Some of the Top Things Readers Bought in May 2019…

As per reader requests, we’ve started rounding up some of the top things readers have bought recently — so here are some of the most-purchased items from April 2019! See the whole series here. 

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Pictured at top, clockwise: blue dress / white moto jacket / wedge sandal / dress / skirt / clutch 

Clothes for Work Bought in May 2019

Pictured: Ted Baker London Yalila Houdini Sheath Dress

Pictured: Topshop Pleated Mini Shirtdress

Pictured: Boden Bronte Sheath Dress (petite and tall sizes too)

Pictured: BOSS Esetta Cube Print Long Sleeve Midi Dress

Pictured: Halogen ® A-Line Dress (leopard almost sold out, but other prints still in stock)

 

Pictured: Tahari Scuba Crepe Sheath Dress (Regular & Petite)

Pictured: Ann Taylor Floral Wrap Dress (green & another floral print, too)

Pictured: Banana Republic Stripe Asymmetrical Fit-and-Flare Dress

Pictured: Loft Boatneck Sheath Dress

Pictured: Boden Phoebe Jersey Dress

Pictured: MM LaFleur Annie Dress

Pictured: Boden Richmond Pencil Skirt

Pictured: Ann Taylor Twist Waist Pencil Skirt

Pictured: Halogen® Long Linen Blend Cardigan (Regular & Petite)

 

Pictured: Caslon® Ballet Neck Cotton & Modal Knit Elbow Sleeve Tee (Regular & Petite)

Pictured: Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee (Regular & Plus Size)

Pictured: Madewell Tie Front Shirt (Regular & Plus Size)

Pictured: Gibson Draped Faux Wrap Top (Regular & Petite)

Pictured: Bobeau Butter Short Sleeve Tee (Regular & Petite)

Pictured: Halogen Tie Waist Knit Top (Regular & Petite)

Pictured: Halogen Waist Detail Sleeveless Top (Regular & Plus Size)

Pictured: Halogen Knot Front Top – SOLD OUT

Pictured: Vince Camuto Mixed Media Tie Front Blouse

Pictured: Ann Taylor Pleated Top

Pictured: Gibson Cozy Ribbed Cardigan (Regular & Petite)

Pictured: J.Crew Parke Blazer (Regular & Petite)

Pictured: Gibson Notch Collar Cotton Blend Blazer

Pictured: Halogen Plaid Blazer (Regular & Petite)

Pictured: Vince Camuto Peak Collar Single Button Piqué Blazer – SOLD OUT

Pictured: BLANKNYC Mesh Detail Crepe Jacket (Regular & Plus Size)

Pictured: Tahari Star Neckline Crepe Sheath Dress (Regular & Petite)

 

Pictured: Eliza J Pleat Waist Sheath Dress  – SOLD OUT

 

Pictured: Halogen® Seamless Two-Way Tank

Pictured: Halogen Seamless Two-Way Camisole (2 for $ 49)

Pictured: Boden Richmond Stretch Cotton Trousers (Regular & Petite)

Pictured: Halogen Ankle Pants (Regular, Petite & Plus Size)

 

Accessories for Work Bought in May 2019

Pictured: CC Corso Como® ‘Del’ Pump (on sale!)

Pictured: Marc Fisher LTD ‘Zala’ Pump (select colors marked 40% off!)

Pictured: Sam Edelman Hazel Pointy Toe Pump (select colors marked down 40%!)

Pictured:  STATE Saffy Block Heel Pump (select colors under $ 60!)

Pictured: CC Corso Como Jullia Flat

Pictured:  Mauldin Wedge Sandal (on sale!)

Pictured: 1901 Ellery Block Heel Sandal

Pictured: Diane von Furstenberg Ines Pump

Pictured: Sam Edelman Felicia Flat

 

Pictured: Lucky Brand ‘Emmie’ Flat

Pictured: BP. Faux Leather Circle Clutch

Pictured: Nordstrom Kara Leather Expandable Crossbody Bag

Pictured: Target Claxton Weekender Bag

Clothes for Casual Offices and the Weekend

Pictured: KUT from the Kloth ‘Helena’ Denim Jacket (Regular & Petite)

Pictured: Zella Live In 7/8 Leggings

Pictured: Caslon Cotton Twill Shorts (sold out, but similar)

Pictured: Leith Ruched Body-Con Tank Dress (also in plus sizes)

Pictured: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Shoreline Low Top Sneaker

Most Bought Lingerie in May 2019

 

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Knock lets you ‘trade in’ your home: Here are 6 things to know

Knock home page

A cottage industry of new services has developed around buying and selling homes. Now, you can even “trade in” your home. At least that’s the premise of Knock, a real estate startup that wants to make trading in homes as easy as it is for cars.

Knock, which launched in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2016, promises to save customers the hassle of making repairs, listing their home and opening it up for multiple showings.

What is a Knock Home Trade-In and how does it work?

A Knock Home Trade-in works like this: The service buys your home from you in cash, which they say gets you the best price, and any “repair concessions” that may be needed.

You then work with a Knock Local Licensed Expert to get you pre-approved for a new home before making offers. This expert also represents you in the sale of your old home.

Here are 6 things to know about Knock

If you’re thinking about using Knock, or have used it in the past, here are some things to know so that you can get the most out of the service:

1. What markets does Knock operate in?

As of June 2019, Knock operates in five U.S. cities: In addition to Atlanta, there’s Charlotte, North Carolina; Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.

