The best places to see the Northern Lights

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Have you heard or read about the Northern Lights? The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are one of the greatest shows displayed by Mother Nature. They occur when there is a collision between solar particles and gases in the atmosphere. They may last for a few minutes or even several days. Many people dream of viewing this incredible spectacle, and choose a vacation destination for this purpose. Does this sound like you?

Check out some of the best places to see the Northern Lights below.

1. Fairbanks, Alaska

This is one of the best places from which you can view the Northern Lights. The dark nights, clear skies, and cold weather offer you ideal aurora viewing conditions.

If you are worried about the cold temperatures, you can view the lights near the steaming hot springs. You can often see the aurora from anywhere in Alaska. However, the best viewing site is at Fairbanks which is located in the “auroral oval”.

The Northern Lights are available for your viewing pleasure throughout the year. However, the best time is during the winter months.

2. Reykjavik, Iceland

This is one of the cheapest and most accessible sites for you to view the Northern Lights. However, you may need to leave the cities to get dark skies. This offers you a clear, uninterrupted view.

There are many Northern Lights tours available. You can opt for a tour in a four-wheel drive vehicle or a boat cruise, from which you can admire the Aurora, in all its glory.

3. Canada

Most of Canada falls under the “auroral oval”. However, you will be guaranteed the best Northern Lights view in the sparsely populated province of Yukon. There is virtually no light pollution in this area, thus offering you a fantastic view of the lights.

To avoid the harsh winter conditions, it would be best if you go during the autumn season. You can also try visiting during the March equinox. During this time, there is an increase in solar activity and this will give you an unforgettable view of the lights.

4. Norway

This is one of the most magical places you can check out the Northern Lights. Norway is a comfortable place to view them, and you can choose from a variety of aurora viewing options. It is also quite easy for you to get around this beautiful country.

The best place to view the aurora is Tromso. Other places you can try out include Harstad and the Lofoten Islands. An ideal time to visit would be between October and March.

5. Finland

From September to March, the lights shine almost every other night in Finland. You can view the aurora from just about anywhere, so long as you are away from the cities. However, be warned as, during these months, it can get quite cold.

You can even opt to view the lights from a glass igloo as you keep warm in bed.

The Northern Lights are a sight to behold. If you get the chance, you can visit any one of these places to see this amazing natural spectacle.

So go on ahead and plan that well-deserved vacation. Make a point of visiting the best places to see the Northern Lights.

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The Best Celeb Street Style at Paris Men’s Fashion Week

The official start of Fashion Month may still be a month away, but menswear designers are getting a head start on the action with Paris Men’s Fall-Winter 2019 Fashion Week. In addition to all the action on the runway, plenty of stars have stylishly showed up in the City of Light to take in the shows from the front row.

From OG supermodels like Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell (shout out to her new curly ‘do) to newbies like Kaia Gerber popping up to support designers like Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton and Off-Whiteand others, there has been plenty of fab street style to rival the dapper duds coming down the runway.

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The Best Alternative Products for Your Period: DivaCup, Thinx, DearKates and More!

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So here’s a topic that is not going to be for everyone (I totally get it if you want to skip this post!), but something that I’m always interested to read about are the best alternative products for your period. Over the lifetime of this blog, you guys have heard a LOT about my life and my thoughts on various products and tips for optimizing your life — but hearing about me and Aunt Flo may be too far even for me, so this post is mostly going to be referring you to threadjacks where the readers discuss the various products. I will note that I’ve tried a variety of products (I’ve had my Dear Kates for the longest) and for my lifestyle they work really well. I like them from an environmental perspective, I’m not grossed out by them from a wearing or cleaning perspective, and they’ve held up well even after three years of use. I particularly want to recommend alternative period products like reusable pads and period underwear when I hear people talking about situations where they are waiting for a period for a long time, either because they don’t know if/when a period is coming because they’re trying to conceive, they’re several months postpartum, suffering from missed periods due to PCOS or another medical reason — or even if they’re just entering perimenopause or otherwise finding that periods may not be as reliably timed as they were in the past. 

SO: we’ve rounded up some of the most noteworthy reader threadjacks on this topic — and I’d love to open this post up to more discussion! Readers, have you tried alternative products for your period like DivaCup, Thinx, DearKates, or more? What have been your experiences with them — do you still use them — and who would you recommend them for? 

Pictured at top: Diva Cup / Reusable Cloth Liners / Dear Kate

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Period Panties: Thinx vs. Dear Kate 

  • I love Thinx, but they are a lot thicker than even cotton underwear.
  • Has anyone tried Thinx? Do they work?
  • I have Thinx, and I love them.
  • I really like my Dear Kates. I have three pairs.
  • They really worked and were wonderful with wicking moisture away.
  • Dear Kates are awesome, and so comfy and cute.
  • I discovered Dear Kate and Vv Skivvys a couple years ago and wish I’d known about them sooner.
  • Anyone tried those cool new period panties?
  • Mini-review from Kat: I’ve had a few pairs of Dear Kates for several years now and like them; I only use them a few days a month but they’ve held up really well. They’re the most comfortable and elegant solution I’ve tried, much more so than the reusable liners I’ve tried (I find the snaps a bit uncomfortable on both sets, and this liner was crazy thick). I’ve only tried one other brand of period panties (the Innersy brand, bought on a flash sale) and vastly prefer the Dear Kates — the other product feels a bit stiff and crinkly, and I do not like the light gray lining. From a laundering perspective I rinse them before I throw them in the wash, and air dry them — air drying them in sunlight is supposed to be best if possible. Sometimes I spray them with vinegar after rinsing them (before throwing them in the washer) but I don’t think it’s necessary.

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Readers, do tell: what do you think are the best alternative products for your period? Have you used period panties and/or a menstrual cup during your period? What have you found to be the best brands or products? Which ones haven’t worked well for you?

Hunting for the best alternative products for your period? We rounded up a ton of reader thoughts on menstral cups, reusable pads and period panties like Thinx, DearKate, Innersy, DivaCup, reusable menstrual pads, and more! Whether you're suffering from missed periods due to PCOS or other medical concerns, or you're not sure when your next period is coming because you're several months postpartum, trying to conceive, or in perimenopause, these can be an easy, environmentally friendly, no-waste solution. Kat shares her DearKate review, also, and we rounded up a ton of other reader thoughts including DivaCup reviews, DivaCup tips, Thinx reviews, and more.

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Kate Middleton had the best reaction when a kid asked if Queen Elizabeth eats pizza

Kate Middleton had the best reaction when a kid asked if Queen Elizabeth eats pizza


Kate Middleton had the best reaction when a kid asked if Queen Elizabeth eats pizza

It appears pizza is not on the menu when Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth get together. The royal mom of three, who celebrated her 37th birthday last week, was peppered with questions from children during her visit to the King Henry’s Walk Garden in the London borough of Islington on Tuesday, January 15th. As they made pizzas that would be cooked in an outdoor oven and talked about how fun it is to learn outside, one little girl wasn’t afraid to ask the big questions.

“Has the Queen ever had pizza?” 8-year-old Nadirah inquired, but Kate was stumped. “You know, that’s such a good question. I don’t know,” she responded. “I don’t know. Maybe next time I see her, shall I ask?”

Darren McGrady, who previously served as a personal chef to the 92-year-old monarch, told The Telegraph that she sticks to a strict diet and isn’t one to experiment with different flavors. “Sadly, the Queen is not a foodie,” he said. “She eats to live, unlike Prince Philip who loves to eat and would stand and talk food all day.” He added, “No starch is the rule. No potatoes, rice or pasta for dinner. Just usually something like grilled sole with vegetables and salad.”

Queen Elizabeth is also said to hate garlic, a fact that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall recently revealed. During an appearance on MasterChef Australia, she said garlic is a “no-no”—especially at royal events and state banquets where there’s lots of chatting.

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On Monday’s visit, Kate met with volunteers to discuss the benefits of the urban green space. She toured the allotment plots to see the impact that can be achieved in small gardens. The royal also took part in a winter planting workshop, bird box building, and pizza making in the garden’s kitchen area.

George and Charlotte would love to be learning outside the classroom,” Kate said of her two eldest children. “It’s still fun inside, but it’s much better outside,” to the agreement of the youngsters. She also admitted that her children would be jealous to find out that she spent the day making pizzas while they were in school. “He’s learning about space,” Kate said of 5-year-old George.

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Priyanka Chopra to Chris Pratt, Katherine on Engagement: ‘It’s the Best’

Priyanka Chopra Calls Marriage 'The Best' While Wishing Chris Pratt, Katherine Congrats
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It’s safe to say Priyanka Chopra loves being married to Nick Jonas! The Quantico alum shared her well wishes for Chris Pratt and his fiancée, Katherine Schwarzenegger, on their engagement — and gave a slight nod to her own relationship.

“So happy for you both,” Chopra, 36, wrote in the comments section of the 39-year-old Guardians of the Galaxy actor’s sweet announcement. “It’s the best!”

Pratt revealed on Sunday, January 13, that he and the 29-year-old Maverick and Me author are engaged after a whirlwind romance.

“Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes! I’m thrilled to be marrying you,” the Jurassic World star penned alongside an intimate Instagram photo in which Schwarzenegger’s large diamond ring is on full display. “Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go!” (The two were first linked in June 2018 more than a year after Pratt and his ex-wife, Anna Faris, split.)

Chopra, for her part, knows a little something about a quick engagement. She and the “Chains” crooner, 26, got engaged in July 2018 after just two months of dating.

“She was thrilled,” a source told Us at the time. “Nick really loves her.” The couple went on to tie the knot in Chopra’s native India in December 2018. Following their elaborate nuptials — which included multiple ceremonies and celebrations — Chopra gushed over “marital bliss” via Instagram.

Earlier this month, Jonas and Chopra continued their newlywed fun when they jetted off to a tropical beach honeymoon.

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10 of the best meditation retreats in the UK and Europe

We pick mindfulness and meditation holidays in beautiful surroundings – many combined with other activities like walking, singing and tai chi
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In the Dart valley near Totnes, the Sharpham Trust meditation centre offers mindfulness retreats of different lengths throughout the year, including walking and singing breaks. Some are held in the estate’s mansion, others in the Barn Retreat nearby. For full immersion in the natural world, its Nature Connection retreat has accommodation in bell tents in the woods, with guided meditation and mindfulness activities, foraging and feasting on wild food.
• Three-night meditation retreats from £145 full-board. Three-night Nature Connection retreat, 25 July, £335 full-board, sharphamtrust.org

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Where to get the best snowboarding in this winter

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For many people, winter is a season during which they want to spend time snowboarding. You can imagine how much fun it is to hit the slopes in various locations around the world. But where should you go to get the best snowboarding this winter? There are a lot of great snowboarding resorts that you can head to.

Here are some of the best snowboarding sites in the world.

1. Verbier in Switzerland

This is one of the best and cheapest snowboarding resorts in the world. The beautiful Swiss mountains in this area make for incredible snowboarding and beautiful views. The doorstep of the resort has some of the best freeride terrain. The locals in the area are so friendly and once you are there, they are ready to offer advice and assistance as you explore the area.

2. Mammoth Mountain in the USA

The original homeland for snowboarders is on Mammoth Mountain in California. There are nine world class freestyle parks in the area, and you can snowboard your winter days away in all of them. However, South Park is the best of all because it is ideal for both beginning snowboarders and those with experience. You can enjoy the trails no matter your experience.

3. Whistler Blackcomb in Canada

If you are in Canada and you ask the snowboarders about the best snowboarding resort, one of the most common answers will be Whistler. It is not far from Vancouver and it has all you need in winter if you are a snowboarder. If you are searching for miles of trails, fresh snow, deep tree runs, and even steep pitches it is all available in the resort.

4. Chamonix in France

Chamonix is well known if you are into ice axes, ropes, and carabiners. The resort is ideal for those who are searching for a rappel and those who do not want to hit themselves as they snowboard. It is just beneath Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Europe. If you are an adventurous freerider and mountaineer snowboarder, then Chamonix is where you need to go this winter. There is a wide variety of terrain to explore.

5. Jackson Hole

This resort is also one of the ideal destinations for snowboarders. Jackson Hole is known for its freeriding. In the winter, various snowboarders flock to the area so that they can explore the beautiful Teton Range, which has deep powder, steep lines, and so many other things. If you’re an expert snowboarder, you will be able to check out the famous Corbet’s Couloir, a difficult technical run that has been described as “America’s scariest ski slope”. And if you want someone to guide you, guides are always readily available at the resort.

6. Breckenridge in the USA

In terms of best parks in the world, Breckenridge is one of them. Its runs extend across 25 acres of mountain terrain, which is all that you need. Most snowboarders like to train here because the conditions are ideal.

There are so many snowboarding resorts that you can check out this winter. Those listed here are some of the best in the world. All you need is to do a little research to figure out which resort will fit your level of snowboarding and your budget.

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5 Tips To Hire the Best Window Replacement Contractor

Replacing windows in your home is a worthwhile, but costly, investment. Because your windows keep you safe from the outside elements, they are one of the most important features of your home—not to mention an indicator of upkeep and maintenance to anyone considering whether to buy it. A trustworthy window replacement contractor is your safest and highest quality option if you want the project done correctly, both in the short and long term.

