UPDATE 2-Probe finds PG&E power lines sparked deadly 2017 California wildfires

LOS ANGELES, June 8 (Reuters) – A dozen of the wind-driven
blazes that swept northern California’s wine country last fall,
killing 46 people in the deadliest firestorm in state history,
were sparked by PG&E-owned power lines, state officials said on
Friday.


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From Classroom to Stage: Catching Up with 2017 Excellence in Theatre Education Tony Award Winner, Rachel Harry

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Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals was approximately even in the ratings with the comparable game in 2017. Thursday night’s game, which again saw the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors, drew an 11.9 rating in Nielsen’s metered market households. That is down a scant 5% from the 12.4 drawn by 2017’s […]

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Mother’s Day 2017 Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again: Mother’s Day is coming up, and the pressure is on for you to find a thoughtful gift for your mother, wife, or partner. 

To make your life a little easier, here is a list of ideas to consider for Mother’s Day. At the bottom of the article, we’ve added a list that includes all the ideas from the last few years for your reference.

Venchi Premium Gianduja Hazelnut Spread

Venchi Premium Gianduja Hazelnut Spread

Venchi Premium Gianduja Spread, $ 16.80

Is your Mom, wife or partner a chocolate lover? Then surely, they’ve heard of (and enjoyed!) Nutella, the ubiquitous hazelnut chocolate spread that can be found in most supermarkets around the world. What you may not know is the Nutella is a branded, low-end version of Gianduja (also spelled as Gianduia), a combination of chocolate and about 30% hazelnut paste that was invented in northern Italy more than 200 years ago. Famed for the quality of its hazelnuts, real Gianduja from the Piedmontese trees bears little resemblance to mass produced Nutella, which contains large amounts of sugar, palm oil, and only about 12% hazelnuts. For a chocolate lover, buy her this premium Gianduja spread from Venchi that contains 37% IGP Piedmontese hazelnuts and olive oil.

Marble Rolling Pin

Marble Rolling Pin

Marble Rolling Pin, $ 17

If the woman in your life is a baker, then she will love owning a marble rolling pin. It may seem over the top to create a marble rolling pin, but it’s highly functional as well as beautiful. Marble stays cool even in a hot kitchen, so it is the ideal tool for rolling out doughs that need to remain chilled. It’s a simple, inexpensive gift that will delight the home baker in your life. Check out the Marble Rolling Pin here.

Spring Alpaca Scarf, Fort Belvedere, $ 95

In the spring, there may still be times the woman in your life still needs a scarf for warmth, and also for decoration. Like many men’s scarves out there, the problem of high prices for cheap, synthetic fibers persists. Not so with this fresh, spring-weight scarf from Fort Belvedere in a white and green shepherd’s check. Alpaca is one of the best insulating natural fibers available, so she will look ready for spring while she stays warm. The looser weave of this scarf makes it well suited to the changing seasons. Check out the Fort Belvedere White & Green Shepherd’s Check Scarf here.

Sam Edelman Gold Filly Loafer

Sam Edelman Gold Filly Loafer

Metallic Loafer by Sam Edelman, $ 100

Mother’s Day coincides with the spring season when wardrobe colors are becoming brighter and fresher. Treat your mom, wife or partner to a shoe classic that most men can appreciate as a spring favorite – the loafer. For her, choose a metallic leather in gold for maximum versatility with her wardrobe. Finally, don’t worry about spending a pile of cash on loafers; their simplified construction and metallic finish aren’t intended to last for more than a couple seasons, so $ 100 is a great price point for this particular shoe. Check out the Sam Edelman Filly Loafer here.

Texture App

Texture App

Texture App, $ 120-180 per year

For the magazine or periodical junkie, consider gifting her the Texture App this Mother’s Day. Numerous magazine subscriptions can quickly add up in cost, and they lack the convenience of being digitally accessible anywhere. Texture gives you access to 200+ publications, ranging from sports to gardening and travel to home improvement, in a single app that costs $ 9.99/month for the standard subscription and $ 14.99/month for the version that contains weekly periodicals as well. Though reviewers have noted some difficulties reading the text on smaller screens, the concept is a great one for voracious readers.

