Grab your sleeping bag, because these museums are hosting a sleepover

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A night out at the museum sounds too good to be true especially if you are a culture savvy. Usually when people, families or a group of friends decide to pay a visit to a museum, they might not be limited in terms of how long they can explore the site for, but at some point, the lights will shut off and the doors will be locked, and you’ll have to leave the museum. Can you imagine what it would be like to sleep under T-Rex’s bones? Or just next to Roosevelt’s portrait? Or just touring with a flashlight in your hands? Well, apparently, these days, if you want to extend your visit, let’s say to the extent that you wish you could spend the night there, then you’ll be happy to hear that some museums are actually hosting a sleepover.

There has to be some added value to spending the night there, otherwise why would that option be possible? Think about how awesome it would if your kid wanted to throw a birthday party with a sleepover, so instead of throwing another boring one at your home, you can move the party (and the mess) to the closest museum. Now, there’s only one question left, what do you pack for an overnight at the museum? Start with your dragon PJs maybe. Here are 5 museums which offer a little bit more than history. #aboutlastnight at the museum.

The American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History in New York is one of the biggest museums in the world and has over 30 million different specimens of fossils, animals, plants, human remains and more. In fact the film, Night at the Museum was actually shot there, so it really doesn’t get cooler than that. If you’re into cosmos then that’s your place. Enjoy the planetarium midnight shows or a flashlight tour of T-Rex and his buddies.

The National Archives

Located in Washington D.C. this nonprofit museum will really get you inspired by the heritage of the country. Some of its objectives is to get citizens more engaged and involved in the country’s democracy. Guests of the museum can roll out of their sleeping bag and find themselves laying next to the Bill of Rights of the Declaration of Independence.

National Aquarium

In the Harbor area of Baltimore, Maryland, the National Aquarium will offer its guests a real oceanic experience where you can get as close as possible to the sharks, and literally have a sleepover with your new swimming friends, well with a bug glass wall separating you, but still.

Intrepid Museum

If your kid is obsessed with space and anything related to, then the Intrepid Museum offers a unique opportunity stay night aboard an aircraft carrier or a space shuttle. The overnight excursions include flashlight tours, educational talks, visits to never-seen before flight simulators and a goodie bag filled with souvenirs. We love the name of the activity as well, ‘Operation Slumber’. It’s great for school or camp groups or all of you who still think you are kids at heart.

Rubin Museum of Art

It’s time to zen out and get into the contemplative mode. Ironically situated in New York City, the city that never stops, the Rubin Museum offers a ‘Dream Over’ for those guests seeking some quiet time from their hectic lives. The overnight activity includes a self-reflective survey and after filling it out, you get to sleep close to your favorite piece of artwork. When you wake up, you’ll get the opportunity to talk to a professional dream interpreter about your dreams and overall experience.

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Everything you need to know about Target’s car seat trade-in

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I want to hit “pause” on my almost-4-year-old son for many reasons. I just love the stage where he is right now, so cuddly and funny and jokey. I already look back on his baby photos and wonder what happened to that little guy. And, oh my goodness, how can it be time to upgrade his car seat to a booster already?

Lately I’ve been researching boosters and wincing at the prices, wondering how I’m going to wedge a new expense in the family budget.

Almost as if by magic, I found this exciting news from Target: In honor of Earth month, Target stores across the country are holding a car seat trade-in event. They’re helping folks recycle their old car seats while saving money on the necessary new ones. This sounded like the perfect way to get rid of the old, faded infant seat that has been gathering dust in the garage.

Why is it important to recycle your car seat? If you have anything older than six years, it’s probably expired or might not meet current regulations. A lot of car seats can’t be recycled through curbside programs. And car seats that have been in accidents should be replaced immediately. But you don’t want them going to a landfill, right?

An infant car seat that is recycled in the Target trade-in program

 

Here’s what you have to do:

Between April 22 and May 5, bring any unwanted car seat to your local Target. It can be any car seat — even if it’s 15 years old, even if you didn’t buy it from Target, even if you bought it from a sketchy guy named Chet on Craigslist. (Um, especially if you bought it from a sketchy guy named Chet on Craigslist.)

• Receive a coupon for 20-percent off a new car seat, booster seat, car seat base, travel system, or stroller. This is good for any in store or online purchases. (I’ve scoured the terms and conditions, and I didn’t see any off-limit brands. The sky’s the limit!)

• When you go to the store, there should be a big drop-off box in the customer service area, and a Target employee will will give you a coupon in exchange for your car seat.

(Note: The first Target I visited this morning said they were participating in the program, but they hadn’t received their coupons yet. I immediately went to another store, and they had the coupons. So maybe call ahead first just to be sure.)

A cardboard box at Target for the car seat drop-off event.

• You will receive one coupon per seat dropped off.

DEADLINE: The coupon is eligible through May 19, 2018.

The old car seats are recycled through Waste Management and are used to create new grocery carts, plastic buckets, and construction materials. Target has a little bit more info on that, if you’re interested. It’s a pretty big deal. Since launching the program in 2016, Target has recycled more than 176,000 car seats!

This is a win-win-win for me. Because of this program, I can get rid of the old infant seat that cluttering my garage, I know it’ll be used for something instead of sitting in a garbage heap, and the discount takes away some of the sting in buying a new product.

So I guess my son is allowed to grow up just a little more. And then I’ll hit “pause.”

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How to Wear a Black Dress with a Non-Matching Blazer or Cardigan

how to wear a black dress with a non-matching blazer Dressing professionally — but fashionably — can sometimes be a challenge, especially if you’re just starting out. One of the biggest questions we’ve gotten over the years is this one: if you’re not supposed to wear non-matching suiting pieces together, what ARE you supposed to wear with a black dress? So today we’re rounding up our best tips on how to wear a black dress with a non-matching blazer or cardigan, all for reader A. Here’s her question:

Blazers with black dresses… I have so many black dresses but KNOW I’m not supposed to wear a non-matching black blazer. So, what to wear?

Great question — particularly as spring is in full swing and we head into summer — especially since we just rounded up classic sheath dresses for work that would be the ideal bottom layer here, if you’re on the hunt. Long ago I shared what I wear with black dresses to work, but it’s been a while, so let’s discuss. Here are some great things to pair with a black dress:

  • Go colorful! Wear a colorful blazer, sweater, or jardigan — but note the old fashion adage that suggests you should wear “color with color, and black with black.” So if your black dress is your base, you may want to consider adding at least two colors in the rest of your outfit. The easiest way to do this is to find a cardigan or blazer with a print on it that you like, but you can also go with a coordinating color (a royal blue and robin’s egg blue, or a purple and blue color scheme) or contrasting (colors opposite each other on the color wheel, like yellow and blue, red and green, and others). As we noted in our four-week work outfit challenge (still ongoing if you need it!), an unusual color scheme that looks really great is to wear red, blue, AND green, all in one look. This is a great time to bring in accessories like belts, necklaces, and scarves for additional colors!
  • Get shady. If all of that sounds like a lot of color, you can go with shades of black — different shades of gray (with silver accents) against a black base is often a sophisticated, sleek look.
  • Go for texture. If you’re going to wear black with black but worry about looking like you’re trying to “make” a suit out of nonmatching black fabrics, you want to make sure you’re wearing black with black with intention. One way to do this is by adding different textures — if your dress is a smooth suiting fabric like a seasonless wool, make your topper a summer fabric like linen, cotton pique, or jacquard (or in winter, think tweed, velvet, corduroy, or boucle). We regularly round up lightweight blazers for summer as well as winter-weight blazers; I usually try to note which ones come in black. Wearing a cardigan or jardigan with a dress often works for this reason, no matter what color — it’s clear that it isn’t part of a suiting set.

How about you, readers: What do you wear with a black dress? What do you consider to be “off-limits” with a black dress?

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The Last O.G. starring Tiffany Haddish and Tracy Morgan has received the green light to be renewed for a second season, according to TMZ.

TMZ was able to catch Morgan pulling up to the set of Trevor Noah‘s Daily Show  in New York were the song Headsprung blared from the speakers of the Rolls Royce he arrived in.

Showing on TBS, the show has received high ratings and reviews from an audience that can’t get enough of these two comedians.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Review: Marvel Delivers On Every Promise

Spoiler-free: This Avengers: Infinity War review will not contain specific plot spoilers, but it will cover the film’s themes, characters, and expectations. 

