Ethical travel – how you can join in on travel’s best trend

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There is a new travel trend that’s gotten big over the past few years, and it’s one we all need to look a little closer at. Often, when we would go on vacation in the past, we might not have given much thought to the place we visited. Well, all this is beginning to change with the emergence of ethical travel, similar to eco-tourism. This is something that can really enrich your experiences traveling, as well as making a difference in the world.

In the simplest terms, ethical travel is the process of being more mindful and aware when you go abroad. This means respecting new cultures and environments, and doing what you can to help the local area thrive. Think more carefully about the impact you have as you travel the world and explore different places. So, how can you get involved? Well, here are some of the best ideas you can use that are going to help you make the most of the ethical travel, starting right now!

Get off the beaten track

It is so easy to get caught up in traveling to well-known places and indulging in tourist hotspots. However, this is not always a good approach, because much of the time that means you are giving business to larger organisations, rather than supporting locals. Getting off the beaten track and having more local experiences is really important. This can help to nurture the local community and allow smaller businesses and practices to thrive as a result.

Seek out meaningful experiences

Sometimes it can be difficult knowing the right way to approach the problem. Often, the seemingly obvious solutions are not necessarily the right ones. For instance, boycotting animal experiences because the animals are poorly treated could wind up in the animals being abandoned or even worse. It is much better to combat problems like this by looking for more meaningful experiences. This is something you can achieve with a bit of effort or research, and it will promote an ethical way of dealing with animals and running businesses.

Clean up after yourself

Nobody is expecting you to be able to change the mentality of whole generations of people, but you can do your small bit to help the environment, and hopefully set a good example in the process. This means you should focus on cleaning up after yourself, and doing your bit for the environment. Don’t leave your trash lying around, and try to make sure you walk (or cycle) as often as you can. Have a water bottle and refill it rather than replacing it with a new one. It’s little steps like this that can make a big difference to the environment.

There is a lot to think about when you are looking at how you can positively travel the world. Ethical travel and ecotourism have become popular in recent times, and this is something that you need to make sure you embrace. So, there are a lot of things you can do to help you achieve this, and it is important to get this right as much as possible right now.

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Off the beaten path – best travel destinations in rural Europe

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Travel broadens the mind and enriches life experience, and this is the reason it is so important to try to do as much of it as you possibly can. There are so many wonderful travel destinations these days, and the rise of budget travel has allowed more people to see much more of the world.

The most fulfilling travel experiences are those that take you off the beaten track and onto the road less traveled. Who knows what mysteries wait just around the corner, and where you can discover them? If you want an unforgettable break this year, away from the frenzied, tourist-filled streets, here are some amazing European gems just itching to be discovered.

Alentejo region, Portugal

If you’re planning on heading for a vacay soon, one of the best places to check out is Portugal’s stunning Alentejo region. This delightful part of southern Portugal comes alive in the springtime, presenting a smorgasbord of incredible floral colors. With pinks, oranges, yellows, and whites blanketing the ground, there are serene and elegant walking routes around Alqueva Lake and across beautiful countryside. Oh, and there are some amazing restaurants en route in the city of Evora as well.

Pyrenees, French-Spanish border

The Pyrenees Mountains are spread across France, Spain, and Andorra, and you can take an incredible road trip that allows you to travel across borders and see some of the most amazing parts of the Pyrenees. Hire a car and take a remarkable three-day road trip that scales mountain peaks, gorgeous valleys, and picture-postcard villages. Enjoy the 3,000m views from the top of the Pic du Midi mountain, accessible by cable car.

Sardinia, Italy

Sardinia is a must-visit destination in Italy, and it’s one you might not think is that unique. Well, how about experiencing this amazing island as part of a sea kayaking adventure?! This offers an invigorating and unforgettable break, where you can hit hidden beaches, secret coves, and enjoy the gorgeous surroundings of Porto Conte. Starting in April, these trips give you the perfect Sardinian experience, and something unique that lets you have the spring break you’ve always wanted.

Carpathian Mountains, Romania

The Carpathian Mountains demand discovery, and this is one of the places you need to check out for your spring break. There are so many amazing reasons to take a trip here, but one of the biggest is bison tracking! Yes, believe it or not, you don’t have to go on an African safari to get your bison fix. High up in the foothills of the Carpathians, a conservation project has allowed these majestic creatures to thrive. You can stay in Bucharest, and head out in groups (fronted by rangers) into the wilds of the Tarcu Mountains to see bison, bears, and other creatures.

How about these for some off the track destinations to explore the beautiful and majestic underbelly of Europe. These are some incredible choices that can take you away from the crowds, and allow you to experience things you might not otherwise have been able to. Indulge, slip away, and lose yourself in the elegance of European delight.

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St. Patrick’s Day 2019: All the best freebies and deals

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St. Patrick’s Day 2019 is on Sunday, March 17th, which means you’re undoubtedly getting ready for all sorts of festivities right now. Whether you already made plans or you’re in the process of finding some fun St. Patty’s day events in your area, there’s one more thing you need to do before you head out. Sure, St. Patrick’s Day parades are great, but there are tons of deals you should definitely take advantage of before and after you hit the parade. From free and discounted food at your favorite local restaurants to online discounts and tons of Amazon coupons, you’d have to be crazy to pass up all the sales happening today.

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10 of the best activity holidays in Ireland

With its rugged coast, lakes and hills, Ireland is one big adventure playground – perfect for kayaking, hiking, cycling and road trips

Standing at 1,039 metres in the middle of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks range, Carrauntoohil is the tallest mountain in Ireland. The range spreads out across 100 sq km in the heart of the Ring of Kerry, adding drama to the Iveragh peninsula’s wild, beautiful landscape. Start the Carrauntoohil ascent from Cronin’s Yard, a car park with services south of touristy Killarney. There are several ways to the top, but the exhilarating Devil’s Ladder (12km return) is the shortest and most popular.

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A journey in leaves – the best destinations for tea lovers

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Who among us doesn’t love a steaming cup of chai? Sure, a cup of tea might be the most British of inventions, but there is a growing love for tea across the United States. As a nation of coffee lovers, those of us flying the tea flag might be in a minority, but we are certainly growing.

Those tea enthusiasts out there are looking for any excuse to be able to sample more delicious tea variant. That’s why we have decided to compile a list of some of the ultimate destinations for those who love tea of all kinds. These are some of the most amazing tea experiences you can have in your life right now.

Assam, India

India might be better known for Darjeeling, but the largest tea producing region is Assam. Vast tea plantations sprawl across the region which supplies three-fifths of the tea in India. Enthusiasts should check out Mancotta, a wonderful estate house from the 1840s nestled amid the plantations.

Ceylon tea, Sri Lanka

Ceylon used to be the name for Sri Lanka, so it is fitting that the Ceylon black tea is such an iconic choice in Sri Lanka. You should check out the delightful Ceylon Tea Trails, and take informative and intriguing tours, where you can learn all about the process of cultivating and creating Ceylon tea.

Afternoon/Cream tea, England

No tea experience would be complete without a trip to England, the spiritual home of tea! If you find yourself in Cool Britannia any time soon, you simply have to head for London, offers more afternoon tea options than you can shake a finger sandwich at! Alternatively, you might like to head to Cornwall’s Tregothnan to sample an authentic Cornish cream tea. Delicious!

Mint tea, Morocco

Morocco is famed for many different types of tea, but the absolute classic Moroccan offering is gunpowder green mint tea. Make sure you head for the Dar Baths Museum in Fez and check out a history lesson surrounding this delicious drink. The etiquette here is that you slurp rather than sip, and make sure you make the most of this delicious hot treat.

Corrientes, Argentina

It might surprise you to hear that Argentina is the third-largest consumer of tea in the world, by volume. The country consumes a delicious tea called Yerba Mate, a herbal tea that contains antioxidants. Many consider this to not be a proper tea because it’s herbal, but if mint tea counts then we feel this one should. There are plenty of tours in Corrientes where you can sample this herbal concoction, and this is definitely something you need to think about.

These are just some of the best tea experiences you can have in the world today. The love of all kinds of tea is growing and improving, and there are so many different experiences you can enjoy in countries all across the world. If you want to expand your tea horizons, and taste lots of different delicious teas from all across the world, these are some of the best places to begin.

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To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, readers salute the idyllic locations, great music, bonhomie and creamy stout of the island’s brilliant pubs

On a good night, the Tin Pub on the Sheep’s Head peninsula is a dangerous place. The name comes from the sheets of corrugated iron holding it together around a concrete floor and a small wooden bar that serves Murphy’s and a cocktail called Cormac on the Beach, named after the red-headed barman. The garden runs down to the sea and a view to the hills of the Mizen. That good night can be a few men playing guitars and then some singing starts, and suddenly it is an early morning walk home.
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The best cities for budget travel in 2019

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You don’t have to have the budget of a Kardashian to have some epic travel adventures in 2019. In fact, the best thing about budget travel is that you can use the money you save for a duty-free shopping spree at the airport – or even more travel! Just because you’re on a budget, that doesn’t mean you can’t explore the world. Here are the best cities for budget travel in 2019.

Luang Prabang, Laos

Laos is often overlooked in favor of Thailand and Vietnam, and as such, it is a lot cheaper or those who do visit it. If you’re a bit of a thrill seeker, you are going to love the vast range of activities, from zip-lining and kayaking, to climbing and hot air ballooning. Although these are all activities offered in other places, you will find that the cost to enjoy them in Laos is a whole lot lower, with smaller crowds.

Budapest, Hungary

While everyone else is flocking to Rome or Paris and paying over inflated prices, make sure you head to Budapest, where you can get your fill of delicious food, culture, history, and amazing experiences for a fraction of the cost. A top tip for saving money on your budget trip in Budapest is to remember that the further away you are from the river, the cheaper things are going to be!

