If there's one thing Taylor Swift knows about game day, it's that no outfit is complete without a sleek pair of New Balance sneakers. While cheering on Travis Kelce at a Kansas City Chiefs game on Sept. 24, Swift wore a white cropped tank top by Dôen, Ksubi distressed denim shorts, a Chiefs windbreaker, and a pair of red-and-white 550 New Balance sneakers. On Oct. 3, Swift was again spotted in a pair of New Balances - this time the Ganni x New Balance 1906R sneaker - during a stroll through New York City. She styled the shoes with black bike shorts, a Still Here New York Dad Cap, a Louis Vuitton camera box bag, and an oversize Shania Twain t-shirt from Free People. Since making her public debut with Kelce on Sept. 24, Swift has seemingly adopted a sports-centric wardrobe with a focus on athleisure pieces like sweatshirts and running shoes. The shift in her style has been so noticeable, in fact, that sales for the 550 New Balance sneaker increased by 25 percent in the week following her game-day appearance, according to Complex. Notably, the sneakers first made their debut in 1989, making them a possible nod to "1989 (Taylor's Version)," her upcoming rerecorded album. Joined by celebrity friends - including Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Brittany Mahomes, and Sophie Turner - Swift attended another Chiefs game on Oct 1. This time, the star arrived in a pair of Area embellished denim shorts, an opulent upgrade from the traditional game day sweats and joggers. She completed the look with a black long-sleeved crewneck shirt, a Gant Studio leather shirt, and Christian Louboutin knee-high boots in place of her usual sneakers. Like her Eras tour closet, Swift's game-day wardrobe is scoring major style points from every angle, including her footwear. Shop Swift's exact New Balance sneakers ahead. Related: 44 Sneakers That Are Loved by Editors and Celebrities Alike
Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Chanel Vargas Trick-or-treaters, beware: the candy bowl may look extra spooky this year thanks to Reese's new Peanut Butter Skeletons. Just in time for Halloween, chocolate lovers have noticed the individually wrapped sweets popping up in candy aisles nationwide. "Getting these cuties for sure!!!" one Instagram commenter wrote. Colorful and cute, the Halloween chocolates are already flying off the shelves. Like Reese's traditional Peanut Butter Cups, the Halloween skeletons are stuffed with peanut butter filling and covered in milk chocolate. As a seasonal twist, each skeleton wrapper is hiding a spine-chilling surprise. On the outside, the chocolates are decorated to resemble skeleton vampires, skeleton pirates, and more. Once you peel away their costumes wrappers, though, the treats all bear the same wavy skeleton silhouette. Each design even has eye sockets shaped like the brand's signature peanut butter cups, ridges and all. If you can't choose how to dress up for Halloween, you can even stick your hand in a bowl of the chocolates and let the luck of the draw decide. The Peanut Butter Skeletons are currently available nationwide at most retailers, including CVS, Michaels, Stop & Shop, and Giant. While pricing varies depending on where you find them, we have a feeling the sweets are going to go quickly no matter where you shop. Over the last several Halloweens, the brand has gotten equally creative with the spooky theme, releasing chocolates shaped like jack-o'-lanterns, ghosts, and bats. Hershey's has also sold green Franken-cups inspired by Frankenstein's monster, ghostly white chocolate snacks, and strawberry-crème-filled Vampire Kisses. With several days to come before Halloween, we have our fingers crossed for even more holiday-themed treats: dark chocolate haunted houses? Pumpkin-spice peanut butter cups? Miniature candy "apples" stuffed with caramel crème? Like most of our favorite fall treats and Halloween decor, the spooky Peanut Butter Skeletons are only available for a limited time, so be sure to stock up next time you find yourself in the candy aisle. After all, it doesn't hurt to have a little extra chocolate in the house, whether you're filling up snack bowls for trick-or-treaters or enjoying the sweets while you watch your favorite Halloween movie. Related: 4 Best Desserts Using Pillsbury's Halloween Cookies, Including a Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Image Source: The Hershey's Company
