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I"m a makeup artist who spent $360 on products this month. Here are 8 items I"d buy again and 2 I"d skip next time.
Some of the best things a makeup artist spent $360 on this month include the Fenty Skin hydrating and strengthening lip oil and Nars blush. I bought some hits and misses this February.Makeup by Mario, Saie, Hourglass, Nars, One/Size, Fenty Skin, Abanti Chowdhury/BII'm a makeup artist who spent $360 on new products and old favorites this February.The Fenty Skin Fenty Treatz hydrating and strengthening lip oil moisturizes without being sticky.I wouldn't purchase the Patrick Ta Major Sculpt Crème contour-and-powder bronzer duo again.As a makeup artist, my job includes trying new products and repurchasing old favorites for my kit each month.This February, I spent $360 on blushes, powders, concealers, and more.Here's how each makeup product I bought stacked up.The Fenty Skin Fenty Treatz hydrating and strengthening lip oil felt so luxe.The Fenty Skin Fenty Treatz hydrating and strengthening lip oil moisturizes without being sticky.Fenty Skin, Abanti Chowdhury/BII wanted a moisturizing lip product that wasn't sticky or overly tinted to keep in my purse for no-makeup days, and I loved the Fenty Skin Fenty Treatz hydrating and strengthening lip oil.This lip oil feels like self-care in a bottle and comes with a luxe-feeling doe-foot applicator, so I'll definitely repurchase it.I paid $24 for the Fenty Skin lip oil.The Nars blush in Taj Mahal looks beautiful on the cheeks.I love the orange tones of the Nars blush in Taj Mahal.Nars, Abanti Chowdhury/BIOrange on the cheeks is always a good idea, and the Nars blush in the Taj Mahal shade is an excellent choice. Its vibrant tangerine hue and golden shimmer add a sun-kissed glow to the skin.The highly pigmented formula blends effortlessly, lasts all day, and is perfect for any occasion.I purchased the Nars blush for $32.The Saie Dew Blush gives the cheeks a beautiful pop of color.I bought the Saie Dew Blush in the Dreamy shade.Saie, Abanti Chowdhury/BIThe Saie liquid blush is super blendable and buildable and gives the cheeks a perfect pop of color, like a natural glow from within.It's made with great ingredients like elderberry and licorice-root extracts, so I feel good about what I'm putting on my skin. I purchased the shade Dreamy, which is a perfect berry hue for dark complexions.I purchased the Saie Dew blush for $25.I need the Hourglass Vanish Airbrush concealer in my makeup bag at all times.I like how easily the Hourglass Vanish Airbrush concealer covers dark circles.Hourglass, Abanti Chowdhury/BIThe Hourglass Vanish Airbrush concealer is my new go-to for effortlessly covering dark circles and blemishes.Its lightweight formula is full coverage and blends seamlessly into the skin. Plus, the large doe-foot applicator makes the product easy to apply.I bought the Hourglass Vanish Airbrush concealer for $36.The One/Size by Patrick Starrr Ultimate Blurring setting powder effortlessly smooths imperfections.The One/Size by Patrick Starrr Ultimate Blurring setting powder is lightweight but effective.One/Size, Abanti Chowdhury/BIIt took me a while, but the One/Size by Patrick Starrr Ultimate Blurring setting powder has become one of my favorite products.This powder lives up to its name and hype by effortlessly blurring imperfections and leaving the skin flawless. Its lightweight formula sets makeup without feeling heavy or cakey.The One/Size setting powder was $34.In my opinion, all eye-shadow lovers need the Makeup by Mario Ethereal Eyes palette.The shadows in the Makeup by Mario Ethereal Eyes palette blend like a dream.Makeup by Mario, Abanti Chowdhury/BIThe Makeup by Mario Ethereal Eyes eye-shadow palette is a total game changer because the shades feel like butter — so smooth and blendable.This palette can be used to create many looks, from everyday-chic to glam-nighttime makeup. Plus, the colors are incredibly pigmented.This $68 palette is a must for anyone who loves playing with makeup.I had to grab another Nars Radiant creamy liquid color corrector for my kit.The Nars Radiant creamy liquid color corrector covers blemishes perfectly.Nars, Abanti Chowdhury/BIThe Nars Radiant creamy liquid color corrector effortlessly neutralizes imperfections for a lightweight, luminous finish.Its blendability is exceptional, as it seamlessly melts into the skin. I also love how this color corrector comes in a versatile shade range.I purchased the Nars color corrector for $30.I love using the mini Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish setting powder for on-the-go touch-ups. The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish setting powder doesn't feel heavy on the skin.Charlotte Tilbury, Abanti Chowdhury/BIA mini Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish setting powder is perfect for on-the-go touch-ups. Its finely milled texture blurs imperfections and leaves a matte yet radiant finish.The long-lasting powder controls shine without looking heavy or cakey. Its packaging is luxurious, and the velvety feel makes it a staple for those who want an airbrushed complexion.I paid $28 for the Charlotte Tilbury setting powder.On the other hand, I'd skip The Foundation Stick from Basma next time.I didn't love The Foundation stick from Basma.Basma, Abanti Chowdhury/BIThe Foundation Stick from Basma promises hydrating, buildable coverage and a natural finish.However, I'm not quite sold on foundation sticks yet. I haven't found myself reaching for this much, so I probably won't purchase it again.The Foundation Stick from Basma cost $40.The Patrick Ta Major Sculpt Crème contour-and-powder bronzer duo wasn't my favorite.I wish the Patrick Ta Major Sculpt Crème contour-and-powder bronzer duo had a better shade range.PATRICK TA, Abanti Chowdhury/BISimply put, the shade range of the Patrick Ta Major Sculpt Crème contour-and-powder bronzer duo falls short.The limited options made finding a suitable match for various skin tones challenging. I wanted to love this product, but even the darker contour shades may appear ashy or not show up well on deeper complexions.The Patrick Ta contour-and-bronzer duo cost $40.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»
An interior designer critiqued my neutral living room. Her tips showed me easy tricks to make a space cozy and stylish.
I had an interior designer look at the living room of my home and share design tips for making it look stylish and feel more cozy and cohesive. I asked an interior designer to help me make my living room feel super cozy. Cheyenne LentzI asked an interior designer how to make my living room feel more stylish and cozy.She suggested we add black and wood accents to the room to create warmth.The designer also said rearranging the furniture can be an easy way to improve the room's ambiance.My husband and I have been enjoying our new home for months now, but it's been a huge undertaking to decorate every room.One that's been especially difficult to design is the living room. We thought we could simply move the furniture from our old place into our new space. Unfortunately, there's a major style discrepancy.Our new home's living room has a built-in wood-burning stove and a shiplap ceiling. These style choices are partly what attracted us to this house, but we have no idea how to decorate around these elements in a complementary way.To learn how to incorporate these elements better into my living room, I consulted Kim Turner, principal designer of Kim Turner Design and advancement director at Dwell with Dignity.After sharing photos and a video tour of my space, Turner shared advice on how to make my living room feel more stylish and cozy.She said replacing our accent pillows and table could completely transform the ambiance of the spaceThe fireplace stands out in the space. Cheyenne LentzThe biggest issue I've faced in decorating our living room is figuring out how to incorporate the fireplace into our design. Right now, the darker elements surrounding the fireplace feel out of place in our otherwise neutral space. To tie the room together and avoid having a lone black corner, Turner suggested bringing some of the black accents from the fireplace area to other parts of the room.We can do this by replacing our current coffee table with a darker one. This could completely transform the ambiance of the room, the designer said.The designer recommended we get a darker coffee table. Cheyenne Lentz"The current table maintains a contemporary feel from your previous home, but a change in shape and materials would add warmth," Turner said.She recommended a table with a blend of iron, wood, and glass to bring the wood from the ceiling down to help anchor the space.Additionally, Turner suggested replacing the dark pillows on the couch with textured ones in a lighter shade. She said this simple swap can help make the space feel more warm. Hiding wires and clutter can easily upgrade the roomThe designer suggested we minimize the items on our TV shelf. Cheyenne LentzTo clear visual clutter, Turner recommended we conceal any unsightly exposed TV wires and put away other random items we've collected on our TV shelf over time."To create balance, consider placing two large, identical items on either end of the shelf," Turner said. "The existing candle lantern is perfectly sized and shaped — finding a matching one for the opposite end would be ideal."We can bring the room together better with some simple rearrangementsA different light in this corner could make our space look nicer.Cheyenne LentzAnother easy fix to making the room feel more cozy is to simply rearrange some of the pieces we already own, Turner said.She said to move the small, round side table to sit between the sofa and the recliner. The tall lamp hovering over the recliner should be positioned over the coffee table and couch to avoid it feeling like a spotlight over that specific seat. Turner also suggested getting another floor lamp to go where the side table once was to provide extra light."Play with placement until it pleases your eye. Sometimes, I've found myself shifting an item to the right, then to the left, and even readjusting it by an inch to the right again," Turner said. "You'll instinctively know when it's perfectly positioned."She suggested adding a gallery wall to fill the white space and add textureA gallery wall can fill up a large empty space quickly. Cheyenne LentzTurner suggested we move our brass mirror and build a gallery wall to fill that empty space instead. She suggested adding artwork, black-and-white photography, or even macrame to incorporate texture into the space.When building a gallery wall, the designer said, always hang an odd number of items."Perhaps you start with five — three if you find something large. There's a fine line between having an interesting grouping that draws your eye and a cluttered wall," Turner said.She suggested we try out different configurations by placing the pieces on the floor and spacing them out to our liking before hanging them.We can enhance the room further with customized window treatmentsCustom window treatments can make a space feel cozy. Cheyenne LentzTo add another textural element to the space, Turner recommended adding window treatments to our bare windows.She suggested we use iron hardware and solid-color linen draperies."To create an aesthetically pleasing effect, position the rod halfway between the top of the window and the bottom of the ceiling molding," Turner said.The draperies should hang straight, which will help soften the look of the windows and add more texture to the space. Overall, I learned pulling elements and colors from the room's focal points upgrade a space Turner's tips gave me some ideas for making my living room feel warmer and more stylish.My biggest takeaway from her advice is that I should consider pulling inspiration from the colors and textures of the existing style elements in the space. In this case, that'd be the shiplap ceiling and the matte black fireplace.Currently, everything we put in our living room is pretty light in color. If we incorporate darker shades and more wood into our design, the room can feel warmer and much more chic.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»
As an interior decorator, laminate kitchen cabinets, real or faux plants, and open shelving are some things I would never have in my kitchen. As an interior decorator, I'd advise against plants, builder-grade cabinets, and open shelving in the kitchen.New Africa/Shutterstock As an interior decorator, I think kitchens need to be designed for functionality and timelessness. Real and faux plants and glassware on open shelving get way too grimy and dusty. I think matching dish sets and table settings lack personality and won't impress your guests. As an interior decorator, I know some things can look tacky or would never be functional in a kitchen.Here are 10 things you would never find in my kitchen.Impractical countertops aren't versatile in the long run.Avoid butcher-block countertops.chuckcollier/Getty ImagesIf you're renovating your kitchen, I recommend selecting countertops that are neutral and conventional to most designs.Though it's tempting to design your space to match current trends, going with neutral big-ticket items, like a countertop, will allow you the flexibility to change your decor in the future.I'd especially avoid materials like butcher block, wood, concrete, and tile because they have a trendy, distinct look and may require special maintenance. Instead, use those materials in a portion of your kitchen, like in a separate bar area, to give you the look you want without committing 100% to the trend.Plants get too grimy in the kitchen.Without regular cleaning, grease and dust build up on plants.New Africa/ShutterstockPlants are a beautiful addition to kitchen decor but they collect dust and can get covered in layers of cooking grease that's hard to clean off. Faux plants might also trap cooking odors if not regularly cleaned, and natural plants are susceptible to mold, mildew, and pests.Though I recommend staying away from plants, if you really love the look of greenery, I'd go with the faux version and place them further away from the stove to avoid grease buildup. Or, pot fresh herbs for a beautiful, tasty decor accent that you'll regularly use in recipes and won't need to clean.Many laminate cabinets can't withstand a little water.Laminate cabinets are very susceptible to water damage.Alphotographic/Getty ImagesPrefabricated laminate cabinets are a popular builder's choice because they're easy to install and very budget-friendly. However, any spraying water can seep into the seams and cause the particle board to swell and the laminate surface to bubble up.If your budget allows, I always recommend choosing wood cabinets. They're more durable, can have an upscale finish, and may be painted over if your taste changes over time.Matching dish sets lack personality.Matching dish sets don't bring any unique qualities to the kitchen.Tracy ben/ShutterstockIt makes sense to pick up a dish set with identical matching plates, bowls, and saucers from your local big-box store. But, in my opinion, matching dish sets can look boring and often lack personality.Instead, I favor the elevated look of a coordinated, customized plate setup. Impress your guests by selecting individual pieces with matching or complementary colors, patterns, and