Editor’s Picks: Spring 2018

 Editor-in-chief Marc Atiyolil shares some of his favorite products. As seen in Canadian Home Trends Magazine February 2018.

I recently had a chance to view the flooring selections at Peerani’s Flooring and I fell in love with this hand-scraped Hickory engineered hardwood called Silver Minks from Twelve Oaks’ Antique Perspective collection. The hand-scraped details give this floor a vintage feel while the gray tones in the wood add a modern twist. This makes it a classic choice that will work for many different design styles. Plus, Silver Minks is designed for an easy Drop Lock floating installation! – Peerani’s Flooring, www.peeranisflooring.com

Solutions for small space living are always a popular topic and that’s why I love this concept from Lucvaa Kitchens. A glossy bank of built-in cabinetry fills a single wall for a modern looking display that takes up very little floor space. When not in use, the kitchen simply looks like a storage unit but the cabinet doors slide away into the unit to reveal a kitchen counter with cabinetry, workspace and a sink.   This is the perfect solution for a small home or condo with an open concept living space! – Lucvaa Kitchens, www.lucvaa.com

I had the opportunity to test out the new app from Rubinet. Rubinet provides high quality faucets and accessories that are completely customizable and now they have an app that lets you customize their products using your phone. Faucets are a great place to add an unexpected design detail like a gold accent or a pop of color. Now you can try out hundreds of combinations to find the perfect faucet and accessories for your bathroom! – Rubinet, www.rubinet.com

While taking in a recent design show, I came across a simple yet colorful booth and was introduced to Daintree’s Liquid Systems. Liquid Systems is a stand-alone system that is aesthetically pleasing, easy to install and highly customizable. This Canadian-made product is made-to-order so it can be customized specifically to your space requirements, creating an elegant, modern display for your finest beverages. This is a great choice for small spaces and condos where you want a modern look while maximizing the use of space. – Liquid Systems, www.daintreeindustries.com

 

I love this stunning piece as the top is made out of a Petrified Wood slab and it is finished with simple, modern metal pin legs. Each piece is unique and one of a kind. – Casamia Home, www.casamiahome.ca

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Five Fab Finds for Spring & Summer

These somewhat simple and versatile items are not to be underestimated because they can become wardrobe workhorses. There are lots of colour and size options, and they won’t break the bank. 

1. Gap Denim Jackets

Gap does GREAT denim jackets across an assortment of vibes, lengths, washes and silhouettes. Most impressively, they stock sizes XS to XXL across petite, regular and tall. The XXL tends to fit a size US16/18. The XS is a little roomy when you need a narrower fit. Some of my clients bought Gap denim jackets with me eleven years ago, and they’re still going strong.

Personally, denim jackets are my thing and therefore a very important wardrobe essential and workhorse. I have several across a range of washes, lengths, and fits. They are my favourite way to dress down a dressy dress or skirt. I like to wear them with olive utility pants and patterned pants too. I will also sport them with all sorts of jeans, and layer them under a coat.

2. Boden Swimwear

Boden swimwear is extremely well made, superb quality, and fits well. Bless them for providing lots of colour options, and making silhouettes that support the bust and create coverage in an alluring and flattering way. Most of their tops and bottoms can be mixed and matched. Their tops come in bra sizes, and suits go up to a US16, and fit true to size.

After a month of online swimwear shopping, in which I was as picky as can be, it was Boden’s Alacati Bikini Top with the matching Bikini Shorts in navy polka dots that earned a place in my wardrobe. It’s wonderfully Modern Retro and ticked off all the boxes. I am so sorted.

3. Halogen Linen Maxi Cardigans

Clients are very fond of these lightweight and comfy maxi cardigans that work extremely well as a quick slimming and elongating casual topper over all sorts of sleeveless tops, dresses and sheer blouses. Versatile, breathable, and machine washable. Comes in petites, and the XL fits a US16. Works well on a larger bust. Read the rave reviews

4. Banana Republic Knit Wrap-Front Top

The silhouette has been around for a while, but seldom in a substantial knit that creates an angular drape and is a little more structured on the hips. The structured cuffs on the sleeves are lovely, and diagonal lines are magically flattering. This silhouette works well on a larger bust, broad shoulder line, and shorter neck. The top looked awful on my narrow shoulders, long neck and regular size bust, so there you go. Great with wide crops or culottes.

5. Converse Leather Fleece-Lined Hi-Tops

I can’t rave enough about these hi-tops because the fleece lining and leather fabric makes them EXTREMELY comfortable, supportive and warm. Their iconic and Modern Retro timeless look tickles my toes. They fit both a lower and higher volume foot, and any width ankle. The grippy soles make them great for walking on ice and light snow. I have the black and cream and walked cities flat in them. I also walk or Yorkie Sam in them daily in Winter. They are my casual Winter travelling shoes, and I’m thinking of duplicating the cream.

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CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams Wants You to Get Excited About Charlotte Black Businesses

If you know anything about the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), you know that it is the premier athletic conference for Historically Black College and University basketball fans and alumni. Every year thousands of people travel to Charlotte, North Carolina, to watch top teams go head to head for the CIAA championship title, attend engaging educational and career development programs, and fellowship during what some consider to be their homecoming. This year, the organization will be hosting the NEXT Level: CIAA Minority Business & Leadership Symposium in partnership with Black Enterprise, and Fifth Third Bank. The symposium will be held on Thursday, March 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center.

As Black Enterprise joins forces with corporate and community organizations on the road to the Entrepreneurs Summit, it is imperative for us to create opportunities for people to build, connect, and elevate their brands and businesses along the way. We spoke with Jacqie McWilliams, commissioner of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), about the unique partnership, how people can capitalize on the symposium, prepare for the Summit in June, and create opportunities to build and connect with others.

How did the CIAA Business Opportunity Summit come about?

This is our third year of doing this summit and this year it just kind of blew up! The first year that I was the commissioner of the conference, which was in 2012, we didn’t do anything with any of the businesses. Last year, we had panelists and some of our presidents there and the community was there and we had about 100-plus participants. I don’t know if I expected it to grow the way that it did! It just did and the stars aligned perfectly. We talked about doing educational sessions opposed to just having panel discussions. And, our relationship with the city, and bringing Black Enterprise here in June, and I came onto the steering committee and two of them are on our committee to put on CIAA, so it all just kind of fit.

How many people will be attending this year?

Our goal was 150 and I think we’re going to have about 200. We’re over capacity and our team is okay with that!

What impact does the CIAA hope to have with the Business Opportunity Summit?

I’d like to see the partnerships that come out of this. We are about the business of athletics, so this part is like the extra piece! We are a black-owned non-profit and we have the opportunity to get these businesses in front of our presidents, corporations, and our four major partners Toyota, Coca-Cola, Nationwide, and Food Lion.

My big thing is how do we engage our community and the minority business-owned community and make them feel like they’re a part because there’s not a lot of business that they can get directly with the CIAA but there’s an opportunity for them to network and opportunities that can build out of the CIAA if we engage them in that way.

What does this partnership with Black Enterprise mean to the CIAA and the city of Charlotte?

It’s huge! When you think about working with Black Enterprise and the City of Charlotte based on the growth that this community has had and the support that we have around black businesses we have in the community, BE is bringing the city together in a different type of way! We are seeing a very diverse group of small to large to city to non-profits coming together to help BE put on this event in June. And, I think that’s really meaningful because it’s a community and culturally that’s who we are as a community. So, I’m excited because we get Butch to be our keynote! That’s huge and I’m thankful that we get to have these powerful partnerships and representations so that people in our community will be able to see themselves potentially in him. Just like with me being the commissioner, women and other young girls get to see themselves potentially be a commissioner.

