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How to Plan Employee Engagement Contests That All Your Teams Will Love

How to Plan Employee Engagement Contests That All Your Teams Will Love

Thirty-three percent. It’s a fairly low number. We wouldn’t want to see that number for our customer satisfaction or client retention rates. But that’s the number of American workers who report being engaged at work. And if a figure that low isn’t acceptable when it comes to our clients, it shouldn’t be acceptable when it comes to employees either. Low engagement leads to poor performance, dissatisfaction, and higher turnover. But there are ways to combat this disengagement. Employment engagement contests help keep people motivated and gives everyone a common goal beyond just doing well at work. You want to make sure your contests are inclusive of everyone within your organization, regardless of department or job title.

Here are a few tips for building employee engagement contests that everyone will love.

Get Out of the Office

When you have different departments with different goals and responsibilities, it can be hard to manage an in-office contest. You can’t pit them against each other to see who can close the most sales or enter the most data, because there will be very clear winners before they even begin. Instead, focus on contests that everyone can reasonably participate in, regardless of their job title or skills.

This often means getting out of the office. Though you might have the time, budget, and resources to execute numerous company outings, planning even a single event a year where employees can get together outside of work for a little friendly competition can help make everyone feel a little more engaged within the company. Do trivia at a bar, play a few rounds of mini-golf, or even see which department can collect the most cans for a community food drive.

Ask Employees What They Want

Employment engagement contests are only effective if they are actually engaging. While no one idea will likely ever satisfy every single employee, it is still a good idea to at least try and get a good idea of what your employees might like to do. After all, this about them.

An employee-led committee to plan contests can incorporate employees from various departments to make sure everyone is represented.  Or you can even use surveys to help you figure out what kinds of contests everyone might be interested in. Most enterprise chat systems have polling features built in. And many HR suites offer employee feedback tools like surveying as well.

Not everyone will excel in every single contest. But you should have a pretty decent understanding of your employees that allows you to tailor your contests for a high chance of success. Contests are a lot less motivating when few participants can succeed. Make sure everyone is gaining something.

Make it Regular

Of course, you can’t host one contest and expect everyone to remain engaged long term.

To keep employees engaged, contests should become regular events.  As is the case with anything good, you don’t want to overdo it. But you also don’t want to introduce your employees to something they enjoy only to never bring it back. Then they’ll just be demoralized on top of being disengaged.

Establish what “regular” means for you and what works for your organization, then stick with.

Whether it’s once a year or twice a week, having something consistent to look forward to always makes work a little more enjoyable. Plus, the more regular these inter-departmental contests are, the most opportunities employees have to mingle and get to know each other.

Reward Teams for Little Tasks

Rewards can go a long way and the be the incentive your employees need to go the extra mile. Come up with contests that involve everyone doing their job but aren’t dependent on specific positions. For example, everyone, regardless of position, should be showing up to work on time. So consider building a contest around perfect attendance and punctuality. Even something as simple as free lunch for the entire floor if the dishwasher gets loaded and unloaded for 30 days in a row can engage employees around a common cause.

Show Off the Results

There’s nothing more frustrating than doing something well and getting no recognition. No matter what kind of contest you decide on, consider displaying the results somewhere or sending them out to the whole team. It’s important to recognize and reward employees for their participation.

You can keep a leaderboard in the break room or leverage a recognition platform to showcase results so that those who didn’t win will be encouraged to work harder next time, and those who did win can appreciate their own victory.

Implement Initiatives to Help With Goals

Have departments in the office compete and see who can hit the gym after work the most days per week or eat the most fruits and veggies for lunch? Is a group of employees working together to raise the most money for a local charity? Help these freelance efforts out! Initiatives like a company-sponsored gym membership, catered lunches, or charitable giving matching can all help employees reach their own goal. Even simple acts like these can increase employee engagement.

Hold Managers Accountable

Getting different departments on board for a contest can be tough. Making sure everyone is involved can make it a little easier. Managers need to set the example for other employees by participating in contests, and by giving it their all.

Seeing managers compete can be good motivation for employees to step up their own game, and the idea of winning a competition against their boss might make people work even harder!

Finally, Be Proactive

The best way to maintain employee engagement is to never lose it in the first place. This is easier said than done, of course, but you should be taking steps to ensure that every employee is engaged from day one, and that they all stay that way.

No matter the age, everyone likes the chance to have some fun at work. Incorporating simple contests into the daily routine can be incredibly effective in helping your teams bond and work better together.

