Useful things you’ll need when going on a business trip

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Business trips are the backbone of the modern corporate world. Without them, there is no way for your company to thrive, and there is no diversity across the business world. It’s essential to get out in the world and try to make a connection with people from all walks of life. When you’re jetting off abroad for business, you want to have the perfect blend of work and play, and really showcase why you and your company are worth the investment.

Now, many people are seasoned pros and know exactly what to bring on business trip, while others have no idea where to begin. Packing right is essential if you want to enjoy a successful and stress-free business trip. So, we thought we’d put our heads together, and come up with some awesome ideas of the most useful things you will need when you decide to go on a business trip.

Electronics

These days everything is pretty much digital, and it’s almost impossible to do business of any kind without electronics. So, you have to make sure you pack the relevant electronics with you that you’ll need for your trip. For instance, you will need to take your smartphone, laptop, and, possibly a tablet as well. Don’t forget to pack charges and ports as well so you will always have access to working electronics.

Currency

It’s a brave person who goes abroad without any of the local currency changed up. Make sure you have at least some with you before boarding your flight. Yes, it may be cheaper to change it up when you’re out there, but, at the very least make sure you have the cash for a taxi and a snack with you before you go. Now, some currencies are easy to come by, but others may need to be ordered, so make sure you account for this and order yours in plenty of time.

Paperwork

Now, there is a preference these days for making everything digital, and that includes your business documents and information. But, we think it’s also important to have hard copies as well, not to mention the fact that it looks more professional as well. So, make sure you compile all your information before going and print it off, so you have a hard copy of the relevant paperwork. This is a good way of keeping a backup and is essential for helping you to stay in the game, so to speak.

The right clothing

Don’t forget that, even though you’re traveling on business, you’re still going to a separate country, and the climate can be very different. You need to make sure you pack the right kind of clothing to help you acclimate to the weather. This means packing warm clothing for colder climates, and vice versa. You may not think about this too much, but it can definitely make a big difference to your comfort and experience on the trip.

Business cards

The most important part of business is marketing and networking, and business cards play a crucial role in this. They are a calling card, and a wonderful way to generate interest in the company, and put the feelers out when connecting with people. Business cards should be your bread and butter, and you need to carry them with you at all times because you never know when they might come in handy.

These are just a few of the amazing tips we’ve come up with that you need to know about for your business trip. If you’re serious about having the most productive and enjoyable trip imaginable, this advice is invaluable. Don’t forget, the whole purpose of a business trip is to make a connection and help your business thrive in another country. With the advice and tips in this post, we hope you will be able to do that emphatically!

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Things to plan for your road trip

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Taking a road trip is a rite of passage for any young (or old!) person, and the best way of ensuring you have one of the greatest coming-of-age experiences. Road trips are an excellent way of getting out on the open road and exploring the great outdoors, with the wind in your hair and the sun on your back. But, in order to get the best possible experience, you need to make sure you plan adequately for your road trip.

There are a lot of great things you will need to do to have an unforgettable road trip experience. A lot of the time it takes the right people, the right attitude, and the right preparation, and you can really have an amazing time if you tick all these boxes. This is the perfect experience and one that can be shared by friends and family members alike. Get a load of these sensational road trip planning tips that you definitely need to make use of.

Plan your route

The most important part of the road trip process is making sure you plan your route. Now, this is a delicate thing because you have to get the right balance. You need to have some idea of where you’re going, so don’t make it up as you go. But, you also need to make sure you have a degree of spontaneity because that’s truly what makes a road trip great. You’ve got to make sure you do a bit of planning, so you know where you’re going, but, also, make sure you leave some stuff to the moment. Trust us, if you find that balance then you’ll have a road trip to remember!

Pack supplies

Supplies are a crucial part of having a successful road trip, and you have to make sure you stock up accordingly. There are plenty of things you will need for a road trip, and you need to ensure you don’t miss anything. Bear in mind that it might take a while for you to get to a store or a place that has supplies while you’re on the open road. So, make sure you pack a first aid kit and a map so you can plot your route. You’ll need the relevant electronics (phones) and charging cables. Not to mention plenty of water and snacks for everyone who is coming on the trip.

Budget

It’s actually pretty important to budget for your road trip as it’s going to cost you. And there are bound to be unforeseen costs as well (such is life)! Budget for supplies at the start of the trip, and gas when you fill up the car, but also make sure you account for the fact that there are likely to be other costs you’re going to face. These could include replacing lost items, car repairs, buying clothing, or an impromptu stop at a new restaurant. Making sure you have the right budget is essential for improving and enjoying the road trip more.

Make sure the car is in working order

The most important member of a road trip entourage is the vehicle, without question. Your car is going to have to dig deep and do more work than it has ever done before in its life. And, you need to make sure it is in full working order. That means getting it serviced before you embark on the trip, and ensuring that everything is fine. We can’t stress enough how important this is – the last thing you want is for your car to break down in the middle of the trip.

A road trip can be a fun, adventurous, and exciting time for everyone, and is a great way to travel with a difference. But, to avoid the obvious pitfalls of road trips, you need to make sure you plan and execute your properly. The best way of doing that is to make sure you follow some of the advice we’ve offered above. Happy road tripping!

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Travel Capsule for an Eight-Day Trip

This is the fifth time in twelve months that I’m travelling to the Netherlands to see my 85-year old Dad. I’ve got the packing and commuting thing down across four seasons and in all sorts of weather. The trips have become a way of life and are part of our quarterly routine. 

I’ll be heading out tomorrow morning while Greg and Sam hold the fort at the Cox Castle. Including travel, it’s an eight-day trip, and this is what I’ve packed.

A few things upfront before I delve into the details:

  • I’ll be visiting family, seeing dear friend Inge, doing errands, eating out, and going to a few appointments. I’ll be hanging out with my Dad in his home town of Velp, with daily trips to nearby Arnhem (a 15 minute bus ride). These very quaint towns are on the east side of the Netherlands and close to the German border. They are about an hour and a half away from Amsterdam.
  • I keep my outfits casual, although my outfits are on the dressier side of casual.
  • Autumn in the Netherlands is very similar to Seattle. Chilly, grey, dark, quite windy, and somewhat wet. Hopefully we’ll have some sunny intervals. Daytime high temperatures of about 8 degrees Celsius (46 degrees Fahrenheit) will be the norm, but colder in the morning and at night. Hopefully temperatures will stay just above freezing. I do a LOT of walking and take public transport when I visit my Dad, which means wearing the right footwear, cosy socks, woolly scarves, and an assortment of toppers so that I stay warm, comfortable and dry.
  • I’ll be putting a suitcase in the hold because I like to have more dressing options than a carry-on can accommodate. I’ll also be bringing presents for family, and doing some Christmas shopping which requires extra space.
  • I will not be doing laundry on the trip.
  • I can magically keep white and cream wardrobe items clean, and have been travelling with them for years. It’s a complete non-issue.
  • The capsule also includes the outfit that I will wear on both non-stop ten-hour flights. It’s the same outfit, and I’ve shown the components at the end of this post.

The Palette

Burgundy, tomato red, ink blue and blue denim with a touch of cream and a smattering of pearl grey. No black! Tomato red adds life to the burgundy. The cream brightens and lightens the look. The dark blues ground the palette. My Dad likes bright colours so I like to incorporate them for him too.

To create a satisfying mix that is true to my style, I created a capsule that combines classics with trendy items, wardrobe essentials with statement pieces, solids with patterns, knits with wovens, neutrals with colours, and old items with newbies. Plenty of variety but with a good amount of discipline. The silhouettes are generally quite simple. It’s the colour of the item, the bold combination of the colours, the accessories, and the mix of patterns that give the outfits their kick. I can create tonal looks with burgundy and tomato red. Wear a column of colour with burgundy and navy. Throw in high contrast with cream, and pattern mix with ease because the patterns are in the same colour spectrum.

Here’s more detail on each part of the capsule. Note that wardrobe basics like undies, camisoles, sleepwear, loungewear and knee-highs are not represented here. For the rest, these are the exact wardrobe items that I packed and will be wearing en route.

Footwear

I build a travel capsule around my shoes because it’s extremely important to have happy feet when you’re walking around a city and using public transport. Once I knew which shoes I was taking, I planned the rest of the outfits to work with them. (NEVER take new shoes on a trip. Take tried-and-tested styles that you know go the distance).

I chose booties because those are right for the weather and extremely comfortable. They have been weatherproofed with spray, and the grey booties are weatherproof already. I almost brought my tall riding boots but booties are easier to pack. I would have been fine bringing two pairs of booties, but packed a third in case my feet need a change, or I feel like a change. All three pairs work with all four bottoms. I suspect I’ll wear the burgundy and grey most of the time, and leave the dressier cream pair for appointments.

Bottoms

I chose four bottoms, but actually it’s only three bottoms because I’ll wear the blue boyfriend jeans on the flights ONLY. That means I’ll wear the full-length dark wash denim straights, cropped straights and burgundy velveteen crops twice. I’ll wear them with navy knee-highs or socks. That’s plenty of variety so I don’t feel bored.

Tops

I’ve packed five tops, but actually it’s only four because the oversized ink pullover is for plane travel only. I’ve stuck to fine gauge woolly knitwear because that’s dead right for the weather. Fits are fluid and tailored with varying necklines. I went with two neutrals (one light and one dark), and two non-neutrals to create variety. That way I can remix looks depending on my mood – like high contrast, tonal, or a column of colour. All tops work with all bottoms so I can mix and match as I please.

Toppers

I’d get bored wearing one topper for eight days, which is why I chose to bring two with different vibes. One long, dressy, classic, solid and very warm. The other short, trendy, patterned, casual and not quite as warm. I can wear either topper with any top or bottom.

Accessories

I packed many accessories because they change up my look, and don’t take up space. I chose two scarves that work perfectly with the palette. The burgundy scarf creates an effective complement with the burgundy bag, boots, belt and specs. The red scarf is a good match with the red coat and pullover, creating a tonal twinset effect. It also pattern mixes well wth the plaid jacket. The burgundy scarf looks as fab over the red coat. The orange pom-pom hooks onto my bag and makes me smile. I chose a crossbody because it’s easy for travel, and a dressy Furla because casual bags are not my thing. Cream beret and gloves are essential for walking in the cold morning and night. I’ll wear the pile of pearls over my cream and red pullovers. And the patterned socks are fun to make a casual statement with the palette when I feel like it.

I will also be travelling with an umbrella and a cashmere wrap. I’ve left the wrap out of the capsule because it will NOT be styled into these outfits. It’s loungewear and a cosy blanket for plane travel only.

Travel Outfit

This is the exact outfit that I will wear tomorrow on the flight out to Amsterdam, and the flight back to Seattle eight days later. It follows my strategy for what to wear on long flights. Layers, fabrics with stretch, fluid fits, and soft fabrics are cosy, comfortable and insulating for plane travel. A jacket, scarf and dressy bag also make my casual outfit look pulled together and polished. Comfortable shoes are essential for comfort when traipsing through airports and catching public transport with luggage. I’ll pack my jacket into my hand luggage during the flight and while I’m at the airport, but will need it on the other side when when I take organized transport through to my Dad’s apartment.