Cameron Street Tote Kate Spade

Cameron Street Tote Kate Spade

Classic Tote Bag, Kate Spade, $ 298

Moms schlepp around a lot of stuff on a daily basis, but they don’t have to do it without a dash of style. A classic tote bag will stand the test of time style-wise, and the coated saffiano leather will resist marking and tearing much better than a softer leather. Check out the Kate Spade Cameron Street Lucie tote here.

Bouqs Flowers

The Bouqs Co. Flowers

Monthly Flower Delivery Subscription, The Bouqs Co., $ 432

Fed up with traditional flower delivery services? Many of the big players feature hard to navigate websites, cheesy upsell products and photoshopped images that always seem to exaggerate the size of the real bouquet. Finally, you never seem to receive exactly what was ordered. The Bouqs Co takes a different approach. All of their bouquets are priced reasonably and transparently, and many bouquet choices will indicate the exact farmer and practices used to grow the flowers. For 12 deliveries of fresh flowers to your mother, wife or partner, choose the once a month subscription service in the original size. Check out the Bouqs Co flower subscription service here, and score 12 months of brownie points in one transaction.

Silk satin pajamas

Silk satin pajamas

Silk-Satin Pajama Set, Olivia Van Halle, $ 525

Does your mom, wife or partner deserve something really decadent? Fine silk satin pajamas definitely fit the bill. Olivia Van Halle draws on the decadence of the 1920’s with these floaty, two piece pajamas in a bold, floral print. They are finished with mother of pearl buttons and elegant, contrasting piping. These are definitely a gift meant just to treat her. Check out Olivia Van Halle’s silk-satin pajamas here.

Mizuki Irregular Freshwater Pearl Necklace

Mizuki Irregular Freshwater Pearl Necklace

Freshwater Pearl Necklace, Mizuki, $ 990

While a strand of pearls is the ultimate statement of feminine class, they aren’t nearly as popular today as they were 40 years ago. Pearls don’t suit every woman’s taste, but there are many interesting variations on the pearl to choose from, including this beautiful single freshwater pearl on a simple gold chain. Simple jewelry made from real materials is more likely to stand the test of time, and this irregular necklace interprets the timeless elegance of a pearl in a modern, easy-to-wear way. Suited for the office, and evening out, or even casual attire, if a splurge is in order then this pearl necklace is a great choice. Check out the Mizuki Freshwater Pearl Necklace here.

 


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Waffle House shooting suspect may have 2 guns, was arrested near White House in 2017, police say

The man suspected of killing four people in a half-naked shooting rampage inside a Waffle House in Nashville may be carrying two guns as he evades police — and was arrested by Secret Service last year for being in a restricted area near the White House, investigators revealed in a Sunday news conference.
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Ermenegildo Zegna Group Profits Climb 64% in 2017

MILAN – A new brand strategy and a turnaround in markets including China, the Russian Federation, Macau, Singapore and Japan helped the Ermenegildo Zegna Group post a 64 percent jump in net profits last year. In the 12 months ended Dec. 31, earnings rose to 32.8 million euros, compared with 20 million euros in 2016.
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization climbed 13.6 percent to 142 million euros, compared with 125 million euros, in the previous year.
Revenues increased  2.3 percent to 1.18 billion euros, compared with 1.15 billion euros in 2016.  At constant exchange, sales gained 4.5 percent.
“The positive results of 2017 are the outcome of many factors which have interacted nicely thanks to the brand strategy that was inaugurated with the arrival of Alessandro Sartori as artistic director,” said Gildo Zegna, chief executive officer of the family-owned group. “The success of the collections, the development of capsules able to integrate the offer of seasonal collections, and the intensification of marketing initiatives starting with communication campaigns that support storytelling linked to our products and events have allowed Zegna to participate in the recovery that is characterizing the global markets. Thanks to the omnichannel, or the integration between physical and virtual channels, we have not

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VF’s Steven Rendle Saw 2017 Compensation Jump 58.2%

