7 Best Waterproof Sunscreens, According to Lifeguards

Asking a beauty professional—whether it’s a celebrity hairstylist, makeup artist, or Instagram influencer (hi, 2019)—for advice is always a safe bet. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll find there are plenty of other women out there who are legitimate authorities in their own right. In our column, Unlikely Experts, they’ll give real reviews and recommendations. Whether it’s surfers on the best conditioners, bikers on the best cleansers, or ballerinas on the best foot creams, it’s fair to say these women know best.

You definitely don’t need to hear, for the millionth time now, that sunscreen is the most effective tool we have for preventing the three most common types of skin cancers (that’d be squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma), or that research has shown all skin tones can get cancer. You know that there are plenty of other sources besides the sun from which to get your vitamin D and that sunscreen is the most important skin care product for preventing wrinkles and dark spots. The product saves lives, keeps us looking youthful longer, and yet—we still call it boring and unsexy.

If only it had the reputation of, say, lifeguards. They’re out there performing CPR on drowning swimmers and making sure kids don’t crack their heads open on the wet cement and all we talk about is their abs and the Baywatch montage. So, we figured, if listening to dermatologists and clinical studies expound the virtues of SPF hasn’t convinced you to slather yourself in the stuff, maybe the women who spend all day outdoors in the hottest months of the year will. Below, seven lifeguards from Oahu to New York share the sunscreen formula they swear by.

Sophie Turner Just Shut Down That Fan Petition to Redo ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8

This post contains spoilers for the final season of Game of Thrones. Consider yourself warned.

Game of Thrones may be over, but the debate about how it ended will likely go on forever. That’s what happens when a show and its characters are so beloved. You’ll still easily find pockets of people ready to debate the finales of Seinfeld, The Sopranos, or Lost at any given moment.

But Sophie Turner (a.k.a Sansa Stark), for one, is not here for the backlash, most specifically the petition started by fans who want to completely redo the show’s eighth and final season. But she kind of expected the divided reaction.

“Honestly, I’m not surprised. People always have an idea in their heads of how they want a show to finish, and so when it doesn’t go to their liking, they start to speak up about it and rebel,” she told the New York Times. “The thing about Game of Thrones that’s always been amazing is the fact that there’s always been crazy twists and turns, right from Season 1 with Ned’s beheading. So Daenerys becoming something of the Mad Queen — it shouldn’t be such a negative thing for fans. It’s a shock for sure, but I think it’s just because it hasn’t gone their way.”

But feeling that way and demanding the show be changed, well that’s a different story. “All of these petitions and things like that — I think it’s disrespectful to the crew, and the writers, and the filmmakers who have worked tirelessly over 10 years, and for 11 months shooting the last season,” she continued. “Like 50-something night shoots. So many people worked so, so hard on it, and for people to just rubbish it because it’s not what they want to see is just disrespectful.”

Turner also weighed in on that controversial scene where Sansa appeared to be crediting her abusers with making her the woman she became. “I obviously think that’s not a message to spread. But I don’t think that was the intention,” she said. “It was that she was strong in spite of all of the horrific things that she’s gone through, not because of them. She’s had resilience since the very beginning, and despite all of these awful things that happened to her, she’s kept that resilience. Sansa to the core is resilient and brave and strong, and that had nothing to do with her abusers.”

The Queen in the North has spoken—and that’s the tea.

The Bachelorette Season 15, Episode 2 Recap: What’s the Deal With Luke P.?

Back to the group date: Hannah brings the guys to a roller derby rink and asks the stunning and talented Derby Dolls to teach these mediocre men how to skate. Then, Hannah admits the last time she went skating she broke her arm and hasn’t done it since. Um, why are we here? I thought the Bachelorette got a say in the dates? If it were me, I’d request only experiences that involve, like, eating cheese on a luxury yacht. Not activities that have literally broken my body.

That said, it is hilarious watching the guys wipe out. Not a single one can stay up on his feet.

When the game begins, everyone falls so much that it’s hard to call anyone a “winner.” Poor Dustin is the only good skater, but he flies too close to the sun and gets taken out with an injury. At one point the crowd chants, “Kill! Kill! Kill!” which makes me wonder what they were promised they’d see today.