I tried on lots of outfit combinations using the items to make sure I liked them BEFORE I made my final decision on what to pack. You can visit the collection page to see my travel capsule in its entirety. The picture below shows the items just before I started packing.

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How Much a Trip to the 2018 Winter Olympics Would Cost You

Why simply watch the 2018 Winter Olympic games on television when you can be there in person and feel feel the energy of the crowd?

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games kick off in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Feb. 9, 2017. Athletes from roughly 90 countries, as well as hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to descend on the region for the 17 days of intense competition in sports like ice hockey, skiing, figure skating and curling.

As with any popular event, you’ll need to start planning and booking your trip in advance for the best experiences and values. Booking site Fareness.com has already seen an uptick in searches to South Korea during October, indicating people are planning potential travel.

Whether you’re looking to splurge on a front-row experience to see your favorite sports or simply get by on a shoestring budget, MONEY scouted the options and priced out what it really costs to spend a week at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Sample Budget

$ 915: Average flight cost from the U.S. to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport

$ 200: Pyeongchang Rail Pass from Seoul

$ 1,870: Average cost of a hotel for a week near the Games

$ 1,548: Four ticket packages to alpine skiing, pairs figure skating, speed skating, men’s hockey match and snowboarding

$ 150: Meals

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Total: $ 4,683

Tickets

Scoring tickets to the actual events is still possible, but prices can vary widely depending on what you want to attend and which seating section you opt for. For example, tickets for the Opening Ceremony start at just over $ 400, but a front-row seat is currently selling on Stubhub for as high as $ 5,946. Depending on which countries make it to the medal rounds, you may be able to score resale tickets cheaper closer to various events.

For U.S. residents, there are still plenty of event tickets left on the Games’ official vendor, CoSport/Jet Set Sports. For example, you can purchase a two-day package that includes ski jumping and figure skating for $ 480. But keep in mind that the medal rounds for popular sports command a high price. A ticket package for a men’s hockey playoff game and medal ceremony is going for about $ 1,739.

Flights

Flights from the U.S. to Seoul are averaging about $ 915 for the timeframe around the Olympics, according to airfare prediction app Hopper. And despite it being about 125 miles from the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, Incheon International Airport is really your best bet to get to the Olympic Games on time, says Fareness founder and CEO Scott ‎Wainner.

Out of major U.S. cities, Fareness found that a seven-day trip from L.A. to Seoul was currently the cheapest at a mere $ 694 for those leaving Feb. 10 or 12, 2018. But flights from cities in the middle of the U.S. are usually higher—for example, Austin during roughly the same timeframe and for the same duration were about $ 1,080.

“Travelers should keep in mind that most flights are going to take over 12 hours so make sure that you book your hotels and transportation to account for time zone changes,” Wainner says.

Before booking your flight, check what time it’s set to land both in South Korea, as well as what time that would be in your home city. It could be a cheaper flight gets in at 3 a.m. your time. That’s an especially important consideration if you’re the type of traveler who doesn’t sleep well on flights. You may want to spend an extra night in Seoul to recoup and get acclimated before heading onto the Games.

Hotels

Book your 2018 Winter Olympics hotel as soon as possible, Wainner advises, noting that accommodations are limited and neighboring towns can be over an hour away by local transit.

If you’re planning to stay in Pyeongchang where the opening and closing ceremonies are taking place, the lowest rate available is $ 117 a night at the Oclaire Pension, according to Booking.com. If you’re willing to splurge, a night at the upscale Mamestar Pension—which includes an outdoor pool and free wi-fi—starts at $ 449. Some rooms even include spa bathtubs and kitchenettes.

Want to stay closer to the action? The hockey, figure skating and and speed skating events are taking place in Gangneung, about 13 miles east of Pyeongchang. The most budget friendly option in this town is at The Ocean Capsule Hotel, where a room for the night will set you back $ 269.

Getting Around

The easiest way to get from Seoul to the Olympic Games is via the newly expanded bullet train route, which reduces the travel time from 2.5 hours by car to about an hour by train. You can purchase a 7-day pass from around $ 200. That’s a good deal, considering a one-way ticket from Boston to New York during peak times can cost around $ 120.

Once you’re at the Olympic venues, you’ll be able to use spectator shuttle buses. Connecting the cities of Jinbu, Hoenggye and Gangneung, ticket holders may use spectator shuttles on the day of the event. The buses are scheduled to start running the day before the Opening Ceremony and operate through the last day of sporting events.

Meals

While you may end up grabbing a snack or a quick meal at one of the venues before or after an event, there are other dining options. Generally, meals at inexpensive restaurants are about $ 6, while a 3-course meal at a mid-range restaurant is about $ 18 per person, according to cost estimate site Numbeo. The Team USA friends and family guidebook recommends checking out the Gyo-Dong region (near Wonju University) in Gangneung, which is a quick cab ride from the Olympic Park. Here you’ll find small restaurants and coffee shops.

In Pyeongchang, there are several well-known restaurants worth checking out, according to MyBucketlistevents.com. The 30-year-old Paldo Myeon Ga restaurant offers meals for around $ 10, including broiled eels and spicy stir-fried chicken. The slightly more expensive Youngchun Garden is also recommended. Try their famous stewed chicken dish using traditional medicinal herbs for around $ 18.

Currency Exchange Rates

The South Korean currency is the won (pronounced wʌn). Currently a U.S. dollar is worth about 1,110 won, but the spending power of the dollar against the won has been on a steady decline over the past year. Expect that trend to continue into the 2018 Winter Olympics.

“Exchange your currency early at your local bank,” Wainner says. And make sure you do this in advance, as your local bank may have to special order won, which could take up to a week. If you wait and exchange your currency at the airport you could be paying an exchange fee, whereas many banks in the U.S. don’t charge their customers a fee for this service.


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Mark Wright enjoys boozy night out in London with Extra co-host Mario Lopez as he jets home for short trip

MARK Wright enjoyed a boozy night out in London with his Extra co-host Mario Lopez last night.

The 30-year-old is currently back in the UK for a short trip after recently relocating to the US for his new job.

Mark Wright and Mario Lopez enjoyed a very bozzy night out
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Mark was back in London for one night out

Joined by his new best mate and work buddy, the former Towie star hit the town, showing Mario how an Essex lad likes to party.

But rather than going to his usual haunts, the evening started at five-star London hotel Claridges before heading to a bar.

There things got a little raucous as the pair were presented with tequila shots.

Filming the evening, Mario joked:  “Look at these tiny tequila shots that Wrighty has. They’re like tiny baby shots. What is going on?”

Clearly a little lively, Mark replied: “But are you gonna do one? If they’re baby, do two!”

Mark and Mario looked like they were having ball
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The pair were joined by a woman and a tray of tequila shots
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At another point in the evening Mark was seen pouring tequila down Mario’s throat as they continued to party away.

Mark clearly had a great time as he later tweeted: “Been away from London for a bit. Spent the day and night here today and realised, wow !! what a city this is !! 🇬🇧.”

His wife Michelle Keegan was noticeably absent from the evening’s activities .

It’s thought she is currently still away filming scenes for the next series of her BBC show Our Girl.

The guys couldn’t wait to get stuck in
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Mark was seen pouring tequila down Mario’s throat
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While Mark has seen his family since his move, he’s yet to be reunited with his wife thanks to their conflicting work schedules.

He previously opened up about how hard it was, telling the Sun Online: “I’ve had the same group of friends since I was a kid. I miss them lots, I miss my family, my wife’s away working, we can’t get to each other right now because she’s working solidly every day like I am, too.

Mark also gave some to their mate
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“I’m without my friends, without my family, without my wife – it’s always going to be a bit lonely but I’m not complaining just yet.

“I’m enjoying the job. Going to bed early, waking up early, doing the best I can and then in a couple of months I’ll be reunited with my wife and I’ll be feeling a lot better by then.”



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14 Things I Pack for Every Trip to New Orleans

As a Louisiana native, I’ve spent a lot of time in New Orleans over the years. While I’m no longer a resident of the state, the majority of my family is, and I’m currently planning my upcoming wedding in The Big Easy, so my trips to New Orleans have been more frequent as of late. Over the years, I’ve realized that there are certain wardrobe essentials when visiting the city, so if you’re not sure what to wear in New Orleans, I’m here for you. 

You’ve probably heard that heat and humidity are trademarks of The Crescent City, and while that’s not exactly the case all 12 months of the year, the rumors are pretty much true. Spring, summer, and even early fall can be downright steamy in New Orleans, rain showers are a frequent occurrence throughout the year, and you’re probably going to spend a good deal of your time walking to places like Cafe Du Monde, the Garden District, and St. Louis Cathedral, or Frenchmen Street and Bourbon street after dark. The point is, you’re going to be walking outside a lot and you’ll need appropriate attire that suits the festive yet chill vibe of the city. 

Keep scrolling to find out which 14 things I pack for every trip to New Orleans (so you can spend your time planning what to eat there, not what to wear). 

I’ll go ahead and start with the obvious—you’re going to want to pack a few pairs of shorts. 

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Free up your hands to take Instagrams of the French Quarter and hold your to-go cup.

Thunderstorms often come out of nowhere in NOLA, so be prepared.

If the forecast calls for a jacket, a leather or denim one is usually the perfect weight.

The nightlife scene is a big part of New Orleans’ charm, so pack accordingly. I tend to rely on tops that will look cute with jeans and any shoe style.

Romantic dresses suit New Orleans to a T, and you can dress them down with sneakers or up with block-heel sandals.

See above re: thunderstorms… 

I love my 100 percent cotton Levi’s but when heading to New Orleans, I stick to thin, stretchy denim.

I love to wear vintage-inspired shades in NOLA, and highly recommend local sunglass brand Krewe.

You’ll never look out of place when wearing a cool tee in New Orleans, so stock up.

Stay comfortable when exploring the city via a pair of trouser-legging hybrids.

I’m always sure to pack a pair of fun block-heel shoes for when I want to kick things up a notch for a night on the town.

It may not be cold outside but you can bet that every restaurant and shop will have the A/C blasting.

Jumpsuits are easy to style and don’t have up a lot of room in your suitcase. Win-win.

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Monkeying around in Borneo: a voluntourism trip with a difference

Voluntourism is popular but controversial. In Indonesian Borneo, however, the Orangutan Foundation puts conservation (and graft) first, as our writer discovers

I’ve got a hammer in my hand when the cry goes up: “Orangutan in the camp.” Nine people down tools and grab their cameras and a chance to snap one of the critically endangered primates that we are here to help on our three-week stay in Indonesian Borneo. Rimba, a 17-year-old male orangutan, doesn’t disappoint: he circles the camp, going from tree to tree just a few metres above our heads for almost 30 minutes, hooting gruffly if anyone comes too close.

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Pharrell & ‘Girls Trip’ Writer To Produce Horror Film Together

Musician and fashion icon Pharrell Williams is joining forces with Tracy Oliver the writer of the hilarious Girls Trip are bringing an adaption of the YA book Survive The Night to the big screen.

According to the Hollywood Reporter,  Warner Bros. got on board with the film right away. Oliver will write the script and direct while Williams will produce the film alongside Mimi Valdes his partner at I Am Other Entertainment.

The two worked together on the sensational film Hidden Figures which told the story of three amazing Black women essential to the NASA in the 1960’s.

