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With the peso dropping 50% against the dollar, Argentina is affordable again, including characterful hotels and hostels in Mendoza, Patagonia, Buenos Aires and other hotspots

This 17th-century former governor’s residence is a comfortable stop-off on Ruta 40 through the Calchaquí valley in the rugged north-west. The hotel is reached via an archway opposite San Nicolás church, and set around a stony courtyard with a pink pepper tree. The 18 rooms are large and airy, with thick adobe walls and carob wood ceilings, wrought-iron beds and hand-knitted throws. Cool off in the pool on steamy summer days; the restaurant serves regional dishes such as ravioli-like sorrentinos, stuffed with lamb.
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Let’s face it, the holidays are all about kids. Oh, the most magical time of year, when gifts materialize out of thin air over night while you sleep. As wonderful as it is for the kids, finding the best gifts for kids isn’t exactly filled with sugar-plum delights. That’s why we’re helping you plan the perfect holiday for any kid with our guide to the best holiday gifts for kids, no matter which holiday or holidays you celebrate.

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best money decision this yearWhat was your best money decision this year — and what was your worst? We’ve nearing the end of the year so I thought it might be a fun discussion, especially since there’s still time to make a great money decision or correct a bad one. Bonus question: what’s your biggest financial goal for 2019?

Psst: here’s our old advice on end of year financial steps if you’re wondering what you can do — as well as how to set financial goals for the year

For my $ .02…

Probably my best money decision has been my focus this year on automated savings and investments — I got a lot buttoned down, and feel good about that. I still use Ally for most short-term savings (the ones I want to keep in cash or CDs), but saw one comment yesterday that concerned me about Ally, so I’d love to hear what other banks you guys are using! Almost all of my long-term savings and investments are with Schwab and Vanguard, and short-short term (basically checking) is through Chase.

My worst money decision is just how loosey-goosey I’ve let my spending become. I tend to stress shop (and stress eat, and stress drink) and I really need to reign it in! It’s also kind of hard to keep track of how much I’ve actually spent because I return a ton of what I buy. I’m pondering setting up a gift card or something with a set amount of cash and using that for all online spending next year — has anyone done that? (Edited to add: I just bought myself a $ 500 gift card at Nordstrom to test it out since Nordstrom probably represents 80% of my shopping — I’ll report back on how that works out.)

My goal for 2019: The biggest money decision I’ll make in 2019 will probably be made this month, as I choose our health insurance for next year, so my goal for 2019 is to choose intelligently! I haaaaate health insurance with a fiery passion. (Here are some of our previous open enrollment tips…)

How about you guys — what was your best money decision of 2018? Worst money decision of 2018? Any early goals for 2019?

Stock photo credit: Stencil.

 

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With influences ranging from Van Gogh to Asia, these vegan venues serve up arty as well as delicious food – on beaches, buses … and in an underpass

Bundobust is fast becoming a Leeds institution for food lovers of all persuasions. Everything is veggie, and a large proportion of the menu is vegan, with an easy vegan sharing menu for two a great way in. From the okra fries dusted in black salt and mango powder (genius) to the chole dal and masala dosa, its south Indian street food, craft beer and Asian-inspired cocktails are a winning combo. With dishes from £4-6.50 it’s also easy on the wallet, so you can try a bit of everything.
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Low vs. Mid Vs. High Rise Pants: Choosing Your Best Fit

Like lapel width, the rise on a pair of pants is one of those things that go in and out, or rather, up and down, over the decades. But what exactly is it?

When you buy a pair of pants, do you look for the rise? If you are new to the finer points of men’s garments, the rise may not be your first consideration. So, in this article, let’s hike up our pants and address what trouser rise means and what sort of rise is best for you.

Cary Grant in The Red List wearing spectators and full cut trousers

A young Cary Grant in The Red List wearing spectators and full cut trousers that sit on the natural waistline

What is Trouser Rise?

Trouser rise is measured as the distance from the front waistband between the legs to the back waistband.  This may be generically referred to as the “crotch.” Low rise pants have a smaller measurement and sit lower on the torso while higher rise pants have a higher measurement and sit higher on the torso.

This may be in the range from 7-13 inches depending on the size of the pants (smaller sizes have lower rise height).  The waistband of low-rise pants rests at the hip bones, mid-rise between the navel and hip, and high rise at the natural waistline (close to the belly button or directly on it).

Mottled, fainted red jacket with green knit vest - too short, and rise of pants too low

These low rise pants elongate the torso and make the jacket appear very short

To remember this easily, keep in mind the two reference points of hips (low rise) vs. belly button (high rise). Rise height matters because the amount of fabric in this area dictates how long your legs and your torso are perceived to be. A higher rise makes your legs look longer, while a low rise elongates your upper body. As we’ll discuss later, this will factor in what sort of pants rise you choose.

Ethan Wong wearing high-rise trousers

A mid-rise trouser rise at left–not too high, not too low. Photo by @sebastianmcfox

Pants Rise and Fashion

As mentioned in our introduction, pants rise is heavily impacted by fashion. High-rise also referred to as “long-rise” or “high-waisted,” pants have had a bad reputation for several decades because they are associated with either out-of-touch granddads or young nerds with their pants hiked up to their chests.

Steve Urkel in high-rise pants

Steve Urkel’s high-rise pants defined his nerdiness – if he’d just worn a jacket, lengthened his hem and worn some real socks, this would have been a totally different look

High-rise trousers are colloquially referred to as “old man pants” and were worn by the likes of Steve Urkel on Family Matters and Martin Short’s character Ed Grimley on Saturday Night Live. Of course, these are either intended for comedic effect or illustrate simply that the majority of people don’t think about how to dress well.

Look at the grey suit - beautiful lapels, high waisted trousers, boutonniere and pocket square plus collar pin - stunning from Night After Night

These high waisted trousers in Night After Night were du rigeur in 1932 – just look at how long they make the star’s legs look!

Some older men may recall that “back in the day,” high-rise trousers were the standard, and this is true. If you look at illustrations in Apparel Arts or vintage advertisements, you’ll see high-rise trousers, also with wider legs, so quite the opposite of the skinny and low fits promoted in today’s fashions.

Viennese Suit Styles

The style of the 1930’s was dominated by high-rise trousers with a longer, wider leg

The changeover to a lower rise is only a recent development. Ironically, along with a move to casualization, lower-rise pants are at the opposite extreme on the continuum, sometimes lying below the hip bones, or in the case of streetwear down toward the buttocks.

As with most things in life, it’s best to avoid the extremes. If you choose a mid-height rise, you can be assured that what you wear from the waist down will have enduring value. However, the middle of the pack can be boring too, so there are other factors to consider.

What Rise Should You Choose?

Navy pants with inward pleats worn with suspenders for a smooth look

Sven Raphael Schneider often opts for higher-rise pants because they drape nicely over fuller thighs

Consider Your Body Type

The first consideration in choosing trouser rise is your body proportions. Because there’s more fabric in the rise of high-waisted pants, they create the impression that your lower body, and especially your legs, are longer. On the other hand, low-rise pants make your upper body appear longer because your pants only start at your hips.

So, if you have a long upper body, high-rise pants will counterbalance that and make you look more proportional. On the other hand, if you are short waisted, a lower rise should be your choice to make your upper body appear longer.  Of course, if you wear a suit jacket or sport coat and keep it buttoned when you walk around, these differences will matter less.

High-Rise Pants Elongate the Legs

Jan (@mrjantleman) of the Armoury Hong Kong showing how high-waisted trousers can elongate your legs and balance your torso and lower body.

Similar to pleats, a high rise can make your more comfortable if you carry weight in your abdomen. Often high-rise pants will also be pleated. As a side benefit, a higher waistline also helps disguise your belly.

If you wear low-rise pants, even some holiday overindulgence at the dinner table will give you an overhang or muffin top above your waistband. This makes the tucked-in bottom of your shirt look sloppy in turn, and if you wear a knitted sweater or vest, this in combination with lower-rise trousers will visually emphasize your gut.

Spezzato Suit Jacket and Matching Vest with Contrasting Yellow Pants and Brown Oxfords

Sven Raphael Schneider wearing bespoke mustard yellow high-rise pants

Higher-rise pants are therefore more flattering under these several conditions. When sizing, be aware that if your waist measurement is a certain size but you have a belly, you may need to have high-rise pants let out at the waist because it sits up where your stomach is and not at your hips.

Ethan Newton with Higher-Rise Pants

Ethan Newton of Brycelands in Beijing demonstrating how high-rise trousers can be flattering to different body types; note the pleats as well

The shape of your body also tends to change with your number of years, and pants rise is also a part of dressing appropriately to your age. While younger men have a wider range of possibilities when considering rise, an older man wearing low-rise pants risks looking like he is trying to recapture his lost youth. However, for younger men too, low rise will maintain a perception of youthfulness, but a strong motive for wearing tailoring and classic menswear is to avoid dressing like a boy.

An off-white suit

Low rise pants are a distinctly youthful look

Usually, this means not wearing flip-flops, a t-shirt and a backward baseball cap as your day-to-day outfit, but to be perfectly frank, a moderately high waist gives you a more mature appearance than pants that hang off your hips.

Check How the Pants Fit

Your decision then goes to which is more comfortable for you. When you try on a pair of pants, if the waistband is level and you feel like the crotch is bunching up or confining you, you may need a higher rise. On the other hand, if it looks like there’s excess fabric in the rise and the material is hanging down, you need a lower rise. On the internet, you can find some old tailor’s formulas for calculating the optimal rise for you based on taking your usual pants waist size, dividing by 52 and then multiplying by 18. So, if you have a 34 waist, you would calculate 34/52 x 18, giving you a rise of 11.8.” This seems about right, but try the formula for yourself.

 

Clark Gable wearing high-rise trousers

Clark Gable wearing high-rise trousers

Consider the Aesthetics of Your Look

Other aesthetic considerations come into play when choosing rise height. Note as well that high rise trousers usually will help keep your shirt tucked in as a whole simply because the shirt has a long way to rise out above the waistband. With lower-rise pants, simply moving around, bending and getting up will force you to re-tuck your shirt throughout the day.

Keep in mind that because your waistband is higher your tie will either have to be quite short to keep it just touching your waistband. Though the image of Oliver Hardy has some comic intent, such short ties were more common with the high-rise trousers of the time. Otherwise, you’d need to tuck your tie into your waistband or wear it sprezzatura style with the blades hanging below the waistband. The trick to pulling this off is to make it obvious that it is intentional.

If you like looking fashionable and contemporary, a low rise–in a slim fit, along with a fitted suit jacket or blazer–will be your choice. However, if you prefer a traditional, even vintage, look, opt for a higher rise. That’s the way men during the Golden Age of menswear wore them, and they knew what they were doing in creating a clean, uninterrupted transition from the jacket to the pants.

Sam Smith and unknown - velvet green dinner jackets are nice but sockless tassel loafers are not for black tie events

Green velvet dinner jackets are elegant, but only when paired with pants high enough not to show the shirt under the buttoning point

There should never be a small triangle of shirt showing below the buttoning point of your jacket when you have it closed as this disrupts the flow of your look. If your trouser rise is too low, that bit of shirt will certainly be visible where the quarters (front skirt) of your jacket begin to separate. You can disguise this gap with your tie, which is a little better though technically still incorrect form, but the best solution is a higher waistline; some mid-rise pants will be high enough.

