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J. Crew: 40% off a BUNCH of stuff that’s usually excluded

THANKU = 40% off Reg. Price & Sale Items

Well that’s surprising.

J. Crew has been excluding a lot from their promos and codes for a good long while now. But that doesn’t seem to be the case with this one. It’s their Black Friday offer, and runs through Sunday 11/26. Blazers, suits, a bunch of shoes… it’s all getting the cut. And then there’s the sale section. AND this THANKU code gets you free shipping. Off we go…

 

Classic MacAlister boots in Stone Suede – $ 44.39 ($ 128)

J. Crew Macalister Boot

That’s… a hell of a deal. Currently in the sale section (in the stone shade), these are now under $ 45, and they ship for free.

 

Ludlow Blazer in Grey, Navy, or Green Tweed – $ 178.80 ($ 298)

Ludlow Blazer

I do believe this is the first time these have gone on sale this season. Over $ 100 off. One hell of a sportcoat, especially if you prefer less structure and easy breathin’ fabric. Not stiff like many other tweed blazers.

 

Legacy Blazer in Ludlow or Crosby Fit – $ 210 ($ 350)

J. Crew Legacy Blazer

J. Crew’s Legacy blazers took a small step back last year, when they discontinued using the buttery soft super 130s Italian Wool, and instead opted for a heartier American fabric. Still 100% wool though, with soft shoulders, a modern and athletic looking slightly lower slung button stance, and just half of the back is lined for extra breatheability. Available in either their slim Ludlow or their more accommodating Crosby fit. Sleeve cuff buttons are thankfully non-functioning, which makes for an easy (and cheap) trip to the tailor.

 

Lambswool Ribbed Cardigan Sweater – $ 76.70 ($ 128)

J. Crew Lambswool Ribbed Cardigan Sweater

The prototypical chunky shawl collar cardigan. Love that texture to the knit.

 

Goodyear Welted Kenton Boots – $ 148.80 ($ 248)

J. Crew Kenton Boots

All of em. They’re all getting the cut. Not as high end as their Ludlow collection, but not a bad deal at all for under $ 150.

 

Goodyear Welted Ludlow Shoes – $ 178.80 – $ 190.80 ($ 298 – $ 318)

J. Crew Ludlow Shoes

Speaking of those upgraded Ludlow shoes… here they are. Still constructed in China if I’m not mistaken, but the materials are better. Looks like the suede Chukkas are all sold out though?

 

Shawl-collar Workwear Jacket in English Wool – $ 196.80 ($ 328)

J. Crew Shawl-collar Workwear Jacket in English Wool

They’re like smoking jackets for dudes who actually like to split wood? (I mean, to an extent, after a while it’s a chore like anything else.) Super unconstructed. Shawl collar.

 

Wool/Cotton Henley – $ 47.70 ($ 79.50)

J. Crew Wool/Cotton Henley

55% wool / 45% cotton. Three colors to pick from. Quite nice. Washable, but lay flat to dry.

 

Ludlow Shawl Collar Blazer in Velvet – $ 178.80 ($ 298)

Ludlow Shawl Collar Blazer in Velvet

Fancy. Reallllll fancy. Takes a certain type to be able to pull off velvet. Also available in black.

 

Lambswool Bomber Jacket – $ 69 ($ 115)

Lambswool Bomber Jacket

Had an eye on this thing ever since it came out. Also, it ships for free (whereas it normally wouldn’t). So that’s some extra savings on top.

 

Ludlow Slim-fit Pant in Wool Tartan – $ 70.80 ($ 118)

Ludlow Slim-fit Pant in Wool Tartan

Holiday party pants. True slim fit. On back order, but it looks like they should ship next week?

 

Ludlow Italian Stretch Worsted Wool Jacket & Pant in Grey or Blue – $ 357.60 ($ 596)

Ludlow Italian Stretch Worsted Wool

A dependable wool suit with a half canvas construction in either a light grey or a medium (but not overly bold) blue. Extra stretch in there for movement too. With this sale, they’re now going for less than what a Suitsupply Blue Line would go for. Remember, don’t forget the pants. These are separates. Non functioning sleeve cuff buttons on all of these jackets make for easy tailoring.

 

Ludlow Italian Stretch WIDE Lapel Worsted Wool Jacket & Pant in Grey – $ 357.60 ($ 596)

Ludlow Italian Stretch WIDE Lapel Worsted Wool

Same fabric as above, just with a more traditional 3″ wide lapel. Sidenote: J. Crew’s button stance is lower than most Suitsupply jackets. Some guys prefer that slightly lower slung stance, since it shows a bit more shirt, and thus, the body seems to be broken up closer to the “rule of 3rds” visual sections that are pleasing on the eye. Napoli jackets from Suitsupply can sometimes, but not always, look constricting on some frames. No blue option here. Just the grey.

 

Ludlow Wide Lapel Suit Jacket & Pant in Harbor Blue – $ 298.19 ($ 596)

Ludlow Wide Lapel Suit

Whoops. I was wrong about the availability of a blue option for their wider lapel jackets. They do have one. It’s the Harbor blue shade, and the pants happen to be on sale.

 

Ludlow TRAVELER Wool Suit Jacket & Pant in Navy or Grey – $ 357.60 ($ 596)

Ludlow TRAVELER Wool

And here be the traveler collection. It’s a 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 – $ 148.80 ($ 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.

 

Dock Peacoat with Thinsulate – $ 178.80 ($ 298)

J. Crew Dock Peacoat

An annual favorite. Sure, you can find cheaper peacoats, but this one is extremely well designed. A little bit longer for blazer/sportcoat tail coverage, chest high hand warmer pockets, and details like reinforced buttons, and solid collar (for turning up against the wind), and corduroy lined pockets. Can you find the Made in the USA authentic thing, for less, at your local Army Navy surplus? Probably. But some fellas still just prefer the J. Crew version. Also available in navy.

 

Ludlow Blazer in Navy or Brown Corduroy – $ 118.80 ($ 198)

Ludlow Blazer

Not your Professor’s squishy cord boxy fit number. Much more modern. Dark chocolate = more casual. Blue = pair it up with some dark wash denim, a crisp white shirt, and sleek boots, and you’ve got a go-to nice (but not super dressed up) date outfit.

 

Abingdon Weekender Bag – $ 138.60 ($ 198)

Abingdon Weekender Bag

Travel season is here, and if you’re one to NOT pack all that light, here’s a bag worth considering. 17 1/2″ H x 26″ W x 9 1/4″ D = over 4,000 cubic inches of space. Waxed canvas with leather accents.

 

Lambswool Long-sleeve Polo Sweater – $ 53.70 ($ 89.50)

J. Crew Lambswool Long-sleeve Polo Sweater

All lambswool here, not merino. So, expect it to feel and drape more like a sweater as opposed to an actual long sleeve polo.

 

Ludlow Charcoal Italian Worsted Wool Jacket + Pant – $ 238.19 ($ 596)

Ludlow Charcoal Italian Worsted Wool

So the jacket is in the sale section… but the pants aren’t. Still, both are 40% off, and since the jacket is already marked down, that means you end up with a half canvas Italian wool suit for under $ 240. Ta-da.

 

Classic Duffel Coat with Primaloft – $ 178.80 ($ 298)

J. Crew Classic Duffel Coat with Primaloft

When you just don’t want to mess with old man winter, yet don’t want to go full ski parka. Classic details like a hood and the wood toggle front closure. Wool/nylon blend.

The J. Crew 40% off THANKU code runs through Sunday 11/26/17.


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How A Swastika Shirt From a Skate Label Ended Up In Discount…

How A Swastika Shirt From a Skate Label Ended Up In Discount Stores

Business of Fashion has a fascinating read on how a shirt made by skate company Airwalk ended up in a Ross Dress For Less. Despite the lede, it isn’t about some insidious fascist plot, but rather about how the mass manufacturing and distribution models of modern fashion outlets can lead to such a blatant oversight in quality control. 

Per the article: 

Several layers of quality control are supposed to catch such items before they hit store racks. Many retailers hire auditors to visit factories and inspect the goods; their buyers often host apparel-makers, too, searching through designs to pick out what they want to stock in their stores. Off-price retailers such as Ross, however, often buy from brands and therefore aren’t involved in the production process, although they will also order some merchandise manufactured just for them.

The items they pick must then pass through random audits while being transported to warehouses or distribution centers. Final checks are performed in stores, when associates unbox clothes and hang them on racks.

Yet accidental Nazi imagery isn’t uncommon in retail, and the swastika—a sacred religious symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism long before the Nazis hijacked it—pops up regularly.

It’s an interesting insight into just how hand’s off some clothing manufacturing has become, with the various parties barely communicating, much less meeting, to discuss an end product. Admittedly, in this scenario it seems it was a misprint of Airwalk’s “Ollie Man” logo as opposed to something more malicious, but still the lackadaisical control and byzantine production line shows how difficult it is to pin down exactly where it went wrong. 

You can read the article here. And always remember, kids, double check any micro-print for Nazi symbols (a PSA that seems ridiculous to write, but, well, it’s 2017).

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Want/Need: 100 Gifts Under $100

Buying a gift card at the 11th hour just won’t cut it anymore. It’s time to step up your holiday gift game. To get the ball rolling, we’ve rounded up 100 super stylish gifts under $ 100 for just about everyone on your list — beauty addicts, the fashion obsessed, foodies for life, pet lovers. You name it, we’ve got it. Go ahead and take a peek. The best gift ideas for women await.