"Mean Girls: The Musical" is officially being turned into a movie, and it's heading to theaters next year. And fans will be happy to learn some familiar faces from the original classic film are set to return. During a Feb. 16 appearance on "Late Night With Seth Meyers," "Mean Girls" star Tina Fey - who also wrote the script for the Broadway musical - revealed that she'll be reprising her role as math teacher Ms. Norbury in the onscreen adaptation. Tim Meadows, who played Principal Duval in the 2004 comedy, will also appear in his original role in the movie musical version. But could the original popular couple, Regina George and Aaron Samuels, make appearances, too? Rachel McAdams and Jonathan Bennett both weighed in on the prospect, but more on that later. On March 24, fans got some more exciting casting news: Jon Hamm will take on the role of Coach Carr, the story's misbehaving gym teacher, a rep for the actor confirmed to POPSUGAR after it was reported by The Hollywood Reporter. While Fey didn't share too much about the forthcoming "Mean Girls" adaptation during her February appearance, she did tell Meyers that the music in the film musical will sound a bit different than it did on stage. "The songs are sounding really more kinda pop," she said. "In Broadway, everything has to play to the back of the house and in movies, everything can come back in and things can play really intimately." Ahead, find out everything else we know about the "Mean Girls: The Musical" movie so far. Related: Mean Girls's Reneé Rapp on "Master Manipulator" Regina George: "She Knows What She's Doing" "Mean Girls: The Musical" Movie Cast While Ms. Norbury and Principal Duval will look familiar, the rest of the movie's principal cast will be played mainly by fresh faces. On Dec. 9, 2022, Paramount announced casting for the new movie - which is based on the Broadway musical that's based on the original 2004 film - including "Moana"'s Auli'i Cravalho and "The Sex Lives of College Girls"'s Reneé Rapp (who appeared in the original Broadway production), per Deadline. Cravalho will play Janis, Cady's best friend, a role originally played by Lizzy Caplan. Meanwhile, Rapp will reprise her role as Regina George, originally played by McAdams in the film. Also, per Rolling Stone, Bebe Wood will play Gretchen Wieners, Avantika Vandanapu will play Karen Smith, and Christopher Briney will play Aaron Samuels. Angourie Rice will star as Cady, the role originated by Lindsay Lohan. Rice appeared in Paramount+'s "Honor Society" with Gaten Matarazzo in 2022 and played Betty in "Spider-Man: Homecoming." Tony-nominated actor Jaquel Spivey, who stars in Broadway's "A Strange Loop," will play Damien, who was played by Daniel Franzese in the first movie. On Feb. 28, Deadline announced that "The Office" star Jenna Fischer had joined the cast in the role of Cady's mom, Mrs. Heron. Will Rachel McAdams Be in "Mean Girls: The Musical"? In an April 18 interview with Bustle, McAdams admitted that while she thinks an appearance from her in the movie adaptation of "Mean Girls: The Musical" wouldn't really make sense, she's open to the idea if the creators can make it work. "I don't see a way to shoehorn us in," she told the publication, adding, "If Tina can figure it out, I'm there, for sure." We think Fey can definitely figure it out! Will Jonathan Bennett Be in "Mean Girls: The Musical"? While attending the GLAAD Media Awards on May 13, Bennett teased a potential appearance as Aaron in the musical, telling People, "There's some talks going on about certain things. Let's just say that." Will Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, and Lacey Chabert Be in "Mean Girls: The Musical"? In December 2022, Lohan and her "Mean Girls" costar Amanda Seyfried both said they'd be down for a "Mean Girls" sequel about their characters as adults, but no word yet on whether they'll make appearances in the movie musical. "Mean Girls: The Musical" Plot "Mean Girls: The Musical" debuted on Broadway in 2018 and launched a national tour a year later. The music was written by Fey's husband, Jeff Richmond, with lyrics by Nell Benjamin. It was nominated for 12 Tony Awards. The show played its last Broadway performance in March 2020, with producers deciding to close the show during the pause caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fey announced the movie had been put in development in January 2020. Like the original movie, the film is produced by Fey and "Saturday Night Live" head Lorne Michaels. The musical largely follows the same plot line as the 2004 film of the same name, but there's no telling how closely the second movie adaptation will stick to the original script. "I'm very excited to bring 'Mean Girls' back to the big screen," Fey said of the film back in 2020. "It's been incredibly gratifying to see how much the movie and the musical have meant to audiences. I've spent 16 years with these characters now. They are my Marvel Universe, and I love them dearly." "Mean Girls: The Musical" Release Date The movie was originally set to debut on Paramount+ but has since been given a theatrical release date of Jan. 12, 2024, per Deadline.
