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Here Is What Wearing Black Says About You (And The 5 Most Common Personality Traits Of These People)

Here Is What Wearing Black Says About You (And The 5 Most Common Personality Traits Of These People)

NOVEMBER 2, 2018 10:53 PM

by Adetoun Adeyemo

“BLACK IS MODEST AND ARROGANT AT THE SAME TIME. BLACK IS LAZY AND EASY – BUT MYSTERIOUS. BUT ABOVE ALL BLACK SAYS THIS: “I DON’T BOTHER YOU – DON’T BOTHER ME.” ― YOHJI YAMAMOTO

Colors excite our minds in various ways, and how we react to some of them can tell a lot regarding our personality.

One study states that black is often seen as “serious” and “reliable,” which means confident. The survey examined around 1000 people. The authors are Buytshirtsonline — a U.K.-based whole supplier for corporations like Fruit of the Loom, Gildan and American Apparel. The aim was to investigate how clothing colors influence the way others see us. It turned out that black came out on top. Here is what the researchers say about the results:

“Black is the color to wear when you’re trying to impress, reassure or woo. There’s certain trustworthiness about it on a person that would make you hand over your life savings and thank them for the privilege. … Throughout all our survey, black came first or second in most ‘good’ traits (for example confidence, intelligence, and sexiness) and barely figured in the ‘bad’ traits (arrogance).”

Black is generally an indication of “seriousness” and “reliability,” so it stands at the top on the list of colors that both sexes find beautiful.

Why?

The answer is simple. Confidence. Almost half of the women and 64% of the men participating in the study think that black emits self-sufficiency. It is the most beautiful, bold, confidence boosting and calming color that exists.

But people who wear black are not only that. In fact, along with their confidence, through their color preferences, they manifest, a vulnerable side of their character.

Those who wear all black are also usually very sensitive, a bit unstable, and want to draw the attention of the others on who they are and what they are trying to achieve in life rather than on their appearance.

These people are unintentionally seeking to defend themselves against emotions that are too strong. They could get easily distracted or overreact. And often struggle to ward off anxiety and stay focused.

Nevertheless, what’s interesting is that people who wear all black usually don’t mind if others wear various colors. It’s not the colors themselves that are unpleasant to them when it comes to their clothing; it’s the way they put these colors on themselves. The colors represent their identity and that is what they are most concerned about.

Another theory stemming from color psychology, says that people who love black often have a desire to reclaim their power.

They achieve that through different behaviors like for example trying to “shield” from some emotions, building distance from others, or demonstrating a necessity to receive respect. All of these specifics of the character could be revealed through the love of wearing black which comes as a subconscious message to the self and others.

Here is what Johny Cash says:

“I wore black because I liked it. I still do, and wearing it still means something to me. It’s still my symbol of rebellion — against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others’ ideas.”

So, to sum up, a person who wears black sees themselves as an important figure. Such people think that black makes you appear more attractive, intelligent, and confident. However, they also have a weak side of the character revealing their vulnerability. People who wear all black are often determined, yet sensitive, as we’ve explained above.

Below we have also listed the five most common personality traits of people who love wearing black:

1. These people are very confident.

2. They’re also very sensitive.

3. Such people have a rebellious nature, and wouldn’t accept authority.

4. They like feeling powerful and influential.

5. These people don’t quickly get close to others; they could build walls to protect themselves.

Eventually, it would be interesting to mention that teenagers often have a psychological need to wear black during the period of transition from the childhood to the adulthood. It marks the end of one phase of their life and the beginning of another. They like it so much because it allows them to shield from the world until they have created their true individuality. It is essential they go through this stage, but this could mean there is a problem if it continues during their life as adults in case they exclude other colors.

Nonetheless, no matter how many positive and powerful qualities this color reveals about the people who prefer wearing it, too much black could lead to depression and mood swings. It could create a negative environment. So the best way to wear black is to use some color with it to lighten and brighten its energy.

Do you like wearing black? Which is your favourite colour when it comes to clothes?

Please, tell us in the comments.

Source: iheartintelligence.com

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Rihanna Shuts Down Halloween As Only She Can—and Debuts Fall’s Must-Have Lip Color

Rihanna Shuts Down Halloween As Only She Can—and Debuts Fall’s Must-Have Lip Color

NOVEMBER 1, 2018 12:09 PM

by Adetoun Adeyemo

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A true style chameleon, Rihanna is a sight to behold every day of the year. But even the Bad Gal herself has to outdo, well, herself on Halloween—and last night at a party in London, the Grammy-winning singer, fashion designer, and beauty mogul put her signature twist on the holiday with an equal parts spine-chilling and va-va-voom look.

A mash-up only the 30-year-old pop star could pull off, her costume was an amalgam of traditional skull makeup—punctuated by a fluorescent pink complexion with hyper-hallowed cheeks and a cascade of raven lengths—and the smoke-show swagger of Catwoman. Her Technicolor beauty look offset the iconic character’s uniform of a jet-black, second-skin PVC bustier and hot pants, replete with slinky evening gloves and plastic feline frames.

A visual feast for the eyes, it was hard to know where to ogle first, but beyond the beauty renegade’s more theatrical flourishes was a rich lip color ripe for real-world application. As autumnal feeling as a glass of Bordeaux wine, an accessory RiRi might, say, walk out of a restaurant with, her deep maroon pout (perhaps the product of a yet-to-be-released Fenty Beauty offering) was not only in line with the evening’s noir undercurrents, but it also perfectly complemented the fall’s lush palette of earthy hues.

 

The lesson that goes well beyond Halloween night? A swipe of a dark, moody matte is a must for every card-carrying lipstick enthusiast this season. Because let’s not forget: What RiRi says—and does—goes.