The listed cities generally don’t include adjacent suburbs but Knock does have plans to expand in the future.

2. Knock is also a home listing site

Like Zillow, Trulia and other sites, Knock also operates as a home-listing service. On Knock Deals, you can see the homes that Knock has listed in selected cities.

You can find home photos, neighborhood information as well as a map that shows other Knock homes and their listing price.

3. How much does Knock buy your home for?

Knock will typically buy your home at a 3% to 5% discount, according to the website. To sell your home, Knock charges a 6% commission, which is the typical rate for an agent.

The good thing is that you can move into your new house before your old one is listed.

4. How exactly does Knock sell your home?

You may be wondering how Knock can sell your home. Knock uses an array of online marketing strategies to sell your dwelling, including MLS, Zillow, Trulia, Google, Facebook, and old-fashioned yard-signs, among other ways.

5. What costs are the homeowner’s responsibility?

You’ll be responsible for paying for a home inspection before Knock purchases a house for you. Typically, you can pay for that — which should cost around $ 500 — at closing.

6. What types of homes does Knock buy & sell?

Knock specializes in homes that have a clear title and are owner-occupied. They like homes that are worth at least $ 150,000 or combined valuation of $ 350,000-plus for your old and new home.

Knock does not deal with homes that are in age-restricted communities, distressed sales or those with foundation/structural problems.

Conclusion

Knock is one of many services that aim to make home buying and selling easier. Before you go this route, read some reviews about the process as well as feedback on Knock agents.

No matter what service you use, money expert Clark Howard says would-be home buyers usually make crucial mistakes early in the process — but you can be the exception. Here are 10 things to know before buying a home.

Here are more Clark.com articles you might enjoy

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Mandatory NFL minicamps preview: Nine things to watch this week

Mandatory minicamps kick off Tuesday for the champs, the trendy Browns and the confounding New York duo, among others. Here’s what to watch.
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6 things you need to know about Amazon Prime Day 2019

amazon prime shipment box

One of the biggest shopping days of the year — like Black Friday in summer — is just around the corner: Amazon Prime Day.

Last year, Amazon offered more than one million deals globally to Amazon Prime members. To help you sort through the avalanche of promotions, the deals experts at ClarkDeals.com dedicate countless hours to find the absolute best prices from reputable retailers — especially during big events like Prime Day, Black Friday and more.

Is Amazon Prime Day really a good time to find great deals? We interviewed a deals expert to find out…

Amazon Prime Day 2019: Everything you need to know

  1. What is Amazon Prime Day?
  2. When is Amazon Prime Day?
  3. Do you need to be an Amazon Prime member to shop on Amazon Prime Day?
  4. What deals can you find on Amazon Prime Day?
  5. Is Amazon Prime Day cheaper than Black Friday?
  6. Do you need to wait for Amazon Prime Day to find good deals?

1. What is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day is an annual deals event for Amazon Prime members — and it keeps getting bigger every year. During Prime Day, the online retailer regularly releases exclusive offers and sales, and a few notable deals start rolling out in advance of the official date.

Amazon launched the first Amazon Prime Day to celebrate the company’s twentieth anniversary in 2015. The press release announcing the event also heavily advertised that prices would beat Black Friday sales. (We’ll let you know if that’s actually true below…)

In 2018, Amazon says sales surpassed Cyber Monday, Black Friday and the previous Prime Day. Prime members purchased more than 100 million products during Prime Day last year.

2. When is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon has not announced the official date for Prime Day 2019, but Team Clark predicts the week of July 15. (Amazon typically confirms the date in late June or early July.)

Previous Prime Day dates

  • 2015: July 15 for 24 hours
  • 2016: July 12 for 24 hours
  • 2017: July 11 for 30 hours
  • 2018: July 16 for 36 hours
  • 2019: Team Clark predicts the week of July 15

Looking at the dates above, you might notice that Amazon Prime Day has been getting longer. How long will it last in 2019? We predict that Amazon might expand the shopping event to a full 48 hours. Team Clark will keep you up-to-date on all of the Prime Day news!

Do you have any Prime Day predictions? Let us know in the comments below!

3. Do you need to be an Amazon Prime member to shop on Amazon Prime Day?

Yes, you do have to be an Amazon Prime member to take advantage of Prime Day deals.

As of June 2019, an Amazon Prime membership costs $ 119 annually or you can choose the $ 12.99 per month plan to avoid a year-long commitment.

If you’re not already an Amazon Prime member, try the free 30-day trial to take advantage of Prime Day deals and free shipping.

Discounted Prime memberships are also available for students and low-income households.

Keep reading to see if Amazon’s shopping extravaganza is worth paying attention to in 2019…

4. What deals can you find on Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day popular deals

You can expect a ton of deals on Amazon devices and products like the Fire TV Stick remote and Echo Dot. Amazon also began offering sales at Whole Foods for Prime members on Prime Day last year.

Charis Brown, managing editor of ClarkDeals.com, has first-hand experience finding deals during Amazon Prime Day:

“We’ve seen great deals on Instant Pots, DNA and genetic testing kits, tools, name-brand headphones, car smartphone chargers, Roomba vacuums and Amazon-branded items like the Amazon Fire TV Stick and the Amazon Fire tablet.”