Not everything is hocus pocus when it comes to Halloween. Thanks to Target's new Threshold Cauldron Candy Serving Bowls, even at-home witches can brew up potions IRL - hot chocolate, apple cider, spooky cocktails - this Halloween. Unlike traditional plastic candy bowls, the stoneware cauldrons were designed with Halloween recipes in mind. Dishwasher-safe and microwave-safe, the cauldron bowls can handle everything from handfuls of candy for trick-or-treaters to more advanced brews, including cozy soups and piles of ooey gooey s'mores cookies. Plus, for only $10 each, you could scoop up a set for the whole family and serve up breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the versatile Halloween bowls. Whether you're in the mood for cereal or a cozy soup, the cauldrons are big enough to hold a werewolf-sized serving. For at-home cooks, the stoneware also makes a standout centerpiece for fall dinner parties. Think: mashed potatoes, pumpkin stew, gooey fondue, and velvety pools of chocolate and melted candy for dipping apple slices. If you're having a scary movie marathon, the 72-ounce cauldrons also double as popcorn bowls - but don't forget to mix in some gummy worms and chocolate chips for a sweet and savory snack. From towering piles of worms and eyeballs spaghetti and meatballs to finger-shaped cookies dipped in bubbling caramel, these cauldron serving bowls can hold just about any Halloween treat. Beware though: while microwave safe, the stoneware is likely to get hot, so handle with care. Take a closer look at the adorable cauldron serving bowls and shop them for yourself ahead. Related: 4 Best Desserts Using Pillsbury's Halloween Cookies, Including a Sugar Cookie Cheesecake
Pumpkin pie and s'mores cookies are delicious, but TikTok's slow-cooker caramel-apple boards might be our new favorite fall treat. Made for anyone with a sweet tooth, the fall dessert buffets - made popular by content creators such as Samantha Bauchmann - are inspired by the classic caramel apples that stick to our teeth and make eating fruit feel decadent. Instead of biting into an entire apple, however, the trend encourages at-home cooks to preslice the apples and use a slow cooker, instant pot, or Crock-Pot to keep the dipping sauces warm. It's basically a dessert smorgasbord, and the fall dinner-party possibilities are endless. While I don't mind spending a few hours baking fall desserts each year, the best part about crafting a personal slow-cooker caramel-apple board is definitely how easily it comes together. To re-create the dessert trend at home, simply slice up your favorite variety of apple and fill a cupcake tin with your toppings of choice. With most of the work out of the way, all you have to do next is fill individual mason jars with your candies of choice - caramel candies, milk chocolate chips, peanut butter cups - and set them in a slow cooker filled with water to melt. Once the dipping sauces have melted, leave them in the water to stay warm and prevent them from resolidifying. Finally, dip your apple slices in the sauces using wooden skewers, add your toppings, and enjoy! In addition to the straightforward preparation process, these candy-apple boards are an opportunity to get creative with your toppings. Of course, you can't go wrong with a classic Granny Smith apple slice dipped in caramel or a Honeycrisp slice smothered in chocolate. With so many options to customize the desserts, though, I might just have to put all of the topping combinations to the test. From chocolate sauce and mini marshmallows to melted caramel and chopped pecans, feel free to get creative with your sweet combinations. If you're looking for a sweet-and-salty treat, you can even top your candy apples with crushed-up pretzels, salted peanuts, or bacon bits. Between this and hot chocolate charcuterie boards, this fall definitely seems like it's going to be sweet. See how to make your own slow-cooker candy apple boards for your next dinner party ahead. Related: 4 Best Desserts Using Pillsbury's Halloween Cookies, Including a Sugar Cookie Cheesecake
Ambience is everything when it comes to Halloween decor, and Target has nailed the gothic aesthetic with a collection of creepy-crawly decorations perfect for spooky season. As part of its indoor decor collection, the retailer released a Threshold Halloween Spider Candle Holder so realistic, I was tempted to skip my local Target and never return when I first laid eyes on it. Even as an arachnophobe, I couldn't help but get my hands on this haunting decor piece during a recent shopping trip. Once I emotionally processed the shelf lined with an entire cluster of massive spiders, I realized the candle holder actually makes for a stunning centerpiece. Complete with a black lacquered finish, the aluminum candle holder is the perfect stand for tea-light candles - pumpkin-scented or otherwise. Of course, this may not be the biggest spider on the block, but it's sure to raise some eyebrows during your next Halloween party or scary-movie marathon. While you could easily plop the Halloween ornament on the nearest table and call it a day, the oversize spider also lends itself to more elaborate decor styles. Line a table with fake cobwebs and set the candle holder at the center to create a chilling focal point for your haunted mansion. You could even arrange an entire cluster of spiders around your living room to ensure any Halloween guests feel right at home. Whether you choose to decorate your home with soft pastels or go all out with the creepy aesthetic this year, the eerie spider adds a little bit of Halloween magic to any room. Personally, I'll be lighting a candle for a cozy night in with my new eight-legged friend and a suspenseful thriller novel this fall. Ahead, shop the spider candle holder for yourself and take a closer look at the arachnid (if you dare). Related: Michaels's New Color-Changing Ghost Candles Are Disappearing Fast