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Tiffany Haddish Reflects On Hers Fears and Her Time In Foster Care With OZ Investigate

Tiffany Haddish Reflects On Hers Fears and Her Time In Foster Care With OZ Investigate

By Adetoun Adeyemo. October 31th, 2018. 10:19am

 

The road to stardom hasn’t been easy for Tiffany Haddish.

The hysterical 38-year-old actress told Dr Oz on Monday that for years she didn’t give comedy her ‘all’ and she held back, thinking she could’t make it because she was a girl.

But then the Night School star started to ‘visualize’ success and that created a ‘shift’ in her work.

She elaborated on the delay in her success, suggesting it was due to the way she ‘was thinking.’

‘Maybe I wasn’t good enough, thinking maybe, you know, oh, I–I’m a girl, I shouldn’t do this.’

Haddish revealed that her thoughts prevented her from giving comedy her all, but at some point she felt a shift and ‘started to visualize and see’ what she wanted for her future.

‘I want to create this empire,’ she admitted.

‘You know, where people that work with me and for me are able to put their kids through college, feed their families, have generational wealth. I just I feel like I can do that.’

The star is setting her sights high, too.

‘And I see that and like if Lucille Ball can own a studio, why can’t Tiffany Haddish own a studio. You know?’

The Girls Trip star donned a red and black bold striped suit with a retro style double breasted blazer.

In a segment that airs Monday on The Dr Oz Show, Tiffany revealed the piece of sage advice she got from her Nobody’s Fool costar Whoopi.

‘Working with Whoopi that was super cool,’ she told Dr Oz.

Adding: ‘She taught me I need to take naps, and she’s right. And so I’ve been taking naps, getting my rest in.’

Dr Oz questioned the LA native about whether or not sleep was what she used to ‘decompress’ between juggling her impressive roster of films.

‘Oh yeah,’ she agreed, ‘and watching cartoons.’

The 58-year-old host seemed surprised to hear that the adult comic was into the childhood favorite.

He asked: ‘What cartoons do you watch?’

‘Oh, ThunderCats, She-Ra,’ Tiffany laughed.

‘I’m like the old school. I’m from, you know, I’m from the 80s, the late 70s early 80s, so, I, you know, old school Strawberry Shortcake, Fraggle Rock, you know?’

The star is in New York making the media rounds to promote her new film Nobody’s Fool which hits theaters on Friday.

She’s also generating some buzz around her upcoming stand up tour, She Ready. Tickets for the tour go on sale November 10.

                                                       

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Exceptional freaky new horror movies you must see this Halloween

Exceptional Freaky New Horror Movies You Must See this Halloween

By Editor. October 31, 2018 1:30am

Youngsters are hunted by a masked psycho during a a night at a traveling horror attraction in the slasher film “Hell Fest.”

I scream, you scream, we all scream during Halloween.

The scary movie season is in full swing, so find a darkened theater or turn off the home lights, grab the popcorn and candy corn, and embrace the chills. While you can’t go wrong with the usual suspects (“Night of the Living Dead” or any of a bazillion “Friday the 13th” films), why not try out the newest offerings? Here’s our viewing guide for every mood you might find yourself in.

        

Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga) is haunted by the demonic nun Valak (Bonnie Aarons) in the “Conjuring” spinoff “The Nun.”

 

If you enjoy long walks in haunted convents: ‘The Nun’

James Wan’s “The Conjuring” universe expands with a gothic spinoff that takes a priest (Demian Bichir) and young novitiate (Taissa Farmiga) to a cloistered Romanian abbey. As if it wasn’t creepy enough, things get straight up deadly when our heroes find out it’s inhabited by Valak (Bonnie Aarons), a demonic woman of the cloth. 

           

Red (Nicolas Cage) prepares for war by forging a destructive ax in the fantasy thriller “Mandy.”

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If you have unicorns, dragons and/or armored warriors spray-painted on your van: ‘Mandy’ 

Nicolas Cage rules in this heavy-metal revenge thriller that’s like Boris Vallejo fantasy art come to life. Cage stars as a lumberjack whose beloved Mandy (Andrea Riseborough) is killed by an unholy cult, and he goes on an ultraviolent, drug-fueled, ax-wielding odyssey to right that wrong. (In theaters now and streaming on iTunes, Vudu and Amazon.)

          

A neighbor witch (Cate Blanchett, left) comes to the aid of a boy (Owen Vaccaro) and his uncle (Jack Black) in director Eli Roth’s “The House With A Clock in Its Walls.”

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If you’re just not ready for hardcore horror yet: ‘The House With A Clock in Its Walls’

Director Eli Roth shifts from adult-oriented creep shows to one for the kids with this adaptation of the John Bellairs book. Jack Black and Cate Blanchett as a couple of magical types who help an orphaned misfit (Owen Vaccaro) investigate the tick-tocking beat of a supernatural mansion and stop the end of the world. (In theaters now.)

          

Zazie Beetz delivers pizza and digs into supernatural shenanigans in “Slice.”

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If you prefer your B-grade creature features with extra cheese: ‘Slice’

Chance Bennett (aka Chance the Rapper) makes his acting debut – and is pretty good! – as a moped-driving werewolf in this indie horror comedy. There’s a serial killer on the loose murdering pizza delivery folks in a small town, ghosts haunt the place and hold down regular jobs, and Zazie Beetz stars as a pie-slinging heroine who leads the charge to solve the mystery before things get even weirder. (Streaming on iTunes, Vudu and Amazon.)

            

Charlotte (Katelyn Mager) takes a fishier form in “Mermaid’s Song.”