Deal tip: Other retailers offer deals around Amazon Prime Day

This is perhaps the best news for your wallet: You can also find deals from other stores during Amazon Prime Day!

“It’s extremely likely that other retailers will have sales to try to compete with Amazon,” says Charis. “Last year, eBay offered a $ 25 sitewide coupon. A few weeks after Prime Day, Walmart offered a different Instant Pot for a lower price than Amazon, so you might end up finding a better deal at a different store!”

5. Is Amazon Prime Day cheaper than Black Friday?

According to Amazon, “Prime Day is a global shopping event offering more deals than Black Friday.” Is this really true?

Charis notes that it definitely depends on what you’re buying…

“Last year, Amazon offered the Instant Pot DUO60 7-in-1 electric pressure cooker for $ 59, but then for Black Friday, Walmart had the best deal on the 8-quart 6-in-1 Instant Pot for $ 59.”

Here’s a rule to help you determine if you should buy a deal on Amazon Prime Day or wait until Black Friday: “If you see something you like and it’s the best price it has ever been at Amazon and other stores, go for it!”

6. Do you need to wait for Amazon Prime Day to find good deals?

No! You can find deals from retailers like Amazon, Best Buy and Target on ClarkDeals.com every day.

To make sure you’re getting the best deal, research and compare prices before you purchase an item. Charis prefers Google Shopping — formerly Froogle — to compare prices between stores, but for Prime Day, “CamelCamelCamel is a must to see the price history of an item.”

Final thought: Important advice before you shop

While you can find great deals during Amazon Prime Day, it’s crucial to have a plan before you shop. Make a list now so you can stay laser-focused on finding the best deals possible!

Charis offers great advice: “Try to avoid buying something just because it’s a great deal! Buy it because you really want it or could really use it.”

Are you looking for a great bargain on Amazon Prime Day 2019? Let us know in the comments below!

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10 Surprising Things a Homeowner Can be Fined For

As a homeowner, you have the responsibility to keep your home safe, clean, and in compliance with city ordinances. While you may already be aware that you’re not supposed to let your grass get too tall, there are other common code violations that you should know about so you can avoid getting a hefty fine from your city. Want to get the city off your back? Here are the 10 most surprising things a homeowner can be fined for.
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10 Things I Wish I Had Known in My 20’s – Tips for My Younger Self

I am currently 34 but my life has changed a lot and is dramatically different than it was 10 or 15 years ago. Today, I wish I could go back in time and tell my younger self a few things that would help me tremendously, however, that’s not possible so I hope you can learn from my experiences.

1.You Cannot Save Your Way To Prosperity.

Growing up, I always tried to save money to do things myself, to not splurge on restaurants or unnecessary things. In many ways, I’m very proud of that because it taught me a good lesson of even making the most of other things when you don’t have a lot. However, eventually, my father-in-law, Tom, shared a story at a point where he realized that he could not save himself into wealth and instead just had to make more money so he could get the things and do the stuff he wanted to do.

That really rang home with me, up until then, I was just comfortable where I was at and I was just trying to make as much out of what I had as possible. That meant I never really got the things that I truly wanted but just the things that were at an extremely good value ratio, things that were on sale, things that were good deals, things from vintage stores that are very inexpensive. Now, once Tom shared his experiences, it really dawned on me, rather than just trying to save more money and do the things I don’t really want to do simply because they’re inexpensive, it is better to simply make more money so you can get exactly the things you want and do exactly the stuff you want without having to compromise.

To me, this was almost a liberating experience because I knew where my path was going forward. So if you feel stuck at where you are at, maybe just working harder where you are is not the solution, maybe you simply have to change the game and do something completely different, even if that means a pay cut in the beginning but ultimately, it may lead to more prosperity and ultimately, freedom.

If someone offers a hand, especially if it’s family, you take it.

2. If It Makes Financial Sense, Set Aside Your Pride.

It’s a lesson I learned in my early 20s. My wife was doing a day job and I was working on the Gentleman’s Gazette and I was not really contributing anything to our household income. Then, my wife lost her job and we could have gotten by taking low paid hourly jobs but her parents offered to help us. Initially, I wasn’t happy with that because I have always been raised to be very independent but we thought about it and agreed to take them up on their offer to help because it enabled us to pursue the things we wanted to do. My wife got an MBA and I continued with Gentleman’s Gazette which eventually would lead us to financial independence. I realized that starting off on a good financial foundation was more important than my personal pride.

So what did I learn from it? If someone offers you genuine help, take them up on it, especially if it’s family. That may also mean that living with your parents is your best option even though you could afford an apartment but at the same time, if you live at home, you may be able to pay down your student loans more quickly. On the flip side, that means you never want to take advantage of other people and you really want to work towards a point where you can thank them for your help but discontinue it simply because you can now support yourself. I find that doing this in a very planned manner enables you to just rely on help for a short amount of time and then really stand on your own feet which can feel very liberating and accomplished.

Princeton University
Princeton University

3. College & Graduate Schools Are Not Always Worth It.

I know it’s a hot topic right now with rising costs and more students graduating with tons of debt. Personally, I went to law school in Germany but a year in, I realized I hated it and after the internships, I also never wanted to work in law, however, at the time, I would have created all of the debt if I would have just dropped out so I just stuck with the school. Looking back, if I had just started my business right then and there, I’d probably be much further ahead today, I would have also learned a lot very early on, at the same time, I would likely not have met my wife because I met her during an exchange semester in 2006.

