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The biggest party countries in the world


Traveling the globe appears to be a common dream shared by people worldwide, although everyone has different preferences when it comes to what you want to experience. Some enjoy letting fate run its course, letting chance dictate what happens next, and others enjoy a perfectly planned, tight-packed experience filled with activities, cuisine, and adventure. Whether you’re chasing pavements in search of yourself, or to expand your cultural knowledge, sometimes you just need to let loose; so, where’s the party at?

The Netherlands, Amsterdam

Popular with both first-time travelers and the experienced wanderers, Amsterdam has it all, and you’ll probably find yourself returning not long after your first venture. While Amsterdam lures the lonely traveler with its charm and tranquility, it has a different side to it which might surprise you; it’s a massive party hotspot. That’s right, if you think you’ll be hanging your backpack up at 8 pm for lack of things to do, then you’re sorely mistaken. Amsterdam is packed with incredible clubs, pubs, and other midnight establishments. If you’re looking for a party then you’ll find it – whether you want highrise or subterranean, chances are it’s just around the corner.

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Ibiza, Spain

Everyone’s heard of Ibiza, and if you love a party, then you need to grab a friend, pack your bag, and book your flight. While the partying experience might be a little pricey, many have said it was worth the dollar. Ibiza isn’t just about strobe light and dance music, there is also the chilled party vibe option where you can enjoy the island without completely overdoing it. If you’re looking for sun, strobe lights, and sensational music, then Ibiza is the place to go.

London, England

Full of life, wonder, and eccentricity; there’s always a party in England’s capital city! All you need to do it prowl the busy streets of Leicester square to be invited to crazy one-off secret party adventures. Of course, keep your wits about you, but London can become the best party you have ever experienced. Whether you’re looking for a wild jaunt in a London pub or a wacky alternative club experience in Camden town – London will have everything you’re looking for.

Absolutely anywhere in Greece

Nightlife is abundant on the exotic Greek islands, and there is no getting away from it. Your choice of destination will be based on just how wild and cultured you want it to be. Kavos, in Corfu, is a famously wild party destination, but sometimes things can get a little too wild. So much that there are TV shows dedicated to showing the horrors that happen. There are plenty of other areas where you can enjoy a fun, but cultured experience, doing it as the locals do. Mykonos has been classified as wild as Ibiza, a reputation worthy of only the most popular party areas! However, if you’re looking for somewhere a little more sophisticated, then Santorini is your place.

Greece

It depends what kind of party you’re looking for, whether you want to go wild on the shores of a warm beach or get crazy surrounded by the city lights. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s always a place to be.

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It happens to the best of us.

Even though you’ve always paid your bills on time, the date slipped past you a few months ago and you just forgot. Or maybe money was tight and you had to choose which bills to take care of and which to put off until your next paycheck.

Now you’ve received a notification that your credit score has dropped.

That’s because missed payments show up on your credit report payment history: A long-term  account of your behavior when it comes to making payments on time for credit items like credit cards, auto loans and mortgages.

Your payment history makes up 35% of your entire credit score.

It’s hard to know what to do in that situation, and when you’re stuck between guilt and anxiety, it’s even harder to figure out how it’ll affect your future.

Can you fix your credit? How long does the missed payment stay on your file?

If you’re struggling with questions like these, or if you just want to know more about what determines your credit, read on.

How Does Payment History Affect Your Credit Score?

Your credit score will be important if you ever want to buy a home, take out a loan for unexpected expenses, or even if you just want to buy a new car.

Your credit score is a way to measure your ability to manage credit, which in general means any long- or short-term loans.

When you look into getting a new loan (like a new credit card, a mortgage or an automobile loan), the lender you approach will use your score to assess things like how much to give you and how much interest to charge.

Your credit score is a three-digit number that usually ranges from 300 to 850. A score between 300 and 550 is considered bad, while a score above 700 is considered good.

But how does payment history factor into your score compared to other influences? Let’s take a look at how your credit score is calculated:

Your Credit Mix (10%)

Are the credit products you manage from a broad range of different kinds of credit? If not, it’s hard to determine whether or not you’ll be able to manage a new credit product. This could lower your score.

Any New Credit You’ve Opened (10%)

Have you recently gotten a new credit product? If so, you could be less suitable for an additional new credit product. This could lower your score.

The Length of Your Credit History (15%)

Are you a new credit customer? Without a long history, it’s hard to determine if you’re creditworthy. This could lower your score.

Your Amounts Owed (30%)

Do you carry high balances on your credit products? If so, a new loan might make you more at risk for missing payments on all of them. This could lower your score.

Your Payment History (35%)

Have you typically made your payments on time? If not, this could lower your score.

As you can see, the average credit score calculation weighs your payment history at around a whopping 35% of your score, even more than how much money you already owe. That’s because your credit score is meant to demonstrate that you can make payments regularly, not necessarily that you have too much debt.

The bottom line is that the single most important thing you can do to keep your credit score in good condition is to pay your bills. Put simply, if you miss payments, your score could decline.

But that’s only part of the story.

What Makes Up Your Payment History?

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First, it’s important to remember that your payment history is just that — a history. Due to the way it’s reported to the credit bureaus, it’s impossible for the information to be immediately up to date. Instead, it can take between 30 and 60 days for any changes to take effect.

That’s why people can often be frustrated when their credit score continues to decrease even though they’re caught up on their payments.

At the same time, it’s a history that reaches far back into the past. There’s an urban legend that if you swallow your gum, it can stay in your system for seven years.

Think of late payments as swallowed gum: Your credit history will have records of late payments up to seven years after they first appear on your file.

(That rumor about gum is false, incidentally. Swallow away!)

Second, to understand what goes into your payment history, you need to know the different kinds of credit available to you. Any of these has the potential to impact your score.

(FYI: The reason it’s not guaranteed that each source of credit will impact your score is that every lender has different policies about reporting to the credit bureaus. It’s always a good idea to assume that any product you have from the list below will affect your payment history.)

Credit Cards

Every credit card you own will affect your payment history, which is why it’s so important to stay on top of your billing cycle and make sure you’re making your payments on time.

Retail Accounts

Whether or not you sign up for a store credit card, if you have a payment plan with a retailer, it will likely affect your payment history.

Unfortunately, this is also the kind of account where just having one can be a negative impact on your credit score, even if you’ve already paid your balance in full.

Note that this doesn’t apply to layaway plans where, chances are, you don’t have access to what you’re looking to buy yet, and you’re paying installments in cash.

Automobile Loans

It doesn’t matter if you opt for purchase financing or for a lease, in this case. Both operate in the same way when it comes to your credit, acting as an installment loan. Any late payments will affect your history.

Mortgage or Home Loan

Since a home loan will probably be the largest balance you will ever carry, it’s important that you make payments regularly, not just so your payment history reflects your hard work, but also so you keep up with your financial goals.

Finally, a few other major flags can show up on your payment history that go above and beyond late payments. These are serious issues that you’ve experienced in the past and are known as derogatory records.

Bankruptcy

Filing for bankruptcy is an awful experience in itself. It can bring up a host of emotional issues and have financial effects that last for years to come — including your credit payment history.

If you’ve filed for bankruptcy, it can take between seven and 10 years before it is removed from your records, depending on what kind of bankruptcy you’ve declared (Chapter 13 bankruptcy, in which you repay a portion of your debt vs. Chapter 7 bankruptcy, in which you don’t repay anything).

Not only does a bankruptcy stay on your file, but it has a substantial impact on your score. In fact, after filing bankruptcy, most people will have a credit score below 550. That might not seem so devastating in light of the fact that the lowest scores is 300, but it’s well within the “bad” category of credit.

Collections

If you’ve missed several payments in a row, your lender can submit your account to a collection agency. This can actually open up a new listing on your payment history, which will already be in arrears and negatively affect your credit. Worse yet, a derogatory collections flag can stay on your file for seven years.

How Late is Too Late?

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Now that you know what kinds of accounts can show up on your payment history, you’re probably wondering what it takes for them to start negatively impacting your credit.

The short answer is that any late payment at all is bad news for you, but only a payment later than 30 days is bad news for your credit score.

That’s because the credit bureaus aren’t looking to punish people for the milder scenarios outlined at the beginning of this article.

Missing a payment deadline by a day or two shouldn’t affect your score, but the longer you let it go, the more that effect will build up.