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If you’re disappointed Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ lacks musical monsters: ‘Mermaid’s Song’

This dark Depression-era take on the Hans Christian Andersen tale is missing singing Jamaican crabs but does have tuneful youngster Charlotte (Katelyn Mager) caught between the land and the sea. Her bewitching pipes become the star of her family’s struggling all-girl revue when it comes under the influence of a local gangster (“Game of Thrones” villain Iwan Rheon), whose goons bring out her deadly fishy side. (Streaming on iTunes, Vudu and Amazon.)

          

“The Other” uses scary decor as a backdrop for his bloody rampage in “Hell Fest.”

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If you fail to find that ‘It’s a Small World’ ride unsettling anymore: ‘Hell Fest’

This is never a good setup: A bunch of friends get tickets for a traveling horror-tinged attraction at an amusement park, and they’re followed by “The Other,” a masked weirdo in a hoodie. Chaos reigns when the psycho starts picking them off one by one, and everybody else thinks it’s just part of the show. (In theaters now.)

          

Thomas (Dan Stevens, left) runs afoul of a cult leader (Michael Sheen) in the period horror film “Apostle.”

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If you’re in need of a proper spiritual freakout (and have already seen ‘Hereditary’): ‘Apostle’

In 1905, Thomas Richardson (Dan Stevens) learns his sister has been kidnapped and held for ransom by a religious cult, and he makes the jaunt to a remote island to get her back. Come for Michael Sheen as the group’s charismatic leader, stay for the old-school torture and crazy revelations. (Streaming on Netflix.)

           

A couple of pals (Caleel Harris, left, and Jeremy Ray Taylor) need to stop sinister forces invading their town in “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween.”

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If your tastes veer toward the classics (kid edition): ‘Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween’

Based on R.L. Stine’s book series, the sequel centers on two friends (Caleel Harris and Jeremy Ray Taylor) who open one of Stine’s tomes, unleash the author’s mad puppet Slappy and inadvertently cause an invasion of sinister Halloween decorations, from Gummi bears to party-store witches. (In theaters now.)

        

Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode in the new “Halloween,” which continues the story of Curtis’ film debut 40 years ago.

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If your tastes veer toward the classics (adult edition): ‘Halloween’

Forty years after John Carpenter’s original, the sequel centers on Round 2 between former baby sitter and now gun-toting grandma Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and masked maniac Michael Myers, with Haddonfield, Ill., ground zero for another tragic Halloween night. 

          

Dakota Johnson (center) learns there’s something seriously off about her new ballet troupe in “Suspiria.”

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If you think your dance/Pilates/spinning instructor is a real witch: ‘Suspiria’

In Luca Guadagnino’s new take on Dario Argento’s 1977 blood-soaked classic, Dakota Johnson stars as a talented American dancer who joins a famous troupe in Berlin with a darkness at its heart that affects her pirouetting peers (Mia Goth, Chloe Grace Moretz) and the company’s enigmatic artistic director (Tilda Swinton). (In theaters now in New York and Los Angeles; expands nationwide Nov. 2.)

 

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The Best Celebrity Engagement Rings of All Time

The Best Celebrity Engagement Rings of All Time

October 19, 2018 5:30 PM

by Adetoun Adeyemo

These stunning celebrity engagement rings prove that a diamond—if not a marriage—is forever. Engagement rings have not always been all about the diamond: Roman brides were given a gold ring to wear in public and an iron ring to wear at home. In the 1700s, simple poesy rings were popular in Europe, while in New England, Puritan men—shunning frivolous rings—were thought to have given thimbles to their betrothed (though women often cut off the tops and wore them as rings anyway). Fast-forward to 1947 and De Beers’s famous slogan, “A diamond is forever.” The rest is history. Now we have everything from Elizabeth Taylor’s 33-carat diamond from Richard Burton (though it was just a gift, not an engagement bauble) to Kim Kardashian West’s 15-carat diamond from Kanye and Olivia Wilde’s brilliant emerald from Jason Sudeikis—ring inspiration galore from some of the dazzling gems sported by stars.

1. Ariana Grande

The fiancé: Pete Davidson

The ring: A three-carat pear-shaped diamond from jeweler Greg Yuna

The price: Nearly $100,000

The proposal: June 2018

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2. Hailey Baldwin

The fiancé: Justin Bieber

The ring: A six to 10 carat oval diamond by Solow & Co.

The proposal: July 2018

Photo: Getty Images

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3. Cardi B

The fiancé: Offset

The ring: An eight-carat tear-shaped diamond

The price: $500,000

The marriage: September 2017

Photo: Shutterstock

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4. Charlotte Casiraghi

The fiancé: Dimitri Rassam

Photo: Shutterstock

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5. Paris Hilton

The fiancé: Chris Zylka

The ring: A twenty carat tear-drop diamond by jeweler Michael Greene

The price: $2 million

The proposal: January 2018

Photo: Getty Images

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6. Princess Eugenie of York

The fiancé: Jack Brooksbank

The ring: A padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds

The proposal: January 2018

Photo: Getty Images

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7. Emily Ratajkowski

The fiancé: Sebastian Bear-McClard

The ring: Two pear and square cut diamonds with a gold band, designed by Ratajkowski

The marriage: February 2018

Photo: Courtesy of Emily Ratajkowski / @emrata

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8. Meghan Markle

The fiancé: Prince Harry

The proposal: November 2017

Photo: Getty Images

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9. Pippa Middleton

The fiancé: James Matthews

The ring: A large asscher-cut diamond surrounded by a cluster of smaller diamonds.

The price: An estimated £200,000

The proposal: July 2016

The marriage May 2017

Photo: FameFlyNet

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10. Kim Kardashian West

The fiancé: Kanye West

The ring: A 15-carat D, flawless cushion-cut diamond from jeweler Lorraine Schwartz.