That being said, for someone weighing going to college or not today, I think it really pays to ask yourself “Why am I going to college? Do I just go so I can party hard and have to wait until my grown-up responsibilities set in?” Or do you maybe just go to college without knowing what you really want just because everyone else in your peer group is going. If those are your main motivators, maybe this is not the time for you to go to college. After all, these are two very expensive reasons and you may end up with debt for a very long time.

YOU can!

4. If You Can Dream It, You Can Build It!

Growing up, I was never really exposed to entrepreneurship. My parents were employed, their friends were employed, and I simply didn’t know anyone who was an entrepreneur. Because of that, I thought naturally, my future would be as an employee, however, it took me some time to realize that I never performed my best when I was an employee but I was much more content and satisfied when I was working for my own. Looking back, deep down, I knew I wanted to do something by myself but I simply didn’t have the guts or to believe that I could do it. So if I knew that if I can dream it, I can build it, I probably would have started my business earlier.

5. Abort Mission if Something Isn’t Working for You.

It can be relationships, it can be ideas or business ideas, or just something that you’re working on, maybe a job. Personally, I ended up graduating from law school in Germany even though I knew I hated it a year in. Then when I came to the US, the economy was bad and I told myself that if I want to be attractive in the job market, I need to have a degree from an American University. So the easiest way was to get a Masters of Law from an American University, of course, in law school, even though it was something I knew I didn’t like.

If you take a step back, you can see it’s this sunk cost trap. You already invested money in it, it has gotten you so far, and it’s now easiest to just take that next step in that same direction even though you know it’s the wrong direction. I’ve seen it over and over again with friends, they get to a certain level, they adapt to a certain lifestyle and to a certain paycheck, and now they’re afraid to take the pay cut and pursue something they really want to do simply because they’re afraid that it would throw things off and they don’t know how to pay for their bills but honestly, they would be happier if they would just pursue their passion and not the paycheck.

6. Thinking Too Much or Too Little About the Future Can Hurt You.

Yes, it’s good to think about the future but to also live in the present. For example, when I met my wife, Teresa, we were both broke. I was going to school in Germany, I had to go back and if you would look at it from a very objective rational point of view, looking at the future, you’d probably say there are probably no chances for this to go well. Well now, I’ve been married to my wife over nine years, we have a daughter, we have a successful business, a house, and we’re extremely happy together. So sometimes, it pays to really live fully in the moment and take it step by step if it feels right.

7. Life Can Sweep the Rug Out from Under You at Any Time.

In 2012, both of my parents were diagnosed with cancer within months of each other. My mom had breast cancer, my dad pancreatic cancer and we thought they were going to die. At the time, we didn’t have much money but probably just enough for a plane ticket to go over there and spend the rest of their lives with them together, as I thought. Fortunately, as events turned out, they are both in remission now, they’re both alive and happy but having a little buffer that allows you to either help out people that are very dear to your heart or just visit a family member when you really needed is extremely available and it just shows you, you can prepare for the future but you can never really prepare for all the eventualities. So again, it’s good to plan but live in the moment and understand that you can’t just prepare for everything out there and you have to take things as they come to you.

8. You Can Teach Yourself Anything.

I probably would have second-guessed my desire to go to law school if I knew that I could learn things at first and figure out if there was something that I want to pursue or not. That being said, aside from law school, I’m pretty much self-taught. I never knew anything about websites when I started the Gentleman’s Gazette so I learned it. I learned about WordPress, about SEO, URLs, servers, hosting, and how the whole internet works. With the Internet today, you can truly learn anything, there’s a course for everything, there are free resources, just like the Gentleman’s Gazette where we teach you how you can become a gentleman and dress up and become your best version of yourself. Even today, I’m a big believer in learning.

9. Consult Mentors & Organizations.

You should consult mentors or organizations with like-minded people that can really help you grow from a business point of view but also personally. I started the Gentleman’s Gazette in 2010 and for the first five years, I was pretty much on my own. Eventually, through a meet up that I went to twice, I met someone and he was part of an organization called Entrepreneurs’ Organization and they had an accelerator program helping smaller businesses. It costs $ 1,500 a month and at that point in time, I had never spent that amount of dough on anything in terms of training, however, it was a fantastic experience where I could learn from experts in their field as well as peers that were in the same shoes and had the same problems as I did.

10. Delegate, Delegate, Delegate!

It’s particularly true for entrepreneurs but honestly, it is true for anyone out there and it’s one of the ways to truly become happier. When I moved to the US, my mindset was that I could either pay someone to do things or I could just do it myself and save the money. So I would always end up doing things myself, sometimes it would take me way longer and I did a much crappier job than if I would have just hired it out. Time is the only truly limited resource we all have and if you can free things up and let experts do the things, you can focus on what makes you really happy or makes you more money.

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BONUS TIp: Dress Up a Bit More Than Everyone Else.

Now, that’s a bold statement and of course, there is no point in showing up in a tuxedo outfit to a baseball game but what I rather mean by that is you can always dress up in your environment a few notches up.

What life lessons do you wish you knew when you were younger? We’d love to hear from you!