The films about a group of college girls who get trapped inside an underground warehouse festival on Halloween. They have to survive the night, pun intended, from an attacker who tries to hunt them down in the night.

Williams, Valdes, and Oliver are very familiar with each other as they worked together on the on the YouTube show Awkward Black Girl that starred Issa Rae.

Oliver is no stranger to directing as she totes a short film under her belt that featured R&B singer Jhene Aiko.

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Inside the Stunning Resort Kim Kardashian West Chose for Her Birthday Trip

Where do you go for a laid-back birthday trip? Well, if you’re Kim Kardashian and you’re turning 37, you go to Amangiri Resort, a remote spot in Canyon Point, Utah. (You may remember that stylish British It girl Lucy Williams Instagrammed from the same resort just last week.)

Kardashian posted several photos on Instagram Stories, captioning one of them: “Most relaxing bday trip! #Amangiri.” One look at the property, and it’s easy to see why Kardashian chose it: The tranquil desert landscape looks like the perfect place to unwind (and show off your new swimsuit).

“Amangiri’s geometric planes are hued with ochre, yellow and pink to blend with the cliff curve it sits within,” the resort’s website reads. “Each Suite features a large living area that opens onto a terrace offering Utah desert views that change color by the hour.” Ready to feel inspired? We rounded up some of our favorite images of the resort below.

Scroll down to take a peek inside Amangiri Resort, where Kim Kardashian West spent her birthday getaway.

Next up, see where six stylish It girls are vacationing this fall

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One Family’s Trip Through the History of U.S. Racism

Nietzsche wrote that he always trusted thoughts that came while walking; I chose to revise this form of mobility to a road trip this summer to the Deep South with my family.

I am, or shall I say I was, a high school history teacher. Why I became one is a bit of a long story, but I took the advice of a mentor who said: if you want to make a difference in the world, working in a soup kitchen is okay, but you really should teach high school—get them when they’re young. After years of teaching at the college level, I made the move in 2012. My mostly affluent, predominantly white students loved hearing about the civil rights battles of the 1950’s and 1960’s, but had little or no exposure to this grass roots movement—a wellspring of most reform movements in this country. They wanted more, especially a readable account of the civil rights movement. There were always questions and a desire to learn more about the women of the civil rights movement who stood in the shadows of the male triumvirate—Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Medgar Evers.

This spring I had an ah-ha moment: I would write that book. It took me some time to come up with a recipe to bring this history alive, and then I thought on one of my favorite pastimes, the road trip. This one would take me and my son, Augie, home from Beloit College and my 12-year-old daughter, Gemma to the seat of the Old Confederacy.

Gemma and Augie walking over the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, AL.

It made perfect sense. I turn 60 this fall, which coincides with the 60th anniversary of the day when the Little Rock Nine walked up the steps of an all-white high school in Arkansas. Emulating the powerful Civil Rights monument granite table in Montgomery, we would drive in a circle—we would begin at our home base of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and then go to Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma and back again.

Little did I know when we set out on the trip that the scab of racial hatred would be torn off once again this summer over Confederate statues. Uncannily, we found ourselves in southern locales that frighteningly mirror the past with events of the present: We were in Pulaski, TN—the birthplace of the KKK—on Friday, August 12th, the precise evening of the intimidating torchlit parade in Charlottesville. The next day, we were in Memphis, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot dead at the Lorraine Motel—and where we heard the news of the subsequent acts of terror in Charlottesville that led to the death of Heather Heyer and the injuries of dozens more.

For our Friday evening trip to Pulaski, TN, we learned that it was another evening, Christmas Eve of 1865, when six Confederate veterans met there to form the Ku Klux Klan. In 1917, a bronze plaque was nailed to the building that read: “Ku Klux Klan organized in this, the law office of Judge Thomas M. Jones, December 24, 1865.” KKK supporters in Pulaski wanted the plaque because they felt that the town had been overlooked in D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation, a 1915 film that championed the Klan.

Things stayed that way until 1986. That’s when the KKK started returning to Pulaski every January to parade by the plaque as a way to spite the new Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday. As if it was a sacred relic, KKK members would walk up to the plaque and kiss it. This angered a civil rights hero, Marguerite Massey, who owned the building that held up the plaque. In August 1989, Marguerite unbolted the plaque, flipped it to face the wall, screwed the bolts back in and then welded them in place. The words commemorating the Klan were hidden. All that can be seen is the plaque’s blank back side.

“This,” she said, “was better than simply throwing the plaque away.” It showed that she and Pulaski had turned their backs on the KKK.

Former birthplace of the KKK in Pulaski, TN.

President Trump would not agree with Marguerite’s gesture, but Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans would be the first to applaud her. President Trump and others see the statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville as a part of our history. The KKK placard in Pulaski, Tennessee is also a part of our history—and men like Trump would likely say it should not have been turned around. But we know that this placard was like a perverse icon, to be kissed and cherished by the KKK instead of seen in solemn mourning for a darker time.

We should not, the president says, “change history.” Instead, we must see it more clearly. We must confront it. And we must overcome it.

This brings me to a more sensible view of history as expressed by Mayor Landrieu of New Orleans: “The Confederacy was on the wrong side of history and humanity. It sought to tear apart our nation and subjugate our fellow Americans to slavery. This is the history we should never forget and one that we should never again put on a pedestal to be revered.”

Indeed, earlier on our trip, when dusk was settling in on New Orleans, Gemma, Augie and I were on a trolley after we visited the William Frantz School, and the facade that remains to remember and honor the heroics of six-year-old Ruby Bridges, who was escorted up those school steps in November 1960 by federal agents through a gauntlet of screaming white mothers. The conductor later that afternoon announced the next stop: “Lee Circle!” We looked toward the setting sun that glowed atop the column; the sun, not statue a of Robert E. Lee, became the pinnacle of the pedestal.

Mayor Landrieu did not change the name of Lee Circle. He did not demolish the site. He kept the name and the column to confront history—but the column pedestal is now an homage to the sun and stars, a literal a shining beacon of racial healing.

After our haunting visit to Pulaski, we went to Memphis. That morning, before the distressing news out of Virginia, Augie, Gemma and I headed for the Lorraine Motel—where Martin Luther King, Jr. drew his final breath before being shot on its balcony on April 4, 1968. Our hope was to revisit that sorrowful day, as we did at the home of Myrlie and Medgar Evers in Jackson, Mississippi, where a bullet from a white KKK member was put into his heart in their driveway on June 12, 1963.

But as we walked up to the Lorraine Motel, we ran into Jacqueline Smith.

Gemma and John standing with Jacqueline Smith in front of the Lorraine Motel/National                                                Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN.

For 29 years and 198 days!—through rain and snow, cold and heat, night and day—this unrecognized African-American heroine has staged a one-woman protest against the new owners of the Lorraine Motel—the National Civil Rights Museum and, as she infers, its largely corporate board. She lived at the Lorraine Motel from the time she was a young girl until 1988, when the police forcibly removed her and her belongings to the street to construct the museum. The incident drew national attention. She has since then been camped out all these years in front of the museum with all of her measly worldly possessions, wishing all visitors to boycott a commercialization of the slain civil rights leader.

Jacqueline Smith believes strongly that this enterprise undermines the ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr. Like a mantra, she quotes Dr. King: “Spend the necessary money, to get rid of slums, to eradicate poverty.” As she says to people who pass by, “rather than standing in the museum’s shoe prints of the alleged assassin, James Earl Ray, do something good today for society.”

After showing us photographs of people who have listened to and supported her, including Cindy Lauper and Kevin Durant, Augie looked at his phone to tell us all the news. “A car driven by 20-year-old James Alex Fields, a misguided neo-Nazi sympathizer from Ohio rams through Charlottesville’s counter-protestors, killing Heather D. Heyer and injuring countless others.”

Jacqueline chimed in: “assassination, terrorism—my god, what kind of a country is this that feels like a broken record?”

Given the context of this news that arcs precisely from the founding of the KKK and the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. to this summer’s torch-lit neo-Nazi parade and the murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, this was a weighty question. All citizens of this democratic nation urgently need to grapple with it—especially given that we have a president who continues to stir the pot of racial animosity.

John J. Ciofalo received his B.A. in History at Colorado University and Ph.D. in Art History and Comparative Literature from The University of Iowa in 1995. He went on to teach at a variety of universities and wrote a book on Goya’s self-portraits that was published by Cambridge University Press. The book won wide acclaim. After teaching for around 15 years at the college level, he took the advice of a mentor who said that if you want to make a difference in the world, you probably want to teach high school students. Since 2012, he has taught history at the high school level. He left his post on the cusp of his 60th birthday to write a necessary book, The Summer of Hate: A Family’s Southern Sojourn to Honor Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement. You can find John on Facebook

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A huge unsung milestone: Our first trip without a diaper bag

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Maggie Downs

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It finally happened. The day I didn’t believe would happen, the milestone I never saw coming, the definitive sign that I no longer have a baby.

The diaper bag is gone!

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I’ll admit I’ve had a rocky relationship with diaper bags. By the time my son was born, I owned three of them – a practical one that I registered for, an impractical one that I didn’t register for, and one I ordered off eBay in a wild, 9-months-pregnant-and-I-need-more-stuff panic.

I ended up keeping just one bag – the most massive one, because I thought carrying around a mini version of Target in bag form made sense. Diaper rash cream, bandages, bananas, water, packets of Starbucks instant coffee, a full first aid kit, a muslin blanket, an extra set of clothes for both baby and me, utensils, hand sanitizer, nursing pads, diapers, teethers, toys, I was PREPARED.

After about a year of dragging that bag to play dates and the park, the bag’s straps shredded, the bottom was threadbare, and I had a perpetual achy shoulder.

Next my husband surprised me with a new diaper backpack, which was glorious. I don’t know why I ever wasted my time with anything other than a backpack. It was roomy, easy to haul around, and the knots in my upper back almost disappeared.

I carried that bag for two years. Then I went away for a week without my family, and when I returned I never wore the bag again. It wasn’t a purposeful decision; this coincided with my son being potty trained, and I didn’t need all the stuff anymore. I didn’t even notice for a while that I wasn’t carrying it.

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Last week I made a road trip to Las Vegas with my son, and the diaper bag stayed at home. That made it official. A diaper bag was no longer necessary.

Sure, it only makes sense that the diaper bag would disappear eventually – like, around the same time my son finished with diapers. But over the past three years, the darn thing became such a constant companion, I grudgingly accepted it. It became a part of me. We were one.

And now? I feel like a camel that has just shed a hump.

I currently have an extra set of boys’ clothes and a travel package of wipes stashed in the trunk of my car. If we need snacks, a toy, or a bottle of water, I put them in my son’s backpack, which he loves to carry. (And why not? I carried him for 42 weeks, then all his stuff for the next 156 weeks. The least he can do is haul around our granola bars.)

A tiny red-haired girl and her toddler boy friend, who is wearing a backpack

As for me? I have the tiniest, most frivolous handbag. More like a wallet. It’s so slim, sometimes it slips under the seat in the car and I can’t immediately find it. If I sneezed, it might blow away. It’s like Tinkerbell’s purse or like something a mouse might carry. I can’t even fit anything in it. I adore it.