We are in roles of leadership and when you have folks that are doing well and exemplify what we want our community to look like that it’s important. For me, it has to be natural. I like this partnership because it is a natural fit for all of us.

How can attendees prepare for the event?

People should be prepared to know that they’re coming into a type-A, first-class event. And they should be prepared to present themselves as such. And if you want to be around some of the top professionals and network and build relationships. I would have my business cards and the information that I would want to share with other people as I network. Networking has always been tricky for me because it’s not about what you can get from someone but it’s about building authentic relationships.

What can entrepreneurs and small business owners look forward to at the symposium?

We’ll have breakout sessions. One is Assessing Capital to Jump-start Your Business, and then Understanding Your Value Proposition. From our The Women’s Business Center of Charlotte we have Natalie Williams who is the CEO moderating Assessing Capital to Jump-start Your Business and she’s phenomenal! Derek Dingle will be one of the moderators for Building Capacity: Joint Ventures, Associations, Mergers & Acquisitions Leadership That Yields Results

What do you want attendees to walk away with?

I love strategic partnerships and natural partnerships. When folks leave, I want them to be very passionate about the brand of CIAA and about what CIAA is doing in this community and all across our 12 schools. What we bring is these types of opportunities. We also do the career expo and once they leave this event they can go there and meet with a bunch of vendors who are giving jobs and internships. I want them to be able to see that outside of this there is that value to being involved with CIAA and beyond. We’re not just doing this for them. All of us have to win! We see ourselves as one big community.

Will there be follow-up events and programming to help entrepreneurs in the area after CIAA?

It’s not just the tournament. We’re very intentional about identifying key partners and members of our family that can help us execute year-round.

We have 14 championships a year for over 3,000 students. We do leadership training and educational programming. We are finding business and to help our students engage in leadership development, career development, and mental health development as student athletes. A lot of our sponsors want to get in front of athletes so this is our way that we do it. A lot of opportunities with facilitating and mentorship programming, we’re able to use small businesses to do that if our business allows.

What I have seen is that a lot of people are able to make connections and build partnerships and friendships during CIAA. And some of them have worked with us year-round whether they come and speak to our student athletes because they offer keynote services or keynote speaking, financial literacy or skill development and strategic planning… Those relationships have been built out of our conference. I’m seeing people being able to take advantage of the networking opportunity for their own businesses but also help CIAA promote what we do throughout the year.

What are you looking forward to most at the Entrepreneurs Summit in June?

I’m hoping that people will come to Charlotte and know that Charlotte is very progressive, energetic, and wants people to be successful. They’ll also see that the programming that we’re working on with BE is valuable information that they can use in Charlotte or whether they take it somewhere else. The other hope is that people will want to stay in Charlotte. We love our city! There is something about being here and how we come together to support events like BE‘s. I hope when people come here and leave they feel like they’ve had one of the best experiences with being in this city and got one of the best educational networking opportunities while in here Charlotte.

When I think about BE, and when I think about CIAA, it’s ours. We own that and so we get to create the platform that we want to create and BE gets to create the platform that they want to create to empower our own.

If you are interested in finding news ways to build and expand your business, join us in June for the Entrepreneurs Summit in Charlotte.

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5 Must-See Anime to Watch This March

Winter is almost over, but that doesn’t mean that there are no more new anime series to watch. Thanks to Netflix and other animation studios, March has many anime titles that you need to check out. So here are five anime shows that you need to watch this March.

A.I.C.O. Incarnation

  • Premiere date: March 9, 2018
  • Studio: Bones
  • Genre(s): Action, Bio-Sci-Fi, Horror, Sci-Fi

From the studio behind My Hero Academia and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood comes to Netflix the original anime series, A.I.C.O. Incarnation.

In the year 2035, an accident known as the “Burst,” spawns a new kind of lifeform that ravages the Kurobe Gorge. One of the many fallen is Aiko Tachibana’s family. Now, two years after the incident, Aiko learns something unbelievable from her new classmate, Yuya Kanzaki. There’s a secret within Aiko that could stop the outbreak, but to find out what this secret is, they must venture to ground zero — the epicenter of the Burst.

Accompanying her is Yuya and a team of divers set to put an end to these creatures before they consume the world. However, unimaginable possibilities await them.

Directed by Kazuya Murata (Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet and Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos), we can’t wait what gritty scenes the first season of A.I.C.O Incarnation has for horror fans.

ReLIFE Final Arc

  • Premiere date: March 21, 2018
  • Studio: TMS Entertainment
  • Genre(s): Drama, Slice of Life, Romance, School

Last year, TMS Entertainment announced that they were working on an arc to conclude the ReLIFE story. And now, we finally have a few more details about the finale.

The new anime adaptation will be a four-episode OVA series taking place after the ending of the manga and TV series. In the finale, viewers will get to see the relived experiences of Arata Kaizaki coming to an end.

ReLIFE follows Kaizaki, an unemployed 27-year-old man whose parents have cut him off. After a night on the town, he meets a man claiming to have pills that could help him redo his life. Recognizing this great opportunity, Kaizaki agrees to take part in the experiment. As a result, Arata turns into 17-year-old and joins a high school to relive his third-year.

The OVA will come out on Blu-ray and DVD in March 2018. Beyond the anime adaptation, ReLIFE also has a live-action movie adaptation that premiered earlier this year.

Sword Gai: The Animation


5 must-see anime to watch this March Sword Gai: The Animation
  • Premiere date: March 23, 2018
  • Studio: Production I.G and DLE
  • Genre(s): Action, Fantasy, Seinen, Supernatural

Another Netflix original anime series premiers this March. Based on the manga of the same name, the action fantasy anime follows a young man named Gai who fuses with a demon weapon.

The story of Gai begins when Amon, a swordsmith finds him next to a dead woman. Amon decides to adopt the young child and teach him the art of swordsmithing. However, tragedy strikes when Gai is forging a sword and he loses his right arm. To help him, Amon uses the demon sword Shiryū (Death Dragon), to replace his missing arm. Now fused with the Death Dragon, Gai must fight his enemies. But, will Gai keep his humanity as the Dragon sword lusts for blood?

Although the streaming giant is set to release Sword Gai: The Animation this month, plans for adapting the manga into an anime started in 2014 under a different team. The collaboration fell through, and a few years later, Netflix picked up the show.

Lost Song

  • Premiere date: March 31, 2018
  • Studio: Dwango and Liden Films
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Magic, Music

Lost Song tells the tale of two heroines destined to change the world with the power of song. Rin and Finis, lead very different lives. Rin is an energetic girl who loves to eat and Finis is a songstress who lives in the royal palace.

Their lives get intertwined by the power of song, and with it, they can heal wounds, create water, and even stir the wind. But in the wrong hands, such abilities can be used for destruction. Can their songs bring, hope, despair, or something neither of them expected?

Lost Song is all about the music. The voice actresses behind the protagonist, Rin (Konomi Suzuki) and Finis (Yukari Tamura) have made their mark in both the music and voice acting industry.

Besides, these incredible actresses, Yusuke Shirato (The Ancient Magus’ Bride and THE IDOLM@STER) are in charge of the music. With such incredible talents on board, it’s no surprise that the music will be an essential element in the show.

Time Driver: The Future We Drew

  • Premiere date: March 10, 2018
  • Studio: Robot Communications and Imagica Image Works
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Adventure

Part of the 2018 Young Animator Training Project, Time Driver: The Future We Drew is a tale about never giving up on your dreams.

