5 books that are perfect for a beach vacation

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You count down the days, the hours, the minutes and even the seconds, and then eventually… It’s vacation time! Yep, it’s finally time to pack your swimsuit, leave all of your sweatshirts behind, slather yourself in sun lotion, grab a pina colada, and make your mark on the beach. Although we love nothing more than frolicking on the beach and topping up our tan, we also love to stick our red noses in a good book. But which one do you choose? Here are 5 books that are perfect for a beach vacation…

Into the Water – Paula Hawkins

Okay, we’re gonna level with you, we’re kinda obsessed with thrillers. For some reason, we just can’t get enough of asking us ‘Who Dunnit?’ and Paula Hawkins’ Into The Water is the best thriller to sink your teeth into. Yep, if you want to find yourself on the edge of your beach chair, this book will do just that. After two women are found mysteriously murdered on the edge of the river in the middle of a town that is stuck in its ways, one former resident has to make her way back to the town to learn more about her own story – while uncovering some pretty dark secrets about the town and the deaths.

The Rules Do Not Apply – Ariel Levy

You might already know who Ariel Levy is, as she is a famous journalist-turned-author who has since written down her memoir in this awesome book. The Rules Do Not Apply follows her life after the death of son, and the problems of reaching for too much in life. She will show you that life isn’t always about getting what we want all of the time, and will make you truly appreciate what you have in life. This will be even more important when you realize how lucky you are to be sitting on a beach and drinking margaritas on a Monday afternoon.

The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing – Mira Jacob

If you fancy sinking your teeth into a 512 page-turner, then The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing is definitely for you. This story follows the life of Amina – a thirty-something photographer who finds herself giving up her dream and her life in Seattle to care for her sick father in Albuquerque. Amina soon finds herself revisiting old memories and an old life she tried to forget and understanding a family history she was kept away from. As a poignant reminder of the importance of family, this beach vacation read will fill your heart.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

Gail Honeyman has written a book that you won’t want to put down, which means you might have to rearrange your sunset dinner reservations. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine follows the life of (you guessed it!) Eleanor Oliphant, an accountant from Glasgow who lives a pretty ordinary life. You know, apart from the fact that she lives completely alone with just a weekly pizza and a bottle of spirits for her company. However, she also has a terrible path to contend with – something that soon makes it way up to the surface and disrupts her seemingly perfect life.

The Chalk Artist – Allegra Goodman

After dropping out of college, Colin James finds himself stuck in limbo. Where does he go from here? What does life have in store for him? He eventually finds a job in a local restaurant, waiting tables, and chalking the streets of Massachusetts in his free time. On another side of the city, Nina Lazare is busy teaching her high school students and living in the shadow of her tech-boss father. As the pair find their paths crossing, neither Collin or Nina realize quite how important they will be in each other’s lives. As a realistic depiction of love, class, and companionship, this one will put a smile on your face while you top up your tan on your beach vacation.

Looking for the perfect beach vacation read? Look no further! It’s time to get your book on!

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The Weekend Reset: Sports betting, the return of an old favorite, and the makings of a perfect party.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch your weekend up, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

READ: The Supreme Court and sports betting – some perspective.

The SCOTUS upended a 25 year old law that outlawed sports betting outside of Las Vegas. This, obviously, is huge news and the impact it will have moving forward is still being figured out. This will get you some idea of what’s at stake. (photo credit)

 

PLAY: Go climb a tree and swing on some ropes.

Chances are there is at least one ropes course in your area. They have become increasingly popular over the last decade as people search out new avenues of recreation. They are common with corporate team building events. And they do a great deal for your self-esteem. Even if you are not a fan of heights, in order to play on one of these you need to be secured at all times. Safety is the first thing you learn before you even climb up. If you can remind yourself that you are secure, you should be able to do a great deal more than you ever thought possible. Once you are up on the course you have a really terrific selection of methods of crossing from one platform or another. They are challenging for many, but confidence comes quickly and the experience is quite rewarding. So. Much. Fun. (photo credit)

 

BINGE: Karate Kid version 2.0

Picking up the Karate Kid story 30 years on, Cobra Kai is a YouTube Red offering that has people losing their shit. This, of course, is a good thing and we thank Dappered reader Brandon D for the hook-up.

 

EAT: Party Prep 101 – How to arrange a charcuterie and cheese board.

With all due respect to my vegan friends, nobody doesn’t like a good charcuterie board at a gathering. Along with crudite, they pair well with cocktails, beer and wine.  Heck, even if you loathe olives, there is plenty else to appreciate and enjoy. Use this as a basic formula and substitute meats (Basque chorizo, Prosciutto, dry cured Salami for example), cheeses (Manchego is mandatory at my house, Stilton, Burrata), and assorted fruits and other items. Soon enough you will be a pro.

 

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The reason you can’t buy one of the most beloved hip hop albums of all time is that it is stuck in legal limbo. This is not what you generally hear from the genre these days. De La Soul blurred the boundaries between hip hop and funk, jazz and pop, with kitschy pop culture samples and a sense of joy. If you are looking for a sure fire way to provide the perfect soundtrack for a Spring or Summer event, this is it.

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Hear Me Out—Kris Jenner’s ’90s Wardrobe Is So Perfect for Now

Many of the key buys for 2018 are reworkings of ’80s and ’90s classics, such as Versace scarf prints, leather belt bags, pastel double-breasted suits and white shoes. This week, Kris Jenner hijacked her daughter Kylie’s Instagram account to show her collection with Kylie Cosmetics—she wore all black with a chunky gold Chanel chain belt and micro sunglasses. Kris is often overlooked in the fashion department, but this Instagram story reminded me that no one does diva ’80s glamour quite like Kris. Looking at old pictures of Kris, I found her wearing a lavender double-breasted jacket, leopard-print swimwear and all this season’s key accessories. Keep scrolling to see—and shop—Kris Jenner’s best throwback looks.

Style Notes: Kris Jenner’s lilac double-breasted trouser suit is trending once again for 2018. 

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Style Notes: Gold chains were a Kris signature. 

Style Notes: Pink double-breasted and gold jewellery is a winning combo for 2018. 

Style Notes: Don’t let that leopard distract you from the amazing Chanel belt bag resting on her hips.

Style Notes: Lemon dresses and white pumps—these are other ’80s Kris–approved trends making a comeback for 2018. 

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Your Complete Guide to the Shoes That Are Perfect With Skinny Jeans

They’re a wardrobe staple—a second skin—yet from time to time, our skinny jeans throw us a sartorial curveball when it comes to which shoes to pair them with. There’s not much in the footwear department that doesn’t go with a spray-on silhouette, but sometimes it’s the wash of the denim and the height of the heel that can make all the difference.

A little turn-up here and a lighter shade there can take you from outfit frustration to outfit success. How do we know this? Because one look at some of the most stylish women out there revealed as much. From the queen of skinny jeans, Kate Moss (who must sleep in hers), to street style superstars, we’ve scanned their best looks for the ultimate skinny-jean recipes. Scroll for your complete guide on the shoes to wear with skinny jeans.