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Thanksgiving / Black Friday Open Thread

what to buy for black friday 2017I see that Nordstrom is already starting to mark down stuff for their big sale that usually starts Thanksgiving night — I’ll try to do a roundup for everyone this afternoon. In the meantime, here’s a fun open thread for everyone, with a few questions…

a) What are you bringing to Thanksgiving dinner (or if you’re not celebrating Thanksgiving, in general what do you bring to large family gatherings?) Share with us your favorite wines, cheeses, hostess gifts, recipes, and more! (This year I’m going to try to force my 6 year old to help me to make these candy corn cookies, but if anyone has recipes for leftover Halloween candy I’ll take those also!)

b) What are you keeping an eye out for on Black Friday and Cyber Monday? I usually buy an embarrassing amount of stuff from Nordstrom (occupational hazard), and have my eye on a few different things for biggish family purchases. I’m also hoping to find a batch of good gift cards on sale (it seems like we have a zillion teachers and therapists to thank this year!), and if I saw another UE Boom for under $ 100 I’d grab that too. I also found a ton of different blogging tools had great Black Friday deals last year, so I’ll be keeping an eye on those. (What have you gotten great deals on in the past on Black Friday? This was our roundup of Black Friday sales for workwear last year to give you an idea of what to expect from various stores…)

c) If you are doing turkey this Thanksgiving — what are your favorite recipes for leftovers? 

Let’s hear it, readers…

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Saying What You’re Thankful for Could Be Good for Your Health, According to Experts

Another reason to be extra grateful this holiday season.

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As Rohingya refugees continue to flee from persecution, here’s how you can help

More than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled their homes since August to escape systematic violence at the hands of government soldiers in Myanmar. The U.N. has called the actions taken by Myanmar forces against the group “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

A report released by Amnesty International on Wednesday documents widespread rape, killings and burnings of Rohingya across the Rakhine State in Myanmar. The report includes extensive interviews of Rohingya refugees who tell stories of live burnings, sexual violence and mass shootings at the hands of soldiers.

To escape persecution, Rohingya refugees are fleeing in droves to neighboring Bangladesh, a country described by some as a reluctant host for the thousands of refugees behind its borders. Conditions within Bangladesh show refugee camps beyond capacity, as organizations struggle to keep up with humanitarian aid.

Find out more: Rohingya Muslims have been denied citizenship in Myanmar since 1982, though they’ve lived in the area since the 12th century. They are not considered one of the country’s official ethnic groups. As such, their lack of official identity bars them from government services and travel.

Officials from Myanmar, a majority Buddhist state, claim Rohingya are actually immigrants from Bangladesh to justify their exclusion of the group. This most recent burst of violence comes from Myanmar’s crackdown following clashes with the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA). After the government declared ARSA a terrorist organization, the retaliation escalated into hundreds of Rohingya villages.

Where to give: BRAC, a top-ranked NGO based out of Bangladesh, is scaling up humanitarian efforts for clean water, health, sanitation and child care for refugees from Myanmar. You can learn more about their efforts here.

An emergency appeal was made by the Disasters Emergency Committee for immediate crisis relief funds. DEC distributes funds to 13 member aid organizations.
UNHCR, UNICEF and Save the Children have donation pages dedicated to the crisis, as does the International Rescue Committee. CNN’s Public Good page provides a user-friendly resource to find NGOs that match your giving goals.

To give to starvation relief, try Action Against Hunger or the World Food Programme.

Be sure to research organizations receiving your financial contributions, not only to find the best organization aligned with your goals, but also to avoid potential scams. For the latest information on aid organizations and charities, visit GuideStar or Charity Navigator to ensure your donations are going in the right direction.

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The president spoke about the Senate candidate publicly for the first time.
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Sticker shock for many, insurer exits if Obamacare rule killed

The Senate's tax bill would kill a requirement that most Americans have health insurance of some kind or pay a fine.
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10 Must-Have Gifts for Marvel Fans

With hundreds of comic books, movies, television shows, and games being released each year, Marvel reigns supreme. This year saw the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Punisher, Runaways, Secret Empire, Marvel Legacy and more. Do any of these properties make good gifts? You bet!

It’s likely that you have at least one Marvel lover in your life. Rest easy and let us help take care of your shopping with this handy Marvel gift guide. These gift ideas are organized by price, ranging from lowest to highest. The prices may change, depending on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and holiday sales. Happy shopping!

Jessica Jones Pop! ($ 10.90)



This summer Jessica Jones put her detective skills to work to uncover a wicked plot against New York City. She used her information to help Luke Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist expose the inner workings of the villainous Hand. Together they formed The Defenders, Marvel’s street-level version of The Avengers. Jessica’s addition to the team provided lots of levity and humor, as well as additional muscle. Gift this Funko Pop! to anyone who loves this trash talking but good natured private eye and Marvel hero.


Available for $ 10.90 at HotTopic.

Groovin’ Groot Musical Ornament ($ 17.95)



Baby Groot is easily the cutest character in the Marvel Universe. His dance moves at the beginning of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 this summer completely stole the show. Baby Groot will be the perfect addition to your Marvel lover’s tree this Christmas, especially since this Hallmark ornament plays music — Flash Light by Parliament to be exact!


Available for $ 17.95 at Hallmark.

Avengers Assemble Pin Trading Set ($ 32.95)



If your friend or loved one is a Disney pin collector, likes to wear pins on his or her bags or jackets, pick this Avengers Assemble set up for them. The set comes with six pins: Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Nick Fury, The Hulk, and Hawkeye. You could also divide the gifts amongst six friends who could all assemble for a movie night, a convention or a day at Disney Parks!


Available for $ 32.95 at ShopDisney.

Spider-Man: Homecoming Limited Edition Gift Box ($ 34.96)



Peter Parker swung into our hearts this summer in his solo film Spider-Man: Homecoming. His easy going manner and commitment to be a hero, despite his young age, is an admirable trait. This limited edition set comes with: Spider-Man: Homecoming on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital, two pairs of Spider-Man socks, a Spider-Man comic, a Spidey pin and an exclusive Funko Pop! with Spider-Man reading upside down. This gift set is originally priced at $ 79.99 but is currently on pre-order at 50% off. Quite a Spidey steal!


Available for $ 34.96 at Wal-Mart.

Marvel Legends Thor: Ragnarok Thor & Valkyrie Set ($ 39.99)



Thor and Valkyrie kicked some major butt in Thor: Ragnarok. Together they saved Asgard’s people and found a creative way to defeat Hela. They surely made a humorous pair when Valkyrie sold Thor to fight in the Grandmaster‘s contest of champions on Sakaar. If you have a toy collector in your life or even a young Marvel fan, gift them this awesome Marvel Legends 2-pack.


Available for $ 39.99 at Target.

Captain America Herringbone Backpack ($ 54.99)



Outfit your favorite Marvel fan with this stunning utility backpack that’s designed to resemble Captain America‘s patriotic uniform. Captain America may not have been in any Marvel movies this year (it’s true) but we will see him this spring in Avengers: Infinity War. This backpack has lots of pockets and would look great at school, at work and at any convention.


Available for $ 54.99 at Amazon.

LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 Deluxe ($ 74.99)



LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is finally here! This game was recently rated 4/5 by FANDOM for it’s quality content, humor, number of characters. This specific deluxe version comes with a special Hank Pym Giant Man LEGO figure, as well as early access to Guardians of the Galaxy characters, a season pass and comic art poster. This is the perfect gift for the Marvel gamer in your life. It’s available on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.


Available for $ 74.99 at Amazon.

Marvel Unlimited Plus Subscription ($ 99.99)



Comics can get expensive, especially if you want to back read past issues like Civil War I, Infinity Gauntlet, or X-Men classics. The best way to help the Marvel lover in your life stay up to date on his or her favorite comic issues is with Marvel Unlimited. It carries over 20,000 digital comics, including popular issues up to six months old. The usual plan is $ 10.00/month but the Unlimited Plus package comes with a Marvel Legends Tony Stark figure, a Thanos patch, a Captain America and Spider-Man pin set, merchandise discounts, exclusive event invites and works out to only $ 8.25/month.


Available for $ 99.99 at Marvel.

Marvel Thor Hammer Tool Set ($ 99.99)



Tell the craftsman or craftswoman in your life that he or she is worthy with this nifty tool kit in the shape of Thor’s trusty hammer, Mjolnir. This tool kit contains 44-items, ranging from a Norse-carved hammer, a measuring tape, a level, a screw driver, a wrench and a variety of accessories tool bits. Like Korg said in Ragnarok, anything can last if the foundations are built up strong *wink*.


Available for $ 99.99 at ThinkGeek.

MCU: Phase Two Blu-ray Set ($ 224.99)



This 13-disc set is a must have gift for the Marvel fan in your life. This set contains all six films in Marvel’s Phase 2: Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man in both blu-ray and 3-D blu-ray versions. It also comes with an exclusive disc of extras, an envelope full of film-related documents and the Orb from Morag (which we know now is an infinity stone.) It also comes with digital copies of the films and a snazy display for the discs and the Orb.


Available for $ 224.99 at Amazon.

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Big Tobacco’s anti-smoking ads begin after decade of delay

WASHINGTON (AP) — Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television this weekend — but not by choice.
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Students blast Steve Martin’s King Tut skit as racist

Comedian Steve Martin’s famous portrayal of King Tut on “Saturday Night Live” has suddenly come under fire by students at an ultra-liberal college in Oregon. Students in a humanities class at Reed College blasted the inclusion of the ancient skit in their coursework, branding it a vile example of cultural appropriation — as they demanded…
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CBS News and PBS cut ties to Rose following sex allegations

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News and PBS both cut ties to Charlie Rose on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after several women who worked with him on his PBS interview show alleged a pattern of sexual misconduct, including groping and walking naked in front of them.
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The Top 9 Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes Ever

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It’s that time of year again to get the family together and eat all you can while reminiscing over things you’re grateful for.

 

 

In honor of Turkey Day being just days away, check out our list of Thanksgiving episodes that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.


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Scientists solve the mystery of America’s scuba-diving fly

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A small fly that thrives at an inhospitable California lake east of Yosemite National Park long has perplexed observers who watch as it crawls into the severely salty and alkaline water, snacks on some algae or lays some eggs, then emerges dry as a desert.


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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Will Wed in the Summer

Meghan Markle finished filming her final episode of Suits in Toronto on November 17. Now on to her next job: planning a royal a wedding. 

Though the 36-year-old actress and Prince Harry, who commissioned a ring for Markle using diamonds from a brooch that once belonged to his mom, Princess Diana, have yet to announce their engagement, a date has been set. “It will definitely be a summer wedding,” a source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly.