Every time I grab my little purse, a tiny sparkler of excitement sizzles within me. This is something I never thought would happen again.

Walking upright with no back pain is just a bonus.

How long did you carry a diaper bag?

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‘Girls Trip’ PR Exec Explains Why We Shouldn’t Look to Hollywood to Tell Our Stories

Ryan Ford talks diversity in Hollywood

As the executive vice president and chief creative officer of Cashmere Agency, Ryan Ford is behind public relations, social media, and experiential activations for Hollywood hit films like Girls Trip. But beyond Ford’s day-to-day position, he’s also committed to providing solutions for multicultural creators to get the spotlight they deserve.

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Below, Ford exclusively shares his insights on the one debate that has circled around Hollywood for quite some time.

What is the biggest thing you’d like to see changed in the film industry and how are you working to make that change happen?

I’m constantly perplexed when movies like Girls Trip or Straight Outta Compton are deemed as surprise hits. Since the very first moment that films like that are announced, everyone that I know understands that they are going to be huge hits. I mean, like everyone. TV is the same thing. Whether it’s Netflix’s Luke Cage or Master of None or more traditional outlets like TNT’s Claws or FX’s Atlanta, shows that are offering viewers new and engaging yet wholly authentic looks at multicultural life shouldn’t be deemed as surprise hits.

Cashmere is a marketing agency that helps clients engage diverse communities through culturally authentic content. So, it’s our main focus to be able to anticipate hits before they happen. To achieve that? Just listen to the demos that you are trying to target. Or simply go to a barbershop or check in with Black Twitter.

What’s your solution for changing the diversity landscape in Hollywood?

The landscape has already changed. The entertainment industry is recognizing the value of diversity. On average, films with more diverse casts are outperforming their less inclusive competitors.

It’s clear what people want to see. It’s just that Hollywood is behind. Hollywood is good at doing something second. They don’t want to be first. It’s too risky for them. That’s why we shouldn’t even be looking to Hollywood to give us the kind of depictions that we are so hungry for. Social media is offering a new generation of content creators to thrive. And it’s not only the subject matter of the content; it’s the various forms that it’s coming to us in. Digital influencers are using Snapchat stories, or YouTube videos, or Facebook memes, or even Instagram carousel pictures to offer us visions of ourselves through new, always-on mediums.

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Featuring a wild west-themed break in Spain, a weekend in Budapest, the reopening of Tate St Ives and Singapore flights for £179, our budget travel ideas for October and November have arrived

October and November are still a little early to soak up northern Europe’s wintry charm (and most Christmas markets don’t open till the end of November/early December) but thanks to the city’s incredible thermal baths, Budapest will always be a great destination for getting warm and cosy. It’s among the cheapest city-break destinations in Europe, too, with a recent survey by No1 Currency estimating that a three-day break can cost £300, including flights. A Skyscanner search picked out flights from London to Budapest for as little as £52 return for a weekend in November. Book a stay at a budget boutique hotel, such as chic Brody House (rooms from around £60 a night), and wile away a weekend in the bathhouses. The art nouveau Gellert Baths feels like bathing in a palace and admission is £15, including locker use; massages and treatments start from £15.
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#RHOA Exclusive: Porsha Williams BOOTED From ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Group Trip After She Tried to Attack Marlo Hampton

Sources exclusively tell lovebscott.com that Porsha Williams and Marlo Hampton got into a MASSIVE blowout during the cast trip to Barcelona and Porsha got sent home early.

According to our source, Porsha and Marlo got into an argument and things escalated quickly when Porsha pointed an object in Marlo’s face.

Marlo then snatched the object from Porsha, which prompted her to LUNGE in Marlo’s direction.

Porsha didn’t touch Marlo, but security did break them up and Porsha had to be restrained before being escorted from the venue.

The ladies aren’t set to leave Barcelona until tomorrow, but Porsha was put on a flight yesterday.

It wouldn’t be a RHOA season without Porsha trying to fight someone.

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5 Reasons to Treat Yourself to a Trip to Barbados

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Back in August, I had the opportunity to take a second trip to Barbados and experience the Crop Over Festival for the first time—and what an experience it was! I fell in love with soca, explored the wonder of Harrison’s Cave, got a taste of “the rum that invented rum,” and jumped in the Grand Kadooment! Beyond that, I had the chance to chat with locals and take a tour of George Washington’s Barbadian home.

As working professionals, we all deserve an occasional break from the daily stresses of work and life. Such trips are not only relaxing but they oftentimes broaden your world perspective and present you with a creative space to come up with new, fresh ideas. Here are five reasons why I would encourage working professionals and business owners to book a trip to the amazing island of Barbados.

 

 1. Crop Over

 

Barbados Grand Kadooment

 

Crop Over is a two-month long celebration of Bajan culture and history that runs from the beginning of June to the first Monday of August. During this time, Bajans party with their family, neighbors, and loved ones, while extending a warm invitation to foreigners who want to join in on the festivities.

“I love the people,” Jaqueline Blenman, a native of Barbados and a school teacher, told Black Enterprise during a Crop Over breakfast party. “I like that I see all my friends, and my family, and people that I don’t even know. There is no other festival like it in the world.”

Blenman also touched on the roots of Crop Over, which began as a harvest festival on sugar cane plantations in the 17th century. Back then the celebration was called “Harvest Home” and signaled the end of the yearly sugar cane harvest.

“Every plantation had a Crop Over festival. So this thing was literally islandwide,” Richard Sealy, the minister of Tourism and International Transport in the Cabinet of Barbados, told Black Enterprise in an interview. However, the festival was disbanded after World War II and then later resurrected in 1974 by the Barbados Tourist Board in effort to attract tourism and business. “When Crop Over was [relaunched], there was the Jambay Festival in Bahamas, there was Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica, and there was nothing in Barbados,” explained Sealy.

Since being resurrected, Crop Over has evolved into Barbados’ biggest national festival, similar to Carnival in Brazil and Trinidad. The tradition has also become “synonymous with Barbados,” said William Griffith, the CEO at Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI). “We’ve managed to grow over the past several years into a major festival of food and music and Carnival atmosphere,” he added. “What we try to do is not only promote the beauty of the island, but also the cultural aspects of the island. The original birthplace of rum. And it’s really about the persona of the island. It’s alive. It’s music, food, and top-class resorts, as well.”

The festival officially concludes with Grand Kadooment, a huge parade of masquerade bands usually held on the first Monday of August. This is a stunning spectacle of visual and aural music and dancing to the sounds of soca and calypso. This is also where Rihanna was when she broke the internet by sharing photos of her Crop Over costume.

 

 


 

2. History 

 

George Washington House in Barbados is a historic house where the future first U.S. President visited in 1751 when he was 19 years old (Image: Wikimedia/Creative Commons)

 

Outside of the Crop Over festivities, concerts, and parties commonly referred to as fetes, I had a chance to delve into the history of Barbados, which, like all Caribbean nations, was colonized by Europeans and built on the backs of slaves. I also toured the home where George Washington resided as a teenager during his first and only trip overseas in 1751. It is said that the trip greatly expanded the future U.S. president’s worldview and helped him develop an immunity to smallpox.

The 18th century home, which has been renamed the George Washington House and preserved as a national landmark, also includes a room dedicated to the history of slavery. In the clip below, historian, former diplomat, and university lecturer Dr. Karl Watson talked about Washington’s interactions with slaves on the island while impersonating the first U.S. president

 

In the following clip, Watson talks about the kid-size slave chains that are now preserved as artifacts.

 

 

Barbados (Image: BE Digital Editor Selena Hill at Gun Hill Signal Station, St. George)

 

Furthermore, I had the opportunity to explore other historic sites like the Gun Hill Signal Station in St. George, the largest and most important military outpost in Barbados. The outpost dates back to 1697 and was recognized as one of the four points where guns were placed in order to send an alarm about an invasion.

 


 

3. Culture

 

In addition to its world-class beaches, Barbados is defined by its warmth, casual charm, and sophistication. According to Griffith, it has a culture and “personality of people that is second to none.” He added, “we think that we are a very friendly island, we think that we have a fantastic array of food choices of restaurants on the island, we think that we are a wonderful vacation destination for clients.” And he’s right!

The flavor of Bajan cuisine is derived from a mixture of African, Indian, Irish, Creole, and
British influences. A typical meal consists of meat or fish marinated in herbs and spices, hot side dishes, and salad, along with one or more sauces. The national dish of Barbados is Cou-Cou and Flying Fish with spicy gravy. Another local favorite is pickled pork with spiced sweet potatoes called “pudding and souse.”

The best way to wash down a Bajan meal is with a glass of Mount Gay Rum, which is recognized as the world’s oldest remaining rum company. According to locals, it’s “the rum that invented rum.”

 

 


 

4. A Future of Promise

 

(Image: Little girl at the Grand Kadooment)

 

Although Barbados is known as a luxury destination for mature travelers, Sealy says the island is in a period of growth and aiming to attract younger visitors. For example, a new Sandals hotel is projected to open at the end of the year. The ministry of culture “is constantly looking at what they can do with the festival and there are numerous proposals about how they can improve it. Make it larger as well. Adding events, and so on. Extending the festival.” For example, “Crop Over is attracting a younger clientele. So is the Reggae Festival and the Food and Rum Festival, which is in November,” he said.

The island also plans to introduce Uber sometime in the future in order to meet the demand and expectations of new visitors. “The Uber folks have been to Barbados. They are talking to the officials with responsibility for that sector, the ministry of transport,” Sealy confirmed. “Uber and/or Uber-type companies are going to be a reality [on the island].”

He added that local taxi drivers and companies are being taken into consideration so that they are not negatively impacted by Uber. Uber “is talking to the Ministry of Transport and Works, who has a responsibility for that sector [of local drivers]. All of those sensitivities are things that they are looking at. Uber isn’t coming here next week or next month, he said, adding, “the local taxi community will be integrated because they have to be a part of it if it’s going to happen.”

 


 

5. Support the Caribbean

 

(Image: Sugar Bay Barbados Beach Resort)

 

Barbados, like many tropical islands in the region, is economically dependent on tourism to a large degree. Tourism has also helped transform the island from a low-income agricultural economy primarily producing sugar into a high-income economy. Hence, those of us with the privilege to take an overseas vacation should consider planning a trip to the Caribbean— not only to experience the paradise that it has to offer but because these black-populated nations need tourism to survive. Especially in light of Hurricane Irma, which ripped through the Atlantic earlier this month, causing billions of dollars of destruction and completely decimating Barbuda and Anguilla.

 

 

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Storify: Lonely Planet’s epic road trip

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There’s nothing like a road trip – exploring the world on four wheels, windows down, wind in your hair and an epic playlist cranked up to full volume…

Because we’re all about practising what we preach, last month a group of intrepid Lonely Planet staffers hit the road, travelling the length of the UK in a Tesla Model S to experience a road trip like no other, inspired by our latest release: Epic Drives of the World

Here’s how we got on.

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I went on a trip without my kids and I did NOT miss them

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Deidra Romero

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Since having kids, I have never spent a single night child-free. But that all changed last week. My husband and I had 3 glorious nights away for the first time in FIVE WHOLE YEARS.

And it was the stuff of dreams.

