an icon of devilish style.

2. Brody King

Pro wrestling has goth gimmicks, but it’s Brody King’s clever subversions of black metal and hardcore punk aesthetics that place him a cut above the rest. No outdated trench coats, corny props or gaudy accessories needed—King intimidates his opponents with a balaclava and a custom baseball jacket, declaring “Violence is the answer!”

3. Yovska

In the history of televised drag, few contestants were as plainly robbed as Yovska. The avant-gardist’s cartoonish DIY nightmares simply flew over the heads of the simple-minded Boulet Brothers, but they’ve garnered a devout cult following since. “Spooky Stories to Tell in the Dark,” eat your heart out…

4. FKA twigs

Mother twigs is back from a yearslong hiatus, and her looks remain a refreshing take on the dark visuals of moody late ‘90s R&B. In the music video for her single “Cellophane,” twigs reinvents herself as a cyberpunk goddess fighting off demons from another reality while wielding a stripper pole as a weapon. She consistently embodies dark glamour without relying on the tropes of yesteryear.

5. Rihanna

Rihanna isn’t always goth, but when she wants to be, she outdoes Dracula himself—and her music has become somewhat ubiquitous at secret vampire parties around the world. Rihanna has invested a lot of energy into her Savage X Fenty line, and her brand’s fascination with slime-green leopard prints and BDSM-inflected lingerie firmly places her as an unlikely paradigm for a reimagining of goth in the new millennium.

6. Papa Emeritus

Glam rock hasn’t precisely been stylish since the late ‘80s. Still, Papa Emeritus of the controversial costumed metal band Ghost has given a fresh, ornate twist on over-the-top, nefarious fashions. Positioning himself as a dark priest with apocalyptic visions, his opulent papal robes and embroidered Satanic couture look great, even if more “serious” metal fans aren’t on board.

7. Violet Chachki

Easily one of the most fashionable contestants to ever grace RuPaul’s runway, this Drag Race champion’s pin-up girl aesthetic has been taken to sexy extremes since her budget has expanded. An internationally booked model, Chachki’s penchant for burlesque-influenced glamour has kept her It Girl status firmly intact.

8. Orville Peck

Although “goth” probably isn’t how the singer-songwriter would describe himself, Peck’s forlorn songs of unrequited love at the late-night rodeo legitimize him as a leader of contemporary Southern Gothic aesthetics. Epitomizing the inherent camp of country and combining it with the sex appeal of a masked luchador, Peck’s twisted version of the yee-haw trend places him in a new goth cannon.

9. Lil Uzi

Mall goth—but make it fashion. Lil Uzi might be seen strutting around in the Tripp bondage pants plenty of rebellious tweens wore in the early ‘00s, but pairing the baggy trousers with streetwear and opulent chains is a fascinating twist on the low-brow nu-metal once excoriated by critics. All his friends are dead, but his stylist is doing just fine.

10. Ryan and Matthew Murray

There’s something inherently spooky about identical twins. The Murray brothers of Salem, Massachusetts, is an understated duo of tattoo artists who specialize, perhaps unsurprisingly, in grotesque ink. Sometimes you don’t need more than black jeans and a black button-down to make a statement.

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Culture Music

Music of the Month: 15 Songs from October to Play on Repeat

Every month we gather our favorite new songs and compile them in a list, crafted just for you. Artists who took breaks reappeared in October with some fire new tracks. Harry Styles, JoJo, JT from City Girls and Lil Kim all dropped amazing projects, putting long waits to an end. Below you’ll find our favorite 15 songs released in October 2019. *headphones in* 

1. “Highest In The Room” by Travis Scott

“Highest in the Room” hit number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 in October. Fans have been waiting for this track since April, when Kylie Jenner teased it in a Kylie Jenner Kybrow cosmetics ad. The banger marks Travis Scott’s second song to hit the top of the Hot 100 charts, after “Sicko Mode.” The standalone track reflects on the Houston-rapper’s previous relationship with Jenner and his testimony as the most intoxicated person in the room. 

2. “Lights Up” by Harry Styles

It’s been two long years since we’ve been blessed with a Harry Styles song, but “Lights Up” proves it was worth the wait. Released on National Coming Out Day, the track’s music video features the British musician surrounded by men and women caressing him. Fans had no idea the track was bound to come out, as he only posted a preview on his Instagram a few hours before its debut. A combination of desolate lyrics and sweet-sounding vocals is building the hype for his sophomore album.   

3. “Easy” by Camila Cabello

You might recognize this dreamy track from Camila Cabello’s recent performance on Saturday Night Live. In “Easy,” the American-Cuban singer talks about a bad relationship that taught her to love herself more. Relatable and enlightening, this track is the fourth song released from her upcoming album, Romance. “Easy” is one of those songs that gets better with repeated play, making the listener see the depth of the message. 

4. “Big Stepper’ by Roddy Ricch

From start to finish, “Big Stepper” is a catchy stylistic track. With exceptional wordplay and a smooth flow to accompany killer lyrics, Roddy Ricch continuously proves his place in the rap game. The Compton, California-born artist raps with charismatic ease that is nothing less of sly.

