Amazon Prime Day 2018: all the best deals to watch out for

Amazon Prime Day 2018 kicks off 16th July, 12pm – 17th July, midnight. (Credit cards at the ready…)

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Forget Amazon Black Friday and mark your calendars – Amazon Prime Day 2018 is (almost) upon us. The massive online e-tailer will be announcing a flood of fantastic deals and we’re going to be keeping tabs on all the best Prime Day bargains as they come in. Watch this space, we’ll be regularly updating it over the course of the two days.

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day may as well be Christmas in July. For a day – well, 36 hours to be more exact – Amazon will be slashing its prices on everything from tech to fashion and you’ll want to jump on board. Over 100, 000 products are going to be on offer – including some of Amazon’s own products like the Alexa and Kindle – so now’s the time to buy if they’ve been collecting dust in your wish list. New deals will be rolled out as often as every five minutes

It’s the fourth year the event’s been running and people have been eating the deals up. We’ll be focusing on the fab beauty and fashion deals, but if you’re after some cracking tech deals, then check out our sister site Trusted Reviews for more Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals.

How does Amazon Prime Day work?

So there’s a slight catch here – only people who are Amazon Prime members will be able to snag the deals. However, the e-tailer is offering a 30 day trial so you can just sign up for a free month-long Amazon Prime membership for the shopping festivities.

Beyond access to Amazon Prime day, members also bumped up to a higher priority delivery tier with free same- and one-day delivery services. You’ll also get access to all the shows on Amazon Prime Video (bring on those American Gods and Mozart in the Jungle binges), as well as Prime Reading and Prime Music as well. You’ll also be able to get half an hour’s worth of early access to any of their Amazon Lightning Deals, meaning you’ll get to beat the crowd to amazing bargains before they sell out.

When is Amazon Prime Day?

While last year, Amazon Prime Day ran for 30 hours, this year it’s been extended to a full 36 hours, starting at midday on Monday 16th July and ending at midnight on Tuesday 17th July.

What deals can we expect from Amazon Prime Day?

With literally thousands of deals across Amazon’s broad selection, there’s going to be two types of bargains: Deals of the Day and Lightning Deals.

Amazon Deals of the Day

These are the deals that will run for the full 36 hours, across 20 of the most shopped for categories in Amazon.

Amazon Lightning Deals

While Amazon usually does Lightning Deals, on this very special day they’ll be rolling them out as often as every five minutes. To add pressure, these deals will come with a little timer and availability bar showing how many are left in stock. Here’s a top tip: if you put a Lightning Deal into your shopping cart, be sure to buy it within 15 minutes! After that, Amazon will automatically eject the item and you’ll have to fight the rest of the crowd for it again.

If you’ve missed out on anything, you can always try your luck by joining a waitlist on a product – in case they restock, or somebody changes their mind about a big purchase. Another benefit of having a Prime membership on this hallowed day is that you’ll be able to receive your products in as short a time as one hour – but don’t worry if you don’t want that big TV sent to the office, you can turn on No-Rush Delivery and it’ll stagger your delivery period.

We’ll be collecting all the best deals across fashion, home, tech and more, so you don’t have to go digging through hundreds of thousands of deals for the best ones. If you’re after tech deals, be sure to check out our sister site Trusted Reviews, as they’ll be rounding up the very best Amazon Prime Day deals.

Amazon Prime Day Beauty Deals

Amazon Prime Day Fashion Deals

Amazon Prime Day Tech Deals

Amazon Prime Day Homeware Deals

Amazon Prime Day runs from midday on Monday 16th July and will run for 36 hours, ending at midnight on Tuesday 17th July. However some of the deals above are flash deals, so you’ll have to keep an eye on when certain offers expire.

Eat your heart out, Black Friday.

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Prime Day vs. Black Friday: When You’ll Really Get the Best Deals on Amazon


Amazon Prime Day may feel like a summertime Black Friday shopping event. But how do the prices compare?

While you (OK, we) were getting distracted by all the weird stuff that gets discounted on Prime Day, you’d better believe that people were using data to get into the weeds for this big event.

Best Black Friday, a website that covers prices and deals leading up to the holiday season, has analyzed Prime Day pricing against Amazon’s Black Friday deals since Prime Day debuted in 2015.

The site found that last year, 76% of Prime Day prices were better than they were on Black Friday. Just under 6% of prices were tied on Black Friday and Prime Day.

This year, the team expects at least 70% of Prime Day prices to be better than Amazon’s 2017 Black Friday prices.

But are those deals worth it? It depends on what’s on your shopping list.

What to Scoop Up — or Skip — on Prime Day

“We have found that Prime Day discounts on Amazon devices are usually cheaper [than], or at least equal to, Black Friday,” Best Black Friday co-owner Eric Jones said. “Which is great news for anyone in the market looking to buy a new Echo Dot or Kindle.”

Better yet, these items will be discounted throughout the event, so you won’t have to wait around for a deal once Prime Day starts.

What about non-Amazon electronics? These products often get a bad rap when they’re heavily discounted on shopping holidays.

“In the end, Prime Day is similar to Black Friday in the fact [that] the absolute cheapest, limited-quantity doorbuster deals on electronics are not going to be the best of the best,” Jones said. “Instead of going for the cheapest possible TV deals, we usually recommend spending $ 50 to $ 100 more on the particular size that you are targeting to get a higher quality set that is still available for a great price.”

Jones said that while Amazon has been allowing a few pricing sneak peeks for app shoppers, many Prime Day deals won’t be revealed until a day or two before Prime Day begins.

Jones’ team hasn’t noticed a timing pattern that would indicate when Amazon will mark down various shopping categories during Prime Day, he said. He recommends downloading the Amazon app and enabling alerts for when prices drop on items you’re eyeing.

Best Black Friday plans to live-blog the entire 36-hour event.

Lisa Rowan (@lisatella) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder covering the retail and grocery industries.

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

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The best beaches in America to head to for the summer

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Ahhhh, the American summer. Does it get much better than sitting in the sun with a good book to read, a cold Coca-Cola in your hands, and a view of the sea in front of you? We think not. However, those who don’t live by the sea will know just how irritating it is when people say things like that last sentence (oops, sorry). However, we think it’s about time you packed up your car, filled up your tank, and took a trip across America to check out some of the most beautiful beaches this wonderful country has to offer. We won’t take no for an answer!

Coronado Beach, San Diego – California

California is famous for its beaches, and it’s really hard to single them out because they’re just that good! However, if we had to pick, the Coronado Beach in San Diego is one of the coolest beaches in the state. With year-round sun and hot temperatures, it’s the perfect place to just go and chill on your day off. As if that wasn’t cool enough, the surf here is unlike any other beach around. So, grab your board and ride the waves – and then dry off on the sand after!

Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin – Florida

Have you ever wanted to chill out on a private island? The Caladesi Island State Park gives you that opportunity. Visitors can access the golden sands through a shuttle ferry, or you could even walk it if you’re feeling particularly energetic that day – and the end result will truly blow you away. For a minute you’ll forget that you’re in the United States and think that you’ve been transported Down Under. However, we can confirm that you will just be in Florida! A very beautiful part of Florida.

Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island – South Carolina

If you’re the kind of person that likes to go to the beach and get active, the Beachwalker Park in Kiawah Island will be for you. Although it’s not the kind of place you’ll want to sit and sunbathe, this beach is a haven for water sports enthusiasts and nature lovers. In fact, you might even be able to incorporate the two! Why not grab your paddle board and float atop the beautiful water while looking out for rare birds and wildlife? I mean, you don’t get much better than that.

Hapuna Beach State Park, Big Island – Hawaii

You know the screensavers that don’t look real? Well, the Hapuna Beach State Park beach is basically one of those. To look at, this beach just doesn’t look like it really exists, and you might be wondering if you’re hallucinating. Yet, we can confirm that the beautiful golden sand that is in front of you is not just a figment of your imagination. With the green backdrop, the palm trees, the crystal clear waters and the blue eyes, you will get a true taste of Hawaiian life… and we want seconds.

Coopers Beach, Southampton – New York

When you think of New York, you probably think of the Big Apple with its bright lights and bustling streets. Because of this, many people forget that New York is a whole state with little towns, villages, and beaches. One of the best beaches in New York has to be Coopers Beach in Southampton. With incredible dunes, luscious beach grass and rocking waves, this beach is the perfect haven for checking out the surf or just enjoying the sun.

Are you looking to check out what beaches America has to offer this summer? Well, look no further, because we’ve got your back!

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5 Best Inexpensive Fountain Pens For Beginners

Over time, I’ve used many different fountain pens, expensive and inexpensive ones. Today, I’ll highlight the 5 best value pens that won’t break the bank. It’s particularly good if you don’t know if a fountain pen is right for you so we focus on low price, easy maintenance, easy writing, and overall, a good experience at a minimal investment.

Even though it might seem different, fountain pens need not be intimidating, expensive, or maintenance intensive. You can really find a lot of fountain pens that are inexpensive. The problem is some are bad and some are good.

In the US, most adults never get acquainted with fountain pens unless they intentionally seek them out. In Germany where I grew up, it’s part of the school curriculum so I first wrote with fountain pens when I was 5 years old.

Fountain Pen Terminology

Just like with any hobby, there’s a lingo in the fountain pen world that you need to understand so you can distinguish between the different pens.

Various fountain pen nibs

Various fountain pen nibs

The Nib

The first important and probably the most important part is the nib. The nib is this little metal piece at the tip of a fountain pen that you write with on a piece of paper. Basically, a fountain pen uses capillary action as well as gravity to get the ink from the inside of the pen through the nib onto the paper.

Ink feed

Ink feed

The Ink Feed

Right below the nib, you can find the ink feed which helps the capillary action and to get the ink onto the paper. Unlike ballpoint or rollerball pens, nibs come in different widths. The finest ones are EF which means extra fine then there’s F for fine. The most common nib is M for medium. If you want a broader nib, you get a B, an even wider is a BB nib, and if you want it really broad which is usually only used for signatures, you get a 03b nib. Sometimes, you can also find oblique nibs which means they’re angled at the tip and that would, for example, be an OB which is an oblique broad nib. When you start for the first time, I suggest you maybe go with a medium nib, a fine or an extra fine nib, because they’re easiest to learn with and later on, you can upgrade and invest in more pens with broader nibs.

Converter

Converter

The Converter

Unlike a ballpoint pen, most fountain pens don’t come pre-loaded with ink and you can either get cartridges but they’re more expensive on a per-use cost and instead, you can use a converter so you can choose from any kind of ink you want and you can just fill the ink into it. Usually, they cost anywhere from one to five dollars but you’ll save money over time compared to a cartridge which is usually a one-time use.

Piston filler

Piston filler

The Piston-Filler

This one doesn’t have a cartridge and you simply turn the knob at the end of the fountain pen to basically suck ink in or push it back out. Normally, you find this kind of mechanism in more expensive fountain pens. Personally, I am a big fan of the piston fillers or the converters because down the line, they’re less expensive than cartridges and they’re also less hard on the environment because you have less waste.

5 Highly-Recommended Beginner Fountain Pens

1. Pilot Metropolitan

The first really inexpensive fountain pen is the Pilot Metropolitan which retails at around $ 15. It was introduced in 2012 and it was universally praised as a really good fountain pen especially at the price point. It comes in a nice gift box, has a nice weight, very clean lines, and you can even choose between different nib widths which is not something you often find in this price range. It uses proprietary cartridges and converters but when you buy a new one, it comes with a converter where you just have to squeeze and let go which sucks up the ink into the fountain pen.

Metropolitan pen Nib

Metropolitan pen Nib

Personally, I think it’s a very good pen that comes in different finishes so you can personalize it to your taste. The nib is made out of steel, made in Japan, and I think for what it is, it is really good, it’s not harsh, it is definitely a pen that we recommend to anyone who just wants to start out and who’s not sure if he wants to invest hundreds of dollars into a fountain pen.

2. Pilot Varsity – The Most Inexpensive Fountain Pen

Usually, it’s sold in a five pack for ten dollars and it has a nib, it looks pretty cheap like a typical rollerball and it is all plastic. It’s considered a disposable fountain pen that you can’t refill once the ink is all gone. Now if you look at YouTube, you may find people who have actually hacked that and were able to refill it. That being said, the plastic is so cheap that over time, it will probably break anyway, so if you think that you might use the pen for a longer time, I suggest going with the Metropolitan over the Varsity. The good part about it is that it has a great nib, consistency, and it’s not scratchy.