Fabio Attanasio Lower Rise Pants

With lower rise pants, your shirt will be visible below the buttoning point. Photo of Fabio Attanasio via The Bespoke Dudes.

Gents from the first half of the 20th century also knew high-waisted pants look best if you are wearing a suit jacket, blazer or sport coat, especially closed. If you open your jacket, high-waisted pants risk making your chest look concave or sunken and also shortens your torso. Even the Swedish sartorial icon Andreas Weinås looks better with his jacket closed when wearing high-rise trousers.

Closed and Open Jackets with High-Rise Trousers

A closed jacket tends to look better (more proportional) with the jacket closed

Where to Buy Mid- and High-Rise Trousers

So, ultimately, in most cases, it’s better to go with a mid- to high rise. That’s why many gents who try a higher rise say they’ll never go back to something lower. We certainly would welcome a return of popularity for the more traditional high rise on dress pants!

High Rise Pants are Rarely Available Off the Rack

In fact, it’s virtually impossible. The trend for lower rise pants, despite the fact that they are flattering for so few, means you’re less likely to find high-rise pants because they won’t appeal to a broad clientele. One possibility is to try small menswear boutiques and haberdashers. Berg & Berg, for example, only sell higher rise trousers, but the selection is fairly small.

Mid-Rise Pants, However, Are Much Easier to Find (Just Avoid Fast Fashion)

On the other hand, it’s much easier to find mid-rise pants from brands that lean classic, such as Ralph Lauren. They list the height of the rise in the “details” section of their product listings. Many of their OTR models are mid-rise, even though they aren’t advertised as such. In general, pleated pants require a higher rise to drape properly, so that feature is an indication the rise might be higher than average.

Avoid fast fashion brands entirely; they are simply too trend focused to offer mid- or high-rise pants.

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Button closures on a pair of pants

Multiple button closures on a pair of custom Luxire trousers

A better option, though often more expensive, is to go bespoke or made to measure. Luxire is a name that often comes up when discussing custom trousers. They’ll copy a pair of pants with a rise height you like in any fabric they stock, and they have a lot. The quality is not the highest, but the fits are good.

Buy Pants Large and Tailor Them to Fit

Ethan Wong of Street x Sprezza presents interesting advice for how to get around this shortcoming. He recommends buying pants 1-2 sizes larger than you normally wear and getting the legs tapered and the waist taken in. Bigger sizes will have longer rises by default, and you can will have a larger selection to choose from if you think outside the box this way.

Ethan Wong wearing high-rise trousers

Ethan Wong wearing high-rise trousers

Conclusion

Although many men don’t think much about the rise when buying a pair of pants, those who are true sartorialists understand that it has a tremendous impact on how the trousers fit, how they look and how they feel. Though the current trend is toward lower rises, a medium to high rise usually has more benefits in terms of appearance and comfort. The choice ultimately depends on your body shape and personal taste. So, what sort of rise do you prefer?


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2018’s best beauty advent calendars from ASOS to Liberty, No7 and Selfridges

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As far as the beauty desk is concerned, beauty advent calendars are the best bit about Christmas.

Getting make-up, skincare or even a scented candle every day of December is the best way to get us in the festive spirit (along with scoffing all of the mince pies, of course).

So before you resort to buying another standard chocolate advent calendar, give your taste buds a rest and scope out the best beauty advent calendars 2018 has to offer.

Keep checking back for the latest updates and be sure to circle the launch dates in your calendars, because these are all guaranteed to sell out. And when you’re done here, be sure to snap up a couple of these dreamy Christmas beauty gift sets and beauty Christmas crackers too…

Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendar 2018 Amazon

Worth just shy of £200, Amazon’s advent beauty haul is truly a thing of, well, beauty. You’ll get not one or two, but 15 full sized products from brands including Elemis, Real Techniques, Rituals, John Frieda, Bourjois and many more. Frankly, this is a steal.

How much is it?

£50

When is it available?

Now!

M&S Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendars M&S

The M&S beauty hall is one of the unsung heroes of the beauty world, featuring a treasure trove of brands such as Skyn Iceland, Pixi, Philip Kingsley and more, and so their beauty advent calendar is a thing to behold. You’ll find all of the best brands stocked at M&S, handpicked by their beauty team. It’s no surprise that, year after year, this is one of the most Googled advent calendars out there.

How much is it?

£35

When is it available?

6th November 2018

Lookfantastic Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendar Lookfantastic

Beauty e-tailer Lookfantastic stocks some of the biggest names in beauty, so it’s no surprise that their advent calendar contains some killer brands. From Caudalie to ESPA, This Works and Aromatherapy Associates, you’ll be well stocked up in beauty for the winter. What’s more, the box can be reused as a vanity unit to store your beloved beauty products so it’s for life, not just for Christmas.

How much is it?

£79

When is it available?

Now!

ASOS Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendars ASOS 2018

It’s finally here! The ASOS Face + Body calendar is one of the most hotly-anticipated e-tailer calendars that a beauty lover could hope to get their hands on – and also one of the more affordable options on the market. Here you’ll find old favourites like Benefit, Clinique and Caudalie, as well as brands that have soared in popularity in 2018, like Sand & Sky and Coco & Eve. Thank goodness for next day delivery.

How much is it?

£55

When is it available?

Now!

Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendars Harrods 2018

Having only launched its first last year, Harrods is already one of the most popular beauty advent calendars out there. This year the brand has more than doubled the amount of beautifully illustrated calendars available, so you’re much more likely to be in with a chance to get your hands on the coveted beauty hall ahead of Christmas. Think Sunday Riley, NARS, Tata Harper, 111Skin and more…

How much is it?

£250

When is it available?

Now!

Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendars Liberty

Searches for the 2018 Liberty beauty advent calendar began as far back as the 25th of January, so it’s without a doubt one of the most popular calendars on the beauty market. This year’s is packed with treats you’ll find lining the beauty halls of Liberty London, including Lixir, Hair by Sam McKnight, Surratt and Votary. And for the first time, the calendar is being made available to USA customers too – meaning there’s all the more reason to shop it quickly come October.

How much is it?

£195

When is it available?

Now!

No7 Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendars No7

One of the most hotly anticipated annual beauty advent calendars is from No7, and this year’s could possibly be their best offering yet – probably why it had a waiting list of 90,000 people. Containing a capsule collection of mini anti-ageing beauty products, nail polishes, make-up and beauty tools, this is serious value for money. It’s just gone on sale, causing Boots’ website to crash this morning, so you’d better snap yours up super quickly before it’s gone for good.

How much is it?

£42

When is it available?

Now!

Yankee Candle Advent Calendar

beauty advent calendars 2018 Yankee Candles

Fact: Everyone loves a candle, which is why they’re an easy win when it comes to Christmas gifts. So if you love an affordable scented bougie (that’s not too boujie), Yankee Candle really is the best place to get your advent calendar – and they are offering THREE different options this year. The above is your classic fold-out calendar, containing 12 Yankee Candle votives, a votive holder and 12 scented tea lights all in various Christmassy scents. Then there’s the slightly more affordable Classic Advent Calendar, £24.99, Boots, that’s packed with tealights, as well as a Tower Calendar for £74.99 containing mini jar candles should you wish for even more Yankee Candles this yuletide. Bargains, bargains everywhere.

How much is it?

£34.99

When is it available?

Now!

Selfridges Beauty Lovers Selection Box Advent Calendar

beauty advent calendar Selfridges

From Lime Crime to Illamasqua, Caudalie and Ouai, this beauty box is crammed with all sorts of make-up, skincare and hair products that you’d find lining the walls of Selfridge’s impressive beauty hall. And considering it’s worth £245, you’re getting some serious bang for your buck here.

How much is it?

£70

When is it available?

Now!

The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendars 2018

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‘Freddie’ Advent Calendar

The Body Shop is back with three different advent calendars for 2018; Freddie (above), Dani, £65 for £121 worth of products, and Olivia, £45 for £85 worth of product. As well as the advent calendars, this year there’s also a Vegan ‘Count Down To New Year’, with little gifts for each day between Christmas and New Year’s Day. We’ll take any excuse to make the advent calendar fun last as long as possible.

How much is it?

£99

When is it available?

Now!

Maybelline Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown

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You really can’t go wrong with Maybelline when it comes to make-up, and their 12-day Christmas gift set has all the essentials from Baby Lips balm to Lash Sensational mascara and Colour Tattoo cream shadows. Dreamy.

How much is it?

£49.99

When is it available?

Now!

L’Occitane Beauty Advent Calendars 2018

beauty advent calendars 2018 L'Occitane

Straight out of Provence, L’Occitane’s gifts will put a smile on any skincare lover’s face every day of December; there are two available, the classic above for £49, or a luxury version priced at £89. Joyeux Noël.

How much is it?

£49

When is it available?

Now!

L’Oreal Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

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Rounding up some of the best products money can buy from L’Oreal’s luxury division is this year’s Glam Sparkle 24-day Advent Calendar. Think Lancôme Absolue, Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray and Eye Primer, and YSL lipsticks all wrapped up in glitzy, festive packaging.

How much is it?

£130

When is it available?

Now!

MAC Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

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We’ve hit the Christmas motherlode. MAC  just announced a new holiday collection called Shiny Pretty Things and it included this beauty — a calendar packed with 25 of their most popular products. We’re talking cult lipstick classics like their quintessential red in Ruby Woo and Velvet Teddy through to eye pencils and eyeshadows to upgrade your beauty collection. Priced at £125, it’s all worth £236.70 — making it one of the best value for money on the list.

How much is it?

£125

When is it available?

Now!

Jo Malone London Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendars 2018 Jo Malone London

Let’s be honest, they make some of the best scented candles around, so Jo Malone London is the definition of advent calendar goals. This year’s beautiful design features the brand’s London Townhouse, and it’s packed with 24 ‘little luxuries’ to ensure you and your home smell incredible over the festive season. What could be better?

How much is it?

£300

When is it available?

Now!

Net-a-Porter Beauty Advent Calendar

beauty advent calendars 2018 Net a Porter

Net-a-Porter’s seasonal offering contains a whole host of iconic beauty products – Sunday Riley Luna oil, we’re looking at you – and the hair products are particularly great. Get your hands on some Sachajuan, Oribe and even some Philip Kingsley Elasticizer in this 25-day extravaganza. Not a bad bag at all.

How much is it?

£150

When is it available?

Now!

Aveda 12 Days of Great Hair, Naturally

beauty advent calendars Aveda

Delicious smelling, natural hair care doesn’t get much better than Aveda. Packed with 12 of their hero products, from Damage Remedy to seal those split ends to Thickening Tonic for a fuller mane, it’s got you covered for the winter months.

How much is it?

£79

When is it available?

Now!

ELEMIS 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar

beauty advent calendars Elemis

Worth over £345, ELEMIS’ seasonal offering contains 25 drawers of skincare treats, from old favourites to new skincare saviours. Plus, on Christmas morning, you’ll get a full size of their Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, one of the best moisturisers on the beauty market. What’s more, you can sign up for early access to ensure you’re one of the first to get your hands on it.

How much is it?

£150

When is it available?

Now!

Yves Saint Laurent Advent Calendar

Who wouldn’t want an advent calendar full of YSL lipstick, mascara, fragrance and more? The answer escapes us. Stock up on your favourite minis with this beautiful black and gold calendar and enjoy 24 drawers of beauty surprises.