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Markle, who just moved out of her Toronto apartment, will reside in Harry’s two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage, already outfitted with the plants and candles she started bringing in to decorate the place last spring. “There are are no plans for them to live separately,” a friend of Markle’s tells the magazine. “Meghan will move right in.”

Her future brother-and-sister-in-law, Prince William and Duchess Kate, are a short walk away if she has any questions. “You can’t trust anyone more than family,” a source tells Us, “so it’s no surprise Harry wants them to help make this transition easy for Meghan.”

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Expect an engagement announcement from Markle and Harry, 33, early in the new year. An insider says the official proclamation — including a photo call at Kensington Palace and a syndicated TV interview — “will likely be some time in January. It gives Meghan some to get settled and will be a great start to 2018.”

By late June, says another source, Markle —  previously wed to talent manager Trevor Engelson from to 2011 to 2013 — will become Harry’s bride. “With Suits over, so so is her life in Toronto,” says a friend of Markle’s. “But she’s really excited about starting a new chapter with Harry.”

For more on Markle and Prince Harry’s engagement and wedding plans, pick up the new issue of Us Weekly on newsstands now.

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Michael Kors Taps Francesca Leoni as Senior VP, Chief Brand Officer

Francesca Leoni has been named to the newly created role of senior vice president, chief brand officer of the Michael Kors brand at Michael Kors Holdings Ltd., the global fashion luxury group.
She reports to John D. Idol, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer. Leoni will be joining Kors on Feb. 5.
Since 2010, Leoni has been the worldwide communications director at Valentino in Rome. In this role, she was responsible for the development and implementation of all global communications initiatives and events, including public relations and marketing. From 2005 to 2010, she was the worldwide p.r. and events director for Bulgari, and from 2000 to 2005, she was senior director, public relations and cultural events for Hermès. She has also held public relations roles at Malo.
“Francesca is an outstanding addition to our team,” said Michael Kors. “She has tremendous experience in the communications and marketing arena with luxury brands, and is the ideal choice to communicate the company’s vision, drive collaboration and inspire our global consumers.”
Idol added that he was excited to have someone with Leoni’s global expertise and business acumen with luxury brands join Kors. “She has an outstanding track record developing strategic communications and marketing in the fashion

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Kim Kardashian Says She’s Phoned Her Lawyers for Cyntoia Brown

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Kim Kardashian is the latest celebrity to speak out against the injustice haunting former child sex slave Cyntoia Brown. By the time she was 16 years old, Brown had been repeatedly raped, beaten and held at gunpoint as a victim of sex trafficking. One fateful encounter with a Nashville realtor would lead her to the prospect of lifelong imprisonment.

In 2004, Brown shot and killed 43-year-old Johnny Allen who bought the then-teenager for sex. Brown said she killed Allen out of fear of his past as a sharpshooter in the military, multiple guns she saw in his home and his unsettling demeanor. She is now facing a minimum of 51 years in prison.

On Thursday, Brown’s tragic story resurged into the limelight. Her repeat victimization at the hands of her former pimp, sexual predators and eventually, the justice system hasn’t been sitting well with anyone.

In addition to Rihanna and rapper T.I. who spoke out against Brown’s imprisonment on Monday night, Kim Kardashian has also weighed in. Not only did the 37-year-old admit to being appalled by the travesty of injustice on Tuesday, she said she already called on her lawyers to take action on behalf of Brown, who is now 29 years old.

A petition has been created to free Brown from prison via MoveOn Petitions. If enough signatures are accumulated, it will be delivered to the U.S. Congress.

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Etro Pre-Fall 2018

Etro re-created an Eastern wonderland for pre-fall. The brand’s signature luxury nomadic spirit was given added charm via Far East iconography, echoed in the collection’s mix of graphics and patterns.
Tapestries, chinosoiries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large inspired both the floral and graphic prints and the jacquard motifs. Kimono-like robe coats came in opulent brocades trimmed with mink fur, while asymmetric draped dresses were realized in lightweight textured silk.
The decorative attitude of the lineup, enhanced by the rich color palette, was balanced by sophisticated city staples injected with a subtle Seventies vibe. These included an orange peacoat worn with denim pants featuring a beaded side decor, as well as a pajama set in a joyful and colorful floral print matched with a printed sports bra, which introduced a touch of contemporary athleticism.

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Reports: Cardi B Behind $4.5 Million Christian Louboutin Media Value Over 200%

Talk about #BlackGirlMagic and the power of hip-hop culture. Cardi B, a popular reality TV star turned mega hit rapper, can add yet another accomplishment to her platinum-selling resume: boosting interest in the iconic shoe brand astronomically, almost overnight.

According to a recent Business of Fashion report, Belcalis “Cardi B” Almanzar has created an estimated $ 4.5 million media value this year for the brand after releasing the radio banger “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” and there’s been a massive 217% spike in web searches for Christian Louboutin shoes since summer.

 

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The 25-year-old female lyricist raves about the “red-bottom” “bloody shoes” in the song, and, like it or not, it’s a song hard to escape, whether it was played during your favorite morning radio show or mimicked in your nephew’s latest Snapchat. Cardi B has taken the hit from the small nightclub stages to the MoMa to the Puerto Rican Day Parade and beyond. Black Hollywood heavyweights including Taraji P. Henson, Idris Elba, and Kevin Hart have raved about the song and Cardi and music icon Janet Jackson set the crowd and social media ablaze when she added the song to her concert set.

The song has continued its momentum from summer into fall, winning the BET Hip Hop Award for Best Single of the Year last month and breaking a No. 1 Billboard chart record that Lauryn Hill had held since the late 1990s. Black Enterprise cover girl and Uber Chief Brand Officer Bozoma Saint John even blasted the song at AfroTech.

One celeb not so hip to the game is Christian Louboutin himself. He recently told The New York Times he’s “not a big rap person,” but said he’d be open to meeting the Trini-Dominican-American star someday.

As for a direct sales boost correlation, the verdict’s still out. However, Deloitte reports that 20.5% of millennials look to social media and more than 15% to the web to get informed about a high-end item before purchasing. Also, Nielsen reported that black women, in particular, spend more time watching live TV, listening to the radio, and using multimedia devices than the whole U.S. female population; they are trendsetters and contribute tremendously to pushing black buying power closer to a record $ 1.5 trillion; and they have “enjoyed steady growth in population, incomes, and educational attainment.”

Based on the stats, one can assume that if many power women of color hear “Bodak Yellow” enough times, they might actually be prompted to give that Louboutin pump at least a second look when splurging for the holidays—or get that good sister-girlfriend to pick them up a few sample-sale pairs to go under the tree.

 

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Iranian ‘Game of Thrones’ Hacker Demanded $6 Million Bitcoin Ransom From HBO, Feds Say

The Department of Justice on Tuesday charged an Iranian national with allegedly hacking into HBO, dumping a selection stolen files, and attempting to extort the company by ransoming a treasure trove of the company’s content. This summer, hackers released a bevy of internal HBO files, included scripts for Game of Thrones and full, unaired episodes of other shows.

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Singer and arranger Ryan Edward Armstrong has collaborated with some of Broadway’s brightest talents to produce the upcoming album CROSSROADS. Stephen Schwartz, who has two of his tunes featured on the record, sat down for this exclusive video interview with Armstrong and YouTube personality Andy Lalwani.
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Thom Browne Grows Collection, Business and Retail Footprint

MILAN — “It was time to bring it all home,” said Thom Browne of his focus on and the development of his namesake brand.
During a walk-through of his men’s pre-collection in Milan, which clearly showed how extensive his line has become, with every category expanding significantly, the designer explained how he is looking forward to the future as the company is expected to close 2017 with sales gain of 20 to 25 percent.
“I made a conscious decision a year ago to spend all of my time on my own brand, which is really coming together,” said Browne, adding that he had been “really happy” with his past collaborations. These include the Moncler Gamme Bleu line, whose last season was presented for spring 2018. As reported earlier this month, Remo Ruffini, chairman and chief executive officer of Moncler, said the company was also closing the Gamme Rouge collection, designed by Giambattista Valli, in line with a new strategy that is expected to be presented in February.
“I am evolving my brand, but making sure it’s my own way, so that you can see the Thom Browne sensibility. I am staying true to the label but reaching out to a bigger audience,” the designer explained.

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Norah O’Donnell on Charlie Rose: There Is No Excuse

Norah O’Donnell spoke frankly Tuesday morning about her CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose, who is facing several allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct following a bombshell report in The Washington Post. “This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment about where we stand and more generally the safety of women,” said O’Donnell. “Let me be very clear. There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic and pervasive and I’ve been doing a lot of listening.” She added, “Women cannot achieve equality in the workplace or in society until there is a reckoning.”

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Successful Doula on Why Starting a Business Is Like Giving Birth

Latham “Glow Maven” Thomas, founder of Mama Glow, has helped many women accomplish one of the greatest achievements in the world: giving birth to another human being.

Thomas, a mother, and graduate of Columbia University and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, founded a doula and wellness service providing support to women along their pre- and postnatal journeys to motherhood. Mama Glow offers services including culinary, nutrition management, yoga, and birth coaching.

Some of the women who have enjoyed and benefited from her maternal services include internationally known hot mamas (hello, Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland, and Christy Turlington Burns) who have managed to juggle childbirth and parenting with running businesses and making power moves of their own.

 

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From Birthing Babies to Birthing Businesses

Thomas has now made yet another boss move, applying similar success tactics and strategies she’s used when helping women give birth, to helping women start businesses.

For many women, particularly in the African American community, starting a business has its own labor pains, transitions, highs, and lows. As a doula, she seeks to help all women make the process progressive, beautiful, and ultimately almost as rewarding as smiling into the face of a new bundle of joy. She details life-changing strategies in her latest book, “Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen Within.”

 

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“A lot of the women who have come to me over the years in having their babies were also, in tandem, looking to birth dreams they had,” Thomas says. “I’ve had so many women who are on a global stage in terms of the brands that they built-many of which were created while they were pregnant, and I was giving this support as they were growing these businesses.”

