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Fast-Fashion Stores You Didn’t Know You Can Buy Your Halloween Costume From

For some people it’s a no-brainer to dress up as the most popular characters from summer’s top blockbusters or their favorite icons ripped from the tabloid headlines. But for others who’ve graduated on to more sophisticated Halloween costume pastures where cleverness trumps popularity and more importantly, palsy budgets trump those $100+ costume sets, you might what to look towards your favorite fast-fashion shops. If the likes of Topshop and ASOS aren’t on your list yet, you might be missing out.

While they’re not bereft of their own cheesy Halloween items like skeleton bodysuits and fake vampire teeth, some of our favorite fast-fashion shops have pretty stylish Halloween edits. And unlike whatever elaborate monstrosities you’ve put together in the past, you can actually wear these Halloween buys again and again.

This year, celebrate Halloween in style and shop fast-fashion stores ahead for some fashion friendly haunts.

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Store: H&M

What To Expect: If you didn’t know H&M made its own costumes, here’s your heads-up. On top of ready-to-go looks, the Pretty Spooky store also carries costume enhancing headbands and themed tees.

H&M Costume, $39.99, available at H&MPhoto courtesy of H&M.

Store: Urban Outfitters

What To Expect: Urban Outfitter’s Halloween shop is always a winner. Between its consistent churn out of epic character onesies to cute cat ear headbands (this Bob Ross costume set takes the cake, though), there’s sure to be a creative costume you can spin out of its shop every time.

Urban Outfitters Fuzzy Cat Ears Headband, $12, available at Urban OutfittersUrban Outfitters Leopard Print Faux Fur Jacket, $129, available at Urban OutfittersPhoto courtesy of Urban Outfitters.

Store: ASOS

What To Expect: If being a little extra on Halloween is a competitive past time for you, welcome to ASOS’ Halloween edit. Tights with glow in the dark cats, rainbow-colored wigs, face jewels; ASOS’ offerings are not for the low-key holiday attendee.

ASOS Halloween Blood Drip Cut Out Midi Dress, $40, available at ASOSPhoto courtesy of ASOS.

Store: Topshop

What To Expect: If subtlety is more your Halloween speed, then drop by Topshop. Topshop’s Halloween shop touts costume finishing touches like animal print boots, cute adorned headbands, and even an editorial on how to do Halloween “the fashion way.”

Store: Forever 21

What To Expect: Forever 21 has been a last-minute Halloween staple since the dawn of time. We can always rely on them for easy costume grabs like a NASA jumpsuit or cheap cowboy boots.

Forever 21 City of Angels Camo Jumpsuit, $39.9, available at Forever 21

Store: Zara

What To Expect: For an added fashion flair, stop by Zara. It’s custom Halloween shop features a plethora of black dresses, glittery tops, and accessories that will add just the right zhuzh -ed up touch to any costume.

Zara Combined Pleated Dress, $69.9, available at Zara

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10 Summer Essentials That Will Help You Beat The Heat

Thigh chafing, sticky feet, sweaty pit stains; these are just some of the annoyances we have to endure in hot weather. Which is why when our eyes catch a glimpse of predicted 85+ temperatures, it’s impossible to even know what to wear. If you’re going to sweat in everything, it almost feels like it doesn’t even matter. But there are a few solutions to prevent summer from turning you into a human puddle.

First, there are the classic tips: wear light colors, stay away from heavy materials, try men’s deodorant for a change. But we’re providing some lesser known options, like investing in a Grade A multipurpose towel or taking a spin at side-snap jeans. You don’t have to forget your love of summer just because the July humidity has decided to wreak its annual havoc on the world. These smart dressing tips will keep you on your feet until you land in front of an open storefront blasting A/C.

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Perforations are your best friend in a summer. A knit dress like this will take you from happy hour to vacation all without breaking much of a sweat.

Mango, $99.99, available at Mango

Bike shorts, who? While that trend has been the name of the game, we’re leaning more towards long athletic shorts that are both breezy and combat any dreaded heat-induced thigh chafing.

ASOS, $29, available at ASOS

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Protect yourself from harmful rays and keep cool with this sporty, breathable cap.

NFL New Era Oakland Raiders NFL Training Grey 9Twenty Adjustable Cap, $30.00, available at New Era.