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Style Notes: Skinnies and trainers go together like bread and butter. But as London-based fashion guru Irina Lakicevic proves, the coolest combination for now lies in chunkier-soled, sporty kicks like these classic Nikes.
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Style Notes: It worked for Audrey Hepburn all those years ago, and it still works today. Flat, pointed shoes elevate a pair of figure-hugging jeans to no end. A color-popping style like these cult Aquazzura lace-ups adds further interest.
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Style Notes: Pernille Teisbaek often wears her sharp-pointed courts from Balenciaga with skinny jeans—and you can see why. They elongate your legs to no end, meaning you can balance out a cosy sweater very nicely.
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Style Notes: If flats are too flat, heels are too heeled, and sneakers feel just plain wrong for you, then the solution lies in cute midi-heeled block pumps. Glove shoes like Maria Alia’s (worn here with socks) are the perfect, comfortable, elevated option.
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Style Notes: There’s nothing like minimalistic strappy sandals to add a dressy edge to a pair of casual jeans. British supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a pro at styling hers. Follow her lead and make sure that yours stop just above the ankle straps of your shoes.
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Style Notes: She made skinny jeans a wardrobe essential around the world, so it’s only right that we look to Kate Moss for how to style them. And the answer is yes, you can wear them with sandals—even jet-black denim. Note how the supermodel added a little turn-up to hers to avoid them scrunching around the ankles—a definite no-no when going for skinny jeans and sandals.
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Style Notes: The Hadids and Jenners like to tuck their skinnies into sock boots, and the idea has caught on for the rest of the world. You can wear them untucked, but ideally the hemline needs to sit just above the top of your boots.
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4 Reasons Elon Musk and Grimes Make a Perfect Couple

Early last week, news that Tesla CEO Elon Musk was dating the musician Grimes took the internet by storm–and just hours later, they showed up together at the Met Gala. Some onlookers more focused on the business world might have been a bit —despite a passionate fanbase, Grimes (whose real name is Claire Boucher) is hardly a household name.

But the two have a lot in common, and even if you don’t care about gossip or music, the relationship offers some insight into one of the greatest technological visionaries of our age. Here’s why.

They Built Their Careers One Step At A Time

Musk’s first company, started after he dropped out of graduate school for physics, was an online city guide called Zip2. Selling Zip2 to Compaq allowed him to build Paypal, whose sale in turn funded Tesla and SpaceX.

Grimes, similarly, expanded her palette bit by bit, starting with the very lo-fi album Geidi Primes, which was so obscure its first release was on cassette–part of a nostalgic revival of the format. That built to the slightly more polished album Visions, then onward towards even bigger things.

They’re The Star of Their Own Show

Though Musk occasionally nods to the huge staff of engineers and execs that have helped him accomplish so much, his public profile is so immense that they mostly stay in the shadows. Grimes is more literally a one-person-band: her early works were recorded in her bedroom and uploaded to MySpace. She has even toured extensively by herself, using electronics to recreate her songs live.

They Come From the Future

Elon and Grimes are both preoccupied (or maybe obsessed) with technology and outer space. According to reports, they connected in part through an obscure joke about artificial intelligence. Boucher’s Geidi Primes album was named after a fictional planet in Frank Herbert’s classic Dune novels, and Musk named SpaceX’s two drone ships in honor of sci-fi novelist Iain M. Banks, arguably Herbert’s most worthy successor. And Grimes’ echoey, electronic sound would fit right in at a dance club on Mars–where Musk wants to build a colony.

They’re Not Afraid to Fail–And Then Talk About It

Musk is notorious for setting goals so ambitious that, even when he falls short, he winds up somewhere pretty cool. Lately, that has gotten him in apparently serious trouble for badly missing production goals for Tesla’s Model 3, which he admits was largely his fault. But the same ambition led to a landmark moment for SpaceX last Friday with the launch and recovery of the Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket–during which it appears Boucher was hanging out in the SpaceX control room.

Grimes seems to be made of similar stuff. In 2014, when fans were disappointed by an early song from the album that was going to follow Visions, Boucher scrapped the work she’d done and took the whole project in a new direction. What she wound up with was 2015’s Art Angels, an album that hewed closer to her offbeat roots while still pushing into pop territory–and won her almost universal acclaim.

It’s unclear how serious the Boucher-Musk pairing is, or where it might be headed (and Musk doesn’t have the best record with relationships). But they’ve got a lot going for them, including this: Musk is clearly fond of offbeat music, from David Bowie to mariachi.

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When Postcards Provided the Perfect Format for Propaganda

Leonard A. Lauder Postcard Archive– Promised gift of Leonard A. Lauder Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

During its peak in the 20th century, the postcard was everywhere. It was widely considered a popular and accessible medium that was progressive for its time period. It was primarily used as a collectable item that magnified the pressing political and social prejudices of the era.

In 1870, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston was founded to serve audiences around the world with art that challenged the thought of imagination. In 2010, it became the residence to the Leonard A. Lauder Postcard Archive. The archive handled the study of the commerce, distribution, and development of the images. In addition, the archive manifests the narrative perpetuated by the medium itself, and the complications of art during both world wars and the years between.

The Propaganda Front depicts examples of the relationship between art, politics, and propaganda. The imagery raises questions on the role of mass media during this period and the social and political effects these images had on the public. These postcards hold timeless moments of history and showcase the complexities and mastery of graphic design. The following postcard images include universal messages that highlight the preconceptions of its time that can resonate both politically and socially today.

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Why a 5-year age gap between my kids has turned out to be perfect

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Melissa Willets

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My first three children were born very close together.

Age gap between kids

So up until now, I never really knew any other way of doing things. My life was always about having at least two kids in diapers, balancing the terrible twos and infancy, multiple car seats and strollers, and dealing with tantrums and teething and baby poop patterns while potty training.

After our third child was born, we tried to get pregnant for years, and even endured a late-pregnancy loss before conceiving the baby I am due to have in the next several weeks.

For a long time, I thought having an age gap of five years between my youngest and the baby would mean he would be at a disadvantage; that he would have a hard time fitting into our crew. I also worried how I would fare going back to the baby stage after such a long break.

But I’m starting to realize there are many benefits to the five year age difference, not only for me, but for our entire family.

My youngest actually understands that I’m having a baby. For a toddler or even a preschooler, the idea of a sibling growing in mommy’s tummy and then coming home to live with you, forever, is very abstract. I remember trying to prepare my kids for the arrival of our baby, but truthfully, they didn’t get it until the baby was born, and didn’t go away. This time my youngest daughter is almost 5, and she really is getting it. It’s fun to see her level of excitement and how much she wants to be involved in the pregnancy. One of the cutest things she does is to whisper goodnight to my belly before she goes to bed each night. Sniff.

She also accepts that sometimes I’m tired and I have to sit down, so I can’t play anymore or we have to leave the park. Can’t say I experienced that kind of empathy during previous pregnancies!

5 year age difference is awesome

I don’t have to pick my daughter up anymore. Sure, I like to cuddle with my (current) youngest, and hold her when I can, but now that I’m heavily pregnant, it’s a relief she doesn’t need to be carried. She can walk on her own (even if sometimes she’d rather be carried), and spare me the back pain, and even potential complications associated with lifting a child in pregnancy.

My little one is newly self-sufficient. At almost 5 years old, my daughter can now dress herself (yeah, her outfit choices are often questionable, but she can perform this task on her own), do most of her business in the bathroom, get her own snack, and play independently. What all of this means for me: I have more time to rest and focus on taking care of myself than during previous pregnancies.

I can get things done without having to watch her every second. Of course a 5-year-old still requires constant supervision. But she can play in her room on her own, or go upstairs without me having to follow an inch behind. I can only imagine how this will translate once my son is born. I’ll be able to actually shower or eat when the baby is sleeping rather than chase after a toddler. How liberating!