Medellín, Colombia

Colombia has such a mix of environments, from valleys to beaches, and jungles to mountain ranges, that you really get your money’s worth when you choose to visit. It really does feel as though you are passing through several counties at once. The food is cheap yet delicious, museums are cheap, if not free, and public transport is also a reasonable price; allowing you to have a fantastic vacation without breaking the bank.

Transylvania, Romania

If you have a love for all things gothic or medieval, a visit to Romania should be high on your list, and you will be pleased to know that it’s not too pricey either! Explore the forests (but be on the lookout for bears and wolves), visit historical castles, and step back in time in the medieval towns. Train travel is a cheap way to get around, and the daily menu in most restaurants will only set you back around $ 5.

Berlin, Germany

One of the biggest draws of this city are the many outdoor attractions and green spaces which are open for free access to the public. There are plenty of museums and galleries to enjoy, and be sure to experience the nightlife too! Berlin is ranked as one of the more affordable cities in Europe but has plenty to offer for its low price tag.

So if you are on a tight budget this year, you don’t have to forgo a vacation entirely. Instead, just choose one of these fantastic budget destinations and really make the most of every cent! After all, ‘budget’ doesn’t need to mean boring.

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10 of the best independent record shops in Paris

As a major music exhibition opens in Paris, a local DJ uncovers these treasure troves for collectors, offering new recordings, rare gems and, in some cases, live events too

Paris has a vibrant secondhand record scene, with stores all over the city stocking rare vinyl of everything from Ghanaian Highlife to calypso, classic chansons françaises – Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, Georges Brassens, Serge Gainsbourg – plus electronic music and techno. With a new exhibition, Music Migrations (palais-portedoree.fr, until 5 January 2020), dedicated to the multicultural influences that transformed the Paris and London music scenes from the 1960s to the 80s, this is a good time to discover the top disquaires unearthed by local DJ and record dealer, Gwen Jamois.

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The menu, like the decor at this family-run oyster cabin, is stripped back: six grades of oysters, red shrimps with mayonnaise, whelks and country paté, accompanied by baskets of bread, and the choice of either rosé or white wine. That’s it. But the views from the garden and the little wooden jetty are cinematic, stretching over the Bay of Arcachon to the monumental Dune du Pilat shimmering on the horizon. Chez Boulan is in a run of shacks down this narrow peninsula, where oyster farmers have been plying their trade for generations, but have in recent years added tables and chairs to their rustic sheds, spruced up their gardens, and thrown open their doors to the fashionable Bordelais who have holiday homes here, and the daytrippers coming over the bay on the ferry. Lunch (around €20 a head) has a funny habit of slipping into sundowners at this place.
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Sure, we’re all glued to our phones/tablets/laptops/watches that barely tell time, but even the best of us miss out on some important #content from time to time. That’s why, in case you missed it, we’ve rounded up our most popular stories of the week to help you stay in the loop. No need to thank …

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Pink’s Savage Response To Instagram Troll Who Criticized Her Family Photo Is Best Clap Back Ever

Don’t come for Pink’s family time. The singer went full-on mama bear the other day when an Instagram troll criticized a picture of her with children, Jameson, age 2 and Willow, age 7, as well as her husband Carey Hart enjoying a fun dinner together.

“At least twice a week on tour, we shut the door to the outside world and have family dinner,” shared the loving mother.

It is a cute photo with the entire Hart clan enjoying some tacos. Unfortunately, not everyone who follows Pink had good things to say about the pictures. One Instagram troll had a beef with the mother of two sharing her quality family time on social media.

Comments by Celebs was first to notice the extremely unfriendly exchange between a protective mother and her critical fan or perhaps former fan now.

“Except it’s posted on ig,” wrote megablack921

The comment appears to be a response to the singer saying her family likes to shut out the world but then posts that private time on social media. Pink wasted no time defending her choice to share the family time picture, as well as giving a not so subtle reminder to the user to stop being a douchebag.

“yes I like to promote healthy stuff. I also like to remind people to stop being TOTAL D— BAGS TOO. Consider this your reminder, f—o,” she said in a response that was again captured by Comments by Celebs.

The user went on to tell the ‘So What’ singer that he or she was going to her show in Nashville but not anymore. Oh yes, the user was offended by the response and made it clear they are still a fan of the music, however the singer not so much.

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Pink was not fazed at all by the reply and stood by her original answer, even calling the troll “confused.” Anyone who tries to criticize the mother of two should know she is not going to take it lying down.

There are so many times that a celeb can’t deal with the nasty trolls and defends their selves. Pink is one of the best at coming up with the most savage responses to those who believe they have the right to judge her life. It is merely one of the reasons she is an inspiration. You go, girl!

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Mid-Level Job Application Tips: Share Your Best Advice for Mid-Levels!

Ladies, what are your best mid-level job application tips — for when you’re not quite fresh out of school but you’re not so senior that they’re knocking on your door? Do you have different tips if you’re applying online for mid-level jobs vs. applying more directly for a mid-level position? What are the best things you’ve learned from mid-level recruiters?

Something that’s always interesting to me is how in college and grad school, there is this huge emphasis on job application skills — writing cover letters or requests for informational interviews, tweaking your resume to be elegantly phrased, impressive, yet concise — and a lot of guidance around following up for job applications, like when to check in, what to say in follow-up messages, and so forth. Then, the education kind of stops, unless you seek it out by working with your alumni career office, a career coach, or an executive recruiter. But that’s where the trouble is, I think — I don’t think mid-levels can necessarily use the same job application tips that they learned in college or grad school. 

So let’s talk, ladies — how do you think applying for a job changes as you rise in seniority? What tips and habits do you still use after the initial college/grad school career fair — and what have you adapted and changed as you’ve gotten older? Readers who are really senior and have seen it all, how do you think basic job application advice changes as you climb the corporate ladder? (Another interesting question — how many stages of your career/job application process do you expect to go through? If you’re 5 years out of school are you “mid-level” or would you call it something else? A lot of the “further reading” posts below seem to define “mid-level professional” as someone 45-50 or older, whereas I think the phrase “mid-career” might apply better there…)

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  • Here’s What a Mid-Level Professional’s Resume Should Look Like [The Ladders]
  • How to Job Search as a Mid Level Career Candidate [The Balance]
  • How to Make a Great Resume for a Mid-Level Professional [Top Resume]
  • 15 Tips For Finding a Job At Every Stage Of Your Career [Glassdoor]
  • 6 Tips for Midcareer Job Seekers [Bankrate]
  • Correcting the 5 Most Common Mistakes Mid-Level Job Seekers Make [Forbes]

We asked the readers: what are your best job application tips for mid-levels? After all there is a TON of advice out there with job application tips when you're graduating college, grad school or law school, and a ton of support services -- but once you've been out of school for 5-10 years that same advice doesn't totally apply. Fun discussion among the readers about when to move your education to the bottom of your resume, how many pages a mid-level's resume should have, and more.

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10 of the best new group trips for women

We celebrate International Women’s Day by picking some of the best new women-only adventures from Scotland to Mongolia

When Intrepid launched its first Women’s Expeditions last year – to Iran, Jordan and Morocco – the tours became some of the most popular in the company’s 30-year history. Within a few months, Intrepid expanded its four original departures to 36. This year, it is introducing four more tours – to Kenya, India, Nepal, and Turkey – where women can celebrate the female-only Gangur festival in Rajasthan, share a home-cooked meal in Cappadocia, spend time with Syrian refugees in Turkey and meet female wildlife rangers in Kenya on a trip led by East Africa’s first female overland truck driver. The tours are led by female guides and based around interacting with local women in each destination.
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10 of the UK’s best new family attractions for 2019

Books and boats, surfing, science and sculpture … these day trips to new and improved venues offer an array of thrilling experiences

Opening on the shore of Windermere in March, this new museum will trace 200 years of boats and boat-building in the Lakes. The vessels on show (on the water and in boathouses and galleries) will range from historic steam launches to sailing yachts and record-breaking speed boats. The exhibits include Beatrix Potter’s tarn boat (from where she once sketched) and SL Dolly, thought to be the oldest mechanically powered boat in the world. The conservation workshop will also allow visitors to watch the restoration work take place. Venture out on to the water on cruise boats and grab the opportunity to sail on the Osprey, a restored Edwardian steam boat.
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These European countries offer the best vacation homes

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If you’re the kind of person that loves to travel and explore the world but aren’t too fond of staying in a hotel, vacations homes could be right up your street. These are houses that are rented out by their owners for tourists and explorers alike to enjoy during their vacation. So, you get all of the home comforts you could possibly want, while also being away from your own house and the same ol’ views of your town. Europe is home to some of the most beautiful vacation homes, but have you ever wondered which one is the best?

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom may be small, but it’s one of the most varied destinations in Europe. Within just a short drive of each other, you can make your way to the beach, the countryside, the valleys, and the cities. This means that you can push the boundaries of your vacation home. You can opt for a quaint apartment in the city, or a humongous converted barn surrounded by fields and hills.

Portugal

Because so many people make their way to mainland Spain for their vacations, Portugal often gets overlooked. This means that there are beautiful and empty vacation homes that are just waiting for you to settle down in. Many of these homes offer endless views over the mountains and the ocean, and Portuguese houses are also praised for their architecture so you can get an art lesson at the same time!

France

With endless sunshine and some of the best food in the world, why wouldn’t you want to see what France has to offer in terms of vacation homes? Many of the best vacation rentals in this country are located outside of the city and in rural towns and villages. This way, you get to check out the medieval buildings, sip on a glass of wine or two, and have a dip in your own private pool.

Croatia

Croatia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and offers visitors the chance to see this beauty in all of its glory. The coastline and the beaches are scattered around the whole country, which means you can often stumble upon something magical when you least expect it. The best part? The vacation homes in Croatia are normally traditional, quaint, and absolutely stunning.

Switzerland

If you’re a fan of skiing or just frolicking around in the white stuff, you definitely have to make your way into the mountains of Switzerland. While you can explore the gorgeous towns, cities, and villages, the best vacation homes in Switzerland can be found at high altitude. Yes, we’re talking incredible ski chalets and log cabins that are perfect for a winter away. Make sure you take a blanket and some firewood though because you’ll need it.