5. “JT First Day Out” by City Girls

JT is out of jail and not wasting any time to hop back on the hip-hop train. In “JT First Day Out,” the City Girls member reflects on her time spent in prison for credit card fraud. On Oct. 9, the Miami-bred rapper was released from prison and went straight to work by clocking in several studio hours and catching up with fans on social media. The track is attributed to City Girls but mostly features JT talking about her time in jail, debunking rumors and Yung Miami’s loyalty during her time away. The song was recorded on the first day of her release.

6. “Home With You” by FKA twigs

FKA twigs is scheduled to release her second album, Magdalene, on Nov. 8. Twigs has given us another sneak peek of what to expect on the album by dropping “Home with You” and a tastefully crafted music video to accompany it. The gloomy track, matched with melodies that seep into your brain, explores a relationship filled with love and suffering. In an interview with Pitchfork, twigs described her inspiration for the ballad, “You can take the girl out of the suburbs but you can’t take the suburbs out of the girl. ‘Home With You’ reinforced my reoccurring suspicion that when I’m in doubt, I should follow my gut and go home.”

7. “Kinfolks” by Sam Hunt

This country love song has the range to be on the playlist at every wedding you attend this year. In “Kinfolks,” Sam Hunt talks about introducing a new love interest to his family and friends, solidifying his seriousness for their relationship. The song came 17 months after the country singer’s last release and is arguably a top hit in his library. The combination of fairytale lyrics and Western harmonies make for replay-worthy record.

8. “Joanna” by JoJo

It’s been a while since we’ve received new music from JoJo. Famous for her song “Leave (Get Out),” the 28-year-old singer-songwriter is reinventing her image with a more mature and classical sound, but her soulful vocals remain untouched and consistently admired. In “Joanna,” JoJo playfully reflects on the constant push she receives from labels, fans and the music industry to reignite her career. As amazing as Joanna sounds, we’re glad JoJo gave it the time it deserved.  

9. “Big Booty” by Gucci Mane

Gucci Mane isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. On Oct. 17, Mr. La Flare released Woptober II, his second LP of 2019. It was hard to choose just one song off this fresh album, but a first-time collab with Megan Thee Stallion seems like a fair choice. In “Big Booty,” Gucci Mane and the Houston rapper team up to discuss their love for big butts, resulting in the perfect track for twerking.

10. “You Are Not Alone” by Lil Kim

After 14 years of silence, Lil Kim is back. “You Are Not Alone” is the sixth track on her newly released fifth studio album, 9. Legendary as ever, Kim shows she is still an influence and top contender in hip-hop, even after such a long hiatus. “You Are Not Alone” has an old-school and nostalgic sound, similar to Kim’s original style with a little revamping.

11. “Abracadabra” by Anna Wise ft. Little Simz

Anna Wise, popularly known for her features on Kendrick Lamar songs, just released her fourth studio album, As It Were Forever. Delivered with passion and raw emotion, “Abracadabra” marks our favorite song from the project. The combination of a powerful theme of self-love and Wise’s soulful vocals, paired with a poetic verse from British rapper Little Simz, gives this track strong weight.

12. “Twenty-Something” by WEKS

“Twenty-Something”—from singer-songwriter WEKS’ 20 Something album—explores the confusion and frustration that many people face in their 20s before “figuring it all out.” WEKS is an artist on the rise, whose vocals have been compared to Carly Simon and Carole King with lyrical matter that often focuses on relationships and raw human experiences. This 25-year-old multi-instrumentalist has the range to end up on your favorite public playlist in the near future. 

13. “Heat Wave” by LYYN

Maybe you haven’t heard of LYYN, but you’ll be tuned in after listening to her new track “Heat Wave.” Just in time for Halloween, this seductive, spooky pop song with post-apocalyptic vibes will transport you to the dance floor of a late-night warehouse party. And just in time for Scorpio season, the track delves into a spooky embrace of how thrilling a new infatuation can be. The Chinese-American singer is nothing short of sprung. The combination of a ’90s R&B sound and witch house-inspired beat makes this harmonically rich tune one worth repeated plays.

14. “Raising Hell” by Kesha ft. Big Freedia

“Raising Hell” is the lead single on Kesha’s upcoming album, High Road. In an interview with Radio.com, she described the inspiration for the song’s naughty theme: “The concept of the song is that good people sometimes enjoy doing bad things, and it doesn’t take away from you being a fantastic soul.” Paired with vocals from bounce-music icon Big Freedia, “Raising Hell” is the perfect track for your next dance party.

15. “Rules” by Doja Cat

Rapper, singer and songwriter Doja Cat never fails to amaze us. “Rules” is a work of instrumental genius and a single from Doja’s second studio album, Hot Pink. Released with aesthetically pleasing and highly stylized visuals, “Rules” is the singer’s most explicit and compelling expression yet. In the song, Doja takes on the role of a Mafia Boss, rapping about her low tolerance for mind games and BS. 

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Grind Productivity

Jason Momoa’s ‘Aquaman’ Diet Explained

From leading Dothraki armies on horseback as Game of Thrones’ Khal Drogo to swinging swords around in a leather skirt as Conan the Barbarian, most of Jason Momoa’s career has been built around having his shirt off (and, sure, being a great actor). However, no role has gotten him into tip-top fighting shape quite like DC’s oceanic superhero, Aquaman. 

