I don’t need a reason to bake. Baking has been my happy place since I discovered my love for baking while caring for my newborn second son. Once I got the KitchenAid mixer all bets were off! What hand mixer?! Today I’m sharing the perfect recipe for a cake that I was able to make and taste last week at an event that was SO good I have to recreate it–right away!

It was my first time having this perfect French Apple Cake. The cake was a huge crowd pleaser! I am generally a fan of anything with apples, but what makes this awesome is that the apples are baked directly into the cake which makes it an entire experience! I used Fuji Apples and light rum since we didn’t have any rum in the house and my mom was kind enough to bring me what she had.

This super moist and delicious cake is perfect with a little whipped cream and/or ice cream.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cake flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar, plus more for sprinkling over cake
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • sweet baking apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (I like Honeycrisp, Fuji or Golden Delicious)
  • Confectioners’ sugar (optional), for decorating cake

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch springform or regular cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Using a handheld mixer with beaters or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and rum. Don’t worry if the batter looks grainy. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just combined. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the chopped apples.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle evenly with 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the cake is lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool until just warm. Run a blunt knife around the edges of the cake and remove the sides of the springform pan if using. Using a fine sieve, dust with Confectioners’ sugar (if using). Cake can be served warm or room temperature, with or without lightly sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

With each new season, trends ebb and flow in popularity. The pieces that fashion insiders are wearing right now bear no resemblance to those from the year before. To prepare you for this new stock of winter trends, we’ve curated a list of 11 winter fashion pieces that everyone should own.

From the new sneaker style that’s blowing up our Instagram feeds to the practical puffer-coat trend, we’re giving you the lowdown on what fashion pieces you’ll need to make it through the winter months. Who knows? Winter might just become your favorite style season.

You must approach your packing strategy for holiday travel with the same precision and attention to detail as you would putting together the perfect ensemble for your dream job interview. Sure, that may seem extreme—but you probably don’t want to overpack and pay those fees for extra bags. Come on: The bills you’ve racked up from gift shopping are enough, right?

Well, to ensure you’re only bringing the most crucial items with you for a visit home with your family, we’re breaking down our ultimate travel packing guide. But because we’re aware that everyone heads somewhere different for the holidays—some may head to a cold location while others may ditch the snow for a warmer destination—we’re showcasing what to pack whether you’re heading somewhere cool or warm.

Keep scrolling for our ultimate packing guide featuring the fashion items totally worth bringing. (And note that to keep this consistent, we’re planning this around a three-day trip).Follow what’s coming your way and you’ll even have extra room in case you get that dream gift that’s been on your list.

Welcome to Women With Hair, a new series on the Cut that celebrates the many different ways women approach their hair. Each week will highlight a new woman while exploring her unique hair philosophy. We’ll dive deep into the shampoos, conditioners, and creams that make her tick. First up is Kassala Holdsclaw, a 22-year-old Portland, Oregon, transplant who worships at the altar of coconut oil.

How I describe my hairstyle: I have a very curly Afro. It kind of looks like a sun.

If I could name my hair, I’d call it: The White Dandelion.

In my shower you’ll find: DevaCurl gel and “No-Poo,” Tresemme’s Naturals conditioner, Shimmer Light’s toner and purple shampoo, and coconut oil.

I wash my hair every: Day. Everyone says “what, really?” but it works perfectly for me.

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Photo: Mindy Byrd

A rundown of my hair regimen looks like: It depends on the day. I’ll use the No Poo every other day. I use so much conditioner it’s unreal. I go through a bottle a week and I’m not joking. I comb through with a wide-tooth comb and I don’t rinse all of the conditioner out of my hair. Then I put the gel and the coconut oil throughout my hair. I do this in the morning. I wish I could do this at night and just wake up, but it doesn’t work.

The worst thing I ever did to my hair was: Straighten it. I’ve been curly for two years. I threw my straightener away. There’s no way, ever again. Before I stopped straightening I was balding in the front and my hair was up to my ears, so I cut everything off and started over. I had no idea I had all of this hair.

The best thing I ever did to my hair was: Go curly.

I trim my hair every: Maybe every five months. I want it to be as big as possible.

My hairstylist is: Atoya at the Curly Hair Studio in Portland.

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Photo: Mindy Byrd

The most important thing people with hair like me should know: Condition often and use coconut oil.