How much is it?

£195, exclusive to Selfridges

When is it available?

Now!

Dermalogica 12 Days to Glow

beauty advent calendars 2018 Dermalogica

Microfoliant, Precleanse, Skin Smoothing Cream, Rapid Reveal Peel – Dermalogica’s 2018 advent calendar has got all of its professional-grade products in one very festive place with this beautiful 12-day calendar.

How much is it?

£110

When is it available?

Now!

ESPA Comfort & Joy Advent Calendar

beauty advent calendars 2018 ESPA

Blending delicious essential oils, marine and plant extracts, ESPA products are truly a one-way ticket to relaxation. Get your hands on 25 treats in their beautiful advent calendar including the classic Pink Hair and Scalp Mud, bath & body oils and Optimal Skin treats. There’s even a (massive!) 70g Restorative candle to unwrap Christmas day. We’ve got our eye on it.

How much is it?

£130

When is it available?

Now!

Feelunique The Little Beauty Parcel

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Beauty e-tailers always get it right, and 2018’s offering from Feelunique is no different; packed with top beauty brands like REN, Make Up For Ever, KMS and Sol de Janiero, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to opening 24 doors all the way up to Christmas. There’s also a smaller, but still beauty-packed, 12-day version that’s just £32. Can we have both?

How much is it?

£75

When is it available?

Now!

Lancôme Advent Calendar 2018

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Fans of Lancôme will be obsessed with their 2018 advent offering. Featuring gorgeous lip colours, Bi-Facil make-up remover, Hypnôse mascara and Miel-en-Mousse cleanser (to name just a few of the treats inside), you’ll be well stocked for the cold snap.

How much is it?

£90

When is it available?

Now!

Cowshed Advent Calendar 2018

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Cowshed is synonymous with the UK’s most luxurious spas, members clubs and relaxation spots, so the 24 miniatures in their 2018 advent calendar gives you a slice of that lifestyle in the comfort of your own home. Delicious.

How much is it?

£90

When is it available?

Now!

bareMinerals Out of This World Advent Calendar

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Known as one of the best clean beauty brands in the business, this year’s bareMinerals calendar really is out of this world. Containing some of their best mineral products, from loose powder eyeshadows to blush, mascara and lip colours, you’re well kitted out for the new season.

How much is it?

£79

When is it available?

Now!

La Mer 12 Days of Radiance Calendar

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We don’t need to tell you that La Mer is kind of the holy grail of luxury skincare. Their exquisite countdown calendar will have you glowing all holiday long, with 12 Miracle Broth-infused miniatures to unwrap all the way up until Christmas day.

How much is it?

£300

When is it available?

Now! At Harrods

Fortnum & Mason Beauty Advent Calendar

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The department store’s first ever advent calendar, the Fortnum & Mason beauty calendar ticks all the boxes – containing Iconic Highlighting drops, an Aromatherapy Associates rollerball, Chantecaille mascara, Sisley lipstick, the works.

How much is it?

£195

When is it available?

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Beauty Expert

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Packed with some of the best and most famous beauty products the industry has to offer –  including Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist, Eve Lom Cleanser and Illmasqua Hydra Veil – Beauty Expert’s 2018 calendar is a really brilliant beauty buy.

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Jo Loves Advent Calendar 2018

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Fans of Jo Malone CBE herself will be thrilled to hear that this year Jo Loves is launching their first ever advent calendar – and it’s a dream come true. After discovering the Jo Loves fragrances, on Christmas day you’ll unwrap a ticket that’s redeemable towards a full-size fragrance of your choice. Perfection.

How much is it?

£250

When is it available?

5th November 2018

Space NK Advent Calendar 2018

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Space NK stores are an actual treasure trove of beauty treats, so you can bet your life their 2018 advent calendar is just the same. You’ll get your hands on (brand new to the UK) Drunk Elephant, Votary, Omorovicza and more, and be the envy of all your friends.

How much is it?

£250

When is it available?

Now!

Kiehl’s Beauty Advent Calendars 2018

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After the first Selfridges-exclusive calendar sold out (we told you you’ve got to be quick!), Kiehl’s is launching a second beauty advent calendar for Christmas. It’s packed with some of their hero formulas – Creme de Corps, we’re looking at you – it’s a steal for the amount of product you’re getting your hands on.

How much is it?

£79

When is it available?

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Fenwick Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

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Pakced with a whopping £475 worth of product, this one is, frankly, a steal. There’s classic favourites, like a single-wick Neom candle and NARS Orgasm Blush, plus new bits like Pixi’s Retinol Tonic, this is the perfect mix of old and new for a beauty lover. The box is complete with a beautiful festive illustration by designer Brett Ryder, making it a perfect home accessory too.

How much is it?

£150

When is it available?

Now!

John Lewis Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

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Department store beauty calendars are always a win as, instead of just one brand, you get to test out several. Brimming with the very best finds from the beauty counters, you’ll find the likes of Charlotte Tilbury, Lancôme and Acqua di Parma. But it doesn’t stop there, folks: There’s also a 15-minute bespoke facial at ELEMIS and massage/aroma experience at Aveda for you to enjoy, too. What more could you ask for this Christmas?

How much is it?

£165

When is it available?

Now!

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Beauty Universe Calendar

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After the success of last year’s Naughty and Nice magic box, Charlotte Tilbury is back with another jam-packed box of festive treats for 2018. In her classic wine-red and rose gold packaging, this one’s sure to be a sell out.

How much is it?

£150

When is it available?

Now!

Diptyque Légende Du Nord Advent Calendar

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A discovery of the brand’s hero products, Diptyque’s advent calendar is the best gift for the scent-lover in your life (or, you know, for yourself). Any boujie fragrance fan would be thrilled to receive this ahead of the festive season, and you can expect a Christmas home fragrance bundle of joy.

How much is it?

£320

When is it available?

Now!

Clarins Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

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Can’t quite stretch to a 24-day beauty advent calendars? Don’t sweat it, as there are smaller alternatives available that are just as beautiful. A 12 days of Christmas gift, you’ll find some of Clarins best-loved heroes stashed in this seriously pretty beauty pyramid.

How much is it?

£60

When is it available?

Now!

24 Days of Clinique Advent Calendar

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A whole host of miniature Clinique fun lies behind the doors of the 24 Days calendar, including long-time heroes like the Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion and relative newcomers like the Pep-Start moisturiser. What’s not to love?

How much is it?

£76

When is it available?

Now!

Molton Brown Opulent Infusions Advent Calendar

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How much is it?

£175

When is it available?

Now!

Decléor Breathtaking Countdown Advent Calendar

beauty advent calendars 2018 Decleor

You’ll find them in spas all over the country, so you know Decléor is a real treat for anyone who needs a bit of skincare and TLC during the festive season. With 24 miniature products in this year’s, you’ll be able to reset your skin, body and mind this December.

How much is it?

£80

When is it available?

Now!

Liz Earle’s 12 Days of Christmas

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Liz Earle is one of those universally-loved skincare brands that will go down a treat in just about any skincare lover’s home at Christmastime. Featuring 12 mini-sized versions of the brand’s best sellers, they’re great for travel or for testing out products before you buy the full size.

How much is it?

£80

When is it available?

Now!

Atelier Cologne Advent Calendar

Perfect for the scent head in your life, Atelier Cologne is one of the most exquisite looking calendars of all of this year’s offerings, and will allow the lucky recipient to extend their fragrance wardrobe above and beyond.

How much is it?

£300, exclusive to Selfridges

When is it available?

TBC

NARS Uncensored Advent Calendar

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For fans of NARS products, this is peak beauty advent calendar glory. You’ll have everything you need to take you into 2019 with this one including an Anita Audacious Lipstick, Long-Wear eyeliner, mini Orgasm Blush, mini smudgeproof eyeshadow base – the works.

How much is it?

£150, exclusive to NARS boutiques and websites

When is it available?

Now!

Estée Lauder Holiday 12 Day Advent Calendar

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Firstly, how festive does this Estée Lauder calendar look? Open each of the beautifully illustrated doors and you’ll get your hands on hero products like Advanced Night Repair serum, Pure Colour Envy lip products and Modern Muse fragrance. Divine.

How much is it?

£68

When is it available?

Now!

Weleda Nature’s Collection Advent Calendar

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Famed for the Skin Food moisturiser loved by Victoria Beckham and Anne-Marie, Weleda’s all natural, plant-powered calendar will make a great gift for the natural beauty lover in your life. (And yes, there IS Skin Food inside.)

How much is it?

£34.95

When is it available?

Now!

Ciaté Mini Mani Month Beauty Advent Calendar

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If you’re a nail varnish wearer, Ciaté make one of the best advent calendars full stop, in my opinion. For the amount inside (nail polish, glitter toppers AND nail treatments), it’s really good value – you’ll have enough nail polish to get you through the whole of 2019.

How much is it?

£50

When is it available?

Now!

Glossybox Advent Calendar 2018

Beauty Advent Calendars Glossybox 2018

Glossybox’s yearly offering contains 17 full-size products and is worth £300 so, frankly, it’s a steal. Featuring brands like Huda Beauty, bareMinerals and Real Techniques, and all encased in pink and rose gold packaging, it’s a treat for both the eyes and your inner beauty addict. Beauty advent calendars don’t get much better than this.

How much is it?

£75 for members, £99 for non-members

When is it available?

Now!

Rituals The Ritual of Advent Deluxe Calendar

beauty advent calendars Rituals 2018

Not only is this calendar packed with Rituals treats, but it’s an actual 3D pop up Christmas tree making it the perfect holiday decoration for your home. From well-loved favourites, like Ritual of Sakura Shower Scrub, to the new Ritual of Holi Cracking Body Mousse, this one will go down well with any bodycare fan.

How much is it?

£89

When is it available?

Now!

Soap & Glory Advent Calendars

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If it’s fun, vintage vibes you’re after with your advent calendar, Soap & Glory is the way to go. Snap up 24 mini products, including classics like Hand Food and Scrub of Your Life, all for just £40. Totally worth it.

How much is it?

£40

When is it available?

Now!

Susanne Kaufmann Advent Calendar

beauty advent calendars Susanne Kaufmann

From bath oils to body products, salts and even festive teas, Susanne Kaufmann’s 24-day advent calendar is a treat for both the eyes and the senses. An all-gold version will also be available exclusive to Net-a-Porter for £160, should you be feeling a little more fancy.

How much is it?

£110

When is it available?

Now!

Birchbox Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

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Known for being a great way to discover and test out new beauty brands, Birchbox’s advent calendar is no different. Because why not grab yourself some Benefit, Rituals and OPI ahead of Christmas day?

How much is it?

£65

When is it available?

Now!

Dr Hauschka Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

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100% certified natural and organic, Dr Hauschka is extremely popular among clean beauty lovers, and their advent calendar is a seriously festive one. What could be better than a box of little red Santa sacks, all containing Dr Hauschka skincare and make-up treats?

How much is it?

£85

When is it available?

Now!

Holland and Barrett 25 Days of Cleaner Beauty

beauty advent calendars 2018 Holland and Barrett

Holland and Barret’s yuletide offering is great for any fans of clean, green beauty. Containing Beauty Kitchen, Burts Bees and Weleda, who created Skin Food loved by Victoria Beckham and Anne-Marie, this one is right up the street of any natural beauty lover when it comes to beauty advent calendars.