We stayed up late talking with friends and watching Game of Thrones. We had long, lingering brunches. We traveled light without the strollers, car seats, and baby wipes. I even carried a small cross-body purse.

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I thought: Someone pinch me.

I enjoyed the most mundane activities like standing in line at Starbucks. It was amazing not answering one million questions about all the things in the whole wide world.

I will be honest, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to click out of mom-mode.

I was worried I would miss them so much I wouldn’t be able to enjoy myself. I was worried I would be worried the whole time.

But when we got to the airport, we had so much time before our flight (it’s amazing how quickly you can move kid-free). So I snuck in a pedicure and manicure with my favorite podcast and one of those massage chairs.

That was enough to put me right into vacation mode.

I was afraid to Facetime my kids who were staying with my mom. I had heard stories of kids breaking down over Facetime and I just didn’t want to deal with all that guilt on my vacation. But my husband insisted we try it.

They were 100 percent fine. Happy, even. They loved spending time with my mom who was spoiling them.

There were very few tears shed in our absence. None of the things I feared happened.

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Do you remember that weightless feeling you had before kids?

When you would wake up and the entire day was yours? You could literally do whatever you wanted. I had forgotten that feeling.

I had forgotten that feeling.

While we were away, it was as if my husband and I were visiting our life before children. I felt like a time-traveler in a sacred land.

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Until this trip, I didn’t realize how quickly I move through my days. I rush from the moment I get up in the morning until bedtime. I was expending so much emotional energy every single moment so I could maximize my productivity while parenting effectively.

That time away provided me with so much clarity. I wasn’t expecting that. I thought I would come back feeling rested, but I didn’t foresee this renewed perspective.

Now, I’m trying to move through each day at a well-measured pace. These days with small children are marathons, not sprints. I got into the habit of rushing all the time and the seconds I save are not worth it.

I’m organizing my days much better and I’m learning new ways to incorporate rest and relaxation. I’m putting my phone away more too. It’s a time suck and emotionally draining. I can’t go back to the hectic life I created before.

Even though I didn’t miss my kids at all, I was so happy to come home to them. That weightless, child-free feeling is euphoric, but I live a life tethered to this earth by these two precious children. And I wouldn’t want it any other way. 

Have you managed a child-free getaway since becoming a mom?

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Man Pleads to Felony Murders of Maryland Sisters Who Vanished During Mall Trip in 1975: ‘It’s Been a Long Time’

On Tuesday morning a 60-year-old sex offender admitted to the felony murder of two young Maryland sisters who vanished during a trip to the mall in 1975, PEOPLE confirms.

Lloyd Lee Michael Welch Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree felony murder when he appeared in court in Bedford County, Virginia, the Washington Post reports — partially resolving a decades-old case with a long grip on the community.

Despite Welch’s plea, key questions about what happened and by whom remain unanswered. Prosecutors have said that Katherine Lyon, 10, and 12-year-old Sheila Lyon were abducted in Maryland in March 1975 and then killed, after which their remains were disposed of — but never found.

Welch was prosecuted in Bedford because it is believed the remains of at least one of his victims was buried there, according to the Post.

According to the Associated Press, Welch denies being responsible for the girls’ deaths or sexually assaulting them, but he admitted to being a party to their abduction, during which they were killed. Under Virginia law, that allowed him to be charged with felony murder.

On the day they vanished, the Lyon girls went to the Wheaton Plaza mall in Montgomery County, Maryland, to shop for Easter decorations and grab a bite to eat. They were never seen or heard from again.

Welch was sentenced to 48 years in prison as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. However, his sentence won’t start until after the completion of a sentence he is serving Delaware for molesting a 10-year-old girl

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As part of his deal with prosecutors, Welch agreed to plead guilty to two unrelated child sex abuse cases, according to the Post, with sentencing concurrent with his term for the felony murders. Montgomery County prosecutors further declined to pursue charges of their own as a result of Welch’s plea, the newspaper reports.

Bedford County prosecutors did not immediately return a call. Welch’s defense team was not immediately available to comment.

His admission so many years after the girls were killed — and despite a lack of physical evidence, including bodies — was heralded by some this week as an accomplishment by law enforcement.

“I think what they did was unprecedented,” Robert Lowery, a vice president at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, told the Post.

Welch was only developed as a suspect in recent years, after he was already incarcerated in an unrelated sexual assault case. However, he eventually gave multiple incriminating statements about his role in the Lyons case to law enforcement, only some of which were suppressed ahead of trial.

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Welch’s plea meant “we can all be assured that will never be free to victimize another child or destroy another family,” said Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger, according to the Post.

Authorities have reportedly said they believe Welch did not act alone in abducting and killing the Lyons, but other participants are either dead or their roles could not be proven.

Katherine and Sheila’s parents and siblings were reportedly at the hearing on Tuesday. Afterward their dad, John, addressed the media.

“We just want to say thank you,” he said outside the courtroom. “It’s been a long time. We’re tired and we just want to go home.”

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Places that you have to visit during a US road trip

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If you live in America or want to travel the world for a bit, there is nothing more exhilarating than a good ol’ American road trip. Grab your mates or grab your partner, grab your car (the more vintage, the better) fill the tank up with gas and let the road take you to your next destination. You can explore the deepest corners of the country, visit some of the most popular attractions and really see what the land of Stars and Stripes is all about. Nevertheless, the best part about an American road trip is exploring some of the hidden gems the country has to offer. So check out these 5 places you have to visit during your US road trip.

The Grand Canyon – Arizona/Nevada

Okay, so it’s not actually a hidden gem. In fact, it’s actually a really, really big tourist attraction. However, no American road trip is complete without at least a little stop off in Arizona or Nevada to check out the Grand Canyon. Although you’ve probably seen pictures of it before, nothing compares to seeing this incredible sight for your very eyes (and it looks a lot bigger in real life). If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could even stop off and kayak along the rivers or white water raft through the water and rocks. It’s well worth a visit.

Big Sur – California

Have you ever wanted to follow in the footsteps of Jack Kerouac? Then a trip to Big Sur has to be on the cards. This destination is perfect for the road tripper, as the 90-mile stretch along the coast is the perfect place to put your car into cruise control and take in the incredible surroundings. You can check out the redwood forests, park up on the edge of the Pacific Ocean or just coast through. Nevertheless, it is a sight everyone needs to experience at least once.

Mount Rainier National Park – Washington

If you find yourself driving near Washington, a stop-off at the Mount Rainier National Park would be one of the best decisions you could make. Of course, you’ll want to take in the views from far away to start with. The Mount Rainier National Park winds its way around this active volcano (keep an eye out for spewing lava. Just kidding) and features impressive meadows, forests, lakes and more to check out. You could go for a walk, take a boat around the lakes, or just take the perfect picture in this serene spot.

Hamilton Pool Preserve, Dripping Springs – Texas

After being on the road for a while, you’ll probably want a good wash – and if you take a trip to Texas, you’ll find the best watering hole there is. The Hamilton Pool Preserve is a one-of-a-kind natural pool that lies in a limestone cave. The pool is sourced by a natural spring and is popular with the locals who fancy a dip or a swim. You can cool off underneath the 50-foot waterfall, or you could just relax in the mineral-laced waters.

Monument Valley – Utah/Arizona

Let’s be honest; there’s going to be a couple of times during your US road trip when you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. But what if you could be in the middle of nowhere and see some of the most iconic views in US history? Bonus. Monument Valley is located in Utah/Arizona and is definitely something you need to check out – even if it’s while you’re trying to find your way back to Florida.

You just have to check out these places on your American road trip! There are so many beautiful spots to see in America, but if you can plan your route so that you can visit these places, it will be well worth it – even if it involves a detour!

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There might be something quite contradicting with the idea of getting away, especially on a camping trip and using your phone constantly, however, in this day and age, it’s almost impossible to escape our sliding friends. Australia, being a country as well as a continent, you can only imagine the number of attractions and things to do in this miraculous place. From swimming with sharks in The Great Barrier Reef to exploring the outback and just simply relaxing on one of the many beautiful beaches the country has to offer. Yet, one of the most adventurous and exciting things to do in Australia is hands down – camping. It can be in the form of a tent in the middle of nowhere or inside a caravan. The camping sites and caravan parks are incredibly organized and are accessorized with the best features and amenities. All of these make the whole outdoor experience a much more pleasant one.

While camping is pretty much about going back to nature, having a smartphone in your hands can be quite useful and will enable you and your camping mates to enjoy and relax your camping vacation more freely. Here are five apps that will help you turn your next Australian camping adventure to a better one.

Wiki Camps Australia:

If you decide to go camping in the Land Down Under, you really should download Wiki Camps to your smartphone. This app will be your ultimate guide with the most updated information regarding different points of interest, parks, campgrounds and more. The bonus is that you don’t necessarily need internet connection as it works offline as well. The app is user-friendly and is simple to use.

Willy Weather:

They say that in Australia in just one day, the weather can change drastically. Sometimes, it’s almost like there are four different seasons happening at the same time, and that’s why you need a good weather app that will help you plan your trip according to the weather. Willy Weather app is great in the sense that intuitive and user friendly. You will have all the weather-related information you will need from forecast to sunrise and sunset and rain radars.

Australia Bushwalking:

It doesn’t get more Aussie than that, really. A big part of a camping trip is exploring the area around your campsite, and what better way than getting to know the area than by foot? Bushwalking is pretty much synonymous to hiking. The app will provide different useful and detailed track points. It chronicles almost 100 of Australia’s bush walks including the Larapinta Trail and the famous Great Ocean Walk. It’s both informative and includes some great personal insights, which makes it more authentic.

Show the Loo:

When nature’s calling, you just have to go. The only problem is that when you’re in the middle of nowhere, you’re not sure where the closest and most decent place to go is. This app is extremely useful for those who traveling in a van that doesn’t have an ensuite bathroom or toilet facilities. It will provide you with information on the closest toilets as well as their opening hours.

Star Chart:

What’s more romantic than staring at the stars when you are sleeping outside, it’s literally written in the stars for you to use this app. Even if you’re not a big astrology fan, it could be pretty cool to get some in depth information when you are stargazing. From a star to a constellation, the app will notify you what you’re looking at, even during the day.

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Despite seeing a 12% downturn in box office tickets this summer, Girls Trip, a film celebrating black sisterhood, has earned $ 100 million. This makes the comedy the first movie with an African American cast, director, and writers to reach this benchmark. As a result, the film’s director, Malcolm D. Lee, has joined 11 other African American directors who’ve achieved such a landmark, domestically.

Back in 2013, Lee’s Best Man Holiday earned $ 30 million during its opening weekend but only $ 70 million in total domestic gross. Still, the director told BlackFilm.com that he remained confident that he would eventually reach the “century club.”

“I thought it would be possible at some point in my career. There was talk that it could have happened with Best Man Holiday and I loved our release date, but we were sandwiched between Thor: The Dark World and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in a very busy holiday season. I thought it could possibly happen there, but this is certainly the one that I thought could possibly happen. I’m grateful that the fans came out and supported it. They got me to the century club,” Lee said.

In honor of Lee’s milestone achievement, here’s a look at five other high-grossing movies directed by African American filmmakers.