As anyone could see, the 6-foot-4 action star is no stranger to the gym, but when it came time to fill out that golden aqua-suit in the film, Momoa made some serious changes to his diet. Thanks to his trainer Stuart Walton’s philosophy, which focuses on “nutrition, balance and enjoyment,” it wasn’t as torturous as you’d expect. For one, the actor was still able to indulge in his absolute favorite treat, Guinness beer. 

“No foods were off limit, nor do they need to be,” Walton has explained in regards to Momoa’s Aquaman diet. Why? It’s all about the macronutrients. 

Rather than counting calories or cutting out food groups, Walton had Momoa paying more attention to his macronutrient intake, a system that depends on rationing the number of carbs, fat and protein you eat in order to build more muscle without gaining fat. It’s certainly a more flexible approach, and one that has been hailed for its results.

Since carbs are usually the first to go for someone seeking an eight-pack, those Guinnesses probably took up most of Momoa’s carb allotment, though particularly intense workouts also allowed him some healthy grains like rice and quinoa, along with fresh fruit—and a strong coffee (hey, even superheroes need help waking up).

As for the other important macros, protein and fat? Momoa stuck to pretty healthy options like sashimi (especially barramundi and salmon), steak, olive oil and avocado. He’s also been known to eat bowls of chicken and peanut butter

Aquaman’s fluctuating shooting schedule required some flexibility when it came to mealtimes, so Walton wasn’t too strict about that. Nevertheless, Momoa always made sure to fuel up before and after his workouts in order to stay energized throughout those long, action-packed workdays.

While all his hard work and macro-counting certainly paid off (literally! The film brought in $1.148 billion in box office sales worldwide, making it the highest-grossing installment in the DC Extended Universe), Momoa could not wait to ditch his Aquaman diet once shooting wrapped. As he told E! News, he’s “just eating bread and butter” and hasn’t “touched a weight in nine months.” Not for long, it seems—Aquaman 2 is set to hit theaters in 2022, so we’re sure he’ll be back on his grind soon enough. At least he’ll have Guinness to help him through it.

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Sports Strength

The Best NBA Fits of October

The NBA is back, and with the new season comes a formal introduction to this season’s fit culture. Think “first day of school” energy but with much more at stake—the opening night tunnel is a valuable first impression and an invitation to Go Off. 

With all of that in mind, here are the best NBA fits from October. Love to @LeagueFits, the NBA’s most important running archive. 

Ben Simmons Gets the Kapital Catalog

This is a good fit, riding the Kapital/Needles/Japanese streetwear wave something heavy. I’m all good with that, and Simmons is one of the league’s most consistent fit guys. It’s all about consistency in the NBA, and when you map that idea onto fits, Simmons is All-NBA.

But I’m here to talk about the Nike Blazers. These Blazers—which look like cardboard, in the best possible way—are from Nike’s collaboration with Cactus Plant Flea Market, Cynthia Lu’s fast-rising streetwear brand. Nike billed this sneaker as a customizable product, accessible through its “Nike for You” site, where buyers customize famous Nike lines to their specifications. However, these sold out quickly, and most of the people who strategically positioned themselves to race to the checkout designed them very badly. When you look at resale sites, the designs range from “meh” to ghastly.

Simmons got some good ones, though, custom Blazers that have the right balance of bright colors and really capture the bootleggy spirit of the line, which in an ideal world would be a mass-market product but in reality is kept on ice for famous people. These Blazers are sweet as hell. —CG

Serge Ibaka Had a Gameplan

Ibaka has been waiting to bust this fit out since June. Ibaka may have picked out this outfit years ago. He’s been dressing for a ring ceremony for a decade. Dress for the championship you want. Big ring energy. —JF

Paul George, Tux Guy

People love that saying, “You can never be overdressed or overeducated,” mainly to justify wearing a suit to happy hour because they were just so busy with work that they didn’t have the time to drop off their jacket before the bar.

I can’t speak to the overeducated part, but you certainly can be overdressed. The whole point of choosing an outfit is to dress against the context of an occasion. And generally I think tuxedos—even at weddings—are corny unless you’re royalty. But I’m all for making opening night a formal event. NBA opening night is the 2019 version of the first night of a symphony or opera, and PG killed this. —JF

PJ Tucker’s Got His Vans On (But They Look Like Sneakers)

We see this a lot today. Something cool cultivates a following, then becomes self-aware and either sells out or becomes a caricature of what made them appealing in the first place. It’s why the second album is always the best. And after a year of news cycles covering PJ Tucker’s “drip,” opening night was the perfect setting for Tucker to strut into ubiquity, but instead he hit us with Nothing Was the Same. Vacation vibes to remind us that we cut into his summer with some Vans to prove his style doesn’t pander anything—not even to a silly NBA season opener. —JF

D’Angelo Is Now a Tech Guy

I kept the @LeagueFits caption live here because it fits the energy. I can’t speak to whether the cap is tossed off or not, but my interpretation is that by merit of trying something out and not just wearing Allbirds, he’s an SF fashion god on arrival. D’Angelo Goes West and updates his look a little bit. —CG

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Consoles Gaming

8 Gaming Franchises That Should Be Revived on PS5 or Xbox Project Scarlett

Sony and Microsoft are preparing to blow everyone’s minds in 2020 with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Project Scarlett. With new gaming tech on our radars, plenty of franchises will likely transition over to these next-generation consoles, especially games that didn’t get a current-gen release. Certain gaming titles constantly pop up in intense Reddit threads about sequels and reboots, proving that the future is bright for gaming and a comeback is in order for a host of franchises that seemingly disappeared. Here are eight franchises that deserve to rise like a phoenix, including Prince of Persia, Splinter Cell and Dino Crisis