That night the group goes to that random antique shop the producers always use for group dates. I guess when you’ve been doing the show for 15 seasons you start running out of locations, eh? The night is going fairly well for everyone—until Cam shows up to crash the date. Cam tells us “this is a very Cam thing to do.” What, be an asshole?

Even worse, he wastes his five minutes with Hannah by making the horrible joke that he’s getting “Hannahlytical.” Yeesh.

Obviously, the guys are annoyed Cam is there and they take turns telling him that was a shitty thing to do. But Cam is all, “I’m just being Cam!” It doesn’t help that Hannah reveals they’ve run out of time for the date, meaning some men didn’t get any time with her. At least she doesn’t give Cam a rose—that goes to Dustin.

The next day is the rose ceremony, and Hannah shows up to the cocktail party in tears. I thought at first it was because she has some sort of announcement, but it turns out she’s just overwhelmed by the week. I blame Cam. Or Luke P. Somehow, one of them is at fault.

Case in point: Cam continues to Always Be Cam by interrupting Kevin’s time with Hannah just to deliver some chicken nuggets.

Kevin tells Cam to go f-ck himself and dramatically throws the nuggets on the ground. Cam is ridiculous, but wasting chicken nuggets? A crime.

Later, Luke P. gives Hannah a massage before saying, “You’ll learn I’m really good with my hands.” Hannah suggests he take his shirt off so she can return the favor, but they start making out instead. Jed walks in on this, and it’s awkward to say the least. He’s surprisingly not fazed by it, though. “This is harder for you than it is for me, I promise,” he tells Hannah.

At the rose ceremony, she gives roses to Tyler C., Garrett, Devin, Connor S., Luke P., Dylan, Luke S., Mike, Peter, Kevin, Jonathan, Joey, Matteo, John Paul Jones, Grant, and Cam. (Jed, Tyler G., and Dustin already had roses from their dates.) That means this is the end of the road for the other Connor, Daron, and Matthew.

Cam makes a lame toast, and everyone groans. Even Hannah looks annoyed.

Hannah leaves to do her final interviews; but as the other guys go off to bed, Luke P. sneaks away to find her. She brings up the falling in love thing—sorry, starting to fall in love—and he promises everything he says is real. “You can trust me,” he whispers into her face.

And with that, I’ll see you next week—when Hannah literally tells Luke to slow his roll.

All the Hidden Meanings in Sansa’s Game of Thrones Finale Dress

This post is dark and full of spoilers. You have been warned.

There’s only one thing fans can agree on when it comes to the Game of Thrones series finale: Sansa Stark is a queen. I mean that both literally and metaphorically: Not only did she become queen of the North after the region separated from the other six kingdoms, she ascended her throne in a very badass dress. A dress that, unsurprisingly, was covered in hidden meanings.

We’ve long known that an outfit or hairstyle on Game of Thrones is never simply just for aesthetics. Whether it’s a sigil’s placement on a coat or a distinct dress pattern, they’re often the first place the showrunners and costume designer Michele Clapton will embed details about the characters’ development. Their outfits tell as much a story about who they are—and who they’ve become—as their actions. And no one has demonstrated that more than Sansa.

“I think you can see that she is influenced throughout her journey until she finally comes into her own style in season seven,” Clapton told Glamour before the season eight premiere. “The look is a culmination of her difficult story. The ‘Little Bird’ initially copied the style of Cersei, when she first arrives in Kings Landing. She then retreats to the cut of her mother’s costume, a refuge, showing how she feels, wounded and scared, but she can’t speak it…. She tells of her pain through embroidery and color.”

The show’s finale—and Sansa’s coronation outfit—then represent the strength and power she now represents. Take a close look at both of these GIFS, below. Notice the small details in Sansa’s sleeves and the wolf stole around her neck. All of these shades have deep, special meanings—and some of them might surprise you.

Let’s start with those aforementioned sleeves, which are printed with leaves from the Weirwood trees in Winterfell. These trees are only grown in the North, so it makes sense that Sansa would reference them somewhere on her dress.

The sleeves are also covered in fish scales, a subtle nod to the House of Tully (her mom Catelyn Stark’s house). If you’ll recall, Sansa’s mother was killed during the Red Wedding, so her representing House of Tully at her coronation is a nice full-circle gesture to her mother’s legacy.

