I tried Prose’s custom haircare products—and reluctantly fell in love

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Before Prose, I didn’t even want to try a shampoo that cost more than $10. Now I’m hooked. Prose’s custom haircare ads have followed me around the Internet for years, promising to deliver the best hair of my life through shampoo and conditioner designed specifically for me. But as someone who used to buy all her beauty products at the drugstore, plucking products off the shelf as I rushed somewhere else, the sticker shock always prevented me from trying Prose. The company’s bespoke haircare runs at $25 each for shampoo and conditioner, and $38 for a scalp mask. I didn’t even want to know what expensive shampoo was like: I didn’t need that added expense in my life. Read Full Story

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Female-founded companies will save our economy. Here’s why

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The founder of Pipeline Equity says it’s time for women to finally have the freedom to live the American dream by launching their companies with the requisite funding. The first wave of COVID-19 closures in March came just two months after I had moved my mum in to live with me and my family. She had been diagnosed with terminal cancer in December. Upon hearing the heartbreaking news, I decided to move her from California to Colorado, where she would spend her final months under my care and under my roof. This meant I had officially joined the ranks of the sandwich generation . Read Full Story

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Stuck in a quarantine cooking rut? There’s no better time to try a meal kit service

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Bored with my own vegetarian menus, I gave HelloFresh’s quick and easy meal kits a try. Here’s what I found. A few months ago, and after hitting a wall in quarantine cooking, my friend finally convinced me to try HelloFresh . “It’s the sauces,” she told me after I asked what drew her, a busy cook running a multi-generational household, to the meal kit service. She’d been ordering from the company for weeks, and raved about the recipes’ simplicity and success rates. So when she offered me a referral code, I obliged. Read Full Story

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I’m a working mom, and this is the career hack that’s helping me find balance

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A tax principal at PwC says that these hacks helped her get promoted and spend quality time with her children. When I approached my boss 14 years ago about working reduced hours, my life was at a crossroads. On one hand, I had just been promoted to a manager role at PwC. On the other hand, I was about to return to work from parental leave with my second child. Read Full Story

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Editor’s pick: This Eberjey pajama set is one of the best things I own

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These PJs are cozy and soft—and look extremely put together. I had a birthday coming up, and my mom asked me what I wanted. The first thing that popped into my head: a really great pajama set. I thought that a proper pair of PJs (more than my husband, two kids, and mortgage) might finally make me a true adult. My mom responded with Eberjey’s Gisele PJ Set . I’ve been thanking her ever since. Read Full Story

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The importance of asking your team, ‘how are you?’ during the pandemic

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Flipping the script on her traditional fireside chats proved invaluable for this CEO. The coronavirus pandemic forced many companies—including my own—to shift from working in an office to switch to working from home. This new context in which we were operating forced me to evolve and grow as a leader. To a certain extent, I had previously relied on passing conversations and individual meetings to keep folks informed. In the office, I almost assumed people knew my thinking and intent via osmosis by simply from being in the same room. Once we were all remote, I realized that I had to become significantly more intentional and open with communications for the team. Also, like many other CEOs, I faced innumerable decisions and challenges that had to be addressed quickly. Read Full Story

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How to adopt Steve Jobs’s approach to well-being in the workplace

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Steve Jobs’s former assistant Naz Beheshti credits the Apple founder with setting her on the trajectory to her current wellness-focused career. Seven years ago, executive wellness coach Naz Beheshti had a dream. In it, her former boss, Steve Jobs , gave her one last assignment. “He appeared and simply and clearly—the way he always spoke to me in life—just told me that I needed to write this book, about how my first job and working for him impacted the rest of my life,” she says. Read Full Story

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This new app from choreographer Benjamin Millepied lets you train at home with some of dance’s biggest stars

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The founder of the L.A. Dance Project has a new digital platform that pairs live instruction with a sneak peek into the company’s rehearsals and performances. As I gracelessly rose up for a port de bras last Wednesday morning, I wondered what my L.A.-based instructor, Janie Taylor, thought about my conspicuous lack of form as she watched me over Zoom. Taylor, a former principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, is now with the L.A. Dance Project , the dance company led by Benjamin Millepied, who is known to the non-dance world as the choreographer behind Black Swan (and Natalie Portman’s husband). I wobbled—and hoped Taylor’s next students on the company’s new LADP app offered her a little more to work with. Read Full Story

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5 fundamental steps to supporting (and retaining) working parents

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Working parents still face an intense struggle caregiving while operating remotely. This is how managers can show their commitment. Earlier this week I was on a video call with the executive team at Mailchimp, and my youngest daughter Jane woke up crying. I turned off video, put on headphones, and balanced my laptop on her changing table so I could pay attention to the meeting while I got her back to sleep. As I was bouncing and shushing her over the noise machine, Zoom kept reminding me I was on mute, and I just hoped no one would ask me a question. Read Full Story

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