To help understand how that works, you can look at the way lenders report to credit bureaus in the first place. Think of it as a system of “levelling up” where the higher your level is, the worse off you are.

You start in good standing at level 1.

If you miss a payment deadline (1-30 days late), you technically “level up” from 1 to 2, even though your lender won’t report your payment as late.

If you miss a second payment deadline (31-60 days late), you “level up from 2 to 3,” and so on.

Since your payment history is reported monthly, that means if you end up 90 days late on a payment, you don’t just have a 4 on your history: You can have a 1 from the first month, a 2 from the second month, a 3 from the third month and a 4 from the last month.

That’s made worse by the fact that even a 30-day late payment can lower your credit score by up to 100 points.

Can a Late Payment Be “Fixed”?

The good news is…sometimes.

In general, you have three ways to have negative payment information removed from your payment history. The bad news is that the quickest ones are only useful in specific circumstances.

Write a Goodwill Letter

As I said above, the credit bureaus truly aren’t looking to punish people for making little mistakes.

If you have good credit and your payment history reflects that you have always made your payments on time, but you’ve recently made a mistake that’s caused a 30+ day late flag on your file, you might have a case for getting it removed.

To do it, you can write a goodwill letter to the creditor in which you take responsibility for your mistake but let them know of circumstances that caused you to miss your payments.

Dispute an Error

The other situation in which you have a chance of getting a flag removed is if it shouldn’t be on your file in the first place. It happens.

No system is perfect, and sometimes your payment status is reported to the credit bureau incorrectly.

In this case, you should have proof that you made your payment on time, and reach out to your creditor to have the report changed on your file. It can take persistence, unfortunately, but with evidence, your chances are good.

But You May Have to Wait it Out

Sorry. In every other circumstance, the only way to clear negative reports on your payment history is to wait.

On the plus side, even though it takes seven years to rid yourself of a late payment, the older a flag like that is on your file, the less it will typically affect your score.

This is why it’s so important to actively maintain your credit: Prevention is the best defense.

What’s the Best Way to Prevent Missing Payments?

It can sometimes be difficult to keep up with your bills. Thankfully, in today’s technology-focused future, there are a lot of options available that can help make it easier.

Consolidate Your Due Dates

If you have multiple credit products, chances are you also have multiple due dates. That can get confusing, and while marking them on a calendar or setting a reminder does work, you can also change your due dates to suit your schedule.

Why not set all of your bills to be due on the day following payday, or on the first of the month?

Use Less Credit

OK, this one is cheating – but it makes sense. Since your closed credit accounts still positively affect your credit score, if you pay them off and start paying cash for more things, you can keep your score at its highest.

It might not be realistic for everyone, but it’s an option if you know you’re going to be looking to take out a major loan in the future and need a high credit score to get the best interest rate.

Set Up Auto Pay

For those with a consistent income, this is a godsend. If you’ve struggled to remember to pay your bills in the past, have your financial institution set up automatic bill payments before your credit payments are due.

Keep in mind, though, that this can train you into bad behaviour. If you’ve relied on auto pay for a long time and eventually get a credit product that doesn’t have the option, you could be more likely to miss payments because it’s simply not something you think about anymore.

Check Your Credit

Remember how I said that creditors sometimes make mistakes? The best way to hold them accountable is by knowing your own credit.

By law in the U.S., you’re entitled to a free credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus every 12 months. That means that you could get one every three months to stay on top of your payment history.

Curtis Westman is a professional writer who judges the merit of each day by scoring it a three digit number between 350 and 850.

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In the 80 years since the March Madness tournament started, it’s been a beloved and much-anticipated tradition for college basketball fans to fiercely rally for their favorite teams and celebrities are no exception.

For some, like actress Ashley Judd, being a super fan comes with longtime school spirit for her alma mater, the University of Kentucky, whose Wildcats are also a favorite for rapper Drake, who counts Coach John Calipari as a close friend and mentor. Others, like Bill Murray, don’t necessarily have an academic connection to a team, but an emotional one; Murray’s son, Luke, was an assistant coach for Xavier’s basketball program, which meant that the funnyman was a popular presence at Xavier games; for the 2019 NCAA Tournament, it appears that Murray will have to change teams, as Luke is now coaching at the University of Louisville.

Ahead of this year’s March Madness NCAA tournament, here’s a run-down of the most avid celebrity college basketball fans.

Drake — University of Kentucky Wildcats

While many have said that Drake is a bandwagon fan for the of-the-moment teams, there’s no denying that the Canadian rapper is an avid fan of the Kentucky Wildcats. From receiving his own “Drizzy” championship ring when the team won the national championship in 2012 to a chummy friendship with Coach John Calipari that even lead Drake to be on Calipari’s podcast.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus — Northwestern University Wildcats

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has plenty of reasons to cheer on the Wildcats when it’s March Madness; not only did the Veep actress attend Northwestern and meet her husband there, her son Charlie currently plays on the basketball team.

Julianne Moore — Davidson College Wildcats

Julianne Moore became a proud Davidson fan after her son Cal Freundlich joined the basketball team, playing the same position (point guard) that Warriors star Steph Curry played while he was at the college.

Ashley Judd — University of Kentucky Wildcats

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Jason Sudeikis — University of Kansas Jayhawks

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Jennifer Lawrence — University of Louisville Cardinals

While the University of Kentucky might have some major star power from fans like Drake and Ashley Judd, Jennifer Lawrence brings the shine for the state’s other big team, the University of Louisville Cardinals. Lawrence, who grew up in Louisville, is a prominent fan of the team.

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Bill Murray — Xavier University Musketeers/University of Louisville Cardinals

Bill Murray was a proud fan of the Xavier Musketeers, becoming one of their most prominent and popular game attendees while his son Luke was an assistant coach at the college. However, this year, Luke will be coaching at the University of Louisville, which makes many believe that Murray will now be a staunch Cardinals fan.

Paul Rudd — University of Kansas Jayhawks

Although Paul Rudd was born in New Jersey, he grew up on Overland Park, Kansas and even attended the University of Kansas, making him a Jayhawks fan for life.

Brooklyn Decker — University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tar Heels

Swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker grew up in North Carolina, making her a diehard UNC fan.

Tim Cook — Duke University Blue Devils

Apple CEO Tim Cook attended Duke for business school and is such a big fan of their basketball program that he used an Apple presentation to troll longtime Duke rival UNC.

Matthew McConaughey – University of Texas at Austin Longhorns

Matthew McConaughey attended the University of Texas, making him a longtime fan of the Longhorns; however, he recently became the university’s basketball arena’s self-proclaimed “Minister of Culture.” While the duties that come with this title are still a little dubious, McConaughey seems to be taking the role pretty seriously, going so far as to hype players during a game earlier this year, all while clad in a suit in the same hue as the school’s trademark orange.

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Ashton Kutcher — University of Iowa

Ashton Kutcher was born in Cedar Rapids and later attended the University of Iowa, making it easy for him to become loyal Hawkeyes fan.

Seth Meyers — Northwestern University Wildcats

Seth Meyers is such a big fan of his alma mater’s sports teams that he often works in references to them in his comedic material.

John Legend — Ohio State Buckeyes

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If you are someone who experiences the undeniable pull of wanderlust, you will understand why others find traveling such a thrill. Meeting new people, exploring different cultures, broadening your horizons – there are so many reasons to travel. Although for some people, there is nothing better than jetting off with a partner, family or group of friends; for others, travel is an adventure that should be performed solo. Research has shown that women are more likely to travel solo than men, but why is this?

A change in time

For so many years, women were expected to marry, have children and stay at home, cooking, cleaning and keeping the household intact. Thankfully, these shackles have been released (or at the very least, loosened somewhat) and therefore women are using this freedom to explore the world and discover their passions. Of course, there have always been female travelers in history, but their male counterparts have often overshadowed them.

Family values

The age at which women are achieving certain life milestones has also changed, leaving them with more time to explore. The average age that women have their first child has been rising since the 1960s, and now in America, it is an average of 26, although, in New York and San Francisco, this number is much higher, at 31. Marriage rates are down to 50% of people ages 18 and over, whereas in 1962 it was 72%. Finally, women are earning more money than they ever have, so this extra income, plus a few additional years before settling down means more time for exploring the world.

