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Our October/November 2021 issue
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EXCLUSIVE! We went roller skating with superstar Mckenna Grace—and talked to her about everything, from her upcoming Ghostbusters remake to her many creative passions to her hilarious secret Halloween tradition (hint: it involves a pumpkin named Roger). 

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Fall fashion > basically everything else ๐Ÿคฉ
Confession: Every autumn, without fail, we fall in love with fashion all over again. The layers. The textures. The prints. And so we're delighted to divulge that fun again. Ready to swoon?

Epic eyeliner: A love story
With not-so-basic neons, stunning standout shades and playful placement, let our luxe liner lewks help you live your best maximalist (eye) life. All eyes on your eyes!

36 confidence glow-ups for your school year
Fix FOMO forever!  From finessing friend sitches to mid-week mindful moments, we're leveling up our self-love this fall—and you're invited. 

Behold! Non-boring things to do with your friends 
Because BFF bashes are back, bb. Open up for ~dazzling~ major movie marathons, terrific theme nights, bestie bucket lists and Pinterest-worthy mini-parties that *so* fit your squad.

"So what are we?" A step-by-step guide to defining your crush sitch 
More than a crush, but less than a relationship? Welcome to a situationship: the spot where you have no real idea where (or what) you are. Confirm your coupled-up status (or don't) with these simple steps. 

The TikTok diet trends you need to unsee
Truth? Your FYP may be feeding you false nutrition facts. So skip the toxic scrolling: We've got smart solutions so you can separate fact from fiction on your feed. 

How to be the best-ever bestie (Your brilliant handbook awaits...) 
When your gals life get sad, sticky or flat-out frustrating, here's exactly how to help. Bc thoughtful BFFs supporting each other through tough times = everything.

Read *this* before you ghost—or get ghosted ๐Ÿ‘ป
Have no fear, we have a pitch-perfect response to *any* potential non-bae (and, yep, all of these alternatives are better than leaving them on read). 

That fresh-nails-tapping-your-phone-screen feeling? Right this way...
There are sooo many ways to create your dream mani, whether you DIY designs or go all-out salon spectacular. To figure out which super cute statement nail fits your look and your lifestyle, we consulted the experts. 

"Byeee!" - You, to your Sunday scaries 
High-key stressing over what's next? Here's at least 6 low-key ways to chill out so those pesky anxiety monsters can't get you down (or keep you up). We're manifesting *only* zen for you this szn... 

A Halloween costume for ~*every*~ aesthetic 
Halloween is the perfect time to lean into some serious self-expression. Need a little inspiration? From cottagecore to spacecore, behold alllll the spooky style (plus, a frightful flick to match any vibe).

Quiz! What's your (unexpected) dreamiest first date? 
The oh-so-amazing crush? Check. The oh-so-important spark? Check. The oh-so-perfect spot? Answer these relationship Qs to find out...

We stan bold 'n' balanced Libra szn โš–๏ธ
After a purely fun Leo season and studious Virgo months, Libra (a super centered zodiac sign) has arrived to give you the best of *both* worlds. Here's how to make the most of it, according to your sign.

Everything you need to watch, read and listen to this season...
Lidya Jewett may be starring in Netflix's spooky Nightbooks this fall, but her IRL journey is as interesting as any of the complex characters she's played (and we're so here for her courageous, confident energy). Liz Kate gets emotional as she spills on transforming Dear Evan Hansen from stage to screen (catch the film in theaters Sept. 24), Queen of Halloween Sophia Hammons takes us behind the scenes of Under Wraps (on Disney Channel this October) and Peyton Elizabeth Lee is still as amazingly authentic as ever (and she's starring in Doogie Kamealoha, M.D. on Disney+ Sept. 8). Plus, we found the ~best~ book to match your PSL and we're dishing on *everything* coming to streaming this season. 

In this issue, you'll also find... 

๐ŸŽ’ Can't stand your teacher? Here's how to deal 
From the eagle eye to the gives-no-A's grader, find out how to handle the sitch before they squash your fun fall vibe. 

๐Ÿ‘ฑ‍โ™€๏ธ Finally: the definitive ponytail guide 
Your updo is looking up, girl. No matter your hair type, pony perfection is possible.. 

๐Ÿ‘Ÿ We matched the best workout to your mood 
Be-leaf in yourself—bc whether you're irritated, annoyed or simply stuck in a bleh spiral, we have easy beginner exercises to get you in (and out of) your feels. 

๐Ÿ’ž The *ultimate* sleepover challenge
Spring for a sunrise photoshoot! Thrift each other trendy fits! Stay up 'til dawn! Can you and your crew check off everything on our list before 2022? 