I have a helper. My daughter is so excited to help out with the baby, from picking out his outfits to maybe even giving him a bottle (we’ll see!). What a luxury to have an “older” child who can fetch a diaper or grab my phone for me. And who (probably) won’t poke him in the eye, like my 2-year-old kept doing when my second daughter was born.

What do you think the perfect age gap is between kids?

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William Shatner Is Still Out Here Asking Us About Our Perfect Date

William Shatner wants to know about your perfect date. No, don’t tell him it’s April 25. That joke, circulating once again thanks to the classic beauty pageant scene he acted in from 2000 movie Miss Congeniality, has already been done.

Instead, Shatner has partnered up with Match.com to help those looking for love find some ideal romance. But he’s giving credit where it’s due: to Miss Rhode Island herself, of course. “Who knew that your response was going to turn into a national holiday? The perfect date, remember? Not too hot, not too cold, just bring a light jacket,” Shatner recites in an Instagram post publicizing his latest gig. To celebrate the everlasting power of that moment after nearly two decades, Shatner asked people to submit their own perfect date concepts. Some lucky winners will get to make their romantic dreams come true, too — as long as $ 500 cash will cover it.


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Anthony Bourdain and Asia Argento Share Intimate Selfies from a ‘Perfect Day’ Together

Anthony Bourdain and his girlfriend Asia Argento look more in love than ever.

The chef, 61, and Italian actress, 42, each took to their individual Instagram accounts to share similar, intimate selfies on Wednesday.

“Just a perfect day,” Bourdain, who has been dating Argento since 2016, posted. “You made me forget myself.”

Argento also posted a shot of the couple standing in dim lighting and showing off her chest tattoo with a caption quoting David Bowie’s “Golden Years”: “I’ll stick with you baby for a thousand years, nothing’s gonna touch you in these golden years, gold,” she wrote.

The duo first met when Argento appeared on season eight of Parts Unknown. Since then, she has contributed to many episodes and Bourdain frequently visits her in her hometown of Rome.

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In January, Bourdain shared a photo with Argento from when they filmed another episode of the CNN series together in Hong Kong for season 11.

“ has spent a lifetime in film since she was 9 years old. She comes from generations of filmmakers on both sides of the family,”Bourdain told PEOPLE in September. “She’s a really accomplished director and writer along with being a longtime actress and a real sponge for culture, music, literature. So she’s enormously helpful and inspiring.”

“We both work a lot. And we’re both away from home a lot so we’re both circus freaks in the same circus—or different circuses I guess,” he added.

Parts Unknown returns on Sunday, April 29 at 9 p.m. ET on CNN.


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The Perfect Under-$35 Leggings and Workout Tops Are Hiding at Target

Since there’s a good chance that you’ve been living in black, grey, and navy workout gear all winter, we’re here to provide a little encouragement to lighten things up for spring (without spending a lot of money). Enter JoyLab, the brand that we proudly co-design with Target. The latest collection dropped today and it’s filled with pieces you’ll want to add to cart immediately. We’re talking leggings, matching workout tops, and layering pieces, all of which will cost you less than $ 35. Each piece is functional (and comfortable) enough to work up a sweat in but also stylish enough to run around town in. And that’s our definition of activewear success. 

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Elon Musk says Autopilot will never be perfect but can ‘reduce accidents by a factor of 10’

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Earlier today, CBS This Morning aired a new clip from its sit-down interview with Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The clip below centers on Tesla’s Autopilot feature, a topic that has been in the news quite a bit over the past few weeks following a tragic crash that saw a Model X in Autopilot mode careen into a highway divider before the vehicle’s battery pack burst into flames.

In the wake of the accident, Tesla said that the car’s Autopilot system warned the driver to place his hands on the wheel in the seconds leading up to the crash, warnings that Tesla claims were not heeded.

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Your perfect day in Washington D.C.

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The nation’s capital is a really interesting, spectacular, and impressive place. There is so much to do and see, but never enough time to see all of it. What should you do on a day out in Washington DC? What are the main places you can’t miss? And more importantly, where should you eat? Luckily this DC native has you covered.

The White House

You’re in Washington already, you may as well see the most important mansion in the entire world. The great thing is that because it is a publicly funded house, there are tons and tons of tours which you can take. And thankfully, because of Jackie Kennedy’s restoration project in the 1950s, you can see a whole lot of the original furniture that famous presidents, first ladies, and everyone in between used. You can even see where and how the current president lives.

In order to get tickets to see the White House, you need to request them at least 21 days in advance from the White House visitor’s website. You have to have valid photo ID, but it is free, so there there’s that.

The Capitol Building

Another must see in Washington DC is the US Capitol Building, where all of the laws which govern the United States and impact the world are made. You can even go to the observation deck and see Congress in session.

Tours are free, but they must be set up either by your Representative or your Senator. Just shoot them an email (they probably have a section with how to get tickets on their website) and coordinate your visit with them. You will also probably get to meet your Senator or Representative too.

The National Mall

No, this isn’t a shopping mall. This is a giant expanse of green space which goes between the US Capitol Building on one end to the Lincoln Memorial on the other. Going from the Capitol side heading east, you will run into people playing kickball or baseball or just relaxing on the grass with the Smithsonian museums on both sides of you. As you continue, you will reach the Washington Monument. Sadly, the inside of the monument is closed due to an damage from an earthquake in 2013, but you can still see it!

Continuing on, you will go past the World War II memorial. Continue a bit further to see the reflecting pool for the Washington Monument with the Vietnam War Memorial and Korean War Memorial on either side. Finally, you will come to the giant statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial.

The Smithsonian

The Smithsonian museums are a bunch of free museums which are open to the public and hold some of America’s treasures. Of the 19 museums in the institution, 11 are on The National Mall. Spend time at the Air and Space Museum and see the Wright Brothers’ plane, The Spirit of St. Louis, and the space capsule John Glenn returned to earth in.

At the Natural History Museum not only can you see the nation’s largest stuffed animal collection, but you can also see the Hope Diamond – the world’s largest diamond. At the Museum of American History you can see the flag that inspired the Star Spangled Banner, George Washington’s military uniform, and Kermit the Frog. And those are only in 3 of the 19 museums.

Where to eat

Washington DC has a whole plethora of amazing food options, able to cater to whatever it is you’re searching for. For instance, one of the best Ethiopian restaurants in the United States is called Dukem, located in the city’s Adams Morgan neighborhood. Across the street is one of the best falafel joints in the country called Amsterdam Falafel (ask for Israeli style to get fries in the sandwich too). Meanwhile, over in the U Street neighborhood is Ben’s Chili Bowl with the best chili dog on the planet.

If you’re looking for something more American, go up to Tenleytown for Chef Geoff’s, a favorite happy hour spot for American University students and diplomats alike. If you’re looking for something more upscale, head to Blacksalt in the city’s posh Foxhall neighborhood. Or just go to the Georgetown area.

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How to Write the Perfect Instagram Caption, According to an Expert

In the fashion community, few social media platforms are as beloved as Instagram. Whether we’re sharing snaps of our latest #ootd or browsing through other fashion people’s fabulous posts from runway shows, parties, and beyond, Instagram is where it’s at. There’s only one problem.

Posting a photo to Instagram, of course, isn’t really a hard thing to do—the challenge comes in crafting the perfect caption to accompany the image. Some of our favorite It girls are really good at it—we’re looking at you, Alexa Chung—and while we take inspiration from their daily musings, we thought it might be wise to pick the brain of a bona fide social media expert. And that’s just what we did.