For the last 10 years, Marvel has been building to this one storyline: Thanos’ quest for the Infinity Gems. While Thanos‘ presence has been felt in many films, including the first Avengers, this is truly his grand entrance into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

As for Earth’s and the Galaxy’s Mightiest Heroes, everyone has a role to play. Whether they’re holding back Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight, or Thanos himself, each Guardian, each Avenger, and each hero in this film has something powerful to do. As for who lives and who dies, while we won’t be covering that here, we can say this: the stakes are real and certain characters will not be coming back.

Grab your tissues, your shields, and your best pop culture references and let’s dive into this non-spoiler review for Avengers: Infinity War.

The Emotional Moments Hit Home


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If Marvel has proved anything in the last ten years, it’s that each of their characters can hold their own in stand alone films. This was how the Marvel Universe was built. Tony Stark led the charge by saying “I am Iron Man” at the end of Iron Man. But, as Nick Fury said, Tony Stark and all the other characters in this film have “become part of a larger universe.”

That universe has become tightly intertwined through the relationships these characters have built over the last 10 years. Tony and Pepper Potts, Bucky and Captain America, Thor and Loki, Rocket and Groot, Tony and Bruce Banner, Black Widow and Falcon, Gamora and Star-Lord, Tony and Peter Parker, Black Panther and Shuri.

These relationships have meaning and in Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos will tear them apart. It would be easy to say, “bring tissues because X dies…” but that’s not quite the case here. Bring the tissues because characters that love each other, whether it’s the “unspoken” love between Star-Lord and Gamora or the love that has been blossoming between Wanda and Vision, this love is tested and tested HARD.

Marvel’s Funniest Film to Date


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In the midst of this testing, Marvel never fails to land a good joke. The audience in the theater was howling during certain scenes, howling as loud as audiences might have done the first time Star-Lord called Kevin Bacon a hero in the first Guardians of the Galaxy.

Right away the film kicks in the humor. One minute you could be crying and the next you could be laughing. That’s how well Marvel has figured out their storytelling. Peter Parker delivers a lot of these laughs, especially with his never ending movie and pop culture references. Doctor Strange delivers a lot of dry humor, especially when he meets Tony Stark for the first time.  And, as always, the Guardians deliver huge laughs. Especially Rocket, who has some fantastic moments with Thor.

What’s important about this levity is that it’s needed. Thanos is not called the “mad Titan” for nothing. He is hellbent on getting the gems and his “children”, Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian, are RUTHLESS. In fact, their fight sequences with the Avengers are some of the best Marvel has even done.

The Film Delivers Incredible Spectacle


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When looking at a film like this, it’s hard not to think of other superhero films that have come before. While it would be easy to compare this to Justice League or even the first Avengers, nothing even comes close to Infinity War. The only film that has ever achieved this combination of storytelling, set pieces, stunts, action, and battles is Return of the King.

Return of the King, while only the third film in the Lord of the Rings franchise (Infinity War is 19th, if we’re counting), gave audiences the biggest on screen battle they have ever seen. It also divided its key cast, sending Frodo into Mordor, Aragorn into the Dead City, Gandalf to the White Tower of Gondor and Merry and Pippin to both sides of the great battle.

In Infinity War, multiple storylines take place at once, all over the galaxy. Each new planet the film visits is breathtaking and the final battle in Wakanda is definitely on the scale of the final battle in Return of the King. In terms of visual effects, the film fires on all pistons. Planets, aliens, battles, Tony’s new Iron Man suit, the Iron Spider suit Peter wears, Doctor Strange and Wong‘s mystical powers, even the gems themselves look gorgeous and incredibly detailed. Every scene, every effect, every choice pays off.

Is Avengers: Infinity War Good?


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Yes. It’s really good. Good is actually an understatement considering everything that Marvel accomplished in this film. And here’s the crazy thing, Infinity War is only PART ONE of a two-part story. That’s right, the end of Infinity War is the BIGGEST CLIFFHANGER in cinematic history. While the film does come to a very specific ending, it sets up the entire plot of Avengers 4.

Don’t Miss the Cameos



There are some great cameos in this film! While Stan Lee is always a friendly face to see on film, another character from the Marvel Universe does make his or her return. No spoilers, but the audience made such an audible gasp when this person came on screen it was amazing. Also, the film does answer three of the biggest questions everyone is asking:

“Where is the Soul Gem?”

“Where is Hawkeye?”

“Is there a post-credit scene?”

You will find out all of these answers and more when the film opens later this week! As for the post-credit scene, a true Marvel fan always stays until the end credits.

Avengers: Infinity War opens worldwide on April 27, 2018.

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Give a Shout Out to Charles Portis and His Extraordinary Novel ‘True Grit’

Merriam Webster defines cult as “great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work such as a film or book.” This weekend hundreds of cultists will gather in Little Rock, Arkansas, to celebrate a person and a work. Charles Portis is the person and the work is his novel True Grit, which turns fifty this year. (A likely no-show is Portis himself, who has never established a public persona through profiles and interviews.)

True Grit begs the question as to whether a book in print fifty years after publication and which inspired two hugely successful films can properly be labeled “cult.” Mass cult might fit better.

Portis’s unassuming little novel—in most editions it clocks in around 220 pages—seems an odd candidate for such devotion. Written by a former Marine sergeant and journalist from southern Arkansas with only one previous novel to his credit (the moderately successful Norwood [1966], the endlessly hilarious account of an ex-Marine’s journey from Texas to New York to collect $ 70), True Grit couldn’t have been farther outside the mainstream of ’60s American literature.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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Superheroes battle to the death in thrilling ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

In general, comic-book villains want to destroy the world. Where’s the fun in that? All you’re left with is nothingness. That’s why Thanos (Josh Brolin), the purple behemoth at the center of this sprawling Marvel event, is so much scarier. Having watched countless overpopulated planets struggle for resources, he aims to SAVE the universe. His…
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No minimum spend. No tiers to get that 30% off. Looks like it’s working on a bunch of full price AND sale too. Plus free shipping no minimum? Not bad. Not bad at all. Plus, J. Crew just dropped a bunch of new spring arrivals. As always, picks are limited to items that have at least a decent size selection at post time, unless otherwise noted. But stuff can go fast. NOTE: Looks like J. Crew has really ramped up the inclusion of “J. Crew Mercantile” goods on their mainline site. J. Crew Mercantile = J. Crew Factory. So, don’t be fooled. Okay, off we go…

 

Ludlow Italian Wool Suit Jacket & Pant – $ 318.50 ($ 650)

Ludlow Italian Wool Suit Jacket & Pant

Mentioned this in the tripod on Monday and there still seems to be a good amount of sizes kicking around. Big fan of that shade of gray. It is fully lined, so it might get hot if you’re wearing it to Las Vegas in July (or, something like that) but at least it’s lined in bemberg. Half-canvas construction. Sold as separates instead of nested pairs, which is great for guys with frames that don’t fit into a standard “drop” zone.

 

Abingdon Briefcase – $ 96.60 ($ 138)

Abingdon Briefcase

Finally. It’s back. Sturdy waxed canvas and leather accents. Full review here.

 

Braided Web Belt – $ 13.96 ($ 45)

J. Crew Braided Web Belt

Perfect for the warm weather ahead. A total steal especially considering it friggin’ ships for free.

 

10.5″, 9″, or 7″  Tech Shorts – $ 33.95 ($ 69.50)

J. Crew Tech Shorts

Y’know what doesn’t happen very often? J. Crew customers agreeing on something in the reviews. But that’s the case here. Very, very well reviewed. Nylon + Spandex combine to make a flexible, breathable, pair of do-anything shorts. Could have a real winner here. Three inseam lengths to chose from. Already on sale.

 

Ludlow Semi-Brogue Oxfords – $ 208.60 ($ 298)

Ludlow Semi-Brogue Oxfords

A less-fortunate man’s Allen Edmonds Strand. True oxford style. Semi-brogue cap toe and medallion. Pretty darn dressy. Goodyear welted (in China I believe?) and made of Italian leather uppers. Extremely well reviewed.