The price: An estimated $2 million

The proposal: October 2013

The marriage: May 2014

Photo Courtesy of Kim Kardashian / @kimkardashian

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11. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

The fiancé: Jason Statham

The ring: A classic large center stone flanked by micro-pavé-set diamonds

The price: An estimated $350,000

The proposal: January 2016

Photo: Getty Images

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12. Miranda Kerr

The fiancé: Evan Spiegel

The ring: A round brilliant cut diamond flanked by tapered baguettes on a platinum band.

The price: An estimated $75,000 to $100,000

The proposal: July 2016

The marriage: May 2017

Photo: Courtesy of Miranda Kerr / @mirandakerr

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13. Eva Longoria

The fiancé: José Antonio Bastón

The ring: A ruby center stone surrounded by diamonds.

The proposal: January 2016

The marriage: May 2016

Photo Courtesy of Eva Longoria / @evalongoria

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14. Lady Gaga

The fiancé: Taylor Kinney

The ring: A 6-carat heart-shaped diamond from jeweler Lorraine Schwartz.

The price: An estimated $500,000

The proposal: February 2015

Called off: July 2016

Photo Courtesy of Lady Gaga / @ladygaga

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15. Kate Middleton

The fiancé: Prince William

The ring: The 18-carat oval sapphire surrounded by 14 diamonds that Lady Diana Spencer wore when she was engaged to Prince Charles.

The price: An estimated £300,000

The proposal: October 2010

The marriage: April 2011

Photo: Getty Images

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16. Blake Lively

The fiancé: Ryan Reynolds

The ring: A 12-carat oval-cut diamond with micro-pavé band.

The price: An estimated $2 million

The proposal: unknown

The marriage: September 2012

Photo: RexUSA

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17. Jessica Biel

The fiancé: Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake

The ring: A 6-carat diamond flanked by aquamarine stones set in blackened platinum that Timberlake codesigned.

The price: An estimated $130,000

The proposal: December 2011

The marriage: October 2012

Photo: Getty Images

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18. Beyoncé

The fiancé: Jay Z

The ring: A reported 18-carat center diamond set on a split shank.

The price: An estimated $5 million

The marriage: April 2008

Photo: Getty Images

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19. Mariah Carey

The fiancé: James Packer

The ring: A 35-carat emerald-cut diamond set in platinum by designer Wilfredo Rosado.

The price: An estimated $10 million

The proposal: January 2016

The marriage: Called off in October 2016

Photo: Splash

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20. Sofia Vergara

The fiancé: Joe Manganiello

The ring: A reported 7-carat cushion-cut diamond with a micro-pavé halo.

The price: An estimated $500,000

The proposal: December 2014

The marriage: November 2015

Photo: Getty Images

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21. Angelina Jolie

The fiancé: Brad Pitt

The ring: A total 16-carat ring that took Pitt, along with jeweler Robert Procop, a year to design.

The price: An estimated $500,000

The proposal: April 2012

The marriage: August 2014

Photo: Splash News

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22. Amal Clooney

The fiancé: George Clooney

The ring: An ethically mined emerald-cut 7-carat diamond with two tapered baguettes.

The price: An estimated $750,000

The proposal: April 2014

The marriage: September 2014

Photo: Getty Images

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23. Mary-Kate Olsen

The couple: Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy

The ring: An antique Cartier ring with a European-cut 4-carat diamond surrounded by 16 sapphires.

The price: An estimated $81,000

The proposal: February 2014

The marriage: November 2015

Photo: Pacific Coast News

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24. Elizabeth Taylor

The fiancé: Michael Todd

The ring: An almost 30-carat emerald cut diamond.

Sale price at 2011 auction : $3.7 million

The marriage: February 1957

The divorce: March 1958

Photo: Getty Images

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25. Jennifer Aniston

The fiancé: Justin Theroux

The ring: A reported 8-carat radiant-cut diamond.

The price: An estimated $500,000

The proposal: August 2012

The marriage: August 2015

Photo: Getty Images

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26. Anne Hathaway

The fiancé: Adam Shulman

The ring: A reported 6-carat emerald-cut diamond from Kwiat.

The price: An estimated $150,000

The marriage: September 2012

Photo: Getty Images

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27. Heidi Klum

The fiancé: Seal

The ring: A 10-carat canary yellow center diamond set in a gold band of pavé diamonds.

The price: An estimated $150,000

The marriage: May 2005

The divorce: October 2014

Photo: Getty Images

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28. Natalie Portman

The fiancé: Benjamin Millepied

The ring: A conflict-free diamond ring set in recycled platinum designed by jeweler Jamie Wolf.

The price: An estimated $200,000

The marriage: August 2012

Photo: Getty Images

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29. Kate Moss

The fiancé: Jamie Hince

The ring: A custom creation inspired by sketches of the ring F. Scott Fitzgerald gave to wife Zelda.

The price: An estimated £67,000

The proposal: January 2010

The marriage: July 2011

The divorce: 2016

Photographed by Mario Testino, Vogue, September 2011

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30. Olivia Wilde

The fiancé: Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis

The ring: A brilliant-cut diamond surrounded by a halo of emeralds.

The proposal: January 2013

Photo: Getty Images

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31. Scarlett Johansson

The couple: Romain Dauriac

The ring: An Art Deco ring with three prominent diamonds surrounded by smaller diamonds.

The marriage: October 2014

The divorce: 2017

Photo: Getty Images

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32. Leighton Meester

The fiancé: Adam Brody

The ring: A 4-carat cushion-cut diamond in a rose-gold band.

The proposal: November 2013

The marriage: February 2014

Photo: Getty Images

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33. Gabrielle Union

The fiancé: Dwyane Wade

The ring: An 8.5-carat cushion-cut diamond from Jason of Beverly Hills.