How much is it?

£70

When is it available?

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Lumene Beauty Advent Calendar

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Containing some of the Arctic beauty brand’s bestselling favourites in sample size, from Glow Boost Essence, Hydration Recovery Aerating Gel Mask and Instant Glow Beauty Serum, this is a real treat for anyone who wants to get to know the skincare and make-up range a bit better.

How much is it?

£89.90

When is it available?

Now!

Mavala 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar

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Anyone who’s into nail art or just loves a DIY mani will love this Christmas gift from Mavala, containing four mini nail polishes, skincare treats and best-selling surprises. The vanity case can also be reused after Christmas as super pretty make-up storage. Winner.

How much is it?

£45

When is it available?

Now!

Green People ‘Green Regime’ 12-day Calendar

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Organic beauty fan? This 12-door beauty box is right up your street. Featuring 15 different hair, skin and make-up treats (three of which are full-size), everything is made without parabens, SLS or animal testing, and the packaging is all 100% recyclable, making it one of the greenest beauty advent calendars you’ll find. Dreamy.

How much is it?

£75

When is it available?

Now!

Mugler Angel Advent Calendar

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If Mugler Angel is your signature fragrance, you don’t want to miss this calendar: You’ll get over 50ml of your go-to perfume, plus a scented hair mist, body cream and shower gel – and there are plenty of other Angel-themed goodies to see you through the festive season.

How much is it?

£115

When is it available?

Now!

Sleek MakeUP Can’t Wait Another Day Advent Calendar

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With 25 gifts for only 20 quid, this great beauty calendar is a steal for how many Sleek goodies you’re getting inside. As the name suggests, you’ll barely be able to wait another day to find out what’s behind the next door (see what they did there?).

How much is it?

£35

When is it available?

Now!

Clarins Mens Advent Calendar

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Who says men don’t like beauty advent calendars too? Not us. Clarin’s 12-day gift for men is packed with all the skincare a guy could ask for this Christmas.

How much is it?

£60

When is it available?

Now!

Nails Inc 12 Days of Beauty Gold

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Nails Inc’s seasonal offering has everything you need for great nails for all of those Christmas and New Year parties all wrapped up in one sparkly box, as well as sheet masks and lip products to keep your lips hydrated this winter. Plus, how cute is this packaging?

How much is it?

£49

When is it available?

Now!

NYX Sugar Trip Advent Calendar 2018

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Drugstore make-up addicts will love getting their hands on this NYX number, jam-packed with beauty gifts galore and complete with quirky illustrations for a fun take on the Christmas period. We need it.

How much is it?

£50

When is it available?

Now!

George at Asda Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

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This year George has launched their very first beauty advent calendar containing 12 days of beauty treats. It’s super affordable and contains six different satin-y lipsticks as well as six nail varnish shades – plus, who doesn’t love millennial pink?

How much is it?

£30

When is it available?

1st November 2018

Lottie 12 Days of Slay Advent Calendar

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If you’re looking for beauty advent calendars under £20, look no further because Lottie London’s 12 Days of Slay rings in at less than £15 and contains a great selection of beauty treats. Think eyeshadow, lipstick and highlighters that’ll take you through to NYE.

How much is it?

£14.99

When is it available?

Now!

Jack Wills Beauty Advent Calendar

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We all know a Jack Wills fan, so add to their collection with this seriously cute 25-door advent calendar. With its chic packaging, this one would look great in just about anyone’s home, plus you’ll have enough travel minis to see you through your next weekend away.

How much is it?

£35

When is it available?

Now!

Baylis & Harding Signature 12 Days of Christmas Set

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without a Baylis & Harding gift set – these will keep your bubble bath and and soap stocks well stocked until the end of 2019. Handy and delicious smelling, all in one.

How much is it?

£30

When is it available?

Now!

One thing’s for sure, December will be a beauty-packed month with these incredible beauty advent calendars on the scene. We can’t wait.

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Ranking the 6 Best PlayStation Characters in History

When you’re dealing with a packed roster of great characters like PlayStation’s, picking the best of the bunch is no simple task. You need to limit yourself with some harsh criteria, or else you’ll end up with a top 30 list. The six iconic characters on this list have memorable personalities and great games that have secured their immortality. When you hear the word “PlayStation,” you think of these guys.

6. Jak and Daxter (Jak and Daxter Series)


Jak and Daxter with a gun.
Jak and Daxter are packing heat.

This man and ottsel duo reinvented the platforming genre with a perfect blend of snarky humor and dark drama. The strong silent type and the obnoxious loudmouth may not be the most original pairing, but there’s a childhood bond at the core of Jak and Daxter’s contrasting personalities that sets them apart from most buddy teams.

While the Jak and Daxter franchise boasts great shooting mechanics and epic storylines, the titular pair gave it legs. These guys survived the major tonal shift from their simple, childish debut game to the more serious, GTA-like Jak II, and the decision to upgrade Jak from laid-back mute protagonist to angry loose cannon strengthened his relationship with Daxter. Naughty Dog dropped the ball by letting this series fizzle out, but if they were to put out a reboot, gamers would leap at the opportunity to see these guys back in action.

5. Ratchet and Clank (Ratchet & Clank Series)


Ratchet and Clank looking through a broken wall.
The ultimate repair team.

If Jak and Daxter made the list, it only makes sense that their Insomniac counterparts would pop up at some point. The Ratchet & Clank franchise’s innovative blend of platforming and third-person shooting may be its claim to fame, but it’s the lombax and robot’s well-drawn personalities and witty banter that sell the games.

The two are a great comedic duo thanks to the combination of Ratchet’s headstrong attitude and Clank’s polite intelligence, but it’s their complementary abilities as mechanic and machine, respectively, that makes them a natural pairing. The games have also done a great job of building their relationship. By having Ratchet and Clank meet in the first game, the series has allowed the fan base to grow with their friendship.

4. Nathan Drake (Uncharted Series)


Nathan Drake in cave in Uncharted 4
He may often be out of his element, but he belongs on this list.

The most recent addition to the gaming world to make this list is Nathan Drake — a testament to his strong personality. With the skills of Indiana Jones and the charisma of Firefly‘s Malcolm Reynolds, Nathan has carved out his place in the PlayStation pantheon.

This charming smart-ass may be an incredible treasure hunter who can climb like it’s nobody’s business, but it’s his everyman spirit that makes him so relatable. He feels out of his depth in the dangerous situations he gets into throughout the Uncharted series. Nathan may be famous for his quippy lines and devil-may-care attitude, but it’s his genuine feelings for love interest Elena Fisher and partner in crime Victor “Sully” Sullivan that show off his best side.

3. Crash Bandicoot (Crash Bandicoot Series)


Crash Bandicoot and Aku Aku
The face of PlayStation.

For the longest time, Crash Bandicoot was as popular as Mario and Sonic. In other words, he was the PlayStation mascot. Kids and adults have been crazy about this furry dope since his debut in the first Crash Bandicoot, and despite the declining quality of the later games, his fanbase is just as vocal and energetic as ever.

Even though he barely speaks, Crash’s personality is iconic in the gaming world. He’s more than just a silly face; his goofy demeanor and slapstick fighting moves are inseparable from his image. While it was nice to see him spin back into the limelight with the recent N. Sane Trilogy remake, Crash deserves a brand new game that will make young gamers fall in love with him in the same way everyone else did back in the ’90s.

2. Kratos (God of War Series)


Kratos staring angrily.
Kratos finally grew the grief beard.

By far the most hardcore character in this lineup, Kratos is the embodiment of pure, unadulterated rage. In a series of games about slaughtering the entire pantheon of the Greek gods, the only qualified protagonist for God of War is a violent, unlikable antihero. But despite having an excess of innocent blood on his hands, the vengeful Spartan is one of the most famous faces of PlayStation.

Kratos may be the furthest thing from a good role model, but it’s his relentless thirst for vengeance that allows players to relate to him. Whether it’s Ares manipulating him into killing his own family, or betrayal at the hands of his father Zeus, the demigod always has a motive to plow through any bodies that get in the way of his bloodlust.

1. Snake (Metal Gear Solid Series)


Snake smoking a cigar.
We got a badass here.

Kept you waiting, huh? This pick may spark debate in the gaming community, but you can make a strong case for Snake being the ultimate PlayStation mascot. He’s been around longer than anyone on this list, and the Metal Gear series has maintained a consistent level of quality since his introduction in the ’80s.

Snake may possess the badass skills, gruff voice, and quotable lines of an action movie hero, but it’s his humanity that makes him such a classic character. He’s never found glory in violence, and his willingness to sacrifice himself for his comrades and the greater good speaks volumes about his selfless nature. Whether it’s the original Naked Snake from the Cold War era or his clone Solid Snake, who started it all in the first Metal Gear, the man leaves a lasting impression that eclipses most video game protagonists.

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The best places to visit in the English countryside

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Greenery as far as your eyes can see, blue skies with serene clouds, winding roads, and patchwork hills – these are what come to mind when one thinks of the countryside. The best part is that English countryside destinations are great to visit all the time, no matter the season.

If you are planning to visit England, then you must make sure not to miss these breathtakingly beautiful countryside destinations. They have a uniquely subtle way to help you reconnect with the best of what nature has to offer.

Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire is a common English countryside destination, attracting a number of tourists every year. It also has a thriving education scene, being home to the reputed University of Oxford. There are plenty of places to visit within Oxfordshire such as Ashbury, Henley on the Thames, Woodstock, Bampton, and more.

Lancashire

Lancashire is a beautiful countryside destination in England, and it is no surprise it attracts many visitors every year. The county has beautiful natural attractions, such as the Forest of Bowland. You can even visit the famous Lancaster Canal. Plus, Lancashire is home to boutique hotels, country inns, majestic castles, and happy festivals.

Essex
Essex is probably one of the most well-known countryside destinations in England. It has a number of little scenic villages, charming towns with bustling markets, and beautiful rolling landscapes. Popular among tourists who love to explore either on foot or by cycling around town, there are plenty of attractions in Essex to keep you occupied during your holiday.

Cotswolds

Home to the famous Cotswold Hills – rolling hills that emerge from the Thames meadows – Cotswolds offers travelers nothing short of a picturesque holiday. This countryside destination is best explored on foot, as it allows you to discover the quaint little market towns, the architecture, the people, and the beauty of the place in general.

Cheshire

If you have read Alice in Wonderland, then the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear about the Cheshire countryside would be the Cheshire Cat with a mischievous grin. Also, you may think of Cheshire cheese. These are what this countryside destination is most famous for, but it offers a lot more – think sweeping landscapes, charming country inns, and beautiful homes with distinctive architecture.

Bronte Country

Undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking English countryside destinations, Bronte Country attracts many visitors with its rural charm. The promise of serene walks around town on cobblestone streets surrounded by rustic and cozy-looking buildings while breathing in fresh, country air is just too good to pass up. Besides, who wouldn’t want to see the set of Emily Bronte’s novels?

Cornwall

One of the most well-known English countryside destinations, Cornwall has peaceful beaches with amazing scenery, and you can indulge in a number of water activities. This countryside county is ideal for those looking for a serene holiday where you can go for nature walks.