3. Jinhao X450 – Huge Bang For The Buck

These pens cost approximately $ 5 each and most people are shocked by how low the prices are and how valuable it seems in comparison. If you want a huge bang for the buck, Jinhao is definitely worth a look. Unlike the pilot Metropolitan, the Jinhao pens are larger and the 450 is also a lot heavier. Now if you write a lot, that can tire out your hand more quickly but if you just use it for signatures, it’s really nice to have a certain weight. The nib of the X 450 looks pretty similar to a Montblanc nib, however, it’s just gold-plated and not made out of solid gold. Right out of the plastic bag, it even comes with an ink converter which is rather nice and unexpected in that price segment. Overall, it doesn’t look like a high-end fountain pen, at the same time, it doesn’t look like a five-dollar pen either.

4. Jinhao X750 – Inexpensive Fountain Pen Made in China

On the other hand, the X 750 has kind of a brushed stainless steel look in platinum color the nib is likewise in the same color. It has a nice lid that clicks on and seems quite tight even though over time, I don’t quite think it will stand the test of time. The name engraving on it looks rather cheap but at the end of the day, it is a cheap fountain pen. In my opinion, it’s very similar to the x450. It’s just lighter in weight and frankly, if you want to try them out, you get both for just about 10 bucks which is really inexpensive.

5. Lamy Safari – Inexpensive Fountain Pen Made in Germany

It’s made in Germany in Heidelberg which is very close to my home state and when I was in third grade, this is the fountain pen I used. Because of its sleek design and look, you can even see sometimes people today wearing it with their bespoke suits which I find quite ironic because it was a school pen that I used. For the same reason, I just can’t get myself to use that pen today because it always makes me feel like a little school pupil.

The standard version of the Safari is made out of plastic. You can also find different versions of metals such as aluminum but in my experience, they dent very easily and scratch so they don’t look very well. Going with the original plastic version is just fine. The styling is definitely the most industrial one but it’s very comfortable in your hand and it’s very easy to grip for small hands as well as medium hands. If you have really large hands, I find the Lamy Safari is not quite the right pen for you. Lamy was quite smart and they introduced the proprietary ink cartridges which are much larger than regular ones but also more expensive.

Lamy Safari in action

Lamy Safari in action

They also have ink converters but you have to buy them separately and they are not part of the package as for the Jinhao. Unlike the other pens in our line up, the Lamy Safari has a convenient ink window so you can see if the pen is dried in or if you simply ran out of ink. The Lamy Safari nib is smooth right out of the box and it comes in different nib widths as well. It’s also easy to exchange the nibs in different widths and because it is such a popular pen, it comes in many different colors and patterns and varieties.  The Lamy Safari is most expensive of the bunch and cost between $ 20-$ 25 dollars depending on where you buy.

CONCLUSION

If I had to choose just one fountain pen out of the five, it would probably be the Pilot Metropolitan in a F or fine nib because medium is something that you find in a lot of nibs so fine is a little different. It also has an ink flow that it’s not as strong so you can basically write on it with any paper without risking it to bleed and it also has a heavier weight than the Lamy Safari and to me, it’s a more professional looking pen and it doesn’t have that schoolboy image.

All the Pens mentioned here can be used by right-handed and left-handed people but it’s really a personal preference and so I suggest you go out and try them out, you can even buy two or three different ones to see which ones you like more and then write it up for a little bit. If you really fall in love with them, you’ll probably want to invest in a more expensive piece that has nicer materials and a nicer nib because that way, it remains a good investment.

Do you use fountain pens? Feel free to share the ones you used when you started out.


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Best of Threads: Watches, Tobacco Suits, Boots & Books

What’s Dappered Threads? It’s our forum. Launched in 2011, Threads is a not too big, not too small, just-right-sized forum that doesn’t put up with snobbery. All thanks to the users and hardworking mods. Once a month, one of the users/mods from Threads provides us with a highlight package of the last few weeks.

 

What Watch I Wore Today

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Ever crowd-pleasing with watch enthusiasts, the What Watch I Wore Today thread continues to be a popular destination. DocDave kicked off the month with the Casio Edifice while BillN showcased the stellar modding work done by idvsego. Pborkstrom showed off some Sekio love, quickly followed by ajs116, jays0n and Loafer28. Christopher Ward watches are a popular pick with readers, with jwwilker and Rawfull displaying their respective watches. idvsego went one step further by showing some of his every day carry items, which prompted a brief discussion from the group on items other than watches. LesserBlackDog broke out a very nice Tudor selection, while Publius showed that not all watches have to be mechanical.

 

Tobacco Suit Ideas

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User Pelennor ask the group what their thoughts were on tobacco brown suits after seeing one at Target. Galcobar felt the term ‘tobacco brown’ wasn’t descriptive enough while theplayerking commented that he had a tobacco linen suit which worked out nicely as an occasional summer piece. Bixmeister noted the suit in question as identified by Pelennor is of the color name Dapper Brown (no word on any Dappered copyright infringement) and felt the shade would be versatile enough to wear with a variety of colors. The discussion then turned to how to match/pair accessories with a brown suit, with Tokenemynd, mebejoseph offering their input. Finally LesserBlackDog pulled up an image from the interwebs that nicely illustrated an outfit. (photo credit: Black Lapel)

 

Desert Boots Anyone?

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Granted that style is a personal choice, BillN asked the group why so many people love Clark’s Desert boots. Shade chimed in saying he didn’t get the love either, Mad Martigan wasn’t a fan of the crepe soles, armedferret has never been a fan, Crims feels the shoes are overrated , and aps2012 has never really liked them. Of course that’s not to say the conversation was all one sided. Many users came to the defense of the desert boot including maich, julius12, MediumTex, and the Alpha King. Of interest is that user Kurps commented desert boots were one of the first items he bought after finding Dappered, but now he’s moved on to other shoes. Does this mean desert boots are a gateway drug to shoe love?

 

Summer Reading

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With summer here for many of us, it’s a time to pick up a book and relax down at the beach. Need some suggestions? hornsup84 just finished reading A Higher Loyalty, and LesserBlackDog finished Paris 1919Transient recommended a good fun book called The Name of the Wind and winghus joined in saying the sequel is a great read too. Finally The Wheel of Time fans sethtvaughn and Rawfull commiserated with Shade who decided to start rereading the series.

Looking for some advice, direction, or just to connect with some cool guys? Maybe you have a book you’d like to recommend for some summer reading.  If so, then Head on over to Threads and take a spin around. Many thanks to contributor Dave I. for assembling this month’s Best of Threads.


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The best locations for a destination wedding

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If the love of your life has just popped the question – well, we’re pretty darn jealous. Ahem, we mean… Congratulations! The idea of spending the rest of your life is probably filling your socks with so much joy right now you don’t really know where to turn, and the idea of planning a wedding is something you just don’t want to think about. We get it; it’s stressful. It’s even more stressful if you live in a country where the sun rarely makes an appearance. If you want beauty and guaranteed sun for your big day, check out these best locations for a destination wedding…

Italy

Italy is one of the most romantic destinations on the planet, and although Romeo & Juliet didn’t exactly work out, they are still considered the patrons of love – so that’s gotta stand for something, right? More and more couples are choosing to have their big day in Italy because the country is so diverse. There are bustling cities with some of the greatest hotels, there are beautiful vineyards with space for your aisle, and there are even incredible beaches for you and your guests to get your feet sandy. If you need any more persuading, just think of all the fresh and fancy wine you could drink.

Greece

If you and your betrothed love a bit of culture in your life, Greece should definitely be added to your list of possible wedding destinations. Although they may be a little behind the times in terms of technology and modern traditions, that’s exactly what some couples want from their big day. Good food, authentic music, and people who generally just want to enjoy your day and the beautiful surroundings that Greece has to offer. From the whitewashed buildings to the views of the ocean and the Greek people who are more than willing to stuff money into your wedding dress, absolutely nothing could go wrong.

The Maldives

If you haven’t Googled what the Maldives looks like yet, you should probably do that ASAP. However, youa might want to sit down before you do it because your legs are guaranteed to go all wobbly. With little else but the sea and sand around you, the Maldives is the perfect wedding choice if you want something utterly breathtaking and private. You can stay in a lodge overlooking the ocean, get hitched on the beach, and spend the next few days in paradise with your new husband or wife. I mean, do you need any more reasons?

Hawaii

Hawaii is the kind of place that is on everyone’s dream bucket list, so why not turn your dream vacation into your dream wedding? With tropical beaches and forests, Hawaii has everything you could want for a romantic and beautiful wedding day. If you live in the US, this could also be the perfect alternative for you if you don’t want to fly too far away and don’t want to shell out the ridiculous airfare for your guests. Get married on the beach and finish off your reception with a luau – because there are leis for everyone!

If you’re looking at wedding venues in your home country and wondering when something will wow you away, it might be best just to give up your search and look for something that is a bit further afield. Luckily, there are so many romantic wedding destinations to choose from – the hardest decision you will make is choosing which one is ‘the one.’

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Best Free iPhone Games

We’ve officially entered the sweltering month of July, but that’s not going to stop us from recommending the best free iOS games we find on the App Store week in and week out. It’s a relatively tame selection this week, but Dead Island: Survivors and the Western-themed MMO Westland Survival are already in my personal queue.

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Kaiser Permanente Receives Women’s Choice Award as California’s Most Recommended Health Insurance Plan and America’s Best Hospital Awards

PASADENA, Calif. Kaiser Permanente Southern California has received the Women’s Choice Award® designation, “California’s Most Recommended Health Insurance Plan,” as well as its medical centers throughout the region receiving multiple “America’s Best Hospitals” awards that include: Best Patient Safety, Best Hospital for Obstetrics, Best Stroke Care, America’s 100 Best Hospital, Best Bariatric Surgery, and Best Breast Center.

The Women’s Choice Award® identified “America’s Best Hospitals” across the nation to help women make smart healthcare choices. The Women’s Choice Award® methodology is based on surveys of tens of thousands of women, as well as research conducted in partnership with the Wharton School of Business on what drives the consumer experience for women vs. men.

In addition, the organization distributed a statewide survey to more than 10,000 women who reside in California, these women were asked to identify which health insurance plan they would highly recommend to their friends and family. Kaiser Permanente received its evidence-based designation, “California’s Most Recommended Health Insurance Plan” from these results.

“We pride ourselves on our patient-centered, integrated approach that creates high quality care,” said Julie Miller-Phipps, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Inc., for the Southern California Region. “It’s gratifying when data supports our approach and show us that our members choose Kaiser Permanente with confidence, knowing that we put their health and safety first.”

According to the Women’s Choice Award®, market research shows that women influence more than 90 percent of family healthcare decisions; and a national survey conducted by the Women’s Choice Award® determined which hospitals and services women would highly recommend in today’s marketplace. These hospitals had to meet exceptionally high standards regarding women’s unique needs and preferences.

The following Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers received one or more designated Women’s Choice Awards®, to view the detailed list please click here:

Kaiser Permanente Orange County Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente Moreno Valley Medical Center.

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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: www.kp.org/share.

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The ‘Scotland the Best’ author has been touring the country for 25 years in search of its finest places. Here’s his pick of beaches and seaside villages

Making a feature of Scotland’s less-travelled coast is a responsibility and a challenge. Even its quieter corners are seeing a tourist boom. Much of the rural north-west, deserted in the romantic imagination, is to all intents “full”. Skye, where accommodation is booked months ahead and camper vans form tailbacks on single-track roads, may be reaching crisis point. Some say we should think of the isle as we do Venice – under threat from the rising tide of tourism. Parts of Edinburgh are becoming an ordeal to visit, and that’s before the festival crowds arrive.

But no one wants to turn off the tap. Scotland has what tourists want in buckets: diverse and magnificent landscape, history, first-class culture, friendly people and, now, much improved food and drink. Scotland gets tourism and turns out to be really good at it. All we have to do is work out how to manage all these lovely visitors so we don’t kill the capercaillie that laid the golden egg.