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About the AuthorLaura HudgensLaura Hudgens is a writer for TechnologyAdvice.com. She is a communications instructor and freelance writer who studies and writes about technology, media, science, and health.

 

 

 

 

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All the Books, Movies and Podcasts You’ll Be Obsessed With in 2019

In our Winter issue, FASHION editors rounded up the 100 people, products and experiences we predict will blow up in 2019. It’s our inaugural Hot 100 Fuse List. From the workouts you’ll be doing, to the new designers and destinations you’ll see on your feed, this is your guide to being in the know next year. In 12 months, when everyone and their blog is publishing their year’s best lists, these are the titles we think you’re going to see. But you’ll hear a lot about them before that, too.

Watch

The momentum of films with badass female leads thankfully continues (although, ahem, it could always go faster). Here are a few that will certainly be big next year.

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6: Captain Marvel

The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first female-led film. Brie Larson (sorry, Scarjo) is the titular captain out to save the day (Spoiler alert: She’s the one whom Nick Fury paged at the end of the last Avengers.)

2/4

7: It: Chapter Two

Just when you thought you were ready to laugh at clowns again.

3/4

8: The Goldfinch

Aren’t you glad you read the novel in book club?

4/4

9: The Lion King

Everyone knows that Nala was the real hero of The Lion King, which gets a stunning CGI makeover à la The Jungle Book next year.

Read

All right, so, it’s not like it’s a new idea, but if there is a theme for the books that you’ll burn through in 2019, it might just be family. Fortunately, that can mean lots of things.

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10: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Whether you read Thomas’s first blockbuster novel, The Hate U Give, or just saw the film (or even if you haven’t done either), you’ll definitely love this story of an aspiring rapper trying to win her first battle—and maybe live up to her late father’s hip-hop legacy.

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11: Reproduction by Ian Williams

The debut novel by poet Ian Williams is a wise, funny, sad multi-generational family saga that proves the more specific a story is, the more universal it feels. It’s the perfect novel for anyone who has a family, either by blood or by choice. So…everyone.

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12: The Last Romantics Tara Conklin

Think The Corrections with less pretension and more affection. It’s the life and times of the Skinner siblings as they navigate their father’s death, their mother’s depression and so much more.

4/4

13: A Serial Killer’s Daughter by Kerri Rawson

Kerri Rawson is the daughter of one of America’s most well-known serial killers—only she didn’t know it. This is the kind of true crime memoir that sounds like it could be your next favourite podcast.

Listen

Sometimes it seems like all entertainment—and infotainment, for that matter—should be consumed exclusively in podcast form. As the medium matures, in quality and quantity, finding the best shows gets harder and harder. Here is your daily commute’s new favour­ite soundtrack.

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14: Caliphate

The New York Times goes deep on ISIS. Smart, scary and, like Serial, as addictive as hell.

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15: Bubble

Described (often and accurately) as Portlandia meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer, narrated by Tavi Gevinson.

3/5

16: This Sounds Serious

The Onion (or The Beaverton, since it’s Canadian) for the true crime podcast genre. Not real, but really funny.

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17: Late Night Whenever With Michelle Buteau

Be prepared to LOL in public as this talented comedian riffs on love, life and social issues.

5/5

18: Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness

If you love Queer Eye, you’ll definitely dig Van Ness’s insightful interviews.

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Everything That Upset the Internet This Week

What is the web-o-sphere angry about this week? A thin singer playing a fat girl icon, a gun control advocating actress acting with a gun, and a late music icon going on tour as a hologram. Here’s everything you need to know.

Lady Gaga could be cast as Ursula

THE STORY: Lady Gaga is reportedly in talks to play Ursula in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. 

THE REACTION:

I love Gaga, and also, Ursula needs to be played by the baddest fat person that Disney can find. We will accept nothing less. https://t.co/aP2DITnKR0

— Evette Dionne 🤷🏾‍♀️ (@freeblackgirl) October 11, 2018

if they stick Lady Gaga in a fat suit to play Ursula I am going to revolt

— Yesika Salgado (@YesikaStarr) October 11, 2018

Listen. I LOVE Gaga. But Ursula is a fat woman. She’s FAT. Let someone fat play her (I’m a fat woman and almost never see someone like me on tv except for weight loss commercials) and also @TheGingerMinj is PERFECT for this role. https://t.co/bpXalTxRJA

— Allie (@allie3ga) October 11, 2018

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: There’s no doubt that Lady Gaga has the vocal (and acting) chops to pull off this role. I’ve seen A Star is Born multiple times now, and I’m ready to campaign for Gaga to play a part in every movie from here forward. But, as Amanda Richards eloquently writes for InStyle, it would be a disservice for her to take the role of this “fat girl icon” away from a plus-size actress. Ursula meant a lot to many young women growing up, “she wasn’t the meek, shrinking violet, hide in the corner with a cardigan on kind of fat—she was glamorous, she was sexy, and she did not give a single solitary fuck.”