Social media

Instagram is awash with pictures of solo female travelers, looking candidly at a sunset, or posing stylishly against a graffitied wall in a far off land. Seeing this life empowers other women, sat at home, to want to do the same thing and therefore more women begin to travel and document their adventures.

Men and women

It seems that men generally travel as a pack and are rarely as proactive when it comes to planning as women – broadly speaking. A lot of women like to work on self-improvement and travel is a fantastic way of accomplishing this. When things in life get difficult, or they are dealt a hard blow, a woman is likely to want to make a significant change – look at Eat, Pray, Love for example. These women might be trying to heal a broken heart, or wanting to find themselves, and the popular culture around them suggests that travel is a way to do this.

Whatever the reasons, it’s undeniable that women are traveling solo more than men, and what a fantastic adventure it is. Whether you are someone who pops to Paris to work on your poetry or takes a year off work to backpack around India and learn to teach yoga, there are so many benefits to travel, and many more to traveling on your own. Take a leap and book that trip you’ve always wanted to do, without waiting for someone else to go with you.

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Your HelloGiggles horoscope, February 24th to March 2nd: Intellectual stimulation will be your biggest aphrodisiac

February, we hardly knew ye! This week, we’re leaving the “mini” month and heading into March, the first month of spring. So let’s check in with ourselves during this transit. Last week we had a Full Snow Moon in Virgo, which allowed us to shed outdated behaviors and patterns that were preventing us from growing on all levels. We’re also smack-dab in the middle of Pisces season, so we’re accessing our emotions and sixth sense in powerful ways that alloww us to tap into more creative, healing, and compassionate energies. Meaning? This is a perfect time to combine your gut instinct with informed knowledge to form new habits that will help you evolve in both your personal and professional lives.

Speaking of the personal, on March 1st, Venus, the planet of love, enters Aquarius until the 26th. We can expect intellectual stimulation to be our aphrodisiac during this time as we seek connections that are deeper and more unconventional than what we’re used to. We’re looking for a friend and a lover. But don’t be surprised if you’re craving freedom and space within relationships during this time, too. It’s all part of our inner processes as we cleanse old ways of being to step into the healthy and loving specks of stardust we truly are.

Here’s what else the stars have in store for your weekly horoscope.

PISCES

Your reflex is to self-protect, Pisces, but your presence is needed. You’re on a powerful trajectory that includes stepping into your light and offering your gifts to the world. You are stronger than you realize.

ARIES

It’s okay to not know the next step, Aries. While your instinct is to plow ahead and figure it out later, it would be more helpful to take a breath and explore your options. It’s okay to take your time.

TAURUS

You don’t like chaos or instability, Taurus, but try to see them as catalysts for change and self-improvement. While the initial “lean in” is difficult, the more you do it, the more comfortable you’ll feel—and you’re all about comfort.

GEMINI

Your mind is constantly speeding, Gemini. You’re brimming with so many ideas that it’s difficult to see how each one could function in your life. Take a moment to journal and meditate on your thoughts. This is self-care, too!

CANCER

You might find yourself at a crossroads, Cancer. You prefer to take the familiar road home, but the road less traveled is beckoning you. Heed its call. Eventually, all new places feel like home.

LEO

You have no trouble owning the limelight, Leo, but you might feel uncomfortable with what you’re putting out there. What do you want to say? And is it true to who you really are? Authenticity is more important to you now than ever. Honor that.

VIRGO

Having a goal helps to center you, Virgo, but make sure it’s not pulling you off track from your true purpose and sense of joy. Goals should feel good. If it feels like too much work, reconsider its true value in your life.

LIBRA

You’re feeling a little off center, Libra. You dislike feeling disorientated in any way, but what if you flipped the script and viewed your deviation as life’s way of putting you exactly where you need to be? In other words, go with it.

SCORPIO

You want to make major strides in your life, Scorpio. If you’re feeling restricted, take a look at your shadow self. Chances are it’s holding you back by replaying old messages that need to be deleted. Consciousness helps promote change.

SAGITTARIUS

Your energy is contagious, Sag. Don’t forget this when you encounter resistance in your life. You have the power to change the energy in any room. Yes, you are that powerful. Recognize that, and then watch the shift.

CAPRICORN

It’s time to write a new story, Capricorn. Your patterns have helped you up to this point, but now it’s time to welcome new tools and new energy into your life. Think less structure, more freedom. It’ll feel different, but that’s the point.

AQUARIUS

Playing within the lines feels suffocating to you, Aquarius, but sometimes we must play by the rules to get what we want. The challenge, then, for you: how can you find the innovation within the institution and make it work for you?

Changing our patterns takes vulnerability and accountability, bbs. It’s a difficult process, but the result is a newfound sense of self-awareness and growth—a perfect place to be as we move into a new month.

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The passing of Karl Lagerfeld presents Chanel with its biggest creative challenge since the death of its iconic founder almost half a century ago.

Since 1983, Lagerfeld reigned over Chanel with indisputable authority, helping turn a storied haute-couture fashion house into a global megabrand with $ 9.6 billion in annual sales. His death, at the age of 85, has left long-time creative deputy Virginie Viard in charge of the collections.

Crucial to the future of the closely held brand is whether Viard can emerge from Lagerfeld’s shadow and impose a convincing vision, or whether Chanel will seek an established outsider such as Phoebe Philo, who left LVMH’s Celine last year after a decade, or Alber Elbaz, formerly of Lanvin.

“They will look for a high-profile chief creative officer, and in the meantime they have got incredibly capable people in their team,” said Mario Ortelli, who runs a London-based advisory firm on luxury strategy. “Any designer in the world would be more than delighted to work with Chanel.”

‘Creative Genius’

Lagerfeld oversaw as many as eight Chanel collections a year: spring, fall, skiwear, haute couture, and more. One of fashion’s most prolific couturiers, he also produced outfits for Italy’s Fendi SpA and his own label. Recognizable for his high-collared shirts, white ponytail, dark sunglasses and black fingerless gloves, Lagerfeld had a client list that featured stars of the stage and screen, including actress Cate Blanchett and singer Pharrell Williams.

“We have lost a creative genius who helped to make Paris the fashion capital of the world,” Bernard Arnault, the chairman and chief executive officer of luxury giant LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, said in a statement.

When Chanel last month said the designer was too tired to appear at his spring-summer haute couture show in Paris, his absence made more news than the hand-stitched floral gowns, sequined tweed suits, and feather capes on the catwalk. Conversation quickly turned to what Chanel planned to do next.

The fashion house said that Viard, his “closest collaborator for more than 30 years,” has been entrusted with the creative work on the collections, “so that the legacy of Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld can live on.”

Fashion house Fendi said it’s too soon to discuss Lagerfeld’s succession. “We intend to take the time to honor his life and pay him the tribute he deserves,” the Italian firm said in a statement. Fendi will present the latest collection designed by Lagerfeld on Thursday, as scheduled.

‘Sign of Defeat’

The sharp-tongued Lagerfeld — known for lines such as “wearing sweatpants is a sign of defeat” — was brought in to revamp the brand in 1983. Founder Coco Chanel had died 12 years earlier, and in the interim the company had muddled through, propped up by apparel licenses and sales of its No. 5 perfume.

Seeking to rejuvenate Chanel, its owners, the brothers Alain and G?rard Wertheimer, turned to Lagerfeld, a Hamburg native who’d won the prestigious Woolmark Prize for design at age 21 and by 1965 had become creative director of both Parisian fashion house Chlo? and Roman furmaker Fendi.

At Chanel, Lagerfeld quickly sexed up the brand’s iconic tweed skirt suits with more feminine tailoring and boosted use of pearls, chains, and the double “C” logo. While Chanel fiercely guards its image by crafting $ 15,000 gowns and $ 5,000 quilted-leather handbags, it’s managed to maintain a broader appeal with lipstick that can come in below $ 30 and perfumes for less than $ 100 a bottle.

Lagerfeld was “a marketing genius,” Elodie Nowinski, a professor of fashion studies at EM Lyon Business School, said before his death. “He knows how to take this elite vocabulary from haute couture and make it desirable to the masses.”

France’s Richest

The combination of mass-market appeal and high-end exclusivity helped Chanel grow into a colossus with beauty counters and boutiques worldwide, 20,000 employees, and operating profit of $ 2.7 billion in 2017.