If you’re looking to venture across the world and see what Europe has to offer, there’s no need to worry about booking a hotel. After all, these countries all have incredible vacation homes for you to enjoy!

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Here Are the 13 Best Second Jobs — Plus What You Need to Land One

Are you thinking about taking on a second job?

Sometimes called “side hustles” or “side gigs,” they can be a great way to supplement your income to pay off bills, grow savings and have some extra cash in your wallet. Also, these gigs might lead to opportunities to develop new skills or explore your passions.

But before you sign up for part-time work or dive head first into an independent-contractor gig, you have to think about which side jobs are best for you. With that in mind, here are some tips on how to find the right second job — plus 13 gigs to consider.

How to Find the Right Second Job

Here are some specific questions to ask yourself about a gig and your situation when hunting for a second job.

Will This Gig Interfere With My Day Job?

When searching for the best second job for yourself, make sure it will not cause conflicts with your regular job. The last thing you want to do is get fired from your day job in pursuit of a second job.

Every company is different, and some may have strict guidelines on what you can and can’t do regarding side hustles. Take some time to look through your company’s employee handbook or schedule a meeting with your human resources manager to find out for sure. Once you figure out that you can do a second job, look for ones that can be done during your off hours.

How Flexible Is Your Schedule?

Although you may be able to find a second job that has some schedule flexibility, you also need to be willing to make changes to your personal schedule. This means being willing to do your side gig before or after work or eliminating nonessential activities.

McKinzie Bean, who runs the website Moms Make Cents, recommends recording your schedule for one week to find which events, like bingeing on Netflix on a Tuesday night, you can cut.

“Just see which pieces you’re willing to give up because it is going to take some sacrifice to get to that point where your business is growing,” she says.

Will You Need Additional Training?

When narrowing down your list of potential second jobs, keep in mind that not all gigs will be available right away. Some jobs may require a specific skill certification. Some industries have official certifying bodies that conduct competency tests that allow people to work within a field for a period of time.

If you don’t have a certification needed in your field, factor in some extra schooling or studying before opening up shop.

“They’re looking for reasons to hire candidates,” says Tim Gates, senior regional vice president at Adecco Staffing. “So if they see anything that’s relevant to their industry, to their company, to the specific position, it’s definitely going to help to make that candidate more attractive.”

One way to learn additional skills is by signing up for massive open online courses. These 100% online courses can be completed at your own pace, offering online certifications in personal branding and social media literacy.

Having these certifications shows employers that you have ambition, says Robin Colner, director of Fordham University’s certificate program in digital and social media.

“It shows a desire and an understanding of the marketplace, which every employer wants,” she says.

Where Do You Want to Work?

So, where do you want to conduct your second job? Are you interested in being an assistant in an office, a sales associate in a store, a server in a restaurant or a ride-share driver in your car?

If going to another business after work to do your second job doesn’t sound appealing, then consider looking for a work-from-home job. Check out The Penny Hoarder’s Work-From-Home Jobs Portal for jobs such as customer service associates, part-time English tutors, transcriptionists and much more.

What Are You Looking for in This Job?  

Ask yourself what you’re trying to get out of your side gig. Are you trying to find a second job that pays a lot of money, expands your skills or explores a passion? What if you don’t know what job is best for you?

If you don’t know where to begin, write down your strengths on a piece of paper and what you’re looking for in a second job. This piece of paper can be a reference point to help with in your search to find your marketable skill.

In addition, consult your friends and coworkers to find out what skills they think you excel at. Their observations may help you figure out which job is best for you.

“Until someone else sees that [skill] in you, you don’t realize it’s a unique skill or a skill [other] people are having trouble with,” says Sol Rosenbaum, who runs The Engineering Mentor, a website that helps engineers develop interpersonal skills such as communicating and collaborating.

The Best Second Jobs

If you don’t already have a specific side gig in mind, here are some second-job ideas to consider. These jobs are broken down into categories, including service industry, smartphone apps and work-from-home.

App-Based Gig Jobs

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Thanks to smartphones, app-based gig jobs have risen in popularity in recent years. Companies such as Uber and Lyft, Rover and GrubHub make it easier for people to accept jobs on the fly and work a flexible schedule. Here is a breakdown of some of the more popular gig jobs involving smartphone apps.

1. Ride-share Driver

Turn your car into a taxi on your terms. Try driving with Lyft!

Demand for ride-sharing has been growing like crazy, and it shows no signs of slowing down. To be eligible, you’ll need to be at least 21 years old with a year of driving experience, pass a background check and own a car made in 2007 or later.

We talked to Paul Pruce, who had been driving full-time with Lyft for over a year and earning $ 750 a week as a driver.

Best of all, he could do it on his own time. You can work days, nights or weekends — it’s up to you!

Because it’s easy to switch between apps, Lyft drivers often also sign up to drive with Uber.

2. Grocery Shopper

Not comfortable with driving strangers around? How about picking up groceries instead? Shipt and Instacart are two services that deliver supermarket essentials to a customer’s door. Drivers for the services receive an order, go to the store, pick out the items and drop them off.

Destiny Frith of Nashville, Tennessee, told The Penny Hoarder she earns about $ 600 in a 35-hour workweek as a Shipt shopper.

3. Meal Delivery

Luckily, there are other food-delivery options for people who don’t want to wait in the deli line for someone else’s cold cuts. With meal-delivery services like Uber Eats, Grubhub and DoorDash, drivers will pick up customers’ take-out orders from restaurants and deliver the items to them.

According to Uber Eats, the amount of money drivers earn depends on several factors, such as when they work, demand for deliveries and tips. Drivers earn pickup, drop-off and trip mileage fees. Uber takes a cut of the overall payout, but drivers keep 100% of their tips.

Like traditional Uber, surge pricing can boost your pay during popular times, and Uber’s Instant Pay feature lets you access your pay from trips immediately after they conclude — for a 50 cent fee each time — up to five times per day.

4. Dog Walking  

If you’re looking for a flexible, independent way to earn money — and you love hanging out with dogs — Rover might be your perfect gig.

The online network connects dog walkers and sitters to local dog owners through its 4.9-star-rated app, so you don’t have to staple flyers on every utility pole across town.

Rover says sitters can earn as much as $ 1,000 a month.

Rover dog-sitter requirements vary by location. In general, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Pass a background check.
  • Have access to the Rover app (iOS or Android).

Here’s how it works: You’ll create an online sitter profile where you’ll answer questions about your experience with puppers and your schedule availability.

You can choose to offer a variety of services, including dog walking, overnight boarding at your home or theirs, and daycare. Boarding is the app’s most popular service, so offering it can get you more gigs. You set your own rates. (Rover keeps a small percentage as a service fee.)

Dog owners will reach out to you. Accept which gigs you want, then start snugglin’ pups. As soon as you complete a service, you’ll be paid within two days.

5. Odd Jobs

For those who are a little more handy around the house and don’t want to be stuck in a car all day, think about putting your odd-job skills to good use.

TaskRabbit, a service that connects workers with people who need help at home, lists a variety of tasks that people can accept, including assembling furniture, mounting TVs, cleaning and more.

According to Brittany Benson, a TaskRabbit spokeswoman, “Taskers” in the United States earn an average of $ 35 per hour. Check out our overview of how to make money on TaskRabbit.

Service Industry

The service industry depends on people looking for extra work as servers and bartenders. The hours and pay can vary depending on the type of establishment, so make sure these shifts will not interfere with your day job.

6. Restaurant Server

Since most servers rely on tips, do your best to find busy restaurants that have expensive food and drink. That way, you have a better chance to get a more lucrative tip at the bottom of the receipt. Restaurant servers earn $ 8.33 per hour, including tips, according to a The Penny Hoarder analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.  

7. Bartender

You may need some previous experience behind a bar before getting a gig serving cocktails. Bartenders earn $ 11.54 per hour, including tips, according to a The Penny Hoarder analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. If you have the necessary know-how to become a bartender, try out these 16 tricks to maximize your tip income.

8. Fast-Food Worker

Working in a fast-food restaurant is a common first job for high schoolers, but now may be the time to give it another shot.

Some of the biggest fast-food chains have added more benefits for their employees. McDonald’s announced in early 2018 that it was planning to expand its college tuition assistance program. A few months later, KFC started offering employees access to personal finance education and budgeting software. Fast-food workers earn $ 6.41 per hour, according to a The Penny Hoarder analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

Work From Home

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Work-from-home jobs are a great option if leaving your day job and going straight to another gig doesn’t sound appealing. These jobs offer the flexibility to do your duties from the comfort of your home office.

9. Customer Service Associate

These gigs come in many forms, requiring reps to resolve issues for customers on the phone and by chat and email. Fields include technology, health care and finance. Customer service jobs require patience, a desire to help people and a proper computer setup. Check out the customer service jobs available on The Penny Hoarder Work-From-Home Jobs Portal for more information.

10. Freelance and Creative Writing

So you have a way with words. Why not get paid to use them? You can find opportunities to get paid to write copy and original creative writing pieces. One of the ways to make your writing more in-demand is to focus on a specific niche or topic, such as finance or technology.

Also, stay away from writing for sites and services that pay little per article. Those articles usually need to be written in a hurry and are not worthy to be clips in your professional portfolio.

If you’re interested in getting paid for your original creative writing pieces, then sign up for a submission-management website, such as Submittable or Duotrope, says Jerrod Schwarz, a creative writing professor at the University of Tampa and a managing editor of Driftwood Press Literary Magazine.

Here’s a breakdown on how to make more money as a freelance writer and a list of magazines that pay for creative writing submissions.

11. Teaching English as a Second Language

If you’re a former teacher looking to make some money from home, you should check out VIPKid, Qkids or Italki. These companies connect U.S. instructors with students who want to learn English.