Sansa’s breast plate is also adorned in tree branches—yet another nod to the Weirwood forest. Refinery 29 points out that the branches on this piece of armor are a good omen: The North is strong and resilient but, above all, peaceful. That’s refreshing.

The wolf stole, as you probably know, is the House of Stark’s token, so it’s no surprise we see it on this finale look. Sansa’s crown is essentially in the shape of a wolf, too. Talk about some family pride.

Fans are living for all of these hidden references, naturally. Check out just a few of their tweets, which have even more photos of Sansa’s gorgeous dress.

Clapton has done it again.

Kate Middleton’s Latest Hairstyle Looks Like It’s Straight Out of *Game of Thrones*

If you drew a Venn diagram of the royals, Game of Thrones, and gorgeous braids, I would be firmly planted in the center as these are all top on my list of interests in life. Apparently, Kate Middleton is just as swept up in Thrones mania as the rest of us. She just arrived for an afternoon at the Chelsea Flower Show in a long, printed Erdem dress and her famous hair in a braided style that looks like it could have been inspired by Dany or Sansa.

Middleton was on hand to show off the “Back to Nature” garden she played a part in creating for the show, and I’m obsessed with the half-up/half-down braided style she chose for the occasion. It’s not often that we see her hair braided, but hopefully it’s going to be part of her summer vibe.

Check it out below, via shots from royal reporter Emily Andrews.

I’m not pulling this out of thin air either. Middleton and her husband, Prince William, have said in the past that they are GoT fans. Back in 2017, Tom Wlaschiha who played Jaqen H’ghar—a.k.a. the person who trained Arya Stark in the ways of the Faceless Men—met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and recalled part of his conversation with them to the *Evening Standard*. “They said they really liked Game of Thrones and have watched every [season]. They wanted spoilers but I said I couldn’t tell them,” Wlaschiha said. “I’m surprised they have time to watch such a long running series.” (And it obviously makes a ton of sense for members of a royal family to be interested in a show about the rise and fall of dynasties and kingdoms.)

Just yesterday, we saw new (adorable) photos of the Cambridges’ three children—Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. It should not go unnoticed that Charlotte is also sporting some great braids, just as her mom did today.

We love a Cambridge braid moment, but what we’d really like to know is what Middleton thought about the finale and whether or not she’s Team Sansa.

15 Porn Sites for Women That You’ll Really, Really Enjoy

There’s no shortage of porn on the Internet but it’s hard to find something you actually want to watch. On a lot of free sites, it often feels like you have to wade through video after video (and pop-up after pop-up) of people degrading, insulting, and violating women before you can find decent porn sites for women. Given what a task that is, it’s no wonder more men than women still watch porn. But this is changing, thanks to the rise of porn for women. Finding hot masturbation material should not come at the cost of feeling like an object (unless that is specifically what you’re looking for—and even then it can be done in a feminist way).

Much of the best porn for women isn’t free, but a lot of free porn isn’t produced ethically. Paying for porn is not only going to be safer for your computer, but it makes the entire industry more female-friendly for the performers and the viewers.

Here are some porn sites to check out if you’re looking for female empowerment, mutually respectful sex, and lots of content to help get you off:

Cindy Gallop created this site to show real sex among real people, not actors doing things that don’t represent how sex happens IRL. Couples submit videos of themselves having sex, which you can rent for $5, and half of the money will go to the stars themselves. “We are not porn—porn is performance (often an exceedingly delicious performance, but a performance nonetheless),” its website reads. “We are not ‘amateur’—a label that implies that the only people doing it right are the professionals and the rest of us are bumbling idiots. (Honey, please.)” We love that attitude. And these vids.

This award-winning queer porn site provides “real dyke porn, lesbians, femme on femme, boi, stud, genderqueer and trans-masculine performers, transwomen, transmen, queer men and women engaging in authentic queer sexuality, whether it is with safer sex, strap-on sex, cocksucking, kink and BDSM, gender play and fluidity, and always authentic orgasms.” You can become a member (which lets you stream all the videos) for $9.99 to $25 a month.