27-year-old Yuuto Matsubara is bored with his everyday life. Day in and day out he sells toys to the masses without being able to pursue his own dreams. He’s so displeased with his life that he’s even given up on Ai, a girl that he’s had a crush on since they were kids. But, this all changes when a “Time Driver” robot, which is activated by the power of dreams, appears in front of Yuuto. Not knowing what the robot wants, it forces Yuuto into the cockpit. Inside, the young man meets a 12-year-old version of himself. Will meeting his younger self change Yuuto’s boring life?

The Young Animator Training Project is an annual project funded by the Japanese government, which supports training newcomers to enter the industry. At the end of each year, participants present their work to a committee. Anime shows like Little Witch Academia and Death Billiards started out at the Animator project.

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Rainbow hot dogs exist, and they’re so magical, you won’t believe your eyes

Rainbow hot dogs exist, and they’re so magical, you won’t believe your eyes


Rainbow hot dogs exist, and they’re so magical, you won’t believe your eyes

I am a hot dog enthusiast. I find them always enjoyable and, for some reason, always hilarious. There is something so perfectly simple about hot dogs. They’re crowd-pleasers at outdoor cookouts, they’re the best camping companion to s’mores, and they’re probably the only reason why anyone goes to baseball games. Some events don’t quite feel complete without a hot dog. When you’re a kid, hot dogs are a magical food. Well, they’ve just become even more magical.

Rainbow hot dogs are now officially a thing. If you enjoy a delicious hot dog now and then, it’s time to take it to the next level and try a rainbow hot dog. Wrapped in freshly made, colorful dough, they even taste magical. Watch the video below for the recipe and share with every hot dog enthusiast you know:

Rainbow Hot Dogs

Serves: 8 (serving size: 1 hot dog)
Active 30 min. Total 1 hour, 15 min.

Ingredients:

1 (16-oz.) pkg. hot roll mix (such as Pillsbury)
3/4 cup hot (105°F to 110°F) water
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, partially melted
1 large egg
All-purpose flour, for the surface
1/8 tsp. neon pink food coloring gel
1/8 tsp. neon orange food coloring gel
1/8 tsp. yellow food coloring gel
1/8 tsp. neon green food coloring gel
1/8 tsp. neon blue food coloring gel
8 beef hot dogs
1 large egg white
Ketchup and mustard

Recipe:

1. Combine flour mixture packet and yeast packet from hot roll mix in the bowl of a heavy duty stand mixer. Add hot water, butter, and egg. Beat on low speed until a soft dough comes together but still remains slightly shaggy, about 1 minute. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface, and divide into 5 even portions.

2. Place 1 portion of dough into the bowl of the mixer with pink food coloring. Beat until color is even throughout, and dough is about the texture of play-dough, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer pink dough to a lightly floured surface. Repeat process with remaining dough portions, starting with orange, moving to yellow, then green, and finally blue, wiping the bowl clean in between uses.

3. Stretch each dough ball into a 16- x 2-inch strip. Place strips beside each other, and pinch each color together down the length of each strip, forming a rainbow pattern. Lightly sprinkle flour on top of dough, and roll into a large rainbow rectangle. Using a pizza cutter, cut off uneven edges; discard. Cut remaining dough into 8 (2-inch-wide) strips crosswise on the rainbow pattern, so each strip has all 5 colors.

4. Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Wrap 1 strip of rainbow dough around each hot dog in a twisting motion; place on prepared baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place (80°F to 85°F) until dough is soft to the touch and slightly puffed (it will not double in size), 45 to 50 minutes.

5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove and discard plastic wrap. Brush dough with egg white. Bake in preheated oven until dough is risen and dried, but not yet starting to brown, about 12 minutes. Serve warm with ketchup and mustard.

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What do you like to drink after a shift? “A dry cider and a neat pour of Irish pot still whiskey. I’m currently drinking Redbreast 15-Year-Old or the Green Spot Irish Whiskey Finished in Château Léoville Barton Bordeaux casks. Yum, yum.”

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What drink should be banished and why? “Anything with sour mix and that sticks ‘tini’ to the end of its name [if it’s not an actual Martini]. That really annoys me.”

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Diane Warren has had one of the longest — and most prolific — careers in pop songwriting of anyone in the music industry today. You’ve heard her music, even if you don’t know her name: she is behind hits spanning over three decades, from Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” to Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me” and the Michelle Obama collaboration “This Is For My Girls.” Over the years, she’s racked up a series of accolades, too, including 15 Grammy nominations, nine number-ones on the Billboard Hot 100 and nine — count ’em! — Oscar nominations. But she’s yet to take home an Academy Award of her own.

This year she’s in contention again for Best Original Song, for “Stand Up For Something” featuring Common and Andra Day. The song is from the drama Marshall about Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and it’s a call to action whose relevance feels at once timeless and current. Warren, who’s refreshingly candid, is not afraid to hope aloud that people will connect with the track in a lasting — and award-worthy — way. “It would be nice to take [the Oscar] home, especially with this song,” she says, “because of everything I’ve ever written, this is probably the most important song of my life.”

She first came across Marshall through a friend she knew from her work on The Hunting Ground, a 2015 documentary about sexual assault on college campuses, for which she wrote another Oscar-nominated song, featuring Lady Gaga. She immediately wanted to be involved in Marshall, and received the script the next day. TIME talked with Warren about what it means to stand up for something, how her friend Common got involved and why activist anthems matter in the age of #MeToo and rampant gun violence.

TIME: How did you put this song together for Marshall?

Diane Warren: I read [the script] and I scribbled on a page, “It all means nothing if you don’t stand up for something.” I felt like it reflected who Thurgood Marshall was. He stood up at a time when he was literally risking his life. Whenever I write a song for a movie, I want it firstly to fit and move the movie along. But then I like to have a song that can go beyond that — which “Stand Up for Something” really has, because every day, sadly, it’s become more relevant. I mean look what just happened: we have to stand up against gun violence. Right now so many of our rights are being threatened: civil rights, animal rights, human rights, women’s rights, just the right to go to a school, the right to go to a shopping mall, the right to go to a concert without someone opening fire with a f-cking AK-47. When I wrote this, I wanted to harken back to those great ’60s soul call-to-action songs — “A Change Is Gonna Come,” “People Get Ready.” Even “Respect.”

How was this different from other songs you’ve worked on for a movie?

I think this is the most important and meaningful song I’ve ever done. I came into work after scribbling that line in the script, and I just wanted to create a song of this era that’s of that era too. A call to action that’s modern. Because there are no songs right now that are making me want to get up and change the world. I sat at my piano, and it just wrote itself. At first I was like, “Oh my God, I hope I’m not ripping someone off.” But it was a gift.

This kind of song, you wouldn’t have had a rap on it back in ’68. That was a time of upheaval just like now; those songs came along and gave people hope. And I was like, “What if you put a rap on that?” And who better to rap than Common? Not even a week later, I was on a plane to Sundance and he was sitting in back of me. I told him about the song and he said, “Wow, I love that, will you send it to me?” The next day I had ten missed calls from him asking to be a part of it. He came up with an amazing rap. It’s like a mashup of these genres.

This feels like the latest in a series, for you, of songs that are also activist anthems — the Lady Gaga song “Til It Happens to You,” the Michelle Obama song “This Is For My Girls.” When did that start?

It’s always important to me [that] what I put out in the world has a positive effect. But it just kind of happened. “Til It Happens to You” — I truly believe that helped the conversation about sexual assault. And at that time, that was in the shadows, a lot more than it is now. It even helped me; I had an experience, and it even helped me to talk about. Music goes right to your heart and soul; nothing’s more powerful.

How do you feel about the momentum around #MeToo and Time’s Up?