A good multipurpose beach towel goes a long way in the summer. You can use it as a cover-up, lounge on it by the pool, or make it an impromptu picnic blanket. Don’t skimp on investing in a quality option this year.

Eau Club, $45, available at Eau Club

These stretchy kick flares have the best secret: They’re made of 28% lycra and are highly resistant to heat and chlorine. Slip these on post-swim to combat the sun rays and the warm weather while still looking chic.

Rendl, $151.66, available at Rendl

Our little summer secret? Off-the-shoulder everything. It keeps sweaty armpit stains at bay that would otherwise be visible with tight-fitted arms.

Kitri, $182, available at Kitri

Speaking of towels, try your hand at the ultimate sweat wicking footwear: terrycloth sandals. Made up with an espadrille sole and a medium-density foam sole, you’ll never want to take these outdoor-friendly shoes off.

Mara & Mine, $250, available at Mara & Mine

These snap-buttons jeans let you customize how much leg to flaunt for optimal breathability.

3×1, $425, available at 3×1

Skip the back sweat that comes with lugging around a backpack or tote bag around all day. A cute mini bags helps to reenforce the idea of minimizing your life while maximizing your level of literal cool.

Pop & Suki, $235, available at Pop & Suki

White before Labor Day is an old school idea with good reason. The light hue helps reflect off light to keep you cool and collected in even the most intense heat.

Where Mountains Meet, $495, available at Where Mountains Meet

Leave the denim cut-offs at home. Instead, opt for a pair of cotton shorts that’ll keep you feeling light all day long.

Ganni, $125, available at Ganni

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10 Summer Pieces I’m Eyeing From The Men’s Section

Overall, my style tends to be pretty frilly — ruffles, sheer fabrics, long skirts, bows, and florals are all mainstays in my wardrobe. But as I’m getting older, I’m realizing: Why should we commit to just one aesthetic? Just because I love a good midi dress or puffy-sleeved top doesn’t mean I can’t also dabble in, say, normcore — even if that means wearing clothing that’s more “masculine” than what I usually go for. So, in an effort to expand my look, I’m giving that whole dad-on-vacation look a try.

It just so happens that the best place to get these staples is straight from the men’s section (yes, it’s that easy). While some womenswear labels have reworked pieces like the chunky sandal, the fanny pack, and the graphic tee, attempting to make these ironically-trendy pieces actually trendy, if you want the best version of the items ahead (and that cool, oversized fit), we suggest going straight to the source.

Since it’s 2018 and all clothing should be fair game regardless of whether it’s designated as ‘men’s’ or ‘women’s,’ here are 10 pieces I’m borrowing from the boys — just because I can.

The Long-Sleeved Skater TeeWith bike shorts or denim cut-offs, this will become a vital part of your weekend uniform.

Jaw x Jaw Shop, $130, available at Tictail

Baggy ShortsTrust us: These will look sweet with a plain white tank or crop top.

The North Face, $35, available at Urban Outfitters

The Bucket HatShield the sun in the most stylish summer staple.

Acne Studios, $130, available at Acne Studios

Crew SocksSometimes you just need a good, thick sock for your Nikes or Vans slip-ons (or, if you’re really feeling the aesthetic, with a pair of pool slides).

Kith x Stance, $18, available at Kith

The Rain JacketBecause those summer storms are inevitable, and I refuse to buy another deli umbrella.

Noah, $988, available at Noah

Swim TrunksSheer muumuus are cool and all, but I would much rather throw on some striped trunks as a cover-up. Over a one-piece, it’s a look that can take you from the water to the bar with ease.

Onia, $145, available at Onia

The Fanny PackIf you still haven’t hopped on board, what are you waiting for? These hands-free life-savers are key for summer adventures.

Nicce, $28, available at ASOS

The Graphic T-ShirtForget that white Gucci logo tee everyone has; this one stands out in the crowd.

Gucci, $480, available at Mr. Porter

The Crewneck SweatshirtFor chilly beach sunsets and Friday nights in.

Outdoor Voices, $60, available at Outdoor Voices

Statement JeansIf we’re talking menswear, we’re talking Raf Simons, and as a fan of the 1981 film Christiane F., these jeans are the perfect excuse to go a little punk this summer. (And, yes, black jeans are a year-round staple).