“It’s interesting to see that the hand-holding that I was providing for women to cross the threshold to new motherhood-the same type of hand-holding is really necessary when you’re growing a business or looking to birth the best iteration of yourself and create the life of your dreams,” she says. 

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Recognize your strength and purpose

When you’re taking on the process, you must be confident and unafraid to make a solid commitment. Thomas recommends asking yourself assessment questions: Who am I? What’s my purpose? What am I doing? What do I really love? What’s my vision?

 

Pace your growth as you move through the process

Thomas urges women to take their time. “We’re in this culture now, because of social media and smartphones and everything being immediate-accelerated living-we are missing so much. Part of what we’re missing is this idea that what’s available to us is when we’re stirring that pot, being intentional, taking our time, and we’re marveling at the process not just the outcome or the product.”

Deliberately make self-care part of the process

It’s cool to focus on the business side of starting a new enterprise, but Thomas advocates for incorporating practices such as meditation or yoga to keep you centered and allow you to be able to take on whatever the process might throw at you. “It’s about embracing our unique feminine attributes, standing tall on this pedestal that you’ve built for yourself, and reclaiming your body as sacred,” Thomas says. “I really want women to see self-care as a vehicle for doing that. Taking better care of ourselves will also give us the energy to be able to sustain the work that needs to be done so we can be at our very best.”

 

 

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The Pretty Denim Jacket I Can’t Stop Thinking About

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a bit of a denim jacket fiend (I have proof), so it’s not that I need another one in my life, but I recently came across a denim jacket that’s so pretty I might have to add a seventh to my closet (I promise you I wear all of them).

The jacket in question is a sherpa-lined Levi’s one via Aritzia, and instead of the usual cream-colored lining, it features a pale pink variation that looks lovely with the light-wash denim. The pretty jacket is the Ex-BF Sherpa Trucker style, which has an oversize fit that’s perfect for winter as it’s roomy enough to fit a sweater underneath.

The beauty of a sherpa-lined denim jacket is that even though denim isn’t the warmest of fabrics, the cozy inside provides enough insulation to wear on those especially frigid days when you’re not in the mood for a bulky puffer or wool coat. Oh, and it’s less than $ 200—and worth every pretty penny.

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U.S. networks suspend Charlie Rose after sex harassment allegations

(Reuters) – CBS and other networks on Monday suspended Charlie Rose, one of the most prominent American interviewers, after eight women told the Washington Post he sexually harassed them and prompted Rose to apologize for his “inappropriate behavior.”
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‘Overwatch’ Developers on Shaping the Moira Meta

We were fortunate enough to spend a bit of early time with Moira at Blizzcon 2017, and caught up with some of the Overwatch developers while there. Both the lead software engineer Tim Ford and senior effects artist Rachel Day sat down with us.

Day in particular had a busy leadup to Blizzcon getting the team uniforms ready for the Overwatch World Cup. In a rather interesting decision, not just the skins were modified to represent country colours, but even the effects and interfaces.

That creates lots of problems for someone like Day. She’s quite open about how we’re trained to see blue as the colour of ice, and red as the colour of fire (or enemy), so playing around with that gives her one less tool to communicate what’s happening. As a result, they had to change the “shape language” of some of the abilities.

Mercy‘s two beams, for example, were very similar other than the different colours.


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Mercy’s Resurrect ability has undergone a pretty drastic overhaul.

After the release of Orisa, we saw the rise of the double barrier meta. Blizzard intended Orisa to be an alternative barrier provider so you could have a similar team makeup without having to choose Reinhardt. Instead, players just chose both.

“So if you wanted to hurt them, you had to break through both of those barriers first,” said Ford.

With that in mind, it makes perfect sense for Moira to be the next hero. Who knows — maybe Moira’s orbs and ultimate never used to go through shields, but now they do. She provides the perfect stalemate breaker for defensive-heavy setups.

The natural inclination of the enemy team to bunch up behind the shield is perfect for Moira. It just means her abilities will hit more of them. When you see Moira taken as a counterpick, you’ll have to start thinking about a different strategy. She probably won’t change the game instantly — but there’s a degree of guaranteed sustain damage if the enemy team doesn’t react.

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MISSING LINK: “I see it as a new chapter, we have in place very strong teams for both development and design and are ready to work to this new rhythm,” said AMI’s Alexandre Mattiussi, who, seven years after launching his men’s brand, is entering the pre-collection game.
Mattiussi described the line, which will launch in May, as a “nice midseason wardrobe,” mixing in bestsellers like the label’s outerwear and jersey items.
“It’s about bringing it back to something very masculine and casual, and very easy and light, with denim elements, and playing on khaki with touches of pale yellow and red,” said the designer, who has no plans to launch women’s despite the success of his recent women’s capsule for Le Bon Marché’s global site 24 Sèvres. “I have ideas for women’s wear, but I still like the idea that AMI is a men’s wear brand that is attractive to women who like to go and shop from the men’s line,” he said.
 

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Little Known Black History Fact: James Wormley Jones

James Wormley “Jack” Jones was a World War I veteran and former officer with the Washington Metropolitan Police Department. Jones is considered to be the first special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was instrumental in helping the agency take down Marcus Garvey’s burgeoning movement.

Jones was born September 22, 1884 in Fort Monroe, Virginia. His family moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, but Jones eventually returned to Virginia to complete his collegiate studies at Virginia Union University. In 1905, he joined Washington’s police force, rapidly rising  to detective. In 1917, Jones joined the U.S. Army and trained as an officer, then was assigned to the 368th Infantry at the rank of Captain.

Director A. Bruce Bielaski, then director of the FBI,  appointed Jones on November 19, 1919.  Jones worked under J. Edgar Hoover, who maintained a lifelong obsession with so-called “subversive” groups of activists and organizers thought to be a threat to the national security of America. Jones was sent to infiltrate Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association.

Adopting the code name “Agent 800,” Jones, who appeared to be a man of European descent, worked to convince the skeptical UNIA members that he was indeed Black. His investigations sank Garvey’s movement with charges of mail fraud, but his true identity revealed itself in later operations as he was recognized as a former police officer. No longer a valuable necessity for the FBI, he resigned in 1923.

Jones passed on December 11, 1959 in Dormont, Pennsylvania at the age of 74.

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The Morphe brushes all your favourite beauty influencers are using are getting the Black Friday treatment

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As one of the most in-demand beauty brands of the year, chances are you’ll have seen your favourite YouTubers busting out their pot of Morphe brushes or scrolled past pictures of their impeccable 35 shadow palettes. Luckily, Beauty Bay is offering 10% off a bunch of their products and they’re easily the best Morphe Black Friday deals we’ve seen around. See our edit of the best below.

Morphe Black Friday 2017: 10% off a 12 Piece Black and White Morphe Brush Set

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You’ve seen all the big beauty vloggers and influencers using these brushes and now it’s your turn. Beauty Bay are offering 10% off an entire pot of Morphe brushes which come in a chic black and white striped travel case, with handles and bristles to match. It’s a favourite with professional makeup artists and has everything from a liner through to blending brushes, so you’ll never have to reach for another tool again.

It’s available for £22.50 down from £25 and plus, Beauty Bay’s offering free UK next day delivery on all Morphe products so you won’t have to wait till Christmas to bust these open. (Heads up: you can only get two of these per person.)

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Morphe Black Friday 2017: £20.70 for a Morphe 35OM 35 Colour Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette

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If you’re serious about your earthy eyeshadow tones, then you won’t have to look much further than this extravagant Morphe palette. Featuring 35 different deeply pigmented shades from a autumn-friendly ochre to smoky blacks and a champagne for a dash of highlight, it’s an all matte version of one of their best-selling palettes. (Which, by the way, has unfortunately sold out in the BF sale so you’re going to need to jump in on this soon.)  JUST THINK OF ALL THE COLOUR COMBINATIONS. I can’t wait for mine to arrive in the mail.

You’ll now be able to snag it for £20.70 with free delivery. It’s limited to one per person, sorry to those hoping to buy in bulk.

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Morphe Black Friday 2017: 10% off a 35C 35 Multi Color Matte Palette

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Life’s boring without colour and this rainbow palette will definitely bring a ray of sunshine to any day. Whether you want to play with toned down neutral look or go for an on-trend smoky red shadow, you’ll be spoilt for choice with 35 different matte shades to choose from.

Like the Nature Glow palette, it’s now dropped to £20.70 with free shipping included.

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Morphe Black Friday 2017: £20.70 for a Morphe 9C 9 Colour Highlight & Contour Palette

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Get ready to serve face with this contour and highlight palette, which will have you beamed and baked in no time flat. With nine different shades for you to play around with, it’s small enough to fit into a purse and combines both matte and shimmery tones depending on what kind of mood you’re in.

It’s now £20.70 (10% off) and you’ll be able to buy two per person with free delivery.

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While we’re utterly in love with everything above, there’s loads more Morphe on available on Beauty Bay – seriously, it’s palettes galore over there. We’ve also done the work for you and combed through their other brand bargains, so take a look at our curated Black Friday beauty deals, Black Friday makeup deals and Black Friday clothing deals pages if you’re looking for a cute outfit to finish off your look. We’ve got our eye on the Black Friday ball for you, don’t worry guys.

Keep checking back in with us as we’ll be combing through everything that comes your way, with everything from the high street, designer brands through to indie cuties you definitely need to have on your radar. It’s a hard job essentially putting together our Christmas wish list, but somebody’s got to do it.

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Monday Meals: Mushroom-Spinach Soup With Cinnamon, Coriander and Cumin

Autumn is soup time. Warm, hearty and nourishing, soups are the perfect antidote to the cooler days. And they make the kitchen smell great! This recipe for Mushroom-Spinach Soup With Cinnamon, Coriander and Cumin from New York Times Cooking is robust and satisfying, while still simple enough for a weeknight meal. Mushrooms and spinach are both good sources of fiber, supporting gut health and…

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is famously coy about her own presidential ambitions. But on just about everything else, she has no problem speaking her mind.

