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Amazon Prime perk: Free digital newspaper access

Available to new digital Washington Post subscribers only, this exclusive offer saves you $ 10 a month. To take advantage, simply follow this link and log in with your Amazon account information to start your free trial.

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If you want to make sure that you don’t get billed down the road, go ahead and set a calendar reminder (or two) to cancel the subscription six months from now.

I’ve made a note on a wall calendar, plus with Google’s free calendar tool.

In addition to free two-day shipping on millions of items, Amazon Prime members get access to TV shows and movies, music streaming, eBooks, photo storage and so much more.

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Don’t Trust Dollar Stores, You May Be Paying More for Less

Dollar Tree and other discount chains have been popping up in bulk around the country and making a mint in recent years. The three largest dollar-store chains have opened more than 1,800 stores in 2017 alone, giving consumers convenient access to shop on a budget. But some experts warn that dollar-store shoppers looking for a good deal may be getting swindled.

According to a recent article by The Guardian, dollar store patrons often pay more than wealthier consumers who shop in bulk at stores like Costco and Walmart. Here’s how The Guardian breaks down the cost of buying basic goods, like flour and milk, in a dollar store versus a supermarket or big retailer.

The bags of flour at a Dollar Store just south of San Francisco cost only $ 1, but they also only weigh two pounds. Most bags in the supermarket are five pounds, and can be scored for less than $ 2.50 at cavernous retailers like Walmart or Costco – though these require time and, often, a car to access.

 

Dollar store raisins are only 4.5 ounces. At a big box store, however, 72 ounces of raisins cost $ 10.50 – meaning dollar store customers are paying 52% more.

 

Cartons of milk at a dollar store are only 16 ounces – which prorates to $ 8 per gallon, more than what you would pay for even top-of-the line milk at Whole Foods.

 

Deep-discount retailers have flourished in recent decades, popping up like mushrooms in the depressed locales big-box stores economically eviscerated in the decades before.

On the other hand, it is more cost-effective to buy certain items, like toys, greeting cards, and hangers, at a dollar store. Plus, they offer cheaper products than many local liquor and convenience stores. However, these discount stores can induce mindless shopping since many customers resort to simply counting the number of items in their cart rather than researching to be sure that they’re really getting a deal on each product. As a result, Dollar Tree, which acquired Family Dollar in 2014, now operates over 14,000 locations in the U.S. and Canada and earns a whopping $ 20.7 billion a year. So who’s really getting a bang for their buck?

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‘We Don’t Support Black Business Owners’ Note Left At Indiana Business

An Indiana business that hasn’t even opened up shop yet is being harassed simply because the owners are black. The owners of Level UP Gaming Lounge in Irvington, Indiana, told FOX 59 that an anonymous note was delivered to his business in June after a gaming event was held at the location.

“Close Shop! We don’t support black business owners!” the note read. Owner Sami Ali has already reported the incident to police. “I made a police report to document that people are doing hate crimes towards our business. Thank god it was just a note. No broken windows or anything,” Ali told FOX 59.

Ali, who grew up on the east side of Indianapolis and has put thousands of dollars into the gaming lounge, said he is making an investment in the neighborhood.

“A place to come in and meet people face to face and then the adults can sit there and enjoy a glass of wine. It bothers me that people still think that way but it is not going to stop me from doing what I want to do,” said Ali.

The note he said does not represent the support that he has received from other Irvington businesses who are upset and disappointed. Wolfe, who owns a coffee shop just across the street from Level UP, said the area is ready for the gaming lounge to open.

“Honestly, I was shocked. It sounds like something out of the 1960s. It is difficult enough to get people to come in and now for people to behave this way…that is just ridiculous,” Wolfe said.

Ali is remaining optimistic though. He said he is ready to open the doors even sooner.

“We got your note but we are not going to back down. We are going to push forward and maybe open up sooner,” said Ali.



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The World Cup is siphoning the attention of traders, sending trading volumes down by as much as 50 percent during match times, according to a new report. The thinner trading, meanwhile, is raising the cost of executing trades by as much as 20 percent. “We find that [soccer] is indeed distracting, subtly impacting market depth,…
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9 Drops You Don’t Want to Miss This Week

This week’s drops roundup features Supreme, Heron Preston, Ignored Prayers, FTP, Gucci, Gosha Rubchinskiy x Burberry, Vetements, BAPE, and Drake‘s tour jacket commemorating his fifth studio album, Scorpion.

With a busy first half of the year, Supreme has continued to push an assortment of provocative collaborations, along with its staple mainline collection. This week is no exception as the drop sees bold graphics from the AK Football top, and absurd 7’10” Advanced Elements Packlite inflatable Kayak (complete with oar), and a Supreme x O’brien life vest. Elsewhere, Heron Preston‘s eponymous label releases its SSENSE exclusive NASA-themed capsule. BAPE goes back to its colorful ways for Fall/Winter 2018, combining vintage sporting silhouettes with relaxed cuts — seen in the track pants, track jacket, stadium jacket and long coach jacket.

Supreme Spring/Summer 2018 Drop 20

We’re now at drop 20 of Supreme‘s Spring/Summer 2018 releases and so far, this week looks to be relatively quiet. Since there are no special collaborations, the most noteworthy pieces are the box logo accessories — a Supreme x Advanced Elements Packlite Kayak (an inflatable one-person kayak with a pump and oar) and a Supreme/O’Brien Life Vest. The water activities theme will extend to a few unseen items releasing this week, which will include an embossed beach towel, taping water shorts, mesh strip tank tops, tracksuits, crusher hats and more. It appears that this will be the last Supreme SS18 drop. We’ll update this post as more info rolls through, so keep checking back.

When: July 5, 11:00 am GMT (for London), 11:00 am EST (for NYC); July 7 for Japan
Where: Supreme NYC, LA, Japan, European locations and online at Supreme’s web store

BAPE Fall/Winter 2018 Collection

Continuing its string of releases, BAPE recently unveiled its Fall/Winter 2018 collection. Already looking towards the colder months ahead, the range features the Japanese imprints signature graphics, camo print, tiger head embroidery and an emerging barcode-style logo. The Desert-camo print that appears on bomber jackets, caps and waist bags expresses the strong military influence BAPE went with the range. While new footwear styles, including new BAPESTA colorways and high-top sneakers complete with the classic shark-head graphics center the FW18 collection in the streetwear realm.

When: July 7
Where: BAPE’s web store and physical stores

Vetements Fall/Winter 2018 Graphic T-Shirts

A slew of bold graphics emblazon the much-anticipated debut of Vetements’ Fall/Winter 2018 collection. The concise assemblage include T-shirts and hoodies with prints inspired by astrological signs and nostalgic children’s drawings; “World’s Best Dad”, “I Have a Drinking Problem” and the satirical “I Heart NY” motifs grace the garments.

When: Now
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Gosha Rubchinskiy x Burberry Fall/Winter 2018 Collection

Gosha Rubchinskiy and Burberry prepares for a limited edition collaborative capsule. The Russian designer’s take on classic British style is reinterpreted in a range of trench coats, duffle coats, button-ups, scarves and loafers. Burberry’s iconic trench coat makes an appearance while the traditional duffle coat features beechwood toggles and a detachable hood that comes in check, dark green and claret. Other standout pieces include the duo-check flannels and cashmere scarves, while plaid bucket hats and burgundy loafers round out the capsule.

When: July 7
Where: Burberry’s web store and physical stores

Gucci Spring/Summer 2018 & Pre-Fall 2018 Collection

Gucci has released new pieces from its pre-fall 2018 and Spring/Summer 2018 collection, which offers signature kitschy extravagance and nostalgic wear including logo tracksuits, cartoon graphic sweaters, bowling shirts and more. Notable pieces include the all-over GG print tracksuits available in jacquard, chenille and jersey versions, the SS18 runway “Never Marry a Mitford” knit pullover, which references the infamous aristocratic family of the ’50s, as well as the the Snow White sequin jumper and the Bugs Bunny wool sweater, which features a SEGA-inspired “GUCCY” logo on the back.

When: Now
Where: Gucci’s web store and physical stores

Heron Preston NASA Collection & SSENSE Exclusives

Heron Preston‘s NASA pieces from his Fall/Winter 2018 “PUBLIC FIGURE” collection have released along with SSENSE exclusive black colorways. The aerospace agency-themed range features cozy lounge pieces such as hoodies, sweat pants, long- and short-sleeve tees, hats and socks. All pieces feature embroidered NASA and American flag patches, printed text, and an orange logo stripe at the back for the tops. The SSENSE exclusive black colorway features contrast orange stitching, whereas the mainline red and white colorways come in tonal makeup.

When: Now
Where: SSENSE

Drake Scorpion Tour Jacket

With Scorpion SZN reaching fever pitch, you can now personalize your very own Tour Jacket for Drake’s fifth studio album. Similar to the themed Varsity Jacket circulating before the project’s release, the back of the customizable jacket features the album’s title expressed boldly at the top followed by “TOUR/TWENTY EIGHTEEN” and “by DRAKE.” While the front of the left chest area found in the front features an area for fans to place their name under “EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY.”

When: Now
Where: Drake’s official merchandise web store

FTP Spring/Summer 2018 Collection

With summer finally upon us, Fuck The Population recently returned with its latest Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Comprised of streetwear staples, the warm-weather offerings feature a mixture of colorful tones and heavy graphics. With light jackets and hoodies dominating the range, the FTP put its spin on zip-up trucker jackets, anoraks, vests and pullovers with bold branding motifs and embroidered patches. While the graphic emblazoned T-shirts and choice headwear tie the Americana-inspired collection.

When: Now
Where: FTP’s web store

Ignored Prayers Spring/Summer 2018 Delivery 2

Following up its initial Spring/Summer 2018 release, Ignored Prayers recently returned with the second delivery of its latest seasonal range. This time around a greater focus on graphic stories is found in addition to an extended use of the different inks, pigment dyes and printing techniques employed in the initial set of offerings. Expressing a lived-in washed look, the SS18 Delivery Two pays homage to icons like William S. Burroughs and Grace Jones, along with expressions of vintage trademark designs and NASCAR Racing accents. Some notable pieces include the Public Image Ltd.-inspired Sacred Alphabet T-shirt, collage-style Power T-shirt and the Chaos-embroidered Six Panel Cap.

When: Now
Where: Ignored Prayers’ web store

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Don’t drive distracted! Cheap $5 to $10 hands-free options are available

With all the improvements technology has made to our lives, distracted driving remains a sore spot for motorists, pedestrians and law enforcement alike.

That’s prompted 15 states to put distracted-driving laws on the books that forbid you from holding a mobile device while you’re behind the wheel. Come July 1, the state of Georgia will join that group.

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A cheap option for hands-free driving

Christa DiBiase, our General Manager here at Clark.com, is already complying with the upcoming Georgia law thanks to a couple of cheap purchases she recently made.

For months now, Christa has had something called a Pop Socket on her phone. The Pop Socket is a large button you stick on the back of your phone that expands and contracts thanks to an accordion mechanism.

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When you have a Pop Socket on your phone, the socket can prop your phone on its side, or you can use the socket itself as a grip.

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Some people find holding the phone by the Pop Socket while talking is more comfortable than doing so without — particularly for long conversations.

Pop Sockets like the one pictured above routinely sell for anywhere from $ 2 to $ 10 on Amazon.

But with the advent of the July 1 distracted driving law in Georgia, Christa still needed a way to be able to look at Waze while driving. She needed her phone to be at eye level, but she couldn’t have it in her hands, of course.

That’s why she purchased a $ 10 vehicle mount for her Pop Socket on Amazon.

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It sticks on her dashboard at eye level near her steering wheel and she can easily hook her phone on it before driving and remove her phone from it when she’s parked at her final destination.

Here’s an illustration of the process:

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Of course, a lot of physical stores offer similar solutions — making this one purchase you don’t necessarily have to do online. Among them are Five Below and Walmart.