 

The Fate of the Furious – Directed by F. Gary Gray 

 

Following its release in April, The Fate of the Furious earned a whopping $ 225 million in the U.S. in less than a week. The film, which was directed by F. Gary Gray, went on to gross $ 541 million around the world, making it the biggest worldwide film opening since 2002.

This is not the only film that Gray directed to tip over the $ 100 million mark. Straight Outta Compton (2015) raked in $ 161 million in a mere nine days while The Italian Job (2003) made $ 106.1 million over the course of a little more than three months.


 

Get Out – Directed by Jordan Peele

 

Jordan Peele’s socially conscious horror flick Get Out grossed $ 117 million in just 16 days, making Peele the first African American writer and director to earn over $ 100 million at the box office with a debut feature film. Just as impressive is the fact that the comedian-turned-filmmaker made the movie on a shoestring budget of $ 4.5 million. Altogether, Get Out grossed a total of $ 175 million, which is a hell of an ROI!


 

Stir Crazy – Directed by Sidney Poitier

 

Legendary filmmaker Sidney Poitier is the first black director to make a film that earned over $ 100 million following the release of Stir Crazy in 1980. The film was also the third-highest-grossing move that entire year.


 

Fantastic Four – Directed by Tim Story

 

Tim Story’s 2005 Fantastic Four was a commercial success that earned $ 154 million domestically in 10 days and a gross income of over $ 330 million around the world. Story also directed the sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), which made $ 131 million in the U.S.


 

 

Creed – Directed by Ryan Coogler

 

Ryan Coogler was only 29 years old when he released Creed in November 2015, a spin-off and sequel to the Rocky film franchise. The film earned $ 30.1 million in its opening weekend and ended up grossing $ 42.6 million within five days. Its earning tipped over the $ 100 million benchmark in 38 days.

 

 

Other black directors whose films topped $ 100M in the U.S. include Keenan Ivory Wayans for Scary Movie (2000), which grossed $ 157 million; John Singleton, whose 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) earned $ 127 million; and Clark Johnson for S.W.A.T (2003), which earned $ 116 million. (See a full list at BlackFilm.com.)

Despite these examples of high-earning films made by black directors, the amount of diversity in Hollywood remains scarce. According to a report published by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, only 10% of films were directed by a person of color. Diversity is profitable, but when will Hollywood get the picture?

 

 

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Girls Trip Is First $100M Movie To Be Produced, Written, Directed And Starring African-Americans

When Thursday’s take comes in tomorrow, Universal’s Girls Trip will have crossed the $ 100M mark domestically, making it the first film to be produced (Will Packer, Malcolm D. Lee), directed (Malcolm D. Lee), written (Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver) and starring (Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Tiffany Haddish) African-Americans.

At a time when articles are being written on how this summer has been brutal for films with, according to Box Office Mojo, ticket sales are down 12% from last year, Girls Trip is one of the few bright spots. Not only did it defy expectations, having grossed $ 31M in its opening weekend but it held up over the following weeks.

It dropped 36% in its second weekend for a $ 20M take and has remained among the top five at the box office since then. This comes as other competing films that were released at the same time and afterwards such as Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Atomic Blonde, The Dark Tower, and The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature failed to live up to their potential.  Girls Trip and Warner Bros.’ Dunkirk as the only films released on the same date this year (July 21) to gross over $ 100M domestically. The last time two films did that was Passengers and the animated film Sing, which were released during Christmas week (Dec.21).

For director Malcolm D. Lee, after eight previous films, it’s his first trip to the century club, joining 11 other Black directors to do so domestically. He came close with 2013’s Best Man Holiday, which had a $ 30M opening but ended with a $ 70M total gross domestically. In speaking exclusively with Blackfilm.com, Lee expressed the same feeling when asked if he ever thought he would make the century club.

“Yeah. I thought it would be possible at some point in my career. There was talk that it could have happened with Best Man Holiday and I loved our release date, but we were sandwiched between Thor: The Dark World and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in a very busy holiday season. I thought it could possibly happen there, but this is certainly the one that I thought could possibly happen. I’m grateful that the fans came out and supported it. They got me to the century club.”

It’s also the highest grossing comedy, R-rated at that, this year, surpassing the likes of CHiPs ($ 18M), Snatched ($ 45M), Baywatch ($ 58M), Rough Night ($ 22M) and The House ($ 25M). The last comedy to surpass the century mark was 2016’s Bad Moms, which grossed $ 113M and also featured Jada Pinkett-Smith.

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With the exception of the underperforming Rough Night, Girls Trip continued the trend that Bad Moms, Ghostbusters (2016), Trainwreck, The Heat, Bridesmaids, and Sister Act established. Female-led comedic films can sell if given the right script, cast and marketing.

When you throw Hidden Figures in the mix, because it went wide on January 7th of this year and ended with an $ 169M domestic gross, films led by an African-American female cast have big draw potential that hasn’t been tapped into and Lee recognized that.

I definitely think it was a combination of things. First of all, you’re dealing with an underserved audience that (producer) Will (Packer) and I and the studio (Universal) as well felt that this was a ‘Sex and the City’ for Black women. Quite honestly, the precursor to ‘Sex and the City’ was ‘Living Single’ and ‘Girlfriends.’ I think that it’s a movie that celebrated them at a place that felt like an event with the setting being at the Essence Festival.

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I felt women were going to own this movie and claim it as their movie. There’s a powerful box office when you talk about black women. Yes, the movie crossed over. Girl Power, and Black Girl Magic and strong black women are all part of the zeitgeist right now; and on top of that, fortunately for us there were no comedies that really broke out before Girls Trip. It was one of those movies that worked on a number of levels and was really funny and audiences and critics alike agreed.”

With a current score of 88% (94 fresh, 13 rotten), Girls Trip was certified fresh from Rotten Tomatoes, which aggregates reviews from hundreds of newspapers and websites across the country.

Despite the low returns from the Tom Cruise starred-film The Mummy, which has a $ 80M take domestically, Girls Trip has added to Universal Pictures’ phenomenal year the box office. This is the studio’s 5th film to hit the century mark domestically following M. Night Shyamalan’s Split ($ 138M), Jordan Peele’s record-making surprise hit Get Out ($ 175M), Fifty Shades Darker ($ 114), the ever-growing The Fate of the Furious ($ 225M domestically but $ 1.2 billion worldwide) and Despicable Me 3 ($ 248M and coming close to a billion dollars worldwide).

Peele’s Get Out, F. Gary Gray’s The Fate of the Furious, and Malcolm D. Lee’s Girls Trip,  marks the 1st time that three African-American directors have had $ 100M grossing films in one year, especially under one studio. In 2015, Gray’s Straight Outta Compton ($ 161M) and Ryan Coogler’s Creed ($ 109M) broke into that list for Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. respectively.

Interesting enough, this is producer Will Packer’s 2nd $ 100M grossing film as a producer. He was an executive producer on Straight Outta Compton. His first came with 2014’s Ride Along ($ 134M). He’s come close a couple of times with Ride Along 2 ($ 91M) and Think Like a Man ($ 91M). It’s worth noting that out of Packer’s 16 produced films, 8 have opened at #1 at the box office and 4 have come in 2nd place, including Girls Trip.

Having co-written Girls Trip with Kenya Barris, Tracy Oliver is the 1st African-American female screenwriter to have a $ 100M film. She and Barris join that rare company of Black screenwriters (Scary Movie’s Shawn and Marlon Wayans, Creed’s Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington, and Get Out’s Jordan Peele) as a part of that club.

With the continued success of Girls Trip, naturally there will be talk of a sequel. After all, Bad Moms is having a sequel released later this year, so why not put Girls Trip in the conversation. Lee knows the game well enough to have the right answer to that question.

“Of course, they always bring up sequels when a movie does well. They’ve been doing that since the beginning of my career. Best Man, Undercover Brother, and we even talked about Roll Bounce. Speaking of Roll Bounce, I remember Peter Rice, then President of Fox Searchlight Pictures, said to me on the set of that film that he thought it would be Fox Searchlight’s first $ 100M movie. So, when you asked earlier if I thought I would get there, the answer is yes, possibly. So, there’s always talk of a sequel but nothing is materialized as of yet.”

Here are the other African-American directors whose films grossed $ 100M domestically and the amount of days it took.

F. Gary Gray’s 2017 The Fate of the Furious (4 Days, $ 225M total domestic cume)
F. Gary Gray’s 2015 Straight Outta Compton (9 Days, $ 161M)
Tim Story’s 2005 Fantastic Four (10 days, $ 154M)
Tim Story’s 2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (12 days, $ 131M)
Keenan Ivory Wayans’s 2000 Scary Movie (14 days, $ 157M )
Jordan Peele’s 2017 Get Out (16 days, $ 175M)
John Singleton’s 2003 2 Fast 2 Furious (17 days, $ 127M)
Tim Story’s 2014 Ride Along (23 days, $ 134M)
Clark Johnson’s 2003 S.W.A.T (24 days, ($ 116M)
Ryan Coogler’s 2015 Creed (38 Days, $ 109M)
Lee Daniels with 2013 Lee Daniels’ The Butler (46 days, $ 116M)
Antoine Fuqua’s 2014 The Equalizer (66 days, $ 101M)
Peter Ramsey’s 2012 Rise of the Guardians (67 days, $ 103M)
F. Gary Gray’s 2003 The Italian Job (95 days, $ 106.1M)

Sidney Poitier’s 1980 Stir Crazy took in a domestic total $ 101.3M but there are no records that show how many days it took to reach that mark. It’s worth noting “Crazy” was the first time a film directed by an African-American earned more than $ 100 million.

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UK road trip: northern England from coast to coast

Crossing three national parks and the Pennines, it goes without saying that this one-week route is a stunner, from Scarborough all the way to the Lake District
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It’s worth getting up early in Scarborough: this is the east coast and dawn can be spectacular. The town spreads around two broad bays with a promontory in between, topped by the castle – Brontë fans will want to go up there via St Mary’s churchyard, where Anne is buried. South Bay is the earlier settlement: the harbour is a joy to explore and early birds who have an appetite should not miss the Harbour View Café, aka “the tea shack”, which serves superb fish and chips from 6am till lunchtime, largely for the homecoming fishermen.

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UK road trip: the Anglo-Scottish border

There’s so much dramatic scenery and history on this week-long itinerary that crisscrosses between Scotland and England several times, taking in castles, beaches and wildlife
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The Anglo-Scottish border is a place of wild beauty, with a rich, poetic and bloody history. This is the land of the reivers, fierce clans of brigands who, from the 13th century until the Union of the Crowns in 1603, were to this region what the Apaches were to the US-Mexican frontier. Carlisle’s Tullie House Museum has an excellent permanent exhibition about them.

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Review: The Trip to Spain Is More of the Same, and That’s OK

Just how long, exactly, is a midlife crisis supposed to last? Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan — or at least the fictionalized versions of themselves they play in their series of Trip movies—have gotten plenty of mileage out of theirs, and they show no signs of letting up. If you think of The Trip to Spain — which follows The Trip (2010) and The Trip to Italy (2014), all directed by Michael Winterbottom—as being strictly about the hang-ups of middle-aged guys, the movie isn’t likely to hold much allure for you.