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Things to do in Luxembourg


Vacationing in Europe gives you the perfect opportunity to explore an amazing continent full of history, culture, and wonder. One of the more unusual places in Europe to visit is Luxembourg, but it’s a place that might not have made your list normally. This Western European nation is surrounded by Belgium, France, and Germany, and is one of the top capitals of the European Union. If you’re planning to visit Luxembourg, you’ll want to know about all the great things you can do while you’re here.

Firstly, you need to cast aside your aspersions of a dull, lifeless city filled with Eurocrats and not much else. Luxembourg has plenty of treasures to uncover and is well worth a visit, provided you know what you want to do before you visit. So, your next visit to Luxembourg needs to contain these things in order to make it memorable.

Things to do in Luxembourg

Check out the Old Town

Most lovely European cities have a picturesque Old Town that is literally steeped in historical and cultural significance, and Luxembourg is no different. The Old Town here is a really amazing throwback and blends wonderfully with the newer areas of the city – it’s idyllic, picturesque, and serene, and you will definitely be glad you checked it out. In fact, you could do a lot worse than making sure you’re part of a walking tour of the city. This is the best way of getting to see and experience all the amazing parts of Luxembourg and learn more about the city (and the country).

Don’t miss the amazing tunnels

The great thing about Luxembourg is that it’s small, so it’s easy to navigate, and all the attractions are in the same kind of area. Make sure you head over to the ruins of the ancient castle in the Old Town and uncover one of the great secrets of Luxembourg. Below where the 10th Century castle stood, there is 17 kilometers of tunnels carved into the rock, that was used for things like defense and storage. Known as Casemates du Bock, the tunnels were opened to the public in the 1930s, and are well worth the visit. These are one of the fabulous tourist attractions in Luxembourg, and the open ends offer a sensational view of the city, as well as the valley below.

Things to do in Luxembourg

Take a wine tour

Who doesn’t love a bit of vino?! Well, if wine is your tipple you’ll have an excellent opportunity to take a wine tour while you’re here. There are so many excellent regions, and Luxembourg produces highly respected white and rose wines. There are some cool wine museums and wineries here that you can visit, and many of them offer tastings. Try to pick up a ticket for one of these cool tours, they actually only start from around €7 – the perfect budget outing you can enjoy and experience the best that Luxembourg has to offer.

Visit ‘Little Switzerland’

There’s an area of Luxembourg known as Little Switzerland, and it’s one of the most beautiful areas of the country. You’ll be able to go walking across canyons and soaking up some of the wonderful nature on show in Luxembourg. You can walk along the banks of the river, and visit the Predigtstuhl, one of the famous rock formations here. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience some of the great beauty off Luxembourg, as well as getting out and about and being healthy.

If you’ve never been to Luxembourg before, it’s not too late to discover this small and wonderful European nation. There is actually much more to do here than you might imagine, and we’ve just listed a selection of some of the best things. Overall, this is an excellent place to visit and has plenty to offer travelers.

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Some of the Top Things Readers Bought Recently…

collage of items bought for work April 2019As per reader requests, we’ve started rounding up some of the top things readers have bought recently — so here are some of the most-purchased items from April 2019! See the whole series here. 

Pictured at top: blazer / cardigan/ dress / pink heels / beige heels

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Clothes for Work Bought in April 2019

Pictured: NIC+ZOE Wonderstretch Straight Leg Pants

Pictured: Karen Kane Cascade Faux Wrap Dress

Pictured: Maggy London Scallop Sheath Dress

Pictured: Leith Pleated Surplice Dress (only lucky sizes left, but this skirt is similar)

Pictured: Gibson x Hi Sugarplum! Palm Springs Festival Maxi Dress (Regular, Petite, and Plus)

Pictured: Halogen® Long Linen Blend Cardigan (Regular, Petite and Plus Sizes)

Pictured: Caslon® Ballet Neck Cotton & Modal Knit Elbow Sleeve Tee (Regular, Petite & Plus Sizes)

Pictured: Madewell Texture & Thread Wrap Top

Pictured: Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee 

 

Pictured: NIC+ZOE Day to Night Top (Regular, Petite & Plus Sizes)

Pictured: BP. Linen Blend Camisole Top (Regular and Plus Sizes)

Pictured: Gibson Cozy Ribbed Cardigan (Regular & Petite)

Pictured: Gibson Notch Collar Cotton Blend Blazer (Regular, Petite & Plus Sizes)

Pictured: Topshop Chuck On Blazer

 

Pictured: Boden Addlestone Blazer

Pictured: Graceful Expectations Cap Sleeve 

Pictured: Everlane Silk Blouses

Pictured: Everlane Pima Stretch Midsleeve

Pictured: Loft Stretch Cotton Clean Cami

Accessories for Work Bought in April 2019

Pictured: DKNY Light Opaque Control Top Tights (2 for $ 25)

Pictured: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Pictured: NARS Blush

Pictured: Trotters Kari Pointy Toe Pump (Women)

Pictured: Nine West Eugene Pointy Toe Pump (Women)

Pictured: Everlane Day Heel

Pictured: Rothy’s The Point
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Pictured: Malena Driving Loafer (Women)

Pictured: Target Laser Cut Tote Handbag

 

 

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LEGO Rebuilds the Upside Down With New ‘Stranger Things’ Set

With season three hitting Netflix in two months time, the Stranger Things hype is on full blast, with a new video game, Polaroid camera, and an H&M collection. Now, LEGO is joining the roster with its very own rendition of the Upside Down.