I think it’s great. I had a couple of experiences, but not those that some of my friends have. I’ve always been just in my room writing songs. So I didn’t deal so much with… the comments, come ons. I saw a lot of that; it’s horrible. Things are really changing. The genie’s not going back in the bottle. It’s a good time to be a woman.

As a woman who’s been a songwriter for so long, have you felt that your gender ever held you back?

To be honest, no. There’s something that really bothers me about the “female” label. You don’t do that to male songwriters. You don’t say, “he’s the most successful male songwriter.” Why does it have to be that way? Just say “songwriter” or “director.” But to your question: no, it hasn’t held me back. Either my song works for somebody, or they don’t want it. It has to stand up for itself, no pun intended.

How do you keep up your constant output?

I’m always excited about my next song. I don’t ever look in my rearview mirror. It’s the hunger to keep creating, keep doing more.

Is this Oscar especially important to you? This is one of the only major awards you have yet to put on your trophy shelf.

Yeah, it’s that elusive Oscar. You know, it’s amazing to be nominated, and being nominated nine times is so exciting. I had my friends over to my house [for the nominations] and we had a slumber-less slumber party. I couldn’t sleep. You never know if you’re going to get nominated. The first song was called not mine. Second song not mine. Fourth song they finally called it. Everybody was jumping around. I was crying. I’m not jaded at all. But if I’m just being really honest, yes, it would be great to get this.

What will happen if you win?

I would probably faint. They’d have to lift me out of there, I’d be so shocked.

Are there any other artists you’re still dying to work with? You’ve worked with pretty much everyone.

Bruno Mars I saw recently and he started singing a song I’d forgotten I’d written, years ago. He said to me, “Write me one of those!” He doesn’t really need me to write for him, but I’d love to. But there’s all kinds of people I might not even know.

What’s your advice to aspiring songwriters?

You can’t be good, you’ve got to be great. It’s all hard work.


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USA’s Curling Athletes Shocked the World by Winning Gold. Then They Got the Wrong Medals

The world was not prepared for America’s men’s curling team to come from behind and capture curling gold, but capture gold medals they did.

Then it came time for the medal ceremony on Saturday, and there was a little mix-up.

John Shuster’s U.S. men’s curling team stepped up to the podium for the part when they bestow that prized hardware. There were million-watt smiles and a few tears and other emotions one associates with moments like these. But after the ceremony, the winning team members looked down to notice something was off in the upper right section of the medallions. Two words: “Women’s Curling.”

Yes, the gentlemen initially received the wrong medals, ones stamped out for the American women’s curling team, who did not advance to the curling final showdown. But gold is gold and there’s no denying that they won the whole thing, even if the medals didn’t say it at first. Luckily, they quickly got the right ones.

Team USA beat Sweden, 10-7, in the championship for the gold medal in curling at Gangneung Curling Centre on Saturday in a surprising turn of events. Shuster clinched the win with a rare and especially smooth score that involved a five-ender in the eighth.

Medal confusion aside, comedy gold has followed these guys wherever they went around PyeongChang. Besides this shocking upset, other global contributions include propelling the viral mustache militia trend that got a bunch of guys sharing mustache selfies and the unforgettable memes of Matt Hamilton and his doppelgänger, Super Mario.

Great job all around team.

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Ensemble: Blazers and Bootcuts

Since I’m craving structure and conventional outfit proportions on this leg of my style journey, I’ve been wearing my old Love Story jeans with a structured blazer quite a bit recently. I’m LOVING the combination. The jeans are wider than bootcuts on the hem, but fitted on the thigh so technically they’re bell-bottoms. I wear them with two inch pointy toe heeled booties to create a long leg line since the hems skim the surface of the ground. The long leg line and tailored integrity of the outfit feels magical, and I so enjoy the change.

Granted, since I can only wear two inch heels for short amounts of time and bell-bottoms in dry weather, I can’t wear the combination as often as I would like. It’s reserved for short client meetings and dinner outings when it isn’t raining. My favourite combination was combining bell-bottom jeans with a semi-tucked burgundy turtleneck, burgundy belt, velvet floral blazer, cream booties and burgundy bag. I topped the lot off with an olive anorak. The exact items of the outfit are represented in the collection.

The combination on the left approximates my own outfit. The other renditions show how colour adds punch and pizzazz to a simple pair of black bootcuts. Never underestimate the power of colour as a styling tool. Irregular colour combinations can add busloads of interest to basic outfits.

Choose any colour palette across solids and patterns and come up with your version of the look. Here are the components:

Bootcuts: Choose a pair of full-length bootcut jeans or pants. Bell-bottoms are more dramatic because they’re wider on the hems, but just as fitted on the hips. Achieve perfect pant lengths with your choice of footwear. Hems should be no more than a quarter of an inch off the ground with your shoes on if you want to create a long leg line. I like my own hems to skim the surface of the ground because it looks luxurious.

Layering top: Choose any type of top that layers well under a tailored blazer. Anything from a sleeveless shell, tee and turtleneck, to an asymmetrical tunic or boho blouse in either a knit or woven can work. Fit can be tailored, fluid or very fluid. Semi-tuck the top for extra structure or leave the top untucked. The lengths of the top and blazer do not need to match. Personally, I like my tops to be shorter or longer. I can achieve the shorter length with a semi-tuck.

Blazer: Choose a Modern Classic blazer with a tailored fit because you’re after the structure here. Leave the blazer unbuttoned.

Footwear: Choose footwear that works with the length of the bootcuts. Pointy toes look particularly elegant underneath wide hems. The higher the heel that you combine with the right length of hem, the longer your legs will look.

Outerwear: This is optional depending on the weather and setting. I layer a cocoon-style coat over the lot because it’s Winter. Long puffer coats work well too.

Accessories: Finish off the outfit with an optional belt or scarf. Add a bag that works with the palette, and incorporate jewellery, eyewear and watch as desired.

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Yes, Uber Really Is Killing the Parking Business

An email from the CEO of a national parking operator has added some detail to the impact ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are having on demand for parking. The picture, at least for those trying to rent you a parking spot, is bleak.

In the email, unearthed from a company report by the San Diego Union-Tribune, Ace Parking CEO John Baumgardner says that demand for parking at hotels in San Diego has dropped by 5 to 10%, while restaurant valet demand is down 25%. The biggest drop, unsurprisingly, has been at nightclubs, where demand for valet parking has dropped a whopping 50%.

The numbers appear to be estimates, and Baumgardner doesn’t describe a timeframe for the declines. The assessment, written in September of last year, is also limited to San Diego, though an Ace Parking executive told the Union-Tribune that it has seen “similar” declines at its 750 parking operations around the United States. The company is focused on using technology, including better parking scheduling and booking options, to remain healthy.

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But much more is at stake than the revenues of the parking business – cities stand to benefit immensely as demand for parking drops. Parking spaces and lots generate relatively little tax revenue or economic activity relative to commercial operations, and by increasing sprawl may actually harm the economy of cities like Los Angeles.

Even back in 2015, cities were already relaxing zoning requirements that set minimum parking allotments, and there are now even more signs that city planners are thinking differently about parking. Perhaps most dramatically, a new Major League Soccer stadium being planned for David Beckham’s Miami expansion team may include no new parking at all – but will have designated pickup zones for Uber and Lyft.

The decline of parking will only be accelerated if and when autonomous vehicles become widespread. That sea-change which will make it easier to locate parking at a distance from urban destinations, and could further reduce car ownership. That will be bad news for the Ace Parkings of the world – but everyone else should welcome the decline of the urban parking lot.