Spending quality time in the serene countryside of England is one of the best ways to unwind and rediscover nature, learn about new cultures, and meet friendly people. Make sure you visit these places at least once in your lifetime!

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8 Best Horror Anime to Watch on Crunchyroll

It just isn’t Halloween without an intense feeling of fear or disgust. Whether it’s mind games or physical torture, there’s something about horror that attracts us to it. Countless anime series evoke these kinds of emotions, and when it comes to streaming them, Crunchyroll has got fans covered. So, here are eight horror anime to watch on Crunchyroll.

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories


 horror anime to watch on crunchyroll Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories

An anime based on real-life urban legends is a great way to kick off your Halloween watch party. Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories is an anthology series comprised of five-minute-long episodes. However, don’t let the short running time fool you. The series makes good use of its time, serving up scares that’ll have you afraid to take a bathroom break.

Each episode opens with a creepy old man in a yellow mask setting up his Kamishibai — a Japanese street theater structure — at the local park. The children gather around him as he tells various ghost stories and myths using paper figures.

One such creepy story comes from the urban legend of Hachishakusama (aka Eight Feet Tall), a demon who takes the form of a tall woman to abduct children. (Talk about creepy!) Featuring similar tales about supernatural beings, myths, and Japanese folklore, Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories is definitely a must-watch between horror flicks.

Shiki


horror anime to watch on crunchyroll Shiki

Everyone loves vampires, and Crunchyroll has one of the best horror vampire anime series ever produced, Shiki. When a young girl unexpectedly dies from an unknown disease, her village mourns her passing, never once suspecting her death is only the beginning of a ferocious epidemic that will leave their town in shambles.

The town’s doctor, Toshio Ozaki has his doubts about the nature of this epidemic, and with the bodies piling up, he realizes the sinister truth behind these deaths. Meanwhile, antisocial teen Natsuno tries to cope with the sudden death of his best friend, Mutou, and the return of an annoying girl. What mysteries plague this remote little village, and what will its citizens do to survive?

Forget what you know because Shiki isn’t your traditional vampire story. It adds a few twists to the genre that will make you question which side you’re truly on.

Another


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The sudden death of a classmate can be tough for a class to handle, especially if they were well-liked. So, instead of saying their goodbyes and having a period of mourning, the students of Class 3-3 decided to carry one as if their friend never left. But the students (and future Class 3-3 students) would come to regret their decision, as it opened the door to the underworld. Now, deaths and supernatural anomalies plague their school.

Every year an extra dead student or faculty member comes to join the class. And when they show it, it can only mean one thing: the students and their families are about to die. During the first few years, the deaths were kept to a minimum, which made it easier for people to brush them off as weird accidents that could’ve happened to anyone. However, as the years passed, the body count grew. It’s taken two decades since the curse started, but now people no longer consider these gruesome deaths to just be bizarre accidents.

Junji Ito Collection


horror anime to watch on crunchyroll Junji Ito Collection

Junji Ito is the master of horror and suspense, with many of his works receiving critical acclaim for how they play with the human mind. So, when news broke that several of his famous works would get an anime adaptation, horror fans couldn’t help but be excited.

The Junji Ito Collection is an anthology series that includes horror, gore, disgust, and comedy. From a famous and monstrous giant fashion model to the creepy Souichi, whose misfortunes are a welcome relief after watching all that horror, the series has something for every horror fan.

If you’re looking for the perfect series to stream on Crunchyroll this Halloween, this is it. Even those unfamiliar with Junji Ito’s work will appreciate being able to watch something terrifying and still be able to sleep at night. One warning though: Don’t get too attached to these characters, most of them don’t come out unscathed.

The Future Diary


horror anime to watch on crunchyroll The Future Diary

Would you steal, cheat, and kill to gain control of space and time? That’s what happens in horror anime Future Diary. The series follows Yukiteru Amano, a high school student who receives a future diary — a future-reading flip phone co-created by Deus Ex Machina, the God of Time and Space. With this strange phone in his possession, young Amano is forced to take part in a bloody battle royale against 11 other future diary holders. The winner of the battle will become Deus’ successor.

This condition quickly turns the scenario into a game of survival, where killing your opponent is your only chance at victory. Amano reluctantly teams up with his obsessive stalker, Yuno Gasai, who also has a diary, and soon learns that he doesn’t have the courage or skills to survive in this game. On top of that, there’s something strange about his partner. It seems she migh have other plans for her unrequited love.

Parasyte -the maxim-


horror anime to watch on crunchyroll Parasyte - The Maxim -

Without warning, parasitic aliens have invaded Earth. However, their onslaught lacks the bells and whistles of other alien movies and shows. Instead, their attack is more strategic. They’ve burrowed into the brains of several vulnerable targets without anyone noticing. The move allows them to fully take over their host and morph into a variety of forms, such as blades, and to even grow wings.

One of these aliens burrows into the brain of ordinary high school student Shinichi Izumi. But it fails to take over his brain, ending up in his right hand instead. Unable to move, the parasite, now named Migi, has no choice but to rely on Shinichi to stay alive.

Initially, Migi is nothing more than a nuisance, but Shinichi eventually finds the parasite does have its advantages. Thanks to Migi, Shinichi becomes more muscular, no longer needs to wear his glasses, and can withstand serious injuries. Too bad the other parasites see their union as a threat and will do everything they can to eradicate Migi and Shinichi.

Kagewani


horror anime to watch on crunchyroll Kagewani

Monsters are common in horror. But the horrifying creatures of Kagewani are far from what we’ve come to expect. A young man decides to exploit people’s love of the bizarre and unexplained by sharing fake stories of strange animals on his website. Of course, when a giant monster slaughters his entire crew, he comes to regret his actions. Meanwhile, at a college campus, several students become the unexpected prey of a terrifying sand monster.

Sousuke Banba, a researcher obsessed with unidentified mysterious animals, investigates these gruesome attacks and stumbles upon the word “Kagewani.” The strange word leads him to the nefarious pharmaceutical company possibly connected to the monster attacks. But can he stop these creatures or, more precisely, the person behind them?

The Garden of Sinners


horror anime to watch on crunchyroll The Garden of Sinners

The Garden of Sinners is comprised of seven horror films that follow Shiki Ryougi, a young woman whose family is involved with the supernatural. Several family members possess dual personalities that are aware of each other, meaning they’re essentially two people in a single body.  This, along with her upbringing, has led Shiki to live a life of solitude.

Yet, she manages to form a friendship with her classmate Mikiya Kokutou, who sees Shiki not as an enigma but as a shy girl. Well, up until he sees Shiki, knife in hand, standing over a corpse. Although the evidence is damning, Mikiya still refuses to believe that Shiki’s killed someone. He gets closer to Shiki, perhaps too close. Together they investigate the seemingly unrelated anomalies occurring throughout the city.

The Garden of Sinners is a collection of magic, mystery, action, and psychological twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat this Halloween.

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Best Looking Affordable Outerwear – Fall/Winter 2018

One of the best things about fall and winter is that you get to wear your favorite coat almost every day. A good coat is like a good suit. Put it on and you feel almost invincible. The following options should help most of us get that feeling for a relatively affordable price (some are more affordable than others). Sizes are noted below in any in-person shots. Head here to get an idea as to the height/weight of the fella (hi) in those shots. 

 

Spier & Mackay Topcoat in Camel, Charcoal, or Navy – $ 398

Spier & Mackay Topcoat

Redesigned this year, and they’ve made some nice improvements. Pockets have moved to the side for the much, much more functional hand-warmer style variety. Sizing is made to fit over a suit, but still be fitted and not box like. 85% wool and 15% cashmere. 3/2 roll button front, with functioning top button. 3.5″ lapel. Doesn’t get more classic than this.

 

C. Tyrwhitt Wool/Cashmere DB Topcoats in Charcoal or Navy – $ 499

C. Tyrwhitt Wool/Cashmere DB Topcoat

Charles Tyrwhitt isn’t just for shirts. Their outerwear is really quite nice. Shown above is their 6 button front wool / cashmere Epsom topcoats. Looks like they’ve taken down the gray option in favor of a 4 button front, but the navy is still there. Regardless, Italian wool/cashmere fabric is super nice. Warm but not stiff. Will be tough to get on sale, but they do run 20% off codes every so often. Size shown above left is a 42R.

 

Lands’ End Primaloft Quilted Jacket – $ 89.40 w/ CORN & 3026 ($ 149)

Lands' End Primaloft Quilted Jacket

One of the better, casual jacket deals out there. An annual, really quite affordable favorite. Classic, Barbour-like sporting looks without the heritage brand price tag. Corduroy collar, brass-tone snaps, raglan sleeves, and a vent in the rear for ease of movement. Could drop even further this upcoming weekend?

 

Target Goodfellow & Co Wool Blend Topcoat – $ 79.99

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One of the best of the bunch from this season. No, the 64% wool, 31% poly, 5% “other” fabric isn’t the most luxurious stuff. But I’ve certainly felt worse at a much higher price. It’s not bad. Not bad at all. All polyester lining. Made in Vietnam. Does go on sale too. Size shown above is a large. Warmer feeling than the UNIQLO wool/cashmere topcoat, but not super insulated. You’ll still need to layer up in bitter, bitter cold. Shown at the top of this post. Also available in a charcoal plaid, but the wool blend is a bit different on that plaid coat, so it might feel and drape a little differently.

 

Flint & Tinder Flannel-Lined Wax Trucker Jacket – $ 220

Flint & Tinder Flannel-Lined Wax Trucker Jacket

Made in the USA out of some seriously well considered materials. And don’t be worried about it being an early fall jacket. This thing is WARM thanks to the blanket stripe flannel lining. Full review here.

 

J. Crew Dock Peacoat w/ Thinsulate – $ 223.50 w/ BUNDLEUP ($ 298)

J. Crew Dock Peacoat w/ Thinsulate

Yes, you could easily get the real deal at your local Army / Navy surplus for less, but J. Crew gets a LOT right about their Dock Peacoat. A touch longer than most peacoats (good for protecting your blazer or suit jacket tail), plus those chest high hand warmer pockets are extremely convenient. More of a straight fit. Some super slim guys might find them to be a bit boxy. Goes on sale plenty.

 

UNIQLO 90% Wool / 10% Cashmere “Chesterfield” – $ 149.90

UNIQLO Chesterfield Topcoat

An ultra light. Very soft fabric, but also extremely light in weight. Not gonna be that warm. So be prepared to layer. Or? The perfect lightweight but still super handsome topcoat for those that live in warmer climates. Note that the shot on the left is last year’s model. They relocated the pockets this year (just like Spier & Mackay) to make them more functional, side-slash, hand warmer style. You might want to consider sizing down this year (or, ordering two sizes and sending one back). UNIQLO has really made their fits more generous for the American market.

 

Filson USA Made Cover Cloth Mile Marker – $ 199.99$ 350

Filson Made in the USA Cover Cloth Mile Marker

Leans heavily casual, but this is one rugged lifer of a coat. Made from their cover-cloth/waxed/oiled cotton material. Nice and substantial. Incredible construction and attention to detail. Super heavy duty hardware. Moleskin collar that stands up just fine against the wind. Interior draw string can be cinched to keep the wind out/create a little more shape. The one drawback? It collects lint and fuzz and pet hair like crazy.