styles to create a cohesive, visually pleasing table setting.As a bonus tip, intentional linen tablecloths and place mats can also bring your personality into the kitchen and give a designer feel.Heavy drapes will trap cooking odors.Heavy drapes can weigh down the look of the kitchen.onurdongel/Getty ImagesThick, luxurious curtains are better left out of the kitchen so they can avoid grease and cooking odors.Cotton and linen fabrics, which many drapes are made out of, quickly fade in direct sunlight and need to be regularly washed. Thick curtains also visually weigh down a space, a tone that doesn't fit an energetic work zone like a kitchen.I recommend framing kitchen windows with sheer polyester curtains, wooden blinds, shutters, or roller shades for privacy and some UV protection. These window treatments have clean lines and will keep your kitchen bright and functional.Top-mount sinks are not my favorite choice.Instead of top-mount sinks, I'd go with the beautiful streamlined design of under-mount versions.brizmaker/Getty ImagesTop-mount sinks are usually the most budget-friendly option and are easy to install: Just drop the sink into a precut hole in the countertop and seal the edges. However, grime can easily build up along the seam between the sink and the countertop.I also think the top-mount sink looks less sophisticated compared to the under-mount or farmhouse options. Under-mount sinks allow you to wipe water and debris directly off the countertop and have a more intentional, modern design.Builder-grade cabinet hardware bores me.I especially don't like the look of basic silver hardware.Bogdan Sonjachnyj/ShutterstockI think the current trend of leaving builder-grade silver rods and knobs on cabinets lacks personality and can make even a luxurious kitchen feel underwhelming. Swapping out dull, builder-grade cabinet hardware is a relatively inexpensive way to spice up your decor. Think about the elements of your home that excite you and incorporate that design element into your kitchen hardware. For example, if your decor aesthetic is modern vintage, go with modern-looking cabinets and install playful gold vintage hardware.Open shelving in the kitchen can be a chore to keep clean.Open shelving allows the glassware and dishes to collect dust.David Papazian/ShutterstockOpen shelving is a beautiful way to display fine glassware but the accumulation of dust and grease on exposed items requires frequent cleaning. The lack of concealed storage to keep clutter out of sight can also create a visually chaotic, cluttered space.I recommend going with cabinets with transparent glass to keep the open shelving without the risk of dusty glassware. If you have to go with the light, airy look of open shelves, I recommend using them sparingly and displaying items that are easy to clean and organize.I'd never put non-soft-close cabinets and drawers in my kitchen.Using cabinets that slam shut can negatively impact your kitchen experience.Hendrickson Photography/ShutterstockMany traditional cabinets lack the dampening technology that prevents doors and drawers from slamming shut. Slamming cabinets shut can accelerate wear and tear on hinges or slides and isn't a pleasant kitchen experience.Soft-close cabinets and drawers extend the lifespan of the hardware and add an element of luxury to your kitchen experience without breaking the bank. Adding soft-close cabinets to your kitchen can also be a relatively simple DIY project.Drawers and cabinets without shelves are organizers are an inefficient use of space.I like to opt for drawers rather than lower cabinets without shelving.Prostock-studio/ShutterstockPrefabricated cabinets, especially lower cabinets, are usually large empty spaces without much functionality for organizing your belongings. Although they may cost less upfront, you'll probably need to install organizers and buy shelves to maximize the storage space.In a modern kitchen, I prefer large drawers or cabinets with pull-out shelves. Smart storage solutions like vertical utensil drawers and cutting-board racks are also great ways to keep your countertops clutter-free and your kitchen organized.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»
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In this article, we will take a look at the 16 longest lasting jeans brands of 2024. If you want to skip our detailed analysis, you can go directly to 5 Longest Lasting Jeans Brands of 2024. The Global Denim Outlook According to a report by Research and Markets, the global denim jeans market was […] In this article, we will take a look at the 16 longest lasting jeans brands of 2024. If you want to skip our detailed analysis, you can go directly to 5 Longest Lasting Jeans Brands of 2024. The Global Denim Outlook According to a report by Research and Markets, the global denim jeans market was valued at $42.81 billion in 2023. The global denim jeans market is expected to grow to $67.31 billion by 2030 from $45.51 billion in 2024 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.67%. The market for denim jeans is rapidly growing in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Such is primarily due to rising customer expenditure on fast fashion and outdoor clothing items. Well-established brands are rapidly opening outlets in these regions. The Asia Pacific is one of the largest distributors of raw materials, especially denim and cotton. North America stands strong as the most dominant market for denim jeans. Denim jeans are easily available via online platforms and brick-and-mortar stores in the region. You can also take a look at the biggest clothing manufacturing countries in the world. Companies that Produce the Best Denim Some of the leading clothing companies that produce high quality jeans include Levi Strauss & Co. (NYSE:LEVI), American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE:AEO), and Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL). Let’s discuss some recent updates from these companies. You can also take a look at the largest clothing companies by market cap. Levi Strauss & Co. (NYSE:LEVI) is a clothing company headquartered in California, United States. The company specializes in the production of jeans, shirts, sweaters, jackets, pants, chinos, shorts, overalls, socks, underwear, and accessories. Levi Strauss & Co. (NYSE:LEVI) launched a new pair of blue jeans. The 501 ’54 classic slim-leg jeans are inspired by the original Levi’s blue jeans. The jeans are 100% cotton and are available for $128. Levi Strauss & Co.’s (NYSE:LEVI) vast offerings and popularity explain its financial results. On January 25, Levi Strauss & Co. (NYSE:LEVI) reported earnings for the fiscal fourth quarter of 2023. The company reported earnings per share of $0.44. The company also reported revenue worth $1.64 billion during the quarter, with a year-over-year revenue growth rate of 3.37%. Here are some comments from Levi Strauss & Co.’s (NYSE:LEVI) Q4 2023 earnings call: “We have the right strategies in place, which we will accelerate by unlocking efficiency with the launch of our global productivity initiative, Project FUEL. We are seeing strong growth in our DTC and international businesses, both critical components of our growth algorithm. We have further strengthened the management team, who I am confident will drive our execution. While we’re encouraged by momentum in our business, including continued positive DTC trends, moderating inflation and early improvement in US wholesale, we are taking a cautious approach to our outlook given the continued macroeconomic uncertainty.” American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE:AEO) is a clothing and accessories retailer based in Pennsylvania, United States. The company sells a range of jeans, cargo pants, tops, pants, and dresses. The new AE Dreamy Drape Stretch Baggy Jeans are priced at $69.95 and are available in several colors including light destroy wash, light vintage, easy breezy blue, brown, cream, onyx black, and peach. The jeans are 57% cotton, 18% lyocell, 12% recycled cotton, 11% viscose, and 2% elastane. Wall Street is positive on American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE:AEO). On February 26, UBS financial analyst Jay Sole maintained a Buy rating on the stock and revised his price target to $27 from $29. Over the past 3 months, 2 Wall Street analysts have given a Buy rating on American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE:AEO). American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE:AEO) has an average price target of $22.25 and a high forecast of $27. Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) is a global leader in apparel and accessories. On February 8, Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) reported earnings for the fiscal third quarter of 2024. The company reported earnings per share of $4.17, beating estimates by $0.62. The company also reported revenue worth $1.93 billion, ahead of market consensus by $63.93 million, with a year-over-year revenue growth rate of 5.55%. Here are some comments from Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) Q3 2024 earnings call: “We are proud of our team’s strong execution on our next great chapter accelerate plan through what continues to be a highly dynamic operating environment. We are focused on what we can control, shifting to GTC, harnessing big data and AI and of course, operating and balance sheet discipline. This puts us in a position of strength as we continue to deliver our commitments and drive long-term value creation.” Without further ado, let’s take a look at the 16 longest lasting jeans brands of 2024. You can also read our piece on the best clothing stocks to buy. 16 Longest Lasting Jeans Brands of 2024 Our Methodology To make a list of the longest lasting jeans brands of 2024 we initially sifted through multiple online rankings on the topic and tabulated a list of the most commonly mentioned brands. We then checked jeans brands with bestseller products listed on multiple online stores including Amazon, Asos, and eBay. We sourced the average ratings and the number of reviews from these sources for each brand. For our list, we chose brands that had multiple products with an average rating of at least 4.0 and at least 1,500 reviews. The list has been arranged in ascending order of the average ratings, with the number of reviews used as a tie-breaker. By the way, Insider Monkey is an investing website that tracks the movements of corporate insiders and hedge funds. By using a similar consensus approach, we identify the best stock picks of more than 900 hedge funds investing in US stocks. The top 10 consensus stock picks of hedge funds outperformed the S&P 500 Index by more than 140 percentage points over the last 10 years (see the details here). Whether you are a beginner investor or a professional one looking for the best stocks to buy, you can benefit from the wisdom of hedge funds and corporate insiders. 16 Longest Lasting Jeans Brands of 2024 16. Levi’s Average Customer Rating: 4.25 Customer Reviews: 2,323 Levi’s ranks 16th on our list of the longest lasting jeans brands of 2024. Levi Strauss & Co. (NYSE:LEVI) was founded in 1853 and is headquartered in California, United States. The company offers an elaborate collection of jeans, jackets, and tops for men, women, and kids. The 311 Shaping Skinny Women’s Jeans is a best selling item by Levi’s. It is available on the official site for $69.50. It is made from 78% cotton and 21% polyester. 15. Bonobos Average Customer Rating: 4.27 Customer Reviews: 1,880 Bonobos ranks 15th on our list of the longest lasting jeans brands to buy from in 2024. The brand offers denim jeans in multiple shades, washes, and colors. It provides travel jeans, selvedge stretch jeans, and premium stretch jeans. Bonobos is known to produce durable and comfortable clothing items. It has an average customer rating of 4.27. 14. APC Average Customer Rating: 4.33 Customer Reviews: 2,160 APC is a leading clothing company with an immense focus on quality. APC was founded in 1987 in France. The brand offers a range of clothing options including jeans, trousers, chinos, blouses, jackets, shoes, flats, boots, sandals, and coats. APC has an average customer rating of 4.33. 13. Gap Average Customer Rating: 4.40 Customer Reviews: 1,789 The Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS) specializes in the production of some of the longest lasting jeans in the world. Gap was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in California, United States. The company offers a range of casual wear items for women, men, and kids. 12. Old Navy Average Customer Rating: 4.40 Customer Reviews: 2,433 Old Navy ranks 12th on our list of the longest lasting jeans brands in 2024. The brand sells a range of products including jeans, sweaters, cardigans, denims, maternity wear, and dresses. 11. Tom Ford Average Customer Rating: 4.40 Customer Reviews: 2,538 Jeans by Tom Ford are some of the longest lasting jeans to buy. The Moleskin Slim Fit Denim is one of the best selling items by Tom Ford. It is made from 98% cotton and 2% polyurethane. Tom Ford has an average customer star rating of 4.4. 10. Calvin Klein Average Customer Rating: 4.45 Customer Reviews: 1,590 Calvin Klein ranks as one of the best jeans brands to buy from. The Skinny Fit Limelight Jeans are a best selling item by Calvin Klein. They are available at a discounted price of $62.65. The jeans are made from 98% cotton and 2% elastane. 9. Everlane Average Customer Rating: 4.47 Customer Reviews: 1,625 Everlane ranks ninth on our list of the longest lasting jeans brands in 2024. Everlane is a clothing brand based in the United States. The Way High Jean by Everlane has an average customer star rating of 4.3. It is made from 98% regenerative cotton and 2% elastane. 8. Wrangler Average Customer Rating: 4.50 Customer Reviews: 1,546 Wrangler is one of the longest lasting jeans brands to buy from in 2024. Wrangler is headquartered in North Carolina, United States. The company recently launched a new bootcut pair of jeans. The Women’s Westward Mid Rise Bootcut Jean in Magnetic Pull is made from 98% cotton and 2% elastane. 7. Lucky Brand Average Customer Rating: 4.50 Customer Reviews: 2,450 Lucky Brand ranks seventh on our list of the longest lasting jeans brands in 2024. The denim clothing company was founded in 1990 and is based in Vernon, California. The company sells shirts, jackets, and denim jeans for men and women. The Mid Rise Boy Jean is a best seller and is available for $129. It is made from 72% cotton and 28% hemp. 6. Carhartt Average Customer Rating: 4.53 Customer Reviews: 2,109 Carhartt is one of the longest lasting jeans brands to buy from in 2024. The brand was founded in 1889. The Flame Resistant Rugged Flex Relaxed Fit Tapered Jean is one of the top-rated pairs of jeans by Carhartt. The pair of jeans is 98% cotton and 2% spandex. The jeans are considered to be highly durable and abrasion-resistant. The item is available on the official Carhartt site for $119.99. Click to continue reading and see 5 Longest Lasting Jeans Brands of 2024. Suggested articles: 15 Most Luxurious Places To Retire Abroad if You Have a Budget Over $15,000 a Month Billionaires Mario Gabelli and Mason Hawkins Love These 14 Stocks 10 Best Stocks to Buy Before US Election Season 2024 Disclosure: None. 16 Longest Lasting Jeans Brands of 2024 is originally published on Insider Monkey......»»