Check all that apply — my hair is dyed, is chemically straightened, is permed, has extensions, is braided/in locs: Just dyed!

Elaborate: My hairstylist bleaches my hair and then uses Olaplex. Olaplex saves my hair and makes my curls a lot more vibrant.

What I love most about my hair is: How big it is. I want people to not be able to see when they are standing behind me. I want it to be bigger. I usually pick it to make it more massive.

It’s no secret that we all live frantic, fast-paced lives. Between families, relationships, work and friends, there’s little time left to focus on our own well-being. Is it really any wonder that we’re so tired all the time?

Turns out that being constantly tired is something of a phenomenon. Beyond general sleepiness that may occur if you miss a couple hours of your usual eight-hour block (or six or seven, if that’s your normal routine), chronic tiredness manifests itself in different ways. It makes you feel like you can’t perform to your fullest capacity. Even the simplest acts — taking a shower or brushing your teeth, for example — sometimes feel overwhelming and complicated.

While many doctors will tell you to increase your sleep and cut down on stress, those obvious solutions aren’t always the answer. In fact, you may be missing the actual cause of your exhaustion entirely and left even more puzzled when you can’t get through the day without hitting a wall. What’s responsible for this mass increase in exhaustion and this seemingly collective notion that day-to-day living is such a tremendous chore?

If you’re sick of wondering, “Why am I so tired all the time?” we went straight to the experts.

You’re Doing Too Much

“We are never turning off,” says Dr. Gabrielle Francis, naturopathic doctor and author of The Rockstar Remedy. “This syndrome is also known as ‘wired and tired.’ It can manifest as fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, overwhelm, irritability, depression and other stress-related symptoms.”

The notion that we must always be on top of things and ready to tackle every single issue head on can take its toll indiscriminately. It may lead to adrenal fatigue, a non-medical term used to describe weakened adrenal glands. The latter are responsible for creating hormones, including stress-busting cortisol. If your adrenal glands are constantly pumping out cortisol in response to nonstop chaos (both internal and external), they’ll eventually grow tired enough that your adrenal system finally buckles under the pressure. This results in the many symptoms that give you that all-encompassing feeling of exhaustion.

Iron and Thyroid Checks

Chronic exhaustion may be attributed to a number of recognized conditions, too, all of which require medical attention. If you find yourself unusually tired during your period, for example, you may have anemia or low-iron blood that doesn’t effectively deliver optimal oxygen throughout your body. Since anemia may also manifest itself in other equally concerning ways (such as shortness of breath and an irregular heartbeat), it’s important to seek a doctor’s opinion. After diagnosis, dietary adjustments may help you feel better. Seek out foods rich in vitamin B12, folic acid and iron.

If you show other signs of extreme tiredness, like muscle fatigue or weight loss, you may have a weakened thyroid gland. In other words, it’s not helping your body produce sufficient energy to stay active and strong. A thyroid hormone blood test will determine whether this gland is functioning properly.

You Are What You Eat

Your everyday diet may also be to blame, as it turns out. “Instead of being energized by food, after eating most of us find ourselves feeling heavy, bloated and tired,” says Rae Roth, author of Cut Your Cravings. High-glycemic foods, such as white rice, potatoes and white bread, can cause a rapid spike in your blood sugar, followed by that all-too-familiar crash shortly thereafter. Before you know it, you’re struggling to keep your eyes open.

There are other dietary substances that contribute to overall fatigue and it’s often not until you detect a pattern of regular exhaustion that you connect the dots. “Gluten and gliadin — the main proteins in wheat and many grains — are the most common allergens in food,” adds Francis. “They’re often the mystery substances triggering issues like fatigue. And MSG, hidden in most packaged and processed foods, should be avoided at all times. It’s linked to toxicity syndromes of the nervous system. Some of its negative effects include headaches, anxiety and fatigue.”

…or What You Drink

Many of us are guilty of self-medicating in the face of feeling tired all the time. But those quick fixes (think good ol’ Red Bull and bottomless cups of coffee) may be doing more harm than good. “Note how much [caffeine] you are consuming,” advises Karen Brennan, MSW. “Coffee increases your cortisol levels and puts stress on the adrenals. Caffeine can also contribute to mood and behavioral shifts.” She suggests Teeccino, a coffee substitute, as you gradually reduce your caffeine intake.