Actress is pro gun control, but acts with guns in a movie

THE STORY: In the new Halloween movie,  Jamie Lee Curtis wields a gun, despite advocating for firearm control. “The conundrum applies to other Hollywood A-listers like George Clooney, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Julianne Moore, Sally Field and Jim Carey who have all made their living portraying gun-toting characters while calling for stricter gun reform,” Fox News writes in a piece criticizing Curtis.

THE REACTION:

Acting. The profession or activity of those who perform in stage plays, motion pictures, etc.

See also: Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloweenhttps://t.co/mHU51CjZzw https://t.co/FffBtUp6Sw

— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) October 10, 2018

Anthony Hopkins plays a man who eats people in Silence of the Lambs, therefore he must support cannibalism https://t.co/pQyfb6ez1N

— glamorous as heck (@weirdoqueen) October 10, 2018

Josh Brolin wields Infinity Gauntlet in new 'Avengers' movie despite advocating against mass genocide https://t.co/ey6Jcy2T2H

— Chris Jackson (@ChrisCJackson) October 10, 2018

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Fox News‘ paper-thin argument ignores that the characters actors play on screen very rarely line up with their own personal views and beliefs. Since, you know, movies aren’t real. In response to the bizarre criticism, Curtis spoke with USA Today, calling Fox’s article nonsense: “It was just silly, because they were trying to make a point without ever asking me what I really think. And what I think might surprise them. I am vocal about common-sense gun safety and gun laws. For instance, I fully support an assault weapon ban, I fully support a bump stock ban. I fully support the Bill of Rights. And fully support the Second Amendment. And have absolutely no problem with people owning firearms if they have been trained, licensed, a background check has been conducted, a pause button has been pushed to give time for that process to take place.”

Amy Winehouse is going on tour as a hologram

THE STORY: The family of Amy Winehouse has announced that a tour will soon take place in which the late British singer will perform as a hologram.

THE REACTION:

Ok so I think Amy Winehouse was great, & I bet her live show was 💯. But this is a hologram. I can't help but wonder what she'd think about this. I would be furious.

Instead of a hologram, we could, ya know, put living artists on the road & cultivate actual live music. https://t.co/wcIuNGiZ1D

— audrey witch hunt (@dj_ewi) October 12, 2018

Amy Winehouse hated fame and killed herself with drugs trying to cope with it.

Selling a hologram of her for a tour is just sick man.

— Justin Tine (@acupofrain) October 13, 2018

Please tell me I'm not the only one that finds this Amy Winehouse hologram tour incredibly disrespectful? #AmyWinehouse

— Pandy🖤👻 (@Pandy_Beary) October 12, 2018

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Sure, there’s something slightly creepy in bringing back someone who tragically passed away for our own on-stage entertainment—especially without their consent. But those are just my thoughts. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which raises funds for substance abuse programs to help even young people in her name.

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Re-Thinking the Benedict Option in Light of Lumen Gentium

A few years ago, when The Benedict Option was becoming popular in certain Christian circles—primarily through the writings of Rod Dreher who is influenced by Alasdair MacIntyre—I was initially intrigued and drawn to this approach. The culture was, and continues to be, in a downward spiral. Anti-Christian sentiments and policies continue apace throughout the Western world, while many of our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world suffer violent persecution and even martyrdom. As Western Civilization continues to abandon its Christian roots in favor of nihilism, hedonism, consumerism, materialism, utilitarianism, and relativism, many Christians are wondering what our response should be to the situation.

Retreating from the world to build primarily Christian communities is attractive. I myself would like to find friends within the Church who desire greater prayer in small communities, whether it be through a weekly or monthly gathering to pray the Rosary or Vespers. I want holier friendships with my brothers and sisters in Christ that are grounded in the communion we share within the Mystical Body. I want to live a fully Catholic life, so it makes sense that people want to build up communities around monasteries and churches in order to weather the storms of this age.