According to the Qkids website, most online teachers work 10 to 20 hours per week and earn between $ 16 and $ 20, including loyalty bonuses.

Jennifer Ross, a former schoolteacher who now works for VIPKid, told The Penny Hoarder in 2018 she makes more than $ 520 working 24 hours a week.

12. Online Tutoring

Another teaching opportunity available outside the classroom is online tutoring. Several companies give educators a chance to help students while working from the comfort of home.

Tutors with Chegg, for example, earn $ 20 or more per hour teaching grades 6-12, college and working professionals in topics such as calculus, computer science, zoology — and more.

Most companies require teachers to have a bachelor’s degree or be working toward one. But not all companies, like Tutor.com or Yup, require previous teaching experience. Here’s a roundup of work-from-home online tutoring companies.

13. E-Commerce Seller

Maybe you’re not interested in working in a service-industry gig and want to explore your crafty side. Thanks to the popularity of platforms like Etsy, eBay and Facebook Marketplace, craft merchants and small business owners have an outlet to sell their goods.

Etsy seller Lena Gosik-Wolfe encourages new sellers to do their due diligence in the beginning by obtaining the necessary tax documents, business licenses and web domain for their companies before making a first sale.

“It’s better to take it seriously and get that stuff in order from the start rather than having to go back and fix it later on,” she says. If you’re considering selling on Etsy, here are five more tips to help boost your sales.

In addition to Etsy, craft sellers can open up online stores using Amazon and Shopify. One of the benefits of selling on Amazon is the sheer number of people who use the site every day.

The downside is that there’s increased competition from people selling similar products. An upside is that sellers have access to features such as Prime and Fulfillment by Amazon.

Shopify is another option for sellers who prefer control over their online store to merely listing their goods on a large aggregate like Etsy. Shopify is user-friendly for sellers who aren’t especially tech-savvy, offering more than 100 free, customizable online store templates. Find out more about different e-commerce services here.

Matt Reinstetle is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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

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From super-sized totes, bumbags and micro-pouches to timeless classics, shop our pick of the best new season designer handbags

The latest designer handbags ticking all the SS19 trends have dropped, and there’s no better time than the present to invest in one. Now I appreciate it’s a big purchase, so to save you time and effort, I’ve rounded-up the best designer handbags from the new season that suit all tastes, styles, daily needs and budgets (yes, really).

If there is one piece worthy of investment each season, it has to be a designer handbag (and if you don’t believe me, some brands like Chanel are literally a better financial investment than gold). And while many designers are on-trend with their offering, there are also some classic styles that never go out of fashion out there too.

The best arm candy for SS19 ranges from the super-sized, with the coolest carry-alls in every colour, prints and texture imaginable – of course the basket bag is back for summer – to must-have micros, the cute bags that are tiny yet perfectly formed. Invest in these for minimal effort, with maximum impact – Fendi and Jacquemus have some great picks.

We’re keeping things tonal this season and investing in some pretty arm candy in pastel shades of mint and blue, with a touch of cream and butter yellow – Strathberry and Chloé have some divine vanilla options.

If your heart is set on something a little sleeker and modern, then do check out Daniel Lee’s first two designs for Bottega Veneta: the Maxi Cabat and The Pouch are part of the SS19 collection.

You also can’t go wrong with a Loewe Gate, Mulberry Hampstead or Stella McCartney Falabella (in periwinkle blue for spring) – these beautiful bags will pay for themselves when you work out the cost per wear.

Do also check out Rixo’s new venture into handbags, they are just the right side of vintage, with gorgeous prints and gold shell hardware detailing. Finally, if you’re feeling nostalgic, do go down the retro route with a Dior saddle bag or Fendi baguette. Iconic.

Still not convinced? Keep scrolling to shop even more fabulous designer handbags.

 

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There’s only one thing we love more than traveling, and that’s our besties. So, what if we told you that you could mix your BFF-love and your wanderlust into one epic adventure? We believe that all best friends should travel together at least once in their lives because there’s nothing better than exploring new places and experiencing new things with your favorite person in the world. Yes, a bestiemoon should definitely be at the top of your travel list, right above these incredible places to go with your best friend…

Barcelona, Spain

If you’ve ever fancied becoming a Spanish senorita with your best friend, then Barcelona may be the place for you. This incredible city is full of art, culture, architecture, food, and drink. The best part? It has the best of both worlds. There’s the city to explore in all of its glory, but Barcelona also has beautiful beaches for you to lay on and chill with your bestie when you need a break.

Las Vegas, United States of America

Let’s be honest; you can probably never sleep with your bestie around, so why not enjoy the city that never sleeps at the same time? Las Vegas is infamous for its nightlife and its gambling, so you can get a little rowdy and make memories that will last a lifetime. If that’s not your vibe, however, you can explore the desert or check out what the Grand Canyon has to offer. White water rafting, anyone?

Paris, France

Paris may be known as the city of love and romance, but that doesn’t mean you can’t share the love with your bestie? This city has everything you could possibly want for a bestiemoon and will allow you to fill up your Instagram feed in the process. Make your way up the Eiffel Tower, schmooze with Frenchmen in the famous coffee shops, or do a Blair Waldorf and shop your way around Paris.

Mykonos, Greece

Wanna party like Lindsay Lohan? Then head to Mykonos! This Greek island may be small, but it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. Not only does it have incredible beaches that offer golden sand and crystal clear waters, but it also offers fun bars and nightclubs for you and your bestie to enjoy when the sun goes down.

Phuket, Thailand

Thailand is famous for being a backpackers paradise, but it’s also famous for being cheap, cheerful, and utterly breathtaking. Phuket is particularly popular with young travelers and groups who want to explore one of the most popular islands in Thailand. With dreamy beaches and bustling markets, you can spend your days chilling out or exploring a new culture. Phuket is your oyster.

If you’re looking to travel the world with your best friend, then you have a big problem on your hands. This problem is that you’re going to have to decide which destination you’re going to visit first. This will be a tough decision and one that you and your bestie shouldn’t take lightly…

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Few events in the yearly calendar are more exciting than Spring Break. For college students everywhere, it’s the time to leave classes behind and party until they can’t party anymore. It’s the last moment of freedom before they have to buckle down and complete their exams, so students rarely hold back when it comes to having fun. Unfortunately, the best Spring Break destinations aren’t always the cheapest. Undergrads aren’t exactly known for having much money, which means finding somewhere affordable to travel to is of the utmost importance.

Cabo San Lucas

Anyone living near, or looking to visit, the West Coast should find all they need at Cabo San Lucas. The gorgeous getaway offers many all-inclusive deals that will ensure you get everything you need without blowing your budget. With so much money saved on accommodation, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself more when you’re out and about. Luckily, the area is super lively, so you’re never short of things to do here, even when your wallet starts to look a little thin.

Myrtle Beach

If you intend to be on the beach during your Spring Break – and why wouldn’t you? – then Myrtle Beach has you covered. 60 miles of coastline means there’s plenty of space for you to do your thing without having to spend a cent. Plus, with some great nightlife options that typically cater to a younger population, you know you and your money will definitely be in good hands here.

Key West

Perhaps not the place that most people would think to visit for Spring Break, it’s lower popularity is exactly why it’s great to visit. Not only are crowds less of an issue, but prices are a lot more affordable. There are plenty of great budget hotels in the area, so accommodation is never a problem either, leaving you more money to spend on having the Spring Break of your life.

New Orleans

No-one does food quite like the South. Eating might not be the top priority on your Spring Break list, but you’ll be wanting something good to fill you up between nights of non-stop partying. New Orleans has plenty of great comfort food on offer to keep you going, and it’s a pretty cheap place to visit too. There are loads of rental deals to help you find somewhere affordable to stay, especially if you don’t mind lodging further away from the center.

Puerto Vallarta

With so many all-inclusive packages available, you’ve got to wonder why you’d have your Spring Break anywhere other than Puerto Vallarta. There are so many rental choices here that make staying in the area cheap and easy, especially if you book in advance. What’s more, with sun, sand, and sea as far as the eye can see, do you really need anything else for your Spring Break vacation?

 

You don’t get many opportunities to do Spring Break, so it’s important to make the most of each one while you can. Thankfully, you can still do that even if you’re low on funds; you just have to be a bit more picky about where you go to enjoy them.

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Traveling is the perfect way for us to see everything on offer out there in the world. However, it might seem as though you have to plan even more if you live a vegan lifestyle. That is until learning the variety of the best vegan-friendly countries in the world.

The U.S.

America has been leading the way for many things over the years, and now it seems as though it’s one of the best vegan-friendly countries in the world, too. The west coast is filled with all kinds of vegan restaurants meaning you can eat out without worry, as well as having dedicated stores, clear packaging, and a huge community all willing to help you find the perfect vegan meals on your travels!

The U.K.

One of the best things about eating in the U.K. is the fact the country has adopted many different cooking styles over the years. The farmer’s markets offer up the perfect place to search for fresh produce if you want to cook up your own meals, while the cities, such as the capital London, have plenty of vegan-friendly restaurants. As if that wasn’t enough, many fast food chains now offer up vegan options meaning you can still enjoy all your favorites.

Germany

If you’re traveling through Europe, then you might want to stop off in Germany’s capital, Berlin. This city has been named as the vegan capital of Europe thanks to the huge number of people living in the area who all live by the lifestyle, but that’s not all. Small towns dotted all across the country have all started to embrace the change with several vegan-friendly stores and restaurants providing almost everything you could need.

Taiwan

Believe it or not, but most of the vegetarian dishes in Taiwan are already vegan. The country tends to steer clear of using eggs and dairy in their meals unless you pay extra meaning you should be safe to eat meals from most places without any worry. The government also has some pretty strict rules about the labeling of their food meaning that everything is clearly laid out for us to see – no hidden ingredients in sight.

Israel

Israel is often considered to be one of the top-rated vegan countries in the world thanks to the incredible variety of meal options on the menu. The local dishes of falafels and hummus are perfect for anyone wanting to try some local cuisine, while companies such as Ben and Jerry’s and Dominos both offering vegan versions of their world-known favorite options.