Ghost-themed decor is popping up everywhere this Halloween, and Michaels is getting in on the trend with a new set of light-up ghost candles. The Ghost-Shaped LED Color-Changing Candles by Ashland emit a magical glow designed to illuminate windows, coffee tables, and even spiderweb table toppers with an array of neon colors. Plus, the supernatural candles are currently on sale, which means they'll definitely be floating into our shopping carts this fall. The unscented wax candles are available in four different styles, including a mischievous ghost holding back laughter, a classic ghost with a playful expression, and a surprised ghost perfect for displaying next to any other pieces of haunting Halloween decor. If you're looking for a not-so-spooky way to greet party guests, the collection also includes a cute pair of ghosts with their arms raised and smiles on their faces. At approximately five inches tall, the miniature phantoms can fit almost anywhere in your home that needs an extra touch of Halloween spirit: kitchen countertops, bookshelves, bathroom shelves, or in a reading nook so you can soak up the cozy fall vibes all season long. Paired with the viral ghost pillow and ghost blanket from HomeGoods, these candles are also the perfect way to set the mood for a funny Halloween movie marathon. Shop all four versions of the color-changing ghost candle ahead and in Michaels stores to add a touch of whimsy to your Halloween display this year. Related: HomeGoods's Flaming Cauldron Diffuser Turns Essential Oils Into Colorful Potions
Image Source: Everett Collection Watch out! This post contains spoilers. There's more to Loretta Durkin than meets the eye. Since the beginning of "Only Murders in the Building" season three, Loretta, played by Meryl Streep, has been suspect number one in the mystery of who killed Ben Glenroy (Paul Rudd). Though suspicion has been swirling surrounding Loretta for weeks, at-home detectives may have finally cracked the case with a few episodes in the season to spare. From an unexpected partner in crime to a chilling motive, we pieced together some of the most compelling social media theories to identify Ben's killer once and for all. Is Loretta Dickie's Mother? The prevailing Reddit theory among at-home sleuths names Loretta and Ben's brother-turned-manager, Dickie Glenroy (Jeremy Shamos), as accomplices in Ben's murder. Citing episode seven, "CoBro," released on Sept. 12, the theory draws heavily from Mabel's (Selena Gomez) conversation with Dickie as she attempts to gather more information about the brothers' relationship. During their discussion, Dickie reveals that his parents adopted him when they were struggling to conceive. Miraculously, the couple was also able to welcome "miracle Ben, child star Ben" into their lives, and the brothers' imbalanced power dynamic quickly fell into place. As in every murder investigation, even the smallest clue can lead to a break in the case, and fans wasted no time latching onto the news of Dickie's adoption. "Perhaps Loretta is Dickie's mom now that we know he's adopted," one Reddit user suggested, attempting to draw a connection between the season's most suspect characters. Though seemingly out of left field, the idea that Loretta and Dickie are related may be less of a stretch than we think. "It's made me think there's more to their relationship than meets the eye." While there are plenty of hidden clues throughout the season to suggest a mother-son relationship, Loretta all but confirms this theory in episode three during her spectacular rendition of "The Nanny's Lullaby," aka "Look For the Light." The song's lyrics are sung from the perspective of a mother-like figure assuring the children in her care that she will always be there to protect them. "I will wait at the shore for you / I will, weather each storm / Standing by 'til / Safe you return from the night," the chorus goes. Though the lyrics make sense for Loretta's character in Oliver's (Martin Short) play, her pointed glances at Dickie as she sings "my darling" suggest a deeper connection to the song. "It's made me think there's more to their relationship than meets the eye, especially with Dickie picking up her management so quickly," one Reddit user theorized on Aug. 16, referring to the fact that Dickie began managing Loretta shortly after Ben's death. "I'm starting to think that she may be [his mum/mum-like figure!]" While we don't know the conditions under which