BNP Paribas estimated the brand’s value at more than $ 50 billion, making the Wertheimers among France’s wealthiest citizens. With other holdings such as Bordeaux vineyards, a thoroughbred horse stable, and paintings by 20th century masters, each brother has a net worth of almost $ 21 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Lagerfeld himself amassed a personal fortune of about 400 million euros ($ 453 million), according to the latest annual rich-list compiled by Germany’s Manager Magazin.

‘Desirable Asset’

While the Wertheimers, both around 70, haven’t revealed any succession plan, they’re clearly thinking of the future. They’ve named independent board members and regrouped Chanel and dozens of subsidiaries — including suppliers of embroidery, feathers, leather gloves, and watch components acquired over the years — in a single holding company registered in London.

Long an e-commerce holdout, the company revamped its website last summer, adding sunglasses to offerings of makeup and perfume, and finally started publishing prices for its fashions and accessories online. A year ago, Chanel took a stake in the e-commerce platform Farfetch, which is helping develop digital tools for the brand’s stores.

Chanel has denied it’s planning for an initial public offering or sale, but speculation has grown as the Wertheimers have reshaped the company’s structure.

Luxury conglomerates like LVMH and Gucci-owner Kering SA are seeking to consolidate the industry while American challengers like Coach-owner Tapestry and Michael Kors Plc, private equity funds, and Chinese groups Fosun and Shandong Ruyi are also looking for increased exposure to the luxury market. But targets are few: family shareholders have continued to keep the likes of Chanel, Prada, Ferragamo, and Chopard off the market, while high valuations have deterred would-be suitors of Burberry Plc.

Chanel is “definitely a very desirable asset that is so far not open for sale,” Morningstar analyst Jelena Sokolova wrote in response to a Bloomberg query. Lagerfeld’s passing is unlikely to change the status quo for now, she said.

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The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2019 Oscar Nominations

If there is one word that best describes the 2019 awards season so far, it is fraught. By the time the nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced on Jan. 22, controversies were roiling around the ceremony’s host, several contenders for Best Picture (see: Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody) and an allegation the Screen Actors Guild lodged against the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences over presenters.

With about a month to go until the 2019 Oscars take place on Feb. 24, it remains to be seen whether all these contentious feelings will dwindle or intensify, and how all of it will affect both Oscar voting and the ceremony itself. In the meantime, now that we officially know who is included among the 2019 Oscar nominees and who didn’t make the cut, we at least have enough information for the annual sport of both celebrating and grumbling about the choices.

Roma and The Favourite lead the pack of 2019 Oscar nominees, with 10 nominations each, followed by A Star Is Born and Vice, each of which nabbed eight. Black Panther had a strong showing with seven nominations, BlacKkKlansman received six, and both Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book earned five apiece.

Here are the biggest snubs, and a few surprises, among the crop of 2019 Oscar nominations.

Best Picture

Snub: First Man

After sweeping the Oscars in 2017 with La La Land, Damien Chazelle had no such luck this year. His Neil Armstrong drama failed to register not only in this category but in Best Score, for which it won a Golden Globe weeks ago.

Snub: If Beale Street Could Talk

Though it was arguably on the bubble, the follow-up to another successful 2017 film, Barry Jenkins’ Best Picture-winning Moonlight, didn’t quite creep into the top group this year.

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Surprise: Cold War

The smoky, black and white Polish drama about a love affair spanning countries and decades had an impressive showing for a foreign language film, earning not just a Best Picture nomination but also nods for directing and cinematography.

Firsts: Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman

Black Panther became the first superhero movie ever nominated for Best Picture, and Spike Lee received his first ever nomination in this category—some would argue three decades too late.

Best Actor

Snub: Ethan Hawke, First Reformed

To many of those who follow awards season like a sport, Ethan Hawke’s turn as a small-town pastor in turmoil was an MVP performance worthy of Hollywood’s highest honor. The film is, at least, represented in the Best Original Screenplay category, for writer-director Paul Schrader.

Snub: John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

Though he was certainly not a shoo-in, Washington did receive a nomination at the Golden Globes. His costar Adam Driver was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

Surprise: Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate

Though his performance as Vincent Van Gogh in the painter’s final years has earned a steady stream of quiet critical accolades, Dafoe has mostly been considered an outside shot for a nomination.

Best Actress

Snub: Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns

Blunt, who also earned favorable reviews for her supporting role in A Quiet Place last year, took an iconic Julie Andrews character and made it her own. But the field was too tight to make room for what would have been her first Oscar nomination.

Snub: Rosamund Pike, A Private War

Pike, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as real-life war correspondent Marie Colvin, may have been hurt by the movie’s relatively low profile (it has earned $ 2.4 million at the box office to date).

Surprise: Yalitza Aparicio, Roma

The inclusion of the first-time actress, who plays a character based on filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón’s real-life housekeeper and nanny when he was a child in Mexico City, was a happy surprise for fans of the Netflix drama.

Best Supporting Actor

Snub: Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy

After earning a Golden Globe nomination and a SAG nomination, Chalamet’s exclusion from this field might sting a little.

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Snub: Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther

Black Panther had a strong showing Tuesday morning, but it was disappointing not to see Jordan recognized for his work as Erik Killmonger, one of the most complex Marvel villains—just plain villains, in fact—we’ve seen in some time.

Surprise: Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born

Surprise may be stretching it—Elliott’s performance as the put-upon older brother of Bradley Cooper’s hard-living musician has been much loved since the movie’s release in October. But he was shut out of the Golden Globes, leading some to wonder whether his Oscar chances had dimmed.

Best Supporting Actress

Snub: Claire Foy, First Man

Foy has long been seen, alongside composer Justin Hurwitz, as one of First Man‘s best opportunities to be represented at the 2019 Oscars, but her presumed spot went to an unexpected choice.

Surprise: Marina de Tavira, Roma

One of the biggest surprises of the morning was Marina de Tavira’s nomination for Roma, given that most of the awards discussion around the movie has circled around her costar Yalitza Aparicio, who was also nominated.

Best Director

Snub: Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

He’ll be fine, though: Cooper was nominated for Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Picture.

Finally: Spike Lee

Along with his Best Picture nomination for BlacKkKlansman, this is Spike Lee’s first time nominated as Best Director, which feels like a correction to a 30-year snub.

Unfortunately: No Women

Last year saw Greta Gerwig become the fifth woman ever nominated for Best Director. This year, we are back to that familiar all-male field, despite the fact that there was no shortage of viable options: Marielle Heller (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Debra Granik (Leave No Trace), Chloe Zhao (The Rider) and Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here) all made worthy films in 2018.

Of Note: A Refreshingly International Group

Three of the five nominees are from outside the United States: Alfonso Cuarón (Mexico), Paweł Pawlikowski (Poland) and Yorgos Lanthimos (Greece). Two of their films, Roma and Cold War, are foreign language films.

Best Score

Snub: First Man

Fresh off of winning a Golden Globe for Best Score, composer Justin Hurwitz felt like a particularly glaring omission Tuesday morning. Between him and Claire Foy, the Academy really just did not go for First Man.

Snub: A Quiet Place

John Krasinski’s sophisticated horror film has been an outside pick in general, but had it managed to nab another nomination aside from Sound Editing, it likely would have been here.

Best Documentary

Snub: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Focus Features’ heartwarming look at the life of Fred Rogers won over critics and viewers alike, becoming the top-grossing biographical documentary of all time.

Odds and Ends

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is heard: Though the Coen Brothers’ Netflix Western anthology film has not been at the top of many Oscar prognostication lists, it managed to eke out three nominations, for Adapted Screenplay, Costume Design and Original Song.

Netflix has a big day: With Roma, Netflix received its first Best Picture nomination, one of 14 total nominations for the streaming service this year. That number is up from eight in 2018.

Hulu makes a play: The streaming service got its first Oscar nomination Tuesday, for Minding the Gap, a documentary about skateboarding friends in Rockford, Ill.


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Streaming giant Netflix is getting ready to raise the price on loyal subscribers according to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter.

The hike is part of Netflix’s effort to monetarily sustain its large rooster of current and upcoming blockbuster projects, which include A-list talent. It will also aid to keep them in the running to battle competitors, Hulu and Amazon Prime, along with planned streaming rollouts from NBCUniversal, Disney and WarnerMedia, according to the outlet.