For 2017, VF Corp.’s chairman Steve Rendle saw a 58.2 percent bump up in total compensation to $ 13.7 million from 2016’s $ 8.7 million.
The compensation was disclosed in a regulatory filing, a Form DEF 14A representing the company’s definitive proxy statement, with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Rendle, who was president and chief operating officer in 2016, was promoted to president and chief executive officer on Jan. 1, 2017. The ceo became chairman upon the retirement of Eric Wiseman, executive chairman, on Oct. 28, 2017. Wiseman was also the company’s former ceo. He retired at the end of 2016.
The filing said the $ 13.7 million total includes a base salary of $ 1.1 million. Also included are stock awards totaling $ 3.3 million and option awards of $ 3.3 million. The compensation package includes $ 2.4 million in non-equity incentive plan compensation and $ 3.3 million representing the present pension value and nonqualified deferred compensation earnings. Other compensation of $ 246,116 includes items such as VF’s matching contributions under both its executive deferred savings and 401K plans, and $ 179,047 for use of the company aircraft.
The compensation package for 2016 included a base salary of $ 945,000, stock awards of $ 3.9 million and option awards of $ 1.8 million.
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High-end art sales boom in 2017, but it’s only a partial market rebound

ZURICH (Reuters) – The works of great artists buoyed the art market last year and none did more than Leonardo da Vinci, whose ‘Salvator Mundi’ sold to great fanfare for $ 450 million in New York in November.


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Lufthansa Group 2017 Net Income Rises; Revenues Up 12.4% – Quick Facts

Lufthansa Group (DLAKF, DLAKY) reported that its 2017 net income rose 33.1% to 2.36 billion euros from 1.78 billion euros, previous year. Earnings per share was 5.03 euros compared to 3.81 euros. Adjusted EBIT was 2.97 billion euros, a 69.7 percent year-on-year improvement.
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Colombia’s Grupo de Inversiones Suramericana S.A. (Grupo SURA) reported that its Board of Directors decided to pay 2017’s dividends in cash, not in shares.
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Almost 6,000 Pedestrians Killed by Vehicles in 2017, According to Report

Texting, Walking, Distraction, Smartphone

Maybe you should put down your smartphone while crossing the street.

In 2017, there were 5,984 pedestrian deaths in the U.S., according to a new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association.

This is the second year in a row where deaths neared 6,000. In 2016, fatalities rose by 9 percent, according to USA Today. 

Experts did not provide a scientific reason for the increase but suspect that smartphone and marijuana use, by drivers, are the cause, reports USA Today.

The director of safety for Sam Schwartz Consulting told USA Today that the number of pedestrian deaths is alarming.

“It’s downright disturbing,” said Richard Retting, who authored the report for GHSA “People outside cars are dying at levels we haven’t seen in 25 years.”

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2017 was a great year for T-Mobile, but things are only just getting started

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Last week, T-Mobile reported its results for the last quarter of 2017. Headlining the generally-excellent news was T-Mobile’s subscriber figures, which shows the company added 891,000 postpaid customers in Q4 2017, while keeping “churn” — the turnover of customers, where lower is better — to a Q4 record of just 1.18%.

With strong numbers like that, it’s easy to expect that 2018 will be a slightly flatter year for the company. In fact, T-Mobile’s own projections predict the company will add just 3 million new customers in 2018, down from 2017. But according to analysts’ notes seen by Fierce Wireless, the numbers don’t show T-Mobile slowing down any time soon.

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LP Pathfinders: top posts from December 2017

Skyline of Xinyi District in downtown Taipei, Taiwan © NH / Shutterstock

Could you cycle around Taiwan in 60 days? © NH / Shutterstock

Befitting the festive season, our Pathfinders gifted us a wealth of exciting and insightful blog posts to keep our wanderlust topped up throughout December. We’ve marvelled over mystical mud statues in Kolkata and salivated at the sight of Posta Negra in Colombia, with a quick sojourn to Syria for good measure.

Though it was tough to pick our favourites, here’s a selection of our top travel tales submitted by our globetrotting Pathfinders in December.