 

Palma Sunglasses in Dark Amber Tortoise – $ 41.65 ($ 59.50)

J. Crew Palma Sunglasses

Much, much nicer than I had anticipated, being that these are priced noticeably lower than J. Crew’s previous styles of sunglasses. Made in China of course, but the dark tortoise frames, blue lenses, flat brow piece, and partially metal temple arms, all combine for a super-on-trend look. 52mm lens diameter, but they wear a bit bigger due to the thicker frames.

 

Ludlow TRAVELER Wool Suit Jacket & Pant in Navy or Grey – $ 417.20 ($ 596)

Ludlow TRAVELER Wool Suit

Special 3-ply wool woven specifically to resist creasing. Plus, unlike the standard Ludlow wool jackets, these are lightweight and only half lined. They honestly feel noticeably more breezy than standard suit jackets (and pants). Some guys like that, some guys don’t.

 

Ludlow Garment Duffle Bag – $ 173.60 ($ 248)

Ludlow Garment Duffle Bag

And now… some luggage for those who are gonna be travelling with a packed suit or sportcoats this upcoming season. Cotton canvas body, and unzips/unfurls so you can get your suit or jackets (and shoes and what not) to and fro while minimizing creasing and wrinkling risks. Yes, the zippers weren’t designed the best (read the reviews) but attaching a couple of pulls should solve that problem. And most bags like this will run you a heck of a lot more money.

 

Goodyear Welted Ludlow Chukka Boots – $ 222.60 ($ 318)

Goodyear Welted Ludlow Chukka Boots

Another option from their higher end Ludlow line. Italian leather uppers and Goodyear welted soles. Still “imported” though. Scattered sizes on these.

 

Waterproof Cotton/Nylon Mac Jacket – $ 138.60 ($ 198)

J. Crew Mac

The lack of simple, classic, mac jackets on the market right now is odd. Nice to see that J. Crew is offering one this spring. April showers and Pilgrims and bla bla bla.

 

Slim American Pima Cotton OCBD – $ 48.65 ($ 69.50)

J. Crew OCBD

A classic OCBD that comes in a true slim fit and is made from American grown Supima cotton. Tons of colors to pick from. Yes, they’re made overseas, but the reviews are solid. Are there cheaper OCBD options out there? Absolutely.

 

Kenton Bluchers – $ 138.60 ($ 198)

Kenton Bluchers

A new addition to their shoe lineup. Not from their higher end Ludlow line, but I do believe these are still goodyear welted? All their other Kenton shoes are. Look, nothing fancy going on here. It’s the shoe-iest shoe to ever shoe. Like a less fortunate man’s AE Kenilworth. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t hugely versatile.

 

Cotton-Linen Crew Sweater in Heather Multistripe – $ 48.65 ($ 69.50)

Cotton-Linen Crew Sweater in Heather Multistripe

Sure appears to be a perfect spring/summer bonus layer to throw in the duffel bag for weekend trips to the lake or mountains. Cotton/Linen blend should help regulate your temperature without being too sweaty like an all cotton sweater would. Linen also lends that crisp texture.

 

Abingdon Weekender Duffel – $ 159.60 ($ 228)

Abingdon Weekender Duffel

Looks like along with the briefcase, J. Crew has restocked the rest of their waxed canvas Abingdon bag collection. This duffel is NOT some dinky thing. Hardly. 17 1/2″H x 26″W x 9 1/4″D = over 4,000 cubic inches of space. Good for a real weekend away when you want some options.

 

Field Jacket in Olive Moss or Navy – $ 138.60 ($ 198)

J. Crew Field Jacket

J. Crew’s take on a classic. Head here for a review of this jacket, albeit in a slightly different shade. Extremely well reviewed. Want something similar for cheap? Check out your local army/navy surplus store.

 

Ludlow Slim-fit Pant in Stretch Chino – $ 34.99 ($ 79.50)

Ludlow Slim Fit Chino

One of their best sellers but beware… their slim fits are a true slim. So if you’ve got tree trunks for legs you can forget it. These used to be their “Bowery” slim fit pants, but are now called the Ludlow. 14.5″ leg opening. Clean hook and bar closure. Another item that’s already in the sale section and is up for the extra 30% off discount.

 

Kenton Leather Pacer or Cap Toe Boots – $ 173.60 ($ 248)

Kenton Boots

A couple pairs of Goodyear Welted boots. Sure, we’re not in boot season any longer (depending on where you live) but there still might be some time left to wear these before it gets to hot-foot season.

 

LIGHTWEIGHT Stretch Chino in AthleticStraight, or Slim Fit – $ 47.60 ($ 68)

J. Crew LIGHTWEIGHT Stretch Chino

Lightweight is the key word here. Garment Dyed. Multiple fits and colors to pick from. Again, something that’s nice to grab as a one-and-only shot since it ships free.

 

Card Case in Camo Italian Leather – $ 31.50 ($ 45)

J. Crew Card Case in Camo Italian Leather

Full honesty: J. Crew’s smaller leather goods have NOT been impressive these last few years. But this one might be an exception? Says it’s made out of Italian leather. And the asking price isn’t bad, plus, it does seem to go up for codes and discounts every so often.

 

Made in Italy McAllister Desert Boots – $ 103.60 ($ 148)

Made in Italy McAllister Desert Boots

Stitched out welt construction. Three versatile colors to choose from. A little slimmer than some bulkier desert boots. Great for now, great for summer.

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French First Lady Brigitte Macron Is a Grecian Dream at the White House

Brigitte Macron is on the move again. After conducting a state visit to India last month, the French first lady and President Emmanuel Macron have embarked on three-day trip to Washington, D.C., where she’s already shown off a handful of polished outfits since landing yesterday.

For a state dinner at the White House on Tuesday night, Macron was a Grecian vision in a embroidered white gown, which is definitely bridal-worthy in our minds. (Blame it on bridal fashion week or Meghan Markle, but weddings are on our brains right now.) Read on to see her formal look, plus everything she’s worn in Washington, D.C. so far. 

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Judges as susceptible to gender bias as laypeople — and sometimes more so

A new study of trial court judges suggests these arbiters of the law sometimes let their personal ideas about gender roles influence their decision-making. The findings, which are part of a broader study of judicial behavior, revealed that the judges were just as likely as laypeople to discriminate – in ways that harmed both men and women – in decisions involving child custody or workplace discrimination cases related to family caregiving duties.
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Money Smart Week Helps Keep You in the Black

During Money Smart Week, April 21–April 28, more than 1,000 libraries across the country will host educational events that focus on financial issues such as the following:

  • first-time home buying
  • home renovation loans
  • personal spending plan (otherwise known as a budget!)
  • the property tax appeal process
  • financial aid packages and how to evaluate them
  • the right Medicare plan
  • the basics of wills and trusts
  • options for tax-free savings
  • charitable tax strategies, and more

“During Money Smart Week, libraries in rural, suburban, and urban communities are helping people examine their personal finances, whether that involves estate planning or budgeting for groceries,” says Felton Thomas Jr., executive director and CEO of the Cleveland Public Library.

“Libraries will use fliers and books and displays, and provide programming that will help their specific community, by connecting patrons with experts and advisers,” he continued.

Library patrons—and you don’t need a library card unless you’re checking out materials—will meet with money experts, not librarians.

Partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland and the Veterans Administration, the Cleveland Public Library has designed its Money Smart Week to work with veterans.

“It will be like a fair,” says Thomas, who is also a past president of the Public Library Association. “We want to get them signed up for their VA benefits. There will be different educational institutions, reps from the VA, and OhioMeansJobs [an employment initiative in Ohio].”

In Chicago, the public library is focusing on those in the sharing economy, such as Uber, Lyft, or Airbnb, who are now figuring out tax questions.

“IRS Taxpayer Advocates will be on hand to help patrons in the sharing economy,” Thomas said. “Other libraries are focusing specifically on children 5–8 years of age learning money management.”

In Pickerington, Ohio, a library will have a grocery store providing tips on how to manage the food budget.

“Every library is doing what it thinks is important for their community,” Thomas says, noting that no one socioeconomic group is targeted. “Everyone can learn to budget their funds better.”

“Money Smart Week shines a light on what libraries do,” says Thomas. “Libraries do this kind of programming all the time.”

To learn about activities at your local library, visit the Money Smart Week website.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Review: Not All Your Marvel Superhero Faves Make It Out Alive

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I’m not going to tell you who dies in Avengers: Infinity War.