We sat down to chat with Michael Kwolek, the director of research at social media consultancy firm Room 214. We asked him to share his learnings on the types of Instagram captions that work—the ones that increase engagement, are prone to getting you more likes, and generally make people like you more on the platform—and, of course, the types of captions that don’t work.

What he had to say really surprised us. Keep scrolling for an expert’s tips on how to write the perfect cute Instagram caption.

“Brevity is so important,” Kwolek tells us. “I like when people just use a caption like ‘This.’ [to go along with their image]. That’s always a good go-to. Something super brief. It should be shorter than a tweet.”
It’s true: All those people you follow who like to #hashtag #every #word #in #their #Instagram #poststhey’re doing it wrong.  “
Gasp. According to Kwolek, if your Instagram caption is borderline illegible, that’s a bad thing. (Though you’d probably never know it from taking a quick scroll through your feed.)
“Add value to the image with the caption,” Kwolek recommends. “When I scroll through Instagram, I don’t necessarily even read the captions. If you want to have a caption that people are actually going to want to read, you kind of have to build that up with the image first. You want people to say, ‘I’m going to look at this image, but hey, I’m going to read this caption too.'” And how do you do that? “
For all the blushing brides out there, this one’s for you: Event-specific hashtags are lame, according to Kwolek.
Yes, à la Beyoncé, Instagram photos without captions reign supreme.
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The Perfect Novel for Easter: William Faulkner’s ‘The Sound and the Fury’

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When we think of the works of William Faulkner, we’re unlikely to muse upon feelings of glorious rebirth, or any kind of positive reversal. Cram your mind full of almost any of his novels—minus, perhaps, the potboiling Sanctuary, written by a fame-seeking Bill for cash—and you will come away away with the sensation that that family of yours you’ve complained about over the years is a veritable benchmark for stability and support. You may then reach for the bottle on behalf of the clans that Faulkner’s imagination created.

You can’t get much more dysfunctional than the brood at the heart of The Sound and the Fury, but what I would also tell you is that here we have the ultimate Easter novel.

There isn’t exactly a booming Easter lit market. It’s not like Christmas, where we have a bumper crop of ghost stories that will last as long as we do as humans. There is a story from 1886 by Chekhov called “Easter Eve,” which involves a guy taking a barge across a river on his way to a church service and the ferryman telling him about this dead buddy of his who never got to share his stories with anyone. That’s pretty good. But yeah—there’s an Easter literature void.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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6 Perfect Fashion Podcasts for Your Commute

It’s a busy world out there for a fashion enthusiast. Between staying up to date on the latest trends and keeping track of all the fashion house shake-ups, you have to find time for your own life, too. The best way to stay on track is to get your content on the go with a podcast. So why not add a few fashion-related programs to your list and give them a listen while you commute? Make the best of your time on the ride to work—these podcasts are our favorite way to make our commute fly by. Each of these podcasts takes a different approach to fashion, every one with a unique take on style. Some are more news driven while others focus on pop culture. Try out an episode of each—you never know, you might end up being a loyal listener of all of them. Ahead, check out some of our favorite fashion podcasts we recommend you tune in for on your next trek to work.

Leandra Medine has seamlessly married entertainment and content with this podcast series. Every week, Man Repeller filmmaker Jay Buim sits down with cool women from the arts, tech, and fashion realm to talk about their lives and work. The blog’s quirky taste has certainly crept into the aesthetic here, and we’re certainly not complaining—see the hilarious episode with Whitney Cummings.
Girlboss Radio is everything we hoped it would be and more. In typical Sophia Amoruso fashion, the Nasty Gal founder has created something at once inspiring and hilarious. She uses the platform to interview women who have established themselves in one field or another and who lend inspiration to listeners with the laughs and lessons they’ve experienced along the way.
André Leon Talley is the host. We repeat: André Leon Talley is the host. If that’s not enough to pull you in (although how could it not be?), we guarantee the caliber of the Vogue podcast is just as good and even better than the publication itself. It covers everything from the buzziest fashion news to what everyone’s talking about at the office. We’re certain every fashion girl out there would love to know what goes on at those headquarters.
The Yahoo Style podcast may just have six episodes, but they’re packed full of strong style content through a pop culture lens. Editor in chief Joe Zee hosts the episodes and covers all the best fashion news with entertaining twists, such as playing Cards Against Fashion Humanity on air. We’re sold!
Harper’s Bazaar calls this podcast the best for the “true fashion nerd at heart.” We couldn’t agree more. It dives into the latest news of the industry itself by gleaning information from seasoned professionals in every expertise from design to technology. If you’re looking for a crash course on how fashion really works, this is the program for you.
In Pop Fashion, fashion stylist Kaarin Vembar and former vintage-store owner Lisa Rowan discuss everything you need to know about the business and creativity of the fashion industry. They even take listener questions, so really, you can learn about exactly what you want to know.
This writer is a particular fan of the Vancouver-based millennial trio Abby, Evan, and Katie. The three fashion lovers strike the perfect balance to create a program that quite honestly mirrors the industry itself—immensely multifaceted, crazy, and beautiful. Catch their episodes biweekly.
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‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Stars Reflect on Franchise’s Future and That Icky Band Name

Pitch Perfect 3 is the third film in the popular comedy franchise, but will it be the last?

For stars Chrissie Fit and Hana Mae Lee, who play Flo and Lilly, respectively, the series has run its course, but they’d be open to returning.

“The [ending] montage really felt it was the end,” Fit told FANDOM. “People really love these characters and want to see what’s next for them. Maybe Flo [who becomes an entrepreneur] will finance their next tour.”

Lee, who’s been part of the franchise since the original 2012 film, agrees. “I love playing Lily,” she explained. “If there is [a fourth film], I’m down and I feel people would be excited. If there isn’t, I felt the third one was a really nice ending.”

The Musical Numbers


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Lee says they got their routines down easier in this film.

Lee joked that she might be getting a little too old to do the intense song and dance routines.

“All of them were challenging because my body is getting older,” she said with a laugh. “You know you’re getting old when you’re being shown dance moves and you’re like, ‘Hmm, I’m going to have back issues and neck issues later.’”

Still, she admitted that the actors’ experience from the previous films was helpful, especially with new director Trish Sie, who comes from a music video background. “We got the dance moves more quickly this time around,” Lee stated. “It’s in our veins.”

Fit, who joined in Pitch Perfect 2, said performing Britney Spears’ “Toxic” was the most challenging.

The scene is the climax of the movie, and the girls find themselves held on a yacht at gunpoint by gangsters.

“There were so many elements to it. The action sequence, dancing, and singing for our lives,” Fit explained. Luckily, the shoot took place on a sound stage instead of open waters.

“Production actually built a yacht on a sound stage which was nuts. They had this huge tank with lukewarm bath water, which was better than jumping into the ocean,” Fit admitted.

“That whole filming day was really fun,” she continued. “We got to be action stars for a minute and afterward you were in a pool with all your best friends. We were playing games, synchronized swimming. It was one of my favorite moments. It felt like we were all kids again.

Many more behind-the-scenes clips can be found on the Pitch Perfect 3 home release, out this week. Other highlights include a gag reel and an intimate and emotional look at the final performance.

That Icky Band Name


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Openly gay actress Ruby Rose fronts a fictional band called Evermoist.