1. ‘Virtua Fighter’
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“Virtua Fighter 5” from 2007

Sega knows what’s keeping them in business these days: Sonic the Hedgehog, Yakuza and Total War. That’s fine and dandy, but the lack of a new Virtua Fighter in recent years is disheartening. Fighting games are hotter than ever, so it’s strange to see the lack of Akira Yuki and his motley crew of martial artists on our current consoles. Dead or Alive 5 did right by the series by including some of the cast members as guest characters, so at least we know Tecmo Koei gives a damn about them. Virtua Fighter has always been a gorgeous fighter during every generation. With the hopes of an even stronger graphical presentation for the next-gen in place, another round of tightly tuned 3D fisticuffs from Sega would be ideal. 

2. ‘Dino Crisis’
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“Dino Crisis 2” from 2000

Capcom’s resurgence as a publisher worth caring about again has been fun to watch. While Capcom’s fighting-game department still needs a bit of work, its action/adventure franchises have brought in the big bucks. The remake of Resident Evil 2, Monster Hunter: World and Devil May Cry 5 stand out as the company’s most recent triumphs. We all know what should be next on Capcom’s slate: a full-fledged remake of the first Dino Crisis. Just imagine how amazing Dino Crisis would look and play with the “RE Engine” running it. Gunning down raptors and other vicious dinosaurs with Regina in tow would be a home run for Capcom.

3. ‘Prince of Persia’
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“Prince of Persia” from 2008

Ubisoft knows it has a lot of work to do when it comes to bringing its bigger franchises back to a better place. The release of Ghost Recon Breakpoint has been considered a dud, which has caused the longtime publisher to take a step back and work a bit harder to make upcoming releases more worthwhile. With this hopeful change in direction, we hope Ubisoft applies that mindset to giving the gaming world an epic Prince of Persia comeback. There’s no need for a new entry to adopt Ubisoft’s signature open-world game mechanics—all we need are beautifully stylized and wonderfully designed stages that allow the prince to pull off his best parkour maneuvers. 

4. ‘Ninja Gaiden’
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“Ninja Gaiden 3” from 2012

Ryu Hayabusa has been hiding in the shadows for far too long. Yeah, we know he’s been busy trying to win fighting game tournaments, but we all know what everyone truly wants to do with the legendary ninja: lop off hapless enemies’ heads and spill blood all over the screen in a new Ninja Gaiden. The action-gaming genre is in dire need of another graphical powerhouse entry from Team Ninja that places Ryu in a bunch more harrowing situations. Anything that’s on par with the first and second rebooted entries in the series (and far from the ho-hum quality of Razor’s Edge and Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z) would suffice.

5. ‘TimeSplitters’
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“TimeSplitters 2” from 2002

THQ Nordic’s vault is full of familiar titles that used to be at the forefront of gaming. Alone in the Dark, Destroy All Humans and Saints Row are now under THQ Nordic’s supervision and fully prepared to reclaim their top status at some point. One of the bigger titles in the stable is TimeSplitters, the time-traveling FPS series with the wildest cast of characters the genre has ever seen. All signs are now pointing to the franchise getting a massive new entry soon. THQ Nordic even revealed that Deep Silver hired Steve Ellis, one of the series’ original creators, to help steer the ship on the future of TimeSplitters. A full-on revival of the games’ immensely fun multiplayer and wacky campaign is something gamers need. It’s time to save time itself with Sergeant Cortez once again.

6. ‘Burnout’
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“Burnout Paradise” from 2008

It’s a shame how EA has treated Burnout. The last time we got a new game from the car crashing IP, fans were given a lackluster top-down downloadable release. Sure, we got a remaster of Burnout Paradise. But EA knows the Burnout fan base is ready for something fresh from their favorite arcade-racing game series. Burnout focuses on causing the most impactful crashes and racing up to insane speeds. Dangerous Driving was just a taste of what a Burnout revival could be. With the financial backing of EA and a talented studio full of racing-game experts, a future Burnout should become a next-gen reality.

7. ‘Onimusha’
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“Onimusha: Warlords” from 2001

Samurai-centric games are back in the rotation again. Just look at what’s out and what’s coming soon from the sub-genre: the Samurai Shodown reboot, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Nioh 2 and Ghosts of Tsushima. 2020 seems like the perfect time for Capcom to put its armor-clad, katana-wielding horseback into the samurai-gaming race, right? Capcom tested the waters for the return of its sixth-generation franchise with a remaster of Onimusha: Warlords. We hope the public’s response warrants an Onimusha reboot for the new consoles. Give us a new badass lone samurai, an armory full of new elemental weapons and a new demon horde to tear through and we’ll be satisfied.