The price: An estimated $1 million

The proposal: December 2013

The marriage: August 2014

Photo: Getty Images

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34. Alexis Bledel

The fiancé: Vincent Kartheiser

The ring: A vintage-inspired octagonal diamond ring.

The price: An estimated $80,000

The proposal: March 2013

The marriage: June 2014

Photo: Getty Images

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35. Kate Bosworth

The fiancé: Michael Polish

The ring: A square-cut diamond

The proposal: August 2012

The marriage: August 2013

Photo: Courtesy of Kate Bosworth / @katebosworth

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36. Camila Alves

The fiancé: Matthew McConaughey

The ring: A rose-cut diamond with smaller diamonds on either side.

The proposal: December 2011

The marriage: June 2012

Photo: Getty Images

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37. Drew Barrymore

The fiancé: Will Kopelman

The ring: A nearly 4-carat radiant-cut diamond from Graff.

The price: An estimated $80,000

The marriage: June 2012

The divorce: August 2016

Photo: Getty Images

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38. Kate Hudson

The fiancé: Matt Bellamy

The ring: A classic emerald-cut diamond with tapered baguettes on either side.

The price: An estimated $200,000

The proposal: April 2011

Called off: 2014

Photo: Getty Images

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39. Elizabeth Hurley

The fiancé: Shane Warne

The ring: An approximately 9-carat center blue sapphire with diamonds on the side set in platinum.

The price: An estimated $100,000

The proposal: September 2011

Called off: December 2013

Photo: Getty Images

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40. Emily Blunt

The fiancé: John Krasinski

The ring: A 3-carat round-cut diamond set in platinum and flanked by baguettes.

The price: An estimated $100,000

The proposal: August 2009

The marriage: July 2010

Photo: Getty Images

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41. Gwyneth Paltrow

The fiancé: Chris Martin

The ring: An asscher-cut diamond on a double-pavé band.

The price: An estimated $90,000

The marriage: December 2003

The divorce: July 2016

Photo: Getty Images

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42. Mia Farrow

The fiancé: Frank Sinatra

The ring: A pear-shaped diamond with tapered baguettes.

The price: $85,000 in 1966

The marriage: July 1966

The divorce: August 1968

Photo: Getty Images

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43. Sarah Jessica Parker

The fiancé: Matthew Broderick

The ring: A 5-carat, emerald-cut diamond on a yellow gold band.

The marriage: May 1997

Photo: Getty Images

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44. Marilyn Monroe

The fiancé: Joe DiMaggio

The ring: A platinum eternity band with 35 baguette-cut diamonds.

The marriage: January 1954

The divorce: October 1955

Photo: Getty Images

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45. Allison Williams

The fiancé: Ricky Van Veen

The ring: A classic round-cut diamond flanked by baguettes on a platinum band.

The proposal: February 2014

The marriage: September 2015

Photo: Getty Images

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46. Brooke Shields

The fiancé: Chris Henchy

The ring: A center diamond surrounded by a unique configuration of micro-pavé-set diamonds, designed by Neil Lane.

The proposal: July 2000

The marriage: April 2001

Photo: Getty Images

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47. Reese Witherspoon

The fiancé: Jim Toth

The ring: A unique 4-carat Ashoka-cut diamond.

The price: An estimated $450,000

The proposal: December 2010

The marriage: March 2011

Photo: Getty Images

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48. Catherine Zeta-Jones

The fiancé: Michael Douglas

The ring: An antique ring from Fred Leighton featuring a 10-carat stone surrounded by 28 smaller diamonds.

The price: An estimated $1 million.

The proposal: December 1999

The marriage: November 2000

Photo: Getty Images

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49. Kate Beckinsale

The fiancé: Len Wiseman

The ring: An emerald-cut diamond set horizontally on a band of micro-pavé diamonds.

The price: An estimated $1.4 million

The marriage: May 2004

The divorce: November 2015

Photo: Getty Images

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50. Gisele Bündchen

The fiancé: Tom Brady

The ring: A large center diamond set in platinum and offset by two tapered baguettes.

The price: An estimated $145,000

The proposal: January 2009

The marriage: February 2009

Photo: Getty Images

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51. Miranda Kerr

The fiancé: Orlando Bloom

The ring: A round center stone surrounded by a halo of nine diamonds.

The marriage: July 2010

The divorce: October 2013

Photo: Getty Images

 

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Branding Tips for Salon and Spa Owners

Branding Tips for Salon and Spa Owners

By Adetoun Adeyemo A

October 25th, 2018. 1.30pm

Company brands are just like people, each with their own unique personality. Just like with people, some brands tend to stand out from the rest. Generally, people who are fun, unique, intriguing and have the ability to make a connection with us are the people who often pop-up on our radars, and company brands should be the exact same way.

So, let’s get down to transforming your salon or spa’s brand into one that will steal the spotlight, shall we?

1. Develop your mission.

First ask yourself this: What is the purpose of my business? Chances are, your customers are asking the same thing. To build a more professional brand, you need to establish a mission statement.

Not to be confused with a slogan, some things your company’s mission statement should address to the market are:

• What pain point does my company alleviate for customers?

• What principles and/or beliefs guide the company and its culture? 

• What level of service is provided (i.e. luxury vs. bargain, quick-and-easy vs. timely but thorough, etc.) 

The mission statement is your starting point; it will act as the focal point for all your branding efforts.

2. Create a great logo

Let’s be real, we all love pretty things. Naturally, you want to make sure that your business’s brand has a clean, attractive and unique logo.

It doesn’t have to be anything too crazy. Considering the top three most valuable brands in the world are currently Amazon, Apple and Google, keeping the actual icon simple is fine. Your business’s brand is the face of your company, and although the image itself doesn’t have to be the next Sistine Chapel, you definitely want to dedicate the time into making it visually appealing. Your brand’s logo will be put on everything, and I mean literally everything, that your company produces so make sure it looks professional.