At Modernize, we frequently speak to homeowners about their home improvement projects. In our recent interviews, half of the homeowners who undertook a window replacement home improvement project did so to increase the value of their home, and 80 percent of them found a contractor for the job through referrals. But it’s important to properly vet and research contractors before choosing your perfect fit, even if a friend or a family member personally vouched for them.

Here are some tips to keep in mind while you make the pick.

1. Get to Know Your Window Replacement Needs

A trusted contractor will be able to assess, identify, and explain potential improvements or upgrades to your home’s windows. Still, it’s best to approach your search for a contractor with some idea in mind of what you need—and even what you don’t need. This will ensure your project is focused and lessen the opportunity for unnecessary and costly improvements you didn’t want in the first place.

If your windows are shattered or broken during a storm, for example, they need to be replaced or repaired immediately to restore your privacy, safety, and comfort—not to mention your property value. But not all window damage is easy to distinguish. And if it goes undetected, it can cause bigger issues—like structural or foundational damage—down the road. Damage to your windows from seasons past might have gone unnoticed, or prior homeowners may have neglected problems you have now inherited like mold or poor insulation.

It’s always good policy to triple check for new—and old—indicators. Hail damage, for example, could result in damage that is not as apparent as broken glass, from torn screens to cracked glazing and dented flashing. Wind damage could leave behind dents in the glass, damaged frames, or cracked siding.

If you do find some damage, carefully document it and safe proof your house against hazards it might cause. A reliable contractor should still double check your work. But seeking estimates with specific information in your hand will make the vetting process that much more easy and, ultimately, successful.

2. Aim for the Most Reliable Window Replacement Contractor

To ensure a long-term and sustained increase to home value, a reliable contractor is key. There’s a lot to consider under the umbrella of reliability. In recent interviews, 90 percent of homeowners requested a checklist to help them find and vet contractors. Modernize now offers homeowners a free, digital Contractor Checklist as a simple, step-by-step guide to assist with your windows project.

Here are some things you can do to ensure you find the best possible window installation contractor.

Ask for Referrals

A strong majority of homeowners approach all home improvement projects by first gathering referrals. Some of the most common approaches are:

“Call them. Pick up the phone, ask them a lot of questions, and if possible go and see [the completed work],” recommends Skip Bedell, who stars in HGTV’s Catch a Contractor. “I’ve found that if people are really proud of the job that was done on their house, most of the time they don’t mind letting other people come by and see it.”

Vet Your Options

One of the most important parts of your search is vetting different contractors and comparing their work.

  • Request quotes from three to four contractors in your area.
  • Visit the website of each contractor.
    • Is it updated and professional looking?
  • Explore the customer reviews for each contractor.
    • Are they mostly positive? Consider negative reviews and responses.

Talk to Your Favorites

Once you have a short list of your top choices, get them on the phone. A trustworthy contractor will appreciate an opportunity to discuss your project further, and a conversation allows you to get to know them. While you know best what you want to learn in the conversation, here are some questions we recommend you ask:

  • How long have you been in business?
  • How much experience do you have with window repair or installation?
  • What is your project estimate?
  • Can you provide a list of references?
  • Can you provide proof of insurance for personal liability, worker’s compensation, and property damage coverage?

“If they’re not licensed and not insured, you don’t want them in your house. Period. End of story,” Bedell advises. “The license is a huge help in that if you have a problem later on, you can go to the licensing agency and get assistance in filing any complaints.”

Meet the Finalists

Meet in-person with your top contractors to review project-specific details and expectations. You can use Modernize’s free worksheet for homeowners to compare contractors. Be sure to bring up the following with each contractor:

  • Ask to see proof of insurance, which should provide their insurance company name, policy number, and policy limits.
  • Discuss who will manage warranty details and responsibility.
  • Make sure to get a fixed price before signing a contract.

3. Don’t Wait Until Your Windows Need Replacement

If a recent storm blew out a window or caused peripheral damage requiring a window replacement, you will want to get the project done as quickly as possible. But you certainly don’t need to wait for a storm to blast through before creating a meaningful relationship with your local windows contractor.

If you have a trusted contractor who has perhaps offered you an assessment of your house’s windows, shown you options for new windows, or helped you learn the needs of your home, you will have less work to do when an emergency does arrive. You could stop by showrooms to take a look at windows or use Modernize to find local window replacement contractors. Whatever tool you choose, we recommend you do so on your own time instead of under the stress of an emergency.

The right time to find a reliable contractor is now.

4. Be Aware of Warning Signs and Avoid Hidden Costs

As with contractors for any home improvement, some are not honest professionals. Before choosing your contractor for an affordable window replacement, be sure you can trust them and that their estimate is transparent and complete.

Door-to-door contractors, for example, flock to areas impacted by storms, and scam unsuspecting homeowners with offers that boast pre-payment or covered deductibles. The best way to avoid scams is to choose a local, trusted contractor—someone who has been around and stuck around, and whose reputation and reliability are central to their success. You can confirm this by checking their physical business address and validating their licensing.

Here are additional warning signs that can protect your window replacement budget:

  • Avoid contractors who request the entire project cost, or large cash deposit, up front. A down payment shouldn’t exceed 10 percent or $ 1,000. “If someone is asking you for a huge chunk of money before they’ve done any work at all, that can raise a red flag,” Bedell explains.
  • Avoid anyone who pressures you to sign a contract immediately.
  • Be wary of any outliers in your quotes. All estimates should be relatively similar unless the material type is significantly different.

When it comes to window replacement projects, there are some hidden costs homeowners could be surprised with down the line. The best way to avoid these is to ask the contractor about them.

A great example of a hidden cost for window replacement projects is complications with lead. If your home was built before 1978, your walls are likely coated in lead-based paint. In recent interviews with Modernize, all homeowners with older units were surprised about this possibility. Windows carry a higher lead exposure risk due to their exposure to outside elements and paint friction—renovations and repairs can create toxic lead dust. Testing for toxic lead typically costs between $ 200 and $ 400. If you have an older home, talk with your contractor about a lead paint test, and how it could impact the cost of your window replacement project.

Other examples include old window disposal and framing changes. Here is Modernize’s full review of the possible hidden costs in window replacements.

5. Evaluate Window Replacement Contractor Quotes the Right Way

The best contractor is not always the cheapest contractor. And the best window replacement quote isn’t always the lowest.

A recent Modernize survey revealed 63 percent of homeowners compare three to four contractor estimates ahead of a home improvement project. Evaluating multiple quotes helps homeowners scope their budget and encourages contractors to be competitive with their pricing. It’s important to understand your window estimates and why quotes may vary from each other. Before comparing your own set of estimates, see our guide Evaluating Contractors’ Window Replacement Quotes.

Here are some musts in any estimate you find:

  • Lots of details
    • The more description the better, what Bedell calls “every aspect of the work.”
  • Clear start and end dates
    • An experienced contractor should be able to know when your windows will be replaced and good to go. “This is hugely important,” Bedell says, “because another big problem that people run into is when a contractor says it’s going to take two weeks to do your job and six months later he’s still there because he only came one day a week.”

Comparing contractors is easy and effective with our free worksheet to help homeowners find the best window replacement contractor. No matter what you use to determine who will replace your windows, it’s important you keep in mind that saving money today could cost you much more money later if the windows don’t hold up or, more realistically, the process to replace them is shoddy. Quality, especially when it comes to your windows, is a lifelong investment.

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10 of the best yoga holidays in UK and Europe

Beautiful locations and activities such as running or simply hanging out on the beach complement quality yoga teaching at these retreats

Combine yoga and Greek sunshine with a holiday on Santorini, the southernmost of the Cyclades islands, staying in whitewashed houses at a boutique hotel with pool outside the village of Oia. There are two daily classes for all levels with warm, encouraging teacher Louise Gillespie-Smith, who balances creative, breath-led flow with gentle, mindful yin. An optional 10-mile hike is included, and guests are also able to enjoy sailing, sea kayaking and wine-tasting if they wish. Louise also leads holidays in the UK and French Alps.
From £795, with breakfast and three evening meals, 29 June-6 July, adventureyogi.com

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Best Posts of 2018 – Spring Fling and a Mixed Bag

Last week we recognized the Best Affordable Style of 2018, focusing on the top products pumped out by the retail establishment. This week we’re taking a look back at the best (at least what WE consider the best) of what Dappered had to offer in 2018. Not trying to toot our own horn here. Consider this more of an exercise in recognizing what was popular with the Dappered readers, so we continue to create informative content in the New Year. And by the way, to those Dappered readers: thanks.

 

10 Men’s Style Things to Change Up for Spring / Summer

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Hey, you know what’s less than 3 months away? The first day of spring. For those of you that would choose warm weather over cold, and prefer fewer layers, let this bring you some solace. We’ll be able to use the advice in this post before you know it.

 

Style Scenario: Spring Temptation – On the Casual Side

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And to put a little more pep in your winter doldrums step, this Style Scenario was assembled utilizing picks from Spring Temptation: New Affordable Men’s Style Arrivals for 2018. We also put together a Middle Ground and Dressed Up look from the same batch of goods. Snow may still be flying, but we’ll be seeing spring retail arrivals before we know it.

 

Happy WIWT Stereotypical Dappered™ Look Day…

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If imitation is the best form of flattery, we were pretty flattered around these parts when a group of guys on Threads decided to create a Stereotypical Dappered Look Day. As can be seen on the WIWT thread, several readers dressed the part, and even found (or built) brick walls to pose in front of. We thought that was pretty damn cool.

 

In Review

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Over the years Dappered has reviewed a lot of offerings in the affordable men’s style arena, and 2018 saw the addition of several reviews, including the Target Goodfellow Keanu single monk (as seen above), selvedge denim from Amazon, a Timex x Todd Snyder collaboration, the Flight Bag from Saddleback, and more. We hope you guys find these reviews informative, and if you ever have an idea for a review send an email to joe@dappered.com.

 

This is my bag of buttons.

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Leave it to Joe to find existential meaning in one small bag of buttons.

 

Style Scenario: Spring/Summer Dad Style!

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The best part about this Style Scenario was that some guys on social media actually thought we were serious about this. You know who you are.

That wraps it up fellas. Once again, thank you so much for your readership of this site. Uncle Dappered wants you to know that without you he’d feel as useless as a button relegated to a bag of eternal inertia. Or something.


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“There’s a saying in Russia,” says Alona Krug, owner of the Brooklyn Banya (the Russian word for steam bath). “If a banya couldn’t cure you, you’re terminally ill.” It’s a tangible sentiment at many of New York’s old and new bathhouses alike, where heat-seeking habitués seek an escape from winter in saunas, steam rooms and…
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Where to find the best Christmas markets in the world

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Technology may have made the world feel like a small place, but when it comes time for the Christmas holiday, many tourists find themselves unsure where they should go. Christmas markets are a legendary and memorable part of holiday travel, but it can be hard to find the best ones.

Well, when it comes to Christmas markets, visiting Europe is simply a no-brainer. The list of good destinations is long, but here are some of the finest places to find the best Christmas markets.

Austria

Whenever Austria is mentioned, we tend to think about it’s capital city, Vienna. In the winter, it’s a magical wonderland, especially from late November to Christmas Eve. The “Vienna magic of advent” boasts of being one the biggest and most popular Christmas markets on the planet. Here, little kids get to explore the fairytale-like workshops, fitted with sparkling tree decorations. And don’t forget the tasty, warm drinks for children and adults!

Getting there doesn’t get any easier than just booking your flight straight to Vienna. The market is usually open from November 17th to December 24th. There are are quite a few fancy hotels around, so you don’t have to worry about safe and comfortable accommodation.

Poland

Poznan Bethlehem is the number one Christmas market in the world. When you visit, you will find yourself transported to a dreamy winter wonderland. Located in the Poznan Freedom Square, it is a sight to see, full of ice and glittering snowflakes. Of course, don’t forget to check out the ice sculpture festival – it just doesn’t happen anywhere else in Europe like it does here. People come from almost all corners of the world to carve massive ice blocks, turning them into sublime pieces of art that leave you in awe.

You also get to treat yourself to the traditional Polish cuisine, and you can even choose to embark on a private food tour.

The opening dates are from November 17th to December 21st. The two major airports nearby are Bydgoszcz and Wroclaw. The best and most affordable accommodations are located at the heart of Poznan, just about 200 meters from the Old Market Square.

Germany

Germany is definitely the first place you think of when discussing European Christmas markets. Aachen is the place to be during that special time of the year. The atmosphere is so glorious that it has made the Aachen Christmas Market world famous. The streets and squares are transformed into a wonderland full of bright colors, lights, and festive fragrances.

Everyone is always in a friendly mood, and people from all over the world come to mingle and interact with each other like no other time. The market normally opens from the November 23rd to the December 23rd. You can book your flight and land at the nearest airports in Cologne or Brussels.

It’s always a great feeling when you get to spend the holidays traveling and enjoying the sights with your loved ones. Visiting the beautiful and unique Christmas markets mentioned here can make for an experience that you will remember for a lifetime.

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January is National Mentoring Month. While the notable goal of this monthlong campaign is to recruit mentors for young people, let’s face it—we can all use a mentor through various aspects of our lives, particularly with our careers.