But to ask only what a picture is “about” is to risk missing most of the picture. In The Trip to Spain, Brydon and Coogan — as they did in the earlier two films, all three pared down from longer TV series aired in the UK—aren’t performing strictly in the service of an overarching idea, that of men struggling with the challenges of aging. They’re really just using that idea as an excuse to get together and ham it up. Their freewheeling, improvisatory mode of one-upmanship has become a brand unto itself, a kind of Coca Cola of dueling male egos. When you come to a Trip picture, you know you’ll be getting more of the same: These movies are reliable quantities in an unreliable world.

To that end, the premise of this picture is approximately the same as that of the last two, to the point that Winterbottom truncates the opening scene into a Morse Code-style phone exchange consisting of half-finished sentences and glancing, if potent, pauses. Coogan rings up Brydon to ask if he’d like to come along on yet another of these swanky boondoggles he’s so good at hustling up, this time a weeklong jaunt through the Spanish countryside. He’ll work on a memoir during the trip; Brydon can review the tucked-away restaurants the duo will encounter on their journey. Brydon hesitates before responding. His young son, a new addition since the last film, opens his mighty jaws and yowls. That seals the deal. The two pack up their neat, wrinkle-free trousers, their button-down shirts and their Michael Caine impressions and head out in Coogan’s luxe-bourgeois Range Rover.

One ferry ride later they’re in Spain, at first encountering rain (not necessarily on the plain) but later, mostly, just sun: Winterbottom and cinematographer James Clarke take full advantage of it, showing us light-dappled towns spiraling into the hills and roads winding through lush, tree-studded terrain. Winterbottom is a gifted and extraordinarily versatile director. In the Trip projects, he may have found something of a meal ticket, but he still goes beyond the call of duty in making them cinematic: Even the shots of chefs doodling sauce on the edge of a plate have a pleasing, gentle sense of momentum.

But mostly, you’ve come to see Brydon and Coogan acting out, right? Their rapid-fire sentences overlap and outrace each other — Brydon and Coogan are like twin squirrels trying to climb a ladder at the same time. Coogan can’t stop puffing up his own ego, reminding Brydon at every turn that the film he co-wrote, produced and starred in, Philomena, was nominated for an Academy Award. Brydon, now a family man with a not particularly aggressive career plan, doesn’t care to hear it once, let alone three times. His deadpan reactions to Coogan’s spurtling nonsense are the best moments in the film—he’s cutting without saying a word, and he still manages to make it all funny. There are dueling David Bowie impersonations, lots of talk about Coogan’s romantic exploits (chiefly involving a much younger woman who also happens to be married), and, of course, the requisite Michael Caine-offs. Coogan also offers an ace impersonation of Mick Jagger, an act of mimicry involving perfectly tightened neck tendons, appropriately pouty lips and—the clincher—the occasional, offhanded over-the-shoulder handclap.

This is what it looks like when two exceedingly bright, appealing, past-middle-aged men face their respective disappointments. Maybe it stings a little more this time: Coogan is trim and toned, with a flattering haircut and no trace of the doughiness that, a few years back, seemed to be settling around his jaw. He really does look he could be king of his world—yet, once again, he can’t control it. What else is there to do but pick on the one guy who—in this semi-fictionalized friendship, at least—seems to understand him better than anyone, and who’s also dead-set against letting him get away with any of his nonsense? Even if you’re not an insecure middle-aged man yourself, chances are you at least know one, and he’s probably driving you crazy. Keep your eye on Brydon: He has some great tips for you.

 

 


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Letters to the Editor: Sportcoat Choices, Rolex Style Alternatives, & Winter Trip Prep

If you’ve got a style tip, question, or anything else you’d like to pass along, you can send those in to joe@dappered.com. If you’d rather your question not be featured in a future mailbag, just go ahead and say so in your email. Want more than one average Joe’s (HA!) opinion? Check out our forum, Threads.

 

Q: Year Round Hopsack Wool Sportcoat: Bonobos or Spier & Mackay?

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I saw that Spier & Mackay has a 20% off sale running right now, and they have, in my size, that navy hopsack with patch pockets and 1/4 lined with bemberg. Yet based on your writings lately and my love for all things Bonobos, I’ve been planning to jump on the Bonobos unlined Italian wool jacket. I’ve never tried a sportcoat from either brand, and I’m not too concerned with the price difference if Bonobos is a clear winner, but I’d like to know which one you would pick? I’m 5’7″ / 170 if that helps.

-Danny H.

First, if you’ll allow, can we address the above image? Those pics were shot at least 3 years apart. Turns out I haven’t changed much over the years. (Jeans and a sportcoat and an open collared shirt and a bag with a stripe on it. Sorry about the rut my fellas.) Anyway, back to Danny’s dilemma. If you’re going for something other than navy or bright blue, then Bonobos is your answer (they have a TON of colors in their unconstructetd wool sportcoats). But if you’re going for a shade of blue, Spier & Mackay is gonna cost you a hell of a lot less, and deliver 85% – 90% of what the Bonobos does. I’d argue the wool on the Bonobos is better. But, since Spier & Mackay offers free returns on your first suit or sportcoat purchase, and Bonobos is free shipping & returns all the time… I’d get one of each, then send the one you like less back. Oh, and if you’re 5’7″/170, skip the Bonobos “Slim” fit. Go with standard. Their slim is a true slim, and you might be too broad for it.

 

Q: Collar Assist?

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Saw your featured post about the final 5% and how it can make a difference. I agree with you on having a good collar, but I found it interesting that you left out the best invention when it comes to collars. Wurkin stiffs! I use their polo stays and plastic stiffy stays and love em’.

– Dylan S.

First, welcome. Second, I know you’re new-ish to the site because for years and years I sung the praises of wurkin’ stiffs. And I totally understand why so many still use them. That said, I never quite got used to the magnetic buttons being visible, even if ever so slightly, on the inside of my collar. I even invested in those colored, rubber coated buttons. Finally, I one day just got some regular, somewhat bendable alloy stays, and after putting a hockey stick style bend in em, I’ve never looked back. No more magnets, and my collar stays at attention all day (mind you, I also wear sportcoats and blazers a ton, and thus, that helps the points stay in line). Yes, wurkin stiffs are just fine if you like em’, but there is a simpler solution out there (as was mentioned in the post).

 

Q: Killshot Alternatives

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This blog is old.

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That’s a fine, fine observation Del. Technically, the post is “old.” But so is this blog (we launched almost 10 years ago). Anyway, it was a “featured post.” And “featured post” sounds better than “old posts that we’re re-distributing through our social media channels in case someone missed it, wasn’t following us when it first launched, or that post has somehow become relevant again due to current circumstances.” And J. Crew re-released the Killshots a few days back. They’re sold out now. They’re still awfully uncomfortable compared to the competition (like Stan Smiths) and I still don’t get the fascination. So. Yeah. It is old. And thanks for the eloquent feedback.

 

Q: Rolex Explorer I Alternative?

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I’m looking to get a watch similar to the Rolex Explorer. I am looking for something no larger than 40 mm. Ideally would be automatic and under $ 600; although, I would certainly consider quartz. The first brand that comes to mind is Hamilton (Khaki King/Field); however, I know there are several others out there. Any thoughts on a good alternative?

-Andy M.

The thing about Rolex is that their designs are so iconic that even those  trying to produce “homages” to them… often fall short. And you’re certainly on the right track. The Hamilton Khaki Field on a stainless band and in the 40mm diameter is a fine alternative. The dial is obviously busier, but they (to me) did a real nice job on the re-design. Meanwhile, there’s also Seiko’s popular SARB033 auto, but that lacks those fat, balance-adding Arabic numerals. At least the date window on the Seiko matches the dial. Meanwhile, if one day you want to jump into the luxury watch game, but don’t want to go ALL the way to Rolex? You can get a “baby Rolex,” or, a Tudor, that’s awfully close, for less than half the price of an Explorer.

 

Q. Best affordable driving loafers?

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I’m looking for a pair of decent quality, but still affordable driving loafers. Thoughts? 

-Ravin H.

I like the Jack Erwin “Parker” myself. Not super cheap at $ 115, but they are made in Portugal. Then there’s Marc Mcnairy’s New Republic line. Hard to get cheaper than that. The problem with drivers is that most are, by design, not good to be worn for extended periods of time. Why? They’re designed to be worn while sitting (driving a car) and for maximum foot dexterity and touch responsiveness. So, the cushioning ain’t gonna be there. They’re great for around the house, short trips, or… actually driving. But just don’t plan on standing in them for hours and hours at an outdoor concert or anything.

 

Q. Avoiding “Dad Style”

Just read your 10 Men’s summer style mistakes and it got me thinking about my upcoming child and succumbing to some of the things in your article, but out of necessity. (Clean up on aisle “dad”, if you catch my drift.) Any plans on tackling the “Dad Uniform?” Hoping to find a happy medium.

-Q

One of my pals from way back just had a kid, and he even posted to Instagram something about how he was “settling into his new Dad look.” The shot was of him and his newborn son, kid’s head resting against Dad’s chest while on the couch, Dad wearing an unbuttoned madras shirt. Yet he still looked like Jason Statham. Look, I think this is like anything else. Your priorities can shift as new responsibilities crop up, but you also owe it to yourself (and your offspring) to not mail it in/give up on you. Because if you do and use them as an excuse? Your kids are gonna see that, and in the end, it’s resentment all around. (But I’m a physical and social wreck for you! I did it for you!) They’ll hate you for it one day. Promise. Try to balance functionality with fit. You can wear cargo shorts to hold the cheerios and the binkie. Just make sure they’re not enormously oversized, and pair them with some classic canvas or leather sneakers and a well fitting, plain t-shirt. Diaper bags don’t have to look like crap, despite holding nappies for crappin’. It’s the little things, especially when all the other Dads at the pre-school pickup have waved the white flag. Give a damn. Even a little damn, and all the Mom’s will be referring to you as a DILF behind your back in no time.

 

Q. Winter D.C. Trip Wardobe Prep?

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I’m from Houston, and we have a wedding coming up in Washington DC early December. Being from Texas we don’t really have a ton of cold weather gear. I’m going to be putting around DC for 2 days and visiting some customers. Then Saturday/Sunday we’ll be doing wedding stuff and traveling home. Do you have any recommendations for nice stuff to wear while I’m around DC during the day? Probably will be walking quite a bit so comfortable shoes but stylish business casual (and warm!)

-J.W.L

Washington D.C., especially the last few years, can be outrageously unpredictable when it comes to winter weather. It can either be somewhat mild, or, it can blizzard. And then there’s the ice storms that can down power lines every so often. So, step 1 would be to keep an eye on the forecast. Step 2 would be to take care of your feet. You’ll want lightweight, merino wool hiking socks and some smart-casual boots with grip on the bottom. If you want to go cheap, I’d give the JC Penney Stafford Deacon a try. I KNOW I KNOW, I can hear the shouts now. Yes, they’ve changed the leather quality and they aren’t as good as they used to be. But for $ 40, you can get a pair of beater boots you won’t be too upset if you trash (just be sure you wear them in well first, before you head to D.C.). Otherwise, there’s Allen Edmonds Daltons (make sure you get the rubber sole) or Liverpool chelseas (V-tread sole comes standard). But those are darn, darn pretty boots. Comfortable as hell though (break em’ in before you go). For the rest? Layers. Bring layers. An unconstructed wool sportcoat (see the first email in this post) should do you right. And a wool but not overly bulky single breasted top-coat plus a scarf. Something you can shed quickly when necessary. The metro can get steamy. Especially when it’s on fire.