The mud statues of Kolkata – Crystal Egan

Well structured with strong accompanying imagery, Crystal’s profile on the mud statue workshops of Kolkata is an engaging read thanks to her decision to delve into a subject that may appear somewhat unsophisticated, but ultimately is steeped in fascinating traditions; for example, though many travellers may have seen the Durga mud statues, few would know that each one must contain soil from a ‘forbidden land’. The post serves as a timely reminder of how the country’s spiritual mysticism continues to permeate daily life in modern India.

Crystal’s travel blog focuses on ecotourism, cultural immersion and off-the-beaten-path destinations. Keep up with her travels at castawaywithcrystal.com

Around Taiwan in 60 days – Graham Bland

Sustainable and inexpensive, exploring destinations on two wheels is an increasingly popular mode of transport with travellers, but few of us would consider circumnavigating an entire country by bike. In this lighthearted but highly informative post, Graham gives a detailed breakdown on his epic 1600km ride around Taiwan. As well as including practical elements like maps and safety tips, Graham intertwines a number of personal anecdotes from his adventure that give readers a taste of the Beautiful Isle, tempting them to saddle up themselves.

Graham’s blog focuses largely on his wanderings on bicycle, including two-wheeled tours of India and Vietnam. Follow his adventures at awaywandering.blogspot.co.uk

Buddhism at the hanging rock – Aleksandra Tofil

Travellers don’t simply seek out offbeat sights to snap ostentatious Instagram photos; finding a sight less frequented by tourists can help kindle authentic experiences. Aleksandra’s article is a great example of this, as she recounts her experience of receiving a personal tour around Rakkhiththakanda cave temple in Sri Lanka by a local monk while being given a – somewhat mind-boggling – sermon on the principles of Buddhism. The result is an enjoyable offbeat travel yarn with a philosophical edge.

Ola and Andrzej are a blogging couple based in Singapore, providing travel tips for their adopted hometown and further afield. Check out more of their stories at singa-pura.com

The 20 dishes you can’t leave Colombia without trying – Reena Shukla

Shining a spotlight on one of South America’s overshadowed foodie destinations, Reena spices up the listicle format with personal insights and a strong knowledge to give a detailed overview of Colombia’s regional dishes and beverages. A post that’ll leave readers both surprised and salivating at the country’s culinary diversity, the article is also beautifully illustrated – an essential element of any engaging food blog.

Reena is a London-based blogger writing about her two favourite subjects: travel and food. Read more of her foodie forays at lifestyleenthusiast.co.uk

As tourist in Tartous & Arwad Island, Syria – Christian Lindgren

The FCO currently advises against all travel to this war-torn country, but inevitably a few tourists will still visit. In this post intrepid traveller Chris journeys to Arwad Island on the Mediterranean coast of Syria, far from the country’s primary conflict zones. The post’s appeal lies in its blending of the area’s grand history with general observations on the humble daily routine of the local people. The post showcases a side of Syria that is serene and hospitable, a perspective often overlooked in regular news broadcasts.

Christian is a Norwegian blogger who finds himself drawn to destinations few other travellers tend to visit. Follow his intrepid journeys at unusualtraveler.com

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Exclusive: Data shows Trump’s DC hotel was pricier and emptier than peers in 2017

Just a few months before President Donald Trump moved into the White House, his presence was already firmly established in downtown Washington, just a few blocks from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, at the newly opened Trump International Hotel.


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LP Pathfinders: top Instagrams from December 2017

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Our snap-happy Pathfinders definitely went out with a bang in 2017, sharing beautiful frames of snow-dusted mountain tops, glistening lake shores and world-famous monuments to name just a few. Here’s the best of the bunch from December.

Brittany, France

‘A very iconic landmark and amazing photo spot. The zigzag path creates perfect leading lines. A storm was coming in, so the sea got very rough and wild, and the sky darker and darker.’ – Raphael, @raphael.fyi

Why we like it: Just as Raphael points out, the sweeping lines and angles of Phare du Petit Minou‘s walkway here draw the eye to the main event – the lighthouse itself, which is positioned perfectly in the centre of the frame. Backed by the gloomy horizon and choppy seas, this is one seriously atmospheric image. You can really feel that there’s a storm a-brewin’.  