Walmart offers a magnetic mounted mobile phone holder for $ 5 that looks like this:

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Five Below, meanwhile, has several options also priced at $ 5 including this one that attaches to your vehicle’s air vent:

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The point is, there are a lot of cheap options out there to help you comply with distracted-driver laws in your state!

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Don’t make the fireworks mistake that I made

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Maggie Downs

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I’m a fireworks fan.

Give me a clear night, a cold drink, and something sparkly in the sky, and I’m all set.

When I was in college, I even took a class about the history and development of pyrotechnic devices, because I’m a nerd who also likes to have a blast.

Obviously, I wanted to pass this love along to my child.

Two fireworks exploding in shimmery gold against a deep blue sky

Four summers ago, my child was due on July 4. I remember sitting on a blanket in a field near my house, watching the city’s Independence Day display and rubbing my belly. Each boom seemed to reverberate through me, and the baby acknowledged them with a series of kicks. I couldn’t wait for my son to make his debut and experience the fireworks with his own eyes.

The following July 4th, I was tired. My almost-1-year-old dozed in his crib, and I was just happy to have a sleeping child. I didn’t dare disturb him.

But last year? It was on.

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My son was already asleep by the time it was dark enough for the celebration to begin. So I woke him up, and I carried him to the field near my house – the field where I once waited and dreamed and hoped for my own little sparkler. With every rocket that whistled into the sky and burst into magnificent spiderwebs of glimmering light, my child wailed. howled. screamed his tiny head off.

He wasn’t having any part of these fireworks, no matter how attractive I tried to make them.

“Look at the colors!” I said.

“GAAAHHHHHH!” he said.

“Look at the lights!”

“BBBWAAAHHH!”

“It’s so sparkly!”

“WAAAEEEYYOOOOAAAGGGHH!!!!”

I couldn’t understand it. Don’t kids love things like this? Aren’t fireworks fun?

It’s only now, as I am making plans for this year’s festivities, that I have realized the error of my ways: Things that go boom are scary.

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Sure, fireworks can be glorious for those of us who have a little experience navigating the world. But for the new little ones among us, it’s terrifying to be taken out of bed, dragged outside – sleepy and disoriented – and see explosives.

Hi, mom of the year here.

This time around, I’ve been talking to my son about fireworks and I showed him a couple of videos, getting him excited about the possibility of seeing them in real life. But I still haven’t decided if we’re going to make a point of going outside to see them or not. It doesn’t matter to me so much anymore. I’ve watched a lot of fireworks before, and I will again.

But spending time with my child – keeping him happy and content and feeling safe in the world? That’s what really gets me fired up.

Do you watch fireworks displays with your children?

This post was originally published in June, 2017.

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Melania Trump Wears Jacket Saying ‘I Really Don’t Care’ During Child Detention Center Trip

First Lady Melania Trump visited a Texas detention center Thursday to check in on immigrant children who have been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

After the White House announced its “zero-tolerance” policy in April, over 2,000 children have been separated from their parents. Trump decided to make the trip a day after the president signed an executive order to stop the separation of families, but it’s not her timing people are questioning–it’s her fashion choice.

When boarding the plane in Maryland, Trump was spotted wearing a khaki green jacket with the words “I really don’t care, do you?” scrawled in white graffiti-style writing on the back. Trump removed the jacket before deplaning, but the internet had already latched onto this paradoxical clothing choice, some finding it hard to believe.

Others compared the event to the 2014 incident when then-President Barack Obama was bashed for wearing a tan suit, or the time in 2009 when conservatives criticized Michelle Obama for wearing a dress than exposed her bare arms.

“It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message,” said Melania Trump’s publicist, insisting reporters instead focus on the First Lady’s detention center visit.

Trump toured the facilities of the Upbring New Hope Children’s Center in McAllen, Tex. and participated in a roundtable discussion with staff members. She inquired about the children’s physical and mental care. When she asked how often children are allowed to speak to their families, she was told children with verified families get a 10-minute phone conversation twice a week.

“We all know they are here without their families and I want to thank you for your hard work, your compassion, and your kindness you are giving to them in these difficult times,” Trump told the staff members.

This visit was an attempt to lend support to those caring for the immigrant children, although Trump did not make a public statement about the plight of separated families until this past Sunday. While the visit shows Trump is making an effort to be involved with the care of the children, her jacket choice sent a confusing message.

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One of the joys of shopping for many people is the opportunity to brag about their purchases to friends and others. But new research found one common situation in which people would rather not discuss what they just bought: when they’re feeling like money is a little tight. In a series of studies, researchers found that consumers who felt financially constrained didn’t want to talk about their purchases, large or small, with friends or strangers.
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Don’t Blame Gamers for Falling Labor Force Participation. Here’s Why


Right now, the economy is humming.

The labor market just hit a major milestone when job openings surpassed the number of people looking for work. And the embattled retail sector seems to be on an upswing.

Then why have so many people dropped out of the labor force since the turn of the 21st century?

Like many modern problems, some academics have been quick to blame gamers for the phenomenon — at least when it comes to young men. The thinking goes: Millennial dudes might be more inclined to dab on haters all day in Fortnite than get out of their gaming chair and hunt for work.

But a working paper published this week by Federal Housing Finance Agency economist Gray Kimbrough effectively frags that theory.

It’s not quite a fatality, since the paper will likely be revised before final publication. But Kimbrough used data about men between the ages of 20 and 30 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to find that, while some classic tropes about gamers — like most live with their parents — are true, young men haven’t been leaving the workforce to pursue a life of no-scoping n00bs and casuals.

“Moreover, an examination of men who recently left employment suggests that they do not prefer to spend significantly more time gaming than currently employed men, contrary to the hypothesis that preferences for gaming could be enticing men to leave the labor force,” he wrote in the paper.

A far more striking trend is the fact that an aging U.S. population is moving out of the labor market. Also, women appear to be foregoing work due to lack of advancement opportunities, childcare costs and the lack of parental leave.

Of course, with the rise of Twitch and monetized streaming, gamers can more easily make gaming their full-time job.

But for the rest of us, who struggle not to get murked by 12-year-olds on summer break, you can find a real job at The Penny Hoarder Jobs page on Facebook.

Alex Mahadevan is a data journalist at The Penny Hoarder.

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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Fallon to Parkland students: ‘Don’t let anything stop you’

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Graduating seniors at the Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people in February received diplomas Sunday and heard from surprise commencement speaker Jimmy Fallon, who urged them to move forward and “don’t let anything stop you.”
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Don’t Forget the Furry Members of Your Family When Preparing for a Disaster


Every state or region deals with its own versions of inclement weather and natural disasters — everything from wildfires and tornadoes to earthquakes and flash floods.

In Florida (and throughout much of the southern, coastal and tropical regions of the U.S.), it’s hurricane season, which begins on June 1 and lasts for six months.

The 2017 hurricane season was especially horrendous, causing many people to flee their homes, leaving behind anything they couldn’t carry as they evacuated.

Unfortunately, many people also left their pets behind, trapped in homes threatened by rising floodwaters or chained to telephone poles or fences.

For those who did take their animals with them, it was a struggle to arrange last-minute travel or arrangements with shelters that would allow for pets.

Plus, last-minute care, boarding and supplies can be severely overpriced.

But with another hurricane season looming, and with the other various but all-too-frequent threats from Mother Nature we’ve been seeing recently, it’s important to have an action plan for when disaster strikes — and it should be one that involves your pets.

Prepare to Care for Your Pet During an Emergency

It’s a good idea to begin preparing to keep yourself, your family and your pets safe at the start of the emergency season your area faces. These tips from PetsWelcome.com can help.

Prepare a Pet Emergency Kit

When you put your emergency kit together for yourself and your household, don’t forget to put an emergency kit together for your furry friends, too. You should have this kit handy whether you think you will evacuate your home or not.

Here’s what your pet emergency kit should include:

  • A collar and ID tags with a name and contact information (if the animal doesn’t wear one regularly).
  • Medical tags and updated records (in a waterproof bag or sleeve).
  • Medications (your vet may be able to give you an extra supply if your pet depends on the drugs to survive) and a pet first aid kit.
  • Current photos of your pet to help with identification if you become separated.
  • A few copies of your pet’s feeding habits, notable behaviors, medication schedule and medical conditions, if applicable, in case the pet has to be boarded or placed in foster care suddenly.
  • A small toy, pillow, blanket or bed that brings your pet comfort.
  • Food and water bowls and extra food.
  • Plastic waste bags, lightweight cat litter and a travel-size litter box.
  • A leash, harness and travel crate that is comfortable even over long periods of time.

Before Disaster Strikes

Before bad seasonal weather or disasters are expected in your area, there are some things you should do to ensure your pet will remain safe and well cared for.

Here’s what to do now, before a natural disaster arrives:

  • If your pets are overdue for any shots, take them to the vet now so you’re not left scrambling to make an appointment while a storm approaches. An unvaccinated pet may not be allowed into shelters, hotels, boarding facilities or foster care.
  • Contact hotels, motels and emergency shelters on your planned evacuation routes to ensure they accept pets. (Specify that you are seeking information on emergency evacuation situations, and they may be able to explain their “in case of emergency” procedures and allowances.) Make a list of the places that do.
  • Make a list of any veterinarians or boarding facilities along your planned evacuation routes in case you are required to drop off your pets as you’re seeking shelter with your family.
  • If your evacuation plan includes staying with family or friends in another region, contact them to ensure they are OK with your pets staying, too.

Take Care of Your Pets in Case of Emergency

If you have to leave your home, don’t leave your pets behind.

Pets who are left behind in emergency situations are often sent to homes in another state or area or end up lost or dead.

If you are evacuating, don’t leave your pet locked in your home with extra bowls of food and water. You won’t be able to guarantee how long you will be gone, how severely the weather will affect your home or how your pet will react when left alone for so long under stressful conditions.

Do not leave a pet tied to a fence, light post or telephone pole or turn your pet loose to roam freely outside. Do not leave pets locked in a car, on a boat or otherwise stranded with no hope of escape. This is considered to be animal cruelty, and you may be fined or worse.

A pet is a huge responsibility, and part of that responsibility is keeping your animal pal protected during an emergency situation.

Just remember, preparation is the key to keeping yourself and those you love (humans and animals) safe.

Grace Schweizer is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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The FDA says benzocaine-based products should no longer be used for teething.
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FDA: Don’t use teething products with benzocaine

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Over-the-counter teething products that contain the pain reliever benzocaine are dangerous to your child and should not be used, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned parents this week.

The agency is ordering companies to stop selling these products, and to add warnings on other types of oral-use benzocaine medications stating they not be used for teething pain or given to children under age 2.

Benzocaine can lead to a rare but potentially fatal condition in young children called methemoglobinemia, which greatly reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood, the FDA stated. Signs and symptoms can occur within a few minutes to a couple of hours after using the product, and include pale, gray- or blue-colored skin, lips and nails; shortness of breath; sleepiness; headache; lightheadedness; and a rapid heart rate, the agency said.

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Over-the-counter medicines that contain benzocaine include the brand names Anbesol, Baby Orajel, Cepacol, Chloraseptic, Hurricaine, Orabase, Orajel and Topex, as well as store brands and generics, according to the FDA. They’re sold as gels, sprays, ointments, solutions and lozenges. In addition to finding benzocaine in teething products, you might also find it in products marketed for treating sore throats, canker sores, and mouth and gum irritation.

It’s not the first time the FDA has issued warnings about teething products. Last year, the agency told parents not to give children homeopathic teething tablets that contain the ingredient belladonna.

Ironically, tablets and gels aren’t very effective at easing babies’ teething pain anyway, experts agree. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says medication rubbed onto your baby’s gums for teething tends to wash out within a few minutes. Instead, help your teething baby feel better by giving him something firm or cold to chew on, or rub a clean finger softly over his gums.