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These ‘Soulcalibur’ Warriors Are the Best Thing Since Sliced Head

Transcending history and the world — and several console generations — Soulcalibur VI will continue a tale of soul and swords that began a quarter-of-a-century ago. That said, it’s been on quite a worrying hiatus for fans like us. Soulcalibur V came out in 2012 and made the sort of massive missteps one only sees in a ring out loss.

Be that as it may, six years have passed and we figure newcomers ought to know which souls burn the brightest in the roster. Most of the fighters in this list have been confirmed as returning and any absentees here had best be shoehorned in come launch time, lest the legend of this franchise die an untimely death.


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Mistrugui fighting in the an ancient Greek-inspired stage. SoulCalibur VI is shaping up to be one of the best looking fighting games ever made.

1. Heishiro Mitsurugi – Token Samurai Guy

Every fighting game needs a stoic Japanese guy — an embodiment of bushido with a bigger headband fetish than Daniel LaRusso (if possible). Street Fighter has Ryu, Virtua Fighter boasts Akira Yuki and Tekken has three generations of crazy-eyebrowed Mishimas. Mitsurugi is the Souls series answer to this archetype and he’s been present and accounted for since 1995’s Soul Edge.

What’s his deal? Mitsy looks a little geriatric in his recent Soulcalibur VI incarnation and is still very much designed to be an approachable all-rounder. Pro players bemoan his predictable, scrub-friendly toolset but the fact is he’s quite lethal at any range in the right hands.

Much like Haohmaru from the Samurai Shodown series, Mitsurugi is meant to resemble legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. You could also argue that his tragic peasant-rags-to-ronin-riches backstory mirrors Kikuchiyo from The Seven Samurai.

Mitsurugi’s hobbies include collecting every sword in the world (except the actual franchise MacGuffin) and almost never putting on a shirt properly. He’s a “one sleeve and leave it” kind of guy.


Taki charges her sword up with electricity. It's an OH&S nightmare.

2. Taki – Demon Huntress of Spandex

Another OG fighter who hails all the way back to this series’ inception, Taki is the kunoichi who loves a good spray-on onesie. The only thing she dislikes more than evil is the comfort and support of common sense chest protection.

What’s her deal? Don’t let the diminutive kodachi blades lull you into a false sense of security. What Taki lacks in steel length she more than makes up for with acrobatic prowess and hyper-mobility. She’s basically Yoda on red cordial. Keep her well at range or you’ll get a bunch of new speed-holes installed.

Apparently Taki’s chosen name wasn’t the devs throwing shade on her fashion sense by making a play on the word “tacky”. It actually means “much rejoicing,” though fans who played Soulcalibur V didn’t rejoice very much when they found her replaced by Natsu, a younger protégé. Thankfully, Project Soul has seen sense and Taki will be back again in Soulcalibur VI.


Talim looks to camera. The single tear she's about to shed for being cut out of the series has yet to be rendered.

3. Talim – Jettisoned Fan Fave

This tonfa-wielding wind-priestess is a weird one. She’s insanely popular with the fanbase but, strangely, we almost never got paired against her in Soulcalibur IV‘s online mode. Something extra weird about Talim: she had no copycat successor, nor a roster spot, in Soulcalibur V. She was just there one day and gone (possibly with the wind) the next.

What’s her deal? The ill-advised idea to bring two nightsticks to a sword fight means Talim isn’t your heavy-hitter of the piece. She’s based around cunning evasion and speedy, pressure-oriented combos that are designed to wrong-foot her opponents.

Though Talim was considered to be Filipina on her debut, she never actually had any realistic features of that racial background. Oddly, fans were quick to demand Project Soul fix her skin tone in Soulcalibur III and yet nobody raised a single eyebrow at her ability to weaponise wind, presumably via chronic flatulence.


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4. Isabella ‘Ivy’ Valentine – Whips it Good

Say “hello” – or murmur another, shorter safe-word – to Ivy, a buxom snake sword exponent who’s been brawling since 1999’s Soulcalibur. She started out life as the illegitimate daughter of franchise antagonist and undead pirate Cervantes de Leon. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree here: Ivy has the evil gene and though she’s no buccaneer she’s arrr-rated in other ways. (Sorry.)

What is the dominatrix? Essentially, Ivy is a zoner who has been equipped with the longest reach weapon in Soulcalibur (a snake sword can shift from a broadsword into a chain whip form). She’s difficult to master, too — her command throws are so tricky to pull off they’ve had Xbox achievements tied to them in the past. So best of luck with that.

Ivy’s been used extensively in promotional material for the series and over the years certain parts of her design were stripped back whilst other facets saw enhancement. That’s about as diplomatic as we can get on this topic, to be honest. Lastly, if you’re wondering why she’s so spry and gravity-resistant at age 50, the answer is: immortality siphoned from a very bad sword. That, or good genetics and Maybelline. One of the two.


Kilik is praying before a match. Praying to rod.

5. Kilik – In Rod He Trusts

Speak softly and carry a big stick: that’s the motto of Kilik. He’s basically the head of staff in the Soulcalibur series — a drubber of faces who twirls a very mean broom handle. Also, this palindromic warrior monk has had a Jedi-padawan relationship with Edge Master (a jack-of-all-styles fighter) over the years.

Why should you put your faith in rod? If you like to keep people frustrated and at distance you should select Kilik (or seek counselling — that’s really unhealthy behaviour). Mind you, this is OG Kilik I’m talking about. Strangely, Project Soul made him a filthy “mimic” character in Soulcalibur V, a random fighting-style copycat with no unique form of his own.

Beyond that cardinal sin of character design, there haven’t been a ton of changes to Kilik over the years. The holy mirror of Dvapara-Yuga (read: the mystical item that keeps him from turning evil) has been shrunk from a bandolier down to a stylish necklace, so that’s nice, functional fashion.

The best recent change is that in Soulcalibur VI he’s no longer a style-less parrot. Kilik is back to sticking with what he knows best (which would be…sticking).


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Honourable Mentions – Crossover Craziness

Before we tie this off, let’s not discount the power of novelty-factor here. Over the years the Soul franchise has had some cracking one-time visitors, like Spawn, Link, Kratos, Apprentice (Starkiller), Heihachi Mishima, Devil Jin, Darth Vader, Ezio Auditore, and Yoda.

Soulcalibur VI will be no exception. Be sure to get your preorder in to play as the White Wolf himself, Geralt of Rivia. And if you’re listening, Project Souls, we’ll pay good money for a themed stage that has Roach the horse bugged out on the roof of a nearby village hut. Universe authentic.

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There’s a common misconception that developing a website takes hundreds of hours or the work of a team of professionals. These days, you can create your own website through one of many website builder companies. (Thanks internet!) Via a subscription plan, you can enjoy plenty of support while still being able to design your own site and choosing the look that’s right for you. A website builder is perfect for freelancers, start-ups, and more established firms alike. (And if you’re on a budget, you should also check out our list of the best cheap web hosting services.) Read more…

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The Best Work Bags for Interviews, Commutes, Your First Day of Work, and Beyond

best work bags of 2018Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

What do you think are the best work bags, readers? How does your answer change if you’re looking for a great tote bag for an interview, your first day of work, business travel, and beyond? Who do you think makes for the best tote bags for work, interviews, and beyond? For today’s roundup of the best work bags I’m mostly featuring fun, happy prints and colors, but if you’re looking for a neutral, basic bag we’ve rounded up some great Hall of Famers below as well. As I’ve noted before, I think the best professional tote bags in general may be leather (more polished), a room for a laptop or possibly a legal-size notebook, and have intelligent details like feet, keyfob chains, interior pockets, and more. By contrast, whenever looking for a great tote bag for an interview (especially a day of interviews like with OCI) I’ve appreciated tote bags nylon (lightweight) but structured (non-floppy, stand up by themselves on the floor), large enough for a folder (for copies of your resume), and are mostly a solid color without brash logos.  Some of the most neutral, timeless options if you’re looking for the best work bags include these, pictured below:

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Above are some of the best selling work totes of all time are linked to in our Hall of Fame styles mentioned below — here are a few of those, pictured, ranging from $ 168 to $ 298: one / two / three // four / five / six

(Curious for older versions of this post? Here they are from 20172016, 2014201320122011, and 2010).

On to some of the best work bags that we’re seeing on the market today:

best work bags - Target“New” Target brand “A New Day” has a ton of super affordable options for tote bags, including a nice basic nylon tote. (I say “new” because a lot of people think the vibe is verrrry similar to previous Target brand Merona, which they’ve now phased out.) I think this laser-cut tote is very pretty, and I like the removable cloth liner for easy washing. It comes in blue, pink, white and black for $ 29.99 at Target.
best work bags - FossilIf you were a huge fan of the Fossil Sydney shopper that was around for years (and years, and years…) note that the bag Fiona is “updating” the older version. Amazon seems to have the most color options right now, all marked $ 138-$ 178 and eligible for Prime Wardrobe (here’s Kate’s review of Amazon Prime Wardrobe if you missed it).
best work bags - Tory BurchTory Burch’s lightweight Ella tote has been a Hall of Famer for years, so I was kind of psyched to see it come in such a fun, Mondrian-esque pattern. Obviously this kind of look is not for everyone (and probably not for anything but creative interviews) but if you feel like your wardrobe is nothing but a sea of black, gray, and light blue, this could be a really fun, easy way to add some personality to your commute while keeping the functionality you love. It’s $ 198 (in the largest version) at Nordstrom, also available in black, navy, and beige. Note that if you were eyeing Tory Burch’s leather option, that seems to be on its way out — the T
best work bags - Cole HaanI’ve always liked Cole Haan products, with their tote bags being no exception, so it’s very interesting to see so many great Cole Haan work bags on sale at Last Call right now for great prices. The pictured bag is currently $ 189 (down from $ 315) and comes in a ton of colors and sizes (including black, beige, and red); this tote with goldtone hardware is also catching my eye, as well as this sportier work tote with a removable drawstring pouch.
best work bags - lodisReaders love the brand LODIS Los Angeles for a reason — their bags are made with working women in mind. Most of their bags offer RFID features, as well as intelligent details like feet, interior pockets, exterior slip pockets for your ID card or whatnot, and all in their durable leather. I mostly think of the brand as doing super neutral colors like black and red, so it’s fun to see the brand expanding to more fun colors like the lavender pictured here. The pictured bag also comes in black, orange, and yellow.
best work totes - Marc JacobsIf you’re looking for a reasonable sort of splurge, note that Marc Jacobs has a number of very popular tote bags right now, including the tote pictured, its slightly larger sister, and the Editor tote.  The happy bright color of this one was calling to me, though, and I like the intersection of form and function with the key ring/pocket on the front of the bag. (The larger version has a more plain front.) The pictured bag is $ 425.

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Why Cisco is The CW’s Best Arrowverse Character

Towards the end of the second season of Arrow, about 10 episodes after we first meet soon-to-be-Speedster Barry Allen, we are introduced to Francisco “Cisco” Ramon. He was in Starling City to do some inventory of the local S.T.A.R. Labs facility being closed down, due in part to the disastrous particle accelerator explosion at their location in nearby Central City. Impressed with the facility, Cisco proudly proclaimed, “I hereby christen this building as ‘the bomb.’” And with that, a career of winning wisecracks was born.

Cisco is a mechanical engineer at S.T.A.R. Labs. And that unfortunate particle accelerator explosion was responsible for Barry’s super speed and a whole onslaught of other meta-humans, thrusting Cisco to become an integral member of Team Flash.

Cisco has made a name for himself on Arrow, The Flash, Legends, and Supergirl, making him the best character in the Arrowverse. With dozens of meta-humans, superheroes, and valuable sidekicks abound, we realize the boldness of this statement. Without further ado, here are the facts.

Cisco is relatable


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Carlos Valdes as Cisco

Cisco has the wonderful ability to interfere with our suspension of disbelief just enough to remind us that while he may exist in the Arrowverse,  he is actually our real-life spirit animal. He is a fanboy, and geeks out whenever he gets to meet another hero. He is a pop-culture junkie, rattling out references to Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Spongebob Squarepants, iZombie, Friends, The Princess Bride, Star Wars … literally, if you can name it, he’s probably referenced it. He’s a stickler for proper grammar. He has comic collectibles in his bedroom. He wears hipster T-shirts. He’s even scared of bees. Cisco is all of us.