Speaking of funny moments, FANDOM had to ask both actresses about the name of guest star Ruby Rose’s band. The all-girl band was named Evermoist.

“It just sounds so gross,” Fit responded. “Automatic cringe from me. I think Rebel Wilson is the only one who could hear ‘Evermoist’ and improv seven jokes right after. She started talking about being ‘never moist, ever again’ [laughs].”

Adds Lee, “I was like ‘what is that?’” upon hearing the name. “What’s funny is that it can be real. There could be a really successful band named Evermoist in this world right now.”

And while the girls of Evermoist battled the Barden Bella alums, Fit said the film’s legacy is its empowering message.

“This is how female friendships are,” she explained. “It’s not catty, it’s not divisive. We are stronger together!”

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Netflix’s “Sabrina” reboot has found its Harvey — and oh my Greendale, he’s a perfect fit

Netflix’s “Sabrina” reboot has found its Harvey — and oh my Greendale, he’s a perfect fit


Netflix’s “Sabrina” reboot has found its Harvey — and oh my Greendale, he’s a perfect fit

Netflix’s highly anticipated reboot of Sabrina the Teenage Witch is slowly coming together, and now the streaming platform has finally cast Sabrina’s lovable boyfriend. Austin & Ally star Ross Lynch will fill the role of Harvey Kinkle, opposite Kiernan Shipka’s Sabrina, and we couldn’t be more excited about this announcement.

Like his predecessor in the ABC sitcom, it seems Lynch’s Harvey will be blissfully unaware of the magical happenings around him — at least, at first. According to Entertainment Weekly, Netflix’s Harvey is, “the son of a coal miner, a dreamboat and a dreamer, completely unaware of the dark forces conspiring to keep him and Sabrina apart.”

And while Lynch is best known for lighthearted projects like Teen Beach Movie, the actor recently shed his Disney Channel roots to play serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in My Friend Dahmer. So he’s definitely no stranger to going dark. Which will come in handy here.

The still untitled Sabrina series will be a major departure from the sitcom, instead following the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics.

The show, which has previously been described as being “in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist” — yes, really — is being helmed by the same creative mind behind Riverdale: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is writing, directing, and executive producing the series. While the series was originally being shopped to The CW as a companion series for Riverdale, Netflix eagerly scooped it up, giving it an immediate two season, 20 episode order.

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Lynch joins Wonder Woman‘s Lucy Davis who has already been tapped to play Aunt Hilda, while Homeland’s Miranda Otto will play Aunt Zelda. And for those worried about the appearance of a particular black cat, Aguirre-Sacasa has already reassured fans that Salem will definitely be in the Netflix series. *Phew*

While the series is from the same people responsible for beloved teen-noir drama Riverdale, we have a feeling Sabrina is going to be just a bit more terrifying.

According to the press release, the series is a “dark coming-of-age tale that traffics in horror, the occult and witchcraft and will follow Sabrina as she struggles to understand her “dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while fighting the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.” 

Netflix has yet to announce a release date for the series but when it does, we may be watching this one with the lights on.

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Barbie “sheroes” are the perfect tribute to International Women’s Day

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Ahead of International Women’s Day, Barbie has honored 14 historical and modern-day role models — including gold medalist Chloe Kim, director Patty Jenkins and conservationist Bindi Irwin —  as part of its “Sheroes” program. And they are seriously awesome.

Each one-of-a-kind doll was made in the likeness of the woman being honored, as Barbie announced on Tuesday. This year, they are:

  • Patty Jenkins (filmmaker, USA,)
  • Chloe Kim (snowboarding champion, USA)
  • Bindi Irwin (conservationist, Australia)
  • Nicola Adams (boxing champion, UK)
  • Çağla Kubat (windsurfer, Turkey)
  • Hélène Darroze (world-renowned chef, France)
  • Hui Ruoqi (volleyball champion, China)
  • Leyla Piedayesh (designer and entrepreneur, Germany)
  • Lorena Ochoa (professional golfer, Mexico)
  • Martyna Wojciechowska (journalist, Poland)
  • Sara Gama, (soccer player, Italy)
  • Xiaotong Guan (actress and philanthropist, China)
  • Yuan Tan (prima ballerina, China)
  • Vicky Martin Berrocal (entrepreneur and fashion designer, Spain).

Unfortunately, these amazing dolls aren’t for sale — because the real, live women get to keep their one-of-a-kind, look–alike Barbie. (Womp, womp.) However, for Barbie enthusiasts who want to get their hands on other dolls inspired by other kick-@$ $ women, there is a bit a good news. Mattel has also announced its new Inspiring Women line featuring historical dolls that come with educational info about the important contributions each woman has made to society.

The first three dolls in the series, according to a news release, are: Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo and Katherine Johnson.

“As a brand that inspires the limitless potential in girls, Barbie will be honoring its largest line up of role models timed to International Women’s Day because we know that you can’t be what you can’t see,” Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and general manager, Barbie, said in the news release. “Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie and we are thrilled to shine a light on real life role models to remind them that they can be anything.”

Now this is the kind of Barbie I can get behind.

What do you think of these new Barbie dolls What other Inspiring Women dolls would you like to see? What other

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Good Girls Is the Perfect Show for This Moment

In the first scene of NBC’s Good Girls, three suburban moms charge into a grocery store, toy guns blazing, faces covered in ski masks that resemble the iconic Pussy Riot headwear. The women—played by television vets Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Retta (Parks and Recreation) and Mae Whitman (Parenthood)—need quick cash to pay for their cheating husband’s debt, child’s life-saving medication and custody case, respectively.

They’re broke, dismissed by the men in their lives, and want to take back their power. Everything goes smoothly until it doesn’t: The grocery store they rob turns out to be a front for a criminal organization, and some heavily armed men want their cash back. Chaos ensues.

But it turns out these women thrive in chaos. After years of baking last-minute cupcakes for bake sales and navigating unruly, misogynist customers at work, they have a knack for solving difficult problems—and long to break the rules.

For years, difficult men have dominated the small screen. In 2018, it’s refreshing to consider how difficult women could reinvigorate that tired trope. Inevitable parallels will be drawn between Good Girls and Breaking Bad, another show about a mild-mannered suburbanite who needs cash and eventually finds strength in criminality. But Walter White never had to worry that if a woman found out his secret identity she would try to blackmail him for sex or, failing that, rape him.

Despite a cutesy promotional campaign with the three women soaking their feet in a kiddie pool full of cash, Good Girls does not shy away from the realities of being a woman in the criminal underworld—or just a woman in the world in general. The characters have to rely on their wits to outsmart the firepower and social power of the men around them. To quote Margaret Atwood, “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”

The closer television parallel to Good Girls would actually be Weeds, a series about a widowed housewife who begins a small marijuana business. Just a few season in, she’s manipulating cartel bosses. Like Weeds’ Nancy Botwin, the women of Good Girls often find themselves in over their heads but always figure out a way to get out of a scrape. Unlike Nancy, they do not seduce their enemies to survive. That’s a happy development: Television writers long assumed that a woman’s sexuality was her best—and sometimes only—asset.

Since Weeds, few female anti-heroes have graced the small screen. Often evil women play supporting roles—the wives of murderous presidents or antagonists to would-be rulers of Westeros. Sometimes they get to be the main character, as with How to Get Away With Murder or Scandal. But they are lonely leads with male love interests by their sides and female friends at the periphery. Good Girls has three female protagonists, possibly a first on network television since Desperate Housewives. Shows where multiple women get top billing, like Broad City, Big Little Lies or Orange Is the New Black, tend to land on cable networks or streaming platforms.