3. Establish a voice

As we’ve discussed, a brand is the living, breathing force behind your business, and like most living things, your brand should have a voice. This voice should have both a distinguishable and consistent tone.

If your brand could speak, how do you think it would/should sound? Would your brand speak with elevated, refined language, or a more “chillaxed tone?” It’s all about what you think will resonate more with your target audience.

Lastly, once you’ve established your brand’s voice, just remember to keep it consistent across all your messaging. For example, if Adidas or Kate Spade switched “voices” for a day, I’m pretty sure their respective audiences would be rather confused.

4. Promote your brand all the time and everywhere

When it comes to forming a popular, professional brand for your small business, half the battle is going to be simply getting that brand in front of your audience. There are tons of avenues at your disposal. Definitely think about promoting your brand through:

• Social Media

• Newsletters

• Online Directories

• Editorial Coverage

• Email

Whichever outlet(s) you choose, always think about which choice lines up best with the first three steps we’ve already discussed. Additionally, always contemplate which channel resonates best with your target audience.

5. Establish your “primary customer”

This step is all encompassing and should be applied to all the tips we’ve already gone over. At the crux of every branding decision that you make, always consider what’s going to agree with your “primary customer.”

First, carve out this amorphous figure. Contemplate demographics and psychographics. For example, is your “primary customer” male or female or both? Are they more spontaneous and wild, or mannered and reserved? Use some segmentation tactics to nail down your “primary customer,” and then focus your branding on appealing to that audience.

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My 10 Favorite Places To Purchase Fabric

My 10 Favorite Places To Purchase Fabric

By Adetoun AA. October 24, 2018. 12:30pm

I get emails all the time about where to buy fabric, or which blends of fabric to buy, so today I’m tackling the first part, and the second part will come a bit later! Fabric shopping can be tricky and frustrating, so hopefully this helps those of you who have asked!

1. Michael Levine

▪ I took my first trip to the fabric district with my mom a few years ago and Michael Levine was the first place we went. The store is a good size with every kind of fabric you could want. I got my green sequin fabric there, along with my gold and black faux leather, plus a bunch of other fabric that is currently sitting in my stash waiting to be sewn. They also have a large home decor fabric store in the fabric district, as well as ML Loft (across the street on the second floor), which is where they toss all their scraps. You have to dig through the bins of fabric, but it’s weighed and sold by the pound, so you can find amazing fabric for super cheap. And even though it’s “scraps,” you can still find decent yardage. Plus, they also sell solid knits here as well, also sold by the pound. And the best news is that if you don’t live in California, Michael Levine is all online at lowpricefabric.com.

2. Fabric.com

▪ When I first started sewing more regularly, about 5 years ago, I purchased almost all of my fabric from Fabric.com. It’s hard to buy fabric online, but they have a really great selection and their site (which used to be super difficult to navigate), seems to be in prime working order now. Plus you get free shipping on orders over $35…and who even buys less than $35 worth of fabric ever??? I bought my navy and white polka dot fabric for this maxi skirt from here, as well as the cobalt fabric for this greek goddess maxi dress. Plus a bunch of other fabric that’s still in my stash.

3. Mood

▪ If you watch Project Runway, you know about Mood. It’s the go-to place for super high quality apparel fabric. Their prices are higher, but their selection of good quality and beautiful designer fabrics is unmatched. If you’re totally sick of solid colored knits or brightly colored quilting cotton that you find at pretty much every other fabric store, you will love Mood. If you make something out of fabric from here, it is pretty much guaranteed to not look homemade. My mod shift dress and my midi pencil skirt are both from here, both of which I picked up at their location in downtown LA. But they also have a great selection online at Moodfabrics.com.

4. Angel Textiles

▪ I hesitate to mention this one because it doesn’t have an online shop, but it’s really my very favorite place to buy fabric so I had to include it. If you go to the LA fabric district, this store is a must. They have a huge selection, and it’s almost exclusively apparel fabric; plus, it’s all around $2/yard (I think the most I’ve ever paid for yardage there is $5/yard), and they often give you a discount or will negotiate your total price if you pay with cash. This is where I picked up this blue and coral animal print fabric, this gold polka dot knit, and this lightweight coral striped knit.

5. Jo-Ann’s

▪ As far as apparel fabrics go, Jo-Ann has the very smallest selection, and they’re often much higher in price than these other shops for a lower quality fabric. But I still shop here often when I’m in a hurry and need something immediately. I also get all my notions here — just make sure you use their app so you can always have a coupon with you!

6. Local Shops

▪ Local shops often have a good selection that you couldn’t find elsewhere. My favorite is a shop called Jenny’s here in Huntington Beach (they also have a location in Anaheim for you locals!) They have a great selection of cotton prints, but also home decor fabrics and even a stack of great solid knits (for pretty cheap) in the back. I bought my windowpane fabric here, as well as both the fabrics for my floral contrast-back dress. I also know seamstresses that thrift their fabric (Liz and Kilee are champs at this), so if you don’t have a good local shop, check the thrift stores!

7. Girlcharlee.com

▪ I was just introduced to this shop a few months ago when I worked on a project with Pattern Anthology. The shop is small, but it has great fabrics, and great prices. I got the black and white striped fabric for my Parisian top here, and the green knit for my summer swing dress.

8. IKEA

▪ As if you didn’t have enough reasons to love IKEA, they also have fabric! Almost all of it is home decor fabric, so it’s thick and hefty, but in the right situation it totally works. I bought my thick black and white striped fabric for my box pleated skirt from here, and I think a gingham skirt with this fabric is next on my agenda. None of the fabric (as far as I know) is available on their website, but they usually have a huge selection in the store and it’s all self service so it’s easy to grab it and go.