Dickie was given up for adoption, it's possible Loretta is thinking about the past and hoping to establish a relationship with him moving forward. The theory goes on to suggest that Loretta's opening monologue in episode one answers every question we've had about her character since her arrival. For those who may need a refresher, her monologue goes as follows: "Enough. Enough of your questions, Detective. I'm happy to tell you who I am and what it is I do without your insistent probing. I am a caretaker of children to whom I'm given charge. Am I a substitute for the child's true mother? Some would prefer I say 'no,' but I believe I am. I must be their mother when it's only me with them because a child needs to feel at all times safe. They need to feel protected with the kind of ferocity only a mother can summon. It's no matter if they were born of my own flesh. Would I kill to protect a child in my charge? That is the question you have for me, I assume, Detective. To that, I would say without so much as blinking, I would kill without compunction for the sake and safety of any child in my care. So, now you have your answer." The lines, which Streep delivers beautifully, immediately establish Loretta's role as a maternal figure. Whether she is Dickie's birth mother or a former caretaker, her attachment to him only seems to grow stronger as the season progresses. The scene also alludes to the fact that Loretta would do whatever it takes to protect her children, even kill for them. Of course, considering this scene takes place mere seconds into the season, some fans believe it may be too on the nose to pinpoint Loretta as Ben's killer. If Loretta is involved in Ben's murder, however, it's unlikely she was working alone, making it all the more plausible that she and Dickie conspired to kill Ben together. What Is the Motive Behind Ben Glenroy's Murder? With an ego as big as his acting career, Ben Glenroy was not on the best terms with his cast and crew. Narcissistic, selfish, and inconsiderate, Ben had several minor enemies who may have had a motive to kill him. No one, though, had a greater motive than his brother, whom Ben frequently treated as inferior. Generally soft-spoken, Dickie manages to fly under the radar of the "OMITB" trio's suspicions at first. Even when Mabel interrogates him, he maintains his composure and shows genuine concern for his brother following his death. His love for Ben, though, isn't without its fair share of animosity. While speaking with Mabel, Dickie reveals that he invented CoBro, the half-cobra superhero that kickstarted Ben's adult acting career. Though CoBro was Dickie's idea, Ben made millions off the character and received all the credit for the franchise. This singular incident, of course, doesn't seem like enough motive for murder, but it serves as a solid example of the way Ben has treated Dickie their entire lives. In a Reddit post shared on Aug. 16, one user pointed out that the name of the theater hosting Oliver's play may have foreshadowed the brothers' toxic power dynamic. According to the post, the Gooseberry Theater may be a reference to Anton Chekhov's 1898 short story, "Gooseberries," which tells the story of two brothers who grow up to lead opposing lives. "One brother dreams of one day living a pleasant, carefree life tending to a gooseberry farm in the countryside where they spent their youth," the Reddit user writes. The brother's quest for fulfillment, however, leads him to become a "callous landowner whose happiness comes at the expense of his workers' suffering." When the other brother sees what his sibling's life has become, he's mortified. Ultimately. "Gooseberries" is a story about class division and the wealthy elite thinking they're immune to life's setbacks. The plot feels like a clear allusion to Dickie's mounting frustration over Ben's success and the late actor's general disregard for anyone other than himself. He may have been so exasperating, in fact, that it pushed Dickie to kill him. While Chekhov's play doesn't end in murder, "OMITB" cocreator John Robert Hoffman is notably a fan of the playwright and his short story. In 2016, Hoffman directed Chekhov's play, "The Seagull," for the Ophelia Theater. Over a decade earlier, in 2001, Meryl Streep also starred in a production of the play at the Delacorte Theater in New York. Though subtle, Hoffman and Streep's ties to Chekhov make the theater's name feel like less of a coincidence and more of a clue. "It's also the same theater Loretta is in as a child when she falls in love with theater. That connection doesn't seem like an accident!" another Reddit user wrote. Did Loretta and Dickie Work Together to Kill Ben Glenroy? Over halfway through the season, all evidence seems to point to Loretta and Dickie as Ben Glenroy's killers. Initially, the writers attempted to divide us, throwing out clues to insist Loretta was working alone. Most notably, the investigation cites Ben and Loretta's encounter on opening night as an important clue. When he was alive, Ben accused Loretta of being falsely sweet toward him and her castmates. He also claimed she was obsessed with him and that she only joined Oliver's "Death