Lake Garda, Italy

‘Visiting Lake Garda in it’s off-season was definitely the right thing to do. The weather is still warm, the Alps are snow-capped and there are hardly any crowds. That means plenty of peace to enjoy the beauty of this part of northern Italy. Whilst I was daydreaming on the shores of Lake Garda, this young swan approached me. That, combined with the Alps in the background and the saturated blue tone of the lake, caused this shot to become one of my favourite souvenirs from the trip.’ – Paulina, @paulina_on_the_road

Why we like it: Although Lake Garda’s unique beauty is more than well documented, its swan population simply doesn’t get the same amount of air time. The inquisitive fella in the foreground provides a great focal point for the rest of Paulina’s image, which also features some pretty impressive cloud formations, as well as the lake’s ever-picturesque shores.

Granada, Spain

‘We found inexpensive flights from Edinburgh down to Alicante, Spain, and drove down its southern coast, eventually landing in Granada. Whilst in Granada, we visited the Alhambra, an ancient palace complex in sitting in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains high above the new city. It has been on our travel list for a long time! Ancient irrigation systems feed the beautiful gardens and picturesque pools that ancient rulers would have enjoyed. From atop the battlements and beautiful palaces, you can also see down across the city and beyond.’ – George, @_georgesglobe.com_

Why we like it: The Alhambra is one of Spain’s greatest marvels, but rarely is it captured from the inside, looking out. George’s image showcases the rolling hills of the city, expertly framed by the intricate stonework of the Generalife, an Al-Andalus summer palace and an impressive example of Moorish architecture.

Larkya, Nepal

‘I am an advocate of ‘slow travelling’ (although unfortunately I do not always have the time for it), and I find that hiking is one of the best kinds. Last month I completed the Manaslu Circuit Trek, an amazing 15-day journey on foot through breathtaking Himalayan scenery. I took this photo whilst crossing the Larkya Pass at 5106m altitude, the view of the mountains framed by thousands of prayer flags flying in the wind was amazing.’ – @world_citizen_64

Why we like it: You can’t imagine a much more Nepalese scene than this panoramic frame, featuring the otherworldly mountainscapes of the Himalayas glinting in the sunlight, and framed by colourful prayer flags. What makes this shot special is its perspective, showcasing the hike’s dramatic vistas from a very personal viewpoint.

Lake Tahoe, USA

‘I took this shot in the early afternoon, before the crowds arrived. Lake Tahoe has some of the most pristine water we’ve ever seen and is the largest Alpine lake in North America. It’s also the second deepest at 1645ft — only Crater Lake in Oregon is deeper. The rest of this afternoon was spent on the sandy shores of the lake, swimming in the chilly water and jumping off big boulders that dotted the shoreline.’ – Ty, @tygovaars

Why we like it: An unusual take on Lake Tahoe’s natural charms, we love the composition of Ty’s drone image, with its perfect stripes of colour, and how the sprinklings of boulders in the shallows reflect the colourful umbrellas dotted along the water’s edge. This shot could easily be showcasing the turquoise sea and perfect sand of a Mediterranean beach paradise, rather than Tahoe’s icy depths.

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A picture taken late on August 9, 2017 shows flames and smoke rising
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southern Albania. Forest fires have spread all over Albania, often in
hardly accessible and remote areas, as the country has been engulfed by
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6 Best Affordable Navy Wool Blazers you can Buy Now

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Versatile and simple, the navy blazer has been revered on this site for a while now. Dress it up, dress it down, however you want to do it. We threw together an infographic with call-outs on what an updated navy blazer offers, then laid out 6 of our current (at least they were in September) favorite options.

 

6 Styles of Boots Worth Owning

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Keeping on the theme of six… dress, work, hiking, you name it. Here are the six styles of boots that are worthy of gracing the floor of your closet, or wherever you store your shoes.

 

In Review: Jomers Suits

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Jomers, the small New York based company that sells their wares just about as quickly as they can stock them, entered the suit market with a half-canvas Italian wool suit at an incredible price point. The only issue for our editor was the true-slim fit of the pants, doesn’t quite work for a guy with thick legs. Other than that, these suits are a solid deal.