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Iskra Lawrence Talks Instagram Fame, Struggling With Eating Disorders at FIT Symposium

Inclusivity, the power of social media fame, the prevalence of eating disorders among models and how they can transcend size were among the issues discussed Friday at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
The Model Alliance’s Sara Ziff led the talk with Iskra Lawrence, Lauren Chan and JAG Models’ Gary Dakin, which was part of The Museum at FIT’s “Fashion and Physique” symposium.
Lawrence described an experience when she was 13, being backstage at a fashion show “buck naked” and unable to fit into any of the garments. After telling a stylist what was wrong, she said he told her, “Well, you’re too fat then,” despite the fact that she wore a size 4 to 6. That experience triggered her disordered eating for five or six years, Lawrence said.
Now an internationally known large-size model with four million followers on Instagram, Lawrence said she believes aspiration “should not be a look but a feeling, if that’s confidence, empowerment, even if it’s sexiness, whatever that might be.” To that end, she decided to share only untouched photos and to talk about her relationship with her body, “to show that even as a model or someone in the media, we all have the same feelings of

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How to Track Billable Hours: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices

how to track billable hoursThis question is for the lawyers and others who have to keep track of your time — what are your best tips and tricks on how to track billable hours? If you’re a lawyer who reviews time sheets (either at a firm or in house), we’d love to hear your thoughts on what’s acceptable, what’s NOT acceptable, and what’s a red flag for you… It’s been a while since we’ve discussed time management, so let’s ponder…

Here’s Reader C’s question:

I thought it might be fun to do a post about all things billing. For newer attorneys, or those interested in transitioning from gov’t/etc., it could be really useful to learn the general rules and what more senior attorneys look for on their bills. For others it would be interesting to see tips/tricks for billing, key terms, billing as a way to market to clients and other related things. (E.g., my firm sends out a billing insert of a short article with each month’s bills).

Great question, Reader C! In my experience people tend to fall into two categories here: the obsessive billers who keep track in 6- or 10-minute increments — and the people who will definitely, totally get you those timesheets from six months ago asap. (We’re right on top of it, Rose!) The more cases and billable matters you have to keep track of, the more you have to be the first, obsessive person — whereas if you’re stuck on one never-ending project (doc review, anyone?) you can swing towards the second end of the spectrum.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, though, readers — what are your best tips on how to keep track of billable hours? Does your company use any apps — or do you just have a notepad? How many hours do you find that you have to WORK to BILL 8 hours a day? What are your billable requirements — and have you ever done things like double billing (where, say, you take a flight for one client and bill it to them, but when you’re on the plane work on a second client’s matter and bill them as well?)? Where are the limits for you — if you spend ten minutes on the elliptical thinking about a client’s issue, would you bill it?

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How to Iron Dress Pants – Part III The Complete Guide to Ironing

In the first installment of our series on ironing, we introduced the equipment and preparations required to press tailored clothing effectively, with a specific focus on how to iron a shirt. In Part II, we intensively discussed how to iron dress shirts. Today, we move on to the more challenging task of pressing dress pants.

Pressing Trousers: Perceived Difficulties

Although they may not hesitate to iron a cotton shirt, some men shy away from pressing dress pants, whether they are separates or part of a suit, because they’re afraid the iron will “shine” the wool and ruin it. Or, they think that they will not be able to create a sharp crease down the front and back of the legs. Beyond this, the construction of trousers is such that you will most often be pressing two layers of cloth (the pant leg) while a shirt most often involves ironing a single layer, except for the sleeves. These aspects present an additional level of challenge, but they are easily handled by learning the correct techniques.

How to Iron Pants

As with shirts, begin by preparing your ironing equipment, referring to Part I of our series if necessary. Make sure your pants and iron are clean. Set your iron to the proper setting, which, for wool pants, will be lower than for cotton, which is itself lower than linen. Fill your iron with distilled water if you have hard tap water. This prevents limescale from building up inside the iron and later coming out onto your pants in the form of white flakes when you use the steam. You can brush these off the fabric, but it’s an added nuisance, especially if you’re working on darker colored trousers; better an ounce of prevention.

1. The Pants Rise

Begin with the top area of your trousers, the waist and the rise, which require similar techniques to the upper portions of a shirt. Because there aren’t long stretches of fabric, you’ll essentially be doing detail work to begin. Here’s where a tailor’s ham comes in handy; it allows you to press along a contoured surface that better follows the curve of the fabric and of the human form that will wear it. Shove a ham inside your pants and lay the curved areas of the hip and rise over it, moving the cloth as you press. If you are concerned that the iron may create an unsightly shine on wool trousers, use a pressing cloth between the iron and the fabric.

If you don’t have a tailor’s ham, you can still use a sleeve board or regular ironing surface. The lack of extended surface area at the top of trousers guarantees that you won’t really be able to move the iron back and forth, which is a good thing: it’ll train you to make small movements, pressing down with the iron and lifting it up afterwards to move it around instead of dragging it along the fabric, which can catch and cause more wrinkling, not to mention shine the wool. The area in between the belt loops, if you have them, can be approached the same way you would tackle the space between shirt buttons, by using the tip of the iron.

 

 

2. Pants Legs: Making a Crease

Legs of dress pants are tricky because you need to create a sharp crease up the center of the leg, both front and back to give it the proper finish. Something that comes up specifically when ironing cotton pants is whether or not to create a front crease at all. The answer depends on whether they had a crease when you bought them, and this depends on the formality of the pants. Casual chinos will have a completely flat front, while those that are formal enough to be worn with a sport coat should have a crease. Since we’re discussing tailored clothing, we’ll assume the need to make a crease.

The main challenges are to ensure the crease is perfectly centered in the middle of the leg and, assuming you already have a crease there, not to create a different one. A lot of ironing guides online speak of the process like you are creating a crease from scratch, but most of the time you will just be reestablishing and refreshing the original, existing one, especially with wool pants, which don’t lose the crease easily. On the other hand, with cotton dress pants, the crease may fade, or you may lose it. In such a case, it may be easier to iron the front of your trouser legs completely flat and start a completely new crease rather than trying to restore it.

After laying the legs on the ironing board, take the bottom leg and locate the top and bottom center seam inside the opening of the leg. It’s important to do only one leg at a time because doing two would mean pressing four layers of fabric at the same time, which will not yield good results. Line up the two center seams carefully. You should be able to use the existing crease to judge whether the fold is in exactly the right place; adjust as necessary, and press the hem area at the front of the leg firmly against the board to set the start of the crease.

Next, locate the same center seams inside the top of the pants to guarantee the leg is straight and that the crease you create will be right in the center of the leg. Press the top edge of the front leg as high up as you want the crease to go, usually about 18″ below the waist to set that spot. Then press methodically up or down the front edge, again being careful not to drag the iron. If you have a wooden tailor’s clapper and want to have fun, bang it down along the crease you have just created to make it extra crisp. Repeat the entire process with the crease at the back of the leg. An alternative is to buy and use a pants press just for this purpose. You line up the seams and close the press on the leg. This is fine, but you’d still want to use an iron for the rise of the pants, so there is little value in having a specialized $ 250 piece of equipment just for legs. Better to put the money toward a vacuum ironing board.

 

 

The lesson of not sweeping the iron back and forth is especially important with wool trousers, not just to avoid creating new wrinkles and keep your crease straight but to steer clear of shining the wool, especially navy blue wool.  When you think about it, that sweeping motion is similar to what you would do when polishing or buffing shoes, so it makes sense that it might shine your wool too. Instead, press with some force in one spot, drag the iron slightly, lift, and go to another spot. Pressing your pants in this way, and even better, using a pressing cloth too, will virtually eliminate the risk of shine.