CCP Arrests More Than 1,000 Tibetans After Protests Against Dam Construction Project Authored by Frank Fang via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours), The State Department is expressing concerns about recent mass arrests of Tibetans in China, after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a sweeping crackdown against the ethnic group over their peaceful protests against the construction of a hydropower dam. More than 1,000 Tibetans, including monks, were arrested in China on Friday, according to rights group International Tibet Network. The crackdown took place at Derge, a town in Dege County in Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province. According to the rights groups, the dam construction project will forcibly displace residents of two villages and submerge six monasteries. “The current status of those arrested is currently unknown,” it stated, before adding that those arrested were held at different locations throughout Dege County. “Deeply concerned by reports of the PRC’s [People’s Republic of China] mass arrests of Tibetans protesting construction of a dam that threatens displacement of villages & destruction of monasteries,” said Uzra Zeya, undersecretary of state for civilian security, democracy, and human rights, in an X post on Feb. 25. “[China] must respect human rights & freedom of expression and include Tibetans in the development & implementation of water and land management policies,” Ms. Zeya added. “These centuries-old monasteries are home to hundreds of Tibetan Buddhist monks & contain irreplaceable cultural relics. “[The United States] stands with Tibetans in preserving their unique cultural, religious, and linguistic identity.” The protests began on Feb. 14, International Tibet Network said, when at least 300 Tibetans protested at Dege County Hall. Arrests began on Feb. 22, when Chinese authorities arrested over 100 protesting Tibetan locals and Tibetan monks, the group added. Chinese police officers reportedly used water cannons, pepper spray, and tasers to subdue protesters on Feb. 22, according to Radio Free Asia. Some of the arrested protesters were later admitted to a local hospital for medical treatment, the outlet added. “Outrageous what’s happening in Tibet right now ... colonizers stealing everything we have and yet Tibetans continuing to resist by the thousands,” Tenzin Yangzom, advocacy officer at the Tibetan Association of Boston who also works for International Tibet Network, wrote on X, formerly Twitter, on Feb. 24. Benedict Rogers, human rights activist and deputy chair of the UK Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, took to X to call China’s repression of Tibetans “appalling and outrageous.” “Let us not forget Tibet. Let’s #FreeTibet,” Mr. Rogers added. Tibet The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) invaded Tibet in 1949 and forced upon Tibetans a 17-point agreement to legitimize the CCP’s rule. Despite rosy promises of Tibetan autonomy on paper, China’s communist regime has turned the region into a surveillance state and installed labor camps. The Dalai Lama, the region’s spiritual leader, went into exile in India in 1959 after the Chinese regime brutally crushed an uprising, killing tens of thousands of Tibetans. Later in the same year, the spiritual leader established a Tibetan exile administration, officially known as the Central Tibetan Administration. Sikyong Penpa Tsering, president of the Central Tibetan Administration, issued a statement on Feb. 24, saying that “the crackdown on non-violent protests in Derge is beyond condemnation.” “The Chinese authorities’ disregard for the rights of Tibetans is unacceptable by any measure. The punitive acts demonstrate China’s prioritization of its ideology and interests over human rights,” Mr. Tseringa added. “We call on the Chinese government to release all those detained and to respect the rights and aspirations of the Tibetan people. The world needs to hear the Tibetans’ voices and confront the truth of Chinese misrule in Tibet.” The construction of the dam, a 2,240-megawatt power station located in the upper regions of the Yangtze River, will result in the resettlement of about 2,000 locals, according to Tibetan rights group International Campaign for Tibet (ICT). One of the six monasteries affected, the Wonto Monastery, has murals dating back to the 13th century, it added. Earlier this month, House lawmakers passed the Promoting a Resolution to the Tibet-China Conflict Act (H.R.533) after a 392–28 vote. The bipartisan, bicameral legislation (S.138) has not been voted on in the Senate. The legislation aims to “jump-start negotiations” between CCP officials and the Dalai Lama or his representatives, as the two sides have not had formal dialogue since 2010, according to a press release. ICT Tibet President Tencho Gyatso issued a statement welcoming the passage of the House bill earlier this month. “Today’s vote shows that U.S. support for Tibet is only growing stronger even after 65 years of China’s control and occupation,” Mr. Gyatso said. China has been playing a waiting game, hoping that the international community would eventually abandon Tibet. Clearly that is not the case. “The Chinese government should take the hint and restart the dialogue process with Tibetan leaders. We thank Congressman McGovern and Chairman McCaul and all the representatives who helped pass the Resolve Tibet Act today.” Tyler Durden Mon, 02/26/2024 - 22:20.....»»
In 1969, seven brutal murders, ordered by cult leader Charles Manson, shocked the nation. Here's what really happened. Charles Manson is brought into the Los Angeles city jail under suspicion of having masterminded the Tate-LaBianca murders of August 1969.Bettmann / Getty In early August 1969, followers of the cult leader Charles Manson took the lives of seven people. One of the victims was the pregnant actress Sharon Tate, the wife of director Roman Polanski. More than 50 years later, a California appeals court ruled that one Manson family member should be granted parole. The Manson murders closed out one era for the US, and heralded the arrival of another.No more guaranteed innocence or safety. No more children playing on the streets late at night. From then on a shadow would hang over the counter-cultural movement. It was the end of the "flower-powered" 1960s. Over two nights in August 1969, seven people were brutally murdered. The Manson "Family" killers were following orders from their cult leader, Charles Manson. One of the seven victims was pregnant actress Sharon Tate. The effect of these murders continues to haunt the nation 50 years on. In 2019, three movies about the killings, including Quentin Tarantino's film, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," were released. And Vulture has a guide to all the books, films, and television series the story's been a part of. But there's also the real story behind the killings that isn't on the big screen. This is what happened.Charles Manson was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1934.Charles MansonFCI Terminal Prison via Wikimedia CommonsHis father abandoned the family before his birth, and his 16-year-old mother struggled to raise him; at one point, she sold him for a jug of beer.He began committing petty crimes when he was 12 and spent years in and out of reform schools where he was the victim of sexual assault attacks and also victimized others.Sources: CNN, Vox In 1954, at the age of 19, Manson was released from reform school and put in the custody of his aunt and uncle.Hundreds of hippies in Golden Gate Park in 1968.Bettmann / GettySoon after, he married and moved to Los Angeles with his new wife, seeking fame and fortune.But just a few years later, in 1957, Manson was sent to prison for violating the terms of his probation. Manson would spend the next ten years in and out of prison for petty crimes and probation violations.In 1967, divorced and ready for a change, Manson moved to San Francisco, then the center of the counterculture movement.Source: CNN Manson didn't believe in the counterculture, but he had wild eyes and long hair, and so he looked the part.American criminal and cult leader Charles MansonMichael Ochs Archives / GettyHe was able to blend into the burgeoning hippie scene and began to exercise his ability to manipulate and control people.Sources: CNN, Vulture, New York Times In the fall of 1967, he brought together a group of followers, called the "Family," telling them he was a religious leader.A view of the Hollywood Sign.Santi Visalli / GettyTogether, they returned to Los Angeles so Manson could chase his Hollywood dreams.Source: Vox This group was comprised mostly of young women who would later be called the "Manson girls."Uncredited/APManson, who had previously worked as a pimp, was an expert at controlling the women.Source: VoxOne of his youngest followers was Dianne Lake, who met Manson when she was 14 years old.Dianne LakeBettmann Archive / GettyLake's parents were hippies who encouraged their daughter to take drugs and have sex. She didn't participate in the murders but would serve as a key witness in the trial.Lake would later argue that the counterculture movement allowed for widespread abuse of women and girls.Source: VoxManson had aspirations to be a famous singer and closely studied the Beatles.The Beach Boys in December 1968. Dennis Wilson is centre.Susie Macdonald Redferns / GettyIn 1967 or 1968, he met a music teacher named Gary Hinman, who introduced him to Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson.It was a fortuitous meeting: Wilson let Manson and the Family live in his house on Sunset Boulevard — and also lent him hundreds of thousands of dollars to record an album — in exchange for sex with the Manson girls.Sources: CNN, VoxIn August 1968, Wilson finally kicked them out, and the Family moved to a gone-to-seed western movie set called Spahn Ranch near Chatsworth, California.Spahn Movie Ranch.Ralph Crane/ The LIFE Picture Collection / GettyManson traded sex with his followers to the owner for free rent.Source: Vox Before their relationship had soured, Wilson introduced Manson to a record producer named Terry Melcher, who initially seemed interested in Manson's music.The road to the villa.WikimediaBut after completing some initial recordings, Melcher chose not to sign Manson.At the time, Melcher lived with his girlfriend in a luxury home at 10050 Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon. Manson visited him there several times before Melcher moved out.Source: CNNDespite his conflicts with Wilson, the Beach Boys did decide to record a track of Manson's.Getty ImagesThe song, called "Cease to Exist," eventually morphed to the Beach Boys B-side "Never Learn Not To Love."Though Manson had initially been thrilled to have the band record the song, he found the end product markedly different from his initial track and was miffed that he hadn't been given a songwriting credit.Source: VoxBy the summer of 1969, after Melcher's rejection, Manson's Hollywood dreams appeared to be crushed.Terry Melcher.APAnd, although he knew Melcher had moved out, the Cielo Drive house remained in Manson's mind a symbol of Hollywood and the life he'd been denied. In May, the cracks began to appear when Manson shot a drug dealer named Bernard Crowe over a disputed payment.Source: VoxThe next people to move into Melcher's Cielo Drive house were director Roman Polanski and his young wife, the actress Sharon Tate.Keystone/Getty ImagesSource: CNNIn July 1969, Manson ordered his followers Bobby Beausoleil, Mary Brunner, and Susan Atkins, to force Gary Hinman to give him $20,000.Bobby Beausoleil, talks with newsmen after the jury returned a verdict against him of first-degree murderBettmann / GettyManson also showed up with a sword and almost cut off Hinman's ear. After two days, Hinman was killed by Beausoleil. The family attempted to frame the black power group, the Black Panthers, for the crime by writing "Political Piggie" in blood on the wall.Manson was an avowed racist and believed that a coming race war — which he referred to as "Helter Skelter" (from the Beatles song of the same name) — was on the horizon. In framing the Black Panthers for Hinman's murder, he was hoping to move it along.Sources: CNN, NY Daily News, VoxOn August 6, Beausoleil was arrested in connection to Hinman's murder.APManson panicked, terrified that Beausoleil would implicate him in the crime (and the earlier murder of Crowe), and wanted to deflect attention away from the deaths.So, two days later, Manson ordered four of his most loyal followers — Susan Atkins, Charles "Tex" Watson, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Linda Kasabian — to murder anyone in Polanski's house.On that night, heiress Abigail Folger, hair stylist Jay Sebring, writer Wojciech Frykowski, Steven Parent, and Sharon Tate were killed.Sources: Vox, Business Insider Sharon Tate was eight months pregnant at the time of her death.Sharon Tate.Rolls Press / Popperfoto / GettyOn her last day alive, she ate lunch by the pool with a friend, spoke to her husband on the phone, and napped.Source: Washington Post Roman Polanski was in London on the night of the murder, on the back end of a trip to Europe to scout movie locations.Roman Polanski in front of his Cielo Drive house where the murder of his wife and friends took place.Julian Wasser / The LIFE Images Collection / GettySources: People, Washington PostThe murders were meant to look like the Hinman killing to pull the attention off Beausoleil, who was being held by the police.APBut Manson wasn't impressed. He complained the murder was "sloppy."Source: Vox On August 9, 1969, the following night, Manson went with his followers to the second round of murders to ensure they weren't as sloppy.An aerial view of the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leno A. LaBianca, who were found slain on August 10 in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles, is seen on Aug 13, 1969.APHe accompanied Charles "Tex" Watson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Leslie Van Houten to the house of supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary, where the Manson Family members bound and murdered them.Manson ordered the group to "leave something witchy" at the crime scene, so they wrote "helter skelter" on the house in blood.Sources: CNN, VoxIn October 1969, Manson and his followers were arrested at Barker Ranch, their outpost in Death Valley National Park.Aerial view of Barker Ranch, former home of serial killer Charles Manson and familyVernon Merritt III / The LIFE Picture Collection / GettyBut the arrest wasn't for murder — they were suspected of stealing a car.Sources: CNN, NY Daily NewsSusan Atkins, who had already been charged with Hinman's murder, said the Manson Family wanted to commit a crime that would shake the world.Susan Atkins outside court in 1969.Ralph Crane / The LIFE Picture Collection / GettyA month later, Atkins told a fellow inmate at the Sybil Brand Institute for Women, where she was incarcerated, that she killed Sharon Tate.Source: CNNOn December 8, 1969, Manson was indicted in connection to the murders at the Cielo Drive house and the La Bianca house.Charles Manson in court.Bettmann / GettyWatson, Atkins, Krenwinkel, and Van Houten were also charged related to the murders.Six months later, in June 1970, the trial began.Linda Kasabian, who had served as the lookout for the group, became the prosecution's chief witness in exchange for immunity.Source: Business Insider During the trial, Manson and the women showed no remorse and often giggled during the proceedings.Manson with a X on his forehead.Bettmann / GettyManson changed his appearance, carving an "x" into his forehead. The girls ended up doing the same.Later, he turned the "x" into a swastika.Source: Business InsiderA group of Manson's followers who had not participated in the murders publicly supported him during the trial and shaved their heads in solidarity.Wally Fong/APSource: Business InsiderOn January 25, 1971, after a seven-month trial and 10 days of jury deliberation, all of the defendants — Manson, Watson, Atkins, Krenwinkel, and Van Houten — were found guilty.Patricia Krenwinkel, Susan Atkins, and Leslie Van Houten after being found guilty of first degree murder.APFour of the killers, including Manson, got the death penalty, but the following year, California abolished the death penalty. Their sentences were commuted to life in prison.Source: CNN In November 2017, Manson died at the age of 83.Charles Manson in 2017.California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation / APDuring his sentence, he was denied parole 12 times, accrued 108 disciplinary violations, and never showed any remorse for the murders.Susan Atkins died in prison in 2009. Patricia Krenwinkel is in prison and will later be up for parole. In June 2019, Leslie Van Houten was denied parole but later released in July 2023. Charles "Tex" Watson will be eligible for parole in 2026.Source: CNN Correction: February 20, 2024 — An earlier version of this story misstated that the resident of the Cielo Drive house. It was rented by Terry Melcher, not Gary Hinman. It also previously misstated who was meant to be in the Polanski house. Steve McQueen was not meant to be there. It also misidentified one of the locations where the Manson Family wrote "pig" in blood. It was Tate and Polanski's house, not the LaBiancas' house. This article has been updated to include recent and accurate information.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»