9. Amazon

Yes your trustworthy source can also be a great place to buy fabric.  In fact, I buy burlap in bulk from them all of the time.  You can’t go wrong with Prime shipping and that Amazon name.

Shop around as each of these sources are top notch.  Find a fabric you love online and comparison shop on each of the sites to see if you can get a better price.  Once you have a fabric’s name, looking for it on various websites becomes super easy.  You can do this!  Now that you know where to buy fabric online, the only thing left is to do it.  You might just be surprised at the results.

10. Spoonflower

Speaking of sources for unique fabrics, Spoonflower is full of fabrics that have been designed by individuals just like you.  Support small business by purchasing from them on sites like these.  The other great thing about this site?  You can design your own fabric!  Yes that is right!  Custom fabric from your design.  Any design.  Imagine getting fabric from your child’s drawings for a Mother’s Day gift.  The possibilities are endless with this one.

Any good places that I’m totally missing out on? Please share!

Happy fabric shopping!

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Checkout 8 of the Most Beautiful Hotel Gardens in North America

Checkout 8 of the Most Beautiful Hotel Gardens in North America

OCTOBER 21, 2018 10:40 PM

by Adetoun AA

Glenmere Mansion in Chester, New York

Photo: David Engelhardt / Courtesy of Rizzoli

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Whether you’re an avid gardener or just love to stop and smell the roses, the gardens in Rizzoli International’s latest book will inevitably rouse inspiration for future travels. The Art of the Garden features enchanting greenery from North American Relais & Châteaux (an association of the world’s finest hoteliers, chefs, and restaurateurs) properties, photographed by David Engelhardt. But it’s not all pretty pictures: the 240 pages of horticulture are accompanied by recipes from each of the properties showcased, and how-to sidebars on the design process.

Below, 8 flora-filled properties to start you planning your next stateside getaway.

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The Little Nell

Situated in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, The Little Nell celebrates the beauty of the state by infusing the property with native plants (yarrows, daisies, and blue columbine to name a few) at every turn. The Aspen inn offers al fresco dining at 11,212 feet (pictured above) or near the pool with views of a living wall of flowers, unarguably the retreat’s pièce de résistance. Garden designer Arabella Thoyts-Beavers used native grasses among the plantings, drawing inspiration from Piet Oudolf, the innovator behind New York City’s High Line. The ground’s gardens aren’t just for browsing: they produce ingredients for the restaurant as well as herbs for the spa.

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Glenmere Mansion

Just a little over an hour away from Manhattan, Glenmere Mansion hosts vibrant gardens that you will never want to leave. Reimagined and beautified by the legendary American landscape designer Beatrix Farrand in 1911, guests will see the mix of formal French and Italian panterres mixed with “more carefree” English plantings. The current owners, Dan DeSimone and Alan Stenberg, have painstakingly restored the estate, sticking to most of Farrand’s original plans (some of Farrand’s original trees and peonies have survived). Terracotta is frequently used throughout the space since it looks as elegant as stone, but can survive a Northeastern winter.

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Auberge du Soleil

Come for the wine and stay for the gardens at Napa Valley’s Auberge du Soleil. Guests can enjoy sweeping views of the olive groves, vineyards, and mountains during their time at the California-meets-South of France escape. The gardens also feature one hundred sculptural artworks (many made by California artists). The property is even taking their fitness program outside, offering more qigong and yoga in the fresh air.

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Lake Placid Lodge

In true Adirondack fashion, Lake Placid Lodge seamlessly mixes rugged and regal. The lakeside destination was originally a private summer residence and fishing camp, built in 1882 for the titans of New York (the Roosevelt, Vanderbilt, and Guggenheim families enjoyed their time away from the city here). The summers are green, lush, and full of flowers, which are displayed throughout the property in breathtaking arrangements. When the temperatures drop, guests can experience nature from the inside out via iconic live-bark wood beams, twig furnishings, and the constant, comforting smell of wood fires.

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The Charlotte Inn

The Charlotte Inn in Martha’s Vineyard is an Edwardian retreat blooming with vibrant flowers, perfectly displayed throughout the dense and dreamy gardens. Plant stands, stone finials, and fountains decorate green spaces that guests will want to get lost in. Gery and Paula Conover have owned the property for the last 47 years, and they pay homage to their love of England through their plantings. The Inn is situated just a half block from Main Street—close enough to the action, yet secluded enough for true R&R.

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Rancho Valencia

Located in one of San Diego’s loveliest suburbs, Rancho Valencia is worth a visit for anyone craving sunshine. Designed in the Spanish colonial style with lush and colorful gardens, the property is a tropical oasis that doesn’t require a passport to get to. Hibiscus flowers, Mexican sage, eucalyptus trees, honeybee hives, and palm trees are abundant on the premises (which includes a walking trail through the 45 acres). Guests can also enjoy an indoor-outdoor experience through private patios and outdoor fireplaces. “Even the walk-in closets have opening windows,” general manager Coni Thornburg says.

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Ocean House

The gardens of Ocean House were actually designed to optimize the seaside views. Built in 1868 and restored in 2010, the Rhode Island escape boasts a variety of outdoor spots to browse, both grassy and sandy. The upper garden (the inn’s most formal), filled with traditional New England flowers like roses and hydrangeas, is worth exploring on foot, while fresh herbs can be experienced in the restaurant, and rose petals in the award-winning spa.

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Old Edwards Inn and Spa

Nestled in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Old Edwards Inn and Spa operates bountiful gardens, including the kitchen garden, which is filled with over 300 varieties planted according to color. Flower lovers will find refuge in this Appalachian retreat, even when the snow begins to fall: the inn’s flower shop, where “local dahlia aficionados love to gather to discuss the latest varietals,” is open year-round. Before your dinner of freshly harvested fare, sip on “The Gin and Tonic,” made from local organic gin and juniper berries picked at the peak of freshness from, of course, the garden.