The problem is that, for Catholics, the laity’s mission differs—while also sharing similarities—with consecrated religious such as Benedictines. We are not called to retreat from the world. We are called to go out to meet the world and bring it to Christ.

But the laity, by their very vocation, seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and by ordering them according to the plan of God. They live in the world, that is, in each and in all of the secular professions and occupations. They live in the ordinary circumstances of family and social life, from which the very web of their existence is woven. They are called there by God that by exercising their proper function and led by the spirit of the Gospel they may work for the sanctification of the world from within as a leaven. In this way they may make Christ known to others, especially by the testimony of a life resplendent in faith, hope and charity. Therefore, since they are tightly bound up in all types of temporal affairs it is their special task to order and to throw light upon these affairs in such a way that they may come into being and then continually increase according to Christ to the praise of the Creator and the Redeemer.

Lumen Gentium 31

Consecrated religious such as those found in the Benedictine Order are called by God to live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience within their set Order for their own sanctification and the sanctification of the world through their prayer and work. Monasteries have played a central role in Church history and world history in preserving much of Western Civilization through dark periods, but that is a part of their mission from God. The laity on the other hand is called to transform the world through leading holy lives and proclaiming the Good News in our secular vocation. It is our example as disciples of Christ that is meant to invite others into the joy and hope we have been given through the Paschal Mystery and the Church.

The lay apostolate, however, is a participation in the salvific mission of the Church itself. Through their baptism and confirmation all are commissioned to that apostolate by the Lord Himself. Moreover, by the sacraments, especially holy Eucharist, that charity toward God and man which is the soul of the apostolate is communicated and nourished. Now the laity are called in a special way to make the Church present and operative in those places and circumstances where only through them can it become the salt of the earth. Thus every layman, in virtue of the very gifts bestowed upon him, is at the same time a witness and a living instrument of the mission of the Church itself “according to the measure of Christ’s bestowal”.

Lumen Gentium 33

If the laity retreats from the world and seeks a monastic life that is primarily meant for consecrated religious, then we will fail in enacting the mission ordained to us by God through the Church. Our life in Christ is not meant to be solely interior and insulated. As we grow in holiness and our interior lives strengthen through the grace of the Holy Spirit, we move outwards in charity towards our neighbor. We are not meant to create Catholic communities that seek to keep the world out, rather, we are meant to invite the world in so that salvation may be offered to all.

Who is going to evangelize the culture if we do not? While priests and consecrated religious also have the ability and duty to evangelize, their duties differ from our own by virtue of their sacred office or their vows. It is not primarily these two groups who are going to help bring people to Christ in offices, clubs, sports teams, volunteer organizations, political life, economic life, etc. It is those of us who live primarily secular lives because we spend the majority of our time living and working within the culture. We interact with non-believers or fallen away Catholics frequently throughout our daily lives.

Through our baptism and the common priesthood we enter into, we participate in the Divine Offices of Christ as priest, prophet, and king. One of the ways that we are able to lead people to Christ is by our participation in the prophetic office of Christ. The laity also teaches in His name to all we encounter, not only through our words, but through the holiness of our lives which is evident by the joy and hope we have been given that surpasses all understanding.

Christ, the great Prophet, who proclaimed the Kingdom of His Father both by the testimony of His life and the power of His words, continually fulfills His prophetic office until the complete manifestation of glory. He does this not only through the hierarchy who teach in His name and with His authority, but also through the laity whom He made His witnesses and to whom He gave understanding of the faith (sensu fidei) and an attractiveness in speech so that the power of the Gospel might shine forth in their daily social and family life. They conduct themselves as children of the promise, and thus strong in faith and in hope they make the most of the present, and with patience await the glory that is to come. Let them not, then, hide this hope in the depths of their hearts, but even in the program of their secular life let them express it by a continual conversion and by wrestling “against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness.

We are called to persevere in hope even as fierce storms rage in this life. If we retreat and abandon the culture then a great many souls may be lost. We are called to boldly proclaim the Good News to the world. We cannot hide the gift of faith that we have been given, and it is a great gift. We often forget that it has been given to us. We didn’t earn that gift. We must share Christ with our neighbor, even if persecution comes. How can we not want to share the gift of salvation to all we meet? Through the love of God we have been given, there should be a great desire within us to share in the eucharistic banquet with every person put in our path. If we love God, then how can we not seek out the lost, as He has done? How can run from sharing the gift of salvation with the culture? The answers is, we cannot. We must stand firm and fight. The laity is called to help bring the world into communion with the Most Holy Trinity through the Church. That’s our mission.