From all-white walls to clunky accent chairs, here are some of the things an interior designer wishes people would get rid of in their houses. I work as an interior stylist at my company, DBF Interiors.Photo courtesy of DBF Interiors As the founder of DBF Interiors, I've seen my fair share of outdated home trends and items. I wish people would stop painting their walls all white and hanging uninspiring art. It's also probably time for you to get rid of some worn kitchen accessories and rugs. As the founder of and interior stylist at DBF Interiors, I see plenty of outdated trends and overworn items. And there are probably a number of them in your home.Here are a few things I think you should get rid of as soon as possible.White walls can be drab and boring, switch it up with some bold colors and patternsToile wallpaper is fun and interesting to look at.Photo courtesy of DBF InteriorsGetting rid of your colorless white walls adds some personality and visual interest to your living space.Explore jewel-toned hues to brighten up and add energy to your living room. Or try hanging some toile wallpaper — traditionally made from linen and cotton fabrics and depicting pastoral scenes — to refresh your home office. Get rid of any art in your home that doesn't inspire youThe art you select to decorate your home should inspire you, especially when it comes to the pieces in your living room. It should reflect your personality, and if it doesn't, it's time for a refresh.Look for pieces that are meaningful and reflect your life experiences.Stick to accent pieces that add visual interest to your space. Instead of standalone art pieces, consider buying a cohesive collection that can be featured as a gallery wall within your living room, bedroom, or hallway. Don't settle for an empty and uninviting hallwayA console table can add a lot of life to your hallway.Photo courtesy of DBF InteriorsHallways are the entry points to some of the most important spaces in your home, so it's important to make sure that they're inviting, warm, and anything but boring.I suggest getting rid of the unused space in your hallway by filling it up with beautiful pieces, like a mid-century modern console or some art. You can also add several tiny plants, a runner rug, and a small mirror to add depth and warmth to your hallway. Discard your drab and thick window treatments in favor of chic shadesWindow treatments can really make or break your space.Swap your outdated and thick drapes with chic Roman shades to add coverage and texture to any living area.You can also elevate your space by adding shades with a pop of color and texture. Rethink the clunky accent chairs in your living roomIt's time to get rid of the clunky accent chairs in your living areas.Instead of taking up all that unnecessary space, upgrade to sleek modern chairs, like this West Elm Angus leather slipper chair.Reassess your furniture to determine if it fits your personal styleThere are lots of design styles out there.KatarzynaBialasiewicz/Getty ImagesHave you looked around your home recently and realized you hate all your furniture and decor? If you don't find yourself connecting with your furniture, you might have outgrown it. Get rid of the pieces that don't fit your personal style and free up space for newer items that reflect your evolved design perspective.And if you're still trying to find your personal style, there are a few things that can help you narrow it down.First you can simply research the many interior-design styles out there — like mid-century modern, contemporary art decor, and Scandinavian — and see if there's one that fits your personality and lifestyle.But if nothing jumps out, you can also search for decor online or visit art galleries and showrooms to observe visual examples of what resonates with you.Finally, it's best to just take it slow. You're not going to find your style overnight, so have patience with yourself and start small. It's probably time to toss out your worn kitchen accessoriesAll of those aging kitchen accessories that live atop your countertops and islands collecting dust don't do anything for the space.Think of the function of each item — if these supplies and accessories are just cluttering up your cooking and prep areas instead of fulfilling their intended purposes, they should probably go.Upgrade your bland rugs with a statement pieceA statement rug can bring so much personality to a room.vicnt/Getty ImagesIt's time to rethink bland, worn-out area rugs that have no personality.Instead, you can incorporate fun statement rugs that reflect your personal style and stand out from the rest of your decor. Organize your overstocked bar cart — and toss the excessIt's tempting to overload your bar cart with wine, liquor, cocktail fixings, and glasses, but that isn't very aesthetically pleasing.Instead, try a paired-down approach by visually organizing and decluttering your alcohol and spirits collections. Trade in your plain planters for ones with characterPlanters can look like a piece of art.Photo courtesy of DBF InteriorsTired of your plain terracotta planters?Trade them in for more modern white, ceramic teardrop vases and planters, like this one from West Elm. Shower curtains should be swapped out once a year to freshen the spaceMake it a practice to swap out your shower curtains every year — and while you're at it, try out a patterned variety to add texture to the room.Changing them out is not only sanitary but can also easily refresh the vibes of your bathroom. Get rid of the clutter on your bathroom counterYou can easily make your bathroom countertops more attractive and functional by sizing down your storage and hiding away the clutter. Try condensing your bathroom storage to two or three containers or jars.This story was originally published on April 17, 2021, and most recently updated on February 26, 2024. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»
Celebrities wore stand-out suits, colorful gowns, and daring ensembles on the 30th Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium red carpet on Saturday. Daring looks were popular at the 2024 SAG Awards.Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesThe 30th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards were held in Los Angeles on Saturday.Many stars weren't afraid to have fun with daring looks on the red carpet.Tan France and Carey Mulligan's looks featured exaggerated elements; Ali Wong wore a standout gown.Awards season continued on Saturday with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, which celebrated last year's best television and film performances.Before the 30th annual event, celebrities posed for the cameras in their stand-out suits, colorful gowns, and daring ensembles.Here are some of the best and most daring looks from the night.Margot Robbie wore a black mini dress with a "Barbie"-inspired pink train.Margot Robbie at the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on February 24, 2024, in Los Angeles, California.Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesTan France's look featured a unique spin on a bow tie.Tan France at the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on February 24, 2024, in Los Angeles, California.Frazer Harrison/Getty Images"Beef" star Ali Wong was daring and glamorous in a black and white laser-cut dress. Ali Wong at the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on February 24, 2024, in Los Angeles, California.Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesColeman Domingo is no stranger to daring looks on the red carpet, and his pink-hued SAG look did not disappoint.Colman Domingo at the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on February 24, 2024, in Los Angeles, California.Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesDanielle Brooks nodded to "The Color Purple" in her voluminous tulle gown, which featured various shades of lilac, lavender, and violet.Danielle Brooks at the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on February 24, 2024, in Los Angeles, California.Kevin Winter/Getty Images"Abbott Elementary" actor Chris Perfetti opted for a brown and black matador-inspired ensemble.Chris Perfetti at the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on February 24, 2024, in Los Angeles, California.Amy Sussman/WireImageHis costar, Tyler James Williams, also stood out on the carpet in his sparkly ice-blue double-breasted suit.Tyler James Williams at the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on February 24, 2024, in Los Angeles, California.Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesDa’Vine Joy Randolph wore a strapless champagne-hued gown adorned with floral motifs at the neckline.Da'Vine Joy Randolph at the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on February 24, 2024, in Los Angeles, California.Brian van der Brug /Los Angeles Times via Getty Images"The Crown" star Olivia Williams wore a floor-length black gown with a semi-sheer top.Olivia Williams at the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on February 24, 2024, in Los Angeles, California.VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images"Killers of the Flower Moon" actor Cara Jade Myers wore one of the night's most colorful outfits.Cara Jade Meyers at the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on February 24, 2024, in Los Angeles, California.Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesGreta Lee's playful look paired together two very different textures.Greta Lee at the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on February 24, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesCarey Mulligan's iridescent golden gown featured exaggerated sculptural folding at the hips.Carey Mulligan at the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on February 24, 2024, in Los Angeles, California.Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»
How Nicole + Felicia created 9 celebrity looks, from Taylor Swift"s Eras Tour ball gowns to Jennifer Lopez"s Golden Globes dress
Sisters Nicole and Felicia Chang have created some of the most stunning celebrity looks in recent years, all from their home in Taiwan. Celebrities wearing Nicole + Felicia designs.John Shearer, Axelle Bauer-Griffin, Gilbert Flores/Getty Images; Jenny Chang-Rodriguez/BISisters Nicole and Felicia Chang are the designers behind many celebrity looks in recent years.They created ball gowns for Taylor Swift's Eras Tour and Jennifer Lopez's Golden Globes dress.Speaking with Business Insider, they shared how they came up with each stunning outfit.Designers Nicole and Felicia Chang are taking over the fashion industry, one celebrity outfit at a time.The creative sister duo got started in 2015, founding their namesake company in Taiwan. Since then, Nicole + Felicia has become a go-to brand for celebrities around the world — Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lopez included.The designers have also made strides in the wedding world, with a Nicole + Felicia collection at Kleinfeld that brides covet.Speaking with Business Insider, Nicole Chang explained how the brand has worked with Hollywood, the impact of the bridal industry on its designs, and the inspirations behind nine of Nicole + Felicia's most stunning looks.Nicole + Felicia designs are all over red carpets, magazines, and even the Eras Tour.Nicole Chang of Nicole + Felicia.Nicole + FeliciaNicole Chang told Business Insider that she and her team approach each design differently when working with celebrities."We have cases where we get notified by stylists that they're interested in certain looks or that they want to create a bespoke look from an existing collection," she said. "Or we can start from scratch."Jennifer Lopez, for example, wore a custom version of a preexisting Nicole + Felicia design at the 2024 Golden Globes.Jennifer Lopez wears Nicole + Felicia at the 2024 Golden Globe Awards.Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty ImagesThe strapless gown with a rose-shaped shawl was originally designed in ivory for the Nicole + Felicia F/W 2024 bridal collection. But for the Golden Globes, Lopez's team requested the dress in a custom shade.Nicole + Felicia presented a few options, Chang told BI, and Lopez's stylist, Rob Zangardi, chose a pale pink."They only gave us a week, I think, and the whole team was working on the gown," she added.Still, Chang said it was a surprise when Lopez stepped onto the carpet wearing the dress because celebrities rarely guarantee they'll wear a design. In most cases, she pointed out, stars don't get to see or try on designer pieces until the day of events.But in this case, Lopez loved the look — possibly because it matched the pink florals in her "Can't Get Enough" music video."It was a coincidence," Chang said. "We later found out that she recently released her new single, and her whole theme was roses and flowers."Florals were also a big part of Janelle Monáe's ensemble at the 2024 pre-Grammy Gala.Janelle Monáe wears Nicole + Felicia at the 2024 pre-Grammy Gala.Gilbert Flores/Getty ImagesThough the two-piece set was custom-made for Monáe, Chang said it was inspired by the Nicole + Felicia F/W 2024 evening collection."We were going through fittings internally — I was taking pictures of models and seeing how the fitting went — and her stylist just happened to reach out and ask if we had any styles that would fit her," Chang said of working with Monáe's team.So, while looking at a gown from the collection — a black, strapless piece with two gold roses across the chest — Chang said she knew a custom version of it would suit the musician.Nicole + Felicia created a black bralette adorned with the brand's signature florals, a high-waisted skirt, and a rose-covered choker that extended down Monáe's back."I think that's what made the whole gown really special," Chang said of the latter piece.And while floral embellishments are usually crafted from soft fabrics in pastel shades, Nicole + Felicia aimed to do something different."We really wanted to make something that represents her young and fun energy and her power," Chang said. "It took about 48 hours to create two flowers. They're actually metal pieces created by hand in our studio.""We can make this floral idea grow from just being soft and feminine to something strong," she added.Swifties have admired Nicole + Felicia designs for months as Taylor Swift wears them on the Eras Tour.Taylor Swift wears Nicole + Felicia at the Eras Tour in Kansas City, Missouri.John Shearer/Getty ImagesThough she rotates her costumes each night of the tour, Swift has at least three Nicole + Felicia designs in her arsenal for the "Speak Now" portion of the show.Chang told BI her team first designed a sparkling purple ball gown with a sleeveless top and three-tiered skirt from 300 yards of fabric after being approached by Swift's stylist, Joseph Cassell.But while they saw a preview of the stage and knew the dress was being created for the Eras Tour, that's about all the information Nicole + Felicia received."We didn't know when or where she was going to wear it," Chang said.While creating the purple "Speak Now" dress, Swift's team requested another design from Nicole + Felicia.Taylor Swift wears Nicole + Felicia at the Eras Tour in Seattle, Washington.Mat Hayward/Getty ImagesAmy Chen, the public relations manager for Nicole + Felicia, told BI that the brand simultaneously worked on the purple dress and a sleeveless tan ball gown covered in metallic sparkles."We thought they just wanted options," Chen said. "We didn't know if she would consider both, and we had no idea of the significance of the colors or anything. They kept everything very secretive and very hush hush.""The whole process — from when we initially got in touch with the stylist, started sketching, started doing samples and showing him treatments and beading — was probably three to four months from start to finish," she added.The designers were thrilled to create two Eras Tour looks. Then they made a third.Taylor Swift wears Nicole + Felicia at the Eras Tour in Los Angeles, California.Kevin Winter/Getty Images"We got a message from her stylist again, and he said that he would like to create another look — and he