Rattle" production to be close to him. This led to a physical altercation on set that ended when Charles punched Ben in the face. Later in the season, Oliver goes into Loretta's house and uncovers multiple scrapbooks filled with clippings of Ben. While this scene may support the idea that Loretta was, indeed, obsessed with the actor, fans noticed that each clipping of Ben also featured a photo of Dickie. For this reason, many "OMITB" fans believe the photos are an homage to Dickie, rather than Ben. If he is her long-lost son, this would explain her inclination to keep photos of him around her home and her desire to be part of "Death Rattle" in the first place - not to be closer to Ben but to Dickie. After seeing the way Ben treated Dickie up close, Loretta may have poisoned him on opening night. This idea is further supported by the anger Loretta exhibits after learning Ben is still alive mere hours after being taken to the hospital. When Ben does reappear at the opening night afterparty, he takes a moment to apologize to all those he'd wronged, at the same time delivering backhanded compliments and further cementing himself as the resident jerk. It's also possible that having thought his brother dead and seeing him return just as ill-mannered as ever was a breaking point for Dickie; he may have even been so upset to see his brother unchanged that he killed Ben and pushed him into the elevator shaft to ensure the job was done. It's unclear whether Loretta confronted Dickie about their potential mother-son relationship. If so, they might've planned to kill Ben together. If not, the actor's death may have been a spontaneous crime of passion on either of their behalf. Of course, it's also possible that neither Loretta nor Dickie killed Ben. With so much evidence pointing to the contrary, though, we'd be surprised if the duo didn't at least play a hand in the murder. At present, everyone is still a suspect. But with just a few episodes left in the season, Ben's murderer won't be left lurking in the shadows for long. "Only Murders in the Building" is currently streaming on Hulu. Related: Did You Catch the Sneaky Paul Rudd Easter Eggs in "Only Murders in the Building"?
Image Source: Courtesy of April Lockhart / Photo Illustration by Aly Lim Until recently, adaptive fashion - specially designed clothing for people who have difficulty dressing themselves - has been little more than a legend in the disabled community. Thanks to fashion content creators like April Lockhart, however, conversations surrounding the need for accessible fashion have transcended the hypothetical realm of "maybe someday." In making their voices heard, Lockhart and her fellow disabled fashion influencers have laid the groundwork for an adaptive fashion revolution. A self-described "disabled fashion girlie," Lockhart, who was born with amniotic band syndrome, has spent nearly two years fostering an online community for disabled people to share their stories in the context of fashion. "Disabilities are so different within the sphere of the disabled community," Lockhart tells POPSUGAR. "My disability can be so vastly different than someone else's, which is cool because we can relate on the common ground that we share something different. But also, I can learn so much about what they're going through; they can learn what I'm going through." "Now, in general, I'm very open and comfortable with my hand and my body." After years of hiding her limb difference from her followers, Lockhart challenged herself to step outside of her comfort zone. In January 2022, she started her series "Normalizing Disabled Fashion Girlies," which aimed to promote disability pride through a fashion lens. "[It] sort of stemmed out of this personal itch I'd been having for a while," she says. "I was born with a limb difference; I don't have my fully formed left hand, and [the series] was kind of birthed out of New Year's resolutions." For many social media users who came across her content, simply seeing someone with a disability in the fashion space was new. Still, the comments Lockhart received were overwhelmingly positive. "Now, in general, I'm very open and comfortable with my hand and my body," she adds. Since launching that series, Lockhart's social media platform has become a safe space for conversations about disability pride. She continues, "That kind of launched me into a new season of life and confidence in general, and it's been a cool journey for me to be on. I'm sure that anybody can relate to the fact that self-esteem is such a journey and we go through waves of feeling comfortable with ourselves and then feeling like we're starting all over again. I think that's just being human." Personally, the connections Lockhart has made as a result of her online candor have been invaluable. Professionally, her platform has given her opportunities to influence the scope of adaptive fashion, a long-term objective she's eager to see through. Image Source: April Lockhart While adaptive clothing does exist in niche retail spaces, function largely takes precedence over fashion. For avid shoppers in the disabled community - for whom little beats the thrill of securing a sleek, new pair of Doc