8. ‘Splinter Cell’
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“Splinter Cell: Blacklist” from 2013

Every time E3 rolls around, Ubisoft loyalists keep their fingers crossed for a new Splinter Cell. Sadly, that dream scenario hasn’t happened in quite a while. Once E3 2020 arrives though, Ubisoft needs to break such a depressing streak and bring Sam Fisher back into the fold. The series has always looked amazing, which is why we’d be thrilled to see how it could visually perform on next-gen hardware. There’s a severe lack of stealth-based games out on the market, and we’re hungry for a new rendition of the supremely slept-on “Spies vs. Mercs” multiplayer mode. Splinter Cell has the capacity to return and become a heavy hitter once again during the next-gen era.

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How CBD Can Help You Crush Life

The wellness industry has greatly benefited from the Instagram generation proliferating #lifestylegoals. From fitness accounts to supplement companies, we’re reminded that we must take care of ourselves every time we pop onto the app. This newfound widespread desire to cater to our well-being (#treatyoself, anyone?) has given rise to many a new business in various burgeoning categories. CBD is one of them.

The legalization of cannabis paved the way for mainstream non-THC products, allowing states that aren’t on board to still capitalize on the plant’s benefits. Countless CBD products have been bursting onto the market and claiming various advantages, but the category seems to be evolving faster than consumer education. 

We know some of these goods can be super beneficial in a ton of life scenarios, and to help you cut through the trend’s noise, we enlisted Beryl Solomon, founder of CBD retailer Poplar. She left her job as CEO of an accessories company to create an informative, elevated e-commerce platform because—in classic entrepreneur fashion—she couldn’t find one that already existed.

So if you’ve been canna-curious but in the weeds (hehe), keep reading to find out which products can help you crush life and why, and let yourself be led by her very green thumb.

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ONE37pm: What are the biggest issues you see people turning to CBD for?

Beryl Solomon: Stress, sleep and anxiety, for sure. Studies keep reporting how stressed out we are as a nation—it has become our new normal. In my opinion, this is a modern-day epidemic.  

What opportunities do you see for CBD products to help people in terms of wellness, productivity, anxiety in any other capacity?  

Solomon: I certainly believe CBD can be an alternative to an antidepressant [note: Solomon emphasizes that this is the case only in certain situations]. I am by no means advocating that people who are struggling with their mental health cut their antidepressants cold turkey, but cannabis and CBD (one of over 113 cannabinoids found in cannabis) do have tremendous healing powers. 

At its core, CBD is anti-inflammatory and restores your body to homeostasis, meaning that any symptoms resulting from your body being off-balance could be positively impacted by CBD. From sleep to focus and everything in between, we are just beginning to understand what CBD can do.

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What specific items, products or formats do you think are the most beneficial?

Solomon: It totally depends on a person’s needs. For example, our email this week was about skincare, so let’s start there: If you have good skin, you probably don’t “need” CBD as an ingredient in your skin/grooming routine, but you are welcome to use CBD-infused products (the more the merrier), even though it likely won’t revolutionize your life. On the other hand, if you struggle with any skin issues (cue 50 million Americans annually) like acne, psoriasis or eczema (flaky, patchy, dry or itchy skin), CBD may work wonders! Many patients and doctors anecdotally rave about CBD playing a part in the special sauce that ultimately provides relief. When applied topically, CBD reduces inflammation and brings your skin back in balance. 

This kind of application is very straightforward. If you experience local muscle and joint pain, pick up a topical, apply liberally to the affected area and you’ll likely feel fast relief. Our favorites and bestsellers include Wildflower’s Healing Stick, Weed Sport and Mary’s Nutritionals Muscle Freeze.  

That said, in order to reap the optimal benefits from CBD, you need to ingest it. I like to compare CBD to a vitamin: It’s best to take it daily for prime results, especially since it can take a few weeks to ”kick in” and for new consumers to feel the effects. Ways to “ingest” include vaporizers, capsules and tinctures. In light of the vaping illnesses, we’re currently encouraging new customers to embrace the two latter. 

For capsules, Kaleidoscope makes some great ones. We’re exclusively carrying (and are loving) their Wake, Sleep and Soothe formulations through the holidays. In terms of tinctures, each differs based on the dosage (mg per bottle) and taste profile. I encourage beginners to start with a 300 to 600 mg bottle, while people who experience chronic pain most likely would benefit from a higher dosage like the Rosebud 1000mg and 1500mg Lily, two of our favorites. 

Do you have any specific examples of cases you’ve seen where someone’s issue was solved after turning to a CBD product?

Solomon: Not to sound cliché, but I started Poplar because of a life-changing personal experience. I had been on a dosage of Prozac since tragically losing my younger brother in 2011 and decided to ask my doctor about “natural” alternatives on my annual well-visit in 2017. 

I had read that in legal cannabis markets, people were reporting successfully replacing standard antidepressants with cannabis or cannabis derivatives and I was intrigued. I hadn’t smoked pot since college and “stoner” was the opposite of my vibe. But I was eager to try something new. 

With the help of medical advisors, I significantly decreased my antidepressant dosage, added cannabis to my wellness routine and improved my physical and emotional well-being. I eliminated the IBS I’d had for over a decade that had never responded to medication, significantly decreased my quarterly crippling migraines, became a more patient mother and a more affectionate wife.

So I guess I am my own Exhibit A 🙂 

What advice would you have for someone who is just starting to dabble in CBD?

Solomon: I’d say ignore those annoying memes that lead you to believe CBD will solve all your problems once you pour it all over your body. Like anything else, it takes a minute to figure out how to best incorporate CBD to your health and wellness routine. Take your time, go slow and try a few different things. CBD is not a one-size-fits-all silver bullet. But it can be an amazing add to your wellness toolkit, aka your medicine cabinet.  