For that reason, we have collected our top articles with excellent advice about mentorship. Whether you are seeking a mentor or want to be a better one to someone, these articles can help you reach your mentorship goals.

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SHE LAUNCHED A MENTORSHIP PROGRAM TO CREATE MORE BLACK HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

Dr. Christina T. Rosenthal is a dentist, social entrepreneur, and recently named Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity, one of nearly 300 people working worldwide to build fairer, healthier, and more inclusive societies. Just one year out of dental school, she opened her first private practice, and then later launched Determined to be a Doctor Someday (DDS), an initiative to develop the next generation of healthcare professionals who will be representative of the communities they serve.

5 MENTORSHIP MISCONCEPTIONS THAT MAY BE HOLDING YOU BACK

At several points throughout your career, you’ll need the advice of a trusted adviser or mentor, someone who can help you navigate career paths and transitions as well as the stages of business cycles and professional relationships. But take note, there are a lot of misconceptions about what mentorship is and who it is for—we’re here to clear a few things up.

HOW TO CONVINCE HIGH PROFILE PEOPLE TO MENTOR YOU

Paul Brunson is an entrepreneur who has been co-signed by Oprah, mentored Ed Neff, and the list goes on. He has some key advice on how to land high-profile individuals as mentors.

5 TIPS FOR FINDING THE PERFECT PROFESSIONAL MENTOR

If your desire is to procure an in-person mentoring relationship with a senior professional and/or executive, here are five key things you should understand before pursuing mentorship.

‘I NEED A MENTOR’: 5 SMART STRATEGIES TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT ONE

Murray Newlands: “When choosing a mentor, I sometimes just knew if she or he was the right person for the job, while other situations led me to put a lot of consideration into it, before starting a relationship. In doing so, I’ve discovered there are some criteria that you can use to determine if someone will make a good mentor for you.”

 

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Best New Tracks: Kash Doll, Dreezy, Homeshake, YGTUT & More

Last week for the first Best New Tracks write-up of 2019, we spotlighted releases from Nipsey Hussle, D’Angelo, Future, Dua Saleh, MemoTheMafioso, Rucci, 1TakeJay, AzChike, Coach Joey, DamJonBoi and Lil Dude. With the music industry back for its full week of the new year, we’re looking to new deliveries from Kash Doll, Dreezy, Homeshake, YGTUT, Strick and Potty Mouth for our Best New Tracks feature. 2019 just got started but its already looking like we’re going to have a year.

Dreezy Featuring Kash Doll – “Chanel Slides”

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Dreezy and Kash Doll may have just landed a hit record and, quite possibly, the biggest songs of their careers. Both artists are criminally talented and show why they are some of the best new talents in the game on “Chanel Slides.” The braggadocios single isn’t just a record that shows off their drip, but their lyrical ability. Let’s hope this track takes off and gets both of these artists on the national stage that they deserve.

Homeshake – “Just Like My”

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Homeshake, the project of Peter Sagar, shares the video for “Just Like My,” the third single from his upcoming album Helium. The video was a collaboration between Canadian director Oliver McGarvey and German artist Eric Winkler, both based in Berlin. The song may seem ambiguous, but for Homeshake, it has a deeper meaning.

“It’s sort of a vague song, but it comes back around to my Oma — my grandmother who’s 98 years old,” he explained in a recent interview. “Her memory is finally starting to go, but I feel like mine already like went. She still has a lot of memory, even despite that, but I’m sort of turning into her before I turn into my parents.”

‘Shake will take Helium on the road next month to Europe with headline shows in Brighton, Manchester and London’s Kentish Town Forum plus more. Full dates here.

YGTUT- “Mind Your Business”

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Hip Hop’s southern wunderkind, YGTUT releases his second single, “Mind Ya Business” off of the long-awaited I.O.U. EP. Produced by D. Sanders, TUT emphasizes the need to stay in your own lane and business. Since breaking out three years ago with Preacher’s Son, YGTUT is finally ready to re-enter the music scene.

Strick – See You When I Land

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Young Thug’s right hand man and artist, Strick, returns with his latest EP, See You When I Land. The 12-song project feature appearances from Gunna, Young Thug, and Duke.

Strick spoke about his work stating, “I wanted to create an experience that was just as creative and unique as my style of music and felt that giving the listener a visual trailer that embodied the conceptual theme of See You When I Land was important. I’m thankful my team and the directors believed in my vision and were able to highlight it on screen.”

Potty Mouth – “22”

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Punk rock trio, Potty Mouth celebrate the announcement of their long-awaited sophomore LP SNAFU with the release of lead single, “22.” SNAFU will be released on March 1 via Get Better Records. The forthcoming LP comes six years after the trio’s acclaimed 2013 debut album Hell Bent and serves as “a rallying cry for creative freedom.”

“Our approach made things take longer, but it gave us more creative freedom,” said Einbinder. “To have that flexibility was so helpful, and the amount we grew and learned during the making of this record is the product of a lot of patience and finding the right situation for ourselves. As artists trying to maintain control over this path we’ve taken together, the three of us have stuck it out for eight years now, and we’re here for each other.”

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The best places to go ice skating in America

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When the holiday season arrives, people all over the country take to the ice in full force, as the best time to go ice skating begins. Ice skating is an activity that is enjoyed by people of all ages all over the world, and it doesn’t matter if the ground is covered in crisp white snow or if a blazing sun is burning in the sky. So where are the best places to go ice skating in America? We will try to point you in the right direction to have a fun filled ice skating experience.

Missouri – Kansas Ice Terrace

In Kansas City, Missouri, you will find the Crown Center Ice Terrace, where many locals gather to enjoy the festive season on the ice. It has quite a history – people have been skating here for more than forty years. The Ice Terrace is all decked out for Christmas, with a 100-foot tree, 6,000 white lights, and more than 1,000 Christmas ornaments. Ice skating can be enjoyed right up until March 11th.

Jackson, Wyoming – Snake River Sporting Club

Ice time at Snake River, which has quite an exotic ring about it, has a fun, North Pole winter feel about it. The view is incredible, with the snowy peaks of the Teton mountain range close by and an abundance of skiers flying about on skies. It’s like a scene from a festive Christmas postcard, and a paradise for skaters. Behind the Snake River Clubhouse, you will find the ice rink surrounded by the forest and mountains. This location feels so peaceful and so close to nature. The air is crisp, which really helps skaters get in the spirit of this special time of year.

Rockford, Illinois – Eclipse Lagoon

Rockford’s Eclipse Lagoon is another location set in nature that is really hard to beat. Imagine all the best features of a frozen lagoon at the beautiful Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens. Obviously, with a natural environment, quality ice time is determined by the weather conditions, but January is normally a good time to visit the Eclipse Lagoon.

Colorado Springs, Colorado – The Broadmoor World Arena Ice Hall

The exceptional point about Broadmoor is that it’s an Olympic training ice rink, and has been for many years. This is where you can really strut your stuff in the same place where champions practiced their moves. In fact, there is only one other place like Broadmoor in the whole United States. You will have to pay special attention to when you book your time on the ice, as the rink is mainly used for training.

Jackson, New Hampshire – Nestlenook Farms

This is another location with a real winter wonderland feel about it. The views are reminiscent of those Christmas card themes, and there is a kind of fairy tale atmosphere about the place. It’s natural and you get to skate under decorated bridges as you make your way around the frozen pond. Other seasonal treats available here include campfires, hot drinks, and sleigh rides.

If you are looking for some quality ice time, in idyllic conditions, these five locations might just be perfect for you.

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The best European getaways for winter break

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Winter does not have to be a time of hibernation. On the contrary, it may be the ideal time to explore what there is to see in Europe. So pack up your coats and boots and take a journey to one of the following locations for a wonderful winter break getaway. Here are the top winter destinations in Europe.

1. Vienna, Austria

The Austrian capital is a must-see in any season, but the truth is that in winter, its magic increases, making it the ideal destination for colder days. With various markets scattered throughout the city, classical music concerts, and ice rinks for adventures on skates, Vienna is a kind of winter paradise. Lose yourself among the white-washed houses and enjoy some of the city’s historic buildings, such as the Homburg Palace and the Belvedere.

2. Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy, with its immense canals and buildings that transcend history, is one of the most popular getaways for winter break in Europe. Venice is beautiful all year round, but in winter, the city is covered with a mystical fog. The streets empty out a bit during the off season, giving you the chance to explore even the most famous sights free of the masses. Take the opportunity to visit St. Mark’s Basilica and the markets that dot the streets at this time.

3. Budapest, Hungary

With buildings that will leave you breathless, Budapest is a charming city that undoubtedly deserves a visit when the winter cold sets in and the snow begin to fall. There are many Christmas markets that pop up in the city, where it will not be difficult to find delicious food and handicrafts to take home with you. Explore the river on a small boat and, if you dare, experience the famous thermal baths.

5. Abisko, Sweden

Have you ever dreamed of seeing the Northern Lights? Abisko is a small village in Sweden, near the border with Norway, and one of the best – if not the best – sites to witness the unparalleled beauty of the Northern Lights. With sparkling lakes and a huge green mantle, it is the perfect place to escape the buzz of big cities and immerse yourself in nature.

4. Lucerne, Switzerland

Nestled on Lake Lucerne in a breathtaking mountainous setting, this Switzerland town is one of Europe’s best winter gateway as it is during this season that it really comes to life. There are many activities to do once in Lucerne, such as skiing or hiking on the paths that surround the medieval city. But there’s more here than just natural landscapes – lose yourself in its streets and you will see that the architecture is also fascinating.

5. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana is a city whose canals contain unparalleled magic. The city is small for a capital, and therefore has a unique, picturesque character which makes it a great destination for a winter getaway. Wander the streets, take a stroll through the Christmas markets, and, if you have the time, take a trip over to Lake Bled, which looks like it’s taken straight from a postcard, especially when the surrounding mountains are covered with snow.

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The Best Winter Coats to Wear On Your Commute

the best winter coats to wear on your commute

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

Are you on the hunt for a new winter coat to wear on your commute to work? There are a TON of great options — and some crazy sales happening right now — so I thought we’d do a roundup. I’ve always advised here that wool coats are the more formal option and, in my humble opinion, often “look bettter” with conservative work attire — but I’ll be the first to note that down coats and puffer jackets have come a LONG way, and there are a ton of stylish options out there right now. (I know I’ve seen readers singing the praises of this particular coat.) Ladies, what do you look for in a winter coat — what are the most important qualities to you? Washability? Pockets? Hood? Warmth? Comfort? Do tell..

Here are some of our favorites out there right now…

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the best winter coats to wear on your commute - affordable

Uniqlo has a nice, classic-looking coat for a mere $ 79 on sale (down from $ 150). It’s available in four colors, but is only available in lucky sizes. Other really affordable options include an asymmetrical boiled wool blend coat for $ 129, with lots of sizes and colors left, and this hiiiighly rated walking coat for $ 150 in regular and petite sizes.

the best winter coats for your commute - stylish

Wrap coats are really in right now, and this gorgeous, sophisticated option from Cole Haan comes down to $ 199 right now. I love that there’s a working hood! You can find a ton of similar options out there right now, including this fun purple wrap coat from Tahari, an online-only option from Ann Taylor, a sleek option from Judith & Charles, and a reversible one from Talbots in regular, petite, and plus sizes. If down is your thing, I’ve seen a lot of readers singing the praises of this jacket from Cole Haan (available in regular and plus sizes in knee- and calf-lengths). 

the best winter coats to wear on your commute - babaton

I keep hearing great things about Babaton coats, sold at Aritzia — and they’re down to $ 175 right now, at least for the wool blend — the alpaca/wool blend is $ 275, and the wool/cashmere is down to $ 250 . We’ve pictured the wool blend, but 

the best winter coats to wear on your commute - stadium cloth

Stadium coats can be great if you don’t want a super fitted option — and I like all the pockets. J.Crew’s is very popular and highly rated (and on sale at Nordstrom and J.Crew, bringing it mostly under $ 200), but note that Everlane’s popular cocoon coat has a similar vibe. Talbots has a stadium coat in really nice rich jewel tones available now in regular, petite, plus, and plus-size petites (whoa, and for $ 135). If you like the neck coverage, this funnel neck coat from Ann Taylor is also nice.

the best winter coats to wear on your commute - ted baker

Ted Baker always makes some of the most stylish winter coats, and this printed chevron coat (with the brand’s signature rose-gold details) is gorgeous. (The Ted Baker wrap coat has been around for several seasons now — I love the collarless-look once it’s buttoned-up.) It was $ 615, but is now marked to $ 399. Other drool-worthy brands to be sure to check out if you want something really stylish: Mackage, Soia & Kyo, Trina Turk, and, on the more affordable side, Helene Berman. (Also keep an eye out for statement coats at stores like Anthropologie, The Outnet, Last Call, and more!)

the best winter coats to wear on your commute - the most elegant, luxurious option

If you’re looking for an elegant, luxurious option, it’s hard to go wrong with Fleurette — but they’re definitely pricey. The pictured coat is made from “plush Loro Piana wool” and available in multiple colors — and it’s marked from $ 1200 down to $ 800. There are lots of other Fleurette coats if you like this look and want a discount; also keep an eye out for brands like Cinzia Rocca and Brooks Brothers.  