 

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A sobering comparison of what the world of fashion offers for over a grand (like one polo), and all the stylish yet affordable items you could purchase for the same amount. Like a suit, blazer, watch, sunglasses, socks, shoes, and a pocket square. Or again, just the polo. We are weird animals.

 

In Review: Amazon’s Goodthreads Button Down Oxford Cloth Shirts

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In 2017 Amazon made a bigger push into the clothing market, although it seems they have yet to fully establish themselves as a destination for such. Early in the year Joe took their Goodthreads OCBD’s for a spin. For a $ 25 button down option, they weren’t bad. Nothing spectacular about them, but for a basic that graces many a guy’s closet, and these are a good bet for the money.


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LP Pathfinders: video of the month, December 2017

Mt Kilimanjaro and Acacia from Amboseli in Kenya.

Mt Kilimanjaro from Amboseli in Kenya © 1001slide / Getty Images

Every month, we curate the best blog posts and Instagrams from our Lonely Planet Pathfinders.

This month we’re featuring a video from Oksana and Max of Drink Tea & Travel who have encapsulated their challenging climb of Mount Kilimanjaro into a short but exciting four-minute video.

Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro was by far the biggest mental and physical challenge we have ever undertaken on our travels. This video allows you to get a glimpse into our journey to the Roof of Africa and inspire you to put this incredible experience on your own travel bucket list!’

Climbing Kilimanjaro — Drink Tea & Travel

Featuring awe-inspiring footage of the varied landscapes they encountered and portrait shots of the friendly faces they met along the way, Oksana and Max’s video has got us plotting our next mountain hike as we type. We also liked the clever use of time-lapse footage and the focus on smaller details which helps give the video a sense of time.

A big thanks to all the Pathfinders for their video submissions this month. We really enjoyed the great vlog submissions from Westfalia Digital Nomads who have been winding their way through France and onto Spain. We’re looking forward to seeing all the exciting adventures you’ve captured on film this month!

Keep your eyes peeled on our Thorn Tree forum where we’ll post the next submission call-out. Find out what else our Lonely Planet Pathfinders are up to (or sign up yourself!) by checking out the Pathfinders video playlist and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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Best Affordable Style of 2017 – The Suit

The end of the year means it’s time to hand out some awards.  No, there’re no little statues to pass along, but over the next few days we’ll still highlight some of the best in affordable men’s style from this past year.  And it was a good one. Feel free to send in additional nominations to joe@dappered.com.

 

Spier & Mackay’s Slim or Contemporary Fit Suits – $ 275 – $ 358 USD

Spier & Mackay's Slim or Contemporary Fit Suits

Back to back years. And well deserved.

There are very, very few things not to like about Spier & Mackay’s entry level suits (they do fancy Italian wools too for an upcharge, but the base line is just fine). Half canvas, Australian merino wool, they come with easy to tailor non functioning sleeve buttons, the lapels are a timeless width, and the two cuts that they offer (slim, and the more generous yet not boxy “contemporary” fit) seem to fit the vast majority of the population.

And they run around $ 350 USD. Sometimes less? (Or MUCH less at two for $ 275 per?!)

Those attributes, and that price, more than make up for the fact that returns are only free on your first suit or sportcoat purchase. But that’s a small knock against them. Also, sometimes the more common sizes seem to sell out awfully fast. But they usually re-stock as the seasons change.

Bottom line: Solid quality, nice fabrics, and fine finishing (buttons, stitching, curved chest pocket, etc…) is a tough combo to find at the mid $ 300s or less. That’s cheap-ish fused suit territory. So a mighty appreciative (& suited) hat tip once again goes to our neighbors north of the border where they’re based. Full review of the Contemporary Fit can be found here.

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Also Receiving Votes: Suitsupply’s $ 399 Blue line. Jomers Half-Canvas Italian Wool line (if you can ever get your hands on one). J. Crew’s Ludlow and Crosby suits if you can snag em’ on sale. Black Lapel’s Custom Suits. Banana Republic’s (fused) Italian Wool Suit Separates


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And now we can’t stop picturing him dancing to Harry Styles…

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He may have left the White House over a year ago, but Barack Obama is still guiding the way for us all.