How can we trust a certain brand’s claims versus another?

Solomon: One of the things that makes Poplar unique is that we vet ALL the products we sell, so everything on Poplar is amazing. Think of us as the Mr. Porter of CBD—our inventory is top-notch, and we do the heavy lifting, so customers don’t have to. 

Our special product review process is lengthy and comprehensive. I personally test and review each product. We then require third-party test reports for each product and testing must confirm total cannabinoid content, a lower than 0.3 percent THC content, and that they are free of solvents, heavy metals, toxins, pesticides and bacteria. We also go the extra step of verifying the third-party test reports.

We require all of our vendors to provide additional information via our brand questionnaire, which we send out and update quarterly to ensure we are ahead of the curve on what makes a product best in class. We have a group we affectionately call The Poplar 10, a multidisciplinary crew of experts that weigh in from Eastern medicine, Western medicine, a scientist, wellness expert, fashion executive, etc. It takes a village!

All of that to say, everything on the site is amazing. Check it out.  

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Sneakers Style

10 Spooky Sneakers for Halloween

The end of October is all about one thing: Halloween. The holiday is the manifestation of fears, with costumes and celebrations yearning to stand out from the crowd or the ordinary. Whether you’re pulling up to a haunted house or frantically trying to find an outfit for your company’s Halloween party, we got you covered on the best sneakers to wear for Halloween.

From classic Air Jordan 1s to OG Nike SB Dunks, take a look at the ten best sneakers to get your spook on.

1. Nike SB Dunk Low “Freddy Krueger”
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The Nike SB Dunk Low was the embodiment of the mid- to late 2000s sneaker craze. The Nightmare on Elm Street homage continues to be one of the rarest sneakers to exist. Splattered blood. Striped upper. Metallic Swoosh. This pair is to die for—literally.

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2. Air Jordan 1 “Satin Shattered Backboard”
GOAT

The Air Jordan 1 is a certified classic. The sneaker, popularized by the one and only Michael Jordan, gets dipped in Halloween hues. Although the pair is a women’s exclusive, the shoe is a must-have for anyone. Whether trick-or-treating or pumpkin hunting, this AJ1 is perfect for the holiday.

GOAT, $685
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/wmns-air-jordan-1-retro-high-og-satin-shattered-backboard-av3725-010
3. OFF-WHITE x Nike Blazer Mid “All Hallows Eve”
Nike

Virgil Abloh and OFF-WHITE continue to co-create on the best shoes on the market. Abloh deconstructs the Nike Blazer Mid and brings it back to life with a vanilla upper and orange complements. The extended perforated tongue is all about comfort. Simplistic by Abloh’s standards, this Blazer is a Halloween must.

GOAT, $750
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/off-white-x-blazer-studio-mid-pale-vanilla-aa3832-700
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas x Vans Sk8-Hi “Jack’s Lament”
Vans

You can never go wrong with a Vans Sk8-Hi. Especially if it’s based on The Nightmare Before Christmas. The collaboration with Disney brings Jack Skellington back to life across the upper. The pair captures his famous “Jack Lament’s” scene in one of Disney’s spookiest animated movies. The pair also glows in the dark. *Add to cart.*

Vans, $75
https://www.vans.com/shop/disney-x-vans-sk8-hi-the-nightmare-before-christmas-jacks-lament#hero=0
5. Nike Air Force 1 Low “Skeleton”
Nike

A white-on-white Air Force 1 is great for any occasion. When it comes to Halloween, the Swoosh is always bringing treats on top of the iconic silhouette. This AF1 definitely ensures that there’s heat on your feet. From its glow-in-the-dark outsole to the bones on the side panels that wrap around the upper, this pair is bad to the bone.

GOAT, $235
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/air-force-1-low-qs-skeleton-af1-skeleton
6. Nike SB Dunk Low “Day of the Dead”
Nike

You can’t have a Halloween sneakers list without the fan-favorite Nike SB Dunk Low “Day of the Dead.” Although the pair is not as limited as the “Freddy Krueger” iteration, this Nike SB Dunk Low captures the essence of the holiday to the same degree. From the skeletons to the color palette, we’re screaming for Nike to re-release these.

GOAT, $3,750
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/dunk-low-premium-sb-day-of-the-dead-313170-801
7. Air Jordan 1 “Shattered Backboard”
Jordan Brand

In case you’re not a fan of the satin iteration, the Air Jordan 1 “Shattered Backboard” OG is just for you. Arguably one of the best colorways his Airness never wore, the AJ1 “Shattered Backboard” is the perfect substitute for a costume. As scary as the price tag may seem, this Halloween-certified colorway is a staple in your wardrobe.

GOAT, $890
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/air-jordan-1-retro-high-og-shattered-backboard-555088-005
8. Supreme x Vans Sk8-Hi “Glow-in-the-Dark Skull Pile”
Vans

Supreme and Vans joined forces on a menacing Vans Sk8-Hi. The skull pile graphic not only looks deep into your soul but also glows in the dark. Whether you’re a hypebeast or not, this is a relatively inexpensive flex to have in your sneaker rotation.