 

Michael Kors Wool Blend Peacoat – $ 99.90 ($ 350)

Michael Kors Wool Blend Peacoat

A classic of the shorter, mid-butt variety. Cuts it too close if you like to wear sportcoats and blazers, BUT, if you’re looking for a peacoat that’s NOT a mid thigh length? These are always kicking about at Nordstrom (or here at Nordstrom rack, for a hell of a lot less). 62% wool, 28% polyester, 10% other fibers.

 

B.R. Kevin Love DB Topcoat – $ 398 | Single Breasted Topcoat – $ 378

Banana Republic Topcoats

I don’t usually go for the celebrity collaborative stuff, but the Kevin Love collection at Banana Republic this year really is something else. The one issue? This collection is almost always excluded from sales. Both are made from Italian 80% wool / 20% nylon material.

 

J. Crew Destination Topcoat in Water Resistant Italian Wool – $ 332.50 when 30% off ($ 475)

J. Crew Destination Topcoat

Not gonna lie. This is a love it or hate it (yet I find myself, personally, somewhere dead inbetween?) This thing is a true knee length, while the rest of the topcoat world has been going just above the knee / mid thigh. And there’s NO vent in the rear. So it’s really… tubular? But what it DOES have going for it, is the middle to lighter weight but still warm and very nice feeling fabric. If you run hot? This is a great coat. J. Crew’s “destination” line is supposed to be a merging of classic materials and technology. So, think breathable, lighter-weight, etc. They say it’s tweed, but it’s soft. Not super rough. Hardly. Raglan style shoulders. Covered placket. I have a weird feeling that this is gonna end up in the sale section and on mega discount come spring. Often excluded. But it has gone on sale in the past. Size shown above is a 42R.

 

JCP Stafford Signature Wool Blend Topcoat – $ 100ish

JCP Stafford Wool Blend Topcoat

JC Penney hasn’t changed these much, if at all, over the last few years. The shoulders have a little bit of structure but aren’t too boxy, and the slash pockets at the waist are well placed. Wool/Poly blend. Just about knee length. They have tended to run a bit larger than other topcoats. Always on sale.

 

Suitsupply Wool Bomber Jacket in Grey or Camel – $ 399

Suitsupply Wool Bomber

A huge splurge, but man are they something. A warning. THESE RUN SMALL. Like real small. I could barely get into a large. And at 5’10” / 195-200, I usually wear a medium or a large.

 

UNIQLO BlockTech Cotton Mac – $ 89.90 ($ 129.90)

UNIQLO BlockTech Cotton Mac

Meanwhile, THESE RUN LARGE. Real large. The size above? That’s a Medium. And it’s very boxy, especially with your hands out of the pockets. Nice coat though. All cotton exterior that looks a little like wool, and the interior is engineered to keep water out while allowing your body heat (and moisture) to still evaporate. Sizes are all over the place this year depending on brand. I’m an XL in Suitsupply, but a Small in UNIQLO? Beats me fellas.

 

Flint & Tinder Made in the USA Moleskin Shirt Jacket – $ 188

Flint & Tinder Made in the USA Moleskin Shirt Jacket

Not cheap, but you’re getting F&T’s USA Made quality, super soft moleskin, and a well designed shirt jacket. A nice in-between layer, or, something extra to throw under an overcoat or parka. Huge fan of the vertical hand warmer pockets.

 

Spier & Mackay Double Breasted Wool/Cashmere Overcoats in Green or Camel – $ 498

Spier & Mackay Double Breasted Wool/Cashmere Overcoat

Those are some statement coats right there. 85% wool / 15% cashmere. 5″ wide peak lapels (measurement taken on a size 40). Button vent in the rear.

 

Banana Republic Italian Melton Wool-Blend Car Coat – $ 226.80 when 40% off ($ 378)

Banana Republic Italian Melton Wool-Blend Car Coat

One of the best, again, this year. I don’t think they’ve changed this coat much since last year? Terrific fabric, despite the mix being a pretty standard 80% wool / 20% the rest. Soft and smooth. A good depth to it for warmth, but still flexible. Big fan of the slanted hand pockets. Size shown above is a large on 195-200lbs. 80% wool / 17% poly / 3% other.

 

J.C.F. Cotton/Nylon Quilted Jacket – $ 58.80 w/ PRESTO ($ 98)

J.C.F. Cotton/Nylon Quilted Jacket

Lighter in weight than some other quilted jackets, but the design stands out for all the right reasons. Has cotton in there as the base to eliminate that shine that all poly/synthetic can bring. Dead simple. Zipper front this year instead of the snaps that last year’s olive color version had.

 

Schott NYC Made in the USA Wool Blend Officer’s Coat – $ 420

Schott NYC Made in the USA Wool Blend Officer's Coat

A departure from their classic Peacoat styles. Called a “slender” fit, but still layerable. Made in the USA from an 80% wool / 20% nylon blend. Walks the line between tough and refined. An investment, but something you’re gonna have for a very, very long time.

 

Relwen Trap Blazer in Navy Or Loden – $ 348

Relwen Trap Blazer

Yes it’s a sportcoat, but it’s a true “sporting” coat that’ll do plenty fine as outerwear. Unstructured but made from hearty wool blend tweed. Lots of functionality like extra pockets, a 4-button front with throat tab, and a game pocket in the rear. Ships and returns for free via Huckberry.

 

Suitsupply 2/3 Roll Wool Topcoat in Navy or Charcoal – $ 499

Suitsupply Topcoat

From their “Essentials” line. Soft wool, classic shape, and plenty of width to those lapels. Ships and returns for free being that it’s Suitsupply. Bummed that the price has gone up by $ 100 in the last year, but, materials and labor are getting more expensive every day.

 

The Reminder:  Go check out your local Army/Navy Surplus store

Army/Navy Surplus Options

The annual nudge to go check out your local surplus store if you’ve got one nearby. There were a lot of peacoats & topcoats from wheelhouse retailers that were tried on and could have made this list, but most cost more than an Army/Navy surplus coat,without delivering equal quality or better looks. Most surplus stores carry high quality, usually made-in-the-USA outerwear. Feel free to swap out buttons if they’re too showy (like on the bridge coat on the right). Both of the coats shown here were found for the low $ 100s.

And that’s just the first crop. Remember, sometimes it takes a little bit for seasonal stuff to go on sale, so while the above prices might feel a little steep on some of the items, a little patience can pay off. Got a tip on a coat or jacket for this fall or winter? Send those into joe@dappered.com


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‘Supergirl’: Season 4 Is Shaping Up To Be The Best Yet

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Much has been made about the state of the DC Comics/Warner Bros extended cinematic universe — or Worlds of DC as it’s now referred to — in the wake of Batman V Superman and Justice League. The future for the studio’s linchpins remains firmly up in the air, particularly with both Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck reportedly out as the aforementioned heroes. Aquaman and Wonder Woman 1984 should both go some way to repairing the damage and pushing the franchise forward before some big decisions are made. But if fans are in need of a DC superhero fix in an arena that’s got it mostly right, there’s some very special stuff happening on the small screen over in the Arrowverse.

Aside from The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, Arrowverse shows all going great guns, it’s perhaps Supergirl that has come on the most since its inception staking a claim as the best of the Arrowverse offering. Last season provided plenty of fireworks, and has laid the groundwork for its fourth, which is shaping up to be its best ever.

Kara Becomes Unstoppable


Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers/Supergirl.

So where do we find Kara Danvers aka Supergirl after the traumatic – and, indeed, brutal – events of Season 3? For those of you still playing catch-up, the previous season brought new threats and villains but it was the arrival of Reign (Odette Annabelle), a genetically-enhanced Kryptonian Worldkiller, who brought the Girl of Steel and the whole of National City to its knees. Thankfully, Supergirl was able to defeat Reign with Harun-El, a powerful Kryptonian rock, which allowed her to turn back time briefly after Sam (Reign’s human self) and Mon-El died in the fray. But her actions didn’t come without consequences (more on those later). There have been fallouts – J’onn (David Harewood) and Winn (Jeremy Jordan) have left the DEO – but Kara has managed to regain some semblance of control in juggling her double life, and with it has come an empowerment that she perhaps hasn’t had since she first landed in National City. She will need her wits about her though…

Freedom Fighters


Rhona Mitra and Robert Baker as Mercy and Otis Graves in Supergirl.

Why? Because those pesky bad guys aren’t resting on their laurels. Season 4 looks set to be the most expansive in terms of villains, with a few threads set to stretch through the entire run. But to begin with, we have the introduction of siblings Mercy and Otis Graves, a couple of self-styled ‘freedom fighters’ attempting to rid National City, and Earth, of aliens for good. Their mission, along with Agent Liberty and their humans-first group Children of Liberty, is to destabilise the city with a series of anti-alien attacks. They’re fighting against those who deem aliens worthy of inclusion, including Supergirl herself. Such attacks will push Kara’s allegiances to her human compatriots — including her sister Alex, James Olsen and Lena Luthor, in particular — to places they haven’t gone before, and will potentially drag her relationships with J’onn, Brainiac-5 and her Kryptonian allies into murky waters.

Doppelgangers From Under the Red Son


The mysterious House of El-suited figure from the Season 4 trailer of Supergirl.

And if that wasn’t enough, the stakes are set to be raised even higher, with another of the big bads Kara herself, in the form of Dark Supergirl. As previously mentioned, Supergirl was able to utilise Harun-El to turn back time to bring some her loved ones back from the dead after her battle with Reign, but with such timeline dalliances, the rock spliced a piece of Kara that spat out a doppelganger into the cold snows of Siberia. In the comics, Dark Supergirl was something of a “warped” version of our hero, and the show is set to combine elements from those stories as well as pay homage to classic Superman comic Red Son which saw a version of the Man of Steel raised in Russia. Could Dark Supergirl be trained by Siberian and Russian military to wipe out the real Girl of Steel? The idea of this screen battle has us salivating.

Friends, Aliens and Luthors


Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor in Supergirl.

Aside from Kara’s own personal journey, Season 4 looks set to delve deeper into the relationships between the show’s supporting players.

Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) looks to be at the core of the new season. Despite her best efforts to detach herself from her mother, Lillian, and brother, Lex, Lena has found herself drawn back towards a darker path after her run-ins with Reign and Harun-El, the latter of which she is still hellbent on utilising. Her relationship with Supergirl has always had a fractious edge and with the power of Krypton almost within her reach, the two aren’t going to become friends anytime soon.

Alex, meanwhile, has been promoted to Director of the DEO after J’onn’s departure, who, himself, is now looking at the world around him in a different light. This gives Alex some much-needed focus after the crushing heartbreak from her break-up with Maggie and losing Winn, who flew off into the future with the Legion. And what of James Olsen? Now unmasked to the world as Guardian, he has to fight his vigilante instincts, with both CatCo and Lena needing his attention now.

The Road to Gotham City and Elseworlds

As is now a trademark of these DC series, no new season would be complete without a crossover event. This year’s offering is perhaps the biggest and most expansive the worlds have seen so far. Much is still being kept under wraps, but we do know that it will be based in some part on DC’s Elseworlds comic books, which acted as out-of-continuity alongside the main stories of the time. There are lots of rumours about what’s going to happen through the offshoot, but what seems certain is that the show will feature Smallville – including the introduction of Lois Lane for the first time, played by Elizabeth Tulloch – and Nora Fries, wife of Mr. Freeze. But what has fans truly excited is the arrival of Ruby Rose’s Batwoman, of whom we caught our first glimpse in costume recently. A Batwoman series shouldn’t be too far away — after which we play a waiting game for an appearance from a certain Dark Knight.