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Gabby Barrett Sang ‘Don’t Stop Believin” in Front of Journey’s Steve Perry — and He Loved It

Gabby Barrett sang Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” in front of millions — but there was one unexpected (and legendary!) guest in the crowd that took her breath away.

During Sunday’s episode of American Idol, the Pittsburgh native took on the fan-favorite tune for her last performance of the night. Little did she know, she was singing in front of the iconic rock band’s former lead singer, Steve Perry.

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“That was insane,” Barrett, 18, told PEOPLE after the show. “I’m actually surprised I knew who it was at first because he’s older now, but I looked over and I knew his face. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ I had no idea he was coming. That was such an honor.”

She added, “He said that my version was the best version that he ever heard. That’s so crazy. My dad would always play Journey in the car and I remember watching him perform on the television. I remember him wearing a yellow t-shirt and some tight skinny jeans and just seeing him here and being able to sing his song in front of him was such an honor. Holy monkeys!”

After Barrett completed her song for the evening, she noticed Perry standing near her parents and quickly said, “Oh my gosh, I know who that is!”

Instead of the judges critiquing her performance, Katy Perry suggested that Journey star do the honors.

“She was amazing, that’s my critique,” he said.

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Ryan Seacrest escorted a star-struck Barrett to Perry and the two embraced in a sweet hug.

“It was the most amazing version I’ve ever heard,” Perry — who reunited with Journey for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2017 — told the crowd. “Swear, it was just beautiful!”

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Shoppers who don’t want to open yet another credit card to access store rewards have a new option at Macy’s.

The department store announced this month that the Star Rewards program now includes a bronze level that all shoppers can access, regardless of their method of payment.

Bronze-level members are eligible for Star Money Days, special offers and mysterious birthday surprises. Star Money Days allow customers to earn bonus points on their purchases. Earn 1,000 points and redeem them for $ 10 in Star Money, which can be used without merchandise exclusions for 30 days.

Customers can enroll online, in stores or through the Macy’s app.

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Macy’s announcement comes shortly after the news that rewards program Plenti is ending this summer. Macy’s was one of the initial partners in the program, which allowed shoppers who earned 1,000 points at any Plenti retailer to exchange them for $ 10 at a participating store of their choice. Macy’s dropped out of the Plenti program this spring.

American Express services both Plenti and Macy’s credit cards. The silver, gold and platinum rewards levels are reserved for credit card users, who receive discounts, free shipping and other rewards depending on their spending level.  

Macy’s announced in January that it would close 11 stores. Since 2015, the chain has closed more than 120 locations, CNBC reports.

The company has been adding Macy’s Backstage discount departments to existing stores — and a few standalone locations — since 2015.

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I compare myself to moms I don’t know on Instagram

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The other day I unloaded over the phone to one of my close friends. Fights I’d been having with my husband, frustration with my toddler’s independent/insolent streak, work and other personal challenges. I spilled all the tea, basically.

“Wow, that does not sound good,” my friend finally said. “But at least your life looks great on Insta.”

I laughed, because it was true. But I can’t stop thinking about how strange that is.

The world's cutest toddler runs through a field of orange poppies

You can see the stunning field of wildflowers I posted on Instagram, not the argument we had in the car on the way home. You see my son frolicking on a trail, not the no-nap wildebeest who stomped through the house later.

The world's cutest toddler runs through a field of delicate purple flowers and yellow wildflowers

It made me think about how often I open the Instagram app and gaze at the images from moms I don’t know.

They’re lean and fit, wearing gauzy dresses as they bathe their pudgy, adorable babies in farmhouse sinks. They live in minimalist houses with toys made out of wood. They cook healthy, sensible but whimsical-looking lunches (plus the occasional ice cream cone for #FriYay). They take long walks along a foggy beach with their hot partners, their babies snoozing contentedly in natural-fiber carriers. Even their “Whoops! We made a mess baking cookies!” posts are cozy and inviting.

I have a messy, imperfect life, but these moms have “lifestyles.”

I know that things aren’t perfect for these families. I mean, I know that on a rational level. The things on Instagram are carefully curated images, designed to show a small sliver of someone’s life. There’s no complete picture.

It’s easy to forget that when I scroll through the feed, though, longing for a clean house with gleaming hardwood floors or a baby who coos instead of screams. It’s easy to want what they have. Heck, even jealousy feels authentic and meaningful when you’re looking at mamas who exude wellness and inspiration. (Once I closed the app on my phone, growling, “I want a smoothie bowl in a Mason jar with granola on top! I want to make things that are healthy for me!” So if jealousy motivates you to do things that are good for you, what could be wrong with that?)

But I still look at their profiles and wonder if the perfect lifestyle is just one #vanlife journey away.

A field of orange poppies in California. They are bobbing their heads in the gentle breeze

So what’s the solution? I don’t think weaning myself from social media is the answer. I’ve written before about the connections I’ve cultivated through these platforms, and I believe the good far outweighs the bad. Besides, I really like to look at pretty photos. Instagram still feels like a haven on the Internet, even if it comes with a hefty side dish of envy.

I think I just need to remember what my friend taught me: It’s possible for both the flowers and the fights to coexist. I know that from my own experience.

People are complicated. Our lives as mothers are complex and multifaceted, and there are as many ways to raise a family as there are families. (Some do it in flowy linen dresses; I do it in old tee-shirts and yoga pants.) And while a picture might say 1,000 words, our realities consist of entire libraries. It’s not necessarily a fabrication to only reveal one chapter at a time.

And here’s the other thing: I still want to spend my days frolicking through flowers with my son. Even if it never ends up on Insta.

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Giuliani: Don’t expect Trump-Russia interview decision soon

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump and his lawyers likely won’t decide whether he will answer questions from Russia probe investigators until after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month, according to the president’s legal team.
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Don’t Block The View That You are Selling

An eat in kitchen is a must-have on many home buyers lists but in a small space, a table and chairs can cause a few problems. If the eat-in kitchen blocks a beautiful outside view or obstructs the view of the newly upgraded kitchen, this is an issue. After all, buyers are buying the view and the space, not your furniture! It is also necessary to ensure that there is always a clear path between rooms (at least 36”) and a clear path to doors that go outside. Furniture has to be as compact as possible to accommodate the traffic flow.

The solution for smaller spaces? A glass table is the answer. It doesn’t block the view and it gives you the ability to decorate on top without appearing “heavy/large” in a small space. In this space, a round table softens the very rectangular shaker style doors and the square accent details on the patio doors as well. We chose low profile chairs with minimal bases which ensures that the view is also not blocked by seat backs. Ensure that the chairs can be pushed under the table to minimize the size of the entire set. We chose to go with neutral/soft chair colors that blend in with the rest of the space and chrome bases that further modernize the kitchen and tie in the stainless steel appliances and door handles.

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The one thing we left out? Bar stools! In this particular case, low profile bar stools could be added to the counter top are for additional seating but to ensure great flow and keep the space from feeling to crowded, we choose to forgo those.

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You Don’t Have to Spend a Fortune to Foster Mindfulness at Home


Are you the type of person who likes to dream about all the fancy ways you’d upgrade your home if you suddenly came into millions of dollars?

I sure am. I’d redo my entire kitchen and build walk-in bedroom closets even if it meant putting an addition on the house.

You know what’s never occurred to me, though? Putting a reflecting pool in the backyard or stringing up a hammock in my own open-air yoga studio.

But those are some of the things Jeny Mathis built into her Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, house in her quest for circumspection and tranquility.

“When you build and design a house, you can design it in a way to cultivate mindfulness,” Mathis told The Wall Street Journal.

Mathis isn’t an outlier in the mindful-housing trend. According to The Wall Street Journal, architects are building similar spaces into luxury homes across the country.

For instance, the article also mentions a group of “wellness residences” under construction in Palm Beach, Florida, that include showers infused with Vitamin C, heated reflexology floors and more.

Other luxury homes around the country come equipped with perks like a meditation studio, bird sanctuary or massage room.

Those are cool amenities if you can afford them, but they’re vastly outside of my meager home- improvement budget.

Of course, if you’re a regular reader of The Penny Hoarder, you know we like to find ways to pamper ourselves and practice mindfulness without emptying our bank accounts in the process.

If you enjoy living like royalty on a provincial budget, give these relaxation and mindfulness ideas a try.

  • Vitamin C-infused shower heads can cost upwards of $ 100. For that amount of money, I expect it to be made out of hand-forged metal collected from a tiny mining village in the Alps. I’d rather make my own bath bombs for less than seven bucks and climb into the tub.
  • Meditation studios and massage rooms are cool and all, but why spend good money to build space in your house for something you’ll only use once or twice a day? A pair of earbuds and a relaxing adult coloring book will set you back only about $ 20. Take them into your closet, sit on the floor and you’ve got yourself a sensory-deprivation chamber — only less wet.
  • Fashion your own relaxation grotto for a whole lot less than it costs to hire an interior designer to create an expensive in-home spa. You could even rent it out to friends for a nice little side hustle. That is, if you don’t mind other people wearing your bathrobe.
  • A dedicated yoga studio? Please. All you need to get your down dog on is a yoga mat and six feet of floor space. Depending on the size of your bathroom, you could limber up right next to the tub before you jump in.

We know practicing mindfulness keeps us happy and healthy. And you can’t put a price tag on that.

Peace out.

Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. If you’re looking for her, she’ll be in her relaxation grotto.

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Study: 6 in 10 Homeowners Don’t Plan On Moving Anytime Soon

The most recent S&P/Case-Shiller home-price index shows that home values have increased by 6.3% over the past year. Wages have increased 2.7% in the past year, and the unemployment rate is at the lowest its ever been post-recession, which is why most homeowners say they don’t plan on moving anytime soon.

A new Bankrate.com report found that over 6 in 10 homeowners (62%) say they do not ever plan to move while the remainder anticipates that they’ll be staying in their current home for at least another five years.

“Americans are essentially staying put in their homes for the foreseeable future, either by choice, or by necessity or some combination,” said Bankrate.com senior economic analyst, Mark Hamrick. “Because of this, prospective homebuyers are finding a real lack of quality, affordable inventory, which can lead to bidding wars and risky overspending.”

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While the majority of homeowners (79%) don’t plan on moving in the next half-decade, 35% say they are more likely to remodel, upgrade, or add to their current home during that time. Over the next five years, the likelihood of making improvements to their current home exceeds the likelihood of moving to a new home across all age and income brackets.

Statistics:

  • More than 1 in 5 Americans (21%) own their primary home without a mortgage.
  • Another 32% are currently paying off their mortgage.
  • The median reported mortgage rate is 3.95%
  • Nearly 3 in 10 mortgage holders (29%) either don’t know or won’t say what their mortgage rate is.
  • For groups who could benefit from a good refinancing opportunity like millennials, the statistic is higher at 37% and Gen Xers at 35%.
  • Thirty-nine percent of both Gen Xers and Baby Boomers (ages 54–72) say they have a mortgage on their primary home.
  • Twenty-seven percent of younger Boomers (ages 54–63), 38% of older Boomers (ages 64–72), and 51% of The Silent Generation (ages 73+) own a home without a mortgage.
  • Sixty-one percent of those ages 18–30 say they do not own their main home. However, older millennials (ages 31–37) are equally as likely to own a home than not (43%).

For those unaware of their mortgage rate, Hamrick urges them to “immediately take time to learn that rate as well as whether they have an adjustable or fixed-rate mortgage.” To find the answers, it might require logging onto a website, calling a mortgage service, or digging through paperwork.

At issue is whether one should consider refinancing, including  going into a fixed-rate mortgage, before rates and monthly payments head higher from here,” Hamrick said.

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5 Anime Shows That Don’t Have Any Fan Service

Fan service (AKA the ever so unsubtle art of shoehorning in scantily clad characters or other unnecessarily pervy plot points that don’t serve the story into a show) is something you can’t really escape in anime. In fact, its become so common that even an entire fan service sub-genre (called Ecchi) isn’t enough to keep all the innuendo bottled up, with even the biggest anime shows bowing to the online pressure and writing in fan service more regularly than you’d think.