Readers, which are your favorite winter coats? Are you on Team Wool or Team Down? Have you bought any great ones recently? 

Like this feature? Check out other recent installments! Curious for other roundups of winter coats? Here they are from 201720162013, and 2009.

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If you're hunting for the best winter coat to wear on your commute, boy have we got you covered: we did a big roundup of the best winter coats to wear to work in 2019 -- and TONS are on sale right now, including cashmere coats, alpaca coats, wool coats, stadium coats, wrap coats, blazer coats, and more!

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Best Posts of 2018 – Fall, Back to School, and Affordable Watches

Last week we recognized the Best Affordable Style of 2018, focusing on the top products pumped out by the retail establishment. This week we’re taking a look back at the best (at least what WE consider the best) of what Dappered had to offer in 2018. Not trying to toot our own horn here. Consider this more of an exercise in recognizing what was popular with the Dappered readers, so we continue to create informative content in the New Year. And by the way, to those Dappered readers: thanks.

 

The Style-Centric Grown up’s Back to School Shopping List

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As stated in the opening paragraph of the post, this really was just a shameless rationalization for shopping, but why should kids have all the fun during the back to school window? With a translation of common back to school items into what would equate for the stylish adult man, this made for a tempting shopping list that may or may not have shorted a few college fund contributions.

 

How to up your style in college without looking like you’re trying too hard

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And speaking of back to school, this post truly was for the guy heading back to campus. With valuable information on how to upgrade the normal attire for a college environment, perhaps this post inspired a few guys to step up their game on the first day back in class.

 

Autumnal Temptation – The Best Looking New Fall Style Arrivals for Men

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Although not back to school specific, there was plenty featured in the 2018 Autumnal Temptation round up that could work for a guy going back to school. It was also tempting for just about everyone else as well. Autumn truly is the most tempting time to spruce up one’s wardrobe, as so many more layers can be incorporated.

 

Best Looking Affordable Outerwear – Fall/Winter 2018

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Whether on campus, out and about town, to and from work, or just being exposed to cold air, being able to comfortably once again utilize outerwear is a bonus in the colder months. The 2018 crop of Best Looking Affordable Outerwear featured peacoats, topcoats, bombers, Macs, waxed truckers, quilted, shrimp kabob, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo

 

10 Alternatives to the J. Crew Nike Killshot Sneaker

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Sneaker are an essential not only for back to school, but for the guy that is on his feet and walking a good amount during his day. One of the most prized sneakers in the men’s style arena is the Nike Killshot. It’s been no secret from day one that this site didn’t really get the hype. That inspired a post that featured 10 alternatives to the Killshot. If you experienced a bit of déjà vu, you weren’t going crazy. The post originally ran in 2017, but was so popular we updated it with new picks.

 

The 10 Best Looking Watches under $ 100

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Finally, if you’re heading back to school, you’re likely on a budget, seeing how insane school debt is right now in the good ol’ US of A. So when there are quality style pieces that can be had for a smaller amount of cash, it’s likely appreciated. This post offered 10 watches, all at the time under the $ 100 mark.


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The 2019 Golden Globes Red Carpet Was on Fire: Which Celeb Earned Your Best Dressed Vote?

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Best Affordable Style of 2018 – The Watch

The end of the year means it’s time to hand out some awards. No, there’re no little statues to pass along, but over the next few days we’ll still highlight some of the best in affordable men’s style from this past year. And it was a good one. Feel free to send in additional nominations to joe@dappered.com.

 

Orient Bambino Small Seconds – $ 150 (when on Massdrop)$ 169

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Shown above with the oft-desired champagne dial.

How do you improve upon a legend? You slap a perfectly proportioned, subtly textured small seconds hand on the dial, keep the rest simple, and stick with the mid to classically sized diameter and domed crystal.

The Orient Bambino Sub Seconds quickly became a hit. So much so that it’s really pretty hard to find some of the color combinations (like the champagne dial shown above). But play your cards right, and you can get one of these insta-classics for around $ 150 during a mega sale or a drop on Massdrop. Full review of the small seconds can be found here.

Also Receiving Votes: The Seiko Samurai Automatic, The Timex Hand Wound & Automatic Marlins, the dependable Seiko SKX line, the Citizen Nighthawk, Hamilton’s Khaki Field Automatic.


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Top 5 best destination for shopaholics

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Are you a shopaholic looking to bag the best discount deals and bargains? Shopping can be enjoyable and therapeutic for people of all ages. It is a language which is recognized internationally and is loved by people all over the world. From shopping malls and department stores to huge supermarkets and electronics hubs, people shop for foodstuffs, antique items, clothing, and fashion accessories. These top five best destination for shopaholics are celebrated and revered for the scintillating shopping possibilities they provide.

Bangkok, Thailand

The capital of Thailand, Bangkok, offers a unique shopping experience as it has everything from the Terminal 21 shopping complex to Chatuchak Weekend Market. The market hosts nearly 8,000 stalls and brilliant shops, offering everything from bathing suits to home décor products, and fashion accessories to pet toys.

The 35-acre supermarket attracts more than 200,000 shoppers on average. Here you can find discount items and unique awe-inspiring gift items, but it is important to shop carefully. There are those vendors who sell old and low quality items. Some of the vendors charge inexorable rates for real antique pieces. No matter how good your budget is, you should use your bargaining power to bag good deals. If you are in the hunt for pure leather items, head towards Sukhumvit Road. Simultaneously, find cheap gems and silk items on Silom Road.

Hong Kong, China

Shopping is very much the way of life for the people of Hong Kong. Most of the items are tax- free, and if you have good bargaining power, you can get incredible deals. Buy trendy clothes at cheaper rates from Jardine’s Crescent. In the Causeway Bay, you can go bargain hunting and shop for embellished well-decorated blouses, designer bags, home accessories, and fashion items. A brand-conscious shopaholic should move on to Pacific Place, where you can also find leather goods. Buy silk items and authentic Chinese artwork from Stanley Market.

Bali, Indonesia

Ubud, Indonesia is the storehouse of traditional garments, Balinese handicrafts, and sparkling artworks. If you are looking to buy carvings, paintings, and wall hangings for your blank walls, head towards Pasar Seni Ubud, positioned close to Ubud Palace. You will love to explore a range of clothing boutiques at Jalan Raya Ubud. The Guwang art market is equally famous for designer textiles and handicrafts.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur hosts the Mega Sale Carnival between June and August, and during this time, it becomes a shopper’s paradise. The Suria KLCC is the most glamorous shopping mall, selling international brands, offering local treasures, and quirky souvenirs. You can find vintage items and antique tea sets at the famous Collectibles Center.

Milan, Italy

The moment you hear Milan, don’t you think of Prada, Gabbana, Dolce, and Missoni? Milan is every shopper’s paradise, and is ostentatious, known for worldly glamor that you can sense on the streets. The world’s oldest shopping mall, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, is located here as well. You can shop for a complete range of hand designer pieces, while you fall in love with the grandiose of La Scala Theater, Serravalle Scrivia, Orio Center, Fox Town, Cremona Factory Outlet, and more.

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These Are Scientifically The Best Fits

In his 1990 book Eminently Suitable, Bruce Boyer has this line that I love: “wearing clothes is still something of an art — it has not descended to one of the sciences.” Well, eat it, Bruce Boyer, cause a StyleForum member just found the scientifically best fits of 2018.

OK, it’s not totally scientific, but it’s at least democratic. Allen, who goes by Baltimoron on StyleForum, is in the final stretch of a PhD program where he studies brains. His work involves a fair bit of computer programming and data analysis, and with a bit of free time over the holidays, he downloaded and reviewed the best outfits of 2018, as voted on StyleForum. For those not on the forum, StyleForum has a feature where other members can “thumb” a post, which basically provides that poster with positive feedback. And while it’s not always about the outfits themselves (sometimes a user will get thumbs cause the photo is funny or if they’re just a popular member on the board), generally speaking, the best outfits will climb higher in terms of thumb count.

Compiling that data, however, isn’t simple. “The process is often called web scraping,” Allen explains. “I wrote a script that basically ‘reads” information on a webpage and stores the parts I want in a table. On StyleForum, each post has information about the user who submitted it, where it sits in a thread, and the number of thumbs other users gave it. I pull all this information and sort it based on the number of thumbs in order to determine the top 100 posts. My script then downloads the images associated with those posts.”

Allen’s breakdown follows the two big organizational categories you’ll find on StyleForum — there are the top outfits for “streetwear and denim” (which is basically StyleForum’s term for casualwear) and “classic menswear” (which is mostly about classic tailoring). Allen also created a category for best posters who crossed the divide. Dedicated Put This On readers will see some familiar faces from our weekly PTOman Instagram roundups, including Peter in San Francisco, Andy from San Jose, and Charlie from Acton, Australia.

Scrolling through photos like this can be a great way to develop your sense of taste and give you a broader appreciation for aesthetics that may not be your own. Guys who are just starting out will often follow a matryoshka of “rules”, which extend to the minutest of details, but once you get past the basics of how to dress reasonably well, style is often intuitive. David Isle once wrote: “Among art dealers, The Eye is that unteachable and irrevocable power to discern art from trash, real from fake, inspired from derivative. It is the capacity to appreciate something that you have not already been taught that you must appreciate. The legend of The Eye would have it that this talent cannot be learned. But I believe that attention and exposure to a wide variety of interesting objects is what sharpens The Eye.”

“One of the reasons that I started compiling these year-end summaries is to archive the contributions of older posters,” says Allen. “The StyleForum community has seen its share of turnover across the years. Many of the users that I looked up to when I joined have moved on from the forum or have migrated to other platforms. The other reason was to provide an accessible resource for new users. Styleforum can be a bit overwhelming at first because there’s so much depth and the main threads can move quickly. My hope is that these summaries show new users that the SF community is home to a wide variety of styles and that it will encourage them to contribute.”

Some of Allen’s favorite outfits from last year include gray herringbone overcoat and chunky cream-colored turtleneck sweater seen on penanceroyaltea (“He has a great eye for color and drape, and mixes a lot of different brands together”) and this similarly long coat worn over tailoring by urbancomposition (“I’m impressed by how well he executes both casual and formal outfits. People that can do both to that degree as rare, so I’m happy to see him appear in both albums.”). You can see Allen’s original thread summary for 2018 here, his roundup of 2017’s best outfits, and a similar compilation posted on Reddit back in 2015. Below are some of my favorite photos pulled from last year’s albums.

 

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The best outlet malls to visit in New Jersey

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When you are looking for a place where you can shop for almost anything you want and enjoy yourself while savoring good food and drinks, then an outlet mall is all you need. Outlet malls have gained a reputation for their good deals and large variety of stores. Outlets are common all over the world, but New Jersey is known for having some of the best. Whether you live in New Jersey or are just there for a visit, here are the best outlet malls to check out.

Westfield Garden State Plaza

This mall has the best shopping options and food selection. The restaurant choices range from from Bourbon Street Grille and Chili’s to Shake Shack and more. There are numerous anchor stores like the Nordstrom, Macy’s and Neiman-Marcus. The entrances to the outlet are even beautiful, with matching marble floors. The area is easy to navigate with massage areas and virtual reality stations to boost the shopper’s sweet experience. They offer an on-site stylist, private client greetings, special events all year round, and trend shows. If you are looking for the perfect outlet while in New Jersey, then Westfield Garden State Plaza is the ideal place for you.

Cherry Hill Mall

This mall has a historical touch to it. Being the first enclosed mall on the east coast, it has a significant advantage over many malls in New Jersey. It is the home of a number of great retail stores including Lululemon Athletica, J. Crew and Henri Bendel. The dining areas at Cherry Hill Mall include the California Pizza Kitchen and Maggiano’s Little Italy. Its great interior and exterior are complete with marble floors, adding to the beauty of the place. There are even regular community events and programs that are free to the public. This outlet really shouldn’t be missed.

Mall at the Short Hills

This mall’s uniqueness lies in its proximity to the hills across the street that creates the perfect shopping getaway. Its located off Route 24 in Millburn. The upscale specialty stores and restaurants add to its special vibe. There are 40 boutique stores and a state-of-the-art guest services center. Its grand court seating area enhances visitors’ enjoyment of their experience.

Freehold Raceway Mall

The mall is almost like an island due to its ideal location along Route 9. It’s characterized by a bright and airy interior and a beautiful new exterior. It is complete with numerous stores and restaurants, a decent food court, and a large AMC movie theater.

The Mills at Jersey Gardens

This mall has transportation to take customers to and from the Manhattan Port Authority Terminal as well as the Newark International Airport. It offers this service on a daily basis, so it’s easy to get there even if you’re coming from afar. The stores are of a high quality, and the atmosphere is lovely. Fashion is at its best at Jersey Gardens, bringing you products from Hugo Boss, Charlotte Russe, Kate Spade, and Calvin Klein. It even has the biggest Tommy Hilfiger in the United States! The Mills is the largest New Jersey outlet and retail center, and has a big AMC movie theater inside too.