It once seemed as though we had to accept the fact we would be dining in or cooking for ourselves if we wanted to follow our vegan lifestyle while traveling, but that no longer has to be the case. With so many countries learning how to embrace the change, it looks as though the world could soon all be at our fingertips! Now, all we need to do is book some plane tickets and pack our knife and fork.

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Whether you choose to catch up using a Kindle or stack your hardcovers horizontally to make a statement, we figured we could help you with your choices. So we put together a list of Amazon’s best selling titles that were released in February and that we think you might enjoy reading in March. Below each one is Amazon’s quick summary.

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States with the best farmer’s markets in America

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With the success of giant markets like Walmart, smaller distributors have been pushed to the side. Thankfully, in recent years there has been a call to move back to locally produced foods and the farmer’s market has become hugely popular. It brings people together to celebrate locally grown and crafted foods. These are the states across America with the best farmers markets.

Tennessee

There are lots of farms raising their own meats in Tennessee, and the Franklin Farmers Market allows you to come close to the people responsible. Then you can hop on over to the Nashville Farmers Market for a cooked lunch as there are plenty of stalls offering deliciously prepared treats. The food court will ensure that no matter what your food preferences are, your taste buds will be thanking you for going.

California

There had to be great produce grown in California, just look at how much sunshine they get! Pretty much all of the USA’s avocados are grown in Cali, plus there’s a ton of amazing orange groves and plenty of fish coming to shore. If you love food, then get yourself to a farmers market in California. We recommend checking out either Grand Central Market in LA or the Davis Farmers Market which travels the state.

Oregon

More people are looking for foods to come straight from the farm to their tables. The Portland Farmers’ Market in Oregon is one of the most successful farmers’ markets in the U. S. to make that happen. Over 150 farmers come together, and there is a variety of products available for people who wander into the market. There are cuts of alternative meats, from bison to yak, and there are many different foods to try, from chestnuts to crepes or burritos.

Washington

The main reason Washington makes this list is thanks to the city of Seattle, and it’s determination to help small businesses succeed. Pike Place Market has been trading for over 100 years after it was established in 1907. There is fresh produce from over 80 farmers on display here, and the best thing about the market is that it’s open all year. Customers are free to chat with the farmers, and there are plenty of crafty options on show.

Illinois

For many Chicago is one of the best culinary hotspots in the world and the Green City Market is where people go to get the best ingredients. The market runs from May until October, when it relocates due to the bitter cold Chicago winter. Those who are lucky enough to go can enjoy over 50 stalls packed full of freshly made food, and some of the best locally grown fruit and vegetables. There is more to the market than just fresh produce, and there are locally crafted drinks, different types of meat, and freshly baked breads to enjoy.

These are the best states to check out farmers markets in the USA. Don’t worry if you don’t live there as all farmers’ markets are great and should be celebrated, so check out your nearest one as soon as possible!

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Whether you want page space or head space

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The best diaries are the ones that organise your life for you, right? Whether you want one that leaves enough space for you to note down your meetings and what you’re supposed to have prepared, or something for intention setting that’s also stuffed with inspirational quotes, there are so many out there for you to choose from.

These days, diaries and planners are more than your average pocket book with tiny lines. There are the best diaries for yogis, there are planners for foodies, and there are even doubled-up diaries for those with really hectic lives.

If you’re the kind of person who settles for a regular notebook, graffitied with doodles and half-written messages that you’ll never remember to read, then it’s time to shake things up.

Yes, you’re meant to buy diaries at the start of the year, but we’ve all been busy breaking our New Year’s resolutions. Sure, you’ve missed out on a month of writing out your plans, but it’s time to finally get your shit together.

So where can you find the best diaries?

Best diaries

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A5 Bonded Leather Daily Diary Dusk Blue, now £13.50

Who can resist the cute pages of a kikki.K? This diary has daily and monthly layouts so that you can keep all aspects of your life organised, from remembering brunch plans to keeping track of work deadlines.

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2019 Mezzo Diary Lemon, £59

The soft bound Mezzo diary includes a ‘to-do’ list on every right page, so no more cramming your life into a tiny daily box. The cover can also be monogrammed with your name or initials in the gift giver’s handwriting. Fancy.

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Yoga Yearly, £39.95

Whether you’re a beginner or a fully-fledged yogi, this day-to-a-view diary will help you to develop your own daily routine, and offers space for ‘gratitude, inspired action, self-inquiry and inspiration’. It also encourages mindful living,

Papier

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Flamingos, £21.99

If you want a diary on your own terms, this blank option is perfect. There are no fixed dates, so you can start it whenever you like, and it includes weekly and monthly views as well as pages for extra notes, goals and ‘to-do’s.

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Busy Life Diary, £10.99

Hectic lives call for double diaries, and thankfully these exist. If your diaries are usually awash with scribbles because there isn’t enough room for everything, this is the solution. A diary with two copies of each week and month so that you can keep your work and social lives separate, but in the same place.

Zelo Journal

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Zelo Journal, £31.99

With a promise to help you ‘clear you mind and achieve your goals’, it offers a new spin on traditional diaries. Not satisfied with offering space purely for day-to-day planning, this diary has been created to help you list your goals, improve productivity and focus on the things you’re passionate about.

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These bad boys are an absolute essential for a cat eye or smokey eye

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Few beauty products hold cult status in the same way as the best eyeliners. From Brigitte Bardot to Audrey Hepburn, just about every beauty muse from recent history wore eyeliner as part of their signature look.

It’s a make-up bag staple all over the world and, combined with the best mascara and best eyeshadow palettes, is essential in creating red carpet-worthy eye make-up looks.

Keep scrolling to shop our edit of the best liquid, pencil, gel and pen choices below.

Best drugstore eyeliner

Bourjois Couture Waterproof Clubbing Eyeliner, £3.74 Fabled

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Considering this eyeliner comes in under four quid, it’s a total steal for how good it is. The colour is a true, inky black stays put. (Don’t worry, you don’t have to go clubbing to wear it.)

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Best eyeliner pencil

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Smokey Pencil, £17, Amazon

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The super soft, powder formula and built-in smudger makes Elizabeth Arden’s pencils super easy to apply and blend out for the ultimate evening eye. Call it smokey eye in pencil form, if you will.

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NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner, £19, Fabled

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Described as ‘budge proof’, NARS’ Long Wear liner is exactly that. Each of the pencils is richly pigmented for a true colour pay off that lasts a whole working day or night out (none of this watery, transparent business). If you’re fed up of reapplying eyeliner to your waterline a few times a day, this one is for you.

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Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, £14.50, Fabled

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Smudge proof, sweat proof, heck, we’d go as far as to say that Stila’s waterproof liner is actually life proof, and without a doubt one of the best liquid eyeliner formulas ever made. Inky, dense black and with a super sharp felt tip,you’ll find no smudging or printing on to your upper lids here.

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Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, £19.50, Fabled

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Fun fact: Bobbi Brown first decided to create a gel liner when she had none to hand ahead of a photo shoot; instead, she applied waterproof mascara using a cotton bud without the fuzzy head. It did not budge one bit, and so the Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner was born. Today it’s still one of the brand’s best sellers with a velvety finish, and is available in all sorts of shades as well as classic black.

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Best Mid-Range Fountain Pens: $100-300

The following fountain pens are for people who want to graduate from a Pilot Metropolitan or Lamy Safari level to something a little more sophisticated and elegant.

Pilot Capless

1. Pilot Capless

Usually priced around $ 120-$ 150, it is an affordable pen with a design that is very unique. It came out in 1964 so it has some of the mid-century modern touch to it. It almost looks like a ballpoint pen because it has a retractable nib and so it’s very handy for people who have to take notes quickly and don’t have the time to remove or untwist the cap. Overall, the mechanics of the pen feel like quality, the design is well thought through, and the cap prevents the nib from drying out so you can just start writing once you hit that tip.

Personally, I am not a huge fan of the light weight, however, for people who have to write a lot and don’t want something heavy in their pocket, I think it’s an ideal companion. It can take cartridges or a converter. It comes with a converter that has three little metal balls inside and they’re supposed to help break the surface tension of the ink so you actually can write with a full tank of ink and you don’t waste anything that’s stuck at a point where it can’t get through the nib. The rather small 18 karat gold nib comes in fine, broad, and medium widths, you can see there’s some line vibration due to the fact that it’s a very slim nib but overall, it’s okay and it does the job.

To be honest, when I look at this pilot pen, it feels a little cheap because it has this lacquered finish, it almost looks like a bit of a metallic paint which is typically something I expect from a five-dollar pen not from $ 120 writing piece. Unlike with a ballpoint pen, the clip actually has to be on the side of the nib because you want to store it upwards, otherwise, you may leak ink onto your shirt or your jacket when you move quickly. Because of that, the clip is in the way when you write and you can always feel it and it’s not something I particularly enjoy.

Overall, the pilot capless is a smooth writer with steady ink flow, it is neither too wet nor too dry and it is perfect to take a lot of quick notes, you probably won’t write a long letter with it. It is made in Japan and three years guarantee against mechanical failures.

I think it’s a perfect pen for people who just want to upgrade from a ballpoint pen who are used to the convenience but want a slightly more unique look to the way they write but not sacrifice any of the practical aspects of a ballpoint pen. It’s also fantastic for people who are non-conformists and want a fountain pen that doesn’t look like anything else out there. I think it’s perfect for doctors or other people who have to take lots of notes quickly and have to move on and they don’t have the time to remove the cap or keep it and so that would come in very handy with a pilot capless.

2. Waterman Carene

The pen retails anywhere from $ 120 to $ 300 for the more all-metal versions. Waterman, as a brand, was very popular in the 1900s when vintage pens were very sought after. Lewis Edson Waterman invented the capillary feed fountain pen which is what most pens use today. Now generally, while modern Waterman fountain pens are not necessarily a great collector’s item, this one is usually quite popular.