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¡Olé, Olé, Olé! A Trip Across Latin America the documentary is out today! The film follows the Stones on their 2016 tour through ten Latin American cities, which includes the unprecedented open-air free show in Havana, Cuba. Watch exhilarating live performances and behind the scenes moments with Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie.

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Elon Musk’s Tesla vehicles are winning praise for innovative tech and overall design, but mileage (will it run out of juice?) is still the major concern for many electric car newbies. 

But some of those concerns are getting erased in the wake of a new driving record set by a team driving a Model S in Italy. 

Driving at around 24 miles per hour, the Tesla driver was able to drive 669.83 miles (1,078 kilometers) on a single charge. 

And while the record claim doesn’t mention being monitored and verified by an independent officiating organization, none other than Musk himself weighed in with congratulations.  Read more…

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Quick Tips to Plan Your Own “Girls Trip” Away From the Office

Girl getaways have always been popular, but don’t be surprised if you become inspired to plan your own trip, especially after the release of the movie Girls Trip. Entrepreneurs, and everyone else, sometimes need to get away and chill out with friends.

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A lot can go right in a girl getaway, but a lot can go wrong, too. Here are five tips for planning your own “girls trip” without a hitch.

Choose Your Destination Wisely

 

You could go on an exotic vacation to somewhere luxurious with the girls, or you could simply go around the way to New Orleans as in the movie Girls Trip. Keep in mind, if you stay closer to home, you can save money or bow out and head home if you end up feeling miserable on the trip.

 

Choose Your Travel Companions Carefully

 

If you don’t want a chaotic mess of “plus ones” whom you didn’t invite on your trip, select only your good girlfriends for your getaway. Don’t allow your core group of friends to invite other people. Make it clear that extra guests, children, and significant others are absolutely not invited, because this trip is just for a special group of sister-friends. Oh, and it’s a good idea to invite girls who get along with each other.

 

The Money Situation

 

It’s best that you take care of the money situation upfront:

Are you treating your girls to the trip?

Should everyone pitch in to pay for her accommodations, food, etc..?

All-inclusive resorts offer one of the easiest ways to travel without always having to go into your pocketbook for this or that. Just make sure that everyone knows how much she should pay.

Be Creative With Ideas

 

Discuss excursion ideas with your girls. Plan to go on a yacht ride. Go wine tasting, shopping, to the beach, to a popular bar. Go the club or visit a castle (the ladies on Basketball Wives LA toured the Pena National Palace in Portugal).

And just because it’s a girl’s trip doesn’t mean everyone is together all of the time. Don’t forget to give everyone their space. Encourage participation, but if someone isn’t willing to participate in an activity or two, allow her to choose an alternative activity. One important rule for a happy girl’s trip: Everyone is not going to agree on everything.

 

 

 

 

 

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Britney Spears is jumping for joy in Thailand!

The pop star shared one of her signature video montages on Instagram featuring highlights from her trip to the Southeast Asian country where she’s currently on tour, all set to the tune of Toni Braxton’s “You’re Making Me High.”

“Having such an incredible time in Thailand!!!!” Spears, 35, enthusiastically captions the collection of toned bikini pics and pretty sunset shots. “Excited to perform in Bangkok this weekend!”

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Spears includes impressive clips of her dancing and doing cartwheels on the beach, while an after-dark bonfire and a dip in the ocean with her sons, Sean, 11, and Jayden, 10, follow suit.

The final scene (during which Spears cuts the background tunes for dramatic effect) includes a sequence of her travel buddies jumping off a water park cliff. When it’s the singer’s turn she can be heard yelling “Oh my god! I don’t know if I can do it!” before finally taking the leap.

 

Thailand is the latest stop on Spears’ month-long international tour. In another gallery post, she says she’s “having such a good time” and shares that boyfriend Sam Asghari came to visit her while she was in Japan.

 

“Look who came to see me,” she writes on the sweet street-side shot. “Great matching duo!!!!!!”

 

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An earlier video comprised of funny selfies and landscape views includes the caption, “More joy and great adventures to come!!!!!! God Bless!!!!”

The soundtrack? Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” It looks like Spears is on her way!


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‘Late Show’ Packs Donald Trump’s Suitcase For His First Foreign Trip

Tic Tacs? Check. Golf balls? Check. Photograph of Russian President Vladimir Putin? Check.

On Friday, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” imagined just what Donald Trump packed in his suitcase for his first trip overseas as president.

There’s no sign of any steaks, though. Presumably because the caterers preparing his meals in Saudi Arabia have already got that covered. 

Find out what else Trump “packed” in the clip above.

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Planning a trip to Europe can be overwhelming, but finally there’s a guidebook that makes it easy. From the British Isles to southern Italy, the Complete Idiot’s Guide uses an interactive itinerary planner to help readers design the perfect trip. We’ve put together incredibly extensive trip-planning information that covers all the bases, from buying train passes to checking out the most useful travel sites on the Web. With foreign-language glossaries, hints on getting around, practical logistical advice, and dozens of accurate, detailed maps, you’ll be an expert before you even step out of the plane. And once you arrive, we’ve got the lowdown on the top destinations in Europe, complete with our picks of the top things to see and do and the best places to stay and dine.
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The Very Real Struggle Of Getting A 4-Year-Old To Go Potty On A Road Trip

In “Car Pee Diem,” the newest episode of “Convos With My 4-Year-Old,” dad Matthew Clarke and his “daughter,” played by David Milchard, are — like so many families this holiday season — on a road-trip.

The duo is dealing with one of the most common problems facing parents and preschoolers during such an adventure. Young Coco has to go to the bathroom, so Daddy must pull over at a gas station. But then she doesn’t have to go. But then she does…. And through it all, one important rule remains: Don’t touch anything!

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15 Emotional Stages of a Black Friday Shopping Trip

You’ve got your list in your hand and you’re in a crowd of eager shoppers, armed with coffee and the holiday spirit. For you, Thanksgiving week is but a blip on your long, well-scheduled hunt for the best Christmas presents ever.

Black Friday in particular can be an emotional roller-coaster ride, from when you wake up until you’re happily wrapping gifts at home. In the spirit of making holiday shopping merrier, we’re partnered with Sears to take you through the emotional stages of a Black Friday shopping trip.

1. Am I Still Asleep? I Think I’m Still Asleep.

What’s going on? Why is it dark out? Where am I? A pumpkin pie-and-tryptophan hangover coupled with a 4 a.m. wake-up call can do a number on the psyche. You gaze at your pillow longingly … lovingly. But this is no time for weakness! Pull yourself out of bed, make a beeline for the coffee maker, and make haste. To the mall!

2. I’ve Got A Plan, And I’m Sticking To It

Just like Santa Claus, you’ve prepared your list and checked it twice. You have your plan, and it’s rock solid. You know exactly what you’re going to get, how much you’re going to spend, and you’ve even mapped out stores for the fastest routes. This is how it’s going to work: You’re going to get in and get out, and then have the Best. Nap. Ever.

3. I Am … Mildly Frustrated
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You’ve arrived at the mall and it’s so packed with minivans that you must drive into a parallel universe to find a parking space. You keep your cool and welcome the opportunity for a brisk march toward our reality, the reality that is Black Friday.

4. Christmas Is In The Air, Christmas is Everywheeeeeere!

You finally get into the mall and you remember what this is all about. Christmas carols. Ornaments. The smell of evergreen pine needles. PRESENTS! You are feeling so holly-jolly.

5. Jackpot.

That too-expensive, vanilla goodness perfume that your mom desperately deserves is marked as 60 percent off. And, bonus, it comes with a new car! a complimentary tote bag. Oh, snap! Double-gift! Cross Mom off that list.

6. Oooh, Shiny Things…

A “SALE!” sign is winking at you from your favorite clothing boutique. Would it be crazy to take two minutes from your carefully planned itinerary to check out the racks? Isn’t Christmas about giving back to yourself, too? Besides, It’s getting cold, so it’s not unreasonable to say that you need that scarf-and-mitten set…

7. I’ve Totally Got This.

Ugh, this line. The upside? Extra time to regroup. While you wait, you consult a map to draw an even more efficient route, and you use your phone to reserve your sister’s present to shave off some time. You could teach a master’s course in multitasking.

8. I Swear I Wrote This Down…

How quickly everything crumbles. Your little brother — did he want the home jersey or the away jersey? was it the team’s quarterback or running back? is this guy even on the team anymore? There are far more options than you ever imagined. You look around frantically. Which one are all the other customers buying? Did he want the most popular one? Or is he more the “root for the underdog” type? You stand in front of the racks, paralyzed with indecision.

9. ::stomach grumbles::

You desperately need nourishment, but when you get to the food court, every line is spiraling around the corner. The tantalizing smell of pretzels, Thai food and pizza makes you faint with anticipation.

10. Aww, Babies! Kids! Christmas!

When you’re getting gifts for your little nieces and nephews, you seek solace in the piles of stuffed animals. You hug each giraffe, teddy bear and piglet to see which is the cuddliest. You feel that this is very important. Next thing you know, you’re stumbling into the picture-book section and get totally sidetracked flipping through the page of illustrations. Do they have chairs here?

11. Ohhhhhhh. No.

How could this have happened with your perfectly laid plans, all of your lists, and your map? You forgot that you pulled Great Aunt Louise in the Secret Santa and that you need something under $ 25 for the office Yankee swap.

12. I Deserve A Pat On The Back

You see across the way that soaps, candles, and hand lotions are BOGO (buy one, get one free for the uninitiated), and they come wrapped in pretty Christmas bows. Two birds, one store; you’ve settled both the office party and Great Aunt Louise. You nailed it. You are Black Friday royalty, so just give yourself the crown now.

13. Praise To The Mall Gods!
You’re sweating, shopping bags are making indents on your hands, arms and shoulders, but you spy a “gift wrapping station” sign. Praise the gods of the mall. They take everything off your hands, and with a little donation, they’ll even carry everything to the car, wrapped up all nice. Whatever did you do to deserve this?

14. Do You Mind If I Just … Lie Down Here?

Do you think if you tipped a little extra, the gift-wrapping attendant would also carry you to the car? It’s just a question.

15. I Am Content And Life Is Complete.

You made it to the car in one piece. The gifts are all wrapped and carefully stacked on your backseat. Just as you turn on the car, a radio station is playing, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and you sigh a breath of relief. “You know what?” you say aloud. “I will.”

Sears, home of America’s most trusted brands, Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, is making holiday shopping more merry with exceptional offerings for Shop Your Way members. In addition to conveniences such as free store pick up, Member Assist and Reserve It, members receive an additional 10% back in points on the first $ 500 of each qualifying purchase with a Sears credit card all season long.
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This short story tells the true story of an Adult Baby’s trip to a shopping mall with his Mummy.Mummy, of course, had everything planned for a day out with a small baby but, as you would expect, the baby knew nothing of what lay in store for him that day.The story features humiliation, intense female domination, forced regression, forced nappy wearing, bottle feeding etc.Everything that a tiny infant could expect to happen was likely to happen to this baby. I know.I am that baby.

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