GOAT, $230
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/supreme-x-sk8-hi-glow-in-the-dark-skull-pile
9. Puma Clyde Court Disrupt “X-RAY”
Puma

Puma Basketball has risen back from the depths of its history to become a relevant basketball performance brand once again. The PUMA Clyde Court Disrupt “X-RAY” gives you an extremely in-depth look at what’s on your feet. Topped off with orange laces, this pair is great for both and off the court.

GOAT, $170
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/clyde-court-x-ray-191895-01
10. Nike Air Max 90 “Ice Halloween”
GOAT

The Nike Air Max 90 “Ice Halloween” perfectly lives up to its name. The iced-out bottom in combination with a fiery orange finish across the entirety of the shoe is pure money. A mashup of leather and suede on the upper really makes the pair stand out in a haunting fashion.

GOAT, $600
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/air-max-90-ice-hw-qs-717942-006
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Sports Strength

Here’s Who NWA Powerrr Needs to Sign

What’s old is new again. The National Wrestling Alliance has taken that phrase to heart and applied it to its latest weekly series presentation. NWA Powerrr has added more fuel to the wrestling boom by giving old-school wrestling fans a throwback to the days of studio wrestling.

The more intimate feel of the show’s production combined with the strong promo work and in-ring efforts put on by the NWA’s top athletes have earned rave reviews. Stars such as the reigning and defending NWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis, NWA National Heavyweight Champion James Storm, Eli Drake, Tim Storm and countless others have placed the legendary organization in a better light these days. And thanks to the commendable quality of NWA Powerrr, those same individuals are quickly turning into 2019’s highlighted wrestling greats in a year overflowing with them.

NWA Powerrr is continuing to keep the ball rolling and develop its wrestlers and feuds into a can’t-miss prospect. With the added presence of the following wrestling luminaries, the rejuvenated brand can reach even greater heights within its genre.

MVP

Montel Vontavious Porter, aka “MVP” is a world-traveled veteran with plenty of gas left in the tank. His stints in the WWE, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Impact Wrestling and Major League Wrestling were extremely fruitful. MVP’s superb character work, exceptional squared circle prowess and unique look made him worth paying attention to whenever he entered the scene.

These days, he’s added the combat art of Brazilian jiujitsu to his repertoire and even competed in some notable grappling tournaments. MVP’s a familiar face that fans still have an affinity for, plus he’s not too shabby when it comes to getting a reaction on the mic. NWA Powerrr would only improve if it put MVP back in the spotlight underneath its revived company banner.

Martin Casaus, aka Marty “The Moth” Martinez

The memorable run of Lucha Underground is still talked about as if it just happened yesterday. The little wrestling show that could earned itself a look from curious wrestling fans thanks to its more outlandish storylines, intriguing gimmicks and plentiful array of worthwhile bouts.

One of the wackier personalities from that seemingly defunct show was Marty “The Moth” Martinez, a huge brute that was equal parts disturbing and ruthless. The man known in real life as Martin Casaus put on amazing contests with the very best of Lucha Underground regularly. Now that the show has gone silent, the NWA would be wise to give Martin a chance at adding his creepy demeanor and big-man moveset to their studio spectacle.

Carlito

Carlito’s name has made the rounds in wrestling out of nowhere recently. Savio Vega—remember him?—brought up his name in a shoot interview and alluded to the fact that WWE has reached out to the former star about making a return. Judging by the current standing of WWE talents like Shelton Benjamin, Curt Hawkins and Jinder Mahal, Carlito would be much better of staying far away from his former employer. Instead, the underrated Puerto Rican superstar would be much better off plying his trade with the current-day NWA. Carlito’s high-flying offense and appropriately cool personality were magnetic back in the day, and we’re sure it still is. The international flavor Carlito brings with him is practically perfect for NWA Powerrr.

Chris Dickinson

If the NWA is in the market for a powerhouse competitor, Chris Dickinson should be at the top of their list. Dickinson’s intimidating presence is reminiscent of classic NWA grapplers/brawlers such as Arn Anderson, Ron Garvin and the Road Warriors. His in-ring legitimacy has never come into question thanks to his strong work seen within Combat Zone Wrestling, EVOLVE Wrestling, Beyond Wrestling and Limitless Wrestling. Dickinson can mix it up with all types of wrestlers from different in-ring disciplines, which makes him one of our preferred choices for a future NWA talent acquisition. An episode of NWA Powerrr that features a drag-out banger between Chris Dickinson and Eddie Kingston would be a headline grabber if it ever took place.

Cheerleader Melissa

Not only does the NWA have an array of quality male athletes in rotation, but it also houses a notable women’s division. At the top of that division is NWA World Women’s Champion Allysin Kay, while contenders such as Ashley Vox, Marti Belle and Thunder Rosa have also been thrown into the mix. There’s always room for wrestlers to enter the NWA women’s title scene.

Cheerleader Melissa’s long list of credentials makes her a top candidate for that hot scene. Melissa last appeared on TV as Mariposa, the twisted sister of Marty Martinez. She excelled in that role and did pretty well against her male counterparts as well. Longtime followers of her work know just how outstanding she is. She was once recognized as the top female wrestler in the world by Pro Wrestling Illustrated, which points to her top-tier status. Cheerleader Melissa should be allowed to showcase her greatness on NWA’s newest weekly platform.