Erika Lust, a filmmaker who explained why porn can be feminist in this great TED Talk, gives us porn videos—made largely by female directors—that show all of the passion, “intimacy, love, and lust in sex,” where “the feminine viewpoint is vital, the aesthetic is a pleasure to all of the senses, and eroticism and innovation are celebrated.” She also accepts viewer “confessions,” which she turns into videos for her XConfessions series. You can watch Lust’s work for $16.66 to $34.95 a month.

Instead of your standard video format, this site features GIFs for quick, free consumption of “palpable desire, unbridled passion, and body-positive eroticism.” It also offers sex-toy reviews, a NSFW coloring book, and other resources from sex educator Elle Chase.

The “female-friendly” sections of mainstream porn sites are often just proof of how low our standards are. Anything where a woman feels a modicum of genuine pleasure tends to get categorized this way, even when the images overall are clearly geared toward straight men. But Dane Jones’ videos are some of the best options you’ll find under this category. They’re sensual, romantic, and focused on the women involved (though they tend to have shots that linger on men’s bodies as well). You can become a member for around $20 to $30 a month, but many videos are free.

The women-run Indie Porn Revolution—formerly known as nofauxxx.com—is committed to involving a diverse array of actors, showing safe sex (a rarity in porn), and casting frequently typecast people in non-stereotypical roles. Membership is $16.67 to $20 a month.

“Ms Naughty,” the filmmaker behind this production company, calls it, “a deliberate attempt to show all the good stuff that we love about sex—intimacy, laughter, connection, and real pleasure.” The videos feature the silly, awkward side of sex as well as the hot and steamy side. The camera zooms in on men just as much as it does on women, and the scenes focus on the buildup of sexual tension couples experience before sex, so you can feel the heat rising. To see beyond the previews, you have to pay $28.22 for the first month and then $12.24 a month after that.

Listen to enough fake porn moans and you can start to wonder what real people actually sound like when they’re masturbating or having sex. Fortunately, this site clears all that up. For no cost at all, you can listen to dozens of audio recordings of masturbation sessions. Some include dirty talk aimed at pleasing the listener, and others include entertaining attempts to count backward from 100 to 0.

The feminist sex-toy store Good Vibrations makes an effort to cater to women’s diverse desires, and its video collection is no exception. You can search specifically for feminist porn, women-directed films, and even sex-ed guides—something very needed in a world where way too many people learn everything they know from some pretty unrealistic porn. You can pay per minute or rent each video for $5 to $10.

At Bellesa, women can easily access sexual content that is true to how they see themselves—as subjects of pleasure, not objects of conquest. It’s not just about the porn, though. They’re a platform that is aimed at helping women fulfill their desires, share intimate and erotic stories, and even engage in a community with other like-minded women looking to freely express their sexuality on the internet. If you’re looking to try your hand at erotica stories, you can submit your content here, or you can simply browse through their women-friendly porn, whether you’re looking for something sensual, passionate or, dare we say, even a little rough.

This female-founded app is that is aimed at creating elevated feminist audio—think: Audible for erotica—that allows you to find a sexy story for whatever situation you’re in. You can search for audio porn to listen to alone in bed for a solo session; stories perfect to listen to before a date to get you into a flirty headspace; even erotic stories appropriate for listening to on your commute home to help you switch off from a day at the office. Dipsea’s stories feature a broad range of preferences, perspectives and interests—and they’re fun, safe, and full of enthusiastic content that prioritizes female pleasure. You can subscribe for $47.99 per year—which is less than $4 a month.

Sexuality is a spectrum, and the best porn should reflect that. SPIT’s queer porn collection nails it on two levels, showcasing different types of content—videos, photos, and erotica—which showcase a variety of experiences. Their content is developed ethically and the company is dedicated to creating consensual, equitable, and intersectional feminist spaces in the sex industry. That’s definitely a great reason to join for $19.65 per month.

Reddit isn’t always the friendliest place for women, but on the r/chickfixxx subreddit you can women posting their favorite female-friendly X-rated videos. You can even make requests—if your tastes are more specific or you’re looking for a particular kind of video, it may just be easier to ask your fellow sexperts here instead of browsing for hours. You are most definitely welcome.

For porn on the artistic side (yes, it’s a thing and it’s great), check out the photography, and short films on A Four Chambered Heart. Unsurprisingly, some of the stills are pretty enough to hang up on your walls — if you’re not too busy getting off to them, that is.