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Melbourne producer LUCINABLOMKAMP has shared two new collaborative songs, “In Between” featuring BANKS and “One Way” featuring T-Pain, that he created with Atlanta rapper 6LACK. The pair has previously worked together on 6LACK’s track “That Far,” and according to Lucian, it would seem like there’s a lot more “unreleased” material still to see the light of day.

The Austrailian artist who, himself, recently released Sick of What I Don’t Understand Part 1 — the first part of a three-piece album — spoke on the collaboration saying, “writing for 6LACK has been an incredibly unique experience and I only got given the opportunity through a kind soul named Trevor (aka Singawd), who regularly produces for 6LACK.” The young producer goes on to explain how 6LACK has pushed him to “write as creatively and independently as I want…to not become bogged down by the style they’ve known to create.”

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“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior,” Rose said in a statement to the Post. “I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.”

In response to the Post‘s report, CBS News — where Rose co-anchors CBS This Morning and contributes as a correspondent to 60 Minutes — suspended him, according to the Associated Press. Bloomberg TV and PBS — the latter of which has distributed Rose’s eponymous talk show since 1993 — said they would immediately halt distribution of the program. “PBS was shocked to learn today of these deeply disturbing allegations,” the network said in a statement.

The eight women who spoke to the Post said that Rose, 75, made unwanted sexual advances towards them from the late 1990s up until 2011. Of those women, who ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the alleged incidents, five detailed their accusations under the condition of anonymity. Three spoke to the paper on the record. The women’s allegations include that Rose groped their breasts, buttocks and genital areas, along with inappropriate phone calls and Rose walking around naked in their presence.

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After the moving Diana Ross family finale at last night’s American Music Awards, a whole lot more folks are wishing they were Ross relatives too—or at least invited to Thanksgiving dinner.

Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the three-hour live show channeling her mom in a succession of the diva’s designer costumes from decades past. Surrounded by the extended Ross clan onstage to say goodnight, it was clear that the 73-year-old matriarch is the center of their family’s universe, the sun around which they all circle.

 

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It reminded me of an interview for the Women of Power TV show when Tracee got teary reflecting on her mother’s legendary place in global culture, and the many lessons she’d learned just by watching.

 

Be on time.

 

My mother is annoyingly always on time, and “on time” means 15 minutes early, at least. “Dinner at 6” means we’re eating at 5.”

 

Work hard, do for yourself, and think for yourself.

 

My mom has an extraordinary work ethic and an incredible business sense. She doesn’t have hundreds of people running around; she handles it all. “

 

Make time for what matters, and family always matters.

 

My mom did not let anything drop with her kids—and she has FIVE kids. I never heard my mom say, “Not now, I don’t have time,” or “I can’t now, I’m going on stage.”

 

You can have it all, but it won’t be perfect.

 

Her example showed me that you can be an extraordinary mom and have an extraordinary career. People say all the time you have to choose. Sure, certain things fall here and there but, I’m sorry, my mother did not choose.”

 

Show up for your own life, with joy.

 

“My mom always looks like she swallowed the sun. If you’ve experienced her on stage, somehow you feel like she’s singing right to you and for you. It feels like her light turns your light on. As her child, it’s the same—only better, bigger, fuller, wider, deeper, delicious.”

 

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What To Wear As A Lawyer

As you know, first impressions count. According to an article in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, the outward appearance and what you wear is a top factor in how you’re perceived by others. Among others are a firm handshake and a good posture.

As an attorney, you always want to look understated, professional and dignified. You don’t want to be perceived as flashy, dandy-like or fashionable. After all, you want to be respected as a man of the law and not that guy who’s just known for his colorful outfits. At the same time, you don’t want to be like a cartoon character who wears the exact same thing every day.

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How To Look Like A Respectable Lawyer

This guide is about what to wear at the office, when you meet clients and what to wear in court. If you want to learn how to dress for a job interview as a lawyer, please check out this guide. Of course, if you work in environmental law, or if you have a lot of musicians or artists as your clients, your dress code will be more relaxed.

The Suit – Dark Solids Are Your Friend

A suit is the hallmark of a lawyer’s wardrobe. An ideal suit would be a single-breasted one, with a notched lapel. Ideally, you have some cuffs at the bottom or you can go without a cuff, maybe you want pleats, maybe you just want an iron crease.

Single Breasted Is Ideal – Double Breasted May Work Too

Overall, a two-piece suit is a good way to start. If you want to be a little more formal, you can add a three-piece suit using a vest out of a matching fabric. If you’re just starting out I suggest you stick with single-breasted suits because they’re the standard.

Double breasted suits are very traditional, they’re very classic and they’re a tad more formal than single-breasted suits. They also work really well for people who have a v-shaped body. However, some people may interpret them as being too overpowering and too Wall street-like so be careful when you invest in those. I think double-breasted suits work well with a softer fabric such as a gray flannel. When you’re just starting out it pays to invest in a second pair of pants or trousers because you wear them out much more quickly and that way, your entire suit will last you longer and cost less than if you have to buy two full suits.

Suit Patterns: Go With Solids, Subtle Stripes & Plain Weaves

When it comes to patterns, solid colors and a plain weave are your friends.

For a year-round suit, a worsted wool is great. If you want a winter suit, a flannel is ideal, and if you’re in a hotter climate, maybe opt for a fresco wool because it’s breathable.

Apart from solids, a subtle stripe can also be acceptable. What I mean by subtle is maybe a pinstripe in a very plain color such as white, off-white, maybe dark blue or grey.

Subtlety Is King

Stay away from bold yellow, green, or pink stripes. You want the spacing not to be too wide and bold. The stripe itself should be subtle. So a fine pinpoint is okay, maybe a subdued rope stripe is acceptable too, but a wide chalk stripe is simply unacceptable. Alternatively, you can also go with a Prince of Wales check. I suggest going without an over plaid. It’s a very classic pattern and it’s appropriate as a lawyer if it’s very fine. Ideally, you want to stick to a 100% natural fibers because artificial fibers make you sweat and uncomfortable during the day. A 100% wool or maybe some additions of cashmere to make it softer are what you want. Keep in mind, heavier fabrics will always drape better and look better on you than thinner lightweight fabrics. So if you work mostly in an air-conditioned environment, go with something heavier and you would always look more elegant.

 

Suit Colors: Navy Blue & Charcoal Are Best

In terms of suit colors, you want to keep it professional, so navy blue and charcoal are your friends. Black is usually something worn at evening events, or for funerals, not at an office. Some will even argue navy or blue are better than grey because it connotates truth. In my opinion, both colors work very well.

Apart from black, ideally, you should stay away from brown because it’s too casual of a color unless you may go with a very dark charcoal brown. Green is something I would always avoid just like any other bright colors when it comes to suits. The reason being, you always want to look professional and bright colors have a tendency to make you look like a joke and people won’t take you seriously. Apart from that, they’re also a distraction and not really serving your client.

Nothing says I’m a pimp or a drug kingpin like a white suit so never ever wear that in whatever situation.

The Exception: Seersucker

The only exception to bright colors is seersucker. In many courtrooms across the country especially in the south, seersucker is an acceptable material, so if you do that, go with a classic blue and white and try to tone down the rest of your accessories. Make sure you always wear a dress shirt and not any kinds of polo shirts. You want a long-sleeve dress shirt, never short sleeved ones.

A Lawyer’s Dress Shirt – White Or Light Blue

Ideally, you have barrel cuffs with buttons or French cuffs or double cuffs for cufflinks. In terms of colors, white and light blue are your staples. You can play around with the textures, have subtle stripes, waffle weaves, twill, plain weaves or whatever you want, maybe even some contrasting stripes, but make sure they’re not too bright and everything looks subtle and professional. Also, avoid extremes, that means no extreme cutaway collars, no seventies collars. If your face is round, ideally go with a more closed collar. If you have an oval face, go with a slightly more spread collar.

Neckwear – Classic Ties Are Best

As an attorney, you want to wear neckwear. Traditionally, it’s a necktie. I would stay clear of bow ties because they’re a little too flashy. Of course, you should choose the right tie. So forget all the nineties and the hand-me-downs from your uncles because they look very dated and not professional. You always want silk ties either printed or jacquard woven and stay clear of textured materials which are great for a casual wardrobe but not for a lawyer’s professional wardrobe.

Tie Colors: Start with Red, Burgundy & Navy

In terms of colors, tones of red, burgundy, navy and blue are best. Alternatively, you can go with other subdued colors such as maybe a bottle green or a very dark orange or yellow. If you want to, maybe even a very dark purple. In any case, you want them subtle and not bright. Stay clear of shiny satin ties because they make you look cheap. Instead, the best solid tie for a lawyer is a grenadine tie. It adds texture to your outfit without being too bold or overly different. You also want a tie that is exactly right for your length because ideally, it should end just above the waistband. Unfortunately, it’s very hard to find ties in different lengths and for that reason, we designed a short, a regular, and a long tie so no matter your height, we offer grenadine ties in all kinds of colors appropriate for lawyers in the exact right length for you.

 

 

Subtle, Classic Stripes Work Too

If you want to go with a stripe, I suggest a classic repp stripe in subdued colors works. You may also go with a polka dot or a pin dot tie but make sure it’s not too large so it’s all proportional and attractive. Alternatively, you can wear subtle patterns such as a Glencheck or Macclesfield neats which are small micropatterns that are recurring.

What Not To Wear

Stay clear of bold colors, bold patterns, and any kind of cashmere or wool texture, or maybe even shantung or dupioni silk because they’re not really appropriate for a lawyer. Also, nothing says I’m an investment banker as much as an Hermès tie with little animal critters on them in pink, and bold yellow, or turquoise. Stay clear of those ties. You’re a respectable lawyer.

The Most Underrated Ties For Laywers

Another tie that is very underrated for lawyers is the silver and black tie. It’s a very formal tie at the same time it works well with navy, blue, charcoal, and mid grays. It works well with all kinds of hair colors and it’s just a wonderful tie for any kind of formal occupation such as an attorney.