Nonetheless, death hangs like a shroud over the latest—and, to date, largest—entry in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, which assembles just about every previously introduced series character for all-out CGI war against Thanos, a purple-faced behemoth (embodied by Josh Brolin via motion-capture technology) with arrogant boasts and apocalyptic rationalizations dripping off his tongue. Thanos has travelled to Earth (and the far reaches beyond) in search of the Infinity Stones, those six magical cosmic objects that provide all sorts of limitless powers, and which he plans to use (in a shiny gold glove known as the Infinity Gauntlet) to obliterate half of the world’s creatures in his ongoing quest to bring balance to the universe.

It’s a plan for combatting overpopulation that only a super-lunatic could conceive.

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Here’s How to Get $10 at Kmart for Your Expired Toys R Us Gift Cards


While some of us are still mourning the loss of our beloved childhood toy store, others are stuck with useless gift cards and defunct registries.

Well, not all is lost for some of you.

Kmart just launched a new rewards program that will exchange your leftover Toys R Us and Babies R Us gift cards for FREECASH points to be used on in-store purchases.

And that’s good news considering Toys R Us stopped honoring gift cards on April 21.

How to Exchange Your Toys R Us Gift Cards

The process is pretty easy, but you have to be a member of Kmart’s Shop Your Way rewards program to get the deal.

You can register for the rewards program online or in stores.

Once you get that out of the way, simply present your Toys R Us and/or Babies R Us gift cards at any Kmart customer service desk nationwide.

A representative will register you for the exchange program and ask you to fill out a survey.

When that’s all finished, you will get $ 10 FREECASH added to your rewards account. It can be used in stores on any purchase over $ 10.

Kmart will accept all expired Toys R Us and Babies R Us gift cards.

Unfortunately, this one-time offer is only good for $ 10 FREECASH, regardless of how many gift cards you have or the value remaining on each card.

Hey, a 10-spot is better than nothing at all.

The offer ends July 31, so don’t drag your feet.

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She was a Kmart kid before she was ever a Toys R Us kid.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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Anti-Semitic letter by Wagner sold at auction in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A letter written by German composer Richard Wagner that underscored his anti-Semitism was sold to Jewish collector from Switzerland at auction in Israel on Tuesday for $ 34,000, the auction house said.


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What’s All the Starbucks Fuss About? [Opinion]

As an attorney who has defended and prosecuted hundreds of cases, I’ve learned that there is always more than one side to every story. Let’s take a look from the viewpoint of Starbucks and from the Philadelphia police department as to why two black men were recently arrested in a local Starbucks for “nothing.”

Starbucks has struggled with the fact that their facilities are being used as public restrooms. There are numerous articles about Starbucks’ bathroom being used by the public and Starbucks trying to limit or even remove bathrooms from their facilities in urban areas. Some cities and states require that businesses provide public restrooms. And when I say public I mean everybody that behaves themselves.

From the business perspective, here are the issues:

  • Employees need to wash their hands and use the bathroom as required by law.
  • Cities like New York and Philadelphia have higher homelessness populations, drug users, and freaky people looking to get it on. Obviously, this is bad business.
  • Health issues, we have all seen disaster bathrooms—the type that you would prefer to drink from your dog’s water bowl than to stand or sit in

So what does the bathroom have to do with the arrest? It seems that Starbucks has been struggling with balancing offering a public place to eat, drink, and relax for their customers (those who purchase something) versus everyone else.

So how does Starbucks find itself in this position? Simple! By not setting a clear policy about who can use their facilities and by not teaching employees about discretion. For example, if Starbucks had a clear policy stating that you can occupy their space for 10 mins and then you must purchase something or leave then this could have been avoided. If the employee had been taught discretion, then they would have tried multiple scenarios before attempting to call the police. It would be equivalent to an escalation of force that police use.

Asking a person to purchase goods to occupy space in a business establishment is not unusual. No one really goes to the movie theater and says, “Let me sit down and start watching the movie. My friend will be here in a few mins with the tickets.”

The scenario from the Starbucks employee was as follows:

  • The Starbucks employee was unclear about the policies for use of the facility and without the ability to use discretion the employee asked the men to purchase something.
  • After the men refused, the employee called the police, thinking there was no other option, and said that the two men refused to purchase anything or leave.

From the police perspective:

  • The police receive a call that two men who were not customers refused to leave a place of business when asked.
  • The police not knowing who these men were, arrived with little information and not knowing what to expect.
  • The police listen to both sides. The employee says the men refused to buy something and refused to leave when asked. The men essentially say we are not buying anything now, and we are not leaving because we are waiting.
  • Well the police just heard the same thing the employee told them and therefore the men are trespassing as their ability to be in the store has been revoked by an agent of the premises and they are there without their permission.

Now some people may still think they were loitering but loitering without being attached to criminal activity is legal according to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court stopped the government from harassing you if you’re peacefully assembling. However, you are not allowed to peacefully assemble in private homes and businesses when you don’t have their permission, Hence the term trespassing. Trespassing equals crime which equal arrest.

Of course, this whole incident could have been avoided with discretion. The only people who used discretion was the D.A.’s office as they declined to prosecute.

Moral of the story: Don’t let a $ 5 coffee send you to jail.

As for Starbucks, I applaud you for your rapid response to this incident, but sensitivity training won’t resolve this, you need to do more.

Lastly, a bit of free legal information for the folks at Starbucks. Let pregnant women with a pregnancy disability and people with disabilities use the bathroom as you don’t want to face a lawsuit for a violation of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).

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Canada Honors Nadja Swarovski

In Canada, Nadja Swarovski is in good company.
Along with Céline Dion, Aldo Bensadoun of The Aldo Group, designer Greta Constantine and Canada Goose, among others, Swarovski was honored by the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards last Friday at the ceremony at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
In accepting the Global Fashion Business Leader Award by video, the global crystal purveyor said: “As we celebrate the fifth year of these awards, Swarovski is delighted to once again partner with CAFA to reaffirm our shared commitment to emerging Canadian fashion talent, and to support the hard work and dedication of the 2018 Swarovski Emerging talent winners.”
Swarovski’s  awards for emerging fashion and accessories talent went to Markoo and Sofia Zakia, respectively. They both received $ 10,000 and a year of mentorship with industry leaders. Grace Mahary, accessorized in Atelier Swarovski earrings, presented the Swarovski awards.
Dion received CAFA’s International Style Icon Award; the Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to Bensadoun, founder of  The Aldo Group, and Constantine received the first Suzanne Rogers Designer Grant ($ 20,000) for International Development.
Triarchy received the inaugural H&M Sustainability Award which included $ 10,000 and a trip to the Copenhagen Fashion Summit in May;  The Womenswear Designer of the Year Award went to Marie Saint

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Genius: Picasso Star Antonio Banderas on the Importance of Not Failing the Truth About the Iconic Artist

Genius, Antonio BanderasAntonio Banderas is playing one of his heroes. No, not the swashbuckling masked swordsman named Zorro, but Pablo Picasso in Genius: Picasso, the second install of National Geographic Channel’s…

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Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) Tuesday reported a surge in first quarter profit of consolidated and affiliated companies to $ 1.667 billion from $ 194 million last year. On a per share basis, earnings increased to $ 2.74 from $ 0.32 in the prior year. On an adjusted basis, the company reported profit of $ 2.82 per share.
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Super Bowl Winner: Top NFL Prospect Lamar Jackson Could Change Football’s Power Structure

If we have learned anything about the NFL and its surrogates in the media lately, it’s that athletes who feel empowered to speak for themselves — without prior approval — will either be mitigated or punished. That’s part of why I’ve been following the story of Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson — and the young quarterback’s fiercest advocate, mother and sports representative, Felicia Jones — as he bucks the status quo by declining to hire a traditional sports agent. Heading into the NFL draft, which begins on April 26, Jackson is poised to change both his personal and family’s realities, as it seems he will sign a first-round draft pick contract. He also stands to make a sizable contribution to the ongoing and much-needed reformation of the NFL’s inequitable power dynamics and economic engine.

Take, for instance, Jackson’s decision to decline to run the 40-meter dash for NFL scouts. Jackson is the fastest quarterback the NFL has seen in a long while. It’s obvious. And yet you can almost hear the collective dismay of league officials and team decision-makers, flabbergasted at the audacity of a player and his mother who might just understand the business side of his talent better than those who designed the system. They made an intentional, strategic decision custom-tailored to Jackson’s individual abilities and contract desires. The fact that a conventional sports agent would have rarely advised a client to do anything as off-script offers rich insight into why the one-size-fits-all approach to sports representation that the NFL tries to demand can potentially result in the athlete’s own best interest not even being the highest priority.