was very specific that it needed to be blue," Chang said."A very specific blue," Chen added with a laugh. "And we had no idea of the significance."That significance, of course, is that sky blue is the color most often associated with Swift's "1989" era. So, during a Los Angeles stop of the Eras Tour, Swift wore six never-before-seen blue outfits onstage before announcing "1989 (Taylor's Version)."One of those outfits was a blue halter gown covered in sparkling beads. It was designed by Nicole + Felicia and sent to Swift "just two or three weeks before she wore it," Chang said."My favorite would be the blue one because I know how much work went into it," she said. "The whole gown is fully beaded. It's not a fabric; it's literally stitch by stitch."Nicole + Felicia even had a hand in embellishing some of Swift's onstage equipment.Taylor Swift performs at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.Kevin Winter/TAS23/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management"For every gown that we sent them, they would request a swatch of the fabric that we use for the gown," Chang said.That fabric was then used to create guitar straps, cover the battery packs Swift wore on her clothes, and match microphone casings to her outfits.Rewinding to 2022, the designers were responsible for one of the best red-carpet looks at the Cannes Film Festival.Leonie Hanne wears Nicole + Felicia at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.Patricia de Melo Moreira/Getty ImagesAll eyes turned to German influencer Leonie Hanne that year as she arrived wearing a hot-pink gown made from tulle.The dress had giant puff sleeves, a cutout bodice, a tutu-style miniskirt, and a long train that flowed behind her."Leonie, I would say, she's always very last-minute," Chang said with a laugh. "She always has so many ideas and will pop out and say, 'Hey guys, I'm going to Cannes in two weeks. Could you create a look?' And we always have so much fun working with her."After wearing a tulle Nicole + Felicia look in 2021, the designer said Hanne wanted to go bigger the following year."She wanted a pop of color," Chang said. "I remember we were choosing from a few really bright pink colors, and she wanted to have a dramatic shoulder. So we created that for her as well."Celebrities are just as drawn to Nicole + Felicia's bridal gowns as they are custom looks.Naomi Campbell wears Nicole + Felicia at the Hia Magazine 30th Anniversary Gala.Neville Hopwood/Stringer/Getty ImagesFor a 2023 magazine event in Saudi Arabia, supermodel Naomi Campbell wore a black wedding dress designed by Nicole + Felicia for the brand's S/S 2023 bridal collection.Though the strapless dress was originally paired with a gold cape, Campbell wore it with a sheer one covered in sparkles."Starting in 2023, we went in a really modern and fun direction for bridal and designed for brides looking for something special," Chang said. "And after Jennifer Lopez requested one of our bridal looks to be made into an evening look, I feel like they're going in the same direction. Our bridal and evening looks have a more similar design identity now."That said, it's Nicole + Felicia's ability to merge Hollywood glamour, bridal fashion, and unique fabrics that keeps the brand on top.Maitreyi Ramakrishnan wears Nicole + Felicia at the 2023 "Never Have I Ever" premiere.Charley Gallay/Stringer/Getty ImagesAlso in 2023, actor Maitreyi Ramakrishnan wore a golden ball gown created for the S/S 2023 bridal collection at the "Never Have I Ever" premiere.Chang said the gown was the ultimate example of the brand's ability to mix bridal with red-carpet fashion."We always want to experiment in different areas of fabrication," Chang said. "We look for new vendors and suppliers, and we are always looking for new things to add to our bridal collection. It's not always just lace and tulle. There has to also be something new that attracts people to look at your collection."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»
After my oldest child was attacked, I started tracking my kids. It gives me both peace of mind and anxiety.
I track my kids' locations on their iPhones. It gives me peace of mind to know where they are, though there are also downsides to worrying. Kimberly Glassman says she tracks her kids' locations after an incident caused her to worry about her son's safety.Getty ImagesI track my adult children through the 'Find My People' app on my iPhone.The habit began after my oldest son was attacked during a phone call with me.It gives me peace of mind to know where they are, but there are also downsides.I track my children. Let's just get that right out there.I have three children — all capable adults, all living in the Twin Cities, 26 hours of hard driving away from me — and two of the three show up in Find My People on my iPhone. Full disclosure: they know I can track them. They could disconnect, withdraw their permission, at any time. But they don't. This is a great kindness on their part. I try not to abuse their kindness. I never text them to "Go home! It's late!" or to ask, "Whose house is that?"Still. It makes me feel better, sometimes, to know where they are.I have my reasons.I was on the phone with my son one night when he was attackedOn a warm October evening in 2011, before any of us had an iPhone, and before I had ever heard of Find My Friends, I was chatting on a cute little Nokia phone with our wild-child firstborn, who had recently moved to the Chicago area. He had called to tell me he'd just been to the jeweler to pick up the engagement ring he had ordered for his girlfriend.After years of careful parental reminders (don't run with scissors! always wear your seatbelt!), long nights in his teen years watching and waiting for his car to pull into the driveway, and months spent wondering how he'd make his way in the world after dropping out of college after one semester, here he was in a new city, with a new career he enjoyed and excelled at, ready to take a big step and propose to the woman he loved. It felt like confirmation that he'd made it safely to adulthood. Like everything was going to be just fine. It felt like joy.But such joy can be short-lived. Out of the big city background noise came a second voice, a stranger's voice, intruding on the conversation. My son said, "Hold on a minute, Mom." Muffled words, something about cash, then, "No, you can't have that," followed by a loud "Fuck!" and scuffling and grunting and a crack that might have been the phone hitting the pavement or might have been something so much worse. Then, nothing.Nothing but me, miles and miles away, staring at a tiny gray screen on a tiny gray cellphone, brutally aware that I had no idea where he was.The silence I heard after that sound of something hitting the pavement was the longest, loudest silence of my life. More numerous than the stars in the sky are the dark tales a mother can conjure when given such an ominous silence. The tale I was telling myself was clear and immediate: something terrible has happened to my son.When he finally called me back 26 minutes later, he was wandering through a downtown pharmacy, buying first aid supplies to bandage the gash in his forearm. He was fine, he said. Sorry to have worried me. He was fast enough and strong enough to have recovered the little velvet box and its precious diamond ring from the strung-out young man with the knife. No harm — or hardly any harm — done. Not worth calling the police, he said.The story, revised: He's OK. My desperate staring at the phone had worked.I now track my kids for peace of mindTo be clear, it's not just the burning memory of long-distance trauma that drives my current-day people-finding. No, no. I tell myself all sorts of stories.For example: I want to call our uber-responsible daughter, but not, of course, if she's driving, or shopping, or out with friends. I'll just take a peek. See if she's home. The story: The tracking is a courtesy on my part. Really.For example: Our fearless youngest is going to a wedding three hours away. Was that this weekend or next? I'll just take a peek. The story: I'm just making sure he got there OK. Nothing creepy about that.There are downsides to tracking, tooRandomly checking on their whereabouts is not without its downsides, of course. You sometimes learn things you'd have been better off not knowing.For example: During spring break a few years ago, our youngest planned to drive from his then-home in Nebraska to visit us in Arizona. I gave advice on the route ahead of his departure. "Just go almost to Denver and turn left," I told him."I know how to read a map, Mother."On the agreed-upon day, I resisted until 8 a.m. before I took a peek. He hadn't left Lincoln yet. I looked again at 10. Then noon. Finally, he was on the road!"Can you believe it?""Put the phone away, honey," my husband — their father — said.I provided said husband with regular, if largely unappreciated, updates on our son's progress: Ogallala. Fort Morgan. Nearly to Denver."He should stop for the night soon, don't you think? It's getting late. Maybe he'll stop a little further south in Colorado Springs," I asked.Wait. He didn't turn left. Why is he west of Denver?"Oh, dear God. He's going to cross the Rocky Mountains. In the middle of March. In the middle of the night."I couldn't — wouldn't — call or text him, not while he was driving. I'd only be adding to the ludicrously long list of hazards he faced."You know what this is?" I fumed. "This is him listening to Siri instead of his mother.""Seriously. Put the phone away," my husband answered.But how could I? Surely keeping an eye on him was keeping him safe. Hadn't that always been my job?From 10 hours of hard driving away, I watched the little circle with his grinning face glide past all those ski towns in the dead of night. I pictured avalanches, black ice, guard rails missing or in disrepair.And then, close to midnight, Find My People returned these chilling words: No location found."He's in the mountains. It's not surprising there's no signal," my husband said, clearly deficient in the skill of Imagining the Worst.I went to bed with a head full of stories: He's dozed off. He's hit a moose. He's lost in a blizzard. But the true story was this: he had simply pulled over at a rest stop to sleep in his car, turning off his phone to save battery. When he arrived — perfectly safe and sound — the next day, he said he'd been "surprised" to wake in the morning and find himself surrounded by mountains and snow. He had been flying blind and unconcerned. I had been hovering over a screen, sick with worry.All good stories teach a lesson, and here is mine: I am not protecting them. Seeing is not saving. My job is to teach them to keep themselves as safe as possible and then trust them to go out into a dangerous world and make a difference.Still. There are some nights when I pick up the phone one last time before sleep, do one last Find My Friends. Our daughter, safe at home. Our youngest, safe at home. And the firstborn? The one who started me on this demented path? He is the only one who never got an iPhone. The only one I cannot track. With him, I'll just have to have faith. And hope he calls.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»
The legislation was sparked by a Business Insider investigation revealing that Virginia prisons had deployed dogs to attack prisoners 18 times more often than any other state. Linwood Mathias was brutally attacked by a patrol dog in Virginia's Red Onion Prison on March 15, 2017. He required 42 stitches and three surgeries to treat wounds on his left leg.Lucas Pruitt for Business InsiderIn a sweeping bipartisan vote, Virginia lawmakers passed a bill to curb the use of dogs to attack state prisonersThe bill came after Business Insider revealed dogs attacked 271 Virginia prisoners in a recent years, more than any other stateCommon uses of the dogs, such as in cell extractions, would now be banned.Legislation to severely restrict the use of attack-trained patrol dogs in Virginia state prisons has passed the state legislature, receiving overwhelming bipartisan support in the House and passing unanimously in the Senate.House Delegates Holly Seibold, a Democrat, and Michael Webert, a Republican, took action after a Business Insider investigation revealed Virginia prisons deploy attack-trained dogs at an unmatched scale. Patrol dogs have been used to attack or intimidate prisoners in eight states in recent years. Dogs attacked 271 incarcerated people in Virginia between 2017 and 2022. Arizona, the state with the second highest number of incidents in that time period, had 15 dog attacks.The bill would severely restrict the deployment of patrol dogs to attack incarcerated people in Virginia, prohibiting their use except when "immediately necessary" to protect prisoners or staff from the "threat of serious bodily injury or death." Deploying the dogs to intervene in a fight would now require the involvement of at least three prisoners and permission from a warden or other supervisor.The new law could dramatically impact the use of patrol dogs at six high-security prisons where, according to incident reports obtained by BI, patrol dogs have been regularly used to attack men who refuse to leave their cells or who are involved in one-on-one altercations.BI was able to obtain details of 149 dog attacks in Virginia prisons in recent years, through incident reports turned over in a legal settlement with the Virginia Department of Corrections. A review of those incident reports shows that a vast majority of the deployments would have been barred under the standards laid out in the new bill. At least 118 of the attacks occurred when officers intervened in one-on-one fights between prisoners or when a prisoner refused direct orders from staff to leave his cell or otherwise comply. The new legislation would make deploying a patrol dog in these circumstances illegal, except when immediately necessary to protect prisoners or staff from serious injury or death.Bites from patrol dogs are severe, sometimes permanently disabling or disfiguring. At least 18 men incarcerated in Virginia required emergency hospital care for crush injuries, muscle and tissue damage, or septic infections resulting from dog attacks since 2017. Dozens of others suffered from psychological trauma for months or years after they were attacked."Obviously all bites are bad," Marcus Elam, corrections operations administrator and legislative liaison for the Virginia Department of Corrections, said at a January legislative hearing. But Elam told the committee that the department primarily uses patrol dogs for prison security and deterrence — in other words, that the threat of their teeth and snarls is sufficient to produce compliance. Out of 774 incidents where the dogs were deployed in 2023, Elam said, 34 incidents resulted in bites.When pressed by lawmakers on BI's findings that Virginia deployed patrol dogs 18 times more often than any other state, Elam said that the number of bites in Virginia was "alarming.""I will acknowledge that we can always get better and any bite that is inappropriate that has taken place when it shouldn't is a bad thing," Elam said. "Our goal at the department is looking at what our practices are in any area and find out where we've made mistakes and find out what we can do better."Kyle Gibson, a Virginia Department of Corrections spokesperson, told BI that the department "does not routinely comment on proposed or pending legislation."The new legislation regulating patrol dogs in Virginia prisons passed the House on February 8 82-15 with overwhelming bipartisan support. The bill then passed unanimously in the Senate on February 20."When we see problems, we solve them, and not with overreactions or simple, quick fixes," Delegate Webert told BI in a statement. "In this case, we were able to do just that, and in the end, we have a new law that will make our corrections system safer.""I was thrilled to see HB 159 pass the Senate on a unanimous, bipartisan vote," Delegate Seibold told BI. "We need an urgent intervention to address this Virginia-specific problem, and I was pleased to see my General Assembly colleagues agree to tackle this important issue this year. I am hopeful that the Governor will sign the bill and I look forward to working with the administration and the Department of Corrections to protect the health and safety of everyone in our correctional facilities."Gov. Glenn Youngkin has seven days to sign the bill, veto it, or send it back to the legislature. If he does nothing, the bill becomes law."The governor will review any legislation that comes to his desk," Christian Martinez, a spokesperson for the governor, told BI.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»
All the A-list stars are staying in the Fontainebleau Las Vegas" luxury suites, which start at $5,000 a night. Take a look inside.