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Over The Calf Socks Are A Must Have

No attorneys outfit is complete without proper over the calf socks. A lot of lawyers out there wear short socks that expose their calf. Not only is it unprofessional, but nobody wants to see your exposed leg hair. The golden rule is to pair the color of the socks with a pair of your pants and your suit. The problem is, it’s very difficult to match because there are hundreds of shades of navy. To avoid this issue, you should go with a pair of two-tone socks that has either two-tones of gray or two-tones of blue and that way, it works with any kind of suit color and it always looks stylish yet subdued and understated. My two pairs of go-to socks for lawyers would be the navy and blue shadow stripe as well as the charcoal and light grey shadow stripe. If you want to go a little bolder, you can either have the navy and yellow shadow stripe or maybe the navy and red. If you want something solid but you want to be different, I suggest going with socks with clocks. They have a solid background in mid gray, charcoal and navy, but the fine clocks make them look different, make them look professional, and you stand out from the crowd in a very subtle way and only if you sit down.

 

Accessories – Keep It Simple

With accessories, the same rule applies as with all other things in a lawyer’s outfit. Keep it simple. If you wear a French cuff or double cuff shirt, go with simple cufflinks in gold or silver. Stay clear of precious stones, maybe semi precious stones, in multiple colors as well as enamel. It’s simply over the top. Apart from cufflinks, a wedding band is acceptable and maybe a signet ring or a pinkie ring if you wear it, or if you’re at an interview or you’re just starting out, it may be wise not to wear that and just keep it plain and simple.

So if you’re a partner, you can think about wearing tie bars or maybe collar pins. If you’re just an associate starting out, I would suggest not to wear those because it could be interpreted the wrong way. In terms of tie knots, I suggest to keep it simple. Avoid a Windsor knot because it’s too big and it makes you look like a used car salesman, instead go with something like a four-in-hand knot. Now some people prefer to go with a dimple others prefer to go without.

Be Careful With Suspenders

Should you wear belt or suspenders? A belt is probably your classic choice and it’s okay. Make sure it matches the color of your shoes and ideally you want the metal parts to be tone and tone with your briefcase and maybe your cufflinks. Also, maybe your monk strap buckle if you decide to wear that.

Personally, I really like to wear suspenders a lot because they keep my pants at the same height all day long. Now, if you take your jacket off a lot and you show your suspenders, in some law firms, that may be a symbol of office hierarchy, so figure out if it’s okay for you to wear suspenders or not. When in doubt, stick with a belt because it could be interpreted the wrong way and be held against you.

For winter, I suggest you invest in a dark overcoat either single breasted or double breasted. Double breasted helps because it keeps you warmer. Also, invest in a solid cashmere scarf maybe in a shade of blue or go with a subtle pattern such as a herringbone.

The ideal pair of gloves for a lawyer is not black, but gray because it provides a contrast. It pairs with everything that you have in your wardrobe. At the same time, it’s not as boring as black. It’s always professional and understated. For a selection of quality grey gloves please take a look here.

Pocket squares are an accessory that work really well with suits. For lawyers, however, I suggest you keep it crisp, simple and clean which means a simple white linen pocket square with hand rolled edges. Although you can have different folds such as a crown-fold or a puff-fold, I think for lawyers the most acceptable and some say the only acceptable fold is a TV-fold.

 

Dress Shoes – Start With A Black Captoe Oxford

When it comes to shoes I think most lawyers underestimate their impact. You can have a $ 5,000 bespoke suit but if you wear it with cheap shoes, it ruins the entire look. Apart from oxfords and derbies, you may also want to invest in a monk strap shoe or maybe a double monk strap shoe. Word on the street is that older lawyers will always judge you by the look and the quality of your shoes. So I suggest you buy the best pair you can afford. If you take care of them, rotate them, and put them on shoe trees, they should wear you for decades to come and the cost per wear will be extremely low. You definitely want a pair of Goodyear welted shoes.

 

Now, I’m not saying you have to invest $ 500 in your dress shoes. You can find Goodyear welted ones starting at $ 200. But in general, the more you pay, the better the leather, the more comfortable, and the better the last so you’re comfortable all day.

The first pair of shoes you should invest in is a black cap toe oxford shoe. If you have very big feet and it’s uncomfortable, you can think about going with a black derby, it’s a classic wardrobe staple that you will be able to wear in court, at the office and when your meeting clients.

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Chocolate Brown & Burgundy Are Worth Considering

On top of that, you may want to go with a brown shoe maybe a very dark chocolate brown, or maybe something like a chestnut brown. If you go that route, you can go with a little bit of broguing maybe across the cap. Avoid full brogues and only stick with half or semi brogues at the most; anything else would be too informal. To understand the differences between an oxford shoe, a derby, and a blucher, please check out this video here.

Another underrated shoe color for men is deep burgundy or oxblood red. It’s something that pairs with everything in your wardrobe and it’s very classic but you can also wear it maybe with a blazer, or a sport coat combination on casual Fridays. If you can just invest in two shoes, I would go with a black and a burgundy. If you can afford three pairs of shoes, go with black, burgundy and dark brown.

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For a fourth and fifth pair, I would go with another black pair. One as a plain cap toe oxford, one with slight broguing maybe on a cap toe because then, you create different outfits and you can rotate your shoes and that way, they last you even longer. Always avoid square-toed shoes because they make you look cheap. In the same vein, stay clear of snakeskin or alligator shoes because they make you look too flashy. For the same reason, stay clear of any other colors like blue or green; it’s just over the top.

Avoid Slip-On Shoes

Definitely, avoid slip-on shoes or loafers. They’re great for casual environments but not at a law office. Stay clear of shoe brands like Steve Madden, Kenneth Cole, Banana Republic or Johnston & Murphy. If you really want to know what I think about all kinds of different shoe brands please check out these live sessions where I discuss just that.

Get A Neat Haircut

First of all make sure you get a haircut regularly or maybe a trim in-between because that way, you always look very presentable and professional.

To shave Or Not To Shave?

That’s a big question. Traditionally, most lawyers would always go clean-shaven for a professional look. I think these days, you can find a lot of lawyers with a beard. So if you decide to go that route, make sure you have a clean well-groomed beard and own it, and wear it with confidence. No matter if you go with a beard or clean-shaven, wear it with confidence and it will make you look very professional like a proper lawyer. To learn more about the topic, check out our in-depth grooming & shaving guides here.

CONCLUSION

Bear in mind, this guide provides general guidelines; ideally, you want to talk to your secretary and ask her what’s appropriate or simply look around you at the office. What are the other people wearing and especially what is your supervisor wearing? That will give you a good indicator of what’s expected of you.

Keep in mind it’s always better to be slightly overdressed than underdressed. 


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The Most Insanely Naked Dresses Victoria’s Secret Models Wore Before the Afterparty Got Shut Down

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai ended the same way it began — with an unexpected snafu

Well before the party was supposed to end, WWD reported that Chinese officials pulled the plug and sent in armed guards to escort guests out. But before they had a chance to shut down the party, the models who made it to China (Gigi Hadid and other stars, including Katy Perry, were reportedly denied visas) hit the red carpet  in some very naked dresses.

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Models wore a wide variety of incredibly revealing dresses, including Candice Swanepoel‘s loincloth-style dress, Wang Yi’s carwash-style mini with a giant glittery stomach portal and Devon Windsor‘s maxi-length dress with strategically placed cutouts.

Many models went for basic black to offset all that skin (including Samile Bermannelli and Sara Sampaio in Naeem Khan,) but rumored Harry Styles ex Georgia Fowler shone bright like a diamond in an outfit that looked like a long-sleeve dress on one side and a bikini top on the other, plus Colette jewelry and a Tyler Ellis clutch.

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Though the show has wrapped up (prematurely). Fashionista noted that the show might come under fire over its “Nomadic Adventure” segment which featured models wearing a variety of Native American-inspired headdresses and accessories.

The lingerie retailer previously faced criticism after Karlie Kloss wore a Native American-style headdress during the 2012 show. Victoria’s Secret later apologized for the incident saying: “We are sorry that the Native American headdress in our fashion show has upset individuals. The outfit will be removed from the broadcast.”


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This holiday season, if you find yourself reaching for last year’s gold shimmy dress and LBD, stop right there. At Who What Wear HQ, we firmly believe that if you can’t break out of your cliche comfort zone in the holidays, then when can you? To help inspire you to reach into that extra side of your sartorial personality, we headed to THE OUTNET.COM to find bold, daring options for everything on your festive itinerary.

From the best printed coats to head-to-toe color, the looks we have in mind are good, and best of all, since they’re all from THE OUTNET, you can get your shopping done in one swift checkout. Ready to proactively put together the best party looks of the season? We’re all for preparedness here. 

Want a bit of festive shimmer and shine that you can wear into the new year? Enter: the metallic pleated skirt. While we think it’s versatile for a number of occasions, for a holiday cocktail party, we love pairing it with a black tuxedo blazer for a touch of unexpected menswear-inspired sophistication. Finish off the look with black and gold accessories to stick to your dual-tone palette. As for what you wear under the blazer, try something that’s just a bit more interesting than your go-to silk tank, like a graphic T-shirt, bralette, or turtleneck.
It’s so easy to fall back on black attire, especially for evening dressing, which is why we love that this jewel tone ensemble doesn’t feature even a stitch of it. Instead of toning down the bright orange hue of this midi dress, we’re taking the opportunity to pull out all of the on-trend burgundy accessories we’ve been accumulating. To avoid veering into clown territory (it happens to the best of us), we’d suggest a neutral gray coat to soften the look.
It turns out that being best dressed at a holiday party doesn’t actually require wearing a dress. A slick black jumpsuit with an interesting neckline is just as likely to cause a few jaws to drop, especially when paired with dangly earrings and a head-turning pink fur. Opting for a bold faux-fur jacket (the winter topper to invest in) adds a dose of personality. Not that you’re fishing for compliments, but you’ll get plenty of them.
Just dipping your toes into the bold holiday outfit pool? Try a glamorous midi dress with some added flair, like the deep V-neck and ruffled sleeves of this emerald-tone one. From there, play with textures: Platform heels and a cropped military-style jacket in velvet look super luxe when paired with the satin material of this dress.