Cisco is incredibly intelligent

As we mentioned, Cisco is a mechanical engineer at S.T.A.R. Labs. He helped build the infamous particle accelerator with baddie Eobard Thawne, who, of course, was posing as the good Harrison Wells. Cisco was unaware of the nasty explosion that Thawne had in mind to ensure that Barry would become The Flash. It was part of his devious plot to course-correct the future. Or was it the past? Yeah, it’s confusing. We bet Cisco could explain it.

Anyway, ashamed of the havoc caused by the particle accelerator explosion, Cisco put his genius abilities to work for Team Flash. He uses the facility to humanely imprison dangerous meta-humans, and is always designing high tech gadgetry, weapons, and some marvelous suits. He constantly tweaks and updates his creation of Flash’s suit. He made a strikingly awesome yellow suit for Kid Flash, and even made a suit for substitute speedster Iris West.

This season he also made a high tech suit for the newest member of Team Flash, Elongated Man. It doesn’t look like much when it’s not on, but as Cisco affirms, “This tarp is your super-suit. When you stretch, it stretches. When you squish, it squishes.”  Outside of Team Flash, Laurel Lance had Cisco create a suit for her sister, who would become White Canary. Cisco was even sought after by Ray Palmer for advancements to his impressive A.T.O.M. exosuit. Trust us, Cisco gets around.

As far as weaponry, he created the infamous cold gun for Captain Cold, the heat gun for Heat Wave, and the gold gun for Golden Glider. Mind you, all of this was under duress, but the savviness on display is still wildly impressive.

Cisco is extremely clever


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Keiynan Lonsdale and Carlos Valdes

Aside from his witty pop culture references and his saucy banter with, well, everyone, Cisco is also known for his prideful talent of naming all of the bad guys. A true moniker master, he is responsible for countless nicknames. Some require second or third drafts, but he’s extremely proud when he gets one to stick on the first try. His creative darlings include, but are certainly not limited to Captain Cold, Plastique, Girder, Prism, Captain BoomerangReverse Flash, and The Thinker. Cisco is deeply opposed to anyone naming their own alter-ego, and once bemoaned, “Oh, why do the crazy ones always name themselves?”

Cisco is a superhero


Carlos Valdes as Cisco
Carlos Valdes as Cisco

After nearly three full seasons, Cisco developed into a meta-human superhero in his own right, and the world rejoiced. After reluctantly curating his various abilities, Cisco became Vibe. Vibe has incredible abilities to see visions from other timelines, create sonic blasts from his hands, and open breaches to other dimensions.

Cisco had thought that he was unaffected by that gnarly particle accelerator explosion. But then he started having visions that he couldn’t quite explain. They were from other timelines, past and future, and he eventually accepted that he was now a meta-human. In the second season, he takes the name Vibe. While on Earth-2, he encountered his villainous doppelgänger, Reverb, who unknowingly taught Cisco much of what he needed to know about his own powers. Best of all, Cisco was now able to tailor his own amazing suit.

Cisco faced off against Danny Trejo


Danny Trejo and Carlos Valdes in ‘The Flash’

In Season 4, Episode 4, “Elongated Journey into the Night,” Cisco faced off against his girlfriend’s truly intimidating father, Breacher, played by the legendary Danny Trejo. The relationship evolved wildly over the course of the episode. Initially, Breacher was hunting Cisco for sport, believing him to be no good for his daughter, Gypsy. By the end, however, he respected Cisco as a fellow breacher and a suitable boyfriend for his daughter. He even felt comfortable enough to reveal his real, and rather less intimidating name: Josh.

We think we’ve made a strong case to support Cisco’s title as the best Arrowverse character. In fact, we hereby christen this character as “the bomb.”

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When many of us go on vacation, we like to learn a little bit about the country we are visiting. Thankfully, there is a whole world of history just waiting to be discovered. While we can read and learn about times gone by, there is no substitute for going to these places and really feeling what the world was like often hundreds of years ago.

Italy – Rome, and Pompeii

The Colosseum in Rome is one of the most famous structures to have survived Ancient Roman times, and it is still largely intact. You can step into this colossal arena and imagine what it was like to have thousands of Romans baying for your blood as you took on the mighty gladiators. You can head to Pompeii on a day trip from Rome and uncover just how the Romans used to live. Pompeii was unfortunately at the base of a volcano that erupted and perfectly preserved much of the town as it was back in the Roman times. You can walk along the streets, entering the houses and imagine how the inhabitants used to live.

Greece – Athens

Athens was the world’s center for the arts and philosophy between 508 – 322 BCE. You can visit the city that is widely regarded as the birthplace of democracy, and you can enter the ancient citadel of the Acropolis of Athens during your visit. Many of the great philosophers from history were born here, including Plato and Socrates and you can get close to the history through the many museums in the city.

Cambodia – Angkor Wat

Visitors to Cambodia must check out the temple of Angkor Wat. This temple has been preserved since the 12th century and is considered to be the largest religious monument in the world. There are faces carved from stone on the outside of the building that are so detailed it will leave you wondering how they were so capable of such skillful masonry 800 years ago. The inside walls are decorated with engravings and visitors are able to roam inside the temple walls to transport themselves back in time.

Egypt – Cairo

The pyramids in Egypt are some of the most iconic structures in human history. Their unusual shape and design really exhibit what you can achieve if you are a tyrannical empire forcing citizens into slave labor. These giant pyramids were built as a final resting place for some of the rulers of the time, where they would be mummified and buried with their treasures. Amazingly, visitors are allowed into these ancient structures to see what was buried within.

Poland – Auschwitz

One of the reasons many people study history is to learn from the mistakes of our ancestors. One of the worst atrocities the world has ever seen is the Holocaust that resulted in the deaths of millions of Jewish people at the hands of the evil German rule leading up to the Second World War and during the conflict. Auschwitz, in Poland, is home to a well-preserved concentration camp used to house and execute Jewish people. Visitors are allowed onto the sight, and it serves as a harrowing reminder of how awful people were treated in relatively recent times.

If you have an interest in human history then thankfully there are still some surviving ancient structures for you to go and check out. They are mostly in disrepair, but that doesn’t take away from the sense of awe you feel when stepping inside. Sometimes they are places of triumph and other times you cannot escape the feeling of deep sorrow.

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On canals, coast and riverbanks, readers pick their favourite pubs for a drink in the sunshine while taking in the action – or lack of it – on the water

Waterside pubs are an amazing link with the past on the UK’s 3,000 miles of canals. One of the very best is the Admiral Nelson at the locks near the entry to the Braunston tunnel. The very cosy interior is supplied with a pile of foodie books by an enormous fireplace. You can watch the stream of canal boats and colourful work boats with their gorgeous decorations as the locks are operated, two boats up and then two down. There is a ghost in the part of the pub that was once the canal worker’s morgue. She walks through the wall into the bar, apparently. The Nelson has always been a meeting point for boaters with stories of canal trips around England, and has been for 300 years.
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If you’re spending all, or part, of the holidays at home this year checking out one of the UK’s 120 or so publicly accessible outdoor pools should be high on your holiday hit list. With local authority cost-cutting threatening closures, many of these pools are now run by volunteers, having been saved by their communities.

And don’t be deterred if the heatwave doesn’t last – many of these pools are heated, and swimming in the rain can be a glorious experience. Southern England has by far the greatest density of lidos in the UK, but here are 10 lesser-known gems across the country, all near or on the way to holiday hotspots.

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‘Dave’ Could Be Your New Best Friend When it Comes to Avoiding an Overdraft


Overdrafting ranks up there with bumper-to-bumper traffic and running out of coffee: the worst.

Making a $ 10 mistake — to pay $ 35 in fees? How do they get away with this stuff?

Unfortunately, no matter how much you complain, you’re probably not going to change bank policy.

But you might have another solution: Dave.

No, not your coworker, or your old roommate, (though the founders do want you to think of Dave as a friend). It’s an innovative app that could prevent you from overdrafting.

The Big Deal With Overdrafting

When Jason Wilk, Dave’s co-founder and CEO, was in college, he overdrafted constantly.

“All the founders experienced overdraft fees,” says Wilk. “We saw it as a recurring problem.” Not only for themselves, either; they frequently saw overdraft woes pop up in the news or on Reddit.

And it’s no wonder. Overdraft and ATM fees cost customers at America’s three biggest banks $ 6.4 billion in 2016, according to an analysis by CNNMoney.

“The average expense amount that triggers an overdraft fee is $ 25,” Wilk says. “There needed to be a product that helps people maintain their expenses and avoid those small negative pitfalls.”

So Wilk and his friends decided to create an app to alleviate the problem. Also on board? Billionaire investor Mark Cuban, who had backed a few of Wilk’s previous companies.

“[Cuban] himself used to overdraft a lot when he was trying to make it,” says Wilk. “He became our lead investor in the seed round.”

How Dave Prevents You From Overdrafting

In April 2017, Wilk and his co-founders launched Dave, and today, the app has more than 400,000 users who each pay $ 1 per month.

Here’s a basic overview of what it does:

  • Assesses your income and spending patterns, then predicts how low your balance could get between now and your next paycheck.
  • Sends a warning if you’re at risk of overdrafting due to an upcoming predicted expense.
  • Calculates your cash flow at the end of each month: how many dollars came in and how many dollars went out (via your checking account).

Or, as Wilk says, “We’re thinking about it as Mint.com [a money-management tool] for the paycheck-to-paycheck world.”

How to Get On Board With Dave

To use Dave, you must first download the app (iOS/Android) and connect your checking account. Dave will then assess your income and expenses and attempt to establish patterns.

Say your cable bill is paid on the 11th of each month. Once Dave sees that, it will automatically set that bill up as a predicted expense.

You can also take matters into your own hands by turning your regular purchases into predicted expenses. If you go to lunch with the girls every month, for example, add it in so Dave will account for it.

If, at any point, your balance is going to dip dangerously low or a predicted expense may cause you to overdraft, Dave will warn you through a notification on the app.

“Because you’re taking control and adding predictions, you’re going to know well ahead of time what your chances are of overdrafting,” says Wilk.

And if an overdraft is looming, you can take preventive measures: You can pause your Netflix subscription, eat ramen for a week or transfer some money from your emergency fund.

Dave Also Offers Interest-Free Paycheck Advances

Or, if you’re out of options, you can ask Dave for an interest-free advance on your next paycheck.

You can request any amount up to $ 75. Then, when your next paycheck hits, Dave will withdraw the amount you borrowed — without any interest charges or fees.

The $ 75 limit is purposeful, according to Wilk. It’s enough to cover the essentials, but not so much that it could lead to irresponsible behavior or unnecessary reliance.

“There’s no place in the country you can go and borrow that little amount of money,” says Wilk. “Payday products allow you to access a large amount of money, but that can get people into a tough cycle of always relying on it.”

Not to mention, payday loans can have an interest rate of nearly 400%, whereas Dave’s advances don’t have any.

Though Dave doesn’t check your credit, you’re eligible for an advance only if you have some form of recurring income.

If you deposit money sporadically, the app won’t be able to discern when your next paycheck is due to arrive — and therefore won’t be able to offer you an advance.

“When we can’t find anything that’s reliable, the app gets harder to use.” says Wilk. “It’s very much geared toward people who have an idea of when they’re going to get paid — and that’s a big part of what gets you approved for the $ 75 advance.”

Tip Dave, Plant a Tree

Dave’s advances, as noted, are free — but if you’re grateful for the services, you can “tip” the company. For each percentage you give, Dave will plant a tree in Africa, according to its website.

For example, let’s say you borrowed $ 50. Tipping $ 5 would equate to 10%, so Dave would plant 10 trees.

Overall, Wilk says, he and his co-founders simply want Dave to be like your friend (your friend who looks like a bear and plants trees).

“Friends let you borrow around that $ 50 to $ 75 amount, don’t charge you interest and warn you about bad things that are going to happen to you,” he says.

For that “friendship,” Dave charges $ 1 per month with no contract.

If you mostly use credit — or rarely overdraft — that’s probably not worth it. But if you’re a chronic overdrafter who pays up to $ 450 in fees each year, it very well may be.