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Best Affordable Style of 2018 – The Blazer / Sportcoat

The end of the year means it’s time to hand out some awards.  No, there’re no little statues to pass along, but over the next few days we’ll still highlight some of the best in affordable men’s style from this past year.  And it was a good one. Feel free to send in additional nominations to joe@dappered.com.

 

The Rise of the Knit Sportcoat

There is no specific winner this year. But a certain style of blazer/sportcoat absolutely took center stage this year. And that style was the knit sportcoat.

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Dressing down a sportcoat gets real easy when it’s knit.

From high end brands to bargain big box stores, seemingly everyone did a knit sportcoat this year. And when executed well, these things are hugely versatile. Polished enough to wear with an OCBD and chinos, or dress it down with a t-shirt or henley and jeans.

Knit Sportcoats

Some are made of sweatshirt material. Some are made of fancy Italian wool. Some are made of a wool/cotton blend. This past year knit sportcoats came in just about every color and fabric combination imaginable. And we’ll kick off 2019 (once we’re back from a break) with a round up of the best of the best that you can get your hands on. So stay tuned for that.

Also Receiving Votes: The spendy, but incredibly nice, unconstructed Italian wool blazers from Bonobos. Spier & Mackay’s navy wool hopsack blazer. Lands’ End’s Half-Canvas Wool Blazer. Brooks Brothers on sale Regent Fit, wool or wool blend Sportcoats. J. Crew’s Legacy Wool BlazersSuitsupply’s Havana Fit Sportcoats in whatever fabric that fits your needs. 


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From ‘Moon’ to ‘Sunshine’: the 21st Century’s Best Thoughtful Sci-Fi Movies

While many of today’s big-screen offerings might appear to only offer audiences superficial, throwaway entertainment full of crash, bang, wallop, the last 20 years has also seen its fair share of thought-provoking sci-fi masterclasses. And not just those with super slick (often sexy) neon-laced cityscapes – like Blade Runner 2049 – either. Rather, there’s a small selection of standout science fiction that’s a whole lot quieter than the standard spectacle, making us stop, ponder, and consider where our future is heading. Sure, you might get thrills thrown in but the sci-fi we’re talking about is a whole lot more contemplative than it is flashy.

Of the most thoughtful sci-fi movies released in the 21st century (so far!), the following are intimate, with character relationships, emotion, and a deeper meaning at the core of their lofty narratives. Here are five modern sci-fi classics guaranteed to give you food for thought.

Sunshine (2007)


Jeepers, would you look at that.

A movie whose chances of box office success — in the UK at any rate — were ironically killed by the sunshine (2007 was a good summer in Blighty), Danny Boyle’s Sunshine stars a who’s who of international actors primarily known at the time for their roles in independent films. This isn’t surprising considering that Sunshine itself was made for a fairly modest budget of just $ 40 million. Not that you’d know it watching Cillian Murphy’s Robert Capa stare into infinity, such is the quality of the film’s effects.

Murphy makes up just one of Icarus II’s eight space-crew members, unceremoniously tasked with reigniting the Earth’s sun using a nuclear payload. While the premise here might appear simple at first, Sunshine revels in raising the stakes, hiking up impossible odds for every crew member to overcome. Some take issue with the stark genre-shift the movie embarks on after Mark Strong’s character is introduced towards the end — but that doesn’t mean the action playing out on screen is any less intelligent.

Moon (2009)


Sam Rockwell in Moon.

When Duncan Jones’ Moon released in 2009, the director and co-writer was thought to be the next best sci-fi protégé. Turns out, he’s been struggling to match his debut ever since, but that doesn’t make his original film any less of a space odyssey worth going on. Featuring a career-defining performance from Sam Rockwell as lonely helium harvester, Sam Bell, his performance conveys the toll taken on a man who finds himself alone in space. Rockwell is the man on the moon, but it’s his humanity that makes us empathise with his solitude.

Moon is a modern sci-fi classic unafraid to spend long sequences lingering on moonscapes, taking its time to unfurl, before finally revealing its central mystery of who he is, why he’s the one chosen for the mission, and for how much longer he’ll stay content. Emotions are tugged throughout Moon’s 97 minutes, and by the end, it’s impossible not to get wrapped up in both its story and greater meaning.

Interstellar (2014)


Chris Nolan’s Interstellar is both gorgeous and deep.

No longer bound by the comic-book pages of DC’s Caped Crusader, people had every right to be excited about Christopher Nolan’s next project: an original story set within the realms of hard science fiction. 2014’s Interstellar was that movie, and for the most part, it lived up to the ambition its title suggests. Matthew McConaughey’s Coop acts as humanity’s only hope, tasked with venturing through a wormhole in an attempt to find a new world capable of allowing life to prosper.

What gives Interstellar its credibility is how grounded both humanity’s plight and use of technology feel considering it’s a movie about zipping around space. A central theme throughout is the idea of time slipping away: the time we have left on Earth, the time we let slip away doing worthless tasks, and time spent away from loved ones. These ideas are integrated into what could be, on the surface, enjoyed as a rollicking sci-fi adventure. By the end, however, it becomes clear that Nolan is spinning his story into a web of concepts not too often explored in mainstream cinema.

Ex Machina (2015)


Alicia Vikander as Ava in Ex Machina.

Alex Garland’s Ex Machina is proof positive that sometimes smaller is better when trying to deal with the loftiest of concepts. Often, the idea of artificial intelligence becoming self-aware is realised simply as a means of giving our heroes an enemy to fight, but here it’s used as an opportunity to explore the differences between humanity and those engineered by us to mimic us. Alicia Vikander’s performance as android Ava helped put her on the map, and the chemistry she shares with Domhnall Gleeson’s sheepish programmer, Caleb, makes it an electrifying watch.

While the isolated tech centre the majority of the film takes place in looks shiny, sleek, and clean, Ex Machina cleverly evokes an insidious sense of seediness sparked by Oscar Isaac’s power-hungry Nathan. So obsessed with creating a perfect human replica able to pass the Turing test, his overconfidence in controlling Ava is what eventually proves to be his downfall. All three main actors are at the top of their game in Ex Machina, making this smart science fiction at its finest.

Arrival (2016)



Based on Ted Chiang’s acclaimed short story, The Story of Your Life, Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival is far from your standard alien invasion movie. Whereas most would instantly see hordes of militia swarm the unknown force before it had even a chance to touch the ground, here we see humans take a calm and calculated approach to tackling the potential alien threat. This refreshing shake-up of pace leads to a fascinating dialogue (of sorts) between us and them, allowing room for Amy Adams’ linguist to attempt to decipher their intentions.

This turns out to be much more ethereal than it might at first appear, as we eventually learn that the extra-terrestrial presence hopes to teach us more about our species. Arrival isn’t afraid to keep audiences out of the loop for extended lengths of the running time but, by the end, it mostly manages to click into place eliciting a sense of understanding on the part of the audience for a pay-off that’s elevated by an emotive central performance by Adams. As beautiful as it is smart, Arrival sits with you long after the credits roll.

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The best destinations for culturephiles in the United States

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Everyone has different hobbies; some like to collect things, while others like to explore the world. Among those who love to travel and see new things are people who are interested in learning all about different cultures, or culturephiles. They are especially fond of exploring the history and culture of different regions.

With so many destination options out there, it can be difficult to decide where to go first. So, culturephiles, here are the best destinations in the United States for you to check out.

Houston, Texas

The most significant historic attraction in Houston, Texas is the San Jacinto Monument, commemorating the battle of Texas, along with a great historical museum. There is, of course, a huge space center located in Houston, which can be a great place to visit if you are interested in space exploration and the history of the US space program. There are also various other historic buildings, statues, and architecture that are worth seeing in this fascinating city.

New York City, New York

The marvelous Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Center, and Ellis Island are just a few of the most visited places in New York City. Colloquially known as the “city that never sleeps,” New York is home to incredible art and culture, music, museums, and plays.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico is the oldest state capital in the United States. Here, you can explore the magnificent history of the country from long ago. This beautiful city is famous for its historical architecture, preservation of the old cultures, unique boutiques, and super-delicious food. There is always a lot to do in Santa Fe, and the options range from shopping and eating to biking and hiking.

Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis is a huge tourist center, with about 600,000 people visiting every year. Memphis is famous for its lush green parks and plenty of museums, and of course, for being the hometown of the great Elvis Presley. There are a number of museums and tributes that honor the King of Rock and Roll. In addition, Memphis is a great place for kids, and there is a children’s museum in the middle town and an epic zoo nearby, too.

Indianapolis, Indiana

The world’s largest children museum is located in Indianapolis, and it is one of the world’s most rapidly emerging capitals. The diverse culture and multicolor history are core assets of this charming place.

Phoenix, Arizona

The mesmerizing scenery in Phoenix, Arizona makes it a stunning place to visit and spend some time in the outdoors. Phoenix is famous for its diverse ecosystem, camelback mountains, rare species of flora and fauna, and several botanical and horticulture gardens.

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is a city with a beautiful skyline, incredible museums, and diverse people and culture. It is great for all ages and there is always something to do here from kayaking on the Chicago river to visiting the famous Field Museum of Natural History. It is a diverse city with a very interesting history, not to mention the great food and sports teams associated with the Windy City.

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The best travel rewards credit cards of 2019

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Traveling can be pretty expensive, you’ll have to pay for flights, hotels, transport, and food. The costs soon add up, but there are ways that you can save money by spending money. Many financial companies will offer travel rewards credit cards to encourage their customers to spend money while they are on vacation. Here are the best of the bunch that are worth investing in.

Bank of America Travel Rewards Credit Card

Many travel rewards cards require you to pay an annual renewal fee, but that is not the case with this card from Bank of America. You earn points on everything that you buy with this card, 1.5 points per dollar spent and if you spend $ 1,000 in the first 90 days of signing up, you will get a free bonus of 20,000 points, which adds up to $ 200 worth. It’s a pretty quick return on signing up with the credit card service as you can book your vacation after signing up and pretty much make yourself $ 200 in points just spending money were going to spend anyway. If you are a Bank of America customer, you can earn a bonus ranging from 10% to 75% when you redeem your points, all depending on how much money you have in your bank account.

The Platinum Card, American Express

The Platinum Card doesn’t come cheap, but you get some incredible perks for your money. It’ll cost $ 550 to renew each year, but some will say that is money well spent. Using your card within your first three months can earn you up to 60,000 reward points, allowing you to make $ 5,000 worth of purchases. You’ll get $ 200 worth of Uber credits each year and also $ 200 worth of credit for airline fees. For every dollar you spend using your card you’ll receive five reward points, meaning the rewards will soon add up if you travel a lot. The Platinum Card will gain you access to over 1,000 airport lounges across the world, meaning you’ll be able to grab some food and a drink in peace away from the masses in the main airport lounges of the world.

Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card

For many people, they don’t really care about how they get to their vacation destination as long as they can enjoy their stay when they are there. For those people, the hotel they stay in is more important than pretty much anything else. For those who spend most of their travel budget on their hotel then the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus card is for them. It has a low annual renewal fee of $ 95, and for each year that you remain a customer, Marriott will gift you a free stay in one of their hotels. Each dollar that you spend at a Marriott Rewards participating hotel will earn you 6 reward points, meaning you can rack up the points pretty quickly on vacation. You’ll be upgraded to silver status on renewing your account, giving you exclusive offers, late checkout options and a 20% bonus on rewards points earned.

The cost of travel soon adds up, so it is often worth getting a rewards card if you travel pretty regularly. You’re going to be spending that money anyway so you might as well try and get some rewards for doing so.

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Readers’ best travel discoveries of 2018: your top tips

What an adventurous lot you are! Your 2018 highlights include mountain treks, centuries-old communities and exotic wildlife. Read on for 2019 inspiration …

The highlight of our fabulous week in Mull in June was our accommodation. A mile along a coastal path, Rubha nan Gall lighthouse cottage is off grid, but apart from not being able to use a hair dryer, you wouldn’t know it. The four en suite double bedrooms were furnished to a high standard and the kitchen well-equipped. The views past the lighthouse to the Ardnamurchan peninsula, not to mention the dolphin we saw just offshore, made this one of our favourite places ever.
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Best places to travel for history buffs

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The world is an ancient place, and humans have been around for a fraction of that time. Humans have been around for thousands of years, and during that time there have been great civilizations. Many of those places are still standing for modern history buffs to explore. If you want to get in touch with history check these places out.

Athens, Greece

The city of Athens in Greece is often called the birthplace of civilization, as it was one of the first places where culture truly took shape. The ancient city is thousands of years old and there are still some remnants from those days, including the Acropolis of Athens. Historians estimate the city has been occupied for over 7,000 years and there is plenty of history to be found in every corner.

Beijing, China

This Chinese city is over 3,000 years old and was once the stronghold for a hugely powerful empire. Much of the ancient city is still preserved, places such as the Great Wall of China, the Ming Tombs, and the Forbidden City are all there to explore. Not only was Beijing the center of power for the Qing and Ming Dynasties, but it was also where Chairman Mao ruled during the Chinese Communist Revolution. You can walk the Great Wall, and explore many of the ancient Chinese temples.