First of all, it comes in a wide variety of designs in different colors and options. It features a pop-top cap and a hinged clip which both work quite well. I also really like to post the cap on the back of the fountain pen, it creates a nice balance and a solid weight. Compared to the Pilot Capless, it’s noticeably heavier. It takes standard cartridges or a converter and has an 18 karat gold nib that is part of the streamlined design that is very unique to this fountain pen. It has a good ink flow, though it runs a bit drier than other pens. The lines are quite smooth and simple. Sometimes, it may take a few strokes to warm up. I like the lacquered brass body which is not as cheap looking as the Pilot Capless and overall, it’s quite a bit heavier.

Made in France, the Waterman Carene comes with a three-year warranty that can be extended to five years if you register the fountain pen. So who is the Waterman Carene for? I think it’s a good choice for people who want a unique streamlined design and appreciate a slightly heavier pen. I think it’s great for modern-day businessmen who prefer slim fit suits and want something that is not as old and classic as the Montblanc Meisterstuck, for example, but it is something that’s a little more unique that also doesn’t break the bank.

Lamy 2000

3. Lamy 2000

The Lamy 2000 usually retails anywhere between $ 140-$ 170. To me, it looks like a durable understated mix between a Bauhaus mid-century modern design. It doesn’t come out as a surprise, it originally came out in 1966 and back then, it was celebrated as a simplistic piece of art. The construction is made out of stainless steel and polycarbonate which is the same material you probably know from your lightweight suitcases. The fountain pen has a matte texture which gives you a better grip and it also makes it less shiny and because it’s not metal or lacquer, it feels warmer when you write with it. That being said, the tip is stainless steel and it’s noticeably cooler. It has a nice pop-top cap that posts well on the back of the pen and stays on while you write. The fountain pen is comfortable to hold, it has a moderate weight and is rather well balanced. The semi-hooded hidden nib is made of 14-karat gold, to get the silver look, it’s platinum plated.

Personally, I am not a big fan of this kind of nib design but it was very popular in the 60s. While there are several nib widths and styles available, the look of it is rather limited. You can get it in a darker version, in a lighter version, and sometimes they have limited editions like champagne colored ones. The Lamy 2000 writes smoothly, maybe it’s a bit on the wet side. It can take a little while to find a sweet spot because if the nib is rotated slightly, it doesn’t write. Unlike the two other pens, the Lamy 2000 comes with a large piston filling mechanism which I prefer to the other mechanisms because I don’t have to untwist anything, it’s all contained within the pen. It also has a nice ink window so you can always see if you’re running out shortly. It also comes with a nice spring-loaded pivoting clip which makes it very easy to clip into your pocket or anything else for that matter. The tapered front section of the pen makes it comfortable to write no matter if you have smaller, medium, or larger hands.

Overall, the Lamy 2000 provides a very comfortable writing experience paired with an iconic design, it’s made in Germany by Lamy and comes with a 2-year warranty. So who’s the Lamy 2000 for? I think it works well for people who like simplistic things such as a Nomos Tangete, for example. It’s also great if you prefer medium to lightweight pens and not something that’s super heavy paired with a slightly grippier shaft. Personally, I don’t like the look and the design of the Lamy 2000 but I’m neither a big fan of the Capless or the Waterman Carene. That being said, all those three pens are great writing instruments if you just look at the writing aspect.

4. Sailor 1911

This pen looks very classic compared to the previous three. It comes in two different sizes and the large one is usually anywhere from $ 200 – $ 280. At first glance, it might look very timeless, classic, and understated to you, however, in the fountain pen world, it looks really like a knockoff Montblanc Meisterstuck. The screw on cap is tight and it posts well on the back of the pen.

Even though we got the large version, it’s considerably smaller than a Montblanc Meisterstuck 149 and about the size of Montblanc 146. You can get it in various resin colors and gold as well as the rhodium plated metal parts. It also comes in many nib sizes including the rather unusual zoom nib. While the standard size just has a 14-karat nib, the large one has a 21 karat nib which is rather unusual but the higher the gold content, usually the softer and smoother the nib.

The writing experience is very comfortable and smooth and the nib adds a little bit of bounce. Even though the back tip indicates this is a piston filler, it only works with cartridges or cartridge converters. It’s comfortable to use either posted or unposted and overall, it’s a very pleasant writing experience. I think the sailors have relatively fine nibs across all the sizes. So if you want something finer, that’s great. If you like something broader, maybe you want to size up. Its made in Japan, comes with a one-year warranty. So who’s it for? It’s ideal for people who want a classic understated cigar design in a nice size with a high-quality nib made out of 21 karat gold.

Pilot Custom Heritage 823

5. Pilot Custom Heritage 823

First, it retails at about $ 270- $ 290, comes in a big box often with an inkwell. It also has a classic cigar inspired style but it’s in general, a little slimmer. Also, the body is made out of a semi transparent resin which means you can actually see the mechanics on the inside. This one comes in a smoky acrylic tone in Japan or at specialty retailers, you can also find different colors. Unlike all the other four contenders, this one has a vacuum filling mechanism which personally, I’m not a big fan of.

The 14 karat gold nib is large, smooth, and juicy. Possibly, it’s one of the smoothest writers out there and personally, I think the number one reason why you should buy this pen is the smooth nib and writing experience. While many pens in this price range offer more of an oversized grip, this one is more standard sized and better suited to small to medium hands. Of course, it’s also made in Japan by Pilot and I think it’s perfect for people who want a different design and a smooth writing experience. You really don’t have to mind the kind of design that is semi-transparent and you also have to be okay with a vacuum filling mechanism which personally I’m not a big fan of.

CONCLUSION

So in conclusion, if you’re ready to take the plunge and take your fountain pen game to the next level, all these five contenders will be a noticeable step up from a Lamy Safari or a Pilot Metropolitan. So which of these five pens should you choose? Frankly, if you like the more mid-century modern design, I think the Lamy 2000 is nice. If you are a doctor and you take quick notes, the Capless is best. If you want something business appropriate but unique, the Waterman Carene is hard to beat. For the best experience in terms of writing, I think the Pilot custom 823 is great and if you want something that looks more like a Montblanc Meisterstuck, you can go with a sailor 1911.


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It’s either a huge shame or entirely clever that the Academy and Oscars producers’ nuclear-level bungling of the lead-up to Sunday night’s ceremony has made it so that most of us forget that the point of the whole thing is to actually give awards to movies.

Remember them? The nominees? The films and the actors meant to be debated, rewarded, and to spark conversation about our current cultural moment?

There has been so much attention paid to the slow-motion car wreck piling up on the road to Sunday night that the rubberneckers have nearly missed the fact that this year’s Best Picture winner has the potential to change the Oscars in ways that ensure the awards will never be the same again—and some argue is long overdue.

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It’s either a huge shame or entirely clever that the Academy and Oscars producers’ nuclear-level bungling of the lead-up to Sunday night’s ceremony has made it so that most of us forget that the point of the whole thing is to actually give awards to movies.

Remember them? The nominees? The films and the actors meant to be debated, rewarded, and to spark conversation about our current cultural moment?

There has been so much attention paid to the slow-motion car wreck piling up on the road to Sunday night that the rubberneckers have nearly missed the fact that this year’s Best Picture winner has the potential to change the Oscars in ways that ensure the awards will never be the same again—and some argue is long overdue.

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Karl Lagerfeld’s Best Chanel Red Carpet Looks of All Time

Karl Lagerfeld has designed no shortage of memorable red carpet looks.
The late Chanel fashion designer was tasked with dressing both his muses, such as Cara Delevingne and Keira Knightley, along with A-list celebrities during awards season, including Emma Stone and Margot Robbie.

Margot Robbie wears Chanel Couture at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards. 
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No stranger to the Met Gala red carpet, Lagerfeld was responsible for the looks for both Yara Shahidi and Lily-Rose Depp’s first times attending the annual costume event. Shahidi, for example, attended her first Met Gala last year wearing a Chanel Couture tulle dress with an intricate full-length beading.

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Chanel spokeswomen, Julianne Moore and Marion Cotillard, also have a long history of being dressed in Lagerfeld’s creations. Most notably, Moore picked up her first Academy Award in 2015 wearing a Chanel Couture gown made with 80,000 sequins.

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The Internet is reeling after reports emerged that model Jordyn Woods, Kylie Jenner’s best friend, was caught cheating with NBA star Tristian Thompson.

Thompson shares a daughter with Khloe Kardashian, who is Kylie Jenner’s older sister.

According to TMZ, Thompson and Woods were caught canoodling at a house party in Los Angeles. Witnesses tell the site that the Cavs player and Woods were all over each other making out in front of guests.

The rumors were seemingly confirmed when website Hollywood Unlocked posted the story, and Khloe and her best friend Malika commented under the post.

 

Khloe reportedly immediately broke things off with her baby daddy. Khloe & Tristian have been estranged since Tristian was caught with another woman in October of 2017 while Khloe was in her third trimester of pregnancy with their child.

The 27-year-old, 6’9 power forward was caught motorboating a woman at a Hookah Lounge in Washington D.C. at the time. The video footage emerged just days after Khloe gave birth. He was also spotted entering a hotel with a woman at a NYC hotel after a game.

Khloe was previously married to Lamar Odom, a Laker star whose career descended into shambles because of his addictions. Khloe believed she found love after heartache when she and Tristian linked up in August of 2016.

“He wants to have, like, five or six kids with me, and that’s lovely,” she said on her family’s show Keeping Up With The Kardashians  “We could start at one and then grow from there. But now, knowing I’m on birth control, it’s really scary. It’s like a really big step,” she optimistically gushed at the time.

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There are few things we at The Daily Beast enjoy more than house porn. We love walking down residential boulevards in cities and towns, whiling away the hours admiring the ingenuity of some and the blanching at the choices of others. But, because only so many houses can be experienced on foot, books that transport you to the places and homes you’ll likely never get to see are often our favorites.