To mark the New Year the 56-year-old took to his public Facebook page to share his top songs and books from 2017 – Rihanna, Camila Cabello and Harry Styles made the list – just FYI.

‘During my presidency, I started a tradition of sharing my reading lists and playlists,’ he announced in a Facebook post to his 55 million followers. ‘It was a nice way to reflect on the works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world.’

He continued: ‘With some extra time on my hands this year to catch up, I wanted to share the books and music that I enjoyed most. From songs that got me moving to stories that inspired me, here’s my 2017 list – I hope you enjoy it and have a happy and healthy New Year.’

Obama then proceeded to list his top songs and books of 2017 and it’s everything. The thought of Obama dancing to Camila Cabello’s Havana is making us very happy.

The best books Obama read in 2017:

The Power by Naomi Alderman
Grant by Ron Chernow
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Five-Carat Soul by James McBride
Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
*Bonus for hoops fans: Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Basketball (and Other Things) by Shea Serrano

Obama’s favourite songs of 2017:

Mi Gente by J Balvin & Willy William
Havana by Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug)
Blessed by Daniel Caesar
The Joke by Brandi Carlile
First World Problems by Chance The Rapper (feat. Daniel Caesar)
Rise Up by Andra Day
Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled (feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller)
Family Feud by Jay-Z (feat. Beyoncé)
Humble by Kendrick Lamar
La Dame et Ses Valises by Les Amazones d’Afrique (feat. Nneka)
Unforgettable by French Montana (feat. Swae Lee)
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness by The National
Chanel by Frank Ocean
Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man
Butterfly Effect by Travis Scott
Matter of Time by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Little Bit by Mavis Staples
Millionaire by Chris Stapleton
Sign of the Times by Harry Styles
Broken Clocks by SZA
Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix) by U2
*Bonus: Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen (not out yet, but the blues version in his Broadway show is the best!)

We’re off to buy ALL of these.

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Top Posts of 2017

What were your favorite posts from our past year? We’ve rounded up our favorite suits for women, workwear recommendations, and otherwise done a year in review; today we’re closing it out with a look back at our top posts of 2017.  These were the top read (according to Google Analytics) and some of Kat’s favorites, but we’d love to hear yours as well! According to Google Analytics, these were our top 10 posts and pages of the year:

  1. My Review of One Two Cosmetics’ Magnetic Lashes
  2. Courtroom Attire for Women Lawyers
  3. The Best Tote Bags for Work, Interviews and More
  4. Work-Appropriate Nails: Length, Shape, Color and More!
  5. 6 Resume Rules for 2017 That You May Not Know About
  6. Wardrobe Essentials for Work
  7. When is a Dress Too Short for Work, What’s Modern, What Shoes Work, and How to Deal if You’re Tall or Short
  8. How to End Your Emails (And: Do You Think It Matters?)
  9. Workwear Inspiration from House of Cards: How to Get Claire Underwood’s Style
  10. Four Types of Comfortable Flats Every Professional Should Own — Even if You Hate Ballet Flats

Check out this page for our top posts of all time!

Of course, every year I have my own favorites, either because I thought they were great discussions, a story I hadn’t seen elsewhere/thought we did a good job with, or just because I really like them.  These are some of my darlings from the past year…

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The Three Highest-Grossing Movies of 2017 All Had One Awesome Thing in Common

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Two days into 2018, and we're still thinking about 2017. Looking back, there were some things to celebrate about the year at the movies. And they're the kinds of things that could carry on into the new year and beyond. 

For instance, the top three highest-grossing titles on the domestic box office chart — Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($ 533 million), Beauty and the Beast ($ 504 million), and Wonder Woman ($ 413 million) — all featured strong female protagonists. As…

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Fashion News Roundup: December 2017

A new Bill Cunningham documentary, an Orla Kiely fashion exhibition, Phoebe Philo leaving Céline, and other style news that caught our attention in December.

Fun Fashion Quote

To conclude the news roundups for this year, I’d like to share this Martha Graham quote I found while reading an instalment of My Beauty Uniform over at Cup of Jo. I think it applies to all aspects of life, style included:

“There is only one of you in all of time, your expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.”

Wishing you a wonderful 2018!


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