The Fontainebleau has become one of the hottest Las Vegas hotels, attracting everyone from Beyoncé and Jay-Z to Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Brady. Inside the exclusive Fleur de Lis suites at the Fontainebleau Las Vegas. Connie ZhouThe Fontainebleau has become one of the hottest Las Vegas hotels since it opened in December. Beyoncé, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tom Brady were all at the hotel during Super Bowl weekend. We got a tour of the exclusive Fleur de Lis suites, where all the VIPs stay. Even in a city packed with flashy competition, the new Fontainebleau Las Vegas managed to attract the biggest stars during Super Bowl weekend.Beyoncé and Jay-Z dined at Mother Wolf — one of the resort's 36 restaurants — while Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Brady partied at Poodle Room, its exclusive members-only club. Mark Wahlberg was playing bartender over at Komodo, while Lana Del Rey made it to Papi Steak after celebrating the Kansas City Chiefs' win with Taylor Swift.I spent two nights at Fontainebleau Las Vegas during the Big Game weekend and was given an exclusive tour of Fleur de Lis — the luxury suites where all the VIPs stay in Sin City.Let's take a look inside, shall we?The Fleur de Lis suites span the top five floors of the Fontainebleau, which is the tallest occupiable building in Las Vegas. The Fontainebleau Las Vegas opened in December. PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty ImagesGuests staying in the Fleur de Lis suites have their own private entrance and elevators on the main floor, marked by two metallic golden doors that shimmer under one of the resort's many chandeliers.The suites range from 1,000 square feet to the 10,000-square-foot penthouse, and prices start at $5,000 per night.Guests are greeted with a welcome cocktail, the "Fleur de Spritz," before their in-suite check-in begins. The entry way to the Fleur de Lis suite that I toured. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderThere are subtle changes to differentiate the Fleur de Lis suites from the standard rooms below.The halls are designed in a color palette of sunset orange and pink, rather than the soothing blues I saw on the floor of my room, and a signature (delicious-smelling) scent is pumped through the vents — instantly distinguishing the luxury suite experience.I toured the second-biggest suite, which features a large living room and dining area. The living room and dining area of a Fleur de Lis suite. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderAs we opened the door, I immediately caught a glimpse of the Vegas skyline from the floor-to-ceiling windows, which take up nearly an entire wall in the spacious sitting and dining area.I loved the water-ripple glass panels at the suite's entrance, which I learned are a tribute to the original Fontainebleau Miami. The subtle bow ties on the parquet wood floor also pay homage to the late architect Morris Lapidus, who incorporated his signature accessory in the original Fontainebleau. His iconic bow tie is now the symbol of the Fontainebleau Las Vegas and can be found throughout the resort (including its 60-foot-tall centerpiece chandelier).The living room features plush royal-blue couches that match the modern carpet underneath. I loved the chic and modern couches in the living room. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderEach suite features floral arrangements designed by Kardashian-beloved florist Jeff Leatham, as well as personalized welcome chocolates from Fontainebleau's executive pastry chef Patrice Caillot.The new Las Vegas Sphere winked back at me as I looked across the sunny Nevada landscape from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The view from the Fleur de Lis suite. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderThe best view of the mountains surrounding Vegas is from the Fleur de Lis penthouse suite, which has four bedrooms plus an in-suite gym, sauna, and wellness room.One of my favorite parts of the entire suite was the gorgeous private bar. The private bar in the Fleur de Lis suite. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderThe bar perfectly illustrates how different patterns and textures have been designed to dance together within the Fleur de Lis suites, infusing every room with depth and intrigue.The checkerboard wallpaper and navy leather stools add a dash of modernity to the bar, while the polished marble countertops and gold chandeliers retain that outspoken element of Las Vegas luxury.The bedrooms are also decorated with rich blue and red accents. One of the bedrooms in the Fleur de Lis suite. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderI loved how the plush and textured navy wall added some dramatic flair to this bedroom, especially when paired with the scarlet couch by the window.The colors and textures used throughout the Fleur de Lis suites felt chic and cohesive, tying every room together.Each Fleur de Lis suite comes with a dedicated butler. The bedrooms are decorated in different shades of blue, gold, and red. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderThe butler's evening service includes a pillow menu and tea program so guests can customize their pre-sleep experience.Fleur de Lis also offers accommodations for children, including balloon bouquets upon arrival, petite-sized robes, playpens, board games, and PlayStation 5.A sleek and subtle panel allows guests to control each room's lights and automatic drapes to their preference. Some of the rooms feature an extensive panel to select the lights and shades. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderThere are also buttons to instantly call for towels or housekeeping service, as well as a privacy option.Personal concierge services are included in the Fleur de Lis package, and they can arrange any tickets or reservations a guest may need from the comfort of their own suite. Guests also have access to a personal valet and a private fleet of Rolls-Royces.The soaking tub was my favorite feature of the sparkling marble bathroom … The bath tub in this suite was beautiful. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderThe butler can draw up a bath selected from the Fleur de Lis menu, which features everything from a milk bath to Epsom salt soaks.… as was the sunbed overlooking the Las Vegas skyline. This sunbed offers the perfect place to relax after a big night in Sin City. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderThere's plenty of room in the spacious bathroom for guests to enjoy in-suite services from Fontainebleau's spa. You can even have an IV drip delivered to your room after a big night of partying.And who doesn't love a private sauna? The sauna in a Fleur de Lis suite. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderThe sauna, which in this suite was subtly tucked between the tub and sinks, can comfortably fit two people.The showers were also huge, and offered stunning views. The marble shower glowed in the sunlight. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderIn addition to Fontainebleau's custom shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, the suites also offer luxury Knesko face masks and Dyson hair tools.The Fleur de Lis suites illustrate how the Fontainebleau is ushering in a new era of luxury in Sin City. The centerpiece chandelier in the Fontainebleau Las Vegas casino. Connie ZhouWhether it's the big bets or wild clubs, Las Vegas has always been over the top. And, for many decades, that's often gone hand in hand with places that feel cheesy or gaudy.But the Fontainebleau clearly wants to provide something different to the Strip. There's a chicness and elegance to its design that's evident no matter which suite you stay in. The rich textures, refined fabrics, and tasteful colors reveal how real luxury is often subtle.No wonder it's become the hot spot for Hollywood's biggest stars.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»
Job interviews can be stressful, but according to color experts, incorporating the right shades into your outfits can actually make a difference. Different colors can affect the way we feel, so it's important to choose the right one for an interview. mavo/ShutterstockBusiness Insider asked two color experts to share which shades are best to wear to a job interview.Wearing blue or taupe can give off the impression that you're trustworthy and dependable. The experts said wearing red can make you feel confident if you need some extra encouragement.Business Insider asked two color experts to share which colors are best to wear to a job interview.Here's what they said.Pink can put your interviewer at ease. Soft pinks have a comforting effect.Maria Markevich/ShutterstockPinks emanate an easygoing vibe and may bring comfort to the wearer and the interviewer, according to Amy Wax, color expert and creator of the Color911 app."Rather than a bright or playful pink, I recommend a softer pink that shows a person is easy to get along with," she told BI.Blue can convey reliability and trustworthiness. It's usually pretty easy to find a nice blue button-down.Andrii Zastrozhnov/ShutterstockAccording to Wax, blue elicits feelings of reliability."Shades of blue are colors that are relaxing and conjure up the impression of a person who can be trusted in the workspace," the expert told BI.Consider incorporating shades like lighter gray-blues or classic navy. Shades of purple are associated with interpersonal connection.Prospective therapists might want to wear purple to a job interview. Victoria Chudinova/ShutterstockIf you want to express an openness to spirituality or deep relationships, purple may be the color to bring out, according to Michelle Lewis, a color-psychology expert and the founder of The Color Cure.Wearing shades in the purple family could be useful if you're applying to a job at a therapy office, yoga studio, or religious environment.Green may give off the impression of dependability.Go for a darker shade of green, like a forest or olive. Creative Lab/ShutterstockDark green can be very appealing to wear to a job interview, according to Wax."This classic color denotes stability and a person who works well with others," she told BI.Lewis also said if you want to show that you're self-assured and a dependable asset to the company, green is a great color as it's often linked with confidence. Taupe can express security. Taupe may seem neutral or boring, but it can make you seem like a sturdy candidate. Anna Zhuk/ShutterstockWax said taupe expresses warmth and stability without being overwhelming."Though an understated choice, this might be the perfect color if the job requires someone who is not going to rock the boat," she told BI.Wearing red tends to make you feel confident. Wearing bold colors can make you feel bold yourself. andersphoto/ShutterstockRed implies confidence, power, strength, and passion, according to Wax. Lewis said wearing red can also help the interviewer take you seriously as a long-term employee looking for career growth. "Just be careful not to act too aggressively, as it may be overpowering with the combination of wearing the color," the color-psychology expert told BI.Pairing red with a more neutral fashion choice may be the way to go.Colors in the yellow family are associated with positivity. Yellow is a cheerful and warm color. Evgeniya Grande/ShutterstockLewis told BI that yellow is a great choice if you want to bring joy and optimism into a workplace. For instance, if the company is looking for a positive office manager or someone with a spark of creativity, yellow can make a good impression.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»
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Emily, is incredibly common and she finds someone with it everywhere. Even her husband dated an Emily before meeting her. Courtesy of the authorMy name is Emily and I was named after my grandmother. My mom said that people tend to like an Emily and she secretly wished that was her name. Even my husband dated an Emily before me. The other day, it finally happened: I ended up on an email chain at work where I had to connect one Emily to another Emily to do this or that. It started out “Dear Emily," and I signed it, “Best regards, Emily." Shortly after I hit send, it struck me that the moment I had been dreading since I was but a wee Emily myself had come: the age of Emily was upon us. It’s often repeated that people love to hear their own name spoken out loud to them. But when your name was the No. 1 girl's name in the United States between 1996 and 2007, and you now share it with roughly 802,000 people in America, there will be feelings.Call it the John Smithification of naming: What was once a distinctive, literary-leaning name with nuanced shades of meaning has started to feel common and empty. I was named after my grandmotherFor three decades I’ve asked my mother, a Susan, how I ended up an Emily. She has always told me she named me after her mother, Emily Jean, but last week she finally revealed to me that she had actually wanted to be an Emily.“What’s not to like about Emily?” she said.So this is the first thing you need to understand about Emilys — they were named to be liked. If Karen has become a catchall for the entitled white woman with a few words for your customer service rep, Emily is tailored for the social media age — an ebullient try-hard maintaining a sweetness of demeanor and an air of general enthusiasm while pursuing her secret plans to get what she wants.This could be why half of the public relations professionals I interacted with last week share my name — Emilys often self-select into communications jobs.I didn’t grow up with the albatross of likeability. The Emilys of my youth were dreamy, far-off figures — bookish role models and lifestyle influencers before such a thing existed.There are Emilys everywhereFirst there was Emily Dickinson, arguably the Ur-Emly, with her enviable routine: “Woke up, saw no one, wore white.” Her preferences for privacy, solitude, and a life of the imagination still float in the air whenever I hear someone yell: “Emily!” in the grocery store.And then there was the Emily Bartlett, of Beverly Cleary’s "Emily’s Runaway Imagination" — a farm girl who makes mistakes (for shame, Emily!) but whose overall drive is virtuous — to bring a branch library to her rural community.But the biggest Emily in my life, by shelf real estate, came in the form of the navy doorstop of "Emily Post’s Etiquette." In my family, we actually consulted her — even if she counseled women to keep their witty remarks to themselves.Emily may mean “industrious, eager, ” but what I took from her is that to be an Emily (Emily Ratjakowski excluded) is to be a rule follower — at least publicly.I didn’t meet another Emily until late elementary when I encountered Emily Good in my ballroom dancing class, with her blond ringlets and patent leather shoes. Good luck Googling her, by the way — I counted 88 Emily Goods on LinkedIn alone. Obviously, I hated her — she was even more of an Emily than I was.I did a little better with other Emilys — a middle school Emily who kind of looked like me, or my first cool Emily, in the sandwich shop where I worked.My husband dated an Emily before meBut once I joined the media world, they were everywhere — on all the magazine mastheads, in my ear as NPR reporters, sitting behind news desks, getting nominated for Oscars (Emma Stone is actually Emily, by the way). Within a decade, there were so many Emilys that I started to feel like “Agent Smith” in the Matrix, except we are all eager white ladies circling back next week.Too many Emilys means that most Emilys have considered a rebrand. I’ve thought of this myself — maybe changing my name to Emmy (my family nickname) or dropping the “ily” in favor of instant relatability (see stylist Em Henderson). By the way, my husband’s first serious girlfriend was also an Emily. Charitably, he refers to her only by her last name, like a sports announcer. But lately, I have been longing to find nuance in Emily, where popularity and likeability have washed away my early associations. So, I’ve tasked myself with identifying a plural form for that moment when I discover several Emilys in one room.I asked my Facebook friends, and they suggested: embargo, engagement, ensemble, eloquence, exuberance, electorate, eminence, or enchantment.But I’m leaning toward something that gets at what it’s like when you’re finally enough of your own Emily that you can see yourself as part of a sneaker wave of ambitious and imaginative women enacting their big, beautiful plans at every level of society.A delight of Emilys. Emily Grosvenor is the author of the book "Find Yourself at Home," and writes the Substack newsletter ★ I would do it differently. ★. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»