3. Pants Legs: To Steam or Not to Steam

Despite the overall benefits of steam in the ironing process, it is not your friend when pressing trouser legs. Wool is more resistant to wrinkling than cotton, so pants don’t need as much steam as shirts, especially when you are pressing the legs. If you apply a lot of steam, the top layer of cloth right below the iron will look great, but moisture will remain in the bottom layer, leaving it puckered and wrinkled. If you flip it and try to fix the problem with more pressing and steaming, now the other side will be puckered, and you’re stuck in a never-ending cycle. The problem is that you’re steaming through more than one layer of cloth.

For this reason, it is most important to press as few layers of fabric as possible, in other words, only one leg at a time, and to avoid steam. Instead, apply a light misting on surface wrinkles before pressing. Some pros just brush the wool lightly with a wet paintbrush. Of course, if you have that vacuum ironing board, its suction will draw out the moisture and hold your pants completely flat, so there will not be any issues.

Wool that is saturated with moisture will pucker like Mark Zuckerberg's lapel.

Wool that is saturated with moisture will pucker like Mark Zuckerberg’s lapel.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are special considerations to keep in mind when pressing pants as opposed to shirts. However, once you realize how easy it is to avoid shining your wool trousers and that you can create a professional-looking crease, you’ll have the confidence to move on to pressing your own suit jackets.


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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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Why Your Phone’s Airplane Mode Isn’t Just for Flying

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Smartphones are so advanced these days that we barely utilize all of the features they offer. And, in fact, some of the features can be really useful, occasionally just what we’re looking for. But, if you don’t know about it, how can use it, right? Well, that is exactly why you have to make sure you come up with ways of using all the features on your smartphone.

One of the niftiest features that people never use is actually known as the Airplane Mode. This is one of the coolest features on your phone and one you need to get into the habit of using as much as you can. It’s going to make you more productive, and do your phone a world of good as well. Check out all these awesome things Airplane Mode can be used for.

Removing distractions

Being productive is so hard these days when you consider the number of distractions that are around these days. And your smartphone can be one of the biggest distractions to modern life, especially because you can pretty much access anything from it. By toggling Airplane Mode on your phone, you will actually shut off the signal and prevent your phone from being able to receive calls and messages. This is a great way of keeping you in the zone and ensuring you are as productive as you can possibly be.

Charging quicker

Another of the stunning benefits of Airplane Mode is that it allows you to charge your phone up quicker. When you charge your phone normally, it can take a while to charge, especially if there are other apps and programs open. However, what you will find is that when you have the phone in Flight Mode, it will actually charge up considerably quicker. The phone uses less power in this mode, so your battery will charge quicker, and will run out much less.

Preservation

There is nothing more frustrating these days than your phone battery running dead. And this is happening more frequently these days, especially because of how much we use our phones. The great thing about Airplane Mode is that it can be used to preserve battery life, and this is crucial for long business trips. Setting your phone to Airplane Mode at the start of the trip, and leaving it that way will help the battery to last a lot longer, and you’ll have more use of the phone.

You can still use your phone

Don’t think that just because your phone is in Airplane Mode, it means you can’t use it. You’ll be able to use the phone for anything that doesn’t involve a wifi connection, and this is more than you might think. You can listen to music and read documents all while preserving the battery – and you never have to turn the phone off. Think how amazing that’s going to be for your future business trips.

Airplane Mode is one of the most versatile features of your phone, but it’s one that so many people neglect to use. Now you know it’s so much more than just for flying, you can really set about using the feature to benefit you. It’s really useful for saving battery life and improving productivity at the same time.

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Another day, another look into the lives of the amazing Black Panther cast. Letitia Wright, who plays King T’Challa’s brilliant younger sister, Shuri, emerged as one of the many highlights of the Marvel blockbuster and a new video showing off her freestyle skills will gain her even more fans we bet.

By way of Black Panther co-star Lupita Nyong’o’s Twitter, “MC Baby Underbite” was introduced to the world. Making this behind-the-scenes moment even greater was everyone’s new “MmmBae” Winston Duke, AKA the Jabari Tribe leader M’Baku, helping out with the beatbox. The regal Angela Bassett, who plays Queen Mother Ramonda, and Danai Gurria, who plays General Okoye of the Dora Mijalie, were also in the cipher.

We’ve typed enough already. Just take in the joy and glory that is Letitia Wright AKA Shuri AKA MC Baby Underbite with Winston Duke AKA Big Overbite in the clips below. Hit the flip for some of the amazing reactions from fans.

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Kim Kardashian West Is ‘Over’ Her Blonde Hair, 6 Months After Changing Her Look

Kim Kardashian West may be prepping another big hair change!

The 37-year-old Keeping Up with the Kardashians star seems to have grown tired of her light locks.

I can’t even tell you how over my blonde hair I am!” the KKW Beauty mogul tweeted on Saturday.

This comes six months after the new mom-of-three debuted her major hair change — first going platinum during New York Fashion Week back in September. Since then her waist-length hair has gone through a variety of changes thanks to hair artist Chris Appleton. She chopped it into a sharp bobwent back to extensions, and altered the color ever-so-slightly throughout.

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In January, Kardashian West — who rose to fame with her dark locks – admitted she wouldn’t be going back to her old color “for a few of weeks,” since it was newly bleached.

“Maybe when the roots grow out too much,” she told a fan on Twitter. “It will be years before I go blonde again so have to enjoy it.”

She appeared to be thinking about ditching the blonde locks and returning to her natural hair color months earlier, too, posting a series of throwback photos. “Dark hair for the new year?” she captioned one shot.

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Whatever she decides, the mother of three is sure to receive her husband Kanye West’s input — whether she takes his suggestions or not.

After all, it was West who inspired her to give the lighter shade another shot after her brief experiment with blonde back in 2013.

“Kanye likes the blonde,” Kardashian told PEOPLE in 2014. “I was talking about this yesterday actually with Kanye. He asked if I would ever go back to blonde,” she said.

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“I always ask his opinion on everything and he always helps me put together my looks,” she added of the rapper, who she credits with making her style more distinct.

When Kardashian West debuted her icy white platinum hue at the end of 2017, she even joked on Instagram that she did it with Kanye in mind. “I’d go blonde for that D,” she captioned an shot of herself with her new hair.


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Here’s why dad trainers are actually pretty damn cool

So bad it’s good?

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I’ve never hidden the fact that trainers aren’t my thing. I’m much more of a kitten heels or embellished shoes kinda girl. So I must admit I wasn’t convinced when the whole dad trainer trend started, especially as I wasn’t one of the chunky Buffalo or Sketcher aficionados back in the 90s – no nostalgia factor for me.

But thanks to a slew of avant-garde designers and the athleisure trend 2.0, I’m starting to come round to it. On the catwalk, there were the Balenciaga trainers of course (if anyone can make trainers cool, it’s the genius behind the sock boot), and similarly cool offerings by Yeezy, Vetements and Louis Vuitton.

The high street soon followed suit, with the likes of Fila, Buffalo (oh hi there again), Acne and Fila all providing their answer to the affectionally dubbed ‘ugly shoe’.

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It’s become a new favourite amongst the street stylers too, with the slim Adidas Gazelle and Gucci Ace replaced by chunkier styles your dad would raise an eyebrow at (let’s be real, your dad really wouldn’t wear any of these, would he?).

As for how to style the trend, it’s pretty much the same as you would normal trainers. You can go hi-lo by teaming them with a floral dress or sharp suit, go for nostalgic vibes with a denim jumpsuit, or tea it with a tracksuit and Michelin man coat for Yeezy vibes.

The sartorial world is officially your oyster. Go forth (and shop my edit of the best dad trainers below).