But what if you could watch anime fan-service-free? Well, don’t worry – we’ve got you. In order to ensure you can stay engrossed in the story without having to worry about confusing storylines or disconcerting camera angles, we’ve compiled a list of great anime series that are totally devoid of fan service.

There are a few to choose from so we are going to skip over some of the more obvious ones you might have seen and also focus on the ones you can actually watch online easily.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit


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Balsa about to kick ass with her trusty spear

Moribito is an anime with some great action scenes that comes to us from director Kamiyama Kenji; director of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Moribito introduces Balsa, an accomplished spear wielding mercenary who takes the job of protecting a prince from assassins. Interestingly, these assassins have been sent by his own father — the emperor — who believes his son is the reincarnation of a water demon that will bring ruin to his empire.

Chased across a fantasy world resembling feudal Japan, our duo comes across a nice variety of interesting characters. The real standouts though are Balsa and the other female characters, who refreshingly don’t pander to stereotypes and have character arcs that are surprisingly well fleshed out. Even the villains of this show are much deeper than originally presented and crucially have understandable motives. The actions scenes are spectacular and use the picturesque settings to full effect, giving each fight its own individuality. With consistently top-notch animation, great characters and detailed world building this is one anime you need to check out.

Trigun


Vash from Trigun
The animation from Trigun is about as 90s as they come

A staple classic in the anime genre, this Sci-Fi western centers around a sixty billion bounty on the head of a legendary gunslinger named Vash. Due to the bounty and his past life, Vash has spent years trying to hide from civilisation just to stay alive. Being plastered with a 60 Billion dollar bounty and being instantly recognisable, tends to lead to some tricky situations and A LOT of destruction.

So much in fact that an insurance company decides it’s more cost effective to have two of their employees accompany Vash full time and try to stop him getting into trouble.

A large part of the comedy in Trigun comes from all three characters trying to stay out of danger and failing in a multitude of ways. Added to this you have a gunslinger who now refuses to kill; a character quirk that slowly develops into a plot point providing key insights into Vash’s beliefs.

It’s little touches like these throughout the show that help flesh out the characters and keep you watching. The animation is very 90s and doesn’t hold up that well in the HD era, but if like me you enjoy some retro animation now and then this will be great for you.

Natsume’s book of friends


Madara from Natsume
Madara in his huge and cuddly wolf like form

Natsume has the ability to see spirits, and upon the death of his Grandmother inherited a book. The Book of Friends has the names of spirits in it which grants Natsume power over them and the ability to release them from the bond of the book.

Throughout the series, Natsume comes across spirits that need his help. Unfortunately for him though, not all are kind and some of the more malicious spirits attempt to kill Natsume and take The Book of Friends for themselves.

The eccentric spirits give this anime a great amount of variety from episode to episode. Character development has rarely been done better in anime, with the spirits often being more complex than the humans they interact with. Each episode tackles touching and emotional subjects in relatable ways that may affect you just as much as the show’s characters. The artwork can be simple at times, but does the job well for an anime that is much less about flashy visuals and more about making you feel something.

Fate / Zero


Magic and legendary heroes come together to fight for a wish

Now, something a bit different. Fate/Zero is a fantasy battle royale where teams of two fight to the death, with their prize being an all-powerful wish granted to each member of the winning team. The team members are all mages of one type or another, giving us some nice visual embellishments to go with their magic use.

The other member of the team is the spirit of a legendary person; for example Alexander the Great, Gilgamesh or King Arthur. Yep, THAT King Arthur.

Not all the characters in this are paragons of light, however. In fact, some of them are horrendously terrible people and the idea of them getting an all-powerful wish gets prespine-chilling. The choice of a single wish in such a dark world is handled well.

In a story built around killing everyone in sight, this was never going to be an uplifting romp, what’s surprising though is how psychologically disturbing it is to both the characters and the viewer. Be warned, this show doesn’t mind killing children. You won’t actually see anything but a child whisked off screen by a demo, but the sounds that follow are grim enough. Luckily, this is quickly forgotten when a fight starts and you are drawn in by visual flourishes and an entertaining variety of fighting styles. The fantastic fights coupled with the character intentions make Fate / Zero a great dark anime you can watch without worrying about fan service cropping up.

Mushishi


Ginko from Mushishi
The artwork is beautiful and understated

As something of a pallet cleanser after an intense list, we have Mushishi, a beautiful show that explores nature and humanity in a way that will make you think. The show follows Ginko as he travels around tackling a variety of problems thrown up by life forms called Mushi.

Mushi appear in increasingly fantastical forms and affect humanity unwittingly in a myriad of ways. Surprisingly, no two incidents are alike and the creators play around with a variety of ideas that keep the series feeling fresh throughout. Protagonist Ginko himself mirrors the artwork, simple on the surface yet increasingly intriguing as you watch more.

The Mushi are beautifully drawn, with no two ever feeling alike. The countryside is enchanting too, and shots linger on stunning scenery in order to pull you ever deeper into this charming world. As you glide through the series each episode introduces you to new characters that are thoughtfully fleshed out and believable; a hard feat to achieve when you are starting from scratch at the beginning of every episode.

If you want something a little slower and more thought-provoking than your average anime romp, this is the best way to round out a viewing session of anime without any pesky fan service.

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7 Things Men Think Women Care About But Really Don’t

First of all, this list was compiled by my wife and business partner who asked twelve of her female friends to contribute.

Bottom line is, if a woman is really interested in you, the seven things we discuss here, may be nice to have but they’re definitely not a NEED to have.

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They also don’t care about the price of your car, your luxury watch, or the fact that you buy the most expensive dinner in town. However, they definitely care if the main fixation in your life is money or not. Most of the time, your work ethic, your passion, your ambition, and your hobbies matter more than your bank account.

This approach can be extended to many things; it’s less about what you have but what you make with what you have. If a woman is just interested in how much money you make, it’s probably not a good idea to date her in the first place.

When I met my wife in 2006, I was a broke student and couldn’t offer her anything financially, nevertheless, she fell in love with me and I knew she was into me because there wasn’t anything else. So you could almost argue that being poor in a way helps you in this point because people really only are interested in you and they spend time with you because of you and not because of anything else.

 

Physique

In fact, all the women we talked to preferred that you weren’t. Why? You might wonder. Well if you spent all the time in the gym and you’re very ripped yourself as a man, that may be intimidating to the woman and she might feel like you judge her all the time which can be unhealthy for the relationship.

Maybe they think you look at every flaw they have or that you judge their work ethic. It definitely makes women feel self-conscious especially if they don’t have the same lifestyle approach as you do. It might also come across as you’re just vain and that you just care about your appearance more so than you about her and spending time with her.

Size Of Your Manhood

99% percent of all women out there don’t care about your penis size. Many men out there think that the size of their penis is really important and the bigger the better, not just for their ego, but also to satisfy women. In reality, the vast majority of penis sizes out there are just fine for most women.

In fact, most women consider your size to be nun criteria in the first place. Why? Well, it doesn’t say anything about you as a person and it doesn’t even say whether you’re good in bed or not. The size of your penis should never be a measure of your self-confidence or your self-worth in life.

Women care more about your personality and your attentiveness in bed and outside of bed. Are you just as happy to give as to receive? Do you ask questions? Do you want to please her? These are all questions you should ask instead of focusing on the size. In all honesty, men who are fixated on their penis size likely have an issue with their self-confidence. Ultimately, women don’t care and neither should you.

Vulnerability

A lot of men think it’s unsexy or unmanly to show feelings and be vulnerable, however, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Most women are attracted to men who are emotionally stable and who can express their feelings. I think a lot of men don’t want to show emotions because they feel like they need to save face from other men who might judge them as weak. However, most women find it very sexy if men can express their feelings especially in their presence and it creates a stronger bond.

What does emotionally stable mean? Well basically, women like men who can cry when they watch a movie if they feel like it. In general, it means that men are willing to show their emotions, particularly in a private situation when they’re overmanned by their feelings. Now, it doesn’t mean that you should cry every time in public that you have a disagreement because that’s very unsexy.

Overall, being vulnerable and capable of expressing one’s feelings the relationship is very important especially if done so in a genuine way.

Putting Them On A Pedestal

Some men like to put women on a pedestal and compliment them all day long, however, that’s not what most women actually want. In fact, many women don’t like to be worshipped. Yes, everyone likes a genuine compliment every once in a while but if you’re being put on a pedestal all the time, it can lead to a disconnect between you as partners.

Most women want a connection with you and they want to be treated as an equal to you, not as something that is superior or inferior. They may also feel that they can’t be vulnerable themselves or share things because that would crush the illusion of that perfect body or that perfect woman. Being idealized as a woman can be very flattering in the beginning but long-term, it likely has strong consequences.

At the end of the day, nobody is perfect and everybody has flaws and it’s important to be able to talk about them and not being in that mindset that everything has to be perfect because that will lead to a woman feeling she has to wear makeup at night so she looks perfect when she wakes up. If you put a woman on a pedestal, chances that your relationship will break apart and you’ll both walk away disappointed are very high.

Superficiality

Don’t tell a woman she’s gorgeous looking all the time. Yes, it’s okay to compliment your spouse and your partner or the women in your life, however, if you repeatedly just tell them that they look gorgeous, it becomes old quite quickly.

Also, if you just give compliments based on her appearance, she might feel that all you care about is the way she looks, not her as a person. So instead of complimenting her on looking gorgeous, focus on the things that she does actively and the things that she cares about. If you can come up with a compliment about that, it will be much more gratifying and better in the long run for your relationship.

George Clooney happy to look his age with salt and pepper hair

George Clooney happy to look his age with salt and pepper hair

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Most men are really into their hair but in reality, most women don’t care much or not at all about your graying hair or your receding hairline. Many women also associate gray hair with maturity which is a big plus for us men. Most women also don’t care about the receding hairline, they care about your character, your humor, and the way you are as a person.

For example, just take a look at Jason Statham who doesn’t have much hair or George Clooney who has a lot of gray hair. They are still very popular actors. So if you’re on your 20s, 30s, or 40s, and your hair is getting grayer or you’re losing hair, just own it and have it be part of your personality.

The worst thing you can do is trying to cover it up by dyeing your hair because it’s always painfully obvious and most people will see it especially women and question you and your self-confidence. Honestly, it just makes it look worse than in your natural state and because of that, you should simply just not do it.

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Morocco also has bid to host soccer’s showcase. The FIFA Congress meets June 13 in Moscow to select the 2026 host, and a majority of the 207 voting FIFA members is needed. They also may pick neither bid, which would lead to the host process being reopened.

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OHMYGOSSIP — Sarah Jessica Parker hopes the entertainment industry won’t “disregard men” in its bid to bring more opportunities to women.
In light of the gender inequality issues that have surfaced throughout the entertainment world over recent months – including allegations of sexual harassment and pay gaps – many stars have called for more female-led movies to give opportunities to actresses.
However, Sarah Jessica, 53, has said that she won’t be writing off men completely when it comes to her production banner Pretty Matches Productions, and hopes other companies don’t either.
She told People magazine: “I don’t want to disregard men – there are really critical, important men in our industry as there are across all industries. We’ve always functioned as a majority female production company. We’re excited about female stories and storytellers, directors, producers, writers, sound mixers, production designers, editors.
“But I think the place we want to get is to where all stories are important and being told, and men are included in those stories. Men play a role in our lives so if we isolate too much, we’re gonna be missing out on interesting and complex stories. I think it’s just finding ways of moving a pipeline towards job opportunities for women of all backgrounds and colours.”
The ‘Sex and The City’ star previously spoke about the need for men to be involved in the women’s rights movement, and praised her agent Kevin Huvane for supporting her during a time when she could have fallen victim to sexual misconduct.
She said recently: “My agent sent a car and a plane ticket [to the film set] and he said, ‘If anybody makes you do anything that you’re not comfortable doing, you don’t.’ Given what’s happening now and the stories told from that particular period, I know how lucky I am that there was someone – in this case, a man – who stepped in.”