Designed and developed alongside Netflix, the new 2,287-piece LEGO set features the Byers’ house from season one, complete with all the Christmas lights and painted alphabet on the walls. Unique to this model is the ability to flip the entire set upside down, revealing the actual Upside Down from the show: a mirrored Byers’ house in blue and grey, housing the Demogorgon and a terrified Will. The Stranger Things LEGO set comes with eight mini-figures featuring all the main characters, including Eleven, Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Will, Joyce Byers, Chief Jim Hopper, and the Demogorgon. It also comes with the Chief’s truck.

The LEGO Stranger Things: The Upside Down set will be available at LEGO retailers June 1, or May 15 if you’re a LEGO VIP member. As for the new season, Netflix will be dropping Season 3 of the thriller on July 4.

Elsewhere in collectibles, Hot Toys has dropped a life-sized Iron Man Nano Gauntlet.

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10 Cool Things We Learned From the Set of ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’

A lot has happened since the events of Spider-Man: Homecoming, and a lot has been revealed about the state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Fandango visited the set of its follow-up, Spider-Man: Far From Home, in August 2018. But there’s still much to share, things that Sony and Marvel were able to divulge to press at the time — impressively without giving away anything regarding Avengers: Endgame — about the plot and characters of the upcoming sequel. …

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Four Things Steve Canal Wants You to Know About Marketing and Branding

Steve Canal was a star college athlete and now is a branding expert. He’s worked with an impressive list of companies including McDonald’s, Facebook, Coors Light, Delta, and Walmart. After some stumbles in his journey, he has learned many lessons of success in marketing and branding. 

For example, Canal worked with the U.S. Army in its branding efforts. That work taught him the value of human connection. He led a national campaign that connected recruiters to potential soldiers looking for opportunities. The campaign involved wrapping hummers and jets in U.S. Army branding and turning them into interactive installations. It gave the brand identity, and made potential recruits feel invited and engaged. 

His work has led him to other marketing and branding realizations from which other entrepreneurs and marketing and PR professions can learn.

Four Things Steve Canal Wants You to Know About Marketing and Branding (In His own Words)

-What leads the campaign is research. I need to know what you’re passionate about, what motivates you, and what you’re trying to accomplish. For example, even though they may offer similar products; Company A and Company B need a unique offering that must be brought to life. You have to understand what’s important to each brand and create a package that says I’m paying attention to you, I know what’s important to you. I don’t call them clients, I call them partners because it’s a two way street.

-Who is the brand? What are they offering, and who are the people who care? Some organizations do focus groups. Take that extra step to get that insight. Times are changing, people are changing, there’s a new mindset within age demographics that don’t think like you as the brand. That’s where localizing your brand comes to play. You must find advisers and champions within those communities to get you that information, and listen to them

-It’s important to know what your strengths and weaknesses are, and find opportunities to make your weaknesses a strength. If you’re super passionate about something or you need to know something then do it. Either way, you must prioritize what’s important for you to be able to do versus what you can outsource.

-Brands need to stop thinking they have all the answers by coming up with campaigns within their walls, and not having any diversity of thought. Many times you get into these rooms to pitch, and across the table there are a bunch of like minded people coming up with campaigns without being where their customer is. Diversity of thought will make or break brands in the future. If you’re not aligned with consumers then they won’t mess with you.


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Do You Repeat Vacations or Try New Things?

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Here’s an odd question for today, ladies: How do you find your preferred type of vacation? How do you find the type of vacation destination that’s right for you, as well as the vacation activities and vacation budget? A few dimensions to think about as we begin discussion:

  • Do you prefer to tag along or plan your own vacation? At what point in life do you change from taking family-led vacations (or friend-led vacations) to choosing your own destinations? For example, I know a lot of people who in their early 20s were still going off to the beach house for a week with their nuclear family, and many who at the same time were deciding to tag along with friends on various trips
  • How often do you “repeat” vacations, like going to the same beach town (maybe even because you have a timeshare) for your “vacation” for the year? How did you find what timeshare situation you wanted, how often do you go, and do you try to mix in “new vacations” with the repeat destinations?
  • How much of your “vacation time” have you spent during the last year in supporting friends in milestones like graduations, engagement parties, bridal showers, marriage/union ceremonies, baby showers, and other celebrations? 
  • How varied are the “types” of vacation you take — and how many times do you try a new kind of vacation (say, cruising) before you say it’s not for you — versus chalking it up to specific circumstances around that trip? 
  • Have you ever been surprised by how much you liked (or hated) a vacation?

For my $ .02, I think vacations can be expensive and time-consuming to research and plan — and I’m sad to say I definitely do not excel at this. In my 20s I feel like I missed a lot of travel opportunities — I graduated college at a weird time (two quarters earlier than my friends) and I was already working by the time they all graduated, so I never did any major trip to celebrate finishing college. Then there was just no money for travel … and then I went to law school, where I was so exhausted from shuffling from school to internship that I mostly used what downtime I had decompressing at my parents’ house. Then (by my late 20s) we hit the “every day of preplanned vacation time is spent going to weddings” phase.