Therefor, it makes sense that this week’s selection for our Just Booked feature (our twice-a-month series on gorgeous travel-related coffee table books) is Taschen’s new Homes for Our Time. Contemporary Houses around the World by Philip Jodidio.

The book covers everything from outrageous mansions to tightly designed small homes around the world, and displays them against a black background which allows them to really pop. Big names like MVRDV are featured, but so are homes by less bold-faced names like our new favorite the Newberg Residence by Cutler Anderson Architects.

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As we head up out of the trees by the lake, the snow comes down and for a few minutes we can see nothing but the grey shapes of sheep as they huddle together. I even mistake the ovine drinking trough for a piece of modern art, an error that could probably only happen here in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 500 acres of parkland, pasture and lake where on your winter walk you are as likely to bump into a Highland cow or Texel ewe as a Gormley or Caro.

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The 18 Best Black Books of All Time for Black History Month

Black History Month is underway, and black people are getting all the feels that come with historical blackness. The month of February signifies a celebration of all things black. Together, we collectively acknowledge the African American experience—dating back to 1619 when the first enslaved African pressed his feet onto American soil. It is only right to pay homage to our ancestors’ malleability, black excellence, and those who have impacted our history as well as the culture. It is also a good time to soak up all the unknown stories and marvels of our heritage. Plenty is surfacing online via social media. However, black books are the ultimate source to immerse ourselves in the resilience and wonderment of blackness past and present.

18 Best Black Books for Black History Month 

 

1. Incidents in the Life Of A Slave Girl

This slave narrative by Harriet Ann Jacobs was originally published in 1861 just as the American Civil War began. Jacobs fictionalized her own story on the horrors of slave life as a young girl, specifically one having to deal with the sexual harassment projected by her slaveholder and the physical violence of his jealous wife.

Best Black Books

 Incidents in the Life Of A Slave Girl, Thayer & Eldridge

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2. The Marrow of Tradition

Charles W. Chesnutt was a prolific black writer who could very well pass for white but refused to. This historical text, published at the turn of the century, depicts the Wilmington Race Riots in 1898. It focuses on racial politics, violence, and blackface during Reconstruction, and sadly, echoes events happening today.

Best Black Books

The Marrow of Tradition, Haughton, Mifflin, and Company

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3.The Autobiography of An Ex-Colored Man

James Weldon Johnson, the creator of the black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” shares the story of being raised by a black mother, but also believing that he was as white as his school-age peers due to his biracial heritage. His loss of innocence comes as he is discriminated against by his teacher. Throughout the text, Johnson gives firsthand accounts and observations of occupying two racial spaces, fitting into neither, yet being forced to choose one.

Best Black Books

The Autobiography of An Ex-Colored Man, Sherman, French & Co.

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4. Mules and Men

Zora Neale Hurston flexes her anthropology chops in this book that published in 1935. She gathers and documents cultural information from her native Florida, and New Orleans, and brings forth the beauty of common folk; their voice, their diction, their living, their way.

Best Black Books

Mules and Men, Harper Collins

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5. Invisible Man

This existential text told the story of a lone, nameless black man navigating a white world and, eventually, we find him so isolated from society to align and protect himself from the powers that be. It is an allegory for the entire black race, which is mistreated, objectified, commodified, and cast aside in such a way that it may as well be invisible.

Best Black Books

The Invisible Man, Random House

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6. Go Tell It On The Mountain

Christianity has close ties to the black American experience, and in many instances it is inextricable. Baldwin puts the beauty and the problematic on the page by way of a young man attempting to negotiate being black, religious, unloved, and possibly gay. Go Tell It On The Mountain is an exploration of identity and migration.

Best Black Books

Go Tell It On The Mountain, Knopf

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7. The Autobiography of Malcolm X

We are blessed to have this book in the world. Alex Haley documented X’s life-changing story for two years prior to his assassination. The book posthumously was published in 1965.

Best Black Books

The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Ballantine Books

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8. Dopefiend

Long before the crack era of the 1980s, heroine wreaked havoc on black communities. Donald Goines, a brilliant writer of street literature captures the pain of addiction perfectly.

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Dopefiend, Holloway House

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9. Roots

Alex Haley’s family tree is the context for Roots. It tells the story of his matriarchal forefather’s journey from Africa, through the middle passage, and through chattel slavery and is carried on by his descendants. The text was integral to African Americans wanting to know their family roots, and sparking interest in genealogy.

 

Best Black Books

Roots, Doubleday

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10. For colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

Ntozake Shange took the Black Arts movement by storm when her collection of choreopoems hit theaters. These monologues are rooted in black feminism and speak specifically to the intersectionality of race and sexism black women experience.

Best Black Books

For colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf, Bantam Books

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11. Song of Solomon

This Nobel Prize-winning book traces the history of a black family and shows the nuance and complexity of black community rarely highlighted in mainstream literature—through Morrison’s remarkable storytelling and beautiful words.

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Song of Solomon, Alfred Knopf

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12. The Color Purple

If there has ever been a story told about black trauma, toxic masculinity, and survival, The Color Purple by Alice Walker will likely come up. The Pulitzer Prize-winning book made it to the big screen three years after its 1982 publishing date.

Best Black Books

The Color Purple, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

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13. How to Succeed in Business Without Being White: Straight Talk on Making It in America 

This list would be remiss without this text from BLACK ENTERPRISE founder and publisher Earl G. Graves Sr. His shoot-from-the-hip commentary on what it takes to be a great, black entrepreneur in a white world is just the prescription the black business world needs.

Best Black Books

How to Succeed in Business Without Being White: Straight Talk on Making It in America, Harper Collins

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14. The Coldest Winter Ever

The cold, harsh reality of drug culture bleeds off these pages. It effectively captures the allure of the game while serving its consequences as well.

Best Black Books

The Coldest Winter Ever, Simon & Schuster

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15. The New Jim Crow

Mass incarceration has long plagued the black community. While representing just 13% of the nation’s population, black people make up 40% of the prison population. Michelle Alexander links this disparity to the war on drugs created to militarize police and fracture black communities, but also exposes its lasting effect as well as its ongoing nature.

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The New Jim Crow, The New Press

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16. The Underground Railroad

If you ever thought the Underground Railroad was an actual railroad when growing up, don’t feel ashamed. Colson Whitehead puts that perspective in play in this Pulitzer Prize-winning, historical text. It is a refreshing fictional look at slavery.

 

 

Best Black Books

The Underground Railroad, Doubleday

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17. The World According To Fannie Davis

Numbers playing is a part of the black culture that is common, yet elusive. The life of a black woman numbers runner is written alongside the historical events and the backdrop of black Detroit.

Best Black Books

The World According To Fannie Davis, St. Martin’s Press

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18. Heavy: An American Memoir

This memoir is a reckoning of the internal and external conflict within blackness. Kiese Laymon lays out parts of his life in intricate detail, taking the reader through observations of violence against black folk and violence committed by them as well. This is the story of a life filled with contradictions, tragedy, and resilience.

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Heavy: An American Memoir, Simon & Schuster

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Here's Your 2019 Oscars Ballot, Plus: Where To Watch Every Best Picture Nominee

As Oscar night approaches, we at Fandango want you to be able to enjoy this year's Academy Awards to the fullest. Hosting an Oscars party? Want a way to keep track of all your predictions? We've created this handy Oscars ballot that you can print out and use at home when the show airs live on ABC this February 24. 

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The Hunt: The Best Pants for Work

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

Here’s a question we haven’t talked about in far too long: what do you think are the best pants for work? Which ones are your favorites for comfort — for fit — for travel? There are actually a ton of great options right now — almost all of the ones below are washable, available at least up to size 18, and many are available in petite, tall, and plus sizes as well. Which are your favorite work pants? Do tell…

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best pants for work - budget - Old Navy Pixie

If you’re hunting for one that’s under $ 50, there are a ton of great options, but they are very different. Readers love the comfort of J.Crew Factory’s drapey pull-on (usually around $ 35 with the sale of the day), while Everlane’s work pant ($ 50) has a nice, crisp, hold-you-in feeling to the fabric. Still, if you’re looking for a ton of options in color and fabric sizes, readers swear by the Old Navy Pixie pants, pictured above — they’re around $ 35 and come in regular, tall, and petite sizes up to size 20; they’re also available in plus sizes.

best pants for work - J.Crew

Another good option that’s often on sale: J.Crew’s Cameron pant, which readers recently noted was a good option for pears (and have pockets). They’re available at Nordstrom and Net-a-Porter as well as J.Crew, although note that J.Crew has a ton more options and come in sizes up to 24, as well as petite and tall sizes. The pictured ones are a washable option good for four seasons!

best pants for work - NYDJ knit pants

For just a bit more money puts you in the range of the NYDJ Stretch Knit Trousers, which are my personal favorite for a mix of comfort and polish — I feel more formal with the zipper (unlike some of the pull-on options on this list) and I feel like they wash and wear really well. I also like the thickness of the pants. They’re currently $ 78-$ 119; note that they’re almost always on sale in the big Nordstrom sales. A few other great options around this price point: Brass’s ponte pants are $ 98 (I’ve heard rave reviews but haven’t tried myself), as well as Nic+Zoe’s Wonderstretch pants (some options as low as $ 102, but mostly around $ 148).

best pants for work - Eileen Fisher

We’ve sung the praises of the pants the readers call “magic pants” before — they’ve noted that they’re “as comfortable as pajama pants,” “like slim cigarette pants that never wrinkle,” and “can be washed in a sink.” They come in plus and petite sizes, and a ton of colors — I personally haven’t seen anything but lucky sizes on sale but that’s me. They’re $ 168 new at Nordstrom, Dillards, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s.

best pants for work - suit separates

If washability isn’t high on your list of needs — or if you’re more looking for suiting separates that have great pants — Boss and Theory are the brands to beat. Boss’s slightly bootcut trousers get the highest ratings and are around $ 248, while Theory’s Good Wool trousers still get plenty of shoutouts. Fun fact: the Good Wool line is ” is spun from sustainably-farmed Australian wool milled at an environmentally-friendly factory” — and I was surprised to notice that Theory now goes up to a size 16.