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Apple makes pretty snazzy leather cases for its new flagship iPhone X, but at $ 50 they’re pretty expensive. That said, they do offer very good protection and they also look fantastic, which is no surprise since Apple made them. Of course, why would you pay full price at an Apple store or on Apple’s website when you can get Apple’s OEM iPhone X Leather Case on Amazon in a bunch of different colors at a discount? Six different colors are covered in Amazon’s sale, including the post popular colors Black and Saddle Brown. Our favorite is Charcoal Gray, and it’s even cheaper than the two aforementioned colors right now, as is Midnight Blue. Finally, you can also save on Taupe and (PRODUCT)RED leather cases for the iPhone X.

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Don’t Let NCAA Hypocrisy Ruin This Amazing March Madness

Quick, and be honest now: When you filled out your March Madness bracket a few weeks back, along with millions of your fellow Americans, did you actually pick 16th-seeded University of Maryland, Baltimore County to upset the University of Virginia, the top team in the entire NCAA men’s basketball tournament? Or Loyola University Chicago to knock off a string of bigger-name and better-funded programs on its way to the Final Four, which tips off on March 31 in San Antonio? And you certainly didn’t put any money on a 98-year-old nun emerging as the biggest celebrity of all, right?

No, of course you didn’t. No one saw UMBC’s win coming–the first time a top seed has lost in the first round–nor were we prepared for the joy that is Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, Loyola-Chicago’s team chaplain, who has inspired her underdog charges while throwing shade at brash college hoops analyst Charles Barkley in a national television interview.

This is a March Madness for the ages–which only makes the hypocrisy surrounding the tournament all the more troubling.

In 2016–17, revenue for the NCAA, the nonprofit organization that oversees major college sports, exceeded $ 1 billion for the first time. Broadcast rights to the men’s basketball tournament alone delivered $ 761 million of that haul. The NCAA goes out of its way to protect the financial interests of its tournament sponsors. All members of the media sitting courtside at games, for example, are required to pour their drinks into Powerade cups, since parent company Coca-Cola is an NCAA “corporate champion.”

Meanwhile, the NCAA takes extraordinary measures to impede the financial interests of the tournament’s main attraction: the players. The organization’s amateurism rules prohibit student-athletes from earning any money above a stipend that covers the cost of living at school. Yes, players receive athletic scholarships that cover hefty tuition bills. That’s a valuable prize. But the vast majority of the kids lighting up your TV screen were recruited to their school to play basketball, not study chemistry. And don’t think they don’t know it.

While players are governed by draconian rules, coaches can enjoy the fruits of the free market. The University of Connecticut, for example, just lured coach Danny Hurley with a six-year contract worth roughly $ 3 million a year. Coaches are also free to profit from their celebrity by giving paid speeches, hawking branded products or selling instructional videos.

This disparity is all the more unseemly since the FBI has started nosing around college basketball’s shady underbelly. The ongoing federal probe has led to the arrests of assistant coaches and corporate-marketing representatives who allegedly arranged under-the-table deals to steer promising players to certain schools or tie them to financial advisers after turning pro. The scandal led the University of Louisville to fire Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino after $ 100,000 was allegedly funneled to the family of a top prospect in exchange for his commitment to the school. Pitino has denied knowing about such a payment.

This black market is a direct result of the NCAA’s outdated restrictions. If a school thinks a player is worth six figures, then that player should have a right to maximize his earning power. Even if the NCAA refuses to allow players a fairer share of its $ 1 billion pie, the organization could permit them to earn money through sponsorships with shoe companies or local car dealerships.

So does this mean we are all a bunch of March Madness–loving, binge-viewing-at-work hypocrites? Without a doubt. But decrying the injustice of big-time basketball’s amateurism rules doesn’t mean you have to stop fueling the college sports economy. March Madness is the greatest guilty pleasure in sports. After all, the NCAA knows what it’s got: there’s a reason TV rights to the tournament will increase to about $ 879 million in 2019, a 16% jump over two years. So please forgive us, Sister Jean, while we root on for Cinderella.

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Champagne businesswoman Vitalie Taittinger is next in our Women Who Win series, giving us some insight into how tough you have to be to hack it as a woman in the alcohol industry…

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You may not have heard of Vitalie Taittinger, but you will definitely know her Champagne house, producing Taittinger Champagne since 1734.

But if you were about to dismiss Vitalie as an heiress, you can think again – only choosing to join the family business when her father bought back the 300-year-old brand after it was broken up and sold against his will.

Now, with her father and brother by her side, Taittinger has gone from strength to strength, becoming the ultimate family business – but there’s no doubt that a lot of that is down to Vitalie, proving herself to be an inspiring businesswoman, boss, mother of four – and did we mention that she’s absolutely lovely?

But how does she do it all?

According to Vitalie, it’s all about mindset and elegance. ‘I don’t want to be a man’, she told us. ‘I don’t need to turn myself into a man to achieve the same things. I’m really conscious that I’m a woman and that’s a beautiful thing’.

Our Women Who Win interview series celebrates strong and inspirational female trailblazers, shaping the future for us all, and Vitalie Taittinger and her unwavering optimism and love for her work and colleagues is that in a nutshell.

We sat down with Vitalie to find out how tough you have to be to survive as a female Champagne boss nowadays and how to use being a woman to our advantage in the workplace…

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The Taittinger family. Credit: Taittinger

What is the biggest sacrifice you have made?

Deciding to follow my father into the family Champagne business – it totally changed my life. I would have loved to have been an artist – I studied art and that was my plan – but I was so impressed by my father’s dedication to re-buying the family company that I asked to work for him instead. He kept it a secret and the people that knew doubted him – he was quite alone in the project. But he did it, and it wasn’t for ego or money, for him it was something to transmit to the next generation and I was, and I still am, very impressed by that. I had to reorganise everything and accept another life – it was one of the biggest decisions I ever made.

How often are you discriminated against?

I think that women are respected in the Champagne industry. We work in a different way to men – and that’s great. What I’m really trying to do is push the feminine side in business. I don’t want to be like men. I’m really conscious that I am a woman and I don’t want to turn myself into a man to achieve the same things. I don’t need to be a man.

How do you overcome struggles?

It’s all about teamwork. When I’m in a team working towards a goal, I am no longer a Taittinger family member or a woman, I am simply someone who has a job to do – I try to be super dedicated about the objective.

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

Someone once told me that if you want to be in good health, you have to love yourself and tell yourself that every day – and I really think it’s true. You have to empower yourself every morning. Instead of seeing your face and telling yourself “I feel old, I have dark eyes, I can see wrinkles”, you have to look at yourself as a beautiful person. It is such good advice – and like all good advice, I never actually manage to follow it, but I do think it is important.

Vitalie Taittinger. Credit: Taittinger

What do you refuse to compromise on?

I refuse to compromise on honesty and trust – they are so important to me. If I promise someone I will do something, I will always follow through and if I get behind something, I get behind it 100%. I will only hire people that I trust – that and authenticity are the two most employable traits and I always take them into consideration when building my team.

What quality do you deplore in others?

Negativity. I need positivity – that is the dynamic that I like and thrive in. I actually wouldn’t be able to work in a negative environment – you can make mistakes, you can have problems – but you have to go on and try to find some positivity – just try it again, correct it – and feel better. When people around you are of the same belief, it is so much easier.

What is your superpower?

I think my superpower is love and joy – I love people, I love my family, I love life. And in the workplace, there’s no greater superpower – when you love people and you love what they are doing, they are so much more encouraged – they want to prove and they want to give. The more generous you are, the more people are generous with you.

When are you at your most productive?

I think I’m the most productive when I’m alone. No day is the same for me and I’m always thinking about a million things in depth and jumping from one to the other. It is hyper challenging, so for me it’s very important to have time to myself to be able to process. I try to make the most and take the benefits from each moment alone, just breathing and taking some distance.

Vitalie Taittinger. Credit: Taittinger

How should women ask for more?

I’m really bad at asking for more – I never ask for anything – I have always been a believer in being patient and letting things happen. I really do feel that if you deserve something, you will get it, but it is important to know your worth. My advice is to go in with the right attitude – don’t voice your frustration, instead explain what you do and the value that your involvement brings. Most importantly, try not to insist too much, go about it in an elegant way.

When are you proudest?

I am super proud when I see my children. I’m proud of what they are and who they are becoming. I love watching them – picking up on their humour, seeing how they evaluate things, watching how they drive themselves. They are becoming individual people and one day they are going to fly. Being a mother is definitely the most valuable act I have done in my life – it does make you feel a bit older though!

How do you celebrate success?

I love celebrating by surrounding myself with the people I love – being with my husband, seeing good friends or staying at home with all of my children. For me it’s kind of success enough to stay in the home I love with the people I love. But a bit of rest, Champagne and good food can help too.

Finish the statement ‘Women should…’

Women should embrace the fact that they are women. Our society has changed so much and we’ve come so far that we’ve almost started to forget that being a woman is a beautiful thing. There are so many things that only we can do – we are so many characters in one. We can be mothers, we can be workers, but it’s important to remember that we don’t have to represent strength and authority all of the time, it’s OK to be tender and creative. Being a woman is a wonderful thing.

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This wasn’t magic. Though the team has Sister Jean at its side, this wasn’t the work of a higher power. Loyola-Chicago proved it’s good. How good? It hammered Kansas State. No, really, how good? The 11th-seeded Ramblers are going to the Final Four.
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The now-infamous app MoviePass has dropped its already incredibly low prices. For a limited time, new users can get MoviePass – a.k.aunlimited movies in theaters – for $ 6.95/month. According to a press release from the company, MoviePass works at 91 percent of American movie theaters.

In February, MoviePass offered a package deal with movie streaming service Fandor for $ 7.95/month.

Per the press release, the price drop came about as a result of MoviePass’s relationships with studios, exhibitors, and marketing partners. 

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You’re Not a Fake: Don’t Let Imposter Syndrome Hold You Back at Work


One of my earliest memories of “failure” dates back to when I was in fourth grade. We had received our midterm progress reports and I had a B in my reading and language arts class.

I walked up to my teacher’s desk, feeling mostly full of shame –– and partly like I was going to vomit.

“Ms. Vinson,” I stuttered, “is there anything I can do to improve here? I’m struggling.” I circled the 80-something percent with my pencil and waited for her answer.

Ms. Vinson looked straight at me and said, “You are far from struggling. You have a mid-level B. You’re doing great!”

I thought to myself, Mid-level B? Great?

Imposter Syndrome: It Isn’t Just You

To this day, I often feel like I’m struggling –– even when in reality, I’m not.

While I’m writing, I’ll sometimes think to myself, Wow, this is garbage! How do I even have a job as a writer? Am I REALLY a writer or just someone who pretends?  I’ll think these things even when I’m writing something my editors think is fabulous.  

These are textbook thoughts that reflect imposter syndrome. And I’m not the only person on earth who has experienced it.

Summed up, imposter syndrome is when you doubt you’re “good enough” to complete tasks and responsibilities. You worry that people will find out that you have no idea what you’re doing –– even though you clearly do, considering you have a job in the first place.

The phenomenon is characterized by feelings of incompetence, inadequacy or perceived fraudulence, according to Dr. Audrey Ervin, a psychology faculty member at Delaware Valley University. It was first described in the 1970s by psychologists Suzanne Imes, Ph.D., and Pauline Rose Clance, Ph.D.

The feelings of imposter syndrome are usually experienced by high-achieving individuals, Dr. Ervin says in an email. Citing research, Dr. Ervin explains that individuals who experience feeling like a fraud are commonly associated with anxiety, depressive symptoms, lack of self-confidence, worry, introversion and more.