“We change pricing from time to time as we continue investing in great entertainment and improving the overall Netflix experience for the benefit of our members,” a Netflix spokesperson told the outlet.

2017 marked the last time Netflix imposed a hike on its subscription base.

So how much will it cost you to make it a “Netflix and chill” night? Streaming services operate on a three-tiered system. Netflix’s most popular plan which gives subscribers access on two Internet-connected devices at the same time will increase from $ 11 to $ 13. Single subscribers will see a price increase from $ 8 to $ 9, while a second four-subscriber plan which includes HD streaming, will rise from $ 14 to $ 16 per month.

The single subscription price will rise from $ 8 to $ 9, and the four-subscriber plan, which offers Ultra HD, will rise from $ 14 to $ 16 per month.

Netflix will inform subscribers through an email notification and will phase in new subscribers over a  three-month period.

The company has enjoyed a solid rise of success after launching innovative streaming opportunities to watch your favorite series in one setting without having to wait for a weekly release. The news comes as Netflix enjoys a great Tuesday, as their stock saw a 6 percent increase.

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Too much debt is the biggest threat to financial wellness. Financial motivator Ash “Cash” Exantus, co-founder and CEO of MindRight Money Management, explains why your mindset and lifestyle determines how you manage debt, and offers valuable actions you can take to get and keep it under control



The new personal finance podcast, Your Money, Your Life is sponsored by Prudential and hosted by Black Enterprise’s own Alfred Edmond Jr. This special series features a lineup of great guests including The Breakfast Club’s Angela Yee; DeForest B. Soaries Jr., founder of the dfree Financial Freedom Movement; Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche; and Jacquette M. Timmons, president & CEO of Sterling Investment Management. The show will cover money topics ranging from how to control your debt to our psychological relationship with our finance. A can’t miss!

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John Krasinski Was Emily Blunt’s Biggest Fan at the Golden Globes and This Cheering Meme Is Proof

Though neither John Krasinski nor Emily Blunt won awards at the 2019 Golden Globes, the married couple’s perfection still managed to shine through the television screen.

Blunt, who was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy at the 76th Golden Globes for her revival of Julia Andrews’ iconic character in Mary Poppins Returns, took the stage with the original film’s legendary Dick Van Dyke.

And when cameras panned the audience, they found Krasinski, cheering on his wife with the most enthusiasm. Blunt reacted with a sweet smile, capturing the hearts of everyone watching.

It’s not the first time a celebrity’s cheers from the audience have become sensational on the internet, though. It’s hard to forget the meme of Meryl Streep’s audience cheer from the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards, or her reenactment of the meme at the 2018 Oscars. Krasinski’s cheers for Blunt—who starred with Streep in The Devil Wears Prada—were easy to compare.

Twitter users immediately fell in love with Krasinski’s romantic and emphatic support. The pair got married in 2010, and have provided evidence to many fans that true love can exist in Hollywood.


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The biggest fashion trend at the 2019 Golden Globes was see-through corsets and bras

The biggest fashion trend at the 2019 Golden Globes was see-through corsets and bras


The biggest fashion trend at the 2019 Golden Globes was see-through corsets and bras

When it comes to awards season, we all love a good fashion and beauty trend. At the 2019 Golden Globes, celebrities made sure to light up the show with dazzling ensembles. We’re talking bride-like gowns, dresses with pockets, and more.

While big ballgowns flooded the red carpet, the trend that caught our attention was a little more risqué. We noticed a lot of exposed corsets and see-through tops that added a touch of high fashion. Of course, no outfit was the same. Some stars opted for a simple silhouette that had a fairytale-like design while others sizzled in jewels and lace. From Emily Blunt to Kiki Layne, these are the stars that have us searching for exposed bras and corsets.

Kiki Layne

Kiki Layne
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The If Beale Street Could Talk actress walked the red carpet wearing a blush-colored Dior Couture dress, Stuart Weitzman heels, and a Bvglari choker. She kept is classic, and looked absolutely remarkable.

Constance Wu

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The Crazy Rich Asians actress stunned on the red carpet with her nude-colored, tulle ballgown. It featured a see-through corset and a spicy orange ribbon that wrapped around her waist. Her ensemble was regal and princess-like.

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt
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While this is a more modest take on the exposed bra trend, Emily dazzled in a jewel-encrusted Alexander McQueen gown. It even featured intricate lace detailing.

Allison Brie

Allison Brie
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The Glow star looked like a modern-day princess with her baby blue tulle gown, which was designed by Vera Wang. She added flair to the deep v-cut top by wearing a bedazzled bra.

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum
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Leave it to Heidi to show up and show out on the red carpet. Not only did she attend the star-studded event with her new fiancé Tom Kaulitz from Tokio Hotel, but she wore a whimsical Monique Lhuillier dress. Her ballgown featured an exposed corset and a bouquet of flowers at the skirt.

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‘Aquaman’ is now the biggest DC Extended Universe movie ever

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Aquaman slid past Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on Saturday to become the highest-grossing DC Extended Universe film internationally.

Dawn of Justice made $ 863 million at the global box office – Aquaman is already at $ 887 million, after just two weeks in theaters.

Though reviews weren’t universally positive, many were average (the film has 64 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and audience response has been favorable. What sets Aquaman apart from other DCEU fare is that it’s fun. This movie gets ridiculous and sometimes down right weird, but it’s colorful and powerful and just a good time at the movies.  Read more…

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Relive the Biggest Cheating Scandals of 2018

From reality stars to one of the biggest names in music, there were many cheating scandals that made headlines in 2018.

Early in the year, Cardi B was vocal about her decision to stay with now-estranged husband, Offset, after he was accused of cheating on her. In December, the “Money” rapper had a change of heart and announced the former couple’s split, just four months after she gave birth to their daughter, Kulture. The Migos member’s alleged mistress Summer Bunni issued a public apology following their breakup.

“I have not messed with Offset since he had his baby. I didn’t know how serious his marriage was, you know … I feel ashamed,” she claimed to TMZ at the time. “To Cardi B and to her fans and to her family and to her situation: these were never my intentions and I never wanted to break up a happy home or be a cause of someone just saying, like, ’F—k it,’ to get a divorce or anything like that.”

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Another big scandal of the year came in April when photos and videos of Tristan Thompson cheating on Khloé Kardashian began to surface just days before she went into labor and welcomed their first child together, a daughter True. The infidelity later played out on multiple episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but despite the NBA player’s infidelity, the two remain a couple.

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2019 make-up trends: 6 beauty brains predict the biggest looks for next year

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2019 makeup trends

A new year is fast approaching, so naturally 2019 make-up trends is the buzzword on everyone’s lips right now.

Love them or loathe them, beauty trends have a pretty big impact on the world of make-up. So even if you don’t follow the crowd, you can expect the below trends to filter into drugstores and beauty counters all all over the world next year.

With all that in mind, we decided to grill some of our favourite beauty brains to get their thoughts on what the most popular 2019 make-up trends will be.

Intrigued? Keep reading to find out their guesses (and when you’re done here, check out our experts’ 2019 hair trends predictions too).

Charlotte Tilbury, Brand Founder and Pro MUA

2019 make-up trends Charlotte Tilbury

Goddess Skin

‘Gorgeous, glowing skin is never not on trend, but next year it’s all about goddess spa-cleansed skin; think of that “just-stepped-out-of-a-facial” feeling with a replenished, restored and refreshed complexion. I’ve always believed that the key to a beautiful painting lies within creating a beautiful canvas, and that taking care of your skin with every day rituals is essential.

‘I have created a NEW miracle ‘spa-in-a-jar’ duo so everyone can double cleanse with the supernatural powers of a goddess, for perfect spa-cleansed skin at home! My Goddess Skin Ritual is all about bringing those backstage secrets to everyone in an educational, easy cleansing ritual with innovative, hard-working super- natural ingredients. First comes the citrus oil, second comes the charcoal – then it’s fresh, glowing, clean skin with a sparkle!’

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2019 make-up trends Amy Conway

The Sun-Kissed Sweep

‘A gorgeous new take on bronzer application as we move away from the heavy contoured cheekbones and into a healthier-looking bronze skin! This is the kind of trend that we love because it’s super wearable, easy to do and instantly makes us look more youthful.