It’s Time to Disconnect

Finally, consider the side effects of simply being 100 percent connected from the moment you rise to the second you hit the pillow at night. How many of us are guilty of lying in bed with our iPads, checking text messages every five minutes and browsing Facebook first thing in the morning?

It’s a cycle of constant input, according to Dr. Wendie Trubow, MBA and president of Five Journeys. “We are notoriously bad at disconnecting. This causes stress and leads to exhaustion. If used at night, the lights emitted can alter our brain waves and decrease the quality of our sleep.”

Chronic exhaustion doesn’t always have to be a life sentence. Might it be worth it to finally pay some real, focused attention to our minds and bodies and treat ourselves the way we treat our loved ones? Our bodies put up with a whole lot, each and every day and deserve some respect in turn. Whether it’s intuitively disengaging from the obvious stressors of life — the unhealthy habits, the junky foods, the late nights — or paying better attention to our symptoms and visiting the doctor, we owe it to ourselves.

You might think you know how to do double denim—a pair of jeans and a matching shirt, right?—but the classic Canadian tuxedo has just adopted an outgoing, and rather European, alter ego for 2017. The combination to be seen in now still revolves around a pair of jeans (in fact, any jean style is acceptable, including white jeans), but the update lies in the new twist on both the top and bottom half. For example, rather than a simple button-down, new-wave jean freaks are eschewing blouses and tees altogether and selecting true-blue denim jackets instead, only to button them up, push or slouch them off shoulders and reveal a slice of collarbone. As for the bottom half, it’s all about new, interesting styles. Sure, you can still go for the straight-leg, raw-edge jeans, but why not a cropped pair or a culotte? There are so many options and ways to mess around with the double denim look this year.

Like almost all wildfire trends of late, the lineage of this can be traced back to Vetements. Creative Director Demna Gvasalia first ignited the idea in his brand’s S/S 17 menswear collection (minus the shoulder exposure). Rihanna followed suit, translating the combination into party territory by swapping skinnies for a short denim mini. Her jean jacket of choice was a street style–approved £595 creation from Demna’s other fashion home, Balenciaga, and it is unsurprisingly sold out. But that doesn’t mean you’ve run out of options. We’ve selected some of the hottest street style Canadian tuxedo looks,

It happens to even the most careful among us.

Your favorite lipstick, which has solidified a spot more permanent in your handbag than your wallet, has somehow melted in the unseasonably warm weather, or lost its cap within your bag and broken. Mourning its loss is a common reaction—after all, it’s your signature—but rest assured, you can still save it.

With some careful crafting, cutting, or melting, you can restore the color not entirely to its former glory, but something that closely resembles it. Better yet, you can still make the most of your trademark hue without having to spring for another tube. Whether the product broke, melted, or succumbed to the bottom of your bag, we put together a helpful guide on how to redeem it. Read on to find out exactly how.

If Your Lipstick Melted

First things first, pop the lipstick into the freezer and let it set so that you can accurately assess the damage. If it more or less maintains its original shape, you should be able to use it as is. However, if it all ends up stuck to the cap, or morphs into something totally un-useable, you’ll have to repot the product. Remove (or scrape out) any product you can, then place it into a small container. Dig out the product hiding in the bottom of the tube, add it to the mix, and either crush or melt the lipstick down within its new space. You can use the metal spoon and candle combo to melt it, or simply place the container into the microwave for a few seconds.

If Your Lipstick Was Broken

Clean breaks can usually be repaired on the tube itself, leaving your bullet more or less the same—minus the contour of your lips you’ve worked so hard to impart on the lipstick. Start by gathering a tool to scrape (the opposite end of a pair of tweezers can work) and place some of the lipstick, as well as a hair dryer. Give the portion stuck in the tube a quick few seconds under the hair dryer, then press the broken end directly on top so that it sticks. If there are any weird gaps between the two, use the tool to scrape lipstick from the top of the product, and place it in between to patch it up. Blast the area for a few seconds with the hair dryer, sealing in your work, then allow the product to cool down.