How Feeling Like a Fraud Can Hold You Back At Work –– and in Your Personal Life

The worst part about feeling like a nobody at work? It can hinder your performance –– and that almost always seeps into your personal life.

By feeling unworthy, you can miss out on promotions and pay raises. That little voice in your head will tell you that you aren’t qualified for either of them so you don’t even think about setting them as your goals.

You become your own worst enemy.

Dr. Ervin also writes that people might start to overproduce to prove they are capable;, eventually, that can lead to burnout and counterproductivity.

Feeling like a fraud can even push you to become overly involved in your professional development. Dr. Ervin writes that people who prioritize their career success over time with those closest to them can negatively impact their relationships, leaving partners and family members to suffer.  

Versions of Imposter Syndrome

The feeling of being a fake comes in many different ways. In a Fast Company article, Valerie Young, author of The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer From the Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It, categorizes imposter syndrome into four major subgroups:  

  1. The Perfectionist This title pretty much speaks for itself, but it boils down to this: Perfectionists set super high goals for themselves, and when they fail to reach them, they start to experience self-doubt.
  2. The Superwoman/man This version of imposter syndrome is characterized by folks who are workaholics. These people work harder to measure up to their colleagues, mainly because they’re convinced they’re frauds. It’s hard for these people to enjoy time away from work.
  3. The Natural Genius Those who were the “smart ones” growing up can fall into this category. When they don’t get something right on the first try, they negatively judge themselves. Their standards are almost impossibly high –– and they feel uncomfortable or lack confidence when they don’t meet them.
  4. The Rugged Individualist People who see asking for help as a sign of weakness tend to fall into this category. These individuals think that asking for help shows that they’re a fake –– they 100% believe that they should accomplish everything on their own or else they are a failure.
  5. The Expert Someone who falls into this type of imposter syndrome thinks they “tricked” their employer into hiring them. They fear of being dubbed “inexperienced” or “unknowledgeable.”

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

It’s scary to think you can be the biggest obstacle in the way of your own success. It’s easy to overlook that you’re even doing it.

Thankfully, there are professionals out there who can help you identify false feelings of fraud –– and help you overcome them.

Raghav Parkash is a peak performance coach. For the past five years, he has been helping people reach their potential in the workplace and in life.  

Parkash reveals that he sees his clients regularly struggling with being victims of imposter syndrome. And, he says, it’s hard for most people to identify it.

“Denial is one way looking at it,” Parkash says in an email. “But I believe it is fundamentally down to a lack of self-awareness. They are unaware of what their habits or thought patterns are. Once people become aware of their behaviors, they can then start to take action on them such as speaking to a friend, manager, colleague or even hiring a coach.”

Parkash has key steps to overcoming these feelings that will help you become the very best you can be in the workplace.

Here are a few of them:

Recognize and acknowledge your feelings. Self-awareness is the first step toward a breakthrough. Take time to reflect on your thoughts and why you’re thinking them –– and take some time to ponder if they’re true or not.

Challenge the beliefs and thoughts that show up. Parkash asks his clients what advice they would give to a friend who was having similar thoughts –– oftentimes, they answer in a more positive manner than the way they would address it with themselves. This helps them recognize the inherent negativity they have toward themselves.

Focus on how and why you got the job. It isn’t an accident that you are where you are now.  You have the skill set, qualities and caliber to achieve what you have so far –– keep that in mind when you tell yourself you don’t!

Create possibility questions and new beliefs. Asking questions like “Who do I need to become to succeed?” and “What do I need to believe to succeed?” can help you focus on the bigger picture, rather than the false notions you have of yourself. Once you answer them, these will be your new beliefs that’ll keep you on track to success.

Condition the new beliefs. Once you create beliefs that are inspiring, say them to yourself every day for 30 days. Parkash says the repetition is a means to “integrate and rewire them into our thinking.”

Celebrate every movement in the right direction. Most importantly, remember to celebrate your successes! Not every day will be perfect –– and you may still have lingering thoughts of doubt –– but every opportunity you take to actively work through it is a win.

No one deserves to feel like a failure –– especially when it’s self-inflicted sabotage. Keep in mind, you’re always smarter, better and stronger than you may think. 🙂

Kelly Anne Smith is an email content specialist at The Penny Hoarder. Catch her on Twitter at @keywordkelly.

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For those of you who don’t know your Cosby Show history, Lisa Bonet, who played Denise Huxtable, had a contentious relationship with Bill Cosby in real life. Cosby was also allegedly upset Bonet became pregnant by Lenny Kravitz and did a nude scene in the 1987 movie Angel Heart. She was reportedly fired from the sitcom in April of 1991, due to “creative differences.” Bonet has never appeared at any of the multiple Cosby Show reunions and she has barely spoken about her former boss — until now.

In an interview with Net-a-Porter, Bonet didn’t hold back when discussing the 80-year-old who has been accused of sexual misconduct by countless women. When asked if the Cosby allegations “tainted” her memories of The Cosby Show, she said, “No, it’s exactly as I remember it.” She also made it clear she was not aware of him being an alleged sexual predator, but she did sense a “sinister, shadow energy.”

“There was no knowledge on my part about his specific actions, but… There was just energy. And that type of sinister, shadow energy cannot be concealed.” You sensed a darkness? “Always. And if I had anything more to reveal then it would have happened a long time ago. That’s my nature. The truth will set you free.”

She also added, “I don’t need to say, ‘I told you so.’ I just leave all that to karma and justice and what will be.”

Well, damn. You can’t be any clearer than that. We will see if Cosby or anyone else from the sitcom responds. However, Bonet clearly has nothing to lose by saying exactly what is on her mind.

 

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We don’t leave home for date night, I’m guessing we’re not alone

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I almost broke my TV last week when a marriage therapist was on. She was giving advice to couples, especially busy parents, and she told them they should go on a date night once a week, have a weekend away once a quarter, and take a couples’ vacation (without kids) once a year.

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

I know she was giving us the best-case scenario. Advice for parents who have grandparents or aunts or uncles or nannies or other sitters on hand. If that is you, stop reading and go get these people lined up. Have your partner cling to their leg as you rev the getaway car and take advantage of that sitter right now. Go. Have fun. That grimace you see on my face is mostly me being happy for you, tinged by only the teensiest bit of jealousy.

This was a fun pre-kid Date Night…

But the rest of us… those of us who don’t have family nearby, and don’t want to ask a friend to watch four children for an entire weekend? We do what works for the season we’re in. For me and my husband, this means feeding the kids breakfast for dinner on Friday nights, putting them to bed, and then either grilling or ordering sushi at 9 p.m. We crack open a bottle of wine in the basement, and eat, and have an entire conversation without being interrupted. We don’t have to pay a sitter. We don’t have to plan too far ahead. We can treat ourselves to a nice steak, or an extra tuna roll without worrying too much because we’re saving on the sitter and other costs. It’s what we can do right now.

This was actually our anniversary dinner 

It took me a long time to realize this was okay. Everyone from our pastor to our friends to every expert I saw or read kept saying we needed a date night. The funny thing was, none of them offered to watch the kids. And instead of inspiring me, it made me feel guilty. Were my husband and I headed for trouble if we didn’t go out once a week? And overnights? We’ve been away for two weekends together in the last fifteen years. When your family lives out of state, that kind of thing requires a lot of planning.

I’m sure it’s good advice and I’m sure every marriage could benefit from a regular date night. It’s just that not everyone can manage one.

So what do you do instead? You do what you can. Know that this stage won’t last forever. We’re actually on the verge of freedom — our oldest is at an age where we can head out for an occasional date night now. It does happen eventually, and our late Friday night basement dinners were a good bridge to get us to this point.

So if you’re around next Friday night, let’s all raise a glass – to doing what works for this season of life we’re in.

Do you and your partner have regular date nights?

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How To Dress Up When Others Don’t

If you like classic style, wanting to dress up when others don’t happen to you all the time.  Here are some helpful tips on how to deal with people who question you about the way you dress.

Recently, the viewer Amir left a comment on our video, Things I Get the Most Compliments On.

“Raphael, I’ve been upgrading my style. I used to wear graphic tees, ripped jeans, and sneakers and now, I wear untucked casual button-ups, dark wash jeans, or chinos, and chukka boots. However, I still don’t feel satisfied with my current style. The thing is that people around here never dress up. Is there anything wrong with dressing up all the time even to the most casual of occasions? I’m really scared of this step.”;

Amir, I can totally sympathize with you. You want to dress up and put your best foot forward yet there are others who question your motives and may even be vocal towards you about it. I’m often the most dressed up person in a room and it inevitably will catch some attention. People ask me what the occasion is and I just say “It’s Tuesday!” simply because that’s the way I like to dress.

Recently my wife and I went out for dinner in a new hip restaurant in town and of course, we wear nice clothes. So the waiter asked, “Oh, where are you headed?” and we just said, “Here!” And she was really surprised because otherwise, people just don’t dress up as much just to go out for dinner.

Wearing a suit evokes discipline, power, self-respect and respect from other people around you.

Wearing a suit evokes discipline, power, self-respect, and respect from other people around you.

Dressing up will always make you stand out and it really pays to know how to deal with the positive aspects as well as the negative ones. If you haven’t already done so, I suggest you watch the 101 Things That Change When You Dress Up because we cover mostly positive things but also some negative ones.

The paradox of style is that many people care about it for different reasons. Usually, it falls within a spectrum of people dressing for themselves or people dressing purely for others. In any case, clothes and accessories are something you wear directly in your body and because of that, it immediately becomes part of your visual identity.

One of the many negative comments from our videos

One of the many negative comments from our videos

Am I Dressing For Myself Or Do I Dress To Impress Others?

Being inappropriately attired can be a form of disrespect or it can be seen as a cry for attention. At the same time, dressing to fit in can mean that you’re indifferent about your outward appearance or that you simply want to be invisible to a group of many.

If you want to dress up – Do it, enjoy it and own it! There’s really nothing wrong with it and I’ve been doing it for over 20 years and the benefits far outweigh the negatives. Yes, there will always be someone who has to say something negative about you or the way you dress but you just have to deal with it. Some of them may feel threatened when they judge you or they elevate themselves above you and think they’re superior to you.

Just look at YouTube comments for example. No matter what I or anyone else produce, there will always be someone who has something really negative to say about your approach and how you do it. At the same time, they don’t go out and produce a better video, they just criticize you. Rather than being impacted by the haters, I focus on the comments of the people with constructive criticism, questions, or simple observations so we can do videos like this. So all this may be easier said than done.

How Do You Cope With Issues That Arise From Dressing Well?

Suit for Weddings, Cocktail Parties & Events

Suit for Weddings, Cocktail Parties & Events

1.  Whenever You Dress, Consider Appropriateness.

For example, at a wedding, you never want to out-dress the bride and the groom because it’s their day. At the same time, if you go to a funeral, a burgundy or red flannel suit will simply detract from the event and it would be inappropriate. When there’s a dress code indicated such as cocktail attire, you should not wear black tie because that would be obviously overdressed.

2. If There Isn’t A Dress Code, Consider Flexibility.

For example, when you’re on a plane, you see people wearing sweatpants or a suit, so whatever you feel comfortable with works.

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On the other hand, if you’re in a business meeting and you’re not the boss, the dress code can be pretty much stipulated without being written down. In that case, consider the company culture. There’s nothing worse than wearing a three-piece suit in a startup company that simply wears jeans and t-shirts all the time. It makes you look odd and stand out in a weird way.

If you’re in a social event with friends, you should truly be able to wear whatever you want and whatever you are comfortable with and whatever you’re supported by. If it’s a more casual outing, it’s okay to be more casual.

Reversible Harrington Jacket in Navy and Madras Pattern

Reversible Harrington Jacket in Navy and Madras Pattern

3. Dress To Please Yourself.

Think of dressing as your hobby and it’s something that you enjoy. It’s about you and what you like to do, not about others.

