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Vixen Guide to Layers: How Men + Women Can Stay Warm in the Winter

“When bad layering happens to good people” is a common occurrence in northern cities. If you have ever experienced the merciless winter of north of the Mason Dixon, you know that layering is not only a fashion trend—it’s a means of survival. The more hats, scarves, sweaters, and jackets you can pile on, the better off you’ll fare against the gusting winds, unpredictable storms, and sometimes below zero temperatures of the season. But before you go layer-crazy, as always, we must warn you—there are rules to this game. Guys are no longer forced to forgo their cool looks and settle for streetwear down jackets to stay warm thanks to affordable options from major retailers, and the aim for ladies is to remain effortlessly fly and Vixen-esque while generating as much heat as possible. Take note from our examples, and stay cozy this winter! -Byron Edwards and Kae Lartey

WOMEN
UGG AUSTRALIA Novelty Fringe Scarf, $140, uggaustralia.com
NIXON “The Foxy Wool” Jacket, $50, karmaloop.com
FREE PEOPLE Village Cable Pullover, $98, freepeople.com
G STAR RAW Women’s Western Shirt, $54, amazon.com
NUDIE JEANS “Tight Long John” Jean, $179, djpremium.com
STEVE MADDEN “Hazele” Boot, $200, stevemadden.com

MEN
GAP 1969 Leather Shearling Collar Jacket, $350, gap.com
AMERICAN APPAREL Flex Fleece Raglan Pullover Hoody, $50, americanapparel.com
UNIQLO Regular Fit Straight Jeans 68, $50, uniqlo.com
CLARKS Desert Mail-Men Originals Black Leather $130, clarksusa.com
WOMEN
GAP Cable Knit V- Neck Sweater, $50, gap.com
FOREVER 21 Long Sleeve Loose Tee, $13, forever21.com
DKNYC Faux Fur Vest, $120, zappos.com
AMERICAN APPAREL Ribbed Nylon Legging, $36, americanapparel.com
JEFFREY CAMPBELL “Elegant Jewel” Flat, $120, solestruck.com

MEN
J. CREW Linen Herringbone Sport Coat in Ludlow fit, $325.00, jcrew.com
J. CREW Sweater Marled Lambswool Half-Zip Sweater, $50, jcrew.com
URBAN OUTFITTERS Speckled Watch Cap, $24, urbanoutfitters.com
LEVIS 510 Super Skinny Cords, $40, levis.com
WOMEN
URBAN RENEWAL Wool Beret, $24, urbanoutfitters.com
BB DAKOTA “Romaine” Coat, $70, bbdakota.com
RUGBY Merino Turtleneck Dress, $140, rugby.com
FREE PEOPLE Cashmere Leggings, $100, freepeople.com
LUICHINY “Belts Galore” Boot, $179, lulus.com

MEN
Supreme x North Face Nuptse Leopard Down Jacket, supreme.com
H&M Jeans, $50, hm.com
MACY’S Polo Ralph Lauren Gloves Merino Wool, $31, macys.com
GAP Merino Ottoman Scarf, $18, gap.com

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"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

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"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

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Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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