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Looni Is the New Menstrual-Health Platform Taking Period Taboos to Task

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The way Looni sees it, a vital next step in addressing these problems is cleaner and safer solutions for menstrual health, designed by those who have periods. “Most solutions on the market had been developed by people who haven’t had periods and therefore don’t understand the symptoms that we as women suffer from, such as mood instability and tender breasts,” explains Steel. “We saw a strong need for research-backed solutions and education, alongside a team that wasn’t afraid to tackle outdated taboos.” Developed alongside a team of female practitioners—including Felice Gersh, an integrative gynecologist, and Jaclyn Tolentino, a functional-medicine doctor specializing in hormone optimization—from both a conventional and holistic perspective, Looni’s debut product is Balance Beam Mood Complex, a supplement designed to target the hormonal fluctuations of the menstrual cycle. “When your hormones are balanced, you experience fewer mood swings, cravings, and overall irritability,” says Leyland. All its ingredients are backed by clinical research, including vitamin B6, which has been shown to treat PMS; L-theanine, a known stress reliever; and 5-HTP, made from the seeds of the African Griffonia simplicifolia plant, which increases serotonin levels and promotes healthy mood balance. On the horizon is the brand’s Cycle Soothe Breast Balm, which will help ease tender-breast pain with tension-relieving arnica and anti-inflammatory terpenes and phytocannabinoids. “After more than 70 years of the same old blanket pharmaceutical solutions, women deserve better, more thoughtful solutions,” says Steel of the mission at the heart of Looni’s debut offering and what’s coming down the pipeline. “It’s time for the products and research being done within the category to be led by those actually experiencing the issue,” adds Leyland.

Marrying radical candor, integrative expertise, and cutting-edge science, Looni is already making good on its aim to fight society’s long-held stigmas and push the needle forward for menstrual health. “Most women are operating from a knowledge deficit about their bodies,” says Steel. “We hope to provide access to every woman looking to achieve complete body literacy and unlock [their] full potential. It’s a hefty task, but one that we wake up excited to fight for every day.”

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Rita Ora Reveals Her Unusual Emerald Engagement Ring

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Rita Ora has kept the details surrounding her nuptials to Taika Waititi largely under wraps, with no confirmation of the exact date the couple exchanged their vows. What we do know: Waititi proposed to Ora with an emerald in a diamond pavé-set bezel, then presented his new wife with a delicate wedding band during a private ceremony. 

The singer revealed more details about her engagement ring on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon which, up until now, she has “never shown anyone.” “Because I love you and I feel like you’re part of our relationship, weirdly, because we watch you every night, I just felt like I’ll show you it,” she told Fallon, before offering up her hand to the camera. “He did good.”

When asked about the selection process, Ora said that she guided Waititi. “I just think, like, when you know what you want and I felt like I really knew that I wanted to be with this person, I just wanted it to feel really right,” she explained. “I may have taken him to the shop and I may have pointed out exactly what ring I wanted.” 

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19 Glorious Photos of ABBA, Masters of Retro ’70s Style

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ABBA members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad dominated radio airwaves back in the 1970s—but the Swedish supergroup is still as relevant as ever in 2023. Following up their smash hits like “Dancing Queen” and “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!,” the iconic band released a brand new album, titled Voyage, in 2021—their ninth and final studio album. This weekend, they’re also up for four major Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album of the Year, as well as Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for one of their leading singles, “Don’t Shut Me Down.”

Ahead of ABBA’s grand appearance at the Grammys on Sunday, Vogue is taking a look back at the Swedish group’s best fashion moments over the years. Photos from their heyday in the 1970s prove they’ve always been the masters of coordinated group style. While performing on stage, the four members have always shared a penchant for the dramatic—often synching up on groovy suits, bellbottom jeans, or disco-ready spandex catsuits. There’s a reason there’s a whole Broadway musical (and movie) set to their music; The group has a large roster of hits, and an even longer list of statement outfits to go along with them. 

ABBA in 2022Photo: Getty Images

Many of their fabulously retro looks were designed by Owe Sandström, their go-to costume designer at the time. “I wanted [their outfits] to be like pieces of art, more than just costumes,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald. “My inspirations came from everywhere, from all over the world. Kimonos in Japan, the northern lights of Scandinavia. The latin boleros and flamenco pieces in Chiquitita and Fernando.”

While it’s easy to look back on their 1970s clothes as a time capsule, many of their pieces—including the flared denim and frilly blouses—couldn’t feel more current, especially as designers such as Celine’s Hedi Slimane constantly look back and draw from the decade. Log onto TikTok, and not only is ABBA’s music constantly being used for trending sounds, but many creators are also playing into their ’70s style, too (remember that beauty trend on the app where everyone was recreating bouncy, voluminous, ABBA-worthy curls?). ABBA is the gift that keeps on giving—and we simply can’t wait to see what they wear to the Grammys on Sunday.

Below, 19 glorious ABBA photos to enjoy. 

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The Surprising Hack That Finally Fixed My Insomnia

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I feel like I’ve lost years of my life to sleeplessness—sometimes I look as if I have, too. Most nights I wake in the middle of the night, suddenly on some kind of vigil for that saber-toothed tiger attack. But of course, the tiger never comes (I know this because I am then awake for hours). For me, a good night’s sleep is a meager six hours. The worst-case scenario—about four hours, broken into little pieces (a bit like me)—happens all too frequently. 

Like many insomniacs, I’ve tried everything: over-the-counter sleeping pills (they work, but dependency feels wrong), quitting caffeine and alcohol (it helps, but it is no cure), ear plugs and eye masks (essential), sleep podcasts, bedtime breathwork, magnesium and melatonin (all useless), and CBTi (that’s ‘i’ for insomnia—effective but brutal, and my bad habits and wakefulness always won out). I have followed all the received wisdom around sleep hygiene—to no real effect. And with all the literature around the negative health consequences of sleeplessness, it’s easy to let panic steer your life into obsessiveness around sleep. That didn’t help either. 

But then a chance conversation a couple of months ago with the sleep coach Camilla Stoddart changed everything. “Have you tried journaling?” she asked. I hadn’t. I was always too self-conscious, too unconvinced. To me, journalling belonged with pillow mists and milky drinks in the softly-softly, totally ineffective category. Stoddart explained the science: “The amygdala is your brain’s worry center, and is responsible for emotional processing—it’s the amygdala that judges whether something is worth panicking over.” It was my stressed-out amygdala that was waking me up, she said, adding, “but journalling will help to switch it off.”

Stoddart pointed out that, as someone with a busy mind that is prone to anxiety, I tend towards a state of hyperarousal, i.e., I am always on high alert, whether I’m awake or asleep. “What you need to do is stop the arousal before it wakes you up,” she says. By giving myself 20 or so minutes a day of “constructive worrying,” where you commit all the things preying on your mind to paper and permit yourself to worry about them, I will be offloading my mind, clearing the amygdala of sleep-interrupting anxieties, and lessening my state of heightened arousal. “By journalling,” she adds, “you’re standing down your busy mind and stopping it from warning you over and over again. For all your adult life, your way of dealing with stress has been to do it in the middle of the night— you have to untrain your brain. Just try it for a week.”

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