Readers, how about you — which do you think are the best pants for work? Which are your favorite styles to wear to work — drapey, slim knit, cropped, or bootcut/voluminous trousers? 

On the hunt for the best pants for work? We rounded up a TON of great options, from everything from the under-$  50 budget picks for work outfits to the stylish, sleek, super professional suit separates (trousers and ankle pants!) that also make your booty look great. We've rounded up the best washable pants for work, the comfiest pants for work, and the best mix of comfort, style, and easy care. Did we include your favorites?

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The best spring break destinations

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Let’s be honest; college is pretty darn stressful. You have deadlines, you have essays, you have exams, and you have 9am lectures (whose bright idea was that?). Because of this, college students often need to give themselves a break, let their hair down, and let their worries simply float away. More specifically, they need to let these worries float away as they jump on a giant inflatable unicorn on spring break. Go hard or go home, right? Spring break is an unforgettable college experience, and these are the hottest spring break destinations.

Cancun

Cancun is perhaps one of the most popular spring break destinations out there, and it’s not hard to see why. This Mexican city offers endless beaches and resorts that are perfect for college revellers. Don your all-inclusive band for limitless drinks, enough food to fill you up for the next semester, and entertainment that will leave you with ringing in your ears. In a good way, of course. Could you pick a better destination for your spring break? We think not.

Dominican Republic

Considering the United States is so close to the Caribbean, it’s easier than ever for students to cross the ocean and set up their spring break shenanigans on these beautiful islands. The Dominican Republic is one of the top spring break destinations on the list and is also one of the most beautiful. From rolling sand to bending palm trees, the beaches here are screaming out to be used for party games, drinking contest, and friendly frolics.

Miami

What could be better than rollerblading down Miami beach with a drink in each hand? Not a lot. Miami has largely been associated with celebrity hangouts, but it’s becoming more accessible and affordable for college students on a budget. Yes, you can hang out on the beach, on rooftop bars, or even quirky dive bars to quench your thirst, before hitting the town and keeping an eye out for

South Padre Island

South Padre Island is just a short drive away from Texas, but it seems as though it’s a world away. While everyday travelers do make their way to this destination, the tourism board of South Padre Island knows they’ve got a good thing going on with their college students. They put on concerts for their spring breakers, they provide them with awesome accommodation, and more than enough water sports to keep them busy.

Las Vegas

Just like Vegas, what happens on spring break stays in spring break. This infamous city is becoming more and more popular with college students across the country because this Sin City is where anything goes. Although you might not be able to enjoy the beach, there are more than enough hotels and casinos that will keep you entertained for hours. As if that wasn’t enough, the nightclubs in Vegas are off the chain.

With spring break just around the corner, you should probably start thinking about where you’re going next. Are you going just down the road? Or are you going a bit further afield? These destinations will certainly spark your interest.

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The best places to see the night sky

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Thanks to light pollution that’s evident in most residential areas, it has become nearly impossible to get a good view of the night sky. Man-made lights have made dark skies a thing of the past. Stars and other celestial features can only be observed in a dark sky. This is why finding spots with completely dark skies has become vital to enthusiastic stargazers and those interested in astronomy.
Luckily, there are still plenty of places that experience totally dark skies that are clear enough to display the wonders of the heavens. The list below will look at some of the places that offer the best views of the night sky.

1. Tuscany, Italy

Let’s start with Tuscany, which features prominently in the history of astronomical advancements in the world. Back in the 17th century, this is where famous astronomer Galileo Galilei developed his first telescope and conducted studies of the skies. To date, it remains a site for great views of the night sky and is a favorite among stargazers. Many astronomers also find the Tuscany hills very useful as there are observatories and equipment there. Exquisite sights to see in the Tuscany night sky include the Milky Way, the moon’s craters, and Jupiter’s moons.

2. Atacama Desert, Chile

The extremely dry conditions of the Atacama desert in Chile, coupled with its nearly non-existent cloud cover and isolation from cities and towns which keeps any kind of light pollution at bay, add up to make it a great place to see the night sky. It presents a clear and dark night sky that gives clarity that is rarely found anywhere else. The desert itself is a plateau with an elevation of 16,400 ft above sea level. This brings about the best vantage point of the night sky found in the southern hemisphere. There’s a high tech observatory situated here for space study, allowing scientists to make detailed observations of the cosmos. The fact that scientists find it very useful is an indication that it’s an ideal place to see an extraordinary night sky.

3. Mauna Kea, Hawaii

Hawaii’s many volcanoes offer great vantage points of the night sky. Mauna Kea is the best of them as is evident by the many astronomical observation sites set up on its peaks. Visitors here even enjoy the privilege of being provided with telescopes to get a better, closer look at the night sky. Many discoveries in astronomy have been made from observations made on Mauna Kea, so there’s definitely a lot to see here.

4. Death Valley, California

Death Valley National Park in California is one of the best and most popular night sky viewing places found in the US. Sights to see here include meteor showers, the expansive Milky Way, and even the rare lunar eclipse. It’s a popular destination for night-sky tourists, having been designated as the largest dark sky reserve in the United States by the International Dark Sky Association. The Las Vegas Astronomical Society also throws a Star Party at the site yearly, attracting a lot of night sky enthusiasts.

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BAFTA has suspended a Best Director nomination after sexual assault allegations

‘BAFTA considers the alleged behaviour completely unacceptable and incompatible with its values’

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Award season is in full swing, with the British Academy Film and Television Arts awards taking place this weekend.

But it wasn’t Lady Gaga’s potential ‘100 people in a room’ speech or the goodie bags and five star makeover jets flying A-listers in that got the world talking about the BAFTAs this week.

Instead, the award show made news as the Academy suspended a key nomination, just days before the ceremony.

Bohemian Rhapsody director, Bryan Singer. Credit: REX

Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer became subject to allegations last month, as a report published by The Atlantic saw four men come forward to accuse him of having sex with them when they were under age. All incidents reportedly took place in the 1990s while the men were teenagers.

While Singer has denied the allegations, it was announced this week that his BAFTA nomination had been rescinded.

‘In light of recent very serious allegations, BAFTA has informed Bryan Singer that his nomination for Bohemian Rhapsody has been suspended, effective immediately,’ BAFTA announced in a statement.

‘BAFTA considers the alleged behaviour completely unacceptable and incompatible with its values. This has led to Mr Singer’s suspended nomination. BAFTA notes Mr Singer’s denial of the allegations. The suspension of his nomination will therefore remain in place until the outcome of the allegations has been resolved.’

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Credit: Twentieth Century Fox

The statement concluded: ‘BAFTA believes everyone has the right to a fulfilling career in a safe, professional working environment, and it will continue to collaborate with the film, games and television industries to achieve this.’

The Academy has announced however that Bohemian Rhapsody ‘remains nominated in the Outstanding Film category’.

The BAFTAs is due to take place on Sunday 10 February.

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The 6 Best Quotes From Stacey Abrams’ SOTU Rebuttal Speech

Last night’s most surprising note of conciliation among pundits had nothing to do with the State of the Union address. It came after Stacey Abrams’ SOTU rebuttal speech, the response to which was virtually unanimous: She did a great job.

It may have also been one of the best campaign launch speeches ever! The question remains: what is she campaigning for? Whatever it is — I’m in.

Abrams, the first black woman ever selected to give the Democratic response to the State of the Union, got extra points for excelling in one of politics’ most difficult and thankless jobs. No surprise there given women of color have changed the world inch-by-inch for generations by leveraging the hell out of exactly such unwelcome and underestimated roles.

While some pundits may have been enlightened by Abrams’s seamless performance, its unlikely that anyone who has ever seen her speak was the least bit surprised – whether they agree with her politics or not.

On her worst day – jet lagged, ill prepared, with both hands tied behind her back, and no teleprompter for 300 miles – Abrams is a far better orator than Donald Trump at his rehearsed best. Keep in mind that is pretty much what he offered last night.

As a lawyer, writer, and former Georgia House Minority Leader, Abrams, 45, is a gifted and experienced communicator, who has both drawn upon and honed these skills throughout her career – never more than in the last 18 months as she ran (from coast-to-coast) for Georgia governor.

While she didn’t prevail in that race, she managed to spin a technical loss into a moral and political victory that has her supporters eagerly anticipating her next run.

While Abrams’s specific ambitions yet to be articulated, her campaign may have just begun. Need evidence? How about her speech’s stated family values of “Faith, service, education, and responsibility.” Need more? Start with these most memorable quotes below. Campaign slogan, anyone?

The 6 Best Quotes From Stacey Abrams’s SOTU Rebuttal Speech

 

1.”Victory is not winning for our party; victory is winning for our country.”

 

2.”Our power and strength as Americans lives in our hard work and our belief in more.”

 

3.”Our most urgent work is to realize Americans’ dreams of today and tomorrow.”

 

4.”The foundation of our moral leadership around the globe is free and fair elections, where voters pick their leaders, not where politicians pick their voters.”

 

5.”Our progress has always been found in the refuge, in the basic instinct of the American experiment, to do right by our people.”

 

6.”Together, we are coming for America. For a better America.”

Abrams will be a featured speaker at this year’s Women of Power Summit. There is still time to register for the event being held at the Mirage, Las Vegas, February 28-March 3.


Steve KingThe ideas and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author’s and not necessarily the opinion of Black Enterprise.

 

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Laughter may be best medicine — for brain surgery

Neuroscientists have discovered a focal pathway in the brain that when electrically stimulated causes immediate laughter, followed by a sense of calm and happiness, even during awake brain surgery. The effects of stimulation were observed in an epilepsy patient undergoing diagnostic monitoring for seizure diagnosis. These effects were then harnessed to help her complete a separate awake brain surgery two days later, and then confirmed in two other patients.
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