Susan Shain is a freelance writer and digital nomad. She covers travel, food and personal finance (basically, how to save money so you can travel more and eat more). Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.

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

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The 5 Best Kingdom Hearts Music Tracks

The Kingdom Hearts series has both enchanted and captivated players since it first launched in 2002. The mixture of elements from Final Fantasy and Disney fostered a fan base that has stuck around through different consoles and a long, excruciating wait for the franchise’s third installment.

One of its defining traits is the soundtrack composed by the talented Yoko Shimomura. Here are five of the best music tracks across all games, excluding opening and ending themes.

“The Other Promise” (Roxas’s Theme)


Roxas about to fight Axel

Roxas’s journey is one of identity, of trying to find out who or what he is. The most disheartening discovery being that he’s not a complete individual. His story, played out in Kingdom Hearts II and 358/2 Days, involves Roxas trying to find himself as he begrudges the situation he’s thrust into the moment he awakens as Sora’s nobody.

You can hear this journey in his musical theme too as it moves from a soft, almost lullaby tone, to building up to a theatrical piece. Yoko did a wonderful job of making the player feel what Roxas feels, the shift from youthful innocence to deep-seated anger and frustration. The track becomes even more poignant when he comes back later in the game during Sora and Roxas’s confrontation in Sora’s heart.

“Musique pour la tristesse de Xion” (Xion’s Theme)


Xion in Roxas' arms before she disappears

Xion’s theme captures her short but touching journey of existence. She has to come to grips with the fact that she’s a puppet, a vessel to house Sora’s memories. She’s the same as her best friend Roxas, a piece of someone else’s being.

You can feel the pain of knowing that once her job is over with, she’ll disappear. It’s housed in each note and crest of the song. From the moment her theme kicks in, the player knows that her time is up, that she’s going to fade not only from existence but from the memories of everyone she’s interacted with. It’s a sad but touching piece that tugs at the heartstrings.

“Kairi” I/II/III


Kairi in the opening to Kingdom Hearts II

Kairi’s connection to Sora and the motivation she gives him is present in everything he does. She’s someone who grounds him during his travels across many worlds and universes. So, this feeling of serenity and inner peace is in every note of her theme.

You feel the song’s sense of calm during their time on Destiny Islands. This was before the fateful night that would change their lives forever when Sora and Kairi watched the sunset and Kairi asked for Sora to never change. For him to be the same kind and gentle spirit he is in that moment of quiet relaxation. Kairi’s theme is one of friendship and light, she’s Sora’s light and his inner strength.

“The 13th Struggle”


The Melodious Nocturne Demyx

Organization XIII is a group of baddies that work in the shadows and pull the strings of Sora’s journey. Their leader is an evil nobody who’s bent on using Kingdom Hearts for his own self-service. We hear “The 13th Struggle” during boss battles against members of Organization XIII.

It’s a quick-moving track that accentuates the mischievous nature of the organization. Each of their boss battles is an exercise in planning ahead and studying patterns. The frantic pace of the song as it builds is the same frantic pace that takes place in each bout. It’s a song that you won’t mind getting stuck in your head as you repeat Demyx’s battle many times.

“Another Side” aka “Deep Dive”


Roxas in Deep Dive

Tetsuya Nomura cracked that code of sequel hype in 2002 when he created the first Kingdom Hearts secret ending. While at the time it was only a conceptual video, it later had a lasting effect on the story. And it would have a lasting effect on the players.

Yoko Shimomura went all out on this track. It starts out slow as we were introduced to a then-unknown character (Roxas) walking through a dark alleyway. What became known as Neoshadows begin sprouting from the pavement. As the song gets more intense, so do the visuals. By the time the song reaches its peak, every player is on the edge of their seat, holding their breath. Finding the secret ending was a treat, but listening to the song was an experience.

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“I Am Harlem, and Harlem is Me!” — Luke’s Best Lines in ‘Luke Cage’ Season 2

SPOILER ALERT: Warning, this article contains spoilers for Season 2 of Luke Cage. Proceed at your own risk.

With Season 2 of Luke Cage now streaming on Netflix, we’ve pulled together his best lines from the series. The funny stuff. The dramatic stuff. The sad stuff. And the shocking stuff, as Luke embarks on his darkest journey yet…

To camera, after being blown up and shot: “Yo, I’m Luke Cage. You can’t burn me, you can’t blast me, and you definitely can’t break me. You wanna test me? Step up. I’m right here. I ain’t going nowhere. You know where to find me. I am Harlem. And Harlem is me.”

Regarding racism: “I’m a black man in a hoodie. People have always been afraid of me. You never had anybody clutch a purse on an elevator, or follow you round a store, or cross the street when they see you coming.”

Explaining his anger issues: “I’m a man, OK? Full-fledged. My anger is real. But if I can use that for intimidation and fear, to do work, then so be it. If I have to speak the language of those that would do others harm, to make them stop, then so be it.”

Why he doesn’t wear a costume: “I’m 6’3″, black, and bulletproof. You really think wearing a Lone Ranger mask is going to keep people from figuring out who I am?”

Referencing WWI: “You’re too valuable. You’re the Archduke Franz Ferdinand. You’re a living, breathing, one-man Christmas addict’s ghetto stash house. The best bargaining chip ever. So I guess we’re going to hunker down for the night, and tomorrow morning I’m going to get you to the cops.”

Putting down the villain: “I’ve fought gangsters with powers. Maniacs looking for cheap revenge and immortality. Is that you?”

Coming to terms with his super-powered life: “I ain’t been to church in a long time. I don’t pray much either. But today in that river I think God was trying to tell me something. The world may be my problem. But it’s not always my fault.”

Telling Mariah how it is: “You said you needed me. You still do. Whether either one of us likes it or not. I’m keeping you alive until Harlem is safe from Bushmaster. After that, you’re on your own.”

Threatening Mariah: “Why not? After all she’s done? All the pain she’s caused? The misery. The death. Why shouldn’t I throw her out that window and give Bushmaster exactly what he wants?”

Mocking Danny Rand: “You think I’m crazy? You’re the one seeing dragons, man.”

On love lost: “It’s all those fires you have to put out. Staying ready. Always on edge at every moment. It does something, living that way. It changes you. Claire saw it. She tried to warn me but I couldn’t hear it. So she bounced. I don’t blame her. I chose this life.”

Referencing his quote at the start of this piece, but in Trump-like fashion: “Look, I’m bulletproof. You can’t burn me. You can’t blast me. And you can’t break me, OK? And most importantly, you can’t buy me. I’m the only person that can make Harlem great again.”

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Kate Middleton’s best ever high street looks (and where to buy them)

Your complete guide to the Duchess’ fave affordable brands

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Kate Middleton is know for mixing high street brands with designer items, thus nailing that hi-low fashion most of us can only dream of (note the £40 Zara dress she wore to the polo, and the elegant Royal wedding McQueen dress that she definitely didn’t recycle).

But while we’ve already brought to you the complete guide of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite fashion brands, it was more about the pricier end of her wardrobe, which includes the likes of Jenny Packham and Erdem.

So we thought it was about time we did a little rundown of Kate’s best high street looks, and where to buy the exact same item, or near enough.

Kate Middleton wearing Zara

The Duchess is a huge fan of the Spanish high street chain, having recently worn not one, but two £40 dresses at Royal events. She’s previously worn statement jewellery and jackets from Zara too

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Kate Middleton wears Roland Mouret to the 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' premiere

Kate Middleton wears a Zara necklace with a Roland Mouret dress to the ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ premiere

Kate Middleton wearing L.K.Bennett

Kate has single-handedly boosted nude court sales everywhere, thanks to her love for the style by L.K.Bennett, which she has worn at countless events. She’ll often turn to the brand for smart day dresses and tailored coats too.

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Kate Middleton wearing an L.K.Bennett coat in Dec 2017 (Photo: Rex)

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Kate Middleton wearing L.K.Bennett nude pumps in 2011 (photo: Rex)

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Kate Middleton wearing Hobbs

During her pregnancy with Prince Louis, Kate wore a smart navy coat by Hobbs, which serves up other timeless classics like the green skirt suit the Duchess wore the year before.

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Photo: Rex

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Kate Middleton wearing Boden

Kate made headlines back in January 2018, when she wore the most vibrant red coat, courtesy of British brand Boden. It’s actually still available in a couple of sizes, and has been reduced in the sale.

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Kate Middleton wearing GAP

When she’s in need of something a little more casual, like a parka jacket or trousers, the Duchess likes to shop at GAP. She wore these printed skinny trousers in 2016, and here’s the brand’s version for this season.

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Kate Middleton wearing Reiss

Reiss is known for paired-back, tailored dresses, and so is an obvious choice for Kate when it comes to official functions that don’t quite require the traditional ballgown. She famously wore this nude dress to meet the Obamas after coming back from her honeymoon.

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Kate Middleton wearing Topshop

Kate first publicly wore Topshop during her first pregnancy in 2013, a black and white polka dot dress which sold out instantly. The same thing happened when she wore a boho dress while on tour in India in 2016. Luckily, polka dots are back in season, and you can buy this similar style from Topshop.

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Kate Middleton wearing Goat

Kate absolutely loves a smart Goat coat, and actually owns a similar style in every colour, including cream, black, navy and red (and that’s the ones we’ve spotted). Clearly an investment piece.

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Photo: Rex

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Kate Middleton wearing Superga

For those rare times Kate Middleton does require a trainer, she’s often spotted wearing her trusty Superga shoes, which were actually a favourite of Diana’s too.

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Streaming TV comparison: Which service has the best channel lineup?

Are you tired of overpaying for more than 100 TV channels with your cable or satellite provider when you only watch a handful of them on a regular basis?

You may be able to lower your monthly bill to $ 40 or less by switching to a live TV streaming service.

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Streaming TV: DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, Hulu, Sling TV, Philo, AT&T WatchTV

These cable and satellite alternatives offer smaller bundles, so it’s important that you compare the channel lineups to make sure that your favorite networks are included.

We’ve highlighted plans in the $ 15 to $ 40 per month range below, but most providers offer packages at other price points.

Keep in mind that you’ll need a high-speed internet connection to take advantage of any live TV streaming service, so that’s another monthly cost to factor in as you’re reviewing the various plans and prices.

Here are the channel lineups for DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, Hulu with Live TVSling TV, Philo and AT&T WatchTV:

DirecTV Now “Live a Little” plan: $ 35/month YouTube TV: $ 40/month PlayStation Vue “Access” plan: $ 39.99/month Hulu with Live TV: $ 39.99/month Sling TV “Orange + Blue” plan: $ 40/month Philo: $ 16/month AT&T WatchTV: $ 15/month; free for unlimited wireless subscribers (COMING SOON)
A&E A&E A&E A&E A&E
ABC ABC ABC ABC ABC (select markets)
ACC Network Extra
AMC AMC AMC AMC AMC AMC
Animal Planet Animal Planet Animal Planet Animal Planet
Audience Audience
AXS TV AXS TV AXS TV
Baby First
BBC America BBC America BBC America BBC America BBC America BBC America
BBC World News BBC World News BBC World News
BET BET BET
Big Ten Network Big Ten Network
Bloomberg Bloomberg
Boomerang Boomerang
Bravo Bravo Bravo Bravo Bravo
C-SPAN
C-SPAN 2
Cartoon Network Cartoon Network Cartoon Network Cartoon Network Cartoon Network Cartoon Network
CBS CBS CBS CBS
CBS Sports Network CBS Sports Network
Cheddar Cheddar Cheddar Cheddar
Cheddar Big News Cheddar Big News Cheddar Big News
CMT CMT
CNBC CNBC CNBC CNBC
CNN CNN CNN CNN CNN CNN
CNN International
Comedy Central Comedy Central Comedy Central
Comet
CW CW
Decades Decades
Destination America
Discovery Discovery Discovery Discovery
Disney Channel Disney Channel Disney Channel Disney Channel Disney Channel
Disney Junior Disney Junior Disney Junior Disney Junior
Disney XD Disney XD Disney XD Disney XD
DIY Network
E! E! E! E!
El Rey
EPIX Drive-In
ESPN ESPN ESPN ESPN ESPN
ESPN 2 ESPN2 ESPN 2 ESPN 2 ESPN 2
ESPN 3
ESPN Goal Line
ESPNews ESPNews
ESPNU ESPNU
Flama
Food Network Food Network Food Network Food Network Food Network Food Network
FOX FOX FOX FOX FOX (select markets)
Fox Business Network Fox Business Network Fox Business Network Fox Business Network
Fox News Channel Fox News Channel Fox News Channel Fox News Channel
Fox Sports 1 Fox Sports 1 Fox Sports 1 Fox Sports 1 Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports 2 Fox Sports 2 Fox Sports 2 Fox Sports 2
Freeform Freeform Freeform Freeform Freeform
FX FX FX FX FX
FXM FXM
FXX FXX FXX FXX FXX
FYI FYI FYI
Galavision Galavision
Game Show Network
Golf Channel  Golf Channel
Hallmark Channel Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
HGTV HGTV HGTV HGTV HGTV HGTV
History Channel History Channel History Channel History Channel History Channel
HLN HLN HLN HLN HLN
IFC IFC IFC IFC
Investigation Discovery Investigation Discovery Investigation Discovery Investigation Discovery
Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime
Lifetime Movies Lifetime Movies Lifetime Movies
Local Now
MLB Network
MSNBC MSNBC MSNBC MSNBC
MTV MTV
MTV2 MTV2
National Geographic National Geographic National Geographic National Geographic National Geographic
Nat Geo Wild Nat Geo Wild Nat Geo Wild
NBA TV
NBC NBC NBC NBC NBC (select markets)
NBCSN NBCSN NBCSN NBCSN NBCSN
Newsy Newsy
Nick Jr. Nick Jr. Nick Jr.
Nickelodeon Nickelodeon
NFL Network
Olympic Channel Olympic Channel
One America News
OWN OWN OWN
Oxygen Oxygen Oxygen
Paramount Network Paramount Network
PeopleTV
Pop Pop Pop
REELZ
RFD-TV
Science Science
SEC Network SEC Network
Smithsonian Smithsonian
Sundance TV Sundance TV Sundance TV
SYFY SYFY SYFY SYFY SYFY
Tastemade
TeenNick
TBS TBS TBS TBS TBS TBS
TCM TCM TCM TCM
TeenNick
Telemundo Telemundo  Telemundo
Tennis Channel
TLC TLC TLC TLC
TNT TNT TNT TNT TNT TNT
Travel Travel Travel Travel
Tribeca Shortlist
truTV truTV truTV truTV truTV truTV
TV Land TV Land
Unimas
Univision Univision
Universal Kids Universal Kids
Universo
USA USA USA USA USA
Velocity Velocity Velocity
VH1 VH1
Viceland Viceland Viceland Viceland Viceland
WE tv WE tv WE tv WE tv WE tv
WeatherNation

Editor’s note: Some of these plans may also include regional sports networks.

Don’t know if any of these plans will work for you? Call a family meeting and have everyone write down the channels that are most important to them, then see which bundle is the best fit for your household.

Again, most of these providers have other bundles or add-ons, but that’s going to increase your monthly rate.

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10 of the best Moscow restaurants – chosen by the experts

For a taste of modern (and old Soviet) Russia, World Cup visitors should try these restaurants, markets, cafes and canteens, offering new twists on traditional Slavic cuisine – at affordable prices

‘Moscow is in the middle of a food renaissance,” says Karina Baldry, a Muscovite chef and an author, now a Londoner. Whereas a decade ago rocket salads, Argentine steaks and sushi were all the rage, now – because of economic sanctions and a renewed patriotic mood – high calibre chefs are rediscovering their Slavic roots. They have started to use forgotten or newly created ingredients, such as local marbled beef and Russian mozzarella, and old cooking methods, involving the use of pechka ovens. For most Russians, eating out is still a special occasion, so even the most “democratic” places (a popular term to refer to more relaxed, less exclusive places) invest in expensive design, fabric napkins and table service. With some 12,000 restaurants in this sprawling city, we asked six Muscovite gourmands for their favourites.

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The Best Lingerie to Buy at Nordstrom

the best lingerie to buy at NordstromSure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

One of the biggest things everyone buys at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is lingerie — so while we’ve got a few weeks before the 2018 sale begins (July 12 for Early Access!), I thought we’d take a look at some of the top selling bras at Nordstrom because it’s always interesting to see which products have thousands and thousands of great reviews. It’s worth noting that not every bra is going to fit everyone — in fact, my own favorite bras (Fantasie padded, Fantasie unlined, Natori, and the poorly named, Amazon-only Unbelievabra) aren’t on this list at all — and the list is FULL of things from Wacoal, a brand that I’ve never liked. (And they now own Fantasie, alas.) It’s also worth noting that a lot of these products are sold at multiple retailers — Amazon has them all (and, as Kate wrote in her review of Amazon Prime Wardrobe, trying on bras can be a great way to use their try-before-you-buy feature). Macy’s sells Wacoal, Natori, as well as brands like Bali as well; I’m sure the other department stores all do as well. (I wore this bra for yeaaaarrrrssss back when I thought I was a 36DD.) We should probably revisit our discussion of everyone’s favorite places for online shopping — I’d love to hear if you guys where you guys are getting great deals on bras or love the selection. As I’ve noted in the past, too, if you can find trusted eBay sellers who live near factory outlets or stores with sales, that’s a great way to get deals on bras.)

Please note that this post DOES contain images of women in bras — so if you’re wary of people at the office looking over your shoulder, don’t click the “Read more” link below until you’re in a more private situation. 

A few other things not pictured but recommended: this is the highest rated sports bra — and this was our last discussion on the best underwire nursing bras over at CorporetteMoms. We’ve also talked in the past about how to buy a bra, readers’ favorite lingerie for office looks, and proper bra care.

On to the best lingerie to buy at Nordstrom…

 

Natori Feathers Contour BraThe best selling bra at Nordstrom, by far, is this one by Natori — it has 2,215+ positive reviews, comes out regularly in fun colors, and looks super pretty. It’s available in sizes 30A-38D, and is $ 68 full price. Nordstrom advises that the cups run small.  Natori Feathers Contour
Next up: this bra from Wacoal has 1810 positive ratings and comes in a slew of neutral colors in sizes 32D-44H, and is $ 65 full price. Reviewers swear by it for its comfort. Wacoal Awareness Underwire Bra
This simple bra, also by Wacoal, comes in sizes 30D-44DDD, and comes in a ton of colors. The brand advises you to order a smaller band size and larger cup size (so a 34C should order a 32D, for example).  It’s $ 55 full price.  Wacoal Basic Beauty Underwire Bra
'Rive Gauche' Underwire Bra The uber popular Rive Gauche bra from Chantelle is $ 88 full price, and comes in sizes 32C-44H. If you dislike bras with seaming that shows through t-shirts and the like, note that they do have a smoother version as well.  ‘Rive Gauche’ Underwire Bra
Wow: I don’t think I’ve ever seen a strapless/convertible bra be quite so beloved — I may have to give this one a try myself even though I’ve historically hated Wacoal products on myself. This one has 950 positive ratings, comes in sizes 30D-42DDD, and the removable straps “can be worn conventionally, halter style or crossed in back.” The bra comes in beige and black, and is $ 65 full price. Red Carpet Convertible Strapless Bra
I’m intrigued to see that this “retro chic” bra from Wacoal is so highly rated — 825 positive reviews and a size range of 32D-46H. I suppose it does have a very vintage vibe to it — for some reason I am reminded of the cone bras Madonna wore on her underwear tour. (Truth or Dare? Hmmn.) The bra has no padding, and is $ 60 full price. Retro Chic Full Figure Underwire Bra
This t-shirt bra from Natori has 637 positive reviews and comes in sizes 30C-38DDD in several colors, including a kind of awesome floral one right now. I like that the straps are fancy but the cups are totally plain — perfect for officewear. The bra is $ 70 full price. Natori ‘ Pure Luxe’ Underwire T-Shirt Bra
It’s interesting that we’re nearly to the end of our list before we hit our first minimizer — I tend to think of them as an older “answer” to a “problem” of a big bust — I think the more modern view is that if you get a great bra that fits you properly there’s absolutely no need to minimize anything because hey, bodies come in all shapes and sizes.  STILL: if you’re on the hunt for a minimizer, it’s worth noting that this one from Chantelle has 587 positive reviews and comes in sizes 32D-44F. C Magnifique Underwire Minimizer
Natori rounds out our list with 500+ positive reviews, coming in sizes 32B-38DD, and is $ 70 full price. It’s worth noting that they also have a nursing bra option.  Natori Hidden Glamour Contour Underwire Bra
OK, one more: not only does this bra have more than 500 positive reviews, but readers were singing the praises of it for casual weekend days on a recent Weekend Open Thread — in part because each of the four straps is fully adjustable so it’s good for larger cups. It comes in sizes XS-XL and a TON of colors; full price is $ 38.  Intimately FP Adella Longline Bralette

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The Best, Worst and Wildest Moments of the MTV Movie and TV Awards

The 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards made one thing perfectly clear: Tiffany Haddish should host every awards show for the remainder of 2018. Haddish had the audience rolling whenever stars of shows like Riverdale, Grown-ish, and 13 Reasons Why, even Lady Gaga herself, handed out Golden Popcorn prizes in gender-neutral categories like “Most Frightened Performance” and “Best Kiss.” While Stranger Things and Black Panther were nominated in the most categories, it’s clear that Haddish was the night’s biggest winner.

Here are the best, worst and wildest moments at the MTV Movie and TV Awards:

The Best Ten Minutes in Awards Show History

Thanks to the magic of CGI, Haddish was inserted into Black Panther as if the cast of Girls Trip skipped New Orleans and went to Wakanda instead. There she recreated TLC’s “Waterfalls” video, threw down with T’Challa, yelled things like, “I am Tiffany Haddish and I know who bit Beyoncé!” and “You are so close to getting my face pregnant!” After winning the fight, she drank some purple drink that turned her into a unicorn who was ”horny as hell.” She then appeared on stage to perform a movie-themed version of Cardi B‘s “Bodak Yellow”. She was even dressed as Cardi B, pregnant thanks to Michael B. Jordan staring into her eyes. But Haddish didn’t stop there: She then reminded the crowd that she is the first black woman to host the award show, that Black Panther is the first African-American movie to make a billion dollars, and “A Quiet Place is the first film to scare black people outta talking in movie theaters.” She then set about making everyone from Riverdale, Stranger Things and Zendaya squirm—while cracking up the entire audience. Haddish then excused herself, because “usually when a black girl talks this much on MTV she just got Catfish-ed.“

Best Kardashian Recap

“That family is basically the Star Wars franchise,” Haddish joked. “They make a ton of money, a new one is always popping up and they’re ruled by a bossy overlord who sleeps in a mask and loves black men.” The jab earned laughs from Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian West.

Shortest (a.k.a. Best) Speech

Madelaine Petsch from Riverdale took the prize for Best Scene Stealer, who speech was nothing more than a heartfelt thank you. Perfect!

Best Dressed

Haddish once again wore the now-iconic white Alexander McQueen dress she wore to the Girls Trip premiere and when she hosted Saturday Night Live and at the 2018 Academy Awards.

Cutest Public Flirting

While Haddish shamelessly flirted with Michael B. Jordan, it was Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp who pulled it off best. When he took the stage after winning the prize for Most Frightened Performance for his role as Will, he couldn’t help but sweetly and shyly say, “Hi Zendaya.”

Best Hero

While Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman was grateful to win the award for ”Best Hero”, he wanted to acknowledge the real heroes in the world. Specifically, he wanted to highlight the heroism of James Shaw, Jr., who fought off a gunman at a Waffle House in Tennessee and then raised a lot of money for victims. Boseman handed him the trophy and told him it was going to live at his house.

Best Star Wars Reboot

Tiffany Haddish inserted herself into Star Wars: The Last Jedi and when Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren appears to her through their special bond, the Force can’t tear them apart. “A man in high-waisted pants is my biggest weakness!” she said. When he showed up a minute later in high-waisted pants, she had no choice but to take off her shirt just “to make him feel comfortable.” It was all uphill from there.