Images and audio are great but sometimes there’s nothing better than reading some good old fashioned erotica. Literotica isn’t your grandma’s scandalous paperback, however. The free resource provides some of the hottest erotic fiction and fantasy on the internet from a variety of authors and points of view. Their standards for stories are high so you can be sure that the stories featured here are, ahem, quite useful.

Robin Arryn Had a Major Glow-Up on Game of Thrones, and Fans Are Living

There were plenty of loose ends to tie up on Sunday night’s Game of Thrones series finale, including finding out who would live and who would die. One of the biggest questions, though, was figuring out who would get the Iron Throne. Interestingly, the most surprising reveal during that sequence wasn’t actually who got the Iron Throne—though that was shocking—but seeing one character’s major glow-up from past seasons. That character? Robin Arryn, played by Lino Facioli.

In case y’all forgot, Robin Arryn is Sansa, Arya, and Bran Stark’s cousin, and he is also now Lord of the Vale. When we first met Robin in season four, he was basically the worst. He was entitled, spoiled, and rude to Sansa after she’d escaped the evil clutches of the Lannisters. It was hard to find any redeeming qualities in him.

Cut to the GoT series finale, specifically the scene where the lords and ladies of the Seven Kingdoms gather to decide on the future of Westeros. As the camera panned around the council, some viewers immediately did a double-take as grown Robin was revealed to us.

In a Neville Longbottom-esque twist of fate, Robin got hot, and apparently got his leadership skills together to take on a position of power. Viewers quickly took notice, too, celebrating just how good puberty had been to the once-irritating character. The powerful stare, the perfectly-coiffed hair, the clothes, the swagger: Robin is now officially snack, and the GoT fandom is taking it as a consolation prize for the otherwise-polarizing series finale.

Eighteen-year-old Lino Facioli, who refers to himself as “that weird kid on Game of Thrones” in his Instagram bio, took a moment to celebrate his return during the show’s finale with some before-and-after-pics of his character. “9 years ago I had the honor of being invited to work in this incredible series,” Facioli wrote. “It’s been a wonderful adventure and I’m so, so thankful for having been able to be a part of it!”

Review: The Best Swimsuits for Big Boobs, According to a 34F

In complete disclosure, the fit was so spot-on because Mills was able to make small tweaks to the suit to fit my shape. “Often we meet gals like you who need the cup depth of the bigger band size and then we take in the back band,” she says, explaining that alterations like these are free of charge and done in their Brooklyn studio. More involved tailoring, like adjusting boning or moving straps, she adds, will start at $40.

The Best of the Best: Aerie’s Strappy Back One Piece Swimsuit

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Aerie Strappy Back One Piece Swimsuit

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When I started this experiment, Aerie was one of the first names I had on my list to try. I’ve always appreciate the brand’s commitment to Photoshop-free ads and body positivity, but I never had much luck finding something in my bra size from them…or most mass brands, frankly. I was kind of shocked I found two options from the store that fit me well, my favorite of which was this classic one-piece.

The Aerie team told me the style is a best-seller for the brand. It has a stretchy-but-not-too-stretchy material that made me feel held in and the adjustable criss-cross straps along the back allowed for a more personalized fit. What I also like about this suit is its price, it’s range of color options, and it’s sizes (currently running from an XXS to XXL, with long torso options available, too).

The Best of the Best: The Fold’s The Line Top

I did about two laps around my apartment and this bikini top from Australian brand The Fold hadn’t moved. Not a bit. The material is very thick so it holds your body firmly in place, which is ideal for someone like me who can’t be sedentary for too long.

The Best of the Best: Panache’s Elle Tie Dye Balcony Bikini Top


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This style fit just like one of my bras. And it was true-to-size, a factor that simply makes it easier for me (or anyone) to find what they’re looking for. What really won me over, though, was how, despite having a substantial amount of cleavage, the cups in the top stayed in place even when I was moving around. As Mills suggested in my search, a bra top should provide the majority of support in the band, not the straps—that’s what I found in this style, and why I’d happily wear it again.