In light of Lumen Gentium, as well as documents such as Gaudium et Spes and Christifideles Laici, there’s no way the laity can walk away from it’s mission. The Benedict Option contradicts what the Church has called us to do and what Christ is asking of us, which is to be salt and light to a Fallen world. Should we create closer knit Catholic communities of prayer, study, service, and the centrality of the Sacraments? Absolutely. We need to start to truly live as brothers and sisters in Christ. But, from those close knit communities we must move out towards the culture and evangelize. The laity is uniquely equipped for this mission, and in doing so, by God’s grace, a great many souls will be won for Christ.

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Everything to Get Excited About at TIFF This Year

The Toronto International Film Festival unofficially marks the beginning of awards season mayhem. Held every year in early September, sandwiched between the end of ‘summer blockbuster season’ and the start of ‘prestige movie season,’ it’s viewed as one of the most reliable harbingers of Oscars buzz. As Vox explains: “The festival’s timing—just after Labour Day—positions it as the de facto opening of awards season, a marathon of mostly serious dramas that lasts about six months, until the Oscars finally wrap it all up in early March.” Given its weighty importance on the film circuit, the announcement of each year’s TIFF lineup is a Pretty Big Deal. Below, some of the things to look forward to this year.

Star power
As usual, the TIFF red carpets are sure to be flooded with A-listers. We can expect to see Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, both starring in a remake of the iconic A Star Is Born films; Matthew McConaughey, who appears in White Boy Rick, a true story about a teenage drug kingpin in 1980s Detroit, along with Bel Powley and Jennifer Jason Leigh; and Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche, who star in High Life, a sci-fi film by French filmmaker Claire Denis about a group of criminals sent into outer space.

The chance for La La Land vs Moonlight Round 2
Both the directors at the heart of the infamous Oscars envelope snafu in 2017 are likely to be competing in the same awards categories next year too. Damien Chazelle is following up his smash hit La La Land with First Man, a biopic of Neil Armstrong starring Ryan Gosling, while Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins will be showcasing If Beale Street Could Talk, a film adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel about a young pregnant woman attempting to help exonerate her fiancé, in jail on a false rape charge, before the birth of their child.

Female-centric films
There’s a slew of films with women at their core: Red Joan, a true story about one of the KGB’s longest-serving British spies, starring Judi Dench; Galveston, French actress/filmmaker Melanie Laurent’s English-language directorial debut starring Elle Fanning as a young prostitute and Ben Foster as a wounded hitman on the run; Widows, Steve McQueen’s follow-up to his 2013 Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave, starring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo as four women left to finish a heist after their criminal husbands are all killed; and Girls Of The Sun, a war film that follows a battalion of women fighting to take back their homes from ISIS extremists in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Biopics
In Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Melissa McCarthy takes a brief break from ruling the comedy game, starring in this true story about author Lee Israel, infamous for forging historical letters in the 1990s. Hugh Jackman takes on the role of US Senator Gary Hart in Jason Reitman’s The Front Runner.

Films addressing social issues
The Hate U Give, starring Amandla Stenberg, Issa Rae, Common, and Riverdale’s KJ Apa, serves as a striking commentary on America’s culture of police brutality, following the story of a young woman whose friend is shot dead by police. Tackling the issues of substance abuse are two films starring two young breakout stars from awards seasons past: Timothee Chalamet and Lucas Hedges. The former stars in Beautiful Boy alongside Steve Carrell, while the latter appears in Ben Is Back as Julia Roberts’ son.

Canadian features
Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, starring Kit Harington, Jason Tremblay, Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman, and The Hummingbird Project, a thriller directed by Kim Nguyen and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Salma Hayek and Alexander Skarsgård, are both slated to have their world premieres at the festival. Also of note is Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown’s Edge of the Knife, the first feature-length film to be made in Haida, classified by UNESCO as an endangered language.

Documentaries
In the nine-minute short Emptying the Tank, Caroline Monnet documents Chippewa female mixed martial artist Ashley Nichols’ dedication to both her health and her craft, while in Carmine Street Guitars, documentarian Ron Mann captures the allure of famed New York City guitar-maker Rick Kelly. Sharkwater Extinction, the final work by late filmmaker and conservationist Rob Stewart, is the follow-up to his 2006 documentary about shark conservation, Sharkwater, which resulted in shark finning being banned worldwide.