Deflecting a compliment is clearly insincere

Deflecting a compliment is clearly insincere

4. Learn How To Accept A Compliment Graciously So As Not To come Off Arrogant.

When you dress up more, compliments will be coming your way so it is best to be aware of how you should react when a compliment is thrown at you.

5. Have A Comeback Ready.

If you’re asked why you’re dressed up, have a few answers prepared that you can give right away so you don’t have to engage in lengthy conversations. Shut the conversation down and simply go about your way.

By having an appropriate comeback, you exude confidence. Other people will just leave it at that and won’t bother you again. It’s important that a response should never be defensive or mean. Saying things like because “I’m not a peasant” or “I wasn’t raised by wolves” will always be kind of offensive to people and it automatically reflects on them which will just draw you into a long argument and it’s just a pain. That aside, as a gentleman, you never go down under a level.

Ideally, you shouldn’t go down the rabbit hole of explaining. It’s the same politics if you start explaining, you’re losing. Aggressive or negative people want to engage you in a fight, want to drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience so don’t do that. The best comebacks are short and sweet.

Comment: “What did you dress up for today?”
Comeback: “It’s Thursday!” Or if you want to be snarky, you could say something like “Adulthood.” But again that may be seen as offensive.

Comment: “Why do you look so fancy?”
Comeback: “Why not?”

Comment: “Why are you so well-dressed?”
Comeback: “Because I know how to.”

Comment: “Do you think you’re better than us?”
Comeback: “No, dressing up is just my hobby.”

The sooner you’ll accept that judgment will always be around, the easier it gets to focus on what you truly want.

Agnelli confidently wearing his watch this way - never cares what people thinks about it

Agnelli confidently wearing his watch this way – never cares what people think about it

6. Do Not Care What Others Think Of You.

Personally, I’d say it comes very naturally to me and being on YouTube and being exposed and having that negativity around me just helped me to develop an even thicker skin. There’s a good saying along the lines of “What other people think of you is none of your business” and I pretty much agree with that. People-pleasing, approval addiction, or the fear of rejection, will always be in the way of what you truly want for yourself. If you care a lot what other people think of you, you may want to look into the book, The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck.

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Sven Raphael Schneider wearing Atelier Eyewear Acetate Sunglasses

7. Be Authentic, Be You!

Authenticity provides you with confidence. People who are confident are perceived in a much different way. Fewer people will want to argue with you and they will accept you for who you are.

How do you deal with negative remarks about being well-dressed? Do not hesitate to share your thoughts below!


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The Blue Wave Is Real, and It Looks Really Big—Provided Democrats Don’t Block It

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Two more districts flipped. In New Hampshire, Democrat Philip Spagnuolo won a county legislative seat by 8 percentage points in a district Donald Trump had carried by 13 points. In Connecticut, Democrat Phil Young won a state legislative seat that Hillary Clinton narrowly carried but that had been held by a Republican for the last 44 years. They make the 38th and 39th districts since Donald Trump’s election that have gone from Republican to Democrat.

So: How confident should Democrats be about all this? I’d say pretty confident, for a bunch of reasons. But let’s stick to five:

1. The generic polling has the Democrats pretty comfortably ahead. It’s been bouncing around—while Democrats have always has the lead, it narrowed in January and February but seems to be opening back up a little now. A CNN poll released Monday had it at 54-38. I should say, though, that the fivethirtyeight average as of Wednesday morning is lower, at 47-39.

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Chilli From TLC Turns 47, Is Living Proof That Black Don’t Crack

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Today is Chilli‘s 47th birthday and we simply cannot believe it because, as you can see from the photo above, she has barely aged since her TLC days.

Hit the flip for more hot photos of Chilli who, again, is somehow almost 50 years old. Allegedly.

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However, I’d be lying if I told you EVERY day was perfect. There are those days when the winds aren’t in your favor and conditions are disastrous. It’s the full circle of life. You’ve got to have bad days in order to appreciate the good.

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You rarely hear about those in-between days when the waves are barely a foot tall and it’s a struggle catching anything on your 9′ nose rider that you just dusted off. As a predominant shortboarder, I actually live for these days. When you gather your crew together and paddle out with no expectations. There is just something pure about it. Sitting out on the calm waters, laughing with your friends, catching as many waves as you can without caring about performance. To me, there is something magical about days like these.

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Don’t Expect Fashion Girls to Give Up These Shoes

Dressing for cold weather means different things for people in different cities. Still, no matter the temperature, residents find a way to master the trends and expertly style the pieces they love. This year, we’ve seen fashionable women figuring out how to wear mules in the winter in climates that range from temperate to freezing. While, in some places, forgoing socks works if the rest of the outfit offers warmth, in other locales, it’s all about keeping the toes cozy. Below, we’re rounding up 12 ensembles that prove you can wear mules when it’s chilly outside (great news, we know).

Style your mules with a cozy sweater and flowy dress for an evening look that feels just fancy enough.
Jeans make a dress and mules much more appropriate for chilly weather.
Try layering tights with jeans and mules to add an extra layer of warmth. 
Open-toe shoes may feel a bit daring for chilly days, but for days when the weather permits, style with a jacket and you’re good to go.
An option for those shoes that are too good to give up: Add socks.
Try sticking to layered neutrals (and relaxed jeans), then finish off with a pair of statement boots.
Classic mules can go with anything and everything.
Try color coordination from head to toe.
Mules instantly dress up casual denim.
Dare to try contrasting colors, like adding a bolt of bright pink with your shoes.
Heeled mules add a touch of dressiness to a casual sweatshirt.
Love the minimal look? Try styling simple mules with a tonal ensemble, finished with a shearling jacket.

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Don’t Underestimate Us Millennials; We’re Saving More Money Than You Think

We’ve all heard the stereotypes about millennials being a generation of lazy, entitled narcissists who spend way too much time on social media. Although these stereotypes have been debunked, I can personally testify that millennials are hard-working, creative, and more financially literate than many expect. But for the naysayers, there’s a new study that proves it.

According to a survey conducted by Bank of America, millennial-aged Americans between 23 and 37 years old are serious about financial planning, budgeting, and saving for retirement. The study shows that 16% of millennials have saved at least $ 100,000, while nearly half have $ 15,000 in total savings. That’s a big jump from 2015, when only 8% said they stashed away $ 100,000 or more and 33% said they saved $ 15,000.

This shows that despite making a few trips to Starbucks each week, going out to brunch, and splurging on avocado toast every now and then, we deserve more credit for being financially savvy and long-term planners. We’re also more resilient than previous generations, if you ask me.

Older millennials entered the workforce during or shortly after the 2008 economic downturn, a time when we were forced to compete with older Americans in their 40s and 50s for a limited amount of job openings. Meanwhile, our generation is straddled down with an unprecedented amount of student loan debt: $ 1.3 trillion to be exact. Yet, in spite of these obstacles, we’re proving that we can overcome by launching our own businesses and starting and capitalizing off of social media trends.

Even though 26% of millennials work in the gig economy as independent contractors or freelancers, this has not stopped our generation from thinking ahead. Rather, not having access to a traditional employer-sponsored retirement fund such as a 401(k) has forced us to become more proactive about saving on our own. I, in fact, opened a personal IRA account after spending years of freelancing and doing gig work.

Furthermore, because we’re focused on our future, many of us are intentionally postponing starting a family. Like the survey shows, 30% of millennial parents say financial considerations have played a major role in their decision to have children.

Don’t be dismayed: We’re proving to be a generation of innovative, entrepreneurial-minded people who are more financially savvy than expected.

 


Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that “6% of millennials have saved at least $ 100,000.” 

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New ‘mutant’ crayfish species is entirely female and don’t need no man

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Something incredibly bizarre is going on right now in the world of crayfish, and it all started back in 1995. A single female slough crayfish spontaneously spawned an entirely new species thanks to her ability to essentially clone herself and create offspring without the need for genetic material from a mate. Now, the new species, called the marbled crayfish, is devastating areas where it has been introduced, and scientists aren’t sure how to stop it.

The story began when a hobbyist bought what he thought was a perfectly normal slough crayfish that was found off the coast of Florida. He took the creature back home to Germany where he kept it as a pet. One day he noticed that his aquarium had some new inhabitants. Several baby crayfish had seemingly been born to a virgin mother, and that’s when things started to really go off the rails.

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Cardi B: I Don’t Have to Say I’m Black, ‘I Expect You to Know It’

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Cardi B’s groundbreaking success has proved all her naysayers wrong. Three hit songs in, she shouldn’t have to explain anything to anyone, especially her ethnicity.

The Bronx artist spoke with singer and actress Zendaya for a recently published interview with CR Fashion Book. The two spoke about her fame, her haters and why she feels she shouldn’t have to prove her Blackness.

“One thing that always bothers me is that people know so little about my culture. We are Caribbean people. And a lot of people be attacking me because they feel like I don’t be saying that I’m black. Some people want to decide if you’re black or not, depending on your skin complexion, because they don’t understand Caribbean people or our culture. I feel like people need to understand or get a passport and travel. I don’t got to tell you that I’m black. I expect you to know it.”

While others may not have been shown the light, Cardi’s father made sure his daughter understood her heritage.

“When my father taught me about Caribbean countries, he told me that these Europeans took over our lands. That’s why we all speak different languages. I expect people to understand that just because we’re not African-American, we are still black. It’s still in our culture. Just like everybody else, we came over here the same f**king way, I hate when people try to take my roots from me. Because we know that there’s African roots inside of us. I really just want people to understand that the color that I have and features that I have are not from two white people f**king.”

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Don’t Get Sick at Your Salon! 10 Safety Tips

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Who doesn’t love a trip to the salon? You get to sit down, relax, and let someone else do the work, and when you get done, you usually feel more confident about your appearance and yourself.

In a recent 2017 survey of hair and nail salon clients, more than two-thirds reported that they’d experienced one or more health issues after visiting a salon. Problems included skin reactions, respiratory problems, and fungal infections.

For some women, though, the salon experience isn’t so restorative. In a recent 2017 survey of hair and nail salon clients, more than two-thirds reported that they’d experienced one or more health issues after visiting a salon. Problems included skin reactions, respiratory problems, and fungal infections.

Of course, you don’t want your hair coloring or nail appointment to leave you with these types of issues. Here’s how to protect yourself and increase your odds that your salon appointment will be as relaxing and restorative as you expect.

3 Ways Your Salon Visit Can Make You Sick

Because salons use a myriad of different chemicals, serve a lot of people in the same space, and require certain cleaning standards that are not always followed, women can end up developing some sort of infection or reaction after visiting. Below are three of the most commonly reported, and what causes them.

  1. Fungal Infections

In the survey above, only 10 percent of the respondents reported having developed fungal infections after their salon visits. A shocking study out of Rutgers University reported in 2017 that more than half of people that visit beauty salons in the U.S. regularly have suffered from skin and fungal diseases.

The most common is a nail fungal infection, either on the fingers or toes, depending on which you had treated. Fungi like warm, moist environments, and may be lurking on your nail technician’s tools, like the clipping, buffing, and cutting implements. If these aren’t properly cleaned and disinfected after every use, fungus can be transferred from someone else’s nails to yours.

Symptoms of a nail infection include a white or yellow spot under the nail, thick or distorted nails, brittle or crumbly nails, and dark-colored nails. Over time, the nail can separate from the nail bed, causing pain and increasing risk of other infections.

Unfortunately, fungal infections can stubbornly resist treatment. Though there are over-the-counter creams and ointments meant to beat back the fungi, these are often ineffective. If you develop a fungal nail infection, check with your doctor. He or she is likely to prescribe oral medications that will allow the new nail to grow free of the infection.

Be ready to be patient. It could be four months or longer before your infection is completely gone.

  1. Skin and Scalp Reactions

Chemicals, chemicals, and more chemicals. Whether you’re coloring your hair, removing your nail polish, or getting extensions, there are going to be chemicals involved. Some of these can cause skin rashes and inflammation in people who are sensitive to them.