Petra, Jordan

Visiting the ancient city of Petra, Jordan, can feel like stepping onto the set of an Indiana Jones movie. The city has been carved into the rocks of a canyon and is described as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Silk and spice routes were established here many years ago, and the UNESCO World Heritage site is perfect for stepping back in time.

Angkor, Cambodia

The temples found at Angkor date back to the 12th century, and you can still explore many of them. There are many temples covered in ancient artwork and sculptures that were once lost to the jungle. The ancient city was rediscovered by explorers in the 1860s, and since then it has become a favorite spot for history buffs. Angkor Wat is the centerpiece as it is an almost perfectly preserved temple with a head carved from stone that stands over 12 feet tall. There is a winding maze to explore, and the fortified city of Angkor Thom is worth strolling through and getting lost in.

Boston, USA

History is everywhere, and to those who say the United States doesn’t have any history of its own, we would point them in the direction of Boston. Boston is one of the United States’ oldest cities, and it is where the country’s first college was established, Harvard University. The city was the backdrop of the American Revolution, and the layout remains largely the same now as it was back then.

If you love your history, you don’t have to get it all from books and the internet. There are plenty of places around the world that can transport you back in time and teach you about our ancient past.

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All the Best After-Christmas Sales for Workwear…

I hope everyone had a very happy holiday! Here’s a quick roundup of some of the major sales of note right now for workwear — don’t miss yesterday’s roundup of some of the great stuff you can get at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale that just started…

  • 6PM – After Christmas Clearance, up to 70% off MSRP! Lots of good options from Coach, DvF, Kate Spade New York, Loeffler Randall, Ferragamo, Sigerson Morrison, Tory Burch, Vince, and Rag & Bone.
  • Amazon – Year-end deals include New Year Party supplies, 80% on holiday clearance, and select NYT best-sellers on Kindle. 
  • Ann Taylor – End of season sale, 60% off all sale styles, and 40% off full-price styles. 
  • Ann Taylor Factory Store – End of season sale, 50-70% off!
  • Anthropologie – Thousands of fresh new cuts, plus an extra 30% off sale!
  • Banana Republic – Extra 60% off sale styles, and 40% off regular-priced styles. 20% off just-in styles. 
  • Banana Republic Factory Store – Winter clearance event, up to 75% off clearance!
  • Boden – Further reductions, up to 50% off sale! Free shipping over $ 49. 
  • Brooks Brothers – Big Event, Semi-Annual Sale, up to 40% off — and only through 12/27, save an additional 15% online!  
  • Everlane – Choose what you pay! 5 days only. 
  • Express – 50% off everything! Sweaters, tops, outerwear and more on sale, prices start at $ 14.90.
  • J.Crew – Extra 50% off final sale styles (with 100s of new items added). 
  • J.Crew Factory Store – 40-60% off, online only, and an extra 50% off clearance! 
  • Last Call – One day! Extra 60-90% off clearance! 
  • Loft – Thousands of new markdowns, with lots under $ 30!
  • MM.LaFleur – 30% off select items; final sale only.
  • Neiman Marcus – Up to 70% off until noon CT; after that up to 55% off. 
  • Nordstrom – The Half-Yearly Sale has started! Check out our roundups here.
  • Reiss – Further reductions, plus new lines added! Up to 50% off. 
  • Soma – Semi-annual clearance; up to 70% off!
  • Talbots – The Biggest Sale of the Season! Extra 40% off markdowns. 
  • Victoria’s Secret – Entire store 30% off; panties are 7 for $ 28.50.
  • Zappos – The Winter Sale Event! Huge selections from MICHAEL Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Free People, Frye, and Kate Spade New York (100s of options!), and lots of other good options from 1.State, Aerosoles, Aldo, Adrianna Papell, Anne Klein, Aquatalia, Blank NYC, Born, Botkier, Coach, Clarks, Cole Haan, Cosabella, Dansko, Dooney & Bourke, Dr. Scholl’s, Fly London, Free People, Hue, Hanky Panky, Jag Jeans, Kut from the Kloth, Karen Kane, Lodis Accessories, Marc Jacobs, Miz Mooz, Nic + Zoe, NYDJ, Naturalizer, Nine West, Paul Smith, Rieker, Rockport, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sam Edelman, Stuart Weitzman, Ted Baker, Three Dots, Under Armour, and ZAC Zac Posen. Try this link to already be limited to those above brands for women, then limit by size from there… 

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The best travel trends for the next few years

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From electronics to fashion, trends are constantly changing. It’s hard to keep up sometimes, especially when it seems like they change as soon as you’ve embraced the last one. Traveling is no different. Traveling trends alter year on year, including popular destinations, ways to travel, and our favorite activities. Here are some of the trends which are on the rise in travel at the moment. We’re likely to see these get big over the next couple of years.

The world’s natural beauty

One trend which has been on the rise for a number of years is sustainable traveling. Eco-travel involves staying in environmentally friendly locations and enjoying foods and activities which don’t harm nature or animals. Many of these trips are situated in densely populated areas of greenery and wildlife, like jungles and savannahs. These sorts of vacations are immensely enjoyable for nature lovers, seeing as many of the activities include bird watching, trekking, photography, and kayaking. With eco-traveling, you can enjoy a fun trip, while knowing that you’re not contributing to the damage caused to the environment.

Micro trips

Going away for a weekend rather than a couple of weeks has become incredibly popular recently and shows no signs of slowing down, with 53% of global travelers admitting that they’d like to take more micro trips in the coming years. These are a fun and cheaper way to travel, where you can explore different places and activities without spending too much money or taking weeks off of work.

Love for the cold

Supposedly, an up and coming trend is the winter season. It has been predicted that in years to come, winter will become the peak season over summer, where people will enjoy activities like skiing and arctic tours rather than your typical sunbathing and swimming vacations. Some locations are now hosting winter festivals and even reindeer herding trips, so winter traveling is set to become the new craze.

Keeping fit

Wellness traveling includes a range of attractions, such as mountain hikes, cycling, trekking, and sports, and is likely to become much more popular over the next few years. It might be best for you to get in on this trend now, before it takes over the travel industry. These vacations combine exploring new places with getting active, and it’s the perfect way to boost your happiness and health.

Learning while you travel

Volunteering trips are also set to gain popularity, with more people now wanting to help others, while also having fun. Volunteering includes working at animal sanctuaries and helping underdeveloped countries. If you love helping other people and the environment, then a volunteering vacation can be the perfect way to get involved and make a difference to something you’re passionate about.

These travel trends will no doubt become game-changers in the travel industry in the next two or three years, with people becoming more concerned about their health and the environment, as well as wanting to explore something different. They’re fun and innovative ways to travel and could make your next trip the best one yet.

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7 of the best outdoor security cameras on Amazon

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Home security cameras used to be only for the rich and/or famous, but thanks to the democratization of technology and consumer demand, keeping your home safe by spying on it has become affordable for more and more people without Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, or yachts to speak of. 

But with so many options on the market, how do you decide which home security camera is right for you? You read this guide, that’s how. We’ve dug through Amazon reviews and compared features to help you decide on a home security camera system that will help you keep your home and stuff safe. Read more…

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The Good

4K recording • Night vision, motion detection, thermal detection • Eight cameras with a 2TB HDD

The Bad

Very involved setup

The Bottom Line

If you want top-of-the-line security for your home, the Swann 16 system is definitely near the top.

1. Swann 16 Channel Security System

When it comes to security, it pays to be prepared, and the Swann 16 system is one of the best.

  • Number of cameras:
    8
  • Wired/Wireless:
    Both
  • Night vision:
    Yes
  • Motion sensor:
    Yes
Imagine an old-school system with new-school tech under the hood, and you have the Swann 16 Channel Security System.
The system comes with eight cameras that you can set up all around the outside of your house, with each covering 150 to 200 ft., depending on available light. With eight cameras covering that much area individually, you should be able to catch anyone cutting across your yard. All recordings will come in crystal clear, too, with the cameras recording in 4K. And with motion detection, night vision, and even thermal pickups, nothing will escape its sight.
The setup also includes a 2TB hard drive for storage.

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Best accessories for long flights

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Nobody wants to be sitting on a long haul flight feeling uncomfortable, bored, and irritable. Flights can be overwhelming and stressful enough, without the added discomfort and unpleasantness of a screaming baby next to you or a sore neck from trying to sleep. Whether you travel once a year or every weekend, across the state or the world, there are some vital accessories you should always pack, to make your long flight just that little bit more bearable.

Block out the noise

If your pet peeve is screaming children and crying babies on a long flight, then one of the best accessories you could invest in is some good quality, noise canceling headphones. With these, you can listen to your music, which most people find to be relaxing and enjoyable on a flight while drowning out all of the surrounding sounds. They might even help you to have a nap on the plane.

Sleep well

If sleeping on long flights is your entertainment of choice – we don’t blame you – then a travel pillow and eye mask are must-haves, along with those noise-canceling headphones or maybe some earplugs. The only thing worse than waking up with a neckache is waking up with a neckache on a flight when you still have to endure potentially hours of traveling. Neck pillows can reduce that risk, along with helping you sleep better.

Don’t get bored

Electronics like phones and tablets can make a long journey feel significantly less boring. Make sure you bring a power pack and charger, too, and you’ve got entertainment for the entire flight. Whether you prefer to play games or watch movies you’ve downloaded – see, another use for those headphones – some sort of electronic device and charger can be a lifesaver. The main way you can avoid a miserable flight is to make sure you have plenty of things to do to keep yourself entertained, so electronics, reading books, or magazines are a must-have.

Keep yourself refreshed

A small bag of toiletries can do wonders for you on a long flight. We all know that after a couple of hours, we don’t feel too cute anymore, so keep a little bag of lip balm, roll-on deodorant, hand gel, moisturizer, and other small products to hand. Whenever you’re feeling uncomfortable or even unhygienic, use your little rescue pack to freshen up and keep yourself feeling the best you can on a long journey.

Get comfy

Some fluffy socks or slippers could be the best thing you’ve ever packed for a long haul plane journey. It’s no secret that our feet can swell when we’re up in the air, as well as just feel generally hot and uncomfortable. So, when you’re on your way, kick off your shoes, put on some cozy footwear, and enjoy your flight in luxury.

Flights can be exhausting at the best of times, but keep these handy accessories on you, and your next trip won’t feel quite so bad. They’re never going to be the most fun you’ve ever had, but if you pack wisely, you don’t have to feel irritated and miserable the entire way.

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The best blow dry bars and blow dries London has to offer

Party hair, don’t care

Unless you’re a dab hand with the old vented brush, blow dry bars are pretty essential to have in one’s little black book of beauty.

Whether it’s a big night out, New Year’s Eve party or wedding that you’re attending, a good blow dry is just the ticket every single time. From cool girl beach waves, big bouncy K-Middy vibes or a volumised straight ‘do, these blow dry spots covers all bases.

So without further ado, let’s run through the best blow dries London has to offer for a spot of pampering in the capital. You and your hair deserve it.

Windle and Moodie

blow dry bars London Windle and Moodie

Tucked just off the West End is this absolute gem of a salon and its cracking blow dries. The team is lovely (Paul Windle himself is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met), down-to-earth and hard working. All of the stylists are incredibly good at their craft and will spend as long on your hair as necessary to make sure that it’s nothing short of perfect when you leave the salon. They’ve thought of every little detail here – having your hair washed in a dimly lit, spa-like room makes a head massage all the more relaxing, and you’ll be offered a hot towel for your neck if a conditioning treatment is applied. Every time I’ve been my style lasted two or three days, and that’s what I call a great blow dry.

How much is it?

From £45, dependent on stylist

Location

Just a stone’s throw from Covent Garden at 41-45 Shorts Gardens, Seven Dials, WC2H 9AP

Hershesons

blow dry bars London Hershesons

Legendary Luke Hersheson himself is one of our 2019 Hair Award Winners, so you can expect big things from a visit to the flagship salon on Berners Street in the heart of Fitzrovia. Blow dry styling is available in 15-45 minute options, depending on the thickness of your hair and whether you want it washed beforehand, and you’re spoilt for choice with style options. As well as their excellent hair services, under the Hershesons roof you’ll also find Sunday Riley facials, Ministry of Wax and DryBy nails. So while you’re there you can get your new year’s party mani sorted, too.

How much is it?

From £34 (express wash-free is £17)

Locations

The Berners flagship has captured our hearts, but you’ll also find a Hershesons salon in Harvey Nichols, as well as blow dry bars in Topshop Oxford Circus, One New Change and Harvey Nichols Beauty Lounge in London, and Selfridges in both London and Birmingham.

29-32 Berners Street, Fitzrovia W1T 3LR

Daniel Galvin

blow dry bars London Daniel Galvin

Wind your way through the third floor of Selfridges and you’ll come face to face with one of Daniel Galvin’s chicest spots. Wash stations are complete with foot rests, so you can literally put your feet up while having your hair done, and it’s tucked out of the way enough that you forget you’re in the middle of one of the capitals biggest department stores. Whether you want big and bouncy or soft and understated, they’ve got it all covered – I can personally recommend Dan for an ace blow dry that’s styled perfectly for your face shape and lasts (as well as a cut beforehand, if you’re in need).

How much is it?