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F.C. Real Bristol Drops Camo Sportswear for Spring/Summer 2018

Just in time for us to move our clocks an hour forward in the U.S., F.C. Real Bristol drops its third installment for Spring/Spring 2018. Although not disruptively imaginative, the collection sees tasteful color-infused camo patterns. Highlights include the two-toned “VENTILATION HOODY” and “CAMOUFLAGE PISTE.”

If you’re ready for a few pick-up games or twilight riding, look through our selects above.

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Shailene Woodley Attends Salvatore Ferragamo Show

A PERFECT STORM: A few weeks after the announcement — and ensuing media frenzy — that the second season of “Big Little Lies” was definitely happening, Shailene Woodley confessed she “didn’t think anyone had expectations” about the series.
“There were no plans to do a second season, but the audience that watched the first begged for a second one,” she said ahead of the Salvatore Ferragamo show.

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Flanked by Danai Gurira, Virginia Gardner and Jack Lowden, Woodley said she was still awed by filming “Adrift,” due out this summer. It’s based on the true story of Tami Oldham, played by Woodley, and Richard Sharp, played by Sam Claflin, of “surviving in a class-five hurricane with little food for 43 days,” said the actress.

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“It was amazing, we filmed around Fiji — the elements, the nature…it was a profound experience and if I think that we were only pretending but someone actually did it, it was really inspiring.” To be true to the part, Woodley also had to lose weight, but she was game. “It was only for a short period of time,” she said with a smile.

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This Week in Women: It’s Time to Talk About How Gender Shapes Gun Violence and Global Conflict

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The gun control debate dominated the news after a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day left 17 people, including 14 students, dead. The fact that Nikolas Cruz allegedly stalked and threatened his girlfriend before allegedly opening fire on former classmates, coaches, and teachers, didn’t feature strongly in media coverage this week, even though about a quarter of all mass shootings in the U.S. are committed by perpetrators with a history of domestic violence.

Administrators sent Cruz to other schools due to his erratic and threatening behavior, and his mother called the police more than 30 times, including for incidents classified as domestic disturbances, but it didn’t stop him from buying a gun. Without a misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence against a current or former spouse, Cruz could still legally buy a firearm.

This is the so-called “boyfriend loophole,” yet closing this gap in the law hasn’t been raised prominently this week as an effective tool for preventing gun violence, along with banning bump stocks and strengthening background checks. That’s a shame because relative to other issues, there’s quite a lot of bipartisan support around protecting domestic violence victims. More than half of women murdered by men in the U.S. are killed by intimate partners, and in 2015, 55 percent of female victims were killed with a gun. Late last week, Oregon’s House of Representatives passed a bill to close the boyfriend loophole in the state—finally—and banned anyone with a misdemeanor stalking conviction from owning a gun. The legislature was moved to action by the Parkland shootings, however the bill was supported by a female governor, and endorsed last year by Oregon’s National Organization for Women.

Elsewhere in the news, hundreds were killed in Syria earlier this week—including at least 50 women—when forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al Assad launched an intense bombing campaign. More violence is expected in this seven-year conflict. Women remain left out of the numerous failed efforts to end the war and bring peace, and, as two experts from the Council on Foreign Relations write in CNN, women’s participation in peace negotiations makes an agreement 64 percent less likely to fail.

Politico reported Thursday that the upcoming annual State Department report on global human rights is going to replace the phrase “reproductive rights” with “coercion in population control.” This reflects the influence of the U.S. far right, which equates U.S.-supported efforts to supply women with contraception to population coercion. The Fuller Project reported last year on these far-right groups who say the U.S. encourages abortion of female fetuses in China, which has zero evidence.

But in a sign of progress on equal rights for women, investment banks are creating “gender equality ETFs” that allow investors to put their money into a fund that only invests in companies championing gender equality. Last month, Swiss banking giant UBS became the latest firm to offer this investment option, and half of the companies in the fund are U.S.-based.

And this month on the cover of Glamour magazine, our senior global editor Sophia Jones reports on Afghanistan’s only all-female TV news station, whose broadcasts give viewers “a new image of female strength.” Read Sophia’s excellent story here.

Christina Asquith is founder and editor-in-chief of The Fuller Project for International Reporting.

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John Oliver and HBO were vindicated Wednesday when the judge presiding over a lawsuit brought by coal company CEO Robert Murray against the host and premium cabler dismissed the case. “I find the arguments set forth in the Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim and Reply well-founded, appropriate in this matter and […]

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This Study Says Maintaining a Home Costs $2,000/Year. Here’s How to Save


I’ve been a renter my entire adult life, but lately I’ve been itching to buy my first home.

When I bring the topic up with fellow renting friends, I’m always hit with the same argument.

If you’re renting and something goes wrong, you can just call your landlord to fix it.

Though all renters aren’t immune to home maintenance costs, homeowners particularly feel the pain.

Bankrate recently did a survey on home service costs. It found the average homeowner spends about $ 2,000 a year on home maintenance costs.

While some home service charges are pretty essential (like paying for trash and recycling collection at an average of $ 55 a month), others are more of an added convenience. Homeowners spend an average of $ 285 a month on housekeeping services and $ 144 a month on landscaping service, according to Bankrate.

Paying someone to do services you could do on your own might make you happier, but if that’s not in your budget, don’t sweat.

Reduce Your Home-Maintenance Costs

Instead of dropping hundreds a month on maid service, tackle the tasks yourself.

Don’t splurge on tons of cleaning products. Make your own with simple ingredients, or get creative with items you may have around the house. You’ll be amazed at what you can do with denture cleanser and dryer sheets.

Make your kitchen shine with this step-by-step guide to cleaning kitchen appliances. See this post for other house-cleaning hacks.

Save on landscaping costs with these tips to maintaining your yard on a budget. Or just turn your yard into an edible garden, and you won’t have to pay someone to mow it.

Lacking handyman skills? This post shares resources that’ll help you learn DIY home-repair skills at no cost — like free workshops hosted by Home Depot.

Prepare for the Unexpected

Even if you’re cutting costs by doing home projects on your own, you may still encounter situations that require paying for a professional.

Kevin Mahoney, CEO of financial advice firm Illumint, told Bankrate he recommends homeowners put money into a savings account to use for home maintenance expenses. Mahoney said he sets aside $ 100 to $ 200 a month to fund unexpected repairs or wear-and-tear maintenance services.

That way when something comes up, the money is already available to cover it. Smart advice.

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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Taraji P. Henson Pops Off On Beauty Company Over Fake Endorsement

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Taraji P. Henson recently became irate over an Instagram post from North Carolina-based Urban Skin RX, when the company used a photo of the actress alongside one of their products, which they referred to as the “secret for Henson’s effortless glow.”

The “Empire” star hit up the comments to fire off: “THIS IS A FALSE ADVERTISEMENT!!!!!!!!!!! I AM NOT THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THIS BRAND!!!!! I have NEVER used that serum a day in my life!!!!! THIS IS FALSE NEWS AND JUST A PLAIN LIE!!!!! – Taraj P Henson.”

Henson reportedly DM’d the company and told them to immediately remove the post from their social media, which they did a short time later.

A rep for Urban Skin RX tells The Blast, “It looks like the post you mentioned was a repost of this article where it’s reported that the products were used during glam for an awards show. Taraji personally reached out to the company to inform us that the information in the article was incorrect. Immediately after, it was removed. We have a lot of respect for Ms. Henson and will no longer mention it.”

Henson had to pop off on the company previously after they used her name in radio commercials.

But Henson also reportedly once sang their praises on Instagram, thanking them for a gift bag and saying she swore by their cleansing bar.

She has since deleted that post.