I think I thought I would travel in my 30s, and my husband and I did travel a bit before the kids came — but not a lot, and family vacations are a thing unto themselves, which we’re talking about over at CorporetteMoms today. So I’ve repeated a few vacations out of laziness (been to Paris 4x for shopping, eating, cultural sightseeing!), but aside from my honeymoon I never really took beach vacations before the kids. I’ve never been on a cruise, or glamping. I went to a spa resort for a friend’s 30th birthday, and that was something I did not think I would like at all — I was firmly anti-massage before that, in fact — and I loved the resort and the vibe and, yes, massages. Another vacation I was kind of surprised by was Miami — I never would have thought Miami would be the kind of city I would be into, but we were down there often to support a good friend (engagements/weddings/visits), and the energy of the city and activities (like boating! I like boating! who knew?) really surprised me. Speaking of boating, I never in my entire life would have thought I would enjoy kayaking — I’m not an outdoorsy person at all and hate things like hiking — but when we were last visiting my mother-in-law at her lake house, I finally went out in her kayak and was shocked how peaceful and beautiful and calming I found it. 

So… let’s talk, ladies. How do you find the type of vacation destination that’s right for you? Do you prefer to travel to different corners of the globe for different kinds of trips, or do you repeat vacations often? Related questions: Do you enjoy traveling with friends? For those of you who are partnered, have you had to negotiate the type of vacation destination that’s right for both of you?  

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New York-artist Andres Serrano has long garnered attention with his works on feces and urine. Now he’s taking on the ubiquity of the 45th President, Donald Trump, with his exhibit, ‘The Game: All Things Trump.’ No Reporter Narration. (Rough Cut. )


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Things I Never Knew Before Becoming a Realtor

Home buyers and home sellers often comment that real estate agents are overpaid, believing that they do little more than show potential buyers through houses, help them write contracts, and then collect large commission checks at closing. Many of today’s Realtors (members of the National Association of Realtors) had their own misconceptions before they started working in the field. Click through to learn a few realities about the real estate business that caught these Realtors by surprise.
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Some of the Top Things Readers Bought Recently…

Our last roundup of the top things readers have bought recently was pretty popular, so … here are some of the most-purchased items from March 2019!

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Shoes for Work Bought in March 2019

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Pictured above: SARTO by Franco Sarto Candid Genuine Calf Hair Pump (on sale! $ 49) 

Pictured above: Cole Haan Tali Grand Bow Wedge 65 (on sale! $ 108)

Pictured above: Rothy’s Washable Flats 
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Clothes for Work Bought in March 2019

Pictured above: Nic+Zoe Wonderstretch Straight Leg Pants (Regular & Petite) (on sale! $ 94–$ 128) 

Pictured above: Caslon® Ballet Neck Cotton & Modal Knit Elbow Sleeve Tee (Regular & Petite) ($ 29)

 

Pictured above: NYDJ Stretch Knit Trousers (Regular & Petite) (on sale! $ 61–$ 119)

 

Pictured above: Liverpool Knit Boyfriend Blazer ($ 98)

Pictured above: Vince Camuto Rumple Fabric Blouse ($ 74)

Pictured above: Leith Button Detail Wrap Top ($ 69)

Pictured above: Gibson V-Neck Shell (Regular & Petite) ($ 49)

Pictured above: Vince Camuto Sleeveless Rumple Blouse (on sale! $ 41–$ 69; now plus sizes only)

 

Pictured above: Vince Camuto Asymmetrical Hem Scuba Crepe Dress (Regular & Petite) ($ 138)

Pictured above: J.Crew Sophie Wrap Sweater Blazer (Regular & Plus Size) ($ 158)

Pictured above: Tailored by Rebecca Taylor Clean Suiting Blazer ($ 395)

Pictured above: Tailored by Rebecca Taylor Clean Suiting Trousers ($ 275)

Pictured above: Pleated V-Neck Mixed Media Top (on sale! $ 12.99–$ 17.99)

Pictured above: Everlane Clean Silk Boatneck ($ 98)

Pictured above: Boden Peggy Top (on sale! $ 60–$ 80)

Pictured above: Alfani Shawl-Collar Knit Blazer
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Great things to see in India


India is the most breath-taking of cultural experiences. Everywhere you go and wherever you look, there are new unthinkable things to see and learn about. The country is truly a unique and fascinating place, with a rich history and magnificent culture waiting for you to experience.

You’ll get to marvel at the beautiful architecture and wondrous ancient temples, experience fascinating festivals and set your sights on stunning natural scenery. India is a must-see country for travelers. Here are some of the top things we think there are to see in India.

See Ranakpur Jain Temple

Situated in a remote North Easterly village, the Ranakpur Jain Temple dates back to the 15th century. The temple is remarkably captivating, supported by over 1’400 intricately detailed pillars in which no two one is the same. It’s relatively unvisited by masses of tourists, so it’s a great hidden spot of ancient history to venture around.

Ranakpur Jain Temple

Relax on Palolem Beach

If you like to break up your trip with a relaxing beach day, then Palolem Beach in the state of Goa is the place for you to be. It’s got a clean sandy beach, tropical palm trees, calm waves, nightlife, excursions, and water activities. There’s also an array of affordable beach huts to hire too.

See the Indian Himalayas

The Indian Himalayas offer incredible sights of beautiful scenery, with numerous tracks and paths allowing you to trek the best view spots. The Western ranges from Kashmir to Nanda also feature quaint communities for you to stop off and explore too. Be careful of the snow leopards!