One of the most commonly reported skin allergies from salons involves an allergy to hair dye. Mish Whalen, a Today senior multimedia editor, reported her difficult experience with hair color in February 2017. She had gotten her hair colored before, but about 24 hours after this particular visit, her head started to itch, badly. The next day, she says “my head was huge.” It was also red and itchy and she had hives and burning.

“I just had an overall feeling of being sick,” she said. Worst of all, her head was so swollen up that “it made me feel like I looked disfigured.”

Whalen went to her doctor and was treated for a serious allergic reaction. She gradually recovered, but it took about a week. Unfortunately, she’s not alone. According to a 2007 story, allergic reactions to hair dye are increasing. Researchers noted that most hair dyes contain a chemical called “para-phenylenediamine (PPD),” which has been blamed for an increasing number of allergic reactions.

PPD is a chemical derived from coal tar that is used in many permanent and semi-permanent hair ties. The problem is that it can create what is called a “cumulative” allergy. That means that over time, as you’re exposed again and again, the body may grow sensitive and eventually react. Symptoms may include an itching or burning scalp, rash, hives, swelling, and hair loss.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also warns that hair dyes have caused eye injuries—including blindness—when used in the eye area, so they have banned the use of so-called “coal-tar” dyes for eyebrow or eyelash dyeing.

Other skin reactions possible after a trip to a salon include contact dermatitis, which is inflammation in the skin that may appear red, or may develop into a rash or blister. Some polishes, polish removers, or other chemicals or products used in the salon can cause these types of reactions in sensitive people.

  1. Respiratory Problems

When you walk into your salon, what do you smell?

Unfortunately, you may get an overpowering inhale of chemicals. In the survey mentioned at the beginning of this article, one in six participants reported respiratory symptoms like a runny nose, itching or watering eyes, trouble breathing, and headache after leaving their salon. These problems were more likely in nail salons than hair salons.

The issue here is the chemicals used and the quality of the ventilation in the building. Many of the chemicals used are associated with respiratory irritation, and are likely to affect those with asthma the most.

The “toxic trio,” for example—toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate—is used in most nail salons. All three chemicals are associated with serious health issues, including respiratory problems.

The “toxic trio,” for example—toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate—is used in most nail salons. All three chemicals are associated with serious health issues, including respiratory problems. Other chemicals including acrylates, solvents, and biocides can make their way into the dust and air vapor where they can be inhaled. In 2011, researchers reported a higher range of respiratory problems in nail technicians, and other studies have reported similar results.

The situation is so concerning that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created standards for chemical safety in nail salons, advising owners to choose safer products when possible, and to improve ventilation in their work areas. Laboratory tests from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) show that exhaust ventilation systems can reduce worker chemical exposure in nail salons by at least 50 percent.

Clients, of course, are exposed to these potentially dangerous fumes less often than workers, but they may still suffer from temporary side effects because of them.

10 Ways to Increase Your Safety at the Salon

Considering these and other safety issues, what can you do to protect your health the next time you go? Try these tips:

  1. Choose carefully: Particularly when choosing a nail salon, be choosy. Check to see that it looks clean and is licensed by the state cosmetology board. Watch how the technicians sanitize (or don’t) their hair and nail tools, and look for an oven-like device called an “autoclave,” which is used to heat and sterilize equipment. Nail salons that use disposable plastic liners in the footbaths are also preferable. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their policies.
  2. Ask for safer hair-dye options: Because of consumer demand, there are many newer hair dye options on the market today. These include henna or all-natural colors. These aren’t as effective on gray hair, however, but there are newer products entering the market that don’t contain PPD that are. (Look for the statement “PPD-free.”) Don’t be afraid to ask your stylist about these other options, or to seek out salons that are more likely to use them.
  3. Look for safer nail-polish options: Many nail polishes are full of toxic chemicals, preservatives, and other toxins. Look for those that are labeled as “5-free,” which means they don’t contain formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, or formaldehyde resin.
  4. Push back, don’t clip: When getting your nails done, be cautious about having your cuticles cut. This can lead to a small nick, which will then allow bacteria or fungi in. Opt for a push-back only.
  5. Take your own tools: If you have a weakened immune system, or if you’re going through an illness like cancer that leaves you more vulnerable to infections, consider taking your own nail tools to your manicure or pedicure.
  6. Color less often: Allergies to chemicals like PPD can develop over time, as you are exposed again and again. Scientists believe that salons are seeing more reactions to hair dyes because more younger women are coloring their hair. If you are allergic to other chemicals, or have experienced dermatitis or other skin reactions in the past to other allergens, you could be more at risk. Consider limiting the amount of colorings you get per year. Try to make each one last longer by shampooing less often, using color-safe shampoo, and using over-the-counter sprays to cover gray spots in between appointments.
  7. Ask for a patch test: Before using a specific dye, ask your stylist to do a patch test. Usually, he or she will place a little of the color behind your ear, or on the inside of your elbow, let it dry, and then rinse later. If you experience a reaction, avoid the dye. You can do this yourself with at-home dyes as well.
  8. Don’t shave before you go: When you shave, you slough off the top layer of skin and leave open pores and small nicks (invisible to the naked eye) that can let in dangerous bacteria or other microorganisms. Even if the salon is careful about cleaning the footbaths, bacteria can live in the pipes that supply the water. It’s best to be safe. Avoid shaving at least one day leading up to your pedicure.
  9. Go early in the day: Most salons clean everything at the end of the day, so the sooner you go in the next day, the lower your risk of developing an infection. The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) recommends that you make your salon appointment for first thing in the morning because footbaths and other tools are more likely to be clean and bacteria-free.
  10. Wash after you leave: After you leave the salon, wash your hands (and feet if you got a pedicure). Your hands especially pick up bacteria, and if you touch your face, you’ll transmit that bacteria into your body. Either wash before you leave, or make a pit stop before going on with the rest of your day. You can also take along a hand sanitizer and use that on your hands and/or feet.

 

Sources

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FDA. (2017, November 3). Hair Dyes. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductsIngredients/Products/ucm143066.htm#safety

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Harris-Roberts, J., Bowen, J., Sumner, J., Stocks-Greaves, M., Bradshaw, L., Fishwick, D., & Barber, C. M. (2011). Work-related symptoms in nail salon technicians. Occupational Medicine, 61(5), 335-340. Retrieved from https://academic.oup.com/occmed/article/61/5/335/1408919

Hussar, A. D. (2012, July 30). Why You Should Get a Pedicure First Thing in the Morning. Retrieved from https://www.self.com/story/why-you-should-get-a-pedicure

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Millennials get a bad rap when it comes to many things, including managing money. Even they seem to have bought into the stereotype that theirs is an indulgent generation, prone to overspending.

But new research from Bank of America is poking holes through those assumptions. Millennials, according to the survey, are just as good at managing money as the Generation Xers and baby boomers who came before them.

“Young adults deserve more credit—from others and themselves—for the way they are handling their finances,” said Andrew Plepler, global head of Environmental, Social and Governance at Bank of America, in a statement. “They’re on par with or even better than older generations, which defies common stereotypes.”

The 2018 Better Money Habits Millennial Report, which questioned 1,500 respondents about their views on matters of personal finance, shows that today’s 23- to 37-year-olds are just as good at budgeting and saving. Specifically:

  • 63% of millennials are saving, just slightly less than 64% of Gen X, though both lag significantly behind 75% of boomers
  • 54% are budgeting, exactly the same percentage as Gen X and slightly less than 57% of boomers
  • 59% feel financially secure, sandwiched right between 54% of Gen X and 63% of boomers

In terms of planning, millennials may actually be doing better than previous generations: 57% have a savings goal, outpacing the 42% of both Gen X and baby boomers that have a goal.

All comparisons aside, young people seem to be doing just fine when it comes to managing money. Almost three-quarters of those with a savings goal and those with a budget stick to it (67% and 73%, respectively).

And they’re getting better—quickly. Almost half of millennials (47%) have at least $ 15,000 in savings, up from 33% only two years ago. And even though only a small number (16%) have managed to save $ 100,000, that number has doubled since 2015.

Millennials’ money management wins go beyond saving and budgeting. The report also noted that they are more likely to ask for raises at work and to consider finances as part of the decision to start a family.

 

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You Don’t Need Dough to Get a Chocolate Croissant at Au Bon Pain on Jan. 30

Tuesday, Jan. 30 is probably one of the best days of the year.

Why, you ask? Because it’s National Croissant Day, silly goose.

To honor such a holy day, the saints over at Au Bon Pain will offer a free mini chocolate croissant.

How to Get Your Free Croissant at Au Bon Pain

The deal runs from 2-5 p.m. local time at participating locations. All you have to do is show up.

Some locations have shared Facebook events, but you’ll want to call the one nearest you just to make sure it’s participating.

Not much tops croissants in my book, except for free croissants. So don’t flake on this deal, or you’ll feel pretty crumby.

Until our paths croissant again.

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She has a slight penchant for croissant puns.

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Who is Jack Brooksbank? Everything you (probably don’t) need to know about Princess Eugenie’s man 👑

He’s British, he’s called Jack and he’s about 31. All the insider info on Eugenie’s new man…

Jack Brooksbank

Hearty congrats to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on their engagement news. Much like the Wendy Cope poem, we wait years for one royal wedding and then two trundle along at once!

But who exactly is The Firm’s newest recruit, how did he and Eugenie meet and when is their wedding expected to happen?

Here’s everything you didn’t know you needed to know (and probably still don’t!)

(Can we also just take a moment to appreciate The Duchess of York’s Instagram account? Is that Lao Tzu quote, Fergs? Loving your work)

Who is Jack Brooksbank?

He’s a British chap called Jack Brooksbank! His parents (who we’re assuming are pretty delighted about how things have panned out) are Nicola and George Brooksbanks. The latter is an accountant and company director.

Brooksbank went to the private Stowe School and then decided against University in favour of a career in hospitality (more on that later).

In case you’re wondering (you’re probably not) the name Brooksbank is an old English surname that derives from the Middle English ‘Brikes’ bank – a person who works or lives near a riverbank.

How old is Jack Brooksbank?

He’s 31.

What is Jack Brooksbank’s job?

Brooksbank is in hospitality. He started out as a waiter, working at Chelsea’s Admiral Codrington pub and the Markham Inn, where he befriended Eugenie’s cousin Prince Harry and his all-weathers friend-in-waiting Guy Pelly.

Brooksbank then moved to manage Chelsea nightclub Mahiki, where virtually every Millennial royal has enjoyed a few Jolly Rogers at some point (K-Middy was a frequent flier back when she wasn’t burdened by the heavy yoke of Royal duty – producing heirs, opening squash courts etc. etc).

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

How did Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank meet?

Eugenie and Jack began dating nearly seven years ago after meeting in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier. ‘There was an immediate attraction and since that meeting, they have barely been apart,’ a source told the Daily Mail. Other than the two years of long-distancing they did when Eugenie moved to New York in 2013…

How did the couple get engaged?

At the beautiful private island resort of Calala in Nicaragua over the New Year. A step up from Prince Harry’s decision to pop the question to Meghan Markle after a roast chicken dinner at their cottage (Calala Vs. Chicken Cottage? We’re so Team Calala).

What’s Princess Eugenie’s engagement ring like?

Very pretty! A blush-colored padparadscha sapphire ring (nope, us neither) nestling in a ring of diamonds. It’s strikingly similar to her mother Fergie’s ruby and diamond engagement ring – as the beady-eyed Royal experts at Majesty Magazine were quick to point out.

When is the Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank wedding?

In Autumn 2018 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, where Meg and Harry are also tying the knot on 19th May.

P.S: Beatrice, if this isn’t a golden opportunity to upstage all proceedings (including your sister) with another octopus hat, we don’t know what is.

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