FLARE Five: June 6, 2014

The Rise of the Relationship Virgin

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Forget about sexual inexperience; there’s a growing number of relationship virgins, 20- and 30-somethings that roll solo out there. Katie Heaney, author of Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date, breaks down the never-been-committed phenom in Cosmopolitan’s July issue.

Pop culture
Darren Aronofsky hearts Margaret Atwood. The Noah director sounds pretty chuffed about his new HBO project: creating a dystopian world out of the Canadian novelist’s trilogy Oryx and Crake, Year of the Flood and MaddAddam. The series, also called MaddAddam, is still in development; no word yet on a premiere date.

The secret to good skin lies within. An article on suggests that meditation is poised to be the next big beauty trend, with Unplug Meditation, a guided meditation studio in California, apparently leading the charge for more quiet time. If deep breathing can save us from spending $90 on a teeny tub of moisturizer, we’re all for it.

Don’t work out, have fun! The unlikely mantra is actually well worth adopting—even if your idea of fun is skipping your workout altogether. New research suggests that exercise isn’t really the problem when it comes to losing weight; perception is. In the study, women who were told to go for a walk for exercise ate more sweets and complained more about fatigue post-exertion than women who were told to take a walk for fun. Who wants to have fun this weekend?

Live out your Project Runway fantasy online. Tinker Tailor, a new custom garment site launched by Áslaug Magnúsdóttir (an Icelandic entrepreneur Vogue has called “fashion’s fairy godmother”), lets you create your ideal wardrobe online, whether by designing your version of the perfect jumpsuit or customizing existing designs from luxury labels like Rodarte and Giambattista Valli. Visit Tinker Tailor just for kicks—you can play around without having to commit. Trust us: being your own paper doll is more fun than working out.

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