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7 Powerful Things Teachers, Parents, and Kids Are Doing to Prevent School Shootings

Gun violence often starts with bullying or loneliness. Meet the local heroes who are working to address both issues—before tragedy strikes.

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OSLO (Reuters) – Norway plans to spend 100 million Norwegian crowns ($ 13 million) to upgrade a doomsday seed vault on an Arctic island built 10 years ago to protect the world’s food supplies, the government said on Friday.


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Who Was Alan Smithee, and Why Did He Make So Many Terrible Movies?

Alan Smithee was a terrible filmmaker. In a career that spanned more than three decades, Smithee tackled pretty much every genre, helming comedies, thrillers, westerns, horror, drama, science-fiction — the lot. And his films were almost always bad. Like Uwe Boll bad.

In between, he tried his hand at TV, cartoons, music videos, comic books and video games, with inevitably disastrous results. While Alan also — somewhat bizarrely — re-edited a bunch of films for TV and planes, with the Smithee cut almost always inferior.

But who was Alan Smithee? Where did he come from? Why did his work stink? And how did his name become synonymous with bad filmmaking? Smithee’s story is a strange one that’s filled with twists, turns, and cameos from the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Whitney Houston, The Mighty Ducks, David Lynch, and Homer Simpson. His tale proving that — in Hollywood at least — fact is frequently stranger than fiction.

Who Was Alan Smithee?


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Alan Smithee is not, was not, and never has been a real person. Rather, he was the pseudonym used by directors who wished to disown a project. When a filmmaker felt that they had lost control of a movie, or that it had been altered or changed against their wishes, they could appeal to the Director’s Guild of America (DGA), and if successful, their name would be removed and replaced by that of Alan Smithee.

When it comes to feature films, the Alan Smithee moniker was used more than 30 times in 30 years. Catchfire (1990) is maybe the most famous example, with Dennis Hopper removing his name until his own director’s cut was released on video.

Sequels to The Birds, The Mighty Ducks and Hellraiser also carry the credit, as well as a National Lampoon flick (1995’s Senior Trip), a TV movie about OJ Simpson, and a star-studded Hollywood satire called Burn Hollywood Burn. But more on that later.

On TV, Alan Smithee is credited on episodes of The Twilight Zone, La Femme Nikita, Tiny Toon Adventures, and the MacGuyver pilot. While the video for Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ is also a Smithee joint.

As for the TV versions of movies that directors are so seldom fond of, several big names took advantage of the Smithee loophole, with Michael Mann using it for Heat and The Insider, Martin Brest employing it for Meet Joe Black, and David Lynch crediting the TV version of Dune to Alan Smithee. While at the same time changing his writing credit to Judas Booth, a very Lynchian combination of Judas Iscariot and John Wilkes Booth.

The Birth of Alan Smithee

It all started with a 1969 film called Death of a Gunfighter, a western about the people of a Texas town ousting their old-fashioned marshal. Robert Totten spent around 25 days in the director’s chair, but clashes with the film’s star Richard Widmark saw him removed and replaced by Don Siegel, who shot for a further 10.

When the film was finished, Siegel didn’t want to take credit for Death of a Gunfighter, and neither did Totten. So the Director’s Guild had a problem. They listened to both sides of the argument, believed Totten and Siegel to be in the right, and so decided to credit the western to a fictional director.

They needed a name that was not only unique and believable, but also generic enough to not draw attention to itself. For fear of undermining both the Guild and the station of director as the ultimate author of a film. The name they came up with was… Allen Smithee.

Which initially confused critics, with esteemed scribe Rober Ebert stating in his review for Death of a Gunfighter: “Director Allen Smithee, a name I’m not familiar with, allows his story to unfold naturally. He never preaches, and he never lingers on the obvious.”

The New York Times was also duped, Howard Thompson claiming: “The mounting tension is well-spun. Using the color and camera graphically, Mr. Smithee has an adroit facility for scanning faces and extracting background detail.”

The con was on. Allen was turned into Alan for a retroactive change to Burt Reynolds film Fade In, and with that, Smithee’s career was up-and-running; critics and audiences alike blissfully unaware that he didn’t actually exist.

Smithee Controversies


Picture from behind-the-scenes of American History X.
Tony Kaye (l) directing Edward Norton (r) on the set of American History X.

For much of his career, Smithee toiled away silently. Mainly due to DGA rules forbidding a director from discussing their experience once they had successfully navigated arbitration. But there were also controversies along the way.

Second Assistant Director Anderson House was one of the only ADs to use the pseudonym, and the circumstances surrounding his decision were tragic. Anderson was working on Twilight Zone: The Movie, during which star Vic Morrow and two child actors — Myca Dinh Le and Renee Shitt Chen — were killed in a helicopter accident. A lengthy court case followed. Director John Landis was tried, and acquitted, of voluntary manslaughter. And House disassociated himself from the film by having his name removed.

In 1998, director Tony Kaye tried to invoke Alan Smithee — or alternatively Humpty Dumpty — for American History X, claiming that both Edward Norton and the studio were meddling with his vision for the movie. He spent thousands of dollars denouncing Norton in the press. Lobbied to have his name replaced. And filed a lawsuit against the DGA. But they refused, claiming that by making the feud so public, Kaye had made it impossible to disconnect himself from the film, and a change in credit therefore pointless.

Finally — and somewhat less seriously — in 1998 Simpsons episode ‘D’oh-in’ in the Wind’ Mr. Burns directs a recruitment video for the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. But he’s so dissatisfied with the result — largely due to Homer’s performance — that he removes his name and replaces it with… you guessed it: Alan Smithee.

Three controversies that, in differing ways, contributed to…

The Death of Alan Smithee

While industry folk quickly realised what was going on with Alan Smithee, the DGA didn’t want the general public to get wind of the truth. For fear that the name would simply become a mark of poor quality. And evidence that they were basically lying to audiences. But the above incidents took the name into the mainstream. And then Burn Hollywood Burn happened.

A 1998 feature that was written and produced by Joe Eszterhas, the film’s full title is An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn. It stars Eric Idle as a film director who helms a movie called Trio. But when he sees the studio’s cut of the movie, he disavows it. Trouble is, his own name is Alan Smithee, and so unable to use the accepted pseudonym, he instead steals the film and holds it hostage.

The film featured cameos from the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Whoopi Goldberg and Jackie Chan, which made it big news. It also became a monumental flop and won a bunch of Golden Raspberries, which made it even bigger news. And in a plot-twist fitting of a film much better than Burn Hollywood Burn, director Arthur Hiller claimed that Eszterhas interfered with his efforts, and successfully removed his name from the credits. Meaning An Alan Smithee film was ultimately directed by Alan Smithee.

This was an all-out disaster for the DGA, and the immense negative publicity that surrounded Burn Hollywood Burn left them little choice but to retire the name. Effectively killing Alan Smithee for good.

The moniker still appears from time-to-time, as a movie in-joke, or on titles that don’t fall under DGA jurisdiction. But when it comes to American feature films, Alan Smithee is no more. Signalling the end of one of the worst careers in Hollywood history.

But that isn’t the end of the Smithee story. In Alan’s absence, successors have appeared in his place, to signify a disaster behind the scenes, in front of the camera, or both. A prime example is horrendous sci-fi flick Supernova, on which director Walter Hill had himself removed and replaced by ‘Thomas Lee’ in somewhat mischievous fashion. As there’s a whole page-full of Thomas Lees on IMDB.

So keep your eyes peeled, as the next Alan Smithee is probably out there already. Putting the finishing touches to some celluloid disaster. Arguing with suits from the studio. Or very possibly headlining the credits of that terrible film you just saw.

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