The Time’s Up movement has promised more women’s stories, told by women, in film and television. We won’t see the fruits of that campaign for some time. But Good Girls is a first taste. And it’s sweet.


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The 8th annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards was “the Season Kent and Kier Lehman show,” according to GMS president Thomas Golubic, acknowledging the multiple trophy winners at the group’s Thursday night ceremony at the ACE Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Following a rousing opening number by U.K. rock band Yungblud, Kent took the first award of […]

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Kaiser Permanente Attains Perfect Score on 2018 Corporate Equality Index

For the 12th consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente has earned a 100 percent score in the 2018 Corporate Equality Index survey, which is administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. As part of this national benchmarking survey and report, which evaluates corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer workplace policies, HRC named Kaiser Permanente a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

“We are proud of our long history of diversity and inclusion and we are grateful for the HRC’s recognition of our continuing work to provide the highest levels of opportunity and support to the LGBTQ community,” said Ronald L. Copeland, MD, FACS, senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer. We recognize the value of diversity, inclusion and equity in allowing us to best serve and meet the needs of our employees, patients and communities. Kaiser Permanente stands strong in our commitment to equity and inclusion for all.”

Now in its 16th year, the Corporate Equality Index report scores businesses on their LGBTQ-related policies and practices, including non-discrimination workplace protections, employment benefits, competency programs, public engagement on LGBTQ equity and responsible citizenship. The HRC also recognized Kaiser Permanente earlier this year for its efforts around LGBTQ health care equality, awarding the organization leadership status in the HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index 2017 report.

“Recognition by the HRC is a reflection of Kaiser Permanente’s core values,” said Edward Ellison, MD, co-CEO of The Permanente Federation and executive medical director and chairman of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. “As physicians, we are privileged to serve our LGBTQ patients and families to address their comprehensive health care needs. We aspire to create a compassionate, accepting, sensitive and caring work environment where LGBTQ nurses, physicians and staff can provide best-in-class care. This designation as a Best Place to Work is truly an honor.”

By inspiring and engaging all Americans, the HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ people. It is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality.

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Thanks to ‘Pitch Perfect 3,’ Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic’ Is the Show Tune of the Year

It’s not often that we get two movie musicals opening in wide release in one week, and they could hardly be a greater study in contrasts. “The Greatest Showman” is an old-school tuner that brought in estimable stage-and-screen songwriters for an all-original song score that’s meant to convey the emotions of the characters and send […]

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‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Review: Sequel Has Lots of Laughs But Hits Few High Notes

Pitch Perfect 3 is being touted as the Bellas’ farewell tour, and the musical film franchise ends on a few nostalgic high notes.

However, a ridiculous plot and underdeveloped characters keep it from being a hit.

After winning the world championships in Pitch Perfect 2, the spotlight on the collegiate a cappella group has faded. The Bellas have gone their separate ways and struggling to make it in the real world: Beca (Anna Kendrick) is a music producer, Chloe (Brittany Snow) is pursuing a veterinary career, and Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) is still, well, a rebel.

The Bellas are invited to a reunion event, where they reconnect with Emily (Hailee Steinfeld), who is still a student at Barden. After reminiscing over their past glories, the Bellas agree to perform in an overseas USO tour, thanks to Aubrey’s (Anna Camp) military connections (her father is a general).


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The Bellas reunite for a USO tour across Europe.

This is where the plot goes from the unbelievable to the ridiculous.

A-ca Awful Plot

For some inexplicable reason, DJ Khaled (playing himself in a role that he could’ve shot in one day) pits the four tour acts against each other. There’s the Ruby Rose-fronted girl rockband, unfortunately named Evermoist. There are also country and hip-hop acts, and each demonstrates their ability in an Autotune-heavy “riff off,” a staple of the film franchise.

It’s one of more memorable musical moments in the film, as each group tries to top each other.

A secondary plotline involves Fat Amy and her gangster father Fergus (John Lithgow with an Australian accent). Fergus tries to win back his daughter (and her $ 180 million inheritance) through love, and later, more aggressive means. James Bond-esque antics ensue (choreographed perfectly to Britney Spears’ “Toxic”) as the plot goes off worse than a bad American Idol audition.


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John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks unnecessarily reprise their roles.

It’s entertaining but silly. Sadly, there’s little character development, and we don’t learn more about the Bellas than we did in the beginning of the film (except for the fact that Amy is apparently a black belt). And the Khaled name-drops get tiresome.

There are still some nostalgic touches that fans will appreciate. The Bellas perform Sia, the artist that originally led Beca to the group in the first film. Fans finally learn why Lilly (Hana Mae Lee) speaks so softly. And there’s a running joke about ancillary Bellas Jessica (Kelley Jakle) and Ashley (Shelley Regner) that delivers lots of laughs.

Mercifully, foreign exchange student Flo’s (Chrissie Fit) stereotypical statements are kept to a minimum, but Cynthia-Rose (the supremely talented Ester Dean) and Stacie (Ashley Knapp) are underused, the latter written out of the group to allow Steinfeld to have a spot. As with previous films, Wilson steals the spotlight with her one-liners and physical humor.

Is Pitch Perfect 3 Good?

Stick around for the laughs, a nice nod to George Michael (who died one year ago), and a montage during the credits, but don’t expect this farewell tour to get extended.

Pitch Perfect 3 opens in theaters on December 22 in the U.S.

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The perfect vacation in Hawaii

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When you think about Hawaii, you probably picture white sands, beautiful water, leis, grass skirts and ultimate relaxation – and you wouldn’t be wrong! For many people, Hawaii is on the travel bucket list, although planning the perfect Hawaiian vacation can feel a little overwhelming. Here is everything you need to know about planning your adventure!

Where are you going?

It’s not enough to simply say you want to go to Hawaii, as there are four main islands that make up Hawaii and they are all slightly different. Oahu is the most tourist focussed as it is where you will find Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, Waikiki and the famous north shore, so if you want to see the recognizable parts of Hawaii, this is the island for you.

Maui

Maui is also known as the “Honeymooner’s Isle” as it is a more natural, chilled island which is perfect for hanging out by the pool, snorkeling or playing golf with your new husband or wife. You will find Maui a little quieter, which is perfect for alone time; however you will be sacrificing a lot of amazing, popular sites for that, so it is a case of balance.

Kauai

If you need to get away from it all and relax to the max, you need to head to Kauai. Somehow even prettier than the other islands, it is the oldest and really embodies that Hawaiian vibe. There is plenty to see, including Hanalei Bay, Napali Coast, and Waimea Canyon, but tas Kauai is all about lazy, peacefulness, don’t rush to see it all at once!

Big Island

Big Island is just known as Hawaii, and it is the biggest of the four. Explore an active volcano, one of the black and green beaches and stand beneath a stunning waterfall. There is so much to see on Big Island that the sheer thought of it can be quite daunting for tourists, but for those brave enough to give it a chance, it certainly rewards them!

Island Hopping

If you simply can’t choose, you could split your time between more than one island; however, they are further apart than you may think, so flying is the only way! This can be quite pricey and time intensive (if you factor in TSA process etc) for such a short distance so avoid day trips and make sure you get the most out of your visit by staying at least three days.

When should you go?