Martens or the perfect pair of denim - the joy of finding a sartorial treasure can often be spoiled if the pieces they're searching for aren't adaptive. Of course, for some, there are a few workarounds. "I, at the end of the day, will always go for fashion over function," Lockhart says. "I will figure out a way; I will make my husband button the dress for me if it's the dress I want; I will find a way to wear it." "I think some of the swaps are easier than people think, and then you're not sacrificing the style." Lockhart's TikTok and Instagram videos support this resolve for style. In between takes of herself trying on kaleidoscopic dresses or thrifted sweaters, her husband's hands occasionally pop into the frame to assist with a zipper or an inconveniently placed clasp. Some people, though, require varying levels of assistance to get dressed, which is where adaptive clothing comes into play. Adaptive clothing is not a new concept. For decades, specialized brands have created clothing with more accessible features: velcro closures instead of buttons, magnetic closures, tagless clothing, one-handed zippers, shoes without laces, and pieces made from sensitive fabrics. But while adaptive clothing like this can be tracked down, it's not readily available at mainstream retailers. This means many people in the disabled community do not have access to this clothing, and those that do have strong feelings about the medical look and feel of the garments. "I would love to be in the rooms [with designers], trying things on and saying, 'This doesn't really work,' or 'This does work,' or 'This makes my life a lot easier,'" Lockhart says of developing clothing that is both functional and fashionable. "I think the thing that most of the disabled community can resonate with, too, is we've figured things out over the years on our own for sure, but there are definitely ways to make things a lot easier." Related: Loving My Fellow Disabled Friends Taught Me to Truly Love Myself Though brands have had decades to reshape their sales models to be more intentionally inclusive of the disabled community, little progress has been made. Some notable brands - including Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive, UGG and Zappos Adaptive, Aerie, and Skims - have made strides in the adaptive fashion industry, but, as Lockhart points out, "there's always room for improvement." "There's a huge part of the disabled community that loves fashion," says Lockhart, who made her runway debut while wearing Victoria's Secret at Runway of Dreams during New York Fashion Week this September. "I think some of the swaps are easier than people think, and then you're not sacrificing the style." In terms of immediate next steps, Lockhart hopes to see more big-name fashion brands adopt a business model that considers disabled people in every aspect of product development. By naturally integrating disabled models in marketing ads and runway shows, retailers can take the first step to becoming part of the adaptive fashion conversation. Additionally, Lockhart says, clothing brands can provide adaptive alternatives to existing staple pieces and release capsule collections made in smaller quantities to meet the needs of their disabled shoppers. "They can take pieces that we're all wearing anyway and find ways to make easy, adaptive swaps," Lockhart says. "I would love to see brands put the effort into it, and I think I'm seeing a few brands start to have those conversations behind the scenes. Maybe it's six months or a year from now, but I think we'll start to see it more." Related: 10 Disabled Fashion Content Creators to Follow on Instagram
The Halloween dessert hacks have started to trickle in on TikTok, and some bakers are getting creative with a holiday classic: Pillsbury's annual Halloween sugar cookies. A quintessential cookie for many '90s and 2000s kids, the treat is known to disappear off shelves almost as soon as it arrives every fall. For many with nostalgic ties to the cookie, it's hard to imagine making the spooky treat even better. Thanks to TikTok and Instagram, though, we dug up four Halloween dessert recipes that have us rethinking the way we've been eating the cookies our whole lives. In addition to their adorable designs - most notably, the bright orange-and-green pumpkins and the purple ghosts - the cookies are known for their soft texture and sweet, buttery taste. Though they're delicious on their own or dipped in a glass of milk, adding frosting, cake batter, and even brownie batter takes the cookies to another level. From creamy sugar cookie cheesecake to ghostly cookie cupcakes, there's definitely more than one way to enjoy this classic Halloween dessert. While some recipes require a little bit of mixing and chilling, others are almost fairly effortless. Whether you're looking for a recipe to try out with your family or a quick Halloween dessert to whip up in between scary-movie marathons, you'll want to keep your fridge stocked with these ready-to-bake cookies all season long. See how to conjure up a Pillsbury Halloween cookie dessert for your next costume party ahead. Related: Starbucks's New Halloween Cups Include a Slime-Dripping Tumbler