The Best of the Best: Primadonna’s Myla Dalbesio Bikini Top


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I initially reached out to model Myla Dalbesio because she’s outspoken on topics of body positivity and her own challenges with dressing her busty frame. As timing would have it, she was in the middle of launching her own swim collaboration collection with Prima Donna, hoping to address those very issues.

“When we discussed what we wanted for the suits in my collection, I was always stressing sexy but comfortable,” Dalbesio tells me over email. “I think that with larger busts, we’re not able to wear a lot of the cute trendy styles, because we can’t fit into the brands that are making them.”

While Dalbesio suggested a couple bra-silhouette styles, I liked this triangle-shape top from the line best of all. Typically, this silhouette can call for a lot of adjusting to get the desired shape and avoid side-boob. However when I tried it on, it was obvious it was made for a bustier frame in mind. While the top is one-size-fits-all, it’s easily adjustable—I could wrap it tighter for a more snug fit but also found there was room to adjust for someone a couple sizes larger than me, as well.

The Best of the Best: Mikoh’s Portugal One Piece


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As mentioned before, finding a well-fit suit is only partially about size. Ultimately, a suit I feel fits me and makes me feel comfortable, confident, and like myself. In trying each suit, I realized “fit” wasn’t solely based on the number on the tag, but also in how confident I’d feel wearing it beyond the walls of my apartment. Did I feel supported but not constrained? Was my shape defined but not exposed beyond my comfort? Did it complement my personal style? The best options did all these as well as physically fit as far as measurements go. So while this Mikoh’s style was cut smaller on me than other one-piece options, it feels amazing and easily qualifies as a favorite. Mikoh’s fabrics are some of the softest I’ve tried in swimwear, but they’re still stretchy enough that they emphasizes my natural shape in a way that makes me feel good. And though I wouldn’t normally choose a very flimsy strap, these delicate ones somehow don’t dig or fall.

The Best of the Best: Malia Mills’ Rose Swim Top

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Malia Mills Rose Swim Top

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I enjoy dressing my frame much more now than I did as a teen, but I’m admittedly still self conscious about showing a lot of cleavage. Not in this swimsuit: It offers what a good bra should—an underwire that doesn’t cut into you and a secure hold so you can enjoy cleavage without fear that it’s out of your control. I also like that the straps adjust to a criss-cross in the back to provide a slight extra lift, but that’s more a personal preference.

The Best of the Best: Land of Women’s Neva Cross Back One Piece

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If you don’t need or want a ton of lift and prefer a more natural breast shape, this swimsuit is a must-try. It’s comfortable, soft, and refreshingly easy to wear. Also with its wide straps that curve slightly along the side of the body, there’s a subtle bit of extra support along the side of the bust, too.

The Best of the Best: Lonely’s Connie Bikini Top


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As previously mentioned, narrow, shelf-bra swim tops have not often been my friend, but I love that this style from Lonely cuts a bit more generously. here was no potential underboob or spilling out the top—which is, personally, ideal. And it’s available from XS to XL.

The Best of the Best: Parfait’s Farah High Apex Unlined Bikini Swim Top


Parfait Farah High Apex Unlined Bikini Swim Top

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Ruffles on swimwear aren’t typically my thing, but at the recommendation of Grace Baker, Parfait’s Director of Technical Design and Fit, I made an exception. “We like to use fabric with more spandex content, use inside special lining fabric to help support the bust along with the underwire and even molded foam cups to give shape,” she says of this suit’s key features. As soon as I tried on this top—with its underwire, criss cross straps, bra clasp, and tiny X-shaped detail just at the cleavage—I felt ready for anything. A swim, a jet ski ride, or a Baywatch sprint along the sand.

The Best of the Best: Andie’s The Tulum Ribbed

For starters, I spent a few extra minutes sitting around in this swimsuit just because the ribbed material is so comfortable.The shape is impressive, too. While Baker suggests that low back styles don’t offer the best support for a bustier frame, the criss-cross detail on this one helps to remedy that while still creating a pretty, open silhouette.

As for the others…

I’m glad to report there were no major disappointments in this experiment. In fact, there were plenty of other suits I ended up really liking. In no particular order, here are some honorable mentions—and what they got right.

Sansa Stark Is the Real Queen We Deserved on Game of Thrones

Caution: Spoilers for Game of Thrones ahead.