The most popular time to visit Hawaii, is November to April, with an extra rush across Christmas and New Years, when it is incredibly busy and expensive, so you might want to avoid Christmas on the beach in Waikiki! Hawaii is relatively rainy and somewhat cooler in the winter, with Maui and the Big Island having the most pronounced seasons so do be aware of this. Between October and May you can spot the humpback whales around Maui, so if this is something you want to see, we would recommend the prime season of February.

Top tips

Even if you are a total beach bum, do not book a beach resort where you won’t want to leave the resort – Hawaii is too amazing for that, and there is so much more to see, even if you are a beach lover. Rent a car if you can as you will be able to explore so much further, much more comfortable. Pre-book any tours and excursions that you want to do as these will book up pretty fast! With a place like Hawaii, it pays to have even just a rough outline of an itinerary.

Hawaii is an incredible place to visit, and you will not regret booking a vacation to one of its wonderful islands.

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When Pitch Perfect hit theaters five years ago it was riding a wave of singing-related TV shows, YouTubers doing Acapella covers and mined the vein of raucous comedies with feisty female comedies but it still felt fresh. Pitch Perfect 2 tweaked and expanded the elements of the first film, added some new faces but it still worked well enough and felt like a progression. Pitch Perfect 3 has many of the same components from the first two films but plays around with the formula too much and hits too many bum notes.

Straight out of the gate this third film feels different. The opening scene starts off familiar enough and then lurches in an unfamiliar and totally uncharacteristic direction. Cue a swift rewind by a few weeks to explain how the Bellas found themselves in that situation. They’re now living in the big wide world trying, but mostly failing, to keep it together and hold down jobs. They get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour to make some music but, as we find out very quickly via leaden exposition, they are traveling with extra baggage — the emotional kind.

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Taylor Swift Can’t Stop Wearing This Perfect Winter Shoe Trend

While her new album has been toppling sales records, Taylor Swift has been busy promoting it with a slew of performances and appearances. Although she’s worn everything from bomber jackets to sequined dresses, all of her recent looks have one common element: combat boots. Since debuting Reputation, Swift has worn the trend with nearly every single outfit, both on stage and off.

So what does her covetable boot collection consist of? Most recently, she wore the Fendi Logo Biker Boots ($ 1150) for a performance in London this weekend, though she’s worn versions by Michael Kors and Prada for other outings. If these looks are any indication, we think we know exactly what to expect for her upcoming stadium tour costumes: a lot more combat boots.

Read on to see how Taylor Swift has styled combat boots with five different outfits.

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On Swift: Jessica Jones custom hoodie and shorts; Louboutin boots 

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Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé Join Forces For Remix Of “Perfect” [LISTEN]

Ed Sheeran‘s big 2017 was somewhat overshadowed by him getting snubbed by the Grammy Awards, but that hasn’t slowed the soaring success of his latest album, Divide. The English singer and songwriter teamed up with Beyoncé for a remix of his “Perfect” single, with the Houston superstar taking over the second verse while the original opening lines remain intact.

The track is the fourth single from Divide, which is stylized using the math function symbol. The album’s global appeal has essentially made it possible that every single released from the record was positioned to blow up and that has been true for the single even before Queen Bey added her vocals to the remix.

The remix for Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” featuring Beyoncé can be heard below.c

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The Perfect African American Road Trip

Holiday time means time to hit the road, something that isn’t a necessarily stressful thing for African Americans according to a new report.

For black America, the perfect road trip lasts for six hours, was one of the findings from research conducted by Chevrolet and Harris Poll. Many African Americans also said that they had fond memories of road trips taken with their families as children. In fact, 99% of African American parents said they enjoyed road trips.

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Some other interesting tidbits about African American road trip preferences:

 

  • 86% said their favorite way to pass time during car travel is by listening to music with their family.
  • 81% said talking was a good way to pass time.
  • 52% preferred watching or listening to a movie or TV show to pass time.

Almost all of the survey respondents said that spending time with family was their favorite part of a road trip. Next was exploring and stopping at attractions along the way, and many stated that just “unplugging from daily life” is what made road trips so fun.

African Americans also like to travel in style—those surveyed preferred conducting their road trips in an SUV—with many preferring a large SUV with three rows. Parents also emphasized the importance of in-vehicle technology such as infotainment systems and in-vehicle Wi-Fi—features becoming more commonplace in automobiles.

By the way, the survey also revealed that Moms are more stressed about keeping kids busy and entertained during a road trip than Dads. Maybe that’s because 75% of those surveyed said Dads did the driving; only 31% of Moms drive.

Parents also bring plenty of electronic toys. Families bring along an average of 6.6 devices on family road trips, (yes, we don’t know what .6 of a device is, either).

 

 

 

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Last week, we shared the below video on Instagram Stories, walking you through how to get Who What Wear–worthy photos every time. Since this was one of our top-viewed stories and we received such great feedback, we wanted the tips to live here on the site as well. The video provides four simple steps to keep in mind when crafting a photo. One of the tips is “perfect your pose,” and within that tip, we shared three things to keep in mind when in front of the camera (watch the 60-second video below to find out). The most DM’ed question from this story was which app we used to edit the photo. Drumroll, please: Snapseed is the photo-enhancing tool shown below in step four. And our second most DM’ed question was about my sweater (shop it below!). Whether this is your first time watching the video or you’re back to save each helpful tip, be sure to give these tricks a try the next time you post on Instagram, and don’t forget to share your photos using #WhoWhatWearing.

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“It all happened at the same time because the playing of the part was so linked to how I felt it could be directed,” Kenneth Branagh told Fandango about both directing and starring in a new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express.

Branagh took on the incredible difficult task of playing Christie’s famous detective, Hercule Poirot, who appeared in over 30 of her novels and is one of the most famous literary detectives. At the same time, he tasked…

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Stick to a cool top, then add a simple pair of jeans and heels.

Let your top bring the cool factor to your outfit.

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Belt a cool colorful top to make a statement.

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Perfect locations for travelers that hate crowded places

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We love to travel and see the world. There’s something about getting on a plane and getting that stamp in the passport that does it for us. Exploring and experiencing new cultures and different ways of life is really great, and important for enriching the soul. However, the one thing we could do without is the crowds; they seriously are the worst part of being a tourist.

Visiting remarkable countries and stunning destinations is amazing, but you don’t always want to be dealing with the crowds of annoying people – usually other tourists! So, you can either risk it in a busy place, and try to get out and about when it’s less busy, or you can visit somewhere perfect for those who hate crowds. These places tend not to be too busy, and have plenty of calmer and more serene areas where you can focus on enjoying your vacation – here are a few of the best.

Upolo, Samoa

If you’ve never been to Samoa, you’re in for a real treat, and this is the best way of experiencing it. Far from the madding crowds, the tropical paradise of Upolo is one of the most amazing in the world. You can enjoy the perfect tropical paradise free from the constraints of crowds of noisy and irritating people! This blissful destination is unheard of by so many, and that’s the perfect thing to take advantage of. But, make sure you take advantage of this remarkable place right now before people wise up!

Oregon Coast, Oregon, United States

We bet you had no idea the US was tailor-made for those who hate crowds, and still want to have an amazing vacation or travel experience. The Pacific Northwest is still one of the most stunningly beautiful areas in the world, and the Oregon Coast is the perfect encapsulation of this. If you love the outdoors, and you want to lose yourself in the middle of nowhere for a while, this is the most picture perfect place to do that. Hire a cabin in the middle of nowhere, just switch off for a while, and enjoy a more relaxed way of life.