Ready to push that LBD to the side? Head to THE OUTNET to finish shopping for all your party-ready outfits.

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Ashanti Slams Fans Throwing Money At Her During Concert

While putting on a show for fans in Hawaii on Saturday, Ashanti stopped mid-song to slam a group of fans for making it rain on her while she performed a choreographed lap dance.

Peep the moment via the clip below.

“I’m gonna need you to stop throwing that money,” Ashanti can be heard saying to a fan in the crowd after calling for the music to stop. “I’m not a f—–g stripper, okay?”

The fans were reportedly employees of a nearby strip club called Ballarrina, TMZ reported.

In an IG post, the owner — Dyamin Thomas — said … “WAIT Ashanti ain’t that you in your background video throwing money? And aren’t you giving a lap dance? Lmfao .. she ain’t say nothing to me but you gonna pick on the small white boy lol my Dj? Damn.”

Watch below:

Ashanti and Ja Rule performed over the weekend at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. Ja seemed more than happy about the extra dough onstage. Not as happy as his DJ, though.

Would you believe this isn’t the first time Ashanti has admonished her audience. Back in June of this year we reported this incident:

‘WHAT THE F*** THEY DOING BACK THERE?’ ASHANTI CURSES OUT CREW MEMBER MID-PERFORMANCE (WATCH)

*Ashanti had no problem stopping her performance cold and using colorful language to express her frustration at a gig in San Luis Obispo, Calif. on Thursday when something went wrong with her video screen.

According to TMZ, the singer kicked off the R&B Jam Series at the Alex Madonna Expo Center and was mid-performance of “Baby” when she suddenly stopped the show and ordered the video board turned off.

“What the f*** they doing back there?” she said into the mic.

“See what I feel like is, everybody in here paid their hard earned money to get in this mother f**ker tonight, so we are here to put on a mother f**ing good show.”

Ashanti’s rep later told TMZ that a technical issue with the screen caused interference in her earbuds and was throwing off her choreography.

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The collection includes novelty kimonos worn with slipdresses, paper bag cargo pants, romantic silk blouses, lace trenches, slinky pants and overalls.
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Culture Shift Labs has been working very diligently to make sure there is a common meeting ground for changemakers of color. Recently they held their 8th Annual event in New York City that consisted of a weekend of conversations on technology, innovation, social impact, and most notably venture capital investment.

 

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There was a plethora of power players in the house including Troy Carter, CEO and founder of Atom Factory; Mark Ein, founder of Venturehouse Group; Kwame Anku, founding principal of the Black Angel Tech Fund; and NBA all-star Alonzo Mourning.

Black Enterprise was in attendance and there were five key takeaways that we went away with.

1. Most investors say no. You have to work to get to a yes. Nine times out of 10 an investor is going to turn you down. Make sure that you are persistent in a way that’s progressive. If you are returning to an investor who you’ve already asked for money, make sure there is a measureable improvement or else you are wasting their time.

2. Avoid spending time with people who aren’t giving you money. Look for investors who are in your space and excited about your product. That way they come on as strategic partners and are not just giving you money.

3. The difference between a Studs versus a Duds product/company is leadership, determination, and resilience.

It takes tenacity to become an entrepreneur. A product isn’t birthed overnight. You have to stay focused but, additionally, you need to know when to pivot. Working on something too long that’s not working in the market, even if determined, is a waste of your time.

4. You learn when things aren’t going well. So, don’t stop. Fail and fail fast. It’s not a loss. It’s a learning process.

5. When speaking to investors ask, “What’s your timeline?” You need this information to manage your expectations. This way, you don’t become the person with the interesting product, to the person who’s now bothering them. Remember, you aren’t the only one looking for investment.

 

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Sylvester Stallone’s ex-wife, Brigitte Nielsen, says there is no way Stallone could have sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl in Las Vegas because she was with him the entire time. The Daily Mail posted a story that the 16-year-old met Stallone in…

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Daredevil and The Punisher: A History

So, The Punisher has landed. After the character’s impactful introduction in Daredevil Season 2, Frank Castle was granted his very own standalone series. But while Season 2 of Daredevil arguably raised more questions than it answered about The Punisher‘s association with the masked vigilante he calls ‘Red’, The Punisher refuses to fill in the gaps. In fact, Daredevil isn’t in the series at all. Which leaves us all still scratching our heads about the complex relationship between these two characters.

However, the pages of the comics hold some answers. The Marvel Cinematic Universe may have suggested that Daredevil Season 2 was the first time Castle and Matt Murdock met each other but comic fans will know that Daredevil and Punisher have encountered each other before. So, who exactly is the Punisher and what’s his history with the Man Without Fear?

Who is the Punisher?


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The Punisher is Frank Castle, originally a Vietnam veteran who became a vigilante after his wife and children were killed by gangsters. Unlike most superheroes who have some kind of code against killing, the Punisher does not arrest criminals or attempt to rehabilitate them. He simply punishes them. He does not believe in redemption and does not consider himself a hero. The Punisher has a strict code of ethics and will never harm an innocent, taking meticulous preparations to ensure nobody is caught in his crossfire. Famously, when a girl once asked the Punisher why he kills bad people, to see if he wanted to make the world a better place, he simply responded, “I hate them.” The Punisher is generally regarded to be just as bad, if not worse, than most of the people he kills. This brings us to…

The Problem with Frank


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The Punisher has always had a difficult relationship with the rest of the Marvel Universe. Daredevil is probably the character he’s most closely tied to, which is kind of insane given how popular The Punisher is. There was a time in the 1990s when the Punisher was moving just as many different monthly series’ as Superman, because it was the 90s and of course he was. The problem is that The Punisher’s uncompromising nature just doesn’t work well with other superheroes, or a superhero universe in general. It raises too many questions.

The biggest central conceit in all of superhero comics isn’t that superpowers are possible, or you can lift a giant object by applying pressure to a tiny point, or even that spandex can look something other than ridiculous. The biggest central conceit of superhero comics is that any killing is fundamentally wrong and people won’t stand for it. This is taken as fact in almost every superhero comic ever published, when (in the real world) we accept “good guys” killing “bad guys” all the time. I’m talking about those killed by police officers (rightfully or wrongfully), I’m talking about people killed in self-defense, I’m talking about casualties of foreign wars who die in drone bombings. These are all things that Americans have demonstrated repeatedly that we do not care about… but in superhero comics the possibility that a “hero” might kill someone will lead to riots in the streets. Why? It’s simple. The Joker. It all goes back to The Joker.


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In his earliest comics, Batman was a stone-cold killer. He killed people over nothing, like it was eating a sandwich. That had to stop eventually, partially because of things like the CCA, but even more so because it just didn’t work. Everything changed because of The Joker. They couldn’t kill off The Joker because The Joker was too popular. But if Batman was so great, how come he wasn’t able to kill his biggest recurring enemy? This is what it all boils down to. Superheroes don’t kill because we like supervillains too much. If heroes killed their villains we would lose a lot of our best stories.

That’s the problem with The Punisher in superhero comics. You’re left with two choices. Let Frank be Frank and allow him to systematically wipe out the world’s biggest mass-murderers… Red Skull, Doctor Doom, Magneto, Green Goblin (which they obviously can’t do). OR completely neuter him, and watch him get humiliated or chumped every time he goes after a costumed character. There’s also a built-in rhetoric that The Punisher has to be a failure, because the Marvel Universe needs to have criminals for its stories to function. It’s a constant talking point that The Punisher doesn’t actually make any sort of meaningful difference or cause a drop in the crime rate which, again, is insane. If a dude like The Punisher was successful for multiple years in real life there would absolutely be fewer criminals. There just aren’t that many people in gangs or the mob in the real world. It’s a finite number he would eventually hit the end of. I’m not saying that would be moral, I’m just saying he would be a lot more effective if he didn’t exist inside a narrative that made his success impossible.


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To date, I think the most impressive casualty in Punisher’s body count is Stilt-Man, which is Frank-ly embarrassing. The dude has a bodycount in the thousands mowing down faceless mobsters and street thugs, but put him up against someone in a domino mask and suddenly he’s tripping over his shoelaces. The solution writers usually have is to just kind of put The Punisher in his own little bubble. In his own comics, he is free to massacre half the criminal population of New York while other heroes don’t really seem to think about or bother him. This was taken to its logical conclusion in the fan-favorite series Punisher MAX by Garth Ennis, a Punisher AU where Castle is shown to age in real time and nobody wears costumes. Everybody should read Punisher MAX because it is the greatest.


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Daredevil is the one character who really works alongside The Punisher, because they’re both similar enough in powers and scope that neither one completely invalidates the other’s existence. They both (basically) have no physical enhancements, so they’re an interesting match when they fight. Castle has his weapons and gadgets, but Murdock is a vastly superior fighter and also has heightened sense. They both also deal with mostly street-level crimes, so there’s a natural intersection that doesn’t take The Punisher out of his bubble. Spider-Man is a close second, but the two of them just don’t have enough in common philosophically to make their conflicts really interesting.

Frank & Matt: Why Do They Fight?


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Matt Murdock (Daredevil) and Frank Castle (The Punisher) are two very similar people on the surface. They’re both men who suffered a horrifying personal tragedy, and decided to use their pain to make the world a better place. Murdock happened to be a promising young law student when he lost his father, Castle happened to be a traumatized ex-soldier. To understand Daredevil, you have to know that Matt Murdock is a Catholic. No matter how far he’s pushed, he has a strict moral code and he believes that killing is a sin. To understand The Punisher, you have to know that Frank Castle is a monster. Castle ultimately doesn’t care about whether he’s saving lives, or making the world a better place. He is an angry man who wants to hurt.