‘The sun-kissed sweep is achieved by taking a matte bronzer across the cheeks and nose, focusing on the apple of the cheeks as opposed to the cheekbones. Then layer a cream highlighter on top to create that candle light glow.’

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Cher Webb, Pro MUA

2019 make-up trends

Pastel Eyes vs a Strong Lip

‘I can see an influx of colour coming onto the make-up scene for SS19. I predict a pastel palette for the eye and strong lip with not much else, just gorgeous balmy skin and natural groomed brows. 2018 was an experimental year for make-up and lots of colour was introduced, not only on the runway but also for everyday women. It’s less of a thing now to wear colour instead of neutrals, though I love how the jewel-toned shades of emerald for the eye have become a major trend on social media!

‘Next year will we will be following on from this with a beautiful makeup colour story… I see an array of fresh rosy pinks, mint pastel greens and baby yellow for the eye. My favourite look would be a pink glaze on the eye with a velvet matte oxblood lip. Divine!’

Caroline Barnes, Max Factor UK Ambassador

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Colour Clash

‘Just like the red lip trend took at least a couple of years before all your friends and colleagues adopted the look, the same goes for colour. Many of us have been sporting a neutral style make-up for a while now and bright, bold tones have been edging their way into our make-up bags but only as statement, one-off color blocking.

‘Next year color clash make-up will be a big trend. Think bright orange-based reds matched with soft blended lilac eyes, or peppermint liner matched with diffused sugar pink cheek and lips. The combinations are endless but, most importantly, colour is back with a splash and must be enjoyed to the max – with absolutely no age limits.’

Thea Green, Nails Inc Founder

Gen-Z Yellow

‘We’re hugely backing Gen Z Yellow as the colour for SS19. Bright, happy and zesty, whilst the millennial pink fatigue has really set in, this colour feels fresh and current for the new season.

‘We’re introducing a highly pigmented, sunshine yellow nail paired with a unique pigment bubble jelly shot for a hint of this trend. Our Gen Z nail colour works for every skin tone and is already the favourite nail shade of the entire Nails inc office for next season.’

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Colour as an Accessory

‘Viewing make-up elements as an accessory is the way to approach vibrant colour for SS19. Colour works so well when it stands on its own so keeping the skin clean and fresh is key to pulling it off. M·A·C Chromalines (£17) are an easy to paint formula that allows you to express whatever you’re feeling. Become your own artist and mix them together for any colour on the spectrum.

‘It’s about being empowered through colour so choose your hue according to your mood, whether it’s a calming pastel or energy driven primary colour. Give the look a modern lived in feel through smudging, blurring and applying your colours with fingers. Play it bold and keep it bright.’

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From Melania’s Jacket to Prada Blackface: The Biggest Fashion Controversies of 2018

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Any fashion news can be controversial if you write long and passionately about it on Twitter.

That said, 2018 proved to be full of scandals, snafus, and setbacks in the industry. From Marchesa to Melania, the style world saw its fair share of moments that induced many “What?”-s and “Huh?”-s or made us wonder who could have possibly approved that?!??!

Let’s take a look down a not-so-nostalgic road.

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These are the biggest takeaway trends of 2019 according to Deliveroo

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Although we’re always partial to a KFC or sneaky Domino’s, ever since Deliveroo launched in the UK they’ve basically proved it’s possible to get a restaurant-quality takeaway and changed the game. (And our poor bank accounts.) This year, we’ve tried basically every Vietnamese restaurant with ordering distance and hunkered down with some Mexican cuisine in our pyjamas but according to Deliveroo, we could be singing a very different tune next year. The delivery platform revealed what the top five food trends of 2019 to Her.ie are going to be and well, it’s good news for vegetarians.

They’ve anticipated that next year, people are going to take a major interest in ‘healthy frozen savouries’ so you could find yourself picking up some avocado ice cream at the supermarket. They claimed that 2019 heralds ‘the international adoption of savoury and healthy ice creams’ and ‘vegan and veggie variations of ice cream are certainly expected’.

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Biltong and crisps are going to take more of a backseat in 2019 as one kind of divisive form of cuisine is on the rise, as they believe ‘sea snacks’ are going to become popular. In fact, there’s already been a big jump in interest as Deliveroo said, ‘With an already abundant and rich marine life, Deliveroo has already seen an increase of 59 percent in seafood orders across the platform.’

Even if you know some ride or die meat eaters, Deliveroo’s also predicted that there’s a new eating trend that’s going to change things: something called ‘flexitarianism’. They explained, ‘We have witnessed veganism explode in Ireland, with Deliveroo restaurant partners increasing their vegan-friendly options by a staggering 100 percent and a 73 percnet increase of vegan orders on the platform in 2018.’

“As the lifestyle gathers more speed in the new year, Deliveroo predicts an increase in Flexitarianism,’ they continued, ‘where customers will dip in and out of meat dishes in favour of #MeatlessMonday and #GreenSunday.’

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As the world grows more eco-conscious, so will the food trade next year. Deliveroo’s predicted that their merchants are going to ‘introduce innovative ways to reduce daily waste, by using the likes of root vegetable leaves to make tasty and flavoursome pestos to accompany dishes’.

And finally, the boom of fermented food and drink over in California is apparently going to make a splash in the UK. Deliveroo particularly honed in on kombucha, a fermented tea, saying, ‘Hailed as a miracle drink, it packs a probiotic punch for gut health. Seeing as Ireland’s unofficial national drink is tea, this fermented version is sure to be a key 2019 healthy hit.’

So, what do you think? We personally aren’t super into the idea of swapping out a cheesy pasta for mouldy tea TBH, but to each their own.

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The 16 biggest trailers and announcements from The Game Awards 2018

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We’re all happy for the hard-working developers, composers, designers, and content creators who walked away with trophies at The Game Awards tonight, but if we’re being totally honest, the reason that many of us tuned in was to see all the world premiere trailer and announcements that Geoff Keighley wrangled for the event.

Needless to say, the show outdid itself again with an eye-popping number of shocking reveals (many of which didn’t leak before the show!), and while this isn’t quite all of them, we’ve rounded up the best below.

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The Biggest Challenge for Hudson’s Bay’s New CEO? Deciding What Not to Do

Hudson’s Bay certainly isn’t a new company, but it does have a fairly new CEO with some new ideas for the company.

Helena Foulkes has been at the helm of Hudson’s Bay less than a year and she’s already made several moves to push the company into a new era. Hudson’s Bay, which owns Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor, was founded in 1670, and–in Foulkes’s mind–it has a bit of catching up to do.

“I think the thing that has been hardest is deciding what not to do,” Foulkes said Monday at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women International Summit in Montreal. “There were a lot of opportunities when I arrived and big decisions to be made, and almost every night I left saying, ‘Wow, I seen an opportunity there, there, there. And I had to pace myself and my team to decide which things mattered the most and what I could put to the side.’”

Since taking over in February, Foulkes sold off the remaining part of Lord & Taylor’s flagship New York store (a large part of the retail space was already sold prior to Foulkes’s tenure), she sold off Gilt Group, and entered into a joint venture with the company’s biggest competitor in Europe.

Foulkes said on Tuesday that Hudson’s Bay and Saks have had strong performances. Lord & Taylor, meanwhile, is need of some revitalizing.

“Lord & Taylor is a business where our shoppers, they love it. The problem is there aren’t enough of them,” Foulkes noted.

She also touted Hudson’s Bay’s digital presence, but admits there’s still room for improvement. However, she’s not worried the 348-year-old company is danger of falling the way of other ill-fated retailers like Sears.

“Here’s a great example of what not to do,” Foulkes said she told her staff upon news of Sears’ bankruptcy filing. “I think it’s a really interesting example of a company that prided itself on its amazing real estate, but forgot to be a great retailer for its customers, and at the end of the day that’s what matters.”

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Disappointed By Big-Screen DC? Their Animated Movies Pack the Biggest Punch

Oh, what a frustrating time it is to be a DC Extended Universe fan. Or Worlds of DC to use the newly coined title. Just when it seems like all the pieces are finally in place for our heroes to push forward into a brave new era of screen adventures following the conclusion of 2017’s Justice League, we’re hit with the news that the solo Flash outing is indefinitely delayed. Not to mention the fact that discussions for Henry Cavill’s next appearance as Superman have broken down. If there’s one thing the DC movies have been lacking, it’s consistency — something the MCU has championed for so long. And it doesn’t look to be arriving any time soon.