Supergirl Season 4 is airing now in the US and premieres in the UK on October 22.

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Mo’Nique Is Living Her Best Weight Loss Life [WATCH]

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Mo’Nique is done with ranting about those who have done her wrong and the craziness of people in Hollywood – for now.

She’s focusing lately on showing off the results of her estimated 100 pound plus weight loss. 

The Oscar-winner recently shared on a video showing off her super-snatched waist..and it was everything.

She let her fans get a little peek of her at a recent photo shoot rocking a pair of curve-hugging jeans and a cinched waist poppin’ to Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow. ” The 50-year-old also showed some love to her fitness trainer Dwight Holt, Jr., for helping her dance off the pounds.

“CARDI B, baby you will get a photo shoot going. DANCING MY POUNDS OFF. WHAT A TEAM,” she wrote.

 

Earlier this year, Mo celebrated weighing under 200 pounds for the first time since high school.

“I said that I would share this new journey with y’all on the weight loss and getting healthy,” the comedian said in a video she posted on Instagram.

“Today was the first time in my adult life that I’ve been under 200 pounds, so I wanted to let you all know it’s possible and you can do it and we can get there.”

She added that she achieved this weight loss without having to go under the knife or falling for any diet fads.

“For me it was no surgery, no prepackaged foods, not listening to no spokespeople saying ‘it’s easy and you can do it.’”

“It was just putting in the work and not giving up on me … it’s called giving yourself a chance to live the best life you can live.”

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Clearly, all this hard work has paid off:

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Places with the best weather in the winter

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With summer officially over, it’s time to start planning for your upcoming winter break. With so many places to choose from, you may find it challenging to zero in on the ideal vacation spot. To help you, we’ve made a list of the places that have stellar weather during the winter and which would make for truly divine holiday destinations. So what are we waiting for? Let’s jump in.

Atlas Mountains

Morocco’s Atlas Mountains may not be the first place that comes to mind when we speak of winter, but this African desert paradise transforms into a snow-clad fairyland come winter. Mount Toubkal, which summits at 4167 meters, is a great place for adventure enthusiasts and hiking/camping aficionados. If you are looking for a unique winter experience, this one’s for you.

Quebec

The Canadian city of Quebec makes for a great winter destination, especially during the festive season. While Toronto often represents the ‘English’ side of Canada, Montreal is considered as a representation of Continental Europe. The magnificently designed, beautifully decorated and bustling 17th and 18th Century churches, bakeries, libraries, and bistros on the narrow cobblestone roads give tourists plenty of space to sit back, enjoy a cup of coffee, and savor the many visual delights that Quebec has to offer.

Seville

With its mild winters (ranging between 50 – 54 degrees Fahrenheit), bustling Christmas markets, traditional tapas bars, and unique Belén tradition, Seville is the right choice for your upcoming winter break. Indulge in some of Spain’s most decadent winter dishes, visit the mountainous Sierra Norte area, and ring in the New Year with The Three Wise Men. This is sure to be a colorful winter vacation.

Croatia

Whatever the season, the European nation of Croatia is always a beautiful place to visit. But come winter, this beauty is magnified tenfold. Imagine frozen turquoise lakes, snow-clad forests, ancient snow-strapped buildings, festive fairy lights, and the memorable 40-day long Dubrovnik Winter Festival and you’ll understand why Croatia is such fun during the winter. Also, Game of Thrones fans will find some of their favorite locations from the series, such as king’s landing and its surroundings.

Hallstatt

Hallstatt in Austria is a sight for sore eyes. One look at this small lakeside village and you’ll believe in magic. For that’s exactly what life is like in Hallstatt during winter – utterly magical. The majestic snow-clad Salzburg Mountain and the surrounding crystal clear waters will inspire awe in people of all ages. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-visit for those looking for a quiet and romantic winter escape.

Queenstown

If you’re looking to winter in a place that still resembles spring and summer, then New Zealand’s Queenstown is the perfect place to visit. The many mountain ranges, including the Remarkables and Coronet Peak are blanketed both in snow and endemic winter flora. You will have quite a few of opportunities to snowboard, ski, and research plants when here.

So while winter could be hard for everyone sometimes, you’ll find that these places might actually your winter vacation dreamy than ever.

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The invention of the digital camera has taken photography a step further. The traditional film cameras used in the past were quite bulky and incorporated very few features. The invention of digital cameras served as a blessing for photographers in this regard. The user-friendly gadgets enable individuals to snap beautiful pictures with improved clarity. The best part is, customers can now buy the latest digital cameras online, sometimes with special offers and discounts.

The market today is flooded with a huge collection of the latest digital cameras, delivering quality performance in every level of the market. Let us discuss the best cameras to bring with you if you are planning a trip.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21MP DSLR Camera

This is a full frame, 21.1-megapixel camera with full high definition video capability. An attractive design, the light weight, and its compact nature are some of the prominent features of the gadget. The advanced DIGIC 4 processor present in the camera combines with the enhanced CMOS sensor to deliver image quality at 3.9 frames per second. This is the first DSLR from Canon that supports full HD 1920×1080 video capture. The new 3.0″ VGA resolution LCD on the device offers photographers a large 170º angle-of-view.

As far as the menu system of the camera is concerned, it supports a new quick control screen for easy and quick access. There is also a creative auto mode to provide users with control over image brightness, background blur, drive mode, and more.

The Sony Alpha NEX-7

This is another user-friendly device from Sony designed to meet the advanced requirements of photographers. Equipped with a wide range of features, the device offers better clarity even while shooting in dim light. Prominent features of the device include a 3.0″ Tiltable LCD, 24.3MP APS-C sensor, BIONZ image processor, HDMI output, OLED viewfinder, built-in flash, intelligent Auto Focus, and more.

Polaroid Pic 300 For Great Pictures

Yet another instant camera that you need to know about is the Polaroid Pic 300. This gives you the ability to take vivid and colorful pictures that are the size of business cards. It is very responsive to the environment and will activate the auto flash in low light. Additionally, it features auto adjust, an electronic shutter that is 1/60 speed and has compensation for manual exposure. However, you need to purchase Polaroid 300 film to work with this instant camera.

There are at least four different scene settings which will undoubtedly help you capture the perfect picture in any kind of light. This Polaroid camera has a wrist strap for easy handling and is powered by AA batteries.

Canon PowerShot S110

This is another great camera for amateur photographers. With a 12MP 1/1.7″ ‘High Sensitivity CMOS’ sensor, 24-120mm equivalent lens and a DIGIC 5 image processor, photographers can expect quality images. Multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, integrated WI-Fi connectivity, and built-in GPS module are just some of the additional features supported by the gadget.

Every camera on this list could be a great purchase for your next trip, so make sure you go over all of them and find what is your favorite.

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In this day and age, many millennials are seeking to escape the familiar corporate nine-to-five workdays, wishing to escape their fluorescent-lighted fate. due to the colossal influence of globalization, the concept of work in the digital era is still ongoing through many twists and turns, and more people wish to examine and experience a less stressful life. From this crisis, the digital nomad lifestyle was born. Today, The Idyllic image of ourselves enjoying life while making money becomes more vivid as freelancers and entrepreneurs are in constant “Workation” – creating your own work schedule while vacating and traveling. From South America to the Far East, here are some great cities that are perfect for digital nomads.

Chang Mai, Thailand

Northern Thailand’s largest city is known as the perfect option for cyber nomads who want to settle in. You may find yourself moving around in a rickshaw or a tuk-tuk (Chang Mai’s main transportation) while looking at the city’s beautiful architecture. Soon enough, you’ll be surrounded by other open-minded independent nomads like you, all drawn to Chang Mai for its sense of community, networking and great Thai food.

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Through word of mouth, Costa Rica’s southeastern city has become a great option for international freelancers to have their perfect workation. While this tropical paradise is mainly famous due to its beautiful coasts and breathtaking nature, Costa Rica is also known for its great Wi-Fi, and many digital nomads choose to work from their restaurants and cafes. After work, you could just go climb a volcano or surf in some of its beautiful coasts.

Vilnius, Lithuania

Lithuania’s capital has been attracting many freelancers and entrepreneurs and offers Achievable accommodation of only $ 425 per month. Vilnius shows a perfect mix between its history, such as the UNESCO-listed Baroque old town, and a vibrant nightlife of never-ending restaurants and bars. Another great benefit in the city is its extraordinary public Wi-Fi, which is considered the fastest in the world, a feature that will attract every Digital Nomad.

Cape Town, South Africa

This South-African gem is considered as Africa main’s tech hub, and despite being known by the industry as the ‘Silicon Cape’ due to its several Information and Communications Technology (ICT) initiatives around the city, it is still relatively unknown to many freelancing workers. In Cape Town, you could work, while also enjoying its perks such as its beautiful scenery, the famous safari and a reasonable rent (around $ 750a month).

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is known as a popular hub for cyber nomads for many years. With its Stunning sandy beaches, reasonable apartment prices, warm people and great Wi-Fi connections, This Indonesian treasure is attracting a growing mass of independent digital workers from all over the globe. For example, you can rent an entire house for less than $ 400 dollars a month, while meeting great people and exploring jaw-dropping locations.

Tallinn, Estonia

Following the booming economic growth of the Baltic states, Estonia’s Bustling capital Tallinn has been making a name for herself with its flourishing tech culture. During any giving time, you could see the city’s workspaces often crowded with cyber nomads. Here, one can easily combine business with pleasure, as Tallinn also known for its great nightlife and multiple music festivals. And if that’s not enough, rent is only around $ 500 per month.

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Many people enjoy going to the coast to soak up the sun and relax on the beach, but there other great reasons to make these destinations your next vacation spot. Rather than chilling atop the surface of the water, you can explore what’s hiding beneath it. Scuba diving will introduce you to some of nature’s most breathtaking sights, and it may well change your life. If you think you’ve already seen all the beauty that the world has to offer, just wait until you visit these incredible locations.

Thistlegorm

You might expect a lot of natural beauty when you go scuba diving, but Thistlegorm features something a little more unexpected. Here lies a shipwreck from the 1940s that is still filled with all manner of vehicles, including motorbikes and trucks. If you’re fascinated by history, exploring this place of interest ought to be on your bucket list.

Barracuda Point

The sea life on offer here is some of the most diverse you’ll ever find around the world. From Buffalo Fish to Sea Turtles, you can never quite be sure what you’re going to encounter while scuba diving at this Malaysian site. Plus, with an 800 meter drop off, there’s so much here for you to explore.

Cape Kri

Of course, if its sea life that you want to discover, then Cape Kri in Indonesia has got you covered. This diving spot is home to almost 400 different species, including sharks and barracudas. Many of these enjoy swimming around in the coral reefs along the ocean floor, a sight that you definitely should not miss.

Great Blue Hole

Blue Holes are a wonder to see from the outside, and they don’t get much more magnificent than the Great Blue Hole in Belize. This sinkhole is 143 meters deep and considered to be one of the best places on Earth, probably because it’s so beautiful under the surface. It’s advised that you only dive here once you’re something of a pro because of the dark interior, but the wait will be worth it.