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If you find your Amazon Prime account to admittedly be a little too active all year round (guilty!), well, now is NOT the time to pull back. Prime Day is here, and it’s time to shop. Right now, as it does every year, Amazon is slashing its already low prices — and we’re not just talking flat screen TVs and fancy espresso machines (but why not get one of each while you’re at it?). So while you may have felt like all of summer’s style-related sales have come and gone, it turns out you can still add some new pieces to your wardrobe for a fraction of the cost.

Sure, we could pick up a new pair of shoes or quirky fashion find, but it’s summer, and we’ve got vacation on the brain. And though you can’t book a getaway via Amazon Prime (at least, not yet), you can snag all those must-have travel essentials on deep, deep discount. From the one-piece swimsuit that’ll have you tossing your bikini collection for good to the sundress you’ll want to wear straight into fall, in two days time (because Prime is a lifesaver), you’ll be packing for your next tropical retreat. Next stop: the beach!

P.S.: Not an Amazon Prime member? Don’t fret. Sign up for the 30-day free trial that’ll get you all the deals you want and need, no string attached. And who knows, maybe it’ll stick.

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15 things everyone should splurge on that will last a lifetime

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Once you’re making a steady income — and hopefully putting some money aside, too — buying everything off the high street or shopping only in the sale loses its appeal.

No matter how long it takes to save for them, there are some items you should splurge on so they last you for life — and some may even grow in value, making them a good investment for the future.

We asked four people living luxurious lifestyles — including the Head Personal Shopper at Matches Fashion, the CEO of Joanne Beckham’s concierge company, and the head of VIP at Heathrow Airport — for the items everyone should invest in in their lifetime.

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An investment watch— around £5,000.
Value Retail

Helen Ridge, Leasing Director at Value Retail — owner of the luxurious Bicester Village shopping areas around the world — said an investment watch is a must. Her pick? “A Cartier yellow gold vintage Tank watch that I was given for my 40th,” she said. The watch now retails from around £5,000.

Jay Smith, CEO of WeAreYourCity, a concierge company by Joanne Beckham, agreed — but he’d opt for the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 with a navy dial, which will cost you at least £32,000.

“This is the holy grail of stainless steel sports watches, one of the most sought after timepieces in the world,” Smith said. “Waiting lists are five to 10 years long or more and some authorised dealers have even closed their lists. A solid long term investment which can be enjoyed everyday.”

A tailored suit — around £3,000.
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“When you walk into a business meeting, I believe your suit and presentation plays an important role in how you are viewed,” Smith said. “I always say it is better to be over-dressed than to feel under-dressed. First impressions count and a well tailored suit will make a difference.” Prices range depending on the designer, but on Savile Row, you’ll pay at least £3,000.

A high-quality chunky knit — around £300.
Value Retail

Ridge added that everyone needs a high-quality jumper, such as “a Bamford chunky knit from Bicester Village, which is perfect for cold country walks.” Similar designs retail for around £300.

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Queen Elizabeth II does a lot more than rock her neon outfits
While Parliament is the UK’s highest governing body, the queen is still responsible for signing off on a proposed bill before it officially goes into effect. 
The queen can also grant “royal pardon” to anyone convicted of a crime. 

You may mostly see her giving to charity and rocking neon outfits, but the United Kingdom’s reigning monarch does have some very real governmental power.

Open Parliament sessions

Parliament, not the royal family, is the United Kingdom’s highest governing body… and yet Queen Elizabeth II does still have some power over this legislative group containing hundreds of individuals. Namely, she must officially open Parliament every May to commence the Parliamentary year. The ceremony is elaborate and steeped in tradition; the Queen must lead a procession through the Royal Gallery at the Palace of Westminster, wear the Imperial State Crown, and give a formal address to both Houses of Parliament. This is the only ceremonial event where the House of Lords, the House of Commons, and the Queen herself gather in the same space. Here are some more surprising facts (and a few scandals) about Queen Elizabeth II.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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“Out of the Box” was a popular children’s show that aired from 1998 to 2004. The hosts, Tony and Vivian, sang and made crafts inside of an imaginary box made entirely out of cardboard. We caught up with them 20 years after the first episode aired. Tony has also announced the “Tony James: Outside the Box” tour, a special set of appearances across the US and Canada that give fans of the show a chance to meet him in person. Following is a transcript of the video.

Tony: People always ask me what are some of my strongest memories from the show, what are some of my favorite episodes, and really, they’re all wonderful in their own way, but what I really remember if Viv’s laughter.

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