From £35, dependent on stylist

Locations

Marylebone is home to their flagship salon, as well as operating out of Selfridges London (above), Kensington and at the Corinthia Hotel, home to one of the best London spas.

3rd floor, Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB

Duck & Dry

When it comes to blow dry bars with Instagrammable decors, Duck & Dry is the top of the London hit list. The bars are relaxing surroundings are great spaces to chill out in – think pink interiors offset with teal accessories and a whole lot of plants – and the blow dries are rather good too. Choose from their menu of styles for a speedy service, whether you’re in need of beach waves or a vintage ‘Va Va Voom’, or try one of their updos for something even more sophis. This one’s a great choice for a social too; get the gals together and sip on prosecco while you have your hair done with one of their group packages.

How much is it?

From £30, dependent on style

Locations

Those Instagrammable stairs can be found in the Oxford Circus bar, with Duck & Dry locations also in Chelsea, Spitalfields and Soho.

28 Market Place, Fitzrovia, W1W 8AW

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Best transportation apps that every traveler needs to download

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When you’re in a foreign country or state you don’t know well, it can be difficult to know where to go, how, and when. It’s all too easy to get lost and overwhelmed in a new city, but fortunately, there are some apps that can help. As well as innovative general traveling apps like SitOrSquat and Detour, some handy transport applications can make your trip much more manageable.

Citymapper

Arguably the best app for getting around, Citymapper has it all. The app features a map of your surroundings where you can view traffic updates, road closures, and routes. It can give you directions for cycling and walking, as well as giving you live updates on public transport, so you’ll know when your bus is running late. The app also shows you the suggested mode of transportation for getting around, so you’ll have pre-warning that your journey isn’t going to be fun if you’re walking a route that they suggest you get a train for.

AirHelp

Though this app doesn’t help you get around, per se, it can come in handy when you’re traveling. If your flight is severely delayed, canceled, or something else goes wrong, AirHelp has the solution. Simply input your flight and ticket details into the app, and it will automatically file a compensation claim for you. If your application is successful, your payment will be transferred straight into your bank account.

Uber

If you get stuck in an unknown city, with no idea of how to get back to your hotel, then Uber could be your lifesaver. It automatically finds your location and lets you know exactly how much and how long your taxi will be. You then pay on the app, meaning you can get out at your destination without having to worry about having the right change.

Mobile Passport

Valid in three cruise ports and 26 airports across the United States, Mobile Passport allows you to avoid the majority of customs and passport control. You set up a profile on the app, fill in your passport details – or scan it for it to fill it in itself – and input your trip details. When you reach your port of entry, the app will show you a barcode, where you skip most of customs and get it scanned, which gives them all the information they need, and you’re free to be on your way. What a genius invention!

Skyscanner

This app lets you book flights, hotels, and car rentals, no matter where you are. You can even get tailored notifications when deals arise. It also offers flight tracking, so you know exactly when your flight is expected to arrive and depart. You can even share an itinerary with other members of your party on the app.

Any application which can make our lives easier on our travels is worth it, especially if it’s free! These apps are among many which can help you out if you’re in need of directions or transport, as well as making your life generally easier and more convenient.

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50 Best Companies For Diversity

If you want to find companies that back up their diversity talk, look no further than the 2018 Black Enterprise 50 Best Companies for Diversity list—filled with corporations that have created measurable pathways to ensure African American representation among their workforce, senior management team, board of directors, and pool of suppliers.

Black Enterprise and the Executive Leadership Council have created this roster at a time when a number of corporate chiefs have focused on initiatives to boost the competitive metabolism of their organizations. In fact, more than 400 such leaders have signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge. CEOs of 37 companies on our roster—JPMorgan Chase & Co., ADP, Bank of America, PepsiCo, General Motors, Macy’s, and Xerox Corp. among them—are signatories.

Although a number of D&I proponents applaud efforts to bring women, LGBT communities, and other underrepresented groups under the corporate tent, others like ELC’s CEO Otha “Skip” Spriggs III maintain that African Americans are actually losing ground—especially in the C-suite.

The most noticeable indicator has been the absence of black CEOs operating the nation’s largest publicly traded corporations. Today, there are only three black Fortune 500 CEOs versus seven in 2012. Actually, the trio—Marvin R. Ellison, chairman & CEO of Lowe’s Cos. Inc.; Roger W. Ferguson Jr., president & CEO of TIAA; and Kenneth C. Frazier, chairman & CEO of Merck & Co. Inc.—all manage companies on our Best Companies for Diversity list.

Here’s just one example of why that matters: Lowe’s, a list newcomer, tapped Ellison as its new chief executive in July. In recent months, he’s recruited another African American to its executive management ranks, and now three African Americans sit on its board of directors. And the dedication to building a leadership pipeline is evident: The company sent 22 of its brightest African American talent to ELC leadership training.

The bottom line: Opportunities for African Americans and other ethnic minorities tend to coincide with diverse leadership.

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Black Enterprise’s editorial research team, in partnership with the Executive Leadership Council, sent surveys to the nation’s top 1,000 publicly traded companies to get an in-depth look at the ethnic and gender composition, as well as their programs designed to foster an inclusive working environment.

The annual survey is centered around efforts focused on African Americans but includes other ethnic minority groups as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. Any information provided by companies on diversity efforts targeted toward women, LGBT, the disabled, and veterans was used as secondary, supporting data.

BE performed a quantitative and editorial assessment of all corporate respondents and measured each company’s diversity efforts using the following criteria:

  1. BE measured companies on four key categories: employee base, senior management, board of directors, and procurement. Senior management and board of directors’ categories were given a higher weighting based on company impact across the board. Procurement was also a major factor while employee base was given a lower weighting.
  2. We reviewed the status of companies across all BE diversity and corporate leadership lists, including The Top Companies for Supplier Diversity, The 300 Most Powerful Executives, Top Executives in Corporate Diversity, as well as companies who have chief diversity officers and/or designated diversity departments.
  3. We also considered those companies in which the CEO takes an active role in diversity practices.

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10 Best ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Episodes Ever

There was a time – fairly recently, in fact – when we thought we’d had all the Brooklyn Nine-Nine episodes we were ever going to get. In May 2018, it was announced that the cult television series had been cancelled by Fox, as the network was “trying to create a more cohesive program, and scheduling [it in] would prevent [them] from promoting something new.”

At the time, Dana Walden, Chairmen and CEO of Fox Television Group, told Entertainment Weekly that “with Thursday Night Football, there were two fewer hours to program” and that ultimately, they decided they just didn’t have room for it anymore. Fans took to social media to share their devastation, as did several cast members including Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio and Stephanie Beatriz. But their sorrow was short-lived. Thankfully, the show was picked up by NBC just a day later.

If the few hours in which we believed Brooklyn Nine-Nine was over forever taught us anything, it’s just how great this cop comedy is. So ahead of the newly homed show’s sixth season kicking off in early January, we take a look back at 10 of the best episodes. So far, that is…

“The Swedes” (Season 3, Episode 9)


Anders Holm and Riki Lindhome are ‘the Swedes’.

In “The Swedes,” Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and Rosa Diaz (Beatriz) catch a dockyard thief who stole expensive jewels, and due to their origin, two Swedish detectives visit the precinct in order to pick up the 39-carat diamond and the suspect.

The two officers, played by Anders Holm and Riki Lindhome, are extremely close as work partners, causing Jake and Rosa to question their distance and if that makes them unprofessional. That feeling gets amplified when the foursome is assigned a case to work together during their stay.

The episode is full of great one-liners, as the Swedes rip it out of their American counterparts and they attempt to snap back. But it’s also brilliant because it allows the characters to play up their most defining qualities; Rosa, being awkward; Jake, trying to overcompensate; and Amy Santiago (Fumero) and Terry Jefford (Terry Crews) being lovable nerds as they help administrator Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti) study for an upcoming test.

“HalloVeen” (Season 5, Episode 4)

It’s fair to say that when it comes to holiday-centric episodes, Brooklyn Nine-Nine always nails it, but it seems that its Halloween-based outings are the best. As always, “HalloVeen” sees the squad take part in an annual heist — this year, the aim is to retrieve a belt (or cummerbund, as Holt likes to describe it) that declares the winner an ‘Amazing Human/Genius.’

Their antics, as you might expect, are over-the-top and hilarious, like Amy, Jake and Holt admitting to putting GPS trackers in Terry’s yoghurts in the run-up to the heist and Boyle teaming up with Rosa as part of an underdog alliance. But this episode is even more special than most Halloween episodes because this time, Jake has rigged the game. Not to win, but to propose to girlfriend Amy.

Amy has no idea, and neither does the audience, and it makes for such a touching moment. As hilarity falls by the wayside and Jake tears up while telling Amy he ‘loves her butt,’ you can’t help but swoon over those adorable, loved-up dorks.

“Yippie Kayak” (Season 3, Episode 10)

To steal a well-known phrase from protagonist Jake, Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s third season has a ‘butt-load’ of excellent episodes and “Yippie Kayak” is up there. It’s Christmas-based and revolves around Jake – having forgotten to buy buddy Charles Boyle (Lo Truglio) a present – drags Gina along to a store in the middle of the night. Annoyingly, Boyle decides to tag along, unaware of the real reason the twosome are heading out.

While in the store, the trio discovers that it’s being robbed by a bunch of criminals who are holding several customers hostage. Jake, inappropriately excited that the situation resembles his favourite movie Die Hard, takes things into his own hands to take the thugs down, with Terry’s help from the outside.

Elsewhere, Amy, Rosa and Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) take part in a local ‘polar bear plunge.’ It’s a fairly silly, exaggerated episode but with a classic Brooklyn Nine-Nine spin and it’s so much fun!

“The Party” (Season 1, Episode 16)


Amy and Jake wreak havoc at Captain Holt’s birthday party, while Terry tries to keep them in line.

While all of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine characters are beloved among viewers – how could you not love every one of this ragtag bunch of misfits? – Holt is undoubtedly a fan favourite. So any episode that revolves him, and his relationship with the rest of the Nine-Niners, is a good one.

This one sees Jake, Amy and co attend the notoriously private Holt’s birthday party. There, Terry gets increasingly stressed out when he’s tasked with reining everyone in. Amy tries to find out whether her boss makes his own hummus, Gina draws the attention of psychologists with her candid confessions, Boyle bonds with a female guest over culinary chat and Jake attempts to impress Holt’s husband by pretending to have read an intellectual ‘New Yorker’ article – none of which goes down well.

It’s chaotic, comedic and even sweet, proving that the ensemble episodes are some of the most enjoyable.

“The Box” (Season 5, Episode 14)

Guest stars can often make or break an episode of any television series – the key, particularly when it comes to comedies is finding someone who gets the humour of the show they’re appearing in and isn’t interested in stealing the limelight necessarily. That’s why Sterling K Brown, who acts as the perfect scene-partner to Samberg and Braugher in “The Box” is perfect.

In the episode, he plays Philip Davidson, a shifty dentist who gets brought in for questioning following the mysterious death of his practice partner. Much to Holt and Jake’s surprise — the detectives tasked with interrogating him overnight — Philip has all the answers and as the pair try all different kinds of strategies to trip him up, they’re the ones that get the most rattled.

It’s a fast-paced episode that benefits from concentrating on just two characters and is filled with sharp one-liners and a surprising amount of heart too. One of the most prominent threads of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is how much Jake wants to prove his worth to Holt and this installment addresses that in a great way.

“The Cruise” (Season 3, Episode 13)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine has a plethora of recurring characters from Rosa’s unstable lover Adrian Pimento to Major Crimes officer Keith Pembroke AKA The Vulture, but one of the show’s best is definitely Doug Judy, who is often referred to as the Pontiac Bandit. Why? Well, because he’s famous for stealing more than 200 Pontiac cars, of course…

In this episode, Jake wins tickets to go on a cruise and invites Amy to spend the vacation with him. He’s planning a week of relaxation while she’s intent on doing all the activities the holiday can offer, but their (very different) plans are thwarted when they realise that Judy is the ship’s entertainer. Turns out, he was the one that got them there in the first place because he believes he’s the target of a hitman, hired by his former boss.

Bringing Jake and Amy together romantically is one of the best decisions Brooklyn Nine-Nine writers ever made as they bounce off each other so well, in both funny ways and sweet ways. It’s great to see them flex that here.

“Coral Palms, Pts 1, 2 and 3” (Season 4, Episodes 1, 2 and 3)


Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) lying low in their secret identities in Coral Palms Pt 1.

After their lives are threatened by mob boss and murderer Jimmy ‘The Butcher’ Figgis at the end of Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s third season, Jake and Holt are put into the Witness Protection Program and relocated to Florida. The first few episodes of Season 4 are all about them trying to adjust to their new lives – (something that Jake, in particular, struggles with) – while also trying to work out where the elusive criminal who forced them there is.

Every instalment in the trio of episodes is hilarious, giving viewers great gags — from Jake’s highlighted hair and mini-breakdowns to Holt’s relentless pursuit to become assistant manager at this new job. Maya Rudolph also features in a brilliantly funny cameo as a US marshal who coaches the former 99ers on their assumed identities.

While the first episode centres entirely on Jake and Holt, the follow-ups take us back to the precinct, where the likes of Amy, Terry and Boyle are trying to adjust to their inept new commander. The laughs just keep on coming!