Best Description of 13 Reasons Why

Haddish explained that she started watching the show because she “thought it was the sequel to 12 Years A Slave.“

Most Inspirational Speech

When Keiynan Lonsdale won the coveted “Best Kiss” award for his lip-locking work in Love, Simon hit the stage, he urged kids to live their dreams. “I just want to say to every kid, if you can live your dreams and wear dresses, you can live your dreams — you can live your dreams and kiss the one that you love no matter what gender they are.”

Best Youth Outreach Program

Kristen Bell and Seth Rogen (who Haddish described as her “favorite bearded white man since Abraham Lincoln”) stepped on stage to promote their new film Like Father. Bell’s face was plastered in fake tattoos sure to appeal to the kids these days, including avocado toast , a bottle of rosé, and the logo for Wild Wild Country. Not to be outdone, Rogen got Vin Diesel’s face on his lower back.

Best Villain

Michael B. Jordan was shocked that he won Best Villain for his performance in Black Panther. while that sounds like the typical faux humility of a winner, Jordan was truly surprised: “I thought Roseanne had that in the bag!”

Parental Advisory

Haddish had a few concerns about Stranger Things. “Everyone thinks they are so cute, but hear me out: they ride bikes in a group, Eleven beats a**es and they always dropping bodies. Where I come from that’s a straight up gang.”

Best Public Service Announcement

While he had the spotlight, Jordan had a small request for the audience: “Chadwick Boseman asked me to ask you to stop asking him to say ‘Wakanda Forever!’”

Next Year’s Winner

A Dark-Ass Place, which is like A Quiet Place, but the monsters are deaf so you can make as much noise as you want if you keep the lights off. It stars Elizabeth Moss, Jamie Foxx, Dave Chappelle, and, of course, Tiffany Haddish, who dreamed up the whole thing when she couldn‘t stop talking during A Quiet Place.

Remembering Your Roots

Lena Waithe was awarded the Trailblazer prize, and dedicated her win to some other trailblazers — the stars of the documentary Paris is Burning. Jennie Livingston’s 1990 film documents New York’s underground drag scene that is wildly influential in today’s culture, even though many people don’t know where things like vogue-ing and the phrase “Yas Queen!” came from originally. While that may change thanks to the show Pose, as Waithe said, “They strutted through a brickwall so we wouldn’t have to.”

Best Historical Reenactment

Haddish showed up on stage in a stunning reproduction of the gown Meghan Markle war when she married Prince Harry. “Girl’s from my hood,” Haddish said by way of explanation.

Most Wide-Ranging Speech

Chris Pratt gave a speech that laid out nine rules that ranged from how to give a dog medicine (in hamburger meat), a reminder to not take anything for granted, tips on how to poop at a party, and a reminder to pray.

Best IRL Message

Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown recently left Twitter over cyberbullying, used her Best Performance acceptance speech to deliver a powerful message. “There should be no space in this world for bullying,” she said. “I’m not going to tolerate it, and neither should any of you.”

Best Double Duty

Tiffany Haddish not only hosted the show, but also won for Best Comedic Performance. She came on stage in her bathrobe, exclaiming “She ready!”

 


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The Best Solutions for Gaping Shirts

the best solutions for gaping shirtsSince it’s been a while since we last discussed this particular workwear issue for those of us on the bustier side, we thought it’d be a great time to talk about the best solutions for gaping shirts. Last time, we gave some DIY options for gaping blouses, including recommendations for sewing, taping, and pinning to close up the gaps — and more recently, we’ve talked about the best women’s dress shirts and dress shirts for for women with large breasts, as well as the best workwear for different body types, blazers for busty women, and clothes for the curvy professional.

Here are some suggestions from readers on the best solutions for gaping shirts (other than walking around with a folder in front of you all day like the model in the stock photo, that is):

1. Ask the store to fix the problem. This depends on whether or not they offer free alterations, of course — check out this big list from Racked. One reader reported that Brooks Brothers once sewed a hidden snap between two buttons on a shirt she bought there. One time the store did it for free, and another time she paid $ 5. (This was several years ago, so YMMV.best solutions for gaping blouses - image of a businesswoman with an ipad in front of her gaping dress shirt)

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2. Use a backup. Here are a few reader-recommended options:

  • Sew on a hidden snap (or get a tailor to do it — and let that go without saying for the rest of the sewing suggestions here!). This works especially well on a shirt with a hidden button placket.
  • Add a hook-and-eye fastener.
  • Use an “As Seen on TV!” solution: Style Snaps are $ 8 for 16 on Amazon [affiliate link].
  • Sew on a thin piece of velcro.
  • One reader had a suggestion that’s kind of hard to paraphrase, so it is in her words:

    Sew … a small buttonhole in reverse right between the two existing buttons where the gap happens — the button is on the top layer of the shirt going toward your body, and the hole is on the lower layer of the shirt. So when you button the shirt, the new button will actually be touching your skin. … High-end shirtmakers use this method instead because you can still wear the shirt open. Assuming it is done with thread the color of fabric, you can’t even see it.

3. Use the old standby: Try fashion tape, such as the general-purpose Fashion Tape (3 for $ 13) or Fearless tape ($ 9 for 50) — or use Braza Flash Tape ($ 8/roll) which, as the name suggests, is made specifically for this issue [affiliate links].

4. Repurpose an unexpected product: One reader vouched for a toupee adhesive called Topstick, which she said holds up much better than fashion tape. She bought it from Sally Beauty Supply, but (not surprisingly) it’s also at Amazon, where it’s $ 7 for 50 strips [affiliate link]. Another reader pointed out that Topstick holds up to many washings and doesn’t leave any residue.

5. Layer it up: Check out our some of the brands we mentioned in our last post on the best camisoles for work.

6. Hide the problem in a pretty way: Wear a loosely knotted scarf to cover the gap — and the reader who suggested this noted that you could even add fashion tape to hold the scarf in place.

7. Solve the problem for good: One reader said she permanently sews the gap closed on almost all of her blouses (in a way that’s hidden). She said that most shirts are stretchy and/or loose enough to pull over her heard with two buttons closed. Another reader offered that she: (1) removes all the shirt buttons, (2) sews down the placket on both sides (leaving enough room to pull the shirt over her head), and (3) reattaches the now solely decorative buttons.

Of course, there’s one more option: If it’s acceptable within your office’s dress code, just give up on button-front blouses altogether — and see our Guide to The Best Tops for Under Women’s Suits for options. Alternately, get some bespoke blouses, either from a high-end shop or one of the websites we mentioned in our post on custom-made clothes. You can also try Rochelle Behrens’ The Shirt, which we’ve previously featured in a roundup.

Do you have any blouses that gape between buttons? What do you think are the best solutions for gaping shirts, and have you tried any of the above? 

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From the employee who dreams about landing an executive role at a company but notices a lack of diversity in the C-suite to the entrepreneurs struggle to get funding for their startup—when it comes to career advancement, people of color face an uphill battle. So, we’ve rounded up a few inspirational and resourceful platforms for people of color. Here are some of the best sites for job searching and career advancement for people of color.

8 Best Job Searching and Career Websites for People of Color

Job Well

A career advancement platform for black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals. They also help companies with their marketing, diversity recruitment, and retention.

Womeneur

A platform to connect, enlighten, and empower emerging and early-stage startups and career women. Beyond creating a space to celebrate women entrepreneurs, the Womeneur Collective offers a private membership-based community for resources, weekly training, and actionable advice. Need a daily dose of straight-talk-no-chaser inspiration? Then follow @womeneur on Instagram.

The Life Currency

With a focus on helping millennial students, young professionals, and entrepreneurs navigate life through their 20s, the Life Currency shares gems on preparing for college, balancing career and side-hustles, spending, and investing and making money. Take note, changemakers, dream chasers, and hustlers can get their daily dose of inspiration @TheLifeCurrency’s Instagram page.

Black Creatives

A digital media platform for news, resources, and tools that helps black creatives thrive in their careers. Beyond digital infotainment, #Blkcreatives, is your daily dose of inspiration, conversation, and community, especially on Twitter. Make sure you tune into their Twitter chats.

Black Career Women’s Network 
A national professional development organization focused on everything career-related to the success of African American Women—from “Ask a Mentor” digital tools and coaching to events and in-person workshops. BCWN is on a mission to bridge the gap in support of professional development, particularly for women of color.

The Memo

Coaching, advising, and career development for women of color. This platform goes beyond surface level workplace issues (e.g., communication challenges) and digs deep to uncover solutions on hot topics such as “Intersectionality at work,  Overcoming microaggressions, and Building Alliances At Work.

The Mentor Method

A social enterprise on a mission to help companies increase workplace diversity. According to the website, not only does The Mentor Method make stronger matches between company employees, but they provide a framework, resources, and proven methodology to make the relationship effective. Plus, the Mentor Method provides a  series of business workshops such as New Leadership Training, Diversity, Intern Training, and Implicit Bias training.

She Leads Africa

A global hub of advice, inspiration, and opportunities targeting African women. Plus they host a series of in-person events, expos, and business competitions. For your daily fix of news and actionable advice, sign up for their Monday Motivation newsletter or follow them @sheleadsafrica.

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The 18 Best Songs for a Father’s Day Playlist

 

It’s that time for the kids to make a breakfast of burnt toast and runny eggs for dear ole’ dad and serve it to him in bed. After the meal is consumed (or possibly hidden under the bed when the kids aren’t looking), Dad is presented with a homemade card or maybe even the world’s ugliest tie that he will only wear in your wildest dreams. A cool father will pretend to like all of those gifts but what he may enjoy more is a playlist of songs that affirm how important he is in every child’s life.

Here are a few great songs to help launch your own special Daddy’s Day playlist.

COLOR HIM FATHER – THE WINSTONS

 

This million-selling song told the story of a stepfather who became a real father to his wife’s children. It was the only chart hit (No. 2 for five weeks on the R&B singles chart in 1969) for the Washington, D.C. based band that featured Richard Lewis Spencer’s unique lead vocals. He also won a Grammy Award in the category of Best Rhythm & Blues Song for writing it.

DANCE WITH MY FATHER – LUTHER VANDROSS

 

Vandross co-wrote (with pop star Richard Marx) this sentimental song about seeing his father dance with his mother when he was a child. His father died of diabetes when the singer was seven years old. Sadly, Vandross suffered a major stroke weeks after finishing the song and was unable to promote it when it was released to radio in 2003. It still became a Grammy Award-winning No. 1 hit. Vandross died in 2005.

PAPA WAS A ROLLINGSTONE – THE TEMPTATIONS

 

Dennis Edwards’ fiery roar, Damon Harris’ sweet falsetto, and a relentless bass line define this psychedelic mantra about a father who was largely missing in action but was still something of a hero to his son nonetheless.

 

JUST THE TWO OF US – WILL SMITH

 

To the beat of Bill Withers and Grover Washington Jr.’s classic “Just The Two of Us,” Will Smith raps about his relationship with his first son, Trey.

STILL, MY FATHER – BRYAN ANDREW WILSON

 

The young gospel legend shares the once-uneasy relationship with his own absentee-but-now-back-in-his-life father on this 2005 Urban AC meditation.

DADDY LESSONS – BEYONCÉ

 

Queen Bey shows that before Jay-Z, her first King was Daddy, Matthew Knowles. She reverentially sings that he “made a soldier out of me” and “taught me to be strong.” Spotify doesn’t have rights to stream Beyoncé’s solo version, so we’ve added her Dixie Chicks collaboration to the listening. It’s equally powerful as a country song.

 

YOUR DADDY LOVES YOU – GIL SCOTT-HERON

 

One of the most militant and politically observant musicians of the 1970s, Gil Scott-Heron showed a very tender side on this whimsical homage to one of his daughters. Sadly, the original 1974 version with the eerie piccolo appears to be out of print but Spotify has a live version of it that we include in our playlist.

 

WIND BENEATH MY WINGS – GERALD & EDDIE LEVERT

 

The O’Jays’ Eddie Levert and his equally famous first born, Gerald, turned in a powerfully riveting performance on this 1995 re-cut of a 1980 Gladys Knight & the Pips original.

SONG FOR MY FATHER – LEON THOMAS

 

The late avant-garde jazz vocalist’s hearty 1969 cover of the Horace Silver Quintet’s 1964 standard is a more mellow affair with a disconcerting yodeling spell. However, it’s still a breathtaking and thought-provoking performance.