Mercedes Martinez

Another woman who’s worthy of being included in NWA Powerrr’s exciting women’s title picture is Mercedes Martinez. That name should be familiar to anyone who follows All Elite Wrestling, as she popped up to steal the show during All Out’s Casino Battle Royale. You’d think she’d be signed as a full-time roster member after such a strong performance, but her contract status is currently unknown.

If AEW isn’t looking to make her a full-time roster member, then the NWA should step in to acquire her services. Mercedes can be relied upon to deliver great matches with anyone, and her gimmick can be applied to both a face and heel structure. Hell, she’d make for a newly added element to Eddie Kingston and Homicide’s street hoodlums act too. Martinez deserves another relevant stage to work on. And that stage is the one that belongs to NWA Powerrr.

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Leaders Style

10 Kid Fashion Influencers Who Are Setting Trends

Fashion inspiration can come from unexpected places like art, the craft store (at least, we’re assuming this was the inspiration behind Timothée Chalamet’s recent runway look) or nature’s fall leaves. Or perhaps your next wardrobe eureka moment could come from the Instagram page of a second-grader rocking couture brands and a picture-perfect smize.  

Meet the “micro-fashion influencer”: an up-and-coming group of Instagram aficionados under 12 years old. These young people and their account managers (usually their moms) have crafted aesthetically pleasing social media pages with tens of thousands of followers. Many have racked up sponsorships with notable clothing companies and are well on their way to internet stardom. 

This new and highly entertaining sect of influencers is slowly but surely taking over the platform, and their sartorial choices could certainly inspire your next shopping venture. We looked at ten of our favorite little guys and found one look from each to emulate. Affordable, fashionable and kid-influencer-approved, you’ll want to add all of these looks to your cart.

1. @princeandthebaker’s Leopard Coat

There’s no better way to be bold than with a bold print. Take it from Prince, one half of the mom and son duo behind @princeandthebaker. Prince knows how to make an impression with a colorful print, usually paired with a felt fedora. This leopard look finds the perfect balance between sleek and daring—and just in time for chilly weather.

2. @ryansecret’s Distressed Jeans

Every guy needs a classic pair of multi-purpose, no-nonsense jeans, but why stop there? A statement pair of jeans can elevate any look, even if it’s paired with just a plain white tee. Take @ryansecret’s distressed dark jeans. The outfit’s simplicity draws your eye straight to the denim.

3. @gavinduh’s Work Boots

They’re not just for yard work. Perfect for a rugged, down-to-earth ensemble, tan work boots are as practical as they are fashionable. Gavin adds a denim-on-denim combo (construction worker, but make it fashion? Sign us up). Comfort is king—and you never know when you’re going to need to pick up an odd job around the house.

4. @engjiandy’s Fleece-Lined Jean Jacket

He may still have baby teeth, but Andy can wear anything from a Mickey Mouse t-shirt to a three-piece suit. And he’s got the right idea when it comes to perfect fall outerwear. Find a comfy sweatshirt and top with a fleece-lined jacket.

5. @maks_model’s Transitional Coat

Do you know that time between late fall and early winter when every jacket seems like the wrong choice? A transitional coat is a necessity, and @maks_model has this look down. Beanie or no beanie (to each his own), this fit screams fall. A light, single-button jacket is the perfect remedy for those days when the weather can’t make up its mind.

6. @wynnjgoldberg’s Blazer

A go-to blazer is a must-have item. Flexible for dressing up or dressing down, blazers can give your streetwear a polished look or liven up your casual work ensembles. Roll up the sleeves like @wynnjgoldberg and pair with a graphic tee for an easygoing vibe. Whatever your personal style, a blazer gives any fit an added boost.

7. @_ruffryder_’s Black Jeans

From the pup to the pose, there’s almost too much about this photo from @_ruffryder_ to cover. Black skinny jeans are a classic staple, and if you don’t own some, now is the time to purchase.

8. @ministylehacker’s Leather Jacket

Leather truly never goes out of style, and @ministylehacker knows it. Mom, Collette Wixom, always has her three sons—Ryker, Grey and Wyatt—dressed to the nines, and this fit is a perfect example. Effortlessly cool and full of swagger, the right leather jacket can completely transform your look and confidence.

9. @christian_the_bae’s Joggers

Now, this kid knows how to strike a pose. Sometimes you want to leave the house in pajamas (we’ve all been there), so joggers are the perfect option for feeling comfortable without sacrificing fashion. Christian has the right idea, opting for some camo ones with a funky zipper. Find the color and style that suits you.

10. @nyjahrinato’s Cargo Pants

Wear something that makes you feel comfortable and happy—just like @nyjahrinato. Cargo pants are simple, convenient and straightforward to mix and match to ensure you’ve got looks for days.

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Sports Strength

Top Fan Reaction Videos From the NFL Season So Far

One of the best parts of being an NFL fan is reliving the viral reaction videos throughout the season—relishing the moments where emotions take over and the adrenaline kicks in. There’s so much joy to be found in a pure, unapologetic reaction. You know, the one when fans lose themselves in the thrall of the game they love.



For the rest of the season, ONE37pm and Pepsi will be chronicling the best reactions from across social media each week. To submit your own fan reaction, capture big moments and tag them #PepsiBlueCam. We’ll be posting the most electric clips.

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