๐Ÿงผ Should teens be using anti-aging skincare? We investigate
Real talk: Just because it seems like every influencer has a flawless, filtered face and a seventy-step skincare routine doesn't mean you need to (or should!). Here's how you can rise above. 

+ Dear Carol on how to be there for a struggling friend  
+ 15 mini moments that make us feel *so* accomplished
+ Special report: Wait, can your school punish you for what you post? 
+ Real girls on how to put an end to perfectionism 
+ Allllll the awkward homecoming moments 
+ Tons of fun and freebies
...and so much more!



Listen up, literature lovers: It's our best-ever fall books giveaway. Enter every day (as many times as you want!) this October for *all* the reads you need this spooky szn. Enter to win starting October 1 HERE. ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ“™


Get comfy-cozy this autumn with the ~ultimate~ picks—from page-turning adventures to fantastical dramas and relatable romances (we love to see it). Update your TBR list (and enter to win!) rn right HERE. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“•


Treat yourself to a gratitude glow-up, bb. Check out (and win!) the best in beauty, fabulous fashion, awesome accessories, snazzy surprises and *so* much more starting November 1 right HERE. ๐ŸŒปโœจ

Website mentions in October/November 2021...
Don't see a link? Check back soon!


+ Protect yourself and those you love from COVID-19—unbiased resources HERE

+ WIN! We *so* heart Mckenna Grace's stunning GL cover look. Enter to win the entire L.A. Girl collection HERE

+ What's your dream STEM career path? Take the quiz, brought to you by Star Stable, right HERE

PAGE 6: On the OCTOBER calendar...
+ WIN! One lucky reader will snag the ultimate bundle from Etch: 10 brilliant books in a trendy tote. Enter starting Oct. 1 HERE. ๐Ÿ“š

PAGE 8: On the NOVEMBER calendar...
+ We have the perf playlist for your next nature walk HERE.
+ WIN! One beauty-loving babe will score a Reverse-Air Dryer and accessory pack from RevAir (worth $521!), designed to dry and straighten all hair types in less than half the time of a traditional dryer, plus lock out frizz and seal in shine. Enter starting Nov. 1 HERE. ๐Ÿ‚

PAGE 10: What's trending on this OCTOBER and NOVEMBER...
+ Cute, cozy sweaters to add to your collection HERE. ๐Ÿ’˜
+ Find ~actual~ balance with unexpected organization tips HERE. โœ๏ธ
+ Not trick-or-treating this year? Fun Halloween inspo for your crew HERE. ๐Ÿ‘ป
+ The most adorable (and delish!) pumpkin-infused recipes HERE. ๐Ÿฅง
+ Shhh, your Halloween costume reveals your secret crush status HERE. ๐Ÿ’Œ
+ What's your autumn anthem? Take the quiz HERE. ๐ŸŽถ
+ A step-by-step guide to a v. aesthetic Friendsgiving hangout HERE. ๐Ÿงก

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+ We've got sooo much fun, fabulous friendship content (quizzes, challenges and more!) brought to you by LEGO Friends right HERE. ๐Ÿ‘ฏ‍โ™€๏ธ

+ Peep magical memories from our GL Wellness Week with Pressley Hosbach and Shay Rudolph at Cal-a-Vie Health Spa (and sign up to join us next year!) HERE. ๐Ÿ’ซ

+ A boxing workout is guaranteed to get you fit *and* feeling good. Improve your form from home HERE. ๐ŸฅŠ

+ It's the Best. Sleepover. Ever. Uncover party playlists, late-night laughs and real girl activity inspo HERE. ๐ŸŒ  

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+ What's ~your~ style moodboard this season? We've got your answer (plus cute Purse Pets!) HERE. ๐Ÿถ

Credits: October/November 2021 Cover (Mckenna Grace): Photographed by Sean Scheidt. Styled by Lo VonRumpf. Hair by Phillip Nathaniel. Makeup by Maurie Davidson. Fashion: Photographed by Sean Scheidt. Styled by Lo VonRumpf. Hair by Phillip Nathaniel. Makeup by Maurie Davidson.

Eyeliner (Jayden Bartels): College created with photos from Confidence Glow-Ups (Gabby Morrison): Friends (Maddie Ziegler and Charlize Glass): Crush Sitch: (Avani Gregg and Anthony Reeves): TikTok: Simone Hogan/ Best Bestie (Nadia Turner, Ruby Rose Turner, Kenzie Ziegler and Lauren Orlando): Nails (Ann McFerran): Collage created with photos from Dream Date (Hayden Summerall and Sharlize True): Halloween (Ellie Thumann): Libra Szn (Addison Rae): Entertainment (Lidya Jewett): October Giveaway Calendar: Amazing Autumn Reads:


by GL | 10/6/2021