While the live-action universe’s overall trajectory remains uncertain, there is an avenue where DC fans can get a reliable, respectful fix of the comic-book giant’s most beloved characters. And that’s the DC Animated Universe. A continuing series of direct-to-video film projects originally intended for mature audiences, these animated features are well-directed, often standalone, and are generally more aligned with the comic book stories readers will be familiar with – all while pushing them in new directions.

Some of the most notable comic arcs translated so far include: Flashpoint ParadoxGotham by Gaslight, and even The Dark Knight Returns in a fully fledged two-part epic. These stories, and some new ones, are treated with the love and care they deserve, free of the need to waste time setting up undercooked plot threads that will likely never happen. Forget the universe formerly known as the DCEU, here’s why DC’s animated movies pack the biggest punch.

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Quite understandably, blockbuster interpretations like Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad aren’t likely to take any real creative risks. Especially in the latter’s case; even in a film fronted by a ragtag team of supervillains we’re expected to believe that they’re merely misunderstood – rather than seriously disturbed – individuals sure to see the value of good before eventually fighting off ‘true evil’. They’re written and filmed to appeal to a broad audience of cinema-goers, after all, thus making any big-screen representation of DC’s strong character slate pretty cut and dried. Or worse, watered down.

The DC Animated Universe stories are the opposite of this, by comparison, going so far as to explore characters like Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and The Flash in much more depth than their straight-laced, silver-screen versions. Take Justice League: Gods and Monsters, for example. It’s an entirely original and unique storyline that riffs off the origin stories of Superman and the gang, presenting a universe where Batman is a pseudo-vampire, Wonder Woman is a god willing to kill, and Son of Zod, rather than Kal-El, was the baby exiled to Earth following the destruction of Krypton.

Even when universe lore is kept classic, very rarely do these animated features waste time explaining characters’ backstory or origins, unless it’s crucial to the central story about to unfold. Remaining confident that viewers will have a basic understanding of these heroes that have been ingrained in pop culture for 70+ years now, DC animated movies like Batman: Assault on Arkham – in which the Dark Knight largely takes a backseat – can be the perfect jumping in point for newcomers as well as die-hard DC fans not wanting to be pandered to.

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Whereas the Marvel Cinematic Universe has shown bravery in letting its lesser-known characters come to the fore in eponymous movies such as Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, the Worlds of DC probably hasn’t established itself well enough yet to get quite as wacky. The DC animated films, however, have done a great job at highlighting the stranger side of superheroes. Released with little fanfare on store shelves last year, Justice League Dark is the perfect example of this.

In it, we follow Batman as he recruits the DC universe’s supernatural slate of characters, with John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, and more coming to the fore in order to stop a mystical force threatening the world. These characters make sense in a story that is noticeably darker than what the light and bright members of the Justice League world normally face – in a world where mythology and mystery are woven together. Hollywood director Doug Liman was allegedly developing a live-action version of Justice League Dark, but as with most Worlds of DC projects announced these days, it wouldn’t see the light of day.

Unexpected Twists on Familiar DC Arcs


It’s nice to see certain beloved comic book arcs given the animation treatment.

So far, we’ve explained how the DC Animated Universe does right by comic-book fans looking for something slightly off-kilter and new. However, every so often, the folks spearheading this animation arm of DC Entertainment see fit to adapt an established comic book arc – with a welcome twist. The animated interpretation of Gotham by Gaslight, for example, dreams up an entirely different identity for the Jack the Ripper that Batman has been chasing. Batman vs Robin, on the other hand, takes elements from Scott Snyder’s celebrated Court of Owls storyline before choosing to delve deeper into the relationship between Bruce and his estranged son Damian Wayne.

In lifting these much-beloved DC one-shots off the page though, the risk is that they aren’t always done justice. Take 2015’s animated adaptation of The Killing Joke. The original Alan Moore graphic novel works out at a perfectly paced 50-or-so pages. This wasn’t enough material for a 100-minute home video feature, meaning that creative liberty was taken by way of a new prologue. Many took against this change – proving that, despite best intentions, in animated form, it’s still possible to get things wrong.

Occasional hiccups like this don’t take away from the runaway success of so many of the entries in the DC Animated Universe, which for the most part explore far more interesting territory than DC’s big-screen offerings likely ever will. While seeing our favourite characters and stories done right on the big screen can be a thrilling experience, it’s in the DC Animated Universe where the truly great stuff is happening.

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Beto O’Rourke Raises $38 Million in Third Quarter, Biggest Haul for Senate Candidate Ever

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Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the El Paso Democrat challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz had the single largest fundraising quarter in a Senate race ever, his campaign said Friday.

O’Rourke raised more than $ 38 million in the third quarter of 2018 from 802,836 individual contributions. Not only did the haul break previous records for Senate candidates, it also outpaced previous quarters where he raised more money than Cruz.

“The people of Texas in all 254 counties are proving that when we reject PACs and come together not as Republicans or Democrats but as Texans and Americans, there’s no stopping us,” O’Rourke said in a statement. “This is a historic campaign of people: all people, all the time, everywhere, every single day — that’s how we’re going to win this election and do something incredible for Texas and our country at this critical moment.”

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Trump’s Biggest Fan, Kanye West, Heads to the White House Today

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One of the many baffling phenomena of the Trump era has been the readiness of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West to hang out with the president, despite his overt and well documented racism and sexism.

The process will reach its peak today when Kanye West drops in for lunch and then witnesses the signing of a new bill to update the way music royalties are paid to take account of the impact of streaming services.  

Kim, of course, has already called into the White House for her photo op with Trump (who once said she had a ‘fat ass‘) as part of her successful campaign to secure a pardon for a grandmother caught up in drug conspiracy.

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The 10 Biggest Stories From New York Comic Con 2018

New York Comic Con 2018 was the biggest yet. Numerous TV shows and movies were showcased at the massive annual celebration of pop culture, giving fans a glimpse at what’s to come, a look back at iconic films or series, and exclusive insights alongside sneak peek footage. But some stories from the event stood out from the rest — this is our pick of the biggest, buzziest reveals from NYCC 2018.

Daredevil Bullseye Reveal

The Daredevil panel announced the show’s worst kept secret — that Bullseye would be the villain in Season 3 — albeit one manipulated by Wilson Fisk. We’ll see Bullseye’s origin story as FBI agent Benjamin Poindexter puts on the red Daredevil suit and starts meting out his own brand of justice. However, it was during our interview with the series cast that we revealed just how much of a threat he will pose to Matt Murdock. Vincent D’Onofrio, who plays Fisk — one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most perturbing villains – had this to say about Bullseye:

“It’s important that Poindexter becomes the worst part of himself. The city needs somebody to hate more than they hate Wilson Fisk.”

Showrunner Erik Oleson,  meanwhile, told us: “I think in this season, we very much needed a physical threat to Matt in addition to the Machiavellian plottings of Wilson Fisk.”

Hellboy — the First Bloody Trailer


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David Harbour as Hellboy.

Anticipation for Neil Marshall’s Hellboy reboot had just about reached the limit on the scale of expectancy. Then the first trailer dropped at NYCC. And the scale all but busted — for the assembled fans at the Main Stage, at least.

From the very first shots, the film sets out its stall to be a bloodier, way more hellish, R-rated version of the Mike Mignola comic-book creation, compared to Guillermo Del Toro’s 2004 screen adaptation. According to our man who was there, you see David Harbour’s version of Red “pressing his hand cannon to an enemy soldier’s head and blowing his bloody brains right into the camera.”

Harbour described Mike Mignola’s work as “existential horror” so we can presumably expect to see something thoughtful that resonates with viewers, as well as a fair amount of blood and gore. And a sense of humour, of course. Oh, and Milla Jovovich as a badass Hela-esque Nimue the Blood Queen.

Spawning of a Title

Todd McFarlane Wants to Call His Superhero Reboot ‘Spawn… Do You Believe?’

Todd McFarlane took to the stage at NYCC to talk about the upcoming Spawn film set to star Jamie Foxx and Jeremy Renner — and revealed it’s yet to get the greenlight. The artist, writer, and Image Comics founder also announced the title he’s gunning for: Spawn… Do You Believe?