“Johnny and Dora” (Season 2, Episode 23)


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Jake and Amy go undercover.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine season finales usually revolve around some moment that moves the story along significantly rather than the jokes. That doesn’t mean they’re not hilariously funny – heck, they always are – but they usually have a little something more meaningful going on. And when it comes to game-changing moments, “Johnny and Dora” is a doozy.

In it, Jake and Amy go undercover to catch an identity thief. During their mission, the former reveals that he has been intending to ask the latter out on a date for a while but was put off by her previous declaration of not wanting to date a cop. While pretending to be a newly-engaged couple in a restaurant though, the pair realise just how romantically interested they are in one another. The episode ends with them sharing a smooch, kicking off an interesting storyline that will inevitably carry into Season 3.

Elsewhere, Holt comes toe-to-toe with his rival Madeline Wuntch, resulting in her threatening to disband his colleagues at the 99. To stop her from doing so, he agrees to be transferred to a different precinct, along with Gina. Talk about moving the goalposts!

“Game Night” (Season 5, Episode 10)

As its a comedy show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine episodes are often understandably judged on how funny they are but the series certainly doesn’t shy away from addressing things that are more meaningful than punchlines.

Continuing themes carried over from the previous episode, where Rosa came out as bisexual to the Nine-Nine squad, “Game Night” sees her turn to Jake for advice on how to tell her parents, and then to Holt when things don’t go down as well she’d hoped. It’s a great way to showcase just how supportive these characters, that we’ve grown to adore, are of each other and it’s such a treat to see Beatriz – who identifies as bisexual, elevating the poignancy of the storyline – able to show a more vulnerable side to the emotionally shut-down Rosa we’ve come to expect.

It’s also the first episode for a while when the whole gang star, which is a welcome breath of fresh air!

“Mr. Santiago” (Season 4, Episode 7)

Is there anything better than watching Jake squirm in impossibly awkward situations? True Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans are likely to think not, which is why “Mr. Santiago” is among the show’s best. It sees Samberg’s character try to impress girlfriend Amy’s father during a Thanksgiving visit – a task that proves challenging as he’s an uptight ex-cop who arranges the banknotes in his wallet according to serial number.

He researches Mr. Santiago (Jimmy Smits) ahead of time, which makes things easier but wowing him becomes tricky when he brings him back to Amy’s home, where his colleagues are squabbling over whether or not to kill the turkey they were planning on eating. And if that’s not dramatic enough, Santiago and Jake set out to solve one of the former’s unresolved cases mid-dinner – which, surprisingly, helps quell the escalating tension between the pair.

Elsewhere, Holt helps Adrian come to terms with no longer having a job in the NYPD. It’s an episode that manages to cram a hell of a lot into 22 minutes and it’s fun, sweet and memorable too!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns for Season 6 in the US on January 10, 2019. The UK premiere is yet to be announced.

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Places to visit this fall that have the best sweater weather

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If you fancy traveling somewhere new this fall, but the idea of a cold skiing vacation or hot beach break doesn’t tickle your fancy, then maybe a cooler city with all year long sweater weather might be ideal for you. If you like cozy jumpers, boots, and jeans, then traveling somewhere where that’s your everyday outfit could be the perfect getaway. These are a few of the best places for you to visit this fall.

Portland, Maine

Portland is a beautiful peninsula full of beaches, lighthouses, and a perfect waterfront for fishing. There are plenty of attractions, restaurants, and things to do in Portland, as well as it having flawless sweater weather. The average fall temperature in Portland is in the low-30s, making it ideal if you fancy a getaway where you can live in sweaters, jumpers, and scarves.

Sa Pa, Vietnam

If you fancy somewhere slightly more exotic and further from home, Sa Pa grants the perfect weather for your fall vacation. Although, if sweater weather is your favorite kind of climate, you might want to visit Sa Pa in any season. With the highest temperatures of the year averaging at about 67°F in July, and the lowest being 48°F in January, it’s practically jumper and scarf weather all year round. It’s not just the climate that makes Sa Pa ideal, however. The town is one of the central market locations in the area and boasts incredible mountain views, trekking opportunities, and an exploration of traditional Vietnamese culture.

Salt Lake City, Utah

The capital city of Utah is one of the most picturesque cities in the United States. With a climate which averages at about 50°F in the fall, it’s the perfect place to bust out all of your favorite sweaters. It has a number of parks, including Liberty Park which spans over 100 acres, with a lake that has two islands in the middle of it. It is also home to a variety of bird species, making it perfect for nature lovers. Salt Lake City is also has a wide range of cultural and artistic attractions, such as museums, art galleries, music festivals, and conventions.

Kundasang, Malaysia

In the east of Malaysia resides a small resort town called Kundasang. Though the area has little in the way of attractions, it could be the perfect place for a lazy vacation. The temperate weather sticks at around 68°F, with temperatures not deviating much from 61°F to 75°F all year. There’s a World War II memorial and plenty of fresh vegetables, and also allows for a stunning view of Mount Kinabalu, not to mention the iconic cabbage roundabout, which is worth traveling to Malaysia for in itself!

There are plenty of places around the world which have chilly fall temperatures which are too cold for t-shirts but too warm for coats. Most of these reside in the United States, but if you fancy traveling further afield, many parts of Asia also have all year long sweater weather. It’s not just fall you have to limit your sweater wearing to!

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Best places to see a beautiful snowy landscape

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There’s nothing we love more than seeing the bright blue sky that’s only interrupted by a giant sun that shines for another day. However, do you ever get bored of seeing the same blank, blue sky? Sometimes we crave new experiences and new sights, and that’s why the excitement of snow is just too much to handle. Thankfully, there are countless places around the world where you can see beautiful snowy landscapes.

Lapland, Finland

There’s a reason why so many people travel to Lapland every year, and it’s not just because that’s where Santa lives! When you step foot in Lapland, you feel as though you’re stepping foot into a fairytale land. Every inch of the region is covered in snow, and this makes everything extremely romantic. Wander through the snow-quilted forests before cozying up in a wood-fired log cabin, and you’ll be living the ultimate Hygge lifestyle.

Whistler, Canada

Known as one of the best skiing destinations in the world, it should come as no surprise to learn that Whistler transforms into something special during the winter months. From the snow-capped mountains to the trees that line the pistes, you can spend your days skiing down these peaks before going for a walk around some of the many lakes. You never know, you might even be able to skim rocks on the frozen water. Wherever you look, you can guarantee the view will be breathtaking.

The Highlands, Scotland

The United Kingdom may not be known for its snowy landscape, but winter in Scotland is a whole different story. Nobody quite knows what’s going to happen each year, but you can guarantee it’s going to be beautiful. The Highlands is full of rolling hills and mountains that look absolutely incredible when they are covered in snow. You’ll need your camera for this one because the animals don’t hide when the snow arrives. That’s when they come out to play!

New York City, New York

City and snowscapes don’t seem to mix, but in the case of the Big Apple, it mixes perfectly. During the winter months, NYC is partial to a huge amount of thick snow, and it transforms the huge, bustling city into something truly magical. The roads are covered in the white stuff, the bare trees are coated in the cold, and Central Park looks like something out of a children’s book. As if that wasn’t enough, Christmas in NYC is ten times better when the snow starts to fall.

The Alps

We couldn’t talk about snowy landscapes without talking about the Alps, could we? The Alps is the biggest range of mountains in Europe, and these peaks make their way through six different countries! Because of this, you won’t struggle to find the Alps, and you can make the most of the untouched powder. Whether you just want to go for the view, or whether you want to enjoy the slopes, the mountains have it all.

Nothing compares to seeing snow capped mountains in front of you, which is why these destinations should be on your bucket list.

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2018 was a supremely interesting film year. Following #MeToo and a few years after #OscarSoWhite, Hollywood’s stories and hiring practices finally started to shift toward making more films centering on and made by women and people of color. Most of the best films of the year represented more access to filmmaking by those groups and cinema is better for it. Most of my runner-ups also fall into this category, and indeed cutting off at the 10-spot was the hardest thing to do because I could…

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The UK now has more than 300 distilleries producing whisky, gin and vodka – and offering tours, tastings and more. The Guardian’s drinks writer gets into the Christmas spirits

One of the UK’s newest distilleries, owned by industry giant Halewood, that makes itsgin with organically grown botanicals. It also does a rose petal and a Valencian orange gin. The four floors of the Grade II-listed building – a former bank – include a working distillery, a make-your-own-gin lab, two bars (one focuses on rum and whisky) and a bartender training school. Visitors can learn about the history of gin, design their own recipe and distil and name their own bottle at the lab. Prices range from £22 for a distillery tour to £65 for the tour, tasting and gin lab experience.
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The world’s best festivals

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We all love to have a good time, but there are some places in the world where people know how to have the best time possible. These are some of the best festivals the whole wide world has to offer.

Carnival, Rio de Janeiro

There’s no party like a Brazilian street party, and Carnival tops the lot. Around 5 million people per year make the journey to the Brazilian city to see the amazingly colorful spectacle. Carnival is celebrated at the end of the Brazilian summer, and it becomes one frenzied party filled with great music and people dancing in the streets.

La Tomatina, Valencia

For one whole hour, people line the streets of the Spanish city Valencia. Battle lines are drawn, and friendships are ended as chaos reigns supreme. The festival has tens of thousands of participants all flinging tomatoes at each other. We’ve all dreamed of having a huge food fight when we were children, and for over 60 years this Spanish city has been living out their childhood fantasies. When the hour is over, you just wish yourself off in the river and let the drinks flow as the party gets started.

Mardi Gras, New Orleans

The Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans is probably one of the most famous in the world. It is one big party of beads, drinks, and giant heads. Revelers line the streets of New Orleans while parades of floats drift down the street, each decorated in celebration of anything and everything. Everyone dresses in costumes, adorning themselves in purples, greens, and golds as the entire city throws a huge party. Then there is the tradition of king cakes, which are baked with a toy child inside. Whoever gets the child then has to bake the cakes the following year.

Dia de Los Muertos, Mexico

If there is one culture that really knows how to celebrate their lost loved ones it is the Mexicans. Dia de Los Muertos, or ‘Day of the Dead,’ is a huge carnival where people wear paper mache skeletons and paint their faces like sugar skulls. Those who participate devote the day to cleaning the graves of their family members, decorating them with flowers and candles. Those who have passed are remembered fondly, while those still living make sure they enjoy the day by having as much fun as possible.

Krampusnacht, Central Europe

In certain parts of Europe, the Krampus is the bad side of Santa, who punishes those children who have been bad. Just as Santa is celebrated, so too is the Krampus and he even gets his own parade in many European cities. It’s a little creepy but one of the best European Christmas traditions, as Krampus appears on 5th of December, the night before the feast of St. Nicholas. It is customary to offer the Krampus some Schnapps to get him to leave you alone.

If you’re looking for a good time then join the millions of people who enjoy these world famous festivals. They are celebrated all over the globe and are all worth adding to your bucket list.

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The best travel hacks you never thought of

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From checking you’ve got your tickets every ten minutes, to worrying whether or not you locked the front door when you left, there’s a whole load of things we have to think about when we travel. It doesn’t matter if it’s across the state or to the other side of the world, some unusual travel hacks can save you from the stress. Here are just a few of those all-important hacks.

Roll, don’t fold

One of the easiest ways to save loads of space in your suitcase is to roll your clothes. Instead of folding them and piling them in your bag, fold everything in half then roll them into tight sausages. You’ll save a ton of space, and they end up with less visible fold creases. Take it one step further and roll outfits together. Pick what top, pants, and undergarments will go together in an outfit, then pile them. Place each sock hanging out the sides so that when you roll the clothes up, they’ll all be intertwined with the openings of the socks hanging out each side of the roll. You can then fold the socks over to close the roll and keep it together. Genius!

Charge on the go

Maybe the simplest travel hack ever – but often overlooked – is the usefulness of a portable charger. Take a charger and lead with you everywhere you go and you never have to run out of cell phone battery. Charge the pack overnight in your hotel, and every day you’re free to take all the scenery pictures you could ever want.

Prove it’s yours

If you have no photos saved on your phone before your trip – to make room for hundreds of pictures of your destination, of course – or you’ve got an empty SD card in your camera, you’ve got no proof that it’s yours if it gets lost or stolen. Before you embark on your travels, therefore, take a selfie! If the first photo on the camera roll is of you, it’s undeniably easy to prove it belongs to you, and get it returned.

Space saving

In your bag, don’t waste valuable space. Stuff socks and underwear in your shoes, so that you don’t have any empty space taking up that precious room in your case. You could even fit a pair of socks in your glasses case or a t-shirt in an empty water bottle.

Waterproof your bag

This one is especially handy if you’re heading out on a trek or backpacking across several countries or cities. Place a bin bag inside your backpack while you’re out on excursions. Put all of your stuff inside the plastic bag, inside your main bag, and fold the top over. This will stop all of your belongings getting wet if rain was to seep through your backpack.

Use these unusual travel hacks so that you never have to stress about your luggage or belongings ever again! There are tons of hacks out there so that you can make the most out of your travels, but these are some of the most helpful and simple, to get you through your journeys.

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