When I announced plans to represent myself in July 2015, I remember the experience that followed for a year and a half. I was constantly maneuvering and positioning myself in a way to establish credibility among the NFL powers that be. That was what I signed up for by declining to hire an insider who was already familiar with the front-office staff of teams throughout the league.

The beginning of my self-representation journey was rough, and despite now being satisfied with the end result, I certainly learned some valuable lessons along the way. Overall, I was most struck by how threatening my desire for self-representation was received by some, and how some of the tactics ended up discouraging other players from attempting to be self-directed free agents. I hope Jackson helps change that.

There is an unmistakable implication in the other assertion that teams are struggling to get ahold of the quarterback: that Jackson and Jones don’t know what they’re doing. This framing reinforces the coercive narrative that younger athletes who are weighing their options should depend on the professional sports agent industry to decide what is best for them. This has become an insidious grooming technique that follows the athlete throughout their professional sports career.

As someone quite familiar with the workings of the NFL, I see a different way of interpreting the storyline that organizations are unable to reach Jackson: that the teams don’t know what they’re doing or are pushing a narrative that benefits them. If teams can send out private investigators and scouts to record, follow and document the character of a player they are interested in drafting, I don’t see how they are unable to get in touch with Jackson. The man’s DMs are open. And maybe Jackson just doesn’t want to talk with the teams complaining.

I recognize that the industry of professional sports agents has some redeemable elements. In fact, I believe that the scarcity of player self-representation actually prevents some of the best sports agents from proactively adapting to these changing realities. Imagine what it could look like for an agency to actually encourage some hybrid form of self-representation, following the lead of other industry pioneers and implementing thoughtful solutions for entrepreneur minded-athletes — or just those of us with subtle elements to our game underserved by the one-size-fits-all approach. More and more of us are finding our voice and discovering ways to exchange notes. This is a necessary evolution as the status quo begins to expire.

Self-representation isn’t for everyone. But we need to normalize it, because the system as it exists now reinforces the disempowerment of athletes, which itself is fueled by a narrative that suggests we couldn’t possibly understand what’s in our own self-interest. This has negative downstream ramifications, as people generally expect athletes to remain in their proverbial box and stick to the script. They are content with us performing on the field, yet struggle to accept the fact that we are more than just jocks. Just ask Colin Kaepernick or Eric Reid. We are allowed to play, providing fans an entertaining escape from their “real world,” while we are prevented from making society confront ours. Lamar Jackson is representing a world in which his assertion matters.

In case this finds him, here are some of the things that I learned from my own experience and that I wish I would have known (and that I personally assume Felicia Jones is already aware of) as a self-representing athlete:

  1. The most important part of any first-round rookie NFL contract is how much of the deal is guaranteed (cue the Internet commenters talking about my Broncos contract). Many if not all players in the earlier part of the first round have four years fully guaranteed, while the latter half of picks of the first round have the first three years guaranteed and only a portion of the fourth year. In the 2nd round, many contracts have the first two years guaranteed. If you happen to fall to the second round, understand the amount that has historically been guaranteed at that pick — then get more.
  2. Aside from guaranteed money, cash flow is one of your most important considerations. Get as much of your money as possible paid in guaranteed roster bonuses at the beginning of training camp (instead of earned over the 17-week regular season via salary).
  3. Refuse any offset language. Teams will try to add this into your contract to rid themselves of future obligation. If you are drafted to be a franchise quarterback, the language in the deal should reflect a committed and reciprocal relationship.
  4. Rely on the NFL Players Association. As a member of the executive committee, I want to emphasize that we have the staff in place to go over any language in your contract and make sure it is right. It’s our job.
  5. And since you’re a quarterback, you should know: The concept of a “QB Premium” is not limited to veteran contracts, no matter what they tell you. Especially in structuring contracts, teams overplay the “precedent” argument in negotiations. Teams have proven time and time again that they will go against precedent for QBs (see Johnny Manziel’s contract). Get that QB Premium!

Good luck in the draft, Lamar. I’m available if you need me. My DMs are open, too.

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Want to Be an Investor? Cross Culture Ventures is Looking for a Summer Associate

Cross Culture Ventures (CCV) has teamed up with Silicon Valley Bank to provide a unique opportunity. This summer, the venture firm is hiring a Summer Associate to join their investment team for two months between June and August. According to a recent post, the ideal candidate is an MBA student going into their second year with a keen interest in learning about venture capital and a passion for technology and startup companies. Previous venture capital or early-stage startup experience will also give you a boost in the application process. Additionally, due to the massive underrepresentation of women in the space, female minorities are highly encouraged to apply.

“Black and Latina women are significantly underrepresented in VC. Let’s change that,” said CCV Managing Partner Marlon Nichols.

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So what will you gain? The post states that the Summer Associate can expect to gain hands-on experience in all areas of venture capital, including financial analysis, due diligence, deal execution, and portfolio support. Also, they didn’t fail to mention that the pay is competitive.

And what exactly will you be doing? Some of your tasks will include reviewing pitch decks and meeting with entrepreneurs; analyzing investment opportunities; researching market trends; performing company financial analysis, due diligence, and author investment memos used by partners and investment committees in investment decisions; and leading various internal market and technology research projects.

Cross Culture Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm based in Los Angeles that invests in entrepreneurs creating next-generation technology and consumer products. Through their strategic partnership with Atom Factory, they work together to discover, invest in, and develop companies that fuel shifts in cultural trends and behaviors within an increasingly diverse global marketplace. CCV has over 20 companies in its portfolio, which includes Gimlet Media, Thrive Market, Blavity, Fair.com, and Mayvenn.
For more information on the opportunity, click here. All applications are due, Friday, April 27, at 5 p.m. PST.

 

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Angling for calm: why I love wild fishing

The opportunity to be in the moment and still in nature hooked Annalisa Barbieri on fishing – never more so than in the wildernesses of Dartmoor and the Highlands of Scotland

I am not a natural stander-stiller. In life, when not hiding behind the page, I fidget and think hurried, jumbled thoughts.

Few things still me and keep me in the moment. Fishing, when I discovered it 20 years ago, was one. Not in the beginning, of course. There was too much to remember and master: knots, kit, casting. But then, when it all came together and I was able to select my fly, tie, snip and cast, my world both reduced and grew.

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Go Mad Redbull Event: Professional Surfers Teleport to Iconic Beaches Using Magic Surf Wax

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Oahu, Hawaii – (April 2018) – In the summer of 1987, surfing was on the cusp of mainstream popularity. The surf apparel industry was undergoing major changes and preparing to explode. Brands and surfers alike remained unknown to the mainstream, and athlete’s lifestyles held onto the mystic nature of easy- going surf culture.

Enter Mad Wax: a surf film that borrowed its title from a somewhat better known movie franchise, and was built around a block of surf wax with teleportation powers. The idea is that the surfer rubs the wax on the board, imagines where they want to surf in the world, and with an 80s-sound effect and some movie magic, they are immediately zapped to the location of their dreams to ride the wild surf of the world! “Surf films have evolved. I remember I used to watch surf movies in theaters and watch waveafter wave of perfect Pipeline” says Clarke-Jones, “I remember thinking, this is good for the first fewwaves, but then it gets boring. The evolution that came from films like Mad Wax and Kong’s Island felt like it was more expressive of what surfing was all about…having fun!”

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Mad Wax also launched the career of Ross Clarke-Jones (RCJ), a former championship tour surfer turned big wave pioneer and Storm Surfers 3D star who eventually became the first non-Hawaiian surfer to win The Eddie at the ever-infamous Waimea Bay.

RCJ went on to become one of Red Bull’s first ever southern hemisphere athletes, and at 51 years of age remains the longest serving Quiksilver athlete in history. Best yet, he still charges Nazaré with the same reckless abandon of someone less than half his age. In 2016, he was runner-up to John John Florence at the Eddie contest. Not only has RCJ not skipped a beat in his big-wave career, he’s continuing to push the envelope and reset the standards of big wave surfing.