Because everyone in this movie is going to be going ‘I don’t even know if this even exists, or if it’s in my head, or if it’s a boogeyman, or if it’s physical’,” says McFarlane.

McFarlane’s Spawn reboot would be “a true, dark, nasty, R-rated superhero” film — but he says that Hollywood is “timid”. However, with special effects maestro and Walking Dead supremo Greg Nicotero on board as well as horror king Jason Blum, the film is looking increasingly like a valid proposition.

Shazam! Captures the Vibe of an ‘80s Classic

Zachary Levi Says ‘Shazam’ Reminds Him of ‘The Goonies’

Shazam! actor Zachary Levi took part in a Q&A in which he compared the upcoming Shazam! movie — the latest entry in the newly labelled Worlds of DC, due for release in 2019 – to 1980s kids’ classic The Goonies.

“It’s a lot of wish fulfilment and a lot of fun and a lot of heart and a lot of levity,” said Levi. “I don’t know if anyone else felt this way, but when I was watching it [the trailer]… it delighted me. I felt joy. I felt the way that I felt when I was a kid when I was watching The Goonies. There was something very adventure-y about it.”

We first got a taste of what Levi is talking about when the initial trailer dropped earlier this year. The trailer garnered positive comments from fans and critics praising the film’s comedy and tone.

Brace Yourself for a Saucy Take on Sabrina

So, Uhh, There’s Gonna Be a Witch Orgy in ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’

During the panel for teen-witch reboot The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Chance Perdomo, who plays Sabrina’s pansexual warlock cousin Ambrose in the series, let slip that there would be a full-on orgy in the show’s inaugural season. Kiernan Shipka, who plays Sabrina, added that it was witches only, with no mortals allowed. Recalling shooting the scenes, Perdomo said, “That was fun.”

The Dark Crystal Purists Are in for an Animatronic Treat

The New ‘Dark Crystal’ Netflix Series Won’t Use Any CGI

In 1982, Jim Henson released The Dark Crystal — a film that relied upon puppeteers and animatronics for its charming, and groundbreaking, look. A 10-part Netflix series based on the original film is currently in production and Lisa Henson, CEO of the Jim Henson Company and Jim Henson’s daughter, dropped into NYCC to chat about the upcoming series. She was joined by director of the series, called The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Louis Leterrier, who ruled out the use of CGI.

“It’s puppets, man. It’s all puppets,” he said.  He went on to clarify that they mostly used old-school technology, but are using a green screen to remove the puppeteers in post-production.

Bane Is Coming to Gotham


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Comic-book Bane breaking poor old Batman's back.

We recently wrote about wanting Bane to pop up in new Arrowverse show, Batwoman. But we’re more than happy to take an appearance in the final season of Gotham instead. Gotham has consistently proven itself to be one of DC’s most successful screen adaptations and its dark but kitschy tone is the perfect place to explore Bane’s villainous personality. Popularised among mainstream audiences by Tom Hardy’s performance in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, Bane will be played in Season 5 of Gotham by Shane West.

Showrunner John Stephens revealed that they’ll focus on his origin story. He said they wanted to “tell the story of how he was before he became Bane,” before adding that they “tied it to Jim’s backstory, in a way that I think is clearly different than canon, but I feel like it is like a tributary that then goes into the canon.”

In the storyline, Bane will fight with Alfred in a take on the classic Knightfall narrative in the comic books. Sean Pertwee, who plays Batman butler Alfred Pennyworth in the series, divulged, however, that it’s his character that gets his back broken rather than the Caped Crusader as per the comics. What a way to close the series.

First Look at Spock in Star Trek: Discovery Season 2

Season 2 of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Will be Filled With Mini-Mysteries

During the panel for Star Trek: Discovery, they wasted no time in giving the audience a glimpse at Season 2 in the form of the first trailer. The trailer contained a host of reveals to get fans excited, but none more so than the glimpse at the end of Ethan Peck’s Spock. We see the young Vulcan wheeled through on a medical bed before he’s injected in the neck and awakens suddenly. It’s especially exciting for the series because Sonequa Martin-Green’s Michael Burnham – the show’s main character — is Spock’s half-sister.

Riverdale’s New Characters

‘Riverdale’ Showrunner Reveals Jughead’s Mum and Sister Arrive for Season 3

Ever since Season 2’s shock ending, which saw Archie arrested and thrown in prison, fans have been desperate to find out what Season 3 has in store. And with the Sabrina reboot — which is a property that in the comic books takes place in the same universe — also upon us, there’s been more speculation than ever that things are about to take a supernatural turn in Riverdale.

While we’re still waiting on confirmation of that, we did get news of some new characters about to enter the town. And they’ll be coming in the form of Jughead’s mum and sister — Gladys and Jellybean Jones. Adding to the show’s exceptionally strong older cast, Gladys will be played by Gina Gershon and looks set to shake things up. Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa also announced the arrival of comic-book favourite, Evelyn Evernever, while Madchen Amick revealed that her character Alice Cooper will be cosying up to a certain Edgar Evernever — Evelyn’s father and leader of a cult called The Farm.

Good Omens Will Diverge From the Book

The ‘Good Omens’ TV Series Has a Different Ending Than the Book

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett was always a match made in heaven. When they wrote the novel Good Omens, about an angel and demon teaming up to prevent Armageddon, together in 1990, a cult classic was born.

With the Amazon series based on that book set to air in 2019, Gaiman joined the series cast — Michael Sheen and David Tennant, no less — on stage at NYCC to launch the first trailer and answer a few pressing questions. With showrunner Gaiman revealing that he has “reconfigured” the ending.

“If I did [the book’s] ending, then the book story would end, and you’d still have half an hour of television while people said goodbye to each other,” he said. “Now there is a plot that takes until the final second of the final episode.”

Peter Jackson Shelved ‘Mortal Engines’ for 5 Years – Because of ‘The Hobbit’

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These Countries Pose the Biggest Threat to U.S. National Security, Says Kissinger Associates CEO

Since the Cold War ended, U.S. national security has focused on issues like terrorism and climate change rather than conflict with other countries, says Jami Miscik, CEO of geopolitical consulting firm Kissinger Associates.

But she said that trend is now reversing, with Russia and China returning to the lead the list of national security risks. Of course, Russia is alleged to have interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign while China and the U.S. are engaged in a trade war that is expected to intensify.

Miscik, speaking at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit on Wednesday in Laguna Niguel, Calif., also named Brazil as a potential hot spot because of its upcoming elections that could put a more extreme far-right government in power. Meanwhile, in Iran, more extreme leaders may be coming into power because the economic prosperity promised by moderate politicians after the U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal failed to materialize.

“I don’t think [Western] companies ran in there the way moderates in Iran hoped they would,” Miscik said. “Domestically, the moderates have declined in popularity.”

When it comes to China, she expects that President Donald Trump’s trade war will worsen relations. The longtime safeguard against conflict between the U.S. and China–their financial interdependence–is no longer enough.

“I think the tensions are here. I think they’re likely to grow,” she said before adding: “What we really are interdependent on is trade. If we take that off the table, with sanctions or tariffs, we start to remove the one thing that links us together.”

When asked to assess President Trump on foreign relations, Miscik praised his decision to pull the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and his renegotiation of NAFTA. But in general, she criticized his approach toward America’s allies.

“I do not give him a high grade on making our allies feel comfortable that we will be there for them,” Miscik said.

Miscik said that financial prowess is what allows the U.S. to wield global power. Most transactions come through the American economy at some point, which gives the U.S. government jurisdiction to enforce measures like sanctions on other countries.

“We have economic exceptionalism in our control of the national financial system,” she said, but countries are beginning to explore alternative payment methods in order to avoid the U.S. entirely, which could dilute America’s international influence.

Despite the increased risks from individual nations, functional issues remain a significant threat, from terrorism and rising nationalism to nuclear proliferation, populism, and authoritarianism.

“Climate change has officially become a national security issue,” Miscik said, based on the huge number of Americans living in coastal areas that are in danger of flooding if water levels rise.

She also warned about cybersecurity threats and the new types of attacks that U.S. organizations may need to be prepared to face.

“The one I’m worried about now, especially for businesses, is an attack that manipulates the data,” she said–a tactic that could be used to undermine confidence in American institutions and financial systems.

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