If Your Lipstick Was Crushed

Start by assessing just how bad the crushed tube is. Did the product get smeared across the bottom of your handbag? Considering how questionable the depths of our own tend to be, most of the lipstick cozying up to the old gum wrappers and receipts might not be salvageable, but anything else remaining in the tube can be. If there is anything left of the stick, cut off the end marred by your belongings, and place the rest into a separate container. Continue removing lipstick from the bottom of the tube (there’s a ton hiding down there, you know), and add that to the container as well. Use either a hair dryer or your microwave to melt the product for about 45 seconds, then allow it to cool down. You can continue applying it with either a lip brush, or your finger.

Ever since I got my hands on my first ever eye shadow palette—a chalky, sparkly Claire’s trio that I had begged my mom for at 13—I’ve been fascinated by the wonders of eye shadows. The pigmentation, the colors, the textures. But actually applying it? I’ve always had trouble perfecting my eye makeup. My Korean roots have blessed me with monolids, an eye shape with no defined crease, making it a real struggle to work off of typical YouTube makeup tutorials that seemed to work for most of my friends.

I remember watching video after video telling me to “blend this color into the crease,” but because I didn’t have that depth in my eyelid, I would just end up with a giant blob of thick, dark eye shadow. Feeling discouraged, I’d take a remover-soaked cotton swab and start over, before eventually giving up and going for the “no makeup” look, swiping a simple shimmer on my lid and opting for minimal mascara.

Now I can hold my own with eyeliner, but smoky eyes still daunt me, and I still feel like there isn’t much instruction out there on how to create a flawless smoky eye for my particular eye shape. To solve my problem once and for all, I reached out to celebrity makeup artist Rebecca Restrepo, who works with stars like Lucy Liu, for her tips on achieving a gorgeous look that actually works for us.

Create a shadow on your lid

Before you do anything, Restrepo says the most important step is create “a foundation for your lid.” She advises taking a soft brown matte or demi-matte that’s one or two shades deeper than your skin and swiping that shade onto the lid, from the lash line to your brow bone, past the inner corner of your eye, stopping at the bridge of the nose. She leaves a bit of space between the color and the brow for a little lightness. “This will create a shadowing and start to push the eyelid back,” Restrepo says.  She recommends using a flat brush with a rounded top that’s the right size for your lid. You can find a shadow brush that’s easy for you to use by matching the width of your iris to the width of the brush.

Blend, blend, blend

Take the medium tone of whatever smoky eye color you choose—Restrepo recommends a terracotta shade like Surratt Beauty’s Artistique Eyeshadow in Cuivre ($20, sephora.com) if you’re going for a warm copper-y smoky eye. Using soft strokes, swipe the eye shadow on back and forth, from the lash line to the middle of the eyelid. Restrepo explains that the two shadows should blend and fade into each other. “Keep blending out whatever’s left on the brush,” Restrepo says.

Go for the smoky

Using the deepest shade of your selected color, apply shadow on top of that medium color, starting right at the lash line and fading into the middle of the eye, leaving the base color as the only shade on the top part of the monolid. “This creates lift and edge on the outer edge of the lash line,” Restrepo says. “Each layer of depth makes the other color receding it look a little bit deeper and richer.” The key to this is lightly touching your brush to the shadow, picking up very little color to get the perfect amount of control.

Brighten up

Apply a light shimmer or matte white on the very edge of the upper waterline and lash line, where the two meet. The lighter the shade, the more intense it’ll be. Restrepo suggests a soft peachy pink like Surratt Beauty’s Artistique Eyeshadow in Poudre ($20, sephora.com).

Add drama with liner

Whether you opt for pencil or liquid liner, make sure it’s waterproof or water-resistant. Instead of going freehand, rest your pinky on your cheek and create short, connected strokes along the base of your lashes and tightline your eye. “It’s not about digging into the eye,” Restrepo says. “It’s about being really soft and having control.”

Tons and tons of mascara

“When you have the lashes, they create a shadow, which creates the illusion of a crease,” Restrepo says. The key is to really get the mascara at the lash line, which will completely open up your eye.

 And there you have it—a chic, sexy smoky eye. After speaking to Rebecca, I immediately went home and took out all of those beautiful eye shadow palettes that I had abandoned for fear of looking like a middle schooler going through a phase. I would have never thought it was so important to create that initial depth in my lid for the eyes to come to life. I wish those YouTube tutorials I watched growing up had taught me this game-changing step. I rocked my smoky eye look to a casual lunch the next day—I’ve never felt more confident with my unique eye shape.

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