Ride the ancient railways

Indian railway systems are certainly an experience. Taking to the tracks is a must-do thing to do, whatever part of the country you are in. You can hop on board the desert crossing from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer, or ride through the mountainous terrains from Kolkata to Darjeeling. You could even experience one of the longest train routes in India on the Grand Trunk Express from New Delhi to Chennai.

Visit Akshardham

Located near the Yamuna River, this temple is another one to see. It towers above the landscape with vast domed ceilings, impressive architecture, and exquisite carvings. Akshardham complex is also a great place go before or after sunset when it’s beautifully lit up.

Akshardham

Explore the medieval city of Orcha

This a unique little medieval town dating back to the early 16th century with an abundance of temples, forts and palaces for you to explore. Its derelict streets and ancient ruins make it a magical place to visit. One tip – visit early before any tourist buses and coaches arrive to have it all to yourself and see it in its full glory.

Celebrate the festivals

India certainly has no shortage of festivals. From kite flying to camels, there’s usually some sort of festival to be joined depending on where or when you visit. Most of them are wonderful sights to see – like the lighting up of a million clay lamps at India’s biggest festival Diwali, or the vibrant color powder throwing of Holi which is crazy fun.

India truly does have an endless array of places to visit. Whatever it is you like to experience on vacation, India’s lavish cultural heritage is something everyone should experience. Give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.

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A home is probably the largest purchase you’ll ever make, both in size and cost, so it helps to approach the home-buying process with a solid plan, a healthy dose of skepticism, and expert guidance. Click through for tips and tricks that will help you find and close on your dream home without a hitch.
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3 Things to Know Before Assigning a Lease

There are many reasons why you may need to lease property
for residential or commercial reasons, such as signing a lease to rent a unit
with roommates or renting a commercial space for your business. Often, signing
a Lease Agreement means you’ve agreed to rent the property for a specific
period of time. But what happens if you need to leave your rental before your
agreement ends?

Perhaps you need to relocate for work or school or you need
to downsize your business; whatever the reason, a Lease Assignment Agreement
can help you transfer your lease to someone else and vacate your rental
property without breaching your original Lease Agreement.

In this post, we cover what it means to assign a lease and
explore a few important considerations individuals should make before deciding
to do so with their own rental property.

What Does it Mean to Assign a Lease?

Assigning a lease is when a renter transfers their rights and obligations in a Lease Agreement (either commercial or residential) to another person. Generally, tenants decide to assign a lease when they need to vacate a rental property before their lease expires for whatever reason (for example, they need to reduce their living costs or transportation time or find a new space for a growing business).

Regardless of why a person needs to end a lease early, assigning a lease to a new person using a Lease Assignment Agreement can be a great way to end your lease on good terms and without paying any sort of early termination fee (a fee that some landlords may require to end a lease before a Lease Agreement expires). However, there are a few important things you should know before you decide to transfer your lease to someone else.

Consideration #1: You Need Your Landlord’s Consent

Sometimes, your landlord will include a clause in your
original Lease Agreement (sometimes called a master lease) that indicates
whether or not you can assign your lease to someone else.

If the master lease doesn’t mention assignment, it is recommended that you get consent from your landlord in writing before agreeing to assign your lease. This can be done using a Landlord’s Consent to Lease Assignment form. Unfortunately, not obtaining consent before assigning your lease could result in a negative outcome, including the assigned tenant (who is called the assignee) getting evicted from the property.

Consideration #2: You May Still be Liable

After signing a Lease Assignment, you may think that you no longer have any obligation to the property or the original lease, but this is not always the case. Continuing liability is a concept that means the original tenant (who is called the assignor) may still be liable for breaches of the lease or damages to the property caused by the new tenant (the assignee). Whether or not continuing liability applies to your situation depends on if any clauses in relation to it are included in your master lease or your Landlord’s Consent to Lease Assignment.

In some instances, the assignor will be released from
liability and the landlord can only hold the assignee liable for issues with
the property. In other instances, a clause regarding liability will indicate
the assignor is liable for the assignee’s conduct (including paying late rent,
property damages, or fines related to conduct like noise ordinances).

Knowing whether you are liable or not is essential, and you
should ensure you understand any potential liabilities you may have in the
property before assigning your lease to someone else.

Consideration #3: The Master Lease Still Applies

Before your prospective assignee agrees to take on the
assigned lease, it is important to remember the terms of the master lease still
applies to the rental property.

A Lease Assignment Agreement will contain all the terms regarding assigning your lease, including information about the property, the original lease dates and start of the lease transfer, details about continuing liability, and more.

It typically doesn’t contain the terms of the Lease Agreement itself, such as the lease and rent payment specifics, the rights and obligations of the landlord and tenant, property and common area rules, and more. This is why it is important to go over the master lease with the person you plan to transfer it to and ensure a copy is attached to the Lease Assignment Agreement or provided to the assignee for their records.

Assigning Your Lease to Someone Else

Being locked into a Lease Agreement can be a burden at times when you need to move away for work, lower your living costs, close your business seasonally, or relocate your store to a higher traffic area. A Lease Assignment Agreement can help you transfer your lease to someone else without paying an early termination fee or breaching the terms of your contract. Before assigning your lease, it is crucial you understand how assigning a lease works, including knowing if you have your landlord’s consent (and if you need it), if you are still liable for your assignee’s conduct, or if the master lease still applies.

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