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The 8 Most Important Kitchen Items to Have on Your Celebrations List.

The 8 Most Important Kitchen Items to Have on Your Celebrations List.

OCTOBER 17th, 2018 1:47 PM

by Adetoun Adeyemo.

 

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As a newlywed, cooking for two becomes the new normal. Whether you’re used to preparing meals together or this is just the beginning, your wedding registry is a good opportunity to stock your kitchen with the right tools. Caroline Chambers, author of Just Married: A Cookbook for Newlyweds (Chronicle Books), says that couples need to be strategic. “When you’re registering for a wedding, the sky is the limit,” she tells Vogue, “But, you want to make sure you end up with the stuff you need versus the things you want.”

Chambers’s book contains 130 recipes for newly married couples to try, from breakfast on a busy workday morning to slow recipes for lazy Sundays. The idea arose when Chambers and her husband were trying to cook together and noticed the lack of desirable reading material for newlyweds. “They were way too feminine, with pink and frilly covers,” she says. “I wanted to write a newlywed cookbook that appealed to all types of marriages. In the time since Chronicle published their last marriage-y book, gay marriage has been federally legalized. Even that huge difference from a pink cover to a more androgynous cover that you would feel comfortable giving your two gay guy friends is a huge shift.”

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Before diving into the dishes, Chambers fashioned a section dedicated to the kitchen equipment engaged couples should ask for on a registry. The list is divided into three sections: vital, nice-to-have, and fun-to-have. Below, the items Chambers included on the “vital” list; the ones she recommends adding to every wedding registry.

1. Chef’s Knife

According to Chambers, a really sharp and well-maintained chef’s knife can do everything in the kitchen, but is, perhaps obviously, most important for recipes that require a lot of chopping (like a Rainbow Veggie Bowl, page 88). When deciding which variety to add to the registry, she recommends getting offline and testing knives in your local kitchen store. “You and your sous-chef-for-life need to physically try out an array of different knife brands and models to determine what works best for you.”

2. Enameled Cast Iron Skillet

As an avid cook, Chambers has a stack of skillets “a mile high,” but constantly reaches for her 10-inch Le Creuset enameled cast iron skillet. “The enamel makes for a nonstick surface, meaning that I can do everything from perfectly fry an egg to bake a beautiful cornbread, all in the same cookware.”

3. Coffee Maker

Mornings (especially busy mornings) as a newlywed can be tricky, says Chambers. Ease your marital growing pains by investing in a coffee maker that can help streamline getting out of the house. Chambers and her husband swear by their Technivorm Moccamaster. Have leftover joe? Save a cup for later and make 10-Minute Pot de Creme (page 258) together for dessert.

4. VitaMix Blender

Chambers knows this is an expensive ask (she returned 10 gifts to get enough credit to buy one), but promises that it is worth it. “I use mine several times a day to make everything from smoothies to salad dressings to chopped nuts. Mine has been going strong for all five years of my marriage, and no issues yet!”

5. Fish Spatula

Throw out your bulky spatula and ask for this nimble tool. “It is certainly not reserved for fish-flipping only,” Chambers explains. “Flipping pancakes, turning veggies halfway through a roast, making a grilled cheese, and frying eggs. The list goes on and on!” While you might be wary to register for something that costs less than $10, Chambers says this is a great add-on for guests looking to spend a certain dollar amount.

6. Stand Mixer

Chambers says that a stand mixer is essential for any baker, whether practicing or aspiring. “Yes, they are very expensive and take up a lot of shelf space,” she admits. “But if you want to bake cookies (like the Coronado Cookies on page 249), bake a cake, make a pie crust, or whip cream, you need to stock your kitchen with a stand mixer.” She recommends sticking with KitchenAid as “they do it the best.”

7. Cutting Board(s)

“It’s hard to get much done in the kitchen without a proper surface to work on,” Chambers explains. “Register for one or two wooden cutting boards that are pretty enough to leave out on your countertop all the time, and can double as a serving platter for taco toppings or chili fixings. Never put raw meat on your wooden cutting boards for sanitary reasons. Register for a couple cheap, plastic cutting boards and use them exclusively for raw meat.”

8. Dice & Slice Chopper

With a single swift motion, this kitchen gadget evenly chops onions and other vegetables. It’s perfect for salsa, vegetables, boiled eggs, nuts and fruit. It comes with 3 interchangeable blades so you can chop your desired size.

 

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Michael Rainey Jr.: Playing Tariq on ‘Power’ Makes People Dislike Me

Michael Rainey Jr.: Playing Tariq on ‘Power’ Makes People Dislike Me

By Adetoun A  Adefule

September 30, 2018. 11:00am

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 06: Actor Michael Rainey Jr. attends the premiere of New Line Cinema’s “Barbershop: The Next Cut” at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on April 6, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Rainey Jr. stopped by Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning show Thursday and spoke about his role on the Starz hit series Power. The actor shared the adverse reactions he gets on the street because of how poorly Tariq is perceived on the show.

Rainey shared a story about an encounter he had with a viewer while riding an elevator. “A guy was like, ‘If I had a belt right now, I would beat your a**,’” he said. When the young actor told him it was just a television show, the man responded, “It’s not a TV show to me!”

Fans including show host Ebro Darden fault Tariq for the death of his twin sister, Raina. Rainey said he believes “Raina got herself killed,” because of how she handled all the information she discovered. Power viewers are also up in arms at the boy’s proclivity for the street life despite coming from an affluent upbringing.

Hear what Rainey had to say about it all in the video below.

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