I spent 2 nights at the Fontainebleau, Las Vegas" hottest new hotel — and it"s ushering in a new luxury era in Sin City
Fontainebleau Las Vegas is the buzziest new hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. We got an inside look at everything it has to offer. The Fontainebleau is Las Vegas' buzziest new resort. Connie ZhouI spent two nights at the Fontainebleau, Las Vegas' brand-new resort. I went during Super Bowl weekend, and the hotel was packed with A-list celebrities. Its beautiful design, phenomenal dining, and stunning spa feels like a new era of luxury in Vegas.Whispers of their names floated through the halls, as soft and sweet as the custom scent pumped through the vents of the exclusive $5,000-a-night suites at the top of the building. Leo. Gaga. Beyoncé.This is the Fontainebleau Las Vegas, and anyone who is anyone was here during Super Bowl weekend. A-list celebrities were sipping drinks at Komodo, dancing behind the DJ decks at LIV, and strolling under shimmering gold bow-tie chandeliers on their way to the next event. It's been a meteoric rise of success for the resort, which only opened its doors in December. I spent two nights at the Fontainebleau during Super Bowl weekend and saw firsthand how it's already ushering in a new era of Las Vegas luxury.The Fontainebleau Las Vegas has been two decades in the making. The entrance to the Fontainebleau Las Vegas.Jon Kopaloff/GettyAfter acquiring the legendary Fontainebleau Miami in 2005, billionaire Jeffrey Soffer announced his plans to open a second location in Las Vegas. The development was 70% complete when it was derailed by the Great Recession in 2008, and the property was sold twice before Soffer reacquired it in 2021.The hotel made up for lost time with a splashy opening night in December, making its presence known on the iconic Las Vegas Strip with a star-studded bash that drew in everyone from Cher to Kim Kardashian.And it's already making history in Sin City. Justin Timberlake, Tom Brady, and Cher during the opening of the Fontainebleau Las Vegas. Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Fontainebleau Las VegasAt 729 feet, the 67-story hotel is now the largest occupiable building in Las Vegas. It features 3,644 rooms — including 76 exclusive Fleur de Lis suites — 36 restaurants, a 55,000-square-foot spa, a 14,000-square-foot gym, and a brand-new nightclub and casino. "Once you arrive here, you really don't need to leave the building," Fontainebleau's former COO, Colleen Birch, told Eater Las Vegas in December. That's quite the claim in a city where flashy hotels, wild clubs, and celebrity restaurants cover every inch of the 4.2-mile Strip — one I'm all too familiar with thanks to the 25-plus trips I took to Vegas during my 20s. It was time for a shake-up in Sin City, and I couldn't wait to see what the Fontainebleau would bring. I was struck by the Fontainebleau's elegance from the moment I walked into the 20,000-square-foot lobby. Fontainebleau's lobby is sleek and stunning. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderSoft, warm lights enveloped the vast and immaculate space as dozens of gold bow ties playfully glowed behind the check-in desk. Transparent beams that stretched from the pristine marble floors to the soaring ceiling felt reminiscent of Singapore's famous Supertree Grove.The space felt modern and tranquil, already promising a very different kind of oasis in Sin City.At the center was a stunning display of fresh roses and orchids. Beautiful flowers greeted me at the center of the lobby. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderI counted nine large vases of flowers, and a friendly greeter I spoke with estimated there were about 100 stems in each. She said the flowers were changed every three days and switched out depending on the holiday season. The red roses were celebrating Valentine's Day."All the women love it," she said with a smile.Almost as if on cue, a young girl sprinted toward the flowers to see if they were real. It was exactly what I had done mere moments before.Tucked away next to the check-in desk is the exclusive 5,000-square-foot VIP lounge. The VIP entrance at the Fontainebleau. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderMetallic gold doors beckon into the luxury lounge, where guests of the Fontainebleau's Fleur de Lis suites — which start at $5,000 a night — begin their stay.The lounge features a private place to relax and grab complimentary drinks and pastries. The VIP lounge at Fontainebleau. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderAirport lounges should take note of the style achieved by Fontainebleau's VIP area. The deep-blue carpet and couches are luxe and sophisticated, and the gold mirrors and light fixtures — combined with marble detailing — look extremely elegant.A flute of crisp Champagne is offered to VIP guests on arrival, who can also grab fresh pastries or hot tea whenever they need. The lounge also provides a quick shortcut to the elevators, perfect for any famous guest who doesn't want to pass through the casino.But you don't need to be a VIP to enjoy the most beautiful parts of the Fontainebleau. Fontainebleau's main floor is filled with fresh flowers and sleek architecture. David Becker/Getty Images for Fontainebleau Las VegasI've always believed that real luxury is in the small details, and the amount of thought that went into every inch of the hotel's interior is immensely impressive.Subtle bow ties paying homage to the Fontainebleau Miami are hidden across the resort. The chandelier above Bleau Bar at the Fontainebleau Las Vegas. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderThe late architect Morris Lapidus, who designed the original Fontainebleau, incorporated his signature bow tie into the design of the resort's interior. Now, it's the emblem of the Las Vegas edition.There are 1,200 golden bow ties sparkling from the 60-foot-tall centerpiece chandelier that hangs above the bar on the main floor, and miniature bow ties are hidden in a stylish pattern of circles that burst against the casino's navy carpet. There are tiny bow ties stitched into the back of plush periwinkle leather chairs beckoning you to each slot machine, while chrome bow ties gleam from the handles on every dresser in the suites.I didn't find the bow ties to be cartoonish or excessive, but rather sweet surprises I kept discovering throughout my two-night stay. Their subtle and sophisticated design paired well with the old-school Frank Sinatra rat-pack energy that exuded from the hotel's main bars.Even the hotel's 150,000-square-foot casino feels luxurious.The casino at Fontainebleau Las Vegas features 1,300 slot machines, plus card tables. George Rose/Getty ImagesIt's hard to make slot machines (1,300 to be exact) look sexy, but smart design touches help keep their presence from dominating the Fontainebleau's overall energy. Straight away, the 42-foot ceiling makes the main floor of the resort feel big and grand. I really noticed its impact when I went into a different luxury hotel for a Super Bowl party and instantly felt cramped. The Fontainebleau also helps keep the space serene by opting for muted blue carpets, soft blue lighting, and modern panels on the ceiling. Even the elevator shafts were covered in marble. And there's no usual ringing and pinging from the various machines. I immediately clocked that their sound was off, allowing Sinatra's lilting croon to fill the room instead. After taking a tour of the hotel's main area, it was time to check out our room. The Gold King room at Fontainebleau Las Vegas starts at $300 a night. Peter ArnellOne of my main gripes with many hotels is that they're either extremely bland or look like something out of a corporate office, even with a resort price tag.But the Gold King room, which starts at $300 a night, is thoughtfully designed in calming blues that felt fitting for a Miami-born resort. I loved the sky-blue textured wallpaper and navy headboard that framed our plush king bed, which was outfitted with super-soft 500-thread-count cotton sheets.Gold chrome nightstands and a coral-pink bench and chairs added pops of color that kept the space feeling modern and fresh.I adored the room's luxe and stylish details …My bed in the Gold King room was extremely plush and comfortable. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderWe had a perfect view of the Sphere and High Roller wheel from our window, which flooded the room with natural light when we clicked on the automatic drapes. I could also spot Fontainebleau's six-and-a-half acre pool deck, which will open when Las Vegas' dayclub season kicks off in March.The room's overall atmosphere was coastal but stylish, a much-needed reprieve from the bright neon colors that tend to dominate Vegas hotels (look no further than the purple and red butterfly carpet that dominates Encore).... and the incredible shower. I loved the shower at Fontainebleau Las Vegas. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderA great hotel shower is extremely important to me. What good is a perfect night's sleep if the morning starts with tepid temperatures and terrible water pressure?There was no such danger with the spa-like shower in our room, which ran the entire length of one of the bathroom's walls. The white mosaic tile glowed invitingly, and the ability to step right in without having to struggle with a jammed door or fumble over a high tub made it feel extra lush. The custom-made shampoo, conditioner, and body wash all smelled delicious and left my hair looking fantastic.We were starving after an early-morning flight, so we hit up the Promenade — Fontainebleau's luxury food hall — for lunch. The Promenade offered really delicious casual dining options. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderI am no stranger to a Las Vegas hotel food court. It's where the bulk of my dining occurred when I was a 20-something trying to grab sustenance in the short period between the end of a pool party and the beginning of a nightclub. Meals were quick, fast, and usually in a brown McDonald's paper bag.But the Promenade offers fast and affordable dining options without yielding quality. Miami Slice and El Bagel pay homage to the resort's Florida roots, while Bar Ito offers hand rolls by Michelin-starred chefs Kevin Kim and Masa Ito. There's also an eponymous burger concept from celebrity chef Josh Capon, plus spots to grab fresh coffee, sandwiches, and tacos.The Promenade became one of my favorite places to eat throughout my stay. The Pepperoni Proper and La Salsera from Miami Slice. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderFull transparency, my boyfriend and I became pretty obsessed with the Promenade. We were first blown away by our lunch from Miami Slice, which we agreed featured some of the best pizza we've ever tasted. The Pepperoni Proper had a delicious crust that was light, crispy, and flaky all at once, while the La Salsera — a twist on vodka pizza with drizzles of pesto — instantly reminded me of Rubirosa in Manhattan."I did not expect to find one of the best pizzas of my life in Las Vegas," I told Peter, who remarked that it was "one of the top five pizzas I've had, period."We went back to Miami Slice the next night and bumped into DJ John Summit, who has a residency at the Fontainebleau's club and told us how much he loves coming to eat at the Promenade.We also tried El Bagel, Bar Ito, and Nona's — the sandwich spot — and there wasn't a single dish that missed the mark.Later that day, I checked out the hotel's 14,000-square-foot fitness center. Fontainebleau's huge gym was spotless. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderI have worked out in some extremely depressing hotel gyms, even at very nice resorts. There are usually a few stray machines, bad fluorescent lighting, and a sad pile of weights in the corner.But the Fontainebleau's fitness center, which is flanked by an IV drip lounge and IGK salon, is sleek and state-of-the-art. Among the typical treadmills and StairMasters were Peloton bikes, VersaClimbers, and Hydrorowers, with a fresh rolled-up towel waiting in every cup holder. The weights section had every dumbbell, kettlebell, and barbell you could need, along with space for sled pushing or tire flipping.A schedule at the front desk noted daily classes that were free for guests, including mat pilates, yoga, weight sculpting, and dance. Personal training sessions could also be purchased starting at $75.I was especially impressed by the huge recovery room. Enjoying a service in the recovery room. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderI'm fairly certain the Fontainebleau's recovery room is bigger than my one-bedroom apartment in LA. The walls were lined with foam rollers and Theraguns, while different recovery stations offered treatments with acupressure, compression, and photon light.I opted for a 15-minute session with the compression leg sleeves (a $35 upgrade), and a staff member helpfully explained how the boots would help speed up recovery, reduce soreness, and boost circulation and lymphatic drainage. After an hour of cardio, it was extremely relaxing.We kicked off our first night in Las Vegas with a wild dinner at Papi Steak, which describes itself as the "ultimate in a hedonistic night out." Papi Steak is among the 36 restaurants offered at Fontainebleau. George Rose/Getty ImagesPapi Steak at Fontainebleau Las Vegas is the second edition of the famous party restaurant helmed by Miami hospitality king David Grutman and David "Papi" Einhorn. I learned from our waiter that the restaurant's original concept was born after Grutman put Einhorn's signature steak on the menu of Komodo — another Miami restaurant with a location at Fontainebleau Las Vegas — and it was an instant hit."They'd call Papi in when the Kardashians were there just to make steaks for them," the waiter said.And so Papi Steak was born, as was the showstopping 55-ounce wagyu tomahawk that arrives tableside in a sparkling briefcase for diners who are happy to shell out $1,000.The Papi Steak Beef Case moment is pure over-the-top Vegas. The Papi Steak Beef Case costs $1,000. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderWe saw 15 different Beef Case presentations during our two-hour dinner, each accompanied by flashing strobe lights, whoops and hollers from every waiter, and a cloud of smoke that billowed from above their heads as the $1,000 steaks were branded. One woman waved her napkin in the air and danced along like it was a Greek wedding. Two guys ran over to take a thumbs-up selfie with the mighty tomahawk.The Beef Case is the restaurant's showcase, but I was also delightfully surprised that every dish we tried — including the $24 Caesar salad and $18 latkes — was truly delicious. I've been to plenty of celebrity restaurants that coast on the clout of Instagram clicks and crazy menu items, but Papi Steak's food makes for a memorable night even if you don't shell out for its signature dish.And a nightcap at Nowhere was one of my favorite memories from the trip. Nowhere was one of my favorite spots at Fontainebleau. Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Fontainebleau Las VegasNowhere was next to the elevator that whizzed us up to our suite, and my boyfriend and I couldn't resist popping in.Inspired by the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent's Parisian apartment, Nowhere exudes the kind of easy luxury and class that so many modern speakeasies search for — but few achieve. The walls, covered in varying shades of cream, glowed under the warm lighting as dark cabernet curtains framed the stage where a woman in a bright-red dress sang with a full band behind her.As we sipped our delicious drinks, I watched a couple joyfully spin to the jazz music. The woman was dressed head to toe in a turquoise outfit with a matching pillbox hat. It felt like we'd been transported to a different era.After a great night's sleep, I began my day at the Fontainebleau's 55,000-square-foot spa. The starry night napping room at Fontainebleau. Mark MedinaI have been to some gorgeous spas before (the hydrotherapy room at Casa Malca in Tulum remains a favorite), but I haven't experienced anything quite like Lapis at the Fontainebleau. The two-story spa features everything from an infrared sauna and steam room to a purifying salt cave and shower that rinses you off with falling snow.My relaxing morning began with the 45-minute "Reboot Signature Massage." I then went into the coed sensory room, which glows with mellow lights designed to mimic the body's circadian rhythms, and hit the sauna before taking a refreshing dip in the cold plunge pool.After unwinding in the hot tub, I cleared my senses (and sinuses) in the herbal inhalation room and relaxed on one of the heated stone loungers.Before hitting up a celebrity-packed Komodo for dinner that night, I got a sneak peek at its legendary Peking duck. The Peking duck at Komodo. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderA window next to the entrance of Komodo offers a glimpse into its duck room, where I got to watch as the $115 dish was prepared from start to finish. The glistening crispy duck — eaten inside a delicate pancake topped with cucumber, scallions, and a hoisin-like sauce — was deliciously rich and tender.I could see why Komodo was one of the biggest hot spots of the weekend, attracting the likes of Shaquille O'Neal (who dined a few feet away from us before his Super Bowl party), Tom Brady, Kevin Durant, and Alicia Keys. Mark Wahlberg even went behind the bar to serve some cocktails for guests.We danced the night away at LIV, the Fontainebleau's brand-new club. Me in front of the sign at LIV. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderLIV has already made itself competitive in Las Vegas' stacked clubbing scene by scoring residencies with Calvin Harris and Tiesto — two of the world's biggest DJs — as well as John Summit, who's currently headlining the biggest electronic music festivals. We caught Summit's set during the club's Super Bowl weekend kickoff and were impressed by everything LIV had to offer.Even at 50,000 square feet, LIV feels more intimate than some of the other big Vegas clubs and offers much better views and proximity to the stage. The sound quality was excellent, as reviewed by my DJ boyfriend, and the back bar behind the DJ booth made it surprisingly quick and easy to get drinks.Before our Vegas trip ended, I had one last phenomenal meal at KYU. The interior of KYU at Fontainebleau Las Vegas. Anneta Konstantinides/Business InsiderI also got to go behind the scenes at KYU and watch as Chef Christopher Arellanes prepared his signature dish, the $265 royal golden chicken.Arellanes told me he wanted to give KYU a showstopping dish with a fine-dining twist, and he's truly achieved it. The melt-in-your-mouth royal golden chicken — covered in foie gras, black truffles, and smoked caviar cream — is presented tableside alongside a laksa that instantly soothed my soul. It was all decadent and so delicious.My stay at the Fontainebleau couldn't have been more memorable. I can't wait to go back to the Fontainebleau. Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images for Fontainebleau Las VegasTypically, when a Vegas trip comes to an end, I'm so ready to go home. You can spend only so many days in a city built on overstimulation.But the Fontainebleau manages to stay true to Las Vegas' partying roots while still creating a relaxing resort. Whenever my boyfriend and I made it back to the hotel after a party or event, we would cheer as our cab drove up to that glowing bow tie at the entrance — that's how much we loved it.It's no wonder Hollywood's biggest stars and athletes can't get enough of the Fontainebleau. With beautiful rooms, a heavenly spa, and so much incredible dining, it's truly a Sin City sanctuary.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»
How Bethenny Frankel grew her influencer business to $3.2 million a year after leaving reality TV behind
Bethenny Frankel left reality TV. Now, she says she's making more annually as an influencer than a Real Housewife, and raked in $3.2 million in 2023. Bethenny Frankel's social media accounts, on which she gives her thoughts on everything from drugstore beauty products to grocery store finds, earned her millions last year.Courtesy of Bethenny FrankelBethenny Frankel first became famous through reality TV and now has a lucrative influencer career. The former "Real Housewives of New York" star disclosed her 2023 earnings to Business Insider.Here's how her often-chaotic beauty reviews led to millions in revenue last year.Bethenny Frankel was once famous just for being a Real Housewife. Now, she's cashing in as an influencer — something she uses English muffins to demonstrate.A couple of weeks ago, she posted a video to TikTok. With her trademark mix of fast-talking brash honesty and humor, she slammed the Thomas' English muffin sleeve."Can we improve this package?" Frankel ranted. "This is really from the dark ages. Fred Flinstone is eating an English muffin like this."In return, Thomas' sent her a box of products, including blueberry English muffins, which she said her 13-year-old daughter loves."It doesn't matter if I hate on or love on, people are into it," she told Business Insider.Despite her cutting takes and, at times, brutally truthful opinions, people can't seem to stop talking about — and following — Frankel. They have been for the past 16 years since she first hit the public eye as the outsider on "The Real Housewives of New York," which she left for good in 2019. (For about a year, she's been in a public feud with the show's network, Bravo, and went on a quest to unionize reality TV stars last summer.)Now she's earning seven figures annually from social media — more than she earned per year on Housewives, she said. (She's never disclosed how much she made on the show, but said it was millions.)In 2023, her first full year of embracing the status of "influencer," Frankel earned $3.2 million in endorsement deals, according to documents reviewed by BI. Brands like L'Oreal and Dunkin' pay five or six figures for promotion by Frankel on TikTok and Instagram.She has 3.3 million and 1.6 million followers on the platforms, respectively, up from 2.4 million and 320,000 in February 2022, before she started posting so regularly, per data from analytics firm SocialBlade. Across all social platforms, her content receives 57.48% positive sentiment — more than the reality star average of 40% to 45%, according to influencer marketing platform Captiv8.Bethenny Frankel, the "accidental influencer"Despite her path to that success through reality TV, she calls herself an "accidental influencer."Frankel has an over-the-top personality and prides herself in authenticity, two trademarks of today's TikTok set. That appears to have helped the 53-year-old in her career pivot.Her secret, she says, is that she wasn't looking to become an influencer. She was just learning how to do her own makeup after years of having it done for her. After watching beauty videos online, she began posting her own in 2022. Bethenny Frankel often skewers expensive products, favoring drugstore brands.Courtesy of Bethenny FrankelMuch of her content hypes drugstore brands and skewers expensive alternatives. La Mer's Crème de la Mer (which retails for $200 for one oz) and Nivea's signature Creme (about $12 for 16 oz) are pretty interchangeable, she says in one video. There's very little editing and a messy quality to her posts; in a recent upload, for example, she had a piece of fluff stuck on her face."The more authentic you are and the less desperate you are — if you're doing things you're passionate about and being honest, things will just walk in the door," she said. It didn't take long for the clips to catch the attention of big companies. In April 2022, she scored her first brand deal with CoverGirl, her representatives said. Since then, she's expanded beyond beauty, reviewing grocery store finds and commenting on pop culture. She posts dozens of videos a week across TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube — and she's approached social media with business savvy.When brands want to use her existing content in promotions, for example, she requires them to pony up. When they ask her to review products, she isn't willing to accept free stuff or shill something she doesn't believe in, and won't settle for lowball fees — and says she was initially surprised when they were willing to match her understandable high price."I don't need the free makeup, and I didn't need the money," Frankel, who maintained ownership of the Skinnygirl brand of food and lifestyle products, said. "I make millions of dollars on popcorn and dressing and shapewear while I sleep."Frankel doesn't have grand plans for her beauty line but keeps her options open. Next up? An acting gig.Photo by Heidi GutmanFrankel's path from reality TV to Skinnygirl to actingFor the unfamiliar, Frankel wasn't just in reality TV — she made Housewives history when she founded Skinnygirl Cocktails and then sold it in 2011. The actual acquisition price of Skinnygirl is up for debate: It was reported to be as much as $120 million, but both the company and Frankel haven't disclosed the final amount, which included contingency payouts based on sales goals, according to SEC filings. The deal was big enough to prompt networks to include so-called "Bethenny Clauses" in reality TV contracts, which require reality stars to give the networks a cut of businesses promoted on air.Like any influencer, Frankel says she's completely honest about what she likes and doesn't. What's different is there's a lot she doesn't seem to like, which in turn makes her positive reviews and opinions even more valuable. Fewer than 1% of her posts are sponsored, one of her representatives said."I left reality TV and honestly thought the faucet would turn off because that's what happens, and I was fine with that," she said. "I can't be bought. Brands maybe find it refreshing."Despite her entrepreneurial history, she's not interested in starting her own beauty line — a route that many celebrities and influencers, from Lady Gaga to Addison Rae, have tried, to varying degrees of success. She said she turned down a well-known dermatologist who wanted to partner up. "I'd rather have someone else that's got the big research and development spend millions and billions of dollars on that and let them carry it on their back," she said. "Let me just be the creative and the face and the messenger."So what is next? At the moment, it's acting. When BI spoke with her, she was about to board a plane to a movie gig."When the tables go cold, I walk," she said. "If the tables go hot, I keep pressing my bets. You want to call me? You want to pay me six figures to do a movie? Sure. You want to call me to use my mascara that I talked about that I liked? Great."For her, is reality over for good? Not necessarily."They can't pay me enough, is the problem," she said. "They can't pay me enough money for me to leave this house, get hair and makeup on, go somewhere." That's not a problem when it comes to making a TikTok.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»