While other film festivals this year made headlines for the paucity of female-helmed films on their roster, TIFF’s artistic director Cameron Bailey told Variety that he expects roughly a third of the final selection of films this year to be by female directors. Films with strong social messages are a recurring theme this year too, and Bailey also stressed the importance of having programming and events that address and discuss the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, particularly their impact on the global film industry.

“We want to keep the conversation going and to give people an opportunity to talk through what this all means,” said Bailey. “One of the most important things we can do is to really showcase films by women and to make sure that we have a lineup that really reflects who we are as people.”

You can find the rest of the lineup here.

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Inverted jeans are here to ruin your day

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Inverted jeans are now a thing.

Did anyone ask for them? No. But here they are, and since they are here, let’s discuss.

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No one asked for this.

No one asked for this.

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Like an M.C. Escher illustration of the apparel world, these jeans will confuse and dumbfound you to the point of extreme mental exhaustion. You’ll ask yourself questions, like: Where do they begin? Where do they end? Where is the nearest dumpster for me to jump into?

What's wrong with a simple boot cut?

What’s wrong with a simple boot cut?

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And if the design of these denim products alone don’t bewilder you, please consider their outrageous cost. The shorts and pants made by Cie Denim are being sold for $385 and $495, respectively.  Read more…

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Overdose

“Santa K performs the latest dystopian short film by the creative duo Pleid St. and Rebeka Arce”

‘Overdose’ is a bunch of ignorant society. It´s a mixture of the anxiety of consumerism, artificial affection and time wasted. What is consumerism provoking inside and outside us? Four different characters represent four ways of consumption: relationships (‘Pleasure’), food (‘Eat junk’), money (‘Waste’) and drugs (‘Dope’). The story shows how each character experiments a body and mind transformation after the consumption. Feel free to interpret what ‘Overdose’ wants to tell you. Is this a culture of consumerism or a culture of manipulation?

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Direction: Pleid St. & Rebeka Arce Model: Santa K Cinematographer: Aitor Uribarri Music: Father Art Direction: Rebeka Arce & Pleid St. CGI: Alberto Carbonell & Juanma Mota Production: Pleid St. & Rebeka Arce 1st AC / DIT: Javi Castillo Gaffer: Álvaro Jiménez Lead Makeup & Hair: Mery Makeup (María Soláns, Carlos Ríos) Assistant Makeup & Hair: Rocío Ortiz y Cristina Márquez Postproduction: Pleid St. Graphic Design: Rebeka Arce Making of photography: Almudena Cadalso Making of video record: Pedro Sega Set: Espacio Nueva Carolina

Cast: pleid, Rebeka Arce, Aitor Uribarri, Juanma Mota and Alberto Carbonell

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Oprah just Googled herself for the first time ever and learned so much

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Oprah is so humble it took her until 2018 to Google herself.

For comparison, I first “Googled” myself with WebCrawler in 1997.

Either way, it’s disarming. Oprah revealed the results of her very first Google in an interview with British Vogue this week.

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“I am so impressed with myself,” Oprah told Vogue editor Edward Enninful.

“This is what I didn’t know: that I was the first African-American self-made billionaire. Did not know that!” Oprah revealed. 

The mogul also disclosed that she didn’t know that she “donated more to charity in the 20th century than any other African-American.” Read more…

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Man buys massive photo of a bridge that’s right outside his window

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Impulse purchases are almost never a good idea — especially when there are drinks involved. 

Stuart Slicer splurged on a massive photo of Scotland’s Forth Bridge during a charity auction recently — which would have been a nice addition to his living room if it didn’t already have a direct view of the bridge. 

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His son, also named Stuart, posted a video of the print in the living room, which has the same exact view. In classic internet flavor, the account tweets from his dog’s perspective, Murphy Green. [Stuart Sr.] “forgot he could just open da blinds,” the dog tweeted. Read more…

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Fans and celebrities mourn the death of iconic fashion designer Kate Spade

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Kate Spade, 55-year-old fashion designer and entrepreneur, reportedly died by suicide on Tuesday.

According to the Associated Press, Spade’s housekeeping staff found her dead in her New York apartment along with a note.

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After news of the iconic designer’s death broke, fans shared an outpouring of love on social media, explaining what Spade’s designs meant to them and highlighting the importance of talking openly about metal health issues.

Celebrities and fellow designers like Chelsea Clinton, Ivanka Trump, and Liz Lange, also celebrated the brilliant designer. Read more…

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