North Shore, Hawaii, United States

Hawaii might not be your go-to place when you consider destinations that are uncrowded, but the North Shore could be just the remedy you need. The more tourist-centric parts of Hawaii are definitely going to be crawling with tourists, however, the North Shore is one of the most beautiful places in the state. It also remains relatively tourist-free most of the time. How amazing would it be to check out one of those stunning golden beaches, absolutely free of people?! That’s just one of the delights of visiting the North Shore.

County Donegal, Ireland

There is so much hidden beauty in Europe, and, if you want a less crowded and more peaceful vacation, head for the Emerald Isle. County Donegal is a land of almost unrivaled beauty, with swirling, sweeping hills, sublime peaks, and sumptuous coastline. Oh, and it helps that they never have too many people here either. You get to enjoy uncrowded pubs, amazing scenery, and some sensational history as well.

Taking a vacation doesn’t have to be a busy, stressful and frantic experience. There is no reason to let stress affect your enjoyment of a vacation, so you must make sure you choose a destination that is perfect for those who hate crowds. The places we’ve listed above are ideal if you want to find a place that’s a little quieter and off the beaten track. Trust us when we say, these destinations are no less enjoyable and stunning just because they’re less crowded.

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For the past week I’ve been staring at an Xbox One X and questioning existence.

OK fine, not just staring. I’ve spent a lot of time playing around with it, too. It makes things like Gears of War 4 and a 4K Blu-ray of Planet Earth II look great on my 4K UHD screen.

Fundamentally, Xbox One X is the same machine that Microsoft released in 2013. It plays the same games, runs the same apps, depends on the same operating system. You can still plug your cable box into it and watch OneGuide magically sync with your local TV listings.

Most of the things you can do look a little better and run a little faster/more efficiently, sure. The actual casing is smaller than the previous iterations, too. It’s a gorgeous $ 500 machine. But Xbox One X is still just an Xbox One. Read more…

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13 Coffee Date Outfits That Will Make a Perfect First Impression

If there’s ever a time you feel like you “have nothing to wear,” it’s when deciding what to wear on a first date. The task of picking out the perfect outfit can be stress-inducing for sure and have you second-guessing your style and hating everything you own. But the best approach to dressing for a date is to relax and be yourself. Especially in the category of coffee date outfits, you want to feel comfortable and confident in whatever you decide to wear. The casual meet-up calls for a stylish ensemble that shows off your personality whether you choose to wear a dress, a skirt, or jeans. There’s no tried-and-true first-date formula, but instead, the best coffee date outfit is one that makes you look and feel your best. We’ve turned to covetable street style looks from our favorite It girls as a catalog of coffee date outfit inspo to get you started.

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How to Throw the Perfect Sophisticated Halloween Party

Growing out of Halloween? Totally not an option! Of course, we all reach a point when we’re tired of the same old trick-or-treating, Casper, candy corn and those weird “eyeballs” that are just peeled grapes.

But you can keep celebrating Halloween even when you start to get a little bit more sophisticated. In fact, Halloween is particularly suited to a certain gothic glamor that lends itself to elegant dinner parties and spooky soirees. You just have to know how to modify your usual traditions to fit the chic new you.

These tips will help you throw a Halloween party that your friends will be talking about all year.

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1. Think gothic, not garish

Gothic Halloween

Gothic Halloween

You can be creepy and still classy — just look at Morticia Addams’ gothic dream house. Instead of decorating your home and yard with severed limbs, fake blood and screaming, animatronic ghouls, opt for imposing gargoyles (foam ones will do just fine), black lace everything, velvet accents and tarnished candelabras. Now add in your classic fog machine and just a few novelty spiders, and you’ve set a scene worthy of any classic horror film.

2. Upgrade your eats

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Candy corn just won’t cut it if you want to host a truly chic Halloween party. First, you want to make sure you have some savory snacks on hand. Opt for classy finger foods that have a dramatic look about them without being explicitly Halloween-themed — think fig, balsamic and goat cheese crostata, blini with caviar and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus.

Next, the candy. Every Halloween party needs candy, but you’ll want to opt for something a little more luxurious than what you got in your trick-or-treating bucket as a kid. Opt for high-quality indulgence. Godiva Masterpieces chocolate goes with the moody, dark decor. You can hand out the individually wrapped chocolates — in Milk Chocolate Caramel Lion of Belgium, Dark Chocolate Ganache Heart or Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Oyster varieties — to your guests as party favors and serve a few of the filled bars on your dessert table. Everyone’s sweet tooth will be satisfied.

3. Set the mood with music

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Music helps set the mood at any party. Ditch the haunted house sound effects CD and put on a new kind of music — classic horror movie film scores. Composers like Bernard Herrmann (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Psycho), Wojciech Kilar (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), and Danny Elfman (Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride) write instrumental music that will give you goose bumps on the back of your neck without resorting to shrieking banshees or ominous laughter.

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4. Make a dress(-up) code

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No matter how elegant your party setup is, things will feel a little silly if someone shows up in a giant Elmo costume. That’s why themed Halloween parties are so great. You can ask your guests to dress up as debonair vampires, Victorian ghosts, kings and queens — basically, whatever will ensure that the vibe is somewhere along the lines of undead-black-tie-optional with no life-size Grumpy Cats or poop emojis in sight.

5. Keep it simple

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Halloween decor

These days, it seems like you can find Halloween decorations in all sorts of colors — orange, purple, lime green, red, black. But put them all together, and things start to look more like a zany carnival than a creepy haunted house.

Instead, pare down your color palette. I like black with one accent color. Even black and gray, too somber for the other 364 days of the year, work perfectly to create a softer spooky mood.

And don’t forget flowers. Monotone arrangements made with black silk flowers, crow feathers and lace keep things sophisticated and more than a little creepy.

With these tips, you’ll experience Halloween in a totally new way. Sure, you’ve outgrown the glow-in-the-dark skeletons, but gourmet chocolate, black lace and classic movie music make for an Oct. 31 even the most sophisticated among us will want to celebrate.

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Hailey Baldwin Wore a $54 Dress With the Perfect Party Shoes

If you’ve been on the hunt for the perfect little black dress—you know, the one that you can wear out at night and during the daytime—Hailey Baldwin has you covered. The simple LBD she wore to Drake’s birthday bash can easily be dressed up for an evening on the town or dressed down with sneakers for a casual day of shopping. And if you’re not quite convinced yet that its versatile nature is reason enough to buy it, just take a look at its price tag. At $ 54, this little black dress from Aussie brand Meshki is a steal.

This isn’t the first time Baldwin has shopped the affordable label. Earlier in September, she was spotted out in a stunning satin little white dress, which she paired with white sneakers. But this time around, the model traded in her LWD for an LBD and her Adidas Stan Smiths were swapped out for a pair of silver, lace-up heels. Styled with just a few simple accessories—hoop earrings, a delicate silver necklace, and a Givenchy satchel—Baldwin proves how simple it is to elevate this affordable wardrobe staple.

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Erika Sanchez joins MashReads with her lauded debut novel ‘I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter’

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Growing up with strict familial expectations is hard, especially with a seemingly “perfect” older sibling. But if that sibling were to suddenly and tragically pass away, that gulf between yourself and your family could seem impassable. 

That’s the central struggle of Erika Sanchez‘ powerful new novel,  I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

The book follows Julia, who is not the perfect Mexican daughter. That was her sister Olga’s role. Olga didn’t go away to college — she stayed home to take care of their parents, clean the house, and work a part-time job.  Read more…

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