DAT DERE – OSCAR BROWN JR.

 

The veteran actor and storyteller humorously recalls all the crazy things a kid might ask his father on a trip to the zoo.

JUST LIKE YOU – LECRAE FT. J. PAUL

 

In a childhood flashback, the fatherless rapper is on the hunt for any male role model in this sobering, percussive track.

 

MY DADDY – EVELYN TURRENTINE-AGEE

 

The Quartet Queen, best known for “God Did It” – a No. 1 gospel hit in 2001, remembers her father lovingly in this southern waltz.

MY FATHER’S EYES – ERIC CLAPTON

 

The legendary guitarist seeks his father’s approval, guidance, and support on this rocking track.

 

PATCHES – CLARENCE CARTER

 

Nicknamed “Patches” because of his raggedy clothes, this impoverished 13-year old went to work as a teenager to support his Mama and sibling after his father died on this 1970 southern soul lamentation.

DADDY COULD SWEAR, I DECLARE – GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS

 

“Daddy couldn’t read, Daddy couldn’t write but one thing Daddy sure could do right was swear, I declare,” the soulful foursome proclaim on this funky ditty.

 

THIS CHILD NEEDS HIS FATHER – GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS

 

Long before the idea of absentee dads had become a pandemic, prophetess Gladys had her fingers on the pulse and sang about it on this 1973 gem.

FATHER, FATHER – ANGIE & DEBBIE

 

BeBe & CeCe Winans’ little sisters call on the Holy Father on this sweeping R&B track but this message can apply to any doting dad.

BROWN BABY – BILLY PAUL

 

On a classic Philly Soul groove, the jazzy singer admonishes the brown babies of the world “to make your father proud” on this 1973 cut from the same album that produced his masterpiece, “Me and Mrs. Jones.”


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Best places to travel on a budget

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Traveling can be an expensive way to spend your time, but often it is the most memorable. Finding a way to travel for less, is the ideal way to maximize how much of the world you can see in your lifetime. While it can be costly getting to some places depending on where you are coming from, these places won’t break the bank when traveling on a budget.

Karpathos, Greece

Greece is a beautiful country; there are wonderfully blue waters, and white sands that help to make it one of the prettiest places in the world to be. Throw in a delicious cuisine, and you’d be crazy not to visit there at some stage of your life! Karpathos has many beaches that are free to enter, and you can take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea. There are ancient ruins to visit, such as Agia Fotini and Agia Sofia which are runs of ancient chapels from many years gone by. Then there is the Roman cistern, which is a cave dwelling from the time of the Roman Empire. There are a host of activities such as snorkeling and windsurfing that are available for travelers looking for a bit of action. The food is cheap, which is important because you will eat a lot of the delicious cuisine, so much that your clothes might burst at the seams.

Porto, Portugal

Portugal is experiencing a travel boom at the moment so you’ll have to get in there before the prices skyrocket. The coastal city of Porto offers travelers plenty of sun as well as a healthy dose of culture. You can visit the baroque church of Torre dos Clerigos which helps to provide a great overlook of the city thanks to the sky-high tower attached to it. You can ride the vintage tram service that runs through the city if you don’t feel much like walking. The weather is often fair and even in the winter months, the temperature shouldn’t dip much below 62 degrees during the day. The 60 Euro cent cups of coffee are a good barometer of the day to day expenses in Portugal. If that doesn’t appeal to the travel budgeter in you we don’t know what will.

Havana, Cuba

If you are traveling with a buddy, then you should check out Cuba as it can be an affordable location to visit when sharing the costs of accommodation with a friend. You could spend $ 10 on drinks if you head to a tourist spot in Havana, but if you head to a local bar, the same drinks will probably set you back about a dollar. Avoiding the tourist economy is the way forward in Cuba, as this way you will get to immerse yourself in the country’s history and culture as well as saving yourself some much-needed pennies for the road. You can get cheap meals for around $ 4, and coffee is even cheaper than in Portugal, many cups are available for as little as $ 0.10. There are hundreds of vintage cars that are dotted all around Havana that add to the vibrancy and color of the city. Just walking around the city and taking in the street art and street life is the best way to get the most out of Havana while keeping your costs low. Taxis are cheap and charge $ 1 per kilometer traveled.

Traveling for less is becoming harder and harder these days as travel itself becomes more popular. These are the places we think you will be able to head to without spending lots of money but still have an absolutely amazing time.

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Best food festivals in the world

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Food is great, it tastes amazing, and it releases positive hormones throughout our bodies that makes us feel good. It is any wonder that we keep going back for more? Even after our stomachs are telling us they are full up! The best thing about food is that each country has its own special cuisine and often there are very different taste sensations available throughout all of the regions in the world. Many festivals celebrate food, and we’re bringing you some of the best.

Pizzafest – Napoli, Italy

Talking about food without bringing up pizza is hard. The gooey cheesy meal is many people’s favorite thing to cram into their mouths, and Napoli in Italy is where they were created. Pizzafest is held yearly in September and celebrates all things pizza for about two weeks of the year. Head to Napoli to experience the original recipe for yourself and make sure your clothes have elasticated waistbands as you can expect to eat a lot of pizza during that time.

Le Salon du Chocolat – Brussels, Belgium

Belgium is considered by many to be the home of chocolate, so it makes sense that they would have one of the best chocolate festivals in the world. They hold the festival, Le Salon du Chocolat, every year in March and there are more than 130 participants making chocolate for all of the festival goers. Some of the biggest names in Belgian chocolate making will be at the festival exhibiting all of their amazing skills and offering samples to taste. There are even people wandering around wearing dresses made from chocolate.

Bacon Festival – California, USA

Bacon has to go down as one of the greatest discoveries ever made by mankind. It is the smell that is guaranteed to get you up in the morning as it will be driving your taste buds so crazy you won’t want to be asleep anymore. In Sacramento, California, bacon lovers will convene to share their love of bacon in all shapes and sizes. There will be straight up bacon, bacon flavored ice cream, bacon milkshakes, and bacon donuts. Any kind of bacon you can think of, and many that you can’t, will be available at this meaty festival.

La Tomatina – Valencia, Spain

One of the most fun food festivals in the world is found in Valencia, Spain. While there isn’t too much tasting involved thousands of people flock to the streets of Buñol, Valencia, to throw tomatoes at a huge wagon and each other. It has been held since 1945, and there are very few rules to participation. You cannot throw hard objects, and you must squash your tomatoes before throwing, that’s basically it. The event is staged purely for entertainment reasons but is for sure the most fun you can have a food festival.

Tokyo Ramen Show – Tokyo, Japan

Ramen is arguably the most popular food Japan has to offer, and many college students would claim the low-cost, but high-flavor noodles are a necessity. Fans of the fast cooking food will be able to enjoy all of the varieties of flavors that Japan has to offer, and after the first six days, the vendors are all swapped for new ones, offering even more noodly goodness.

Food is for everyone, and thankfully there are hundreds of food festivals across the world. No matter what your preference is you are likely to be able to find a festival that celebrates your favorite food as much as you do. We think those are the best food festivals available to food lovers across the globe.

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10 of the best surfing schools in the world

What sets these surf schools apart is a commitment to excellence when it comes to tuition, which will help you to catch a wave from Portugal to Hawaii, South Africa to Norway

Surf camps provide a taste of the surfing lifestyle and include accommodation and transport, as well as social activities where you can meet other surfers. One company offering this is Lapoint, which has camps in six countries, including the Portuguese fishing town of Ericeira, 50km north-west of Lisbon – where there is a vibrant surf scene. Head coach João Durão began teaching at 19 and believes the quality of the instruction is as important as having fun, so there are theory lessons, fitness training and one instructor for every six students.
Seven-night break from €499, includes five lessons, accommodation, breakfast and yoga, two- and three-week packages available, lapointcamps.com. Flights extra, as with all the schools mentioned here

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‘The Band’s Visit’ sweeps Tony Awards as “Harry Potter” wins best play

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” won the Tony for best play on Sunday while “The Band’s Visit” swept the musical categories with 10 wins, including the top award best musical at Broadway’s annual honors for the best in theater.


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The best cities in the world for music fans

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Music fans come in all shapes and sizes, just the same as music genres come in a variety of tones and beats. Many cities in the world house great venues that allow local artists to become global superstars, and then come back to their hometown and sell out the big arenas. Some of the best cities for music can be found all over the world, here are some that welcome music to help their vibrant hearts continue to beat.

Manchester, UK

Manchester is home to one of the largest rock bands to ever come out of the UK, Oasis. In truth lots of bands have come from this city including, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, even Take That. The city is famous for music and has many great venues and stadiums that the biggest acts in the world regularly play at. It has hosted famous acts such as The Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, and Kendrick Lamar. It doesn’t just host global superstars though, there are many smaller venues around for up-and-coming bands to learn their craft in. If you like music you will be able to find a decent venue that will be playing a genre that you love, make sure you check it out.

Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza is full of clubs, and anyone who loves dance music should at some point in their lives try to get to this Spanish party island. Some super clubs host thousands of people at a time just wanting to hear the world’s best DJs battle it out. It has also moved recently to accommodate fans of other genres too, and Ibiza Rocks now makes the island a vacation destination for music lovers who aren’t purely into dance music. Ibiza’s attraction is to pair sunny weather with some of the world’s best music, seems like a great combination to us.

New Orleans, USA

Speaking of a party, heading to New Orleans will guarantee you have a great time. The city is synonymous with jazz music, and there are plenty of venues ready and willing to blast out some fine tunes from their trumpets. It is considered to be the birthplace of jazz by many and must be visited to understand the atmosphere the city is able to generate. The jazz coming from New Orlean evolved and became the early form of Rhythm and Blues which was full of energy and vibrancy, and in recent years it has developed a hip-hop culture and a heavy metal base. There is something for most music lovers in this city.

Vienna

Lovers of classical music will no doubt be aware of Vienna. Classical music composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms spent many years working and living in the city, honing their craft. Now there are outdoor performances to be enjoyed around Vienna as well as the wonderful theaters with some of the best acoustics in the world. Theatres such as the Theater an der Wien, Volksoper, or the Staatsoper. Vienna is also considered to be home of the waltz dance if you fancy moving your body to some of the best classical music in the world.

Many great cities across the world are famous for their musical backgrounds. This rich history with music leads to many fans flocking to them to get closer to the music they love. Those were our picks for the best cities in the world music fans should make a trip to whenever they get the chance.

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‘The Band’s Visit’ sweeps Tony Awards as “Harry Potter” wins best play

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It’s getting late in the afternoon, their bellies are full from dinner, the sun is setting, the weather is cooling down. It feels like the perfect time to head outside.

“Let’s go for a walk,” I called after a long day inside homeschooling and reading lots and lots of books. We can travel far and wide through text in a book, but that doesn’t mean we don’t still need to get outside.

 

When it comes to playing, they’re happy to do it together no matter what it is. Sometimes that means my son’s dinosaur is “eating” the doll my daughter is twirling around. Their favorite kind of play however goes beyond dollhouse walls, even beyond the walls of our home.

“Have you ever played Freeze Tag?” I asked as we reached the park.

“No, what’s that?” My daughter asked. My 11-year-old sister was there to help break it down.

“It’s like regular tag but when the person who is it tags you, you have to freeze in place,” she explained. The evening was full of belly laughs and side aches.

Then I watched as my kids pretended a rock wall was a castle wall to waiting to be climbed. They jumped off to escape the dragons, then flew back up again.

My favorite photos to capture are at this time of day, when the sun is setting, the shadows are long and the light is golden. It’s hard to beat the warmth and joy these photos bring. But the best time to photograph our kids? Right now.

Whether your child is a baby learning to lift his head up, or a toddler learning to walk, a preschooler playing pretend, or a big kid trying something new. Now is always the best time to capture a moment with your child. So, quick, go snap a pic. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.

This post was originally published March, 2017.

Jennifer Borget is a domestically-challenged part-time journalist, and a full-time mom. She’s a photographer and storyteller challenging families to cherish and make the most of every day on at Cherish365.com To catch more of her motherhood journey, follow @JenniferBorget on Instagram and join her #Cherish365 community on Facebook.

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