The Yongala

The Yongala is another shipwreck, although you’re not actually allowed to enter this one. The site is protected by the Historic Shipwrecks Act of 1976, meaning it’s something that should only be admired from afar. However, that’s not to say that it isn’t worth visiting, especially with the plethora of marine life that swims around the sunken ship.

Blue Corner

For people who have become pros at scuba diving, you’ll likely appreciate a visit to Blue Corner. This spot challenges divers with its strong currents and sometimes deadly wildlife that call this place their home. The wall dive isn’t easy to do, but if you have the skills, you’ll never forget your experience here.

Big Brother

The real test of your skills is at Big Brother in the Red Sea. If you want to go under the surface here, you’ll need to have experienced more than 50 open water dives, which can take some time to build up. It’s essential that you know what you’re doing if you’re going to dive here, though, because it can be a very unpredictable location. Strong currents and shark encounters make it a unique experience, but one that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Liberty Wreck

From one of the most dangerous dives to one of the safest. The Liberty Wreck in Indonesia only has a diving distance of 10-30 meters, so newbies can enjoy the site just as much as any professional. Visibility here is incredible because the water is relatively still, and there’s a great deal to see. Liberty Wreck is home to so much sea life that it’ll probably take your breath away.

Whether you’re a diving fanatic or you’ve only recently acquired your flippers, there’s a lot for you to explore underwater. If there are sites on here you haven’t seen before, be sure to go check them out – you won’t regret it.

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Grab the cowboy boots but leave the hat at home, Western style kicks are back with a vengeance this season. We spotted this autumn fashion trend everywhere at fashion shows and amongst the street style set, ranging from straight-out-of-Texas embroidered beauties to more minimal monochrome pieces. And luckily, loads of similar styles have just dropped in stores in time for the chilly weather.

Sported both on the runway and off, the likes of Calvin Klein, Fendi and Isabel Marant reinvented the classic silhouette with their AW18 shows earlier this year. Not everybody’s going to be super down for the traditional Western stitching and mid-calf lengths however, which is why we’ve noticed that ankle cowboy boots seem to be the way to go (and there’s certainly enough of them floating around at the moment).

We chatted with LIKEtoKNOW.it, a fashion discovery app, who’ve noticed that there’s been a huge spike in people saving and buying cowboy boots. There’s always going to be a time and place for a quintessential black cowboy boot, but we’ve got our eye on bolder styles this autumn.

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Following the surge of summer interest in animal print pieces, the trend is still going strong with faux snakeskin, zebra and leopard print encouraging fashionistas to walk on the wild side this month.

Texture wise, you can never go wrong with a glossy or supple leather boot but Fendi’s faux croc kicks have definitely taken our interest. And when it comes to colours, we’re all about the white cowboy boot (who cares if it’s impractical?) and cherry red shades for those who really want to make a statement.

Here’s a selection of the most popular cowboy boots for women on LIKEtoKNOW.it and a few of our favourite picks below…

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When our fashion editor Penny Goldstone walked in wearing these boots, I almost hit the floor. These gorgeous snake print booties from Find are everything and look way more expensive than they actually are. Lots of brands are doing their own take on faux snakeskin boots but I’ve gotta say, these are definitely the cream of the crop.

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Black Cowboy Boots

I stan a good high street purchase and these Topshop cowboy boots have completely won me over. Worn by blogger Nicole Ballardini of NickyInsideOut.com above, the brand pays homage to the classic Western details but balance it all out by keeping things monochrome.

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So the moment I laid my eyes on these babies, I fell in love. It doesn’t get more AW18 than this, as Megan from meganvlt.com has nailed both the cowboy boot trend and the current animal print obsession all in one. Luckily, these Stradivarius kicks aren’t too expensive and more importantly — they’re still in stock.

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It’s impossible to get away from white ankle boots this season, especially since everybody fell madly in love with those pointed BALENCIAGA boots everybody was wearing at fashion week. We’re pretty keen on the white pair that blogger Sinead Crowe is wearing above from & other stories.

I spoke to her via LIKEtoKNOW.it about the trend and she told us, ‘I’m loving these boots because they’re a super wearable take on the cowboy trend. I’ve been eyeing up cowboy boots for a while but never dared to try them out as I felt it was quite out there for my style. These are the perfect everyday boots that give a nod to the trend without being too out there!’

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This New Tool Can Help Parents Find the Best Sport for Their Kids

Kids these days: they have so many options when it comes to sports. There are organized travel teams, it seems, for every game: soccer, lacrosse, hoops, the works. While a child’s decision about which sport to play might not be as formative as, say, picking a college, it can sure feel that way. And potentially cost as much: fees and travel expenses for some club teams skyrocket to $ 10,000 per year and beyond.

In trying to navigate today’s youth sports scene, any guidance helps. That’s why a new tool released Thursday by the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program, called the Healthy Sport Index, couldn’t be more timely. The handy website allows families to weigh three factors in deciding what sport makes the most sense: safety, physical activity, and the sport’s psychosocial benefits. The index then provides a customized ranking of ten sports, based on where a child lands on a sliding scale of “low emphasis” to “high emphasis” for each of the three factors.

So say, for example, your son wants to put maximum emphasis on psychosocial benefits: he wants a sport that will help him develop social skills, cognitive skills, and otherwise enhance his mental health. He cares about a sport’s safety, but is willing to take some injury risk; so here, he falls in the middle of the scale. But he’s ambivalent about physical activity: your son doesn’t care how much energy he expends in practice. He gives it the lowest possible emphasis on the Heathy Sport Index scale. Based on this mix, the Healthy Sport Index puts swimming on top, while lacrosse comes in tenth.

Meanwhile, your daredevil daughter can care less about getting hurt, but places the highest possible emphasis on working out hard while playing her sport and developing useful life skills, like setting goals. Healthy Sport Index says: sign her up for tennis! (Cheerleading falls to the bottom here. The ten girls’ sports ranked by the Healthy Sport Index are basketball, cheerleading, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. For the boys it’s baseball, basketball, cross country, football, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, and wrestling.)

The Aspen Institute, in consultation with medical experts, compiled data for the index from a variety of sources. The National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study, produced by the Colorado School of Public Health, provided injury rates for various sports. For the psychosocial component, the Aspen Institute surveyed almost 1,300 high school athletes from across the country, and asked students whether their sport helped them improve in areas like sharing responsibility and patience. Researchers from North Carolina State University observed almost 700 hours of varsity practices to document the physical activity levels of each high school sport. The architects of the index were keen to account for the positive benefits of different sports, to counterbalance the downside risks.

“We talk a lot about injuries in youth sports, for good reason,” says Dr. Neeru Jayanthi, director of sports medicine research at Emory University. “But it’s important to look at all aspects of the athletic experience. If you just focus on one, you’re missing the boat.”

For example, football, which has witnessed participation declines due to well-founded worries about head injuries, ranks second among boys’ sports for psychosocial benefits. (Soccer comes in first.) High school football players reported more improvements in social skills and cognitive skills than athletes in any of the nine other sports. The Aspen Institute’s research was less encouraging for, say, boy’s lacrosse, which ranked ninth in safety, ahead of just football, and tenth in psychosocial benefits. Lacrosse players were most likely to cut class, binge drink, use marijuana and smoke cigarettes. In girls’ sports, basketball provided the most psychosocial upside, whereas cheerleading ranked tenth on both the psychosocial and physical activity scales.

Not that cheerleading or lacrosse or any other sport are at all detrimental, say the creators of the Healthy Sport Index. Every activity can have a positive impact on a kid’s life. “It’s better to be playing a sport,” says Jon Solomon, editorial director for the Aspen’s Sports & Society Program, “than to be sitting on the couch all day doing nothing.”

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While we were distracted with crushing candies, filming the Harlem Shake and finding out which Harry Potter character we were, data was gathered on us.

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The video must discuss an important aspect of data in society today or the future and include one interesting fact about you, the college you plan to attend and your major.

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Odell Beckham Jr. Had the Absolute Best Reaction When He Spotted a Fan Rocking His Hairstyle

The New York Giants may have lost on Sunday, but Odell Beckham Jr. still got to experience a moment of triumph when he spotted a similar looking fan in the crowd.

While OBJ was on the sidelines of the Giants’ game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium, one of his teammate’s pointed out a fan sitting behind the Giants’ bench who was rocking his signature hairstyle. Beckham made a face that seemed to express both shock and awe when he caught sight of his hair twin, Twitter user YoungPharro, creating a delightful scene that has since gone viral.

“Dude got his hair just like ,” Twitter user Bruce Thompson captioned the original video. “Watch O reaction.”

YoungPharro even shared his own response to the interaction with the short and sweet caption, “met the bro today.”

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The Hunt: The Best Ankle Boots for Work

the best ankle boots for workSure, 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.

Even though it’s been so warm lately, boots season will be upon us soon — so if you’re hunting for the best ankle boots for work, this roundup is for you. For this Hunt we’re focusing on low-heeled or flat options that are really walkable. Readers, do you have a favorite pair of ankle boots for work right now, or are you eyeing one in the store? Do you still feel like the Chelsea style is a classic, or do you prefer some of the newer iterations of ankle boots?

best ankle boots for work - TOMSIf you’re on the hunt for a classic Chelsea style and the Edelman boots that have been around for eons don’t work for you, I like the look of these affordable $ 99 boots from TOMS. They have a ton of great reviews at Nordstrom, come in four colors, sizes 5-12, and regular and wide widths.   TOMS
best ankle boots for work - ann taylorI love the teensy little block heel on these cute boots from Ann Taylor. They’re $ 198 full price, but AT is offering 40% off all full-price styles today — so they come down to $ 118. Nice.  Jocelyn Suede Booties
best ankle boots for work - Marc FisherWe featured these booties in leopard print a few days ago, and I love both the price point ($ 135 on sale) and the subtle texture to the leather that I’m including them again. They’ve got 149 positive reviews at Nordstrom, as well as a ton of good reviews at Zappos — where if you don’t like the slightly pebbled look here, they’ve also got them in a black patent and a “black leather snake” for $ 160-$ 178. Pictured, for $ 135: ‘Yale’ Chelsea Boot
best ankle boot for work - banana republicI suppose the Chelsea bootie BR has right now fits more with the spirit of the post, but I really like these low block heel booties, and think that they look pretty darn walkable as well with the sturdy 2.5″ block heel. They’re available in the black leather pictured as well as navy suede and “sand” suede in sizes 5-12. They’re $ 168. (Note that everything at BR is “buy one get one: half off everything” which is a nice deal if you’re looking to stock up on something basic in multiple colors.)  Low Block Heel Bootie (BR)
best ankle boots for work - JCrewI always like J.Crew’s shoe choices, and these cap-toed ankle boots from the brand look sleek and walkable. They were $ 258 full price, but for “today only” they’re offering 40% off everything, which brings the ankle boots down to $ 155. They also come in a fun faux snakeskin. Pictured:  Cap-toe ankle boots
best ankle boots for work - AquataliaThese suede booties from Aquatalia are super low, super waterproof, and for some reason look very sleek to me. They’ve got 14 rave reviews at Nordstrom, and are best sellers at Bloomingdale’s, and are our splurge pick for today: they’re $ 495. They’re also available in espresso and navy suede, as well, at both Zappos and Nordstrom. Ulyssa Weatherproof Bootie

 

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