Their conflict is rooted in this difference of philosophy. Ultimately, Daredevil is a man who has faith in systems. He believes that the universe has an order and that everyone in it has a higher purpose we should be aspiring to. He believes in the U.S. legal system, and he knows that it isn’t always perfect, but he believes we must work within that system together to make the world a better place or society will collapse. The Punisher does not believe in systems. He believes the only justice in the world is the kind we make for ourselves. He believes humans are no better than animals, and the only way to stop one rabid dog from infecting the others is to put it down. They want to see the good in each other, but Murdock can’t let Castle go around killing people, and Castle can’t let Murdock get in his way.

Where Did it Start?

They had appeared in other comics together previously, but the origin of Daredevil’s complicated relationship with The Punisher happened in the legendary Daredevil run by Frank Miller. Miller is also known as the man who decided to make Daredevil into a Catholic, famously reasoning, “I figured Daredevil must be Catholic because only a Catholic could be both an attorney and a vigilante.


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They’ve beaten each other half to death and saved each other’s lives a dozen times since, but it’s all right there. Fundamentally, The Punisher has a lot of respect for Daredevil and what he does. In his mind, they’re two soldiers on the same side of a war. Daredevil is disgusted by The Punisher and his disregard for human life. Both of them believe the other is well-intentioned but misguided… the Punisher believes Daredevil is naive, and Daredevil believes The Punisher needs to be redeemed.


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In this story, Daredevil and The Punisher are both hunting down a drug dealer responsible for several deaths. Daredevil finds that in addition to hunting the drug dealer, he now has to protect every criminal involved in the case from getting killed by The Punisher. They fight several times, and Punisher is only able to stop Daredevil by shooting him with tranquilizers. In their final battle, The Punisher repeatedly shoots at Daredevil and Daredevil reveals that he knows The Punisher is missing on purpose. He knows he has nothing to fear, because in all his years of murder The Punisher has never taken an innocent life. The story ends with Daredevil shooting Frank when Frank refuses to be taken into custody for his crimes.

A History of Violence

To wrap up this article I thought it would be interesting to go through some of the highlight moments of Daredevil and Punisher’s relationship.


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In one of their darkest encounters, Castle decided to teach Murdock how it felt to be The Punisher. Just before assassinating a crimelord, he tied Daredevil up and gave him a gun… so that the only way Daredevil could stop him would be to shoot him in the end. Castle told Murdock he would have to choose between letting a murderer keep killing, or becoming a murderer himself. Murdock pleads with Castle to respect the legal system, but ultimately ends up pulling the trigger. Of course, it’s revealed that Castle took the firing pin out of the gun, at which point he executes the gangster and tells Daredevil: “You can leave the killing to me.”


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The Punisher has also repeatedly demonstrated his ability to outsmart Daredevil. When Daredevil put together a task force with Spider-Man and Wolverine to take Frank down, Frank lead them on a wild goose chase across the entire city. Throughout the night he repeatedly tricked them by doing things like getting them to fight each other, and eventually releasing the freakin’ Hulk on them. Towards the end, with most of them lying unconscious, Frank told Daredevil: “Look at the lengths I’ve had to go to not to kill you. This fight you’ve picked wastes everybody’s time. Let this be an end to it.” Frank told Daredevil that arresting him would accomplish nothing, since locking him in prison would just surround him with more criminals to kill. Frank then reminded him that there was only one real way to stop The Punisher, and Daredevil knew what it was.



The Punisher has also gone out of his way to protect Daredevil. When Matt Murdock was suspected of being Daredevil and put in prison alongside his worst enemies, The Punisher killed a pimp in front of a cop just to get arrested. He killed several guilty inmates to pass the time, then pretended to take Matt Murdock hostage so he could steal a helicopter. This allowed Murdock to escape getting killed in prison while still maintaining public deniability that he was not actually Daredevil.


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It’s probably cheating to use Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe since it’s an alternate universe story, but I love this book because it totally encapsulates the weird friendship between Frank and Matt. In this story, Frank and Matt are friends since childhood, and Frank becomes The Punisher when his family are killed as bystanders in a superhero battle. As The Punisher, Frank makes it his mission to wipe out all costumed heroes. Throughout this crusade, Matt Murdock is his attorney, and he’s the only one who believes Frank can be saved… even when Frank himself doesn’t. The story highlights that Frank is mostly psychotic, and his fixation on criminals in the regular Marvel Universe is almost just a lucky coincidence. It could be anyone he decided to take the anger inside him out on. Matt ultimately does convince Frank to give up his crusade, but it comes too late… when Daredevil and The Punisher fight, Frank unknowingly kills his childhood friend. With his dying words, Matt reminds Frank: “There’s always someone under the mask.” Having reached the end of his list, and possibly realizing the horrors he’s inflicted on otherwise good people, Castle kills the last superhero by taking his own life.

We’re not sure yet how the relationship between Frank Castle and Matt Murdock will play out going forward, but there are a lot of interesting places it could go if the MCU continues to explore it, and we hope it was interesting for you reading about some of them.

For more information on Daredevil and The Punisher, check out the Marvel Database on Wikia. 

This article has been updated and was first published on March 14, 2016.


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Be a Quitter

Every year on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. Kaiser Permanente employee Colleen Zaldivar shares her path to successfully quitting smoking.

At age 14, Colleen Zaldivar adopted a habit she had been surrounded by her entire life: smoking. She smoked a pack a day for 10 years, finally deciding to quit a year and a half after she graduated from college. Zaldivar, an administrative specialist with Kaiser Permanente Integrated Brand Communications in Southern California, shares her familial relationship with smoking, how a matter of life and death inspired her to quit. She also shares her practical tips on overcoming physical and emotional cravings to free herself from smoking once and for all.

What did smoking mean for you? Tell us about your relationship with the cigarette.

Colleen’s Five Tips For Quitting:

  1. Set yourself up for success by creating a plan, especially addressing how you will replace this habit. Ask yourself what it is about smoking that you love, or feel you need, and see if there is a substitution.
  2. Forgive yourself if you mess up. And remember that messing up once doesn’t mean it is over and you are a smoker again.
  3. Make a list of all the good things that will come out of quitting, and read it all the time. I taped mine to my bathroom mirror and refrigerator: whiter teeth, exercising easier, better health, better skin, slower aging (sometimes the vanity reasons are the most inspiring). Plus, NOT SMOKING is socially acceptable to everyone.
  4. Calculate how much money you will save and what you would buy with that money instead. After a month, buy yourself a treat with that money.
  5. Envision your life as a non-smoker and all of the ways in which it would be more enjoyable, easier, healthier, and more attractive.

Growing up in rural Pennsylvania in the ‘80s and ‘90s, I was surrounded by family members who smoked. I was the youngest, so there was a period when both of my parents, my brother, and my sisters smoked in the same home. It was modeled for me that cigarettes were how one dealt with stress, how one took a “break,” and that a cigarette was something to be enjoyed after dinner or while having a pleasant conversation with someone while drinking coffee.

I actually hated cigarettes until I started to smoke as a rebellious teenager. When my first boyfriend broke up with me, my first instinct was to go and buy a pack of cigarettes. At the time, you didn’t have to be 18 to purchase them. It was easy for me to hide that I was smoking because everyone in my family smoked, so I could steal cigarettes from them and smoke out my bedroom window.

How did you come to the decision to finally quit smoking?

It became a matter of life and death for someone else. My boyfriend’s grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer, even though he had quit smoking 30 years before. That hit home for me because, up until that point, I felt that I was young and had more time to smoke before needing to quit.

How many times did you try to quit?

At least seven times. With every failed attempt to quit, I learned something. One of the most important things I learned was that the “cold turkey” approach was not going to work for me. First, I had to identify the emotional reasons for why I smoked, and then figure out how I was going to deal with those problems without cigarettes. I accepted that it is okay if it takes time to quit – the important thing is to not give up.

What were some of the barriers you dealt with and how did you overcome them?

Smoking cigarettes with others is a bonding experience. When my friends or coworkers went on a smoke break, I was so tempted to join them. At first, I tried to avoid going out with them but that made me feel emotionally worse. So, I started chewing nicotine gum, going out with them, and just mimicking the hand-to-mouth action while taking a deep breath – I was pretending to smoke. After two or three deep breaths, I noticed that I felt totally fine. My friends chuckled at me, but not in a mean way. I think they understood because they were all smokers. Soon, I replaced the gum with Werther’s original hard candy.

Experts agree that people find success in quitting through a combined use of smoking cessation aids and therapeutic help – was that true for you?

I tried the nicotine patch and the nicotine gum, but the patch wasn’t helpful for me at all. I found that the physical aspect of hand-to-mouth action and taking deep breaths were integral to my satisfaction. Since I did not have health insurance at that time, I did not seek professional help. However, I jotted down my feelings in a journal which was very helpful. Over time, I started a new habit of taking deep breaths and holding my breath for a second, as if smoking, without the hand-to-mouth motion. It turns out that sucking in one’s breath engages the diaphragm and is known as a “yoga” breath, leading to a calm feeling.

Since you’ve been smoke-free, what are some key differences that you’ve noticed about yourself, between being a smoker vs. a non-smoker?

I feel freer and less burdened. Smoking is an addiction, so my mind was always preoccupied by when I could smoke, where, and whether I needed to buy cigarettes or a lighter. I felt chained to the addiction. It dictated a lot of my life. Most people really don’t like smoking, so now I do not have to worry about smoking being a barrier or concern.

I also know that I feel a lot healthier. I can breathe easier, exercise isn’t as difficult, my teeth are whiter, and I smell better.

Most of all, I think I gained a new sense of self-esteem and confidence. It was difficult to quit, but I stuck to it. Once I really quit smoking, other things didn’t seem as daunting. I realized that, if I could quit smoking, I could also do other challenging things if I truly tried.

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  • Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States.
  • According to experts, it takes an average of 8 to 10 attempts to finally quit smoking. To give yourself the best chance of successfully quitting, you need to know what you’re up against, what your options are, and where to go for help. Find out more and celebrate your decision to quit by joining the Great American Smokeout!
    Taking care of your health and well-being is important as you move through the process of quitting. Being physically active can provide a positive distraction when the cravings for a cigarette hit you.

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