30 years later, homage is finally being paid to the cult film that defines the surf culture of the
1980’s. Together with fellow athletes Caroline Marks (youngest ever person to qualify for the world tour in 2018), Kanoa Igarashi (2017 Pipe Masters runner-up) and Leo Fioravanti (World Tours only Italian surfer), RCJ is “passing on the wax” to a new generation. Upon giving his last remaining bars of the magicformula to these new surf prodigies,’ RCJ hopes it inspires them to ‘Go Mad!’

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Go Mad Redbull Event: Professional Surfers Teleport to Iconic Beaches Using Magic Surf Wax

“Go Mad! is just a really fun way of giving everyone a unique look at surfing and giving us the chance show off our acting skills too,” laughs Marks. “There is nothing else like it out there and that’s whatmakes it special to be a part of!”

Complete with full ’80s effects and graphics, the 5-minute digital short also features music from GANGgajang – the Australian band that scored the original film and launched to success as a result.Check out the track and a whole slew of surfing’s most definitive tunes in a Spotify playlist curated byRed Bull Music: https://win.gs/Go-Mad-Spotify-Playlist

Three decades later the madness lives on and will be entrusted to the hands of surfing’s next generation. “Train hard, live a good lifestyle, but take some time to have fun and enjoy the ride… Go mad!” says Clarke-Jones.

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Kanoa Igarashi has been surfing for as long as he can remember. His dad first put him on a surfboard in his hometown of Huntington Beach, USA at the age of just three, and the Californian native hasn’t looked back since. Hetook to the sport with natural talent, competing in his first surf contest (which he won) at the age of six. Since then, Igarashi, whose parents immigrated to the US from Tokyo, Japan, has taken the surf world by storm. At age 14, he became the youngest surfer ever to win the US National Championships for under-18s and that same yearwon the Governor’s Cup at the Surfing America Championships and took second in the King of GromsChampionships. In addition to competitions, Igarashi has appeared in a bunch of stellar surf films, but his ultimate goal is to one day win the ASP World Championships – the most elite tour in surfing. If things keep going his way,that day might also be sooner than he thinks. “It’s a confidence booster knowing that younger people can stillcompete on the same level as the top pros,” he says.

Caroline Marks is determined to become the best surfer she can be, buoyed by multiple overall national titles and international crowns. Born in Boca Raton, Florida, and the face of the future for East Coast surfing, Caroline initially followed her two older brothers’ lead into the ocean before finding her own path on the competition circuit. Her competitive spirit and drive were awakened after winning her first event, a local neighborhood contest across the street from her house, at age nine. By 15, her impressive resume included 2016 International Surfing Association Under 16 Champion, 2015 and 2016 Vans US Open Pro Junior Champion, NSSA Open Girls National Champion of 2015 and 2016, member of the SpaceCoast Surfing Hall of Fame and 17 national titles. Caroline also currently holds the record for the youngest female to compete in a World Surf League Championship Tour event. Forced to sit out the 2015 season with a broken ankle, Caroline’s time away from the water afforded her the opportunity to grow mentally to complement her physical prowess. She missed the 2015 International Surf Association Championships as a result, but came back stronger than ever to win the 2016 event, putting the stamp on her full recovery. For Caroline, surfing is an accurate metaphor for life, in that learning to handle all of the variables Mother Nature throws at her is a necessary skill to possess and nurture as her career progresses. With her sights set on becoming the best female surfer, she is well on her way with an outstanding young career.

Leo Fioravanti’s an Italian original, transcending the boundaries, blasting the tail and carving on rail with the best surfers his age. He takes his act beyond the Mediterranean and turns heads wherever he goes. Family man andItalian food aficionado says that his most emotional career moment was “winning the Junior World Championships after six months without surfing.” Fioravanti’s biggest dream in life is to win the world league.

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Go Mad! was co-produced with World Wide Mind and directed by Ben Nott, the brain behind 2013 feature surf drama, Drift: http://worldwidemind.com

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How to Manage Maximal Sleeves

Tops with flouncy, cuffed, ruffled, lantern and bell-shaped sleeves have been mainstream for the last eighteen months. And it seems the trend is here to stay. For the most part, this type of maximal sleeve has met with approval from my clients. It adds interest to a top, and coverage for those who don’t want to wear sleeveless styles. And it’s been a while since fashion celebrated the voluminous sleeve.

That said, maximal sleeves are awfully bossy. They can be annoying to wear, getting in the way when you type, drive and eat, and they are hard to layer under a topper. They can also overwhelm your frame. Here are a few strategies for managing them that have worked for myself, my clients and my friends.

1. Stick to Shorter Sleeve Lengths

A shorter-length maximal sleeve is a lot less fussy. You can get on with it without worrying about flounces and bells getting in the way of daily activities. You’re looking at a sleeve hem that finishes between a short and three-quarter length on the arm. By way of example, here are my own tops with shorter maximal sleeves.

2. Leave Off the Topper

Voluminous sleeves are much easier to wear when you don’t need a topper. So apart from one black pullover, I’ve kept the exuberant sleeve trend for warmer weather so that I don’t need to worry too much about the topper.

3. Add a Scarf

Sometimes, you can wear a Spring or Summer scarf instead of a topper. Wrap the scarf around the neck a couple of times to keep out the chill when wearing a top with maximal sleeves. Remove the scarf when it warms up during the day.

4. Wear a Bell-Sleeved Topper

It’s a good idea to add a topper with bell sleeves to your topper capsule when you run cold like I do. The roomy fit of a bell-sleeved topper accommodates the volume of shorter maximal sleeves quite well. My new lightweight citron cocoon coat is excellent over maximal sleeved pullovers because of the wide bell sleeves. The peplum utility jacket from the Loft has been great for my clients.

5. Wear a Wrap, Cape, Poncho, or drape a Jacket

Toppers that don’t have sleeves like wraps, capes, kimonos and ponchos work well over maximal sleeved tops. Or you can drape a coat or jacket over your shoulders if it’s not too cold. Sometimes that’s all you need to keep out the chill.

6. Choose a Blouson or Lantern-Sleeve Silhouette

I’m drawn to the more subtle exuberant sleeve, like a blouson or lantern silhouette, because it’s less overwhelming on my slight frame. When you choose them in soft fabrics, the sleeves collapse under most toppers and regain their shape when you remove the topper. A cuff at the end of a blouson sleeve is even better, because it keeps the sleeve volume in place. I have the citron blouson sleeve pullover from the Loft, and LOVE it. It works especially well under my bell-sleeved cocoon coat. A blouse with a lantern sleeve in a soft fabric (on the right below) works well under most regular jackets.

Every so often, the cut/fit/fabric/drape of a top with long maximal sleeves is perfect. That’s what I found with the Weylyn shirt from Club Monaco. Surprisingly, the ties on the cuffs are stiff, substantial and stay put. They don’t flounce around and boss me around. Sometimes you have to take the trend a style at a time.

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Mark Rothko’s famous Four Seasons tale retold on stage

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Mark Rothko is known as one of the greatest abstract expressionists of his generation (although, we should probably say that he personally refused to be associated with any particular art movement or style). His paintings have an incredible depth, and create the feeling that however long and hard you look at them, there is something buried within these artworks that you can’t quite reach. So you sit, and look a little longer.

If you’ve ever sat in the Rothko room at the Tate Modern, surrounded by some of the artist’s vast canvases, you might recognise this sensation that he was pushing us towards with his abstract blocks, created with numerous thin coats of cleverly applied colour – it’s about finding clarity, understanding and experiencing something that is physically bigger than ourselves.

For a man who had been brought up in the orthodox Jewish community in Russia, but who had given up religious practice after the death of his father, painting was a sort of act of worship.

The takeaway from this gallery-based experience? Clearly, Mark Rothko was a complex man.

In the 1950s, as he began to experience significant success on the New York art scene, Rothko was approached by the Four Seasons to complete a commission for their restaurant. Now known as the Seagram murals, the 40 completed paintings in dark red and brown were, at the time, the largest commission in the history of modern art. However, Rothko’s decision to accept the commission was strange – especially as he told a journalist in confidence that his hope was to create ‘something that will ruin the appetite of every son-of-a-bitch who ever eats in that room…’

Drama, obviously followed. Some of the paintings in question are now located in that room we were discussing at London’s Tate Modern rather than in New York, which tells you something. The events that ensued became notorious and, as a story, became a prime topic for a stage play. And then an actual play: John Logan’s RED.