Stand up, Sansa Hive—we finally have a Queen. Game of Thrones took its final bow last night, closing out its eight-year run with a final episode that left many fans scratching their heads.

To recap: Daenerys flattened King’s Landing and was inches from taking the Throne, Jon stabbed her, Drogon burned the Iron Throne to the ground, and then a counsel of Westerosi leaders picked the first chosen King of the Seven (now Six) Kingdoms, and they landed on…Bran Stark. Despite that bizarre and underwhelming choice, there was at least one positive development from it: Sansa Stark is now the Queen of the North, something her fans—a.k.a. those of us who have our heads screwed on straight—deserved to see.

New members of the Sansa Hive aren’t welcome here—I’ve been a Sansa stan for as long as I’ve watched the show, and throughout those years, I’ve endured Game of Thrones “fans” calling Sansa whiny, weak, and spineless. For some reason, the eldest Stark sister was polarizing.

But on last night’s final episode, she proved why everyone should have been stanning this whole time. Case in point: When Tyrion first suggested that the counsel choose a king or queen and her uncle Edmure Tully embarrassed himself by standing up and pontificating about his accolades, Sansa cut him off with a command, “Uncle. Please sit.” It was the only moment in the episode that made me audibly gasp for air.

In that same scene last night, Sansa was the only member of the counsel to vote against Bran, asserting without contest that the North would recede from the Seven Kingdoms and become and independent state once again, with her ruling in Winterfell. That’s not the only savage way she called out her little brother:

Sansa’s rise to power was a slow burn; but once she grabbed it, she held on with an iron grip. Even when Lady Stark was stripped of her name, her autonomy, and everything she knew and loved, she was still—to borrow a phrase Turner herself used to describe Arya—was always “that bitch.” There was the time she bitch-slapped Robin Arryn in the face. Or when she sniped at Septa Mordane in season one with one of her greatest one-liners: “Oh wait, I just realized I don’t care.” She’s the Stark who always reminded us that “the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives,” and speaker of truths such as, “No one can protect me. No one can protect anyone.”

Sansa has been especially good at putting mediocre men in their place and making them feel mortified for even breathing around her. This season she told Tyrion, “I used to think you were the cleverest man alive.” That didn’t even sting half as badly as her takedown of Lord Baelish in season seven: “No need to seize the last word, Lord Baelish. I’ll assume it was something clever.” Sansa and Arya conspiring to kill Littlefinger at the end of last season was probably the most satisfying moment in Game of Thrones history for me—a feeling so blissful, I wish it could have been recreated in last night’s episode. But could anything really feel as rapturous as Sansa being crowned Queen? Answer: Hard no.

To the rest of the Sansa Hive, it’s been a pleasure stanning so ruthlessly alongside you. In my opinion, the Sansa Hive is the most passionate (and therefore the scariest) of all the Game of Thrones fandoms. We’re the scrappy ones, the ones who are always ready to drive our claws through your extensions and drag you by the hair.

I’ll miss our Queen’s severe wintry lewks, her cascading orange braids, and her devastating one-liners that made Ariana Grande look timid. And I want to thank Sophie Turner for bringing her wonderful energy to play Sansa (lest we forget the video of her chugging wine on the jumbotron at Madison Square Garden). Screw Bran—Sansa Stark is the Queen we’ve always deserved. Step on me, ginger legend!

The 24 Best One Piece Bathing Suits of 2019: Belted, Striped, Knotted and More

There are plenty of good reasons to buy a one-piece bathing suit. Maybe you like a little more coverage from your swimwear. Maybe you prefer a vintage-inspired look. Maybe you want something you can wear off the beach, with your regular clothes. Maybe you’re still holding on to childhood ambitions of becoming a lifeguard and want to have the uniform handy. If you identify with any of those—or maybe just want to upgrade your swimsuit before summer begins—then you should buy a one-piece.

Unlike bikinis, one-piece bathing suits can easily be incorporated with the rest of your wardrobe, doubling as a bodysuit to be styled with your favorite pair of jeans or with a skirt. There’s also something about them that feels timeless and chic. And you can just as easily find one that’s super simple as one that incorporates the season’s biggest trends. Need proof? We found the 24 best one-pieces for summer 2019, from belted to ruffled to striped.