As it returns to London’s West End, for the first time since its world premiere at the Donmar Warehouse in 2009, we (the long-time Rothko fans at artrepublic) have two tickets to give away to you, our art lovers.

RED has been described by the New York Times as being a play ‘with such fierce conviction that it never lets you look away.’ The plot follows Rothko’s experience when, having just received the largest commission in the history of modern art, he finds himself consumed by warring desires for integrity and success.

Having headed up the original London cast, award-winning stage and screen actor Alfred Molina (Raiders of the Lost Ark; Chocolat; Frida; Spiderman 2) reprises his role as Rothko, while breakthrough British actor Alfred Enoch (How to Get Away with Murder; Harry Potter) takes the part of Rothko’s fictional young assistant, Ken, who provokes him to make an agonising discovery about the price of fame.

With this cast, and six Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Direction to its name, Red is certainly not a story to be missed.

If you’d like to win a pair of tickets to the press night of RED in London’s West End, with a pre-theatre dinner and an overnight stay at One Aldwych, a 5 star central London Hotel, as well as a £100 artrepublic gift voucher, Enter our competition here. Plus 5 runners up will each win a pairs of tickets to see the play. T’s and C’s apply.

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Christina Aguilera Gets an Assist From Melissa McCarthy on Carpool Karaoke

When Christina Aguilera made her Carpool Karaoke debut, she didn’t come alone. The singer stopped by The Late Late Show on Monday night to sing some of her songs with James Corden.

Aguilera settled into the passenger seat and sang parts of some of her biggest hits like “Dirrty” and “Genie in a Bottle” alongside Corden, who managed to keep hold of the steering wheel while Aguilera showed off her impressive skills. When she got to “Fighter,” Corden couldn’t help but ask for a few tips on how to make his voice sound a little like hers. “That’s an angsty thing, you’ve got to get your fighter on,” she explained. Corden wasn’t sure he would be able to mimic her at his next karaoke party, though, because he sounded “like I’ve got something trapped in my throat.”

When the duo moved on to singing Aguilera’s 2002 single “Dirrty,” Aguilera revealed her secret weapon—Melissa McCarthy. The actress and comedian appeared in the back seat to deliver a fierce take on Redman’s featured rap, which appeared in the original song.

“You two know each other. You’ve known each other a while, yes?” Corden asked the two stars.

“We’ve known each other a while,” McCarthy said, nodding. “We did a picture together — Life of the Party.”

“Which we obviously are,” Aguilera added. No arguments here.

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Southwest Has Been Faced With Fines, Union Safety Complaints

National Transportation Safety Board investigator examines damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane.

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines runs its planes hard. They make many short hops and more trips per day than other U.S. airliners, which adds to wear and tear on parts, including the engines.

As the investigation into last week’s deadly engine failure continues, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly could face questions about whether the company’s low-cost business model — which puts its planes through frequent takeoffs and landings — is putting passengers at risk.

Some aviation safety experts said they see no reason for alarm. And, in fact, Southwest’s safety record is enviable: Until last week, no passenger had died in an accident during its 47-year history.

Still, the Dallas-based airline has paid millions over the past decade to settle safety violations, including fines for flying planes that didn’t have required repairs. Twice in the past nine years, holes have torn open in the roofs of Southwest planes in flight.

In another episode in 2016, an engine on a Southwest jet blew apart over Florida because of metal fatigue, or wear and tear, hurling debris that struck the fuselage and tail. No one was hurt.

Then, last week, one of the engines on Southwest Flight 1380 blew apart at 32,000 feet over Pennsylvania, spraying the Boeing 737 with shrapnel and killing 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan, a mother of two who was blown partway out a broken window. The National Transportation Safety Board said a fan blade that had snapped off the engine was showing signs of metal fatigue.

The union representing Southwest mechanics recently accused the company of pressuring maintenance workers to cut corners to keep planes flying. And the Federal Aviation Administration investigated union whistleblower complaints and found mistrust of management so serious that it could hurt safety.

In one case, investigators said a worker who should have been praised for finding corrosion on a plane in Dallas was chastised for working beyond the scope of the task he had been assigned. The leader of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, Bret Oestreich, said Southwest had created a culture of hostility and retaliation.

Nevertheless, aviation safety experts and longtime industry watchers said they do not consider Southwest unsafe.

“They have had a lot” of incidents, said John Goglia, a former NTSB member, “but you have to remember that they have a very large fleet” — more than 700 Boeing 737s, the largest 737 fleet in the world.

Before last week, if Goglia thought about airlines that might have safety questions, Southwest wasn’t even on the radar, he said.

Southwest’s short, frequent flights put more stress on the plane and engines, like a car used heavily in stop-and-go city traffic, said Alan Diehl, an aviation-safety consultant and former NTSB and Air Force accident investigator.

Diehl said, however, that Southwest’s crews are accustomed to the quicker pace and that their work is made easier because Southwest flies only Boeing 737s instead of an assortment of planes.

Southwest jets make on average 5.3 flights per day compared with between 2.8 and 3.4 per day at American Airlines, Delta and United, according to an analysis by industry newsletter Airline Weekly using information from airline data provider Diio.

Southwest flies frequently on short routes such as Los Angeles to San Francisco and Dallas to Houston. Its average flight is 764 miles, the shortest among U.S. airlines and barely half as long as the average at American and Delta, according to the Airline Weekly analysis. Each takeoff and landing contributes to wear and tear on the aircraft.

“It’s amazing how safe Southwest has been over the years, considering the operational difficulty of what they do,” said Seth Kaplan, managing partner of Airline Weekly. Like others interviewed for this story, Kaplan said he is not afraid to fly Southwest — he and his family are booked on a flight next week.

Although last week’s accident was Southwest’s first passenger fatality, it was not the first time someone was killed by one of its planes. In 2005, a Southwest jet skidded off a runway and through a fence at Chicago’s Midway Airport, striking a car and killing a 6-year-old boy.

Southwest, the nation’s fourth-biggest airline by passenger traffic but the largest in terms of U.S.-only flights, has paid millions in fines after enforcement actions by the FAA.

The biggest FAA fine against Southwest was $ 7.5 million in 2009. The FAA said Southwest kept 46 planes flying even though they had skipped critical inspections of the fuselage for metal fatigue.

Five years later, the FAA proposed a $ 12 million fine over 44 planes that had undergone improper fuselage repairs while at a contractor hired by Southwest. The airline settled a lawsuit by agreeing to pay $ 2.8 million.

The 2016 engine failure over Florida highlighted the need for closer inspection of engine blades. Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said that after engine maker CFM International recommended more inspections last year, Southwest had inspected all fan blades covered by the recommendation before last week’s accident.

King said the airline will meet a new CFM recommendation to inspect all older fan blades by the end of August. She said the airline is also inspecting all newer fan blades, a move not yet required by the FAA.

Southwest’s CEO has said many times before and since last week’s engine failure that safety is paramount at the airline.

Rather than hide from bad news, Kelly spoke to reporters just hours after the accident and promised to “do all we can” to help Riordan’s family.

“His emotion was very real. It was palpable,” said Henry Harteveldt, a travel-industry analyst. “Mr. Kelly has done a very good job in communicating this to the public and leading the airline.”

The day after the accident, Southwest sent letters from Kelly to passengers on Flight 1380, saying that the airline would give them each $ 5,000 “to cover any of your immediate financial needs” and a $ 1,000 travel voucher.

Harteveldt said Southwest clearly hoped the letters might discourage lawsuits, “but I thought it was a noble gesture.”

Associated Press writers Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher in Detroit contributed to this report.

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Dr. Ian Smith Is Back With Another Weight Shedding Diet

Losing weight and getting healthy and staying that way his tough. It seems like no matter what you do, losing weight and staying healthy is unreachable. Dr. Ian Smith is back with a new book called The Clean 20 that’s designed to help people lose weight.

“This book The Clean 20 actually is one of the easiest books I’ve written according to my people on Facebook. It’s a 20-day program, the average weight loss in 20 days is 10 pounds,” explained Dr. Smith. “But beyond that people report lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels, lower sugar levels, their energy is through the roof.”

The trick? Getting rid of all processed food to ensure a healthy diet. “The idea is very simple. We are reducing the amount of processed ingredients that we eat.

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Children are as fit as endurance athletes

Researchers discover how young children seem to run around all day without getting tired: their muscles resist fatigue and recover in the same way as elite endurance athletes. The study, which compared energy output and post-exercise recovery rates of young boys, untrained adults and endurance athletes, can be used to develop athletic potential in children and improve our knowledge of how disease risk, such as diabetes, increases as our bodies change from childhood to adulthood.
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A lab analyzed three nursing moms’ milk — here’s what it found

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If you’re breastfeeding or pumping, you may notice that the milk you put out changes from day to day: it may look creamier, or have different-colored tinges according to what you’ve eaten lately. But did you ever wonder if what’s in the milk changes along with its looks? Or if the milk you’re giving your baby has enough of everything he needs?

We did. So when Lactation Lab, a new California company that runs samples of breast milk through a testing process similar to the ones dairy farmers have done on their cows, offered to do an analysis of the nutrition and toxins in three of our writers’ milk, we took them up on it. Note, this is not a sponsored post, though Lactation Lab did the testing for free. Here’s what happened.

Getting the milk to the lab

Lactation Lab mailed three test kits out to our bloggers Whitney Barthel, Becky Vieira, and Sabrina Garibian.

At the time of testing, Whitney was nursing a newborn, Becky was nursing a 1.5-year-old, and Sabrina was nursing a 2-month-old. Each mom pumped out enough milk to fill Lactation Lab’s 1-ounce test kit containers, which wasn’t hard for Sabrina and Whitney, but Becky found it a little difficult to get the required ounce: “I’m 18 months in and not producing as much,” she says. “We do our one big nursing session in the morning and I didn’t want to use all his milk for this. So I took a lactation booster and did some dry pumping for a few days prior to increase supply and was fine.”

Once the ounce was ready, each mom froze their milk, then shipped it overnight using Lactation Lab’s prepaid box. At the lab, the milk samples were tested for:

— Protein
— Fat
— Carbohydrates
— Calcium
— Calories
— Vitamin A
— Vitamin C
— Vitamin B12
— Fatty acids including DHA
— Arsenic
— Cadmium
— Lead
— Mercury

A few days later, the results were in. Lactation Lab mailed each woman a PDF of her results (screenshots of the PDFs are below), and followed up with an email giving specific dietary recommendations for each woman.

What the lab found

Surprisingly, the lab found that each of these healthy moms had less-than-optimal levels of nutrition in their milk, though the results varied from woman to woman.

Though some people had been telling Becky that her milk had little to no nutritional value for her toddler, her milk was right on target in terms of fat and protein, and was even a little more caloric than average. Hmph, declining nutritional value, go suck it.

Becky’s milk was also very low in the toxins: arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury.

On the other hand, she was a little low in calcium, iron, and Vitamin A, as well as more seriously low in DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid that’s crucial to infant development.

For her part, Sabrina’s milk had about the right amount of fat, carbohydrates, protein, and calories. Her milk’s levels of iron and Vitamin A were great, too, and the presence of toxins was well below the threshold of danger. But her levels of calcium, Vitamin C, and DHA weren’t quite on target.

Finally, Whitney, whose dairy-farmer husband predicted would have low-quality milk because she produces so much and on the farm the cows who make the most milk usually don’t make the best, was actually making milk with an almost ideal number of calories.

The protein and carbohydrate content of her milk was also above average, as was her DHA, which was low in both Sabrina and Becky’s milk. But Whitney’s milk was quite low in fat, calcium, and Vitamin C, and moderately low in Vitamin B-12.

How the moms felt

Each of the moms was dismayed to hear that her milk didn’t have optimal levels of everything.

“I knew I wasn’t great at self-care, but didn’t think it was as off as it was,” said Becky.

Sabrina, who eats a lot of dairy and who takes a nightly vitamin, was surprised that the levels of calcium, Vitamin C and Vitamin B12 were not optimal in her milk. In addition, “I am currently (and always) borderline anemic and have to be careful to always eat red meat at least once a week. Yet my iron levels are just fine in my milk.”

And Whitney was thrown for a loop by her results. “I stressed out because so many of my levels were low. It made me feel like I have been starving poor little Rosie,” she says. “I try to eat really healthy and I take vitamins so it is a little surprising that my milk was lacking in so many things. Definitely eye-opening. I’m sure some of my anxiety with the results are because I’m newly postpartum and sleep-deprived.”

Lactation Lab founder (and UCLA physician) Stephanie Canale says that while her service is still new, so far she’s found “very few women” who when tested couldn’t use “a tweak or two.”

“For some, just a little extra B12 or iron [is what they need,” she said.

The moms did like that Canale emailed specific dietary recommendations to go with the results. All three women were told to increase their daily calcium intake by 500 mg. Becky was additionally instructed to eat more leafy greens, colorful vegetables, and meat, and take DHA, Vitamin C, and iron supplements. Sabrina was tasked with taking in 500 more milligrams of calcium daily, as well as taking DHA, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B12 supplements, and Whitney heard that she should supplement her Vitamin B12 and Vitamin C, as well as eating more orange vegetables, eggs, and orange juice.

The women have been following these instructions as much as they’re able:

“I’m trying to be better at taking my vitamins, this was a good reminder,” says Becky. “I’d say I’ve gone from never to 2-3 days a week. Slightly less tired! Oh, and I’m making more of an effort to eat veggies. Mostly his leftovers, but hey… it’s a start!”

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Sabrina said, “I’ve started taking DHA and vitamin B in addition to my prenatal and I swear I feel less tired. I also feel like I can take it easy on the calories since she said my milk is so calorically dense and high in fat.”

Whitney, who was possibly the most affected by the findings, wishes she had data from other women to compare her numbers against: “It would be nice to know what an average number of nutrients is for each thing tested. I mean, it’s nice to know where they SHOULD BE, but it would also be nice to know what average is. I was so stressed out seeing my results, maybe knowing that other moms don’t test perfect the first time would be comforting to other moms not getting awesome results with their first go-round.”

All agreed, though, that at $ 170-$ 400, the Lactation Lab service would have been out of their price range if they’d had to pay for the tests.

For her part, Canale says she hopes the information her lab is turning up will encourage women to breastfeed for as long as possible.

“I just saw a little one today for a follow up that I met about 3 weeks ago. Basically mom was being told by her pediatrician to supplement with formula. Long story short, but we tested her milk and the calorie count was higher than that of the average formula so I asked to meet with mom and baby in my office. I watched her feed him and he just looked like he was in so much pain…. reflux! We started changing positions, [and keeping him] upright after feeds and actually started him on Zantac. Today he gained more than a lb in one week!”

“I am hoping that at the very minimum we can help a few mothers like this not be discouraged — sometimes there may actually be other issues that are causing babies to not gain weight appropriately and that formula is not always the answer.”

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The television channels your child watches may be bombarding him with hundreds of commercials for unhealthy food, a new study suggests.

Researchers studied a single TV network in Australia frequently watched by children. They calculated the number of food commercials that appeared over a one-year period, focusing on the hours before school (7 a.m. to 9 a.m.) and after school (4 p.m. to 10 p.m.) when children tend to watch television.

Ads for unhealthy food such as chips, fast food and fried food appeared almost twice as often as commercials for healthy food, the study found. Junk-food advertising actually increased during the hours when children were likely to be home, the authors said.

Altogether, assuming children watched about 80 minutes of the TV network a day, they’d be exposed to more than 800 junk food commercials over the course of a year, the researchers calculated. That’s the equivalent of about 4 hours of back-to-back junk food advertising, according to the study published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.

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The researchers didn’t explore what impact the junk food advertising might be having on children. But other research, and the World Health Organization, have tied advertising of unhealthy food and drink to obesity in children.

Of course, this study wasn’t looking at a U.S. television channel, so the amount of junk food advertising on networks here may be different. Unfortunately, if the amount is similar, American kids could potentially be exposed to even more ads for unhealthy food than this study suggests. A report last year by Common Sense Media found that children in the U.S. spend on average more than 2 hours a day looking at screens, mostly TV and video.

Another recent study found that sporting events watched frequently by children on TV and online overwhelmingly featured advertising for junk food.

Concerned about the effects of junk food advertising on your child? Learn some tips on how to counter junk food marketing, and what to do if your toddler only wants to eat junk food.

Are you concerned about your child’s exposure to junk food advertising on TV? What do you think could help counter the problem?

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